Echo Fox is Officially Leaving the LCS
Echo Fox will not be in the 2020 League of Legends LCS after a proposed sale of the team fell through this morning. Now, Riot Games will take over the process of selling the team’s slot in their league. Echo Fox is being pushed out of the LCS because of a public dispute between Rick Fox and a shareholder named Amit Raizada after Raizada used a racist slur in a conversation with former CEO Jace Hall. Raizada has refused to relinquish his shares in the team and Riot Games as a result has been forced to remove Echo Fox from the LCS.
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POPULAR US Government blocks League of Legends for players in Iran & Syria
Due to the rising tensions with the U.S. government, League of Legends is no longer available to players in Iran and Syria.
As reported by Dot Esports, since the 22nd of June, players in Syri and Iran have reported receiving a message informing them that the game has been blocked following trade sanctions applied by the U.S. government. Developer Riot based in the U.S., seems to have no choice but to comply with the government's decision.
"Due to U.S. laws and regulations, players in your country cannot access League of Legends at this time." the message states, as shared by an Iranian player on the official LoL forums.
However, this block has not prevented all players from logging on, VPNs are enabling some players to sidestep the ban. This is the first time an online video game's availability has been included as a sanction.
9.12 Patch Notes
The new Mordekaiser rework is here! That's not all, there's also yet ANOTHER Ryze rework. You'll definitely want to check out all the details in the official patch notes, but first let's get into all the basics below!
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POPULAR 9.10 Patch Notes
Yuumi is here! The debut of the crazy cat support that can literally become invincible is certainly the highlight of this patch, but of course we'll dive into the few balance changes as well!
For all the details be sure to check out the official patch notes here:
POPULAR NOWHERE IS SAFE
I had a match today where my teammate, a Nasus, said in team chat "mute me, I'm going to tell endgame spoilers to the enemy team"
I muted him, and then two seconds later the enemy team was briefly FREAKING OUT over /all chat and then it went silent.
Nasus then shortly after pushed the entire top lane down and they forfeit.
Be careful out there.
POPULAR YUUMI: THE MAGICAL CAT!
Heals and cuddles!
Passive: Bop 'n' Block:
Every so often, Yuumi's next attack against an opponent restores mana and grants her a shield. If Yuumi is Attached, the shield protects her ally. The shield protects Yuumi or her ally until it's broken.
Q - Prowling Projectile
Yuumi fires a missile that deals magic damage to the first enemy hit. If the missile is in flight long enough, it deals bonus magic damage and slows enemies.
While Attached, Yuumi fires a missile from her ally's position and can direct the missile's flight path with her mouse.
W - You and Me!
Passive: While Attached, Yuumi and her ally gain a percent of each other's AD or AP converted to Adaptive Force.
Active: Yuumi starts with a a point in her W. She dashes to an ally champion and attaches to them. While Attached, she follows her partner's movement and is untargetable by everything except tower damage. Yuumi's abilities fire from her ally's location, and she can't attack enemies. She can Unattach after a cooldown or Attach to another teammate with no cooldown.
E - Zoomies
Yuumi heals and gains a burst of movement speed. If Attached, her ally is targeted by the spell instead. This spell has two charges.
R - Final Chapter
Yuumi opens Book, launching waves of magic damage that root enemies after multiple hits. While using her ult, Yuumi can move, attach to ally champions, and heal.
POPULAR Thoughts on Urf?
I’ve enjoyed urf over the years. I’ve played urf every year it’s been out. The main thing I like about it, is how fast it makes games. I love to play ranked games and everything but they’re so time consuming. It takes an hour just to play a game if you include loading time and champ select. Urf changes all that. A game lasts about 20 minutes and you can have fun with friends even if you have something to do in an hour and a half and don’t have to worry about missing it, where as I’ve seen normal games go for 50, 60, even 70 minutes. Games like that are fun but if every game was like that you could only play 24 games in a day if you didn’t sleep or eat. I think they should change normal games to be shorter, the only reason I stop playing league is because the games took so long to complete. I’ve played league for 5 years now. I have over 5,000 games played. I’ve spent $1,500+ on skins and champs. It’s safe to say I like the game. This is my only complaint really, is time it takes to play. Not everyone has an hour to play a game, so they launch something else like Apex Legends or some other game. I’d love to hear your thoughts on both Urf and on the issue I stated having.
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
POPULAR 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
POPULAR Choose the Next Tristana Skin!
From the site:
"It’s been over a year since you helped us choose Illaoi’s next skin, and we’d like your help again. This time, it’s for Bandle City’s spunkiest gunner: Tristana.
We explored a wide range of possibilities for Trist’s next skin, and we’re down to the three concepts we’re most excited about. Now, the decision is in your hands. Vote on which skin you’d like to see us create."
“Sugar Rush Tristana”
Armed to the sweet teeth with a mighty gumball gun, Sugar Rush Tristana protects the Candy Kingdom from unsavory forces.
“Galactic Gunner Tristana”
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.
“Little Demon Tristana”
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.
Which skin are you gonna vote for? Tell us below in the comments!
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.