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Seven months ago, it was mentioned that a new Patcher & Landing Page would be rolled out as the foundation for future updates to the game client in an effort to overhaul both the visual appearance and the underlying technology of the current client.

 

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Today, Koen Hendrix aka Riot Boompje confirmed on twitter that CrossPvP has been purchased by Riot and that they are indeed working on a new client.

For those not familiar, CrossPvP was a client project started by Boompje several years ago with the intention to serve as an alternative to Riot’s PvP.net client, aimed at being both technically better and to allow cross-platform compatibility.

As seen below, the only information so far was provided via Boompje himself in the form of several reddit comments from this thread.


 

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A new client has been one of the most talked about topics in the community and it’s nice to see Riot shed some more light on it’s progress. There is currently no estimation of when the new client will be launched.

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What is it like going from playing in Challenger Series to playing in international LAN tournaments? What is the hardest part to adjust to?

Kikis:  As for myself, I have a lot of experience of playing LAN events even before LCS was a thing, for example 2012 regionals at Gamescom, so it’s nothing new to me. But it’s a lot different and more exciting to play in front of huge live audience, when you can feel when they cheer and get hyped, instead of online at your sweet home. It’s definitely something I look forward to and will never get bored of.

 

What steps do you take to adapt to the newest patch? What is your approach to the current jungle?

Kikis: Well, the most important thing is to get used to it. And to do that, you just spam solo Queue games.. To get a feel of what’s strong I try a lot of champions that I think might be worth experimenting with. If I don’t see any potential in a champion, I’ll just drop it and move on. If I think something can work I’ll use it in a scrim to see how it works in a more competitive environment. I don’t look too hard though, I don’t put pressure on myself to deliver a new pick to the audience. I won’t put team in situation that we lose purely by trying too hard to make something work.

 

Who do you expect to give you the hardest time in the jungle?

Kikis: It’s hard to judge skill levels after new jungle patch came out and most of the junglers didn’t play competitive games on it. But if I had to choose, I respect Svenskeren as a player the most and I think he could give me the hardest time in the jungle with his aggressive playstyle. It doesn’t mean I would fall under his grace though, I will fight to the death with everyone I meet on Summoner’s rift.

 

What do you like or dislike about the current state of the jungle in the preseason and what changes would you like to see heading into Season 5?

Kikis: I like the way changes are going right now. Riot is doing their best to make this role balanced and fun. I actually really enjoy 2 stacks of smite and ability to change jungle items for free before enchanting. It gives better options for farming junglers that start with purple smite, and later on they can change it back to more useful smite in team fights.

 

What are your thoughts on ranged junglers and do you believe they require an advanced mechanical proficiency? What is their place on a team?

 

Kikis: I think ranged junglers are pretty strong, but it’s hard to fit them into a team comp. A lot of the times you have mid, ad and support ranged and you need some kind of front line. They require proper knowledge and practice about juggling the minions to not lose health and also don’t let them hard reset, which slows your jungle tremendously. Though with the recent nerfs on soft resets going down to 5 I am not so sure about them anymore. That might’ve killed their viability.

 

What was your mindset picking TF at IEM, was it intended to be a “cheese” or is it simply something you’ve practiced and had success with? What were your thoughts going into the matchup against TSM?

Kikis: We’ve practiced TF in scrims quite a bit. It worked pretty well. A lot of damage with great CC and map control with ult. I was confident in the champion, team was confident in me and we just went with it. Of course the part that we pick it in higher rotation to make enemies think it’s a mid-laner played a big part and that was intended, but it wasn’t the sole reason to use Twisted Fate. Everyone was super pumped against playing versus TSM and we were really motivated to win that and I’m really glad we actually did.

 

What did you gain most from playing at IEM? What are your overall thoughts on the event?

Kikis: Most people on the team doesn’t have a lot of LAN experience, especially in front of such a huge and wonderful audience, so it was a good thing for us. We played versus the best teams from NA and we learned a lot from C9 about vision control and team synergy. The event itself was really nice. We’ve met a lot of fans of the team, signed some stuff and took some photos. (which is pretty new to us by the way, it was overwhelming).

 

How are you preparing for the LCS? What are your goals going into the spring split?

