Core gameplay wise, nothing should have changed. Everything remains the same, but mechanical wise has been tweaked a little. The only ability really changed is Riposte. Niche wise, she should remains a strong 1v1 champion that duels very well against other DPS champions.
This is a overall buff, no question about it, but at the same time, my intention is not to cover or mask any of her weaknesses. All I wanted to do with these tweak is to improve her strengths and increase her diversity in item choice, all while retaining her core gameplay.
- Duelist now heals for 1.25% of Fiora's maximum health instead of 7 + (level)
- Duelist now heals for 4 + (1.75 × level) instead of 7 + (level)
This passive gets worst and worst with each level that goes by due to how the enemy damage will scale and how poorly this scales. My only purpose is to allow this passive to be not irreverent past level 6. I don't actually care how this is done (could be just done with higher per level growth), but I chose the maximum health scaling as this improves item synergy for Fiora. Also, having the maximum health scaling makes grabbing
If people find the amount too much, a easy form to balance it would be to nerf Fiora's base health regen, thereby creating more counter-play in the entire scheme. But even so, I find the difference to be too weak to really make a different past level 6. By late game, there are huge risks to even achieve getting four stacks, since Fiora has no innate defense steroid, reliable escape or avoiding damage (cooldown on ult is too long to be abused for every small battle) and is all melee. I believe you should be rewarded by the passive for the high risk you have to toss yourself in.
The changes here aren't designed to make the passive good, just having an effect that someone may actually notice mid-late game.
|Bonus Health||Level 1||Level 6||Level 11||Level 18|
- Cooldown increased to 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 from 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 / 8
- Cooldown now begins at the first cast
- Now can critical strike, dealing 50% increased damage
The increase cooldown is to offset the change to the cooldown beginning after the first cast instead of second. This promote and rewards players who spread the usage of Lunge instead of promoting the quick spamming of it to increase burst damage. I don't like the current version because it penalizes you for spreading out the usage (which is how most people actually does). In addition, this ability scales with cooldown reduction slightly better.
The 50% increase damage through critical strike is to improve synergy with critical strike chance. Being one of the few melee AD carries in the game, critical strike chance is the one stat in the game that will helps distinguish melee carries from bruisers and fighters.
I have taken account that critical strike chance will increase the damage, and I wish to note that, at the moment, the most common builds for Fiora consist of , , and and late game, one of the follow three items may appear: , , or .
So as it stands, the current critical strike chance items aren't that highly prioritize (on the assumption that they aren't the best items), therefore, this change shouldn't increase her mid game by a large amount. Granted, this will improve her late game. Also, items like has been sightly improved for her.
- Base Damage decreased to 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 from 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260
- Activate now also slows enemy's attack speed by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% for 2.5 seconds
- Blocking the attack will also block secondary affects on the attack.
- Parry duration decreased to 1.25 from 1.5
The biggest change in this. The attack speed slow debuff increases her effectiveness against certain champion, but still allows her to be weak against others. Also, I just love utility as utility is more situational compared to damage.
Everything else are designed to be nerfs to somewhat balance the attack speed slow. To be honest, I want to change it so Riposte becomes less attractive to max out first as Riposte is too reactionary which forces a more passive play-style overall (compared to maxing Lunge first). The only other thing I think I can tweak would be the change in cooldown for each rank, like make it static at 9 seconds at all rank.
- Cost decreased to 35 mana from 55 mana
- Bonus Movement Speed per stack decreased to 5 / 7 / 9 / 11 / 13% from 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15%
This is Fiora's bread and butter to be successful at what she does, therefore, I found it really stupid that this tend to drain most of her mana. The lower mana cost should allow her to be what she is more often and allow players to be more free in using this skill.
The lower bonus movement speed is to offset the change in Lunge as that should increase her chasing potential. In addition, the nerf is there because I just needed to nerf something.
No change to the ultimate because, even though there are nitpicks about this ability that annoys me, there isn't really anything horrible about this ability. And seeing how I don't want to be adding too much utility into her kit (too much might make her too much of a bruiser), I decided to leave it alone.
So, what's your thought and opinions?