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Talon Mechanics Preview

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Morello

Lead Designer

08-17-2011

Greetings, Summoners!

Today we wanted to bring you a peek into the mechanics behind Talon, the Blade's Shadow, the new assassin that's joining the League!

Talon, the Blade's Shadow, is a physical damage assassin who specializes in high-mobility, high-risk, high-reward gameplay. Our goal with Talon was to create a powerful but fragile melee character with specialized tools to make him both deadly and evasive. As a result, what Talon lacks in durability and sustain, he dishes out in mobility and power.

The driving force behind Talon's gameplay is the way that he engages and disengages from combat using his four abilities:

  • Cutthroat: An ability that allows Talon to catch his enemies by surprise. Talon leaps behind his target and silences them for a short duration, amplifying the damage of any of his follow up attacks and abilities.
  • Noxian Diplomacy: Talon viciously stabs his enemy, dealing heavy physical damage and causing them to leave a blood trail that Talon can use to track them.
  • Rake: Talon fans out three blades in front of him that quickly return to him, dealing damage and slowing any target hit in either direction.
  • Shadow Assault (Ultimate): Talon enters stealth for a short duration, gaining a movement speed boost and sending blades that deal damage to all enemies in their path flying in every direction. Once the blades reach a certain distance, they pause and form a circle. When Talon reappears from stealth, the blades return to him, once again dealing damage to any opponent they pass through.
  • Mercy (Passive): Talon's auto-attacks deal additional damage to a target that is under the influence of any crowd control effect.

Playing Talon effectively is all about reading the situation and reacting strategically to your target. Shadow Assault can be either your saving grace or your deadliest advance. Using it to disappear can sting your target and leave them chasing ghosts. But if it's a fight you want, using it to initiate in conjuction with Cutthroat, Noxian Diplomacy, and Mercy can deal significant burst damage.

To sum up, Talon's a mean, shadowy, vicious assassin... and we're excited to see him join the League soon. And as a side note, his mobility and elusiveness makes him a very good pick on Dominion!


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Resume

Senior Member

08-17-2011

Thanks!


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bl0b

Recruiter

08-17-2011

sweet! Assassins are my favorite type of champ


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TrollButt

Recruiter

08-17-2011

inb4 another over priced 6300


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Phocis

Senior Member

08-17-2011

Riot seems to been getting rid of high-risk, high-reward champs (smoothing them out across early, mid, and late game). It's nice to see a new high-risk, high-reward champ.

Also, Noxian Diplomacy leaving a blood trail that Talon can use to track them sounds so f'ing cool. I'm hoping it will last much longer than nocturnes trail. A few questions about it, it says "that Talon can use to track them" does that mean only he sees the blood trail? Does the target know if they are leaving a blood trail or not? And finally does frozen mallet count as CC?


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GoFascism

Senior Member

08-17-2011

I liek trains.


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ShadowOrigin

Senior Member

08-17-2011

Sounds interesting. I'm rather curious what the damage bonus on the passive will be. Seems like it could swing either way on balance, especially when picked with CC heavy teams.


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Fuzzy Lil Kitten

Senior Member

08-17-2011

Kat meets Vayne.

I like it.


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IS1fb410c67b4f9e0cf3c55

Member

08-17-2011

sounds like nocturne (blood trail...)

ah but w/e
looks fun


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Falleth

Senior Member

08-17-2011

Sounds interesting. +1 Morello for actually nice champ!