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Patch 6.9 will hit live in the early hours of May 4th (Wednesday), assuming there are no delays. Here are all its contents:

 

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Black Scourge Singed will be available in store for 750 RP.

 

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Cursed Revenant Nocturne will be available in store for 750 RP.

 

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Iron Inquisitor will be available in store for 750 RP.

 

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New Summoner Icons

Four new summoner icons will be available for purchase; they’ll either require 250 RP or a blood sacrifice:

 

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Meddler Final PortraitHi all,

Most of the mid-season stuff should be on the PBE within the next day or two. As usual it should be pretty easy to identify most of the changes, there are a few things I wanted to call out though since they may not be as easy to spot as the more standard stuff like champion adjustments. Some of this stuff will also be discussed in more detail over the next few days by the developers working specifically on it too.

  • Jungling XP’s getting adjusted. In particular Machete now gives more XP, including the catch up XP if you’re lower level than the monsters themselves. That’s a change targeted primarily at how safe and effective buddy jungling is in organized play.
  • Tower damage will now ramp up quicker against champions and will maintain it’s ramped state when swapping between multiple champions. Agro juggling during a dive should still be a good play some of the time, but riskier at low levels in particular.
  • Death timers will be getting reduced somewhat, probably between the 20-30 minute marks primarily. This is a follow up to the 6.7 changes that targeted 30 minute+ death timers, similarly aimed at reducing how punishing one fight can be and keeping a bit less gray screen time.
  • Boot enchants are getting removed. After making Homeguard a universal effect post 20 minutes we wanted to see how the boot enchant system played out. One of the main consequences has been Alacrity on a lot of champions, which as lead to noticeably higher average movement speeds. That throws off balance on a number of things, skillshots and ground targeted AOEs in particular, so we’d like to get average speeds back to a more appropriate spot. Removing boot enchants, now that the most impactful and significant is always provided, was one of the best ways we identified to do that.
  • Baron buff duration’s going up a bit, in part to draw clear distinctions between it and the Elder Dragon buff (Elder dragon’s around half the length, and on a longer respawn timer than normal dragons, so there shouldn’t be too many cases of each team taking one of the two and then the game stalling until both are gone).

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Grievous Wounds [ Debuff ]

  • Will now reduce all healing by 40%, not just self-healing.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Anivia Final Portrait

General

  • Missile speed of basic attacks increased from 1400 to 1500.

 

Flash Frost [ Q ]Change BoxAnivia_Q

  • Damage on both pass-through and explosion decreased from 60/90/120/150/180 [+0.5 AP] to 60/85/110/135/160 [+0.4 AP].
  • Ranks in Glacial Storm [ R ] now increase Flash Frost’s slow strength from 20% to 20/30/40%.
  • Stun duration increased from 1 second at all ranks to 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5.

(Note) The stun circle effect can now be seen by enemies too.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalAnivia_EFrostbite [ E ]

  • Missile speed increased from 1200 to 1600.
  • Looks like the cast center now originates from the end of Anivia’s model, not her center.

 

Buff BoxAnivia_RGlacial Storm [ R ]

  • Slow strength increased from 20% to 20/30/40%, but no longer slows Attack Speed of enemies in the AoE;
  • AoE now increases from 150 range to 400 over 3 seconds. At 400 range, the field slows for 70/80/90% and applies the “Chill” debuff for 2 seconds, up from 1;
  • Cast range increased from 625 to 685;
  • Now has a short cast animation.

 

 

Anivia’s also received new spell icons in today’s patch. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

Anivia_P Anivia_Q Anivia_W Anivia_E Anivia_R

 

 

Annie Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalPyromaniaPyromania [ Passive ]

  • Now uses Jhin’s ammunition UI below Annie’s health bar to display the stacks toward a stun.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalIncinerateIncinerate [ W ]

  • Cast range increased from 560 to 600;
  • The damage and stun now only register after the cast animation completes, not when the spell is cast.

 

Buff BoxMolten_ShieldMolten Shield [ E ]

  • No longer grants 10/20/30/40/50 Armor and Magic resist while the shield lasts; instead, it grants 16/22/28/34/40% damage reduction;
  • Duration of shield increased from 3 seconds at all ranks to 5.
  • Casting Molten Shield no longer gives Tibbers 300 movespeed (decaying over 0.75 seconds).

 

Change Boxannie-summon-tibbersSummon: Tibbers [ R ]

Damage decreased from 175/300/425 [+0.8 AP] to 150/275/400 [+0.65 AP];

Damage of Tibbers aura decreased from 20/30/40 [+0.2 AP] to 10/15/20 [+0.1 AP];

Auto-attack range of Tibbers increased from 125 to 150;

Damage on Tibbers’ auto attacks changed from 80/105/130 to 50/75/100 [+0.15 AP];

Tibbers now regenerates 10% of his maximum Health-per-second after he’s been out of combat for 5 seconds;

Additionally, Tibbers will heal for 50% of his missing Health if Annie dies; he’ll also automatically aggro on the Champion that killed Annie if he’s within 1200 range;

Alt+Click on Annie will now make Tibbers follow Annie.

New effect: Tibbers Enrages when summoned; Annie stuns a Champion with Pyromania; and when Annie dies;

Enrages: Tibbers gains 275% Attack Speed and 100% Movement Speed, with the AS buff decaying as Tibbers attacks and the movespeed decaying over-time. Both numbers decay completely after 3 seconds. While Enraged, Tibbers ghosts through units.

 

 

Brand Final Portrait

 

New Item Boxbrand_abilities_p-debuffBlaze [ Passive ]

DoT decreased from 8% of Maximum HP over 4 seconds to 2%;

The Blaze DoT now stacks 3 times (meaning you have to hit 3 spells while the DoT is ticking). At three stacks, Blaze detonates after a 2-second-delay, dealing 12 [+0.5 per level, caps at level 9] [+0.015 AP] % of Maximum HP (damage is calculated separately for each target in the AoE). Enemy champions can’t get Blaze stacks for 4 seconds after they’ve been damaged by a detonation.

 

 

Nerf Boxbrand_abilities_qSear [ Q ]

  • Damage decreased from 80/120/160/200/240 [+0.65 AP] to 80/110/140/170/200 [+0.55 AP];
  • Stun duration decreased from 2 seconds at all ranks to 1.5.

 

Buff Boxbrand_abilities_wPillar Of Flame [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/80/90/100/110 to 60/70/80/90/100;
  • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds at all ranks to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8.

 

Change Boxbrand_abilities_eConflagration [ E ]

  • Damage decreased from 70/105/140/175/210 [+0.55 AP] to 70/90/110/130/150 [+0.35 AP];
  • Cooldown decreased from 12/11/10/9/8 seconds to 10/9/8/7/6.

 

Change Boxbrand_abilities_rPyroclasm [ R ]

  • Damage decreased from 150/250/350 [+0.5 AP] to 100/200/300 [+0.25 AP];
  • New Passive – Blaze: If the target is ablaze, Pyroclasm will briefly slow the target by 30/45/60%.

(Note) The updated Pyroclasm will always prioritize Champions over minions, and will further prioritize Champions with Blaze stacks.

 

Brand’s also received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

brand_abilities_p-debuff brand_abilities_q brand_abilities_w brand_abilities_e brand_abilities_r

 

 

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health increased from 506 to 525;
  • Base Mana increased from 370 to 375;
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 335 to 328;
  • Attack Damage changed from 52.3 [+3.2 per level] to 53 [+3 per level];
  • Armor changed from 22 [+4 per level] to 25 [+3.5 per level];
  • Base Health regen increased from 1.08 per second to 1.2;
  • Base Mana Regen decreased from 1.7 per second [+0.15 per level] to 1.6 [+0.16 per level].

 

Serpentine Grace [ Passive ] (Reworked)

Cassiopeia gains 4 flat Movement Speed per level. Also, she cannot purchase Boot items.

 

Change BoxNoxious_BlastNoxious Blast [ Q ]

  • Damage increased from 75/115/155/195/235 [+0.45 AP] to 75/120/165/210/255 [+0.7 AP];
  • Cooldown decreased from 4 seconds at all ranks to 3.5;
  • Mana cost increased from 40/50/60/70/80 to 60/65/70/75/80;
  • Movement Speed buff changed from 20% at all ranks for 3 seconds to 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% for 2 seconds.

 

Change BoxMiasma (1)Miasma [ W ] (Partially Reworked)

  • Cassiopeia will now throw several AoE clouds in an arc in front of her. Miasma will leave the clouds at either the max cast range (800) or in front of any walls it hits;
  • Damage increased from 10/15/20/25/30 [+0.1 AP] to 20/35/50/65/80 [+0.15 AP];
  • Slow strength changed from 25/30/35/40/45% to 35% at all ranks;
  • Additionally, enemies who stay in the clouds will be debuffed with Debilitating Poison, which prevents them from using any displacement spells, including Flash.
  • Cooldown increased from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 22/20/18/16/14;
  • Mana cost increased to 70 at all ranks from 40/50/60/70/80.
  • AoE duration increased from 4 seconds to 5.

 

Change BoxTwin_FangTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 5 seconds at all ranks to 0.9;
  • Mana cost changed from 50/60/70/80/90 to 60/65/70/75/80;
  • If Twin Fang kills its target, Cassiopeia is refunded the entire mana cost;
  • Damage decreased from 55/80/105/130/155 [+0.55 AP] to 52 [+4 per Champion level] [+0.1 AP];
  • If the target is poisoned, Twin Fang will deal an additional 10/40/70/100/130 [+0.35 AP] and heal Cassiopeia for 5/10/15/20/25 [+0.1 AP].

 

Nerf BoxPetrifying_GazePetrifying Gaze [ R ]

  • Slow strength decreased from 60% at all ranks to 40%.

 

 

 

Fiddlesticks Final Portrait

 

New Item BoxDreadDread [ Passive ] (Reworked)

If Fiddlesticks stands still or channels for 1.5 seconds, he’ll gain 25/30/35/40% bonus Movement Speed (values for levels 1/6/11/16) for 1.5 seconds after he starts moving. Hard CC resets the timer for Dread to activate, but soft CC doesn’t.

 

Nerf BoxTerrifyTerrify [ Q ]

  • Cast range decreased from 576 to 525.

 

 

Change BoxDrainDrain [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 10/9/8/7/6 seconds to 4/3.75/3.5/3.25/3, but the CD starts when Drain’s channel ends, rather than when it’s cast.

 

Buff BoxDark_WindDark Wind [ E ]

  • Maximum number of bounces increased from 5 to 7.

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalCrowstormCrowstorm [ R ]

  • If cast outside its maximum range, Crowstorm will be cast at its maximum range in that direction (meaning Fiddle won’t move until he’s in range for your command anymore);
  • Additionally, Crowstorm will leave an “on my way” ping where it’s cast.

 

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

Dread Terrify Drain Dark_Wind Crowstorm

 

 

Illaoi Final Portrait

 

Change BoxTest of Spirit Final IconTest of Spirit [ E ]

  • Duration of Vessel debuff decreased from 60 seconds to 12;
  • Vessels now cause Tentacles to spawn every 5 seconds (scaling down with Illaoi’s level), down from 10;
  • Vessels can no longer remove the spell by killing Tentacles.

 

 

Kennen Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxKennen_MarkOfStormMark of the Storm [ Passive ]

  • Duration of repeated stuns debuff decreased from 7 seconds at all levels to 6.

 

 

Buff BoxKennen_ThunderingShurikenThundering Shuriken [ Q ]

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

 

 

Change BoxKennen_ElectricalSurgeElectrical Surge [ W ]

  • Cast range on active decreased from 800 to 750.
  • Energy cost decreased from 45 at all ranks to 40.

 

Change BoxKennen_SlicingMaelstromSlicing Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Duration of AoE decreased from 3/4/5 seconds to 3 at all ranks;
  • Damage on subsequent hits increased from 50% to 75% of the original damage;
  • Now does damage to all champions in the AoE simultaneously every 0.5 seconds, decreased from hitting nearby random Champions every 0.25 seconds.

 

Kennen also received new spell icons. From left-to-right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

Kennen_MarkOfStorm Kennen_ThunderingShuriken Kennen_ElectricalSurge Kennen_LightningRush Kennen_SlicingMaelstrom

 

 

Kindred Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDance of Arrows Final IconDance of Arrows [ Q ]

  • Static cooldown of [ Q ] if cast within Wolf’s [ W ] zone increased from 2 seconds at all ranks to 4/3.5/3/2.5/2.

 

Change BoxWolfs Frenzy Final IconWolf’s Frenzy [ W ]

  • Passive now gains less stacks for moving, but will now additionally gain stacks for auto-attacking;
  • Duration of Wolf’s zone increased from 8 seconds at all ranks to 8.5.
  • Wolf’s basic attacks now deal 50% increased damage to jungle monsters.

 

 

Malzahar Final Portrait

 

New Item Boxmalzahar_abilities_pPassive [ Void Shift ] (Reworked)

Malzahar enters Void Shift when he hasn’t taken direct damage for 24 seconds [-1 per level]. During Void Shift, Malzahar gains 90% damage reduction and crowd control immunity, which breaks 1 second after taking direct damage or when it blocks one instance of crowd control.

 

 

Change Boxmalzahar_abilities_qCall of the Void [ Q ]

  • Damage decreased from 80/135/190/245/300 [+0.8 AP] to 70/115/160/205/250 [+0.6 AP];
  • Cooldown decreased from 9 seconds at all ranks to 6;
  • Mana cost decreased from 80/85/90/95/100 to 60 at all ranks;
  • Silence duration decreased from 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6/3 seconds to 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2.

 

New Item Boxmalzahar_abilities_wVoid Swarm [ W ] (Reworked)

Cooldown: 20/19/18/17/16 seconds at all ranks || Mana cost: 60 at all ranks

Summon a Voidling lasting 12 seconds to fight nearby enemies.

The first time a Voidling attacks a champion, large monster, or epic monster, or assists in killing a unit, Malzahar spawns a new Voidling with the same remaining duration. When 3 or more Voidlings are active, they all gain 50% bonus Attack Speed. Additionally, Voidlings will gain increased health with Champion level.

Voidling Details:

  • Attacks deal [0.3/0.325/0.35/0.375/0.4 Total AD] physical damage + 10/15/20/25/30 [+0.1 AP] magic damage;
  • Deals triple damage to lane minions below 25% Health;
  • Will not spawn from a Voidling with less than 4 seconds left;
  • Prefers to attack targets with Nether Grasp or Malefic Visions and has 100% increased Movement Speed when seeking these targets;
  • Otherwise attacks the enemy nearest it.

 

Change Boxmalzahar_abilities_eMalefic Visions [ E ]

  • Damage decreased from 80/140/200/260/320 [+0.8 AP] to 80/115/150/185/220 [+0.7 AP];
  • Mana cost decreased from 80/115/150/185/220 to 60/70/80/90/100;
  • No longer restores flat mana on-kill; instead, kills restore 2% of Malzahar’s maximum mana;
  • If Malzahar hits a target affected by his Space AIDS [ E ], the duration of the DoT will refresh.

 

 

Change Boxmalzahar_abilities_rNether Grasp [ R ]

  • No longer deals 50/80/110 [+0.26 AP] per half second;
  • Now spawns Malzahar’s old Null Zone [ W ] in the center of the suppressed target, dealing 6 [+0.15 AP] % of Maximum Health as magic damage for 5 seconds.

 

Malzahar’s also received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

malzahar_abilities_p malzahar_abilities_q malzahar_abilities_w malzahar_abilities_e malzahar_abilities_r

 

Malzahar’s base splash was also updated:

malzahar Malzahar_0

Malzahar_Square_0

 

 

Nidalee Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTakedownTakedown [ Q ]

  • Execute bonus damage changed from 1.5% bonus damage per 1% missing HP to 1/1.25/1.5/1.75%.

 

 

Rengar Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalUnseen_PredatorUnseen Predator / Ferocity [ Passive ]

  • Passive leap strike now procs Statikk Shiv and all other on-hit items.

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalSavagerySavagery [ Q ]

  • Fixed a bug where Savagery was nullifying the damage from dead man’s plate and Spellblade (Sheen).

 

Quality of Life Box FinalBola_StrikeBola Strike [ E ]

  • Cast no longer maintains cast location, but maintains directional when moved during cast time. (Cast location was obtained at the start of cast, if Rengar jumps over or moves drastically around this point (commonly Flash & Unseen Predator), his bola can go in seemingly random direction. This change should prevent a lot of the “bola going in random direction” since it maintains the direction of cast, and will move accordingly with Rengar.)
  • Fixed a bug where Bola cast time on live is most commonly at 0.25 seconds, so Bola cast time now consistently 0.25. We can reevaluate in later patches if this is still an issue.
  • Fixed a bug where entering empowered mode while casting Bola would cast Empowered Bola to be on cooldown, or immediately kick Rengar out of ferocity mode.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalThrill_of_the_HuntThrill of the Hunt [ R ]

  • Fixed an inconsistency where exiting Thrill of the Hunt with an ability might result in 4 Ferocity gain instead of 5.

 

 

Swain Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxCarrion_RenewalCarrion Renewal [ Passive ]

  • Base mana restored per kill increased from 9 to 12.

