Mit Patch 4.4 will Riot auch einige Änderungen am Item Fluch des Lichs vornehmen, die seit wenigen Tagen bereits auf dem PBE getestet werden. Am vergangenen Wochenende ist RiotRepertoir noch einmal im Detail auf diese eingegangen:
As some of you may have noticed by now, we’re looking into some potential Lich Bane changes for the upcoming 4.4 patch. The item’s current power is coming with some unintended consequences, so we want to scale things back a bit on the item and potentially give back to a few of the item’s primary users. These changes are pretty much straight nerfs to Lich Bane, and we know that can be a hard pill to swallow. It is our hope that by getting the item into an acceptable state, we can move forward with the item continuing to help certain champions feel extra powerful, but without having these same champions feel incomplete without rushing it.
Here’s the proposed changelist:
- stats granted unchanged
- 50 base damage replaced with 75% of the character’s Base Attack Damage
- AP ratio reduced to 0.5 from 0.75
- Seastone Trident active Ability Power ratio increased to 0.25 from 0.15
- Passive Ability Power ratio increased to 0.8 from 0.6
- Pick A Card Ability Power ratio increased to 0.5 from 0.4
- Stacked Deck Ability Power ratio increased to 0.5 from 0.4
- Mystic Shot Ability Power ratio increased to 0.4 from 0.2
As you guys check out the changes on PBE, please post feedback relating to the above changes here. Thanks!
Update: After gathering some feedback and talking about it internally, we are increasing Ezreal’s Mystic Shot Ability Power ratio by 0.2, which, in combination with the 75% Base Attack Damage ratio on Lich Bane being greater than the old base 50, should allow AP Ezreal players to continue to enjoy his play experience. Please understand that this will not mean similar buffs for every champion who might ever conceivably buy a Lich Bane.
Gestern hat sich nun auch CertainlyT noch einmal die Zeit genommen, um ausführlich auf die Gründe einzugehen, warum sich das Team dafür entschieden hat, Fluch des Lichs zu nerfen:
This is close to correct. First, here is the present plan for Lichbane (obviously this could change): We are altering the item’s proc from 50 (+0.75 AP) to 0.75 Base AD (+0.5 AP)
Why are we are nerfing Lichbane? 1) We’ve always favored the Sheen line of items as sustained damage tools. They are designed to be used by casters who basic attack and basic attackers who cast and to be optimized by getting in a solid rhythm surrounding the 2 second internal cooldown. In the case of Lichbane, we’ve observed just the opposite: the item is being used mainly on champions that can secure a kill off one proc, meaning the gameplay of delaying a spell or trying to elongate combat to allow a second or third proc is not present. Without this, we aren’t comfortable letting players access something so powerful without a high cooldown (such as that seen on DFG). 2) We’ve looked back at our balance changes over the past year or so and realized that we were continually having to nerf the damage output of Lichbane users due to their burst (TF/Fizz/Kayle/etc). These nerfs just deepened their dependence on the item. Eventually one of our QA analysts, RiotRepertoir (a Kayle main himself), got fed up with this pattern and set to work re-balancing Lichbane with the understanding that we would have to go back and add power into the kits of champion’s we’ve toned down due to the item. The changes on the PBE reflect a first pass in that direction. We’ve intentionally left some non-core Lichbane users like Akali and Ziggs out of the present round of changes because we are not positive what she looks like with the new Lichbane.
Where does this leave you all, the community of players, many of whom are Lichbane lovers? Well, we would like your feedback on both the changes to the item and to the champions we’ve identified as big losers due to the changes. If you have an account, feel free to hop on the PBE and play a few games with the item. If you don’t, you are also welcome to stop by the PBE forums and offer feedback on Repertoir’s direction for the item and the set of core Lichbane using champions as well.