Tuesday, April 26, 2011

League of Legends Impressions

League of Legends went live today without any hiccups. This patch brought quite a lot of remakes and adjustments. The champions that were the most affected were Alistar, Fiddlesticks, and Gangplank.
Patch notes can be found here.

Alistar's main problem was his reliance on summoner spells to get into position because of his low base movement speed (300, the lowest there is). They changed his Headbutt so that it could target minions as well, which gives him the ability to get to a location faster in order to Pulverize another target or to escape by headbutting into a minion to gain some distance. His speed was upped by 5 as well. His passive was changed also. Before, it let him deal additional damage to buildings, which made builds based on breaking towers rather funny and effective (I even bought a full runepage of attack speed for it, haha). It did not really synergize with the rest of his kit though, so now it allows him to walk through minions for a few seconds after using a skill. This is really amazing because minion collision would always mess up what otherwise would have been a kill, and it also reduces his reliance on Flash and Ghost. Another added effect is that after he uses a spell, he Tramples, dealing a bit of AOE damage for a few seconds. One major problem for him was his inability to farm well, unless you didn't build entirely tanky.

Fiddlesticks changes were unexpected, for me at least. His Terrify range was increased, his Drain heals less and has a shorter leash, his Dark Wind bounces 5 times at all levels, and his Crowstorm's base damage was decreased while the scaling was increased. The Dark Wind changes were nice, it's actually useful in its early levels now. To make up for his lowered healing from Drain, his base stats were buffed so his jungling wouldn't be too harmed. You'll need 600 AP to make Crowstorm deal the same damage as before, however, which is a heckava lot for a champion that needs to be built at least slightly bulky to survive after he Crowstorms in. Haven't seen him in a game yet though.

Gangplank should've been reworked a long time ago. The devs got rid of denying minion kills yet Gangplank can deny with his Raise Morale. His Parley had its damage and cooldown lowered so he would be less of a one-hit wonder in a quick teamfight. Remove Scurvy was changed to be better at lower levels and not as great as before in higher levels, but it still gets the job done of removing crowd control. Raise Morale does the same thing as before basically, without the denying so it's actually easier to use as you would need to be near an allied minion to use it before. His Cannon Barrage was too reliant on RNG so now every enemy in its radius is slowed even without being hit by a cannonball. The damage, radius, and slow are reduced to compensate. One of the only reasons I played GP because his deny really gimped the other team's solo lane but we'll see how it goes as the week goes on.

Rumble came out today, sporting a flamethrower, shield/speed boost, slowing drills, and a new type of skill. Flamethrower just spits fire out in front of Rumble, but he can move while it is being cast which makes it great for chasing, not so much when you're running. His shield is fine, and the speed boost is amazing. His E can shoot twice in quick succession and the slow it applies stacks. His ultimate is a completely new type of skill, you drag from one point to another to create a wall of sorts that deals damage and slows enemies in it. This lets you set it up in many ways, such as blocking an inlet or dropping it in front of you so an enemy who chases has to go through the full thing. He runs on a new resource system called Heat. Basically, his spells generate heat and when he is above 50 heat, his spells are stronger. If he hits full heat, he is unable to use his skills until he completely cools down but his autoattacks are stronger. It's a balancing act to play him to his full potential, which means you'll see many, many bad Rumbles for awhile.
Riot has also been updating the splash art for older champions for a few patches now. Hopefully Gangplank will get an update soon, there's a rat on his chest for crying out loud.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Don't have much time these days

Basically what the title says so sorry for inconsistent blogs. I'll have one up tomorrow.

P.S. Try maple syrup in your coffee/tea. It just came to my mind like 20 minutes ago and I tried it. :P
So any weird things you guys add to your foods/drinks?

Also did you know your foot is about the length from your wrist to your elbow?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top 55 Best Low-Spec PC Games EVER

Check out WackyModder84's vids out, he's got a big fat list of games to play on awful computers.
It starts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo_XLomYKOw
You'll find a bunch of gems in there that you've never heard of. Shit, why has no one told me there is a Megaman version of Doom?
Some of my favorites from his list:
Shogun: Total War
Megaman 8-bit Deathmatch

Friday, April 15, 2011

takesomecrime- God amongst men

Do it. Do you enjoy basements/indoor gardens? Do you enjoy long socks that take weeks to dry? Do you like unsolved Rubiks cubes being solved and unsolved in different videos? Well all that's in this guy's videos. But expect dancing more than anything else. :D He's got some pretty sick music taste. Seriously, why has nobody told be about Parov Stelar?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Nidalee

Be forewarned, you have to be open minded about this :P
I build her a lot like Irelia, with Trinity Force and tank items. I opt for a Warmogs rush for your first item, you'll farm is up fast. Then work on your triforce, starting with Sheen and ending with the Zeal. That is pretty much your core (+ boots of course, I prefer CDR or Merc Treads, depending on the enemy team).

