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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until August 4th:


Champions


  • Galio – 440 RP
  • Teemo – 292 RP
  • Vi – 487 RP


Crimson Elise Talon – 375 RP


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Ghost Bride Morgana – 487 RP


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Statue of Karthus – 260 RP


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 If you’ve played League for any number of days, chances are you’ve experienced the sweet joy of having someone AFK or disconnect in a match. Though this article won’t discuss dealing with people deliberately leaving games, it will talk about a solution to all other factors leading to a person not participating, factors that are usually resolved within several minutes.

 Pausing is a feature I love having in competitive games, like StarCraft, StarCraft II and DotA 2. It harkens back to a smaller, more mature audience that had a certain etiquette of sportsmanship I miss from my old days of playing Brood War. I’d like to see it brought to League, a game that’s innumerably bigger than the examples I’ve given (which brings its own issues), in a way that doesn’t harm a player’s experience, but helps him/her out in situations where you really need that pause.

 

Why should LoL have a pause option

[ Note ] There is pausing in pro-level games; this article discusses the possibility of adding a pause on the live client, for normal games, custom games and ranked games.

Quote it's a great tool Pausing solves problems that lead to in-game toxicity and unbalanced matches. For all its downsides like extending game length, the possibility of someone spamming pauses to annoy others or prematurely unpausing a game, it’s a great tool to give to players because it empowers them in situations that would otherwise be out of their control.

 A pause is an unspoken agreement between players that they’re willing to wait X amount of time in the interest of a fair and fun match. Because it’s an automated system, you can’t cheat it by disconnecting from malicious intent, as players would inevitably unpause.

 Here are some scenarios I’m sure most of you have found themselves in that pausing could remedy:

  • Real-life emergency you need only a few minutes to resolve
  • ISP issue you can quickly contact your provider about
  • Game crashing right before start due to poor Internet connection and you need time to reconnect
  • Basically any scenario where you need to wait a few minutes to continue playing

I feel that arguing why there needs to be a pause in LoL is fairly redundant, but what it boils down to is this: it’s a 5v5 game and if you have someone in your match AFK on either side, it makes that match unfair and not fun. If you had a tried-and-tested solution to this issue, surely you’d want to figure out how to implement it, no ?

 

But pausing is evil! How will it work in League

Tribunal User Quote Who gets to pause and who doesn’t starts in the Tribunal. Say, a player is evaluating a case of a toxic element reported for offensive language. Upon reviewing the chat logs, the Tribunal user finds out that one of the reported player’s teammates has tried to calm him down, encourage him, or has generally responded maturely to the onslaught of rudeness. That player has shown responsibility and willingness to act serious and so the Tribunal user recommends him/her to be rewarded with a feature that would be unavailable to reported players – the option to pause a match once.

 

 Positive players from Tribunal cases with a sufficient number of votes are reviewed by Riot staff. This both sifts through the majority of players who wouldn’t use the pause for its intended purpose and discourages attempts at trolling the vote system, i.e recommending a toxic player that just happened to not be reported. Upon approval, the player-in-review receives a notification on his landing page in the client that he/she can pause any match once. Let’s call this a pause charge. The number of pauses earned are displayed in the profile page, as shown below. To pause, you need to spend a pause charge. The game won’t take away the pauses you’ve earned, unless you are later punished by the Tribunal, in which cases you will either lose all your pause charges or be put on probation for a few weeks, if it’s a light offense.

 A paused game can be unpaused by anyone at any time. This follows the model of, for example, DotA 2, where the system is merely a test of people’s willingness to respect a pause. That way it’s a harmless addition that could, at worse, be a mild annoyance, but never an abusable option where you pause a losing game and the winning team is unable to resume.

 My proposal relies on a Tribunal that not only services as a glorified courtroom for problematic players, but rewards positive players for their exemplified attitude. You may remember an article I wrote on the option of voting for a Most Valuable Player earlier this year; I still believe the behavioral systems need to be focused on encouraging people to behave well, as it’s just an approach the majority relate to more than the fear of punishment.

 

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Why are only positive players allowed to pause a game

 As an abusable mechanic and a possible nuisance, I’d like to leave pausing in the hands of players who are most likely to use it as intended. If I were to, say, put a pause option in the menu for everyone to use, like in StarCraft, I’m potentially allowing 10 people to all interrupt a match, and they all might have a different mentality towards the feature. If I exclude those who leave games frequently, who use toxic language, who are easily frustrated and so on, I’m limiting the cases where a game would be paused for the sake of ruining other people’s fun, and not contributing to it.

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Why can’t these players pause as much as they want

 Let’s say my proposed system has curated all toxic players from the list of potential receivers of in-game pauses; I’m still not sure the feature won’t be abused. Even though a permament pause option would encourage more people to behave like decent human beings in LoL, it would defeat the purpose of having pause be available only to those who’ve proven they will use it appropriately.

 

Why are you only looking for positive players in cases with reported ones

 Since the Tribunal already offers cases of reported players to review, it makes sense to start hunting for positive players to reward there. That being said, I’d like the Tribunal to expand to where users can review honored players for additional rewards. This would be a separate function in the Tribunal and would again include the voting system and the reviewing by people working for Riot.

 

Why isn't there a cap on pausing duration, like 5 minutes

 Pausing can be necessary for all manner of circumstances and if you waste your pause and the time wasn’t enough for the person to come back… well, that doesn’t sound fair, does it? Also, as mentioned above, having to wait for someone should be an open agreement between players and not a restrictive system.

 

Players will just unpause, they want the best chance of winning

Quote Respecting a Pause I can’t give you any statistics here, so I’ll use past experience from competitive games where you’re allowed to pause. In my time of climbing through leagues in StarCraft, or practicing playing DotA 2, I’ve had, at worst, 1 or 2 cases of someone unpausing a match without the agreement of the person who issued the pause. You’d logically assume that very few people would respect a pause, since disrespecting it increases your odds of winning. In my opinion, it’s the psychology of unspoken sportsmanship that has made pausing such a useful feature, at least for me. I’ve seen players in DotA who are actively toxic in chat wait for a person on the enemy team to reconnect.

 Once again, talking about this is fairly pointless, as I can’t guarantee it will be the case in League. My perspective is that the majority respect a fair match and will not go out of their way to play with unsatisfying odds on either side.

 

Closing Thoughts, Why I feel League needs a pause feature

 League isn’t a Michael Bay movie where there needs to be action constantly or the audience would just get up and leave- it’s a 5v5 strategic battle that needs people to coordinate. If you have one less person for that, you’re at a severe disadvantage, and that harms the player’s experience a lot more than having to sit through a pause.

 I’m sure most readers of this article are familiar with the misfortune of dealing with circumstances that could be a solved by a simple pause. I believe a pause feature can be added to League in a way that enforces the teamplay environment and doesn’t just open another avenue for players to abuse the people they’re in a match with.

 What are your thoughts? Do you even want pausing to be in LoL, and, if so, do you think my idea is realistic?

 

 

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PBE 31/07 Contents:

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Patcher, Landing Page & Summoner’s Rift VU return for testing

 

Reminder: The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.


Previous updates from Patch 4.14 Cycle:


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Not familiar with Arcade Miss Fortune? Here’s a preview:


 


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The Patcher & Landing Page visual updates have returned for testing!


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Summoner’s Rift VU has also returned for testing:


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The Korean pro scene has begun the second half of the 2014 Season and remains the premier circuit for world-class LoL. To celebrate this stronghold of competitive League, we’re bringing back permanent summoner icons with the team logos for 250 RP each.

  • Bigfile Miracle
  • CJ Entus (Blaze, Frost)
  • IM (#1, #2)
  • Jin Air (Falcons, Stealth)
  • KT (Bullets, Arrows)
  • Najin (White Shield, Black Sword)
  • Samsung (Blue, White)
  • SKT T1 (K, S)

(Unfortunately, MKZ opted out of making their icon available for sale)

As before, you’re not just showing off your team allegiance with these icons – 20% of each purchase goes straight to the team, while we use the other 80% to directly support esports through prizing, streaming, events and more!

Rep your favorite Korean pro team as the championships approaches!

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Check out the latest improvements to Team Builder that shipped with Patch 4.13 !

 

 

Lyte New PortraitWith significant improvements coming to the Team Builder experience, we’re re-inviting you to give the new queue a try. We’ve listened to the feedback throughout the live beta test and launch, and we continue to tinker with ways to improve Team Builder. Some of the changes we’ve implemented relate to matchmaking, others combat long queue times. In at least one case, we’re making it easier to find friends to play a Team Builder match.

  • “Demand Board” — A new feature showing which roles are in highest demand, allowing players to “fill” if they want
  • “Enhanced Play Again” — Captains can choose from a “Recently Played” list filled with players they can one-click invite to the next game
  • “Smarter Matchmaking” — The system that recognizes your familiarity with each role, position and champion, adjusting your MMR based on your experience. Smarter Matchmaking’s improved the way the system finds appropriate opponents, using this new, more accurate gauge of skill

To make sure you’re getting into game fast enough to feel these changes, we also overhauled the rules for adding solo players to teams. We’ve seen improved queue times across the board, and if you want to read more, check out my deep dive into all of the changes in this update.

 

 

With new reasons to start using Team Builder, we’ve designed a series of new summoner icon rewards for playing the queue. Because Team Builder’s champion select accounts for role, the new rewards are earned by playing your way. After you play five games as one role, tracked in-client, you’ll unlock the icon of that role instantly. And yes, if you’re more of a generalist (or a completionist), you can unlock all six icons.

So join us in the revamped Team Builder, and show off your favorite role with your new icons!

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Summary

Short update today! On Reddit, Pwyff elaborates on the nerfs to DFG in Patch 4.13 and why wave-clear mages and Zhonya’s haven’t been nerfed. Champion designer Gypsylord addresses community concerns about Gnar being too strong and how his transformation and bounce mechanics work.

 


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Wave-clear mages are as non-interactive as DFG assassin mages


[ Context ] Deathfire Grasp was nerfed in Patch 4.13.


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  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90


Pwyff New PortraitI hear this now and then – I get that choosing a wave-clearing mage means you may not be taking an assassin mage, but that’s more correlation than causation. The DFG change was specifically focused on assassins, their playstyle, and creating more healthier patterns. It’s a weird conclusion to draw that we’re doing it because we love wave-clearing mages.


As a side note, There’s a comment below about nerfing an underused item – when assassins become strong then DFG often becomes strong as well. When DFG becomes strong, then it comes down to the only assassins who benefit are the ones who can use DFG to its maximum effect.

Touching up on DFG allows us to see what sort of breadth of assassin play there is for AP dudes out there rather than pidgeon-holing us into the idea that all AP assassins must blow up their target with 1 second.

[edit] Some responses from below for visibility. Someone mentioned that I misconstrued the argument – that waveclearing was equally non interactive and we should have hit both:

Ah yes – on that note I agree but I would also argue that there are ancillary changes that tackle this. A wave-clearing stall mage has the general weakness of “IF I’M CAUGHT I’M DEAD,” so assassins being buffed (exhaust / heal / banshee’s veil / chalice) has an impact on them as well. This is a very delicate balance to strike and trying to maintain multiple forms of strategic diversity is tough. We’re already seeing some assassins in competitive play against heavy waveclearing teams and it’s easy to overshoot.

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Pwyff New PortraitImagine if it wasn’t! I get that assassination tends to be a very blunt definition, but imagine if there are assassins like LeBlanc who are super high-risk high-reward versus assassins like Fizz who are far better at repeated engagements and skirmishing.

It’s oddly nuanced, but when you add DFG to the mix it’s like “WELL THERE’S AN ITEM THAT GUARANTEED MAKES ME FASTER AT KILLING THINGS” so you buy it and it skews things. It’s hard to conceptualize around those kind of patterns when there’s an item that pushes so hard at emphasizing speed.

Not to mention it’s fairly low skill at that (no offence), as it’s like “push an extra button and kill faster.” APM aside, it’s tough to justify placing so much emphasis on that kind of capability.

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Why are you nerfing DFG when Zhonya’s has remained untouched

Pwyff New PortraitSo to be clear: we buffed assassins this patch. Exhaust’s damage reduction went down, Heal went down, Banshee’s Veil (which was broadly aimed at siege breaking but impacts assassins) got a timing reduction, Chalice lost 5 mr (okay not much but still). These are buffs.

I’m not saying that DFG pidgeonholes champions into building the item but a lot of the time if assassins are strong then the competitive meta can get focused on who manipulates DFG the best.

Syndra does build DFG more often than the others on your situational picks, and Annie / Veigar are unpicked for other reasons. LeBlanc / Ahri / Syndra (sometimes TF and lategame Fizz) do build it and those are the AP assassins we’d probably see come up if they do get strong. Even Lissandra there’s a very real danger when she gets played that she instead goes for a DFG and blows fools up (as someone put it).

I’m not saying it’s as black and white as pidgeonholing but I am saying that the danger of burst mages rushing DFG is a pretty unhealthy world. We’d instead prefer to have that power on the mage themselves.

