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Karma Ability Rework now on PBE!

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Scarizard

Live Balance Designer

03-19-2013

Karma’s Reworked Kit is now on PBE!

After all of the announcements, teasers and AMA's, Karma is now live on the PBE!

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Old Karma had issues. What were they?

Karma’s kit was in a weird place, but her ultimate was especially problematic. Her base abilities didn’t feel impactful and only felt effective when supercharged by Mantra. On top of that, when Karma had two charges of Mantra, we had to make both of them weaker to compensate for players double casting empowered spells.

The changes we made to Karma’s kit focused on making each decision fun and meaningful while giving her abilities the focus they needed to perform her intended role. We kept the “empowering”-type gameplay of Mantra, but instead of waiting around for it to recharge, Karma’s basic attacks and abilities now lower Mantra’s cooldown. This rewards aggressive play so you can “buyback” her ultimate. Also, we gave Mantra a single charge to pump extra power into each cast. We also made sure Mantra empowers Karma’s abilities in drastically different ways, leading to more impactful decision-making and a better feeling of accomplishment when you pull off the right move at the right time.

Karma’s new role

Originally envisioned as a support, Karma’s fringe successes actually came from players using her in the top or mid lanes as an AP burst mage with support abilities, much like Zilean or Morgana. We like this direction and want to encourage you to boost both her offensive and support abilities by building AP. We also want to make sure she can hold her own as a solo or with a lane partner.

Finally, we’ve updated her skills so allies are reliant on Karma, but Karma’s not reliant on them. She’s got enough power at her fingertips to feel strong as a mage or as a support without teammates having to work in perfect concert for you to be effective.



Passive: Gathering Fire – Hitting enemy champions with Karma’s spells and basic attacks lower Mantra’s cooldown.

R: Mantra – Empowers Karma’s abilities, adding an extra effect to the next ability cast.

Q: Inner Flame – Skillshot that deals magic damage and slows enemies in an area.
Empowered by Mantra: Soulflare – Increases damage and leaves behind a zone that slows and, after a brief delay, explodes for AoE damage.

W: Focused Resolve – Enemy-targeted tether that deals damage over time. If the tether is unbroken after a short duration, the tethered target is rooted in place.
Empowered by Mantra: Renewal – Deals bonus damage and heals Karma for the duration of the tether.

E: Inspire – Shields an ally and grants them a short speed boost.
Empowered by Mantra: Defiance – Enemies near the shielded ally are damaged while nearby allies are shielded and granted a short speed boost.



Please feel free to leave feedback in this thread regarding Karma or any related bugs you encounter. We’d love to know how you feel about her new playstyle!


For more information, or to hear what some of our ideas behind these changes were, check out this thread: [http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=3197509&]
For feedback and comments on her Visual Upgrade, please see this thread: [http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=3238594]


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JHa

QA Analyst

03-19-2013

I just wanted to thank you guys for helping us ensure that Karma offers fun gameplay and is bug free. We are currently aware that Karma’s death recap is not properly reflecting which portion of her abilities are dealing damage and we are working to address them as soon as possible.

While enjoying Karma, if you happen to run into any bugs/feedback please let us know. We especially appreciate details needed to reproduce any bug and any critiques towards improving aspects of Karma. Karma has come a long way to get here, thank you for all your help throughout the journey, we couldn’t have done it without you!


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Mikado Kuro

Member

03-19-2013

Yay! Will edit post with feed back after I've gotten to test her


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Rex Draconem

Senior Member

03-19-2013

yay when will the client be back up?


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nane1

Member

03-19-2013

mine says unavailable and no patch has started?


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Zerglinator

Senior Member

03-19-2013

...we'll see how it is.

I am excited.


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TopZyra

Senior Member

03-19-2013

I am so glad to be back to testing! Karma, here I come.


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Kat3326

Member

03-19-2013

Time to test again! Howling Abyss, Zac, wow Riot! You're outdoing yourselves!


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ManRayS

Junior Member

03-19-2013

Patching but still says unavailable


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PNDM

Senior Member

03-19-2013

When is the PBE coming back up?