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 Post subject: Hydra Duration
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:05 pm 

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Hey guys, on the patch notes it says "Hydra's duration increased to 24 seconds," and in-game it's still at 9sec's. Will this change anytime soon?


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 Post subject: Re: Hydra Duration
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:25 pm 
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Those patch notes are outdated. There was a thread discussing Hydra, it's weaknesses, and how to improve it. The thread councluded that doubling the duration of Hydra only increased the number of counters and screen-clutter it caused, and still left the skill slow at building up its damage. The resolution was to give it a significant damage buff while reducing the duration to compensate. The end result is that the skill does more damage with 3 Hydras (the current max number at a time) then it used to do with 5 hydras. This means that you achieve maximum strength faster, and that strength is about 25% more than the original 12-second duration Hydra, while not incurring the penalties of the 24 second duration version. The duration will not be changed any time soon unless people find a problem where an increased duration would be a good solution while an increase in damage would not.


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