League of Legends

Why is everyone in League of Legends building Moonstone Renewer?

Published: 18/Jan/2021 6:19 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 6:20

by Andrew Amos

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The aftermath of League of Legends’ Season 11 item rework is still being ironed out. However, one Mythic has risen to the top ⁠— Moonstone Renewer. The “support” Mythic is being picked across multiple lanes, dominating the meta.

Eclipse. Imperial Mandate. Sunfire Aegis. There’s been a number of “broken” items highlighted in League Season 11.

One has flown under the radar though. Moonstone Renewer was shunned by the community on release as one of the worst Mythics in League of Legends. However, two months on, and it’s risen firmly to the top of the power rankings.

It’s not just popular in casual play either.

Pros are building it on more than just supports ⁠— its intended place. Nidalee’s, Lillia’s, solo lane Karma’s are all taking Moonstone Renewer instead of Night Harvester, Riftmaker, or other AP picks. Why is this the case? Well, it’s because it’s one of the most gold efficient items in the game, with incredible utility to boot. Let’s break it down.

Spirit Blossom Lillia in LoL
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Moonstone Renewer has taken over League of Legends, with champions like Lillia reaping the rewards.

What is Moonstone Renewer, and why is it so strong?

Moonstone Renewer is a support Mythic in League of Legends. For 2,500 gold, you get 40 Ability Power, 20 Ability Haste, 200 Health, and some Mana Regeneration. You also get access to one of the most powerful passives in the game in Starlit Grace.

When affecting champions with attacks or abilities in combat ⁠— including crowd control and shields ⁠— you heal the lowest health ally. This is on a two second cooldown, and every second in combat increases the effectiveness of the heal, up to 50%.

This means over the course of a fight, you can heal your allies for upwards of 2,000 damage ⁠— which is more than most enchanters can do anyways.

Moonstone Renewer itself is a very strong item. However, in combination with some of the new support Legendaries, it can become even better. It works perfectly in tandem with both Staff of Flowing Water for bonus AP and move speed, and Ardent Censor for attack speed. Plus, both of these items build out of Forbidden Idol, increasing healing power.

It also gives supports ⁠— and other Moonstone users ⁠— a very strong two-item power spike. For just 4,800 gold, you get 100 AP minimum, a ton of Ability Haste, mana regen, a powerful heal, and a buff for either your casters or your auto-attackers.

Victorious Orianna in League of LegendsIt’s not just supports building Moonstone Renewer. Mid laners like Orianna can use it effectively too.

These powerful stats also means that you’re not losing too much damage if you build it on solo laners, and you can still trade effectively without feeling too weak. While it finds its full power in teamfights, you aren’t useless in a sidelane with the build.

Its short cooldown can also be reduced by Item Haste on runes like Ingenious Hunter (Domination) and Cosmic Insight (Inspiration). While it might be a 10% to 25% reduction, it does add up over the course of a fight.

Where should you build Moonstone Renewer?

The “Moonstaff” build ⁠— Moonstone Renewer and Staff of Flowing Water ⁠— has been popularized by the likes of Nick ‘LS’ de Cesare and others in the wake of pro play’s return.

In fact, the analyst put together a list of champions that can effectively use the item combination, and it’s not even an exhaustive list. It’s potent on enchanter supports ⁠— Karma, Sona, and Seraphine see the most value out of it ⁠— but it’s not limited to that role.

Mid laners like Orianna can build it. You can build it on Senna in AD Carry or Support. It’s best in slot for Nidalee and Lillia ⁠— two of the game’s strongest junglers right now. Solo lane Karma can use it effectively, as well as Singed, Teemo, and more. Almost any AP champion can build Moonstone Renewer, and it’s good.

It’s even better if you have a damage-over-time ability. However, if you don’t have one inbuilt into your champion’s kit, you can opt to build a Demonic Embrace. Not only will it shred enemies in combat, but it will ensure you can get multiple procs of Moonstone Renewer with ease.

It only gets more powerful the more allies build it. Sure, enemies can build Grievous Wounds, but there’s only so much healing that can be blocked. When you’ve got three allies healing with Moonstone Renewer, you can effectively outheal through the cut.

With League Season 11 ranked kicking off, there’s almost no reason to not abuse Moonstone Renewer. It’s not currently on Riot’s list to nerf in League patch 11.2, which goes live on January 21.

Self-healing drain tanks are being nerfed. Healing cut has been buffed. However, Enchanter supports in League now seemingly have a purpose with the power of Moonstone Renewer, and realistically, it’s only a matter of time before it gets culled. Make good of it while it lasts.

Pokemon

What are Therian Formes in Pokemon Go? Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus forms explained

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:09

by Brent Koepp

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Niantic is bringing Therian Formes to Pokemon Go with The Season of Legends event in March. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know about the special new forms for Gen V Legendary ‘mon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

Pokemon Go’s upcoming Season of Legends is kicking off with the Forces of Nature trio, which are the Legendary ‘mon introduced in Black and White for the Nintendo DS. The weather-based Legendaries will get their very own Special Research starting in March.

Excitingly, the three characters’ secondary Therian Formes will also finally make their debut in the mobile title. However, Trainers unfamiliar with Gen V may be scratching their heads over what they are exactly. Below, we will explain everything you need to know about the transformations.

Screenshot of Forces of Nature Legendaries in Pokemon Go.
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Pokemon Go will get Therian Formes with Season of Legends in March 2021.

What are Therian Formes in Pokemon?

A neat feature included in Pokemon Black and White was an extensive weather and seasonal system. To take advantage of this, developer Game Freak introduced three Legendaries known as the Forces of Nature – Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus – who actually roamed around the overworld based on the atmospheric conditions.

In 2012’s Black and White 2, it was revealed the trio in the first game were in their “Incarnate Forme” and in the sequel they had new set called “Therian Formes.” The secondary transformation not only changed how the ‘mon looked physically, but also the way their stats functioned in the meta.

The alternative form could be triggered by players using the “Reveal Glass.” The Legendaries’ ability to switch between their two versions, made them a nightmare in VGC competitions – as they became extremely powerful in their versatility. This is also what makes it so exciting that the feature is making its debut in Pokemon Go.

Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Therian Formes explained

The most important thing to know about Therian is that it changes the Forces of Nature trio’s stats in a few interesting ways. Below we will list each Pokemon’s stat in their Incarnate (regular) form vs their secondary to give you an idea of how they are being changed.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Tornadus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Tornadus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Tornadus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Tornadus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 100
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 110
  • Sp. Defense: 90
  • Speed: 121
  • Total: 580

With Tornadus, we see the Flying-type lower its Attack and Special Attack by 15 points in Therian, however its Speed is boosted by 10. Its Defense and Special Defense also get a bump. The monster sacrifices attack for quickness.


Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Thundurus Incarnate & Therian Formes.
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Thundurus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Thundurus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Thundurus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 145
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 580

Whereas Tornadus became much quicker, Thundurus’ Special Attack gets a substantial increase of 20 points in Therian. The ‘mon sacrifices its Speed and Attack by 10 points, but becomes a heavy hitter with special moves.


Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Landorus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Landorus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Landorus Incarnate

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 115
  • Sp. Defense:  80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 600

Landorus Therian

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 145
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 105
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 91
  • Total: 600

Lastly, Landorus sees a major 20 point boost in Attack with its Therian transformation, though at the cost of its Special Attack and Speed. The Ground/ Flying-type packs the greatest punch out of the Legendary Trio.

Screenshot of Legendary Therian Formes.
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Go players can get their hands on Therian Formes in Go this March.

Pokemon Go players will be able to get their hands on Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus’ Therian Formes starting this March. Their transformations will help kick off the Season of Legends, which will run for a total of three months.

Ever since the Forces of Nature debuted their secondary forms in 2012, they have become top tier picks in competitive battles. So it will be interesting to see how the Black and White 2 feature will shake up the mobile title’s Battle League meta.