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

 

 

New Splash Arts

 

Arcade Ahri, Corki & Ezreal are coming to the PBE soon. Here are their splash arts (minus Ezreal’s):

 

Arcade Ahri

Arcade Ahri 1 Arcade Ahri 2

 

Arcade Corki

Arcade Corki 1 Arcade Corki 2

 

New Chroma packs are also on the way! Here are their in-store cards:

 

Arcade Miss Fortune

Green MF Blue Green Pink MF Blue MF

Pink MF Red MF

 

Cottontail Teemo

Blue Teemo Purple Teemo Green Teemo

Brown Teemo Pink Teemo

 

High Noon Yasuo

Teal Yasuo White Yasuo Yellow Yasuo

Blue Yasuo Brown Yasuo

Shockblade Zed

Yellow Zed Blue Zed Green Zed

Pink Zed Purple Zed Red Zed

 

Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao

Yellow Xin Purple Xin Blue Xin 2

Blue Xin Green Xin Red Xin

 

 

An Update on Chromas

Hey everyone,

SuperCakes here. I’m the product manager on Personalization (aka Skins Team).

It’s been a little over a year since we launched chroma packs. And while we’ve always been excited about chromas as a product, after hearing from you, we realized we could make them better. Now we’re hyped to share some news with you about our changes to chromas which are coming out soon and are tracking to hit PBE next week.

Our first move was to go back to basics and revisit things from this perspective: Why would I, as a player, want chromas?

Here’s the thing. I love skins and have a lot of them. But there are certain skins I always go back to. Arcade Miss Fortune is one of my favorite skins, and looking at what you guys are playing, it’s one of your favorites, too. And if I can play her in a rainbow of options, that sounds pretty cool to me. Chromas are meant to deepen your experience with a piece of content you already own, love, and play the shit out of. It’s that simple.

Next step, How do we address your feedback? The things that were ringing loudest were around bundling, aesthetics, and the pricing of chromas, and that’s where we put the majority of our focus.

Bundling:

We’ve unpacked chromas so you can buy them individually. You can still buy them in bundles, though, for a discount.

Aesthetics:

Chromas are designed by the same folks that make skins, and we take our responsibility pretty seriously. We only want to introduce things into the game that improve the overall experience of playing League of Legends. We took a look at what we were making and found opportunities to improve with revamped color schemes, patterns, and textures.

Pricing:

Chromas will be priced at 290 RP each, and will also be available in discounted bundles for the collectors out there. For those of you who love a chance to spend IP, we’re alsointroducing recurring IP sales which will take place twice a year. The first IP sale goes from August 25, 2016 to September 8, 2016 and includes all chromas launched before August 2016.

Some of you also suggested that chromas could be a reward for mastery. We’re committed to improving mastery rewards, and with the release of Hextech Crafting this year, we’re thrilled to have a way to reward you for mastery across several of our content offerings, including a chance to get free skins. We won’t be launching chromas in Hextech Crafting at this time, but it’s something we’re thinking about for future iterations.

We’ll get into more detail when the first wave of new chromas launches in a few weeks. For now, here’s a sneak peek of some of the aesthetic changes mentioned:

What do you think of the changes? What would you like to see? Let us know!

Play Safe!
SuperCakes

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

Patch 6.1 Notes

January 13th, 2016

 

Patch 6 1 Notes Banner

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

 

Patch 6.1

Store Content

Balance

Miscellaneous

 

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

Patch 6 1 Maintenance Banner

 

 

CHALLENGER NIDALEE Banner

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

 

Nidalee_Splash_8 Nidalee_8

 

ALL SPELLS

 

 

MODEL Banner

Challenger Nidalee Model 1 Challenger Nidalee Model 2

Challenger Nidalee Model 3 Challenger Nidalee Model 4

 

Recall Banner

Challenger Nidalee Recall 1 Challenger Nidalee Recall 2

 

PROWL PASSIVE Banner

Challenger Nidalee Passive 1 Challenger Nidalee Passive 2

 

JAVELIN TOSS HUMAN Q Banner

Challenger Nidalee Q 1 Challenger Nidalee Q 2

 

BUSHWHACK HUMAN W Banner

Challenger Nidalee W Human 1 Challenger Nidalee W Human 2

 

PRIMAL SURGE HUMAN E Banner

Challenger Nidalee E 1 Challenger Nidalee E 2

 

TAKEDOWN COUGAR Q Banner

Challenger Nidalee Cougar Q 1 Challenger Nidalee Cougar Q 2

 

POUNCE COUGAR W Banner

Challenger Nidalee W 1 Challenger Nidalee W 2

 

SWIPE COUGAR E Banner

Challenger Nidalee Cougar E 1 Challenger Nidalee Cougar E 2

 

ASPECT OF THE COUGAR R

Challenger Nidalee R 1 Challenger Nidalee R 4

Challenger Nidalee R 2 Challenger Nidalee R 3

 

 

LUNAR WRAITH CAITLYN Banner

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

 

Caitlyn_Splash_10 Caitlyn_10

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Model 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Recall 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

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

 

HEADSHOT PASSIVE

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Headshot 2 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Headshot

 

PILTOVER PEACEMAKER Q

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Q 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Q 2

 

YORDLE SNAP TRAP W

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn W 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn W 2

 

90 CALIBER NET E

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn E 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn E 2

 

ACE IN THE HOLE R

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn R 1 Lunar Wraith Caitlyn R 2

 

 

LUNAR WRAITH MORGANA Banner

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

 

Morgana_Splash_10 Morgana_10

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

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

 

Recall Banner

Lunar Wraith Morgana Recall 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Recall 2

 

BASIC ATTACK ANIMATION Banner

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

 

DARK BINDING Q

Lunar Wraith Morgana Q 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana Q 2

 

TORMENTED SOIL W

Lunar Wraith Morgana W 1

 

BLACK SHIELD E

Lunar Wraith Morgana E 1

 

SOUL SHACKLES R

Lunar Wraith Morgana R 1 Lunar Wraith Morgana R 2

 

 

RADIANT WUKONG Banner

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

 

MonkeyKing_Splash_5 MonkeyKing_5

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

Radiant Wukong Model 1 Updated Radiant Wukong Model 2 Updated

 

Recall Banner

Radiant Wukong Recall 1 Radiant Wukong Recall 2

 

HOMEGUARD MOVE ANIMATION Banner

 

CRUSHING BLOW Q

Radiant Wukong Q 1 Radiant Wukong Q 2

 

DECOY W

Radiant Wukong W 1 Radiant Wukong W 2

 

NIMBUS STRIKE E

Radiant Wukong E 1 Radiant Wukong E 2

 

CYCLONE R

Radiant Wukong R 1 Radiant Wukong R 2

 


Rising Dawn Ward Skin Banner

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

 

Rising Dawn Ward Skin 3 Rising Dawn Ward Skin 2

Rising Dawn Ward Skin 1

 


New Summoner Icons

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

 

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

 

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

 

OCE (Oceania):

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Russia (Wildcard):

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LMS:

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NA LCS:

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EU LCS:

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LAN:

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LAS:

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LCK:

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LPL:

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Brazil (Wildcard):

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Turkey (Wildcard):

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Champion Changes

 

Bard Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMeeps Final IconTraveler’s Call [ Passive ]

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


 

Brand Final Portrait

 

Nerf Box Pyroclasm Final IconPyroclasm [ R ]

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

 

 

Caitlyn Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalHeadshot Final IconHeadshot [ Passive ]

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

 

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

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

 

 


Elise Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalRappel Final IconRappel [ E ]

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

 

 

Fiddlesticks-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Buff BoxDark Wind Final IconDark Wind [ E ]

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

 

 

 

Gangplank-Final-Champion-Portrait (1)

 

Nerf BoxTrial by Fire Final IconTrial by Fire [ Passive ]

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

 

 

Heimerdinger Final Portrait


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

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

 

 

Jinx Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalSwitcheroo Final IconSwitcheroo! [ Q ]

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

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRend [ E ]Rend Final Icon

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

 

 

Khazix Final Portrait

 

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

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

 

Buff BoxVoid Spike Final IconVoid Spike [ W ]

  • AoE range increased from 225 to 275.

 

 

Buff BoxLeap Final IconLeap [ E ]

  • Range increased from 600 to 700.

 

 

 

LeBlanc Final Portrait

 

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

  • Missile speed increased from 1600 to 1750.

 

 

 

Miss Fortune Final Portrait

 


Nerf BoxLove Tap Final IconLove Taps [ Passive ]

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

 

Nerf BoxMake it Rain Final IconMake it Rain [ E ]

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

 

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

 

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

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

 

 

Buff BoxHarvester of Sorrow Final IconHarvester of Sorrow [ W ]

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


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

Morde W 3 Morde W 1 Morde W 2

 

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

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

 

 

Poppy Final Portrait

 

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

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

 

 

Riven Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRunic Blade Final IconRunic Blade [ Passive ]

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

 

 


Rumble Final Portrait

GENERAL Banner

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

 

Buff BoxFlamespitterFlamespitter [ Q ]

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

 

 

Teemo Final Champion Portrait

GENERAL Banner

  • Base Attack Damage increased from 47.5 to 49.5.

 

Change BoxCamouflage Final IconCamouflage [ Passive ]

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

 

Buff BoxNoxious Trap Final IconNoxious Trap [ R ]

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

 

 


Thresh Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalDamnation Final IconDamnation [ Passive ]

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

 

 

Trundle-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Nerf BoxChomp Final IconChomp [ Q ]

  • No longer affects towers.

 


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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

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

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

 

 

Yasuo Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalWindwall Final IconWind Wall [ W ]

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

 

 

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Buff BoxDeaths Dance Final IconDeath’s Dance

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

 

Change BoxEye of the Oasis Final IconEye of the Oasis

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

 

Change BoxEye of the Watchers Final IconEye of the Watchers

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

 

Nerf BoxFarsight Alteration Final IconFarsight Alteration

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

 

Change BoxFrost Queens Claim Final IconFrost Queen’s Claim

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

 

Buff BoxLord Dominik Final IconLord Dominik’s Regards

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

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalLudens Echo Final IconLuden’s Echo

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

 

Buff BoxMortal Reminder Final IconMortal Reminder

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

 

 

Buff BoxPhantom Dancer Final IconPhantom Dancer

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

 

Nerf BoxRapid Firecannon Final IconRapid Firecannon

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

 

 

Buff BoxRunaans Hurricane Final IconRunaan’s Hurricane

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

 

 

Buff BoxStatikk_ShivStatikk Shiv

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

 

 

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

  • Armor increased from 45 to 50.

