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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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LCK 2021 Spring Split: Shock results for DWG Kia and T1

Published: 21/Jan/2021 15:10 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 15:13

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!


  • T1 continue to falter after being beaten 1 – 2 by Gen.G.
  • And insane turn of events see World Champions DWG Kia fall to Fredit BRION.
  • Gen.G still undefeated.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 3-0 6-1
2 DRX 2-1 5-4
3 DWG Kia 2-1 4-3
4 Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 3-3
5 KT Rolster 1-1 2-2
6 Liiv SANDBOX 1-2 3-4
7 T1 1-2 4-5
8 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
9 Nongshim RedForce 1-2 3-5
10 Fredit BRION 1-2 2-4

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria