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New Splash Arts

Trundle’s received updated splash arts on all his skins:

 

Traditional Trundle

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Lil’ Slugger Trundle

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Junkyard Trundle

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Champion Changes

 

Taric Final Portrait

General

  • Mana pool changed from 250 [+75 per level] to 300 [+60 per level].

 

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Viktor Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDeath Ray Final IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Missile speed decreased from 1200 to 1050 (live value is 780).

 

 

Buff BoxChaos_StormChaos Storm [ R ]

  • Duration increased from 6 seconds at all ranks to 6.5.

 

(Note) Viktor received a huge overhaul in this PBE update.

 

Also, Frozen Heart and Guinsoo’s Rageblade have both received updated item icons:

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[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMiasmaMiasma [ W ]

  • AoE duration increased from 4 seconds to 5.

 

 

 

Swain Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxNevermove Final IconNevermove [ W ]

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

 

 

 

Viktor Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxSiphon_PowerSiphon Power [ Q ]

  • Damage increased from 40/60/80/100/120 [+0.2 AP] to 60/85/110/135/160 [+0.4 AP];
  • Shield value changed from 30/50/70/90/110 [+0.2 AP] to 0.15 AP [+0.08 of Maximum Mana];
  • Bonus on-hit magic damage changed from 20-210 (scales with level) to 20/35/50/65/80 (Q ranks);
  • Cooldown decreased from 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds to  8/7/6/5/4.

 

Nerf BoxDeath_RayDeath Ray [ E ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.7 to 0.5;
  • Explosion damage on Augmented laser decreased from 70/110/150/190/230 [+0.7 AP] to 40/70/100/130/160 [+0.6 AP];
  • Delay on explosion increased from 0.6 seconds to 1.25;
  • Explosion now deals full damage to targets damaged by Death Ray [60% on live].

 

Buff BoxViktor_R1Chaos Storm [ R ]

  • Initial damage decreased from 150/250/350 [+0.55 AP] to 100/175/250 [+0.5 AP];
  • Storm now deals 150/250/350 [+0.6 AP] magic damage every 2 seconds, increased from 15/30/45 [+0.1 AP] damage every 0.5 seconds;
  • Storm duration decreased from 7 seconds at all ranks to 6.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxSunfire Cape Final IconSunfire Cape

  • Recipe cost increased from 800 Gold to 1000 (total cost up from 2700 Gold to 2900).

 

 

Buff BoxThe Black Cleaver Final IconThe Black Cleaver

  • Attack Damage decreased from 55 to 50;
  • Recipe cost decreased from 1150 Gold to 750 (total cost down from 3500 Gold to 3100).

 

Following Anivia’s small update from yesterday, she also received new spell icons in today’s patch. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R:

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PBE Round-up: Patch 6.4

February 20th, 2016

 

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Patch 6.4 will hit live in the early hours of February 24th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

Patch 6.4:

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Ahri Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxCharmCharm [ E ]

  • The charm CC will no longer cancel dashes cast before the spell hit.

 

 

 

Ashe Final Portrait

 

Buff Box

Rangers Focus Final IconRanger’s Focus [ Q ]

  • Stack duration increased from 4 seconds to 5;
  • Focus stacks no longer disappear immediately after 4 seconds of not attacking; instead, they disappear at a rate of 1-per-second.

 

 

Caitlyn Final Portrait

 

Change BoxYordle Snap Trap Final IconYordle Snap Trap [ W ]

  • Bonus damage on Headshot decreased from 10/20/30/40/50% [+0.6 AD ] to a flat 25/50/75/100/125 [+0.8 AD].

 

Buff Box90 Caliber Net Final Icon90-Caliber Net [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 18/16/14/12/10 seconds to 16/14.5/13/11.5/10.

 

 

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTrueshot Barrage Final IconTrueshot Barrage [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 80 seconds at all ranks to 120.

 

 

 

Fiora Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxRiposte Final IconRiposte [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 19/18/17/16/15 seconds to 24/22/20/18/16.

 

 

Change BoxBladework [ E ]Bladework Final Icon

  • Cooldown decreased from 15/13/11/9/7 seconds to 13/11/9/7/5;
  • Cooldown now begins when either the two auto attacks hit or when the buff expires (CD begins immediately when [ E ] is cast on live).

 

 

 

Gangplank Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxParrrley Final IconParrrley [ Q ]

  • Bonus Gold on kill decreased from 4/5/6/7/8 to 2/3/4/5/6 [Silver Serpents number is still the same].

 

Change BoxPowder Keg Final IconPowder Keg [ E ]

  • Cooldown per charge changed from 18/17/16/15/14 seconds to 20/18/16/14/12;
  • Maximum number of kegs changed from 2/3/4/5 [upgraded with ranks in R] to 3 at all ranks.

 

Change BoxCannon Barrage Final IconCannon Barrage [ R ]

  • No longer passively increases the maximum number of Powder Kegs that can be stored;

 

 

 

Jhin Final Portrait

General

  • Base Armor increased from 20 to 22;
  • Base Movement Speed increased from 325 to 330;
  • Health regen per second increased from 1.1 [+0.1 per level] to 1.2 [+0.11 per level].

 

 

 

Katarina Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBouncing Blades Final IconBouncing Blade [ Q ]

  • AP ratio on mark increased from 0.15 to 0.2;
  • Bounces now deal full damage (10% damage dropout per bounce on live).

 

 

Kogmaw Final Portrait

General

  • Base Attack Speed decreased from 0.665 to 0.567

 

 

Lucian Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxThe Culling Final IconThe Culling [ R ]

  • Range decreased from 1400 to 1200.

 

 

 

Malphite Final Portrait

General

  • Health regen per second decreased from 1.7 to 1.4.

 

Nerf BoxGround Slam Final IconGround Slam [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/100/140/180/220 to 60/95/130/165/200.

 

 

 

Rumble Final Portrait

 

Change BoxElectro-HarpoonElectro Harpoon [ E ]

  • Now uses an ammo system, with a recharge cooldown of 5 seconds (10 second cooldown on live);
  • Heat per harpoon used decreased from 20 to 10;
  • Slow duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2.

 

 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxOverload Final IconOverload [ Q ]

  • Base damage increased from 60/85/110/135/160 to 60/95/130/165/200.

 

 

 

Sivir Final Champion Portrait

 

Buff BoxRicochet Final IconRicochet [ W ]

  • Bounces can now crit with no penalties (base damage is still 50% of the original attack), but only if the original hit crits.

 

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxShadow Dash Final IconShadow Dash [ E ]

  • Can now taunt jungle monsters.

 

 

 

Shyvana Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalFlame_BreathFlame Breath [ E ]

  • Tooltip Fix: Now states that the duration of the % HP on-hit buff lasts 5 seconds.

 

 

 

Udyr Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTurtle_StanceTurtle Stance [ W ]

  • Base shield strength decreased from 60/100/140/180/220 to 60/95/130/165/200.

 

 

Nerf BoxPhoenix_StancePhoenix Stance [ R ]

  • Base damage on third-hit passive proc decreased from 40/80/120/160/200 to 40/75/110/145/180.

 

 

 

Viktor Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDeath Ray Final IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/110/150/190/230;
  • Augment: Aftershock – Explosion damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/110/150/190/230.

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxBattle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

  • Attack Speed bonus on active decreased from 40/50/60/70/80% to 40/45/50/55/60%;
  • AP ratio on heal decreased from 0.7 to 0.4.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxBoots of Swiftness Final IconBoots of Swiftness

  • Bonus Movement Speed decreased from 65 to 60.

 

 

Buff BoxManamune Final PortraitManamune

  • Now additionally increases your mana pool by 1 every 8 seconds.

 

 

Buff BoxMercury Threads Final IconMercury’s Threads

  • Tenacity value increased from 20% to 30%.

 

 

Nerf BoxMuramanaMuramana

  • Active can no longer be activated if you have less than 20% of your maximum mana;
  • Active is now always on; it’s no longer a toggle. The active won’t trigger on minions, only enemy champions and monsters.


Nerf BoxMagus Enchantment Final IconRunic Echoes

  • Movement Speed decreased from 10% to 7%.



Nerf BoxSteraks Gage Final IconSterak’s Gage

  • Health granted decreased from 500 to 400;
  • Recipe now requires a Long Sword instead of a Ruby Crystal (recipe cost decreased by 50 Gold to compensate).

 

 

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New Item BoxWarlords Bloodlust Final IconWarlord’s Bloodlust [ Keystone in Ferocity ]

  • Rework: Gain increasingly more Life Steal based on your missing health against Champions (up to 20% LS). Against minions gain 50% benefit.

 

Buff BoxExpose Weakness Final IconExpose Weakness [ New Tier 2 Ferocity ]

  • Damaging enemy Champions causes them to take 3% more damage from your allies.

 

 

 

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Blood Moon Kennen will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

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Blood Moon Yasuo will be available in store for 975 RP.

 

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New Summoner Icons

No idea how you can get these yet, but it will likely involve your wallet.

 

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Diana, Leona and Pantheon have all received updated in-client lore entries:

 

Diana Final Portrait

”I am the light coursing in the soul of the moon.”

Bearing her crescent moonblade, Diana fights as a warrior of the Lunari, a faith all but quashed in the lands around Mount Targon. Clad in shimmering armor the color of winter snow at night, she is a living embodiment of the silver moon’s power. Imbued with the essence of an Aspect from beyond Targon’s towering summit, Diana is no longer wholly human, and struggles to divine herpower and purpose in this world.

 

Leona Final Portrait

”If you would shine like a sun, first you must burn like one.”

Imbued with the fire of the sun, Leona is a warrior templar of the Solari who defends Mount Targon with her Zenith Blade and Shield of Daybreak. Her skin shimmers with starfire while her eyes burn with the power of the celestial Aspect within her. Armored in gold and bearing a terrible burden of ancient knowledge, Leona brings enlightenment to some, death to others.

