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PBE Round-up: Patch 6.7

April 3rd, 2016

 

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Patch 6.7 will be out in the early hours of April 6th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

Balance

Store Content

Miscellaneous

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Aurelion Sol Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxStarsurgeStarsurge [ Q ]

  • Stun duration decreased from 1.0/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds to 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5.

 

 

Nerf BoxVoice_of_LightVoice of Light [ R ]

  • Slow duration changed from 4 seconds (decaying-over-time) to 2 seconds (non-decaying);
  • Slow strength decreased from 60/70/80% to 40/50/60%.

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHextech Shrapnel Shells Final IconHextech Munitions [ Passive ]

  • Auto attacks no longer deal 10% bonus damage.

 

 

 

Irelia Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBladesurgeBladesurge [ Q ]

  • AD ratio increased from 1.0 to 1.2;
  • Mana cost decreased from 60/65/70/75/80 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

Jhin Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDancing Grenade Final IconDancing Grenade [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 60/85/110/135/160 to 50/75/100/125/150;
  • Mana Cost increased from 30/35/40/45/50 to 40/45/50/55/60.

 

Buff BoxCaptive Audience Final IconCaptive Audience [ E ]

  • Mana Cost decreased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 30/35/40/45/50.

 

 

 

Kindred Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxLambs Respite Final IconLamb’s Respite [ R ]

  • Will now only be castable on Kindred, not on other allies (clicking the spell now self-casts it on Kindred).

 

 

Lux Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalPrismatic Barrier Final IconPrismatic Barrier [ W ]

  • The projectile will now travel slower away from Lux and faster when it returns [source].

 

 


Nidalee Final Champion Portrait

 

Change BoxPounce Final IconPounce [ Cougar W ] 

  • Base damage changed from 65/110/155/200 to 60/110/160/210.

 

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxIron Ambassador Final IconIron Ambassador [ Passive ]

  • Bonus auto-attack range decreased from 400 to 300.

 

 

Buff BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

    • Base Damage changed from 40/60/80/100/120  [+6% of Max HP] to 35/55/75/95/115 [+7% of Max HP].

 

Nerf BoxHeroic Charge Final IconHeroic Charge [ E ]

  • Range decreased from 525 to 425.

 

 

 

Rammus Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTremors Final IconTremors [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 60 seconds at all ranks to 100/80/60.

 

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxStarcall Final IconStarcall [ Q ]

  • Mana cost increased from 40 at all ranks to 40/45/50/55/60.

 

 

Nerf BoxAstral Infusion Final IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

  • Mana Cost increased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

 

Udyr Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health-per-second decreased from 1.75 to 1.2.

 

Nerf BoxPhoenix Stance Final IconPhoenix Stance [ R ]

  • Base damage-per-second decreased from 15/25/35/45/55 to 10/20/30/40/50;
  • Magic damage on third-hit proc decreased from 40/75/110/145/180 to 25/60/95/130/165.

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxLiving Shadow Final IconLiving Shadow [ W ]

  • Passive Bonus AD boost decreased from 5/10/15/20/25% to 4/8/12/16/20%;
  • Cooldown increased from 18/17/16/15/14 seconds to 22/20/18/16/14.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Quality of Life Box FinalDead Mans Plate Final IconDead Man’s Plate

  • Tooltip updated to reflect that blinds and silences don’t cause the passive stacks to decay.

 

 

Nerf BoxMaw of Malmortius Final IconMaw of Malmortius

  • Magic Resist decreased from 50 to 40.
  • Lifegrip passive no longer grants 25% Attack Speed until you exit combat.

 

 

MASTERY CHANGES Banner

 

Nerf BoxWarlords Bloodlust Final IconWarlord’s Bloodlust

  • Lifesteal effectiveness for ranged Champions against minions decreased from 50% to 25%.

 

 

 

MECHA ZERO SION Banner

Mecha Zero Sion is a legendary skin will be available in store for 1820 RP.

 

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MODEL AND EMOTES Banner

Mecha Sion Model 1 Mecha Sion Model 2

Mecha Sion Model 3 Mecha Sion Model 4

Mecha Sion Model 5 Mecha Sion Model 6

Mecha Sion Model 7 Mecha Sion Model 8

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Mecha Sion Recall 1 Mecha Sion Recall 2

 

HOMEGUARD MOVE ANIMATION Banner

 

GLORY IN DEATH PASSIVE

Mecha Sion Passive 1

 

DECIMATING SMASH Q

Mecha Sion Q 1 Mecha Sion Q 2

Mecha Sion Q 3 \

 

SOUL FURNACE W

Mecha Sion W 1 Mecha Sion W 2

Mecha Sion W 3 Mecha Sion W 5

Mecha Sion W 4

 

ROAR OF THE SLAYER E

Mecha Sion E 1 Mecha Sion E 2 (1)

 

UNSTOPPABLE ONSLAUGHT R

 

Here’s his new voice-over (video by SkinSpotlights):

 

Here’s login theme for Mecha Zero Sion by frostyNinja:

 

And here’s the music from the login screen:

 

Here’s the still image from the animation:

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PROGRAM LISSANDRA Banner

Program Lissandra features a robot VO filter and will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

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MODEL Banner

Program Lissandra Model 1 Program Lissandra Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Program Lissandra Recall 1 Program Lissandra Recall 2

Program Lissandra Recall 3 Program Lissandra Recall 4

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Program Lissandra Basic Attack 1

 

ICE SHARD Q

Program Lissandra Q 1 Program Lissandra Q 2

 

RING OF FROST W

Program Lissandra W 2 Program Lissandra W 1

 

GLACIAL PATH E

Program Lissandra E 1 Program Lissandra E 2

Program Lissandra E 3 Program Lissandra E 4

 

FROZEN TOMB R

Program Lissandra R 1 Program Lissandra R 3

Program Lissandra R 4 Program Lissandra R 5

 

 

PROGRAM SORAKA Banner

Program Soraka features a robot VO filter and will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

Soraka_Splash_6 Soraka_6

 

MODEL Banner

Program Soraka Model 1 Program Soraka Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

 

Recall Banner

Program Soraka Recall 1 Program Soraka Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Program Soraka Basic Attack 1

 

SALVATION PASSIVE

Program Soraka Passive 1

 

STARCALL Q

Program Soraka Q 1 Program Soraka Q 2

Program Soraka Q 3

 

ASTRAL INFUSION W

Program Soraka W 1 Program Soraka W 2

 

EQUINOX E

Program Soraka E 1 Program Soraka E 2

Program Soraka E 3 Program Soraka E 4

 

WISH R

Program Soraka R 1 Program Soraka R 2

 

 

MECHA ZERO WARD Banner

The Mecha Zero Ward skin will be available in store for 640 RP.

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

Four new Mecha-style icons will be in store soon. No idea how to get them yet, but you’ll most likely have to transform your money into RP:

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New icons for the teams participating in the MSI tournament will be released shortly after Patch 6.7. As always, they’ll likely be in store for 250 RP and a portion of the proceeds will go to the respective teams.

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MISCELLANEOUS Banner

There is now an MSI logo in the middle of Summoner’s Rift:

 

MSI Logo

 

Global Splash Update Incoming

Riot JxE Final PortraitHey folks,

As many of you (especially fans of the Chinese LoL scene) may know, some of our older skin and champion splash arts are different across the world. This is a big deal – splash art is one of most important tools we have for conveying a champion’s fantasy and personality in League. We want players to have a global, unified experience – it’s confusing when (ex.) Taric or Goth Annie have vastly divergent representations of their power and feel depending on which region you play League in.

Splashes are used everywhere: from champ select to the loading screen, portrait icons, the store, and more recently Hextech Crafting. With that in mind, we’ll be updating a large number of our older splash arts to unify them across all regions. You should be seeing the first batch in today’s PBE (and onward throughout the patch 6.7 PBE cycle), with another batch coming later in patch 6.8!

Edit: Thanks for the feedback everyone. We won’t be making any reverts or changes during this round, but this feedback will help our splash artists prioritize what to upgrade when they get the chance. I mentioned this in a comment, the benefit of making these changes is to eliminate a pipeline that has been causing us internal pain. We know some of these aren’t as nice and the art style is off, but choosing one splash or the other was the fastest way to kill this pipeline. We want to focus on new content and features, not firefighting and changes like this help us do that.

[ Link to Post ]

 

Here’s a tweet to explain the change:

 

And here are all the splash arts from today’s patch that have received changes:

 

Ahri

Ahri 1 Ahri 2

 

Akali

Akali 1 Akali 2

Akali 3

 

Alistar

Alistar 1

 

Amumu

Amumu 1 Amumu 2

Amumu 3 Amumu 4

 

Annie

Annie 1 Annie 2

 

Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank 1

 

Caitlyn

Caitlyn 1 Caitlyn 2

 

Cho’Gath

Chogath 1

 

Corki

Corki 1

 

Dr. Mundo

Dr Mundo 1

 

Evelynn

Evelynn 1 Evelynn 2

 

Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks 1

 

Garen

Garen 1 Garen 2

 

Gragas

Gragas_Splash_2

 

Hecarim

Hecarim 1

 

Irelia

Irelia 1 Irelia 2

 

Janna

Janna 1 Janna_Splash_2

 

Jarvan IV

JarvanIV_Splash_3

 

Jax

Jax_splash_6

 

Karma

Karma 1 Karma 2

 

Karthus

Karthus 1 Karthus 2

Karthus 3 Karthus 4

 

Kayle

Kayle_Splash_3

 

Kennen

Kennen_Splash_2

 

Kog’Maw

KogMaw_Splash_5

 

LeBlanc

Leblanc_Splash_1

 

Lee Sin

Lee Sin 1 LeeSin_Splash_2

 

Master  Yi

Master Yi 1 Master Yi 2

Master Yi 3

 

Miss Fortune

Master Yi 4 Miss Fortune 1

Miss Fortune 2 MissFortune_Splash_2

 

Mordekaiser

Mordekaiser 1

 

Morgana

Morgana 1 Morgana 2

 

Nocturne

Nocturne 1

 

Nunu

Nunu_Splash_1 Nunu_Splash_2

Nunu_Splash_4

 

Rammus

Rammus_Splash_3 Rammus_Splash_4

 

Wukong

Wukong 1 Wukong 2

 


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

 

 

Balance

  • Champion Changes

 

[ 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.

