No FG Monday (obviously)

FG LoL Mondays

My apologies this is coming so late, folks. I thought I might possibly be able to do FG LoL Monday tonight but my power utility provider had other plans. After an impromptu and mistaken service cancellation without warning, I spent my day waiting for my power to be restored. Once power was restored I tried to switch on my desktop and…silence. No whoosh. No beeping. No Millennium-Falcon-hyperdrive-wub-wub-wub. Nothing.

So tomorrow I’ll be hunting down a new power supply and hoping my motherboard isn’t totally fried. Fingers crossed!


No FG LoL Monday tonight

FG LoL Mondays

My internet has been a bit spotty all day today, folks, so I don’t feel comfortable committing to FG night. I thought it might have cleared up by now but I’m still getting some crazy lag spikes and the occasional disconnect.

If things do level off I’ll try to be online and I’m always happy to get an invite. You can add me at “The Wiggin Boy” if I’m on tonight. Hopefully things will be stable enough that I can play.


Riven Skill List Announced

Come Tuesday (hopefully) we’ll all get a look at the newest champion to join the League: Riven, the Exile. Riot posted her skill list this weekend, which, as always, gives us a chance to breakdown her potential strengths and weaknesses. Let’s have a look.

Passive – Runic Blade: Riven’s abilities charge her blade, causing her to do bonus damage on her next autoattack. Riven can store up to 3 charges, but only expends one at a time.

Broken Wings: Riven steps forward and lashes out in a series of powerful sword slashes. This ability can be reactivated up to 3 times in a short period.

1st Use/2nd Use: Deals damage to a small area in front of her.
3rd Use: Jumps into the air and slams downward, causing a larger impact nova that deals damage and knocks nearby enemies back.

Ki Shout: Riven damages and stuns nearby enemies.

Valor: Riven dashes forward and gains a shield for a short duration.

Blade of the Exile (Ultimate): Riven’s sword reforms, giving her a percentage multiplier on her total attack damage, extended range on her damaging abilities and basic attacks and the ability to use Wind Slash once.

Wind Slash: While Blade of the Exile is active, Riven can reactivate the ability to emit a large shockwave that deals damage to all units hit based on their missing life.

My first response on seeing her skill list went something like, “wow, that’s a lot of combo abilities.” I’m always a little wary of skill descriptions that read “does X, Y and Z.” Her Ki Shout and Valor both seem to be fairly normal (though I still hate shield abilities and this one is even paired with a dash – why do we need to be able to harass/initiate without risk?). I’ll have to see how Broken Wings plays in game. It will either be a cool combo ability or feel like a clumsy version of Three-Talon Strike. I’m hoping for the first. I’m also guessing the knockback will be something like Maokai’s Arcane Smash – nothing too big but enough to count.

Her ult, on the other hand, sounds like a mess. It’s a steroid plus a missing-health-based nuke. It’s a little unclear what kind of range she gets on the active nuke, but from her pictures it looks like it may be slightly larger than a Talon Rake. I’m not a huge fan of steroid skills because I think they’re pretty tough to balance.

Steroids are also somewhat opaque to opponents. When Vayne ults, it’s not exactly clear that she gains a bunch of attack speed and damage. I know she can turn invisible, and seems to be insanely fast. I know I seem to die more quickly, but it’s difficult to quantify exactly what it’s doing in the moment. By contrast, it’s pretty obvious how hard a Caitlyn ult or a Tibbers or a Karthus ult is going to hit just by taking a quick look at farm.

I’ll hold off on too much judgement, though. I think the combination of a dash, a mini-dash, an AoE stun, and a knockup could be a lot of fun. As I write that out, though, and consider it with a missing-health AoE nuke, I can’t help but think she’ll be a frustrating opponent.


FG LoL Mondays – 9:30PM EST


I know we’ve been off for a month, thanks to Memorial Day and my own running about, but I’m pumped to pick things up tonight. I’ll be online for some LoL games starting at 9:30 PM EST. Come around and show off your Orianna skills. I think I’ve played her enough over the past week to stave off my trigger finger for a night.


FG LoL Mondays are on for 9:30 PM EST


We’re on for tonight guys. I know it’s late notice, but I wasn’t too sure it would work. Log in to the “Fearless Gamer” chat room in the client around 9:15 and we can set up some invites. I’m looking forward to getting a few games in and seeing your Jarvan skills. I’ve been practicing my Cho’Gath skills, so be ready.


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