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League Patch 10.14 to feature Zed buffs, Varus & Ezreal nerfs, more

Published: 1/Jul/2020 1:48 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 3:44

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends Patch 10.14 is on its way, and there’s a host of champions set for buffs and nerfs in the upcoming July 7 update. Headlining the changes are bot lane powerhouses Varus and Ezreal; here’s everything you need to know.

Perhaps the biggest changes coming in League Patch 10.14 are power reductions for two of the strongest picks recently: Varus and Ezreal. The former has become ‘must-pick’ in the pro scene and solo queue, while the latter has become a top-tier roleplayer.

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Varus in particular has become synonymous with pick-ban status in Season 10 pro play. The Arrow of Retribution boasts a 100% presence in LCS and LCK, and appears 97.1% of the time in the LEC. Similarly, Ezreal has the same reign of terror in solo queue. The treasure hunter has a 17.09% pick rate, with a 50.47% win rate.

The marksman duo will be joined in the nerf column by Wukong ⁠— who has found new life as a support alongside Senna recently ⁠— Trundle, and the newly-reworked Volibear. Pyke is also in line for some nerfs, to balance out his mid lane strength.

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League Patch 10.14 will put mid lane Pyke under the microscope in a big way.
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League Patch 10.14 will put mid lane Pyke under the microscope in a big way.

Karthus is one of the main headliners for balance changes heading in the other direction in League Patch 10.14. His buffs, which was accidentally leaked last week, are aiming to move him back into the mid lane, Riot Phlox explained. The buffs will reduce his damage to monsters to stop jungle Karthus, while making him less squishy in lane.

The Deathsinger isn’t the only mid lane champion getting a bit of love in the impending July 7 update either. Zed is also in line for some buffs, targeting his mobility through his Living Shadow (W).

Jungle assassin Kha’zix will also be getting buffed in LoL Patch 10.14, as will Riven, Alistair, and Sejuani (sorry Jankos). Finally, Pyke will be getting some support-focused buffs to help the deep-sea warrior shift back south on Summoner’s Rift.

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On top of the balancing changes, League Patch 10.14 already has a number of new-release champion skins that will be going on sale through the July 7 update cycle. Here’s the full list of cosmetics already confirmed:

  • Kog’Maw (Arcanist)
  • Shaco (Arcanist)
  • Zoe (Arcanist)
  • Zoe (Arcanist Prestige Edition)
  • Nautilus (Conqueror)
  • Karthus (Infernal)
  • Kennen (Infernal)
  • Vel’Koz (Infernal)

Finally, Riot has confirmed the super-popular Nexus Blitz limited-time mode will be making a triumphant return in Patch 10.14. There are a few changes for the “experimental mode” though, focused around changing objectives and rewards.

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Riot’s “experimental mode” Nexus Blitz is officially returning in League Patch 10.14.

League of Legends Patch 10.14 will be released alongside the usual Teamfight Tactics update on Wednesday, July 7. You can find the full preview below.

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League Patch 10.14 preview notes

Champions

Alistar

  • Q cooldown: 17-13 seconds > 15-11 seconds

Ezreal

  • E cooldown: 25-13 seconds > 28-16 seconds

Karthus

  • Health: 528 > 550
  • Movement speed: 325 > 335
  • Q damage: 45-125 (+30% AP) > 50-130 (+30% AP)
  • Q damage to monsters: 100% > 80%
  • E mana restore: only when toggled off > always
  • E tick rate: 1 per second > 4 per second (damage unchanged)

Kha’Zix

  • Health: 572.8 > 575
  • Q isolation multiplier: 2 > 2.2

Pyke

  • MR per level: 1.5 > 1.25
  • Armor per level: 5 > 3.5
  • Q mana cost: 70 > 55-75
  • Q cooldown: 12-8 seconds > 10-8 seconds
  • Q damage: 75-275 > 85-285

Riven

  • Passive damage: 25-50% AD > 30-60% AD

Sejuani

  • E damage: 40-240 > 55-255
  • E cooldown on target: 10-8 seconds > 8 seconds
  • E ally buff range: 1100 > 1300

Trundle

  • W attack speed: 30-100% > 20-100%

Varus

  • Q max damage AD ratio: 150% > 125-145%
  • Q min damage: 100% > 83-97%
  • E base damage: 70-210 > 50-210

Volibear

  • Base attack speed: 0.66 > 0.625
  • W healing on monsters: 100% > 50%

Wukong

  • R knockup duration: 0.75 > 0.6

Zed

  • W missile speed: 1750 > 2500
  • W cooldown: 22-14 seconds > 20-14 seconds

Summoner Spells

Ghost

  • Movement speed: 20-40% > 24-48%

Runes

Predator (Domination)

  • Damage: 30-90 > 40-120
  • Cooldown: 100-70 seconds > 90-60 seconds
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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.