Waypoint LoL | NA Account Security Breach
On this week’s Waypoint: NA Password changes, the Origins of Lucian, Scarizard updates us on Rengar, the results of Freljord… and so much more… so pull up a chair cuz it’s gonna be a long one!
First up this week just a quick security update for all NA accounts. The announcement came straight from Riot Tryndamere and Ryze stating that they are sorry to announce a portion of the North American accounts were compromised.
Usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes and some first and last names were accessed. What this means is that password files are unreadable, but players with easily guessable passwords are vulnerable for theft.
As a measure to keep accounts safe, players with North American accounts will be required to change their passwords to stronger ones that are much harder to guess. You will be automatically promted to change your password when you attempt to log in the game, but if you prefer to do it manually you can do so by clicking the link in the description below.
Riot has released an inside look on Gametrailers on the process of creating Lucian, their newest ADC being introduced to the game.
In the video, Campion Team Product Owner Paul Bellezza and Associate Champion Designer Daniel Klein talk about Lucian’s inception, development, and even breakdown his gameplay.
Lucian was a champion that started in Summer of 2012 and was heavily inspired by the likes of Blade, The Matrix, and even Equilibrium. The Rioters also give some additional feedback on why Lucian was held back from the latest patch and talk about reworks to some of his toolkit.
Lucian looks so kickass! And the fact he’s an ADC based around free movement means I’m super excited to get my hands on him. I personally enjoy they melee combat playstyle, so being able to nuke a single target while ranged AND on the move makes a great dueling champion and sounds like something that’s right up on alley.
There has been an ongoing discussion for awhile now about all of the changes that are going into Rengar. Scarizard has been constantly sharing his insight on all of the changes, but this time around gave a massive update on not just the Bonetooth Necklace, but also Rengar’s Kit.
I’m going to read off all of the changes here, but it’s important to note if there is no mention of a mechanic that is either on live or has been addressed previously, it’s safe to assume the mechanic hasn’t changed. It’s important to remember that during the recording of this video these changes are still subject to change and may or may not reflect the final result.
With that being said first up, Bonetooth Necklace now starts at 10AD and gains 1 AD per level. It will increase damage to monsters by 20% and can be built from Hunter’s Machete, a Long Sword, and 100g. At 3 stacks, Rengar will gain flat movement speed while out of combat or in the brush, 6 stacks will increase his Leap range, 9 stacks will increase the duration of Thrill of the Hunt, and at 14 stacks Rengar will gain % movement speed for 2.5 seconds upon exiting the brush.
As for his abilities, Battle Roar will no longer grant Armor or Magic Resist and enemies that are hit with Battle Roar will have their Attack Damage reduced. Bola Strike will now be a skillshot that has increased ranged, but the big change to Rengar comes to his ultimate.
Thrill of the Hunt has had it’s cooldown decreased and duration greatly increased while no longer playing a Voice Over or giving an Icon to enemies that are in Rengar’s detection range. Casting this ability will consume your current Ferocity, but for each point consumed it will increase it’s duration by 1 second. A major topic of change is that it will no longer grant Rengar stealth for it’s duration, but to compensate Riot is trying to make it harder to get away by increasing it’s movement speed. Finally, Rengar’s first basic attack while in Thrill of the Hunt will cause him to leap to his target and he will retain this movement speed for 3 seconds after leaping.
Now there is ALOT of information here and even more detail that goes into why these changes were made AND follow-up responses by Scarizard as well. If you have questions or are concerned by any of these changes I highly recommend you guys head over to the forums and read up on everything that’s been posted. To do so, we’ll provide you a link in the description below.
Quickly making its way to the front page of Reddit was a post by Papochka who wanted to know the results of the Freljord event.
Asking questions like what faction gained more followers, how many players were engaged and what will become of Freljord now that the event is over.
Well Lead Designer Kitae took to the forums to share some insight on the collected data. The Frostguard, who’s lead by Lissandra received the most world wide support, however all three tribes landed a #1 slot in at least one region.
Across the world it was a close race, with Winter’s Claw in Korea tracking the lowest of all the results, but still coming in at 26.2% of the players. As for the future of the Freljord, only time will tell, but the event did set the stage for future stories and conflicts in this harsh and icy region.
Kitae finished up the post, by leaving us some cryptic words stating that “If the Watcher return… that would make things… interesting…”
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Taking a look into some of the changes on the PBE, it’s be a relatively slow week.
