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League of Legends 2020 preseason: Rise of the Elements’ biggest changes

Published: 19/Nov/2019 22:06 Updated: 19/Nov/2019 22:07

by Alan Bernal

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Major changes are coming to League of Legends for the 2020 preseason, and the devs showed the many effects the Rise of the Elements will have on Summoner’s Rift.

The Riot Games devs already gave a full brief on what the Rise of the Elements would mean for players loading up into the game, but now the company is giving a more in-depth spotlight at the game’s changes.

Going into the new decade, League of Legends is in for one of the biggest gameplay updates in its history.

While past patches might have changed the drake system, drafting and the like, the Elements are going to be a major factor for players to consider when navigating through the game.

Riot GamesLeague of Legends players are in for a few twists to the MOBA’s gameplay with the Rise of the Elements.

Though there have been in-depth looks at the upcoming updates, the LoL devs gave a new view for the 2020 preseason in a November 19 spotlight for Rise of the Elements.

“Rise of the Elements will bring [Summoner’s Rift] to life as the primal magic of the Elemental Drakes changes the landscape each game,” Riot Games said in a previous gameplay preview for the 2020 changes.

The third drake will “transform” the game’s landscape before spawning, and after that, it will be the only element of drake to appear on the rift.

But seeing the changes in action gives players a better sense of what they’re in for when the preseason changes come into effect.

Along with the Elemental changes, the new alcoves in the side lanes will give players more flexibility to outplay or escape ganks.

The video shows a Gnar getting cut off from their turret by a Gragas gank. After retreating to the alcove, Gnar simply jumps over the wall, flashes out of the gank, goes into Mega form and is able to make a successful disengage where they normally wouldn’t be able to.

Riot GamesThe elemental drakes have had a huge impact to LoL since being introduced, and that role will only expand in the 2020 update.

Similarly, the Speed Boost Zones in the jungle would give straightforward junglers like Xin Zhao a highway to make quick roams throughout the map.

Dragon Souls will obviously be having a big impact on how players approach everything from poke damage, engages, and even escapes.

Caitlyn’s Ace in the Hole ultimate is usually a reliable long-range execution for low health foes, but Kai’Sa was able to easily negate the damage from the shot with the Mountain Soul’s out-of-combat shield.

Some of 2020’s biggest changes to League of Legends are going to have every Summoner, from new players to veterans alike, to retool how they play the game in its new era.

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Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.