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Unravelling Update 2.6

Hey everyone! Time for EZL to breakdown Vainglory’s Update 2.6, in which we are introduced to the paladin of Gythia, Grace. She’s able to eradicate her enemies with her mace, while at the same time continually lowering her ability cooldowns with her heroic perk. She also comes packed with massive single target heals and the ability to generate holy shields to protect her team. Be sure to grab her for ICE to get ahead of the rest of the pack, and don’t forget about her Talents!

Skins

Along with the new hero, we’re going to see a few new skins rolling out. The most notable of these is for the ever elusive pilot Skye, who’s now going to be grounded with her ‘Ride or Die’ skin. The Super Evil Megacorp (SEMC) team is really stretching their fingers with this never-before-seen model change, redesigning the mech to transform into a sports motorcycle! Make sure you grab the smoke-trailing, blue and purple laser shooting skin for ICE, or if you’re feeling lucky, take your chances with the special Ride or Die Mystery Chest, which offers a 1/20 chance of grabbing her skin!

Next on the list is ‘Evolution’ Samuel, rocking a binary Vainglory logo… we get it SEMC, you’re showing off. Check out the mage fully immersing himself with technology, with cyborg prosthetics and pixelated abilities. It’s the beginning of the end, don’t miss your chance to join him. Grab his skin for 1499 ICE or his skin and Talent bundle for 1999 ICE!

It seems Krul isn’t the only deathless character out there now… introducing the Slavic ‘Deathless’ Reim rare skin! Make sure you grab this withered skin in game, featuring an ice forged staff and a helmet adorned with golden wolves.

Last, and definitely not least, we’re introduced to ‘School Days Koshka’, the latest installment in the School Days set of skins. Available for purchase either directly or in a Talent bundle, you don’t want to be late grabbing this fuzzy pawed feline, equipped with danger claws and kitty face stockings. This frenzied character is one you definitely want on your side – trust me, her claws don’t get trimmed often.

Market Improvements

Aside from the new skins, we’re going to see a few market improvements. Vainglory welcomes back the old Mystery Chests (Thank you PlayoffBeard!), so when you want Talents you’ll need to buy a Talent Chest, as Mystery Chests now contain heroes, skins, glory and opals only. Also, for those of you who accidentally wasted all your glory by bulk buying that epic Saw Talent, ‘hold to confirm’ is now set up to stop this from happening again!

Live Game Improvement

Vainglory is moving onto their next view for 2017! With Talents already out, it’s time to see our live game improvements. Replacing the question ping is now a verbal cue for our question mark spams: the message button. Now you can tell that feeding Ringo to buy some defense, your drunk Ardan to grab some vision, your jungle baby Reim to push the lane for the win, and much, much more. Tired of roamers buying 12 minute fountains, or not getting an Atlas Pauldron early when there is an enemy Saw? How about having your weapon power teammate build a Poison Shiv because an Ozo isn’t leaving you alone? Well now you can let them know by suggesting ANY item to a specific teammate during the match.

Not only are item suggestions now a thing, but so are cooldown messages. Wanting to tell your team to wait before engaging because your ult isn’t up? How about timing everything for the perfect Impale & Big Red Button combo? Well now, with the push of a button, you can let your teammates know how long it will be until you can Bangarang or Gauntlet to shut the enemy team down. It seems SEMC is really listening to us, especially with them also bringing back our three quest slots again! Hello more rewards!

Briefly touching on Blitz: are you tired of going 0-4 but putting in 12 objective points on your own to win the game? Blitz is now going to show individual scores instead of KDA so you finally can get the recognition you deserve. Additionally, Talents get a nice change, as you’re now able to see them on the hero select screen. It’s great for those of us who forget which legendary talents we own.

But we’re missing the big point, the Summer season is now on! Use those season payouts to grab the hero you’ve been drooling over, or even max out some Talents to dominate brawls or private matches with friends. Bigger payouts are heading our way this season, so make sure you get your guilds leveled up this season! Of course, let’s not forget the soft reset of Visual Skill Tier (VST). When you log-in after the update goes live, you’ll see a drop of about one skill tier (with the change being higher or lower depending on your decay and overall tier), but don’t worry! If you don’t feel like grinding your rank back up to Vainglorious, your highest tier is still immortalized in your trophies. Additionally, for those of you who either plan on jumping into the pool with your phone in your pocket – or do so without meaning to – your skill tier now has a decay floor! This means that VST won’t decay indefinitely, so if it takes a few weeks to get a new phone, Hotness players won’t find themselves back at Credible Threat.

