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Meteos reveals how 100 Thieves convinced him to return to LoL roster

Published: 30/Jan/2020 6:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends star William ‘Meteos’ Hartman had a messy, and public, split with 100 Thieves two years ago, but the former LCS champion admits key changes behind the scenes for the org opened the door for him to return.

100 Thieves got their Spring campaign in the LCS off to a good start last Saturday, defeating Golden Guardians in a “messy” 14–12 battle. The squad then went on to fall at the hands of title contenders Evil Geniuses during Monday Night League.

Despite a mixed 1–1 record, the 100T roster looked to be working together well, bedding in new recruits like Tommy ‘Ryoma’ Le, and returning stars Cody Sun and Meteos, the latter of whom revealed he’s “so happy” he made the decision to return.

Meteos and Ryoma celebrate at the LCS studio
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Meteos and Ryoma celebrate 100 Thieves’ 38-minute victory over Golden Guardians last weekend.

According to the two-time champion, who floated through rosters with FlyQuest and OpTic Gaming before returning to 100T, he was “happy to come back” to Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s organization after some backroom changes.

“I was pretty excited when I was asked back, they got PapaSmithy and Zikz, so I thought it would be a really good combination,” Meteos explained in a post-match interview. The jungler added he “liked the org’s brand,” so that helped too.

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Zikz played a key role in Meteos’ decision to return to 100T, the jungler revealed.

As well as the coaching changes, which had seen LCK icon Chris “Papasmithy” Smith take the reigns of the LoL roster, Meteos admitted a mostly revamped roster with the org was something that interested him a lot.

While Cody Sun and Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho were also involved in the same 2017-18 roster as Meteos, other figureheads like Ryu ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook, Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black, and most notably former coach Neil ‘pr0lly’ Hammad had departed.

“This team is a lot more fun I guess,” Meteos said. “Not to say the other one wasn’t, really, but sometimes the mood would be really kind of dull, and here [this split] we all really like each other and get along well. It’s been a really fun time.”

Perhaps the biggest difference from the 26-year-old’s last tenure is PapaSmithy’s swap from proven import quantity in the mid lane, to Australian recruit Ryoma. The Oceanic Pro League star has faced some heat in his opening week and LCS debut, which Meteos disagrees with.

“I didn’t know much about Ryoma before I started playing with him, but he’s a really good dude, and an insanely good player,” Meteos said of his Aussie teammate. 

“He’s not as experienced as a lot of players we’re playing up against in terms of team macro and vision, but he’s learning really fast, so he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. We’ve all been learning and re-learning the game together.”

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 56:48 in the video below.

With renewed backroom staff, a host of returning star players, and a huge new esports facility right in the heart of Los Angeles to boot, it looks like 100 Thieves could be in pole-position to bounce back from their 2019 struggles.

Meteos and 100 Thieves return to the Rift again on Saturday night, facing Counter Logic Gaming (0–2) in the weekend’s opening clash.

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Wild Rift Patch 1.0 notes: Open beta launch, Lee Sin release, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:44

by Andrew Amos

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Wild Rift’s first official patch has been released, and it’s a pretty big one. The League of Legends mobile clone is finally entering its regional open beta, with seven new champions on the way, and a host of balance changes.

Waiting to get your hands on Wild Rift? The regional open beta is just about to launch in selected regions, so you don’t have to wait much longer.

With the open beta comes the game’s first big update: Wild Rift Patch 1.0. The balance update includes seven new champions ⁠— six for testing, as well as Lee Sin’s permanent release ⁠— and buffs to certain items and mechanics.

Wild Rift Patch 1.0 marks regional open beta launch

Wild Rift is now open for everyone! Well, almost everyone. If you live in South-East Asia, you’re in luck: a dozen countries across the region will gain access to the game on October 27.

They are: Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste.

You won’t need to sign up for a closed beta; just hop onto the Google Play or Apple App Store, download Wild Rift, and log in.

Players in Europe and Oceania can expect to join in on the action in December. North American and South American players will be given access in 2021.

Lee Sin in League of Legends Wild Rift
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Lee Sin is Wild Rift’s newest champion.

Lee Sin added, Tear of the Goddess buffs, more

The big talking point of Wild Rift Patch 1.0, in-game at least, is the addition of seven new champions. Fan-favorite flashy jungler Lee Sin has been ported over to the mobile game, so now you can try and pull off InSec’s in Wild Rift.

Six other champions are also arriving for a test run. Darius, Draven, Kai’Sa, Evelynn, Akali, and Seraphine will be open for all players to play free from Oct. 22. They’ll only be around for a week though before they get vaulted for a short time.

Balancing-wise, Riot have upped the power of Tear of the Goddess. With the shorter games compared to League of Legends on PC, the scaling potential of the Tear items doesn’t really get realized.

“Items that build from Tear of the Goddess are not seeing a lot of play, so we’re buffing them up to make them a more viable option,” they said.

All Tear of the Goddess items ⁠— Archangel’s Staff, Manamune, and Winter’s Approach ⁠— will now give more mana per stack. Manamune and Muramana will also give more bonus AD based on mana.

Lux, Jinx, Yasuo, Blitzcrank in League of Legends Wild Rift
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If you haven’t yet, it’s time to jump into Wild Rift.

Wild Rift Patch 1.0 is live right now and available for download. You can find the full patch notes below.

Wild Rift Patch 1.0 notes

Regional Open Beta

The Regional Open Beta begins Oct 27 (PT)! All players from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand will have full access to Wild Rift on Android and iOS. We’d also like to welcome players from Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste! For more information, click here.

Temporary downtime

We will be temporarily suspending iOS testing and disabling new downloads of Wild Rift shortly. For more information, click here.

New champion: Lee Sin

Lee Sin, the Blind Monk, is jump kicking his way to Wild Rift! One of League’s most popular champs for nearly 10 years, he’s sure to add a new layer of depth and mastery to the jungle, offering unparalleled mobility, outplay potential, and tons of clips for the highlight reel.

Lee Sin will be available alongside Knockout Lee Sin and Muay Thai Lee Sin, so you can flex on your foes in style.

Champion previews

We’re rolling out a test phase for six new champs who will be fully released at a later date. We need your feedback and testing on these champs specifically, so they’ll be free to play between Oct 22 and Oct 27 (PT). Feel free to spam as many games as you can so we can crush those last few bugs:

  • Akali, the Rogue Assassin
  • Darius, the Hand of Noxus
  • Draven, the Glorious Executioner
  • Evelynn, Agony’s Embrace
  • Kai’Sa, Daughter of the Void
  • Seraphine, the Starry-Eyed Songstress

Items

Archangel’s Staff

  • Mana per stack: 12 → 15

Manamune

  • Bonus AD: 1% → 2%
  • Mana per stack: 8 → 10

Muramana

  • Bonus AD: 1% → 2%

Tear of the Goddess

  • Mana per stack: 6 → 8

Winter’s Approach

  • Mana per stack: 8 → 15

Game Systems

AFK Penalty

  • First AFK penalty (3-6 min): 30 min → 10 min
  • First AFK penalty (6+ min): 60 min → 20 min
  • Further AFK penalties within 7 days: 12 hours → 6 hours

Major bug fixes

  • Fixed an exploit with Guardian Angel allowing champs to be invincible
  • Fixed a crash on certain devices that caused crashes in the loading screen