Now that the latest mid-season patch is live in League of Legends, people have been testing out the mechanics of the new Rift Herald. Her ability to enter a lane and collide head first with enemy turrets definitely introduces an interesting objective into matches on Summoner’s Rift. But the community seems mixed about the recent implementation.
League of Legends Rift Herald in 7.9
General consensus among most people seems to be that, while the new Rift Herald mixes things up and certainly brings a new relevance to the objective, it’s just too powerful as it is. Plenty of players have created videos and gifs of just how much of an impact the Rift Herald can have once she enters a lane.
— luxtracon (@luxtracon) May 1, 2017
And it isn’t just the average player that is shocked by the power of the Rift Herald. While the Mid-Season Invitational is still running patch 7.8, pros are certainly interested in how the Rift Herald plans on affecting their future games.
Rift Herald is absolutely hilarious though. 1k true damage to turrets is nutty.
— Søren Bjerg (@Bjergsen) May 5, 2017
While some people initially were claiming that the Rift Herald could one shot turrets, the dust is now settling, and it’s clear that’s not exactly the case. Most turrets start with 3300 health (and some armor), so even with a 1K true damage bomb, she won’t be one-shotting anything. It’s important to keep in mind that the first attack the Rift Herald makes on a turret draws extra strength from her total remaining health. So even if you can’t take her down before she reaches your turrets, you can still mitigate her destructive power.
As it turns out, if you can take the Rift Herald with you all the way to your opponents’ Nexus, she’ll join you in a little victory dance.