Riot presents the skills of the new Fiddlesticks after a rework

Yesterday, a short trailer on Fiddlesticks’ rework appeared on YouTube’s League of Legends channel, which could have suggested that Riot Games will soon officially present its skills. And in fact — exactly 24 hours after the trailer appeared on the network, the creators of LoL released another video, this time presenting Fiddle from a more specific perspective, i.e. as characters in the game.

Although today’s film lasts a little over a minute, it already partly reveals what we can expect from Ancient Fear — as Fiddlesticks will now be called — and to what extent the new range of abilities differs from what we have seen so far.

Answering this second question – it seems that not so much. It is true that the very beginning reveals the new possibilities of Fiddle, but the further into the forest, the less visible changes. Under the Q key, the skill will still be available to cause terror to enemies, under the sucking of the opponent’s life energy (now it will cover more than one opponent), under E, the silence will continue, and the final skill will have changed in the least, except for its visual update.

However, it is not that absolutely nothing has changed. The third ability will look completely different, because instead of releasing a ghost that will bounce off enemies, Fiddlesticks will strike with their weapon, while slowing down the opponents hit. You cannot pass by indifferently to the passive skills that have changed the most … and probably will no longer be “passive” anymore.

Instead of the usual bonuses to the movement speed, Fiddlesticks will be able to put scarecrows looking like himself, which will have the ability to discover invisible objects. In today’s video only the discovery of Warding Totems is shown, but it is possible that this skill hides — and in fact discovers — more.

The whole video presenting the possibilities of the new Fiddlesticks can be seen above.

VALORANT will have 10 heroes on launch

Up to a point, we knew almost nothing about VALORANT, but the last weeks have already been a real flood of information about the upcoming tactical FPS from Riot Games. Which, according to many who have already had the opportunity to play, can become a serious competitor to CS:GO.

However, the upcoming production from the old, honest Counter-Strike is distinguished primarily by one thing — agents. As in Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege, they are to have their own individual skills, useful on the battlefield, and each of them is to be different in some respects. And how many heroes will Valorant have on launch, exactly?

“Of the ten agents available at the start, five will be fully unlocked and free for everyone,” Anna Donlon, executive producer of VALORANT explained in an interview with IGN. “Others will be able to be unlocked by players.” 

What does this mean in practice?Well, it means that the other five heroes can be unlocked by playing and filling the levels of the battle pass. 

The more impatient, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to get agents right away, though of course for a fee. The aforementioned pass is to have both regular and premium levels, although the developers ensure that players supporting real money will not have an advantage over those who do not want to use micropayments.

So far we’ve met eight out of ten heroes who will appear in VALORANT. A detailed discussion of their skills and visual presentation can be found at this address.

Rift Rivals canceled, Mid-Season Invitational delayed

More and more countries are deciding to close mass events and limit the flow of population at airports due to the coronavirus epidemic that has been in existence for some time. It is no wonder then that the organizers of esports games also do not intend to keep players and fans in suspense and also take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of both mentioned groups and their employees. In view of the current global situation, Riot Games officially announced today that the Mid-Season Invitational has been moved from May to July, as well as the cancellation of all Rift Rivals tournaments.

An official note has appeared on LoL Esports today in which Riot Games esports director John Needham explained the reasons for the changes to the second-most-important esports tournament in the League of Legends calendar year.

“After talking to our leagues and other stakeholders, we’ve decided to transfer our annual Mid-Season Invitational from May to July this year. Moving the tournament to the summer gives you the best chance to wait out the travel restrictions, so teams from leagues around the world will be able to safely move and compete,” it said in a statement. “Location and other details will be shared as soon as possible. We need to remain flexible, considering how much the COVID-19 situation has affected international travel and live events for almost every type of sport and entertainment. However, we want MSI to remain a truly global experience.”

Due to the postponement of MSI 2020 to July this year, Riot decided to also modify the schedule of the summer round of the most important LoL leagues around the world. By the decision of the organizers of the games, all the most prestigious leagues in the world will start a few weeks earlier than usual, which means that MSI will most likely take place during the main phase of all games. Below are the new start dates for all leagues organized by Riot Games:

  • OPL – May 15
  • VCS – May 15
  • LCS – May 16
  • TCL – May 16
  • LCK – May 20
  • LEC – May 22
  • CBLOL – May 23
  • LPL – May 23
  • PCS – May 30
  • LJL – May 31
  • LCL – June 6

However, these are not the first preventive measures recently introduced by the League of Legends producer. Just a few days ago, the LEC spring finals were moved from Budapest to the studio located in Berlin, and LoL Champions Korea players after a long time competing in LoL Park without the participation of the public were sent to forced rest, as the Korean branch of Riot Games decided to stop the next matches and wait with the LCK continuation until the situation in the country is under control.

