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Xenoblade’s Pyra revealed as next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter

Published: 17/Feb/2021 22:12 Updated: 17/Feb/2021 22:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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The gaming world was shocked during the February 17 Nintendo Direct when Pyra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was revealed as the next Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter.

Xenoblade previously only had one Smash fighter in the form of Shulk, but now, all that has changed. In addition to Pyra, the fighter also has the ability to change into Mythra, making this a bit of a two-in-one fighter.

This concept isn’t exactly new, and dates back to Melee, when Zelda and Shiek were the same character with a transformation before being split into two. The only current fighter with multiple forms is Pokemon Trainer, and Mythra will now be joining him.

As seen from the glimpses of gameplay, Pyra’s kit will focus on flame attacks with her sword, while Mythra is more standard in the melee combat.

The addition of Mythra does match up with the previously reported “voice theory,” where users discovered an extra fighter sound file that suggested one of the DLC fighters would have an additional form.

Judging by the trailer footage, the transformation animation is quick, which should lead to some cool combos for anyone who masters the latest fighter.

The fighter is expected to release sometime in March, so be on the lookout for more information and a potential Sakurai Presents in the near future.

With Pyra now the ninth DLC fighter for Smash Ultimate, this means that just two character spots remain – unless a third Fighters Pass is announced.

Thus far, the reaction to the new fighter has been lukewarm, with just a 3/1 like-to-dislike ratio on YouTube at the time of posting. Nintendo has also turned off comments on the trailer.

Part of the negative reaction seems to stem from the fact that this is yet another anime-style sword fighter, of which the game does have many already.

In any case, we’ll have to see what the reaction is once more of the fighter is showcased in a future presentation and Pyra’s full abilities are revealed.

League of Legends

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes: Olaf nerfs, Nasus & Nidalee buffs

Published: 25/Feb/2021 2:28

by Andrew Amos

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A small update for Teamfight Tactics is here with TFT b-patch 11.4. Riot is finetuning some adjustments after their big changes, with the February 24 patch including nerfs to Olaf, as well as buffs to Nasus and Nidalee.

TFT patch 11.4 drastically shook up the game’s meta. Reroll comps were nerfed into the ground, leading to the rise of Slayers and Vanguard-Mystic Neeko.

However, the changes went a bit too far. With Olaf becoming the number one comp instantly, Riot are keen to draw back his power in a big way. On the other hand, Nasus and Nidalee were hit a bit too hard for the devs’ liking.

TFT b-patch 11.4 includes changes for all of these units, and more.

Olaf AD increased, but Runaan’s change is huge nerf

Olaf has quickly risen to the number one carry in TFT with the big nerfs to all his rivals in TFT patch 11.4. Paired with Runaan’s Hurricane, he could cleave through entire teams 1v9. Now, that interaction is changing.

“Hurricane has proved to be too synergistic with Olaf, making him too powerful with the item, but too weak without it. We’re removing the Hurricane interaction, but will be giving him some AD to compensate and open up other build paths,” TFT dev Rodger ‘Minionsrpeople2’ Caudill said in the amended patch notes.

The loss of the Runaan’s proc on his ultimate makes his damage output significantly weaker. While an increase in AD will help balance out the nerf, Olaf forcers will certainly feel the change.

Nidalee in TFT Fates
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Nidalee was hit the hardest in TFT patch 11.4, so Riot are giving her a bit of love.

Nasus & Nidalee get compensation buff after early nerfs

On the other side of the equation, after getting nuked in the last update, reroll carries Nasus and Nidalee are getting some assistance. Nasus’ mana is getting decreased so he can cast more readily, while Nidalee’s damage at two and three-star is also up.

The changes may not make either comp S-Tier in the meta, but it’s a handy buff. Talon is also getting a huge bugfix that keeps his mana bar full if a target dies midway through his ability animation.

Quicksilver and Runaan’s bugs have also been squashed in the b-patch. You can find the full TFT b-patch 11.4 notes below, courtesy of Riot.

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes

Champions

Tier 1

Nasus

  • Mana: 0/80 ⇒ 0/70

Nidalee

  • Nidalee Javelin Toss Damage: 100/150/250 ⇒ 100/175/300

Tier 4

Olaf

  • Ragnarok Cleave effect no longer triggers on Runaan’s Hurricane bolts
  • Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 90

Talon

  • Fixed a bug where Talon would lose his Mana if his target died as he reached full Mana

Items

Quicksilver

  • Fixed a bug where Quicksilver was preventing damage from Nasus’s Wither and blocking some non-CC debuffs (e.g. Grievous Wounds, mana reave)

Runaan’s Hurricane

  • Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane’s bolt was benefiting from damage amp (e.g. Slayer, Giantslayer, Hand of Justice)