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League of Legends players aren’t happy about the direction the game is headed

Published: 28/Dec/2018 20:20 Updated: 28/Dec/2018 20:28

by Wyatt Donigan

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League of Legends might be among one of the most popular titles around today, but that hasn’t stopped some players from being less than thrilled about the current direction of the game.

As with any competitive title, League of Legends receives frequent updates to keep things fresh, including new champions and items.

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It seems that the current trend of champion abilities and items in League of Legends has some fans worried about the overall direction of the game, however.

Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) is a hectic game mode that many players look forward to each year.

In a post on the League of Legends subreddit titled ‘As a season 1 players, I hate that the game is slowly becoming URF,” the player details some of their main gripes with the current state of the game.

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URF, or Ultra Rapid Fire, is a special game mode in League of Legends that features increased attack speed and cooldown reduction (CDR) to abilities and items, allowing for a more chaotic and carefree experience.

Shadowarcher6 is afraid that the characteristics of this mode are beginning to carry over into the main game mode of League of Legends, though.

Kayn, one of the game’s newer champions, is seen as a problem to some due to the low mana cost of his abilities.

The main problem identified is that items are containing CDR at an increasingly high rate, meaning that players can sometimes get 20% CDR right off the bat from their first item.

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More than that, Shadowarcher sees a big issue with the fact that bruisers and fighters like Kayn and Irelia have abilities that cost little to no mana, which allows them to wreak havoc on the Rift.

They end the post with one last sentence summing up their arguments, saying that “The game needs to stop slowly becoming URF because frankly, the idea of counterplay is disappearing with how little repercussions there are.”

As a season 1 player, I hate that the game is slowly becoming URF. from r/leagueoflegends

Soon after the thread was posted, Game Balance Team member Matt  ‘PhRoXzOn’ Leung-Harrison chimed in on the matter with a lengthy response of his own detailing the design philosophy behind the various items in the game.

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While PhRoXzOn provided a good insight into the thought process of the design team, there’s no doubt that the community has strong feelings on the matter given that the post has over 6,000 upvotes at the time of writing.

With League of Legend’s Season 9 just around the corner, changes to some of these issues could very well be on the way.

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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.