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PBE Round-up: Patch 6.3

February 5th, 2016

 

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Patch 6.3 will go live in the early hours of February 10th, assuming there are no delays. Here’s all the upcoming content:

 

Balance

Store Content

Miscellaneous

 

PBE content that’s still in testing and won’t come out with 6.3:

 


Champion Changes

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMark of the Assassin Final IconMark of the Assassin [ Q ]

  • Triggering the mark now restores 40 energy at all ranks, increased from 20/25/30/35/40.

 

Buff BoxShadow Dance Final IconShadow Dance [ R ]

  • Dash speed increased from 1600 to 2000.

 

 

 

Alistar Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalHeadbutt Final IconHeadbutt [ W ]

  • W + Q combo is now easier to chain.

 

 

Nerf BoxTriumphant Roar Final IconTriumphant Roar [ E ]

  • Mana Cost increased from 40/50/60/70/80 to 50/60/70/80/90;
  • Cooldown increased from 12 seconds at all ranks to 16.

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxPhosphorus Bomb Final IconPhosphorus Bomb [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 80/130/180/230/280 to 70/120/170/220/270.

 


Nerf BoxMissile Barrage Final IconMissile Barrage [ R ]

  • Cooldown to gain a charge increased from 12/10/8 seconds to 12/11/10.

 

 

 

Ekko Final Champion Portrait

 

Buff BoxTimewinder Final IconTimewinder [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 11/10/9/8/7 seconds to 9/8.5/8/7.5/7.

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBarrel Roll Final IconBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Slow duration is now always 2 seconds, regardless of how long the barrel was charged for (1.3 – 2 seconds on live);

 

Buff BoxDrunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Damage is now additionally dealt to enemies around the initial target;
  • Channel time decreased from 1 second at all ranks to 0.75.

 
Here’s the new AoE change on [ W ]:

Gragas smacking W
 


Graves Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxNew Destiny Final IconNew Destiny [ Passive ]

  • Shotgun pellets no longer knock back the Rift Scuttler.

 

 

Nerf BoxEnd of the Line Final IconEnd of the Line [ Q ]

  • Damage on returning hit decreased from 85/145/205/265/325 [+0.4/0.6/0.8/1/1.2 Bonus AD] to 85/135/185/235/285 [+0.4/0.55/0.7/0.85/1 Bonus AD];
  • If [ Q ] hits terrain, there’s now a 0.25 second delay before the returning hit triggers.

 

Buff BoxQuickdraw Final IconQuickdraw [ E ]

  • Duration of True Grit passive [bonus Armor & MR] increased from 4 seconds to 5.

 

 

 

Illaoi Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTest of Spirit Final IconTest of Spirit [ E ]

  • Mana Cost decreased from 35/45/55/65/75 to 35/40/45/50/55;
  • Allies can now kill Tentacles to get rid of the Spirit debuff, provided they hit a tentacle within 5 seconds of your hit.

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRelentless Assault Final IconRelentless Assault [ Passive ]

  • Maximum number of stacks increased from 6 to 8;
  • Bonus Attack Speed per stack decreased from 4/6/8/10/12/14% to 3.5/5/6.5/8/9.5/11%;
  • Total Attack Speed increased from 24/36/48/60/72/84% to 28/40/52/64/76/88%.

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRenewal Final IconRenewal [ R + W ]

  • Karma will now receive the second heal, even if the target dies during the duration of the leash.

 

 

Kogmaw Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxCaustic Spittle Final IconCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

  • Passive Attack Speed bonus moved from [ Q ] to [ W ].

 

 

Buff BoxBio Arcane Barrage Final IconBio-Arcane Barrage [ W ]

  • Now has Caustic Spittle’s passive [+15/20/25/30/35% bonus Attack Speed];
  • Also has a minimum base magic damage of 15 on the 2% of Max HP on-hit buff.

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

  • Damage changed from 40/70/100/130/160 [+0.7 Bonus AD] to 40/65/90/115/140 [+0.8 Bonus AD];
  • Damage to minions increased from 80% to 100%.

 

Nerf BoxHeroic Charge Final IconHeroic Charge [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 12/11/10/9/8 seconds to 14/13/12/11/10.

 

 

Nerf BoxKeepers Verdict Final IconKeeper’s Verdict [ R ]

  • Knock-up duration from instantly releasing the spell decreased from 2 seconds to 1.

 

 

 

Rengar Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBola_StrikeBola Strike [ E ]

  • Cast delay while jumping decreased from 0.25 to 0.125.

 

 

 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxArcane Mastery Final IconArcane Mastery [ Passive ]

  • While Ryze is superchaged, only his next five spells have their cooldown reduced by Overload’s CD.

 

Buff BoxDesperate Power Final IconDesperate Power [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 80/60/40 seconds to 50/40/30.

 

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

[ Bonus ] Here’s the buffed Xin Zhao soloing Dragon at level 3 after a standard jungle clear.

 

Buff BoxBattle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

  • Passive heal on third hit now additionally scales with 0.2 of Bonus AD;
  • Additionally, the third hit critically strikes for 25/37.5/50/62.5%/75% bonus physical damage.

[ Note ] If you have a Sated Devourer, it will NOT reduce the attacks needed to proc the crit.

 

Change BoxAudacious Charge Final IconAudacious Charge [ E ]

  • Cooldown changed from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 12 at all ranks.

 

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDeath Mark Final IconDeath Mark [ R ]

  • Damage decreased from 30/40/50% to 25/35/45%.

 

 

 

Ziggs Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMega Inferno Bomb Final IconMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Damage in the center increased from 250/375/500 [+0.9 AP] to 300/450/600 [+1.1 AP];
  • Enemies away from the center take 66% of the damage, decreased from 80%.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxBoots of Swiftness Final IconBoots of Swiftness

  • Recipe cost increased from 500 Gold to 600 (total cost up from 800 Gold to 900).

 

 

Buff BoxBoots of Mobility Final IconBoots of Mobility

  • Movement Speed bonus when out of combat increased from 105 to 115.

 

 

Nerf BoxDead Mans Plate Final IconDead Man’s Plate

  • Slow strength decreased from 75% to 50%;
  • Recipe cost increased from 1000 Gold to 1100 [total cost up from 2800 Gold to 2900].

 

New Item BoxDuskblade of Draktharr Final IconDuskblade of Draktharr

Grants 75 Attack Damage and 5% Movement Speed;

Recipe: Serrated Dirk Final Icon Serrated Dirk [1100 Gold] + BF Sword Final Icon B.F. Sword [1300 Gold] + 850 Gold Recipe Cost = 3250 Gold Total;

UNIQUE Passive: Grants 10 Armor Penetration;

UNIQUE Passive: Hitting an enemy Champion with a basic attack applies Nightfall to them [120 second CD];

Nightfall: After 2 seconds, the target is dealt 90 [+25% of Missing HP] physical damage. If you score a kill or an assist before Nightfall triggers, the passive’s cooldown is reset.

 
Here’s a video of how the Nightfall detonation looks like:


Dusk in Store

 

Change BoxFrozen Heart Final IconFrozen Heart

  • Recipe cost increased from 700 Gold to 800 [total cost unchanged due to 100 Gold cost decrease on Warden’s Mail].

 

Nerf BoxIonian Boots of Lucidity Final IconIonian Boots of Lucidity

  • Recipe cost increased from 500 Gold to 600 (total cost up from 800 Gold to 900).

 

 

Buff BoxKircheis Shard Final IconKircheis Shard

  • On-hit magic damage from Energized attack increased from 30 to 40.

 

 

Buff BoxPhantom Dancer Final IconPhantom Dancer

  • Range on Spectral Waltz passive increased from 500 to 550;
  • Recipe Cost decreased from 900 Gold to 650 (total cost down from 2800 to 2550).

 

Buff BoxRanduins Omen Final IconRanduin’s Omen

  • Health increased from 450 to 500.
  • Recipe cost increased from 900 Gold to 1000 [total cost unchanged].

 

Nerf BoxRapid Firecannon Final IconRapid Firecannon

  • Magic damage on Firecannon passive proc decreased from 50-200 to 50-160 [scales with Champion level];
  • Bonus Movement Speed decreased from 7% to 5%.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalRavenous Hydra Final IconRavenous Hydra

  • Tooltip now states that damage dealt by the splash now only applies 50% of player’s total Life Steal, not 100%.

 

Buff BoxSeekers Armguard Final IconSeeker’s Armguard

  • Recipe now requires one more Cloth_Armor Cloth Armor;
  • Recipe cost decreased from 465 Gold to 165 (total cost unchanged);
  • Initial Armor increased from 25 to 30.

 
Seekers Armguard New Recipe


Buff BoxStatikk_ShivStatikk Shiv

  • Magic damage on Shiv Lightning passive proc increased from 30-100 to 50-120 [scales with Champion level].

 

Buff BoxSunfire Cape Final IconSunfire Cape

  • Now deals 50% more damage to minions and neutral monsters.

 

 

Buff BoxWardens Mail Final IconWarden’s Mail

  • Cost decreased from 1100 Gold to 1000.

 

 

 

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Quality of Life Box FinalBond of Stone Final IconBond of Stone

If you’re below 5% of your Maximum HP, the 6% of damage taken by allies won’t be redirected to you.

 

New Item BoxExpose Weakness Final IconExpose Weakness [ Tier 2 Ferocity ]

  • Expose your most recently damaged enemy Champion to take 2% more damage from allies.

 

Expose Weakness

 

 

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Dragon Final IconDragon Buffs

  • Dragon’s Wrath [2nd Stack] – Grants your attacks on turrets an additional firey burn for 30 damage over 2 seconds. / Old version: Grants 15% damage to towers/buildings.
  • Dragon’s Dominance [4th Stack]– You take 20% less damage from turrets. / Old version: Grants 15% damage to minions/monsters.

 

 

SWEETHEART SONA Banner

Sweetheart Sona will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

Sona_Splash_7 Sona_7

 

MODEL Banner

Sweetheart Sona Model 1 Sweetheart Sona Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Sweetheart Sona Recall 1 Sweetheart Sona Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 1 Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 2

 

HYMN OF VALOR Q

Sweetheart Sona Q 2 Heartseeker Sona Q 2

 

ARIA OF PERSERVERANCE W

Sweetheart Sona W 2 Heartseeker Sona W 2

 

SONG OF CELERITY E

Sweetheart Sona E 2 Heartseeker Sona E 2

 

CRESCENDO R

Sweetheart Sona R 2 Sweetheart Sona R 1

 

 

HEARTSEEKER ORIANNA Banner

Heartseeker Orianna will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

Orianna_Splash_6 OriannaLoadScreen_6

 

MODEL Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Model 1 Heartseeker Orianna Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Recall 1 Heartseeker Orianna Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Basic Attack 1

 

COMMAND ATTACK Q

Heartseeker Orianna Q 2 Heartseeker Orianna Q 1

 

COMMAND DISSONANCE W

Heartseeker Orianna W 1

 

COMMAND PROTECT E

Heartseeker Orianna E

 

COMMAND SHOCKWAVE R

Heartseeker Orianna R 1 Heartseeker Orianna R 2

 

 

HARPSEEKER WARD SKIN Banner

The Harpseeker ward skin will be in store for 640 RP.

 

Harpseeker Ward Skin 1

 

 

New Summoner Icons

Three Valentine’s Day-themed icons are on the PBE. No news yet on how to get these:

 

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Gragas has received updated icons for his spells. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

GragasPassiveHeal GragasBarrelRoll GragasDrunkenRage GragasBodySlam GragasExplosiveCask

 

Lux also has new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

LuxIlluminatingFraulein LuxCrashingBlitz2 LuxPrismaWrap LuxLightStrikeKugel LuxFinaleFunkeln

 

Shaco‘s also received icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E, R and R while clone is active.

Jester_CarefulStrikes Jester_ManiacalCloak2 Jester_DeathWard Jester_IncrediblyPrecise Jester_HallucinogenBomb Jester_HallucinogenBomb_R

 


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Balance

Store Content

 

[ 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.

[ Note ] Hextech Crafting is back on the PBE for testing. You can find my gude on how the new system works HERE.

 


Champion Changes

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMark of the Assassin Final IconMark of the Assassin [ Q ]

  • Triggering the mark now restores 40 energy at all ranks, increased from 20/25/30/35/40.

 

Buff BoxShadow Dance Final IconShadow Dance [ R ]

  • Dash speed increased from 1600 to 2000.

 

 


Ekko Final Champion Portrait

 

Buff BoxTimewinder Final IconTimewinder [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 11/10/9/8/7 seconds to 9/8.5/8/7.5/7.

 

 


Gragas Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBarrel Roll Final IconBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Slow duration is now always 2 seconds, regardless of how long the barrel was charged for (1.3 – 2 seconds on live).
  • Cooldown decreased from 11/10/9/8/7 seconds to 9/8.5/8/7.5/7

 


Graves Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxEnd of the Line Final IconEnd of the Line [ Q ]

  • Bonus AD ratio on returning hit decreased from 0.4/0.6/0.8/1/1.2 to 0.4/0.55/0.7/0.85/1;
  • If [ Q ] hits terrain, there’s now a 0.25 second delay before the returning hit triggers.

 

Buff BoxQuickdraw Final IconQuickdraw [ E ]

  • Duration of True Grit passive [bonus Armor & MR] increased from 4 seconds to 5.

 

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRelentless Assault Final IconRelentless Assault [ Passive ]

  • Maximum number of stacks increased from 6 to 8;
  • Bonus Attack Speed per stack decreased from 4/6/8/10/12/14% to 3.5/5/6.5/8/9.5/11%;
  • Total Attack Speed increased from 24/36/48/60/72/84% to 28/40/52/64/76/88%.

 

Nerf BoxGrandmasters Might Final IconGrandmaster’s Might [ R ]

  • AP Ratio on empowered hits decreased from 0.7 to 0.6;
  • AP Ratio on bonus Magic Resist from active decreased from 0.7 to 0.6.

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRenewal Final IconRenewal [ R + W ]

  • Karma will now receive the second heal, even if the target dies during the duration of the leash.