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Isn’t building a Deathcap a lot more non-interactive than a DFG burst

Pwyff New PortraitBecause then the focus can be made on the champion interactions themselves. I don’t think adding an additional input onto a champion’s skill rotation is really a great argument. Take that single input away and maybe we can balance around that.

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(Off-topic) Are you nerfing Thresh because of his popularity

Pwyff New PortraitI agree that it’s not the best context and I probably should have done better. The argument is circular, but Thresh being a reliable, top tier support is partially due to his popularity but also because he’s just so damn strong across the board. He’s got insane teamfight presence but he also happens to be one of the best support skirmishers around. He’s just so well-rounded that it’s tough to really reduce power without hurting his identity.

As for Thresh’s position in the LCS / OGN / competitive play, he’s in the top 3 supports of pick/ban. Consistently he has passed 75%+ across the board and while popularity is never a core statistic we use purely, it indicates a degree of reliability and a disregard for strategic use that we can’t ignore. If Thresh can just be picked whenever and wherever (hello Lucian) that’s not the best.

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Mini Gnar’s W does 14% of Max HP as magic damage at max rank

Gypsylord New PortraitSo yes Gnar’s W does a decent chunk of damage. I won’t comment on whether or not it’s OP (numbers can change) but I will throw out 2 things to think about.

Gnar’s range is very low which requires him to put himself in some degree of danger when AA’ing enemies. It starts at 400 and reaches 502 at level 18.

The number of W procs Gnar can get is gated by the fact that every AA brings him closer to transforming at which point he loses access to his ranged AA’s and his W proc.

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Why does Gnar’s range scale up

Gypsylord New PortraitBasically 500 range Gnar was too oppressive in lane while 400 range Gnar was somewhat useless in teamfights. Scaling the range allowed us to realize the play patterns we wanted throughout the course of the entire game.

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Isn’t that Tristana’s signature mechanic

Gypsylord New PortraitWhile the base mechanic (gains range per lvl) is technically the same I feel they pan out very differently in feel and fantasy. To me this component of Gnar’s passive reads “your range goes from bad to less bad.” Tristana’s passive reads “your range will eventually become THE BEST IN THE GAME!”

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How does Gnar’s passive transformation work

Gypsylord New PortraitHere’s the nitty-gritty on Gnar’s transform. I’m avoiding listing numbers as they are subject to change.

  • Gnar gains X rage every second while he is in combat. In combat is defined as dealing or taking damage.
  • Gnar gains X rage whenever he AA’s a unit or hits them with a boomerang. Minions and monsters give 25% rage.
  • The amount of rage generated (X) starts low and increases with level, maxing at level 11.
  • Gnar’s rage will fall off slowly if he spends a very long time out of combat (much longer than Trynd or Renekton).
  • When Gnar reaches 100 rage his next spell will be cast as Mega Gnar and cause him to transform. If he casts no spells he will transform after 4 seconds.
  • Mega Gnar lasts for 15 seconds.
  • After transforming back to mini form Gnar will become tired and be unable to gain rage for Y seconds.

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Why does Gnar transform automatically at 100 Fury

Gypsylord New PortraitAt 100 rage he can transform using his next spell. If he doesn’t cast a spell for 4 seconds he’ll transform anyway.

Gnar is tuned so that it isn’t about “if” he’ll transform but “when.”

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Does Gnar’s passive heal him when he transforms

Gypsylord New PortraitGnar keeps the same health % when he shifts from big form to small form so that his passive doesn’t give him too much free healing over time.

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Does Gnar use his Ranged or Melee ability when he transforms

Gypsylord New PortraitMelee. Though if he uses his E it’s a combination of the two versions (bounces as mini Gnar, AOE landing as big Gnar).

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Clarity on Gnar’s bouncing mechanics from Hop E

Gypsylord New PortraitGnar does need a targetable unit to bounce, so if you go untargetable as he’s about to land and there are no other units around he will indeed hit the ground and stop. It is possible to bounce over walls, you’ll need to line up a jump onto a unit pretty near the wall in question though and won’t be able to get through the thicker walls, since as with the initial leap the bounce range isn’t enormous.

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Can Gnar be played as a jungler

Gypsylord New PortraitIt’s possible, pretty challenging though because of the way his rage generation/form swap works, so getting access to the tools you want for specific camps/ganks is tough. Having said that while our best guess is that Gnar will be most effective in solo lanes could certainly believe there are some jungle options out there. Really interested to see what people discover.

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Pwyff New Portrait Hi Summoners,

Welcome to patch 4.13! With the World Championships on the very near horizon, we’re ramping up our efforts to promote more diversity in competitive play (boy are you going to hear this a lot). While this patch might seem really big – and it is! – it’s more about the breadth of changes than any deep shakeups. What that really means is we’ve got about 40+ patch entries, but each change alone isn’t going to be very significant in isolation.

So with strategic diversity as our target in 4.13 (and this will be the same for upcoming patches leading to worlds), we’ve gone ahead and divided up our sections based on specific groups or themes. Under each category you can see our overarching goals and philosophies as well as deeper context on each individual champion, item, or summoner spell. Remember you can navigate through it all via our table of contents on the top right of the screen!

Included in patch 4.13 is also a gameplay update for Sona! While Sona hasn’t been on the very strong or very weak ends of the support spectrum, we saw a cool opportunity to give her more meaningful (and recognizable) gameplay without heavily changing her aura-focused playstyle. We’ll have more context below in her gameplay update, or you can check out theSona gameplay update page! Regardless, on with the patch notes!

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64px-Concussive_BlowsConcussive Blows [ Passive ]

  • Stun damage decreased from 38 ( +12 per level ) to 32 ( +8 per level )

 

64px-Stand_Behind_MeStand Behind Me [ W ]

  • Mana cost increased from 30/40/50/60/70 to 50/55/60/65/70

 

64px-Glacial_FissureGlacial Fissure [ R ]

  • Knock-up time reduced from 1.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.3/1.5
  • Slow field strength reduced from 60% at all ranks to 40/50/60%
  • Slow duration of ice field decreased from 1.5 seconds to 0.3

 

 

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CocoonCocoon [ E ]

  • Hitbox width decreased from 70 to 55

 

RappelRappel [ Spider E ]

  • Range decreased from 925 to 700

 

 

 

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Hate SpikeHate Spike [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 40/60/80/100/120 to 30/45/60/75/90
  • Mana cost decreased from 16/22/28/34/40 to 12/18/24/30/36

 

 

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Barrel_RollBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Now deals 70% damage to minions

 

Drunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Now costs 30 mana at all levels (previously 0)
  • Damage reduction duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2.5
  • Cooldown decreased from 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 to 8/7/6/5/4

 

