LoL Anniversary – 2012, Nami

League of Legends turned 10! And although the event has already ended and although you cannot receive any more rewards, I’ll continue my series of posts, showcasing my favourite supports from each year. Seven years ago on December 4th 2012, Nami, The Tidecaller, was introduced into the Summoner’s Rift. She’s a vastayan Enchanter from the tribe of the Marai, who’s able to control the tides to protect her allies and punish her enemies. 

I already talked about Nami in an early Stray Sheep but I haven’t talked about her Lore yet, so if you want to, you may as well look that post up but this post is only about Nami while that other post just mentioned her on a side note.

Lore

In the seas to the west of Mount Targon dwells a tribe of Vastaya known as the Marai. Long ago, these mermadic creatures discovered a rift in the depths. The rift bore a horrible, creeping darkness which sought to exterminate all forms of life.

At the center of their village, the Marai placed a glowing rock known as a moonstone, which is said to be infused with the celestial magic of the heavens. Its haunting, ethereal light protects the Marai from the creatures that crawl from the abyss.

Every hundred years, the moonstone begins to dim which is why the Marai choose their fiercest warrior to retrieve a pearl from the rift and exchange it for another moonstone from a luminous wanderer from Targon’s peak. 

The Marai were only able to send out one warrior, though, as the creatures of the Rift feast on their energy and would grow stronger if they’d send out whole armies to the rift. While whole armies would get wiped out immediately, a single warrior equipped with the legendary Tidecaller’s Staff, capable of controlling the tides, would be able to possibly elude the dangers long enough to return with the pearl safely. 

Nami always wanted to be a Tidecaller but since she’s quite impulsive and young, she didn’t pass the trial, which lead to a different warrior, called Rasho being chosen as the Tidecaller instead of her. 

Rasho dove into the depths of the abyss. A week passed, then another. An entire month the Marai waited for their Tidecaller’s return, but there was no sign of Rasho. No Tidecaller had ever failed to return.

Since someone had to return with the pearl, Nami ventured into the Rift on her own, returning after several days with the pearl, the fallen Tidecaller’s staff, and a look of quiet horror in her eyes. 

Though furious at her impertinence, the village elders nonetheless admired Nami’s bravery and officially designated her Tidecaller. Nami ascended to the surface and rode the tide to shore to meet the landwalker.

The landwalker, however, was nowhere to be found. Nami instead found an elderly woman whose grandparents saw the last moonstone exchange. She explained that there was no moonstone as the Aspect of the Moon who’s the only one to conjure a moonstone has fled Mount Targon.

Nami was unwilling to accept this. She vowed to find the Aspect and retrieve the moonstone. The lives of her people depended on it.

Using the power of the mystical Tidecaller staff to summon a perpetual pool of moving water beneath her fins, Nami took to land to continue her quest.

Determined, the Tidecaller swam into a brand new world.


So, that’s her Lore basically. You may want to check out the comic that got made for this store. It’s really well made!

Lore vs Kit?

Passive: Surging Tides

All allies (and Nami) gain movement speed when being hit/targeted by her abilities. This bonus is doubled when Tidal Wave is being used.

Q: Aqua Prison

Nami sends out a bubble into the target direction damaging, revealing and suspending all enemies hit.

W: Ebb and Flow

Nami unleashes a stream of water onto the target champion or herself, which then bounces to nearby unaffected champions up to twice, alternating between enemies, allies and herself.
Ebb and Flow heals allies and damages enemies.

E: Tidecaller’s Blessing

Nami blesses herself or a target ally, causing her/their next three basic attacks to deal bonus damage and slow the target hit.

R: Tidal Wave

Nami sends out a tidal wave, dealing damage, knocking up and slowing all enemies hit. As mentioned, allies hit by Tidal Wave receive the Surging Tides bonus twice. The slow scales with the travelled distance.


Nami’s kit makes her a great enchanter for all kinds of situations. You’re able to set up ganks, kills and teamfights, using Aqua Prison and Tidal Wave, while also using these skills to disengage. You’ve got decent utility and healing in your kit when playing Nami on top of a lot of slows, two knock ups (though Aqua Prison’s knockup’s lasting a lot longer than Tidal Wave’s for instance), and some damage for both your team and you.

Runes and Builds

For runes, I generally use a similar setup to Sona’s. Nami is super squishy just like Sona and Janna. Especially since she’s also immobile, she’s often at the risk of falling prey to assassin’s and enemies with CC and gapclosers. Hence, you’ve got to watch out for those and be careful of how you spend your mana, as you will always need enough to cast your Aqua Prison or your Tidal Wave to disengage. Nami already has a lot of mana-regen built into her kit, which fits as she’s an aquatic champion and water and mana… and you know? Anyways, Manaflowband, Biscuit Delivery and her items still help her out a lot, with Biscuit Delivery granting her three cookies with increased Mana Regeneration on top of more Maximum-Mana while Manaflowband grants you more mana regeneration based on how much Mana you’re missing. With Nami, I usually build Ardent Censer into Athene’s Unholy Grail into Redemption and then go for some tankier options based on how the game goes.

In patch 9.23 (the preseason-patch), however, Shurelya’s Reverie is getting changed so that it builds out of a Forbidden Idol and so that it grants increased healing as well, so I may swap out Redemption for Shurelya’s Reverie, depending on the game’s state as Shurelya’s Active offers even more movement speed on top of your Tidal Wave which is great for some chases, disengages and other maneuvers.

As mentioned earlier, I try to build up as much AP as possible with my Enchanters using the Mana Regeneration that gets converted into AP with Athene’s Unholy Grail and using the Cooldown Reduction that also gets converted into bonus AP with Transcendence. This way I’m getting more ability power without really building damage, so I won’t be able to run out of Mana all that easily in the late game while still spamming my abilities out and healing allies, buffing them up, CC-ing enemies and pushing forward in general.

Nami is my favourite champion of all time as she has a diverse kit, some great utility and is overall just a lovely champion. I play her a ton and can’t wait to try out new runes and builds with her in this preseason! I hope that this little post showed her best sides to ya and showcased her well. Anyways, this is it for today. I wish you a great time.

See you in the Rift!

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Edit: I know, I’ve said that I’ll make one post per year of League’s existence but I also said that I’ll feature the ones I’m actually playing and only one per year, which makes the next few years rather hard to choose from as I don’t really play all that many Support Champions that came out past 2016, apart from Pyke, I guess? So, in the end, there will a few less posts than the total of ten posts I’ve planned but this format of showcasing champions, explaining their lore and abilities and strategizing about them, will return for sure! Eventually.

LoL Anniversary – 2011, Leona

2011 was the year where one of the first aggressive supports were introduced. Leona, The Radiant Dawn, is Vanguard from Mount Targon that provides her team with both CC and a frontline that is able to increase her allies’ damage on targets hit by her abilities. So let’s just get into it with his showcase!


The Lore behind Leona, The Radiant Dawn

“Imbued with the fire of the sun, Leona is a warrior templar of the Solari who defends Mount Targon with her Zenith Blade and Shield of Daybreak!”

Leona was born in the tribe of the Rakkor, a warrior tribe that’s honing their skills to fight “the war at the end of the world”. “Rakkor” means “Tribe of the Last Sun” and they believe in the existence of many worlds before this one though those earlier ones have been destroyed by a great catastrophe. Their seers teach them that this Sun will be the last and that they have to protect it at all cost, fighting all of those that threaten its existence.

“To the Rakkor, battle is an act of devotion, an offering to keep the sun’s light shining.”

As soon as she could walk, Leona learned to fight, mastering the skills of both sword and shield rather fast. Her tribe expects of their warriors to fight and kill with no mercy, and Leona was no exception. Leona was fascinated by the mists wreathing the summit and often wondered what was beyond it, which lead to her often fighting those vile creatures and entities coming down from the summit. 

One time, however, she encountered a golden-skinned and shimmering boy with bat-like wings and horns who didn’t speak her language nor knew how to get to safety, obviously being lost and frightened. Although her teachings told her to attack instantly, she couldn’t do it and instead helped him find a pathway to the Summit.

Once back at the tribe of the Rakkor, she, however, got accused of failing her duty of the sun, as a boy called Atreus saw her leading the creature of the mountain to safety instead of killing it. She didn’t deny this fact and was soon to be punished in a trial by combat. Her opponent was none other than Atreus. They both fought well but nobody was able to deal a death-blow, resulting in a long and evenly-matched fight. Leona fought with her sword and shield while Atreus was well-equipped with his spear – and nobody could predict the outcome. 

As the long fight dragged on, the Sun started sinking into the horizon. At that point, an elder of the Solari marched into the Rakkor-camp with three golden-armoured warriors, calling a halt to the duel. The Solari were adherents of a martial faith in worshipping the Sun. The elder was lead to the Rakkor-camp by dreams and an ancient Solari prophecy of a “warrior whose fire burned brighter than the Sun, a daughter of Targon who could bring unity to the celestial realm”. The elder believed in Leona being said daughter of Targon and upon learning about her offence, his beliefs were strengthened. 

“The tribal seers warned against interfering in the duel, but the elder was adamant; Leona must come with him and become one of the Solari, to be fully instructed in their beliefs. The Rakkor were fiercely independent, but even they paid heed to the holy decrees of the Solari. The warriors lifted Leona from the pit and bore her wounded body from the Rakkor toward her new life.”

At the Temple of the Solari, Leona learned the ways of the sacred order and how to worship or even praise the Sun. In time, Leona rose to command the “Ra-Horak”, the Followers of the Horizon, becoming known around Mount Targon as a just and zealous servant of the Sun.

Her life changed forever when she was ordered to escort a young member of the Solari, Diana, who vanished months before but now returned to the Solari and who had great news that could shake the Solari’s foundation and that shall only be revealed to the elders of the citadel.

When presented to the elders, Diana spoke of the Lunari, an ancient and proscribed faith that venerated the moon, and how all the truths the Solari clung to were incomplete. She described a realm beyond the mountaintop, a place where the sun and moon were not enemies, where new truths could show them fresh ways to look at the world. When the elders rejected her words and named her a blasphemer, Leona knew that she’d be the one to end the heretic’s life.

Leona noticed the incredulous fury that Diana built up at the elder’s denial, but before being able to react, Diana already flung forward, burning the elders with orbs of silver fire in the blink of an eye. A hurricane of cold lightning was surged by white flames, blasting Leona away from the chamber. Once she regained consciousness, Diana was gone and the Solari were leaderless. Leona made it her mission to end the heretic’s life for killing those that she couldn’t protect.

“Diana’s trail was easy to find. The heretic’s footsteps were like shimmering mercury to Leona’s eyes, leading ever higher up the slopes of Mount Targon.”

“Eventually Leona reached the top of the mountain, breathless, exhausted, starved and stripped of all thought save punishing Diana. There, sitting on a rock at the top of the mountain was the same golden-skinned boy whose life she had spared as a child. Behind him, the sky burned with blazing light, a Borealis of impossible colours and the suggestion of a majestic city of gold and silver. In its fluted towers and glittering minarets, Leona saw how the Solari temple echoed its magnificence and fell to her knees in rapture.”

The golden-skinned boy spoke in old Rakkor-tongue and told her that he’s been waiting for her to follow him ever since she saved him. He offered her miracles that would lead her to know the minds of gods. Without hesitation, Leona took the boy’s hand and was engulfed in a column of searing illumination that stabbed down from the heavens.

“The warrior who came down the mountain looked the same as the one who had climbed it, but inside Leona was much changed. She still had her memories and thoughts, was still master of her own flesh, but a sliver of something vast and inhuman had chosen her to be its mortal vessel. It gifted her with incredible powers and awful knowledge that haunted her eyes and weighed heavily upon her soul; knowledge she could only ever share with one person.
Now, more than ever, Leona knew she had to find Diana.”

So, that’s the story of how Leona came to praise the Sun and earn her powers in pursuit of the Lunara, Diana. As with the other champions that I’ve featured in this post, the kit fits rather well with this overall theme of justice brought by and for the Solari. 

Kit vs. Lore?

Passive – Sunlight:

Leona’s abilities inflict sunlight to enemies struck by it for 1.5 seconds. Allies (other than herself) consume the Sunlight, dealing bonus magic damage upon those marked by it.

Q – Shield of Daybreak:

Leona’s next basic attack gains 50 bonus range, deals bonus magic damage and stuns her target for one second.

W – Eclipse:

Passive: Leona gains bonus armour and magic resistance, scaling with her own bonus armour and MR.

Active: For three seconds, Leona takes reduced pre-mitigation damage from each tick of damage for up to 50% damage reduction. She also gains bonus magic resistance and armour (on top of the passive part’s). 

Then, she explodes, dealing magic damage in the area around her. If she hits an enemy, she retains her bonus resistances and reduced damage for another three seconds.

E – Zenith Blade:

Leona projects a solar image of her sword, dealing damage to all enemies hit by it. If she damages an enemy champion, she will dash towards the last enemy struck and root them for 0.5 seconds.

R – Solar Flare:

Leona calls down a beam of solar energy to the target location, dealing magic damage to all enemies it hits and slowing them for one second. Enemies hit by the flare’s centre are instead stunned for the same duration.

My thoughts on her (take it with a grain of salt, I’ve only reached Gold this season)

Leona’s kit makes a great vanguard for those scenarios where your team doesn’t have a tank or all that much CC yet. Of course, you can never have enough crowd control, which is probably one of many reasons why op.gg ranks her currently at Tier 1. Her passive provides some good amounts of magic damage to your team’s abilities and attacks in team fights, while your Eclipse and Solar Flare are great abilities to apply Sunlight to as many enemies as possible. Earlier I mentioned how she was one of the first aggressive supports back then. That’s mostly because of her ability to aggressively engage into fights at level 2 with her E+Q combo and more of than not secure blown sums or even kills on the bot lane. Her ability to dash onto the backline and lock them down with crowd control makes her great against squishy supports, but she may also get threatened by poke-supports that will try to constantly harass her (as she’s a melee-character) and narrow down her health to the point where she can’t all-in anymore. 

Rune’s and builds:

For runes I usually go with Aftershock into Font of Life for Leona, followed by Conditioning and Overgrowth on top of Cosmic Insight and Biscuit Delivery. I enjoy having the attack speed in there but you may as well change that for scaling cool down reduction or go for adaptive force.

Aftershock gives us some bonus resistances and extra damage (similar to Leona’s W) after we lock someone down with our CC, giving us some bonus survivability when going in. Font of Life marks enemies whose movement we impair, resulting in our allies’ basic attacks healing them for a portion of our health. Instead of FoL, you may also want to take Demolish to take down some early tower plates/towers. For me personally, Conditioning is a must-have, as it grants you free resistances and a bonus percentage of resistances that scale well into our W and Aftershock, but when facing poke-heavy teams, I’d recommend swapping it out for Bone Plating. Overgrowth grants us bonus health, whenever a minion dies near us. Instead of that, you may as well take Unflinching, when facing against CC-heavy teams, as you gain more tenacity through that. 

As for builds, I usually upgrade my support-item (relic shield) to the last level as fast as possible, as it not only grants as more tanky stats and cooldown reduction but also more (frequent) stacks (up to a maximum of 4), hence better pushing and more gold, but also better healing from Relic Shield stacks! Afterwards, I usually build Zeke’s Convergence if my ADC uses a ton of basic attacks. If he doesn’t (aka if he’s more of a caster) than I take Knight’s Vow as my second item. Knight’s Vow grants us more survivability as we get healed by a portion of our ADC’s damage dealt to champions but also take a portion of their damage, which results in our ADC not dying as fast. If you need the survivability, go for Knight’s Vow. If you’re ahead, go for Zeke’s. Afterwards, I usually build the Locket of the Iron Solari (for obvious reasons). It also gives us a nice shield for all allies near us and some extra resistances. I usually stack health and resistances on Leona to make her as tanky as possible, so you’ve got to watch out that you don’t build MR against a full-ad team and just match your items to your enemies. 


Anyways, this was my post on Leona. I hope you enjoyed this one! I have a ton of fun writing about characters I play a lot and going into this guide-ish style of writing while also exploring and summarizing the plot for people that may not know it. I vaguely know bits and pieces of different characters’ lore but I never actually sat down and read all of it (or rather most), so this is a new for me as well. In hindsight, I noticed that I got quite a lot over my estimated 1.3k words and managed to write up 2k words, so this post is a lot longer but I didn’t really know how to summarize the plot even more.. Oh well!

Have a nice day 🙂

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LoL Anniversary – 2010, Sona

Nine years ago, Sona, The Maven Of The Strings, got introduced to League of Legends, which is why I’m showcasing her in today’s (well, technically yesterday’s) post!

Thanks to my studies taking up a lot of time, I wasn’t able to finish yesterday’s post in time, which is why we’re taking a look at Sona in today’s post!

Lore

As an infant, Sona was found abandoned on the doorstep of an Ionian adoption house, nestled atop an ancient instrument in an exquisite case of unknown origins. Being unusually quiet and content, the caretakers thought that she’d be adopted rather fast, but what came across as good behaviour was actually her inability to talk or make any sounds at all. Hence, she stayed in the orphanage until her late teens where she had to watch in silence as potential new parents walked off without her.

During that time, the caretakers tried to sell off her instrument to collectors of all sorts but for some mysterious reason they either brought it back to the orphanage or it showed up at their doorstep in no time after its disappearance.

Sometime later, the Demacian woman Lestara Buvelle learned of the instrument and embarked to Ionia and sought the orphanage. After seeing the instrument, Lestara adopted Sona immediately and left a generous donation at the orphanage.

Pentakill Sona alongside the other band members

Under Lestara’s guidance, Sona learned to play the mysterious instrument, the so-called “etwahl”. In Sona’s hands, it played tunes and melodies that were able to reach the hearts of those around her, rendering her able to manipulate the emotions of her listeners without ever writing down a single note or speaking a single word. In secret, she discovered that her etwahl is able to slash through objects at distance, a deadly skill that may come in handy upon mastery.

And that’s basically Sona’s lore. She’s mute but gifted with a mysterious talent to play the even more enigmatic etwahl and not only heal allies but also attack enemies, using her music. This can be seen in her kit as well which not only includes a healing spell but also utility, damage and CC, making her a great enchanter, focusing around AoE-abilities.

Passive – Power Chord:

Sona’s abilities generate a unique aura around her for three seconds that empower her allies with different effects, based on the ability cast. After casting three abilities, she’s also able to use an empowered basic attack that gets enhanced based on the last ability cast.

Q – Hymn of Valor:

Sona sends out two bolts of sound to the nearest enemies, prioritizing enemy champions and dealing magic damage.
Aura effect: Allies within the aura deal bonus magical damage on their next attack within three seconds.
Power Chord – Staccato: Her basic attack deals even more damage.

W – Aria of Perseverance:

Sona heals herself and the most wounded nearby champion.
Aura effect: Allies within the aura are shielded for up to 1.5 seconds.
Power Chord – Diminuendo: Her basic attack reduces the enemy’s size and damage output by a percentage for three seconds.

E – Song of Celerity:

Sona gains movement speed for three seconds, extended to seven seconds if she doesn’t take damage.
Aura effect: Allies within the aura are also sped up for three seconds.
Power Chord – Tempo: Her basic attack slows the enemy for two seconds.

R – Crescendo:

Passive: Reduces her basic abilities’ base cooldown by a percentage, based on R-level.
Active: Sona plays an irresistible chord that damages and makes all enemies struck by it dance for 1.5 seconds, hence stunning them (unable to move, cast or attack).

Kit vs. Lore?

Sona’s abilities reflect her lore quite well as all of her abilities are about music and her ability to affect the people around her (both enemies and champions) with the melodies she plays. Her Hymn of Valor resembles the secret technique she mastered, slicing enemies and dealing a lot of damage, especially later on when she’s a decent amount of magic amplifying items. Her Aria of Perseverance resembles her gentle soul that is trying to find a place by healing others with her music.

The fact that she’s rather versatile thanks to her Passive makes her excellent in all kinds of scenarios. Using a basic attack that’s been empowered by her Q, lets you poke down enemies rather easily, while both her W and E empowered basic attacks are great for scenarios where your allies are threatened by assassins or other damage dealers. Her E also enables you to chase down enemies when you’re in a good position, while her ultimate is able to lock down enemies, which can be used to both engage and disengage.

However, while she may be versatile and rather useful, she’s also quite squishy with a base health value of only 482! Once you get caught, you’re more than likely going to die, which makes her quite easy to learn (spam those abilities!) but hard to master (positioning and passive-choice).

Runes and builds!

As for my rune-setup, I usually go for a similar page to Janna’s, in which I’m going with Summon Aery and Manaflowband in the first tree but then I like to go for Transcendence (which gives us 10% Cooldown Reduction at level 10 and also grants us bonus AP for excess CDR (cooldown reduction that goes over the cap of 40%)) and either Scorch (for games where I’m going to poke a lot) or Gathering Storm (for games that will be concluded in the late game). In the second tree, I either go for Cosmic Insight and Magical Footwear OR I swap out Magical Footwear for Biscuit Delivery (which gives us a cookie every two minutes until six minutes into the game that each grant us health- and mana-recovery while also giving us permanent maximum mana).

My items are the basic Enchanter-items, Ardent Censer > Athene’s Unholy Grail > Redemption. Afterwards, I usually go for Zeke’s Convergence (more CDR, some resistances, extra damage for our ADC upon using your ultimate ability) or Shurelya’s Reverie (movement speed active for your allies around you on top of some good stats).

(My items in my last game. No stats. We won’t look at the stats. I did kinda well but Katarina is great against Squishies like Sona, so I may have recked up a few deaths. Cough. Cough.)

Athene’s Unholy Grail not only grants us some extra magic resistance, ability power and cooldown reduction but also grants us more ability power for every 25% Mana Regeneration that we get through items, resulting in a ton of ability power from Ardent Censer, Athene’s, Redemption, and Shurelya’s. Hence we not only heal more but also deal more damage on top of being able to spam out abilities and turn the tides with our abilities. That’s basically the enchanter-build, I usually go for.

Another variant would be to take Kleptomancy and poke the living heck out of melee-matchups, but since Kleptomancy is getting replaced by Kaleidostone in the next season, I won’t be talking about that.

As for items, you could also go full-ap and deal a ton of damage while not doing a too shabby job at healing but I personally enjoy my enchanter-build a lot more as I usually am able to heal a lot more, power up my allies and stay longer in combat thanks to all the mana-regen I get.

So, that’s today’s post. I hope you enjoyed seeing my thoughts on Sona while also learning a bit about her lore (or hearing it again).

Have a nice one!

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LoL Anniversary – 2009, Janna

League of Legends turned ten years old, this year, which is one of many reasons to celebrate!


Hence, I thought I’d make a few posts (though a bit late) about my favourite champions in my favourite role, kind of like a introduction to those champions or a guide without the strategies and all of that but with more lore and reasons for why I enjoy playing the featured champion. I’m a Support Main and mostly play hard-engage and enchanter/babysitter supports but I’ve been trying to get better at poke-supports as well, lately with Xerath as my latest addition! 

For the sake of not making one super long posts (with probably around 10k words), I’ve decided to instead feature one post per champion per year, with ten featured champions/seasons in total! I may continue this sort of posts afterwards as well or feature two champions in one post if there’s a bit less to say about them, but I’ll decide that in the future, probably.

Before we head into the first post, I’d like to talk about two things:

1 – I decided to rename the “Late to the Party” “column” into “The Gaming Journal” where I’ll post anything that isn’t a review while also keeping it gaming-related. For instance, my goal is to make multiple posts regarding my first steps in MHW once I’ve started playing that, similar to what DerLoarp did (back in the day) at petebackwelcome, a blog that no longer exists. 

2 – Currently, you are still able to receive a ton of extra rewards in League of Legends for just playing the game, if you’ve created an account before Oktober 16th (I believe?). There’s not only the Anniversary-exclusive “Annie-versary”-Skin but also a lot of extra rewards like bonus capsules, tokens, gemstones, chests & keys, skin shards, TFT-eggs, a random Legendary Skin Permanent (!) and other rewards that are awarded by playing ten games. You’re eligible to receive these rewards until the end of this week, so you better hurry if you’d like to get those freebies!

Back when I started, Zyra has just come out, I believe, which was somewhere around 2012 (I was 13 back then). Hence, I don’t know what League of Legends was like up to that day but I certainly enjoyed playing champions that came out before that. In fact, my first support champion was Taric, The Shield Of Valoran! But while I’d love to feature him in these posts here, I can’t do it at all, mainly for the reason that he’s been updated to a more fabulous version of his former self that I’m not really playing right now. 

