With the furthered exploration in Riot Games’ combining of League of Legends runes and masteries, a new rune called Channel-Blink could have a significant impact on the game.
The latest sneak peek into the new rune revealed one called Channel-Blink. The rune gives players who have Flash on cooldown the chance to channel for up to 2.5 seconds in order to blink a set distance. The distance increases based on how long the channel is, and though movement doesn’t cancel the channel, being disabled or letting go of the channel too early does.
This new rune is a potential game-changer, as the summoner spell Flash — which instantly blinks a champion to another location in an area — became a mandatory spell to take due to its high utility. The channeling is a sizable hurdle, as it opens a large window of vulnerability before the blink takes effect, but it can also be a good way for players to re-position themselves or have more security by channeling the blink in an area that is not covered by enemy vision.
Unlike Flash, Channel-Blink doesn’t have the disadvantage of a high cooldown time, either, with a mere 20 seconds. Riot curbed the over-usage of Channel-Blink by forcing it to go on a 10 second cooldown when in combat with an enemy champion, but there are still many out-of-combat scenarios where the blink can be a huge advantage. Junglers, for example, can set up ganks without moving through high-vision areas, necessitating better vision control or defensive play from their opponents.
To be fair, the conditions of the ability aren’t easy to meet. Not only does Flash have to be on cooldown, but Channel-Blink also takes up a rune spot, competing with other choices that might fit certain play styles better. One of the runes competing for the same spot is Store Credit, which allows players to go into debt to buy items and also has the potential to change the way the game is played.
At the end of the day, though, a response to one of the replies to the post clarified that the rune team is “comfortable killing (it) quickly if we discover its entering ‘as mandatory as Flash’ territory.”
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