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TFT patch notes 10.23: Xin Zhao & Aphelios rework, Dazzler nerf, Zed buff

Published: 11/Nov/2020 1:48 Updated: 11/Nov/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal


The 10.23 TeamFight Tactics patch update has landed and is balancing some changes from the last patch while giving slight reworks to how Aphelios and Xin Zhao operate in the game.

It’s been a few patches in a row that Riot Games tinkers with problematic characters like Aphelios and Talon. That trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down now that they’re going to once again nerf Warwick along with Ashe in this patch.

The balance of power could be shifting in TFT especially with buffs to Keeper and Divine in the pipeline this time around. Making matters even more, Akali is once again going to get buffed after a slight nerf to her in 10.22.

Cultists readjusted and Dazzler trait nerfs

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Galio will be a bit less frightening after the 10.23 patch, but only slightly.

Riot was seeing Chosen Cultists become a bit too effective in the early parts of games. While they’re getting an overall nerf, the devs are largely readjusting Cultists so that Galio doesn’t just appear and stomp on everything he finds.

Meanwhile, Dazzler and Hunter traits are getting a slight tune down, with lower Attack Damage Reductions and bonus damage deal, respectively.

Comps focusing around Hunter will feel the bite, but it shouldn’t be too game-breaking since they weren’t in the worst place before the 10.23 patch.

Aphelios and Xin Zhao slightly reworked

In 10.23, Riot is going to nerf Aphelios’ turrets so they don’t proc with on-attack effects, such as Statikk Shiv and Runaan’s. This will effectively take away his synergy with Ragebalde, that Riot thought was hurting the character’s state of balance.

Meanwhile, his starting/total mana has been dramatically reduced from 90/180 to 40/80, which will lower his efficiency with abilities.

Moving on to Xin, the game devs admitted they’ve been trying to make him a “legitimate carry,” though they’ve been unsuccessful thus far. So in 10.23, Riot are intentionally beefing up how his Crescent Guard works, as well as giving it a powerful sweep attack.

There’s a lot to unpack in the Teamfight Tactics 10.23 patch, so get a full breakdown below courtesy of Riot Games.

TeamFight Tactics 10.23 patch notes


Riot: “We’ve made improvements to the champion movement logic. This should result in more consistent and expected behavior, most noticeably at the start of fights when champions interact with each other.”


Cultist Changes

  • All Galios Mana: 50/150 ⇒ 75/150
  • Demon Lord Galio (Cultist 6) Base Health: 1750 ⇒ 1650
  • Supreme Overlord Galio (Cultist 9) is now immune to crowd control for 8 seconds after being summoned.
  • Supreme Overlord Galio (Cultist 9) Base Health: 2500 ⇒ 2250
  • Supreme Overlord Galio (Cultist 9) Base Attack Damage: 400 ⇒ 320

Other Trait Changes

  • Dazzler Attack Damage Reduction: 50/80% ⇒ 40/80%
  • Divine Bonus True Damage and Damage Reduction: 40% ⇒ 50%
  • Divine Bonus True Damage and Damage Reduction Duration: 4/6/9/13 seconds ⇒ 3/6/9/15 seconds
  • Hunter Bonus Damage 150/175/200/225% ⇒ 125/150/175/200%
  • Fortune: Added new loot tables for 10, 11, and 12 loss streaks. Good luck!
  • Keeper Shield Duration: 8 seconds ⇒ 8/10/14 seconds
  • Keeper Shield Amount: 175/250/400 ⇒ 175/250/350


Tier 2

  • Aphelios’ turrets will no longer trigger on-attack effects (e.g., Rageblade, Statikk Shiv, Runaan’s Hurricane) or grant him mana, but will continue to trigger on-hit effects.
  • Aphelios Starting/Total Mana: 90/180 ⇒ 40/80
  • Aphelios Attack Speed: 0.7 ⇒ 0.75
  • Zed Contempt for the Weak Attack Damage steal: 20/30/40% ⇒ 30/35/40%
  • Zed Contempt for the Weak Bonus Damage: 25/50/75 ⇒ 40/50/75

Tier 3

  • Akali Attack Speed: 0.75 ⇒ 0.85
  • Katarina Death Lotus Damage: 600/900/1600 ⇒ 750/900/1600
  • Kalista Rend Percent Health Damage: 4/6/8% ⇒ 4/6/9%
  • Kennen Armor: 20 ⇒ 30
  • Kennen Magic Resist: 20 ⇒ 30
  • Kennen Spell Damage: 300/450/1350 ⇒ 300/450/1200

Xin Zhao (rework)

  • Crescent Guard (Rework): Xin Zhao sweeps around him, dealing 300/325/350% of his Attack Damage to nearby enemies and gains 50/60/75 Armor and Magic Resist for the rest of combat.
  • Xin Zhao now has a normal Spellcast Mana lock instead of having to wait until there are no Challenged units.
  • Xin Zhao Starting/Total Mana: 0/30 ⇒ 40/80
  • Fixed a bug where Crescent Guard could not crit.

