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Jensen believes Tactical is already better for Liquid than Doublelift

Published: 18/Jun/2020 6:04

by Andrew Amos

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Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen’s Team Liquid got off to a solid start in LCS Summer, securing just their second 2-0 week of their 2020 campaign. The mid laner believes brighter skies are on the horizon, however, especially with Tactical in now-departed veteran Doublelift’s place.

Doublelift’s move to TSM in the offseason was the biggest shakeup across the world. After two years of success with Team Liquid, a poor showing in the team’s worst performance since 2016 saw Doublelift swap allegiances back to the black-and-white he won two titles with in 2016 and 2017.

The move, however, was mutually beneficial to both parties. TSM got their star AD carry back to hopefully get their Worlds campaign back on the rails, and Team Liquid got the hottest rookie prospect ⁠— Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra ⁠— on their LCS roster.

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Jensen has won two trophies with Team Liquid and Doublelift.

Tactical already showed his colors in LCS Spring 2020, subbing in for an out-of-form Doublelift midway through the season. In his three games on the roster, he won two ⁠— against 100 Thieves and Team SoloMid.

While it might appear like a downgrade from a seven-time LCS champion to a first-split rookie, Jensen said Liquid have only seen positives with Tactical’s full-time promotion.

“I think they’re both two really good AD carries,” he admitted to Travis Gafford in an interview, “but I’d say the biggest thing about Tactical is that he’s more selfless.”

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Tactical played three games for Team Liquid in Spring 2020.

“He won’t get annoyed if our jungler isn’t bot 24/7. He’s a rookie so he brings a fresh mindset and a better attitude towards improving. This is all stuff that’s expected when it’s a rookie versus a veteran player ⁠— they want to prove themselves.”

That’s not to discredit Doublelift’s ability though. He and Peng sat shoulder-to-shoulder on stage in what was Team Liquid’s most successful year in history, winning two LCS titles and making the finals of MSI 2019.

The veteran’s ability to come up clutch is what makes him so valuable. However, there’s a window for Tactical to make a case for himself as the best AD carry in North America ⁠— once he gets more time under his belt.

“You know Doublelift is always up there when it really matters and it comes down to all the smallest details. He’s always clutch. It’d be unfair to be like ‘Tactical is the best AD carry in NA already.’ We need to wait until the bigger matches. I think he’s a really solid AD carry though.”

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While wins against Doublelift’s TSM and Golden Guardians is a good start for Liquid, the squad has their sights set higher.

With teams like Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, and FlyQuest mounting a contest for the title, Team Liquid has to show up against the big names to prove they are worthy of lifting a fifth LCS trophy in 2020.

Jensen’s Team Liquid will face off against 100 Thieves in their next LCS bout on June 20 at 1pm PT.

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Riot dev explains lack of Yasuo & Yone buffs after League win rates drop

Published: 29/Nov/2020 18:01

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has responded to League of Legends players calling for Yasuo and Yone to be buffed after the champions took a significant hit in win rate percentage following the Season 11 item overhaul.

After Riot announced that they would be introducing a massive item overhaul in the 2021 preseason, many players were concerned about the effects it would have on champion balancing in League of Legends.

The 2021 preseason has already seen many balance changes such as the rise of tanks like Amumu and Sejuani, but Riot has been quick to make even more characters viable with League patch 10.24.

However, two popular mid-lane champions, Yasuo and Yone, have seen a massive drop in win rate percentage after the new item update, and the lack of buffs has caused fans to reach out to Riot devs for an update.

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Yasuo and Yone were two champions that have been hard by the League Item overhaul.

One Redditor called out to League developer Riot Phlox, asking why there were no pre-emptive buffs for champions like Yone and if there would be any changes in the upcoming patch.

The League of Legends dev explained that, although Yasuo and Yone have been underwhelming so far, he believes that part of that is due to some of the current item builds that players are choosing, and not necessarily their strength in-game.

He revealed that buying Immortal Shieldbow into Infinity Edge was quite strong, compared to the traditional Phantom Dancer start that has been a go-to for players piloting the high-crit damage champions in past seasons.

But, with Yone still sitting at 43% win-rate and Yasuo at 45% in high-elo matches, according to u.gg, Riot Phlox admitted that they might be in need of some adjustments in the future.

“I think Critbros (Yasuo and Yone) still building terrible items on average,” he explained, claiming that he was unsure if buffs would be needed, “still might need buffs but not on fire.”

Despite being two of the most popular characters, the Ionian brothers are currently the worst performing champions in the mid lane.

However, as of now, it is unclear just what Riot has planned ahead of the competitive spring season.