League of Legends

T1 CEO responds to “violent threats” from LoL fans after Faker benching

Published: 9/Aug/2020 17:34 Updated: 9/Aug/2020 17:37

by Daniel Cleary


T1 CEO Joe Marsh has responded to fans of the iconic League of Legends organization after “violent threats” were directed at the team following the benching of Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

T1 Esports, formerly known as SKT T1, has a rich history as the top organization in League of Legends after winning multiple LCK titles and the World Championship on three separate occasions.

Since its inception, the iconic team has been captained by Faker, for the most part, however, following a recent slump, Sang-hyeok was benched from the line-up with rising star Lee ‘Clozer’ Ju-hyeon taking his spot in the mid lane.

Faker and SKT t1 lifting trophy
Riot Games
Faker has won multiple World Championships under the T1 organization.

Despite not reaching claiming a Worlds victory since 2016, Faker is still regarded as the best player of all time, and many fans were upset with the decision to bench him.

However, it seems that some League of Legends fans have taken their support for the Demon King too far, as T1 CEO Joe Marsh released a statement on August 9 addressing some unruly followers.

Marsh revealed that he could “no longer remain silent” following the rise in “online harassment and violent threats” that were directed at members of his team in recent weeks.

The T1 CEO explained that, while criticizing the choices of a professional gaming team was expected, some fans had ‘overstepped the line’ and he called for the violent threats to stop.

“If the onslaught of violent virtual attacks continues, we will explore legal action to put an end to it,” he added, even threatening legal action in extreme cases.

However, despite the controversy surrounding the roster changes, T1 LoL has performed quite well since Clozer’s arrival and is now locked in for the LCK Summer Playoffs.

T1’s head coach Kim Jeong-soo previously revealed, in an interview with InvenGlobal, that Faker has “found new motivations” and is planning on earning back his place in the starting roster.

While he is open to bringing Faker back, it is unclear whether or not we will see the three-time World Champion compete in the playoffs, which are expected to start on August 26.

League of Legends

Rell nerfs on League patch 11.3 makes Iron Maiden less tanky

Published: 24/Jan/2021 7:02

by Andrew Amos


Rell is getting a hefty set of nerfs in League of Legends patch 11.3 to make the Iron Maiden less tanky. However, they could have a knock-on effect, where full AP Rell takes over the meta.

Rell has been a rather interesting addition to the League of Legends roster. The first champion in preseason 11 struggled to find her way into the meta at the start, but then has exploded as a power pick in recent patches.

Now, Riot are toning her back. Her utility is just a little bit too strong to justify some of her damage values ⁠— at least in her base kit.

Battle Queen Rell in League of Legends
Riot Games
Rell is getting some nerfs in League patch 11.3.

The current changes on the League of Legends PBE include nerfs to her W shield, while buffing its damage ratio. Her E is getting nerfed all around ⁠— damage and resistances. Her R, on the other hand, is getting an AP ratio buff.

The changes have led to a mixed response from the community. While Rell mains feel like Riot are trying to streamline her into just maxing Q, Riot are trying to just nerf the rest of her kit to be more in line with her Q, rather than risk increasing her already high win-rate before.

“The goal of the change-list is to very slightly nerf her, and also skew her slightly back towards Q max being correct by weakening the durability gained with each W point. The AP ratios are mostly just extra and aren’t much power at all unless going Shurelya’s,” developer Ray Yonggi said.

“It’s not because we want them to specifically have more damage, it’s because we want all 4 abilities to feel like they are pulling their weight, and unfortunately Q doesn’t feel like it when it’s not maxed.”

However, the increase of AP ratios ⁠— including an extra 40% AP on her ultimate ⁠— have players weary of the potential of full AP Rell. With 110% AP on her ultimate, as well as 60% AP on her Q, she could nuke enemies with a full AP build.


Riot are still tinkering with the buffs, but they’re trying to make sure Rell stays true to her tank identity ⁠— just with a little bit less power right off the bat.

“Basic idea around the Q thing was that Q feels really wimpy if not maxed, but W feels effective no matter what, so the character can feel more punchy if Q max was what people did more often, as it increases the damage and healing per point,” Yonggi added.

The Rell changes are expected to go through with League patch 11.3, penned in for February 3.