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Riot is changing League of Legends’ jungle yet again in Season 11

Published: 29/Sep/2020 2:31

by Andrew Amos

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The jungle is Riot’s favorite punching bag when it comes to every pre-season. If junglers thought they were going to get through unscathed in Season 11 however, they’ll be sorely mistaken. Riot is changing it up once again to “help newer players learn” the role.

Season 11’s changes are predominantly focused on the in-game item shop. Boris is upgrading his list of wares after years of selling the same goods, with over half of League’s items being either reworked, or removed entirely and replaced.

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While this update will affect junglers with new items they’ll start off with, there’s more changes yet coming to the pre-season punching bag of Riot.

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Junglers like Karthus are going to be most affected by these Season 11 changes.

Every season the jungle in some way always gets changed. Lead gameplay designer Mark Yetter did preface this jungle update by saying Riot were only “doing very light changes.”

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However, they have three clear goals in mind: increase pathing diversity, reduce the power of kiting, and help new players learn the role.

To increase path diversity, Riot are unifying resistances across all camps. Each jungle monster will have 20 armor and magic resist, scaling with level, as well as have their health adjusted.

Most monsters previously had very little resistances, or negative resistances, allowing champions to do more than true damage. This change will make true damage abilities more relevant in jungle clears. It’ll also likely increase the time it takes to do a full clear.

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Riot are also better visualizing “unique aspects” of certain jungle camps to help new players understand them.

They are making small Krugs more worth the time to clear by increasing their XP and gold value over medium Krugs. Gromp will no longer have the attack speed burst at the start of its clear. Also, the scuttle crab will now have a 60% maximum health shield that can be removed on CC.

Finally, League devs are increasing the movement speed of jungle camps to reduce the power of kiting. This will be a big nerf to squishier junglers like Karthus, who have relied on good kiting to get through their clears.

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These changes are all tentative for now as pre-season 11 approaches. There’s still room for tweaks before this becomes the norm players will have to become accustomed to for the 2021 season.

Pre-season 11 goes live on League’s PBE on September 30 for six weeks of testing. The changes will be shipped to live in early November.

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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

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He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

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Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

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The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

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This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

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Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.

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