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Best Akshan builds in League of Legends

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The latest addition to League of Legends‘ champion pool is Akshan, a ranged marksman who’s meant to be played in the mid lane, according to Riot. While he’s not available on the live servers just yet, his revealed kit gives us a brief idea of what itemization and runes will benefit him for maximum performance.

As it goes for all champions in League, Akshan will build different items to suit the situation he finds himself in during a particular game. But there are some core items that will provide an Akshan player with the best chance at securing a victory on the champion.

Here are the best runes and items to go for on Akshan.

Runes

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Precision

Press the Attack: As with Lucian, Akshan is going to benefit a lot from short trades in the mid lane. Press the Attack is the perfect keystone for this tactic, ensuring you get some additional burst damage every couple of seconds whenever you trade with your opponent. If the enemy mid laner goes for a tank, then Conqueror might be a good alternative to better scale into the late game.

Presence of Mind: Akshan is most likely going to run into mana issues if you’re going to look to trade often with your opponent. As a result, picking Presence of Mind is a good idea to solve those mana issues. Both Triumph and Overheal, for example, can be good alternatives against assassin champions who want to all-in you whenever their cooldowns are up. While Overheal will give you a more effective health pool at the start, Triumph can save you from imminent death if you get a takedown.

Legend: Bloodline: Since you won’t have any life steal early on outside of your Doran’s Blade, going for Legend: Bloodline can be a good choice until you get to the mid or late stages of the game when you can acquire some life steal. The attack speed rune can be a good alternative against tanks since you’ll maximize your damage output early on.

Coup De Grace: As a marksman who’s going to often go for kills during the laning phase, Coup de Grace will act as a good finisher and give you the much-needed execute damage to finish off targets.

Inspiration

Magical Footwear: Free Boots of Speed at 12 minutes (which can be reduced by takedowns) is perfect for Akshan, who’s going to go for kills quite often. For every takedown, you’ll reduce the timer by 45 seconds, allowing you to have them by the eighth or ninth minute with ease.

Biscuit Delivery: Biscuit Delivery is one of the strongest runes in the Inspiration tree. It gives you three biscuits over six minutes that restore missing health and mana and give you an increased mana cap that you can benefit from throughout the entire game.

Bonuses: 10 percent attack speed, adaptive force +9, armor +6

Early-game items

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Doran’s Blade

The most popular choice in terms of starting items for marksmen, Doran’s Blade is perfect for Akshan. The item grants early stat increases including attack damage, life steal, and health. This gives you durability and extra damage that will provide Akshan with an easier way to farm in lane and poke down your laning opponent.

Health Potion

Spending your remaining gold on a health potion is a great call for most champions. This is going to give Akshan another way to heal off any damage he may sustain without the need to return to the fountain.

Core items

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Berserker’s Greaves

The easy choice in boots for marksmen, Berserker’s Greaves grant the same movement speed bonuses as many other boots while also including a 35-percent attack speed increase for the champion. This is crucial in helping you last hit creeps and poke down enemy champions in teamfights. Without attack speed, you’re going to feel like a mage who can’t auto attack properly and won’t be able to maximize your damage output.

Kraken Slayer

Kraken Slayer is the core Mythic item you should rush in most of your games since it’s easy to use and doesn’t require much thought. It synergies well with your passive that deals extra damage every third hit. With this item and Akshan’s passive combined, you’ll be delivering a huge amount of damage to your opponents regardless of whether they’re squishy. On top of that, you get access to Kraken Slayer’s Mythic passive that gives you 10 percent attack speed for every Legendary item.

Bloodthirster

Bloodthirster is a defensive item option to give you some much-needed resilience. It gives you a nice boost of stats in the form of 55 attack damage, 20 percent critical strike chance, and 20 percent life steal. This should help you start fights with a huge shield before diving into the fray and killing your opponents. The passive from W that allows you to resurrect allies will make you a heavily prioritized target in every fight, so having additional survivability instead of damage is going to be a must for Akshan players.

Late-game items

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Infinity Edge

Building a high damage critical strike item is the best call in the later stages of the game. Infinity Edge offers just that with 70 bonus attack damage and a 20 percent bonus critical strike chance. The item also has a powerful unique ability that will increase your critical strike damage by 35 percent if you have at least 60 percent critical strike chance. Kraken Slayer alongside Bloodthirster will give you the needed 60 critical strike chance to have additional damage on your crits, which will make you a menace in teamfights.

Essence Reaver

Essence Reaver is an amazing item in the later stages of the game to ensure that you have the needed burst to take a target down and never run out of mana. The item gives you 45 attack damage, 20 ability haste, and 20 percent critical strike chance for only 2,800 gold, making it a gold efficient item. Your abilities will make your next attack do additional damage as well, giving you a nice opportunity to deliver a huge amount of damage if the attack crits.

Lord Dominik’s Regards

If you’re facing a composition with a lot of tanks or frontliners, then get Lord Dominik’s Regards to increase your damage by up to 15 percent depending on the health difference between you and your opponent. The item has a great build path and you can even rush it early on if the enemy team has a lot of armor-stacking champions. But if there’s at least one assassin who can easily target you in teamfights, Bloodthirster will be much more useful.

