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Major Diana rework changes her identity in League of Legends

Published: 26/Nov/2019 23:10 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 23:11

by Andrew Amos

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Diana is receiving a major gameplay and visual update heading into Season 10, with the AP bruiser-assassin hybrid finally finding a home in League of Legends.

Diana as a champion has fallen out of favor in League of Legends for the last few seasons. She’s struggled to find an identity as an AP bruiser or assassin, and not really found a home in the jungle or mid lane like she used to back in earlier seasons.

With her kit becoming a bit outdated from its season two roots, Riot has stepped in to give her a rework, bringing her inline with more modern champions and giving her a solid identity.

Riot GamesDiana is receiving a major update to her kit in Patch 9.24.

The first change off the list is that her former E, Moonfall, and ultimate, Lunar Dash, are swapping places. Her dash is now on a basic ability and Riot has toned it down to reflect that, giving it lower base damage, but also a lower mana cost.

Lunar Dash will still have its cooldown reset when she dashes to an enemy affected by Moonlight, which means the potential to burst targets is still there.

Her ultimate, Moonfall, will have a lot more impact than just drawing people closer to Diana. It will reveal all invisible targets and draw them into Diana, slowing them for two seconds. If she pulls in multiple enemies, a beam of light will crash down, dealing damage in an area around her.

Riot GamesDiana’s new ultimate is a rework of her old E.

Her passive is also getting a rework to account for the changes to Moonfall and Lunar Dash. She no longer gets bonus attack speed based off Moonfall’s rank, with the effect moving onto her passive. 

Every time she casts a spell, her bonus attack speed is tripled for three seconds, allowing her to jump on a target and smash them down. Her cleave is still integrated into her passive, so every third auto attack will do bonus area-of-effect damage, but will no longer give her mana.

The changes gives Diana a bit more utility and damage across the board, and makes her less feast or famine in the future. Her kit is now optimized to be a high-mobility AP bruiser, although she can still be played as an AP assassin too, depending on what build path players go down.

The rework comes as another Lunari champion, Aphelios, is being released in the coming weeks. The marksman controls five weapons on the Rift, with a rather long list of abilities and intricacies for players to abuse.

If you want to jump in and try the Diana rework for yourself, it’s now available on the PBE and is set to go live for Patch 9.24 on December 3.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.