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February Sales Schedule

January 18th, 2016

 

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Here’s the list for all discounts next month:

 

February sales schedule

Wizardcrab New PortraitCheck out all the champs and skins on sale this February. Like previous sales schedules, we’re not posting the exact dates for each champ and skin, but they’ll all be on sale sometime next month, so keep an eye out.

Just a heads up – since we’re publishing these in advance, we won’t offer partial refunds on champs and skins purchased before they go on sale.

 

 

Regularly Scheduled Sales

Champion Sale Price Skin Sale Price
Anivia 395 RP Arcade Hecarim 675 RP
Azir 487 RP Arclight Vel’Koz 675 RP
Corki 395 RP Battle Regalia Poppy 260 RP
Dr. Mundo 292 RP Battlecast Xerath 260 RP
Ekko 487 RP Blood Moon Elise 487 RP
Elise 487 RP Boom Boom Blitzcrank 260 RP
Fiora 440 RP Buccaneer Tristana 260 RP
Fizz 440 RP Crimson Elite Riven 260 RP
Galio 440 RP Crimson Elite Talon 375 RP
Gnar 487 RP Dark Crystal Ryze 487 RP
Janna 292 RP Deep Terror Thresh 487 RP
Jax 292 RP Dragonslayer Vayne 487 RP
Kha’Zix 487 RP Earthrune Skarner 260 RP
Lee Sin 440 RP El Tigre Braum 675 RP
Morgana 292 RP Ghost Bride Morgana 487 RP
Olaf 395 RP Hextech Anivia 375 RP
Pantheon 395 RP High Noon Yasuo 487 RP
Rengar 487 RP Hired Gun Lucian 487 RP
Rumble 440 RP Jurassic Kog’Maw 487 RP
Shaco 395 RP Loch Ness Cho’Gath 260 RP
Shen 395 RP Mafia Jinx 487 RP
Skarner 440 RP Night Hunter Rengar 487 RP
Syndra 487 RP Officer Vi 487 RP
Tahm Kench 487 RP Pentakill Karthus 375 RP
Teemo 292 RP Pool Party Graves 675 RP
Trundle 440 RP Pool Party Leona 487 RP
Vayne 440 RP Royal Guard Fiora 260 RP
Viktor 440 RP Runeguard Volibear 487 RP
Yasuo 487 RP Scorched Earth Renekton 487 RP
Yorick 440 RP Sweeper Alistar 375 RP
Zac 487 RP Tundra Fizz 375 RP
Zyra 487 RP Veigar Greybeard 375 RP


Early Sales

Skin Price Sale Price
Academy Ekko 750 RP 520 RP
Academy Vladimir 750 RP 520 RP
Arcade Riven 1350 RP 975 RP
Captain Gangplank 975 RP 750 RP
Cottontail Fizz 975 RP 750 RP
PROJECT: Fiora 1350 RP 975 RP
PROJECT: Leona 1350 RP 975 RP
Shadowfire Kindred 1350 RP 975 RP

 


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Summary

A new tier called Master Tier will be implemented in Ranked to deal with past grievances of Challenger players being demoted shortly before the season’s end, CLG will be fined $1250 per member for account sharing in Korea, Vesh continues his discussion on Soraka’s infuse-healer rework, Gnar’s Champion Spotlight has been released, the next Champion/Skin sale for NA will be delayed due to maintenance and an explanation on why icons from the Sugar Rush event won’t be available for IP.

TL;DR here

 

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Image was taken from a tweet by Snoopeh, here’s what it states:

 

As one of the best League of Legends players in the world…

Your spot in Diamond 1 or Challenger tier means we wanted you to be among the first to know we’ve updated the design of our ranked play system specifically to address feedback around the end of Season 3 and Challenger.

We take ranked competition seriously, and we know challenger immunity caused issues with transparency around standings at the end of last season. Not knowing whether or not you were about to get kicked out of the tier you’d worked so hard to reach, or earning 0 LP three times in a row sucks.

