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TSM’s Zven explains why Team Liquid are still the best team in the LCS

Published: 20/Jun/2019 8:12 Updated: 20/Jun/2019 8:51

by Joe O'Brien

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TSM AD Carry Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen gave his thoughts on who the best League of Legends team in North America’s LCS is after the first three weeks of the summer split.

For the first half of the year, the LCS was dominated by Team Liquid, who started the spring split with a run of seven consecutive victories and ultimately took the spring title – the third consecutive LCS trophy for the organization – with a victory over TSM themselves in the final.

TL’s showing at the Mid-Season Invitational, however, was arguably even more impressive, taking down reigning World Champions and tournament favorites Invictus Gaming in the semi-finals before falling in the finals to G2 Esports.

With little time to rest before heading straight back into domestic play, however, Team Liquid haven’t managed to replicate their spring opening streak. By the results of the first three weeks of LCS Summer, the most formidable team in North America right now is less clear, with the top six teams all tied with a 4-2 record. Team Liquid themselves suffered some surprising losses against Echo Fox and Counter Logic Gaming.

Riot GamesTeam Liquid defeated TSM for the LCS Spring trophy.

When asked who he thinks is the top team in the league right now, however, Zven didn’t hesitate to affirm Liquid’s continued supremacy, explaining that he didn’t think their early losses were too big an indictment of their overall level.

“They are the best team, and I don’t think it’s close honestly. TL from a fundamentals standpoint is by far the best team in NA, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be at the top of the table by the end of the split, and be in the finals most likely too.”

Zven didn’t let his views on Team Liquid’s play detract from his confidence in his own team, however, stating that TSM will win the LCS Summer title.

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TSM and Team Liquid met in the very first game of the Summer Split, with Team Liquid emerging victorious once again. The two teams aren’t due to face off again until week nine, in their last match of the regular season on August 4.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.