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League of Legends Pro League teams dispute Nike sponsorship deal

Published: 26/Nov/2018 21:47 Updated: 27/Nov/2018 3:44

by Alan Bernal

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Teams within the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) have voiced concerns and disagreements with the league on its latest deal with sports clothing giant Nike.

Earlier in November, a new contract between Nike and LPL-organizer Tencent was reported, suggesting the Chinese-based league was ready to cash in on a huge apparel deal. Per accounts, the agreement would see all league players, coaches and staff wear Nike-branded clothing onstage during game days.

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It has now been reported by the Esports Observer that there are entities within the LPL who have conflicting sentiments on the accord and have expressed them to the league.

Moreover, initial reports specifying a five-year term worth ¥1B or $144M USD are now seemingly incorrect. Sources close to the deal say the Nike is now seeking a “conditional” agreement that would be based on the league’s viewership in case it were to decrease.

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With such a huge deal in talks, problems within the LPL were bound to arise.

The exclusivity on gameday apparel under the deal would prohibit individual teams and organizations to seek out their own deals with other brands. This would be in stark contrast to the freedom teams had in the franchise-based model that the LPL was famous for starting.

Riot GamesAlmost every LoL team carries its own swagger and a big part of their esteem comes from their apparel.

Additionally, the collaboration between the league and Nike would come into conflict with active apparel deals throughout the league’s teams, such as EDward Gaming’s clothing deal with China-based activewear company, Li-Ning.

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Earlier in the year, Nike made its move into the Chinese LPL by featuring Royal Never Give Up AD-carry Jian ‘Uzi’ Zihao a part of the “Dribble &” marketing campaign.

It is likely that more conflicts will present themselves as information becomes more concrete and readily available the closer we get to the spring installment of the LPL.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70