9.6 Patch Notes
9.6 is a massive patch with one of the biggest changes of the season: positional ranking is now dead. The idea of position based ranking drew a lot of criticism and the implementation of it even more so. It's great to see that Riot is being receptive to feedback and scrapping the project. You'll now have just one rank as in previous seasons.
There were also a lot of tweaks and item changes so be sure to check out the full patch notes here: https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-96-notes
If you want to see LS's take on patch 9.6, you can watch his rundown here:
Team Liquid proves they're in a league of their own
After TSM defeated Team Liquid a couple weeks ago, it seemed that the de-facto best team in North America wasn't invincible after all. At the time, although TSM seemed like a good team, they didn't seem like an elite team. Since then things have changed and TSM find themselves solidly in 3rd place, clearly among NA's elite.
The second place team hasn't changed all year, that position has been dominated by Cloud9. This, of course, drew a lot of eyes to this weekend's matchup between C9 and TL. This looked to be Team Liquid's first real challenge since falling to TSM. This was especially hyped up by the fact that Cloud9 defeated TSM just last week, proving that they are without a doubt one of the top 2 teams in North America. This weekend's match was destined to determine who truly is the best in the region.
Unfortunately, it wasn't close. Team Liquid dominated Cloud9 absolutely everywhere. As a C9 fan, this was definitely disappointing; I had very high hopes going into this match and wanted to see Cloud9 at least be competitive with Team Liquid. At the end of the day however, TL proved that they're in a league of their own. Of course, anything can happen in the best-of-one format that the regular season is played in and playoffs are a completely different beast, but I have little doubt that TL will take home their third consecutive NALCS championship.
The real question is how they will fare at MSI. Even though they haven't performed nearly as well as TL domestically, Cloud9 has indisputably been the best performer of North American teams internationally. We'll have to see if Team Liquid can step up to the plate this year and prove that they're actually team worth fearing once Worlds rolls around.
#LCS #TL #C9
Yassuo vs Tyler1 $10,000 bet
Yassuo and Tyler1 have a $10,000 bet for who can go from unranked to challenger first. Right now Yassuo is Gold I and Tyler is Plat IV so Yassuo has some catching up to do. It's pretty cool to watch two of the most popular League streamers go head to head like this and put their wallets on the line. It's been pretty fun watching them struggle in lower elo games, so I highly recommend checking it out!
G2 suffer their second loss of the season - Was it intentional?
G2 looked well on their way to crushing SK and cruising to yet another victory. Except that didn't happen. They were extremely far ahead but after a long series of very questionable plays, they managed to throw the game away.
What's really interesting isn't that they managed to throw, but HOW they managed to throw. They were constantly going for highlight reel plays: flashing in 1v3, using flashes and ults to try to steal kills from their teammates, and just generally playing extremely arrogantly. It's like your solo queue nightmares where your team is super far ahead but then everyone individually decides to 1v5 over and over until you eventually lose.
Now it's time to put on your tin foil hat. Many people are claiming that G2 lost intentionally in an attempt to prevent Fnatic from making it to the playoffs. This was compounded by the fact that G2 was laughing and all smiles after they lost the match. Nobody knows for sure whether or not they intentionally threw the game, but it is definitely a strange scenario.
On a side note, it's clear that G2 is by far the best team in Europe, but if their confidence turns to arrogance then it might turn a blessing into a curse. As much fun as I'm sure G2 is having this split, they really need to practice playing seriously if they want to have any hope of winning MSI.
#G2 #SK #Fnatic #LCS
Choose the Next Tristana Skin!
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Two extremely dangerous Exosuits have gone missing, and the bounty on them is only getting higher. Galactic Gunner Tristana has a solution for that: shoot first, ask questions never, and cash in.
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Sometimes being mighty requires a little bite. Little Demon Tristana is a master of mischief, ready to jump into any heated situation… or cause one of her own.
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What's the deal with 100 Thieves?
Everybody expected them to be a dominating force and improve on their 2nd and 3rd place performances last year, but they've been having a terrible split. The replacement of their struggling ADCs with a World Champion in Bang was supposed to make 100 Thieves a superteam. Most people didn't expect Huhi to be a major improvement over Pobelter, but they at least thought he would be able to hold his own.