 

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Check out Mecha Zero Sion, Program Lissandra & Program Soraka!

 


Champion Changes

 

Aurelion Sol Final Portrait


Nerf BoxStarsurgeStarsurge [ Q ]

  • Stun duration decreased from 1.0/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds to 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5.

 


Nerf BoxVoice_of_LightVoice of Light [ R ]

  • Slow duration changed from 4 seconds (decaying-over-time) to 2 seconds (non-decaying);
  • Slow strength decreased from 60/70/80% to 40/50/60%.

 


Kindred Final Portrait

 

Revert BoxDance of Arrows [ Q ]Dance of Arrows Final Icon

  • Damage changed from 50/80/110/140/170 [+0.4 Total AD] to 60/90/120/150/180 [+0.2 Total AD] (revert on the change in this PBE update).

 

 

Nidalee Final Champion Portrait

 

Change BoxPounce Final IconPounce [ Cougar W ] 

  • Base damage changed from 65/110/155/200 to 60/110/160/210.

 

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait


Change BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

  • Base Damage changed from 40/60/80/100/120  [+6% of Max HP] to 35/55/75/95/115 [+7% of Max HP].


 


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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Balance

Miscellaneous

 

[ 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.

 

PBE Reference Banner 23 03

Check out Mecha Zero Sion, Program Lissandra & Program Soraka!

 


Champion Changes

 

Irelia Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBladesurgeBladesurge [ Q ]

  • AD ratio increased from 1.0 to 1.2;
  • Mana cost decreased from 60/65/70/75/80 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHammer Shock [ Q ]Hammer Shock Final Icon

  • Base damage increased from 35/55/75/95/115 to 40/60/80/100/120. [change compared to this PBE update, live value is 40/65/90/115/140]

 

 

Udyr Final Portrait


Revert BoxMonkey’s Agility [ Passive ]
Monkey Agility Final Icon

 

 

Nerf BoxPhoenix Stance Final IconPhoenix Stance [ R ]

  • Magic damage on third-hit proc decreased from 40/75/110/145/180 to 25/60/95/130/165.

 

 

 

MASTERY CHANGES Banner

 

Nerf BoxWarlords Bloodlust Final IconWarlord’s Bloodlust

  • Lifesteal value for ranged Champions against minions decreased from 50% to 25%.

 

 

 

Global Splash Update Incoming

Riot JxE Final PortraitHey folks,

As many of you (especially fans of the Chinese LoL scene) may know, some of our older skin and champion splash arts are different across the world. This is a big deal – splash art is one of most important tools we have for conveying a champion’s fantasy and personality in League. We want players to have a global, unified experience – it’s confusing when (ex.) Taric or Goth Annie have vastly divergent representations of their power and feel depending on which region you play League in.

Splashes are used everywhere: from champ select to the loading screen, portrait icons, the store, and more recently Hextech Crafting. With that in mind, we’ll be updating a large number of our older splash arts to unify them across all regions. You should be seeing the first batch in today’s PBE (and onward throughout the patch 6.7 PBE cycle), with another batch coming later in patch 6.8!

Edit: Thanks for the feedback everyone. We won’t be making any reverts or changes during this round, but this feedback will help our splash artists prioritize what to upgrade when they get the chance. I mentioned this in a comment, the benefit of making these changes is to eliminate a pipeline that has been causing us internal pain. We know some of these aren’t as nice and the art style is off, but choosing one splash or the other was the fastest way to kill this pipeline. We want to focus on new content and features, not firefighting and changes like this help us do that.

[ Link to Post ]

 

Here’s a tweet to explain the change:

 

And here are all the splash arts from today’s patch that have received changes:

 

Ahri

Ahri 1 Ahri 2

 

Akali

Akali 1 Akali 2

Akali 3

 

Alistar

Alistar 1

 

Amumu

Amumu 1 Amumu 2

Amumu 3 Amumu 4

 

Annie

Annie 1 Annie 2

 

Blitzcrank

Blitzcrank 1

 

Caitlyn

Caitlyn 1 Caitlyn 2

 

Cho’Gath

Chogath 1

 

Corki

Corki 1

 

Dr. Mundo

Dr Mundo 1

 

Evelynn

Evelynn 1 Evelynn 2

 

Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks 1

 

Fiora

Fiora 1

 

Garen

Garen 1 Garen 2

 

Hecarim

Hecarim 1

 

Irelia

Irelia 1 Irelia 2

 

Janna

Janna 1

 

Karma

Karma 1 Karma 2

 

Karthus

Karthus 1 Karthus 2

Karthus 3 Karthus 4

 

Lee Sin

Lee Sin 1

 

Master  Yi

Master Yi 1 Master Yi 2

Master Yi 3

 

Miss Fortune

Master Yi 4 Miss Fortune 1

Miss Fortune 2

 

Mordekaiser

Mordekaiser 1

 

Morgana

Morgana 1 Morgana 2

 

Nocturne

Nocturne 1

 

Wukong

Wukong 1 Wukong 2

 

 

Parties Live on PBE

Limely: Hi everyone!

Back when we announced the 2016 Season Update, we shared early plans to introduce parties to League, and it’s time to start testing on PBE!

Parties simplify the way small groups of friends stick together between games. This first test rolls out some foundational features, and we’ll continue building out how parties work and what they can do for you.

During this test on PBE, one player hosts a party, inviting friends to a group chat that persists through games (but not login sessions). With a party assembled, the party leader goes through the normal flow of starting a game and then every player in the party queues up together. After the game parties stick together, keep their group chat, and can easily queue into game all over again (whether you want to play Summoner’s Rift again or swap into ARAM or Twisted Treeline).

We’ve encountered a few more technical constraints than we initially accounted for, and this first test on the PBE may have some bumps along the way–in fact, based on the results of this iteration, we may have to change our approach to Parties entirely. Likewise, we may be enabling/disabling Parties at different times throughout the test based on performance.

Please let us know any bugs you encounter or any other feedback you have about Parties on PBE. Thanks for helping test the new feature, and we’ll see you (and your party) on the Rift!

Limely :3

[ Link to Post ]

 

Here’s login theme for Mecha Zero Sion by frostyNinja:

 

And here’s the music from the login screen:

 

Here’s the still image from the animation:

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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.

 

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Check out Mecha Zero Sion, Program Lissandra & Program Soraka!

 


Champion Changes

 

Jhin Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDancing Grenade Final IconDancing Grenade [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 60/85/110/135/160 to 50/75/100/125/150;
  • Mana Cost increased from 30/35/40/45/50 to 40/45/50/55/60.

 

Buff BoxCaptive Audience Final IconCaptive Audience [ E ]

  • Mana Cost decreased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 30/35/40/45/50.

 

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxIron Ambassador Final IconIron Ambassador [ Passive ]

  • Bonus auto-attack range decreased from 400 to 300.

 

 

Nerf BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 40/65/90/115/140 to 35/55/75/95/115.

 

 

Nerf BoxHeroic Charge Final IconHeroic Charge [ E ]

  • Range decreased from 525 to 425.

 

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxAstral Infusion Final IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

  • Mana Cost increased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxMaw of Malmortius Final IconMaw of Malmortius

  • Magic Resist decreased from 50 to 40.
  • Lifegrip passive no longer grants 25% Attack Speed until you exit combat.

 


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 6.3

February 5th, 2016

 

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

 

Balance

Store Content

Miscellaneous

 

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

 


Champion Changes

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

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

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

 

Buff BoxShadow Dance Final IconShadow Dance [ R ]

  • Dash speed increased from 1600 to 2000.

 

 

 

Alistar Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalHeadbutt Final IconHeadbutt [ W ]

  • W + Q combo is now easier to chain.

 

 

Nerf BoxTriumphant Roar Final IconTriumphant Roar [ E ]

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

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxPhosphorus Bomb Final IconPhosphorus Bomb [ Q ]

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

 


Nerf BoxMissile Barrage Final IconMissile Barrage [ R ]

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

 

 

 

Ekko Final Champion Portrait

 

Buff BoxTimewinder Final IconTimewinder [ Q ]

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

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBarrel Roll Final IconBarrel Roll [ Q ]

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

 

Buff BoxDrunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

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

 
Here’s the new AoE change on [ W ]:

Gragas smacking W
 


Graves Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxNew Destiny Final IconNew Destiny [ Passive ]

  • Shotgun pellets no longer knock back the Rift Scuttler.

 

 

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

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

 

Buff BoxQuickdraw Final IconQuickdraw [ E ]

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

 

 

 

Illaoi Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTest of Spirit Final IconTest of Spirit [ E ]

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

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRelentless Assault Final IconRelentless Assault [ Passive ]

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

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRenewal Final IconRenewal [ R + W ]

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

 

 

Kogmaw Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxCaustic Spittle Final IconCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

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

 

Nerf BoxHeroic Charge Final IconHeroic Charge [ E ]

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

 

 

Nerf BoxKeepers Verdict Final IconKeeper’s Verdict [ R ]

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

 

 

 

Rengar Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBola_StrikeBola Strike [ E ]

  • Cast delay while jumping decreased from 0.25 to 0.125.

