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LoL Coach Gives Unexpected Answer After Being Asked Why He Made a Character Choice

Published: 21/Aug/2018 15:52 Updated: 21/Aug/2018 16:33

by Virginia Glaze

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The EU Summer 2018 Championships featured some intense matches and clippable moments.

The League of Legend’s EU Summer 2018 Championships brings with it a slew of deadly competition, and the brackets are stacked with formidable teams.

Team Vitality is one of these groups. Coming into the Summer Split with a 12-6 run, Vitality is hot on the heels of its competition with a major show of strength.

Vitality was set to go against team G2 Esports in the Playoffs on August 19th. In a surprising choice, teammate Attalia settled on Poppy for a Jungler role, surprising many in the Twitch chat.

Attalia’s choice came as a big surprise due to Poppy’s status as a weaker character in the game. With low base health and inability to handle major pressure, using Poppy in a Jungler role wasn’t unheard of — but it was unexpected.

In a backstage interview, Vitality team coach YamatoCannon was questioned on his pick of Poppy Jungle, a character that hasn’t yet been seen in the EU LCS. “I actually fucked up,” Yamato said with a deadpan expression. “I picked Poppy. I wanted to play Top… we had to just put in a Jungle. It was a mistake.”

Yamato didn’t stop there. When asked about Poppy’s effect on the team, he stated that, “it’s fine, it’s just that I throw an extra challenge in there to show that we’re prepared for payoffs.” Yamato’s brutally honest answer gave many fans the impression that he was trolling: however, his pick ended up working out for Vitality in the end, as the group ultimately took the Best of 1 series over G2.

Yamato’s pick showed that odd decisions can work in favor of a team, and that handling a situation with grace and brutal honesty can result in a hilarious moment that will go down in esports history as being both clutch and hilarious at once.

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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.