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League of Legends is finally nerfing ‘critical strikes’ in Season 11

Published: 24/Sep/2020 8:07

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games is finally set to nerf the infamous League of Legends “critical strike” damage multiplier in Season 11, after years of the LoL player base complaining that the bonus attack damage stat causes too much variance.

League of Legends is set for a massive item overhaul in Season 11, with many of the iconic swords, bows, guns, and armor pieces in the game going under Riot’s microscope.

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One major focus of the preseason update is LoL’s infamous “critical strike” stat, which fans often refer to as “crits.” These bonus damage multipliers have long drawn the ire of the LoL community, and Riot is finally answering the calls.

Riot game developer Mark “Scruffy” Yetter has revealed that ‘crits’ will be taking a fairly big whack at the start of Season 11. The nerfs, the LoL balance figurehead revealed, are mainly aiming to “pull power from super late-game crit builds.”

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The focus for the Critical Strike rework is to “bring a bit more power into the early curve, and [make sure the stat] has a slightly less exponential payoff.” This is likely to include crit-reliant late-game League carries like Draven, Yasuo, and Master Yi.

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Late game crit-hit carries like Master Yi are going to be nerfed slightly after the Season 11 rework.

There will be two hefty changes to the “critical strike” stat in the Season 11 rework; firstly, the actual damage dealt by a crit will be reduced from 200% of the auto-attack, to just 175%.

Secondly, each item that currently gives critical hit chance will only hand out a 20% chance, rather than the previous 25%. This includes Essence Reaver, Infinity Edge, Stormrazor, and all fully-built from the low-tier Zeal item.

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Senna, Tryndamere, Yasuo, and Yone also have critical strikes in their kit.

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New carry champion Yone has critical strikes built into his ability kit.

The rework will also see “critical strike” added to “a lot of useful items,” including Mercurial Scimitar, Bloodthirster, and Mortal Reminder. This should “open up build choice dramatically,” Yetter explained, and allow new options in build paths.

“These choices become new options at second or third items, because they wouldn’t derail your damage per second completely,” he said. “We will be making sure non-crit champs also have access to items with similar niches.

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Riot is aiming to make critical strikes more accessible for AD champions post-nerfs.

Critical hits remain one of the last chance-based statistics left in League of Legends in terms of champion builds. Dodge which let champions completely ignore auto-attack damage, was cut from League in patch v1.132 back in 2012.

Dragons also became more RNG-based in Season 10, with League’s big Rise of the Elements update. The neutral creatures now spawn as one of four elements, and give special bonuses depending on what Rift element they are aligned to.

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Yetter confirmed the critical strike changes would be added to LoL’s staging server, the PBE, within the next week. These changes will likely go live in Patch 11.1.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla skill tree & abilities guide: Raven, Bear, Wolf

Published: 20/Oct/2020 14:50

by Andrew Highton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla aims to give the player a lot of freedom in how they build their version of Eivor. Today, we’re going to run through the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla skill tree and abilities, to give a better idea of how you might go about molding Eivor to suit your preferences.

One of the most understated features about Assassin’s Creed is the way in which you can present your assassin. Whether you’re a short-range expert or long-range marksman, the skill trees in each game usually offer some semblance of freedom – even if the end result is always assassinating.

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The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla skill tree and abilities provide that same level of freedom, and affords you similar liberties. We’re going to list every skill and ability available to unlock, that we know of so far, from every branch of the tree. With Raven, Bear, and Wolf, the player is offered multiple different ways of building their character.

Just to note, several skills are unlockable multiple times. So, let’s take an in-depth look at each skill that we know of so far.

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The tree offers a whole range of useful skills.

Raven

Raven seems to be swayed in favor of stealth and ranged attacking. This is suitable for players that still want to be quiet assassins in the Viking era.

  • Range Attack Training – Increase your Range Attack
  • Melee Critical Precision Training – Increase the precision of your Melee Attacks, which improves the chance of Critical Hits
  • Poison Efficiency Training – Increase the effectiveness of Poison, making it easier to poison targets
  • Poison Potency Training – Increase the potency of your poison,  improving the damage it does
  • Backstab – Landing a blow directly on an enemy’s back will inflict increased damage and cause them to stagger
  • Evasion Training – Increase your Evasion, which improves your chances of avoiding damage and decreases the chance of getting hit by a Critical attack
  • Impact Training – Increase Impact with all your weapons
  • Melee Attack Training – Increase your Melee Attack
  • Stealth Training – Increase your Stealth Attack (all attacks range stealth, including Ranged and Melee)
  • Vitality Training – Increase your Maximum Health
  • Advanced Assassination – Unlocks the ability to assassinate high-level targets with a timing-based attack
  • Assassination Attack Training – Increase the damage of Assassinations
  • Abilities Training – Augments the damage of all abilities
  • Melee Critical Precision Training – Increase the precision of your Melee Attacks, which improves the chances of Critical Hits
  • Hammer Training – Increase your proficiency with Hammers
  • Headshot Training – Increase your Headshot damages
  • Breakfall – Eivor automatically performs a roll when landing from a dangerous height, reducing the amount of damage taken
  • Predator Bow Training – Increase your proficiency with Predator bows
  • Spear Training – Increase your proficiency with Spears
  • Chain Assassination – After performing a successful assassination, throw an axe at a second NPC standing in close proximity
  • Predator Bow Combo – Consecutive headshots with a Predator Bow deals extra damage
  • Melee Resistance Training – Increase bonus armor against all Melee Attacks

Wolf

Wolf seemingly tries to hold the middle ground between covert Viking and all-out war machine. It definitely seems to have the more neutral skills.

  • Abilities Training – Augments the damage of all abilities
  • Impact Training – Increase Impact with all your weapons
  • Range Attack Training – Increase your Range Attack
  • Vitality Training – Increase your Maximum Health
  • Heavy Attack Training – Increase damage of all Heavy Attacks
  • Sprint Attack – Press the attack button whilst sprinting to do a sprint attack
  • Melee Attack Training – Increase your Melee Attack
  • Stealth Training – Increase your Stealth Attack (all attacks range stealth, including Ranged and Melee)
  • Armor Training – Increase your natural armor, which reduces all damage taken
  • Range Resistance Training – Increase bonus armor against all Range Attacks
  • Headshot Training – Increase your Headshot damages
  • Assassination Attack Training – Increase the damage of Assassinations
  • Emergency Aim – Holding LT/L2 will snap your aim to the enemy as they detect you, giving you an opportunity to kill him and remain undetected
  • Critical Range Precision Training – Increase the Precision of your Range Attacks, which improves the chance of Critical hits
  • Bow Stun Finisher – Press RS/R3 when aiming at a stunned enemy head to trigger a Bow Stun Finisher
  • Fire Efficiency Training – Increase the efficiency of your Fire, making it easier to put targets on fire
  • Poison Efficiency Training – Increase the effectiveness of Poison, making it easier to poison targets
  • Poison Potency Training – Increase the potency of your poison,  improving the damage it does
  • Bow to Melee Link – Alternating between bow and and melee attacks deal extra damage for a short time

Bear

Bear is quite simply the tree for 24/7, in your face combat. Placing a stronger emphasis on close-quarters attack and maximizing attack damage.

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  • Melee Attack Training – Increase your Melee Attack
  • Melee Resistance Training – Increase bonus armor against all Melee Attacks
  • Armor Training – Increase your natural armor, which reduces all damage taken
  • Impact Training – Increase Impact with all your weapons
  • Heavy Attack Training – Increase damage of all Heavy Attacks
  • Dual Swap – When Dual-Wielding double tap A/X to swap weapon hands
  • Vitality Training – Increase your Maximum Health
  • Fire Intensity Training – Increase the intensity of Fire Attacks, improving the damage fire does to targets
  • Heavy Dual Wield – You can dual wield with heavy weapons. This will alter the stats and handling of each weapon
  • Heavy Attack Resistance – Increase bonus armor against all heavy attacks
  • Critical Damage Training – Increase the damage of Critical Hits
  • Stealth Training – Increase your Stealth Attack (all attacks range stealth, including Ranged and Melee)
  • Abilities Training – Augments the damage of all abilities
  • Range Attack Training – Increase your Range Attack
  • Parry Damage – Successful parries also deal damage to the attacker
  • Fire Efficiency Training – Increase the efficiency of your Fire, making it easier to put targets on fire
  • Light Bow Combo – Consecutive shots with a light bow deals extra damage
  • Regular Attack Resistance – Increase bonus armor against all regular attacks
  • Stomp – When an enemy falls to the ground, press RS/R3 to stomp on their face
  • Adrenaline Upgrade – +1 Adrenaline Slot
  • Berserker’s Mettle – Fight with reckless abandon. Taking damage no longer causes adrenaline loss
  • Hammer Training – Increase your proficiency with Hammers
  • Dane Axe Training – Increase your proficiency with Dane Axes

Ranged abilities

Similar to the Raven skill tree, ranged abilities seems more focused on remaining undetected and picking enemies off from a distance.

  • Ranged Poison Strike – Applies a poisonous concoction to the tip of your arrows. The poison spreads on enemy impact.
  • Mark of Death – Hold RT/R2 then scroll your reticle to mark selected enemies. Release to let fly a deadly volley of arrows.
  • Raven Distraction – Use your Raven, Synin, to briefly distract your enemies.
  • Thorn of Slumber – An arrow marked with the Svefnthorn symbol puts targets to sleep almost instantly

Melee abilities

Melee abilities are naturally the opposite to ranged abilities and embrace the more aggressive aspect of combat, perhaps best combined with the Bear skill tree.

  • Rush & Bash – Hold RT/R2 to rush continuously. While rushing, make contact with any enemy to grab and pick them up. Throw enemies you’ve grabbed off ledges, or to charge through other enemies, or throw them off ledges, or slam them into walls for extra damage.
  • Poison Strike – Applies a poisonous concoction to your right-hand melee weapon. Poisoned enemies suffer additional damage over time.
  • Kick of Tyr – A ferocious kick that sends enemies flying backwards. Enemies who strike objects or other enemies will suffer additional damage
  • Throwing Axe Fury – Hurl throwing axes at all enemies in range

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer

To give you an idea of how to approach the game, here is a gameplay trailer that features the different ways you can play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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So there you have it. That’s most of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla skill tree and abilities that you’ll be able to unlock and equip.

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As we get nearer to the game’s release, we’ll be sure to update any few remaining ones for you. Surely, plenty more will be confirmed as we approach the launch.

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