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Invictus Gaming are the 2018 League of Legends World Champions

Published: 3/Nov/2018 10:19 Updated: 3/Nov/2018 19:32

by Joe O'Brien

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Invictus Gaming are the 2018 League of Legends World Champions.

Invictus took down Fnatic in a convincing 3-0 sweep to claim the Summoner’s Cup.

The LPL squad came out swinging in game one, a swift victory in 26 minutes to set the tone for the series.

Carrying their momentum through to game two, Invictus claimed early control once again. Though Fnatic managed to stall out for slightly longer, the game was never going in their favor and Invictus eventually closed it out for a 2-0 lead.

The third game saw changes for Fnatic, subbing in Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer in the top lane and switching to red side for the first time. An early first blood for the European side made for a closer early game, but Invictus were quick to turn things in their favor once more.

A heroic baron steal by Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen helped Fnatic extend the game, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to stave off Invictus, who completed the sweep to become World Champions.

Invictus are the first Chinese team to win a World Championship. China has sent teams to the grand finals twice in the past – Royal Club in both 2013 and 2014 – but Invictus are the first LPL representative to actually claim the trophy.

2018 Worlds final placements:

  • 1st
    – Invictus Gaming
  • 2nd
    – Fnatic
  • 3rd/4th
    – Cloud9
  • 3rd/4th
    – G2 Esports
  • 5th/8th
    – KT Rolster
  • 5th/8th
    – EDward Gaming
  • 5th/8th
    – Afreeca Freecs
  • 5th/8th
    – Royal Never Give Up
  • 9th/12th
    – Team Vitality
  • 9th/12th
    – Flash Wolves
  • 9th/12th
    – Team Liquid
  • 9th/12th
    – 100 Thieves
  • 13th/16th
    – Gen.G Esports
  • 13th/16th
    – Phong Vu Buffalo
  • 13th/16th
    – MAD Team
  • 13th/16th
    – G-Rex
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Riot opens up on potential Shyvana VGU plans for League Season 11

Published: 25/Oct/2020 1:29

by Andrew Amos

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Shyvana is one of League of Legends’ most outdated champions. She’s in desperate need of a visual and gameplay update (VGU). Riot have earmarked her as one of the next ones in line ⁠— and they’ve got a plan ⁠— but there still might be a wait.

Back in 2019, Riot put a poll out to the community to choose who should get the next VGU in League of Legends. Fiddlesticks and Volibear ended up winning the poll, and have received their gameplay updates across Season 10 to much fanfare.

However, history never remembers the losers. Shyvana ended up coming third in the poll ⁠— with over 20% of the vote ⁠— and Riot has hushed any potential VGU for her since.

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Riot agrees Shyvana is in dire need of a VGU, but there’s no firm plans in place yet.

Even Dr. Mundo, who came last in the poll with 14% of the vote, is now getting a VGU, leapfrogging Shyvana. However, Riot are still looking towards a potential Shyvana rework, and it could be coming as soon as Season 11.

Design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon opened up on Reddit about the potential of a Shyvana VGU coming in Season 11. The developer stated that while Shyvana “does need a VGU,” there’s other champions who need it more.

“I think Shyvana does need a VGU. Only question for me is how to prioritize her versus other highly in need champs like Udyr for example,” he told players.

However, even if it’s still on the drawing board, Riot has a clear identity in mind for Shyvana. They want to revert the shapeshifting dragon towards a fighter, rather than the burst mage she’s become.

The on-hit or bruiser Shyvana builds of old have been tossed to the side, with the new meta being full AP, relying on huge E damage procs to nuke enemy squishies. Riot wants to bring her back to her roots when they do rework her.

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“I wouldn’t consider a VGU that didn’t strongly support a fighter playstyle as appropriate given her history and fantasy,” he added.

For now though, there’s no official go-ahead on Shyvana’s rework. Dr. Mundo is where the team’s focus is at, with plans for the Madman of Zaun fully in motion for a Season 11 release.