Ashe and Shen Changes Incoming, Mystery Skins and March Bundles, Gypsylord on Evelynn PBE Changes and More

Ashe and Shen Changes Incoming

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Ashe is actually getting a few small changes that include a new passive sometime this year. We'll probably be ready to talk about it in detail in a month or two. Sit tight until then, Ashe players. There's a new passive coming.

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

@Meddler Still no Shen buffs on the PBE :/

Current thinking is that we'll test out a reduced CD on his ult (given it's extremely high and was made that long back when teleport wasn't as accessible a counter as it is today). Still talking about whether we might want to test anything else in conjunction with that or not.

Well thats something:) I still think I personally would rather have the channel time faster and have Shen land in front of his allies then be able to ult more frequently. Also think Ki Strike could use a buff, something like what gromp got last time

Having Shen land between his target and the nearest enemy champion (like Braum W) sounds like a good change. We'll throw that into testing. Unlikely we'll be buffing Ki Strike at the moment at least - we'd prefer to focus power into the more distinct parts of Shen's kit (hence the ult buffs here and previous small buff to Shadow Dash).

Mystery skins and March bundles

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)


Rise up against the dragon horde, run rampant as an unstoppable automaton, or roll into ranked with five of the most contested champs in LCS.

Snag these limited time bundles or treat yourself to a Mystery skin now through March 24.

Mystery Skin - 490 RP

Score an unowned skin worth 520 RP or more for one of your champs.

Dragonslayer Bundle - 50% off at 2789 RP (4551 RP if champs needed)

Dragons shmagons. These guys literally wear dragon scales as clothing.

Skins included:

  • Dragonslayer Braum
  • Dragonslayer Pantheon
  • Dragonslayer Jarvan IV
  • Dragonslayer Vayne

Champions included:

  • Braum
  • Pantheon
  • Jarvan IV
  • Vayne

Wards and Icons included:

  • Dragonslayer Ward
  • Dragonslayer Poro Ward (Legacy)
  • Dragonslayer Poro Icon (Legacy)

Mecha Bundle - 40% off at 2964 RP (4485 RP if champs needed)

Unstoppable force meets explosives and titanium plating.

Skins included:

  • Mecha Aatrox
  • Mecha Malphite
  • Mecha Kha'Zix

Champions included:

  • Aatrox
  • Malphite
  • Kha'Zix

Wards and Icons included:

  • Mecha Ward
  • Mecha Icon

LCS Outlaws Bundle - 50% off at 2623 RP (4872 RP if champs needed)

Just because they don’t make it through picks and bans in LCS doesn’t mean they won’t in ranked… hopefully.

Skins included:

  • Blade Queen Lissandra
  • Shockblade Zed
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Darkforge Jarvan IV
  • Ravenborn Leblanc (Legacy)

Champions included:

  • Lissandra
  • Zed
  • Rumble
  • Jarvan IV
  • Leblanc

Secret Agent Xin Zhao wields cutting-edge spy gear

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)


Wield the Mark-VII, clandestine-class, utili-spear! Equipped with the latest in communications technology and palmprint identification software, this protean pike’s a repository of sophisticated tools and gadgets for the modern day secret agent. It’ll enhance your spycraft with everything from garden-variety lockpicks to a microprocessor that coordinates ganks in seven hundred languages (including whatever the hell it is that Gnar yowls).

You’ll still mostly poke people with it.

Come in from the cold with Secret Agent Xin Zhao, available now in the store for 975 RP.

Pencils down: Party Rewards test concludes

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)


Party Rewards may be headed back to the workshop, but we’re curious about your thoughts on the system. We’ll take a look at the results of the test period and report back soon. We’re hopeful that Party Rewards encouraged more games with friends and more friendly games.

Thanks for testing and we’re looking forward to sharing the results!

Gypsylord on Evelynn PBE Changes

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

So I played a good amount of Eve last season and have been helping Jag test the Eve changes internally. Here's some of my thoughts on the changes having played her in a number of playtests:


The thing I'm personally most excited for is the passive CD change. It makes you super sneaky in a late game fight that gets drawn out. As long as you don't die instantly it's pretty easy to get in, deal some damage, and get out back into stealth to hide/search for your next opening.


The W change overall has felt like a pretty big in/out mobility buff in mid-late game AS LONG AS YOU GET A BIT OF CDR (magus anyone). You trade some training potential (especially in the early game) but having that slow cleanse up every few seconds to escape/close is invaluable given the new passive CD.


Also note that these are intended to be buffs so if we're off the mark here and she loses power from the W change we'll follow up on it.


To answer your thoughts about the lowering of her early game chasing power and R CD:

Eve is a character who brings something INCREDIBLY powerful to the game, the ability to dodge wards. This gives her a massive advantage when it comes to ganking unwarry opponents. I can just run up to a guy, sit behind him, wait for him to burn an important spell, and then engage with my allied laner and demolish the fool :D.


So since Eve has such fine control over when and where she starts a gank we feel like it's appropriate that her actual contribution to ganks isn't as powerful as say, a Vi R. With that in mind, lowering that training potential on the W in the early game to make room for mid/late game buffs (where she tends to fall off) seems appropriate to us.


Thinking about Eve's R 150 sec CD, we tend to give long early CD's to ultimates that enable hard to avoid gank and kill situations in the early game so as to create some downtime between "I'mma kill you now" moments. Vi R is an obvious candidate for a long cooldown given its range and guaranteed nature. Globals are another big one since they let Pantheon be in your lane whenever he wants. Less obvious are the ults on champion who can reliably dodge wards like Eve and Rengar. At the end of the day, not having any way to see Eve coming creates similar situations to TF porting in behind you, there's an extra champ in your lane that you didn't prepare for. It may not be Assault and Battery but Eve's ult does give a significant boost in ganking power. I'm not saying Eve's R is in a perfect spot or that we'll never change it's cooldown but it does make sense to me why it is as high as it is


Other Red Posts

  • @Riot BARD EXPLOIT??!!
  • Loyalty rewards incoming! [PBE - tests and fixes to PC café rewards system]
  • @any Rioter:A simple "yes or no" question about the state of the lore.
  • Awesome Bard fan art!
  • At this point, why do any of the second tier turrets give a shield?


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