Posts Tagged ‘last whisper’


News Banner 03 01 Banner

Small news post to start the new year with. PBE updates will resume on January 5th!


Recent News Banner



Concept art for Winter Wonder Orianna by Zeronis

What damage does Dorans Shield reduce

Phreak New PortraitThere are roughly 4 different “ways” damage can be dealt.

Basic Attack / On Hit. This is any basic attack, things like Mystic Shot, Double Up, etc. These are really common of course, and interact with Doran’s Shield. Note that most of these abilities are rolled INTO the basic attack and thus are only counted once total, as though you had simply attacked your target. You’ll typically not see Doran’s double-dip an ability like this.

Single Target Spell -> This is anything that deals damage in one chunk to one single target. A spell like this receives full power from Spell Vamp and Rylai’s. Some older champions do this in more ways than you’d expect, like the second half of Akali Q is actually a Single Target Spell. This stuff will be affected by Doran’s Shield, as it says in the tooltip of the item.

Damage Over Time -> Swain Q, Swain E, Brand Passive. This will trigger full Spell Vamp and reduced effect from Rylai’s. Will not be affected by Doran’s Shield.

Area of Effect -> Whether it’s a damage over time effect or not, if it hits multiple targets at the same time (Malzahar W, Morgana W, Brand W, LeBlanc W, Kayle’s E), it’s usually this. These will trigger the reduced versions of Rylai’s and Spell Vamp, and will not be affected by Doran’s Shield.

Proc -> This is stuff that doesn’t apply anything. Sunfire Cape is an example of this. The bonus damage on Shyvana’s E, Kog W, MF W, Nami E are others. Unaffected by Doran’s.

Warwick ult and Shyvana Q are multiple basic attacks, so each would be reduced by Doran’s.

Syndra’s R is actually multiple single target spells, so each is reduced.

Unfortunately, there’s just a lot of “this is how the ability was coded.” Jax is an old champion, and his W and R are both “Single target spells” even though they probably should be “proc” abilities. There’s no good way to intuitively know this, and other similar abilities don’t work this way.

I believe Karthus Q becomes a “single target spell” instead of “AoE Spell” when hitting only one target.

[ Link to Post ]



Why is Zyras base movement speed so low

Phreak New PortraitI can’t speak to many of the other champions. I know we are fairly inconsistent with things like base stats (I’m not personally a fan of that).

But Zyra specifically has:

A lot of reach – You can spam plants to deal damage for you from very far outside almost anyone else’s range.

A lot of crowd control – Her E is an almost 2 second long root and spawns a slowing plant, completely unblocked by minions. This has about 1,000 range I believe. Her R is a gigantic knockup that you also can’t chase through. You can theoretically dodge away, but if you’re running at her, you’re pretty much guaranteed to eat it.

So because she’s long ranged and hard to reach, the compromise is that if you manage to dodge her stuff and catch up to her, you’re pretty much ensured the kill. If she were long ranged, could easily inhibit your progress, AND was fast, I’m not sure there’d be anything you could do about her.

To speak to the other champions you listed at least a little:

Syndra has a similar set of mechanics to Zyra – Long range, lots of safety tools. She’s only 5 MS higher, so that’s not far off. Zyra is a bit longer ranged than Syndra, so I can see this being somewhat fair.

Malzahar has rather short range. He also has no crowd control unless he’s channeling it. I think it’s totally fair to give him high move speed for a ranged champion.

Akali is melee. Totally fair, IMO.

Annie has no long-ranged tools at all. She can stun, but she’s hard capped in her range. She’s somewhat on the high end of movespeed for a ranged champion, but she’s short ranged (for a ranged champion) so this is fine, IMO.

Heimerdinger is an oddity. He doesn’t keep people at bay very well, but he has plenty of long range tools. I don’t know why his move speed is as high as it is.

[ Link to Post ]

Is Last Whisper an early mid or lategame item for ADCs

Phreak New PortraitHere’s how the items stack up for about 80% of the AD Carries. Hopefully this’ll help you make your item-buying decisions.

Critical Strike is the single most under-coster/under-represented stat out there. Items like Infinity Edge and Phantom Dancer/Statikk Shiv are GIGANTIC damage increases, so you will always look to buy both these items. If you care about your basic attack damage, you want both of these and you want them early. Most pros build IE/SS or IE/PD as their first two big items every game.

