Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, Pantheon finally nerfed on LoL Patch 9.22 - Dexerto
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Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, Pantheon finally nerfed on LoL Patch 9.22

Published: 6/Nov/2019 0:14 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 1:03

by Andrew Amos

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Some of League of Legends’ most overpowered champions, including Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, and Pantheon will finally be receiving some much-needed nerfs on Patch 9.22.

While there’s been more champions viable in League of Legends than ever before in the last six months, there’s been a few that have been head and shoulders above the rest. Xayah and Kai’Sa have made the bot lane meta stale, while Kayle and Pantheon are must-picks if they are open.

However, Patch 9.22 looks to trim that back a little, hoping to put a stop on the domination these champions have held on the League meta nearing Season 10. While the changes aren’t major, they are taking away some power and bringing some balance to the Rift.

Riot GamesXayah was hit the hardest out of the four OPs on Patch 9.22.

First off the list, Xayah is receiving the largest nerf out of the four. Her late game is taking quite the hit with a nerf to her W, Deadly Plumage’s, attack speed. At rank five, it only grants 55% bonus attack speed compared to 70%, meaning her overall damage will be much lower in fights.

Her marksman counterpart, Kai’Sa, is getting a nerf on her Q, Icathian Rain. It will now do only 25% damage per missile to non-minions after the first hit instead of 30%. While it doesn’t impact her laning or team fighting, it does mean that in duels she will be dishing out less damage.

On the top half of the map, it will now be even harder for Kayle’s to hit that level 16 power spike. 

Her Q, Radiant Blast, is getting a damage nerf at all levels, while her W, Celestial Blessing, will cost more mana. This will hamper her lane sustain, especially in the early game when she’s extremely reliant on mana.

Riot GamesKayle’s been dominating League since her rework, but now she’s going to be toned down a bit.

Pantheon has been 100% pick-ban at Worlds – and for good reason. While he’s been touched a little bit since Patch 9.19, the nerfs will keep on coming in Patch 9.22 with his Q, Comet Spear, now doing less damage to minions. The execute threshold has also been reduced to 20% of the target’s maximum health, meaning it’ll be harder for Pantheon to one-shot his foes.

They aren’t the only champions receiving changes from Riot though. Dominant supports Blitzcrank and Nautilus are getting their damage nerfed on Rocket Pull and Depth Charge respectively in an attempt to balance out the very one-dimensional support meta.

It’s not all nerfs though. Kalista is getting a buff that might bring her back to pro play, with her W, Sentinel, now becoming a relevant ability. The mark from being spotted now lasts longer, and the bonus damage doubled at rank one to 10% of the target’s maximum health.

Riot GamesPantheon is the only champion with a 100% presence at Worlds 2019.

With preseason on the horizon, Riot are saving their major changes for a mega Patch 9.23, expected in two weeks on November 19. 

The ranked season will also be ending on the same date, so players have 14 more days to grind to their coveted rank and maybe earn the Victorious Aatrox skin.

You can find the full patch notes on the League of Legends website.

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LCK 2021 Spring Split: Intense series see wins for Hanwha Life and DRX

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:35 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 15:37

by Lauren Bergin

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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!


  • Hanwha Life defeat KT Rolser 2-1.
  • After an intense series DRX defeat Liiv SANDBOX 2-1.
  • Gen.G still undefeated.

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 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster 1-2 Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 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 3-0 6-1
2 DRX 3-1 7-5
3 Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 5-4
4 DWN Kia 2-1 4-3
5 T1 1-2 4-5
6 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
7 KT Rolster 1-2 3-4
8 Nongshim RedForce 1-2 3-5
9 Fredit BRION 1-2 2-4
10 Liiv SANDBOX 1-3 4-6

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