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

  • Damage changed from 40/70/100/130/160 [+0.7 Bonus AD] to 40/65/90/115/140 [+0.8 Bonus AD];
  • Damage to minions increased from 80% to 100%.

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

[ Bonus ] Here’s the buffed Xin Zhao soloing Dragon at level 3 after a standard jungle clear.

 

Buff BoxBattle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

  • Passive heal on third hit now additionally scales with 0.3 of Bonus AD;
  • Additionally, the third hit critically strikes for 160/170/180/190/200% physical damage.

 

Change BoxAudacious Charge Final IconAudacious Charge [ E ]

  • Cooldown changed from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 12 at all ranks.

 

 

 

Ziggs Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMega Inferno Bomb Final IconMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Damage in the center increased from 250/375/500 [+0.9 AP] to 300/450/600 [+1.1 AP];
  • Enemies away from the center take 66% of the damage, decreased from 80%.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxDead Mans Plate Final IconDead Man’s Plate

  • Slow strength decreased from 75% to 50%;
  • Recipe cost increased from 1000 Gold to 1100 [total cost up from 2800 Gold to 2900].

 

 

New Item BoxDuskblade of Draktharr Final IconDuskblade of Draktharr

Grants 75 Attack Damage and 5% Movement Speed;

Recipe: Serrated Dirk Final Icon Serrated Dirk [1100 Gold] + BF Sword Final Icon B.F. Sword [1300 Gold] + 850 Gold Recipe Cost = 3250 Gold Total;

UNIQUE Passive: Grants 10 Armor Penetration;

UNIQUE Passive: Hitting an enemy Champion with a basic attack applies Nightfall to them [120 second CD];

Nightfall: After 2 seconds, the target is dealt 90 [+25% of Missing HP] physical damage. If you score a kill or an assist before Nightfall triggers, the passive’s cooldown is reset.

 

Dusk in Store

 

Change BoxFrozen Heart Final IconFrozen Heart

  • Recipe cost increased from 700 Gold to 800 [total cost unchanged due to 100 Gold cost decrease on Warden’s Mail].

 

Buff BoxRanduins Omen Final IconRanduin’s Omen

  • Health increased from 450 to 500.
  • Recipe cost increased from 900 Gold to 1000 [total cost unchanged].

 

Nerf BoxRavenous Hydra Final IconRavenous Hydra

  • Damage dealt by the splash now only applies 50% of player’s total Life Steal, decreased from 100%.

 

Buff BoxSunfire Cape Final IconSunfire Cape

  • Now deals 50% more damage to minions and neutral monsters.

 

 

Buff BoxWardens Mail Final IconWarden’s Mail

  • Cost decreased from 1100 Gold to 1000.

 

 

 

SWEETHEART SONA Banner

Sweetheart Sona will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Sweetheart Sona Model 1 Sweetheart Sona Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Sweetheart Sona Recall 1 Sweetheart Sona Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 1 Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 2

 

HYMN OF VALOR Q

Sweetheart Sona Q 2 Heartseeker Sona Q 2

 

ARIA OF PERSERVERANCE W

Sweetheart Sona W 2 Heartseeker Sona W 2

 

SONG OF CELERITY E

Sweetheart Sona E 2 Heartseeker Sona E 2

 

CRESCENDO R

Sweetheart Sona R 2 Sweetheart Sona R 1

 

PBE Bugs Feedback Thread Sweetheart Sona

KateyKhaos Final PortraitOnly you can love me, Summoner.~

Sweetheart Sona is 975 RP and includes –

  • New model and texture, including a harp-style Etwahl!
  • New recall animation!
  • New particles for all of her skills – hearts and glitter!
  • New sound effects on her recall animation!

Sweetheart Sona is now available to play on PBE! Please note that PBE content is still a work in progress! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, as well as constructive feedback, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you’ve got any questions, post ‘em here, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

*Prices on PBE subject to change.

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HEARTSEEKER ORIANNA Banner

Heartseeker Orianna will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Model 1 Heartseeker Orianna Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Recall 1 Heartseeker Orianna Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Basic Attack 1

 

COMMAND ATTACK Q

Heartseeker Orianna Q 2 Heartseeker Orianna Q 1

 

COMMAND DISSONANCE W

Heartseeker Orianna W 1

 

COMMAND PROTECT E

Heartseeker Orianna E

 

COMMAND SHOCKWAVE R

Heartseeker Orianna R 1 Heartseeker Orianna R 2

 

PBE Bugs Feedback Thread Heartseeker Orianna

KateyKhaos Final Portrait We will kill your enemies with hearts and glitter – that will be fun!

Heartseeker Orianna is 1350 RP and includes –

  • New model and texture for her and the Ball!
  • New recall animation – he loves me, he loves me not. (Can robots even love?)
  • New particles for all of her skills – pink, pink, and more pink!
  • New sound effects on all skills and recall animation!

Heartseeker Orianna is now available to play on PBE! Please note that PBE content is still a work in progress! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, as well as constructive feedback, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you’ve got any questions, post ‘em here, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

*Prices on PBE subject to change.

January 27th – We’re aware of an issue where Heartseeker Orianna’s recall is missing her props!

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HARPSEEKER WARD SKIN Banner

The Harpseeker ward skin will be in store for 640 RP.

 

Harpseeker Ward Skin 1

 

 

New Summoner Icons

Three Valentine’s Day-themed icons are on the PBE. No news yet on how to get these:

 

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

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Will skins in the future be delayed past their relevant event

KateyKhaos Final PortraitWe’ve stated that we’ve got some stuff planned for Snowdown. In a case like that, yes, skins would be held for that event. There will still be instances where you won’t see a champion skin for a bit due to them being a part of an event/group of skins that will be released.

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What’s the status of Shens rework

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Meddler Final PortraitIt’s high ish on our list of smaller reworks (smaller as in some gameplay changes, with visual/audio changes as needed to support those, rather than a full relaunch). Marksmen polish, bug fixing and followup, plus Poppy, are the champion update team’s big priorities at the moment though. Shen’s rework definitely won’t be this year, early next year’s looking like it could be feasible though.

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Do youve an ETA for when Akalis rework will be released

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Meddler Final PortraitWe don’t have a timeline for Akali at present. Could be a moderate time after Shen, could be a long time after.

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Why not tackle assassins after your Juggernaut Marksman updates

Meddler Final PortraitWe haven’t decided which class to tackle after marksmen. Assassins are definitely a possibility, but still just one of several options we’re talking about. If doing assassins we’d definitely want to sync an Akali rework with that of course.

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Do youve any plans for Talon

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Meddler Final PortraitIt’d be good to do some work on him someday, give him some more distinction from standard assassin tools, a more meaningful passive and better counterplay. No current plans for that though, that’ll likely wait until we tackle assassins at a group whenever that is.

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Whats happening with the Taric rework

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Meddler Final PortraitFor quite a long time we were blocked from working on Taric because we hadn’t found what we felt was the right way to update him without losing core parts of his character. A little while back we found a direction that we’re really happy with, so we’re now in a position where we can look at putting him into the pipeline.

Progress in terms of direction and goals basically, rather than progress in terms of producing the actual character for the game.

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Will the new Champion Select roll out to ARAM 3v3 and Dominion

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[ Note ] You can find an in-game preview of the new Champion Select HERE.

Lyte Final PortraitWe have to first finish the “Blind Pick” version of this experience, then we’ll figure out how we want to tackle unique maps.

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Four premades in SoloQ will have full control over the surrender vote

Lyte Final PortraitIt’s pretty easy to detect if 4:1 premades are surrendering too early, holding the 5th player hostage, so on and so forth. It’s also super easy to resolve, including things like forcing 4:1 premades to have unanimous votes to trigger a Surrender. At the end of the day, there’s way less toxicity to 4:1 situations than players are portraying right now.

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Will we ever get the chance to kick a player from Champion Select

Lyte Final PortraitThe new Champ Select should solve a lot of conflicts because of the system design and things like Pick Intent, Pick 2 Positions, and Distributed Bans. However, if there are still meaningful negative experiences in Champ Select, we’ve considered allowing players to queue dodge and “report” a player and supply a reason. If the reported player was being toxic, we could make sure there’s no queue dodge penalties. But, for us to do this feature there would need to be meaningful Champ Select toxicity, say greater than 5% of lobbies.

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Will you solve the issue of players trollbanning other peoples pick intents

Lyte Final PortraitIf a player wants to troll, they are going to find a way to do it whether Pick Intent exists or not.

We believe Pick Intent is still a net-positive feature, and provides more value than damage. What we did notice was that by introducing Distributed Bans, far less players trolled Pick Intent. Because nearly every player has a “powerful” choice in Champ Select (whether it’s a ban, or 1st/2nd pick), players are less likely to troll one another in the drafting process because that other player could counter you with something equally damaging.

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How do you plan to balance premade groups playing in high ELO queues

Lyte Final PortraitThere’s a weird misconception around high MMR queues.

We can’t predict exactly what will happen, but here’s a few scenarios:

1) High MMR players will group together with their high MMR friends, and we’ll get to watch some pretty crazy matches between players from different pro teams queuing together. This will be highly competitive and entertaining.

2) High MMR players will decide to all go solo, so it’ll be just like Solo/Duo Queue today except sometimes they’ll face off against premade teams from a lower skill tier.

High MMR players are already waiting in queues and being repeatedly matched with lower tier players, or placed with teams that have Duo Queues of lower skill. This already happens, and won’t be fixed with Dynamic Queues. It’s not really easy to fix the problem of “not enough high tier players” in a queue 😛

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Why do the last three players in the new Champ Select get to ban

Lyte Final PortraitPlayer 1 and 2 get first and second pick, which we’ve seen are also “valuable” choices in Champ Select.

Whether we add more bans or not is a super complex topic that Ghostcrawler or Meddler have talked about before, so I don’t want to dig into it here again.

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What if a team with one Bronze Silver Gold Plat Diamond player queues

Lyte Final PortraitYou can’t even create that team because Tier Restrictions still exist in Dynamic Queues. Your team has to be within 2 tiers of each other.

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Will we be able to trade picks in the new Champ Select

Lyte Final PortraitYes, there’s still a Trade Phase in the new Champ Select.

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Can we just fill any team role

Lyte Final PortraitYou can do this! Just select “Fill” as your Primary position and queue up.

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What if I get countered or the Champions for the role I picked are banned

Lyte Final PortraitActually, just like in today’s Champ Select, if you really have to you can negotiate with your team to swap positions. Just like today, you could go, “Hey guys, I really can’t do well versus a Darius Top, anyone mind swapping positions with me?”

We’re not removing any functionality, you can still do this stuff today.

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Premade groups will ruin Solo Queue in Master Challenger ELOs

Lyte Final PortraitI’ll be honest, anyone that says they can predict how Dynamic Queues will shake out for high MMR players is just making a wild assumption at this time.

Even we can’t make a prediction about what will happen, but we can map out the scenarios. IF Dynamic Queues are dramatically destroying the experience for many players, we’ll know and we’ll figure out how to solve it. To say we should never try something because of a hypothetical scenario is being risk-averse. We have to be OK taking risks once in awhile if we want to keep pushing League’s potential.

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Will we be able to lock Champions to prevent them from being banned

Lyte Final PortraitWhen we introduced Pick Intent, it was critical that we also introduce Distributed Bans. Because every player has a “powerful” choice in Champ Select (either 1st/2nd pick, or a ban) we saw less trolling of Pick Intent because every player had some leverage over the other players. It’s a weird dynamic, but Distributed Bans were effective in reducing trolling. We do not intend on allowing players to “lock” something from being banned during Pick Intent because that could introduce far more damage than positive in the long run–imagine preventing a ban of an S-Tier champion that gets first picked by the opposing team. Chaos would ensue.

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Can we be allowed to report players during Champion Select

Lyte Final PortraitNot at this time. If there are still significant toxicity issues in Champ Select, we may introduce a feature to allow a player to dodge, and report a player and supply a reason for their dodge. With some machine learning magic, we could assess this report in real-time and remove any potential queue dodge penalties as well. But, this feature is pretty costly, so it’d have to be worth doing.

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Have you considered allowing players to queue for one role only

Lyte Final PortraitOne of the big criticisms of Team Builder Classic was queue times, so forcing everyone to choose at least 2 positions really, really improves queue times and ensures queue health. By allowing players to only select 1 position (even if they understand they are waiting longer to play that 1 position), it significantly influences the entire matchmaking ecosystem if only 20% of players choose 1 position only. To us, it’s not worth damaging the entire health of the queue to give players this amount of control.

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Why not group premades with premades rather than with solo players

Lyte Final PortraitThis pretty much already happens. We’ve made a few changes to the matchmaker so similar group comps are paired against each other. Premade 5s pair more with Premade 5s, before being paired with 4:1 or 3:2 for example. I’ll also note that really, the vast majority of players wanted Dynamic Queues, but of course Reddit is a pretty hardcore demographic and once a thread swings one direction, generally the opposition are not going to jump in to voice an opinion. Most players also don’t realize when they are in games with premades. Nearly 100% of Ranked Games has a Duo Queue today, but players only remember the games when Duo Queues were negative.

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Wont queues be just as long as with Team Builder if no one picks Support

Lyte Final PortraitActually, with the “Fill” position, we’re in a pretty good spot for position distributions. We’re also willing to incentivize the in-demand positions with some small bonuses from the future crafting system.

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Heroes of the Storm had groups in Solo Queue and the feature was removed

Lyte Final PortraitTo be clear, Blizzard’s reasons had to do with skill disparity and variance on teams.

We’ve added multiple matchmaking features that solve this problem including Tier Restrictions (you can’t queue with friends beyond a certain tier in skill). Also, CS:GO has a Dynamic Queue system that works pretty well, so you can’t just point to 1 game and say “it’s a bad idea because that game moved away from it.”

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Lyte Final PortraitWe’re also doing a lot of features like Clubs to help players find more friends to play with, and make more friends. We don’t have to do one or the other, we have to try many things!