Finish line in sight: 2 weeks left in LEC

Today’s struggle in the League of Legends European Championship did not reveal the first participant in the playoffs, but there was still something to hang the eye on. Most Saturday meetings had more or less an influence on the situation on the table, especially to the top of the ladder. Of course, the most interesting is G2 Esports taking the leader’s chair on its own, but that’s not all that happened today.

Let’s start from the bottom of the list, because the first matches were played between teams from these regions. FC Schalke 04 turned out to be better in the direct fight for the eighth place, thanks to which the Royal Blues overtook SK Gaming for the first time this season. However, this does not have a major impact on the list of potential play-off participants, because both S04 and SK said goodbye to the rest of the chances to advance to the knockout stage yesterday. 

The same applies to the last team in the table, Vitality, who today had to recognize the superiority of Excel Esports. For fans of those under the care of a British organization, this means an increase in the chances of breaking into the top six with a tape roll, especially after the failure of MAD Lions on Saturday.

The Lions didn’t have much chance in the clash with Rogue, so they had to say goodbye to the fifth place and at the moment they are on the verge of falling out of the bonus zone with promotion to play-offs. In turn, the team of Kacper “Inspired” Straw and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan advanced in the ranking to the fourth position, which in theory is shared with Misfits Gaming. In theory, because according to the first rule of tie-breaks, Rogue is higher in the ranking due to a better balance of direct matches.

As for the podium, its lowest grade is currently unfilled. In the second place, Origen and Fnatic, which not only have the same balance of wins, but also shared points in direct clashes. The leader’s chair belongs to G2 Esports, which can sit quite comfortably in it. Not only that, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and the company have an advantage over Fnatic and Origen, they have won all four clashes against these formations.

We will have to wait until next Friday for the next LEC 2020 Spring Split matches. 

 

First look at VALORANT characters and their powers

From Monday, the gaming community is lively discussing the potential of VALORANT, a new tactical shooter produced by League of Legends’ Riot Games. One of the main topics of all conversations and questions are the skills of individual heroes, through which the game began to be compared more to Overwatch than to Counter-Strike. Riot activists, however, ensure that all character talents will be only strategic assistants that are there to help on the battlefield, not to eliminate opponents. In this article, you will find all the information about the characters and their skills we currently know, that will be hosted in VALORANT on the day of the beta release.

Brimstone

 

  • Incindiary – Throw an incendiary grenade that inflicts area-of-fire damage.
  • Stim Beacon – Track a nearby location to summon a beacon that gives all nearby players speed.
  • Signature Ability: Sky Smoke – Use your map to summon an orbital smoke screen that limits vision. Click to select the location and confirm to fire.
  • Ultimate: Orbital Strike – Use your map to mark the location by shooting a devastating orbital impact that pulsates, dealing high damage in a matter of seconds.

Jett

 

  • Cloudburst – Throw a cloud of fog that obstructs vision after a collision. Hold the skill button to change the cloud trajectory.
  • Updraft – Bounce up after a short load
  • Signature Ability: Tailwind – Instantly jump a short distance in the direction you are moving.
  • Ultimate: Blade Storm – Get some killer flying knives that deal moderate damage and kill on headshots. Conquest kills all knives. The left button throws a single knife. Right click throws all remaining knives in quick succession.

Cypher

 

  • Free Ability: Trapwire – Place a hidden wire between two walls. The opponents will be immobilized and revealed for a short time. If the trap is not destroyed, it activates, stunning the imprisoned victim. Can be raised.
  • Cyber ​​Cage – Throw away the remotely activated trap. Activate again to create a cage that slows down enemies who pass through it. Look at the trap and press USE to detonate it or hold ACTIVATE to detonate all.
  • Signature Ability: Spycam – Create a remote camera. After creating it, use it again to see the camera view. When you use the camera preview, you can use the left mouse button to launch the tracking arrow. It renews when you pick up a camera or kill a rival with it.
  • Ultimate: Neural Theft – Get information from the opponent’s body, showing the location of all living rivals.

