: Remove the entire Runes/Mastery system and replace it with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Instead buff champs and items accordingly.
Though I'd want the season 5 runes and masteries back, at this point I'd rather just not have runes or masteries anymore than deal with Riot trying for 3 years to fix what was built broken. Keystones will NEVER be a healthy addition to the game and will ONLY harm balance and champion fairness, and until they figure that out, we'll be stuck in state of perpetually toxic gameplay because balancing both the (awful) reworks or "modernizations" of champions, and the keystones we all abuse in order to compete, is _impossible._ Riot, make this easier for yourselves, bite the bullet, accept that the new masteries are an irreparable clusterfuck, and just remove them so you can balance the champions based on their kits rather than what keystones they (ab)use.
: Tencent. CertainlyT. Riot. In that order. If CT wants to make a champ, he has to then give it to two other people before it hits the game. Innovative? For a single player game he would be great...but for a MOBA he's missing an understanding somewhere imho.
>but for a MOBA he's missing an understanding **every**where imho. FTFY
: If you had the power to change ONE thing about LoL, what would it be?
Either revert everything to season 5, or replace every dev with "Gameplay" in their title with people who actually give a shit about the game instead of tunnel-visioning on the state of the pro-scene and how flashy and obnoxious they can make it.
: Theory: Daniel Z Klein was fired long ago but Rioters use his account to troll the community.
Rαy (EUW)
: Daniel Z. Klein not working for Riot Games anymore
While I'm happy Riot actually did something about this (which I didn't think they would,) I feel like I need to get a bit sappy here. It was quite a remarkable thing to see players who frequently go at it on the Boards with their ideas of what League should be, X meta backers vs Y meta backers who constantly war against each other, and more Riot apologists than I thought who argue with harsh critics like myself mostly be on the same side against this sick moron. But now that he's gone, we have to start fighting again... https://i.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/025/382/Screen_Shot_2018-02-06_at_3.37.14_PM.png
: What do you want out of league in 2019?
I've been keeping a list. Remove these: • Duskblade • Protobelt • Redemption • Edge of Night • Banner of Command • Rapid Firecannon • Runaan’s Hurricane • Gargoyle’s Stoneplate • Plants • First Tower blood • Herald • Scuttle Crab • Baron buff minions * Stormrazor Rework these: • Yasuo • Kalista • Zoe • Ekko • Kayn • Thresh • Rakan • Soraka • Janna • Vayne • Zed • Lee Sin • Kindred • Camille • ~~Irelia~~ • ~~Volibear~~ “Good enough for now” • ~~Nunu~~ • Tryndamere • ~~Swain~~ • Kayle • Morgana • Yi Revert these: • The entire Runes Reforged update, preferably to the season 5 state with our real runes returned • Sightstone changes • Lethality – Armor Pen • Jungle items (season 3 / 4) • Dragons (pre-Elemental) • Abyssal Mask – Abyssal Scepter • Guardian Angel • Zhonya’s Hourglass (season 3) • Banshee’s Veil • Last Whisper • Thornmail • Randuin’s Omen (season 3) • ~~BotRK~~ "Good enough" • Trinity Force • Maokai • Zac • Sej • Ahri – season 4 “It's a start, but not good enough. Grow a spine and remove the MS boost, then return her old heal passive and revert the charm duration buff.” • Skarner • ~~Kog’maw~~ (season 3/4) “Ehh...good enough I guess” • Graves Revert and Start over: • Fiora • Darius • Katarina • Mordekaiser • Talon • Rengar "The snowballing is still a problem" • Syndra • Malzahar • ~~Leblanc~~ • Garen Return these: • Purchasable wards • Upgradable Trinkets • Runic Bulwark • Team Builder
D357R0Y3R (EUW)
: If men aren't welcomed anymore in gaming
ASSUMING GENDER PROFILING MICROAGGRESSION TRIGGERED REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
: > [{quoted}](name=Keevalroy,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=6RXZLe3a,comment-id=00000000,timestamp=2018-09-06T14:48:40.222+0000) > > The subreddit already IS their main platform because it functions as their safe space, and considering all of the social justice cuckery sprouting up and growing like weeds after a rain storm inside of Riot HQ, you can be sure the mods will be going into _**super**_ - fascist mode (more than they normally are) to try and suppress the dissent. Case and point, they're actively deleting threads and comments about it, even civil threads simply asking for discussion. I've known they've been doing this for a while, I mean it's really not breaking news. You just gotta think though, it's an L for the mods as well because it was such a huge fucking flood, and they're basically on 24/7 call duty to delete any and everything related to it. I guess they enjoy doing slave labor for zero compensation? They must have no life outside of their precious little subreddit.
> [{quoted}](name=WomboComboDombo,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=6RXZLe3a,comment-id=000000000000,timestamp=2018-09-06T14:55:01.245+0000) > > I've known they've been doing this for a while, I mean it's really not breaking news. You just gotta think though, it's an L for the mods as well because it was such a huge fucking flood, and they're basically on 24/7 call duty to delete any and everything related to it. I guess they enjoy doing slave labor for zero compensation? They must have no life outside of their precious subreddit. I suppose they do. Glory to Dear Leader and death to his enemies and all that, right? Plus, this controversy would send their esports vomit, Riot white knighting, and pro scene drama down off of the front page and holy shit what a tragedy that would be.
: Very good points, pretty sure 80% or more of the people on these boards agree to full or at least some extent right now. I mean they can keep ignoring it for however long they want but, Riot best start making the subreddit their main platform cuz they ain't getting these boards back lol.
> [{quoted}](name=WomboComboDombo,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=6RXZLe3a,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2018-09-06T13:29:13.727+0000) > > Very good points, pretty sure 80% or more of the people on these boards agree to full or at least some extent right now. I mean they can keep ignoring it for however long they want but, Riot best start making the subreddit their main platform cuz they ain't getting these boards back lol. The subreddit already IS their main platform because it functions as their safe space, and considering all of the social justice cuckery sprouting up and growing like weeds after a rain storm inside of Riot HQ, you can be sure the mods will be going into _**super**_ - fascist mode (more than they normally are) to try and suppress the dissent. Case and point, they're actively deleting threads and comments about it, even civil threads simply asking for discussion.
: I'm surprised I have only had one thing removed in this whole situation.
> [{quoted}](name=Irelia Bot,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=QpHA81PQ,comment-id=0006,timestamp=2018-09-06T11:17:48.380+0000) > > I'm surprised I have only had one thing removed in this whole situation. I haven't either, and I called DZK a creature and a lunatic. Figured the Riot police would be all over insults like that.
ItzModsy (NA)
: Same thing is happening to me, when what I said does not even come close to what their employee was given the green light to say but Riot is so good about being equal these days that it's probably just us being man babies again. (Can't wait til this comment is removed too! ^_^ Thinking of going full Reddit mode yet? Will really just blow over if you ask me, it's a perfect idea.)
> [{quoted}](name=ItzModsy,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=QpHA81PQ,comment-id=0001,timestamp=2018-09-06T02:21:52.052+0000) > > Same thing is happening to me, when what I said does not even come close to what their employee was given the green light to say but Riot is so good about being equal these days that it's probably just us being man babies again. Who is the bigger manbaby? The one who posts the content, or the one who wants to remove it for hurting their feelings?
