Is Riot Trying to Avoid Shaco’s Scam?

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Is Riot trying to avoid Shaco’s rewinder by making major changes to his abilities on PBE?


Meddler comments on the Shaco changes that have appeared on PBE. Rioter mentions, among others about the hero.

Are the changes related to the Shaco rewinder?

The following Shaco changes have appeared on PBE:

Backstab (P)

  • The basic attack Shaco, Deceive, and Two-Shiv Poison has additional effects when hitting from behind.
  • Basic Attack: Inflicts an additional 10-25 (level scaling) (+0.15 bAD) damage.
  • These injuries can be critical.
  • Deceive: Deals 130% critical damage.
  • Two-Shiv Poison: Deals an additional 15-50 (scaled with level) (+0.1 AP) damage.

Deceive (Q)

  • The duration of invisibility increased from [1.5 / 2.25 / 3 / 3.75 / 4.5 s] to [2.5 / 2.75 / 3 / 3.25 / 3.5 s].
    Cooldown reduced from [16 / 15.5 / 15 / 14.5 / 14 s] to [12 / 11.5 / 11 / 10.5 / 10 s].
    [DELETED] Cooldown is no longer reduced by 2.5 seconds after triggering bonus damage from Deceive. Damage changed from [10/20/30/40/50 (+0.4 bAD)] to [25/35/45/55/65 (+0.25 bAD)].

    • These injuries can be critical.
  • AP ratio removed.

Jack in the Box (W)

  • Now shoots at all nearby targets.
  • Single target damage: 35/50/65/80/95 (+0.2 AP) (unchanged).
  • Area damage: 15/20/25/30/35 (+0.1 AP).

Two-Shiv Poison (E)

  • Damage type changed from [AD] to [AP].
  • Changed damage from [55/80/105/130/155 (+ 0.6 / 0.75 / 0.9 / 1.05 / 1.2 bAD) (+0.75 AP)] to [70/95 / 110/125/140 (+0.08 bAD) (+0.7 AP).
  • Execution changed from [0-50% damage based on missing health] to [50% increased damage dealt below 30% health].

Hallucinate (R)

  • Traps start immediately, scaring the nearest enemies and shooting at the nearest enemies.
    • Note: Damage has been reduced. The effect of the explosion is higher.
  • Damage reduced from [200/300/400 (+1.0 AP)] to [150/225/300 (+0.7 AP)].
  • The damage of single targets changed from [25/50/75 (+0.15 AP)] to [25/50/75 (+0.15 AP)].
  • Area damage: 10/20/30 (+0.1 AP).
  • The duration of the scare was changed from [0.75 / 1 / 1.25 s] to [1 s].

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When asked on Twitter about Shaco, Meddler commented as follows:

I think these are moderate improvements that will do quite well with a small amount of conversion. It has no influence when he gets or doesn’t get VGU.

VGU – visual and gameplay update – note.)