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Here’s why the US government has blocked League of Legends in Iran and Syria

Published: 22/Jun/2019 15:15 Updated: 22/Jun/2019 15:53

by Marcus Banks


League of Legends fans in Syria and Iran have been affected by the growing tensions between the countries, after the US government opted to ban access to the game in a bizarre show of force.

Hostility between the two countries is rising after a US naval recon drone was downed by an Iranian missile with President Donald Trump threatening to retaliate.


The US have also accused Iran of attacking oil tankers, as the relationship between the two countries continues to deteriorate, sanctions have been implemented by the US government which has massively impacted gamers.

Tensions are escalating between the US and Iran which has effected League of Legends fans.

It seems US officials have taken a different approach to inflict punishment on their foes – by banning one of the world’s popular games, League of Legends, in both Syria and Iran.


Revoking citizen’s access to a video game has never been seen before in the world of esports and the move has already proved to be unpopular with players quick to vent their frustrations on Reddit.

Players in Syria and Iran have been unable to access the servers thanks to US restrictions.

Players were quick to search for solutions, some managing to bypass the block by using VPN services in order to change their location – albeit with a worse connection to the servers.

However, the strategy has been unsuccessful for many players who are still unable to log into their accounts – some of which have been active for around nine years. Many players pleaded with Riot Games to find a solution, but the matter is out of their hands.




The restrictions are subject to change by the US government meaning players may not have to wait too much longer to jump back into the action.

For now it seems players will have to keep exploring alternative methods of entering the Rift until the US government lifts the sanctions.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos


Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.


They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.


Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes


  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900


  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70