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Lyte Final PortraitHey everyone,

We recently launched a set of features in the 5.18 patch that upgraded the Instant Feedback System. You can read more about the design of these features in a blog by Neurocat here:http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/Boqd81O0-upcoming-upgrades-to-chat-restrictions

1) We introduced Intentional Feeder Detection to the Instant Feedback System for the first time, and now intentional feeders can be banned within 15 minutes of matches. We’ve started the settings relatively conservative to start because figuring out whether a player is intentionally feeding or just having a bad game is a tough problem, so we’re not catching ALLintentional feeders today.

2) We introduced Reform Cards in the client, and for Chat Restrictions for the first time. Reform Cards are basically summaries that show evidence for behaviors that led to your ban, whether it’s match histories for Intentional Feeders, or chat logs for Restrictions/Bans.

3) We introduced a new version of the penalty escalation system. Now, punishments in League of Legends work like this:

  • First Offense: 10 Chat Restrictions
  • Second Offense: 25 Chat Restrictions
  • Third Offense: 14-Day Ban
  • Fourth Offense: Permanent Ban

However, if a player is showing more severe behaviors, it is possible to be escalated straight to the 3rd Offense Tier, and immediately get a 14-day ban for your first offense. This also means that if you get another offense after that (even if it’s a less severe behavior!) you will be escalated to a permanent ban. By showing neutral or positive behaviors, it is possible to improve your account standing and drop punishment tiers as well.


So what are we doing here? Well, because player behavior systems have changed A LOT over the years, there’s a lot of questions about what’s current, what’s coming in the future and what’s no longer true for player behavior systems in League. We’re also getting questions to review chat logs for players who believe their punishments are undeserved. Neurocat and I will be happy to answer any questions about player behavior in this thread, so let’s get started!

IMPORTANT CAVEAT: If you ask a question related to your penalty (Restriction/Ban), you will be consenting to us discussing your chat logs or in-game data publicly. Please use Player Support tickets if you wish to have your questions answered privately.

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Have you ever had to talk to a Rioter for being toxic ingame

Lyte Final PortraitYes. Sometimes Rioters have bad days too, and go a bit off rails. We take it pretty seriously though, so there haven’t been many cases.

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When reviewing a report do you guys see the rest of chat as well

Lyte Final PortraitThe Tribunal voting system will have full chat logs with scrubbed identifying info.

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Lyte Final PortraitYes, we can check chat logs from pre-game and post-game lobbies.

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Is it wrong that I vent by reporting bad teammates for being unskilled

Lyte Final PortraitWe’re in the process of re-making the Report System and cleaning up the report categories, so apologies for some of the jankiness in the current system. But, reporting for Unskilled Player does not affect your report weights, and the report is never used to directly punish or ban a player. However, Unskilled Player reports are used by the matchmaking system to tune the system and help us figure out weird cases where a player was accidentally propelled to an inappropriate skill level.

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Will you let players vent in some way without taking it out on other players

Lyte Final PortraitWe definitely understand the need to “vent” and how filing a Report helps resolve some of the frustration of playing in that particular game. We have some elements of the new system that help players understand more about where their reports are going and their impact, to help players feel better about what just happened.

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Have you considered punishing toxic players by lowering how much IP they earn

Lyte Final PortraitNot exactly, but we’re considering bonuses to IP for positive players. This is part of a feature in the new Tribunal voting system that we’ll talk more about in the future.

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How well has your Intentional Feeder Detection system been working so far

Lyte Final PortraitThe intentional feeder detection system is tuned pretty conservatively right now, so it’s just catching the more egregious intentional feeders. Not surprisingly, there aren’t many true intentional feeders in League anymore like the ones that buy 5 Zeals and just run down mid over and over. Sure, some players find examples and post them on Reddit, but you only see a dozen or so of these in a game with 67+ million players playing games nearly everyday.

The system isn’t tuned yet to perfectly catch the more nuanced feeders, who play normal 80% of the game, then suddenly walk into towers or run away from a team fight on purpose. These more nuanced behaviors will require more research and advanced machine learning to tease apart, and are being punished by Rioter manual reviews today.

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Stashu shared a new changelist for Cassiopeia with updates to her passive, Q and E, with most notably her Twin Fangs increasing the poison damage targets take. Also, Lyte took on Reddit to discuss excessive chat restrictions and what causes them, as well as sharing how Leaver Buster will catch AFK-ers in the future and how the Tribunal aims to reward positive players.

 

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STASHU New PortraitHey guys, there’s been a lot of great discussion in My Thread and Canastus’s Thread . Keyword here being discussion — more than ever before, all of us felt that the others were listening, and I was really happy about that. Sadly, I didn’t sticky my own thread originally -.-, but luckily Canastus’s thread has been hot enough to stay on the front page. But yeah, I’ll be stickying this one >.>

Anyway! Over the course of this update, I’ve learned a ton, and I’d like to talk briefly about all of that and how it will inform me moving forward.

  • First and foremost, communication surrounding Cassiopeia’s update was just poor all around. It was late, rather weak, and felt pretty closed. Naturally, it’s unrealistic for me to respond to every post or to take everyone’s advice, but when I come across as just ignoring community feedback or completely misunderstanding general consensus, I’m clearly doing something wrong. I think we finally started to get to a good state of communication in the latter half of Canastus’s thread, and I’ll be sure to try to maintain this as we move forward. Thanks to everyone who’s stuck around through the communication nightmare and helped us get to this point.

  • In working towards out goals, we marginalized a lot of core Cassiopeia players’ favorites things about the champion. The problems we wanted to solve were/still are real problems, but the solutions we ultimately settled on had really heavy costs. The recent changes have been aimed at getting back a lot of the core Cassiopeia feeling while finding alternate solutions to the stated problems or refining/sharpening the ones we went with. We’re confident that we’re making big strides here, but there’s still a lot of room to improve to this end, and that’s really how I want to focus future discussions.

And that’s the main stuff. With that in mind, let’s look at the full list of PBE changes, with some updates that’ll hit soon:

 

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  • No longer stacks on poisoned unit kill or on Twin Fang casts on enemy champions.
  • Now, stacks once every 6 seconds (10 times per minute) and for every second that an enemy champion is poisoned.
    • Stack breakpoints adjusted to 100 / 250 / 500. Overall, these are hit sooner than the old 75/200/400 based on the new mechanics, but are definitely still up for discussion.

 

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  • Delay changed to actually function as intended (previously hitting between 0.25 and 0.5s).
  • Now that the delay is actually reliable, 0.35s wastoo reliable (undodgeable). Slightly increasing this to 0.4.
  • Movement speed buff changed to a flat 25% (from 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30%).
  • Noxious blast damage to 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 / 210 (from 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235).
  • Mana cost changed to 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 (from 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 ).
    • The above mana/damage changes are to account for the spell just being much better overall, thanks to reliability increases and increased damage from E. We want the buffs to outweigh these slight nerfs for an overall boost in Q bower, but not as severely as they were.

 

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  • No change.

 

Twin Fang New IconTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Mana cost changed to 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 / 75 (from 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90)Earlier, we removed the mana refund mechanic. This proved to be a poor decision, so we’re gonna put that back 🙂
    • Costs were just a bit high mid game before, but probably a little bit low for a 1 point spell. Will be monitoring this.
  • Now adds a debuff on the target which amplifies further poison damage by 25% for 5 seconds, stacks up to 2 times (50%).
  • Question: About the current CD, 0.5 s reset on cast might too low, as it makes Cass’s kite pattern very choppy. I’d love to hear what people would think about skimming off CD power here to smooth this out, and loading it into the DoT amp aspect, or something else. Thanks!

 

Petrifying Gaze New IconPetrifying Gaze [ R ]

  • No change.

 

All of this is super Beta, but I think we’re getting a lot of good traction on some of these changes. So yeah, let’s keep the discussion going. Thanks all!

[The pbe changes won’t all be in tomorrow, but you can expect them within a few days. Sorry! Also, signing off for a bit, be back tomorrow]

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Her passive requires players to jump through too manyhoops just for bonuses that replace the nerfs to her kit

STASHU New PortraitBut but but the new passive change takes so many of the hoops away D:

Though, I do hear you (and everybody else who says this). I like what the CDR does for Q, W, and R, but obviously it doesn’t do much for E, except make the miss case less punishing (which is valuable, somewhat). We’re definitely still ideating on what could be more cool, and there have been some fun ideas floating around these threads. At the least, though, the CDR is functioning as we want it to.

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The damage nerf is just another example of you tacking on

a mechanic and then gutting a base stat to justify it

STASHU New PortraitYeah I see your point. This is definitely not the intent, if your worries prove to be the case, we’ll act accordingly. That said, from what I’ve seen of these changes, they really have just buffed the effectiveness of Q. Still preliminary data, and if that’s not the case, we’ll figure it out, but theory crafting all the ways in which this change will impact her DPS will only get us so far. If possible, try it out and let me know what you think 😀

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The discussion spurred on Reddit after a player complained he’d received an extra 700 chat restrictions after he’d completed 500 chat restricted games.

 

 

I got even more chat restrictions after I’d finished my chat restricted games

Lyte Final PortraitUsually there’s a couple scenarios when a player goes through a chat restriction:

1) If the chat restrictions increase afterwards, it means the player was verbally abusive or toxic during their chat restrictions.

2) If the chat restrictions decrease afterwards, it means the player was on the path to reform, but hadn’t shown enough consistency for us to completely remove the restriction.

3) If the chat restrictions stop, it means the player showed enough neutral or positive behaviors that all penalties are removed.

Right now, it’s also possible to receive 500+ chat restrictions, which is basically the system’s way of saying “We don’t think you are on a path to reform and have received numerous chances,” and this is effectively a permanent chat restriction. This is a temporary solution until the Tribunal returns, and chat restrictions again just become a penalty type in the Tribunal.

There’s also a known issue where sometimes a player gets a chat restriction for gameplay toxicity, when they should have gotten a ban. This is rare but can happen, and is also fixed when the Tribunal returns.

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Why is it even possible to receive 500+ Chat Restricions

Lyte Final PortraitFor about 75% of players, they get 1 chat restriction and never get a 2nd.

For those with 500+ chat restrictions, it’s just a temporary band-aid until the new Tribunal system comes out. Players who have 500+ chat restrictions most likely aren’t interested in reform, so “capping” their potential toxicity is better game bans which force them to make new accounts and have unfiltered toxicity against new players.

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Do you expect the Tribunal to be back next Season

Lyte Final PortraitYes, there’s now a few teams working on player behavior related features instead of one. It took some time spinning up new teams and new Rioters, but we’re rolling now.

In fact, we have a new LeaverBuster system that aggressively identifies leavers/afks and is significantly more strict on leaving/afking in Ranked that we’ll talk about soon. I know some team members were looking for some PBE volunteers for testing out the new system, so PBE players should keep their eyes peeled.

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What changes can we expect for the Tribunal

Lyte Final PortraitOverall, the system is much more efficient than before. Each vote gives us more “value,” and we can determine a verdict on cases with fewer votes.

One of the big features I’m super excited about is the ability for players to review positive cases as well. Players who show positive behaviors will have cases built in the Tribunal and if the community believes they are positive, they’ll get a little prize.

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Can you elaborate on these “prizes” for positive players

Lyte Final PortraitTL DR: We’re going to try a mix of different rewards and punishments in the upcoming year. It’ll be important to get feedback from players about what rewards they care about the most, and why they care about it.


Incoming rant about “positive reinforcement” 🙂

The interesting thing about prizes and “positive reinforcement” is that it’s often misunderstood by people.

For example, I’ll often hear “why are we focused on punishment? Let’s just do positive reinforcement instead!” This is a flawed argument because the overall approach to player behavior in games isn’t about punishment OR reward. It’s both.

There are many, many types of players in League. Most players are neutral to positive, and a few players are toxic. However, every type of player is motivated by different things. Some players love skins. Some player love rank (social status). Some players love competition. Some players love teamwork. Different players have different motivations, and respond to different punishments and rewards.

