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Xerath, the Magus Ascendant Rework on PBE Today!

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Xelnath

Systems Designer

10-10-2013

Summoners!

The Xerath rework is here and ready for testing on the PBE. We wanted to help better shape Xerath to fit the modern League of Legends environment, improve the character’s feel and sell his fantasy as a mage commanding unleashed power.

After listening to your feedback, we’ve made the following major changes:

  • Passive: No longer grants armor, now grants % magic penetration and restores mana on basic attacks.
  • Q: Can now be charged to increase the spell’s range. Mana cost and damage slightly increased.
  • W: Is now a targeted AoE explosion that deals additional damage in the center and slows all enemies struck. Enemies in the center are slowed more.
  • E: Is now a skillshot missile which stuns champions.
  • R: Is a combination of Xerath’s old W and R.
  • Immobilize yourself to gain a super-long ranged attack which deals magic damage each time you click the cursor for 3 seconds. (Max 4 shots)

Our intent is to ensure that Xerath’s core pattern is fun and engaging, but his ultimate use is a rare, powerful long-ranged attack.

Please provide feedback – our future tweaks to Xerath will be influenced by your input.

Where should we be focusing our feedback?
  • Ultimate - I am particularly interested in feedback on Xerath's ultimate. It has a very unique control method that will take some getting used to.
  • Spell names - this is a unique opportunity to contribute your idea for what Xerath's spells should be called. I'll be reviewing EUNE, EUW and NA for ideas!
  • Range - Xerath's ult gives him ridiculous range. This is intended to be his strength. Please let me know how it feels both as user and victim.
  • Relative power of abilities - I want to know if you feel like too much damage is tied up in a particular ability.
  • Skin VFX - His Battlecast and Runeborn skins have new colors. Provide feedback!
  • Audio - How do his new abilities sound?

Where should I not be focusing my feedback?
  • Molten Xerath - This skin hasn't been updated yet.
  • Xerath's model - We did not overhaul his model, just add animations for the new Arcanopulse and ultimate attack.

Xerath has been in development for a while and we feel reasonably confident in his core abilities and VFX. I do want to hear your concerns, but keep in mind, we are not very likely to dramatically change Xerath's Q/W/E visually.

Thank you guys, I am looking forward to letting you see a few iterations of Xerath before he goes live.
-Xelnath
Wizardlock of Game Design

P.S. Zenon the Stoic has kindly offered to help me with Xerath. Please assist him if he has any questions.


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Poro Guard

Junior Member

10-10-2013

I want the old Xerath!!! He is awsome! why destroy him?


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Solash

Senior Member

10-10-2013

His skins got changed? Anyway I can see them? I havn't got a PBE account and am curious to see how they've changed.


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Hiromacu

Member

10-10-2013

I am very excited for the rework,ever since you announced it,and this kit seems awesome,will try Xerath,I really hope that the animaton/sound makes you suits the POWER you should be feeling as Xerath(at least in his ultimate-it has to be like the ultimate POWER OVERWHELMING feeling).
Very excited,and I like that you made a thread on these forums as well ,Xelnath you are awesome!


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Solash

Senior Member

10-10-2013

Also since we're thinking of names for W, I have a suggestion:

"Cosmic Blast"


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Dunal

Junior Member

10-10-2013

So he has Taric's old passive now (partially?).

Xerath is now ~fabulous~*~

Outrageous

Truly transcendent


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xXMinimeuXx

Junior Member

10-10-2013

Does "US PBE" mean that it is only available for users who have their NA accounts on PBE? 'Cause i still haven't got Xerath.


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H3nningBoii sw3

Member

10-10-2013

Also Xelnath, could we get something official here, Will there ever be a EU server for PBE?


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Z0n3 8P

Senior Member

10-10-2013

gonna test it now, will send feedback later

[Edit]:

the server is shutdown >.>


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Sachi

Senior Member

10-10-2013

unleashed power = ult
arcane blast
static shock,
just some ideas