Soraka’s nerf announced: “Her winrate is just too high”

Do you like playing Soraka on the top lane? Well, enjoy this choice while you can, because in the unspecified future changes are waiting. And not at all what will help this heroine — the creators of League of Legends are aware of Soraka’s power at the top and do not intend to idly look at the development of events.

August “Riot August” Browning announced the character modifications via his Stream, as he’s the acting senior champion designer at Riot Games. During the broadcast, Browning announced that the percentage of games won by teams with Soraka at the top is 56-57 percent, which is definitely too high.

“What do I think about Soraka? She must be nerfed. Her winrate is 56-57% and she is too powerful,” Browning told his viewers. “It’s not like this choice is bad, it’s even good that the characters are chosen on different lanes, but Soraka on the top lane is super-powerful. We’ll have to nerf her and probably quite hard.”

Although August himself said about the percentage oscillating around 56, according to data from the champion.gg website this situation does not look so critical. These figures state that the Soraka chosen at the top ends the game with a win in just over 52.5% of matches played. Higher win ratio on the top lane has only Sett, but it is worth remembering that these statistics only apply to games in the ranks higher than Platinum.

Soraka’s strength on the upper lane could also be those who do not play LoL, but are enthusiasts of professional European games. Her choice in the League of Legends European Championship twice this year was decided by Martin “Wunder” Hansen. Both of these matches ended with the victory for the team of the Dane, G2 Esports, and the 21-year-old himself gained an impressive KDA of 8.

Top 10 highest paid streamers and gaming influencers of 2019

Long time ago, streamers, youtubers and content creators have ceased to be just funny people talking to the camera. Today they are funny people talking to the camera, who are also millionaires. Donations from viewers, sponsorship agreements and exclusive cooperation — these are the main sources of income, thanks to which the most popular celebrities of the electronic world earn more than leading esports athletes.

For a specific summary of gaming influencer earnings in 2019, Forbes decided to list the ten people who got the most riches this year. These ten received a total of over $120 million, which is really considerable. Of course, a large portion of this cake was won by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who did not hurt his income by the transfer from Twitch to Mixer. The blue-haired streamer is still enjoying great popularity, which has been appreciated by such brands as RedBull or Adidas. Even Epic Games decided to honor one of Fortnite’s greatest ambassadors by placing a character skin modeled around him in the game. It all translated into $ 17 million in revenue this year alone.

When reviewing the list of esports fans, they should recognize at least one more name. It is of course Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, a Canadian player of Polish descent who once competed successfully on Counter-Strike servers, including under the Cloud9 flag. Despite being only 25 years, he has long abandoned his competitive career, focusing on his streams, and it’s hard to say that he would regret it.

Thanks to his tremendous skills, he has become a favorite of game publishers, promoting both Fortnite and Apex Legends in recent months. Similar to Ninja, he also decided to connect with Mixer, for which Microsoft undoubtedly paid him dearly. Effect? $12.5 million earned in 2019.

The top ten of the Forbes statement is as follows:

  1. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – $ 17.5 million
  2. Felix “PewDiePie Kjellberg  – $ 15 million
  3. Preston “Preston” Arsement  – $ 14 million
  4. Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach  – $ 14 million
  5. Michael “shroud” Grzesiek – $ 12.5 million
  6. Daniel “DanTDM” Middleton  – $ 12 million
  7. Evan “VanossGaming” Fong – $ 11.5 million
  8. Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin  – $ 11 million
  9. Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar  – $ 8 million
  10. Nick “Kolmerff Nickmercs”  – $ 6 million

Team Envy set to return to CS:GO with an international squad

It’s been rough few months for the North American organization. Ever since their French roster disbanded, Envy had trouble getting international success. Even locally the team struggled to perform, most recently failing to qualify to IEM Katowice 2020. However with a new roster change on the horizon all that may soon change.

