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Karma Relaunch Heading to PBE

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Karma Relaunch Heading to PBE


Posted by Morello on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 21:08



We’ve talked a lot about giving Karma a complete overhaul, and we’re ready to discuss her changes. Karma’s relaunch is the real deal, covering her art, abilities and lore for a total renovation. We know she’s been the source of a lot of contention since her launch, but we also know that she’s got a cult following of Karma diehards. Here’s an overview of why we think she needs a rework.


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Karma’s aesthetics are confusing. While she looks cool, it’s difficult to read her role at face value. Grumpy Monkey has provided more info for you on Karma's look. We’ve also seen players eschew her support role for bursty mage gameplay, so we seized this opportunity to give Karma more options in lane. Scarizard has talked more on Karma's evolving mechanics. We also think that Karma needs a new story that suits her updated abilities and aesthetics. RiotRunaan has taken you through Karma's transformation into an unstoppable Ionian leader.

For Karma diehards, we have a special treat – we’ll be giving those of you who’ve unlocked Karma a skin based on her traditional look.




Karma’s getting an extended PBE stay so we can thoroughly test her new gameplay and incorporate your feedback.



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Originally envisioned as a support, Karma’s fringe successes actually came from players using her in the top or mid lanes as an AP burst mage with support abilities, much like Zilean or Morgana. We like this direction and want to encourage you to boost both her offensive and support abilities by building AP. We also want to make sure she can hold her own as a solo or with a lane partner.

Finally, we’ve updated her skills so allies are reliant on Karma, but Karma’s not reliant on them. She’s got enough power at her fingertips to feel strong as a mage or as a support without teammates having to work in perfect concert for you to be effective.

So without further ado… here’s Karma’s new kit:

Passive: Gathering Fire – Damage from Karma’s spells and basic attacks lower Mantra’s cooldown.


R: Mantra – Empowers Karma’s abilities, adding an extra effect to the next ability cast.



Q: Inner Flame – Skillshot that deals magic damage and slows enemies.
  • Empowered by Mantra: Soulflare – Increases damage and leaves behind a zone that slows and, after a brief delay, explodes for AoE damage.



W: Focused Resolve – Enemy-targeted tether that deals damage over time. If the tether is unbroken after a short duration, the tethered target is rooted in place.
  • Empowered by Mantra: Renewal – Deals bonus damage and heals Karma for the duration of the tether.



E: Inspire – Shields an ally and grants them a short speed boost.
  • Empowered by Mantra: Defiance – Enemies near the shielded ally are damaged while nearby allies are shielded and granted a short speed boost.


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So what do you guys think? Will this rework make Karma a fun and viable champ to play? Was it worth changing her look? Personally, I've already bought Karma with IP to get the legacy skin. :P
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Hm... I approve! Close enough to old Karma but enough to make her viable, I think.
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Wow that sounds pretty awesome.

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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU now I have to buy Karma. I wanted to buy Vi or Thresh when I had enough. T.T

(Rework looks great)
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Already bought her ouod

The question is whether or not I buy her on my smurf...eh, I can't play with her. Won't bother.
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Im very excited about her new kit. :D the parts I cared about are still in tact; the tether and the shield.
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yes pls

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Gonna love using her traditional skin, she looks so baddass now: decided, strong. Definitely will learn her again.
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I'm just glad she's exactly what I want out of a mage. Damages, utility, supportive abilities while still retaining badassery.
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I just drooled a bit. God this looks awesome
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