Fervor of Battle (Mastery)

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  • Season 2017
  • Season 2016
Ferocity Cunning Resolve

Description

Fervor of Battle is a tier 6 keystone ferocity mastery with 1 rank.

Requirements

  • Requires 17 points in Ferocity.

Effects

  • Hitting champions with attacks and abilities generates a Fervor stack (2 for melee attacks, 2 second cooldown for ability hits). Stacks of Fervor last 8 seconds (max 8 stacks).
  • Each stack grants 1-8 AttackDamage Mini Icon.png Attack Damage.

Patch History

v7.4

A good trade is the first step towards winning a lane; repeat enough times and you can go for a kill. Hitting minions from range and lifesteal enables marksmen to weather the storm through lost trades far too easily. This is making bot lane pretty noninteractive; if there’s no real gain from risking a trade, why bother? We want to make sure trades feel worth the risk so aggressive bot laners can feel good about creating an advantage.

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Stacks last longer.

STACK DURATION : [6] 8 seconds


v6.24
Stacks last longer. Fewer stacks required.

We like Fervor’s playstyle: the longer you keep attacking, the stronger you get. Some of our pre-season changes have put that promise a bit too far out of reach: stacking takes longer and it’s harder to keep stacks up. We’re going back on a few changes to restore some of Fervor’s lost reliability.

STACK DURATION : [4] 6 seconds
MAX STACKS : [10] 8
ATTACK DAMAGE PER STACK : [1-6] 1-8 (at levels 1-18)
MAX ATTACK DAMAGE : [10-60] 8-64


v6.22

Fervor of Battle has been an on-again, off-again balance challenge for us throughout 2016, mostly due to on-hit effects only working when attack speed and basic attacking are prioritized above all else. Many Fervor users might prefer to focus on crit chance for harder-hitting attacks or cooldown reduction for more spellcasting, but can’t because neither approach optimizes on-hit damage. In other words, Fervor doesn’t just support the attack speed playstyle, it suppresses everything else in the ‘sustained physical damage’ space.
We’re switching Fervor’s bonus to raw attack damage, a stat that fits in multiple approaches toward extended fighting. If we’re being direct, this is a power-down for on-hit builds, but ‘power-down’ doesn’t mean ‘unusable’. We want to put all flavors of Fervor users back on an even playing field, not kick the old ones out.
Mastery Fervor of Battle.png UPDATED Fervor of Battle
STACKING : Hitting champions with basic attacks and abilities generates a Fervor stack (2 for melee attacks, 2 second cooldown for abilities). This is unchanged.
MAXIMUM STACKS : [8] 10
STACK DURATION : [6 seconds] 4 seconds
ATTACK DAMAGE Stacks now grant 1-6 attack damage
ON-HIT DAMAGE Basic attacks no longer deals 1-14 bonus physical damage per stack against champions

Ferocity Cunning Resolve

Description

Fervor of Battle is a tier 6 keystone ferocity mastery with 1 rank.

Requirements

  • Requires 17 points in Ferocity.

Effects

  • Hitting champions with attacks and abilities generates a Fervor stack (2 for melee attacks, 2 second cooldown for ability hits). Stacks of Fervor last 6 seconds (max 8 stacks).
  • Basic attacks deal 1-14 bonus physical damage to champions for each stack.

Patch History

v6.12

Abilities give fewer stacks.

Fervor of Battle is simply too good at what it does. It works great as a basic attacker’s best friend, letting those with attack speed quickly gain stacks. Currently, single target abilities grant stacks of Fervor as well - twice as many as a basic attack, to be precise. While abilities should count toward building Fervor, champions who work spellcasts into their attack cycles are overperforming in the race to full stacks. We’re maintaining Fervor of Battle as a great choice for attack speed lovers while leveling the playing field in the marksman mastery space.

STACKS PER ABILITY CAST : [2] 1


v6.1
Ferocity and Stormraider's buffed, Precision nerfed.

If you've played even a handful of games on patch 5.24, you probably learned the same thing we did - 8-10 Thunderlord's Decree per game is probably too many. Yet, no Thunderlord's changes. What gives?

While Thunderlord's Decree is the go-to mastery when you're looking to dominate your lane, we're leaving it as-is for a few reasons. First, we're looking to it as a 'goalpost' from which we balance the other keystones around. It's something you can easily play around, has a good amount of impact, and synergizes well with certain champion kits. Additionally, we're avoiding playing 'whack-a-mole' with the Keystones (ie: just nerfing whichever is best at any given moment). By recognizing TD's strength and matching others to it, we build a better ecosystem for Keystones where you're free to adapt your builds, rather than just playing champions that abuse the best mastery.

So how are we tipping the scales? Injecting some strength back into Ferocity's Keystones while reverting buffs to Precision should help balance things out, no matter how you seek to deal your damage. Toss in a pretty spicy update to Stormraider's Surge and you have a wealth of options at your disposal. It's still possible that Thunderlords is over-tuned after all this, but bringing the others more in line with the leader should help us gauge how big the discrepancy is, rather than just cutting down the top over and over again.

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DAMAGE ON-HIT : [1-8 (at levels 1-18)] 1-14 (at levels 1-18)
MAXIMUM STACKS : [10] 8


v5.24
Feast cooldown up. Fervor of Battle slightly reworked, and Deathfire Touch’s damage effectiveness is down.

Ferocity is definitely living up to the hype for fighters and mages looking to stay in combat, but provides certain champions too much power relative to the rest of the cast. Fervor of Battle is now about stacking damage against champions specifically, and Deathfire Touch is more focused about consistent applications of damage.

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MINION STACKING Now only stacks on champion hits
ABILITY STACKING Using abilities no longer grant stacks of Fervor
MELEE MATTERS Melee attacks now grant double stacks of Fervor
SPELLING IT OUT Hitting an enemy champion with an ability grants 2 stacks (2 second cooldown)
FISTS OF FERVOR : Added a particle upon reaching max stacks


v5.22
We're updating the mastery system to offer focused, high-impact choices rather than a slew of nuanced micro-math optimizations. Each tier of decisions now successively grows in importance, ending in your final 'keystone mastery' which fundamentally impacts how you play your champion.

Rather than just the 'Offense' tree, let's look at the types of bonuses Ferocity provides. This tree is all about getting into fights and staying there, scrapping with anyone at any time. Many of its bonuses help you against a large number of targets (attack speed and % penetration are pretty 'always good'), but bursty mages or assassins may find single target isolation somewhat lacking. Wanna deal damage, but worried about tanks and fighters getting in your face? Get ferocious and bite back.

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STACKTIVATE : Your basic attacks and spells give you stacks of Fervor for 5 seconds, stacking 10 times. Each stack of Fervor adds 1-8 bonus physical damage to your basic attacks against champions, based on your level.