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[ Note ] I’m currently travelling, so news will be slow and unformatted for a few days.

 

PBE 25/10:

 

[ 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.


PBE Content from Patch 4.19 Cycle:

 

 

Preseason Changes


The Preseason changes have returned on the PBE. Here’s the list of new tweaks:


Dragon Slayer [ Dragon Buff ]


[ Note ] On the PBE, Dragon grants a stacking buff instead of team gold. Each Dragon killed increases the stack value of the buff by 1.


New Stack Effects:

  • (1 Stack) Wurmheal: +5 Health/Mana Regeneration per 5 Seconds
  • (2 Stacks) Wyrmhide: +10% Total Armor and Magic Resist
  • (3 Stacks) Wyrmflight: +5% Movement Speed
  • (4 Stacks) Wyrmclaw: +10% Armor and Magic Penetration
  • (5 Stacks) Aspect of the Dragon: Triples all other bonuses and grants Wyrmfire: damaging enemies burns them for 50 true damage per second for 5 seconds. Lasts 180 seconds. Slaying Dragon again renews the effect.


Krug Smite bonus


[ Note ] Smiting the Krug camp (Golem camp) on the PBE used to grant bonus damage to the last basic attack that would kill a unit. This has been changed.


  • Your first attack and every 5th attack after stuns monsters and minions. Attacking a tower inflicts 95 bonus true damage and consumes the Gift of the Heavy Hands.



Hunter Machete Enchantments


[ Note ] These enchant the Hunter’s Machete upgrades that were added in the Preseason PBE patch. They require Smite to be purchased.

 

Enchantment – Juggernaut

  • Health granted increased from 450 to 500
  • No longer grants 10% Cooldown Reduction and 5% Movement Speed
  • Now grants 25 Armor and Tenacity (33% shorter effect of CC)


Enchantment – Magus

  • Ability power increased from 80 to 90
  • Now grants 10 flat Magic Penetration


Enchantment – Warrior

  • Attack Damage granted increased from 45 to 60
  • Lifesteal granted increased from 8% to 10%


Enchantment : Devourer (renamed from “Stalker”)

  • Attack Speed granted increased from 40% to 50%
  • No longer grants 10% Cooldown reduction
  • Now deals 40 magic damage per-hit to Champions, monsters and minions
  • Passive removed: “Basic attacks grant +6% Attack Speed for 8 seconds ( stacks up to 4 times ) and deal 24 bonus magic damage”
  • New Passive: “Killing large monsters increases the magic damage of this item by 1, Champion kills and assist – by 2.”

 

 

Ahri’s New Splash Reverted


Ahri’s new splash art has been removed from the PBE.

 

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Champion Changes


 


Janna


Zephyr [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 12/11/10/9/8 seconds to 12 at all ranks



Lucian


Ardent Blaze [ W ]

  • Flat movement speed bonus increased from 40 at all ranks to 40/45/50/55/60
  • No longer scales with AD (+0.3 bonus AD ratio on live)


The Culling [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 100/75/50 seconds to 110/100/90
  • Damage-per-shot increased from 40/50/60 to 45/55/65



Quinn


  • Auto Attack range increased from 525 to 550
  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 335 to 330

 

 


Item Changes


Athene’s Unholy Grail

  • Now restores 1.5% of maximum mana per 5 seconds, changed from 1% mana regen per 1% of maximum mana missing
  • Identical change to Chalice of Harmony‘s passive


Chain Vest

  • Recipe changed to Cloth Armor + 450 Gold (Cloth Armor x2 + 200 Gold) on live. Cost reduced from 800 Gold to 750


Doran’s Shield

  •  Now additionally blocks 8 damage from Champion spells (still blocks 8 damage from basic Champion attacks)


Seeker’s Armguard

  • Recipe changed to Cloth Armor + Amplifying Tome + 475 Gold (2xCloth Armor + Amplifying Tome + 125 Gold)

 


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This year’s Harrowing is finally here! The promo page reveals a new trailer, a huge sale and a new featured game mode – Hexakill Twisted Treeline.

 

 

The Harrowing Promo banner

 

The announcement comes with a new trailer from Riot, titled Tales of the Black Mist: The Harrowing.

 

 

And here is the breakdown of the new content and sales:

 

 

The Haunted Hoard Harrowing sale


 

 

Wizardcrab New PortraitHiding amongst the specters haunting the Black Mist are surprises both new and newly returned from Harrowing past. From October 24 to November 4, a host of deals and offers will be up for reaping:

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Flash deals

 

In an unprecedented phantasmic phenomenon, a group of skins’ regular prices are reduced for six hours before resetting in favor of a new slate of skins. Early research into ectoplasmic evidence has yet to uncover a way to predict which skins will go on sale–or even the discount rate. All we know for sure is that skins go on sale for six hours at a time and then it happens all over again. Happily, you can check the “On Sale” box in the skins tab of the Store to see what skins are on tap.

Disclaimer: Riot won’t be held responsible for the actions of ghosts so we aren’t offering retroactive refunds for these sales.


New skins and icons

 

Traverse the abyss with Underworld Wukong for 1350 RP (on sale for 975 RP through October 28th).

Enslave the shadows with Ravenborn LeBlanc for 975 RP.

Pledge your soul to the Shadow Isles with the Crest for 1500 IP during the Harrowing, or 250 RP any time afterward.


Bundles

 

 

Harrowing 2010 Bundle – 20% off at 4316 RP (7004 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Lollipoppy
  • Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks
  • Nosferatu Vladimir
  • Mundo Mundo
  • Kitty Cat Katarina
  • Zombie Ryze

Champions included:

  • Poppy
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Vladimir
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Katarina
  • Ryze

 

Harrowing 2011 Bundle – 20% off at 2392 RP (4568 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Bewitching Nidalee
  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank
  • FrankenTibbers Annie
  • Haunting Nocturne

Champions included:

  • Nidalee
  • Blitzcrank
  • Annie
  • Nocturne

 

Harrowing 2012 Bundle – 20% off at 3900 RP (6840 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Haunted Maokai
  • Headless Hecarim
  • Headmistress Fiora
  • Pirate Ryze
  • Underworld Twisted Fate

Champions included:

  • Maokai
  • Hecarim
  • Fiora
  • Ryze
  • Twisted Fate

 

Harrowing 2013 Bundle – 20% off at 1860 RP (3420 RP if you need the champions)

 

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Skins included:

  • Haunted Zyra
  • Officer Vi

Champions included:

  • Zyra
  • Vi

 

Harrowing Ward Bundle – 20% off at 2560 RP (2560 RP if you need the champions)

  • Bat-o-lantern Ward
  • Haunting Ward
  • Widow Ward
  • Deadfall Ward
  • Tomb Angel Ward

 

Legacy Skins

 

  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank: 520 RP
  • Haunting Nocturne: 520 RP
  • Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks: 520 RP
  • Bewitching Nidalee: 975 RP
  • FrankenTibbers Annie: 975 RP
  • Haunted Maokai: 975 RP
  • Headless Hecarim: 975 RP
  • Headmistress Fiora: 975 RP
  • Kitty Cat Katarina: 975 RP
  • Lollipoppy: 975 RP
  • Mundo Mundo: 975 RP
  • Nosferatu Vladimir: 975 RP
  • Pirate Ryze: 975 RP
  • Underworld Twisted Fate: 975 RP
  • Zombie Ryze: 975 RP
  • Zombie Brand: 1820 RP

 

Bewitching Nidalee – 975 RP


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Definitely Not Blitzcrank – 520 RP


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FrankenTibbers Annie – 975 RP


Katarina_4

 

Haunted Maokai – 975 RP


 

Haunting Nocturne – 520 RP


 

Headless Hecarim – 975 RP


 

Headmistress Fiora – 975 RP


Katarina_4

 

Kitty Cat Katarina – 975 RP


Katarina_4

 

Lolipoppy – 975 RP


Katarina_4

 

Mundo Mundo – 975 RP


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Nosferatu Vladimir – 975 RP


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Pirate Ryze – 975 RP


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Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks – 520 RP


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Underworld Twisted Fate – 975 RP


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Zombie Brand – 1820 RP


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Zombie Ryze – 975 RP


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Legacy Ward Skins

  • Bat-o-lantern Ward: 640 RP
  • Deadfall Ward: 640 RP
  • Haunting Ward: 640 RP
  • Tomb Angel Ward: 640 RP
  • Widow Ward: 640 RP

 

Mystery Gifting

 

The Mystery Gift swirls with every skin of Harrowing’s past and present! Better yet, Harrowing content bursts out of the chest at a 2x rate!

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

Three new Summoner Icons will be available for the duration of the event. One you can purchase in the store and the other two can be earned by partaking in the new featured mode – Hexakill on Twisted Treeline.

 

Shadow Isles Crest Icon

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“Pledge your soul to the Shadow Isles for 1500 ip during the Harrowing or 250 RP any time afterward.”

 

 

Mark of the Betrayer Icon

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“Win three games of Hexakill: Twisted Treeline”

 

 

Harrowed Puppet Icon

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“Give a gift of any kind to a friend before the Harrowing ends”

 

 

 

Ravenborn LeBlanc

 

From the official announcement:

 

Cloaked in ebon feathers, a figure glides through the black mist, ghostly tendrils recoiling before every step. The raven atop her staff quavers. A shriek pierces through the vapor, halting Ravenborn LeBlanc. Her dark lips break into a malicious grin. The Black Mist looms.

Enslave the shadows with Ravenborn LeBlanc, available now in the League of Legends store for 975 RP.

 

 

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Ravenborn LeBlanc Model

Ravenborn LeBlanc Recall

For her recall, the raven on LeBlanc’s staff comes to life and lands on her arm. She then dissipates in a puff of teal smoke.

 

Ravenborn LeBlanc Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

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Sigil of Malice [ Q ]

 

Distortion

Distortion [ W ]

 

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Ethereal Chains [ E ]

 

 

Underworld Wukong

 

From the official announcement:

 

The black mist grasps at Underworld Wukong, clinging to his staff as he explores the Shadow Isles. A circlet holds back his mane of wild hair to reveal gleaming emerald eyes. His bladed tail swats away a particularly annoying tendril of vapor as Wukong chuckles softly to himself. He twirls his staff and prances further into the darkness.

Traverse the abyss with Underworld Wukong, available now in the League of Legends store for 1350 RP (on sale for 975 RP through October 28).

 

 

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Wukong Model 1Wukong All EmotesWukong Recall

For his recall, Underworld Wukong spins his staff around and ghosts come off it.

 

Wukong Q

Crushing Blow [ Q ]

 

Wukong W 1 Wukong W 2

Decoy [ W ] 

 

Wukong E

Nimbus Strike [ E ]

 

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Cyclone [ R ]

 

 

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PBE 23/10:


[ 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.

 

PBE Content from Patch 4.19 Cycle:

 

 

New Splash Arts

 

Graves

 

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Graves_0 (1) Graves_Square_0

 

 

Gragas

 

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Gragas_0 Gragas_Square_0

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

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Singed Updated Ability Icons

 

From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

 

Singed_Passive Singed_Q Singed_W Singed_E Singed_R

 


Champion Changes
 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Overload New IconOverload [ Q ] 

Base damage decreased from 60/85/110/135/160 to 40/60/80/100/120
 

 

Zilean Final Portrait


Heightened Learning New IconHeightened Learning [ Passive ]

Now grants 8% bonus to experience in an area, changed from global (same range as Janna’s passive)

 

 

Kayle also got her new in-game portrait updated:

 

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New

 

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If you want to check out the new splash arts on the PBE, click here.

 
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Champion Skin Sale October 27 Banner

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 27th:

 


Champions


Draven Final Portrait Fizz Final Portrait LeBlanc Final Portrait


 

Panda Satan – 487 RP


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Temple Jax – 375 RP


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Totemic Maokai – 260 RP

 
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Samsung White’s World winners bundle can be yours for 4220 RP. Scroll down to see its contents:



World Championship Bundle

World Championship Bundle 2

 


Champions


Corki Final Portrait

Janna Final Portrait

Kassadin Final Portrait

Orianna Final Portrait

Rengar Final Portrait


 

Bladecraft Orianna


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Frost Queen Janna


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Hot Rod Corki


Corki_HotRodSkin

 

 

Harbinger Kassadin


Kassadin_HarbingerSkin

 

 

Night Hunter Rengar


Rengar_NightHunterSkin


 


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Free Champion Rotation Week 40 S4 Banner

The following Champions will be free-to-play until October 28th:

 


Champions


Braum Final Portrait

Corki Final Portrait

Lux Final Portrait

Malphite Final Portrait

Maokai Final Portrait

Orianna Final Portrait

Sivir Final Portrait

Udyr Final Portrait

Vladimir Final Portrait

Zed Final Portrait

 

 

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


 

Champion Skin Sale 24 October

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 24th:


Champions


Elise Final Portrait

Malphite Final Portrait

Trundle Final Portrait


Full Metal Rammus – 487 RP


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Heartseeker Vayne – 487 RP


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Renegade Talon – 260 RP


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Here are the new stories for Xerath and Azir! I’ve also added some discussion with Narrative Editor Jaredan on Shurima’s developing story.

 

 

Jaredan Final PortraitHey all,

As a member of the Narrative discipline that works on ideation & story, I’d like to follow up with you about where we currently are with champ bios and backgrounds.

Previously, we’ve communicated two main ways in which the presentation of champ backgrounds is changing: format & location. A while back we started moving away from the older style of ‘historical’ bios in favor of character stories (think Braum & Gnar), but we’ve found that issues like character limits and formatting constraints are preventing us from really pushing things further in the in-client lore tabs. Given that the lore tab is also intended to give players a quick feel for a champ’s thematic and identity, we’ve decided to morph it into more of an introductory space that links to deeper story experiences on the website’s champ info pages.

That said, we’re frankly behind on all of this. We recently released in-client champion intros for Shurima champions without having their deeper story pieces ready to go. We know this is frustrating and we’re working to get them all out as soon as possible.

Additionally, as I mentioned last week, we’ve run into some tech issues preventing us from de-linking the champ info pages from the lore tabs. We hope to have this fixed very shortly, but for now we’re actually unable to deliver completed stories in the way we’ve promised.

Because of this, we’ve taken the interim step of stickying the new Azir and Xerath short stories on this board. We hope you enjoy them, and deeply appreciate your continuing patience as we work to bring you the stories you want and deserve.

I’ll be hanging out in this thread for a bit, so feel to leave any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to address them.

Azir

Xerath

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When will you show us this new Shurima narrative

Jaredan Final PortraitOur aim is to bring you stories with much more regularity than we have in the past. We’re learning and leveling up, but we want to deliver stories to you. While we’re working out a few things, including tech issues, it’s not gone as quickly as we would like, hence putting these first two stories here on the boards while we sort things.

More will be coming.

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If Azir emancipated Xerath, why did Xerath kill him

Jaredan Final PortraitIt was already planned out, wheels that had been in motion for years were set to bring Azir and Shurima crashing down. Xerath couldn’t stop what he had started.

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Did Xerath show sadness in the end

Jaredan Final PortraitI think sadness is one of the many emotions that Xerath was feeling at that moment. Part of him meant it, but how much of him is full of regret is something we’ll have to explore.

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Will we see new lore about Sivir

Jaredan Final PortraitWorking on it!

Sivir was left in a very interesting and precarious place by events in Shurima, we will definitely be following her story further to show the immediate aftermath.

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If Azir's family was killed, who did Sivir descend from

Jaredan Final PortraitThat’s an excellent question—that I will in no way, shape or form answer right now. I’ll leave that tale to play out.

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What are you plans for Kayle

Jaredan Final PortraitThere are no immediate plans for Kayle.

We’re trying to do better, frankly I’ve just been a really busy bloke, but just speaking personally I should be able to hop on more regularly in the coming weeks.

We want to do stories for all of our champions; events give a good focus for a cluster of them, but we do want to explore those characters who exist outside of specific factions.

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Azir Arisen


 

 

Azir walked the gold-paved Emperor’s Way. The immense statues of Shurima’s earliest rulers – his ancestors – watched his progress.

The soft, shadowy light of predawn seeped through his city. The brightest stars still shone overhead, though they would soon be snuffed out by the rising sun. The night sky was not as Azir remembered it; the stars and the constellations were misaligned. Millennia had passed.

With every step, Azir’s heavy staff of office struck a lonely note, echoing through the capital’s empty streets.

When last he had walked this path, an honor guard of 10,000 elite warriors had marched in his wake, and the cheers of the crowd had shaken the city. It was to have been his moment of glory – yet it had been stolen from him.

Now, it was a city of ghosts. What had become of his people?

With an imperious gesture, Azir commanded the sands beside the roadway to rise, creating living statues. This was a vision of the past, the echoes of Shurima given form.

The sand figures looked forward, heads tilted toward the immense Sun Disk hanging above the Dais of Ascension half a league ahead. It hung there still, declaring the glory and power of Azir’s empire, though no one remained to see it. The daughter of Shurima who awakened him, she who bore his lineage, was gone. He sensed her out in the desert. Blood bound them together.

As Azir walked the Emperor’s Way, the sand-echoes of his people pointed up at the Sun Disk, their joyful expressions turning to horror. Mouths opened wide in silent screams. They turned to run, stumbling and falling. Azir watched this all in despairing silence, bearing witness to the last moments of his people.

They were obliterated by a wave of unseen energy, reduced to dust and cast to the winds. What had gone wrong with his Ascension to unleash this catastrophe?

Azir’s focus narrowed. His march became more resolute. He reached the base of the Stairs of Ascension and began to climb, taking them five at a time.
Only his most trusted soldiers, the priesthood, and those of the royal bloodline were allowed to step foot upon the Stairs. Sand versions of these most favored subjects lined his path, faces upturned, grimacing and wailing in silence before they too were swept away by the winds.
He ran, taking the steps faster than any man could, talons digging into the stonework, carving furrows where they caught. Sand figures rose, and were then destroyed, to either side of him as he climbed.

He reached the top. Here, he saw the final circle of onlookers: his closest aides, his advisers, the high priests. His family.
Azir dropped to his knees. His family was before him, rendered in perfect, heartbreaking detail. His wife, heavy with child. His shy daughter, clutching his wife’s hand. His son, standing tall, on the brink of becoming a man.

In horror, Azir saw their expressions change. Though he knew what was to come, he could not look away. His daughter hid her face in the folds of his wife’s dress; his son reached for his sword, shouting in defiance. His wife… her eyes widened, sorrow and despair writ within.
The unseen event blasted them to nothingness.

It was too much, but no tears welled in Azir’s eyes. His Ascended form rendered that simple act of grief forever lost to him. With a heavy heart, he pushed himself to his feet. The question remained as to how his bloodline survived, for it most assuredly had.

The final echo awaited.

He advanced, halting one step below the dais, and watched as it all played out before him, reenacted in the sand.

He saw himself, in his mortal form, rise up into the air beneath the Sun Disk, arms wide and back arched. He remembered this moment. The power coursed through him, infusing his being, filling him with its divine strength.

A newcomer formed in the sand. His trusted bondsman, his magus, Xerath.

His friend uttered a silent word. Azir watched himself shatter like glass, exploding into motes of sand.

“Xerath,” breathed Azir.

The traitor’s expression was unknowable, but Azir could see nothing but the face of a murderer.

Where did such hate come from? Azir had never been aware of it.

The sand image of Xerath rose higher into the air as the Sun Disk’s energies focused into his being. A cadre of elite guards rushed toward him, but they were all far too late.

A brutal shockwave of sand flared out, disintegrating the final moment of Shurima. Azir stood alone among the dying echoes of his past.

This is what killed his people.

Azir turned away, just as the first rays of the new dawn struck the Sun Disk overhead. He’d seen enough. The sand image of the transformed Xerath collapsed behind him.

The dawn sun reflected blindingly off Azir’s flawless golden armor. In that instant, he knew that the traitor still lived. He sensed the magus’s essence in the air that he breathed.

Azir lifted a hand, and an army of his elite warriors rose from the sands at the base of the Stairs of Ascension.

“Xerath,” he said, his voice tinged with rage. “Your crimes will not go unpunished.”

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This was the moment.

The singular moment that had cost him so much, that had taken a lifetime of planning. A corrupt empire and its strutting princeling would be struck down under the blankly idiotic sun symbol they both so trusted. The key to immortality, jealously guarded and miserly offered, would be his alone, stolen in front of the entire world. A singular moment of perfect vengeance that would finally free the slave known as Xerath.

Though his master’s helm revealed no human expression, and knowing that the lovingly etched metal could not respond in kind, Xerath smiled up at the soulless hawk’s face just the same, his joy genuine. A life spent in servitude, first for a mad emperor and now a vain one, endless manipulations for and against the throne, a near-damning quest for barely remembered knowledge that almost consumed him—all of it led to this grotesque masquerade of Ascension.

The very word when spoken aloud was an assault: We will Ascend, while you are chained to the broken stone as the sands of time swallow you all. No. Not anymore, and never again. The chosen golden lords will not be taken into the sun’s embrace and made gods. A slave will do this; a simple slave, a boy who once had the misfortune to save a noble child from the sands.

And for this sin, Xerath had been punished with a horrible, maddening promise: freedom. Unobtainable. Forbidden. Should the thought even dart through a slave’s mind, it would be punished by death, as the Ascended could gaze past flesh and bone, deep into one’s very soul, to see its dim traitorous glow. And yet, there it was, spoken by the young princeling he dragged from the embrace of the mercurial mother-desert. Azir, the Golden Sun, vowed that he would free his savior and new friend.

A promise unkept to this day. The words of a grateful child, innocently oblivious to the impact they would have. How could Azir upend thousands of years of rule? How could he fight tradition, his father, his destiny?

In the end, the young emperor would lose it all by not honoring his word.

And so, Xerath was elevated and educated, eventually becoming Azir’s trusted right hand—but never a free man. The soured promise ate into what he was, and what he could have been. Denied a small, simple thing, the right to live his life, Xerath decided to take everything, all of the things denied to him, all of the things he deserved: the empire, Ascension, and the absolute purest form of freedom possible.

With each step taken toward the offensively grandiose Dais of Ascension, positioned respectfully behind his emperor and flanked by the inept sentinels who supposedly protected Shurima, Xerath felt an unknown lightness he was genuinely shocked by. Was this joy? Does vengeance bring joy? The impact was almost physical.

At that very moment, the overwrought suit of golden armor that was his tormentor abruptly halted. And turned. And walked toward Xerath.

Could he know? How could he possibly know? This spoiled, self-obsessed boy? This righteous, falsely benevolent emperor whose hands were just as bloody as Xerath’s own? Even if he did, there was no staying the killing blow that was already in motion.

Xerath had planned for every contingency. He had bribed, killed, out-maneuvered, and plotted for decades—he even tricked the monstrous brothers Nasus and Renekton into staying away from the event—but he had not planned for this…

The Emperor of Shurima, the Golden Sun, Beloved of Mother Desert, soon to be Ascended, took off his helmet, revealed his proud brow and smiling eyes, and turned to his oldest and most trusted friend. He spoke about the love of brothers, the love of friends, of hard fights won and others lost, of family, of future, and finally… of freedom.

At these words, the guards flanked Xerath, moving in, weapons drawn.

So the princeling did know. Had Xerath’s plans had been undone?

But the fools in armor were saluting. There was no menace to them, they were honoring him. They were congratulating him.

On his freedom.

His hated master had just freed him—he had freed them all. No Shuriman would ever wear chains again. Azir’s last act as a human was to unfetter his people.

The foundation-shuddering roar of the assembled masses drowned out any response Xerath could have had. Azir donned his helmet and strode out onto the Dais, his attendants preparing him for the godhood that would never come.

Xerath stood in the shadow of the monolithic Sun Disk, knowing that an empire-destroying doom was but seconds away.

Too late, friend. Too late, brother. Far too late for us all.

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EUW Community Coordinator Draggles hosted a Q&A today on all manner of topics. Here’s the breakdown.

You can read the most important details of the Q&A here.

 

 

Draggles New PortraitHey guys,

3 red posts in the last week on EUW? I suck. It’s been a busy weekend as I went to Play Expo in Manchester to check out some university esports, followed by a short spate of illness (curse you, Irish weather!) but I’m back. 

I feel we’re due for an impromptu Q&A! Feel free to ask anything and I’ll do my best to answer! 

Draggles reserves the right to not answer any question that he deems to be dangerous to his future career prospects or to Riot as a company… or anything that will make him look stupid. Trolls beware!

EDIT: You can also ask me anything, at any time, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RiotDraggles

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When’s the first major content patch for the preseason

Draggles New PortraitSo it’s just over 3 weeks to the end of the season (November 11th 00:01 GMT). A lot of the proposed changes can be found on the PBE Boards and more specific stuff on this post. There’s a hell of a lot of changes – most will need to relearn the jungle as there are brand new items that build out of Hunter’s Machete. There’s also the possibility of a new, roaming camp in the river, as well as repeated-Dragon-killing buffs. Not all of this is going to make it in to the final preseason patch but it’s certainly an idea of our direction. 

I think this may all be hitting on the 11th but there might be a small delay between end of the 2014 Season and the preseason changes. We’ll be giving you more context on these shortly before we push the patch to live.

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Will there be more new Champions this year

Draggles New PortraitYep! But this shouldn’t really be a surprise considering our previous release schedule 

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Will Supports get some kind of love during preseason

Draggles New PortraitAs a support main, I feel you. Supports are getting the following items (as it stands currently):

Raptor’s Cloak

  • Recipe: Rejuvenation Bead + Cloth Armor + Rejuvenation Bead
  • Grants bonus movement speed when near turrets


Ohmwrecker

  • Recipe: Raptor Cloak + Kindlegem
  • Active now boosts the damage of nearby towers by 100% or prevents nearby enemy towers from attacking.
  • Stats adjusted to fit the recipe items (Health/Armor/Regen/CDR)

and the ones I’m most excited about:

Crystalline Bracer

  • Recipe: Rejuvenation Bead + Ruby Crystal
  • Grants Health and Regeneration.

Righteous Glory

  • Recipe: Catalyst + Crystalline Bracer
  • Grants Health, Mana and Regeneration
  • Active: Grants +60% MS to you and nearby allies when moving towards enemies for 2 seconds. When this speed boost ends, it emits a shockwave, slowing nearby enemy champions by 80% for one second.

^ This, to me, screams “ALISTAR”. It’s like a charging Randuin’s! I am excited!

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Will you be nerfing specific Champions

Draggles New PortraitI think we’re holding off on rebalancing specific champions until we see how the preseason plays out – it’s going to radically change the meta overall. Obviously we have a couple of patches to go before the 11th November (providing we keep to the biweekly schedule), so any last-minute tune-ups could still come about then.

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Do you think Solo players will appreciate Season 5’s meta

Draggles New PortraitCompletely understand your concerns, but I feel it’s best to see how the first couple of weeks of preseason play out before you make too many judgements. Strategic diversity/multiple win conditions are our aims for preseason, but it’s honestly something we’ll have to wait and see as to which way it goes.

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What happened to the Shaco rework teased this year

Draggles New PortraitI don’t remember seeing it announced, and the crazy thing about reworks is sometimes they fall through, or something else takes priority. I’d love to see Shaco reworked; put some character into his moveset that compliments his actual lore in the same way that Braum’s and Jinx’s moves are representative of their characters. The problem with a Shaco rework is that his stealth, his boxes and his clone are all iconic features of his moveset and so it would be tough to distance him from these.

Like in the case of Sion, before he was a axe-wielding zombie Schwarzenegger with a pink shield and a stunning look. Like, what? HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? Now he’s much more thematically cohesive – much like his story where he is an unstoppable juggernaut, he has so many moves that fully represent that, while still keeping his quintessential shield/axe. I’d like to see this sort of thing happen to Shaco if and when a rework goes ahead.

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How does MMR work and how does it affect LP gain loss

Draggles New PortraitWe keep MMR calculations under wraps. I’m being completely honest here when I say that this information is also kept from most people, including me. Everything I know about matchmaking comes from this Knowledge Base article. I do know that op.gg or any third party sites don’t have access to this info, so any figures they associate with your account are estimations only.

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Is it technically possible that patches can affect ping

Draggles New PortraitIt is very rare for patches to affect ping unless we drastically change our infrastructure. Unfortunately there are so many jumps in each connection from your PC to our platform that it’s very difficult to give an “overall diagnosis” for any problem. Needless to say if the problem is immediately fixable from our end, we get on it straight away. If it’s an ISP issue we will reach out to ISPs to find out what’s going on. It could be the backbone ISP (the one that services all the ISPs in a region) or a degraded connection somewhere along the line.

Honestly your best bet, when experiencing high ping or packet loss, is to run this tool, and look for high numbers along the way. If you don’t want to do that, feel free to post them on the forum and it becomes a hell of a lot easier to specify just what’s giving your connection the hump.

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Why is Shyvana blonde in her Championship skin

Draggles New PortraitI think it fits the colour scheme of the “Championship” line of skins. Little did you know, Thresh was hiding a giant blond afro.

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What is with the recent EUW server instabilities

Draggles New PortraitWhat sort of hiccups in particular are you experiencing? We had a brief moment of downtime and a server restart a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve actually been able to really improve the quality and quantity of the uptime we have – so much so, that we’re planning to move EUNE to the datacentre in the not-too-distant future.

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Will there be more Red activity on EUW forums

Draggles New PortraitThis is always something that has affected us on the EUW forums. The fact of the matter is that EU just has fewer employees than NA, as well as having different specialisations. With cross log-in on Boards, however, this problem should be a thing of the past for English-speaking players. And in fact, if you wanted to talk to some devs right this minute, you can use your EUW login to discuss gameplay and champion/item balance or talk to the story/art team. Just make sure your region is set to EU West in the top left. Also remember timezones are a thing. With the majority of the main game devs 8 hours behind at the minimum, the crossover “quality time” period is a matter of 2 or 3 hours each day.

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How about a chat no one on either team can read

Draggles New PortraitI’d say it would be a good outlet for anger. A therapy, if you will. Also, your Summoner name seems relevant.

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Any plans on creating an item with an active dash effect

Draggles New PortraitOoh, interesting thought! Would open up a lot of champions to be viable, but then it would also become a “must buy” on every champion. Not sure we want to enforce something this heavily that it would be useful for ALL ROLES. Aside from wards, of course.

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Suggestion Sightstone grants ward charges per minute

Draggles New PortraitI don’t know if there’s anything coming for Sightstone, but I feel with some of the new jungle vision changes (killing the Raptors (currently Wraiths) gives you the ability to see invisible units for a short time the next time you are caught by an enemy ward, for example), the vision game may change all over again.

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Who are the main Rioters that represent the UK

Draggles New PortraitThe UK community team consists of BoltonYukaNavigator and myself. Our plan for this year is to give you guys way more heads up on which events we’re going to be at. 

Additionally none of us are “PR”, so to speak. Every Rioter essentially controls their own PR as we’re all allowed to speak out about stuff whenever we want… within reason, of course.

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IF you could nerf one Champion, who would you choose

Draggles New PortraitOlaf. Honestly I’m glad he’s not in the meta right now because he is an absolute nightmare. *shudder*

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Do you still think about LCS Recap sometimes

Draggles New PortraitAll the time. I miss it a lot of the time. In some ways I miss the crazy late nights and the caffeine overload but I’m glad I’m now with the company that made it all possible. In fact, I’ve been here 10 months today!

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Why does Morello hate Irelia

Draggles New PortraitBecause much like Lee Sin, no matter how much you keep Irelia down, she keeps coming back.

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How do you feel about the return of the Shurima Empire

Draggles New PortraitMy thoughts on Shurima can be summed up in the form of these cakes. (Seriously I have no idea how our head office allowed me to make this contest considering the terrible pun)

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Who do you think is the best player in the world

Draggles New PortraitBest player in the world may well be DanDy. He just… doesn’t make mistakes, ever.

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Champion Skin Sale October 20

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 20th:

 

 

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Atlantean Fizz – 260 RP

 

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Musketeer Twisted Fate – 375 RP

 

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Steel Legion Lux – 487 RP

 

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