Situational items

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Mercury’s Treads

If you’re facing a heavy ability power-focused composition or a team that has too much crowd control, then Mercury’s Treads is a decent alternative to Berserker’s Greaves. It will give you a nice amount of magic resist and tenacity to reduce the duration of incoming CC. But this should be your last resort if you can’t lane since the lack of attack speed from Berserker’s Greaves will be felt.

Plated Steelcaps

Plated Steelcaps is a decent alternative boot option if you’re facing a composition with a lot of AD divers who want to kill you as soon as possible. If you can maintain your distance from them, though, going for Berserker’s Greaves will allow you to kite and kill them before they reach you.

Guardian Angel

Building an armor item that can add durability is a great way to round out Akshan’s build. Guardian Angel offers bonus armor and attack damage, as well as a unique ability that will allow you to come back into action after a small delay. This effect relies on your team to cover for you, though. So if you’re unsure about your teammates, then be wary of this effect that can be easily wasted.

Quicksilver Sash

Quicksilver Sash is a cheap 1,300 gold investment to get Cleanse as an item. It can be a lifesaver against compositions that rely on picks. If you get stunned out of the blue in the later stages of the game, you can easily lose the game off that. Quicksilver is here to save you from situations like that, though. It also can be upgraded into two different items, giving you a nice damage boost later on when you want to finish your build.

Immortal Shieldbow

If you feel like you need additional survivability, then Immortal Shieldbow is a good Mythic item to pick up instead of Kraken Slayer. But you’ll be losing quite a lot of damage in exchange. On top of that, you’ll be losing the 10 percent attack speed bonus for every Legendary item, so be wary of that if you want to go for a more defensive build.

Executioner’s Calling

Against champions that have a lot of healing, Executioner’s Calling is a decent early game 800-gold investment. It reduces healing by 40 percent and gives you a nice item to upgrade later on for powerful stats. It can be picked up against champions such as Sylas, Katarina, Yasuo, or Yone who heal a lot to ensure that they don’t get out of control.

Serpent’s Fang

If you go for a lethality-oriented build, then this item should be your priority, especially against champions that have a lot of shields or stack items to get a huge shield. It will allow you to easily penetrate the shields and deliver the killing blow. But it’s unlikely that the lethality build will pop off on Akshan. The traditional critical strike marksman build will most likely be the go-to option for this champ.

Eclipse

If you want to forego the critical strike chance build and instead go for lethality, this item should be the first one you get. Eclipse is one of the best Mythic items available if you want to go for lethality, giving you a good stat boost and a strong passive to deal additional damage, while also providing a shield and movement speed boost. It’s already used on some marksmen, so it could be useful on Akshan as well.

Manamune

This is a great cheap item that you can get to increase your damage if you go for a lethality-oriented build. Manamune gives you a lot of mana, converts a part of it into attack damage, and also gets converted to Muramana when fully stacked, giving a nice damage boost to your attacks and abilities whenever you attack opposing champions.


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Dota 2’s 7.30d patch buffs Clinkz, nerfs Silencer, and adds a lot of rebalancing

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Less than two weeks away from the start of The International 10, Valve has released a new gameplay update that rescales a lot of moves today in some last-minute balancing before the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. 

The 7.30d patch changes in the eyes of most fans involve Clinkz getting even stronger, Silencer taking significant nerfs, and some general confusion at the wording of changes made to Zeus’s Static Field. 

For the Zeus changes, Thundergod’s Wrath was buffed to scale damage from 300/400/500 to 300/425/550, but Static Field saw the following adjustment: 

  • Damage no longer counts as HP removal (Heavenly Jump can now put blink dagger on cooldown and affects effects that are canceled by damage like healing salve).

This initially confused some players reading through the patch, but it essentially means that instead of simply removing HP from opposing heroes, the move will now actively deal damage. This will allow it to interact with more abilities, effects, and items directly. 

Clinkz is already a pretty strong hero generally, and now Burning Barrage will do an additional five percent in total attack damage, up to 65 percent from 60 percent. Additionally, Burning Barrage Arrows were increased to plus three as a level 20 Talent. 

Silencer received some sizable nerfs, with the Arcane Curse Silence Penalty Multiplier reduced from 2x to 1.7x and Last Word’s Scepter Radius going from 650 to 500. People are still actively calling for more Vengeful Spirit nerfs, but this patch only affected her by decreasing her Agility Gain from 3.4 to 3.2.

Other heroes like Tiny, Tinker, and Bane had several moves nerfed and rescaled to be slightly more balanced, while others like Broodmother, Timbersaw, and Wraith King saw buffs for the same reason. Additionally, several Neutral Items and Overwhelming Bling were also reworked.

You can read the full patch notes on the official Dota 2 blog.

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How to charge an iPhone 13?

