: I've held off creating this thread for too long... The Day Riot invited me to Playtest Mordekaiser
It was great having you here! Glad you enjoyed your trip, all your feedback has been super valuable to the team.
: > [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=yQNMhiKd,comment-id=00040005000000000000000000000000,timestamp=2019-01-25T21:30:08.606+0000) > > LoL, I love the hot vampire aesthetic. Ishan is a great reference. Anthems to The Welkin at Dusk is still one of my favorite metal albums. Wasn't into much Black metal besides Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, since I really like the more Melodic stuff. Emperor was so good though. Was always a fan of Lestat from Anne Rice's books as well. Lots of great references for a Vlad VGU in the future if you like melodic death metal maybe wintersun is your thing?
thync (NA)
: Is that in any particular order or nah?
: Is it too early to talk about Mordekaiser’s character? Will he be rebranded like Sion or Yorick narratively? Or will he be evolved like Akali?
We don't plan or rebranding him, just expanding on his current lore
: > [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=yQNMhiKd,comment-id=000400050000000000000000,timestamp=2019-01-25T21:04:15.169+0000) > > This was a list of major VGUs. I would rather wait to do a bigger VGU on Vlad in the future when he needs it more. Vlad has a special place in my heart, as one of my personal favorite Champions in LoL, I would love to make him the true hot Gothic rock star he is meant to be with a kit that supports it. He doesn't really need it as much as other Champions right now, but a boy can dream. See, here's what burns me up. That's is your logic about Vladimir. Yet your team was perfectly fine to do that to these champions and leave them in a half-baked state for going on 3 years now. {{champion:12}} {{champion:114}} {{champion:21}} {{champion:27}} {{champion:37}} {{champion:98}} {{champion:57}} All have had their models updated. All have had their kits updated at some point. Maokai had his voice updated. Yet you guys rushed them out on their ancient rigging and most with their old voices, and called them done. Why do you get to say "No, we'll wait on Vlad so we can do it right," yet ignore these champions who you didn't do right and who everyone at Riot seems to believe is in a good state? None of them have proper recall animations for crying out loud, and their ancient rigging on most of them makes them feel as ancient as they are, regardless of how new their models may be. It's a bit insulting that these champions are held back from being fully modernized because your half-baked work on them is acceptable to you guys.
I mean I wasn't the producer on any of those Champions except Maokai. I didn't even work at Riot when any of those were done (Besides the gameplay update we did for Maokai) So I can't really speak to the decisions behind those updates. For Maokai we only updated his VO as part of the class updates we used to do, which we didn't have much art bandwidth for but we had a bit of VO bandwidth. Since he had received a visual update in the past and was then getting a gameplay update we felt to make him feel more complete we could also update his VO. I agree that the Champions listed don't feel complete and there is a reason we don't do updates like that anymore and we only focus on New champs or full VGUs, that bring everything about a Champion up to modern standards. At this point though, while those Champions might not be fully complete, they are still in a lot better spots then the Champions on the current VGU list.
: > Vlad has a special place in my heart, as one of my personal favorite Champions in LoL, I would love to make him the true hot Gothic rock star he is meant to be with a kit that supports it. wow never has a single sentence made me sweat so much ~~Can't you use the excuse it's for the ladies?~~ Thank you... in the meantime, I am willing to bribe hundreds to whichever artist makes him not great, but only bearable to look at? PS I've always seen him as more of a one man black metal band... think Ihsahn if he looked like Carach Angren and sounded a little bit more like Ne Obliviscaris? https://i.ibb.co/FDV0T6y/blakc1.jpg
LoL, I love the hot vampire aesthetic. Ishan is a great reference. Anthems to The Welkin at Dusk is still one of my favorite metal albums. Wasn't into much Black metal besides Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, since I really like the more Melodic stuff. Emperor was so good though. Was always a fan of Lestat from Anne Rice's books as well. Lots of great references for a Vlad VGU in the future
: That list doesn't include VgU's with a small g, right? Ezreal tier I mean. Would something like Vladimir fit into that category, he frankly looks rather awful in game and his kit could use some minor touchups.^^
This was a list of major VGUs. I would rather wait to do a bigger VGU on Vlad in the future when he needs it more. Vlad has a special place in my heart, as one of my personal favorite Champions in LoL, I would love to make him the true hot Gothic rock star he is meant to be with a kit that supports it. He doesn't really need it as much as other Champions right now, but a boy can dream.
