Yasuo Reddit AMA
- The main inspiration for Yasuo were the classic Samurai movies where "people are killing each other, not because they want to, because they are obligated to"
- The High Noon skin is inspired by "the classic spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone"
- Even though Yasuo's prototype kit got everyone excited about making a samurai champion, none of it survives in the final champion
- "You’ll notice that Yasuo does not threaten to kill Riven in his VO – he speaks of reckonings and running from one’s past. It’s the beginning of a conversation between these two – and not the end."
- During the creaton process of Yasuo's animations, the team had to throw away anything that looked close to a master Yi pose
- Yasou's main counters are lock down mages (like Malzahar) and heavy bruisers (like Renekton)
- Yasuo means honest or peaceful one in Japanese
- Some of Yasuo's scraped skills (or parts of skills) include Wind Wall being placable at any point within 1000 units of him (like Anivia's wall), allowing him to just place it in front of Miss Fortune any time she ulted
- Wind Wall is the single biggest QA challenge the team has faced from an ability perspective, on par with Yorick ult
- Yasuo has been almost exclusively tested with the preseason 2014 changes
- His primary position would be in every non-support position at different points in time, even including potentially as a bot lane Carry
- There are countless drafts of his story going all the way back to August 2012 - Riot considered a version where Yasuo didn’t kill Yone, a version where Yone knew Yasuo was innocent the whole time, even a version with no hints of Riven
- Yasuo can stop Thresh's lantern
- Yasuo speaks a dialect of ancient Ionian. It’s related to the dialect that Karma speaks, but is not the same dialect
- Last Breath was chosen because it sounds fatal, dramatic, and final - good qualities for an ult
Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)
I'm Brad "CertainlyT" Wenban, a champion designer here at Riot, and I'll be here for the next couple hours with some of the other members of the Yasuo team, including:
- Ryan "Morello" Scott
- Rob "RiotRansom" Lo
- Joe "ManWolfAxeBoss" Lansford
- Jinho "RiotJino" Yang, and
- Mike "OhMikeGoodness" Laygo
We'll be answering your questions about Yasuo and sharing stories from his development process, so whether it's his story, gameplay, art, or anything else... AMA!
Here's some info about Yasuo for those of you wondering what the heck we're talking about:
*****Heading back to work now. Thanks everyone for all the questions. If we didn't respond to your question, please do read through all of the posts as a lot of them were answered elsewhere. If it wasn't, then you have our apologies.[skeletonmage] You're slowly adding in more abilities that suspend champions for a period of time but there is no counter play or stat for this (like Tenacity). What happens when I can chain an easy combo of Malphite, Lulu, Yasuo? That's 2 - 2.5 seconds of control loss for your champion(s) but you're not moving anywhere (like fear). Are you going to change Tenacity to affect the duration of knock ups?[MorelloRiot] You're confusing "counterplay" with "hard counter mechanic." Tenacity isn't counterplay, it's a way to spec out against CC. Yasuo's ult has a lot of counterplay...he has to build up stacks and then aim tornado at you. If you dodge, prevent him from stacking, or pressure him away, he can't always reach it.[TheScootToad] What made you think of Liam O'Brien for Yasuo's voice?[RiotRansom] He auditioned, we heard his voice, and said to ourselves, "Whoa. This could work!"[Duodude55] When will Zombie Yone come out as a champ?[RiotRansom] Well, that's another thing I'm going to add to my personal wishlist![SaikyoZ] The abilty to summon the wind barrier seems very overwhelming and possibly game turning, is it as "op" as I think it is?[MorelloRiot] It's highly impactful, but has windows of downtime. You can also reposition past it to overcome it. Gameplay![iRelapse] Can I get an E-High five from Morello? Make my day Morello! Come on![MorelloRiot] HIGH FIVIN WHITE GUYS![Pwyff_Sucks] True or False? Pwyff sucks.[MorelloRiot] Confirmed on Saint's stream. [RiotRansom] What is this I don't even. PS. He sucks. [certainlyt] I won't say he sucks, but I will say that he doesn't not suck.[tomato-andrew] Hey Guys, thanks for hosting another awesome AMA! A few questions: How did Yasuo's kit come into existence? Did you guys decide "We want a game element that neutralizes skillshots?" and base him off of that, or was there a more character-driven process that defined his personality/talents that the windwall ability was then built off? How did you go about choosing voice actors? Could you go into your standard process for picking the right voice for a character? How much of Yasuo is taken out of Samurai Champloo, or other animes? Were there any standout inspirations? Yasuo's hair is unacceptable. It's nearly as glorious as Taric's. How dare you?? There are bits of the "drunk samurai" motif within Yasuo's personality. Can players expect any interaction (soon, or down the road) with Gragas? Why is CertainlyT so amazing?[ManWolfAxeBoss] I can answer a couple of these.
"How did you go about choosing voice actors? Could you go into your standard process for picking the right voice for a character? "
As Ransom mentioned in another post, we did four did different records for Yasuo's voice and had already listened to a ton of auditions before those. Hitting the perfect amount of tough guy, while still maintaining Yasuo's somewhat introspective personality without making him sound too young or old turned out to be quite a challenge. Liam O'Brien ending up knocking it out though. Really happy with the end product.
"How much of Yasuo is taken out of Samurai Champloo, or other animes? Were there any standout inspirations?"
I'm pretty sure that everyone on the team watched SC at some point. Cowboy Bebop was another one. I personally took the most inspiration from the old black and white film Yojimbo.
"Yasuo's hair is unacceptable. It's nearly as glorious as Taric's. How dare you?? Lore battle for who has to shave their head in penance? There are bits of the "drunk samurai" motif within Yasuo's personality. Can players expect any interaction (soon, or down the road) with Gragas?"
