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Hey everyone,

This is an experimental news feature where I wrap up all the PBE updates following a Patch cycle. This lets you know what will be in the next patch before it hits and lets me use my format for patch notes instead of Riot’s. I’ll also post banners to threads with context to those changes where I can. As a side note, I’ll do these roundups a few days earlier, this one was just a spur-the-moment decision and so will come out only several hours before the patch hits.

 

Don’t know when Patch 4.13 hits? Here’s the schedule for every region!

 

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PBE Roundup Contents:

Sona

 

 

PBE Champion Changes

 

 

Braum New Portrait

 

64px-Concussive_BlowsConcussive Blows [ Passive ]

  • Stun damage decreased from 38 ( +12 per level ) to 32 ( +8 per level )

 

64px-Stand_Behind_MeStand Behind Me [ W ]

  • Mana cost increased from 30/40/50/60/70 to 50/55/60/65/70

 

64px-Glacial_FissureGlacial Fissure [ R ]

  • Knock-up time reduced from 1.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.3/1.5
  • Slow field strength reduced from 60% at all ranks to 40/50/60%
  • Slow duration of ice field decreased from 1.5 seconds to 0.3

 

 

Elise New Portrait

 

CocoonCocoon [ E ]

  • Hitbox width decreased from 70 to 55

 

RappelRappel [ Spider E ]

  • Range decreased from 925 to 700

 

 

Clarity on Elise range nerfs

Pwyff New PortraitQuick thing on the Elise changes: they’ve also been modified to judge distance from edge of hitbox to edge. The TLDR is that some abilities judge distance from the center of the ch
ampion (like dead center) and then draw a straight line to the dead center of their target. That’s center-to-center distance.

Hitbox to hitbox takes into account champion size (average is like… 65 units? 60 units?) as it goes right from the edge of the champ hitbox. Basic attack ranges us edge to edge distance.

So while these range changes seem significant for Elise (they’re still significant, don’t me wrong), there’s accounting for roughly ~100 units that are being added onto this as a result of shifting from center-to-center to edge-to-edge. If it’s a Cho’gath it’s sort of a weird buff (at least for Q).

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Evelynn New Portrait

 

Hate SpikeHate Spike [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 40/60/80/100/120 to 30/45/60/75/90
  • Mana cost decreased from 16/22/28/34/40 to 12/18/24/30/36

 

 

Gragas New Portrait

 

Barrel_RollBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Now deals 70% damage to minions

 

Drunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Now costs 30 mana at all levels (previously 0)
  • Damage reduction duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2.5
  • Cooldown decreased from 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 to 8/7/6/5/4

 

 

Graves New Portrait

 

BuckshotBuckshot [ Q ]

  • Bonus damage per additional shot increased from 35% to 40%
  • Maximum damage increased from 102/161.5/221/280.5/340 ( +1.36 bonus AD) to 108/171/234/297/360 ( +1.44 bonus AD)

 

Collateral_DamageCollateral Damage [ R ]

  • Initial base damage increased from 250/350/450 to 250/400/550
  • Secondary base damage increased from 200/280/360 to 200/320/440

 

 

Hecarim New Portrait

 

RampageRampage [ Q ]

  • Mana cost reduced from 24/28/32/36/40 to 24/26/28/30/32

 

 

Janna New Portrait

 

Howling_GaleHowling Gale [ Q ]

  • Maximum knock-up duration increased from 1 second to 1.25
  • Cooldown now starts when Howling Gale is cast, not when the channel is over

 

 

Kayle New Portrait

 

Kayle_ERighteous Fury [ E ] 

  • AP ratio on both the on-hit single target damage and splash damage increased from 0.2 to 0.25

 

Kayle_RIntervention [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 110/95/80 to 100/90/80

 

 


Kogmaw New Portrait

  • Health-per-level decreased from 88 to 87 [ live value is 84 ]
  • Base HP decreased from 440 to 400

 

Caustic_SpittleCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

  • Armor / Magic Resist shred reduced from 20/22/24/26/28% to 12/16/20/24/28%

 

 


LeBlanc New Portrait

 

DistortionDistortion [ W ]

  •  Mana cost reduced from 80/90/100/110/120 to 80/85/90/95/100

 

 

Lee Sin New Portrait

  • HP-per-second increased from 1.25 to 1.65 [ base HP-per-5 up from 6.25 to 8.25 ]

 

SafeguardSafeguard [ W ]

  • Shield duration decreased from 4 seconds to 2

 

CrippleCripple [ Second Cast E ]

  • No longer reduces Attack Speed

 

 

Lissandra New Portrait

 

Ice_ShardIce Shard [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds to 6/5.25/4.5/3.75/3

 

Ring_of_FrostRing of Frost [ W ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

 

Frozen_TombFrozen Tomb [ R ]

  •  Slow strength increased from 20/30/40% to 30/45/75%

 

 

Lucian New Portrait

 

Relentless_PursuitRelentless Pursuit [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 18/17/16/15/14
  • No longer reduces slow effects

 

 


Lulu New Portrait

 

WhimsyWhimsy [ W ]

  • Movement speed duration reduced from 5 seconds at all ranks to 3/3.5/4/4.5/5
  • Mana cost decreased from 65/70/75/80/85 to 65 at all ranks

 

 

Lux New Portrait

 

IlluminationIllumination [ Passive ]

  • Damage changed from 10 + ( 10*Level ) to 10 + ( 8 *Level ) + ( 0.2 AP )

 

Context on Lux buff

 

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Nami New Portrait

  • Base movement speed decreased from 340 to 335

 

Ebb_and_FlowEbb and Flow [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 9 seconds to 10

 

 

Olaf New Portrait

 

Undertow Undertow [ Q ]

  • Cooldown reduced from 8 seconds to 7

 

Vicious_StrikesVicious Strikes [ W ]

  • Heal strength is now increased by 1% for every 2% HP missing, increased from every 2.5%

 

RagnarokRagnarok [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 120/100/80 seconds to 100/90/80

 

 

Rammus New Portrait

 

TremorsTremors [ R ]

  • Now has a range indicator for how far the shockwaves expand

 

 

Sivir New Portrait

 

On_The_Hunt2On The hunt [ R ]

  • Movement Speed now wears off after 2/4/6 seconds, increased from 2/3/4

 

 

Thresh New Portrait

 

DarkPassageDark Passage [ W ]

  • Shield value increased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 60/100/140/180/220
  • No longer shields all allies in range of the lantern, but just Thresh and the first ally to go near the lantern

 

TheBoxThe Box [ R ]

  •  If a wall is broken, the remaining walls deal no damage and apply the slow for half its duration

 

 


Tristana New Portrait

 

Rocket_JumpRocket Jump [ W ]

  • Slow duration reduced from from 2.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.5/2/2.5/3.0

 

Explosive_ShotExplosive Shot [ E ]

  • Damage-over-time decreased from 110/150/190/230/270 to 80/125/170/215/260

 

 

Varus New Portrait

 

Chain_of_CorruptionChain of Corruption [ R ]

  •  Cooldown decreased from 120/105/90 seconds  to 110/90/70

 

 


Vayne New Portrait

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 3.1% to 4%

 

Final_HourFinal Hour [ R ]

  • Bonus AD increased from 25/40/55 to 30/50/70

 

 

Context (Bugfix, Buffs to Compensate)

 

Riot Jag New PortraitHey guys, just wanted to let you know that we put out a bugfix on PBE for Vayne where her Tumble had a higher bonus AD ratio while she had Final Hour active. Since we wanted to fix the bug without actually reducing the power of the champion, we compensated by increasing the bonus AD she gets for Ulting, making this mostly a power-neutral change, not a buff or nerf.

As an aside, she’s getting some small AS per level buffs. Nothing huge, but a few more Silver Bolts procs never hurt anyone.

