League of Legends

LoL: Upset reveals the problems that cost Schalke a chance at Worlds

Published: 1/Oct/2019 5:46 Updated: 1/Oct/2019 7:17

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends star Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp has revealed why he believes FC Schalke 04 failed to qualify for the upcoming 2019 World Championship, after a decent LEC season turned into disappointment in the regional gauntlet.

The German organization found success the postseason, defeating Team Vitality and Rogue 3-1 to earn a place in the preliminary final in Athens against Fnatic. Upset’s team was blown away by the LEC runners-up in a 3-0 that lasted just 101 minutes on the Rift.

Now, Upset has revealed that he believes the 2019 roster, nearly completely rebuilt following four player departures during the LEC franchising changes, may have been too “limited” to earn a place at Riot’s international tournament this year.

Riot GamesGerman star Upset has yet to represent Europe at the World Championship.

“Our team was limited because of the players we had, it made us play a certain way, but we managed to get third which was exciting to me,” the German star said on Episode 89 of Listen Loco while speaking to co-host Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields.

“We definitely underperformed, especially compared to scrims. I think especially Abbedagge had problems applying as much pressure as he usually would. Abbe isn’t less talented than other mid laners, but he just handles pressure worse, I would say.”

Abbedagge joined Schalke as a rookie at the beginning of LEC 2019 Spring.

Upset suggested Schalke’s shortcomings came when they were facing teams higher on the totem pole to them, like Worlds favorites G2 Esports, or European veterans Fnatic. Due to the composition of their team, they were caught between the best, and the mid-table pack.

“The roster I had was good at a lot of stuff, but we had clear weaknesses so our playstyle was obvious. It’s not like we wanted to play this way, but it worked quite well I would say. In the end, it kind of hurt us because we needed Abbe and me to play really good, but it mostly didn’t work because we were mainly playing around these two,” he said.

“When it worked we managed to beat teams that were worse than us, but didn’t manage to beat G2 or Fnatic. Then against Splyce … it didn’t end up working out too well, that series.”

For mobile users, the video segment starts at 12:40.

The Schalke in-game leader has never been one to shirk responsibility for his team’s failures, however, and said that he wasn’t happy with his own level of play against Fnatic in Athens, and again facing off against Splyce in the regional gauntlet.

“I didn’t play perfect at all, and I wasn’t the best player in the region or anything to carry my team. I don’t want to make too many excuses for my performance in the gauntlet, I think it could have been better,” he said.

“If I had led the team better, and made better calls, we probably could have done a lot better. At least not a 3-0,” he said, before partially agreeing with co-host Choi ‘Locodoco’ Yoon-seop that Schalke may have been let down by solo lane players in the series.

“I’ve been with Abbedagge for a whole year, and he’s a really good player. He learned a lot from Trick and the team I think. He’s proven that he’s top five for sure, his biggest problem is just communicating what is going on in his head, and on-stage is a bit worse.”

Riot GamesTwo-time LEC MVP Trick has announced his free agency after a season with Schalke.

Now, Upset and the rest of the Schalke roster must sit on the sidelines and watch as Fnatic, G2, and Splyce battle it out with the world’s best throughout this month.

There’s no guarantee Schalke’s roster will stay together heading into the next season either. Jungler Kim ‘Trick’ Gang-yun has already announced his free agency ahead of 2020, while Upset, Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pascu and Lee ‘IgNar’ Dong-geun are all off-contract as well.

Young German mid laner Felix ‘Abbedagge’ Braun has a multi-season contract with the organization that will see him likely remain with the team until the end of next year.

League of Legends

Why is everyone in League of Legends building Moonstone Renewer?

Published: 18/Jan/2021 6:19 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 6:20

by Andrew Amos


The aftermath of League of Legends’ Season 11 item rework is still being ironed out. However, one Mythic has risen to the top ⁠— Moonstone Renewer. The “support” Mythic is being picked across multiple lanes, dominating the meta.

Eclipse. Imperial Mandate. Sunfire Aegis. There’s been a number of “broken” items highlighted in League Season 11.