Omen

 

  • Paranoia – Send an ethereal shadow in a straight line, limiting the visibility of everyone it touches.
  • Shadow Walk – After a short time, dematerialize and teleport over a short distance.
  • Signature Ability: Dark Cover – Create a hidden ethereal sphere that becomes an obscuring shadow circle at your destination. Charging will increase the distance.
  • Ultimate: From the Shadows – Choose anywhere on the map to teleport and reform. Upon arrival, you will appear as a shadow that will return to your original location if killed. When the teleport ends, become immaterial for a short time.

Phoenix

 

  • Hot Hands – Ejects a ball of fire that explodes after a short time or collision with the ground. The circle of fire damages opponents and heals you.
  • Blaze – Creates a wall of fire that blocks vision and deals damage to anyone who passes through it. You can bend the wall while casting by holding down the left mouse button.
  • Signature Ability: Curveball – Throws a flare that explodes after a short time, temporarily blinding everyone who looks at it. The left mouse button bends the trajectory to the left, right analogously to the right.
  • Ultimate Ability: Run it Back – Marks your current location. If you die during the skill or its duration ends, you will be reborn in the marked location in full health.

Viper

 

  • Snakebite – Launch a projectile that explodes, creating a stain of the damaging acid.
  • Posion Cloud – Cast a gas emitter that you can reactivate to create a poison cloud at the expense of fuel. The emitter can be raised and cast again after a short wait.
  • Signature Ability: Toxic Screen – Arrange a long line of gas emitters that can be reactivated to create a high wall of toxic gas at the expense of fuel.
  • Ultimate Viper’s Pit – Create a huge toxic cloud in a large area that floats as long as Viper is in it. Opponents inside the cloud are highlighted for Viper.

Sage

 

  • Slow Orb – Eject a radiant ball that explodes when collided with the ground, creating a slowing area.
  • Barrier Orb – Construct a large, solid wall. Use the right button to rotate the wall before use.
  • Signature Ability: Healing Orb – Heal your ally or yourself to full health in a matter of seconds.
  • Ultimage: Resurrection – Select the ally’s body. After a short time, resurrect them.

Sova

 

  • Shock Bolt – Launch an exploding arrow that emits a shocking pulse of static energy on impact.
  • Owl Drone – Place a remote-controlled drone that can fire an arrow to reveal hit rivals.
  • Signature Ability: Recon Bolt – Launch the arrow that applies the sonar. It, in turn, pings upcoming enemies, revealing them. It can be destroyed.
  • Ultimate: Hunter’s Fury – Launch up to three deadly energetic explosions that spread throughout the map. Each enemy hit takes considerable damage and is marked.

Let us remind you that the premiere of VALORANT will take place in the summer of 2020. At the moment, we also don’t know when exactly we can expect beta testing to start.

LCK to be suspended following the outbreak of coronavirus

The calm course of one of the most important League of Legends games in the world has been shaken once again by the coronavirus epidemic. LoL Champions Korea, which is the most prestigious league of South Korea, will be officially suspended after the end of the first round of league matches, which ends on March 6.

The directors of the league no longer intend to expose the players and other people associated with the event, which is why they decided to stop the next matches and wait with the continuation of LCK until the situation in the country is under control.

The Korean branch of Riot Games commented on their decision. “Due to the growing epidemic of coronavirus, in order to ensure the safety of league members, we decided that both LCK and Challengers Korea will be suspended indefinitely,” they said in a statement. “At the moment we have not set a specific date of return and we will be closely watching the epidemic to choose the right time to resume the league.

It is worth noting that already at the end of January there were first premises regarding a possible shift of LCK start. After all, eventually LoL Champions Korea started on February 5, but then the first restrictions on people appearing in LoL Park came into effect. The leaders of the Korean league decided that the matches will take place in the venue, but esports enthusiasts and fans will not be allowed into the arena.

Now players will be forced to take a break from official duels because after the first round of matches LoL Park will be closed for an indefinite period. It is also possible that due to the prolonged break from the Riot Games’ competition, Korea will be forced to make the decision to play the remaining matches online, just like in the case of the LPL (LoL Pro League) — the Chinese equivalent for Korea’s LCK.