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Hype around LoL superstar Faker’s return to Worlds reaching fever-pitch

Published: 30/Sep/2019 5:06 Updated: 30/Sep/2019 6:00

by Isaac McIntyre


The community’s hype around Lee ‘League of Legends World Championship this year is reaching fever-pitch, with fans already speculating how well the SK Telecom T1 superstar will perform in Europe.

One fan of the three-time Worlds champion tapped into the hype to put together a countdown video celebrating Faker’s greatest plays, reminding the world just how deadly the Unkillable Demon King can be when unleashed on Summoner’s Rift.

Silvxs’ video opens on Faker’s death to Park ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk in the 2017 Worlds final, where Samsung Galaxy smashed the defending champions 3-0 at the Bird’s Nest.

Following clips of what was perhaps one of the veteran’s lowest moments in his career, LCK caster turned 100 Thieves GM Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith reminded fans that Faker’s legacy would not be tainted by a single loss. The video then showed a series of the star’s greatest plays.

The video certainly achieved its objective of building hype, as LoL fans began sharing their excitement regarding Faker’s return to the international stage: “The man, the legend, the Demon King. The absolute f*cking GOAT of League of Legends,” one said.

Others compared Faker, and what he has done for League of Legends esports, to the major impact global celebrities like basketball’s LeBron James, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton have had on their own competitions.

“Don’t matter if he win or lose. I follow Faker like I follow LeBron. They are just special people in our generation. I just want to embrace and remember it so I can reminisce it when I get older,” one fan said, while another added more sports stars: “Add Messi and Hamilton to that list – they break record after record in their sports too.”

Riot KoreaFaker is widely regarded as the best League of Legends player in the world.

Faker himself has dubbed this 2019 tournament one of the most important of his career, especially considering he missed out on contesting the event at all as China’s Invictus Gaming stormed to the region’s first title on Korean soil last time around.

“This Worlds is more important than any other Worlds. I’ll prepare for it more harder than ever,” he told media following SKT’s 3-0 victory over Griffin in the LCK Summer grand final.

“We had a lot of ups and downs this season; I’m extremely happy that we won the championship. With the confidence we gained by winning [the LCK title], I’d like to get good results at Worlds.”

Riot GamesFaker’s last Worlds campaign ended with a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Samsung Galaxy.

While many are eager to just see Faker back on the Worlds stage, there’s a more specific target for the LCK champion when he arrives in Europe.

SKT qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational earlier this year, and had a grand final berth snatched from them with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of LEC powerhouses G2 Esports, a team who many now believe are the best team in the world. Faker wants revenge for the loss.

“I think we will have to find our revenge against G2. When we played against G2 in the [MSI] semifinals, we were defeated after a close match. I want to meet them once more,” he said following SKT’s sixth Korean championship win, as translated by Korizon.

Riot GamesThe Korean star has already won three world championships, including in his debut year.

Faker’s return to Worlds won’t officially begin until the Group Stage, which is set to kick-off at the Verti Music Hall on October 12. Faker’s team will face last year’s runners-up and Group C competitors Fnatic in the opening clash of the main event.

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TFT b-patch 11.4 notes: Olaf nerfs, Nasus & Nidalee buffs

Published: 25/Feb/2021 2:28

by Andrew Amos


A small update for Teamfight Tactics is here with TFT b-patch 11.4. Riot is finetuning some adjustments after their big changes, with the February 24 patch including nerfs to Olaf, as well as buffs to Nasus and Nidalee.

TFT patch 11.4 drastically shook up the game’s meta. Reroll comps were nerfed into the ground, leading to the rise of Slayers and Vanguard-Mystic Neeko.

However, the changes went a bit too far. With Olaf becoming the number one comp instantly, Riot are keen to draw back his power in a big way. On the other hand, Nasus and Nidalee were hit a bit too hard for the devs’ liking.

TFT b-patch 11.4 includes changes for all of these units, and more.

Olaf AD increased, but Runaan’s change is huge nerf

Olaf has quickly risen to the number one carry in TFT with the big nerfs to all his rivals in TFT patch 11.4. Paired with Runaan’s Hurricane, he could cleave through entire teams 1v9. Now, that interaction is changing.

“Hurricane has proved to be too synergistic with Olaf, making him too powerful with the item, but too weak without it. We’re removing the Hurricane interaction, but will be giving him some AD to compensate and open up other build paths,” TFT dev Rodger ‘Minionsrpeople2’ Caudill said in the amended patch notes.

The loss of the Runaan’s proc on his ultimate makes his damage output significantly weaker. While an increase in AD will help balance out the nerf, Olaf forcers will certainly feel the change.

Nidalee in TFT Fates
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Nidalee was hit the hardest in TFT patch 11.4, so Riot are giving her a bit of love.

Nasus & Nidalee get compensation buff after early nerfs

On the other side of the equation, after getting nuked in the last update, reroll carries Nasus and Nidalee are getting some assistance. Nasus’ mana is getting decreased so he can cast more readily, while Nidalee’s damage at two and three-star is also up.

The changes may not make either comp S-Tier in the meta, but it’s a handy buff. Talon is also getting a huge bugfix that keeps his mana bar full if a target dies midway through his ability animation.

Quicksilver and Runaan’s bugs have also been squashed in the b-patch. You can find the full TFT b-patch 11.4 notes below, courtesy of Riot.

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes


Tier 1


  • Mana: 0/80 ⇒ 0/70


  • Nidalee Javelin Toss Damage: 100/150/250 ⇒ 100/175/300

Tier 4


  • Ragnarok Cleave effect no longer triggers on Runaan’s Hurricane bolts
  • Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 90


  • Fixed a bug where Talon would lose his Mana if his target died as he reached full Mana



  • Fixed a bug where Quicksilver was preventing damage from Nasus’s Wither and blocking some non-CC debuffs (e.g. Grievous Wounds, mana reave)

Runaan’s Hurricane

  • Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane’s bolt was benefiting from damage amp (e.g. Slayer, Giantslayer, Hand of Justice)