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PBE 13/07

 

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.

 

New Splash Arts

 

PROJECT: Ashe

Ashe_Splash_8 (1) AsheLoadScreen_8 (1)

 

PROJECT: Ekko

Ekko_Splash_3 EkkoLoadscreen_3 (1)

 

PROJECT: Katarina

Katarina_Splash_9 KatarinaLoadscreen_9 (1)

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Braum Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxWinters Bite Final IconWinter’s Bite [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 60/105/150/195/240.

 

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Change BoxGatling Gun Final IconGatling Gun [ E ]

  • No longer reduces Armor/MR per hit, to a cap of 4/8/12/16/20 l instead, Gatling Gun now decreases Armor/MR by 10/15/20/25/30 after it hits an enemy 8 times;
  • Counter for Gatling Gun stacks now resets 4 seconds after the enemy stops getting hit by it, increased from 2.

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDemacian Standard Final IconDemacian Standard [ E ]

  • Attack Speed buff increased from 10/13/16/19/22% to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%.

 

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxInspire Final IconInspire [ E ]

  • Base shield strength decreased from 80/110/140/170/200 to 70/100/130/160/190.

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxNull_SphereNull Sphere [ Q ]

  • Base damage increased from 70/95/120/145/170 to 70/100/130/160/190.

 

 

Buff BoxForce_PulseForce Pulse [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 80 at all ranks to 60/65/70/75/80.

 

 

 

Nidalee Final Champion Portrait

 

Change BoxPounce Final IconPounce [ Cougar W ]

  • Pouncing on a target afflicted by Hunt will no longer put Pounce on a 3-second-cooldown; instead, it will slow the target by 50% for 0.5 seconds.

 

 

Renekton Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDominusDominus [ R ]

  • Base magic damage-per-second increased from 30/60/120 to 40/80/120;
  • Fury-per-second increased from 5 to 6.

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health-per-second decreased from 2 to 1.7.

 

 

Shyvana Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health increased from 595 to 600;
  • Base Armor increased from 27.6 to 28.

 

Change BoxDragon's_DescentDragon’s Descent [ R ]

  • Fury generation changed from 1/2/3 per 1.5 seconds to 1/1.5/2 per second.

 

 

 

Taliyah Final Portrait

 

Change BoxThreaded_Volley (1)Threaded Volley [ Q ]

  • Base damage changed from 70/80/100/120/140 to 50/75/100/125/150;
  • Secondary hits now deal 55% of the original damage, increased from 50%;
  • Mana refund from casting [ Q ] while standing on Worked Ground decreased from 50% to 25%;

 

 

Zyra Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDeadly_SpinesDeadly Spines [ Q ]

  • Damage increased from 60/90/120/150/180 [+0.55 AP] to 60/95/130/165/200 [+0.6 AP].

 

 

 

New Summoner Icons

No idea how you can get these yet; stay tuned!

 

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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.

PBE Round-up: Patch 6.5

March 6th, 2016

 

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Patch 6.5 will go live in the early hours of March 9th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

Balance

Skins

Miscellaneous

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Gnar Final Portrait

General

  • Tooltip fix: Now correctly states Gnar’s AA range in Mega form is 175, not 150;
  • Base Attack Damage increased by 3 (from 48 to 51 in Mini form and 54 to 57 in Mega).

 

 

Hecarim Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDevastating Charge Final IconDevastating Charge [ E ]

  • The knockback distance now scales with the distance Hecarim has traveled during [ E ], up to a 50% increase in knockback distance.

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxGolden_AegisGolden Aegis [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 20/18/16/14/12 seconds to 12 at all ranks.

 

 

Buff BoxCataclysm Final IconCataclysm [ R ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 100/125/150 to 100 at all ranks;
  • Now deals full damage to enemies in a small area around the original target.

 

 

Kogmaw Final Portrait

General

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 1.5% to 3.5%.

 

Buff BoxCaustic Spittle Final IconCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 40.

 

 

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

  • Passive removed (no longer gives 15/20/25/30/35/40% bonus Attack Speed);
  • Active grants an additional 10/15/20/25/30 magic damage on-hit.

 

 

Nautilus Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxRiptide Final IconRiptide [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 55/85/115/145/175.

 

 

 

Pantheon Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHeartseeker Strike Final IconHeartseeker Strike [ E ]

  • Total damage decreased from 80/140/220/260/320 [+3.6 Bonus AD] to 80/130/180/230/280 [+3.0 Bonus AD];
  • Minion damage increased from 50% to 60% (roughly the same damage after the nerfs);
  • Tooltip has been reworked: it now notes the total damage against champions, with a white counter below that notes the damage-per-strike.

 


Change BoxGrand Skyfall [ R ]
Grand Skyfall Final Icon

  • Mana cost decreased from 125 at all ranks to 100;
  • Mana refund for cancelling the channel has been removed (85 mana refund on live);
  • Cooldown after cancelling the channel increased from 10 seconds to 30.

 

 

Renekton Final Portrait

 

Change BoxSlice_and_DiceSlice and Dice [ E ]

  • Fury gained for hitting non-Champion targets with Dice decreased from 2.5 to 2;
  • Slice now generates 2 Fury for non-Champion targets and 10 for Champion targets (doesn’t generate any Fury on live).

 

 

Change BoxDominusDominus [ R ]

  • While in Dominus, Renekton gains 25 bonus auto-attack range which doesn’t apply for his W;
  • Bonus Health changed from 200/400/800 to 250/500/750.

 

 

Sejuani Final Portrait

 

Permafrost [ E ]  Buff BoxPermafrost Final Icon

  • Base damage increased from 60/90/120/150/180 to 80/105/130/155/180.

 

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

 

Change BoxStarcall Final IconStarcall [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 40 at all ranks;
  • Cooldown decreased from 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds to 5 at all ranks;
  • Now slows all targets hit by Starcall, regardless of whether they were in the center or not (slow range up from 110 to 265);
  • Hitting an enemy Champion now grants Soraka “Rejuvenation” for 4 seconds, which restores 14/16/18/20/22 [+0.1 AP] health-per-second and grants 15% Movement Speed when not moving toward enemy Champions;
  • Updated Starcall’s visual effects to better match the area of effect (no gameplay changes to range).

 

Change BoxAstral Infusion Final IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

  • Base heal decreased from 120/150/180/210/240 to 80/110/140/170/200;
  • Self-heal mechanic on Q vs enemy Champions removed (25/35/45/55/65 [+0.4 AP] on live);
  • If cast while under the effect of Rejuvenation, Soraka will give her target “Rejuvenation” for 3/3.5/4/4.5/5 seconds (based on Q rank, buff gives identical stats to the ally);
  • No longer able to target minions.