 

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BuckshotBuckshot [ Q ]

  • Bonus damage per additional shot increased from 35% to 40%
  • Maximum damage increased from 102/161.5/221/280.5/340 ( +1.36 bonus AD) to 108/171/234/297/360 ( +1.44 bonus AD)

 

Collateral_DamageCollateral Damage [ R ]

  • Initial base damage increased from 250/350/450 to 250/400/550
  • Secondary base damage increased from 200/280/360 to 200/320/440

 

 

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WarpathWarpath [ Passive ]

Now gains bonus attack damage equal to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25/27.5/30% of bonus MS, increased from 10/12.5/15/17.5/20/22.5/25% of bonus MS

 

RampageRampage [ Q ]

  • Mana cost reduced from 24/28/32/36/40 to 24/26/28/30/32

 

 

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Tailwind [ Passive ]

Range increased from 800 to 1000

 

Howling_GaleHowling Gale [ Q ]

  • Maximum knock-up duration increased from 1 second to 1.25
  • Cooldown now starts when Howling Gale is cast, not when the channel is over

 

 

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Kayle_ERighteous Fury [ E ] 

  • AP ratio on both the on-hit single target damage and splash damage increased from 0.2 to 0.25

 

Kayle_RIntervention [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 110/95/80 to 100/90/80

 

 


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  • Health-per-level decreased from 88 to 87 [ live value is 84 ]
  • Base HP decreased from 440 to 400

 

Caustic_SpittleCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

  • Armor / Magic Resist shred reduced from 20/22/24/26/28% to 12/16/20/24/28%

 

 


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DistortionDistortion [ W ]

  •  Mana cost reduced from 80/90/100/110/120 to 80/85/90/95/100

 

 

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  • HP-per-second increased from 1.25 to 1.65 [ base HP-per-5 up from 6.25 to 8.25 ]

 

SafeguardSafeguard [ W ]

  • Shield duration decreased from 4 seconds to 2

 

CrippleCripple [ Second Cast E ]

  • No longer reduces Attack Speed

 

 

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Ice_ShardIce Shard [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds to 6/5.25/4.5/3.75/3

 

Ring_of_FrostRing of Frost [ W ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

 

Frozen_TombFrozen Tomb [ R ]

  •  Slow strength increased from 20/30/40% to 30/45/75%

 

 

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Relentless_PursuitRelentless Pursuit [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 18/17/16/15/14
  • No longer reduces slow effects

 

 


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GlitterlanceGlitterlance [ Q ] 

  • Glitterlance’s slow decay no longer scales with ability power

 

WhimsyWhimsy [ W ]

  • Movement speed duration reduced from 5 seconds at all ranks to 3/3.5/4/4.5/5
  • Mana cost decreased from 65/70/75/80/85 to 65 at all ranks

 

 

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  • Damage changed from 10 + ( 10*Level ) to 10 + ( 8 *Level ) + ( 0.2 AP )

 

 


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  • Base movement speed decreased from 340 to 335

 

Ebb_and_FlowEbb and Flow [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 9 seconds to 10

 

 

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Undertow Undertow [ Q ]

  • Cooldown reduced from 8 seconds to 7

 

Vicious_StrikesVicious Strikes [ W ]

  • Heal strength is now increased by 1% for every 2% HP missing, increased from every 2.5%

 

RagnarokRagnarok [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 120/100/80 seconds to 100/90/80

 

 

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TremorsTremors [ R ]

  • Now has a range indicator for how far the shockwaves expand

 

 

Sivir New Portrait

 

On_The_Hunt2On The hunt [ R ]

  • Movement Speed now wears off after 2/4/6 seconds, increased from 2/3/4

 

 

Sona New Portrait

 

Power Chord [ Passive ]

 

Sona_Passive No changes.

 

 

 

Hymn of Valor [ Q ]

 

Range: 700 || Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 mana || Cooldown: 8 seconds at all ranks

Sona_QActive: Sona sends out bolts of sound that deal 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to the two nearest enemies within 700 range, prioritizing champions.

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Hymn of Valor‘s aura deal 40/50/60/70/80 (+10/20/30 per Crescendo rank) (+0.25 AP) bonus magic damage on their next basic attack within 5 seconds. The damage increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Staccato: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord deals 50% bonus damage.

 

 

Aria of Perseverance [ W ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 65/70/75/80/85 mana || Cooldown: 10 seconds at all ranks

Sona_WActive: Sona heals herself and a nearby allied champion with the lowest health percentage for  20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 (+ 0.2 AP) . The healing is increased by 1% for every 1% of the target’s missing health, up to a maximum of 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.4 AP) .

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Aria of Perseverance‘s aura are shielded for 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+10 / 20 / 30) (+ 0.2 AP) up to 1.5 seconds. The shield’s strength increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Diminuendo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also reduce the target’s damage output by 20% (+ 2% per 100 AP) for 3 seconds.

 

 

Song of Celerity [ E ]

 

Cost: 65 mana || Cooldown: 12 seconds at all seconds

Sona_EActive: Sona gains 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 % (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) (+ 7.5% per 100 AP) bonus movement speed that decays down to 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) over 3 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Aura: Allied champions tagged with Song of Celerity’s aura gain 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) movement speed for 1.5 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Tempo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also slow the target by 40% (+ 4% per 100 AP) for 2 seconds.

 

 

Crescendo [ R ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 100 / 150 / 200 mana || Cooldown: 140 / 120 / 100 seconds

Sona_RPassive: Each rank of Crescendo improves Sona’s aura bonuses and Song of Celerity’s self buff.

Active: Sona plays an irresistible chord in a line, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to enemy champions and stunning them for 1.5 seconds, forcing them to dance.

 

 

Thresh New Portrait

 

DarkPassageDark Passage [ W ]

  • Shield value increased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 60/100/140/180/220
  • No longer shields all allies in range of the lantern, but just Thresh and the first ally to go near the lantern

 

TheBoxThe Box [ R ]

  •  If a wall is broken, the remaining walls deal no damage and apply the slow for half its duration

 

 


Tristana New Portrait

 

Rocket_JumpRocket Jump [ W ]

  • Slow duration reduced from 2.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.5/2/2.5/3.0

 

Explosive_ShotExplosive Shot [ E ]

  • Damage-over-time decreased from 110/150/190/230/270 to 80/125/170/215/260

 

 

Varus New Portrait

 

Chain_of_CorruptionChain of Corruption [ R ]

  •  Cooldown decreased from 120/105/90 seconds  to 110/90/70

 

 


Vayne New Portrait

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 3.1% to 4%

 

Final_HourFinal Hour [ R ]

  • Bonus AD increased from 25/40/55 to 30/50/70

 

 

Yasuo New Portrait

 

Way_of_the_Wanderer Way of the Wanderer [ Passive ]

Shield duration reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1

 

Wind_WallWind Wall [ W ]

  • No longer builds additional Flow when dashing (aka passive removed)

 

 

Ziggs New Portrait

 

Mega_Inferno_BombMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 120/105/90 seconds to 120 at all ranks

 

 

Items



Banshee's_VeilBanshee’s Veil

  • Spell shield now refreshes after 40 seconds, increased from 25

 


Chalice_of_HarmonyChalice of Harmony

  • Magic resist decreased  from 25 to 20

 

deathfire graspDeathfire Grasp

  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90

 

3361 Greater Stealth Totem

  • Cooldown decreased from 120 seconds to 90

 

Frostfang_itemFrostfang

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to 2

 

Frost Queen's ClaimFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to

 


Nomad's_Medallion_itemNomad’s Medallion

  • Mana-per-5 decreased from 7 to 5
  • Now grants 10 flat Movement Speed

 


Rylai's_Crystal_ScepterRylai’s Crystal Scepter

  • Health decreased from 500 to 400
  • AP increased from 80 to 100

 


Talisman_of_Ascension_itemTalisman of Ascension

  • Health-per-5 increased from 10 to 15
  • Cooldown reduction decreased from 20% to 10%
  • Now grants 20 flat Movement Speed

 

 

 

Summoner Spells


 


ExhaustExhaust

  • Damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%
  • Now reduces target’s Armor and Magic Resist by 10 for the duration of Exhaust

 



HealHeal

  • Now heals for 90-345 (+15 per level), decreased from 95-475 (+15/20/25/30 per level)

 

 

Upcoming Skins

 

 

Debonair Ezreal Skin Spotlight

 

 

Debonair Vi Skin Spotlight

 

 

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Team Builder

We’ve made a number of improvements to Team Builder in the months since its initial release. This patch, we’re adding improved matchmaking to the list of updates!

  • Team Builder is receiving a few updates in the days following the initial 4.13 deploy:
    • Team Builder matchmaking now takes into account your experience with the specific champion, position and role you’ve selected.
    • Players can now unlock new role-themed summoner icons by playing 5 games in Team Builder as a specific role

Team Builder Matchmaking Adjustment

 

Match History Beta


Based on your feedback, we’ve been adding new tools and visualizations to theMatch History over the past few patches. Here are some of our recent changes!

  • Color blind mode has been added
  • Vilemaw is now tracked as an objective for Twisted Treeline matches
  • A Match Breakdown section has been added, providing:
    • Graphs for Champion Kills, Gold, Damage, and Wards
    • Champion portrait indicators for First Blood, First Tower Destroyed, Largest Multi Kill and Largest Killing Spree
  • Selecting a champion in the minimap’s Champion Kills view now also indicates their death locations

While we were at it, we squashed a few bugs and inconsistencies with Match History’s data tracking and reporting.

  • Purple team objectives are now tracked correctly for Co-op vs. AI matches
  • Item tooltips for matches played on previous patches now display item details specific to that patch
  • Fixed a few rendering bugs for matches longer than 60 minutes
  • Fixed a bug where item undo wasn’t reversing gold spent, causing players to appear to have spent more than they earned
  • Clicking a match in another player’s in-client match history now correctly highlights them on the web

Lastly, while our focus is on making the Match History web experience as awesome as possible, we’ve added a bit more information to the client’s “at a glance” match history view for players who want the bare essentials.

  • Item build, gold earned and summoner spells have been added to the in-client “at a glance” match history

 

Match history now displays your item build in every match.

 

Match History Screen

 

Bugfixes

  • Tooltips for Sheen, Trinity Force, Lich Bane and Iceborn Gauntlet now correctly list the Spellblade passive as having a 1.5 second cooldown (actual value unchanged)
  • Fixed a bug causing players to get stuck in Spectator mode at the end of a match
  • Fixed a few tooltip bugs with Spirit of the Ancient Golem
  • Fixed a bug where the game clock would occasionally become desynchronized, causing buffs to appear to spawn too early
  • Fixed an Undo feature bug with activatable items

Since launching our new audio engine last patch, we’ve been working to fix a lot of small differences that crept in.

  • Howling Abyss death music is now properly controlled via the Music slider in Sound Options
  • Fixed a few issues where players were hearing sounds from distant areas of the map
  • Removed various VO lines that snuck in with the new engine
  • Rebalanced a number of sound effects to more closely match their old levels
  • Fixed a few instances where some effects were playing for too long, getting cut off, or improperly playing on top of each other

 

 

 

Skin Splash Updates

The following skins have all had their splash arts changed with splash arts from the Chinese client:

  • Noxus Hunter Anivia
  • Red Riding Annie
  • Rusty Blitzcrank
  • Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
  • Desperada Cassiopeia
  • Siren Cassiopeia
  • Mr. Mundoverse
  • Tango Evelynn
  • Minuteman Gangplank
  • Dreadknight Garen
  • Alien Invader Heimerdinger
  • Blast Zone Heimerdinger
  • Nightblade Irelia
  • Aviator Irelia
  • Commando Jarvan IV
  • Silver Kayle
  • Viridian Kayle
  • Sorceress Lux
  • Chosen Master Yi
  • Candy Cane Miss Fortune
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Snow Bunny Nidalee
  • Leopard Nidalee
  • Ravager Nocturne
  • Forsaken Olaf
  • Glacial Olaf
  • Ruthless Pantheon
  • Noxus Poppy
  • Chrome Rammus
  • Frozen Shen
  • Hextech Singed
  • Black Belt Udyr
  • Curling Veigar

 



New Summoner Icons


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A devblog on the upcoming Sona update; if you have your doubts about the strengths of the new Sona, this is worth a read.



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“With three big visual updates now tinkering, poisoning, and death-defying their way through the Rift, it’s time to take a look at the next of our coming gameplay-oriented updates! We’re talking about Sona, a champion whose kit made her one of the most passive champs on the Rift… outside of her game-changing ultimate. We’ll fully get into the why of the update later, but first here’s a rundown of her new abilities and intended play patterns to give you a feeling of how we’re updating her.



Abilities


Power Chord [ Passive ]

After casting three basic abilities, Sona’s next basic attack deals extra magic damage and applies an effect based on the song she last played.


Hymn of Valor [ Q ]

Sona plays a melody that deals magic damage to the nearest two enemies. Additionally, Sona briefly creates an aura around herself that empowers her and her allies, charging their next basic attack with extra magic damage. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases its duration.

