Leona Mechanics Preview

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Morello

Lead Designer

06-28-2011
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Greetings Summoners!

We wanted to give you a glimmer of insight into the mechanics of our newest champion, Leona, the Radiant Dawn.

Leona is a bit special because she’s our answer to a pretty popular fan request; a female tank! I think a good place to start is to answer “what exactly does ‘tank’ mean to us at Riot?”

Starts and initiates teamfights (usually via CC).
Soaks up damage.
May peel dangerous attackers off other vulnerable team mates.
Presents itself as an attractive target by causing long-term “threat” as the fight continues.

Leona does this by providing a low-cooldown, low-duration, single-target stun with a skillshot gap-closer to start. After she closes the gap to the enemy, she’ll be performing regular single-target stuns that really disrupt the fight or peel off a target from an ally once a fight has begun. Additionally, she has a defensive stance that allows her to soak up punishment pretty effectively and also discharges a wave of sunlight outward that causes significant damage. This mechanic acts as a sort of “soft taunt” that causes her to have some threat when she’s about to unleash a big chunk of damage, and makes her an attractive target.

Finally, her passive, Sunlight, causes all of Leona’s spells to debuff the target, causing the next attack from an ally to do additional damage. This really encourages Leona to mark high-priority targets and let her set up opportunities for her teammates. Her power increases with the length of the fight, a common tank trait (like Singed’s Poison Trail or Amumu’s Despair, for example).

We’re excited to be able to deliver something we’re really proud of to meet our players’ requests and expectations. Keep letting us know what you want – we do take your feedback seriously.


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Warscythes

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

6.3k IP inc

I only have 2.8k IP :<


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sanajin

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06-28-2011

Starts AND initiates team fights!? NEED. NAO.


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LightningBlade

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Stunilicious!


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sexy hexy

Member

06-28-2011

wow


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Lightsong

Member

06-28-2011

Quote:
Originally Posted by Morello View Post
Presents itself as an attractive target
Well, that shouldn't be too hard.


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Sprsck

Member

06-28-2011

Stoked for some more information into her backstory.


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TheChills

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Single target stuns/distance closers, makes single targets take more damage, passive aoe, and damage soak abilities. What can't she do? :P

Sounds really good to me.


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Spartaan

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06-28-2011

Less than or equal to 3,150 IP for a change... Please? :\


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2Ponies1Apple

Senior Member

06-28-2011

I cant wait!