For almost the entirety of its existence, LEC and EU LCS before it has been dominated by just two teams – Fnatic and G2 Esports. The two teams combined have won 14 out of the 15 splits in the league.
After almost a complete rebuild they assembled a squad that is full of youth and potential for the 2020 season. MAD Lions looked like a promising project for the future. No one could have predicted how successful they would turn out to be leading the standings going into the last two weeks of the LEC Summer Split.
The team had a very successful first split in Spring 2020 finishing 3rd overall largely due to the contributions of the new rookies Zhiqiang ‘Shad0w’ Zhao and Matyáš ‘Carzzy’ Orság defeating G2 Esports in a best of five along the way.
In Summer they have been much more versatile but the main standouts have been mid-laner Marek ‘Humanoid’ Brázda and support Norman ‘Kaiser’ Kaiser. With the latter being awarded the Mid-Season MVP from the LEC broadcast team.
This is the story of MAD Lions the rookie team who went from unknowns to the last hope of Europe going into Worlds 2020.
Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.
While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.
They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.
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“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.
Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted
The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.
Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.
Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.
Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.
Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.