 

 

Change BoxDecrepifyDecrepify [ Q ]

  • No longer single-target; instead, Swain will put Beatrice down in the center of an AoE that lasts 4 seconds. The crow will attack targets inside the circle, prioritizing targets affected by Torment. It will retarget on its own after a kill and will drop aggro on targets that exit the circle;
  • Now deals double damage to minions;
  • Cooldown increased from 8 at all ranks to 14/13/12/11/10;
  • Mana cost decreased from 60/70/80/90/100 to 60/65/70/75/80.

 

Buff BoxNevermove Final IconNevermove [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 80/90/100/110/120 to 80/85/90/95/100.

 

 

Buff BoxTormentTorment [ E ]

  • Damage changed from 75/115/155/195/235 [+0.8 AP] to 50/80/110/140/170 [+1.0 AP];
  • Damage amplification increased from 8/11/14/17/20% to 20% at all ranks.

 

Change BoxRavenous_FlockRavenous Flock [ R ]

  • Maximum number of targets increased from 3 to 5;
  • Heal effectiveness from minions decreased from 25% to 15%;
  • Cooldown increased from 8 seconds at all ranks to 10;
  • Mana cost increase-per-second decreased from 5/6/7 seconds to 5 at all ranks.

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxStarcallStarcall [ Q ]

  • Slow decreased from 30/35/40/45/50% to 30% at all ranks;
  • Movement Speed strength of Rejuvenation buff decreased from 15% to 10%.

 

 

Syndra Final Portrait

 

Change BoxTranscendentTranscendent [ Passive ]

  • At level 9, Dark Spheres [ Q ] no longer deals 15% bonus damage against Champions; instead, it increases the lifespan of spheres from 6 seconds to 8;
  • At level 9, no longer increases the slow duration on Force of Will [ W ] by 2 seconds; instead, Syndra will automatically grab two additional spheres near the targetted sphere (or buff monster).

 

Buff BoxDark_SphereDark Sphere [ Q ] 

  • AP ratio increased from 0.6 AP to 0.75.

 

 

Buff BoxScatter_the_WeakScatter The Weak [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 seconds to 16/15/14/13/12.

 

 

 

Taric Final Portrait

General

  • Mana changed from 250 [+75 per level] to 300 [+60 per level].

 

Nerf BoxBastionBastion [ W ]

  • Cast range decreased from 1100 to 800;
  • Tether range decreased from 1600 to 1300.

 

Nerf BoxDazzle (1)Dazzle [ E ]

  • Hitbox of stun decreased from 650/150 (length/width) to 610/140.

 

 

 

Teemo Final Champion Portrait

 

Buff BoxBlinding_DartBlinding Dart [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/80/90/100/110 to 70/75/80/85/90.

 

 

Buff BoxNoxious Trap Final IconNoxious Trap [ R ]

  • Recharge cooldown decreased from 34/28/22 seconds to 30/25/20;
  • Mana cost decreased from 75/100/125 to 75 at all ranks.

 

 

Veigar Final Portrait

 

Phenomenal Evil Power [ Passive ] (Reworked)

Veigar is the greatest Evil to ever strike at the heart of Runeterra – and he’s only getting bigger! Striking an enemy Champion with a spell grants Veigar stacks of Phenomenal Evil, giving him 1 Ability Power. Takedowns grant an additional 3 stacks.

(Note) The passive’s tooltip shows how much AP you’ve earned with each spell and with takedowns.

 

Buff BoxBaleful_StrikeBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 60/65/70/75/80 to 40/45/50/55/60;
  • Killing a unit with this also grants Veigar a stack of Phenomenal Evil. Large minions and large monsters grant two.

 

Buff BoxDark_MatterDark Matter [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 60/65/70/75/80.

 

 

Buff BoxEvent_HorizonEvent Horizon [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 80/85/90/95/100 to 70/75/80/85/90.

 

 

Change BoxPrimordial_BurstPrimordial Burst [ R ]

  • Damage changed from 250/375/500 [+1.0 AP] [+0.8 of target’s AP] to 175/275/375 [0.75] – 350/550/750 [1.5 AP], based on the target’s missing Health.
  • Mana cost decreased from 125 at all ranks to 100;

 

 

VelKoz Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxOrganic DeconstructionOrganic Deconstruction [ Passive ]

  • Base damage decreased from 35 to 25;
  • Now has an added 0.4 AP ratio.

 

Buff BoxPlasma Fission Final IconPlasma Fission [ Q ]

  • The angle indicator will no longer be visible for enemies;
  • Now refunds 20/22.5/25/27.5/30 mana for every unit Plasma Fission kills.

 

Nerf Box64px-Void_RiftVoid Rift [ W ]

  • AP ratio on initial rift decreased from 0.25 to 0.15;
  • AP ratio on rift opening decreased from 0.375 to 0.25.

 

Nerf BoxTectonic DisruptionTectonic Disruption [ E ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.5 to 0.3.

 

 

Buff BoxLife Form Disintegration RayLife Form Disintegration Ray [ R ]

  • No longer stacks Organic Deconstruction;
  • Damage increased from 500/700/900 [+0.6 AP] to 500/725/950 [+1.0 AP];
  • Cooldown decreased from 130/110/90 seconds to 120/100/80;
  • New Passive – if Vel’Koz procs Organic Deconstruction with his other spells, he will Research them for 7 seconds. Life Form Disintegration Ray deals true damage against Researched targets. Vel’Koz’s basic spells and auto-attacks refresh the duration of the Research debuff.

 

 

Viktor Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxSiphon_PowerSiphon Power [ Q ]

  • Damage increased from 40/60/80/100/120 [+0.2 AP] to 60/85/110/135/160 [+0.4 AP];
  • Shield value changed from 30/50/70/90/110 [+0.2 AP] to 0.15 AP [+0.08 of Maximum Mana];
  • Bonus on-hit magic damage changed from 20-210 (scales with level) to  20/40/60/80/100 (Q ranks);
  • Cooldown decreased from 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds to  8/7/6/5/4.

 

Nerf BoxDeath_RayDeath Ray [ E ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.7 to 0.5;
  • Missle speed of laser increased from 780 to 1050;
  • Explosion damage on Augmented laser decreased from 70/110/150/190/230 [+0.7 AP] to 40/70/100/130/160 [+0.6 AP];
  • Delay on explosion increased from 0.6 seconds to 1;
  • Explosion now deals full damage to targets damaged by Death Ray [60% on live].

 

Buff BoxViktor_R1Chaos Storm [ R ]

  • Initial damage decreased from 150/250/350 [+0.55 AP] to 100/175/250 [+0.5 AP];
  • Storm now deals 150/250/350 [+0.6 AP] magic damage every 2 seconds, increased from 15/30/45 [+0.1 AP] damage every 0.5 seconds;
  • Storm duration decreased from 7 seconds at all ranks to 6.5.

 

 

Vladimir Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health changed from 543 [+85 per level] to 550 [+84 per level];
  • Armor changed from 22 [+3.5 per level] to 23 [+3.3 per level];
  • Attack Damage increased from 48 to 52;

 

Change Boxvladamir_abilities_pCrimson Pact [ Passive ]

  • Bonus AP increased from 0.025 of Bonus Health to 0.04;
  • Bonus HP decreased from 1.4 AP to 1.0.

 

Change Boxvladamir_abilities_qTransfusion [ Q ]

  • Damage decreased from 90/125/160/195/230 [+0.6 AP] to 80/100/120/140/160 [+0.45 AP];
  • Heal decreased from 15/25/35/45/55 [+0.25 AP] to 20/25/30/35/40 [+0.15 AP];
  • Cooldown changed from 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds to 9/8/7/6/5;
  • After casting Tranfusion Twice, Vladimir gains Crimson Rush for a few seconds, with the timer beginning when Tranfusion comes off cooldown.;
  • Crimson Rush: For the next 2.5 seconds, Vladimir gains bonus Movement Speed and Tranfusion deals double damage and heals for a bonus 40 [+15 per Champion level] + 5 [+0.025 AP] % of his Missing Health. The bonus heal value is halved against lane minions, but not monsters.

 

New Item Boxvladamir_abilities_eTides of Blood [ E ] (Reworked)

Cost: 10% of Maximum Health || Cooldown: 9/8/7/6/5 seconds || Cast Range: 600

Vladimir charges up a reservoir of blood, paying up to 10% of his Maximum Health over 1 second to increase Tides of Blood’s damage by the same amount.

On release or after 1.5 seconds, Vladimir unleashes a nova of blood, dealing between 30/40/50/60/70 [+0.025 Max HP] [+0.35 AP] and 60/80/100/150/140 (+0.1 Max HP) [+0.7 AP] magic damage to enemies hit.

When fully charged, Tides of Blood slows Vladimir while he holds it, but will briefly slow targets by 40/45/50/55/60% when he releases it.

 

 

Buff Boxvladamir_abilities_rHemoplague [ R ]

  • Duration of debuff (and time for the spell to deal damage) decreased from 5 seconds at all ranks to 4;
  • Damage amplification decreased from 12% at all ranks to 10%;
  • Additionally, Hemoplague will heal Vladimir for 75/125/175 [+0.35 AP] for each enemy champion it damages.

 

Vlad’s also received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

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Shocking Orb [ E ]Change BoxShocking_Orb

  • Stun duration changed from 0.75 – 1.75 seconds to 0.5 – 2.

 

 

Buff BoxRite_of_the_ArcaneRite of the Arcane [ R ]

  • Number of missiles increased from 3 at all ranks to 3/4/5;
  • Base damage changed from 190/245/300 to 200/230/260.

 

 

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General

  • Base Movement Speed increased from 335 to 340.

 

Buff BoxCell_DivisionCell Division [ Passive ]

  • Blobs now take less time to converge to the center, decreasing with level.
  • Lvl 1 – 8 seconds;
  • Lvl 6 – 7 seconds;
  • Lvl 10 – 6 seconds;
  • Lvl 13 – 5 seconds;
  • Lvl 17 – 4 seconds.

 

 

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Buff BoxSatchel_ChargeSatchel Charge [ W ]

  • Can now instantly destroy towers below 25% HP.

 

 

Change BoxMega Inferno Bomb Final IconMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 120 seconds at all ranks to 120/105/90;
  • Minions are no longer dealt double damage by the spell.

 

 

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General

  • Base Health increased from 479 to 499;
  • Movement Speed increased from 325 to 340.

 

New Item Boxzyra_abilities_passiveGarden of Thorns [ Passive ] (Reworked)

Seeds spawn around Zyra periodically, becoming faster with level and lasting 45 seconds (with a maximum number of 8 seeds planted at any time). If an enemy Champion steps on a seed, the seed dies. If Zyra casts Deadly Spines or Grasping Roots near seeds, she grows plants which last 5-7.5 seconds (scaling up with Champion level). Extra plants striking the same target deal 50% damage.

  • Plant damage decreased from 23 [+6.5 per level] [+0.2 AP] to 24 [+5 per level] [+0.15 AP];
  • Plant health decreased from 3 to 2.

(Note) Zyra will not attempt to place two seeds close to each other. Also, plant AI has received an overhaul.

 

 

Change Boxzyra_abilities_qDeadly Spines [ Q ]

  • Skillshot changed from a circular AoE to a thick line;
  • Damage decreased from 70/105/140/175/210 [+0.65 AP] to 60/90/120/150/180 [+0.55 AP];
  • Mana cost decreased 75/80/85/90/95 to 60 at all ranks.

 

 

Nerf Boxzyra_abilities_wRampant Growth [ W ]

  • Passive no longer gives Zyra 2/4/6/8/10% Cooldown Reduction. Instead, it increases the maximum health of her plants by 10/20/30/40/50%;
  • Seeds still grant vision in a small area and spot enemy champions who step on them for 2 seconds.

 

Buff Boxzyra_abilities_rStranglethorns [ R ]

  • No longer increases the Attack Speed of plants in the AoE by 50%; instead, it increases their damage by 150%.

 

Zyra’s also received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

zyra_abilities_passive zyra_abilities_q zyra_abilities_w zyra_abilities_e zyra_abilities_r

 

 

Item Changes

 

Frozen Heart and Guinsoo’s Rageblade have both received updated item icons:

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Nerf BoxAbyssal Scepter Final IconAbyssal Scepter

  • Recipe Change: Fiendish Codex + Negatron Cloak + Amplifying Tome + 695 Gold = 2750 Total Gold;
  • Ability Power decreased from 70 to 60;
  • Magic Resist increased from 50 to 60;
  • Now grants 10% Cooldown Reduction;
  • Passive aura MR shred changed from 20 to 10-25 (scales with level);
  • Passive aura no longer reduces the MR of minions.

 

Change BoxAthenes Unholy Grail Final IconAthene’s Unholy Grail

  • Recipe Change: Chalice + Fiendish Codex + 300 Gold = 2100 Total Gold;
  • Total Cost decreased from 2700 Gold to 2100;
  • Ability Power decreased from 60 to 40;
  • Bonus Mana Regeneration decreased from 100% of Base regen to 75%;
  • Mana Passive: Mana Passives on Kill or Assist have been removed.
  • New Passive: Gain 15% of premitigation damage dealt to champions as Blood charges, up to 100 to 270 (based on level). Healing or shielding another ally consumes Blood charges to heal that ally.

 

Change BoxBanshees Veil Final IconBanshee’s Veil

  • Recipe Changed: Spectre’s Cowl + Negatron Cloak + 530 Gold;
  • Total Cost decreased from 2900 Gold to 2450;
  • Health decreased from 500 to 300.

 

Change BoxCatalyst Final IconCatalyst of Aeons

  • Valor’s Reward passive removed (no longer restores 150 HP/200 Mana on level-up);
  • New Passive – Eternity: 15% of damage taken from champion is gained as Mana. 15% of Mana spent is gained as Health. (Healing limited to 25 per spell cast or 25 per second for toggled spells.)*

 

Change BoxChalice_of_HarmonyChalice of Harmony

  • Passive remade: Increases your Health Regeneration by 100% if your Health % is lower than your Mana %. Increases your Mana Regeneration by 100% if your Mana % is lower than your Health %;

(Note) Mikael’s Crucible and Athene’s Unholy Grail gain this passive instead of Mana Font.

 

New Item BoxDevourer Final IconEnchantment: Bloodrazor (replaces Devourer)

  • Grants 40% Attack Speed;
  • UNIQUE Passive: Basic attacks deal 3% of the target’s maximum Health in bonus physical damage (max 75 vs monsters and minions) on hit.

 

Change BoxGuardian Angel Final IconGuardian Angel

  • Recipe cost decreased from 1180 Gold to 880 (total cost down from 2700 to 2400);
  • Magic Resist decreased from 60 to 45.

 

Change Box3124_Guinsoos_RagebladeGuinsoo’s Rageblade

  • Recipe changed: Blasting Wand (850) + Pickaxe (875) + Recurve Bow (1000) + 875 Recipe Cost = 3600 Gold total;
  • Attack Damage increased from 30 to 35;
  • Abiliy Power increased from 40 to 50;
  • New Passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 15 magic damage on-hit;
  • Maximum stacks are now 6, decreased from 8 (bonuses per stack are unchanged);
  • Guinsoo’s Rage (buff at max stacks) no longer deals on-hit magic damage in an AoE; instead, it causes every other basic attack to trigger on-hit effects twice (aka Devourer’s passive).

 

New Item Boxglp (1)Hextech GLP-800

  • Recipe: Catalyst of Aeons + Hextech Revolver + 750 Gold = 3000 Total Gold;
  • Grants 300 Health, 80 Ability Power and 400 Mana;
  • Passive – Shared with Catalyst of Aeons;
  • Active – Ice Bolts: Throw an arc of five piercing icy bolts that explode to deal 100 – 200(+20% of your Ability Power) as magic damage. Enemies hit are slowed by 60% decaying over 0.5 seconds. (30 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech Items).

 

Buff BoxHextech Gunblade Final IconHextech Gunblade

  • Damage on active changed from 150 [+0.4 AP] to 300 [+0.3 AP];
  • Active now instantaneously shoots a lightning bolt with zero travel time, immediately slowing the target for 2 seconds;
  • Active now shares a cooldown with other Hextech Items.

 

Change Boxhextech revolverHextech Revolver

  • Combine Cost decreased from 340 to 240 (total cost down from 1200 Gold to 1100).
  • Spell Vamp removed;
  • New Passive – Magic Bolt: Your basic attacks deal 75 – 150 magic damage on hit. (30 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items);

 

New Item Boxprotobelt (1)Hextech Protobelt-01

  • Recipe: Hextech Revolver + Kindlegem + 750 Gold = 2500 Total Gold;
  • Grants 300 Health, 80 Ability Power and 10% Cooldown Reduction;
  • Active – Fire Bolt: Dash 300 units in a direction (at 1200 speed) and then unleash a nova of fireballs that deal 100 – 250 (+25% of your Ability Power) magic damage to enemies hit. Enemies hit by more than one fireball take 15% damage from additional balls. (30 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items). This Dash cannot go over walls.

 

New Item Boxlost_chapterLost Chapter [ New Item ]

  • Recipe: Sapphire Crystal + Amplifying Tome + 115 Gold = 900 Total Gold;
  • Grants 25 Ability Power and 250 Mana;
  • Unique Passive: Upon levelling up, restores 20% of your maximum mana over 3 seconds.

