Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 20

Morning 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 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Zac stuff in testing** We're trying out some Zac changes at the moment. Goal of those is to make his Q a less powerful spell, through lower reliability in particular, and then buff him in other ways. Possible changes look like Q having less range and a shorter less break distance, but in exchange Q CD starting on first cast, rather than Q2 or expiration, plus a bit more damage on W. Overall goal would be a slight buff. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Looking at AP junglers a bit** We're going to take a look at a couple of AP champs from a jungle perspective, see if we can give them a bit of help. Not sure on timing, given there's some more critical work (runes stuff mainly) that's demanding a lot of work right now, hoping to do some explorations during the next few patches though. That might mean work on AP champs who already jungle, or at least used to in the past, could also mean work on AP champs with play patterns that would be fine in the jungle who just haven't been good enough at clearing historically to do so (e.g. someone like Morg might be a good candidate, Annie given her high reliability when ganking probably not). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Eve Homeguard Anim** No promises, but we're looking at potential ways to include the previous Eve Homeguard animation (link below to a video) as a hidden easter egg somehow. It's not the right fit for her primary Homeguard anim, might be able to get it in in some way though. https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/ojpjB4Kr-hold-on-rito-why-did-you-remove-this-glorious-homeguard-animation-for-eve ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Adjusting some skin portraits** A while back we added distinct portraits to the player's UI based off which skin they had selected. One common piece of feedback on those though was that many of them felt too zoomed in, which looked unnatural or just confusing. We've got a round of revisions to those coming as a result, with around half the portraits adjusted so they're noticeably more zoomed out. http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/6.24.1/img/champion/Ziggs.png
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