: > [{quoted}](name=Keevalroy,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=Reexh3KR,comment-id=00040000,timestamp=2018-09-04T17:18:17.861+0000) > > Choking and gagging? That sounds like UhPrEsHuN to me. I better report you, throw a twitter tantrum, blacklist anything remotely close to your name, and cry about it to my co-workers. > > Now then, what else can I be offended about? Anyone have an ergonomic keyboard? I'm feeling oppressed for having to temporarily use one to fix an office workstation and feel the need to verbally shit myself in front of anyone who can hear me. > > --- > > Look, I'm all for equal rights, I support the LGBT community, I have two gay friends, but holy fucknuts this creature is a fucking lunatic who is too sick in the head to be representing a company - ANY company - spouting this trash. I am all for equality and that stuff too, but that man isnt looking for equality at all, he is a textbook example of a hypocrite and a sexist at the same time. With a ill temper too. Discriminating against the men at a convention to give the women some payback for the sexual discrimination scandals that have been ongoing inside riot itself and in the world in general? While using actions to teach that women are indeed inferior and in need of protection from the "overgrown manbabies"? Guy does indeed either seem to have a split personality for how he views things or he is infact truly a anti women sexist who hopes to teach the world that women cant do anything without heaps of special privileges by supporting this shit ._.
> Guy does indeed either seem to have a split personality for how he views things or he is infact truly a anti women sexist who hopes to teach the world that women cant do anything without heaps of special privileges by supporting this shit ._. Possible originally, but later on the pendulum swung so far the other way that it's embedded into the ceiling. It's funny since that's how Riot balances League too. Do middle ground and common sense or in this case, decency just not exist at Riot anymore?
: I dont know if its true but i saw a comment somewhere claiming that a friendly rioteer had leaked to "us" that riots policy for this matter is going to be staying silent and just wait for it to blow over. Hells when this shit went down for GW2 they immediately kicked out the offending person, .......then we have Riot HQ shutting itself silent as the dead and acting like a obstinate turtle in a shell. I´d be tempted to boil it if it wasnt illegal :( What´s even more interesting that Daniel, the man behind this entire mess himself is actually a confirmed sexist, check this thread for details ; https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/general-discussion/iy7umrTH-daniel-z-kleins-hypocrisy-on-youtube?comment=000700010000 A comment that he wrote goes like this: "When was the last time a woman behaved rationally? That´s right, Eve, in the garden of eden....." Holy moly if this isnt looking down on women like hitler did the jews then i dont know what ._. We´ve had who even knows how many amazing women throughout history, both unknown and extremely well known and in between those, many well known exactly for their good thinking, logical ability and more. And he goes full on to say something like that, completely just spitting on all that. Then he goes of to go on a White knight parade? Saying that men are evil and stupid? Hell the stench of hypocrisy is so thick a person could choke and gag on it.
> Hell the stench of hypocrisy is so thick a person could choke and gag on it. Choking and gagging? That sounds like UhPrEsHuN to me. I better report you, throw a twitter tantrum, blacklist anything remotely close to your name, and cry about it to my co-workers. Now then, what else can I be offended about? Anyone have an ergonomic keyboard? I'm feeling oppressed for having to temporarily use one to fix an office workstation and feel the need to verbally shit myself in front of anyone who can hear me. --- Look, I'm all for equal rights, I support the LGBT community, I have two gay friends, but holy fucknuts this creature is a fucking lunatic who is too sick in the head to be representing a company - ANY company - spouting this trash.
: Preseason Development Update 1
> Also, if you feel like there’s something that we're not doing that you think would be a big improvement to the game, we’d love to hear it. 1. Revert Runes Reforged to literally any runes/masteries state that doesn't include keystones. 2. Keep reverting the class updates. 3. Don't let CertainlyT near the game anymore. That's the big three.
: The fact that his entire kit counters something: - Q is a pain in the ass for melees who lane against him; - W Cockblocks everything with a projectile; - E makes people with telegraphed abilities and immobile champs cry; - R bonus armor pen is a middle finger to tanks; No wonder why he's so disliked. In terms of toxic gameplay, he only loses to {{champion:142}}
>In terms of toxic gameplay, he only loses to {{champion:142}} Both coincidentally made by the same guy. Neat huh? And guess what, they're letting him make another one. Fun stuff right? It's not like his designs only get more cancerous with each release right? Oh wait...