 

 

 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxArcane Mastery Final IconArcane Mastery [ Passive ]

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

 

Buff BoxDesperate Power Final IconDesperate Power [ R ]

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

 

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

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

 

Buff BoxBattle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

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

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

 

Change BoxAudacious Charge Final IconAudacious Charge [ E ]

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

 

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDeath Mark Final IconDeath Mark [ R ]

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

 

 

 

Ziggs Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMega Inferno Bomb Final IconMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

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

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxBoots of Swiftness Final IconBoots of Swiftness

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

 

 

Buff BoxBoots of Mobility Final IconBoots of Mobility

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

 

 

Nerf BoxDead Mans Plate Final IconDead Man’s Plate

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

 

New Item BoxDuskblade of Draktharr Final IconDuskblade of Draktharr

Grants 75 Attack Damage and 5% Movement Speed;

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

UNIQUE Passive: Grants 10 Armor Penetration;

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

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

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


Dusk in Store

 

Change BoxFrozen Heart Final IconFrozen Heart

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

 

Nerf BoxIonian Boots of Lucidity Final IconIonian Boots of Lucidity

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

 

 

Buff BoxKircheis Shard Final IconKircheis Shard

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

 

 

Buff BoxPhantom Dancer Final IconPhantom Dancer

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

 

Buff BoxRanduins Omen Final IconRanduin’s Omen

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

 

Nerf BoxRapid Firecannon Final IconRapid Firecannon

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

 

Quality of Life Box FinalRavenous Hydra Final IconRavenous Hydra

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

 

Buff BoxSeekers Armguard Final IconSeeker’s Armguard

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

 
Seekers Armguard New Recipe


Buff BoxStatikk_ShivStatikk Shiv

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

 

Buff BoxSunfire Cape Final IconSunfire Cape

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

 

 

Buff BoxWardens Mail Final IconWarden’s Mail

  • Cost decreased from 1100 Gold to 1000.

 

 

 

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Quality of Life Box FinalBond of Stone Final IconBond of Stone

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

 

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

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

 

Expose Weakness

 

 

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Dragon Final IconDragon Buffs

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

 

 

SWEETHEART SONA Banner

Sweetheart Sona will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

Sona_Splash_7 Sona_7

 

MODEL Banner

Sweetheart Sona Model 1 Sweetheart Sona Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Sweetheart Sona Recall 1 Sweetheart Sona Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 1 Heartseeker Sona Basic Attack 2

 

HYMN OF VALOR Q

Sweetheart Sona Q 2 Heartseeker Sona Q 2

 

ARIA OF PERSERVERANCE W

Sweetheart Sona W 2 Heartseeker Sona W 2

 

SONG OF CELERITY E

Sweetheart Sona E 2 Heartseeker Sona E 2

 

CRESCENDO R

Sweetheart Sona R 2 Sweetheart Sona R 1

 

 

HEARTSEEKER ORIANNA Banner

Heartseeker Orianna will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

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MODEL Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Model 1 Heartseeker Orianna Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Recall 1 Heartseeker Orianna Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Heartseeker Orianna Basic Attack 1

 

COMMAND ATTACK Q

Heartseeker Orianna Q 2 Heartseeker Orianna Q 1

 

COMMAND DISSONANCE W

Heartseeker Orianna W 1

 

COMMAND PROTECT E

Heartseeker Orianna E

 

COMMAND SHOCKWAVE R

Heartseeker Orianna R 1 Heartseeker Orianna R 2

 

 

HARPSEEKER WARD SKIN Banner

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

 

Harpseeker Ward Skin 1

 

 

New Summoner Icons

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

 

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

GragasPassiveHeal GragasBarrelRoll GragasDrunkenRage GragasBodySlam GragasExplosiveCask

 

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

LuxIlluminatingFraulein LuxCrashingBlitz2 LuxPrismaWrap LuxLightStrikeKugel LuxFinaleFunkeln

 

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

Jester_CarefulStrikes Jester_ManiacalCloak2 Jester_DeathWard Jester_IncrediblyPrecise Jester_HallucinogenBomb Jester_HallucinogenBomb_R

 


Places to contact me:

Email: nolchefo@gmail.com

Twitter: @NoL_Chefo

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Patch 6.1 Notes

January 13th, 2016

 

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Patch 6.1 will hit live in a few hours. Here are the official notes:

 

Patch 6.1

Store Content

Balance

Miscellaneous

 

Don’t know when Patch 6.1 will hit live in your region? Here’s the maintenance schedule:

Patch 6 1 Maintenance Banner

 

 

CHALLENGER NIDALEE Banner

Challenger Nidalee is a legacy skin and will cost 975 RP.

 

Nidalee_Splash_8 Nidalee_8

 

ALL SPELLS

 

 

MODEL Banner

Challenger Nidalee Model 1 Challenger Nidalee Model 2

Challenger Nidalee Model 3 Challenger Nidalee Model 4

 

Recall Banner

Challenger Nidalee Recall 1 Challenger Nidalee Recall 2

 

PROWL PASSIVE Banner

Challenger Nidalee Passive 1 Challenger Nidalee Passive 2

 

JAVELIN TOSS HUMAN Q Banner

Challenger Nidalee Q 1 Challenger Nidalee Q 2

 

BUSHWHACK HUMAN W Banner

Challenger Nidalee W Human 1 Challenger Nidalee W Human 2

 

PRIMAL SURGE HUMAN E Banner

Challenger Nidalee E 1 Challenger Nidalee E 2

 

TAKEDOWN COUGAR Q Banner

Challenger Nidalee Cougar Q 1 Challenger Nidalee Cougar Q 2

 

POUNCE COUGAR W Banner

Challenger Nidalee W 1 Challenger Nidalee W 2

 

SWIPE COUGAR E Banner

Challenger Nidalee Cougar E 1 Challenger Nidalee Cougar E 2

 

ASPECT OF THE COUGAR R

Challenger Nidalee R 1 Challenger Nidalee R 4

Challenger Nidalee R 2 Challenger Nidalee R 3

 

 

LUNAR WRAITH CAITLYN Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn is a legacy skin and will be available for 1350 RP.

 

Caitlyn_Splash_10 Caitlyn_10

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Model 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Recall 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Auto Attack 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Auto Attack 2

 

HEADSHOT PASSIVE

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Headshot 2 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Headshot

 

PILTOVER PEACEMAKER Q

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Q 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Q 2

 

YORDLE SNAP TRAP W

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn W 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn W 2

 

90 CALIBER NET E

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn E 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn E 2

 

ACE IN THE HOLE R

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn R 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn R 2

 

 

LUNAR WRAITH MORGANA Banner

Lunar Wraith Morgana is a legacy skin and will be available for 975 RP.

 

Morgana_Splash_10 Morgana_10

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

Lunar Wraith Morgana Updated Model 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Updated Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Lunar Wraith Morgana Recall 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

Lunar Wraith Morgana Auto Attack 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Auto Attack 2

 

DARK BINDING Q

Lunar Wraith Morgana Q 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Q 2

 

TORMENTED SOIL W

Lunar Wraith Morgana W 1

 

BLACK SHIELD E

Lunar Wraith Morgana E 1

 

SOUL SHACKLES R

Lunar Wraith Morgana R 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana R 2

 

 

RADIANT WUKONG Banner

Radiant Wukong is NOT a legacy skin and will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MonkeyKing_Splash_5 MonkeyKing_5

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

Radiant Wukong Model 1 Updated Radiant Wukong Model 2 Updated

 

Recall Banner

Radiant Wukong Recall 1 Radiant Wukong Recall 2

 

HOMEGUARD MOVE ANIMATION Banner

 

CRUSHING BLOW Q

Radiant Wukong Q 1 Radiant Wukong Q 2

 

DECOY W

Radiant Wukong W 1 Radiant Wukong W 2

 

NIMBUS STRIKE E

Radiant Wukong E 1 Radiant Wukong E 2

 

CYCLONE R

Radiant Wukong R 1 Radiant Wukong R 2

 


Rising Dawn Ward Skin Banner

This monkey-themed ward skin will be available for 640 RP in the store after Patch 6.1 hits live:

 

Rising Dawn Ward Skin 3 Rising Dawn Ward Skin 2

Rising Dawn Ward Skin 1

 


New Summoner Icons

Four new Lunar-themed summoner icons will be available in the store, presumably for 250 RP each:

 

Lunar Icon 3 Lunar Icon 1 Lunar Icon 2 lunar icon 4

 

Patch 6.1 will also bring team icons for the upcoming season. These will cost 250 RP and, like always, a portion of the profits will go to the respective teams:

 

OCE (Oceania):

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Russia (Wildcard):

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LMS:

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NA LCS:

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EU LCS:

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LAN:

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LAS:

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LCK:

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LPL:

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Brazil (Wildcard):

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Turkey (Wildcard):

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Champion Changes

 

Bard Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMeeps Final IconTraveler’s Call [ Passive ]

  • Meeps now additionally hit in a 150 radius around the primary target (in addition to the cone damage) once Bard unlocks the cone attack Meep upgrade.


 

Brand Final Portrait

 

Nerf Box Pyroclasm Final IconPyroclasm [ R ]

  • Bugfix: No longer prioritizes Champions over minions when those Champions aren’t affected by Brand’s passive.

 

 

Caitlyn Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalHeadshot Final IconHeadshot [ Passive ]

  • Fixed a bug where Caitlyn would walk toward her empowered Headshot target if they were less than 650 range of her;
  • Fixed a bug where Caitlyn’s next basic attack would sometimes be delayed more than normal after an empowered Headshot;
  • Fixed a bug where Caitlyn would sometimes take longer than intended before firing an empowered Headshot when swapping targets.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalYordle Snap Trap Final IconYordle Snap Trap [ W ]

  • Trap now is slightly better at catching small champions (like yordles).

 

 


Elise Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalRappel Final IconRappel [ E ]

  • Fixed a bug where Elise would quickly drop onto a nearby enemy when self-casting Rappel.

 

 

Fiddlesticks-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Buff BoxDark Wind Final IconDark Wind [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 50/70/90/110/130 to 50/60/70/80/90.