 

Pantheon Final Portrait

”Bring forth one true champion, or a hundred more like you, and then we shall have a battle that will be spoken of until the end of time.”

The peerless warrior known as Pantheon is a nigh-unstoppable paragon of battle. He was born among the Rakkor, a warlike people living on the flanks of Mount Targon, and after climbing the mountain’s treacherous peak and being deemed worthy, he was chosen to become the earthly incarnation of the celestial Aspect of War. Imbued with inhuman power, he relentlessly seeks the enemies of Targon, leaving only corpses in his wake.

 


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[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxTrueshot Barrage Final IconTrueshot Barrage [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 80 seconds at all ranks to 120.

 

 

 

Jhin Final Portrait

General

  • Base Armor increased from 20 to 22;
  • Base Movement Speed increased from 325 to 330;
  • Health regen per second increased from 1.1 [+0.1 per level] to 1.2 [+0.11 per level].

 

 

Malphite Final Portrait

General

  • Health regen per second decreased from 1.7 to 1.4.

 

Nerf BoxGround Slam Final IconGround Slam [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/100/140/180/220 to 60/95/130/165/200.

 

 

 

Rumble Final Portrait

 

Change BoxElectro-HarpoonElectro Harpoon [ E ]

  • Now uses an ammo system, with a recharge cooldown of 6 seconds (10 second cooldown on live);
  • Heat per harpoon used decreased from 20 to 10;
  • Slow duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2.

 

 

Soraka Final Portrait

 

Change BoxStarcall Final IconStarcall [ Q ]

  • Alignment is no longer a heal-over-time; instead, it heals after its duration ends.

 

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxShadow Dash Final IconShadow Dash [ E ]

  • Can now taunt jungle monsters.

 

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxZaun-Touched_Bolt_AugmenterZaun-Touched Bolt Augmenter [ Passive ]

  • Damage Reduction decreased from 15% to 3%, but now stacks 3 times;
  • Duration increased from 2.5 seconds to 3.

 

Nerf BoxTerror Capacitator Final IconTerror Capacitor [ W ]

  • Duration decreased from 7 seconds at all ranks to 5;
  • Shield decreased from 60/100/140/180/220 [+0.8 AP] to 40/80/120/160/200.

 

Buff BoxHyper Kinetic Position Reverser Final IconHyper-Kinetic Position Reverser [ R ]

  • Now additionally fears nearby enemies for 1.5 seconds after the channel ends.

 

 

 

Viktor Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDeath Ray Final IconDeath Ray [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/110/150/190/230;
  • Augment: Aftershock – Explosion damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/110/150/190/230.

 

 

Item Changes

 

Nerf BoxSteraks Gage Final Icon Sterak’s Gage

  • Health decreased from 500 to 400.

 

 


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On Reddit, Scarizard is looking for input on how Patch Notes, Patch Rundowns, etc. are communicated to players. Moving to the forums, Meddler touched on Akali’s wonky balance state and gave context why Viktor and Rumble are currently disabled. We also have the first issue of the Live Gameplay’s Q&A session with 3 questions answered. Lastly, some lovely fan art of Star Guardian and a featured artist by the alias Lazuli.

 

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Rioters looking for feedback on design communication

Scarizard Final PortraitTL;DR – Looking for feedback on design COMMUNICATIONS – Patch Notes, Patch Rundowns, Q+A’s and Devblogs!

Hey y’all – for those of you that don’t know me, i’m a former Game Designer, currently Design Communications @ Riot Games. I’ve been working with /u/Pwyff and the Live Gameplay team since around October of 2014 on things like the Patch Notes, Rundowns, Devblogs, and most recently the Live Gameplay Q+A (Which just launched its first issue today! You can find the link on the boards here (http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/xwOObpq2-live-gameplay-qa-issue-1-feat-feralpony-smashgizmo?sort_type=recent)!

The gist of this post is that we’re looking to be more iterative and experimental with the types of communication that you’ll see this year regarding Design (specifically Live Gameplay) – so i’m putting out feelers and looking for any feedback about what content you already like, what types of things you’d like to see, or how to improve any of the projects we’re currently doing!

This’ll be one piece of the feedback-puzzle that we consult when we’re looking for new things to explore, so i thought i’d extend a hand. I’ll stick around for a while to respond to and answer questions, so hit me!

-S

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Let Rioters do their job on stream and answer questions

I was a huge fan of the MOBA Dawngate (Rest in peace), one of the things that company did really well is they had a day and time of the week where someone from the company would come on and basically do their job live on stream while fielding questions from the chat.

It would vary week to week who it was and what they did, but it was always awesome to watch them work and interact with the community. One week it was an artist showing off an upcoming champion, showing old artwork that didn’t make the cut for existing champs, etc. There was a guy who made 3D models of champions using a piece of software, that was fun to watch.

The next week it’d be the dev team talking about a recent patch, their plans for the future etc. Then there was a lore guy, etc. I realize the scope of what I’m talking about here is probably larger than what you’re looking for, but it was a fantastic experience and one I wish Riot would look into doing.

While All Chat is nice, it’s a scripted show, short, and I don’t feel any connection to it. If you stopped doing it next week, I probably wouldn’t miss it much at all. But I still miss those Waystone streams a year later and would love to watch some Rioters at work and be more intimate in a stream setting.

Again, I know this isn’t really what you’re looking for, so sorry for that, but I wanted to share.

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Scarizard Final PortraitThis is a really good idea – No promises, but i’ll make a point to have a conversation with Zwill about what his learnings were and what i could possibly apply for LGP.

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Follow Up

RiotZwill: I don’t want to step on Scarizards toes here:

Like /u/riotscarizard said, no promises at this point.

I’ve spent the last 3 months really learning how things work here and trying to define what the North American Player Relations team is all about. One area we’ve defined as something to focus on is more personal communications, which is something I’m particularly fond of :).

Scarizard and I have already had a chance to hang out (at a pretty nifty MTG Draft) and will certainly be syncing more in the future.

Also, I swear to Gromp, if I get spammed with Kpop emails I will find you /u/dresdenologist…and I will duo queue Brad with you non stop.

You have been warned.

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Whats the current state of Akali

Meddler Final PortraitI don’t have much to add at the moment, going to follow this thread with interest though. Akali’s a champ we’ve had trouble balancing over the years, so while we don’t currently have a rework for her underway, one’s certainly not out of the question at some point. Pretty interested in hearing people’s thoughts on her as a result.

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Why are Viktor and Rumble currently disabled

Meddler Final PortraitBingo. There are some bugs with the targeting type they use (vector targeting). We’ve got a fix being tested internally and on the PBE at the moment.

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Why doesnt anyone care about the awful community

Slumber Jack Final Portrait Part of the reason we call it ‘toxicity’ is because it spreads; one player starts saying bad things, another player gets agitated and contributes to the overall toxicity of the game. What we see time and time again is the players who see toxicity in more of their games often are being toxic in them as well.

I would ask the OP — and anyone else who feels they see toxic players in all of their games — to take a moment and consider that perhaps there’s something they can be doing differently to reduce the amount of toxicity in their games. In cases of verbal abuse, being quick to just mute someone who is verbally abusive fixes so many situations.

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Live Gameplay Q A Issue 1 Feat Feralpony SmashGizmo

Scarizard Final PortraitDon’t know what this thread is? Check out our introduction post for an explanation!

Greetings, summoners and welcome to the first issue of the LIVE GAMEPLAY Q+A!

We’ve collected thousands of questions from around the world and whittled ‘em on down until just a few were left, tossed ‘em in a bucket and went to task of providing you with answers (with some sweet context on the side).

BEFORE WE BEGIN – i’m going to call a couple of folks out (read: like 60%+) that submitted for just posting their opinions and then pretending like they were questions. We’re onto you.

Without further snark (FOR NOW), let’s jump right in!

Do you feel the game is best balanced towards the millions that play the game, or the small few that play on the professional level?

What a way to start. As one of our most commonly asked questions around the world, let’s dig in and start breaking it down. Deciding ‘who we balance for’ hasn’t been an easy task, but we quickly honed in on a few core values: competitive mindedness, mechanical aptitude, and strategic expertise. Mind you, these aren’t the only things that we think contribute to player skill (e.g. raw leadership and communication skills are important in any team game), but the above are ones we focus on when it comes to our broad-level balance. Players with these qualities are, on average, much more consistent as a baseline of what’s powerful in League. But what about pros? Certainly our professional community shatters these conditions (some more than others, as even professional players have their strengths and weaknesses), but we don’t necessarily believe that the Fakers and Bjergsens of the world should be the standard that every player is held to. If that’s the case, how can we represent this spectrum most effectively?

Let’s back up a step. Along the spiral path that is Mastery in League of Legends, you can divide it into two sections: foundational skills and optimization. To expand, foundational skills are the building blocks of strategy within League – knowing the why and how of objectives, understanding the nuances of proper itemization, manipulating the ever-important vision game, and executing against your team’s strategic composition are just a few examples. You can be stronger at some and weaker at others, but each is a crucial piece when it comes to putting together League’s sprawling strategic puzzle. By contrast, optimization is the fine-tuning and development of these skills – when to take an objective, what order to build your items, where to place or deny vision, the mechanical specifics of champion matchups, and so on. Optimization is necessary for players that have mastered the basics to gain subtle (but potent) edges against the opposition. Think of it like building muscle – foundational skills net you the strength, and optimization shows off your definition.

Where does that leave us? Foundational skills and degrees of optimization are different for every player (not to mention difficult to measure with a high degree of accuracy), so we lean on the MMR system to serve as our best proxy to represent a player’s individual skill. With that in mind, our philosophy leads us to balance towards players at the upper end of mastery, which we currently believe to be around platinum and above.

This doesn’t mean we devalue the feedback from players below platinum – only that we’re acknowledging that a high amount of variance occurs in those tiers. Many factors are at play – is Master Yi overpowered if you’re able to dominate a game with him? Alternatively, did the enemy team lack the understanding to focus-fire or apply crowd control? With a more strategic use of map movement, item builds and mechanical execution against Master Yi, more competitive players at a higher average skill help to paint a clearer picture of Master Yi’s power level, often revealing when the intended play against him is failing and needs us to intervene. Extreme outliers, be they pubstompers or pro-level pains will always be addressed, but more often than not our patch-to-patch changes are centered around this skill bracket.

Whew. For our next question, lets turn the spotlight onto some of Live Gameplay team’s finest to answer in their own words. First up, LGP’s Lead Designer and Actual Horse, FeralPony!

Have you ever done (or considered) performing small balance changes purely to affect player perception? For instance, giving a champion a small numbers buff to make players try them out, only to realise they were probably in a good place anyway.

FP: “Considered? Certainly. Times we’ve ever done it intentionally? None that I can think of. There’s a lot of power in doing changes like this, but the risk typically doesn’t outweigh the reward. You’d effectively be trying to leverage the placebo effect, but that risks burning player trust long-term, which is something we value immensely. For instance, we’d never want players sifting through our patch notes, wondering if we actually thought a certain buff or nerf would affect change or not.

There was one time when I was pretty new at Rito where I submitted a Vladimir nerf (removing the bonus speed from his pool) but forgot to actually submit the files into the patch. As a result, the patch notes went out and sentiment was that we had killed the champion. Vladimir’s play rate plummeted and his win rate decreased a bit, even though the changes never actually went out.

We had a similar instance when Riven was released where she was viewed as very weak. We hotfixed in some buffs and shortly after posting it to the forums, her play rate spiked and feedback was very positive. Players happily reported how great the buffs felt, even though the hotfix hadn’t actually gone live yet.”

Last up, Game Designer and Legendary Olaf enthusiast SmashGizmo takes us out.

I’ve noticed that almost no champion is commonly built as a true hybrid at this point – is there a balance issue with hybridization, or is this unintentional?

SG: “There isn’t really a direct balance reason why hybridization doesn’t work, but we’ve historically had a difficult time making it a legitimate option as the natural synergies in specialized AD or AP builds are really hard to compete with. With specialized multipliers like Void Staff, Last Whisper, Rabadon’s Deathcap and Infinity Edge, it’s just pretty much impossible to get a character to commit to a ‘hybrid build’ beyond a Trinity Force or Hextech Gunblade (which they build for early power-spike reasons). Multiplicative scaling is almost always better at that point in a build path.

I think the only way to really make hybrid builds work is to add a new keystone item or two for hybridization that somehow drives players to balance their AD/AP purchases, but that’s no small undertaking and it’s unclear what the benefits of that itemization path would be. While characters like Ezreal have a distinct feel when built heavy AD or AP, it’s possible that a combination of both makes them feel like worse mages or worse marksmen when it comes to damage rather than anything truly unique.”

Thanks for all your questions! Our next collection period begins on May 25th and ends on June 1st. Submit your questions to ask.fm/asklivegameplay and we’ll see you for the next one!

-Live Gameplay

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Why have you answered only 3 questions

Scarizard Final PortraitOur goal is 3-5, but between the collection of the questions from each region, actually sifting through all of them by hand, cat-wrangling the designers to have Real Conversations about our thoughts and feelings (inbetween all the actual designing these guys do), then the writing of it, it gets to be a pretty hefty task for something we’ve only just started.

As the process improves i’m looking for us to get better and faster about pumping these out, but your feedback is noted!

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Follow Up

Scarizard Final PortraitSeeing as there were 1060~ questions just from North America alone (with about 800+ uniques) within a time-span of only a week of collection, answering every question from every region isn’t really feasible. For future issues we’ll work on pushing more of them out, but 3-5 is around what our current expectations are, every few weeks.

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So these live gameplay QAs are more aimed toward highlevel questions

Scarizard Final PortraitIt’s not a hard rule that all champion-styled questions are out (we have a couple in our bucket), but very pointed questions like ‘Why did you nerf X/Y’ usually are passed up for questions like ‘What are the issues with balancing champions with X or Y mechanic?’ The more durable knowledge an answer can provide, the higher we tend to value it internally. Things like ‘Who do you balance for’, for instance was the most popular non-champion related question across all regions, so we thought i’d be a meaty topic to dive into for #1

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Fan Artist Feature Lazuli

Jynx Final PortraitHey Summoners! A lot of you have suggested master-doodler Lazuli for the Fan Artist Feature, so this week we’re excited to share her adorable comics showing champions in a hilarious new light. Follow her on Tumblr and Facebook to see more of her work!

If you know someone that you’d like to recommend for a future Fan Artist Feature, please let us know here.


How did you get started creating League of Legends fan art?

Right before I started making League art, I was actually in a huge slump. I used to make fancomics and fanart before for other games, but after a while, I lost interest in them. I was itching to draw, but I just didn’t know what. At the same time, a friend of mine had been trying for 2 years to get me to play League. Since I was out of inspiration and tired of my friend bugging me all the time, I finally gave it a go, and the silly things that went on in-game inspired me to draw again!


What’s been your favorite piece to create, and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. Each piece I draw was fun in its own way! I never make a piece if it’s not at least 50% fun. Probably my Oasis of the Dawn comic, just because my overall favorite thing to convey in my art is lame jokes.

I would say my DJ Sona gifs were also my favorite piece, but animation is a LOT of work! I almost didn’t do it, because it was pretty much 51% work and only 49% fun. But I suppose it’s rewarding to see how your animation looks in the end, even if it’s just a small gif like that.


Do you have a dream project you’d like to work on?

Yes! I would really love to make my own physical comic of the League champs just going about their life outside the rift! That’s my biggest dream project I got going on right now. I would also like to one day make a huge poster with ALL of the champs, but that can prove quite difficult when there’s new champs coming out about every other month!


Who’s your inspiration? Do you have any favorite League fan artists?

Actually, most of my inspiration falls on artists who draw things other than League. However, if I were to name a specific League fan artist, my inspiration when first starting out was Tumblr artist totemhead. They used to make comics of Draven and Darius and Ezreal and Talon that I really enjoyed! I was also inspired by their chibi artstyle.

Other than that, my main inspirations are Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, andMadeline Rupert, a comic artist I followed on DeviantArt since my adolescent days, who has now blossomed into a comic artist for Regular Show.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community?

I know that in the League community (and in life in general) you can get a lot of salt. People telling you what you can or can’t do, what’s the “meta” way to do things, how you’re wrong for doing or seeing things differently. I’d like to tell you all to never listen to people like that and to always be welcoming to fresh, new ideas! This goes for your playstyle, for starting artists out there, and for people who are trying to figure out a way to get to their dreams. If you have goals, work daily to try to accomplish them, and you’ll see results! It may take a week or maybe even a couple of years, but you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel eventually.

 
 
 
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Star Guardian Lux fan art

Jynx Final PortraitWith Star Guardian Lux now fighting evil on the rift, it’s time to share some of the magical community creations inspired by her release! Check out the gallery below, and click on the artists’ names to see more of their work.

 

 


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Dakun


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Glory Lamothe


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Ippus


Jewriel


Jurikoi


Karaku-Aki


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Lighane


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OrekiGenya


Raspbeary


Rebenke


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RinRinDaishi


Seojinni


SongJiKyo


Yuukiq Cosplay


Please share more of your Star Guardian creations and favorites in the comments below!


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

 

 

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Over at Inven, Lead Designer Solcrushed hosted an AMA regarding Poppy’s rework, the state of some champions and his opinion on boobs. On the board forums, Meddler commented on Irelia and Urgot’s upcoming gameplay updates and Riot’s progress at re-writing League’s code. To wrap up, a host of amazing cosplayers in Lunar Revel attire.

 

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Patch 5.4 drops this Tuesday! Here’s everything it’ll contain:

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Lead Designer Solcrushed recently held an AMA on the Korean site Inven. Redditor Calycae has translated all questions and answers HERE. Below you can find a breakdown of the translated AMA:

 

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Hello Inven,

I am Riot Solcrushed and I work as a game designer at Riot

I was in the Live Design team and now I am working night and day ruining your favorite characters in the Champion Update team. My current project is Poppy.


 

 

Poppys Rework


 

 

Tell me a little about the Poppy rework

Solcrushed New PortraitWe are currently trying to transform Poppy into a tank instead of her current assassin role. We are trying to make her a feisty yordle who packs a big punch with her hammer and shield.

 

 

 

Do you really need to change Poppys entire skillset

Solcrushed New PortraitPoppy’s skillset makes her a champion that should NEVER get farmed. If Poppy becomes fotm after a VU we might even need to nerf her. A sion-level remake is planned for Poppy.

 

 

 

Which skill do you think represents Poppy the most

Solcrushed New PortraitPoppy’s E, a tiny yordle smashing a giant champion to the wall is what makes her attractive.

 

 

 

 

Will Poppys ult mechanism stay the same

Solcrushed New PortraitNope.

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Balance


 

 

Quinn under-performs as a marksman what do you think about that

Solcrushed New PortraitQuinn was designed to be a special ops champion so we are okay with her not being a good marksman, but we think that her commando side is lacking and requires buffs. Also when we remake ‘easy’ characters we try to maintain the difficulty.

 

 

 

What do you think of Tristana and Miss Fortunes current states

Solcrushed New PortraitI think we are going to wait a little before we make changes to Tristana. MF has a unique design and her winrate isn’t half bad so I don’t think she’s going to receive any changes soon.

 

 

 

Whats your opinion on Mordekaiser

Solcrushed New PortraitMorde is going to receive some buffs but a remake is going to take a while. We think that Morde needs a giant remake to fix his problems.

 

 

 

 

Will Gragas be buffed again

Solcrushed New PortraitI think he’s going to receive some more buffs

 

 

 

 

Are you pleased with Viktors remake

Solcrushed New PortraitI am disappointed that we didn’t get to change Viktor’s ult, if we had a little more time we would’ve made changes to it.

