Xelnath Talks Champion Reworks, What to Watch: IEM Championship


Xelnath Talks Champion Reworks

It varies dramatically based on the issues with the champion. A simple rework might be as easy as changing the resource system slightly. Those might be done in a month or two (balance testing is the main implication). 

Then in the case of a mechanical upgrade, e.g. Gangplank, it might take twice as long. Thats per major iteration. If you're trying to do a visual rework, then you're taking the time it took to do a Gangplank rework, but also tying it up to an Annie-style rework where you also need to redo her skins - and the designer hookups attached to those. 

A particularly tough champion, like Karma, who might have multiple designers taking different approaches, then working to integrate the best part and you're looking at an even longer amount of time. 

The bad news is that tough reworks take longer. The good news is, I've been playing with a rough version of Scarizard's Karma and I like her. When we feel she's ready, you'll see her too.

Can we call her Scarma?
Yes. Yes, you can

What happened to Guinsoo's Karma?
Scarizard should comment on exactly what happened. However, Skarma is: BAD. ASS.


What to Watch: IEM Championship



The Electronic Sports League (ESL) travels to Hanover, Germany from March 6th to 9th for its Intel Extreme Masters Finale. The League of Legends tournament showcases twelve teams from around the globe who earned their spot by placing in one of the IEM tour stops throughout the season. 

Live from CeBIT 2013, twelve teams will battle head-to-head in group stages to advance into the single elimination bracket. These teams will compete for their share of $150,000 in prize money and the title of IEM’s Champion.

Don’t miss any of the action at IEM’s Championship. You can view the live-stream on ESL.tv when the tournament begins.

For more information about the event including the broadcast schedule, tournament brackets, attending teams, and more, visit ESL’s website.

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