 

 

 

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Nerf BoxTrial by Fire Final IconTrial by Fire [ Passive ]

  • Bonus AD ratio decreased from 1.2 to 1;
  • DoT duration increased from 1.5 seconds to 2.5 (same damage).

 

 

Heimerdinger Final Portrait


Quality of Life Box FinalStorm Grenade Final IconCH-2 Electron Storm Grenade

  • Fixed a bug where Heimerdinger’s grenade was granting too much vision for the duration.

 

 

Jinx Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalSwitcheroo Final IconSwitcheroo! [ Q ]

  • Fixed a bug where Jinx was getting more than one passive stack after killing an inhibitor;
  • Fixed a bug where Jinx was able to cast rockets for free when out of mana;
  • Fixed a bug where Jinx was receiving less attack speed than intended from Get Excited! when using Fishbones, the Rocket Launcher;
  • Switcheroo! can no longer be cast while disabled.

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRend [ E ]Rend Final Icon

  • Mana cost decreased from 40 at all ranks to 30;
  • No longer refunds any mana when Rend kills its first target. Subsequent kills still refund the full cost (30).

 

 

Khazix Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalUnseen Threat Final IconUnseen Threat [ Passive ]

  • The animation for Kha’Zix’s buffed auto-attacks has been sped up to match the speed of his regular attacks (currently slower on live).

 

Buff BoxVoid Spike Final IconVoid Spike [ W ]

  • AoE range increased from 225 to 275.

 

 

Buff BoxLeap Final IconLeap [ E ]

  • Range increased from 600 to 700.

 

 

 

LeBlanc Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxEthereal Chains Final Icon (1)Ethereal Chains [ E ]

  • Missile speed increased from 1600 to 1750.

 

 

 

Miss Fortune Final Portrait

 


Nerf BoxLove Tap Final IconLove Taps [ Passive ]

  • AD ratio decreased from 0.6 – 1, to 0.5 – 1 (scales with level);
  • AD ratio against minions decreased from 0.3 – 0.5 to 0.25 – 0.5.

 

Nerf BoxMake it Rain Final IconMake it Rain [ E ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 90/145/200/225/310 to 80/115/150/185/220.

 

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxIron Man Final Icon (1)Iron Man [ Passive ]

  • Shield decay decreased from 2%-per-second to 1.5%.

 

 

Buff BoxHarvester of Sorrow Final IconHarvester of Sorrow [ W ]

  • The spell can now be cast on minions and allows Mordekaiser to proc the “touching” damage on the aura.


[ Note ] The aura’s size is much larger if cast on siege minions:

Morde W 3 Morde W 1 Morde W 2

 

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

  • Now deals 25% of its damage instantly, decreased from 50% (total damage unchanged, now deals 75% of its damage over-time, changed from 50%)
  • Bonus AD on Ghost changed from 10/25/50 flat to [ 1.0 of Mordekaiser’s Bonus AD ].

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalHammer Shock Final IconHammer Shock [ Q ]

  • If Poppy casts Hammer Shock immediately after Heroic Charge, Hammer Shock will cast toward her target.

 

 

Riven Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRunic Blade Final IconRunic Blade [ Passive ]

  • Total AD ratio increased from 0.2 – 0.5 to 0.25 – 0.5 [ values for levels 1 – 18 ].

 

 


Rumble Final Portrait

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  • Collision radius on champion model decreased from 50 to 35.

 

Buff BoxFlamespitterFlamespitter [ Q ]

  • Range increased from 550 to 600;
  • Tick rate decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.25 (meaning Rumble will apply damage in shorter periods, total damage remains the same but this helps in shorter engages).

 

 

Teemo Final Champion Portrait

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  • Base Attack Damage increased from 47.5 to 49.5.

 

Change BoxCamouflage Final IconCamouflage [ Passive ]

  • Time to stealth in brush increased from 0.75 seconds to 1.5;
  • Teemo can now stealth while moving in a brush.

 

Buff BoxNoxious Trap Final IconNoxious Trap [ R ]

  • Cast range increased from 300/600/900 to 400/650/900.

 

 


Thresh Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalDamnation Final IconDamnation [ Passive ]

  • Fixed a visual bug where, upon despawning, uncollected souls appeared to fly to Thresh instead of vanishing.

 

 

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Nerf BoxChomp Final IconChomp [ Q ]

  • No longer affects towers.

 


Nerf BoxPillar-of-Ice-Final-Icon (1) (1)Pillar of Ice [ E ]

  • Mana cost increased from 60 at all ranks to 75.

 

 

Nerf BoxSubjugate-Final-Icon (1) (1)Subjugate [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 80/70/60 seconds to 110/90/70;
  • Mana cost increased from 75 at all ranks to 100.

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalNoxian Corrosive Charge Final IconNoxian Corrosive Charge [ E ]

  • Fixed a bug where Noxian Corrosive Charge was granting too much vision for the duration.

 

 

Yasuo Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalWindwall Final IconWind Wall [ W ]

  • Fixed a bug where certain targeted abilities (such as Twisted Fate’s Pick-A-Card) would pass through Wind Wall as it spawned.

 

 

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Buff BoxDeaths Dance Final IconDeath’s Dance

  • Heal on unique passive increased from 12% of damage dealt to 15%;
  • Damage converted to bleed (DoT) increased from 12% to 15%;
  • Attack Damage increased from 65 to 75;
  • Recipe cost increased from 525 Gold to 625 (total cost increased from 3400 Gold to 3500).

 

Change BoxEye of the Oasis Final IconEye of the Oasis

  • Now additionally grants 10% Cooldown Reduction;
  • Bonus Mana Regeneration decreased from 150% to 100%.

 

Change BoxEye of the Watchers Final IconEye of the Watchers

  • Now additionally grants 10% Cooldown Reduction;
  • Bonus Mana Regeneration decreased from 150% to 100%;

 

Nerf BoxFarsight Alteration Final IconFarsight Alteration

  • Decreases cooldown of Warding Totem by 33%, decreased from 50% [the values are near-identical because of the Warding Totem buff]

 

Change BoxFrost Queens Claim Final IconFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Mana Regeneration decreased from 150% to 100%;
  • Ghost slow now lasts 2-5 seconds (increase with distance), changed from 4 seconds flat;

 

Buff BoxLord Dominik Final IconLord Dominik’s Regards

  • Bonus Armor Penetration increased from 40% to 45%.

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalLudens Echo Final IconLuden’s Echo

  • UNIQUE Passive is now called “Echo”, to prevent it from stacking with the passive on Runic Echoes (new jungle AP enchantment)

 

Buff BoxMortal Reminder Final IconMortal Reminder

  • Bonus Armor Penetration increased from 40% to 45%.

 

 

Buff BoxPhantom Dancer Final IconPhantom Dancer

  • Now additionally grants 5% bonus Movement Speed;
  • Bonus Movement Speed while in 500 range of an enemy Champion decreased from 12% to 7%.

 

Nerf BoxRapid Firecannon Final IconRapid Firecannon

  • Bonus Movement Speed decreased from 8% to 7%.

 

 

Buff BoxRunaans Hurricane Final IconRunaan’s Hurricane

  • Bonus Movement Speed increased from 5% to 7%.

 

 

Buff BoxStatikk_ShivStatikk Shiv

  • Now deals 120% bonus damage to minions, increased from 75%.

 

 

Buff BoxSunfire-Cape-Final-Icon (1)Sunfire Cape

  • Armor increased from 45 to 50.

 

 

Buff BoxWarding Totem Final IconWarding Totem

  • Cooldown decreased from 180/120 seconds (scales down with level) to 180/90.

 

 

 

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New Item BoxMagus-Enchantment-Final-Icon (1) (1)Enchantment: Runic Echoes (replaces Runeglaive)

Grants 60 Ability Power and 10% bonus to Movement Speed;

UNIQUE Passive – Echo: Gain charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 80 [+0.1 AP] bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets.

This effect deals 2.5X damage to Large Monsters. Hitting a Large Monster with this effect will restore 18% of your missing Mana.

 

Runic Echoes Item

 

Buff BoxHunters Talisman Final IconHunter’s Talisman

  • Mana regeneration while in the jungle increased from 150% to 180%.

 

[ Note ] This also applies to Skirmisher’s Sabre, Stalker’s Blade and Tracker’s Knife.

 

Elder Razorbeak Final Icon“Razor Sharp” Raptor Buff [ buff from smiting the ugly chicken camp ]

  • Fixed several bugs with Razor Sharp where it would not go off if the nearest enemy object was not a ward;
  • Changed trigger range from 1250 to 900 to better sync with the range of wards;
  • Changed trigger range for blue trinket wards from 1250 to 500 to better sync with the range of wards.

 

Rift Herald Final IconRift Herald

  • Auto-attack damage increased from 95 to 105.

 

 

Nerf BoxSmite Final IconSmite [ Summoner Spell ]

  • No longer triggers spell effects (such as Spell Vamp or Rylai’s Crystal Scepter).

 

 

 

MASTERY CHANGES Banner

 

Nerf BoxPrecision Final IconPrecision [ Tier 5 Cunning ]

  • Armor penetration decreased from 1/2/3/4/5 [+ 0.1/0.2/0.3/0.4/0.5 per level] to 0.6/1.2/1.8/2.4/3 + [0.06/0.12/0.18/0.24/0.3 per level]

 

 

FEROCITY KEYSTONE MASTERIES Banner

 

Buff BoxDeathfires Touch Final IconDeathfire Touch [ Keystone Ferocity ]

  • Ratios increased from [ +0.5 Bonus AD ] [ +0.2 AP ] to [ +0.6 Bonus AD ] [ +0.25 AP ].

 

 

Buff BoxFervor of Battle Final IconFervor of Battle [ Keystone Ferocity ]

  • Bonus physical damage on auto-attack per stack increased from 1-8 (scales with Champion level) to 1-12;
  • Max stacks decreased from 10 to 8 (max on-hit physical damage increased from 80 to 96).