The big-ticket life steal items (Bloodthirster, Blade of the Ruined King) are reasonably strong damage items, but you get what you pay for. The gold you sink into life steal isn’t sunk into damage, so you’re getting understandably less damage per gold than an item like Phantom Dancer, Last Whisper, Infinity Edge, etc. This is pretty much just straightforward logic, but it’s worth keeping in mind: You get what you pay for in extra durability by buying lifesteal instead of increased damage. Understandably, Ruined King is a bit higher on the Damage – Durability slider.

Last Whisper is just fine as a third item. After IE/PD, you’re basically saying “Okay do I want life steal (BT or BotRK) or do I want more damage (Last Whisper). It’s actually efficient 25-30 minutes into the game, because you WILL be hitting front-line tanky targets, and even against squishies, it’s better than you might think. The Chinese Marksmen at the 2014 World Championship typically built Last Whisper third, optimizing their damage output at the expense of durability.

There is one huge caveat with Last Whisper though: Part of the reason the item is so good is because Armor Penetration is the best multiplier in the game for physical damage skills. If your champion doesn’t deal meaningful physical damage though abilities (Corki and Kog’Maw primarily) you actually don’t have a reason to buy Last Whisper. It actually falls beneath Blade of the Ruined King (which also provides lifesteal) making it a fairly senseless purchase on those champions.

So there are basically two main builds I see from AD Carries:

Infinity Edge -> Berserker’s Greaves -> Phantom Dancer or Shiv -> Last Whisper -> Bloodthirster -> Durability item.


Infinity Edge -> Greaves -> PD/Shiv -> Bloodthirster -> Last Whisper

There are some other builds with Trinity Force and stuff as well, and the math gets more complex there, but following those two builds should work for most of your games. You also may find yourself needing something like Quicksilver Sash (vs. Warwick, Malzahar, Zed) and those can be slipped in mid-build as well.

[ Link to Post ]

Follow Up

I get Last Whisper around the 25th minute after IE

Phreak New PortraitThat’s a decent rule of thumb, but keep in mind that no matter how well or poorly you’re doing, you basically always want to wait until after two major items are completed before thinking about LW. All the Armor Pen is going to do is multiply whatever damage you currently have, and if you don’t have any damage yet, there’s nothing to multiply.

[ Link to Post ]



If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at [email protected]



News Update June 3


Official AnnoucementsPentakill’s Album is Out!

Single Posts


Recent News







Pentakill Album is Out Banner


Smite and Ignite is out and it’s free-to-download!


The time has come. The era of metal has begun. Download the full Smite and Ignite album.

After devastating Runeterra with their ear-splitting riffs and ground-pounding rhythms, the metal monolith that is Pentakill has finally reached our shores.

But Pentakill’s not just in your ears, destroying your minds. This patch, we’re updating each of the Pentakill skin splashes, sprucing up Pentakill Mordekaiser, Pentakill Sona and Pentakill Karthus’ in-game models and introducing a new Pentakill summoner icon in celebration of metal’s return. You’ll be able to earn the icon by playing a game with any of the Pentakill skins (One For All’s not included!), or pick up the icon for 250 RP or 1500 IP from June 3 to June 9 (normally only purchasable with RP).

Either way, crank the volume up to 11 and get your metal hands ready, because it’s time to rock out!


Pentakill – Last Whisper



Pentakill – Orb of Winter



Pentakill – The Hex Core



Pentakill – The Prophecy



Pentakill – Thornmail




[ Update ] Pentakill website


Button Rioter fizznchips: We’ll have credits and more come out with the Pentakill website tomorrow! Hold tight, duders. 🙂



[ Request ] Will higher-quality versions of the songs be uploaded (eg. 320 kbps/s)


Praeco Button Rioter Praeco: If enough people would like this, then yeah we can do that. Most streaming services are in this quality range, which is why I went for 192kbps, but can go higher if desired.




[ Question ] Who are the singers in the album?


Praeco Button Rioter Praeco: The only singers on this album are Jorn and ZP.




Single Posts banner



[ Question ] If the “Smite and Ignite” album is free, then why does it cost $5.99 on iTunes?


Morgageddon Button Rioter Morgageddon: Morgageddon pops in.

It’s free across many mediums, from this website as well. However, for those who prefer to use different media players (iTunes comes to mind), you can still download through their store however, there’s a fee for using it (as far as I know).



[ Suggestion ] Riot should adopt a DOTA-like drafting style


Button Rioter Blues: To simply add more bans.
Straight up banning 8 champions is probably a lot.. but if you do it like this for example:

EDIT: Not sure how it would work in solo queue since DOTA’s Captain’s mode works differently. Probably just add the two extra bans.

A: Ban
B: Ban
A: Ban
B: Ban
A: Pick
B: Pick, Pick
A: Ban
B: Ban
A: Pick, Pick
B: Pick, Pick
A: Ban
B: Ban
A: Pick, Pick
B: Pick

Its not perfect, just an example but it would allow “Froggen to get Anivia” (Riot used the example of Froggen not ever getting Anivia if bans were increased.) Which is a valid argument if you were to just continually tack bans on before anyone has the chance to pick.


You can find more similar ideas here. 


Riot Baconhawk Button Rioter Baconhawk: Oops. Moved it back. Forgot to post this earlier due to meetings and various distractions.

flies away munching on a strip of sizzling bacon

EDIT: ahhhhhh I didn’t mean to make everyone think I’m skirting the issue. I totally just wanted to let you know I reinstated the thread~ but I do think the debate regarding picks & bans is a valid and long-standing one. I don’t honestly play a lot of DoTA (I actually have played a some HoN) so I don’t really have *much* of an opinion, but I am enjoying reading your discussions!



[ Bug Report ] People dealing damage with Summoner spell “Revive”


Dannamoth Button Rioter Dannamoth: This is an issue with death recap, not someone hacking revive. We’re aware of death recaps…. temperamental behavior.





[ Bug Report ] Vel’Koz is unable to ult again if he’s killed while channeling it


Dannamoth Button Rioter Dannamoth: Thanks for taking the time to post this! Are you able to reproduce the issue? Also, did the ult ever “fix itself” during the game?





[ Downtime ] Server Maintenance: Patch 4.9


Riot Zaps Button Rioter Riot Zaps: On 06/04/2014, starting at 01:30 PST, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 4.9. At 03:00 PST, 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.



[ Update ] Darius’ Rework


RiotScruffy Button Rioter Scruffy: Darius is still being worked on by the Champion Update team, and we’re still iterating on his gameplay. So no solid release date yet, but he is actively in progress.

Directionally, we are still working with the same goals Morello had mentioned in earlier posts: longer ramp up with a higher payoff. The goal is that the interesting gameplay moments come when the Darius player is fighting for “just a little longer” and the enemy is in more of a hit and run pattern to not let him build up too high.



[ Twitter ] For Belgian Fans: Sjokz Fan-meet




If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo.


WoadKing Darius Banner


PBE Update


Red Post Collection

Bonus – Yorick, the Crazy Cat Lady



PBE Update


experimental changes



Champion Balance




Death_LotusDeath Lotus ( R )

  • Total damage increased from 400/500/700 to 400/575/750 (second buff on PBE)





  • Base mana decreased from 200 to 190
  • Mana-per-level increased from 35 to 45


UndertowUndertow ( Q )

  • Damage increased from 65/110/155/200/245 to 70/115/160/205/250


Vicious_StrikesVicious Strikes ( W )

  • Lifesteal increased from 8/10.5/13/15.55/18% to 9/12/15/18/21% (same as live)
  • Mana cost lowered from 35 at all ranks to 30


Reckless_SwingReckless Swing ( E )

  • Damage decreased from 100/145/190/235/280 to 70/115/160/205/250
  • Now scales with 40% of Total Attack Damage
  • Now refunds the health cost if it kills the target.





  • Base health decreased from 400 to 360 (same as live)
  • Base armor decreased from 15 to 11 (same as live)





Moonflair_Spellblade_itemMoonflair Spellblade
  • Can now be used by melee




New Splash Arts


Olaf New Splash JPG

Olaf New Splash

Xerath New Splash JPG

Xerath New Splash



Championship Thresh






Official Announcements



Teamwork OP


Riot have released an animated video showcasing the benefits of working together in a match. Beware of bad language.




Red Post Collection


Riot logo decoration


Nerfing Last Whisper and Void Staff

Fixing the Ward issue

Matchmaking FAQ

Calculating League Points

Discussing RP+ and scamming

Fixing Blue side XP Bug

Xerath’s New Art

How to become a Creative Designer

3D Character Art



Nerfing Last Whisper and Void Staff



Shouldn’t these two items be effective only versus high resist targets?


morello Button Rioter Morello: I agree, actually. Will look into timeline on a fix.

This will require a little change to some penetration math to make this work as intended, Void Staff’s the most egregious, but LW isn’t much better.






morello Button Rioter Morello: The problem is mostly based around that Void Staff and LW are just simply solid damage items as opposed to situational buys to deal with heavy resist stacks. BC’s flat pen doesn’t apply to this because flat pen is actually more effective against lower resistances (due to diminishing returns on the effect of resists). BC is a damage item that helps physical damage teammates.



Suggestion: Apply the Unique Passive penetration only for Bonus Armor and Magic Resist (ignoring base)


morello Button Rioter Morello: We’re actually looking at this direction right now. Some of the risks there are how to communicate “bonus” so you can make smart item choices, but it’s definitely a possibility.





Fixing the Ward issue


Xelnath explains the design decisions that went into the ward mechanic. This is a continuation of a recent thread noted in my last article.



Community’s Opinion


XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: Still reading through this. Between US and EU, this is a 200 page + thread.

Trends I am noticing:

* People feel the gold burden of supporting is too high
* People feel like others should participate in the vision game to some level
* People want items that better support playing in the vision game
* Some people are concerned about what happens to supports with a solid gold income
* Many support players feel they don’t need a huge swing in incomes – just a reduction in non-permanent expenditures



Some wild ideas


XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: Okay, a number of people have floated this idea, so I’m going to pose it with a little tweak:

Add a unique slot that can only contain special vision items. In this slot, you can buy:

  • A) A re-usable ward (1 hp, 90 sec cd) [Upgrades into dropping real wards]
  • B) An item that is basically a mini CV (90 sec cd) [Upgrades into longer range/radius]
  • C) A scanner that lets you reveal hidden wards (90 sec cd) [Upgrades into shorter cooldown/limited oracles effect]

However, you can only have one of those items. Would you buy one? Assume 150g gold cost.



Why do wards cost gold?


XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: Gold is a limiter. You use it when you want to make the decision to down a particular path meaningful. You should weigh your decisions wisely, adapt them to suit the battlefield and not simply be a pre-defined choice.

Furthermore, it gives us the ability to tune effects. Let’s pretend that the CV item is too powerful. We can increase its cost until it has the appropriate trade-off. If we don’t do that, we create another scenario like summoner spells – where Flash currently trumps all of the other spells and there’s not a lot of room left to tune it.



Aren’t CDs and limit of wards bought per minute appropriate limiters?


XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: No, that’s missing an axis of tuning. Consider this:

In the A/B/C model, A creates gold on the map. B is neutral, C consumes the gold created.

Due to the nature of this reward structure alone, gold is necessary to compensate for the fact that these items modify your income stream. In theory, we could make killing wards not grant gold, but… why? That’s just unsatisfying.



Matchmaking FAQ


Exekias Button Rioter Exekias: Hello Summoners!

Recently the Player Behavior team has been seeing a lot of questions about matchmaking. In the future, we’d like to do more regular updates on how matchmaking is working and share some of the results behind our matchmaking systems. But for now, we’d like to start with a FAQ that answers some of the more common questions we see about matchmaking. Lyte, Glacest, and I will be happy to answer any questions and will add to the FAQ as needed.

Q1: Does ELO Hell exist?

Based on our data and analysis, the answer is no. However, that does not mean that the pain many of our players feel is invalid. Many players feel that, through no fault of their own, they are stuck in a situation where they can no longer progress. And there are several key factors that can heavily contribute to this feeling. The first of these is that when we take a look across all games, some players actually require a pretty high number of games to reach their true matchmaking rating. For these players, what feels like an unsurpassable wall may end up being just a small road bump.

The two major psychological factors which contribute to the sense of ELO Hell are the Dunning-Kruger Effect andnegativity bias. The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to the phenomenon where people tend to rate their own abilities as much higher than average, regardless of reality. For League of Legends, this translates into most players rating their matchmaking rating at about 150 points higher than their actual matchmaking rating. Negativity bias refers to the cognitive trend where people negative experiences tend to be more mentally “sticky” than positive experiences. In other words, negative experiences, such as playing with a leaver or a troll, will have a larger impact on your memory.

Q2: How does matchmaking work right now?

Currently the matchmaker attempts to match players with similar matchmaking rating (referred to as MMR from here on out) and number of wins for that particular queue. Players have a separate MMR for each queue, each of which evolves independently from the others. This means that your wins and losses in Dominion won’t impact your MMR for Summoner’s Rift. The one exception to this rule is that in some special cases, we’ll look at your performance in other queues to help kick off your MMR. For example, when starting a ranked team, the team’s initial MMR is impacted by the past performances of the members in ranked solo queue. After the team is made, the individual solo queue experience of the members will stop impacting the team’s MMR.

Q3: If that’s the case, how do I keep ending up in games with players whose skill level differs greatly from my own?

There are a few factors that can make a match feel more imbalanced than it actually is. A teammate may have just had a bad game and performed worse than they usually do. Alternatively, as we’ve seen in LCS, snowballing can still occur despite the two teams being very evenly matched. Snowballing can then lead to the very reasonable perception that a mismatch occurred. Finally, both Dunning-Kruger and negativity bias also play a role here in shaping players’ impressions of their matchmaking experiences overall.

For the matchmaker itself, the conditions often cited for mismatch are low concurrent users (CCU) or having a very high MMR. But when we take a deeper look at this pool of games, the impact on the quality of matches ends up being very very low. Instead, the matchmaker is much more likely to increase the queue time as can be seen in the longer queue times seen in the Challenger Tier.

That is not to say that our matchmaker is absolutely perfect. But we are also constantly monitoring our matchmaker and making any necessary tweaks to help reduce the chance that players of vastly different skill levels are matched together.

Q3.5: But according to their ranked borders and third party website X, their MMR is way higher or lower than mine! Why does this happen? 

There are two different issues to consider here. For borders, the main consideration is that they only represent the skill level of the player at the end of last season. Since the last season ended in November of 2012, this represents a skill evaluation that is ten months old and very likely inaccurate. In terms of third party websites, their estimation of players’ ELO is based off of incomplete information and thus can be fairly inaccurate.

Q4. Is the matchmaker punishing me for my winning streaks? I’ve heard that it tries to force everyone into having a 50% win chance. How is this fair!?

This is false. While the matchmaker tries to create games in which the teams are balanced and have an even chance of winning, this is not always possible. As a result, the ultimate goal of the matchmaker is to be as accurate as possible in predicting the winner of the game, thus allowing their matchmaking rating to be adjusted appropriately. In some cases (particularly for players new to that queue) win streaks can lead to a rapid increase in your MMR, which will cause you to face tougher and tougher opponents. Naturally, this will eventually end your win streak, but you’ll find yourself landing at a new level of more challenging competition.

Q5. Why don’t we just put toxic players into a different queue?

This concept, also known as Prisoner’s Island, has been proposed multiple times and considered by the Player Behavior team. However, we ultimately determined that this model was not a good fit for League of Legends. Not only does it go against our goal of reforming toxic players, but it also feels extremely negative in the rare case someone is incorrectly sent there. Finally, since League of Legends is a free to play game, prisoners may opt to just abandon their account and transfer their toxicity to our newest players.

Q6: Why is duo queuing allowed?

While duo queuing can sometimes create less than ideal situations in matchmaking, the vast majority of our players actually prefer to play with their friends. While we have to be cognizant of this fact, we are also monitoring the solo queuer experience.

Q7: How does Riot feel about smurfs?

Riot does not officially condemn or condone smurfing. We understand the cases where players make new accounts in order to help teach new players the game, but are working on newer systems to provide a similar experience in a more positive way. Creating smurfs simply to beat lower level players is heavily frowned upon. Permanently banned players who make smurfs are quickly banned again. A permanent ban means that unfortunately, we feel that there is no place for you in our game.



What if toxic players changed their behavior?


ExekiasButton Rioter Exekias: Long ago, toxic players who genuinely wanted to reform and could demonstrate their honesty were offered a second chance. I don’t remember the specific details, but it had an extremely high failure rate (~95%) and we discontinued it.




Why are Season reward borders visible during Loading Screen?


ExekiasButton Rioter Exekias: We actually ran a few studies on how having a border impacted toxicity. To quote Lyte: “Players with ‘lower’ border colors did not receive any additional harassment or reports compared to the players with higher border colors in the same game.”



