With the start of the preseason came a slew of update to both AD carries and Marksman itemization. With everyone relearning the ropes, there's no better time than to take yourself to the bot lane and earn a chance at winning some swag while you're at it!
With the busyness of Worlds over, our contests are back! We're kicking things off with a celebration of the final series between SK Telecom T1 and the KOO Tigers by making any champions played during those matches eligible. Luckily this year was the most diverse ever and there were lots of picks as a result.
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PHP Web Developer w/ C++
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5.21 marks one of the final patches before the crazy preseason changes start to hit the live servers. As such, we're really only seeing some basic changes like the last few patches but if you've been paying any attention at all to the PBE, you know some really big changes are coming. We're excited to finally try some of them out.
Now has the proper sight radius when leveled up.
Has been updated with increased options and clarity!
Below are the summarized champion changes. We're still in preseason so we may see some more risky changes hit the live servers soon.
Cho'Gath has recently been a champion that's either a huge problem or completely irrelevant.
Riot knows this and has made some adjustments to his ultimate as a a result.
Feast (R) now gives you two stacks on champion kills and at max stacks now heals for 90/120/150 (doubled for enemy champions).
The sustain Gangplank gets as the game goes on has proven to be a bit much, as such his Parrrley (Q) no longer returns mana.
It does however cost ten mana less to cast.
Nether Blade (W) has had its AP ratio increased by .1 to 0.7 and the cooldown is reduced down to 7 seconds (rather than 9).
The XP gain on Mordekaiser has proven to be a bit too overwhelming.
There's now a 50% penalty on sharing experience with his Harvesters of Sorrow (W).
Slowing down Riven's escalation became a priority recently so players will now need to be a bit more careful when choosing to use her ultimate.
Blade of the Exile (R) cooldown increased by 20/15/10 seconds.
Sorry Veigar, you're just blowing people up a bit too quickly.
Baleful Strike (Q) and Dark Matter (W) do less damage at all ranks
His Time Bomb (Q) has been significantly cleaned up.
New Passive - Time in a Bottle!
Zilean bottles experience over time. When he has enough experience stored to finish an ally's level, he can right-click them to give both himself and his ally the amount stored.
COOLDOWN 120 seconds
EXPERIENCE RATE 2/3.5/5/6/12 every 5 seconds (at levels 6/11/16/18)
One more week remains and the final two teams duking it out to claim the fifth League of Legends World Championship have been determined. After one of the most impressive runs in recent histroy, Europe finally met up with and succombed to the superior South Korean players. Both Origen and Fnatic were 3-0 swept by SK Telecom T1 and KOO Tigers, respectively, as the latter two advanced to the finals.
It's safe to say that the region as a whole still overperformed, despite still not being able to take down a Korean team in a best of five series. Surprisingly the same can be said of both North America who had two teams within a game of making it out of groups, and the LMS who had both Flash Wolves and AHQ e-Sports Club advance into quarterfinals. This of course came at the expense of China who appeared to be the big loser this year. Only one of their three teams, EDward Gaming, even made it past the group stage and they were subsequently swept by Europe's best. It's a far throw from a region which was deemed to be the deepest at worlds back when things first started.
Now Riot faces the task of hyping up the SKT versus KOO matchup, one that has been historically lopsided. SKT looks absolutely flawless this year as they've yet to lose a single game. On top of this, the Tigers have lost nine matches in a row to them with their last win coming in February.
With half of the field eliminated, we're now onto the bracket stage of this year's World Championships. Each day we'll see one Best of Five series between the eight teams that remain with winners advancing to the semifinals in Brussels.