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Pobelter takes aim at “baffling” import culture after missing LCS spot

Published: 26/Nov/2019 5:43

by Isaac McIntyre


North American star Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park has won the LCS three times in his career. He’s played 318 games in the league, first joined in 2014, and has represented NA at Worlds three times. Now he’s without a team for 2020.

With another League of Legends World Championship passing by without North American success from the LCS representatives, eyes turned inwards to how the domestic league can be improved on the game’s international stage.

The question of how to improve the LCS as it comes up against superteams from Korea, China, and Europe has long dogged the LA-based league, with teams often turning to import stars from those same regions they’re trying to beat.

After Pobelter, who last played with FlyQuest in LCS 2019 Summer when the team fell to Clutch Gaming 3-1 in the Worlds qualifying gauntlet, heard he would not be playing in the region’s premier league for the first time since 2014, he spoke up.

Riot GamesPobelter feels like he’s been undervalued because he’s an NA star.

According to the 23-year-old, who has spent the past six years playing with teams like Evil Geniuses, Immortals, and with championship rosters on CLG and Team Liquid, NA’s “baffling” obsession with importing stars is out of control.

He explained, via a Twitlonger shared on November 25, that he had been dealing with shock, disbelief, frustration, and sadness, and had struggled to come to terms with the fact “teams would pick up players so much worse than me.”

The problem, he said, stems from the fact NA talent like himself, as well as rising stars like Tanner ‘Damonte’ Damonte, were being overlooked simply for the ‘crime’ of being US players, instead of imported players “just playing for a paycheck.”

“I have been very angry,” he said, “both at myself for not playing better last year, and also at the teams who, in my humble opinion, are just making baffling decisions and signed random imports, washed up players, and players who don’t work hard.”

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The 23-year-old won two championships with Team Liquid in 2018.

The three-time champion revealed he had fielded calls from multiple teams speaking about a potential spot in the LCS for 2020, who “seemed very interested” in picking him up, before they “essentially ghosted” him.

“I was even willing to accept a pay cut, a tryout, bootcamp, anything to get my foot in the door,” he continued. “I thought I could expect a little bit more given my history of success within NA at least, but there was nothing.”

Riot GamesThe former FlyQuest star hopes NA fans still support him as he looks to return.

Pobelter admitted it had taken him a while to accept that the teams were deciding to pickup other imported players like French talent Jérémy ‘Eika’ Valdenaire, instead of him, because he still felt like he was one of the best mid laners in the region.

“It bums me out to read that the mainstream opinion is that I’m ‘good enough for NA’, [but] can’t perform on the international stage,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people that are even just being revisionist, and claiming I never even played well domestically, when I actually played so f*cking good all of Summer 2017, and all of 2018. I don’t even think I’ve hit my ceiling yet.

“I think there’s a misconception that ‘veterans’ are a known quantity, and ‘rookies’ have boundless potential.  As long as you are willing to put the time in and work hard, as well as stay open-minded, there is no limit to growth in this game.”

Riot GamesPobelter and Team Liquid struggled to prove themselves on the international stage.

The mid laner revealed he had recently watched a YouTube documentary based around OG’s campaign in the 8th and 9th Dota2 Internationals, and specifically pointed to Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, who had been tossing up retirement himself.

“[Ceb] was considering retiring after not having much success for a long, long time, didn’t play competitive, then suddenly he can just have excellent performances in back-to-back Worlds and win?” Pobelter added to the argument.

“And if you think about League, there are players like Khan [SKT’s top laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha] who was playing for three or four years on LSPL teams without much fanfare. Now he’s one of the best top laners in the world, right?”

ValvePark said he has been inspired by OG’s two-time champion Ceb.

Despite all of these thoughts, it’s clear Pobelter has already resigned himself to “watching LCS on the sidelines” for the first time since he was just 17 years old. But failure will not define him, he said.

Instead, he said he wants to take the rejections he’s suffered heading into the LCS 2020 Spring season in his stride. He wants to prove that he earned the three Championship Series rings he boasts from his storied career.

Most of all, he wants to change the public narrative.

“It’s not the end because I played badly for one split… it’s not even the end if I have a bad year, or a bad couple of years,” he said.

“Maybe [fans] still think I’m a sh*t player. But to me, it will only be the end if I give up because of those failures. I never once got the feeling when playing that ‘this player or this team is just on another level that I can never attain.’

“Until I feel that way, I refuse to give up. Right now, I’m working on my future plans. I think I’ll be closely involved with the competitive scene, and will be open to trying out for any team that might want me for Summer, or before then too, I guess.”

Riot GamesPobelter has faith he can return to the LCS, and prove his talent.

For now, however, Pobelter — as well as other NA talents like Damonte, as well as veteran stars like Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider — will have to bide their time, with eight of the franchise team’s ten mid lane slots have already been filled.

Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, Lee ‘Crown’ Min-ho, Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer, and Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage will all be remaining in the league as starting mid laners for the 2020 season.

They will be joined by new blood in the form of Eika and Australian mid laner Tommy ‘Ryoma’ Le, who are reportedly joining Immortals and 100 Thieves respectively, while last standing North American mid lane talent Greyson ‘Goldenglue’ Gilmer will start for Golden Guardians.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers in the Championship Series with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary


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.