There are some players out there that are toxic and ONLY care about competition. So, if we gave out skins to behave, these players wouldn’t care and Ranked behaviors might be exactly the same. However, the same players love social status, so if we remove their ability to earn loading borders and social status-bumping icons they now care and change their behaviors.

To truly improve player behavior across League of Legends, we need to incorporate a mix of approaches. We need rewards and positive reinforcement here and there to nudge neutral players to strive to be more positive, and to give positive players recognition for their contributions. But, we also need punishment for players unwilling to change, or who don’t care about “rewards.”

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Why arent players without received punishments rewardedwith skins like Judgement Kayle anymore

Lyte Final PortraitThere’s no excuse, we have some plans that you’ll hear about later in the year.

We’ve always believed that “good” players in League should get some recognition for their contributions to the community.

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Have you guys thought about limiting the numbers of bansplayers get per week

Lyte Final PortraitI think you meant limiting reports per week/month?

Some other games do this, but it puts players in a really awkward spot where they have to juggle reports. For example, “That was an awful experience… but do I use my report now? What if a player in the next game does something terrible too?” Now the player has no reports and no methods to combat the situation which is a terrible experience and makes players feel helpless.

What we’ve done instead is implement really sophisticated systems to “validate” reports. So, if a player is reporting frivolously, their reports simply lose “value” over time. Many of the players who troll report simply have their reports ignored by all behavioral systems. This solves the problem of troll reporting without removing the ability for the average player to combat toxicity.

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How does the new Leaver Buster system account for DCs

Lyte Final PortraitUnfortunately, a DC still means a poor experience for 4 to 9 other players in the game. So, although a DC might not be intentional, the system will still penalize you.

Fortunately, the system won’t be handing out game bans for DCs anymore and there is a different penalty.

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So if Im playing for fun and get DC

Lyte Final PortraitThe problem is, you “just trying to have fun” while having DC/game crashing issues means in nearly every game, you are forcing a 4v5 on 9 other players.

We should try everything we can to fix your problem, or else you will end up with penalties on your account. It’s not fair to you because it’s not your fault, but not doing anything to your account is not fair to the 9 other players being forced to play a 4v5.

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What if my client crashes Will I still get penalized

Lyte Final PortraitThe new LeaverBuster system has some lenience built in. So, if there’s truly an emergency, leaving once in awhile is not going to result in a harsh penalty.

However, DCs do still result in a miserable experience for 4-9 other players in the game. If a player has a bug/crash problem, they should fix it before queuing up for more games; otherwise, they will still get a penalty.

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Can troll reports extend the chat restriction period

Lyte Final PortraitFrivolous reports have actually never impacted chat restrictions. Frivolous reports have no “value” in the system.

If you are continuously getting chat restrictions, someone at Riot has reviewed the account at some point, or multiple systems have verified the restriction.

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How will toxic behavior be handled by the new Tribunal

Lyte Final PortraitThe key to penalties is understanding that different players respond to different things. We need to find out what “matters” to a player to truly do something to stop the behavior.

So, Ranked Restrictions is super interesting because a lot of Ranked players want to play Ranked and earn rewards. If they lose that ability when they are toxic, they’ll opt to stop being toxic to keep doing what they love.

Refusal to cooperate with teammates is a tough one because it’s so subjective. If a player doesn’t listen to you or agree with you, is that a refusal to cooperate? For subjective behaviors like these we need to develop more advanced methods to improve our accuracy identifying the behaviors. We’re actually testing a system right now that tries to identify intentional leavers… and it’s catching quite a few players every week.

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Any other player behavior-related features coming soon

Lyte Final PortraitWe’re wrapping up some polish with the new Suggested Players feature and what we call Team Builder Normals.

Our focus right now is on stuff like Tribunal, LeaverBuster, Honor, and exploring what a Ranked Team Builder could be.

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Will the Tribunal cover reports made in its absence

Lyte Final PortraitThere are 2 systems in the background running while Tribunal is down, so every report is processed and punishments are handed out. This is why you generally see massive waves of game bans and chat restrictions go out on a daily basis.

Players who claim “shit won’t happen” are just bluffing to try to get players to stop reporting.

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Can you make it clear what owning an account means

Rhojin New PortraitWhat I mean by account owner is the person who originally created the account. Sorry if I caused any confusion.

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If were playing a 5v5 Ranked gamesomeone else play without being considered a

Rhojin New PortraitThis would be something that we consider to be MMR Boosting. While they are just logging on to finish a game because a team member disconnected, they are still a third party playing on an account that they did not create.

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Q: Without numbers backing up your findings, how can we believe player behavior is an actual study?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: You know, it’s a bit unfair to call out researchers at Riot in this fashion. Most players haven’t worked with data of this scale, nor the problems that come up when dealing with online player behavior; in fact, most scientists haven’t worked in this space before either.

For example, you talk about sample sizes, p-values and hypotheses. You really think revealing those values are the problem and if we did, we’d convince players that we conduct strong, robust science here? Do you understand why calculating p-values might not be the best approach when your sample sizes are over 1 trillion? You get a “significant” effect with almost every pair-wise comparison. That’s meaningless. So how do you analyze an experiment with millions of interactions? What kinds of multiple-comparison techniques are appropriate? Do we need to develop new ones because this scale of data has never been analyzed before? Are effect sizes of 1% meaningful when you have 1 billion samples of data? Maybe, maybe not. If you knew that 1% of games were worse because of a feature or experiment, and look at the millions of games played every hour… that’s a pretty big practical impact isn’t it? These are tough questions, and there are rarely easy or straight-forward answers. The researchers at Riot are some of the best in their respective fields whether it’s neuroscience, aeronautics, bioinformatics or economics. They’ve published papers in Nature and the top journals in their fields. They’ve worked with former Nobel Prize laureates and their proteges. We still spend some time reaching out to top institutions like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, York, USC and more to collaborate on studies, and review papers for journals.

We ask researchers at Riot to have even higher standards than academia. Why? Because we value players and their experiences. In academics, some scientists are OK with 95% confidence intervals or 99% confidence intervals–do you laugh at their suggestion that they are 99% confident about a result? Yet here, whether we choose 95% or 99% confidence intervals is a big deal. One mistake here could impact a player forever if they lose Ranked Rewards or lose their accounts and we treat that responsibility extremely seriously. There was one time where an analysis could have provided a negative experience for 6 players. Just 6. However, 6 is 6 too much and we went back into the analysis to clean it up. Do we make mistakes? Of course. Mistakes are always going to happen. But, to give researchers at Riot **** for not being “scientists” and not strongly adhering to scientific standards is bull****.

Is the problem really the science? Or, is it that some players are angry they got a punishment, and maybe deserved it? A negative player can disagree with what we believe is “OK” in League of Legends, but it’s never been just Riot’s opinion of what’s OK or not OK–it’s been the community’s decision and we back the community 100%. A negative player can disagree with the community’s subjective perspective on what’s OK or not OK, but that doesn’t make the science bad. If the problem is actually the science, let’s talk about it.

 

 

Q: Isn’t the issue here that players don’t understand why they’re being Chat restricted?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Completely agree that players currently are not getting the “Reform Card” equivalent to see what exactly they said to earn a restrictive chat game; however, this is because we’re currently running temporary experiments versus launching a permanent feature.

In the old days, we used game bans often. We had data before Reform Cards, after Reform Cards, before Justice Reviews, after Justice Reviews, etc. However, we didn’t really have as much data about restricted chat bans alone. How effective are restrictive chat bans without a reform card of sorts? How effective are they for handling issues that may not be related to communication? These are the types of questions that (hopefully!) are answered in these experiments so we know what features to incorporate into the new Tribunal.

 

 

Q: Why aren’t you publishing your team’s studies as proof the numbers are accurate?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Do players want us to focus on publishing papers, or making new features? If the resource of time wasn’t a concern, then of course we’d just do everything. To add to this, we could publish papers and we’d still have to deal with skeptics–scientists deal with that every single day.

We’ve already revealed more data and methodology than most studios–check out GDC talks and talks at MIT, Harvard, York, USC, etc. Players have long been able to download and run their own analyses on Tribunal data too (when it was up)–not surprisingly, they often had the same results we talked about regarding its accuracy.

 

 

Q: Is it true some players deserving punishment don’t currently have Tribunal cases?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: I could probably write entire blogs about this topic, and maybe we’ll touch on some in the future. Basically, there were multiple factors related to what you were seeing:

1) The Tribunal was conservative in many cases, so people who may have deserved punishment earlier were often playing games far longer than they should until Tribunal gathered more evidence.

2) The Tribunal didn’t benefit from a lot of the research we developed while we were building Team Builder. One consequence is that a Tribunal case takes a lot longer to ‘close’ then it should. For example, let’s say a Tribunal case typically requires 1000 votes. We now have a lot of data that we can look at patterns of votes to determine when a case should be closed early with really high accuracy, so we could close cases in as little as 20 votes and expedite the penalty (or reward, in the future).

3) The Tribunal didn’t upgrade its tech overtime and wasn’t very scale-able. This is why players often saw the system go up and down, trying to build cases and close cases as fast as it could but the scale League operates at is just unprecedented.

 

 

Q: Why was I banned after being Chat Restricted?

 

WookieeCookie Button Rioter WookieeCookie: On Friday we decided to review the data we collected after placing chat restrictions on accounts with high levels of recorded toxicity. We were pretty pleased with the results, a large majority of players actually showed signs of less harassment and toxic behavior. Unfortunately a small % of accounts actually increased in recorded levels of poor behavior. For these players we decided to place a 3 Day Suspension on their account.

As a lot of you are probably aware, the Tribunal is currently in extended recess while the Player Behavior and Justice dev team works on some upgraded features for it. During this time we’re not going to sit idle while some players try to exploit others in game. Even without the Tribunal we have numerous tools at our disposal to find and take action on high offenders.

In this particular case, we sent e-mails to those affected. I am bee bee sea you might want to check that the e-mail on your account is up to date, as this is the primary way you’ll receive messages on the status of your account from us.

To help you out here, I decided to take another look at your account. In your case, during the period of chat restrictions your account continued to receive reports in over 40% of the games you played.


During your chat restricted period you had a habit of passively aggresively treating your team mates poorly. Either by feeding the enemy, rambo’ing on your own, or just waiting around not contributing until your team surrendered. Even with chat restrictions you did manage to say quite a few terrible things that I wouldn’t repeat here. But I’m pretty sure that Lee Sin jungle in one of your games didn’t appreciate being called that terrible racial slur just because he wasn’t performing well.

Everyone has bad games, it’s how we deal with them that we excel and grow as players at League of Legends. Calling someone names doesn’t help them get better and it certainly doesn’t help you win.

 

 

Q: Is the system completely automated now?

 

WookieeCookie Button Rioter WookieeCookie: The system is not automated at all currently. This wave of bans, and the wave of chat restrictions prior have been the result of close collaboration between a number of teams including Player Behavior and Justice, Business Intelligence, Player Support, and our regional offices. Human interaction has been a core component of each step the entire way through.

 

 

Conclusory findings for Chat Restricted players

 

WookieeCookie Button Rioter WookieeCookie: The observed behavior of those which were banned was that they used what little chat they had in game to harass and berate others. In other cases they decided to feed or play against their own team in order to “prove a point”.

But what I find most interesting is that of the players we chat restricted last week (and there were a lot!)we only had to place manual suspensions on less than .05% of the players. By and large, the vast majority of players had no problem adjusting their behavior in game with limited chat.

 

 

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Q: Is Banner of Command viable?