 

 

Talon Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxShadow Assault Final IconShadow Assault [ R ]

  • Mana cost increased from 80/90/100 to 100 at all ranks;
  • Cooldown increased from 75/65/55 seconds to 100/80/60.

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

General

  • Base Attack Damage increased from 52 to 54.

 

Nerf BoxTerror Capacitator Final IconTerror Capacitor [ W ]

  • Duration of shield decreased from 7 seconds to 5.

 

 

Buff BoxHyper Kinetic Position Reverser Final IconHyper-Kinetic Position Reverser [ R ]

  • Now additionally fears all targets around the swapped target for 1.5 seconds in a 375 radius (after the swap completes).

 

 

Vi Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxExcessive Force Final IconExcessive Force [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 40/45/50/55/60;
  • Base damage increased from 5/20/35/50/65 to 10/30/50/70/90.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Buff BoxGuardian Angel Final IconGuardian Angel

  • Recipe cost decreased from 1380 Gold to 1180 (total cost down from 2900 Gold to 2700);
  • On revival, restores either 700 Health or 30% of your maximum health, whichever value is higher.

 

 

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Rift Herald Final IconThe Rift Herald

  • Devourer stacks granted for killing the Herald decreased from 5 to 2.

 

 

 

DEATH BLOSSOM KHAZIX  Banner

Death Blossom Kha’Zix will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

Khazix_Splash_3 Khazix_3

 

MODEL Banner

Death Blossom Khazix Model 1 Death Blossom Khazix Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Death Blossom Khazix Recall 1 Death Blossom Khazix Recall 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

UNSEEN THREAT PASSIVE

Death Blossom Khazix Passive 1

 

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Death Blossom Khazix Q 1 Death Blossom Khazix Q 2

 

VOID SPIKE W

Death Blossom Khazix W 1 Death Blossom Khazix W 2

 

LEAP E

Death Blossom Khazix E 1 Death Blossom Khazix E 2

 

VOID ASSAULT R

Death Blossom Khazix R 1

 

EVOLVED ENLARGED CLAWS R Q

Death Blossom Khazix R Q 1 Death Blossom Khazix R Q 2 Death Blossom Khazix R Q 3

 

EVOLVED SPIKE RACKS R W

Death Blossom Khazix R W 1 Death Blossom Khazix R W 2

 

EVOLVED WINGS R E

Death Blossom Khazix R E 2 Death Blossom Khazix R E 3

Death Blossom Khazix R E 1

 

EVOLVED ACTIVE CAMOUFLAGE R R

Death Blossom Khazix R R 3 Death Blossom Khazix R R 2 

 

 

ELDERWOOD LEBLANC Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

Leblanc_Splash_5 Leblanc_5

 

MODEL Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Model 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Recall 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Recall 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

BASIC ATTACKS Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Auto Attack Elderwood LeBlanc Auto Attack 2

 

MIRROR IMAGE PASSIVE

Elderwood LeBlanc Passive 1

 

SIGIL OF MALICE Q

Elderwood LeBlanc Q 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Q 2

 

DISTORTION W

Elderwood LeBlanc W 1 Elderwood LeBlanc W 2

 

Ethereal Chains E

Elderwood LeBlanc E 1 Elderwood LeBlanc E 2

Elderwood LeBlanc E 3

 

MIMIC R Q

Elderwood LeBlanc R Q 1 Elderwood LeBlanc R Q 2

 

MIMIC R W

Elderwood LeBlanc R W 1 Elderwood LeBlanc R W 2

 

MIMIC R E

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HEXTECH ANNIE Banner

Hextech Annie will NOT be available for purchase! It’s a reward for getting 10 gemstones from the Hextech Crafting system (read below for details):

 

Annie_Splash_10

 

MODEL Banner

Hextech Annie Model 1 Hextech Annie Model 2

Hextech Annie Passive 1

 

Recall Banner

Hextech Annie Recall 1 Hextech Annie Recall 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

BASIC ATTACKS Banner

Hextech Annie Basic Attack 1 Hextech Annie Basic Attack 2

 

DISINTEGRATE Q

Hextech Annie Q 1 Hextech Annie Q 2

 

INCINERATE W

Hextech Annie W 1 Hextech Annie W 2

 

MOLTEN SHIELD E

Hextech Annie E 1 Hextech Annie E 2

 

SUMMON TIBBERS R

Hextech Annie R 1 Hextech Annie R 2

Hextech Annie R 3 Hextech Annie R 4

 

Hextech Annie crafting and gemstones

Riot Mirross Final PortraitHi all!

Everyone’s favorite combo of sugar, spice, nice, and plenty of burning is getting a new skin as part of hextech crafting and loot. In order to secure appropriate testing for Hextech Annie, we’re putting her and her hextechnically-augmented Tibbers on PBE early, but don’t expect her to debut with the launch of hextech crafting and loot.

Featuring an all-new model, textures, animations and particle effects as well as new sounds, Hextech Annie is intended to be available exclusively through hextech crafting and the loot system by acquiring 10 gemstones either in normal chests and promotional chests through rare drops or by picking up special promo chest bundles (which’ll guarantee a gemstone drop). Gemstones are rare loot drops that can be crafted into a chest and key bundle or saved to combine to craft Hextech Annie.

Promo chests will only be available at limited times and may have different content inside compared to normal chests. For testing on the PBE, we’ve unlocked Hextech Promo Chest bundles in the store so players can pick up Hextech Annie as soon as possible. During this test, buying one of the 10-chest bundles guarantees a gemstone in addition to the gemstones you can find in the chests themselves.

As we mentioned at the beginning, Hextech Annie won’t be available at the launch of hextech crafting and loot. We’ll test her on PBE before testing her release to live servers in Turkey (where we’ve been testing hextech crafting and loot for a little while now). When hextech crafting and loot debut on all live servers, Hextech Annie will follow shortly after.

Lastly, we’re pretty sure everyone’s used to this by now, but please keep in mind the promo chests have been heavily discounted for testing on PBE, and the drop rates of items in the chests may also change before we go live.

Leave your feedback on the skin or even the idea of a free, exclusive skin in hextech crafting below, and we’ll see you on the PBE battlefields!

  • Mirross

 [ Link to Post ]

 


Hextech Ward Banner

The Hextech Ward skin will (probably) be available for 640 RP.

 

Hextech Ward 2 Hextech Ward 1

 

 

HEXTECH CRAFTING Banner

This is a new in-client system that nets you rewards like skins and Champions. Below I’ve written down all the ways you can earn content and craft:

 

You’ll need Hextech Keys and Hextech Chests. You’ll earn Hextech Keys for winning matchmade games (meaning any game type except Custom games).

