Tyler1 says 'we're probably going to lose team chat privileges' in League after Riot reveals plans to disable /all chat

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Dot Esports 13 October, 2021 - 04:41pm

Teams will still see the other's emotes and CTRL+1-2-3-4 spam, and the change doesn't affect the chat function between allies at all. Riot knows there's still verbal abuse going on within team chats, and that the move won't eliminate the behavior from the game completely. The developer deems team chats too important to disable, however, since that's what people use to strategize and coordinate their actions. 

According to Polygon, the reaction to the change has mostly been negative, with people mentioning the fun experiences they've had bonding with players from opposing teams. Some even claim that most toxic behavior happens within team chats instead. van Roon has since clarified on Twitter that the plan is to test the change for a couple of patches, starting with patch 11.21, and then ask players for feedback. Riot could choose to keep or reverse the change based on the feedback it gets, though it could also keep it in some regions where the response to it is largely positive

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League of Legends patch 11.21 early notes: Viego and Lux to get massive buffs to their damage ratios

Sportskeeda 14 October, 2021 - 11:10am

League of Legends patch 11.21 will be looking to introduce a significant number of balance updates before preseason 12 comes knocking.

In a recent tweet, League of Legends gameplay designer Rio Phlox showed some of the patch details that players can look forward to when 11.21 goes live.

One of the major highlights of the patch is going to be the buffs that Viego and Lux will be receiving. Additionally, Miss Fortune will also be in for some nerfs, and as she has been dominating the AD carry meta for some time now, Riot will be looking to tone her down a bit before heading into the new season.

With League of Legends patch 11.21 set to go live next week, here is a list of all the tentative changes that are arriving in the PBE servers.

Health Rune Stat Shard Health: 15-90 >>> 15-140

Adaptive Per Stack: 2-5 >>> 2-4 — Buff Duration: 6s >>> 4s

Tyler1 criticizes League removing all chat and claims Riot will never add voice comms

Dexerto 14 October, 2021 - 11:10am

According to Polygon, the reaction to the change has mostly been negative, with people mentioning the fun experiences they've had bonding with players from opposing teams. Some even claim that most toxic behavior happens within team chats instead. van Roon has since clarified on Twitter that the plan is to test the change for a couple of patches, starting with patch 11.21, and then ask players for feedback. Riot could choose to keep or reverse the change based on the feedback it gets, though it could also keep it in some regions where the response to it is largely positive

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Huge Teemo buffs planned for upcoming League of Legends patch divides players

Dexerto 14 October, 2021 - 11:10am

Teemo might not be getting a rework in League of Legends, but he’s certainly getting some big buffs.

Love him or hate him, the Swift Scout hasn’t really ever been a strong pick. A fan-favorite for sure, Teemo boasts an average 50.72% win rate in ranked as of League patch 11.20 with a 6.75% pick rate in his main role of top.

For the few times he’s popped up in the meta ⁠— never at high elo ⁠— he’s been quickly squashed.

Riot have been discreetly buffing him in Season 11 though, and the latest changes might tip him into the “broken” basket.

The blind’s cooldown is being dropped by one second at all ranks to seven seconds. The duration is also being increased by 0.5 seconds at all ranks ⁠— maxing out at three seconds ⁠— and the missile speed has been nearly doubled.

With 100 Ability Haste (50% CDR), you can basically ensure maximum uptime on Teemo’s blind, completely shutting down enemy carries.

The change seems excessive. However, with all the different tenacity options in League of Legends nowadays, Riot have to give CC-reliant characters like Teemo a helping hand.

“Frankly there are a lot of tenacity choices in the system and QSS. Those are more valuable against Teemo now,” developer Phlox said on Reddit.

“Teemo should be quite powerful against auto attackers as the only true blind in the game and when the spell is limp and doesn’t counter them too well then it’s hardly filling its niche.”

It’s no longer just Mercury’s Treads for tenacity. Runes like Legend: Tenacity and Unflinching are accessible to nearly every champion. Silvermere Dawn and Sunfire Aegis also grants it.

Regardless, players have expressed concern about the changes. Challenger Teemo player ‘Alan234’ called the buff “too strong” ⁠— potentially even pushing Teemo into the jungle given the blind is twice as effective on monsters.

However, Riot aren’t concerned about Teemo becoming too much of a threat to the meta.

“I really don’t think this pushes Teemo toward being a real hard counter. I don’t expect him to force dodges if there’s a Tryndamere on the other team,” Phlox added.

“If he does end up being such a counter that he’s really feeling like a true hard counter and it’s worthless to play against him as certain champions we’ll likely nerf him.”

Okay actually last tweet –

To give a more "moderate" opinion, maybe the Teemo buff is fine because everyone and their mother gets tenacity pushed into them like a stuffed turkey for free and teemo having a longer blind is ok to compensate for that in s11

— Alan234 (@AlanTheTeemo) October 12, 2021

You can find the full list of Teemo changes coming in LoL patch 11.21 below.

VALORANT producer says dev team is 'very down' to implement 'safe version' of a block list

Dot Esports 14 October, 2021 - 11:10am

No amount of in-game shields can protect VALORANT players from toxicity. But something else might.

A block list could be on VALORANT’s horizon, according to one Riot Games developer recently. But implementing the feature isn’t as simple as one may think.

Earlier this week VALORANT producer Sara Dadafshar said in a post on Reddit that a “safe version” of a block list could be implemented into the game in the future. Players have long requested ways to play in a safer and less toxic environment, but the block list feature is a “trickier” one to add. 

The block list “isn’t completely off the table,” according to Dadafshar. But there’s one factor that has to be addressed when considering implementing it. 

“Often times, this block would be thrown left and right against good players, causing them to be on a mass ignore list, tanking the queues that they’d join,” Dadafshar said. “It’s a great way for folks to isolate certain individuals from queues, even though the intent of it is to ‘block/ignore’ the disruptive players who are tossing profanities and other inappropriate things into voice/chat.”

Toxicity is often a source of frustration in the gaming community. The possibility to chat with your teammates and opponents comes with a high chance of homophobic, sexist, and racist language. In VALORANT, as in other FPS games, a voice chat offers better communication with your teammates, but it can only exacerbate many of the toxicity issues already present in the game. 

VALORANT has a “mute” button that will prevent a player from listening to the muted teammate, but sometimes it’s not enough. A toxic player has more than one way of becoming a hindrance to other fans of the game. Sometimes the toxic attitude is expressed through in-game actions that aim to make the team lose or disturb a specific player.

The block feature is already implemented in another Riot title, League of Legends. League players who block someone will automatically have the blocked summoner’s messages muted in case they end up in the same game together. 

Riot is also disabling “/all chat” in League to test the impact this feature would have on the game and its community. In the game update article Riot said the /all chat could be a way to interact between enemy teams, and even house friendly banter. But as of now the “negative interactions outweigh the positives.” The developers will evaluate the influence of the absence of /all chat through the reports rates as well as “surveys and direct feedback” from the community.

As the idea of a block list could be discussed more in the future, players can expect some update on the topic directly from the VALORANT team. 

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