Oh my generic godlike figure, I’m going to get murdered for this.
So firstly, why am I reworking Taka? He has a position in the meta, it’s not like he’s INSANELY BROKEN or ABSOLUTELY TRAAAAAASH. It’s not like he has no counterplay. He’s completely beatable as anyone.
Well, my main reason is that Taka is unfun to play against.
Of course, if you’re getting your ass handed to you, it’s usually not very fun, especially in MOBAs. Sometimes if the opponent makes a really sick play on you, you can sit there and nod, appreciate that you just got destroyed. But when Gwen walks up to you and AAs for 1000 damage, and you don’t have any way to counter it, it feels terrible.
Gwen is only the first form of this. After this is Kosh, then Epic Talent Ardan, then…
Whenever you get killed Taka, it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel like he earned it. He isn’t fun to play against, it’s that simple. And IMO, his CP path isn’t fun to play either. It doesn’t feel mechanically challenging, and from my experience, it’s just boring.
Now, what are my goals for my PROPOSED Taka rework?
- Keep as many abilities as similar as possible, while modifying parts to add elements of skill
- Create an assassin that comboes well into itself
- Make you feel like a proper ninja
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let us begin.
(Quick disclaimer: The numbers I will be adding to these abilities are estimates, and chances are, they’re overtuned. I fully recognise this and would like to say that I would probably nerf Takas base stats to make up for this, but I’m too lazy to go over everything.)
Passive: House Kamuha
Whenever Taka lands a Mortal Strike, he gains a stack of Ki.
- Every 4 seconds, Taka’s next basic attack is replaced with a Mortal Strike. Mortal Strikes deal 50 (+35% of bonus weapon power) bonus damage and grant Taka +2 movespeed for 2 seconds. This bonus damage CAN crit, but is not affected by bonus crit damage.
- Ki speeds up Taka’s Mortal Strike timer and grants 25% cooldown speed (max 5 Ki stacks)
Notes: Nothing much has changed. Abilities can no longer give Ki (but you’ll see why), and I’ve clarified on the crit interaction. The crit interaction is different from the one currently in the game, but it was the fastest way I could find the best between both worlds.
Taka flips in the chosen direction, becoming untargetable mid-air and dealing damage in a small AOE in front of where he lands. This instantly grants Taka a Mortal Strike. If Taka lands this ability on at least one target, can recast this ability within 3 seconds. This can only occur (Bonus WP/100 + Bonus CP/200) times, with a maximum of 2 resets. This ability has a minimum range. This ability always takes the same time to complete no matter the distance. CP grants this ability bonus range, up to a maximum of 2. The CD of this ability begins when the very first cast is used. When Overdriven, the mana cost of this ability is halved.
Damage: 50/100/150/200/250 (WP) + 100% CP Ratio + 100% WP Ratio
Minimum Range: 2.5
Maximum Range: 5/5.2/5.4/5.6/6
Notes: I can already hear WTF??? DELET THIS??? in the responses. The idea of this ability is to make Kaiten more flexible but also difficult. The delay on this ability from when you jump to when you land (which is predictable timing wise) means that landing this ability on the target you want it to requires good timing and predictions. If you miss, you don’t get any resets, and that’s the best time to punish Taka. This ability is essentially the core for my version of Taka; land it every time and have tons of jumps, miss it and be in a world of hurt. Also, note that he only gets one jump when using this ability to get away. It has a relatively long CD without his passive, so it’s possible to catch him.
When out of combat, Taka becomes invisible and gains movement speed for a short duration. Taka gains a Mortal Strike. If he attacks or uses an ability during stealth, that instance of damage deals bonus damage and Taka instantly uncloaks upon completing his attack.
When in combat, Taka glows red and prepared to counter. If he is attacked with a melee strike or a projectile, he knocks those in melee range away a short distance and become invincible for a short duration. Taka gains a Mortal Strike. He also becomes invisible, gains a movespeed boost and healing for a short period. f he attacks or uses an ability during stealth, that instance of damage deals bonus damage and Taka instantly uncloaks upon completing his attack.
Bonus Damage: 80/120/160/200/250 (CP) + 100% CP Ratio + 40% WP Ratio
Heal / Sec: 50/75/100/125/150 + 20% CP Ratio
Cloak Duration: 3s/3.2/3.4/3.6/4
Invinsibility Duration: 0.3s/0.3s/0.3s/0.3s/0.6s
_Notes: Making Kaku (now known as Fade) a combat ability was difficult. Having a Taka simply hit Kaku and run away was frustrating; it felt like there was nothing you could do about it. In my version, you need to actually time your Fade, but it comes with bonus benefits, such as a period of invincibility, bonus damage and higher base healing. Note that you can proc said bonus damage on a target using your Kaiten, and be completely unpredictable while using it (unless they have vision D:). Remember that the counter does not work on non directional abilities such as Celeste A or abilities that wouldn’t make sense to get countered like Skaarf ult. _
Taka throws a smoke bomb at his feet, creating a smoke screen where he stands. Enemies standing inside the smoke screen take damage every second. This smokescreen acts similarly to a bush, with a few differences. Allies can see through the smoke screen without any issue. Enemies cannot see into the smokescreen when standing outside it, and they cannot see outside the smokescreen when standing within. Vision is revealed and nullified within the smokescreen AOE. Passives that require bushes can use the smokescreen to proc them.
Damage / Sec: 20/40/60 + 10% CP Ratio
Notes: Never thought you would see Kaku as an ultimate, did you! This ability is to mainly support the previous two abilities. By restricting the enemies vision, Taka can do what he does much better. Plus, it fits his ninja motif. I also think it adds an interesting possibility for synergy between allies, or bush counterplay from enemies. I KNOW THAT HE CAN PROC HIS B DAMAGE WITH HIS C FOR AN AOE BURST, THAT IS INTENTIONAL.
I can’t wait to hear everyones POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE feedback in the responses.
JK love a decent majority of you, rag on me if you want.