 

 

 

 

How is Ryzes rework coming along

Solcrushed New PortraitWe are trying to maintain Ryze’s core concepts. (Tanky spell spamming mid-range mage)

 

 

 

 

What does Riot think about Quinn

Solcrushed New PortraitWe originally designed her to be a guerilla style ranger. An ADC that is able to provide everything she needs by herself.

 

 

 

 

Dont you think Fiddle support was nerfed way too muc

Solcrushed New PortraitWe changed Fiddle’s Q and E because it’s design was flawed, it provided no counterplay to the opponents.

 

 

 

 

Any gameplay rework or visual update planned for Swain

Solcrushed New PortraitNone at the moment, but I want to make some changes to him

 

 

 

 

 

Any news about Gangplanks rework

Solcrushed New PortraitIt’s in its very early stages so we can’t really say anything about it.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think Rivens autoattack cancels need to be removed

Solcrushed New PortraitI think Riven’s auto animation cancel gives players the sense that she takes skill to play so I think it’s okay.

 

 

 

 

What is the biggest factor for a champion to be buffed or nerfed

Solcrushed New PortraitThere are a lot of factors that lead to a champion’s buff/nerf, but usually it is when

  1. A champion has a ridiculously high/low winrate for no reason.
  2. When we realize that our champion design was flawed
  3. When it is dominating competitive games excessively

 

 

Garens E scales with crit chance cant you remove it and buff the damage

Solcrushed New PortraitThe crit component is an ancient mechanic, if Garen is going to receive changes I think that the crit component will receive changes first. Since it is hard for Garen to hit enemies in the back we want him to do enough damage to the champions in the frontline.

 

 

 
You said you were 90 done with Dariu’ rework what happened

Solcrushed New PortraitWe have encountered a big obstacle in middle of the remake so we have put a pause on the project for now.

 

 

 

 

Will Twisted Fate be reworked

Solcrushed New PortraitI don’t think TF is in need of a rework. The only skill that I think might need a change is his E.

 

 

 

 

 

General Balance

 

 

 

Aggressive junglers are currently dominating the meta any solutions

Solcrushed New PortraitThe Game Systems dept is looking into it right now, personally even if the jungle is reverted to the season 2 state I think aggressive junglers will still be dominant. It has been proven from the top tier teams that the early level engages are very crucial to the outcome of the game so I think that there needs to be change to the jungle’s fundamentals rather than some changes to the jungle’s difficulty levels.

 

 

Do you think tank champions are in a good place at the moment

Solcrushed New PortraitI think tank champions are underperforming because dive-oriented initiators outperform pure tanks atm.

 

 

 

 

Can you revert top lane into a bloody brawlzone like it was before

Solcrushed New PortraitThis is an issue even the developers have mixed opinions about. I personally think that Teleport’s effectiveness needs to be nerfed but some fundamental problems with top lane has been solved because of Teleport so I think that’s the reason the Game Systems team is being so cautious.

 

 

 

Is it true youre changing all champions to be more skillintensive

Solcrushed New PortraitI think that the changes are made because our playerbase’s difficulty capacity has increased over the years.

 

 

 

 

Why are you changing targeted skills to skillshots lately

Solcrushed New PortraitThere are some situations where we want skills to be reliable and easy to use so no

 

 

 

 

 

Why did you make Magic Pen a core stat and not a secondary tertiary one

Solcrushed New PortraitPenetration plays a major roll in the game’s overall pace and balance so it’s hard to make any changes to it atm, but if I were to make a new game I would probably make it an additional stat.

 

 

 

 

Items

 

 

 

What do you think about the cost increase of the jungle items

Solcrushed New PortraitThe Game Systems team is currently looking to make some changes to the jungle so that weak champions can clear camps easier early game.

 

 

 

 

Will you change Essence Reaver

Solcrushed New PortraitEssence Reaver was designed to support crazy out-of-the-meta builds so I think it’s in a good state atm

 

 

 

 

Will there be a new Magic Resist item

Solcrushed New PortraitWe feel that we need to make a MR item that counters AP damage dealers, I suggested the idea to the game systems team and they had positive feelings about it.

 

 

 

 

Why was Sword of the Divine removed

Solcrushed New PortraitWe concluded that SOTD effects the game’s balance negatively so we removed the item.

 

 

 

 

Whats your opinion on the Elixirs

Solcrushed New PortraitWe wanted Elixirs to be a game-deciding item but it’s not used as much so we are a little disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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Do you have any plans on changing the Summoner Spell system

Solcrushed New PortraitWe also feel that a new UI for the summons is neededed but there’s just way too many things on our priority list so it’s hard to say when it will be coming.

 

 

 

 

How did you get a job at Riot

Solcrushed New PortraitIt’s a funny story, I actually wanted to work in the Legal Affairs team but the design director approached me and asked if I wanted to work as a designer.

 

 

 

 

How many champion reworks are you currently working on

Solcrushed New Portraitfour

 

 

 

 

 

Do people look at your ingame rank when you apply for Riot Games

Solcrushed New PortraitIf you are working for the Play Testing team or the Live Balance team, yes.