I can't say that it's anybody's fault in particular; the entire team has been struggling. It seems to me that Bang and Aphromoo lack a lot of coordination and teamwork. There have been so many games where the game is over and Bang is 0/0/0. Aphromoo frequently gets caught out and I fear that Bang is losing trust in his support.
I don't want to kick a man while he's down, but Huhi has certainly been having a rough season. He's been a fan-favorite for many years but it's clear that he's well past his prime. Anda just seems inconsistent in the jungle. Sometimes he's the only person on the team doing well, and sometimes he feeds every lane.
Ssumday has been doing fairly well, but even he has struggled in comparison to last year. I think part of the reason for this is because it is easy for enemy teams to focus him top lane because their mid laners are almost always winning the 1v1 vs Huhi. I can imagine that this is getting tiring for the team as they sit in last place. I think that their chances for Spring split are over, let's see if they can turn it around for Summer.
The Titans Fall (Spoilers)
Both G2 and Team Liquid suffered their first defeats of the season. The hope of a Western team going undefeated is now dead.
G2 fell to Origen and lost every single lane in the process. Nukeduck's Zed dominated Caps' Cassiopeia and although Perkz's Sivir was able to out farm Patrik's Ezreal, Patrik definitely got the better of the matchup with his 5/0/5 stat line.
Team Liquid fell to TSM, although they weren't dominated nearly as hard. Doublelift still won lane handily with a 3/0/1 stat line and a nearly 100 cs advantage, but Broken Blade and Bjergson crushed their lane opponents and helped TSM cruise to an easy victory.
Hopefully #G2 and #TL will learn from these defeats and it will help them grow and improve so that they can perform even better at MSI. For #Origen and #TSM these victories over top teams should give them some much needed confidence going into the rest of the split.
POPULAR Key Takeaways from Week 2 LCS
Week 2 of the 2019 #LCS showed that most of the league is struggling to find their identity and hit their stride. A week in which many favorites fell, it seems we have more questions than answers at this point. Here are the 4 key #takeaways from Week 2:
1. Team Liquid is the real deal
After #TL had incredible domestic success last year winning both splits, they improved their roster by adding Jensen and CoreJJ. This new and improved roster looks more than prepared to repeat last year’s feat and finally achieve international success. They’re the only undefeated team remaining and at this rate, I don’t see them losing any time soon.
2. This may be the most unpredictable season yet
If Week 2 taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen. #Cloud9 was the biggest favorite of the week in their match against #CLG and they got absolutely crushed. Just when #TSM seemed to finally be putting it all together, they fell to #FlyQuest and were outclassed at every position. In fact, the games have been so unpredictable that there are now only 2 teams above a 50% win rate: Team Liquid and Fly Quest.
3. Golden Guardians is in trouble
#GG hoped to improve on their terrible 10th place finish last year by revitalizing their roster. They acquired Hauntzer, Froggen, and Olleh and looked to be serious contenders in 2019. Well here they are in last place once again, as the only winless team remaining. On the bright side there’s nowhere but up from here, but if Golden Guardians doesn’t get it together soon then they might end up as the first team to get last place in back-to-back seasons.
4. What’s wrong with 100Thieves?
#100Thieves looked poised to be one of the best teams in the league, with some people thinking they would be able to challenge Team Liquid for the title of best in NA. After a dreadful 0-3 start, they finally got their first win of the season against the lowly last-place Golden Guardians. It just seems like the team cohesion is not there, and it’s extremely apparent from their interviews that there are problems behind the scenes. Their coach Pr0lly is certainly to blame: putting Bang on Viktor, bragging about his strategies, and clearly being overconfident. It might be time for a coaching change before their incredible roster starts looking for other options.
That concludes the key takeaways from Week 2 LCS. Stay tuned for next week's edition!
POPULAR G2 is the best team in the World
G2 has cruised to a 5-0 start and shows no signs of slowing down.
