Why not take a break from the EU LCS Summoner Promotion tourney an peruse some of this mornings fantastic red posts?Continue reading for a small collection of red posts regarding the future Sion relaunch ( spoiler: he's likely going to be AD not AP ) and an update from Solcrushed on what's going on with the Viktor changes.
Morello on Sion Remake
Morello talked more about Sion's remake today, both discussing the fan presented notion that Sion could be shaped into two different characters and sharing his thoughts on what Sion could be.
"Let me clear up one thing, though - there's no world in which we make an old champion with a schizo kit into two complete champions. This is really about resource allocation usage and efficiency, as it obviously takes 2x the work to make 2x the champions, and whenever we're doing one thing, we're not doing another thing (and there's lots to be done!) Sion being reworked faithfully is not worth another rework not coming out, another champion who brings something new, or any myriad of other fixes we could be doing.
Additionally, and while I understand very well the attachment people can have to a champion, I think retaining Sion faithfully is exactly what I don't want to do. "Why?!" you may ask!
Sion's AD kit has some bare-bones tools that can apply well to a lifesteal guy, but those could use updating as well (AS on this guy...hmmmmm), but importantly, the AP kit has little-to-no counter play or interaction at all. There's something to be said about the shield being interesting, but I think it's bad when combined with a single target stun and as a burst nuke overall. Additionally, he's basically a creative mess - a Zombie Axe guy that casts spells and does an assortment of disjointed things with old Arnold movie quotes. The only reason to even consider that is for legacy - which has value - but not enough on its own in many cases.
In this case, unlike someone like Urgot who is just niche, Sion is a low attachment character with low counterplay, interaction, and no creative hooks. What I do think could be interesting about Sion isn't his kit, but the idea behind him - a massive, unmovable undead lifesteal tank. That has legs (heh) and can really be developed into a resurgence/HP Steal character befitting of the idea, and it gives us lots of opportunities with the art.
Thought I'd just update our direction here so you guys could see our thinking and there can be discussion. I know there will be people attached to original Sion, but in this case (and this is not by any means a default stance for me), I think it has to play second stage to making the character something not-bad."
Solcrushed on Viktor
It's been quite a while since we heard anything about poor Viktor. Long ago we saw a leak about third tier augments but nothing has come to fruition in the months since.
Solcrushed stopped by the forums today to give a small update on the situation.
"Hey guys, troll here.
First of all, I apologize for leaving you guys out in the dark for so long. I can cite a bunch of reasons why the Viktor thing has taken so long but I'm sure you guys don't want to hear about that.
He has not been forgotten, and I will be working on it again as soon as I return to the states next week. (Currently in Korea)
EDIT: Reading this made me realize how amazingly informing this update in X months was. So..
The current place I am at is trying to figure out how complex I want to make his upgraded Cores since he's already a very complex character (Although I am trying out a different upgrade from the leak months ago)"
He also mentioned that he won't be changing many of the base spells and that the augments still remain his primary focus.
"Pretty much, I do not see myself changing his base spells too much other than synching ranges ./ moving things around a little.
He will always be a very high skillcap champion unless I decide to change his laser, and I don't plan to become minced troll meat anytime soon. :0
I am aware that many players that play Viktor are drawn to him for his uniqueness and I will definitely be preserving that."