Yasuo is kind of a loner, but I could see them getting in a fight somewhere down the line and then having a laugh over drinks about it later.[Ph4st] Do you already have some ideas for upcoming skins for Yasuo?[RiotRansom] Funny story - when Yasuo was originally pitched, one of our female designers demanded that he not be wearing a shirt. So when he was revealed, she immediately messaged me and said WHY IS HE WEARING A SHIRT NO SHIRT DAMMIT. So my response to her was that we should have a Laundry Day Yasuo skin - same exact outfit, except he forgot to wear his shirt! No word from the skins team as to how viable they think this idea is.[Neratrite]Is everyone on the Yasuo team a bad ass martial artist or just ohmikegoodness? Did anyone take weapons training or just study a lot of old martial arts films? :D[RiotRansom]Uh, I take yoga and kickboxing. I'm more flexible than anyone in my kickboxing class and I can beat the crap out of anyone in my yoga class. :D[ieatgravel]When it comes to peanut butter, does Yasuo prefer creamy or crunchy? My decision to purchase him hinges on this. Or more seriously, what are Yasuo's prospects for jungling?[MorelloRiot]Crunchy - like a real man. [RiotRansom]He prefers crunchy. Master Yi is a creamy peanut butter guy. Draw your own conclusions.[xChuddy] Hello so do you think you will beat Jinx promotion? I mean she had awesome music video, destroyed Vi's page. Can you beat this? Just asking because I think after Jinx it will be hard to promote new champs :)[RiotRansom] Oh man, as someone who works on champion promotions I wish I could beat Jinx with every new champ. But as you know, that's a hell of a tall order. That being said, Yasuo still has some pretty cool goodies coming up, so keep your eyes peeled![Lleland] How do you feel about how Yasuo's character has come together, given his past and his lore? Through his animations and quotes, we see that he certainly embodies that "one who walks a lonely path" feel, and has remorse about his past actions...but he doesn't seem to have the weight he should for what he's been through. The guy's pride got the elder killed, then he had to strike down his own brother, yet he has a light attitude and a lot of jokes about his coping alcoholism to go with it. I get that it mirrors the ronin archetype we see in animes with guys like Spike or Mugen who have similar histories and personalities, but in a game like this, do you feel he landed in the right spot, or should he have been a little more troubled?[RiotRansom] Great question. It's interesting that you perceive him as being so light in tone. I think a lot of his quotes betray a jadedness and cynicism about the world, as well as general weariness. To me, his humor and his preference of drink are his ways of coping with his tremendous sadness and regret. I think that if we had him being more overtly sad, players would not be able to stand his in-game VO - we definitely want to make sure that VO passes the 1000 hours of gameplay test - it should never grate on your nerves. Urgot, for instance, is a character whose VO really makes you not want to play him.[JohanEhr] What was the inspiration for this champion?[RiotRansom] Robert “Ransom” Lo: As much as we love Master Yi in all his sword-boot glory, we felt there was room in the game for a more traditional and serious Ionian swordsman. One thing that we definitely set out to capture was the tone of classic Samurai movies – these films are so oppressively fatalistic and melancholy and drenched in blood. People are killing each other, not because they want to, because they are obligated to. Only in feudal Japan! It’s such a macho code of honor type of setting, you know? We knew we had delivered on this fantasy when one of the translators responsible for publishing Yasuo’s bio wrote us a note saying it had made her cry. Joe (who wrote the bio) should be proud of that.[Artoriious] Have any of you watched Samurai Jack when creating Yasuo?[MorelloRiot] I haven't watched that show in a looong time, but it's fantastic.[ManaDunkey ] hi there! thanks for hosting an AMA on yasuo, i have 2 questions for you, first question: is it true that riven is the one who killed yasuo's elder? as her ultimate is called wind slash which refers to her being able to use the infamous 'wind technique' and as we've been told that in game yasuo also has an interaction with her. 2nd question: why did you decide to create a 'high noon' skin for yasuo's release and how does this fit into his champion lore?[RiotRansom] Hi! I already answered a Riven-related question earlier, but I'll take this chance to talk about the High Noon skin. The inspiration for the skin is drawn from the classic spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone. Think "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood. Leone has always admitted that his inspiration for these films were the classic samurai films of Kurosawa, such as Yojimbo and The Seven Samurai. In fact, one of the early inspirations for Yasuo was Yojimbo. So this skin is our team's way of paying homage to a very special part of the history of cinema.[sparksz91] who originally came up with the concept behind Yasuo?[RiotRansom] Surprisingly, there isn’t just one singular point of origin for Yasuo. In true Riot fashion, the story of his development is a long one with a big cast of supporting characters. Initially, Joe Ziegler (manly designer of such manly champs as Talon, Viktor, and Jayce and #1 Nami fan NA) had a working prototype for a samurai which our design team thought was potentially viable. I remember that the ultimate was a giant Shen-style shadow dash that would stun everyone in the target area, and then inflict massive burst damage on all targets after a slight delay. Ridiculous. The funny thing is that, even though that kit got everyone excited about making a samurai champion, none of it survives in the final champion. Joe “Manwolfaxeboss” Lansford was working in QA at the time, and took a keen interest in the samurai concept. He approached me about doing some writing for the champion, and revealed that he had majored in East Asian studies and had spent some time living in Japan. He pitched some cool story ideas and the name “Yasuo.” We quickly agreed to be co-writers on the champ. This is a classic Riot story, as Joe literally walked in the door from QA, and ended up writing Yasuo’s bio, one of his teaser pieces, and a good portion of his VO script. As Joe says, there is no such thing as “just QA” at Riot. Meanwhile, one of our female designers at Riot was complaining about the lack of attractive shirtless male champions in League of Legends (I guess Tryndamere wasn’t hot enough for her), and gave us the mandate to come up with a concept that met her extremely specific criteria. Trevor “Trevolver Ocelot” quickly came on board to draw the initial Yasuo concepts, which exposed much of his broad chest. These initial concepts were much more grizzled and rough-and-tumble than the Yasuo we know today – they were firmly rooted in the down-on-his-luck ronin fantasy. We felt, however, that something was missing from the concept and quickly decided upon the idea of wind as a source of power for the character. Wind is really what gives Yasuo his special sauce, and elevates him beyond being a stock samurai; everything about Yasuo, from his abilities to his thematics to his voiceover, touches upon the idea of the wind. The one thing Joe Lansford and I both thought would work for the champion was the idea that he was wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit. This was a classic anti-hero trope that hadn’t been done before in League of Legends, and with 117 champions in the game, we’re always looking for stories we haven’t told yet. We thought this angle would give him a bit of an edge, as we didn’t have enough room for yet another benevolent swordsman.[ApplePuncherd] How is his feelings towards Riven?[RiotRansom] Good question - there's been a lot of discussion about this, given the speculation about the true murderer in Yasuo's bio and the lines in Yasuo's VO regarding Riven. Regardless of whether Riven killed the elder, it’s clear that Yasuo suspects her. And from a storytelling perspective, these circumstances set up a really interesting conflict. After all, we know Riven committed some evil deeds in her past, but she’s not the same person she once was – she’s on a different path now. So by the time Yasuo finds her, she’s not at all the villain he has always assumed that she would be. Not only that, but the two of them have a great deal in common – they are both outcasts of their factions whose sole companions are their blades. From these starting conditions, you simply don’t know where their intial encounter is going to lead. You’ll notice that Yasuo does not threaten to kill Riven in his VO – he speaks of reckonings and running from one’s past. It’s the beginning of a conversation between these two – and not the end.[overneathe] Hai thar! First of all, amazing work on Yasuo! But you already know that ;) Something that I always find interesting is the music you listened to while working on a champ. We know this was relevant when creating Jinx. But how about Yasuo? Did you have to listen to Medieval Japanese melodies? ;) Thanks in advance and keep up the amazing work![MorelloRiot] Praeco would have to answer this - he is our German Musik Kaiser! [ManWolfAxeBoss] I listened to this a ton while writing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AieKHO99D1E[Gelesneeuw] What gave you the inspiration to make this champion? Are you lot the brains behind other champions too? If so, which ones?