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The League of Breakdowns: Declare Dominion Over New Items

June 24th, 2013 Leave a comment



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:




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





(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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  1. Beats By Dre Headphones
    October 15th, 2013 at 19:51 | #1
  2. TJ Rize
    July 22nd, 2013 at 15:37 | #2

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

  3. nowak
    July 8th, 2013 at 23:52 | #3

    Dominions is dead, it need ranked q

  4. Bobap
    July 8th, 2013 at 04:56 | #4

    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.

  5. Azorius Senate
    June 29th, 2013 at 04:55 | #5
  6. Jose Minaya (MaxyBley)
    June 28th, 2013 at 11:11 | #6


    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.

  7. joakim
    June 27th, 2013 at 20:08 | #7

    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?

  8. cassiopeia AP guide
    June 27th, 2013 at 06:51 | #8

    Noxius blast, Cassiopeia blasts an area with a delayed high damage poison, granting her increased Movement Speed if she hits a champion.You can easily run escape from your ennemy. At infinity edge she can have 80 more Attack Damage and 25% more Critical Strike Chance.

  9. John
    June 26th, 2013 at 07:45 | #9

    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.

  10. Ajes
    June 25th, 2013 at 22:23 | #10

    dominion is awesome

  11. Diogao
    June 25th, 2013 at 16:21 | #11


    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.

  12. Konokai
    June 25th, 2013 at 15:20 | #12

    Not until they enable botrk on dominion.

  13. rengar
    June 24th, 2013 at 20:32 | #13

    buff me

  14. Riz
    June 24th, 2013 at 18:10 | #14

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

  15. Barky
    June 24th, 2013 at 16:55 | #15

    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.