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League of Legends players frustrated by Aphelios’ confusing abilities

Published: 4/Feb/2020 9:52

by Joe O'Brien


League of Legends players still aren’t happy about the state of Aphelios, with complaints that the champion’s abilities are too complicated, too powerful, and not clear enough for opponents.

Released in December 2019, Aphelios is the most unusual champion Riot Games have ever produced.

Unlike every other champion in the game, Aphelios doesn’t have the typical four-ability set players are used to. Instead, he only really has two abilities – Q and R – which have slightly different effects depending on which of the five weapons in his arsenal he is wielding.

Of those weapons, Aphelios can have two in his hands at any given time, and is able to swap between his main hand and off-hand at will. New weapons are then cycled in as he uses up the ammo on the ones he’s holding.

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Aphelios doesn’t follow League of Legends’ standard design model.

While there was some initial excitement about the novel design of the champion, after seeing the champion in action on the live servers, many players are increasingly frustrated by Aphelios.

The major complaint about Aphelios is how complex he is, which is a greater issue for those facing him than those using him. Not only do opponents need to understand Aphelios’ extensive kit, but they also need to be able to quickly identify what he can do at any given moment, something that isn’t hugely clear right now.

Even Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare, commentator for the English broadcast of South Korea’s LCK, admitted that he struggles to identify exactly what Aphelios is capable of at any given time.

“I’m the LCK color caster and I will be casting LCK tomorrow, and I have no f**king idea what that champion does. I’ve probably played against him about a hundred times, I have no f**king clue what I’m looking at, I don’t know what’s coming next. You just approach him and you’re guessing.”

Clarity isn’t the only issue, however. Players have also complained that Aphelios is simply too powerful, with his extensive weapon set giving him an answer to almost any situation, and all of them being capable of dealing massive damage with limited downside for having the wrong one equipped in any given situation.

Former pro player turned streamer Lee ‘Rush’ Yoon-jae encountered this mix of confusion and sheer power, left in disbelief as he watched the enemy Aphelios dismantle his team seemingly without having to even put himself in danger.

Aphelios is due another nerf in the next update, patch 10.3, which is due to arrive on February 5. However, the only change will be to his Calibrum marks, which are being reduced from infinite range to a maximum of 2000 range. While this does address one of the more frustrating elements of playing against Aphelios, it may not be enough to put broader concerns about the champion’s design to rest.

League of Legends

Doublelift reveals internal issues behind TSM’s collapse at Worlds 2020

Published: 25/Oct/2020 11:48

by Luke Edwards


TSM AD carry Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has criticized his team’s “undisciplined” scrim play which led to their horrendous 0-6 run at Worlds 2020.

TSM went into Worlds as the LCS first seed, hoping to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 2014. Drawn into a group with Fnatic, LGD, and Gen.G, TSM wasn’t necessarily expected to progress from their group, but fans believed they could at least take a game or two.

But TSM limped out without a win, and the fallout has been huge. Long-time midlaner Bjergsen announced his retirement yesterday, with his move to head coach likely to kick off a revamp of the side.

As TSM’s most senior player, Doublelift took some time on his stream to offer fans more insight on what went wrong for them at Worlds this year.

Doublelift playing for TSM
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Doublelift has offered his insight into TSM’s abysmal Worlds 2020 showing.

Speaking on his Twitch stream, Peng explained: “Losing trust in each other made us play even worse. After the first week, we probably had a 10% win rate in scrims. I was grateful to win even a single game per day. A lot of the games were either over after level one, or in the first five minutes.

“People on the team started ruining practice by coin flipping and playing stupidly. You need some discipline to stay focused on the goals. We lost all of our team play.”

TSM’s trust issues

As LCS analyst MarkZ pointed out, TSM’s performance was statistically the worst ever produced by a pool one team.

The communication issues were evident through some bizarre pieces of play. Rookie jungler Spica produced one of the most memorable plays of the tournament, but not for the right reasons.

His “nine-man” Lillia sleep was not only heavily memed by the community, it also provided a perfect example of TSM’s loss of confidence and lack of trust in each other.

A fully confident TSM likely would have followed in on Spica’s engage to win the fight and potentially take the game. Bjergsen’s first task will be to build up the confidence of whatever roster he has at his disposal.

TSM finds itself with a lot of work to do if it hopes to end a torrid run of international performances.