Power Chord – Hymn of Valor’s Power Chord deals even more magic damage.


Aria of Perseverance [ W ]

Sona performs a tune that heals both her and the most wounded nearby allied champion. Additionally, Sona creates an aura around herself that briefly shields her and her allies. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases its duration.

Power Chord – Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord briefly reduces the target’s damage output.


Song of Celerity [ E ]

Sona plays a song that accelerates her movement speed. Additionally, Sona creates an aura around herself that briefly speeds up all allied units. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases her movement speed boost along with the aura’s duration.

Power Chord – Song of Celerity’s Power Chord briefly slows the target’s movement speed.


Crescendo [ R ]

Passive: Crescendo passively empowers each of Sona’s auras, giving Hymn of Valor increased damage, Aria of Perseverance an increased shield, and Song of Celerity increased movement speed.
Active: Sona fires out an irresistible chord in a broad straight-line skillshot. Enemies caught by the chord take damage and are briefly forced to dance.


 

Laning


From the start of the game, Sona works best operating close to her allies. Here her auras help them trade effectively, with Hymn of Valor boosting her marksman’s attacks while empowering her own poke. Aria of Perseverance heals more on low health friends, so while topping off an ally’s health is relatively inefficient (particularly with its high mana cost and low base values), saving her heal for later in fights grants markedly more health and makes baiting all the more effective. Power Chord offers some tactical options, too: Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord effectively reduces the enemy marksman’s attacks when timed correctly, while Sona can chase down fleeing enemies or escape from ganking junglers with the slow from Song of Celerity’s Power Chord.



Teamfights


In teamfights, the smaller auras encourage Sona to stay mobile enough to heal, shield and empower her allies as needed. Song of Celerity gives her plenty of movement speed, and tagging allies with the edge of her aura gives them the same buff while extending the duration of her own. And while she previously relied on flash to position for her ult, her new E’s sudden surge of mobility is significant enough to get Sona into position to use Crescendo, which is just as potent and game-changing as before. Once it’s been cast, Sona works best healing and shielding her squishier allies with Aria of Perseverance while using Hymn of Valor to amp up her allies’ damage.



Champion Insights


Sona, designed by Fearless 


Fearless New PortraitSo, let’s get to the why part!

Essentially, we took Sona to the update board because we saw a unique opportunity to make her more rewarding and more fun. She wasn’t terribly strong or weak, but her kit clearly lacked high moments and overall satisfaction. We wanted to keep her theme as it was and retain her awesome Crescendo while giving her basic abilities a more visible and tangible impact. Oh, and if we could sneak in some fancy texture updates in the process (and we could!), then all the better.


All Sona Skins


So what’s changed? Well, Sona’s gameplay now revolves more around moments of power. Instead of hanging back and winning a war of attrition during laning, Sona’s now got the kit to power up her allies and save their lives when a fight turns against them. Auras are smaller and more visible now, so getting the most of them requires great positional awareness for Sona and coordination with her allies. This allows us to reward great play with much more impact for each of her songs. You’ll be able to make plays as Sona, earn your team kills and save lives with clutch ability casts and smart positioning. At the same time, the enemy team has larger windows to fight back in thanks to her longer cooldowns, adding in clarity and counterplay to Sona’s kit. We can’t wait to see what players can do with her update.

That’s about it for this update! Give the new Sona a spin and let us know your thoughts below! We’ll be back with more news from the champion update team soon. It’ll be bananas.”


 

Here’s my extended opinion and preview of the reworked Sona:


Sonas-Rework (2)


And here are the visual updates to Sona:

 

Classic Sona

Sona Hair Update


Pentakill Sona

Pentakill Sona Texture Update


Guqin Sona

Guqin Sona New Model


Arcade Sona

Arcade Sona New Model


Silent Night Sona

Silent Night Sona Texture Update


Muse Sona

Muse Sona Texture Update For Real

 

 

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PBE 29/07 Contents:

Reminder: The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

 

PBE Gnar, The Missing Link

 

Gnar New Portrait

 

Gnar Model Turnaround

 

Gnar Video Preview

 

 

Base Stats

 

  • Damage: 48 (+3-per-level)
  • Health: 495 (+65-per-level)
  • Movement Speed: 325
  • Armor:21.5 (+2.5-per-level)
  • Magic Resist:30
  • Health-Per-5: 2.5
  • Range: 150

 

Abilities

 

Rage Gene [ Passive ]

While in combat Gnar generates Fury. At maximum Fury, his next ability will transform him into Mega Gnar, granting increased survivability and access to new spells.

 

Boomerang Throw / Boulder Toss [ Q ]

Range: 1100 || Cooldown: 20/17.5/15/12.5/10 seconds

 

Mini Gnar: Throws a boomerang that deals 10/45/80/115/150 (+) physical damage and slows Movement Speed by 15/20/25/30/35% for 2 seconds before returning towards Gnar. Enemies hit beyond the first take 50% damage.

 

Mega Gnar: Throws a boulder that stops when it hits an enemy, slowing all nearby enemies and dealing 10/50/90/130/170 (+) physical damage. If Gnar catches his boomerang or picks up his boulder its cooldown is reduced by 60%.

 

 

Hyper / Wallop [ W ]

 

Mini Gnar: Passive: Every 3rd attack or spell on the same target deals an additional 25/30/35/40/45 (+1) + 6/8/10/12/14% of the target’s max Health as magic damage and grants Gnar % Movement Speed that decays over 3 seconds (max 75/125/175/225/275 damage vs. monsters). Gnar gains Hyper’s speed bonus whenever he turns from Big to Small.

 

Mega Gnar: Stuns enemies in an area for 1.25 seconds, dealing 25/50/75/100/125 (+) physical damage. Cooldown: 12/11/10/9/8 seconds.

 

 

 

Hop / Crunch [ E ]

Range: 475  || Cooldown: 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 seconds

 

Mini Gnar: Leaps to a location, gaining 20/30/40/50/60% Attack Speed for 3 seconds. If Gnar lands on a unit he will bounce off of it, traveling further. Deals 20/60/100/140/180 (+) [6% of Gnar's Max Health] physical damage and slows briefly if the unit landed on was an enemy.

 

Mega Gnar: Leaps to a location and deals 20/60/100/140/180 (+) [6% of Gnar's Max Health] physical damage to all nearby enemies on landing. Enemies Gnar lands directly on top of are slowed briefly.

 

 

GNAR! [ R ]

Range: 590 || Cooldown: 120/100/80 seconds

 

Mini Gnar: Passive: Increases Hyper’s Movement Speed bonus to 45/60/75%.