Kikis: Well, mainly playing the game. 7 hours of scrim daily, 1-4 hours of solo Q and some analysis/team talk and watching replays. Every day we are getting better, we know our problems and we address them correctly. Everyone has a lot of trust into each other which is really great. We are not afraid to practice picks that we think are strong and we are motivated to put up a good show in the LCS and hopefully more.

 

Who are you looking forward to playing against most and who do you feel is your biggest threat in the EU LCS?

Kikis: It might sound lame but I look forward against playing every team. I am curious about overall strength of EU teams and on how we stand against them. The biggest threat will probably be Elements and SK. They look really good on paper, but we have to see if they stand up to their hype.

 

What players do you look up to? How would you define your playstyle and how do you feel it plays into your teams overall gameplay?

Kikis: The people I most look up to are the ones that give their heart and dedicate a lot of time to league. So from Europe it would mostly be Rekkles and Froggen. Also Faker, because he is a god, and Zefa. I really like Zefa’s playstyle and love watching him play.

 

What is your favorite lane to gank? 

Kikis: I don’t really have a favorite lane to gank. The only thing is that a lot of the times it’s hard to gank bot lane because they have more people percentage wise compared to other lanes and more defensive summoner spells.

 

Shout outs?

Kikis: I would like to thanks to everyone who is cheering for me or my team. The amount of support we are getting lately is huge and we are grateful for that. Also shout outs to our sponsors for helping us out and making living in gaming house possible!

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Authors Note: Due to a busy schedule and preparation for the upcoming LCS, the release of this interview was delayed and some of the information is late.

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How is playing in the starladder and what prompted this decision?

It’s pretty hard to find a team in my circumstances and I felt really burnt out after trying with NIP. We tried out several teams and it didn’t go that well, so I decided to play soloqueue and stream. But I didn’t feel really good from that because I really love playing competitively, so I decided to join a team that I will be able to play tournaments even if it is lower level and at the same time try to develop russian eSports.

 

The prizepool of Starladder is noticeably small compared to the LCS and other events, what else are you doing to sustain yourself in the mean time?

I still have some savings, I’m streaming though I decided to do break because I felt a bit burnt out and wanted to focus on my own gameplay. Also I get a salary from RoX.KIS team.

 

You said you want to focus on playing to maintain and improve your skill level. Where would you place yourself currently in comparison to other LCS mid laners, skill wise? Do you have plans to stream in the future?

I will stream and I think even if I am behind from LCS mid laners, it is not that far. Most difference of LCS teams right now is decision making, teamplay and vision control rather than personal skill. I will start streaming after I get back home after holidays maybe.

 

What went into your previous switch to Top lane before your return to mid? Which role do you prefer to play and where do you feel stronger? Why?

Right now I really prefer playing mid lane. I found a lot of flaws in my gameplay and fixed most of them I feel. It was a fun time playing top lane but switching back and forth isn’t the best idea in my opinion, so I will just stabilize and show some cool mid lane performance.

 

What is your current visa situation? Where would you prefer to play if you could play anywhere and is it possible for you to relocate for a team?

I cannot do visa solo, so I need the team that will help me with the visa. It is much easier to do it in NA rather than EU in my opinion  because of NA athlete rules. And overall right now I think NA environment is much better for playing with team rather than EU. So I would prefer to play in NA. It is possible for me to relocate for team with my family, I don’t see much problem in that.

 

Would you prefer to join an existing LCS team? How viable is it for you to play through the Challenger series?

I think it is viable for me to play in Challenger Series if I am 100% sure in team commitment and get some help with visa so I can be more stable. It is really hard to focus on the game when your visa is not in a stable situation and you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I would prefer to play in an LCS team but if I get a good challenger offer I would accept it. A lot of teams and fans think that a team needs to provide an apartment for me and my family, but I can sustain myself and pay for everything myself. The main thing I need help with is the visa and finding an apartment for me and my family that I will be able to play from.

 

Have you ever considered working in eSports outside of being a player? What would you do, if anything?

Hmm, I have considered it but I don’t want tobecause I am interested in the competitive side of eSports.

 

What is your favorite memory from the LCS?