Does Ranked Team queue take each person’s MMR into consideration or just the team’s MMR?


ExekiasButton Rioter Exekias: The answer is actually somewhere between. While the MMRs exist independently, ranked teams are one example of where there is a little bit of crossover. When a team is first made, the MMRs of the members impact the starting MMR of the team. Once that’s established, the team’s MMR exists independently from each of the member’s solo queue MMR.



Will the client match a player unevenly in a case where queuing takes too long?


ExekiasButton Rioter Exekias: It actually prefers to extend queue times over sacrificing accuracy in those cases. That’s why challenger players can face much longer queue times than the average player.





Calculating League Points


Zydion iterates on why climbing through Diamond ranks can be an intimidating task with the current method of handling MMR.



Zydion Button Rioter Zydion: The problem, in my opinion, is that Leagues simply propel you too fast.

To give you guys some perspective, when I reached Plat 1 80LP, my MMR was only ~1900 (which would have only been a plat 4 or 5 level in the old days since 1850 was plat cutoff). Not surprisingly, I got clamped pretty hard. I played twice as many games going from 80LP to Diamond 5 than I did from Plat 5 to Plat 1. Even when I reached diamond 5, my MMR was only around 2k, which was far from the diamond cutoff from the previous season. In short, Leagues makes is easier to reach new tiers since LP grows so much faster than MMR but due the way clamping works right now it feels very bad when you get clamped. Hope that helped clear it up a bit.





ZydionButton Rioter Zydion: Believe me when I say that even when I knew my MMR, the clamping did not feel any better for me. I can definitely understand how it is incredibly frustrating to feel like you are so close when you are actually not. In the end, all you can really do is just keep playing and winning. I can’t say for sure as I’m not part of the Leagues team but I do think they are trying to make the system much better for s4.



How can we calculate our MMR with the current League system?


ZydionButton Rioter Zydion: The only real way to approximate MMR right now is to see what League you are at and how much LP you are winning/losing. Unfortunately, even then it is a pretty rough estimate as Leagues seems more lenient than hard MMR cut-offs in season 2 for example. Although part of it can be due to increasingly growing player base, so top 0.5% player from this year will include a lot more players than top 0.5% last year. To make it easier though, I would just go off the league you achieved as your achievement since that is what you really earned this season.



Discussing RP+ and scamming


VeshButton Rioter Vesh: Hey guys,

As you might have seen, we teamed up with American Express Serve so that they could offer a full service reloadable prepaid account that offers RP rewards for loading/spending money. We’ve heard some rumors going around about some of the features of the RP+ card as well as questions about what the card actually is.

(If you want to know all the details on how the card works, check out our FAQ and announcement here:…s-Serve-RP-FAQ)


Is RP+ a scam?

No, it’s not a scam! This is an official partnership, but make sure when you’re on the signup page where you enter your login information that the top level domain of the site is either or Currently it’s .


Will I pay fees for using my American Express Serve Card?

American Express Serve does not currently charge fees for using your Card for everyday spending, sending/receiving money, or linking a bank account, credit card, or debit card.


What if I want to withdraw money from an ATM?

There are no ATM fees if you use your American Express Serve Card at an ATM in the MoneyPass ATM network. American Express Serve charges a $2 ATM fee for ATM withdrawals outside of the MoneyPass ATM network. In addition, ATM owner fees may apply. Transaction limits apply. Subject to account privileges/permissions.


Can I overdraft with this card? Will I be charged anything if I overdraft?

No, if you do not have a backup funding source designated, you can only spend the money that you have added to your account.


Why do they need my social security number?

To verify identity. Everyone who signs up with needs to provide a SSN. They want to make sure you are who you say you are!


Why are they asking for a photocopy/fax of my social security card and/or photo ID? My friend didn’t have to do this!

Every player is different, and sometimes additional proof of identity may be needed. Especially for the younger players!


How exactly do I meet the “Direct Deposit” requirement? 

Set up Direct Deposit with your employer! This is different from transferring money into your Serve account from another personal account or check/cash deposit.


Will this affect my credit score?

Nope. This is not a credit card and will not affect your credit score at all.


My card isn’t here yet! Halp!

It’ll usually take 5-7 business days to get your card, so hang tight and if you still don’t receive it, contact American Express’ support department at 1-800-954-0559.


How can I tell when the RP is credited to my LoL account?