 

Change BoxWarlords Bloodlust Final IconWarlord’s Bloodlust [ Keystone Ferocity ]

  • Heal changed from 15% of crit damage against Champions to 5-25% (scales with level);
  • Attack Speed bonus increased from 20% to 30% (for 4 seconds).

 

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Change BoxBond of Stone Final IconBond of Stone [ Keystone Resolve ]

  • Flat damage reduction increased from 3% to 4%;
  • Additionally, 6% of the damage taken by your closest ally from enemy Champions is dealt to you;
  • No longer gives 6% Damage Reduction when near an allied Champion.

 

Buff BoxStrength of the Ages Final IconStrength of the Ages [ Keystone Resolve ]

  • When capped, Strength of Ages now heals for 6% of your Maximum Health for both Siege Minions and large jungle monsters, changed from healing for 100 flat Health per Siege Minion kill.”

 

CUNNING KEYSTONE MASTERIES Banner

 

Buff BoxStormraiders Surge Final IconStormraider’s Surge [ Keystone Cunning ]

  • Movement speed buff increased from 35% to 40%;
  • Duration to trigger the buff extended from 2 seconds to 2.5;
  • Now additionally grants 75% slow resistance for 3 seconds after proccing the buff.

 

 

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Just some bugfixes for minions and their wacky behavior.

The only one that’s worth calling out is the last one on the list – this was actually implemented in 5.22, and primarily helps melee vs ranged matchups with respect to basic attacks. Simply put, the ‘call for help’ used to be around yourself and not the enemy, meaning that when they’d harass you off the wave, your minions would often ‘pretend’ not to notice as they went about their business. Now minions are more courageous and will actively watch for enemy harassment.

Minions no longer freeze or awkwardly lock eyes with other minions

Minions now display how much bonus damage or damage reduction they have from the pushing changes implemented in 5.23

Minions no longer acquire new targets that are in the river or jungle, and if they enter the river or jungle they’ll refuse to acquire any target until they leave. (Implemented in 5.22 but undocumented)

Now additionally calls for help in a ring around your opponent when attacked near minions (implemented in 5.22 but undocumented).

 

 

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The New Champion Select is almost ready for live. It will follow a staggered release, with public testing for NA and TR beginning on January 13th. Below you can find a rundown of how the new system will work:

[ Note ] The new Champion Select will replace Team Builder. [ Source ]

 

Before you queue, you’ll be asked to pick your Primary and Secondary role. Logically, your Primary role takes priority in the matchmaking:

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The queue interface is standard fair. The wait time is displayed at the bottom, rather than the top of the client and there are new visuals for the ticking time confirmation:

New Champ Select 3 New Champ Select 4

 

Inside the Champion Select, you’ll be placed on a 3D map of Summoner’s Rift, with an arrow-type indicator for your role:

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I was Captain here, so I couldn’t ban. Instead, I could give a visual cue to teammates of what I wanted to play. This phase is a suggestive “I want to play this, please don’t ban it” type – if my teammates wanted to, they could’ve banned Yasuo, but I’ve shown them I want to play that Champion.

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There’s a neat animation for bans, where the banned Champion’s portrait will disintegrate into shards. Here’s how it looks like for both allied bans and enemy bans:

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Once banning is complete, picking resumes as is currently on live. The Champions picked (or hovered over) will be displayed in a circular shape. Once selected, they will play their Champ Select quote for everyone:

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Here’s how the interface looks like if the player hasn’t picked a Champion yet, for both ally and enemy-side:

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Once picking concludes, you can lock in your Champion or pick a different one. There’s also a new interface for your available skins:

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The last part of Champion Select is a standard wait period to adjust your Masteries. Note the location of UI elements:

  • Bans at the top left and right;
  • 2D map with Roles and Champions picked on the bottom right;
  • Summoner Spells/Masteries on the bottom.

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TWEAKS TO DRAGON TRAINER LULU

Dragon Trainer Lulu has received new, brighter textures, presumably to fit better with the visuals of Dragon Trainer Tristana.

 

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NEW Q VISUALS FOR DRAVEN SKINS

Soul Reaver Draven and Gladiator Draven have both received new visuals for the landing zones on their Spinning Axes [ Q ]:

 

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A new login theme has been released to celebrate the start of the new season. Here’s the video by frostyNinja:

 

And here’s the still from the animation:

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The Japanese localization is near-concluded and all the voice-overs, text and audio files will be released with Patch 6.1. Note that if you want to use the Japanese localization, you can select it from your launcher post-patch.

 

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[ Note ] You can find all the voice-overs on SkinSpotlights‘s second channel, League Voices.

 

[ Note ] You can find all the Japanese Champion Select quotes HERE:

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  • Summoner names in the end of game screen have been reverted to white without glow effects
  • Fixed a bug where summoner names in the end of game screen weren’t consistently graying out as players left the lobby
  • Fixed a bug where Ekko’s Q – Timewinder sometimes dealt no damage on the way out at high levels of cooldown reduction
  • Quinn’s Q – Blinding Assault no longer causes several empowered basic attacks to miss
  • Jayce’s buff from swapping to R – Mercury Cannon is no longer consumed without dealing damage when using W – Hyper Charge to attack a structure
  • Kassadin no longer gains E – Force Pulse stacks from the active of Frost Queen’s Claim
  • Orianna’s E – Command: Protect bonus resistances are now properly multiplied by Windspeaker’s Blessing
  • Fixed a bug where splitting mastery points between Piercing Thoughts and Battering Blows granted the incorrect amount of stats
  • Fixed a few cases of champions with Sated Devourer damaging themselves when using empowered basic attacks (ex. Ekko’s E – Phase Dive or Rek’Sai’s Q – Queen’s Wrath)
  • Luden’s Echo now procs if an ability cast at max stacks damages a target after its caster dies
  • Liandry’s Torment now properly deals increased damage to enemies affected by Ahri’s E – Charm, Rammus’s E – Puncturing Taunt and Shen’s E – Shadow Dash
  • Serrated Dirk’s buff no longer occasionally consumes itself when granted by an empowered basic attack
  • Cinderhulk’s burn effect now has an on-hover range indicator
  • Zz’Rot Portal, Zeke’s Herald and Face of the Mountain are now properly searchable by typing “Active” in the item shop
  • Mejai’s Soulstealer has been added to the Mana tab of the item shop
  • Restored custom flame tail particles on Foxfire Ahri

 


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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Poppy’s rework features facial animation tech that’s never been used in League before. Check out how it all works:

 

Dev Blog The Animation of Poppy

BY PARTIESTCAT

Hey everyone! Paul “PartiestCat” Jarvis here. I was in charge of driving the style and direction for how Poppy moves and wanted to give you all a little behind-the-scenes look on how we approached the animation for Demacia’s tiniest hammer delivery service.

 

SQUASH STRETCH AND SMEAR

Okay, quick animation history lesson. There’s a set of animation principles that most animators follow that dictate and drive the choices we make when building out the motion for characters and they cover topics like posing, exaggeration, and visual/emotional appeal. One principle in particular — squash and stretch – is something we’ve adapted as a fundamental aspect to League’s in-house animation style. Broadly speaking, squash and stretch helps a character feel organic and alive. It’s used to emphasise weight, momentum, and speed of objects by warping and distorting their shape. When we use more extreme versions of these distortions to connect our most important “key” poses, we call them smears or “smear frames;” single distorted frames between broad actions. Using smears helps to sell impacts on spells, attacks, or any super-quick motion. A champion’s animation needs to feel awesome in fractions of seconds, and smears help by adding texture and flavor between exaggerated motions.

Back to Poppy.

Yordles are squishy. I don’t mean that literally, but their short stature gives them lots of wiggle room for us to exaggerate how they move. Poppy has a tiny frame, so it’s also important that we can make her motion broad enough to not be hidden under her big Yordle head. Ideally, she should never LOOK like she’s made of rubber, but her motions should have a certain extra snap to them to keep her feeling energetic and punchy.


We kept the same mindset with the motion of her hammer, but I’ll get to that below.

 

 

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Historically, League isn’t the kind of game that normally needs facial animation. The camera angle and distance from your champion normally means a character’s face only takes up a handful of pixels on-screen at any moment and extra detail actually makes it harder to understand what is happening. As animators, we wanted to challenge that idea, and our early tests actually showed us that her expression changes were fully readable and felt like they added a lot to her personality.

In terms of her character rig (the set of bones that allow us to move our characters around), Poppy is the first champion in League to be built from the ground up to support such a wide range of facial expressions. Every champion has a budget in terms of rig complexity, so we had to be smart about how we fine-tuned her model and facial setup. Many high-end character rigs in modern games have more bones in the face alone than all of Poppy combined, so the challenge was to give us the widest control with the least amount of resources.

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Poppy’s facial rig

Just to get technical stuff out of the way, Poppy’s face is only 11 joints in all:

  • 3 per eye (pupil, upper eyelid/eyebrow, and eye shape)
  • 3 to shape the mouth
  • 1 for the upper bridge of teeth
  • 1 for the jaw

After working closely with our tech artist (and waves and waves of iteration), we landed on what you see above. We were able to get a surprising amount of flexibility out of such a simple setup!


Poppy face tests

The first thing I did with Poppy was to carve out a set of base expressions to feel out her emotional range, and then develop them until that we all felt confident about the direction. Once we had a solid foundation, we were able to focus on the expressive timing – finding punctuated moments during and after her abilities and attacks where the expressions could be clearly seen. When you only have a fraction of a second to sell an attack, communicating  a clear change in mood is really important.



Fool me twice HAMMER

Poppy’s hammer is just as important as she is and we really wanted to reflect that in her animations. Why not give her hammer the same degree of personality that we give to the Yordle that wields it? We spent some time going back and forth about what kind of shapes we needed the hammer to make, which parts we wanted to push and pull, and which parts needed to twist, distort, or grow and shrink.


