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Morello

Lead Designer

11-09-2011
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Greeting, summoners!

At Riot, we like to provide a variety of champion styles, archetypes, and roles. Sometimes, we like to release a champion with an understood, defined role (such as Graves), while with others we try to shake up the traditional roles and offer a different way to impact the game. Fizz, the Tidal Trickster, is a perfect example of this. He splashes down somewhere in the melee assassin space, but in ways that change the role a bit -- especially compared to other assassins like Akali or Talon.

Fizz is able to pressure high-value targets like an assassin, but makes frequent use of evasive abilities and favors sustained damage over burst. This creates a different sort of hit-and-run gameplay style that allows this little amphibian to dance around the battlefield, using evasion to stay alive and keep the opponent guessing.

The primary way Fizz keeps enemies on their toes is with Playful/Trickster – a stance that has him pole vault on the end of his trident and become un-targetable. Fizz can activate the ability again to move off of the trident in any direction he chooses, dealing (literally) splash damage when he lands. In this way he can dodge big spells, dodge heavy damage in teamfights, and escape for another set of attacks shortly thereafter. Proper use of Playful/Trickster rewards good reflexes and situational awareness, since it has a powerful effect and short duration. Timing is everything.

Fizz also has something else up his sleeve that’s sure to impress, and is slightly out-of-role for an assassin. He starts by tossing a seemingly-innocent fish that sticks to a target. Then, just when they think they’re safe, it’s shark time! That’s right! A giant shark erupts from the ground and chomps down on the target and nearby friends. There’s really nothing else to say about this – a giant shark eats them, and it’s awesome.

It’d been awhile since we’d done a more whimsical character with a lighthearted theme, and Fizz fits the bill just right. Offering both a unique visual style and innovative gameplay to match, Fizz should really appeal to people who want to be -- both literally and figuratively -- slippery.


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Hikaru

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11-09-2011

Sounds fun


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Psychø Mantis

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11-09-2011

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Tortoos

Senior Member

11-09-2011

he sounds fun, but it seems like we're practically drowning in assassins at this point. We have a lot of tanks, but not many actual initiators. Malphite is the only "classic" example of one I can think of. Any chance we can see more straight up initiators in the future?


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Shingo Monster

Senior Member

11-09-2011

He is too cute to be a melee assassin. And he should be a Yordle, not an amphibian. =/


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red13th

Senior Member

11-09-2011

Hmm another melee assassin? I was expecting a mage for no actual reason.


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TallGnome

Member

11-09-2011

BRB changing my pants.


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EDCLV

Member

11-09-2011

Stitch!!!!!


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Lex Domino

Senior Member

11-09-2011

Quote:
Originally Posted by Morello View Post
It’d been awhile since we’d done a more whimsical character with a lighthearted theme, and Fizz fits the bill just right. Offering both a unique visual style and innovative gameplay to match, Fizz should really appeal to people who want to be -- both literally and figuratively -- slippery.
A giant shark eats them.

A giant shark eats them.

A giant shark eats them.


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MissLuv

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11-09-2011

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Why the downvotes? o_O I thought everyone likes cats and ponies? T_T