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  1. For me, it was a year and a half ago, when he showed up on SNL. I saw his performance and said, "Oh my god. How did we forget about this guy?"

    We did, after all, as a culture. In our societal memory, Prince had been largely forgotten. And for the last two years, on and off, I've been telling people, "Hey, remember Prince? He's worth remembering."

    Maybe it's because of his streak of being an "asshole" or an "eccentric", his zealous protection of his work from showing up online where it's accessible and memorable. That his work couldn't be streamed anywhere, couldn't be found on YouTube, it prevented access to his music by those who didn't hear of him when they were young, it prevented a memetic resurgence of his popularity in a culture of viral phenomena.

    And it amazed me that we had largely let go of this artist no less talented, no less influential than the mainstays of our musical heritage. Dylan, MJ, the Beatles, Hendrix, and so many others. Maybe it was his personality, his ardor in keeping his work from the world.

    But we shouldn't have let that stop us.

    I remember immediately after that SNL performance going out to buy Plectrumelectrum. I remember listening to what little of his music I knew already, and listening to so much of his work for the first time.

    So I understand all this "bandwagon mourning". We forgot about him. I don't think that should stop us from remembering him now. Hopefully this time we won't let him go so easily.

    I remember one Internet comment about Prince after that SNL performance, and it's become my favorite way to proselytize ever since. "Prince is your favorite musician's favorite musician."

    Rest in peace. And be remembered.

  2. Ekko's gonna be another Yasuo. He's definitely overtuned right now, but not nearly as much as everyone is whining, and he will guaranteed get overnerfed by the time Riot's done with him. I will say he has too strong an early game for how well he scales.


    His W is so hard to land, I don't know why you're having so much trouble with it. You have to place it 3 seconds in advance, and the field lasts for a blink of an eye, most of the time you'll miss the stun, the .5 second notice is enough time for most players to dodge it. It's definitely nice in a wombo, though.

    As it stands, I think the strong stun is a good reward for how hard it is to actually use effectively.

    The shield is too strong, though. I'd say nerf it from 80% AP to 60% and see how that flies (though i can see it going as low as 40%).


    It's his passive that's bonkers. 40% for 2 seconds at level 1, scaling up to 80% for 3 seconds? That's a slow for your target AND a speed boost for you. I think it could be cut in half (20% at level 1 to 40% at level 18), but I think it's better to shave a full second off the duration at all levels, and only cut 20% at max level, really focus him in on an assassin pattern rather than sustained hyper carry.


    But ALSO cut the base damage on his passive, to give him a more vulnerable early game.

    His E is the definition of mobility creep, but I don't think that represents as much a problem with Ekko as with the overall state of the game.


    So yes, he needs some significant changes, but I don't think he's nearly as strong as people are saying.

    That said, I like his kit. He's fun to play and fun to play against because he's all about making use of interesting mechanics available to you. I like him for the same reasons I like Yasuo. Playing with or against him is more about outplaying your opponent than outplaying their champion.

  3. from Dust: An Elysian Tail

    Probably one of my all time favorites. It's currently sitting as my most listened to track for all of 2014, according to WinAmp. Dust is littered with haunting and beautiful pieces. Falana, Gone Home, but most of all:


    The guitar solo is just so jam-packed with feeling, sometimes I just listen to it over and over again.

    from Sonic Adventure 2

    Sonic Adventure 2 does some wonderful work with recurring themes and motifs, most notably the Main Riff from the game's intro, which goes through a few iterations during the games cutscenes, then resolves in the vocal track Live & Learn during the final boss battle.

    However! I am partial to a secondary riff, the "teamwork" motif that also gets its fair share of time throughout the game, culminating in Cooperation, when the Hero and Dark campaigns intersect and *SPOILER* the game's heroes and villains have to work together to succeed. *END SPOILER*

    Following up on Native Jovian's point, my favorite scores come from the repetition and variation of themes. The theme or piece that evolves is the most powerful. (Oh, did I mention that Everdawn Basin's guitar solo is a take on a melody from Cirromon Caverns, an earlier track in the game? Yeah, I have a thing for recurring motifs...)

    On that note:

    (Halo: Combat Evolved)

    (Halo 2)

    (Halo 3)

    (Halo: Reach)

    When Another Walk kicks in at the end of Released, with the drums and the chorus... :'(

    It's certainly not the only such case of recurring themes and motifs in the Halo franchise, but I think this one, being as mellow as it is, is among the most under-appreciated.

