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Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

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Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

Riot’s running an experiment today in League of Legends. Any player in the MOBA who shows “toxicity" such as racism will instantly be banned for two weeks or permabanned. 

Social system lead designer, Jeffrey Lin, dropped the news on Twitter today, prompting a slew of questions due to its somewhat vague nature. Lin took to Reddit to clarify how this works and that it’s just a one-day experiment. 

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

League of Legends has been hit with a colossal patch that turns a vast amount of elements of the game on their heads. Jungle timers show a countdown on-screen until jungle creatures respawn, and a great handful of champions have been tweaked into notably different reflections of their former selves. 

Riot have put out an interesting video in which the game’s producers talk about the latest changes with LoL pro superstar Snoopeh of Evil Geniuses. Amusingly Snoopeh isn’t all that convinced by some of the changes, and it’s Team Riot’s job to change his perspective. 

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

Are you the bravest summoner on the rift? You’ll need to be exactly that if you plan on taking part in Riot’s latest League of Legends experimental Featured Game Mode. The Doom Bots of Doom turns the game’s already tricksy AI champions into fiendish, apocalyptically difficult foes. 

And they’re stomping their way into battle from July 17th. Gulp. 

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Riot declares war on League of Legends skin resellers

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Riot declares war on League of Legends skin resellers

A number of naughty sites and skin resellers have gained the ire of Riot. The League of Legends developer has declared war on these illegitimate resellers after it noticed an increase in fraud.

As of today, Riot will start to deactivate all previously issues codes for champion skins, and the studio is working with payment companies, recommending that they no longer process payments from these sites. 

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Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

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Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

Roccat and Millenium are playing the penultimate match on the first day of League of Legends’ European LCS roadshow. This is not an important match, in the grand scheme of things. The winners don’t become World Champions. It doesn’t decide who gets promoted or who gets relegated. It’s the fifth week of the League of Legends European LCS’ Summer Split. There are seven more weeks of games ahead till we know who will qualify for the World Championship. Yet somehow, it’s become /a thing/.

The sheer enthusiasm of the crowd is making it more than it is.

A chant of “We want wards!" starts at the back of the packed 5,000-seat London Wembley Arena. It fills the room. In response, Millenium lay down some vision wards around their base. They're showboating. The crowd love it. 

For many in the crowd it’s their first opportunity to see the game they love played in this way.

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Queue Dodge: Riot paying new hires 10 percent of their annual salary to quit

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Queue Dodge: Riot paying new hires 10 percent of their annual salary to quit

A decade ago, I quit my job as an Assistant Manager at Blockbuster (who?) and jumped into a marketing job at the recommendation of my girlfriend at the time. It was one of the worst job moves I ever made. I got more money, but the job was soul-sucking, the atmosphere was unfriendly and there were none of the perks that I enjoyed at the previous job. But I stayed, because I needed the money. My work suffered, of course.

If I’d been working for Riot, things would have been very different - beyond the obvious stuff, of course. The League of Legends developer has initiated a new scheme called the “Queue Dodge," where new hires are offered money to quit. Riot says this is a reinforcement of its culture. 

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League of Legends' Karthus shows off his new look in his Champion Spotlight

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League of Legends' Karthus shows off his new look in his Champion Spotlight

League of Legends’ death-defying lich, Karthus, underwent some major surgery a wee while ago, updating his animations, fashion sense dialogue and connecting him more to the lore Riot’s developed in the five years since his inception. 

With the undead chappy being given a new lease on life, Riot felt it was time to give the old fella a champion spotlight. So if you’ve never taken him for a spin, you can get up to speed and learn a few tricks to get you started in the right direction. 

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Champions League: League of Legends gets into the football spirit

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Champions League: League of Legends gets into the football spirit

Wargaming isn’t the only developer doing something a wee bit special for the World Cup. Riot’s celebrating countries coming together to kick a ball around in the Brazilian heat by releasing five new skins, a ward skin and a summoner icon for League of Legends. 

And these skins aren’t going anywhere once the World Cup is concluded. They’ll be available all year round. 

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New look: League of Legends' Summoner's Rift is getting some major work done

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New look: League of Legends' Summoner's Rift is getting some major work done

League of Legends’ Summoner’s Rift is getting a big update, changing both how the map looks and plays. As Riot builds up to the big switch, it’s breaking down all of these significant changes. 

The update has honed in on five major things that Riot felt needed fixing: Clarity, visual fidelity, gameplay, thematic cohesion and performance. 

