League of Legends would be wise to add in-game voice feature
In the grand scheme of things, League of Legends would be wise to add an in-game voice feature as it would undoubtedly help the game continue to evolve into a true team experience.
It’s no secret that in order to be successful in League of Legends, it really comes down to teamwork and communication. Effectively communicating with all members of your team tends to bring good results for the most part. Sure, pinging the map is one thing but as the Esports community knows, it’s imperative to be on a headset and focus on getting everyone to work together.
Unfortunately, League of Legends still has no built-in voice feature that enables teams to actually be able to speak to each other like most other online gaming franchises. Getting everyone on the same page is much easier to accomplish via headset and well, would be a sigh of relief for those that want to take competitive matches a bit more seriously. Players of that caliber tend to use Discord or Teamspeak anyway, so it makes sense for League of Legends to have it already built in for use.
Of course, on the other side of the spectrum, there will be plenty of debating as to if it’s a smart thing to do. The community in League of Legends is a bit toxic unless you’re in a clan or at the very least, in an organized group that is built on being positive, fun, and learning how to improve in the game. Having an in-game voice feature could prove to bring even more anger, frustration, and pure rage when trolls are doing everything in their power to annoy you and make you feel inferior.
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The truth of the matter is, the pros outweigh the cons. After all, League of Legends is a team sport and should encourage organized gaming amongst clans or a group of friends to play together and have the option of an in-game voice feature. Yes, no matter what happens, the trolls will be out in full force to scream, use profanities, and threaten to report you for intentionally dying even though you’re just trying to get better in the game.
But if a system was implemented that’s easy to mute/report those that harass and abuse such a new in-game voice feature, eventually they’ll get weeded out of the game and an overall more positive experience will ensue.
Overall, it’s in the best interest for League of Legends to put a new in-game voice option into effect before Worlds 2017. That way, when the game gets its biggest worldwide exposure yet, the game will be an easy one to pick up and enjoy based on watching the pros do what they do best. Since all Esports teams communicate via voice anyway, it only makes sense to have everyone else enjoy it too.
Aatrox continues to gain some serious momentum
After getting some serious nerfs a few patch updates ago, some new buffs to Aatrox is making him gain some serious momentum in League of Legends.
We all remember it like it was yesterday. After patch update 7.5 dropped in League of Legends, Aatrox was horribly nerfed. His win rate dropped tremendously as Summoners decided to main another top or jungle champion.
After getting a health boost and some cooldowns on his abilities, Aatrox is making a serious name for himself. He’s now a viable option in either role as his win rate as per Champion.gg is at a whopping 75.58% in top lane!
It’s a good sign that while many felt Aatrox would continue to decline, Summoners actually started selecting him more often after he got buffed as now he’s back as a premier option. While his win rate isn’t as high in the jungle, he’s still able to sustain a good amount of clear time when taking down monsters.
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Even Aatrox’s ultimate ability, Massacre, is a solid move to have in longer than usual matches. He can end up being a wrecking crew that surprises teammates once he pops it and goes to work. In addition to that, the ability to gain an increase in damage thanks to his Blood Thirst/Blood Prince ability comes in very handy to dominate his lane or clear the jungle at an even faster rate.
Aatrox’s damage output can spike pretty quickly which explains why he tends to usually dominate his lane. Needless to say, he’s also been a popular ban choice because opposing Summoner’s know he can be a handful to deal with once he’s high level and has his premium gear on.
The only real reason Aatrox struggles in the jungle comes down to how he’s geared up and what items are best to stack. It hasn’t been mastered yet but his win rate in the jungle role should increase over time as Summoners start getting the hang of everything he brings to the table. In this particular case, make sure to stack on items that have Attack Speed, Attack Damage, and Life Steal if you want to give using him as an option in the jungle a try.
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Overall, Aatrox continues to be a solid option and those of you that already enjoy playing in the top lane would be wise to add him into your main rotation. Looks like he’s only going to gain more popularity which means lots of wins hopefully coming your way.