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Why not split your feature into a Solo Queue and Small Group Queue

Lyte Final PortraitSplitting the queues into a Pure Solo and Group Queue would have all the queue health problems that we (and other studios) have faced before. When you have a smaller playerbase on a server like Turkey, both queues would be negative experiences. The more you segregate your playerbase, the worse the experience in each island.

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Why not add voice chat if youre trying to make League more teamoriented

Lyte Final PortraitWe’ve been doing a lot of research on voice chat and the impact it has on the game experience. We have some ideas for how we’d like to solve the negatives that voice chat has, but no teams are actively working on integrated voice chat for League. As you can tell with the 2016 Ranked changes, we are trying to make League more of a team sport, which does make voice comms more valuable.

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Skill ranking is irrelevant to how effective group matchmaking is

Lyte Final PortraitWhen players make statements like “Skill Ranking” means nothing, it might not actually reflect reality.

What does it mean for “Skill Ranking” to mean something? Technically, it means things like if I have Player A (1200 MMR) against Player B (1200 MMR) they will reliably win 50% of their matches against each other over 100s of games. It means things like if I have Player A (1240 MMR) against Player B (1200 MMR), Player A will win their matches 54% of the time if you’re using the basic Elo equation from Chess. Of course, this is a simplified model because most PvP games are team-based so there’s additional variables… but you get the point.

I don’t think players can concretely say that in CS:GO, the Dynamic Queue system is so bad that a significant number of matchups are erroneous and therefore Skill Rating means nothing. On average, a higher skill player will still beat a lower skill player. The question is, how consistently does this happen? If a higher skill player beats a lower skill player at a predictable % of the time, I think the system is working effectively. If a higher skill player should beat a lower skill player 60% of the time, but only beats them 40% of the time on average, something is broken.

I may have gotten a bit too into the math weeds here, but unless you can see the data like Valve (or like us), you can’t simply conclude that Skill Ratings mean nothing in Dynamic Queues. Could it become less accurate than before? Yes. However, if 30% more players enjoy Ranked, and Skill Rating means 2% less… is that a valuable tradeoff? Maybe. Until we try this out for a bit, we don’t know what those numbers will be and what the tradeoffs are, so it’s too early to make wild assumptions.

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Why do you think 41 queues will level out at 50 winrate for the solo player

Lyte Final PortraitWe’ve dug into examples like this many times before, and it’s generally because the Normal MMRs of the players don’t reflect their Ranked MMRs. This is a known problem that we have some fixes for called “Splashing.” Basically, as your Ranked MMR increases, we “splash” some points into the other queue MMRs to make sure they are all tied a bit closer. But, in practice this didn’t work too well because a lot of higher tier players mess around in Normals or only want to play casual in Normals with friends, so they DIDN’T want their Ranked MMR to affect other queues.

Long story short, it does look bad, but actually if you look at the matches holistically, you still have very close to a 50% win rate in those matches.

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Why not learn from Normal games how premade behavior affects queues

Lyte Final PortraitThis is exactly why we’d like to work in Normal Draft Queues first, because they are a close model of how a Dynamic Queue might work. We’re also testing “Ranked Queues” in NA and TR, to get an even closer model of how things might shake out.

We’ll know more soon, we just need players to give us a chance to try things before jumping up in arms and condemning it. We aren’t crazy, and we know this is risky–but, we want to try.

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How did you gather data that suggests most players want Dynamic Ranked

Lyte Final PortraitWe run random sample surveys across the entire global playerbase regularly, so we tend to get a nice representative response from all demographics–the hardcore, the average, the player that never visits forums, the player that visits Reddit 8x a day, etc.

 

The truth is, in every survey we’ve done, the majority of players were interested in Dynamic Queue. That doesn’t mean we just use that data point and force Dynamic Queue on everyone because we also saw that a non-trivial number of players were solo purists, and loved the idea of “true” Solo Queue and their experiences may get slightly worse because of Dynamic Queue. So, we assessed all the potential negatives that Dynamic Queue had, and implemented upgrades or new features that tried to address them. Did we succeed in making it overall a great experience for the vast majority of players? We don’t know yet. We need to try, collect data, learn, and iterate.

That’s how design is.

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I think the queue change will contribute to the communitys declining skill level

Lyte Final PortraitI don’t believe skill level required to be a top tier player has diminished over time. In fact, it’s increased over time.

1) When you look at Ranked data, most players are only proficient at 2 positions. 2.2, to be specific. There wasn’t really a time period in League history where players were proficient at all 5 positions. In the new Champ Select, you still have to master at least 2 positions to rank up effectively.

2) As the game has matured, the skill level required to compete has only steadily increased. There are more websites, guides, blogs, deep analysis on game mechanics than ever before which is improving education of players on game mastery. There is more infrastructure in eSports (for highschool, colleges, and pro) than ever before, and it’s greatly improving the ‘average’ skill level of top players. 4-5 years ago, there was no true understanding of ‘optimal’ ways to play the game, and you didn’t have to understand little nuances to be in the Top 500 players in the world. Today, by about Level 15, players already are beginning to get a feel for the meta, what champions are effective at what positions, etc. A top player today would absolutely crush a top player from a few years ago.

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What the majority of players want may not be whats good for the community

Lyte Final PortraitIt’s getting late–I need to get some rest so will skip some of your bigger discussions for now. At the risk of sounding offensive (which is NOT my intention with this reply), couldn’t we use the same arguments against solo purists? What if Dynamic Queue is something solo purists say they don’t want, but actually is better for them in the long run too?

 

My point is, I agree that players sometimes say one thing, but mean another. Or, sometimes players really don’t know what they actually want. But, I’d be wary assuming “the other population” is the one that doesn’t know what they want, and your population knows exactly what you want and that you must be right. It’s a game designer’s job to try to figure out the reality behind the fog, and try to understand what is actually the best experience–but I’ll be the first to say that it’s hard, and sometimes we’ll get it wrong. This might be one of those times, it might not be. But, we’re willing to give it a go and pivot as necessary–even if it’s mid-season.

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Marksman Update in the 2016 Season

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Ezreal Final PortraitChampion Update team here! While you’ve probably already seen the big changes due for marksmen (if you haven’t, check it all out here http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/site/2016-season-update/preseason.html ), we wanted to set aside a moment for a deeper dive. The new marksmen update comes hot on the heels of the juggernauts update (http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/page/gameplay-update-juggernauts ) and, with so much changing so fast, we think it’s a good idea to pause for a more philosophical reflection.

But first, a quick look back.

When we set out to tackle the juggernauts, we were working with a whole lot of unknowns. This was a set of champions that didn’t have much in the way of strategic identity. By really highlighting their strengths, we gave them clear ways to succeed (and fail) in an unfamiliar environment. Making something from nothing is a really interesting space to work in and we think we’ve achieved our philosophical goal with many of them. The tricky bit, however, was calibrating the juggernaut’s appropriate weaknesses against their raw power.

With marksmen, we have a few advantages. First, because the class as a whole already has a clear function and they’re played in pretty much every game of League, we have a much stronger understanding of their capabilities and expectations. Additionally, because the core weakness of every marksman is “blow ‘em up,” they have some pretty clear checks in place when it comes to solo-carrying games.

Looking forward, our vision remains consistent: We want to give each updated champion a unique reason to be brought to a game, and we want each champion to feel different whether playing against, as, or with. For some, this means sharpening what they already do well, or should do well. For others, it means finding new elements that make them feel special. We want you to have a reason to pick Graves over Lucian, and vice-versa, outside of just dealing more damage.

Our additional goal is to ensure basic attacks between marksmen are as differentiated as possible. This is a new goal that’s very important for this group in particular, given how reliant they are on basic attacks.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the changes. We’ll be throwing out a high-level overview of the updates before we go a little deeper on the philosophy behind them, in case you haven’t checked out the site.

 

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“This calls for the ol’ double-barreled ‘Hello.’”

Graves’ double-barreled shotgun is one of the most distinctive weapons in the marksman arsenal. However, this weapon was underutilized as a kind of mid-range, burst, poke, cone spell. So we doubled-down on the classic shotgun fantasy. Now Graves’ basic attacks fire four rounds (eight on a crit!) in a cone in front of him, dealing damage and knocking back minions. Graves has tradeoffs for this unique mechanic, as he has to reload after firing two rounds (but can quickly reload via Quickdraw), and his basic attacks can be body-blocked.

Because we basically pushed Graves’ Q onto his basic attack, we decided to give him a new Q in the form of End of the Line, where he fires out an explosive canister, leaving behind a trail of gunpowder. That canister then explodes after a few seconds (or immediately on colliding with a wall) and detonates the gunpowder for additional damage.

With the defensive buff from Quickdraw and his incredibly high threat on close-range targets, Graves is the kind of marksman you want to bring when enemies have a lot of backline access (see: diving assassins). The tradeoff here is that Graves loses out on a lot of long-range target selection that other marksmen have, since his basic attacks can’t go over enemies.

The changes focuses on pushing Graves’ identity as a close-range, brawling marksman, and we’re excited to see how he does once he gets into the fight.

 

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“Justice takes wing.”

Despite its innate coolness factor, Quinn’s old ultimate still had problems. It forced her into overwhelming danger, often leading to trades at the cost of her life (not a great deal!). We are re-imagining her ultimate to play up its tag-team, high-speed nature: Valor now swoops down to carry Quinn, giving her massive out-of-combat mobility. This sharpens Quinn’s identity as a rapid-response marksman. Quinn can aid skirmishes in the jungle, swap lanes to help ganks, respond to split-pushes (or split-push herself), and make it back in time to help with a team fight. Need eyes on Baron? Send Quinn to scout it out!

 

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“Bombs away!”

Corki, the Daring Bombardier, hasn’t been very true to his title. Optimal play for Corki was to play it safe and poke from a distance; he lacked the tools to make big plays. We decided to fix this in an… explosive way. With the addition of Special Delivery – a single-time upgrade to Valkyrie that amps up the damage, range, and disruption of the ability – Corki needs to focus on what sort of decisive action he’ll take to capitalize on the skill. It won’t be easy, but the reward is huge.

Finally, to further push Corki’s identity as the magic damage marksman, his auto-attacks now deal split magic/physical damage and his gatling gun shreds both resists. This allows teams to build around Corki being the primary magic damage dealer, something rather unique in the strategic space of marksmen.

 

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“Fortune doesn’t favor fools.”

Miss Fortune has been synonymous with the famed WOMBO COMBO since she first strutted onto the Rift, though much less so after frequent nerfs to Bullet Time. We wanted the WOMBO back, so we increased her ult’s duration by 50% and increased the number of bullet waves as the game progresses by… a lot.

As for her new passive, we drew a lot of inspiration from Double Up. In lane, Miss Fortune draws tons of strength from her Q, especially in a 2v2 scenario where she can put a lot of pressure on both targets if they don’t position properly. These changes are our way of doubling… down on that thematic, with more rewards for precise target juggling and positioning (the precision is important as well, as there are champions like Varus or Twitch who excel at dumping out a lot of group AoE damage).

 

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“Meet the long gun of the law.”

For Caitlyn, we had to ask ourselves, “How much further can we push the sharpshooter fantasy?” The answer: Like, a lot further. By giving Caitlyn massive range on any enemy she can net or trap, we’re emphasizing her sharpshooting strengths. Giving Yordle Snap Trap an ammo system amplifies Cait’s natural ability to create choke points, while also improving her ability to dominate territory around objectives. The choice between spreading traps for surprise ambushes and setting up lines of defense gives you different ways to capitalize on Cait’s role as League’s #1 sniper elite.

 

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“Feeding time!”

Everyone’s favorite Void puppy just got even more adorabler. Kog’Maw already has a familiar identity in his “Protect the Kog” team comp, but we felt we could amplify it while also separating him from other tank busters. Now, Kog’s Bio-Arcane Barrage doubles his attack speed and attack speed cap, up to five attacks per second (!!!). This makes him the quintessential attack speed “proc” champion, a low-mobility machine-gun of death. It does wonders for creating a unique itemization path and, of course, it makes him look way cooler.

As a quick note for Living Artillery: Changing the damage from raw poke to execution allows Kog to differentiate himself from other long-range pokers. Kog by himself might not make for the perfect poke composition, but if you combine him with enough additional pressure, he can pick off fleeing enemies while also becoming a central damage turret for his team.


So those are our rough thoughts on the update. We’d love to hear yours as you test the changes in action (soon), but these, in tandem with the marksmen itemization update, should bring some interesting changes to the class as a whole.

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Whyd you gut Miss Fortunes dueling potential in her Preseason rework

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Ezreal Final PortraitI can understand that feeling, whenever we refocus a champion’s design we will have to take power away from one area in order to place it into another. In MF’s case, we certainly took down her dueling potential a notch. Though in doing so, we’ve given her a much more solidified role in the aoe carry. She has even more incentives to pass damage around to multiple targets.

Ps. You are a badass for running jungle MF, how the heck did you do it?

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Is her new Love Taps passive a gimmicky bonus or a necessity on her kit

Ezreal Final PortraitOne of the problems with ADCs was that they all had the exact same play pattern. Part of our update is focusing on changing it up a bit. For example, Graves reallllly wants to get in close, Kog’Maw needs to plan ahead of time for his damage window, etc. For MF, she can still certainly get off a ton of damage on a single target, it just isn’t as free as before. Her bonus attack speed is actually far larger than before, just for a far shorter window of time. So now she chooses between short duels and long form target swapping.

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Whyd you make the more minor ADC changes for example to Ashes Q

Ezreal Final PortraitUnsure as to which Q change you are talking about, though I’ll chat about the main two. We made it only castable at 5 stacks since the ability was didn’t propose a good choice. Either you cast it well at 5 stacks and got a fantastic benefit, or you cast it below 5 and went home sad. For the cooldown removal, we really wanted to let players push the limits of the spell. If they were able to keep it up all the time, then they deserved to be rewarded!

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Are there any plans to update Ezreals W

Ezreal Final PortraitThere are no current plans to update Ezreal’s W. I do have to admit, I would love to see us update that ability with something far more interesting, but that is a change for the future.