[MorelloRiot] Some of this was simple; "how do we not have a samurai-style archetype" was one part, and we wanted to add something to differentiate with the wind power. This group is a part of the champion team and have worked on several champions (though I don't know if this group has all worked on the same one together, before). It takes a lot of people to make a champion![bibbibob2] Were you guys afraid that his W would be broken ? It's very cool but i feel like in competitive play it might be really strong :) Also what's your favorite part about his kit? Thanks for this AMA :)[MorelloRiot] I was worried about this, but I think that's actually important to do - it's a necessary risk for creating unique characters. The key was to make sure it wasn't super frequent and had big windows of downtime.[Dystout] Explain the hair[ohmikegoodness] Well, we were trying to make cool hair that read well from the game height! At a glance, you can easily recognize him cause of the hair, the big sword, and maybe his ropes. Those are also things we'd need keep consistent with all skins. Also, one of our awesome tech artists Priscilla made a script that would simulate his hair and cloth in Maya! It made our lives easier and allowed us to focus other things![Squallify] What are your thoughts on the critics that his passive and W have recieved? Thanks.[ohmikegoodness] I would say they must not like blocking projectiles? lol[garzek] What's your (to any/all of you) favorite parts of Yasuo? Is there anything particularly niche to him that you think players are likely to overlook?[ohmikegoodness] For me, the wind wall has been THE MOST satisfying spell for me. I seem to love champs that have an insta shield like Riven, or a spell shield like Sivir or Nocturne. The wind wall gives me that same satisfaction, but MORE. I love putting up the wall when I'm at my tower to stop ranged attacks _^ I think most players will overlook his ability to sheath his sword after he's been out of battle for a while. Characters like Shen have to have the unsheathing and sheathing included in their attack animation. This tech makes Yasuo the "smartest" champion in the League ;D[FreestyleKneepad] While the gameplay seems pretty different, were there any thematic/artistic concerns with making Yasuo distinctively different from Master Yi, seeing as until recently he was more or less League's samurai champ? Also, what will you be keeping a close eye on balance-wise once Yasuo hits live? I ask because some things (like the free crit) seem like they might need tweaks, but I haven't played him yet so I can't be sure.[ohmikegoodness] There were many concerns with the overlap with Master Yi! Animation made concerted efforts to make sure his poses weren't close to Yi. Whenever we make new champions we try to create new idle and run poses. We had to throw away anything that looked close to a master Yi pose. However that was difficult because they both swordsmen. I think in the end we found a good balance.[DXCharger] Is there going to be an increase to the speed of his E? Right now it feels rather slow and clunky for a gap closer.[jinho8001] We want him to look targetable when he is using E. And his dash cooldown is about 1 sec, so if he dashes faster it is going to be so hard for the enemy to keep track of his location in the game. :)[stennisl] What is Yasou's main counter you think at the moment? From the PBE gameplay, he seems awfully strong?[certainlyt] Lock down mages (like Malzahar) have been nightmares to play against late game in testing. Heavy bruisers (like Renekton) have been really painful to lane against.[DerpytheH] Hey, guys, I have two questions: How do you think the Yasuo wind wall will affect gameplay? Also, how many videos do you approximate will be submitted of Yasuo airborne Kill Steals? On another note, good job on making an interesting champion.[ohmikegoodness] OMG! I've been playing him on the PBE and I absolutely LOVE the wind wall. I approximate 1 jillion videos.[ARealHuman] How do you come up with these names?[ManWolfAxeBoss] Yasuo means honest or peaceful one in Japanese. There are a number of different characters that can be used to write it, but we went with this one: 康夫. The first character can be interpreted as “ease” or “peace” and the second simply as “man.” The name is fairly common in Japan, but has fallen in popularity over the last generation or two. The reason we went with a name meaning “peaceful one” for a guy who killed his own brother is in part the interesting juxtaposition, but also because Yasuo is not his birth name. Yasuo was wild when he first came to the sword school and, as was common practice for them, he was given a new name when he joined. In an effort to steady his wild nature, he was given the name Yasuo, which in our world (because Japan/Japanese doesn’t exist in Runeterra) means calm. We’re not revealing his birth name yet, but definitely wasn’t peaceful.[moobeat] Hey guys! Thanks for hosting another champion ama! I always like hearing about abilities that didn't work out - can you share any old iterations of Yasuo kit that were scrapped? Bonus question: Is there a chance we can get Udyr's bear stance stun or Zed's passive an indicator like Yasuo's E?[certainlyt] I'm actually a poor iterater. I like to stick to my initial paper kits more than most champion designers. Yasuo's Wind Wall used to be placable at any point within 1000 units of him (like Anivia's wall). He'd just place it in front of Miss Fortune any time she ulted. He went through a number of Q's, including one that was "handed" -- sometimes he would strike to his left and sometimes to his right. This turns out to not work very well in LoL for two reasons, a) No one could figure out how to use the dang thing and b) with no turn time in our game, it didn't really serve a purpose other than making the player have to position their facing awkwardly before each cast. We should definitely extend the self-only particle to champions like Udyr with internal cooldowns on their own abilities. Good call.[mizukey13] How much of a pain in the ass was it to code and bug fix Wind Wall?[certainlyt] A pretty huge one. RiotJHa has owned the QA process for the ability. I would say it's the single biggest QA challenge we've faced from an ability perspective, on par with Yorick ult. Unlike Yorick ult, Yasuo's Wind Wall involves a lot of subjective decisionmaking for edge cases. We've had a number of arguments within the design pit about just what Wind Wall should block (for example, Lux's Prismatic Barrier, which doesn't deal damage and Diana's Pale Cascade, which orbits her -- Wind Wall blocks both BTW).[mizukey13] Huh didn't realize Yorick ult would be a nightmare until you mentioned it. Roughly how long did it take from ability creation to the point where it was fully functional after QA?[certainlyt] I developed a prototype that involved indivudually tracking all missiles created on the map and testing their location every 0.03 seconds relative to the windwall. This was very taxing on the game server, sometimes fast projectiles like Caitlyn ult would sneak through, and occasionally it would kill missiles on the other side of the map for reasons I still don't understand. It did, however, allow us to test the ability prior to its final functionality being implemented. Design playtest is always an adventure.[BillyTheBanana] Can you describe how it ended up being programmed instead? Coming from a background of GameMaker (deal with it, punk), I can't really conceive of anything other than "tracking everything every frame to test for all possible collisions".[certainlyt] As I understand it (Neal Kettler, a smart engineer made the tech). Wind Wall is, on a code level a region in space that when entered by a game object (in this case, missiles) trips a trigger that can then either destroy the missile or let it pass.[Hellifant] Did you guys had Miyamoto Musashi in mind while designing this champ? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cf/Vagabond21.jpg < this guy :D?[ohmikegoodness] Actually at the start of developing Yasuo, I started reading Vagabond the manga! I wanted to do it to find cool poses, but ended up reading the whole thing! LOL [ManWolfAxeBoss] Eiji Yoshikawa's Musashi is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm also a big fan of the manga adaptation Vagabond. I've read the Book of Five Rings as well. Really interesting guy![professorn] Ask us Anything Hello, I'm writing an essay regarding future climate, the way our society affects our local and global nature and potential future solutions to both the current problems and the ones we are facing ahead, and I feel like I've got nothing to write regarding potential solutions. Any help? Feel free to add sources Sorry, serious question. Is Yasuo's kit tuned and made with the season 4 changes in mind, if so, how do you think new potential meta changes will decide where he is played?