Thoughts on Fiora’s Patch

by ViniMS on Feb 29th, 2012 (1884 days ago)

Love, love everywhere!

Hey there, brave summoners!

New patch, new post, this is the rule, right?

Let’s start with this fine lady Fiora! The Spotlight answered a lot of questions, like the counter of her shield. Blocking and attack and returning a portion of its damage? Awesome! Her passive can maintain her in lane for as long as she wants, she has a dash like most assassins, an E that makes her Master Yi’s daughter and an incredible ultmitate. I won’t go over the details, as I already did it on my last post, but believe me, this girl can be a nightmare against your solo top.

Talking about ladies, let’s discuss Lux! I like to think about her as a new kind of supporter, more like a “vision supporter”.  The changes on Lucent Singularity were very well made as you can now slow enemies and light an area without worry about the cooldown, and the vision granted when she ults is just sweet. Of course a supporter Lux will still have to buy tons of wards, but the extra vision from her skills makes the lane as clear as your base.

Moving on, BROMACIAAAAA! Ehrm…sorry… I got a little excited about our favorite barbarian (Tryndamere says: “What…what did you just say? RWARRRRRRRRRRR *Undying Rage*”)!  This great guy just got some nice and needed buffs! Axe Throw (aka Undertow) got increased damage, new scaling and reduced cooldowns. Whats is not to love about this? Maybe it could stun the first target it hits, since Olaf doesn’t have a dash and has only 325 base ms…but, oh well, I guess it’s too much to ask for now. At least he gets nice armor/mr buffs from his ult now. But keep on praying for more buffs, Olaf players!

Finally, just some minor changes. Increased mana cost on Alistar’s heal was expected, since dear Riot is nerfing every sustain resource (Fiora says: “Look at my passive, you mad bro?”), the nerf on Ziggs’ Hexplosive Mines are okay, the nerfs on Shen were also expected, but don’t worry, our ninja is still a top champion! Oh, and the changes on chat announcements are great!

By the way, there’s now a Blitzcrank bot! FEAR THE GRAB!

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Thoughts on Fiora

by ViniMS on Feb 25th, 2012 (1889 days ago)

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Girls at Arms!

Hey there, brave summoners!

Here I am again talking about a new Champion joining the mighty Fields of Justice: Fiora, The Grand Duelist!

It’s really nice to see Riot investing on non-mage female champions, right? They are so cool! Starting with Vayne, then we had Leona, Riven and Shyvana. They are all great heroes, let’s hope for the same with Fiora!

Talking about her mechanisms now, what first caught my attention was her passive. With the recent nerfs on pots, lifesteal and spellvamp itens, and supporters like Sona and Soraka (as mentioned by WatchMeSC on his awesome Quintessence Choice guide) sustain is becoming a really rare resource, and Fiora’s duelist has the potential to give her crazy lane sustain. On a solo lane against another melee champ, it’ll be really hard to harass this lady because of her stack gain.
I don’t have much to say about her 3 skills. Her Q is pretty much Renekton’s Slice and Dice; Ripost seems very nice, but I don’t think it will send an AP skill back to it’s caster, the “reflects magic damage” probably refers to magic damage added on auto-attacks, like Wit’s End. Her E gives Fiora great mobility, aside from Attack Speed, and combined with the passive AD gain from her W, this skill makes this duelist a really strong hero!

Finally, her Ultimate was another thing that made me pay attention to this chick. The ability to hit all opponents on the screen without been able to be targeted? TELL ME ABOUT NIGHTMARE! This single skill has the potential to turn the tides on a team fight!
What about you, summoner? What are your toughts on Fiora? I’d love to hear your opinions, feel free to comment below!

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Fiora Skills

by ViniMS on Feb 17th, 2012 (1896 days ago)

Hey there, brave summoners!

Just to complement LoLeaks’ post, here are the UNCONFIRMED Fiora’s skills:

Passive – Duelist: Fiora regenerates health over 6 seconds each time she deals damage. Striking champions will cause this effect to stack up to 4 times.
 
Q – Lunge: Fiora dashes forward to strike her target, dealing physical damage. Fiora can perform the dash a second time within a couple seconds at no mana cost.
 
W – Ripost: (Passive) Fiora’s Attack Damage is increased. (Active) Fiora parries the next basic attack from a champion or monster and reflects magic damage back to the attacker.
 
E – Burst of Speed: Fiora gains Attack Speed for a couple seconds. Each basic attack or Lunge she lands during this time increases her Movement Speed, stacking.
 
R – Blade Waltz: Fiora dashes around the battlefield striking random champions dealing physical damage. Successive strikes against the same target deal less damage.
 
Riot complains that Vlad’s laning sustain is too strong…what about this passive? And her W made me cry thinking about playing against her with my mages!
 
What about you, summoner? What are your thoughts about this upcoming Champion?

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Thoughts on the Nautilus Patch

by ViniMS on Feb 15th, 2012 (1899 days ago)

The rivers will run red…dish

Hey there, brave summoners!

Many things to talk about today, I’ll try to make a not-too-long post (this time I’ll try it real hard, promise!)

So, with no delay, I present you the new champion joining the Fields of Justice: Nautilus!  Finally a champ with some new abilities! “Oh, but his passive is Udyr’s E and his Q is somewhat Blitz’s Q”, yeah, but his E is pretty cool, and that ult is really awesome, stop being so negative! Oh, and a shield with extra damage is always nice! That frost girl riding Pumba and now this Nautilus…Riot is really liking the idea of hard CC tanks (cry me a river, Garen).

Now, let’s talk about a certain vampire wannabe…my dear Vlad! Oh Riot, stop messing with us, Vladimir players! These changes in EVERY patch are driving us mad! His brand new nerfs are not something like “zOMG! VLAD IS DEAD TO MEE!!!1!”, but his laning sustain is surely going down. From my point of view, Vlad is sort of an imbalanceable champion. His passive is a snowball, his Q is really annoying for the enemy, but that skill is what makes Vlad…well, Vlad. My guess is these Vlad changes will soon end in a rework…

Moving on now, let’s talk about boobies Sona! While watching the Patch Preview, I couldn’t help but scream “WHYYY, RIOT? WHYYYYYYYYYYY??! GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MYY SONAAAAA @[email protected]! Oh, c’mon! Mess with my family but don’t mess with MY SUPPORTER!!!!….but then I saw the patch notes and I was okay again. Early level aura nerfs were acceptable and, who knew I would say that, needed. Sona has a really strong poke for a supporter, a so-so heal and that speedy buff always help, she is still in my heart. By the way, this Morello speech of “now players will think about which skill to level up first! :D” is bullsh…garbage.

Ok, time for a happy moment! Shen is back, baby! Ok, I won’t say he is 100% back…but hey, now he knows something called “late game”! Pretty cool, hu? All these mechanisms added to his abilities made him much more reliable and fun. Ki Strike now can actually helps teammates and there will be no more “Great, I taunted 4 enemies, time to…oh crap, I’m out of energy, nevermind…”. I haven’t played him yet, so I can’t confirm these rumors of Shen still not being able to 1v1, but I think he can do it decently, if you ask me.

And at least, what is that new Taric skin? DON’T YOU DARE SAY THAT IS RYZE!

Thoughts on Nautilus.

by ViniMS on Feb 10th, 2012 (1904 days ago)

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League of Bioshock!

Hey there, brave summoners!

Here am I talking about the new Champion approaching the Fields of Justice!

Riot made us the favor of not telling a single information about this big boy, YAY! But that’s okay, let’s do our own investigations, shall we?