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DEV BLOG Vision in the 2016 Season

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We’ve generally been happy with some of the new vision mechanics in the game with the advent of Season 5. However, as the vision system has grown organically over time, the map has become increasingly brighter and brighter since Season 4.

Additionally, the amount of unused trinkets and profusion of various vision types made it hard to consider expansions onto an already bloated system so this Season will mostly focus around concentrating the vision game to fewer discrete points.

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First off, we’ve removed Green Wards. This is a pretty big sledgehammer to vision overall and the map is significantly darker because of it. We heard a lot of feedback on this and I wanted to give more context:

When vision is in a “consumable” state, it does a few things to the game that we want to change. First, because map knowledge is so powerful, the ideal state of vision for two teams is basically “as much as you can.” That means that teams will be perpetually funneling their excess gold (or in the case of supports and some junglers, their core gold income) into as much vision upkeep as possible. The compelling decision of when to ward and where to ward gets flattened.

For supports, engaging so heavily with the vision system means they’ll often need to give up late-game purchases and slot efficiency to ensure the map is well lit. For others, it becomes a gold dump to push an advantage. By taking all ‘safe’ vision (invisible wards) out of the gold stream and placing them on meaningfully gated cooldowns, teams will have to think a lot more about where they want to set up on the map, rather than it being a given luxury for who can do it.

In addition to the removal of Green Wards, we’re also doing the following changes:

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Pink Wards will still remain buyable and represent an investment into permanent vision control over an area. They’re also slightly cheaper and fall into Sight Ward’s original cost range.

  • Trinkets

The Trinket System has been streamlined down to 2 basic options, plus 2 “alterations” that become available at Level 9. Trinkets also now continuously improve with level rather than at discrete levels in the game.

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Warding Totem will now behave like the upgraded Warding Totem on live which slowly charges up to store additional wards. The duration and charges have been tweaked to increase continuously with character level.

We like the flexibility and general gameplay of the upgraded trinket as it allows you to maintain vision over a small area for a long time or tactically cover a wide area by yourself if you’ve built up charges over time – giving it a much wider range of potential uses.

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Sweeping Lens has taken a hit in power now that there aren’t potentially green wards everywhere.

To compensate, red gains the ability to warn against things that you can’t see in the area letting you know the shape or silhouette of things in fog of war without revealing them directly. This includes things like jungler monsters (check if that camp is up!) and Pink Wards, in addition to providing the silhouette of stealthed threats like champions in brush, fog of war or stealth.

Sweeping Lens’ core functionality becomes alerting you as to whether or not anything in the swept area can detect you and allowing you to disable them.

  • “Alterations”

Instead of upgrades, which are strictly better than the original trinket that you have, we’ve instead chosen to move in the direction of side-grading and altering existing functionality of trinkets.

These swap the functionality of your existing trinket by improving the power of some aspects and decreasing the power in other aspects.

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Yellow Trinket’s alteration – the Farsight Totem is unlocked at level 9 and functions similarly to the Farsight Orb on live with some improvements. You gain vastly increased range and a shorter cooldown… at the expense of having visible wards and losing the ability to build charges.

In a departure from live, these “blue” wards now last forever and don’t count towards your ward count. Since these wards are easily destructible by opponents, we don’t foresee this as contributing significantly to the overall vision of the map unless a team decides to use multiple blue trinkets in parallel to light up disparate regions of the map over time.

So you can light up the map as long as you do it as part of an ongoing campaign to hold territory for extended periods of time.

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The Sweeping Lens’ alteration – the Oracle Lens (also unlocked at 9) – is more tame in comparison and very similar to the Oracle upgrade on live. In lieu of gaining true sight, the red trinket simply has a much wider sweep range and follows you around for 10 seconds.

However, combined with the fact that red trinket can warn you against enemy units that you can’t see – this means it will also provide a proximity check so you don’t walk headlong into an enemy ward or brush.

  • Closing

Vision remains an important key strategic strength in League of Legends. The current vision system has a ton of small moving parts, as well as a few mechanics that just make the system kind of obtuse to interact with.

We want to streamline the existing vision items to a smaller core set of vision items while also allowing that core to branch out in interesting directions and overlapping functions. Overall, the power in vision should be more condensed in the options that remain.

We’re taking advantage of the overall reduction in small vision buys to offer more interesting total item build options in the form of the Sightstone upgrades or the Jungle enchantments. Our goal was not to make the overall vision experience more complicated, but allow vision options to form the basis for more interesting total builds. From the support who forgoes his actives in favor of a powerful AP build, to the support who doubles down on active items, to the Jungler who forgoes combat in favor of map wide vision and utility.

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Isnt the removal of Oracles Lens another indirect buff to stealth champions

Xypherous Final PortraitKind of? Other systematic changes such as Marksmen getting better kite / soak options / the removal of Brutalizer / the removal of Trailblazer and the like would probably be indirect nerfs to those characters.

The only stealth champions that haven’t been indirect nerf/buffed in a lot of ways is Akali / Evelyn / Twitch at this point. Eve has never been affected by the true sight from Oracles as her stealth shuts itself off and Akali’s stealth is rather situational.

Twitch, I agree might be a problem – but I’m not sure he was ever at a range to be detected by Oracles when he was murdering you in Stealth. Still – he’s probably the biggest beneficiary of the changes.

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Vaynes impossible to fight without an Oracles Lens

Xypherous Final PortraitTrue – but so much of her itemization has changed that it’s hard to tell whether she’s better or worse from a total power perspective.

BoRK is noticeably worse early now, for example – so her assassination playstyle kind of takes a hit.

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What about Shaco Rengar KhaZix and Vayne

Xypherous Final PortraitLoss of an early brutalizer and trailblazer hurts Rengar and Kha’zix pretty substantially I find. Similarly, Vayne and BoRK is no longer as powerful as an early power spike.

Shaco, on the other hand, builds whatever he wants – but Shaco is also likely affected by the loss of the early Brut as well.

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Do the Trinket changes mean people dont have to be reminded to upgrade them

Xypherous Final PortraitIt scales on a per level basis – so not for most roles. The goal is that people should only feel compelled to exchange their trinket when they want fundamentally different functionality – rather than just a more powerful version of their existing one.

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If upgrades are supposed to be sidegrades why are they still levelgated

Xypherous Final PortraitExcellent question. They’re level-gated because they’re meant to serve mid-game or late-game vision functions that would be overpowered in early game.

Because players don’t move around a lot in lane – things that can affect others at a long range or a wider area are significantly more powerful – hence the level-gate.

If you want to be really specific – the best trigger would probably be something like ‘Buyable after laning phase’ – unfortunately, there’s no real way to tell when it ends that organically in an understandable way – hence the level restriction.

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Why cant we have some way of recharging Sightstone outside the base

Xypherous Final PortraitThere’s are a couple of reasons why you want players returning to base on a regular cadence – doubly so for a class that doesn’t have much other reason to return as their item upgrades are relatively less important.

More practically, this favors the team that is pushed in rather than the team that is pushing in most respects – as the winning team is the one best suited to ‘waiting out in the field.’ We’d never really be able to put a recharge timer on it that seemed useful without causing some really weird side effects in this case.

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Why was ward duration decreased from 180 seconds to 150

Xypherous Final PortraitThe goal was to make the map overall darker and chip as much unnecessary vision power away as possible – hence the reduction. It also helps separate the two use cases out for vision a bit better – shorter term stealth vision vs. longer term control over an area.

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So Sightstone was nerfed even further and isnt worth a supports item slot

Xypherous Final PortraitThat’d be a perfectly reasonable response if the item isn’t worth the slot. If that was the right call to make, I’d expect most of our players to do the same and then we’d simply adjust.

Not entirely convinced the item is weaker given that it’s one of the few sources of invisible wards – so the relative strength should be incredibly high – but if that’s actually the case – yeah, you’d be wise to avoid buying the item entirely.

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There needs to be a Sightstoneesque item that works like a Sweeper trinket

Xypherous Final PortraitI could see that – but the conflicting data point for me here is that the reason why Sweeper’s have such a high hit rate on live is that there’s always wards up due to the prevalence of buyable green wards – at least at higher level play.

I’m uncertain as to how much value is lost as we’re moving from a mostly-lit world in which Sweeper has a fairly high hit rate – to a somewhat-dark world where the hit rate will be much lower.

Vision removal in the item system should be somewhat better covered by cheaper pink wards as well. It may still very well be the case that red trinket has no comparable option and thus Sightstones need to exist so that you can have a red trinket in your inventory – but I’m not inclined to say that this is actually a bad state.

Basically, what I’ve found is that more choices in how you spend gold in vision has mostly led to either negative or kind of poor game-play in general. Complex gold decisions around vision hasn’t yielded good returns in either skillful play (as you should sink as much as you can) or have been particularly satisfying without being brutally overpowered.

The approach we’re trying this season focuses more around complex choices in how youuse vision – rather than how you acquire it – by both severe rate limitations – as well as allowing some more complex functionality to exist without a gold investment.

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Vision is integral to winning Why are so many players not warding

Xypherous Final PortraitIt’s likely that warding just isn’t viewed as an activity that makes a ton of sense from an abstract perspective. Put down sticks that grant vision? What?

Eventually, we’ll want to revisit the concept of static wards to begin with and see if there’s a better analogy that still plays a part in the vision game. This is super speculative – but imagine if, instead of a pink ward – you placed a tiny speed shrine that also provided vision.

I suspect that eventually, we’ll have to shift the analogy to like ‘mini-buildings’ or ‘mini-structures’ rather than ‘sticks that see’ in the long long run.

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Why not have tutorials that teach players the importance of vision

Xypherous Final PortraitTutorials and teaching players are definitely worth pursuing – However, with warding and such, it feels very much like a state of like ‘Well, we could teach them how to do Assembly… but.. maybe we should look at what we want them to do and confirm that’s actually a deep and engaging activity first.’

The other portion of this is that I believe Tutorials that teach you how to ward are going to have a major gap in that you cannot learn from your current enemy if the enemy has found some new clever way to use them. Hence – any tutorials are going to have a continual lag time – so whatever you’re teaching should also have some kind of learnable component from observing your enemy and allies in game.

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What led to the pink ward trinket option being removed

Xypherous Final PortraitA lot of the trinket options were removed to streamline the system down. There are some interesting expansion opportunities for the trinket space that I want to look into – and so we removed it to condense the space down to the bare minimum to replicate what most of the players on live regularly use.

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DEV BLOG Starting Items in the 2016 Season

Pwyff Final PortraitPosting for Xypherous!

Our original intent with starting items before this season was to give players the ability to reflexively counter their opponents with generalist options running alongside more pronounced counter-items for specific circumstances (Flask, Doran’s Shield).

However, after a couple of seasons of attempting to balance this world, we’ve grown unhappy with how confining this approach is and the general problems that resulted from this approach. We’re decided to take a different tactic and adopt a pattern closer to the support line of items: Starter items that clearly express some kind of goal or intent in lane alongside a more generalist item for each of the positions in the game.

Magic – Doran’s Ring vs. The Dark Seal

Doran’s Ring is a powerful farming generalist item while The Dark Seal signifies an intent to roam and pick up champion kills along the the way.

While this doesn’t support the full spectrum of mages in mid, it does represent two of the largest factions – push mages vs. assassin roamers.

Attack – Cull vs. Doran’s Blade

Cull is an early skirmish option designed to be focused primarily around farming and light aggression.

Doran’s Blade on the other hand, is a generalist option that scales much better into mid-game and is better in skirmish situations.

Jungle – Hunter’s Talisman vs. Hunter’s Machete

Machete has long favored a certain class of attack speed centric characters and this represents a quandary of how to actually support mage or tank style junglers from the get-go.

Machete now doubles down on its auto-attack centric nature while Talisman focuses on area burn and mana regeneration. Talisman is primarily designed for spell focused junglers – especially those that have repeated area of effect attacks on moderate cooldowns (like Brand or Zyra).

Both of these initial items are required to upgrade into the Tier 2 Jungle item, so your choice of initial item will eventually become moot. However, this flexibility of starting options combined with the patience system should open up stronger opening jungle patterns to a wider variety of junglers.

Lane Sustain – Health Potion vs. Refillable Potion

One of the major issues with Crystalline Flask right now is that we are unable to push its power to the point where it feels non-abusive in lane. This is due to the fact that it stacks with potions and thus any power add-on in Crystalline Flask gets doubled down on because you stack potions with it.

Hence, the new inventory rule: you can only ever have one type of potion in your inventory at any time.

Refillable Potions are 3 times more expensive than a potion but benefit from the fact that they will recharge once you return to the fountain. Normal Healing Potions represent more healing up-front for less gold but is obviously temporary in nature.

Refillable Upgrades – Jungle vs. Lane

This, by itself, would probably still be on the weak side. However, Refillable Potions can upgrade into two versions: Hunter’s Potion and Corrupting Potion.

Hunter’s Potion is a roam-centric potion that can regain charges out in the field while you are killing large jungle monsters. It’s designed primarily to support a Jungle playstyle that focuses on maximal uptime or bolstering characters with low innate sustain.

Corrupting Potion is similar to Crystalline Flask on live – with the added benefit of combat power. During its effect, damaging enemy champions will burn them for magic damage over time. Corrupting Potion represents an intent to harass your lane opponent until they give up.

Mana Potions – Removed

Mana Potions have been removed from the game. We’ve generally found that the decision to opt into Mana Potions was one that was either forced upon some champions (aka “I need this mana to function”) or one that was generally only available to a handful of circumstances.

The best use cases of Mana Potions were typically to circumvent Mana restrictions for boom/bust play patterns (ie: save up to X amount of mana before dumping it all in a large burst of damage, repeat) vs. attrition-based approaches that are more in favor of straight mana regeneration. A champion being able to access their big “all-in” combo more frequently also makes it challenging for us to balance appropriately, and we’ve seen some more frustrating champions have their power reduced as a result.

With the removal of mana potions, we can also retune some champion mana values back to a middle ground. We’ve looked at the data for champions that frequently bought 2 or more mana potions in the game and we’ve either increased their maximum mana or the mana regeneration values based on their class.

