LoL Teamfight Tactics: Blitzcrank buffed, Graves nerfed in first TFT balance update - Dexerto
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LoL Teamfight Tactics: Blitzcrank buffed, Graves nerfed in first TFT balance update

Published: 19/Jun/2019 14:53 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 15:11

by Joe O'Brien

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A Riot developer has revealed the first balance changes coming to their new League of Legends Teamfight Tactics game.

Teamfight Tactics is Riot Games’ recent entry in the autobattler genre, which rose to prominence in 2019 most notably with Auto Chess, which began life as a DotA 2 mod and has now been released as a stand-alone game.

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The League of Legends-based Teamfight Tactics was released to the LoL Public Beta Environment (PBE) on June 18, but the game is already set for its first balance update.

Riot developer August ‘Riot August’ Browning revealed a host of changes that are coming for the new game mode that are due to hit the PBE on June 19.

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Most significant are the changes to Blitzcrank, who’s getting buffs on his damage, missile speed, and pull speed, while Gangplank is also getting a damage buff. Darius and Graves are getting hit with minor nerfs, while Mordekaiser and Volibear are getting more neutral adjustments.

Also noted is that while Riot aren’t yet applying any nerfs for Draven, who they intend to be a “top tier DPS”, they are monitoring him in case he becomes too dominant.

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August also highlighted that, unlike League of Legends itself in which, ideally at least, all champions should be capable of having a similar impact within the context of their role and with the right circumstances, in Teamfight Tactics there are more deliberate differences in power.

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Some champions are intended to be weak while others should be stronger, resulting in a clearer hierarchy of power that is not just a product of meta or match-ups.

Teamfight Tactics is currently only available on the League of Legends PBE, but it is expected to be released in full alongside LoL patch 9.13 on June 25.

Despite being essentially an entirely separate game, Teamfight Tactics will be implemented as a mode in League of Legends, so LoL players will immediately have access without needing to download a new client.

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Those that wish to try out the game in the meantime will need to sign up for a PBE account, which requires having a LoL account in good standing, and download the PBE client.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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