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LoL devs reveal major changes coming in Diana rework

Published: 14/Nov/2019 12:30

by Kamil Malinowski


League of Legends game designer Blake Smith has announced a set of major changes coming to Diana, including visual, sound and balance overhauls. 

Diana is one of the oldest League of Legends champions, having been released in 2012. Since then, she has seen many balance changes but is finally set for an overhaul, like many dated champions before her.

Riot Games have been updating some of their original champions throughout the years to ensure that none of them get left behind as new characters are released.

The most recent example of this is Pantheon, who received a total makeover, with a new model and set of abilities. Diana’s update, however, will be less extreme as she will only be receiving small balance adjustments and no new model.

Riot GamesDiana was first released in 2012.

The upcoming changes were announced on Twitter, with Blake Smith stating that the champion’s newest update will be live on the test servers in the next patch.

Diana will be receiving an update to some of her visual and sound effects, as well as ability icons. This is likely to bring her to the standard of some of the latest champions, whose effects are higher quality than ones made in 2012.

She also has a set of major balance changes in the works, which will massively affect her playstyle. The biggest change is her E and R abilities being swapped around, which will give her an early game dash and some much-needed mobility.

Diana’s E ability, Moonfall, will be upgraded to fit an ultimate standard. Currently, it is a simple displacement and attack speed increase, so it will be interesting to see how it can be “beefed up.”

Riot GamesDiana is set to see major changes.

With these changes, the old school assassin may finally become viable in the mid-lane again, much to the delight of players who enjoy her playstyle.

However, none of these changes are confirmed, as they are heading to the test servers. So, while such a massive update would be great for the champion, it may be a while before these changes go through, or Riot may decide to go a completely different way after testing.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.