League of Legends

Perkz explains why G2’s “crazy year” lessens the pain of Worlds failure

Published: 12/Nov/2019 3:24 Updated: 12/Nov/2019 22:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.

David Lee for Riot GamesPerkz 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.”

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesG2 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.”

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesMikyx 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.

Colin Young-Wolff for Riot GamesLCS MVP Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen is just one big name reportedly on the move for 2020.

Most notably, rumors have been swirling in recent days that South Korean superstar Heo ‘Huni‘ Seung-hoon has already agreed to a handshake deal with incoming legacy org Team Dignitas for a two-year contract worth up to $2.3 million.

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.

League of Legends

League patch 10.25 to feature Rell release, Imperial Mandate buffs, more

Published: 2/Dec/2020 3:40 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 3:43

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.

Here’s all the details on the Iron Maiden, League’s 152nd champion.

LoL-Rell
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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.

Eclipse has turned AD carries -- assassins and marksman -- into deadly burst champions.
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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.

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:

  • Rell
  • Janna
  • Katarina
  • Qiyana
  • Diana (Prestige)

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:

  • Azir
  • Ivern
  • Ornn
  • Rakan
  • Xayah

League of Legends Patch 10.25 will drop on Wednesday, December 9. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends patch 10.25 early notes

Champions

Annie

  • E movement speed 30-60 ⇒ 20-50%.

Ekko

  • Passive damage to monsters 150% ⇒ 250%.

Fizz

  • Mana per level 57 ⇒ 37.

Gragas

  • Passive healing 6 ⇒ 8% max health.
  • W cooldown 6 ⇒ 5 seconds.

Irelia

  • Base attack damage 63 ⇒ 65.
  • Q cooldown 12-8s ⇒ 11-7s.

Ivern

  • Q cooldown 14-10 ⇒ 12-8.
  • E shield ability power ratio 80 ⇒ 90%; cooldown 12-8 ⇒ 10-6.
  • Daisy attack speed 0.623 ⇒ 0.7.

Jhin

  • Q bonus attack damage ratio 45-75% ⇒ 35-65%.

Karthus

  • Q mana cost 20-44 ⇒ 20-40; ability power ratio 30 ⇒ 35%.

Kayle

  • Base magic resist 34 ⇒ 30.
  • E passive on-hit ability power ratio 25 ⇒ 20%.

Kayn

  • Base armor 38 ⇒ 35.
  • Q base damage 75-155 ⇒ 65-145; cooldown 6-4 ⇒ 7-5s.

Lee Sin

  • Base armor 33 ⇒ 36.
  • W cooldown 14 ⇒ 12.
  • E damage 80-240 ⇒ 100-260.

Lulu

  • Q damage 80-220 (+50% ability power) ⇒ 70-210 (+40% ability power); [removed] damage no longer reduced on enemies after first; [new] striking an enemy with both missiles will deal 25% bonus damage.

Mordekaiser

  • Q isolation bonus damage 20-40% ⇒ 30-50%.

Morgana

  • W damage per second 12-60 ⇒ 12-52.

Nasus

  • Q cooldown 8-4 ⇒ 7.5-3.5s.

Nidalee

  • Q spear minimum damage 70-130 (+50% ability power) ⇒ 70-150 (+70% ability power), maximum damage 210-390 (+150% ability power) ⇒ 210-450 (+150% ability power); mana cost 50-90 ⇒ 50-70.
  • E mana cost 60-120 ⇒ 50-90.

Rengar

  • W damage healed from monster attacks increased from 50% bonus ⇒ 100%, [new] deals 50-100 (per level) extra damage to monsters.

Samira

  • P knocks up any immobilizing crowd-control ⇒ knocks up only knocked up enemies.
  • Q lifesteal 100% ⇒ 66%.
  • R lifesteal 100% ⇒ 66%.

Seraphine

  • Health points per level 80 ⇒ 90.
  • W [new] now grants herself 90-180 (+45% ability power) shield.

Taliyah

  • Base armor 20 ⇒ 24.
  • Armor per level 3.5 ⇒ 3.25.
  • Q worked ground size 450 ⇒ 375.

Talon

  • W mana cost lowered from 55-75 ⇒ 45-65, return damage increased from 45-125 ⇒ 45-145, slow duration increased from 1s ⇒ 1.25s.