Getting through to worlds in season 3 against CLG.EU.

 

What are you thoughts on Gambit currently?

I think that right now Gambit looks really strong, maybe one of the favorites for the upcoming split. I am glad that they finally found their spirit and a strong lineup.

 

Would you participate in the infamous CLG.EU / Moscow 5 reunion showmatch?

Of course I would. It could be really fun!

 

Shoutouts?

Thanks everyone who still supports me and cheers for me, thanks to my wife and my family for helping me especially in current situation. I think that I still got really decent chances of getting back on track.


 

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How does it feel to qualify for the LCS again after multiple close attempts? How do you stay motivated?

It feels really good, especially since I’ve been on this team for months and we’ve all worked hard in the gaming house to make it happen. Winning by a 3-2 margin was just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It was amazing that me and my teammates perserved after losing 2 games to tie the series. Honestly a good amount of my motivation comes from when I lose horribly to my opponents. Sometimes there’s a lot of mental blocks like the enemy is bad and just lucky etc but sometimes the enemy plays really agressive and just outplays you the whole game so I always want to strive to do better than them but at the same time perfect my play so I can try to be the best in the world.

 

Is this the strongest team you’ve been on so far? How do you believe you will perform in the LCS, and do you think you can reach the top 6?

Yea it’s definitely the strongest team I’ve qualified with but myself and the other players on my team take a good amount of time to adapt to the meta. so atm we’re not doing super well but I believe in my teams potential and the hard work that they put in. The first split might be shaky but I definitely think we can make top 3 and go to worlds in 2015.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against? More specifically who do you think will be the biggest challenge for your team?

I’m excited to play almost every team. I think there’s never been so much talent in LCS ever, I am excited to watch and play against a lot of the talented players who I believe will become huge carry superstars: Quas, Pobelter, Impaler, Crumbzz, Cali(no pressurino) etc.

 

Who do you feel is the biggest threat to you in the bot lane?

I think most bot lanes have better mechanics than us but I think me and dodo have a strong strategic mind so as long as we don’t blunder super hard I think sneaky and lemon will be the biggest threat as they have strong mechanics and brains meaning I should cheese them with my good old kennen ADC.

 

How much do you think the role of AD has changed in the recent patches? What changes do you like or dislike most? Is there anything you would change before the new season starts?

I don’t think it’s changed too much, it feels like a lot of junglers can do significantly more damage though making the early game more difficult for ADCs. Riot has nerfed a lot of the ADC’s recently so now they’re all pretty similarly balanced. Corki doesn’t have a ridiculous edge anymore because Sivir OP.

What are the biggest obstacles in playing in Challenger and the road to the LCS? Do you feel Riot is taking the right steps in creating a viable path to the Pro Scene?

Well everyone kind of starts off in Challengerland and its just not cutthroat enough in a way. You have to beat an LCS team to make it in so you gotta assemble a really strong challenger team to do that. When the current roster of team 8 formed we were slightly behind the monstrous LMQ in skill but had a good record against most teams. A bad seeding (partially our fault but also ranked 5′s is a horrible way to bracket because for example : if seed 1 was LMQ seed 18 would avoid seed 1 until finals  but 20,10,11,2,19,9,12 are all doomed to face seed 1 early to the point where they wouldn’t get enough points to get into the playoff stage.

 

How do you feel about the new teams entering the LCS and of them who do you feel is strongest?

I thought Coast would be really good coming into the tournament but they looked a little shaky. I think they’ll eventually pick it up and be a huge threat in terms of mechanics and laning phase. Also Impaler seems to be ‘slightly’ good at jungling. Curse Academy was on and off amazing they would seemingly play teamfights brilliantly and then follow it up with them getting picked off multiple times. I think if CA fixes that they’d be a similar team to C9 with absolutely dominant team fighting pressure.

 

It seems that newer teams have trouble not being relegated. Is this just not adjusting properly to the level of play or not changing practice habits? What plays most into this?

Don’t know. It seems like a lot of the teams end up disliking each other when they finish low in the standings. I thought Complexity had really strong ward control but it seemed that our teamwork and essentially chemistry was better than CoL for teamfights which decided most games.

 

How was it subbing for Lyon Gaming? What was it like playing with a squad from a different region?

