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(Champion Rework) Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover

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1 Growth 18 1 Growth 18
Health 524.4 (+80) 1884.4 Attack damage 50.04 (+3) 101
Health regen. 5.67 (+0.55) 15 Attack speed 0.625 (+4%) 68.6%
Mana 313.8 (+50) 1163.8 Armor 22.88 (+3.5) 82.4
Mana regen. 7.42 (+0.55) 16.8 Magic resist. 30 (+0) 30
Attack range 525 Mov. speed 325

This is a tentative rework for Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover. In the ADC roster, Caitlyn is a somewhat polarizing figure both thematically and gameplay-wise. On one hand her laning phase is extremely oppressive due to her high base range on her basic attacks and her late-game is very potent due to the combination of her passive and attack speed, critical strike and attack damage she builds from items. However her gameplay post-9 takes a drop damage-wise, where her Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker loses damage relevance and overall her kit doesn't capture the feel of what sniper should be. Her 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net is a simple escape tool and her Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap simply doesn't make sense with the rest of her kit.

Thus this rework focuses on 3 major aspects: Landing skillshots. As a sniper your aim has to be the best. With the new version of Headshot.png Headshot, as long as you keep landing spells and auto attacks over and over, landing and comboing them your damage is substantially magnified. Positioning/Repositioning. As a sniper you need to select your spots, prepare and take aim. Then you abandon the spot, bide your time and repeat the process. To re-capture this feel i'm stealing one of Xerath Xerath's pre-rework abilities, Locus of Power as the first part on her ultimate. With this spell, her basic attack range and spell range is doubled, but there's a twist: her basic attacks work as skillshots now. With this, she gains the highest auto attack range in the game and massive spell range, but you need to actually aim to deal damage. Patience/Decision Making. Another aspect of being a sniper. Who do i hit? What type of shot should i use? Where do i position? And by being patient, standing your ground and landing your spells, you build stacks until you can use the second part of her ultimate: Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole, which gameplay wise is as live, but with somewhat higher damage. While a deep and perhaps radical rework, i believe it can make Cait more fun, thematic and rewarding and interactive to with/against and while i loath stacking passives, in this instance they become a tad necessary to highlight the notion of landing her spells and basic attacks. The core of the gameplay will revolve around your aiming skills, decision making and resource management.

Also be sure to read the descriptions, especially the ultimate one for extra details. Lastly i thank @Willbachbakal who helped me get the new icons. Read it, imagine the gameplay and be civil with the critiques.

EDIT: Work in progress.

EDIT 2: Sorry people sometimes i get a breakthrough a tad bit after making the whole thing. It's frustrating sometimes. Created a new W spell that should be cool and i modified the passive to reward max range snipes plus a balance modification to her ultimate.

EDIT 3: Don't forget to read the descriptions.

EDIT 4: FINALLY DONE.

EDIT 5: The initial conversation between me and @Willbachbakal was about the inital, Work in Progress version, where i was comtenplating leaving the ability as a more simplistic spell or change it. Plus the passive was different. Call it an alpha test if you will.

Abilities

Headshot

Caitlyn's Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker and Willbachbakal Snipe 3 Icon Ricochet Shot (and basic attacks while on Willbachbakal Snipe Icon Sniper's Sight) has it's damage increased by 5% per 50 units traveled to a maximum of 100% damage.

Ability Details
Headshot self target buff.
  • So base idea. Max range snipes. Insane damage. Rather than simply fireing your spells willy nilly, you're rewarded for preparaing in advance, selecting your ground, aiming your shot and blowing up your enemy's head off. Think mini Jinx ults. Raw numbers may be a bit off, sorry math isn't my strong suit.


Piltover Peacemaker
RANGE: 750 (1500 during Willbachbakal Snipe Icon Sniper's Sight)
COST: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 mana
COOLDOWN: 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 / 4

Active: Caitlyn fires a projectile that deals physical damage to all targets it passes through. Deals 60% damage to minions.

  • 「 Physical damage: 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+ 100% AD) 」「 Headshot.png Headshot-Enhanced Physical damage: 60 / 120 / 180 / 240 / 300 (+ 200% AD) 」

While on Willbachbakal Snipe Icon Sniper's Sight stance, this ability has a 1 second cast time.