: You said in the video "Champion plans for the First Half of Season 2019" does that mean that everything mentioned in the video will be released until the mid season? If everything works as planned?
: {{champion:32}} aswell
Lyaso (EUW)
: New Roadmap!So again after one year,Reav3 can you give us another new update on the tier 1 VGU list?
Sure, current Champions we talk a lot about internally for VGUS are {{champion:36}} {{champion:42}} {{champion:31}} {{champion:9}} {{champion:56}} {{champion:80}} {{champion:33}} {{champion:72}} {{champion:102}} {{champion:106}}
: What about stealing enemy champion souls?!
Enslaving is different then stealing
DeviIos (EUW)
: Can't wait for the colorful marksmen that steals your auto attacks /s
Lol. Don't worry we don't have anymore champs in development that steal anything for anyone :P
Pale Mask (EUW)
: Let me guess: fairly soon?
: Is it coming this week or the next ¿
This week
: So, if I understand correctly, the roadmap will come this week, January 21st? :)
: > [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=nqE4a8Ey,comment-id=0005000000000000,timestamp=2019-01-20T16:14:20.742+0000) > > Don’t worry fam, we currently have 0 Ionian champs is development which means 2019’s New Champs and VGUs will be Ionian free. Speaking of champions and VGUs, we are expecting a roadmap soon are we not. Can you put a specific date on it so i can look forward to something in this stressful week to come <3
I can’t put a specific date, but it will be sometime next week (assuming Monday is the start of the week)
SatomiKun (EUW)
: I just hope we take a break from Ionia for quite some time now. Especially new champion releases focused a bit much on that region, it's time to fill out these with a small champion pool.
Don’t worry fam, we currently have 0 Ionian champs is development which means 2019’s New Champs and VGUs will be Ionian free.
: To be honest, not being able to relate to non-human/humanoid champions isn't much of an issue for me (or the vast majority of your playerbase for that matter). 1. I enjoy the primal nature of champions like Cho'Gath and Rek'Sai. 2. When they're as intelligent and complex as Aurelion Sol, you can still relate to them as though they're human. 3. I enjoy the mythology behind some of the more elusive creatures (or the ones that don't leave many survivors) - human mythology is full of monstrous non-human beings that quite frequently show up in pop culture. Writing lore for these creatures really wouldn't be that hard. Write it as a field guide to monsters. Write it in 2nd person from the perspective of its prey. Write it as though we're watching a David Attenborough documentary on Xer'Sai hunting maneuvers.
While I understand its not a issue for you, or me tbh. We do see that it is a issue for the vast majority of our players, I was just commenting on why I think that is. Here is the link that one of our data scientists put out about Champion popularity awhile ago https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2017/11/champ-popularity-mixing-math-art/ Non-Humanoid Champions definitely get played much less then humanoid Champions by a majority of the playerbase. This doesn't mean we shouldn't make them as they do make the cast overall feel more dynamic when we have them, even if they are less popular
Tomeksz (EUNE)
: Hi Reav3 May i ask if the roadmap will come after Sylas goes live or before? Sorry if this is annoying, i just want to see {{champion:80}} or {{champion:82}} get announced.
: Hey Reav3 can you share in your opinion why in general non humanoids aren't as resonant as humanoids, it seems to be a trend in gaming in general since like even in WoW people greatly prefer humanoids like Draenei or Elves over like say taurens or goblins
I think it's largely due to people feeling like the can relate to the Champion. Many people feel they can relate to human characters and so they like them more. If you take it one step further you will see that even among the humans more people are drawn to the "normal" humans. or humans that don't have god like powers, since that is even more relatable. Lee Sin, Yassuo, Jhin, Akali, Miss Fortune are all extremely popular and they all share the fact that they are not only humans but humans without any super powers, they all just got to be Champions from being super bad ass humans, rather then from some magical gift or godly power.
