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Wukong rework brings him back to League of Legends meta for Season 10

Published: 28/Nov/2019 2:47 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 2:48

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has given League of Legends players an update on the Wukong rework which looks to bring him back to relevancy, showcasing what his new ability set will look like and when he will be available to play.

Wukong is one of League of Legends’ oldest champions, being released back in July 2011. He hasn’t changed much since then, and as more champions have hit Runeterra, he’s lost a bit of his shine.

To bring him back to his former glory, Riot have been working on a rework for the Monkey King since May 2019. With the update nearing its completion, Riot have released more details about how Wukong’s kit will look heading into Season 10, and he might even find a place in the meta. 

Riot GamesRiot is looking to modernize some of its older champions, with Wukong next in line to get an update.

Senior Champion Designer Nathan ‘Lutzburg’ Lutz has shared more information on the Wukong rework in a November 27 forum post, saying that the changes are almost ready to be pushed to the players.

Riot have completely reworked his Passive and W, Warrior Trickster, while his other abilities have been given slight tweaks. His passive will now grant Wukong a physical damage shield when he goes invisible for a second, which lasts for a few seconds.

This synergizes incredibly well with his W, Warrior Trickster. While it will still create a clone, Wukong players will have more control over where they dash to. The clone will also fight back against enemies, dealing damage based on ability rank, up to 100% of Wukong’s AD at rank five.

Riot GamesThe full change list for Wukong, including number balances, will be out shortly.

His Q is receiving some slight numbers tweaks, and will refund mana on kill, while his E now deals magic damage. His ultimate, Cyclone, is getting its damage tick-rate doubled, similar to changes recently made to Viktor. He can now also cancel it early by casting another spell.

The update was intended to “improve Wukong and give him some new tools to succeed in Season 10 and beyond,” said Lutzburg in an October forum post

“[We wanted to] give Wukong more tools and agency to make proactive plays during the laning phase, provide Wukong with quality-of-life improvements where possible, and shift Wukong’s power curve towards the early game.”

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Riot have put a tentative release date of December on the Wukong rework.

When does the Wukong rework go live in LoL?

Lutzburg teased a potential release date onto the PBE in December, with hopes of getting the rework live for Season 10. However, nothing is locked in yet as Riot are continuing to work on balancing his kit.

“Based on your feedback, outstanding bugs and a general balance pass, we aren’t able to provide an exact release date yet,” he said.

Once the rework hits the PBE, it’s likely to come out on live servers a couple of weeks down the line.

League of Legends

LCS Lock In 2021 – 100 Thieves, Cloud9 push ahead to semifinals

Published: 24/Jan/2021 1:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 1:42

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!


  • Cloud9 comes back vs TSM, series tied at 1-1
  • Winner of C9 vs TSM face off against 100T next week
  • 100T beat IMT in two quick games to advance

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 3 – 1
2 Team Liquid 3 – 1
3 TSM 2 – 2
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 3
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 1
1 Cloud9 3 – 1
3 FlyQuest 2 – 2
4 Immortals 1 – 3
5 Dignitas 1 – 3

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
100 Thieves 2 – 0 Immortals 1pm 4pm 9pm
TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

100 Thieves breeze through, Cloud9 reverse sweep TSM

The first set of Lock In quarterfinals was a breeze for 100 Thieves, who faced off against an Immortals playing their full Academy roster. Support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-hyun (0/1/12 on Rakan and 1/4/20 on Alistar) and jungler Can ‘Closer’ Celik shone as 100T (5/2/2 on Nidalee and 12/2/13 on Graves) just outclassed IMT.

The other series wasn’t smooth sailing for Cloud9 though. They dropped the first game against TSM, before running it back in Games 2 and 3 to get the win.

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
Team Liquid vs FlyQuest 1pm 4pm 9pm
Evil Geniuses vs Golden Guardians 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses remain flawless at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses 0 – 1 FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid 1 – 0 TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves finish on top in groups

The LCS Lock In 2021 playoffs have been decided, with Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves getting the best of the bunch by finishing on top. It didn’t come easy though, with EG losing their first game of the event against FlyQuest.

FlyQuest made a huge resurgence with two wins to get off the bottom of Group B and make playoffs, all thanks to the debut of jungler Josedeodo. CLG and Dignitas failed to make the cut.

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm