Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Aegis = Worthless?

Hello my friends. We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of our cherished Aegis of the Legion. Do not cry, for he is in a better place now, standing beside The Heavenly Father and - wait wait wait. Wait. What happened to Aegis?

Price inflation? Check.
Loss of stats? Check.

Can't say I didn't see it coming, folks. With the rise of cost for defensive items, this all-in-one package was bound to be destroyed. The stat nerfs, however, were a low blow.

You used to gain:
270 Health
30 Armor
39 Magic Resist
8 Attack Damage

Friendlies received: 12 Armor, 15 Magic Resist, and 8 Attack Damage

For only 1925 gold.

Now you gain:
250 Health (-20)
30 Armor
35 Magic Resist (-4)
10 Health Regen per 5 (Not bad)

Friendlies receive: 10 Armor, 15 Magic Resist, and 10 HP/5

For a mere 2150 gold, you can own this bad boy. And you know what? It's not so bad. We all knew Aegis was a bit OP for what it was, and with the ambient gold increase, the nerf wasn't even that bad. I'd still build this on supports like Alistar, or junglers like Skarner. It's simply situational now instead of a must buy.

Now, at the cost of a (400 gold) Null Magic Mantle (+20 Magic Resist) + 650 gold, check out the upgrade:

Runic Bulwark:
400 Health (+150)
30 Armor
60 Magic Resist (+25)
10 Health Regen per 5

Allies receive: 10 Armor, 30 Magic Resist, and 10 HP/5

At the cost of 650 gold, you receive 150 Health, 5 extra MR for yourself,  and you double the MR of the aura. That's only 650 gold!

Do all the math before you assume something's been nerfed into oblivion. Try it out yourself - you might like it!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why You Should Wait Out the Preseason

Remember the beginning of Season Two, when you got paired up against Plats in your placement games and got trashed? I certainly do, and I don't want to repeat it. I'm going to wait until half the population returns to their original Elo, and wait for the new items and jungle changes to set in before I get on the Ranked bandwagon. I'd like to discuss why you should consider doing the same.

If you have a naturally high Elo, go ahead and have at it. You can climb back to where you belong in a matter of a few games. Could you have a string of bad luck and drop to 1k Elo? Sure, but the Elo gains are going to stay around +/- 20-30 for a very long time this season, until the system gains confidence in your ability to play. You'll climb back up soon enough.

If your Elo was very low last season (bronze or even pre-bronze,) I suggest you wait it out. You're struggling with the basic game mechanics as it is, and some big changes are about to be thrown in your face like a bittersweet pie. I'd suggest reading a few guides and playing in normals in the meantime. Visit http://www.solomid.net/forums/index.php?/topic/31280-official-elo-hell-advice-thread/ for more help with the game mechanics, champions, choosing your role, and anything else you need help with.

Soon, new items will make some older champions more viable, or new champions simply OP. Your normal "go to" item build will change, some minor, and some drastically. (I for one see Mercurial Scimitar being used on every ADC ever.) It will take time for you to test all of these and see which ones you like the most, if you haven't already done so on PBE. Prices have changed as well, making champions like Riven (whom you usually just bought a Ninja Tabi, a Chain Vest, then called it a day against,) keep their power a little longer in the lane phase.

Don't be too rash. Wait it out, try the new jungle and items, and see where your favorite champions stand after the changes. Once you've settled into the new Summoner's Rift, go ahead and claim your Elo!

See you on the Field of Justice!