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League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

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League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

League of Legends’ 2015 preseason has begun, which means Riot are free to patch, update, and alter their MOBA. The mantra for this upcoming season’s changes is “Strategic Diversity," say Riot. 

“Our high-level philosophy is we want to offer you more paths to victory so that your in-game decisions matter just as much as the champions you pick." 

If you’ve a read through of the patch notes you’ll see how they’ve achieved this.

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Why "under the radar" League of Legends champion Sona needs nerfing

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Why "under the radar" League of Legends champion Sona needs nerfing

If you’re looking for a D&D point of comparison, blue-mopped Maven of the Strings, Sona, is the bard of League of Legends. Not only because she plucks at a magical zither, but because nobody’s quite sure of the best way to play her.

Nevertheless, she’s the subject of some upcoming nerfs in one of the best free games on PC. Riot explain that Sona is “actually really strong".

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Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

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Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

Much is made of League of Legends' unfriendliness to newcomers, and it’s true Riot didn’t hire an in-house psychologist for no reason. But as the MOBA’s 2014 season winds down, the developers have decided to celebrate the better behaviour of most of their players.

Every player who hasn’t been chat restricted or account suspended this season will get a four-win IP boost. And that’s 95% of active players.

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Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

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Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

Riot’s continuing its attempt to curb negative behaviour in League of Legends, but this time, instead of punishing the bad players, the developer is rewarding all the good boys and girls. 

In what Riot says is a “first step", players who haven’t been suspended or had chat restrictions in the 2014 season will receive a 4-win Influence Point boost, to be doled out across the next week. 

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Why the Summoner’s Rift update is good for League of Legends' performance

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Why the Summoner’s Rift update is good for League of Legends' performance

“What good is a spiffy update if your toaster explodes during loading?" 

That’s the question Riot’s engineering team have been asking themselves while developing the new League of Legends update for Summoner’s Rift. They’ve made it their mission (as well as their jobs) to ensure that the new map runs at least as well on bog-standard machines as the old Rift.

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How Riot's Summoner's Rift update is improving clarity in League of Legends

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How Riot's Summoner's Rift update is improving clarity in League of Legends

Riot have been working to update Summoner’s Rift, the primary playground in League of Legends, for the best part of six months now. They’re stripping away the polygonal menhirs that date the five-year-old game, and ensuring that everything is instantly readable.

Here’s what the art team are doing to make sure there’s as little as possible mediating between the player and a great play.

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Riot on League of Legends preseason changes: we haven't forgotten about tank junglers

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Riot on League of Legends preseason changes: we haven't forgotten about tank junglers

Expect a new kind of League of Legends jungle from the upcoming 2015 preseason. While the best Season 4 junglers honed their speed and ganking, Season 5's new monsters, buffs and items will accommodate many more ways to play the role.

The removal of one particular item has worried tank junglers, however. Without Quill Coat, won’t their relatively slow clear ability see them left behind? Riot say otherwise.

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Kalista, League of Legends' new champion, is a bit miffed about being murdered

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Kalista, League of Legends' new champion, is a bit miffed about being murdered

Riot’s got another unfriendly looking champion that it’s throwing into the big ol’ League of Legends melting pot: Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance. That’s her title and her weapon, which must get a bit confusing at times. She’s a bit miffed about being murdered, so she offers to kill betrayers, but at the cost of the souls of the betrayed. 

Sounds like a terrible deal, frankly. 

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Riot outline preseason plan to bring choice back to League of Legends' jungle

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Riot outline preseason plan to bring choice back to League of Legends' jungle

Jungling has a problem. The role is dominated by a small gaggle of League of Legends champions who exemplify speed and ganking ability, and teams tend to bend their selections and strategies to fit. But in the upcoming 2015 preseason, through new monsters, buffs and items, Riot hope to change that.

“We realise jungle diversity improvements have been a focus a few times in the past (has it been every season?)," wrote the developers. “But this time around we’re taking bigger steps."

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How item changes are redefining the jungle in League of Legends

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How item changes are redefining the jungle in League of Legends

There’s a reason we refer to the lion as the King of the Jungle, and it’s his gold efficiency when it comes to item purchases.

Lots of jungle players think about the same thing when speccing their League of Legends champions - but others focus simply on the final builds they’re working towards. It’s the latter group Riot are hoping to cater to with a new round of jungle enchantments-in-testing.

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Hexakill comes to Twisted Treeline in League of Legends' Halloween event: The Harrowing

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Hexakill comes to Twisted Treeline in League of Legends' Halloween event: The Harrowing

We’re finally able to put a name to the rolling fog that’s bothered League of Legends’ champion pages for over a week now. The Black Mist seeps into the heads of its victims, dissolving all memory of home or loved ones and pulling them deep into the Shadow Isles, where they take on new 975 RP skins. 

On Halloween, we mimic their sacrifice by forgetting our own homes and loved ones to play with twelve champions on Twisted Treeline, LoL’s most close-quartered map.

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League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

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League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

For a game where spending isn’t mandatory, League of Legends sure nets a lot of money. Microtransaction revenue for the MOBA is up from last year, with Riot making $946 million through in-game purchases. It’s getting pretty close to that ridiculous $1 billion figure, which no online game managed to achieve last year. 

SuperData Research has published its list of the top 10 online PC games, based on microtransactions, with League of Legends sitting in the number one spot.

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Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

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Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

Riot Games are preparing a patch to tackle a wave of cheating in League of Legends - triggered by the discovery of a new and powerful exploit. Commonly misunderstood to be a bug, the exploit finds players taking advantage of a quirk in skill activation.

“This is a bannable offence," said the developers last night. “Every player determined to have triggered this exploit will be punished."

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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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