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Apple customers may have noticed that iPhone boxes got noticeably smaller starting with the iPhone 12, when Apple removed some parts from the inside of the box. Like last year, iPhone 13 series doesn’t come with a charger, hence the smaller boxes.

Users will still receive charging cables, meaning you’ll only need an adapter to charge your iPhone 13. While most adapters will do the trick, it’s important to avoid using other third-party charging equipment for iPhones since they have different voltage values.

If this is your first time purchasing an iPhone and you don’t have an extra iPhone charger, then you’ll need to order one. The official charger will often be the best choice since it was designed to be used with the iPhone. 

Alternatively, you can also try out wireless charging since iPhone 13 models all support the feature. Placing your iPhone 13 on top of a wireless charger will be enough to start charging the battery. A power bank can also be an alternative, but you’ll need a cable to fully charge your iPhone 13 with a power bank.

Users who are looking to preserve their battery’s health can try keeping their charge levels around 20 and 72 percent. Letting your phone run out of battery or charging it to the max levels can degrade your battery life. Apple also offers battery replacements, so if your battery degrades faster than normal, you can always get it replaced to keep your iPhone new.

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Overwatch game director hints at new heroes next OWL season, confirms all 32 heroes will return in the sequel

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All 32 characters will return to the fight in the next Overwatch League season, according to Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller—and fans may even see new faces when the competition’s next season starts.

During today’s Overwatch League grand finals broadcast, Keller revealed all 32 heroes from Overwatch will return in the OWL’s 2022 season, which will run in an early build of Overwatch 2. He also hinted at the possibility of “a few more” new faces.

“Our plan is that we will have all of those heroes, all 32 of those heroes, playable for the next season of Overwatch League,” Keller said. “And who knows, there might even be a few more.”

Although we don’t have any information on who these heroes are, the next season of the OWL running on an early build of Overwatch 2 provides an opportunity to glimpse a few of the new characters when the competition kicks off in April, as hinted by Keller.

In addition to Keller’s hints, the OWL grand finals halftime exhibition match showcased several returning heroes and led fans through the new Push map, Rome. This was also our first glimpse at professional gameplay involving the Sombra and Bastion reworks, announced earlier in the show. Keller noted that more reworks for existing heroes are on the horizon, though he didn’t give any further details.

Sojourn, revealed in full during BlizzConline 2019, is one of the new heroes in Overwatch 2, but it’s still unclear if she will be available during the next season of the Overwatch League. The Canadian hero will join the roster alongside a new Push map located in the snowy city of Toronto when Overwatch 2 releases, and she will bolster the ranks of damage-focused heroes armed with her railgun—the first of its kind in the franchise.

Although fans can get a taste of Overwatch 2 when the next season of the OWL kicks off in April, the sequel doesn’t have a set release date yet.

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Shanghai Dragons win the 2021 Overwatch League championship

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It may have taken a few years, but the Shanghai Dragons have finally soared to new heights. 

In a 4-0 sweep against the Atlanta Reign, the Dragons earned the 2021 Overwatch League championship and solidified an incredibly dominant season today. After winning two tournaments in a row earlier this year, the Shanghai Dragons arrived ready to claim the crown. 

The first map, Ilios, was a relatively even affair, with Atlanta running their signature rush style against Shanghai’s aggressive dive. While the Reign’s DPS fought valiantly, the Dragons set the pace on both rounds and took the map with a dominant win.

Atlanta next took us to Hanamura, one of the team’s most historically successful maps as far as playoffs were concerned. Reign completed the map and put up a solid fight, but Shanghai were up to their old tricks. Last year’s MVP Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun was back in pristine form on Pharah and repeatedly stopped the Reign’s attacks. Shanghai went up 2-0, but Atlanta certainly didn’t make it simple for them.  

The Reign unsurprisingly brought Shanghai to King’s Row next, a map that highly favored all of Atlanta’s best heroes. In the closest map of the series, Shanghai brought out what looked like a new composition to deal with the Reign’s rush. 

Dragons flex support Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul stunned on his signature Zenyatta while Grand Finals MVP Lee “LIP” Jae-won rotated through heroes and caused destruction on all of them. Atlanta’s pro sniper Kai Collins did his best on Hanzo to deal with the assaults, but Shanghai overtook his team in the end.  

On the final map, Havana, Atlanta pushed through some of Shanghai’s defenses to claim two points of the Escort map. Unfortunately for them, that effort wasn’t quite enough, and former MVP Fleta destroyed Atlanta’s defenses with one final Pulse Bomb to seal the deal. 

By winning the 2021 Grand Finals, the Shanghai Dragons also close up a key part of the organization’s past. In the inaugural Overwatch League season, the original Shanghai Dragons roster was the only team to go completely winless, racking up a 0-40 season record. Three years later, after a massive reconstruction and new fervor for the game, the team has now taken home the final championship from Overwatch’s original iteration with a 4-0 score. 

As this season’s champions, the Shanghai Dragons have won $1.5 million in prize money as well as the gleaming Overwatch League trophy. The Atlanta Reign will take home $750,000 as runners-up.

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