: What kind of music, if any, do you listen to while you play League of Legends?
Kinda picky about what I like, but in a broad range without much specificity, anything from the softest Evanescence to the hardest Kataklysm and whatever falls between those categories in rock/metal.
: Usually any rock or metal I just recently discovered Blind Guardian
> [{quoted}](name=Quiet Dude,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=n8Kb5UGe,comment-id=0004,timestamp=2018-08-17T12:49:42.783+0000) > > Usually any rock or metal > > I just recently discovered Blind Guardian If you're getting into power metal, I would recommend trying out Avantasia, Edguy, Powerwolf, Iced Earth, and Masterplan as well if you haven't already.
Samael11 (NA)
: You never met a proper season 2 & 3 Fizz, Have you? How it took so long for him to get nerfed, and that people only started playing him AFTER those nerfs still baffles me. He would literally one-shot any mage or marksman, and could 1 or 1.5-cycle any tank and could out-duel almost any champion, even those that had 8 seconds of invulnerability. He was so fun, as long as long as you could avoid being silenced or rooted. If season 2 had season 7's ranked system, I would have been challenger, easily. I had like a 85-90% wr
I started shortly after Draven was released - I remember DFG fizz well, but I'm not as much dreading other abusers as I _am_ looking forward to playing muh waifu with the Squishy Popper again.
Arammus (EUW)
: you know what even more ridiculous? fanboys will come in here and go like "pff yea its easy to trashtalk riots godlike balance team, if you'd be the leader of them the game would die in minutes"
> if you'd be the leader of them the game would die in minutes Good thing I can't kill what's already dead. When do I start?
: Nunu & Willump VGU: WIP Thread
For the Nunubot skin, is there a way to disable Nunu's voice and only have Willump Bot's? The derpy text-to-speech is the primary focus, which is great, but I'd rather _only_ have that. Nunu's voice kinda ruins the VO in my view, but since some people seem to like it, could a disable option be added for those who don't?
: Completely ruined by nunu talking in a normal voice
I feel that way as well. I hope there is an option to disable Nunu and just hear Willump on this skin. He sounds annoying, and not the fun, trolly kind of annoying, so I'd rather listen to how derpy the text-to-speech lines are, and ONLY that.
Reav3 (NA)
: Not sure about the order of anything after K&M right now. RiotJag is working on a new Champ but that one should be aloooong ways off. CertainlyT is working on a new Champ, yes, and so is Stashu and EndlessPillows.
>CertainlyT is working on a new Champ Can he not? Like ever again?
: Play the Nexus Blitz alpha
So you're giving DFG back eh? Hello season 4 Ahri, it's been a while - we have A LOT of catching up to do.
: This time congratulations Riot. The Nunu rework is at ww level
To be frank, as someone who used to enjoy playing Nunu before Riot decided non-flashy junglers had no place in the game anymore, I was dreading this rework and thinking of all of the different ways some idiot who has never played him could add a bunch of passives and dashes for no reason, but it didn't happen. I'm actually impressed. Thank you for giving a glimmer of hope in modern-Riot, Xenogenic. Please do more reworks.
: If Nunu's gonna be in patch 8.17, expect a teaser today to monday
14 passives, 3 dashes, AoE trueslow-knockup-grounding-root-stun-allied heal ult, E doing so many things you need to hold shift and zoom in to read what it actually does, and we can't forget his new LCSBIGPLAYS W ability that steals only combat summoner spells and applies it globally and gives him free stats and creates wind walls around him for good measure.
: Well he seems #extremely homosexual.
: > [{quoted}](name=Keevalroy,realm=NA,application-id=A7LBtoKc,discussion-id=H9b9Ekqw,comment-id=000800000001,timestamp=2018-08-08T17:01:34.610+0000) > > I never once remembered certain mastery points being reworked and replaced just because one or two champions took a particular slot and went ape-shit from the point they loaded onto the rift until keystones were created. You must have a short memory. It happened all the time with the old system. Fundamentally having an Out of Game stat tack on to Champions is just an exercise in added Disparity. Champion A = Champion B ( in strengths and reasons to be picked on a team) Champion A synergy with Rune X better than Champion B Champion B doesn't have another option. Champion A > Champion B. This is what always happens Frankly Runes & Masteries ( Any system not directly apart of the Champion). Should be removed from all champions so they can then balance the Champions. I pointedly didn't mention "flash". Because if you removed flash from the game Mordekaiser would cease to function as a champion
>You must have a short memory. I don't, but thanks. >Frankly Runes & Masteries ( Any system not directly apart of the Champion). Should be removed from all champions so they can then balance the Champions. This I _do_ agree with though. At this point, I'd rather not have any runes or masteries than use what we have currently, or what Riot is trying to bandaid together right now. Maybe they'll see lethality is stupid, or that Duskblade was a mistake, and maybe they'll see that hyper-mobile champions really don't pay for it anymore now that the excuse of "wElL rUnE cHoIcEs HeLp YoU fIgHt BaCk" wouldn't apply and actually do something about mobility creep like they insisted they would at the end of season 4...only to do anything _but_ deal with it.
: Currently the increase in damage is coming from 2 main sources: 1 - runes themselves give more damage than previous masteries 2 - most champs had slightly higher base defenses with the armor and MR that yellow and blue rune slots favored Our changes will probably focus on a bit of both of these.
> runes themselves give more damage than previous masteries This is something we've been telling you since preseason 8 when Runes Reforged was first introduced. If it took Riot this long to begrudgingly accept that damage is insane right now with most of it coming from runes, how long will it take for you to realize the amount of power keystones give (or don't give) are warping the game so much that champions are now balanced around keystone choices rather than their gameplay, and revert this system to season 5's runes and masteries which _DIDN'T_ break everything they touched? Being more impactful than the previous runes and masteries also doesn't justify continuing to push for more iteration - you can't fix something that was built broken. I never once remembered certain mastery points being reworked and replaced just because one or two champions took a particular slot and went ape-shit from the point they loaded onto the rift until keystones were created. These nerfs in the damage runes, in addition to these hypothetical "choices" of stats help, yes, but they don't fix the problem. Keystones are still going to be what makes the champion, not the player.
: Can we stop with lee sin buffs?! What the hell is going on with balance team
It's time for Worlds bud. The balance team needs something to beat off to.
: play only with your friends bro, thats the only way. game is beyond fixable state
Even playing with a 5-stack on ARAM doesn't work for me anymore. One for all has been pretty great though (even alone) since it's not something you should take seriously. Out of the games I've lost so far, I've only really been "irritated" with one, and the rest were "meh, oh well." I was able to stop a lobby from crying about my Heimer pick being chosen, and after I convinced them to follow me mid lane, we got the first tower down before the 2 minute mark and ran it down mid with turrets maxed for the win after 12 minutes. It was hilarious. I hope Nexus Blitz succeeds where you can do something stupid like this and still have fun with it, or alternatively, provide an outlet to the people who want their games to end in 10 minutes so Riot can stop deliberately turning SR into the cancerfest they've been developing since preseason 6. From what I understand, they'll be balancing both modes separately, so this would work well should they decide to do it this way.
: Honestly if Riot had just done more QoL shit over the random ass changes they've made over the years after season 5, People would have been a shit ton more positive about the game. People now-a-days either hate the game or hate the people they play with.
