Hey Teemo mains, Riot Jag here with a set of experimental changes for League’s cutest demon. The stuff I’ll talk about here will be on PBE for early feedback, but it’ll disappear for a couple of months after that while we work on updated VFX to go with the gameplay changes. In the meantime, we’d absolutely love for you all to scout ahead how it all feels on PBE.
To start, here are our goals:
Give Teemo players MORE TEEMO (more poisoning, more sneaking!)
Resolve some play-against issues (mostly around Blind and Mushrooms)
Make him a bit better at high MMR and less of a monster in low MMR
**Let’s start with the fun stuff.** The Tl;DR:
Toxic Shot moved to Passive, and now has synergy with other poison
Guerrilla Warfare is now Camouflage instead of Invisibility, and moved to E slot
Blind is way more fun (and clear!)
Toxic Shot is now Teemo’s passive. It will scale with Teemo’s level, and additionally will deal more damage whenever there are other Poison effects on the target. To support this, Blinding Dart now also counts as a Poison effect (in addition to his Mushrooms, which always have). You can even run Support Teemo with Cassiopeia or Twitch to really double down on the big Toxic Shot damage bonuses!
_Stealth while moving!_
Since Guerrilla Warfare is now Teemo’s E, he can enter stealth while moving, and can even move out of brush while stealthed for a limited period of time! Caveat: this is now Camouflage, instead of Invisibility (refer to our Patch 6.22 Notes). Would love everyone’s feedback on this one, but do me a favor and play it first!
_Sweet new Blind trolling!_
Blinded opponent’s basic attack missiles will fly by harmlessly (they won’t hit Teemo's allies next to him either), landing in the dirt, and melee champions will foolishly swing at air! Pictures are better than words though:
Mushrooms actually gain health with ability rank, making them less trivial to clear when the enemy support is paying attention to you! Additionally, we’re thinking of ways to buff the amount of mushrooms you have late game - in this iteration, Teemo actually can hold up to 3/4/5 shrooms at once.
**Now, let’s talk about what Teemo is giving up.** If the buffs above are changes that Teemo players would welcome, then the hard part is figuring out what we’d be willing to give up. Here’s the first take.
_Camouflage instead of invisibility_
Now that Teemo can move during stealth (even out of brush), it was pretty unfair for him to fully disappear without any opponent response.
_Blinding Dart damage down_
This version of Teemo has much better access to priority targets with his ability to move while stealthed. Consequently, his burst shouldn't come out quite as quickly.
_Mushroom damage down_
Teemo taking off more than half of a squishy champ's health from across the map with a shroom has been something we’ve been uncomfortable with for a long time, but it was his primary late game contribution so we left it alone. Given the rest of the buffs, this is worth addressing now, so we’re reducing the damage some. The upside - Teemo can actually do more damage if he’s near an enemy that trips over a mushroom, since it will amp his Toxic Shot now.
_Guerrilla Warfare AS scales with E rank instead of level_
Now that his stealth is on the E ability, it just made sense that he got AS as a level-up here. Consequently, he won’t get AS for free when leveling up (you can get it by putting points into E though).
**Finally, regarding High MMR/organized play.** We believe that between the much higher agency Teemo's new E offers him and the fact that mushrooms are harder for organized opponents to kill, he’ll probably be just better in organized play. We’re not trying to go too hard here, but these are just light bumps to make sure he can stay competitive with the rest of the cast.
**So, that’s most of it.** I’ll put all the specific lines below, but please hit me up with any and all feedback. Thanks!
-Base Mana Regen 1.92 >>> 2.5
-Mana Regen per level 0.09 >>> 0.15
-Mana/lvl up 20 >>> 25
-Teemo’s basic attacks now deal 10-50 bonus magic damage and leave a Poison DoT that deals 24-192 magic damage over 4 seconds (AP Ratio is same as live E).
-Toxic Shot damage (both the on-hit and the DoT) is amped by 50% whenever there are other Poison debuffs on the target
-Base damage down 80/125/170/215/260 >>> 80/115/150/185/220
-AP Ratio down 0.8 -> 0.6
-Now is a Poison Debuff
-No longer breaks stealth
-New Active: After a 1 second delay, Teemo enters Camouflage for 3-5 seconds. Teemo is slowed by 25/22.5/20/17.5/15% during this effect, and gains 20/30/40/50/60% Attack Speed for 3 seconds when it ends. Camouflage does not tick down while Teemo is in a brush or is standing still.
-Base Damage down 200/325/450 >>> 150/250/350
-AP ratio down 0.5 >>> 0.4
-Mushrooms health up from 6 at all ranks to 6/8/10
-Mushroom max ammo count up from 3 at all ranks to 3/4/5