So we’ve developed a new ward to challenge your skills, The Master Tier, which brings with it some improvements to the old system. Master Tier will share the same LP ladder as Challenger, but unlike Challenger, there is no hard player limited to Master tier. Once released, players who reach their promotion series at the top of the Diamond 1 will enter Mater Tier if they are successful. And yes, that means that on release there will be no players in Master Tier,  but it will begin to fill as soon as players start winning their promos.

When Master Tier Launches, players in Challenger will remain in their current position but the competition kicks off right away as Challenger will now rotate on a twenty-four hour schedule with no immunity.

Each time the clock hits zero, it will recalculate the top 200 players or 50 teams; promoting any players from Master who are now in the top 200 or teams in the top 50 in LP, and removing players who have fallen below the top 200 and demoting them to Master.

We’ll be making a wider announcement in the coming weeks ( for example we’ve also eliminated LP clamping ) along with more about the end of the season, but as one of the players most impacted by this change, we wanted to each out to you directly.

Thanks for playing ranked, and GLHF for the rest of the 2014 season.

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Clarity on demotion and immunity period

Socrates New PortraitHey all, to clarify on one point: there is no hard limit to the number of players in master tier like the current challenger 200 spots. This doesn’t mean these players will be immune from demotion once they achieve the tier. So master tier could be the top 511 or 534 players in a region based on the amount of participation in ranked, etc. Players who achieve Master tier will have a short immunity period and then be vulnerable to demotion if they don’t maintain their performance at that level.

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How will the demotion from Master to Diamond 1 be calculated

Socrates New PortraitDemotion will work similarly to other tiers, where there are a few checks before you fall. A player will fall back into diamond 1 if they lose enough games in master tier.

We expect to be on PBE in the next few days.

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Where will the first 200 Challenger players be allocated

Socrates New PortraitThe experience of the first 200 players would be like this: enter diamond 1 promos and win, enter master tier, challenger clock hits 0, enter challenger tier.

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Is there going to be a new border reward for Master Tier

Socrates New PortraitYes, there will be a unique loading screen border for master tier.

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Organization: Counter Logic Gaming
Players: Austin “Link” Shin, Marcel “dexter” Feldkamp, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
Region: North America
Date of Ruling: 8/12/14
Subject: Fine; Violation of LCS Ruleset

 

FACTS

 

During Week 11 of the NA LCS, Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) sent five of their team members to Korea to practice for upcoming live events. On the day prior to their departure, CLG management requested live accounts from Riot.

At this time, Riot miscommunicated to CLG that, according to standing policy regarding Korean accounts, CLG could receive Tournament Realm (TR) accounts, but not live accounts. Further internal investigation revealed that this was actually not the standing policy. The correct policy is to give teams visiting Korea for non-tournament purposes Live accounts, not TR accounts. This policy is necessitated by the potential instability of the Tournament Realm and security exposure entailed by giving non-OGN teams access to Korean TR accounts.

Recognizing our error and CLG’s urgent practice needs in Korea, we provided CLG with provisional TR accounts within 24 hours of their landing as a temporary measure for practicing while the error was corrected.

During this time, it was brought to our attention that members of CLG were engaging in illicit account sharing despite having a legitimate practice option pending in the provisional TR accounts while also being aware that such an action was against the rules.

After the correct policy was ascertained, Riot granted CLG official live accounts and retracted the TR accounts in accordance with standing Riot policy.

Our own miscommunications are a mitigating factor in assessing penalties, but account sharing constitutes a clear violation of the League of Legends Terms of Use, no matter the situation.

 

RELEVANT RULES

 

Section 10.2.7 of the official LCS ruleset states:

If LCS or Riot determines that a Team Member has violated the Summoner’s Code, the LoL Terms of [Use], or other rules of LoL, LCS officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion.

The League of Legends Terms of Use prohibits players from sharing, transferring, selling or trading user accounts and/or login credentials.

 

RULING

 

Members of CLG engaged in the act of account sharing, which is in violation of LCS Rule 10.2.7 as well as the League of Legends Terms of Use, and will be subject to penalties.