 

 

Buff BoxWarding Totem Final IconWarding Totem

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

 

 

 

Jungle Changes Banner

 

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

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

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

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

 

Runic Echoes Item

 

Buff BoxHunters Talisman Final IconHunter’s Talisman

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Rift Herald Final IconRift Herald

  • Auto-attack damage increased from 95 to 105.

 

 

Nerf BoxSmite Final IconSmite [ Summoner Spell ]

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

 

 

 

MASTERY CHANGES Banner

 

Nerf BoxPrecision Final IconPrecision [ Tier 5 Cunning ]

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

 

 

FEROCITY KEYSTONE MASTERIES Banner

 

Buff BoxDeathfires Touch Final IconDeathfire Touch [ Keystone Ferocity ]

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

RESOLVE KEYSTONE MASTERIES Banner

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

CUNNING KEYSTONE MASTERIES Banner

 

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

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

 

 

MINION CHANGES Banner

Just some bugfixes for minions and their wacky behavior.

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

Minions no longer freeze or awkwardly lock eyes with other minions

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

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

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

 

 

NEW CHAMPION SELECT Banner

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

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

 

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

New Champ Select 1 New Champ Select 2

 

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

New Champ Select 3 New Champ Select 4

 

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

New Champ Select 18 New Champ Select 5

 

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

New Champ Select 7 New Champ Select 6

 

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

New Champ Select 9 New Champ Select 8

 

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

New Champ Select 12 New Champ Select 14

 

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

New Champ Select 15 New Champ Select 16

 

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

New Champ Select 11 New Champ Select 10

 

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

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

New Champ Select 17

 

 

TWEAKS TO DRAGON TRAINER LULU

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

 

Dragon Trainer Lulu Model 2 Dragon Trainer Lulu Model 1

 

 

NEW Q VISUALS FOR DRAVEN SKINS

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

 

Draven Skin Q 1 Draven Skin Q 2

 


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

 

And here’s the still from the animation:

Season 6 Background

 

 

JAPANESE LOCALIZATION Banner

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

 

Japan Screenshot

 

Japan Screen 2 Screen 3

Screen 6 Screen 4

Screen 7 Screen 8

 

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

 

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

PBE 06 01 Banner

 

 

BUGFIXES Banner

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

 


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Quinn currently has a 73 winrate

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Repertoir New PortraitShe’s too strong. We’ll nerf her early game through some base AD and some Q nerfs, and then she should be in a better spot. I had some stuff submitted on Wednesday to the build that goes to PBE, but it looks like we didn’t ship to PBE on Wednesday due to the holiday week. Expect to see some stuff show up there on the next PBE build.

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Have you thought about tweaking how her passive scales with crits

Repertoir New PortraitYes, but I’m not sure what the right call is on that yet.

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What do you think happened to Quinn between patches 5 22 and 5 23

Repertoir New PortraitQ is dealing too much damage for the utility it provides, or it is providing too much utility for the damage it deals (or both).

Harrier is a bit stronger around levels 3-6 before she’s backed and bought any AD (because it now has a base damage that is scaling with her level rather than being all AD dependent).

Some other stuff that may be contributing:

  • She’s really good against Illaoi
  • Not having the option to rush Homeguards (which was fun, and many people were doing) may actually have been a buff because players are buying more combat-effectiveness in their early items.

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Why did you give Quinn her blind back

Repertoir New PortraitSo that in a balanced state she does not need to be snowballing incessantly in order to be useful for her team. That isn’t to say she’s balanced on this patch; she most certainly isn’t.

In a balanced state, she’ll be able to hit a good Q on a mage or marksmen to help her team win a fight, rather than having to have all her value loaded into her R and raw damage.

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Do youve any plans for Ezreal

Repertoir New PortraitEzreal feels like he fell a bit short of what we expected to see from him in the 5.22 preseason patch. We should look over him along with some others like Ashe, Sivir, and Twitch before the preseason ends. For him specifically, we nerfed some stuff to make room for the improved Q cooldown reducing effect as a precautionary measure, but it may not have been necessary.

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Repertoir New PortraitWe expected him to be fine, and he’s honestly not super far off. He tends to sit at a lower-than-average win rate when considered balanced by us and most players.

op.gg has him at a 48.5% win rate over the last week in Korea, where he has always been and continues to be a very popular pick, so that seems like decent evidence that he’s not horribly far off. I don’t think he requires much more than a slight adjustment, really.

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Can we please get some utility on Ezreals W back

Repertoir New PortraitIt is sad, and we’re not happy with it either. If we had the right low-cost approach (resources seem to mostly be allocated things at the moment), there may be something we could do. Of course there are things we could do, but it’s more a matter of finding a good long-lasting approach.

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Why is Veterans Scars being nerfed so hard on the PBE  from to flat HP

Repertoir New PortraitI’m not in charge of these changes, but one thing to keep in mind here is that changes to the early game power of something have a far greater effect than changes at all other points in the game. It’s why reducing someone’s base HP by 40 or base AD by 3 can result in substantial performance hits to champions.

I imagine this change is intentionally aimed at keeping it powerful in the early game (45 base HP is significant power, as noted above) without it scaling well into the late game. I do believe most the rest of the Resolve tree tends to scale very well into the late game.

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This nerf will make the midgame for tanky champions worse

Repertoir New PortraitVeteran’s Scars’ placement in the Resolve tree does make it accessible to more than just tank-types that are going down to Resolve keystones.

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Could tanks then also get a better secondary option than Veterans Scars

Repertoir New PortraitThat seems like a good solution if there is currently nothing attractive in the other trees.

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Why nerf the effectiveness of the tank tree so other classes can dip into it

Repertoir New PortraitIf we wanted trees to belong to only one class/archetype of champion, they would be 30 points deep instead of 18 so that you had to invest all your points in that tree in order to get to the keystones.

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FOLLOWUP Mordekaiser Update

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Statikk New PortraitHey all,

We’re going to be trying out methods of making our internal design reviews player-facing. These reviews are mostly done on major champion releases, updates, and systems tuning that we roll out. We may dig into our archives for recently released champions as well.

These reviews will probably not be very ‘polished’ in their presentation, rather, they’re meant to be a way of showing how we examine our work. By looking back at our original goals and then examining what’s currently working (or not working) in the present day, we can be more transparent about followup changes while also being able to discuss what ‘good’ looks like.

This is very much an experimental process, but hopefully it proves valuable in the long run. Our first trial is going to be… Mordekaiser.

Goals

  • Solidify Mordekaiser in the Juggernaut space (low mobility, high close-range threat)
  • Offer a different non-Marksman duo lane experience
  • Add new strategic meaning to Dragon

What’s Working

  • Strengths / Weaknesses profile aligns with Juggernaut space
  • Provides a different bot lane experience and has unique ally synergies
  • Dragon creates unique and memorable moments

Concerns

  • Extremely early / mid game dominant – lacks true, exponential late game scaling
    • Both Morde and Dragon follow this power curve
  • Too difficult to interact with in lane, due to sustain on top of sustain
  • High AP ratios (especially on R) still leading to Morde being potentially too bursty
  • Q damage ramping is extreme and readability is poor – leads to weird “what happened?” moments on Q3 hits
  • Tankiness is extremely inconsistent (unlike other Juggernauts) due to Passive’s scaling with direct damage output – increases snowball dependence
  • Dragon / pet controls are still clunky
  • Experience bonus passive may not be the optimal solution – it is effective and functional, but low in satisfaction and hard to understand

Next Steps

  • Lower sustain early, better damage scaling late
  • Dragon needs more late game relevance and potentially less early game power
  • Flatten Q damage out (more on 1, less on 3) while still preserving the 3rd hit as a big, high moment
  • Increase the importance of effectively utilizing Passive / E to survive in lane and fights

Hopefully this gives you guys a bit more insight into our current thinking on Morde and helps explain the direction we’re moving him in with the recent patch.

Feel free to chime in with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.

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Why havent you mentioned solo lane Mordekaiser in your post

Statikk New PortraitThis is a good point, definitely an oversight on our part.

I have personal opinions on this, but I don’t want to misrepresent the entire team’s analysis and design direction for Solo Morde.

I’ll try to get some analysis and thoughts back to you guys on this topic after the upcoming break.

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Its difficult to build Morde as a bruiser given the current AP itemization

Statikk New PortraitThis is an open question. In development, we didn’t think that Morde would continue to be so reliant on AP itemization. We envisioned him having access to the new Juggernaut items in addition to the hybrid AP / AD items.

What do you WANT to build when you play Mordekaiser? I think this would give us a better idea of where to push his itemization incentives.

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Statikk New PortraitIf AP itemization is what Morde should be buying, I really like the idea of hybrid defensive / AP items being his mainstay (like you stated above – Rylai’s, Liandry’s, Abyssal, Zhonya’s make sense).

I think it’s a lot trickier when Morde’s optimal builds make him a glass cannon – so I’m pretty personally weary of pushing him into items like Nashor’s or Deathcap.

Would a build like Rylai’s + Gunblade + Tank items make sense for Morde?

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Why not nerf his AP ratios and give his

Statikk New PortraitI think more importantly than nerfing the AP build, we want to provide alternate build paths that allow Morde to truly live out the Juggernaut fantasy.

I can talk to the Live team / CertainlyT about the base stats situation.

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How about changing Mordekaisers shield so it decays slower

Statikk New PortraitWell if we made this change we would probably have to reduce how fast it generates as well, otherwise that would be a pretty significant buff especially in the lane phase.

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So your plan is to make the Ghost Dragons HP and damage scale with his ult ranks

Statikk New PortraitWell we’re not married to this exact solution, but overall we feel like an early / mid-game Dragon can be pretty overwhelming to deal with. As the game goes on though, the Dragon Ghost eventually just melts to the exponential late game damage scaling. We think this mostly has to do with survivability tuning.

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Why was Swain nerfed on the PBE

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Meddler Final Portrait We’ve felt Swain’s been borderline too strong for a long time, but his low play and ban rate have been a deciding factor in leaving him as is and keeping an eye on him. We’re now seeing him perform really well post preseason changes, so feel we need to take some power off him. Current thinking (still going through testing, so not a locked change yet), is that as a sustained damage, drain mage-tank, that CC’s the best strength to hit, hence the change to Nevermove so it’s got a lower duration at lower ranks.

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When was the ratio on Master Yi

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Meddler Final PortraitLooks like it got changed during the rework. I’d assume it was part of the balancing sweep that happened in the last month or so before the rework’s release and documentation was missed.

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Whats the context for the Ziggs changes on the PBE

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Meddler Final PortraitWe feel Ziggs is in a weak spot at the moment, and has been for a bit. We’re not looking to go back to the days of endless wave stalling though, so we’re adding power to places where it’s more anti champion/objective than anti lane minion (sweet spot on ult, tower damage from passive).

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Why not give Ziggs a different AA animation when attacking towers

Meddler Final PortraitSounds like a really good idea. Will bring that up if we’re doing some animation work on Ziggs at some point we could bundle that in with.

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Whats with the Skarner nerfs on the PBE

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Repertoir New PortraitFrom what I understand, the team just wanted to try out a few different avenues as to how we want to nerf Skarner. Though it won’t show up on the PBE over the holiday weekend, I believe the plan is to go with a pared down version of these nerfs for final changes.

It seems worth noting here that it can be difficult to really try more than one thing out at a time in an effort to land on the correct change when it comes to nerfs and buffs, because we tend to get large reactions from players when we do so. I’m not saying that reaction isn’t justified (since we don’t have the greatest history of being fully transparent on every change you see on the PBE), but I do think that’s what is going on in this case.

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Why is he being nerfed in the first place

Repertoir New PortraitWe think he’s too strong. Incredibly overpowered? No. But slightly too strong, hence going with a small set of nerfs. You’re free to disagree with that assessment; that was my first reaction too. That said, this is a character that is around a 54% win rate, with an experienced player win rate that appears to easily break 60%, so it’s not unreasonable to assess him as overtuned.

Skarner does have a low play rate, so yes, he can probably be balanced resting north of a 50% win rate. These changes aren’t intended to (nor do I believe they will) be an enormous power hit, just a small power trim.

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Skarner already has a low win rate the ult nerf will completely gut him

Repertoir New PortraitFirst of all, you could hardly call a nerf to his ultimate “taking a dump on him,” so please don’t blow things out of proportion.

As to trying to address a low play rate, there is an assumption here that we would like him to be a popular champion, or at least more popular than he is now. It’s unlikely that Skarner will ever be popular, given the theme, fantasy, and kit of the character.

His theme and fantasy aren’t bad, just niche. And his kit just doesn’t really have the best gameplay built into it, and it never really has. Keep in mind, when I mention good gameplay, I don’t mean that the kit has never been and will never be fun; it’s more that his moment-to-moment power has always been very stat checky. We’d have a lot of work to wholly fix that, and though we tried to chip at it with the Juggernauts update, it would be disingenuous of me to say that it was fixed. He’s now more strategically interesting insofar as he thinks about and tries to set up where he fights you, but it’s still not particularly interesting how he fights you when he does.

For what it’s worth, this isn’t an isolated Skarner case. It’s pretty consistent with many of the melee guys out there, especially the ones that we made 3-4 years ago.

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Will you end up nerfing Skarners spires or other areas of his kit

Repertoir New PortraitWe still think the spires should be important to his success, but there’s also an argument to be made for him having too many eggs in one basket, so to speak. For now, I believe we’re sticking with the ult AD ratio and leaving the spire strength intact.

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What are your thoughts on Yasuo at the moment

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Repertoir New PortraitYasuo is likely too strong, though it’s hard to say by how much. Honestly, and I don’t expect this to be a popular opinion, he’s probably just more frustrating than he is actually overpowered.

This could be me not remembering correctly, but I was under the impression both Brand and DFT were getting nerfs on the PBE.

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If Yasuos frustrating but not too strong shouldnt he be reworked

Repertoir New PortraitMaybe. It depends how frustrating a champion should be. I think there’s an argument to be made that if a champion isn’t frustrating in one way or another, it’s probably not very compelling/unique/interesting, though of course that isn’t to say we should intentionally make frustrating champions.

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Repertoir New PortraitYeah, Yasuo feels great to play because he often has so much agency over how his lane goes. Unfortunately, that often seems to come at the expense of his opponents’ agency, so it may be fair to say that’s what’s so frustrating about him.

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By agency in lane do you mean his opportunities for outplays

Repertoir New PortraitBasically, yes. It’s about how much control someone has over their fate. If a character is 100% in control of how a lane goes if played well, then that implies it doesn’t even matter what their opponent does to defeat them, and it sucks to be that opponent and know that I can play as well as I want and it doesn’t even matter all that much.

 

It’s just a barrier based on how well the person can play their champion. These champions are commonly ones that people claim are overloaded. Yasuo, Lee Sin, Nidalee (to use a champion that I was responsible for) have all been guilty of this, and this is some of why we see them needing to be balanced around lower than 50% win rates; because when you actually play things perfectly on champions like these, you leave little room for your opponent to do much of anything.

Unfortunately, these champions are also commonly very popular because they have that feeling of being able to do anything with them, so it does someone beg the question of whether we should be trying to make more champions like that (that players feel like they are in full control of their destiny), or ones with clearer weaknesses for opponents to exploit (at the expense of some of that control).

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Why was Hecarims unit collision ignore moved from his passive to

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Repertoir New PortraitI don’t have any deep insight into the particular Hecarim changes on the PBE, but I imagine it has to do with Hecarim’s perma unit collision avoidance being somewhat fundamentally flawed given the kit he has. He just gets near you and then spams circles of damage onto you. If he is stronger and you don’t have a tool to get away, he will win.

On the one hand, yes, he’s always been this way, so the need for this particular change on this very patch is probably no greater than on any other patch. On the other hand, if he’s deemed too powerful at the moment by the balance team (which seems to be the case), it seems like a good place to trim power.

For what it’s worth, permanently ignoring unit collision is probably not something we should just put on champion kits, and I wouldn’t really be opposed to us taking this from Fizz and Kassadin as well, even if it meant we had to compensate them with power elsewhere. It’s just not that exciting for how powerful it is. I don’t think anyone selects any of these champions primarily because they are excited about ignoring unit collision. As any of these champions, I’d rather have just about any of my spells be a bit stronger rather than always avoiding unit collision.

Even if someone was picking these champions solely for these reasons, this to me is more an argument that pathing/collision should be more tolerable on average than having players choose champions that ignore the rule.

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Why not just remove unit collision in general

Repertoir New PortraitI’m not really the guy to make that call, but I will say I’d prefer that we do that over having champions that selectively ignore it on a case by case basis.

Unit collision between champions is actually something I do think is good, and I do think it’s nice that my minions may cause small reroutes for enemies that are ahead of me, so unit collision isn’t all bad. However, I do understand how frustrating and inconsistent it has felt on Live lately, and that’s not ideal either.

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Do you have any plans for Rengar

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Repertoir New PortraitI hope we have some plans for him, but I’d need to look into it next week.

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Meddler on various ingame mechanics

Why does…

Garen still have a silence

Fizzs ult increase damage taken

Veigar ult scale with other person ap

Udyr have Phoenix stance

Ahri charm not increase damage taken anymore

What’s the purpose of urgots ult

Enemies knocked back into bards magical journey not go through it

Meddler Final PortraitWe want to remove silences from highly mobile, high burst champions since those are the cases that leave very little counterplay if played correctly. Garen’s not very mobile, so we feel it’s appropriate he has a silence still.

Fizz ult has a damage amp on it so that more of Fizz’s burst combo is dependent on a long cooldown. That makes his choice of when he goes all in, and on who, more significant than if he can repeatedly use most of his full burst combo.

Veigar’s ult scales with the opponent’s AP so that Veigar has somewhat different target and match up preferences than other similar champions. It does add a bit more champion select counter feeling than we tend to prefer though, and can get drowned out by the sheer amount of AP he himself builds up, so there’s some debate over how appropriate a mechanic that is.

Phoenix is there to offer Udyr an AOE option should he wish it, and to add some nuance to his damage pattern, particularly while jungle clearing.

The damage amp was removed from Ahri’s E to shift her towards more of a mage pattern and less of a pick into kill model (contrast with Fizz being somewhat longer fight times, lack of untargetability, ranged versus melee etc).

Urgot’s a bit of a mess, and his ult doesn’t fit particularly well with the rest of his kit. It can lead to some cool plays, whenever we do an Urgot rework one of our goals will be to give him a kit with less conflicting notes to it.

While knocking enemies through Magical Journey would be cool it’s both quite a lot of power, in a really team dependent way, and likely to lead to a lot of unintended displacements. Bard’s already got a pretty hard to master playstyle and a fair bit of unreliability, so wouldn’t want to double down further on those elements.

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Fan Artist Feature Shilin

Hey Summoners! In today’s feature we’ll be hearing from Shilin, a talented community artist from Canada who enjoys telling stories and has her own original comic series! Continue reading to learn more about her awesome art and process.

You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Twitchto see even more of her work!

If you know someone that you’d like to recommend for a future Fan Artist Feature, please let us know here.

 

How did you get started creating League of Legends fan art?

My first league piece was actually the current Sona classic splash art that I had the honour of doing! I didn’t play league at the time because I was terrified of any PVP environment, but eventually my now girlfriend babysat me into the game through playing bots and learning about the champions’ stories, which inspired me to do a bunch of drawings as gifts for her of her favourites (Riven, Vayne). I also got a bunch of my own favourites after learning more about the champion lores, and out came all the fan art that I did!

 

What’s been your favorite piece to create, and why?

My favourite and most natural piece to create is the Nami/MF piece I did, Shipwreck. The composition came to me out of nowhere and the entire rest of the process was just putting what’s in my head onto the canvas, rather than battling the drawing to try to make things work out. I enjoyed thinking about the interaction between the two in the picture a lot, even more than the process of drawing itself. Did Nami strike at a time when MF is most vulnerable? Did Nami save MF from impending fiery doom and just savoring the moment before returning MF to the land? Thinking is the most fun part of drawing!

 

Do you have a dream project you’d like to work on?

I am extremely lucky because I am already working on my dream project–an original series called Carciphona (at carciphona.com). I don’t know how, but the public has given me enough generous support for me to be able to do this work of my own full time, write/draw/publish the story at my own pace, without the confines of a publisher’s deadlines and writing/art direction restriction, or fear of the series being dropped because it’s not mainstream or successful enough. Even to this day I feel baffled just putting this down in words; being able to do what you love for a living to this extent is like heaven for every creative, and I am so privileged to be there already.

Who’s your inspiration? Do you have any favorite League content creators?

In most cases, my inspiration lies in “what” rather than “who”. I feel most frequently inspired by things I see–even mundane things down the streets, stories I hear–be it a masterwork of fiction or the rundown of a friend’s day, news, experiences… There is so much to think about in everything that happens and there is always something to express through art.

 

But that is not to say fellow artists are not inspiring as well! I look up to many professional and peer artists alike and find motivation in seeing the fruits of their hardwork and gems of their genius. Some of my favourite League fan artists are:

Suqling – bask in her masterful storytelling and gorgeous art right before she strikes your vitals with her savage puns.
2gold – for her charming characters and beautiful colours!
Kaisinel – from monsters to people, kaisinel makes everything look SO GOOD.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community?

Please allow me a moment to convince you how awesome it would be to have a League MMO. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to explore all of the breathtaking lore and world building work Riot has put in!? MAYBE IF WE SPAM ENOUGH RITO PLS, WE CAN CHANGE DESTINY??? 😀

 
 
 

Last but not least, some awesome videos sharing Shilin’s painting process!

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

 

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Patch 4.21 is huge! New champion, six new skins, a new game mode, lots of balance changes, texture rebalances and free healthcare. Patch 4.21 will be hitting live on December 9th, assuming there are no delays.

 

New Champion/Release Skin

Skins & Icons

Christmas Goodies

Balance Changes

Other

 

[ Note ] A new item, Zz’Rot Portal, was introduced in a recent PBE update but has been removed for Patch 4.21. It will return for testing in the next cycle.

 

 

Reksai the Void Burrower


 
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Rek’Sai is a new champion. As such, she’ll be available for 7800 IP/975 RP for the first week after she’s enabled, after which her price will be dropped to 6300 IP/975 RP.

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Rek’Sai Abilities [ from Riot’s preview ]

 

Rek’Sai Champion Voice [ video by SkinSpotlights ]

 

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Base Stats

  • Damage: 55.628 (+ 3.35 per level )
  • Health: 611.2 (+ 90 per level )
  • Movement Speed: 335
  • Armor: 28.3 (+ 3.75 per level )
  • Magic Resist: 32.1 (+ 1.25 per level )
  • Health-per-5: 7.35 (+ 0.65 per level )
  • Range: 175 (Melee)

Doesn’t use Mana, uses Fury

 

Client Lore

“The largest and fiercest of her species, Rek’Sai is a merciless predator that tunnels through the earth to ambush and devour her prey. Her insatiable hunger has laid waste to entire regions of the once-great Shuriman empire. Merchants, traders and armed caravans will go hundreds of miles out of their way to avoid these vast areas, though cunning bandits have been known to lure the unwary into her killing grounds. Once Rek’Sai detects you, your fate is sealed. There is no hope of escape; she is death from below the sand.”

 

Fury of the Xer'Sai Final IconFury of the Xer’Sai [ Passive ]

Dealing damage while unburrowed generates Fury. Burrowing consumes Fury over 5 seconds to restore up to X health. During this time, Rek’Sai’s next attack that generates Fury will grant 15 bonus Fury. White regenerating health, Rek’Sai’s next ability will also generate 15 additional Fury

 

Reksai Passive

 

Queens Wrath Prey Seeker Final IconQueen’s Wrath/Prey Seeker [ Q ]

Cooldown: 4 seconds || Range: 325

Unburrowed – Queen’s Wrath: Rek’Sai lashes out, dealing 15/35/55/75/95 ( +0.4 Bonus AD ) bonus physical damage damage to all enemies around her with her next three basic attacks within 5 seconds.

Burrowed – Prey Seeker: Rek’Sai fires out a pulse of void energy in a straight line skillshot that detonates on the first enemy struck, dealing 60/90/120/150/180 (+1 AP) magic damage and revealing the target and all nearby enemies also hit by the missile’s explosion for 2.5 seconds.

 



 

Burrow Unburrow Final IconBurrow/Unburrow [ W ]

Cooldown: 4 seconds || Range: 1650

Unburrowed – Burrow: Rek’Sai burrows underground, gaining Tremor Sense (a unique mechanic that shows Rek’Sai all enemy movement in a wide area around her) and increased movement speed at the expense of vision range and access to her basic attacks. She ignores unit collision as she moves around.

Burrowed – Unburrow: Rek’Sai bursts out into the open, knocking up nearby enemies for 1 second, based on their proximity to Rek’Sai, and dealing 60/110/160/210/260 ( + 0.5 Bonus AD) physical damage to them. A unit cannot be hit by Unburrow more than once every 10 seconds.

Burrowed Effects: New abilities, +15 Movement Speed, reduces vision range, disabled basic attacks, and gains Tremor Sense: Nearby enemies that move in the Fog of War have their position revealed to Rek’Sai and her allies.

 


 

Furious Bite Tunnel Final IconFurious Bite/Tunnel [ E ]

Cooldown: 12 seconds|| Cooldown for Burrowed: 20/19.5/19/18.5/18 seconds || Range: 250

Unburrowed – Furious Bite: Rek’Sai bites a target dealing 80/90/100/110/120% of Total AD as physical damage, increasing by up to 100% at maximum Fury. If Furious Bite is cast while Rek’Sai has 100 Fury, it deals true damage instead of physical.

Burrowed – Tunnel: Rek’Sai digs toward a target location, creating a pair of tunnels at the two ends of her path. Tunnels last for 10 minutes and can be destroyed by enemies. Rek’Sai may have 8 tunnels at one time.

 



 

Void Rush Final IconVoid Rush [ R ]

Cooldown: 150/110/70 seconds || Range: Global

Passive: Rek’Sai gains 20/40/60% Attack Speed.

Active: Rek’Sai channels for 1.5 seconds before burrowing and dashing towards any of her tunnels, briefly gaining significant movement speed once she emerges. Taking damage from a champion or tower will interrupt the channel. While travelling, Rek’Sai cannot be targeted.

 


 

 

Eternum RekSai

 

Eternum Rek’Sai will be available in store for 1350 RP.

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Eternum Reksai Model 1

Eternum Reksai 2

Eternum Reksai 3

 

Eternum Reksai Recall

For her recall, Eternum Rek’Sai summons red lightning around her.

 

Fury of the Xer’Sai [ Passive ]

 



Queen’s Wrath/Prey Seeker [ Q ]

 


Eternum Reksai W 2

Burrow/Unburrow [ W ]

 


Eternum Reksai E 2

Furious Bite/Tunnel [ E ]

 



Void Rush [ R ]

 

 

Blood Moon Elise

 

Blood Moon Elise will be in available in store for 975 RP.

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Blood Moon Elise Update 3

Blood Moon Elise Update 4

Blood Moon Elise 5

 

Blood Moon Elise Recall

For her recall, Blood Moon Elise plays a melody, akin to Guqin Sona.

 

Blood Moon Elise Basic attack

Basic Attack

 

Blood Moon Elise Human Q

Neurotoxin [ Human Q ]

 

Blood Moon Elise Human W

Blood Moon Elise Human W 2

Blood Moon Elise Human W 3

Blood Moon Elise Human W 4

Volatile Spiderling [ Human W ]

 

Blood Moon Elise Human E

Blood Moon Elise Human E 2

Cocoon [ Human E ]

 

Blood Moon Elise Spider Q

Venomous Bite [ Spider Q ]

 

Blood Moon Elise Spider W

Skittering Frenzy [ Spider W ]

 

Blood Moon Elise Spider E

Rappel [ Spider E ]

 

 

Blood Moon Thresh

 

Blood Moon Thresh will be available in store for 975 RP.

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Blood Moon Thresh Model 1

Blood Moon Thresh Model 2

 

Blood Moon Thresh Recall

For his recall, Blood Moon Thresh performs a fancy dance and flays his hook around before vanishing.

 

Blood Moon Thresh Passive 1

Blood Moon Thresh Passive 2

Damnation [ Passive ]

 

Blood Moon Thresh Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

Blood Moon Thresh Q

Death Sentence [ Q ]

 

Blood Moon Thresh W 1

Blood Moon Thresh W 2

Dark Passage [ W ]

 

Blood Moon Thresh E

Blood Moon Thresh E 2

Flay [ E ]

 

Blood Moon Thresh R 1

Blood Moon Thresh R 2

The Box [ R ]

 

 

Poro Rider Sejuani

 

Poro Sejuani will be available in store for 975 RP. Though she could pass off as an ultimate skin.

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Poro Sej Model 1

Poro Sej Model 2

Poro Sej Recall

For her recall, Poro Sejuani summons a smaller poro that skips around her. The big poro then lifts it up in the air with its tongue. You NEED this skin.

 

Poro Sej Q

Poro Sej Q 2

Arctic Assault [ Q ]

 

Poro Sej W 1

Poro Sej W 2

Flail of the Northern Winds [ W ]

 

Poro Sej E 1

Poro Sej E 2

Permafrost [ E ]

 

Poro Sej R 1

Poro Sej R 2

Glacial Prison [ R ]

 

 

Snow Day Malzahar

 

Snow Day Malzahar will be available in store for 975 RP.

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Snow Day Malzahar Model 1

Snow Day Malzahar Model 2

Snow Day Malzahar Voidling

 

Snow Day Malzahar Recall

For his recall, Snow Day Malzahar does a bunch of air tricks with his voidling.

 

Snow Day Malzahar Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

Snow Day Malzahar Q 1

Snow Day Malzahar Q 2

Call of the Void [ Q ]

 

Snow Day Malzahar W

Null Zone [ W ]

 

Snow Day Malzahar E

Malefic Visions [ E ]

 

Snow Day Malzahar R

Nether Grasp [ R ]

 

 

Winter Wonder Orianna

 

Winter Wonder Ori will be up in store for 975 RP.

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Winter Wonder Ori will be making an appearance on your client with Patch 4.21; here’s her login screen animation:


Winter Ori Preview

 

Winter Wonder Ori Model 1

Winter Wonder Ori Model 2

 

Winter Wonder Ori Recall

For her recall, Winter Wonder Ori summons an audience of poros to watch her dance ballet.

 

Basic Attack

 

Command: Attack [ Q ]

 

Command: Dissonance [ W ]

 

Command: Protect [ E ]

 

Command Shockwave [ R ]


 

New Summoner Icons


Here’s a Blood Moon icon to go along with the recently-introduced Blood Moon skins for Thresh and Elise:

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Legend of the Poro King Game Mode

Celebrate the holidays with “Legend of the Poro King”, a custom mode played on the Howling Abyss. Here’s an overview of the new game mode:

 

Champion Select is Blind Draft pick – you can ban champions and you can’t see what the enemy has picked. You also can’t change your Summoner Spells; the following two are locked for you:

 

 
Poro Toss IconPoro Toss

No Cost || Cooldown: 20 Seconds

Active: Throw a Poro a long distance, dealing true damage to the first enemy unit hit. This ability can be recast for 3 seconds if it hits an enemy, to dash to the target hit. Dashing to the target will reduce the cooldown of Poro Toss by 5 seconds.

Poros are not blocked by spell shields or wind walls because they are animals, not spells!

“Poros are a model for Runeterran aerodynamics.”

 


To the King IconTo the King!

No Cost || Cooldown: 10 Seconds

Passive: Hitting an enemy champion with a Poro gives your team a Poro Mark. Upon reaching 10 Poro Marks, your team summons the Poro King to fight alongside them. While the Poro King is active, no Poro Marks can be scored by either team.

Active: Quickly dash to King Poro’s side. Can only be cast while the Poro King is summoned for your team.

“Poros tug the heartstrings. The rest of you just comes along for the ride.”

 

The match starts with everyone at level 3. You also get a few poros to follow you.

 

The goal is to score poro hits on enemies with your Poro Toss. The goals are displayed on the top-right score graph.

 


Get 10 goals and you summon the Poro King, who will tank towers and let you push. He’ll also occasionally throw poros around for lols.

 

Problem is, the Poro King does almost no damage and has the AI of a bronze player. As a result, he’s more of a tanky waypoint for you to teleport back to with To the King! and not a worthwhile objective.

 

A TL;DR would be: the new game mode is ARAM where you get to pick your champion and everyone gets a Lee Sin Q.

 

These five Summoner Icons each cost 250 RP in the store. They also change how the poros that follow you look.

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These two are still a mystery, but I assume they’re rewards for playing the new game mode.

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Poro Ward Skins

The following wards will be sold at 640 RP in the store.

 

Poro Ward

Poro Ward Skin

 

Astro Poro Ward

Astro Poro Ward

 

Gentleman Poro Ward

 

 

Santa Hat for Baron


Baron’s getting ready for Christmas!

Santa Baron Hat

 

 

Champion Changes

 

 

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

 

Aspect of the Serpent Final IconAspect of the Serpent [ Passive ]

  • No longer stacks on poisoned unit kill or on Twin Fang casts on enemy champions.
  • Now, stacks once every 6 seconds (10 times per minute) and for every second that an enemy champion is poisoned.
  • Stack breakpoints increased from 75 / 200 / 400 to 100 / 250 / 500

 

Noxious Blast Final IconNoxious Blast [ Q ]

  • Delay changed to actually function as intended (previously hitting between 0.25 and 0.5s). Now has a 0.4s delay.
  • Movement speed buff changed from 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30% to 20% at all ranks

 

Twin Fang Final IconTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Mana cost changed from 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 to 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 / 75
  • Now adds a debuff on the target which amplifies further poison damage by 20% for 5 seconds, stacks up to 2 times (40%).
  • AP Ratio changed from 0.4 / 0.45  / 0.5 / 0.55 / 0.6 to 0.55 at all ranks

 

 

Cho'Gath Final Portrait

 

Feast Final IconFeast [ R ]

  • If Feast kills a minion or a neutral monster, the cooldown is halved and 50% of the mana cost is refunded
  • Cooldown increased from 60 seconds at all ranks to 80

 

 

Fiddlesticks Final Portrait

 

Dread Final IconDread [ Passive ]

  • Aura removed; now, every spell and basic attack decreases the target’s magic resistance by 10 for 3 seconds

 

Terrify Final IconTerrify [ Q ]

Now applies Dread, Fiddlestick’s passive.

 

Dark Wind Final IconDark Wind [ E ]

  • Can now silence a target only once, regardless of how many times it’s bounced to that target. Dark Wind prioritizes Champions it hasn’t yet hit.
  • Deals 150% bonus damage to minions and monsters

 

 

Jayce Final Portrait

 

Hypercharge Final IconHyper Charge [ Ranged W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 14/12/10/8/6 seconds to 13/11/9/7/5
  • Cooldown now starts when Jayce has fired all 3 shots rather than when the spell is cast

 

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Counterstrike Final IconCounterstrike [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 18/16/14/12/10 seconds to 16/14/12/10/8

 

Grandmasters Might Final IconGrandmaster’s Might [ R ]

  • Flat magic resist bonus changed from 25/35/45 to 20/35/50
  • Bonus Armor changed from 25/35/45 (+0.3 Bonus AD) to 20/35/50 (+0.5 Bonus AD)

 

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

 

Sentinel Final IconSentinel [ W ]

  • Minimum damage to minions decreased from 100/125/150/175/200 to 75-125, depending on the minion’s missing health
  • Mana cost decreased from 25 at all ranks to 20

 

Rend Final IconRend [ E ]

  • Percentage increased removed; now, each additional spear increases the damage of Rend by 0.6 Total AD
  • Executing an enemy with Rend now restores mana, up to twice per Rend cast
    • Mana cost increased from 35 at all ranks to 40

 

 

Kennen Final Portrait

 

Electrical Surge Final IconElectrical Surge [ W ]

  • The active now automatically targets enemies caught in Slicing Maelstrom

 

Sliciing Malestrom Final IconSlicing Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Delay between maelstrom strikes decreased from 0.5/0.4/0.33 seconds to 0.25 at all levels
  • Delay between maelstrom strikes on the same target increased from 0.5/0.4/0.33 seconds to 0.5 at all levels
  • Duration of ult unchanged: 3/4/5 seconds.

 

 

Lucian Final Portrait

 

Lightslinger Final IconLightslinger [ Passive ]

  • Damage of second shot decreased from 50% of first shot’s damage at all levels to 30/40/50% (increased at levels 1, 7 and 11)
  • Duration of double-shot buff decreased from 6 seconds to 2

 

 

Nocturne Final Portrait

 

Unspeakable Horror Final IconUnspeakable Horror [ E ]

Passive movement speed increase when moving towards feared targets is now back on the PBE

 

 

 

Sejuani Final Portrait

  • Level 1 Mana increased from 328 to 440

 

Arctic Assault Final Icon  Arctic Assault [ Q ]

  • Damage changed from 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 (+0.4 AP) (+ 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12% of target’s Max Health) to 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+0.4 AP)

 

Flail of the Northern Winds Final IconFlail of the Northern Winds [ W ]

  • Damage on initial hit changed from 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+0.3 AP) to 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12% of target’s Max Health (+3% per 100AP)
  • AoE damage changed from 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+0.6 AP) (+10% Bonus Health) to 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 (+0.6 AP) (+ 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12% of Total Health)
    • Mana cost decreased from 40 at all levels to 40/35/30/25/20

 

Permafrost Final IconPermafrost [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 11 seconds at all ranks to 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6
  • Damage decreased from 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260 (+0.5 AP) to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+0.5 AP)
  • Slow duration decreased from 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5 seconds to 1.5 at all ranks

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

 

Shadow Dash Final IconShadow Dash [ E ]

  • Energy cost reduced from 120 at all ranks to 100

 

 

 

Shyvana Final Portrait

 

Twin Bite Final IconTwin Bite [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 10/9/8/7/6 seconds to 9/8/7/6/5

 

Burnout Final IconBurnout [ W ]

  • Now deals 20% more damage against jungle monsters

 

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

  • Base HP-per-second decreased from 0.9 to 0.4
  • HP-per-second per level decreased from 0.14 to 0.1

 

Astral Infusion Final IconAstral Infusion [ W ]

  • AP Ratio on heal after hitting an enemy champion with Starcall increased – minimum ratio up from 0.2 AP to 0.4 AP, maximum – from 0.4 AP to 0.8 AP

 

 

Warwick Final Portrait

 

Hunter's Call Final IconHunter’s Call [ W ]

  • Duration decreased from 10 seconds to 6


Infinite Duress Final IconInfinite Duress [ R ]

  • Total base damage decreased from 250/335/420 to 150/250/350

 

 

 

Yasuo Final Portrait

  • Movement Speed increased from 340 to 345

 

Steel Tempest Final IconSteel Tempest [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 5/4.75/4.5/4 seconds to 4 at all ranks

 

 

 

Zac Final Portrait

 

Elastic Slingshot Final IconElastic Slingshot [ E ]

  • Base damage increased from 80/120/160/200/240 to 80/130/180/230/280
  • Addtionally, Elastic Slingshot will spawn bonus health blobs for Zac if he hits multiple enemy champions with the spell.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Abyssal Scepter Final IconAbyssal Scepter

  • Recipe changed: no longer builds out of 2 Null Magic Mantles (2 x 500 Gold) and a Blasting Wand ( 860 Gold )
  • Now builds out of the new Negatron Cloak (850 Gold) and a Blasting Wand ( 860 Gold). Combine cost is 730 Gold.

 

 

Athene's Unholy Grail Final IconAthene’s Unholy Grail

  • Unique passive  – Mana Font increased to 2% missing mana every  5 seconds from 1.5%

[ Note ] This change also applies to Chalice of Harmony and Mikael’s Crucible

 

Face of the Mountain Final IconFace of the Mountain

  • Execute passive range increased from 200 to 400 (means you can execute minions when your allies are at 400 range)

 

Forbidden Idol Final IconForbidden Idol

  • Mana Regen decreased from 60% of champion’s base mana regen to 50%

 

Guardian Angel Final IconGuardian Angel 

Magic Resist increased from 40 to 50

 

Targon's Brace Final IconTargon’s Brace

  • Execute passive range increased from 200 to 240 (same change as Face of the Mountain, but smaller range)

 

Overlord Bloodmail Final IconOverlord’s Bloodmail [ Twisted Treeline / Dominion ]

  • Health-over-5 after a kill or assist increased from 200 to 300

 

 

Jungle Changes

[ Note ] The jungle monsters on Twisted Treeline have received the Smite buffs from Summoner’s Rift, as well as tweaks to their stats (more health, higher respawn time, more gold granted, higher movement speed)

 

Hunter's Machete New Icon 2Hunter’s Machete

  • Now grants an additional 10 Gold when a large monsters is killed

 

Hunter’s Machete Upgrades

  • Same change as with Hunter’s Machete


The gold granted by jungle monsters has been reduced for every camp.

  • Gromp  – from 72 to 62
  • Ancient Krug  – from 66 to 60
  • Krug  – from 18 to 14
  • Greater Murkwolf  – from 48 to 42
  • Small Murkwolf  – from 14 to 12
  • Crimson Raptor – from 42 to 41
  • Raptor from 12 to 9
  • Blue Sentinel  – from 42 to 36
  • Small Sentry – from 22 to 20
  • Red Brambleback – from 42 to 36
  • Cinderling  – from 22 to 20

 

64px-Devourer_itemEnchantment: Devourer

  • On-hit magic damage decreased from 40 to 25

 

64px-Warrior_itemEnchantment: Warrior

  • No longer grants 10 flat armor penetration
  • Now deals 10% increased physical damage to Champions

 

Ranger's Trailblazer New IconRanger’s Trailblazer

  • No longer reduces Smite’s cooldown by 15 seconds

 

Skirmisher's Sabre Final IconSkirmisher’s Sabre

  • While marked by Challenging Smite, targets take bonus true damage from basic attacks for 3 seconds, decreased from 6

 

Gift of Heavy Hands [ Krug Camp ]

  • Stun on jungle monsters now procs every 6 attacks, increased from 5

 

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Texture Rebalances

Malphite, Malzahar, Shen, Wukong and Xin Zhao got texture updates to their base model and skins in this patch.

 

Classic Malphite

Classic Malphite TU

 

Coal Reef Malphite

 

Marble Malphite

 

Obsidian Malphite

Obsidian Malphite TU

 

Classic Malzahar

Malzahar New


Shadow Prince Malzahar

Shadow Prince Malzahar


Djinn Malzahar

Djinn Malzahar


Overlord Malzahar

Overlord Malzahar

 

Classic Shen

 

Surgeon Shen

 

Blood Moon Shen

 

Warlord Shen

 

 Classic Wukong

 

Volcanic Wukong

 

General Wukong

 

Classic Xin Zhao

Xin TU 1

 

Commando Xin Zhao

Xin TU 2

 

Imperial Xin Zhao

Xin TU 3

 

Viscero Xin Zhao

Xin TU 4

 

Winged Hussar Xin Zhao

Xin TU 5

 

 

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

 

 

PBE Roundup Patch 4 18 Banner

Patch 4.18 will hit live this Tuesday, October 7th, if there are no delays. Here’s the list of changes:

 

PBE Round-up:

 

Recent News

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Sion Rework

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Glory in Death New IconGlory in Death [ Passive ]

  • After being killed Sion will reanimate himself, but his Health rapidly decays while he is reanimated. He can move and attack during this time. He gains 100% Lifesteal, attacks extremely fast and will deal an additional 10% of his target’s maximum Health on hit. Max 75 bonus damage against monsters. All of his abilities are replaced with Death Surge, which grants him a burst of Movement Speed.

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Decimating Strike New IconDecimating Smash [ Q ]

  • Sion charges a powerful swing in an area in front of himself that will deal damage to enemies when released. If he charges for enough time, enemies hit by the swing will also be knocked up and stunned.

Sion Q 1Sion Q 2Sion Q Text


Soul Furnace New IconSoul Furnace [ W ]

  • Sion shields himself and can reactivate after 2 seconds to deal Magic Damage to enemies nearby.

Sion W 1Sion W 2Sion W Text


Roar of the Slayer New IconRoar of the Slayer [ E ]

  • Sion fires a short range shockwave that damages and slows the first enemy hit. If the shockwave hits a minion or monster, it will be knocked back, damaging and slowing all enemies that it passes through.

Sion E 1Sion E 2Sion E Text


Unstoppable OnslaughtUnstoppable Onslaught [ R ]

  • Sion charges in a direction, ramping up speed over time. He can steer his charge slightly with the mouse cursor location. When he collides with an enemy he deals damage and knocks them up based on the distance he has charged.

Sion R 1Sion R 2Sion R Text


Barbarian Sion


Sion Skin 1


Lumberjack Sion


Sion Skin 2


Warmonger Sion


Warmonger Sion Updated


Login Screen

 


Lore



BLOOD.

SMELL IT.

WANT. ACHING. NEED!

CLOSE NOW. THEY COME.

NO CHAINS? FREE! KILL!

IN REACH. YES! DIE! DIE!

Gone. Too quick. No fight. More. I want… more.

A voice? Unfamiliar. I see him. The Grand General. My general.

He leads. I follow. Marching. To where? I should know. I can’t remember.

It all bleeds together. Does it matter? Noxus conquers. The rest? Trivial. So long… since I’ve tasted victory.

The war wagon rocks. Rattles. A cramped cage. Pointless ceremony. The waiting. Maddening. Faster, dogs!

There. Banners. Demacians and their walls. Cowards. Their gates will shatter. Thoughts of the massacre come easily.

Who gave the order to halt? The underlings don’t answer. No familiar faces. If I do not remember, neither will history.

The cage is opened. Finally! No more waiting. WE CHARGE!

Slings and arrows? The weapons of children! Their walls will not save them!

I can taste their fear. They shrink at every blow as their barricades splinter. SOON!

Noxian drums. Demacian screams. Glory isn’t accolades; glory is hot blood on your hands! This is life!

A thousand shattered corpses lie at my feet, and Demacian homes burn all around me. It’s over too quickly! Just one more…

The men stare. There’s fear in their eyes. If they’re afraid to look upon victory, I should pluck those craven eyes out. There is no fear in the Grand General’s eyes, only approval. He is pleased with this conquest.

Walking the field with the Grand General, surveying the carnage, I ache for another foe. He is hobbled, a leg wound from the battle? If it pains him, he does not show it. A true Noxian. I do not like his pet, though; it picks over the dead, having earned nothing. His war hounds were more fitting company.

Demacia will be within our grasp soon. I can feel it. I am ready to march. The Grand General insists that I rest. How can I rest when my enemies still live?

Why do we mill about? The waiting eats at me. I’m left to my own devices. The bird watches. It’s unsettling. Were it anyone else’s, I would crush it.

Fatigue sets in. I’ve never felt so… tired.

Boram? Is that you? What are you whispering?

Where am I?

Captured? Kenneled like some dog. How?

There was… the battle, the razing of the fortress, the quiet of the aftermath. Were we ambushed? I can’t remember.

I was wounded. I can feel the ragged gash… but no pain. They thought me dead. Now, I am their prize. Fate is laughing. I will not be caged! They will regret sparing me.

Demacian worms! They parrot kind words, but they are ruthless all the same. This place is a dank pit. They bring no food. There is no torture. They do not make a show of me. I am left to rot.

I remember my finest hour. I held a king by his throat and felt the final beat of his heart through my tightening grasp. I don’t remember letting go. Is this your vengeance, Jarvan?

I hear the triumphal march. Boots on stone. Faint, through the dungeon walls. The cadence of Noxian drums. I shall be free. Demacian blood will run in the streets!

No one came. I heard no struggle. No retreat. Did I imagine it?

There is no aching in this stump. I barely noticed the iron boot. It’s caked in rust.

When did I lose my leg?

I still smell the blood. Battle. It brings comfort.

The hunger gnaws. I have not slept. Time crawls. So tired.

How long?

So dark. This pit. I remember. Grand General. His whispering. What was it?

Not who I think.

Fading. Mustn’t forget.

Message. Cut. Remember.

”SION – Beware ravens.”

FREE ME!

BLOOD.” 

 

 

New Splash Arts


Cho’Gath


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Lee Sin


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Kog’Maw


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Dunkmaster Darius

 

Dunkmaster Darius will be available for 1820 RP.

 

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Video Preview by SkinSpotlights:


 

Darius Model 1

Darius Recall

When recalling, Dunkmaster Darius performs… well, a dunk.

 

Darius Passive

Hemorrhage [ Passive ]

 

Darius Q

Decimate [ Q ]

 

Darius W

Crippling Strike [ W ]

 

Darius E

Apprehend [ E ] 

 

Darius R

Noxian Guillotine [ R ]

 

 

Ravenborn LeBlanc


Ravenborn LeBlanc will be available for 975 RP.



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Ravenborn LeBlanc Model

Ravenborn LeBlanc Recall

For her recall, the raven on LeBlanc’s staff comes to life and lands on her arm. She then dissipates in a puff of teal smoke.


Ravenborn LeBlanc Basic Attack

Basic Attack


LeBlanc Q 1LeBlanc Q 2

Sigil of Malice [ Q ]


Distortion

Distortion [ W ]


Ethereal Chains 1 Ethereal Chains 2

Ethereal Chains [ E ]




Underworld Wukong


 

Underworld Wukong will be priced at 1350 RP.

 

 

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Wukong Model 1Wukong All EmotesWukong Recall

For his recall, Underworld Wukong spins his staff around and ghosts come off it.

 

Wukong Q

Crushing Blow [ Q ]

 

Wukong W 1 Wukong W 2

Decoy [ W ] 

 

Wukong E

Nimbus Strike [ E ]

 

Wukong R 1Wukong R 2

Cyclone [ R ]




Championship Shyvana


Championship Shyvana will be available for 975 RP.

 

 

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Shyvana Model 1Shyvana R ModelShyvana Recall

For her recall, Championship Shyvana steps on a blue pedestal. Nothing new on her Dragon form recall.

 

Shyvana QShyvana Dragon Q

Twin Bite [ Q ]


Shyvana WShyvana Dragon W

Burnout [ W ]

 

Shyvana EShyvana Dragon E

Flame Breath [ E ]

 

Shyvana R

Dragon’s Descent [ R ]



Texture Rebalances

 

 [ Note ] Texture rebalances are color corrections and texture smoothing; NOT texture updates, aka higher resolution textures, etc. They’re done to match the new looks of Summoner’s Rift.

 

Classic Blitzcrank


Blitzcrank TU 1


Boom Boom Blitzcrank


Blitzcrank TU 2


Piltover Customs Blitzcrank


Blitzcrank TU 3


Definitely Not Blitzcrank


Blitzcrank TU 4

 

Classic Brand

 

Brand TU 1

 

Apocalyptic Brand

 

Brand TU 2

 

Vandal Brand

 

Brand TU 3

 

Cryocore Brand

 

Brand TU 4

 

Classic Evelynn

 

Eve TU 1

 

Shadow Evelynn

 

Shadow Eve TU

 

Hired Gun Graves

 

Hired Gun Graves TU

 

Classic Nocturne

 

Nocturne TU 1

 

Ravager Nocturne

 

Ravager Noc TU

 

Frozen Terror Nocturne

 

Frozen Terror Noc TU

 

Void Nocturne

 

Void Noc TU

 

Classic Olaf

 

Classic Olaf TU

 

Forsaken Olaf

 

Forsaken Olaf TU

 

Glacial Olaf

 

Glacial Olaf TU

 

Brolaf

 

Brolaf TU

 

 

New Halloween Summoner Icons


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Anivia Q Update


Anivia has received a skillshot indicator and a circle around the ice block to indicate the spell’s AoE.


Anivia Q 1

Anivia Q 2

Anivia Q 3

 

 

Champion Changes



Azir Final Portrait

  • Base Damage increased from 43 to 47




Akali Final Portrait


Twilight Shroud New IconTwilight Shroud [ W ]

  • Now grants Akali a 20/40/60/80/100% Movement Speed buff while in the shroud, which decays over 1 second after leaving the shroud
  • No longer grants Armor or Magic Resist



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Rising Spell Force New IconRising Spell Force [ Passive ]

  • Attack Speed buff duration increased from 5 seconds to 6

 

Mystic Shot New IconMystic Shot [ Q ]

  •  AD ratio increased from 1.0 to 1.1

 



Gangplank Final Portrait


Cannon Barrage New IconCannon Barrage [ R ]

  • Now deals damage everywhere in the AoE, rather than at random locations in the AoE
  • Duration increased from 6 seconds to 7
  • Cooldown decreased from 120/115/110 seconds to 125/110/95
  • Now lists cannonball damage as damage-per-second.

