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Riot approve two third-party apps for League of Legends: Curse Voice and Razer Comms

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Riot approve two third-party apps for League of Legends: Curse Voice and Razer Comms

We missed this last week, because we were distracted by the fog descending over League of Legends. But that particular mystery doesn’t seem to be dissipating anytime soon, so we should talk about the approval of two VOIP tools for one of the PC’s best free-to-play games - including one of the programs that first prompted Riot Games’ to clarify their third-party app policy in the Spring.

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League of Legend’s Halloween content isn’t in-game

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League of Legend’s Halloween content isn’t in-game

We’re half-way through October, so everyone’s on guard for their favourite gaming communities to throw a sheet over their head and start shrieking “BOO!" very soon. Whilst many games have already geared up their Halloween events already, League of Legends is taking a different approach. To win the big prize this year, you’ll need to be handy with a real knife, rather than your Q key. 

Yup, this year Riot are handing out massive RP prizes to summoners who can carve the best LoL-themed pumpkin. 

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Riot rework League of Legends' "severely abused" refer-a-friend system to fight botting

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Riot rework League of Legends' "severely abused" refer-a-friend system to fight botting

Riot have been running a refer-a-friend scheme in one form or another since League of Legends launched half a decade ago. The current system rewards players who introduce others to the MOBA with new skins - but will soon be revamped to tackle a growing problem with botting and account selling.

“Ordinarily we might tolerate low levels of fringe misuse if it meant we were still doing right by the vast majority of players," wrote Riot. “However, RAF abuse was increasingly degrading the average players’ experience, forcing us to contemplate changes."

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League of Legends champion Cassiopeia is in "clear need of attention", Riot admit

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League of Legends champion Cassiopeia is in "clear need of attention", Riot admit

The champion roster of one of the best free PC games available has long since topped 100, and Riot Games have lately adopted a policy of polarisation. The League of Legends devs have pushed characters into specific niches to ensure they remain distinguishable from one another - but introduced some new problems in the process.

Their biggest current problem is named Cassiopeia: the half-snake mage whose venom has been inadvertently sucked from her veins.

“It was never the intention to strip her Snake Mage identity, but we agree that we’ve done so in trying to meet other goals with the kit," said associate designer Riot Stashu. “This has left Cassiopeia in clear need of our attention, and we’re really sorry about that."

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Welcome to the new jungle: Riot test preseason changes for League of Legends

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Welcome to the new jungle: Riot test preseason changes for League of Legends

Ganking in one of the universe's best free PC games is great fun, but it’s come to overshadow everything else about junglers in League of Legends. For the 2015 preseason, Riot are looking to improve “strategic diversity" in the jungle. They’d like you to have a wider roster of viable champions to pick from, and more options for customising their items later in the game.

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League of Legends' Sion has been taken apart and put back together again

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League of Legends' Sion has been taken apart and put back together again

I like to think that there’s a retirement home for old League of Legends characters, where they are tossed when new and improved versions get added to the game. Sion’s probably in there, confusing his fellow residents by being a gigantic mage with an axe and smelling of rotting flesh. He’s in there because Riot have put together a new Sion, an unstoppable undead general. 

The new version of the old champion was revealed a couple of weeks ago, and now you can take a look at him in action with the latest Champion Spotlight. 

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Mobile network giffgaff open £10,000 League of Legends tournament; open to all UK residents

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Mobile network giffgaff open £10,000 League of Legends tournament; open to all UK residents

UK mobile network, giffgaff, is the latest company to catch the eSports bug - offering a respectable £10,000 and “other prizes" in an upcoming League of Legends tournament free to UK residents.  The tournament will be open to players and teams of all skill levels, and the finals will be held at the Insomnia 53 event on November the 21st.

If you fancy a shot, you and your teammates have until October 5th to register, so hurry!

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Riot to punish badly-behaved League of Legends players with temporary ranked bans

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Riot to punish badly-behaved League of Legends players with temporary ranked bans

Riot want to redefine what it means to play competitively in one of the best free PC games available, League of Legends - so that it encompasses not only good laning, but good sportsmanship too. To that end, the studio’s Competitive and Player Behaviour teams have put their heads together to conceive a new punishment for biting the ears off your teammates: temporary bans from ranked mode.

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Don't play with matches: Riot clarifies its stance on third party applications in League of Legends

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Don't play with matches: Riot clarifies its stance on third party applications in League of Legends

Don’t mess with the in-game experience: that’s Riot’s golden rule when it comes to League of Legends players employing third party applications. The developer apparently gets a lot of questions in regards to what types of apps are and are not acceptable, so today it clarified its stance. 

“No software should interfere directly with the in-game player experience between when you press ‘Play’ and the end of game screen."

