Stopwatch, an upcoming item in League of Legends, will give players one-off ability to use the active effect of Zhonya’s Hourglass, making them invulnerable, but unable to move, cast spells, attack, or use items for 2.5 seconds.
Included in Wednesday’s sneak peek at the new runes system, which is being overhauled to combine runes and masteries, was Stopwatch, which players can purchase for 600 gold. Stopwatch has a unique active of allowing the holder of the item to go into stasis, but only once. When the ability is used, the Stopwatch becomes the Broken Stopwatch, allowing players to still build items for which Stopwatch is a component.
Although Stopwatch seems like a cheap, one-off utility item that all players might be interested in using, the limitation is added in what items Stopwatch builds into. Zhonya’s Hourglass — which allows the item holder to go into stasis multiple times after a cooldown — is primarily an ability power item built by mages. Guardian Angel — which allows players to come back from the dead after a short channel and a long cooldown time — is currently an attack damage item which uses the B. F. Sword as one of its components.
But for those players who want to build those items anyway, there is a rune in the works to accelerate that process. The rune, called Perfect Timing, spawns the player with a Commencing Stopwatch already in the their inventory and turns into a proper Stopwatch after six minutes. That saves the player 600 gold, which can be used to buy any other item, and gives the player a chance to make a big play essentially for free.
With new starting items being teased and runes that give players access to certain items without having to purchase them, the coming season for League of Legends will probably look very different from what players are used to right now. Future play styles will be made clear as more runes become announced.
Other runes have tricked out in recent weeks. One will affect flash, while another allows players to go into gold debt to buy items. Another rune enhances a player’s attacking ability, while one lets players throw a meteor at the opponent’s head.
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