Chests are trickier; they’re rewards for performing well on a particular Champion. You earn chests through the Mastery system, but keep in mind that you can only earn one chest per season with a given Champion. Every time you get an S rank, you’ll get a chest, up to a maximum of four chests per month.

Alternatively, you can buy both keys and chests for 125 RP each in the store.

Crafting 1 Crafting 2

 

There are unique, RP-exclusive chests called “premium chests”. These contain more loot and can be bought in a bundle with a key for 195 RP. There’s also a separate opening animation for these that’s different from the one for default chests you get for S ranks:

Premium Chests

Premium Chest 1 Premium Chest 2

 

Once you have a pair, you can open chests using keys through the interface found by clicking on the shard icon below your username. After the animation, you’ll receive either a Champion Shard, a Skin Shard, a Ward Skin Shard, Cosmic Essence, Champion Essence or a combination of all those. Note that a chest will never contain essence only.

 

Think of Champion and Skin Shards as tickets for temporary access to Champions. You can do four things with those.

Crafting 4

 

First, you can re-roll both types of Shards into permanent Champions or Skins, respectively. To do so, you’ll need three Shards. The catch? Your reward is random.

 

You can disenchant both Champion Shards and Skin Shards for Champion Essence and Skins Essence, respectively.

Crafting 11 Crafting 12

 

You’ll need this essence to upgrade Champion Shards and Skin Shards into specific permanent Champions and Skins.

 

Lastly, you can rent Champions and Skins for 7 days. This will use up their respective Shards.

Crafting 13

 

The rent period will be displayed on your Summoner Profile. It’s also the place where you can check how many chests you can unlock until the end of the month and what Champions you’ve already unlocked a chest with.

Crafting 15

Crafting 14

 

Sometimes you’ll find Rare Gems in your chests. These contain one chest and one key.

Crafting 9 Crafting 10

 

You can earn Ward Skin Shards through these chests. These work the same way as regular Skin Shards.

Crafting 7 Crafting 8

 

You can also earn Summoner Icons. These will instantly be added to your account.

Crafting 5 Crafting 6

 

 

STORE VISUAL UPDATE Banner

 

The store has received a visual overhaul. Here are screenshots of all the menus:

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Store Update 3 Store Update 4

Store Update 5 Store Update 6

 

 

NEW SPELL ICONS Banner

 

Cho’gath has received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

GreenTerror_TailSpike GreenTerror_SpikeSlam GreenTerror_FeralScream GreenTerror_ChitinousExoplates GreenTerror_Feast

 


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

Skins

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.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Hecarim Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDevastating Charge Final IconDevastating Charge [ E ]

  • The knockback distance now scales with the distance Hecarim has traveled during [ E ], up to a 50% increase in knockback distance.

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDragon Strike Final IconDragon Strike [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 45/50/55/60/65 to 40/45/50/55/60.

 

 

Buff BoxCataclysm Final IconCataclysm [ R ]

  • Now deals full damage to enemies in a small area around his target;
  • Cataclysm now automatically plants a flag (same as Demacian Standard [ E ]) in the middle of the circle.

 

 

Pantheon Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHeartseeker Strike Final IconHeartseeker Strike [ E ]

  • Total damage decreased from 80/140/220/260/320 [+3.6 Bonus AD] to 80/130/180/230/280 [+3.0 Bonus AD];
  • Minion damage increased from 50% to 60% (roughly the same damage after the nerfs);
  • Tooltip has been reworked: it now notes the total damage against champions, with a white counter below that notes the damage-per-strike.


Buff BoxGrand Skyfall Final IconGrand Skyfall [ R ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 125 at all ranks to 100.

 

 

 

Renekton Final Portrait

 

Nerf Box Slice_and_DiceSlice and Dice [ E ]

  • Fury gained for hitting minions and monsters decreased from 2.5 to 2.

 

 

Change BoxDominusDominus [ R ]

  • Bonus Health changed from 200/400/800 to 250/500/750.

 

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTerror Capacitator Final IconTerror Capacitor [ W ]

  • Duration of shield decreased from 7 seconds to 5.

 

 

Buff BoxHyper Kinetic Position Reverser Final IconHyper-Kinetic Position Reverser [ R ]

  • The 1.5 second fear in a 375 radius around the swapped target mechanic is back for testing!

 

 

Vi Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxExcessive Force Final IconExcessive Force [ E ]

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

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Buff BoxGuardian Angel Final IconGuardian Angel

  • Recipe cost decreased from 1380 Gold to 1180 (total cost down from 2900 Gold to 2700);
  • On revival, restores either 700 Health or 30% of your maximum health, whichever value is higher.

 

 

ELDERWOOD LEBLANC Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc will be available in store for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Model 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Recall 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Recall 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

BASIC ATTACKS Banner

Elderwood LeBlanc Auto Attack Elderwood LeBlanc Auto Attack 2

 

MIRROR IMAGE PASSIVE

Elderwood LeBlanc Passive 1

 

SIGIL OF MALICE Q

Elderwood LeBlanc Q 1 Elderwood LeBlanc Q 2

 

DISTORTION W

Elderwood LeBlanc W 1 Elderwood LeBlanc W 2

 

Ethereal Chains E

Elderwood LeBlanc E 1 Elderwood LeBlanc E 2

Elderwood LeBlanc E 3

 

MIMIC R Q

Elderwood LeBlanc R Q 1 Elderwood LeBlanc R Q 2

 

MIMIC R W

Elderwood LeBlanc R W 1 Elderwood LeBlanc R W 2

 

MIMIC R E

Elderwood LeBlanc R E 1 Elderwood LeBlanc R E 2Elderwood LeBlanc R E 3

 

PBE Bugs Feedback Thread Elderwood Leblanc

Nurse Flan Final PortraitElderwood Leblanc has been re-imagined as a trickster fairy! She’s a fancy magical forest dweller with a flower/butterly motif!
As a little aside, internally we call the little blue bird on her horn, Chuchu! haha

  • Completely new model (fairy!)
  • New particles for abilities! (petals and sparkles!)
  • New recall! (she flutters around!)
  • New audio for abilities and recall! (magical!)
  • Some new animations – her wings flutter for her W and R-W, plus her recall!
  • Set to be 1350RP* (pricing always subject to change)

As players who get the first look at this in-progress skin, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on the new Mecha skins! The feedback and bugs you leave here will help us get a better idea of things we may still have to take a look at. :]
See you on the Rift!

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HEXTECH ANNIE Banner

Hextech Annie will NOT be available for purchase! It’s a reward for getting 10 gemstones from the Hextech Crafting system (read below for details):

 

Annie_Splash_10

 

MODEL Banner

Hextech Annie Model 1 Hextech Annie Model 2

Hextech Annie Passive 1

 

Recall Banner

Hextech Annie Recall 1 Hextech Annie Recall 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

BASIC ATTACKS Banner

Hextech Annie Basic Attack 1 Hextech Annie Basic Attack 2

 

DISINTEGRATE Q

Hextech Annie Q 1 Hextech Annie Q 2

 

INCINERATE W

Hextech Annie W 1 Hextech Annie W 2

 

MOLTEN SHIELD E

Hextech Annie E 1 Hextech Annie E 2

 

SUMMON TIBBERS R

Hextech Annie R 1 Hextech Annie R 2

Hextech Annie R 3 Hextech Annie R 4

 

Hextech Annie crafting and gemstones

Riot Mirross Final PortraitHi all!

Everyone’s favorite combo of sugar, spice, nice, and plenty of burning is getting a new skin as part of hextech crafting and loot. In order to secure appropriate testing for Hextech Annie, we’re putting her and her hextechnically-augmented Tibbers on PBE early, but don’t expect her to debut with the launch of hextech crafting and loot.

Featuring an all-new model, textures, animations and particle effects as well as new sounds, Hextech Annie is intended to be available exclusively through hextech crafting and the loot system by acquiring 10 gemstones either in normal chests and promotional chests through rare drops or by picking up special promo chest bundles (which’ll guarantee a gemstone drop). Gemstones are rare loot drops that can be crafted into a chest and key bundle or saved to combine to craft Hextech Annie.

Promo chests will only be available at limited times and may have different content inside compared to normal chests. For testing on the PBE, we’ve unlocked Hextech Promo Chest bundles in the store so players can pick up Hextech Annie as soon as possible. During this test, buying one of the 10-chest bundles guarantees a gemstone in addition to the gemstones you can find in the chests themselves.

As we mentioned at the beginning, Hextech Annie won’t be available at the launch of hextech crafting and loot. We’ll test her on PBE before testing her release to live servers in Turkey (where we’ve been testing hextech crafting and loot for a little while now). When hextech crafting and loot debut on all live servers, Hextech Annie will follow shortly after.

Lastly, we’re pretty sure everyone’s used to this by now, but please keep in mind the promo chests have been heavily discounted for testing on PBE, and the drop rates of items in the chests may also change before we go live.

Leave your feedback on the skin or even the idea of a free, exclusive skin in hextech crafting below, and we’ll see you on the PBE battlefields!

  • Mirross

 [ Link to Post ]

 

 

NEW SPELL ICONS Banner

 

Cho’gath has received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

GreenTerror_TailSpike GreenTerror_SpikeSlam GreenTerror_FeralScream GreenTerror_ChitinousExoplates GreenTerror_Feast

 


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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WIZARDRENEK5

Sorry for the late update, I moved!

Once I settled down, I fired up a game and bam! A Fizz agreed to trade roles with a Renekton, but the trade never happened. As soon as the game loaded up Renekton was furious because he had his Fizz runes and masteries, and all the Fizz had to say was “whoops (:”.

Needless to say the game was filled with very colorful language. Oh well!

 

Author: Ketherly twitter

Edit: I probably will not update this banner haha, here’s a poorly made process gif instead!WIZARDRENEKprocess

 

Champion Rotation February 3 Banner

The following Champions will be free-to-play until February 3rd:

 

Brand Final Portrait

Dr Mundo Final Portrait

Jinx Final Portrait

Kalista Final Portrait

Leona Final Portrait

Nautilus Final Portrait

Renekton Final Portrait

Taric Final Portrait

Viktor Final Portrait

Volibear Final Portrait

 

 

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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New Tribunal Banner

 

 

If the Tribunal is down, how are reports stored

Lyte Final PortraitReports are still being used by a variety of systems that aren’t tied to the Tribunal.

Some examples include:

  • Chat Restrictions, which are given to players who show moderate verbal toxicity.
  • Intentional Feeder Bans, which are given to players who currently show intentional feeding patterns in their games.
  • Ranked Restrictions, which are given to players who show toxicity in Ranked Modes and restricts them from playing Ranked until they improve their behaviors.
  • Escalated Bans, which are 14-day bans given to players who show extreme verbal toxicity.

There’s a team at Riot working hard on the Tribunal, and we realize it’s been down for 6 months now. One of the biggest problems of the system was the speed of its feedback loops, as it would often take longer than a week for a player to receive their punishment. As we’ve mentioned before, the faster the feedback, the better the results. A second problem was that many territories in the world never got a Tribunal at all due to hardware/infrastructure issues.

We intend to have more news about the Tribunal in 2015, and are planning some initial tests of the new system. For example, we’re seeing how current reports affect the new system, and we’ll be looking for some players to help us test the system on the PBE in 2015.

Some of the new features in the system include:

  • the ability to review positive players in the Tribunal and grant them some rewards
  • new ways for players to see their contributions to the community in the Justice Reviews
  • a visual update to the entire system, including the Case Review and Reform Cards
  • a new tier system for punishments so that players only get 1 warning and 2 chances before they completely lose their account
  • optimized algorithms that hopefully allow us to ensure that players get punished or rewarded within a few days of their Tribunal case (we still need to tune this)
  • the ability for awesome contributors in the Tribunal to earn some in-game rewards each year

There’s some other additions to the Tribunal, but these are some of the cooler things I’m looking forward to as a League player myself. Anyways, we’ll talk more about some of our plans on how we’ll re-introduce the Tribunal back into League in 2015. We apologize for the delay; unfortunately, scaling the Tribunal globally to millions of players proved to be more difficult than we initially expected… but when you’re making something that millions of people will use, nothing is ever easy.

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Wookieecookie Final PortraitGood question!

We still store reports on our servers and they are helpful for a number of different things.

You might have noticed but while the Tribunal is down we have a few features to monitor behavior. These include Chat Restriction, new Leaverbuster, PBJ Ban Audits, intentional feeding audits, and hack/scripting bans.

Reports are not the core of these features but they help us a lot. They especially help me or someone else on my team when we’re investigating a player.

We’re not looking at one or two reports and drawing conclusions, we know that such a small sample size is not really indicative of how a person may act in game. We’re always looking for trends and patterns.

That’s why I really REALLY encourage you to leave a report on any player you feel deserves it. But, most importantly; leave a comment explaining why!

A report with a comment is much more helpful and valuable to us than a blank report.

One rule of thumb I have when I report players is that if I can’t be bothered to leave an explanation why, then they probably were not worth reporting in the first place. 😀

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Do you assume that all blank reports are pointless

Wookieecookie Final PortraitOh, don’t get me wrong! We still do use reports without comments. It’s just more helpful for us when there is a note explaining why.