  • Closing

For the start of the season, we’ve focused on granting at least two options to a particular need in the starting item space to support a wider variety of playstyles and intents from the start of the game.

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Why are you both buffing earlygame harass and nerfing Dorans Shield

Xypherous Final PortraitBased on usage – the maximum sustain starts were most frequently used by characters that thrived on early harass. Pantheon, Kassadin and the like were the most effective users of maximal sustain starts – and they frequently used that high sustain to capitalize on early bullying pressure.

While I agree with you that there’s a dearth of solo lane tank starts – most of the solo tank starting item patterns that seem to make senseat first glance – we’ve found that when those options are strong – they tend to be better on pretty much anyone but solo tanks – like bot lane support/adc pairs.

You’ve gone and added a ton of new items for every other class

If we’re not talking about starting items – this item pass has mostly focused on AD Marksmen and some light AD work – rather than ‘every other class.’

The other facet of this is that in the Juggernaut update – there have been a ton of items – while their primary users aren’t tanks – have added to the tank pool of items (DMP and Sterak’s.)

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Why are you buffing Dorans Blade

Xypherous Final PortraitFree lifesteal in the ferocity tree makes the relative advantage of picking up a Doran’s Blade weaker in the early item selection phase – as it means it now has to compete with some of the older component based starts (Long Sword + 3) at a much large disadvantage.

Long Sword + 3 is especially problematic if it becomes the default option again – as that’s more early in-lane sustain, hence why we try to keep DBlade competitive with it.

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Its power creep to buff one item start for ADCs so it competes with another

Xypherous Final PortraitIn order to run this argument – you need to run through this by several means:

  1. The mastery AD tree gives you as much power in terms of raw offense as before / The beneficiaries of Doran’s Blade have more total raw power than before in pre-game.
  2. Similar argument to #1 – but from a relative perspective – AKA – everyone lost more than they gained.
  3. That this power advantage hasn’t been taken into account elsewhere – like their most powerful first item buy.
  4. That other starting item paths haven’t been buffed as well or heavily adjusted.

While I’m not convinced any of these are true or false as there’s a lot of mechanics going on – I know that a lot of the AD efficiency, early potential spike in AD power, the conversion from total pen to bonus pen in the AD system and the decoupling of flat pen from % pen in the mastery system make the AD curve less steep than it previously was.

While I can’t go out to say that ‘No, power creep isn’t happening’ – What I can say is that I can see other factors that work in the opposite direction of power creep – so adjustment based off initial reads is likely the best solution.

You can strongly make the claim ‘I think a Solo tanks early game is weaker than it was’ – which is probably true. I’m less certain about the statement that ‘Solo tanks are weaker’ as a whole – as most of the efficiency passes, especially in terms of MR – are more favorable to them.

All that said, I totally get why you feel the way that you do. It’s not your job to read every change and put them all together and evaluate whether or not it comes out in one way or another.

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If we arent meant to bring the new pots to lategame why do they cost so much

Xypherous Final PortraitYou can claim this about most non-upgradeable starting items.

However, the catch-22 part comes in only if you assume that games cannot be won before slots start to become a problem or that the item’s power curve doesn’t translate well into the mid-game at all.

Sellback values mitigate some of the initial cost for the mid and late game – and the trade-off between a more powerful early start vs. a guaranteed late game is always whether or not you got enough interim value out of the item to make up the deficit in this regard in terms of either uptime or personal performance.

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Why do the Dark Seal and Mejai lose a flat amount of stacks per death

Xypherous Final PortraitThe most common points of feedback when losing a % of stacks is that it’s never worth it to trade kills and die with the item – since the better you did – the more stacks you lose. Experimenting with a flat amount of stacks so that players can evaluate their plays much better. Did you get 2+ kills? Then it was worth it, even if you died.

The other part of this is that a % loss on death lead to some awkward double-kill or post-death / post-assist death scenarios. While flat suffers from similar problems at the low end – it won’t be as ubiquitous.

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I feel like Mejai got even more snowbally than before

Xypherous Final PortraitThe item is likely more snowbally than before. The idea behind the Dark Seal is that you have a point in the game where you:

  1. Broadcast that you want to do a snowball route (since.. the Dark Seal doesn’t really build into anything else.)
  2. Have a chance to back out if things don’t go your way.

So there’s much less initial risk to the item – and thus the item can be snowbally but will be less feast or famine because a good player can cut his losses early, so to speak.

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Are there plans to make a third flask that simply heals faster than the others

Xypherous Final PortraitNot at the moment.

Maximum sustain in lane is something that players would always like more of (as the best way to beat your opponent is to simply have more health at any given time – go go 13 potion starts).

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Was it intentional to make the biscuits effect NOT apply to flasks

Xypherous Final PortraitFor now, yes. Although, I could certainly see us deciding the other way in the future easily based on item usage. Eternal Biscuit of Replenishment?

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What are the expected starting items for someone who needs sustain

Xypherous Final PortraitIf you need a huge chunk of sustain – the expected stat is that you get Corrupting Potion. The other facet of this is that there are a lot more individual sustain options in other pre-game systems (Lifesteal naturally in ferocity tree, for example) – so there should be enough customization bits out of game to bolster this as well.

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Do you think some Champions will become weak due to the Mana pot removal

Xypherous Final PortraitCurrently the stance is that we’d prefer if Mana purchases reflected more permanent decision making. This is why Frostfang’s line of MP/5 has been greatly increased for example.

Mana potions to support off uses is a niche benefit but the niche benefit doesn’t really outweigh tremendous initial costs in tuning. 😡

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It feels like Cull and The Dark Seal are trap items that make laning too weak

Xypherous Final PortraitAgree that these two items have a higher risk potential than the standard starting items. Dark Seal and Cull don’t necessarily have to be purchased as your first buy – if you want to take a safer route and see how the lane goals.

Doran’s Ring into Dark Seal instead of a second Doran’s Ring after you’ve gauaged the lane can be an effective way at mitigating that risk. Similarly with Doran’s Blade into first back Cull.

The other idea that we’re stressing here is that, in the absence of greedy items – there’s no real way to punish a safe lane that’s doubled down on being as not dead as possible. Cull / Dark Seal both support the notion that – if you try that approach – then I can respond by getting more out of the laning phase than you will via farm or more powerful rewards for roam.

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How do you think the jungle changes will affect AD assassins

Xypherous Final PortraitWe turn over the jungle pool every year pretty consistently – so the ability for an individual jungler to have the same clear speed as before isn’t as important. AD Casters will specifically generally have a harder time of it in this year than previous years.

It’s definitely something we’ll have to keep tuning as we get better data on how players are adapting.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

Patch 5 10 PBE Banner

 Patch 5.10 will hit live in the early hours of May 27th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

New Champion

Store Content

Balance Changes

Miscellaneous

 

 

Ekko The Boy Who Shattered Time

Ekko will be available in store for 7800 IP/975 RP during the first week. Afterwards his IP cost will go back down to 6300.

 

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Ekko Model 1 Ekko Model 2 Ekko Model 3

 

Ekko Final Portrait

 

General

  • Base Health: 580 + 80 per level
  • Base Mana: 280 + 40 per level
  • Base Damage: 57 + 3 per level
  • Base Attack Speed: 0.644 + 3% per level
  • Armor: 27 + 3 per level
  • Magic Resist: 32 + 1.25 per level
  • Auto Attack Range: 125
  • Movement Speed: 345
  • Base Health-per-second: 1.8 + 0.18 per level
  • Base Mana-per-second: 1.2 + 0.16 per level

 

ZDrive Resonance Final IconZ-Drive Resonance [ Passive ]

Ekko’s damaging spells and attacks build up Resonance stacks on his enemies. Every third attack against the same target triggers Ekko’s passive, dealing 15 + (12 per level) (+0.7 AP) bonus damage and slowing his enemy by 40/50/60/70/80% (values for levels 1/6/11/16/18) for 2/2.5/3 seconds. If he triggers his passive on an enemy champion, Ekko also gains a movement speed buff equal to the amount he has slowed the champion by. The slow cannot be triggered on the same target for 3 seconds.

 

Timewinder Final IconTimewinder [ Q ]

Cooldown: 11/10/9/8/7 seconds  || Mana Cost: 60/70/80/90/100

Ekko throws a device in a target direction, damaging 60/75/90/105/120 (+0.2 AP) all enemies along its path. Once it reaches max distance or hits an enemy champion, the device expands, creating a field that slows all enemy and neutral units by 32/39/46/53/60%. After a moment, the device contracts and rushes back to Ekko, dealing 60/85/110/135/160 (+ 0.6 AP) damage to all enemies in its path.

 


Parallel Convergence Final IconParallel Convergence [ W ]

Cooldown: 22/20/18/16/14 seconds || Mana Cost: 30/40/50/60/70

Passive: Ekko’s basic attacks deal bonus magic damage to enemies under 30% health, equal to 5% [ +1% per 45 AP ] of their missing health (capped at 400 damage vs. minions and monsters).

Active: Ekko opens a time rift, creating an alternate reality copy of him that tosses a device to a target location. After a delay, the device expands into a broad zone that slows enemies by 40%. If Ekko enters the sphere, it detonates, granting him a 150/195/240/285/330 (+ 0.8 AP) shield for 2 seconds and stunning all enemies inside for 2.25 seconds.

 

Phase Dive Final IconPhase Dive [ E ]

Cooldown: 15/13/11/9/7 seconds || Mana Cost: 40/50/60/70/80

Ekko dashes a fixed distance towards a target area. Once his initial dash has ended, Ekko gains greatly increased range on his next basic attack, and blinks to his target to deal 50/80/110/140/170 (+ 0.2 AP) bonus magic damage and apply on-hit and spell effects.

 

Chronobreak Final IconChronobreak [ R ]

Cooldown: 110/90/70 seconds || Mana Cost: Free

Ekko rewinds time, briefly turning untargetable and invulnerable before reappearing wherever he was a few seconds ago. Once he reappears, Ekko heals for 100/150/200 + 20/25/30% (+1% per 30 AP) of the damage he was dealt over the last 4 seconds. Ekko also deals 200/350/500 (+ 1.3 AP) magic damage to all nearby enemies.

 

Here’s his Champion Select quote:

 

And his complete set of lines, courtesy of SkinSpotlights:

 

Here’s an in-game preview of Ekko’s spells:

Ekko Passive 1

Ekko Passive 2

Z-Drive Resonance [ Passive ]

 

Ekko Passive 3

This is the trail Ekko leaves behind when he triggers the movement speed buff from his passive.

 

Ekko Q 1

Ekko Q 2

Ekko Q 3

Ekko Q 4

Timewinder [ Q ]

 

Ekko W 1

Ekko W 3

Ekko W 2

Parallel Convergence [ W ]

 

Ekko E 1 Ekko E 2

Phase Dive [ E ]

 

Ekko R 1

Ekko R 2

Ekko R 3

Chronobreak [ R ]

 

Here’s Ekko’s in-client lore:

“A prodigy from the rough streets of Zaun, Ekko manipulates time to spin any situation to his advantage. Using his own invention, the Zero-Drive, he explores the branching possibilities of reality. As well as experimenting with multi-dimensional probability, Ekko spends his days running wild with the other lost children of Zaun. Though he revels in this freedom, when there’s a threat to his friends, he’ll endure anything to defend them. To the unknowing observer, Ekko accomplishes the impossible with ease, time and time again.

 

 

Here’s a link to the music used in the video:

 


Sandstorm Ekko

Sandstorm Ekko will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

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Sandstorm Ekko Model Updated 1

Sandstorm Ekko Model Updated 2

Sandstorm Ekko Recall

For his recall, Sandstorm Ekko opens his time device and sand swirls out of it and around him.

 

Dudu Ekko Passive 1

Dudu Ekko Passive 2

Z-Drive Resonance [ Passive ]

 

Dudu Ekko Q 1

Dudu Ekko Q 2

Dudu Ekko Q 3

Timewinder [ Q ]

 

Dudu Ekko W 1

Dudu Ekko W 2

Parallel Convergence [ W ]

 

Dudu Ekko E 1

Dudu Ekko E 2

Phase Dive [ E ]

 

Dudu Ekko R 1

Dudu Ekko R 2

Chronobreak [ R ]

 

 

Knockout Lee Sin

Knockout Lee Sin will be available for 1350 RP.

 

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Knockout Lee Sin Model 1 Knockout Lee Sin Model 2

Knockout Lee Sin Idles

Knockout Lee has a few new idle animations: mostly warming up routine before a boxing match.

 

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For his recall, Knockout Lee Sin rests on a chair. When he’s recalled, the bell rings and he kicks his chair away.

 

Knockout Lee Sin Q

Sonic Wave [ Q ]

 

Knockout Lee Sin W

Safeguard / Iron Will [ W ] 

 

Knockout Lee Sin R 1

Knockout Lee Sin R 2

Dragon’s Rage [ R ]

 

 

Nightmare Tryndamere

Nightmare Trynd will be available for 750 RP.

 

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Nightmare Trynd Model 1 Nightmare Trynd Model 2 Nightmare Trynd Spin

 

 

Order of the Lotus Irelia

Order of the Lotus Irelia will be available for 750 RP.