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Yasuo New Portrait

 

Wind_WallWind Wall [ W ]

  • No longer builds additional Flow when dashing (aka passive removed)

 

 

Ziggs New Portrait

 

Mega_Inferno_BombMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 120/105/90 seconds to 120 at all ranks

 

 

PBE Item Changes

Banshee's_VeilBanshee’s Veil

  • Spell shield now refreshes after 40 seconds, increased from 25

 


Chalice_of_HarmonyChalice of Harmony

  • Magic resist decreased  from 25 to 20

 

deathfire graspDeathfire Grasp

  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90

 

Frostfang_itemFrostfang

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to 2

 

Frost Queen's ClaimFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to 2

 

Lich_BaneLich Bane

  • Cooldown on Spellblade activated bonus damage on next attack decreased from 2 seconds to 1.5

 


Nomad's_Medallion_itemNomad’s Medallion

  • Mana-per-5 decreased from 7 to 5
  • Now grants 10 flat Movement Speed

 


Rylai's_Crystal_ScepterRylai’s Crystal Scepter

  • Health decreased from 500 to 400
  • AP increased from 80 to 100

 

SheenSheen

  • Cooldown on Spellblade activated bonus damage on next attack decreased from 2 seconds to 1.5

 


Talisman_of_Ascension_itemTalisman of Ascension

  • Health-per-5 increased from 10 to 15
  • Cooldown reduction decreased from 20% to 10%
  • Now grants 20 flat Movement Speed

 

Trinity_ForceTrinity Force

  • Cooldown on Spellblade activated bonus damage on next attack decreased from 2 seconds to 1.5

 

 

PBE Summoner Spell Changes


 


ExhaustExhaust

  • Damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%
  • Now reduces target’s Armor and Magic Resist by 10 for the duration of Exhaust

 



HealHeal

  • Now heals for 90-345 (+15 per level), decreased from 95-475 (+15/20/25/30 per level)

 

 

PBE New Skins

 

 

Debonair Ezreal Skin Spotlight

 

 

Debonair Vi Skin Spotlight

 

 

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PBE New Summoner Icons

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Sona’s Rework


 

 

Sona New Portrait

 

Power Chord [ Passive ]

 

Sona_Passive No changes.

 

 

 

Hymn of Valor [ Q ]

 

Range: 700 || Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 mana || Cooldown: 8 seconds at all ranks

Sona_QActive: Sona sends out bolts of sound that deal 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to the two nearest enemies within 700 range, prioritizing champions.

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Hymn of Valor‘s aura deal bonus magic damage on their next basic attack within 5 seconds. The damage increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Staccato: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord deals 50% bonus damage.

 

 

Aria of Perseverance [ W ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 65/70/75/80/85 mana || Cooldown: 10 seconds at all ranks

Sona_WActive: Sona heals herself and a nearby allied champion with the lowest health percentage for  20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 (+ 0.2 AP) . The healing is increased by 1% for every 1% of the target’s missing health, up to a maximum of 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.4 AP) .

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Aria of Perseverance‘s aura are shielded for 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+10 / 20 / 30) (+ 0.2 AP) up to 1.5 seconds. The shield’s strength increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Diminuendo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also reduce the target’s damage output by 20% (+ 2% per 100 AP) for 3 seconds.

 

 

Song of Celerity [ E ]

 

Cost: 65 mana || Cooldown: 12 seconds at all seconds

Sona_EActive: Sona gains 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 % (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) (+ 7.5% per 100 AP) bonus movement speed that decays down to 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) over 3 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Aura: Allied champions tagged with Song of Celerity’s aura gain 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) movement speed for 1.5 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Tempo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also slow the target by 40% (+ 4% per 100 AP) for 2 seconds.

 

 

Crescendo [ R ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 100 / 150 / 200 mana || Cooldown: 140 / 120 / 100 seconds

Sona_RPassive: Each rank of Crescendo improves Sona’s aura bonuses and Song of Celerity’s self buff.

Active: Sona plays an irresistible chord in a line, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to enemy champions and stunning them for 1.5 seconds, forcing them to dance.

 

 

Confused how the new Sona works? Here’s a preview!

 

 

 

PBE Sona New Ability Icons


 

Sona_Passive Sona_Q Sona_W Sona_E Sona_R

 

 

PBE Sona’s Passive QoL UI Update


 

Sona’s Passive has a gray icon indicating that it hasn’t yet charged up and a counter showing how the number of current casts.

 

Sona's Passive at 1 Stack

Sona’s Passive at 1 Stack

Sona's Passive at 2 Stacks

Sona’s Passive at 2 Stacks

Sona's Passive at 3 Stacks

Sona’s Passive at 3 Stacks

 

 

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Sona and all her skins are getting a texture & model update in addition to her gameplay rework.

 

Classic Sona

 

Sona Hair Update

 

Pentakill Sona

 

Pentakill Sona Texture Update

 

Guqin Sona

 

Guqin Sona New Model

 

Arcade Sona

 

Arcade Sona New Model

 

Silent Night Sona

 

Silent Night Sona Texture Update

 

Muse Sona

 

Muse Sona Texture Update For Real

 

 

PBE Arcade Sona VFX


 

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Team Builder MMR Adjustment

 

An icon now appears in the top right corner of your Team Builder setup window, letting you know that Team Builder is taking into consideration your MMR. The text reads as follows:

  • When you try a new role or champion, Team Builder adjusts matchmaking automatically. These adjustments decrease as you gain experience.

 

Team Builder Matchmaking Adjustment

 

 

PBE Match History Changes


 

Match history now displays your item build in every match.

 

Match History Screen

 

 

PBE Updates to 32 Skin Splash Arts Banner

 

The following skins have all had their splash arts changed with splash arts from the Chinese client:

  • Noxus Hunter Anivia
  • Red Riding Annie
  • Rusty Blitzcrank
  • Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
  • Desperada Cassiopeia
  • Siren Cassiopeia
  • Mr. Mundoverse
  • Tango Evelynn
  • Minuteman Gangplank
  • Dreadknight Garen
  • Alien Invader Heimerdinger
  • Blast Zone Heimerdinger
  • Nightblade Irelia
  • Aviator Irelia
  • Commando Jarvan IV
  • Silver Kayle
  • Viridian Kayle
  • Sorceress Lux
  • Chosen Master Yi
  • Candy Cane Miss Fortune
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Snow Bunny Nidalee
  • Leopard Nidalee
  • Ravager Nocturne
  • Forsaken Olaf
  • Glacial Olaf
  • Ruthless Pantheon
  • Noxus Poppy
  • Chrome Rammus
  • Frozen Shen
  • Hextech Singed
  • Black Belt Udyr
  • Curling Veigar

 

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Noxus Hunter Anivia

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Red Riding Annie

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Rusty Blitzcrank

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Goalkeeper Blitzcrank

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Desperada Cassiopeia

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Siren Cassiopeia

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Mr. Mundoverse

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Tango Evelynn

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Minuteman Gangplank

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Dreadknight Garen

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Alien Invader Heimerdinger

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Blast Zone Heimerdinger

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Nightblade Irelia

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Aviator Irelia

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Commando Jarvan IV

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Silver Kayle

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Viridian Kayle

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Sorceress Lux

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Chosen Master Yi

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Candy Cane Miss Fortune

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Pharaoh Nasus

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Snow Bunny Nidalee

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Leopard Nidalee

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Ravager Nocturne

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Forsaken Olaf

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Glacial Olaf

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Ruthless Pantheon

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Noxus Poppy

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Chrome Rammus

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Frozen Shen

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Hextech Singed

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Black Belt Udyr

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Curling Veigar

 

 

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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News Update July 29 Banner

 

 

Summary

Following Gnar’s teaser promo-site yesterday, Meddler addresses some spoiler-free questions like the Champion’s intended role, who’s worked on him and how to pronounce his name. Moving on, Lyte discusses the long-rejected Prisoner Island system, which pits toxic players, leavers and so on in a separate environment. Game designer Fearless apologizes for the lack of communication on Sona’s rework and explains why auras need to remain short-ranged. Lastly, a Skin recolor survey surfaced on Reddit.

 

Recent News

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Discussion on Gnar Banner

 

 

Can we have some hints about Gnar’s kit

 

 

You stated Gnar will be a top laner

Meddler New Portrait We believe top lane’s where Gnar’s going to be played most due to the way his kit functions, though we’ve tested him in other roles too of course. As with any new release though that’s just an estimate of course – internal testing’s no substitute for the millions of games that’ll get played once a champion’s out that really dig into how they’re best played.

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How do you pronounce “Gnar”

Meddler New PortraitSilent G.

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Do you think Gnar can handle Ranged champions on top lane

Meddler New PortraitWe’ll get into kit discussion pretty soon, don’t want to give any details away before the rest of the reveal stuff comes out though .

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Is Gnar the Champion Gypsylord and CertainlyT worked on

Meddler New PortraitBoth Gypsylord and I have done gameplay design work on Gnar. Gypsylord’s definitely done more of the work than I have though, particularly in the later parts of Gnar’s development (most of my hands on contributions were in the earlier stages). CertainlyT’s currently focused on another champion that’s earlier in the production process.

Important to point out here though that gameplay design’s just a piece of what goes into a champion however. A wide range of people are part of making a character like this (animators, visual effects artists, modellers, producers, QA, 2D artists, sound designers, writers, software engineers, playtesters from a wide range of disciplines etc) – gameplay design’s just one piece of the puzzle.

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Has Gnar been in production for a long time

Meddler New PortraitYeah, initial concept work on him started early last year. We figured a bunch of stuff out, then put him on ice for a while until we were ready to get him into the full production process.

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Is Gnar from the Freljord like Braum

Meddler New PortraitGnar does not currently reside in the Freljord (although that does not discount him possibly being “from” it). Honestly, I doubt he even has any understanding of what a “Freljord” is.

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Why haven’t you tried a “Prisoner Island” punishment system

[ Clarity ] The “Prisoner Island” system puts toxic players / AFK-ers in a separate queue from the rest of the player base.

Lyte New PortraitHey Arkon Tri,

The reason I haven’t dug into this is because we’ve discussed why these designs aren’t suitable for League (or many other games) in the past. Some other players have mentioned this, but you’re basically suggesting a concept called “Prisoner’s Island,” where you pair players with similar reputations together. 

There’s a lot of nuances to low priority queue or Prisoner’s Island systems; for example, you can use low priority queue systems for behaviors like Leaving/AFK. These behaviors are binary–players know they either left a game or not, and there’s no subjectivity to the behavior. However, when you’re dealing with behaviors like verbal abuse, intentional feeding or negative attitude, it’s far more subjective. Some players will get placed into low priority queue systems for these behaviors and vehemently disagree that they belong there–you’ll basically get a lot of, “What the? All these people in low priority queue are toxic, why am I here?

In these cases, a lot of players (mainly those without purchased content) will simply make new accounts to re-enter the ecosystem with a neutral reputation rating. If these players do that, you’ve basically banned a player but used a complicated, time-consuming system to do so.

Secondly, a common issue with these designs is how you score new players. Do you score them in neutral priority, and force them to have worse matches than the “positive” players? This isn’t ideal, because generally you want your new players to have the best game experience. You obviously can’t start new players with 0 or negative reputation, as that’d be a negative experience. If you start new players with a positive reputation, then it gives toxic smurfs an easy way to ruin games at low levels while also further encouraging them to just start new accounts if they ever end up with negative reputation.

We’ve talked about a lot more reasons in the past, but Prisoner’s Island has basically been a concept for over 5 years and we know that it only works well with binary behaviors that are not subjective.

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If players in the “Prisoner Island” wish to reform, they’ll move up

Lyte New PortraitIronically, what we find is that when you actually put players together in Prisoner’s Island and all 10 players are actually consistently toxic players for subjective behaviors like verbal abuse… it’s nearly impossible to change.

Again, Prisoner’s Island type systems work OK for behaviors like Leaving/AFKs which are binary, but are very, very counter-productive for subjective behaviors.

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How about just giving real rewards for positive behavior

Lyte New PortraitWe have to go back and finish the Honor Initiative, and that’ll explain a lot of the reasons why Honor was setup the way it is but seems incomplete.

For example, right now there’s an issue with the Honor Ribbons where it’s simply rewarded to the top 20% of positive players on every server. Most of these players tend to play modes like ARAM and Co-op vs Bots because these modes simply have really high Honor give rates; so, you won’t see ribbons as much in Normals or Ranked. One of the fixes is making sure that we reward ribbons per queue, and not just per server.

Secondly, we have some rewards for the Honor Initiative that are more consistent. Right now, Ribbons are the top 20%, but there’s nothing for the everyday player who wants to be recognized for being positive while working their way up.

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Why not have the “Prisoner Island” be just for leavers

Lyte New PortraitWe’ve been working on a new system that addresses Leavers/AFKs more aggressively, and will talk about it in a post in the future. Without revealing too much, it’s a different take on low priority designs and will update LeaverBuster’s penalty and tuning systems.

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Anonymity is what causes toxic behavior

Lyte New PortraitHere’s where you disagree with a lot of recent research by multiple university labs. A lot of recent research has shown that online toxicity is not about anonymity. If you look at news, social media and other games that force you to reveal your real ID and often personal profile to post comments, there’s still an insane amount of toxicity. What the research has shown is that the problem is a lack of consequences for actions, and this has very little to do with anonymity.

Secondly, the current systems don’t create more toxicity. Many players that are banned for racism, sexism or homophobia quit League of Legends and never play again, and that is exactly what we wanted. They’ll rage on the forums and complain, but that’s expected when you tell a group of players they don’t belong in this community. For the small number of players that do make new accounts, they’ll keep getting banned until they quit as well.

Third, there’s actually a system in place at low levels already that separates toxic smurfs away from other players and then bans them. We knew some of the toxic players would make new accounts when they got banned, and we did want to protect new players. However, we see that for many toxic players a few bans does get them to quit permanently. Prisoner’s Island systems don’t solve this issue by the way… many players just create new accounts when they enter Prisoner’s Island anyways.

I agree that for most players, making it ‘worth it’ to be nice is more effective, and we’ve been working on efforts to reward those players and give them more reasons to reflect on why being positive = awesome. However, we’re always going to need pretty aggressive systems for the small % of players that refuse to change. For these players, we just want to ban them repeatedly until they take their time elsewhere.

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Will LeaveBuster remain the same, but with banning for leavers

Lyte New PortraitWrong, it has entirely new penalties and doesn’t use bans.

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If a player is stuck with toxic elements, he she will try to change

Lyte New PortraitCould you explain why these two are different? 

If you’re banned, why isn’t it “damn I lost my account that I invested in, I’ll make a new one and not be an ass or I’ll lose that account too.”

If you’re in low reputation queue, why isn’t it “damn I am stuck in low priority/low reputation again, that’s ok! Time to make a new account and replace my old one in a week or two, no biggie.”

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The issue with your system is it takes too long to ban players

Lyte New PortraitActually, with the current system it’ll take approximately 3 days maximum for them to lose their new account.

How is a system proactive if it requires player input, which is reactive because it’s after a game experience?

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I added this in because it’s a great message: that you should always be arguing over suggestions, not over personas, if you want to reach a constructive conclusion.

 

Lyte New PortraitNo worries, we have heated discussions about designs much like this one internally all the time. One thing I think we both agree on is that we should always attack the ideas, and not the person. Emotions really just cloud decision-making when we’re trying to deep-dive into the intricacies of a design.

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Why are you nerfing Sona on the PBE

Fearless New PortraitI wanted to post here to clear up the reasons we’ve been lowering Sona’s values, even while the community here is asking for buffs. Most of the balance changes are reflections of internal playtesting, as we can balance those scenarios pretty well (accounting for people playing their main roles and champs, having less of a learning curve due to their closeness to the changes, etc.) so they give us a reasonably strong environment for understanding a champ’s balance.

PBE doesn’t have all of this going for it. Matchmaking is much less precise on the PBE, and some players are just hopping into custom games.

Based off watching the internal playtests, Sona was strong, and not just a little strong. Sona really hadn’t lost a lane before these changes.

As a side note, for the people claiming that negative posts don’t get read, that’s not true. I’ve read every Sona post I can find on here, on community sites, reddit, everything. While also trying to get Sona as streamlined and bug free as I can, time to reply is pretty lown When I see 3 or 4 people spamming out really angry posts, I do take the feedback and try to understand the source of frustration.

I haven’t responded in this case because previous attempts to have discussions haven’t proven productive. I don’t expect to change the minds of people who’ve had poor experiences here based on talking about what happened in testing they can’t see and don’t believe in. Being called a monkey doesn’t really make me believe that folks are interested in a meaningful discussion. If I have to choose between making an attempt to appease people who haven’t displayed a tendency to actually interact with debate, or fixing up Sona for her release, I’m going to fix up Sona so that she’s a better addition to the entire game, for as many players as I possibly can.

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Why haven’t you addressed the community’s concerns

Fearless New PortraitI think it’s a very fair criticism that I didn’t speak to you all as much as you’d hoped for. Saying that only 3 comments on one thread doesn’t suffice? That get’s a bit tricky. What is the correct ratio of posts? Do I only count posts that have actually tried to open or inform a conversation, or should I count troll posts and people raging without having even played the rework? At what point is my time posting and searching for ambient Sona threads better spent talking with our QA, live balance team, and experimenting with changes, tweaks and bug fixing? It’s very possible that I didn’t get that formula even close to right. It’s something for me to improve on.

That being said, when I look at posts that have lots of incorrect information, I started the time on PBE correcting them to make sure truthful information would be visible. Seeing those posts then get downvoted tells me that this community would rather punish someone they don’t agree with rather than provide its members with the most accurate info. That’s really depressing for me, both as a community member and a designer. It also doesn’t help when words get put into my mouth. For E, example, I don’t think the AP ratio “balances the ability.” I think a completely new ability that gives Sona, as well as her allies a very large block of MS makes sense on a kit that focuses on positioning. Sona can now position for huge ults without Flash due to E, as well as use her other basic abilities with quicker repositioning to save her team and power them up.

When we change a champion, some of the balance will be comparative, but plenty of it can’t be. Sona is Sona, and her balance as a whole is very different than any other champion. Sona has to be balanced of the collection as her base stats, abilities, growth, item paths, etc. I know it can be frustrating to see a value go down, and it can be easy to dwell on that change in isolation. When we’re adjusting Sona, we’re looking at the whole, and when she was showing up really strong, we tried to keep her power in the places that gave Sona her own set of strengths and weaknesses. That means she has to be worse at some things than other champions, but she gets to have strengths that are actually her own.

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It seems like you’re ignoring player feedback and suggestions

Fearless New PortraitIt’s not that I don’t care. Some of the suggestions don’t fit the vision for the champion, some are just straight up OP, and some were tested and didn’t work as well as the current option. It’s been something I need to do better with to make sure that you and the rest of the community at least hears more in these situations. I’ll admit to getting overwhelmed with the actual implementation and analysis for Sona, and not spending enough time addressing the feedback.

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Suggestion Make Sona’s auras chain off of allies to increase the aura range

Fearless New PortraitThe reason that we haven’t increased the effective range of the auras, either through a straight range increase or through something like this, is that it is intended that Sona continuously has to make a choice between playing safe and playing to maximize the effect of every cast. This is also why Sona has gotten even better AP ratios.

 

Sona players can build tanky/support tank and increase their safety, or they can opt into higher risk reward with AP builds. Larger effective aura sizes not only increase Sona’s effective support output, but decrease interaction with allies and leave opponents no real chance to respond if she’s strong, and no real room to buff her if she’s weak.

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[ Context ] A Redditor shared a thread with screenshots of a survey Riot is currently conducting on the option of selling recolors of skins in the store for 390 RP.

 

BuboBubo New PortraitReally happy to see the excitement here and wanted to provide a little bit more background.

This survey is part of our efforts to understand what the most important underlying elements of “Recolors” are and how important they are relative to each other. Everything is super exploratory at this point (ie: far too early to commit to recolors at all, a specific feature set, price or release date). But this feedback will directly shape what gets built because ultimately we want to delight you and what better way to maximize the chances of achieving that than getting your input?

On another note, surveys are a regular and central part of our quest to understand player wants, needs and behaviors. Importantly, they allow us to get representative responses from the various types of players. While forums and Reddit give us a lot of feedback and we are constantly perusing it, relying on them exclusively would lead to us missing the perspectives of players in other regions and those that don’t participate in these venues. This is also a key reason for why surveys are sent to individual players rather than posted for public comment.

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What are your thoughts on these surveys being made public on Reddit

BuboBubo New PortraitPlayers who didn’t get the survey enjoy the sneak peek, but it will inevitably set expectations for at least some players in ways that aren’t ideal. Meeting, falling short of, or exceeding player expectations keeps us up at night and public posts definitely make things a bit more volatile. From the player insights perspective (my discipline at Riot), it doesn’t help the validity of the surveys to have them posted up.

But at the end of the day, its part of the risk and done without malicious intent so we’ll roll with it.

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UNCONFIRMED FEATURE STILL IN TESTING!

Please no complainerino.

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Why isn't Vi top a thing

Gypsylord New PortraitSo as anyone who has watched the Vi champ spotlight may know, Vi was originally intended to be a top laner. 

She’s got a lot of cool gameplay in top lane with the Q charge up and E cleave but, honestly, she’s just too fair up there for too long compared to our current crop of top laners.

In the early game she has meaningful mana costs, telegraphed attacks, and massive cooldown windows for her passive and all of her spells (P – 18, Q – 18, E – 14 per charge, R- 150). I actually think top lane Vi could be a pretty awesome experience for both sides of the lane if we did stuff like lower her CD’s or buff E’s range and mana cost but then jungle Vi would go to crazy town. Could nerf jungle Vi to compensate but then are we screwing over the many Vi mains who prefer her out-of-lane experience? It’s a tough call.

All this said, SmashGizmo got diamond last season almost exclusively with top lane Vi. He’d typically play conservative until 6 focusing only on CS and rush an Iceborn Gauntlet for the extended dueling power and mana to offset her high costs. Turns out if a Vi manages to stay even until 6 there is not a single character up there (not even Irelia or Jax) who can beat her in a straight up 1v1. Her burst and sustained damage output is insane when she gets the chance to use it and her late game with top lane items is monstrous for the enemy teams’ squishies (or at least it was in season 3, a lot has changed since then).

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Why haven’t we been compensated after the EUW servers were moved

Draggles New PortraitThe compensation that Pwyff mentions in his post was given in June 2013. Here‘s a post from Demorphic (sorry the formatting is a little broken!) where more is explained.

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Debonair Ezreal and Debonair Vi got their splash arts!

 

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PBE 22/07 Contents:

  • Arcade Sona VFX
  • Champion Changes


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PBE 18/07 Contents:

  • Guqin Sona Model Update
  • Arcade Sona Model Update
  • Champion Changes

 

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.

 

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64px-Glacial_FissureGlacial Fissure [ R ]
  • Knock-up time reduced from 1.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.3/1.5
  • Slow field strength reduced from 60% at all ranks to 40/50/60%

 

 

 

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  • Base damage decreased from 40/60/80/100/120 to 30/45/60/75/90
  • Mana cost decreased from 16/22/28/34/40 to 12/18/24/30/36

 

 

 

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  • Bonus damage per additional shot increased from 35% to 40%
  • Maximum damage increased from 102/161.5/221/280.5/340 ( +1.36 bonus AD) to 108/171/234/297/360 ( +1.44 bonus AD)

 

Collateral_DamageCollateral Damage [ R ]

  • Initial base damage increased from 250/350/450 to 250/400/550
  • Secondary base damage increased from 200/280/360 to 200/320/440



 

 

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  • Mana cost reduced from 24/28/32/36/40 to 24/26/28/30/32

 

 


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  • Base HP decreased from 440 to 400
  • HP-per-level increased from 84 to 88

 

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  • Armor / Magic Resist shred reduced from 20/22/24/26/28% to 12/16/20/24/28%

 

 


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DistortionDistortion [ W ]

  •  Mana cost reduced from 80/90/100/110/120 to 80/85/90/95/100

 

 



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  • Shield duration decreased from 4 seconds to 2

 

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  • No longer reduces Attack Speed

 

 


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  • No longer reduces slow effects

 

 


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  • Movement speed duration reduced from 5 seconds at all ranks to 3/3.5/4/4.5/5

 

 


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  • Base movement speed decreased from 340 to 335

 

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  • Cooldown increased from 9 seconds to 10



 

 

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  • Movement Speed now wears off after 2/4/6 seconds, increased from 2/3/4

 

 


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Rocket_JumpRocket Jump [ W ]

  • Slow duration reduced from from 2.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.5/2/2.5/3.0

 

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  • Damage-over-time decreased from 110/150/190/230/270 to 80/125/170/215/260

 

 


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  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 3.1% to 4%

 

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  • Bonus AD increased from 25/40/55 to 30/50/70

 

 

Context (Bugfix, Buffs to Compensate)

 

Riot Jag New PortraitHey guys, just wanted to let you know that we put out a bugfix on PBE for Vayne where her Tumble had a higher bonus AD ratio while she had Final Hour active. Since we wanted to fix the bug without actually reducing the power of the champion, we compensated by increasing the bonus AD she gets for Ulting, making this mostly a power-neutral change, not a buff or nerf.

As an aside, she’s getting some small AS per level buffs. Nothing huge, but a few more Silver Bolts procs never hurt anyone.

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  • Damage changed back from 350/475/600 ( +1.5 AP) to 500/700/900 ( +0.6 AP) [ revert on the changes in PBE Update July 16 ]
  • Slow changed back from 15% to 20% and no longer stacks [ revert on the changes in PBE Update July 17 ]

 

 

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Doom Bots are here as a featured game mode and will be going away on July 27th, QA Analyst Repertoir elaborates on the Vel’Koz changes we saw in yesterday’s PBE patch and shares more buffs on the pipeline, Lead Champion Designer Meddler continue his Q&A with updates on Fizz, Zed, Syndra, Yorick, Zilean and Sion, as well as the team’s mentality when buffing and nerfing. Lastly, 32 skins will be getting their splash arts replaced with those from the Chinese client.

 

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After weeks of tweaks and tests, the Doom Bots of Doom have been set loose onto live! If you’re looking to test your abilities against League’s craziest challenge yet, then sign up! What’s more, play a game against the Doom Bots and you’ll earn a unique summoner icon regardless of whether you win or lose (which might take a few days to appear).

Get to it before we haul the Doom Bots back into the FGM workshop on July 27! And while you’re catching your breath between games, tell us about your Doom Bot stories! Did you win? Did you… not win?

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Repertoir New PortraitHey guys,

You may or may not have noticed that there are Vel’Koz changes on PBE. I just wanted to pop in and tell you guys our plan for them and a bit about our direction for Vel’Koz on the whole.

 

Let’s start with what our goals for Vel’Koz generally as a champion. When making Vel’Koz, one of the most important things that had to be true about Vel’Koz is that he fulfills the role of a terrifying laser face melter. On his release, I’d say it’s fair to say he felt that way, but his ult often felt like there was something lacking if you actually built the primary mage offensive stat – Ability Power. I definitely understand that Vel’Koz is an effective support, and our changes try to give consideration to the fact that players are finding success playing him as a support.

That said, our intention for the character was always that his R would be feared in a similar fashion to an ultimate like Fiddlestick’s Crowstorm in that it should be an incredibly meaningful, powerful moment for Vel’Koz and an incredibly dangerous moment for opponents. Given how his R’s damage scaled, it had that feeling in the early game, but with a full offensive build, it tended to lose that effect as games went on due to its lower Ability Power ratio. We knew this was likely going to be the case on Vel’Koz’s release, but we decided to go forward with his release numbers because we saw him as a challenging character to pick up and play and high base damages on the R would provide a relatively standard experience per cast of the ability. Now that he’s been out for a few months, we want to really emphasize that when he buys damage, he yields results via his ultimate, and that’s why you’ll be seeing the lower bases and higher ratios on his ultimate for now on the PBE.

Again, I’d like to reiterate that we are aware that support Vel’Koz’s damage will take a hit if we go through with these changes, but it is our intention that Vel’Koz’s character-defining ultimate scale really well with items to better hit character highs on the ability. If taking the base damage off of a character’s ultimate is the only change that moves him out of the support position, then that’s probably a sign that numbers were out of whack anyway, since supports are primarily picked for their utility anyway.

On the note of utility, we are indeed looking at reducing the slow on Vel’Koz’s ultimate, but allowing it to stack on targets as well. For those of you that remember the Vel’Koz release teaser, we really want to bring out that feeling of him focusing in on a single target and evaporating him, and we think this change helps to clarify that purpose and achieve that goal without doing a mechanic like ramping damage or something of the sort.

All other changes on Vel’Koz are aimed at just making various spell effects better match their visuals.

That’s a lot of text though! Here’s what we’re looking at for PBE stuff to test for now…

 

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  • W1 missile width increased to match W2

 

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  • Range increased to 1550 from 1500
  • Base damage reduced to 350/475/600 from 500/700/900
  • Ability Power Ratio increased to 1.5 from 0.6
  • Slow reduced to 15% from 20%
  • Slow now stacks on targets up to 5 times, up from 1

Hope this helps to clarify things,

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Won’t a 75% slow on Vel’Koz’s ult be too strong

Repertoir New PortraitOne thing to remember about slows in League of Legends is that there are diminishing returns on high value slows. Whereas a 20% slow will usually slow for most of the expected amount, a 75% slow may only slow for around double the 20% slow after diminishing returns. If you ever want to see what I’m talking about, run through a wall of Thresh’s R; despite being a 99% slow, it doesn’t slow you down to ~3-5 MS.

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TLDR Portrait TL;DR – The slow will stack up to a 75% slow, but slows have diminishing returns, so targets will not lose a full 75% of their Movement Speed.

 

 

 

Why are you forcing Vel’Koz players to buy AP to be relevant

Repertoir New PortraitHonestly, we are not trying to solve “Glass cannon mages are not seeing play” with these changes, because that’s probably a symptom of a greater issue that probably isn’t a good idea to address with a numbers arms race or character identity misalignment. Vel’Koz was always intended to be mainly a glass cannon mage, and we’d like for his numbers to reflect that.

All that said, there may be work to be done on these numbers still. Thanks for the feedback; I’m still not sold on this as a final changelist yet, so I’ll keep everyone posted.

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Shouldn’t Vel’Koz receive buffs to compensate for these changes

Repertoir New PortraitOne thing that’s worth noting is that we don’t actually think Vel’Koz’s current overall power level is too far off. We just think the actual distribution in power in how his ultimate deals damage is out of whack, focused far too heavily into the base damage and not enough in the scaling.

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Meddler Q&A – Part 2

 

Part 1 of Meddler’s Q&A

 

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Will there be any changes to Sion's kit

Meddler New PortraitThere’s a full Sion rework (visual and gameplay update) underway at the moment, with a core theme of ‘undead juggernaught’.

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Do you consider Syndra to be in a good place

 

 

Meddler New PortraitI’m a bit concerned Syndra may be too strong a lane bully at present, it’s also possible we’ve now made her stun a bit too easy to land, in contrast to its previous state. Don’t think the live balance team have any immediate plans for her, an adjustment at some point might be needed though.

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Any plans for Zed

Meddler New PortraitI feel he’s a relatively healthy assassin design and personal opinion is he might be a bit on the weak side. He’s a champ we’re talking about right now, but haven’t got firm plans for yet.

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Can Riot look into updating Zilean

Meddler New PortraitWe’ll work on Zilean at some point and that will include replacing his passive with something more satisfying throughout the game. Will definitely investigate whether there are opportunities to use ‘time mage’ better as a theme as well for his kit as a whole, too early to say what changes that might result in or when though.

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Will Yorick get a Visual Update

Meddler New PortraitYorick? Full rework and visual upgrade together at some point most likely. Ghoul summoning gravekeeper’s got a lot of potential as a concept that Yorick’s not making use of, plus the playing against experience in lane can be pretty frustrating.

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Will Fizz get a Visual update soon

Meddler New PortraitDon’t think he’s on the list at the moment. I’m no artist, so not my area of expertise, but doesn’t leap out to me at least as particularly in need.

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Are new Champions supposed to have already released counter-picks

Meddler New PortraitWe do want champions to have identified weaknesses, we don’t want those weaknesses to be specific to a single other champion though. Many mages for example are vulnerable if you’re able to dive them, which gives the other team a range of possible picks that can accomplish that. Having a single counterpick on the other hand can lead to very binary performance (did you ban out your counterpick? If so, grats, you win, if not you’ll get stomped) and lack of choice for the opposition.

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What’s the thought process behind buffing or nerfing Champions

Meddler New PortraitConstant assessment of how champions perform in different lanes and at different levels of skill/types of play, gathering of feedback (from regular players and pro players), some use of statistical analysis (as an indicator of things to investigate, not a guide) and a lot of playtesting. Same answer with any other part of the game, though there are some things that require really large sample sizes, or long periods to master, where we’ll need to go with a best estimate and then continue to balance post launch.

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Will the new Champion be purely a top laner

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What do you think of mini-game mechanics like Draven’s axes

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We will be doing other champs with unique skills in that sort of line, wouldn’t want to do anything exactly like Draven’s axes though, that’s Draven’s thing.

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Will you be making Senna, Lucian’s wife, a Champion one day

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Was there a Champion that you wanted to make but isn’t in the game

Meddler New PortraitPlenty! The best ideas we’ve had but haven’t finished are ones I’m still hopefuly we’ll figure out a way to do. Then there’s Barn the Sentient Barn, who I’ve got a soft spot for but, even being really, really optimistic, would have to describe as ‘incredibly unlikely’.

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What are the odds of seeing a new global ult

Meddler New PortraitReasonable at some point, though almost certainly with some constraints to ensure it’s situationally powerful but not a guaranteed ability to force a 2v1 or ensure a 1v1 goes in your favor.

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Riot Silver: Hey dudes and dudettes!

Wanted to jump on here to let you guys know about some skin splash changes headed to PBE. Specifically, we’re replacing the splash art for around 32 skins (For right now, no bases). Some of you may recognize these splashes from other League of Legends regions.

We’re constantly seeking to improve LoL across the board, and splashes are no different – as you may have noticed, we’ve been concentrating on base splash updates in recent patches. As with other art assets, a lot splashes in League have aged over time. We 100% want to improve all of this out-of-date content, but for now a lot of our work is focused specifically on updating base champion splashes.

This led us to seek out stopgap measures for showing love to some of the most out of style splashes where we already have better alternatives available (cough…Grandma Lux). To reiterate, this is a temporary step focused on, right now, only the worst offenders.

Let us know what you think!

FAQ:

Why didn’t you do this sooner?

The art style for these splashes was a bit different from our visual target, and we didn’t want to create a long-term rift in our splash content. However, due to the amount of time and resources we need to bring these splashes fully up to our visual target, we have reconsidered some temporary solutions for these splashes.

Why didn’t you change X splash?

We specifically picked splashes that met the goals of this small update, so there could be several reasons:

  1. We feel the current splash is of higher or comparable quality (We’re looking for instances where there is a noticeable upgrade.)
  2. Alternatives are too drastically different from current splash or in-game model (we’re looking to improve overall cohesion in addition to just visual quality.)

What if I don’t like X splash?

Let us know! The goal here is to improve, not detract

Why are these only skin splashes?

This change is a stopgap for a few skins while we focus hard on updating base splashes to our current style target. These splashes are a bit more sensitive given that they’re more highly visible (e.g. minimap icons, champion select, etc…). In general, we’re looking to err on the side of caution where there’s a very clear quality increase with little risk of confusion.

Changelist:

  • Noxus Hunter Anivia
  • Red Riding Annie
  • Rusty Blitzcrank
  • Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
  • Desperada Cassiopeia
  • Siren Cassiopeia
  • Mr. Mundoverse
  • Tango Evelynn
  • Minuteman Gangplank
  • Dreadknight Garen
  • Alien Invader Heimerdinger
  • Blast Zone Heimerdinger
  • Nightblade Irelia
  • Aviator Irelia
  • Commando Jarvan IV
  • Silver Kayle
  • Viridian Kayle
  • Sorceress Lux
  • Chosen Master Yi
  • Candy Cane Miss Fortune
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Snow Bunny Nidalee
  • Leopard Nidalee
  • Ravager Nocturne
  • Forsaken Olaf
  • Glacial Olaf
  • Ruthless Pantheon
  • Noxus Poppy
  • Frozen Shen
  • Hextech Singed
  • Black Belt Udyr
  • Curling Veigar

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All Updated Splash Arts

 

Huge thanks to Reddit user IfishIII for putting up an imgur album with all the new splash arts!

 

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Noxus Hunter Anivia

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Red Riding Annie

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Rusty Blitzcrank

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Goalkeeper Blitzcrank

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Desperada Cassiopeia

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Siren Cassiopeia

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Mr. Mundoverse

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Tango Evelynn

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Minuteman Gangplank

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Dreadknight Garen

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Alien Invader Heimerdinger

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Blast Zone Heimerdinger

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Nightblade Irelia

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Aviator Irelia

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Commando Jarvan IV

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Silver Kayle

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Viridian Kayle

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Sorceress Lux

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Chosen Master Yi

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Candy Cane Miss Fortune

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Pharaoh Nasus

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Snow Bunny Nidalee

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Leopard Nidalee

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Ravager Nocturne

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Forsaken Olaf

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Glacial Olaf

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Ruthless Pantheon

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Noxus Poppy

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Frozen Shen

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Hextech Singed

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Black Belt Udyr

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Curling Veigar

 

 

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 16/07 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.

 

PBE Updates for Patch 4.13 Cycle: 

 

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PBE Sona Hair Update


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PBE New Tantrum Resource Texture

 

Tantrum Texture

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Clarity: This texture goes in the resource bar on the bottom of the UI, where you would track your mana, energy, fury, etc. WILD HYPOTHESIS: this could be the resource bar for Riot’s next Champion.

Simple translation of “tantrum”: emotional outburst. Makes you wonder how the resource will actually function.

 

 

PBE New Summoner Icons


 

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PBE Champion Changes


 

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Range increased from 1050 to 1150

 

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  • Damage changed from 500/700/900 (+0.6 AP) to 300/450/600 (+1.5 AP)
  • Slow strength reduced from 20% to 15%

 

 

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At 03:00 PDT for NA, 05:00 GMT for EUW, 02:00 GMT for EUNE, 04:00 AM AEST for OCE, 03:30 (VE) for LAN, 02:00 (BO) for LAS,  03:00 for RU and 06:00 for BR,servers will go down for maintenance so Patch 4.12 can be deployed. Here’s a full schedule for all regions!

NA, [ EUW, [ EUNE ] , [ OCE ] , [ LAN ] , [ LAS ] , [ TR ] , RU ] , [ BR ]

Note: The server status pages were recently updated and now they’re much easier to navigate and keep track of.

 

Server Maintenance Schedule for Patch 4

Riot Noc Administrator New PortraitOn 07/16/2014, starting at 01:30 PDT,ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 4.12. At 03:00 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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Ahri’s a cool fox gal that we’d like to see more of, but she’s currently sitting just below the top-tier mid picks. We’re investigating ways to make Ahri feel better to play without just tipping her into the perma-pick category (hello S3 worlds).


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OH BOY. We really want to bring Alistar back up as a support, but our big challenge is to make sure he doesn’t also become an insane jungling cow god, because that gets obnoxious. Access to what’s essentially a mini-Malphite ult at level 2, combined with powerful tower dives and displacement makes for a worrisome combination that keeps us up at night. Worrying.


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This guy. Man.


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Like we mentioned in the 4.11 patch notes, Lucian is still strong and his super well-rounded nature makes him less of a strategic pick and more of a must-pick. We’re really exploring ways to give Lucian meaningful weaknesses while also highlighting some of his core strengths. At this point we probably can’t bring along all of his advantages, but we’re looking to maintain Lucian’s mobility / burst while also highlighting his spellslinger archetype. You’ll see more as we go!

Them aggro junglers: Depending on who you talk to, there are roughly 3-5 competitive junglers in the ‘very strong’ category who are outshining entire categories of dudes (see tanky jungler buffs). That said, we’re balancing our approach here to make sure we don’t just hit one so the others become default picks, but this gang has such high early aggression that they’re still inhibitive in the game. Chances are high we won’t have anything for these in 4.12as we’re still watching how the 4.11 jungle item changes have affected the scene, but we have a strong inkling that these dudes will still be around.


Up today we’ve got Riot Hongyou from the Live Gameplay team to answer some of your questions / comments on the forecast.

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Summary

 Riot is cracking down on 3rd party skin-selling websites and making codes unredeemable past July 23rd. Also, Ricklessabandon is on the community forums discussing the upcoming PBE changes to Muramana (and Manamune). IronStylus talks VU directions for Cho’Gath, Kassadin, Warwick, Pantheon and Zilean and explains why the Champion release schedule has been so inconsistent lately. Finally, in the Single Posts collection is a response to the “Featured Matches” presented on the client’s landing page and what LeBlanc’s poor win rate across ELO ranges can (or can’t) tell us about balance.

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Draggles New PortraitGetting scammed sucks. Unfortunately the internet is full of shady people who take advantage of others. At Riot we strive to protect players from these scammers, and recently we’ve noticed an increase in fraud around 3rd party skin sites and skin reselling. 



These sites promise limited edition skins for League of Legends, when in reality they acquire codes illegitimately and exploit players. They charge excessive prices (we found one skin for over $1,000!) and sometimes take payment and never provide the content. You can’t predict the outcome, and no purchase is ever guaranteed regardless of what the seller says. To make matters worse these services typically use bots. Bots are lame to play with and chew up additional server bandwidth, negatively impacting everyone.

Riot is taking action against these scammers at the source. We are working with multiple payment processors to inform them of the situation and recommend they no longer process fraudulent payments from these sites. Additionally we will be deactivating all previously issued skin codes starting today. If you have a skin code that you acquired legitimately please send a request to Player Support and include proof of ownership. We’d be happy to help redeem the content to your account, but please note after 07/23/14 we will no longer be redeeming codes for any reason. 

For more information about codes and how to send Player Support a request, check out our code cards FAQ.

Followup: Player Support will not be retroactively removing content and skins that have already been redeemed prior to this announcement.

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Yuka New PortraitHi iMonox!


We won’t be deactivating skins that you’ve already redeemed on your account using a code. What it means is that we’ll be deactivating all codes that currently exist. So anything that hasn’t been redeemed yet cannot be redeemed using the code in the normal way.

If you’ve recently attended an event and received a skin code from a Rioter, and you haven’t had a chance to redeem it yet, you can contact support. They will need to see proof that you own the code card (e.g. a photograph).

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Follow Up

Yuka New PortraitAny skins you have will not be removed from your account.

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Can I still redeem codes I have left

Yuka New PortraitGo try the codes in the client – if they don’t work, contact support and send them a photo of your codes with your summoner name written next to them. 

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How will skin code cards issued at events work

Yuka New PortraitCards issued at future events will have a set amount of days before they expire. (usually 5-7 days)

We are also experimenting with a digital alternative, which was trialed at Japan Expo in Paris last weekend.

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Why are you disabling working skin codes

Boompje New PortraitUnfortunately, many of them were obtained in ways we don’t want them to be obtained, as well as that a high amount of those transactions that happened “on the internet” are very shady, and often result in people losing their money without getting the skin they bought.

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How will you inform everyone of these changes

Yuka New PortraitHi Mooncloud!

A lot of our content creators have previously advertised skin shops in the past – we’re hoping that they will help spread the word via their channels. There’s also currently a thread on Reddit, and multiple Rioters are spreading the word on Twitter.

Most of these skin shops will be shutting down now as well. As was mentioned in the main post, we are also working with online payment processors to block payments going to 3rd party skin shops.

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What should I do if I have content that needs redeeming

Hollymonster New PortraitYou need to write in to get them redeemed now. We won’t process anymore of these after the 23rd as per the announcement.

Just make sure you submit the physical cards with a piece of paper and your Summoner name/Username so we can get your content asap.

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Offtopic How do you plan to resolve DDOS drophacks

Boompje New PortraitWe are very much aware of drop hacks and DDoSes and have regular meetings and activities to try and decrease the impact and amount of them. Unfortunately, this is not a trivial problem to solve  but I can tell you that we are working rather hard on this topic!

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Ricklessabandon New Portraithi friends~

tl;dr is that i’ve got some changes to muramana on the pbe and i’d love feedback for it! the most recent version of the changes should be in this post, along with a history of updates and a ‘frequently asked questions’ section. please leave any questions, comments, or concerns (on either the changes or this format for gathering feedback) in the comments section below!

and maybe it goes without saying, but these are all experimental and therefore highly subject to change! things like tuning, damage type, costs, etc could all be completely different by the time this ships (if any of it even ships at all)!

thanks in advance!

 muramana (last updated 2014.07.10 @ 03:06)

this will temporarily be off of the pbe while we prepare the 4.12 patch

 

Muramana[added] passive :: gains +10 bonus true damage (increased by 2% of maximum Mana if any number of azure stacks are active). also gain 1% attack speed for every stack of azure active.

[remade] active :: spend 60 mana to gain 10 stacks of azure, then doubles the current mana cost and stack gain of this active. azure has a fixed duration of 9 seconds, and when it expires this active resets its mana cost and stack gain and then goes on cooldown (30 second cooldown).

edit: to clarify, the passive mana-to-ad conversion from ‘awe’ is unchanged!

 

update! (2014.07.10 @ 03:06)

okay, got some really helpful stuff from the first iteration! i’m going to go forward with the build path changes to manamune in the 4.12 patch, and continue explorations with various muramana actives. the next version should hit the pbe sometime after 4.12 goes live. until then, i’ve updated the item details above.

also, there were several bugs affecting tear, manamune, and muramana due to a one-time refactor we did that should all be worked out. just need to get the new tooltips in after 4.12 ships and then things should look much more normal!

oh! one last thing… i did want to mention that i’ve been reading every comment posted here as well as any tweets that mention me and a handful of forum/reddit threads. i haven’t had time to directly respond to them unfortunately, but they’re definitely read and count for something!

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Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 2014.07.03 @ 15:05)

Q) why?

A) this turns out to be a fairly large question as there are a lot of reasons—the goal set for the changes hit a lot of things we’re hoping to explore/accomplish. to get the gist of it out up front, we want to create/improve the build foundations for mana-based champions. not just current kits that we ‘gate’ with mana, but also for a future in which we want to make mana more enjoyable/exciting (instead of it being like rationing out money to purchase food, imagine it being more like how to spend tokens at an arcade). some champions do this well on their own, but since a champion’s mana paradigm isn’t necessarily consistent across all kits there’s value in exploring systemic solutions to making mana much more interesting and meaningful.

of course, the ‘now’ is super important, so we’re doing this a piece at a time by exploring new ways to gain and spend mana in addition to your champion’s kit (which should already have awesome things like jayce’s shock blast through acceleration gate). the reason muramana is a candidate for this in addition to being a mana item is due to some issues with its current implementation (e.g., the item is most powerful when you don’t spend mana, but the reason a champion buys this is because they have really good ways to spend mana and they want to do that!) and because the item could stand to have more synergy/scaling with other items given its identity as a ‘late game’ item.

Q) which champions are intended to benefit from a change like this?

A) champions that care about heavily scaling their basic attacks throughout the game, and can also do cool things with their own abilities when they get a lot of mana. more specifically, this would apply to ezreal, corki, sivir, irelia, jayce, kog’maw, et al.

Q) what about current manamune/muramana users not in the above?

A) champions that tend to buy only one or two offensive items, and/or rely very heavily on spells (in relation to their reliance on basic attacks) likely won’t appreciate the attack speed and are more guarded about their mana usage. that leaves champions like urgot and yorick feeling a little awkward about the changes as a whole. that said, the build path change, extra attack damage, and new on-hit damage should theoretically help them out more over the course of the game than the muramana on live. as an urgot player that works next to a yorick player, this is definitely something we’re watching.

Q) what can apply the true damage?

A) basic attacks, single-target spells that deal physical damage, and any other abilities that applies on-hit effects. this is more or less the same as live muramana, but notably excludes single-target spells that deal magic damage (e.g., ryze’s overload or syndra’s unleashed power). this is primarily a preventative measure to keep abuse cases (like adding 420 true damage to syndra’s ult) from restricting the other tuning levers we want to use to make sure the item feels good on champions that should like buying muramana for everything it does. we know there are collateral effects to this (such as jayce’s thundering blow no longer triggering the effect) so we’ll be watching for data related to those specific cases to make sure things are still just fine for those cases.

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IronStylus New PortraitHi. I wanted to try out the new function that should be listed below this box that says “show as flat” and see how the system works. I wanted to see if a conversation could be had using either or both of the views.

While we’re here! we’ll have a general ChampUp pow-wow. All casual, this is mainly just to test, but if you have any questions/ideas/feedback we can also jam on those. I’ll be on here for a little bit then head to bed. I’ll check the thread in the morning also.

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Will Mundo be getting a Visual Update

IronStylus New PortraitWelp, I think he’s just a straight up fidelity update. I don’t think he’s slated for any time too soon, but at least I don’t think there’s a lot of challenge in just.. Mundo’ing up Mundo. Yeah, there’s just a lot of technical stuff I’d love to do with him. Bring him up to the goofy brute that he should be.

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What about Pantheon

IronStylus New PortraitHe’s sorta just a dude from 300 at this point. I’d really like to find a way to tie him more thematically into Targon. That’ll take some exploration though.

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Can Zilean be updated so he looks like a real time wizard

IronStylus New PortraitYeah.. the “old guy” fantasy is a hard one to capture. I think there might have to be something in there that moves him more into the “cool mage” sorta area. It’s fine being wise and older, but he’s not quite up there with characters like Captain Picard, Professor X, Sauramon, Magneto, or other more aged gents of wisdom and badassery, Might have to dial him just a bit younger or just make him feel a bit more fit, not so much afro-santa guy..

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Is Cho’Gath still being looked into for a Visual Update

Context: IronStylus mentioned awhile ago he was interested in updating Cho’Gath’s visuals. You can read the discussion here.

IronStylus New PortraitWell, we haven’t really even started concepting Cho, but he’ll have some pre-production work started on him soon. I still take the stance that I want him to be like a Kaiju of the Void. Whatever it entails to get that I’m up for! We have to scope it out though. That’s a big team discussion.

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Will Warwick have an evolving model in his VU

IronStylus New PortraitI’m not sure how much we’ll do with scaling or model changing in his normal state, though I’d like to see at least some body change. That’s just my opinion though! We haven’t yet full explored the ideas.

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Why hasn’t Kassadin still received a VU

IronStylus New PortraitHmm.. quoting in this thing is a bit awkward, gunna talk to the team about that.

Yeah, there’s a lot of discussion around Kassadin. For one, we could sorta just plug a new model onto him, but.. is that enough? Technically we’re not really happy with where he’s at in a number of places, especially animation. So the discussion is centered around scope. Since he floats it’s sort of a unique situation. It’d be REALLY nice to have a full fledged VU of him, but, is that too large of a production? Lots of questions being asked. That’s sort of what’s making up the discussion.

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Is there a list of Champions needing texture updates

IronStylus New PortraitNot really a list per se, more of just a general understanding that a lot of our textures need balancing. Right now there’s no one committed to doing TU’s 100%, my hope though would at some point to have a concentrated effort to adjust those textures.

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Why have we still heard nothing about the next Champion

IronStylus New PortraitIndeed, things have slowed down a bit. I’m not 100% up on the skinny, as you said I don’t work on the team really, but I think there’s a general desire to make sure things are super cohesive when a new champion comes out. I think that can take additional bake time. Aside from that I’m not privy to the nitty gritty of production, but I think one of the reasons Relaunch has become a bit more consistent is to help out the churning of new content. In some cases are team is pretty much making a new champion. My feeling is that things will always sort of be a hybrid of champions, skins and now relaunches as being integral parts of content packages.

I understand though. Champions are the biggest hype potential in terms of content, and can really have amazing promotional content, community discussion, and general excitement surround their build up and release. The champion release is still our biggest bang I feel. It feels like something huge is being added to the game, which it is.

For me personally, I miss some of the old days of slightly faster cadence, but I trust that the guys over on the Champion Team know what’s up and are fully aware of what their goals and deliverables are, and how fast those things should be put out.

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Give players updates on features Riot is currently working on

 

Pros:
- less overbumped threads about bugs
- people could track progress of any work
- Maybe RIOT could have an indicator about things that they began working on, but hasn’t finished it for a while, so they could pick up lost “threads” faster

Cons:
- I’m PRETTY sure that disappointed players would complain a lot about ongoing things they don’t consider important, while other things are not prioritized

Pros again:
- With this, RIOT could have a good feedback about what they should work on first

Cons again:
- There will always be people who are dissatisfied with the current priority list

 

Boompje New PortraitSo another big point I’d like to add to that:

We have a lot of stuff in development at any time, and by far not everything makes it to release. A few big and known examples are Magma Chamber or the Mac client (back in 2011). We really try not to raise any false expectations.

 

Another thing, although it’s easier to solve but not trivial, is a lack of context. Many people don’t know that it can easily take us way over a year for just 1 champion in development. The way we think about skins has also changed. When I just started playing league (back in 2009), skins were mostly recolours or just a small change in the skin. Nowadays, the skins are really a way higher quality.

Changing a feature from a technical point of view is also a lot more complicated than just.. assign it to an engineer and have it changed the next day. We have a ton of stuff all going on at the same time, so that list would also be very, very huge. And not everything will be going to release. Not at all.

Then another point to consider is that players may not know the context. Not everyone will understand that making a skin takes more than a few days of work, or that rewriting a large piece of software (hello Client!, see PBE news!) also is a huge piece of work, that also has implications on back-end and server workings.

For me, I’d feel a big blocker for doing this would be raising false expectations, or players having expectations that we in the end don’t meet. Also think of it from an Ultimate Skin point of view. PulseFire Ezreal and Spirit Guard Udyr are awesome skins, and the release events were a super nice experience. But it would be a lot more boring for players if they would be aware of how those skins were coming along in the moments before release.

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Can we see “Featured Matches” instead of LCS banners on the landing page

zerocontext: TL;DR: We definitely know some players care strongly about the Featured Matches on the current client landing page, and we’re still working on the experience!

Okay, here’s our general design philosophy behind how we want to surface content (both on the landing page and elsewhere, like the website): We want all players to have an easy and intuitive way of finding the experiences that they enjoy, which could of course include Featured Matches.

One complication is that only a slim percentage of players frequently interact with Featured Matches, which doesn’t mesh well with how much visual space we give to them at present (which we could be devoting to other exciting features). So, we think a happy medium can exist in which players who docare about spectating high-skill matches have an easy way to do so, while players who care more about other experiences don’t face the distraction of an über-prominent Featured Matches area on the landing page. Again, we’re still exploring how this experience might work in the new design.

We think the new client landing page that’s heading to PBE (and the new tech supporting it) will be flexible enough to allow us to do a better job of serving up more experiences that more players find relevant. It’ll take us a bit of time to fine-tune our approach, though, so I hope you’ll bear with us… and continue giving us regular feedback as we work to improve the experience. Fortunately, you won’t have long to wait before you can start judging for yourself the success of our initial efforts! :-)

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LeBlanc performs poorly in both low and high ELO

Apothis New PortraitI think LeBlanc’s low win rate and popularity in LCS is likely an example of high skill floor and high skill cap. I definitely wouldn’t say that LeBlanc is a weak champion because her win rate is below 50%. I think you’re right, that most players playing LeBlanc haven’t played the champion enough to get the most out of her. However, players that ARE very good at the champion make her very threatening.

An interesting way of thinking about this would be to look at how win rate for a champion changed with the number of games played with that champion. With LeBlanc, you might see that, once players had played 100 or so games, their win rate with LeBlanc is ~70% (controlling for ELO). On the other hand, once players had played 100 or so games with Garen, the win rate might only increase to 55%.

Garen’s average win rate might be higher and his win rate might be higher if you’ve only played 5-10 games with him (vs. LB), but I wouldn’t immediately conclude he was the stronger champ. For a player without much experience with either champ trying to optimize for a single game, maybe Garen is a better choice. But for a player thinking about choosing a champ to climb ranked with (or a pro-team figuring out a comp) maybe LB is stronger. What do you think?

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BY VENTROPY

 

Hey all! We’ve got a set of visual changes for the patcher and client landing page that’ll be hitting the PBE soon. Before we push them out, we wanted to talk a little more about what you guys can expect, both with these changes and our overall work on the League of Legends client.

We’ve heard your feedback and know a new client is at the top of many wishlists. These changes are just the first phase of what will be an extensive and ongoing development process focused on improving the pre-game experience. Along with the visual changes to the patcher, a large part of this first phase involves introducing new core client technology. While this technology won’t noticeably change your pre-game experience, it will help us plan our future updates. That being said, our biggest focus is maintaining stability and making sure everything works smoothly as we continue updating the client. We’re looking forward to sharing our long-term plans, but today’s talk is going to be focused on foundation-setting.

 


Making Safe Changes


 

Let’s start with a quick definition: when we talk about “the client,” we’re speaking to the technology ecosystem that supports your pre-game experience. Each interaction you have while getting ready for a match is built on a base of interconnected systems, all of which work in concert to get you into your games.

As a result, maintaining League’s stability outweighs almost every other priority we have when making changes. Before we can tackle big feature changes, we need to make sure any core technology that we’re introducing is robust enough to get the job done. With that in mind, we chose our first targets by looking for the least risky pieces of the client to update. The look and feel of the patcher and the client landing page emerged as choices that let us introduce new tech, minimize risk and deliver some neat stuff.

Our first few releases will be 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, which allows us to safely improve the client over time.

 


What's coming to PBE


 

In the next few weeks, we’re planning to test out new tech in the patcher that also delivers some improvements to how information is presented (we’re also taking the opportunity to give the client landing page a matching facelift). The patcher technology coming to the PBE will become an important foundation for future client updates.

Both the patcher and the client landing page present a convenient chance to check out LoL news and updates, but are currently coming up short in a few areas.

 

Work-in-progress: Updated patcher

 

Let’s use the free champion rotation as a concrete example. Our current patcher shows a few names from the rotation in the news feed, but you have to click through to a web article to see the full list. With the upcoming changes, we can highlight the entire Free to Play rotation directly in the patcher. The Patch Notes have also been pulled in so you can read up on the latest changes while you’re downloading them.

This new layout applies visual focus to all content, displaying media with every item. To accommodate these visuals, we increased the patcher’s size, giving us more real estate to keep a few key pieces surfaced and make it easier to browse other articles. We also took the opportunity to group up ‘core’ patching tools by condensing the download progress bar, service availability indicator and region selector at the top of the patcher. Your patching progress has also been merged into one bar to provide more streamlined information.

 

Work-in-progress: Updated client landing page

 

The client landing page will pull in the same layout changes as the patcher with a few additional content types thrown into the mix. As part of this update, we’ve extended content all the way to the screen edges. We haven’t changed the client’s size, though, so we didn’t need to reorganize any of the client’s other features (aside from a bit of cleanup to the menu buttons).

Overall, your pre-game experience won’t change too much with this first release. The actual patching process is still the same, so don’t expect performance gains or increased download speeds. Additionally, you’ll still be using the same mastery interface, store, chat system, etc. While our end-goal is to deliver you an improved pre-game experience, our biggest priority is making sure we continue to provide a reliable and stable client and game.

 


Looking Forward


 

These first iterations aren’t going to redefine your pre-game experience, but they represent work we’re confident we can safely build on as we test and expand on our new core tech. If you aren’t seeing the changes you want right now, don’t worry because we know there are other parts of the client that are hurting for attention and we’re eager to take them into the lab to deliver something great.

We have a vision for what the future could hold for the client and we’re looking forward to sharing our plans with you a bit further down the road!

 

 

Thank you for listening to community suggestions !

ChocChipCookie: Thank you. This is the first step of a long process, and we definitely want your continued thoughts and feedback. Looking forward to you all letting us know what does (and doesn’t!) work. We’ve seen a few threads of your ideas on how to redesign the pre-game experience, and are constantly impressed by everyone’s creativity and passion. :)

 

 

Will there be a Logout button in future iterations

ChocChipCookie: You’ll just see visual updates right now within the client. We are mapping out future plans, and feedback like this is helpful!

 

 

Did you increase the size of the patcher

RiotAether: The patcher definitely got bigger – same dimensions as the client, which’ll be staying at its current size. Just prettier :D

 

 

Will it still be powered by Adobe AIR

ventropy: No it won’t. The patcher update that we are releasing to PBE includes a lot of the core tech needed for a new client. The patcher update won’t use Adobe AIR, it is built on our own native code base and HTML5 UI.

 

 

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