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 [ Context ] Sona’s base MS was recently decreased from 330 to 325 on the PBE.


Sona isnt stronger than other toptier supports right now

Riot Jag New PortraitI can definitely appreciate the perspective that she isn’t really crowding out support selection diversity. That said, we want to stay on top of the successes and shortcomings of all of our champion reworks, and we feel that some of Sona’s gameplay patterns are not the most healthy experience for bot lane. Fighting Sona has a lot of strategic depth that you talk about (pick hard engage or burst characters like Leona to fight her), but we want counterplay to extend past champion select and still be relevant tactically (in lane). The MS change is intended to give enemies without extremely strong engagement capabilities a fair shot at fighting Sona, without exaggerating her weaknesses to hard engage that something like a base HP/armor adjustment would do.

Understandably, Sona isn’t perceived as particularly strong, given that she isn’t being picked every game (especially in competitive play), and does not seem like she is taking over games that she is in. That said, we have a lot of tools and data we use for examining the game, and in addition to some of the play pattern issues I mentioned, we do feel that she is on the strong side for supports for a wide range of ELOs. Keep in mind, this is intended to be a pretty small nerf overall.

Now let’s talk about a few of the other issues you mentioned.

1) Jungle diversity is an issue we agree we can help improve. Next patch you’ll see some movement towards what you’re talking about (for instance, Hecarim and Skarner are getting a little love).

2) There are some counterplay issues with a few assassins in our game. These problems are pretty complex ones to solve, and some of the champions you mention definitely need some changes to stay healthy (I think Zed is probably at the top of that list right now).

3) Top lane is a much bigger issue. There are so many factors involved here (power of Teleport, relevance of Dragon, power of Marksmen vs Fighters, etc.) that this is a larger scope problem that would take multiple patches to work on. But you definitely make a great point, there are some issues in champion diversity top lane and we need to do some work on that.

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Most of Sonas current power is in her Power Chord Q

Riot Jag New PortraitNice explanation.

The changes we’re putting in this PBE cycle for Sona will be going out with the next patch, but hearing opinions from Sona players and seeing this discussion is very valuable for us in the future if we need to reexamine the state she’s in.

The feedback regarding how players feel that so much of her power is weighted in her Q is useful. Also agreed regarding Q Power Chord pushing out other choices (this is part of what the changes are supposed to address, but we may need more work here).

I also want to thank everyone for contributing your view in this thread (particularly the constructive posts…); improving communication with our players is something I always want to be working on.

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Almost everyone wants to see champion diversity in LCS

Phreak New PortraitIt’s definitely an odd space.

On the one hand, you’re right: The number of unique champions played in top tier competitive play is dwindling slowly over time. The real question is “Why?”

You could certainly force a wider variety. You could say “Okay, you can only play each champion once per month / once per series / if your opponents haven’t played it either.” Enforcing a wider variety of champions can be interesting because you’ll see more of them played. You could have 20 bans. You’ll definitely see different stuff played if you do that.

Another question can be if just “Champion named Ezreal was picked” counts as one unique pick. What about Mid Ezreal vs. ADC Ezreal? What about Support Nautilus vs. Jungle? Kayle Top/Mid/Support? How about different builds? AP Amumu vs. Tank Amumu? You can track the specifics of “Champion named X was picked.” Does that tell the whole story? Do you care if they were built differently? AP Mid vs. AD Bot Kog’Maw? I’d argue this counts as a “different” pick, but it’s of course not tracked as that. Certainly, an edge case, but it’s food for thought.

On that line of reasoning, I think 2014 was a year full of flex picks. We saw Karma, Lulu, and a whole host of other mages go in various lanes. Would a better line of reasoning be, “How many Supports did we see this year? How many Mid Laners did we see this year?” Double-counting Jayce doesn’t make for a very interesting comparison, but Annie might count. I think we saw more flex picks in 2014 than any other year. There were probably at least two dozen champions that were played in more than one role this year in professional play.

The game has also become more homogenized. Up until halfway through Season One, many teams weren’t running ADC+Support bottom lanes. Now it’s considered commonplace. Not everyone knew Kassadin was crazy strong throughout 2013, Cloud9 least of which, but he defined the first half of 2014’s Ban phase. Nowadays everyone’s watching the Koreans and saying, “Ah, LeBlanc and Corki are contested. We should all learn them.” The fact that all the top-tier players have a standard to look to and compel themselves to emulate shrinks our champion pools significantly.

I specifically asked Cloud9’s Hai about this at the beginning of 2014. He said they sat down, had a meeting, and told me (paraphrased), “We chose to drop our old playstyle. We should play like SKT. They won the world championship. Let’s be like them” Well, SKT couldn’t even qualify for Worlds the next year. I’m not certain that emulating a specific team or style of play in a constantly-evolving game is the right way to thrive. Cloud9 had, consecutively, their worst splits ever after making the decision, “Let’s copy SKT.” Throughout 2013 they made their own rules. Meteos made his own jungle style. Sneaky and LemonNation pulled in their own champion pools and style (Hello, Ashe/Zyra). Certainly, other factors than just “not innovating” led to teams taking more games off C9 than before; I’m just bringing up trends I see.

I think the trend actually feeds on itself. Because everyone’s compelled to learn specific champions because “better teams” do so, everyone shares similar champion pools. And because you can easily predict your opponent’s champions, and magically you ALSO play those champions, it means you have heavily contested picks. I know they want Corki. Well I know how to play Corki! Let’s first pick Corki. This repeats for every role, 2-3 champions deep. Some players branch out and have their own fun touches (Xerath players, Rengar players, Rumble players, Vayne players, etc.) but anything that sees a lot of success falls back into the old pattern of, “Oh this champion’s successful, let’s all learn it.”

In my opinion, almost every single champion in League of Legends can be that champion. The next Rengar is out there. The next Support Annie or Support Morgana is out there. People just arbitrarily started playing them and everyone decided it was a good idea. But people seem to glom onto them really, really hard, so the pools decrease.

What’s the way to fix that? Is it OK to “force open” the champion pools? Should we just track “# of Supports played” across seasons and trend that? What should change?

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Immobile champions are largely unpopular in LCS

Phreak New PortraitI absolutely disagree.

Ryze, Warwick (except ultimate), Orianna, Jinx, Morgana… The list goes on pretty much the entire way.

Very few champions have no mobility abilities, so it’s easy to say, “Well, mobility wins.” Except that Looper showed us both Singed and Kayle as completely dominant champions. Talon can only jump to enemies, and crushed people. Jayce likewise, same impact.

So, I have to reiterate, that saying things like “Cut in half” is very odd when there is I think literally one melee champion without some way of moving faster in Mordekaiser, and then some other fraction only has movement speed buffs… Yet we saw Dr. Mundo played for most of the split. And again, as far as ranged champions go, I think literally every conventional Support doesn’t contain tactical mobility skills. Twitch was arguably the defining ADC of the World Championship. Orianna hasn’t gone anywhere in literally ever, and neither has Rumble.

Now you can make the point that champions can be come non-viable, but mobility is an absolute red herring.

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Alternative champion roles tend to get nerfed immediately

Phreak New PortraitThat’s not quite correct, though I understand where you’re coming from.

We are not, as a game, against a champion being viable in multiple roles. We’re fine with Lulu working in 4 roles right now. We’re fine with Karma working in the same ones. We’re fine with Hecarim as a jungler as well as a Mid Laner (and I’m sure he’s fine Top also).

The changes to champions when they worked in certain lanes came from the gameplay impact of that lane. When Janna walked into lane, Pressed Q in the vague direction of the minions, and then immediately last hit the entire wave, that was an issue. When Lulu clicked “E” and then pressed “Q” twice, causing you to lose 50% of your health without it honestly being a real skill shot, that was the issue. When Annie’s low level base damages and stun were so obnoxiously high you immediately lost any possible 2v2 fight bottom lane, that was the issue.

Notice how literally nothing changed about Karma after we saw Bjergsen get a pentakill on her in the LCS playoffs, despite being played as a support the week before. Lulu hasn’t been changed in about 4 months (E duration on enemies being the big change) after her mid lane pattern became significantly less toxic.

The awkward thing about all of this is that it’s not that pro teams were looking for support mids to play. They didn’t immediately replace Janna with Morgana, or Karma, or Lulu, or Soraka. They played mid Janna because she was bullshit. They played mid Soraka because she was bullshit. Pros really like to pick champions that are un-counterable. Their opponents are, just like them, extremely skilled League of Legends players. If you can find a champion that CANNOT be outplayed, that’s a really strong champion to play in top tier play. So while a lot of people see, “Oh, Janna got played outside of her recommended lane, so Riot nerfed her,” what’s actually happening is, “Janna mid has no counterplay, let’s add some.” And then to pros go, “Oh, this champion has counterplay? Time to find something else to abuse.”

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What does void targets mean in the description of ZzRot Portal

Reinboom Final PortraitVoid Gates (created by Zz’Rot Portal)

Voidspawn (created by Void Gates)

Voidling (created by Malzahar)

There’s a bunch more void things in the game, but the Voidspawn ignore them for other reasons already such as various champions (Rek’Sai, Kha’zix) or Baron.

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So all the abovementioned Void creatures are allies

Reinboom Final PortraitThese creatures (Voidspawn at least) has no reason or natural behavior to attacking other void things.

This may be a normal void behavior – at least for the more “basic” void creatures – but there’s been no other real cases where we’ve gotten to see what the unchained whims of a void creature has been. The Voidlings you see in game are mostly under the control of Malzahar and thus could be directed against what is natural for them.

Voidspawn, unlike voidlings, aren’t “directed”. They have a sense of team apparently, but beyond that you have no way of really directing them. Their behaviors are very simple. This is probably due to opening a portal for them to come through is suitably different than calling for their service. It might also explain their volatility.

Of course the real reason for them ignoring void targets is that, gameplay wise, it was kind of boring to cancel a void gate with another void gate since it just meant inaction for both sides. Making them ignore all void targets was a “clean” way of solving that issue and allowed for a cute “also ignores voidlings” secret behavior.

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Will there be any changes to Tristanas E

Vesh Final Portrait This is correct! The E is a new spell although it has similarities to the feeling of the previous one (it’s still a targeted spell, still has the passive AoE on minion kill).

The rest of her kit is basically just numbers tuning, and the W will have an interaction with the new E.

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Will there be any changes to AP Tristana

Vesh Final PortraitYes. I have adjusted the AP ratios to be a bit healthier (less free burst for just clicking R) but her overall burst power will still be the same if you use the new E correctly. There will be more emphasis on her jumping in to do her combo instead of just click E click R though.

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Zenonthestoic Final PortraitHello friends of Shurima!

One of the long standing issues that we’ve had with Azir is that his Q behaved a little unpredictably sometimes. UnknownMartian most recently posted a Youtube video to reddit that lays out the problem clearly:

TLDR: When assigning soldiers positions for Conquering Sands (Q), Azir would historically grab all soldiers on the map in random order (most often this would happen to be in order of creation, but not always). As demonstrated in the video, in the three soldier case this sometimes leads to an unfortunate situation where the nearest soldier is assigned one of the side positions, 240 units off your mouse cursor.

I took some time tonight to rewrite how Q works and cleaned up some bugs surrounding the 2/4 soldier cases as well (4 soldiers is technically possible, but very, very rare). Here’s the breakdown, with pictures!


One soldier

Pretty straightforward. Goes where you click. Your click position is a 75 radius green circle, the calculated soldier position is a 100 radius red circle. In this case they’re identical.


Two soldiers

The soldiers align themselves around your target position, equidistant to the left and right of it. The nearest soldier always goes to the left position, viewed from Azir’s perspective along the axis of your cast direction.


Three soldiers

This is the situation from Unknown Martian’s video. I fixed this so the nearest soldier will always go to the MIDDLE, which is the position that you clicked on. The second closest will go to the left and the farthest will go to the right.

Four soldiers

This is very rare and hard to achieve. Hint: both Q and AA extend soldier lifetime by a fractional amount in certain situations. Not something I expect players will be able to exploit in real games, but just in case. As you can see, the first row of soldiers places itself slightly nearer to you than where you clicked, with the nearest soldier going to the center. This is only a difference of 120 units, and Q overshoots by 50 units, so this difference shouldn’t make you miss (we do check forward an additional 100 units at the end of a Q to see if we can find someone to hit anyway, so it’s a moot point).

None of this has been QA checked yet so details may change or the rollout of these changes may be delayed. They will also not be in the next patch; at the earliest, they will be in the patch after that.


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Here are the new stories for Xerath and Azir! I’ve also added some discussion with Narrative Editor Jaredan on Shurima’s developing story.



Jaredan Final PortraitHey all,

As a member of the Narrative discipline that works on ideation & story, I’d like to follow up with you about where we currently are with champ bios and backgrounds.

Previously, we’ve communicated two main ways in which the presentation of champ backgrounds is changing: format & location. A while back we started moving away from the older style of ‘historical’ bios in favor of character stories (think Braum & Gnar), but we’ve found that issues like character limits and formatting constraints are preventing us from really pushing things further in the in-client lore tabs. Given that the lore tab is also intended to give players a quick feel for a champ’s thematic and identity, we’ve decided to morph it into more of an introductory space that links to deeper story experiences on the website’s champ info pages.

That said, we’re frankly behind on all of this. We recently released in-client champion intros for Shurima champions without having their deeper story pieces ready to go. We know this is frustrating and we’re working to get them all out as soon as possible.

Additionally, as I mentioned last week, we’ve run into some tech issues preventing us from de-linking the champ info pages from the lore tabs. We hope to have this fixed very shortly, but for now we’re actually unable to deliver completed stories in the way we’ve promised.

Because of this, we’ve taken the interim step of stickying the new Azir and Xerath short stories on this board. We hope you enjoy them, and deeply appreciate your continuing patience as we work to bring you the stories you want and deserve.

I’ll be hanging out in this thread for a bit, so feel to leave any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to address them.



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When will you show us this new Shurima narrative

Jaredan Final PortraitOur aim is to bring you stories with much more regularity than we have in the past. We’re learning and leveling up, but we want to deliver stories to you. While we’re working out a few things, including tech issues, it’s not gone as quickly as we would like, hence putting these first two stories here on the boards while we sort things.

More will be coming.

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If Azir emancipated Xerath, why did Xerath kill him

Jaredan Final PortraitIt was already planned out, wheels that had been in motion for years were set to bring Azir and Shurima crashing down. Xerath couldn’t stop what he had started.

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Did Xerath show sadness in the end

Jaredan Final PortraitI think sadness is one of the many emotions that Xerath was feeling at that moment. Part of him meant it, but how much of him is full of regret is something we’ll have to explore.

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Will we see new lore about Sivir

Jaredan Final PortraitWorking on it!

Sivir was left in a very interesting and precarious place by events in Shurima, we will definitely be following her story further to show the immediate aftermath.

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If Azir's family was killed, who did Sivir descend from

Jaredan Final PortraitThat’s an excellent question—that I will in no way, shape or form answer right now. I’ll leave that tale to play out.

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What are you plans for Kayle

Jaredan Final PortraitThere are no immediate plans for Kayle.

We’re trying to do better, frankly I’ve just been a really busy bloke, but just speaking personally I should be able to hop on more regularly in the coming weeks.

We want to do stories for all of our champions; events give a good focus for a cluster of them, but we do want to explore those characters who exist outside of specific factions.

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Azir Arisen



Azir walked the gold-paved Emperor’s Way. The immense statues of Shurima’s earliest rulers – his ancestors – watched his progress.

The soft, shadowy light of predawn seeped through his city. The brightest stars still shone overhead, though they would soon be snuffed out by the rising sun. The night sky was not as Azir remembered it; the stars and the constellations were misaligned. Millennia had passed.

With every step, Azir’s heavy staff of office struck a lonely note, echoing through the capital’s empty streets.

When last he had walked this path, an honor guard of 10,000 elite warriors had marched in his wake, and the cheers of the crowd had shaken the city. It was to have been his moment of glory – yet it had been stolen from him.

Now, it was a city of ghosts. What had become of his people?

With an imperious gesture, Azir commanded the sands beside the roadway to rise, creating living statues. This was a vision of the past, the echoes of Shurima given form.

The sand figures looked forward, heads tilted toward the immense Sun Disk hanging above the Dais of Ascension half a league ahead. It hung there still, declaring the glory and power of Azir’s empire, though no one remained to see it. The daughter of Shurima who awakened him, she who bore his lineage, was gone. He sensed her out in the desert. Blood bound them together.

As Azir walked the Emperor’s Way, the sand-echoes of his people pointed up at the Sun Disk, their joyful expressions turning to horror. Mouths opened wide in silent screams. They turned to run, stumbling and falling. Azir watched this all in despairing silence, bearing witness to the last moments of his people.

They were obliterated by a wave of unseen energy, reduced to dust and cast to the winds. What had gone wrong with his Ascension to unleash this catastrophe?

Azir’s focus narrowed. His march became more resolute. He reached the base of the Stairs of Ascension and began to climb, taking them five at a time.
Only his most trusted soldiers, the priesthood, and those of the royal bloodline were allowed to step foot upon the Stairs. Sand versions of these most favored subjects lined his path, faces upturned, grimacing and wailing in silence before they too were swept away by the winds.
He ran, taking the steps faster than any man could, talons digging into the stonework, carving furrows where they caught. Sand figures rose, and were then destroyed, to either side of him as he climbed.

He reached the top. Here, he saw the final circle of onlookers: his closest aides, his advisers, the high priests. His family.
Azir dropped to his knees. His family was before him, rendered in perfect, heartbreaking detail. His wife, heavy with child. His shy daughter, clutching his wife’s hand. His son, standing tall, on the brink of becoming a man.

In horror, Azir saw their expressions change. Though he knew what was to come, he could not look away. His daughter hid her face in the folds of his wife’s dress; his son reached for his sword, shouting in defiance. His wife… her eyes widened, sorrow and despair writ within.
The unseen event blasted them to nothingness.

It was too much, but no tears welled in Azir’s eyes. His Ascended form rendered that simple act of grief forever lost to him. With a heavy heart, he pushed himself to his feet. The question remained as to how his bloodline survived, for it most assuredly had.

The final echo awaited.

He advanced, halting one step below the dais, and watched as it all played out before him, reenacted in the sand.

He saw himself, in his mortal form, rise up into the air beneath the Sun Disk, arms wide and back arched. He remembered this moment. The power coursed through him, infusing his being, filling him with its divine strength.

A newcomer formed in the sand. His trusted bondsman, his magus, Xerath.

His friend uttered a silent word. Azir watched himself shatter like glass, exploding into motes of sand.

“Xerath,” breathed Azir.

The traitor’s expression was unknowable, but Azir could see nothing but the face of a murderer.

Where did such hate come from? Azir had never been aware of it.

The sand image of Xerath rose higher into the air as the Sun Disk’s energies focused into his being. A cadre of elite guards rushed toward him, but they were all far too late.

A brutal shockwave of sand flared out, disintegrating the final moment of Shurima. Azir stood alone among the dying echoes of his past.

This is what killed his people.

Azir turned away, just as the first rays of the new dawn struck the Sun Disk overhead. He’d seen enough. The sand image of the transformed Xerath collapsed behind him.

The dawn sun reflected blindingly off Azir’s flawless golden armor. In that instant, he knew that the traitor still lived. He sensed the magus’s essence in the air that he breathed.

Azir lifted a hand, and an army of his elite warriors rose from the sands at the base of the Stairs of Ascension.

“Xerath,” he said, his voice tinged with rage. “Your crimes will not go unpunished.”

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This was the moment.

The singular moment that had cost him so much, that had taken a lifetime of planning. A corrupt empire and its strutting princeling would be struck down under the blankly idiotic sun symbol they both so trusted. The key to immortality, jealously guarded and miserly offered, would be his alone, stolen in front of the entire world. A singular moment of perfect vengeance that would finally free the slave known as Xerath.

Though his master’s helm revealed no human expression, and knowing that the lovingly etched metal could not respond in kind, Xerath smiled up at the soulless hawk’s face just the same, his joy genuine. A life spent in servitude, first for a mad emperor and now a vain one, endless manipulations for and against the throne, a near-damning quest for barely remembered knowledge that almost consumed him—all of it led to this grotesque masquerade of Ascension.

The very word when spoken aloud was an assault: We will Ascend, while you are chained to the broken stone as the sands of time swallow you all. No. Not anymore, and never again. The chosen golden lords will not be taken into the sun’s embrace and made gods. A slave will do this; a simple slave, a boy who once had the misfortune to save a noble child from the sands.

And for this sin, Xerath had been punished with a horrible, maddening promise: freedom. Unobtainable. Forbidden. Should the thought even dart through a slave’s mind, it would be punished by death, as the Ascended could gaze past flesh and bone, deep into one’s very soul, to see its dim traitorous glow. And yet, there it was, spoken by the young princeling he dragged from the embrace of the mercurial mother-desert. Azir, the Golden Sun, vowed that he would free his savior and new friend.

A promise unkept to this day. The words of a grateful child, innocently oblivious to the impact they would have. How could Azir upend thousands of years of rule? How could he fight tradition, his father, his destiny?

In the end, the young emperor would lose it all by not honoring his word.

And so, Xerath was elevated and educated, eventually becoming Azir’s trusted right hand—but never a free man. The soured promise ate into what he was, and what he could have been. Denied a small, simple thing, the right to live his life, Xerath decided to take everything, all of the things denied to him, all of the things he deserved: the empire, Ascension, and the absolute purest form of freedom possible.

With each step taken toward the offensively grandiose Dais of Ascension, positioned respectfully behind his emperor and flanked by the inept sentinels who supposedly protected Shurima, Xerath felt an unknown lightness he was genuinely shocked by. Was this joy? Does vengeance bring joy? The impact was almost physical.

At that very moment, the overwrought suit of golden armor that was his tormentor abruptly halted. And turned. And walked toward Xerath.

Could he know? How could he possibly know? This spoiled, self-obsessed boy? This righteous, falsely benevolent emperor whose hands were just as bloody as Xerath’s own? Even if he did, there was no staying the killing blow that was already in motion.

Xerath had planned for every contingency. He had bribed, killed, out-maneuvered, and plotted for decades—he even tricked the monstrous brothers Nasus and Renekton into staying away from the event—but he had not planned for this…

The Emperor of Shurima, the Golden Sun, Beloved of Mother Desert, soon to be Ascended, took off his helmet, revealed his proud brow and smiling eyes, and turned to his oldest and most trusted friend. He spoke about the love of brothers, the love of friends, of hard fights won and others lost, of family, of future, and finally… of freedom.

At these words, the guards flanked Xerath, moving in, weapons drawn.

So the princeling did know. Had Xerath’s plans had been undone?

But the fools in armor were saluting. There was no menace to them, they were honoring him. They were congratulating him.

On his freedom.

His hated master had just freed him—he had freed them all. No Shuriman would ever wear chains again. Azir’s last act as a human was to unfetter his people.

The foundation-shuddering roar of the assembled masses drowned out any response Xerath could have had. Azir donned his helmet and strode out onto the Dais, his attendants preparing him for the godhood that would never come.

Xerath stood in the shadow of the monolithic Sun Disk, knowing that an empire-destroying doom was but seconds away.

Too late, friend. Too late, brother. Far too late for us all.

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Patch 4.18 will hit live this Tuesday, October 7th, if there are no delays. Here’s the list of changes:


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Glory in Death New IconGlory in Death [ Passive ]

  • After being killed Sion will reanimate himself, but his Health rapidly decays while he is reanimated. He can move and attack during this time. He gains 100% Lifesteal, attacks extremely fast and will deal an additional 10% of his target’s maximum Health on hit. Max 75 bonus damage against monsters. All of his abilities are replaced with Death Surge, which grants him a burst of Movement Speed.

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Decimating Strike New IconDecimating Smash [ Q ]

  • Sion charges a powerful swing in an area in front of himself that will deal damage to enemies when released. If he charges for enough time, enemies hit by the swing will also be knocked up and stunned.

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  • Sion shields himself and can reactivate after 2 seconds to deal Magic Damage to enemies nearby.

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Roar of the Slayer New IconRoar of the Slayer [ E ]

  • Sion fires a short range shockwave that damages and slows the first enemy hit. If the shockwave hits a minion or monster, it will be knocked back, damaging and slowing all enemies that it passes through.

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Unstoppable OnslaughtUnstoppable Onslaught [ R ]

  • Sion charges in a direction, ramping up speed over time. He can steer his charge slightly with the mouse cursor location. When he collides with an enemy he deals damage and knocks them up based on the distance he has charged.

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Gone. Too quick. No fight. More. I want… more.

A voice? Unfamiliar. I see him. The Grand General. My general.

He leads. I follow. Marching. To where? I should know. I can’t remember.

It all bleeds together. Does it matter? Noxus conquers. The rest? Trivial. So long… since I’ve tasted victory.

The war wagon rocks. Rattles. A cramped cage. Pointless ceremony. The waiting. Maddening. Faster, dogs!

There. Banners. Demacians and their walls. Cowards. Their gates will shatter. Thoughts of the massacre come easily.

Who gave the order to halt? The underlings don’t answer. No familiar faces. If I do not remember, neither will history.

The cage is opened. Finally! No more waiting. WE CHARGE!

Slings and arrows? The weapons of children! Their walls will not save them!

I can taste their fear. They shrink at every blow as their barricades splinter. SOON!

Noxian drums. Demacian screams. Glory isn’t accolades; glory is hot blood on your hands! This is life!

A thousand shattered corpses lie at my feet, and Demacian homes burn all around me. It’s over too quickly! Just one more…

The men stare. There’s fear in their eyes. If they’re afraid to look upon victory, I should pluck those craven eyes out. There is no fear in the Grand General’s eyes, only approval. He is pleased with this conquest.

Walking the field with the Grand General, surveying the carnage, I ache for another foe. He is hobbled, a leg wound from the battle? If it pains him, he does not show it. A true Noxian. I do not like his pet, though; it picks over the dead, having earned nothing. His war hounds were more fitting company.

Demacia will be within our grasp soon. I can feel it. I am ready to march. The Grand General insists that I rest. How can I rest when my enemies still live?

Why do we mill about? The waiting eats at me. I’m left to my own devices. The bird watches. It’s unsettling. Were it anyone else’s, I would crush it.

Fatigue sets in. I’ve never felt so… tired.

Boram? Is that you? What are you whispering?

Where am I?

Captured? Kenneled like some dog. How?

There was… the battle, the razing of the fortress, the quiet of the aftermath. Were we ambushed? I can’t remember.

I was wounded. I can feel the ragged gash… but no pain. They thought me dead. Now, I am their prize. Fate is laughing. I will not be caged! They will regret sparing me.

Demacian worms! They parrot kind words, but they are ruthless all the same. This place is a dank pit. They bring no food. There is no torture. They do not make a show of me. I am left to rot.

I remember my finest hour. I held a king by his throat and felt the final beat of his heart through my tightening grasp. I don’t remember letting go. Is this your vengeance, Jarvan?

I hear the triumphal march. Boots on stone. Faint, through the dungeon walls. The cadence of Noxian drums. I shall be free. Demacian blood will run in the streets!

No one came. I heard no struggle. No retreat. Did I imagine it?

There is no aching in this stump. I barely noticed the iron boot. It’s caked in rust.

When did I lose my leg?

I still smell the blood. Battle. It brings comfort.

The hunger gnaws. I have not slept. Time crawls. So tired.

How long?

So dark. This pit. I remember. Grand General. His whispering. What was it?

Not who I think.

Fading. Mustn’t forget.

Message. Cut. Remember.

”SION – Beware ravens.”





New Splash Arts



Lee Sin

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Dunkmaster Darius


Dunkmaster Darius will be available for 1820 RP.


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Video Preview by SkinSpotlights:


Darius Model 1

Darius Recall

When recalling, Dunkmaster Darius performs… well, a dunk.


Darius Passive

Hemorrhage [ Passive ]


Darius Q

Decimate [ Q ]


Darius W

Crippling Strike [ W ]


Darius E

Apprehend [ E ] 


Darius R

Noxian Guillotine [ R ]



Ravenborn LeBlanc

Ravenborn LeBlanc will be available for 975 RP.


Ravenborn LeBlanc Model

Ravenborn LeBlanc Recall

For her recall, the raven on LeBlanc’s staff comes to life and lands on her arm. She then dissipates in a puff of teal smoke.

Ravenborn LeBlanc Basic Attack

Basic Attack

LeBlanc Q 1LeBlanc Q 2

Sigil of Malice [ Q ]


Distortion [ W ]

Ethereal Chains 1 Ethereal Chains 2

Ethereal Chains [ E ]

Underworld Wukong


Underworld Wukong will be priced at 1350 RP.




Wukong Model 1Wukong All EmotesWukong Recall

For his recall, Underworld Wukong spins his staff around and ghosts come off it.


Wukong Q

Crushing Blow [ Q ]


Wukong W 1 Wukong W 2

Decoy [ W ] 


Wukong E

Nimbus Strike [ E ]


Wukong R 1Wukong R 2

Cyclone [ R ]

Championship Shyvana

Championship Shyvana will be available for 975 RP.




Shyvana Model 1Shyvana R ModelShyvana Recall

For her recall, Championship Shyvana steps on a blue pedestal. Nothing new on her Dragon form recall.


Shyvana QShyvana Dragon Q

Twin Bite [ Q ]

Shyvana WShyvana Dragon W

Burnout [ W ]


Shyvana EShyvana Dragon E

Flame Breath [ E ]


Shyvana R

Dragon’s Descent [ R ]

Texture Rebalances


 [ Note ] Texture rebalances are color corrections and texture smoothing; NOT texture updates, aka higher resolution textures, etc. They’re done to match the new looks of Summoner’s Rift.


Classic Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank TU 1

Boom Boom Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank TU 2

Piltover Customs Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank TU 3

Definitely Not Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank TU 4


Classic Brand


Brand TU 1


Apocalyptic Brand


Brand TU 2


Vandal Brand


Brand TU 3


Cryocore Brand


Brand TU 4


Classic Evelynn


Eve TU 1


Shadow Evelynn


Shadow Eve TU


Hired Gun Graves


Hired Gun Graves TU


Classic Nocturne


Nocturne TU 1


Ravager Nocturne


Ravager Noc TU


Frozen Terror Nocturne


Frozen Terror Noc TU


Void Nocturne


Void Noc TU


Classic Olaf


Classic Olaf TU


Forsaken Olaf


Forsaken Olaf TU


Glacial Olaf


Glacial Olaf TU




Brolaf TU



New Halloween Summoner Icons

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Anivia Q Update

Anivia has received a skillshot indicator and a circle around the ice block to indicate the spell’s AoE.

Anivia Q 1

Anivia Q 2

Anivia Q 3



Champion Changes

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  • Base Damage increased from 43 to 47

Akali Final Portrait

Twilight Shroud New IconTwilight Shroud [ W ]

  • Now grants Akali a 20/40/60/80/100% Movement Speed buff while in the shroud, which decays over 1 second after leaving the shroud
  • No longer grants Armor or Magic Resist

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Rising Spell Force New IconRising Spell Force [ Passive ]

  • Attack Speed buff duration increased from 5 seconds to 6


Mystic Shot New IconMystic Shot [ Q ]

  •  AD ratio increased from 1.0 to 1.1


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Cannon Barrage New IconCannon Barrage [ R ]

  • Now deals damage everywhere in the AoE, rather than at random locations in the AoE
  • Duration increased from 6 seconds to 7
  • Cooldown decreased from 120/115/110 seconds to 125/110/95
  • Now lists cannonball damage as damage-per-second.


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Void Spike New IconVoid Spike [ W ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 75/115/155/195/235 to 80/110/140/170/200

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Relentless Pursuit New IconRelentless Pursuit [ E ]

  •  Added a 40/30/20/10/0 mana cost (no mana cost on live)


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  • Attack speed-per-level decreased from 4% to 2.5% (total loss is 27% Attack Speed at level 18)


Rapid Fire New IconRapid Fire [ Q ]

Duration decreased from 7 seconds to 5
Attack speed buff increased from 30/45/60/75/90% to  30/50/70/90/110%

Tristana’s new AS values, courtesy of fellow reader Jim Gunderson.

Tristana pre/post nerf AS values from passive and Q only
Lvl OLD PASS NEW PASS OLD + OLD Q (Duration of 7 seconds) NEW (Duration of 5 seconds)
0 0 30 45 60 75 90 30 50 70 90 110
1 4 2.5  34 32.5
2 8 5 38 53 35 55
3 12 7.5 42 57 37.5 57.5
4 16 10 46 61 76 40 60 80
5 20 12.5 50 65 80 42.5 62.5 82.5
6 24 15 54 69 84 45 65 85
7 28 17.5 58 73 88 103 47.5 67.5 87.5 107.5
8 32 20 62 77 92 107 122 50 70 90 110 130
9 36 22.5 66 81 96 111 126 52.5 72.5 92.5 112.5 132.5
10 40 25 70 85 100 115 130 55 75 95 115 135
11 44 27.5 74 89 104 119 134 57.5 77.5 97.5 117.5 137.5
12 48 30 78 93 108 123 138 60 80 100 120 140
13 52 32.5 82 97 112 127 142 62.5 82.5 102.5 122.5 142.5
14 56 35 101 116 131 146 85 105 125 145
15 60 37.5 105 120 135 150 87.5 107.5 127.5 147.5
16 64 40 124 139 154 110 130 150
17 68 42.5 143 158 132.5 152.5
18 72 45 162 155

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  • Base Health decreased from 430 to 380
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 350 to 340

Item Changes

Randuin's Omen New IconRanduin’s Omen

Passive Attack Speed decrease when hit increased from 10% to 15%


If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

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Feeling hesitant playing Azir? Rioters have put together a lengthy guide detailing his strengths and playstyle.

This week, Azir ascends to the free champion rotation! Sift through this collection of knowledge from players, pros, and the community to claim your place on the ancient throne:

IBeMatey: theorycrafts tons of options and items to fit multiple playstyles

Xervos: dives deep into lane matchups and counters

Demonata: touches on every ability and item choice in depth, as well as lane opponents, team synergy, and strategies for every phase of the game

Summoner School: a community-run subreddit overflowing with Azir discussions, tips, tricks, and builds

For up-to-date info on how the pros are building Azir, head over here.

Tips from Riot Velocity

Looking for an inside edge? Check out some tips and insight from Riot Velocity and Squad5, two of the dudes involved in balancing Azir’s kit.

So what's up with Azir

Squad5: Azir excels at zoning his enemies and dictating the pace of team fights. He’s great at protecting carries with his zone control and allowing them to deal their sustained damage. And he’s definitely one of the most, if not the most, complex and challenging champs in the game.

Riot Velocity: Yeah, your first few Azir games will just be you trying to figure out how to use him. He’s got a significant learning curve—he’s as difficult as Zed or Yasuo while being most similar to Orianna in terms of play style. But once you’ve got him down, he’s extremely rewarding.

What matters most with Azir is keeping track of how many soldiers you have on the field, where they’re positioned, and how many soldiers you have in reserve. Sometimes it’s best to be thoughtful and let the plays develop. Wait for the right opportunity and coordinate with your team.

What summoner spells do you recommend

Squad5: Right now, Heal is popular for midlaners, but I think Ignite is actually a much better option in Azir’s case. Getting that extra damage early is really important for Azir, and his range and kit mean he doesn’t need defensive spells as much. Teleport is another way to go because Azir has a lot of pushing and tower-killing power.

Riot Velocity: I tend to agree with Squad5, but I think Exhaust can have its place on Azir as well. If you use all your abilities and the enemy just runs past your soldiers and jumps on you, Exhaust is a great way to survive until your spells come off cooldown.

How do you build Azir

Squad5: I think there are three main ways to build Azir (though they can of course blend into each other):

1. Bursty glass cannon – Risky but oh-so-satisfying, you’re looking for maximum damage from ability usage + the first soldier autoattack.

2. Full CDR sustained damage – More CDR equals more AS thanks to Azir’s passive, so you’ll lay down maximum long-term hurt with more frequent escapes and utility to boot.

3. Tanky mage – An early Seeker’s Armguard into a later Rod of Ages or Rylai’s means less up-front damage, but also lets you stick around longer and exert the full-range of your zone control power and sustained damage.

Personally, I opt for number two by rushing Fiendish Codex and Lucidity Boots, because getting free AS from his passive is essentially just free gold. Once I get to 40% CDR, I go straight AP. If you’re really confident, you can make a special Rune/Mastery page with 10% CDR. It’ll make you a ridiculous lane bully.

If you aren’t convinced that you should build CDR, remember that even though it isn’t raw AP, CDR increases Azir’s potential damage output significantly. CDR means more soldiers out at once as well as better soldier attack speed due to your passive. And more soldiers with more autos = tons of damage.

Riot Velocity: Personally, I opt for a blend of the first and third options, with the specifics depending on how my game is going—something like Rod of Ages into a Deathcap is common for me. A lot of people like to add Nashor’s to their arsenal, but I skip it. It doesn’t really suit my “Q-plus-soldier-auto-for-half-your-health” playstyle.

I definitely don’t ignore CDR, picking up the 5% CDR from Masteries to get a smooth 20% when paired with Ionian Boots. After that, I’ll assess whether I want more CDR or not. Morellonomicon is a great purchase on Azir with his soldiers being able to proc the item’s passive. If CDR isn’t the appropriate choice at the moment, I go for a Void Staff. I always make sure to cap my build off with a defensive item. In most cases, I pick up a Guardian Angel.

What's your skill order

Riot Velocity: You pretty much always want to max Q. Most of your damage in lane will come from Q and autoattacks.

Squad5: I’m with you there. It’s tempting, but don’t max W first. Your soldiers’ stab damage depends on Azir’s level, not on W’s level. Q is important because you rank up Q’s base damage and reduce its cooldown, so you can move your soldiers around a lot more. RQWE is the most effective path, from what I’ve seen.

Any laning tips

Riot Velocity: Place your soldiers in between the ranged and melee minion wave to zone the enemy and farm safely. This lets you farm the front and back line with the same soldier as well as push your opposing laner off the minion wave. Soldiers’ autos are like Lucian’s Q—they can deal damage beyond the circle of their attack range. If your lane opponent hides behind his or her minions, stab the minions for free damage!

Squad5: You’re going to want to flood the lane with lots of soldiers, but resist putting down a solider every single time your W comes off cooldown (especially if you’re losing lane). You never know when you’ll need to raise one and E to him defensively to escape a gank.

Any tips or advanced strats

Riot Velocity: Players new to Azir will often just put down a soldier and E to it to offensively gap close. But instead you should WQE! This lets you deal free damage while you gap close. But don’t get too bloodthirsty—you don’t always have to go for a knockup on your E. Sometimes, you should just use E to get into a better position.

Also, always be on the lookout for opportunities to push—an unattended Azir can absolutely wreck towers, so make sure to take advantage of that power whenever possible.

Squad5: Not many people know this, but soldiers work like wards when you place them over terrain. If you can get a soldier more than half way over a wall, you can get him all the way over! And here’s another fun trick: if the enemy’s hunting you down, drop a soldier and start walking in a different direction. If they follow you, use your E like Lissandra’s E and hop to your soldier.

Riot Velocity: In team fights, it’s tempting to use Azir’s ult offensively, but it’s often better to save it to protect your squishies from bruisers. His wall makes him a huge asset for chaotic jungle team fights, so don’t shy away from those.

Squad5: Don’t get me wrong, playing it safe is great, but I usually can’t resist going for the inSec with Azir’s ult. It’s easy enough to ult enemies back into your team by simply flanking them, but you can also pull it off from right in front of them for maximum swag. Drop a soldier and send it behind your enemies with Q, then E to it and quickly ult back the way you came.

When ulting, keep in mind that Azir’s soldiers actually spawn slightly behind him before rushing (and pushing) forward, which can give you that crucial extra bit of range for catching an enemy. If you picked up Flash, you can use it to extend your threat range to a truly ludicrous level, or hold it in reserve to escape once you’ve executed the play. Works 1,000% of the time, every time.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

The following Champions will be free until October 7th:


Free Champions:

Ashe Final Portrait

Azir Final Portrait

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

Cho'Gath Final Portrait

Kog'Maw Final Portrait

Leona Final Portrait

Nasus Final Portrait

Skarner Final Portrait

Thresh Final Portrait

Wukong Final Portrait



If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

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After a lengthy delay due to bugs, Azir is finally ready to reign majesty on the Fields of Justice.

Azir Q&A covering his story, gameplay and art side:



The lost empire of Shurima rises at Azir’s command. Resurrected and ascended, Azir won’t rest until he’s restored his kingdom, his people—and himself—to glory.

Galactic Azir

The evening’s gentle darkness envelops a lone, rickety barn, its decayed walls sagging against the framework. A cool breeze glides across the surrounding fields. Suddenly, a dazzling beam of light punctures the clouds, enveloping the world beneath. The earth begins to quake, crumbling rotted beams as a massive vessel usurps the sky. It plummets through the air, halting its plunge before smoothly touching down. Settling to the ground, the front wall of the skip dilates open, revealing an imposing figure silhouetted against the pale glow of the ship’s interior. Galactic Azir has come to rule.

Command the might of an empire as Azir and his Galactic Azir skin for 1462 RP (normally 1950 RP) until the end of the weekend.


Not familiar with Azir? Here’s a preview:


Azir Model

Azir All Emotes

All of Azir’s emotes. He does a fitting chicken dance for his joke.

Azir Passive

Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

Azir Basic Attack

Basic Attack

Azir W

Arise! [ W ]

Azir Q

Conquering Sands [ Q ]

Azir E

Shifting Sands [ E ]

Azir R

Emperor’s Divide [ R ]


Azir New Portrait

  • Damage: 43 (+ 2.8 per level)
  • Health: 390 (+ 80 per level)
  • Mana: 280 (+ 42 per level)
  • Attack Speed: 0.6 (+1.5% per level)
  • Movement Speed: 330
  • Armor: 14 (+ 3 per level)
  • Magic Resist: 30
  • Health-Per-5: 6 (+ 0.55 per level)
  • Mana-Per-5: 6.5 (+ 0.65 per level)
  • Range: 525

Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

ar-passiveWill of the Emperor: Azir gains 1.25% Attack Speed for every 1% Cooldown Reduction he has.

Disc of the Sun –Azir can summon the Sun Disk from the ruins of a turret once every 3 minutes. The Sun Disc behaves like a normal turret but disintegrates over 1 minute. Click the ruins of a turret to activate Disc of the Sun. The ruins of an enemy Nexus and Inhibitor turrets are immune to this ability.

Conquering Sands [ Q ]

ar-qCost: 70 Mana || Range: 800 || Cooldown: 10/9/8/8/7 seconds

Azir sends all Sand Soldiers toward a target location. Sand Soldiers deal 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.5 AP) magic damage to all enemies they pass through and apply a stacking 20% slow for 1 second.

Arise! [ W ]

Cost: 40 Mana || Range: 450 || Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

ar-wAzir summons a Sand Soldier for 9 seconds. When Azir attacks an enemy in a soldier’s range, the soldier attacks instead of Azir, dealing (+0.7 AP) magic damage to enemies in a line. Soldiers attack even if Azir himself isn’t in basic attack range.

Azir can store up to 2 Sand Soldiers at a time. A new soldier becomes available once every X second. Moving too far away from soldiers deactivates them. Sand Soldiers expire twice as fast when near an enemy turret.

Shifting Sands [ E ]

Cost: 60 Mana || Range: 1100 || Cooldown: 19/18/17/16/15 seconds

ar-eAzir dashes to one of his Sand Soldier, damaging enemies hit for 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.4 AP) magic damage and knocking them up for 0.5 seconds. If Azir hits an enemy champion, he stops and gains a 4 second shield that absords 60/100/140/180/220 (+ AP) (+15% of bonus Health) damage.

Emperor’s Divide [ R ]

Cost: 100 Mana || Range: 250 || Cooldown: 140/120/100 seconds

ar-rAzir summons a wall of armored soldiers that charge forward, knocking back enemies and dealing magic damage. The soldiers then remain as a wall for 5 seconds.

Enemies will be stopped by Emperor’s Divide, even if they attempt to dash over the wall, butAzir and his allies can pass freely and gain 20% movement speed for 1 second when they pass through the wall.

Emperor’s Divide does not interact with Azir’s basic attacks or spells.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]



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Azir has been delayed on the live client because of bugs, Ghostcrawler explains the goals of the Fighter rework and Lyte notes that extending chat restrictions for neutral players is a mistake of the system. Lastly, IronStylus with clarity on texture rebalances and why the end result seems less detailed than the original.

TL;DR in featured comments.


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Are you delaying Azir because his Shurima story isn’t over

sixtwo Final PortraitHey guys, not sure where the quote comes from, but Azir isn’t out yet because he’s not done – bug fixes are being checked in around me as I type this. Now carry on!

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Baconhawk Final PortraitI was not clear in stating Azir is not available yet because of “reasons” (he is getting bugfixes). I did not mean to insinuate we are waiting for a lore story part 2… just to give some sort of hope and looking forward. My wording was ****.

I’ll try to be more clear next time. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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He shows up in Champ list but is unavailable for purchase

Baconhawk Final PortraitThis is because he was shipped in the patch but not switched on. This is normal.

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Can’t you give us detail on issues or at least a timeline

Baconhawk Final PortraitI totally understand. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten really burned when trying to give you guys dates on when x will come out (or if it even will at all, RIP Magma Chamber, so say we all), so to save us all the the heartache, its best if we just get him ready and unlock him when he’s finished.


You DO know there’s a champ coming. There was a time before PBE when [email protected] and other sites wouldn’t be able to do all these great screencaps and preview videos, and set the hype stage for champs, skins, game modes, etc. We have a lot to deliver and we’d like to make sure it’s ready before we say YES IT IS GOING OUT ON THIS DATE and then what happens when we get an Azir and he ends up with some last minute bugs that just absolutely cannot ship? We look bad, you’re upset, we’re upset, and no one wins. The expectation is that we will release everything perfectly, meet everyone’s expectations 100%, release on time AND let you know ahead of time when that is. IN A PERFECT WORLD!

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What are the exact goals for the fighter rework

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThe goals are to agree on what is the strategic identity – the strengths and weaknesses – of melee champs, as well as figure out how many categories of melee we actually have (e.g. Is a bruiser different from a diver? What is a melee carry?)

The list of champs that we’d want to adjust to meet these goals is beyond the scope of a forum post. Generally those who are largely balls of stats with limited counterplay or those who seem mirror images of other melee are the ones most in need.

We haven’t decided yet on the future of red buff. As a general guideline, I think we do throw around movement speed debuffs too readily.

It’s okay for someone to have good or weak laning, within reason, as long as there are trade-offs elsewhere. Our general concern about melee is they don’t have any trait to offset their lack of range. The two characteristics that we have tried (hard to kill or eats your face if they manage to close) have been problematic. The former erodes a niche for true tanks and the latter makes the counterplay pretty binary, as well as making melee on melee engagements slow slugfests.

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How would you define a “tank” in League

Ghostcrawler New PortraitA common thread we’ve found with tanks is that they are good at initiating. The problem is that the word “tank” also carries a strong connotation from other games that they have a ton of survivability as well. If we renamed the role it would be easier to define, but we’re not sure players would react well to redefining a whole lot of roles in the game (as I mentioned for fighters above).

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Why don’t you name the Fighters you plan to rework

Ghostcrawler New PortraitNot sure I agree with that.  Even stating that we think a champ is overtuned feels like a mic drop without a lot of context. The other challenge is that when we mention we want to work on something (like say a fighter rework) and then it takes a lot longer than expected, players get frustrated and want even more context for the delay. Believe me, my inclination is to be as honest and open as possible. If we can earn enough trust with the community that changes we mention will eventually come to pass, I’d love to be able to talk more about long-term plans.

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Can we have specific information on the Fighter reworks

Ghostcrawler New PortraitIt’s just a big project that touches a whole lot of champions. At our current cadence for gameplay updates, it would take a long time to reach them all. In the meantime, if we introduce say counterplay for one fighter and not another, then the second one becomes overpowered in the interim. It’s not just fighters either. If we decide that we offer too many slows, then a lot of ranged champs would need to be touched as well. This is the kind of thing we’d love to be able to hit with some sweeping changes all at once, but we’re still working out how that could be possible.

I’ll talk to Morello and some of the other designers. Maybe we can put together a dev blog that explains our current thoughts so long as we can provide sufficient caveats that we haven’t ironed out all the details yet and would welcome plenty of feedback before those thoughts turned into patch notes.

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Chat Restrictions shouldn’t be extended if you’re neutral

Lyte Final PortraitCompletely agree. We recently tuned the system to try to be more accurate up front, but it’s clear we might be up to ~20 games off still in some cases.

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Can you provide an example of toxic gameplay

Lyte Final PortraitAt the end of the day, are you a neutral player, or a negative one? If you’re still negative, your account will continue to get chat restrictions.

Have you actually reformed after going ~50 games in silence? The answer is probably no. Even how you communicate with others here on the forums shows that your behaviors really haven’t changed.

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Lyte Final PortraitThe idea that the system expects toxic players to be “positive” is a misunderstanding. If a player is “neutral,” their account will eventually be clean of any penalties or punishments.

The actual problem with the system is with situations like these, where the system should have probably just given the player 78 chat restrictions right off the bat; however, that’s a tuning problem that we’ll need to continuously work on to get right.

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Why texture rebalances seem less detailed

IronStylus Final PortraitGotta remember that detail frequency often works against us. Excessive detail, especially detail that is highly contrasted against it’s adjacent material leads to “flickering” and “buzzing.”

That a) hurts they eye, b) generally feels low quality, c) doesn’t fit in with our changing style.

While it can be sometimes confused with feature removal, it results in a cleaner asset, it’s for the overall health and quality of the game.

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What are some of the more known Rioters working on

FeralPony Final PortraitSure, no real spoilers here (sorry) but CertainlyT is still working on Champions. From what little I’ve seen the next one he’s working on looks pretty awesome. Xypherous and myself are working on “Systems” which is primarily working on the next pre-season patch change with a number of other folks.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]


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Here’s a breakdown of the 3 AMAs that were hosted on Riot’s site about the League’s newest addition – Azir!


Azir Q&A Breakdown


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Azir Gameplay



What are some abilities you tried on Azir and scrapped

Zenonthestoic New PortraitOne of the earliest kits that Colt “Ezreal” Hallam worked on had an ultimate we called “sand hands”. Two giant hands of sand would rise from the ground and after a delay move together, pushing everyone in between together and squishing them in. The TL;DR here is that vacuum skills are insanely powerful. The kit had other issues as well, but everyone remembers sand hands. THE HORROR.

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What’re some other abilities you considered using

Zenonthestoic New PortraitI had a super complicated Ritual of Ascension ultimate on him once. He spawned three obelisks of light in an equilateral triangle, lasers spawned to link them together, and all enemies inside the triangle who took damage from Azir were also zapped by the obelisks. Crossing the lasers damaged you, and Azir received a shield based on the additional zap damage. If the shield hit a certain number, Azir ascended, gaining a massive chunk of spell vamp, AP, a doubled shield, and crazy move speed.

This is probably the most disgustingly overloaded and overcomplicated skill I ever designed. On the plus side, I learned the formula for quickly detecting whether or not a point on a 2D plane is inside a triangle, so I got that going for me, which is nice.

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When will he be released

Zenonthestoic New PortraitBirds will not be rushed.

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Will Yasuo's Wind Wall W block Azir’s turret shots

Zenonthestoic New PortraitNope. It will however stop soldiers in their tracks.

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Will Azir transition into a Support mage late-game

Squad5 New PortraitAzir’s late game sustained damage is incredibly high. His allies might find it beneficial to protect him late game as if he were an AD carry.

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How did you make Azir’s gameplay match his theme

Zenonthestoic New PortraitIt’s… messy.

In Azir’s case, we had a bunch of old kits that were basically straight-forward mage kits (AOE spell, utility spell, CC spell) that we knew we didn’t want to ship. We have more than 120 champions in the game now, many of whom fulfill the “I want to be a midlane mage and burst/aoe people down” fantasy perfectly well. We don’t need another one of those.

So for Azir, we sat down in the beginning of this current kit’s lifetime with champion team and split into 4-5 smaller teams, sometimes just two dudes, jamming on different takes on Azir. The kit I worked on had a sand resource that you had to gather, made a triangle of obelisks for the ultimate fight arena, and spammed sand missiles from sources of sand, for instance. GypsyLord made a kit with a sandstorm ultimate that literally covered the entire map and slowed all enemies in the game. We’re talking that level of crazy prototyping.

One thing that all the kits had in common were soldiers; the kit I worked on had a skill that summoned three targetable guards that moved in formation in front of you, blocking skill shots, until you reactivated the ability to send all surviving soldiers forward as skill shots. Another kit summoned two walls of soldiers that immediately charged forward, knocking enemies back (sound familiar?) Squad5 made that ability and it obviously strongly inspired my ultimate. CertainlyT’s kit had a spawn soldier mechanic where you could order soldiers to turn into skill shots by attacking enemies: all soldiers in range of an auto attack target would charge toward that target. This clearly turned into my Q (and the idea of ordering soldiers with your basic attack).

This was a really, really cool exercise (we called it AZIRDOME — THE SHURIMARING, named after the THUNDERDOME code jam we do two-three times a year here at Riot) and it quickly taught us a lot of things that were cool about Azir, first and foremost being soldiers and controlling them. I don’t think I could have come up with a kit this unique without the help of the entire team. Champion design is a huge team effort!

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What would happen if I click on a Champion outside Azir’s AA range but inside one of his soldiers’

Squad5 New PortraitIf the enemy is within the soldier’s range, Azir will stand still and the soldier will attack.

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Why can’t both Azir and his soldiers AA at once

Zenonthestoic New Portrait The emperor doesn’t get his hands dirty! As a matter of fact, he USED to attack alongside his soldiers, but it was only when Roku played him and said “you know wouldn’t it be cooler if your soldiers attacked INSTEAD OF you” that we had our “oh shit” moment of “this is something entirely new and exciting”. This allowed us to decouple the soldier attacks from Azir’s attack range, for instance, and it’s just COOL to point at dudes and have your sand army stab them.

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How long does Azir have to proc his passive on a tower after it’s destroyed

RickVanPrim New PortraitWhen Azir’s passive isn’t on cooldown, dead towers will have a clicker as soon as they die that he can use to summon the Sun Disc. There isn’t a limited window of opportunity and he can summon a Sun Disc on the same dead turret multiple times (cooldown providing).

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How is Azir’s ultimate used in teamfights

Squad5 New PortraitI’ve seen Azir’s ult used in a number of ways effectively. I think the most common use case is to peel for either himself or other carries on his team, throwing back people who would dive into the backline. However, uses of the ultimate to wall of an area to split the team or halt their approach without even hitting an enemy with the initial cast are really cool to pull off in the jungle, and the aggressive “move behind the enemy team and wall off their escape” play is sometimes incredible (though it will often get you killed).

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Does the damage of Azir’s Sun Disk Passive scale

Squad5 New PortraitAzir’s Sun Disc’s damage scales a bit with game time, but also with Azir’s AP.

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Does the Sun Disk focus targets like a turret

Squad5 New PortraitThey should behave in the exact way a regular turret would.

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Do Azir’s Soldiers push Champions aside when placed

Squad5 New PortraitAzir’s soldiers will move slightly if placed on another object.

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Can Azir’s Soldiers be stacked on top of each other

Squad5 New PortraitYes, but you would limit your area of control, so unless you are trying to ambush someone this is not the optimal strategy.

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Do the Soldiers apply Q’s slow if they’re walked through

Squad5 New PortraitThey do not slow if they are not being directed by the Q, so if they are idle they will not slow you.

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What’s the maximum number of Soldiers you can have up

Squad5 New PortraitMax CDR and constant casting of abilities can get you up to 4 soldiers at times. 3 is much more common though.

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How do Azir’s Soldiers interact with Azir’s Auto Attacks

Squad5 New PortraitAzir’s soldiers become his auto attack.

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Can the Soldiers attack one target and Azir another

Squad5 New PortraitNo, Azir must direct his soldiers to attack each time.

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Is there a damage reduction for multiple Soldiers’ attacks

Squad5 New PortraitYes, every soldier after the first will deal reduced damage.

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Can Azir’s ult go over short walls, blocking two paths

Squad5 New PortraitDepends on how you cast it…

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Can Azir knock up multiple enemy champions with one E

Squad5 New PortraitHe could, but they would need to be very close together.

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Why DON'T Azir's soldiers proc on-hit effects

Squad5 New PortraitOne thing that was an issue brought up early was determining whether the soldier’s attacks were actual attacks or spells. We felt in general that encouraging Azir to build as a mage was the appropriate direction, and so the stab uses spell effects from items as if it were an AOE spell. Since the soldiers use the spell archetype, for clarity they should not use on hits. The primary reason really is that we want Azir to build mage items though. (Nashor’s is still pretty good on him though…)

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Can Azir’s Soldiers proc the Support

Zenonthestoic New PortraitThey do not proc anything that procs on auto attacks. Sorry.

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Were there concerns during design about distinguishing him from other champions that use clones

Zenonthestoic New PortraitYeah absolutely! We started out from the very beginning with a many page long document where we broke down what a zone control mage can / should do in league, what current kits do, which aspects of this we like and which aspects we don’t and so on.

We quickly identified that dropping zones and forgetting about them leads to super defensive kits that often make not engaging with the champion the correct choice. This is why you have to right click to access the soldiers’ power (this and it feels super cool to point at someone and have your minions skewer them).

Yeah absolutely! We started out from the very beginning with a many page long document where we broke down what a zone control mage can / should do in league, what current kits do, which aspects of this we like and which aspects we don’t and so on.

We quickly identified that dropping zones and forgetting about them leads to super defensive kits that often make not engaging with the champion the correct choice. This is why you have to right click to access the soldiers’ power (this and it feels super cool to point at someone and have your minions skewer them).

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Can Azir be a viable Support

Squad5 New PortraitAzir support is definitely an interesting way to play him. I do think he can be played there (I also just like to play lots of random supports) but in general he will bring more to the team if taken as a mid laner. A lot of his power is tied up in scaling, so if you don’t mind losing out on that his other abilities can be useful as a support. I’ve seen tankier builds succeed, but in general I find an ap centric build on him much more exciting. I will say that slightly more than others he relies on his team to succeed if you do go down the AP path.

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Zenonthestoic New PortraitWe did a lot of work to make sure Support isn’t Azir’s strongest role. Azir support probably works as a gimmicky off build, kind of on par with, say, Ahri support or Karthus support; like, yes, you can poke in bot lane, you bring some CC, but by not scaling as well as you would mid lane you give up a lot. Vel’Koz conversely has such great base damages that he doesn’t need to build scaling items to be effective. This is why support became his main role.

The levers we identified for support Azir (and correct me here if I’m wrong, Squad5) are:

  • Soldier attacks drawing minion aggro to Azir
  • Turret damage of the sun disc scaling with Azir’s AP
  • Relatively low slow amount on Q
  • Hard CC requiring ult or all-in
  • Low base stats, particularly armor

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How did you decide to make Azir an

Zenonthestoic New PortraitI kept joking that even though ADCs are my weakest role by far (never ask me to play Lucian–I SUCK) I can’t stop making them. But you’re right; in some ways Azir is MORE of an ADC than Lucian, in that his right clicks are so much more important than his spells. The decision to make his auto attacks so central to his kit came when we played around with different ways of ordering soldiers to attack. Basic attacking (even outside of range) felt like the most natural fit. The bugs this created though, oh boy. Sometimes I wished I could travel back in time and slap ambitious, naïve past me around the head.

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What was your main inspiration for Azir’s design

Zenonthestoic New PortraitPrimarily we wanted to have the archetype “sand mage” in the game–we always thought this was a cool thing we should do in league. We tried a lot of different kits, but only when he became the Emperor of Shurima and the soldiers entered the picture did we feel we had a cool enough dude to release.

For myself, I was always driven by the question of “what does it feel like to be the emperor?” Consequently a lot of my gameplay design was focused on creation and manipulation of underlings. Even if you have a bad game, even if you struggle to win your lane, I want you to come out of the game saying, well whatever else happened, I felt like I was an emperor, ordering my troops around.

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Was Azir the kind of ruler that people flocked to

Riot Opeli Final PortraitHEH

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Why does Cassiopeia want to serve her family and having Kat, Talon and Darius come after her

Jaredan Final Portrait Cass has very little interest in serving Azir or Shurima. She is certainly still Noxian and loyal to her family; she went into Shurima searching for wealth and power for her, her family and Noxus. As seen from the video today, she just didn’t get what she bargained for.

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Why would an emperor dash to his lowly soldiers

HiddenAce52 Final PortraitThe dash, to me, is a more aggressive skill that just so happens to double as an escape. Using E on a soldier that’s near a champion knocks the champion up briefly and grants you a shield, great for initiating and closing gaps. So, I see it as an Emperor coming to the aid of his soldiers, soldiers scouting an area for him, as well as him using them as a means of escape.

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Were his legs always bird-looking

Riot Opeli Final PortraitNo, he was human originally. But I also think he has fabulous legs. 😛

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Tommy Gnox Final PortraitNope. When he was human, he had regular old legs that bent the normal way. 🙂

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Are there other ascended Champions we’ve yet to see

Riot Opeli Final PortraitEntirely possible! They haven’t shown their faces lately, though, if there are others out there.

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How long has Azir been in the works

Riot Opeli Final PortraitFor three years, I believe. I think it started with a kit. Someone might have to correct me on that, though. He became the bird emperor you know today about a year and a half ago.

EDIT: NOPE I was wrong. Runaan corrected me. She pitched him as a character over three years ago. It wasn’t a kit, first.

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Runaan Final PortraitTo clarify, he started out as a really loose idea of a “sand mage” – Ezreal and I liked the idea of a sand dude who could sort of “envelop” people with the desert itself. The emperor idea came out of this, but the original kit/art direction weren’t working, so we went back to iteration town. We really knew what we wanted to do when the idea of “Ascended” Azir came about (yes, we were the most excited when we decided to make him a bird guy). 🙂 From there, it took a lot of iteration to capitalize on the personality of an emperor as well as the game play – and here we are today!

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Will Azir receive lore other than his character description

Riot Opeli Final PortraitHe has a full story coming, but it’d spoil the rest of the Shurima event. So we’re waiting to reveal it until you guys see the full story.

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What was the original art direction

Runaan Final PortraitHe was kind of just a dude that happened to be made of sand (a bit Brand-esque; replace fire with sand). It was a decent start, but we knew we could push it further. 🙂

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What does Azir think of Yordles

Riot Entropy Final PortraitAzir would welcome their furry enthusiasm, provided they directed it toward expanding Shurima’s greatness. 

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Does Azir know Anivia at all or have any relation to her

Riot Entropy Final PortraitAzir was once human, so he’s a great deal younger than Anivia. Nasus on the other hand…

Birds soar to great heights, I can’t help but think Azir would admire that.

Also, Anivia X Azir OTP. Take that Valor.

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Did Azir rule alone, or would there have been a

Riot Opeli Final PortraitIt’s safe to say he was… popular with the ladies.

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Did Azir recognize his Soldiers’ equipment when he first summoned them

Riot Opeli Final PortraitYeah, he forms the image of them, so he wasn’t surprised.

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Did Azir suspect Xerath would betray him

Riot Opeli Final PortraitHe was blind to it. He totally trusted Xerath. 🙁

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Are Nasus and Renekton’s ults their Ascended powers

Riot Opeli Final PortraitTheir kits/characters were created before Ascension was something we discussed, so, maybe they were designed with a similarity in mind back in the day.

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Does Azir sleep in a bed or a nest

Riot Opeli Final PortraitI don’t think he sleeps! At all!

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Xerath’s betrayal seems uninspired and predictable

Tommy Gnox Final PortraitI wouldn’t say so. Keep in mind we may not know everything there is to know about Xerath just yet.

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What brought you to the concept of controlling soldiers

Riot Opeli Final PortraitThe fantasy of being an emperor. As an emperor, you have soldiers fighting wars for you, and you’d command them – so we went with controlling soldiers. 🙂

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Is it intended that all sort of animal features appearing on them

Riot Opeli Final PortraitYes! It’s intended. They were all human before Ascension. Because Xerath corrupted the ritual, he turned out, well… different.

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What sort of data influences your Champion design

Tommy Gnox Final PortraitIt’s not so much data as inspiration. The initial idea can come from anywhere — often it starts as an artist’s sketch — and gets ideated and iterated on by pods of gameplay designers, artists, and narrative writers over a period of many months. The strength of this approach is that all three aspects of each champion are developed in concert and constant dialogue with each other, so the end result hopefully feels thoroughly integrated and whole. To some degree we also look at evident gaps in our champion roster when conceiving and slotting upcoming champs (not enough tanks, not enough beasts, etc.).

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Why did you choose a bird figure for Azir

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitI’m not sure if the concept artist will be stopping by so I’ll try to answer this as best I can. We knew we wanted to create a new Shurima Champ. The 2 main Shurima Champs, Nasus and Renekton were both very beefy muscly dudes and the animals that they take the form of support that. We knew that we wanted to do something different, specifically make a Shuriman mage. Obviously a Hippo or an Elephant doesn’t really fit the bill in this case.

A bird was the best fit for a lot of the qualities that represent a mage. Birds are often associated with wisdom, magic, cunning, and charisma. They are also agile and sleek while at the same time being fragile. All of these qualities are things that seemed to fit really well for the mage emperor of Shurima.

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Lonewingy Final PortraitHi! Concept artist here! Good question! 🙂

When we want to make another Shuriman Champion, we decided to go through the idea that is something instantly relates (visually) to Renekton and Nasus. Just like what the other gentleman says (Blood91Raven) Nasus and Renekton are inspired from Egyptian iconic figures, Anubis and Sobek 🙂

Azir is inspired by the God of Radiance, Ra. It fits the puzzle perfectly for these Shuriman Trio, because it easily relates to both Nasus and Renekton, especially as the Emperor of Shurima.

We never meant to base these characters through real wild life :3

Hope this helps 😀

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Will we see an Azir skin where he’s in his daily dress

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitThere were some cool concepts of “pre-ascension” Azir. I think that could make a pretty sick skin. Maybe someday : D I would also like to see what this dude looks like in his bath robe smoking a cigar in front of the fire. R&R Azir anyone?

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How about a parrot skin where he summons pirates

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitHaha I love this idea. Rito Plz!

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Was Galactic Azir inspired by StarCraft’s Protoss race

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitI actually think the Galactic line of skins was mostly inspired by the movie/tv series “Stargate.” Azir’s skin obviously moves a little toward a high tech direction, but we really tried to give it a unique look/feel that felt like our own. We actually tried a bunch of crazy color schemes to try and make it feel even more unique (I think at one point he was sort of purple with glowing orange energy) but in the end the blue/gold/silver scheme seemed to read the best with the new color scheme on the updated summoner’s rift so we went that way.

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Have you taken steps to make Azir with 1not look absolutely weird

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitAs for the soldiers, their attacks were just recently redone (last week) to accommodate some of the max attack speed situations we were seeing. I made some changes that helped them not feel quite as spastic. As for Azir’s pointing motion, I’m not super happy with how it looks at high speeds, but I also don’t currently have a great solution to make it look better. In that case, I’m hoping that most of your focus will be on the soldiers, so that’s where I put the most effort. If I come up with a better solution down the road for Azir’s command animation, as always, I’ll try and get it in the game.

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Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitI actually agree with you that it gets a bit wonky at high speeds. I do like the feeling of him “commanding” the soldiers as opposed to just sort of magically gesturing at them. He is after all their emperor. However if I get the chance at some point in the future I’d love to try and go back and figure out a solution for high attack speeds. At lower speeds I think it looks ok but at high speed it starts to look a little wonky.

With champs that have widely varying attack speeds it’s a big challenge to find an animation that works well for all cases. Azir has so many assets, Azir/Soldiers/ult soldiers/sun disk, so I really had to prioritize where I’d get the most bang for the buck. In this case, I spent more time focusing on the soldiers’ attacks instead of Azir, since most of your focus will be on the soldier’s location.

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What design motifs did you use to sell him as an emperor

Reach4theSkylar Final PortraitAs an animator I can speak to the movement. (I did talk about the staff design in an above comment so check that out). Azir is obviously has a lot of hawk or avian themes so I tried to queue off of things that would help him feel birdlike but at the same time regal. One of the big ways we accomplished this was by keeping his motions very conservative. Most of his motions are concise and efficient. A lot of the feeling of stoic power comes from a lack of motion or flourish.

On top of feeling regal and powerful, I also wanted him to also feel birdlike. To accomplish this, I tried as much as possible to give his cloth “feathers” the feeling of wings. This meant hand shaping them in every animation. I also wanted him to feel light and agile as if at any moment he could catch a gust of wind and lift off the ground. One of my favorite animations in his set is his home-guard run because I think it accomplishes both of these goals fairly well.



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Patch 4.16 is coming tomorrow; here are the changes listed:


Patch 4.16 Notes:


Schedule for Patch 4.16 Maintenance:

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Scarizard New PortraitHey y’all,

Welcome to patch 4.16! We’ve got a sizeable Gameplay Update to everyone’s favorite snake lady Cassiopeia, but aside from that we’re going pretty light on the balance side. Similar to 4.15, a lot of the changes you’ll see below are focused on smoothing out some champion interactions, or just plain ol’ bugfixin’ goodness (Check out the context below for what’s happening with Wall-Slams!)

For all things non-balance though, we’ve got a little more meat for you. First up, in addition to her Gameplay Update we mentioned earlier, Cassiopeia is joined by Renekton for updates to their visuals! Follow that up with new base splash arts for the desert-dwelling duo and Akali and Orianna, and this patch is set to delight all the art fans out there.

As we mentioned last patch, we’ve started patching some finished pieces of Summoner’s Rift to the live environment in order to minimize the size (and download times) of the eventual Summoner’s Rift launch patch. These pieces aren’t usable and we don’t have an official release date – for now these pieces will just be preemptively sitting on your hard drives.

That’s it for me! Check out the full breakdown in the notes below, and be careful out on the Rift – there’s been a lot of sandstorms recently…

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Ascension, our next Featured Game Mode, is coming shortly after the release of patch 4.16! More information soon – keep an eye out for all the details!


[ ANNOUNCEMENT VISUAL UPDATE ] In-game announcements (killing sprees, map objectives, etc.) have received a visual update!
[ SHIELD CLARITY ] Minion and turret health bars now display shield strength


New Champion - Azir, The Emperor of the Sands


Azir Model

Azir All Emotes

All of Azir’s emotes. He does a fitting chicken dance for his joke.

Azir Passive

Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

Azir Basic Attack

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Azir W

Arise! [ W ]

Azir Q

Conquering Sands [ Q ]

Azir E

Shifting Sands [ E ]

Azir R

Emperor’s Divide [ R ]


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  • Damage: 43 (+ 2.8 per level)
  • Health: 390 (+ 80 per level)
  • Mana: 280 (+ 42 per level)
  • Attack Speed: 0.6 (+1.5% per level)
  • Movement Speed: 330
  • Armor: 14 (+ 3 per level)
  • Magic Resist: 30
  • Health-Per-5: 6 (+ 0.55 per level)
  • Mana-Per-5: 6.5 (+ 0.65 per level)
  • Range: 525

Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

ar-passiveWill of the Emperor: Azir gains 1.25% Attack Speed for every 1% Cooldown Reduction he has.

Disc of the Sun –Azir can summon the Sun Disk from the ruins of a turret once every 3 minutes. The Sun Disc behaves like a normal turret but disintegrates over 1 minute. Click the ruins of a turret to activate Disc of the Sun. The ruins of an enemy Nexus and Inhibitor turrets are immune to this ability.

Conquering Sands [ Q ]

ar-qCost: 70 Mana || Range: 800 || Cooldown: 10/9/8/8/7 seconds

Azir sends all Sand Soldiers toward a target location. Sand Soldiers deal 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.5 AP) magic damage to all enemies they pass through and apply a stacking 20% slow for 1 second.

Arise! [ W ]

Cost: 40 Mana || Range: 450 || Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

ar-wAzir summons a Sand Soldier for 9 seconds. When Azir attacks an enemy in a soldier’s range, the soldier attacks instead of Azir, dealing (+0.7 AP) magic damage to enemies in a line. Soldiers attack even if Azir himself isn’t in basic attack range.

Azir can store up to 2 Sand Soldiers at a time. A new soldier becomes available once every X second. Moving too far away from soldiers deactivates them. Sand Soldiers expire twice as fast when near an enemy turret.

Shifting Sands [ E ]

Cost: 60 Mana || Range: 1100 || Cooldown: 19/18/17/16/15 seconds

ar-eAzir dashes to one of his Sand Soldier, damaging enemies hit for 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.4 AP) magic damage and knocking them up for 0.5 seconds. If Azir hits an enemy champion, he stops and gains a 4 second shield that absords 60/100/140/180/220 (+ AP) (+15% of bonus Health) damage.

Emperor’s Divide [ R ]

Cost: 100 Mana || Range: 250 || Cooldown: 140/120/100 seconds

ar-rAzir summons a wall of armored soldiers that charge forward, knocking back enemies and dealing magic damage. The soldiers then remain as a wall for 5 seconds.

Enemies will be stopped by Emperor’s Divide, even if they attempt to dash over the wall, butAzir and his allies can pass freely and gain 20% movement speed for 1 second when they pass through the wall.

Emperor’s Divide does not interact with Azir’s basic attacks or spells.


Azir Voice-over (full credit to SkinSpotlights)



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New Splash Arts


Classic Akali


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Classic Cassiopeia


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Classic Orianna




Classic Renekton


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New Summoner Icons


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Extra Shurima Lore


Several Champions have received extra lore to indicate their connection to the desert plains of Valoran.


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Amumu is a diminutive, animated cadaver who wanders the world, trying to discover his true identity. He rose from an ancient Shuriman tomb bound in corpse wrappings with no knowledge of his past, consumed with an uncontrollable sadness.


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“Cassiopeia is a terrifying creature – half woman, half snake – whose slightest glance brings death. The youngest daughter of one of Noxus’ most influential families, she was once a beautiful and cunning temptress capable of manipulating the hardest heart. Transformed by the venom of an ancient Shuriman tomb guardian, she continues to serve Noxian interests as she always has, just in a more… visceral way.”


Ezreal New Portrait


The intrepid young adventurer Ezreal has explored some of the most remote and abandoned locations on Runeterra. During an expedition to the buried ruins of ancient Shurima, he recovered an amulet of incredible mystical power. Likely constructed to be worn by one of the Ascended, the enormous talisman nonetheless fit snugly upon his arm, amplifying his raw sorcerous skill to such an extent that he’s gained the reputation of a hero, much to his embarrassment.


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To some, Nasus is a demigod who walks among the ruins of an ancient civilization; to others, he is nothing more than a myth. Legend speaks of his dominion over death and time. Millennia ago, he stood at the apex of Shuriman society as curator and guardian. He now roams the arid wastes, seeking to release his brother Renekton from the grip of madness.


Rammus New Portrait


The mysteries that surround Rammus are numerous. How did a simple creature of the desert suddenly become able to reason? How did he craft his vaunted suit of armor? What is he searching for as he crosses the Shuriman desert? One thing is for certain: trying to stop the inexorable Rammus is a fool’s mission.


Renekton New Portrait


Renekton was once a staunch gatekeeper of ancient Shurima, but in the centuries since the fall of that once-glorious empire, he has been consumed by madness. Now, he is little more than a rage-fueled beast who seeks to kill his brother Nasus, who he believes is to blame for his current state of mind.


Sivir New Portrait


Known as the Battle Mistress, Sivir is a mercenary with a ruthless reputation. Combining unflinching bravery with endless ambition, she has garnered great fame and fortune. Faced with the revelation of her mysterious heritage, Sivir must weigh her desire to continue on her own path, or accept the burden of a greater legacy.


Skarner New Portrait


Skarner, the crystalline guardian, defends the entrance to a realm deep beneath the Shuriman wastes. The few who survive trespassing his domain describe a creature of terrifying intelligence, anger, and precision. What this merciless creature protects, no one knows.


Xerath New Portrait


Powerful beyond reckoning, the ascended being known as Xerath was once a mortal of flesh and blood. He is now something vastly different – a being of writhing arcane energy. Having emerged from millennia-spanning imprisonment, he is now ready to unleash his power upon Runeterra, and utterly destroy any who oppose him.



Cassiopeia Rework


Cassiopeia New Portrait


  Deadly Cadence New IconAspect of the Serpent [ Passive ]

New passive: Cassiopeia gains a stack of Aspect of the Serpent for each second that an enemy champion is poisoned and for each poisoned unit that she kills. Her ability power is increased by 1% for every 25 stacks, up to a max of 375 stacks. (Old Passive removed)

  • At 50 stacks, Twin Fang now heals Cassiopeia for 6/8/10/12/16 (+0.1 ability power)
  • At 150 stacks, Cassioepeia gains 30% CDR
  • At 375 stacks, the AP bonus from Aspect of the Serpent is doubled.


Noxious Blast New IconNoxious Blast [ Q ]

Provides Cassiopeia more movement speed later in the game but, in turn, deals less damage overtime.

  • Damage: 75/115/155/195/235 (+0.35 ability power)
  • Movement speed: 10/15/20/25/30%
  • Cooldown: 4 seconds
  • Mana cost: 40/45/50/55/60
  • Delay increased by 0.05 seconds


Miasma New IconMiasma [ W ]

Now a notably more powerful slow tool but has a higher cooldown and deals less damage overtime.

  • Damage per second: 10/15/20/25/30 (+0.1 ability power)
  • Cooldown: 14/13/12/11/10 seconds
  • Mana cost: 40/50/60/70/80
  • Slow: 15/22.5/30/37.5/45%


Twin Fang New IconTwin Fang [ E ]

Is now MUCH more reliable when checking for poisoned targets and has a higher AP ratio later in the game. Also, now grants mana upon killing a unit.

  • Damage: 55/80/105/130/155 (+0.4/0.45/0.5/0.55/0.6 ability power)
  • Mana cost: 30/45/60/75/90
  • Utility: Now refunds its mana cost plus an additional 3% of Cassiopeia’s total mana when it kills a unit.
  • Usability: Now has additional checks in place to see if target was poisoned.


Petrifying Gaze New IconPetrifying Gaze [ R ]

  • Damage: 150/250/350 (+0.5 ability power)
  • Cooldown: 120/110/100



Cassiopeia Texture Update


Cassiopeia Model

Cassiopeia Model 2


Renekton Texture Update

[ Note ] The lower polygon count is done to preserve clarity and mesh better with the art style of the new Summoner’s Rift.

Renekton Texture Update 2

Renekton Texture Update


Upcoming Ward Skins

Following the release of the new Shurima-based game mode – Ascension – and the extra Shurima lorea lot of Champions got, here are some thematic wards.


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Sun Disk Ward Skin


Sun Disk Ward


Armordillo Ward Skin


Armordillo Ward Skin


Sad Mummy Ward Skin


[ Note ] Amumu’s ward skin makes a sighing noise when you place a ward.


Sad Mummy Ward SKin



Match History

  • The graphs below the scoreboard have been collectively labelled as the Match Overview tab.
  • We’ve added a tab for Player Builds. This tab will retroactively populate for all matches played since the release of patch 4.14, displaying:
    • Item Purchase Order (including item selling)
    • Ability Order (including Kha’Zix evolutions)
    • Runes
    • Masteries
  • The Match Data section has been moved into its own tab, labeled Statistics.
  • The advantage graph in the Match Overview tab now shows point advantage instead of gold advantage for Dominion (as well as the upcoming Ascension featured game mode). This change will apply to matches played from 4.16 onward.



  • Fixed various bugs with the patcher and landing page update
  • We’ve made a number of adjustments and fixes to the reskinned chat system based on your feedback:
    • Private chat windows once again display online presence
    • Group chat rosters now indicate online presence as well
    • Increased the size of group chat windows
    • Both private and group chat windows can be minimized by clicking the chat window header bar
    • The friend list scroll bar is now easier to click and drag
  • The Reconnect button should now always display for players who crash out of a game
  • Fixed a bug where dragon was dealing more damage than intended
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemy item purchases to sporadically never update on the scoreboard
  • Fixed a bug where, for a given trap ability, the in-game model of some (not all) placed traps permanently disappeared for players who reconnected to a match



Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix Skin


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Galactic Azir Skin


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