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#1300: 09-26-2017 @ 06:48:21 am
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Hey, so if you play League of Legends on patch 1.17 and you're playing a "caster support" (Classically:  Soraka, Janna, Sona, Lulu, Karma, etc),  be sure you're building Ardent Censer.  This item has shifted the meta so much right now that we're seeing Janna, who hasn't been meta most of the year, becoming a higher tier support again, and some players even looking at building the item on other champions (like support-caster Jungle:  Ivern & Nidalee) as well.  

If the item is NOT in your builds, take another look.  Might be worth considering. 

Also if you haven't been thinking about these items either, take a look:

  • Gargoyle Stoneplate - a solid defense item for pure tanks
  • Redemption - adds health and mana/health regen, but most importantly gives an aoe heal.

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#1301: 09-26-2017 @ 07:25:51 pm
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More information on the Evelynn rework

I'm eager to try all these changes.  Neat to have another champ with a charm, I think the new passive is going to make jungling fun, as well as the new ultimate and the ways it can be used for damage or escape.

Plus I like the design of this champ way more than the original.  There's something strange, alluring, and dangerous looking about this champ as opposed to the old one that was just "it's a blue lady who isn't wearing enough clothes"

This post was edited by machvergil on September 27, 2017, 8:57 am


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#1302: 09-27-2017 @ 06:12:39 am
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Okay, even if you don't stick around for all of it, the first interaction with Lucian on the new Evelyn is brutal


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#1303: 09-28-2017 @ 12:01:15 pm
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New skins for Yi, Janna, and Fiora inspired by chinese sword based martial art movies like Crouching Tiger and what not.

The release of these in time for Worlds 2017 being in China this year is probably not a coincidence.


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#1304: 09-28-2017 @ 12:42:11 pm
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I'm confused by Janna having a sword. Otherwise cool skins!


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#1305: 10-09-2017 @ 04:34:41 pm
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Champ spotlight for the new Evelynn.  I can't wait to check this out.


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#1306: 10-11-2017 @ 06:07:03 am
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We're coming up on Preseason for 2018, and with it is coming the big runes and mastery rework they've been threatening.  What's also coming with it is a completely overhaul of leveling and IP as well.  Instead of earning IP after every game, we'll earn xp towards leveling up and there's no cap (so Overwatch) and every time we level up we'll get a chest (so again OVERWATCH) and the chest will include random stuff and "blue essence" which is the replacement for IP.  Thankfully the champ store will stay active and you can still spend blue essence the same way you would IP to buy champs there.   My worry is that now the IP grind is going to be much slower since we won't earn blue essence every game.

At least the new runes look very interesting.

You can read all about it here.

Also coming soon is patch 7.20 that includes the new Evelynn as well as three more Super Galaxy Skins

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#1307: 10-14-2017 @ 08:29:11 am
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Thoughts on "meta team comps" after watching a bunch of Worlds Group stage (keep in mind they're on patch 7.18, we're on patch 7.20 so some of this might not work.)

The Bot lane

First of all, Ardent Censer is the most important part of every team comp. It is so powerful that it has single handedly made Janna FIRST-PICK level important during the draft phase as she is seen as the best champ with the item.  It also makes Rakkan, especially if you can pick BOTH Xayah and Rakkan even worse.  It has also brought Sona back into the conversation in the lack of a Janna or Lulu available.  It is rare that the support is worth first pick, but it so is right now.

A big part of Ardent Censer's importance isn't just what the item does for the user, but what the item does to the user's shields.  See, with this item, not only does Janna's shield protect her ADC AND give them up-to-a-BF-Sword's-Worth-of-additional-AD, it also grants a 20-35% attack speed buff!  Now imagine what happens when Janna shields a late-game, high-scaling ADC like Kog'Maw, Tristana, or Twitch?  Scary right?

The item was nerfed from a MUST BUY AT ALL TIMES point in 7.19 (we're on 7.20), but should still be something worth buying if you are playing a caster/enchanter support that historically is not a source of team damage or tanking.   If you do, it makes the most sense to combo it with a champion that gets scarier with these buffs.  Tristana, Kog'Maw,Xayah and Twitch have all found great success with this pick.  Theoretically Jinx would also work well but the 1 game I saw her picked it didn't work out well. 

If you can't make the ardent censer work we've seen some success on ADCs like Varius, Caitlyn, Lucian, and Sivir as well, though they aren't as common.   Varis specifically has pulled bans against some teams.

Top Lane

The tank meta is mostly secure at this point.  The strongest Toplane pick is either Cho'Gath or Galio at this point, though Galio is often banned due to its strength in the mid lane as well, with Mowkai coming up in a very close third.   The Cho'Gath pick is a late game gamble.  Early game it suffers, but once you hit high stacks plus gargoyle stoneplate and warmog's armor you can achieve previously unreachable levels of maximum health.

Another high top pick is Shen, though his effectiveness is almost entirely dependent on you having an engager you can combo him with.  For example, if a team has Jarvan, Shen, or Rakkan to dive into the enemy team with, they'll time the Shen ult so that as soon as that character dives into the enemy team, Shen arrives and delivers a taunt across the team as well.  It's amazing when it works. 

What we haven't seen work well is DPS tops.  Camelle, Jax, and Rumble has seen picks and the only one that has worked out well sometimes is Rumble.  The weird point here is the one game where Samsung Galaxy that DESTROYED a team using Top-lane Nasus, which was amazing to watch. 

Jungle

The jungle pool has been pretty limited with the exception of a couple of weird teams and world-class junglers that have a deeper pool.  Absolutely what we've seen the most of is Jarvan, Gragas, Sejuani, and Rek'sai:  Jungle picks that give the team engage, or ways to get INTO the enemy team.  We've seen almost no Nidalee or Ivern, which were picks d'jour a few months ago.  A few teams will add Lee Sin, Rengar, and Kah'zix to their options, but they still tend to go for them after engage junglers become less of a good idea.  

The exception to above has been Jungle Ezreal.  The current state of the champion makes his jungle path and damage scaling rate such that if he can get a lead on the enemy jungler, that lead can be very difficult to combat, and results in another very serious damage threat for your team.  That said it's an all-in pick:  once he falls behind he falls BEHIND

Mid

So generally speaking mid power picks are similar to previous worlds.  Ryze is good because of his damage and what Realm Warp lets your team do.  Casseopia is a scary late game and map control pick.  Syndra is a powerful damage and crowd control tool. Orianna is still a great pick to support your team while still using her powerful re-positioning ultimate.   

Coming into Worlds there was a strong meta to pick either Lucian or Corki into mid-lane.  This meta carried into the start of Groups but we didn't see it as much in week 2. 

The biggest mid pick, IMO, is the Galio.  It provides you a solid tank who due to his natural magic resist fights well against most mid picks.  He also can use his ultimate to dive to the assistance of an ally in either lane easily once they need either engage or disengage.  Once you have a galio for your mid you can build your entire team comp differently.  It's a great pick for mid, especially if you have a team-minded mid player on your team. 

This post was edited by machvergil on October 14, 2017, 11:35 am


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#1308: 10-18-2017 @ 06:19:53 am
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Worlds 2017 Theme Song & Music Video.

At this point I think it's safe to say I like this year's song more, but liked last year's video more.

This post was edited by machvergil on October 18, 2017, 9:25 am


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#1309: 10-18-2017 @ 08:53:20 am
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That video's a bit rough. I get what there were trying to go for but the execution isn't great looking (Garen's parts in particular look bad). That song is cool though, never heard of the band but I'll probably look up more of their stuff.


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