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Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: March 30
Any thoughts on Malzahar? The recent nerfs to his other ablities have made his W much more important relative to the rest of his kit (for both farming and actually killing stuff), while it's also the ability Malzahar has the lease control over and from talking to other Malzahars, it's the least interesting Malz ability? Any chance for moving power away from his W to the rest of his kit? Repertoir seemed to share this opinion as well during our conversation. Thanks!
: I think a directional shift to where Malz is less reliable but deals more damage could make for a solid champion. I bet a lot of people play him in large part for his reliability, however, so I'd be pretty hesitant to just sign him up for that kind of work. Not many mages have that reliability profile anymore. Citing his per game damage relative to other mid laners doesn't seem like a very convincing reason for change tbh. These charts tend to have pretty high correlation to whether the champion deals a bunch of AoE damage rather than single target, as well as whether they have high or low reach. Malz's damage is pretty single target focused and low reach overall (especially when compared to many other mid laners), so I'd expect him to be pretty low on these charts. I could buy that Malz would be more satisfying if he traded off some raw ult CC duration power for a bit more damage, but I'm not sure most of his player base would want to see him become much less reliable.
Firstly I really appreciate you found the time to discuss the champion! As for your resposne, I understand the sentiment here, but isn't there some kind of a sweet spot, a sort of a middle ground between his current state and my suggestions? From my experience when talking to other Malz mains, we are not picking him for his Ult, we just like a dark mage with DOT abilities and cool thematic. We like his silence, we like his DoT and we loved his old W. I concede the argument with damage done wasn't the strongest one, but from my perspective as a long time Malz main, I've never felt his combat power to be this low. I have people flashing away or running away with slivers of health that would have been a 100% dead before. I understand this was exactly the point of the changes, but I feel like they really went a bit too far. When you can't kill your laner after sucessfully poking him down and landing your combo, what's even the point going for the fight in the first place. His ult is one of those "I want this target dead" ults, similar to Syndra or Veigar. If you can no longer do that, let me tell you that is not a good feeling. He's a short range mage that has to get into the thick of the fight in order to succeed, but now I feel he isn't rewarded enough for it and judging from the reactions here and on reddit, a lot of long time Malz players feel the same. Would you say he is in a good state power wise? Are there perhaps any plans to revisit him later? His current W seems to be a source of lots of trouble with Malzahar, while also being the least fun of his abilities, that is however necessary for him to deal damage. Any plans for that?
Bultz (NA)
: Please just fire your live team already
Just a one question.. if everything is so OP, how come there are Yasuo players in challenger? By your logic, they must be either really lucky or cheaters. But I think we all know the answer. They are actually good at the game. Unlike you.
Bultz (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=Jovius,realm=EUNE,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=4RHlGWUc,comment-id=00010000000000000000,timestamp=2018-03-20T16:43:36.025+0000) > > And Yet i have better stats on melee champions than you do. > > Focus on yourself, get better at Yasuo and stop complaining on forums. Because you never fucking play them duhh. I will not fucking stop complaining. If you don't like people complaining about the game on the game forums maybe you should leave? fuck are you here for? memes?
So let me recap. You are a bad player. You are bad at the champions you play. You don't have positive win rate on any of your champions, yet you attack me for being bad and you want the live balance team to be fired? Yasuo has 49% average win rate. You have 44%. You are worse Yasuo player than an average Yasuo player. How has anything you say any merit? You have no clue what you are talking about. You don't understand the game, you don't know how to play your champions. You are the last person to suggest changes to anything in the game. On top of that, you really believe forums are for people like you to complain? Maybe forums are for.. I don't know... discussion? You are a meme. You are stereotypical silver Yasuo main. I'd love to spectate your ranked game sometimes :-D
Bultz (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=Jovius,realm=EUNE,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=4RHlGWUc,comment-id=000100000000,timestamp=2018-03-20T15:29:33.624+0000) > > You are Silver 5 with 44% Win Rate on Yasuo. You have 1.7 KDA on the champion and you have more deaths than kills out of almost 60 games. Out of these sixty games, you average 5.6 minions per minute, which means you have no idea how to farm properly > > What skill do you possibly have? > > You are just a bad player complaining about stuff you have no idea about. > > It's like me driving a van complaining about a Ferrari going faster than me. blah blah blah blah lmao your abusing metas. your shit and have lost every game with any melee carry you have played with in the last month. So instead you act good by abusing mages and assassins. Oh no the guy playing malzahar says i suck. Fucking ripe one m8.
And Yet i have better stats on melee champions than you do. Focus on yourself, get better at Yasuo and stop complaining on forums.
Bultz (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=Jovius,realm=EUNE,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=4RHlGWUc,comment-id=0001,timestamp=2018-03-20T15:15:43.566+0000) > > I was reading your post thinking "what champion does this guy play". > > I figured it can't be ADC, mage, jungler or a tank, because you complain about each. > > That left me with some sort of melee. I figured Zed or Yasuo, because of your attitude - and behold - of course you are a Yasuo main. > > So you are the guy, who locks in Yasuo against any team comp, robbing your team of a AP, in case you are mid, or a tank, in case you que as top. > > People like you deserve to be Malph ulted over and over again, until you leave along with your toxic stupid posts. *looks at match history, plays only mages assassins and tanks. Not biased at fucking all. People like you need to be put in your place for lacking any skill aside from champion abuse.
> [{quoted}](name=Bultz,realm=NA,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=4RHlGWUc,comment-id=00010000,timestamp=2018-03-20T15:19:17.283+0000) > > *looks at match history, plays only mages assassins and tanks. Not biased at fucking all. People like you need to be put in your place for lacking any skill aside from champion abuse. It's called "playing good champions" and "being a team player". Something you have no idea about.
Bultz (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=Jovius,realm=EUNE,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=4RHlGWUc,comment-id=0001,timestamp=2018-03-20T15:15:43.566+0000) > > I was reading your post thinking "what champion does this guy play". > > I figured it can't be ADC, mage, jungler or a tank, because you complain about each. > > That left me with some sort of melee. I figured Zed or Yasuo, because of your attitude - and behold - of course you are a Yasuo main. > > So you are the guy, who locks in Yasuo against any team comp, robbing your team of a AP, in case you are mid, or a tank, in case you que as top. > > People like you deserve to be Malph ulted over and over again, until you leave along with your toxic stupid posts. *looks at match history, plays only mages assassins and tanks. Not biased at fucking all. People like you need to be put in your place for lacking any skill aside from champion abuse.
You are Silver 5 with 44% Win Rate on Yasuo. You have 1.7 KDA on the champion and you have more deaths than kills out of almost 60 games. Out of these sixty games, you average 5.6 minions per minute, which means you have no idea how to farm properly What skill do you possibly have? You are just a bad player complaining about stuff you have no idea about. It's like me driving a van complaining about a Ferrari going faster than me.
Bultz (NA)
: Please just fire your live team already
I was reading your post thinking "what champion does this guy play". I figured it can't be ADC, mage, jungler or a tank, because you complain about each of those. That left me with some sort of melee. I figured Zed or Yasuo, because of your attitude - and behold - of course you are a Yasuo main. So you are the guy, who locks in Yasuo against any team comp, robbing your team of an AP champ, in case you are mid, or a tank, in case you queue as top. People like you deserve to be Malph ulted over and over again, until you leave along with your toxic stupid posts. You don't care about the game. You just got destroyed as Yasuo. You didn't kill someone as Yasuo because of heal/shield, or Veigar one shotted you late game, or you got Pulverized/Malph ulted, or a Malzahar ulted you that one time, or you tower dove like a braindead Yasuo main you are and died, or Shen fucked you up in top lane. Your entire post is based solely on your Yasuo play and your angry idiotic suggestions are pointed towards you being able to play Yasuo easier. Newsflash, moron, this game doesn't revolve around your favourite champion. You picked a high risk, high reward champion. You not being able to pilot him properly to have success is not a game problem, it's a YOU problem. Either get good or shut up.
  Rioter Comments
: Any news on buffs for mid and top lane nidalee? She still really really really needs help.
She doesn't. She is a jungler. Nobody here is asking for mid and top Khazix buffs either. Whats next? You want to play assasin Caitlyn top?
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: March 14
Hello Meddler, I tweeted at you recently about Malzahar {{champion:90}} . What do you think about thim at the moment? He got shafted pretty hard compared to other dominant picks and lost a lot of his damage. Any plans for him? I feel he is now picked not to carry, but to ult, due to reliability of his CC, which is sad. It is this reason, the reliablity, why he was nerfed so hard I suspect. I feel something in the manner of shifting power away from his W and R are the way to go. Give him the Sejuani treatment. Remove W, which is problematic and boring to use, replace with another ability (like his old W), make R less reliable, i.e. baseline only slows but when the target stands in hiw W (his old Null Zone) or is affected by E it surpresses like it does now. I understand why he was nerfed, he is reliable, but other picks are as well (Ryze, Azir) and weren't messed with nearly as hard.
: with all those partial reverts, comebacks and balance changes in the PBE
His Q and his E are fine abilities, as is his Passive, which he needs to function as a short range battle mage (similar to Ryze having a shield in his kit, Vlad having is pool, Swain having healing and root or Viktor having a shield on his Q). I'd really focus on his W and R. Firstly, remove the voidlings. W is important ability for Malz, he does 50% less damage without it, but it is just so tedious to use. This is the place in his kit where another ability could really increase his skill cap. If we keep with his thematic as a short range, DoT and CC mage, an ability with in line with this theme could be introduced. I'm all for returning his old W, with slightly larger radius, slowing effect and percentage health shred. The enemies would be slowed by the field by 90% for the first say half a second. His R would lose the pool, keep only the direct damage tether and instead of suppression would slow the target by X%. If the enemy would be ulted while standing in the pool, the Ultimate would surpress the target like it does now. With these changes, you would get rid of his autopush and reliance on his Voidlings, you would get his opponents the counterplay ("dont stand in the pool"), to the Malzahar a skill expression on his combo - drop pool on the target, use to slow to get E on him and ult him, his team fighting would improve, as he wouldnt be solely reliant on his ult, but could deal tone of AoE damage with his Q, W and E, while retaining his strong utility. Its really similar approach a lot champions have where they have to prep their ult with the rest of their kit. Syndra has to either stun her target or drop multiple spheres for her ult to kill a target, Orianna has to position her ball, Ryze has to spread his E if he is to do any damage in team fight, Zoe needs to land her sleep, Taliyah her shove Combo and Azir has to prep his soldiers.
DW Diana (NA)
: As a malz main I both agree and disagree with this post. Have riot nerfed Malz to the ground? Yes. Is he now hard to win with? Yes. Can you still scale with him? Yes! He is by no means useless, he just requires being played a different way. The changes to AP items on any competent malz player will be seen as a massive buff, with his standard build of liandy's and rylais giving his e some serious % hp damage. Yes his early game suffers, and yes having your voidlings killed REALLY screws up your laning phase and needs a fix, but I disagree that you can't level with him, you just need a reliable jg to gank, and more importantly learn to roam with ghost, get other lanes ahead, and scale into mid/late game where he can still be viable
I really don't think I need any Malz tips as seen here :-): http://eune.op.gg/summoner/userName=jovius I just think the treatment he got was unfair comapred to other dominant picks (see Ryze, Azir, Taliyah) and that he should be changed in the manner as Sejuani was changed, giving more power to his kit and less to his ult and voidlings.
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: March 3
What do you think about Malzahar? The recent series of nerfs impacted him quite heavily, taking away some of his late game scaling, while (with the changes to minion aggro) weakening his already poor laning phase. I think he suffers from the same problem as old Sejuani, where his ult makes up a large majority of his power. He was hit considerably harder than other dominant mid lane picks such as Taliyah, Ryze or Azir. Any intentions of changing him or at least giving him some power in his scaling back? (Slight buffs to ult and Q)?
Glory97 (EUW)
: > [{quoted}](name=Jovius,realm=EUNE,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=c5N5LrkY,comment-id=,timestamp=2018-03-01T09:11:56.250+0000) > but he has clear weaknesses in his laning phase and can be shut down and played around by people with brain. People who claim he has OP are the same who will say Darius is OP. Any further explanation on what particular weakness malz might have in his laning phase? From my perspective he is just a permapush bot, that repeatedly uses e and w onto minions, completly shutting down the enemy midlaner. There is no midlaner that is even close to match his waveclear and if you try you'll run out of mana within 1 minute. I don't think that darius is op, and I can somewhat play arround malz ulti but I have no idea what I should do against his oppresive waveclear. And this is also why malz being op is very problematic for midlane. Anyone can just perma-push midlane and completly shut-down the enemy midlaner. It doesn't need skill at all. I don't mind syndra or cassio being strong, but malz being string is a very serious issue. And aside from all that, 48,8% is far, VERY FAR away from unplayable.
Your comment suggest you either have no idea how to play against Malzahar or your mid laners don't. All you have to do, is kill his voidlings, which are dead to either one auto or any aoe spell. This is why every Malzahar playing in a higher elo in proplay is always 10-20 cs behind and pushed under his tower, because those guys know how bad his early game is. Generalization like yours "oppresive waveclear" or "permapush bot" is exactly why his win rate was so inflated. People dont use their brain when playing vs him and then complain on forums about how opressive he is. Kill his voidlings, and he has no damage and no push. When somebody picks him against me, I just play Orianna into him, wait for his voidlings and instantly kill them with a Q. He cant farm without them and if he is dumb enough to ult me without his R up, well.. he just wasted his R and I can shove him under tower and do something on the rest of the map. Any champion with range and poke can deal with Malz easily. Your job as a Malzahar is to survive laning phase. If you can't deal with his push, that's a YOU problem, not Malzahar being imbalanced.
: As much as I would like Old Malzahar back, the community has been stuck with this current version for too long. As soon as he is reverted, there will be mass bitching about his ratios and base damage (Never mind the longer cooldowns) and he'll just get nerfed to oblivion again. Will he get played in pro play without his shield to keep him safe? Probably not. (Which would be a good thing) But people will still bitch about things they hate. Cause if you start hating something for life, you're gonna hate it for life. The rework was the start of the hate.
I don't want old Malzahar back, this one is fine. I would welcome new W, instead of his voidlings, which I think is problematic part of his kit. But if he keeps getting nerfed because of his reliability I say pull back on the reliability so he can be more powerful.
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Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: February 28
What do you think about Malzahar? The recent series of nerfs impacted him quite heavily, taking away some of his late game scaling, while (with the changes to minion aggro) weakening his already poor laning phase. I think he suffers from the same problem as old Sejuani, where his ult makes up a large majority of his power. He was hit considerably harder than other dominant mid lane picks such as Taliyah, Ryze or Azir. Any intentions of changing him or at least giving him some power in his scaling back? (Slight buffs to ult and Q)?
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