Mid lane has long been considered the most mechanically demanding position. Players get used to being able to kill or be killed at any moment so they develop incredible awareness and positioning. Positioning is the most important thing about being an ADC, so the transition of Perkz from mid lane to bot lane isn’t as ludicrous as it may seem. Bot lane usually has its support focusing on the map, allowing ADCs to solely focus on laning. This only enhances the advantage that Perkz has against his opponents, because he’s simply a better mechanical player than any ADC he’s up against.
Solo laners often have a tough time learning to play a duo lane because they’re used to managing the creep wave alone and evaluating poke vs cs is more demanding because of the inherent kill potential that most mid lane champions possess. Perkz hasn’t had any trouble assimilating to the bot lane and really working as a duo with his support. Not only has Perkz not had trouble, he’s been absolutely dominating (including an 8/0/6 Kai’sa game against UpseT’s Ezreal).
Of course, the major advantage of moving Perkz to ADC is that it enables G2 to have Caps in the mid lane. Caps was the highest performing mid laner in Europe last year (followed by Perkz) and has been continuing his success this year. On the rare occasion when Perkz isn’t popping off in the bot lane, Caps has had no trouble putting the team on his back (like with his 9/2/4 Akali game vs Exile’s Galio).
This is the toughest thing about G2 - it seems impossible to stop both threats. Jankos is a fantastic jungler and has no problem playing around either bot or mid because he knows with certainty that if either Perkz or Caps get ahead then the game is won. This would suggest that top lane would be a major focus for opposing teams, but it’s not that easy. Wunder was the best top laner in Europe last year and was a huge reason for G2’s success. Wunder can hold his own against anyone in the top lane and because he and Caps have huge overlap in their champion pools (Urgot, Karma, Viktor, Aatrox, Akali, etc) they can always avoid giving the enemy a counterpick. This makes it extremely difficult for the enemy to gain enough advantages top lane before mid or bot get out of control.
So does that mean G2 is bullet proof? That it’s a given they’ll win the LEC and then MSI and Worlds?
Well it’s not that simple. The previous best team in Europe, Fnatic, lost their best player (Caps). This made it so that although Europe may now have the best team in the world in G2, the overall level of competition has gone down. We haven’t seen G2 in trouble yet, we haven’t seen them have to push through adversity and persevere for a win. Teams in other regions such as KR, LPL, and NA are having competitive games which is important for team growth. When a team isn’t pushed by its competition, their weaknesses can go unnoticed and unfixed. This could cost G2 in the long run.
That said, I do think that #G2 is a lock for the #LEC title. There’s no question that they’re the best team in Europe. I also think they’re the best team in the world. It’s a long season of course, and I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I really hope that G2 faces some serious challenges before international competition starts. This is the best chance the west has ever had for international success and it would be a dreadful shame if they blew it due to overconfidence and complacency.
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Takeaways from Week 1 LCS
The first week of the 2019 #LCS is in the books! Filled with surprises, upsets, and rising stars, Week 1 was an excellent way to start the season. Without further ado, let's get into the #takeaways from Week 1.
1. Broken Blade has potential
In his first 2 matches since joining #TSM, Broken Blade has shown that he is capable of being one of the best top laners in NA. He was immediately thrown to wolves, laning against Ssumday and Huni. Not only did Broken Blade hold his own against two of the all-time bests, he dominated laning phase. It’s clear that Broken Blade has a long way to go for his macro play, but his laning mechanics are some of the best in the west.
2. 100T has some kinks to work out
100Thieves, a team that was unanimously considered top 3 in NA, struggled greatly in Week 1. After losing a tough game to TSM and getting absolutely crushed by #Cloud9, 100T needs to go back to the drawing board. Their players are talented, but it seems like there’s either some serious gameplan/coaching issues or a lack of efficient in-game communication. It often takes some time for mixed-language teams to work out the kinks, so we’ll see if #100T is able to find their stride before it’s too late.
