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How was Korea? What did you like most about the trip?

I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Korea, it was awesome. The food really surprised me, I didnt expect it to be really good compared to California’s food.

 

You and Lustboy began playing together on an official stage in week 10 of the Summer Split. How did you feel changing supports so late in the split and at such a critical time? Were you confident you could build enough synergy to perform and make worlds? When did things really start to click in terms of synergy?

I was worried about the synergy we would have going into playoffs and into worlds, but we started to click after we started boot camping in Korea and started playing the foreign bot lanes. We started communicating a lot more and Lustboys English improved a lot during the couple weeks we played together. And I also learned some Korean to use in solo q.

 

How do you feel you improved over boot camp as a bot lane?   Individually?

I feel I improved a lot and I think this season I will be very impactful as a player. I learned about rotations and teamplay due to the bootcamp.

 

Who was your favorite duo to play against during your time scrimming up to the World Championship?

My favorite bot lane to play against was definitely Mata & Imp by far. They were just so amazing at the game. They played their lanes really solidly and the mind games they played in the bot lane were so new to me; they controlled vision so well. They were defintely my favorite bot lane to play against.

 

Going into the group stage, how confident were you? Who were you looking forward to playing the most?

Going into groups I thought to myself if we played well we could easily get first seed in groups, but we got ahead of ourselves and ended up losing the first game to SHRC due to overconfidence and lack of preparation. I was looking forward to playing SHRC a lot because of their bot lane and Insec.

 

Which team do you feel gave you the hardest time? What duo lane did you feel was stronger out of the teams in your group?

SHRC gave us the hardest time because of their solid mechanics. In the group stage I really wanted to play vs Uzi & Zero, I was pretty confident going into the bot lane vs them, but I choked and ended up playing really poorly the first game, I wish I had more games to prove myself against them.

 

What was your preparation like heading into the quarterfinals? How do you feel you and Lustboy stack up against Imp and Mata? What stood out most about Imp?

We were too focused on what to do mid game that we completely ignored our level 1s and they just dominated us 2 games because of our lack of preparation. Lustboy & I defintely could have defeated Imp & Mata at that stage I believe. After groups Lustboy & I were improving faster than we did for groups and I actually think if it was 2v2 we could have had a good chance to beat SSW. The thing that stands out the most about Imp is his ability to rotate with his team and be at the right place at the right time.

 

What is your overall opinion of where NA stands in comparison to other regions?

I think NA is definitely catching up to Korea and currently I would say we’re a top 4 region.

 

What did you learn most from the tournament and how do you feel about your overall performance?

I learned about teamplay and objectives this tournament more than anything and I realized I was playing the game wrong until the Koreans taught me, I felt my performance could have been better hopefully I can show my  improvement during the split.

 

Looking ahead, how strong do you believe the team can be in Season 5?

I think TSM will definitely be the strongest NA team this season and hopefully we can even do better at worlds for S5.

 

How do you plan to spend the rest of your vacation?

I am planning to spend the rest of my vacation playing smash bros and League of Legends, I can’t seem to stay away from video games.

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL 

Bjergsen

 

How was travelling between so many countries? Where was your favorite? Was it difficult adjusting to jet lag?

Bjergsen: Travelling between so many countries was something I really enjoyed, it was awesome to see so many different cultures and try a lot of different foods. My favorite was probably Korea, since it was the one we got to experience the most outside of practice times. I think fighting jetlag should only take a couple days as long as  you try to keep a healthy schedule and don’t stay up for too long. You just need to make sure you resist taking naps, it can be difficult!

 

What was boot camp like? Of all of the teams you scrimmed, who do you feel was the strongest? What did you learn most from scrims?

