Quick Gameplay Thoughts: December 15

Hi all, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **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 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Sightstone Tweaks** We've got some somewhat experimental Sightstone adjustments that should be coming to PBE in early January. Goal there will be to make it less of a burden on supports in terms of how much it limits their ability to build/choose other items. More details and rationale to follow next month. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Coming work on Kleptomancy** Sometime early next year, 8.2 most likely, we'll be doing a bit more work on how Kleptomancy procs. We want to reduce the difference between great and poor users of it somewhat so that we don't have to balance it until it's only a reasonable option for those best able to optimize it at present (mainly melee solo laners with short CDs fighting other melee, plus a couple of others like Ezreal). Might also need to drop its average power a bit too, with one of the current theories being that the amount of mana regen it offers may be a bit too high on top of the other benefits also given. More thoughts on Klepto and how this change is testing during 8.2's development in January. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Minion Dematerializer** We're also working on minion dematerializer. Timeframe on that's uncertain, with work on Klepto and a new resolve keystone taking priority. One concept we're currently trying out that sounds intriguing at least is swapping it to an item that mind controls an enemy minion, giving you the gold/XP and converting it to your side. That's very experimental, so might not go anywhere, figured it was worth sharing to give some insight into the sorts of changes we're thinking about for that slot though. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Slow down as the holidays approach** We're getting close to the end of the year, with 7.24b (that's just gone out) our last patch until January. We'll be working on stuff for 8.1 for the rest of our time in the office in December, with some changes in response to how 7.24b lands. If anything looks exceptionally out of line we'll be assessing it as a possible micropatch candidate for next week so that it's not sitting in that state for longer than a normal patch cycle over the break. http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/6.24.1/img/champion/Ziggs.png
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