3. Clutch is gonna be fun to watch
When you have a team full of boom-or-bust players, it’s hard to evaluate them. Can one player’s “boom” day outweigh his teammates “bust” day or will everything collapse? So far, #Clutch is showing that one boom is all that’s needed after going 2-0 in Week 1 with different players stepping up in each game. If the first 2 games are a recipe for the rest of the season, then Clutch is definitely gonna be a team to watch even if you’re not a fan. They go for the crazy fights, they try to make the crazy plays, and so far it’s working in their favor.
4. Team Liquid looks as strong as ever
Team Liquid cruised to a smooth 2-0 start and looks poised to repeat their dominance of last year. Every player on the roster played phenomenally in Week 1, and the addition of Jensen seems like its working wonders for the team. They now have no weaknesses in any lane and I’m not sure there’s any team that’s capable of challenging them right now. Of course, other teams will only improve so it's important that #TL does not get complacent. If their success continues, hopefully Team Liquid will have finally assembled a roster that can compete at an international level.
POPULAR Why the West will win Worlds
I know we always over-hype our own regions. It makes sense, right? We want them to win and are just following the laws of attraction. The thing is, it WILL eventually happen - and it will be sooner than you think. You may have noticed I said "West" rather than North America. Don't be alarmed - I'm not counting out our home region, I think NA has a serious shot. I just also think that EU does as well.
Although I don't want to read too much into the results of last year, I think they're important to analyze. It's undeniable that the West had its best showing ever. #Cloud9 reached the semi-finals (the farthest a North American team has ever gone). Although #Fnatic fell just short of bringing the World's trophy to EU, they made it all the way to the Finals. Not only that, but #G2 had an incredible showing, making to the Semi-finals.
Perhaps more significant than the West's incredible performance in the 2018 World Championships was the relatively poor performance of Korean teams. With China's #IG taking home the gold, 2018 marked the first time since Season 3 that Worlds was not won by a Korean team. Not only that did KR fail to bring home the championship - there wasn't even a single KR team in the semi-finals. While I expect KR to come back with a vengeance in 2019, it's clear that their reign of indisputable dominance has come to an end.
The final reason why I think the West will win Worlds is simple - the West is REALLY good this year. In NA, #100T and #TL both dramatically improved their rosters and let's not forget that Team Liquid was expected to have World's success last year with a worse team. Cloud9 is always in the running for Worlds and their team this year is better than the 2018 team that took them to the semi-finals. In EU, I expect Fnatic to overcome their early troubles and roster changes and get back on the path that took them to the Finals last year. More importantly, G2 Esports with their combination of Caps and Perkz looks absolutely unstoppable. I would not be surprised in the slightest to see G2 be the 2019 World Champions.
If you've never watched competitive League of Legends before, there's no better time to start than now. For the first time ever, we seriously have a shot at winning it all.
Your guide to the 2019 LCS
League of Legends is easily one of the best Esports in all of gaming and we're in luck because the 2019 LCS Spring Split is almost here! A lot has changed over the off-season and 2019 is primed to be one of the best years yet for competitive League of Legends. Here's everything you need to know:
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2. Major Storylines
-Top: Broken Blade
COUNTER LOGIC GAMING
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BANG VS NA
-Bang, a two-time World Champion during his time on SKT, is one of the most successful ADCs of all time. Although nobody can deny his talent, there's still a big question as to how he will fare in North America. Imported ADCs historically have not fared well in the NA LCS and the top domestic ADCs such as Doublelift and Sneaky have shown no fear against international talent. Will Bang be able to elevate 100 Thieves from a struggling third-place team to a World Championship contender?
JENSEN LEAVES CLOUD9 AND JOINS THE ENEMY
-In a Kevin Durant-esque move, the long-time Cloud9 midlaner left his former team to join the top team in America, Team Liquid. A lot of criticism was placed on TL's former mid laner Pobelter, so we'll have to see if Jensen can live up to expectations. Team Liquid has a week one match against Cloud9 which is sure to bring fireworks.
CLOUD9 STICKING WITH THE 7-MAN ROSTER
-Aside from the acquisition of Nisqy (brought in to replace Jensen), not much has changed for C9. If you read the roster section you may have noticed that Cloud9 has an extra Jungler and Midlaner. That wasn't a typo - I can assure you that Cloud9 plans to fully utilize the same strengths of the 7-man roster that took them to the Semi-finals of last year's World Championships - the deepest Worlds run of any LCS team in history.