So, anyone knows where the name Nautilus comes from? It was the name of the first submarine capable of drowning enemy ships, with gunpowder and all, it was financed by Napoleon! Cool, huh? Too bad no one liked it, because of its extremely low speed…

Another thing you might notice is Nautilus’ resemblance to Bioshock’s Big Daddy, but instead of a hand/drill he has that badass…hmmm… pickaxe?

Anyway, looks like another off-tank to me, capable of really heavy damage but poor mobility (similar to a Big Daddy and submarine Nautilus). I hope his ult is something like Fizz ult, an animal/monster that comes from underwater and attacksthe enemy team!

What about you, summoner? What are you expecting for this new champion? What do you think his role is going to be? What about his ult? Feel free to comment below!

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Stonewall’s Jungle Tier List – Sejuani Era part 2

by ViniMS on Feb 2nd, 2012 (1912 days ago)

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by Stonewall on Saturday, January 28th 2012

God Tier – Skarner, Udyr, Lee Sin

Tier 1 – Trundle*, Cho Gath*, Maokai*,Shaco*, Nocturne, Rammus,Shyvana, Alistar, Sejuani, Malphite, Master Yi,Jarvan, Gangplank
Tier 2 – Jax, Amumu,Riven, Xin Zhao,Wukong, Olaf,Renekton, Tryndamere, Singed, Kayle, Pantheon
Tier 3 – Fiddlesticks, Dr Mundo, Volibear,, Twisted Fate, Janna, Shen, Blitzcrank,Taric, Sion, Ezreal,Twitch, Soraka,Nunu, Karthus, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Leona, Warwick, Eve
Tier 4 – Yorick, Poppy, Karma, Nasus, Gragas,Irelia, Malzahar, Sivir,Galio, Akali
Tier 5 – Viktor, Mordekaiser, Graves, Orianna, Ahri, Talon, Urgot, Kog Maw

For tiers G to 2 – the placement is more important towards indicating “who is better” but less so for tier 3. In tier 3, just think of it in brackets as the champions here are more flawed and harder to argue. You can say the higher tier 3 are better than the lower tier 3 though. For Tier 4 and 5 it’s pretty much wishy washy.

Changes for this iteration are mostly minor – The others (including Kennen) will be added later

The speed rating will be changed for the next patch since most characters are starting to break that barrier and having too many As and Ss is a little silly.

Shyvana – It was one thing when only I (and a few others) would run around as Shyvana and I could tell the strength of her jungling and invasion from using her but now having them face me has taught me some more. She’s pretty overbearing and she has very few counters in the jungle. The only ones I could see even denting her are Trundle and Lee Sin while others can get quite bruised. She combines both aspects of invasion (dueling and theft) quite well. Her weakness is still the glaring issue of being awful at ganking but, especially when not kept in check, can run amok and prevent the enemy jungler from ganking. This has always been the case and I’ve addressed it before – but now I can see that she has many great jungle match ups. It’s all up to the laners to prevent her shenanigans.

Sejuani – Lowered just a tad. Her lack of damage does hurt her ganking ability and her dueling is really bad. Her jungle match ups are rarely favorable. She is a great enabler still and her level 6 ganks are evil. I’m still sold on her being a strong jungler – she just has to rely on her teammates to deal damage – which is something they often pack moreso than CC. There is no doubt she’ll drop down a bit more.

Wukong – I’m liking him more and more. He just has a lot of damage and his stealth allows him to trick wards and bush hop easily to set up ganks. It really helps him that he’s a great duelist and his ultimate is incredibly potent.

Warwick – I had him too low. Honestly he’s better than joke picks of course but he’s still lacking stuff. Unless he chain ganks with his ultimate (once he gets it) he’ll do well. His W is a great team buff and he gets dangerous once geared.

Shen – Lowered for reasons we all know

Dr Mundo – His speed allows him to abuse other junglers and can farm the jungle quickly. However, he still has bad match ups vs a few other key junglers and his ganking is weak. If he does get a gank going – he packs a whole lot of damage and can often break his target in half. Sad that anyone playing cautiously can avoid him.

