Sylas, the Unshackled

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I hope a Rioter can explain why his ult is point and click. Out of all the things in this game that should be a skillshot, this isn't and its mind boggling.
Arakadia (NA)
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Because any ult he copies most likely (and should) already have counterplay. His ult would suck if he had to aim once AND THEN aim again. Twice the potential for his ult to do nothing.
Reav3 (NA)
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This. When we tested a skillshot version he was very weak, because he had to land a skillshot just to get a ult, when everyone else in thegame just gets those same ults without having to land a skillshot.
Flemman (EUW)
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aren't you afraid of him being good or bad simply based on the enemy comp? if the enemy consist of champion with ult like tahm or ryze, he must rely on his QWE to do the work (seems to be a juggernaut) so those need high value but, in the same time, those value can't be to high because of the possibilities of a enemy team full of strong ult champ. I wish you good luck to balance him in a state were he is viable without being overbearing in some scenario (unless ult number aren't the same as the number from original champ to counter the "kit number based on ult" he will bypass)
Reav3 (NA)
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Part of Sylas's who thing is that he will be stronger/weaker depending on the enemy team comp. Thats kind of his thing.
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Hey Reav3 can I ask what was the product goals for Sylas
Reav3 (NA)
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Goals were to make a Champion capable of stealing and using other Champions ults and to make a Demician Villain, that would show the dark side of Demacia. Ability stealing is something that comes up with many players as a requested Champion idea, and we felt like it was the time to finally deliver on that.
Jeddy017 (NA)
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Villain? What villain? Does he show the dark side of Demacia? Yup. Is he an antagonists for our Demacuan roster to face? Yes. But is he a villain? From what I've seen so far, nope. If anything, he seems more like an anti-hero while Demacia appears to be the villain here. Maybe there's some future material whether he does villainous actions that has yet to be release.
Reav3 (NA)
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He is a villain, at least that's the way Demacia would view him. He is idealistic yet, but he wouldn't care if innocent people died for his cause
Jeddy017 (NA)
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While I imagine he wouldn't care about innocent non-mages die, but would he be willing to let innocent mages die? Or if mages willing stood in his way, would he kill them? Huh, this feels sort of like X-men & Sylas reminds me of Magneto.
Reav3 (NA)
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I think Magneto is actually a good comparison, in that Magneto is technically a Villian even if his intentions are good. Sylas is very similar
Magneto works as a villain because he has a foil in the X-Men who preach tolerance. You can easily see how and why Magneto’s methods are wrong. To be frank, innocent people are dying regardless of what Sylas does, so it’s hard to root against him unless we see more tolerant Demacians.
Reav3 (NA)
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I think many Demacians are actually fairly tolerant though many arn't as well, you just saw a story from the viewpoint of mage seekers, which are a radical arm of Demacia, but don't represent all of Demaician Society
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> [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=QB5mtoGK,comment-id=0016000000000002000000030000,timestamp=2019-01-08T21:48:57.371+0000) > > Goals were to make a Champion capable of stealing and using other Champions ults and to make a Demician Villain, that would show the dark side of Demacia. > > Ability stealing is something that comes up with many players as a requested Champion idea, and we felt like it was the time to finally deliver on that. Sylas is supposed to be a villain? He’s clearly the good guy in this situation
Reav3 (NA)
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Maybe to us, but I think a majority of Demacian society view him as a terrorist. He also does not care if innocent people are killed for him to achieve his goals.
@Reav3 From a difficulty-for-the-assets-department perspective, I see why he just takes the form of the champion he's stealing the ultimate of when he ults, but from an aesthetic and lore perspective, isn't it a little jarring that he, for example, doesn't just steal Lux's ultimate, but actually turns into lux while he ults?
Reav3 (NA)
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Lore-wise he doesn't actually turn into the Champ, it happens more like in the cutscene where he steals Garens Ult and just uses it, but for Gameplay Clarity it was important that we showed the animation of the ult since a lot of our Gameplay clarity is done through Champion animations.
Bultz (NA)
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> [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=QB5mtoGK,comment-id=001600000000,timestamp=2019-01-08T18:35:03.552+0000) > > This. When we tested a skillshot version he was very weak, because he had to land a skillshot just to get a ult, when everyone else in thegame just gets those same ults without having to land a skillshot. How will interact with Yasuo's ult who needs to land a skillshot to get his ult going?
Reav3 (NA)
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His E2 does a brief stun that he can combo off of
His kit is pretty clever, was it designed entirely around the idea of what he needed in a kit to make effective use of any ult? I'm just a little disappointed he's mainly a mid laner and you expect top to be less effective, he reads like a top laner visually and I main top and have wanted an AP champ for that position that I'd enjoy. He looks really cool
Reav3 (NA)
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Yeah, we built the base kit around the ult. Part of the reason he has a pretty basic, generalist kit, is that it had to work with every ult in the game, or at least a majority of them
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