 

Riot Peaches Button Rioter Riot Peaches: Banner of Command is extremely powerful for supports, imo. I like to use it to promote top or bottom and then tell the entire team to group in the opposite lane. It is almost guaranteed to force a lane to push to tower, which will probably cause a 4v5 or result in a free objective. You also get free gold for every enemy minion slain by the promoted minion. The stats are awesome on caster supports, especially on Zyra since it buffs her plants, and it’s cheap enough to build after core (which I consider Frost Queens (2200), Sightstone(800), Tabi(1000), and Crucible(1600) — so BoC is done at 8k give or take consumable cost, which is about 25 mins in on an average game). However, if I’m trying to rush it I’ll convert my Codex into BoC before finishing Frost Queen’s which gives me Banner 1335 gold earlier. 

I build it if bot has a huge early lead and I want to prevent their other laners from grouping to shut us down in teamfights, or if we are losing badly and desperately need some lane presence. If it’s an evenish game I’d probably just build more defense (locket/randuins). 

I don’t see it anywhere in your recent history so I suggest building it next time you’re a caster support. Don’t knock it til you try it!

 

 

Mystery Gifting re-enabled on EUW

 

Riot tmx Button Rioter Riot tmx: We have verified that the migration was completed and Mystery Gifting was re-enabled. Have fun.

 

 

 


Q: Why is the jungle so hard to balance properly?

 

Phreak Button Rioter Phreak: The goal has always been to have a mix. In the first few seasons, it was basically impossible to carry from the jungle because there wasn’t any gold in it. We upped the gold, a little too much, and the junglers who carried became massively overpowered, so we have to tune it back down. We’re happy that guys like Wukong and Kha’Zix can jungle now, but we want Nautilus to be able to be picked, too.

As an example, saying, “Yeah, you know we’d really like Rumble to get played” then giving him 5,000 damage on Flamespitter, nerfing it next patch, and players going, “WTF I thought you wanted to buff Rumble, Riot!” And the answer is yes we do, but we don’t want it broken in the other direction.

 


Follow-up Q: Why wasn’t the jungle fixed during testing and instead has to see nerfs on live servers?


Phreak Button Rioter Phreak: Quite simply, it’s because this game is complex.

We do everything we can in internal testing, but a few dozen bros compared to millions of players playing millions of games is just massively different.

Why didn’t people realize Twitch was really good all along? Why did it take four months for mid lane Lulu to catch on? Why did people think Zed was underpowered on release?

People don’t figure stuff out right away. Us included.

 

 

Q: Will Nidalee’s Javelin toss be completely nerfed?

 

RiotRepertoir Button Rioter RiotRepertoir: It will probably just see straight up nerfs. It’s important to the spell’s identity that the spell varies quite meaningfully in damage from point blank to max range, so the more that is true, the better players will feel about those long range snipes. The problem with increasing the base damage on Javelin Toss is that it deals immense damage at level 9 when maxed first.

 

 

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Some artists are just too incredible to skip. I’d like to revive the fan art showcases in news posts and this is an awesome opportunity for it.

 

Like the Series? Check out some of the previous showcases:

 

Fan Art Enijoi

Fan Art Erina Topic

Fan Art School Designers

 

 

Artist: VegaColors

 

Dog Walker Thresh

Dog Walker Thresh

Soul Reaver Aatrox

Soul Reaver Aatrox

Harlequin Jinx

Harlequin Jinx

Rogue Quinn

Rogue Quinn

 

 

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

 

 

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Here at Riot Games we know the value of a good book – especially if that book happens to be loaded with powerful arcane runes. So to help you get the most out of your seals, marks, glyphs and quintessences, we’re holding a sale on Rune Pages.

Between May 23rdand June 6th at 11:59 PM PST you’ll receive two rune pages for the price of one on purchases made with either RP or IP.

You’ll find the 2 for 1 Rune Pages item in the Bundles tab of the League of Legends store, so don’t miss this chance to bolster your book while they’re on sale.

Please note: this is a pre-announced promotion, meaning that we won’t be offering partial refunds on rune pages bought between now and the sale. Please mark your calendars!

 

 


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 Following the recent wave of chat restrictions, Lyte steps on the forums to explain this new automated system, its accuracy and benefits over banning players.

 

 

Q: Can you allow safe chatting for muted players, like “Let’s go fight the Dragon/Baron!”, so they aren’t completely incapable of communicating with teammates?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: This is certainly a possibility, and something we’ve discussed; however, we have a lot of initial experiments in mind that we want to test out first and see what works best. If we end up needing a way for negative players to communicate with their team that isn’t sufficient with the current chat restriction design, we can figure out a better solution.


I think many players forget that this isn’t a full mute. A lot of studies went into restricted chat design to determine what is the right amount of chat ‘resources’ to give a player, and if players used their chat resources only for team play, they actually can manage pretty well. The current design forces negative players to consider whether they value teamplay (and winning!) more than being verbally abusive.. and we find that most players opt to use their chat resources for positive communication and end up winning more games than they did before.

 

 

Q: Isn’t chat restricting an inaccurate punishment system?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Happy to discuss the accuracy because after reviewing a large sampling of the initial chat restrictions, the accuracy is greater than 99.9%–meaning, we didn’t need to overturn or remove any chat restrictions.

 

 

 

Q: Are “wtf are you doing” and “noob” really grounds for punishing a player?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: There were other examples that I just didn’t feel like displaying. Calling someone noob or spamming report or throwing “wtf u doing” everywhere might not deserve a ban, but that’s why the player received a few games of restricted chat and can still enjoy the game. If a person was throwing death threats out, the penalty would be different.

 

 

 

Q: Are we able to see if we’re on restricted chat?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Yes, you’ll get an in-game notification and see a progress update after each game.

 

 

 

 

Q: Is there a way to see where I stand as a player on the bar of toxicity?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: No, unfortunately progress like this makes it very easy for players to “skirt the line,” and be negative until the point they are close to the line then drop their act until they are further from the line.

 

 

 

 

Q: Do you monitor Champ Select chat?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Yes, Champion Select chat is monitored and there’s definitely a correlation between level of communication in Champ Select and in-game performance of a team.

 

 

 

 

Q: How did you reach a 99.99% number in terms of restriction accuracy?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Happy to go into detail about the numerous sampling methods that are used to determine the accuracy of a system. We often use methods that are far more stringent than scientists use in academia because every action we take impacts a player’s experience.

For the early experiments (even way back when Tribunal first started), we reviewed and used multi-party reviews for 100% of cases. We even had numerous test-runs where multiple people had to review cases independently, then debate the cases where there were disagreements.

Why assume that we ‘only reviewed a few cases?’

 

 

Q: Is it true the system is almost 100% accurate?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: There’s a lot of reasons why something might be close to 100% accurate. I didn’t say 100% because it’s impossible for a system to have no errors unless we hand-checked every single case.

However, let’s say that the system only hands out penalties to 100 people at a time, and 99 of those cases are reviewed by at least 1 Player Support staff each time. In that case, if there are no false positives, we can say that the system was almost 100% accurate… or 99.9% accurate.

Or, let’s say that we’re using a language analysis model that is highly sophisticated and analyzes millions of chat logs and determines the worst 1% of players that exhibited the most verbal abuse. If we then handed out chat game restrictions to the worst half (so the worst 0.5%) of the players, we can safely say that we probably did not have many false positives. 

There’s many, many ways you can have a system that’s close to 100% accuracy. It all depends on the methodology and the context.

 

 

Q: Are Rioters also liable to banning if their in-game behavior is inappropriate?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Rioters are judged at an even higher standard, so if you see negative behavior in-game please report it. There’s been a few times we’ve had to penalize a Rioter but thankfully it’s been extremely rare.

 

 

 

Q: If you are so confident in the accuracy of chat bans, shouldn’t you then be banning players?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: I think you’re suggesting that if we were confident with our systems, we’d just ban players instead?

We actually use restricted chat bans because they are more effective than game bans. We find that game bans nudge a lot of players to create smurf accounts and simply shift their negative behaviors to low levels and overall, that’s a worst experience for the community.

During restricted chat design testing, we tested several variants to ensure that the typical player had enough chat resources to communicate effectively with their team. The current setup (with smart pings) is decent for team communication for most players, although we acknowledge that junglers have a bit more difficulty in the current setup. 

What’s interesting to note is that many restricted chat players are actually winning more games than they were before being in restricted chat; so, I’m not as convinced as you are that the mode is hurting the rest of the team as much as you might believe.

 

 

Q: Is this automated system the “new Tribunal”?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: New Tribunal is a ways out, we’re working on some experiments (like the ones mentioned here) in the mean time to test several ideas that may end up being incorporated into the new system.

 

 

 

Q: What exact penalties would a Rioter incur? 

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: The penalties are more severe and there have been real-world consequences, but this isn’t the place to discuss these issues.

 

 

 

 

Q: When I was using the Tribunal before it was taken down, I was getting fewer and fewer cases where I could justify pardoning the accused. Was this the result of continued refinement of the algorithms that are now taking its place?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Yes, and this is part of a design issue we’d like to address. If we kept improving the algorithms and who we funnel into the system, it became harder and harder for players to be diligent and review every choice meaningfully because they knew intuitively that most cases should be punished.

In the future, because you can review positive, neutral and negative behaviors, it’ll always force players to review carefully because who knows, they could be rewarding someone and making someone’s day.

 

 

Q: How would the new Tribunal be communicated with players?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: It’s a little too early to tell what we should do, but as you know, we love to have these discussions directly with the community so they can give feedback, have discussions of their own, and share the information with others.

So, I don’t know exactly what kind of Q&As or discussions we’ll have, but we’ll do our best to have some when the time comes 

 

 

Q: Have we come to a point where any offensive language is punished?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: It’s a great question, and one that I think needs more context. As others have mentioned, there’s a difference between “wtf” once in a game, and:

“wtf what are you doing”
“wtf this yasuo noob”
“report him pls”
“****, do you even know how to play”
“what the fuk, uninstall”

Secondly, those examples were just a very small (1%) of the things that were flagged. As much as possible and especially in recent months, we’ve tried not to copy-paste a player’s chat logs or their worst offenses because it creates a witch-hunt mentality. So, when I responded to the player with some general trends, they were an average chat log–players don’t need to see copy-pastes of the player’s entire list of offenses.

To the original point, what do we expect out of players? Well, 95% of players were not affected by Tribunal bans, and about 95% were not affected by chat restriction experiments so far–clearly, most players are perfectly fine in matches and have no problem staying within bounds.

We’re not out to get offensive language, and we don’t expect players to tip-toe around or offensive language. Many players say “****, missed that skill shot!” or “****, close fight, we almost had that!” and no one gets punished for such language. 

Everyone that got hit by restricted chat bans recently clearly crossed the line. Whether it was the repeated nature of the language or the severity of the language, something triggered the system way beyond the norm of what your typical “teen” game should have.

 

 

Q: How are these chat restrictions handed out?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: We’ll look into revealing some context and information around some of the experiments in the future. We’re trying a lot of different things while Tribunal is being upgraded, and “automated” was probably the wrong word to use.

By “automated,” we simply meant that it is possible for a penalty to be handed out more quickly after a negative action. Sometimes in the Tribunal a negative action would happen and it’d be a month before the player received a notification or feedback about it. 

To give you brief glimpse into what one experiment is testing, first, we have to understand that the Reporting system is different than the Tribunal system. The Reporting system’s sole job is to calculate a player’s report accuracy, and a lot of fancy math has gone into the system to make sure that a report is only taken into account when it is accurate. So, if a player is a consistently negative player themselves, their reports might be worth less because the system may consider them a bad judge of others’ behaviors. If a player troll reports and gets their 3 friends to troll report, the system will completely toss the reports out. All of the experiments that use reports benefit from the above system to make sure that players aren’t able to just abuse someone with random reports. 

Secondly, we have a system that’s been analyzing millions of chat logs, and become quite good at detecting whether a conversation in a game is negative or positive. I presented some of this work at the previous Game Developer’s Conference. It’s an interesting system because the more chat logs you feed the system, the more accurate it becomes at determining whether a player communicates more positively or negatively than the average player in League of Legends. 

As you can imagine, by combining reports, Player Support reviews, the chat log analysis and in-game metrics in different forms, we can do some pretty interesting (and accurate) experiments. In addition, when it comes to the player experience, we’re always quite conservative with penalties. Let’s say (for today’s example) that a player can have a score between 1 and 100, where 100 is super awesome and 1 is super not awesome. Even though we might all agree that players 25 and below deserve a penalty, we’ve set all our experiments to be very conservative initially and penalize players 5 and below (as an example) so that we can slowly gauge the accuracy of the systems before we expand the thresholds.

Anyways, happy to figure out with the team which experiments would be cool to talk to players about in the future but for now, we’re hoping that players are seeing an improved in-game experience.

 

 

Q: Is what you’re hinting at here an AI System?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: Machine learning, predictive modeling, sentiment analysis, etc.

That’s the most I can reveal without being kidnapped by our researchers.

 

 

 

Q: Will you publish these findings about controlling player behavior?

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: This is something we’re debating a lot internally. We’d love to give back to the academic community and have done some collaborations, but we have to balance spending time contributing back to academics and making sure we’re always focused on making cool stuff for players.

 

 

 

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Soraka is slated for a complete rework this year, following her rising issues with solo-lane dominance and support role irrelevance. 

 

 

Q: What do you hope to solve with Soraka’s rework?

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: Valid feedback – I think the rework needs to solve “how does Soraka become healthy”, which is prioritized for this year unless all Hell breaks loose. These nerfs should be targeted at unfightable mid-lane, and hitting the things that make her particularly oppressive there.

One approach on these “busted” characters is the Kass/Grags approach we like. Nerf in the short term while we get the rework out as soon as it makes sense. Since we’re actively working on a shipping plan for Soraka, this would be part of that.

 

 

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morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: I’m excited to get this done. I feel this is getting to Evelynn levels of “oops”. I’ll be relieved to get this done, and intellectually I’m excited to look at the healing paradigm under a fresh lens.

 

 

 

Q: Why wasn’t Soraka left unchanged until her rework, like Kassadin?

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: Because this was something we really realized when working on Kassadin of how problematic it tends to be. There’s more here, LeBlanc, Talon, etc, but we’re trying to address them AS they become problems so we don’t have these “wait, wtf, why are you nerfing Talon?” issues.

Since we learn as we work on stuff, we tend to evolve our understanding of root causes on these issues over time – especially as player skill improves, and exposes things that were more manageable before.

As for the damage changes, I’ll have to ask Statikk – I only was really involved in the conversation around E. That might be to lower burst and increase total damage, but I do get that it risks TankRaka being insane.

 

 

Q: So, everything about Soraka should be changed?

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: In this, we agree 🙂

 

 

 

 

Q: Could you at least preserve her healer archetype?

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: We’d like to try to make healing work – this is extraordinarily difficult to make rich or interesting to anyone but Soraka. My stance on this is still really unhopeful, but we’re exploring that first.

I know of non-caster models in which healing can work, but feel that violates Soraka too.

 

 

Q: Did you intend to slowly make Soraka irrelevant in the meta?

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: It’s kind of hilarious to see what the “intent” argument is. There is a thing to call us out on here, and it’s that we’ve been chicken-shits (me included) about doing this rework because we know it’s not going to be “here’s a Soraka buff!” We’ve remedied that 🙂

 

 

Suggestion: Make Soraka use her own health to heal allies

 

morellovatar  Button Rioter Morello: “Infuse healer” is one of my favorite models (in GW1, this was the most interesting healer strategically). It creates windows and big moments while still feeling very “healer.”

 

 

 

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Q: Is Urgot still on the line for a rework?

 

RiotScruffy  Button Rioter RiotScruffy: Just because Urgot isn’t currently in progress doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about him. It’s really the hardest thing having so many champs that need love, but we would rather do them one at a time and focus on quality rather than rush them all out too fast.

We will definitely get to him in time, keep reminding us.

 

 

Q: Are 3rd Party Skin website illegal?

 

Button Rioter SquidmoX: Hi everyone – just wanted to chime in here.

I work in Player Support and we see these skin sites all the time. I urge everyone here to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL before interacting with any of these sites.

Very often they are scammer sites and have acquired their skin codes through illegitimate means. We see cases all the time where players give sites like this their money and then never see the skin, or worse, provide their account to the scammers and lose it forever.

Use common sense, and think twice before giving your personal information to someone you don’t know. 😀

 

 

Q: Do you plan on bringing limited skins back on sale?

 

Button Rioter SquidmoX: With regards to bringing the old skins out of the vault, this happens periodically. For example, with the recent launch of the SKT skins, we brought back the TPA skins from Season 2. Ditto for Harrowing, we brought out the older skins to join Haunted Zyra.

We want these skins to feel exclusive and limited, that’s why they may only be available for a limited time. They celebrate a specific point and time in League’s history. Snowstorm Sivir or Lunar Goddess Diana wouldn’t feel as special if you could purchase them year round. Sure we may make more money by making them more available, but we aren’t about what makes the most money. We’re about what creates the best experience for the players.

 

 

Q: Will you make the VO for when Karthus ults globally heard?

 

Button Rioter C3Sound: Global dialog is something we don’t do very often, outside of say, Nocturn’s Ult. If he had a one word Iconic line like DARKNESS, then it may be different. However, he has many lines for the ult, and most are much longer than just 1 word. One thing to consider is that by allowing global VO, it would be subjecting other players to hear someone else’s full length VO lines whether they wanted to hear them or not. We definitely hear the feedback, and will give it a round of deliberation! Thanks for the feedback everyone!

 

 

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1. Lyte has elaborated on the current system to restrict chat over banning players for toxic behavior.

  • The system is close to 100% accurate, meaning almost every case is reviewed and approved by Player Support for punishment.
  • Offensive language in general isn’t restricted and isn’t a cause for banning. Directed hate-speech, however, is.
  • Tribunal 2.0 will be communicated with players, regarding its features & improvements over the existing Tribunal.

2. Morello has shared his plans for a Soraka rework this year.

  • Soraka is too problematic, currently, and the nerf on her E in Patch 4.8 is a band-aid until her Rework comes.
  • The team would like to preserve her healer archetype, but it’s a difficult mechanic to implement in League.
  • Everything about Soraka will likely be changed.

3. 3rd Party Sites that sell Skins are illegal and will most likely scam a potential user.
 

 

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

 

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Petrifying_GazePetrifying Gaze ( R )

  • Damage decreased from 200/325/450 to 150/275/400

 

 

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JudgmentJudgement ( E )

  • Damage increased from 20/40/60/80/100 to 20/45/70/95/120 ( reverted to live values )

 

 

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  Katarina

Death_LotusDeath Lotus ( R )

  • Damage increased from 400/500/600 ( +3.0 AD ) (+2.0 AP) over 2 seconds to 400/550/700 ( +3.75 AD ) ( +2.5 AP ) over 2.5 seconds
  • Cooldown reduced from 60/55/50 to 60/52.5/45 seconds

 

 

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       Olaf

  • Base damage decreased from 57.6 to 57.2
  • Base damage decreased from +3.5 to +3.1 per level
  • Base mana decreased from 270 to 235
  • Mana decreased from +45 to +35 per level

 

UndertowUndertow ( Q )

  • Damage reduced from 80/125/170/215/260 to 65/110/155/200/245
  • Slow increased from 24/28/32/36/40% to 35/40/45/50/55%
  • Slow duration decreased from 2.5 to 2 seconds

 

Vicious_StrikesVicious Strikes ( W )

  • No longer grants bonus Attack Damage
  • Now grants 30/45/60/75/90% bonus Attack Speed
  • Bonus Lifesteal reduced from 9/12/15/18/21% to 8/10.5/13/15.5/18%

 

Reckless_SwingReckless Swing ( E ) 

  • Damage reduced from 100/160/220/280/340 to 100/145/190/235/280
  • Cooldown increased from 9/8/7/6/5 to 12/11/10/9/8 seconds

 

RagnarokRagnarok ( R )

  • Now grants 10/25/40 Bonus Armor and Magic Resist passively
  • Activation no longer grants bonus Resists and Armor Penetration
  • Activation now grants 40/60/80 bonus Attack Damage 
  • Cooldown changed from 100 seconds 120/100/80 seconds

 

 

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  • Base Health increased from 360 to 400
  • Base Movement speed increased from 335 to 340
  • Base armor increased from 11 to 15

Desperate_PowerDesperate Power ( R )

  • Bonus movement speed increased from 60/70/80 to 80 at all ranks

 

 

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BurnoutBurnout ( W )

  • Damage reduced from 25/40/55/75/85 to 20/32/44/56/68
  • Bonus movement speed decreased from 30/35/40/45/50% to 25/31.3/37.5/43.8/50%

 

 

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CertainlyT Button Rioter CertainlyT: We aren’t making imminent changes to Shyvana’s Burnout. This datamine was another piece of Season 4 fighter testing bits of which I incorrectly promoted to the PBE (as seen with Garen). The plan was to pair it with some sexy changes to her dragon form.

FWIW our internal testing on all the changes currently shows the W you saw to be a bit too weak.

As to our overall view of Shyvana, I think she’s balanced but her Dragon Form doeesn’t feel sufficienly epic. I want Shyvana to be a bully, but a more moderate one early, in exchange for a lvl 16 dragon form where she becomes a literal raid boss, turning the enemy backline into a pile of charred corpses. Rez and run back.

 

 

Any news on Shyvana’s update?

 

CertainlyT Button Rioter CertainlyT: Testing a bunch of stuff. Nothing has proven perfect just yet. Shyvana will stay damage focused, but I think that she needs a) greater reach and b) a better best cast scenario in post-35 minute team fights.

 

 

 

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DeathSentenceDeath Setence ( Q )

  • Cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds if Death Sentence strikes an enemy
  • Cooldown increased from 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 to 20/18/16/14/12 seconds

 



New Ward Skins


 

RiotWenceslaus Button Rioter RiotWenceslaus: You’ve seen them during the holidays, but many of you have been asking to spruce up your ward supply on non-seasonal occasions. We’ve heard you and we’re pleased to officially unveil the League’s first permanent ward skins for 640 RP, now on PBE.

This first run of wards is themed after some of your favorite League champions, so even if you get edged out in the draft, you can still show your champion pride wherever you’re laning. The next time you want to scout an inconveniently-placed patch of brush in style (or if you just can’t wait for another chance to check out Draven’s majestic moustache), now you can.

 

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New Trade Tech


 

RiotBrokenSword Button Rioter RiotBrokenSword: Hey PBE Community,

We’re rolling out a revamped Trades system that I’d like you all to hammer on. It’s a more robust system that we believe will serve your trade requests better.

The pain points we addressed were largely around the system’s reliability.

We addressed issues caused by several players attempting to trade simultaneously. Our new system will handle multiple users’ actions, both with a new Trades structure, and more clear messaging where there wasn’t any before.

While we were fixing some of the pain, we included some new features to make the experience a bit better.

-Greyed out and unclickable Trade buttons when the requester or the recipient doesn’t own either champion.

-New Error Messaging to communicate what is happening. [Not yet in]
1. is busy trading. Try again when their trade is complete.
2. has declined your trade request.
3. canceled the trade.
4. no longer has the champion you wanted. Try again.

-Accurate display of who your friend is playing on the Friends List after they make a trade.

-A trade is canceled when someone rerolls during their trading process, so people aren’t stuck with something they don’t expect.

All these changes aside, what we fundamentally wanted to accomplish was a reinstatement of player trust in making a Trade. Our engineers took the old system, cleaned it up, smoothed it out, gave it a mani-pedi, and got it in shape by way of 1980’s work-out montage. No player should ever fear trading champions again.

Please test the hell out of this thing, and send us your feedback on the forums. We’ll be watching and fixing based on your findings.

Thanks for your help, everyone!

RiotBrokenSword

 

 

Suggestion: Trading switches players’ select position rather than their Champions

 

RiotBrokenSword Button Rioter RiotBrokenSword:

That’s a really interesting idea. Though, that wouldn’t solve the issues of Trades not working well for ARAMs, and our intention was to make an already known system more reliable.

 

 

 

Will this new system allows us to trade again after an unsuccessful attempt?

 

ZydionButton Rioter Zydion:

With the new trade system, you WILL be able to request trades again to someone who declined you if you or that person’s champion has changed. So even if your champion didn’t change, if the person who declined you rerolled, you’d be able to trade him again.

 

 

 

If I own the Champion I wish to receive but the other person does not own mine, is the button grayed out for me as well?

 

RiotBrokenSword Button Rioter RiotBrokenSword: Yes, it is. In order to trade, both players must own each champion. Works the same as before, but now we just save you the step of finding out you can’t trade before you make the request.

 

 

 

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Pool Party Graves – 1350 RP ( 975 until September 22nd )

Graves finally found a squirt gun worthy of an outlaw: all new particle effects look like water, but sting worse than Singed’s “homemade” chlorine. His recall shows off one of four impressive dives on his way back to base. Apparently Smoke Screen also obscures hidden talents!

 

Pool Party Lee Sin – 1350 RP ( 975 until September 22nd )

Lee Sin’s got a breezy new summer style and strange knack for conjuring fruity coconut drinks out of nowhere. Just don’t challenge him to a game of Marco Polo—he doesn’t realize casting Sonic Wave is cheating.

 

Pool Party Leona – 1350 RP ( 975 until September 22nd )

Grab some shade under sunbathing Leona’s Shield of Daybreak if things get too hot in lane. Nothing quite like a little stun in the sun!

 

Pool Party Renekton – 1350 RP ( 975 until September 22nd )

Cull the Meek swimmers?! Renekton takes his lifeguard duties way too seriously. Hey gator, that’s not what the rescue buoy is for!

 

Flexible Bundle – Get all Four Skins + Pool Party Ziggs for 4200 RP ( 20% discount )

+ 30% discount on Champions missing ( 7413 RP for all 5 Champions + all Pool Party Skins )

 



50% off Boosts


 

IP_Boost_IconAll IP and XP boosts will be at half-price until September 16th!

 

 

 



Handmade Leona Blade


 

Watch as Leona’s Solar blade comes to life in the forge of master swordsmith Tony Swatton!

 

 

 

Red Post Collection

 

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Morello – Season 4 Changes
Xelnath –
Let’s talk Support
Brackhar –
Explaining the recent XP/IP reward changes for Custom Games
Morello - 
Why was Zac nerfed so lightly in Patch 3.11?
Lyte -  
Riot’s new philosophy on Player Behavior
IronStylus - Sivir’s New Concept Previewed
IronStylus - 
Pictures of Leona’s Sword

 



Season 4 Changes


 

 

Powercreep, Jungling, Wards & Support play

morello Button Rioter Morello: Mobility Creep has occurred, but I think this is spoken about as the problem as opposed to a symptom. The problem, in this case, is where we had champions not giving up anything when they contained mobility. This was especially rampant in 2011, but the problem is rarely the mobility itself and more the underlying design problems that lead to problematic mobility.

One example is how Vi’s ultimate was talked about a lot as “mobility creep.” I think the real problems occur there when there’s no meaningful recourse to that move, her being able to move far is fine – provided than when she does, you have actions that make sense to deal with her. Some of this is the CC immunity, some of this is her raw brawling power when she gets there. If some cost is paid, actually or strategically, then the skill can avoid this pitfall.

So, I think Mobility Creep isn’t a major issue – mobility tends to create interesting and dynamic fights and is fun to use – but the issue, like true damage, % HP damage and other mechanics we’ve done this with, is in how and where it is used.

I edited my post, but in the initial barrage of “there’s Morello – get him!” from me returning to the forums, I read yours too quickly. I did say melee ADC would be -better- this season, and they are, but I also claimed I didn’t think Season 3 would fully solve the problem. I think that’s been pretty accurate overall.

Now, let’s put this thread on a good note; let me tell you two must-haves for Season 4 to ship successfully in my mind;

We’re going to significantly improve, and ultimately fix, jungle and support gold flow. I feel this is one of the most painful areas of League, and one that can be fixed. A lot of the satisfaction in League is growing in power over time, getting items, and transitioning from early to late game with items. It’s definitely a problem that 2/5 of players don’t get to do this.

Season 4 changes will address this problem, and very likely throw balance into a tailspin for preseason. Eggs, omelettes, etc. We’ll work hard to get that fleshed out and tuned before S4 starts properly.

Wards and the map vision system need to be overhauled. This is part-and-parcel with the above as Support gold largely suffers due to ward gold burden, but there are a multitude of other problems like snowballing, few real interesting ward decision-making opportunities, and few people involved with the vision game. Details have to wait, but the new system will address these issues.

 

 

What are your plans for the Fighter class in Season 4?

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: Not ready to share details on this since things are really in flux, but to solve some of the meta-golemy nature of some fighters, and give them distinct places in a teamfight (ie; a team role if one is not present other than “be strong”).

 

 

 

Follow-up: So every Fighter will have a distinct purpose, i.e soak, DPS and so on?

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: Some of that, yes, but also like “Vi should be tuned around a dive fighter” where “Udyr is a powerful mid-line fighter.”

 

 

 

 

Opinion on Kassadin, Zed, Ahri, Galio, Taric and Ziggs

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: Kassadin: Too strong, but because he’s so feast/famine. Needs some big work, but I’m at a loss on this one.

Zed: A bit too strong, but want to see longer term effects of previous nerfs. Not against more.

Ahri: Solid – pretty close, but popular right now.

Galio: Tough to make room for in a team, but doesn’t have enough levers to balance. Needs light rework.

Taric: Same as above.

Ziggs: I think great in lane, does ??? late game in teamfights.

 

 

Why are some champions nerfed to the point where they’re no longer picked?

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: It is when we can’t simply buff them to be good or make small changes. Fighters (and why CertainlyT is focused on them!) are the biggest culprits of this, and tend to make this list more than others. Much of this is based around the schizophrenic goals and role fulfillment on fighters (which typically comes with low counter-play) and them deriving value from nothing but raw power. Not only aware, but one of our biggest open sores that’s very hard to solve without a LOT of disruption.

 

 

Do you feel DoT (Damage-over-time) Champions are in a good spot?

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: I’m not sure, actually – it’s something I should talk more with the team about. I’m a bit surprised with how far this type of champion has fallen out of flavor and want to get word from guys with boots on the ground here.

 

 

 

What’s your opinion on Miss Fortune?

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: MF falls in and out of flavor as different champions and comps trend up and down. I like this pattern overall and think MF is OK as-is.

 

 

 

 

Why isn’t Ahri as mobile as the currently dominant picks? ( Zac, Kha’Zix, Zed )

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: I think it’s a cost-benefit thing. If Ahri does what they do, and is mobile, then there’s no contest. If Ahri is highly mobile but has some cost associated it that allow Annie and Brand to compete, then that’s great. Udyr is the Fighter example of where this works.

Annie’s actually in a good spot, but agreed Brand is in a bit of a lull due to this.

 



Let’s talk Support


 

Xerath iterates on Morello‘s promises to fix support gold income.

 

 

Xelnath Button Rioter Xelnath: *sharpens his claws a bit*

For those of you who missed it, I want to draw attention to this post.

Click here to jump to Morello‘s post.

These two systems have been the major project that Xypherous and I have been working on for the last 3-4 months. This has been a huge effort, in terms of collecting data, experimenting and generally playing mad scientist while attempting to preserve the core of what makes Summoner’s Rift fun.

There’s four huge topics here:

  • Jungle gold income
  • Support gold income
  • Support expenditures on warding
  • The effects of using wards to gain vision

Trying to hit all 4 cohesively in one point is madness, however, they are all HIGHLY interconnected. So while this thread is about the overlap between all four, expect to see breakout threads from myself or other designers discussing each topic individually to gather focused feedback.

For this post, I want to talk about the relationship between support income, warding and the problems these two systems are causing with each other:

What are the issues?

Supports

  • Supports are expected to not last hit, thus gaining no income
  • Supports are expected to shoulder most of the gold burden for purchasing wards
  • Supports are expected to roam the map and ward
  • Supports are expected to buy expensive activated items
  • Supports are expected to be effective without gold revenue
  • Supports are often tied to the Marksman carry
  • Supports never get to achieve an endgame fantasy due to losing all of their income to vision expenditures

Vision

  • Wards are necessary to protect the sanctity of laneing from persistent Jungler aggression
  • Wards are necessary to observe important locations and objective
  • Wards cost gold, from the character least equipped to afford them
  • Wards are the only option for revealing a specific area to move forward safely
  • Wards used in the previously mentioned way linger for a long time (3 minutes!!)
  • Wards are so important, players feel entitled to having the map warded without contributing

Wow! This is a lot!!

No kidding. This is not a small set of problems. So to kick off this discussion, help me out:

  • What do you think are the problems with support income?
  • How much gold do you think supports need over the course of a 50 minute game (hint: I know the answer, but tell me what you think…)
  • If we were to give more gold to supports, in what kind of situations would you expect to be getting more gold?
  • How do we get other players to recognize the power of wards and the vision they provide?
  • Are all wards too powerful? Are just pink wards too powerful?
  • Should the lowest income character shoulder the highest consumable expenditures in the game?
  • Are the expectations on a support player too high?

 

 

Summary on Community Feedback

 

XelnathButton Rioter Xelnath: So to summarize:

  • You guys generally agree its unfair that supports both earn less and spend more
  • Think it might be fair if they earned equal amounts as laners but spent more on wards (relative to laners)
  • Are concerned that even if income was fixed, supports would still spend 100% of gold on wards
  • Feel that there’s not enough interactions in the warding system right now
  • Believe we should look into ways to let non-supports get some vision in a way that doesn’t restrict their item builds

X-Posted on EUW.

 



Explaining the recent XP/IP reward changes for Custom Games


 

Why do Custom games no longer grant IP? Read below to find out!

 

 

Brackhar Button Rioter Brackhar: Hey All,

I wanted to provide a bit of context for these changes. Before I begin though, let me reiterate the current restriction:

  • IP/XP for Custom Games are no longer rewarded unless there are half as many human players as the map was designed for (5 for SR, CS, and HA; 3 for TT)
  • It’s still possible to play custom games any number of players (as long as it’s not been restricted for load reasons)

The reason we did this was, as some of you had suspected, a reaction to players using bots to farm games for IP/XP. While in an ideal world we’d just ban the accounts and move on, the problem wasn’t that people were using these bots on their main accounts to accrue ip/xp. Instead they were exploiting the refer a friend program by creating new bot accounts, leveling them up as referrals, and then giving another account the IP/RP rewards (which in turn they’d launder via other means). This made targeted bans not an effective solution, so instead we had to tackle the problem at its source. This wasn’t a limited issue either; check out this report showing the distribution of game end times in NA for the month of July: http://imgur.com/wLFwRBq

Note that we were seeing over 40% of our games end at 6 minutes, and those games were almost completely one player bot games. Those bot accounts would immediately queue up after completing a game and repeat the cycle, which in addition to the rewards issues was also putting a good bit of load on our system.

It’s unfortunate that this change ended up hitting players who were playing legitimate games, but our hope was that the affected player size would be very small and primarily only impact people doing things like testing out new champions. This thread and others have brought some light to a legitimate play pattern that we didn’t anticipate would be a main form of engagement, and that’ll cause some conversations on our end about what the next step forward here should be. It was our intention to evaluate the success of the changes later this week anyway, so once we have that data we’ll be able to make an informed decision on if we can be more lax on the restriction.

 

 

Isn’t the main issue the Refer-a-Friend system?

 

Brackhar Button Rioter Brackhar:  Yeah, RAF needs to be reviewed and possibly reworked, I agree.

 

 

 

 

 



Why was Zac nerfed so lightly in Patch 3.11?


 

Click here for a preview of Patch 3.11.