Ever since Michał “MICHU” Müller left the ranks of ex-Virtus.pro, the topic of his future has been the subject of heated discussions among native supporters. The 23-year-old announced that he would like to try his hand at an international team, for which he would prepare additional English lessons. As a Polish esports site cybersport.pl announced, the next stop in the career of the player from Grudziądz will be Team Envy.

The American organization had to build its CS:GO division almost from scratch, because after the last personnel turmoil only two players remained in it. According to unnamed sources, both Noah “Nifty” Francis and Ryan “ryann” Welsh will keep their place in the composition. In addition to Müller, Buğra “Calyx” Arkın and Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić will join this duo, the latter will take over the duties of a coach.

It was an experienced German who had a key voice during the team picking process and spotted the young talent to join the team. At the time of preparing the article, the fifth player’s name remains the question mark, which originally was to be an up-and-coming teenager Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras, but now the Lithuanian candidacy is no longer considered.

After signing the contract with the new organization, the European players will move overseas, where they will live permanently. This level of commitment held the Lithuanian youngster from getting his big break, as he is still in school.

Team Envy roster will look as follows: 

  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Ryan “ryann” Welsh
  • Buğra “Calyx” Arkın
  • Michał “MICHU” Müller
  • Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić – coach

 

The cup stays in Germany. BIG wins DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020

The end of the year brought several changes in the ranks of BIG, but today no one regrets such a development. All because the German formation, strengthened by the recently acquired Florian “syrsoN” Rische and Nils “k1to” Gruhne, today reached for the DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020 championship trophy, not leaving Renegades much of a chance in the final.

The first minutes of the match did not look great for BIG, because Renegades had a better start. Australians not only won the first pistol round, but also several rounds following it. However, for them the meeting really ended after the fifth round, because then the initiative was taken over by BIG, who did not really give it back to the very end. Despite the game on the theoretically harder side, the home team representatives caught up and then even took the lead, which just before the break was 10:5. What’s more, in the second half they didn’t give their opponents a single round, making their defence unbreakable. It all ended with a scoreline of 16: 5, which brought the germans closer to the desired victory.

On Dust2, the dominance of the German-Turkish formation continued, although both teams also gave us a light déjà vu. All because Renegades seemed better prepared at the start, who turned out to be better at pistols, but they did it only to quickly give way to opponents. These did not have to be invited twice — BIG diligently regained the winning mindset and, aware of the shortcomings in the opposing five, started the march for victory.

Or maybe not a “march”, but a “run”, because subsequent points hit the account of syrsoN and the company at the speed of a machine gun. The result was a huge advantage of 11:4, which seemed to determine who would win. Nevertheless, Renegades did not intend to give up so easily and went to come back after the attack. What’s more, it was going well enough that they unexpectedly even led to an 11:11 draw. But that would be all she wrote, as the last word belonged to the players of BIG. They finally woke up from the long lethargy and put a dot over I, triumphing 16:12.

The final classification and distribution of the DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020 prize pool is as follows:

1. BIG $ 50,000
2. Renegades $ 20,000
3-4. Heroic, MAD Lions $ 10,000
5-6. Cloud9, North $ 3,000
7-8. Sprout, Virtus.pro $ 2,000

Five burning questions before the start of LEC Spring Split

On this day, that many League of Legends fans have been waiting for longingly, the most important European League of Legends games are coming back. After a few months long break, the best players and teams return to the game, to once again fight for the European championship, as well as for participation in the Mid-Season Invitational 2020. Therefore, we decided to ask five, in our opinion, the most important questions before the start of the whole event.

Will G2 Esports still be the dominant force?

For most, the answer to this question is obvious, but it is not a foregone conclusion. Although in 2019 the team of Martin Jankos Jankowski clearly “drove away” almost every team from the Old Continent, now the balance of power has seen a complete change, and teams like Fnatic and FC Schalke 04 restructured its warehouses, supplementing them with old legends and a new generation of players, all extremely talented. All this combined with the swapping of roles between the Samurai players can lead to a situation where G2 will have to work hard to defend the title of LEC champion.

