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Viktor’s rework is coming with Patch 4.17 tonight! Here’s the official page for his update.


Proving it’s not just League’s exoskeletal beings that can evolve, we’re pushing a retooled Viktor through the Champion Update pipeline and onto live. We’ve given him a fresh coat of paint, updated most of his abilities, and completely changed how his passive and Hex Core work – behold the details of Viktor’s glorious evolution!


Abilities

 

All stages of Hexacore

 

Glorious Evolution New IconGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

Viktor starts with a Prototype Hex Core that he can upgrade 3 times for 1000 gold each. Each upgrade grants +20 AP, +150 Mana and +1 AP per level, cumulating in +75AP, +6 AP per level, +500 Mana for the Perfect Hex Core.

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

 

Icons of Hexacore’s evolution, from levels 1 to 4:

 

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Hexcore 1

Hexcore 2

Perfect Hex Core

Viktor Auto AttackViktor Q
Viktor Enhanced Q

 


Siphon Power New IconSiphon Power 
[ Q ]

Cooldown: 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds || Mana Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 || Range: 700 

Viktor blasts an enemy unit for 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP) magic damage, granting him a 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP) damage shield for 2.5 seconds. Viktor’s next basic attack deals 15-250 (scales with Viktor’s level) (+0.5 AP) bonus magic damage. 

 

Viktor W

 

Gravity Field New Icon Gravity Field [ W ]

 Cooldown: 17/16/15/14/13 seconds || Mana Cost: 65 || Range: 700

Viktor deploys a gravitational imprisonment device for 4 seconds, slowing enemy units by 28/32/36/40/44% and adding a stack every .5 seconds. At 3 stacks the target is stunned for 1.5 seconds.

 

Viktor E

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9  seconds || Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110 || Range: 700

Viktor uses his robotic arm to fire a chaos beam that cuts across the field in a line, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+ .7 AP) magic damage to every enemy in its path.

[ Note ] Missile speed of base and augmented version decreased from 2000 to 1500 compared to live.

 

Viktor R

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

Cooldown: 120/110/100 seconds || Mana Cost: 100 || Range: 700

Viktor conjures a singularity at target location, dealing 150/250/350 (+ 0.55 AP) magic damage and interrupting enemy channels.

Viktor can redirect the singularity for 7 seconds, causing 30/60/90 (+0.2 AP) magic damage every second to nearby enemies. The singularity will move slower as it attempts to move farther away from Viktor.

 

Augment Q

 

Augment TurbochargeAugment – Turbocharge [ Q ] : Viktor gains 30% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds.

 

 

 

Augment W

 

Augment ImplosionAugment – Implosion [ W ] : Enemies stunned by Gravity Field are dragged to the center.

 

 

 

Augment E

 

Augment AftershockAugment – Aftershock [ E ] : An explosion follows the Death Ray’s wake, dealing 70 (+ 0.7 AP) magic damage. Enemies already hit by Death Ray will take 40% damage.

 

 

Augment R

 

Augment Velocity Augment – Velocity [ R ] : Chaos Storm Moves 20% faster.

[ Note ] Automatically granted when the Hexacore is fully upgraded.

 

 

Augments


Viktor’s augments offer him unique ways to tailor his kit towards specific playstyles and situations. If the enemy team’s built for skirmishing, Viktor can augment Siphon Power to speed him out of combat, or Death Ray to create zones of denial around his or the enemy’s team. On the other hand, if his team has the makings of a wombo combo comp, Viktor can augment Gravity Field to cluster the enemy team together, opening the door for his team’s successive cycle of violence. Most importantly, these augments can be used together once Viktor has spent the required gold, giving him plenty of extra ability power, mana, and utility. Finally, once Viktor augments all three of his basic abilities, he automatically augments Chaos Storm with the Velocity upgrade.

 

Laning



Viktor’s a sustained damage mage who thrives in the solo lanes of Summoner’s Rift. He trades effectively with Siphon Power, taking advantage of the shield to absorb his lane opponent’s assault as he deals his initial salvo. Crucially, Viktor wins hardest by staying close to his enemy following Siphon Power, triggering the Lich Bane-level boost on his next basic attack to inflict further damage. With clever positioning, Viktor can follow up with Death Ray to last hit minions and whittle down the enemy champion even more. However, the ability’s raw power often pushes the lane, forcing the relatively immobile Viktor far from his tower. If this attracts the enemy jungler’s attention, Viktor has another hex-tech trick up his sleeve in the shape of Gravity Field, which he can place along his escape path to deter his aggressors.


Teamfights



Chaos Storm thrives once teams start grouping together, giving Viktor the chance to wreak en masse carnage. Though unleashing it after an augmented Gravity Field offers ideal conditions for maximizing its damage output, Chaos Storm dishes out enough area of effect damage on its own to deny Viktor’s enemies zone control and end enemy chases. Death Ray gains huge power in clustered teamfights, too – with accurate casts, Viktor can send its withering line of destruction across the entire enemy backline, dealing scathing damage to multiple enemy squishies.


Champion Insights


Viktor, gameplay design by Solcrushed

So, why Viktor? Seems pretty clear, right? He’s not League’s most popular champion, and his unique tools aren’t great. But before we started tinkering, we set out some clear problem areas and goals for the update. Here’s what we ended up with.

First, we wanted to update Viktor so he fundamentally achieved his design fantasy of an evolving and customizable creator. Old Viktor frankly failed at this fantasy: he had one solid upgrade path, two crappy ones, and could only augment himself once through the course of the game. We wanted to recreate the creator’s creative side, and decided to take him back to the drawing board for a fundamental update to his augment system.

So where did we start? Well, instead of just making each augment equally viable, we decided to overhaul the entire system and allow Viktor players to augment each of his basic abilities through the course of the game. There’s no level gate – only gold, so while you could theoretically augment all of his abilities before buying a single item, it’s down to the player to decide when, how and even if they’ll spend their hard-earned gold on augments.

And what about those augments? Well, first off, each upgrade gives flat AP and mana, so they most definitely improve the big metal man. Secondly, the ability improvements aren’t all “ermagerd ma ferce ers meltin” powerful – but that’s not the point. They’resituational, so you can tailor your abilities to press your advantages or relieve your team’s weaknesses as the game ebbs and flows. Essentially, you can customize your Viktor when and how you see fit.

Our second goal with the update was to create a better sense of flow between Viktor’s abilities. Old Viktor’s abilities made very little sense when used in conjunction with each other. Siphon Power, for instance, had the shortest range and gave Viktor a speed boost and shield, letting him… run away after dealing damage? To help remedy this, we gave Siphon Power (and Gravity Field) extra range, so he can now use his abilities together and better define the range at which he fights. We also added an on-hit effect to Siphon Power, so Viktor players can now choose what to do after using their Q! Maybe you’ll want to play safe by staying back, or maybe you’ll want to head into dangerous territory, risking the enemy’s attacks so you can punish your target with your empowered basic attack. Ultimately, by standardizing the range of Viktor’s abilities and giving him more reasons to cycle in his basic attacks between ability casts, we’re hoping to create a more cohesive and interactive champion.

That’s about it for now! New Viktor should have smoother gameplay, a compelling unique item, and feel more like the improvable being he was made to be. Give him a go and let us know what you think of him! Otherwise, head over to the Soraka Update article for more news from the Champion Update team! If that doesn’t scratch your itch, then hang tight – we have some pretty… big… news coming.



If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]


 

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Here’s a round-up of the PBE updates for this patch cycle. Patch 4.17 (most likely) lands this Tuesday, September 23rd.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

 

Content for Patch 4.17:

 

 

Viktor Rework Banner

 

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Viktor Model Viktor All EmotesAll stages of Hexacore

 

Glorious Evolution New IconGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

Viktor starts with a Prototype Hex Core that he can upgrade 3 times for 1000 gold each. Each upgrade grants +20 AP, +150 Mana and +1 AP per level, cumulating in +75AP, +6 AP per level, +500 Mana for the Perfect Hex Core.

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

 

Icons of Hexacore’s evolution, from levels 1 to 4:

 

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Hexcore 1

Hexcore 2

Perfect Hex Core

Viktor Auto AttackViktor Q
Viktor Enhanced Q

 


Siphon Power New IconSiphon Power 
[ Q ]

Cooldown: 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds || Mana Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 || Range: 700 

Viktor blasts an enemy unit for 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP) magic damage, granting him a 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP) damage shield for 2.5 seconds. Viktor’s next basic attack deals 15-250 (scales with Viktor’s level) (+0.5 AP) bonus magic damage. 

 

Viktor W

 

Gravity Field New Icon Gravity Field [ W ]

 Cooldown: 17/16/15/14/13 seconds || Mana Cost: 65 || Range: 700

Viktor deploys a gravitational imprisonment device for 4 seconds, slowing enemy units by 28/32/36/40/44% and adding a stack every .5 seconds. At 3 stacks the target is stunned for 1.5 seconds.

 

Viktor E

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9  seconds || Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110 || Range: 700

Viktor uses his robotic arm to fire a chaos beam that cuts across the field in a line, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+ .7 AP) magic damage to every enemy in its path.

[ Note ] Missile speed of base and augmented version decreased from 2000 to 1500 compared to live.

 

Viktor R

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

Cooldown: 120/110/100 seconds || Mana Cost: 100 || Range: 700

Viktor conjures a singularity at target location, dealing 150/250/350 (+ 0.55 AP) magic damage and interrupting enemy channels.

Viktor can redirect the singularity for 7 seconds, causing 30/60/90 (+0.2 AP) magic damage every second to nearby enemies. The singularity will move slower as it attempts to move farther away from Viktor.

 

Augment Q

 

Augment TurbochargeAugment – Turbocharge [ Q ] : Viktor gains 30% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds.

 

 

 

Augment W

 

Augment ImplosionAugment – Implosion [ W ] : Enemies stunned by Gravity Field are dragged to the center.

 

 

 

Augment E

 

Augment AftershockAugment – Aftershock [ E ] : An explosion follows the Death Ray’s wake, dealing 70 (+ 0.7 AP) magic damage. Enemies already hit by Death Ray will take 40% damage.

 

 

Augment R

 

Augment Velocity Augment – Velocity [ R ] : Chaos Storm Moves 20% faster.

[ Note ] Automatically granted when the Hexacore is fully upgraded.

 

 

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Soraka New Portrait

General

  • Base HP reduced from 405 to 398 (lvl 0)
  • HP-per-level increased from 76 to 78
  • HP-per-second per level decreased from 0.16 to 0.14
  • Mana pool increased from 240 to 250
  • Mana-per-second increased from 1.36 to 1.56
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 340 to 325
  • Base Magic Resist still 30
  • Base Armor still 17
  • HP-per-second decreased from 0.9 to 0.7

 


Luminary New Icon
Luminary [ Passive ]

Soraka gain 70% Bonus Movement Speed when running towards allies who are below 40%.

 


Starcall New IconStarcall [ Q ]

Cooldown: 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 seconds || Cost: 70/75/80/85/90 Mana

Calls down a star at target location. Enemies standing in the explosion radius take 70/110/150/190/230 (+0.35 AP) magic damage. Enemies standing in the center take 150% damage ( 105/165/225/285/345 (+0.52 AP) ) and are slowed by 30/35/40/45/50% for 2 seconds.

