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Meteos explains why dropping Sneaky is the biggest mistake C9 could make

Published: 22/Jan/2020 15:46

by Joe O'Brien

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100 Thieves jungler William ‘Meteos’ Hartman has explained why he thinks Cloud9 replacing Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi is “the biggest mistake they could make.”

Cloud9 made one of the more controversial changes of the off-season heading into 2020 when they announced that they had replaced long-time bot laner Sneaky with former TSM player Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen.

Sneaky was the last remaining member of the original Cloud9 LCS line-up of 2013 – which also featured Meteos – that was still with the team, but he faced quite a lot of criticism over the 2019 season by viewers who saw him as one of the weaker links in the roster.

Having competed as the bot laner for one of the top teams in the league over so many years, however, many also felt that Sneaky could still be a valuable piece of the team, and with Zven himself having at times underwhelmed on TSM, the change wasn’t met entirely with approval from fans.

It seems Meteos shares that sentiment, as during a player roundtable ahead of the start of the LCS Spring split he explained why he thinks Cloud9 have made a big mistake.

“Getting rid of Sneaky is the biggest mistake they could make, because this dude is insanely good. He will handle any situation you give him. If you give him resources he will hard carry, if you put him in the worst situation possible he’ll make the best out of it.”

Sneaky even had numbers to back his position up, stating that for Summer 2019 Cloud9 had the lowest jungle proximity to bot lane of any team, suggesting Sneaky had less support than most bot lane players.

Sneaky lost to Doublelift and Team Liquid 3-2 in the LCS 2019 Summer final.

Meanwhile, most other teams followed the lead of Team Liquid and put a lot of focus into the bot lane, meaning that Sneaky would often have been playing with a significant disparity in jungle pressure between himself and his opponents.

“If you look at C9’s stats from last split, they had the lowest jungle proximity to bot lane of any team. TL is a team that only plays bot lane, and everyone copies TL, so it’s like you’re playing 2v3 the whole game and they’re still taking TL to game five in the finals. Sneaky is insanely good and he’s been criminally underrated for pretty much his whole career. I think the fact that they finally got rid of him, I can’t imagine it’s going to be an upgrade.”

Meteos discussing Sneaky starts at 7:12 for mobile viewers.

Unfortunately for fans of Sneaky, after being replaced on Cloud9 he won’t be appearing in the LCS for the coming season, instead choosing to become a full-time streamer for the time being.

That being said, he has also stated that this decision “is not a permanent retirement,” and that he might return to professional play in future should the right opportunity arise.

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Riot dev explains lack of Yasuo & Yone buffs after League win rates drop

Published: 29/Nov/2020 18:01

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has responded to League of Legends players calling for Yasuo and Yone to be buffed after the champions took a significant hit in win rate percentage following the Season 11 item overhaul.

After Riot announced that they would be introducing a massive item overhaul in the 2021 preseason, many players were concerned about the effects it would have on champion balancing in League of Legends.

The 2021 preseason has already seen many balance changes such as the rise of tanks like Amumu and Sejuani, but Riot has been quick to make even more characters viable with League patch 10.24.

However, two popular mid-lane champions, Yasuo and Yone, have seen a massive drop in win rate percentage after the new item update, and the lack of buffs has caused fans to reach out to Riot devs for an update.

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Yasuo and Yone were two champions that have been hard by the League Item overhaul.

One Redditor called out to League developer Riot Phlox, asking why there were no pre-emptive buffs for champions like Yone and if there would be any changes in the upcoming patch.

The League of Legends dev explained that, although Yasuo and Yone have been underwhelming so far, he believes that part of that is due to some of the current item builds that players are choosing, and not necessarily their strength in-game.

He revealed that buying Immortal Shieldbow into Infinity Edge was quite strong, compared to the traditional Phantom Dancer start that has been a go-to for players piloting the high-crit damage champions in past seasons.

But, with Yone still sitting at 43% win-rate and Yasuo at 45% in high-elo matches, according to u.gg, Riot Phlox admitted that they might be in need of some adjustments in the future.

“I think Critbros (Yasuo and Yone) still building terrible items on average,” he explained, claiming that he was unsure if buffs would be needed, “still might need buffs but not on fire.”

Despite being two of the most popular characters, the Ionian brothers are currently the worst performing champions in the mid lane.

However, as of now, it is unclear just what Riot has planned ahead of the competitive spring season.