Feb 24, 2015

Official Patch 5.4 Notes Released!

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Introduction: 

The official patch 5.4 notes are now available and it looks like DJ Sona will be available this patch! Shut up and take my money Riot...

Summary:
Buffs: Mordekaiser, Syndra 
Nerfs: Jarvan, Kalista, Kassadin (RIP), Katarina, Veigar, Xerath 
Tweaks: Janna, Zilean 

Patch 5.4 notes

BY PWYFF AND SCARIZARD

Hello Summoners,

Welcome to patch 5.4 - the one where we follow up on patch 5.2 with some mage love. Up front: the new +120 AP item is currently slated for a future patch (soon(tm)), but this hasn't stopped us from working on the few mages that needed help in a post-DFG world. Actually, like we mentioned in the patch 5.2 foreword, the impact of DFG's removal hasn't been all that noticeable in champion performance, but there were two we knew would have identity crises (that's the plural) in the aftermath: Mordekaiser and Veigar.

When we went into deep examination of what made Morde and Veigar who they are, we realized that a lot of their identity came down to "blow this fool up (and get a ghost!)." Unfortunately, amping up a play pattern like that makes for some sad times in the world of counterplay, so we had to take a longer look to see what could be done. Ultimately we'll explain more in their individual context paragraphs, but the rundown of the issue is this: when a champion is tuned around a fine line between "functional" and "oppressive," balance isn't a question of number tuning; rather, it's all about finding a healthy direction where that champ can prosper without getting paranoid about fame. Can you imagine a world where Veigar is the best - and most popular - champion in the game? That's a tough vision to sell for his opponents, and we want to make sure his success is warranted. Check out those contexts for more information, but this is an important philosophy to keep in mind as you read through these notes!

And that's it for this patch foreword - best of luck on those fields of justice. As a random tip for success in your solo (or duo!) queue adventures, remember that sometimes it's better for everyone to do the wrong thing in perfect harmony than for one guy to do the right thing in angry isolation. But that's only applicable for a team game of League of Legends and is probably incorrect for anything else. Sorry.
 Chris "Pwyff" Tom &  Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough




Champions



Azir

Did you know we were manually correcting LCS stats in the post-game roundup every time? We take fantasy stats seriously, man.

Passive - Shurima's Legacy

DON'T WORRY ABOUT FANTASY STATSFixed a bug where killing Azir's Sun Disc would result in a registered turret death in Spectator mode. Fantasy LCS stats were being manually corrected until now, so this fix is primarily for in-game spectating. In other words, you can't blame this bug for your fantasy LCS team losing. SORRY.

Janna

Janna's passive now only affects champions who run toward her, but the movement speed bonus and range have been increased. Janna's personal movement speed bonus has been entirely moved to W so she loses more speed when she casts it.
As one of the premier supports at defending the back lines, few champions can shut down initiators and divers quite like Janna. That said, it's never made a lot of sense for someone who's so good at denying aggression to also be real good at enabling it (ever been chased by a Janna team?). Bonus movement speed's strong like that. Changing Janna's passive from being 'always good' to 'situationally good' solidifies her as the Queen of Disengage (also the Storm's Fury, apparently). As an aside, we realize that if Janna leads the charge she can still enable some high-speed chases, but a Janna on the frontline is maybe not the best.

Passive - Tailwind

REMOVEDIT'S A W NERF, SORRYTailwind no longer gives Janna bonus movement speed
NEWGET TO THE JANNATailwind now gives all allies in range a movement speed bonus only while they are moving toward Janna
MOVEMENT SPEED5%  8%
RANGE1000  1250

W - Zephyr

BASE PASSIVE MOVEMENT SPEED4/6/8/10/12%  9/11/13/15/17%

Jarvan IV

Jarvan's flag no longer gives him passive armor. His base armor has been slightly increased to compensate, but this is definitely a nerf to Jarvan's mid-late game survivability.
With the dust settled around the preseason changes, Jarvan's proven himself to be true royalty, standing head and shoulders above the competition on his jungle throne (to be fair, Fiddlesticks doesn't like to sit down owing to bad knees). Unlike his other Warrior-enchant-toting brethren, J4's incredible gank pressure, clear speed and safety make him a threat throughout the game with no real weaknesses for opponents to exploit. Instead of hitting J4's damage, chipping away at his resiliency should punish him for failed ganks without taking too much dunk out of his princely ways.