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League of Legends launching in Japan; world dominance almost complete

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League of Legends launching in Japan; world dominance almost complete

At this year's Tokyo Game Show 2014, Riot have announced that their pedigree MOBA, League of Legends, is heading to Japan. Working together with Japan’s Logitech company, Logicool, they plan to put up Japanese servers in the very near future. That is of course, after a full localization has been performed, similar to that of the Korean version of the game.

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League of Legends Worlds 2014 begins; Riot make a hyper-cool cartoon for the occasion

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League of Legends Worlds 2014 begins; Riot make a hyper-cool cartoon for the occasion

League of Legends Worlds begins today - the final leg of a year’s competitive lane-scuffling. Hosted in Singapore, this weekend’s group stages will feature teams from all over the world - and the best will be catching planes to Taiwan and Busan, South Korea before the grand finals in Seoul in October.

Riot Games have put together a cartoon fit to inaugurate this border-crossing, career-culminating melodrama, and they’ve called it ‘Warriors’. Have a watch: it is good.

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Enter sandman: Riot talk new League of Legends champion Azir, Emperor of the Sands

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Enter sandman: Riot talk new League of Legends champion Azir, Emperor of the Sands

Here, there’s somebody Riot want you to meet: new League of Legends champion Azir. A nuisance at the beach but an asset in the lanes, the Emperor of the Sands can summon dusty soldiers to do his bidding. And when he’s not reclaiming his rightful place as ruler of the Shuriman desert, Azir can channel the sand to throw his enemies high in the air. As you’re about to see.

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League of Legends' new Ascension mode offers unlimited power

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League of Legends' new Ascension mode offers unlimited power

Riot has introduced a new featured game mode for League of Legends: Ascension. And it’s all about getting unlimited power - which is lovely. 

Ascension sees two teams of five pitted against each other, both attempting to defeat the Ancient Ascendant Xerath and steal his big ol’ buff. That power makes a champion vastly more powerful, though not so much that the opposing team can’t take him down with a coordinated assault. 

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Road to Worlds documents the journeys of League of Legends pros

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Road to Worlds documents the journeys of League of Legends pros

The final of League of Legend’s 2014 World Championships is little over a month away. It’s unlikely that - given that the arena in Seoul is expected to sell out - you’ll get to see it in person, so you’ll probably just have to enjoy the streams. 

Starting today, you can also follow some of the pro players as they work to earn their spot in the championships. The first episode of the Road to Worlds documentary is available already, and you can take a gander below. 

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League of Legends lore rewrite will stay true to the "soul" of characters in the old canon

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League of Legends lore rewrite will stay true to the "soul" of characters in the old canon

Riot Games prompted applause and alarm over the weekend with the announcement of a partial retcon of League of Legends lore. The game’s very premise, an institute where political conflicts could be resolved in orderly and relatively bloodless fashion, had proven too restrictive for LoL’s narrative designers.

They’ve resolved to push their character bios and event plotlines beyond the boundaries of the League - but have reassured concerned fans that their favourite champions will only benefit.

“We believe in a philosophy in which story should spring from the characters naturally, not from a very arbitrary plot built around them," said Riot writer Devon Giehl. “Character drives plot."

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League of Legends champion designer explains Riot's approach to choice

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League of Legends champion designer explains Riot's approach to choice

Riot continues its commendable efforts to make League of Legend’s continued development transparent. Earlier today, lead champion designer Andrei Van Roon broke down what Riot considers one of the key tenets of League of Legends and putting a beating on other people online, generally: meaningful choices

Van Roon reckons that its these choices that give PvP games depth. “The ability to make decisions that directly impact that state of the game is of absolute importance in driving satisfaction and mastery," he says.

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Riot know League of Legends' Tristana "needs nerfing" - but change is unlikely before Worlds

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Riot know League of Legends' Tristana "needs nerfing" - but change is unlikely before Worlds

League of Legends lore has it that Tristana always has a “kind word for everyone" - though in the lanes she’s equally generous with the buster shots to the face. In fact, the yordle commando is currently proving marginally more effective than her peers, and Riot know it. But they’re not planning to get busy with the nerfs until after this year’s Championship Series concludes at Worlds.

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A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

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A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

The five game final in the North American playoffs between Team SoloMid and Cloud9 was all about pride, and getting the best possible seed at 2014 Worlds. But while TSM won by the skin of their teeth, both teams’ reputations were secure. They remain the clear masters of the North American LCS division, and their real test is yet to come.

But for Counter-Logic Gaming and Curse, the playoff season was one of heartbreak and disappointment. Despite the two teams’ tremendous efforts to change their fortunes this season, and surprisingly strong showings from both of them over the course of the 2014 campaign, the bitter end of the season crushed both teams’ high hopes.

It also showed that, for these once-proud American teams, the road back to the top of competitive League of Legends is a lot longer than one season.

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