The only change of note to bring up is that The Lightbringer and Hextech Sweeper now have faint circles to indicate the range on which they will reveal invisible traps, similar to what we get with Oracles Elixer.
The big news on the PBE this week are the Summer Skins, so break out the beach towel and get ready to celebrate the end of summer with these exciting new champion skins for Graves, Leona, Lee Sin, and Renekton! Now remember, this is the PBE so all content is tentative and might not reflect what gets pushed to live.
Pool Party Graves strips down to his swim trunks while wielding the super soaker of any 9 year olds wet dream. Lee Sin gets laid while carrying around a coconut drink, Leona keeps it casual with a elegant sundress while wielding a umbrella sword and surfboard shield, and Renekton keeps everyone safe high atop his lifeguard post.
Currently all champion skins will be on sale for 975 RP, however Graves will eventually go up to 1350. All four of these champions really bring the summer home, but I think I’m most excited about Leona and Graves. For a while now I’ve been looking for a good excuse to pick up Leona and as for Graves, come on… that super soaker… where was that when I was growing up?!
ESPORTS WRAP UP
Dignitas vs Curse: Curse takes the early lead on kills and team fights but two split pushes by Scarra on Zed seem to even the odds for Dignitas. However, after winning a major team fight, Curse takes the game with a final, desperate push on the Nexus just as the death timers for Dignitas start to run out. Some of the game highlights were Nyjacky (Karthus) scoring a triple kill at and like I said, that INSANE final push by Curse.
Velocity vs TSM: Was a pretty one sided game in TSM’s favor. TSM shut down all of Velocity’s objective attempts and some great Karthus plays by Reginald. A great sneak attack by Wildturtle on Twitch gives TSM a 4-for-0 trade allowing them to invade Velocity’s base and take out their top and middle inhibiters.
In the match between Vulcan and Cloud 9, too many mistakes by Cloud 9 gave the advantage to Vulcan holding all of the objectives against Cloud 9. This is was an important game for Vulcan as they were able to break Cloud 9’s winning streak and lock in 2nd place for the season, but this could have partial been because one of the top rated team in the NA LCS did so poorly.
A poorly thought face check by Balls on Elise gives Vulcan first blood and three kills. Followed up by another face check by Meteos on Jarvan which gives Xmithie the kill.
TSM vs Team Coast: TSM takes an early lead thanks to some stunning support play by Xspecial on Sona. Without his well-timed Crescendos TSM wouldn’t have gained the and Team Coast might have taken the game.
A perfectly timed Flash+Crescendo saves both The Odd One and Dyrus on Jarvan and Rumble and gives him a kill on Zionspartan. TSM comes out on top of a tricky game of team fight chicken with a 4-for-1 trade and Dyrus on Rumble walking away with a triple kill.
Velocity vs Curse: Great plays by both teams but Curse clearly had the advantage most of game. Jacky (Orianna) gets chased down by Cris (Elise). It was extremely close, but Jacky is able to barely escape having just enough mana to use his Dissonance. Thinking he’s safe in the brush Jakcy begins to recall, and well… just watch!
Vulcan vs Team Coast: Very close game overall, but Vulcan was able to pull away with a better gold lead and eventually take the game. Zionspartan (Kha’Zix) ambushes Sycho Sid for an easy kill but doesn’t realize that Zac’s passive is up. Sycho Sid rises from the grave and exacts his revenge on Zionspartan for his first kill of the game.
Mancloud (Zed) DGAF about turrets as he dives onto Daydreamin (Lulu) for an easy kill.
Velocity vs Vulcan: Mancloud (Diana) and Zuna (Vayne) were a scary combo as they bullied Velocity most of the game. It was an incredible effor by Velocity, but Vulcan just had the better team this game. NK Inc (Singed) thinks the best escape route from Xmithie is through the enemy base. Taking a few moments to show off his impressive dance moves until Bloodwater and Sycho Sid are forced to intervene and take him down.
Maplestreet (Jayce) tries to run down Xmithie (Lee Sin), but with the help of Sycho Sid (Malphite) Xmithie turns the tables getting the kill himself.
And finally with Cloud 9 vs TSM: Sneaky (Ashe) was able to snowball his way through the early game and before TSM realized, he was carrying C9 to victory with a 15/3/11 KDA. An ace by Sneaky gives C9 the win over T SM.
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