Quick Gameplay Thoughts: May 2

Morning all, Mid-season goes out tonight/tomorrow barring any last minute unexpected problems! Really looking forward to seeing how you folks find it and how it changes our perception of what needs work in 7.10 and beyond. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **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 put 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **More 7.10 changes** 7.10 should be hitting the PBE today, and with it some in development work. Since we've had to start development on that before mid-season was live it's more likely than usual that we may need to change direction a bit on some of this stuff. Changes include: * Ivern: Lowered movement speed, higher health and mana cost per camp taken. Dude's just straight too strong * Rakan: Shifting some power from his E (lower shield strength) to his Q (100 more range) and probably W (bit more damage at present). Looking to ensure his play's not too dominated by just ally shielding. Probably power neutral overall. * Rumble: Shifting some damage from Q to Overheat auto attacks, with the goal of making his laning a bit more interactive (Overheat autos require him to draw minion agro). Also aiming for power neutral, but with better game health. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **PSA on Rift Herald** One thing I'd suggest watching out for with the new Rift Herald that goes out tomorrow is that the channel to summon it is interruptible. Hadn't thought about that myself much until yesterday when during a playtest I tried summoning it just as a teamfight was starting to break out for a bit of extra pressure and someone promptly CC'd me, stopping the channel which also consumes the item. Recommend learning from my mistake on that one and either hanging back a bit when summoning or taking advantage of opponents trying to do so too far fowards. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Mid Season Spotlight** I'd imagine most of you have already seen it, for those that haven't a Mid Season spotlight went out yesterday though. Worth a look, and also at the end includes a brief glance (super brief) at one of the screens from the 5 ban system for ranked/draft that's being worked on right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fl2Wg5rkew ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **ARAM Followup** 7.8 contained some adjustments to ARAM. We've been analyzing how those have gone and will probably be doing a bit of further followup work, hopefully in 7.10. Details to follow.
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