Early tests to develop the hammer rig

Squashing, stretching, and smearing is just as important for the hammer as it is for Poppy, so we needed to crank it up to 11. The head of the hammer scales to cartoonish sizes for single frames so you can really feel the force behind the swing, and the neck of the hammer bends to compensate. With a little sorcery and a lot of clever rigging we were able to build really clean smear trails for the hammer that gave us a nice, stylised alternative to motion blur. It’s a more traditional animation method that meshed really well with how we normally animate our champions.

Lastly, take a look at the most extreme case that brings everything together: the swing of her fully-charged Keeper’s Verdict.


That’s about it! We’re always looking for new ways to improve champion experiences and bring out the best in every single rework we do. The whole team is extremely excited and proud to see Poppy out in the world, and hope you enjoy playing her as much as we enjoyed making her!

Thanks for reading!

 


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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Challenger Nidalee’s splash art was previewed at the All-Star event recently. You can see the skin in-game HERE.

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Whats the state of Morgana

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Meddler Final PortraitShe’s got a distinctive playstyle, clear weaknesses, does things other champions don’t, has gameplay that matches her theme reasonably well and has decent counterplay. There’s room for a bit of visual improvement, though her texture and visual effects updates improved her a lot there. Expanded voice sometime would be nice certainly. Overall I feel she’s in a really good spot and would rather see work put into an enormous number of other champions than into Morg, returns there feel like they’d be pretty low for the time.

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Would Akali be one such Champion thats a higher priority than Morgana

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Meddler Final PortraitYup, though pick a champion at random and odds are high they’ll be more in need of work than Morg.

We’ll certainly want to make changes to Akali whenever we tackle assassins though. We did do some initial exploration into possible kit changes, which showed some promise, we’ve put that on hold until we have a go at the class overall though.

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What kind of kit changes do you have planned for Akali

Meddler Final PortraitDistinction from other assassins (Diana especially, Kat to some degree), better fallback/recovery options, better counterplay, more unique tools for her.

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Why did you nerf Tahm Kenchs W when the problem is his damage

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Meddler Final PortraitPeople tend to complain about the most distinctive things a champion does. Nerfing based off what people complain about can eventually end up homogenizing characters a lot, with everyone having a similar feeling kit and unique effects reduced from character defining to secondary sources of novelty. To combat that we instead map out what we think are appropriate strengths and weaknesses for each champion and try and nerf/buff to preserve (or accentuate) those. In this case nerfing the MS with an ally devoured was we felt the best way to do that for Tahm in 5.24.

That’s not to say player frustration isn’t a really useful thing to monitor and understand, it’s really valuable for helping to build or modify those intended strengths/weaknesses in the first place. Being really informed of player feedback, frustations, needs, wants etc’s something we believe’s really important. That’s not the same though as believing that whatever a lot of people are saying is necessarily the right thing to do though.

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When designing Champions do you predict what the player reaction will be

Meddler Final PortraitSome of the time, yes. We expected Tahm Kench’s ally devour to create quite a bit of frustration when it saved allies for example. We felt during his development (and still do now too) though that that was an acceptable cost given the positive moments and gameplay Devour creates.

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Do you think Sona is in a good place right now

Meddler Final PortraitOverall basically still the same as per my post in this thread:

http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/EkxbfyvO-so-lemme-get-this-straight

Preseason’s also increased her effectiveness a noticeable amount, so if we felt compelled to make balance adjustments to her I’d imagine they’d be nerfs not buffs. There are certainly some supports that are more dominant overall, we’ve either just nerfed, or are in the process of nerfing, those that are over the line though (some of whom will probably need further work too – looking at you Brand).

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Are there any plans to update Lissandra

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Meddler Final PortraitNo current plans on the gameplay side, alternative passive explorations didn’t work out so we opted for the heal on self cast ult instead.

Not sure on the Lore side, apologies, not my area of expertise. Would love to see advancement of that plot-line myself though, more revelations about the Watchers and the history there especially.

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Whatre your thoughts on VelKoz

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Meddler Final PortraitWe feel Vel’Koz is pretty balanced, generally feels fair to play against and has some solid points of mastery for the Vel’Koz player. Only real issue with him is that what he does isn’t sufficiently differentiated from other mages/poke champs, so we’d like to find him a unique strength or aspect at some point.

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What do you think of Poppy at the moment

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Meddler Final PortraitNothing too surprising so far, though it’s still really early days. We’re still seeing a lot of people playing the rework for the first time or two, so lot of initial mistakes being made and experimentation going on. No current plans for immediate changes, though we’ll reassess on Monday as well.

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What is the range of the new Assassin mastery

Meddler Final Portrait800 units, so it’s not a great choice in a duo lane, but should get some use in team fights if you’re diving at least a moderate distance in front of your team.

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Will the upcoming Diana skin be AllStar themed

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KateyKhaos Final PortraitIt won’t be an esports skin, just a cool fire-themed thematics for Diana. :]

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Is there a possibility well get a new Swain skin

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KateyKhaos Final PortraitTo the best of my knowledge, he’s eligible.

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INTRO Jeevun Jag Sidhu Game Designer Live Gameplay and Champions

Riot Jag Final PortraitWHO AM I?

Sup guys, I’m Jeevun Sidhu aka Riot Jag. I’ve been a competitive gamer my whole life, and before getting Diamond in League of Legends my video game mistress of choice was World of Warcraft, where I held onto a 9 consecutive season streak of getting Gladiator in Arena before I realized it may be time to do other things (will put away my horn now). I’ve also really enjoyed Starcraft, Super Smash Bros, the Batman: Arkham, XCom, and Metal Gear Solid series, and (might be dating myself a bit here) I have a soft spot for Goldeneye 007 and Mario Kart 64. I got into League through my WoW friends when the servers were down for maintenance. Someone in Vent said they just started playing LoL and it was really fun, and I replied that if I wanted to micro 1 unit for 45 minutes I’d just build a Ghost in SC2. I was a little ignorant at the time…

Aside from Video Games, I enjoy Sports Cars and Motorcycles. I’m currently running a Ducati Panigale 899 that I keep under armed guard, seeing as the last two bikes I got after moving to LA were both stolen in a matter of weeks. I’ve also always loved sports, particularly Football (Giants fan for life) and Basketball. I listen to a range of music, but am mostly into Hip-hop and House/Electro. My Spotify has been blasting a lot Run the Jewels and Disclosure lately, although my boy Kanye is never far off the playlist. Before I was a professional nerd for a living, I was something totally different – a software engineer at Microsoft.

WHAT AM I DOING AT RIOT?

Some of the fun stuff I’ve done at Riot include the Lucian mini-rework, Runeglaive and Zeke’s Harbinger, and most recently I lead the charge on Rift Herald. I’ve spent the last 2 years on Live Gameplay (aka the Rito balance team) nerfing your favorite champ, but I am moving to new Champion team to find new ways to add more anti-fun into the game. Until that happens, I’ve had front row seats to every balance and game health struggle that we’ve had in League for the past two years, so feel free to hit me up with anything in that area.

WHAT AM I GOING TO TALK ABOUT?

I’d like to talk about interesting struggles with the live state of the game, ranging from the intricacies of preserving game health, to how to interpret win rate metrics, to how we handle eSports concerns. I might also get into what it’s like for a novice champion designer to start taking on the task of building a brand new iconic experience in LoL. Finally, ADCs are my peoples, so if that’s your passion, or if you just need help with that Vayne build, I’m down with the clickers.

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Why was Lee Sin allowed to be the most dominant jungler for so long

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Riot Jag Final PortraitI really want to talk to you here but you have to give me something way better than “why do you love toxic stuff and hate good stuff”. Maybe give me some specifics on what you felt was off.

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It seems the balance team favors flashy plays over healthy gameplay

Riot Jag Final PortraitThis one I don’t get at all. I think if you searched through most of the pro games this year, you would find Leblanc and Zed to not be nearly as dominant as say Viktor or Azir in terms of pick rate. That aside, it seems like you’re creating a false dichotomy here between choosing between “flashy plays” and “healthy gameplay”. I don’t think we’d say someone like Zed has an inherently unhealthy pattern (I’d say he’s fairly healthy for an assassin), but there’s no reason why something can’t be fair and flashy.

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Cinderhulk was OP on release and was later nerfed so much that its useless now

Riot Jag Final PortraitAgain, it’s really an issue of balance here. You can’t argue with the level of power that Cinderhulk was giving to characters at the time. There are many reasons to like the teamfight-pacing presence that tanks give, but these champions had no tradeoffs at the time – they were becoming damage dealers with extreme durability and CC.


On that topic though, no one was happier about the success of Cinderhulk than me – that project was the combined efforts of Fearless and I (mostly him!), and I was overjoyed at the spike in competitive diversity that the Cinderhulk patch brought to the game. But the theory that we chased away diversity by nerfing Cinderhulk is false. The diversity spike partially arose due to the uncertainty of solving the game at a pro level since we upended the meta (tanks in Jungle instead of top lane, so now carries in top lane, so now different types of supports/ADCs that have to deal with top lane carries, etc.). The pro diversity levels were already falling quickly in the weeks after Cinderhulk came out due to them solving the meta rapidly, before we even managed to get the nerfs out to the servers that pros played on. So while Cinderhulk as a disrupting force was positive in driving diversity, it couldn’t ever hold that permanently – we have to keep making changes to the game to do that.

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Why are champs like Anivia nerfed and Lee Sin is either untouched or buffed

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Riot Jag Final PortraitLee Sin did get a small buff in 5.16. The previous five patches that he received a balance adjustment before that were nerfs. I am a little puzzled that the assessment is that he is getting unfairly privileged to be at a high power level that is inappropriate. However, I get that he has been at at stable level of power for a long time, and my answer to that is that I think he is a fairly healthy champion. He has a high level of execution required to succeed on the part of the Lee Sin player, he has some major weaknesses (particularly towards the late game), and he has always felt like a somewhat risky pick, even when strong.

