Leona Mechanics Preview

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Fandaran89

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Wow, that sounds like a good champ, definitely a change from the AoE CC focused tanks that have been launched in the past.


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Mudflap

Senior Member

06-28-2011

She sounds fantastic, thanks for making the character so many people have requested Riot!


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BeautifulFighter

Member

06-28-2011

Shes a stunner


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sporadicnewb

Junior Member

06-28-2011

Gj Riot for making a real "tank"


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Kabuma

Senior Member

06-28-2011

She looks to be spectacular! If I had a job, this is where my paycheck would go.


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Remunial

Senior Member

06-28-2011

At dreamhack her damage was said to be "super". Here it's "significant". I really hope that these go with your claims of small amounts of sustained damage (which EVENTUALLY lead to super/significant damage), rather than another tanky-dps.


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Melermo

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Skill shot gap closer sounds a lot like Amumu's Bandage Toss, and her "defensive stance" sounds like Rammus' Defensive Ball Curl. Not complaining, that's just what I thought when I read that.


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Oneiric

Senior Member

06-28-2011

Ain't that a bit too much? I mean the only way she can be balanced is to make her stuns very short, which negates the benefits of it. Otherwise, short CD stun, soaking up dmg AND dealing damage ain't tank. Tank is aggroing and taking damage. Not CC, taking dmg AND dealing damage. This makes her a tanky DPS, a style of champion that you do all the time and make true DPS' blush and negates all support viability.


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Kitty Goddess

Senior Member

06-28-2011

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Originally Posted by Morello View Post
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.
I really like the sound of that passive. It supports her team and increases damage output, but not her own damage output. It sounds like she'll be a REAL tank, not another tanky DPS. If it were even possible, now I'm MORE excited


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KawaiiDespair

Senior Member

06-28-2011

hoping for a next week release...