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Rick Fox tears up after massive Riot donation during LoL charity stream

Published: 5/Dec/2019 21:29

by Scott Robertson

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During a League of Legends charity stream at the All-Star event, Echo Fox founder Rick Fox was moved to tears after a huge donation towards hurricane relief for The Bahamas came in from Riot Games’ Social Impact Fund.

Despite his departure from the Echo Fox organization that he was instrumental in founding, Rick Fox is no hurry to move away from esports, and has taken to using his platform to help people in need.

Rick is the president of the Bahamas Relief Foundation, a charity foundation dedicated to raising money, awareness, and hope for people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Dorian was a category five storm that hit the Bahamas tremendously hard in early September this year.

Rick announced that he would be hosting a 24-hour livestream during the League of Legends All-Star event in Las Vegas, with all donations going toward helping people in the Bahamas. Rick’s father is from the Bahamas, and Rick spent much of his childhood living there.

During the second half of the stream, a very tired Rick couldn’t contain his emotions as the Riot Social Impact Fund, Riot Games’ philanthropic venture fund that works with LoL players to work on global issues, donated a hefty $10,000 donation to push the total, at the time, to $39,000.

Rick blamed being tired as the reason why he was unable to hold back tears of gratitude.

The Riot Social Impact Fund has already donated over $4 million on players’ behalf to promote equality in education, opportunity, and global citizenship. The fund is seperate from the developer’s main business ventures. 

According to Fox’s charity’s website, $10,000 can go towards fully repairing five complete homes in the Bahamas.

After 20 hours of streaming, Rick posted a heartfelt thank you to fans who had donated, and to the members of the League of Legends community who had joined him on stream, including Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp and Moe ‘Yassuo’.

As of writing this article, the donation total for Rick Fox’s stream has eclipsed $45,000. The stream will continue until 3pm PST/6pm EST.

Rick Fox reached a settlement with the Echo Fox organization in October, officially marking Rick’s departure from the organization he founded. He said he is moving on towards new ventures in esports, including a greenlit esports-inspired comedy on the CBS network.

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Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.