[MorelloRiot] Yes - we did our balance passes for all characters in development during preseason for the 2014 Season. Smash can speak to specifics on this. To answer your climate question, (and I'm no expert, of course) I think it's all speculative, but history can show us a pattern. Major shifts in communications, transportation, medicines, and food production traditionally have changed society on a massive scale. With the still relatively-new internet (and the first generation raised on it reaching adulthood), new mass transit technologies and new energy production solutions, it's hard to tell what will happen next. Will nations cease to be the defining body of civilization? What will that mean for cultures with different views being within close proximity? What does this mean for our identities, our languages, our economies? [RiotShantzilla] I PM'd you with a 500 word response (with sources linked) to your first question. Owned :P Now, back to Yasuo... [Smash_Gizmo] Yasuo has been almost exclusively tested with the preseason 2014 changes since we knew he would be released after them. As for where he will lane, it's really hard to tell because a Melee carry who actually functions as a Melee Carry just isn't something we've had in our game before. We've gone through phases of thinking his primary position would be in every non-support position at different points in time, even including potentially as a bot lane Carry, and honestly, I still think he can work in any of those positions so long as: 1. His team has a heavy frontliner 2. His team has a ranged tower pusher In a solo queue setting, I think he'll gravitate towards the two solo lanes with some players favoring the consistent farm of the jungle to fill out Yasuo's midgame power lull before he hits Infinity Edge.[Glaedien] I'm curious to know if Nami's Aqua Prison will work with Yasuo's ult. I know it's a stun that looks like a knock up, but the enemy is still visually airborne. Of course, there have to be limitations to what's considered airborne, free ults on Kayle and Corki for example would be pretty bad design, but it feels like his ult should work off of Nami's Q. Either way, at least he can still make use of her ult.[certainlyt] Yasuo's R will work off Nami Q. Like you said, visually, the opponent is suspended in the air by a form of crowd control.[Tortferngatr] Self-inflicted jumps don't count. Only airbornes from an enemy(/neutral monster? Baron has a knock up right, haven't played enough Summoner's Rift lately to tell) will let Yasuo ult.[certainlyt] Last Breath, Yasuo’s R, can be cast on any knockup or knockback applied by Yasuo himself or one of his teammates. The ability is about coordination and synergy, so it didn’t make sense to include enemy leaps (such as Tristana’s Rocket Jump) or neutral monster knock ups (such as those cast by Baron/Vilemaw). We actually playtested a version where Yasuo could grab enemy champions who leapt out of the air with his ult. It seemed cool on paper. In practice, I, who was playing Yasuo, spent the entire post-6 laning phase mashing the R button while RiotFan, sitting next to me playing Jax, refused to ever once use his Leap Strike. Jerk.[xDonny] Where did the idea come from to have him dodge skillshots with his ability?[certainlyt] In thinking about the Samurai/Swordsman archetype I tried to essentialize it down to: Dash, Parry, Strike. All of Yasuo's abilities are takes on those three simple principles.[Amicar] Hi Riot! I hope you’re having an incredible day! Here’s my question(s): What is the most difficult part about creating a champion like Yasuo? From concept to release, how long are champions typically developed before they are ready? What will make Yasuo a viable, unique champion?[RiotRansom] I'll answer the first question here. To me, the most difficult thing about making a champion is keeping pressure on ourselves to make sure the champ is the best he can be. In my head, I often compare the process of creating Yasuo to making a samurai sword. Like a Japanese swordsmith, we constantly reforged and refolded the steel to make the blade sharper and sharper. He is quite possibly one of the most revised characters in the history of League. There are countless drafts of his story going all the way back to August 2012 (almost a year and a half ago!) and we didn’t even settle on the final draft until the last minute. We considered a version where Yasuo didn’t kill Yone, a version where Yone knew Yasuo was innocent the whole time, even a version with no hints of Riven. We explored every branch of that story tree until we were sure we had what we wanted. We recorded four different versions of his voiceover script with a number of different actors, and consider ourselves quite fortunate to be working with fan favorite Liam O’Brien. (He did a great job of capturing the attitude of the character – I love the way he taunts Master Yi by saying, “Wuju? Never heard of it.”) [ohmikegoodness] Thank you Amicar, having a great day thanks! The most difficult part for the animation side was making his sheathing and unsheathing very smooth and seamless. We required engineering support to allow Yasuo to know whether or not he was in or out of combat, and if he was in a run or an idle. Hopefully it looks smooth, but boy, was it difficult![Aeide] Yasuo's ult is the first ultimate ability in the game to have a requirement, in this case the enemy being airborne. Are you happy with the way it has turned out and do you foresee any future champions having similar requirements?[certainlyt] I can't speak to future releases -- generally our design team has been critical of Yasuo ult -- but I personally like the ability. Mainly, I think that powerful targeted CC is really frustrating to play against, since all that is required in terms of skill is putting one's mouse over the enemy. It's difficult to appreciate, for example, that your opponent expended a cooldown leaving them vulnerable in the future. By linking Yasuo's CC to landing a skill shot in the dueling case or making the quick decision to de-position himself in response to an allied CC, he has the sort of high variance in performance that I think makes for an exciting champion.[Dyspr0] Yay, the AMA is here! I have a few questions for you guys :3 Were Yasuo's abilities/animations in any way inspired by Youmu Konpaku from Touhou and/or Vergil from Devil May Cry? I immediately thought of those two characters when I saw his abilities and animations. With the release of Yasuo are you hoping to break the curse of "terribad" tier that is a melee carry usually? I love melee carries, because they are fun and difficult to play as (the difficulty being that they are squishy as heck and one mistake results in you being blown into oblivion). I'm so hyped for him because not only he looks badass, his skillset looks crazy powerful because of his Q being an AoE autoattack and his W pretty much being able to win teamfights/skirmishes against crazy fed hyper carries like Vayne easily with a well placed Wind Wall. Are you thinking to make his E dash a LITTLE faster? Or at least faster with more ranks in it? I'm honestly fine with how it is, because it seems the most balanced considering his damage potential and E spamability. CertainlyT, how come you are the epitome of an awesome designer? Seriously, I love every single champion you have designed or took part in designing of. How are you doing this?! Oh also, how come every single champ of yours is crazy overpowered on release/during testing LOL.[ohmikegoodness] In terms of animations, we took inspiration from LOTS of sources! But any champion we try to make we try to give them our own special twist to them. [Smash_Gizmo] I would say that 'terribad' is an overstatement of the state of our Melee Carry roster, but it's certainly true that we've struggled to find a place for that class within League of Legends. They always seem to end up falling into either assassin roles during teamfights (Master Yi, Fiora), or find themselves relegated to split pushing and forcing duels and skirmishes all game (Tryndamere). With that in mind, Yasuo takes a very different approach to functioning as a Melee Carry. He brings much more in the form of teamfight utility (cc via Q3 and R, unique zoning potential off of wind wall) than any other attempts at creating a Melee Carry, at the cost of some raw damage output and free target selection that have historically pushed the class towards assassination patterns. The net result feels much more like a carry play pattern in practice, as Yasuo uses the windwall to create the space he needs to hit the opposing front line without dying to the opposing carries. My experiences with the character are leading me to believe that Yasuo will be the most functional Melee Carry our game has seen and as such, I'm optimistic about his ability to shake some of the stigma surrounding the Melee Carry class. [certainlyt] Melee AD carries have a somewhat tarnished reputation in LoL. Much of this is undeserved: while the forums have at various times called Tryndamere and Fiora useless, they’ve also had some of the highest win rates of any champions. So there isn’t a tremendous strategic downside to the class. Rather, I feel these champions suffer from two issues that Yasuo seeks to address: First, they bring so little utility to the table that when they have a sub-par game, they are little more than free gold for the enemy. As a result their success and failure cases are dramatic. When Fiora is ahead, she double dashes to the enemy backline, ults them, and they die. When Fiora is behind, she does the same thing, but dies when she lands. Yasuo by contrast brings substantial utility -- he’s the Ashe of melee carries -- in the form of Wind Wall and his brief but powerful knockups from Steel Tempest. So when he’s been denied farm, he has options for meaningful contribution to the team’s victory by protecting his teammates or locking down fed enemy carries, even if he can’t solo them. Second, it isn’t clear how our existing pool of melee carries can help their teammates and their teammates can help them. For example, Tryndamere’s split push success hinges on his teammates actively avoiding his side of the map and creating consistent pressure but avoiding direct 5v4 conflict. This is non-obvious, leading to a lot of frustration on the part of the Trynd player and his allies. Master Yi depended on getting kills, and so worked well with teams that could soften their opponents, but not kill them. For each kill he got, he’d gain another massive AOE nuke on the enemy team, so anyone taking kills besides him was squandering his potential. A champion that relies on his allies not getting kills has its problems, and we’ve subsequently removed the kill/assist distinction from Highlander. Yasuo’s kit, by contrast, makes clear a few of the ways he can work with his team (e.g., “Stand behind this partial invulnerability shield!”) and his team can work with him (e.g., “Knock that grouped enemy team airborne!”). I’m hopeful that by providing some seed ideas for cooperation, the rest of his power will be more readily appreciable.[MontyPilonUK] What gave you the inspiration to create such a champion?[ManWolfAxeBoss] We took a lot of inspiration from old samurai films like Yojimbo and Seven Samurai, as well as modern ones like Samurai Fiction and Harakiri: Death of a Samurai. I’m also pretty sure that everyone on the dev team has seen Samurai Champloo once or twice. Outside of samurai stuff though, we looked a lot to the Man with No Name trilogy and even Cowboy Bebop for character references. We wanted to create a champion that delivers on being both an honorable swordsman as well as a tough guy with an attitude.[DanielZKlein] Hey, hey Brad, what if a windwall blocks another windwall while both teams have Miss Fortunes ulting across the resulting singularity? WHAT THEN?А: [Smash_Gizmo] I'm not Brad, but I'm at least 45% confident that the game instantly ends, both teams are awarded a win and all Yasuos and Miss Fortunes are showered in honor.[Leprechaun003] Anyone know if Yasuo can stop Thresh's lantern?? Haven't seen that example anywhere.[RiotAether] According to CertainlyT the answer is yes :O[5T0RMLORD] In the future. Can we expect you guys to do some awesome skins like Shogun Yasuo or Cyborg Yasuo[RiotRansom] When Yasuo's turn for a new skin comes around, I am positive the skins team will blow your mind. It's kind of what they do![UchihaIkki] Who had the idea to put a few japanese (?) lines in his VO? it sounds awesome[ManWolfAxeBoss] Yasuo speaks a dialect of ancient Ionian. It’s related to the dialect that Karma speaks, but is not the same dialect. Think of the difference between Cantonese and Mandarin in China – very similar. (There's actually no Japanese in his VO)[SirLlama] Where did you guys come up with your Riot names?[RiotRansom] I shot Liberty Valance.[SpaceCowCommanderStu] Does Yasuo have any allergies?[RiotRansom] He is allergic to Noxians and injustice.[gekko567] Hey guys, Just out of curiosity, Does Yasuo have any special interaction, like how Jinx does to Vi, and Tresh to Lucian? I've noticed you guys try to connect up the newly released champions with other champions.[RiotRansom] Absolutely. Look for interactions with Ninjas, Master Yi, and Riven![Klymaw] Why did you choose Riven for Yasuo's story?[RiotRansom] I've always admired Riven as a character, but was disappointed to find that she didn't have more lore. I personally would love to know more about her past, and I think giving her a conflict with another champion provides her with more dimension.[cruelned] how are you guys?[RiotRansom] We're hungry because lunch is now but we CAN'T. STOP. TYPING.[qLibali] If you use your E+Q Combo and your knockup is ready are you knocking up all people around you in an AoE instead of in a line? That would cause some cool-looking engages together with maybe orianna. :)[RiotAether] CertainlyT says yes :)[Grim_Rhythm] Is there any significance to the name of Yasuo's ult? If not, I think it'd be a cool homage to rename the ult to "The Wind Rises" (or even Rising Wind if you don't like the original phrasing) as a small Miyazaki tribute.[RiotRansom] Awesome question. One of the things we tried to do with Yasuo's ability names was make sure that they alluded to air in some way, shape, or form. Last Breath was chosen because it sounds fatal, dramatic, and final - good qualities for an ult.[glo0t] Question to Rob "RiotRansom" Lo: -Have you ever met Emilio Estevez?[RiotRansom] Uh... no. Also, I just now got this joke. DAAAAAMN YOOOOUUUU[LordEzel] Yasuo is a wind Samurai, don't you guys think that it would be cool to make another 3 Samuaris, which can control water, earth and fire?[MorelloRiot] Hmm, I really don't think this is an elemental-themed set we're looking to do. We wanted Yasuo to stand out as the samurai-inspired champion, and I think more would water that down a bit.[Antcraft] This is a question to you, Morello. DO you believe all the flame created by his W will be pointed at you? Things tend to do that. If so, will there be a nerf if the ability prove that it is "op"? by the way, my religion is based on you. Morellonality will always be the one and only religion. Much love from a fan of yours![MorelloRiot] This ability will be strong in some circumstances - for sure. Numbers tweaks can occur here, but we're confident that the mechanic has significant interaction points (cooldown windows, moving around it, melee don't care about it, etc).[Harrum] This maybe is more about champion design overall, but I always wondered how you decide which ability goes on which button? Is it just whateven or is there a reasoning behind? Except for the ultimate ofcource :p[MorelloRiot] We tend to want the most "core" or commonly usable ability on Q, and the most infrequent or utility-focused ability on W. This isn't always the case, but it's a good rule of thumb.[Gaming4Control] What will happen with Ahri's Q "Orb of Deception" or Sivir's Q "Boomerang Blade" then thrown at yasuo's W "Wind Wall", will it go through or bounce back?[MorelloRiot] It disappears when it hits the wall.[Elsenorspam] What part of Yasuo are you the most proud of? (His design, kit, lore etc.)[MorelloRiot] I tend to not like to divide this up. If there's great gameplay and weak art, the character isn't good. If the art is great and gameplay is weak, the character isn't good. A champion is the reult of all groups coming together to create something special - and something about it has to be stronger than the sum of its parts. The "soul" that Vi and Jinx have is not just any element, or even a combination, but a holistic effort from a team who's trying to create. Game development is a total team sport.[RoflSStime] Hey there, I'd like to give praise to the team that covers the champion voices. You guys always seem to pick out the right voice actor to really sell the champions attitude/personality. Whenever a new champ is released the first thing I do is look up their quotes and decide if I'm going to play that champ based on the quotes (and also try and imitate them for the rest of the week. I love voices.) I digress, I'd like to know how you guys pick out voice actors when you have a new champion to work on (Liam O'Brien does Yasuo, I believe?) along with how long it takes to get those wonderful quotes just right. http://images.wikia.com/leagueoflegends/images/1/17/Yasuo.move13.ogg[RiotRansom] Aww, you picked one of my lines! Thanks! The short story is that we audition a TON of actors, and we obsess over picking the right one from the bunch. In some cases, we'll do in-studio auditions and provide direction to the actors to test out different reads of the character. VO is one of the toughest parts of a champion to get right, but it's also one of the most rewarding.[mochachill] Do you ever plan on returning to giving champs 2 skins on release?[MorelloRiot] Very unlikely. We always had to sacrifice quality to get 2 out the door, and one always ended up being really unpopular/zzzz. With the higher fidelity and feature set of today's base skins, we need to focus (in a world with 2 skins, there's no way we can do things like Mecha Kha'Zix).[tozne] What shampoo and conditioner does Yasuo use to keep beautiful hair?[RiotRansom] He uses Pantene. Don't hate him because he's beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz8ul-gmLyA[RevShogun] Good evening RIOT, I was wondering if you're planning to make a skin with a reference to Avatar, the last air bender. Given Yasuo's abilties are mostly air-element oriented. There are many of us who enjoyed/enjoy, watched/watch the anime and the comments referring to avatar are constant in Yasuo's updates, and etc. I started making a little sketch, not even half way done. I'm also going to change his sword by Aang's staff that could deploy as he's recalling, or ulting, which is incredible. Tho I have much ideas on this potential skin, I'm not qualified enough to reproduce a valuable imagine of it'd be like.[RiotRansom] Heh. The funny thing is that none of the parallels to Avatar were intended, and yet my boss was one of the lead writers on Avatar. So I wouldn't be surprised if he approved of this idea.[Captain50] I have to ask, "Why a cowboy skin of all things?"[RiotRansom] Reposting from an answer below: The inspiration for the skin is drawn from the classic spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone. Think "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood. Leone has always admitted that his inspiration for these films were the classic samurai films of Kurosawa, such as Yojimbo and The Seven Samurai. In fact, one of the early inspirations for Yasuo was Yojimbo. So this skin is our team's way of paying homage to a very special part of the history of cinema.[rampageofunicorns] At least it wasn't Yasu Ono, the skin that broke up the Pentakills ;)[RiotRansom] You win this thread.[MartyMartinson] Can Yasuo ulti an enemy Ziggs when he goes airborne with W?[Smash_Gizmo] Nope. There were iterations of Yasuo's ult that worked on any jump as well as knock up and they were incredibly frustrating to say the least :p. Tristana especially got screwed because she has such a long cast time on Rocket Jump.[Makaveli_93] Hey, Will Yasuo be a viable or even a good jungler? When you designed him did you only intend for him to be viable in the mid and potentially top lane? Good jungler obviously meaning a decent clear time and successful ganks.[Smash_Gizmo] Yasuo jungle has been very successful in our internal playtests, so long as his top laner picks a heavy duty frontliner to make up for his lack of bulk. Zac and Malphite in particular seem to be the ideal Top laners for jungle Yasuo comps. That being said, if you have like, an akali top, the team comp tends to fall apart mid-late game.[ivanhrv] Hello there What are your thoughs in Yasuo vs assasins matchups? And versus bruisers?[Smash_Gizmo] I think Yasuo is very strong vs. both bruisers are assassins pre-6, but post-6, pre-1st completed item, he seems to hit a power lull where he needs to play passively against both those architypes. I find myself having an easier time vs. bruisers during this period, while laning vs. something like Akali feels like a nightmare during this time. This is a large part of why we think he'll be a bit more successful mid, as this period in mid lane is frequently the time to just farm -> roam, rather than top lane where it's all dueling, all the time.[arkhammer] Can you comment on an overall idea of how melee carries are supposed to operate vs melee-style assassins? I mean, aren't they both designed to be glass cannons that put out tons of damage?[Smash_Gizmo] I would say there are 2 key differences. 1. Target Selection: An Assassination pattern is one where the Assassin has the tools to access his/her choice of target and focuses on eliminating high priority targets ASAP, while a carry tends to have poorer target selection and instead focuses on outputting damage for as much time as possible regardless of the target. 2. Engagement Window: Assassins tend to be burstier, leading to short engagements, while Carries dish out higher sustained DPS, leading to longer engagements.[lChros] Hey guys! I talk in name of everyone when I ask u that question, What do u think when u make that double passive, super shield, and Critick x2 Its incredible, with a infinite file and spectral 100% critics, u think that he will need a nerf when he release? Thanks for read it !! Gl and Hf[certainlyt] So much of the weakness of a fragile melee sustained damage dealer is inherent in their being fragile, melee, and low burst (relative to assassins) that it is actually challenging to add additional layers of counterplay. With Yasuo, we were able to use our recent thinking about the game as a series of phases to bring out different forms of counterplay across game time. A good example is Steel Tempest, Yasuo’s Q. The ability is a short, narrow Jarvan Q (cast time into instant damage in a line). This ability is unique in that its cast time scales downward with attack speed. So during the laning phase it is very dodgeable by an enemy that stays in motion and dances in and out of its range -- typical skillshot counterplay. By late game, it’s much harder to dodge, but the act of being in range to cast it is much riskier for Yasuo.[Inhuman_Militia] my question is about Yasuo's wind wall. to me it seems op because it even blocks ults have you guys thought about changing that? maybe the wall can only stand one ult? idk it just seems broken[certainlyt] Have you thought about not shooting multiple ults into a Wind Wall?[Makaveli_93] Hey, Will Yasuo be a viable or even a good jungler? When you designed him did you only intend for him to be viable in the mid and potentially top lane? Good jungler obviously meaning a decent clear time and successful ganks.[certainlyt] Yasuo is a great mid laner. As the safe lane, he get the farm he needs there to output serious damage and his windwall is put to best use against typical midlane opponents. Overall though, I hope he has the tools to find success in any farming position on the map. It's up to you, the community of players, to find out where and how he can be put to good use![Chillingo] A few questions for you guys: 1. Was the wall mechanic hard to code or was it easy to do with the games engine? 2. Is Riven really the one who killed the Elder or is it just what Yasuo thinks. Because is suspect it was one of the new champions: Ao Shin or that sandstorm guy with the illusions(or were they the same guy?) 3. The flow mechanic seems a little out of place to be honest(a resource that only gives a shield?) did you just want to give him a little survivability to get out his dmg or what was the thought process behind that ability? 4. If he turns out to be op will you rather nerf his early game to give him an even clearer weakness, or his lategame so he doesn't become unstoppable? 5. Other way around if he's underpowered will you buff his early or his lategame? 6. Is it intended that he can use his ult on targets hit by Qinn's or poppy's E . 7. Does Riot intent to change all armor pen to only work on bonus armor like with yasuos ult, or is it just something you guys are testing. 8. Can the tornado on yasuos q crit? How is crit on on-hit abilites calculated? I heard it's not double damage somewhere. 9. I thought it would be cool if Yasuo got a speed boost and a invulnerablilty frame on his E, once his flow is full with some cool wind animation around him rather than a shield, what do you think about it?( Flow would be harder to obtain and it would increase faster the more enemies around. This would make sure his 1v1 potential stays the same but in teamfights he could jump around and use his e to dodge spells. It would last for less than 3 seconds maybe less)[certainlyt] "The flow mechanic seems a little out of place to be honest(a resource that only gives a shield?) did you just want to give him a little survivability to get out his dmg or what was the thought process behind that ability?
Yasuo was resourceless for much of his development. We track Flow in the resource bar becuase it is open space available for use and because when Yasuo is at low Flow, he is weaker for an appreciable amount of time, just as when a champion is at low mana/energy.
"Does Riot intent to change all armor pen to only work on bonus armor like with yasuos ult, or is it just something you guys are testing."
There's some internal debate over what direction we should move with armor pen (if at all). Obviously, you know what side of the debate I am on.[grbee] Hi I love reading these! and this time I have a question.. It seems to me that yasuo is a team-comp specific champion (knock-ups) was this the plan from the beginning and will you continue in this direction with future champs? Also How do you pronounce Yasou (Ya-so?) I keep saying his name like Yau-soo.[certainlyt] All of our champions have build around possibilities. Synergy is inevitable in this genre of game, but much of it is subtle. I am skeptical that this is an area in which we need subtlety. Players should feel good about combining complementary pieces that come together to solve the puzzle of “how do we win this.” Yasuo’s synergies are overt. In discussing which champions complemented fragile, high dps melees, tanks and supports came up most often. Knocked Airborne! seemed an obvious choice since it matched Yasuo’s wind thematics and was the status effect most frequently used by those classes of champions. When Yasuo operates at the backline of a fight, Janna (Slow + AD granting shield) is probably his favorite partner. when he goes deep to the enemy backline, there’s no one he wants by his side more than Malphite (AS + MS slows).[xTreemy] Hey guys! I was curious how many rioters give and share ideas when creating a new champion?[certainlyt] Many! Just in terms of mechanics design, one of the cool things about design here is that we have an amazing team so twice a day you get feedback from your peers from playtests. Additionally, we run internal riot-wide playtest daily which generates a lot of feedback from outside the design pit. Yasuo's kit reflects the feedback of engineers, web content specialists, player support reps, animators, concept artists -- individuals from all across the company.[luddelol] Hello! Several questions incoming 1. As a fellow Bronze player(for now ) i am very curious about his ability to snowball and what you have done making sure he doesn't snowball to hard to often. I am worried about this due his insanely cost effective passive. Crit chance is often only gained in a few specific items and are expensive compared to the ammount given. But Inifinity Edge alone gives him 50% crit chance, as i have understood it, and that's enough normally. 2. Right now i am considering in my first games with yasuo to go Inifinty edge -> Lastwhisper and then maybe ghostblade(cdr seems kinda nice on him) or black clever. If i need defense it's hexdrinker or GA. Is that what you have done in your alpha tests? 3. How's his jungling? Right now the range of possible junglers has gone up, since there's not really effective to do smiteless blue/red and then do the other buff as you no longer get lvl 3 from it,or at least i haven't got that. due that more champs can join the "viable" category. What makes me doubt is his focus on spells as early dmg, and crit as late game dmg. most jungling adc's do it with nice AA steriods and/or heals. If he can jungle, have u tested with dorans? 4. What champs have had the best succes against yasuo in your alpha testing. I could see mid/top malph working and teemo ofc.[certainlyt] To address the snowballing point, one reason why I like the crit steroid is that critical strike chance is a capped stat (as is the AS to CDR conversion on his Q). This means that while access to core items (Personally, I use IE+Statikk shiv) is fundamental and after that the player is more free to build defensive items than a Riven or Pantheon.