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LCK casters emotional as PapaSmithy ends final show

Published: 11/Sep/2019 15:05 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 15:35

by Joe O'Brien

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LCK Summer came to an emotional end as long-time commentator Christopher ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith finished his final broadcast for the foreseeable future.

Fan-favorite commentator PapaSmithy is set to step away from the microphone for the coming season after taking a position as General Manager for 100 ThievesLeague of Legends division.

As a result, the conclusion of the LCK broadcast on September 11, which saw the final match of the Summer relegations played, marked the end of PapaSmithy’s time commentating the league after more than four years.

PapaSmithy first joined the English LCK broadcast in 2015, but since the departure of Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles and Erik ‘DoA’ Lonnquist for the Overwatch League in 2018, PapaSmithy has established himself not only as the main voice of South Korean League of Legends for English-speaking fans, but also as one of the most popular LoL commentators in the world.

Riot GamesPapaSmithy is moving away from commentary to be 100 Thieves’ League of Legends General Manager.

As the show came to a close, commentary partner Max ‘Atlus’ Anderson was visibly emotional as PapaSmithy explained his reasons for moving on.

“It was my dream to cast Korean League of Legends, and I had to see if there ever was going to be another one. I could have done this job forever, and I’m hoping the next one proves to be what I hope it is.”

PapaSmithy finished his final LCK broadcast with a simple message for both his colleagues and his fans.

“For everyone out there that I worked with, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks to all the fans, I’ll see you around soon.”

For fans of PapaSmithy’s commentary, there will likely still be more chances to see him on an official broadcast. He is widely expected to be on the talent team for the upcoming World Championship – although details have yet to be officially confirmed – and he’s also expressed a willingness to make cameos on the LCS broadcast once he’s settled into his role at 100 Thieves.

PapaSmithy’s departure wasn’t the only historic moment of the day, as his final broadcast also saw Jin Air relegated from the league for the first time since joining it in 2013.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.