New Akali nerfs on LoL Patch 10.3 could end her reign on Summoner's Rift - Dexerto
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New Akali nerfs on LoL Patch 10.3 could end her reign on Summoner’s Rift

Published: 17/Jan/2020 2:11

by Andrew Amos

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Major Akali nerfs are expected to hit the League of Legends PBE when the Patch 10.3 cycle starts next week, looking to target the champion’s oppressive hold on high elo and pro play.

Akali has proven to be a balancing nightmare for Riot since her rework in 2018. The assassin has an incredibly high skill cap, with the champion struggling at lower elos but thriving in the hands of a master.

This is reflected in her win rate, which sits at 45.3% across the board, but over 51.8% in Master rank or higher. To give Akali a few more counters at higher elo, as well as make her a bit easier to execute in lower ranks, a bunch of changes have been planned for Patch 10.3.

True Damage Akali skin for LoL
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Akali has some pretty big nerfs on the way for Patch 10.3.

However, the changes could have a major impact on how the champion is played, and maybe even end her reign on the Rift in high elo and pro play.

The planned nerf was shared by lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter on January 16. The two parts of Akali’s kit currently targeted are her Twilight Shroud and her ultimate, Perfect Execution.

Twilight Shroud proved to be a nuisance for players on release, making tower dives incredibly easy to execute. However, if the changes go through, her shroud will become even less effective. The change list states that “if Akali is immobilized while in her shroud, she is revealed for the duration of the immobilizing effect.”

Immobilizing effects in League includes stuns, snares, and suppressions, but not slows. So now, if an Akali gets hit by a stray crowd control effect while in her shroud, she will no longer be able to wait it out in darkness.

This makes her incredibly vulnerable while she’s in her shroud, and players will have to put even more emphasis on dodging CC. On top of that, the movement speed bonus has been moved to an “on-cast” bonus, rather than extra movement speed in her shroud.

For her ultimate, it will be easier to hit on the first cast, but harder on the second. The first cast is moving to a point-and-click dash, instead of a free dash. Her second dash is also getting its speed culled, dropping from 3000 to 1900.

Akali win rate statistics for LoL Patch 10.1
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Akali has a low win rate across the board except in Master+ and pro play, where she excels.

The loss of the free targeting on her first dash gives her less options for escaping enemy champions unless they are over the wall she wants to dash to. However, her engages will always hit thanks to the point-and-click nature of the ability.

While the changes won’t be live on the PBE for next week’s Patch 10.2, they are looking to implement them for Patch 10.3 on February 6.

They are still, however, subject to change while on the PBE, and Riot will be looking closely to see if their approach will finally bring balance to the assassin.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.