Your transaction history in the store should have entries like the ones seen below:


RP History


I didn’t get any RP yet!

In most cases, you will receive your RP instantly. However, please allow up to 6 days for RP to appear in your League of Legends game account once you sign up for RP+, after your funds transfer is complete, or once your eligible Card purchase settles.

Once the sign-up process has been completed, your Serve account enters a “Pended” state. This means that your account is being reviewed for authenticity. It can take up to 6 days to verify your email address with Serve.
To check the current state of your account, log in to Serve. If it says “Your Account is being reviewed” at the top of the page after you log in, your account is currently “Pended”.

The RP will be credited to your account after it has unpended.


Can I get this card if I live outside the US?

We’re sorry, but RP+ from American Express Serve is only available to U.S. residents at this time. Consequently, only the NA accounts are eligible for registration and RP rewards.

If you have any other questions that aren’t addressed here or in our official FAQ, we’ll be reading and responding to comments in this thread throughout the week!



Fixing Blue side XP Bug


A hotfix for the recent bug where blue minions started giving 2 XP more than purple ones will soon be deployed on live servers.

RiotRival Button Rioter RiotRival: Hey Summoners,

We wanted to let you know we’re fully aware of the blue side EXP bug where blue minions are giving 2 more EXP than purple minions. We currently have a hotfix ready to go on Monday.

We understand that this problem is a potentially significant issue. When we attempted a solution on Wednesday, additional complications arose. Currently we have a confirmed fix for the bug, but given that server stability is of high importance to us, deploying it over the weekend just isn’t viable. We will be getting this out as soon as possible on Monday.

The tournament servers have already been hotfixed for the World Championship Group Stage games being played this Sunday.

Thank you for your patience, summoners, and we apologize for the inconvenience.





Xelnath Button Rioter Xelnath: We will be increasing the XP of blue minions so that purple team gains the missing xp per melee minion.





Xerath’s New Art



XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: I’ve seen a number of new threads about Xerath’s new splash art cropping up in various forums. To talk about this directly:

This splash art is actually based on the new VFX for the Xerath rework by Bitsplosion. Xerath was slated to begin PBE testing this patch, with an expected release date sometime in the future. However, after some discussion, we feel the new splash art is supremely badass and will be releasing it early with 3.12.

Xerath’s new VFX (including his new ultimate pictured in the background) will be released alongside the Xerath rework once PBE and competitive testing have concluded.

Hope this answers your questions, and thank you for your incredible patience as we finish up his rework.



Will Scorched Earth Xerath have amazing new animations to match?


XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: I don’t know. Bitsplosion is doing some work to improve Battlecast and Runeborn Xerath, but I haven’t seen Scorched Earth’s updates yet.





How to become a Creative Designer


Rioter Entropy shares his experience on how he got the inspiration and the opportunity to work in the field.



Riot Entropy Button Rioter Entropy: Heh, people usually raise an eyebrow at the term “creative designer” (I can’t blame them). It’s deliberately catch-all, but to such a degree that it almost loses all meaning. Narrative designer is more common throughout the games industry, as is writer, but in some ways they don’t really cover all the parts of my role here at Riot. The gist of it is that I’m a storyteller and if I’m doing my job right you should feel like our champions are more than a sack of stats with some slick graphics.

How I got into the field? I’ve always loved video games. I’ve been playing them since I was kid and they influenced my development in interesting ways. Fun fact: I learned to read because my mom got tired of having to drop what she was doing to come tell me what was in the text bubbles of the Legend of Zelda. (It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this: Hooked on Phonics Acquired!) From video games I branched out into all manner of gaming hobbies, but it was my interest in pen-and-paper RPGs that lead me into writing.

Long story short, online role-playing on bulletin board systems is a lot like writing a novel collectively. Eventually, I started putting the words to the page without the need for other players. So that pretty much clued me in to the fact that I actually liked writing as a thing independent of games. After getting my fill of dead end jobs after high school, I decided I’d go to college as a first step in the pursuit a writing career. I hadn’t really thought to consider my options in the games industry until I was job hunting in preparation for graduation. I’d have been hard pressed to have succeeded at it, too, if the stars hadn’t been aligned just so.

Right when I was in the thick of job hunting and feeling pretty concerned about my prospects, I caught wind of a golden opportunity. BioWare was in need of writers for their new Austin office and despite the fact that I was not remotely qualified on paper I applied anyway. They liked my submission module, so I spent the next six months iterating on more materials as they screened their candidates. Eventually they invited me out for an interview and offered me a position. That’s more or less how I got my foot in the door.



