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League of Legends devs explain how next update will “punish” mid-laners

Published: 26/Sep/2020 19:29 Updated: 26/Sep/2020 19:30

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are testing more changes to League of Legends and this time it could put more pressure on midlaners who are “excessively” roaming to other parts of the map.

As a pivotal role, the middle of the map is usually filled with champions like Assassins, Mages, dedicated roamers and more. While some tend to stay in their lane, season 10 has been rife with players electing to roam around and find advantages around the map in the early stages of a match.

While this aggressive playstyle is completely viable, Riot is going to test some changes before the preseason patch that should make those players think twice about leaving their region of the Rift.

“We’re testing a very simplified version of a midlane agency reduction,” Lead Gameplay Designer for League, Mark Yetter, explained. “Small resource reduction and stronger push threat to punish roaming excessively.”

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Riot are indirectly targeting infamous midlane roamers like LeBlanc.

The team is working with a change that would make mid’s Cannon Minions, also called Siege Minions, worth 10 less gold for the first 14 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, those same minions will get a 30% increase in attack speed when attacking towers.

Cannon minions are particularly important for champions looking to hit their early game power spikes. Having them cost 10 gold less won’t be detrimental to midlaners, but it will give them a higher incentive to farm as much as they can in the lane as a consequence.

The trade-off will put more pressure on these players to either commit harder on a play if they should roam to make up for lost resources or just stay in lane to work on their CS (creep score) to accumulate gold.

Meanwhile, if a player leaves their lane unattended for too long, the enemy could hard shove the Cannon wave to start shredding the turret. Eventually, the upgraded firepower from the Cannons would open up the lane quicker for midlaners who stayed to farm.

Natural opposition to this change lies in people saying that this only tells players to roam more since gold in the midlane has been reduced.

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Changes to Cannon Minions could help deal with roamers, but that remains to be seen.

To solve the problem with roaming players, the League community proposed changing XP values around the map.

For example, an uptick in bot lane XP would make those players more prepared to defend against a roaming midlaner and punish them by committing to a lackluster gank.

Once the change comes out in the PBE, Riot will be taking a look at how the changes to Cannon Minion will affect the midlane, but it seems they are experimenting on different ways to quell roamers before next season.


3kliksphilip claims CSGO’s Deagle doesn’t need buff despite player outrage

Published: 28/Nov/2020 3:33

by Andrew Amos


Philip ‘3kliksphilip’ Dyer has weighed into the CS:GO Desert Eagle debate, saying that the $800 hand-cannon doesn’t need a buff like players have suggested. Instead, the popular YouTuber believes the gun is well-balanced.

The Desert Eagle is one of Counter-Strike’s most iconic guns. Countless plays have been made with the hand-cannon, from Happy’s Play of the Decade Ace, to Xizt’s huge clutch way back in the 1.6 days for Fnatic.

However, recently players have gotten in an uproar over the gun feeling weaker than it ever has before. Dozens of posts have skyrocketed to the top of the /r/globaloffensive subreddit, all claiming the Deagle doesn’t live up to its former glory.

The Deagle has been put under the microscope by the community for being weaker than ever before, but 3kliksphilip believes the claims are baseless.

“The Desert Eagle is flawed. Not because it is overpowered or underpowered, but because its intention is missed by the developers. It is supposed to be a high skill, high reward type of gun. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case,” one post by Woody_S said.

However, YouTuber 3kliksphilip has debunked these claims, saying they’re not backed by facts. They’re reliant on nostalgia, which doesn’t even really exist, to base a point that the Deagle needs a buff.

“I think it’s dangerous to see older games as to what CS:GO should aspire to imitate. Compared to any other game in existence, CS:GO’s weapons have been far more rigorously balanced to ensure they all serve some sort of purpose,” he said in a November 27 video.

“All those frags you’ve seen from pros are as much luck as anything else. There was one difference back then, and that was the second shot fired was just as precise as the first.”

He broke down the stats of the Deagle to prove his point. The gun is one of the most accurate in the game, beating out all other pistols, and even most of the rifles. While it’s never claimed to be the “most accurate,” it’s still “surprisingly accurate,” like the weapon’s description says.

“The gun has never claimed to be the most accurate in the game, not by a long shot. The Deagle does live up to its expectation of being surprisingly accurate though.”

Valve did try to fill the community niche for a sniper-like hand cannon in the R8 Revolver, but that missed the mark due to the long wind-up. Now, the community wants that ideal gun to be the Deagle, which Philip says is illogical.

“For what people want from the Deagle, you’d be better off making an entirely new weapon to fulfil these criteria. But Valve did make a new weapon ⁠— they made the Revolver, which players can opt for instead of a Deagle, but don’t because it’s a bit rubbish.”

R8 Revolver in CSGO
The R8 Revolver has failed to fill the void CS:GO players want.

There has been a decent patch proposed by community modders. The Weapon Balance Mod’s latest update, which 3kliksphilip highlighted, would decrease the Deagle’s high damage drop off, while reducing its base damage and armor penetration to reward headshots.

While these changes won’t be making it into the game properly, at least for now, 3kliks wants the community to realise that the Deagle is in a better spot than ever before. He used a side-by-side of 1.6 vs CS:GO as a comparison, and the Deagle in the 2012 release is far more accurate.

“As far as competitive Counter-Strike goes, RNG has always had a part to play with the Deagle. Those wanting less of the random element should be praising the gun for the state that it’s in right now in CS:GO in 2020.”