Paladins - Ash, The War Machine arrives along with new Mastery features

By: Tony259 posted at May 31, 2017 10:59 am

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OB51 is approaching and Hi-Rez have introduced yet another champion for the realm, and this time it's a new tank to really shake things up in the front-line. Ash "The War Machine" has a fairly explosive kit to really enable her to control the point that she's contesting, she will be a very fun tank to play with her skill set.

[LMB] Burst Cannon:
Fire a shrapnel round every 0.9s that explodes in an AOE dealing 400 damage.

The damage of each hit will be lower depending on how far away the enemy is from the initial blast, it's also a close/medium range attack to give her a little over double of Torvalds effective range.

[RMB] Kinetic Burst:

Superheat your next shrapnel round. When you next fire, the round will instantly explode in a frontal cone, dealing 300 damage and applying a knockback.

This is a great skill to deal with enemies that you don't want near you or to even push an enemy away from an ally, this will also make contesting a point a nuisance for other tanks as you keep pushing them back with this and raising the capture bar.

[Q] Siege Shield:

Deploy a 5000 health siege shield that advances forward, this lasts 6 seconds and has a 10 second cooldown after it expires.

This skill has a legendary card that will make the shield advance much slower than it's default speed which will enable Ash to be a much better solo tank to block damage ahead of her, as opposed to using it to fully advance forward on a longer range enemy.

[F] Shoulder Bash:

Lower your shoulder and hurtle forward. Hitting an enemy will deal 800 damage and apply a strong knockback.

This can be used for both an escape (with a bit of a slow startup), a gap closer, or an offensive skill depending on the situation, it can also be used in a combo with her Right click skill by preloading the skill, charging into an enemy with shoulder bash and then firing at them afterwards to knock them back even further.

[E] Assert Dominance:

Leap forward and Plant your Banner in the ground dealing 350 damage on impact and creating a Damage Immune zone for yourself that lasts 8s. You must remain in the zone to receive the Immunity.

Ash's ultimate is incredibly strong for when she needs to last through some big damage or contest a zone on her own briefly, it doesn't work like Fernando's in where he's immune to CC and his allies also receive the effect, so Ash will still need to be careful when it comes to dealing with knock-backs or being pulled away from her immunity zone.


Mastery unlocks:

Paladins will be introducing new mastery unlocks to further show your progression and dedication to the character you enjoy playing the most, this will really give players something to actually work towards and actually earn.

At each set of levels as listed here, you will unlock the ability to purchase each thing:

level 5: Unlock an MVP pose

level 8: Unlock an emote that will show off your mastery level

level 10: Unlock both the champion and weapon Obsidian skin

level 12: Unlock mastery sprays

level 15: Unlock a spray displaying the character portrait and mastery level

level 15 Unlock the Cosmic mastery skin for both your weapon and champion

level 20: You will get a specific champion title


There will be some other additions to the game such as a new cosmetic tier of "Uncommon", this tier means that you can fully customise your champions appearance colours as opposed to the common tier which is a very simple recolour of one section.

Pip and Barik will have a new skin available for purchase, Pips will be direct purchase while I suspect that Bariks will be unlocked through a chest, and there will be a new mount called the Scarlet Charger.

As with each patch there will be a host of balance changes and other QoL updates to the game, feel free to check out the rest of the OB51 patch notes here: http://forums.paladins.com/showthread.php?41993-Open-Beta-51-Patch-Notes-June-1st-2017&p=259103#post259103

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