: Biased Vlad main, **reeeee**! Well, if they keep 'em around they better actually deliver on the whole "Soul fuel" premise of him siphoning his own essence and his foes' to achieve his goals of eternal conquest.
: With Irelia's recent VGU; Musings on Mordekaiser's place in League's Ecosystem /His Gameplay niche
I look forward to when Riot tackles Mordekaiser in 2023. > **Health costs?** Small subcategory here, but should Mordekaiser retain his HP costs? Yes, I believe so at least. Part of it is personal appeal, I like health costs even if they don't really manifest in gameplay (when was the last time you decided against using an ability as a HP Caster because you were afraid of the health cost?). I like the idea of using up health to fuel spells and abilities, simple as that. The other part is that they're thematically fulfilling and appealing. It reinforces the idea that you're playing a blood mage who weaponizes blood and fuels it with blood, or the idea that you dominate, claim, and use souls as fuel, or that you're nothing but an artificial life form with your wits and your green goo on the Rift. That and, as far as I know Riot has never changed the resources of a Champion. Even Aatrox is still technically a HP Caster with the piddly 30 cost on his E and nothing else.
: didn't he live in a cave for a while? maybe he just missed the invasion? ~~I'm assuming kayn is there because he started off as just a noxian soldier?~~ > Noxian by birth, Kayn and others like him were conscripted as child soldiers, a cruel practice employed by only the most devious commanders of the empire. he was.
The minor lore update I mentioned makes Vlad out to be an instrumental force in Noxus since the founding days of the empire...and that's about as much as we know. There's no feasible way Vladimir missed the invasion unless he was on holiday or uninterested.
: You're right, he's a ketchup monster
Man at least don't take someone elses Vlad = ketchup joke.
Luxychan (NA)
: Honestly, when I think Noxus, my first thought isn't Vlad. I can understand feeling left out though. We need more lore! Lore all around! Give us more lore please! Wait.. what were we talking about again? {{sticker:sg-lux-2}}
: How it feels like to play against vladimir
But where is the succ? The succ is the most important part.
: > [{quoted}](name=Tides of Blood,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=y8YZXvMu,comment-id=,timestamp=2018-03-19T15:26:07.871+0000) > > Where's Vlad? > Hi ToB, I love conspiracy theories, and would love to confirm yours, but sadly I cannot. When we make any video featuring gameplay, we make the video for a worldwide audience. This means we localize the video voice over into the appropriate language, and also have to make sure that we understand and respect each regions cultural sensitivities. Vlad as an example is bloodred in the west, but in most eastern countries, his abilities are black. So when a discrepancy like this exists, we have to weigh a few things. * What does including the champion add to the video? * Could another champion fill the same spot? * Does including the champion add enough value to the story that it justifies creating additional versions for each region? We seriously considered using Vlad, but ultimately we could tell the Irelia story without him. With that being the case, we made the decision that it would be better to spend our time leveling up the video, as opposed to having to do multiple versions to include him. All of that said, should we ever decide to tell a story that Vlad would help make amazing, we'd 100% include him, and do the red version for regions where he's red, and black version for the regions he's black. Hope that helps explain things a bit!
Aaaaah, I see, I see. It really does, and I'm incredibly grateful you took the time to come in here and alleviate my concerns. The reasons you've given add up and are more than fair in my mind. I can understand why these choices would add up in the final decision to include or not include Vladimir, I was probably a bit too emotionally charged when I made the post to think rationally and really try to dissect the reasoning from your end. Again, thanks for your time and reassurance, it's nice to know we're not forgotten. Looking forward to whatever Riot might have planned for Vlad, hopefully that might even crossover with the darkin and blood magic.
: Cause he doesnt stain his robes with filthy Ionian blood on the field, he absobs it through all the slaves that Noxus took back to the homeland.
I wouldnt call Ionian blood filthy, it's not like it's Demacian blood.
Doozku (NA)
: I don't know about you, but when I think about Noxus, I don't really think about Vlad. Hell, an average person with minimal knowledge about the lore would probably not even know that he's a Noxian unless he already knew. Sure he is red but he doesn't look much like a Noxian anymore. He does probably need something though. Like maybe some new lore or a new skin? I think his last skin was soulstealer vlad and Vlad is a pretty iconic champion.
