Champion Sneak Peek - Graves, the Outlaw
If you've ever had a nemesis in your life that made you want to call him out for a showdown like the no-good, low-down, varmint, snake-in-the-grass that he is, you'll probably have a bit in common with this next champion. Allow me to introduce, the Outlaw. In addition to being one of those crack-shot renegade types, Graves is possessed of a particular disinclination towards everyone's favorite Southern gentleman, .
Whatever the result of his arrival in the League, one thing's for certain: Somebody's going to go out with a bang!
Graves Mechanics Preview
We wanted to take this opportunity to preview some of the gameplay on our newest ranged DPS champion:, the Outlaw.
This rough-and-tumble gunman uses a massive, hextech double-barreled shotgun to rain down death from a distance and punish any foolish varmints that get too close. For example,shoots three quick shrapnel bursts in a cone in front of him. Unlike other multi-missile spells, however, all three rounds can all hit the same target (although each individual projectile will deal slightly reduced damage)
Graves is also able to make it uncomfortable for foes to fight at his optimal range by throwing outto limit enemy vision and slow them in an area, while lets him dash in for a quick shotgun blast or escape danger as needed. In this way he can control his positioning to set up maximum damage .
Finally, Graves can useto unleash a skill shot that nukes the first target it hits, spreading a cone of damage behind its target to hit anybody yellow enough to hide behind the tanks. While the single-target use is simple, properly utilizing the cone is what will separate the good Graves players from the great ones.
Our goal with Graves was to make a ranged DPS that had some incentive to get up close or make enemies think twice before getting in your face. While it's completely possible to play Graves as a standard max-range carry, this dichotomy makes for skill differential without adding a high barrier to entry (or any hefty, paragraph-long tooltips) Whether trying to maximize the close-up damage of, or setting up the 1-2 punch of , we're excited to add a champion with to the ranged DPS lineup.
2016 Season Update
We're changing up Graves'so they behave like his , meaning his basic attacks deal area of effect cone damage and knockback minions, although the three (yep - his shotgun still fires three rounds, and no, we still can't explain it) rounds can each be blocked. Still on Graves' basic attacks, he actually has an ammo system now, and reloads his gun after firing two rounds. Every round that lands reduces the cooldown on , which no longer grants attack speed but does reload his gun. Finally, we're tweaking , giving it a unique attack that deals two rounds of damage. We could try to explain it, or you could just watch the video.
- New Destiny
Basic attacks fire a cone of bullets (double the amount for a critical strike) dealing base damage for the first bullet hit and bonus damage for each additional bullet. Attacks cannot pass over units, but knock back all non-champions. Destiny works off of an ammo system, and Graves must reload after 2 attacks.
- End of the Line
Graves fires out an explosive canister that deals damage to enemies in a line, leaving behind a trail of gunpowder. After a couple seconds, the canister detonates the gunpowder trail, dealing additional damage. If End of the Line collides with a wall, it explodes immediately.
- Smoke Screen
Graves dashes forward, reloading one bullet while moving. For a few seconds Graves gains bonus armor and bonus magic resistance. This bonus can stack. Basic attacks lower the cooldown of Quickdraw and, when Graves attacks non-minions, he also refreshes his defensive bonuses.
- Collateral Damage
Graves fires an explosive shell with so much force that it knocks him back. The shell deals massive damage to the first enemy hit (or it reaches the end of its range) before exploding in a cone, dealing additional damage to enemies behind.
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