What does 'snowball' mean?

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xXsimplicityXx

Senior Member

10-17-2011

Hi, so l just read this in a post, not sure what it means, could someone clarify it for me please:...Except Leblanc scales like **** into late game. Akali's passive makes her snowball late game.


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Burnt Nipples

Senior Member

10-17-2011

Snowball is classic short hand phrase for when something gets bigger/better as it rolls. Like a snowball picking up snow and growing as you roll it along the ground or down a hill.

When discussing items or characters this generally means that they either get better as the game progresses over time, or more likely they get better and more likely to score kills as they get kills themselves.


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Panzerfaust

Emissary of the League

10-17-2011

There are two general ideas behind it that are commonly referenced. (Both come from the concept mentioned above.)

1) Snowball _items_: These are the ones that stack as you get kills and make you very powerful, but if you die (break the snowball), you lose a good portion of that power. These items are Mejai's Soulstealer, Leviathan, and Sword of the Occult. The other 'stack' items aren't true snowball items, though Blood Thister could be considered a pseudo-snowball item, you can stack it on minions which makes it easier. You don't lose Warmog's on death, and can stack it on creeps, so it's also a much slower increase than the drastic snowballing of the items named for the term.

Snoballing in general, is simply the concept of kills giving you more gold and xp, and as such making your next kill a bit easier (especially since you're denying your enemy farm while they're dead). The counter to this is that killing a higher level opponent will give you more, while killing a lower level opponent will give you less, meaning trade-offs when you're ahead are often better for the opposing team.


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TehomCD

Senior Member

10-17-2011

Generally, champions who 'snowball' or don't is dependent on how well their abilities grow with items, or whether they have a passive that benefits them with with additional stats as they get items (Akali gains spell vamp with additional attack damage and additional melee damage with ability power, for example).

LeBlanc has a bad late game because most of her damage is based in a single-target combo which can be completely negated with banshee's veil, and lacks the AE damage of other mages. She's incredibly strong early on though, in that she can kill just about anyone instantly at level 6.


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Awesome Possome

Junior Member

3 Weeks Ago

yea