How can I get a job working as a writer in gaming?


Riot Entropy Button Rioter Entropy: “How can I get a job in the industry” is a pretty common question. It was the single most asked question I got at PAX. I don’t think that it’s that game devs are secretive about it so much as they are afraid of opening the flood gates to becoming a career counselor. Part of it might be that game development tends to be a career that’s highly romanticized by gamers: I love games, therefore I would also love making them.

It’s a dream job to us, which is why so many fly by night online universities try to lure in starry eyed kids with the promise of getting one. Maybe more devs would offer advice if they felt like there weren’t so many people who aren’t “really serious” about being a game developer. Then again, the misconceptions wouldn’t exist if there were clearer avenues for getting into the industry. Vicious cycle that could use breaking.

What I pursued was a degree in English. I wanted improve my writing skills through practice and studying those who came before me. I’d recommend reading a lot of good books. They have things to teach you even if you aren’t looking for the lessons. Some universities offer dedicated creative writing tracks, though that’s a degree you might have a hard time shopping around outside of the arts should you find the writing career not to be your cup of tea.

This will sound flippant, but the best advice I can give would be: Keep writing. Like any skill. You will suck at it when you start and you will get better as you continue to practice. You’d be surprised how many people say they’d love to write, but never actually do it. After that, get honest criticism. Take your writing to people who will tell you the truth. That doesn’t mean you need to suffer abuse, just that getting a lot of pats on the back won’t necessarily help you improve. They are good though, you’re going to need the pats on the back, because I think the single most important trait you can have is tenacity. Stock up on Mercury Treads, because being a professional writer means a lot of rejection. Odds are rare that your first draft will also be your last draft. You need to be able to take criticism well, learn when to apply it or ignore it, and iterate on your ideas over and over and over again until you’ve got the version that everyone is happy to see go out the door.

Beyond that, put together a solid professional resume, write a good cover letter, submit a well-crafted portfolio, and start applying to any job you can find. It will be an uphill battle, but if you stick with it and you have the skills to do the job you should eventually get your break-in opportunity. Networking is also a really good skill to learn. It’s a surprisingly small industry, so a lot of jobs are filled by people reaching out to people they know.



3D Character Art


Sam Yang (cgsammu) shares some wonderful 3D meshes of his work for Riot!



cgsammu Button Rioter cgsammu: Hey everyone!!

Thought I share the stuff I worked on at Riot with you guys, these are final renderings of some of our champs!!

Along with some of my personal art =)

Hope you guys like it!



Woad King Darius


Pool Party Graves






Arcade Hecarim




TPA Ezreal


Lucian Sculpt


Baseball Trundle





Yorick, the Crazy Cat Lady


I tried projecting all my currency towards the monitor but achieved no result.

Yorick the Crazy Cat Lady

Best Art NA

Art is done by Summoner slowgun9.



Missed any recent updates? Check here!


PBE: Massive Changes to Olaf, New Ward Skins & Champion Trading || News: Pool Party Skins on Sale! || Reds: Fighters, Supports & Warding in Season 4, Zac to get future nerfs, Shaping Player Behavior & Concept Art of the New Sivir!

Riot teases New Champion, an Elemental Dragon! PBE Update: Visual & Balance changes to Garen, Better Menus, Creator Viktor and Minion VFX || Rioters discuss Garen’s number tweaks and New Design and Scarizard talks glass-cannon Rengar and Sustain Necklace

Visual update for Garen || Patch 3.11 Notes – Changes to Draven, Galio and Zac, 3v3 and Dominion Balance & New Spectator Mode Features || New Minion Effects, News on Rengar, Nika leaves Riot, Cosplay Pictures from PAX, tweaks to Season 3′s Rewards and the latest Sale!

Double AMA for Lucian: get all your questions answered! Rengar returns to stealthing, rollback on W and the latest Sale!

Patch 3.10A – Riven jumps over walls, Nerfs to BotRK, Phage Reworked; PBE Update: Balance & New Turret UI; Dunkmaster Darius teased at Gamescom, New Skins & Lucian in Store, Scruffy explains Skarner changes & the latest Sale!




twitter-icon-png-13 Follow me on Twitter!