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LoL: Major Shaco rework details revealed and it might be overkill

Published: 18/Sep/2019 1:14 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 2:40

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends PBE update, and it is looking pretty overtuned.

Shaco has long been left by the wayside by Riot’s balance team, mainly due to his perceived status as a ‘cheese’ champion in the game. With difficulties surrounding his invisibility and jack-in-the-box gameplay, the Demon Jester was all but forgotten.

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Now, game designer Azubuike ‘AzuBK’ Ndefo-Dahl has revealed upcoming plans for LoL’s trademark clown character, and the raft of ability changes could potentially fire him right to the top of the post-patch meta.

Riot GamesShaco last received minor changes in Patch 9.10.

“Shaco PBE soon, tomorrow? Took a bit longer than anticipated because Worlds prep has been busy. Please play and let me know what you think,” AzuBK said on Twitter, before revealing he knew the numbers might be higher than usual: “Might be overtuned.”

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The main aim of Shaco’s mini-rework was laid out by the developer ahead of the revealed numbers – shift power back into the jester’s early game, and allow for both AP and AD-focused builds to still be a powerful part of his kit moving forward.

“Shaco players have some justified complaints about their champions. This is an opportunity to re-evaluate decisions we’ve made and refresh the champion’s kit,” AzuBK explained.

Twitter: Riot AzuBKThe full list of proposed changes for Shaco.

With hefty buffs across the board for Shaco, many players were left scratching their heads, worried that the numbers spikes will see the Demon Jester take over the jungle.

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“Definitely overtuned. Please carry out the testing carefully, nobody wants a broken perma-banned Shaco,” one user wrote, while another expressed their displeasure at having to potentially face the powerful new champion on the Rift: “So basically just buff him overall without removing any of the frustration of playing against him, got it.”

Most of the concern is surrounding Shaco’s major ultimate buff, and how his jack in the boxes interact with enemy champions. His boxes dropped from his W ability now fires all nearby targets, while his ultimate-based boxes trigger immediately.


While many players have expressed their concern, players who main Shaco defended the buffs, comparing their favorite champion to other characters they believe are overpowered: “All the people saying this is overtuned should try playing Kayn or even Malphite lmao.”

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Luckily for players fearing the changes, these buffs and swaps are only dropping onto the Public Beta Environment this week, and not live. If the jester is now overtuned like players and even AzuBK has suggested, there will be a chance for Riot to tweak the numbers.

These Shaco changes will spend a decent amount of time on the PBE, considering they are planned for Patch 9.20. The next patch will be the Worlds-based 9.19 on September 24.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.