General

BASE ARMOR24  27

Q - Dragon Strike

ALL IN THE WRISTFixed a bug where enemies would occasionally get knocked up when they walked into Jarvan IV after his dash completed

E - Demacian Standard

REMOVEDWHY WOULD A FLAG GIVE ARMORDemacian Standard no longer grants passive armor to Jarvan IV

Kalista

Though she hops relentlessly in pursuit of betrayers and backstabbers alike, it's easy to forget an important rule in Kalista's passive - she's unable to cancel her basic attacks once committed. Increasing her basic attack wind-up might not sound like much, but it does emphasize her vulnerability at every stage of the game, making her take more time to launch her spears (and, by extension, hurricane-hop you to death).

Passive - Martial Poise

NEEDS MORE FOLLOW-THROUGHKalista's basic attack wind-up (the time between starting an attack and it firing) now speeds up at 100% of her attack speed  66% of her attack speed

Kassadin

We're not calling it Riftstep. Rifthop. It's important to note that the mana costs on Riftwalk scale exponentially so while that initial lowered mana cost looks small, it gets real big real fast. Riftskip.
Kassadin is a champion whose fantasy and identity are both defined by a single ability - Riftwalk. While this does makes him super effective as an assassin (as you might expect, ignoring walls and terrain makes it hard to hide your carries from him), it's tough to both respect what makes him unique while also respecting the need for opponents to... fight back. With this change, we're still trying to preserve the dream (one might say a very difficult dream) of letting Kassadin keep his trademark mobility but, unless he finds a specific flank or angle, he also needs to pay respect to the enemy's tank line before rendering his squishy targets Null and Void.

R - Riftwalk

RANGE700  450
BASE COST75 mana  60 mana

Katarina

Katarina now needs to deal damage to an opposing champion within 3 seconds of them dying in order to Get The Reset.
The deadliest Pentakill on two legs (and not even in the band!), Katarina's a volatile and competitive option for those looking to shut out their solo queue competition. Voracity's long duration means that nobody's ever allowed to reenter the fight with low health, as they're always at risk of setting off an avalanche of daggers and shunpos - even if Kat's across the battlefield. This change is to focus Katarina's rewards on the fights she's intimately involved in, similar to Jinx.

Passive - Voracity

VORACIOUS REDUCTIONScoring a kill or assist will reduce the cooldown of Katarina's abilities  Whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds of Katarina dealing damage to them, her cooldowns will be reduced by 15 seconds

Lissandra

Elevation changes to the new Summoner's Rift made a few situations where Glacial Path's indicator was hidden, turning obvious ganks into extreme ambushes, so we're fixing it. Even Lissandra knows that's not...cool.

E - Glacial Path

GLACIAL CLARITYFixed a bug where Glacial Path's end marker could be hidden under terrain, even if it was supposed to be visible

Mordekaiser

Mordekaiser's health costs are down for Q and W. Q gives Morde a range bonus for the empowered hit. W got the Blood Boil treatment, where it buffs both Mordekaiser and his buddy he casts it on. Also, Morde and his buffed buddy get bonus movement speed when moving toward each other. Mordekaiser's ghost gives him bonus health and ability power, rather than attack damage and ability power. Ghosts also get a flat attack damage bonus, as opposed to a portion of Mordekaiser's bonus stats.
It's no secret we've long considered Mordekaiser a thematically confused champion out the gate. Visually speaking, this guy's a walking, talking suit of armor with a giant mace. If that doesn't say scrappy fighter, we're not entirely sure what does. That said, Morde's found far more success in the present game as a bursty AP mage, picking up an early Deathfire Grasp to blow up and, subsequently, convert enemy marksmen into their team's worst nightmare.

So what's all this mean? Well, as customer numero uno for DFG (he actually might have been second with Veigar leading the way, but we're not ones to get in the way of a good reference) we didn't want to just take away Mordekaiser's core build without any form of compensation (although as we mentioned in the patch 5.2 foreword, the results have been a little off of expectation). We also wanted to take this opportunity to try tying Mordekaiser and his thematic identity a little closer together (scrappy tank man!), but when we finally arrived at that world, we realized it wasn't a very exciting one.

And here we are now.

These changes aren't going to solve Morde's identity crisis in the present, but we did find a few ways to clean up his ghostly interactions so he can get the most out of his exploitative ways. Additionally, we really liked the new Creeping Death 'magnet' mechanic we were testing out with fighter Mordekaiser, so we figured we could give some extra utility love when he's hunting high priority targets with a dive buddy. So, once again: not a holistic solution but one we felt was better at preserving Mordekaiser's unique identity.

