League of Legends

Fiddlesticks LoL rework revealed: release date, abilities, skins, more

Published: 16/Mar/2020 2:08 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 1:17

by Isaac McIntyre


Nine months after League of Legends fans voted Fiddlesticks as the champion most in need of a rework, Riot’s planned update⁠ — including his new abilities, skins, and possible release date — has finally been revealed.

The “utterly inhuman” rework has been a long time coming. Riot announced in May 2019 they had plans to put the Harbinger of Doom, as well as 2011 release Volibear, in the spotlight for both gameplay and visual updates.

Fiddlesticks has had a long history on the Rift already too. Released in 2009, the scarecrow has bounced around jungle and support roles. He has even spent stints in the meta in the mid lane. That strategy was dubbed “Middlesticks.”

Eleven years after his original reveal, the Harbinger of Doom is finally undergoing a modern League of Legends update ⁠— both to his kit, and his skins and in-game look ⁠— and Riot have already said they’re “super excited” with how it turned out.

Here’s everything you need to know about Fiddlestick’s upcoming gameplay & visual rework, from his new-look abilities and kit, to his refreshed roster of skins and splash arts, and when you can get your hands on 2020’s second rework.

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Fiddlesticks is finally getting his long-awaited rework, eleven years after his first release.

Fiddlesticks’ “terrifying” new abilities

While Fiddlesticks’ new gameplay rework has changed a few major things, including his new ward-like passive, the style of the Harbinger of Doom doesn’t seem to have disappeared. At his core, he still likes jumping out and scaring people.

Here’s a rundown of his three main abilities, his lethal Crowstorm ultimate, and the new-look passive A Harmless Scarecrow that may be a cornerstone of how he plays on the Rift once he finally arrives on live servers.

A Harmless Scarecrow (Passive)

Fiddlesticks’ trinket is replaced by Scarecrow Effigies that look exactly like Fiddlesticks. Effigies grant vision like regular wards.

Enemy champions who approach an effigy activate it, causing the effigy to fake a random action (ex. basic attacking or casting Crowstorm), after which the effigy destroys itself.

Fiddlesticks can hold up to two Effigies at once. Effigy cooldown decreases and duration increases with Fiddlesticks’ level. At level 6, placing an Effigy reveals nearby wards for six seconds.

Terrify (Q)

Passive: While out of combat and unseen, if Fiddlesticks’ abilities damage an enemy, they become terrified, fleeing in the opposite direction.

Active: Terrify the target and damage them based on their current health. If this ability is cast on a recently terrified enemy, they take double damage instead of being terrified again.

Bountiful Harvest (W)

Fiddlesticks drains the souls of all nearby enemies, damaging them continuously over a few seconds and healing Fiddlesticks based on damage dealt. The last tick damages and heals based on the target’s missing health.

If Bountiful Harvest fully channels or if no enemies remain to be harvested, Bountiful Harvest’s cooldown is partially refunded.

Reap (E)

Fiddlesticks damages and slows enemies in a crescent-shaped area in front of itself. Enemies in the center of the crescent are also silenced.

Crowstorm (R)

Fiddlesticks channels before blinking to the target location and continuously damaging nearby enemies for several seconds.

Fiddlesticks’ skins & visual looks updated

As well as his kit updates, Fiddlesticks is also undergoing some major visual changes, which Riot evokes more of his “fear-inducing” characteristics.

“We want Fiddle to be the iconic ambush champion, with a kit centered around the concept of fear. This goes deeper than just a point-click status effect, [but] that is staying on the kit,” the devs said of the rework in early January.

It looks like they succeeded. League players around the community, including notoriously stoic Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp, said their “hearts literally cannot take this sh*t.” That’s not all the “inhuman entity” is getting in his update either.

As well as the ability changes, and in-game look, Fiddlesticks has also had all his premium skin splash arts updated. Here are the new images:

Fiddlesticks’ updated skins, March 2020

When will Fiddlestick’s rework be released?

Fiddlesticks’ rework is currently up on the Patch 10.7 PBE cycle. The PBE cycles run for a fortnight before every patch, with the next update set for April 1 after Patch 10.6 was released on March 18.

Because of Fiddlesticks’ inclusion in the current set of updates, it’s fair to assume that he could be coming in the next patch. However, Riot sometimes hold champion reworks over in the PBE cycle for a few extra weeks to iron our any kinks.

If that’s the case, the scarecrow’s new look could be available from April 15 when Patch 10.8 drops.

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Riot seems to have succeeded in making Fiddlesticks one of League’s “most terrifying” champions.

There you have it ⁠— the new-look Harbinger of Doom, ready to give League of Legends players heart attacks across Season 10 and beyond.

Keep in mind, while the splash art and skin updates are likely written in stone for the rework, Fiddlesticks’ abilities are subject to change. We’ll make sure to keep you fully updated on any tweaks Riot makes ahead of the full release.

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 13:53

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life by beating Afreeca Freecs
  • An intense decider match has DRX finally defeat Nongshim Red Force
  • Gen.G still on top.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 vs Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia vs Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 2-0 4-0
2 DWG Kia 2-0 4-1
3 DRX 1-1 3-3
Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 3-3
T1 1-1 3-3
6 KT Rolster 1-1 2-2
7 Nongshim RedForce 1-1 2-3
8 Liiv SANDBOX 1-2 3-4
9 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
10 Fredit BRION 0-2 0-4

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria