||12-09-2012 02:58 AM
@Riot - Why is Contaminate (Trundle's W) an AoE?
For those unacquainted with this ability, here it is:
Range: 900 units
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Cost: 60 mana
Diameter: 1000 units (estimate)
Trundle infects a target location with his curse for 8 seconds, gaining 20/30/40/50/60% attack speed, 20/25/30/35/40% movement speed, and 20/25/30/35/40% crowd control reduction while standing on it.
I took the stats from the wiki so the diameter may be off. Suffice it to say, it's the largest non-ult AoE in the game, and larger than a lot of AoE ults.
Okay, so breaking it down, it's a self-only Blood Boil with bonus tenacity. It's a good ability, except there's no reason whatsoever for it to be an AoE.
- It doesn't effect others, neither allies nor enemies, only Trundle.
- It doesn't enhance any of his abilities, it just buffs his stats. I could understand if it did something like make his Q leap to targets like Rengar, but it just gives him stat buffs.
I could understand if the AoE was significant enough that it required the enemy team to react to it. Counterplay, and all that. But the problem is, Trundle is not a significant-enough threat to warrant paying attention to if you're fighting on top of Contaminate.
In other words, he doesn't do nearly enough to warrant actually paying attention to him when you have a carry you could be focusing on. Such is the life of a bruiser/tank champion with no hard cc and rather low sustained damage.
I have no idea as to why Contaminate is an AoE. The only
thing Contaminate being an AoE has an effect on, is neutering Trundle's ganks if the opponent has a dash. They can already dash out of his pillar, there's no need for them to be able to dash out of his speed boost.
Contaminate would make sense if it buffed/debuffed others, or enhanced his other abilities. But as it stands, I see no reason why Contaminate isn't simply a self-cast buff.