Bjergsen:  Boot camping was a different experience. I’ve only really had one boot camp in my life with NiP before. I think in boot camps, you figure out a lot of team problems that need to be fixed because you’re constantly practicing in a high pressure environment where all emotions come out. We definitely had some things come up, but I think we got a good hold of them which made us a better team after the boot camp was over. Of all the teams we played Samsung White was definitely the hardest, the first time we played against them we got completely stomped, but slowly worked our way up to actually contest and take games from them in scrims. The thing I learned the most is to give back to my teammates, and use my advantage to help build their advantage. If I start winning my lane I know a lot more about the options I can do to help snowball the overall team and winning the game.

 

Who was the strongest mid laner you faced during scrims?

Bjergsen: I think Faker and Pawn both played exceptionally well and had very little mistakes when I played them. They both know their limits very well and push them as far as they can, that’s what makes a great player.

 

Who was the toughest opponent you played during group stages? Did any team at the tournament surprise you?

Bjergsen:  The toughest opponent was definitely Royal Club which also shows since they made it into the final. Royal has a very distinct play style and we played right into their strengths the first game which made us basically unable to win since they play that style so well. I think if anything the biggest surprise was how handedly OMG beat Najin White Shield, I was not expecting them to get a clean sweep, nor do I think anyone did.

 

What was your mindset headed into the quarterfinals? There was a lot of talk about the importance of believing you can defeat your opponent and how it can affect you mentally if you don’t think you are capable. Did you believe you could win? What went wrong?

Bjergsen:  It’s a difficult thing to say, I do believe we had a good shot at making it all the way to the finals this year with the way the brackets worked out. But obviously we failed to deliver and I can’t blame that on anyone else than us.

Reginald and Locodoco kept making sure that we all believed we had a chance at winning, no matter how small it was. I definitely agree if we didn’t believe we at least had a chance at winning there was no way we were going to win. I think everyone in the team knew they were the better team, but we still had ways to beat them, and we could still show up big on the day. I personally believed we could win, and I think for the most part my teammates believed we had a chance as well.  

 

What is your overall impression of the tournament so far?

Bjergsen: I think the way Riot has handled the tournament and the players has been really good and I very much enjoyed finally being a part of Worlds. I was also very happy that the wildcard teams ended up having such a big impact, even though it was to my good friends in Alliance. It really shows that you can’t just expect a win against these wildcard teams, they can take you on any given day.  

 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from playing internationally?

Bjergsen:  The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be able to work together as a team and how to play for the benefit of the team. One player shouldn’t have to perform extraordinarily to win, everyone just has to have a solid performance and everyone helps each other out to have a solid performance. It’s a team game and Samsung White really shows that; they win together.  

 

Amazing recently stepped down from the starting lineup. What are your thoughts on his departure? Moving forward, what are you most looking for in finding a replacement? What do you think most fits your and the team’s needs?

Bjergsen: Of course I’m really sad Amazing decided to leave the team. I shared rooms in the hotel and housing with him through the entire boot camp and he became a good friend of mine in the team. I do understand all his reasons for leaving and I can’t be upset at him, I hope he finds a place where he’ll be happy and has an escape from League every once in a while.

The main things we are looking for in a jungler would be mechanical skill, communication and work ethic. Obviously it’s really important to have good mechanical skill as a jungler for champions like Lee Sin, etc. Communication as a jungler is very important since you have to be in a dialogue with all 3 lanes at the same time to know where to be and what to do next. Work ethic is a global thing you would want from every member in the team, but it’s very important to me. It’s important the player is motivated and willing to constantly improve through solo queue and replays.

 

Prediction for the Finals?

Bjergsen:  I have to go with White, they’re an amazing team and will likely 3-0 Royal if they do their research.

 

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The two sister Samsung teams went against each other in a Best-of-5 to determine the first finalist for Worlds; here are the results:

 

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Samsung White vs Samsung Blue: All Games

 

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

 

[ Casters ] Deficio, Rivington, Jatt

[ Analysts ] Phreak, Doublelift, Monte, Krepo, Quickshot

 

 

SSW vs SSB Game 1

 

 

SSW vs SSB Game 2

 

 

SSW vs SSB Game 3

 

 

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Najin White Shield vs OMG: All Games

 

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

 

[ Casters ] Deficio, Kobe, Deman




 




 

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Stage 2 Day 4: All Games

 

Game : Kabum e-Sports vs Cloud 9

Game 2: LMQ vs Samsung Blue

Game 3: Kabum vs Alliance

Game 4: Fnatic vs Samsung Blue

Game 5: Cloud 9 vs Najin White Shield

Game 6: OMG vs LMQ

Tiebreaker: Najin White Shield vs Cloud 9

 

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoCrumbzzMontePhreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 7 9 7 2 78% 16 32%
Twitch 8 9 6 3 67% 17 34%
Kassadin 2 4 3 1 75% 6 12%
Ryze 20 19 10 9 53% 39 78%
Alistar 40 5 4 1 80% 45 90%
Janna 2 27 17 10 63% 29 58%
Maokai 26 15 9 6 60% 41 82%
Jarvan 1 10 3 7 30% 11 22%
Orianna 1 15 9 6 60% 16 32%
Lucian 6 26 12 14 46% 32 64%
Thresh 8 25 14 11 56% 33 66%
Rumble 5 14 9 5 64% 19 38%
Kha’Zix 7 32 16 16 50% 39 78%
Zilean 32 9 5 4 56% 41 82%
Tristana 4 23 10 13 43% 27 54%
Nami 2 20 9 11 45% 22 44%
Twisted Fate 4 4 1 3 25% 8 16%
Zed 14 11 7 4 64% 25 50%
Lee Sin 15 29 17 12 59% 44 88%
Syndra 10 8 3 5 38% 18 36%
Nidalee 14 5 1 4 20% 19 38%
Fizz 6 10 3 7 30% 16 32%
Jinx 3 7 2 5 29% 10 20%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 6%
Rengar 6 6 5 1 83% 12 24%
Kog’Maw 1 13 6 7 46% 14 28%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Xerath 0 6 2 4 33% 6 12%
Talon 0 5 2 3 40% 5 10%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 6%
Lulu 1 10 3 7 30% 11 22%
Kayle 2 10 4 6 40% 12 24%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 6 12%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 10%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Irelia 3 11 8 3 73% 14 28%
Elise 1 11 4 7 36% 12 24%
Corki 0 9 7 2 78% 9 18%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Ahri 1 9 3 6 33% 10 20%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 6%
Braum 0 5 2 3 40% 5 10%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Morgana 0 5 4 1 80% 5 10%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Gragas 1 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 1 2%
Evelynn 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Riven 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Rammus 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Lissandra 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
57 champions played/banned in 50 games
Blue Side 33 17 66%
Red Side 17 33 34%

 

 

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You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lucas Krings.

 

Stage 2 Day 3: All Games

 

Game : Fnatic vs OMG

Game 2: Alliance vs Cloud 9

Game 3: Kabum e-Sports vs Najin White Shield

Game 4: LMQ vs Fnatic

Game 5: OMG vs Samsung Blue

Game 6: Alliance vs Najin White Shield

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoCrumbzzDoubleliftPhreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 4 8 6 2 75% 12 32%
Twitch 6 5 4 1 80% 11 30%
Kassadin 2 2 1 1 50% 4 11%
Ryze 15 15 8 7 53% 30 81%
Alistar 29 4 3 1 75% 33 89%
Janna 1 20 12 8 60% 21 57%
Maokai 19 10 5 5 50% 29 78%
Jarvan 0 6 2 4 33% 6 16%
Orianna 1 12 7 5 58% 13 35%
Lucian 5 21 8 13 38% 26 70%
Thresh 3 19 12 7 63% 22 59%
Rumble 1 9 7 2 78% 10 27%
Kha’Zix 4 25 11 14 44% 29 78%
Zilean 23 6 4 2 67% 29 78%
Tristana 3 18 10 8 56% 21 57%
Nami 1 16 8 8 50% 17 46%
Twisted Fate 4 4 1 3 25% 8 22%
Zed 10 8 5 3 63% 18 49%
Lee Sin 9 23 15 8 65% 32 86%
Syndra 6 7 3 4 43% 13 35%
Nidalee 14 4 1 3 25% 18 49%
Fizz 6 7 3 4 43% 13 35%
Jinx 2 5 1 4 20% 7 19%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 8%
Rengar 6 5 4 1 80% 11 30%
Kog’Maw 0 10 5 5 50% 10 27%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Xerath 0 4 1 3 25% 4 11%
Talon 0 3 1 2 33% 3 8%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 8%
Lulu 1 8 2 6 25% 9 24%
Kayle 2 6 2 4 33% 8 22%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 Not played 6 16%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 14%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 5%
Irelia 1 8 7 1 88% 9 24%
Elise 1 6 2 4 33% 7 19%
Corki 0 4 3 1 75% 4 11%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Ahri 1 6 1 5 17% 7 19%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 8%
Braum 0 4 2 2 50% 4 11%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Morgana 0 2 2 0 100% 2 5%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 5%
Gragas 1 0 0 0 Not played 1 3%
Evelynn 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Riven 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%

 

 

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You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lucas Krings.

 

Stage 2 Day 2: All Games

 

Game : Najin White Shield vs Alliance

Game 2: Samsung Blue vs Fnatic

Game 3: Najin White Shield vs Cloud 9

Game 4: OMG vs Fnatic

Game 5: Alliance vs Kabum e-Sports

Game 6: Samsung Blue vs LMQ

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoCrumbzzDoubleliftPhreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 4 8 6 2 75% 12 32%
Twitch 6 5 4 1 80% 11 30%
Kassadin 2 2 1 1 50% 4 11%
Ryze 15 15 8 7 53% 30 81%
Alistar 29 4 3 1 75% 33 89%
Janna 1 20 12 8 60% 21 57%
Maokai 19 10 5 5 50% 29 78%
Jarvan 0 6 2 4 33% 6 16%
Orianna 1 12 7 5 58% 13 35%
Lucian 5 21 8 13 38% 26 70%
Thresh 3 19 12 7 63% 22 59%
Rumble 1 9 7 2 78% 10 27%
Kha’Zix 4 25 11 14 44% 29 78%
Zilean 23 6 4 2 67% 29 78%
Tristana 3 18 10 8 56% 21 57%
Nami 1 16 8 8 50% 17 46%
Twisted Fate 4 4 1 3 25% 8 22%
Zed 10 8 5 3 63% 18 49%
Lee Sin 9 23 15 8 65% 32 86%
Syndra 6 7 3 4 43% 13 35%
Nidalee 14 4 1 3 25% 18 49%
Fizz 6 7 3 4 43% 13 35%
Jinx 2 5 1 4 20% 7 19%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 8%
Rengar 6 5 4 1 80% 11 30%
Kog’Maw 0 10 5 5 50% 10 27%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Xerath 0 4 1 3 25% 4 11%
Talon 0 3 1 2 33% 3 8%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 8%
Lulu 1 8 2 6 25% 9 24%
Kayle 2 6 2 4 33% 8 22%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 6 16%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 14%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 5%
Irelia 1 8 7 1 88% 9 24%
Elise 1 6 2 4 33% 7 19%
Corki 0 4 3 1 75% 4 11%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Ahri 1 6 1 5 17% 7 19%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 8%
Braum 0 4 2 2 50% 4 11%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 5%
Morgana 0 2 2 0 100% 2 5%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 5%
Gragas 1 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 1 3%
Evelynn 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Riven 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%

 

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Group C and D are on stage and ready to compete; here’s my coverage of the first day.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lucas Krings.

