League of Legends

Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.

GTA

GTA Online players’ attempt to race without tires ends in disaster

Published: 19/Jan/2021 18:03

by Michael Gwilliam

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GTA Online is home to some of the best shenanigans in gaming, and two players’ attempt to race their cars without tires is a perfect example of craziness that goes down in San Andreas.

Races in GTA Online are pretty self-explanatory – get from point A to point B before your opponent can to win. Of course, having a better car with superior speeds and handling can pay dividends. But what about racing without tires?

Two players decided to try that out and the results speak for themselves. As you can see in the Reddit clip uploaded by user viscouslance, it’s a far cry from the intense racing you may have come to expect from Grand Theft Auto.

With each player driving at a pace that is likely miles below the speed limit, it’s more akin to watching turtle races than the latest Fast and Furious movie.

GTA online stock cars racing
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Races in GTA are normally done with tires.

Hilariously though, right as the “race” began to get a bit interesting with both players neck-and-neck, the red car smashed into oncoming traffic resulting in a multi-car collision.

Even without tires and a relatively low speed, the red car started flying, spinning and doing barrel rolls like it was a Star Fox game.

At this point the video ended, but viscouslance did provide some additional details on what happened during the rest of the race.

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“We did probably 3 quarters I’d say from where we started to the facility at the top left corner of the map,” they explained.

The tireless adventures aren’t stopping at just cars either. As the user noted, they plan on trying races with tireless buses and eventually motorcycles.

As for why the two players decided to race without tires, it just comes down to keeping GTA feel fresh all these years later.

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GTA Online doesn’t have to be all about heists.

“We do stuff like this all the time to keep our interest in the game. It’s sorta why I’ve been playing for all these years,” they said.

If this race is any indication of what’s to come, we can’t wait to see what happens when the two try their luck with buses or motorcycles.