TSM IS PLAYING RISKY
-For the first time ever, TSM is not a favorite to win the NA LCS. After acquiring the highly regarded bot-lane duo of Zven and Mithy last year, TSM decided to break the duo up for 2019 and dropped Mithy from the team. Not only that, but they released their long-time top laner Hauntzer in favor of a risky Turkish import 'Broken Blade.' Not only that, but they also dropped their coach 'Ssong.' Only time will tell if these decisions will pay off, but I don't have high hopes for TSM in 2019.
Now that you're all filled in on the 2019 LCS, only one question remains: Who's gonna win?
The way I see it, it's a 4-man race at the top followed by a clear 5th place team.
1. 100 THIEVES
This may shock a lot of people. To be honest it even shocks me (and these are my predictions!). I think 100T has some serious management issues but they still managed to get 2nd and 3rd place in the Spring and Summer splits last year. In-game they clearly had their biggest issues at ADC, and replacing Rikara (who didn't even get picked up by an Academy team) with a World Champion in Bang is a massive improvement. Somehow they also managed to keep Ssumday (easily the best top laner in NA) AND secured a great native mid laner in Huhi. 100 Thieves is primed to show the world what they're made of in 2019.
2. TEAM LIQUID
There's a lot of reason to believe that Team LIquid will take home the gold once again, especially after upgrading their mid lane. Unfortunately for TL I just don't think that Jensen is all that good. He was, certainly, but I think he's clearly past his prime. Of course, Team Liquid destroyed the competition in 2018 and their roster this year is even stronger. I wouldn't be surprised to see them win, but I think a solid second-place showing is a more reasonable expectation.
The people's champion and NA's perennial last-hope at Worlds surpassed everyone's wildest dreams last year and made it to the Semi-finals of the World Championships. The only change in their roster from last year is Nisqy's replacement of Jensen in the mid lane, which I would argue is a clear upgrade. Reapered has shown that he's perhaps the best coach in all of Esports, so I expect him to manage his 7-man roster with precision and finesse. At 3rd place, I have C9 sneaking back into the World's gauntlet, ready to dazzle us one more time.
4. CLUTCH GAMING
This prediction may surprise a lot of you. I certainly didn't expect to be writing this. CG is easily the most difficult team to predict for 2019. There's no question that the talent is there, but there is a question of whether or not the talent will show up to play. Many teams have lived-or-died by the aggressive plays of Huni, and it's up to his team and coaches to manage his play. Damonte may not be the best mid laner in world, but he's a solid native player in a role that typically takes up an import slot. This allowed CG to pick up Piglet, who has the potential to be one of the best ADCs in North America. Clutch Gaming is the team with all the potential. Will they live up to it?
5. GOLDEN GUARDIANS
Another surprising pick, I think that Golden Guardians could be a sleeper contender in 2019. I hope that getting kicked from TSM will have lit a fire in Hauntzer's spirit. He's always claimed that he's the best top laner in North America - now is his chance to prove it. The competitive return of Froggen in the mid lane is sure to bring a lot of attention to GG. There's no doubt that Froggen is an incredible player, but his competitive career hasn't been all that successful. Contractz is easily one of the best native Junglers in NA, but he struggled last year and there's no clear reason why. Similar to Clutch Gaming, Golden Guardians have the talent to succeed, but I think they will fall just short. I think GG is clearly worse than the top 4 teams and clearly better than the rest of the pack. I have them at a solid 5th place.
That concludes my guide to the 2019 LCS! Week one starts on January 26th, don't miss it!
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POPULAR Discussion - What does everyone think about the refund system in LoL?
Personally i think you should get 3 refunds every 2 years? Instead of every lifetime. But they do not stack. So you get 3 in the 2 years and any you dont spend get taken away and you are given 3 new ones after the 2 years. This seems like a better system imo but what do you guys think?
The 2019 Spring Split starts in 2 weeks!
