After Sejuani's changes were discussed in a previous post, Maokai has been announced as the next tank rework slated for the Rift. Game Designer Beluga Whale took to the forums to discuss the incoming changes:
"Why hello there. It's time to turn over a new leaf for Maokai, the next champion in our Tank Update! We choose Maokai for a slot in this update because we felt that there was a great opportunity to push this champion as a whole into a really good state. With fairly modern visuals and an updated lore courtesy of the Harrowing, there were only a few major flaws remaining."
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The latest League of Legends patch is bringing nerfs to a handful of very strong champions, as well as a big change to catch-up experience.
Maokai and Corki are getting nerfs, with a severe reduction to Corki's missile damage, and Maokai's laning phase getting harder. Additionally, Jhin's ultimate slows less. Aside from that, it'll be easier for under-levelled players to catch up to their team thanks to bonus experience that will kick in when you are below your team's average level, up to four levels behind.
This champion is an ever-present pick in solo queue, useful for her long range and high carry potential. Here's a basic guide on how to get started with her.
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LCS owners and CEOs participate in charity poker tournament to raise nearly $25,000
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On Sunday night, 10 NA LCS team executives and one Riot Games representative participated in the Big Bluff charity poker tournament, ending with nearly $25,000 going to the Trevor Project.
The participants included Team SoloMid's Andy "Reginald" Dinh, Cloud9's Jack Etienne, Counter Logic Gaming's George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis and Team EnVyUs' Mike "Hastr0" Rufail, but not even the combined might of the LCS could topple Riot Games, as Riot's esports manager Chris "Chopper" Hopper won the final hand against Team Liquid's Steve Arhancet with a two pair.
Hopper's winnings went to the Trevor Project, which is dedicated to providing suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, as well as crisis intervention.
"I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish at last night's Big Bluff Charity Poker Tournament — the first event of its kind," Arhancet said to theScore esports in an emailed statement. "Coordinating with all the teams, our partners at NGE, and putting on such an exciting event for so many great causes really underscores what the esports community is all about. We all look forward to continuing this annual tradition."
In addition to the money sent to the Trevor foundation, over $2,500 raised through community donations during the stream will be going to Sr. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
In an article for the Players' Tribune, former NBA player and Echo Fox owner Rick Fox discussed why he invested in the space, learning from his mistakes and the differences between playing basketball and running an esports organization.