LoL: Nemesis explains why Fnatic will finally beat RNG at Worlds - Dexerto
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LoL: Nemesis explains why Fnatic will finally beat RNG at Worlds

Published: 24/Sep/2019 14:32 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 15:01

by Joe O'Brien

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Fnatic mid-laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek

has explained why his team will finally beat Royal Never Give Up when they meet in the group stage of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship.

Many of Fnatic’s fans will no doubt be a bit nervous about the team’s group draw for the World Championship. While the team has been hailed as a serious contender at this year’s Worlds, to reach the playoffs they’ll have to face Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1 – the back-to-back LCK champions – and Royal Never Give Up.

Fnatic versus Royal is one of the most storied international rivalries in League of Legends, dating back to when the two organizations first clashed at the 2013 World Championship. Since then, the pair have met on multiple occasions, but it has historically been RNG that have come out ahead.

At the centre of the match-up are arguably the most iconic players of each side, the AD Carries – Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson for Fnatic, and Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao for RNG. While Rekkles has always been among the top bot-laners domestically, he’s always fallen short against Uzi.

Riot GamesRekkles has historically struggled against Uzi.

According to Nemesis, however, this will be the year that Rekkles prevails, because Nemesis himself is now on the team, and Fnatic has spent an entire year competing against FC Schalke 04, who he describes as “budget RNG.”

“Rekkles will [beat] Uzi, and the reason why is he’s got me now. We literally practiced against budget RNG the whole split – it’s Schalke.”

Nemesis also explained that, like Schalke, the games against RNG would be predictable due to their tendency to play heavily to Uzi in the bot lane.

“What happened in [LEC Summer] semi-finals? I called it in the interview, I said it’s going to be a party in [bot lane]. I’m gonna arrive, everyone’s gonna be drunk already. This is what’s going to happen against RNG. Party in bot lane, again, everyone drunk – boom, I arrive, clean up. Extremely predictable game plan.”

Fnatic will kick off their Worlds campaign in the Group Stage of the main event, which begins on October 12. Only two teams from their group will advance to the playoffs, so Fnatic fans will be hoping that Nemesis’ assessment of their chances against RNG is indeed accurate.

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Riot opens up on potential Shyvana VGU plans for League Season 11

Published: 25/Oct/2020 1:29

by Andrew Amos

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Shyvana is one of League of Legends’ most outdated champions. She’s in desperate need of a visual and gameplay update (VGU). Riot have earmarked her as one of the next ones in line ⁠— and they’ve got a plan ⁠— but there still might be a wait.

Back in 2019, Riot put a poll out to the community to choose who should get the next VGU in League of Legends. Fiddlesticks and Volibear ended up winning the poll, and have received their gameplay updates across Season 10 to much fanfare.

However, history never remembers the losers. Shyvana ended up coming third in the poll ⁠— with over 20% of the vote ⁠— and Riot has hushed any potential VGU for her since.

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Riot agrees Shyvana is in dire need of a VGU, but there’s no firm plans in place yet.

Even Dr. Mundo, who came last in the poll with 14% of the vote, is now getting a VGU, leapfrogging Shyvana. However, Riot are still looking towards a potential Shyvana rework, and it could be coming as soon as Season 11.

Design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon opened up on Reddit about the potential of a Shyvana VGU coming in Season 11. The developer stated that while Shyvana “does need a VGU,” there’s other champions who need it more.

“I think Shyvana does need a VGU. Only question for me is how to prioritize her versus other highly in need champs like Udyr for example,” he told players.

However, even if it’s still on the drawing board, Riot has a clear identity in mind for Shyvana. They want to revert the shapeshifting dragon towards a fighter, rather than the burst mage she’s become.

The on-hit or bruiser Shyvana builds of old have been tossed to the side, with the new meta being full AP, relying on huge E damage procs to nuke enemy squishies. Riot wants to bring her back to her roots when they do rework her.

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“I wouldn’t consider a VGU that didn’t strongly support a fighter playstyle as appropriate given her history and fantasy,” he added.

For now though, there’s no official go-ahead on Shyvana’s rework. Dr. Mundo is where the team’s focus is at, with plans for the Madman of Zaun fully in motion for a Season 11 release.