For summoner spells, you'll want Cleanse/Flash so you will be uncatchable. If your team is lacking Exhausts or Ignites, you can replace Cleanse. I run 9/0/21 masteries for even more movespeed and CDR.

This is how this build works:
You do pretty much all your damage in cougar form. This requires you to be all up in your enemy's face, and if you're CCed (stunned, silence, etc), well you're going to die. You can play her AP, where you poke with your spears and heal for a lot. But that's not manly enough for me. I can go in their and spam all my skills in cougar form and get out to heal and hop right back in. You will be able to beat AP Nidalees 1v1, and possibly AD Nids. Give it a go some time if you have her :P

Here's some fanart by Ganassa,
he has other swimsuit pictures of other
 champs too so check him out.

Friday, April 8, 2011

League of Legends: Brand

Looks like there's no smoke and mirrors, he doesn't seem like a joke champ. No major April Fool's joke Riot?
Splash Art

In a faraway place known as Lokfar there was a seafaring marauder called Kegan Rodhe. As was his people’s way, Kegan sailed far and wide with his fellows, stealing treasures from those unlucky enough to catch their attention. To some, he was a monster; to others, just a man. One night, as they sailed through the arctic waters, strange lights danced over the frozen wastes. There was something hypnotic about them; it was something that drew them to it like moths to a flame. Trekking across the frozen waste, they came to a cave covered in ancient runes. The meaning of the runes long lost to them, Kegan led the way inside. There, inside a perfect cage of ice floated a dancing column of flame. There was no way such a thing should be burning, especially not in this place. However, its movement was as hypnotic as a siren's song, captivating and seductive. While the others stayed back, Kegan could not help but approach it while holding out his hand...
That is the last thing Kegan Rodhe remembers, for now his body belongs to Brand. It is a creature of olden times, perhaps even a casualty of the Rune Wars. It is known in ancient texts as the Burning Vengeance. It is a creature of pure fiery hate that exists for no other reason than to lay low the world of men and yordles. No one is quite sure how Brand found his way to Valoran, but he began his predations at once. Overcome by Demacian forces, he was given a choice: fight within the confines of the League or die. Naturally, he chose to use his destructive powers in the League, for now...
“This place will burn, not by cinder flying on breath of wind, but by the vengeance of my hand.” –Brand
Sear: Brand launches a ball of fire forward that deals magic damage. If the target is ablaze, the target will be stunned.
Pillar of Flame: After a short delay, Brand creates a pillar of flame at a target area, dealing magic damage to enemy units with the area. Units that are ablaze take additional damage.
Conflagration: Brand conjures a powerful blast at his target, dealing magic damage to them. If the target is ablaze, the conflagration spreads to nearby enemies.
Pyroclasm (Ultimate): Brand unleashes a devastating torrent of fire, dealing damage each time it bounces. If a target is ablaze, Pyroclasm's missile speed increases.
Blaze (Passive): Brand's basic abilities light his targets ablaze, dealing a percentage of their maximum Health in magic damage per second.

To be honest, he doesn't seem too fun. But then again, with 70+ champions it's hard to keep cranking out original(ish) stuff. Basic mage w/ a different way to stun. I'll see if I'll be spending IP on him when he's out in a little over a week.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

League of Legends: Champion Sneakpeak - Brand


Riot loves their puns. Any who, Lee Sin's (last champion released) lore says he set himself on fire to protest the violence. It says that when he was finally put out, his eyes were burned out. But what if he was never put out? I think this is the April Fool's joke this year, it's be pretty fucking funny imo.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

S4 League

This game has been out for a while now. If you don't know what it is, it's a third person scifi shooter. It's lobby based and has six game modes now. There's a shitload of weapons, including sentries, bats, heavies, and the like. The action is fast paced, think along the lines of Gunz.

The graphics look nice and crisp w/ a very J-pop inspired wardrobe available.

Let me say this again, there's a shitload of weapons. I'd list them, but it'd take a while and be pretty boring to read so I'll link the wiki: http://s4league.wikia.com/wiki/Weapon

There are constantly new maps being released. I remember when there was ~7 maps and only 2 game modes. Man have things changed. There are team deathmatch, touchdown (capture the flag), chaser, battle royale, arcade, and captain for game modes. Deathmatch (DM) is just what it sounds like, first team to get to x # of kills wins. Touchdown is damn fun because of all the different jumps you can make. In chaser, one person is selected as the chaser for each round and they have to eliminate everyone else. Battle royale is a classic free-for-all. Arcade mode is where you fight against monsters and stuff w/ fellow S4 Leaguers in various stages. Finally, the latest mode is captain, where the objective is to eliminate all the captains of the other team.

I have some gripes, especially with the cash shop but overall it's fair in that you can beat someone by outskilling him. Give it a go, you won't regret it.