The 2019 #LCS Spring Split starts on January 26! There have been a lot of roster changes and I can't wait for the next season of competitive LoL. I'll still be rooting for my boys in blue at #Cloud9 but it looks like the competition will be fierce this year. Will Doublelift and #TeamLiquid take the crown again or will a new champion rise to the occasion? I can't wait to find out!
MR STEAL UR ULT (NEW CHAMPION ANNOUNCEMENT)
Riot has announced their first new Champion of 2019, Sylas: The Unshackled!
Sylas is loaded with one hell of a kit, including a set of beatdowns as well as some gnarly cc and gap-closers, but the real kicker here is that he is able to copy an opponents' ult, which is absolutely insane:
Passive: Petricite Burst
After casting a spell, Sylas’ next basic attack whirls his chains around him, damaging nearby enemies.
Q: Chain Lash
Sylas lashes out with his chains, damaging and slightly slowing enemies. After a brief delay, the intersection of the chains detonates, applying an increased slow and damaging enemies again.
Sylas lunges at a target with a powerful strike, damaging them and healing himself. If the enemy is at low health, the damage is increased; if Sylas is at low health, the heal is increased.
E: Abscond/ Abduct
Sylas dashes a short distance and shields himself.
For a short time, he can recast the ability to whip out his chains, stunning, damaging, and pulling himself to the first enemy hit.
Sylas hijacks an enemy’s ultimate for his own use.
Enemies can still use their ultimates if Sylas takes them. Sylas can take an enemy’s ultimate whenever Hijack is off cooldown, but can’t hijack the same enemy for a while after.
What do you think of League's newly announced Demacian prisoner?
POPULAR "Cheat Engine" Bug - Invasion of Privacy?
So this is pretty crazy. Apparently League of Legends is reading our open processes as part of an anti-cheat system. Basically if anything you have open whether it be chrome, notepad, or anything else, has the words "cheat engine" in it, you will be kicked from your game. Check out the video to see more detailed info. What do you guys think about this? Is this an invasion of privacy?
Why is League of Legends a good game?
If you play in the R6S lounge, I’m stealing this from YeBoiPablo. I want to know why you think League is a good game! Is it the technological aspect? The teamwork? The planning? The micromanagement? The map awareness. The champion balance. I want to know why you play league of legends. It’s a fantastic game. I love the teamwork that can go into it. But more than anything. I love a good outplay. Mind checking someone into thinking you’re in one bush when really you flashed into the next and channeled teleport. When you clone as Leblanc and cause the enemy for run away from you. When you flash trick someone and they flash into Baron pit when you’re really just in the bush behind them.
Let me know why you love league. I want to hear it.
POPULAR Account boosting is now a criminal offense in Korea. How will this impact League?
Boosting accounts is now a criminal offense in South Korea, carrying a penalty of up to 2 years in prison and $18,000 in fines. League of Legends is one of the most popular games in Korea, and many of the scene's most famous players either have been or currently are account boosters. Do you think this new law will actually stop people from boosting? Imagine if a pro player ended up getting caught boosting under these new rules.
The legendary builder and item crafter Doran needs YOUR help!
After dozens of years working for the shop in the Summoner's Rift and thousands upon thousands of crafted items he‘s running out of ideas!
QUICK! The Rift Shop is in desperate need of new supplies and now it‘s up to you to invent a NEW ITEM for the Rift Shop!
What will your item be?
Which role will benefit most from your item?
What attributes will your item have?
Will it be a starting or end-game item?
Will your item encourage a completely new build/playstyle?
Will your item have a special buff that is so far unique to the Rift?
BE CREATIVE AND TELL US YOUR IDEAS!
Help out the best item creator that Runeterra has ever seen!
POPULAR 8.24 Patch Notes
Welcome Neeko to the rift! Neeko the Curious Chameleon will be making her debut "sometime" during 8.24. Other highlights include a nerf to Akali's shroud, a nerf to Irelia's W in the early game, and a nerf to Leblanc's W in the early game.
Riot tweaked a lot of different champs in this patch, so be sure to check out the full patch notes here: