Mechanics Preview - Riven, the Exile

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Morello

Lead Designer

09-07-2011
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Greetings Summoners!

With Riven on the horizon, I wanted to take a few minutes and give you all a sneak peek into some of her gameplay and mechanics.

Riven is a flow-based fighter who performs aggressive combo attacks to decimate her opponents. This often involves her stepping forward into her sword swings to chase down cowardly enemies who might try to escape or utilize their ranged attacks to avoid direct combat. This highly mobile fighting style makes her a really aggressive, momentum-based character.

Her signature ability is Broken Wings, a 3-part combo slash that causes her to step forward and slash nearby enemies. On her 3rd hit, Broken Wings unleashes a nova, knocking nearby enemies back. While performing the three-hit Broken Wings combo is powerful in its own right, more veteran Riven players will find great opportunities to mix in her Ki Burst to deliver a short stun (for her to follow up with more devastation) or move into an even better position with Valor.

Her ultimate, Blade of the Exile, allows her to reform her broken sword, restoring her former power and allowing her to activate Wind Slash, a powerful shockwave that slices the air itself to cut down enemies that are out of reach.

We're excited about Riven because she draws some heavy inspiration from fighting games, utilizing combos that can be interspersed with other abilities to change timing and effect as needed. This flow and feel is something we feel will appeal highly to aggressive players who want to make split-second decisions on when to deal damage and when to sacrifice damage in favor of additional utility effects.


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Brag

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09-07-2011

A combo based character... Hmmm...

Down, Down-Forward, Forward + Punch... Best Combo


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jars

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09-07-2011

hadoken!


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Nid is Cancer

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09-07-2011

Combo based, really nice. Hopefully she has a high skill cap and is very powerful when mastered. But also, i wanna see more info... you only described one ability and didnt give much information about others. But nice preview i suppose. Hope its a really good and fun champ.


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Slumber Jack

Player Behavior Specialist

09-07-2011

Is this more tanky dps, then?


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LeorioSan

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09-07-2011

Coolio


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Nekaz

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09-07-2011

zomg riven fight with broken sword *coughjaxcough*


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Funster

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09-07-2011

I can barely understand the champion from this.


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jmsplat

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09-07-2011

shes op


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GriMmehHeaven

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09-07-2011

sweet! looks great