After he got changed a couple of times, though, I switched over to some other support champions and amongst them were Morgana, Soraka, Fiddlesticks and – the champion that today’s post is about – Janna, the Storm’s Fury! 

Note: I’ve only named these five champions, as they are champions that I actually play and as these came out in 2009, don’t flame me.

Janna, The Storm’s Fury can be called a protective spirit or even a goddess of the poor people in Zhaun and the sailors on Runeterra’s seas. She’s been known for ages and stories about her helping those in dire need have been told in many countries. Janna, which is the Shuriman word for “Protector”, often shows herself in the form of a blue bird that helps those that pray for her or as a breeze that warns the sailors of approaching storms. 

There’s a ton of cool and cute short stories that you can read in League of Legends’ “Universe”-page that show you all of her different sides: The Protector and the Storm’s Fury

In-game her abilities reflect her windy character quite well. 

Her passive ability, Tailwind, grants her and all allies that move towards her increased movement speed while also granting her bonus damage based on her movement speed on her auto-attacks and her W-active. 

Her Q-ability, Howling Gale, summons a whirlwind at her current location which gets bigger and travels wider the longer she charges it, damaging and knocking up enemies that it hits.

Her W-ability, Zephyr, not only has a passive part that increases her movement-speed when it’s off cooldown but also has a damaging active part. When you skill your W, the blue bird known from her Lore flies around her.

Her E-ability, Eye of the Storm, shields an ally champion or turret, granting them protection and attack damage. This shield is rather big but decreases over time, though the cooldown gets reduced for every champion knocked away/up or slowed by her abilities.

Her ultimate, Monsoon, first knocks away all enemies and stuns them for a brief moment before slowly healing all allies in the area around her.

These abilities make her an excellent enchanter who’s able to protect her allies with a lot of disengage-abilities, overall utility, a shield and an AoE-heal. Because of that, she doesn’t usually pack all that much of a punch, making her quite an easy target to kill when caught out of position. In the laning phase, I usually poke enemies with my Zephyr and Auto-Attacks, so that we eventually can engage on them and take a kill or blow their summoner spells. When they try to engage, I try to disrupt them from doing so by placing a Howling Gale nearby and knocking them up before they try anything funny. 

Champions like Nautilus, Thresh, Blitzcrank and Pyke are usually your worst enemy when you’re playing Janna, as they all have a hook or grab of sorts on top of other sorts of follow-up-damage or crowd-control.

However, I usually perform rather well when I’m playing against poke-matchups, other enchanters or champions like Alistar or Rakan who try to engage with their abilities and set up a kill or two with their abilities, as their W-abilities can be cancelled with Janna’s Howling Gale or Monsoon ability. 

My rune-setup for Janna usually looks like this. 

Summon Aery allows you to poke a lot more while also adding a bit more shield value to allied champions. Mana Flowband lets you regenerate a lot more mana. Celerity increases Janna’s movement speed by 1% but also makes all movement speed bonuses 7% more efficient, which is great to have on her thanks to her passive and Zephyr. Scorch is great for games where you’re able to poke a lot, as it adds a lot of extra damage over time to your W-damage. You’ll want to poke a lot, as you most likely will take Frostfang over Coin and as you’ll want to stack up your Mana Flowband relatively fast, using Zephyr. Alternatively, you may want to take Water Walking instead of Scorch – if you want to roam more – or take Gathering Storm for longer games. In the second tree, I usually go for Inspiration with Magical Footwear and Cosmic Insight. Magical Footwear saves you 300 Gold on shoes but also grants you a bonus of 10 movement speed while Cosmic Insight grants you 5% of cooldown reduction (CDR), max CDR, Item CDR, and Summoner Spell CDR.

If you want to, you may as well go for the Resolve Tree (2nd) with Boneplate Armor and Revitalize for increased shielding and healing on top of a bit more survivability. 

Note: This is just my set-up, you may play it in every other way if you want to as well. 

As this post has now ended up being a lot longer than usual, I’ll abbreviate the item-section by just saying that I usually go for 

Ardent Censer -> Athene’s Unholy Grail -> Redemption and then go for some tankier items like Shurelya’s, Solari, or Zeke’s Convergence. As for boots, I usually take the boots of mobility as they make you go fast. Depending on the enemy team, though, you may want to opt-in for Ninja Tabis, Mercury Treads, or the Boots of Swiftness. 

Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed this type of post. Tomorrow, I’ll be featuring another enchanter support but from 2010! 

Feel free to comment on anything you liked or disliked. Have a nice day 🙂

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The Stray Sheep #33 – Legends of Runeterra!

The Witcher has Gwent, World of Warcraft has Hearthstone, and League of Legends… has Legends of Runeterra! 

For League of Legends’ tenth anniversary, Riot Games announced not only that TFT is coming to mobile but also that there will be a mobile-variant of the base game, a class based tactical shooter (that kind of reminded me of Team Fortress 2’s and Overwatch’s lovechild) and actually and most importantly that they’re releasing a new card game spin-off where you face off against other players, trying to take out the enemy nexus by strategically making use of your units and outwitting your opponent. 

You get to play as your favourite characters from all of Runeterra, combining the strengths of different regions into your decks and making use of their advantages to claim Victory! 

I personally would love to play more card games if my drawing RNG wasn’t that bad. I used to play a bit of Magic The Gathering but didn’t get into it all due to preferences. I played a bit of Gwent but didn’t like it all that much, maybe due to the fact that I haven’t really played much of The Witcher before. I really enjoy Hearthstone at the moment, although I’ve never touched World of Warcraft! I love Slay The Spire, Book of Demons, Minion Masters and other games that utilize cards but aren’t just games of Trump, each time. And… well, I could see myself playing Legends of Runeterra! 

I’ve played League of Legends for quite some time now. I started in 2011 and ended up playing quite a lot of it, actually like Esports now and also enjoy playing TFT, Riot Games’ take on the Auto-Chess-Genre. I love League of Legends lore, the whole universe, and the world of it. And as I know quite a lot of LoL’s lore, I probably will enjoy LoR a lot more than people that know nothing about LoL and its lore. 

So far, from what I could see, you choose a region (Noxus, Demacia, Freljord, Ionia, Shurima, Zaun, and a few others) and use cards from that region to get a bonus.

There are “Support”, “Item”, “Spell”, and “Champion” cards that one knows from the games and you basically play them on the field while trying to defend your own Nexus (the equivalent of the Hero’s HP in Hearthstone) at all cost, by blocking incoming damage, attacking enemy units and trying to level up your own champions as quick as possible. All cards have certain conditions that allow them to either level up or cast some sort of spell. Some cards have familiar features that Hearthstone players might now, like “Deathrattle”, while other cards have special interactions based on their lore. 

For instance, there’s a Gunslinger/Marksman called Lucian whose wife, Senna, was taken from him by Thresh, a Soulcollecter who imprisoned her in his lantern. Those three will feature a special interaction in Legends of Runeterra. When Lucian or Senna see 4+ allies or each other die, they level up, gaining a special ability – on top of that, there’s an interaction with special effects and voice lines that get played when Tresh, Senna or Lucian get to be on the board together. There will also be other interactions between characters for sure as there is plenty of room for those with all the rivals in League of Legends’ universe! 

Other mechanics that LoR will feature will be a system that makes use of Newton’s “Actio = Reactio”.

Every action has a reaction. Every turn one player gets to attack while the other player gets to defend – but both players get to play cards, resulting in this interesting game formula where you don’t want to play all your cards just because you can but think about the best possible outcome. When you played a Champion card, the enemy can do the same. You can also place “Secrets” of sorts, throw in some Spells in between fights, buff your units with item cards and overall bend the rules for possible sneaky wins. 

Legends of Runeterra will come out soon and you may pre-register here. You’ll need a Riot/LoL-Account for it but those are set up quite easily. The game itself will be free to play as well, with you unlocking new cards by exploring your regions or winning games. You can also earn “Wild Cards” that render you able to craft Common Cards to your liking. 

I am kind of worried about Non-LoL-players not getting warm with this game as they don’t know the champions, but as there’s a ton of Tutorials for all kinds of Regions, Interactions, Mechanics, and more I’m sure that they’ll get to know everything rather fast.

Overall, I’m rather excited about this new spin-off and I can’t wait for my account to get activated! What are your thoughts on this?