 

Nerf BoxMercurial_ScimitarMercurial Scimitar

  • Quicksilver active now removes CC effects only, not all debuffs (so spells like Zed’s ult or Trundle’s ult can’t be QSS-ed anymore).

 

Change BoxMorellonomicon Final IconMorellonomicon

  • Recipe Change: Lost Chapter + Fiendish Codex + 500 Gold = 2300 Total Gold
  • Mana Regeneration removed (+100% Base Regen on live);

 

Nerf BoxQuicksilver_SashQuicksilver Sash

  • Quicksilver active now removes CC effects only, not all debuffs.

 

 

Buff BoxRighteous Glory Final IconRighteous Glory

  • Recipe cost decreased from 750 Gold to 650 (total cost down from 2600 Gold to 2500).

 

 

Change BoxRod of Ages Final IconRod of Ages

  • Recipe Change: Catalyst of Aeons + Needlessly Large Rod + 50 Gold;
  • Total Cost decreased from 3000 Gold to 2500;
  • Ability Power decreased from 80 to 60;
  • Mana decreased from 400 to 300;
  • Mana-per-stack decreased from 40 to 10.

 

Nerf BoxSpectres Cowl Final IconSpectre’s Cowl

  • Total Cost increased from 1100 Gold to 1200;
  • Health increased from 200 to 250;
  • Magic Resist decreased from 35 to 30.

 

Change BoxSpirit Visage Final IconSpirit Visage

  • Combine Cost decreased from 900 to 800 (total cost unchanged because of Spectre Cowl’s cost increase;
  • Magic Resist decreased from 70 to 50;
  • Bonus Health Regen increased from 150% of Base regen to 200%;
  • Passive heal buff increased from 20% to 25%.

 

Nerf BoxSunfire Cape Final IconSunfire Cape

  • Recipe cost increased from 800 Gold to 1000 (total cost up from 2700 Gold to 2900).

 

 

Buff BoxTear of the GoddessTear of the Goddess

  • Mana Regeneration removed (+25% Base Regen on live);
  • New (Additional) Passive – Awe: Refunds 25% of Mana spent.

 

Buff BoxThe Black Cleaver Final IconThe Black Cleaver

  • Attack Damage decreased from 55 to 50;
  • Recipe cost decreased from 1150 Gold to 750 (total cost down from 3500 Gold to 3100).

 

Removed BoxWill of the Ancients Final IconWill of the Ancients

  • Removed from the game.

 

 

Change BoxZhonyas Hourglass Final IconZhonya’s Hourglass

  • Recipe Change: Seeker’s Armguard + Fiendish Codex + 800 Gold = 2900 Total Gold;
  • Total Cost decreased from 3500 Gold to 3000;
  • Ability Power decreased from 100 to 70;
  • Now grants 10% Cooldown Reduction;
  • Cooldown on Statis active increased from 90 seconds to 120.

 

 

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Riot Gmang Final PortraitHey everybody,

Hopefully you’ve had the chance to check out our Dragon and Mage changes for mid-season. We’ve got a bunch of other objective changes to Summoner’s Rift going in the patch, and I wanted to share those + context with ya’ll and take your questions and feedback!

Everything is subject to tuning and future iteration, of course.

Rift Herald

We’re pushing to make Rift Herald a more unique and meaningful objective for those looking to dominate the top half of the map. This new Rift Herald should be a more contestable objective with a clearer purpose: long-term selfish power for one team member – especially a lone-wolf or split push character.

  • Rift Herald now spawns at 6 minutes and never respawns
  • Rift Herald’s stats significantly increased (should be much harder to solo)
  • Doom’s Eve removed and replaced with a unique Superbuff:
    • Lasts 20 minutes and persists through death
    • While alone, you gain some damage reduced vs. champions and build Corruption stacks
    • At 100 stacks, your next attack discharges all Corruption to deal bonus magic damage (works on almost anything, including minions and towers; damage is reduced for ranged attacks)
    • Corruption stack rate and discharge damage scale with champion level

Hopefully this excites top laners, junglers, and some mids. We’re keeping an eye on it to ensure it’s powerful, but also contestable and not too game-ending.

Red and Blue Buffs

Late-game, Red and Blue buff have been somewhat ignorable these days. We’re buffing and compressing their power in the mid-late game to make them more appreciable objectives to leverage or steal, especially in games that are in a standstill and need things to fight over and create power windows.

  • Red Buff
    • Burn now applies a damage tick immediately on apply or reapply (stronger attack-speed scaling); damage-per-tick reduced to compensate
    • Health regen now scales steeply with champ level but turns off when in combat with champions or epic monsters (currently triples at level 6 and again at level 11!)
  • Blue Buff
    • AP per level replaced with +15% total Ability Power (like Rabadon’s Deathcap effect)
    • Mana regen based on max Mana doubled (flat regen unchanged)
  • Buff Durations
    • Red and Blue will last the same duration on your first clear, but all Red and Blue buffs after that will have a 90-second duration instead of 120

When you’re looking to make a play in mid-late game, buff camps should be juicier targets now, especially if you can steal them from the enemy’s side of the map!

Camp Respawn Timers

In order to facilitate more coordinated and contested objective play at all skill levels, we’re making a some UI changes. This also has the benefit of reducing timekeeping and chat-typing work.

  • When a camp that has a timer (Red, Blue, Dragon, Baron, Rift Herald) has less than 60 seconds to spawn, its timer is revealed to both teams (regardless of their vision of the camp), and an “about to spawn” icon appears in the minimap (will replace regular camp icon if you still haven’t seen the cleared camp)
  • The respawn icon starts dull at 60 seconds to spawn and becomes bright at 20 seconds

We generally like seeing more fights around objectives, and promoting objective awareness like this can help a lot. After getting used to the new UI, rallying your team around a Dragon spawn or even a buff steal can often be done with a simple ping instead of having to type things out in chat.

Turrets

Turrets have several changes in store. Overall, we want them to be more defendable places to stand your ground, reduce their takedown reward compared to other objectives, clean up some of their mechanics, and rebudget their defenses so things other than marksmen basic attacks can contribute more to turret takedowns.

  • Turret Damage Ramp
    • Inner and Outer turrets more quickly ramp up their damage when attacking champions, and they maintain full damage when switching targets.
    • Inner and Outer turrets only take 4 shots to ramp up to full damage (instead of 5).
  • Turret Takedown Rewards
    • Outer turret total gold reward reduced, though local gold reward is increased (local gold 220 -> 300, global gold 125 -> 100)
    • Inner turret gold rewards reduced (local gold 250 -> 175, global gold 150 -> 125) and XP reward removed
    • Inhibitor turret local gold reward increased (0 -> 50)
  • AP Damage Conversion
    • When your attacks trigger AP damage conversion (occurs when attacking a turret while your AP is more than double your bonus AD), the converted damage is now magic instead of physical
  • Turret Stats
    • Base Armor/MR increased (from 0 to 40), Base Health decreased (from 4000 to 3300)
    • Turrets are now subject to penetration (generally tankier than Live unless you have about 20 penetration or have a true damage proc; overall a small nerf to marksmen damage, but a buff to some mages and assassins)
    • Reinforced Armor converted from 200 Armor/MR to 66.67% damage reduction

Overall, diving and taking turrets should be less of a freebie than what we’ve seen recently.

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Four new dragons will replace the existing stack system. They appear in a random order until the 35th minute, when the Elder dragon lands (after the last dragon has been killed, he won’t replace it like Baron replaces the Herald).

 

These smaller dragons provide stacking buffs, capping at 3 stacks:

 

elemental-dragon-wind-thumbAir Dragon

  • This unit gains 15/30/45 bonus flat Movement Speed when out of combat. This bonus is increased to 22.5/45/67.5 if the unit has the Elder Dragon buff.

 

elemental-dragon-earth-thumbEarth Dragon

  • This unit deals 10/20/30% bonus true damage to Dragon, Baron and Towers. This bonus is increased to 15/30/45% if the unit has the Elder Dragon buff.

 

elemental-dragon-fire-thumbFire Dragon

  • This unit has 8/16/24% bonus AP and AD. This bonus is increased to 12/24/36% if the unit has the Elder Dragon buff.

 

elemental-dragon-water-thumbWater Dragon

  • Every 18/12/6 seconds, this unit restores 10% of their missing Health and Mana. This bonus is increased to 15% of missing HP and mana if the unit has the Elder Dragon buff.

 

Dragon 4 Dragon 3 Dragon 2 Dragon 1

 

 

New Splash Arts

Trundle’s received updated splash arts on all his skins:

 

Traditional Trundle

Trundle_Splash_3 Trundle_3

 

Lil’ Slugger Trundle

Trundle_Splash_1 Trundle_1

 

Junkyard Trundle

Trundle_Splash_2 Trundle_2

 

Glacial Olaf has received an updated splash:

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U.F.O Corki has also received a new splash:

Corki_Splash_1 Corki_1

 

Lastly, PAX Sivir has also received a new splash:

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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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MidYear Mage Update

Statikk New PortraitHey all,

The next class update will be focused on “traditional” Mages and I’m here to give you guys and gals some of the initial details. Similar to the Juggernaut and Marksman releases, these updates aim to take look at an entire class of champions and accomplish 2 primary goals:

  1. Ensure the class as a whole is relevant and satisfying to play
  2. Differentiate each champion within the class

Why Mages?

Many Mages are intended to lack mobility but have not necessarily been given clear answers as to what they should do about it or why they work without it. For each sub-class of Mages (this is something we’ll dive into more in a different post) these answers will vary, but our intent is to make it clear that each of these champions is powerful in their own unique way.

On the flip side of the coin, many of them no longer meet our evolving gameplay standards of interactivity, depth, uniqueness, etc. This is also an opportunity to go back and adjust these champions (especially some of our older ones) making them more interesting to play as, with, and against.

Who are we working on?

Similar to the Marksman update, we’re aiming to release ~6 significant updates. The champions we are currently considering (but are still subject to change) are Malzahar, Vel’Koz, Brand, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, and Zyra.

For each of these champions we aim for them to be 3 things:

  1. Distinct – offer a unique reason to be picked
  2. Cohesive – deliver on their core thematic and gameplay fantasy
  3. Healthy – balance-able and fun to play as and against at all skill levels

Note that given the scope of these projects, we won’t necessarily solve every issue on every champion – and fortunately we won’t have to since all of the champions already succeed in their own way at some of the above.

On top of the 6, we are again looking to do a sweep across the entire class (as we did with the Marksman) to find potential tweaks that will make them more unique, interactive, and exciting to play. The smaller-scale changes done to Twitch and Lucian are good examples of this.

What can you expect? When?

We’ve learned a lot from our previous projects and better understand the line between something unique and something unfamiliar. Our priority is to find ways to evolve and enhance the current direction of a champion while still accomplishing the above-stated goals.

In some ways, the feeling of change is unavoidable; we are updating these champions so things WILL be different. We’re confident that we can retain the things you guys love while adding new dimensions.

This is all still a far ways off, so don’t expect anything soon. As you can infer from the title, we’re aiming to release these changes around mid-year and we’ve only just begun to delve deeply into these projects.

How can you help?

We’d love to have your guys’ feedback and opinion on the Mages before and during their development process rather than only at the tail end – especially for the “big 6” (Malzahar, Vel’Koz, Brand, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Zyra).

We are most interested in the following about your favorite champion:

  1. What aspect is most core or sacred to their identity?
  2. What issue bothers you the most when playing them?

This doesn’t mean we’ll be magically giving everyone dashes or any other instant remedies to all their problems (weaknesses often exist for a good reason). Instead, this information will help us understand which direction to take each champion and where the opportunities lie.

We won’t be talking in the short-term about exact changelists since we’re still in such a state of flux, but we hope you guys are as excited as we are about the updates ahead!

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Dont ruin Malzahars jungle potential with his voidlings

Repertoir New PortraitI can’t guarantee voidlings will be exactly the same as they are now, but this perspective is something I’m trying to strongly consider when working on Malz.

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Why did you pick VelKoz for a rework and not Swain

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Statikk New PortraitSwain was definitely very high on our “want to do” list. What it really came down to is that we feel he really needs a full-on rework (gameplay, thematics, visuals) similar to Sion or Poppy in order to really deliver on an awesome version of Swain.

A large reason why we have chosen the current 6 is based off our confidence that we can deliver a solid update given the more limited scope they will get being as a part of a class update. We’re being a lot more careful about over-reaching since it’s definitely bitten us in the past.

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Statikk New PortraitReally substantial change for Swain’s likely to be quite a way off yeah (highly unlikely this year, can’t predict so usefully beyond that). We do think he’d benefit a lot from a full overhaul, he’s certainly not in Taric, Yorick etc tier though, they’ve got significantly bigger problems than he does.

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Why are you changing VelKoz Isn’t he fine right now

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Statikk New PortraitVel’Koz is a great champion, but he honestly lacks Distinctness. He has some hints here and there of uniqueness (Q targeting, true damage from Deconstruct, etc.) but none of them are pushed to a point where it truly differentiates him.

Don’t worry, even within the 6, the amount of change each champion will see is pretty drastically different.

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Statikk New PortraitI think you guys will be pleasantly surprised, we’re pretty aligned on where there is potential for Distinctness in Vel’Koz’s kit. We just don’t agree that he’s there just yet.

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’re not going to be ready to talk details of what will/won’t change for quite a while. It’s likely that Vel’Koz’s changes will be at the small end of the spectrum though, he’s fundamentally solid apart from his lack of distinct enough outputs (what he does isn’t distinct enough, how his does it is very distinct though).

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What about Fiddlesticks Why isnt he schedule dfor a rework

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Statikk New PortraitFiddle is also a champion we considered, but ultimately felt wasn’t the right fit.

To do a quick rundown on our perception:

  1. Distinct – Fiddle is extremely distinct on the roster. Playing as and against him offer unique experiences.
  2. Cohesive – Fiddle is decent in terms of cohesiveness. He has a somewhat niche thematic as a terrifying scarecrow, but it’s understandably cool. It could probably be pushed a bit further especially in terms of the satisfaction from all his base spell (Drain, Terrify, and Dark Wind).
  3. Healthy – This is debatable, but Fiddle is certainly not the largest health problem in the game. Tactically, his spells’ gameplay could probably be more robust in terms of interactivity (counterplay). Strategically though, there are many ways to deal with Fiddle whether through vision, knockbacks, stuns, etc.

Fiddle is certainly a bit dusty and old-feeling, but that means he may be more in need of a visual / polish pass more than anything. It’s not like he wouldn’t benefit with some more significant work, but he’s a champion that we feel can be a put in a decent spot even with just some minor number tweaks.

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Dont ruin the botlane strengths of Champs like Zyra Brand and VelKoz

Statikk New PortraitReally good point. We don’t intend to destroy Support playstyles, but truthfully many of these champions’ fantasies and gameplay manifest best in a role where they can get gold and be the primary threat for their team.

We’re very aware that Zyra, Vel’Koz, and even Brand to some extent all have identities in the Bot Lane.

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I hope Zyra gets a new passive and more ways to interact with her plants

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Repertoir New PortraitWe haven’t yet started work on Zyra other than ideation, but one of the things we tended to be excited about was more plant interactions, like she brings the forest alive around her. Not sure where that means we’re going to take her, but I am excited to see what the team comes up with.

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Repertoir New PortraitThe more we work on these group champion projects, the more I think we tend to find that if someone already has something going for them (like Zyra an “counterengage mage”), it’s usually a good idea to start ideation with how we might be able to crank that current strength up to 11.

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Keep the reworks simple We dont need more Skarnertype minigames

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Statikk New PortraitSimple is a great rule of thumb to lean on. We’re definitely keeping that in mind for these projects.

We agree with you on the “mini-games” thing. Mechanics start feeling like forced “mini-games” when they feel arbitrary, uninteresting, or simply don’t align with the expectations and desires of the champion. We understand this space a lot better after the past few projects.

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Why did you put minigames like Skarners crystal spires in the first place

Meddler Final PortraitWe think mini games, when well done, can feel like a really fun, natural part of a champion’s playstyle in a way that expresses their personality/theme. Draven axe catching for example taps into his show off nature, Bard’s chime collecting fits well on a weird dude that wanders and saves things etc. If the minigame doesn’t feel compelling, or doesn’t fit with the champion it’s on however then yeah, that can feel pretty jarring. I’d agree Skarner’s an example of that – if he had a reason to really want to defend the crystals in the jungle it might be another matter (e.g. if they contained others of his kind, frozen, that could eventually come out late game and join his fight).

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Why isnt Ryze on your rework list

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’re going to try and tackle Ryze before the mid year, we think he’s enough of a problem we need to act sooner . Unclear whether that’ll mean some degree of rework or just significant balance changes.

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Do you guys plan on doing anything with Syndra

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Repertoir New PortraitIf I recall correctly, Syndra made it pretty far through the selection process, but I believe we determined that she either needed a ton of work to really spice things up on her, or that we could give her a little love on the mechanics side closer to release and still get pretty good mileage. As these projects tend to fall in between these two amounts of work, we ultimately passed on her in favor of others.

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Xeraths in a weird spot right now Have you considered him for your list

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Repertoir New PortraitI’m interested to know why you think Xerath is in a weird spot. Is it because of the state of the meta-game? Or is it that there’s something he’s failing to deliver that he seems to be intended to be doing?

As far as what we thought, Xerath seems to be up to par in Distinction, Cohesiveness, and Health. I’ve seen some people argue his gameplay is too similar to Lux to be considered distinct, but we actually see Xerath as more of an extreme range DPS mage, whereas Lux is more of an extreme range burst caster that relies heavily on catching squishies out and killing them with quick full combos.

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Whatre your thoughts on Irelias  E from a balance design standpoint

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Meddler Final PortraitI don’t think it’s a great ability, in particular because it can be really unclear what result will happen before she uses it, leading to press the button and hope plays that can feel unfair (in a way you can’t influence) to one player or the other. It’s also an ability that, due to the way it can punish fighting back and its nature as a targeted spell, can leave opponents without apparent options.

Having said that though there are a lot of other champions/abilities I think we’d be much better off looking at first that need the work more. An Irelia rework someday’s a definite possibility, think it’s unlikely we’ll do one this year though.

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Is Singed scheduled for a rework

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Meddler Final PortraitWe don’t have any plans to make significant changes to Singed (almost certainly balance adjustments at some point, but none currently planned). He’s got a distinct playstyle, a deep mastery curve, creates great high moments and certainly isn’t a jack of all trades. He is a bit weird thematically, but not in a ‘this guy’s failing to deliver on his core fantasy’ kind of way.

I’m not personally convinced the root from the Fling/Mega Adhesive combo’s sufficiently relevant to justify its existence on the kit, could imagine a world in which we took that out and replaced it with something a bit less niche. I don’t play Singed much myself though, so I might be just unaware of a bunch of value that interaction provides.

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Do youve any changes planned for the Dragon buff

Meddler Final PortraitWe’ve been experimenting with some possibilities over the last couple of weeks, including changing the 4th buff to something a bit more felt than minion/monster damage. Currently waiting to get some insight into how dragon’s being valued in the start of the ranked season/first couple of weeks of professional play though to inform how big our changes should or shouldn’t be.

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The 2016 ranked season is now live

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Socrates New PortraitThe 2016 ranked season is now live! Gather your allies and gear up for all new challenges as you climb the ladder in 2016. We’ve introduced a swath of changes over the course of preseason, as well as new dynamic groups — now you can queue for ranked play with any number of friends. With new champ select, you’ll queue up for your two best positions — you’re guaranteed to always end up with one of the two positions you select — and join a team of players who’ve done the same.

To learn more about the 2016 Season, visit the season homepage here or check out the patch notesover yonder. It’s a new season of GGs, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

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Ready set play Earn Party Rewards all week long

Celebrate the launch of new champ select and the 2016 ranked season with Party Rewards. How’s it work? Simple. The larger your premade group, the larger the IP bounty you rake in. The bonus is even bigger for new champ select-enabled queues like Normal and Ranked draft. The All-Star bonus from Team Fire’s win at All-Stars is active in Taiwan, NA, and Korea!

Check out the details below!

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2 125% 50%
3 175% 75%
4 225% 100%
5 450% 150%

Party Rewards are live starting today (10:00AM PST on January 20) until 11:59PM PST on January 24. We’ll see you on the Rift!

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Dynamic Queue system disabled further details

Ymir New PortraitTL;DR Dynamic queue was disabled because of a load issue, Solo/Duo Ranked is temporarily re-enabled, and all matches played in this mode still count towards your future Dynamic ranking.

Earlier today, we saw an issue on EUW that required us to disable the dynamic queue system. This was due to an issue with player load on the servers. This has also affected the KR server in a similar way.

As a result of this, all ranked modes based on the dynamic queuing system were disabled and remained down while we continued to investigate. When deciding on a course of action we had two options:

a) Leave ranked disabled until the issue was resolved
b) Re-enable the previous Ranked Solo/Duo queue

We chose option b) because we wanted to ensure that those of you who enjoy ranked could still play your placement matches. As we did not have a clear ETA on a fix, we proceeded to re-enable Ranked Solo/Duo until the issue is resolved.

What does this mean for your placements and rating?

Any games played on the currently available solo/duo queue system will count towards your placements and ranking when the new system is back up. For example, if you already played 2 games before the issues began in Dynamic Draft and 6 more in Solo Queue, you’d have 8 games played – and these all count towards your placements.

Why are other regions not affected?

Before we introduced this feature, we used a simulated environment to load test the entire system. Live implementation was first conducted on TR and NA with no major glitches. However, some subsystems of the dynamic queues didn’t scale up correctly when running on a larger live environment.

What are the next steps?

Our engineers are actively working to fix and re-enable dynamic queues in EUW. As of now we have no ETA but our tech teams will provide an update when we have more information to share. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: To answer a question some of you may have regarding Party Rewards, a several day event that offers bonus IP for playing with friends. We’re holding this event back for EUW until issues are resolved. Once Dynamic Queues are back we’ll look to enable Party Rewards and make sure that players on EUW have the same amount of time to earn IP with friends.

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If you have large updates why not test them on the biggest server EUW

Ymir New PortraitWe don’t consider Live environments as testing platforms. That would be dangerous and unfair to our players. Most of our features go through similar process after the development phase: functional testing -> load testing -> initial deployment to previously selected environments -> few days of player behavior testing (collecting players usage data) -> full deployment everywhere else. The NA & TR deployments week ago just helped us properly understand player reactions, gather important behavioral data and eventually tweak and adjust the service globally. You know, hundreds of dynamic variables here and there…

There were some minor issues in NA, but in general the service was and still is stable. Load testing of large services is always tricky though as one has to simulate the load in development labs. You can’t just get millions of players to test your service live — it must be done artificially as a set of ongoing software trials. We always go much higher than the expected traffic, and usually get highly expected results, like the one with the months-long EUW load tests before the new data center deployment in AMS. No matter how precise you are, live environments can be unpredictable and sometimes even tiny unexpected factor is enough to get one subsystem’s thread on hold. Obviously there are larger systems out there in the internet, but they are usually distributed and can handle the load separately. Our environments work differently — there is a distribution in given service’ cluster, but in general EUW, NA, KR, etc, are single entities handling the entire traffic all by itself.

Sorry for longer post. We’ll obviously do our best to get back to you with fixed Dynamic Queues asap 😉

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Update on Dynamic Queues for all regions

Draggles New Portrait Update: Dynamic normal queue is now disabled in all regions worldwide while we work on a fix (as an fyi, NA began to see similar issues despite the earlier launch on that server). Still no ETA to give but will be sure to have someone update this thread when that changes.

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Riot Eambo Final PortraitHi guys,

The PB team are the experts on this one, and their updates mean a lot more than mine. However, Lyte has been posted HERE with information – while unfortunately there’s not much to be said at the minute, the team are hard at work trying to fix this issue, get it tested, and get it out to you guys. We are as excited for this feature as you are – I honestly couldn’t wait to get home yesterday to play it, and I plan on leaving my placements until it’s back up and running due to the less stressful nature of things in the new champ select.

I know you guys want updates, and it sucks when we can only post “we’re working on it” – but that’s the truth and update we’ve got at the moment. As per Lyte, there’s no ETA at the moment, but I advise keeping an eye on the boards and Lyte’s twitter for updates as they’re available.

Thanks for sticking with us on this – we know it’s far from a smooth experience, but personally I truly believe the new champion select and dynamic queues are great features, and cannot wait to see them (back) on live to get some games with you guys on the rift!

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Champion Mastery Level 6 7

Socrates New PortraitHey all,

When we first announced that Hextech Crafting and loot was heading to PBE, we saw a few questions about how champion shards would work for players who already had all champions unlocked. We weren’t ready to answer those questions then, we are now at the point where we want to reach out to the community for feedback.

Here’s our current, leading design:

  • All players (whether you have all champions unlocked or not) can use champion shards that are duplicates of champions you already own to increase the Champion Mastery level cap of specific champions up to level 7.
    • This will increase the level cap, but won’t increase your actual Champion Mastery experience or unlock any associated rewards (unless you already have enough mastery points on a champ to be level 6 or 7, in which case you’ll immediately unlock those rewards)
    • Example: You own Jax. Using a Jax shard, you can raise the Champion Mastery level cap to 6 for Jax.
  • Alternatively, you can combine 3 champion mastery shards to unlock another level on any champion you choose.
    • Example: You spend three random champion shards to increase Champion Mastery level and a pop up appears allowing you to select any champion. You select Renekton, raising his Champion Mastery level cap to 6.

We also plan to offer chests in the store that can be purchased with IP that would contain specific types of champion shards. For example, we might offer a Demacian Chest for a limited period of time which would contain champion shards for champions associated with Demacia. We might also offer chests like these via other means, like rewards for accomplishments in ranked.

Our goal with this is to ensure champion shards drops always feel like a step towards something players care about and to make to the highest tiers of champion mastery feel exclusive and valuable. Ultimately we think this will make it more meaningful when you drop your mastery badge emote after a clutch (or not so clutch) play. It’s possible that there could be some other reward types associated with higher champion mastery levels, but this is still TBD. We’re excited to get Hextech Crafting and loot out to you all and curious to hear your feedback.

Thanks everyone for all the testing you’ve done so far!

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Does that mean we need shards to drop to reach Mastery levels 6 and 7

Socrates New PortraitIt’s the level 6 and 7 cap that unlock not the experience required for the levels themselves. So you’ll still have to earn your way up. Since the chests require strong performances (S grades) on champs, it puts more weight on unlocking these levels.

Somebody else pointed out since these rewards are more exclusive they should probably be cooler. That’s a good point also.

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As always, here’s a short collection of recent fan-art:

 

Zed by Citemer:

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Swimsuit Lux by raichoo:

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A New Dawn by haonguyenly:

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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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Some gameplay work in progress general gameplay thoughts

Meddler Final PortraitHi all!

Wanted to share a few of our thoughts on where we’re up to on some currently topical gameplay stuff. Trying out a different approach here with just quick updates on a number of topics rather than a focus on a couple of things (feedback on that much appreciated!).


The Preseason:

  • We’ve been putting a lot of work into updates for the upcoming preseason patch over the last couple of months, with changes to champions, items, vision etc. We’re getting very close to putting that stuff on PBE (all going according to plan).

 

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  • Kindred have been out for about a week now and we’re starting to see players get to grips with their kit. So far we’ve been really happy with the state of their release balance, so 5.21 won’t contain any buffs or nerfs, just some bug fixes. Really interested to see where they end up over the next couple of patches, there’s some definite learning curve there and we’re also seeing people experiment with them in a range of positions with a mix of success and failure.

 

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  • Morde’s a pretty topical dude at the moment. Our belief is that he’s too strong in a duo lane, despite previous nerfs, so we’re going to be reducing the amount of bonus XP he gets from his W in 5.21. Our hope is that that will then give us some room to buff his base stats, bringing his solo laning closer to his duo lane performance. That’s something we’ll likely do as a follow up change though (potentially in 5.22), once we’ve got a read on what the impact of the XP reduction was.

  • Thematic side note for anyone that’s interested and hadn’t already heard – we’ll also be changing his title to ‘The Iron Revenant’ rather than the previous ‘Lord of Death’ (Iron Revenant being a player suggested title update that we felt did a great job of merging different thematic elements from Morde).

 

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  • Works heavily underway on Poppy. She’ll be the next really big champion update that goes out (Sion/GP sort of scale, so full overhaul of abilities, visuals, voice etc). Her E’s the only ability effectively ported over from her old kit, feel we’re going for’s still very much small, noble, determined warrior who smacks others around with a large hammer.

 

World Champs

  • Worlds has been getting a lot of attention for the Gameplay teams of course. We’ve been really enjoying the diversity of picks in some positions (mid lane especially), though are seeing that some others could do with more help (jungle for example). Some outlier champions that definitely seem too strong (Morde, GP, Darius etc), some of whom we’ve already nerfed post 5.18, some of which we’ve got stuff underway for. A number of champions too that we don’t yet have plans for, but are keeping a really close eye on and talking about quite a bit (Tahm Kench for example).

 

Upcoming Champs

  • We’ve had a couple of trends with new champions recently that have helped opened up new gameplay space (non damage utility ults) and thematic space (creatures of myth). We’ve been pretty happy with how those explorations have gone, we don’t have to overdo them though. Next set of champs we’ve got underway are going for a bit of contrast with that as a result, with a few more damage/combat focused ults and characters who are somewhat more a part of the regular world of Runeterra.

 

General Balance Changes

  • Since a lot’s going to change in the upcoming preseason patch we’re generally holding off on smaller balance changes for a little bit, given which characters are a bit too weak or a bit too strong could change significantly in the near future due to systemic changes.

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I think we should get a developer post like this every 3 or 4 patches

Meddler Final PortraitI’m also interested in finding something along those sort of lines. Still trying to figure out exact format, frequency, style etc, with this post as one test of what works for people versus what doesn’t.

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Meddler Final PortraitI’ll be trying to do these every so often. Buffs/nerfs/updates are one of the things I’ll be best able to cover, new champ ideas by contrast we generally prefer not to talk about until the champion’s ready. Game modes and skins by contrast are outside of my own area of expertise, so I’ll leave discussion on those to the folks who work on them who are much more able to talk about them usefully.

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Has Ao Shin been scrapped delayed due to animation issues with his body

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Meddler Final PortraitAo Shin got put on hold quite a while back, in large part due to technical issues with making a serpentine creature look like we wanted in game. Plan’s always been to look at Ao Shin again once we’ve got the tech to do those body animations properly.

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Will we get another champion this year

Meddler Final PortraitCurrent expectation is that Kindred will not be the last new champ of the year.

We will continue to look for opportunities to get classes into less common positions, that’s not going to be a good fit for some champion concepts though.

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Why are you scrapping Poppys Q in her rework

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Meddler Final PortraitPoppy’s Q is a very functional spell, but we felt there was opportunity to shift to something with more play and interest to it.

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Meddler Final PortraitShe’ll be more focused at controlling a fight and fighting people over longer periods over time than exploding a dude really quickly.

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Will there be any changes to Sightstone in the Preseason

Meddler Final PortraitSightstone upgrades will be part of the changes. Intent is to still keep those in a position where they’re generally more appealing on supports than other classes though.

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Do you think Cassiopeias in a good state

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Meddler Final PortraitSpeaking frankly about Cass:

  • We don’t believe Cass is in a good state post rework.
  • We also don’t believe pre-rework Cass was in a good state either.
  • We would like to do some work (scale unknown, though extremely unlikely to be a full scale rework) on Cass next year.

  • How that work will be prioritized hasn’t been determined yet. There are a number of other projects it’d have to be traded off against on either the Live Gameplay (balance) team or the Champion Update (reworks) team (projects like Ryze, Azir, Taric, Yorick etc).
  • Even if we do do work on Cass next year I can’t offer any promises as to when that might be. Could be some small stuff early in the year and some medium work later, just balance/QoL changes at some indeterminate point, a moderate sized piece of gameplay work late in the year etc.

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Why is Azir on your Gameplay update list

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Meddler Final PortraitAzir’s kit is sufficiently difficult to learn that it doesn’t seem to currently be possible to put him in a spot where he’s sufficiently balanced for experienced players without being extremely inaccessible to people unfamiliar with him. Learning curve and skill ceiling are great of course, in this case Azir’s skill floor’s too punishing though. Current intent is to look at ways to make him somewhat more accessible, with if needs be, some nerfs to his top end if those changes buff him there too.

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Do you have any plans now or in the future to rework or remove crit

Meddler Final PortraitCrit’s definitely got some issues (feeling screwed by RNG when you did everything right especially), so at some point we do want to do some work on it. It does add some variance and risk to otherwise extremely reliable, consistent actions (right clicking/getting right clicked) though, and LoL’s arguably a little too predictable at times at present. We don’t want to simply replace it with a guaranteed damage multiplier as a result and, whenever we do work on it, would want to bundle that with some other systemic changes.

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Do you think that mana conservationmanagement are good mechanics

Meddler Final PortraitI feel mana management’s a useful lever to have, both in terms of the control it offers over champion power at various points in the game and as an expression of player skill. Having said that I don’t feel that all characters should be mana gated equally. Some melee should arguably be gated in lane, but free to use spells generally on CD later in the game, given the challenges they have getting onto targets. Other long range characters, or healers, by contrast should generally have significant costs throughout the game.

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Whatre your thoughts on energybased resourceless Champions

Meddler Final PortraitResourceless characters and energy users are both types of champion I feel have a good place in the game in terms of the different playstyles, pacings (in lane and after) and abilities designs they allow. I do believe it’s healthy to have mana as the default resource however, with occasional exceptions and we’ll be going through a period of new champions who consistently use mana for a while (last non mana user was Rek’Sai, next 4 upcoming champions at least will probably all use mana).

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Do you think highmobility Champions are crowding out lowmobility ones

Meddler Final PortraitI believe it’s very possible for high and low mobility champions to coexist in lanes, I don’t think we’ve always given lower mobility champions sufficient compensation for the low mobility price they pay however. Being a low mobility champ should allow you to get access to some pretty powerful stuff that wouldn’t be appropriate on champs with dashes/blinks etc. Kog’Maw and Anivia are good examples to me of where that’s been done right, with both of them being options that more mobile marksmen/mages respectively don’t offer.

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Are there any buffs planned for Syndra

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’d still like to make some improvements to Syndra’s passive, probably in a way that added a bit of power to her to. No short term plans for that though, that’ll be a sometime post preseason project (timing uncertain, since our current road map for balance type changes primarily reads ‘Get preseason ready and then follow up on preseason’).

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What happened to Rivens Edge resource on the PBE Why was it reverted

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Meddler Final PortraitThose are currently on hold while the Live Gameplay team’s focused on preseason work. We’ll probably look at Riven against once that stuff’s out, unclear whether those specific changes are what we’d want to go with yet or not though. In the meantime we’re shipping a small nerf to Riven’s ult CD to take a bit of power off her.

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If you were to nerf Tahm Kench could you just revert some of the buffs he got

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Meddler Final PortraitIf we were to nerf Tahm where we did so would depend on where he’s too strong. If that’s something we’ve recently buffed, then certainly, reverting a recent buff would make sense (e.g. if enemy Devour’s now too strong reducing the regurgitate range back down could be a good fit). On the other hand if the issue’s elsewhere reverting a recent buff might not hit the right issue (e.g. if his healing’s too strong nerfing devour range isn’t an appropriately targeted fix).

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Will the Marksman update be part of the Preseason changes

Meddler Final PortraitYes, Marksmen changes will be in the preseason. We haven’t decided yet which class we might tackle after that (enchanters also isn’t a name or clearly defined subclass we’ve got a consensus on, though it is a term some people have been using internally to describe caster supports like Janna or Nami).

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Wont Voice Chat solve ingame toxicity People dont say the things they type


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QUESTION: Are you trying to make the game full PG? (Like even below PG-13) Couse it looks like you are trying to completely remove toxicity when there will always be people that act ughh… silly.Couse for example, voice chat would help immensly but your toxicity “excuse” ruins that idea…

League is a hardcore game, and it’s played by many adults so no, we’re not trying to make it a PG-13 game. In fact, we’re not against offensive language per se. For example, saying “Fuck I missed that skillshot” or “Fuck, that was a bad engage, sorry” is completely fine and is not punished. You’re only punished when you start focusing your language against someone else, for example, “Fuck you asshole, wtf was that play. Uninstll plz.” Of course, hate speech, death threats and more severe language is not OK in any context, and that stuff will be punished with pretty much zero tolerance.

With regards to voice chat, we’re not opposed to voice chat. A lot of research suggests that voice chat between friends is an awesome experience, but voice chat with strangers is more hit and miss. These are known problems with voice chat and these issues exist in every game. If we do voice chat, we’d like to try some new features to tackle these problems but right now, all our development teams are focused on other priorities.

To the OP though, there’s a huge difference between 3rd party voice chat and integrated voice chat. Players that already have a voice chat solution installed, and are willing to add a stranger to their personal voice chat friends list and voice chat in a game are a very different, self-selected population compared to the general playerbase. In many cases, you could say these players are more likely to want to voice chat with others and very few people would do this purposely to yell at someone or be toxic to someone. If we had integrated voice chat, it would be available for everyone in the game, which has very different player behaviors.

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The Risks of MMR Boosting

Rhojin New PortraitHey Everyone,

A couple months back I made a post regarding MMR Boosting punishments and the updated investigation and identification methods we created for the 2015 Season. Today I wanted to talk about something else in regard to MMR Boosting, the security of your account. By now I’m sure you are all aware of the announcement of the 2015 Ranked Season Rewards; and after seeing what waits for those who reached Gold or higher we have seen a large increase in the number of players receiving MMR Boosts. While it may be tempting to pay for a boost or getting your friend/family member to play a couple games to boost your rank up, there are some serious risks involved in receiving a MMR Boost.

First and foremost, you will receive a MMR Boosting punishment. Your account will be suspended for two weeks, any ranked rewards you may have earned in the past will be stripped from your account and you will be ineligible to receive the 2015 rewards. Now this isn’t an “IF” your account is caught this is a when your account is caught. No matter how elite a booster may claim their methods are, there is no hiding from us.

On top of the punishment looming over a boosted account, the security of the account could also be at risk. Far too many times have we seen players share their information with people offering to boost their account, only to have that person then run off with the account and either sell it to another party or use it for other nefarious means. There are boosters who will boost an account and then report it directly to us for whatever reason they may have. And then there are those who set up sting operations, offer to boost someone and report every player to us who says yes, and they aren’t even contracted through us to do something like this. This is something they do out of their own free will to ensure boosters are removed from the community they love.

But even after being boosted there is no guarantee that an account will remain in the ranking it was boosted to. Throughout the 2015 Season we have seen 35% of boosted accounts drop back down to the ranking they were at before being boosted or lower. So not only is there the MMR Boosting punishment being issued to an account, the numbers show you may drop back down in rank and expose your account information to unnecessary risk.

I will be checking this post throughout the day to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Will the system punish me if Ive played from different locations

Rhojin New PortraitYou shouldn’t have anything to worry about. We know players travel all the time and play from location other than home. When we investigate accounts we make sure to take this into consideration. The last thing we want to do is punish someone because they wanted to enjoy a couple League games while they were on vacation or visiting friends.

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Does this include friends carrying others through Ranked

Rhojin New PortraitNah, you’re cool. Duoing with a friend is something we allow, even if they were the one doing the carrying. As long as you played on your own account you have nothing to worry about.

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Rhojin New PortraitAs long as both players are on their own accounts it is not considered to be boosting. Though chances are a challenger player is not going to have a legitimate smurf account that can duo with a bronze player but by some chance they have a legitimate smurf able to duo with a bronze friend it is not punishable in regard to boosting.

Now if the challenger player intentionally lost games to have a lower ranked account in order to stomp lower ranked players or to duo with friends, then the account would be open to another form of punishment.

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Are you guys sure youre able to catch every booster

Rhojin New PortraitWe are working around the clock on MMR Boosting investigations and we still have a large list of people who are set to be punished for their boosting participation this season. While nothing anywhere is perfect there is a very slim chance someone may get lucky now to avoid detection, but sooner or later their time will come. Also if you feel you have information pertaining to someone who had their account boosted you are more than welcome to send a report to us through the support site. We appreciate these types or reports as it does help us ensure we can identify those who have received MMR Boosts.

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Can a player be punished as a result of a false report

Rhojin New PortraitWe never punish anyone based simply because a report was sent in. When any reports are sent in to us we begin an investigation into the reports player, gathering our own information and comparing it to what the reporting player may have sent to us. Only when we are 100% sure that the reported player is guilty will we ever issue a punishment. There are times when players have been reported to me for being boosted and it turned out that the account wasn’t boosted, rather they just had a bad losing streak in their Diamond ranking.

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You made it to the end! Here’s some fan-art to wrap up the red posts for Saturday:

 

Lux by Raikoart

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Haunted Zyra by dotswap

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Female Thresh by Gumae

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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 balance team made another pass of community questions, which you can find answered below:


[ Note ] Part 1 of the AMA can be found HERE.

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Balance Team QA 2 Ask Us Anything Again

Scarizard Final PortraitEDIT: AMA’S DONE FOR TODAY! Thanks for coming out and asking questions – If you’re reading this and missed this one (or if we missed yours D:), we’ll be doing two more this month at the same time! We’ll see y’all at 12:30pm pacific, on Friday 10/030!

If you have follow-up questions or want to stalk us on the internet, you can follow almost all of us on ze twitters at (@RiotJag) (@RiotFeralPony) (@RiotTimeWizard) (@G_mang) (@ManWolfAxeBoss) (@SmashGizmo) (@ricklessabandon) and (@RiotScarizard)

Hey folks,

We’re back again for our 2nd AMA this month – another week of worlds has gone by and a new patch is on the horizon, and we still have tons of your questions to get to! Got something to say about balance, your favorite champions, or how free SmashGizmo’s sheik is? We’ve got you covered.

If you want to check out our Q+A last week, here’s a link to that one too! M O R E C O N T E X T

http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/miscellaneous/vWEoZ6X0-balance-team-qa-ask-us-anything

On deck, we’ve got:

RiotTimeWizard (thousand-year-dragon in training)

ricklessabandon (all lowercase, all the time)

SmashGizmo (plays 5 colors in EDH like a scumbag)

ManWolfAxeBoss (fire and blood)

RiotGmang (keeps talking so nobody explodes)

RiotJag (has a cool motorcycle)

FeralPony (photoshop artiste)

and yours truly! Got a burning question or top-of-mind curiosity? Fire away and we’ll start answering in an hour! (1:30 PDT)!

If you want some more behind-the-scenes insights on how League’s balance goes, check out these devblogs by RiotJules and King Jag The King, RiotJag himself!

http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/riot-official/xORLd02r-data-and-champion-balance-part-1

http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/riot-official/cBUqHAm5-data-and-champion-balance-part-2

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Which Champions do players ask you guys to nerf the most

Riot Jag Final PortraitEarlier this year: Akali, Fizz, Kassadin, Leblanc

Lately: Vayne, Fiora, Darius, Morde, GP, Garen, Skarner

Always: Lee Sin, Riven

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How do you guys deal with the stress involved with the game

Scarizard Final PortraitYou get thick skin doing this kind of work, but it’d be unfair to say that it doesn’t get to you.

I think the key thing to understand is that even the most angry, vile and vitriolic statements come out of passion for the game we all love and work on. Those people telling us we should be fired, and that we don’t know what we’re doing? They just want to have fun playing a balanced game, same as we do. In many ways, these can be viewed as motivators – when people are upset, we have a job to do.

It’s often thankless, but I think the nature of the constant, ever-evolving puzzle of a Live environment is a big draw for some. I’d also say we have a big emphasis on communication and teamwork within our group, and I’ve never felt like I’ve worked somewhere where I was both valued as an individual contributor and as a friend. It’s that ‘band-of-brothers’ (and sisters) feeling that means no matter how deep in the trenches we are, there’s always someone else with you ready to help out and make that next change the best it can be.

In the end, everyone’s got their own ways (many folks play other games in their off-time, many of us keep up with the gym, pursue art or personal projects, rick plays ffxiv, etc) but having a team of homies to back you up makes it all easier.

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Current CDR AP items are underwhelming for mid laners Will you add new ones

SmashGizmo Final PortraitI mostly just disagree with this statement. Morellonomnomnomicon and Athene’s are both reasonably powerful in my estimation and we still usually see mages rush one of these two. I do think there’s a small gap here in terms of AP/CDR itemization for non-mana mages, but I also think this is a very niche market that we’re hesitant to provide easy CDR for due to how overbearing a, let’s say, Vlad can be when he can easily rush both AP and CDR in lane.

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Have you had balance ideas that sounded good on paper but were broken ingame

SmashGizmo Final PortraitLiterally tons. A lot of our early iterations on Rengar’s Q in the rework come to mind, where we did stuff like using ferocity on Q would give you 3 stacks to make it the sustain damage option on him, but really basically just made him murder you even faster.

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Why are Azir Ryze and Kassidan so hard to balance

SmashGizmo Final PortraitDifferent reasons on all of these. Kassadin’s the most straightforward, where it’s just about how his mobility profile gives him perfect control over when fights are happening, so the second he crosses a certain power threshold, he just consistently runs away with games. Ryze is currently mostly about the mechanical needs of the character and just how much power a player gains from properly executing his passive combos, which means that he looks very weak for our average player, but is secretly one of the highest winrate characters for experienced players. I could probably write a book on why Azir is a balance nightmare at this point, but in the interest of being able to respond to more posts today, I’ll just say that it’s very difficult to balance a hypercarry who has reliable means of ensuring their own safety and that Azir pushes the limits of both being a hypercarry and reliably ensuring his own safety.

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How closely does the balance team work with the design and reworking teams

SmashGizmo Final PortraitVery closely. We try our best to give them good counsel on how to balance their characters pre-release and they try to give us advice on how to balance their characters while retaining their intended identities.

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Any chance of Ranked ever getting more bans

SmashGizmo Final PortraitThere’s a chance, but I think we’re really hesitant about taking this route, as it does really limit players ability to pick the character they want to play in any given game. I know there are some folks looking at pick/ban structure and I wouldn’t be surprised if over the next few years the pick/ban system changed significantly, but it’s not something we’re directly looking at in the short term.

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People like to bring up crit removal is it a thing that might happen

SmashGizmo Final PortraitNot in the short term. There will be some crit shifting around in the pre-season, but we’re not going to do anything so drastic as fully removing it in the near future. I think long term, trying to shift random crits to conditional crits (like, say, every 3rd attack crits, or all your attacks from brushes crit, etc), might have some promise, but we’ve never really gotten a good enough model of this working to ship.

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Are there plans to tone down Tahm Kench without taking him out of the meta

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Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitTahm Kench has definitely got some strength packed in that big ‘ol belly. If we do try to tone him down, we definitely won’t be trying to push him out of the meta or out of viability. After all, he’s only started picking up steam over the last couple of patches, so we wanna give him some more soak time before we just bop him!

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Will Janna be receiving buffs in the future

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Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitJanna is still in a pretty good place right now. Her disengage ultimate is one of the most reliable ways to counteract the menace of run-at-you tanky guys. She doesn’t seem to be in need of any boosts at the moment, but we won’t forget about her. We’ll need to re-evaluate a lot of champs when pre-season hits. 🙂

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How do you feel about Kindreds current state

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Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitKindred is experiencing what almost every new champion does. Extremely high ban rate in games, and players are still picking them up and figuring them out. They’ve proven to be powerful (not ABSURDLY so, mind you) in the hands of players with many Kindred games under their belt. We tend to follow-up within a couple patches on new champions, and we will likely do something to adjust Kindred’s power. Again though, pre-season will be throwing everyone for a loop!

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ManWolf New PortraitThey’re still pretty new to the Rift and have a fairly steep learning curve, so a slightly lower than average win rate right now is appropriate.

I personally feel that they’ll be strong once people figure out all their tricks. Just give it some time.

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How will the Marksman update impact Supports

Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitRegarding the ADC rework: since it won’t be much longer, I think I’ll have to go with a “wait and see” here. We don’t expect that supports are going to be adversely affected by the Marskman changes, though.

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Are there plans to updated boring outdated Champion passives

Riot Gmang Final PortraitGood question, and I agree that there are plenty of passives that leave something to be desired.

Regarding your examples:

Some of the champs you mentioned have also been singled out internally and gotten some experimentation (like Heimer, Shyv, and Syndra), though I can’t speak to how they are prioritized among other projects in terms of urgency and which ones are planning to move forward (within our team specifically, the only one that springs to mind is Syndra, though no promises on exact ship date atm hah).

Regarding passive quantity:

This is a controversial topic, but I wanna just share a bit of context here. It’s important to keep in mind that we don’t design passives in a vacuum and then decide how many each champion gets. Passives are designed to serve the needs of a particular champion.

Say I’m a champion designer making a new kit, and I start with a particular gameplay loop that fits nicely on Q W and E slots. The kit is somewhat functional and unique, but there are still things to figure out (let’s say the W and E have some usability issues, certain lane matchups are very one-sided, my abilities late-game are confusing team mates, my spell rotation feels too unreliable, wave clearing is too easy, and my build paths don’t scale right). What I do with the Passive and R slots–indeed, what I do with all slots–are going to be about problems like these or addressing other higher levels goals (like delivering the fantasy better or more unique or something).

The answer to those problems might involve any number of changes, possibly demanding 0, 1, or 2+ passives. If I do add 2+ passives, it’s not because I just want the champ to be cooler or have more stuff than others. And it is going to come at the cost of power budget and complexity budget, not just added on top of an otherwise finished, balanced champion. A solution might even involve removing/nerfing passives so that we have more complexity and power budget to put on actives!

In the end, individual slots are not supposed to be balanced between each other, nor are “my champ passive(s)” vs “your champ passive(s).” Entire kits are supposed to be balanced between each other. “2 passives > 1 passive” doesn’t always follow. It’s very possible to design a kit with high agency, complexity, and fun with just actives, and it’s also very possible to design a super lame kit that has several passives! And it’s those kinds of properties (agency, fun, complexity, clarity, etc.) that we care most about: if a champion’s multiple passives leaves them with too much control over the game, or too much complexity, or something like that, that is a big concern for us (and we definitely aren’t perfect about these things!). But the actual quantity is usually not inherently good or bad.

Regarding passive quality:

Lemme give a different example: say we have a high-complexity champion who has everything BUT the passive slot locked down (you might have even had an awesome passive during development but it ended up being extraneous as other slots developed further). As in, “if our game hadn’t already set the precedent, I might actually give this champ 0 passives.” This can be a tricky spot: players expect each of their slots to feel fun and distinct, including the passive slot, but you don’t want to disrupt the balance and fun of your existing pattern/slots.

A lot of these passives end up being lower-budget passives: we could have made Jayce get multiple intricate passives, but he’s already so complicated and multi-faceted that it would probably detract from the kit to do so. Sometimes you make the call, “this champ is about these cool actives, and we should avoid detracting from that here.”

This isn’t to say that “lame passives” are a good thing, but sometimes the cost-benefit of trying to discover a perfect passive is outweighed by the value of delivering the champion to players with a not-stellar passive. The opposite is also true: sometimes we have a champion that’s bloated in complexity/abilities by the time we’re reading to ship, but we’re willing to make the trade-off for the sake of delivering what we feel is a good product to players.

All that said, improving lame slots is definitely on our radar; I just wanted to give context. I hope that provides a little clarity for why passives compare/contrast in the way they do!

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Did you plan on doing balancing when training to work in the industry

SmashGizmo Final Portrait100% yes for me. I came from a background of clinging onto competitive games for the long haul (been playing MtG for almost 20 years now, Smash Melee for 10, League for 6), so balancing and preserving the fairness of a game was always something super important and interesting to me.

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Whats an average day like for you guys

SmashGizmo Final PortraitWe work in 2 week sprints on each patch. Once during each sprint we plan out our work on what we want to ship in the upcoming patch, which is a combination of the things we see as off as players and the outliers in terms of metrics like pick rate/ban rate/win rate. Once we take on projects, we rapidly iterate and test changes until we get to changelists we’re happy with. We’re also constantly re-evaluating our work so that if something super broken emerges we can hop on it ASAP (for instance, runeglaive Ezreal).

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How do you feel about the current meta

SmashGizmo Final PortraitThis question is waaaaaaay too big to adequately answer. I guess the tl;dr for me is that I’m happy we’ve hit the sort of diversity numbers in Professional play that we’re seeing in Worlds this year, but that I still feel like some things are really off in terms of feeling like a fair and enjoyable experience for most players. I won’t dive too deep into this, but basically, Professional diversity is great and certainly one valid measure of how the game’s balance is doing, but I don’t think it captures the full picture by any stretch of the imagination.

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What are balance teams looking for on an applicants portfolio

SmashGizmo Final PortraitMake yourself visible as an expert on the game you’re trying to work on. This is pretty broad, but encompasses both getting to a relatively high rank and demonstrating your knowledge on the state of the game. Stuff like blogging, writing articles, and streaming can all be good means of getting exposure and demonstrating that you get the game on a very deep level. Also, perpetually seek the feedback of people who are already working on balance, as they can give great feedback about how you might be limiting your thoughts.

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Any plans to make upgrading the warding trinkets less awkward

Scarizard Final PortraitI’d be looking for something along these lines with the upcoming preseason. I agree that it’s a major frustration to have people put off trinket upgrades for so long, and the entire trinket system has been a hot topic for the Systems team for 2016.

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Is there a particular direction you want to push Elise in eg mage or tank

Ricklessabandon New Portraithi, hi~

a lot of what you’ve been picking up on has been intentional—elise should have a path open to her that allows for gold to be spent on increasing her kill potential, and for less of that threat to be available ‘for free’ in the form of base stats/damages. since elise is a six-ability form swapper it’s more important for her overall fairness to ask elise players to use their early-game power spike to earn a gold advantage and then invest it wisely in order to keep that strength going later into the game. i personally think it helps her feel more like a mage/assassin pairing (which seems more aligned with who she wants to be), whereas the elise of old felt more like a support/tank pairing.

if i had to guess as to what areas we’d look at next, it would be ones that would let us stay on course with the last few changes—base damage past level 7 should be monitored closely, and scaling with gold should feel appropriately rewarding (and tied to success). if we ever needed to go harder on her, i’d imagine it would be thinking of cool ways to replace her w spells that would give us more ‘balance levers’ while keeping her feeling great to play.

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Will you make Mordekaiser less reliant on duo laning to be viable

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FeralPony Final PortraitPower-wise we feel Mordekaiser’s too strong currently in the duo lane and too weak in the solo lane case. We’re generally okay if duo is his main role, but the disparity between those roles is currently too high. His solo lane is too weak and his duo lane is too strong.

Mordekaiser W is totally worth revisiting in regards to the solo vs duo cast, it can feel pretty lackluster and is a good spot to target to help bridge the gap between the Solo lane/ Duo Lane case. Not sure on specific changes we’d make, but we’ll be looking into Morde specifically more after the first big preseason patch (PBE Soon(tm)!)

I’m unsure specifically on % of shield conversion values. He’s pretty damn durable atm, and I feel the minimum shield threshhold helped him a lot more in lane than is getting generally credited, but adjusting the W sustain could grant us the option of increasing his shield growth since that skill in particular is currently double dipping in generating shield and restoring health.

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Are you considering any changes to Lissandra

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ManWolf New PortraitWe very recently put in the change to her ult where she heals on self cast. Spell costs were something we looked at, but didn’t feel like she really needed anything there. The passive definitely has the biggest room for improvement. I messed around with some changes where she would spawn black ice around her and gain bonuses if she cast on top of them, but ultimately didn’t have time for that patch. Definitely something I’d like to continue work on later though.

That being said, we’ve seen her in a few games at worlds so far and think she’s in a decent place in terms of power.

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Any plans for Katarina

Katarina Single Banner

Ricklessabandon New Portraithello!

so, we’ll probably need to take a look at her sometime after the new season starts up (if nothing else, just as part of a follow-up pass on the different roles) but we don’t have any kat-specific changes already in mind. part of the issue with katarina is that, at present, she is intended to be more about ‘chasing a high moment’ and as such will rarely feel as fair as a lot of the roster (the players playing as, with, or against are kind of playing a zero-sum game over happiness/fairness).

we came around to that intention pretty explicitly around the time i put some very experimental changes out on the pbe, which i believe was about a year ago. essentially, we took a stab at what a more ‘healthy and sustainable’ katarina would look like. what came of that is that while we might have ended up with a katarina that more people could have been more happy with if she was commonly in their games, league of legends as a whole would have lost a type of character/playstyle that was one of the more unique offerings in the game. we likened it to the experience that draven provides—to make the ‘draven experience’ feel as fair as someone like lucian would almost certainly make our adc pool feel less diverse/rich, if not the game as a whole.

that’s kind of the long and short of it. for the time being, katarina represents a play experience larger than herself. if we ever reevaluate and decide that that experience doesn’t align with katarina, then we’ll certainly give her the time needed to give her the appropriate changes. outside of that though, she’ll likely remain in the ‘chasing a high moment’ camp. that said, i think more than a couple assassins could use some love right now, so she might be suffering from compounding issues—we’ll be sure to look into that once the next season gets rolling.

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Thoughts on Nami

Nami Single Banner

Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitShe definitely wasn’t weak prior to her buffs, but she does get harder and harder to succeed with as the game goes on. While people start to move faster with boots and items, her Bubble becomes trickier and trickier to hit. Would definitely be interested in doing even more cool things for her 🙂

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If Nasus were made today what would he be like

ManWolf New PortraitIf he were made today, I assume he’d be classified as a juggernaut and not have an infinite scaling mechanic. If he does ever get reworked, the late game raid boss fantasy is a must and I’d be sad if stacks got removed, but could live with that I suppose.

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How about locking Flash for everyone and adding a third Summoner spell slot

ManWolf New PortraitCurrently, we have no plans to implement a third summoner spell slot, nor do we have plans to lock Flash in for everyone.

We are looking into ways to diversify Summoner Spell choices, and that includes considering how Flash relates to other Summoner Spell.

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Will you guys revisit options for Syndra after Preseason

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Ricklessabandon New Portraitthat is the current plan, i believe. we had some work in progress we really wanted to wrap up before starting on our preseason work, but we ran out of time. nothing is set in stone though, so that work is just ‘on hold’ until we have an opportunity to pick it back up which could technically be a while (or forever), but with luck it’s just around the corner.

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Do you guys feel you know what’s healthy for the game before you release it

FeralPony Final PortraitNot an easy question to answer. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Generally, we go with the approach that we can be wrong but we tend to have a higher than average hit rate, and we can iterate and update when we make mistakes and get additional eyes and player feedback.

Scuttlecrab was an example of a design that got a ton of initial pushback both internally and externally and we got a lot of pressure to remove but was probably the best single addition we made in the previous preseason. It offered a lot of additional jungle routes, caused tons of tension and skirmishes – something the early game desperately needed, provided additional control and objective control gameplay, and was freaking cute as hell.

On the flip side we aired way too high on the power level of Juggernauts in combination of PBE feedback and with the our expectation that the additional playstyle changes would take a lot longer for players to pick up and adapt to.

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You shouldnt have to use bans for Champions with high winrate

FeralPony Final PortraitI pretty strongly disagree with this statement. The banning phase is exactly used for champions people feel are stronger than average. No champion currently has anything resembling a 64% winrate.

The top 10 bans currently in the game are Darius, Garen, Yasuo, Fiora, Kindred, Mordekaiser, Zed, Riven, Katarina, and Blitzcrank who have ~50%,52%,51%,51%,47%,50%,48%,51%,49%,52% win rates respectively. These numbers are not the end-all-be all statistic or the only thing we care about but the reality of the data is crazy far off from 64% you mention. These will of course fluctuate a little based off ELO, role/lane, and experience rate etc, but not substantially.

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Will Teemo be a part of your Marksman update

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Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitTeemo isn’t currently a part of any marksman updates, so I think someone was trolling you. There’s discussion about doing some changes of VARYING scopes on the others that you’ve mentioned. Distinguishing play patterns is part of the aim for updating marksmen, so there’s definitely some work being done to enhance that. You’ll have to wait for more exact details, but not very long!

 

Yes, we have tempered our approach to the marksman update with our learnings from the juggernauts. As you say, pre-season will definitely shake things up, but that doesn’t mean we want to repeat any of the frustrations that we introduced with the juggernauts. We’re still being ambitious and creative while trying not to aim for raw power as a means of attaining viability. The marksman update in conjunction with all of the pre-season changes will likely cause a significant shift in a way that we’re working hard to make fun and refreshing.

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How often do you request a rework when balancing is too hard to do

Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitHmm. Lucian is a good example for me. That dude was just in every pro game for the better part of a year, so we actually sat down and did a mini-rework of him (Attack Range, E changes being pretty major here). There’s definitely some kits that you’ve seen us struggle with balancing in the past year or so that may be solved with some small tweaks, or may need some broader updates (Ryze, Azir, Kalista being decent examples).

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Do you playtest minor stat changes or do you just rely on spreadsheets

Riot Jag Final PortraitFor something like that we rely more on past experience, since we’ve seen what kind of power change a nerf like that has had on ADCs before (for example, Twitch got -3 AD last year and we could use that as a reference point for the Vayne nerf).

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Do you recall making small changes that ended up breaking Champions

Riot Jag Final PortraitI definitely didn’t see mid Ezreal coming when I was doing Runeglaive. 😛

I did the Nautilus changes at the beginning of this year, and I knew that he would feel more versatile as a champion, but I didn’t anticipate him being so powerful in the support role.

Most of these surprises were pretty cool though.

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Do youve any plans for Aatrox

Riot Time Wizard Final PortraitA-atrox is a pretty cool guy. We were actually just talking about him this morning. We don’t have any specific plans, though he will definitely be affected along with everyone else with the pre-season. What sort of things do you like about him? Also, have you considered his synergy with Kindred?? ;0

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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 5.18

September 12th, 2015

 

PBE Roundup Patch 5 18 Banner

Patch 5.18 will hit live in the early hours of September 16th, assuming there are no delays:

 

Store Content

Balance

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP KALISTA

Championship Kalista will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

Kalista_Splash_2 Kalista_2

 

MODEL Banner

Kalista Championship Model 1 Kalista Championship Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Kalista Championship Recall

 

PIERCE Q

Kalista Championship Q 1

 

SENTINEL W

Championship Kalista W 1

 

 

New Summoner Icons

Icons for this year’s Worlds teams will be available in store for 250 RP each. As always, a portion of the profits from these icons will go to the respective teams:

 

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WC_Emblem_Team_Invictus WC_Emblem_Team_EDG

 

Also, four jungle-themed icons have made their way on the PBE. No clue how you can get these yet:

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Champion Changes

 

Braum Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxWinters Bite Final IconWinter’s Bite [ Q ]

  • Mana cost increased from 45/50/55/60/65 to 55/60/65/70/75

 

 

 

Caitlyn Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxYordle Snap Trap Final IconYordle Snap Trap [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 50 to 30
  • Cooldown decreased from 20/17/14/11/8 seconds to 16/14/12/10/8

 

 

Darius Final Portrait

 

Change BoxDecimate Final IconDecimate [ Q ]

  • Health per target decreased from 15% to 12%
  • Maximum heal increased from 30% to 36% (Decimate can now heal from 3 targets)
  • Mana cost increased from 30 at all ranks to 30/35/40/45/50

 

 

Elise Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxSpider Form Final IconSpider Form [ R ]

  • Base damage on spiderlings decreased from 10/20/30/40 to 10/15/20/25
  • AoE damage resist on spiderlings increased from 20% to 25%

 

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 


Buff Box Arcane Shift Final IconArcane Shift [ E ]

  • Now additionally has a 0.5 AD ratio

 

 

 

Fiora Final Champion Portrait

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  • Health decreased from 662 [+92 per level] to 635 [+85 per level]
  • Base armor decreased from 30.5 to 27.5

 

 

Gangplank Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxPowder Keg Final IconPowder Keg [ E ]

  • Bonus damage to Champions decreased from 80/110/140/170/200 to 60/90/120/150/180
  • Armor penetrate decreased from 50% to 40%

 

 

Garen Final Portrait

 


Nerf BoxDemacian Justice Final IconDemacian Justice [ R ]

  • Enemies that kill Garen aren’t marked as “villains”

 

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

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  • Base Armor increased from 27 to 29

 

 

Lulu Final Portrait

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  • Health per level decreased from 82 to 74

 

 

Buff BoxPix, Faerie Companion [ Passive ]Pix Faerie Companion Final Icon

  • Pix can now trigger Tribute (passive from Spellthief’s Edge/Frostfang/Frost Queen’s Claim) once per basic attack from Lulu

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

General Box

  • Armor changed from 28 [+3.5 per level] to 26 [+3.75 per level]
  • Base Armor decreased from 22 to 20

 

Change BoxHarvester of Sorrow Final IconHarvester of Sorrow [ W ]

  • Can now be self-cast (can’t do double aura damage but can still be reactivated)
  • Can no longer do double damage from two allies standing near each other with the aura
  • Reactivate base damage increased from 50/70/90/110/130 to 70/95/120/145/170
    • Health cost increased from from 0 to 25/35/45/55/65
  • Reactive now heals for 25% of the damage dealt to minions, decreased from 33%
  • Maximum number of drained units decreased from 3 to 2

 

 

Morgana Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDark Binding Final IconDark Binding [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 50/60/70/80/90 to 50/55/60/65/70

 

 

 

Skarner Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxFracture Final IconFracture [ E ]

  • Slow strength decreased from 45/50/55/60/65% to 30/35/40/45/50%

 

 

Syndra Final Portrait

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  • Mana-per-level increased from 50 to 63

 

 

Twitch Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxAmbush Final IconAmbush [ Q ]

  • Delay until Twitch can stealth while taking damage has been decreased from 6 seconds at all ranks to 4.5

 

 

Veigar Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBaleful_StrikeBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Now additionally grants AP for Champion assists (gives AP for kills only on live)

 

 

Buff BoxDark_MatterDark Matter [ W ]

  • Cooldown now starts at the beginning of the cast, not the end

 

 

 

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  • Mana cost decreased from 35 at all ranks to 0

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxDead Mans Plate Final IconDead Man’s Plate

  • Active can no longer trigger while the user is silenced or blinded

 

Nerf BoxDevourer Final IconDevourer Enchantment

  • Now grants 0.67 magic damage on-hit per stack, decreased from 1

 

Nerf BoxSated Devourer Final IconSated Devourer

  • Base magic damage on-hit decreased from 60 to 50

 


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Steraks Gage Final Icon

  • Tooltip now displays the exact shield value for the user’s current level

 

Buff BoxWarrior Enchantment Final IconWarrior Enchantment

  • AD increased from 40 to 45

 

Nerf BoxZekes Harbinger Final IconZeke’s Harbinger 

  • Armor decreased from 35 to 30

 

 

 


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  • New Summoner Icons
  • Champion Changes
  • Item Changes

 

New Summoner Icons

Icons for this year’s Worlds teams will be available in store for 250 RP each. As always, a portion of the profits from these icons will go to the respective teams:

 

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Champion Changes

 

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  • Base Health decreased from 552.76 to 518
  • Base Armor increased from 19.2 to 23

 

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  • Pix can now trigger Tribute (passive from Spellthief’s Edge/Frostfang/Frost Queen’s Claim) once per basic attack from Lulu

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHarvester of Sorrow Final IconHarvesters of Sorrow [ W ]

  • Can now get health back from 2 units, decreased from 3

 

 

 

Syndra Final Portrait

General Box

  • Mana-per-level increased from 50 to 63

 

 

Veigar Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBaleful_StrikeBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Now additionally grants AP for Champion assists (gives AP for kills only on live)

 

 

Buff BoxDark_MatterDark Matter [ W ]

  • Cooldown now starts at the beginning of the cast, not the end

 

 

 

Item Changes


Buff BoxWarrior Enchantment Final IconWarrior Enchantment

  • AD increased from 40 to 45

 

 


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PROJECT COMBO RECALLS MINIONS

The upcoming PROJECT skins recall as a team. Here’s Leona & Lucian and Zed & Fiora recalling together:

 

Combo Recall 1 Combo Recall 2

 

Also, if two or more players are using PROJECT skins on the same team, all friendly minions get a PROJECT-themed overhaul:

Project Minions 1 Project Minions 2

 

 

PROJECT FIORA

PROJECT: Fiora will be available for 1350 RP.

 

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Project Fiora Recall

 

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PROJECT Fiora Passive 1

 

LUNGE Q

PROJECT Fiora Q 1

 

RIPOSTE W

PROJECT Fiora W 1

 

BLADEWORK E

PROJECT Fiora E 1

 

GRAND CHALLENGE R

PROJECT Fiora R 1 PROJECT Fiora R 2

PROJECT Fiora R 3

 

 

PROJECT LEONA

PROJECT: Leona will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Leona Model 1 Project Leona Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Leona Recall 1

 

SHIELD OF DAYBREAK Q

Project Leona Q 1

 

ECLIPSE W

Project Leona W 1

 

ZENITH BLADE E

Project Leona E 1

 

SOLAR FLARE R

Project Leona R 1 Project Leona R 2

Project Leona R 3

 

 

PROJECT LUCIAN

PROJECT: Lucian will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Lucian Model 1 Project Lucian Model 2

 

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Project Lucian Recall 1

 

LIGHTSLINGER PASSIVE

Project Lucian Passive 1

 

PIERCING LIGHT Q

Project Lucian Q 1

 

ARDENT BLAZE W

Project Lucian W 1

 

RELENTLESS PURSUIT E

Project Lucian E 1

 

THE CULLING R

Project Lucian R 1

 

 

PROJECT MASTER YI

Project Master Yi is a legendary skin and will be available for 1820 RP.

 

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Project Yi Model 1 Project Yi Model 2

 

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Project Yi Recall

 

DOUBLE STRIKE PASSIVE

Project Yi Passive 1

 

ALPHA STRIKE Q

Project Yi Q 1

 

MEDITATE W

Project Yi W 1

 

WUJU STYLE E

Project Yi E 1 Project Yi E 2

 

HIGHLANDER R

Project Yi R 1 Project Yi R 2

Project Yi R 3

 

 

PROJECT ZED

PROJECT: Zed will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Zed Model 1 Project Zed Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Zed Recall 1

 

CONTEMPT FOR THE WEAK PASSIVE

Project Zed Passive 1

 

RAZOR SHURIKEN Q

Project Zed Q 1

 

LIVING SHADOW W

Project Zed W 1

 

SHADOW SLASH E

Project Zed E 1

 

DEATH MARK R

Project Zed R 1 Project Zed R 2

Project Zed R 3

 

 

OPTICAL ENHANCER WARD SKIN

This ward skin will be available in store for 640 RP after Patch 5.17 hits live.

 

Optical Ward Skin 1

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait

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  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 335 to 325

 

Nerf BoxConquering Sands Final Icon Conquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Enemies hit by multiple Sand Soldiers will have the duration of the spell’s slow refreshed, but won’t take any additional damage

 

 

Bard Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxCaretaker Shrine Final IconCaretaker’s Shrine [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 100/105/110/115/120 to 90 at all ranks

 

 

Buff BoxMagical Journey Final IconMagical Journey [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 20/19/18/17/16 seconds to 18/17/16/15/14

 

 

 

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Buff BoxLeague of Draven Final IconLeague of Draven [ Passive ]

  • If Draven kills 6 minions in a row without dropping an axe, he gains 2 extra Adoration stacks.

 

 

Fizz Final Portrait

 

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  • Active magic damage on-hit changed from 10/20/30/40/50 [+0.25 AP] to 10/15/20/25/30 [+0.3 AP]

 

Nerf BoxChum the Waters Final IconChum The Waters [ R ]

  • Debuff now only amplifies Fizz’s magic damage by 20%, not all his damage

 

 

 

Gangplank Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxPowder Keg Final IconPowder Keg [ E ]

  • Keg explosion now ignores 45% of enemy armor, decreased from 60%

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDrunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Now deals 8% of target’s maximum HP as bonus magic damage, decreased from 8/9/10/11/12%

 

 

Janna Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxHowling Gale Final IconHowling Gale [ Q ]

  • The tornade now travels 35% further for every second it’s charged, increased from 20%

 

Nerf BoxMonsoonMonsoon [ R ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

 

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxCounterstrike Final IconCounterstrike [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 50/60/70/80/90

 

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxSentinel Final IconSentinel [ W ]

  • Bonus magic damage now deal 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% of the target’s Max HP as magic damage, decreased from 12/14/16/18/20%
  • Passive damage can now proc on the same target once every 10 seconds at all ranks, increased from 6

 

Nerf BoxFates Call Final IconFate’s Call [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 90/75/60 seconds to 120/90/60

 

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxFocused Resolve Final IconFocused Resolve [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 16/15/14/13/12 seconds to 12 at all ranks

 

 

 

Maokai Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxVengeful Maelstrom Final IconVengeful Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 40/30/20 seconds to 60/50/40

 

 

 

Miss Fortune Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalDouble Up [ Q ]Double Up Final Icon

  • Tooltip now states that if the first target dies, the bouncing hit will crit the second target for 150% damage

 

 

Pantheon Final Portrait

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  • Base Attack Speed increased from 0.625 0.644
  • Consecutive auto-attack animations are now slightly faster

 

 

Reksai Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxFury of the XerSai Final IconFury of the Xer’Sai [ Passive ]

  • Upon unburrowing, Rek’Sai’s next basic attack or spell no longer generates 15 bonus Fury

 

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxVorpal Blade Final IconVorpal Blade [ Q ]

  • Base heal on-hit decreased from 6/10/14/18/22 to 3/6/9/12/15

 

 

 

Syndra Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTranscendent Final IconTranscendent [ Passive ]

  • At rank 5, the 15% bonus magic damage on Dark Sphere is now true damage
  • At rank 5, Scatter the Weak’s width is increased to 100%, up from 50%

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

[ Note ] A Rioter noted that this change is a bug.

 

Removed BoxShadow Slash Final IconShadow Slash [ E ]

  • Base damage increased from 60/90/120/150/180 to 80/130/180/230/280

 

 


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The following Champions will be free-to-play until February 24th:


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Summary

Mordekaiser will be moving from a nuker into a fighter role with Patch 5.4. Also, Veigar‘s kit will be significantly reworked to introduce more counterplay and buff him up after the removal of DFG. Meddler discusses Kalista’s current state, the scaling on her auto-attack wind up and her damage against objectives with Rend, IronStylus comments on Demacians wearing skintight suits and how Taric’s rework is going. Lastly, some of Syndra’s recent nerfs may be rolled back, most prominently the width of her E stun and an explanation from Xypherous on why Ruby Sightstone is designed to be underwhelming.

 

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Changes to Mordekaiser in Patch 5 4

Chun Final PortraitHi guys, when we removed DFG in 5.2,we have said we will do some changes towards Mordekaiser . And now let’s talk about it with details.

Currently on live, Mordekaiser is mainly being played as a burst mage and functions debatably ‘well’ in that way. But since DFG is gone, Mordekaiser has run into trouble in the late game because one of his essential play-patterns (blow someone up for a ghost) no longer functions well there.

Right now, we’re looking at Mordekaiser and we think he definitely needs some help there. That said, the “burst mage” play-pattern doesn’t serve well enough both in this champion’s fantasy and the counterplay (or lack of) around it. So we’re aiming to make this big-full-metal guy a fighter/brawler which better fits his fantasy and is more aligned with his shield passive mechanics. We get there are people who liked the whole “Mordekaiser explodes people” play style, but we just can’t keep it balanced and healthy in the current state of the game. Our changes aren’t to shift his damage significantly, but we want him to be thinking about that shield while he’s in the middle of the fight.

High level, our first change is that now Mordekaiser’s shield gain is base on his maximum health instead of damage he deals. By doing this, Mordekaiser will be able to survive long enough to shine on the battle ground with his sustained damage/ghost if he chooses to be tanky. And for enemies, Mordekaiser is no longer a moving short range cannon, but slow metal tank who can be kited. Also Morde’s shield doesn’t decay while in combat (after 5 seconds it begins decaying).

Secondly, Mordekaiser’s burst damage will goes down a bit but, over time, his damage output will be the same or slightly increased. So he will not burst you down but still remain threatening over time.

Third, Mordekaiser’s shield now works the same as Nunu’s bloodboil (cast on an ally, Mordekaiser also gets the shield) and if they run toward each other, they’ll gain a mini speed boost. Think magnets.

Last, Mordekaiser’s ghost will be more intuitive and clear in target selection. So Mordekaiser and his ghost no longer grant whacky stats from each other, but straightforward and intuitive stats: Mordekaiser now will gain health/ap from his ghost’s bonus health and ability power, while Mordekaiser’s stats will help the ghost scale up (but the type of ghost he grabs (ie: Mage / Marksmen / Tank) will have an impact on their performance).

So TL:DR we want to make Mordekaiser more of a brawly-scrappy champion because his current successful play pattern of “explode someone, get a Ghost, roll over the game” is near impossible to tune without hurting some players. This gives us more space to help Mordekaiser succeed while not confusing others as to why a big suit of armor is super squishy and bursty.

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Can you give Mordekaisers ghosts the option to attack move

Chun Final PortraitI believe currently Pets already does what you said about “automatically attacking your current basic attack/single target skill target if they don’t currently have a target.”

But I’m afraid the idea of “make Pets able to attack-move” will provide a lot of hidden power(or unnecessary power) for all the “Pets”, it is important for player to understand how strong the “Pet” is, especially for those guys who play with/against. Unfortunately this Idea is against that.

Right now the minion AI have a problem that after you input any “move” commander they will just “hold” at destination instead of attacking afterwards. I believe this create a lot of frustration and it’s something I’m looking into.

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How drastic are these damage changes Will this affect laning wave clear

Chun Final PortraitThe damage changes will be small, our goal is to reduce his burst potential but remain the prolong threat.

I would say his laning will be approximately the same or slightly weaker and his wave clear will be approximately the same or slightly stronger (in lane).

But late game his wave clear will be weaker mainly because we are not expecting him to build full damage at that point.

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Will his health costs be decreased to compensate for his lowered damage

Chun Final PortraitShort answer, yes!

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SmashGizmo Final PortraitHey guys, SmashGizmo here to talk to you about some changes to the Tiny Master of Evil coming to PBE soon.

A vital part of Veigar’s identity has always been about catching people out and 100-0ing them in the blink of an eye, so when we were looking to remove DFG, Veigar was sitting at the top of the list of characters affected by the removal. When looking at a lot of these characters, we found that the full 100-0 combo wasn’t something we wanted to support and decided to re-focus them around other aspects of their kits (i.e. making Ahri more about her movement than the 1-shot combo). But for Veigar, this approach seemed off. He is the quintessential burst mage and we wanted to find a way to let him continue to function as such in a world without DFG. Enter the Q double-hit.

 

Baleful Strike Final IconBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Changed to a skill shot that stops on the second unit hit
  • Grants 1 AP for each unit killed
  • Range increased to 850 from 650
  • Cooldown changed to 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 from 8/7/6/5/4

 

By amping up the AP farming mini-game on his Q, we’re creating a new path for Veigar players to achieve their dream of pressing a single button and watching an enemy disappear. As it turns out though, this worked a bit too well, and pretty early in playtesting, we found that Veigar was reliably deleting people a bit too early in the game, so we had to make some small adjustments to his ult.

 

Primordial Burst Final IconPrimordial Burst [ R ]

  • AP Ratio reduced to 1.0 from 1.2 (Ratio on enemy’s AP unchanged)
  • Mana Cost flattened to 125 at all ranks from 125/175/225
  • Cooldown reduced to 120/100/80 from 130/110/90

 

While 0.2 is a sizeable hit to his Ult’s ratio, I want to stress that Veigar is getting quite a bit more AP from his Q in this version than on live and reassure any worried Veigar players out there that we’re still seeing those beefy 2K+ Primordial Bursts in the late game with this version.

From here, we should move on to talking about Event Horizon and how it fits into the picture. With the current version of Event Horizon, the optimal use is for the Veigar player to place his Event Horizon such that it immediately stuns his opponent. This leads to the ability feeling like a particularly awkward skill shot with almost no dodgability provided to the opponent once the Veigar player masters aiming it. When we took a step back and thought about what the ability was really trying to get at, we saw the ideal Event Horizon being more about trapping your opponent in a cage for Veigar to torment than simply about stunning a dude at 1025 range. In the interest of pushing towards this ideal, we’ve added a delay and warning particle to Event Horizon to encourage Veigar to use it more to trap opponents than to immediately stun them.

 

Event Horizon Final IconEvent Horizon [ E ]

  • Has a 0.75 second delay with a warning particle before the walls appear
  • Mana Cost decreased to 80/85/90/95/100 from 80/90/100/110/120
  • Cooldown reduced to 18/17/16/15/14 from 20/19/18/17/16
  • Range increased to 700 from 650

 

This definitely represents a shift in how Veigar uses this ability, but our belief is that this version of the spell is much healthier and leads to more fun interactions between Veigar and his hapless victims. Instead of blowing up a prone target, Veigar traps his prey in a chamber of horrors and shoots Baleful Strikes at them and drops Dark Matters where they have limited space to dodge. Speaking of Dark Matter, meteors are pretty cool and frankly, Veigar doesn’t get to drop quite enough of them on people’s heads.

 

Dark Matter Final IconDark Matter [ W ]

  • Mana Cost reduced to 70/75/80/85/90 from 70/80/90/100/110
  • Cooldown reduced to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 from 10 at all ranks

 

And with that, we’ve hit the full set of Veigar changes that are about to hit a PBE near you.

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How would you go about nerfing Kalista

Meddler Final PortraitWhat we’re currently looking is reducing the amount her attack wind ups get faster when she gets attack speed.

When champions get attack speed they both make more attacks per second and each individual attack takes less time to perform. In Kalista’s case that means she’s spending less time in her attack windup and so she gets to dash more often/doesn’t spend as much time preparing to dash. Attack speed’s making her more mobile than we think’s appropriate, so we’re going to adjust that.

As per usual we’ll then see what sort of spot she lands in after that change, assess whether other changes are appropriate too or not.

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Kalistas problem is that her Rend outscales Smite at any point in the game

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re confident that the amount of extra mobility Kalista gets from attack speed is a problem, so we’re addressing that, given how effective she can be against some melee champions especially. Regardless of what changes it might or might not be appropriate to make to her E we believe this change is a good one.

As far as her E and Smite go creating an ADC with really strong objective control if she can spend a decent chunk of time attacking a target was something we wanted to try out with Kalista. Various other ADCs are great for objective control too, they do it by helping you kill baron or dragon really fast though (think Vayne or Kog for example). We wanted to offer objective strength in a different way and Kalista’s certainly doing that. Whether she’s too effective in that role, in terms of forcing the enemy to deal with her rather than trying for a last minute steal, is a great question. It’s certainly possible her E might need to be capped against monsters, we’re not sure if that’s the appropriate call at this point though and would like to avoid homogenizing champions if there are healthy ways to avoid doing so.

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Why are most Demcian champions in skintight bodysuits

IronStylus Final PortraitYeah, we’ve done that a lot. So much so that as ChampUP goes and explores what we’ve done in the past we’re noticing the same trends. Some of these characters are/will-be up for updates so I’m definitely looking for alternatives. I mean, where it fits it fits.. (HAH! PUN!).. but sometimes the costume doesn’t warrant literally being the same skin tight material every time.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts or seeing references as to what might be interesting solutions for these characters if we do eve depart from tight-onesies.

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I think agile champions like Fiora and Vayne should be in tight clothing

IronStylus Final PortraitAgreed. Agility = form-fitting. However it doesn’t necessarily mean a vinyl body suit. I think that’s the issue. Cool, they gotta be fast, form fitting is great, but even Trinity and Byonetta have some style in how they do that.

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Body suits are probably a bigger problem than skin tight clothes

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A reference for Demacian attire by the thread’s author, A Superb Villain.

IronStylus Final PortraitYeah I agree that “skin-tight” isn’t as much of a problem as “body-suits”. You can have some really classy skin-tight stuff especially in high fashion, which I think strikes me as a fun place for Demacian casual-wear to be. I think that it’s definitely a place to bring sort of a very East Coast runway sorta vibe. That with treating it with the right motifs can give it a cool fantasy read with a slight modern spin.

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 How is development on Taric going

IronStylus Final PortraitSlowly, from the art side at least. We’ve been working on a few thing that will come before Taric and are deep in production or have high-priority in pre-production for various reasons. Currently, and Scruffy can probably speak better to this, but his new kit looks like it’s shaping up nicely. For us on the art side, that’s huge. We can have much more narrow of a focus now that we know specific actions a champion will take and how we build the character around those actions.

Currently Narrative is helping us on high-priority stuff that’s in pre-production. They sort of occupy the same area that Concept does because they help formulate the very core of the character. We think that Taric will be a big discussion in the “near future”. Sorry that’s so ambiguous.

