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League of Legends Fizz Mechanics Preview

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A few days ago, Riot Games released a sneak peak of the newest champion to enter the Field of Justice - Fizz, the Tidal Trickster.  Described as a "undersea champion with a penchant for mischief and an affinity for a few marine carnivores", Fizz first rmeinded me of the Disney character Stitch.  However, upon seeing the mechanics preview for this new champion, he is way more out of this world than that tiny alien.

Riot admitted to attempting to shake up the traditional roles with Fizz and offer a character that will offer a different playstyle that will impact the game.  Judging from his mechanics preview he seems slightly overpowered, and a bit ridiculous.

According to Riots description, "Fizz is able to pressure high-value targets like an assassin, but makes frequent use of evasive abilities and favors sustained damage over burst. This creates a different sort of hit-and-run gameplay style that allows this little amphibian to dance around the battlefield, using evasion to stay alive and keep the opponent guessing."

"The primary way Fizz keeps enemies on their toes is with Playful/Trickster – a stance that has him pole vault on the end of his trident and become un-targetable. Fizz can activate the ability again to move off of the trident in any direction he chooses, dealing (literally) splash damage when he lands. In this way he can dodge big spells, dodge heavy damage in teamfights, and escape for another set of attacks shortly thereafter. Proper use of Playful/Trickster rewards good reflexes and situational awareness, since it has a powerful effect and short duration. Timing is everything."

Here's where Riot jumps the shark with Fizz...literally...

"Fizz also has something else up his sleeve that’s sure to impress, and is slightly out-of-role for an assassin. He starts by tossing a seemingly-innocent fish that sticks to a target. Then, just when they think they’re safe, it’s shark time! That’s right! A giant shark erupts from the ground and chomps down on the target and nearby friends. There’s really nothing else to say about this – a giant shark eats them, and it’s awesome."

The general fan community seems impressed with the champion and his mechanics, but am I the only one who thinks Riot is jumping the shark with the ridiculous animations?  I mean an actual shark erupting out of the ground?  Has Riot run out of innovative visuals?

Riot figures, "It'd been awhile since we'd done a more whimsical character with a lighthearted theme, and Fizz fits the bill just right.  Offering both a unique visual style and innovative gameplay to match, Fizz should really appeal to people who want to be -- both literally and figuratively -- slippery."

Is this new champion lighthearted and whimsical or completely ridiculous?

 

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