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Riot confirms second Teamfight Tactics game mode coming in Set 4

Published: 7/Aug/2020 7:59

by Andrew Amos

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It’s been almost two years since the release of Riot’s hit League of Legends-inspired auto-battler Teamfight Tactics, but players have been stuck with the one game mode. Riot are expanding that in Set 4 though, with a new mode coming in early 2021.

TFT has had one game mode since its release in early 2019. You could queue up with up to seven others, and play through the same game from Set 1 all the way through to Set 3. The only thing that changed was the champions and the theme.

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However, the game itself could finally be changing. Riot is working on new ways for players to enjoy TFT across all platforms. While this includes new sets ⁠— like the fourth one coming in September ⁠— it also includes new game modes.

Warring Kingdoms Azir in League of Legends and TFT Set 4
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New champions, like Azir, aren’t the only thing coming in TFT Set 4. Riot has confirmed a new game mode for the auto-battler is coming in “early 2021.”

Riot is finally delivering on that promise in 2021. To mark the two-year anniversary of TFT’s release, the developers have teed up a second game mode players can queue up for.

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“In addition to new sets, we are also working on other ways for you to engage with TFT,” lead developer ‘GreenTeej’ explained on an August 6 dev video.

“We want TFT to be a place where there are multiple ways to enjoy [the game] ⁠— modes that better fit your schedule, no matter whether you are playing on mobile or PC. We’re looking at bringing one new TFT mode to you early next year.”

What this new game mode could be, remains a mystery though. It could be a faster-paced version of the auto-battler players can play in 15 to 20 minutes. Given a game can take up to 40 minutes right now, this could appeal to mobile players.

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It could also take a completely wacky spin on the genre. Think what U.R.F. did for League of Legends. Turn the numbers up to 11, and see what crazy shenanigans players come up with.

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Early 2021 lines up with a potential Mid-Set update for Set 4 in January, so it could come then. Else, it could come as Set 4 is wrapping up sometime in April. The release window Riot has given players is big, but the big news is that a new game mode is finally coming.

Riot also gave players an update on the spectator client. While they were aiming for a 2020 release, they’ve had to push it back to next year. However, players can expect it to come as soon as possible, as Riot has penciled it in as the highest priority.

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“We’re still exploring Spectator mode as a way to improve the TFT viewing experience, and we know how important this feature will be, especially for those who like to watch TFT at a high level,” GreenTeej added.

“We wanted to deliver that [in 2020], but we had to focus on other areas of the game first, like keeping up with the new set cadence, as well as the mobile release. We’re now clearing out space for this work to begin.

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TFT Set 4 is set to begin on September 16 when League Patch 10.19 launches.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.