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And here’s the music from the animation:

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Fizz

General

  • Auto-attack range decreased from 175 to 125.

 

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  • Cooldown increased from 16/14/12/10/8 seconds to 18/16/14/12/10.

 

 


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General

  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 3.3% to 1.5%.

 

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  • Second shot will no longer be able to crit.

 


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  • AP ratio increased from 0.7 to 0.8.

 


Scatter the Weak [ E ]

  • AP ratio increased from 0.4 to 0.5.

 



Item Changes

 

Guardian’s Orb

  • Now additionally grants 10 Mana-per-5.
  • No longer grants 250 Mana.

 

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Riot’s Preseason Q&A on the forums has now concluded. Follow the links below for all the responses from the balance team:

 

 

Preseason QA

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re about wrapping up now, we’ll have a finalized rundown later this week, but thanks for participating! We’ll probably close up comments by end of tonight.

Preseason Q&A

Welcome to the preseason Q&A, where myself and the design team will be fielding major questions you might have about the current preseason. Before we get to that, I wanted to write up some early first impressions we’ve had so far. There are certainly some outliers we want to address before we can get a deeper understanding, but initial thoughts might quell some concerns. A few weeks from now we’ll have a more high-level overview.

In the meantime…


Preseason so far

It’ll take a while for things to shake down, but I’ll dig into some first thoughts. If, after reading this, there’s anything not mentioned you’d like to get our thoughts on, we’ll be answering questions between 1pm-3pm (with some less regular posting throughout the rest of the day too (where time permits) between other work).


General Game Elements

  • Masteries

Overall, we’re pretty happy with how the new masteries are going, with some exceptions. The first of those is that there are some that are definitely too strong. The most notable of those is Warlord’s Bloodlust, and we’ll be hotfixing that today to work on champions only, rather than against all targets. Might also need to make some changes so that this mastery’s just not just dramatically more effective on Trynd/Yasuo than other champs (or make changes to Trynd/Yasuo if needs be). Other likely outliers are Deathfire Touch (probably too strong on DoT champs, potentially too weak on others) and some of the Resolve tree on health stacking tanks.

On the other hand there are also some champions that aren’t sufficiently well served by the current masteries. Starting soon (potentially patch 5.24) we’ll start adding a few extra masteries in to flesh out the trees a bit more, probably beginning with the Tier 1 Cunning masteries, since that juncture currently doesn’t feel like it offers many champs a good choice.

  • Minion Blocking

We made some under the hood changes to make minion blocking more predictable and less random in 5.22, but it looks like we also made minions feel too large. We’ll be looking to adjust this to make it feel “right” again, starting with some tuning to how minion blocking’s calculated in 5.23.

  • The Jungle

We’re seeing certain champions struggle more than they should at present. We’ve got some buffs to Hunter’s Talisman and Refillable Potion coming as a result to help out some early clears. We’re also seeing some magic damage dealing junglers in particular have issues, so are lowering Magic Resistance on some monsters to help them specifically. If you’re currently struggling in the jungle, you may want to try Krugs (or Gromp) > double buffs, as that seems to be a fairly stable approach.

As far as Rift Herald goes, we’re seeing it do some cool stuff so far and it seems to be generating the sort of teamwork and reward for controlling the top part of the river we’d hoped. That said, the Herald is looking like it’s a bit too punishing, so we’re reducing its damage output somewhat while trying to keep it tanky. Hopefully this reduces the need to recall after taking it for many champions.

  • Turrets

We’re currently seeing turrets die too easily. Some of that’s assumedly due to the reduction in effective health tower health in 5.22, some of it’s also going to be due to a bug that’s removing their intended growth in Armor/MR over time. We’ll be fixing that bug in 5.23, and increasing outer tower health a bit, then looking at whether towers are still falling too fast or not.


Champions:

  • Marksmen

Graves is significantly too strong, Kog’maw definitely too weak. We’ll be nerfing and buffing those two respectively in today’s hotfix, with Graves losing some burst and early harass power from Q (damage and mana cost nerfs) and a bit of base MS. Kog by contrast’s getting a little bit of early AD and a better base attack speed. In both cases we suspect we’ll need to make further adjustments as well. We’d rather chip at some of the problem quickly and then reassess than try and do everything at once without sufficient observation time.

Current thinking is that a few other marksmen probably also need adjustments, though just in the form of regular balance changes rather than a hotfix. For 5.23 we’re looking at cutting a bit of power from Lucian and MF, both of whom seem too dominant, and we’ll be fixing a couple of small bugs on Ashe’s Q that should help her out a bit. We’re also looking at Quinn to try and shift some of her power from raw damage back into utility, though aren’t sure yet whether we’ll have changes we’re happy with for 5.23 or not.

  • Assassins

Physical damage assassins seem to be in a rough spot after the removal of Brutalizer and changes to Last Whisper. In the short term, we’re looking to give some of them a bit of love through buffs to their kits (Kha’zix/Zed), longer term we’ll also want to find some other solutions as well (potentially assassin focused items, or item changes).

  • Other Champion Changes

It’s not preseason specific, but we’ve also got some significant follow up work on Mordekaiser coming soon. Statikk should be covering that in a separate thread in the Dev Corner within the next couple of days, with some context on what we felt worked and what didn’t from the Morde rework in 5.16, plus thoughts on what our next steps are and why when it comes to addressing issues Morde has.

The next patch will also include a general sizing pass on a large number of champions, with model sizes of around 40 champions changes by between -10% and +10%. The goal there’s to align champion size better with each champion’s role (tanks should look bigger and tougher, squishies like ADCs smaller and more…squishy) while at the same time removing some visual discrepancies (Lucian’s not intended be 7 foot plus tall for example).


Other Stuff

  • Items

Statikk Shiv’s looking too generically strong. We’ll be hitting its damage as a result, while increasing its damage against minions to try and focus it more as a waveclear item.

Rageblade is just all-around way too strong. As a first step we’ll be increasing its cost a few hundred gold, but I imagine we’ll need to look at further power cuts at some point as well.

  • Clean Up, Bug Fixes

We’ve got a number of start of game things to sync up (bunch of stuff that needs to be shifted forwards up to 15s to match the earlier game start, like Bard Chime spawns, Skarner Crystals, Smite charges etc), plus a number of bug fixes to things that changed in 5.22.

  • Game Duration

Game duration, and snowballiness, has been one of the things we’ve spent the most time looking at and talking about since the preseason launch. So far it’s looking like the average game is a couple of minutes faster. There are some changes coming in 5.23 that will likely impact that, in particular a change to Homeguard that gives a modified version to every player after 20 minutes, somewhat tougher turrets (see above), and changes to minion strength that cause them to push more if their team is winning (giving winning teams opportunities to siege/losing teams opportunities to farm and catch up).

In terms of direction, two of the big things we’re looking at are the concerns that games are ending too often before late game and that a single mistake mid game may be deciding things too much, too often. We’re also looking at whether games are too stompy in general. Some increase in stompiness is expected for the first patch of the preseason, as people experiment with new things, that’s something that should fall off fairly quickly though. If not, we’ll need to make some follow up changes.

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Have surrenders become more common this Preseason

Meddler Final PortraitYes, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in surrendering around the 20 minute mark post 5.22. That’s pretty standard after a major patch like this, given some champions tend to be out of line and people are experimenting with new stuff, so games can feel decided pretty early on. It’s something we’d expect to drop off noticeably over the next couple of patches though as we address major issues and people figure out what works and what doesn’t post changes. If that doesn’t happen we’ll need to dig into what else is going on.

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What other Champion groups are on your radar

Meddler Final PortraitWe’ve just started talking about which class (or sub class) to look at next. We’re currently trending towards immobile mages. Given the need for preseason followup though it’ll also be a little while before the team’s ready to start heavy work on whichever class we go with.

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Would you say Preseason buffed Armor stackers like Taric too much Taric Banner Single

Meddler Final PortraitYeah, we’re also seeing Malphite and Rammus, other champions who are rewarded for stacking armor, do well right now given the number of AD damage dealers being played. I don’t think we’ll make any changes to those champs individually until we’ve got the bigger picture balanced, it seems reasonable to believe that they’re just reflecting a temporary meta state rather than themselves generally overpowered.

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Which Riot employees are responsible for the Preseason patch

Asyrite Final PortraitThere were 4 teams responsible for the in game changes:
Game Systems – things like Masteries, Items, minions etc
Live Gameplay – Rift Herald, ongoing balance tuning
Champion Update – Marksman
Playtest – Sanity checks on content before it goes Live

It’s really a bigger team effort though, and the collaboration between teams is pretty huge.

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Meddler Final PortraitAlso worth calling out that we had help from individuals on various other teams as well. Some of the champion team helped out with masteries, couple of folks from the team that worked on the Bilgewater event helped with Rift Herald’s model etc.

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What is the average game length that Riot aims for

Meddler Final PortraitOur goal with preseason was to keep games around the same average length as they currently were (around 33 minutes on average). Games in 5.22 look like they’re a couple of minutes shorter so far, at around 31 minutes, that’s likely to change though in 5.23 as we get in changes that either missed the cutoff for 5.22 or were bugged (minion changes, tower scaling defense respectively).

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How do you intend to fix the Champion kits and builds that Preseason broke

Asyrite Final PortraitHey man! We’re going to be watching, reading, listening, and playing a lot over the next few weeks to get a feel for where the new lay of the land is. Right now win rates are still being highly impacted by people learning new optimized item builds, masteries, abilities etc. Vayne as an example has an~8% delta in win rate between her most frequent build and her highest common win rate build (referencing champion.gg in this case since that’s available to everyone). If you look at the why, it’s because a subset players are still rushing BORK, which looks like it’s proving to no longer be the optimal build path. Just pulling that as one example. Over the next few weeks, as players discover those optimal builds, I’m expecting we’ll see the standard deviation for individual champ win rates get smaller, time will definitely tell though!

I know you referenced Kha’zix in particular, and he’s definitely taken a hit this preseason (to me it feels like it’s actually more about the removal of Trailblazer as opposed to Tiamat passive, but that’s just my $0.02). We’re investigating how we can give him a bit of love, but want to wait for things to settle before getting more aggressive with changes. Also note I used to play Kha’zix a fair bit so I feel your pain :).

Hope this at least touches on some of your concerns

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How about putting a short CD on Quinns ult and removing the cast time Quinn Banner

Repertoir New PortraitYes! I’ve given quite a bit of thought to this actually. One of the things that I think is important to get right here is how to balance what feels good for Quinn versus what feels fair for the opponent. Though I don’t have specific changes for 5.23 to make on this front, I’m keeping an eye on Quinn (her ult especially) to see what kind of adjustments need to be made over the course of the next few patches.

What I’m currently feeling is that it’s too easy/annoying to get knocked out of R or the channel (I think minions cancelling the channel, for example, may be out of hand), and that a cooldown or different restriction on the R may be appropriate in the long term in mitigating some of those more earflicky interactions associated with her R at the moment.

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Why was Quinn heavily reworked in the first place

Repertoir New PortraitI think on the Quinn update generally, we actually didn’t see her as “heavily reworked.” What we intended for her was primarily the changes to her ultimate, and then supporting changes to make that work well. Admittedly, we missed the mark on the proper supporting changes, hence our reaction to re-institute a utility-focused Q in 5.23, but we do think that the changes to her ultimate open up a lot of doors for her both strategically and tactically. That said, I know there are old Quinn mains that won’t agree with that.

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Do you think Quinns current ult may make her a problem in pro play

Repertoir New PortraitIt’s certainly a possibility that we’ll be looking out for. If she ever becomes popular, players will be quick to pick it up and let us know.

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Quinns current Vault E makes it impossible to proc W and chase targets

Repertoir New PortraitFollowing that conversation, I made some adjustments to where E places you when you cast from max range in hopes to address this issue a bit. I don’t currently think her chase is too bad at the moment, but that isn’t to say I couldn’t be convinced otherwise.

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Why is Caitlyn allowed to stack her passive on towers again

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CertainlyT New PortraitThis was done on purpose. Caitlyn is a (perhaps the) premiere siege marksman. She should feel good about attacking towers. We added this mechanic back in on Caitlyn because it made sense that she wouldn’t feel a tension between shooting towers and minions.

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Do you plan on buffing weaker ADCs to the level of the stronger ones

CertainlyT New PortraitI’ll go into some elements of our approach. As an individual contributor to the marksmen updates, it will only reflect my perspective, but hopefully it will be helpful:

1) Winrate data is heavily skewed at the moment due to three factors.
First, a couple of champions are way too strong (e.g., Graves). They will naturally lower the win rate of all other marksmen.
Second, champions with new mechanics ought to go down in win rate as people learn to use them. This includes itemization changes (e.g., we are confused as to why players aren’t trying Essence Reaver on Sivir).
Third, not every champion will have a 50% win rate at balance. For example, as we differentiate marksmen, you’ll have to pick them in the right circumstances – If you pick Vayne on a team that desperately needs wave clear, you’ll probably be worse off than if you’d picked Sivir. Champs that have well defined niches will tend to be more powerful than their win rate suggests.

2) We aren’t sure where every champion sits. Obviously we have our own internal assessments of champion power, but they actually differ markedly from a lot of players’ perspectives. Unless we take the time to carefully watch and play the champions on Live for a while, we risk just playing musical chairs, shifting a new set of marksmen from apparently weak to actually overpowered. Further, we can’t just balance champs. We need to listen to you, the player base, about how you want to use champs in order to get the _right _changes in place. Technically, we could just balance any champ just through changing their base HP and HP per level, but it wouldn’t lead to a satisfying experience.

3) That is all very nebulous. So here are some specific answers.
We’re hotfixing Graves and Kog’Maw today (nerf and buff respectively). I’d look some obvious changes in 5.23 and a substantial amount of fine tuning in 5.24.
Caitlyn’s Q is indeed too weak. Even if we had to nerf other elements of her, it would be worth buffing the ability to let her actually reach towers and make skillfully avoiding it matter when playing against. I believe duo bot Twitch is very powerful and that players who are routinely failing with him are probably not good at the champion or are fixated on a strategy that is now less effective (teamfight AoE) as opposed to opportunistic assassination. Even the data supports this. His win rate is almost 50% when played in his best role. He’s not doing well in the jungle, and we’ll have to assess how much we can support him there.
* I don’t have a good sense for Sivir and Ashe’s balance right now, so perhaps someone else can reply to that. Anecdotally, they feel effective given their utility.

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Do you ve plans for Kha Zix Khazix Single Banner

Asyrite Final PortraitHaving played a decent bit of Kha’zix both in normals and ranked over the years, he’s definitely someone that was hurt more than we’d like due to the preseason changes (looking at you Trailblazer). While we want to avoid any heavy handedness right now due to the number of things that have changed, there’s definitely room to give him a bit of love, especially in regards to his early game.

I played him last night in order to get a better feel on Live, and after Twitch accidentally took my large Krug early which kinda boned me (hit lvl 2 at 3:55), I still managed to do alright. Like I said though, definitely want to show him some love in the near future, as well as potentially look at something more long term.

Hope that helps!

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Whats the balance teams stance on the Grievous Wounds debuff

Meddler Final PortraitWe see GW as a useful safety valve on healing/high sustain champions, and one that’s probably best accessed in game in response to an enemy getting out of control (e.g. a really fed Swain), rather than accessed via champ select before you know how needed it’ll be. GW on individual kits has the potential to lead to hard counter situations, and while we do want to reward good choices in champ select we’d like to avoid games that feel predecided before the loading screen.

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Only Teemo has Blind now do you think Blind is a good mechanic

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Meddler Final PortraitWe don’t have any plans to remove blind from Teemo and I’d imagine will at some point look to use it on at least one other champion. Would want to improve the visual/audio feedback for the blinded player to help them play around the effect before doing so though. The important thing would be putting it on a champion where it doesn’t leave the enemy without sufficient means to respond. Teemo’s really range limited, doesn’t burst people down generally and lacks other survivability tools when in the thick of the fight. Quinn by contrast had much longer range on her blind, has a powerful mid fight reposition and is adept at forcing fights with targets of her choice.

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Thoughts on Twitch

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Repertoir New Portrait I’m excited that the changes for 5.22 did not seem to make him too powerful, and given that, I’d like to keep pushing that direction in an upcoming patch if there’s an opportunity. An example of something we tested internally but didn’t end up shipping (for power concerns) was that the reset on Ambush had more Movement Speed and dropped into stealth instantly instead of with the 1.5 second fade time. This isn’t necessarily exactly what we’d do with him moving forward, but making that added mechanic feel right is probably the basic idea.

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Why do mages have such a hard time efficiently hitting 40

Pwyff Final PortraitI know Jag had a very specific reason as to why he kept Herald a one-person buff, so I’ll poke him to answer here.

For the CDR topic, I wonder if the ideal state of Mages is that they are guaranteed to hit CDR cap without much tradeoff or if they can be balanced in a way that investing into CDR is a meaningful decision (ie: giving up MR and maybe even Sorc Boots to double down on cooldowns for the additional utility). A world where a mage decides between high-damage, higher-cooldown abilities vs. lower-damage, utility-focused, lower-cooldown abilities seems like an interesting decision if done well.

In other words, right now there’s a large mentality shift of “I will always hit the CDR cap” to “I need to think try very hard to hit the CDR cap.” Additionally, since outside of the keystone masteries there hasn’t been anything more powerful injected into Mages, it might feel like a power decrease but we have a lot of noise and data we’ll need to parse through to see if this is actually true. Are mages weak? Are mages properly calibrated against their core stats (CDR, AP, mana regen)? Honestly speaking I want to see more before just saying “if you raise gold costs on AP and make it more difficult to hit the CDR cap, of course mages are going to be weak,” – it’s hard to assess that without seeing how the ecosystem of the game actually plays out, not to mention the strength of Deathfire Touch.

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Additional note on other champions getting more ‘free’ access to CDR than mages. These kind of comparisons are really weird to me, because CDR is one of those stats that’s very closely tied to the balance of the kit using it. CDR on marksmen tends to be very singular in purpose – damage – and often dependent on proper positioning to use well. Most Mage abilities tend to be fight-starters or fight-stoppers, meaning they have the ability to dramatically change the landscape or flow of a fight on a single ability cast. CDR to them is far more valuable and, in their natural item builds, needs to be ‘priced’ accordingly.

If stats were just generically priced without accounting for the stat affinities of the classes purchasing them, I think we’d get some really, really weird scenarios.

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ADCs can deal AA damage yet they reach the CDR cap easier than mages

Pwyff Final PortraitI edited in an answer regarding that, but I do feel like we’re in a bit of a vacuum comparison. A mage using abilities on cooldown can often stop or outright deny a champion threat. A marksman can do the same via a steady stream of damage but we’re basically talking variance in power. Mages have high variance – high highs, low lows (no abilities to cast), while Marksmen have less highs but more consistent output. In a balanced world, these two types of damage output would be well balanced against each other, but Mages also get the addition of utility, which needs to be considered as well.

I suppose this is a long way of saying damage isn’t the only thing to compare and Mages vs. Marksmen can’t really be boiled down to individual stat comparisons and who gets access to what. A reverse example (not totally comparable) might be if Marksmen were demanding total AD scaling on Trinity Force procs, similar to Lich Bane.

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Pwyff Final PortraitI think I’m saying that Mages have access to a lot more breadth of power than Marksmen and their itemization currently reflects that as well. If a Mage were to become a magic-focused Marksman I think it’d be easier to balance them, but then you’d be effectively choosing between the two. All a marksman has – all that they are identified by – is their pure damage with key positioning. A mage can be that, but they can also be the one who picks off fleeing champs, or controls the battlefield, or catches and blows up a stray squishy.

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Why can AD casters stack CDR so effectively and AP carries cant

Pwyff Final PortraitThe question is also what they do with those abilities. AD Casters get access to CDR very easy, but they can’t transform that CDR into an ability that starts and ends a teamfight on a single cast. An Ahri charm at late game can potentially mean a squishy target is dead without using any ability. An Ezreal Q cast on cooldown does not.

Really, really important distinction.

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Why did so many AP items get a cost increase in the Preseason patch

Meddler Final PortraitWe increased item costs generally in preseason while modifying gold income and item premiums. We have seen a lot of early feedback on AP mages feeling punished by that, from the looks of it so far though some are struggling and some aren’t however, so we’ll need to be more tactical about changes than just straight AP item buffs across the board (Heimer and jungle Nid look too weak for example, Brand and Swain too strong).

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Have you considered adding new items for AP carries

Meddler Final PortraitI expect we’ll look at AP items in the coming year. Immobile mages in particular are one of the classes we’re thinking of tackling next and some item adjustments would likely be part of that process as with Marksmen/Juggernauts.

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Are you considering nerfing Essence Reaver

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Meddler Final PortraitWe are. In particular it’s getting champions to the CDR cap too early in the game. We’ll be looking at some changes, probably for 5.24, to make some of that CDR come later in the game.

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How would you make assassins  mages invest points in Cunning and not Ferocity

Meddler Final PortraitWe’ll be fleshing out the Tier 1 and Tier 2 keystones in Cunning, which should help somewhat there. For some champions though Ferocity’s probably always going to be more appealing (DoT mages especially will be really strongly drawn to DFT). Assassins by contrast are meant to be well served by the Cunning tree, so if they’re not getting decent performance from it we might need to make the Tier 3 keystones a bit stronger for them.

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Any thoughts on buffing Cull

Meddler Final PortraitIt’s looking like it’ll probably need some form of buff yeah.

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Why do Deathfire Touch and Thunderlords decree have such similar effects

Meddler Final PortraitWe’d like DFT to be the sustained damage option and Thunderlord’s the burst damage one. Both should have reasonable scaling though, hence the ratios – we’re not looking to make one of them a non item dependent option.

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Does Fervor of Battle work with Lifesteal

Meddler Final PortraitFervor of Battle’s proc damage, so doesn’t work with lifesteal, can’t crit etc.

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Can we get some Poppy teasers

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Meddler Final PortraitQuite soon (almost certainly next rework of any size to go out).

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Will there be Champion Mastery levels added to ARAM or other modes

CertainlyT New PortraitI’m not sure our designers who work on that are in this Q and A, so I’ll answer for them! I would be somewhat opposed to this on the grounds that ARAM doesn’t test a wide variety of skills and because the random mode is about encouraging you to branch out, not go deep on a small number of champions. However, I think it would be cool if there were ways to express your mastery of ARAM as such — for example, ones more related to the map or champion classes.

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Is Thresh considered Melee or Range Thresh Single Banner

Meddler Final PortraitThresh is meant to be a ranged champion. When we updated how we tag champions as melee or ranged he got missed for some reason (not sure why myself sorry). That’ll be fixed in the next patch.

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Illaoi’s received her login theme for Patch 5.23. Here’s the video from frostyninja:

 


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Void Bringer Illaoi has received her splash art. You can find an in-game preview of the skin HERE.

 

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Champion Changes

 

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  • Damage-per-bullet changed from 25/45/65 [+0.15 Total AD] to 20/35/50 [+0.2 Total AD]

 

 [ Note ] Lucian’s scaling on R was changed from BONUS AD to TOTAL AD in this PBE update.

 

 

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  • AP ratio increased from 0.2 to 0.6

 

[ Note ] Mordekaiser’s received several changes in this patch cycle, you can find them in this PBE update.

 

 

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  • Auto-attack range decreased from 225 to 175 [revert to the change in this PBE update]

 

 

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  • Missile speed increased from 1500 to 1750;
  • Minimum cast range decreased from 400 to 350.

 

 

Item Changes

 

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  • Total cost increased from 2500 Gold to 2800.

 

 

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  • Base damage on chain lightning decreased from 50-150 to 30-100;
  • Lightning now deals 75% bonus damage to minions, increased from 50%.

 

 

 

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  • Outer Turrets health increased from 3500 to 4000;
  • Inner Turrets health increased from 3500 to 4000.

 

 

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  • Auto attack damage decreased from 120 to 105.

 

 

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  • Base Armor increased from 27 to 30.

 

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  • Mana cost decreased from 25 at all ranks to 20.

 

 

 

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  • Base Attack Damage decreased from 59.5 to 57.5.

 

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  • Damage-per-bullet changed from 40/50/60 [+0.25 Bonus AD] to 25/45/65 [+0.15 Total AD]

 

 

 

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  • Base Health decreased from 662 to 615.

 

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  • Bonus Attack Speed from active decreased from 60/75/90/105/120% to 60/70/80/90/100%;
  • Cooldown decreased from 12 seconds at all ranks to 8.

 

 

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  • Base heal on reactivate increased from to 40/95/120/145/200 to 50/85/120/155/190.

 

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Smaller 5 22 Marksmen Changes PBE Feedback Thread

Repertoir New PortraitHi all,

By now, you probably know we’re giving small gameplay updates to Quinn, Kog’Maw, Miss Fortune, Corki, Graves, and Caitlyn. That said, we’re also doing small changes to quite a few other marksmen that aim to establish/sharpen their identities. For these characters, please do leave your PBE feedback here. There’s a lot of marksmen change going on here, and we’re interested in your thoughts, so if you have an opinion, don’t hesitate to voice it!

Changes:

Ashe

  • Change Goals
    • Allow Ashe to interact with chance-based crit events in a way that doesn’t compromise her recently-new passive’s steady damage output.
    • Follow up the changes made to Ranger’s Focus (Q) earlier this year to make the spell a more interesting, engaging part of her pattern.
  • P – Frost Shot
    • Base slow reduced 5/11/17/23/29/35% >>> 5/9/13/17/21/25%
    • Dealing bonus damage via Frost Shot no longer counts as a Critical Strike (bonus damage unchanged)
    • Ashe’s Critical Strikes (which once again happen only by chance per all other characters) deal only 1.0 Total AD (as opposed to 2.0 standard), but they apply Frost Shot’s slow at double effectiveness (10/18/26/34/42/50%), decaying to the base amount over the duration of the slow
  • Q – Ranger’s Focus
    • Slow amplification removed
    • Can no longer be cast at less than 5 stacks, and passive Focus no longer stacks while the active component is running
    • Passive no longer stacks with Volley and Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Cooldown removed

Draven

  • Change Goals
    • Make axe-catching gameplay flow smoother, especially later in the game.
  • Base Stats
    • Attack frame improved by 30%
    • Attack Speed per level reduced to 1.5 from 2.7
    • Basic attack missile speed reduced to 1600 from 1700

Ezreal

  • Change Goals
    • Build upon Ezreal’s affinity for CDR-centric spellcasting item builds.
  • Q – Mystic Shot
    • Cooldown reducing effect increased 1.0 >>> 1.5 seconds
    • Cooldown increased 6.0/5.5/5.0/4.5/4.0 >>> 6.5/6.0/5.5/5.0/4.5
  • E – Arcane Shift
    • Cooldown increased at later ranks 19/17/15/13/11 >>> 19.0/17.5/16.0/14.5/13.0

Jinx

  • Change Goals
    • Playing up what it means to Get Excited! as a path to success through a teamfight.
    • Slowing down Rockets’ Attack Speed so there’s some tradeoff she incurs more of a tradeoff with that weapon.
  • P – Get Excited!
    • Can now chain together and stack, increasing Total Attack Speed by 15% per stack (Movement Speed portion does not stack)
    • Duration increased 4 >>> 6
  • Q – Switcheroo!
    • Jinx now has -15% Total Attack Speed while using Fishbones, the Rocket Launcher

Kalista

  • Change Goals
    • Increasing Kalista’s affinity for Attack Speed.
    • Experimental dash scaling changes that help attack flow and reduce overall power from jumping.
  • Base Stats
    • Base AS increased 0.658 -> 0.694
    • AS per level reduced 3.3% -> 2.8%
  • P – Martial Poise
    • Jump distance scales with boot tier (as live), jump speed now only scales with AS/Slows (is slower early game but scales up).

Lucian

  • Change Goals
    • Open up non Attack Speed based item builds, and make The Culling’s damage output feel more consistently meaningful throughout the game.
  • R – The Culling
    • No longer scales with Attack Speed
    • Now fires 20/25/30 bullets based on rank

Sivir

  • Change Goals
    • Increasing Sivir’s affinity for CDR, bringing us back closer to the late game dream of “Ricochet all the time”.
  • Base Stats
    • Base Attack Speed reduced 0.66 >>> 0.625
  • W – Ricochet
    • Cooldown now begins on spell cast rather than when the attack buff expires
    • Cooldown increased 9/8/7/6/5 seconds >>> 12/10.5/9/7.5/6
    • Attack buff duration reduced 6 >>> 4

Tristana

  • Change Goals
    • Begin to shift Trist away from late game clean-up hyper carry to more of an all-in AD caster.
    • Empower mid game all-in strength while stripping some power from late game sustained dps.
    • Clean up of minor cooldown returning mechanics in favor of more impactful Rocket Jump resets.
  • Q – Rapid Fire
    • No longer reduces [E] CD on hit while active
    • Attacking [E] Target no longer reduces [Q] CD on hit.
    • CD 20s -> 20 / 19 / 18 / 17 / 16s
  • W – Rocket Jump
    • Dmg Rescaled 80 / 105 / 130 / 155 / 180 -> 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260
    • No longer deals increased damage per [E] stack
    • Now also resets on Max stack [E] Detonation on Champions
  • E – Explosive Charge
    • Now detonates instantly on 4th stack (max stacks). Bomb Animation shifted to represent this.
    • Tristana’s abilities also add [E] stacks.
    • Missile Speed 1800 -> 2400

Twitch

  • Change Goals
    • Pushing Twitch a bit farther in the direction of the “marksman assassin” by adding an out to his assassination attempts via Ambush reset.
  • Q – Ambush
    • Added: Cooldown resets when an enemy champion affected by Deadly Venom dies
    • Quality of Life Buff: Entering stealth now cancels Twitch’s current auto attack order
  • R – Rat-Ta-Tat-Tat
    • Buff Duration reduced 7 >>> 5
    • Quality of Life Buff: casting Rat-Ta-Tat-Tat during Q’s stealth no longer cancels stealth
    • Cost 100/125/150 >>> 100 all ranks

Urgot

  • Change Goals
    • Restore Urgot R’s defensive steroid function later in the game so that he doesn’t get wrecked so hard by all the percent penetration floating around out there.
  • R – Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser
    • No longer adds 60/90/120 Armor/MR
    • Now adds 30/40/50% Damage Reduction

Varus

  • Change Goals
    • Make R zoning more obvious and powerful.
    • Shift R damage from initial hit to Blight procs.
  • R – Chain of Corruption
    • Now displays max Spread Range to Varus and Enemies if it is spreading to at least one enemy champion.
    • Rooted targets gain 3 stacks of [W] Blight over the duration of the root.
    • Damage 150 / 250 / 350 -> 100 / 175 / 250

Vayne

  • Change Goals
    • Silver Bolts is about expected time to kill on all targets (not squishy bursting), and Vayne’s path to success needs to come through Silver Bolts.
  • Base Stats
    • AD/lvl reduced 2.66 >>> 1.66
  • W – Silver Bolts
    • Flat Damage removed
    • Percent Health Damage increased 4/5/6/7/8% >>> 6/7.5/9/10.5/12%
    • Minimum damage introduced at 40/60/80/100/120 flat damage

This is probably a lot to process. Feel free to give feedback on as much or as little as you like. Focusing specifically on “Is this a good direction?” would be great. We’re pretty open to change on the above stuff.

Cheers,
Repertoir

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Can you give us a short description of each major Marksman update

Scruffy Final PortraitYea this is a great question. Here’s the high level points for each:

Caitlyn

  • The zone control marksmen (traps are on a charge system now)
  • New play feel with headshot combos (trap and E trigger a guaranteed headshot on the target)

Miss Fortune

  • The wombo combo marksmen (ult scaling way better, can crit)
  • New play feel with impure shots replaced with “love tap” new passive that gives bonus damage when swapping targets (this works well with Q)

Kog’Maw

  • The true glass cannon hyper carry (tons of dmg needs protection)
  • W now doubles ALL attack speed and allows him to break the attack speed cap (but ad is lowered to 60%)

Corki

  • Magic damage marksmen -> passive now does big magic damage instead of true and all spells now do magic damage
  • New mechanic: Special Delivery -> every ~5m in the game corki gets a special set of bombs in his base that allow him to cast a super mega W with much bigger range and impact

Quinn

  • The map mobility/roaming marksmen
  • R reworked as a utility focused spell -> 0 cooldown and gives quinn crazy out of combat speed to quickly move around the map, not used for assassination anymore

Graves

  • We finally made his shotgun a shotgun -> up close burst damage marksmen
  • Basic attacks fire multiple buckshots in a cone -> more damage up close
  • Q reworked to synergize better with the new basic attacks

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Caitlyn Gameplay Update Feedback Megathread

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CertainlyT New PortraitHey guys,

This thread is to discuss Caitlyn’s changes with the upcoming season. They should be on PBE tomorrow (Oct. 29). As a preview, I’ll summarize the changes and why we are doing them.

Major Changes:

Base stats

All marksmen have received some base stat adjustments; Caitlyn is no exception.
Caitlyn’s auto-attacks scale 10% less well with bonus attack speed.

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1. Caitlyn’s Headshot now scales in damage with her Crit Chance (so at 50% crit chance, it deals +100% damage).
2. Caitlyn can fire a double-range Headshot at targets she has trapped or netted by auto-attacking them. This is independent from her normal Headshot.

Q

Piltover Peacemaker’s missile is now narrow, but blooms into its old wide self on first target hit. Damage up by about 20% on the first hit, but falls off harder on the follow up hits.

W

1. Traps are now on an ammo system with a very short cooldown but longer recharge time, allowing Caitlyn to quickly set up a fortress of traps but then leaving her without traps for a much longer time if pushed away from them.
2. Traps no longer deal damage — instead, they interact with your passive.

E

Cooldown unchanged, but we drained some power and reliability from this spell to make room for power elsewhere. The net missile is a bit narrow, shorter, slower, and deals less damage. Now interacts with your passive.

R is unchanged

Why are we trying these changes? We think Caitlyn is in a good spot balance and play pattern-wise, but she isn’t perfect.

  1. Caitlyn’s play pattern is enjoyable, but indistinct. Let’s give the Caitlyn player more things they can master that someone familiar with marksmen generally won’t immediately pick up. Let’s do that while still making her about her auto-attack.
  2. Caitlyn tends to feel either endlessly oppressive or inconsequential. Let’s enhance her laning phase strengths (dominance and fast pushing), but create some meaningful win conditions for the opponent that involve not just outlasting but actively disrupting that plan.
  3. Caitlyn has at times been the safe sieger and at times been the blood boil hypercarry. Let’s give her a clearer late-game identity from peer marksmen, focused on zone control to make her the premiere sieger.
  4. As always, let’s enhance our champion’s thematic identity, in this case Caitlyn as sharpshooter.

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What do you mean she scales 10 less with bonus Attack Speed

CertainlyT New PortraitYes, technically her Base AS is 10% lower and she has an extra 11% attack speed at level 1 to exactly offset this.

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Will Caitlyn still be limited to 3 traps

CertainlyT New PortraitMax traps are 3/3/4/4/5 by rank. Trap recharge time goes down substantially with rank (probably by too much!). Traps only last 90 seconds now.

 

 

 

 

How will Headshot scale after the rework

CertainlyT New PortraitThe same as Live — +50%. Minion damage is completely unchanged from Live (always 250%)

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Can you explain what the changes to Corkis Valkyrie W are
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When he picks up “The package” he gets a homeguard like buff to help him find a fight/gank.

The “special delivery” (the mega W cast) is basically this:

  • 3x range of normal Valkyrie
  • Has a knockaside when it hits enemies
  • Damage zone is way more dangerous + it has a slow
  • Normal W is put on 0 cooldown after he casts it (to let him reposition)

So this ability is best used to separate a team fight or trap enemies in bad positions.

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How does Graves new buckshot autoattack function exactly

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Scruffy Final PortraitIt works in the same way that is Q does on live. The closer you are to the target, the more projectiles will hit them = more dmg.

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Kog'Maw PBE Feedback Thread

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Repertoir New PortraitHi all,

With marksmen changes hitting PBE soon, I wanted to get a thread up to discuss changes to Kog’Maw that are coming in the big preseason patch. Kog’Maw’s changes are pretty simple and straightforward, and they aim to further emphasize some of the main things we’ve always known and love about him. Namely, we want him to really shine in support-heavy team comps, and we want him to feel like a really juicy target for opponents. This won’t be line-by-line changes like you’d see in the patch notes, but rather summaries of the bigger changes going on here.

Changes:

  • Bio-Arcane Barrage (W) has been changed to make Kog’Maw some kind of vomit-spewing machine gun while it is active.
    • While W is active, Kog’Maw attacks twice as fast, and his Attack Speed cap is doubled to 5 attacks per second.
    • While W is active, basic attacks deal reduced physical damage, but apply on-hit effects at full effect.
    • During this time, Kog’Maw attacks so fast that attack-moving efficiently becomes incredibly difficult, so choose a time when you don’t need to move much, and go to town.
  • Living Artillery (R) has been repurposed to be less powerful in the average poke case, but very threatening as an execution tool.
    • Living Artillery’s base damage and ratios have been adjusted, and it no longer deals increased base damage to champions.
    • Living Artillery now deals double damage to enemies at 25%-50% current Health, and triple damage to enemies below 25% Health
  • Various other changes/thoughts:
    • Base Attack Speed stats and Q’s passive Attack Speed have been adjusted so he is more dependent upon maxing both his Q and W to really approach his full damage potential.
    • For those wondering, AP Kog’Maw will play a bit differently than before, but we believe it to be of about equal power to before.

Those are the main changes. If you get a chance to play Kog’Maw, please do let me know how it goes by replying to this thread. I’ll be popping in pretty regularly while Kog is on PBE to monitor his progress and see how players are feeling about him.

Cheers,
Dcap

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Are there any changes to the bonus range from Bio Arcane Barrage W

Repertoir New PortraitThe range increase is slightly smaller at rank 1 (90, I believe?), but it scales back up to the same 210 at rank 5.

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Do you think Kog’Maws build path will change after his rework

Repertoir New PortraitWe believe that BotRK is his likely first item rush, and that Trinity Force is less optimal now due to his W being less optimal with spell-weaving patterns.

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Have you tried attack moving with double the maximum Attack Speed

Repertoir New PortraitYes, it’s basically impossible, and it’s actually an intended weakness of the character.

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Do you have any plans to look at KogMaws passive

Repertoir New PortraitWe’re not currently planning any changes to his passive.

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Will KogMaw still be playable as a spell based poke Marksman

Repertoir New PortraitHe scales quite well with Attack Damage on his W and R, so you should still be able to play him this way.

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Will the Max HP damage on Bio Arcane Barrage remain on his kit

Repertoir New PortraitYes, but it is modified to have an AD ratio (and be dependent upon that AD ratio).

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Is KogMaws rework gameplay only Or are we getting visual updates
Repertoir New PortraitMostly gameplay. There are some small visual changes to his W particles and animations, as well as his icons.

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Will Lucian get any changes

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Riot Axes New PortraitHe has some light changes to his kit. The bigger thing he’s getting is a couple of items that are very nearly perfect on him – I think he’s going to be in a good spot come preseason. If he’s not, we’ll adjust, of course.

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Scruffy Final PortraitWe have some smaller changes in for lucian focused around his ult. The amount of bullets fired will scale up with ult rank now instead of attack speed. It gives him a lot more dps reliability from the spell if he wants to focus on AD or triforce builds.

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Miss Fortune PBE Feedback Thread

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Statikk New PortraitSalutations,

Miss Fortune is receiving a fairly significant update with the next preseason. It may not be as dramatic as some of the other Marksmen, but it should better solidify her place in the Marksman lineup and the League roster as a whole.

 

  • Miss Fortune is making her return as the queen of the Wombo Combo
    • Bullet Time now channels for a higher max duration and thus higher max damage output (DPS is similar if not better in most cases)
    • Bullet Time now scales much better into the later parts of the game – Miss Fortune now fires waves more rapidly at higher ranks and Bullet Time waves can now critically strike (but at a reduced amount)
  • Impure Shots is gone and has been replaced by Love Tap
    • Love Tap is now MF’s character passive – it’s a new basic attack mechanic that deals bonus damage whenever Miss Fortune attacks a new target
    • MF now gets a lot more value if she can manage to bounce her attacks between 2 or several targets
    • Strut has been moved to W’s Passive now that Love Tap is her character passive

This isn’t all of the nitty gritty details, but gives you guys an overview of the larger changes we made to the kit.

Feel free to leave feedback once you guys get a chance to test her out. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Will Strut only be active for the duration of Impure Shots W now

Statikk New PortraitStrut will work similarly to how it did before. It’s still a passive but it only activates once you get at least 1 rank in W and the amount of Movement Speed it gives is based on W rank.

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Does Love Tap New W have any cooldown between targets

Statikk New PortraitThere is no internal cooldown.

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Statikk New PortraitWe’ve done base stat adjustments to ensure her laning is still reasonable. If anything she’s probably less of a lane bully than she used to be especially when being played by a non-expert MF.

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Is it fair to say Miss Fortune will be weaker in 1v1s after these changes

Statikk New PortraitYes, I think MF did lose some of her brute force dueling potential, but she gained a lot more power in multi-target fights.

Have yet to test Jungle MF, so unsure if she’s actually stronger or weaker if played optimally here.

Love Tap only applies to basic attacks and Q – I initially had it hooked up to Hurricane, but it just made Love Tap really confusing and impossible to make balanced and satisfying.

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Isnt the new passive a bit counterintuitive It lowers singletarget DPS

Statikk New PortraitSometimes it will be best to focus fire a target and ignore Love Tap altogether, I think that’s okay that it depends on the situation.

I would think of Love Tap as a “bonus” rather than something MF has to do in order to just function.

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Will there be any changes to Make it Rain E

Statikk New PortraitUnfortunately we did no fundamental changes to her E. It does have an increased cast range though to better synergize with setting up Bullet Time.

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Quinn PBE Feedback Thread

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Repertoir New PortraitHi guys,

With preseason hitting the PBE shortly and Quinn being one of the six main marksmen getting an update, I wanted to put up a post to gather feedback on her changes for her time on the PBE before release. Rather than a long line-by-line changelist on the PBE, you’ll instead find the main changes going on in Quinn’s update in the body of the thread, not necessarily in P,Q,W,E,R order.

Changes:

  • Tag Team (R) has been heavily repurposed into a strategic map mobility tool:
    • Tag Team’s visuals have been changed from Quinn leaving the game space to Valor flying Quinn around beneath her.
    • Tag Team now has a 2-second channel at its start, and no longer has combat spells or basic attacks.
    • Tag Team now has no cooldown, and its Movement Speed bonus is now very dramatic.
    • Skystrike has been retained, but deals less damage and does not deal increased damage based on targets’ missing Health.
  • Blinding Assault (Q) has been repurposed (and renamed) into more of a waveclearing tool and less of a dueling tool:
    • Q’s name has been changed to Aerial Assault, because… the spell no longer blinds.
    • Aerial Assault now marks its primary target as Vulnerable (passive mark).
    • Aerial Assault now does up to double damage based on targets’ missing Health.
    • Half of Aerial Assault’s cooldown is refunded if it kills at least one enemy.
  • Various other changes:
    • Harrier (P) attacks now deal a percentage of Quinn’s total AD rather than a base and bonus AD ratio.
    • Vault (E) has had its dash speed increased, and it should now more reliably return you along the vector you dashed in on.

The above changes are the main ones that should most dramatically change the way Quinn plays following her update. Please feel free to give feedback on any of the above stuff, and do let me know if anything feels off about the character in ways you wouldn’t expect given the above information. I did quite a bit of script cleanup on her, so I want to make sure I didn’t change the feel of things in ways I didn’t intend.

Thanks all,
Repertoir

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Can you fight while in Tag Team

Repertoir New PortraitNope. If you basic attack from Tag Team, it will fire the basic attack, fire a Skystrike, and cancel Tag Team.

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What do the Movement Speed numbers look like on the ult

Repertoir New PortraitCurrently 70/100/130% Total Movement Speed.

Total Movement Speed differs from other standard MS bonuses in that it multiplies off all your other MS bonuses. Essentially, Total Movement Speed is more powerful than Bonus Movement Speed because it multiplies off your other buffs and items. A Quinn with Homeguard and Tag Team, for example, can reach the middle of the map from her fountain before Homeguard falls off.

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Did you change Harriers Passive cooldown or target selection

Repertoir New PortraitHarrier has an 8-second cooldown that goes down with Quinn’s Crit Chance. There have been some updates to Harrier’s target selection (please let me know if anything feels off about it). Valor will now also immediately mark a nearby target when the passive comes off cooldown (unless there is already another mark in the world).

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Why didnt you just remove Skystrike from Quinns ult

Repertoir New PortraitI was actually in favor of this approach for quite some time, but we thought it was something that players would be attached to, and that keeping it around at low power budget would be best.

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Does Quinns W still work while using Tag Team

Repertoir New PortraitYeah, W still works during Tag Team without cancelling Tag Team. You can also cast Q and E from Tag Team, but they will remove you from Tag Team.

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Will her ult cost mana

Repertoir New PortraitYes, but the cost goes down to 0 by rank 3.

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Have there been any changes to Quinns AD ratios

Repertoir New PortraitProbably somewhat comparable to Live, with Harrier potentially doing a bit less per proc in the early game and a bit more in the late game.

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What does Quinns new Q look like and how does it work

Repertoir New PortraitIt is still a line skill shot that does area damage around the first target hit. When I said primary target, I meant (and should have been more specific about) first target hit.

Currently Skystrike does 1.0 total AD, but I’d say it’s still pending tuning.

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Can you use Teleport without it taking you out of Tag Team

Repertoir New PortraitI believe you can. I’ll have to verify, but it’s intended that you can.

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How do you feel about these changes to Quinn

Repertoir New PortraitAs with all changes, I’m nervous about them but excited for them. One of the most difficult things about these reveals is gauging what is an emotional response as opposed to constructed feedback. It’s not fun to take away things from characters that players may have really enjoyed, but it means we really have to capitalize on the things we’re adding/changing for it to be worth it.

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Why is Twitch not part of the Marksman update

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Meddler Final PortraitThere’ll be a bunch of smaller changes to marksmen other than the 6 listed in preseason as well. In Twitch’s case we’re looking at a CD reset on his Q when a champion affected by his passive dies plus some clean up around stealth (entering stealth now cancels current attack orders to avoid immediate screwage, R breaks stealth on attack launch instead of when the spell’s first pressed, giving a bit less response time).

On top of that there are also some significant item changes to marksmen items coming too, some of which should be pretty appealing on Twitch (Ghostblade changes for example that include it gaining increased AD).

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Rift Herald PBE Feedback Thread

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Riot Jag Final PortraitHey guys, Rift Herald is coming out and I wanted to fill in some of the details of what’s going on here.

  • Location/timing:
    • Spawns at the Baron Pit
    • First appears at 4:00
    • Respawns every 5 minutes
    • Despawns at 19:45 unless in combat; hard despawns at 19:55 no matter what
  • Encounter details:
    • Melee-only attacker – but hits pretty hard. Need to be able to take a punch to tank RH.
    • The Eye will occasionally open, exposing RH to bonus damage on attacks from behind equal to 12% of RH’s Max HP as True Damage.
    • Takes 35% less damage from ranged Autoattacks.
  • Reward details:
    • 50 global gold to everyone on the killing team
    • Drops “Doom’s Eve” buff to the killer:
      • 10% increase to all Damage (except True Damage) and 40 bonus MS
      • Enhanced Baron Recall
      • Enhances nearby minions offensive power, same as Baron buff, with an additional attack speed increase. Does NOT increase their defensive power (don’t worry, you won’t have to deal with last-hitting Baron buffed minions in lane)

We’ll be dropping a Dev Blog explaining some more of the intent behind putting RH in the game, but any and all types of feedback are fair game here. Thanks everyone!

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Does the buff transfer to another player when killed or will it disappear

Riot Jag Final PortraitDisappears like Baron’s.

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How long does the buff last

Riot Jag Final Portrait2 minutes. TP cooldown is also going up in preseason.

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How many stacks does it give for Devourer

Riot Jag Final PortraitYou get 2. It’s a mutated Scuttle Crab!

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Will we be able to solo the Rift Herald

Riot Jag Final PortraitIt’s going to be very hard to solo. You’d have to be way ahead. The Eye Backstab makes it really easy to duo though.

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Riot Jag Final PortraitIt’s hard to solo, and much easier to duo, since you need one person to proc the Eye Backstab every 3 seconds. Bringing more than 2 doesn’t add a ton since the backstab does so much work, so you can optimize taking it around just bringing a tanky dude and one friend (jungle + top laner is a good combo). No Kindred passives here.

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Why does the Herald take less damage from Ranged attacks

Riot Jag Final PortraitIt’s mostly about making sure this objective we give to top laners isn’t optimized for ADCs. Certain ranged top laners may be worse at taking RH and that’s okay; some champs have different strengths and weaknesses. Ranged spells still do full damage though (so Vlad is still pretty decent here, for example).

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Whats the story behind the Rift Herald Why is he on Summoners Rift

Riot Jag Final PortraitThe story behind it is that a Scuttle Crab wandered into Baron’s Pit and was warped by the Void. It looks totally badass and I’m blown away by what the artists did here. 🙂

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Can you guys give us a brief rundown of the ADC item changes

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Reinboom Final PortraitSure.

Infinity Edge is slightly weaker now (little less AD), we shifted power elsewhere so it’s less automatic and so that we could add cooler things to the Marksman space.

Essence Reaver scales its CDR off of your critical strike chance so that it works as a big core item (think IE space). It can now give upwards of +30% CDR.

Phantom Dancer does stuff other than just be straight up damage. Bonus movement speed while near your opponents and you take less damage from the last champion you hit. Isolate and kill people, basically.

Rapid Firecannon charges up like Shiv, but when charged instead of prepping you for the thunder, increases your attack range and gives you a fiery hit at the end.

Shiv does even more damage versus minions. It’s specialized further into being the bursty clearing tool.

Hurricane now crits and the bolts crit. Also movement speed. It’s in the PD / Shiv space now, so it should be an option for more Marksman.

Executioner’s Calling is back, but it’s a bit different and cheaper. Also it’s a component item. It builds into something new.

Last Whisper is now a component item. It builds into new things.

There’s something called Giant Slayer. It hurts health dudes.

Merc scimitar has Lifesteal, you should feel comfortable taking it over BT.

Death’s Dance exist. It has something like Lifesteal but better. Also it “delays” damage.

And tons of changes all over the place. This is just some of the marks targeted ones.

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How viable is Runaans Hurrican now on ADCs

Reinboom Final PortraitShould be much more valid.

Hurricane now gives MS + Crit and the bolts can crit. It’s not damaging your normal damage scaling by taking it anymore.

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Do you think any of the new items will help AD casters like KhaZix

Reinboom Final PortraitYes, there will be a lot of cross talk. Death’s Dance is pretty awesome on Kha’zix as a physical damage vamp item.

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Could you give some more insight on the new Sightstone build paths

Meddler Final PortraitTier 2 support item + Sightstone = an upgraded Sightstone with upgraded stats from both component items.

E.g. Frost Fang + Sightstone combine into ‘Eye of the Watchers’ which has the Sightstone ward active, the Tribute passive and gives Health/AP/GP10/Mana Regen.

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Does this mean we wont have T3 support items like Talisman and FoTM

Meddler Final PortraitYou’ll have the choice of either merging your T2 support item with Sightstone or going for the T3 support version. If going for the T3 support approach Ruby Sightstone should now be more attractive too (gives reduced CD on active items, so pairs well with Talisman/Face/Frost Queen’s).

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Have you accounted for past mana cost increases with the removal of Mana Pots

Pwyff Final PortraitShort answer: yes. Long answer…

There’s a lot of concern on specific champions that we won’t get them perfect out the gate with preseason and, while I think that’s a super valid concern, it’s one we can’t be shackled to for the time being. I suspect most champs will get proper compensation before they ship, but what a change like this does is allows us to see what champions were using mana pot spamming to cover up massive weaknesses versus those who were using them to snowball forward. If we don’t get it right the first time, you can be sure we are aware of the space we’re creating and can solve for it.

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Pwyff Final PortraitXypherous is running point on this change, but he’s also gone through all champions who rely on mana pots to be functional and has buffed either their base mana regen or their base mana pool. In the future we can also keep a firmer grasp on mana gating and/or champions whose costs are just too damn high.

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Any pre preseason insight you can give us about Essence Reaver

Reinboom Final PortraitSure. It’s being adapted specifically for characters that want to weave auto attacks and spells. It’s also no longer being compared to bloodthirster, and being compared to IE more.

Still gives mana. Still gives CDR. How and how much are both different. And now takes the crit chance you get from other items and turns it into CDR (upwards of +30% CDR).

This is VERY good on Lucian.

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Reinboom Final PortraitIf ER isn’t bought over IE on who we made it for, then we’ll adjust ER up.

Currently it’s actually been very scary in testing. Essence Reaver now scales up its cooldown reduction with other items.

For example…
Essence Reaver + Zeal = +30% Cooldown

We want Essence Reaver to be your definitive Marksman caster item.

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What changes will you be making to Last Whisper

Meddler Final PortraitLast Whisper’s now cheaper, can upgrade into a couple of different options, and works against bonus Armor instead of total Armor.

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Will ADCs be able to apply Grievous Wounds 50 reduced heal again

Reinboom Final PortraitExecutioner’s Calling will exist again. Slightly different form. Ideally more viable and more clear what you’re trading for it.

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Do the item changes mean Crystalline Flask will no longer restore Mana

Xypherous Final PortraitFlask will still replenish Mana.

Since Flask is a permanent item that is fairly high cost – it’s closer to buying a sapphire crystal than a cheap consumable potion.

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Xypherous Final PortraitThe Flask will remain – though it’s been heavily heavily altered. Provides Health and Mana… and may or may not set your opponents on fire when you hit them.

On the downside, you can’t stack regular health potions with it anymore – as that combination was a nightmare to balance and really prevented us from having Flask starts be tolerable.

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Will starting items be cheaper or will we get more gold for a HP potion

Xypherous Final PortraitBoth.

Starting gold is now 500. Starting items have had their costs readjusted.

I… may need to figure out some better tank starting options. It’s just hard to make them good without them becoming automatically default. 😡

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What changes will support the removal of Stealth Wards from the store

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Pwyff Final PortraitYou’ll see a few changes to support this rather than a raw “strip wards out.” Pink wards, for example, are getting cheaper, trinkets automatically upgrade, and sweeper has some new functionality. We’ll have more details next week!

[edit] Big one: Yellow trinket starts with 2 wards automatically.

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Can we still place Stealth Wards via other means

Riot Axes New PortraitCorrect. Sightstone still exists (and has more upgrade paths), yellow trinket still exists, but you can’t just spend 75 gold for a one-shot stealth ward anymore.

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How do you expect vision changes to impact junglers

Fearless New PortraitWe have a lot more changes to the vision game that we haven’t revealed yet. Short story is that we’re giving the jungle a few more ways to opt into the vision game, which allows junglers a greater ability to actively augment and control vision. That being said, the prevalence of pink wards, along with their cost reduction, will have an impact on stealth junglers especially. We’ll be watching our sneaky friends closely.

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How will the Blue Trinket work in Preseason

Pwyff Final PortraitTL;DR in this current iteration it drops a permanent 1hp visible vision ward (like a Pink but no stealth reveal) with a massive range. I believe the wards are off the cap, so technically if you drop them on cooldown in random places…

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Can you give us an example of a Keystone Mastery


Gypsylord New PortraitSure I’ll give you my favorite >:)

Thunderlord’s Decree

Your 3rd attack or spell on an enemy champion shocks the area around them, dealing 10 damage per level plus 20% of your Bonus Attack Damage and 10% of your Ability Power as Magic damage to enemies in the area (30 second cooldown).

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’ve got some stuff in there that should be pretty appealing on champions looking for defensive options as well. An example of an end tier mastery from the more defensively focused tree:

“Strength of Ages

Killing a Siege Minion or large monsters increases maximum health by 20 and 8 respectively, up to 250 health. After reaching 250 bonus health, heal for 100 health when a nearby siege minion dies.”

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Keystone masteries will make the new player experience even worse

Meddler Final PortraitOur goal with the mastery changes has been to keep the total amount of power in the new mastery system roughly equivalent to the old system. The big change though is that a lot of that power will be concentrated into just a couple of masteries per player. That means that instead of 30 mastery points, each with generally equal power, you’ll have a few masteries that contribute a lot of power in noticeable ways and a lot of masteries that are smaller stat effects. Thunderlord’s Decree’s a Tier 3 mastery for example, which means that each player will only ever have one of them (new trees go up to 18 points, with 3 options of Tier 3 mastery per tree, of which you can only take one).

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Meddler Final PortraitIf you’re level 17 say and playing against someone who’s level 18, then yes, that’ll be a much more noticeable power difference under this system. That’s not ideal, and something we’d like to fix long term, we don’t feel it’s a significant enough cost to dictate mastery system design however. The difference between an account level 1 player and an account level 18 player by contrast should be pretty similar under the new masteries to the old, just in a more obvious way.

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Is the Master level up system even necessary

Meddler Final PortraitWe do think our account progression could be improved significantly. For the timeline of this preseason though that wasn’t an option. We did however feel there was room to significantly improve masteries while working within some existing constraints (30 points, earned 1 per level).

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

 

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

 

 

ACADEMY AHRI

Academy Ahri can join your local otaku convention for 750 RP.

 

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Arcade Riven will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

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ACADEMY DARIUS

Academy Darius will be available for 750 RP.

 

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ACADEMY EKKO

Academy Ekko will cost 750 RP.

 

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ACADEMY VLADIMIR

Academy Vlad will be available for recruitment for 750 RP.

 

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BATTLE BOSS BLITZCRANK

Battle Boss Blitz will be sold for 1350 RP after Patch 5.16 hits live.

 

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FIGHTER UPDATES

 

Darius Final Portrait

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  • Attack Range increased from 125 to 175
  • Attack Damage-per-level increased from 3.5 to 5
  • Health per level increased from 93 to 100
  • Armor per level increased from 3.5 to 4
  • Base Attack Speed reduced from 0.679 to 0.625
  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 4% to 1%

 

Buff BoxHemorrhage Final Icon

Hemorrhage [ Passive ]

  • [New] Bloodrage: Darius now enters Bloodrage for 5 seconds whenever an enemy champion reaches max Hemorrhage or dies to Noxian Guillotine. During Bloodrage, Darius gains 40-200 bonus Attack Damage and applies max Hemorrhage to enemies hit.
  • Bleed now deals physical damage instead of magic
  • Base bleed damage per stack decreased from 12-36 to 10-27
  • Darius no longer gains bonus Movement Speed if enemy champions are bleeding

 

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Change BoxDecimate Final IconDecimate [ Q ]

  • Now has a 0.75 second delay before swinging
  • Darius heals for 10% of his missing Health for each enemy champion hit by the blade, capped at 30%
  • Damage on the outer circle has been changed from 105/157.5/210/262.5/315 [+1.05 Bonus AD] to 20/40/60/80/100 [+1/1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4 Total AD]
  • Damage in the inner circle has been decreased from 66% of the outer circle’s damage to 50%, or 10/20/30/40/50 [+0.5/0.55/0.6/0.65/0.7 Total AD]
  • Enemies hit by the handle (inner circle) no longer receive a stack of Hemorrhage

 

Change BoxCrippling Strike Final IconCrippling Strike [ W ]

  • Damage changed from 120/140/160/180/200% of Total AD to 140% of Total AD at all ranks
  • Slow strength increased from 20/25/30/35/40% to 40/50/60/70/80%
  • Slow duration decreased from 2 seconds to 1
  • Crippling Strike no longer lowers the Attack Speed of enemies
  • Cooldown changed from 8 seconds at all ranks to 9/8/7/6/5
  • No longer reduces the base cooldown of the spell per Hemorrhage stack
  • Mana cost decreased from 30/35/40/45/50 to 30

 

Buff BoxApprehend Final IconApprehend [ E ]

  • Fixed a bug where enemies would be pulled in if they escaped the area during the cast time
  • Cast time decreased from 0.35 seconds to 0.25
  • Now briefly slows targets after being pulled in

 

Change BoxNoxian Guilotine Final IconNoxian Guillotine [ R ]

  • Base minimum damage decreased from 160/250/340 to 100/200/300
  • No longer refunds Mana on re-casts; instead, all re-casts cost no Mana
  • At rank 3, Noxian Guillotine has no Mana cost
  • Upon executing an enemy champion, all nearby minions and monsters become terrified for a few seconds

 

 

Garen Final Portrait

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  • Recommended items updated
  • Health-per-level decreased from 96 to 84.25
  • AD-per-level increased from 3.5 to 4.5
  • Armor-per-level increased from 2.7 to 3
  • Auto Attack range increased from 125 to 175

 

Nerf BoxPerseverance Final IconPerseverance [ Passive ]

  • At level 16, the Heal regen has been decreased from 2% to 1.6%



Nerf BoxDecisive Strike Final IconDecisive Strike [ Q ]

  • Silence duration decreased from 1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5 seconds to 1.5 at all ranks

 

 

Nerf BoxCourage Final IconCourage [ W ]

  • No longer grants 20% bonus Armor and Magic Resist
  • New passive: Killing units permanently grants 0.2 Armor and Magic Resist (1 for champions, large monsters, and epic monsters), up to a maximum of 10/15/20/25/30
  • Active no longer decreases the duration of incoming CC by 30%

 

Change BoxJudgement Final IconJudgment [ E ]

  • Damage per tick changed from 10/22.5/35/47.5/60 [+0.35/0.4/0.45/0.5/0.55 Total AD] to 12/16/20/24/28 [+0.47/0.49/0.51/0.53/0.55 Total AD]
  • Base damage ticks per cast decreased from 6 to 5
  • Cooldown decreased from 13/12/11/10/9 seconds to 9 at all ranks
  • New passive: Judgement’s spin speed permanently increases at levels 1/4/7/10/13/16, resulting in a total of 5/6/7/8/9/10 maximum ticks of damage per cast
  • If Garen cancels Judgement prematurely, he’s refunded cooldown equal to the remaining duration of the spin
  • Garen no longer moves 20% slower while moving through minions
  • Garen now moves 20% slower while moving toward champions he’s hitting with Judgment
  • Judgment no longer benefits from Critical Strike Chance or Critical Strike Damage

 

Buff BoxDemacian Justice Final IconDemacian Justice [ R ]

  • New Passive: The enemy champion with the most recent kills is marked as Villain. Judgment ticks and basic attacks on the Villain deal an additional 1% of its max Health as true damage
  • Demacian Justice now deals true damage to the Villain instead of magic damage

 
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Mordekaiser Final Portrait

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  • Recommended Items updated
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 340 to 330
  • Base Health decreased from 555 to 525
  • Health-per-level increased from 73 to 80
  • AD-per-level increased from 3.5 to 5
  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 2.6% to 3%
  • Health-per-5 increased from 3.3 [+0.3 per level] to 4 [+0.55 per level]
  • Attack animation improved, but no longer scales as well with Attack Speed
  • Auto attack range increased from 125 to 200
  • Armor-per-level increased from 2.7 to 3

 

Change BoxIron Man Final IconIron Man [ Passive ]

  • Shield decay-per-second changed from 3% of the shield’s max value to 2% of base Health
  • The shield will now stop decaying when it reaches 25%
  • Maximum shield value is now equal to 25% of Morde’s maximum Health (no longer scales with level)
  • Shield generation decreased from 35% of damage dealt to 25%

 

Buff BoxMace of Spades Final IconMace of Spades [ Q ]

  • Now buffs Mordekaisers next 3 attacks. The first one deals 3/6/9/12/15 [+0.25 Total AD] [+0.2 AP]  bonus magic damage. Each next strike deals 2/2.25/2.5/2.75/3 times the damage of the previous one. Maximum damage of the third strike is 27/54/81/108/135 [+2.25 Total AD] [+1.8 AP]
  • Health cost decreased from 20/25/30/35/40 to 20/23/26/29/32
  • Cooldown increased from 8/7/6/5/4 seconds to 10/8.5/7/6.5/5

 

Change BoxCreeping Death Final IconCreeping Death [ W ]

  • New Passive: Mordekaiser receives full experience from any lane minion he kills, regardless of lane partners;
  • New Active – Harvesters of Sorrow: Mordekaiser and target ally champion gain 75 Movement Speed while moving toward one another;
  • When close to one another, both deal 140/180/220/260/280 [+0.6 AP] magic damage to nearby enemies over 4 seconds. Mordekaiser can reactive the ability to instantly steal half the spell’s DoT, or 50/70/90/110/130 [+0.3 AP]. This value is reduced to 33% against minions, with a maximum of three targets;
  • Cooldown decreased from 20/18/16/14/12 seconds to 12/11/10/9/8;
  • Health cost removed.

 

Change BoxSiphon of Destruction Final Icon Siphon of Destruction [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 35/65/95/125/155
  • Now additionally scales with 0.6 of Total AD
  • Cooldown decreased from 6 seconds at all ranks to 6/5.75/5.5/5.25/5
  • If the spell hits an enemy Champion, Morde instantly fills 15% of his maximum shield

 

Morde E 1

 

Buff BoxChildren of the Grave Final IconChildren of the Grave [ R ]

  • Damage increased from 12/14.5/17 [+ 0.02 AP] % to 20/25/30 [+ 0.04 AP] % of target’s maximum health (again, half the damage is dealt, instant, half over a 10-second period)
  • New Passive – Dragon Force: Dealing damage to the Dragon curses it for 10 seconds. If Mordekaiser’s team kills a cursed target, Mordekaiser gets a ghost of that target that has 30% the
  • Ghost duration increased from 45 seconds at all ranks to 45/60/75
  • Additionally, Mordekaiser gains 30% of his ghost’s AP and 25% of its bonus Health
  • The ghost is granted 10/25/50 bonus AD and bonus Health equal to 15% of Mordekaiser’s maximum Health

 

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Skarner Final Portrait

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  • Recommended Items updated
  • Base Movement speed decreased from 345 to 330
  • Base Health-per-level decreased from 96 to 84.25
  • AD-per-level increased from 4.2 to 4.5

 

New Item BoxCrystal Spires Final IconCrystal Spires [ New Passive ]

  • Skarner’s presence causes crystals to spawn in set locations around the map. Crystals can be captured by either team by standing on top of them. Capturing prevents them from being captured by the opposing team for 10 seconds.
  • While near active crystals, Skarner gains 150 Movement Speed, 35% [+5% per level] Attack Speed and restores 3% of his maximum Mana per second.

 

Crystal capture specifics:

  • Crystals remain captured permanently for the capturing team until recaptured by the opposing team
  • Capturing a crystal grants 15g to players that helped capture it
  • Crystals are locked out of being recaptured for 10 seconds after being captured
  • While on the 10 second lockout, crystals provide vision in a medium area around them (and provide no other vision the rest of the time)
  • If a member of the team owning the crystal is standing on the crystal, it cannot be captured

 

Skarner Shrine 1 Skarner Shrine 2

Skarner Shrine 3 Skarner Shrine 4

 

Note that the shrines look differently for two of Skarner’s skins:

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Change BoxCrystal Slash Final Icon Crystal Slash [ Q ]

  • Uncharged damage changed from 20/30/40/50/60 [+0.4 Bonus AD] to 0.32/0.34/0.36/0.38/0.40 Total AD
  • Charged damage changed from 20/30/40/50/60 [+0.2 AP] to 0.32/0.34/0.36/0.38/0.40 Total AD
  • Cooldown decreased from 3.5 seconds at all ranks to 3.5/3.25/3/2.75/2.5
  • Duration of charge buff decreased from 5 seconds to 4
  • Against non-champions, basic attacks now decrease Skarner’s cooldowns by 0.25 seconds, decreased from 0.5
  • Mana cost decreased from 16/17/18/19/20 to 10/11/12/13/14
  • Crystal Slash no longer stacks bonus Movement Speed and Attack Speed

 

Change BoxCrystalline Exoskeleton Final IconCrystalline Exoskeleton [ W ]

  • Shield value changed from 80/135/190/245/300 [+0.8 AP] to 12/13/14/15/16% of Max HP [+0.8 AP]

 

 

Buff BoxFracture Final IconFracture [ E ]

  • Missile speed now decreases for each champion hit
  • Enemies hit by Fracture are afflicted with Crystal Venom for 5 seconds, causing Skarner’s next basic attack against them to deal 25/50/75/100/125 additional physical damage and stun them for 1 second.
  • Slow duration decreased from 2.5 seconds to 2

 

Change BoxImpale Final IconImpale [ R ]

  • Base magic damage decreased from 100/150/200 to 20/60/100
  • Now deals additional physical damage both at the start of the channel and at the end, equal to 100% of Skarner’s Total AD
  • Mana cost decreased from 100/125/150 to 100 at all ranks
  • Cooldown decreased from 110/100/90 seconds to 120/100/80
  • No longer deals bonus damage to targets with Crystal Venom

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRiftwalk Final IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • First jump’s damage additionally scales with 0.2 AP; each subsequent Riftwalk scales with 0.1 AP

 

 

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Buff BoxFlurry Final IconFlurry [ Passive ]

  • Lee Sin now gains 20 energy back on the first basic attack and 10 on the second, changed from 15 energy on both attacks

 

Buff BoxDragons Rage Final IconDragon’s Rage [ R ]

  • If the target of the kick hits an enemy Champion, it deals additional physical damage equal to 15/18/21% of its bonus Health (damage stacks with more targets hit)

 

 

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Buff BoxFrozen Tomb Final IconFrozen Tomb [ R ]

  • When self-cast, Frozen Tomb heals Lissandra for 100/150/200 [+0.3 AP]; this value is increased by 1% for each 1% of Health missing

 

 

Lucian Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxArdent Blaze Final IconArdent Blaze [ W ]

  • Bonus Movement Speed increased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 60/65/70/75/80
  • Duration of MS buff decreased from 2 seconds to 1
  • Lucian can now gain the MS buff if any ally hits a target marked by Ardent Blaze
  • Mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 50

 

 

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Buff BoxSiphoning Strike Final IconSiphoning Strike [ Q ]

  • While the Siphoning Strike buff is active, Nasus’s basic attack range is increased from 125 to 150

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDeath Mark Final IconDeath Mark [ R ]

  • Delay on recasting Death Mark has been decreased from 1 second to 0.5

 

 

NEW ITEMS

 

Riot Axes New PortraitHi folks,

In support of the Juggernaut champion changes, we’re releasing a pair of new items – Sterak’s Gage and Titanic Hydra. This thread is a good place for feedback.

 

 


New Item BoxSterak Gage Final Icon Sterak’s Gage

Recipe: Giant’s Belt [1000 Gold] + Long Sword [360 Gold] + 1190 Gold combine cost = 2550 Gold total

Grants 500 Health and AD equal to 25% of the user’s Base AD

UNIQUE Passive: Upon taking at least 400 to 1800 damage (based on level) within 5 seconds, gain Primal Rage for 8 seconds.

Primal Rage: Grow in size and strength, gaining increased size, +25% additional Base Attack Damage, and a rapidly decaying shield for 30% of your maximum Health.

 

Storak Gage Ingame

 


Some quick context: It turns out there’s a ton of ambient AOE damage on the front lines of a teamfight – a lot of ults hit for 500+ and they all tend to come down at once. Sterak’s Gage should help Juggernauts avoid dying by accident in an average teamfight while leaving them able to be killed by focus fire or truly dedicated wombo.


 

New Item BoxTitanic Hydra Final IconTitanic Hydra (Melee Only)

Recipe: Tiamat [1900 Gold] + Ruby Crystal [400 Gold] + 1000 Gold combine cost = 3300 Gold total

Grants 250 Health, 50 AD and 100% Base Health Regen

UNIQUE Passive: Basic attacks deal 20 plus 1% of your maximum health as bonus physical damage on hit.

UNIQUE Passive – Cleave: Basic attacks deal 40 plus 2.5% of your maximum health as physical damage in a cone on hit (the target does not take this damage).

UNIQUE Active – Crescent: Your next basic attack deals physical damage equal to 20 plus 10% of your maximum health in a larger cone on hit (20 second cooldown, Cleave doesn’t apply to this attack).

 

Titanic Hydra Ingame

 


Quick context: The Black Cleaver covers spell-based tanky melee champs pretty well, and Trinity Force covers its set of champions amazingly. Titanic Hydra should cover more basic attack-focused Juggernauts with their own option while providing a decent stretch goal for other Juggernauts having a great game to shoot for.


Quick note – VFX, audio, and icons are still work in progress.

This thread is a great place to leave feedback if you get a chance to test these items.

Thanks!

~Riot Axes

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Item Changes

 

Xypherous Final PortraitHey guys,

Defensive items right now are in a generally okay place – It’s not great but it’s functional.

There are some very high powered items (especially in Armor) but there are also some weaker items (especially in Magic Resistance) that are viable so on the whole – defensive builds as a whole generally reach the amount of power / cost that’s probably okay.

However, we’ll be introducing several new defensive items in the 5.16 patch and the existence of these high powered items create a world where any new item has to be almost equally high powered to compete.

This necessitates a rebalancing of power across the board such that it can be acceptable of new items being introduced.

I suspect that this changelist isn’t going to be particularly exciting – especially compared to AP – but these changes were made to provide an easier environment to balance introducing new defensive items that we’ll be introducing in the same patch.

This does have some side effects on low income characters (Support / Support Tanks / Pure Tanks) – and so we’ll likely be looking at base statistic adjustments on the ones that are most affected if we feel like they’re in a terrible spot.

TL;DR – Armor items are generally more expensive or grant less armor. Health items readjusted. Magic Resistance is generally cheaper and easier to build. Will be looking at specific support or low-income champions that might be hurt from an Armor perspective.

 

MAGIC RESISTANCE

 

Buff BoxNull Magic Mantle Final IconNull-Magic Mantle

  • Cost decreased from 500 to 450

 

Buff BoxNegatron Cloak Final IconNegatron Cloak

  • Cost decreased from 850 Gold to 800

 

Note: Rescaled the cost of MR to be roughly 90% of Armor.

Due to the change in price of Null-Magic Mantle, Wit’s End has had its cost decreased:

 

Buff BoxWits End Final IconWit’s End

  • Total cost decreased from 2600 to 2550

 

Change BoxAegis Final IconAegis of the Legion

  • Total cost decreased from 1900 Gold to 1600
  • Recipe Change: Null Magic Mantle [500 Gold] + Crystalline Bracer [600 Gold]
  • Now grants 100% Base HP regen
  • Aura no longer grants HP regen and the bonus MR to allies has been decreased from 20 to 15
  • Aura Regen: No longer grants HP Regen as an Aura.

 

Notes: Recipe change was a fairly requested change – however, given the power/size of the item – the recipe change alone would probably favor bruiser / solo tanks than actual support characters.

With this general rebalance – shrinking the item’s power and effect also lets us streamline the item path as it’ll be less suited for solo bruiser/tanks and more appropriate to support tanks / pure support who have less inventory slots.

 

Change BoxLocket of Solari Final IconLocket of the Iron Solari

  • Total cost decreased from 2800 Gold to 2750
  • Shield strength increased from 50-230 to 75-345
  • Shield duration decreased from 5 seconds to 2

 

Note: Similar to the AP item work – taking the time to sharpen the identity and power of several of these items. While a 5 second low power shield is fairly decent at general defense – it’s not quite enough shield to save someone and somewhat poor at fighting back against a high powered burst spell.

Compressing the power and duration of the shield is aimed at pushing the power away from general ambient damage absorption to a more reactive ‘block’ approach.

 

Buff BoxBanner of Command Final IconBanner of Command

  • Total cost decreased from 3000 Gold to 2750

 

 

Buff BoxSpectres Cowl Final IconSpectre’s Cowl

  • Magic Resistance increased from 35 to 40

 

 

Buff BoxSpirit Visage Final IconSpirit Visage

  • Total cost decreased from 2750 Gold to 2700
  • Magic Resistance increased from 55 to 60
  • Bonus Base Health regeneration increased from 100% to 150%

 

Buff BoxBanshees Veil Final IconBanshee’s Veil

  • Total cost decreased from 2750 Gold to 2700
  • Recipe Change: Ruby Crystal [400 Gold] swapped for Crystalline Bracer [600 Gold]
  • Magic Resistance increased from 55 to 60

 

Notes: Nothing to see here. Just general cost / power tuning – as well as some light recipe adjustments. Crystalline Bracer now forks at Veil and Aegis if you’re building MR -or- between RG and Warmog’s if you’re looking for Health.

 

ARMOR RESISTANCE

 

Change BoxRaptors Cloak Final IconRaptor’s Cloak

  • Total cost increased from 1000 Gold to 1100
  • Bonus Base Health regeneration increased from 100% to 150%
  • Point Runner: Movement speed maximum reduced to 20% (from 30%). However, Movement Speed now decays over 2 seconds instead of instantly dropping off when you leave the proximity of a tower.

 

Notes: In general, Raptor’s Cloak was pretty good at one or two specific scenarios (dancing) – however, the usability tuning of it frequently meant it was pretty inconsistent in a lot of other things. While this isn’t the core problem with the item – doing some light tuning passes here to improve some of the usability around this item.

 

Change BoxZzrot Portal Final IconZZ’Rot Portal

  • Total cost decreased from 2800 Gold to 2750
  • Point Runner: See Raptor Cloak.
  • Void Spawn Health Decay: Is now a % of their current health rather than maximum, minimum of one. This effectively doubles their health (and roaming range!) but greatly reduces their effective health at all points.
  • Void Spawn Gold Counter: Now shows you how much gold you earned from Voidlings.
  • Empowered Void Spawn: Empowered Voidlings now scale off 15% of your maximum Health rather than your resistances.

 

Notes: Some cleanup and adjustments on ZZ’Rot Portal – mostly for usability. While the range is ‘doubled’ – the health of the voidlings is lower at any given point – so poor placements of ZZ’Rot will still get you voidlings when you properly support them but at generally far lower health pools.

 

Change BoxOhmwrecker Final IconOhmwrecker

  • Point Runner: See ZZ’Rot Portal

 

 

ARMOR ITEMS

 

Buff BoxGlacial Shroud Final IconGlacial Shroud

  • Total Cost decreased from 950 Gold to 900

 

Nerf BoxWardens Mail Final IconWarden’s Mail

  • Total Cost increased from 1050 Gold to 1100

 

Nerf BoxFrozen Heart Final IconFrozen Heart

  • Price increased from 2450 Gold to 2600
  • Armor decreased from 100 to 90

 

Notes: So Frozen Heart is one of several main defensive item outliers in terms of just raw power and efficiency – so we’re going to tone that down by quite a bit as, compared to other items – the effective power to cost ratio was incredibly high.

Due to the price reduction of Glacial Shroud, Zeke’s Harbinger and Icebourn Gauntlet are now also cheaper:

 

Buff BoxIceborn Gauntlet Final Icon Iceborn Gauntlet

  • Total cost decreased from 2900 to 2850

 

Buff BoxZekes Harbinger Final IconZeke’s Harbinger

  • Total cost decreased from 2300 to 2250

 

Nerf BoxThornmail Final Icon Thornmail

  • Price increased from 2100 Gold to 2300
  • UNIQUE Passive now reflects 15% of damage + 25% of the user’s bonus Armor, changed from 30% of damage

 

Note: Thornmail was another major outlier in terms of power effectiveness – but – it is only strong in the presence of high health pools. Because Thornmail is such an effective standalone Armor item and additional Armor doesn’t really make Thornmail much stronger – Thornmail is strongest when you can stack Health (as is the case for most pure resistance items.)

While this case will always be naturally powerful – putting a hook onto Thornmail such that purchasing additional Armor items unlocks a different sort of power as well as having some more soft synergies with other champions (Leona, Rammus, etc.)

If you’re under the effects of a negative % decrease in Armor – Thornmail will ignore it for the purpose of calculating bonus damage. However, flat decreases and shreds that cancel our your innate % increases (For example, Malphite vs. Garen) – will impact the damage of Thornmail.

 

Change BoxRanduins Omen Final IconRanduin’s Omen

  • Total Cost decreased from 2850 Gold to 2700
  • Health decreased from 500 to 400
  • Armor decreased from 70 to 60
  • Cold Steel Passive: Unchanged
  • Crit Damage Reduction: Now reduces critical strike damage taken by 10%.
  • Slow Active: Duration no longer scales off Armor and Magic Resistance, instead it will always slow for a flat four seconds.

 

Notes: Randuin’s Omen is probably one of the more ubiquitous items in the game in terms of general purpose strength. Since we’re adding several items that try to do slightly different things – sharpening Randuin’s Omen to be a more dedicated ‘Oh god, crits are murdering me’ item seemed appropriate. However, this is overall intended to be a moderate nerf to the item.

 

HEALTH

 

Change BoxWarmogs Armor Final IconWarmog’s Armor

  • Now grants 200% Base Health Regen [zero on live]
  • Passive Changed: Grants Warmog’s Heart if you have above 3000 life. Warmog’s Heart restores 3% of your maximum life per second when you haven’t taken damage in 8 seconds.

 

Notes: Sharpening items. MORE SHARP. MORE FOCUS.

I think we’ve been generally happy with Warmog’s Armor as an anti-siege option for the mid-late game – so we’re kind of tripling down on the concept at this point. In the late game – recalling and regenerating has roughly similar effects in a winning case – and therefore we’ve decided to push Warmog’s into a space where it is powerful enough to replace the act of Recalling for healing in the late game for character’s that choose to invest heavily into a health route.

 

Nerf BoxRighteous Glory Final IconRighteous Glory

  • Total Cost decreased from 2500 Gold to 2400
  • Catalyst Passive: Loses Catalyst Passive on Upgrade.

 

Notes: Catalyst has two clear upgrades – a rush item (Rod of ze Ages) or Righteous Glory (Team Fight).

One of the reasons we’ve tuned down RG over time is that whenever its strong enough to be rushed as first item, we tend to dislike how early skirmishes get decided. Trying some minor experimental stuff to discourage RG as first-pick up by giving it a clear tradeoff from its counterpart – while also making it slightly easier to build later in the game.

 

Change BoxCinderhulk Final IconCinderhulk

  • Base Health increased from 300 to 400
  • Health multiplier decreased from 25% to 15%

 

Notes: This is a minor buff to Cinderhulk’s average case and a nerf to Cinderhulk’s best case late game. While Cinderhulk isn’t exactly a dominant pickup at the moment – it sits in this odd spot of having most of its power devoted to a late game which already has its fair share of powerful effects (Devourer). This change shifts it to be slightly more mid-game focused than its counterparts and should let us better control how much Health a character will have due to the reduced multipliers.

TL;DR – Armor is nerfed and more expensive. MR is generally cheaper and easier to build. Health adjusted. Total cost should be similar – but most likely more expensive. Will be looking at some classes for base statistics adjustments to compensate for potential loss in defensive armor.

 


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

PBE Round-up: Patch 5.8

April 25th, 2015

 

PBE Roundup Patch 5 8 Banner

Patch 5.8 should hit live in the early hours of Wednesday, April 29th. Here are all its contents:

 

Store Content

Visual Updates

Gameplay

Miscellaneous

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    Blood Moon Zilean

    Blood Moon Zilean will be available for 975 RP.

     

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    Blood Moon Zilean Updated 1 Blood Moon Zilean Updated 2

    Blood Moon Zilean Recall

    For his recall, Blood Moon Zilean sounds his gong.

     

    Blood Zilean Basic Attack

    Basic Attack

     

    Blood Moon Zilean New Q 1

    Blood Moon Zilean New Q 2

    Blood Zilean Q 2

    Time Bomb [ Q ]

     

    Blood Zilean W 1

    Rewind [ W ]

     

    Blood Zilean E 1

    Time Warp [ E ]

     

    Blood Zilean R 1

    Blood Zilean R 2

    Chronoshift [ R ]

     

     

    Forsaken Jayce

    Forsaken Jayce is priced at 1350 RP.

     

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    Jayce Skin Model 1

    Jayce Skin Model 2

    Jayce Skin Model 3

    Jayce Skin Model 4

    Jayce Skin Recall

    For his recall, Forsaken Jayce spins his hammer around, slams it on the ground and then lifts it with the Force.

     

    Jayce Skin Melee Q 2

    Jayce Skin Melee Q 1

    To The Skies! [ Melee Q ]

     

    Forsaken Jayce Q Updated 1

    Jayce Skin Ranged Q 2

    Shock Blast [ Ranged Q ]

     

    Jayce Skin Melee W 1

    Lightning Field [ Melee W ]

     

    Jayce Skin Ranged W 1

    Hyper Charge [ Ranged W ]

     

    Jayce Skin Melee E 1

    Thundering Blow [ Melee E ]

     

    Forsaken Jayce Q Updated 2 Forsaken Jayce Q Updated 3  

    Acceleration Gate [ Ranged E ]

     

    Jayce Skin R 1

    Jayce Skin R 2

    Jayce Skin Passive 1

    Transform [ R ]

     

    Master Arcanist Ziggs

    Master Arcanist Ziggs will be sold for 1350 RP.

     

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    Ziggs Skin Model 1

    Ziggs Skin Model 2

    Ziggs Skin Model 3

    Ziggs Skin Recall

    For his recall, Master Arcanist Ziggs disassembles one of his bombs and its parts float around him.

     

    Bouncing Bomb [ Q ]

     

    Ziggs Skin W 1

    Ziggs Skin W 2

    Satchel Charge [ W ]

     

    Ziggs Skin E 1

    Ziggs Skin E 2

    Ziggs Skin E 3

    Hexplosive Minefield [ E ]

     

    Ziggs Skin R 1

    Ziggs Skin R 2

    Ziggs Skin R 3

    Mega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

     

    Risen Fiddlesticks

    Risen Fiddlesticks will be available in store for 1350 RP.

     

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    Risen Fiddlesticks Updated 1 Risen Fiddlesticks Updated 2

    Risen Fiddlesticks Recall

    For his recall, Risen Fiddlesticks becomes hideous nightmare fuel.

     

    Risen Fiddlesticks Q

    Terrify [ Q ]

     

    Risen Fiddlesticks W

    Drain [ W ]

     

    Risen Fiddlesticks E

    Dark Wind [ E ]

     

    Risen Fiddlesticks R 2

    Risen Fiddlesticks R 1

    Crowstorm [ R ]

     

     

    New Summoner Icons

    Feast your eyes on this Baron icon or it shall feast on you:

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    Here are new icons for all the upcoming regional Leagues. You can find their pricing and when they’ll be available HERE.

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    New Chroma Packs

    The recently-announced chroma packs are coming with Patch 5.8. The first batch contains recolors for Blitzcrank, Garen, Fizz, Lucian, Dragonfist Lee Sin, Pool Party Leona and Nemesis Jax.

     

    Classic Blitzcrank

    Blitzcrank_8 Blitzcrank_9 Blitzcrank_10

    Blitz Chroma 3

    Blitz Chroma 1

     

    Classic Garen

    Garen_7 Garen_8 Garen_9

    Garen Chroma 2

    Garen Chroma 1

    Garen Chroma 3

     

    Classic Fizz

    Fizz_5 Fizz_6 Fizz_7

    Fizz Chroma 1 Fizz Chroma 2 Fizz Chroma 3

     

    Classic Lucian

    Lucian_3 Lucian_4 Lucian_5

    Classic Lucian Yellow

    Classic Lucian Red

    Classic Lucian Blue

     

    Dragonfist Lee Sin

    LeeSin_7 LeeSin_8 LeeSin_9

    Dragonfist Lee Blue

    Dragonfist Lee Yellow

    Dragonfist Lee Black

     

    Nemesis Jax

    Jax_9 Jax_10 Jax_11

    Nemesis Jax Chroma 1 Nemesis Jax Chroma 2 Nemesis Jax Chroma 3

     

    Pool Party Leona

    Leona_5 Leona_6 Leona_7

    Leona Chroma 3

    Leona Chroma 2

    Leona Chroma 1

     

     

    Texture Rebalances

    Lux, Poppy, Shyvana, Teemo and Shaco have all received texture updates. [ Note ] All champions with outdated textures have now received their updates.

     

    Classic Lux

    Classix Lux Model 1

    Classix Lux Model 2

     

    Sorceress Lux

    Sorceress Lux

     

    Spellthief Lux

    Spellthief Lux

     

    Commando Lux

    Commando Lux

     

    Imperial Lux

    Imperial Lux Model

     

    Steel Legion Lux

    Steel Legion Lux Model

     

    Classic Poppy 

    Classic Poppy Model 1

    Classic Poppy Model 2

     

    Lollipoppy

    Lolipoppy Model 1


    Ragdoll Poppy

    Ragdoll Poppy

     

    Battle Regalia Poppy

    Battle Regalia Poppy

     

    Scarlet Hammer Poppy

    Scarlet Poppy

    [ Note ] Blacksmith Poppy and Noxus Poppy have also been updated, but I don’t have access to them on the PBE.

     

    Classic Shyvana

    Classic Shyvana 1

    Classic Shyvana 2

    Classic Shyvana 3

     

    Ironscale Shyvana

    Ironscale Shyvana Model 1

    Ironscale Shyvana Dragon

     

    Boneclaw Shyvana

    Boneclaw Shyvana Model 1

    Boneclaw Shyvana Model 2

     

    Darkflame Shyvana

    Darkflame Shyvana 1

    Darkflame Shyvana 2

     

    Classic Teemo 

    Classic Teemo 1

    Classic Teemo 2

    Classic Teemo 3

    Also, Teemo’s psychedelics have received new models and textures.

     

    Happy Elf Teemo

    Elf Teemo

     

    Recon Teemo

     

    Astronaut Teemo

    Astronaut Teemo

     

    Cottontail Teemo

    Cottontail Teemo Model 1

     

    Super Teemo

    Super Teemo

     

    Panda Teemo

    Panda Teemo

     

    Classic Shaco

    Classic Shaco Model 1

    Classic Shaco Model 2

     

    Mad Hatter Shaco

    Mad Hatter Shaco

     

    Royal Shaco

    Royal Shaco Model

     

    Nutcracko

    Nutcracko Model

     

    Asylum Shaco

    Asylum Shaco Model

     

    Also, Ravager Nocturne no longer looks like a haunted pile of noodles:

    Ravager Nocturne Updated

     

     

    Improvements to ARAM mode

    Riot JxE Final Portrait Hey all!

    As we continue to polish and update Summoner’s Rift, we found a cool opportunity to make some improvements to Howling Abyss and ARAM. Without any further ado, let’s break the ice and get things rolling – here is the list of changes coming to the PBE today:

     

    Gameplay Changes; My Mind is Telling Me No:

    New Summoner Spell on ARAM: Mark/Dash

    After analyzing the results of Legend of the Poro King, we realized that Poro Toss gave an across-the-board bump in viability to some historically unpopular picks and helped balance the playing field. After careful consideration and some tweaks we’re bringing this back to ARAM as an optional new summoner spell called Mark/Dash.

    Mark allows you toss a projectile at an enemy unit, you can then follow up on a Marked unit with Dash to quickly travel to the Marked target.

    Go forth and tower dive, but remember, it’s only worth it if you say so in chat.

     

    Item Changes; Out With the New, In With the Old:

    Bloodthirster added

    With the recent rework of Bloodthirster, it made sense to re-introduce the SR favorite to ARAM to help out champions that rely on high AD to be more successful on the map. The passive doesn’t hurt either – shields up!

    Sanguine Blade removed

    10 out of 10 ADCs agree that Bloodthirster is bigger, better and bloodier than Sanguine Blade. We can’t argue with that, so we’ll be retiring it from ARAM.

    Warmogs added

    Ever shed a tear after purchasing Giant’s Belt on ARAM only to remember you can’t build Warmogs? We’re bringing the HP behemoth to ARAM to give tanks a little love and to help them survive poke long enough to initiate at the right time. Note that we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one to make sure tanks don’t become too overpowering.

    Skin Boosts; Turning the Random Dial to 11:

    After flicking some switches and fiddling with a couple of dials, we’ve successfully added Skin Boosts to our ARAM update! Throw down 95RP and you’ll give everyone on your team a one-time random skin for the champ they’re using that game. You’ll also earn yourself 200IP while giving your teammates 100IP.

    Map & Art Changes; No More Nexus Gnomes:

    We’ve skinned some of the art from Summoner’s Rift to match the Howling Abyss theme and bring some consistency between the maps. We also took this opportunity to do some general art polish, make some performance improvements and fix an issue that caused champion spells to sometimes be clipped when drawing on the ground. Check out these screenshots for more details.

     

    Reskinned Minions

     

    New Loading Screen

     

    Here’s the new summoner spell for ARAM (identical to the one from the Poro King featured mode):

     


    Mark Final IconMark

    Throw a snowball a long distance, dealing true damage to the first enemy unit hit. If it hits an enemy, this ability can be recast for 3 seconds to Dash to the tagged unit. Dashing to the target will reduce the cooldown of Mark by 25%.

    Mark projectiles are not stopped by spell shields or projectile mitigation.

     


    Dash Final IconDash [ Re-cast Mark ]

    Dash to the unit hit by Mark. Casting Dash will reduce the cooldown of Mark by 25%.

     

     

    Ryze Rework

     

    Ryze Final Portrait

    • Base Mana-per-5 decreased from 6 to 5
    • Mana-per-5 per level increased from 0.8 to 1
    • Armor-per-level decreased from 3.9 to 3.0

     

    Ryze Rework Basic Attack

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    Arcane Mastery Final IconArcane Mastery  [ Passive ]

    Casting spells grants a stack of Arcane Mastery. At 5 stacks, Ryze becomes supercharged, gaining a Mana shield that blocks 25 [+ 5 per level + 8% of Maximum Mana] damage and causing his spell casts to reduce the cooldown of his other spells by the value of Overload [ Q ]’s cooldown.

     

    Ryze Rework Passive 2

    Ryze Rework passive

     

    Overload Final IconOverload [ Q ]

    Cost: 30/35/40/45/50 Mana || Cooldown: 4 seconds at all ranks

    Skillshot: fires an orb, dealing 65/90/115/140/165 [ +0.55 AP ] [ + 2/2.5/3/3.5/4% of Maximum Mana ] magic damage to the first target hit.

     

    Changelog:

    • No longer grants 2/4/6/8/10% cooldown reduction passively
    • Base damage increased from 55/75/95/115/135 to 65/90/115/140/165
    • AP ratio increased from 0.4 to 0.55
    • Maximum mana ratio decreased from 6.5% to 2/2.5/3/3.5/4%
    • Cooldown increased from 3.5 seconds to 4
    • Mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 30/35/40/45/50
    • Is now a skillshot

     

    Ryze Rework Q 1

    Ryze Rework Q 2

     

    Rune Prison Final IconRune Prison [ W ]

    Cost: 60/70/80/90/100 Mana || Range: 600 || Cooldown: 14 seconds at all ranks

    Instantly roots a target for 0.75/1/1.25/1.5/1.75 second(s), dealing 65/95/125/155/185 [ +0.4 AP ] [ + 2.5% of Maximum Mana ] magic damage

     

    Changelog:

    • Base damage changed from 60/95/130/165/200 to 65/95/125/155/185
    • Maximum mana ratio decreased from 4.5% to 2.5%
    • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

     

    Ryze Rework W 2

    Ryze Rework W 3

     

    Spell Flux Final IconSpell Flux [ E ]

    Cost: 60/70/80/90/100 Mana || Cooldown: 7 seconds || Missile Speed: 1400

    Unleashes an orb that deals 50/66/82/98/114 [ +0.3 AP ] [ + 2% of Maximum Mana ] magic damage and reduces the Magic Resist of its target by 8/9/10/11/12% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.

    After hitting, Spell Flux bounces to up to 6 nearby enemies and Ryze, before returning to the original target. Instances of damage on the primary target after the first deal halved damage (25/33/41/49/57 [ +0.15 AP ] [ + 1% of Maximum Mana ]

     

    Changelog:

    • Base damage decreased from 50/70/90/110/130 to 50/66/82/98/114
    • AP Ratio decreased from 0.35 to 0.3
    • Maximum mana ratio increased from 1% to 2%
    • Cooldown decreased from 14 seconds at all ranks to 7
    • Magic Resist changed from 12/15/18/21/24 flat to 8/9/10/11/12%
    • Maximum stacks on magic resist shred decreased from 5 to 3
    • Missile speed decreased from 1800 to 1400

     

    Ryze Rework E 1

    Ryze Rework E 2

     

    Desperate Power Final IconDesperate Power [ R ]

    Cooldown: 80/60/40 seconds

    Passively grants Ryze 10/20/30% cooldown reduction.

    On active, Ryze gains 80 flat Movement Speed and 15/20/25% Spell Vamp for 4/5/6 seconds. During this time, Ryze’s spells deal 50% of their damage to enemies in a 200 units radius near his targets

     

    Changelog:

    • Now passively grants 10/20/30% cooldown reduction
    • Buff duration decreased from 5/6/7 seconds to 4/5/6
    • Cooldown changed from 70/60/50 seconds to 80/60/40

     

    Ryze Rework R 1

    Ryze Rework R 2

     

    Also, he got new spell icons to complement the rework. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

    Ryze_P Ryze_Q Ryze_W Ryze_E Ryze_R

     

     

    Champion Changes

     

    Bard Final Portrait

    • [ TOOLTIP UPDATE ] Bard’s Caretaker Shrine [ W ] now has an added tooltip that shows how many shrines are currently placed on the map.

     

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    Dr Mundo Final Portrait

    • [ TOOLTIP UPDATES ] Mundo’s Adrenaline Rush [ Passive ] and Sadism [ R ] now list the exact values of health regenerated, rather than just a percentage.

     

    Mundo 1

    Mundo 2

     

    Infected Cleaver Final IconInfected Cleaver [ Q ]

    • If Infected Cleaver kills the target it hits, Mundo gains back the entire health cost of the spell

     

     

    Graves Final Portrait

     

    Buckshot Final Icon Buckshot [ Q ]

    • Base damage decreased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 60/90/120/150/180
    • Bonus damage from extra bullets increased from 40% of base damage to 50% (maximum damage increased from 108/171/234/297/360 [+ 1.44 bonus AD] to 120/180/240/300/360 [+ 1.6 bonus AD] )

     

     

    Jinx Final Portrait

     

    Super Mega Death Rocket Final IconSuper Mega Death Rocket [ R ]

    • Minimum damage (from point-blank range) decreased from 125/175/225 [ + 0.5 bonus AD ]  to 25/35/45 [ + 0.1 bonus AD ]

    [ Note ] For context on this Jinx nerf, check here.

     

     

    Kha'Zix Final Portrait

     

    Void Spikes Final IconVoid Spike [ W ]

    • Heal from explosion increased from 40/70/100/130/160 to 60/85/110/135/160

     

     

    Mordekaiser Final Portrait

     

    Creeping Death Final IconCreeping Death [ W ]

    • When Mordekaiser casts the spell on himself, Creeping Death will try to target the nearest ally champion.
    • No longer has a cast time when cast on allies

     

     

    Nunu Final Portrait

    • Health-per-level decreased from 96 to 90
    • Base health pool decreased from 694 to 688

     

    Blood Boil Final IconBlood Boil [ W ]

    • When Nunu casts the spell on himself, Blood Boil will try to target the nearest ally champion.

     

     

    Sion Final Portrait

     

    Soul Furnace Final IconSoul Furnace [W]

    • Shield strength decreased from 10% of maximum Health to  6/7/8/9/10%
    • Shield can now be reactivated to explode after 3 seconds, increased from 2

     

     

    Twitch Final Portrait

     

    Spray n Pray Final IconSpray ‘N Pray [ R ]

    • Twitch can now auto-attack buildings while his auto attacks are buffed by his ult

     

     

    Yasuo Final Portrait

     

    Way of the Wanderer Final IconWay of the Wanderer [ Passive ]

    • Flow bar (and shield value) increased by 40 at all levels (up from 60 to 100 at level 1 and from 470 to 510 at level 18)

    [ Note ] Yasuo gains a percentage of his flow bar when moving. Effectively, this change is just a buff to his passive shield.

     

     

    Item Changes

    The rework of Hunter’s Machete and the new Mandrake Ward have both been reverted and will NOT come with Patch 5.8.

     

     Recurve Bow Final IconRecurve Bow

    • NEW RECIPE: Now builds out of two Daggers [ 450 Gold ] + 200 Gold Recipe
    • Now has a new UNIQUE passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 10 physical damage on-hit.

     

    Recurve Bow

     

    The changes to Recurve Bow have affected several build paths, which I’ve listed below.

     

    Blade of the Ruined King Final IconBlade of the Ruined King

    • NEW RECIPE: Now builds out of a Recurve Bow [ 900 Gold ] + Bilgewater Cutlass [ 1400 Gold ] + 700 Gold Recipe
    • Recipe cost decreased from 900 Gold to 700

     

    Blade of the Ruined King

     

    Devourer Enchantment Final IconEnchantment: Devourer

    • Recipe cost decreased from 500 Gold to 300

     

    Devourer

     

    Runaans Hurricane Final IconRunaan’s Hurricane

    • Item cost increased from 2400 Gold to 2500
    • Recipe cost decreased from 600 Gold to 500
    • Now has a new UNIQUE passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 10 physical damage on-hit. (old passive is still there)
    • Damage on old passive is now 0.5 of Total AD, decreased from 10 + 0.5 Total AD (10 on-hit damage was moved from the old passive to the new)

     

    Runaan Hurricane

     

    Wits End Final IconWit’s End

    • Recipe Cost decreased from 750 to 550

     

    Wits End

     


    Black Cleaver Final IconBlack Cleaver [ Reworked ]

    • Build Path changed: now builds out of Phage [ 1325 Gold ] and Kindlegem [ 850 Gold ].
    • Health increased from 200 to 400
    • Attack Damage decreased from 50 to 40
    • Cooldown Reduction increased from 10% to 20%
    • Recipe cost decreased from 1263 Gold to 825 (total cost unchanged)
    • UNIQUE Passive: Can now be stacked 6 times, up from 5, for a total of 30% armor reduction. Also, duration of stack now lasts 6 seconds, increased from 4
    • New UNIQUE Passive – Rage: Dealing physical damage grants 20 Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Assists on Cleaved enemy Champions or kills on any unit grant 60 Movement Speed for 2 seconds instead. This Movement Speed is halved (30) for Ranged Champions.

     

    Black Cleaver Tooltip

     

    Fairsight Orb Final IconFarsight Orb [ Trinket ]

    • Ward left by the trinket’s cast can no longer be targeted by allies

     

    Odyns Veil Final IconOdyn’s Veil [ Crystal Scar ]

    • Recipe cost decreased from 800 Gold to 450

     

    Righteous Glory Final IconRighteous Glory

    • Health decreased from 650 to 600

     

    Twin Shadows Final IconTwin Shadows [Dominion and Twisted Treeline-only change]

    • Recipe cost increased from 630 Gold to 730 [ total cost up from 2300 Gold to 2400 ]

     

     

    Miscellaneous

    A new tooltip has been added in the client that shows you what rewards you’ll get for playing matches.

     

    Tooltip for prelobby

     

    A new option has been added to the ‘Hotkeys’ section. Quick cast with Indicator allows you to hold down a button and, when you release it, the spell is fired.

     

    Quickshot Indicator

     

    To complement this feature, you can bind different hotkeys for using spells with a quicksast indicator and using them regularly (or with standard quickcast). You can do the same for your Summoner Spells.

    Quickcast Menu

     

     

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

     

    Champion Skin Sale March 20 Banner

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

     

    Akali Final Portrait

    Lucian Final Portrait

    Shyvana Final Portrait

     

    Dreadknight Garen – 487 RP

    Garen_4

     

    Giant Enemy Crabgot – 260 RP

    Urgot_1

     

    Glacial Malphite – 675 RP

    Malphite_5 (1)

     

     

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


     

    Free Champion Rotation February 10 Banner

    The following Champions will be free-to-play until February 10th:

     

    Anivia Final Portrait

    Corki Final Portrait

    Karma Final Portrait

    Lee Sin Final Portrait

    Lucian Final Portrait

    Nunu Final Portrait

    Orianna Final Portrait

    Rumble Final Portrait

    Sion Final Portrait

    Vel'Koz Final Portrait

     

     

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

     

     

    Free Champion Rotation December 23 Banner

    The following Champions will be free-to-play until December 23rd:

     

    Cho'Gath Final Portrait

    Jax Final Portrait

    Lucian Final Portrait

    Lulu Final Portrait

    Sivir Final Portrait

    Vi Final Portrait

    Xerath Final Portrait

    Zac Final Portrait

    Zilean Final Portrait

    Ziggs Final Portrait

     

     

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