Skarner buffs turn LoL jungler into ultimate tank-buster in Patch 10.15 - Dexerto
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Skarner buffs turn LoL jungler into ultimate tank-buster in Patch 10.15

Published: 14/Jul/2020 5:30 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 6:17

by Andrew Amos

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Skarner is receiving some big changes on League Patch 10.15 to bring the Crystal Vanguard back to Summoner’s Rift. Riot are turning him into the ultimate tank-buster with a rather unique playstyle.

Skarner hasn’t really seen the light of day much since his rework back in 2015. At best, he’s featured in the meta with the sole purpose of ulting carries away from their allies and forcing them to buy a QSS.

His spires have been deemed too powerful, yet confusing, while the rest of his kit is relatively underwhelming to use. Riot have noted this, and as such, are looking to bring him back into the meta on Patch 10.15.

Battlecast Alpha Skarner in League of Legends
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Skarner’s ultimate is the only reason the champion is picked nowadays.

The goals of the Skarner buffs are to give him “stronger damage threat against fighters and tanks.” Riot are achieving this by super-charging his Q, especially against tankier enemies.

Riot are removing some of Skarner’s AD scaling and replacing it with target max health damage. They are also increasing the buff duration of his Q, and removing the E missile speed slow.

While these changes seem insignificant, they have major impacts on Skarner’s playstyle. Stacking AD is no longer a good thing, with players being forced to branch out into either attack speed or full tank. Cinderhulk and Bloodrazor over Warrior enchant seems to be the community consensus, as well as a focus on Wit’s End and armor pen items.

However, it also gives Skarner a clear-cut identity as a tank buster. With these changes in the long run, Skarner should be a viable counterpick against tanky junglers like Sejuani and Zac.

The changes have received some criticism, especially from current Skarner mains. Many have asked for Riot to shift power away from Skarner’s Spires, but these changes don’t touch them whatsoever.

However, Riot are still looking at making other changes. According to ‘Cogswobble,’ who works at Riot but not in gameplay, the developers are testing to see whether removing the jungler’s spires is a viable option.

“They invited me to do some playtesting where they tried out removing the spires. They basically just moved the spire passive to proc on abilities that hit champions or jungle monsters instead,” they said.

“[Riot] still have a desire to get rid of the spires, but that if we were going to do that, it needs to be a more in-depth change than just removing them and putting the passive elsewhere, so for now, they just went with some of the other tweaks and QoL improvements.”

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Skarner is one of five champions Riot had on their hit list for “mini-reworks” heading into the tail end of Season 10. Karthus and Pyke received their updates on Patch 10.14, returning them to the mid lane and bot lane respectively.

Swain is also touted for some changes on Patch 10.15, increasing his power in both support and mid. Tahm Kench will be receiving a rework after Worlds so as to not disrupt the pro meta.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 17:39

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

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Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

He then followed up on Caps’ growth as a player in the new G2 lineup, claiming that he has also had a “shift in mindset” which has massively helped his ability to play at the highest level.

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.