[Ceigee] Riot stated in the past that a resourceless champion will have a some sort of drawback. What would Yasuo's drawback be? As far as I can tell, he's got near unlimited dashes, and a kind of "fuck you" to all ranged spells. I don't play in the PBE so I don't know how strong or how weak he is. But from the concept, he seems really strong. Too strong.[certainlyt] This is a concern, I agree. A lot of Yasuo's vulnerabilities are in the details -- for example, one unique element of Yasuo's dash is that if he is stunned/rooted during it, he immediately stops. Other dashes will move the champ to the end point and then stop them from moving thereafter. So while Yasuo is very mobile, landing a Dark Binding on him as he dashes around feels great. As to drawbacks, so much of the weakness of a fragile melee sustained damage dealer is inherent in their being fragile, melee, and low burst (relative to assassins) that it is actually challenging to add additional layers of counterplay. With Yasuo, we were able to use our recent thinking about the game as a series of phases to bring out different forms of counterplay across game time. A good example is Steel Tempest, Yasuo’s Q. The ability is a short, narrow Jarvan Q (cast time into instant damage in a line). This ability is unique in that its cast time scales downward with attack speed. So during the laning phase it is very dodgeable by an enemy that stays in motion and dances in and out of its range -- typical skillshot counterplay. By late game, it’s much harder to dodge, but the act of being in range to cast it is much riskier for Yasuo.[SameGuyIsSameGuy] Hey Guys! May I ask you why there are more AD than AP champs released lately? Is it because AD is overall stronger since you can... 'do' more with it, e.g. pushing towers/inhibs, auothit to apply dmg and not be reliant on AP to continuosly deliver dmg? Of course, a Samurai fights with a Katana and is therefore melee and understandably AD in that regard. I just really want to see you guys releasing a new AP champ. :)[certainlyt] We try to have a good flow of AP versus AD champions in our release cadence. Sometimes that doesn't work out. Lucian, Jinx and Yasuo all came together design-wise at the same time. We do have some mages in the works, Deathcaps4Life.[BrandonThomas2011] Really quickly, I noticed that when Yasuo was revealed and his kit given with full detail (CD's, scalings, etc.), his E had a 1.0 AP ratio. I also noticed that after a week or two, these were updated and this dropped to a 0.6 AP ratio. Were you worried about people building him AP and just dashing around the entire fight, or was this an issue on the PBE/testing? Thanks in advance, love how you guys are dedicated to this community :)[certainlyt] Pa builds were common on the PBE. They seemed to be in that odd space of being bad but still incredibly annoying.[misogoop6] Does Yasuo have any friends in the league? I always love the champion interactions.[certainlyt] Yasuo is a man with few friends but many enemies.[DuerHard] Does Yasou's dash travel through the enemy champion, like Fizz's Q, or stop once it hits the target? Thanks![certainlyt] It travels through the target, meaning you can use it at close range as an escape or long range as a gap closer. It also means the enemy knows where you are going to land once you cast it, which was important when creating a champion with many dashes in a game based on skill shots.[Lorki] If Yasuo gets a Sheen and hits 3 enemies with his Q, which one will be damaged by Sheen proc ?[certainlyt] The closest target to him is the one On-Hit effects are applied to.[IamFUNNIERthanU] Why doesn't yasuo's wall block champions? Technically speaking off, they are projectiles as well. And what exactly were you thinking when creating this wall (I mean how did you come up with it)[certainlyt] Yasuo's wall is designed to give him protection from ranged attacks. Our melee ADCs rely on active defenses to survive: Tryndamere cannot die; Yi and Fiora go untargetable; Yasuo's activated defense is spatial -- he creates an area in which he is difficult to kill for those outside of it. A key aspect of this is that the enemy can play around the ability by walking through it. In doing so, however, they put themselves at risk since Yasuo can attack them, making it a difficult choice for the enemy.[KaiserKing] What does Yasuo thinks off other ionian champions, besides the fact that he hates ninjas?[ManWolfAxeBoss] I don't think Yasuo is really interested in anyone else or their problems. He's on a mission and will stop at nothing until it's done.[cathechung] What are you guys most proud of about Yasuo?[ManWolfAxeBoss] I can't speak for the whole team and I'm definitely biased, but I'm most proud of the lore.[CookiesRH] What should I eat tomorrow[ManWolfAxeBoss] Waffles for breakfast. Tacos for lunch. Pasta for dinner.[Neratrite ] Is everyone on the Yasuo team a bad ass martial artist or just ohmikegoodness? Did anyone take weapons training or just study a lot of old martial arts films? :D[ohmikegoodness] LOL! I didn't realize this was you! We had a good chuckle here reading that question out loud! They are all badasses in their own right! A lot of us actually watched a lot of reference at the start of his development. We would constantly send cool links out to each other for reference.[Neratrite] Did you utilize these skills for Yasuo? Yasuo, Yoga Master.[ohmikegoodness] Most martial artists view yoga as a martial art! It requires the same amount of mental and physical strength. Lots of mental strength![Neratrite] Now you're just playing favorites. :P[ohmikegoodness] YOU'RE my favorite[Koolt3] Is yasuo related to xin zhao? he looks like his father[ohmikegoodness] They have the same stylist.[Shanock01] I'm looking forward to Yasuo. I especially appreciate the thought and detail that went into his resheathing animations. My question is, are there any other samurai-themed skins or champions currently in the works? In particular, I'm hoping for a kyudo-based skin or champ for an ADC.[ohmikegoodness] Sweet! Thank you! I'm glad that you noticed! Not really any other similar champs or skins in the works, yet! Kyudo adc sounds pretty awesome however![Cerebz] Is Yasuo Riven's secret lover that betrayed her causing her to do horrible things?[ohmikegoodness] I don't know but I definitely think those to meeting up top would have lots of... tension.[SirWallyWest] I watched a video about 2 weeks ago. It stated that Yasuo's kit could be used bot lane. What is your take on a support Yasuo?[ohmikegoodness] I tried support Yasuo last night on my stream! I had a dc, but I think we did alright. Blocking aggro from enemy adc was really satisfying.[w00p00] How did you come up with the bond between lore and visuals and gameplay because while his gameplay feels really fun I must say the model is kinda lacking with that big anime style hair; while there are different champions he's the first one that I feel is kinda not fitting the league a bit; am I taking it wrong or is that intended (him looking like he's not fitting xD)[ohmikegoodness] Lol! We wanted him to be unique! The big hair helps![DLEric] It was mentioned somewhere earlier that Yasuo uses a new type of rig for his model and that he can do some new stuff. Care to explain in layman's terms to us what's cool about that?[ohmikegoodness] So in terms of his rig, we were able to add a few things to make the animator's lives easier. Normally we would have to take the hair and animate them by hand. For example Soraka! It took weeks to animate just her body. To animate her hair, her cape, her front and back loincloths, took the same amount of time! Now we have a way to simulate the way hair flows thanks to our tech artists! That gave us more time to make his sheathing and unsheathing unique![Facny] Please tell me there is at least ONE Samurai Champloo reference in him..[ohmikegoodness] Mugen! Looked at a lot of his animations. Although we didn't want to make him exactly like that guy, we wanted some of that flavor.[mizukey13] What sword styles did you guys investigate to get the animations etc.? I imagine the sword draw attacks come from iaido but not sure about the rest.[ohmikegoodness] We investigated ALL! I spent many hours looking at sword martial arts... we tried to take the coolest things and distill them into our champion.[DrWafers] Watched "Mike "OhMikeGoodness" Laygo" Play Him last night in PBE and he said his one of his animations was the hardest yet to complete, did you guys have any other trouble with Yasuo?[ohmikegoodness] What's up DrWafers! We also had some trouble with getting his haste run to work correctly! Currently we have an animation authored, but have yet to implement them.[return2sender] What was the codename for Yasuo for when you were working on him?[ohmikegoodness] We had a code name, but we landed on Yasuo early. I called him, sword guy. But once we had the name I could probably be heard yelling in a Japanese accent YASUO!!![vakabiel] Hello! 1. How does Yasuo feel about Ao Shin in regards to being a storm dragon that obviously has some tie into the same element? 2. Are there any animation reference videos that Mikey did that we will get to see? 3. Was there any thought to making his death animation either Seppuku or the wind swirling around and sort of carrying him off in the initial concept stages? 4. If Vilemaw causes all 3 enemies to be airborne does his R hit them all? 5. Does Malphite hard counter Yasuo if he stubs his toe? Thanks guys! @mordekaiser_lol[ohmikegoodnes] 1. I have some videos I will share soon! :D 2. Yes, we considered that, ultimately we decided to not go that direction since we have a few champs that kill themselves already... We thought maybe he could turn to leaves and blow away, but that was too magical, and morgana's skin does that already. I personally wanted his death to be similar to Riven's to further implicate the two ;D[Suiiii] Question for OhMikeGoodness: can you give me tips on how to pick up a model as a girlfriend?