I don’t speak for Riot’s future balancing strategy here, but for my 2 cents, Lee is a cool champion that still gives his opponent options when succeeds, which to me is something we can maintain as someone who appears in a lot of games.

In regards to Anivia, I’d ask you a question first – if very few people complained about her, but she was still incredibly powerful, almost unfairly so, should we leave her alone? Would we leave balance decisions up to capturing the tone of broad player perception?

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Riot Jag Final PortraitFor Anivia, the timelines are sorely mismatched here though. We’re not responding to Worlds (that was 2 months ago), we’re responding to preseason.

For Elise, I get that she’s still strong, but by no means has she flown under the radar – she’s been nerfed more than once in the past few months.

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Can you explain the thought process behind changing Anivia Swain and Elise

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Riot Jag Final PortraitI think our data put Anivia going up nearly 4% in win rate with preseason – most likely due to the efficiency of RoA and the addition of Deathfire Touch. That’s a pretty huge change.

With Elise, our changes this year have been intended to balance her as more of a mage threat, not as a tank. The 5.18 and 5.16 changes both hit base damages, not ratios.

Swain is just a tough guy to balance. He’s kind of a drain tank, and he’s largely about dot damage and healing, so nerfing the E seemed like the wrong thing to do there. The effectiveness of his CC seemed out of line with that type of champion, which is why we went with the W. I feel your pain there though, you could make compelling arguments to hit other areas.

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Any thoughts on how the new gold flow affects earlypower Champions

Riot Jag Final PortraitHmm, that’s interesting. I understand that their maximum window of being ahead may be smaller (because gold eventually catches up), but we have put a lot of changes in place in preseason to push forward rewards for early aggression (towers falling faster, Rift Herald, vision changes etc). I think most of our evaluations say that a lot of early-game champions got a big boost since preseason (Shyvana went up in win rate, didn’t she?).

I think there are specific champions like Pantheon that may have some itemization problems. The crew on the Systems team is hard at work on that one.

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Whats your opinion on KhaZixs evolution diversity

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Riot Jag Final PortraitAgree that he’s never really been diverse. There’s almost always one correct path and then a few wrong ones.

We have played with that idea for E before, but it largely resulted in the same thing (one optimal path, this time never with E). I think for Kha’zix’s evolution pathing to be in a state that isn’t solved before game start requires each evolution to power him up along 4 distinct axes/contexts, each of which are likely to change in relative importance within the game. That’s very very hard. Maybe not impossible though.

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What are your thoughts on the current Support ADC relationship

Riot Jag Final PortraitThis is a really interesting one. I think the solo Q Support/ADC relationship and the organized 5v5 Support/ADC relationship are so incredibly far apart they may as well be different games.

What’s really cool about a good duo is that they both have to constantly take “trust falls” in lane to be effective – you have to make a move KNOWING that if you eat a CC your partner will use a summoner at the right time to make sure the play works. The problem is that in solo q the communication is so sparse that this goes wrong fairly often, unless you’re just on the same page because your game knowledge is deep enough (this is one major reason why playing ADC is so painful at lower MMR ranges). There’s nothing worse than having a trust fall where your partner doesn’t catch you, and it can reshape your approach to laning in a very negative way. On the other hand, when two of you are on comms together and perfectly on point, it’s incredibly rewarding and one of the best experiences in League of Legends.

So, to bring it back to the designer’s perspective, where do we want to strengthen the experience? Do we want to create solutions that make a better play experience for the low communication solo queue game? That would lead us to creating mechanics and items that have low coordination requirements, low failure rates, and correspondingly low rewards for success. Do we want to reward the mastery of a competent duo playing properly? Well, then this is a mechanic that has a very limited reach, as the vast majority of players will not be able to enjoy it as consistently. When CertainlyT had to figure out how to balance Kalista’s W passive, or I had to figure out how to reward Zeke’s Harbinger properly, these are some of the things we had to struggle with.

Personally, I’d really love if we made another Conduit-style item like Zeke’s, but opened the space up a bit for different types of duos (maybe a double melee dive buddy item, for instance).

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What are some less commonly cited statistics you guys use to judge balance

Riot Jag Final PortraitA few metrics here that I really like are “win rate by game time” and “average experience level”. The game time graphs will occasionally give us a very sharp idea of where to address a part of the character that is really out of control. For example, pre-5.18 Veigar tended to win a fairly small portion of games that ended at 20 minutes, and a fairly large portion of games that ended at 45+ minutes. After the buffs to his W cast time, we saw a fairly small change at the 45+ minute win rate, but a huge one at 20+ minutes, which was a large indicator to us that we had changed Veigar’s power curve in a way that we were not comfortable maintaining.

That directed us to looking at base damages instead of hitting the cool thing about Veigar that players really loved (the infinite scaling fantasy), and gave us a pretty solid foundation for doing so. The “average experience level” one is one that’s really hard to convey to most players, but it basically indicates that if the vast majority of players on a champion have a huge amount of games under their belt, then we shouldn’t look at a champion’s win rate and be surprised if it’s high. For example (these numbers aren’t accurate, just using them to illustrate), if the average Riven player in your game has 70 games played on the champion, while the average Brand player has 15 games, it wouldn’t be a unfair statement to say that Riven could have a higher average win rate than Brand and still be equally powerful.

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Where do you draw the line between extreme changes and no changes at all

Riot Jag Final PortraitThat’s a tough one. I think for preseason in particular we’re aware that the game is very volatile and unsolved. Optimal item builds can shift (or be nerfed…), certain exploitative strategies may be removed, and most of all, preseason is a time to just have fun and play – so I think we’re reluctant to instantly smack a champion in the face unless they’re fairly far out of line. Which leads me into…

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Why did you nerf hidden OP champions like Malzahar

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Riot Jag Final PortraitA lot of the decisions to nerf the “hidden OP” champs came from being fairly confident that these guys were WAY far out of line. We have a fairly significant amount of data demonstrating that these guys had pretty obscenely high levels of power in this patch.

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Which patch drove the most players away from LoL even temporarily

Riot Jag Final PortraitI don’t know the answer to that question. I can tell you that I felt a lot of the same way as players did in 5.16, that the game felt pretty far off in terms of balance compared to what we’ve done historically. Everyone has taken a hard long at what went right and what went wrong there so we can improve on that in the future, which to me is something that’s cool about how Riot – we definitely have failures, but we do our best to make them mean something positive.

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Whats the state of Bard

Riot Jag Final PortraitOh man, Bard. Rarely do I see data tell me one thing that so heavily disagrees from my personal experience. I honestly feel like a Bard main is absolutely terrifying, but he can so easily cause catastrophic failures for his own team that his effectiveness can vary incredibly hard.

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How do you think the Mandrake Ward will affect Champs like Evelynn

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[ Note ] The Mandrake ward is an experimental ward on the PBE that gives no vision and only pings you when it detects Champion movement.

Riot Jag Final PortraitI think it would be a fairly good thing for Eve to be honest. I’m not so sure her current form of favored counterplay (Pink ward + ward her jungle camps) is sufficient that we can leave in her tuning in a satisfying place. That’s heavily speculative though.

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INTRO Chris Pwyff Tom Communications dude

Pwyff Final PortraitHi fronds,

Quick introduction here – I’m Pwyff. In previous lives I’ve played video games competitively, ghost-wrote college essays for tuition, wrote terrible movie scripts for free dinners, and did the whole video game journalism / editor-in-chief bit before arriving at Riot Games.

I come from a mixed competitive gaming background of: FPSes (CS 1.6, Natural Selection, TFC), MOBAs (DotA, HoN, Bloodline Champions), and MMORPGs (Ragnarok Online, FFXI, vanilla + TBC WoW), so my favorites tend to fall along those. In between games of League, DotA 2, and Duelyst, I was trying to speedrun Fallout 4 before dropping everything for the new Bloodborne DLC, but did not get very far. I think I rerolled twice, explored fifty million supermarkets, recruited Nick Valentine, decided to forcibly set my carry weight limit to 20,000 so I could hoard more things, realized I opened Pandora’s Box of cheat codes and shortcuts, set my melee stats to five billion, punched a few Deathclaws, and then couldn’t go back to a normal life.

Outside of those things, I read, write, walk, and talk a lot (often at the same time).

I currently own: 0 cats.

WHAT AM I DOING AT RIOT?

A tl;dr would be that I’m a communications lead, working on all things to do with… communicating. One of my first big projects was to improve the way we talk about change in League (particularly in design), and you may have noticed the experiments we’ve run over the years, especially with the patch notes.

These days, I’m focused more broadly on how we talk about what we do and why we do it. With the preseason just shipping and the 2016 season update on the horizon, I’m in the process of helping with our next Riot Pls update, getting this Dev Corner to a functional place, and thinking about what people actually want to hear about.

WHAT AM I GOING TO TALK ABOUT?

I’ll probably use my monthly slot as an open forum to talk about what new things you’d like to hear from other teams. If there’s a pressing topic you’d like to see discussed, feel free to chuck them in and I can understand what we should be thinking – or talking – about. Or if it’s just a miscommunication, I can talk about that as well.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR FROM ME?

Honestly? Let me know. I can tell you stories about life at Riot, or how teams work together, or about the cat I don’t own.

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The Patch Rundowns feel like fluff pieces

Pwyff Final PortraitNah, you’re talking to the right guy. So I’ve got Scarizard directly trying to tackle this issue next year to get the Patch Rundown to a more authentic place.

The question I’d ask is this: what should the patch rundown be for?

Right now I think the larger issue is we have one piece of video content trying to serve multiple purposes, and ultimately failing at all. If I could flip back the curtain, our goals are:

  • Humanize the League design team
  • Discuss contentious changes, show our thought process
  • Engage in a meaningful discussion on changes

For others, however, the patch rundown is seen as a vehicle to communicate what’s changing. Should that be our goal? Are players happier if we just tell them “this is changing and here’s why” a la patch note format, or do they want to see discussion on the topic with people they trust?

