Lightning Citadel Zaun – Zeri has many opportunities to come back strong as Riot is preparing a lot of big changes for her in the PBE.
Zeri is one of the iconic champions for the phrase “200 years” that the community often dedicates to Riot. Since its launch, Lightning Citadel of Zaun has always been the subject of Riot’s editing sights in every update. The amount of damage is so large that it is difficult to understand, good maneuverability are the tools that make Zeri’s name in professional tournaments, especially in the LCK this past Summer.
However, because of constant nerfs from Riot, Zeri is often rejected by players, making it difficult to show strength in the Solo Queue environment. Until recent versions, it can be seen that Zeri has not only lost his top ADC position but also seems to be absent from the matches on the Summoner’s Rift arena.
At the upcoming Pre-Season, Riot Games is showing her determination to bring Zaun City Lightning back to her original position. Recently, Tim “Truexy” Jiang, a game designer and balancer of League of Legends, posted the changes that Riot plans to make for Zeri in the near future.
Specifically, Riot decided to bring a series of changes for Zeri at the PBE server as follows:
Movement Speed increased from 325 to 330. Base Attack Damage increased from 50 to 53. Base Armor increased from 20 to 24. Bonus Attack Speed ratio increased from 0.568 to 0.625. Health per level increased from 109 to 115. Basic Attack: Magic Damage increased from 90% Ability Power to 110% Ability Power
Passive – Portable Power Source:
Movement Speed reduced from 10% (stacks exponentially) to 10% (incremental). Shield duration reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds
Q – Continuum Taser:
Attack range reduced from 825 to 750. Base damage increased from 8 – 20 to 15 – 27. Attack Damage ratio increased from 100% – 120% to 104% – 120%. Attack Speed ratio converted to Attack Damage ratio increased from 60% to 70%
W – High Voltage Pulse:
Now deals physical damage. Ability Power ratio removed Base Damage increased from 20 – 160 to 20 – 180. Attack Power Ratio increased from 100% to 130% Casting duration changed from 2.5x duration attack to 0.5 – 0.33 seconds (decreases with Attack Speed). Skill flight speed increased from 2200 to 2500. Laser firing time increased from 0.75s to 0.85s
E – As Fast as Electricity:
Cooldown reduced from 24 – 18 seconds to 22 – 18 seconds. Mana cost reduced from 90 to 90 – 70 NEW: After dashing, Q will pierce through and deal 20 – 28 (+12% bonus AD) (+20% AP) magic damage for the next 5 seconds follow. The above damage will increase by 0.65% for every 1% Critical Rate. Damage to enemies behind increased from 60% – 100% to 80% – 100%. Crit cooldown reduction increased from 1s to 1.5s. Visibility while dashing through walls increased from 800 to 1500.
R – Peak Power:
Magic damage on attacks removed 175 – 375 (+100% bonus Attack Damage) (+110% Ability Power). Mechanic for gaining Movement Speed on detonation changed from 4% per enemy champion hit to 10%. Overload’s stack regeneration time on hitting an enemy champion reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds (stacks up to 5 seconds) Damaging a champion grants Zeri 1 stack of Overload, increased to 3 stacks with a critical hit.
It can be seen that Riot is almost having a rework for Zeri at this PBE server. First of all, the base stats have all been greatly increased, which will definitely improve Zeri’s laning phase, which is not her strong point.
The skill W – High Voltage Pulse, the move that made Zaun’s Lightning Citadel famous with the most virtual and difficult to balance damage, has also been completely edited by Riot. With the complete removal of Magic Power, Resist champions will now be easier to deal with Zeri, and the Lightning of Zaun itself will also ensure its constant damage output, avoiding situations the previous imbalance when the opponent didn’t know how to equip against her.
The cost as well as the cooldown of Zeri’s E – Lightning Fast are also significantly reduced with this change. Also, after dashing, Zeri will now be able to inflict piercing attacks on the enemy team for 5 seconds, instead of the next 3 attacks as before. This will be a significant buff for Lightning Castle Zaun, both in terms of mobility and ability to deal damage in combat.
Finally, the ultimate is greatly increased the recoil range to 650, making the large area damage that Zeri can deal to the enemy team in teamfights will be huge. Along with the changes that encourage the path to the crit rich, Zaun’s Lightning will quickly accumulate a lot of Overload stacks and gain a large amount of movement speed for a short period of time.
Currently, Zeri’s changes are available on the PBE server, Lightning Citadel Zaun promises to come back strong to regain his top ADC position. However, the specific time for the “new” Zeri to land on the official server has not been confirmed by Riot yet
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