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    Fiora, the Grand Duelist




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    "It’s been quite a while since we’ve had the opportunity to explore the design space of a true melee carry in League of Legends. Fiora, the Grand Duelist, is our first all-out take on this type of champion since our initial launch, and our new addition to this role has let us really focus on a particular aspect: speed.

    Not content to leave melee to the guys with oversized weapons, Fiora makes up for it in raw agility and lightning speed, using a fencer’s grace to shred opponents apart and keep herself in the fight. One way she utilizes this is by parrying her enemy’s attacks if she times it right. Parrying returns damages in the same swipe, making enemies think twice before directing attacks at her.

    A melee carry must consider how to engage a fight, such as when to attack and how to stay on important targets with stuns, slows and snares flying around the battlefield. Fiora doesn’t deal with these by being immune to crowd control, or being too stubborn to lose that last bit of health – that would be uncouth. Instead, her Dance of Death moves her from target to target at light speed, making her so fast that no spell or weapon can lay a hand on her during its duration. Popping Dance of Death early will give Fiora some additional up-front burst, but will leave her vulnerable to burst damage and counter attacks. This “de-aggro” timing is an important choice that can result in either a swift death or a Pentakill.

    While all carries have a boost to help their auto attacks get the job done, Burst of Speed has a high effect, very short duration, and a moderate cooldown. To compensate this higher opportunity cost, it refreshes when Fiora runs an enemy through. This not only makes Fiora players consider their timing as when to use this powerful buff, but her enemies can also deny her the opportunity by saving their escapes and disables for when this is up, suppressing her massive damage increase.

    Being a melee carry is no longer a boy’s club – Fiora adds grace, class and a rapier wit to the group. While she may not be as large or overbearing as her contemporaries, underestimating her is an often fatal mistake." - RIOT

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    Abilities:

    • Duelist (passive) - Fiora regenerates health over 6 seconds each time she deals damage. Striking champions will cause this effect to stack up to 4 times.
    • Lunge - Fiora dashes forward to strike her target, dealing physical damage. Fiora can perform the dash a second time within a couple seconds at no mana cost.
    • Riposte - Fiora's Attack Damage is increased. When activated, Fiora parries the next basic attack and reflects magic damage back to the attacker. Works against champions, monsters, and large minions.
    • Burst of Speed - Fiora temporarily gains additional Attack Speed. Each basic attack or Lunge she lands during this time increases her Movement Speed. Killing a champion refreshes the cooldown on Burst of Speed.
    • Blade Waltz (ultimate) - Fiora dashes around the battlefield to deal physical damage to enemy champions. Successive strikes against the same target deal less damage.




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    Lore:

    As the youngest child of the noble House Laurent, Fiora always considered herself destined for greatness. The Laurents had dominated the dueling culture of Demacia's aristocracy for centuries, and Fiora's father was regarded as one of the finest swordsmen the nation had ever seen. Inspired by his tales of glory, Fiora began training as soon as she could wield a blade and quickly showed greater talent than any of her siblings. As she grew older, her self-confidence and rigid discipline only widened the gulf of expertise between Fiora and her peers. Her fellow duelists perceived her confidence as arrogance, but none could defeat her in combat, and each victory only heightened her lofty self-esteem. Even so, Fiora never allowed herself to become complacent in her training, and she drove herself ever harder to become a worthy successor to her father's legacy.

    Her devotion turned out to be misplaced. On the eve of an arranged duel, Fiora's father was caught slipping a slow paralysis poison into his opponent's drink. Following the incident, many of his past opponents came forward with their own accusations: envenomed weapons, bribery, blackmail, and more. In an instant, he had destroyed his family's honorable reputation. Fiora was outraged. Not only had her hero betrayed her ideals, but Demacia's dueling elite now doubted her own ability. She desperately wanted to wipe the stain from her family's history but, even more, she wanted the world to acknowledge her mastery. She found her solution in the one arena where she could fight the world's strongest warriors without being accused of dishonesty: the League of Legends.

    “Fiora’s ego would be insufferable if it wasn’t so . . . justified.” – Jarvan IV

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    Last edited by ForsakenFrodo; 2012-03-16 at 09:24 PM. Reason: Edited the OP

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    Dreadlord xytech's Avatar
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    Nice, thanks for sharing.

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    Update #2: A lot of folks in the comments on YouTube, Reddit, and Twitter are pointing out that she appears to be a fencer, so it's likely we'll be seeing some thin/pokey sword filling that hand soon. Or maybe she just points at people. Hmm!
    lololol :O

    she looks way badass though. love.

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    Like we needed another assassin..sigh.
    It's been over a year since they released a support..
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    Her abilities sound interesting but I'm not sure what to think yet. Concept is rather boring to be honest. Nautilus is 12 billion times cooler.

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    sounds like a master yi/jax combo. not very interesting in my opinion.

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    I hope it's not true... Skills seems boring and about look? I've seen her sister I think .. in other game - it's Livia from Guild Wars (She belongs to shining blades [lol] )
    Assassin - yes , but interesting and after SUPPORT.

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    seems to be a good poker. i might actually buy this one. will probably work really good on solo top or jungle.

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    So for solo top you basically activate your Attack Speed thing, dash in, Parry their attack and return damage, get 4 stacks on passive, dash back out and now you basically harassed the enemy champ and whatever damage he did to you is healing right away. Not to mention just last hitting will heal you too.

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    Considering during my Middle/High School years I fenced sabre competitively & was nationally ranked.



    Fucking awesome. Might actually drag me away from DotA2 for a while to LoL again.

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    Lol.
    I read the title of this thread, come in with "Aw cool! Finally we get a support!".
    NOPE
    Just metagolem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fencers View Post
    lololol :O

    she looks way badass though. love.
    WOAH. So you betrayed MF to stay with Vayne now!

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    Is anyone else bored/tired of the same, bland, humanoid champions that get released every patch? I cant help but find none of them unique in any way. The last real "monster" champion we had was Skarner 13 patches ago, and before that was Maokai 11 patches ago. I'm sure i'm not alone in thinking that League needs more Chogaths, Kogmaws, Urgots and Gallios. For every champion that's released, it looks more and more like this game is made by NCSOFT, not Riot Games >.<

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    I kinda get what you mean. 90% of the champs have 2 legs and 2 arms and have the basic humanoid body shapes. I wouldn't mind some more unique ideas such as beasts, objects (as in something like the maokai tree) or even dinosaur based champs. I guess the basic humanoid structure is just easier to think of/design and helps them keep up with their idea of constantly releasing new champions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grxlturd View Post
    Lol.
    I read the title of this thread, come in with "Aw cool! Finally we get a support!".
    NOPE
    Just metagolem
    I was expecting the same rofl.

    Kind of bums me out they have to use the sex sells thing again on a cool concept. Would've loved to play a fencer like Raphael from Soul Calibur.

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    Looks like a cool new gank jungler/solo top. Small possibility for carrying maybe.

    Still, rather disappointed though. Was hoping for that new support, its getting rather tedious having the same supports in every game.

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    She's obviously a painter using a brush as weapon. It would be cool though, admit it

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    That'd be funny. Though then the skill names would be completely misplaced.

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    Oh look...an AD Ahri. Guess they needed something to replace her now that Ahri keeps getting nerfed.

    OT: She looks fairly interesting, I may save up some IP for this one. I tend to enjoy mobile champions.
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    These kinds of champions take away from LoL what made me stick with it in the first place. Chogath, Teemo, Amumu is what it should be. Instead we are getting this fencer lady that belongs in TERA online or something. I'll buy her, i've had an interest in fencing since i know myself, but i still don't agree with the way champion design is going.
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