 



Kha'Zix Final Portrait


Void Spike New IconVoid Spike [ W ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 75/115/155/195/235 to 80/110/140/170/200




Lucian Final Portrait

 

Relentless Pursuit New IconRelentless Pursuit [ E ]

  •  Added a 40/30/20/10/0 mana cost (no mana cost on live)

 



Tristana Final Portrait

  • Attack speed-per-level decreased from 4% to 2.5% (total loss is 27% Attack Speed at level 18)

 

Rapid Fire New IconRapid Fire [ Q ]

Duration decreased from 7 seconds to 5
Attack speed buff increased from 30/45/60/75/90% to  30/50/70/90/110%


Tristana’s new AS values, courtesy of fellow reader Jim Gunderson.


Tristana pre/post nerf AS values from passive and Q only
Lvl OLD PASS NEW PASS OLD + OLD Q (Duration of 7 seconds) NEW (Duration of 5 seconds)
0 0 30 45 60 75 90 30 50 70 90 110
1 4 2.5  34 32.5
2 8 5 38 53 35 55
3 12 7.5 42 57 37.5 57.5
4 16 10 46 61 76 40 60 80
5 20 12.5 50 65 80 42.5 62.5 82.5
6 24 15 54 69 84 45 65 85
7 28 17.5 58 73 88 103 47.5 67.5 87.5 107.5
8 32 20 62 77 92 107 122 50 70 90 110 130
9 36 22.5 66 81 96 111 126 52.5 72.5 92.5 112.5 132.5
10 40 25 70 85 100 115 130 55 75 95 115 135
11 44 27.5 74 89 104 119 134 57.5 77.5 97.5 117.5 137.5
12 48 30 78 93 108 123 138 60 80 100 120 140
13 52 32.5 82 97 112 127 142 62.5 82.5 102.5 122.5 142.5
14 56 35 101 116 131 146 85 105 125 145
15 60 37.5 105 120 135 150 87.5 107.5 127.5 147.5
16 64 40 124 139 154 110 130 150
17 68 42.5 143 158 132.5 152.5
18 72 45 162 155




Yasuo Final Portrait

  • Base Health decreased from 430 to 380
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 350 to 340



Item Changes


Randuin's Omen New IconRanduin’s Omen

Passive Attack Speed decrease when hit increased from 10% to 15%

 


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PBE 29/09 Contents:

  • Sion Login Screen
  • Warmonger Sion Update
  • 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 PBE Updates for Patch 4.18 Cycle:

 

 

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Warmonger Sion Update

 

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Sion Skin 3

 

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Champion Changes 29 09

 

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Twilight Shroud New IconTwilight Shroud [ W ]

  • Movement speed burst decreased from 60/70/80/90/100% to 20/40/60/80/100%

 

[ Note ] Akali’s Twilight Shroud was recently changed on the PBE to grant Movement Speed inside the shroud instead of Armor and Magic Resist. Link to changelist.

 

 


Kha'Zix Final Portrait

 

Void Spike New IconVoid Spike [ W ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 75/115/155/195/235 to 80/110/140/170/200

 

 


Yasuo Final Portrait

  • Base Health decreased from 430 to 380
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 350 to 340

 

 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 3rd:

 

 

Champions:

 

Morgana Final Portrait

Swain Final Portrait

Yasuo Final Portrait

 

 

Dragon Trainer Lulu – 675 RP

 

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Pool Party Leona – 487 RP

 

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Resistance Caitlyn – 260 RP

 

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until September 23rd:

 

 

Champions

 

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Graves Final Portrait

Janna Final Portrait

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Lucian Final Portrait

Sona Final Portrait

Udyr Final Portrait

Yasuo Final Portrait

Zac Final Portrait

 

 

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Summary

Meddler hosted a Q&A on the forums, talking about the process of designing new Champions, balancing current ones, wacky mechanics the team is considering, taking player suggestions into account, balancing numbers on new Champions and lots more. Over on Reddit and forums, Developer Relations Manager Sargonas issued Riot’s stance on “scraping”, or using spoofed LoL clients instead of Riot’s designated API service to mine data about Summoner accounts.

TL;DR in featured comments.

 

Recent News

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Want to know what to expect in Patch 4.15? Here’s a list:

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Meddler Q&A Summary

 

 

Reworks

 

 

How is Sion’s rework coming along

Meddler New PortraitI’ll leave sharing timelines/details up to the Sion team, don’t want to spoil any of their plans. Can say that it’s coming along really well though, overall a pretty different kit but with some familiar elements.

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Will Ezreal’s W be changed into something more interesting

Meddler New Portrait Agreed, Ezreal’s W is the least interesting and least satisfying part of his kit. We’re certainly open to improving it, though would want to do so in a way that didn’t remove an intended weakness or just straight out overpower his kit (hence the removal of the old attack speed slow for example – strong duelist against other marksmen’s not a core part of Ezreal’s intended identity.).

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How do you feel about a Champion’s damage being tied to a single spell

Meddler New PortraitTying too much of a champion’s damage up in a single spell can lead to some power curve problems (Zilean for example bullies incredibly hard early while he’s maxing Q and then falls off unsatisfyingly hard). Having said that though having high damage on a basic ability isn’t necessarily problematic in my eyes – not every character needs to be three damaging abilities plus a high damage ult, even if they’re played in a damage role, and non damaging abilities can open up a lot of gameplay space (e.g. Anivia’s wall). Are there particular problems you see with such abilities?

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At what point do you say

Meddler New PortraitOur goal with signature abilities is to distinctive skills that are situationally extremely powerful (if used right) but not universally overwhelming. Something we’re working on at the moment is making our champion roster, both new and existing champions, more distinct where possible, and putting power into iconic abilities tends to be a great way to do that. Having said that there are still a lot of general design principles it’s important to follow despite that.

Counterplay’s one of the big ones, and somewhere Vi’s ult, cool skill though it is, is a bit narrow (counterplay’s too dependent on the skillset of the target, abilities are usually healthier where there are some accessible universal counterplay options).

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How do you calculate the base damage for new Champions

Meddler New PortraitA champion’s initial damage numbers in early testing are usually just a rough estimate based off somewhat similar abilities (e.g. if creating a single target click to hit ability a designer might look at Annie’s Q as a starting point). Early prototyping’s not focused on numbers much though, it’s the concepts of what the skills might do (is this fun, interesting a good thematic fit for the character, adding some new to the game etc) that we focus on. As a result numbers just need to be balanced enough to give useful testing on that stuff/not heavily distort the test for other test points.

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How do you decide the cutoff point between base vs scaling damage

Meddler New PortraitBase versus scaling damage depends on how item dependent a champion should be, how snowbally or not they should be, at which phase in the game they should get their damage, how strongly we feel certain builds should be incentivized etc.

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Are there any champions that you want to see being played more and less

Meddler New PortraitWe’d like to see a greater variety of champions played and a lot of our changes in patches 4.13 and 4.14 were focused on bringing down picks that were too dominant or adding some power to champions that were close but not quite there. Our goal’s not to have all champions played equally though. Some champs are always going to be more or less popular than others of equivalent power depending on how broad or niche their themes are and that’s not a problem.

We would like to see a greater variety of jungle picks, tanks in particular, our current thinking is that that’ll need some changes to the jungle itself, not just individual champions though – need to create more ways for different jungle strengths to matter.

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What was your intended vision for Gnar

Meddler New PortraitA transformation you had only limited control over was the core starting point for Gnar, with that then allowing each form to have really distinct strengths (since you couldn’t swap back and forth as needed). Goal was to offer a really distinct play experience, both for the Gnar player and for all other players in the game (whether working with Gnar or fighting against him). That sort of distinctness is something we’re focusing on a lot more with new champions now than we have in the past.

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Follow Up

Meddler New PortraitWhen coming up with a new champion we’ll start by looking at what our goals are. With Gnar for example we wanted to explore both a classic man/monster contrast (Jekyll/Hyde, Banner/Hulk etc), add a different take on a playful personality and investigate how a young child might be able to survive in a dangerous world.

 

We don’t have firm quotas, but do want to offer a range of champions to appeal to a variety of players (so variety in theme, role, gender, age, mindset, appearance, difficulty etc). Sometimes that’ll mean we make concepts with broad appeal (dual gun weilding fighter of the undead on a quest for vengeance), sometimes ideas that are more niche (highly intelligent tentacle monster researcher scout).

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Can role combinations like Urgot’s Marksman

Meddler New PortraitAt the end of the day the role tags are there as general indications of what you can expect from a champion, not as perfect descriptors of what they’ll be or limiters of what they should be allowed to be. For some champs, Urgot being a good example, they’re only going to be somewhat accurate as a result. Marksman/tank for example implies some pretty contradictory things – squishy to protect versus front line initiator or fight controller, builder of primarily offensive items versus primarily defensive items, high value squishy target to kill if you can versus hard to kill target to kill if you must etc.

It’s possible that that combination of tags may still be the best shorthand to describe a champion though, the overall message being more important than the details. Also as a side note Urgot should probably be a marksman/fighter rather than marksman/tank.

In terms of design space there there’s definitely a lot to explore. Support/assassin is one I feel’s got a lot of potential in particular – imagine a character with an assassin like play style (squishy, active defensives instead of toughness, flanks the enemy) who, after going in, grants various team utility effects, rather than trying to explode a single enemy. Lot of problems you’d need to solve, but lot of potential for a really different, fun, interesting experience too.

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What was the thought process behind designing Yasuo

Meddler New PortraitWe wanted to explore the samurai archtype with Yasuo, but didn’t just want to do the classic swordmaster thing by itself. Control over the wind was something the Yasuo pod (a group of developers working on a project) hit on pretty early, which resonated well both with the themes we were going for (wanderer, speed, power) and with the way the art was going.

 

Double crit chance was identified as a way to offer a melee champion a needed steroid while also changing up how the character thought about itemization a bit (Yasuo’s early item choices are very different than they’d be if he had a +AD steroid for example, which leads to a different set of choices and experiences than on other champions).

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Follow Up

Do you regret giving him double crit chance

Meddler New PortraitIt’s not a mechanic we regret. As above it does useful things for his playstyle, plus it also gives him a consistent, rather than random crit based, damage output late game, which has some advantages (and some disadvantages). I can understand it being a target for concerns about Yasuo being OP, if there’s an issue we should be fixing there though I feel there are better levers to use on Yasuo than removing that part of his passive.