He's getting a new skin sometime this year, it was confirmed in the same way Riot stepped up and said Cass/Yorick/Illaoi/some others would get one within the previous 12 months. So that's nice, I can't complain about that. It's just frustrating to feel ignored. I'm a sad Vlad boi.
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Auccuatt (NA)
: Honestly, I think FIddlesticks is in a worse spot than Vladimir.
I mean I agree wholeheartedly, but this isnt about a VGU for Vlad, just a line or two in the Aatrox update. I would kill for a Fiddlesticks VGU.
: do you have a link to where this was said, im just very interested.
https://www.reddit.com/r/AatroxMains/comments/833p0i/aatrox_is_getting_a_new_model_with_the_update/dvfvxo9/ Check Reav3's comments
: when did they say that aatrox's gu is changed to vgu?
https://www.reddit.com/r/AatroxMains/comments/833p0i/aatrox_is_getting_a_new_model_with_the_update/dvfvxo9/ Reav3's comments state a new model and VO at the least.
Elfezen (NA)
: Since Vladimir must become a lot different now to not look like an outdated Swain he can just become one of the 2 last darkin since he is related to them
Excuse you, Swain looks like someone trying to cosplay Vlad, he's just in awe of his bloody radiance.
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: {{item:3123}} {{item:3165}} {{item:3033}} {{item:3075}}
k wìx (NA)
: If you were taking a non-marksman bot lane as the 'carry' role - who would you take and why?
{{champion:8}} Because {{champion:8}} is best girl. ~~Also because he's a scaling AoE monster with low enough CDs to have consistent damage and some of the nastiest longevity-through-healing in game~~
Bultz (NA)
: Melee champions vs tanks, someone explain to me.
Sounds like you just couldnt _bear_ it.
: Vladimir? It hasn't been THAT long since Soulstealer, has it? Soulstealer looks so sleek and modern.
: Alright, who the fuck let me win Narrative? EDIT: Seriously though, this is amazing, and a great honor. Thank you, dear jury.
Someone with excellent taste.
: Jax's Favorite Food
: Blood Magic. Fleshed out. {{sticker:sg-lulu}}
: Mordekaiser got more lore than Vladimir in this Noxus' Update. Let that sink in.
Naalith (NA)
: Which champion without canon lore do you want to see a new story of the most?
I'd use all three of my picks for Vlad, dude could use some love. He's got oodles of potential as both an individual character and as a major player within Noxus's hierarchy and power structure, and blood magic is something myself and a lot of other people I know would _really_ like to see fleshed out. He didnt even get anything during the Noxus Update. _grumble grumble_
: Looking into some Heal/Shield stuff during the 8.6 cycle. Unsure what the outcome of that will be, but if we move forward with it, Janna would certainly be affected.
Will this Heal/Shield stuff affect self-healers and self-shielders?
: https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/34908418/Bildschirmfoto2018-02-26um12.23.03.png
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: https://www.mobafire.com/images/champion/square/shen.png http://40.media.tumblr.com/fe76a4edc1d51b0a041ec8ee101e5fa0/tumblr_nea4i9gpfB1qgrdiqo1_1280.png ######Report Shen for not playing an actual tank.
https://www.mobafire.com/images/champion/square/shen.png http://www.lol-wallpapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Sacred-Sword-Janna-HD-Wallpaper-Background-Official-Art-Artwork-League-of-Legends-lol-3.jpg ftfy
: Zoe got nerfed
It's a beautiful thing.
Rioter Comments
: He's been afflicted with the mordekaiser bug that doesn't allow him to pick any other champion anymore.
> [{quoted}](name=Trollmanship,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=YLKytFIo,comment-id=0005,timestamp=2018-02-17T00:31:33.448+0000) > > He's been afflicted with the mordekaiser bug that doesn't allow him to pick any other champion anymore. That's closer to the truth than you think.
: > [{quoted}](name=Mordepool,realm=NA,application-id=Ir7ZrJjF,discussion-id=Lc6mfUjT,comment-id=0000000000000000,timestamp=2018-02-10T17:01:16.775+0000) > > You can beat me ~~off~~ next time Not unless you are a futa Ahri, Jinx, or Riven baby {{sticker:sg-lulu}}
PhRoXz0n (NA)
: AP Itemization on PBE (8.4)
Does Riot have any long-term plans in regards to how bipolar healing champions get when GW is or isnt in effect, or are you content with the current state of healers' effectiveness being at the mercy of enemies remembering to buy GW items; or healers being incredibly frustrating when you don't yet have GW against them? I guess it's no longer slapped onto the go-to core mage item, which is nice, but now it also applies GW regardless of HP%, which is the one thing that felt fair about the old Morello's.
: {{champion:136}} He gives so much opportunity for counterplay, if he's winning against you, he deserves to. {{champion:30}} Personal bias on this one since he's my main, but if he's winning against you it's because of one of two things, you are bad at dodging, or he has much better decison making than you do. The champion has a lot of weaknesses that are very easy to exploit and pretty much anyone can do well against him if they're smart. {{champion:14}} Never seen a Sion in game and thought, "oh that's bullshit." He's a straightforward, well balanced champ. {{champion:19}} New Warwick is really fun to play against personally, he warns you that he's potentially coming when he's far away, can miss his ult, and is a very fair champ. {{champion:115}} My opinion of him is, and always shall be; meh, you exist, you go do your thing. Never been mad at a Ziggs once.
Full agreement with your list. Personally I'd also add {{champion:101}} {{champion:99}} {{champion:161}} to my list, for the same reasons as Ziggs. Also {{champion:119}}, because his axe catching minigame is interactive for both sides and even when he's kicking your arse it's a treat to watch a good Draven do their thing.
: Well, he is getting buffs. But I honestly think he does suffer from similar feast/famine problems Morde does, mostly because he's a very selfish champion himself with little to no team utility.
: Ah, makes me miss old Zoe. You know, back when she didn't exist.
: Why I am quitting Mordekaiser
Damn shame, but I hope this makes you happier. Looks like you won't be playing him any _More_-de.
: This is the best change Riot has made in years.
As a Vladimir main I'm actually looking forward to this. Having an extra level of depth to using my Q makes me excited!
Wuq (NA)
: "The New Swain Rework Looks Great"
Being reminded of Symphony of the Night Dracula makes me __really__ want a Vlad VGU.
: Swain rework is what I want for the Vladimir rework.
Kinda hurts how true this is, but that's what happens when over the years their thematic elements get closer and closer together. Granted, I still love both of them so it doesnt bother me, but I feel for my fellow Vlad mains who just want to see the man in red get a nice update.
: Swain's hair: Possible compromise/solution?
Although I have no issues with his current hair length, I think he could go for a good haircut. _drools slightly_
Xcion (NA)
: Zoe and Vayne have a 50%+ ban rate
: Sigh...fine! Take this https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/192357592876449793/403661178414563328/SwainUpvote.gif
Rioter Comments
: Dragon Master Swain hinted on PBE?
God, I hope they reveal Swain soon and all this hyping doesnt...dragon.
: > [{quoted}](name=I am Rubick Sama,realm=EUW,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=bezlw66Z,comment-id=0002,timestamp=2018-01-10T00:06:48.450+0000) > > that's why i'm jealous of you > > your main got reworked by certainlyt to be healthy in the botlane > > my TRUE main stayed top and is terrible in a terrible lane, which forced me to main mordekaiser over darius Although I'm aware Vladimir's rework was to reduce his toxic game-play, I can say it's really injured him to the point of being unusable. I miss Vlad main. Sometimes re-works aren't for the best, just slight adjustments.
Sometimes they arent for the best. Vlad's was. At no point post MYMU you could call Vlad even close to "unusable". He's better off in every way.
Bârd (NA)
: They're pretty excited, actually. A couple aren't excited that their main might be reworked for their promos, but the consensus is HYPEHYPEHYPEHYPEHYPE.
The crying is in reference to how he's still not out yet, not that they don't want him reworked.
: No you aren't. https://imgur.com/kjiMM7K
I'm leaking fluids either way.
Rioter Comments
: Spideraxe: Swain teaser will be out any day now
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/299493047899521024/399921339919630337/Spideraxe.PNG Even I am not ok with this kind of teasing.
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