I just wanted to have fun. We didn’t get a huge amount of practice so it was kind of an uphill battle and then during the tournament games we ran completely different stuff. Wish there was a loser’s bracket so we could’ve played against pain they were really cool people that I met during the afterparty. It’d also help the international scene grow!

 

What are your overall thoughts on IEM San Jose? How is playing on an international stage compared to the LCS or even Challenger? What did you learn most?

I sucked but people were congratulating me for shooting a rocket that got me a triple kill when Seiya completely set up that play LOL. I wasn’t on my game because I wasn’t used to how uncomfortable earbuds + tight headsets were. It was very painful for me but I made a few amateurish mistakes so I gotta just work harder so that doesn’t happen next time.
Draven. Will we get to see him again? Where does he fit in 4.21 and what types of AD carries do you enjoy most right now? 

Draven is always playable but a very unsafe pick. He’s got the damage potential though and the dollah bills. In the current patch I still love Corki. He’s absolutely broken after triforce is finished, I feel like I always have 2k+ gold on my next back. He’s insanely flexible and still super OP imo.

 

Shoutouts?

Shoutout to all the m8′s who have supported the team. Be sure to follow the team on twitter because we’re eventually gonna have a store that will sell hella stuff! Shoutout to our sponsors Freedom, CyberpowerPC and Wearhaus and all the people that want hugs at live events. Hugs are cool.

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Team Roccat has announced today that they have acquired a new coach in the form of Titus “Ducky” Hafner. 

Hafner is the former coach of Copenhagen Wolves, as well as a Challenger ranked player on EUW.

 

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“I’m very glad to be part of ROCCAT. I’m certain we will be a team to watch out for and compete for a top spot in Europe. -Ducky

 

In addition, Roccat has also picked up former mousesports player Leonhard “foo sharp” Wolf as their assistant coach.

NoL sources say that former Roccat coach Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł has left the organization on good terms.

For more details, check out Team Roccat’s official Facebook announcement.

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 After months of collaboration, KeSPA, Riot Games and OnGameNet have announced the final version of their ’2015 Season LoL eSports League Reform Plan’. Key topics include switching formats to a league system in the vein of the Chinese LPL, renaming the NLB to League of Legends Challengers Korea, introduction of a 20 million Korean Won (KRW) minimum salary for professional players, and establishing a promotion/relegation system. The full press release is available below.

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Greetings.
Korean eSports Association (“KeSPA”), Riot Games, and OnGameNet (“3 Parties”) would like to announce the final version of the ‘2015 Season LoL eSports League Reform Plan’.

 During the past 3 months, the 3 Parties have been aware of the many issues inherent in the current LoL eSports system and tournament format, and have been trying to prepare a springboard for the Korean LoL eSports to leap one step further through the newly launching 2015 Season.

 While preparing the 2015 Season Reform Plan, we tried to collect various opinions from pro-players, teams, industry stakeholders, and our players, but some of our efforts were not entirely satisfactory. We assure you, however, that we placed utmost priority on the long-term growth of eSports and the protection of players’ rights and welfare when we finalized this 2015 Season Reform Plan. The 3 Parties will continue to heed to the voices of many fans who love and support eSports.

 We would like to ask for your continued support for the upcoming 2015 Season of LoL eSports.

Thank you.

 

2015 LoL Champions Korea League Reform Plan

 

New League Format

 2015 LoL Champions Korea will change from its previous tournament format to a full-league format. This change to the league format, which was adopted to help teams and players participate in competitions more consistently, will also help improve the welfare of pro-players. ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’, which will launch in early January, will be run as a full-league for approximately 4 months.

 

Promotions/Relegations

 While the full-league format has the advantage of providing pro-teams and players a stable source of competitive activity, it also has the disadvantage of being less entertaining compared to the tournament format. In order to minimize this disadvantage and additionally offer an opportunity to players in the semi-pro tier who are aspiring to be promoted, the 3 Parties have agreed to adopt Promotions/Relegations immediately following the end of ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’. When the Spring Split is finished, pro-teams and semi pro-teams will compete in Promotions/Relegations to secure their spot in the next ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Summer Split”.

