Ocelote explains why G2's Perkz and Caps are role-swapping for LEC 2020 - Dexerto
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Ocelote explains why G2’s Perkz and Caps are role-swapping for LEC 2020

Published: 17/Jan/2020 4:53 Updated: 17/Jan/2020 5:16

by Isaac McIntyre

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After months of speculation over G2 Esports’ bold new role swap, it’s official – Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther and Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković will be changing places heading into the new League of Legends season.

On paper, the decision to take two of their strongest pieces and send them through a Freaky Friday loop maybe be a strange one, especially considering the European champions made it to the World Championship final with their current lineup.

According to G2 owner Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodríguez, however, there are only upsides to the two stars changing between mid and bot lane, especially considering Perkz played four of his five years with the roster in the team’s center-piece role.

Perkz celebrates at the Mid-Season Invitational
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G2’s founding star Perkz is returning to his original mid lane role after a year at the bottom of Summoner’s Rift.

That’s not to say it will automatically be a success in the same vein as the Croatian’s move to ADC in 2019, Ocelote added. Perkz will be settling back into his old position, but Caps is unproven alongside Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle in the dual lane.

“It can go both ways,” the G2 owner told ESPN at the LEC’s 2020 media day. 

“It either doesn’t work at all, in which case that’s great, we have the Summer Split and they’ll re-swap then, and we have a mental edge and the real sh*t starts. Or it works, and whatever we pick, no one will know where it’s going.

“It working, and giving us that extra boost, is the best-case scenario. Last year we completely changed the game in regards to what is played bot lane. This year I think we can change the game by what is played and who goes where.”

Caps and Perkz standing on the Worlds final stage
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G2 made the 2019 Worlds final with Perkz in the bot lane, but now they’re making another bold change.

G2’s coup signing of arch-rival Fnatic’s young star Caps played a key role in their resurgent campaign last year. After watching their LEC opponents claim back-to-back titles, and fall just short in the Worlds final, G2 made their daring move.

That shock acquisition, and Perkz’s surprising strong performances in the bot lane, rivaling even legendary AD carry Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson, meant G2’s gamble paid off. They took control of drafts, and brought “controlled chaos” to the Rift.

While Ocelote is certainly reaping the benefits of the strange, and ultimately right, decision to overhaul how they approached bot lane, he admits it wasn’t his call. He pointed at Perkz, and the rest of the team, as the reason they had shone last year.

“This game, and honestly, I take no credit here, is to the players’ credit at how LoL is played,” he explained, and said he was excited to see even more ‘chaotic’ variation coming out of the championship roster after the new role swap.

“I think if this team keeps together, and stays motivated to be together, we will see every single year that the game becomes more and more loose, and there are no roles. Everyone goes everywhere, and it’s chaos. Controlled chaos.”

Carlos and Sjokz at the Worlds grand final
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G2 founder Carlos says he has faith Perkz and Caps know what they’re doing.

Now, it’s just a matter of seeing how well Caps takes to his new role. He made consecutive appearances in the Worlds decider playing mid lane, and now has to settle into a late-game carry rather than the explosive playmaker he was before.

From the sounds of things, it’s already going well.

“Caps just smashed Rekkles in scrims today,” Perkz revealed on Twitter on January 13, potentially goading his Fnatic rival. “Gonna be a great year.”

It may be a while before fans are treated to the Rekkles-Caps matchup that has been teased since G2’s Danish star first revealed his move to bot “to beat Rekkles in his own lane,” however – the two champions don’t meet until Week 3.

G2 has an interesting path to that Fnatic meeting too, starting off with Mad Lions and SK Gaming on January 24-25. They then play Team Vitality and fellow title contenders Origen, before finally reaching the dynamic third week.

On the other side of the rivalry, Fnatic being their 2020 campaign with new-look jungler Oskar ‘Selfmade’ Boderek against Origen and Misfits in the opening round, before coming face to face with Schalke and SK in February.

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Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has responded to a bizarre bug in League of Legends, which is preventing the Ravenous Hydra from working with certain champions’ abilities in-game.

Riot Games introduced plenty of changes in the 2021 preseason patch such as completely revamping the League Item Shop and items to improve the game’s experience before Season 11 kicks off.

Ravenous Hydra is one of the items that has remained in League, but it received some updated stats amid the changes. The item still provides players with lifesteal, in the form of Omnivamp, but Riot has now removed the Crescent Active and added 20 Ability Haste in its place.

However, one thing that has not changed much is the item’s passive ability Cleave, which allows basic attacks and abilities to trigger extra damage, which varies based on the distance between targets.

Urgot's splash artLeague players called for a Ravenous Hydra fix after a glitch was found with champions like Urgot.

There are some champions with abilities that had unique interactions with this item, such as Aphelios’ Severum Q, but players have now noticed a bug, which stops it from working correctly with certain champions.

The issue was raised with League dev Riot Phlox, with one Redditor explaining that champions with multi-hit abilities, like Urgots W, Renekton W, and Warwick’s Ult seem to be where the problem lies.

Riot Phlox responded to the bug, revealing that they are now aware of the unusual damage glitch with Ravenous Hydra and that it would be passed on to the League Dev team.

“I’ll pass this along so we can make sure there are eyes on it, thanks!” the League dev responded, confirming they would soon be working on it.

However, he also revealed that he was unsure just when a fix might be issued for this broken damage bug, adding that they “can’t give a timeframe.”

While it is unclear when the patch will arrive in League of Legends, this will still come as good news to Urgot mains, and those who play similar champs, after they were quite vocal on this issue, as it will soon allow them to have more build options in-game.