General

BASE HEALTH REGENERATION8.37  3.37

Q - Mace of Spades

NEWYOU'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER MACEMace of Spades now grants Mordekaiser +75 range for the attack
COST25/32/39/46/53 health  20/25/30/35/40 health

W - Creeping Death

NEWCREEPING BUDDIESMordekaiser now also gains the effects of Creeping Death if he casts it on an ally
NEWMAGNETIC BUDDIESMordekaiser and any ally with Creeping Death gain +60 bonus movement speed when running toward each other
WE'RE NOT CRAZYEnemies will not take double damage from Creeping Death if they're beside both Mordekaiser and his Creeping Death'd buddy. Just in case you thought that and got scared.
COST26/32/38/44/50 health  20/25/30/35/40 health
DAMAGE24/38/52/66/80 (0.2 ability power) magic damage per second 20/32/44/56/68 (0.15 ability power) magic damage per second

R - Children of the Grave

AD MORDEKAISER ISN'T A THINGEnslaved champions grant Mordekaiser+20% of their attack damage and ability power  +25% of their bonus health and +30% of their ability power
REMOVEDTHIS HAD SOME WEIRD IMPLICATIONSEnslaved champions no longer gain 75% of Mordekaiser's ability power
WHAT DID WE JUST SAY ABOUT AD MORDEKAISEREnslaved champions gain75% of Mordekaiser's total attack damage  25/50/100 attack damage as a bonus

Rengar

Simply put, this was a novel idea for Rengar that was unlocked by the addition of Trinkets in the 2014 Season, but it ended up being super complicated and often caused a ton of bugs. By moving it to a buff, we're keeping the exact same functionality but finally allowing Rengar to have a Poro Snax. You heard us.

Bonetooth Necklace

SORRY TRINKET COLLECTORSAll trophy collection mechanics and bonuses have been moved from Rengar's trinket slot to a permanent stacking buff due to some bug issues with trinket upgrade paths

Syndra

Dark Spheres got slightly fatter when interacting with E.
Similar to 5.2, we're increasing the consistency of Syndra's Scatter the Weak stun ever so slightly. This has proven a difficult skill to balance (feel-wise) without going overboard, so we've been taking a measured approach to get it right.

E - Scatter the Weak

THERE'S SOME COMPLICATED MATH BELOWCollision width of Dark Spheres has been increased. The reason we say complicated math is because this spell operates on multiple targeting / collision radius checks, and explaining each one gets... well, complicated. Hopefully we can just say it's wider and your experience will be more reliable.

Veigar

Q is now a skillshot that passes through the first target hit to get the second (so farming's a lot easier). W's cheaper on mana and has a lower cooldown. Event Horizon now has a 0.75 delay, but costs less mana, has a higher range, and has a lower cooldown. R's mana cost is down significantly at higher ranks and has a slightly lower cooldown, but has a slightly lower ability power ratio.
Of all the champions that were primary customers of the late Deathfire Grasp, none were more iconic than the Tiny Master of Evil himself. While we recognized and intended to preserve Veigar's role as a 100-to-0 burst mage, flatly increasing the power of a champion with such a powerful combination of crowd control and single-target damage didn't feel like the humane option (for everyone except Veigar).

Freeing up Baleful Strike to cover more range and doubly enable his AP-stacking minigame was a natural change to Veigar's kit and made his laning better. We quickly learned, however, that a strictly better Veigar left opponents with less and less options, especially with the immense power that is Event Horizon. While old Veigar needed to rely on Event Horizon's immediate stun to zone out potential threats, keeping its current iteration meant we either needed to reduce Veigar's damage (but you can't reduce a 100-0 burst mage to 100-20) or tackle his outright reliability. Ultimately we went with the latter.

The bottom line is this - characters with inflexible kits are often balanced on a knife's edge, and the slightest change to a range or damage value can be the difference between unplayable or overbearing (Hi Ryze!). While Veigar's reliability when it comes to "blowing fools up" has decreased, the added laning flexibility and higher late-game scaling should help make Veigar more than a one-trick pony. He has to work harder for his one-shots, but has the tools to earn them in a way that feels fair...ish for his opponents.

Q - Baleful Strike

NEWSKILLFUL STRIKE?Baleful Strike is now a skillshot that passes through the first target hit and stops on the second target hit
RANGE650  850
COOLDOWN8/7/6/5/4 seconds  7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds

W - Dark Matter

COST70/80/90/100/110 mana  70/75/80/85/90 mana
COOLDOWN10 seconds  10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds

E - Event Horizon

NEWEVENT PLANNINGAppears instantly  Now has a 0.75 second delay before appearing
COST80/90/100/110/120 mana  80/85/90/95/100 mana
COOLDOWN20/19/18/17/16 seconds  18/17/16/15/14 seconds
RANGE650  700

R - Primordial Burst

RATIO1.2 ability power  1.0 ability power
COST125/175/225 mana  125 mana at all ranks
COOLDOWN130/110/90 seconds  120/100/80 seconds

Xerath

E'S MAX STUN DURATION IS DOWN.
Shocking Orb was originally designed as a 'melee-friendly' crowd control - better at keeping opponents at bay from afar, but worse at stopping people that had already closed on him. In practice, it amplified his already-potent long range burst when used offensively, giving him really high pick potential for such a siege-focused champion. We're toning back the max duration to be less punishing for those brave souls looking to close the gap and stomp his face in. (Mask? Arcane headplate with eyesockets? You get it.)

E - Shocking Orb

MAXIMUM STUN DURATION2.25 seconds  1.75 seconds

Zilean

Q is now a lobbed skillshot that can land on an opponent or sit on the ground. If you land two, you get a 1.5 second stun (!). W no longer interacts with R so you don't have to play this weird "spam W" mini-game to get your ultimate back. At max ranks, E slows at 99% movement speed. Ninety nine percent.
IT IS TIME. It wasn't too long since the Chronokeeper was last in the spotlight, but to bring him back in a healthy way meant taking the time to sort through his problems one by one. Zilean's always had a ton of neat tricks (especially his signature move, Chronoshift), but has been held back, balance-wise, thanks to his oppressive "I'm-going-to-click-on-you" laning strength. Massive changes to Time Bomb seek to not only remedy this with a healthy dose of counterplay (skillshot sticky-bomb!) but let us play up the spell's exciting double-hit case by making it the largest non-ultimate AoE stun in the game (say that 10 times fast). We looked for a proper Zilean quote to end this, but all in good time.

General

BASE ARMOR17  19
ATTACK RANGE600  550
IT'S COMPLICATEDAttack frame sped up slightly. This doesn't mean Zilean attacks faster, just that he completes his attacks faster
ATTACK SWAGZilean's basic attacks have new particles!
ICONSZilean has received new ability icons!

Q - Time Bomb

NEWZILEAN'S GOT A POWER GLOVETime Bombs are now a lobbed skillshot with fixed travel time. The Time Bomb sticks to enemies and allies near it. If nothing comes nearby, the bomb detonates normally.
NEWTHAT WAS A BOMBERMAN REFERENCEWhen Zilean gets two bombs on the same unit, the first bomb detonates immediately, stunning all enemies in the area for 1.5 seconds
TIME BOMB DELAY4 seconds  3 seconds
DAMAGE90/145/200/260/320 (0.9 ability power) magic damage 75/115/165/230/300 (0.8 ability power) magic damage
RANGE700  900
COOLDOWN10 seconds  12/11/10/9/8 seconds
COST70/85/100/115/130 mana  60/70/80/90/100 mana

W - Rewind

REMOVEDIT WAS A WEIRD INTERACTIONRewind no longer reduces the cooldown of Chronoshift

E - Time Warp

DURATION2.5/3.25/4/4.75/5.5 seconds  2.5 seconds
SLOW AMOUNT55%  40%/55%/70%/85%/99% (yes, that is correct)
COOLDOWN20 seconds  15 seconds
COST80 mana  50/55/60/65/70 mana
RANGE700 (center of Zilean's hitbox to center of opponent's hitbox) 550 (edge of Zilean's hitbox to edge of opponent's hitbox) - this should be around a ~75 range reduction, which varies depending on how fat his target is

R - Chronoshift

DURATION7 seconds  5 seconds
COOLDOWN180 seconds  120/90/60 seconds

Spell Shields

So very complicated.
WHO KNEW HOW COMPLICATED THESE ARESpells that have 'on-hit' characteristics associated with them (Gangplank's Parrrley, Ezreal's Mystic Shot, Miss Fortune's Double Up, Fizz's Urchin Strike, Irelia's Bladesurge) now have their damage properly blocked by spell shields

Updated Splashes

It's been a little bit since we last addressed splash art changes but as with last season, we're continuing our long-term project to update some of the oldest splashes in our game.

This patch also includes an updated splash to go with Tristana's recent champion update. While we had wanted to bundle a new splash with the rest of her changes, we heard a lot of feedback from the PBE that our first update didn't feel like the new Tristana. So, we made the call to hold onto Tristana's new splash to address those concerns while moving forward with the rest of her changes. Fast forward two patches and we're much more confident in the updated update to Tristana's splash!
SPLASHThe following champions have received updated base splashes (click the portraits for the full image!):

Katarina

Tristana





Items


Jungle Items

Sidegrading jungle items now costs gold.
We probably overthought on this one. Our initial goal was to let you change strategic course in the early game without incurring a setback, but most were just using it to switch to the "best" lategame smite before picking up their enchant. Well then.
COST TO CHANGE BETWEEN TIER 2 JUNGLE ITEMS0 gold  255 gold

Sweeping Lens

We were intending to make this change to match the Oracle's Lens cooldown change from Patch 5.1 but only the tooltip went out (the cooldown is still 60 seconds). We'll fix this next patch!
COOLDOWN AT LEVEL 9+ AUTOMATIC UPGRADE60 seconds  60 seconds (but the tooltip says 75. We're not crazy, people.)

Doran's Shield

Sorry guys!
SORRY DORANFixed a bug where Doran's Shield wasn't blocking 8 single target spell damage

Enchantment - Warrior

-5 damage. Done.
The Warrior enchant seems to be outperforming of its other enchantment counterparts, but we're still in the kitchen cooking up our long-term solutions. That said, we can afford to whip up a light stat adjustment snack in the meantime. Never write patch notes while hungry.
ATTACK DAMAGE45  40

Zz'rot Portal

Just doing some additional cleanup work for Zz'Rot Portal to help it adjust to life on the Rift.
SMARTSPAWNSZz'Rot Portal's Voidspawns are now more intelligent about finding the "nearest lane"
GPS GATESVoid Gates will automatically 're-scan' for a spawn direction shortly after a turret in its assigned lane has been destroyed




Summoner Spells



Smite

Smite's range is shorter when used against champions, but isn't THAT much shorter against jungle monsters (and in a few cases, unchanged), due to the way hitboxes are designed.
Time to be honest: the power of Chilling Smite is just too high. We love that it adds a new tool to the game, but it's shoring up champion weaknesses so well (that is, every champion who uses Chilling Smite extends their engagement range to ~675) that we know we'll need to do this range reduction sooner or later. Otherwise, Chilling Smite just becomes a necessary purchase in order for everyone to compete.
RANGE750 (center of champion's hitbox to center of opponent's hitbox) 500 (edge of champion's hitbox to edge of opponent's hitbox)
BUT WAIT, THERE'S CONTEXTThe above change should roughly be a ~175 range loss against champions, with many monsters being unaffected (due to them being fat), although some might require you to be a little closer

Revive

A Summoner (spell) has left the game.
REMOVEDKIND OF IRONICRevive has been removed from the game




Summoner's Rift


Relative Team Colors

We've been working over the past several months to standardize blue and red as team colors for League's UI and environmental designs. The last step in the process is to fix the discrepancy between UI and environment for red side (well, North side now), which plays with red minions and structures but blue healthbars and minimap icons. When active, Relative Team Colors ensures your team's minions and structures will always be blue while the enemy's will always be red, mirroring the information provided by your UI.
I'M BLUERelative Team Colors shows all allied minions and structures as blue and all enemy units as red, regardless of your starting side. This option is enabled by default (Options --> Game).




Minions


Turns out we had this in our files for some time but they weren't hooked up properly. Are now!
DANCE MINIONS, DANCEMelee and Caster minions now have four different animations based on how they die




In-Game Camera Options


Semi-Locked Camera

The patch note is the context, so the context can be the patch note: You now have semi-locked cameras!
THIS IS A LONG PATCH NOTEIn the options menu you can change to a new camera lock mode called "semi-locked camera." In this mode, the camera still follows your champion around like locked camera. You can, however, scroll the camera via all the usual methods (keyboard, edge scroll, middle click). When you scroll it, it changes where on the screen your champion will stay once you stop scrolling. The camera will not scroll too far from your champion, so they will always be reasonably close to the center of the screen.