 

Participants

 As we are transitioning to a full-league format, there are not many stable company-owned or club teams that can fully operate and manage their teams throughout the whole split. Thus, 2015 Season Spring Split will first kick off with 8 teams. 6 out of 8 teams (Samsung, KT, Najin, CJ, SKT and Jin Air) have been awarded spots for the Spring Split based on their past performance (accumulative circuit points in 2014) and history of stable team management. The remaining 2 teams will be determined through ‘Seed Qualifier Tournament’ (please refer to (6) below for details on Seed Qualifier Tournament).

 For 2015 Summer Split, we plan to increase the number of participating teams to 10 teams in order to expand opportunities for pro-players to participate.

 During the Promotions/Relegations following the 2015 Spring Split, bottom 2 teams from Champions Korea and top 4 teams from the semi-pro tier will compete to determine the final 4 teams that will join the 2015 Summer Split.

 

League Regulations

We would like to inform you of the following new regulations that will be newly implemented to protect the eSports pro-players and improve their welfare.

 

A) Mandatory Roster

 While first planning the launch of the league system, the 3 Parties became aware of the necessity for two corporate teams to be combined to one, so we reviewed the possibility of requesting corporate teams to incorporate a 10-person roster requirement to allow pro-players to stay in their original teams. However, having listened to many fans’ opinions and criticisms that the 10-person roster is not suitable for the current LoL eSports market, we decided not to forcefully adopt this policy. All LoL eSports teams may participate in the pro tier and semi-pro tier leagues if they can secure the roster of 5 players to play the game.

 

B) Minimum Salary Policy

 In the past, there have been many instances where eSports pro-players were inadequately compensated for their talent. The 3 Parties are planning to incorporate a “minimum salary of KRW 20 million” as a rule for teams participating in the league to follow, after having decided that the pro-players active in the pro field should be warranted a minimum level of welfare. Every pro-player entering a contract with pro-teams will earn a minimum salary of KRW 20 million (~$18,000) as income. This amount does not include profit generated through streaming or prize(s) from tournaments/league.

 

C) Mandatory Contract Term

 Similar to the minimum salary policy, “mandatory contract term of at least 1 year” will also be introduce. In other words, pro-teams will need to sign with pro-players for at least a one year in the future. This will help pro-players lead a stable professional career.

 However, teams may act as the principal agents of pro-players in transfer negotiations since they will possess the right for the said signed pro-player for the duration of the contract. If a team wishes to release a player against his will during the duration of the contract, the team is obligated to pay the remaining salary of the said player.

 

Supporting Measures

 

The 3 Parties will continuously invest beyond what we have invested and provided thus far for the advancement of LoL eSports to not only strengthen the league but to improve the welfare of pro-players.

 Riot Games will provide the minimum salary for 5 players in each team’s minimum roster. In addition, non-corporate teams without sponsors will receive not only aid for player salaries, but also aid for cost related to team operation and management. Regardless of the changes to the number of players applicable for salary aid, the total amount that Riot Games will be providing for the support of pro-teams remains unchanged. Please kindly understand that specific amount of the support will not be disclosed

 

Schedule

 Please see below for the detailed schedule ahead of the launch of ‘LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’. For more information on the Seed Qualifier tournament, please refer to future announcement on the Riot Games homepage (http://www.leagueoflegends.co.kr).

Competition Date Category Information
Seed Qualifier tournament (Preliminaries)
11/17~11/18
Eligibility Teams with at least 5 players with own accounts who are 17 years or older
Application 11/11~11/14 (4 days) / Online application*For details, please see the announcement on LoL official homepage
Format Single tournament with 4 groups / Best of 3
Location Yongsan eSports Stadium
(Finals)
11/21~11/22
Teams Top 4 teams to qualify in the preliminaries
Format 4-team full league / Single matches
(with tiebreakers if necessary)
Location Busan Bexco Auditorium

 

(Schedule subject to change pending future circumstances)

 There will also be a Preseason lasting approximately a month with a single-round full-league format starting late November. The final 8 teams that will participate in the 2015 Spring Split will be participating in this Preseason. In addition, full-league format ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’ will start in early January for approximately 4 months. Once the Spring Split is over, Promotions/Relegations tournament will take place for approximately 1 week.