Yeah I agree. Season 5 was widely accepted as the healthiest and most fun-to-play period of League that I've seen since I started in early season 2, with the most diverse picks in every role that we've seen in years. I'll bring it up again just because it's worth mentioning - Yorick and Shaco were picked in the LCS along side Riot's favorite flashy bullshitteres as NON-TROLL PICKS and were not only able to hold their own, they contributed a lot to their teams. Shit like Riven and Ashe were sometimes picked in the jungle and it worked! The only real problems with the middle period were Sej and Gragas who could have been nerfed a bit more. That's literally it - just a few tiny nerfs here and a few tiny buffs there, and it would have been amazing! This was the closest Riot ever came to "perfect balance," but unfortunately as Worlds came around, Riot decided to collectively lose their fucking minds and destroyed every inch of progression and improvement they've gained to eventually turn League into the shitshow we see today. Revert everything to 5.14 and start over, and if that's too unreasonable, at the very LEAST, revert Runes Reforged back to the season 5 runes and masteries because RR remains to be a colossal failure, as will any structure with keystones...but you don't want to acknowledge how much they've harmed game health do you Riot?
Meddler (NA)
: We can yeah. I don't think we should though.
> [{quoted}](name=Meddler,realm=NA,application-id=A7LBtoKc,discussion-id=yTorNEcE,comment-id=0002000100000000,timestamp=2018-08-03T16:31:19.655+0000) > > We can yeah. I don't think we should though. Now THERE'S a comment I never thought I'd see from modern Riot. More of this please going forward.
: Same. I dislike playing normals and ranked is a definite ew no thanks right now. I still play ARAM, but that's it for now. I'd really like to get back to one-tricking Yorick in a stable meta.
I only play ARAM at this point as well since the real game just feels depressing.
: I mean, if they made it apply to only targets hit by his ult, they'd then have to make the pen stronger or buff him in some other way...
> [{quoted}](name=DuskDaUmbreon,realm=NA,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=d83Z8jxm,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2018-08-01T19:02:02.686+0000) > > I mean, if they made it apply to only targets hit by his ult, they'd then have to make the pen stronger or buff him in some other way... Do they though? Do they really need to compensate him with anything? If anything stick him in vacuum cleaner for 4 and a half years to compensate for the time he's spent sucking the fun out of any game he's in.
: Give me an example of one of these 'random changes'. I've been watching very carefully and honestly, I haven't noticed a single balance change that was random. Just curious.
> I've been watching very carefully and honestly, I haven't noticed a single balance change that was random. Ah I think I see the problem here. You need to remove the blindfold first and _then_ watch carefully.
: On the last point. We have some changes planned that we're going to go in really soon (right now it's looking like next Wednesday) which I think will go a long way in resolving your feeling that we removed a lot of your creativity/individual expression
I get that you're trying to fix this mess, and I appreciate it, but if the answer to the problem isn't "we're reverting runes and masteries back to season 5's structures," then you're only going to be putting bandaids over a hole in a sinking ship. Riot needs to accept that keystones were a mistake - the only thing they've done was introduce more damage, introduce the same hidden power you've been so adamant (except in certain cases) in removing, and contort the balance of the champions to what keystones they take rather than how they play. Runes Reforged did the same thing, except this time, it's even worse since our defensive options were stripped in favor of even more damage on top of offensive items being buffed and defensive items being nerfed.
: Electrocute fundamentally breaks this game.
> **Keystones** fundamentally break this game. FTFY
: Or just drop the runes altogether as more and more pro players and high level streamers have suggested. They are so strong, they steal champion identity, and that's just terrible design.
I don't agree that this is the right decision since the real runes and masteries allow you to survive bad matchups early or alter your playstyle and things like that. However, that being said, I'd rather not have anything than continue with what we have right now.
: It's not easier than SR, it used to be much harder because things like CS are much harder to get as a whole in ARAM because you have five people competing for the same amount of minions. Also things like vision are pretty much impossible. So it got adjusted to bring it in line with similar rates as SR
No no, I meant that they made getting higher grades in ARAM is easier now since it was so difficult before.
: You forgot revert Runes Reforged.
Not enough. Revert back to literally any state before keystones were introduced. As in season 5 or earlier.