Drag Scroll Lock

Not sure why you guys were trying to save stuff in the middle of a game but now it won't mess with your camera! (...whoops.)
WHAT IS THISDrag Scroll Lock is a camera feature originally built for Spectator mode which, when enabled, causes the camera to follow your mouse cursor. It's been present but undocumented in all game modes for a long time.
NEWMAKE GOOD CHOICESDrag Scroll Lock has been added to the Hotkeys menu for all game modes and is unbound by default (Options --> Hotkeys --> Camera Control)
REMOVEDHIDDEN HOTKEYS SUCKPressing Shift + Ctrl + S no longer stealth-activates Drag Scroll Lock




Player Tooltips


Our first test of the updated player tooltips ran into some issues last patch. We're fixing the problem and adding in a few more features in the process!
IT'S HAPPENINGIn addition to champion and match duration, player tooltips now indicate map and queue type for players in-game - ex. "Summoner's Rift (Ranked)"
IN CASE YOU FORGOTYou can now see your own player tooltip by hovering over your name and icon at the top of the friends list.




Bugfixes


  • Fixed a bug that made unskinned wards... large
  • Fixed a bug where Panda Teemo's R - Noxious Trap explosion wasn't properly playing particle or sound effects
  • Fixed a bug where Xin Zhao's Q - Three Talon Strike's third strike would occasionally not knock opponents up
  • Restored Thresh's max distance indicator for W - Dark Passage
  • Super Teemo has remembered how to fly while using W - Move Quick
  • Pulsefire Ezreal's (well, PEARL's) custom VO when first leveling his basic skills now plays 100% of the time




DJ Sona


DJ Sona, League’s next Ultimate skin, takes the stage in patch 5.4! She’ll be ~25% off (2450 RP) for the first four days following her release before returning to her normal price of 3250 RP. 

Get all the details about DJ Sona here.



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30 comments:

  1. Thresh lantern range still not showing up after this patch. I read that it is a glitch and that it would be fixed.

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  2. Veigar nerf? except the ult ratio...its major buff!

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  3. Alfred DunnerFebruary 24, 2015

    Wait, how come Zilean's new kit is a tweak? :O

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  4. RIP Veigar, Xerath, Kat, and Kass

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  5. calle perssonFebruary 25, 2015

    Yes but it's a good thing they nerfed the stun it was clearly overpowerd before. Lets see how this plays out on the rift before we jump to early conclusions.

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  6. Kat r.i.p lol. Are you joking? That's hardly anything. Yeah it makes a slight difference but not that much to say rip.... hardly stops her from doing what she always does. Derp.

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  7. disisdeathwingFebruary 25, 2015

    extremely disapointed.
    the so called buffs.
    but welcome back to the club zilean.
    Looking foward to nasus buff(loljk).

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  8. The stun duration is the same it just take 0.75sec to pop the "cage" which isn't a big deal...
    Talked to different main veigar user and the mana cost reduction + range added is a relief to them.
    its a fair repercussion to his range added on most skill which if you learn to master it will be deadly as before even more...
    considering also the cd reduction...

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  9. The problem about the nerf to veigar was that with the .75 second to pop the cage, he can't instantly stun someone. If he can't instantly stun someone then you'd be dumb to walk into his W while sitting in this cage. Another thing is now since his Q is a skillshot, people can outplay it by flashing or jumping around where as before its point and click adventure. I would've rather had the Q be more like double up where its still point and click, but it can jump to a random enemy behind them.

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  10. Thoughs on the new Morde? OP?

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  11. I don't feel this will affect much of Katarina's power in low elo games. She'll continue to be there snowballing. I so want to try the new Morde and Zilean now D:

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  12. Cameron FreedFebruary 25, 2015

    RIP My second ever champion and favorite champ in the game.... Kassadin. Learning you in the teen levels allowed me to crush my opponents so hard until I got to 30. You will be missed.

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  13. MasterOfMetalFebruary 25, 2015

    OP as all fuck, though with the health regen debuff his early has been hit hard, now the Hextec revolver is absolutely essential to even get him off the grounf

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  14. Neuza'Diogo CostaFebruary 25, 2015

    Omg Riot stop destroy Kassadin, pls Riot nake the hold school Kassadin back :-c

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  15. JuanCarlos SantiagoFebruary 25, 2015

    This is a nerf to mord, Read the boards or reddit. Anyone who has done the math sees it's a nerf. Riot is just clueless on this one.