 

2015 Season Semi-Pro Tier Reform Plan

 

New Title – League of Legends Challengers Korea

 NLB, which has previously represented the LoL Semi-Pro tier in Korea, will evolve with the new title of ‘LoL Challengers Korea’. Challengers Korea will not only become the battle arena for aspiring pros, but also provide another chance for teams that have been demoted from Champions Korea to once again climb up the ladder.

 

Changes in Competition Format

 Two open tournaments will be held during the 2015 Spring Split. Any team with 5 players who have their own Korean accounts with Gold tier or higher may participate in these tournaments. ‘Challengers’ points will be awarded to teams according to their performance, and 4 teams with the highest Challengers points will advance to Promotions/Relegations tournament to compete against the bottom 2 teams from Champions Korea.

 Furthermore, Challengers Korea will also switch to a full-league format in the Summer Split, and teams with the highest Challengers points will be provided seeds to participate in this league. We decided to implement step-by-step changes to ensure the highest quality of games and reliable execution during the transition phase.

 Once Challengers Korea has transitioned to a full-league format in the Summer Split, Riot Games and NGTV will provide participating Challengers teams accommodations and sponsorship opportunities to help establish a stable practice environment for the semi-pro players

 Please refer to the announcement on the Riot Games website (http://www.leagueoflegends.co.kr) for more details.

 

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[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

Previous PBE Updates for Patch 4.18 Cycle:

 

 

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Championship Shyvana will be available for 975 RP in the store after Patch 4.18 hits live. Link to preview.

 

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Lee Sin got a new splash art in yesterday’s PBE update. Here’s his updated profile icon:

 

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  • Attack Speed buff duration increased from 5 seconds to 6

 

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  •  AD ratio increased from 1.0 to 1.1

 

 

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  • Attack speed-per-level decreased from 4% to 2.5% (total loss is 27% Attack Speed at level 18)

 

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Duration decreased from 7 seconds to 5
Attack speed buff increased from 30/45/60/75/90% to  30/50/70/90/110%

 

 

Tristana’s new AS values, courtesy of fellow reader Jim Gunderson.

 

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0 0 30 45 60 75 90 30 50 70 90 110
1 4 2.5  34 32.5
2 8 5 38 53 35 55
3 12 7.5 42 57 37.5 57.5
4 16 10 46 61 76 40 60 80
5 20 12.5 50 65 80 42.5 62.5 82.5
6 24 15 54 69 84 45 65 85
7 28 17.5 58 73 88 103 47.5 67.5 87.5 107.5
8 32 20 62 77 92 107 122 50 70 90 110 130
9 36 22.5 66 81 96 111 126 52.5 72.5 92.5 112.5 132.5
10 40 25 70 85 100 115 130 55 75 95 115 135
11 44 27.5 74 89 104 119 134 57.5 77.5 97.5 117.5 137.5
12 48 30 78 93 108 123 138 60 80 100 120 140
13 52 32.5 82 97 112 127 142 62.5 82.5 102.5 122.5 142.5
14 56 35 101 116 131 146 85 105 125 145
15 60 37.5 105 120 135 150 87.5 107.5 127.5 147.5
16 64 40 124 139 154 110 130 150
17 68 42.5 143 158 132.5 152.5
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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

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How does it feel to be back in the LCS?

Edward: Well, it feels great. Playing at LCS is a part of my life and I didn’t really want to be stripped of it. I decided to become a pro gamer and nothing else, so that was really important for me.

 

What was your mindset after being relegated? How did you approach the series against SKP?

Edward: We knew that we will get relegated around the 7th or 8th week of EU LCS Summer Split. So we were already trying to develop a good mind set for The Promotion Tournament, it’s hard to explain. We only had a 5-day break after the final Super Week prior to resuming 5v5 practice.

 

After losing the first game, were you worried? What did you do to rally back to a 3-1?

Edward: I don’t think we lost due to SKP being a better team. From my perspective, we lost because we were overconfident and had a poor ban/pick phase. After that loss, we did our research and we already knew what to ban and to pick, so it was way easier for us to play against them. Besides, we haven’t played vs jungle Fizz jungle at all, so Diamond didn’t know that he can punish him early game so hard, but it wasn’t the case the next time they picked Fizz.

