When and why is Faker officially a free agent? - Dexerto
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When and why is Faker officially a free agent?

Published: 19/Nov/2018 10:07 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 20:02

by Joe O'Brien

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The greatest League of Legends player of all time is about to become a free agent.

*Update: November 19* SK Telecom have announced dramatic roster changes as seven players depart.

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*Update: November 20* SK Telecom confirm Faker’s future.

SK Telecom T1’s contract with super-star mid-laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok officially expires on November 19, according to the LoL Global Contract Database.

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For perhaps the first time since his explosive professional debut, it’s possible that Faker could go into the new season representing a new team.

The three-time World Champion and six-time domestic champion isn’t just the most decorated player in League of Legends history, but accomplished all of that as the primary star of his team, unmatched in both peak performance and longevity.

As a result, it’s almost certain that every organization with the money to make an offer, both in Korea and internationally, will be interested in Faker, but whether or not a new team will actually be able to sign him remains to be seen.

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LoL EsportsFaker with SKT ahead of the 2017 World Championship finals.

Though it’s very much expected that Faker will remain with SK Telecom, the current circumstance of the Korean League of Legends scene does raise some questions.

This year saw South Korea dethroned in a way they haven’t been since their original ascension. They were beaten internationally throughout the year, and this year’s World Championship saw all of the LCK representatives eliminated by the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, SKT themselves are coming off one of their weakest seasons to date, failing to reach the World Championship. There’s certainly a case to be made that if Faker isn’t happy with proposed roster changes for the coming season he could look elsewhere.

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Many eyes will be on Faker to lead Korea’s triumphant return to supremacy in the coming season, and with all of the potential roster upheaval it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he might see his best chance at doing so as being with a squad under a different banner.

According to Tyler ‘Fionn’ Erzberger, Faker’s contract officially expires at 5pm PST.

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Champions

  • 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

Traits

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