    But I could spend thousands of words and many, many hours on this topic, so I'm going to shift to a couple of my favorite stand-alone pieces.

    from Sonic Adventure

    It's mostly very chill and relaxing, but as you will have noticed, I love an emotional guitar solo.

    from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    When it gets to the end of the day, and this comes on, it really forces me to think about all the people of Clock Town, and I can really feel the tragedy of their story.

    from Mother

    If this cover from the soundtrack release is "cheating", let me just say that every single version of this piece is beautiful.

  4. I know plenty of folks here are already familiar with Savant, this is where I first found out about his music, and so are probably already on the ball, but I just wanted to ask if anyone else was as hung up on this album as I am?



    His YouTube channel has all the tracks up as well.


    Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed all of his albums, but the last few have pretty much just been great, without inspiring much more from me than that. I don't feel like his stuff has really gotten under my skin like this in a while.

    Protos, Orakel, Cult, heart, Overkill, Alchemist, ISM; they all had their share of standout tracks and were solid throughout, but I haven't felt that every single track on the album was a mindbending masterpiece like this in a long time, since Overworld, Vario and Ninur.

    Or maybe it's just personal taste, and the influence of Middle Eastern folk music on the album is appealing to me. But there's something special about this one...

  5. In b4 composer bitching about doing free music for exposure. It's a surprisingly hot button subject, as though exposure is somehow completely worthless.

    That's because there are valid complaints. No, exposure is not completely worthless. But most of the time people are asking for free work, they are not giving you exposure that is worth the opportunity cost. I would consider this "opportunity" to be such a case. But that's up to the individual to decide.

    Besides, there's a legitimate concern of perpetuating the undervaluing of musicians. I think we can all agree that's a real problem.

    http://healthjournalism.org/blog/2013/01/free-dental-services-try-to-help-the-uninsured/, yeah, truly ridiculous how professionals sometimes remember they're human and don't always need to put a $$$ sign on every action they do. I read the other day about this doctor in North Dakota who took pity on this sick homeless woman and treated her for free out of the kindness of his heart. Now that fucker has single-handedly driven up medical costs around the country! My anti-depressants cost $700 now! That's how this stuff works, right?

    This is a ludicrous comparison.

    Because a Lawyer? They do cases Pro Bono.

    There is a clear and obvious difference between doing pro bono work as a working professional and soliciting unpaid labor from said professionals.

    Safety-net clinics and pro-bono law work are not the same as "opportunities" for musicians, so let's please not pretend they are.

    By the way, "pro bono" doesn't simply mean free. It means "for the public good".

    Yes, there are opportunities for exposure that are worth taking for little or no pay. But what fraction of solicitations of free work are those really?

    If anyone finds value in this opportunity, they are free to take it. Each can decide the value of their work and the opportunities available to them on his or her own.


    A clarification on how I don't believe this "exposure" is worth it. 35 thousand Twitter followers sure sounds impressive, if you're just running a private Twitter account, but compared to really high exposure channels? But how much exposure is that really? Anyone in PR/social media stats/analysis will tell you that not all of those subscriptions translate into attentive followers, and only a fraction of those translate into actual regular listeners of the radio program. Then consider the demographics of a niche/novelty conservative radio program. What ages, what professional fields, what people is this reaching? Is this a political or professional demographic you are trying to reach as a musician?

    "Significant" exposure, "not a small force", "growing in both audience and presence" are not confidence inspiring statements when soliciting free work. I'm not trying to be an asshole, but I think questioning the value of such an opportunity is a legitimate course of action. I'm not reading about an opportunity that would excite most composers to jump on board for the exposure. I'm reading the usual doublespeak from someone trying to oversell themselves and wrangle free work from professionals.

  6. So how's everyone's luck with getting CDs during battle? I haven't encountered a single one. I remember making a CD factory in Brawl, but even without that I'm pretty sure they showed up more frequently.

    I hadn't encountered any CDs through regular play, and then found a tedious but effective farming method for CDs. Mew drops trophies/CDs/wrench-bags, so Master Balls only on high, given enough time nets you quite a few CDs if you have the patience, or a Netflix queue to occupy you while you mindlessly throw Pokeballs for an hour. In a 99-stock game I net 6 new tracks.

    Sadly have not been able to play Smash 4 yet as my pre-order got delayed. However I do plan on trying to main Ness. He seems to have some great follow up's and some openings for combos which is very exciting, especially since he hasn't ever been that viable in any of the past games, even in 64. I'm really hoping he won't get any unnecessary nerfs.

    I always found Ness to be really strong in 64. His Melee and Brawl counterparts were much weaker, but he is looking pretty solid in his latest iteration.

