New AW Scared Stiff Node - Is root passive or debuff?

As the title says...with Scared Stiff replacing Mix Master in AW, wanted to know if the root is passive or a debuff? Here's the text of the node.

"Every 8 seconds the Attacker is Rooted for 4 seconds. Rooted Champions cannot move, but can still attack, block and dodge. Activating a Special Attack removes Root and prevents it from applying. This Timer is paused while the Attacker is Rooted and is reset if the Attacker lands a hit."


  • AMS94AMS94 Posts: 1,512 ★★★★★
    I'm pretty sure it's a debuff.....Not 100% sure though
  • babolibaboli Posts: 45
    It looks like debuff but Shang chi could not purify it. I am also confused about its mechanics. Are there champs who can bypass or purify it?
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