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  16. Hi everyone, I am a noobie level 27 EUW player, who is going to play ranked soon (very excited, though ive heard horrible things about a place called elo hell) and I want to main a role. My preferred role is mid lane. I have narrowed my choices to: Lux, Anivia, Karthus and Syndra. But I would also try new champions. I was Going to try out Kassadin on Friday, but read the patch notes and was like: sheeeeeeeeeet.... even I can see thats a big nerf. Is he even worth trying and making him one of my confort picks now or is he so trash I shiuldnt even waste my 45 mins with him? Also, if you can recommend some pretty solid mid lane picks, I would be thankful to you.


    Many thanks, Spatzia the first

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  17. Jim PaponettiFebruary 25, 2015

    its RIP to kassadin, can you guys not see the use of commas?

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  18. SSJSuntasticFebruary 25, 2015

    I included RIP to Katarina as well before, but stealth removed it, I agree that it's a minor change.

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  19. MasterOfMetalFebruary 25, 2015

    Since you are new i would Recommend Malzahar and Brand for the Midlane, These two are very hard hitters and very strong is solo que, the reason i have recommended these two is because they are both not mobile champions, and this will force you to learn good positioning,rather than relying on mobility to win. Aniva and karthus are also very strong if you learn them well, in the case that you do not like my personal choices

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  20. Well, first thing first, I don't recommend you to start playing ranked games before you have a better understanding of the game. Doing ranked as soon as you hit 30 is one of the worst thing you could possibly do. And according to your champs pick, it seems like you prefer heavy-farming mages over the high-mobility ones, I'd recommend you to try some picks like Vel'Koz and Malzahar. Both are solid in lane, have high wave clear and some kill potential. Vel'koz may be a little bit safer with his long range abilities and many CCs, while Malz has very low skill requirement for how deadly he can be.

    Good luck.

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  21. Was definitely a nerf. The stun wind up was too big a nerf for someone who relied on it to do anything.

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  22. Thanks for your kind answer. T1-T2 means strong, so not OP. I asked myself if I was about to ban him or not. However, I will be carefull about the guy if I get one against me on top ;)

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  23. Thanks! So, when do you recommend me to start ranked? Should I like, wait till I can juke everyone with LeBlanc or when I can CS perfectly? Or maybe when my rune pages are full?

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  24. Enzo Di CapriFebruary 26, 2015

    These recent patches are really lame. i know everyone will complain where their champions are nerfed but seriously, all the fun champions like fizz, akali and kassadin have been raped .... i feel like riot wants us to play their shitty boring mid like xerath, orianna, malzahar and lux who have no mobility. i play on korean server and i m fed up seeing xerath 1 out of 3 games at mid. Jarvan jungle is picked in 80% of my game, katarina is perma banned cause even at high elo, she is just too dangerous if she comes in the 2nd part of a fight, same goes for leblanc and riven. so instead of spending weeks to do a single update, Riot should just check the statistics and wonder why a character is 80% picked and another 100% banned.... if they wanna nerf, think about those guys first ... i m afraid our server will slowly become like western ones with nothing but farming for the first 20 minutes over platinum....

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  25. disisdeathwingFebruary 26, 2015

    if you think that fizz, akali and worst of all, pre nerf kass was fun to deal with.
    i'd much rather see a katarina then any of those pre nerf.

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  26. disisdeathwingFebruary 26, 2015

    i can cs perfectly when i was 20, so can most people.
    full rune page is somewhat important.
    there is also my favorite, viktor.
    considering you can play syndra, i think viktor can be good for you.

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  27. once you have a good understanding of warding and 1v1 ability you can do mid lane ranked. both of those are extremely important for mid lane. also make sure you have a page for magic resistance counter and armor counter. you always want to counter your lane opponent :]


    otherwise, go for it man!!

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  28. once you have a good understanding of warding and 1v1 ability you can do mid lane ranked. both of those are extremely important for mid lane. also make sure you have a page for magic resistance counter and armor counter. you always want to counter your lane opponent :]

    otherwise, go for it man!

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  29. DivideByInfinityFebruary 27, 2015

    Dude, the ONLY reason veigar was decent was because of his incredible stun and his meteors.


    His q is unreliable to farm with and overall he is just complete crap.

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  30. how about no. Instead of giving the old kass back, just rework his entire kit.

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