Twitch

  • Q attack speed 30-50%.
  • W slow amount 25-45 ⇒ 30-50%.
  • R bonus attack damage 20-40 ⇒ 25-55.

Warwick

  • Passive damage on-hit increased from 10-44 (based on level) ⇒ 12-46.

Wukong

  • W [new] deals 120-300 + 120% ability power damage to monsters.

Yasuo

  • Attack speed per level 2.5% ⇒ 3.5%.

Yone

  • Attack speed per level 2.5% ⇒ 3.5%.

Reworks

Anivia

  • Attack delay cast offset increased from -0.008 ⇒ -0.1.
  • Basic attack missile speed increased from 1500 ⇒ 1600.
  • Q [new] now chills enemies it passes over; passthrough damage 60 ⇒ 160 (+45% ability power) ⇒ 50-130 (+25% ability power); explosion damage 60-160 (+45% ability power) ⇒ 70-210 (+50% ability power); cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 11-7; mana cost lowered 80-120 ⇒ 80-100; missile speed 800 ⇒ 950.
  • W length 400-800 ⇒ 500-800; cooldown changed from 17 ⇒ 20-16.
  • E mana cost 50-90 ⇒ 40; damage increased 50-150 (+50% ability power) ⇒ 60-180 (+60% ability power).
  • R cooldown 6 ⇒ 4/2.5/1s; damage 40-80 (+12.5% ability power) ⇒ 30-60 (12.5%).
  • Read full details here.

Pantheon

  • Movement speed 355 ⇒ 345.
  • 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.
  • Real full details here.

Items

Ardent Censer

  • Blasting Wand replaced with Amplifying Tome (total cost unchanged).

Bami’s Cinder

  • Cost 1000 ⇒ 1100.

Bandleglass Mirror

  • Cost 1050 ⇒ 950.

Duskblade on Drakthaar

  • Proc slow is now melee only.

Eclipse

  • Ranged shield value 100 (+30% base attack damage) ⇒ 75 (+20% base attack damage).

Essence Reaver

  • Attack damage 50 ⇒ 55.

Everfrost

  • Ability haste 10 ⇒ 20.

Frostfire Gauntlet

  • Slow effect ratio 275 ⇒ 250.
  • Mythic passive size increase +7.5% ⇒ +6%.

Galeforce

  • Attack damage 55 ⇒ 60.
  • Active cooldown 90 ⇒ 60s.

Imperial Mandate

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.
  • Initial proc 60-100 ⇒ 36-60, ally proc 60-100 ⇒ 90-150.

Infinity Edge

  • Grants 8% crit damage for each 20% crit chance ⇒ if you have 60% crit chance, gain 35% crit damage.

Locket of the Iron Solari

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.
  • Shield 250-450 ⇒ 230-385.

Lord Dominik’s Regards

  • Attack damage 30 ⇒ 35.

Luden’s Tempest

  • Ability haste 10 ⇒ 20.
  • Magic penetration 10 ⇒ 6.

Mercurial Scimitar

  • Cost 2900 ⇒ 3000.
  • Attack damage 30 ⇒ 40.

Moonstone Renewer

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.
  • Initial heal 60-90 ⇒ 70-100.
  • Heal multiplier in combat 25% per s (up to 100) ⇒ 12.5% per s (up to 50).

Mortal Reminder

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.

Muramana

  • Procs on all abilities ⇒ procs on physical damage abilities.

Phantom Dancer

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.

Rapid Firecannon

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.

Seekers Armguard

  • Ability power 30 ⇒ 20.

Shurelia’s Battlesong

  • Cost 2700 ⇒ 2500.
  • Bonus damage buff 40-60 ⇒ 35-55.

Staff of Flowing Water

  • Blasting Wand replaced with Amplifying Tome (total cost unchanged).

Sunfire Aegis

  • Health 450 ⇒ 350.

The Collector

  • Execute works on all enemies ⇒ execute works on champions only.

Turbo Chemtank

  • Supercharged slow duration 2 ⇒ 1.5s.

Zeal

  • Cost 1200 ⇒ 1050.

Zeke’s Convergence

  • Health 300 ⇒ 250.
  • Armor 30 ⇒ 25.
  • Mark duration 4 ⇒ 8s.
  • Damage against marked enemies 25-50 ⇒ 35-70.