Patch Preview #4: Camera on Vacation

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Phreak

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02-11-2011
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Summoners!

We’re taking a short break from the regularly scheduled Patch Preview video series, but we will definitely be resuming the series with some improvements in the near future! Still, we wanted to give you a preview of what the upcoming patch will bring to League of Legends. It’s important to note that this preview doesn’t reflect all of the changes coming with this update, but it does address the larger items.

Survivability and Items

For this patch, we’re taking a look at survivability items that provide a ton of cooldown reduction. Due to the higher base damages of bruiser-style characters, this combination of CDR and damage mitigation was particularly powerful. We ultimately found that many items had excessively inexpensive CDR. With this in mind, we took a swipe at Spirit Visage, Frozen Heart, Glacial Shroud and Soul Shroud to bring these values more in line. This isn’t the only change to tanky DPS that we have in mind, and you can expect more comprehensive adjustments for a future patch.

Champions Changes

Vladimir remains a problematic champion who -- while not explicitly overpowered -- nullifies a lot of meaningful interactions between players and tends to snowball more heavily than others due to the gold value multiplier of his passive. We reduced this value, along with making Sanguine Pool a little less of a “get-out-of-gank-free” card, while retaining its anti-focus-fire mechanic. This included some long-awaited bug-fixes to Sanguine Pool, which should affect his pre-level 6 tower diving.

Also, while we’d done some smaller nerfs to Rammus over the last couple patches, we decided to hit the speed on powerball by 15% in order to make his chase/CC combination a little bit less of a sure thing. We’ll be keeping an eye on this change over the course of the patch, and evaluating it to see if this has the intended impact.

Anivia’s lane harass was proving too easy to pull off for too high of a reward. To address this, we increased the mana cost of pulsing (quickly activating and deactivating) Glacial Storm and lessening the slow duration. This will reward leaving it down longer a little more, but make her R-to-E lane harassment less of a free-be.

Ryze: A Legend Reborn

Finally, we took time to give Ryze a needed overhaul, updating his design to make his gameplay more unique.

Ryze has always had a ton of burst damage potential, along with a repeatable, single-target. However even with a very powerful ultimate and a substantial amount of AoE damage he wasn’t reliable enough as a champion. Players didn’t have an incentive to select Ryze when alternatives such as Annie have a stronger upfront burst.

With Ryze we decided to attempt a new type of champion design: a ranged, caster-carry. We worked to turn him into a champion that dished out sustained DPS and has a powercurve similar to a standard ranged physical carry. In essence, Ryze would become the Ashe of magic.

In order to achieve this, we started by dropping the base damage of Ryze’s spells across the board. To compensate, we added scaling along a stat that increases with each level (in this case mana), since champions don’t gain ability power with level. Next, we reduced his cooldowns significantly, turning him into a sort of spell machine gun. Finally, we increased the range on his abilities in order to give him better options for kiting strategy.

Ultimately, we wanted to create a character that would thrill those players looking for a high skill-cap champion with an active, fast-paced play style.

See you next time!


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US Economy

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02-11-2011

Not cool I want a video for the patch preview comic


Bryden7 is #1

Bryden7 cant get his posts closed noobs, dont even try. Bryden7 is and always will be #1 get on my level noobs


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1TBSSD

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02-11-2011

no video, was the community rage that bad about the last one?


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Spikey

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02-11-2011

No comic this time?


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Paige

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02-11-2011

The swipe at tanky dps also hurts support. :c


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MASSTADEN

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02-11-2011

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Sigmatt

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02-11-2011

I am now convinced you are targeting me personally with these last few patches...
Why do you want me to stop playing?


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ItzKill

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02-11-2011

This gets straight to the point.


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binch

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02-11-2011

hm


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zeefomiv

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02-11-2011

Quote:
Originally Posted by US Economy View Post
Not cool I want a video for the patch preview comic



also riot likes dogs
The economy hates this lack of a video..

Well maybe you should fix yourself up,SO MAYBE THEY'D HAVE A VIDEO IF YOU WEREN'T SO MESSED UP!