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How to watch Fnatic vs Cloud9 LoL World’s Semi-Final

Published: 22/Oct/2018 13:15 Updated: 28/Oct/2018 8:07

by Joe O'Brien

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History is being made at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship as Europe takes on North America in the semi-finals.

After an intense group stage in which three groups ended with tie-breakers and every team suffered at least one loss, many were already calling it the most entertaining Worlds to date.

If anything, the playoffs so far have been even more insane. The quarter-finals saw the lower-seeded team upset in three out of the four matches, resulting in tournament favorites KT Rolster and Royal Never Give Up going home early.

Invictus Gaming and G2 Esports – the teams responsible for the demise of KT and RNG respectively – clashed in the first semi-final, with IG taking it with a clean sweep 3-0.

Meanwhile, at least one Western team is guaranteed to reach the final, with Fnatic and Cloud9 meeting in the other semi-final after defeating EDward Gaming and Afreeca Freecs.

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In the quarter-finals, Cloud9’s victory over Afreeca Freecs marked several major milestones. With KT Rolster having fallen to Invictus Gaming, Afreeca’s loss meant the worst placement for South Korea since they first competed at Worlds. It also means that for the first time since 2013, the World Champions will not be a South Korean team.

For Cloud9, on the other hand victory meant achieving the best placement by a North American team since the Season One Championship in 2011. Either they or Fnatic will also be the first Western team in a final since the same event.

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Riot opens up on potential Shyvana VGU plans for League Season 11

Published: 25/Oct/2020 1:29

by Andrew Amos

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Shyvana is one of League of Legends’ most outdated champions. She’s in desperate need of a visual and gameplay update (VGU). Riot have earmarked her as one of the next ones in line ⁠— and they’ve got a plan ⁠— but there still might be a wait.

Back in 2019, Riot put a poll out to the community to choose who should get the next VGU in League of Legends. Fiddlesticks and Volibear ended up winning the poll, and have received their gameplay updates across Season 10 to much fanfare.

However, history never remembers the losers. Shyvana ended up coming third in the poll ⁠— with over 20% of the vote ⁠— and Riot has hushed any potential VGU for her since.

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Riot agrees Shyvana is in dire need of a VGU, but there’s no firm plans in place yet.

Even Dr. Mundo, who came last in the poll with 14% of the vote, is now getting a VGU, leapfrogging Shyvana. However, Riot are still looking towards a potential Shyvana rework, and it could be coming as soon as Season 11.

Design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon opened up on Reddit about the potential of a Shyvana VGU coming in Season 11. The developer stated that while Shyvana “does need a VGU,” there’s other champions who need it more.

“I think Shyvana does need a VGU. Only question for me is how to prioritize her versus other highly in need champs like Udyr for example,” he told players.

However, even if it’s still on the drawing board, Riot has a clear identity in mind for Shyvana. They want to revert the shapeshifting dragon towards a fighter, rather than the burst mage she’s become.

The on-hit or bruiser Shyvana builds of old have been tossed to the side, with the new meta being full AP, relying on huge E damage procs to nuke enemy squishies. Riot wants to bring her back to her roots when they do rework her.

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“I wouldn’t consider a VGU that didn’t strongly support a fighter playstyle as appropriate given her history and fantasy,” he added.

For now though, there’s no official go-ahead on Shyvana’s rework. Dr. Mundo is where the team’s focus is at, with plans for the Madman of Zaun fully in motion for a Season 11 release.