BTW – EU has been trying to use Jungle AD Ahri.

Thoughts on the New Ziggs Patch

by ViniMS on Feb 1st, 2012 (1912 days ago)

Hey there, brave Summoners!

Today I wanna talk about the new patch, and there’s so much to say! I dont want to make this a huge post, where I have to add a “tl;dr” at the end, so I’ll try to outline the more important things.

First, the new champion joining the Fields Of Justice: Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert! This new guy is such a blast to play (ok, sorry, i won’t do it anymore!) ! I still hadn’t had the chance to play him, but from what I could see in the spotlight/another videos on youtube, he has an incredible burst (last time I do this, I promise!)! Ziggs has a great poke for laning phase and his ult can really turn the tides on a team fight. His other two skills are great, but require a certain level of skill from the player to be used effectively. In general, he seems like a great carry, but it’s needed time to learn how to play him. Oh, and this bouncing mechanic is just too cool!

Moving on, let’s talk a little about a certain blind monk. Since the patch preview, I’ve seen a loot of people saying things like “ZOMG! RIP LEE SIN! I HATE YOU RIOT!”, but did this people really thought about the change or are they just saying it because their favorite jungler was nerfed? Sure, no one likes to see one of his main champions been nerfed, and I disagree with Riot’s polictics of “X champion is doing his job too well? Let’s nerf him, instead of giving some love to the others of the same role!”, but c’mon, you can’t say Lee Sin is now trash because of this new changes. Good players will still be good on Lee Sin, and average players will have to practice a little more in order to be good junglers.

Now, just a little word on Jax. I think his rework was nicely done, his new counter-strike was okay, and this new patch changes came to make Jax very good pick. I mean it, 25% AoE damage reduction is serious business, along with the reduced cooldown, increased duration and the option to active the stun manually, you Jax player has nothing to complain!

Enough of champions, let’s talk about items: Zeke’s Herald. Some of you may be a little sad with the absence of Stark’s Fervor, but it’s not like it was a must-have item, compatible with every AD build. At least this new item will be a more usefull situational pick for supporters.

Still on items topic, we have a brand new item: Locket of the Iron Solari! A new upgrade choice for you Heart of Gold, my dear supporter! A fairly good choice for those times when the slow of Randuin’s Omen isn’t needed. The only down side is the too little shield absorption…

Last but not least, my favorite part: the new Co-op versus AI! Many of you are probably saying “whatever, the are just bots…”. Yes, they are, but now, when you buy a new champion and want to test him before a real game, it will be much more fun! Have you ever thought about a Karthus that can keep a watch on his enemies hp the entire game and kill the poor guys on low health? A Malzahar that activates his  Zhonya’s Hourglass when heavily focused on team fights? I know, any good player should be able to do this kind of things, but now bots do it too! You know it’s cool! And now there are 40 bots! FORTY! Enough with the same team on EVERY game! Taric, Shen, Renekton, Soraka, Annie, I won’t miss you, guys!

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Thoughts on Ziggs

by ViniMS on Jan 26th, 2012 (1918 days ago)

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Yordle Time!

Hey there, brave summoners!

As most of you probably know by now, there is a new champion coming out in the next patch, and the best part is: he is a Yordle!

Since Rumble back there on April/2011 we haven’t seen a new Yordle joining the Fields of Justice, I bet you guys were hoping for another (c’mon, I know you did!). So here he is: Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert!

His splash art looks really cool, all those explosions and bombs, along with that maniac smile, he promises to compete with Teemo on that Global Taunt hidden passive! (Teemo says: “Come at me, bro!”).

From the looks of it, seems like another AP champion, and I’m really curious about his skills since Sejuani was a complete “repost”.

What are your toughts on him, summoners? What role will he take? What do you think his ult is going to be? Feel free to comment below!

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