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Champion Sneak Peek: LeBlanc, the Deceiver

By ByronicHero [1]

If you've been looking to add a little bit of high society to your League of Legends lineup, this next patch is the one you've been waiting for. Allow me to introduce the talented and graceful LeBlancSquare Emilia LeBlanc, a stately sorceress ready to round out your champion selection. In addition to being extremely attractive, the Deceiver comes primed to fuel your most megalomaniacal of desires. If you've got a bit of Mirror Image mischievous thread to your personality, you're definitely going to want to make sure to pick up LeBlanc in the upcoming patch. Would I lie?

2017 Season Update

While LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's combo-kills are flashy, she's not always fitting of the title 'Deceiver'. This pre-season, we're adding some more tricks up her sleeve to Shadow of the Rose misdirect her prey. [2]

Sigil of Malice
Sigil of Malice

LeBlanc's abilities inflict Sigil of Malice, which can be detonated and consumed by her other abilities after a few seconds to deal bonus damage.

Shatter Orb
Shatter Orb

Fires an orb that damages an enemy. If the orb triggers Sigil of Malice Sigil of Malice it shatters, consuming the sigil and dealing damage to the nearest available Sigil of Malice Sigil of Malice.

Distortion
Distortion

Dashes to target location, dealing damage to all nearby enemies upon landing. Recasting Distortion 2 Distortion within a few seconds returns Leblanc to her starting location.

Ethereal Chains
Ethereal Chains

Launches illusionary chains in a direction, damaging and shackling the first target hit. If the target remains shackled for a few moments, they'll take additional damage and become Root icon rooted.

Mimic
Mimic

LeBlanc becomes Twilight Shroud invisible for a short duration, creating a Mimic to take her place and cast a stronger version of one of her basic abilities. The Mimic lasts only for a few moments and expires if it takes damage from champions or turrets.

Mimicking LeBlanc's Shadow of the Rose ultimate spawns a Mimic at a target location instead. Once formed, the Mimic will walk toward the nearest visible enemy champion, casting a non-damaging version of LeBlanc's most recently used ability upon arrival.

Ask Riot: Special Announcers

Why did you decide to bring back the mechanics of old Leblanc? Wasn’t she changed due to being unbalanced?

LeBlanc was a balance problem before the Assassin Update, but she continued to be one after as well. We made a slew of changes to LeBlanc’s kit during the Assassin Update, with the goal of slowing down her time to kill and allowing her to be more tricky at the expense of some of her burst damage. Looking back at the rework, it was clear that some of the changes either introduced similarly unhealthy mechanics, like choosing your Mimicked spell freely, or were unnecessarily painful for LeBlanc players, like the delayed Sigil of Malice passive.

Rather than continuing to try to balance reworked LeBlanc, we believed it was better for both LeBlanc players and the rest of the game if we went back to the drawing board and took another stab at increasing counterplay against her, while remaining respectful of the champion LeBlanc mains know and love. We began with pre-rework LeBlanc as a starting point and made another, less disruptive attempt at solving her game health problems, the result of which is the changes that shipped in Patch 8.8. ― Azubk

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