Tier 4

  • Ahri Spirit Bomb is now an actual channel that can be interrupted (ie: stun, GA) causing Ahri to release her orb early and reducing the size of the impact area.
  • Ahri Spirit Bomb Damage: 475/675/3000 ⇒ 500/700/3000
  • Ashe Health: 650 ⇒ 600
  • Ashe Armor 25 ⇒ 20
  • Sejuani Starting/Total Mana: 50/130 ⇒ 70/150
  • Talon Kill Reset Targeting: Highest Damage Dealt ⇒ Lowest Armor
  • Talon Increased his leap time after getting a successful kill
  • Warwick Fear Duration: 1.5/1.5/3 ⇒ 0.75/0.75/3
  • Warwick Primal Hunger Attack Speed: 175/200/500% ⇒ 135/150/500%
  • Fixed a bug where Warwick’s spell cast could fail if he performed a Hunter attack during it.

Tier 5

  • Lillia Starting/Total Mana: 75/125 ⇒ 80/120
  • 3-Star Lee Sin’s knockout punch hits in an area around the primary target and knocks out any enemies directly hit regardless of their board position.
  • Kayn Reaper targeting has been adjusted to be more consistent in finding a valid target to spin towards.


  • Fixed a bug where Spell Crits would not work if they were connected to an attack that was already Critting (ie: Vayne’s true damage could not crit if her basic attack was also critting)


  • The item panel will no longer automatically switch back to the trait tracker when the Shop opens.

12 huge Hollywood stars you didn’t know appeared in video games

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:40

by Daniel Megarry


Celebrities have been making appearances in video games for decades, like Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on the Sega Megadrive and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the NES. It’s a sure-fire way to get people talking.

As production quality improves and games continue to dominate the entertainment world, more A-listers than ever are being tempted to make appearances in the most exciting top-tier releases.

Just recently, we’ve seen Norman Reedus and Conan O’Brien in Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, and Keanu Reeves will star in Cyberpunk 2077 (when it finally comes out) as Johnny Silverhand.

But not all celebrity appearances are as well-remembered or widely-regarded as those above. We’ve rounded up 9 of the biggest Hollywood stars who you might not know appeared in video games.

Rami Malek in Until Dawn

Rami Malek in Until Dawn
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Rami Malek starred in Until Dawn back in 2015.

Before he became a household name, playing hacker Elliot Alderson in Mr Robot and Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek starred in PS4 interactive horror drama Until Dawn, from the creators of The Dark Pictures Anthology.

He played Josh, for which both his likeness and voice were used, and starred opposite Hayden Panettiere in the game. You might remember her as Claire ‘The Cheerleader’ Bennet in Tim Kring’s superhero series Heroes.

Matthew Perry in Fallout: New Vegas

Matthew Perry in Fallout: New Vegas
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Friends star Matthew Perry is a Fallout superfan.

Matthew Perry rose to fame playing Chandler Bing in 90s sitcom Friends, but he also voiced a secondary antagonist called Benny in Fallout: New Vegas. Perry’s love for Fallout 3 is supposedly what landed him the role, after he appeared on The Ellen Show with a copy of the game in 2009.

“I played this video game so often that I injured my hand so severely that I had to go to a hand doctor and get injections in my hand because I love this video game so much,” he said at the time.

Snoop Dogg in True Crime: Streets of LA

Snoop Dogg in True Crime Streets of LA
Snoop Dogg was an unlockable character in True Crime: Streets of LA.

Snoop Dogg – formerly Snoop Doggy Dogg, and briefly Snoop Lion – has had a long and varied career. He’s been a rapper, an actor, a chef alongside Martha Stewart, and the face of UK food delivery app Just Eat.

He was also a playable character in 2003 open-world game True Crime: Streets of LA, which tasked the player with heading up an undercover task force to stop Russian and Chinese gangs overtaking the City of Angels.

Snoop was unlocked after the player collected 30 Dogg Bones scattered throughout Los Angeles (or by entering a cheat code). He also came with his own mini-game called Dogg Patrol, and even recorded music for the soundtrack.

