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10-09-2011
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Greetings Summoners!

We wanted to take this opportunity to preview some of the gameplay on our newest ranged DPS champion: Graves, the Outlaw.

This rough-and-tumble gunman uses a massive, hextech double-barreled shotgun to rain down death from a distance and punish any foolish varmints that get too close. For example, Buckshot shoots three quick shrapnel bursts in a cone in front of him. Unlike other multi-missile spells, however, all three Buckshot rounds can all hit the same target (although each individual projectile will deal slightly reduced damage).

Graves is also able to make it uncomfortable for foes to fight at his optimal range by throwing out Smoke Screen to limit enemy vision and slow them in an area, while Quick Draw lets him dash in for a quick shotgun blast or escape danger as needed. In this way he can control his positioning to set up maximum damage Buckshots.

Finally, Graves can use Collateral Damage to unleash a skill shot that nukes the first target it hits, spreading a cone of damage behind its target to hit anybody yellow enough to hide behind the tanks. While the single-target use is simple, properly utilizing the cone is what will separate the good Graves players from the great ones.

Our goal with Graves was to make a ranged DPS that had some incentive to get up close or make enemies think twice before getting in your face. While its completely possible to play Graves as a standard max-range carry, this dichotomy makes for skill differential without adding a high barrier to entry (or any hefty, paragraph-long tooltips). Whether trying to maximize the close-up damage of Buckshot, or setting up the 1-2 punch of Collateral Damage, were excited to add a champion with true grit to the ranged DPS lineup.


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MissLuv

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10-09-2011

I wanna see a Quick Draw match between TF and Graves!

awww so much downvotes:

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edit: Turban guy is actually Graves in casual clothes

edit2: where's my lucky 666'th downvote?? i am disappoint


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FunLovinGuy

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10-09-2011

The one thing money can't buy, a sooner release date! >.<


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F33D M3 PL0X

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10-09-2011

Sounds pretty awesome

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Originally Posted by MissLuv View Post
I wanna see a Quick Draw match between TF and Graves!
Don't try and change your post. You said "first". Admit it. ._.

Edit 2: Your post lives with 90+ downvotes? What is this sorcery??

Edit 3: Turban guy and ponies wont save you for long!!

Edit 4: I am going to sleep now. If I wake up and this post is still here, may the lord help us all...

Edit 5: You have more downvotes than gatsby has upvotes. I applaud your work.


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Zul

Senior Member

10-09-2011

The idea of a rand AD as sort of a bruiser sounds cool


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STOMPCLAW

Junior Member

10-09-2011

dan sucked


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Shadowfoxito

Junior Member

10-09-2011

oh good news


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IFlummer

Member

10-09-2011

This looks great! Riot you guys are pure awesome.


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Alaranthos

Senior Member

10-09-2011

I'm just wondering... what happened to the nine tails? Is Graves being completed first, or is nine tails just being cancelled completely?

edit: I guess it could be similar to the case of Irelia and Lee Sin where info. was mentioned much earlier than release date.


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King Krule

Member

10-09-2011

Hextech shotguns? FREE SPELL VAMP FOR ALL