 

You put up a strong performance throughout the series, reminiscent of your days as the “Thresh Prince”. How do you feel about your play and where do you think you stand now compared to the other supports in the EU LCS? In the World?

Edward: It’s that hard to say. It’s hard for me to say that I know a player in Europe who is way better than me at playing support. Our team went through so many problems and we couldn’t do much about them, therefore everyone was playing bad compared to how they used to before.  Team was struggling so much and u couldn’t see a lot of good individual plays. Alex left afterwards, so we picked up new players with only me and Diamond remaining from our original rosters. It’s a really weird feeling, like we joined a completely new team. You want to move forward and improve even more, just to prove everyone that you are still worth something. Also it’s hard to compare two supports in isolation from their teams, it’s a 2v2 match-up and, in my opinion, Europe and China have some of the strongest bot lanes in the World. Korea is doing really badly in terms of their bot lanes right now, they are just going bot to farm and they don’t punish each other, they don’t risk often enough. At least that’s how I feel after watching a couple of BO5’s from OGN.

 

What’s it like playing with Krislund vs. Genja?  Are there any old habits that you haven’t kicked yet?

Edward: Genja and I were 2 bosses on bot lane and we didn’t listen to each other a lot even though we have good synergy.

With Krislund, it’s more like I am a boss and he is always listening to me. He trusts me completely, he always listens to what I have to say, and I think its better.

 

The issue of a gaming house has been a recurring topic for you, are you planning to move into a house for the next split of the LCS?

Edward:  I don’t have any info about getting a gaming house or boot camp or w/e it is. We will see in the future. I hope we will get one, so I don’t have to fly for more than 20 hours every week to play a few LCS games.

 

How strong do you believe the current iteration of Gambit is? Do you believe you can once again become a top team with the current roster?

Edward: To be honest, I didn’t think much about it as I was fully focused on our BO5 against SKP. Right now I think we will be in a better position than before.

 

What is your favorite support champion on the current patch? (4.16) What is your least favorite thing about 4.16?

Edward: I haven’t played much on 4.16, since we were scrimming on Tournament Realm as our match against SKP was on 4.14. But I like to play Alistar, Thresh, Braum, Sona and Janna – they are currently my favorite support champions.

 

What, if anything, would you change about the state of support?

Edward: I would change Ancient Coin and Talisman of Ascension, since they are too weak right now (expensive, but not beneficial) even though they are good for your team. I also think that they should increase a variety of support items, because the choice right now is rather limited.

 

How strong of a contender is EU on a global stage? Do you believe they have a shot at the title?
Edward: Well, European teams are definitely better than last year, I think some of them will advance to playoffs, but won’t make it to semis. Who knows though, everyone is practicing in Korea. Time will tell.

 

What do you plan to do during your vacation?

Edward: I think we will take a small break. For now, I’ll play Solo Queue and stream almost every day, so you can come and watch me play on Twitch.

 

Any shoutouts?

Edward: I said it so many times and I will say it again, thanks to every fan who sticks with us in spite of our struggles this year.

 


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

 

 

 

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 Welcome to a co-op series where Tim and I will cover all four World groups and what new picks we can expect in each one. We aim to get the series wrapped up before Worlds so we can focus on coverage of the matches. Enjoy the read!

 

 

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 Ban Yasuo. Those words held true in every game of the LPL Regional Qualifiers and Summer playoffs that featured EDG as teams took the swordsman completely out of the picture. With 5 different picks in the mid lane across 12 games, U has shown he can definitely play around his team’s apparent dislike of the wanderer.

 Of these picks, Kayle came out for three of EDG’s matches. While Kayle remains strong despite her most-recent nerfs, she has definitely fallen out of flavor.  Her most recent revival usually comes paired with a Zilean, creating an incredibly frustrating team comp centered around an undying carry. U has shown that he will play her with or without the Chronokeeper.

 Kayle’s strengths come in droves. Amazing waveclear, great up-front damage, massive utility in the form of a heal and movespeed boost, and an ultimate that can make or break teamfights. There’s less countering Kayle and more just dealing with her, something that becomes incredibly tricky once a match gets to late-game.