Don’t feel like you have to write an essay either! Being brief and descriptive is all you’ll need. (Although if you have more to say, that’s fine too!)

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Does that mean that the Honor ribbons are going away

Lyte Final PortraitWe actually have a follow-up design to Honor that will make it compatible with the new Tribunal.

It won’t come out at the same time, but Honor is something we’re working on in 2015.

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Will the new Tribunal accept reports from Custom Games

Lyte Final PortraitAt this time, the launch of the new Tribunal does not include support for Custom Games; however, what queues are “active” or not are a simple toggle in the new system.

As with any new system we want to manage the launch very carefully and not simply open the floodgates of every queue on the system. If all matchmade queues are doing well after the Tribunal launch and we want to expand into Custom Games, we can.

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How will positive players be rewarded by the Tribunal

Lyte Final PortraitWhen players log into the new Tribunal they will be presented with a random case that could be Negative, Neutral or Positive. Because there’s 3 options and random “test” cases, it’s very difficult for players to simply spam “Punish” in the new system because they’ll quickly get flagged for being highly inaccurate, and also this new setup encourages players to dive deeper into cases and read the details instead of potentially seeing something like 90% of cases be punishable.

If you get presented a Positive case, and you vote Positive, the player in the case will get a small in-game prize that is still TBD but should be a nice little pat on the back for the player. Players that are rated positive in the Tribunal often will also be eligible for more frequent rewards like the double IP Boost we tested a few weeks ago.

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Why did you shut down the old Tribunal while working on the new one

Lyte Final PortraitUnfortunately, maintaining a “live” system is a decent amount of work for a team so if we kept the old system up and running it would have potentially taken much longer to get the new system up. It is also much harder to run some analytics and research tests when 2 systems are concurrently “live.” For example, it was much easier to run Escalated Ban and Ranked Restriction tests without an old Tribunal also reviewing cases and judging the same behaviors these other systems were monitoring and punishing for. Now that we understand how Escalated Bans and Ranked Restrictions work without any other systems interfering, we can incorporate them much easier into the new Tribunal.

Not to get into the nitty gritty, but for example if we’re upgrading tech stacks or hardware throughout League of Legends, this team would have to keep up with these changes on the old system while also building a new one for the future so it’s also a lot of redundant work.

Although it was a painful choice, and one that we can debate for the ages, we made the choice to shut the old Tribunal down to focus all team resources on the new one.

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Reports stored arent read by real people

Lyte Final PortraitThis is false for several reasons.

One, the Report System takes into account every player’s report accuracy. If your reports are accurate, your reports will mean more and the systems will actually take your votes into account.

If your reports are inaccurate, if you spam reports, or if you simply do silly things like get a premade group of 4 to report someone for no reason, your reports will lose value over time.

If reports just resulted in punishment no matter what, trust me, you’d hear about millions of false positives on the forums, not just a few players complaining about their bans every so often.

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Why is Lee Sin being ignored as an issue

Scruffy Final PortraitNothing to see here folks… move along…

Only Kidding! I don’t think we have anything against talking about Lee Sin, we just don’t comment on every thread that pops up on the boards.

On subject, there is a lot to talk about with Lee Sin as a champion. Just to name a few things:

  • He’s fun as hell with a high skill cap and lots of depth to his play (love this)
  • He is pretty unfocused, and this is more of a symptom of the older champ development style that he was created in (see irelia etc). The question of “what makes lee sin special as a champ?” isn’t easy to answer – is it mobility, tankiness, damage, who knows. He definitely needs a bit more focus, and that probably involves both toning down some of his unnecessary strengths and pumping up the things that are what make him really unique.
  • At any given time he may be a little strong or a little weak like any other champion. Number tuning happens a lot and our Live Balance team works full time to do this kind of work. If we aren’t addressing champs that are out of balance as quickly as we should, it’s fair to call us out.
  • Last thing, and this is more about just our resources and time – we can definitely make him a better champ, but there are 122 other champions in the game and IMO some need updating more than he does. (fully stacked urgot tear).

EDIT: A lot of you think that he is a very high priority problem right now holding back a lot of other junglers. We will take a serious look at where he is at currently in terms of pushing out other jungler’s viability.

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Every dominant Champion safe for Lee has been nerfed

Scruffy Final PortraitLee Sin has been nerfed many times in the past and if he continues to dominate he will be again. Sorry if that wasn’t clear above.

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So youll keep Lee Sin strong because hes popular

Scruffy Final PortraitI was more talking about a rework being lower priority. Buffs and nerfs are always things that should happen to keep the game balanced. We don’t want Lee or any other champion to be the clearly best jungler. There are 123 champs in the game for a reason, the diversity is a big reason why playing LoL is interesting.

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Lee Sin should be a top priority not after Sion or Soraka

Scruffy Final PortraitYou have a good point, we shouldn’t only focus on the bottom of the barrel champs as you say. Sometimes fixing an overly dominant pick can open up doors for a lot of other champs. I’ll do some more analysis and talk to the balance team about his current state to make sure we are doing all that we should for the character. I have a feeling that he was not the top of their priority list in the most recent patch (cough warwick).

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[ Note ] You can find the full changelist on Renekton here.

 

 

SmashGizmo Final PortraitHey guys, SmashGizmo here to give some context on the Renekton changes that just hit PBE today. Essentially, we’re looking to do two things here:

Give Renekton a lot more Fury when he’s fighting champions and a little less Fury when he’s not interacting with champions.

 

Reign of Anger [ Passive ]

  • FURY DECAY RATE:: 2/second >>> 4/second

Cull the Meek [ Q ]

  • FURY GENERATION ON NON-CHAMPION HIT:: 5/target >>> 2.5/target
  • FURY GENERATION ON CHAMPION HIT:: 5/target >>> 10/target

Ruthless Predator [ W ]

NEW – FURY GENERATION BONUS VS CHAMPIONS:: 10 Fury

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  • NEW – FURY GENERATION ON NON-CHAMPION HIT:: 2.5/target
  • NEW – FURY GENERATION ON CHAMPION HIT:: 10/target

We really wanted to give Renekton some new ways to spike his Fury generation in teamfights without making his laning power go crazy, so we’ve put conditional Fury generation on all of his non-empowered abilities that is stronger vs. Champions than vs. minions. We also increased the decay rate on Fury so that Renekton doesn’t sit on full Fury without staying in combat.

Also, a small note here, Renekton has never generated Fury when using empowered abilities, so while the tooltips are being more explicit about this interaction, the mechanics haven’t been changed with regards to empowered abilities.

Smooth out Renekton’s healing from Cull the Meek so that it is still relevant later in the game.

Cull the Meek [ Q ]

  • HEALING VS MINIONS (Non Fury Enhanced):: 5% damage >>> 3/4.5/6/7.5/9 (+0.04 Bonus AD)
  • HEALING VS MINIONS (Fury Enhanced):: 10% damage >>> 9/13.5/18/22.5/27 (+0.12 Bonus AD)
  • HEALING VS CHAMPIONS (Non Fury Enhanced):: 20% damage >>> 9/13.5/18/22.5/27 (+0.12 Bonus AD)
  • HEALING VS CHAMPIONS (Fury Enhanced):: 40% damage >>> 27/40.5/54/67.5/81 (+0.36 Bonus AD)

I apologize for how mathy this ends up being, but the tl;dr here is that healing vs. minions is unchanged and the healing vs. champions is better vs. targets with higher armor. Basically, we wanted Renekton to still have the choice to heal himself with Empowered Q after opponents built armor, since the ability’s main function breaks down in the middle of teamfights on live right now. The current tuning on this healing is that he’s going from 20%/40% post-mitigation healing to 15%/30% pre-mitigation healing, which is almost always a buff for him (except at very very low armor values).

All in all, we’re just hoping to get Renekton into a better spot where his late game is not so impotent, while still leaving him with the strong early power curve we’ve come to know him for.

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Will Pulsefire Ezreal receive a visual update

IronStylus Final PortraitChances are we wouldn’t touch him unless we were doing an update across the board, not limited to just a TU. We do have concepts for his other skins but PFE is a major hurdle in the way of such an update. Not so much in the texture repaint, but everything from ability hookups to file structures to a lot of other technical stuff.

The character is 4 models with a pile of other assets. Though we’re itching to get at Ez also, we are indeed weary about affecting PFE. It’s a difficult call and if we were going to update him, we’d want to go pretty all in.

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What happened to the Yorick Rework

Scruffy Final PortraitYorick is a champ that really does need work, I agree.

To answer your question, unfortunately Xelnath is working on other things so the Yorick project is on hold. I know that we will come back to it some day and the work Xelnath did gives us a good head start. But he is currently not in the pipe.

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Meddler Final PortraitAs we’ve discussed in the past, and as Scruffy mentions in that thread you’ve linked, we agree Yorick’s got some problems that need fixing. We’ve never said we didn’t have any plans to do so however. He’s not currently scheduled in our update lineup, that’s because we can’t work on everything at once, not a lack of desire to make him better.


On the gameplay side at least (I can’t speak for certain about art or creative design) Yorick’s going to be a really large project. Maybe not quite as big as Sion, but at a guess pretty close and right now Poppy’s our biggest focus on the gameplay update front (few details athttp://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/champions-skins/champion-update/dev-blog-champion-updates). I get that it’s frustrating to see other champions prioritized above those you feel have a greater need, I do want to stress though that ‘not currently being worked on’ is not the same as ‘no plans to fix’.

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Is the Urgot rework next, or Poppys

Meddler Final PortraitLast I heard we hadn’t committed to a timeframe on Urgot (he’s another high value, but really large, job). Unless something goes wrong Poppy’s going to be the next really large gameplay rework. You’ll almost certainly see small and medium sized gameplay updates before her though.

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The community should make a wishlist for the store

SaberPrivateer Final PortraitWe’ve heard this quite a bit from players. It would make gifting a lot more meaningful if you can surprise a friend with exactly what they want. As opposed to having to message, “hey…umm…lets assume you were gonna get a gift, what would you want?” This is something we want to build but to set expectations, we won’t be getting to it anytime soon.

As for the shopping cart, a big trade-off is all the extra steps and clutter to account for the interface. We’ve made a decision to focus on efficient one-off purchases. A typical use case for this is hitting 4800 IP and running to the store to get that champ you’ve been saving up for!

I’d like to know more about what is going through your mind when you feel the need for a shopping cart? What is the thought process and other benefits?

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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.

 

 

The following Champions will be free-to-play until October 14th:



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


 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 10th:

 

 

Champions

 

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Baron Von Veigar – 487 RP

 

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Buccaneer Tristana – 260 RP

 

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Officer Vi – 487 RP

 

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

 

 

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

 

Patch 4.16 Notes:

 

Schedule for Patch 4.16 Maintenance:


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Scarizard New PortraitHey y’all,

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

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

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

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

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



General

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

 



New Champion - Azir, The Emperor of the Sands


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

Azir Passive

Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

Azir Basic Attack

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Azir W

Arise! [ W ]

Azir Q

Conquering Sands [ Q ]

Azir E

Shifting Sands [ E ]

Azir R

Emperor’s Divide [ R ]

 

Azir New Portrait

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


Will of the Emperor [ Passive ]

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

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


Conquering Sands [ Q ]

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

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


Arise! [ W ]

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

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

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


Shifting Sands [ E ]

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

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


Emperor’s Divide [ R ]

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

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

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

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

 

Azir Voice-over (full credit to SkinSpotlights)

 

 

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New Splash Arts


 

Classic Akali

 

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Classic Cassiopeia

 

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Classic Orianna

 

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Classic Renekton

 

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New Summoner Icons


 

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Extra Shurima Lore


 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Renekton New Portrait

 

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

 

Sivir New Portrait

 

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

 

Skarner New Portrait

 

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

 

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

 

 

Cassiopeia Rework

 

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  Deadly Cadence New IconAspect of the Serpent [ Passive ]

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

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

 

Noxious Blast New IconNoxious Blast [ Q ]

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

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

 

Miasma New IconMiasma [ W ]

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

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

 

Twin Fang New IconTwin Fang [ E ]

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

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

 

Petrifying Gaze New IconPetrifying Gaze [ R ]

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

 

 

Cassiopeia Texture Update

 

Cassiopeia Model

Cassiopeia Model 2

 

Renekton Texture Update

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

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Renekton Texture Update

 

Upcoming Ward Skins


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

 

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Sun Disk Ward Skin

 

Sun Disk Ward

 

Armordillo Ward Skin

 

Armordillo Ward Skin

 

Sad Mummy Ward Skin

 

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

 

Sad Mummy Ward SKin

 

 

Match History

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

 

Bugfixes

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

 

 

Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix Skin

 

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Galactic Azir Skin

 

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Summary

Viktor‘s third rework has been posted on the forums and with that – a new splash art. In other map topics, Dominion has been receiving a fair bit of criticism lately for being largely abandoned by Riot and Ghostcrawler and ManWolf took to the forums to explain the company’s priorities and why a Ranked queue in Dominion would harm the mode. A thread was open on GD to collect feedback on Cassiopeia’s rework and finally, lore pieces for Xerath’s ascension and Azir – the new Champion coming with Patch 4.16 – were posted on LoL”s FB page.

