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LoL commentator gets emotional after Cloud9’s historic quarter-final win at the 2018 World Championship

Published: 22/Oct/2018 15:04

by Joe O'Brien


NA LCS commentator Sam ‘Kobe’ Hartman-Kenzler struggled to control his emotions after Cloud9 won a historic quarter-final victory at this year’s LoL World Championship.

The Cloud9 squad are the first NA team since the Season One Championship in 2011 – a very different tournament to all of the World Championships that have followed – to reach a Worlds semi-final.

Cloud9 faced LCK third seed Afreeca Freecs in the quarter-finals, but despite being the lower seed managed to pull off a 3-0 victory, closing out an intense third game for the sweep.

While commentators and analysts try to remain as neutral as possible when it comes to analytical evaluation of the games, it’s no secret that many are die-hard fans of a particular region when it comes to international competition.

Whether it’s Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black backing the LPL, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge cheering for the EU LCS or Christopher ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith‘s appreciation of the LCK, many are very transparent about the unsurprisingly close connection they feel to the region they spend most of the year working in.

Like many NA fans, Kobe has witnessed year after year of NA LCS teams disappointing at the World Championship. Even in the age of Korean dominance, LPL and EU LCS fans had high points to celebrate, but NA consistently fell short.

When the camera switched to the casting trio after the end of the match, Kobe could be seen wiping tears from his eyes, and visibly working to maintain composure in the aftermath of the result.

Cloud9’s story this season is a particularly spectacular one. Having benched their most iconic players at the start of the NA LCS Summer split, Cloud9 started out in last place, written off as a contender for the rest of the year.

With Cloud9’s stars returning to the LCS to play alongside some of the squad’s talented rookies, however, they began to claw their way back, starting from 10th
place in the regular season to eventually reaching the playoff finals.

A successful run in the regional gauntlet secured Cloud9 a spot at the World Championship, but first they had to go through the play-ins. A five-game set against Gambit could have seen them eliminated there, but the team pulled through to reach the main event.

In the group stage, Cloud9 were on the precipice of elimination again after Europe’s Vitality pulled off some incredible upsets over MSI champions Royal Never Give Up and World Champions Gen.G Esports, but Cloud9 managed to do the same and beat Vitality themselves in order to claim a quarter-final spot.

Now, Cloud9 will face Fnatic – who many have cited as perhaps the strongest Western team to ever attend a World Championship – for the chance to make history again as the first Western squad to reach a Worlds final since 2011.

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TFT Patch 10.22 hotfix nerfs Morgana after “accidental” buff

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:36

by Andrew Amos


First it was Warwick, now it’s Morgana. Riot have had to tone back the Enlightened-Dazzler’s power in an October 30 hotfix after TFT Patch 10.22 gave her some “accidental” buffs.

Morgana reigned supreme after TFT Patch 10.22 as one of the best champions in the game. The Dazzler changes, as well as buffs to her spell damage, made the four-cost unit near unstoppable.

It was by pure accident though. TFT lead developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer revealed the Morgana changes weren’t meant to be shipped. However, Riot were keeping an eye on it instead of instantly reverting it.

“We accidentally shipped the [Morgana] change [in TFT Patch 10.22]. This was not intended and due to an error, but we’re going to leave it for now. Will keep an eye on things and undo via a B-Patch next week if necessary,” Mortdog told players on October 28.

However, the buff was too broken. The Morgana changes didn’t even make the weekend after the patch. Riot pulled the changes almost immediately, shipping a hotfix on October 30 ⁠— two days after the update launched.

It was a total revert of the spell damage buff Morgana received on TFT Patch 10.22, back to 250/400/2000 from 325/525/2000.

Morgana wasn’t the only thing touched in the October 30 TFT hotfix. AP items Chalice of Harmony, Jeweled Gauntlet, and Rabadon’s Deathcap were also changed.

Chalice of Harmony and Jeweled Gauntlet stacking has been a popular choice for Ahri compositions, as well as general Mage builds. However, nerfs to Jeweled Gauntlet’s bonus crit damage and Chalice’s bonus spell power should make them a little less appealing.

The big winner of this is the double-rod Rabadon’s Deathcap. It’s receiving a buff to its total spell power, which might make it a bit more appetizing to players.

There’s still potential for a further TFT Patch 10.22 update next week as part of a b-patch. However, it’s likely there won’t be any changes until November 4’s TFT Patch 10.23.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.22 hotfix notes below.

TFT Patch 10.22 October 30 hotfix notes


  • Morgana Spell Damage: 325/525/2000 > 250/400/2000


  • Chalice of Harmony Bonus Spell Power: 40 > 35
  • Jeweled Gauntlet Crit Damage: 50% > 40%
  • Rabadon’s Deathcap Total Spell Power: 75 > 80