Caps on the ADCPerkz in the middle — a recipe for success?

The end of 2019 was very surprising and at the same time terrifying because information came out that the best European formation, G2, will change positions. Perkz was set to to return to mid-lane, while the new marksman will be Rasmus Caps” Winther, moving from the mid-lane himself. Undoubtedly, both men have gigantic experience and are universal players who can manage any role, but have a completely different style of play and approach to it.

Caps is famous for his risky, selfish and aggressive style, while Perkz is definitely a player more in tune with the rest of the team, a bit more moderate. Therefore, the question should be asked here whether this decision resulted solely from Caps’ ambition or whether it is a thoughtful action that can be the key to improving the style of the G2 game and not only maintaining domination in Europe, but also winning the title of world champion.

Will EXCEL bounce back and fight for the top spots?

People who have been following the last year’s LEC games on an ongoing basis certainly remember how terrible EXCEL was. In the spring this team took the second to last position, but it was not only a temporary stumble, because during the summer skirmishes the situation got worse and it was EXCEL that was at the very bottom of the ladder.

Nevertheless, the leaders of the organization behaved as they should and drew conclusions at the end of the year, deciding to thoroughly rebuild the team, which finally included such players as Ki Expect” Dae-han and Raymond KaSing” Tsang. It is these two that can soon become a kind of team leaders and thanks to their experience allow them to fight even for play-offs, which would be a great success after last year’s fiasco.

Will Fnatic return to the European Championship game?

All League of Legends fans no doubt remember the Fnatic tragedy during the spring edition of LEC, where the team lead by Martin Rekkles Larsson unexpectedly were defeated in the fight against Origen to enter the grand finale. There was a lot of talk at the time that it was perhaps the definitive end of the formation’s successes and the end of its dominance on the Old Continent. These opinions were exaggerated, because despite this devastating stumble in the summer, this team returned to the fight for the championship and finally reached the grand finale, where after a five-hour battle G2 were defeated. Although the result was better than during the spring edition of the league, the goal was not achieved. During Worlds 2019 Fnatic did not do well and finally ended the game in the quarter-finals.

This, in turn, initiated a change in the composition with which saw Mads ” Broxah  Brock-Pedersen say goodbye, which, according to many rumors, was to be a link of conflict within the team. The Danish player was replaced by the well-known player Oscar ” Selfmade ” Boderek, who is considered by many to be one of the best European junglers, especially after his first split in LEC, in which he won the title of Rookie of the Split. Eliminated conflicts within the team, as well as the introduction of Selfmadewhich has a great feel for the game and perfectly finds himself at the highest level, can help Fnatic in dethroning G2, but also to ensure this team returns to the top.

How will Rogue do in its second season of LEC?

I must admit that Rogue is one of the most interesting formations in the European league. This team has a bittersweet year behind them, because during the spring split Rogue turned out to be the worst team in the field and finally landed in tenth place. But in the summer there was a 180-degree return due to changes in the composition. The introduction of players from the academy meant that the formation not only began to be successful but also managed to do something that was only a fantasy in the spring — they were promoted to LEC playoffs.

However, this was not the end, because despite the fact that many experts immediately deleted Oskar “Vander” Bogdan and the company, they showed their claw and advanced to the other ore, sensationally beating Splyce.

In the bottom lane Paweł “Woolite” Pruski was replaced by Steven “Hans Sama” Liv, who according to both players and the training team is definitely a safer choice, and this for a bit calmer and conservative style of play. This, however, does not preclude Woolite’s chances of returning to LEC, because the same people have repeatedly admitted that the level between the two players is almost identical. Nevertheless, it is unlikely to see Rogue at the end of the table in 2020, this team is very well rounded out, because it is a mix of talent, as well as experience, and this will be key for them in the upcoming split.

LEC returns tonight, at 18:00 CET, with G2 Esports facing off against the newcomers MAD Lions in the opening match of the split.