  7. I can confirm that the DK Rap is unlockable.

    Hmmm, okay, we'll make it 5/10.


    Never mind, still no Sonic Boom, now no Fountain of Dreams as well; 0/10.

    On a more serious note: Yoshi is a complete monster now, and I'm happy with that. Some of my favorite non-Fox characters now seem solidly competitive (Ness, Link, Samus, et al.) while old favorites are still strong (Fox, Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, etc.) if not all top-tier. The new additions are mostly equally fun and viable, save for Mega Man, who is sadly terrible. I hope he gets buffed up soon.

    But Yoshi is just ridiculous. He's fast, he's strong, he has a good air game, he can juggle, he can spike, and he's not a lightweight. I always forget how heavy he is because he just seems like he'd be a lightweight to me, then I get into a match and I'm tanking killing blows at 100% and up.

    Also he has the best new costume in the game. Yes, Black Yoshi is better than Fierce Deity Link and you know it.

  8. I was really enjoying this game a lot up. The 3DS version played like that perfect balance between Melee and Brawl, and I was preparing for what would likely be the best in the Smash Bros franchise.

    I fired up the Wii U version and had a blast with the speed and fluidity of the game, with its truckload of characters, stages and items. This was definitely my favorite installment in the franchise so far, fixing the problems Brawl had without slipping back into the same mistakes Melee made as well.

    I buckled down for a full evening of play in order to unlock all the hidden characters and stages before inviting my friends to join me, and the real Smash would begin.

    During a short break on my unlocking journey, I popped my head into Sound Test.

    Sonic Boom was missing.

    DK Rap was missing.

    0/10; worst Smash Bros ever.

  9. The point is that Anita is someone who thinks with her heart, not with her head.

    Absolutely not. I probably shouldn't have peeked in this thread at all, then I wouldn't have been tempted to put in my two cents, but I figure I might as well.

    Anita Sarkeesian has been very calculated from the beginning. She is that brand of 'journalist' that has defined the modern mainstream media. The kind that quickly realized how sensationalism sells. Sarkeesian's a pot-stirrer. She's an attention seeker.

    Her frail attempts at "feminism" are extremely well thought out. She has been intentionally crafting controversy around herself from the start to build her brand. Every view, every link, every share, every argument in every comments section is publicity. As the saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad press." It's not strictly true, but it sums up the current state of affairs quite well. If your name is out there, if it's everywhere, it doesn't matter what agenda you're pushing as long as you keep people talking about you. Hold their attention as long as you can.

    I won't say whether she does it for the attention, or the money. It's at least one, it could be both. All I know is that Sarkeesian is a shameless and skilled self-promoter, but to call her a feminist or a journalist or a critic is a joke.

    That said, these people exist everywhere. The worst that I can say of Sarkeesian is that she deserves only to be ignored. Just as I simply choose not to tune in to Bill O'Reilly, I will never again click my way over to Feminist Frequency.

    But I can't imagine that Sarkeesian could have predicted the vitriol that would come from all this.

    The way the GamerGate tag has played out disgusts me. If Sarkeesian never warranted more than to be ignored, the bigots of GamerGate deserve to be publically identified and shamed. The hatred and poison that has been uttered from under that banner is inexcusable.

    "But that's not what GamerGate is about!" you might say. I've had that conversation before, a few months back. My brother was telling me how reasonable parties were working towards reforming Hamas from the inside, and that was the great hope for the region.

    But they're still under the banner of Hamas, I told him. Who are the vocal and active members of that group? Many nationalists and socialists in the Nazi party were not Hitler. But they aligned themselves under the wrong banner.

    Whether it's GamerGate, or FeministFrequency, or the Gawker network, you've aligned yourself under the wrong banner.

    What's saddest about it all is that sexism is an important issue we need to tackle right now. Issues of gender and equality are hot button topics today, and I'm thrilled to see these issues get the attention they need.

    Sarkeesian, Kotaku, GamerGate, they are not the attention these issues need. They are not addressing the very real issue of sexism in media, games, movies, music, literature, the workplace, at home, across the globe.

    No, they are all cherry picking the controversies that will get them views, links, attention. None of them are concerned with tackling sexism, or journalistic ethics, or whatever else is their buzzword-of-the-day. Not really.

    And I wish they'd all shut up, so that the adults could go back to trying to make the world a better, safer place for people of all genders and kinds.

  10. I've read that Target Blast and Trophy Rush are the fastest way to get the custom moves. I've gotten a few moves reasonably quickly that way, but it requires a hefty coin investment, so I ran out and now need to restock.