: Reav3, you're referring to an entirely new champion, right? Not a VGU, correct? Either way though, I'm excited. :D
Yes, a New Champion, and when I say non-human, I mean not humanoid either, so not like Neeko
: More Non human champs?
Atm we do have at least 1 non-human champ in development :)
: 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
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
Bultz (NA)
: > [{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?
His E2 does a brief stun that he can combo off of
: 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.
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
: @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?
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.
Jeddy017 (NA)
: 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.
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
: > [{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
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.
Jeddy017 (NA)
: 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.
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
: Hey Reav3 can I ask what was the product goals for Sylas
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.
Flemman (EUW)
: 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)
Part of Sylas's who thing is that he will be stronger/weaker depending on the enemy team comp. Thats kind of his thing.
: > [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=1f4169wm,comment-id=00000002000000000000,timestamp=2019-01-08T18:35:36.713+0000) > > yup Only one question remains Reav. Roadmap when P.S. TW Three Kingdoms looks awesome
TW 3 Kingdoms does look awesome! Roadmap soonish, this month for sure
: so like just nids cougar abilities?
Arakadia (NA)
: 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.
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.
: can you tell us what happens if he ults nidalee/jayce/udyr?
He turns in to them and can use there shapeshifted base kit until he re-casts R to transform back into Sylas
: Sylas is so goddamn attractive
Gotta get more Husbandos into this game, LoL could definitely use some more :)
Zoli Ben (EUNE)
: > [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=JUjvUuFj,comment-id=000c,timestamp=2018-12-10T19:36:51.922+0000) > > They will have both allied and versus dialog > > ;) Will they go freely together like Rengar and Kha and Xayah and Rakan?
Eeyore (EUW)
: Please say Morgana and Kayle are going to have Xayah/Rakan-tier interactions
Lewanor (NA)
: It'll be a looong wait then. And chained champ will remain as a total mystery...
: He's supposed to be half Buhru and half something else, but yeah he's black. His heritage was stated in his AMA with the comment that his non-Buhru parent was "either Freljordian or from an outer Noxian territory." Pending confirmation otherwise, I think we can assume the northern Shuriman coast counts as an outer territory, which would make for fairly logical genetics.
This is the correct answer
: So can we expect the next roadmap at the end of January, beginning of February?
Obviously I can't reveal that without then also revealing when the next new champ gets announced, and that wouldn't be any fun would it? :P
Zoli Ben (EUNE)
: Hi Reav3! Will we get the early 2019 roadmap *after* the next champ (Chain one aka Squad5s) or before it is revealed? I am so hyped! {{champion:80}} {{champion:82}} {{champion:106}} {{champion:33}} {{champion:42}} all hype for me
: Are the Morgana changes still likely to just be passive and W? I hope she'll still be able to go mid lane after the changes.
I will be talking more about what our plans are for Morgana in the next roadmap :)
Nylisa (EUW)
: It was a very good year. thank you all for your hard work.
Thanks for enjoying or playing all the Champions or VGUs . I hope we can do even better next year :)
: @Reav3 Hey im a pretty big fan of {{champion:80}} {{champion:72}} {{champion:56}} jg. However i don't want to invest time on them if they will be heavily reworked soon. Im just curiously what is the likeliness of seeing them rework in the coming year :3 I have tons of faith on your guys rework{{champion:266}} {{champion:98}} {{champion:57}} , no so much {{champion:3}} but he is ok i guess. Please make my boys looks nice :)))))
Out of those 3 Pantheon is the most likely
QMighty (NA)
: Next year: Chain Champ: Freedom K&M: Duality Morde: Plague (of bugs)
: Wonder what next year‘s gonna be like. Uh, is it too early to ask if Kaylegana‘s still going to be this year?
Well Neeko is in the last patch of the year, and we still have another new Champion before K&M, so it is highly unlikely :)
: Symbolizing the champions and reworks this year so far.
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