The keystone runes in the current system were originally designed by Riot Games to be picked based on varying needs and play-styles in League of Legends. However, it mostly came down to what was considered to be the strongest. This also meant that other keystone runes, deemed underwhelming or useless, were simply disregarded by all.
With the Runes Reforged initiative, Riot Games is looking back and reworking the keystone runes for betterment. Posting on the official forums, the developer previewed two new runes that are based on Thunderlord’s Decree and Stormraider’s Surge.
Hitting a champion with 3 unique attacks or abilities within 2 seconds deals bonus magic damage.
Damage: 40-220(+25% Bonus AD)(+20% Ability Power)
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Consider it as an upgrade to, or a replacement for, Thunderlord’s Decree. The main difference lies in the new mechanics that triggers the bonus damage from unique attacks or abilities. Thunderlord’s Decree made it too easy to proc the bonus damage as it was designed to only track ticks of damage. In other words, a single poisoned dart from Temmo would trigger the ability from its sustained damage.
Hitting a champion with 3 unique attacks or abilities within 2 seconds grants 30%-60% movement speed for 3 seconds. Additionally, Melee champions gain 75% slow resistance while active.
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Consider it as an upgrade to, or a replacement for, Stormraider’s Surge. The older version was probably one of the least picked keystone runes in League of Legends. The newer version makes it so that the player does not only get additional mobility but is also able to walk out if the skirmish goes the other way. Previously, assassins had little choice to pick Stormraider’s Surge because they already have enough mobility. It fared better to opt for other keystone runes for more offensive measures.
Last week, the developer previewed three new ward abilities that players can choose between by picking the right rune.
The Runes Reforged program is slated to go live for League of Legends around the pre-season period later this year. This is provided that Riot Games is able to stick to its schedule.