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Sylas rework, Aphelios nerfs to headline massive LoL Patch 10.1

Published: 7/Jan/2020 0:43 Updated: 7/Jan/2020 0:44

by Andrew Amos

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Season 10 of League of Legends is on its way, and with it is a massive Patch 10.1, set to change over a dozen champions including a mini Sylas rework, and nerfs to Aphelios and Mordekaiser.

With the start of League’s next season impending, a big patch is on the way finalizing all of the preseason changes. While the new Elemental Rift, drake system, and items have all been implemented, a slew of changes are on the way.

Lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter gave players the rundown of what to expect from Patch 10.1, with some crucial nerfs coming for the game’s most oppressive champions, and some new power picks rising up.

The biggest changes hitting Patch 10.1 is the mini Sylas rework. Riot were aiming to “shift his mechanics in a way that open up some weaknesses for him in very high level play while making him a viable champ for the majority of players,” Scruffy said in a December 2019 forum post.

Sylas has been heavily simplified, losing his auto-attack resets on his W and E which were abused in pro play for massive amounts of burst damage with his passive. Now, that power is shifting to his late game, which is set to ramp up massively.

All of his abilities have increased damage numbers at level five, and most received an AP scaling buff, making Sylas stronger the more items he has. His passive was also entirely reshaped to give him bonus attack speed and more AP scaling, giving him slightly less burst but more overall damage.

The only major nerf he received was losing his shield on his E to compensate for the changes, but overall Sylas will be buffed heading into Season 10. He has a lower skill cap, but he should still be rewarding to play.

On the other end of the scale, Aphelios and Mordekaiser are set to get major nerfs.

League’s newest champion, Aphelios, has dominated bot lane since his release, but he will be toned back a bit with nerfs to his movement speed, base health, and Infernum R damage.

Mordekaiser’s passive has been nerfed, giving him less sticking power on enemies during long fights. Aurelion Sol and Kassadin were also given a tone down on Patch 10.1, with minor nerfs to their damage and movement speed respectively.

Riot GamesAphelios has one of the highest win rates in bot lane on Patch 9.24 at 51.29%

Azir, Corki, Jayce, Jax, Kalista, Nami, Sejuani, Shyvana, Varus, Vi, and Zyra will all be receiving minor buffs during Patch 10.1 to help bring them back to relevancy. Keystone Prototype: Omnistone will be getting another cooldown buff as well to try and make it more viable.

The support items are also getting some slight changes, with Relic Shield and Steel Shoulderguard lines getting health regeneration, while Spectral Sickle and Spellthief’s Edge now coming with mana regen.

Among all the changes, one notable omission from the early notes was Wukong’s rework, which players expected to ship during Patch 10.1. Scruffy highlighted the champion was still being tinkered with, and was “not ready for 10.1.”

With Season 10 to start on January 10, players should expect Patch 10.1 to drop in the coming days.

League’s 148th champion, Sett, should also come out during Patch 10.1 on around January 14, ahead of the Mecha Kingdoms event on January 15.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”