LCS and LEC to change Spring Finals experience due to Coronavirus concerns - Dexerto
League of Legends

LCS and LEC to change Spring Finals experience due to Coronavirus concerns

Published: 6/Mar/2020 16:25 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:19

by Scott Robertson

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Both the NA League Championship Series and the League European Championships are making changes to how fans will experience the remainder of the 2020 Spring Split and the corresponding Spring Finals in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns.

Both leagues made March 6 announcements regarding how they will be updating the ongoing LEC and LCS splits in response to the global health concern.

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LEC Head of Esports Alberto ‘Tiroless’ Guerrero announced that they would be moving the Spring 2020 Finals from Budapest to the LEC Studio in Berlin, Germany.

Citing the COVID-19 situation and the priority of keeping player, fans, and staff safe, the LEC team decided that holding the event “in a smaller setting and a more controlled environment was the right call.” Their current plan is to host a live audience in the LEC Studio in Berlin, but will “revisit the decision” if the Coronavirus situation changes.

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The LCS also made an announcement regarding the ongoing health crisis, but as of the time of writing this, their Spring Finals is currently scheduled to continue as planned, but with a slight restriction for fans.

LCS commissioner Chris Greeley said they are “carefully monitoring” the situation in Frisco, Texas, where the Finals are scheduled to take place, but are limiting fan interactions at all LCS games until further notice.

In the announcement, Greeley said that LCS are suspending fan meets, the iconic victory high-fives, and post-game handshakes until further notice. LCS are willing to offer refunds to ticket holders who may be “disappointed” by the changes and would prefer not to attend.

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The changes by both leagues were revealed just roughly an hour after TwitchCon Amsterdam was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This is the latest incident of professional League of Legends being affected by worries regarding the virus, as LCK and LPL matches were suspended because of it. LPL officials announced at the end of February that matches would resume in March, but only online and after all players go through a 14-day quarantine. LCK matches are still suspended.

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T1 after a week five victory, with no crowd to celebrate with. Matches will be suspended after this round.

The changes to the LCS and LEC Spring Splits are the latest in an ever-growing list of esports and gaming events affected by Coronavirus concerns.

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In addition to the ones mentioned above, Overwatch League homestands and major CS:GO tournaments have also been affected, as has the Rocket League World Championships and a Riot-sponsored Valorant gameplay reveal event.

We will provide more updates on the LEC and LCS Spring Finals, and any other events affected by the Coronavirus, as that information becomes available.

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League Patch 10.22 to feature Annie rework, Seraphine release

Published: 20/Oct/2020 7:47

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has revealed another big League of Legends patch coming at the end of this PBE cycle, with an Annie rework and Seraphine’s release headlining the LoL Patch 10.22 changes. Here’s all the early notes for the Oct. 28 update.

There’s a few big changes coming in the Oct. 28 update. The biggest is that champ 152, new sorceress Seraphine, will be arriving in all her glory on Summoner’s Rift during the patch.

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Fiery youngster Annie will also be getting some big reworks to one of her abilities in an effort to “shift her to support” ahead of Season 11. Brand, Nasus, Jinx, and Ionian brothers Yone and Yasuo are also in line for changes in the next patch.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.22, coming next fortnight.

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Seraphine arrives in LoL Patch 10.22

League champion 152, songstress support mage Seraphine is set to arrive in League Patch 10.22 ⁠— which Dexerto tipped back in August ⁠— after nearly two months of viral marketing on Twitter and through LoL K-pop group K/DA at Worlds.

Seraphine is already on the PBE ahead of her Oct. 29 release date.

Her ability kit is loaded with stuns, musical healing, and a “notes” passive that lets her stack power. Catch up on all things Seraphine in our dedicated release hub.

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KDA All Out Seraphine Indie in League of Legends
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League of Legends champions 152, Seraphine, is arriving in Patch 10.22.

Annie gets mini-rework in Patch 10.22

Annie, one of the original characters in League of Legends, is the headlining champion for Patch 10.22, outside Seraphine of course. The Dark Child is finally getting a mini-rework that Riot hopes will boost her support playstyle slightly.

The main change comes for her E ability, Molten Shield. The mana cost is spiking slightly for her defensive spell (40, up from 20), but the trade-off is she can now give the shield to one of her allies, similar to Morgana’s iconic Black Shield.

The new Molten Shield reflects magic damage (20/30/40/50/60) and grants 30-60% movement speed over a 1.5 seconds decay following the cast.

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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.
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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.

Samira slapped with more nerfs

The biggest nerf coming in League patch 10.22 is for new-release ADC marksman Samira, who only recently arrived on Summoner’s Rift.

The Desert Rose was released in patch 10.19, and has been dominating solo queue ever since. According to League stats website Lolalytics, the Season 10 champion has a 51.98% win rate with a 12.93% play rate ⁠— a hefty coupling.

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The kicker, though, is her whopping 74.95% ban rate across all ranks.

“She’s still climbing in power as players are mastering her,” Riot dev Mark “Scruffy” Yetter said of the notoriously-strong ADC. “Previous nerfs weren’t enough.”

The ADC already had a rushed hotfix to try and bring her in line, before her Wild Rush ability was hit by minor nerfs in patch 10.21. Riot appears to be going down a similar road with her to Aphelios, so expect more nerfs in her Season 11 future.

Samira was dominating League of Legends solo queue after her patch 10.19 release.
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Samira has been dominating League of Legends solo queue since her patch 10.19 release.

Patch 10.22 drops second K/DA skin set

The latest K/DA skin line, “ALL OUT,” is set to arrive in LoL Patch 10.22. All five members of K/DA ⁠— Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, Kai’Sa, and newcomer Seraphine — will be getting skins. Seraphine will be getting an Ultimate version of her skin.

Kai’Sa is also lucky enough to get her own special variant. The ADC champion will have a “Prestige” edition alongside her normal ALL OUT skin option.

All of the new ALL OUT skins will be available for at least 1350 RP next patch. Seraphine’s Ultimate skin will cost 3250 RP, while Kai’Sa’s K/DA Prestige skin will cost 2000 event tokens. All six skins are already being tested on the PBE.

On top of these changes, Karthus, Lulu (top lane), and Zed are all expected to be nerfed in the next update. Xayah, LeBlanc, Sejuani, Nasus, and Brand will all get hefty little boosts on Oct. 28, however, when the next LoL patch hits live servers.

Mark Yetter described the Zed changes ⁠— which headline the nerfs bundle ⁠— as “small nerfs to bring him in line,” due to the fact he’s “the strongest mid.”

League of Legends Patch 10.22 will drop on Wednesday, October 28. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends Patch 10.22: all planned changes

Champions

Annie

  • E damage reduction ⇒ 40-240 (+40% ability power) shield for three seconds, mana cost 20 ⇒ 40. Shield can now be cast on self or ally within 800 range.

Ashe

  • W fires 9 ⇒ 7-11 arrows (by rank).

Brand

  • Passive explosion damage 12-16% (1.5% per 100 ability power) ⇒ 10-14% (2% per 100 ability power).
  • E [new] always spread to nearby enemies, spread range lowered from 375 ⇒ 300, blaze effect doubles spread range to 600.
  • R ultimate can now bounce to Brand.

Jinx

  • E traps deal full damage immediately instead of over 1.5 seconds.

Nasus

  • R bonus resists 15-55 ⇒ 40-70, no longer gains 1-3 resistance per second.

Yasuo

  • Way of the Wanderer passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.

Yone

  • Way of the Hunter passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.