 

Stage 2 Day 1: All Games

 

Game : LMQ vs OMG

Game 2: Najin White Shield vs Kabum e-Sports

Game 3: Samsung Blue vs OMG

Game 4: Cloud 9 vs Alliance

Game 5: Fnatic vs LMQ

Game 6: Cloud 9 vs Kabum e-Sports

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoCrumbzzProllyDoublelift, Phreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 4 8 6 2 75% 12 39%
Twitch 5 5 4 1 80% 10 32%
Kassadin 2 1 1 0 100% 3 10%
Ryze 12 14 7 7 50% 26 84%
Alistar 24 4 3 1 75% 28 90%
Janna 1 19 11 8 58% 20 65%
Maokai 14 10 5 5 50% 24 77%
Jarvan 0 5 2 3 40% 5 16%
Orianna 1 11 7 4 64% 12 39%
Lucian 5 17 7 10 41% 22 71%
Thresh 3 14 9 5 64% 17 55%
Rumble 0 8 7 1 88% 8 26%
Kha’Zix 3 21 11 10 52% 24 77%
Zilean 20 4 3 1 75% 24 77%
Tristana 3 15 8 7 53% 18 58%
Nami 1 13 7 6 54% 14 45%
Twisted Fate 4 3 1 2 33% 7 23%
Zed 9 6 4 2 67% 15 48%
Lee Sin 6 21 13 8 62% 27 87%
Syndra 4 7 3 4 43% 11 35%
Nidalee 13 4 1 3 25% 17 55%
Fizz 6 6 2 4 33% 12 39%
Jinx 1 5 1 4 20% 6 19%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 10%
Rengar 6 5 4 1 80% 11 35%
Kog’Maw 0 8 4 4 50% 8 26%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Xerath 0 4 1 3 25% 4 13%
Talon 0 2 1 1 50% 2 6%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 10%
Lulu 1 5 1 4 20% 6 19%
Kayle 2 6 2 4 33% 8 26%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 6 19%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 16%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 6%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 6%
Irelia 1 4 4 0 100% 5 16%
Elise 1 4 0 4 0% 5 16%
Corki 0 3 2 1 67% 3 10%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Ahri 1 5 0 5 0% 6 19%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 10%
Braum 0 4 2 2 50% 4 13%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 6%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 6%
Morgana 0 2 2 0 100% 2 6%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 3%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 3%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 6%
52 champions played in 23 games

 

 

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As the title suggests, I don’t think Talon should have his silence removed. In this article, I’ll answer why I think this change isn’t solving the issue with Talon and will only kill him on the competitive scene.

 

 

What I’ll be discussing (PBE change, will hit Patch 4.17 this Tuesday):

 

Talon Final Portrait

 

Cutthroat New IconCutthroat [ E ]

  • Now slows the target by 99% for 0.25 seconds
  • No longer silences

 

 

Silence works fine, unless it’s badly implemented

 I don’t agree with this systemic removal of silence from the game. Silence is the most lenient form of CC in League – it won’t kill you on its own like a long stun or slow, but it’s there to help a Champion who can’t function without denying mobility and counter-attacking.

 Putting silence on a kit can end up either way. If the silence isn’t necessary, it’s bad design, because then it’s just badly telegraphed CC. But sometimes a Champion needs a silence on their kit to perform. One example would be Blitzcrank, whose ult allows him to chain his CC; given how buggy mobility works with Rocket Grab, your grabs would sometimes be pointless if you didn’t silence the target while charging the knock-up auto attack animation. A few other Champions, like Fiddlesticks and Malzahar, use silence to enhance the strengths of their kit rather than be a nuisance.

 Where silence fails to be an engaging mechanic is when it’s tacked on and isn’t a defining part of a Champion’s kit. Great example is LeBlanc. LeBlanc is defined by two strengths: single target burst and mobility. That mobility expands into great harass in lane and roaming potential, safety in teamfights and creating picks. The silence was overkill on her kit and just made her needlessly frustrating to play against. All she needs to return on the scene is number buffs, some of which are coming in Patch 4.17. Even without the silence, LeBlanc’s mobility and pick potential gives players a reason to pick her over other assassins.

 That likely won’t be the case with Talon, however.

