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Every major patch like the Outlanders update is bound to change the game drastically and the Leipzig Major and Bukovel Minor qualifiers became the first Petri dishes of the new meta.
CM, Rubick and Puck came out as the clear winners of the patch with extremely high pick and winrates alike. Venge and Doom are also back in the meta after being ignored at TI9 and even Kunkka keeps it up, despite a brutal succession of nerfs. Check the link below of the full meta snapshot.
Void Spirit and Snapfire were the two new heroes introduced with the Outlanders update and they lasted just about a week before they got nerfed.
Snapfire’s changes affect her Lil’ Shredder ability, while Firesnap Cookie has been buffed — perhaps an attempt from the dev team to make Snapfire more a support (as she was designed), instead of the carry role many have been playing her in.
As for Void Spirit, he’s gone from underwhelming, to the bane of all players, to perhaps being balanced now. Dissimilate deals less damage now and the Level 15 talent that buffs Resonant Pulse has also been nerfed.
In a tournament which saw Astralis face Liquid in what many thought would also be the grand final, ESL Pro League (perhaps surprisingly) came down to a Mousesports vs. Fnatic showdown at the end. A clean series played by mouz saw them sweep the series 3-0 (16-11 Inferno, 16-10 Train, 16-11 Mirage) to lift the trophy.
This is now the third LAN gold for IGL Finn “karrigan” Andersen since he left FaZe Clan and the second in the last two weeks, after mouz also conquered CS:GO Asia Championships.
“This victory means the world to me, been a f***king hard year for me and to end it with this, I’m so freaking proud of everyone believing in the process,” karrigan said after the win.
South Korea is known for being good at many games, but CS:GO isn’t one of them. Then again, if there’s an org that can finally make a difference on the international stage, it might be Gen.G.
The Korean org signed former Cloud9 trio of Damian “daps” Steele, Timothy “autimatic” Ta, and Kenneth “koosta” Suen, needing just two more players to complete their roster (said to be signed “in the coming weeks”.
“Our goal is to bring home another Major to NA,” Gen.G tweeted. As for Cloud9, they’ll have to rebuild almost from the ground up, with the org having achieved little to nothing since their ELEAGUE Boston Major championship.
After teasing for days on end about an “unnamed team”, OG finally confirmed they too are entering CS:GO. The two-time TI-winning org assembled a team of well known names (most of whom were sitting on the bench of their respective teams) and are ready to contest championships.
The roster will be led by former ENCE IGL Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, together with veteran Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt. Valdemar “valde” Vangså (ex-North), Issa “ISSAA” Murad (ex-HellRaisers), and Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski (ex-ALTERNATE aTTaX) round up the line-up.
All the drama surrounding Griffin seems to have finally ended, but it’s left the once promising team in disarray. With their star mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and support Son “Lehends” Si-woo gone — not to mention the departure of head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho — Griffin scrambled to fill the vacancies. And for the head coach position, they went for none other than Jin Air Green Wings’ former head coach Han “H Dragon” Sang-yong.
Griffin will now look to stay on top of the LCK with a head coach whose career has been mostly marred by failure. In the last two LCK splits, JAG stood out as the worst team in the league and the team ended up relegated out of the LCK. Therefore, one has to wonder, how high can Griffin actually fly in 2020?
LoL off-season shuffle continues
It’s still a wild roster shuffle season for League of Legends, as most of the teams are yet to finalize their rosters. While many LEC and LCS teams have confirmed their starting fives, the LCK and LPL are still very much open.
To update yourself on the recent transfer news, check out our roster shuffle trackers: