Jarvan IV, the Exemplar of Demacia
One of the classic "jump in your face and out-stat you" melee champions, the gallant crowned prince of Demacia has seen better days. He doesn't bring much unique to the table - even his signature Ult feels limp compared to newer, similar abilities - and his binary playstyle means that he's never really allowed to be strong.
My initial redesign took his royal status as an opportunity to show what Demacian royalty was all about, focusing more on his battle standard as the crux of his kit, and pushing him to be stronger when surrounded by many allies and enemies alike. He's still in need of a little polishing, however, to further refine his niche and make sure his ideal scenario too narrow.
With this being a smaller tweak of an existing redesign, I mostly wanted to bring Jarvan up to modern standards. In this case, that meant both providing some quality of life (specifically with tweaking his ally/enemy scaling and Demacian Standard) and making things like his Innate a bit more exciting.
I've also taken this as an opportunity to use Jarvan's theme to further hone his niche. More than before, he is now all about planting his flag and protecting it with his life, ensuring his allies have a better shot at victory as long as it stands.
As with the initial redesign, these changes are moreso about function than form - the lance combo is still there, but no longer knocks enemies up, his Innate still encourages frequent switching between targets, and his ultimate can be used to keep dangerous enemies locked in with him.
Befitting a future leader of the home of the Dauntless Vanguard, Jarvan has a newfound ability to call in formations of fearless soldiers (once belonging to Azir). To better protect his people and the banner that represents them, he has also taken on the area-wide taunting ability previously belonging to his fellow Demacian, Galio.
All values in blue are meant to give a general idea of the ability's properties, and are subject to change.
Recommended Positions: Solo Sidelane, Jungle, Duo Sidelane (Support)
Jarvan IV marks the nearest enemy within X units, gaining X% bonus movement speed towards them and causing his next basic attack against them to deal X% of their current health as bonus physical damage. Enemies damaged by Spearhead are no longer marked, and won't be passively marked by Spearhead again for X seconds.
Damaging an enemy with Spearhead increases its movement speed bonus by X% (up to X%) and causes basic attacks it empowers to deal an additional X% (up to X%) of their target's current health as bonus physical damage for the next X seconds.
Spearhead's empowered attack will deal at least X bonus damage, capped at X against non-champions.
Q: Dragon Strike
Jarvan IV extends his lance in the target direction, dealing X/X/X/X/X + (X% total AD) physical damage to enemies it pierces and reducing their armor by X/X/X/X/X% for X seconds.
If the lance connects with a deployed Demacian Standard, Jarvan IV dashes to it, slowing enemies in his path by X% for X seconds and making them vulnerable to Spearhead.
W: Golden Aegis
PASSIVE: Jarvan IV is shielded for X/X/X/X/X + (X% total HP) every 2 seconds while near at least one enemy champion or large monster, increased by X% for every additional champion or monster (up to 2 times). This shield is capped at X/X/X/X/X + (X% total HP) and quickly decays while no enemies are nearby.
FIRST CAST: Jarvan IV charges for up to 3 seconds, grounding and slowing himself by 15% and increasing the rate at which Golden Aegis's passive shield generates by X%. Charging increases the second cast's radius and taunt duration by up to 300%.
SECOND CAST: Jarvan IV taunts nearby enemies and reduces their movement speed to 60 for 0.5 to 1.5 (based on charge time) seconds. Affected enemies are made vulnerable to Spearhead.
E: Demacian Standard
Jarvan IV throws a Demacian flag to the target location, which persists for up to X seconds, emitting a valiant aura. Ally champions within the aura have the duration of disables on them reduced by X/X/X/X/X% and heal themselves for X/X/X/X/X + (X% total HP) whenever they damage an enemy champion (up to X times within X seconds).
Every unique ally that enters Demacian Standard's aura grants Jarvan IV X/X/X/X/X% bonus attack speed (stacking up to 2 times) as long as the flag remains standing.
The Demacian flag can only be targeted by enemy champion basic attacks and takes 1 damage per attack, falling after taking X/X/X/X/X damage.
R: Dauntless Vanguard
Jarvan calls forth a formation of soldiers from X units behind him, charging forward in the target direction. Enemies caught in the charge take X/X/X + (X% total AD) physical damage and are knocked back X units past the formation's destination.
When the soldiers finish their charge, they stand as a wall for X seconds, acting as impassible terrain against enemies. Allies and Jarvan IV can move through the wall.
Calling forth the formation while charging Golden Aegis cancels the second cast and causes the soldiers to charge from X units beyond Jarvan IV's current location, forming an impassible circle around him instead.