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TFT Patch 10.18 notes: Big Bang galaxy, Ezreal buffs, more

Published: 1/Sep/2020 19:00 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 1:09

by Andrew Amos

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TFT Patch 10.18 is finally here. This update marks Galaxies’ last hurrah, with a final set of balance changes to Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser, and Ezreal, as well as a new Big Bang galaxy.

Galaxies has been the one and only set for Teamfight Tactics for six months now. Time really does fly sometimes. While the game has felt completely new since the Mid-Set update, it’s time to retire the set.

Patch 10.18 is supposed to be Galaxies’ final hurrah before TFT Fates, and let’s just say ⁠— it’s going out with a big bang. A new galaxy, aptly titled the Big Bang, is the headline act of the final Galaxies update, before TFT Fates drops on Patch 10.19 on September 16.

New Big Bang galaxy, buffs to Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser, Ezreal

TFT Patch 10.18 doesn’t feature a lot of major changes. The new Big Bang galaxy is the major hallmark of the final update for Set 3. Players will be treated to one of their most game-changing battlefields yet.

In the Big Bang galaxy, players get a free reroll every round, a free Force of Nature at 3-1, and an orb on every minion and monster kill. The Big Bang galaxy will appear 20% of the time on Patch 10.18. It also replaces Dwarf Planet, so no more shrunken boards.

Three champions are also getting buffs to help tweak the meta slightly ahead of TFT Worlds. Cassiopeia is getting more Spell Damage at all levels, while Ezreal and Mordekaiser are getting base attack damage and magic resist increases.

There’s a couple of bug fixes, too. Mech Pilots will no longer pop out early if they have Guardian Angel and are hit by an Urgot ultimate, while Hextech Gunblades will now generate the right amount of shields.

Pulsefire Ezreal in TFT Galaxies
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Ezreal is one of three champions getting buffed in TFT Patch 10.18.

Final update before TFT Fates

If you want to muck around with the Galaxies, be sure to do it sooner rather than later. On September 16, when Patch 10.19 drops, TFT Galaxies will be gone for good. Set 4, titled Fates, will be replacing it on live servers.

Fates will feature 58 new champions, an abundance of new traits and classes, and the all-new Chosen mechanic. It’ll be an entirely different experience to TFT Galaxies ⁠— which will be a breath of fresh air for players.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.18 notes below.

TFT Patch 10.18 notes

Champions

Tier 2

Mordekaiser

  • Magic resist: 35 > 40

Tier 3

Cassiopeia

  • Spell damage: 700/1500/3500 > 750/1600/4000

Ezreal

  • Attack damage: 50 > 55

Systems

  • New Galaxy: The Big Bang
    • Players receive a free reroll each round, a Force of Nature when Stage 3 begins, and loot orbs from all minions and monsters.
    • 20% chance to play on The Big Bang on Patch 10.18.
  • Dwarf Planet removed

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Mech Pilots would pop out early if the Mech had Guardian Angel and was killed by an Urgot.
  • Fixed a bug where multiple Hextech Gunblades wouldn’t generate extra shields
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Game-breaking League exploit lets players climb to Challenger undefeated

Published: 15/Jan/2021 7:19

by Andrew Amos

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A game-breaking League of Legends exploit is derailing ranked in Season 11. Players are abusing a tool that allows custom games to count towards ranked, blazing up the ladder without having to break a sweat. Riot are yet to acknowledge the issue.

At the start of every season, every League player has to set aside some time to start the treacherous ascent up the ranked ladder. It’s no small feat, having to grind games on end to get the rank that you want ⁠— whether that Gold, Diamond, or Challenger.

However, there are some people beating the system.

They are currently abusing a broken exploit that allows them to farm wins with ease, and get infinite LP in both flex queue, and League’s flagship solo queue.

Victorious Lucian in League of Legends
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Imagine if you didn’t have to lift a finger to hit Challenger in League. That’s what this exploit does.

League YouTuber ‘Vandiril’ uncovered the exploit ⁠— with the help of some others ⁠— although he was unwilling to share exactly how it works to prevent other players from abusing it. However, there is a collective of players who are doing so, and getting free elo off it.

“With this exploit, it is possible to basically perfectly matchfix either in solo queue or flex queue. You can basically reach any rank you want,” he said.

While the exploit has been around for three months, according to Vandiril, it’s become very popular since the start of Season 11. People are racing to Challenger on the ranked leaderboards using the exploit.

“This exploit allows you to make custom game lobbies as ranked, and as you can imagine, that’s the perfect combination for match fixing. People created a tool that abuses the hole in the Riot system with the use of their API. This tool isn’t anything revolutionary.”

The tool reportedly sells for 200 Euros ($240 USD).

Players who were caught using the exploit are yet to be banned either despite their suspicious match histories, the YouTuber claimed.

Riot haven’t yet acknowledged the exploit yet either. The tool is still active, using Riot’s API, and players are freely abusing it to climb to their desired rank without having to break a sweat.

Such conduct falls out of line with Riot’s terms of service.

Typically, permanent bans would be handed out for this kind of behavior. Other game-breaking exploits have caught the ire of Riot before, so it’s only a matter of time before this one does too.