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How Wild Rift champions will be different from League of Legends

Published: 19/Mar/2020 0:36

by Andrew Amos

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League players have received the first bit of news about Wild Rift, the MOBA sensation’s mobile and console port, after first being announced in October 2019, with developers outlining how the ‘sequel’ will vary from the original.

Wild Rift played a major part in the League 10 celebration announcements back in October 2019. After years of being asked, Riot finally adapted the popular MOBA into mobile and console, giving players on more platforms access to the game.

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Since then, not a peep has been heard out of the Wild Rift camp. However, a March 17 video gave fans an update almost six months on about how progress is tracking, and what players should expect from the mobile League game.

Wild Rift gameplay on mobile
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League of Legends is coming to console and mobile in Wild Rift.

Design Lead Brian ‘Feralpony’ Feeney spoke specifically about how Wild Rift will play differently to League of Legends from a champion perspective.

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A lot of the more complex champions, and even some of the simpler ones, have undergone reworks to fit into the style of a mobile MOBA. However, while some champions might play out a bit differently to their PC counterparts, Riot are making sure they don’t feel different.

“During champion development, one thing became clear to us pretty quickly ⁠— we have to retain those memorable, galaxy-brain, heart-racing outplays from League,” said Feralpony.

“We want to keep the spirit and essence of the champs you know so they feel great for both veterans and newer players. With League coming to new platforms, we saw the opportunity to make a couple of small changes that we feel really shine on mobile and console.”

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Vayne’s Silver Bolts will be an active ability in Wild Rift.

Champions with “purely passive abilities,” like Vayne’s Silver Bolts and Twisted Fate’s Stacked Deck, have been adapted into active abilities. While the passive ability will still remain, the active will give mobile players a bit more interaction with their champion in fights.

For example, with Silver Bolts, activating the ability will now give Vayne a burst of attack speed for three attacks, making it easy to get a quick proc of the passive off.

“[We wanted to] keep the feel of the champion intact, while also giving [players] more control and agency over how they play,” said Feralpony.

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On top of that, champions with point-and-click abilities, like Annie’s Disintegrate and Miss Fortune’s Double Up, have been changed to be easier to cast with dual stick controllers.

They will now become skill shots that players can target freely without having to lock onto a champion or monster. While it’ll be a pretty big change from the PC versions of those abilities, it’ll be a lot less frustrating to deal with in a mobile or console setting.

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Some abilities are being tuned up to “overdrive” as well. Lux’s ultimate will now have global range, while Ashe will be able to control the direction of her arrow and curve it to hit fleeing targets, instead of simply firing it in one direction and hoping for the best.

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Ashe can control her arrow in Wild Rift.

If you were hoping to get your hands on Wild Rift soon, the short video ended with some bad news in regards to when the game will actually be available.

The game is still early in development, and while there’s gameplay footage already available, Riot aren’t expecting a beta or full release until late 2020 at the earliest.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.