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TFT Patch 10.18 to feature new Big Bang galaxy, Cassiopeia buffs, more

Published: 31/Aug/2020 6:03

by Andrew Amos

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TFT Patch 10.18 marks the end of Galaxies, the third set in Riot’s League of Legends inspired autobattler. There aren’t any major changes to round out the set, with Riot shipping small buffs to Cassiopeia, Ezreal, and Mordekaiser, and adding a new galaxy.

TFT Patch 10.18 is here, and Galaxies is almost done. TFT Fates is coming on Patch 10.19, bringing a whole new gameplay experience to the autobattler. However, we still have one more Galaxies update before then.

Riot are cautious of changing the meta too much though. With TFT Worlds kicking off on September 3 ⁠— right after TFT Patch 10.18 launches on September 2 ⁠— they want to keep the meta practically the same.

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

“We’re not going to be changing a ton, especially since this is the Worlds patch. There are some things that are happening though, and they do affect Worlds,” lead designer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained on August 30.

New Big Bang galaxy, Dwarf Planet removed

The biggest shift in TFT Patch 10.18 is the introduction of a revolutionary new galaxy ⁠— the Big Bang. Riot are sending out this set in style, adding one of the most powerful ⁠— if not the most ⁠— battlegrounds to date.

The Big Bang will give players a free reroll each round, a Force of Nature at 3-1, and every minion and monster will drop a loot orb on PvE rounds. It’s safe to say, every game on the Big Bang galaxy will be exciting.

It comes in to replace Dwarf Planet, one of the much-loathed galaxies from Set 3. You won’t have to worry about massive Gangplank ultimates and devastating mechs on the shrunken battlefield anymore.

TFT Galaxies header art
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TFT Patch 10.18 is your last chance to play the Galaxies set.

Cassiopeia, Ezreal, Mordekaiser buffs

Balance-wise, Riot don’t want to change too much. There are no nerfs coming in TFT Patch 10.18 ⁠— only buffs. Cassiopeia, Ezreal, and Mordekaiser are the lucky recipients of the changes.

Cassiopeia is getting a buff to her spell damage to try and bring her back into the meta. “We’ve kind of seen the Vanguard-Mystic-Cassiopeia builds fall out of the meta completely, so having them come back into the meta could be useful,” Mortdog said.

Mordekaiser is also getting a buff to his magic resist to help bring more Vanguards into the fray, while Ezreal is getting a slight AD buff to bring him up to power alongside Jinx in those hypercarry comps.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.18 preview notes below, courtesy of Mortdog. The patch will launch on September 2 ⁠— at the same time as League Patch 10.18 ⁠— so get ready to get your last hurrah in for Galaxies ahead of TFT Fates.

TFT Patch 10.18 preview 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
Esports

FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal

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Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

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FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

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The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.