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Three new League of Legends runes include a stacking mechanic

The newly added runes to League of Legends's Public Beta Environment ahead of the upcoming preseason are still getting tweaked, and the Wednesday update included a couple of changes to numbers and effects.
The newly added runes to League of Legends's Public Beta Environment ahead of the upcoming preseason are still getting tweaked, and the Wednesday update included a couple of changes to numbers and effects.

The latest Runes Corner post by Reina “Riot Reinboom” Sweets details three new runes in the Precision play style. All three runes make champions stronger as the benefits stack when certain conditions are met.

The first rune, named Legend: Alacrity, gives players a base 5 percent increase of attack speed, with an extra 3 percent each time the player earns a stack, up to a maximum of five times. These “Legend Stacks” are gained for every 30 points earned. A player gets 20 points for each champion they take down (with a kill or assist), 20 points for every dragon, Rift Herald, and Baron take down, four points for each large monster kill, and one point for each minion kill.

Fully stacked, the rune will offer a total of 20 percent attack speed boost for effectively free, as stacks aren’t lost. The stacking mechanic seems to be favoring champions who can play aggressively to gain kills or junglers who prioritize major objectives such as the drakes, the Rift Herald, and Baron Nashor.

The second rune, named Legend: Bloodline, gives players 1 percent of life steal for every Legend stack, up to a maximum of five times. Fully stacked, it will offer champions a total of 5 percent life steal, which is a better value than what the starting item Doran’s Blade offers in it current state.

The third rune, Legend: Tenacity, gives players a base 3 percent increase of tenacity — which reduces the length of crowd control effects except suppression, displacements, and stasis  — plus an additional 5 percent per legend stack to a maximum of five times. As only three items can give this unique effect, getting 28 percent reduction in crowd control effects can be quite substantial, especially when certain champions don’t thrive off buying the three items that give tenacity.

All of the Legend runes work on the same stacking mechanic, and as they give sizable benefits to players functionally for free, it can be utilized by aggressive players, rather than passive farmers. Supports could potentially see some use out of Legend: Tenacity, as assists will grant them Legend points and the ability to get out of crowd control effects in a more efficient manner.

Riot Games has been in the process of overhauling the runes system in League of Legends by combining them with masteries and making them free. News about some of the new 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. Another one, Guardian Soul, allows players to shield allies by right-clicking them.

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