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The League of Breakdowns: Declare Dominion Over New Items

June 24th, 2013 Leave a comment
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Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the first installment of the League of Breakdown.  Today is a special day because we’re going to look at dominion-specific changes, which will affect about 0.1% of the community. More than that, we’re also going to look at the changes to all the Tear of the Goddess items,  and the different champions which will benefit from these changes, as well as the differences between the Archangel’s and Manamune. First off, the changes!

 

  • Added Dominion variants of several items.

TearTear of the Goddess (Crystal Scar)

  • Mana per charge increased to 5 from 4.

ManamuneManamune (Crystal Scar)

  • Mana per charge increased to 8 from 4.

AAngelArchangel’s Staff (Crystal Scar)

  • Mana per charge increased to 10 from 6.

ROARod of Ages (Crystal Scar)

  • Now gains stacks every 40 seconds, down from 60 seconds.

 

This will allow the few champions who can spam skills at level one much stronger The Crystal Scar. For instance Singed, who can spam his Q and gain significant stacks by the time he leaves the platform.  This will help you get your stacks earlier on, so you don’t end up getting your seraph’s when the game is over. Other champions that should gain power with these changes include:

SingedSquareSinged

KarthusKarthus

AmumuAmumu

MundoDr. Mundo (Because He really needs the Mana as he has none).

 

 

Taric

 

(Of course you can spam skills with other champions, like Ezreal, but most of these have toggles, which will make it very easy to charge up a Tear of the Goddess).

Along with that, the ROA is now granting stacks every 40 seconds. Previously if you bought the ROA it would take twenty minutes to reach full power; this meant you often never reached full stacks.  Now it takes a mere 13.3 minutes to reach full stacks, which makes it more viable on the map- but still only if you rush it.

This makes for some interesting strategies on Dominion. Singed for instance will gain 250 health from a fully-stacked Tear, along with a massive amount of AP thanks to ROA, which will also add mana, which in turn will give extra AP through Seraph’s. This will allow deceptively high damage on Fling, and the ability to bait with the large shield from Seraph’s Embrace. Amumu with a Tear can consistently run his W to shred high-health targets. Karthus is an interesting one, it allows him to run his E near constantly; this will help him to defend a capture point for some time without suddenly running out of mana. It’ll enable Karthus to very quickly get full stacks on the Tear, allowing a TP Revive Karthus to pull off easy chain kills by simply running in, baiting the shield, outputting massive damage, repeat, and ult.

I’ve prepared a special paragraph for my favorite champion which I build Tear-into-Manamune/Muramana on, TARIC. Now, if you intend to play AD/Mana Taric, Tear is an absolute must. The AD given from having mana makes his autoattacks hurt. A lot. At level 18, with a full Tear and all his base-mana, he has 2008. This adds an extra 80+ damage per autoattack, paired with 80 AD from Muramana, and with baseAD, you get 196 AD and 80 extra damage on autoattacks from passive. With ONE item. I love Taric with a burning passion.

There are some other general strategies you can use; the ability to take the storm shield and use a Seraph’s shield adds a deceivingly high amount of tankyness to anybody taking the Tear. Muramana will enable many champions to do massive damage, especially those stacking mana items, such as Ryze. Rod of Ages is a staple on many AP casters, enabling you to have good sustain, balanced with some decent damage, and the mana it provides couples with the AP from Archangels/Seraphs, so it’s quite a strong combo even if the ROA only gives a base 60 AP.

Overall, these changes adapt these items to fit a fast-paced gamemode and are going to make the Crystal Scar more enjoyable. I hope that soon they’ll implement Champion-specific changes like this to Dominion, to suit the shorter, faster-paced game.

Is this going to inspire you to play some dominion?

 

 

 

 

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  • http://pantheonbuild.com TJ Rize

    i love dominion but noticed that other players there are usually full of noobs

  • nowak

    Dominions is dead, it need ranked q

  • Bobap

    @Joakim
    The wiki says RoA stacks 10 times. At 40 seconds a stack that comes out to just over 6 1/2 minutes once you have the item (compared to the typical 10 minutes.) I believe the article was referring more to at which point in the game you could viably have it rushed and stacked by.
    http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Rod_of_Ages

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  • Jose Minaya (MaxyBley)

    @Diogao

    Hey man, if you like to play Dominion just add me (MaxyBley) and we should be playing! I’m not like most of the people I play to have fun :P

    Also here’s a quick tip to winning Dominion. Spread out get the turrets and protect (defend) them. just get 3 and ya should be alright.

  • joakim

    dude, factual error, huge one! roa stacks in 10 mins. not 20. atleast how i remember it. and according to mobafire. u sayin they are wrong? so it cant be stacked at 13 mins. gotta be WAY less. right?

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  • John

    Dominion is fun as I used to play it often but most of the time I feel like my teammates are clueless about dominion and I tend to lose a lot. I’m not sure if this will encourage more players to play dominion, but a nice article nonetheless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AaronErgas Ajes

    dominion is awesome

  • Diogao

    @Barky

    I actualy love dominion but I don’t play dominion for 2 reasons:
    1-I have a wooden pc -.- :( (but i’m waiting for a new pc)
    2-every time i play dominion everyone on my team calls me noob and never gives me constructive criticism.

  • Konokai

    Not until they enable botrk on dominion.

  • rengar

    buff me

  • Riz

    I love me some dominion. My entire group of friends pretty much only plays dominion. Thanks for the update!

  • Barky

    It’s a shame that more people don’t play this. It’s about the same length of time as an aram and it’s NONSTOP. There is a very small community of dominoneers out there, and they love their Crystal Scar. Nice paragraph on Taric btw =D.