 

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Lotus Irelia Updated Model 1

Lotus Irelia Updated Model 2

Lotus Irelia W

Lotus Irelia R

Transcendent Blades [ R ]

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

NA LCS – Enemy eSports and Team Dragon Knights

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EU LCS – Origen

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LAN  Dash9 Gaming, Havoks Gaming, Meet Your Makers, Revenge eSports, Lyon Gaming, Gaming Gaming,

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LAS - Furious Gaming, Bencheados, Isurus Gaming, Rebirth eSports, Last Kings, Kaos Latin Gamers

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Brazil - CNB e-Sports Club, G3nerationX, INTZ eSports, INTZ Red, KABUM Orange, KABUM Black, Keyd Stars, Pain Gaming

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Russia - Dolphins of Wall Street, Your Exit, Team Just, Solar Wind, Team Just, Team Just [ second ], Team Dragon

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OCE – Absolute, Sin Gaming

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Turkey  Crew e-Sports Club, Oyun Hizmetleri, Besiktas e-Sports Club, Besiktas e-Sports Club [ second ]

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Champion Changes

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Change BoxShadow Dance Final IconShadow Dance [ R ]

  • Dashing now puts Akali 100-200 units behind her target, changed from 150-250

 

 


Cassiopeia Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxAspect of the Serpent Final IconAspect of the Serpent [ Passive ]

  • At 100 stacks, the AP ratio on Twin Fang’s heal has been decreased from 0.1 to 0.06

 

 

Nerf BoxTwin Fang Final IconTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Now restores 1.5% of Cassiopeia’s maximum mana on kill, decreased from 3%

 

 


Jinx Final Portrait

 

Change BoxSwitcheroo Final IconSwitcheroo [ Q ]

  • Attack Speed buff at 3 stacks changed from 30/55/80/105/130% to 30/40/50/60/70% + ( 0 / 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70% ). This value scales with Jinx’s level.

 

Here are some examples with values pre- and post-Patch 5.10

  • At level 5, with 3 point in [ Q ], Jinx’s 5.9 value at 3 stacks is 80%. Her 5.10 value would be 58%.
  • At level 9, with 5 points in [ Q ], Jinx’s 5.9 value at 3 stacks is 130%. Her 5.10 value would be 95%.
  • At level 16, Jinx’s 5.9 value would be 130%. This is where both values are equal.
  • At level 18, the 5.9 value would be 140%. End-game the 5.10 value is 10% higher.

To sum up, this is quite the brutal nerf to Jinx’s early game without much tradeoff later. Recommend you max Zap! [ W ] by level 9 over Switcheroo if the change makes it to live.

 

 

Leona Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxZenith Blade Final IconZenith Blade [ E ]

  • Hitbox width decreased from 90 to 70

 

 

 

Lulu Final Portrait

Change BoxGeneral

  • Base mana-per-second increased from 1.2 to 1.7
  • Mana-per-second per level decreased from 0.16 to 0.12

 

 

Reksai Final Portrait

Nerf BoxGeneral

  • Base health decreased from 611 to 570

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff IconGathering Fire Final IconGathering Fire [ Passive ] 

  • Spell hits now reduce Karma’s cooldowns by 2/2.5/3 seconds (at levels 1/7/13), increased from 2 seconds at all levels
  • Auto attacks against champions reduce Karma’s cooldowns by 50% of that value – 1/1.25/1.5 seconds respectively

 

Buff IconFocused Resolve Final IconFocused Resolve [ W ]

  • Karma can now also leash jungle monsters
  • AP Ratio increased from 0.6 to 0.9

 

Rework BoxRenewal Final IconRenewal [ Mantra + W ]

  • No longer deals bonus damage
  • Now roots the target for an additional 0.75/1/1.25/1.5 seconds (values for levels 1/6/11/16)

 

 

Buff IconInspire Final IconInspire [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds at all ranks to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8
  • Mana Cost decreased from 60/70/80/90/100 to 60/65/70/75/80
  • Shield value decreased from 80/120/160/200/240 to 80/110/140/170/200

 

Rework BoxDefiance Final IconDefiance [ Mantra + E ]

  • Damage portion removed
  • Now shields the target for an additional 30/90/150/210 (+ 0.3 AP) (stacks with Inspire’s shield)
  • Allies around Karma’s target are shielded for 50% of the target’s shield, changed from 30/70/110/150 (+0.3 AP)

 

 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Buff IconArcane Mastery Final IconArcane Mastery [ Passive ]

  • Duration on overcharge increased from 3 seconds (4/5/6 with R ranks) to 6 (no scaling)



Buff IconOverload Final IconOverload [ Q ]

  • Base damage increased from 65/90/115/140/165 to 65/95/125/155/185

 


Rework BoxDesperate Power Final IconDesperate Power [ R ]

  • Now lasts 6 seconds at all ranks, increased from 4/5/6
  • No longer increases the duration of Ryze’s overcharge from Arcane Mastery [ Passive ]

 

 

Sejuani Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxFlail of the Northern Winds Final IconFlail of the Northern Winds [ W ]

  • Maximum HP scaling on first hit decreased from 4/5.5/7/8.5/10% to 4/4.5/5/5.5/6%

 

 


Taric Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxImbue Final IconImbue [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 60/80/100/120/140 to 60/70/80/90/100

 

 


Zed Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life BoxDeath Mark [ R ]Death Mark Final Icon

  • Tooltip now states Zed can reactivate Death Mark after 1 second

 

 


Item Changes

 

Buff IconAncient Coin Final IconAncient Coin

  • UNIQUE Passive – Favor: Kills near the user now grant 3 gold, increased from 2

 

 

Change BoxArdent Censer Final IconArdent Censer

  • Attack Speed buff on shielded targets decreased from 25% to 15%
  • Shielded targets now gain a 30 magic damage-per-hit buff

 


Buff IconBanner of Command Final IconBanner of Command

  • Range’s on active’s minion promote increased from 1000 to 1200

 


Buff IconBlade of the Ruined King Final IconBlade of the Ruined King

  • Range on active increased from 450 to 550

 


Buff IconBilgewater Cutlass Final IconBilgewater Cutlass

  • Range on active increased from 450 to 550

 


Nomad’s MedallionBuff IconNomads Medallion Final Icon

  • Base Mana Regen increased from 25% to 50%
  • UNIQUE Passive – Favor: Kills near the user now grant 4 gold and 10 Health, increased from 3 Gold and 5 Health

 


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  • UNIQUE Passive – Favor: Kills near the user now grant 4 gold, increased from 3
  • UNIQUE Active: Cooldown decreased from 60 seconds to 40

 

 

Mastery Changes

 

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  • Now grants +3 Gold (8 for melee) for every attack on an enemy champion. The bonus gold can’t be procced on the same champion more than once every 5 seconds.

 

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  •  Now has 4 ranks, increased from 3
  • Expanded Mind now increases mana pool by 25/50/75/100 flat mana, changed from 2/3.5/5%
  • Place on the utility tree has been swapped with Meditation

 

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  • Experience granted every 10 seconds increased from 5/10 to 10/20

 

 

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  • Now reduces the cooldown on active items by 8/14/20%, increased from 4/7/10% (note that the 2/3.5/5% CDR on spells is still there)

 

 

Change BoxMeditation Final Icon Meditation | Tier 1 Utility, moved to Tier 4 | 

  • Now restores 0.5/1.0/1.5% of missing Mana every 5 seconds, changed from 1/2/3 flat mana
  • Place on the utility tree has been swapped with Expanded Mind

 

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  • Now grants 20 flat movement speed, changed from 5%

 

 

 

ARAM Changes

Note that ARAM received a mini-rework in Patch 5.8 and a new Summoner Spell for the mode was added – Mark/Dash.

 

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  • Range decreased from 2500 to 1600
  • Cooldown increased from 20 seconds to 40

 


Miscellaneous

Here’s some new loading screen art for Crystal Scar (Dominion), Twisted Treeline (3v3) and the Advanced Tutorial (newbies) that I totally didn’t miss in yesterday’s PBE update.

 

Crystal Scar

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Twisted Treeline

 

Advanced Tutorial

 

 

Hexakill with Bans

Hexakill returns as a featured game mode, this time with bans added to Champion Select:

 

L3T4NCY New PortraitHi everyone! ^.^/

It’s about that time again and we’re bringing back another of our tried and true modes, Hexakill: Twisted Treeline! This time around we’ve included one important addition; BANS!We heard you guys last time, so we’ve gone and squeezed bans into our Hexakill champion select screen. This is also a good test for us to see how efficiently we can resurrect old modes (it varies wildly from mode-to-mode, but you gotta start somewhere).

Some design notes:
— Let us know what you think of the bans readability in the Hexakill champion select screen.
— Obviously if any bugs, etc come up, let us know in this thread!

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Hide Eye Candy Menu Option

A new Game tab option will allow players to disable map particles and other clutter.

 

Riot JxE Final PortraitHey all,

Recently we added an option to the Game tab in the menu called “Hide Eye Candy”. Some of our more competitive players requested the the option to hide some of the less subtle movement on Summoner’s Rift. We added the option to disable things like butterfiles, dragonfiles and the water wakes to help competitive players focus on what they care about, the gameplay.

The next PBE deploy should have the hook ups enabled. Let us know if we missed anything that should’ve been added and if you have any other feedback regarding this new option.

Thanks!
~Riot JxE

Edit: Only ambient critters that persist after 1:55 will be disabled by this option. You can continue to perfect the dark ritual necessary to spawn the Duck.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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Summary

On Reddit, Scarizard is looking for input on how Patch Notes, Patch Rundowns, etc. are communicated to players. Moving to the forums, Meddler touched on Akali’s wonky balance state and gave context why Viktor and Rumble are currently disabled. We also have the first issue of the Live Gameplay’s Q&A session with 3 questions answered. Lastly, some lovely fan art of Star Guardian and a featured artist by the alias Lazuli.

 

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Rioters looking for feedback on design communication

Scarizard Final PortraitTL;DR – Looking for feedback on design COMMUNICATIONS – Patch Notes, Patch Rundowns, Q+A’s and Devblogs!

Hey y’all – for those of you that don’t know me, i’m a former Game Designer, currently Design Communications @ Riot Games. I’ve been working with /u/Pwyff and the Live Gameplay team since around October of 2014 on things like the Patch Notes, Rundowns, Devblogs, and most recently the Live Gameplay Q+A (Which just launched its first issue today! You can find the link on the boards here (http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/xwOObpq2-live-gameplay-qa-issue-1-feat-feralpony-smashgizmo?sort_type=recent)!

The gist of this post is that we’re looking to be more iterative and experimental with the types of communication that you’ll see this year regarding Design (specifically Live Gameplay) – so i’m putting out feelers and looking for any feedback about what content you already like, what types of things you’d like to see, or how to improve any of the projects we’re currently doing!

This’ll be one piece of the feedback-puzzle that we consult when we’re looking for new things to explore, so i thought i’d extend a hand. I’ll stick around for a while to respond to and answer questions, so hit me!

-S

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Let Rioters do their job on stream and answer questions

I was a huge fan of the MOBA Dawngate (Rest in peace), one of the things that company did really well is they had a day and time of the week where someone from the company would come on and basically do their job live on stream while fielding questions from the chat.

It would vary week to week who it was and what they did, but it was always awesome to watch them work and interact with the community. One week it was an artist showing off an upcoming champion, showing old artwork that didn’t make the cut for existing champs, etc. There was a guy who made 3D models of champions using a piece of software, that was fun to watch.

The next week it’d be the dev team talking about a recent patch, their plans for the future etc. Then there was a lore guy, etc. I realize the scope of what I’m talking about here is probably larger than what you’re looking for, but it was a fantastic experience and one I wish Riot would look into doing.

While All Chat is nice, it’s a scripted show, short, and I don’t feel any connection to it. If you stopped doing it next week, I probably wouldn’t miss it much at all. But I still miss those Waystone streams a year later and would love to watch some Rioters at work and be more intimate in a stream setting.

Again, I know this isn’t really what you’re looking for, so sorry for that, but I wanted to share.

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Scarizard Final PortraitThis is a really good idea – No promises, but i’ll make a point to have a conversation with Zwill about what his learnings were and what i could possibly apply for LGP.

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Follow Up

RiotZwill: I don’t want to step on Scarizards toes here:

Like /u/riotscarizard said, no promises at this point.

I’ve spent the last 3 months really learning how things work here and trying to define what the North American Player Relations team is all about. One area we’ve defined as something to focus on is more personal communications, which is something I’m particularly fond of :).

Scarizard and I have already had a chance to hang out (at a pretty nifty MTG Draft) and will certainly be syncing more in the future.

Also, I swear to Gromp, if I get spammed with Kpop emails I will find you /u/dresdenologist…and I will duo queue Brad with you non stop.

You have been warned.

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Whats the current state of Akali

Meddler Final PortraitI don’t have much to add at the moment, going to follow this thread with interest though. Akali’s a champ we’ve had trouble balancing over the years, so while we don’t currently have a rework for her underway, one’s certainly not out of the question at some point. Pretty interested in hearing people’s thoughts on her as a result.

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Why are Viktor and Rumble currently disabled

Meddler Final PortraitBingo. There are some bugs with the targeting type they use (vector targeting). We’ve got a fix being tested internally and on the PBE at the moment.

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Why doesnt anyone care about the awful community

Slumber Jack Final Portrait Part of the reason we call it ‘toxicity’ is because it spreads; one player starts saying bad things, another player gets agitated and contributes to the overall toxicity of the game. What we see time and time again is the players who see toxicity in more of their games often are being toxic in them as well.

I would ask the OP — and anyone else who feels they see toxic players in all of their games — to take a moment and consider that perhaps there’s something they can be doing differently to reduce the amount of toxicity in their games. In cases of verbal abuse, being quick to just mute someone who is verbally abusive fixes so many situations.

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Live Gameplay Q A Issue 1 Feat Feralpony SmashGizmo

Scarizard Final PortraitDon’t know what this thread is? Check out our introduction post for an explanation!

Greetings, summoners and welcome to the first issue of the LIVE GAMEPLAY Q+A!

We’ve collected thousands of questions from around the world and whittled ‘em on down until just a few were left, tossed ‘em in a bucket and went to task of providing you with answers (with some sweet context on the side).

BEFORE WE BEGIN – i’m going to call a couple of folks out (read: like 60%+) that submitted for just posting their opinions and then pretending like they were questions. We’re onto you.

Without further snark (FOR NOW), let’s jump right in!

Do you feel the game is best balanced towards the millions that play the game, or the small few that play on the professional level?

