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NightBlue3 Returns With the Usual Clickbait Title

“NEW STORMRAZOR ITEM IS BROKEN|ASSASSINS ERA HAS ARRIVED|JUNGLE REWORK”

As much as these texts make you hear loud noises, this is the usual kind of title our man Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek always come up. In his latest tweet, he surprised everyone by showing his usual League of Legends content again—catchy title, PBE testing, and no facecam. Yes, he has come back to his incognito state once again after failing to be a consistent Fortnite streamer/YouTube content creator. But hey, the League community welcomes him back with open arms so at least he has something to come back to, whether or not he actually enjoys League or not. This was his tweet:

In the morning of April 2, 2018, he began streaming the new amazing item for AD assassins over on League of Legends—the new (and pretty much broken) item, the Stormrazor. It will be available in the next 8.10 patch update soon in a few weeks from now. The patch also includes the newest Pulsefire skins for Riven, Twisted Fate and Shen, a new Pulsefire 2018 ward skin, clash summoner banners, flags and trophy assets—which include themes and color palettes based on Runeterra factions, chromas for Swain’s Dragon Master skin, a major ADC nerf, new balancing for certain Jungle items, the removal of Giant Slayer and Cloak of Agility and a bit of a rework for the Rift Scuttler. (source: http://www.surrenderat20.net/2018/05/51-pbe-update.html#ward)

To many players, this is probably the end of the ADC era and furthermore into the Assassin’s meta as it always has for the past two seasons. However, to NB3, this is an opportunity for him since he mains the Jungle.

During the stream, he tested out the new Stormrazor with such champs such as Rengar, Riven and Kayn and it turned out extremely imbalanced. His KDAs were consistently high, giving squishies no chance of escaping at all.

Here we see him building the item:

According to the game, here is the build tree as well as the perks and unique passives:

  • Recipe: [B.F. Sword + Pickaxe + Dagger + 925 gold]
  • Total Cost: 3400g
    • +65 Attack Damage
    • +25% Attack Speed
    • UNIQUE Passive: If you haven’t attacked in the last 2.5 seconds, your next basic attack will critically strike.
    • UNIQUE Passive: When you critically strike, gain 25% attack speed and 8% movement speed for 1.5 seconds.

The passive alone is so destructive, nobody would ever want to use any tank or mage Jungler anymore. In all honestly, League of Legends is all about the AD nowadays, trying to balance the game in favor of the pro players as well as for high-elo summoners.

In NB3’s stream, he tried out the item on several occasions: on jungle monsters, on enemy champions and even on towers. RIP in burst for all the targets who fall under the might of a fed AD assassin. Not to mention this is definitely in favor of roaming assassin champions such as Rengar, Kha’Zix, Kayn, Talon and Irelia, combined with other AD items. ADC mains might just lay down their games if this is going to keep on plus the fact that they’re going to get nerfed next patch.

Here are other clips from his stream:

A brief background check on Nightblue3:

Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek is one of the most known League of Legends content creators for a very long time. He is mostly known for his notoriously clickbait accused titles on both his Twitch and YouTube channels.

The former TSM substitute player was mostly a Jungler main; in fact, if you ask some players why they main Jungle since the earlier seasons of League, they will tell you that it is because of Nightblue3–he would always contribute effective strategies for those who love to slay monsters and gank lanes. He was never particularly known to have a main Champion—he was more of a Jack of all Trades-type of player in order to capture the hearts of the general audience of the League community.

As his popularity grew, so did his numbers of subscriptions for both YouTube and Twitch, to the point where he already got major (and even minor) sponsors. It was not until Season 4 that his content would slowly change—a change that would start to sort his fans; off-meta items on off-meta champions in which he will always describe as OP.

On March 20, 2018, he announced his retirement from the game to contribute videos on Fortnite this time around. There were so many mixed reactions toward this, but in the end, he’s just having fun with the game he’s playing. However, it was not soon before long that he would come back to play League on April 7, 2018.

Whether it’s just a phase of him to play League for a little while (which at this point doesn’t look like a short time) or just finding for an excuse for not playing Fortnite, one thing is for certain: he has made a rather large impact in the community. He can be considered as one of the forefronts of LoL personality on Twitch and YouTube. The people may have various reactions towards him, but as long as he is happy in what he does, then let him be.