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Upcoming Pyke support buffs for League Patch 10.14 revealed

Published: 26/Jun/2020 7:52

by Andrew Amos


Troublesome support Pyke is set for some big changes in League of Legends Patch 10.14. Riot are looking to put him back in the bot lane, after solo lane Pyke dominated the meta in Season 9.

Pyke was conceptualized as a support in League of Legends ⁠— with a twist. Instead of supporting with more traditional methods, Pyke’s manner of helping his allies was by killing enemies and sharing the gold.

However, his aggressive power saw him quickly rise to prominence as a solo laner. He could use his ultimate to get plenty of executes in a fight, and had a lot of wave clear with his Q, E, and a Tiamat.

Blood Moon Pyke in League of Legends
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Pyke is set for some support buffs in League Patch 10.14.

While he’s been out of the meta for quite some time after some drastic nerfs, Pyke buffs are back on the table. Riot has highlighted the Bloodharbor Ripper as one of five champions on their Patch 10.14 hitlist.

“The team has a few different small champion mechanics projects being worked on. The hope is to ship them over the next few patches,” said lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter.

Their goals with the deadly support are to “buff support [power] without having solo lane Pyke pushed into OP territory.”

This has historically been a struggle, given how much of Pyke’s power in a solo lane is tied to his support identity as well. However, Riot has started finding the right balance, and is slowly shipping their changes to the PBE, according to Surrender@20.

The League devs are targeting Pyke two-fold ⁠— increasing some of his damage, while reducing his tankiness. He is losing some late game resistances, with a considerable cut to his armor and magic resist per level.

He is regaining that lost power by a slight reduction in his mana costs on Bone Skewer, and an increase in damage. This won’t affect solo lane Pyke as a wave clear tool due to the changes to how tapping the Q works, while also making his engage more effective.

The changes should help bring Pyke back to the bot lane, although it might be with a few changes. Pyke typically takes Aftershock as support, and while the loss of resistances make having the extra through the Resolve keystone important, more aggressive Pyke’s might want to look into running the old faithful in Electrocute, or even Hail of Blades.

Swain, Skarner, Karthus, and Tahm Kench are also touted for changes in the coming patches. Karthus’ changes to bring him back to the mid lane were leaked briefly, however have since been reversed.

We will share more details about the other three champions expecting big changes when more information becomes available.


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

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


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.

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.

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.