STRENNA, THE QUEEN MOTHER
Full Name: Strenna Befana Nicnevin, though she only knows herself as Strenna
Primary Inspiration: La Befana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana)
Age: Appears ~40; true age unknown
Role: Support, mage
Weapon: Broomstick; she fires candy out of the sweeping end like a rifle
Function: Strenna is a CC- and shield-focused support who excels at extending a helping hand to allies from a distance.
What Makes This Champion Special: Strenna has the ability to help allies without actually being present. Her passive allows her to aid allies beyond the grave, while her Treats can benefit allies who are close by or all the way across the map. Cassonade deals damage using an ally as a focal point and continues to be beneficial afterward regardless of positioning. Somnolence has long range, and Celebration continues to affect the battlefield after being cast.
This is the extra stuff on Strenna. None of it is vital to understanding her champion design, but I think it's useful nonetheless
THOUGHTS ON PLAYSTYLE
Week one of the December MCCC is over. Check it out here: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/...0#post32054910
I really appreciate that this champ's lore and inspiration is not a reiteration of common Christmas personas. Quick question. It's hinted at the end that Kayle in some way knows her. Is Strenna related or involved with Kayle and Morgana and their people? If so, I think it would be helpful to connect them more explicitly to the existing lore on the angels of Runeterra. Otherwise, I like the idea of an amnesiac champ who can't help but still express her true nature. Very cool.
Concerning her thematics and animations...She's very whimsical, much like Lulu. I think that is really neat, but it could be somewhat difficult to fit her ability appearances in to the whole graphical appearance of League, especially her R. However, I don't think this is much of an issue.
I appreciate the counterplay involved in Strenna's treats. They function much like Zyra's seeds in that an enemy champ can step on them to deny her full potential. This makes her much more engaging for the player and her enemies.
Her E works very well as a high skill disengage or isolation/focus mechanic. I wonder though if allied champs will be able to react quickly enough to stop attacking or switch targets. Maybe allied champs could have some longer graphical warning so they can reach more quickly.
Strenna's Ultimate is fantastic. A GIANT CAKE OF DEATH! Such a cool mental picture. One question: Is the slow radius the same as the impact radius? When I imagine a cake falling from the sky, I picture the cake exploding and splashing in a circle larger than the impact zone. Perhaps the cake slow zone could be larger than the silence/damage zone, so that even enemies that don't get caught in your initial ult location would be disabled in some way if they didn't clear enough. I think that could really bump this ult into epic-ness.
Overall, I appreciate the theme of an amnesiac angel spreading her benevolence throughout Runeterra and the League. I think her abilities are really solid. If anything, I would work more on making Strenna's lore feel more native to Riot's official lore, which would ground it and make it feel more familiar and relatable. Very nice.
Thank you very much for your response, margnik!
You actually got what I was going for with the lore: the implication is supposed to be that Strenna and Kayle are both from the same angelic world. The "great war" that "erupted between the angels and their fallen brethren" is supposed to be the war that Kayle was fighting in, against Morgana's forces, before she was forced to join the League. I'm concerned that the connection wasn't as obvious as I thought, though. I'll go look again and see if I can see a good way to make it clearer.
I'm glad you like the counterplay on the Treats, and thank you for the compliments on E I'll consider the graphical warning idea...perhaps an audible warning instead? Hmm. Always something to think about!
That was actually exactly the idea for Celebration! The cake graphic itself was not intended to be 600 units wide; it would land and explode, dealing the damage and silence to people close to the flying wave of cake bits as well as those directly underneath. I love the idea of the graphic extending way beyond the area of effect, though XD I have GOT to adjust the Description area to add that.
Thanks again for the feedback, margnik!!! I really, really appreciate it ^_^
Hey there! Since you gave feedback on my submission, I shall give some on yours.
Let's see here...
I think her passive would want to make me play her. The ability to heal someone from the grave can be a momentum shift in a fight easily. Honestly, I like champions that allow you to do things that others can't. Things like Kog's Passive, Zilean's Ult, and Zed's W make me want to play a champion simply because you couldn't do things like that on any other champion. That is why I like your passive :P
On to your Q. I like the idea, but I would much rather use the shield then the vision granter. Sure, having vision would be nice, but you can achieve that with an Ashe Hawkshot, or a correctly placed Cait trap. What I like about Soraka's "Naughty or Nice" themed ability is that you are given two choices that are equally sound choices. I still like the ability, nothing seems wrong with it. However, I would just rather use the shield effect than the coal effect.
As an AD carry player, your W is like heaven to me xD. Although, I find it interesting that if Strenna dies when the buff is on an ally, it vanishes. I'm not saying I don't like that, but I honestly wouldn't see much difference if the buff remained after death.
No complaints about the E.
All I have to say is, your Ult is amazing. A giant cake being thrown on to the ground. Too pro. The only nit picky complaint I have about this skill is that it's a cake. Sure, it's a cake, but after reading your lore, I don't really see how the cake would exactly fit in with your character. Other than that, very nice ultimate!
Honestly, you have put a lot of effort into this concept. I wouldn't be surprised if this won
Best of luck to you
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