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How do you decide what part of a Champion’s kit is committed to one role

Meddler New PortraitFirst we do goal setting at the champion level. That means we’ll start by identifying what the intended role of the champion is – what do they bring to the game that’s new, what are their strengths and weakness etc. From there we’ll then break that down to figure out what tools they’ll need. If for example one of the goals is ‘this champion is consistently hard to kill, protective of others’ then we’ll look at skills that offer non item reliant tankiness and defensive team utility.

One thing that’s important to watch for though is that you’re giving a champion just the tools they need, not all the tools they want (which leads to kits with no clear weaknesses, an issue we’ve run into at times).

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Are you considering a Sand Mage concept for a Champion

Meddler New PortraitWe took a swing at a sand mage concept a couple of years ago but weren’t happy with the results and put him on hold as a result. That was with the intention of returning to him someday though to see if there was a different take on the idea that might work out better. Fingers crossed that’s something we’ll have success with at some point, it’s a cool space to work in.

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Have you considered adding player suggestions to Champions

Meddler New PortraitIdeas aren’t the hard part of champion creation, figuring out how to make those ideas work, testing, rejecting, replacing, polishing, aligning with other parts of the process (visual goals, intended storytelling opportunities) etc are. For the average champion only one, or rarely two things, from the initial kit created on paper, survive to the final released kit, and even then generally in heavily modified form. Just directly implementing someone’s idea isn’t a practical approach as a result unfortunately.

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Will you do a flight mechanic for a future Champion

Meddler New PortraitWe’ve explored what we were calling ‘true flight’ (to distinguish it from characters that appear to fly but are really just moving like any other) a bit. Personal feeling is that it’s an interesting ability provided it’s got sufficient downtime/chances for enemy counterplay, need to find the right concept and kit for it to go with though.

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How about a Champion with low damage but really high Attack Speed

Meddler New PortraitExtremely fast attack speeds with low damage scale incredibly well with on hit effects, meaning you have to balance with those effects in mind, whether that’s reducing on hit effects too or giving the character almost no damage otherwise. As a result you basically end up with an experience like normal auto attackers but harder to last hit with (low damage per hit) and kite with (more time spent auto attacking/less moving).

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Follow Up

Will you explore a

Meddler New PortraitIt’s not a direction I’d be very hopeful about. The ability to auto attack while moving’s incredibly powerful alone, add that to a character that would be an extreme hypercarry if that effective with items and you’re leaving the enemy with a very limited set of options. A dual shred passive like Kayle’s would then diminish those options further again.

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What reaction do you like to see when a champion comes out

Meddler New PortraitSome concepts are naturally going to have broad appeal, others niche, and that’s something we’re fine with. Generally though we’re looking to make characters that appeal deeply to some people, rather than characters that appeal a bit to almost everyone.

No strong preference between overtuned and undertuned release states, ideally we’d be hitting balanced, but some variation either way’s going to happen given it’s just not possible to balance beyond a certain degree using internal testing/PBE alone. Regardless a champion’s first couple of weeks especially are going to be more about people learning to play with/against a new champ, giving us some time to adjust their balance if needed.

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How early in the process does a champion have a role assigned

Meddler New PortraitRoles we’ll generally identify pretty early. It’s not uncommon for a champion to change roles during development though – if a concept works better as a support than a mage for example we’ll want to make the better version of course. Roles do serve as a useful starting point when looking at what sort of actions a champion could be expected to perform, tools they might need. what their visual appearance should communicate etc.

Position by contrast isn’t something we try to design for, though sometimes a champions goals will strongly guide them towards certain circumstances (e.g. ‘this champion does well in a lane against a single other opponent’ or ‘this champion is best utilized when playing with at least one ally’).

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What actually sparks the design of a Champion

Meddler New PortraitCharacters can start with a piece of concept art, an intended story or personality, a role we need to fill, an ability or kit etc, all of which have lead to successful champions in the past. Art’s been the most common starting point historically though.

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Do you browse through the forums for Champion suggestions

Meddler New PortraitI don’t browse the champion concepts section myself, can’t speak for other Rioters though. Have certainly seen some good suggestions for champions elsewhere though (such as the suggestion for a champion that controlled a mobile fireball that I believe influenced Orianna’s development back in the day).

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Is Ao Shin still in development
[ Context ] Ao Shin is an elemental dragon Champion who was teased by Riot awhile ago.

Meddler New PortraitAo Shin’s still a long way off, so nothing to report at the moment sorry.

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What courses do you feel are most important for a job at Riot

Meddler New PortraitDepends on the sort of design you’re interested in and the environment you’re working in. At Riot for example we’re usually after people with strong analytical and problem solving skills. Those can come from a range of backgrounds, though engineering and hard sciences are some of the most common. Some other companies by contrast place a much higher emphasis on designers also having a programming background or, depending on the genre of game, creative/writing experience. Is there a particular sort of game design you’re most interested in?

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Do you often run into technical limitations when designing Champions

Meddler New PortraitTech constraints are a regular part of the design process, though most of the time we’ll either find a way around them or get help from our software engineers to add the functionality we need. Yasuo’s windwall was indeed such a case, with an initial designer created version we used for testing that was sufficient to prove the concept (but incredibly server intensive and buggy) that got replaced with a properly coded alternative. A lot of the time though it’s smaller stuff as well. Kha’zix’s release was shifted around a bit for example because we needed to get some new tech for the Evolution UI.

More than happy to talk jungler diversity, though can’t guarantee I’ll be able to answer everything in detail.

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Riot’s stance on scraping

Sargonas New PortraitHey all, figured I would chime in here rather than make you have to dig around in our slightly more technical dev forums for some clarity! Forgive me if parts of this feel like a copy of some of the statements I’ve made there in part, but I’m trying to be consistent in what I say to avoid confusion.

First.. a little background for folks who are unfamiliar with some of the terminology in play:

Some third party League sites use a method called “scraping” to get data from our servers for use in their applications. Scraping uses spoofed LoL clients to grab data from things like Spectator Mode, account profiles, the store, and more. This results in tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds) of concurrent extraneous sessions on our platform.

Because of this, scraping can cause occasional stability issues, and it also increases the complexity and difficulty for Riot to detect and fix problems without first sorting through the “white noise” of these extraneous connections. 

Third party developers are aiming to provide League players with value and enhance the experience, which is awesome – and we’ve developed the Riot API (link) in order to help third parties do just that, without causing harm to the live service. Many sites that you know and love have already moved over to the API, but there are still some third parties that are actively scraping our live service today for a variety of reasons.

In the interest of protecting the League of Legends service for players, we’ve asked all third party developers to end the use of scraping by October 1st, 2014. In reality, this has always been our position (as stated in the API terms of use and other legal guidelines), but we’ve elected not to enforce them until we brought the API to where it’s at today.

We are not attempting to kill any sites with this.. It’s true that some technological shortcuts used by many sites can no longer be employed – You can’t put in a single player name and get a live dump of every player, champion and the associated team in one shot, for example. 

However the second step of the process, looking up those players individually by the API, still works the same way it always did. Industrious developers should have little trouble coming up with a different method for looking up the players on the opposing team to glean the same data.

We understand this will require some user experience tweaks to these sites and may possibly make the process less streamlined in some cases, but we feel this is an acceptable trade-off in return for the value provided to players in the form of better platform reliability.

EDIT
Thought maybe I’d also add in, we just earlier today also announced that some of this desirable data obtained from scraping is already on it’s way to the API! Details are over on the PBE forums:http://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.co…history-builds

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Does this mean LoLNexus will disappear

Sargonas New PortraitNot necessarily… if you go back through my previous post, I’ve gone over how it will affect these kinds of sites. The TL;DR is that no, it wont cause them to go dark, but simply change how we interact with them and may affect portions of the data made available.

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Follow Up

Sargonas New PortraitIt should have little impact on the majority of sites. Some, like LOLKing, have moved almost entirely over to an API powered system long ago. Others are in the process and use a bit of both. We are simply delivering on something we told them long ago would be coming, a deadline to only use the API to relieve strain on our systems. The majority of functionality you expect should still be there, but perhaps with tweaks to the overall user experience on how it’s handled.

The end result should be primarily the same. One of the biggest examples of lost functionality I can think of is the loss of knowing who is in a pre-made group in a game, which to be honest, is not information we feel should be had in the first place.

EDIT As to the OP.gg spectating issue, this does not apply to the spectating and generation of replay files by op.gg. They are welcome to keep this functionality for the time being and we hope one day to maybe even add this to the API to make it easier for all, possibly.

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Lolking is pretty notorious for how long it takes to update games that have already finished while sites like OP.GG are instantaneous. Is that a result of the API?

 

Sargonas New PortraitIt’s symptomatic of older tech we had in the API, yes. However we rolled out new portions in the last two weeks to greatly improve this… this is part of the reason we’ve moved forward with the long standing plan to enforce this existing policy finally.

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Will we be able to control whether our account info is leaked on these sites

Sargonas New PortraitI can’t speak deeply on this subject with a lot of knowledge on some of the finer points of the thinking behind it, but I can say the following, having been part of this discussion…

Our philosophy around player and match data lately has broken down into two categories… normals/customs and ranked. With normals and customs, that is “protected” data that should only be made available between friends. Normal games are where people try new things, experiment with builds, and just have fun. The player data behind that then of course should be kept between friends only and not aggregated publicly for analysis and consumption… only by the player in question for self growth and learning.

>With Ranked games, it’s a bit different. Ranked is highly competitive, where you are putting yourself out there in a high visibility environment. Just like how with traditional sports player stats are publicly available and scrutinized by them, other players, fans and analysts, the same should apply to the Ranked queues as well. While I don’t think it is likely we would be allowing to electively hide profile data, I’m not in a position to say that is definitely the case forever with any concrete stance.

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PBE 13/08 Contents:

 

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.

 

 

Unnamed Yasuo Skin

 

 

Yasuo Skin Preview

 

 

Yasuo Model

Yasuo Emotes

Yasuo’s emotes are the same moveset-wise, but the music from his “dance” emote is different and he takes down his visor during all his emotes.

 

Yasuo Q

Yasuo Wall

Yasuo’s wall currently has no animation so it moves like a solid wall. Will most likely be fixed in later PBE patches.

 

Yasuo E

Yasuo R

Yasuo Post R

After Yasuo ults, his sword glows yellow (to indicate the bonus Armor Penetration).

 

 

Item Changes

 

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  • Price decreased from 3400 Gold to 3200

 

 

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