Knowing when to build the right items is the key to success in a game. This article tackles that feat, providing an in-depth look at situational item building for Vainglory captains. Be sure to read up on the counterpart guide: Situational Items for Carries. These two resources augment our new Top Hero Builds page releasing tomorrow. Without further ado, let’s dig in!
This week in Vainglory News, we have Vainglory Update 3.3 with Kensei, a look into the Summer season, the new ‘Netherknight’ Reza skin alongside his official hero spotlight, and our recent favorite community content. Read on to see what you missed this past week in Vainglory News!
Over the course of the last five weeks, we have seen what 5V5 competitive play can look like. Some matches have lasted 10 minutes, while others have gone all the way up to nearly 30 minutes; some that are highly competitive, sweaty games, and some that were painful to watch. Both EU and NA went through these five weeks attempting to showcase not only which region is best, but also which team is best. Many teams have mechanically strong players who are looking to form synergy and master their macro play. Other teams have proven the hard work that they have put in on the Rise since early January.
Our power rankings have stayed relatively the same through the preseason, with the mid-pack fluctuating up and down. This week we saw a few changes upon a new team finally entering the top two position. Overall, these five weeks showed Vainglory esports fans a lot of great action. Teams also have work to do as they prepare for the official start of the Vainglory Premier League. Let’s break down week five’s power rankings!
The final week of VPL preseason started with the anticipated TSM vs. Tribe match. Nova also proved their worth, resting at second place overall. Through the weekend, there were several sneak peeks into the Summer season of VPL to begin preparing viewers for what’s to come.
Update 3.3 is the start of SEMC’s aforementioned 2018 road map, with optional joystick controls and voice chat being added. Additional refinements to the UI were highlighted in the Vainglory 3.3 update notes. In addition to the new hero Kensei, Vainglory 3.3 brings a fresh sheet of gameplay, hero, and item balancing to the Fold and Rise. How will these changes have an impact on the upcoming meta?
Kensei joins the Sovereign’s Rise in Update 3.3 to slash away pesky tanks. Healthy foes beware — Kensei’s attacks deal more damage to beefier opponents. Broken Myth is here with an early look at Kensei’s abilities, talents, and best builds to avoid busting your Update 3.3 meta picks.
Week four brought many twists and turns to VPL. By the end of the weekend there were no teams left undefeated. The week provided some of the best matches to date in VPL, with teams gaining 5V5 experience and becoming more synergized!
Week four proved to be one of the most action-packed weekends of the preseason yet. The two giants of TSM and Tribe were finally defeated, ending both of their perfect records. Most fans thought we wouldn’t see a loss coming out of these teams until they faced off during week five. The teams may have been a little too relaxed heading into these matches. They haven’t had a challenge so far, so it is interesting that they lost when they did. Surprisingly, our power rankings don’t change too much after this weekend’s matches. TSM and Tribe had some hard-fought games and still sit with the top overall records. We also received some help from you—the Vainglory esports fans—on Twitter. Let’s take a look at the current power rankings for NA after week four of competitive play.
Week three saw Malene descend onto the Rise with the implementation of Update 3.2 in VPL. New balance changes brought the ability to snowball even harder, resulting in several extremely short matches. Additional surprises and upsets this week kept the action tense!
The third weekend of the Vainglory Premier League preseason was a particularly interesting one with Update 3.2 going live on the tournament server. Many changes were coming to the Rise, but none bigger than Malene, buffs to Ghostwing, and faster minion spawn times. Malene was certain to never see much play time, as many find her hard to handle and very dangerous. She only made it past two drafts — where Slimy Salamanders seemed to think she wasn’t strong enough for a ban. While this may be true, they did drop both games in which the mid laner on Malene excelled. There were also a lot of roster issues over the third weekend, with players unable to show and unexpected subs filling in across both regions. This is bound to happen during a preseason where not much is on the line. With only two weeks of preseason left, teams must begin to finalize their plans, as season one is approaching fast. Let’s take a look at the current power rankings for NA after week three of competitive play.