What a way to start. As one of our most commonly asked questions around the world, let’s dig in and start breaking it down. Deciding ‘who we balance for’ hasn’t been an easy task, but we quickly honed in on a few core values: competitive mindedness, mechanical aptitude, and strategic expertise. Mind you, these aren’t the only things that we think contribute to player skill (e.g. raw leadership and communication skills are important in any team game), but the above are ones we focus on when it comes to our broad-level balance. Players with these qualities are, on average, much more consistent as a baseline of what’s powerful in League. But what about pros? Certainly our professional community shatters these conditions (some more than others, as even professional players have their strengths and weaknesses), but we don’t necessarily believe that the Fakers and Bjergsens of the world should be the standard that every player is held to. If that’s the case, how can we represent this spectrum most effectively?

Let’s back up a step. Along the spiral path that is Mastery in League of Legends, you can divide it into two sections: foundational skills and optimization. To expand, foundational skills are the building blocks of strategy within League – knowing the why and how of objectives, understanding the nuances of proper itemization, manipulating the ever-important vision game, and executing against your team’s strategic composition are just a few examples. You can be stronger at some and weaker at others, but each is a crucial piece when it comes to putting together League’s sprawling strategic puzzle. By contrast, optimization is the fine-tuning and development of these skills – when to take an objective, what order to build your items, where to place or deny vision, the mechanical specifics of champion matchups, and so on. Optimization is necessary for players that have mastered the basics to gain subtle (but potent) edges against the opposition. Think of it like building muscle – foundational skills net you the strength, and optimization shows off your definition.

Where does that leave us? Foundational skills and degrees of optimization are different for every player (not to mention difficult to measure with a high degree of accuracy), so we lean on the MMR system to serve as our best proxy to represent a player’s individual skill. With that in mind, our philosophy leads us to balance towards players at the upper end of mastery, which we currently believe to be around platinum and above.

This doesn’t mean we devalue the feedback from players below platinum – only that we’re acknowledging that a high amount of variance occurs in those tiers. Many factors are at play – is Master Yi overpowered if you’re able to dominate a game with him? Alternatively, did the enemy team lack the understanding to focus-fire or apply crowd control? With a more strategic use of map movement, item builds and mechanical execution against Master Yi, more competitive players at a higher average skill help to paint a clearer picture of Master Yi’s power level, often revealing when the intended play against him is failing and needs us to intervene. Extreme outliers, be they pubstompers or pro-level pains will always be addressed, but more often than not our patch-to-patch changes are centered around this skill bracket.

Whew. For our next question, lets turn the spotlight onto some of Live Gameplay team’s finest to answer in their own words. First up, LGP’s Lead Designer and Actual Horse, FeralPony!

Have you ever done (or considered) performing small balance changes purely to affect player perception? For instance, giving a champion a small numbers buff to make players try them out, only to realise they were probably in a good place anyway.

FP: “Considered? Certainly. Times we’ve ever done it intentionally? None that I can think of. There’s a lot of power in doing changes like this, but the risk typically doesn’t outweigh the reward. You’d effectively be trying to leverage the placebo effect, but that risks burning player trust long-term, which is something we value immensely. For instance, we’d never want players sifting through our patch notes, wondering if we actually thought a certain buff or nerf would affect change or not.

There was one time when I was pretty new at Rito where I submitted a Vladimir nerf (removing the bonus speed from his pool) but forgot to actually submit the files into the patch. As a result, the patch notes went out and sentiment was that we had killed the champion. Vladimir’s play rate plummeted and his win rate decreased a bit, even though the changes never actually went out.

We had a similar instance when Riven was released where she was viewed as very weak. We hotfixed in some buffs and shortly after posting it to the forums, her play rate spiked and feedback was very positive. Players happily reported how great the buffs felt, even though the hotfix hadn’t actually gone live yet.”

Last up, Game Designer and Legendary Olaf enthusiast SmashGizmo takes us out.

I’ve noticed that almost no champion is commonly built as a true hybrid at this point – is there a balance issue with hybridization, or is this unintentional?

SG: “There isn’t really a direct balance reason why hybridization doesn’t work, but we’ve historically had a difficult time making it a legitimate option as the natural synergies in specialized AD or AP builds are really hard to compete with. With specialized multipliers like Void Staff, Last Whisper, Rabadon’s Deathcap and Infinity Edge, it’s just pretty much impossible to get a character to commit to a ‘hybrid build’ beyond a Trinity Force or Hextech Gunblade (which they build for early power-spike reasons). Multiplicative scaling is almost always better at that point in a build path.

I think the only way to really make hybrid builds work is to add a new keystone item or two for hybridization that somehow drives players to balance their AD/AP purchases, but that’s no small undertaking and it’s unclear what the benefits of that itemization path would be. While characters like Ezreal have a distinct feel when built heavy AD or AP, it’s possible that a combination of both makes them feel like worse mages or worse marksmen when it comes to damage rather than anything truly unique.”

Thanks for all your questions! Our next collection period begins on May 25th and ends on June 1st. Submit your questions to ask.fm/asklivegameplay and we’ll see you for the next one!

-Live Gameplay

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Why have you answered only 3 questions

Scarizard Final PortraitOur goal is 3-5, but between the collection of the questions from each region, actually sifting through all of them by hand, cat-wrangling the designers to have Real Conversations about our thoughts and feelings (inbetween all the actual designing these guys do), then the writing of it, it gets to be a pretty hefty task for something we’ve only just started.

As the process improves i’m looking for us to get better and faster about pumping these out, but your feedback is noted!

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Follow Up

Scarizard Final PortraitSeeing as there were 1060~ questions just from North America alone (with about 800+ uniques) within a time-span of only a week of collection, answering every question from every region isn’t really feasible. For future issues we’ll work on pushing more of them out, but 3-5 is around what our current expectations are, every few weeks.

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So these live gameplay QAs are more aimed toward highlevel questions

Scarizard Final PortraitIt’s not a hard rule that all champion-styled questions are out (we have a couple in our bucket), but very pointed questions like ‘Why did you nerf X/Y’ usually are passed up for questions like ‘What are the issues with balancing champions with X or Y mechanic?’ The more durable knowledge an answer can provide, the higher we tend to value it internally. Things like ‘Who do you balance for’, for instance was the most popular non-champion related question across all regions, so we thought i’d be a meaty topic to dive into for #1

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Fan Artist Feature Lazuli

Jynx Final PortraitHey Summoners! A lot of you have suggested master-doodler Lazuli for the Fan Artist Feature, so this week we’re excited to share her adorable comics showing champions in a hilarious new light. Follow her on Tumblr and Facebook to see more of her work!

If you know someone that you’d like to recommend for a future Fan Artist Feature, please let us know here.


How did you get started creating League of Legends fan art?

Right before I started making League art, I was actually in a huge slump. I used to make fancomics and fanart before for other games, but after a while, I lost interest in them. I was itching to draw, but I just didn’t know what. At the same time, a friend of mine had been trying for 2 years to get me to play League. Since I was out of inspiration and tired of my friend bugging me all the time, I finally gave it a go, and the silly things that went on in-game inspired me to draw again!


What’s been your favorite piece to create, and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. Each piece I draw was fun in its own way! I never make a piece if it’s not at least 50% fun. Probably my Oasis of the Dawn comic, just because my overall favorite thing to convey in my art is lame jokes.

I would say my DJ Sona gifs were also my favorite piece, but animation is a LOT of work! I almost didn’t do it, because it was pretty much 51% work and only 49% fun. But I suppose it’s rewarding to see how your animation looks in the end, even if it’s just a small gif like that.


Do you have a dream project you’d like to work on?

Yes! I would really love to make my own physical comic of the League champs just going about their life outside the rift! That’s my biggest dream project I got going on right now. I would also like to one day make a huge poster with ALL of the champs, but that can prove quite difficult when there’s new champs coming out about every other month!


Who’s your inspiration? Do you have any favorite League fan artists?

Actually, most of my inspiration falls on artists who draw things other than League. However, if I were to name a specific League fan artist, my inspiration when first starting out was Tumblr artist totemhead. They used to make comics of Draven and Darius and Ezreal and Talon that I really enjoyed! I was also inspired by their chibi artstyle.

Other than that, my main inspirations are Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, andMadeline Rupert, a comic artist I followed on DeviantArt since my adolescent days, who has now blossomed into a comic artist for Regular Show.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community?

I know that in the League community (and in life in general) you can get a lot of salt. People telling you what you can or can’t do, what’s the “meta” way to do things, how you’re wrong for doing or seeing things differently. I’d like to tell you all to never listen to people like that and to always be welcoming to fresh, new ideas! This goes for your playstyle, for starting artists out there, and for people who are trying to figure out a way to get to their dreams. If you have goals, work daily to try to accomplish them, and you’ll see results! It may take a week or maybe even a couple of years, but you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel eventually.

 
 
 
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Star Guardian Lux fan art

Jynx Final PortraitWith Star Guardian Lux now fighting evil on the rift, it’s time to share some of the magical community creations inspired by her release! Check out the gallery below, and click on the artists’ names to see more of their work.

 

 


AnUmbrellaForTwo


Dakun


Dinobxt


Ganjangom


Glory Lamothe


HokutoFighter


Ippus


Jewriel


Jurikoi


Karaku-Aki


komech24


Lighane


MizoreAme


Mynxuu


OrekiGenya


Raspbeary


Rebenke


Rinnieriot


RinRinDaishi


Seojinni


SongJiKyo


Yuukiq Cosplay


Please share more of your Star Guardian creations and favorites in the comments below!


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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until March 20th:

 

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Dreadknight Garen – 487 RP

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Giant Enemy Crabgot – 260 RP

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Glacial Malphite – 675 RP

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.


 

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[ 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.

 

Here’s all the major content you’ll see in Patch 5.2 (updated every PBE Patch):

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New Summoner Icons

 

Here’s Gravity’s icon for this season.

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Also, CLG’s icon has been updated from black to white.

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Champion Changes

[ Note ] The changes to Alistar’s W in yesterday’s PBE update have been reverted.

 

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Crescent Slash Final IconCrescent Slash [ E ]

  • No longer procs Mark of the Assassin

 

 

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Molten Shield Final IconMolten Shield [ E ]

  • Armor and Magic resistance granted by the shield reduced from 20/30/40/50/60 to 10/20/30/40/50

 

Summon Tibbers Final IconSummon: Tibbers [ R ]

  • If Annie casts Molten Shield while Tibbers is active he will receive the shield and a short decaying speed boost

 

 

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Azir Q New IconConquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Range increased from 800 to 875

 

 

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Urchin Strike Final Icon Urchin Strike [ Q ]

  • Magic damage decreased from 10/40/70/100/130 ( +0.6 AP) to 10/25/40/55/70 ( +0.3 AP)

 

Seastone Trident Final IconSeastone Trident [ W ]

  • Base damage on passive decreased from 30/40/50/60/70 ( +0.35 AP) plus 4/5/6/7/8% of target’s Missing Health magic damage over 3 seconds to 20 ( +0.45 AP) magic damage over 3 seconds (to clarify, % damage is removed)
  • Damage on active changed from 10/15/20/25/30 ( +0.25 AP) to 10/20/30/40/50 (+ 4/5/6/7/8% of target’s missing HP)

To sum up, the % damage went from the passive to the active, couple of number tweaks as well.

 

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  • Now amplifies Fizz’s damage against the target hit by Chum the Waters by 20% for 6 seconds

 

Chum the Waters Updated

 

Fizz now has a trident symbol to indicate he’ll deal amplified damage.

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Prowl Final IconProwl [ Passive ]

Nidalee can now hunt monsters as well as champions

 

 

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Queens Wrath Prey Seeker Final IconQueen’s Wrath [ Unburrowed Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 15/30/45/60/75 to 15/25/35/45/55

 

Burrow Unburrow Final IconUn-Burrow [ Burrowed W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/110/160/210/260 to 40/80/120/160/200

 

 

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Explosive-Shot-Final-IconExplosive Charge [ E ]

  • AP scaling decreased from 0.7 to 0.5

 

Buster Shot Final IconBuster Shot [ R ]

  • AP Ratio decreased from 1.2 to 1.0

 

 

Item Changes


 

Aether Wisp Final IconAether  Wisp

  • Cost decreased from 950 Gold to 850 (note; cost of items that build out of Aether Wisp is unchanged)

 

Aether Wisp Updated

 

Hextech Gunblade Final IconHextech Gunblade

  • AD decreased from 45 to 40
  • AP increased from 65 to 80
  • Lifesteal decreased from 12% to 10%

 

Zzrot Portal Final IconZz’Rot Portal

  • Now grants the first and every fourth Voidspawn 100% of the user’s Armor and MR as bonus magic damage, changed from every third;
  • Voidspawns now have 50 base health, up from 40, 115 Armor, up from 60, and 20 Magic Resist, down from 40

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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PBE 20/01

 

[ 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.

 

Here’s all the major content you’ll see in Patch 5.2 (updated every PBE Patch):

Arbiter Velkoz Cycle Banner

Firecracker Jinx Cycle Banner

Warring Nida Cycle Banner

Warring Kata Banner

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Sweetheart Annie Cycle Banner

 

 

Changes to Alistars W

Alistar’s W is now a skillshot. It also knocks back all targets caught in the hitbox.

 

Alistar W Change 1

Alistar W Change 2

 

Also, Infernal Alistar now has the updated visual animation on his Q again.

Alistar Infernal W Update

 


Visual Update to Tower Shield

The shield provided by the second outer turrets has been visually updated.

 

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The Bloodthirster also has a similar shield now.

Bloodthirster Shield Update

 


Champion Changes


 

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Shadow Dance Final IconShadow Dance [ R ]

  • Range decreased from 800 to 700

 

 

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  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 3.1% to 2.1%
  • Base Attack Speed decreased from 0.658 to 0.644

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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Summary

We’re entering the PBE cycle for Patch 5.2 and the major change here is the removal of Deathfire Grasp; below you can find a discussion on what Riot plans to do for mages reliant on that item. Also, Lead Champion Designer Meddler jumped on the forums to address unpopular picks like Yorick, Urgot and Evelynn and where they are on the priority list for reworks. Lastly, the newly-overhauled Fantasy LCS is currently experiencing issues and Patch 5.1 has been delayed for at least a day.