[ohmikegoodness] LOL!!! You guys do your research! She thought I was a nice guy! But I think it was the teemo hat.[vakabiel] Step 1: Learn Martial Arts Step 2: Tryout for TMNT Step 3: ???? Step 4: PROFIT![ohmikegoodness] Step 3 is probably teemo hat, yeah[Neratrite] A lot of people love Ohmikegoodness.[ohmikegoodness] I know Neratrite does![Veian] Mike, how does it feel having a playboy centerfold girl as a girlfriend?[ohmikegoodness] It's surreal, but this particular one is SO down to earth! She doesn't make me feel out of her league[hellomoto186] You guys have previously stated before that Riven's kit is inspired by fighting games. What was the inspiration for Yasuo's ult? When his kit was first announced, I first pictured this. Thanks in advance![ohmikegoodness] The funny thing is, his ult went through many iterations! And it used to look SOMETHING like that. But as it turns out, we wanted to keep his damage low, so having an ult that didn't do a lot of damage but stopped him from attacking felt bad. It got to the point where we realized he can just auto attack and do more damage. The animators were a little bit sad by the lack of "screentime" his ult got, but we always want to support FUN. Fun is doing damage. ;D So RiotLamz created a shorter version of the ult that everybody was happy with![SocioFobico] I always wonder how do you guys decide the "colors" of the champion and what is it going to wear. For example, why would you have him with red eyes and not with green eyes? His left shoulder have armor, why the left one got it and not the right? :D. How many times you are actually changing your ideas on these "little" stuffs? Could you give us an example?[ohmikegoodness] A lot of it is the preference of the artist. But we also take into account the colors of other champions and the colors that can be found on our maps! Sometimes we choose what side will have armor based how how it balances the character, and sometimes, we just go with what we think looks cool! After all, art can be very subjective![The_Gold_Guy] Hey thanks for the AMA! Who comes up for the names for the champions? Is it one person or a team of people? Bonus Question: how do you pronounce Yasuo's name?[RiotRansom] Hi. I'll answer the first question, as I believe Joe has a detailed pronunciation guide to Yasuo's name elsewhere in the thread. Naming champs is one of the more difficult processes at Riot. Names are usually vetted with a ton of people before they go live, and can change several times - Jayce and Syndra both had bazillion names. Yasuo is an example of the opposite scenario. A champion will be named by a single person, and the name just survives all the vetting - this happened on both Jinx and Yasuo. In this case, it was Joe who gave Yasuo his name.[M1Stark] CertainlyT, I would like to thank you and the team very much for releasing such awesome champs, and with Zed and Thresh being my favorite champs I am confident that Yasuo will also be even more epic. P.S: I'm your biggest fan, e-mail me a hug please[RiotRansom] If anyone deserves a hug from CertainlyT, it's me. I had to work with angry CertainlyT-senpai for all this time. ;__; :P[catanthill] Yasuo x Riven[RiotRansom] Lol. This is exactly what you say to RiotRunaan to make her annoyed.[Kricee] How do you plan on updating this "conversation"?[RiotRansom] Good question. We are always exploring new ways of telling stories - obviously, not all of these are public-facing yet. But you've noticed that we've started doing lore-based teasers for champions, which is a relatively new thing. I would expect other new initiatives to come along eventually.[Ren7] How Yasuo feels towards Ionia, he has taunts against ninjas who are elite of Ionia but at the same time he wants to prove them that he isn't their enemy, he isn't the killer, what's up with that?[RiotRansom] I think he has ambivalent feelings towards Ionia. On the one hand, he seeks to defend his homeland by seeking the true killer of his elder. On the other hand, the entire nation has turned against him for a crime he didn't commit. As for the ninjas, those taunts are really a reference to the fact that ninja and samurai have historically not gotten along in pop culture.[CuddleDuckie] So, who's the one responsible for making Yasuo so sexy? Because he's incredibly sexy.[RiotRansom] I know, right? It was a team effort. The entire Yasuo team exudes sexiness.[Yojimaru] Does Yasuo's sword have a name? How does Yasuo relate with other Ionian "undesirables", such as Syndra, Zed and Varus?[RiotRansom] So Yasuo would never give his own sword a name - killing in his mind is not something that should be glorified. But the people of Ionia call his weapon The Nameless Blade. I think that's badass. I think he considers Syndra and Zed to be as villainous as the rest of Ionia believes them to be. He's an accused criminal, but a falsely accused criminal - he's not evil.[fmde] @CertainlyT: Why does Yasuo hate ninjas ? :) [Skylimetoon] a ninja is considered a dishonorable samurai, ninjas fight in numbers while samurai are bound by a code of honor that says they only fight one on x (x being the number of enemies) ninjas are in shadows while samurai are based on face to face combat.[RiotRansom] Skylimetoon answered this for us![Engooo] Good frigging job! Keep it up :D (Epic drunkard samurai is epic)[RiotRansom] Thanks! Also, this is for all you redditors out there - please understand that Yasuo always drinks responsibly. And that the substance within his bamboo flask is actually milk.[Tikem] Hey, you handsome (and slightly more handsome) people! When Yasuo was originally teased with A Sword without a Sheath, there were rumours of a dual champion release. In the days long past, you've actually done something like that. Do you think this is something you would be willing to try out, considering that the pre-season patches tend to be just as chaotic as releasing two champions at the same time would be? (Sorry, not directly related to Yasuo.) Playing Yasuo on the PBE, I found myself having problems using his E and R to their fullest because of the ~200ms lag. How much do you think high latency will affect his play in the wild?[RiotRansom] Hey - just wanted to say that in the world of making champions for League of Legends, anything is possible. Anything. Seriously - some of the craziest ideas you've seen proposed by fans are ones that we internally considered before the suggestion was even made. So what I'm saying is, we're always looking for ways to surprise and delight you guys.[LAMP96] Um, i know this is an old topic bt why does yi have swordboots now again?[RiotRansom] Wuju.[ProstetnicVogonJelz] If I get a shiv and an IE i have like 90% crit, doesn't feel like I'm lacking any damage, but this point is debatable/easily fixed. As far as free target selection goes though, how can you justify that statement with his E? It's potentially better at picking and staying on a target than any of the other melee carry's gapclosers (not to mention switching targets), and this isn't even taking into account his instant, long range teleport on ult.[Smash_Gizmo] Trynd with Shiv and IE does a lot more damage than Yasuo with the same items. Don't get me wrong, Yasuo still puts out a lot of deeps, but compared to his class, he's on the low end. For target selection, Yasuo's E is shorter range and slower than Alpha Strike, Spinning Slash, and Lunge. It's on a very short Cooldown, yes, but multi-dashing through the frontline as Yasuo is much more difficult than it is on Yi/Fiora/Trynd. Also note that all 3 of those characters have an untargetability/invulnerability mechanic that only requires a nearby enemy, while Yasuo's closest parallel is a positional invulnerability from a select subset of attacks. What this all adds up to is that while Yasuo has the tools to access backline targets, it's frequently too dangerous for him to jump the gun and do so at the start of the fight.
Galio Changes Are "Back in Production"
Originally Posted by Riot (View RedTracker Source)So I'm curious if any progress was made or if he's just dead in the water.he's kind of somewhere in between. a large part of the current 'nothingness' is that working on galio clashed with working on the preseason changes, so he was put on a temporary hold (this happened with a few reworks/updates by the way, not just galio). now that the initial batch of changes are out, we can get those kit changes back into production.
that's all i've got for now, but hopefully that should change soon enough.
Yasuo's Q Applies On-Hit Effects to the First Target Hit Only
Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)Any updates on when Yasuo's q is going to apply on-hits to all targets? Affects his jungle quite a bit- hard to test sustain when you're getting a third to a quarter of what it should be, depending on the camp.
Went back in to check on this - turns out Yasuo's Q is only supposed to apply on-hit effects to the first target hit; CertainlyT just didn't get a chance to dig into Yasuo's bug reports before the list of verified bugs was handed over to me.
I'm trying to come up with a way to avoid this in the future without creating tons of delay between tester reports and our verification, but also without creating a ton of extra work for champion designers. Would an update contained within this thread (like this comment, or like the edit I made to the megathread) be enough when we discover a bug isn't actually a bug?