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Riot add super-powerful ‘Level 4’ champions on Teamfight Tactics PBE

Published: 10/Jul/2019 11:36 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 11:58

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have added an incredibly powerful fourth level for Teamfight Tactics champions as a result of a change to the Guardian Angel.

In the current live version of the game, the maximum level a champion can reach is level 3. Champions are levelled up by collecting three of the same unit, which combine to form a level 2 version, and three level 2 champions are required to reach level 3.

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On the PBE, however, there’s now a fourth level, but this can only be unlocked with the use of the Guardian Angel item.

The updated GA now includes an extra effect – not only does the champion wearing it respawn after dying, they also come back a level higher than they were before. This holds true even if the champion is already level 3, unlocking a new, even more powerful fourth level.

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Riot GamesTeamfight Tactics is Riot Games’ take on the autobattler genre.

Level four champions have significantly improved stats, including doubling their health pool. While they won’t respawn with that health pool fully restored, combining the item with health-replenishing effects like Redemption or Warmog’s Armor could make a level-four champion incredibly hard for enemies to get rid of.

It also appears that there might be some hidden changes to the amount of health Guardian Angel can give a respawning champion, and what happens if you stack more than one of the item on a single unit – although it’s not entirely clear whether all the differences are intentional or PBE bugs.

In theory, the Guardian Angel returns champions to life with 500 health, but TFT player u/Aquamort did some testing and discovered that this number seemed to increase for champions that also got boosted to level 4.

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In another instance, a level two champion with two Guardian Angels came back first at level three, and then died again and returned still at level three, but with full health. The effects don’t seem entirely consistent, however, so it’s hard to tell exactly what changes Riot intends to eventually push to the live servers.

In addition to adding a level four, Riot have also expanded the tiers on the opposite end, also introducing a new ‘level 0’. The Cursed Blade has a chance to reduce the target’s level by one, but this effect is currently made redundant if the target is only level one.

With the introduction of a ‘level 0’, even low-level targets can be effected by the item, becoming even more vulnerable than they already are.

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Riot GamesRiot Games look to be adding new champion levels at the highest and lowest tier.

This isn’t the only change benefitting the Cursed Blade – the items effect now also stacks, meaning that if you’re lucky enough for the effect to occur multiple times, you could reduce high-level targets all the way down to level 0 within the round.

As this is the PBE, there’s no guarantee that these changes will remain in this state by the time they reach the live servers, but they do give an indication of the direction Riot is thinking of going in. The changes should arrive with the next major update, Patch 9.14, which is also set to introduce ranked play.

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LoL Worlds 2020

Wunder praises Caps “1v9 carry” as G2 3-0 Gen.G at Worlds 2020

Published: 18/Oct/2020 15:07

by Luke Edwards

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G2 Esports smashed Gen.G to reach the League of Legends Worlds 2020 semifinals with a punishing 3-0 victory, as the West’s only hope continues to battle on.

It was this G2 roster that put the nail into the SKT and LCK dynasty’s coffin as they extended their perfect record with a near-flawless victory.

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As the final representatives of the LEC at Worlds, the pressure was on for G2 to perform. And, despite a late game three fightback from Gen.G, the Europeans’ victory was never really in doubt.

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Caps was the star of the show, channeling his Claps form with two dominating Sylas performances and fully stacking his Mejai’s Soulstealer in game two. Perkz was equally exceptional on Jhin, perfectly timing his curtain calls and hitting a beautifully timed QSS on a Twisted Fate gold card in game three.

While Gen.G often came out of the laning phase either even or ahead, G2 destroyed them in teamfights and small skirmishes with better mechanical play and punishing even the slightest Gen.G mispositioning.

Even though Rascal’s Volibear won Gen.G a lone game three teamfight to give them hope, G2 completely outclassed the LCK hopefuls.

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The closest G2 came to throwing actually came after the game, when Wunder and Perkz threatened to catapult Caps off the stage.

G2’s performance provides a timely reminder that the west can match anyone in pursuit of the Summoners Cup this year.

Post-game reactions

In each game, G2 managed to force a level one flash out of a Gen.G player. So, despite his exceptional performances on Pantheon and Rakan, support Mikyx was quick to credit G2 analyst Duffman for their “broken” level one success.

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Wunder gave his full reaction to the match in a video interview after they closed out the 3-0, praising Caps’ incredible individual performance.

G2 botlane substitute P1noy showed us a picture of a thrilled Mikyx:

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And, while they lost, Gen.G appeared upbeat and issued this heartwarming message to their supporters:

G2 faces LCK champions DAMWON Gaming in the semifinals on Saturday, October 24.