 

COMPETITION PENALTIES

 

The following players will be fined $1,250 each for their transgressions:

  • Austin “Link” Shin, Marcel “dexter” Feldkamp, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
  • These players are also subject to sanctions by Riot Korea, including a 2-year ban from OGN and KeSPA-owned tournaments including but not limited to OGN Champions, Masters, and NLB. Read here for more details (Riot Korea ruling). 

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Why does Soraka’s W heal grant bonus Armor

Vesh New PortraitThe armor was placed on the W so that it had a clear combat-only success case. 

The new model will actually allow us to move away from that since Soraka will still be paying meaningful costs if she uses it to “sustain” her ally.

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Soraka building resists doesn’t help mitigate her %HP costs

Vesh New PortraitThis would be correct if you started with a set amount of HP and didn’t factor in any regends.

If your Q gave you a flat health return however, then resists become MUCH more valuable since you are recovering more effective health per cast

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Won’t Soraka paying health for her heals make her too risky to pick

Vesh New PortraitI also play healers in every game I play. I think one of the core things that make healers feel awesome is getting to make giant impacts on the health bars of your allies. If we want to allow Soraka to heal a guy from 1% to 50% or more, she is going to have to make some serious tradeoffs for that kind of (particularly frustrating) power. She will need to put her self at more risk the more crazy her healing is on a target.

I was particularly skeptical of this type of healing pattern at first too, but as I started implementing and testing stuff I was really excited by how fun it was. It feels really great to heal someone crazy amounts, and this paradigm allows her to do that in a healthy way that enemies can feel is more fair (because they can just switch to Soraka and kill her if she starts dumping heals on someone)

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The trade-off for Soraka’s heal is her lack of CC and reliable poke

Vesh New PortraitIf we had a champion that had no abilities except a 1 second cooldown “heal ally for 50” button, would that be a fun or satisfying character in our game?

Sure we could give her tradeoffs by giving her NOTHING else, but that would not create good gameplay. The game as a whole would be worse off. What we want to give her are meaningful tradeoffs that create fun and engaging gameplay for all 10 players in the game.

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Champion and skin sales delayed in NA

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Wizardcrab New PortraitHey Summoners,
Due to some store maintenance, we’ve had to delay the regular champion and skin sales for 24 hours. Instead of starting 8/12 and going through the 8/15, they will begin 8/13 and run through the 8/16. Thanks for your understanding.
-WC

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Gnar, Champion Spotlight



Skin Teaser Image “The Final Boss approaches”

 

If this helps you visualize the picture, imagine the three arcade skins are your money and the robotic hand is your hand reaching for it when you see this year’s ultimate skin.

 

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On reporting and warnings

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Hi,

1. If you are in game and say nothing that is toxic but get reported. The warning, is that because of player reports or because of the system thinking you are toxic?

Warnings are given for a string of games. A common misunderstanding is that the warning was for the immediate last game, so players wonder how they got a warning if they never chatted or did anything the immediate last game. However, if you do get a warning, it means you’ve been reported and the system thinks you’ve been trending negatively in your last stretch of games.

2. Follow up to question 1. How does the system filter between actual toxic and troll reports?

Every report is basically validated by the Report System. If the system believes a behavior is toxic, and you reported it, your report weight goes up. If you report a behavior that isn’t considered toxic, your report weight goes down. There’s a lot of nuance to this system, but that’s the simple explanation.

3. Once chat restricted, do you have to communicate or can you finish your chat restriction without saying anything? So if you finish, your 10 chat restrictions without saying a word, will that count as improvement and free you of the chat restriction or no will you get the same amount as before?

It’s possible to finish your chat restriction without communicating anything. Most players don’t type much in games and just use smart pings, and that’s a perfectly OK way to play League.

4. In the past we had 1 day, 3day, 7day, 14day followed by perma banned i believe. Is now the only thing 14 day into perma banned?

In the future when Tribunal comes back up, we’ll probably only have a few tiers of punishments. We generally see that players willing to improve do so in the first 2 tiers of punishments.

Right now and in the future, if your offenses are severe enough, you can get escalated straight to a 14-day punishment, or even a permanent ban.

5. In regards to the new system, i went 0- something one game with barely any assists, had a terrible day. How will it tell if i am having a bad day or trolling? Especially if i am NOT communicating anything.

