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Riot dev hints at role changes coming for Pantheon in League of Legends

Published: 20/Sep/2020 18:29

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has hinted at a possible role change for Pantheon in League of Legends after the 2021 preseason, following concerns from fans of the champion.

Pantheon’s major rework in July 2019 saw him receive way more power than Riot had initially expected and he quickly became the most banned champion towards the latter half of Season 9.

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However, since the champion’s nerfs in the following months, the Unbreakable Spear has yet to truly find his place back in the League of Legends roster, appearing as an off-meta pick in different roles throughout 2020.

In the lead up to Worlds 2020, he has surprisingly been seen as a support pick more than any other position, but many Pantheon mains are unhappy with his current state.

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Pantheon received a full champion rework in July 2019.

As he has previously been seen as a competitive jungle and solo lane champion, fans have been calling for Riot to make him a viable pick in other roles once again.

League of Legends dev Riot Phlox responded to one Pantheon fan during a Solo Q match and claimed that he was eyeing up some possible changes to give him more strength as a jungle or top lane champion.

The dev’s response was shared to the ‘Pantheon Mains’ subreddit on September 11, where Phlox later followed up with a full update in regards to the popular champion.

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“We’ve been looking at Panth for a little bit now in terms of top being brought down by other roles,” Phlox explained, revealing plans to work on the champ when the opportunity arises, “there’s no guarantees anything will get done, since this isn’t a must-be-done project but I’m interested in doing it when I have time.”

However, with a major item overhaul due to arrive in November, including the addition of new Mythic Items, many of the current champions will be indirectly affected by this change in the coming months.

As a result, Riot Phlox explained that the changes “wouldn’t start until after the preseason” to make sure they can still balance the champions ahead of League’s Season 11.

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While the champ is still not guaranteed to receive a change anytime soon, the fact that Riot are aware of Pantheon’s recent struggles will likely come as good news to those who play him.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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