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LS calls out Riot for “pathetic” Amumu change in LoL patch 9.11

Published: 30/May/2019 11:10 Updated: 30/May/2019 11:35

by Joe O'Brien


League of Legends analyst Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare hit out at Riot over a “laughably pathetic” Amumu nerf in the recent 9.11 patch.

As always, in the wake of the new update LS did a rundown of the patch notes on his stream to give his reactions and predictions about what the changes could mean, and one change in particular stood out to him.

The 9.11 update included a number of champion balance changes – and one of those was a nerf to Amumu that left LS nearly speechless.


Passive bonus true damage decreased.

We’re reverting Amumu’s passive buff from 9.8. Choosing this line specifically because too much of his strength is tied up in his passive and we want to keep the rest of his abilities feeling strong.

Passive – Cursed Touch


Riot GamesAmumu isn’t frequently seen at the highest levels of League of Legends.

Amumu is hardly a top pick in the upper tiers of League of Legends, and entirely absent from professional play, so LS was stunned to see Riot revert a buff that the champion received previously in Patch 9.8.

LS also offered some advice to whichever Riot developer pushed the Amumu change, under the assumption that the nerf comes as a result of said developer losing to the champion in a low-ranked game. Fans of LS will be familiar with his go-to suggestion for low-ranked players, which is simply to play Annie.

“I don’t know who it was that lost to this champion down there in the depths, but I’ve got some advice for you, alright. You’re gonna play Annie. You play Annie, we wouldn’t be having Amumu nerfed on 9.11 here. Mother of god, what am I fucking reading? What is going on here? I actually just don’t even have words, this is such a laughably pathetic fucking change. I’m actually angry, this is so stupid.”

While Amumu may not be a top champion in the higher tiers of play, however, Riot do have to try to balance at all tiers, and in the lower tiers he has proven quite strong. The champion currently boasts over a 53% win-rate, putting him on the higher end of champions statistically.

Nevertheless, as this change itself demonstrates, Riot do continuously monitor and update champion balance, so it’s possible Amumu could get another buff to compensate in a future patch if this change proves too harmful to his success rate.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre


Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
G2 Esports
Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
Riot Games
The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”