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Game-breaking Pyke exploit is fully healing LoL support with just one Q

Published: 5/May/2020 7:35

by Andrew Amos

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A game-breaking Pyke exploit has been found after the Patch 10.9 update that allows the League of Legends support champion to heal for thousands with just one Q.

Spaghetti code is something all League players are familiar with. Fixing one thing in the game can lead to thousands more bugs popping up. While most of these are harmless, some of them are very abusable exploits.

Since Patch 10.9, a new glitch involving Pyke has popped up that allows him to heal for massive amounts. It doesn’t involve his passive like one might think, instead it procs his Q, and it might just be big enough to force Riot to disable him to fix it.

Pyke splash art for League of Legends
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A new Pyke exploit is being abused by League players.

The exploit only works under pretty specific conditions, but they can be easily replicated. First of all, you need to take the Aftershock keystone and Manaflow Band rune. Then, you need to buy a Catalyst of Aeons.

It’s not the most meta Pyke build out there, but this combination allows Pyke to fully heal with his Q due to a weird interaction between Catalyst and Manaflow Band.

A fully-charged Q ⁠— not just a quick tap ⁠— will proc both Aftershock and Manaflow at the same time, and mess up how Catalyst’s passive restores health on-cast.

Instead of getting a bit of health back, Pyke will get well over 1000 health. Given Revitalize is a popular rune on Pyke, this can be downright broken in the right situation.

As notorious League bug squasher ‘Vandiril’ demonstrated, it can get you out of a sticky situation quickly. There’s almost no counterplay, as an Ignite or other Grievous Wounds will only stem a portion of the massive heal.

However, in saying this, you can only proc it a few times a game. Given Manaflow Band stops activating after ten stacks, you’ll eventually lose access to this exploit.

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Not even Ignite can stop Pyke from healing back all his HP from this exploit.

Riot might be aware of the bug, but there’s no mention of it on the Patch 10.10 preview for now at least. We will have to wait until May 13 to see if it does eventually get fixed in the next update, or if Riot will pull the champ down earlier to patch him up.

Also, as with any exploit, it’s not recommended you do this in matchmade queues. League of Legends players have been banned in the past for abusing exploits like this, including the global Ornn W. Use it at your own risk.

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TFT patch 10.25 to feature Talon buffs, Warwick & Moonlight nerfs, more

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:29

by Andrew Amos

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TFT patch 10.25 is on its way as the final update ahead of the Mid-Set update, and it’s set to be massive. Talon could be back on the menu, Warwick and Moonlight are getting a nerf, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The TFT meta has stabilized after patch 10.24. No longer is it 4-1 roll down and pray, because there’s actually meaning to the early game.

That doesn’t mean there’s nothing Riot can’t improve though. With the b-patch finally going live with nerfs to Zed, Yone, and Runaan’s Hurricane, TFT patch 10.25 is going to be the big one before the year’s end. It’s the final patch before January’s mid-set update, which will shake up units, traits, and more.

Enduring Sword Talon in TFT
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Talon could be back in TFT patch 10.25 with some damage buffs.

TFT patch 10.24b nerfs Zed, Yone, more

Before we dive too deep into TFT patch 10.25, it’s important to note some changes were made in the middle of TFT patch 10.24 that you might have missed. Zed and Yone were nerfed, alongside traits Keeper, Cultist, and attack speed item Runaan’s Hurricane.

This was to curb the power of Zed carry comps which had risen to prominence. An attack speed nerf has made them less potent, but ultimately still strong. The same goes for the rest of the nerfs, which have lightly nudged the power balance instead of major overhauls.

Moonlight the big target on TFT patch 10.25

TFT patch 10.24 had one big winner, and it was Moonlight reroll compositions. Diana and Lissandra carry have been two of the strongest picks on this patch thanks to the rolling changes.

However, on TFT patch 10.25, Riot are bringing them back in line. Because it’s easier to hit the composition, Riot have had to bring back Lissandra and Diana’s damage to be more in line with other one-cost units. While they still have the four-star mechanic, it won’t be as hard to beat.

Warwick is also set for a big nerf to his lifesteal at one and two-star to compensate for his ability overhaul last patch. This will be coupled with a Divine nerf, reducing the amount of true damage the units dish out.

Wukong, Fiora, Sylas, Xin Zhao, Evelynn, and Talon are all set for buffs, while Vi and Kayn are on Riot’s naughty list.

Diana in TFT Fates
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Moonlight champions Diana and Lissandra are getting nerfed in TFT patch 10.25.

You can find the full set of changes below, courtesy of [email protected]. We will update this with the full patch notes once they drop on December 8.

TFT patch 10.24 preview notes

Champions

Tier 1

Wukong

  • Ability AD percent increased from 225/250/275% to 250/265/280%

Fiora

  • Damage increased from 200/300/450 to 250/400/600

Lissandra

  • Ability damage lowered from 350/450/600/800 to350/450/550/700
  • Ability secondary damage lowered from 175/225/300/450 to 175/225/275/375

Diana

  • Ability orbs lowered from 4/5/6/9 to 4/5/6/8

Tier 2

Sylas

  • Damage increased from 250/400/600/1000 to 250/400/700/1111

Vi

  • Ability armor reduction lowered from 50/75/100% to 40/60/80%

Tier 3

Xin Zhao

  • Ability AD percent changed from 300/325/350% to 330/340/350%

Evelynn

  • Ability damage increased from 350/500/1400 to 350/600/1500
  • Ability damage multiplier lowered from 3 to 2.

Tier 4

Talon

  • Ability AD percent increased from 200/200/250% to 240/250/275%

Warwick

  • Ability lifesteal lowered from 50/50/200% to 40/40/200%

Tier 5

Kayn

  • Damage changed from 400/600/6666 to 375/575/6666