League of Legends: Golden Guardians set to sign long-time TSM player and reigning NA LCS champion - Dexerto
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League of Legends: Golden Guardians set to sign long-time TSM player and reigning NA LCS champion

Published: 26/Nov/2018 10:09 Updated: 26/Nov/2018 11:22

by Connor Bennett

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After a difficult first season in the NA LCS, Golden Guardians are looking to upgrade their roster and drag themselves from the bottom of the standing.

The team, owned by the NBA champions Golden State Warriors, finished bottom of the NA LCS standings in both the Spring and Summer splits – winning four and five games respectively.

With League of Legends rostermania in full flow, the North American basement squad are attempting to get in on the action and rebuild their roster centred around current players Juan ‘Contractz’ Arturo Garcia and  Matthew ‘Deftly’ Chen.

Changes have already been made to the teams’ staff with former team manager Daniel “dGon” Gonzales and head coach Tyler Perron leaving the organisation.

LoL esports/Riot/FlickrThe Golden Guardians rebuild has been centred on Contractz and Deftly.

Now, According to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, the Golden Guardians are making another set of changes to their roster, possibly before November comes to an end.

The team is said to be set to complete a double swoop for Team SoloMid and Team Liquid players Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell and support Kim ‘Olleh’ Joo-sung.

The pair were placed on the trading block a week ago but there had been little interest from other teams.

Both Olleh and Hauntzer have been made expendable by their respective teams after being replaced.

Hauntzer, who has spent three years with TSM, had a down year last season as the team failed to qualify for Worlds.

Olleh, who joined Team Liquid before the start of last season, struggled to fit in with his new teammates despite winning both of last season’s North American splits.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.