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Popular League of Legends commentator Jatt is stepping away from esports division

Published: 31/Jan/2019 13:18 Updated: 31/Jan/2019 13:34

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends commentator Josh ‘Jatt’ Leesman has announced he’ll be moving away from Riot’s esports division and into the balance team as a game designer.

Jatt has been a staple of the North American LCS throughout its history and a permanent feature of the English broadcasts for international events, but his time as a commentator and analyst seems to be coming to an end.

Jatt reveals that his intention upon joining Riot – originally as a QA analyst – was to pursue a career as a game designer, but when the opportunity to become a commentator for the game arose he changed direction.

Now, after seven years spent being one of the most popular and prominent voices of North American League of Legends, he’ll be moving to the live balance team to follow that ambition.

“I’ll still potentially make guest appearances on The Dive, or This or That, or the broadcast,” Jatt said, confirming that he won’t disappear from League of Legends esports entirely, but it does seem like his presence will be a lot more limited in future.

Riot GamesJatt has been a staple of both domestic and international broadcasts for almost the entire history of League of Legends esports.

The announcement was made on the most recent episode of The Dive, with Jatt, Sam ‘Kobe’ Hartman-Kenzler and Isaac ‘CaptainFlowers’ Cumming Bentley discussing the change from 55:46 onwards.

Jatt isn’t the only major figure in League of Legends broadcasting to take a step back this season. Over in Europe, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge has also stepped away from commentating, taking up a position as the general manager of Origen.

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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.