Matchmaking Changes

Here’s something that everyone really cares about: changes to matchmaking. Update 2.6 introduces a new matchmaking algorithm, so be on the lookout for fairer matches and shorter queue times (Enmitous: Thank goodness, no more 30 minute waits in queue… *shudders*). Vainglory is also one step closer to reintroducing the ‘one tier’ rule, meaning players can only create ranked parties with friends either one skill tier higher or lower, which looks to be an important step forward for fairness while ranking.

Hero and Balance Change

Heroes:

  • The monster of solo queue, Baron, is getting his basic attack weapon damage nerfed from 130% to 125%… trust me, that smaller rocket launcher will feel a lot less powerful.
  • Aggressive Flicker mains rejoice! Mooncloak is getting a huge decrease in cooldown.
  • Grumpjaw was hurting a bit too much a bit too quickly, and without repercussion. Now, he’ll eat you less often and won’t retain his Living Armor stacks for as long.
  • Kestrel is next on the list, and we can now look forward to a longer Adrenaline duration  – meaning you get a better chance of reducing your energy costs – with her Glimmershot reload time also being shortened significantly.
  • Krul hasn’t been played much in recent metas, so it’s time to get him back out on the Fold. Higher base weapon damage and a shorter ‘From Hell’s Heart’ cooldown gives him a much stronger early game to keep up with everyone.
  • SEMC finally saw that Lance was boasting a bit too much Crowd Control potential. To correct this, his Gythian Wall cooldown has been extended. Also, Lance apparently wasn’t doing enough damage after his Combat Roll, so be expecting slightly harder hits from that Tension Bow-building Lance.
  • Samuel has always been able to dish out some serious damage, but absolutely needs his Drifting Dark, which KILLS his energy, especially when partnered with spamming Malice and Verdicts. Now, energy cost of his A has been lowered substantially, so expect more damage coming your way before Samuel runs out of energy.
  • Lastly, it seems Vox has remained slightly stronger than intended, so a little drop on his attack speed to bring him in line with other heroes should balance him out nicely.

Items:

  • Poisoned Shiv is the only item being adjusted this update, being nerfed from 35% attack speed to 30% to make it more situational rather than the singular most powerful option in many cases.

Blitz:

  • Blitz is also receiving a balance change with a weakened middle sentry, as it was hitting a bit too hard.

Talents:

  • Numerous talents received buffs and nerfs, including Idris’s crazy Path of the Seeker, Blackfeather’s Hummingbird Heart and Alpha’s Core Overclock, which were all reduced in effectiveness.

Update 2.6 is a huge update pushing Vainglory towards its second big goal in 2017. SEMC have really listened to us when making changes and improvements, which bodes really well. Hopefully, we’ll see many more community ideas rolling out in the future, as we get closer to the much-anticipated release of 5v5.

Article written by Enmitous and KerryX, and edited by hoIIand

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The EZL Brawlers Club

Calling all Vainglory players who enjoy playing with friends and having fun! A fairly recent initiative in EZL, called the EZL Brawlers Club, is approaching its 4th week, and after having been hosted by streamers TDogClisis, Skorpius and star TSM captain FlashX, is ready for more players to join in on the action. If you haven’t heard of the Brawlers Club before, let’s fill you in on what you’ve been missing.

The EZL Brawlers Club was a natural extension of the former EZL minigames nights. As the popularity of minigames grew and grew, we founded a new, dedicated department called Brawlers Club. Every Friday night, from 7pm – 10pm CST, Brawlers Club host Brawl game modes for everyone to battle it out in Blitz or Battle Royale, while on Saturday nights from 8pm – 10pm CST, we host a variety of minigames, especially created for Brawlers Club. To participate, all you need to do is join the Discord: https://discord.me/ezlbrawlers, and queue up to play. The players who’ve been involved previously would all testify to one thing – Brawlers Club is tons of fun!

To find out more about Brawlers Club, you can head to the Discord and ask the staff any questions you may have. Additionally, the Brawlers Club website (http://brandezl.webflow.io/brawlersclub) has some cool resources, such as a wicked-cool filter for your profile picture and downloadable wallpapers, along with rules and information.

Tonight, we have a very special streamer hosting the minigames. Woodworking, the analyst for Ardent, and a well-known Vainglory content creator on YouTube and Twitch, will be partaking in some of the fun! The minigames tonight will be streamed on his Twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/woodworking), so head on over and give him a follow. We hope to see you there!

Article written by hoIIand

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South American Draft League – Season 2

EZL is delighted to announce that Season 2 of the EZL Draft League has begun in South America! With more than 450 people applying to participate, competition for spots in the league was fierce, as everyone wanted to get in on the action. After the draft, 16 teams were formed, and have just now begun to battle it out. Over the next eight weeks, these teams will continue to clash, hoping to claim a share of the massive 65 000+ ICE prize pool on offer.