 

Soraka New Q

 


Astral Infusion New IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

Cooldown: 4 / 3.5 / 3 / 2.5 / 2 seconds || Cost: 10% of Max HP  + 20/25/30/35/40 Mana || Range: 450

Active: Restores 120/150/180/210/240 (+0.6 AP) Health to target ally. Cannot be cast if Soraka is below 5% Health.
Passive: Each enemy Champion hit by Starcall heals Soraka for 25/35/45/55/65 (+0.4 AP) – 50/70/90/110/130 (+0.4 AP), depending on Soraka’s missing HP.

 


Equinox New IconEquinox [ E ]

Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds || Cost: 70 Mana || Range: 925

On Enemy Cast: Creates a zone at target location for 1.5 seconds. Enemies standing in the zone are silenced until they leave. When the zone disappears, all enemies still standing on the zone are rooted for 1/1.3/1.5/1.8/2 second(s). The zone deals an initial 70/110/150/190/230 (+0.4 AP) magic damage to Champions where it’s cast and deals the same damage again when the duration ends.

 

Soraka New E

 


Wish New IconWish [ R ]

Cooldown: 160/145/130 Seconds || Cost: 100 Mana || Range: Global

Calls upon divine powers to restore 150/250/350 (+0.55 AP) Health to all allied Champions. Wish’s power is increased by 50% on each Champion below 40% Health and it removes any Grievious Wounds debuffs from allies before healing.

 

 

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[ Note ] Order of the Lotus Karma will be available for 975 RP after Patch 4.17 hits live (September 23rd).

 

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Lotus Karma Model

 

Lotus Karma Mantra State

Order of the Lotus Karma in her Mantra‘d state.

 

Lotus Karma Recall

For her recall animation, Lotus Karma fans herself and a string instrument plays.

 

Inner Flame Lotus Karma

Inner Flame [ Q ]

 

Focused Resolve Lotus Karma

Focused Resolve [ W ]

 

 Inspire Lotus Karma

 Inspire [ E ]

 

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Soulflare [ Mantra Q ]

 

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Lotus Karma Mantra E 2

Defiance [ Mantra E ]

 

 

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 Fnatic are getting their team skins for winning Season 1’s World Championship.

 

 

Fnatic’s skins will be available for 750 RP each after Patch 4.17 hits live (September 23rd).

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From left to right: Fnatic Corki, Janna, Gragas, Jarvan IV and Karthus

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Fnatic Corki

 

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Fnatic Gragas

 

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Fnatic Janna

 

Fnatic Janna Model 1 Fnatic Janna Model 2

 

Fnatic Jarvan IV

 

Fnatic Jarvan Updated

Fnatic Jarvan E

 

Fnatic Karthus

 

Fnatic Karthus Model 1 Fnatic Karthus Model 2

 

 

Texture Rebalances

 

Don’t know what “texture rebalancing” means? Here’s a summary of red posts on the topic:

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[ Note ] I didn’t have a PBE account with all content unlocked when these changes took place, so I was only able to screenshot very few changes, as an example. For a full comparison of the old-new textures, check out the coverage the folks at [email protected] have put up.

 

 

Classic Akali

 

Classic Akali Updated

Classic Akali Updated 2

 

Red Baron Corki

 

Red Baron Corki Updated

Red Baron Corki Updated 2

 

Jailbreak Graves

 

Jailbreak Graves Update 1

Jailbreak Graves Update 2

 

 

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Here’s this year’s Login Screen for Worlds (video by FrostyNinja):

 

 

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Worlds 2014 Icons


 

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16 09 Champion Changes


 

 

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

[ Note ] Cassiopeia was reworked in Patch 4.16. You can read a summary of the feedback Riot got on her here.

  • Base mana increased from 250 to 270
  • Mana-per-level increased from 50 to 60

 

Noxious Blast New IconNoxious Blast [ Q ]

  • AP ratio increased from 0.35 to 0.45

 

 

 

Garen Final Portrait

 

Perseverance New IconPerseverance [ Passive ]

  • When Garen reaches level 11, damage from non-epic monsters will no longer stop Perseverance, the cooldown between taking damage is decreased from 9 seconds to 6 and the health-per-second is increased from 0.4% to 0.8% (per second)
  • When Garen reaches level 16, the cooldown is decreased to 4 seconds and the healing is increased to 2%

 

 

LeBlanc Final Portrait

 

Mirror Image New IconMirror Image [ Passive ]

  • When dropped to 40% HP, LeBlanc goes invisible for 1 second, increased from 0.5 seconds

 

Distortion New IconDistortion [ W ]

  • Time during which LeBlanc can re-activate Distortion increased from 3 seconds to 4

 

 

 

Maokai Final Portrait

 

Vengeful Maelstrom New IconVengeful Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Maokai can now store up to 100/150/200 magic damage, decreased from 200/250/300

 

 

 

Nidalee Final Portrait

General

  • Base Attack Damage reduced from 49 to 44
  • Base Attack Speed reduced from 0.670 to 0.638

 

Takedown New IconTakedown [ Cougar Q ] 

  • Attack Damage ratio reduced from 1.0/2.5/3.33 to 0.8/2.0/2.67  (min/max/max Hunt)
  • Ability Power ratio increased from 0.24/0.6/0.8 to 0.3/0.75/1.0  (min/max/max Hunt)

 

Pounce New IconPounce [ Cougar W ]

  • Pounce cooldown reduction mechanic added to Hunted Pounce (removed from Hunted Swipe)
  • Pounce cooldown reduction mechanics baseline effect increased from 1.0 seconds to 1.5
  • Cooldown reduction mechanics on Pounce now affected by Nidalee’s Cooldown Reduction stat

 

Swipe New IconSwipe [ Cougar E ]

  • No longer affects the cooldown of Pounce when used on a Hunted target

 

 

Clarity on PBE Nidalee changes

Repertoir New PortraitHey all,

Now that Nidalee has been out and about on the Live environment for awhile, we wanted to make some changes to her to address a few issues. There are all sorts of ideas floating around out there as to what to do about her, ranging from ‘leave her alone’ to ‘please just delete her.’ Not too surprisingly, I’m sure, we haven’t opted for either of those, but here’s what we have decided to do.

One of the paramount problems with Nidalee in from a playing against perspective is that she doesn’t offer opponents meaningful windows during which they can put their guard down or feel like they have the upper hand, especially during the laning phase. Nidalee is intended to have short periods of time between Javelin Toss cooldowns where she is somewhat less dangerous, but when she builds primarily AD duelist items, that weakness seems like it’s hardly there anymore. To that end, the approach we are taking is one that will hopefully help to emphasize her windows of strength and weakness, and we feel that moving her more toward the direction of AP or AP bruiser will help with that. AP builds almost always have lower power from basic attacks, so we think that if she can move a bit in that direction, she won’t pose a such a high constant level of threat to opponents, particularly in the lane phase.

One final thing to note is that Nidalee is not exactly known for her incredible teamfighting capabilities, and a large contributor to that is that she actually offers opponents so many ways to play against her in a teamfight environment. As such, we’ve made a small change to the way the Pounce reset on Hunt works to give Nidalee players more consistent results on the mobility end when Hunting.

[ Link to Post ]

 

 

Rammus New Portrait

 

Powerball New IconPower Ball [ Q ] 

  • Activating Defensive Ball Curl while in Power Ball will now continue the Power Ball for one second instead of canceling it instantly (doesn’t add extra duration to Power Ball).

 

Defensive Ball Curl New IconDefensive Ball Curl [ W ]

  • Activating Power Ball while in Defensive Ball Curl will now continue the Defensive Ball Curl for one second instead of canceling it instantly (doesn’t add extra duration to Defensive Ball Curl).

 

 

Talon Final Portrait

 

Cutthroat New IconCutthroat [ E ]

  • Now slows the target by 99% for 0.25 seconds
  • No longer silences

 

 

 

Tristana Final Portrait

 

Buster Shot New IconBuster Shot [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 60 seconds at all ranks to 100/85/70

 

 

 

 

 

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PBE 11/09 Content:

  • Viktor Rework
  • Champion Changes

 

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

 

Previous updates from Patch 4.17 Cycle:

 

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Viktor Rework

Viktor Model Viktor All EmotesAll stages of Hexacore

 

Glorious Evolution New IconGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

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

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


Icons of Hexacore’s evolution, from levels 1 to 4:

 

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hexcore 1

hexcore 2

hexcore 3

Viktor Auto AttackViktor Q
Viktor Enhanced Q

 


Siphon Power New IconSiphon Power 
[ Q ]

Cooldown: 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds || Mana Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 || Range: 700 

Viktor blasts an enemy unit for 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP) magic damage, granting him a 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP) damage shield for 2.5 seconds. Viktor’s next basic attack deals 15-250 (scales with Viktor’s level) (+0.5 AP) bonus magic damage. 

 

Viktor W

 

Gravity Field New Icon Gravity Field [ W ]

 Cooldown: 17/16/15/14/13 seconds || Mana Cost: 65 || Range: 700

Viktor deploys a gravitational imprisonment device for 4 seconds, slowing enemy units by 28/32/36/40/44% and adding a stack every .5 seconds. At 3 stacks the target is stunned for 1.5 seconds.

 

Viktor E

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9  seconds || Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110 || Range: 700

Viktor uses his robotic arm to fire a chaos beam that cuts across the field in a line, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+ .7 AP) magic damage to every enemy in its path.

 

Viktor R

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

Cooldown: 120/110/100 seconds || Mana Cost: 100 || Range: 700

Viktor conjures a singularity at target location, dealing 150/250/350 (+ 0.55 AP) magic damage and interrupting enemy channels.

Viktor can redirect the singularity for 7 seconds, causing 30/60/90 (+0.2 AP) magic damage every second to nearby enemies. The singularity will move slower as it attempts to move farther away from Viktor.

 

Augment Q

 

Augment TurbochargeAugment – Turbocharge [ Q ] : Viktor gains 30% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds.

 



Augment W

 

Augment ImplosionAugment – Implosion [ W ] : Enemies stunned by Gravity Field are dragged to the center.

 



Augment E

 

Augment AftershockAugment – Aftershock [ E ] : An explosion follows the Death Ray’s wake, dealing 70 (+ 0.7 AP) magic damage. Enemies already hit by Death Ray will take 40% damage.

 


Augment R

 

Augment Velocity Augment – Velocity [ R ] : Chaos Storm Moves 20% faster.

[ Note ] Automatically granted when the Hexacore is fully upgraded.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Soraka New Portrait

 

Equinox New IconEquinox [ E ]

Mana cost decreased from 80 at all ranks to 60

 

[ Note ] Soraka was reworked in a recent PBE update.

 

Soraka New E

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

 

 

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PBE 09/09 Content:

 

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

 

 

Order of the Lotus Karma Skin

 

[ Note ] Karma’s new skin is priced at 975 RP.

Lotus Karma Model

 

Lotus Karma Mantra State

Order of the Lotus Karma in her Mantra‘d state.

 

Lotus Karma Recall

For her recall animation, Lotus Karma fans herself and a string instrument plays.

 

Inner Flame Lotus Karma

Inner Flame [ Q ]

 

Focused Resolve Lotus Karma

Focused Resolve [ W ]

 

 Inspire Lotus Karma

 Inspire [ E ]

 

 

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Soulflare [ Mantra Q ]

 

Lotus Karma Mantra E 1

Lotus Karma Mantra E 2

Defiance [ Mantra E ]

 

Viktor Rework

 

Viktor New Portrait

 

General

  • Basic attack frames sped up

 

Evolving Technology PassiveGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

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

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

 

Power Transfer New IconSiphon Power [ Q ]

Cooldown: 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds || Mana Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 || Range: 700 

Viktor blasts an enemy unit for 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP) magic damage, granting him a 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP) damage shield for 2.5 seconds. Viktor’s next basic attack deals 15-250 (scales with Viktor’s level) (+0.5 AP) bonus magic damage. 

Augment – Turbocharge: Viktor gains 30% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds.

 

Gravity Field New IconGravity Field [ W ]

  • Same spell, except for: 
  • Range increased from 625 to 700
  • Particle starts playing as soon as Viktor starts cast, time between start of cast and enemy being slowed is unchanged
  • Stunned enemies are no longer affected by the slow

Augment – Implosion: Enemies stunned by Gravity Field are dragged to the center.

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Augment: Explosion  Instead of a DoT damage, an explosion now follows the laser, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+ 0.7 AP) magic damage to enemies caught in the AoE. Enemies already hit by the laser will take 40% damage from the explosion.

 

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

Cooldown: 120/110/100 seconds || Mana Cost: 100 || Range: 700

Viktor conjures a singularity at target location, dealing 150/250/350 (+ 0.55 AP) magic damage and interrupting enemy channels.

Viktor can redirect the singularity for 7 seconds, causing 30/60/90 (+0.2 AP) magic damage every second to nearby enemies. The singularity will move slower as it attempts to move farther away from Viktor.

Augment – Velocity: Chaos Storm moves 20% faster. 

  • Cast time reduced from 0.33 seconds to 0.25
  • Radius of initial impact increased from 250 to 325
  • Radius of DOT zone reduced from 350 to 325
  • Storm always moves at maximum speed when moving towards Viktor
  • DOT damage interval increased from 0.25 seconds to 0.5
  • No longer silences on impact, interrupts channels instead

 

 

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From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R. Bottom row are the “augmented” versions of Viktor’s abilities.

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Soraka Rework


 

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General

  • Base HP reduced from 405 to 400 (lvl 0)
  • HP-per-level increased from 76 to 80
  • Mana pool increased from 240 to 250
  • Mana-per-second increased from 1.36 to 1.56
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 340 to 325
  • Base Magic Resist increased from 30 to 32
  • Base Armor increased to 18 from 17
  • HP-per-second decreased from 0.9 to 0.7
  • HP-per-second per level increased from 0.11 to 0.16


Luminary New IconLuminary [ Passive ]

Salvation: Soraka gain 70% Bonus Movement Speed when running towards allies who are below 40%.

Touch of the Cosmos: Soraka converts 20% of her Bonus Magic Resist and Bonus Armor into Ability Power.

 

Starcall New IconStarcall [ Q ]

Cooldown: 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 seconds || Cost: 70/80/90/100/110 Mana

Calls down a star at target location. Enemies standing in the explosion radius take 70/110/150/190/230 (+0.35 AP) magic damage. Enemies standing in the center take 150% damage ( 105/165/225/285/345 (+0.52 AP) ) and are slowed by 20/25/30/35/40% for 2 seconds.

 

Soraka New Q

 

Astral Infusion New IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

Cooldown: 4 / 3.5 / 3 / 2.5 / 2 seconds || Cost: 10% of Max HP  + 20/25/30/35/40 Mana || Range: 450

Active: Restores 110/140/170/200/230 (+0.6 AP) Health to target ally. Cannot be cast if Soraka is below 5% Health.
Passive: Each enemy Champion hit by Starcall heals Soraka for 20/30/40/50/60 ( +0.4 AP) – 40/60/80/100/120 ( +0.4 AP ), depending on Soraka’s missing HP.

 

Equinox New IconEquinox [ E ]

Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds || Cost: 80 Mana || Range: 925

On Enemy Cast: Creates a zone at target location for 1.5 seconds. Enemies standing in the zone are silenced until they leave. When the zone disappears, all enemies still standing on the zone are rooted for 1/1.3/1.5/1.8/2 second(s).

 

Soraka New E

 

Wish New IconWish [ R ]

Cooldown: 160/145/130 Seconds || Cost: 100 Mana || Range: Global

Calls upon divine powers to restore 150/250/350 (+0.55 AP) Health to all allied Champions. Wish’s power is increased by 50% on each Champion below 40% Health.

 

 

 

New Splash Arts


 

Classic Viktor

 

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New Summoner Icons

 

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Champion Changes

 

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Powerball New IconPower Ball [ Q ] 

  • Activating Defensive Ball Curl while in Power Ball will now continue the Power Ball for one second instead of canceling it instantly (doesn’t add extra duration to Power Ball).

 

Defensive Ball Curl New IconDefensive Ball Curl [ W ]

  • Activating Power Ball while in Defensive Ball Curl will now continue the Defensive Ball Curl for one second instead of canceling it instantly (doesn’t add extra duration to Defensive Ball Curl).

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]

 

 

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

TL;DR in featured comments.

 

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



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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

Or so he believed…”

 

 

Why is Xerath a traitor and a villain in this lore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell us the perspective before writing one-sided lore

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

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The Truer Evolution - Viktor Rework

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

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

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

General

  • Basic attack frames sped up

 

Evolving Technology PassiveGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

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

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

 

Power Transfer New IconSiphon Power [ Q ]

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

 

Gravity Field New IconGravity Field [ W ]

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

 

Death Ray New IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Augment Explosion missile speed significantly faster than the original laser

 

 

Chaos Storm New IconChaos Storm [ R ]

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

 

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

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

 

New Viktor Splash Art

 

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How to preserve Dominion and increase its audience

Ghostcrawler New Portrait Hey guys,

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

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

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

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

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

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Why there’s no Ranked queue for Dominion

ManWolf New PortraitHey dudes,

Let’s chat.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here are the main changes:

Old passive: removed!

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

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

Noxious Blast:

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


Miasma:

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


Twin Fang:

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


Petrifying Gaze

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

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Vesh New PortraitSoooo as some of you may have heard, we’ve been working on some pretty big changes to Soraka. Hopefully this post will help you guys see some of the challenges we faced with her as a character and how we are looking to resolve them while creating a really deep and interested play experience that no other character in LoL can offer.

 

Right then, so first thing first. We wanted to carve out a really specific niche for Soraka so that we could make her really strong and unique in that role. The role that we identified for her was as the core healer of the League of Legends roster. So, I’m sure that raises a bunch of alarm bells for a number of you.
“Wait a second, hasn’t Morello said in the past that he hates healers in LoL? What changed?”

Well, there’s a difference between healing with and without meaningful costs and interaction. Let’s talk about that for a second. With Live Soraka (and especially season 1 Soraka, if you were around for that), heals tend to “undo” action at the cost of mana. Specifically, being a sustain fountain that clicks your ally until they are healthy doesn’t create a very compelling gameplay space, and certainly doesn’t feel like a fair interaction to enemies. After all, all they can do is keeping harassing until Soraka runs out of mana. So then, what would feel fair?

That was the core problem I was looking to solve when I started on Soraka. After some early iterations, Morello pitched something crazy to myself and RiotScruffy. What if Soraka had to pay her own health to heal allies, but could then get it back through a separate enemy-interactive spell? ;
This became the driving vision behind the new Soraka, and I’m really excited to share what’s going to be hitting PBE in the next cycle with you guys. This is not going to be a tl;dr post (if you want that version, I’m sure you can wait for blakinola’s). I want to get in depth about every choice that was made and why we felt it was necessary. So without further to do, here’s the kit. (This is going to go in the order most conducive to walking you through my process, so don’t get confused when I start on W).

PLEASE PLEASE note that all of these numbers are definitely not final. We will be doing a lot of tuning over the next couple of weeks.

W:

This is the core of Soraka’s new kit. It’s a 4 second (scaling down to 2) heal that she can use to constantly direct her attention to the ally that needs it most. We are trying to really capture the feeling of the core healer that is constantly managing her allies’ health bars and keeping people alive. As I mentioned previously, the % health cost is necessary to allow Soraka to have such insane potential healing. Using this spell, you can easily heal an ally from almost dead to full health, but you will pay a heavy cost for doing so if you aren’t actively engaging in your offensive loop (Starcall). The Max Health cost was chosen very specifically over a flat health cost so that Soraka would not be able to increase her overall healing potential by stacking tank items (especially warmogs). If Soraka is going to be allowed to keep people alive in fights, she needs to be vulnerable in doing so. Soraka’s positioning and decision making will be a huge point of mastery. That reminds me, the cast range on this spell will be rather short. This is necessary to make sure Soraka is accessible when she chooses to heal and can’t sit 800 units behind the back line and heal from total safety (seriously, this is the most frustrating thing ever to have to deal with). Good news though, she will have other tools on her kit to help her here.

Passive:

This passive we called “Astral Ambulance” internally. Because Soraka’s cast range on W needs to be constrained, we need to give her another way to reliably reach the targets she wants to heal. This new passive allows Soraka to keep up with the fight and make clutch saves by sprinting across the river to get that heal off.

The second potion of this passive allows Soraka to get the cool bonus effects off items like Frozen Heart while making your healing and damage stronger. This should open up a couple cool new itemization choices for her. It also serves a potential release valve in a future where mitigation itemization allows Soraka to be too tanky. This way we can tune how strong Soraka is in certain areas (healing/damage) without just flat out nerfing her if she is ever able to become too tanky.

That brings us to the new Starcall. I don’t think you guys need much of an explanation of why the previous starcall needed to be cut. It was essentially a ramping damage PBAoE ability on a character that is supposed to be a support focused around her ally. A ramping damage pattern like this is really indicative of tanks, and if we wanted Soraka to be an interactive and fair healer, we had to give her opponent a way to be successful against stopping her healing.

Q:

Ideally, we wanted this spell to be very reliable at close range (when Soraka is at extremely high risk) while be equally as powerful but less reliable at long ranges (so that if Soraka is poking with it her opponents can dodge). This led us to a targeting paradigm similar to Corki Q or Twitch W (basically a missile that doesn’t have any effects until the end where it blows up in an AoE). To really accentuate the reliable-when-close paradigm, we also added a small sweet spot in the middle of the AoE (think Leona ult style). If Soraka hits an enemy with the sweet spot, the enemy takes 150% of the damage and is slowed for 2 seconds. You’ll see why this slow is really important to her offensive pattern when we get to E, but one other thing I wanted to point out was that this is one of the few tools she has to stay safe when she’s by herself.

Finally, let’s talk about the E. Soraka’s previous E was one of the better decision points on her old kit, but a targeted silence just wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been. A lot of the time you don’t even realize how much you have or haven’t hurt your opponent. Tryndamere and Riven are both AD stacking melees. If you use it on Tryndamere, it might not be a big deal, but if you use it on Riven she literally can’t do anything. What we really wanted to do here was give Soraka a much bigger moment when it came to play making that still fulfilled the power of quickly silencing a dude quickly

E:

Equinox is an incredibly powerful spell. An AoE silence zone is no laughing matter, and the root at the end allows her to make some really cool plays (dropping it where Lissandra is about to blink to, or underneath an incoming enemy teleport, etc.) The root will scale with level, but once again try not to focus on numbers since these are all subject to change with tuning.

Wish is largely unchanged, but because her old passive was removed (more healing at lower ally health), this scaling was kept on wish but concentrated into a clear threshold.

R:

This change allows Soraka to understand exactly how many “bonus heals” she is going to get when she presses the button, and also makes the spell just generally more powerful when it matters (anytime the ally is below 40% they get the equivalent power of being at 1% with the wish on Live currently). We kept the healing scaling on Wish and not on W because we didn’t want Soraka to allow her ally to drop to dangerously burstable levels just so she could get a slightly better heal on a basic ability. Soraka should always want to keep her allies at the safest health she can (while also managing her own health) and we felt that a bonus heal on W not only encouraged play that was often wrong, it also felt really baity for the enemies. Keeping the “flash heal” button and the big saving cooldown separate allows us to make sure each has a clear and satisfying purpose.
So that’s the kit.

I guess I want to close by talking about how this Soraka is not going to play like anything else in League of Legends. We’re taking a lot of risks by basically allowing Soraka to put herself at near death, but the gameplay experience of the core healer is something we really want to explore. We’re willing to try some risky stuff to accomplish a cool niche champion like this, and we will be watching her really closely on PBE to make sure she isn’t doing anything overly abusive.

We’re really excited about what this champion could provide to players who love to play combat healers, and we’ll be doing plenty of tuning on PBE to make sure she’s in the best place possible upon release. Please remember that regardless of whether she is strong or weak on PBE (or even on release) that we are building a champion that we are comfortable buffing up even if she is weak, so bear with us as we get her into a good spot in the coming weeks.

I’ll be around to discuss all of this stuff with you guys, so fire away with any questions you might have!

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The Truer Evolution - Viktor Rework

Solcrushed New PortraitHi everyone, a couple of weeks earlier I shared some preliminary peeks into what the Viktor gameplay update will bring. Today I am here to talk in more detail regarding the kit changes as we near completion.

OBLIGATORY THIS IS NOT FINAL THINGY

 


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We’ve already talked about the passive, and not much has changed from what I spoiled back then. Viktor is able to upgrade his Hex Core 3 times, and each upgrade will allow him to augment a basic ability & grant AP and mana. The completed item will be certainly slot efficient and grant a load of AP in the late game.

 


Power Transfer New IconPower Transfer [ Q ]

We talked about the Q somewhat in intentionally vague terms. The Q is gaining a significant increase in range in exchange for significant reduction in damage. The lost damage will be made up as Viktor will gain a strong damage modifier on his next basic attack, akin to Lich Bane.

This is intended to divorce the utility portion of the Q from the damage portion while keeping it a targeted spell. Viktor should be able to gain access to his shield and speed boost (with augment) from a safer distance, and decide whether he can risk coming in closer to deal the bulk of his damage.

but Viktor’s autoattack sucks!

Not THIS one

The augment on the Q remains the speed boost. The divorce of the utility and damage opens up offensive use cases of the augment (to get closer to land your other spells with higher accuracy), and should be a strong contender for 1st augment.

One last thing, the shield, speedboost and on next hit are all granted upon cast. You can finally shield an enemy’s spells on reaction.

 


Gravity Field New IconGravity Field [ W ]

This is all in all a fine spell with very strong potential. However its lack of range makes it very difficult to utilize in non-defensive ways. The spell has also had its range increased significantly (but not as much as live Augment W) to clarify Viktor’s engagement range to be around his R range. In exchange, the enemies will be warned earlier that the trap is opening beneath them. This should both increase usability of the spell for Viktor but keep it feeling fair for the enemy.

The W augment no longer increases range but sucks in enemies that are stunned by it to its center. This will allow Viktor to both function as a very strong follow up AOE burst (someone else probably needs to initiate for him) and enhance his kiting gameplay against the front line of the enemy who he ends up fighting against due to lack of jumps. This is probably the 3rd augment to take in most situations but if you need to kite a lot or foresee a mid level teamfight it could be taken earlier.

 


Death Ray New Icon Death Ray [ E ]

The Lazer of Death is an iconic spell on viktor and we have fought very hard to keep its numbers intact on the base spell. Nothing much has changed, it is still the thing we all love and hate.

The E augment on the other hand, has undergone significant changes. It will no longer apply a DOT on hit, but instead an explosion will follow the initial laser’s wake. If Viktor hits both the laser and the explosion, Viktor will deal more damage than the Augmented E on live. This will be a net nerf as the reliability hit is significant, and the spell will be weaker as poke, but stronger for waveclear or in combination with other spells .

 


Chaos Storm New Icon Chaos Storm [ R ]

I said back then that the R is also undergoing a big change, unfortunately the change we planned did not pan out and the R will stay very similar to what it is on live. Not much more to talk about here.

 


So there it is, the updated Viktor should become a strong followup mage that excels as a secondary AOE wombo, and deals strong sustained damage against the front line with his Q and R. Hopefully we will meet again soon when phase 2 of the Glorious Evolution commences as I will leave you with one last tease.

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Next season, we’re excited to officially announce that we will be expanding the NA LCS and EU LCS to 10 teams. We’re looking forward to this team expansion to bring more diversity of talent and new gameplay into the professional scene in North America and Europe.

 

EXPANSION TOURNAMENT

 

In order to fill these new team spots, we’re introducing a onetime event called the Expansion Tournament. The tournament will take place after Worlds and will pull teams from the ladder. Teams that lose in the Promotion Tournament will still have another chance to qualify for the LCS as they will automatically be entered into the Expansion Tournament. We’ll confirm official dates, tournament structure, and format soon, but we wanted to let everyone know it was happening before we all get swept up into the excitement of Worlds.

 

POSSIBLE CIRCUIT POINTS

 

We also wanted to share that we’re seriously considering introducing some form of circuit points to the LCS tournament structure. Points would bring more weight to the Spring Split and help make every playoff match more significant due to the awarding of these valuable points. We do have some concerns about the intuitiveness of this point system, specifically as it pertains to new viewers.

We want to ensure the point system enforces that teams should always play their best as well as gives all teams from both splits a fighting chance at advancing on to the NA Regionals and Worlds. We’re currently running simulations to find the ideal solution, but we’d like to open it up to the community for point distribution suggestions and feedback. Tell us what you want to see around potential LCS circuit points.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Based on more teams entering the LCS, we will be updating the format and some policies for next season, and we’ll share the final details after Worlds. We’ll continue to provide insights into some of our thinking and considerations for 2015 along the way to Worlds.

Don’t forget to share your ideas for potential circuit point systems in the comments below. We’ll also be watching the forums and other community channels.

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Have you considered Blind Pick in the final game of a Bo5 like in OGN

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Also the team has certain issues with the validity of the format in that it’s a much different type of strategic planning that rarely is used during the season – doesn’t seem like a great way to end an epic best-of series.

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What happened to Urgot’s W scaling off mana

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Regardless of the changes to Urgot in 4

Meddler New PortraitWe’ll do a rework and it’ll almost certainly include some substantial changes. That’s still quite a long way off though, hence these smaller changes in the meantime to try and get Urgot into a better spot until then.

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What happened to the Gangplank and WW reworks

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThere are a lot of champions that we need to update. Many factors to into determining what the order of attack is, including art resources, coordination with visual updates, waiting for engineering support, or sometimes just the passion of the designer or having a clear idea for how to update someone.

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Why not skip the VU for Warwick and just rework his abilities

Meddler New PortraitCombining reworks and VUs together is both more efficient and gives us a lot of more options in terms of how we can improve a champion’s kit. A VU means we’ve got the freedom to create new spells, get different animations, get new sounds etc. Without that we’re working within a much narrower space. Sometimes that’s fine – some champions just need numbers adjustments (even if substantial). For a champion like Warwick though that’s not the case, there are some solid changes we’d like to make but they require a combination of both art and game design changes.

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Will you make Gangplank’s ultimate more consistent

Meddler New PortraitYeah, we’re going to test out a more consistent version of the ult, hopefully for a patch soon (needs some visual adjustments since the timing’s changing a bit, so can’t commit to an exact timeline). It’s a change that’s part of his rework and has tested well that’s probably a good fit for being pulled forwards by itself.

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When will this change to GP occur and what will it include

Meddler New PortraitMight be within a couple of patches, that’s very much a guess though.

Removal of RNG (which here generally provides a chance for failure without giving GP a way to play around it).

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What do you think of abilities that require 0 decision making

Ghostcrawler New PortraitVlad’s Q is often the example we also use of an ability with no decision making. Shameless plug: I think we mention it in the design PAX panel this Saturday. It’s the kind of thing we are likely to eventually update.

Not every decision needs to be a huge decision and not every interesting decision needs to have huge consequences for using it wrong. As an example, many Qs are on a pretty short cooldown, because while it is rewarding to use an ability at the right time and feel smart for doing so, it also feels unrewarding to not be able to hit hotkeys very often.

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Schedule for Double IP Weekend for All Regions

RiotWingfield: Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to clear up what’s going on here. All regions are getting 3 days of double IP. NA is 8/30 – 9/1 while all other regions are 8/29 – 8/31. NA is pushed back a day so people can take advantage of the Monday off for Labor Day.

The post referenced is an error on our end, so we apologize for the confusion. It should be corrected shortly.

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until August 26th:


  • Ahri - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Caitlyn – 4800 IP or 880 RP
  • Draven – 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Karma – 3150 IP or 790 RP
  • Master Yi – 450 IP or 260 RP
  • Olaf – 3150 IP or 790 RP
  • Soraka – 450 IP or 260 RP
  • Satan - 1350 IP or 585 RP
  • Viktor - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Volibear - 4800 IP or 880 RP



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Summary

Socrates announced on forums that Master Tier will soon be coming to the PBE and an explanation on how it will work, Solcrushed shared a direction for Viktor’s Rework and what the updates will be focused on, Tiki details work that needs to be done before the Summoner’s Rift update can be released on live servers and Lyte answers why 2-week bans and permabans are necessary in certain cases.

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Master Tier coming to PBE, details

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We take ranked competition seriously. At the end of last season, immunity in challenger tier caused issues with transparency around ranked standings. This season we’re making some improvements to address these issues in the form of a new ranked challenge we’re calling Master Tier. We’ll be turning off all non-ranked queues over the weekend on PBE to give it a test run.

Master Tier sits between Challenger and Diamond 1. Players in Master and Challenger will share the same LP scoring ladder, however the only time it’s possible to move between the two tiers is at a set time once every twenty-four hours. When the clock strikes zero, any player from Master Tier among the Top 200 players on the server by League Points will be promoted to Challenger. Any player from Challenger below this threshold will be relegated to Master.

While there’s no hard player limit to Master Tier, players will be demoted after they have played more than 3 games in the tier if they lose a game that puts them below 0 LP. Players in Diamond 1 will see much more predictable LP gains and losses following this change.

At the outset we won’t be seeding any players directly in Master Tier. Players who reach their promotion series at the top of Diamond 1 will enter Master Tier if they are successful. Players in Challenger will remain in their current position, but the competition kicks off right away so ambitious players will be fighting to achieve Master Tier and wrestle away Challenger spots even on the first day.

For inactivity, we’ve slightly loosened the rules in Challenger so instead of instantly being demoted after becoming inactive, Challenger players will lose 250 LP for each day of inactivity after the 10th day. This will give high tier players a little more leeway in terms of inactivity while still maintaining the standard of being an active player for being showcased as one of the best competitors in the region.

Lastly, at the end of the season we’re going to be introducing differentiated season reward summoner icons for high-performing players in Challenger Tier. This is to better recognize the difference in accomplishments of achieving the top 10, 50 or 200 spots in solo queue as well as the top 3, 15 and 50 spots in team queues.

We’re excited to see who will rise as the season heads towards the finish line. Good luck on the Fields of Justice!

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Do I have to play Ranked on the PBE to be promoted to Master

Socrates New PortraitYou’ll have to play to earn master, although the thresholds are very low atm for entry on PBE.

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The Truer Evolution - Viktor Gameplay Update

Solcrushed New PortraitVER1.1 as of 8/15

I will continue to edit the original post as I go on my diabolical quest of stringing you along with hints


Coming soon near you the Truest Evolution circa 2018.

Bad jokes aside, I’m here to start giving you guys some more info regarding the upcoming Viktor gameplay update.

AS ALWAYS THINGS CAN CHANGE IN DEVELOPMENT

The update will be focused on the passive, Q and R. With some of the augment effects changing.

You said a week ago that R was not going to be changed!

Yeah I lied. (We wanted to change the R originally but had trouble coming up with a good paradigm within our constraints, that has now been resolved)

So onwards,

Some of you may have seen the screenshot of the ultimate Hex Core I posted earlier, that is indeed the current passive direction.

Viktor will be able to upgrade his  Core multiple times, gaining stats and augmenting his abilities each time.

He will ultimately reach a point where he is able to augment ALL of his basic abilities, finishing his Glorious Evolution and acheiving perfection.

The stats on the Core may change as we go through balancing, but we are very set on making this the single highest AP item in the game (excluding Deathcap, Seraph’s, Mejai’s passive effects ofc). The Hex Core is the source of Viktor’s powers and it should feel POWERFUL.


So we have Viktor’s Q on live. It’s a spell that is intended for Viktor to deal sustained damage while his big guns are on cooldown.

Also helps him survive a little bit better with the shield and if you have the augment, opens up kiting and repositioning.

But at the end of the day, it is not a really interesting spell. Especially if you don’t augment it.

The weirdest part of Viktor’s Q is that it is the shortest of his spells by a large margin. By the time you are using Q, your other spells are presumably on cooldown.

So what are you getting the shield and speed boost for? “To run away” is a valid answer I guess, but having a spell that only works in a specific situation (and not being particularly powerful) is not ideal.

In lane you autoattack after you get the shield for marginal benefit, in teamfights they are worth even less. Well?

(If you love the effects as much as I do please give a shoutout to the talented Riot Kesyerito! Yeah I know his naming skills are kinda suspect but the man knows his particles)

The initial Q will have higher range, but the benefits will be focused on the utility than the damage. As for the damage part? See the above image

Wait you want me to buy Lich Bane on him?

It’s a good thing the Hex Core has ridiculous amounts of AP no?

Oh btw, the Q augment is currently the same. It’s the only one that has carried over atm.

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Any alternative roles that Viktor will be able to fill

Solcrushed New PortraitAs of right now, top seems definately viable, support on the other hand not so hot. (IM NOT PROMISING THAT HE WILL BE A VIABLE TOP WHEN HE RELEASES)

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What's keeping the Summoner's Rift update from going live

Tiki New PortraitHey all! Wanted to get back to you about this 

There are a few things we’re still working on to make sure it’s great for players:

1. Bugs: Gotta make sure these are worked out. As CynicalGiant said, it’s gonna be played by lots of players so we have to make sure it works. Players on PBE have been helping us identify and destroy evil bugs! So thanks all 

2. Performance: Similar to the point above we want to make sure this performs just as well or better than the current SR does for as many players as possible. We don’t want people to have to upgrade to play.

3. Addressing player feedback. I’ve been working with the Summoner’s Rift Update team to collect feedback about the map in development from players in multiple regions. Some really good feedback coming in related to creatures, tone and specific areas on the map. Again, fixing helps us make sure it’s awesome for as many players as possible.

4. Making visuals totally sweet: We’re psyched you think it’s looking good, and the artists are pouring their hearts into it looking for ways to make it look better. Some of it’s stuff like fixing weird shadows and seams, and then there’s still room to push the quality higher on individual areas as well.

So yeah, that stuff above! Definitely feel free to post questions and feedback, happy to chat with you about it!

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Release date, work left to be done

Tiki New PortraitRelease date: In all honesty this has not been set, I wish I could give you an exact date or anything close to it, but it’s kind of a double-edged sword. Even with it getting closer and closer to the level of quality we want to deliver, lots of things can happen in dev. The last thing anyone on the team wants to do is set an expectation and end up letting you all down. 

Stuff looks not-done: Yeah, some areas still need work quite frankly and it’s good to hear any and all thoughts on places you all think could use some love. Ground plane (bases included) in a few areas still need to brought up to the level of some of the other areas so it feels cohesive in quality and style.

The duck…. there is no duck. There is only Gromp in all its froggy majesty.

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What audio updates can we expect to the new Rift

Tiki New PortraitWe’ve already got some audio stuff in, but this is isolated to the creatures for now. They’ve all come with new sound effects. Other audio, like background music, is trickier. Partly because where it happens in the dev process, and also partly because of the sheer impact it has on the map. Some players play with music off, but a number don’t and the music of Summoner’s Rift, in my opinion, is both iconic and has a huge impact on the feel of the map. Any changes we make to that have to convey Summoner’s Rift, so we’re being really careful about how we approach any changes to the music.

Special interactions with champions aren’t planned as far as I know, at least not as part of the team working directly on the map. However the champ team is doing a lot of cool stuff with new contextual champ to champ interactions… Demagglio!!!

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Will you be able to switch between both purple

Tiki New PortraitI know this has been a big issue on the forums elsewhere, and I don’t want to dodge it, but I’m also not the person most qualified to answer. What I do know is that there are sooooooooo many implications for changing default view and/or player control over it. 

Personally, I think a swappable view might create a number of problems. I’m also happy to admit that I’m not fully clear on why some players really want the change. Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Why not let us test the new Rift to see if it runs well

Tiki New PortraitThis is one of the big parts of testing going on with PBE right now. We’re essentially trying to gauge how it performs on different spec machines. It’s pretty impossible to predict how it will work on every machine, but things are trending pretty well in terms of performance on most machines. We’re also curious about perception of performance and how it feels. Do things seem to play the same? It’s just as important in my mind.

As far as the actual rollout, that’s still being worked out. Lots of different ways to bring it out!

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Big Update on topics around the new Rift

Tiki New PortraitMorning all (for the west coasters anyway!)

Will cover a few things here!

– Camera + blue/red: Thanks for the context on that, made for some good reading last night and this morning and I think I understand where you’re coming from in regards to player pain on the purple side. As for the best way to solve it, I’m not sure. Swappable camera angle has some pretty big impacts ranging from the way the art looks (as one person mentioned) to how we deal with spectating matches, to disruption from what has been the norm for a while now. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t do anything about it, mostly I’m not sure what the best solution is and considering all the implications of making a change, we’d have to be extremely confident in whatever choice we made.

– Spawn animations: Yep, these are only viewable right when a creature would normally spawn and we’ve back-timed them so creatures are targetable the exact moment they currently are on live. Since there are now moments during spawn where a creature is untargetable we’re working pretty hard to make sure it’s super clear when a creature is targetable vs. untargetable.

– Older champions: I have experienced this pain myself and it will definitely impact some champs harder than others  We’ve actually got a separate team that is doing tons of work to update the visuals on a number of older champ models and they’re working with the updated Summoner’s Rift in mind. So basically we’re already doing this, but there’s still a lot of champs to work through.

– Color blindness: This is absolutely on our radar in terms of making things look right on the map. Not sure what the final solution will be, but it also ties into clarity concerns around easily distinguishing friends from enemies….and frenemies. Got a pretty solid team of visual designers and user experience guys helping us through this space. If you are color blind and have a chance to view the map or play on it please please give us feedback on this!!

– Computer specs: For the higher end computers, I’m not sure honestly. I don’t expect work will stop on the updated rift once it goes to live, that will just be the point at which we believe the quality and health of the map is in a place to meet everyone’s high expectations and deliver solid value to you all. Our primary concern for now though is making sure it runs as well on players’ machines as the current map does.

– Regional: This hasn’t been talked about much but I wanted to point out that we’re also trying to collect a lot of international feedback on this. This will impact players all over the globe when it comes out and we want to mindful of players everywhere.

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Why did you replace the red Lizard buff monster

Tiki New PortraitSo this is a question close to my heart because it gets to the deeper question of “What defines Summoner’s Rift for everyone?”. I do agree that Lizard is sentimental, and that we took a risk on changing it to something different – BUT I think the new creature is pretty sweet looking and matches the style & feel of the map well. I also think the new creature is more representative of the significance of the buff it conveys. Curious to know what you all think about the new red buff and other creatures!

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Have you changed geometry

Tiki New PortraitWe have kept the core geometry of the map the same other than addressing a few weird bugs. So you should be able to flash exactly as you did before. That is not to say that perception of wall width isn’t a thing, we’ve been pretty careful to make sure things still seem flashable if they were before. Weirder cases are where we made it look more accurate to the underlying geometry and that altered perception (positively or negatively) around whether a thing was flashable… even though the core geometry is unchanged.

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When you update the neutral monsters

Tiki New PortraitThanks for reposting. Honestly I’m not sure! I will bring that up with the team. I could see it going either way, but I kind of like the thought of keeping the old icons and just making new ones. Creates a sense of continuity and evolution for those who have been playing for a while!

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Will the update fix ward vision in brushes

Tiki New PortraitThis is something we’re definitely looking at. We’re not happy with the clarity of bushes right now, so we’re experimenting with different solutions to make it easier to see what’s going on. If you guys have any suggestions toss them in here!

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14-day permabans are for people Riot don’t wish to play LoL

Lyte New PortraitUnfortunately, this player is saying the truth. For most players, we’ll try to use reform approaches such as warnings and chat restrictions.

For players getting 14-day or permanent bans, we’re no longer confident they are willing to improve their behaviors even if they are shown explicit, direct feedback. So, we’d prefer these players take their time elsewhere.

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False. This is a new, automated system.

Lyte New PortraitAll systems have multiple checks and balances. No systems are fully automated, especially when we’re dealing with harsher punishments.

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Summary

Lead Champion Designer Meddler elaborates on some of what will come in Patch 4.13, including changes to around 30 Champions, WizardCrab shares his opinion on who shouldn’t get a Victorious Skin, the long-announced lifetime RP reward system and why the newly released Mecha Summoner Icon isn’t available for IP. Lastly, some clarity on the direction for Viktor’s passive and an upcoming feature to report hackers/scripters.

 

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Will Nocturne receive any changes in Patch 4

Meddler New PortraitNoc was on the list of champs we assessed for this patch, conclusion we came to was that he was in a reasonable spot. He’s getting the occasional bit of competitive play at the moment, via his ult has a distinct reason to be picked as a jungler, performs appropriately in solo queue and will probably benefit a little from nerfs to the current top tier junglers. As a result we decided to leave him alone.

Also, for anyone curious, just had a look to see how many champions we’re changing in said patch. Not quite 40, but close ish – 30, with (as I read it) 14 champs nerfed, 15 buffed and one with significant gameplay changes focused on playstyle, not power (Sona).

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Source on updates in Patch 4

Meddler New PortraitPatch notes will have all the details. Lot of these are relatively small changes, aimed at either trimming a champ’s power without making them unseen or making them a bit more competitive without making them really dominant picks.

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Do you have any news about Urgot's rework

Meddler New PortraitFull rework – not this year.

Smaller set of changes potentially in patch 4.15 (4.13’s just about to come out for context). Current details on those changes can be found in these two posts:

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If Lulu top is nerfed, will Lulu support be compensated for

Meddler New PortraitIf we nerf solo lane Lulu we would like to give support Lulu some power in a way that doesn’t create problems in other lanes. No firm plans for what/when etc yet though, still under discussion.

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Why is Lux’s burst being buffed


[ Context ] Lux’s passive was given an AP ratio in a recent PBE update.

Meddler New Portrait The goal there is to buff Lux’s power a bit mid/late game (once she’s got AP) in a way that doesn’t primarily offer safe power. Keeps her passive more relevant and gives her more damage if she’s prepared to auto attack a bit more.

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Which Champion do you think will get this year’s Victorious Skin
Wizardcrab New PortraitI will say I will fight my hardest to make sure that the Victorious skin isn’t for a champion that only has 1 other skin (release skin). Will I win that fight? I dunno. But I didn’t like that Elise got the last one with only one other skin, leaving players that love Elise but didn’t make gold high and dry when it comes to further customization options. We’ll see what happens though.


Anyone else have thoughts on that last point?

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What happened to the lifetime RP purchase rewards

Wizardcrab New PortraitThere were a lot of versions, but until we have a finalized, released version I think it would be unwise to talk about the details. It’s really about making sure we’re rewarding the right people for the right reasons with compelling rewards, which is actually more difficult than it sounds.

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Why was there no Mecha Skin Bundle

Wizardcrab New PortraitThere wasn’t a bundle because we wanted to see how people interacted with skin sets without a bundle. They’re prolly be one if/when we release new mecha skins.

Neither the icon nor the ward are limited time only.

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Why the Mecha Summoner Icon isn’t available for IP

Wizardcrab New PortraitHey guys, I just want to clear up a couple of things.

Like a lot of people in this thread are saying, the IP price for summoner icons is a thing that has so far only been tied to specific events. We’ve done it for Lunar Revel, Pentakill, and the soccer (football) stuff. The strategy is still slightly malleable but it is likely going to be as follows:

For event-based purchasable icons, there will be an RP price and an IP price that will remain for the duration of the event. The reason event-based icons have an IP price is to help generate enthusiasm for the event. When you logged in and half of your friends list was sporting the Pentakill icon, it was super cool and got you excited for what was happening (at least it was like that for me). But, if the icon is to remain in the store permanently, the IP price will be removed after the event. Purchasable icons that are not event-based (like the Mecha icon) will generally not have IP prices. The Mecha icon is here to let players further signify their love of the skin line rather than to get people pumped for the release of these skins. Only having an RP price is our general strategy regarding non gameplay-affecting cosmetic content, and these fall into that category. I added to this confusion by forgetting to remove the IP price from the Hat Trick Icon after July 13th in some regions, and for that I apologize.

I know that the definition of an event is a little confusing here, and I’ll admit I don’t have an incredibly clear answer for that. Specifically for just this context, an event involves more than just a themed skin release/promotion site (often with some time-sensitive component). I know that’s super vague but we’re always trying new things and to be honest they’ll probably be determined on a case-by-case basis.

As far as the IP sink argument goes, summoner icons is not the place where we’re trying to solve that issue. I don’t want to get in a huge debate about IP sinks in this particular thread, but I’m happy to discuss that in other places (like my thread in the forums or another reddit thread or something).

I hope this makes sense.

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Why can’t we report players for hacking

WookieeCookie New PortraitWe’re working on a place to report potential hackers/exploiters etc etc. In the meantime, if you think someone is legitimately exploiting you should leave a note in the report you make at the end of the match.

We don’t really have an in-game report function for this because it would be easy for false positives. Sometimes a player is just good and not cheating. :X

You can also report them to us on our support site too.

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Why don’t you make Viktor’s Hex Core similar to Rengar’s BTN

Scarizard New PortraitAs one of the original implementors of the ‘Bonetooth Trinket’ experiment, none of us ever promised that Viktor would follow the same if it worked. IMO, Viktor’s item is best left as an item (but one with greater flexibility/upgrades), where Rengar’s trinket was low-scope enough to ditch the stats and become a trinket.

It’s just my opinion though, and totally within the discretion of the designer/team working on Viktor to make those decisions.

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Summary

Lead Game Designer Ghostcrawler took some time on the forums to discuss the overall direction of Riot’s balancing, the feedback from both the community and the competitive scene and how Melee vs Melee interaction should be improved. On Twitter, Morello continued the topic and added some tidbits about Riot’s current balance priorities as well as acknowledging the need to work on unpopular Champions. Balance Designer Statikk hosted a Q&A on the new Community beta and addressed specific Champions like Akali, Kha’Zix, Yasuo, Lucian, Lee Sin and Ezreal, Taric, Alistar, Quinn, Zilean as well as much larger topics like Spell Vamp, new Champions easily reaching the enemy backline and balance favoritism, or lack thereof. Finally, GPL icons are in store and clarity from CertainlyT on why Zyra’s W grants her “free’ Cooldown Reduction.

 

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The Garena Premier League (GPL) hosts South East Asia’s greatest League teams including Season 2 World Champions the Taipei Assassins. This season, we’re adding permanent summoner icons featuring the GPL team logos for 250 RP. If you’re a hardcore GPL fan, you can pick up all 12 icons for 2400 RP (20% off the regular price).

As before, you’re not just showing off your team allegiance with these icons – 20% of each purchase goes straight to the team, while we use the other 80% to directly support esports through prizing, streaming, events and more!

Rep your favorite GPL teams as they compete for the top spot of the Summer Season!

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You seem to be terribly biased in balancing League

Ghostcrawler New PortraitHmm. I felt like Age of Empires 3 was pretty balanced. I did err on making skirmishers and dragoons cool. That was the last game I balanced myself, and it was over 10 years ago.

Now, I have hired a lot of designers whose job it was to balance other games, so I’m fine if you hold me accountable for the work they do, but it’s really not fair to the hundreds of developers who work on titles like WoW and LoL to attribute all the game design decisions to one guy, even if he does like to post on forums a lot.

If you have concerns about the high level direction of League, I’m happy to address those. If you want to talk about changes to individual champions, you’re better off addressing the developers who make those changes. I’ll point you to the recent Q&A with Statikk for instance.

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Is it true you want Champions with flashy plays to be LCS-viable

Ghostcrawler New PortraitWe believe there are champions that are more fun to watch than others. That is absolutely not our sole balancing criterion or design direction though. I would say that over time we want to make more of the champions more exciting to play. The guys with fewer exciting moments and just several varieties of “hit that other dude,” are the kind we want to update.

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Do you not want Lee Sin changed before Worlds

Ghostcrawler New PortraitI’m not sure if this was from me or Xelnath, but that wasn’t the message we intended to send. Rather we try to be careful as we approach the end of the competitive season not to make radical changes to the game. Preseason has been our traditional time to upset the apple cart. That doesn’t mean we won’t continue to try to balance champions going into worlds, and that includes Lee Sin.

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How are your plans to turn all Champions into OP frost mages going along

Ghostcrawler New PortraitIt’s no fun if they are all frost mages. You need someone for them to dominate.

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What is the high level direction of League as far as Riot is concerned

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThat’s a big question, and probably beyond the scope of a single forum post. But since I kind of asked for it, I will say that we want to improve champion diversity (both which champions get played and making sure they feel as different from each other as possible), we want you to play with friends (because that’s often a better experience), we want to explore strategic diversity, and we want to look at those areas of the game that are starting to feel a little stale (not just dated like SR, but stale mechanics as well).

I know that’s vague and arm wavy, but like I said above, preseason is a better time for larger changes, and we’d rather socialize these ideas to a lot of you guys in different regions to make sure we have plenty of feedback. It’s something we’ll start to talk about more. Stay tuned.

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TP’s short cooldown encouraged passive, melee-vs-melee top lanes

Ghostcrawler New PortraitYou touch on a couple of different issues that have a strong interaction. First, we agree that top melee vs. melee does get a little boring. Strategic movement (versus say just having short-term speed boosts) is a way to get those guys interacting a little more with the rest of the map, but we agree there are risks of passive play and having no consequences for bad play. Just increasing the cooldown might help with the second part but does nothing for the first part, and meanwhile means the summoner spell could just be dead. We don’t have any changes to announce but we recognize the problem.

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If you’re taking the flak for decisions, you should be getting the credit for them, too

Ghostcrawler New PortraitTotally, and I have no problem with that aspect of the internet. It’s the other half that bothers me. Imagine you’ve worked on say Braum for months, whether you were the designer or the writer or the artist making particle effects. Then the champion that has consumed so much of your life goes live… and some high level designer gets all the attention for it. That’s really unfair at almost any company and it’s particularly unfair at Riot. We really try to avoid the rock star thing.

I’m fine with you blaming me for anything (and most Rioters would feel the same way) because I also don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to pass the buck, but be aware there are a lot of people that work really hard on this or most games. Don’t boil down the company to just a few people whose names you might know.

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You shouldn’t balance the game around pro-players; they’ll adapt

Ghostcrawler New PortraitWe don’t balance the game just for the pros. We do pay a lot of attention to how they are playing because A) they tend to influence what a lot of other players are playing, and B) their skill is such that they are very sensitive to small balance nuances that many other players might not notice.

 



As far as champion popularity, the issue isn’t that we are afraid of player wrath if we nerf popular champions. Sometimes the champion is popular just because they’re overpowered. But sometimes they are popular because they are fun or because others in the same role aren’t as much fun. We try to be very responsive to players, and that includes having a game that is balanced but also a game that is fun to play. If you keep slapping players across the wrists for playing fun champions it’s really easy to send the unintentional message that we don’t want them to have fun.

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Why does it seem like Riot is constantly understaffed

Ghostcrawler New PortraitRiot tends to have small teams, but it depends a lot on what that team is working on. The live team has more than 3-4 people, but that’s really not the whole story. A lot of Rioters contribute to balance, from playtesting, to live data analysis, to assimilating community feedback, to “Hey this experience happened to me last night, maybe we should look at it.”

 

There are also risks to having too many people working on a team — it’s hard to keep in tight communication and make sure two groups aren’t trying to solve the same problem in different ways. In any case, “design” is my team. I don’t tell the balance team what to do, except at a very high level. I talked a lot about WoW class balance, which led to this persistent myth that I did it all myself.

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Slower Champion release means less potential balance issues

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThere are some solutions to having a huge champion roster. Yes, the game would probably be easier to balance at 100 champions or even 5, but that would be boring. One of the things that keeps League fresh (by which I mean it contributes but isn’t sufficient to solve the problem all by itself) is a constant stream of new champions (and some updated old ones as well).

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What purpose do you want Supports to serve on a team

Ghostcrawler New PortraitUtility is fun. We don’t want supports to just be warders, nor we want them to just be the dudes who don’t get any kills in order to funnel all the gold to their carries. We also don’t feel that we nailed the season 4 gold income, so it’s something we’re going to have to keep working on.

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Where’s the Bruiser rework promised for Season 4

Ghostcrawler New PortraitPromising anything is dangerous, because it implies we should ship changes that we aren’t happy with just because we said we would. The game still needs a fighter / bruiser rework. Some of that is itemization changes. Some of it is just giving melee champions some interesting ways to interact with other champions beyond just smashing someone with an axe or be kited endlessly.

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Who does does Riot want to balance League of Legends for

Ghostcrawler New PortraitUltimately, we try to balance for the players who are playing the game, which means all of them. I know that’s a tall order, but we wouldn’t be happy with a model that was to only balance for the best players or to neglect them. We do want LCS to be fun to watch, but we also want League to be fun to play for the Bronze player who is still finding their way. Sometimes those directions are contradictory, say for a champion that is only good in organized team play but not solo queue, and in those cases, balance gets super tricky.

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Why are most Champions forced into a single role and lane

Ghostcrawler New PortraitAll things being equal, champions that can fill multiple roles are cool. There are two big footnotes to this. First, we haven’t always been great at supporting novel use of champions. In the past, if an AD Marksman started to get played as an AP, we’d sometimes stomp it out quickly because it was unintended without really establishing if the play pattern was healthy (e.g. did it have sufficient team play and counterplay) and if players would be able to come up with strategies to counter that play.

We are trying to be less reactionary to those opportunities. Second however, game health still is a thing we have for which we have to be mindful. Jungle Alistar tends to be pretty frustrating for the other team, so it’s not something we’re likely to support without some fundamental changes to his abilities. Support Annie, Mid Lulu, AP Ez are champion roles we have no fundamental issue with, as long as they don’t eclipse the champion’s performance in all other roles.

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Is your design goal to make sweeping changes to keep League fresh

Ghostcrawler New PortraitIt isn’t our philosophy to constantly reinvent the game. We think the core games is pretty compelling. There is a risk that League can get stale though. New champions and alternate game modes can help offset that, but you do see players who just get bored if they think the meta is too rigid or each game just feels too similar to the last. So in that sense, we do think it’s healthy for the game to evolve.

I think I am reacting most to the subtext of the accusation (which I realize isn’t yours per se) that the changes are sweeping, arbitrary or thoughtless. There is a happy medium between the extremes of ossification and the wild, wild west.

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Is there truly no room for melee DPS

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThere is room for melee DPS, but we’re not there yet. It’s harder to give melee skill shots. It’s harder to give melee a reason to go in, do damage, then break off the attack, since they are designed to do damage in a small window (when they are in melee) and spend the rest of the time gap closing / being kited. It’s harder to keep the distinction between fighters and tanks, since fighters have to be fairly survivable to even get to melee.

We think we can address all of those issues, but they will take time, and sadly longer than we originally thought. Some of these changes are champion updates to give them more to do than just whack at an opponent. Some of these changes are more systemic, such as making sure fighters and tanks build items differently.

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How are we to speak with developers when they rarely respond

Ghostcrawler New PortraitWe are trying to get back to that. There was a time when more Rioters were all over the boards and Reddit. For a variety of reasons, that has eroded somewhat, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I personally always loved that about Riot, and it’s something I am passionate about trying to get back to.

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It seems Riot underrates small tweaks made to Champions

Ghostcrawler New PortraitI’ll be totally frank here. I think it’s playtesting. The logic the designers use to make every change is typically pretty sound and we have a culture of beating up ideas. By that I mean, nobody is changing anything without getting a lot of input. We also try to leave room to react to player feedback when you guys see the patch notes or even our initial thoughts on potential changes.

We also do have some very strong players who work here (i.e. Challenger tier) and we rely a lot on them and a whole bunch of other Rioters to put these changes through their paces. But even if we played 200 games with every balance tweak, that is far, far fewer than the bazillions of games that get played when a patch goes live. Yes, there are plenty of unintended consequences that we really should have caught, but there are others that we just never realistically could have predicted until some smart player tried out something wacky and a bunch of other players adopted it.

One idea is to try and leverage the PBE better. Most participants just mess around to get a feel for any patch changes, but aren’t really trying to exploit a change the way they will once it goes live. We have some other ideas as well.

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What exactly does the Design team do

Ghostcrawler New PortraitDesign is a discipline. The “big three” disciplines in game development are design, programming and art, though there are others as well (production, sound, QA, etc.) At Riot, teams are multidisciplinary, meaning that the champion team for instance has a lot of people on it that are not designers.

 

Not every team needs a designer on it. Some are focused on say engine refinements. Others have someone with enough design skill that they can fill in for not having a dedicated designer. Most teams that touch the game directly do have designers though. There are designers on the Live team who do balance the game. (It’s more accurate to say that they are accountable for short-term patch-to-patch changes that can’t wait for a larger update or rework, but that’s a Riot technicality, not something you need to understand to have an opinion on LoL.)

Fortunately, while your question sounds like you’re just curious, it isn’t necessary to understand how Riot (or any game developer) is structured in order to give feedback on the game. In fact, I often say that if your post is focusing a lot on the people making the game and not the game itself, that’s a good hint that your post probably isn’t super helpful in terms of providing us feedback. “I don’t think Jax is competitive in this situation,” is what we call actionable feedback. That’s the kind of feedback we can discuss. “Ghostcrawler nerfed Jax,” doesn’t provide us much actual information. Maybe it helps you feel better by venting, but as I pointed out, since you don’t really know how we structure our teams internally, your statement is likely to not even be correct.

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Why do Rioters respond to trolls but not to reasonable threads

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThat’s a reasonable concern. My personal experience from a decade and a half of trying to communicate to players is that if you step into a good discussion, you risk derailing it. Devs can still read and appreciate the discussion, and we do, but if we try to “reward” the thread with our appearance, it ends up attracting a lot of folks who want to make “Rito where” posts or troll or whatever. Troll threads are in essence already ruined, so a dev jumping in can’t make it much worse. 

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Have you ever thought that some top laners liked Melee vs

Ghostcrawler New PortraitOf course. That’s why I asked the question. A lot of the answers are “Because then a ranged champ doesn’t shut him down,” which is a reasonable concern, but doesn’t really get at the issue of how to make melee banging away on another melee interesting. In team fights, we think there is more for melee to do, whether they’re trying to block the front lines or dive past them to hit the softer nukers in the back. But slow, top lane duels feel like they need some help.

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Riot doesn’t hate melee top laners, they just can’t balance them

Ghostcrawler New PortraitExactly. We are trying to formalize (for want of a better word) what strengths melee should have to help them offset the huge advantages that ranged champions have. The traditional solutions have been that melee are hard to kill, or they really mess you up if you fail to kite them. Both of those cause a lot of balance problems though. The first means melee slap fights are boring. The second means that melee vs. ranged encounters can be binary — either the melee zeroes the mage, or the latter escapes.

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Is it true you don’t know where the “Renekton” balance bar lies

Ghostcrawler New PortraitThe Renekton “bar” came about, IIRC, because we were just nerfing whoever the dominant melee was at the time and the next melee would come take his or her place. We realized this was because many melee were just ball of stats without interesting interactions (I exaggerate, which I often do, but you get the point). We decided that Renekton actually had some interesting gameplay going on, so rather than nerf him, we’d make him the bar for how melee should act. That doesn’t mean just giving his abilities to all the other melee and it doesn’t mean buffing the stats for Mundo or whoever else to help them pass Renekton.

It means trying to find unique ability and item hooks for those melee below the bar. (Also to be clear, the bar doesn’t mean we nerf all other melee to have worse win rates than Renekton. It’s just a target for power and kit.) Unfortunately, that does take some time and exploration which is why we haven’t delivered on it yet. I hate that we haven’t delivered on it yet, but that’s the story for how it happened.

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State of Kha’Zix and Hecarim and popular Champions not being nerfed

Statikk New PortraitYou have made a ton of comments, and I’ll try my best to address them all.

1) Kha’Zix

Firstly, I actually think Kha’zix isn’t far off from being balanced. In fact, we have seen him get spot-picked in Korean pro games even in his arguably currently “underpowered” state (I believe they are actually evolving E first).

The changes to Q and its evolution path were actually largely motivated by Game Health concerns with the Isolation mechanic. Essentially, Isolation is a mechanic that works super well later on in the game when you are more heavily grouping up since you have allies to play around, but early on in the game (especially pre-6) avoiding Isolation is not really an option for some roles (ex: the opposing jungler). We think it’s appropriate that Kha’Zix has to invest in his Q to apply this kind of pressure to the enemy team that Isolation brings, and it’s clear that at least some evolutions such as E are still competing with it.

I think Volty (Kha’Zix’s original designer) kind of nailed it on the head when we released Kha’Zix. He claimed that Kha’Zix is a champion we have to normally re-visit in order to re-balance his evolutions to be competitive with one another, and I honestly agree with that. The game and our understanding of the game changes so much even on a daily basis. I suspect we’ll have to revisit his evolutions in the future, but for now we want to monitor how the Q buffs in 4.12 have affected him.

2) Hecarim

Agreed 100% that we went overboard with the Q Mana cost tuning the last time we changed him. This is something we’re looking to change with the next upcoming patch. His Q Mana cost will now be in the middle ground between where it was before and where it is now.

3) Balance “Favoritism”

I think it’s a bit unfair to jump to conclusions about why we are hesitant to nerf X champion versus Y champion. Firstly, there’s always going to be variance in the power of champions after we change them. Getting them right 100% out of the game is honestly unrealistic, as it takes time for everyone to understand how to optimize champions after we change them.

Lucian was a case where we were more concerned with ensuring that he was still functional post Attack Range changes. Yes, we went overboard on our first shot, but this is something that can be and will be corrected in the upcoming patches (everybody deserves a second shot amirite?).

Lee Sin is a different beast altogether. Firstly, we didn’t go through with our first initial larger changelist months ago due to a legitimate concern that players brought to us which was that we were fundamentally altering his gameplay identity with our changes. This made us go rethink our approach to Lee Sin and instead of normalizing him into a champion we know fits the game, we are trying to fit his unique identity (early game gambit, late game falloff) into the game. This is something we will be pursuing fairly aggressively with Lee Sin.

In addition, we always have to assess what each champion brings to the game and how that can affect our analysis of the situation. Let’s be honest, Lee Sin is one of the most fun and exciting champions in our game, it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone why he is so popular. We’ll continue to adjust his power as we always have (and if you don’t think we’ve changed him a ton…go look at his patch history), but Lee Sin is a champion that as a design team we feel brings a lot of positives to the game.

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Melee Carries, Assassins, Access to Team Backline, Stealth & More

Statikk New PortraitHey Sayath, always a pleasure to read your posts. I’ll answer the questions in your Summary as best as I can:

1) State of Akali

Akali currently looks to be in a decent spot, and as I hear she is starting to gain more popularity recently especially in solo queue. I also think she will be benefiting from the changes we are making to the overall game to make it less anti-Assassin. As far as Game Health goes, I still believe she is a champion with a lot of flaws. When she gets ahead, there is usually very little individuals can do to overcome the situation due to her simplistic mechanics (tons of just “I click you and hope you die” abilities) and when she’s behind she has very little power to come back since she doesn’t have any strong “fallback” patterns and the her primary defensive ability (W) is still tied to our primitive and hard counter-y stealth system.

2) Squishy Melee

We are still exploring what it means to be a squishy melee in the game. Yasuo was obviously an experiment in this field. I see 2 possible positions for them:

1. Enemy backline (Assassin): I think everyone is familiar with this pattern. In my mind there are 2 inherent steps in this pattern – 1. The Infiltration to get to the right target and 2. The Execution when they arrive at the target to take them out. Assassins should be champions who rely on flanking and other creative ways of infiltrating towards the enemy’s high-priority targets. I think a large part missing in a lot of our Assassins is an interesting Execution phase, where they still need to make a play once they reach the target to finish them (maybe Zed after the more recent changes meets the bar now).

2. Ally backline (Melee Carry): This is a term we’ve thrown around a ton but have never truly delivered upon. A lot of the supposed Melee Carries we’ve put into the game are honestly very Assassin-like in their pattern since we often give them the tool to access the enemy backline. The idea behind this character would be similar to that of a Ranged Carry mindset – start with whatever targets present themselves, usually the enemy frontline and eventually make their way through the team to clean up the enemy’s backline.

Yasuo was a champion I believe had a lot of potential of fulfilling this role due to mechanics such as Wind Wall which keeps him safe from the enemy backline while he deals with the enemy frontline, but once again we ended up giving him a way to easily access the backling via his ult which I think really undermines this role’s purpose and essentially turned him into an Assassin. To me it feels like a somewhat lost opportunity.

3) Spell Vamp

Spell Vamp is honestly another old system that we probably need to revisit and re-set the goals around its purpose in the game. I would say in its current state, Spell Vamp being any more prominent would probably just lead to abuse cases. One of the largest problems with Spell Vamp is how much it favors resourceless champions vs. Mana champions. This is something we’d have have to take a hard look at if we wanted to adjust it, but I don’t think there are any immediate plans.

4) Stealth

I don’t just think it would be beneificial, I think it is integral to the health of all stealth champions that we figure out a better system for them to work under. The current binary / hard-counter system is one that provides little gameplay and disallows these champions to scale with player skill effectively. It’s something I’m very personally interested in investigating but have never found the time to.

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Who do you think are the top 5 Champions in need of Rework

  1. Statikk New PortraitUrgot
  2. Poppy
  3. Mordekaiser
  4. Yorick
  5. ??? – can’t decide =/

Once again, my personal opinion. I think the above 4 have incomplete/confused identities/roles within the game and have flawed play patterns that offer very little counterplay.

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Immobile Mid-lane Mages, Athene’s, Deathcap and Void Staff

Statikk New PortraitThis is definitely an issue that we have struggled with a lot internally. We call this class of characters the “Immobile Mid-Lane Mages” and I 100% agree with your identification and breakdown of the problem.

I’m definitely on the same page with you when you say Mobility Creep is one of the largest contributors to this. As we’ve added more and more mobility to the champions in our game (for good reasons – mobile champions are really fun to play, create a lot of “outplay” moments, etc.), the Immobile Mid Mages have fallen off especially in the competitive scene.

The bottom line is that we have done a poor job of valuing Mobility as it relates to the amount of power it gives to a champion’s kit. Champions with high mobility need to be paying a larger cost for having that strength, and this is obvious with examples like Kassadin, LeBlanc, or Lee Sin. Mobility is actually a tool that scales extremely well with player skill, pros are able to exploit both the strategic map mobility and tactical in-combat mobility to its fullest extent.

As far as itemization goes, I know the Systems team is looking into different the lesser used items such as Rylai’s. The lack of Mana Regen in the Rylai’s + Liandry’s combo is interesting (I believe most stack a few Doran’s Rings to try to get around this), but overall I think it might be pointing out a larger issue in our game which is our ever-growing pool of Resourceless champions and how we have maybe warped the game to allow Mana users to compete with the resourceless guys over time. A big example of this is how strong Athene’s is at the moment. When you look at the item objectively, Athene’s is pretty insane in terms of gold-efficiency, but this leads to a scenario where the only mages that are viable are the ones who can leverage Athene’s effectively. This is something I’ll definitely bring up to the other guys on the team to see if this is another avenue we can help attack the problem.

Overall, I don’t think there’s an easy fix to this problem. I think we’ll have to do a lot of systematic changes to the game in order to get Immobile Mid Lane Mages back into the game in a healthy way, but it’s something definitely on our radar (just not right at this moment since we are prepping for Worlds).

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 Lucian feels like a better Ezreal right now

Statikk New PortraitFirstly, I’ll start with new Lucian. Flat out, he’s just currently overtuned and that will be corrected soon. This means that Lucian’s current state is not really a useful grounds of comparison when it comes to power level.

To address Ezreal, we honestly feel Ezreal is still fitting the vision we set for him. He’s a long-range, mobile, poke ADC and he fits that pretty well. In fact, Ezreal is still being valued in the Korean competitive scene.

I don’t think it can be easily assumed that Ezreal is “weak” at the moment. He has things that Lucian doesn’t have (long range) and Lucian has things that Ezreal doesn’t have (hyper mobility). That’s a great place to be in when they can be valued for different reasons. I think something to clarify is that Ezreal should probably not be the most mobile ADC in the game given that he has such high range. He can be mobile sure (and he is because of his E), but being the most mobile is probably not ideal given his other strengths. I think it’s easy to forget, once a champion has not been dominant for a while, the times they actually were dominant and how small of a change it takes for us to revert back to those times.

Purely using Win Rates averaged over all skill levels is a dangerous way to approach game balance. In fact, I think this kind of mentality has heavily contributed to the Mobility Creep that continues to grow in our game. Some things simply scale extremely well with player skill level – it turns out that Mobility is one of these things. The fact that a lot of our more mobile champions do have “lower” win rates is not an accident or mistake. It takes a ton of mastery and skill to leverage Mobility to its maximum potential.

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What’s your opinion on underplayed Supports like Zilean, Alistar and Taric

Statikk New Portrait1) Taric

Similar to Garen, I think Taric is at a place where we have to weigh simplicity vs. mastery. If we were to change Taric, I doubt we would put more emphasis on Auras as they are biggest examples of “Power without Gameplay.” Stat-based Auras typically have to be fairly game-warping before they are noticeable and satisfying, which is why we usually avoid them.

Overall, I think we need to find a more interesting core gameplay pattern than “stand near an enemy and press all your buttons” for Taric. I don’t want to get your guys’ hopes up, but we actually do have some experimental Taric changes that are pretty different from his current kit. No guarantees on if it will ever release or when, but he is someone who the Reworks team is looking at potentially changing.

2) Zilean

Zilean’s kit unfortunately has very little counterplay, and it’s the large reason why it’s hard for us to find a place for him in the game. Currently when he’s powerful, he creates an extremely frustrating experience for the enemy laner. He is also one of the champions that is higher up on the Reworks priority list, but because we would have to change his kit so drastically to make him healthy for the game, it will definitely be a while until we can release changes.

3) Alistar

The W+Q combo is something that we never intended to exist, but it’s something that Alistar players have gotten used to and is honestly integral to his current balance and gameplay. If we were to revisit him in a Reworks style approach, I think there’s a high likelihood that we would remove the combo and instead give him more ways to create situations where he can W enemies into walls to setup a follow-up Q. This is probably a healthier version of his combo, but it’s not something we’d do unless we supplemented the kit with ways to function and succeed without the combo.

I agree the heal is also something that doesn’t necessarily mesh well with his kit – both from a game health perspective and a thematic perspective. Functionally it is honestly just a bunch of sustain in lane (arguably not a “bunch” anymore now that we’ve tuned it down over time) and then falls off in usefulness once it gets to late game. It creates a fairly un-interactive lane pattern that is diametrically opposed to his all-in initiation combo style. It’s something I think we’d have no qualms of removing if we found something better to replace it with.

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Are there any plans to rework Garen

Statikk New PortraitThe difficulty of a champion like Garen is that we see him as a great beginner champion. He’s easy to pick up and easy to understand, so he does bring a lot of positive to the game even when he isn’t necessarily a strong champion at the competitive level.

If we wanted to make him more healthy for competitive play we would have to start weighing the costs of adding complexity to his kit via new mechanics and probably adding more points of mastery in his gameplay which probably means making him overall more demanding to play.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned working on this game is that it is rare for any decision to be completely free of costs or tradeoffs. Almost every change we make that has a benefit also has a cost and we always have to weigh them against each other.

In Garen’s case we would have to understand the costs we would have to pay in his simplicity in order to make him a healthier competitive champion. I can say right now, that there are no immediate plans for work on Garen, but you’re definitely on the mark when you say that if we do go and change Garen we would need to try our best to preserve his low skill floor while still increasing skill ceiling (which is extremely difficult to do).

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What's your view on Quinn

Statikk New PortraitIn terms of balance, we think Quinn is actually pretty strong.

In terms of design, I think we all feel Quinn is somewhat of a missed opportunity. Here’s a list of things I think we are not exactly content with:

  1. She’s a sub-par bot lane ADC
  2. She’s overly reliant on snowballing / doesn’t have a great fallback pattern
  3. Her ult specifically is great when she’s ahead (potentially makes her feel overbearing when ahead due to the amount of burst it adds) and feels almost useless when behind or even

Overall, I think Quinn is a fun champion with a lot of potential, but we’re simply not there yet.

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Do you think Spell Vamp is in a good place right now

Statikk New PortraitUnfortunately, I actually don’t have a ton of insight into Spell Vamp and how it should function in our game (probably more appropriate for one of our Systems guys like Xypherous), but I will say that although a “Spell Vamp ratio” on each spell would make Spell Vamp healthier and more functional in our game, it would be an extremely inelegant solution. For example, how would players know whether they had good Spell Vamp ratios or not?

We would probably have to display it in the tooltips somewhere and that has its own complexity and costs as well. I think you are getting at the heart of the problem though, which is that Spell Vamp is a lot weaker on champions who have to expend resources (Mana) to get returns out of it. Personally not sure what the answer would be here still.

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The Direction of LoL Balance

Morello was up on Twitter yesterday, tackling balance questions one at a time. The first 5 are sequential, after which come a small set of replies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you address unpopular Champions like, say Viktor

 

Will you address Diana’s currently poor state

 

Don’t you feel that you’ve overnerfed Kha’Zix

 

How long does it take to rework or update a Champion

 

Which takes more time - new Champions or new updates

 

Will we see a solution to the ball of stats fighters

 

 

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Why does Zyra’s Passive on W give CDR and not, say, Magic Pen

CertainlyT New PortraitHi there. Zyra’s W gives CDR for two reasons:   First, Seeds have relatively little inherent value. We wanted to ensure that Zyra could cast more spells as she began to replenish her seeds faster, because as you put more points into W, you are expressing a desire to have more plants.   Second, because we wanted Zyra to be able to buy non-CDR items. We wanted players to be able to buy the items that made sense for them in their particular game from the entire line of mage oriented items, such as Zhonya’s or Abyssal Scepter, not be restricted to the (at the time) small pool of CDR items.

A bit of context: We struggled during her development to balance 0% CDR Zyra builds against 40% CDR Zyra builds. The latter could put so many seeds out that certain enemy team compositions felt completely stifled. When W’s cooldown was at a healthy level assuming 40% CDR builds, all other item paths felt terrible. Giving Zyra “free” CDR (20% on release) was accompanied by raising the cooldown of her W to compensate, meaning that Zyra’s effective CDR cap for Rampant Growth was 20%.   Today, it’s unlikely we would make the same decision, as CDR is a much more accessible stat. This is the reason that I lowered Zyra’s passive CDR on W from 20% at max rank to 10%. In a game now filled with CDR choices, the “free” 20% was actually stifling her ability to purchase items. Hopefully getting to 40% these days involves a good amount of choice and compromise without leaving the player feeling like they are struggling to get to cap if they so desire or going way over if they do opt for CDR items.

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Can we have an update on Dunkmaster Darius

Baconhawk New PortraitThe answers to these and all your other questions will be answered in time, friend.

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