 

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[ ! ] Deathfire Grasp has been removed from the store on the PBE.

 

 

52 Live Gameplay Patch Forecast

Riot Jag Final PortraitHey guys, Jag here from the Live Balance team. It’s a new year, a new(ish) season, and we’re back with the Patch 5.2 Forecast!

The biggest change we’re making in 5.2 is that we’re removing Deathfire Grasp from Summoner’s Rift. There are two major reasons we felt we had to do this, so I’ll run through both:

First, DFG tends to make burst patterns even more bursty. The item effectively adds another nuke spell on top of kits that are already designed to have strong up-front damage and aggravates the “whoa, I got one shot out of nowhere” frustration of playing against certain champions. A good example is LeBlanc; DFG adds reliability to her assassination patterns and ends up removing counterplay (she gets to rely on her Q, E, and DFG spells for damage, and can use dashes to reposition or escape instead of making more risky plays).

The second reason is strongly tied to the first; removing this item gives us room to buff champion kits that would otherwise be overpowered if they could use DFG. The most obvious example is Ahri; more ‘magey’ elements of the character, like her sustained damage or kiting, end up getting washed out because she has so much power to blow up charmed targets with a DFG burst. This ends up forcing us to balance Ahri around her assassin playstyle because there’s always the “I can buy DFG” route to consider; removing the item means we can buff her in more interesting ways while still keeping some of her burst because she can’t just pick up a DFG and double down on a single playstyle.

As far as champions that purchase DFG are concerned, some will get some love now that DFG is gone (I mentioned Ahri; expect Veigar to get attention either this patch or next); some are strong enough that losing DFG is a healthy nerf; some rely on alternate item builds sufficiently that they won’t be affected too much. When 5.2 goes live, if we feel there is an itemization gap for mages, then we’ll address that further.

One of the other character classes we’re looking at in 5.2 in Assassins. Some assassins have top tier burst potential that is loaded onto high reliability spells (think Akali or Fizz here) and don’t have enough real weaknesses to compensate. Others may simply be too strong along a variety of dimensions; Zed being one of the best 1v1 champions in the game and an extremely efficient tower diver helps make him a super split pusher. However, him having such strong tower killing statistics (e.g. AS, bonus AD from W passive) on top of that makes for an overwhelming combination.

Last point regarding jungle; we have seen the jungle receive a huge amount of changes since the start of the preseason, and Patch 5.1 was no exception with the addition of the Smite charging system. We want to keep a close eye on what happens when 5.1 hits live servers and we will continue to make changes to jungle as appropriate.

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What are your plans for Mordekaiser since youre removing his core item

Riot Jag Final PortraitMordekaiser is a guy we’re still looking at. He’s an interesting problem because admittedly it seems like DFG is core to his late game team fight objectives, but on the other hand it’s really hard to play up some of his basic play patterns (especially in lane) without aggravating the “this guy is miserable to play against” experience.

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How will mages deal with bruisers without DFG

Riot Jag Final PortraitThe interesting issue with DFG is that despite being a nuke scaling off of percentage health and therefore in theory being a tank shredder, it ends up being arguably more potent on squishies since it reduces the threshold required to one shot a carry’s low health pool by 20%.

Your point suggests to me that maybe there’s an itemization hole for mages that want to deal with health stacking (that Liandry’s is not currently serving). I think that’s a good issue for us to keep an eye on.

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Will Riot add more items with actives to the game

FeralPony Final PortraitSo I can comment on this a bit. We’re looking at some longer term changes to the itemization system this will probably result in some additional active items though I wouldn’t expect anything in 5.2. A lot of the work on the Active Item UI (making active items more prominently displayed on your cast bar) had the goal of allowing us the ability to make more active items. Any additional actives we add would most likely be targeted at classes or roles that currently have a lack of activated items (ie- probably not supports as they can often be overloaded with actives though we had some ideas there as well)

There are also a few active items we had experimented with during Preseason that we liked (like ZzRot Portal) but were delayed due to scope which we might be able to get ship ready sooner.

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Will you buff LeBlanc to compensate for the removal of DFG

Riot Jag Final PortraitOur opinion is that Leblanc and Syndra are not hurt too hard by DFG’s removal (or at least not so badly that they’d need compensation).

Annie is another story. We’re working through some changes that can make her still feel good about bursting people without so heavily relying on “drop Tibbers, cast spells, enemy explodes” pattern.

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Will there be any changes to Cassiopeia in Patch 52

Riot Jag Final PortraitCassio is an interesting topic that I’d like to dive deeper on later. But to start I’d ask what you perceive she needs fixed, as she is trending quite strong since 4.21 (she’s popping up as a real force top lane).

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Deathfire Grasp is a core item on Ahri and the team is looking for ways to compensate for its removal.

 

 

DFG is a core item on Ahri Will her changes be reverted now that its gone

Meddler Final PortraitWe are testing some changes to Ahri that support the kite mage pattern she used to use sometimes. Those changes (not guaranteed, but being experimented with at the moment) include things like removing the damage amp on charm, buffing her other damage sources and giving her a speed boost while her Q’s in the air to allow more reposition plays and kiting while casting.

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Any changes to her W other than numbers

Meddler Final PortraitLong term: We’d love to spice that up a bit, with you that it’s useful but could be more interesting.

Short term: Nothing major planned. We’re looking at small changes to her as DFG follow up and kite pattern support, not significant changes to core functionality of skills right now.

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Not every spell needs to be mechanically complex

Meddler Final PortraitI’m with you there, both on the value of non champion defining skills sometimes being fairly simple (e.g. Rek’Sai’s burrowed Q) and that Ahri’s W’s an example of such a skill. Even on a simple skill though I’d argue there’s a lot of value in adding a bit of distinctiveness/ways to optimize things a bit more. Putting something there basically to enable a person that’s played 200 games on Ahri to pull off the occasional cool play with Foxfire that a player with only 20 games might not be aware of or able to execute at the right time.

Using Vayne’s tumble directly into a piece of terrain to AA as soon as possible’s a good example of that to my mind. A lot of the time it’s not the right call, or not relevant, and new Vayne players won’t do it deliberately. It does add an extra option to the skill, making it a bit richer though, without making the skill’s core concept or tooltip more difficult to understand.

Similarly Ezreal’s Essence Flux being able to hit himself’s often irrelevant or a poor idea to utilize. Occasionally though it’s worth playing into and, pardon the now horribly cliched phrase, is one of the sort of things that separates good players from great.

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Why dont you change Ahris ultimate to an ammunition system

Meddler Final PortraitWe did actually test Ahri during her initial development with an ammo system on her ult, with separate use/recharge, rather than the current 3 casts in X seconds approach. Conclusion we came to’s the same point you’ve made – high mobility, within a limited period of time, results in both healthier and more interesting gameplay. Ammo system Ahri always had a dash charge up to escape with, so was much harder for opponents to deal with and was disincentivized from trying to make cool multi dash plays.

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How about lowering the internal cooldown between her dashes

Meddler Final PortraitI’d be more inclined to find ways to give her other mobility or access her ult a bit more often. Having those gaps results in a longer combat pattern, with more kiting and thought for both sides about where she’ll go and when. Reducing them incentivizes her to spam them to move quickly in a direction or get damage out as fast as possible.

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Whats your opinion on the state of Akali and Diana

Meddler Final PortraitMy current thoughts/couple of general comments:

Akali – Lot of fun and a good alignment between her kit and theme, Lacks sufficient counterplay, resulting in frustrating playing against experience especially when she’s ahead. Removal of the mitigation stats from her W’s reduced her dueling power against tankier champs which is a positive, squishy targets still struggle with a lack of options sometimes however. The live balance team’s currently experimenting with her ult range to see if reducing that’s an appropriate lever to put her into a better spot (her having high reliability’s less of an issue if it’s more practical to stay out of her zone of threat or at least force her to use another ult charge before getting to you).

Diana – Would benefit from being more clearly an assassin or a fighter, rather than a generalized mixture of the two (a good fit for her personality that unfortunately results in her being hard to give sufficiently clear strengths and weaknesses when strong enough to be picked). In an ok state, would probably require that work be done to get her to what you’d call a really good state/be a character we felt was good for the game if a really common pick. Not currently being worked on.

Both of them – Bit much overlap between the two, both utilizing a similar combat approach through their ults, Q’s and cleaves. Ensuring the two of them end up with a few more points of distinction would do both some good (which personally suggests Diana should be pushed towards being more of a fighter, though I can see the argument for assassin as well).

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When will you update unpopular Champions like Urgot Yorick etc

Meddler Final PortraitSome of the key questions we ask when deciding which champions to do updates on:

How badly does this champion need a visual/audio update?

The more out of place (or out of date) they currently look/sound the more reason we have to rework them. A champion that gets played a lot and really needs a visual upgrade is particularly significant – since they’re in games a lot they’ll be seen a lot and therefore contribute substantially to the overall average visual quality of the game. Tristana’s a good example of this – she’s a popular character, who’s also really easy to acquire (Facebook or 1350IP), with quite a few visual/audio upgrade needs.

How problematic is this champion’s gameplay?

Champions with a lack of counterplay, that result in degenerate lane picks, that suppress interesting play etc can be rework priorities because they make the game worse overall. Xerath and Soraka are good examples of this category.

How much untapped potential does this champion have?

These are characters with cool themes that aren’t properly executed on, unsatisfying kits etc. Stuff that could be really cool, but isn’t, usually for a number of reasons (gameplay+aesthetics+personality for example). There’s a good seed of a champion in there, but it’s not done right. Sion’s the best example of this.

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Why are Eve Olaf Yorick Urgot Lee Sin and Xerath low priorities

Meddler Final PortraitYorick/Urgot – Both Sion levels of rework in terms of amount of work. We talked a lot about which champion was the best fit for that level of update next and conclusion we came to was Poppy was the best overall choice. Lot of good points in favor of Yorick, and especially Urgot, but Poppy felt like the best choice for the next slot.

Lee Sin – We feel his problem’s that he’s a generalist who crowds out other picks if you’ve got a player able to take proper advantage of him. That means the work he needs is a combination of accentuating (or creating) weaknesses (and potentially strengths) and possibly a bit more counterplay. Some of that work at least’s going to be an issue of balance, as much or more than rework.

Eve/Olaf – Could do with some work, agreed. I don’t personally feel Olaf’s too far off being playable, amount he leaves some champions without options when he’s strong though’s pretty problematic.

Xerath – I’ll have to disagree with you on Xerath, I feel his rework overall left him in a pretty good spot. Would be nice to improve the visual satisfaction on his ult at some point though, the current visual effect was designed for a somewhat different style of ult so doesn’t sync up well with the feel of the current gameplay.

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Alistars new update hasnt improved his gameplay

Meddler Final PortraitAlistar’s a champ we’d like to do some light gameplay work on at some point. He’s in a reasonably good spot overall though and there are a lot of other champions we felt needed gameplay reworks more. That left us in a spot where we had the option of shipping some visual improvements, and doing some further work at an undetermined date, or delaying the visual changes until everything else could be worked on (probably quite a long time).

Getting those model/texture changes out felt like a clear win, so that’s what we decided to go for, given we had a spot in our schedule where we had enough free artist time for a job of this size and type.

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Will you continue working on Alistars gameplay after his VU

Meddler Final PortraitFair question and no offense taken at all.

I’m quite confident we’ll do some work on Alistar at some point. To be quite open I’m not sure that that’ll be this year necessarily though (talking about skill functionality changes specifically, I would expect some balance changes sometime this year of course as needed). Alistar’s overall very impactful, fun to play, and reasonably well differentiated from other champs. Sure, his passive’s a bit uninspiring, as is his E in some circumstances (powerful though it be). When he’s significantly too strong he’s also basically must pick/ban (see last year’s World Champs).

Overall though he’s in a pretty good spot, and other champs need gameplay work done a lot more than he does.

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These updates are disappointing compared to real reworks

Meddler Final PortraitThese lower scope visual updates are almost always in addition to the other, larger upgrades, not instead of them. If we’re limited by how many champs we make can new character animations and spell effects for at one time, but have the capability to do some more texture/model work, doing those smaller upgrades seems like a good way to help out an extra set of champions that would otherwise not be getting visual upgrades at all at the moment.

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Patch 5 1 delayed at least 24 hours

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Will Warring Kingdoms Katarina receive more work on her model

[ Note ] Warring Kingdoms Kata is a new skin introduced in yesterday’s PBE update. You can check out a full preview here.

KateyKhaos Final PortraitThere’s been a bit of positive feedback, yes. I think one of the larger complaints I’ve seen is that her back is pretty flat, since her hair is dark, and her pants are, too. At this point, we’re still collecting feedback, and will be looking at analyzing them in the next meeting for her. It’s possible there will be changes, but I don’t have an answer for that one yet since she only went out to PBE several hours ago.

If you’ve got some specific feedback about what you don’t like about the skin, I’d be happy to take it!

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Fantasy LCS Known Issues

[ Note ] Fantasy LCS recently received an overhaul, you can read more about it here.

OMHALODIL Final PortraitUpdate | January 13, 11:05 PM PST | 14 January, 08:05 CET : We’re continuing to investigate the issue where players are getting stuck in draft. Unfortunately, we don’t have an updated ETA at the moment. Once we have a fix in place, we’ll be looking into ways to reset the leagues affected by this issue to the pre-draft state.

Update | January 13, 7:40 PM PST | 14 January, 04:40 CET : We’re still investigating the issue where players are getting stuck in draft. We don’t have an ETA at this time, but we’re hard at work at bringing things back to normal ASAP.

Update | January 13, 4:38 PM PST | 14 January, 01:38 CET : We’ve temporarily turned off drafting to resolve an issue where some players are getting stuck when the timer reaches 0 on their turn and multiple picks for a single player are made in a row. For those of you who ran into this issue, we’re looking into figuring out a way to roll back your leagues to the state it was in pre-draft.

We’re also aware of another issue where after creating a league, some players aren’t able to share the link to others to join the league.

We’ll keep this thread updated as we find out more information and resolve these issues.

Thanks.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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