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This year’s group stage draw for Worlds will be held privately and confidentially, as a live draw would not fit in the schedule of booking flights and visas for players. I’ve added a comment from MonteCristo on the possiblity of Riot “rigging” the draw and my own opinion. Moving on, the Pando Media Booster peer-to-peer file delivery program will no longer be a part of Riot’s installer/patcher. Finally, the official rundown for Patch 4.14 is up, Scarizard comments on a suggestion to make Kha’Zix’s isolation damage on his Q scale with distance and Vesh talks how the new Soraka will deal with the “Grievous Wounds” debuff.

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On the 2014 Worlds Group Draw – Why Live Draw is not an Option


[UPDATE 8/12/2014, 07:10 PM PDT: Based on initial community feedback, we wanted to clarify that the issue is getting teams from their home countries to Worlds. Doing a live draw after September 7 would mean there would only be a little over a week to organize travel plans, including visas, to get all 16 teams from their home countries to their respective group stage locations.]

As we get closer to announcing the final structure and lineup for Worlds, we want to address just how we’ll be approaching the draw for the Group Stage.

When we designed the system for determining the Group Stage for the 2014 tournament, we knew that preserving competitive integrity was the top priority. Furthermore, we knew that we were operating with a few timing constraints due to the disparate competitive schedules of all the regional leagues.

Due to the fact that each regional qualifier ends at a different time – with the last team qualifying on September 7 from China – a live group draw would mean that there would be just over a week to organize visas, travel, and full logistics for 16 international teams. Even when we looked into alternatives – such as double-booking flights and visas – we found that all of those options had insurmountable logistical, financial, and manpower issues that made them infeasible. A private group draw allows us to make travel arrangements for teams immediately after they are seeded from their respective regional qualifiers. As a result, we can minimize the effects of visa issues and other travel challenges that Worlds-qualified teams may face.

Given all of these factors, we decided that the best option was to conduct the group stage draw privately and confidentially, as we have done in seasons past. The draw will be completed before the first regional qualifier ends on August 14. We’ll also host a Group Reveal Show shortly after the final regional qualifier, in which we’ll unveil all the groups along with analysis of the upcoming match-ups.

While holding a public group draw before the regional qualifiers have been completed solves some of the logistical hurdles, it presents its own set of severe problems. If teams yet to qualify for Worlds knew the seeds of the Group Stage competitors they would face, that could introduce an incentive for soft-play or match fixing. We didn’t want to put any teams in the position of having to choose between trying their hardest to win and trying to manipulate their standings due to a perverse incentive. We couldn’t risk any compromise to the competitive integrity of Worlds even though the current draw method is not as transparent as we’d like.

For next season, we’re focused on creating global alignment between all the regional leagues and their respective schedules. This will provide myriad benefits, including the ability to have a live draw that is logistically feasible, transparent, and doesn’t compromise competitive integrity.

Looking toward the future, competitive integrity will always remain our top priority. We look forward to aligning with our global partners to work toward a more transparent Group Draw experience.

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Worlds Group Draw will be done privately and confidentially

Magus New PortraitUnfortunately, the risk of a leak is a huge deal to the point that we will not be inviting members of the community to observe. Only 3-4 people on the operations/logistics teams responsible Worlds will know the results of the draw to prevent any form of leaks (I won’t even know, for example). If a journalist or community member were to leak it privately to a team or the public, it would undermine the entire qualification process and be a huge blow to competitive integrity. The risks simply aren’t worth it to calm down conspiracy theorists.

At this point, players are going to have to decide whether they trust that we don’t have any intention to rig the brackets – this is a complicated tournament and our focus is entirely set on delivering a smoothly run Worlds event. For those who simply can’t believe our intentions, they will always come up with a way to insinuate that there is foul play going on (even in a live draw setting).

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Why don’t you record the group draw

Magus New PortraitCertainly a possibility, but I’m not sure that will even appease those who doubt… All we can do is let people know how we’re making the draw and release that information ASAP when it’s safe (after the last set of qualifiers).

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I’ve also included a response from coach/analyst MonteCristo, who members of the community accused of suspecting that Riot would “rig” the group draw.

 

Do you suspect Riot will

MonteCristo: NO.