Kristen Bell in Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed Lucy
Before she voiced Anna in Frozen, Kristen Bell was Lucy in Assassin’s Creed.

She’s probably most well-known as the voice of Princess Anna in Disney’s behemoth of a franchise, Frozen, but The Good Place star Kristen Bell also contributed her vocal talents to Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed series of games.

Bell first lent her voice and likeness to the character Lucy Stillman in the original 2007 game Assassin’s Creed, and later reprised the role in 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II and 2010’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Patrick Stewart in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Patrick Stewart as Zobek in Castlevania
Zobek in the Castlevania franchise was voiced by Patrick Stewart.

He’s got one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood thanks to roles as Charles Xavier in X-Men and Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, so it’s no surprise that Patrick Stewart is in high-demand for video games like Lego Universe and The Elder Scrolls.

Stewart’s biggest video game roles were in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 1 & 2. As well as taking on the role of narrator, he played Zobek, a founding member of the Brotherhood of Light and one of the Lords of Shadow who aids protagonist Gabriel.

Ice Cube in Call of Duty: Black Ops

Ice Cube in COD Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops featured the voice of rapper Ice Cube.

Ice Cube has found success in various forms of entertainment, from music to movies and TV, and in 2010 he tried his hand at video game voice acting in Call of Duty: Black Ops, where he portrayed Chief Petty Officer Joseph Bowman.

Bowman appeared in almost every mission played by protagonist Mason, until he was killed by a Spetsnaz Operative in the campaign mission Payback.

Chloë Grace Moretz in Dishonored

Young Emily in Dishonored
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Dishonored featured several high-profile stars including Chloë Grace Moretz.

Chloë Grace Moretz rose to fame at just 13-year-old when she played Hit-Girl in 2010 superhero movie Kick-Ass, and has gone on to star in several big-budget movies including Dark Shadows, 2013’s Carrie remake, and the upcoming live-action Tom & Jerry adaptation.

She also found time to voice the young princess Emily Kaldwin in Bethesda’s Dishonored. The game had a star-studded cast of voice actors, including Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon and Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher.

Gary Oldman in The Legend of Spyro

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Gary Oldman starred in The Legend of Spyro trilogy as Ignitus.

We all know him as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy of Batman movies, but British actor Gary Oldman has also lent his voice to a number of video game franchises including two Call of Duty entries.

Lesser known, however, is his work on the Legend of Spyro trilogy games, where he voiced fire dragon Ignitus opposite Elijah Wood’s iconic hero Spyro.

Ricky Gervais in Grand Theft Auto IV

Ricky Gervais in GTA IV
GTA IV players could watch a stand-up routine from Ricky Gervais.

With the help of British sitcom The Office and his recent smash hit Netflix series After Life, Ricky Gervais has become arguably one of the world’s most famous comedians-turned-actors.

But his stand-up roots remain in Grand Theft Auto IV, where his likeness was recreated in the game. He can be found at the Split Sides comedy club performing an original routine that players could watch in full.

Christina Aguilera in The Sims: Superstar

Christina Aguilera The Sims
Pop superstar Christina Aguilera got her own character in The Sims: Superstar.

The Sims is one of the most well-known and beloved video game franchises in the world, and has often partnered with celebrities like Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen to promote their games.

But you might not remember that singer and actor Christina Aguilera appeared alongside a number of other pop stars including Avril Lavigne, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jennifer Lopez in a 2003 expansion pack called Superstar.

Phil Collins in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Phil Collins in GTA Vice City Stories
Phil Collins had his own GTA mission titled In The Air Tonight.

Another unlikely celebrity cameo in Grand Theft Auto was Phil Collins, the chart-topping soft rock icon and former member of the band Genesis.

He appeared in the 80s-centric Vice City Stories, and was the first celebrity to ever play themselves in a Grand Theft Auto game. There’s even a quest named after him, the appropriately-titled In The Air Tonight.

Gary Coleman in The Curse of Monkey Island

The Curse of Monkey Island
Gary Coleman had a small part in The Curse of Monkey Island.

As well as a bizarre appearance as himself in Postal 2, actor and comedian Gary Coleman also voiced Kenny Falmouth in The Curse of Monkey Island, the third installment of LucasArts’ iconic point-and-click Monkey Island series and the first to feature voice acting.

Falmouth ran a lemonade stand with a sneaky ‘bottomless mug’ policy before starting a new business selling cannons for the player’s pirate ship, all while speaking with Coleman’s inimitable voice.