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League of Legends champion Wukong is finally being reworked

Published: 24/Oct/2019 15:09 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 15:58

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have detailed the changes they’ll be making as part of an upcoming overhaul to League of Legends champion Wukong.

League of Legends is a constantly evolving game, with multiple new champions released each year, and consistent balance updates to champions and items.

With nearly 150 champions now in the game, however, as things continue to change it is inevitable that some – especially those that were originally designed much earlier in the game’s lifespan – lose their place in the competitive meta for extended periods of time.

As a result, some champions eventually get extensive reworks to bring them back up to speed in the game, and the latest on that list is Wukong. While Riot originally started work on a rework back in May 2019, progress stalled for several months, but they’ve now announced that the update is being focused on and should be live before the end of the year.

Riot GamesWukong’s overhaul has been in the works for over five months.

While some champions get full-blown redesigns, including a new character model and lore updates, known as Visual and Gameplay Updates (VGUs), Wukong isn’t getting quite the same treatment – although Riot are currently working on VGUs for Volibear and Fiddlesticks.

That being said, the changes should still make a significant difference to how the champion plays. In a post on the League of Legends forums, champion designer Riot Lutzburg outlined some of the major updates being made to his kit:

  • Passive – Wukong gains a large amount of resistances when near 3+ enemy Champions. In addition, he gains bonus attack range on his next basic attack after using any ability.
  • Q – Physical damage reduced, but deals bonus magic damage that also heals Wukong. Passively, Wukong and his clones add stacking marks against their target, increasing the damage they deal by a percentage.
  • W – Wukong now stealths and dashes to a nearby target location (leaving behind a clone), and can be used to jump small walls. The clone lasts a few seconds and can’t move but will attack things close to it for 50% damage (applies on-hit effects).
  • E – now creates clones that also dash towards nearby targets, masking the real Wukong’s target. The clones are considered units and can intercept spells and be targeted.
  • R – can now be canceled early by using another ability.

Riot GamesThe overhaul will focus on highlighting Wukong’s “trickster” elements.

With these changes, it seems Riot are leaning into Wukong being a “trickster” champion, with a kit designed to allow clever and creative players out-play their opponents with movement and misdirection.

According to the post, Riot are also still interested in direct feedback from Wukong players, so if you have a lot of experience with the champion be sure to make your feelings known. Lutzburg does warn, however, that at this stage of development there won’t be any major overhauls to the changes listed here, so feedback should be focused on specific details that could be adjusted rather than wholesale changes.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards

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TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.