Mega Gnar: Knocks all nearby enemies in the specified direction, dealing 200/300/400 (+) physical damage and slowing them by 60% for 1.5/1.75/2 seconds. Any enemy that hits a wall takes 150% damage and is stunned instead of slowed.

 

 

Gnar_Splash_0

Gnar Splash Art

 

 

Lore

“The jungle does not forgive blindness. Every broken branch tells a story.

I’ve hunted every creature this jungle has to offer. I was certain there were no challenges left here, but now there is something new. Each track is the size of a tusklord; its claws like scimitars. It could rend a man in half. Finally, worthy prey.

As I stalk my prize through the jungle, I begin to see the damage this thing has wrought. I step into a misshapen circle of splintered trees. These giant wooden sentinels have stood over this land for countless ages, their iron-like hides untouched by the flimsy axes of anyone foolish enough to attempt to cut them down. This thing brushed them aside like they were twigs.

How can a creature with this level of strength disappear so easily? And yet, even though it has left this unmistakable trail of destruction, I have been unable to lay my eye upon it. How can it appear like a hurricane then fade into the jungle like the morning mist?

I thrill in anticipation of finally standing before this creature. It will make a tremendous trophy.

Passing through the clearing, I follow the sound of a stream to get my bearings once more. There I see a small shock of orange fur, crouching, waiting. I spy on it from a distance. A tiny fish splashes out of the stream and the creature scrambles for it, diving gleefully into the rushing water. To my joy, I realize it’s a yordle. And a hunter, at that!

This is a good omen. The beast will be found. Nothing will escape me.

The yordle’s large ears perk up and face towards me. He runs on all fours with a bone boomerang in hand, quickly stopping in front of me. He babbles.

I nod in appreciation at the young yordle and venture onwards. I traverse the difficult terrain with ease, trying to pick up any sign of my quarry. As I try to pick up his scent, a distraction. I’m startled by strange chittering. The yordle followed me. I cannot allow him to disrupt my hunt. I face him and point into the distance. He looks at me quizzically. I need to be more insistent, good omen or no.

I rear back and let out a roar, the wind whipping the yordle’s fur and the ground rumbling beneath us. After a few short seconds, he turns his head and, with what I think could be a smile, he holds up his small boomerang. There can be no further delay. I snatch the weapon out of his hand and expertly throw it into a tree, impaling it high amongst the branches. He turns and scrambles for it, jumping frantically.

I barely get ten paces when a roar shakes me to my very spine. The deafening crack of stone and wood echoes all around. Ahead, a giant tree crashes across my path. The bone weapon of the yordle juts out from its trunk.

An unearthly growl rises behind me.

I’ve made a terrible mistake.”

 

 

PBE Arcade Miss Fortune Skin


 

Arcade Miss Fortune Screens

 

Arcade Miss Fortune Recall

When recalling, Arcade MF plays games on a TV set and shoots Gangplank in the face!… erm, I mean screen.

 

Arcade Miss Fortune – Video Preview

 

 

 

PBE Riot Kayle Skin


 

Riot Kayle Model

 

Riot Kayle E

 

Riot Kayle Recall

For her recall animation, Riot Kayle summons flying drones with searchlights to hover around her.

 

 

PBE Champion Changes

 

Elise New Portrait

 

NeurotoxinNeurotoxin [ Q ]

  • Range decreased from 625 to 550

 

 

Kayle New Portrait

 

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 2.2% to 2.5%

 

 

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Learn all about Gnar in the latest reveal from Riot!

 

 

Recent News

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Time marches on for most, but not Gnar. A yordle born millennia ago, Gnar was captured and trapped in true ice, frozen – quite literally – in time. Civilizations formed and fell as the prehistoric yordle vacantly stared on, but nothing – not even true ice – could confine Gnar forever. After breaking free, he wandered Runeterra until he found himself taken in by his yordle descendants. But, as they would soon discover, there’s a beast behind the boy.

 

 

Abilities

 

 


Gnar PassiveRage Gene [ Passive ]

Gnar builds up rage in combat. Once he fills his rage bar, Gnar’s next ability transforms him into Mega Gnar, giving him bonus armor, magic resist, health and attack damage at the expense of movement speed, attack speed and attack range. If Mini Gnar doesn’t use an ability, he transforms into Mega Gnar after a few seconds anyway. While in Mega Gnar form, his rage slowly runs down, and once it’s exhausted, he turns back into Mini Gnar. After transforming back, Mini Gnar briefly becomes tired and can’t gain rage for a few seconds.

 

 

Gnar Q 1Mini Gnar – Boomerang Throw [ Q ]

Gnar chucks his boomerang in a target direction, dealing damage to the first enemy struck while applying a slow. After striking an enemy, the boomerang slows before returning to Gnar, dealing reduced damage to all enemies in its path. If Gnar catches it, he reduces Boomerang Throw’s cooldown significantly.

 

Gnar Q 2Mega Gnar – Boulder Toss [ Q ]

Gnar launches a huge boulder in a target direction, damaging and slowing the first target in the boulder’s path along with all nearby enemies. Once it’s landed, Gnar can pick the boulder up to reduce Boulder Toss’ cooldown.

 

 

Gnar W 1Mini Gnar – Hyper [ W ]

Every third attack or ability against a target deals percent max health as magic damage. Whenever Hyper triggers, or when Mega Gnar transforms back into Mini Gnar, he gains a moderate movement speed boost that decays over time.

 

Gnar W 2Mega Gnar – Wallop [ W ]

Gnar stands on his back legs before slamming his fists into the ground, damaging and briefly stunning all enemies in front of him.

 

 

Gnar EMini Gnar – Hop [ E ]

Gnar jumps in a target direction and gains a moderate attack speed boost. If Gnar lands on a unit, he bounces, hopping again in the same direction. If Gnar hops onto an enemy unit, he also damages and slows them.

 

Gnar E 2Mega Gnar – Crunch [ E ]

Gnar launches himself in a target direction, damaging and slowing all enemies he lands directly on.

 

 

Gnar RMega Gnar – GNAR! [ R ]

Gnar throws a tantrum, tossing all enemies around him in a target direction. All enemies thrown are slowed and damaged, while enemies thrown into walls, including turrets and base structures, suffer extra damage and are stunned.

 

 

Gameplay

 

 

Gnar’s a prehistoric yordle best suited to the Rift’s top lane. A transform champion with clear strengths and weaknesses in both Mini and Mega forms, Gnar fights best when he anticipates his fits of rage, and come late game, brawls most effectively as a tank or fighter.