AD Yuumi (NA)
: Or AoE gold card TF? There are SOME past things coming back BTW ;)
Like the old runes and masteries??
beany (NA)
: Map visuals wise i would like to see aesthetics from one of the unused runeterra regions, maybe ionia, zaun or piltover. As an aside i think it would be cool if you eventually make map skins for aram for each of the unrepresented regions and would rotate to it whenever a champ associated with that region gets released or vgu'd.
It would also give us something to spend BE on if that's what they would use for the transaction. Some of us have tens - others even _hundreds_ of thousands that we just sit on.
AD Yuumi (NA)
: When it goes live you will be able to get Levels and Mastery, just like on SR and ARAM.
How would that work though? Unless I'm misunderstanding, I thought ARAM gave rewards on a different scale than SR so it's easier to get higher grades. Wouldn't this one need to be adjusted as well? Maybe I'm wrong and SR and ARAM use the same scale?
: Experimental Modes & Nexus Blitz
>It’s a fast-paced mode—around 15 minutes in our internal tests—that emphasizes exciting and surprising moments over intense competition Sooo...regular League?
: I have no other explanation than them actually wanting to kill the game off. Because that is exactly what they have been fucking doing for the past few months, maybe you can even go as far as past 3 years.
>maybe you can even go as far as past 3 years. I would, personally.
: Tell me your 3 most played champions and I will tell you your personality and greatest fear.
Sure, let's add to the spam pile. {{champion:103}} {{champion:18}} {{champion:67}}
Gramps69 (NA)
: If Banner of Command was removed for being too strong, why not remove Duskblade?
After fighting as hard as they did when we pushed back against the idea, they'd look bad if they decided to remove it, even though they should.
: ***
Spear was busted as fuck though...I'm actually glad they didn't go through with a bullshit item this time. But to your point, yes. I also remember mobility creep being "on their radar" (and it's only increased) solo queue coming back (after a whole season of community revolts,) reverting updates that didn't work (hey Riot, you missed a spo...a lot...you missed a lot actually,) wanting to open up more playstyles for champions (LUL you'll be pigeonholed and like it peasant) etc.
: It's actually a relatively divided topic internally tbh. From a pure data perspective, the amount of damage in the game isn't meaningfully higher than it has been in the past (and is actually down for some champs), the main difference is how much more frontloaded it is. Whether that be from Duskblade, Scorch, Aery etc, it's easier to apply reliable damage that amps your combat rotations or poke. That's an area where there's more division, on one hand higher damage ensures that fights conclude, that playing aggressively is rewarded and that playing purely defensively is easier to take advantage of. This is probably a bit spicy, but I personally believe that the Ardent Censer meta from worlds couldn't have existed this season given that aggressive teams could have better taken advantage of the weaker earlier game of the team going for the AC rush (no vision, no hp from sightstone etc). Picking aggressive combos like Leo/Trist would have been a much better counter to the strategy. That being said - and this is my opinion - I think there's probably a bit too much damage right now that lacks sufficient counterplay. I played against a Soraka yesterday in a playtest and her being able to apply both Aery and Scorch immediately to me with E doesn't feel particularly great. I don't want to get too deep into the weeds here though, since that's just my opinion - but hope that once we collect our thoughts next week we're able to give you a firmer stance and what/if we're going to do something.
A great deal of the issue, including the example you just gave, came from Runes Reforged, and ultimately how much free, reliable power keystones give. Just something to think about for one of the potential future posts about damage.
: Honestly, if you truly feel like you can't trust us when we say we're going to do something then it's highly likely nothing I say here will convince you otherwise - and that's on us. That being said, while we don't always deliver on what we commit to for a plethora of reasons, it's not something we take lightly. That's one of the reasons why it's hard for us to actually commit to things publicly, as the pain of then NOT doing it is just that much higher than had we just said nothing. It's a catch 22 unfortunately, but I hope with time we can regain your trust with time.
Against my better judgment since I've been burned three times in a row holding out hope for Riot to improve the game, I'll wait and see what happens, but I'm not holding my breath this time considering where your new design direction is taking League.
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