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Xerath Mechanics Preview

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Morello

Lead Designer

09-26-2011

Greetings Summoners!

Xerath, the Magus Ascendant, is our newest mage-type character in League of Legends. His playstyle offers a new way to perform the mage-carry role; long range barrages and sieging.

The cornerstone of this is in his ability Locus of Power. This makes Xerath immobile, but gives his spells massively increased range and defense penetration. This really allows him to set up and barrage an area before becoming mobile again to perform a more standard mage role.

Using this range gameplay, Xerath has wide-area spells he can use to really saturate an area with major damage. Arcanopulse, his bread-and-butter ability, shoots a short-delay beam at the area, zapping anyone hit for significant damage. Arcane Barrage, his ultimate, allows him to launch up to three massive explosions at a long range, both doing area denial and good team damage. To protect himself, Mage Chains is a reliable single-target spell that will allow Xerath to stun an enemy if he hits him with a subsequent spell.

Xerath is something we liken to a Howitzer or artillery piece. He should really appeal to people who enjoy very long ranges and like aiming skillshots and leading targets. We’re excited to offer a new mage paradigm to League of Legends, and will be continuing to add new ways to play existing roles into the game.


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Saigyou Ayakashi

Senior Member

09-26-2011

I love me some magic sarcophagi.


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Stanley123

Junior Member

09-26-2011

Dang this sounds awesome! Keep up the good work


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MrSlipperHat

Senior Member

09-26-2011

I'm already saving up so I can instabuy him.


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ViceVersa

Senior Member

09-26-2011

This is a very interesting concept for a champion. I love seeing new and interesting mechanics rather than just putting a spin on existing "bread and butter" skillsets.


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Zaellehian

Junior Member

09-26-2011

Sounds like a lot of fun, Can't wait to see the spotlight.


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Shocker276

Junior Member

09-26-2011

Sounds Awesome!


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kungfugi

Member

09-26-2011

Dibs, no one else can use him.

EDIT: YAY 50 people aren't going to buy him and only let me play him. c'mon people let me be the only one!
EDIT 2: 100 upvotes now. getting really close to everybody not using him and letting me play
EDIT 3: im going to sleep now. When i wake up and i have more upvotes then morello i'm going to make RIOT only release Xerath to me.
EDIT 4: I just got home from work and HOLY DEMACIA I'm above morello and have over 1000! RIOT the community has spoken. They want you to only release Xerath to me! Do it! Next step, double morello's upvotes. They are sure to listen then


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Wonderful Tigger

Senior Member

09-26-2011

Definite buy.


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Locem

Senior Member

09-26-2011

Take my money RIGHT NOW!