I did NOT say that. The reason why I want transparency in group selection is that I want NO ONE to be able to say it. As an independent eSports journalist/caster I feel it is my duty to continue to push the industry toward greater competitive integrity. I could sit back and let everything slide, but that’s not how I believe that I should use my position.

I support this year’s Worlds format and I am extremely excited for the tournament. I am very happy Riot decided to implement best of fives at every stage of the bracket, that no teams get byes, and that no two teams from the same country can be in each group. These are solid steps forward in terms of structure.

I understand why Riot can’t broadcast a group draw live given the logistics surrounding the regionals qualifiers. It also makes sense that Riot won’t release groups until after qualifiers so that we don’t have the problem of teams fixing for specific seeds. After learning of the impossibility of a live draw, I suggested that independent journalists be given access to the group selection, under strict NDA of course, so that no one can question the results. To me, this is reasonable. I do not believe that journalists who survive on League of Legends would stake their careers on leaking group information.

As for who these journalists/independent parties could be, Riot could consider OnGamers reporters, Slasher, Inven reporters, or IeSF, an organization founded to help create global eSports standardization. Of course, there are many more options as well.

That’s my opinion. My opinion is NOT that Riot will fix groups.

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A look at both sides

 (Opinion) In situations like these it’s easy to forget there’s no black and white; you can’t guarantee that a notary who gives faith during the group draw will not be bribed to reveal the group stage before the NDA is lifted and you can’t guarantee that results will not be, indeed, rigged. I personally believe having a neutral journalist participate or recording the draw process are both viable alternatives and are much more transparent than group draw. At the same time, Riot risk a lot having the group stage disclosed early and putting faith in any entity, though great on paper if you have a recognizable face to offer assistance (like Travis or Monte), is asking a lot for questionable benefits.

 It’s a fickle matter to believe in company ethics; I think Riot have proven they can deliver, if not competence, than at least honesty so I support their choice to do a private draw. Let me know what you think in the comments, but remember to be objective, not dramatic; it’s easy to be the latter in cases like these, it’s a lot harder to be the former.

 

 

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In a few patches we’ll be removing a defunct 3rd party program from our installer and patcher, called Pando Media Booster, which used to help us with peer-to-peer file delivery. As a peer-to-peer service, Pando previously allowed players to get the patch files they need from other nearby League players, instead of pinging our servers which may be farther away. Though we’re no longer using Pando Media Booster, we’re planning to develop our own peer-to-peer solution in the future to speed up the patching process and get you in game faster.

When Pando Media Booster is removed, League of Legends will display a pop-up giving you the option to remove the program from your computer with a single click. We recommend removing it when prompted (or manually removing it now) since we no longer use this service and are in the process of building our own solution.

Before then, some of you might see a different pop-up from your operating system when you launch League of Legends. This is an information-gathering step in our peer-to-peer development process. The pop-up will ask for permission to modify firewall settings from an application called “Riot P2P”.  If you choose to allow this application, it will collect details on your network configuration while you patch (not when you’re in game) but will not record any personal or identifying information.  Specifically, it will let us know which types of network configurations are most common and how many players are typically on the same area network (home, office, PC café, etc.). We’ll use this information to guide development of our native peer-to-peer solution so LoL can eventually provide the benefits of peer-to-peer technology for patching.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we move closer to introducing our peer-to-peer solution. Keep an eye out for more details on the upcoming removal of Pando Media Booster in the Patch Notes!

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What if Kha’Zix’s isolation damage varied based on distance

 

[ Context ] Here’s a link to the Reddit thread with the suggestion discussed by Scarizard.

 

Scarizard New PortraitHey Zanesbro,

Let me begin by saying that i appreciate the time you’ve invested took to write your thoughts here. I know this post has fallen off the front page, but this topic/suggestion in particular is one i’ve seen a number of times and so i hope you don’t mind me outlining my beliefs on the subject below!

Isolation as a mechanic has constantly suffered from readability – not particle-wise, mind you, but in terms of understanding where the power comes from. Variable isolation damage not only muddies the counterplay (I thought i was supposed to be near my allies? Sorry dude, you’re 23% too far from them so Kha’Zix hit you for 37% bonus damage with his Q!) – but also i think hurts the positive feedback loop for a learning Kha’Zix player (Catch them alone/out of position, massive damage). Q Evolution hits pretty damn hard now, but how would you really estimate your damage accurately? ‘I think i can all-in this guy, but he’s only 50 units away from his minions instead of 100 – wait, how much damage will i do again?’

