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LoL Worlds firsts – multiple records broken at the 2018 World Championship

Published: 29/Oct/2018 19:57 Updated: 29/Oct/2018 20:07

by Joe O'Brien

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This year’s League of Legends World Championship has seen streaks broken and records smashed.

Hailed by many as the most exciting iteration of the event to date, the 2018 World Championship has seen epic upsets, incredible intensity, and spectacular plays.

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The rules of the past no longer seem to apply this year, and the result has been expectations subverted across the board. Streaks long enough to have become established as the permanent state of things no longer hold, and results that seemed like they might never occur have come to pass.

We’ve put together a list of some of the notable “Worlds firsts” that have been accomplished – or inflicted, in many cases – and the big streaks of success or failure that have now been broken.

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First World Championship without Team SoloMid in attendance.

The upsets began before Worlds had even started this year, as for the first time TSM – the only team to have appeared at every previous World Championship – missed out on qualifying.

The first Worlds final without a South Korean team in it since 2011.

Only one iteration of the “World Championship” – the Season One Championship in 2011 – has had a final without a South Korean team. The Season One Championship is also the only iteration of the tournament not to have featured any South Korean teams at all.

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The first winning team not from South Korea since 2012.

In South Korea’s World Championship debut in 2012, Azubu Frost reached the final but were defeated by Taipei Assassins. Every title since then has been won by a South Korean representative, until now.

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Lowest peak placement for South Korean teams ever.

As should be clear from the previous two points, this is also the worst “peak placement” – ie the finish of the highest-placing team from the region – that South Korea has ever had at Worlds, with the last surviving LCK teams KT Rolster and Afreeca Freecs going out in the quarter-finals.

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The first time a South Korean team has gone out in the group stage since 2013.

In 2013, the format only included two groups, with the top seeds from each region instead being drawn directly into the quarter-finals. Samsung Ozone were eliminated from one of the groups. Since the move to the four-group format in 2014, all three South Korean teams have reached the playoffs every year until now, with Gen.G Esports – reigning World Champions no less – falling in the group stage this year.

Cloud9 are the highest-placing NA team since 2011.

Reaching the semi-finals makes Cloud9 the joint best-placing NA team ever, although the other team to technically hold the accolade – Team SoloMid – did so in the Season One Championship, a very different environment to the World Championships of the more modern era.

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Cloud9 are the first western team to win a best-of-five over a South Korean team at Worlds.

South Korean teams haven’t always been flawless, but when they’ve fallen in the best-of-five bracket stages it has often been another South Korean team sending them home. Failing that, a Chinese or Taiwanese team might have been on the other side. Cloud9’s victory over Afreeca Freecs is the first time a western team has been responsible for a South Korean team going out in playoffs.

Fnatic are the first western finalist since 2011.

At the Season One Championship, it was an all-European final as Fnatic themselves beat Against All Authority to claim the title. Since then, however, no European or North American team has appeared in a final at Worlds until now, with one South Korea-Taiwan final, two South Korea-China finals, and three all-South Korean finals since.

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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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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 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