That said, we have about 30 concepts of Taric from various artists. This however was done in a bit of a vacuum, back when we were moving in a direction that we really hadn’t validated properly, a very much straight-forward dude in blue armor and gems. Since then, the casual discussions around him between art, gameplay and narrative aspects are aligning around something with a slightly different flavor than what we had originally anticipated, and that’s good. When the official ideation sessions strike up again I think we’ll have a good spring board. Narrative helps tremendously in those discussions because we want to understand what made Taric into Taric and what his current pillars of design are.

Likewise, having gameplay in place really helps as well because we’re not designing in a vacuum, we’re working towards the goals of fulfilling the needs of that gameplay.

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Syndra was overnerfed and some of those nerfs should be rolled back

Meddler Final PortraitAgreed, she was hit harder than intended in a way that’s left her E feeling like it sometimes misses when it’s expected to hit. We’re increasing the width on Syndra’s stun in 5.4 (and to a greater extent than it was increased in 5.2). It’s not going to be as wide as pre 5.1, which was unfairly wide, but should more consistently hit when it looks like it did.

After that change, which is both a feel and a power one, we’ll look at where her balance stands, see if it’s appropriate to do more.

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Ruby Sightstone should recharge wards over time not just on the fountain

Xypherous Final PortraitThere’s a (fairly unpopular, admittedly) reason why Ruby Sightstone is such an underwhelming upgrade.

We want you to get cooler items rather than feel like you have to dump yet ANOTHER 800 gold into vision on top of the 800 you already have sunk into it.

Linearly upgrading Ruby Sightstone to improve your vision capabilities strips out a lot of customization you could have on your own character for items that are unique or special for your role.

There’s an end-game slot inefficiency thing that needs to be solved absolutely that does come up (more often as game length goes up) but the main reason why Ruby is underwhelming is by intent – it absolutely sucks to be forced into delaying your build by having to purchase 3k of ‘required’ items to function in your role while you have a limited income stream to begin with.

(Highly efficient upgrades here makes it more likely that it’ll be main on another type of character – but that’s secondary to this particular discussion.)

We limit the total amount of gold you can invest into vision pretty heavily to force you into buying items that do things for your character and force the vision investment to be distributed more evenly across the team.

I get that some people want the option of heavily investing into vision – if this were possible without becoming mandatory, we would do so – but unfortunately – the optimal way to play when someone can invest all their income into vision is to force that character to invest all their income into vision – depriving most other possibilities in terms of purchases.

Essentially, if you ever feel like you have to upgrade Ruby Sightstone, that’s another mandatory expense that we’re basically forcing support players to pay over all the other items that would make their own character function better.

Still want to solve the end game slot capacity thing as that’ll come up more and more though. I get your frustration here in that it’s underwhelming – but it’s serving the primary intent of ‘it’s the last thing you buy so you don’t feel bad about having a sub <1k gold item in your inventory’ and not choking out all the other more fun choices you have.

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So why not change the item so it becomes a viable upgrade

Xypherous Final PortraitYou run into poaching from other classes – namely the Jungler in this case. You basically have to do something extremely hacking – but if the incentive is to then rush it to get the best possible gold income – you’ve basically recreated the same problem – forcing supports to complete it in the lieu of anything else.

Essentially – there’s is no incentive to purchase it because we don’t want you to even think about upgrading it at any point that is not the late late late late game when you’ve already purchased everything else you could possibly think of purchasing. Spend your money on things that make your character work.

(Poaching – Roughly used here as ‘They’ll take the item intended for someone else and use it better than the original.)

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Will we learn more of Diana and Leona s past

IronStylus Final PortraitHeh.. funny thing is I was talking to Ant about this today. (in a passing way, not committing anything, just brain-jamming)

I think it’s pretty agreed-upon that Targon in general is a ripe place for development. It’s one of our least defined areas and I feel that’s a benefit. We have some indication, a shell or a foundation. We have some good characters to build on, and even better, we have the opportunity to do really cool things with them in time!

I have high hopes 🙂

Like Ant said though, nothing is hammered out especially where delivery is concerned. That said, I’m excited about the possibilities the future holds. I’m also really excited about working with guys like Ant (who’ve helped us on the ChampUP side of things a lot recently) that are really talented and really just great to kick ideas around with.

When in place Gameplay, Narrative and Art can do some really amazing things. I hope we can indeed progress the story of these two ladies, and also build a world around them that feels solid and unique. A world that builds on what our characters are, but also corrects inconsistencies of the past. I think that’s key.

Team Diana did a lot of good stuff back in the day. Now it’s time to go back and flesh things out and make a good foundation for deep stories to be told.

Sun and Moon, the best tales are yet to be told.

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Game Systems analyst ricklessabandon shared a list of tentative changes to Katarina on Twitter. Also, Lead Champion Designer Meddler held a Q&A together with Xypherous, talking about the balance of certain mid mages, the state of Gangplank’s rework and how crit damage on ADC items can be tuned. That plus a sweet conceptual kit for Nautilus.

 

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Tentative changes to Katarina coming soon to the PBE

 

I’ve formatted the changes below:

 

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  • Base Attack Speed decreased from 0.658 to 0.625
  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 2.74% to 2%
  • Sped up Katarina’s auto-attack animation by 46%

 

Bouncing Blades Final IconBouncing Blades [ Q ]

  • Damage on initial hit decreased from 60/85/110/135/160 ( +0.45 AP) to 60/70/80/90/100 ( +0.3 AP)
  • Mark damage increased from 15/30/45/60/75 ( +0.15 AP) to 20/55/90/125/160 ( +0.4 AP)

 

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  • Damage changed from 40/75/110/145/180 ( +0.25 AP) (+ 0.6 Bonus AD) to 60/75/90/105/120% of Total AD ( + 0.25 AP)

 

Shunpo Final IconShunpo [ E ]

  • Damage removed (live value is 60/85/110/135/160 ( +0.4 AP)
  • Damage reduction increased from 15% at all ranks to 10/15/20/25/30%
  • (Also fixed a bug which caused Shunpo’s damage reduction duration to be 1 second instead of 1.5 seconds)
  • Cooldown increased from 12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds to 15 seconds at all ranks

NEW: Now refunds 80% of Shunpo’s cooldown after blinking to champions Katarina hasn’t Shunpo’d to in the last 9 seconds

  • Cooldown refund will trigger on both enemy champions and allied champions
  • The 9-second lockout is removed if Katarina gets a reset via her Passive

NEW: Now resets Katarina’s basic attack timer

 

 

Too many people dodge in Nemesis Draft

[ Note ] Nemesis Draft is a new Featured mode that was released in a recent PBE update.

L4T3NCY Final PortraitWe sure can. 🙂 There are actually already some changes in place to discourage dodgers, but they aren’t testable on the PBE environment, which is why I didn’t detail them above. As many people have brought up dodging in Nemesis Draft though, let’s get into them right now.

 

1) Dramatically increased dodge penalties of up to 2 hours for recurring dodges. We can also change these numbers on the fly once live, and we’ll be keeping an eye on them. As many players here have pointed out, Nemesis Draft is an opt-in experience, so there should be no surprises in champ select.

2) In the spirit of rewarding good behaviour, we also have a special reward icon planned for players who don’t leave or dodge any games of Nemesis Draft throughout the mode’s run. There will be a low minimum game requirement, but the goal is to give players who loved Nemesis Draft a badge of honour to display afterwards. This reward will be delivered after the game mode has ended.

For anyone curious on the detection of AFKs, leaving, etc, this recent LeaverBuster FAQ has all the details.

https://support.riotgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/201752714-LeaverBuster-FAQ

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QA on Champion Design

Meddler Final PortraitHey all!

Anyone want to talk about LoL, game design, how we make champions etc? Going to be around for a couple of hours and looking forward to chatting with some of you folks.

 

To give you a quick bit of background I’ve been at Riot for about three years now. I’ve previously worked on Ziggs, Varus, Syndra, Lissandra, Elise and Gnar. A lot of my time these days is spent looking at the year ahead, working with other Rioters to figure out what sort of champions we want to make, what our goals are etc.

Edit: Xypherous, from the Systems Team that handles stuff like the Preseason changes, is also going to drop by to chat. If you’ve got questions about that sort of stuff should definitely throw them in too! He also worked on Nautilus, Lulu, Orianna, Fizz and Renekton before that as well, so if you’ve got questions about them he’s the guy to hit up.

Edit 2: Thanks for the chat all, I need to head off and grab food. Will drop back later tonight though and add in a few more replies.

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What change coming into this season is your favorite

Meddler Final PortraitI really like how dragon’s now an objective that matters throughout the game, that teams plan around and fight over, rather than something that, late game, someone just does on the way past at times.

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Are there Champions you feel shouldnt had been released

Meddler Final PortraitThere aren’t any champions I don’t think should be in the game at all, I think they’ve all got a solid core to them. In some cases though that’s not very well executed on though. Urgot and Yorick for example have cool underlying ideas (undead cyborg war machine and gravedigger with pet ghouls) that aren’t well realized.

Oh, yeah, then there’s Teemo. Teemo should burn.

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Was the idea behind designing Fizzs troll pole E

Xypherous Final PortraitI’m totally responsible for Fizz’s ‘E’ – and the intent was to make a frustrating skill that conveyed that aspect of Fizz’s personality. I think my goal was something like ‘Let’s aim for something that feels like Shaco in terms of trickery/frustration without going too far.’ In retrospect – it’s probably worked too well in a lot of regards with that.

The idea for Fizz’s ‘E’ was primarily to allow him to evade opposing damage without actually being durable – so that every now and then his opponents can choke Fizz and obliterate him and feel good about that.

Fizz was really meant to be a character that felt slippery enough so that you experience a moment of catharsis when you finally catch the jerk and annihilate him.

As to lane functionality, it was meant much more for the ‘lower the poke he takes’ rather than the ‘instantly annihilate you with Q’ that it’s become. In hindsight, I wish there was way more incentive to stay on the pole rather than instantly double-tap to move faster.

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Do youve plans to tweak his E along the lines youve described

Xypherous Final PortraitI don’t work on live balance directly these days, but the incentives to staying on the pole (and perhaps less damage on the double jump part of it) are generally good directions I think. I’d also love to trim Mana costs from his other abilities and shove it even more into the ‘E’ to punish spamming it recklessly like you’ve pointed out.

However, again, don’t work on balancing directly. There’s a bunch of super smart live designers whose job it is to make sure things look okay from a competitive angle.

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Will you change Annie to compensate for the removal of DFG in Patch 52

Meddler Final PortraitWhat we’re currently looking at (note this is experimental, so could well change tomorrow) is slightly lower resistances on Molten Shield, with Tibbers also getting the resistance bonuses as well plus a brief movement speed boost. One of the big goals there, in addition to balance changes, is to make casting Molten Shield a bit more interesting and add a bit of extra depth to how you micro Tibbers.

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What do you think of AD carry itemization currently

Xypherous Final PortraitFor the short term, there’s a wide range of ADC itemization paths depending on the ADC. However, there is little variation on the items that an individual ADC buys.

There isn’t a whole lot of range on a specific ADC for the items they can buy – but at least they’re buying different things (I see 3 or 4 main builds that vary across type – and then there’s Hurricane on Kalista – so there’s variance across ADCs but not in an ADC.)

That’s in an okay spot for now – but in an ideal world lots of things would be different in terms of reactive purchases and such but I think the other classes’ itemization deserve a touch up before we delve back into ADCs.

For an example of more long term stuff – critical strike is eventually going to have to be looked at to prevent AA based carries from forever being the norm, for example – but that exploration will take a while.

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Where do you see crit damage as a mechanic in the future

Xypherous Final Portrait(Warning – the following comment is entirely Pie in the Sky and not going to happen in the near future.)

I’d kind of like to envision a world where every ADC has a special ‘Crit Damage’ skill like:

Vayne – Silver Bolts (Every 3 hits, deal X + Y% of the target’s maximum Health as true damage. Every critical strike does Z% of the target’s maximum Health)

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Varus – Blighted Quiver (Critical Strikes automatically apply full Blight stacks to the target).

That way, every carry would look at crit a little differently – based on their pattern and what they think they could accomplish etc.

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What are your thoughts on Essence Reaver at the moment

Xypherous Final PortraitWe could fork Essence Reaver off Brutalizer – and the item would be immensely more popular and bought more – you’re absolutely right on that.

Unfortunately, making Essence Reaver’s build path and build up good is something that would most likely send a certain class of AD assassins (whose gates are early/mid-game Mana) into somewhat crazy levels. Pantheon/Talon, etc – would get the lion’s share of benefit until ER was nerfed to be suitable for them.

Ultimately, ER will always kind of be bad until Assassin’s have their own itemization and have their inherent power reduced.

The weird part about items is always that we can always make an item good or powerful – but making that item good and powerful on the people we want it on and not cause side effects elsewhere is the tricky bit.

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How has female champion design in League evolved over the years

Meddler Final PortraitSomething we’ve been aiming for is to get a greater variety of appearances/tones for champions of both genders. There were a couple of years there where many of our female champions especially ended up looking pretty similar and we’ve been making an effort to try and avoid that. That’s not to say we won’t continue to make attractive champions, male and female, where appropriate for their character, but that we also want a wide range that includes champs like Kalista and Rek’Sai as well.

I can’t speak with personal experience about the intent around the game’s initial release, that was well before my time at Riot. Certainly there seems to be a lot of support internally for the greater variety we’ve been exploring recently though.

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Why did you design Varus with no escapes other than his ultimate

Meddler Final PortraitThe intent with Varus was to make a champion with strong poke, a lot of utility by ADC standards and reasonable auto attack damage, in exchange for low burst and mobility. Fitting into the gap between Ashe at one end of the immobile spectrum (heaps of utility, lowest ADC damage) and Kog’maw at the other end (heaps of damage and poke).

Been thinking recently we might want to strengthen his poke a bit (possibly by tying his passive into more than just his auto attacks). Haven’t had a chance to bounce any thoughts about that off the live balance team yet though, see what their current thinking is.

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How did Nautiluss development go Any scrapped abilities

Xypherous Final PortraitA ton of moves were scrapped in the making of him – he started out as being very light in CC because he had the hook but… yeah.

Off the top of my head, here’s the things I remember trying:

A punch which knocked back anyone but the primary target (Xin Zhao’s current ult).

Passive X-Ray eyes that could see through walls in a cone.
Cage of Pain, which brought up a giant circular shock/slow ‘fence’ – like a super big wall of pain.
Bullrush, where you got MS and flung anyone you moved through (multiple times, charging bull kind of deal)
Throw – where you impaled someone on the anchor and then flung them and the anchor to a point of your choice
‘Enrage’ when a nearby ally got attacked (yeah…)

I tend to cycle through skills a lot – I’m sure there was more that I can’t remember. I just remember a long phase of Nautilus being ‘A bull who sets up cages that he then chases people in.’

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Meddler Final Portrait“Bullrush, where you got MS and flung anyone you moved through (multiple times, charging bull kind of deal)”

Man, that was a memorable playtest. I recall one team fight near dragon, where Naut ulted and ran back and forth, juggling 3-4 of us in the air for about 5 seconds until we all died. I still wake up screaming occasionally…

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How did you decide Syndra would need her Q for all other spells

Meddler Final PortraitTook a little while to hit upon the Q as the foundation of the kit, though then felt obvious in retrospect since her original concept art featured her spheres so prominently. Once the basic idea of ‘Q generates objects, other spells manipulate them’ came together things were relatively smooth.

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How did you guys come up with the idea of her incredibly bursty ult

Meddler Final PortraitThe intent with her ult was to give her a reliable tool (given her other abilities were all skillshots) and allow her to punish someone caught out of position or diving into her team (theory being that as a non mobile mage she’d have limited target selection). Ended up being a bit more of a ‘burst down a key target after stunning them’ ability than originally intended. It’s counterplay’s a bit lower than I’d like in that regard, though having said that champs do often need tools like that if they’re to compete with other highly mobile options.

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How separate are the Systems team and Balance team

Xypherous Final PortraitThey’re two different teams. We both have a strong focus on the state of the live game but systems tends to take a longer view on game flow and game health while Balance tends to look at the immediate things affecting champions.

For example, systems might think about whether or not we want more or less snowballing in the game and adjust things like jungle gold or laner experience to accommodate while Live might look at a specific champion and whether or not he should be changed in the upcoming patch because he’s too snowbally.

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What kind of qualifications resume do you look for in the field

Meddler Final PortraitSome of the most useful skills:

  • Analytical abiliity
  • Communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to drive on/own projects
  • Understanding of both LoL and other competitive multiplayer games

That stuff can be hard to demonstrate on a Resume sometimes, past work/study, pet projects, gaming background, written design tests etc come together to give a fairly good initial read on applicants though.

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Any news on a Gangplank rework

Meddler Final PortraitBit early to say much alas. We had a crack at a GP rework last year that had some interesting stuff in it, but didn’t quite hit the mark so didn’t get shipped (or talked about after a while, our bad, we should have mentioned it was a project that had been put on hold). We’re going to give him another look this year, wouldn’t expect anything for a while though, a number of other reworks will come out beforehand that are further along already.

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