 

 

Removing Talon’s silence will make him unplayable in lane

 Let’s face it: Talon’s getting nerfed because he got exposure. He’s had a silence and a plethora of bad match-ups since release and now he’ll only have the latter. Talon’s kit is problematic, but the removal of silence doesn’t fix that and makes him obsolete.

 What Riot is trying to solve is Talon deleting players with no chance for them to fight back. What they’re really doing is scrapping the main reason Talon is picked while making the issue they have with him even worse. A fed Talon will 100-0 a Champion with no counterplay either way, only now his burst will be even higher due to Cutthroat applying the 10% bonus damage from his passive to his Q. The silence plays no part in that: it’s Talon’s binary kit which consists of point-and-clicks and wide AoEs.

 If Talon is indeed becoming a problem, he needs a rework, not a nerf. His combo is too reliable and becomes a blob of numbers rather than an interactive burst players can learn to avoid, like Zed’s Shurikens or Fizz’s Chum the Waters.

 

Talon vs Banner

 

 Let’s say the new Talon decides to go mid. What match-up can he hope for? Ahri can now Charm him as he blinks to her, Xerath can stun and slow, Ziggs can immediately disengage with Satchel Charge, Syndra can stun and combo him with no damage in return… list goes on. Pretty much any mage can disengage from a Talon who can’t silence them for as long as his combo takes. And if he can’t do that, then he can’t do anything at all. He has huge mana issues, no poke versus any mid safe for Yasuo, very little resists and no escape prior to 6. Why would you take a crippled Talon over a Zed or a Syndra then? What purpose would he fill that they can’t? They can afford to sit back and play it safe; Talon can’t. Even Akali, who is as binary as Talon, offers lane safety on top of a reliable burst.

 It doesn’t matter how amazing the slow on Cutthroat is – it’s changing the CC Talon needs to perform against his lane match-ups.

 

 

IF Talon is a problem, how should he be fixed

I’ll prefix this by saying I don’t think Talon needs nerfs. I’m just exploring Riot’s assumptions about him.

 The meta has consistently favored champions who have one purpose less and less. A long time ago you could argue that assassins had a weak early game to compensate for their strong late game. That’s no longer the case. If you’re picking an assassin, he needs to have poke, huge utility or safety… or all of those. Talon fills a niche and that’s a dedicated all-in anti-mage assassin. He can’t do anything else with his current kit. He needs interactivity somewhere on his burst to become a viable pick without the silence.

 In my opinion, his W and R work perfectly. Q is questionable, but it’s a simple spell and lets Talon build for more auto-attack damage, which diversifies assassin builds. The “rework” should be focused on his E: that’s the spell that allows his can-of-worms kit to function. If Talon needs to have his silence removed, his E should be a skillshot that can help him lane.

 

 

Is Talon even an issue I don’t think so and here’s why

 When we talk about assassins, we tend to grossly exaggerate their balance. We bring a handful of examples where X assassin got really fed and killed someone before they could Flash. What about the other times, when an assassin was denied in lane and was literally a dead weight for the team? That’s why assassins are so much more dynamic than, say, long-range mages or bruisers: it’s because they bring a risk-reward level to the game. Assassins are supposed to benefit more than any other role from snowballing and should, respectively, suffer more than any other role for falling behind. If you take away the reward stage of playing a risky assassin, then it becomes a pointless team role.

 The Talon games at this year’s OGN Regionals, when SKT T1 K squared off against Samsung White, are a perfect example of how wildly Talon’s success in a match can swing. Faker picks him and gets soloed in lane repeatedly by PawN’s Jayce, leaving the best player in the world without any team impact. Then PawN picks him against Faker’s Kassadin, feeds off the great match-up and proceeds to steamroll SKT. You have, in a single Best-of-5, an example of Talon’s extreme highs and lows.

 When Riot refer to Talon’s silence as “lacking counterplay”, they point to an imaginary scenario where Talon is getting uncontested picks left-and-right. But how did Talon get to that point? He risked going against a bad match-up or was a counter-pick, therefore he deserved the outcome of that match. You can’t solve one extreme by exacerbating another, meaning you can’t fix Talon’s certain burst by killing his laning.