Thank you!

We won’t be going too much into detail for the intentional feeder system yet, but one of the main goals is to avoid punishing players just having a regular bad game.

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Why aren’t the Sugar Rush Event icons available for IP

 

[ Context ] Over on the forums, a Summoner expressed criticism that eCommerce associate WizardCrab promised in a past comment that event-based Summoner Icons would be available for IP but the latest ones, from the Sugar Rush event, aren’t.

 

Wizardcrab New PortraitHey guys.

This thread is a bit of a minefield so I’ll probably only post in here once (although I’ll continue to read it).

 


I would like you to look back and read the post that I wrote. I still stand by every single word I said there. I did not make you a “promise” there. I made it very clear that I wasn’t making a promise. The only thing I didn’t outright say is “This is not a promise” but I don’t feel I need to say that. If I’m promising you something, I promise you that I’ll use the phrase “I promise.” I very clearly stated that we are forming a strategy that is “malleable” and would likely take a form similar to what I said.

And I stand by that it still takes exactly that form. This is why I tried to explain that an “event” that would cause us to put an IP price on an icon was more than a promotional site or themed skin release. Do you really think Sugar Rush is like the Freljord event, one with a big lore tie-in? Or Harrowing/Snowdown/Lunar Revel, events related to real world holidays that many people participate in? Or something truly special like the release of a full-on, in house music album? Or on the scale of something like possibly the biggest global sporting competition that only happens every four years? When I said that an event “for just this context” is more, I meant that. AND the reason I added that bold phrase about it being for that specific context in my original post is because I meant that it was for just that specific context. The word event can be used by anyone at anytime to mean anything. PAX is an event, but it doesn’t apply here, because I’m only talking about this context. The super moon yesterday was an event but it doesn’t apply because I’m only talking about this context. I’m begging that you read the words I’ve written and take them at face value, because I 100% will not lie to you because I just don’t ****ing do that.

I will also try my best to be as clear as I can so I don’t mislead you by accident, which it appears that I’ve done here. I’m sorry that I unintentionally misled you. I really did not mean to. But don’t come in here and tell me that I’m lying to you when I’m not. I really don’t appreciate that.

For this particular candy-themed adventure, you can purchase one icon for RP, and unlock another through participation in gifting. There will be many more icons, many of which will be available for IP. If you don’t feel that the RP only icon is worth the money, please don’t buy it. Buy the stuff you like, leave the rest on the (virtual) shelf.

/saltycrab

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Summary

Lead Champion Designer Meddler elaborates on some of what will come in Patch 4.13, including changes to around 30 Champions, WizardCrab shares his opinion on who shouldn’t get a Victorious Skin, the long-announced lifetime RP reward system and why the newly released Mecha Summoner Icon isn’t available for IP. Lastly, some clarity on the direction for Viktor’s passive and an upcoming feature to report hackers/scripters.

 

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Will Nocturne receive any changes in Patch 4

Meddler New PortraitNoc was on the list of champs we assessed for this patch, conclusion we came to was that he was in a reasonable spot. He’s getting the occasional bit of competitive play at the moment, via his ult has a distinct reason to be picked as a jungler, performs appropriately in solo queue and will probably benefit a little from nerfs to the current top tier junglers. As a result we decided to leave him alone.

Also, for anyone curious, just had a look to see how many champions we’re changing in said patch. Not quite 40, but close ish – 30, with (as I read it) 14 champs nerfed, 15 buffed and one with significant gameplay changes focused on playstyle, not power (Sona).

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Follow Up

Source on updates in Patch 4

Meddler New PortraitPatch notes will have all the details. Lot of these are relatively small changes, aimed at either trimming a champ’s power without making them unseen or making them a bit more competitive without making them really dominant picks.

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Do you have any news about Urgot's rework

Meddler New PortraitFull rework – not this year.

Smaller set of changes potentially in patch 4.15 (4.13’s just about to come out for context). Current details on those changes can be found in these two posts:

http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com…89293#48289293
http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com…42702#48442702

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If Lulu top is nerfed, will Lulu support be compensated for

Meddler New PortraitIf we nerf solo lane Lulu we would like to give support Lulu some power in a way that doesn’t create problems in other lanes. No firm plans for what/when etc yet though, still under discussion.

