League Patch 10.11: Volibear rework, Syndra nerfs, more - Dexerto
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League Patch 10.11 to feature Volibear release, Syndra, Janna nerfs, more

Published: 19/May/2020 3:45 Updated: 20/May/2020 5:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends Patch 10.11 is on the horizon, and it looks like Riot’s May 28 update is a hefty one ⁠— Volibear’s rework is arriving, ADCs are set for more changes, and mages like Syndra, Lux, and Janna are in the spotlight too.

LoL’s next update is headlined by the arrival of Volibear’s long-awaited champion rework. The Thunderous Demigod’s VGU is all about making the iconic bear into a lethal threat on the Rift again. It will finally be unleashed in the May 28 patch.

On top of that, League Patch 10.11 will also be targeting small item and champion changes for ADCs as part of Riot’s plan to buff the role. There’s also a list of buffs and nerfs, including changes for enchantresses Syndra, Janna, Lux, and more.

Syndra, Janna lead League Patch 10.11 nerfs

Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter has confirmed a handful of League champions would be getting nerfed in the upcoming May 28 update. These tweaks will include perpetual pro-play powerhouse Syndra, as well as leading support Janna.

The Storm’s Fury, in particular, has been shining quite bright in bot lane recently, and boasts a 53.42% win rate with a 7.35% pick rate, according to Lolalytics. She will be getting a hit to her poke in lane, losing some damage on her W.

Talon and Graves ⁠— two other top meta picks at the moment ⁠— will also be nerfed. Talon’s sustain on Q is being targeted, while Graves’ damage is being hit to cut back his clear speed and kill potential.

Popular pro-play power pick Syndra is one of the mages set for nerfs in League Patch 10.11
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Popular pro-play power pick Syndra is one of the mages set for nerfs in League Patch 10.11

On the other side of the balance coin, five champions will be getting some love from the Riot development team in 10.11.

These include LoL’s last reworked character, Fiddlesticks, who is still trying to find his place on the Rift post-change. He will now be able to terrify enemies while posing as an effigy, and will get a damage increase to his W.

Popular enchantress Lux will also be getting buffs in 10.11 targeting support, with a longer slow on her E. Kai’sa, Gangplank, and Hecarim will also be in line for power tweaks next update too.

More ADC changes roll out in May 28 update

Riot have continued their plan to increase power for ADC champions in the bot lane. To that end, Patch 10.11 is carrying buffs for both marksman, and the Zeal-based items late-game carries will often add to their builds.

Zeal itself, as well as full-build options Phantom Dancer, Runaan’s Hurricane, Rapidfire Cannon, and Statikk Shiv, will all get movement speed buffs. A small group of ADCs ⁠— Lucian, Kalista, Tristana, and Vayne ⁠— will get scaling buffs.

A larger pool of ADC picks will also be getting buffs to base HP. The marksman included in this health tweak will be Aphelios, Ashe, Caitlyn, Draven, Ezreal, Jhin, Jinx, Kai’sa, Kog’maw, Miss Fortune, Sivir, Twitch, Varus, and Xayah.

League Patch 10.11 will see the long-awaited Volibear rework finally make its debut on Summoner's Rift.
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League Patch 10.11 will see the long-awaited Volibear rework finally make its debut on Summoner’s Rift.

Volibear rework sees final testing for League Patch 10.11

Yetter has confirmed Volibear will be unleashed in all his thunderous glory in Patch 10.11, as PBE testing rolls to a close. The Riot dev didn’t reveal exactly what was left to test for the Freljord champion, but we have the details.

Volibear’s passive The Relentless Storm is still seeing minor changes heading into the bear’s release patch, according to [email protected]. The champ’s passive now grants 5% attack speed per stack, instead of its original 3% boost.

The Thunderous Demigod also had his base AD reduced to 57 (from 60), and his ultimate cooldown reduced to 140/130/120 (from 160/140/120). His Q now deals 20/40/60/80/100 damage, down from 25/50/75/100/125.

Riot senior champion designer Nathan Lutz said the tweaks were all ‘tradeoffs’ to make sure Volibear stayed fun, but balanced. The dev explained, “the goal was to be as power-neutral as possible while still supporting player fantasy.”

Yetter also confirmed LoL’s major mid lane overhaul, which is aiming to “reduce some of the power in the central role,” has again been bumped up a patch. The changes are “in flight,” the Riot dev said, but aren’t ready for testing just yet.

League Patch 10.11 is expected to arrive a day later than usual, on May 28, due to Memorial Day. Dexerto will have full details on the expected changes as soon as Riot reveals numbers on the buffs and nerfs.

Esports

BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch

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Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

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Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.