 When Kayle and Zilean get together, it’s like divine Intervention. Allowing unlimited dive opportunities, Kayle and the rest of her team can wreak havoc in the front line safely under the protection of Chrono Shift and Intervention. The pair also prevents a champion from just being dived on and exploded, and can force their opponents to think hard about who they want to focus and when they want to fight.

 There are a Zilean possibilities, will the opposition be prepared?

 

 

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 AHQ’s Westdoor is known for his constant aggression. Expect all eyes to be on the mid lane as he looks to get his team out ahead early. Kassadin and Twisted Fate were almost permanently banned against Westdoor in the GPL and it shouldn’t be much different on the world stage. AHQ depends heavily on their mid laner, and acquiring a comfort pick for Westdoor is a must for them. Keeping Fizz in the back pocket is surely on the agenda, especially looking at his dominating performance on the trickster in the past.

 Fizz brings deadly assassin strength to a team, being able to dash in with Urchin Strike and deal massive burst damage, only to disappear unscathed with a cleverly placed Playful/Trickster. Chum the Waters offers great disruption and zoning potential in a teamfight, forcing players to retreat or fight around its AOE knockup. It’s also a death sentence for anyone caught out of position, which can help AHQ create picks and secure objectives.

 Not to say the Trickster is without flaws. Limited siege ability can set Fizz’s team behind if they’re unable to start a fight. Also an issue is getting to the backline to hunt for carries. If the enemy team sees Fizz, they can center their comp around peeling for their carry and easily counter his strengths. Lastly, Fizz is a risky laner; if he’s facing a poor lane match-up, he can easily fall behind – worst-case scenario for a champion who must be ahead to have a real impact on the game.

 AHQ enters the World Championship as underdogs, and other teams will definitely have heard of Westdoor. With a reputation for clutch plays and snowballing games, letting Westdoor get any of these champions is definitely a mistake. Therein lies the largest issue: lack of diversity. While he has shown he can fall back onto popular champions like Yasuo, Westdoor’s greatest strengths come from familiarity. Teams will either look to ban him out, or prepare strategies specifically tailored to his champion pool.

 Will AHQ adapt, or will they FIZZle out?

 

 

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 Though he dominates solo queue, Rammus is a rare sight on the competitive scene; OGN Masters saw him once in a favorable match-up against Xin Zhao and Wickd rolled his way to victory at the end of summer LCS in a zer0-stake match against Millenium, but that’s all the pro action League’s armordillo saw this year. Despite odds, it seems DanDy has been racking some Rammus games in Solo Queue and with great success. Can we expect to see a tanky jungler sneak his way past Lee Sin? Certainly, he is blind.

 The meta across regions right now favors stall comps that rely on picks to get objectives and push for map control. Rammus fits the bill with his Sonic Ball and a 2-second taunt. He’s great at locking down and soloing the currently popular hypercarries or peeling bruisers from his carries. Being the best tower-diver in the game, Rammus can capitalize on a pushed lane better than almost any other jungler. His slow clear speed means he loses significant gank pressure in the early game, but that can be off-set by just going for safer laners and stalling until Rammus can become that beast of a frontliner and initiator.

  In the hands of DanDy, Rammus is a snowball machine. DanDy is the one who sets the pace for White’s matches by constantly being in the mind of the enemy jungler and predicting his moves. A Rammus counter-gank is deadly, as it can come from very far away and with guaranteed hard CC. We already know how strong DanDy is at smite-stealing objectives – put that mechanical skill on a rolling ball and you’ve got dragon control covered against all but the top-seed teams. Best part? No one plays or bans Rammus, meaning DanDy always has a surprise pick for when his team faces serious challenge (at the finals).

 Ultimately, a pocket pick doesn’t matter much for White at this point, as they can likely blindfold themselves, go all mid and still stomp their group.

 

 

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No data on DP’s Solo Queue training and their Wildcard matches suggest they’d like to go standard at Worlds. If they are bringing new picks against the top teams, they’ve yet to grant viewers passage to their strategy.

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See? Phreak liked it. Reluctantly.

 

 

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

 

 

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