One has flown under the radar though. Moonstone Renewer was shunned by the community on release as one of the worst Mythics in League of Legends. However, two months on, and it’s risen firmly to the top of the power rankings.

It’s not just popular in casual play either.

Pros are building it on more than just supports ⁠— its intended place. Nidalee’s, Lillia’s, solo lane Karma’s are all taking Moonstone Renewer instead of Night Harvester, Riftmaker, or other AP picks. Why is this the case? Well, it’s because it’s one of the most gold efficient items in the game, with incredible utility to boot. Let’s break it down.

Spirit Blossom Lillia in LoL
Riot Games
Moonstone Renewer has taken over League of Legends, with champions like Lillia reaping the rewards.

What is Moonstone Renewer, and why is it so strong?

Moonstone Renewer is a support Mythic in League of Legends. For 2,500 gold, you get 40 Ability Power, 20 Ability Haste, 200 Health, and some Mana Regeneration. You also get access to one of the most powerful passives in the game in Starlit Grace.

When affecting champions with attacks or abilities in combat ⁠— including crowd control and shields ⁠— you heal the lowest health ally. This is on a two second cooldown, and every second in combat increases the effectiveness of the heal, up to 50%.

This means over the course of a fight, you can heal your allies for upwards of 2,000 damage ⁠— which is more than most enchanters can do anyways.

Moonstone Renewer itself is a very strong item. However, in combination with some of the new support Legendaries, it can become even better. It works perfectly in tandem with both Staff of Flowing Water for bonus AP and move speed, and Ardent Censor for attack speed. Plus, both of these items build out of Forbidden Idol, increasing healing power.

It also gives supports ⁠— and other Moonstone users ⁠— a very strong two-item power spike. For just 4,800 gold, you get 100 AP minimum, a ton of Ability Haste, mana regen, a powerful heal, and a buff for either your casters or your auto-attackers.

Victorious Orianna in League of LegendsIt’s not just supports building Moonstone Renewer. Mid laners like Orianna can use it effectively too.

These powerful stats also means that you’re not losing too much damage if you build it on solo laners, and you can still trade effectively without feeling too weak. While it finds its full power in teamfights, you aren’t useless in a sidelane with the build.

Its short cooldown can also be reduced by Item Haste on runes like Ingenious Hunter (Domination) and Cosmic Insight (Inspiration). While it might be a 10% to 25% reduction, it does add up over the course of a fight.

Where should you build Moonstone Renewer?

The “Moonstaff” build ⁠— Moonstone Renewer and Staff of Flowing Water ⁠— has been popularized by the likes of Nick ‘LS’ de Cesare and others in the wake of pro play’s return.

In fact, the analyst put together a list of champions that can effectively use the item combination, and it’s not even an exhaustive list. It’s potent on enchanter supports ⁠— Karma, Sona, and Seraphine see the most value out of it ⁠— but it’s not limited to that role.

Mid laners like Orianna can build it. You can build it on Senna in AD Carry or Support. It’s best in slot for Nidalee and Lillia ⁠— two of the game’s strongest junglers right now. Solo lane Karma can use it effectively, as well as Singed, Teemo, and more. Almost any AP champion can build Moonstone Renewer, and it’s good.

It’s even better if you have a damage-over-time ability. However, if you don’t have one inbuilt into your champion’s kit, you can opt to build a Demonic Embrace. Not only will it shred enemies in combat, but it will ensure you can get multiple procs of Moonstone Renewer with ease.

It only gets more powerful the more allies build it. Sure, enemies can build Grievous Wounds, but there’s only so much healing that can be blocked. When you’ve got three allies healing with Moonstone Renewer, you can effectively outheal through the cut.

With League Season 11 ranked kicking off, there’s almost no reason to not abuse Moonstone Renewer. It’s not currently on Riot’s list to nerf in League patch 11.2, which goes live on January 21.

Self-healing drain tanks are being nerfed. Healing cut has been buffed. However, Enchanter supports in League now seemingly have a purpose with the power of Moonstone Renewer, and realistically, it’s only a matter of time before it gets culled. Make good of it while it lasts.