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Shyvana Mechanics Preview

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Average Gatsby

Web Content Specialist

10-26-2011

For this mechanics preview, we wanted to focus less on the individual abilities of our upcoming champion and talk about the skillset and character flow of Shyvana, the Half Dragon, as a whole.

Shyvana is a melee champion that heavily rewards aggression. She does so by utilizing a modified Fury* resource that accrues anytime Shyvana lands an auto-attack. Once her Fury is full, she can unleash it to transform into a dragon, giving her substantial buffs, ability enhancements and some upfront damage. While in dragon form, Shyvana’s Fury* is slowly consumed, though she can continue auto-attacking to extend the duration of the Dragon Form and maximize her damage output with each use.

It’s also worth mentioning that Shyvana’s ultimate has no cooldown, but can only be used when her reserve of Fury* is full. The right set of circumstances can allow a skilled player to transform much more often than would otherwise be possible.

In addition, Shyvana’s passive triggers benefits to each of her abilities when she auto-attacks.. This is to differentiate her from the “melee caster” paradigm embodied by some other characters, making her play somewhere between an Attack Damage carry and a fighter.

Simply put, Shyvana is for players who like any of the following:
• Offensive, aggressive playstyles
• Melee carries or fighters
• The idea of being a super-rad dragon

We think this wantonly aggressive playstyle is something we haven’t seen previously on the Fields of Justice. It’s an exciting opportunity for players to experience a new way to play League of Legends.

*Note: This was originally mislabeled as “Dragon’s Blood”


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ChaosZeroX

Senior Member

10-26-2011

I want nao


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Roi Salad

Senior Member

10-26-2011

Sounds badass <3


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a4mad

Senior Member

10-26-2011

cool, so basically she's a tanky DPS (that most likely buys some kind of AS) ? i love the idea of a new resource though, insta buy.


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Ecrex

Member

10-26-2011

Look's awesome brah!


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Pratora

Member

10-26-2011

Awesome! I like the new resource system.


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MobiusOne

Member

10-26-2011

Its really good to see something new and different riot!


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ZTD09

Senior Member

10-26-2011

Quote:
Average Gatsby:
For this mechanics preview, we wanted to focus less on the individual abilities of our upcoming champion and talk about the skillset and character flow of Shyvana, the Half Dragon, as a whole.

Shyvana is a melee champion that heavily rewards aggression. She does so by utilizing a system called Dragon’s Blood, a resource that accrues anytime Shyvana lands an auto-attack. Once her Dragon’s Blood is full, she can unleash it to transform into a dragon, giving her substantial buffs, ability enhancements and some upfront damage. While in dragon form, Shyvana’s Dragon’s Blood is slowly consumed, though she can continue auto-attacking to extend the duration of the Dragon Form and maximize her damage output with each use.

It’s also worth mentioning that Shyvana’s ultimate has no cooldown, but can only be used when her reserve of Dragon’s Blood is full. The right set of circumstances can allow a skilled player to transform much more often than other would otherwise be possible.

In addition, all of Shyvana’s abilities also have benefits that trigger when she auto-attacks. This is to differentiate her from the “melee caster” paradigm embodied by some other characters, making her play somewhere between an Attack Damage carry and a fighter.

Simply put, Shyvana is for players who like any of the following:

  • Offensive, aggressive playstyles
  • Melee carries or fighters
  • The idea of being a super-rad dragon

We think this wantonly aggressive playstyle is something we haven’t seen previously on the Fields of Justice. It’s an exciting opportunity for players to experience a new way to play League of Legends.
lol


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Coreporeal

Senior Member

10-26-2011

So does the "Dragon's Blood" mechanic work akin to "Fury", or am I reading it wrong?

EDIT: I have gone back, and re-read the mechanic preview.
I'm not accusing the "Dragon's Blood" mechanic of being a copy-and-paste of "Rage/Fury" system, I'm just asking if it works similarly to it.

EDIT 2: Best explanation I've found, by Morello.

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Morello:
I actually mistyped it - it was only called that internally. It's Fury and operates mostly the same.

The major differences:

* Doesn't decay over time

* Only effects when she can use ult

It's Fury, but is utilized in the Street Fighter "Super Meter" way.


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DJStix

Senior Member

10-26-2011

Sounds awesome. Is her ultimate the only thing that uses dragon's blood? Is she manaless otherwise then?