This is basically the space we’re grappling with. In an ideal world, I’d love to have two streams of content – one high level TL;DR of the patch notes for quick, easy consumption, and another focused on deeper context.

So what are your thoughts?

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Have Riot considered making a realtime strategy engine for LoLtype games

Pwyff Final PortraitThis is an interesting question.

Up front: I don’t think there are any plans to scope out pets into something deep and expressive. I believe the current view of pet controls is “tolerable,” if not very exciting.

You mention that adding pets / pet controls would add a lot more depth to the game while also offering more avenues of kit ideation (and skill expression), I wonder about that.

You can add any sort of mechanic to a game to make it more ‘complex,’ but good game design is about the right combination of complex mechanics. If CS:GO suddenly added bunny-hopping into the game, it certainly becomes more complex from a movement-shooter based perspective, but it loses out on the type of game it wants to be.

I’m assuming that adding a second unit to control beyond basic movement (aka the current system) will raise the mechanical complexity of the game, but if this assumption is true, should that be where League’s design focus is on? Most designers would say there’s a lot of really cool space to explore with single-champion kits. Perhaps there could be a champion designed with the ‘illusion’ of pet play – maybe a multi-unit champion with pre-defined positioning based abilities (hello, Orianna) – but the better question is what a complex pet system offers over other new systems.

Now that I’ve laid out the conceptual space, I can offer my own opinion.

I think there’s room for some cool pet mechanics in a game like League, but probably not the likes of Chen or Meepo. There’s this concept of transferable skills where if you learn, say, auto-spacing (heh) with Caitlyn, that’s a transferable skill to Jinx. At the very least this allows you to build macro-mastery of League (positioning, map movement, etc) while also investing in the micro-optimizations of a champion.

Looking at other games with pet champions, most characters with engaging multi-unit complexity reward the player for:

  • Cross-map macro play (Meepo teleports and movement)
  • Multi-unit micro-play (SC2 micro)
  • A really annoying radiance bear (Druid)

I do wonder if the skill investment for any of these is so different for League that a champion who rewards players on these axis just makes them a novelty. The issue with novelty champions who reward players on very unique mastery paths is is you end up with massive disparities between the haves and the have nots, and balance becomes a nightmare. Riven is a great example of this. Do we now balance Riven with the expectation that all players have learned to animation cancel? Or do we just allow this one champion who, when fully mastered, has access to more tools and more power than anyone else? I’m not saying Riven is objectively overpowered, but the more unintentional power a champion can access through clever mechanical manipulation, the higher chance a designer just didn’t account for it.

This paints a real black and white picture though. Could the pet system be improved even for the current pet-based champions? Absolutely. Is it an absolute priority for engineering to restructure how unit control occurs within League? I’m not sure.

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Here’s some awesome fan art from this week:

 

Sinful Succulence Morgana by Delectableredz:

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Firecracker & Slayer Jinx by Citemer:

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Demon Vi by muju:

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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.

 

Poppy in Store Banner

With the release of Patch 5.24, Poppy’s rework is now up on live:

 

Poppy heroically charges to live

BY FIZZNCHIPS

After questing all across the PBE, Poppy’s ready to bring her updated story, visuals, and gameplay to live. One of the largest champion updates since Sion, Poppy’s gameplay changes hammer home her role as a tanky teamfight disruptor capable of crushing even the best laid plans with a well-timed mallet smash. With new visuals that bring all of her models up to today’s standards, Poppy’s also the first champion update to include new splashes for each of her skins. Check out Poppy’s PBE debut article for the full gameplay changes and learn even more from her champion update Q&A.

To celebrate the updated yordle juggernaut, we’re bundling Poppy with her skins together and flattening the price. Her Hammer Time bundle weighs in at 3899 RP (25% off) and will be available from19:00 CEST December 9 through 07:59 CEST December 15. Poppy’s Hammer Time Bundle:

  • Poppy
  • Lollipoppy (Legacy)
  • Ragdoll Poppy (Legacy)
  • Blacksmith Poppy (Legacy)
  • Noxus Poppy (Legacy)
  • Battle Regalia Poppy
  • Scarlet Hammer Poppy

Lollipoppy, Ragdoll Poppy, Blacksmith Poppy, and Noxus Poppy are also available separately in the store through January 11 as a special promotion for Poppy’s champion update.


Ready to join Poppy on her quest for the wielder of the hammer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Below you can find a complete preview of Poppy:

 

Poppy’s received a complete visual & gameplay update. There’s no “Traditional” skin for her, meaning if you have her currently, she’ll be completely replaced with her new looks in Patch 5.24.

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MODEL EMOTES

Poppy Model 1 Poppy Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Poppy Recall 2 Poppy Recall 1

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

 

Poppy Final Portrait

GENERAL Banner

  • Health: 540 [+90 per level];
  • Mana: 280;
  • Attack Damage: 58 [+4 per level];
  • Auto-attack range: 125 (melee);
  • Base Movement Speed: 340;
  • Armor: 29 [+4 per level];
  • Magic Resist: 32 [+1.25 per level];

 

IRON AMBASSADOR PASSIVE

Iron Ambassador Final Icon

COOLDOWN: 18/14/10 seconds (values for levels 1/7/13) || RANGE: 400

Poppy’s basic attack throws her buckler, gaining 400 basic attack range and dealing 10 [+ 10*Champion Level] bonus magic damage.

The buckler lands at a nearby location and Poppy can pick it up to gain a shield for 15% of her Maximum Health for 5 seconds. Enemies can step on the buckler to destroy it.

The buckler automatically returns to Poppy if the attack kills the target.

 

Poppy Passive 1 Poppy Passive 2

 

HAMMER SHOCK Q

Hammer Shock Final Icon

COOLDOWN: 9/8/7/6/5 seconds || MANA COST: 35/40/45/50/55

Poppy smashes the ground, dealing 30/65/100/135/170 [+0.7 Bonus AD] [+ 6% of target’s Max HP] as physical damage, and leaving an unstable area.

The area slows enemies inside it by 20/25/30/35/40% and erupts after 1 second, dealing the same damage again. Damage is reduced by 20% against minions.

 

Poppy Q 1 Poppy Q 2

 

STEADFAST PRESENCE W

Steadfast Presence Final Icon

COOLDOWN: 24/22/20/18/16 seconds || MANA COST: 50 at all ranks

Passive: Poppy gains bonus [12% of current Armor] Armor and [12% of current MR] Magic Resist. This bonus is doubled if Poppy is below 40% Max Health.

Active: For the next 2.5 seconds, Poppy gains 27/29/31/33/35% bonus Movement Speed. While Steadfast Presence is active, she stops enemy dashes in an area around her, dealing 70/110/150/190/230 [+0.7 AP] to targets who have their dash blocked.

 

Poppy W 2 Poppy W 1

 

HEROIC CHARGE E

Heroic Charge Final Icon

COOLDOWN: 12/11/10/9/8 seconds || MANA COST: 70 at all ranks

Poppy rushes to target enemy, dealing 50/70/90/110/130 [+0.5 Bonus AD] physical damage and carrying them forward. If Poppy’s target hits terrain, it takes the same damage again and is stunned for 1.6/1.7/1.8/1.9/2 seconds.

 

Poppy E 1 Poppy E 2

 

KEEPERS VERDICT R

Keepers Verdict Final Icon

COOLDOWN: 140/120/100 seconds || MANA COST: 100 at all ranks

First Cast: Poppy channels for up to 4 seconds, decreasing her Movement Speed by 15%. If Poppy doesn’t recast the spell within the 4 second period, the cooldown of the spell is decreased by 75%.

Second Cast: Poppy smashes the ground and sends a shockwave forward that deals 200/300/400 [+0.9 Bonus AD] physical damage and knocks enemy Champions hit a large distance toward their Summoning Platform. The shockwave length and knockback distance increase with channel duration. Enemies are untargetable while they are being knocked away.

 

Poppy R 1 Poppy R 2

 

DEATH ANIMATION Banner

 

 

NOXUS POPPY Banner

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Noxus Poppy Model 2 Noxus Poppy Model 1

Noxus Poppy Recall

 

BLACKSMITH POPPY Banner

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Blacksmith Poppy Model 3 Blacksmith Poppy Model 4 Blacksmith Poppy Model 5

 

RAGDOLL POPPY Banner

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Blacksmith Poppy Model 1 Blacksmith Poppy Model 2

Blacksmith Poppy Recall

 

LOLLIPOPPY Banner

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Lollipoppy Model 1 Lollipoppy Model 2

Lollipoppy Recall

 

BATTLE REGALIA POPPY Banner

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Battle Regalia Poppy Model 1 Battle Regalia Poppy Model 2

Battle Regalia Poppy Recall

 

SCARLET HAMMER POPPY Banner

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Scarlet Poppy Model 2 Scarlet Poppy Model 1

Scarlet Poppy Recall

 

 

Here’s Poppy’s new Champion Select quote:

 

And here’s her short-form client lore:

 

”I’m no hero. Just a yordle with a hammer.” 

Runeterra has no shortage of valiant champions, but few are as tenacious as Poppy. Bearing a hammer twice the length of her body, this determined yordle has spent untold years searching for the ”Hero of Demacia,” a fabled warrior said to be the rightful wielder of her weapon.

 

Here’s Poppy’s login theme that will go live with Patch 5.24 (after December 9th):

 

Here’s the music from the animation:

 

And here’s the still image:

Poppy Still Image Animation

Poppy Champion Spotlight

December 7th, 2015


Poppy’s Champion spotlight has been released:

 

For more on Poppy, you can check out the links below:

[ Complete in-game preview ]

[ Poppy Q&A ]

[ Dev Blog: Forging Poppy’s Hammer ]