It’s very likely a change like this would necessitate a nerf to his high end Q damage. That satisfying end-game ~1k chunk of Isolation damage for finding their AD mid-rotation? Sorry, we’re cashing that in so Kha’Zix can do slightly more damage playing sub-optimally. Kha’Zix’s Q having no downside is part of what got us here in the first place (Q evo previously did % missing HP /even when not isolated/).

We expect Kha’Zix players to adapt just as the champion does. Part of the intended experience of KZ is embracing his variable nature whilst being savvy and opportunistic to cover for it. If you value consistency, we have 119 other champions for you to play. If you value ingenuity and exploiting mistakes to murder the hell out of your opponent with a xenomorphic rainbow scyther, i have a bug i’d like to introduce you to. As a Kha’Zix main myself, i’ve found the Isolation range nerf tolerable – i actually have to find ways to draw them away from allies (or in the laning phase, finding ways to eliminate/manuever the minion wave), but i’m rewarded with an insane amount of damage.

TL;DR – I’m not at all afraid to hard commit and say that Variable Isolation damage will never happen. If Kha’Zix needs love after his changes (and we did increase his Q damage at all ranks recently!) – he’ll get it. I’m of the belief we don’t have to break fundamental rules of his play pattern and core satisfaction to get there.

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Will Soraka be able to remove “Grievous Wounds” post-rework

 

[ Clarity ]Grievous Wounds” is a debuff that reduces healing to targets by 50%. Given that Soraka will be reworked to be a core healer, the mechanic is a direct counter to her strengths.

 

Vesh New PortraitI’m not going to subvert an entire game mechanic on a champion I design. Grievous wounds should be addressed, but we need to look at it comprehensively. Making the most powerful healer in the game that also says “I remove the one thing you can do to stop my healing” is probably not ok if we are letting people buy into grievous wounds or pick champions they think will be good against her.

That said, I think one of the core problems with it is that we applied the mechanic a bit too liberally on some champions (like varus) who had the intention of negating lifesteal in 1v1 but unintentionally destroy characters like Soraka. This isn’t my expertise though. I’m sure someone on our systems team is already thinking about this problem and ways we can solve it.

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Patch 4.14 is coming in a few hours; here are all the changes and new stuff it will bring:

 

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Gnar, the Missing Link

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Base Stats

 

  • Damage: 48 (+3-per-level)
  • Health: 495 (+65-per-level)
  • Movement Speed: 325
  • Armor:21.5 (+2.5-per-level)
  • Magic Resist:30
  • Health-Per-5: 2.5
  • Range: 150

 

Rage Gene [ Passive ]

While in combat Gnar generates Fury. At maximum Fury, his next ability will transform him into Mega Gnar, granting increased survivability and access to new spells.

 

Boomerang Throw / Boulder Toss [ Q ]

Range: 1100 || Cooldown: 20/17.5/15/12.5/10 seconds

Mini Gnar: Throws a boomerang that deals 10 / 45 / 80 / 115 / 150 (+ 1.0 AD) physical damage and slows Movement Speed by 15/20/25/30/35% for 2 seconds before returning towards Gnar. Enemies hit beyond the first take 50% damage.

The returning boomerang will accelerate and can travel up to 2000 units. If Gnar catches it, the cooldown of Boomerang Throw is reduced by 60%.

Mega Gnar: Throws a boulder that stops when it hits an enemy, slowing all nearby enemies and dealing 10/50/90/130/170 (+) physical damage.

Cooldown: 12/11/10/9/8 seconds. If Gnar picks up his boulder, the cooldown of Boulder Toss is reduced by 60%.

 

Hyper / Wallop [ W ]

Mini Gnar: Passive: Every 3rd attack or spell on the same target deals an additional 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 (+ 1.0 AP) + 6/8/10/12/14% of max HP as magic damage and grants Gnar 30% Movement Speed that decays over 3 seconds (max 75/125/175/225/275 damage vs. monsters). Gnar gains Hyper’s speed bonus whenever he turns from Big to Small.

Mega Gnar: Stuns enemies in an area for 1.25 seconds, dealing 25 / 45 / 65 / 85 / 105 (+ 1.0 AD) physical damage.

 

 

Hop / Crunch [ E ]

Range: 475  || Cooldown: 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 seconds

Mini Gnar: Leaps to a location, gaining 20/30/40/50/60% Attack Speed for 3 seconds. If Gnar lands on a unit he will bounce off of it, traveling further. Deals 20 / 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 (+ 6% of Gnar’s max HP) physical damage and slows briefly if the unit landed on was an enemy.

Mega Gnar: Leaps to a location and deals 20 / 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 (+ 6% of Gnar’s max HP) physical damage to all nearby enemies on landing. Enemies Gnar lands directly on top of are slowed briefly.

If Crunch is the ability used to trigger the Rage Gene, Gnar will still be able to perform Hop’s bounce. Gnar will apply Crunch’s area of effect both upon hopping from a unit and upon hitting the ground, although enemies can only be damaged once.

 

GNAR! [ R ]

Range: 590 || Cooldown: 120/100/80 seconds

Mini Gnar: Passive: Increases Hyper’s Movement Speed bonus to 45/60/75%.

Mega Gnar: Knocks all nearby enemies in the specified direction, dealing 200 / 300 / 400 (+ 0.2 bonus AD) physical damage and slowing them by 45% for 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 seconds. Any enemy that hits a wall takes 300 / 450 / 600 (+ 0.3 bonus AD) physical damage and is stunned for 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 seconds.

 

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Lore

 

“The jungle does not forgive blindness. Every broken branch tells a story.

I’ve hunted every creature this jungle has to offer. I was certain there were no challenges left here, but now there is something new. Each track is the size of a tusklord; its claws like scimitars. It could rend a man in half. Finally, worthy prey.

As I stalk my prize through the jungle, I begin to see the damage this thing has wrought. I step into a misshapen circle of splintered trees. These giant wooden sentinels have stood over this land for countless ages, their iron-like hides untouched by the flimsy axes of anyone foolish enough to attempt to cut them down. This thing brushed them aside like they were twigs.

How can a creature with this level of strength disappear so easily? And yet, even though it has left this unmistakable trail of destruction, I have been unable to lay my eye upon it. How can it appear like a hurricane then fade into the jungle like the morning mist?

I thrill in anticipation of finally standing before this creature. It will make a tremendous trophy.

Passing through the clearing, I follow the sound of a stream to get my bearings once more. There I see a small shock of orange fur, crouching, waiting. I spy on it from a distance. A tiny fish splashes out of the stream and the creature scrambles for it, diving gleefully into the rushing water. To my joy, I realize it’s a yordle. And a hunter, at that!

This is a good omen. The beast will be found. Nothing will escape me.

The yordle’s large ears perk up and face towards me. He runs on all fours with a bone boomerang in hand, quickly stopping in front of me. He babbles.

I nod in appreciation at the young yordle and venture onwards. I traverse the difficult terrain with ease, trying to pick up any sign of my quarry. As I try to pick up his scent, a distraction. I’m startled by strange chittering. The yordle followed me. I cannot allow him to disrupt my hunt. I face him and point into the distance. He looks at me quizzically. I need to be more insistent, good omen or no.

I rear back and let out a roar, the wind whipping the yordle’s fur and the ground rumbling beneath us. After a few short seconds, he turns his head and, with what I think could be a smile, he holds up his small boomerang. There can be no further delay. I snatch the weapon out of his hand and expertly throw it into a tree, impaling it high amongst the branches. He turns and scrambles for it, jumping frantically.

I barely get ten paces when a roar shakes me to my very spine. The deafening crack of stone and wood echoes all around. Ahead, a giant tree crashes across my path. The bone weapon of the yordle juts out from its trunk.

An unearthly growl rises behind me.

I’ve made a terrible mistake.”

 

 

Arcade Miss Fortune Skin

 


 

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Arcade Miss Fortune will be priced at 975 RP for the first week after release and 1350 RP afterwards.

 

 

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Dino Gnar is the skin that Gnar will be shipping in and will most likely be priced at 975 RP and will be available in a bundle with Gnar.

 

 

Riot Kayle Skin

 


 

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Riot Kayle is a promotional skin from the “Riot” line-up. She’ll be available as a reward at events (most likely Gamescom) and in the store for 975 RP for a short time.

