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Patch 4 15 Maintenance Schedule

Patch 4.15 is coming tomorrow; here’s when you can expect it to hit for every region.

 

Here’s what you can expect to see in Patch 4.15:

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Patch 4 15 Maintenance Schedule for NA

Riot Noc New PortraitOn 08/27/2014, starting at 01:30 PDT, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 4.15. At 3:00 PDT, the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 6 hours.

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And here is the schedule for the other regions (patching starts on August 27th):

  • EUW ] 03:30 GMT – 05:00 GMT
  • EUNE ] 00:30 GMT - 02:00 GMT
  • OCE ] 02:30 AM – 04:30 AM AEST
  • LAS ] 04:00 (AR/UY/CL)
  • LAN ] 03:00 (MX/CO/PE)
  • BR ] 04:30 BRT – 06:00 BRT
  • TR ] 04:30 – 06:00
  • RU ] 01:30  - 03:00

 

 

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This season is coming to a close in November; here’s a preview of all the sweet rewards you can claim for participating in Ranked.

 

 

The 2014 ranked season began in January, and now the battle for League Points draws to a close. The 2014 season will end in November, and we’ll announce the date and time in October. Read on to learn more about the end of the season rewards and the new Master tier.

 

After testing the feature live in Russia, CIS, and Turkey, we’ll follow up with one more test on EUW the following week before releasing the new Master Tier.

After concerns surfaced around transparency in standings among the highest-tier league competition at the end of Season 3, we committed to making the path to the top more clear for players who participate in ranked. Master Tier was designed to address these concerns and more.

Master Tier shares the same LP ladder as Challenger. Players who reach their promotion series at the top of Diamond 1 will enter Master Tier if they are successful. Please note that on release there will be no players in Master Tier, but it will begin to fill as soon as players start winning their promos. Master Tier FAQ

 

Be Victorious

 

 

CHALLENGER TIER

 

The window to enter Challenger Tier now rotates on a twenty-four hour schedule with no immunity.

With the introduction of Master tier, we’ve changed how players achieve Challenger rank. Now, every twenty-four hours, players will be able to move into Challenger if they’ve earned enough League Points to place within the Top 200 players or Top 50 teams. Any player in Challenger who is no longer within the Top 200 will be demoted to Master.

For more information about the top of the ranked ladder, check out the FAQ below, or read Riot Socrates’ post about Master tier.

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TEAM REWARDS

 

Earlier this year, we introduced new Ranked Team Rewards for participation in 5v5 or 3v3 ranked team competition.

Because ranked teams require a large amount of teamwork and collaboration to succeed, we wanted to add a special class of rewards to help players commemorate and celebrate reaching their goals as a team.

 

You earn one point for each win in Ranked 3v3, and three points for each win in Ranked 5v5. You must have participated in the victory to claim the points. For example, if your team “Press D to Dance” plays three games while you’re on vacation, you won’t get any points should they win despite your absence. Team Rewards FAQ

 

Ranked Tier Rewards

 

 

FAQ:

 

End of Season

Q: When do I receive my rewards?

  • You can track your progress in-client in the Leagues tab, but you will not earn the rewards until the season has ended in November.

 

Master Tier

Q: How can I enter Master Tier?

  • Once you’ve reached Diamond I, the next step is to make it to your promotion series. Win three of five games and you’ll cross the threshold to the next level.

Q: Can I fall out of Master Tier?

  • It is possible to be demoted to Diamond I, if you’ve played at least three games in Master and drop below 0 LP.

 

Ranked Team Rewards

Q: Do I have to play on a single team to earns wins towards rewards?

  • No, you can earn points towards rewards from multiple teams. Please note you can only be on 5 ranked teams at once.

Q: Do I lose the wins I’ve earned if somebody kicks me off a team?

  • No, you will retain your points from the wins. Your points will not be affected by a team going inactive or disbanding, being kicked from a team, or voluntary leaving a team. The only thing considered is the number of wins that you participated in.

Q: Do my points move with me if I transfer servers?

  • No, progress towards Ranked Team Rewards does not transfer with you should you choose to change servers.

Q: If I meet the requirements for rewards, when do I receive them?

  • All rewards will be distributed at the end of the season.

Q: Do wins I earned before the feature launched count towards rewards for this season?

  • Yes, all games that take place during the 2014 Season will count towards season rewards. Pre-season games will not count.

Q: Will wins in my placement matches count towards my Team Rewards?

  • Yes! They will add points towards your Team Rewards.

 

Ranked Tier Rewards

Q: What are the requirements to earn a ranked tier reward?

  • You will earn rewards based on the tier you are in at the end of the season in solo queue, or based on the tier your team is in at the end of the season. You must have won at least ten games with that team in one queue (for example, winning six 5v5 games and four 3v3 games does not count–even if both the 5v5 and 3v3 teams have the same name and the same players).

 

 

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Free Champion Rotation Week 32 Season 4

 

The following Champions will be free-to-play until September 2nd:

 

  • Braum - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Corki - 3150 IP or 790 RP
  • Fiddlesticks - 1350 IP or 585 RP
  • Gangplank - 3150 IP or 790 RP
  • Gnar - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Hecarim - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Lissandra – 6300 IP or 975 RP 
  • Malzahar - 4800 IP or 880 RP
  • Nami - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Vayne - 4800 IP or 880 RP

 


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 The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until August 29th:


Champions

 

  • Nautilus – 487 RP
  • Riven – 440 RP
  • Sona – 395 RP

 

Blast Zone Heimerdinger – 260 RP

 

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Bloodstone Taric – 487 RP

 

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Warmonger Sion – 487 RP

 

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Summary

Meddler hosted a Q&A on the forums, talking about the process of designing new Champions, balancing current ones, wacky mechanics the team is considering, taking player suggestions into account, balancing numbers on new Champions and lots more. Over on Reddit and forums, Developer Relations Manager Sargonas issued Riot’s stance on “scraping”, or using spoofed LoL clients instead of Riot’s designated API service to mine data about Summoner accounts.

TL;DR in featured comments.

 

Recent News

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Want to know what to expect in Patch 4.15? Here’s a list:

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Meddler Q&A Summary

 

 

Reworks

 

 

How is Sion’s rework coming along

Meddler New PortraitI’ll leave sharing timelines/details up to the Sion team, don’t want to spoil any of their plans. Can say that it’s coming along really well though, overall a pretty different kit but with some familiar elements.

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Will Ezreal’s W be changed into something more interesting

Meddler New Portrait Agreed, Ezreal’s W is the least interesting and least satisfying part of his kit. We’re certainly open to improving it, though would want to do so in a way that didn’t remove an intended weakness or just straight out overpower his kit (hence the removal of the old attack speed slow for example – strong duelist against other marksmen’s not a core part of Ezreal’s intended identity.).

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How do you feel about a Champion’s damage being tied to a single spell

Meddler New PortraitTying too much of a champion’s damage up in a single spell can lead to some power curve problems (Zilean for example bullies incredibly hard early while he’s maxing Q and then falls off unsatisfyingly hard). Having said that though having high damage on a basic ability isn’t necessarily problematic in my eyes – not every character needs to be three damaging abilities plus a high damage ult, even if they’re played in a damage role, and non damaging abilities can open up a lot of gameplay space (e.g. Anivia’s wall). Are there particular problems you see with such abilities?

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At what point do you say

Meddler New PortraitOur goal with signature abilities is to distinctive skills that are situationally extremely powerful (if used right) but not universally overwhelming. Something we’re working on at the moment is making our champion roster, both new and existing champions, more distinct where possible, and putting power into iconic abilities tends to be a great way to do that. Having said that there are still a lot of general design principles it’s important to follow despite that.

Counterplay’s one of the big ones, and somewhere Vi’s ult, cool skill though it is, is a bit narrow (counterplay’s too dependent on the skillset of the target, abilities are usually healthier where there are some accessible universal counterplay options).

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How do you calculate the base damage for new Champions

Meddler New PortraitA champion’s initial damage numbers in early testing are usually just a rough estimate based off somewhat similar abilities (e.g. if creating a single target click to hit ability a designer might look at Annie’s Q as a starting point). Early prototyping’s not focused on numbers much though, it’s the concepts of what the skills might do (is this fun, interesting a good thematic fit for the character, adding some new to the game etc) that we focus on. As a result numbers just need to be balanced enough to give useful testing on that stuff/not heavily distort the test for other test points.

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How do you decide the cutoff point between base vs scaling damage

Meddler New PortraitBase versus scaling damage depends on how item dependent a champion should be, how snowbally or not they should be, at which phase in the game they should get their damage, how strongly we feel certain builds should be incentivized etc.

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Are there any champions that you want to see being played more and less

Meddler New PortraitWe’d like to see a greater variety of champions played and a lot of our changes in patches 4.13 and 4.14 were focused on bringing down picks that were too dominant or adding some power to champions that were close but not quite there. Our goal’s not to have all champions played equally though. Some champs are always going to be more or less popular than others of equivalent power depending on how broad or niche their themes are and that’s not a problem.

We would like to see a greater variety of jungle picks, tanks in particular, our current thinking is that that’ll need some changes to the jungle itself, not just individual champions though – need to create more ways for different jungle strengths to matter.

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What was your intended vision for Gnar

Meddler New PortraitA transformation you had only limited control over was the core starting point for Gnar, with that then allowing each form to have really distinct strengths (since you couldn’t swap back and forth as needed). Goal was to offer a really distinct play experience, both for the Gnar player and for all other players in the game (whether working with Gnar or fighting against him). That sort of distinctness is something we’re focusing on a lot more with new champions now than we have in the past.

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Follow Up

Meddler New PortraitWhen coming up with a new champion we’ll start by looking at what our goals are. With Gnar for example we wanted to explore both a classic man/monster contrast (Jekyll/Hyde, Banner/Hulk etc), add a different take on a playful personality and investigate how a young child might be able to survive in a dangerous world.

 

We don’t have firm quotas, but do want to offer a range of champions to appeal to a variety of players (so variety in theme, role, gender, age, mindset, appearance, difficulty etc). Sometimes that’ll mean we make concepts with broad appeal (dual gun weilding fighter of the undead on a quest for vengeance), sometimes ideas that are more niche (highly intelligent tentacle monster researcher scout).

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Can role combinations like Urgot’s Marksman

Meddler New PortraitAt the end of the day the role tags are there as general indications of what you can expect from a champion, not as perfect descriptors of what they’ll be or limiters of what they should be allowed to be. For some champs, Urgot being a good example, they’re only going to be somewhat accurate as a result. Marksman/tank for example implies some pretty contradictory things – squishy to protect versus front line initiator or fight controller, builder of primarily offensive items versus primarily defensive items, high value squishy target to kill if you can versus hard to kill target to kill if you must etc.

It’s possible that that combination of tags may still be the best shorthand to describe a champion though, the overall message being more important than the details. Also as a side note Urgot should probably be a marksman/fighter rather than marksman/tank.

In terms of design space there there’s definitely a lot to explore. Support/assassin is one I feel’s got a lot of potential in particular – imagine a character with an assassin like play style (squishy, active defensives instead of toughness, flanks the enemy) who, after going in, grants various team utility effects, rather than trying to explode a single enemy. Lot of problems you’d need to solve, but lot of potential for a really different, fun, interesting experience too.

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What was the thought process behind designing Yasuo

Meddler New PortraitWe wanted to explore the samurai archtype with Yasuo, but didn’t just want to do the classic swordmaster thing by itself. Control over the wind was something the Yasuo pod (a group of developers working on a project) hit on pretty early, which resonated well both with the themes we were going for (wanderer, speed, power) and with the way the art was going.

 

Double crit chance was identified as a way to offer a melee champion a needed steroid while also changing up how the character thought about itemization a bit (Yasuo’s early item choices are very different than they’d be if he had a +AD steroid for example, which leads to a different set of choices and experiences than on other champions).

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Follow Up

Do you regret giving him double crit chance

Meddler New PortraitIt’s not a mechanic we regret. As above it does useful things for his playstyle, plus it also gives him a consistent, rather than random crit based, damage output late game, which has some advantages (and some disadvantages). I can understand it being a target for concerns about Yasuo being OP, if there’s an issue we should be fixing there though I feel there are better levers to use on Yasuo than removing that part of his passive.

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How do you decide what part of a Champion’s kit is committed to one role

Meddler New PortraitFirst we do goal setting at the champion level. That means we’ll start by identifying what the intended role of the champion is – what do they bring to the game that’s new, what are their strengths and weakness etc. From there we’ll then break that down to figure out what tools they’ll need. If for example one of the goals is ‘this champion is consistently hard to kill, protective of others’ then we’ll look at skills that offer non item reliant tankiness and defensive team utility.

One thing that’s important to watch for though is that you’re giving a champion just the tools they need, not all the tools they want (which leads to kits with no clear weaknesses, an issue we’ve run into at times).

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Are you considering a Sand Mage concept for a Champion

Meddler New PortraitWe took a swing at a sand mage concept a couple of years ago but weren’t happy with the results and put him on hold as a result. That was with the intention of returning to him someday though to see if there was a different take on the idea that might work out better. Fingers crossed that’s something we’ll have success with at some point, it’s a cool space to work in.

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Have you considered adding player suggestions to Champions

Meddler New PortraitIdeas aren’t the hard part of champion creation, figuring out how to make those ideas work, testing, rejecting, replacing, polishing, aligning with other parts of the process (visual goals, intended storytelling opportunities) etc are. For the average champion only one, or rarely two things, from the initial kit created on paper, survive to the final released kit, and even then generally in heavily modified form. Just directly implementing someone’s idea isn’t a practical approach as a result unfortunately.

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Will you do a flight mechanic for a future Champion

Meddler New PortraitWe’ve explored what we were calling ‘true flight’ (to distinguish it from characters that appear to fly but are really just moving like any other) a bit. Personal feeling is that it’s an interesting ability provided it’s got sufficient downtime/chances for enemy counterplay, need to find the right concept and kit for it to go with though.

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How about a Champion with low damage but really high Attack Speed

Meddler New PortraitExtremely fast attack speeds with low damage scale incredibly well with on hit effects, meaning you have to balance with those effects in mind, whether that’s reducing on hit effects too or giving the character almost no damage otherwise. As a result you basically end up with an experience like normal auto attackers but harder to last hit with (low damage per hit) and kite with (more time spent auto attacking/less moving).

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Will you explore a

Meddler New PortraitIt’s not a direction I’d be very hopeful about. The ability to auto attack while moving’s incredibly powerful alone, add that to a character that would be an extreme hypercarry if that effective with items and you’re leaving the enemy with a very limited set of options. A dual shred passive like Kayle’s would then diminish those options further again.

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What reaction do you like to see when a champion comes out

Meddler New PortraitSome concepts are naturally going to have broad appeal, others niche, and that’s something we’re fine with. Generally though we’re looking to make characters that appeal deeply to some people, rather than characters that appeal a bit to almost everyone.

No strong preference between overtuned and undertuned release states, ideally we’d be hitting balanced, but some variation either way’s going to happen given it’s just not possible to balance beyond a certain degree using internal testing/PBE alone. Regardless a champion’s first couple of weeks especially are going to be more about people learning to play with/against a new champ, giving us some time to adjust their balance if needed.

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How early in the process does a champion have a role assigned

Meddler New PortraitRoles we’ll generally identify pretty early. It’s not uncommon for a champion to change roles during development though – if a concept works better as a support than a mage for example we’ll want to make the better version of course. Roles do serve as a useful starting point when looking at what sort of actions a champion could be expected to perform, tools they might need. what their visual appearance should communicate etc.

Position by contrast isn’t something we try to design for, though sometimes a champions goals will strongly guide them towards certain circumstances (e.g. ‘this champion does well in a lane against a single other opponent’ or ‘this champion is best utilized when playing with at least one ally’).

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What actually sparks the design of a Champion

Meddler New PortraitCharacters can start with a piece of concept art, an intended story or personality, a role we need to fill, an ability or kit etc, all of which have lead to successful champions in the past. Art’s been the most common starting point historically though.

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Do you browse through the forums for Champion suggestions

Meddler New PortraitI don’t browse the champion concepts section myself, can’t speak for other Rioters though. Have certainly seen some good suggestions for champions elsewhere though (such as the suggestion for a champion that controlled a mobile fireball that I believe influenced Orianna’s development back in the day).

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Is Ao Shin still in development
[ Context ] Ao Shin is an elemental dragon Champion who was teased by Riot awhile ago.

Meddler New PortraitAo Shin’s still a long way off, so nothing to report at the moment sorry.

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What courses do you feel are most important for a job at Riot

Meddler New PortraitDepends on the sort of design you’re interested in and the environment you’re working in. At Riot for example we’re usually after people with strong analytical and problem solving skills. Those can come from a range of backgrounds, though engineering and hard sciences are some of the most common. Some other companies by contrast place a much higher emphasis on designers also having a programming background or, depending on the genre of game, creative/writing experience. Is there a particular sort of game design you’re most interested in?

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Do you often run into technical limitations when designing Champions

Meddler New PortraitTech constraints are a regular part of the design process, though most of the time we’ll either find a way around them or get help from our software engineers to add the functionality we need. Yasuo’s windwall was indeed such a case, with an initial designer created version we used for testing that was sufficient to prove the concept (but incredibly server intensive and buggy) that got replaced with a properly coded alternative. A lot of the time though it’s smaller stuff as well. Kha’zix’s release was shifted around a bit for example because we needed to get some new tech for the Evolution UI.

More than happy to talk jungler diversity, though can’t guarantee I’ll be able to answer everything in detail.

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Riot’s stance on scraping

Sargonas New PortraitHey all, figured I would chime in here rather than make you have to dig around in our slightly more technical dev forums for some clarity! Forgive me if parts of this feel like a copy of some of the statements I’ve made there in part, but I’m trying to be consistent in what I say to avoid confusion.

First.. a little background for folks who are unfamiliar with some of the terminology in play:

Some third party League sites use a method called “scraping” to get data from our servers for use in their applications. Scraping uses spoofed LoL clients to grab data from things like Spectator Mode, account profiles, the store, and more. This results in tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds) of concurrent extraneous sessions on our platform.

Because of this, scraping can cause occasional stability issues, and it also increases the complexity and difficulty for Riot to detect and fix problems without first sorting through the “white noise” of these extraneous connections. 

Third party developers are aiming to provide League players with value and enhance the experience, which is awesome – and we’ve developed the Riot API (link) in order to help third parties do just that, without causing harm to the live service. Many sites that you know and love have already moved over to the API, but there are still some third parties that are actively scraping our live service today for a variety of reasons.

In the interest of protecting the League of Legends service for players, we’ve asked all third party developers to end the use of scraping by October 1st, 2014. In reality, this has always been our position (as stated in the API terms of use and other legal guidelines), but we’ve elected not to enforce them until we brought the API to where it’s at today.

We are not attempting to kill any sites with this.. It’s true that some technological shortcuts used by many sites can no longer be employed – You can’t put in a single player name and get a live dump of every player, champion and the associated team in one shot, for example. 

However the second step of the process, looking up those players individually by the API, still works the same way it always did. Industrious developers should have little trouble coming up with a different method for looking up the players on the opposing team to glean the same data.

We understand this will require some user experience tweaks to these sites and may possibly make the process less streamlined in some cases, but we feel this is an acceptable trade-off in return for the value provided to players in the form of better platform reliability.

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Thought maybe I’d also add in, we just earlier today also announced that some of this desirable data obtained from scraping is already on it’s way to the API! Details are over on the PBE forums:http://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.co…history-builds

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Does this mean LoLNexus will disappear

Sargonas New PortraitNot necessarily… if you go back through my previous post, I’ve gone over how it will affect these kinds of sites. The TL;DR is that no, it wont cause them to go dark, but simply change how we interact with them and may affect portions of the data made available.

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Follow Up

Sargonas New PortraitIt should have little impact on the majority of sites. Some, like LOLKing, have moved almost entirely over to an API powered system long ago. Others are in the process and use a bit of both. We are simply delivering on something we told them long ago would be coming, a deadline to only use the API to relieve strain on our systems. The majority of functionality you expect should still be there, but perhaps with tweaks to the overall user experience on how it’s handled.

The end result should be primarily the same. One of the biggest examples of lost functionality I can think of is the loss of knowing who is in a pre-made group in a game, which to be honest, is not information we feel should be had in the first place.

EDIT As to the OP.gg spectating issue, this does not apply to the spectating and generation of replay files by op.gg. They are welcome to keep this functionality for the time being and we hope one day to maybe even add this to the API to make it easier for all, possibly.

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Lolking is pretty notorious for how long it takes to update games that have already finished while sites like OP.GG are instantaneous. Is that a result of the API?

 

Sargonas New PortraitIt’s symptomatic of older tech we had in the API, yes. However we rolled out new portions in the last two weeks to greatly improve this… this is part of the reason we’ve moved forward with the long standing plan to enforce this existing policy finally.

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Will we be able to control whether our account info is leaked on these sites

Sargonas New PortraitI can’t speak deeply on this subject with a lot of knowledge on some of the finer points of the thinking behind it, but I can say the following, having been part of this discussion…

Our philosophy around player and match data lately has broken down into two categories… normals/customs and ranked. With normals and customs, that is “protected” data that should only be made available between friends. Normal games are where people try new things, experiment with builds, and just have fun. The player data behind that then of course should be kept between friends only and not aggregated publicly for analysis and consumption… only by the player in question for self growth and learning.

>With Ranked games, it’s a bit different. Ranked is highly competitive, where you are putting yourself out there in a high visibility environment. Just like how with traditional sports player stats are publicly available and scrutinized by them, other players, fans and analysts, the same should apply to the Ranked queues as well. While I don’t think it is likely we would be allowing to electively hide profile data, I’m not in a position to say that is definitely the case forever with any concrete stance.

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Here’s a round-up of the PBE updates for this patch cycle. Patch 4.15 (most likely) lands this Tuesday, August 26th.

 

 
Patch 4.15 Round-up


 Summoner’s Rift Visual Update has been removed from the PBE and will not be shipping with Patch 4.15.

 

 

Cyber Ops


 

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Cyber Ops/PROJECT: Yasuo Skin Preview

 

 

Yasuo Model

 

Yasuo Emotes

Yasuo’s emotes are the same moveset-wise, but the music from his “dance” emote is different and he takes down his visor during all his emotes.

 

Cyber Ops Yasuo Passive

Way of the Wanderer, Resolve [ Passive ]

 

Cyber Ops Yasuo Q

 

Yasuo Q

Steel Tempest [ Q ]

 

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Steel Tempest, Tornado charge [ Third Q ]


Yasuo Wall

Wind Wall [ W ]

 

Yasuo E

Sweeping Blade [ E ]

 

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Last Breath [ R ]

After Yasuo ults, his sword glows yellow (to indicate the bonus Armor Penetration).

 

 

Final Boss Veigar Skin

Final Boss Veigar is 1820 RP, meaning it’s a legendary skin, not an ultimate.

 

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Final Boss Veigar Video Preview

 

 

Final Boss Veigar Model

 

Emotes

All of Veigar’s emotes. Should be noted that he has new voice lines that sound fittingly evil.

 

Recall

Recall 2

For his recall, Final Boss Veigar dials a code on his glove and opens a wormhole to the Matrix that he jumps into.

 

Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

Q

Baleful Strike [ Q ]

 

W

Dark Matter [ W ]

 

E

Event Horizon [ E ]

 

R

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Primordial Burst [ R ]

 

 

Headhunter Caitlyn Skin


 

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[ Reminder ] Headhunter Caitlyn received a lot of changes to her models and so the splash art was delayed to reflect those.

 

Headhunter Caitlyn with Pants


Headhunter Caitlyn’s Yordle Snap Traps have been updated to match the theme of the skin.

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Yordle Snap Trap [ W ]

 

Headhunter Caitlyn Preview

 

(Warning: it’s an old preview I made with the old model of HH Caitlyn. The updated model is previewed above, as well as her current Yordle Snap Traps)



New Splash Arts

 

Shyvana and Vayne will be getting updated splash arts in Patch 4.15.

 

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Vayne

 

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Shyvana

 

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Landing Page & Patcher Visual Updates

 

The landing page & patcher visual updates will both be in Patch 4.15.

 

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Match History “Player Builds”


 

Mattenth New PortraitHey everyone,

We’ve made a new addition to Match History we’re tentatively calling “Player Builds.” With this data, you should be able to share, discuss, and look back on how you chose to prepare and play your champions. This section is meant to show the following:

  • Item Purchase Order
  • Ability Level Up Order
  • Runes used
  • Masteries used

We’re still at the phase of getting all the data on the page, so somethings won’t look very pretty (especially the tab/switcher system), but it’s far enough along that we’d love to get your feedback.

Check out any game on your PBE match history (link). Here is a sample game we randomly pulled.

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Here’s a preview of how the new “player builds” look like in the match history:

 

TSM CantPauseMom Build

 

 

Featured Matches return to Landing Page


 

The-long requested “featured matches” tab is back on the landing page and has been updated to match the visuals of the new client. Here’s a preview:

 

Featured Matches

Featured Matches 1

Featured Matches 2

Featured Matches 3

 

 

Champion Changes


 

 

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  • Base Health Regen in both Mini and Mega forms increased from 0.5-per-second to 0.9

 

Boomerang Throw New IconBoomerang Throw [ Q ]

  • Missile Speed increased from 1000 to 1400
  • Hitbox width on initial increased from 45 to 60
  • Width of hitbox for grabbing the returning boomerang increased from 70 to 75
  • Missile speed of returning boomerang increased from 2400 to 2600

 

Boulder Toss New IconBoulder Toss [ Mega Q ]

  • Missile Speed increased from 2000 to 2100
  • Hitbox width increased from 80 to 90

 

 

Sivir New Portrait

 

Boomerang Blade New IconBoomerang Blade [ Q ]

  •  Range increased from 1175 to 1250

 

 

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  • Projectile speed of basic attacks increased from 1300 to 1600

 

Acid Hunter New IconAcid Hunter [ Q ]

  •  Refunds half the mana cost (20), when a unit is killed with Acid Hunter

 

Hyper Kinetic Position Reverser New IconHyper-Kinetic Position Reverser [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 120 seconds at all ranks to 120/110/100
  • Mana cost decreased from 120 at all ranks to 100

 

Urgot Q VFX

Urgot’s Q now swirls as it flies. Swoosh!

 

 

Item Changes


 

Essence Reaver New IconEssence Reaver

  • Price decreased from 3400 Gold to 3200

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 


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PBE 23/08 Contents:

 

Reminder: The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

Want to keep up with news on the Public Beta Environment?

Here’s a list of the updates for Patch 4.15:

PBE Content for Patch 4 15

 

 

Match History “Player Builds”

 

Mattenth New PortraitHey everyone,

We’ve made a new addition to Match History we’re tentatively calling “Player Builds.” With this data, you should be able to share, discuss, and look back on how you chose to prepare and play your champions. This section is meant to show the following:

  • Item Purchase Order
  • Ability Level Up Order
  • Runes used
  • Masteries used

We’re still at the phase of getting all the data on the page, so somethings won’t look very pretty (especially the tab/switcher system), but it’s far enough along that we’d love to get your feedback.

Check out any game on your PBE match history (link). Here is a sample game we randomly pulled.

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Here’s a preview of how the new “player builds” look like in the match history:

 

TSM CantPauseMom Build

 

 

Featured Matches return to Landing Page


 

The-long requested “featured matches” tab is back on the landing page and has been updated to match the visuals of the new client. Here’s a preview:

 

Featured Matches

Featured Matches 1

Featured Matches 2

Featured Matches 3

 

 

Shyvana & Vayne In-game Portraits


 

Following their new splash arts, both Vayne and Shyvana got their in-game portraits.

 

Shyvana Ingame Portrait Vayne ingame Portrait

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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Summary

A small patch containing bugfixes for Kayle, Sona and Yasuo, Lyte answers a complaint on the forums that players are “too sensitive” and punishment is being handed out for unjustified cases, Ghostcrawler addresses numerous balance issues in LoL such as Champions who can fill multiple roles, lack of diversity and unique mechanics and the age-old topic of Ranged vs Melee, more on ARAM’s fairness for re-rolls, EU LCS moves from Cologne to Berlin, identifying and fixing targeting bugs in League, clarity on the instability issues NA has been suffering and how to get a job at Riot by attending PAX Prime.

TL;DR here.

 

Recent News

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Want to keep up with news on the Public Beta Environment?

Here’s a list of the updates for Patch 4.15:

 

PBE Content for Patch 4 15

 

 

20th August Patch Update


 

General

  • [ BUGFIX ] Targeting is now more reliable in cases when units are stacked on top of each other
  • [ BUGFIX ] Resolved Spectator Mode choppiness that appeared after using time controls to jump forward or backward in the match

 

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  • [ BUGFIX ] Fixed a bug where Kayle was unintentionally gaining too much attack speed per level

 

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  • [ BUGFIX ] Fixed a rare bug where Sona’s auras were refreshing indefinitely with too many nearby allies
  • [ BUGFIX ] Fixed a UI bug where allies with togglable or multi-cast ultimates (ex. Karma’s Mantra, Maokai’s Vengeful Maelstrom) would see their ult buttons light up when shielded by Sona’s W – Aria of Perseverance

 

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  • [ BUGFIX ] R – Last Breath now properly applies CC to Alistar, even when Alistar is ulting

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LoL players are too sensitive, which leads to undeserved punishment

Lyte New PortraitThis is a really challenging topic, and there’s no answer that will make every type of player happy.

In real life, there are laws for almost everything. However, one of the biggest problems with this model is that changing laws takes a lot time, and it can almost never keep up with the rapidly changing trends in the world. So, an example of what happens in real life is that some behaviors become “unacceptable” by society, but it can’t be enforced for years.

In online societies, trends change even faster. We could write a Summoner’s Code that lists out every single behavior that is allowed or not allowed in League of Legends, but would it actually do anything? Most human beings don’t know about every law in real life societies, and only some lawyers have a robust understanding of all the laws while most are specialized in some niche of law. You can Google “random laws” to find a huge list of things that are “illegal” depending on the country or state, or sometimes even depending on the city. For example, one random law in a city is that you cannot wear cowboy boots without owning at least 2 cows! Similarly, most players aren’t going to be able to memorize every single Summoner’s Code item or keep updated on new additions to the Code.

To give an example of how rapidly online societies change, a lot of players are using the phrase “rekt” now, but this phrase didn’t even exist in matches as recent as 6 months ago. Is this phrase offensive? Is it considered verbal abuse if you spam it? What if you said it once in a game? If we wrote a new “Summoner’s Code” to include this phrase, how many players would visit the Summoner’s Code frequently enough to see the new addition?

At the end of the day, most people get along fine in real life societies just using common sense. They don’t know all the laws, but they have mutual respect for one another. As gamers, we already have a pretty bad rep from those outside the gaming community. That’s our fault. We’re actually a pretty awesome community, but we need to respect each other more; after all, we’re all gamers and we have something in common that only we understand. Why is “Definitely Not Blitzcrank” a hilarious skin? Non-gamers have no clue what we’re talking about. 

It’s not about being babied. It’s about respecting the fact that we’re all here to have fun. No one deserves to be b*tched at just because they play the game differently than you. You know what? A lot of us play soccer or basketball differently too. Some players believe in half-court ball, and prefer bigger line-ups in basketball. Others believe 100% that fast-paced run and gun strategies are king. If players disagree with you on the court, do you start going “moterf*cker why are we doing a 3-guard lineup that sh*t is whack, you’re f*cking retarded for even trying that.” No. 

The majority of the world doesn’t tolerate random acts of jerk. I’m not sure why online societies need to either. People don’t always play nice in real life, but the answer isn’t “If you can’t handle it, go find another activity.” Maybe the people should stop being aggressive jerks. On a separate note, let’s stop spreading rumors that we’re banning things like “gg ez” or banning things like “plz stop feeding.” Right now in League, only the worst offenders (the bottom 1%) have been hit with any penalties at all. In a recent survey, a majority of players thought the penalties were too light. 

We’ve said this time and time again: the community agrees that excessive verbal toxicity isn’t tolerated here. It’s not tolerated in real life societies either. If a player doesn’t agree, they need to take their time elsewhere. They don’t have the right to tell everyone else to leave, when they are the outcast in the community.

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Riot draw the line on what’s a bannable offense and what’s not

Lyte New PortraitActually, we’ve (almost) never drawn the line.

Players have always informed exactly where the line is. We use information like Reports, Honors, Tribunal, LeaverBuster and more to determine what the community agrees is OK or not OK.

Every time you report a behavior, you’re voting.

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Can we hope for an overhaul of the boring meta the game is in

Ghostcrawler New PortraitI hesitate to use the word “meta” because that means so many different things to different players. However, we are hearing a lot from players that games are feeling a little stale. Part of that is from us occasionally over-zealously stepping in when players try something unexpected. But beyond that, we’re probably going to have to make some deeper, more fundamental changes to bring about diversity.I’m not talking about making random changes for the sake of change, and I’m certainly not talking about making League unrecognizable, but more that we would make some specific changes to keep the game from going stale in the future.

I know that’s vague, but it’s what I meant when I said we’d start using PBE to try out some crazier ideas that may not actually ship. We’ll start talking about some of these ideas pretty soon… maybe after worlds.

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Why don’t you remove Lulu from mid

Ghostcrawler New PortraitYou quoted me just above your question, so I’m going to re-quote myself. “Part of that is from us occasionally over-zealously stepping in when players try something unexpected.” We don’t feel the game really benefits when we slap champions that dare to stray from their assigned lanes. Maybe players will come up with counter strategies. Maybe having a less predictable game is more fun. If Lulu (or anyone’s) win rates or ban rates or play rates etc. go up and stay up and we feel the new strategy is going to stifle diversity, then we can step in. I’m worried we do it a little too quickly at the moment.

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Melees are at 50% win-rate

Ghostcrawler New PortraitYeah, when I say “need some love,” it’s not just buffing their health and damage. I tried to explain our point of view a few weeks ago that it isn’t just a matter of buffing melee until they dominate ADC or mages. It’s more about improving their kit, really deciding what they’re good at, and making sure ranged champs can’t do everything melee can do on top of fire from a distance. Unfortunately, that means it’s not a quick fix that we can do in one patch. Fortunately, it means that once we fix the problem that balance may be more stable and not require so much whack-a-mole.

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Do you think that is there low diversity and champions need more unique mechanic

Ghostcrawler New PortraitYes, we do think that. Note that it doesn’t need to be a different skill shot between the two, but there does need to be more distinction between champions in the same role. You should consider whether you want to play Graves or Lucian based on what you would have to do as those champions, what your team would do differently, and what the other team would do differently.

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How about adding Champion turnspeed to solve the melee vs ranged issue

Ghostcrawler New PortraitI don’t want to dismiss any potential idea out of hand, but overall we’re not convinced that is the right solution for League. It seems to work for DOTA.

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ARAM isn’t truly random

L4T3NCY New PortraitHeya guys ^.^/ I realised we’ve never explicitly called this out before, so in the spirit of transparency, here we go! :D

ARAM’s RNG is truly random from within the champions you have available at champ select.

I’ll elaborate a little here. ARAM’s RNG is truly random from the champions you own + the free weekly rotation champs. There is no weighting on any groups or champs whatsoever. When using a reroll, you obviously can’t reroll a champ that someone on your team already has, so the system randoms again from your remaining pool (you are also guaranteed to not reroll the exact same champion again, so your pool is technically n-1). Rerolled champs go back into the available pool for everyone else to random if they use any subsequent rerolls.

Remember though, as pointed out previously in this thread and others, asymmetry in people’s champion pools (whether intentionally manufactured or naturally occurring through varied champion pricing) will probably cause certain champs to come up statistically more often than others. This is what we’re hoping to address by exploring the idea of unlocking all champions for ARAM.

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If all 10 players don’t own their Champions, what happens when someone re-rolls

L4T3NCY New PortraitOk. So if all 10 players own 0 champions, at first, everyone would be perfectly distributed across the 10 free champs on rotation that week. If you clicked ‘reroll’, here’s what would happen:

1. You CAN’T receive the same champ consecutively when rerolling, so that champ’s out. 9 left.
2. You can’t receive a champ that one of your team-mates already has, so that’s another 4 out. 5 left.
3. You would randomise one of the 5 remaining champs (which are all represented on the other team at this point, although you wouldn’t know that yet) and end up with a mirror match against one of those players. :D

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You can re-roll and get the same Champion several times in a row

L4T3NCY New PortraitTo clarify, you can’t reroll the same champ consecutively in the same game. Of course, in the next game you play and use a reroll, you have equal chance to potentially reroll whoever you had last game, as much as any other champion you own. Using 2 rerolls in one game back-to-back, there is a slim chance to reroll the champion you first started with on your 2nd reroll, but not consecutively.

If you do happen to reroll the same champ consecutively in a single game again though, that isn’t intended behaviour, so be sure to let us know by filing a bug with Player Support!

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As part of our ongoing efforts towards full transparency with our LCS audience, we’re confirming that later this year our Riot Germany office and EU LCS studios will be moving from Cologne to Berlin.

Although Cologne has been an awesome home for us for the past year, we couldn’t be more excited about the move and to usher in a new season of EU esports in our brand new base.

We’ll be back later this year with a glimpse of our new studio once details are squared away – but suffice to say we’re excited to offer more space and a better entertainment experience for fans across Europe. We’ll be up and running in our new home by the start of the new EU LCS season.

Leaving Cologne wasn’t an easy decision. Cologne is often considered the capital of esports but Berlin is the German city with the biggest concentration of LoL players.

Although moving away from Cologne will doubtless be a disappointment for local fans who lived nearby, we’re confident that our newer, bigger studio will allow us to create a better entertainment experience for fans in Germany and across Europe. In Cologne, a large majority of our attendees came from throughout Germany to join us in studio, and we expect to see the same thing in Berlin.

We’ve been working closely with and talking to LCS teams about this move for a few months. Moving to an international capital city like Berlin offers LCS teams and players the opportunity for more sponsor attention and visibility, better cost of living and broader domestic and international media exposure.

We’ll be back within the next few weeks as we get the details ironed out, but wanted to give LCS fans from EU and around the world a glimpse of where our thinking is around the future of the EU LCS. Above all, we believe this move to Berlin will allow us to continue to grow and level up the EU LCS ecosystem and experience for teams, players and fans.

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Targeting is completely inconsistent

Boourns New PortraitHey guys, I think I identified what was going on with this. The BotRK post from last week rang some alarm bells for me. What happened was that the pixel perfect targeting part of the code was broken so the targeting system was making decisions based only on the bounding volume around models.

How this manifests is that when you have targetable objects near each other (like Taric near a tower, or minions packed in a wave) you will get imprecise targeting even though your mouse is over the model of the thing you’re trying to target.

I just checked in a fix and it’s going through the QA process.

Thanks to all of you for raising awareness on this. I’d been thinking that something felt “off”, but I thought I was just a baddie or had intermittent lag. Your comments helped narrow things down. This video is really helpful for providing a solid test case for us.

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Follow Up

Boourns New PortraitAlso, can you help us out by digging up any past threads on this. It’s a really tricky issue to test and I want to make sure we’re hitting all the right cases.

I already have g30therm’s thread and the BotRK post. Please reply here with any more that you folks remember.

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Will the fix address targeting BotRK’s active

Boourns New PortraitIt should improve this! Although the fact that this was a problem for BotRK implies that our bounding box selection algorithm might benefit from some tweaking. Even if we broke the pixel perfect selection part, the bounding box selection should still prefer to target something that your ability would work on even if you are touching other non-targetable things.

Either way with this fix, if you are over an enemy champion it should target them with BotRK.

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When will the fix be released

Boourns New PortraitNot completely sure, I don’t normally do engineering or release related things (UX designer by day) so I am not familiar with our hotfix policy. It should go out with the next patch based on my current understanding.

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Regarding Recent Instability on North America

ArmiesofZNight New PortraitHey Everyone,

Over the last couple of days, many of you have experienced some problems while playing the game. You’ve seen reconnect spikes, issues with game starts, and very large login queue in many occasions. We wanted to take some time to give you all a little more information on what’s going on, since we haven’t spoken much about this since the issues started occurring.

In the last couple weeks our datacenter and game have been the target of some DDOS attacks. The results of these attacks have caused instability in our service. We’ve been experiencing large attacks that have been filling up a significant chunk of bandwidth and causing parts of our system to lose connection to each other. The end result is a poor play experience for you all. While we’ve been able to turn on our loss forgiven feature as soon as the attack is detected, this does not equal a good play experience.

While we can’t share the details of the work we are doing internally to combat this (since it would give the attackers information to circumvent it), we want you to know that we are tackling this from many different angles. This includes working with our datacenter and internet service provider partners, as well as developing tools and services internally to make our service more robust against these types of attacks. Defending against DDOS attacks is an arms race that we will always be engaged in, and we are committed to reducing the pain you all feel as swiftly as possible when the service is being impacted by malicious attacks.

We want you to know that this is the top priority for the Live Services team. We share your frustration at the impact of these attacks, and we are working to make sure you can play the game every time you want to.

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Attending Pax Prime

Dannamoth New PortraitWe are currently looking for high skilled players (platinum+) to help us build out a Gameplay QA group. This is a great opportunity for someone looking for an entry level job who is bright, passionate, and wants to help shape League of Legends. Working with others and being able to give effective feedback are critical components for this role. You will have the opportunity to work with design, engineering, and art to influence the creation of new game modes, champions, and champion updates, among other things.

The QA Recruiting team will be at PAX Prime at the end of this month. We will be setting time aside on Friday and Saturday(29th and 30th) to meet up with interested folks. We will be spending time somewhat close to the Esports entrance. If you aren’t attending PAX Prime, but will still be in the area, also reach out! I’ll do my best to answer any questions in this thread in the meantime.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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PBE 22/08 Contents:

 

Reminder: The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

Want to keep up with news on the Public Beta Environment?

Here’s a list of the updates for Patch 4.15:

PBE Content for Patch 4 15

 

 

New Splash Arts

 

Cyber Ops Yasuo, Final Boss Veigar, Shyvana and Vayne all got new splash arts!

 

Yasuo_2 Vayne_0 Shyvana_0 Veigar_8


 Cyber Ops Yasuo


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Vayne


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Shyvana


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Final Boss Veigar


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Cyber Ops Yasuo Preview

 

 

Final Boss Veigar Preview

 

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Gnar New Portrait

  • Base damage in both mini and mega form decreased by 3 [ revert on the changes in this PBE update ]
  • Base health regen in both mini and mega form increased from 0.5-per-second to 0.9

 

Hyper New Icon Hyper [ W ]

  • Maximum damage vs monsters decreased from 100/150/200/250/300 to 75/125/175/225/275 [ revert on the changes in this PBE update ]

 

GNAR! New IconGNAR! [ R ]

  • Bonus AD ratio decreased from 0.5 to 0.2 [ revert on the changes in this PBE update ]

 

 

Summoner’s Rift Visual Update has been removed from the PBE and will not be shipping with Patch 4.15.


 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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The client VU will be up on live servers soon!

 

 

Over the next week or so, we’ll be introducing the first steps of an extensive and ongoing development process to the client. We’re pushing the visual changes to the patcher and client landing pagewe recently shared with you on PBE to the live experience along with some new core client technology.

When we talk about “the client,” we’re referring to the technology that supports your pre-game experience. Every interaction you have as you’re getting ready for a match is based on interconnected systems and, as a result, maintaining League’s stability outweighs almost every other priority we have when making changes.

So, we chose our first targets for development by looking at the least risky pieces of the client. Updating the look and feel of the patcher and client landing page means we can add new tech, minimize risk, and deliver some neat stuff.

Our first few releases are starting points that’ll provide insight into how we should update additional systems. We’ll be refining and improving the pre-game experience as we go. But let’s look at the new visuals you’ll encounter in the patcher and client landing page.

 

 

 

Share your feedback below and if you’re looking for a deeper dive into the rationale behind the patcher and landing page changes, check out our longer explanation here.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.