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Why is Lux’s burst being buffed


[ Context ] Lux’s passive was given an AP ratio in a recent PBE update.

Meddler New Portrait The goal there is to buff Lux’s power a bit mid/late game (once she’s got AP) in a way that doesn’t primarily offer safe power. Keeps her passive more relevant and gives her more damage if she’s prepared to auto attack a bit more.

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Which Champion do you think will get this year’s Victorious Skin
Wizardcrab New PortraitI will say I will fight my hardest to make sure that the Victorious skin isn’t for a champion that only has 1 other skin (release skin). Will I win that fight? I dunno. But I didn’t like that Elise got the last one with only one other skin, leaving players that love Elise but didn’t make gold high and dry when it comes to further customization options. We’ll see what happens though.


Anyone else have thoughts on that last point?

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What happened to the lifetime RP purchase rewards

Wizardcrab New PortraitThere were a lot of versions, but until we have a finalized, released version I think it would be unwise to talk about the details. It’s really about making sure we’re rewarding the right people for the right reasons with compelling rewards, which is actually more difficult than it sounds.

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Why was there no Mecha Skin Bundle

Wizardcrab New PortraitThere wasn’t a bundle because we wanted to see how people interacted with skin sets without a bundle. They’re prolly be one if/when we release new mecha skins.

Neither the icon nor the ward are limited time only.

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Why the Mecha Summoner Icon isn’t available for IP

Wizardcrab New PortraitHey guys, I just want to clear up a couple of things.

Like a lot of people in this thread are saying, the IP price for summoner icons is a thing that has so far only been tied to specific events. We’ve done it for Lunar Revel, Pentakill, and the soccer (football) stuff. The strategy is still slightly malleable but it is likely going to be as follows:

For event-based purchasable icons, there will be an RP price and an IP price that will remain for the duration of the event. The reason event-based icons have an IP price is to help generate enthusiasm for the event. When you logged in and half of your friends list was sporting the Pentakill icon, it was super cool and got you excited for what was happening (at least it was like that for me). But, if the icon is to remain in the store permanently, the IP price will be removed after the event. Purchasable icons that are not event-based (like the Mecha icon) will generally not have IP prices. The Mecha icon is here to let players further signify their love of the skin line rather than to get people pumped for the release of these skins. Only having an RP price is our general strategy regarding non gameplay-affecting cosmetic content, and these fall into that category. I added to this confusion by forgetting to remove the IP price from the Hat Trick Icon after July 13th in some regions, and for that I apologize.

I know that the definition of an event is a little confusing here, and I’ll admit I don’t have an incredibly clear answer for that. Specifically for just this context, an event involves more than just a themed skin release/promotion site (often with some time-sensitive component). I know that’s super vague but we’re always trying new things and to be honest they’ll probably be determined on a case-by-case basis.

As far as the IP sink argument goes, summoner icons is not the place where we’re trying to solve that issue. I don’t want to get in a huge debate about IP sinks in this particular thread, but I’m happy to discuss that in other places (like my thread in the forums or another reddit thread or something).

I hope this makes sense.

-WC

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Why can’t we report players for hacking

WookieeCookie New PortraitWe’re working on a place to report potential hackers/exploiters etc etc. In the meantime, if you think someone is legitimately exploiting you should leave a note in the report you make at the end of the match.

We don’t really have an in-game report function for this because it would be easy for false positives. Sometimes a player is just good and not cheating. :X

You can also report them to us on our support site too.

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Why don’t you make Viktor’s Hex Core similar to Rengar’s BTN

Scarizard New PortraitAs one of the original implementors of the ‘Bonetooth Trinket’ experiment, none of us ever promised that Viktor would follow the same if it worked. IMO, Viktor’s item is best left as an item (but one with greater flexibility/upgrades), where Rengar’s trinket was low-scope enough to ditch the stats and become a trinket.

It’s just my opinion though, and totally within the discretion of the designer/team working on Viktor to make those decisions.

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