G2 Esports may have suffered a difficult 3-0 defeat at the hands of new world champions FunPlus Phoenix in Paris last weekend, but bot lane star Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic says he won’t let the heavy loss define the team’s “f*cking crazy year.”
The European champions may not have walked the golden road in 2019 — no one in League of Legends esports ever have — but their shellshock three-game defeat at AccorHotels Arena in the World Championship final doesn’t erase their already stellar competitive year.
FPX walked away with the world title, but G2 took nearly everything else on offer.
The team broke a relatively short 559-day silverware drought by claiming the LEC 2019 Spring title with a 3-0 victory over Origen. Another 3-0 win awaited them in the MSI final, where they bundled up LCS hopefuls Team Liquid in a lopsided international decider.
The team faced a closer challenge in LEC’s Summer run, as they came up against a resurgent Fnatic in two best-of-five series that went the distance in the postseason, including a reverse sweep in the qualifying final. In the end, they claimed their third trophy.
Perkz and Caps kiss the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational trophy in Taipei’s Heping Center.
All of these achievements, and the fact that they finished runners-up on the game’s biggest stage to crown their year off, is what Perkz said he will be remembering about 2019. Not their closing struggles in Paris, but first place in everything else they contested.
“It sucks to lose, and it sucks even more to lose 3-0, but overall I’m very satisfied with this year,” he said in his post-Worlds vlog. “Looking back, it was a really fucking crazy year, and a lot of things happened that we didn’t expect to have happen. We had a lot of fun.”
“My teammates were insane, and everyone stepped up at specific points. We just couldn’t do that yesterday, but we just have small, small improvements to make from being that good. Next year, we’ll get it. We see the G2 Army growing every day. This is just the beginning.”
G2 claimed both LEC titles for the year, defeating Origen in Rotterdam and Fnatic in Athens.
G2’s captain wasn’t the only one to express that sentiment after being run off the Rift by FPX either. His duo lane teammate Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle also said that the entire roster was “pretty happy with the year” despite the loss, especially considering past campaigns.
“(My) past three years were not very successful,” the support star explained to media at the Worlds post-match press conference. “Even though losing the final was kind of a failure, I’m still pretty happy with the year overall because we basically won everything else.”
“I guess it just feels bad today, but in a few days, I’ll probably look back at the year and be happy, and hopefully go even further next year. We want to try and win the whole thing.”
Mikyx said he was “pretty happy” with G2’s year despite the Worlds loss.
For now, it appears G2 Esports may have another shot to add the world championship to their already ballooned trophy cabinet, with the star-studded LEC roster signed until the 2021 season, and no indication owner Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez is aiming to make changes.
Just because G2 won’t be making any roster swaps doesn’t mean that League of Legends’ silly-season hasn’t already begun, however.
While there’s only been a limited amount of rumors surrounding G2’s home league the European Championship, mainly based around FC Schalke 04 franchise player Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp, the LCS off-season transfers seem to have already well-and-truly begun.
LCS MVP Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen is just one big name reportedly on the move for 2020.
Another returning face in the North American league, Evil Geniuses, is also reportedly set to splash the cash to secure Cloud9 stars Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam and Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen, the latter of whom was crowned the league’s most valuable player last season.
Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends patch 10.25 — quite likely the last LoL update of 2020 — is locked and loaded for next week. Here’s all the early notes for the Dec. 9 patch, including the release of Rell, and more.
League is all set to goodbye 2020 and officially move into Season 11 with the release of patch 10.25 next week. The update, which will drop a day early on December 9, is set to be a big one too; there’s a new champion, and two mini-reworks to boot.
There’s also a handful of champions that will be getting tweaks next patch, including Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong, as well as more set to be announced over the next week.
Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.25, set to drop on Dec. 9.
League patch 10.25 debuts Rell, the Iron Maiden
Riot are releasing one final champion ahead of Season 11: Rell, the Iron Maiden.
Unveiled recently in a cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself while battling on Summoner’s Rift.
Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.
Riot are releasing one last League champion, Rell, in Season 10.
Pantheon shifts out of support
Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.
The aim of these new 10.25 nerfs, Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the pro scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.
All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.
Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.
Pantheon is running rampant in the bot lane, and has earned himself a “mini-rework.”
27 champions, 28 items set for changes
On top of the champion releases and mini-reworks, Yetter also revealed Riot are planning on delivering a bulk bucket of League of Legends nerfs and buffs ahead of their Christmas break.
As mentioned before, Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong are all on the target list. Kayle, Kayn, Fizz, Morgana, Annie, Samira, and Jhin (nerfs) will all be in LoL patch 10.25 as well, alongside Lulu, Taliyah, Twitch, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Karthus, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gragas, Ivern, Nasus, Seraphine, Yasuo, and Yone (buffs).
Galio was also originally set to be nerfed this patch, but that has been shifted to 11.01.
Champions aren’t the only headliners in League patch 10.25 either. Nearly 20 items are being tweaked for balance in the December update, including Sunfire Aegis and Infinity Edge.
Frostfire Gauntlet, Turbo Chemtank, Seekers Armguard, The Collector, Muramana, Imperial Mandate, Eclipse, Duskblade of Drakthaar, Rapid Firecannon, and more are also set to receive buffs and nerfs in the final League of Legends patch of 2020.
10.25 Patch Preview:
There's a lot in here and we're still working out many of the details so a few things may change by the time we have it all locked down. pic.twitter.com/qhDVKHfbj1
Battle Queen, Elderwood skins coming in LoL patch 10.25
The next League of Legends skin line, “Battle Queen,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.25. Five champs are in line for the new cosmetics, including new champ Rell, and a special Prestige Edition skin for mid lane mage Diana.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Battle Queen’ skins:
There’s actually two skin lines coming next patch too, as League’s balance team finishes on a high. This one is the new variants that have got everyone in a fever; a number of oft-forgotten champs are receiving new variants.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Elderwood’ skins:
PBE Preview: Elderwood Ornn! and friends
Gaze in wonder as the forest comes to life! Elderwood Ornn, Azir, Ivern, Xayah, and Rakan hit the PBE this cycle. pic.twitter.com/prJ1Aee5Fo
Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30; empowered Q no longer slows.
W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%; empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment; [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.