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League Patch 10.5 to feature Ornn nerf, Sona revert, more jungle changes

Published: 25/Feb/2020 0:19 Updated: 25/Feb/2020 22:16

by Andrew Amos

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League of Legends Patch 10.5 is on its way, and its expected to come with some long-awaited changes to top lane powerhouse Ornn, Spellthief’s items, and even more jungle pool changes.

League’s Patch 10.4 tackled the issues the jungle was facing in Season 10 of League of Legends, and now Patch 10.5 is looking to do the same in the top lane.

Nerfs to oppressive champions like Ornn, Spellthief’s changes, and buffs to bruiser items headline the upcoming patch, which is set to drop on March 4.

Thunder Lord Ornn skin for League of Legends
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Ornn is finally getting nerfed in League Patch 10.5

After dominating the top lane in Season 10, Ornn is finally on the chopping block in Patch 10.5. For a champion designed to be a pure tank, Ornn has become a powerful damage threat in the top lane, with the ability to one shot basically anyone without the chance to fight back.

On top of that, he’s a scaling machine, helping his team garner leads well into the late game thanks to his upgraded items.

Both his damage and his Masterwork passive are being tuned down in 10.5. Ornn will now have to wait one level longer to start making the empowered items, while his Brittle will do less damage in the late game.

The ram isn’t the only thing making top laners lives hell. The new Spellthief’s passive has made playing supports top lane all the more fashionable, with Sona, Soraka, and more rotating back into the top side of the map.

Patch 10.5 will all but kill this strategy, with the gold passive now only being generated when there’s an ally nearby. This will force supports to return to their home in the bot lane, and give top laners more of a chance to play the game.

Buffs to Blade of the Ruined King, Titanic and Ravenous Hydra, and Turret plates for melee champions will also give more short-ranged top laners a chance to thrive in the meta.

After Patch 10.4’s efforts to increase the jungle pool and make the role more diverse, Riot are taking it one step further with another set of jungle buffs for a select few champions.

Default Brand skin in League of Legends
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Brand is one of nine champions Riot are currently looking at adding into the jungle.

Darius and Mordekaiser are getting their power lifted once again, while Poppy is under the jungle microscope in Patch 10.5. She’ll join Zed, Talon, Garen, Diana, and Gnar in making waves outside of their respective lanes.

Brand is expected to be added into the jungle in Patch 10.6 with “more nuanced changes” after originally being touted for a 10.5 update.

This is alongside buffs to Kayn, Graves, Lissandra, Neeko, Twisted Fate, Sivir, Kai’Sa, Alistar, and item Boots of Swiftness.

Sett, Rammus, Amumu, Blitzcrank, Bard, and Boots of Mobility are in line for nerfs.

League of Legends Patch 10.5 will be released on March 4.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Undefeated Evil Geniuses shape as early favorites

Published: 22/Jan/2021 23:10 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 23:14

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!


  • Evil Geniuses enter Lock In Week 2 undefeated
  • Cloud9 start the final day of Groups against Dignitas
  • 3-way tiebreaker possible in Group B

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 2 – 1
1 Team Liquid 2 – 1
1 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 2
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

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

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 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