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  11. Just finished Gurren Lagann. I have never seen a show that has so incredibly amped up the ridiculous several times each episode and just kept on going all the way to the final episode.

    Also, started watching Bleach and Rurouni Kenshin. Bleach is surprisingly good. Rurouni Kenshin has some really good moments, particularly when Kenshin visits the Yakuza in one of the early episodes.

    Gurren Lagann and Rurouni Kenshin are definitely two of my favorites - especially the former. It took me a while to get convinced to watch it, but I was glad I did in the end. I was not expecting the show to go nearly as far as it did.

    I could never really get into Bleach, though. It struck me as a bit amateurish in terms of the plot, to be honest. Like, it seemed like everything was written to make fun of shounen battle series, but it took itself way too seriously along the way (unlike Gurren Lagann, which was clearly over the top on purpose).

    I recently made the mistake of telling some friends of mine that I never got through Gurren Lagann because I found the first half of the series to be unquestionably terrible. Now I've committed to watching the series in its entirety with the goal of dissecting it episode-by-episode and delivering a paper explaining why I think it's a bad show, while my friends are hoping that getting through the series in its entirety will make me change my mind.

    I haven't yet seen Rurouni Kenshin, though it comes highly recommended. I did see the first live-action film, which was really good, so I mean to get around to it.

    Bleach is absolutely worth it, in my opinion, IF you have the patience to wade through the heap of shonen tropes and cliches. It's got the obnoxiously long fights, the unbearable mid-fight monologuing, the constant powerlevel one-upping, blah blah blah blah blah.

    But from the visual style to the subtext, it has some of the most incredibly well-crafted characters you'll find in anime, and is one of the thematically strongest series I've ever watched, topped off with a rather superb sense of humor throughout.

    It's a series I'm so glad I watched once, and have fond memories of, but doubt I will ever have the patience to sit through again. What's good about Bleach isn't just good, or great. It's phenomenal, it's deep, and it's intelligent. And it's buried under a mountain of mediocrity by way of tropes, cliches and conventions of the genre.

  12. OMG, how good was that movie!

    It was really great! Lots of fun. I think the advance reviews hyped up the movie's "heart" a bit much. It wasn't cheesy or anything, but the movie's drama was very basic. It seemed like they didn't want to make a mistake by trying too hard to be a "serious" movie, which I think worked to its benefit. They kept it simple, and it made for a great viewing experience.

    It's refreshing to see a Marvel Cinematic Universe story that doesn't come off as a pit stop on the way to the next Avengers.

    Wasn't the whole thing a pit stop on the way to the next Avengers? I mean, it was a good movie, but I feel like this is the exact opposite of the case. From Thanos being prominently featured, and the Infinity Stones being the front and center MacGuffin, I felt the principle plot was focused on setup for Age of Ultron.

    Heck, even the post-credits scene has a cameo that practically screams "nope, we aren't going to promote Avengers stuff".

    This was a huge disappointment for me. I mean, did anyone really think it was worth it waiting through all the credits for Howard the Duck? This illicited a lot of groans, and a very loud and exasperated "Are you serious?" from the audience I saw it with. I feel like everyone wanted something more substantial, maybe that pointed us toward the future of the franchise, and what we got was a disappointment, at least to the crowd I saw it with.

    But, I did love the movie, and I'll probably see it again in the near future. I had a bit of the same problem with this movie as I did with the Avengers: a very loud crowd that drowned out the dialogue after every joke with laughter and applause.

    Also it'll be fun to watch it again and catch all the things I inevitably missed the first time around. (I only caught a couple easter eggs on the first viewing, and I expect there were quite a few more to be seen, especially in the Collector's scenes.

    Oh, and my favorite scene, the scene that made the movie for me, was the sapling dance. I loved that scene more than words can describe.

    Haven't seen Man of Steel but it looks decent.
    Man of Steel was so bad, don't waste your time. It was full of cheesy dialogue and over dramatic shots of him walking and flying around. Not to mention some bad acting at times.

    Pretty much this. And I was so hyped for Man of Steel during the promotion leading up to its release. It was a massive disappointment.

  13. like I see what you're saying here but the fact is that a lot of adcs don't actually need their supports to disengage for them, they just help them do it

    Twitch isn't one of those ADCs. Neither are Kog'maw or Miss Fortune. Sivir, Ashe and Varus have only their ults to keep themselves safe. Jinx has unreliable disengage with her W, so I'd put her in the first camp as well.

    That doesn't make them bad. And the reason Twitch has no disengage, is because if he did he'd be too strong.

    twitch is currently the only adc with a disengage that now relies on a skillshot cc (that, note, does no damage) instead of a dash in the other direction/over a wall

    An assassin ADC with self-peel would be too strong.

    but twitch is also the only stealth champ who doesn't have an ability that immediately gives him a movement speed buff and/or a dash or blink - a pink ward in the middle of a fight disables twitch's engage and further diminishes his capability to disengage, which is not the case for any other stealth champ (evelynn's movement speed buff isn't linked to her stealth, shaco's stealth is a blink, kha'zix still has his jump and can stealth several times, rengar and talon get large movement speed buffs)

    See above.

    I would never build ghostblade on twitch until lategame

    This is your problem. It has attack damage, attack speed, flat armor pen, and an active you cannot afford to pass on. It's a tremendous mid-game item you should build immediately after or alongside Blade of the Ruined King.

    if twitch had max attack speed it would still take him two-and-some seconds to get someone to max stacks if none of his attacks were interrupted, which compared to every other champ in the game with burst damage is a really long time

    You're really overestimating assassins in the mid-game.

    none of the adcs, especially the currently popular ones, have what I would call burst damage

    Twitch does, this is what made him unique and popular.

    see above

    See above.

    my point is that unlike other adcs good positioning isn't a mix of offensive potential and defensive potential; with twitch you can't maximize your offensive potential without basically removing any options you have to escape

    See above.

    most team comps can afford individual players some autonomy but when you're playing as twitch you literally have to have your whole team stand around you while you ult and hope that they stop anything that's gonna prevent you from shooting for the next couple seconds, and if they don't, you're screwed

    Twitch is high risk, high reward. If it's not working for you, play a different champion, but it doesn't mean Twitch is weak.

    if you need your team to hold people in place so your ult can hit them something tells me that that ult isn't nearly as strong as everyone thinks it is

    You're just flat out wrong, though. Watch some Twitch gameplay on YouTube. He's been played a lot in LCS this split, so there are plenty of games you can check out. At 49:30 of this game you see how devastating he can be with some team synergy:

    yes, but my point is that

    it's not so much these champs in particular so much as basically every other adc is safe and doesn't care about team comp

    The reason this seems to be the case is that the safer ADCs are more popular. But risky hyper-carries like Twitch and Kog are still good, they're just riskier to play. Twitch isn't, by any means, the only one.

    I feel like twitch has consistently been in the same boat as say, ashe and varus (good if they have a good team supporting them) but oh some pros played him so he must be too good (which apparently isn't enough reason to nerf lucian, though)

    Ashe and Varus are similar to Twitch, as I stated above, in that they have limited self-peel, but Twitch has a much more valuable niche.

    I do agree that Lucian needs some nerfs. He was indirectly nerfed by the BT change, and he needs a little more direct tuning to make him less dominant. Hopefully we'll see that soon.

    at this point I'd rather they just take the stealth (and his ult) out of twitch's kit entirely than see him continuously gutted like this

    You'd remove his niche, and do what? Turn him into a generic ADC?

    It just seems you don't like the way Twitch is supposed to be played, or you don't want to play him that way. I can't help you with that. I can only insist that Twitch is stronger than you keep saying. He's just a more difficult ADC to play, and it's hard to see that because his difficulty doesn't lie in his mechanics.

  14. Banjo-Kazooie

    Back in the '90s this game started a long-standing tradition of me being unable to finish single-player campaigns. 99/100 Jiggies... To this day, I don't know where in Rusty Bucket Bay that damn thing is...


    I've beaten Half-Life 2 and enjoyed it a great deal, but there's one part of the original that I kept getting stuck on. I don't quite remember what part, though...

    Fire Emblem (GBA), Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem: Awakening

    Whenever I get within 2 or 3 chapters of the end of a Fire Emblem game, I give up...

    Ocarina of Time: I finally beat it on the 3DS on December 31st 2012, demanding of myself to finally complete the game before the New Year.

    I had started the game on the N64 more than a decade earlier...

  15. twitch is also one of two marksmen with an attack speed buff linked to his movement ability, making him incapable of using his full damage in team fights in a way that doesn't disable his ability to escape from a failing team fight

    This isn't something unique to Twitch, and is a calculated weakness because of his strong engage. Twitch should be played with strong peel and disengage supports, like Thresh or Braum, if you want to mitigate that weakness. If you're playing Twitch with something like an Annie or Soraka support, well, that's just poor planning.

    Strong crowd control from the rest of your team also helps.

    Any champion is weaker in the wrong team composition.

    also, twitch's stealth being focused as an engagement tool rather than disengagement means that all you need to do is have a pink ward down and now twitch's stealth is completely useless against you; by forcing it to be only useful on offense, they've also made it far simpler for opponents who play well to completely shut it down

    Pink wards do seriously impede Twitch, but this applies to any stealth champion. Good positioning and good vision control are required in these situations.

    twitch doesn't have burst

    I see you're not building Ghostblade.

    1) contaminate isn't a burst ability, it's an execute

    "Burst" is the act of synergizing your abilities, autos and items to deal a large amount of damage in a very short period of time. Contaminate isn't a "burst" ability on its own, but it helps Twitch achieve burst damage.

    2) contaminate's damage is relatively high but only at max stacks, otherwise it doesn't do much

    With his AS steroid on Q and a Ghostblade, he can get those stacks very, very quickly.

    3) other AD's would have to stop auto-attacking to use their damage abilities, but the damage on their abilities is frontloaded, whereas contaminate's damage is based on the stacks; lucian can tag you with his Q and do a chunk of damage, whereas contaminate only does the "huge" damage it's famous for if you're letting twitch auto-attack you six times, in which case you're pretty much asking to die anyway?

    Seriously: Ghostblade.

    he also needs to be in a very specific position to abuse rat-a-tat-tat's AOE capabilities; if you're moving around a lot defensively, you're not gonna be doing as much damage as you could, and if you have the perfect line to fire down and hit everybody, you're probably making yourself a pretty prime target to be locked down and nuked

    I don't understand your point. Good positioning is how you do well in teamfights as any ADC. You engage when you have a good teamfight, when you have good peel, when you have good positioning.

    If you blow your ult when you don't have an advantageous position, that's a player mistake and not a weakness of the champion.

    also I guess not many people seem to realize this but twitch's autoattacks turn into straight-line projectiles when his ult is on; if you move properly while he's trying to shoot you with it, he'll actually miss with most of the attacks

    Yes, it can be played around, which is why you need a team with peel and crowd control to help you in team fights.

    like I don't know guys maybe I'm just the only twitch player who consistently gets matched up against people who know how to take advantage of twitch's obvious and consistent weakness but I don't think he's ever been as overpowered or irritating as marksmen like lucian or caitlyn or vayne have been/currently are

    With a coordinated team, Twitch can be amazing. It's all about a good team composition. This is why Twitch is more successful in coordinated play than solo queue.

    Twitch goes well with champs like Jarvan, Braum, Kayle, Rumble, Thresh, etc.

    He's not going to perform as well on a team with less AoE, less peel, less CC.

    Cait, Lucian, and Vayne are safer picks that don't care as much about team composition.

  16. Q - Ambush: Stealth is extremely powerful, it allows Twitch to ambush targets easily, and is part of the reason Twitch is an assassin as well as an ADC. This is completely unique to ADCs, and few ADCs are so unique. His Q has a built in attack speed steroid, too, greatly increasing his assassination power, and helping him scale into the lategame. Attack speed steroids are often indicative of 'hyper-carries'. It scales multiplicatively with AD, and helps them max out their attack speed more easily.

    E - Venom Cask: He has a good slow. Starting at 25% and going up from there, Twitch has powerful catch potential. Few other ADCs can make picks like Twitch, because while some have similar or better CC, they don't have the burst to follow it up.

    E - Contaminate: A little bit of added burst that a lot of heavy auto-attack ADCs don't have. Most importantly, other ADCs take significant interruptions to their auto-attacking if they want to weave their spells into a fight.

    R - Spray and Pray: A range steroid, damage steroid and area of effect with which to wreck teamfights? When you add this to the rest of Twitch's kit, he becomes a lategame teamfighting, assassinating monster, capable of playing from extreme safety.

    Deadly Venom: The true damage DoT is just icing on the cake, often with red buff and/or Ignite ticking alongside it, it becomes very hard to escape from or survive a Twitch gank.

    But equally important is that Twitch has the fifth highest attack speed at level 18 of all 119 champions. The only proper ADCs higher than him are Tristana and Ashe, with Trist typically considered the ultimate hyper-carry herself. Unlike Twitch, though, she has a less cohesive kit, without the same assassination power or mid-game strength. Tristana's only job is to scale into the lategame, and following the recent trend of balance changes, she may see a rise in popularity in the near future.

    As for the nerfs making his Q and passive "close-to-worthless" that's far from the case. The passive change makes it a little easier for blindsided enemies to escape those devastating Twitch ganks, and they shifted more power from his Q as an escape tool to an engage tool. Removing some of Twitch's safety and confidence is not, in my opinion, a bad thing.

    He's still a top-tier ADC, especially with the power shift from AD items to AS items. BotRK now being decisively stronger than BT is only good for Twitch.

  17. I find it's a great buy on Sivir and Draven. For sivir, because she's so mana-heavy and can use the cooldown reduction, and for draven because the mana regen scales with damage, so using spinning axes keeps you at really high mana all game, even in fights when you're constantly using w.

    I could definitely see it being good on Jayce too but I don't really play Jayce so eh.

    I would never build it on Sivir or Draven because it's so slot inefficient. 50 damage and 10 CDR on on of them is cool for about 5 minutes after you can afford it, then it becomes a wasted slot real fast.

    Both Sivir and Draven are only mana hungry early on, where they're not big spammy casters. Draven is basically an early game farm machine to build his passive, and Sivir's mana-hungry laning can be tempered by good spell shields.

    The problem with Essence Reaver is that you absolutely have to sell it, which is a lot of gold down the drain. A BF Sword and a Vamp Scepter are about 150 gold more and give you more total damage and build into useful lategame items.


    Doublelift has some choice things to say about the Reaver and he summarizes my opinion nicely :) I'd like to see the Reaver literally STEAL mana from its target or something along those lines, would make it a lot more interesting/viable with hurricane.

    It's not a good ADC item for sure. I've had success on it in the mid-game with Jayce, but I have the same issue as with ADCs. It's slot inefficient, you're going to have to sell it for something more powerful, like an Infinity Edge, if you don't close out the game in 25 minutes.

    I don't even know that it's worth it on Ezreal at the moment.

    i love it on yorick. the ability to use your muramasa to boost damage dramatically then get back all your mana on the next wave by turning it off and letting reaver drain it for you is awesome mid-late game when yorick can be really hampered by low mana after big fights. also cd is always welcome on him since the only cd items i usually get on him is spirit visage and frozen fist.

    I think it's a strong mid-game item on any Manamune/Muramana champion, they tend to be mana-hungry, auto-attacking, AD casters for whom the item was designed.

    Essence Reaver is an interesting item but it felt kinda underwhelming the few times I built it. It seems to synergize well with Muramana, but I feel like these items sort of overlap in strange ways. It reminds me of the weird interaction/synergy between Nashor's Tooth and Malady (before it was fused with Nashor's essentially). You want both items, but one of them (Malady or Essence Reaver) isn't exactly cost or slot efficient and is only strong with the other (Nashor's or Muramana). I'd like to see a similar tweaking/combination of Essence and Muramana but that may not be viable realistically.

    I would disagree that Muramana isn't strong on its own, it's very strong on the champions it synergizes with, but those champions are few. What Muramana isn't is a general AD item, for sure.

    Essence Reaver needs to be at least 1000 gold more expensive, with the stats to show for it. It needs to not fall off so hard as the game goes on. Maybe make it build out of BF Sword, and turn it into another 80 damage lifesteal item? Though this might make it too appealing to ADCs.

    I'm thinking, reduce the cost of Bloodthirster back to 3200, then make Essence Reaver a 3400 or 3500 gold item with 70ish AD on it. Add a Forbidden Idol to the recipe, or swap Pickaxe for Brutalizer.

    It's a fine line, making it viable for AD casters in the lategame without making it OP on ADCs.

    no seriously what's with the fucking Twitch nerfs

    He was already a top-tier ADC, and he was almost unaffected by the ADC item changes. With the new BotRK reigning supreme over ADC items, he was gonna wreck even harder.

    because it was just him and lucian in upper level play?

    I've been really happy to see so much Corki play in NA this season. To that end, the ADC itemization changes have been a disappointment. :/

  18. As I mentioned, I haven't played AD/bruiser/toplane Nid since the rework, and I was never really partial to it before. So I'll experiment with that in the future, probably after many more AP mid games.

    I do wonder how the Randuin's nerf has effected her, though. Without the movespeed slow, is Tri-Force really getting the job done? I would think IBG is more necessary on her now.

    (I just gave AD runes+masteries with Doran's Blade a run on Midalee and it gave me a much more confident and safer laning phase. Mana was a huge issue, though, so I need to trap a lot less with the gutted mana regen. I was laning against a midlane Lee Sin, though, so I'll have to see how it pans out against more difficult matchups.)

    I really like the PBE changes, though. The Swipe change will hopefully make it easier for her to chain kills on new targets, bringing her more in line with other reset assassins. The Javelin hitbox adjustment should also help her with engagements.

    The auto-attack AP ratio and the armor/MR buffs are interesting. We'll see how they pan out, bringing her in line with both Elise and Jayce.

  19. Use that -- diving after spear throw is now the _ideal_ play, since the E claw swipe resets the W leap cooldown, which allows you to leap away, back towards your team.

    You can leap in from a glorious 700 range, and get a reset that will attack a Hunted enemy at another glorious 700 range.

    Or you can one legged hop away a piddly 375 range. Pounce is not a reliable escape tool after an all-in, and the reset is on a 1 second delay rather than instant. This is the big reason Nidalee is a less effective assassin than other reset assassins. Kha'zix, Trist, Katarina, Akali all have more reliable mobility tools for chain-kills and escapes. Non-reset assassins like LeBlanc, Zed and Talon also have more reliable in-combat mobility.

    I'm not saying it'll get you out every time, but it works for me a lot, especially when your team follows you and there are other threats to deal with.

    It does work a lot, and AP Nidalee players who enjoy and practice Nidalee will find success on her. She's not trash-tier.

    But if we define strong as above average, Nidalee isn't that, and that's an opinion I was trying to dissuade The Derrit of. She is a little weak right now, slightly below par, but certainly not terrible by any means.

    I've had good games on her. 12/4/3; 14/6/4; 12/3/5; 9/5/7 are a few good games that come to mind. Alongside the 3/5/5, or the 3/7/2 or the 6/4/0.

    I will continue to main Nidalee, and I will continue to find success on her because I enjoy her and I have practiced and will practice her extensively. But I expect finding that success will be more difficult on Nidalee than it is on most popular midlane alternatives.

    Play her as if you were playing Diana with a long range attack (and build her similarly as well) and you'll do much better.

    This is a good comparison, though I think Nidalee is in a slightly better spot than Diana, who has been in need of buffs for a while now. But no argument can be made that Diana isn't a little weak herself.

    Support Nidalee has changed drastically, by the way: Traps deal an outrageous amount of damage if you max them first, and you can get them everywhere. Any support Nidalee throwing spears when it's not to force cat combo in a chase is just wasting mana. I'd go so far as to say that no other character controls the bushes as well as Nidalee, currently. I agree that the lack of CC makes her a situational support, but if you can harass enough that the diving Leona is killing herself to get into position to make a move, that's still victory.

    I just don't think Nidalee has the mana to sustain that ranged harass. With a Doran's Ring I can barely lay down sufficient defensive traps in the mid lane, I can only imagine how mana-starved she'd be in the bot-lane. With low base damages, she can't afford the reduced gold income, since all her damage comes from items now, and with her reduced heal and AS steroid, she's playing third or fourth fiddle to a Sona, who offers better healing and utility, and stronger harass with her passive.

    Last note: The proposed changes to Nidalee for 4.11 should make her a really wicked jungler -- I've already found considerable success playing the new Nidalee in the jungle, and I think I will continue to do so. Starting 4.11 I also intend to get Nashor's on her...

    I haven't tried her in the jungle yet, myself, but I definitely will give it a shot.

    An interesting thing I saw on ProBuilds was CLG Link using AD Caster runes and masteries on Midalee, then building her traditional AP. I thought it was really clever, and worth testing.

    Her pre-6 scaling is low enough that 20 AP isn't going to make or break the lane. You still get the best masteries: CDR, magic pen, Dangerous Game, Executioner. But with a little AD from runes and masteries, and a Doran's Blade, it might go a long way to improving her first few levels, with practically no effect on her mid-game scaling.

    Mana will be more of an issue, but playing conservative with the traps for a bit should rectify that. It's something I think is worth trying.

    He also built a DFG on her, which is interesting. Since Nidalee is a reset assassin of sorts now, it might be a good early buy.


    This is correct, my bad. I didn't notice because practically, engaging after a max range spear has always involved diving the backline in a teamfight, which is suicide, so I've never thought to try it. In lane the speed bonus has never come into play.

    So in spite of this being the case, it has not been a helpful attribute.

    as someone who didn't even like playing nidalee before and is now wrecking teams 14-3 ish regularly your opinion on 'your character' seems suspiciously biased towards what you liked to do before

    I don't know what to tell you. She's weak enough that I'd attribute that kind of success to dumb luck more than anything else. She simply doesn't match up to the available alternatives at this point.

    Honestly, I'm not convinced you've played the rework extensively, and if you're happy to dismiss my opinions on the matter, I'm happy to be done with this fruitless argument.

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