 

 

Top Lane

 

Gnar WiP Sketches

 

Gnar’s rage meter fills slowest at the start of the game, so mastering his Mini form is key to a successful early game. Fortunately, Mini Gnar has plenty of tricks up his furry sleeves to keep his more fragile form safe from enemy aggression. Boomerang Throw deals decent damage to his lane opponent, and its slow helps Gnar maintain distance and avoid retaliation. Once unlocked, Hyper applies further damage, helping Gnar gain lane dominance with timely basic attacks and repeated Boomerang Throws. Mini Gnar is best off saving Hop as an escape: it’s a solid disengage ability that he can use on lane opponents or junglers as they come in to take him out.

And then there’s Mega Gnar. A brutal beast with significant crowd control and surprising burst, Mega Gnar brings a completely different playstyle to bear complete with inherent strengths and weaknesses. He’s a juggernaut: slow, strong and resilient, and while he delivers a punishing burst of damage, he has little to follow up with.

While Mini Gnar is nimble enough to dart around the edges of combat, Mega Gnar thrives in the heart of the fight. After Crunching in to face his enemy top laner, quick casts of Boulder Toss and Wallop should see all but the most defensive of enemies pummeled effectively. He has considerable vulnerabilities, though, particular when being ganked. Mega Gnar has no effective means of escape, and has to rely on raw health and resistances to keep him alive as he lumbers back to the safety of his tower. Things change meaningfully once Gnar hits six and gains access to GNAR! While it hits hard enough, the utility is strong enough to save Gnar’s life – and end his enemy’s – particularly when they’ve strayed close to walls. Bait your opponent into the brush as Mini Gnar, then transform and use GNAR! to smash them into the wall, stunning them as you burst them down with the rest of your abilities. If your enemy’s particularly confident and tower dives, use the ability to stun them against your turret. When trying to survive a gank, simply throwing them away should give you the time you need to escape.

 

 

Teamfights

 

More Gnar Sketches!

 

Gnar has three distinct phases during teamfights, each oriented around timing his forms. First, he needs to avoid engaging for a while as Mini Gnar builds up rage, kiting with basic attacks, Boomerang Throw and Hyper’s passive to put a dent in the enemy frontline. Once Gnar’s about to pop, he’s best suited Bouncing in towards the enemy team. Whenever Mini Gnar’s activates an ability with full Rage, he transforms into Mega Gnar while using it, so while the gathered targets might see a small ball of fluff leaping towards them, something very different will land in their midst.

Once Mega Gnar’s landed, his role is to disrupt as much as possible, using Boulder Toss and Wallop to damage and crowd control all nearby enemies. Gnar works best as his team’s tank here, blocking skillshots with his considerable frame and forcing the enemy damage dealers to focus on him. Knowing when to use GNAR! is critical: smart timing can interrupt several enemy abilities simultaneously, while smart positioning can send the entire enemy team crashing into a structure, stunning them all and giving his allies the chance to secure kills.

As Mega Gnar’s Rage meter starts to fade, Mini Gnar’s strengths become an amazing asset in clean-up. He’s fast, he can close gaps with Hop and his basic attacks, which, when numerous enough, trigger Hyper and give Mini Gnar a huge movement speed boost. Add in Boomerang Throw, and Gnar has all the tools he needs to catch and finish off his targets.

 

 

Synergy

 

Works well with

 

 

Lulu - the Fae Sorceress

 

Lulu’s kit handily fills in Gnar’s weaknesses and supplements his strengths in both forms. She can shield Mini Gnar with Help, Pix! whenever he’s under attack, while Whimsy gives Mega Gnar all the movement he needs to help him stick to the enemy team and dish out his AoE damage.

 


 

Amumu - the Sad Mummy

 

Come late game, Gnar thrives when he has a primary tank initiator to follow up on. Amumu’s perfect: his Q to R combo locks down enemy teams, meaning Mega Gnar can Crunch in and complement Amumu’s AoE damage with his own.

 


 

Orianna - the Lady of Clockwork

 

The ball delivery system lives on whenever Mega Gnar leaps into the enemy team! Combining Crunch and Command: Shockwave (Crunchwave?) deals devastating damage, and Orianna can follow up with Command: Dissonance, which slows the enemies and speeds Mega Gnar’s otherwise lumbering gait.

 

 

Struggles against:

 

 

Teemo - the Swift Scout

 

Teemo outranges Gnar and deals enough damage over time with his Toxic Shots to beat him in a war of attrition. The Swift Scout can also blind Gnar in basic attack battles, or turn to Move Quick to dodge everything from boomerangs and boulders to Mega Gnars.

 


 

Irelia - the Will of the Blades

 

Though Gnar can trade well with Irelia over the opening few levels, by level 5, she has all the true damage, sustain, speed and resilience needed to beat Gnar in a fight, meaning the Missing Link has little choice but to farm under tower and rely on jungler support.

 


 

Fizz - the Tidal Trickster

 

Fizz is a problem for both of Gnar’s forms. He’s nimble and powerful enough to burst down Mini Gnar before he has the chance to transform, and Playful/Trickster can dodge Mega Gnar’s considerable power and crowd control, including GNAR!

 

 

Champion Insights

 

Gnar, designed by gypsylord

 

Let’s talk transform!

The scary version of Gnar creeping in

Transform champions have historically been some of the hardest to balance in League of Legends because they frequently end up with a dominant form: pre-4.10 Nidalee worked best in human form unless she needed to execute or run away, and Jayce happily sits in cannon form for the bulk of his games. Giving both forms unique strengths and weaknesses is meaningless when they can just transform at will to lose the weaknesses they had. Let’s look again at Jayce: How’s a melee champion supposed to fight him in a one-on-one scenario if Jayce can duel just as well up close and has the option to transform into an effective ranged champion?

Here’s the central question we posed ourselves: how can we create a new transform champion that feelsfundamentally good to play as and against? Our answer was to make a champion with identifiable strengths and weaknesses in both forms, then limit the player’s ability to control which form they play in. After months of testing, we ended up with the (sometimes) adorable ball of fluff known as Gnar.

So how’s he different? Well, Mini Gnar’s one of the most mobile champions in the game. He boasts good sustained damage and kites incredibly well, but when he does get caught, he dies fast.

On the other hand, Mega Gnar is a colossus. He’s tanky and surprisingly bursty, with strong area of effect and crowd control to boot. But he’s slow, meaning his enemies can pretty much get away simply by walking in the opposite direction. Removing control of the transform from Gnar means that he has to anticipate when he’s about to pop (or er… unpop?), and position and prepare to play in a completely different way, adding extra complexity and depth to his gameplay. This also means that – for the first time – learning how to play during the transitions between Gnar’s forms is just as important as mastering the play styles of his two forms.

We’re excited to see what you make of Runeterra’s next champion. Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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