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League of Legends devs provide update on new champions, ranked, more

Published: 25/Apr/2020 12:04

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games have released a brief video on April 24, updating League of Legends fans on their plans for future champions, in-game events, ranked play, and much more.

League of Legends developer Jessica ‘Safelocked’ Nam provided the League of Legends community with an update on what Riot had planned for the popular MOBA in the 2020 season.

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Following the introduction of the Elemental Rift changes in Season 10 and their focus on balancing Jungle and Top roles, she revealed that the devs are happy with how fresh the current state of the game has been.

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Riot devs are happy with the current meta following the massive Elemental Rift changes.

Ranked Play and Champions

Safelocked highlighted many of the changes the dev team has made so far, including recent adjustments to ranked play queues, balancing teams with a similar number of duos, and auto-filled players for each match.

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They also explained that, while it was still a few months away, they are looking to address many of the long-standing issues in ranked such as “promotional series’, ranked vs MMR clarity, and reward satisfaction” with significant changes following Worlds 2020.

Safelocked also highlighted that the champion design team will be shifting their attention, following the Volibear VGU update in May, to work on the new Jungler and melee characters that were teased in January.

Game modes and events

With the Galaxies 2020 in-game event wrapping up on April 28, League of Legends fans will be looking towards the next event where they can earn exclusive rewards and loot, such as exclusive champion skins and other items.

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After the rumors around the Pulsefire 2020 event were confirmed, Safelocked revealed that Riot had initially scheduled it to align with the Mid-Season Invitational before it was canceled, which often spans across a few weeks in May, meaning fans likely won’t have too long to wait for the chance to earn more tokens.

The Pulsefire event will feature the return of the popular Pick URF playlist, which allows players to pick any of their favorite champs in the Ultra Rapid Fire game mode. FPX’s 2019 Worlds skins, which Riot has already revealed, are also expected to made available around this time.

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Riot Games previewed the Pulsefire 2020 event with an unreleased Pantheon skin.

She also hinted towards the upcoming Summer Festival, which will see the return of the fan-favorite game mode, Nexus Blitz, as well as the expected release of the Jungler and Melee champs that were mentioned previously.

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Safelocked also noted that there is still a chance that some of their plans might not make it onto the Rift as early as they would like, due to the recent production constraints, but Riot will update fans with any delays should they arise.

Entertainment

Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.