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League Patch 10.19 to feature Aphelios, Sylas buffs, planned Udyr changes

Published: 9/Sep/2020 8:54 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 8:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends Patch 10.19, commonly known as the World Championship update, is finally in the works ahead of LoL’s biggest competitive tournament of the year ⁠— here’s all the planned changes coming on September 15.

There aren’t many LoL patches more ‘hype’ than 10.19. Each and every year, this September update determines the Worlds meta for the next six weeks of international pro play.

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Because of this, Riot developer Mark Yetter has warned the overall changes will be “fairly small” compared to usual patches. The devs don’t want to get anything wrong this close to the big event. We think that’s pretty fair, to be honest.

⁠There are still some pretty interesting changes coming through the pipes in LoL Patch 10.19 though. In fact, even with Yetter’s warning, there’s still eight champions set to be buffed, and another six in line for some balancing nerfs.

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Aphelios default skin in League of Legends
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Aphelios could return to the meta ahead of Worlds 2020 thanks to some new LoL Patch 10.19 buffs.

League Patch 10.19: all buffs & nerfs

The major headliners in line for some power reductions are top pro picks like Twisted Fate, Azir, Caitlyn, and Senna. The last of those four, the Redeemer, will only have her ADC powers snipped in half, to move her back to support.

Those four professional-pick champions were also originally be joined in the nerf bracket by roaming AD assassin Talon and jungler Nunu & Willump. Yetter has revealed the pair were “not as strong as they previously appeared,” however. Both planned nerfs have subsequently been removed.

Nunu in particular has reigned supreme in solo queue for some time now; they boast a 53.11% win rate, according to Lolalytics, with a 5.7% pick rate to boot.

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The Boy and his Yeti are set for a little love in the next League of Legends update.
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The Boy and his Yeti has escaped nerfs that were originally planned for patch 10.19.

Those same mid-cycle investigations found that Akali and Lucian “could take over the Worlds meta” if left unchecked, Yetter revealed. There were concerns, he added, they would be 100% pick/ban at the event. They have been nerfed accordingly.

On the other side of the coin in League Patch 10.19, a few potential picks that could make their way back into the pro scene during Worlds are also being helped along slightly.

The standouts are Sivir, Aphelios, Sylas, and Irelia.; all have had major stints in LoL’s competitive scene over the years. LoL poster girl Ahri will also get a “follow-up buff” after her Patch 10.18 overhaul, likely just to tweak her slightly.

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Riot begins work on Udyr in 10.19

Finally, long-forgotten jungler Udyr is also finally in line for some buffs in LoL patch 10.19. These planned changes will target his Phoenix form, though Riot has yet to confirm the numbers.

Earlier this month, Yetter asked Udyr fans what they would be hoping to see from a potential VGU update for the champion. These small balance buffs may be to test the waters ahead of a bigger overhaul for the Spirit Walker.

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“I think improving the core is my preference because Udyr brings a very unique pure melee playstyle to the game,” Yetter added on Udyr’s potential changes.

League of Legends Patch 10.19 will be released on Tuesday, Sep. 15. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers on the buffs and nerfs.

League of Legends Patch 10.19: all planned changes

Champions

Akali

  • Q damage 35-135 ⇒ 25-125.

Ahri

  • W cooldown 10-6 ⇒ 9-5, mana cost 55 ⇒ 40.

Aphelios

  • Attack damage per level 2 ⇒ 2.4

Azir

  • W passive bonus attack speed 20-60 ⇒ 10-50%.

Caitlyn

  • Base attack damage 64 ⇒ 62.
  • W headshot damage increase 60-240 ⇒ 40-240.

Irelia

  • R barrage damage 125-325 ⇒ 125-375, perimeter damage 125-275 ⇒ 125-375.

Ivern

  • E slow amount 40-60% ⇒ 50-70%.

Lucian

  • Attack damage per level 2.75 ⇒ 2.3.

Senna

  • Passive mist wraith spawn on minion kill 8.33% ⇒ 4.166%

Sivir

  • Passive movement speed 30-50 ⇒ 35-55.

Sylas

  • R cooldown 100-60 ⇒ 100-40.

Twisted Fate

  • Base movement speed 335 ⇒ 330.

Udyr (Phoenix)

  • R cone damage 50-275 (+60% ability power) ⇒ 50-325 (+70% ability power)

Vayne

  • R attack damage buff 25-55 ⇒ 35-65.
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Mac on MAD Lions failing at Worlds: “We’re not the same team from Summer”

Published: 1/Oct/2020 9:02

by Isaac McIntyre

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MAD Lions may have stunned the League of Legends community after the LEC youngsters failed to escape the Worlds 2020 Play-In Stage, but it wasn’t a huge shock for coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack: issues had been brewing behind the scenes for a while ahead of crunch time in Shanghai.

The surprise pack in Europe this year was MAD Lions, a young LEC team built around Marek “Humanoid” Brázda. The team, who had rebranded from Splyce ahead of the 2020 season, made the rest of Europe sit up and take notice.

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First, they ousted giants G2 Esports in the Spring finals upper bracket, before going on a tear through the Summer regular season. Unfortunately, their run ran out of steam at the playoffs hurdle, and they barely scraped into Worlds as Europe’s fourth seed.

Once in Shanghai, however, LEC fans felt MAD Lions had a second chance.

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Instead, in one final twist of cruel fate for the LEC stars, they were handed the ignominious title of the first-ever EU team to be eliminated in Play-Ins. It was just the second time ever a major region team had failed to advance to Worlds groups.

MAD Lions became just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in the Worlds Play-In stage.
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MAD Lions is just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in Play-Ins.

The result, Mac told Dexerto after their SuperMassive loss, was “embarrassing.”

“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. We’re all a bit embarrassed, to be honest… we’re the first European team to drop out in Play-Ins. It sucks,” he said.

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“Frankly though, my initial thought is that we didn’t deserve to win. We were not the better team, and we haven’t been the better team for most of Play-Ins. We haven’t been the same MAD Lions everyone saw in Summer for a while now either.”

The issue, Mac explained, was two-fold. The team’s scrims had “ironically, been really good” in the build-up. That led to them collecting “a lot of bad information,” and having to re-adapt on the fly as the Worlds qualifying stage played out.

Add to that, the young MAD Lions roster hadn’t played a stage game since late Spring Split, and the nerves rolled in “hard.” The squad was nearly consumed by it, Mac said, and it showed in their games.

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“I don’t want to use any of that as an excuse, but yeah there were definitely a lot of nerves as we came into the Play-In stage,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems that should have been solved earlier too. We had to re-adapt… a lot of the stuff we’d practiced fell apart. That’s a failure from me, and the coaching staff; we couldn’t adapt quick enough, and it cost us in the end.”

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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.
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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.

MAD Lions’ short Shanghai journey was not a complete failure by any means, however. Mac admitted the team had already learned “so, so much” just from scrimming other international teams, and warned the LEC, “we’re bringing back what we learned.”

“I think these events, Worlds and the like, they’re so valuable for teams. You can get caught in your own little bubble, like us in Europe, and you don’t know where you stand with the meta and talent and everything like that,” the English coach said.

“Every region is different, right? You never get punished for your best aspects. When we scrimmed good international teams here we got punished a lot. That was a real, good thing for us, and that’s what we’re all looking to take away.”

MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.
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MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.

There was also a shining light from the roster itself; Mac believes Humanoid was given a chance to “show the world just how good he can be,” and did just that, despite MAD’s struggles at the championship.

“There was, what, fifteen, maybe twenty mid lane bans against him? To be able to come out of that and have good performances, that’s something really quite special… Marek has definitely proven himself this Worlds.”

Worlds continues with groups on Saturday, Oct. 3. Chinese champs Top Esports will open the main event against Group D rivals FlyQuest at 4pm local time (GMT+8).