 

 

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    • Adjusted passive chunk drops to be more contestable by enemies
  • If an enemy champion is within 1000 units of Zac, his chunks will spawn in a contestable zone between him and his opponent (this isn’t a change, but is listed for clarification)
  • Increased the range at which champions cause chunks to be contestable (fly away from Zac) to 1000 (from 700)
  • Slightly increased the distance contestable chunks travel from Zac
  • Chunks are now credited to whoever is closest to them in the event that both Zac and an enemy champion are present (rather than automatically going to Zac)
  • Reduced chunk invulnerability time to 0.25 seconds (from 0.75)
  • Chunk invulnerability now applies to both Zac and enemies (previously only applied to enemies – Zac now has to wait 0.25 seconds before he can absorb his chunks)
  • Zac now has an increased chunk pickup range and bypasses the chunk invulnerability delay timer during Let’s Bounce

 

 

morello Button Rioter Morello: These nerfs are conservative as to not obliterate Zac in what will be the final patch for World Finals. We did want to nerf his power, not overdo it and remove a big staple in a number of team lineups (instead, we want to allow more variety in options).

We likely could have gone a little harder on Zac nerfs, but for the worlds patch, we didn’t want to risk of overdoing it. If, after worlds, Zac’s still pushing out other options, then we’ll hit him again.

 

 



Riot’s new philosophy on Player Behavior


 

Here are a couple relating articles regarding Lyte‘s quotes on Player Behavior in-game:

 

 

Helping Players improve rather than punishing them

 

Lyte Button Rioter Lyte: We’re currently working on a new solution for Champion Select problems, but are doing research on Honor and where we want to take it in the future. We agree that usage has gone down, although there’s still a very healthy amount of Honors handed out in Normal Blind Pick, Co-op vs Bots and Howling Abyss; however, there’s less Honor being handed out in Ranked Teams and Ranked (partially because premade teams don’t often give each other Honor). We’re not ready to talk about the future of Honor yet, but we’ll start once we finish working on Champion Select.

I don’t agree that discussing the origin of toxic behavior is an excuse. I agree that damage has been done whether a player is having a bad day or whether they are consistently toxic; however, understanding the origin of the toxic behavior allows us to better address the behavior. For example, does a player who is the most awesome, positive player in the community for 9999 games and happens to have 1 bad game, should they be permabanned? This is an extreme example, but illustrates why understanding the origin of the toxic behavior can help us address it in an appropriate way.

We have considered different types of ‘punishments’ for players such as limiting queues or limiting IP, but right now we’re focusing on Champion Select. We’ve also taken a pretty drastic shift in our approach to player behavior over the last year, and we’d prefer rewards and incentives rather than punishments. As an example, let’s say we had a game where players could share cookies, or be selfish and eat all the cookies themselves. We’d prefer players to share cookies, but instead of punishing players for being selfish and eating all the cookies, we could reward players with an additional half cookie if they shared the cookie with others. We truly believe that if you make it easy for players to be good and do the right thing, they do.

We’re not resistant to simply implementing solutions, especially with Leaver/AFK. There’s just a lot of data and experience from other games that solutions like a Vote-Kick are extremely abused and often considered grave mistakes when the studios tried them. I generally prefer to go with the data, and not make the same mistakes over and over again 

 

 

Don’t you already ban people who abuse the report function?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: You’re right, there are bans for report-abusers; however, how many negative behaviors have we created in players? After this feature goes live, some percentage of players will now abuse the report system to try to get some returns and end up being banned. Is this a new demographic that wouldn’t have been banned otherwise, or were they toxic in some other way to begin with? If it’s a brand new demographic that is now being banned, that’s a significant cost to the feature.

 

 

Suggestion: Receive notification when you’re being “muted” in-game

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: A player recently mentioned this idea to me, and I thought it was pretty interesting; however, what is the intended goal of such a feature? Theoretically, the hope is that if a toxic player is verbally abusive or harassing someone that the pop-up or feedback that others in the game have muted them would curb or stem the behavior; however, is there a chance that the pop-up or feedback itself would frustrate and piss the player off even more? Maybe the player will vent even harder at other players that haven’t muted him yet.

Consider the current alternative: Right now, players can mute someone without sending them a pop-up or notification. A toxic player might continue venting or ranting and realize that they aren’t getting a response, so they stop and move on–there’s a chance they may learn that venting or ranting really doesn’t do anything valuable for the team. But if you give them feedback and notification that they are getting through and annoying someone, maybe the pop-up or feedback even encourages them to keep acting this way and treat the pop-up as a “victory” of sorts that they irritated someone so much they actually muted them.

Now consider an alternative scenario: What if you’re a positive player, trying to hold your team together with some sportsmanlike chat. Then this player gets a pop-up from a toxic player saying that they muted him–what does that player experience feel like?

Interesting idea, but lots to consider.

 



Sivir’s New Concept Previewed


 

Following the not-so-recent discussion on Sivir’s visual rework, we now have an actual concept art to admit love to… in a completely Platonic way, of course.

 

 

IronStylus Button Rioter IronStylus: Yup. Here ya go. This is the final concept we worked from when building her model. This is also what people saw when we did the Relaunch panel, with a little bit of cleanup and a better background added in.

I know a lot of people saw a picture of an image on screen. Hopefully this gives you something a little bit easier to read! Pretty messy in a lot of places however. A couple things have changed since we did this concept though, and more might when we get additional feedback. But since this image is out there publicly, I thought it’d be nice for others to see.

 

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Sivir Concept Final

 



Pictures of Leona’s Sword


 

Above you’ll find a video of the actual weapon.

 

 

That sword looks dangerous!

 

IronStylusButton Rioter IronStylus: Indeed it was. I was warned many times that it was razor sharp and shouldn’t dare touch the blade itself. Also, the spikes coming from the circle were deadly.

Tony was telling me that this was the most complicated design they ever made. It was also extremely dangerous due to all the points! I apologized profusely for being a pain in the ass for designing it with a giant hold in the middle of it.

 

 

Pics or it didn’t happen!

 

IronStylusButton Rioter IronStylus: Here, some additional fun stuff!

Some shots of the sword:

 

 

Polishing

Back Look

Front Look

Front Look

Minimalist Armor

Typical Eastern MMO Set

Sword being held

Sword in Action

 



Champion Rotation – Week 32


 

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The following champions are free-to-play until September 17th!

 

  • Janna – 1350 IP / 585 RP
  • Twisted Fate - 1350 IP / 585 RP
  • Twitch – 3150 IP / 790 RP
  • Xin Zhao – 3150 IP / 790 RP
  • Cassiopeia – 4800 IP / 880 RP
  • Leona - 4800 IP / 880 RP
  • Riven - 4800 IP / 880 RP
  • Elise – 6300 IP / 975 RP
  • Lucian - 6300 IP / 975 RP
  • Rengar - 6300 IP / 975 RP

 



Champion/Skin Sale – Expires September 13


 

Champion Sale September 13

Enjoy the following champions and skins at a discount until September 13th!

 

 

Champions:

 

  • Hecarim – 487 RP
  • Orianna – 440 RP
  • Sion – 292 RP

 

 

Grim Reaper Karthus - 487 RP

 

Grim Reaper Karthus

 

Lord Mordekaiser – 487 RP

 

Lord Mordekaiser

 

Pharaoh Nasus – 260 RP

 

Pharaoh Nasus

 

 

Missed any recent updates? Check here!

 

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!

Pool Party Graves, Leona, Lee Sin and Renekton on the PBE, IronStylus tells the story of Leona’s skin, Lucian Spotlight & Making Video, No more stealth for Rengar, State of Taric and Massive changes to Skarner!

 

 

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RiotRadioBlur shares the process of creating the new item icons and the story behind each one, Lyte goes into a deep discussion about dealing with toxic players without banning them, rewarding positivity, resolving issues with AFK-ers in Ranked and the report system as a whole, word from GrumpyMonkey on Champion redesigns, WCC ticket pre-order announced and the latest Sale and Rotation!


Designing New Icons

World Championship tickets available on August 15th!

Lyte on Shaping a Community

The magic behind Visual Updates

Champion Rotation – Week 27

Champion/Skin Sale: August 6th – 9th

 

Gamasutra (Shaping the Community): GDC: Riot Experimentally Investigates Online Toxicity

 

Designing New Icons

 

RiotRadioBlur shares the story of how the new item icons came to be, the design and time-frame aspect, as well as future projects.

 

 

RiotRadioblur Button Rioter RiotRadioblur: Hey there!

I’m sure you’ve noticed some of the items have had their art updated and replaced. As the aesthetic of League becomes more cohesive and solidifies in quality, we’re working hard to update all of our old art. In particular, the Visual Design team is working hard to innovate and improve on our user interface and visual identity. We have already been raising the icon quality bar on our champions and summoner icons, and it’s about time items got some love. Because these icons are so important to our players, I thought I’d walk through some of the decision-making process involved in developing the new aesthetic.

The primary goal of the reworks was to improve clarity, and then to build thematic connections between the item visuals and the other aspects of their design. Familiarity was a big concern as we began working on these—how far can we push the designs until they become too hard to adapt to?—but a few icons had very little in their visuals that could be held onto. When we were looking into which icons to re-design first, we wanted to seek out the ones that presented some of the biggest challenges to redesign, the ones whose themes seemed seriously out of line with their visuals, or whose current art didn’t localize well. From there, we wanted to find ways to build them into the rest of our game’s world in a way that felt consistent and logical.

Let’s look at how each one was chosen and how we developed them:

 

 

Abyssal Scepter

 

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Old Icon

 

Abyssal’s older art was a bone on a stick. It was pretty lacking in terms of design, and nobody really felt that the whole “abyss” theme was captured by it. The first explorations toyed with keeping the skull, but it just wasn’t exciting enough. Somebody on the team suggested pushing more in the direction of something extremely warped, exaggerated, and unusual, but retaining the feeling that this was the skull of some terrifying creature. The more we pushed, the more we realized a hybridization of the two would provide the most unsettling result. A vaguely human skull at the end of a staff made out of its own spinal column, wrapped in worn strips of leather. The bone went from bleached white to dark, decayed brown, which also brought out the silhouette and distanced the design even further from appearing too human. The final touch came from one of our splash artists, Alex Flores, who really pushed the S shape in the staff to where it is now. In the end, we had this:

 

abyssal scepter

New Icon

 

 

Catalyst

 

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Old Icon

 

Catalyst’s upgrade had a few very specific goals going in. The first was to change the rune to match the kind of shape language we would see in our game today. The shape we used was designed by one of our other Visual Designers, Zach Roberson, and it definitely feels like it belongs with the world we’re building. The second consideration we had was to make it purple to match the idea of blue and red crystals combining into one new item. The result was something with a really unique color palette and silhouette, brought up to the quality we want to see out of every new icon:

 

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Deathfire Grasp

 

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More than any other icon so far, Deathfire Grasp’s redesign pushed the limits of what we could do with changes. The original icon felt like such a missed opportunity, and had too much overlap with Abyssal Scepter’s visuals. We wanted to separate the two, and make each feel more unique. And then there was this great theme, right there in the name “Death Fire Grasp.” It sort of stuck out in our earliest discussions as the obvious thematic tie, but being obvious isn’t always the best way to design. So we tried a few iterations and different ideas, but in the end we kept coming back to a staff with some sort of hand or claw shape on the end of it holding a spirit flame. Once we decided where we were taking it, we felt like the next step was to bring it into the world. Where would you find a staff holding a captured soul? The Shadow Isles. Looking at champs like Hecarim and Thresh, we tried to give the staff some of the same flair, all the way down to the color pallette, blue-green effects and lighting, with warm iron for the metals. The new design was a huge departure from the original, and we had a lot of internal discussions about whether we were pushing too far. In the end we agreed the added clarity and visual theming made the icon more distinct and easier to associate with its thematic. And here we have all of that process in its final form:

 

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Glacial Shroud

 

Old_GlacialShroud

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Glacial shroud also really missed its thematic. We started looking at this around the time we were developing the Freljord event, and with all this lovely new art for our wintery domain, it made sense to make Glacial Shroud more “glacial.” The first step was to remove the lion. After abstracting the details of the face, we saw some shapes that reminded us of the knot shapes on Howling Abyss, so we adjusted them all to fit in. The blue ring matched the True Ice of Freljord, so we inlaid a ring of it onto the medallion. Next was taking the gold and toning it down to the kind of muted color palettes we see on Trundle, Sejuani, and the other Freljord champs. Finally we took those wispy shapes and hinted at a frost-magic fabric the pendant holds together as a brooch, giving us a very literal shroud to play with. The new icon went from being something a bit out of place, to something that could really fit in to our world:

 

glacial shroud

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Haunting Guise

 

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For Haunting Guise we set out to actually make something a bit spooky. A clown face was a specific nightmare, but we wanted something that would feel appropriately haunting to anybody. The shape of the mask we ended up with had a lifeless, cold feel. The red and white hinted at something Ionian, and the green magic matched some of what we were seeing out of champs like Karma and Master Yi. We drew on lots of our Ionian champs for reference, but the biggest help on this icon came from the Visual Development department, where they really helped us nail down that Ionian style. The result:

 

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Hextech Revolver

 

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Hextech isn’t extremely well-defined to our players right now, but there’s plenty in the various champions to suggest at what it could be. Again, Visual Development played a big role in helping us achieve a look the felt appropriately “hextech,” and helped steer the direction to something more specifically Piltovian, which felt like a natural fit for the item’s origins. The gun replicates a lot of the aesthetics seen in Jayce, Vi, and Graves, where magic and technology play off one another to form unique implements with an unusual design principal. The gun doesn’t function without the magic, and the magic is useless without the gun to harness it. It’s a symbiotic relationship:

 

hextech revolver

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Thornmail

 

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Right out the gate, Thornmail felt like Noxus. Bearhug your enemies with spiked mail? Totally Noxus. Again Visual Development helped us find that perfect mix of utilitarian design and aggressive, militaristic aesthetics that makes it fit so well into our world. Darius, Draven, and other Noxian champs heavily influenced the design, right down to the spiked shoulders, dark grey metals, and the red background (shying away from the pinker hue we were seeing before). The process on Thornmail really seemed to flow as soon as we knew it was Noxian, and I think the result really shows for it:

 

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Vampiric Scepter

 

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Vampiric Scepter is another Noxian artifact, this time drawing from Vlad’s aesthetics to really drive home the vampire aspect inherent to the item. It took a few tries to get here—some of the early iterations involved a bat with scythe even—but the result is something a lot more mature than the older, goofier icon. We managed to preserve and abstract the face and scythe shapes, and give the metal a really unique gold treatment to match the rendering we see in Vlad’s splash. The final touch was making the magic feel like is was reaching out and sucking in energy from the space around it, drawing on the strength of others. The final icon is a lot more menacing than before:

 

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And that’s them! The Visual Designers here at Riot worked really hard to bring out the best in these icons, and I think it shows. Lots of thought, time, and energy were poured into these to make them the best icons we can make, and all the other teams who dog-piled them really helped us go that extra mile. A huge shout out to everybody involved!

I’ll be in this thread to address any comments or questions, so if you have anything to say just let me know and I’ll do my best to respond. It’s great to have these out, and we hope you all enjoy!

 

 

Isn’t the new Abyssal Scepter icon just a skull on a spine?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: Fair point. I guess it’s mostly that the old one lacked any real design and wasn’t super interesting. The base was there, it just needed to be pushed. 😛

 

 

 

 

Why is the new Vampiric Scepter lacking the skull face?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: I tried to keep the implied face in there with the fangs and eyes, but keeping the skull ended up making the whole item feel super clunky. Kind of a shame, because in theory it’s pretty cool, I just found it really difficult to execute on and still make look like the Vampiric stuff we see with Vlad. Thanks very much for the feedback though!

 

 

Will you be updating other item icons as well?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: I assure you, no icon will go untouched (unless it released more recently–Orb of Winter, Spectral Cowl, and Seeker’s Armguard are already in-style, as are all the newer champs since Annie’s rework). Look forward to them soon!

 

 

 

How much time does it take to design an icon?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: It varies from icon to icon. Ability icons usually take about two days to bring to final polish, since we paint them at a much higher resolution than seen in game. Item icons can take a bit longer, because a big part of the icon is doing actual redesigns and running the concept by people to make sure the shape language and colors are working. The average time for these item icons was about 4 days apiece, though they were staggered a bit. The overall work time on these was about a month in between other icon projects, and lots of testing and reviews were done before we decided to put them in.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for more coming up in the future!

 

 

Follow-up: Isn’t a whole month too much time for a single icon?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: As I said, “The overall work time on these was about a month in between other icon projects,” which means we had a lot of things going on simultaneously. Keep in mind we’re trying to hit all the new content too, guys. 😛

 

 

 

Why is the new DFG icon so drastically different from the old one?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: This was one of the icons we were most worried about changing, but the old one had very little to work with. I tried a few variations keeping the pink and grey, and even had several iterations with the skull, but they were all mostly as confusing as the original was (which isn’t terribly clear, though I know it’s been around a while so it has become hugely familiar). In the end this one provided the clearest read, and we wanted to introduce the more dramatic changes slowly so that the overall transition would be less jarring. We have a few others planned to be reworked to about this level, but the number isn’t very high and we hope to slot them in gradually over time. 

 

 

Are you in charge of the team making these icons?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: I’m doing most of our icons internally right now, but the whole Visual Design department shares a lot of that responsibility so it doesn’t really fall to any one of us in particular.

 

 

 

 

Will you be updating champion icons as well?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: I can say that updating relaunched champion ability icons was a movement I started when I got here, which was just before Annie was relaunched. We’re looking at ways to get back and update all the old stuff, but there’s a lot of new content rolling out all the time that eats up a significant amount of bandwidth. I don’t want to promise anything, but I assure you it’s not off our radar.

 

 

Are these icons designed by Vigil Rioters? (makers of Darksiders)

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: Actually all of these items were primarily spearheaded by me with some seriously huge assists from all the other departments. There are quite a few Vigil folks around the office, but none of them had much of a hand in this rework pass to my knowledge. That said, we might be seeing some down the road with some of them jumping in for support, just as long as the end result continues to feel distinctly “Riot.”

 

 

Will you change the oddity that is Moonflair spellBLADE being a ranged-only item?

 

RiotRadioblurButton Rioter RiotRadioblur: That’s actually a great point. Definitely something to think about going forward. Thanks for the feedback!

 

 

 

World Championship tickets available on August 15th!

 


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Anxious to see the finals live? Reserve your ticket a full month before they start!

 

 

Following our recent announcement about the Season 3 World Championship, which included unveiling the Staples Center as the venue for the finals, we now have more to share on how you can watch all of the action live.

The World Championship will consist of 14 teams from North America, Europe, Korea, Southeast Asia, China, and a qualifying International Wildcard, competing to forever etch their name onto the coveted Summoner’s Cup. The entire Championship tournament takes place over three weeks from September 15 to October 4. Individual tickets will be available for all Championship game days and every match is played in front of a live audience at a Los Angeles studio. The semifinals move to the Galen Center and then the final best of five match plays out at Staples.

Tickets go on sale on August 15 at 12PM PDT / 21:00 CEST. When tickets become available, use the purchase links in the schedule below to directly buy the days you want to attend.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date Stage # of Games Location Purchase Link
Sun, Sep 15 Group Stage 7 Games Studio Not yet available
Mon, Sep 16 Group Stage 6 Games Studio Not yet available
Tue, Sep 17 Group Stage 7 Games Studio Not yet available
Thu, Sep 19 Group Stage 7 Games Studio Not yet available
Fri, Sep 20 Group Stage 6 Games Studio Not yet available
Sat, Sep 21 Group Stage 7 Games Studio Not yet available
Mon, Sep 23 Quarterfinal 2 Matches (Bo3) Studio Not yet available
Tue, Sep 24 Quarterfinal 2 Matches (Bo3) Studio Not yet available
Fri, Sep 27 Semifinal 1 Match (Bo5) Galen Not yet available
Sat, Sep 28 Semifinal 1 Match (Bo5) Galen Not yet available
Fri, Oct 4 Final 1 Match (Bo5) Staples Not yet available

Look for more details shortly, appearing here first on lolesports.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter at @lolesports as another way to get info the instant it’s available.

 

Lyte on Shaping a Community

 


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Lyte continues his discussion on dealing with negative players, awarding positive ones and how beneficial the recently-implemented Behavioral Alert and Restricted Chat Mode systems are.


Studying Player Behavior
Positive Players
Honor System
Reports & Bans
Dealing with Toxic Players
Resolving issues in Ranked

 

Studying Player Behavior

 


 

Does/did your team ever disagree on the direction of player behavior?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: There was a time we made Player Behavior face off in a Normal Summoner’s Rift match, and my team won in a landslide. 

Even though the above did happen, we have a smart team that knows it’s about give and take. We generally have long discussions and meetings where we pour over the research and determine the best course of action for the team–surprisingly, we haven’t had many disagreements on what the team should do.

 

 

What’s your stance on smurfing?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Smurfing isn’t officially endorsed by Rioters.

It’s something we are actively doing research on and trying to address. We agree with some reasons to smurf–such as to make a new account to play with a brand new friend; however, we’d like to make it easier to do that instead of encourage players to smurf.

 

 

Is the Optimus experiment still on-going? 

“Optimus” refers to Lyte’s continuing study on Online toxicity.

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: The Optimus experiment was to identify the most effective tips to shape player behavior positively; however, there’s still room for ‘flavor’ in a video game, especially if the effects of the flavor are neutral in the behavioral space.

However, we’re working on sharing more research from Optimus in the future and do have some interesting insights about the ‘flavor’ tips.

 

 

Are long-time players less likely to encounter toxic behavior than newcomers?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: This is a really cool insight, and is partially true. Very, very veteran players should see fewer extremely toxic players, which is the demographic that the Tribunal targets; however, our research suggests that the majority of toxicity comes from the neutral and sportsmanlike population potentially having outbursts due to bad days or other RL incidents. Veteran players will probably still see the same amount of toxicity from these ‘types’ of incidences.

 

Positive Players

 


 

Are any other systems (apart from Honor) in the works for positive reinforcement?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: To us, positive reinforcement is more of a philosophy that guides our system design. You’ll definitely see more systems use concepts of positive reinforcement in the future.

 

 

 

 

Do positive players win more games?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Because the stats average across the entire playerbase, usually factors like # of games played are normalized. So in the stat I mentioned, the positive players win more games (but play about the same number of games as the other two populations).

 

 

 

Follow-up: Does sportsmanship lead to a higher win-to-loss ratio?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: The first few times we ran these stats, they were just correlations. So you are right, we couldn’t decipher the causal direction of the relationship and it could just be that players become toxic when they are in losing situations.

However, in the more recent versions of the analyses, we’ve attempted to control for these factors. For example, how does a positive player respond in a losing situation? How many reports do they receive on average? We then compare these baselines to the toxic players and see if we can figure out the exact direction of the relationship between winning and sportsmanlike behavior. With some of our more recent work, we’re getting confident that being more sportsmanlike does win games. Teamwork OP right? 

 

 

Isn’t focusing on positive reinforcement more beneficial than focusing on negative such?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We definitely would like to focus on positive reinforcement of sportsmanlike behavior; after all, if you make it easy for players to be sportsmanlike, they tend to be sportsmanlike.

However, negative reinforcement hasn’t been shown to always be ineffective or detrimental. We’ve seen success with negative reinforcement in many areas–we just prefer to shift to positive reinforcement instead.

 

Honor System

 


 

Are different game modes affecting the rate at which Honor votes are sent?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We’ve definitely noticed that Honor distributions vary greatly across different game modes and skill levels. We have a few ideas in mind that we want to research and try for Honor, after we’re done with Champion Select.

 

 

 

Do you feel like Honor is accurate enough to use as the basis for other incentives?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Depending on which Crest you observe, there’s a correlation between Crest holders and games that have 0 reports–that was interesting to us.

 

 

 

 

Is Honor accomplishing what it was originally set out to?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Honor needs some work, and we’ve already done some research into the space and how we want to polish and upgrade the system. However, it’s currently being used a healthy amount on all servers and had a very positive effect on player behavior in League (while also allowing us more resolution to analyze player behavior because we only had the ‘negative’ spectrum with reports before). We’d like to improve the correlation between Crest holders and sportsmanlike personalities, and also implement a few features into Honor to encourage players to aspire and strive for Crests.

 

 

Suggestion: Give free runes to players who earn an Honor ribbon

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: It’s an interesting idea, and I do want to hear more about what sportsmanlike players would find valuable to their game experiences or their accounts (beyond the obvious like “just give us free skins everyday!”)

 

 

 

Why is there so little information on the forums about the Honor system?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We’ve been trying to put more FAQs on the forums such as the Tribunal FAQ and “Understanding Tribunal” thread, and we’re trying to do the same for Matchmaking and Honor. If only I invented a machine that gave me infinite time…

 

 

Reports & Bans

 


 

Are multiple reports over a single game more punishing than spread reports over several games?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Behavioral Alerts do take into account both the # of reports per game, and the # of reports across games. We might not have optimized the tuning of the numbers yet though.

 

 

 

 

Do certain champions cause more reports in a game?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: It depends how you normalize the data. In fact, champions like Ashe get the most reports and the most honors but it’s mainly because Ashe is one of the most-played champions in the game.

A long, long time ago, pre-stealth rework Eve received the most reports in the game; however, the interesting twist was that Eve champions were not punished more often in the Tribunal than any other champion. It was interesting to us because players were acknowledging the context of Eve, and pardoning players a bit more frequently to off-set the increased number of reports that Eve got back then.

 

 

Who decides what type of punishment a player on the Tribunal receives?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Punishments are usually based on frequency of toxic behavior; for example, someone who is toxic in a majority of their games and has visited the Tribunal multiple times is more likely to be up for a longer timeban.

However, because there is a review process with Riot Player Support, sometimes cases get escalated to higher punishments based on the severity of the toxic behavior as well.

 

 

Any chance of perma-banned accounts receiving a permanent chat instead?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: Our policy is that permanent bans are permanent. We will not go back retroactively and apply different punishments or unban accounts.

 

 

 

 

Follow-up: What’s your reason for leaving players perma-banned?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: When we permanently ban players, we don’t want their time or their money. We want them to spend their time elsewhere. I can’t be more clear than that.

 

 

 

 

Why aren’t IP bans being issued?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: IP Bans aren’t effective for a variety of reasons. For example, there was a story a few years back of an IP Ban that was handed out and it turns out it was at a college dorm–we received something like 200 tickets from players that were affected but didn’t deserve it.

 

 

 

Will perma-banned accounts be unbanned if your policy on the subject changes?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte:  No, we will not retroactively unban permanently banned accounts, even if new features or account restrictions are launched.

 

 

 

Dealing with Toxic Players

 


 

Isn’t it wrong to claim that pre/post-game chat logs affect only the most toxic players?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: There’s a slight nuance in our thinking.

The Tribunal is a harsh punishment system, aimed to reform (and if that fails, remove) players from the game. To us, this is a last resort system. Because the system was designed as a last resort, we only want to utilize it against the worst of the worst players because it really sucks to tell players they can’t play a game they love. If at all possible, we’d like to reform these players, or shield their behaviors from other players while still allowing them to play the game.

A lot of players might not report pre- and post-game chat because they know it isn’t included in the Tribunal; so, it’s true that if we included pre- and post-game chat that reports would increase. However, reports increasing doesn’t necessarily mean that we would tune the Tribunal to punish more players. We’ve been recording pre- and post-game chat logs for awhile and have run numerous analyses on them. In many cases, players that are toxic in pre- and post-game chat are also toxic in-game and are always punished by the Tribunal–it just takes a bit longer than the average toxic player. We’ve also observed that the number of players who are solely toxic in pre- and post-game chat is so low, that the incremental value of adding the chat logs just isn’t worth it for now.

The key here is asking how many players are getting away with toxic behavior, by just being toxic in pre- and post-game chat? For now, the answer is too low for us to justify resources. To get back to your original question, we do consider “effort to solve” though. Effort to solve Champion Select is much greater, but the eventual value is much greater as well.

 

 

Is Restricted Chat Mode helping toxic players reform their behavior?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We’ve heard a lot of feedback that with Restricted Chat Mode on, players are winning more games simply because they are focused on the game and not on negative chat.

 

 

 

 

Will we be able to see which players are put on Restricted Chat Mode?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We were very careful not to give indicators or badges that a player is in Restricted Chat Mode; this is because we don’t want to brand players as ‘toxic’ and set them up for failure before the match has even started.

Some players still choose to use their messages to inform their teammates that they are in Restricted Chat Mode; however, many players simply choose to hide their status and be sportsmanlike members of the team and we’re OK with that. If we labeled these players or otherwise branded them, they might be harassed even if they were going to be sportsmanlike in that particular game.

 

 

Will anything be done to stop AFK-ing in-game?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: LeaverBuster is the system that handles Leavers/AFKs, and yes, reporting them is effective even if only 1-2 players do it.

The player behavior team hasn’t done a pass on the LeaverBuster system in awhile, it’s something I’ll look into after Champion Select.

 

 

What is Riot’s current alternative to perma-banning toxic players?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: We’ve always said that we prefer reforming toxic players first, and will only remove them on a last resort basis.

We are currently handing out massive chat bans before permanent bans these days though, and are trying to research new ways to reduce the motivation for toxic players to simply make new accounts. One way would be to add more ‘account restrictions’ and just let these players stay on their main accounts.

 

Resolving issues in Ranked

 


 

Suggestion for Ranked: Reduce LP loss for the team with leaver/AFK || Increase LP loss for the Leaver/AFK

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: These are interesting ideas that we’ve discussed in the past. The problem with reduced LP loss for the team is that it encourages the team to bully or harass someone to leave the game if they believe there’s no longer a chance to win. In many ways, a feature like this would encourage some number of neutral players to ‘go toxic’ in frustrating games and vent on a player, hoping that they would leave.

Increased LP loss for Leavers/AFKs is less of a problem; however, in Ranked Modes, we don’t see many intentional leavers or AFKs–most of the leavers in Ranked Modes are likely due to legitimate reasons such as emergencies or outages. Everyone in League of Legends has disconnected at least one game in their career–should we really be punishing these players even harsher?

It might be worthwhile to punish these players harsher if we reduce intentional leavers/AFKs by a certain percentage; but, it’s something we’d have to model and calculate out and see if the change is worth it.

 

 

Follow-up: Why are you hesitant to implement a reduced LP loss system?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: What was the original goal of reduced LP loss for teammates? Was it to reduce Leavers/AFKs in games, or reduce the impact on teammates when there was a leaver or AFK player?

In both cases, reducing LP losses for teammates doesn’t actually solve the problem. It creates more. Regardless of whether the Tribunal will handle the new abuse that the feature would introduce, the feature doesn’t actually reduce Leavers/AFKs (and you could argue it would increase the number of them if teams start harassing each other to get someone to leave) and the feature doesn’t actually reduce the impact on teammates because now teammates are not dealing with Leavers/AFKs–they are creating them through toxic behavior.

 

 

How does Matchmaking Rating work?

 

LyteButton Rioter Lyte: The system is pretty sophisticated because it’s continuously evolving as we collect new data. Over time, we’ve added custom features to the algorithm based on unique situations in League of Legends such as how do we handle duo queues? Premade 5s? How do we handle situations where players are queued with a friend who has a large skill differential?

In many of these cases we are taking into account a lot more variables than simply Wins/Losses.

 

The magic behind Visual Updates

 


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GrumpyMonkey details in on future visual updates of champions, the time it takes to rework one and how the team prioritize their projects.

 

 

Any news on Sivir’s VU?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: She looks cool. She will be out soon. The skins are still being worked on but Sivr Pax is looking legit not much changed, just streamlined the design a bit for readability.

 

 

 

 

Follow-up

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: But I will say this much, She’s not the next VU.

 

 

 

 

 

What makes some visual reworks harder than others?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: So a while back one of the Relaunch guys (can’t remember who, might have been Qqroon or Ironstylus) explained about high risk reworks vs low risk reworks. Master yi is an example of a low risk rework. We knew what he was going to be, is original look and concept was cool, the execution just needed a bit of polish to get to the current standard. It was mostly just visual work.

Reworks get more risky as more aspects like gameplay design and lore have to be involved. So we wanted to do a few low risk characters before we hit the really work intensive Relaunches (like Sion). Sivir was mostly visual work, but there are some story elements that the writing team have been working on to make her tie into the world a bit better, and make her a major player in the Leagueaverse. That being said, the reason she’s not the next one out is simply because we started another one before her.

 

 

Is Twitch the next champion to get a visual rework?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: It’s not twitch, but Twitch is coming along nicely. I am really digging him. I have the sculpt done and the team has approved moving him forward.

 

 

 

 

Follow-up: What is a champion model’s sculpt?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: The sculpting phase is when I translate the 2d drawing into a 3d sculpture like I did for master yi and trundle.https://vimeo.com/68653110
It’s a phase where the design is getting locked down and streamlined for the actual game.
After sculpting it gets dropped down in resolution and we take the shadow info from the high res sculpture and use it as the starting point for the low res game model’s texture.

 

 

Will the next VU be teased early?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: The team likes to announce these types of things very formally with lots of great support from all the different facets of Riot, from the web team, community,events, and marketing teams. If I were to leak images or teasers, that would be a waste of a lot of hard working peoples time.

 

 

 

What’s the timeline for releasing VUs?

 

grumpy monkeyButton Rioter GrumpyMonkey: Our goal is to have one rework done a month. Now having one done and having one released are two different things. Yi had been done for a few weeks, but SGU had priority, we didn’t want to steal any even a little bit of it’s thunder, also there were lots of platform techy stuff things that would have made the patch too big. So we held off until SGU was home free. So what I’m saying is, we try to be flexible.Just because a rework is done, doesn’t mean it’s time to release it. We try to time it with other stuff that can boost overall player engagement.

 

Champion Rotation – Week 27

 

Champion Rotation - Week 27

The following champions will be free-to-play until August 13th!

 

  • Anivia – 3150 IP / 790 RP
  • Caitlyn – 4800 IP / 880 RP
  • Cho’Gath – 1350 IP / 585 RP
  • Garen – 450 IP / 260 RP
  • Jax – 1350 IP / 585 RP
  • Lissandra – 6300 IP / 975 RP
  • Lulu – 6300 IP / 975 RP
  • Mordekaiser – 3150 IP / 790 RP
  • Taric – 1350 IP / 585 RP
  • Urgot – 3150 IP / 790 RP

 

Champion/Skin Sale: August 6th – 9th

 


Sale- Expires August 9th

Enjoy the following champions and skins at a discount until August 9th!

 

 

 Champions:

  • Graves - 487 RP
  • Kog’Maw - 440 RP
  • Morgana - 292 RP

 

 

 Battlecast Urgot - 675 RP

 

Battlecast Urgot

 

Bloodfury Renekton - 487 RP

 

Bloodfury Renekton
 

Lil’ Slugger Trundle - 260 RP

 

Lil' Slugger Trundle

 

 

Twitter is up!

twitter-icon-png-13 A lot of you like to express your opinion in-depth on the news posted here and while I do try to answer most of you, I think the comment section is rather lackluster for this sort of thing. So, as of today, you can find me on Twitter! I encourage anyone who wants to ask a question, tweet me and I’ll answer you in my own free time. Please remember that I’m not working for Riot, I’m a university student so base your expectations with that knowledge in mind. I do appreciate your interest in my articles and I hope this helps you get your answers quicker!

 

 

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