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LoL: LCK to suffer in major Worlds seed shake-up

Published: 17/Jun/2019 13:59 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 14:22

by Joe O'Brien

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South Korea’s LCK is expected to lose their third direct seed in the League of Legends World Championship main group stage for the 2019 event.

The League of Legends World Championship consists of a play-in stage, followed by a main event group stage and then the playoffs.

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Each of the major regions –  South Korea’s LCK, China’s LPL, Europe’s LEC, North America’s LCS, and Taiwan’s LMS – are guaranteed at least two seeds directly into the main event group stage, but the third team from each is forced to begin in the play-in stage.

The only exception to this has been the LCK, who due to their international success over the years have been granted a third direct seed. For the first time, however, that is reportedly set to change in 2019.

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South Korea has been the dominant force in League of Legends since its original ascent in 2013, which heralded the arrival of Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1. It wasn’t until China’s Invictus Gaming claimed the 2018 World Championship that a non-Korean team took the title again.

Riot GamesChina’s Invictus Gaming won the World Championship in 2018.

In the last year, however, South Korea’s dominance has waned. At the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, South Korea’s Kingzone DragonX fell in the final to China’s Royal Never Give Up. It was at Worlds, however, that the LCK truly came undone, with none of the three representatives even reaching the semi-finals.

For those hoping to see a swift response from South Korea to reclaim their throne, the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational was another disappointment. Favorites Invictus Gaming were dispatched by Team Liquid in the semi-finals, but SK Telecom T1 couldn’t overcome G2 Esports to reach the finals themselves and take a shot at recovering their international crown.

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Now, it seems those shortcomings are set to have more tangible consequences than just the damage to the LCK’s fearsome reputation. According to a report by Osen, the LCK will not have three direct seeds into the main event of the World Championship for the first time in the current format.

Riot GamesG2 Esports made history by winning the Mid-Season Invitational in 2019.

Instead, the LCK’s third seed – the team that qualifies through the Regional Qualifier – will have to fight through the play-in stage, as the third seeds from every other major region have had to in the past.

It appears that China’s LPL will instead be granted status as the world’s leading region, and thus all three of their representatives will be seeded directly into the main event. Riot Games have yet to officially confirm this change, but are expected to do so soon.

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Based on the results from this year’s MSI, it is expected that the Summer champions of the LPL, LCK, LCS, and LEC will all be seeded into “Pool 1” for the group stage draw, meaning they cannot face each other until the playoffs.

There are three ways for teams from the major regions to qualify for the World Championship. The summer split winners are automatically qualified, and the second spot is granted to the team with the most championship points, which are awarded for placement in the spring and summer playoffs. The third teams are determined by regional qualifiers.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70