TL;DR in featured comments.

 

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A series of lore pieces were posted on LoL’s facebook page, detailing Xerath’s Ascension lore and the involvement of Nasus, Renekton and Azir in his story.



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“In ancient Shurima, young emperor Azir was persuaded by Xerath, his magus, to attempt the fabled Ascension ritual – despite ancient warnings to do so only in times of direst threat.”

 

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“Azir’s hubris proved disastrous. As the Sun Disc focused the dawn rays into a transformative beam, Xerath betrayed Azir, shoving his emperor aside and stealing its power for himself.”


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“In an instant, Azir was obliterated – and Xerath remade as a spectral being of pure, malevolent energy – as the city around them was swallowed whole by the desert.”

 

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“Nasus and Renekton, Ascended heroes of Shuriman legend, sensed in an instant that something had gone terribly wrong and rushed to the Sun Disc. They hurled Xerath into a chained sarcophagus – but the magus shattered it into shards.”

 

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“Renekton dragged Xerath into the Tomb of the Emperors and shouted to Nasus to seal the door. With a heavy heart, Nasus entombed his brother with a madman in the buried ruins for all eternity.

Or so he believed…”

 

 

Why is Xerath a traitor and a villain in this lore

Runaan New PortraitHey, look! Stuff I wrote! :O Blast from the past. Xerath was actually the first character I wrote for entirely (Talon’s judgment was my first), so this is a fun flashback. 

So, no spoilers, but look at it this way: the Shurima event is largely going to be Azir’s story, from Azir’s point of view. Events will be colored in a way that may paint Xerath as the “villain” in this scenario, but that doesn’t necessarily tell you the whole side of his story. 

Imagine what the mages who imprisoned Xerath in his original lore thought of him: a guy who more or less betrayed his people, nuked their civilization, all for what? For power? They didn’t have all the information that you guys have from his Judgment, for example. To them, he was also a very clear-cut “villain.” 

We always wanted Xerath to have a sympathetic backstory, even if he does cross a moral event horizon at some point. Remember when you hated Severus Snape for most of the Harry Potter series, only to have “his side” revealed much, much later, and how game-changing that was? Keep in mind that a story isn’t always told with 100% of the information front loaded. Just because it’s not immediately there, spelled out, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist within the character, or we’ve forgotten about it.

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Runaan New PortraitI think the Snape example still applies – sometimes it’s worth it to save character details for later down the story, where the reveal might hold more meaning. Snape was pretty much a bad guy for most of Harry Potter (as it was from Harry’s PoV). Don Draper may seem like an excessively misogynistic jerk through a lot of Mad Men, but revealing details about his upbringing sheds light on why this is a part of him – something that’s not done until much, much later in the series. 

What you seem to be asking for is all the details on every character up front. That isn’t a story… it’s an encyclopedia entry.

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Tell us the perspective before writing one-sided lore

Runaan New PortraitErr, stories are never really ABOUT facts, stories are stories – again, it seems like you’re asking for super objective stuff when stories are subjective things. Also, it would feel clumsy (and again, more like an encyclopedia) to have a “list of points of view” – the story should imply that for itself. In this case, I’m speaking ahead of the story that’s going to unfold for you guys. Hopefully it comes across that the story is primarily about Azir, thus colored by who he is as a character.

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The Truer Evolution - Viktor Rework

Solcrushed New PortraitFleshlings, the time of the Glorious Evolution is nigh!

Viktor will be hitting the PBE very soon (hopefully tomorrow). and I am here to give you the numbers & mechanics changes we have for the upcoming PBE patch.

Here are screenshots of the tooltips, I will be adding notes for the changes that cannot be discerned from them. Are you ready?

General

  • Basic attack frames sped up

 

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Viktor starts with a Prototype Hex Core that he can upgrade 3 times for 1000 gold each. Each upgrade grants +25 AP, +150 Mana and +1 AP per level, cumulating in +75AP, +6 AP per level, +500 Mana for the Perfect Hex Core.

Each upgrade will allow Viktor to augment one of his basic abilities and when Viktor has upgraded all 3, the Chaos Storm will be augmented also.

 

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  • Range changed to use bounding boxes (Effectively 100 range increase)
  • Cooldown changed to 10/8.5/7/5.5/4
  • Damage reduced to 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP)
  • Empowered autoattack that deals 15~250 (depending on Viktor’s level) (+0.5AP) bonus magic damage on next basic attack.
  • NOTE: The entirety of the damage of the next basic attack is converted to magic (ex: Poppy Q)
  • Shield amount changed to 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP)
  • Shield and speed boost (Augment) duration reduced to 2.5
  • Shield, speed boost and empower all granted immediately upon cast

 

Gravity Field New IconGravity Field [ W ]

  • Range increased to 700
  • Particle starts playing as soon as Viktor starts cast, time between start of cast and enemy being slowed is unchanged
  • Stunned enemies are no longer affected by the slow

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Augment Explosion missile speed significantly faster than the original laser

 

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

  • Cast time reduced to 0.25 (from 0.33)
  • Cooldown reduced to 120/110/100
  • Radius of initial impact increased to 325 (from 250)
  • Radius of DOT zone reduced to 325 (from 350)
  • Storm always moves at maximum speed when moving towards Viktor
  • DOT damage changed to 30/60/90 (+0.2AP)
  • DOT damage interval now 0.5 seconds (from 0.25)
  • No longer silences on impact, interrupts channels instead

 

FEEDBACK POINTS ONCE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO PLAY HIM IN PBE

  1. How do you feel about his abilities working with each other, do they have a natural flow to them?
  2. How enticing are the augments in various points in the game? When / what do you think is the best time / order to upgrade them?
  3. Do you notice an improvement in the usability of Chaos Storm? / How does Chaos Storm feel to use for you as a player new to Viktor?
  4. Is the damage on the empowered attack on Siphon Power adequate during all phases of the game? If not, when does it feel out of line?

 

New Viktor Splash Art

 

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How to preserve Dominion and increase its audience

Ghostcrawler New Portrait Hey guys,

We appreciate the passion, and we’re going to try to address this with a one, two punch. I’m going to talk high-level League design philosophy and Manwolf will jump in with some Dominion specifics.

First, Dominion isn’t going anywhere. Ascension is a new temporary game mode that we hope you’ll enjoy, but it is just using some Dominion assets, not replacing the game.

However, this is a good opportunity to reaffirm why we like temporary game modes in the first place. League is largely centered around Summoner’s Rift. That focus lets us design the game specifically for that map. We can make decisions about everything from movement speed to ult cooldowns with SR in mind. We constrain ourselves if we have to make sure a design change will work on any number of maps, and it bloats the game and introduces bugs when we make a lot of special case rules about items or abilities for the alternate maps. We still do it, but it’s a last resort.

Now that’s largely an argument for why it’s easier for us to develop with a single map focus. But we think there is also benefit for players above and beyond our just being able to offer a better experience. The more maps and alternate game modes we offer, the more it subdivides the player population. We’re at a state where that situation isn’t too bad, but imagine what League would feel like with a dozen maps, and players split among all of them. It’s one of the challenges of matchmaking that the more game modes you support, the harder it is to find a good game for anyone. Furthermore, it just divides up the mind share. Games like soccer and chess aren’t played on a variety of “maps.” There are some variant rules, and they serve similar goals as ours do: to give players something more when they’ve gotten a little bored of the standard way to play.

This is one of the reasons we spun up a team to specifically focus on temporary game modes, such as URF, Doombots and now Ascension. We feel like we can offer a fun and novel way to play League, without the commitment to eternal upkeep, especially for those modes that end being less awesome than some of the others. I mention this, because we think the future of alternate maps for League lies with alternate game modes (and I’m specifically talking maps with different rules — cosmetic art changes to existing maps is a different topic). In the meantime, we do have Twisted Treeline, Crystal Scar and Howling Abyss, and we want to keep supporting them, recognizing that they aren’t as central to the game as Summoner’s Rift and therefore will probably never have the audience of Summoner’s Rift. We also understand the perception of a vicious spiral here. Specifically, the less attention Riot pays to those maps, the less likely the audience is to grow, which means Riot is less likely to pay additional attention, and so on.

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Why there’s no Ranked queue for Dominion

ManWolf New PortraitHey dudes,

Let’s chat.

First off, I want to reiterate what Ghostcrawler said. We won’t be removing Dominion nor the Alternate Maps team. We’ve accomplished a lot this last year with both Dom and TT – They’re both in a much better state of balance and overall health than they ever have been. 

Secondly, I’ll be frank. Dominion does not have the player base to support a ranked queue right now. It’s not a matter of diluting the primary game mode or needing extra dev support, the population just isn’t large enough to sustain a healthy queue. How do we know this? Well, we’ve actually done quite a bit of research on how many players are needed for a healthy queue. When it’s not met, we see stuff like increased toxicity, higher turnover, decrease in queue size and a generally degraded play experience. Splitting the already small community into two queues would create a poor experience for both sides. Waiting 30 minutes to play with people with a 500 elo disparity is no fun for anyone. 

tl;dr – Unless something changes, we won’t be enabling ranked.

BUT – Let’s talk about what ranked means to you guys and why you want it. Is it the end of season rewards? Is it quantifying personal skill? Is it about competition? Perhaps there’s an alternative to ranked that can achieve that goal.

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Not familiar with Cassiopeia’s rework? Here’s the full list of changes.

 

 

STASHU New PortraitHey guys! Sorry for taking so long to move this discussion over to GD, finally made it though! So, let’s recap. Cassiopeia’s getting some changes soon. For a full rundown of the changes, check out my earlier post on the PBE forums. In this post, however, I’d like to address a few notable concerns that have come up here and there, and hopefully ease some worries. I’ll highlight the main changes to her kit at the bottom of the post for those who are unfamiliar with them, but first, the issues:

Most importantly, I’d like to reassure all of our Cassiopeia players that this is not intended as a nerf. If anything, these changes seek to increase her viability. That said, I know a lot of people have put significant efforts into crunching the numbers and comparing them to her old values, and I know her damage numbers may seem a little low. We are pretty confident that these changes have dramatically improved her effective damage output in the late game, though mostly through utility and usability.

For example, imagine if Kog’Maw could not use his basic attack unless he hit his target with his ult beforehand, and then we made a change to allow him to freely use his basic attack– even if we reduced his AD, he would still be doingdramatically more damage. Now, the usability changes to Twin Fang are not quite on this scale, but we believe they really aren’t too far off. Of course, it is fully possible that the damage is tuned too low. If this turns out to be true, we will definitely not hesitate to amp up her numbers. We want Cassiopeia to do tons of damage– so, if her damage doesn’t go crazy come mid-late game, don’t worry, we’ll fix that.

Another common concern is that Cassiopeia is no longer the DoT poison mage that she once was. Honestly, yes, there will be less cases where Cassiopeia throws all her DoTs on her opponent, walks away, and laughs as they slowly perish >=D. I know that this pattern was something that many of us enjoyed, but sadly there were a lot of problems with it. Damage over time is generally under-appreciated, particularly for poisoned the opponent who never has an easy time identifying what’s killing him or what to do about it. Cassiopeia’s abilities were particularly scary versions of this, with incredibly high damage and very low visceral feel–again, especially for the opponent. So, this had to be addressed, at least in some ways. That said, we really want to preserve Cassiopeia’s poison identity, and that’s part of what inspired the new passive.

So, with the changes we arrived at, we believe poison will still do enough damage for the occasional turn-and-burn kill, be less punishing to unsuspecting opponents, AND be an even more important part of Cassiopeia’s consistent engagement with enemies.

Those are the two big concerns I wanted to address here. I’d love to discuss these (and others) further, so please feel free to post below! I’m headed home now, but I’ll take a look tomorrow morning when I get back in and likely hang around here tomorrow to discuss and answer questions. Thanks for reading, and change recap below:

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Here are the main changes:

Old passive: removed!

New passive: Cassiopeia permanently gains a stack of Aspect of the Serpent for each second that she has poisoned an enemy champion, for each poisoned unit that she kills, and every time she hits an enemy champion with Twin Fang. Caps at 400 stacks.

  • 75 stacks: 5% increased Ability Power. Twin Fang restores 6/8/10/12/16 (+0.1 ability power) health.
  • 200 stacks: 10% increased Ability Power. Cassioepeia gains 25% CDR
  • 400 stacks: 30% increased Ability Power.

Noxious Blast:

  • Cooldown increased by 1 second at all ranks
  • AP ratio down to 0.35


Miasma:

  • Damage and ratio down a little
  • Slow up by 10% at all ranks
  • CD up by 5 seconds, but scales with rank, down to approximately the old values


Twin Fang:

  • Ratio now scales with rank, overall increase by 0.05 at rank 5
  • Now checks for poison (and resets cooldown) on cast and on missile arrival
  • Added several smaller checks to make the reset less buggy feeling and unreliable


Petrifying Gaze

  • Now more accurately hits units directly on top of/in front of Cassiopeia (this is a pretty sizeable buff)
  • Cooldown down a little
  • Damage down a little

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