League of Legends: Riot Games details Kayle nerfs coming in Patch 9.7 - Dexerto
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League of Legends: Riot Games details Kayle nerfs coming in Patch 9.7

Published: 22/Mar/2019 22:25 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 22:37

by Bill Cooney


Riot Games have announced upcoming nerfs for Kayle that should take effect in the League of Legends 9.7 patch. 

Kayle got a rework as part of the 9.5 patch in February, and will once again be getting tweaked soon.

The champion has already been criticized by many for being too weak, but it seems Riot doesn’t agree, and will be nerfing the champion even more.

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What are the nerfs?

Senior Champion designer at Riot August Browning detailed the changes coming to Kayne in the next update.

“Despite assertions that Kayle was “Getting nerfed cause Rito lost to her in a silver game,” her winrate went up this patch by 1-2 percent, due to the W and E buffs we put in,” Browning wrote on Twitter. “Likely too strong in all MMR’s.”

Both Celestial Blessing (W) and Starfire Spellblade (E) will both be getting nerfed in 9.7, in an effort to make Kayle “more item dependent”, according to Browning.

Due to the rework, Kayle has not been available for professional matches in the Spring of 2019, and there’s no set time for when she’ll be available, as Riot is clearly still tweaking her.

The nerfs also aim to make her less unstoppable later on in the game, but some, like League of Legends streamer Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare don’t agree with the changes.

Timestamp at 1:05 for mobile viewers.

“This is atrocious, this champion cannot lane. absolutely cannot lane at the highest levels,” LS said on stream. “And then Riot’s response to all of this is to hit her? It’s a meme, in the Korean community right now, ‘Just pick Kayle.'”

Exactly when patch 9.7 will happen remains unknown, but with developers already sharing changes, it’s probably not too far off.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.