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Update 2.4: Reap Souls as Baptiste & Enjoy Double Glory Weekends!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Dash » April 24, 2017 8:00am | Report


Hey everyone! Update 2.4 is coming this week and it's bringing with it the new hero Baptiste, the soul-reaper, as well as the announcement of Double Glory weekends every weekend all update long. To learn more check out the official release below.

New Hero: Baptiste




Baptiste dictates battle by striking fear into the heart of his enemies. Reaping the souls of his opponents, he both sustains himself and empowers his attacks and abilities. He commands his army of shades to either lock down unsuspecting victims or terrorize entire teams, forcing them to flee from him.
Read on for Baptiste's abilities ...

Hero Abilities

Reap (Heroic Perk)



Baptiste steals soul fragments through combat and is healed for each soul fragment acquired. Basic attacks and abilities generate soul fragments. Once Baptiste has collected four soul fragments he becomes empowered for four seconds, increasing the damage of his basic attacks and abilities. While empowered, Baptiste no longer generates additional soul fragments.

Bad Mojo (A)



Baptiste pulls a vial of liquid from his vest and throws it. The vial explodes upon reaching its target or when colliding with an enemy. Enemies near the explosion take damage and are slowed.

Ordained (B)



Baptiste ordains a target enemy, damaging them and creating an ethereal prison around them. If the ordained target leaves the area, they are stunned and take additional damage.

Fearsome Shade (Ultimate)



Baptiste summons waves of shade that terrorize enemies caught in their path. Enemies struck by the shade run from the source in fear and take damage each second.

New Hero Skins


'Elite Force' Saw (Rare)





No one has seen more combat than 'Elite Force' SAW. Will his skills be enough to save his buddies deep within the Halcyon Well? Read the exciting conclusion to the 'Elite Force' trilogy!

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MODEL CHANGES
  • Environmentally sealed ballistic armor and mask
  • Rotary coilgun accelerator
  • Brand new tomahawk

ALTERNATE FATE LORE
Part I: The VoicesPart II: Disarm!

Part III: Pucker Factor

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'Red Lantern' Flicker (Epic)





It's never too early to prepare for the Red Lantern Festival. Follow 'Red Lantern' Flicker's delicious dumpling recipes for good luck all year long!

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MODEL & EFFECT CHANGES
  • Flicker is now an adorable pot-bellied red panda!
  • Bamboo conical hat
  • Paper lantern with festive red glow
  • Brand new red smoke cloud effects
  • Flame effect on Binding Light

ALTERNATE FATE LORE

Flicker's Best Red Lantern Festival Dumpling Recipes

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'Champion's Fate' Blackfeather (Legendary)





Blackfeather's past has been shrouded in mystery ... until now. Read on to discover more about 'Champion's Fate' Blackfeather - his flashiest look yet.

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MODEL & EFFECT CHANGES
  • Blademaster's Daughter ringed sword
  • Black feather cape
  • Bursting black feather attacks
  • Winged dragon-head pauldrons
  • Bladed armor and black leather pants
  • Flashy violet and gold ability and attack effects
  • Tumbling, spinning, feather bursting Rose Offensive
  • Brand new ornate hearts for Heartthrob stacks
  • New animations to accommodate new effects

ALTERNATE FATE LORE

The Blademaster's Daughter

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'Night Shadow' Taka (Special Edition)





You've waited long enough. 'Night Shadow' Taka is back with brand new special edition changes. Read on to discover how the escaped assassin came upon his blazing, molten metal blades!



MODEL CHANGES:
  • Special edition change:Crimson Shadow Gythian armor
  • Power-cooled respirator mask and night-vision eyepiece
  • Special edition change: Blue ion arc-blades
  • Kaku turns Taka into a fox in a robo-box
  • Flashy molten metal spark effects
  • Redesigned ability animations


ALTERNATE FATE LORE

Gythian Wall

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Skins & Special Chests Release Calendar



With all the amazing skins coming in Update 2.4, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how and when to get the skins that they want.

April 26 - Update 2.4 Release Day



The following skins will be available at the same time directly for ICE:
  • Elite Force SAW (Rare) 900 ICE
  • Red Lantern Flicker (Epic) 1299 ICE

Night Shadow Taka (Special Edition) and Champion's Fate Blackfeather (Legendary) will have normal drop chances from both the Rare and Epic Mystery chests.

April 29 - Taka & Blackfeather Chests



Starting on April 29, new Mystery chests featuring the Night Shadow Taka (Special Edition) and Champion's Fate Blackfeather (Legendary) skins will be introduced.

Champion's Fate Chests





Available for 1049 ICE from Saturday, April 29 at 5PM PDT until Wednesday, May 10 at 11:59AM PDT.
  • Unlocks a random skin with a 1-in-5 chance of unlocking the Champion's Fate Blackfeather skin!
  • Unlocks a random hero guaranteed.
  • ICE, Glory, Opals, Keys and Essence payouts are similar to the Epic Mystery Chest, so the 1 MILLION ICE jackpot can be won!

Champion's Fate Blackfeather will be available for direct ICE unlock on Wednesday, May 10 at 12PM PDT for 3599 ICE.

Night Shadow Chests





Available for 1099 ICE from Saturday, April 29 at 5PM PDT until Wednesday, May 17 at 11:59AM PDT.
  • Unlocks a random skin with a 1-in-5 chance of unlocking the Night Shadow Taka Special Edition skin!
  • Unlocks a random hero guaranteed.
  • ICE, Glory, Opals, Keys and Essence payouts are similar to the Epic Mystery Chest, so the 1 MILLION ICE jackpot can be won!

Night Shadow Taka's Special Edition skin will be available for Opals unlock on Wednesday, May 17 at 12PM PDT for 500 Opals.

Four Double Glory Weekends Are Coming!





Talents are coming soon, and we're excited to announce that players will be able to unlock and upgrade Talents at launch exclusively using Glory. This means playing matches and earning Glory is at the heart of Talents progression.

Get Ready With Double Glory Weekends!



We want you to have as much Glory as possible when Talents hits, so we're rolling out four Double Glory Weekends to stock up:
  • Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30
  • May 5-7
  • May 12-14
  • May 19-21

All Double Glory weekends start at 5PM PDT on Friday and run for 48 hours, expiring each Sunday at 4:59PM PDT.

What Are These 'Talents' You Speak Of?



Talents is a new progression system coming soon to Vainglory, which is exclusive to BRAWL game modes such as Blitz and Battle Royale. You'll be able to spend Glory to upgrade hero abilities, making them statistically better, more fun and often crazier. We're doing things we'd never do in the "Classic" mode of Vainglory - and the result (in internal playtests) is some of the most entertaining and extreme matches of Vainglory we've ever played.

We can't wait to get Talents into your hands ... but in the meantime, play as much as possible during Double Glory Weekends so that you're good to go when this big milestone hits.

Hero Balance Changes


NERF



Agent of Wrath
"Enemies afflicted by Adagio's Arcane Fire were able to be taken down far too quickly. This small nudge should make carry Adagio less punishing. -Zekent"
- Arcane Fire Bonus down from 10-20-30-40-60 + 45% crystal power to 5-15-25-35-55 + 40% crystal power


BUFF



Jump Jets
"These changes are intended to make Baron's gameplay feel much smoother without changing his intended power spikes. -Zekent"
- The double attack after using this ability is now automatic upon acquiring a target
- Cooldown reduction per basic attack down from 15% to 12.5%


BUFF



General
"With the attack speed adjustments in Update 2.3, Blackfeather had a tough time applying his Heartthrob stacks to his foes. -Zekent"
- Attack speed up from 100-111% to 100-122%


BUFF



Willow Whisper
"These changes allow Flicker to more easily activate his perk and pressure his enemies. Be sure to pick up vision items when matched up against a Flicker! -Zekent"
- This perk will no longer time out while in brush
- Taking damage from lane minions no longer stops this perk



Mooncloak
"Reducing some of the frustration tied to this ability where the initial startup of the stealth would often be unintentionally canceled by a basic attack or ability. -Zekent"
- This ability will now attempt to re-stealth heroes affected while its duration is active
- Charge time up from 1.0 to 1.2


NERF



Truth of the Tooth
"With the recent buffs to Fortress' cooldowns, this ability was able to output far too much damage. -Zekent"
- Damage down from 40-80-120-160-240 to 20-60-100-140-220



Law of the Claw
"Between the bleed stacks and the base damage of this ability, Fortress was able to contribute too easily in fights. This change should bring him back in line. -Zekent"
- Damage down from 100-150-200-250-300 to 70-115-160-205-250


NERF



Twirly Death
"While Koshka is meant to be an early game powerhouse, she was a bit too overwhelming after picking up a few items. -Zekent"
- Empowered attack crystal ratio down from 140% to 120%


NERF



Principle Arcanum
"Lyra's basic attacks were dealing a bit too much damage in the early game, forcing her opponents to play too passively. -Zekent"
- First Missile damage from 55-90 to 50-85
- Second Missile damage from 65-175 to 60-170


BUFF



Divergent Paths
"These changes should grant Idris a few more item options to more readily activate his perk in addition to granting his Crystal path more consistent damage. -Zekent"
- Both weapon and crystal paths threshold down from 125 to 120
- Crystal path basic attack crystal ratio up from 90% to 100%


BUFF



General
"Reim has upgraded his walking stick and can now hobble around even faster! -Zekent"
- Base movement speed up from 3.1 to 3.2


BUFF



Into the Fray
"Raging berserkers are best suited in the middle of fights. A small bump to Rona's cooldown should keep her in there much more easily. -Zekent"
- Cooldown down from 14-13-12-11-10 to 13-12-11-10-9


BUFF



Spin Up
"SAW's attack speed was hit too much in the previous update, this should help bring him back into the limelight. -Zekent"
- Attack speed per stack up from 15% to 18%


BUFF



General
"A bit more firepower for our favorite dragon should help him fare better in the early game. -Zekent"
- Raise base weapon from 74-148 to 80-154



Fan the Flames
"Some dragons just want to see the world burn. -Zekent"
- Damage per second increased from 5 to 10


Item Changes



Stormcrown
- Damage to heroes down from 20% to 15%
- Damage to non-heroes from 60-160 to 40-140



Stormguard Banner
- Damage to heroes down from 20% to 15%
- Damage to non-heroes from 30-80 to 20-70



Get ready to reap the souls of your enemies during the Double Glory weekends all May long. Baptiste and Update 2.4 arrive on April 26. Join us live from The Lair at 8AM PDT for the downtime stream on twitch.tv/vainglory


* Source: Official Patch Notes
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Quote | PM | +Rep by Takuisgud » April 24, 2017 9:54am | Report
Can you stop Nerfing Lyra SEMC? Shes already useless stahp nerfing her
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Quote | PM | +Rep by MagikarpUsedHyperBeam » April 24, 2017 10:20am | Report
Boi stop nerfing my girl Lyra, although kind of warranted since her CP build hurt. The Fortress nerf makes sense. The Koshka nerf wasn't really needed, I don't see many people even playing her (and most of the people I see playing her don't know what they're doing). SAWbuff was kind of needed because he has been kind of underwhelming. Hopefully with the Skaarf buff he will at least be playable. I don't know why they didn't nerf Alpha though. I don't think that they needed to nerf Stormcrown, because now captains like Lyra take an even bigger hit on their usefulness.

Important Update: It wasn't mentioned in the notes, but I just found out upon talking to a dev. that Alpha's bug on her Core Charge has been fixed for patch 2.4.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TFDeathRay » April 24, 2017 3:19pm | Report
Oh boi can't wait to stay up until 3:00 figuring out Baptiste's skills(I'm glad I got a head start on my guide, but there isn't even ratios yet so why do I bother). I guess I won't have to be on the lookout for lyras in my matches. But why the Stormguard nerfs? Supports are weak enough as it is and now this.


Pls gib Baptiste lore O great SugarVenom

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Quote | PM | +Rep by MagikarpUsedHyperBeam » April 24, 2017 4:17pm | Report
TFDeathRay now don't you wish you had access to the beta server? :)


The nerf to Stormcrown wasn't enough in my opinion. They either need to increase the price of it or reduce the CD on the thing. As an item Stormcrown just gives way too many good stats for it's price in game. It was being abused to much by heroes that aren't Captain / Roam. By nerfing it they made it more like how it should be: a utility item. Nerfing this will indirectly nerf Lyra, CP Taka, and Alpha.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Blissey123 » April 24, 2017 4:26pm | Report
I feel so sad after another nerf to Lyra.
However, it seems necessary and it makes sense because she still has an almost 100% win rate in NA and she is still so effective.
We still need to look out for her though, because she is still powerful.
The rest of the nerf/buffs make sense except Koshka.
Edit: Why put the nerf to stormcrown though?
CP junglers and carries like alpha, Taka will be affected.
Maybe this is their nerf to Alpha?
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Quote | PM | +Rep by Eric4321 » April 24, 2017 4:59pm | Report
I think the Flicker buff is great I love playing him but he was underpowered so the buff i great.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by BlazeChron » April 24, 2017 5:33pm | Report
Finally a 100% CP Ratio on Idris' basic attack. Really wanted that to happen :D
Though the Blackfeather buff may push Blackfeather from borderline OP to OP (imo he was quite strong last patch)
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Quote | PM | +Rep by TFDeathRay » April 24, 2017 5:33pm | Report

TFDeathRay now don't you wish you had access to the beta server? :)


The nerf to Stormcrown wasn't enough in my opinion. They either need to increase the price of it or reduce the CD on the thing. As an item Stormcrown just gives way too many good stats for it's price in game. It was being abused to much by heroes that aren't Captain / Roam. By nerfing it they made it more like how it should be: a utility item. Nerfing this will indirectly nerf Lyra, CP Taka, and Alpha.


You're right! I had completely forgotten about the junglers that rely on Stormcrown's damage for decent clear speeds. You see as soon as I saw Stormcrown being nerfed I instantly thought of Ardan because he's my main. I never thought of junglers like Taka and Alpha too much because I've played with a friend of mine, who mains jungle and he would almost never buy Stormcrown because he would be able to farm on people like Taka and Alpha swiftly. Then again Taka and Alpha don't really need much to deal decent damage to squishies.


Annnnd, what is this I hear about a BETA server, and how do I sign up!?!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by MagikarpUsedHyperBeam » April 24, 2017 7:49pm | Report
TFDeathRay wrote:

"Annnnd, what is this I hear about a BETA server, and how do I sign up!?!"


Umm, I'm not sure if I remember the requirement correctly. It can probably be found in VG forums.
  • Be at least T8 or higher, or be a VG streamer, or a VG youtuber, or some other content creator.
If you're interested I think you contact VG directly. The Dev that runs it is Nivmett, so your best bet would be to contact him for information.

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