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(Still in testing and subject to change!)
- Minions now spawn at 1:00, changed from 1:30.
- Monster camps spawn at 1:30, changed from 2:05
Â Â Â Baron
- Baron buffÂ remade: now grants a large % of bonus damage to towers and out-of-combat movement speed boost. No longer grants health regeneration and bonus AD/AP
Â Â Towers
- Outer towers (possibly all towers) now grant 250 gold to the killer and 75 to all other allies
- First blood within the first 4 minutes now grants 240 gold, reduced from 400
- New jungle item gives significantly increased gold income for killing monsters
- Mid laner will gain some increased damage from the revised Masteries. but he’ll also need to roam more, as there’ll be more objectives to secure
- The support on bot lane has a much larger potential to carry if the lane is won
(Source, with minor edits)
Hello, this is Misaya from Team WE. S4 testing in Los Angeles concluded just a few days ago and now I’m here to share some of the changes.
Firstly, I think Season 4 will make the game more competitive and interesting.
In the S4 preseason tournaments,Â there will be much less level 1 fights. Minions spawn at 1:00 and jungle camps – at 1:30 (on the test client now, but subject to change). The addition of Trinkets (3 abilities: a 60s ward, Clairvoyance, and a small stealth detection) will make level 1 fights less feasible. Those will be very rare in future Ranked and Tournament games. The gold from First Blood before 4 minutes is also reduced to 240. Who would sacrifice lane experience for so little gold in a level 1 fight?
The changes to the vision system and the positions of bushes will let skirmishes happen more often.Â Whoever can best utilize the new Trinkets (a 7th item slot dedicated to vision items) will directly decide vision control and come out ahead in skirmishes.Â How to use Trinkets should be the first thing to learn; they are definitely the most important items in this version of the game.
Big changes to the assist system and support role will let theÂ Support have more carrying power.Â In this version, Supports can get gold from various sources (masteries, assists, towers, new items, and the gold ADs obtain). In the testing, I found out that gold from assists is just way too much. Madlife would always have a lot of items. One time, when he was supporting me, he had Philosopher’s Stone, Ruby Sightstone, and potions before 8 minutes. We won that match easily. If the Support and AD can win bot lane, the Support can definitely carry. I believe many different Supports will appear in future tournaments
The changes to the jungle involve a new camp and Item changes. I’ve got to say that right now,Â the gold increase from jungle items is too much, especially Wriggles Lantern (giving an additional 40% gold from jungle creeps during testing). Several other items also give pretty good gold. The increase to assist gold will let the jungler, who is already roaming all game, get more gold. The new jungle camp is definitely a blessing – it gives decent experience and gold, and isn’t hard to take down. It also balances the map, letting every quarter of the map have 3 camps, making jungle diversity richer.
The S4 changes are definitely interesting, and we had a lot of fun in testing. Support is no longer negligible, and the changes to masteries also let AP become more interesting. Although support and junglers are becoming stronger, the damage of AP and AD will also increase due to masteries changes.Â This version of the game will need the AP to be more active in roaming in tandem with the jungler, since there are more resources to contest on the map. How to help the jungle and other lanes get more jungle resources and tower gold will be the main objective of the new season.
During testing, we found that every game proceeded very quickly. The gold increase from first tier turrets (the killer of the first tier turret will get 250 gold + 75 gold to everyone), will let the game develop faster. On the whole, the game rhythm will develop from active early game fights: towers, dragon, and buffs will all become extremely important objectives to contest. The Sightstone will also let the winning side get more chances to attack, while the defending side will also have some ability to strike back.
The changes to Baron buff (the buff holding side will receive a buff similar to Mobility boots and a percentage increase to tower damage). So with the buff, the speed of taking down towers is like…I think a TF with Lich Bane and Deathcap can take down an inhibitor turret in 2 blue cards? Baron buff no longer gives any fighting power, so the defending side has to actively attack, or else the towers go down way too fast.
After testing, I am truly looking forward to the preseason. This will definitely be a very fun version. We’vce been playing the S3 version for a very long time. Even though S3 is an excellent version, I am still eager for the new version, because the changes are very interesting and attractive. Nobody knows which champions and what strategies will become mainstream in the preseason tournaments.
Are you guys excited for the new season? Let’s await the Preseason together!
What these changes mean (my impressions):
For junglers: The adjusted spawn timers make it impossible to receive a long leash on Buffs, so junglers will have to again Smite. This removes the imminent threat of level 3 ganks against level 2 Champions. With the addition of a new Camp and items that increase a junglerâ€™s profit from farming, it actually makes this role a viable alternative for carries that have a hard time surviving in lane.
For mid: As stated, mid laners will have to be much more active on the ganking scene. The choice between farming or assisting a lane will become far more strategic with the revisions to XP, vision and overall reduction of snowball scenarios. The math clearly suggests Fizz, Kassadin, Zed and so on will continue to be viable in Season 4. Yeah, science bitch!
For top lane: Much of the pressure to buy early wards and play on tower has been removed with the addition of Trinkets and now with the reworked Jungle. Top Laners should have a broader set of alternatives for starting items and may actually commit to level 2-3 fights without getting squatted by an overleveled double-buff Jarvan. Solo lanes and top especially will balance around early push strategies, due to the increased bounty on towers. So hugging that mighty expensive turret may become a detriment to your teamâ€™s success! It doesnâ€™t change the core philosophy of top lane (stats>skill), but it may shake up the typical roster with Champions who can push an enemy to his/her turret at early level.
Bottom lane: The most notable change here is to Supports. Given how many more opportunities there are for Support champions to gain gold and scale their assisting power, we may see a heavy snowball effect with kill-comps over farming ones. Expect Taric/Graves, Corki/Leona and the like to return in full force, as swinging the tides early on means the winning compâ€™s Support will be in an infinitely better position, with more gold to spend on core items and vision.
The New Baron buff: Overall it removes the skewed powerlevel in teamfights where one team has Baron. Now Nashor will be more about splitpush and poke compositions dominating the enemy by applying continuous pressure over just steam rolling with better stats. The extra movement speed means the buffed team can easily re-position and snipe objectives. Itâ€™s certainly a dynamic improvement over the previous version, but balance in certain comps remains to be seen.
Iâ€™m interested in how Season 4â€²s reiteration of the meta will tie in with the recently announced Team Builder. Will these changes encourage pro players to experiment with different setups? It certainly looks like Riot is trying to stray from the currently enforced composition, but wonâ€™t know until we get to test it for ourselves.
Riot encourages Summoners to rise against the practice of Elo boosting.
We get an extremely high volume of reports of Elo booster and Elo Boostees. We want to find justice for these boosters as much as you do. Our investigations on these players are very in depth and in some cases may take some time. IP addresses and Lolking scores are not as reliable as you may think and we always want to make sure that we are 100%. We do this so we catch the guilty ones and ensure that no innocent bystanders get caught in the cross fire [shared IPs, College/PC Cafe IPs]
Since the results are not instant it may seem that we aren’t looking into this or that we don’t care. Since the end of the season is near there are those summoners who are desperate for those rewards. This is the reason for the spike. As players are seeing the spike in games we are seeing the spike in reports and we go through and investigate every single report made.
As Summoners you have every right to help us find these boosters/bostees.
Efficient reports include:
Summoner nameÂ – Of both the Boostee and Booster if you know but either summoner name will work.
Screen ShotsÂ - It’s not always apparent that a booster will admit in chat that they are boosting or a player will say they are playing on a friend to get them out of bronze but if it does and you screen cap it it will help us greatly.
Anything else. If you think it might be helpful to us include it in your report. With this information we can get to our investigations quickly and in some cases be more efficient. Every little bit helps.
What’s your stance on smurfing in order to duo queue with friends?
Â Riot CaptnPanda:Â I’ve been on both sides. A few years ago I had a smurf I made when my friends were first getting into league. So they wouldn’t have to suffer through the horrors of getting matched up with level 30s when they are still only level 7. I’ve also suffered through playing a games where you are playing against players who are smurfing. It’s frustrating I will say that.
Personally though I do not see anything wrong with this. Not only because it’s a fairly common thing to do but whenever I’m up against that Platinum smurf Mid, or that Diamond Smurf ADC I’m learning. They are stretching my skills in a way where it’s not just another game. I almost never see it as a negative experience I always see it as an opportunity for my skills to get maybe even a little better.
Is claiming to be an Elo booster a bannable offense?
Are these the only issues concerning boosting?
When you are confiding in a booster you are putting your account at a lot of risk.Â A booster can steal your account or get your account banned by the tribunal by being toxic while playing.
A boostee is also hurting their teammates. By being boosted to a division you haven’t played up to yourself. Your skills are not up to par with your teammates which can make a game very frustrating.
Finally, you are getting rewarded for something you didn’t achieve. This falls down to just principle. An average player could be putting in their blood sweat and tears to make it to gold before the seasons end. Weather they make it or not they get that feel of accomplishment on how far they’ve achieved. A boostee didn’t get any of this they got rewarded for doing nothing. As stated before it falls on principle.
Can we report Facebook pages that advertise boosting?
Â Riot CaptnPanda:Â Facebook groups are tricky that being sometimes Summoner Names are hard to find. You can report this as usual ticket. The subject line should sum up the ticket ” Facebook Elo boosting group ” for example. Then in the ticket just include everything you can. Links, Screen Shots, anything you think would be helpful for us to figure out if this group is actually an elo boosting group or not. However, Groups and such tend to take us longer to investigate. Just keep that in mind.
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Marv finally had his life clear up a bit, here’s his next chapter:
On the balcony, Marvelous sat alone. Letting his legs dangle off the side and slowly swing in the breeze miles above the ground he simply sat alone, watching the clouds dance through the sky. The pain in his neck was still extremely present, fingers dragging over his neck slightly. As he pulled the fingers away he found stains of blood upon said fingers, causing him to grimace in disgust but otherwise remain silent
â€œLet me see that,â€ somebody spoke behind him. Marvelous turned to see Sarah, moving to sit next to him with a small bag of supplies from their brief time camping. Miss Fortune placed two fingers under his chin, lifting it as her other hand began to scour through the supplies to find disinfectant and bandages. â€œItâ€™s not too bad to be honest. Itâ€™ll hurt like hell but otherwise youÂ’re going to be fine, Marv.â€
As Sarah pulled out a small bit of cotton and a tiny container of Zaun anti-biotic (Which would likely get him more injured than prevent sickness), and began to dab along the cut. She could see the Captain seething as the antibiotic left a stinging sensation all along the cut but, otherwise, he remained still. â€œThis is probably going to leave a scar on your neck,â€ Sarah mentioned, frowning to herself as she slowly began to place a bandage over the cut. It made Marvelous look similar to Singed in having his entire neck wrapped but otherwise, it was clean medical work.
Finally he spoke up. â€œI donâ€™t suppose you have scars too or youâ€™ve simply dealt with wounds that would scar? You seem to know a lot about injuries,â€ He muttered.
Sarah frowned softly, grasping the bottom of her blouse and lifted. At first, Marvelous thought she was trying something to change the subject. This thought was stopped once he saw what she meant to display: A long, thin gash just under her breast that reached across her side. Curiosity took hold as Marvelous reached over to touch it before recoiling. It was, after all, very close to a personal area. â€œSorry.â€
Sarah shook her head, lowering her blouse. This time she hooked a hand on the rim of her pants, pulling down ever so slightly to reveal another scar: A small but noticeable â€œdotâ€ on her pelvis, most likely a bullet wound. â€œDonâ€™t worry about it, Cap. Any pin-ups Iâ€™ve done use so much magic to remove these little…imperfections…that most donâ€™t know they exist. Itâ€™s natural curiosity to want to touch.â€
Marvelous smiled before turning away, rubbing at the bandage. â€œThank you for saving me. It means a lot, especially since we were sort of in that argument.â€
Sarah turned to him, smiling back as she reached over. Her hand was placed atop his, fingers sliding under his palm. She squeezed, fingers agile but callous from years of gunplay and ship labor. He squeezed back, turning to her and smiling softly.
â€œIt meant more to me for standing up for me after my…moment.â€ Sarah spoke with a twinge of regret. The unprofessional â€œfreak-outâ€, for lack of a better phrase, was pretty unbecoming. More so, it brought about unpleasant memories of what had catapulted her from average young woman into pirate-hunting markswoman. â€œSeeing his eyes? The red. It made me, well, panic. I know he likely didnâ€™t do it, heâ€™s too young, but it still made me want to turn him into a bullet sponge,â€ Sarah admitted.
â€œWell, I kind of realized why it hurt so much for me to talk down to you like that. In a way, I saw myself when that guy was talking so much garbage of you.â€ Marvelous turned away. Sarahâ€™s eyebrow rose, moving her hand off of his. â€œI guess this is my way of saying Iâ€™m sorry?â€ he spoke, questioning his own intention as Sarah watched him.
Slowly, Marvelous turned. â€œIf youâ€™re still mad, I donâ€™t blame you. You have a right to be. Sticking up for you was the right thing to do but I doubt it makes up for what I said before,â€ he added, looking away from her. Instead, Marvelous flinched. Sarahâ€™s weight was placed upon him as she wrapped an arm around him, pulling herself into a half-hug. He turned, surprised as he watched her just press against him. It wasnâ€™t the slightest bit risquÃ© either! It was a pure, unconditional embrace of gratitude.
â€œI still think what you did was incredibly stupid and the way you treat a fair bit of champions at the Institute, myself included, is shallow and exemplifies us in a bad lightâ€¦but that was a good start towards making things better,â€ She said, pulling away before nodding to him. â€œMaybe deep down, thereâ€™s more to this author than profiting on otherâ€™s stories?â€ Sarah smirked a bit.
Marvelous looked away as he coughed slightly. So much for a complete reconciliation but, as Sarah said, it was a start.
Captain stood up, rolling his shoulders to fix his jacket. â€œCâ€™mon. We should go find Dirk. Viktor should have almost finished getting a hang of the shipâ€™s controls.â€ Offering a hand, Marvelous pulled Sarah upwards, the two walking back towards the depths of the hanger as they went to find Dirk.
Dirk was alone on a balcony, leaning over the railing after finally getting Maokai to leave him be. To say that his head was pounding was an understatement; it felt more akin to Nautilus bashing his skull with the heaviest part of his anchor over and over. The throbbing in his head was made only worse by the irritation of his shoulder, the two working in tandem to make Dirk feel as terrible as possible.
Dirk was so out of it that he didnâ€™t notice M approach until he was already right next to him, a small brown cylinder in his mouth. â€œCigar? Janna doesnâ€™t approve of me smoking in her home,â€ He asked, offering Dirk a little cylinder from the pocket of his coat.
Dirk just glared, putting off an aura that would make the average person keep this distance.
â€œEh, suite yourself.â€ M said even as Dirk continued to glare. Dirk wasn’t quite sure what M did, but something made the blade burst into flames.
M tapped the tip of the cigar to the flame before shaking the sword. The flames died as M breathed deeply of his smoke. â€œLike it? Itâ€™s a blade made from a phoenix feather. All magical and such.â€ M tried to establish conversation but Dirk, unfortunately, seemed far too distracted with the agony of his wounds.
At this M grumbled, arms crossed as he stuck the sword back on his belt loop. â€œVery well, Dirk. Viktor told me that you have a â€œtragic storyâ€. Question is, what exactly happened to you? Considering youâ€™re not gonna talk to me, I think Iâ€™ll play detective.â€ For a long time M stared at Dirk, the Summonerâ€™s head hung low as he fought back both anger and the urge to vomit. That idiotic cigar was only serving to increase the feeling of sickness deep within his body and the crimson eyes boring a hole into his back didn’t make it any easier.
M nodded to himself after what seemed like an eternity. â€œRight, hereâ€™s what I guess: Youâ€™re too young to have anything to do with the rune wars. You donâ€™t seem to bear any state insignia or marking, so this isnâ€™t a matter of that. You donâ€™t look Ionian nor Demacian. Maybe Noxian but thatâ€™d be a stretch. Youâ€™re something else. Hm. . . . Shurima nomad?â€ Silence. â€œBilgewater orphan?â€ Again, silence. â€œPiltover? Zaun?â€ Once more, Silence.
Peering deeper at Dirk, M finally spoke that magic word: â€œKalamandra?â€ Both fed up with his incessant questioning and aggravated beyond belief that M was prying into his life, that trigger word caused Dirk to furiously grab at Mâ€™s shirt, grabbing a handful of the cloth on his chest menacingly. M only smirked, nodding as Dirk finally looked up, regarding him with nothing but animosity.
â€œThere it is. Thereâ€™s that scar you donâ€™t like people knowing,â€ M said, casually tossing his half-spent cigar over the edge of the balcony. Lightly he took Dirkâ€™s hands, removing them from his shirt (Which Dirk reluctantly allowed) as he leaned on the edge. â€œI donâ€™t need to know your whole life story, I just needed to see where you came from. I got what I need so weâ€™re done here, if you so choose. You all should probably get moving anyway, no telling how soon until someone figures out where you went.â€
With that, Dirk turned to the door of the balcony. As he grasped the handle, however, he turned to look at M. â€œYour name is M, right?â€ Dirk questioned. To this M nodded, arms crossed as he raised an eyebrow. For a short time the two men locked eyes, Dirk trying to figure out the right way to phrase this while M just waited to find out what Dirk had to say. It was difficult but Dirk finally figured out just what to say.
â€œYouâ€™re a dick.â€
And with that, Dirk opened the door and closed it right on the dot. M could only chuckle to himself, shaking his head. â€œWouldnâ€™t say heâ€™s wrong. Wouldnâ€™t say heâ€™s wrong at all . . .â€
In the hanger, Dirk found his motley crew pretty much ready to go . . . sort of. Maokai stood on the â€œbridgeâ€ that let people walk up to the deck of the airship, even as Marvelous and Sarah were trying to push him along against his will.
â€œI shall go at my own pace, humans!â€ Maokai angrily shouted, this predicament a near-copy of the situation in trying to get the treant into the elevator. â€œYou think it’s easy to board a metal coffin that will throw me into the sky!? You disgust me with this abomination you call technology!â€
In a much more peaceful display, Janna and Viktor were going over the final preparations of piloting her airship with Viktor rather quickly grasping the finer mechanics of using such a vehicle.
â€œHey Dirk, weâ€™re almost ready but a certain TREANT is making this VERY difficult for us!â€ Sarah said, the combined shoving of both Marvelous and herself moving Maokai only inches at a time. Dirk, not in any mood to watch this spectacle, simply moved up the ramp and onto the ship. The trio of Maokai, Marvelous, and Miss Fortune watched him march up the ramp, moving right past Janna and Viktor before heading below deck.
To this the entire group shared a look of worry. â€œViktor wasnâ€™t kidding. Heâ€™s going to hurt himself unless he has some way to de-stress himself,â€ Captain said, Maokai inching a little closer to the deck as the two stopped pressing on his bark. â€œWe didnâ€™t happen to have painkillers or any remedies to reduce the pain, did we?â€ Sarah shook her head at Marv’s question, causing both of them to cross their arms and stew on the situation.
Janna nodded to Viktor, lifting herself off the deck and slowly floating herself to the hanger floor. â€œIf at all possible, Iâ€™d like to have my ship back in the condition I gave it to you in. Though my better judgment is telling me Iâ€™d be lucky to get my ship back at all,â€ Janna shook her head, sighing to herself. These airships were pretty expensive to produce, but nearly as painful to lose as her friendships.
Viktor nodded, waving to Janna as moved to the side of the ship. â€œDo not worry. I will take as many precautions and avoid as many risks as I can. It is not much but it will be the best I can do for you.â€
Finally the combined shoving of Sarah and Captain carted Maokai onto the deck…who made his way over to the closest, centermost section of the deck he could and planted himself onto the floor, making sure he couldnâ€™t see over the side.
â€œWell with our group mascot on the boat, I believe weâ€™re ready to ship out?â€ Marvelous questioned, looking around and seeing Sarah already removing the ramp from the side while Viktor moved into the pilotâ€™s cabin. The shipâ€™s engines began to roar to life as energy flooded the many wires and pipes connecting the various turbines and sails.
Janna watched from the side as they began to leave. Politely, she waved to the departing group. â€œSorry again for all the trouble we caused you, Marvelous. Well, all the trouble M caused! For what it is worth, I found some of your books entertaining!â€ Janna yelled, voice barely clear over the roar of engines.
Marvelous waved back, Sarah joining in as the gripped the side of the ship.
â€œWeâ€™re sorry for the trouble as well! Sorta, that is! Iâ€™ll see you on the fields, Janna!â€ Sarah yelled back, the ship slowly hovering in the hanger before lethargically backing itself out. Janna watched as that ship emerged from the hanger gate, hovering in the land above the clouds before turning its back to her, sailing outward and onward.
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