 

 

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Kog’Maw’s Void Ooze is now visually more clear, more bubbly and a lot more gross.

 

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Champion Changes

 

Orianna New Portrait

  • Base Damage reduced from 44 to 38

 

 

Kassadin New Portrait

 

Riftwalk New IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • Period for increased cost on Riftwalk and bonus damage increased from 12 seconds to 20

 

 

Kayle New Portrait

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 2.2% to 2.5%

 

 

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  • Base Movement Speed reduced from 330 to 325

 

Living Artilery New IconLiving Artillery [ R ]

  • Bonus damage to Champions decreased from 125% at all levels to 100%

 

 

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Twisted Advance New IconTwisted Advance [ W ]

  • Magic damage decreased from 9/10.5/12/13.5/15% (+0.04 AP) of max HP to 9/10/11/12/13% (+0.03 AP)

 

Vengeful Maelstrom New IconVengeful Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Now has a maximum duration of 10 seconds

 

 

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Black Shield New IconBlack Shield [ E ]

  • Base Shield strength decreased from 95/160/225/290/355 to 70/140/210/280/350

 

Soul Shackles New IconSoul Shackles [ R ]

  • Both initial damage and stun damage decreased from 175/250/325 to 150/225/300

 

 

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  • Cooldown increased from 120/95/70 seconds to 150/110/70 

 

 

Item Changes
 

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  • Attack damage increased from 40 to 45
  • Lifesteal decreased from 15% to 10%
  • Passive stacks now last for 8 seconds, up from 4

 

 

Tooltip Updates

  • Nidalee is no longer listed as a Support
  • Riven‘s E tooltip states the range is now 250, not 325, to accurately match in-game distance.
  • Lulu‘s Polymorph [ W ] tooltip states the duration is 1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25 seconds, not 1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5. No gameplay changes

 

Post Game Lobby

We forgot to mention in 4.13 that we’ve updated the buttons in the post game lobby. The new buttons have a modernized look and feel and should help reduce misclicks. We also did a bit of cleanup this patch based on initial feedback.

HAPPY CLICKING! Post game lobby buttons have been updated



Suggested Players

We’re introducing Suggested Players to help fill out premade lobbies. The initial list includes players from your recent victories as well as any premades you queued together with in your last match, but over time will be expanded to include groups like honorable players, potential friends and friends of friends.

  • Hosts and Captains of all matchmaking queues will now see a list of “Suggested Players” they can invite to fill out premade groups. The list includes:
    • Premades you queued together with in your last match
    • Team members from matches you’ve recently won


Chat Restriction

Although 75% of players improve their behavior after just 1 set of chat restrictions, in some cases the system was handing out fewer initial restrictions than it should have, resulting in back-to-back waves of restrictions. We’ve tuned the system to be more accurate with the first wave – for example, one set of 30 instead of three sets of 10.

  • The Chat Restriction system is now more accurate with its first set of restrictions, reducing instances of back-to-back restriction waves


Custom Lobby Spectating

We’ve upped the number of spectators that can join a custom lobby. This should be especially useful for local tournament scenes!

CONVENIENCE: Increased the maximum number of custom lobby spectator slots from 2 to 4


Patcher Speeds

Patching and installing have been sped up a bit. These changes are separate from the upcoming Patcher & Landing Page Refresh, which will inherit these improvements when released a bit further down the road.

FRESH INSTALLS: League of Legends installs roughly 15% faster
PATCHES: League of Legends updates roughly 7% faster


Audio Engine

Now that the new engine is up and running, we’re removing old files that aren’t needed any more. This’ll clear out over half of the audio files currently stored on your computer (the new engine is slimmer than the old one!) and reduce the number of files we need to update in future patches.

YOU SHOULD DEFRAG: Removed about 700 MB of obsolete audio files


Bugfixes

  • Fixed a bug where the game clock would occasionally become desynchronized, causing buffs to appear to spawn too early
  • Pink wards are pink again!
  • Relic Shield and its upgrades no longer execute Heimerdinger’s turrets (in line with the 4.12 change which removed the execute from Yorick’s ghouls and Zyra’s plants)
  • Quinn’s E – Vault no longer causes weird text to appear
  • Targeting an ally with Zilean’s Q – Time Bomb no longer pops their spellshield effects



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