Ability Details
Piltover Peacemaker is a linear, pass-through skill shot.
  • One of the major changes was the range reduction and the removal of the cast time. While in the Sniper's Sight stance, your range is much higher than live, thus your damage becomes higher due to the Headshot passive. Outside of it you'll have to choose when and how to use in lane until 6. Given the base damage reduction i've already given the spell, i removed the whole cut off damage by hitting enemy champions. You should be rewarded by hitting a max range spell, especially on multiple foes.


Ricochet Shot
RANGE: 700 (1400 during Willbachbakal Snipe Icon Sniper's Sight)
COST: 70 mana
COOLDOWN: 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8
Willbachbakal Snipe 3 Icon

Caitlyn fires a shot on the enemy target, dealing damage to the first enemy it hits.

  • 「 Physical damage: 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+ 60 bonus AD) 」「 Headshot.png Headshot-Enhanced Physical damage: 120 / 180 / 240 / 300 / 360 (+ 120 bonus AD)) 」

If the bullet collides with terrain it will break apart and shot 3 new bullets bouncing back 800-units at a 90° right angle from the wall it bounced off in an arc.

Ability Details
Richochet Shot is a linear colliding skill shot that can colide with terrain and create 3 new linear colliding skill shot.
  • A specialized shot. Much like Vel'Koz has his 90° angle split shot, Cait should have one as well. Positioning from a proper angle can allow you to shot at an enemy team from a flanking angle, dealing nice AOE damage to every body, especially when shot from long distances. You hit terrain and the shot will work like Twisted Fate's Wild Cards, although a somewhat closer angle between bulltes


90 Caliber Net
RANGE: 700
COST: 75 mana
COOLDOWN: 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10

Active: Caitlyn fires a net, knocking herself back 400 units in the opposite direction. The net will Slow icon slow the first enemy hit for 1 second. 90 Caliber Net cannot be cast while on Willbachbakal Snipe Icon Sniper's Sight.

  • Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
Ability Details
90 Caliber Net is a linear, colliding skill shot.
  • Not much to say about this spell. I decided to maintain Cait's escape, but made it a tad worse, to create a choice between either you staying on your spot against an advancing team or use it to help reposition to another location. Of course i made it so it can't interact with the ultimate to avoid abuse cases.


Sniper's Sight
COOLDOWN: 20 / 15 / 10
Willbachbakal Snipe Icon

Active: Caitlyn steadies her rilfe for the perfect shot, immobilizing herself for 7 seconds. During this time, the range of her damaging abilities is doubled, her basic attacks are replaced with 1000-range linear colliding skill shots and cannot critically strike, but will aplly Headshot.png Headshot damage increase. Reactivating the ability early will cancel it

After landing 10 successful abilities or basic attacks on an enemy champion, Caitlyn gains the ability to cast Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole.

Ace in the Hole
RANGE: 2000 / 2500 / 3000

Active: After a brief delay, Caitlyn locks onto a target enemy champion and channels for 1 second. While channeling, Caitlyn gains true sight of the target.

If Caitlyn completes the channel, she will fire a 3200-speed homing projectile toward the target that deals physical damage to the first enemy champion it hits.

  • Physical damage: 250 / 450 / 650 (+ 300% bonus AD)
Ability Details
Sniper's Sight is self-targeted ability that roots Caitlyn and grants a buff.
  • And we've reached the key point of this rework. Something was lost when Xerath lost Locus of Power. While several champions have a sniper-like feel, such as Kog'Maw, Varus, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Xerath, etc, none actually work as sniper champions. Caitlyn, who's supposed to be a sniper has a kit with low decision making and a wonky power-curve. So while on one hand you have massive spell range and the highest basic attack range in the game at 1000 since you have no targeted spells and reduced attack speed, so you have to be patient, precise and deliberate. Another detail of the low decision making in Cait's kit is the avaliability of Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole. A low ultimate cooldown, heavy damage with the highest range targeted spell shouldn't be so easy to use. On the other hand on this kit, it works as the mother of all payloads, rewarding you for landing your skillshots over and over. Also to note, the count only starts when you are in Sniper's Sight stance and you don't lose stacks when switching out of it. Difference is you have to aim.


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