Welcome back to Patch Chat! We’re Riot’s Playtest Team, a group of high ranking League players whose job it is to play the hell out of things (lane tests, competitive testing, etc) and give actionable, objective feedback to designers.
Every two weeks - concurrent with the release of [patch notes](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-610-notes) - we’re going to be hosting a discussion here on the state of balance on the current patch. **Take this opportunity to ask us any questions about the state of the game.**
This patch sees the release of Taliyah, and Blake Soberanis (primary playtester of Taliyah) will be fielding questions about her. For in-game footage of Blake on The Stoneweaver, check out the [VOD from our recent PBE stream](https://www.twitch.tv/leaguecommunity/v/64410127?t=0h44m40s)!
Blake “_Sobe_” Soberanis
>Taliyah is one of my favorite champions because she’s easy to pick up but difficult to master (I always feel like I learn a new way to play Taliyah each time I play the champ).
>She has some very high base damage and ratios, particularly on the Q; its high damage and low cooldown is scary, and is only gated by exhausted ground. This makes roaming on her extra satisfying; you get more damage because you won’t have been exhausting ground in bot lane.
>Taliyahs that get ahead can use the extra AP they have to snowball extra hard, but Taliyahs that fall behind will tend to suffer more than usual. It’s probably not super likely that Taliyah will get solo kills in most matchups, so to get the AP she needs to make an impact, she’s going to have to make plays around the map.
Also, [Patch 6.9](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-69-notes) shook up the game massively with new items, champion reworks, and systemic changes. With so much new in the game, there will be consequences falling out for weeks to come. This patch has been our chance to see how 6.9 played out and adjust slightly. Feel free to leave any questions about the Mage Update or the 6.10 followup patch in the comments below!
What do you think about Taliyah? Curious what it’s like to work as a Riot playtester? Maybe some questions about [Patch 6.10](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-610-notes) as a whole? As usual, feel free to ask any questions about balance or what exactly our job is! We will be around for the next few hours and will try to answer as many questions as possible.
Adam "_Afic_" Cohen
Ben “_Cezium_” Burkhardt
Shawn “_I Am The IRS_” Currie
Miles “_Daydreamin_” Hoard
Bao “_Bao_” Lam
Mattias “_Gentleman Gustaf_” Lehman
Nicholas “_Nickwu_” Smith
Blake “_Sobe_” Soberanis
Trevor “_ThEntropist_” Thernes