 

 

 

 

 

Is Amumus music video teasing something new

Solcrushed New PortraitOne good thing about working at Riot is that we have a lot of freedom in performing ‘passion projects.’ Not all of our work has deep meanings behind them (…).

 

 

 

 

Who has the highest tier in the balance team

Solcrushed New PortraitThere were two season 4 challengers.

 

 

 

 

Boobs or tits

Solcrushed New PortraitBoobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s some official art by Aqua Moon: a concept for Underworld Wukong, spell icons for numerous champions and the different Ranked Leagues!

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And here’s the latest episode of /ALL CHAT with host Melonie Mac:

 

 

Will you ever completely rewrite the code for LoL

Meddler Final PortraitSome of the code’s updated or rewritten entirely every patch. Which bits depend on where we think there’s the most value (what features should be added, where do we see the most problematic or common bugs, are there ways to make the game run more efficiently etc).

As far as attack speed goes the cap’s not there for code reasons, but gameplay and animation ones. On the gameplay side having a cap allows you to take a maximum into account for balance reasons (what’s the absolute max Xin Zhao can reduce his CDs by for example). Animation wise it then gives a range of possible attack speeds that attacks need to be made to look good and feel right for (do attacks remain distinct, feel natural, read clearly etc).

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Can we have an update on Urgots rework

Meddler Final PortraitLong term we’ve got a full rework planned for Urgot. That’s a long way off though, he’s both a big project and not first in the queue. Shorter term (starting next week) we’re going to explore some small, quick buffs for him. Hopefully find some stuff to help him out a bit in the meantime without reintroducing any of the problems that lead to him getting heavily nerfed in the first place.

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Whatre your plans for Irelias gameplay rework

[ Note ] You can find a post from IronStylus regarding Irelia’s visual update HERE.

Meddler Final PortraitWe don’t have anything concrete on the gameplay side at the moment. She’s got a lot of potential we’d like to develop at some point, missed opportunities on the telekinetic blade side in particular as Ironstylus has mentioned. She’s in a reasonable spot balance wise right now though, and does have some really cool moments (Q chaining especially IMO), so other champs are higher priority for gameplay work right now.

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Whats been the hardest item to code

Reinboom Final PortraitNot counting early items (There was a time when actives didn’t exist in alpha, after all. Technically the first active probably was the hardest? Or maybe the first item at all)

Zz’Rot Portal is the most complex.

Some of the new tech in Zz’Rot:

  • The health bar. The minorest of it all. We couldn’t put a timer bar on structures before the void gate.
  • Unit tagging (arbitrary designation of “types” on a unit and in an inherited fashion)… in order to make:
  • AI behavior filtering based on tags. This is how Voidspawn ignores Void creatures and Champions (including clones).
  • “Gameplay” Navigation cell tagging. We had behaviored nav cells before (pathable, wall, stops vision, grants vision, brush…) but we didn’t have arbitrary tagging before that was exposed to our gameplay system. Nor did we have it when we released Zz’Rot (and instead I did some janky math to get it to assign lanes kind of correctly). We made that tech for first intent of making it so Zz’Rot’s spawn direction is sensible.

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To wrap up this Sunday, here’s a collection of awesome cosplays for Lunar Revel!

 

The moon is about to set on this year’s Lunar Revel, which means it’s time to shine a lantern on the finest Lunar Revel, Blood Moon and Warring Kingdoms cosplay photos you guys submitted in response to our January call for entries. It was a joy to review all the submissions – incredible work as always!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to click on the cosplayers’ names beneath their photos and tell them how much you enjoy their work.

 

Jobofish (NA)
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Maro Chan (NA)
Photographer: Wai Leong Go

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Umaslady (EUW)
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nvoysoldier Cosplay (EUW)
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Mowky Cosplay (EUW)
Photographer: Ingo Stein

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Core Cosplay (EUW)
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JJ Cosplay (NA)
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Yuan0621 (NA)
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Ruvvet (NA)
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Yaya Han (NA)
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ElectricPuppy122 (NA)
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Yumée (EUW)
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Kiilys (EUW)
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Giulietta Zawadzki (EUW)
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Shiroki (EUW)
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isbaerfussel (EUW)
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Miyu Shizuki (EUW)
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MissAce (EUW)
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SetoDuCutu (EUW)
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Odeus Cosplay (NA)
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Yugi Doge (NA)
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generalricochet (LAS)
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okageo (NA)
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Yep Cosplay-typus (EUW)
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And remember, cosplay is always more fun when done with friends!

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teru kuro namida (EUW) and his friends
Photographer: Sergio Riedel

 

 

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

 

 

Champion Skin Sale February 16 Banner

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until February 16th:


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Grim Reaper Karthus – 487 RP

 

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Monarch Kog’Maw – 260 RP

 

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Wicked LeBlanc – 375 RP

 

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

 

 

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until February 3rd:

 

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


 

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until November 18th:


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


 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until November 11th:


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Bladecraft Orianna – 487 RP


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Blood Moon Shen – 375 RP


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Nightblade Irelia – 260 RP

 

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