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LoL: Doublelift explains why EU Challenger players are better than NA

Published: 22/Sep/2019 11:52 Updated: 22/Sep/2019 12:20

by Daniel Cleary

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Team Liquid’s League of Legends star, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, highlighted the differences between high-elo Solo Queue players in the EU and NA regions.

European and North American League of Legends fans have been going back and forth for years, arguing since the game’s release about which major region can produce some of the best competitive players.

With only weeks left until Worlds 2019 gets underway, which is set to be held in Europe this year, North American star Doublelift shared his opinion on the long-standing argument during his team’s bootcamp in the Netherlands.

Riot GamesDoublelift and Team Liquid will be attending Worlds 2019 as NA’s first seed after their Summer Finals win in Detroit.

During one of his Solo Queue streams, Doublelift admitted that high-elo players in the EU-West region seemed better in comparison to those from NA, “mechanically everyone in this game is better than NA Challenger, I can say that for sure.”

“These Diamond One/Master players are 100% better, I actually have to concentrate to play when normally I’m like super auto-piloted in Solo Queue, some of these players are super insane actually, better than LCS players probably mechanically.”

Despite maintaining a serious tone when sharing his opinion, many fans suspected that there was a good chance that the Team Liquid ADC was attempting to troll some of Twitch followers to a certain extent with some of his comments.

However, many other viewers in Doublelift’s Twitch stream agreed with his take, referencing the strength of the EU region in recent months with teams like G2 Esports and Fnatic looking like legitimate title contenders for the World Championship.

Although Worlds officially kicks off on October 2 with the play-in stage, Doublelift and Team Liquid won’t have to compete until October 12 after Team Liquid’s victory at the Summer Playoffs in Detroit qualified them as NA’s first seed in pool play.

Doublelift will have a few weeks to climb the ranks of EU West’s “insane” Solo Queue ranks before looking to improve on their international success after falling to G2 Esports in the Finals of the Mid-Season Invitational despite defeating former World Champs, Invictus Gaming in the Semi-final. 

Keep up-to-date with the Worlds 2019 on our coverage hub.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.