Quick Gameplay Thoughts: February 15

Hi folks, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Usual Disclaimers** These posts will often contain talk about future work we're doing, or planning to do, that isn't yet guaranteed to ship. The nature of the work could change or, depending on what we discover, projects mentioned may get delayed or even stopped. If you'd like to see a Tweet whenever a new one of these posts goes up: https://twitter.com/RiotMeddler ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Karma** Late last year we explored some changes to Karma that involved giving her a new W that reduced allied CDs amongst other things. That tested pretty well, though also raised some questions about whether Karma was the right fit for it. After some further testing and discussion while waiting on some code changes for it we've backed away from plans to put that on Karma. We'll likely explore it for another champion at some point instead though. We don't have other changes currently underway for Karma. Something we'd like to try whenever we do next work on her though is an adjustment to her passive. That would involve giving it charges that get consumed whenever she deals damage that reduce her Mantra CD by a much larger amount than at present. Goal would be to allow spikier, clearer successes, rather than the more sustained Mantra tick down as at present. Curious how that sounds to those of you who play Karma? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Spectator Bugs** Brief update here. We've confirmed that some fixes (e.g. Sion weirdness) are good to go for 9.4 next week. Got some other bugs work's still underway on that should be addressed in 9.5. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Likely 9.5 balance targets** * Akali - Putting some simple power back in now we've had enough time to see where she stabilized after the 9.3 changes. Waiting a patch after large changes rather than doing immediate follow up is something we're planning on doing more often for champs who've been really challenging to balance. * Neeko - E buff, aiming for power and potentially better clarity of gameplay. * Aatrox and Rakan - Potentially simple power buffs, not as guaranteed as Neeko and Akali though. * Urgot - Very unlikely he gets changes in 9.5. More likely we look at him in 9.6, given his nerfs are in 9.4 and as above we're aiming for a bit more observation time more often now. http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/6.24.1/img/champion/Ziggs.png
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