The teams will be split into two divisions: Aquarius and Taurus. After going through the two weeks of balancing, then completing the five-week regular season – which consists of a round robin stage of teams divided into subgroups, with teams switching subgroups depending on their results – the eight teams with the highest number of points will enter the week-long playoffs. Points will be awarded depending on the number of series won by each team during the regular season, with each series being best-of-three. When the league heads into playoffs, the format switches to single-elimination. Series will remain best-of-three in the playoffs until the final, which will become a best-of-five battle for the championship. This format promises to bring us plenty of action and intense dueling!

This second season of the South American Draft League has plenty of competition. According to the Head of SA, Painkllr, teams to follow include:

  • Princesas Divinas – Captain: OneForAII
  • LosSacoWeas – Captain: FerchoStyle
  • Team Sin Mar – Captain: cdBiohazard

Meanwhile, there are a couple of star players who will be competing in this iteration of EZL! From those three teams listed above come RY4NX, Matalex and SirApple respectively, who all have professional experience and are known to be some of the best players on the SA server. Watch out for these teams and their stars to shine!

Just as is currently occurring in the EZL NAes Draft League, some of the matches in the SA Draft League will be streamed by partnered content creators of EZL. Once again, check out and follow the Twitch channels of Fonclais (http://www.twitch.tv/Fonclais), iStephanieMoreno (http://www.twitch.tv/iStephanieMoreno), and RamKaos (http://www.twitch.tv/RamKaos) – these guys will be streaming a number of exciting series throughout the season!

The second season of the EZL SA Draft League is shaping up to be truly amazing. Stay tuned and support the teams as they all look to win the championship!

Aquarius Division Standings

Taurus Division Standings

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Announcing the inaugural NAes Draft League

Para leer este articulo en español, click aquí

EZL is excited to announce the beginning of Season 1 in the NAes Draft League – a new division of EZL created specifically for our Spanish-speaking members who play on the NA server. We received almost two-hundred applications to participate in Season 1 of NAes! After completing the draft on the 14th of May, eight teams of four players have been formed – all of whom will be competing for a share in the total prize pool of 31 000 ICE. Check below for the distribution of ICE, which will be awarded according to the final placings of the teams.

Place ICE
1st TBC*
2nd TBC*
3rd TBC*
4th TBC*
5th TBC*
6th TBC*

*EDIT: After the publishing of this article, ICE distribution for NAes was revised and is currently being finalised. Correct ICE distribution will be published in the near future.

NAes Draft League is in a round robin format, and will last for seven weeks (not including the preseason) from the 21st of May until the 9th of July. Each team will play the other seven teams twice throughout the season, in a best-of-three series: consisting of a standard draft-mode match for the first two games, and a standard blind-pick match if the series goes to the decider. There will be two series for each team per week. Also, a new point system will be in play for NAes, with three points given to winner of each series and zero points given to the losing team. Standings in NAes will be determined by the number of points each team has gained.

This upcoming season looks to be competitive and full of thrills! According to the Painkllr, the man in charge of the league, EMMANUEL1’s team Asesinos de Élite is quite possibly the one to beat. Also, watch out for JoshuaAlonso’s team Rhino Rampage, which is set to make a big splash. Top players such as AndroiDe29 from Rhino Rampage, and Elcocoxd and Deivid11057 from Asesinos de Élite are shaping up to star for their respective teams.

A number of NAes matches will be streamed by our partnered content creators – Fonclais (http://www.twitch.tv/Fonclais), iStephanieMoreno (http://www.twitch.tv/iStephanieMoreno), and RamKaos (http://www.twitch.tv/RamKaos) – and casted by Reckoning35. Every broadcast will be hosted by one of these amazing streamers; be sure to check out their Twitch channels and hit that follow button! This Friday, on the 26th of May, there will be two matches streamed live on RamKaos’ channel, so tune in and enjoy the action.

NAes Draft League is an exciting new development in EZL, and we wish the members and captains competing the best of luck. May the best team win!

Point Standings

Team Rosters

https://www.toornament.com/tournaments/5919ee41150ba0825f8b460e/information

*The point standings and team rosters are hosted and will be updated on Toornament, a website and app that allows organising of tournaments such as the NAes Draft League. Search for Toornament in the Google Play Store or in the Apple App Store to download the app, then search for “EZL Draft LEAGUE NAes”  – or visit the above link.

Rules (Español only)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1TGEqAGUnoLdWRpam1IQTV0Zjg/view