 

Faker 1v1d

Nothing to see here, just Faker on Talon being 1v1d.

 

  We’re seeing the return of assassins, safe assassins, like Ahri, Syndra and Zed. They have many more tools than Talon, both in lane and teamfights. They’re still riskier picks compared to teamfight mages, but they’re nowhere near as limited in their options as Talon. They circumvent a lot of the issues that define Talon, like his lack of mobility and mana problems.

  Talon either needs to be defined by his point-and-click reliable burst or, preferably, by a more flexible kit. With Cutthroat slowing targets, he will always remain in the shadow of Zed.

 

 

Conclusion Talon shouldn’t be killed off

 With just the silence removal and nothing to compensate for it, Talon will effectively become obsolete. He’ll never exit the lane with enough gold to assassinate players who can now fight back. Since he’s going all-in every time, he’ll need to be building like a bruiser, only he has no bruiser stats and his base damage is horrible. Naturally, he’ll be forgotten, because he brings nothing to the table that teams would want.

 The easiest archetype in LoL to nerf is the assassin. Assassins are always in the spotlight in Solo Queue where communication is lacking. They’re designed to kill targets fast, which creates a very vocal response when they’re doing it well. But they also make the game dynamic and when they’re gone you see hypercarries dominate in dragged out matches that no one can end on his own. Late-game mages can already stall most games and removing one of their counters from the meta is trading one problem for another. Don’t kill off Talon, Riot.

 

 

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Day 4 of Worlds is underway and here is the breakdown!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lucas Krings.

 

 

Stage 1 Day 4: All Games

 

Game : Team Solomid vs Star Horn Royal

Game 2: AHQ e-Sports vs Dark Passage

Game 3: Star Horn Royal vs Taipei Assassins

Game 4: AHQ e-Sports vs Edward Gaming

Game 5: SK Gaming vs Team Solomid

Game 6: Samsung White vs Edward Gaming

Tiebreaker: Edward Gaming vs AHQ e-Sports

 

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Champion Select Stats

 

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 4 4 3 1 75% 8 32%
Twitch 3 4 3 1 75% 7 28%
Kassadin 2 1 1 0 100% 3 12%
Ryze 9 12 5 7 42% 21 84%
Alistar 18 4 3 1 75% 22 88%
Janna 1 16 9 7 56% 17 68%
Maokai 9 9 5 4 56% 18 72%
Jarvan 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Orianna 1 11 7 4 64% 12 48%
Lucian 5 14 6 8 43% 19 76%
Thresh 3 9 6 3 67% 12 48%
Rumble 0 4 3 1 75% 4 16%
Kha’Zix 0 18 9 9 50% 18 72%
Zilean 14 4 3 1 75% 18 72%
Tristana 2 11 7 4 64% 13 52%
Nami 1 8 5 3 63% 9 36%
Twisted Fate 3 3 1 2 33% 6 24%
Zed 7 5 3 2 60% 12 48%
Lee Sin 3 18 10 8 56% 21 84%
Syndra 4 4 1 3 25% 8 32%
Nidalee 13 4 1 3 25% 17 68%
Fizz 6 6 2 4 33% 12 48%
Jinx 0 5 1 4 20% 5 20%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 12%
Rengar 5 5 4 1 80% 10 40%
Kog’Maw 0 5 2 3 40% 5 20%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Xerath 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Talon 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 12%
Lulu 1 3 1 2 33% 4 16%
Kayle 1 3 2 1 67% 4 16%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 6 24%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 20%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Irelia 0 4 4 0 100% 4 16%
Elise 1 1 0 1 0% 2 8%
Corki 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Ahri 1 3 0 3 0% 4 16%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 12%
Braum 0 4 2 2 50% 4 16%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Morgana 0 2 2 0 100% 2 8%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%

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