TSM have made a surprising last-minute League of Legends roster change as they head into the LCS Playoffs.
According to LCS commentator Isaac ‘Azael’ Cummings Bentley, the team will use Academy jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu as the starter for the main roster.
With Academy bot lane Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra and Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessén also apparently named as substitutes for the team’s playoff run, it appears that both Matthew ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham and Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao, who split time in the jungle over the summer season, will sit out the playoffs.
TSM will be starting Spica for playoffs with Tactical & Treatz as their subs.
After an entire split of figuring out who's the starter between Akaadian & Grig the answer seems to be neither.
Really shocked to not see one at least kept on as a sub for Playoffs!#LCS
The jungle position has been a source of contention for TSM throughout the season, with the team initially struggling to choose a permanent starter between Akaadian and Grig. On July 16, they settled on Akaadian as the primary jungler.
The team continued to struggle, however, never quite reclaiming the form that took them to within a single game of winning the Spring Split. While they were able to lock in a playoff spot with a fourth-place overall finish, many of their wins looked uncertain and they seem a long way off challenging for the title once again.
In the final week of the Summer split, TSM promoted Spica to the LCS squad, a move that caught many off guard considering the time they had spent determining Akaadian as their starter. While it wasn’t initially clear why the change had been made, it appears it will in fact be a permanent switch.
Academy Jungler Spica will start for the LCS playoffs, with Academy bot lane Treatz and Tactical as subs.
Spica’s addition to the line-up didn’t prove a miracle cure for the line-ups difficulties in his debut. While they took an expected victory over FlyQuest, they were comfortably beaten by reigning champions Team Liquid.
TSM will kick off their playoff run against Clutch Gaming on August 10. If they are victorious, their next opponent will either be Team Liquid or Cloud9, depending on which of the quarter-final winners TL choose to face.
Given TSM’s second-place finish in Spring, they are at least guaranteed to reach the regional qualifier for the World Championship, but a significant surge in form seems likely to be necessary if they’re to be a strong contender for either the LCS title or one of the available spots at Worlds.
The jungle has had a shake-up in League Season 11 yet again. The item rework means no more jungle items, but a whole load of Mythics to choose from. We’ve got the lowdown on the best items for your jungler right here.
The League of Legends item rework is here in Season 11. The shop looks drastically different, no matter if you’re a new player, old player, or a veteran returning for the first time in a while.
The biggest change in the jungle is two things: jungle items are gone for the most part, being replaced with cheap starter items you have temporarily until you smite enough camps. The second is the Mythic system, which boasts ultra-powerful items you want to buy first.
There’s plenty of different jungle styles, which means finding the right Mythic can be a bit complicated. If you’re confused, or looking to really optimize your build, we’ve got the lowdown right here on the best Mythics to pick up on junglers in League Season 11.
Look, tank junglers are back in fashion. The Season 11 item update has heavily buffed the utility junglers who look to hold back foes, rather than the carry junglers we got accustomed to in Season 10. A big proponent of that meta change is the new Sunfire Aegis.
First it was just an aura. Then there was the CC “explosion” added in Season 10. Now, all of your basic attacks will burn. Sunfire Aegis sets tank champions’ auto attacks alight when at max Immolate stacks, which is pretty easy to hit in a fight.
There’s also bonus scaling against monsters in the jungle — 200% is not something to scoff at — which makes tank junglers’ clears some of the fastest in the game with Sunfire Aegis. If you’re going down the tank path on any jungler, Sunfire Aegis is a must-pick.
Any other tank jungler
When to buy: If you are even considering going a tank build on any jungler — not just the ones listed above — you need Sunfire Aegis to make sure your clear is up-to-par.
Duskblade of Draktharr
We’ve spoken extensively about the powers of Eclipse in our other Mythic guides, but in the jungle, Duskblade of Draktharr shines as the must-have lethality item.
The slow on Duskblade makes executing ganks so much easier. Not only that, but if there’s a teamfight in the river or on an invade, you can get the reset. The ability haste also makes some champions’ clears, like Kha’Zix, Kayn, and Rengar, just that little bit faster.
Duskblade, in combination with Youmuu’s Ghostblade, is the go-to lethality item combination for junglers in Season 11. It has big teamfight and 1v1 potential, and the Nightstalker passive is just too good to look past.
Most assassin junglers
When to buy: If your goal in fights is to one shot the enemy backline and get out safely, there’s no better item than Duskblade for that.
Trinity Force has always been a pretty staple jungle item for a few junglers in particular: Hecarim, Vi, Jax, and Xin Zhao. In Season 11, that’s not changing. Trinity Force is still the way to go on these champions who can use Spellblade effectively.
Although Sheen doesn’t grant mana anymore, picking it up early is a surefire way to clear up your speed while spamming your abilities. The rest of the components are also very handy — Kindlegem gives some much needed Ability Haste, while Hearthbound Axe has both attack speed and movement speed for sticking power.
The attack speed mythic passive is also very powerful on these champions, given they rely heavily on auto attacks to get through a fight. However, there’s also room to pick up Trinity Force on other junglers if you see yourself dueling a lot in the early game.
When to buy: Trinity Force is a good aggressive option for trading junglers who weave auto attacks in between their abilities. It’s a bit of a build-a-bear, but each stat it gives is super handy in the late game.
We spoke about tank junglers being the big winner of the Season 11 item rework. Well, AP junglers are probably the big losers. However, there is hope for them in Night Harvester.
While it’s classified as an AP assassin item for the most part, it actually works splendidly on most AP junglers. The extra health on the item makes it a lot less risky to clear the jungle — you know you’ll make it out alive. Also, the extra movement speed for attacking a champion makes ganks quite easy to execute, even without crowd control.
It does feel like a compromise, given there is no clear identity for AP junglers right now. There’s no real perfect go-to item for them like Sunfire Aegis for tanks, or Eclipse for duelists. However, Night Harvester still goes alright if you do go down this path.
Most other AP junglers
When to buy: If you play an AP jungler, Night Harvester is pretty much your only option right now.
Goredrinker (Lee Sin, Olaf): Goredrinker is a very strong bruiser item, but only two junglers can use it effectively. The Goredrinker passive of bonus AD synergises amazingly with Olaf’s passive, while the active is helpful for clearing big camps like Raptors.
Eclipse (Graves, Nocturne): Eclipse doesn’t get a mention in the must-buys, but it’s definitely worth taking a look at. It’s the perfect item for early game duelists who want to invade and take 1v1 fights, and can help snowball your own lead better than Duskblade.
Turbo Chemtank (Skarner): Turbo Chemtank was made with one champion in mind: Skarner. It’s basically the old Righteous Glory, but with Immolate added on top to help with clears.
The new Turbo Chemtank is an item built for Skarner, but you can grab it on other engage junglers.
Luden’s Tempest (Lillia): If you don’t want to take Night Harvester on AP junglers, you can take Luden’s Tempest. It’s very effective on picks like Lillia, but you do lose a lot of your survivability without the bonus health.
Prowler’s Claw (Rek’Sai): Prowler’s Claw is often overlooked for the other lethality items, but it’s very effective for getting on top of an enemy and one-shotting them. That’s what Rek’Sai does best, making it her perfect item.
Kraken Slayer (Master Yi, Kindred, other AA-based junglers): Kraken Slayer isn’t ultra powerful right now, but it’s a must-have for on-hit and crit based junglers. If you take Guinsoo’s, you can get a lot of effectiveness out of its tank shredding ability.