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TFT Patch 10.8 to feature new unit Xerath, economy changes, more

Published: 3/Apr/2020 4:21 Updated: 3/Apr/2020 4:22

by Andrew Amos

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Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies has been a hit with players so far. However, as Patch 10.8 approaches, a few changes are on their way to make the set more balanced, as well as adding fresh content with Xerath as a new unit.

The latest set of TFT has been renowned as arguably the game’s most exciting yet. The introduction of the Galaxies mechanic has added more variety into every game, while the meta has been exciting ⁠— minus Rebels.

However, come Patch 10.8, Galaxies will get its first major shake-up for the season. With a new unit being added into the fray, and changes to the economy, the meta could start swinging drastically.

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Xerath is joining the TFT roster in Patch 10.8.

New unit Xerath joins TFT roster

Xerath is making his debut in Teamfight Tactics during Set 3. The Magus Ascendant is entering the autobattler arena as a five-cost Dark Star Sorcerer ready to obliterate your enemies.

The end-game unit has received an ability similar to his ultimate in League of Legends in Abyssal Bombardment. According to the tooltip, “Xerath transforms, summoning meteors to strike random foes in place of his normal attacks for [a few] seconds.

“Meteors deal magic damage upon impact, and if they kill their target, all adjacent enemies take [extra] magic damage and are stunned for 1.5 seconds.”

He will be a super strong unit if slotted into the right composition. However, given the state of both Sorcerer and Dark Star, he might not be the game-changer those traits need to become meta.

Xerath TFT stats
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Xerath can be a late-game carry for Dark Star compositions.

Gold streaks nerfed, player damage changes

After the first few weeks of play, Riot noted there were some balancing issues that needed to be addressed in the Galaxies set, specifically around the in-game economy.

James ‘Statikk’ Bach, senior gameplay designer for Teamfight Tactics, mentioned on Reddit that some changes are on the way for Patch 10.8.

Player damage will now scale more off surviving units, not just winning. Every surviving unit is now worth two damage, not one, while base damage has been almost halved.

On top of that, players will have to grind for gold streaks more. 2-3 round streaks will now both be worth one gold extra, four wins will be worth two instead of three, and three gold will only kick in at five rounds.

These changes should help solve people hoarding income and hitting their late-game units too early, regardless of whether they win or lose. It also makes lose-streaking a lot riskier, as open-forting could lead to your early demise more regularly than not.

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Open-forting after a good start will now be punished by changes to lose streaking.

Sorcerer buffs, nine-unit bonuses added

With the addition of a new unit, Sorcerer is also getting some buffs in tandem to make it more appealing. At four and six units, spell power will be increased by an additional 5% to 45% and 85% respectively.

Additionally, an eight champ bonus has been added with the addition of Xerath. If you manage to collect all eight Sorcerers, you’ll get a 150% spell power boost, which will be huge in the late game.

Rebel, Blademaster, and Dark Star are also gaining nine-unit bonuses, while Protectors and Infiltrators will have six-unit bonuses added. This could hint at some units falling under those banners being released shortly after Xerath, so keep your eyes peeled.

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TFT Galaxies Patch 10.8 will ship in mid-April.

More changes will be added at the PBE cycle wears on. It’s unclear as to whether a ‘B-patch’ for 10.7 will be deployed. In other sets, TFT has been balanced weekly, however Riot chose to skip Patch 10.6b in the last cycle.

TFT Patch 10.8 is expected to drop on April 15. You can read the full patch notes below.

TFT Patch 10.8 notes

Traits

Blademaster

  • New nine-unit bonus: 100% chance to trigger two additional attacks against target.

Dark Star

  • New nine-unit bonus: +45 Attack Damage and Spell Power per ally death

Infiltrator

  • New six-unit bonus: 120% bonus Attack Speed, refreshed on takedown.

Protector

  • New six-unit bonus: 45% maximum health shield after casting a spell.

Rebel

  • New nine-unit bonus: 275 shield and 15% damage for every adjacent Rebel at round start.

Sorcerer

  • New eight-unit bonus: 150% extra spell power for all allies.

Units

Wukong

  • Ability damage increased from 250/450/2000 to 400/600/5000.

Xerath

  • Tier: 5
  • Trait: Dark Star
  • Class: Sorcerer
  • Ability: Abyssal Bombardment — Xerath transforms, summoning meteors to strike random foes in place of his normal attacks for 6/8/45 seconds. Meteors deal 350/450/2500 magic damage upon impact and if they kill their target, all adjacent enemies take [50% base] magic damage and are stunned for 1.5 seconds.
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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.