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Riot dev responds to concerns with League’s new jungle item changes

Published: 18/Oct/2020 12:08

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games developer has responded to concerns with the new 2021 preseason changes for jungle items and upgraded Smite in League of Legends.

Riot announced that the 2021 preseason would finally include a massive overhaul for the items in League of Legends, introducing new Mythic Items that can define a champion’s playstyle and give players more choice in-game.


However, there have been some concerns around the latest changes, particularly for those in the jungle role, as some champions are at risk of synergizing poorly with the new starter items that have been revealed.

With the Hunter’s Machete item now removed from the game, this could have a massive impact on the single-target damage clear speed of champions like Kindred and Twitch.

Kindred splash art from league of legends
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Champions like Kindred could be nerfed with the removal of the Hunter’s Machete item.

Riot responds to Preseason 2021 Jungle item concerns

After plenty of jungle mains voiced their concerns about the upcoming changes and the effect on these champions, Riot Phlox responded to players, revealing that they were still monitoring all of the potential changes, and would make any adjustments needed to balance the champions.

The League of Legends dev also explained that the decision behind the new items was to open up more choice for junglers in their build paths throughout each game.

“Items were to open up junglers to the rest of the item system and actually allow them to engage in choice and not just statistics,” he explained. “It’s just more interesting to choose cool items than get stuck building warrior every game first.”



Phlox also addressed concerns around the upgraded smite changes, explaining that junglers would be able to put more of their gold towards items, instead of prioritizing  the smite upgrade

“For smite, it’s all about ceremonializing the event and actually letting you invest in stuff you care about,” the Riot dev explained. “Frankly people don’t really like spending money to upgrade smite a lot of the time and now they get this cool way to get it rather than spending cash that could be longswords on smite.”

While these changes are currently being tested on the PBE servers, it is possible that Riot will make more adjustments before the full item overhaul in the 2021 preseason.

Call of Duty

Censor says Black Ops Cold War is the best CoD ever – again

Published: 18/Oct/2020 11:04

by Joe Craven


Ex-Call of Duty pro player Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has stated that Black Ops Cold War is the “best CoD” he has played – although some have pointed out he has said similar things in the past. 

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is into its final weekend, but Treyarch have already confirmed it will be extended by 24 hours, meaning it will now conclude on Tuesday, October 20.


Feedback has – as you would expect with a Beta – been largely mixed, with players highlighting skill-based matchmaking as a particular issue. Maps, footstep audio and weapon balance though, has been generally praised.

While some big figures in the CoD community, namely Swagg and NICKMERCS, have been critical of the Beta, others, like Censor, have been overwhelmingly positive.

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The Beta will now finish on October 20, after being extended by one day.

In an October 17 tweet, the ex-New York Subliners substitute said: “Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the BEST COD I have ever played. [I] literally never get bored of this game.”

However, many followers of the pro, as well as Reddit users, were quick to point out that he has made similar comments about past CoD games. Some of the CoD games in question, like Call of Duty: WWII, have gone on to be widely criticized, particularly by the competitive community.

One Redditor, u/SSMKh, shared an image of similar tweets made for each of the last four CoD games, from WWII through to this year’s Black Ops Cold War. While not all of his tweets refer to the games as the best of all time, they are all overwhelmingly complimentary.


The Redditor even said: “I’m really not sure if he even takes himself seriously, he has to be trolling, right? There’s no way someone can be stupid enough to fall for the same thing 4 years in a row.”

Ah shit here we go again from r/blackopscoldwar

In Censor’s defense, there is every chance Black Ops Cold War will go on to be the best CoD of all time. However, many see his tendency to be very positive early on as disingenuous and naive. Only time will tell how Black Ops Cold War is remembered in the CoD community.