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League Patch 10.4 to feature jungle changes, Stopwatch nerfs, more

Published: 11/Feb/2020 1:58 Updated: 11/Feb/2020 23:00

by Andrew Amos

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An early preview of League of Legends Patch 10.4 has been revealed, with big changes coming to the jungle, some of the game’s most powerful items, as well as some quirky picks that have weaseled their way into the meta.

After a few bot lane focused patches to kick off Season 10, other parts of Summoner’s Rift will be receiving some love across Patch 10.4.

Focused changes towards the jungle and top lane will be the major talking points of the February 19 update, as well as touch-ups to a few items and runes that have dominated the meta at the start of the season.

Yasuo using Stopwatch in League of Legends
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While League of Stopwatch won’t be disappearing, the item might see less use after Patch 10.4.

Lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter dropped players a preview of what to expect from the next patch on February 10, with one of the more extensive changelists of Season 10 so far.

Scruffy has mentioned Riot were looking at increasing jungle pool diversity to make the role more “appealing,” with a select few champions getting changes to help them clear the neutral camps.

While Darius, Garen, Talon, Zed, and Diana were on the initial list for Patch 10.4 changes, Scruffy’s preview also includes a new name not mentioned before ⁠— Mordekaiser, the Master of Metal.

Most of the changes being shipped to these champions is increased damage to monsters, as well as some defensive upgrades. Diana’s passive, Zed’s passive, and Garen’s E, Judgment, will now deal 150% damage to monsters, which includes jungle camps but not lane minions.

The most major nerf in Patch 10.4 is coming to Stopwatch. A 50 gold increase on its cost, up to 650, will make getting the initial life-saving item harder, especially for supports on a budget.

Nerfs to Perfect Timing are also coming, so getting a free Stopwatch will also be more difficult. To compensate for the changes, Stopwatch-component items like Zhonya’s Hourglass and Gargoyle’s Stoneplate are having their combine costs reduced by 50 gold.

Top lane is also being targeted in the upcoming patch, with nerfs on the way for Soraka and Sona who have found themselves a niche on the north side of Summoner’s Rift.

The two enchanter ‘supports’ will be shifted back into the bot lane, with nerfs to their defensive stats making them more susceptible to dying in a solo lane.

Odyssey Sona skin in League of Legends
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Sona is the latest support to find themselves in the top lane, but not for long.

More “top lane influence” changes to give the role more impact are coming in Patch 10.5, according to Scruffy.

This is on top of nerfs to Aphelios, Singed, and Aurelion Sol. Jayce, Gnar, Sylas, Rammus, Udyr, Amumu, Caitlyn, and Lux will be buffed, alongside Sunfire Cape, the Exhaust summoner spell, and runes Phase Rush, Hail of Blades, and Unflinching.

League Patch 10.4 is expected to drop on February 19.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Cloud9 secure second seed over Dignitas

Published: 22/Jan/2021 23:10 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 0:50

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!


  • 100 Thieves are back on top of Group A after beating GGS
  • Cloud9 secure the second seed in Group B with Dignitas win
  • Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest next at 5PM PT / 8PM ET

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 3 – 1
2 Team Liquid 2 – 1
2 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 3
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 0
2 Cloud9 3 – 1
3 Immortals 1 – 2
4 Dignitas 1 – 3
5 FlyQuest 0 – 2

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses remain flawless at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm