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A new Champion is amassing his army for a fight on the Rift:

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Azir, The Emperor of the Sands

 

 

An oft-repeated legend stirs in the desert of Shurima. The swirling sands carry rumors of the ancient emperor Azir, somehow returned.


 

 

ar-passiveWill of the Emperor [ Passive ]

  • Cooldown reduction increases Azir’s attack speed.

Disc of the Sun –Azir raises a Sun Disc on the base of a destroyed turret (enemy inhibitor and nexus turrets are immune to this effect). Azir’s Sun Disc behaves like a turret, except that it deals increased damage and grants Azir gold on minion or champion kills. The Sun Disc lasts for a short while and if Azir is killed or moves too far away, it loses armor.

 

 

ar-qConquering Sands [ Q ]

Azir orders all Sand Soldiers to rush at target position. The soldiers damage and slow all enemies they smash through as they rush into the fray. Azir gains attack speed if the soldiers strike an enemy champion.

 

ar-wArise! [ W ]

Azir summons an untargettable Sand Soldier—a memory of a Shuriman warrior—from the ground. Azir uses his basic attack as a command, ordering soldiers to attack for him, piercing through their target and dealing damage in a line. Sand Soldiers attack even if Azir himself isn’t in basic attack range. The soldiers fade back to sand after a short while or when their emperor leaves them behind.

 

ar-eShifting Sands [ E ]

Azir feints, rushing to target Sand Soldier. If Azir collides with an enemy champion, he stops, knocking them up and gaining a shield.

 

ar-rEmperor’s Divide [ R ]

Azir calls forth a phalanx of shield-wielding soldiers who press forward, knocking back and damaging enemies. When the soldiers finish their charge, they stand as a wall, blocking enemy champion movement and dashes. Allies can pass through the wall and gain a speed boost when they do. These soldiers cannot be ordered to move or attack.

 

 

GAMEPLAY

 

Azir is a mage who summons Shuriman soldiers to control the battlefield and basic attack for him. The soldier’s piercing basic attacks furnish most of Azir’s damage potential, making him an outlier amongst mages as a right-click-focused champion. Azir’s spells, on the other hand, manipulate his and his soldiers’ positions to keep him safe and establish dangerous no-go zones for his enemies.
Azir establishes shifting zones of power through soldier placement, gaining control of the lane and farming with their assistance. For instance, a soldier placed near the enemy’s caster minions dares a lane opponent to harass or farm through the piercing spear. When the opposing laner missteps, Azir commands the attack, repositioning soldiers with Conquering Sands to make the most of the opportunity. Once a favorable trade or two unlocks kill potential, Azir utilizes Shifting Sands, knocking the enemy champion up and setting himself up to compel a Conquering Sands and finish them off. When the (ancient) coin is flipped, a quick Arise! and Shifting Sands rushes Azir out of danger.

Add Azir’s ultimate to the mix and the Shuriman leader exercises even more zone control. To go for the kill, start off with Arise! and Shifting Sands to position Azir behind his opponent. From there, Emperor’s Divide drives the foe deep into Azir’s side of the map. Pushed so far into Azir’s territory, the opposing champ’s sure to meet their end at a spear’s tip. If offense proves temporarily unwise, Azir’s ult provides safe passage from a fight, building a wall between Azir and his pursuers.

 

 

TEAMFIGHTS

 

As in lane, as in teamfights: Azir shines in battles tied to one physical location, where he can safely order his soldiers around and dispatch adversaries from afar. In that vein, Azir dominates Baron and Dragon fights, using his ultimate to lock enemy teams into (or out of) the pits. If teamfights take a roadtrip, Azir must be judicious with Arise! and Conquering Sands, moving his zone of control along with the combatants. Post-initiation, Azir’s an expert at punishing uncoordinated enemies. Shifting Sands—combined with Azir’s ultimate—separates enemy front-liners from their damage dealing dependents, dividing the enemy team for methodical conquering. With the baddies split, Azir charges his soldiers in for the kill, pumping out marksman-level sustained damage until none challenge his rule.

In jungle skirmishes, Azir sets up nasty ambushes with Conquering Sands, transforming convenient exits into spear-guarded gauntlets. Similarly, Emperor’s Divide wholly closes a jungle entrance, sealing Azir’s foes in with him. Trapped, they’re surely short work for Azir, his soldiers and their allies. If a fight goes south, Azir reliably disengages with his ultimate or beguiles baddies with Arise! and Shifting Sands, spiriting himself over a jungle wall.

Disc of the Sun doesn’t raise a turret quick enough to be of much use in teamfights, but sieges are a different story. When attacking enemy inhibitors, Azir can resurrect their inner turret, trapping the enemy team inside their crumbling base and making counter-engages a dangerous proposition. Conversely, when Azir’s base is under assault, Arise! and Shifting Sands help him jump the base wall and sneak around the siege to rebuild his own inner turret. Caught between the inhibitor turret and the Sun Disc, the enemy team can either scatter or be crushed.

 

 

SYNERGY

 

Works well with:

 

 

Yasuo – the Unforgiven

Picks are easy with this pair: Azir uses Shifting Sands, knocking up a foe, setting up Yasuo’s Last Breath and positioning himself between the thoroughly-screwed baddie and the rest of the enemy team. A timely Emperor’s Divide pushes the rest of the enemy team away as Yasuo safely slices and dices. Kill secured.

Sejuani – the Winter’s Wrath

When Sejuani crashes into a teamfight, layering Permafrost on an enemy team, she grants Azir all the time and safety he needs to set up soldiers for maximum damage output.

Sivir – the Battle Mistress

Sivir’s Ricochet and the soldier’s piercing attacks dish out a withering amount of AoE damage and break teamfights wide open. With the speed boost from On the Hunt, Azir and his soldiers can chase down any champs before putting them to the spear.

 

 

Struggles against:

 

 


Ziggs – the Hexplosives Expert

Ziggs simply outranges Azir with Bouncing Bomb, giving the emperor loads of trouble in lane phase. Azir shouldn’t expect to do much besides stand near his turret and farm against the diminutive demolition expert.

Kassadin – the Void Walker

With plentiful mobility and a potent shield, Kassadin’s equipped with tools to work around Azir’s zone-controlling, sustained-damage fighting style and bully him out of lane.

Maokai – the Twisted Treant

Azir thrives on his ability to move around fights with Shifting Sands. Between Twisted Advance, Arcane Smash and the damage reduction of Vengeful Maelstrom, Maokai enables his team to lock down and depose the emperor.

 

 

CHAMPION INSIGHT

 

 

Azir, designed by ZenonTheStoic

What does it mean to be the Emperor?

More than anything, an emperor has subjects. An emperor does not act; he commands. With that in mind, it made sense to focus gameplay on controlling the might of Shurima!

Internally, we call these champs “minion-mancers”. Once we knew Azir would take on this kind of kit, we knew it was time to look at what does and doesn’t work for these often-problematic designs:

Heimer taught us that auto-attacking, stationary minions tend to lead to defensive play. From the likes of Elise, Malzahar, and Yorick we learned that players do not appreciate minions that run off and do their own thing. Spiderlings ended up on a short leash and Voidlings follow Malefic Visions relentlessly. Finally, minions the player directly controls aren’t a great fit for League’s control scheme and lack the counterplay of “stay outside of this zone”.

Awareness around these problems allowed us to introduce appropriate trade-offs to Azir’s kit. With these weaknesses in place, we could make the soldiers very strong indeed; imagine if I told you that, given the right setup, your basic attack has 1200 range and hits units in an AOE.

Here’s how we approached the core loop of soldier generation and manipulation:

Arise! creates a sand soldier at a target location, from which the soldier projects threat in a circle–so far, so Heimerdinger. However, soldiers require an active input. Azir must right-click and go through a basic attack animation for soldiers to do anything. This makes both Azir and his enemy understand that a conscious command was given to the soldier. This also means that if Azir is stunned or running away, soldiers cease to be a threat. All of a sudden, Azir’s opponent can comfortably aggress.

Conquering Sands orders all soldiers to charge toward a target location, damaging and slowing enemies they pass through. This forces Azir to think carefully about when and where to send soldiers. Can Azir afford to use the spell for damage and slow or (Counterplay incoming!) will this allow the enemy to engage on Azir while his soldiers are temporarily unable to move?

Taken together, Arise! and Conquering Sands form a minion kit that gives enough control to make the emperor feel in control while leaving enough weaknesses to make enemies feel that aggression is an option.

Happy minion-mancing!

 

 

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

 

 

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Summary

 Riot is cracking down on 3rd party skin-selling websites and making codes unredeemable past July 23rd. Also, Ricklessabandon is on the community forums discussing the upcoming PBE changes to Muramana (and Manamune). IronStylus talks VU directions for Cho’Gath, Kassadin, Warwick, Pantheon and Zilean and explains why the Champion release schedule has been so inconsistent lately. Finally, in the Single Posts collection is a response to the “Featured Matches” presented on the client’s landing page and what LeBlanc’s poor win rate across ELO ranges can (or can’t) tell us about balance.

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Draggles New PortraitGetting scammed sucks. Unfortunately the internet is full of shady people who take advantage of others. At Riot we strive to protect players from these scammers, and recently we’ve noticed an increase in fraud around 3rd party skin sites and skin reselling. 



These sites promise limited edition skins for League of Legends, when in reality they acquire codes illegitimately and exploit players. They charge excessive prices (we found one skin for over $1,000!) and sometimes take payment and never provide the content. You can’t predict the outcome, and no purchase is ever guaranteed regardless of what the seller says. To make matters worse these services typically use bots. Bots are lame to play with and chew up additional server bandwidth, negatively impacting everyone.

Riot is taking action against these scammers at the source. We are working with multiple payment processors to inform them of the situation and recommend they no longer process fraudulent payments from these sites. Additionally we will be deactivating all previously issued skin codes starting today. If you have a skin code that you acquired legitimately please send a request to Player Support and include proof of ownership. We’d be happy to help redeem the content to your account, but please note after 07/23/14 we will no longer be redeeming codes for any reason. 

For more information about codes and how to send Player Support a request, check out our code cards FAQ.

Followup: Player Support will not be retroactively removing content and skins that have already been redeemed prior to this announcement.

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Yuka New PortraitHi iMonox!


We won’t be deactivating skins that you’ve already redeemed on your account using a code. What it means is that we’ll be deactivating all codes that currently exist. So anything that hasn’t been redeemed yet cannot be redeemed using the code in the normal way.

If you’ve recently attended an event and received a skin code from a Rioter, and you haven’t had a chance to redeem it yet, you can contact support. They will need to see proof that you own the code card (e.g. a photograph).

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Follow Up

Yuka New PortraitAny skins you have will not be removed from your account.

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Can I still redeem codes I have left

Yuka New PortraitGo try the codes in the client – if they don’t work, contact support and send them a photo of your codes with your summoner name written next to them. 

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How will skin code cards issued at events work

Yuka New PortraitCards issued at future events will have a set amount of days before they expire. (usually 5-7 days)

We are also experimenting with a digital alternative, which was trialed at Japan Expo in Paris last weekend.

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Why are you disabling working skin codes

Boompje New PortraitUnfortunately, many of them were obtained in ways we don’t want them to be obtained, as well as that a high amount of those transactions that happened “on the internet” are very shady, and often result in people losing their money without getting the skin they bought.

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How will you inform everyone of these changes

Yuka New PortraitHi Mooncloud!

A lot of our content creators have previously advertised skin shops in the past – we’re hoping that they will help spread the word via their channels. There’s also currently a thread on Reddit, and multiple Rioters are spreading the word on Twitter.

Most of these skin shops will be shutting down now as well. As was mentioned in the main post, we are also working with online payment processors to block payments going to 3rd party skin shops.

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What should I do if I have content that needs redeeming

Hollymonster New PortraitYou need to write in to get them redeemed now. We won’t process anymore of these after the 23rd as per the announcement.

Just make sure you submit the physical cards with a piece of paper and your Summoner name/Username so we can get your content asap.

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Offtopic How do you plan to resolve DDOS drophacks

Boompje New PortraitWe are very much aware of drop hacks and DDoSes and have regular meetings and activities to try and decrease the impact and amount of them. Unfortunately, this is not a trivial problem to solve  but I can tell you that we are working rather hard on this topic!

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Ricklessabandon New Portraithi friends~

tl;dr is that i’ve got some changes to muramana on the pbe and i’d love feedback for it! the most recent version of the changes should be in this post, along with a history of updates and a ‘frequently asked questions’ section. please leave any questions, comments, or concerns (on either the changes or this format for gathering feedback) in the comments section below!

and maybe it goes without saying, but these are all experimental and therefore highly subject to change! things like tuning, damage type, costs, etc could all be completely different by the time this ships (if any of it even ships at all)!

thanks in advance!

 muramana (last updated 2014.07.10 @ 03:06)

this will temporarily be off of the pbe while we prepare the 4.12 patch

 

Muramana[added] passive :: gains +10 bonus true damage (increased by 2% of maximum Mana if any number of azure stacks are active). also gain 1% attack speed for every stack of azure active.

[remade] active :: spend 60 mana to gain 10 stacks of azure, then doubles the current mana cost and stack gain of this active. azure has a fixed duration of 9 seconds, and when it expires this active resets its mana cost and stack gain and then goes on cooldown (30 second cooldown).

edit: to clarify, the passive mana-to-ad conversion from ‘awe’ is unchanged!

 

update! (2014.07.10 @ 03:06)

okay, got some really helpful stuff from the first iteration! i’m going to go forward with the build path changes to manamune in the 4.12 patch, and continue explorations with various muramana actives. the next version should hit the pbe sometime after 4.12 goes live. until then, i’ve updated the item details above.

also, there were several bugs affecting tear, manamune, and muramana due to a one-time refactor we did that should all be worked out. just need to get the new tooltips in after 4.12 ships and then things should look much more normal!

oh! one last thing… i did want to mention that i’ve been reading every comment posted here as well as any tweets that mention me and a handful of forum/reddit threads. i haven’t had time to directly respond to them unfortunately, but they’re definitely read and count for something!

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Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 2014.07.03 @ 15:05)

Q) why?

A) this turns out to be a fairly large question as there are a lot of reasons—the goal set for the changes hit a lot of things we’re hoping to explore/accomplish. to get the gist of it out up front, we want to create/improve the build foundations for mana-based champions. not just current kits that we ‘gate’ with mana, but also for a future in which we want to make mana more enjoyable/exciting (instead of it being like rationing out money to purchase food, imagine it being more like how to spend tokens at an arcade). some champions do this well on their own, but since a champion’s mana paradigm isn’t necessarily consistent across all kits there’s value in exploring systemic solutions to making mana much more interesting and meaningful.

of course, the ‘now’ is super important, so we’re doing this a piece at a time by exploring new ways to gain and spend mana in addition to your champion’s kit (which should already have awesome things like jayce’s shock blast through acceleration gate). the reason muramana is a candidate for this in addition to being a mana item is due to some issues with its current implementation (e.g., the item is most powerful when you don’t spend mana, but the reason a champion buys this is because they have really good ways to spend mana and they want to do that!) and because the item could stand to have more synergy/scaling with other items given its identity as a ‘late game’ item.

Q) which champions are intended to benefit from a change like this?

A) champions that care about heavily scaling their basic attacks throughout the game, and can also do cool things with their own abilities when they get a lot of mana. more specifically, this would apply to ezreal, corki, sivir, irelia, jayce, kog’maw, et al.

Q) what about current manamune/muramana users not in the above?

A) champions that tend to buy only one or two offensive items, and/or rely very heavily on spells (in relation to their reliance on basic attacks) likely won’t appreciate the attack speed and are more guarded about their mana usage. that leaves champions like urgot and yorick feeling a little awkward about the changes as a whole. that said, the build path change, extra attack damage, and new on-hit damage should theoretically help them out more over the course of the game than the muramana on live. as an urgot player that works next to a yorick player, this is definitely something we’re watching.

Q) what can apply the true damage?

A) basic attacks, single-target spells that deal physical damage, and any other abilities that applies on-hit effects. this is more or less the same as live muramana, but notably excludes single-target spells that deal magic damage (e.g., ryze’s overload or syndra’s unleashed power). this is primarily a preventative measure to keep abuse cases (like adding 420 true damage to syndra’s ult) from restricting the other tuning levers we want to use to make sure the item feels good on champions that should like buying muramana for everything it does. we know there are collateral effects to this (such as jayce’s thundering blow no longer triggering the effect) so we’ll be watching for data related to those specific cases to make sure things are still just fine for those cases.

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IronStylus New PortraitHi. I wanted to try out the new function that should be listed below this box that says “show as flat” and see how the system works. I wanted to see if a conversation could be had using either or both of the views.

While we’re here! we’ll have a general ChampUp pow-wow. All casual, this is mainly just to test, but if you have any questions/ideas/feedback we can also jam on those. I’ll be on here for a little bit then head to bed. I’ll check the thread in the morning also.

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Will Mundo be getting a Visual Update

IronStylus New PortraitWelp, I think he’s just a straight up fidelity update. I don’t think he’s slated for any time too soon, but at least I don’t think there’s a lot of challenge in just.. Mundo’ing up Mundo. Yeah, there’s just a lot of technical stuff I’d love to do with him. Bring him up to the goofy brute that he should be.

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What about Pantheon

IronStylus New PortraitHe’s sorta just a dude from 300 at this point. I’d really like to find a way to tie him more thematically into Targon. That’ll take some exploration though.

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Can Zilean be updated so he looks like a real time wizard

IronStylus New PortraitYeah.. the “old guy” fantasy is a hard one to capture. I think there might have to be something in there that moves him more into the “cool mage” sorta area. It’s fine being wise and older, but he’s not quite up there with characters like Captain Picard, Professor X, Sauramon, Magneto, or other more aged gents of wisdom and badassery, Might have to dial him just a bit younger or just make him feel a bit more fit, not so much afro-santa guy..

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Is Cho’Gath still being looked into for a Visual Update

Context: IronStylus mentioned awhile ago he was interested in updating Cho’Gath’s visuals. You can read the discussion here.

IronStylus New PortraitWell, we haven’t really even started concepting Cho, but he’ll have some pre-production work started on him soon. I still take the stance that I want him to be like a Kaiju of the Void. Whatever it entails to get that I’m up for! We have to scope it out though. That’s a big team discussion.

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Will Warwick have an evolving model in his VU

IronStylus New PortraitI’m not sure how much we’ll do with scaling or model changing in his normal state, though I’d like to see at least some body change. That’s just my opinion though! We haven’t yet full explored the ideas.

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Why hasn’t Kassadin still received a VU

IronStylus New PortraitHmm.. quoting in this thing is a bit awkward, gunna talk to the team about that.

Yeah, there’s a lot of discussion around Kassadin. For one, we could sorta just plug a new model onto him, but.. is that enough? Technically we’re not really happy with where he’s at in a number of places, especially animation. So the discussion is centered around scope. Since he floats it’s sort of a unique situation. It’d be REALLY nice to have a full fledged VU of him, but, is that too large of a production? Lots of questions being asked. That’s sort of what’s making up the discussion.

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Is there a list of Champions needing texture updates

IronStylus New PortraitNot really a list per se, more of just a general understanding that a lot of our textures need balancing. Right now there’s no one committed to doing TU’s 100%, my hope though would at some point to have a concentrated effort to adjust those textures.

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Why have we still heard nothing about the next Champion

IronStylus New PortraitIndeed, things have slowed down a bit. I’m not 100% up on the skinny, as you said I don’t work on the team really, but I think there’s a general desire to make sure things are super cohesive when a new champion comes out. I think that can take additional bake time. Aside from that I’m not privy to the nitty gritty of production, but I think one of the reasons Relaunch has become a bit more consistent is to help out the churning of new content. In some cases are team is pretty much making a new champion. My feeling is that things will always sort of be a hybrid of champions, skins and now relaunches as being integral parts of content packages.

I understand though. Champions are the biggest hype potential in terms of content, and can really have amazing promotional content, community discussion, and general excitement surround their build up and release. The champion release is still our biggest bang I feel. It feels like something huge is being added to the game, which it is.

For me personally, I miss some of the old days of slightly faster cadence, but I trust that the guys over on the Champion Team know what’s up and are fully aware of what their goals and deliverables are, and how fast those things should be put out.

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Give players updates on features Riot is currently working on

 

Pros:
– less overbumped threads about bugs
– people could track progress of any work
– Maybe RIOT could have an indicator about things that they began working on, but hasn’t finished it for a while, so they could pick up lost “threads” faster

Cons:
– I’m PRETTY sure that disappointed players would complain a lot about ongoing things they don’t consider important, while other things are not prioritized

Pros again:
– With this, RIOT could have a good feedback about what they should work on first

Cons again:
– There will always be people who are dissatisfied with the current priority list

 

Boompje New PortraitSo another big point I’d like to add to that:

We have a lot of stuff in development at any time, and by far not everything makes it to release. A few big and known examples are Magma Chamber or the Mac client (back in 2011). We really try not to raise any false expectations.

 

Another thing, although it’s easier to solve but not trivial, is a lack of context. Many people don’t know that it can easily take us way over a year for just 1 champion in development. The way we think about skins has also changed. When I just started playing league (back in 2009), skins were mostly recolours or just a small change in the skin. Nowadays, the skins are really a way higher quality.

Changing a feature from a technical point of view is also a lot more complicated than just.. assign it to an engineer and have it changed the next day. We have a ton of stuff all going on at the same time, so that list would also be very, very huge. And not everything will be going to release. Not at all.

Then another point to consider is that players may not know the context. Not everyone will understand that making a skin takes more than a few days of work, or that rewriting a large piece of software (hello Client!, see PBE news!) also is a huge piece of work, that also has implications on back-end and server workings.

For me, I’d feel a big blocker for doing this would be raising false expectations, or players having expectations that we in the end don’t meet. Also think of it from an Ultimate Skin point of view. PulseFire Ezreal and Spirit Guard Udyr are awesome skins, and the release events were a super nice experience. But it would be a lot more boring for players if they would be aware of how those skins were coming along in the moments before release.

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Can we see “Featured Matches” instead of LCS banners on the landing page

zerocontext: TL;DR: We definitely know some players care strongly about the Featured Matches on the current client landing page, and we’re still working on the experience!

Okay, here’s our general design philosophy behind how we want to surface content (both on the landing page and elsewhere, like the website): We want all players to have an easy and intuitive way of finding the experiences that they enjoy, which could of course include Featured Matches.

One complication is that only a slim percentage of players frequently interact with Featured Matches, which doesn’t mesh well with how much visual space we give to them at present (which we could be devoting to other exciting features). So, we think a happy medium can exist in which players who docare about spectating high-skill matches have an easy way to do so, while players who care more about other experiences don’t face the distraction of an über-prominent Featured Matches area on the landing page. Again, we’re still exploring how this experience might work in the new design.

We think the new client landing page that’s heading to PBE (and the new tech supporting it) will be flexible enough to allow us to do a better job of serving up more experiences that more players find relevant. It’ll take us a bit of time to fine-tune our approach, though, so I hope you’ll bear with us… and continue giving us regular feedback as we work to improve the experience. Fortunately, you won’t have long to wait before you can start judging for yourself the success of our initial efforts! 🙂

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LeBlanc performs poorly in both low and high ELO

Apothis New PortraitI think LeBlanc’s low win rate and popularity in LCS is likely an example of high skill floor and high skill cap. I definitely wouldn’t say that LeBlanc is a weak champion because her win rate is below 50%. I think you’re right, that most players playing LeBlanc haven’t played the champion enough to get the most out of her. However, players that ARE very good at the champion make her very threatening.

An interesting way of thinking about this would be to look at how win rate for a champion changed with the number of games played with that champion. With LeBlanc, you might see that, once players had played 100 or so games, their win rate with LeBlanc is ~70% (controlling for ELO). On the other hand, once players had played 100 or so games with Garen, the win rate might only increase to 55%.

Garen’s average win rate might be higher and his win rate might be higher if you’ve only played 5-10 games with him (vs. LB), but I wouldn’t immediately conclude he was the stronger champ. For a player without much experience with either champ trying to optimize for a single game, maybe Garen is a better choice. But for a player thinking about choosing a champ to climb ranked with (or a pro-team figuring out a comp) maybe LB is stronger. What do you think?

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New Champion Teaser

Link to official announcement.

 

 

“With the Freljord’s winter closing in and an almighty battle raging around him, one brave poro bounds on in his eternal search for snacks.”

 

 

The news is labeled under “Champion Preview” and, based on the footage, I have two theories what this new Champion will be:

 

Figure in Poro Spotlight

Burly Man, Not Likely a New Champ

Poro Champ Best Champ

Poro Champion – Obvious Choice

 

Which one would you rather play? I know I’d like to be fed cookies by teammates. In all seriousness, if we are getting a burly man in the League that helps people, it can mean only one thing – Riot is making ANGUS!

 

Angus Comic – by the Man & Legend OrbitalDropKick

 

Angus Manly Comic for Men

Angus Manly Comic for Men

 


I couldn’t find a link to this comic, but here’s the thread it was attached to. You may remember OrbitalDropKick from classic literature such as OHRI THE NINE TALED CAT LADY, PLS NERF Trondomore the Wild Man Empreror and RIOT HLEP PLS: RE: ELSIE, how can 2 champion?


If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo.

 

 

Lissandra banner Release

The Ice Witch is, indeed, Riot’s 114th!

 

Lissandra is a flexible, mana-efficient mage with abilities that emphasize crowd control, kiting and mobility over raw damage.

 

Abilities

 

PassiveIceborn (Passive):

  • After a brief cooldown, Lissandra’s next ability costs no mana. Hitting an enemy with movement impairing abilities reduces Iceborn’s cooldown.

 

QIce Shard (Q):

  • Lissandra throws a spear of ice that shatters on contact with the first enemy struck, dealing damage and slowing their movement speed for a short duration. Enemies behind the struck target also take damage.

 

WRing of Frost (W):

  • Lissandra freezes the area around her, dealing damage to nearby enemies and rooting them for a short duration.

 

EGlacial Path (E):

  •  Lissandra casts a slow-moving, long-range ice claw in a line, dealing damage to all enemies in its path. Re-activating Glacial Path teleports Lissandra to the claw’s current location.

 

RFrozen Tomb (R):

  • On enemy cast: Lissandra freezes an enemy champion, damaging and stunning them briefly. Dark Ice emanates from the target, dealing damage and slowing nearby enemies.
  • On self-cast: Lissandra encases herself in ice, rooting herself in place briefly and becoming untargetable and invulnerable. Dark Ice emanates from Lissandra, dealing damage and slowing nearby enemies.

 

 

Gameplay

 

Mid lane: Lissandra’s mobility and crowd control skills make her an ideal choice for aggressive, roaming mid play. By shoving the lane with her AoE abilities, the Ice Witch can create the space she needs to make a move on top or bottom lane. The long range blink from Glacial Path lets her get the drop on enemies from unexpected angles by jumping terrain or by circumventing typical ward locations. Once the ambush has been sprung, Lissandra’s potent combination of slows, roots and stuns allows her to stick to an opponent and close out the kill.

Top lane: Lissandra’s passive allows her to be much less dependent on blue buff compared to many of her AP counterparts, making her an excellent, self-sufficient choice for top lane. Despite her low base durability, the long range blink on Glacial Path helps Lissandra stay safe by pulling off daring escapes. If she’s caught in a gank, Lissandra can freeze her would-be killers in place with Ring of Frost before disappearing over terrain with a well-placed Glacial Path.

The area of effect damage on Ice Shard also allows Lissandra to guard turrets even when pressured, or press the lane in an attempt to lure enemy junglers into a counter-gank. When an opponent takes the bait, Lissandra can cast Frozen Tomb on herself, ensuring her own survival as she uses her other abilities to set up kills.

Team fights: Lissandra isn’t the type of mage who immediately blows up high-value targets, but instead has the potential to lay down impressive amounts of damage and crowd control on grouped up opponents. The AoE aspect to Ice Shard keeps enemies pinned down through repeated area damage and slow effects while she waits for the opportune moment to unleash her full combo. Once she sees an opening, Lissandra can use Glacial Path to close in and lock down a high-value target with Frozen Tomb. If the opposing team starts to focus her, Lissandra can instead use Frozen Tomb on herself, juking the initial burst before escaping with Ring of Frost.

If you’re looking for a mage who favors crowd control, mobility and kiting over raw burst damage, Lissandra is sure to make a welcome addition to your lineup.

 

Story

 

lissandra_lore1Lissandra’s magic twists the pure power of ice into something dark and terrible. With the force of her black ice, she does more than freeze – she impales and crushes those who oppose her. To the terrified denizens of the north, she is known only as “The Ice Witch.” The truth is much more sinister: Lissandra is a corruptor of nature who plots to unleash an ice age on the world.

Centuries ago, Lissandra betrayed her tribe to evil creatures, known as the Frozen Watchers, in return for power. That was the last day that warm blood ran through her veins. With her corrupted tribesmen and the strength of the Watchers, she swept across the land like a terrible blizzard. As her empire spread, the world grew colder and ice choked the land. When the Watchers were defeated by ancient heroes, Lissandra did not lose faith and swore to prepare the world for their return.

Lissandra worked to purge all knowledge of the Watchers from the world. Using magic to take human form, she masqueraded as numerous seers and elders. Over the course of generations, she rewrote the stories of the Freljord, and so the history of its people changed. Today the fragmented retellings of the Watchers are seen as children’s tales. But this deception wasn’t enough – Lissandra also needed an army.

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She set her sights on the noble Frostguard tribe. Lissandra knew corrupting the Frostguard would take centuries, and so she launched her greatest deception. She murdered and stole the identity of the Frostguard leader. Then she slowly began to warp the tribe’s proud traditions. When her human form grew old, she faked her own death and then murdered her successor to steal her identity. With each generation, the Frostguard grew more insular, cruel and twisted. Today, the world still sees them as a noble and peaceful tribe that guards against evil creatures like the Ice Witch. In truth, they now serve the witch and long for the glorious return of the Watchers.

Lissandra knows that on that day nations will fall and the world will be reborn in ice.

“Close your eyes and let the cold take you.” – Lissandra

 

Overview & Personal thoughts

 

Lissandra seems a mobile hard CC champion with limited damage output. As such, standard heavy AP builds will likely be lackluster on her and she’ll instead favor tankier choices such as Abyssal Scepter and Rylai‘s. Her combo will require her to get up-close and personal with her enemy, meaning she’ll be more of a top lane choice.

With Ring of Frost (W) and Glacial Path (E) being both situational, risky to use skills, it’s clear that Lissandra players will need to score consistent hits with Q to keep up with harassment and fuel their passive. The good news is that Ice Shard will probably be fairly forgiving in the sense that it will hit enemies behind the first target as well. Examples of this would be Graves’s ultimate and Miss Fortune’s Double-up. I predict a sort of Kennen/Nidalee style gameplay early on, when Lissandra will most likely suffer from low base stats.

Much like Elise, playing Lissandra will need a more methodical approach than simply going all-in. Withering the enemy down with Ice Shards before starting a Glacial Path -> Ring of Frost -> Frozen Tomb combo seems mandatory, as the damage from these spells alone likely won’t be anything worth writing home about. Interesting choices such as whether to use the ultimate for its nuking potential or to shrug off incoming damage with the Zhonya active or mastering Ice Shard so that it keeps as many targets slowed during teamfights as possible are definitely a recipe for fun gameplay.

Lissandra seems a ranged Sejuani of sorts, capable of holding dangerous targets at bay during teamfights, all the while protecting herself and doing sustained damage with Q and R. Her burst, Frozen Tomb included, might be enough to take out an enemy squishy, but her real purpose seems to be CC-ing the opposing team and protecting the friendly carry. Her supportive-mage hybrid nature will make itemizing a more dynamic task as well.

So where would she fit? On the one hand Lissandra might be a competent mid with multiple ways of securing kills during jungle ganks or when roaming herself. On the other, her damage will most likely fall of towards the late game, meaning she’s in a bad position as a carry. Since Iceborn somewhat negates the uses of an Ancient Golem buff, this lane likely won’t be where Lissandra reigns supreme.

Now the idea of squishy mages going top is generally frowned upon, but Lissandra’s kit seems somewhat decent at countering aggressive melee champion – kiting with Ring of Frost and Glacial Path while constantly poking with Ice Shards might be enough to hold back even the mightiest of Demacian Behemoths (I’m looking at you, J4). Of course, she comes with the benefit of escaping enemy ganks at will with Glacial Path and, if tower dived, use Ring of Frost and Frozen Tomb to buy extra time. Definitely an unortodox choice for the top lane, I’m interested in how much this idea will garner popularity.

Now where I best picture Lissandra is on the bottom lane, supporting the carry. Think about it – her kit is ridiculous for aggressive lanes. Even without the poke damage from Ice Shards, just a Glacial Path – Ring of Frost combo seems just as potent as Leona’s stunlock. Of course, Lissandra will be far squishier, but to compensate, her damage will be much higher than most supports (ahem Sona).

 

These are my initial thoughts on this release, but stay tuned for a full overview of this latest champion when she becomes available on the PBE!