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Extra value: Riot wants to start a dialogue with League of Legends players

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Extra value: Riot wants to start a dialogue with League of Legends players

Riot wants to have a chat with you. The League of Legends developer says that it will never stop evolving and “improving the landscape of the game," and that means it needs to improve how it communicated with its playerbase. 

A real, meaningful dialogue is on the cards, says Riot. So it wants to share its values with you: mastery, meaningful choices, counterplay, teamplay, clarity and evolution. That’s a lot of values. 

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Sonuvalich: League of Legend's Karthus gets a makeover

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Sonuvalich: League of Legend's Karthus gets a makeover

League of Legends’ skinny Lich man, Karthus, has moved with the times and been given a big ol' update, tying him to the lore a bit more and giving the boney bugger a bit more personality. 

“Updating Karthus gives us a chance to expand his breadth of character so he again fills a unique niche," says Riot. That means a new look, better animations and over 200 lines of dialogue and a new voice. 

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Create your own League of Legends pro team with Fantasy LCS

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Create your own League of Legends pro team with Fantasy LCS

If you’re a sports person or socialise with people of that mindframe, you’ll probably be familiar with Fantasy Football. You create a team made up of your favourite players, each week you tot up their goals and other point-scoring activities, and at the end of the season one of your social group is crowned the winner. 

Riot have decided this would be a pretty cool set up for their League of Legends tournament: League Championship Series. Now, with Fantasy LCS, you can create your dream LoL team with the best pro players, and try to ‘win’ the series. 

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League of Legends 4.7 weakens Feral Flame and teases Braum and his glorious moustache

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League of Legends 4.7 weakens Feral Flame and teases Braum and his glorious moustache

It’s League of Legends patch day, chums. 4.7 is upon us, and with it comes the long list of changes, tweaks and fixes. Riot says it’s not a big one, but lots of scrolling suggests otherwise. 

4.7 is all about “high priority targets," says Riot. Stuff that’s having a negative effect on the health of the game. Like high-damage junglers having more gold and XP in mid-game than solo laners who fought hard for their spoils.

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League of Legends: Origins of the fluffy poros

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League of Legends: Origins of the fluffy poros

It’s been almost a year since Riot added Howling Abyss, the ARAM (All Random All Mid) mode map to League of Legends. To celebrate the impending anniversary, Riot details the origins of the fluffy love balls, the poros

Artists RiotOtown, RiotEarp, and RiotCaptainLx explain how the wee creatures went from concept to in-game beasties. 

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Riot fine League of Legends pro Bjergsen $2000 for poaching another team's players

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Riot fine League of Legends pro Bjergsen $2000 for poaching another team's players

Remember that whole fiasco between progaming teams Ninjas in Pyjamas and Lemondogs as they attempted to trade an LCS spot between them, only to have Riot quash it with a rules change?

Today, Riot added a new twist as they fined Ninjas in Pyjamas’ former mid laner, Soren Bjerg, $2000 for his role in the affair. They found that he was guilty of poaching members of the Lemondogs team, which is odd because it’s usually teams and not players who do the poaching. So how did Bjergsen find himself in the middle of all this? Hint: eSports aren’t always wildly professional.

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League of Legends patch files banned by the UK porn wall

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League of Legends patch files banned by the UK porn wall

Last year the tory government erected a massive porn wall that stopped naked people flooding into Great Britain, their rude and naughty jiggly bits crashing into the wall like the waves on the cliffs of Dover. Unfortunately the latest set of files to have their visas stamped DENIED at the wall belong to League of Legend’s new patch. The reason for refusal isn’t to do with skimpy outfits or copulating avatars though; just simply that the robots manning the porn wall don’t seem to understand that the letters S, E, and X being together doesn’t always mean moans and groans.

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Riot address "concerns" about plant mage: "Zyra is not the most well designed of champions"

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Riot address "concerns" about plant mage: "Zyra is not the most well designed of champions"

League of Legends is no stranger to an unusual backstory: its battlegrounds host both publically-accepted sentient robots and soul-gathering ghouls. But plant mage Zyra’s began after her release in mid-2012, when abusive play patterns led to dramatic nerfs.

“One of the most unfortunate aspects of her being over-tuned on release is that players developed an attachment to her for reasons that were not long-term sustainable," says associate game designer Bradford 'CertainlyT' Wenban, looking back. “Even in a state of balance, a lot of people will subjectively feel that Zyra is weak."

Wenban argues that Zyra is balanced, despite community claims to the contrary - but acknowledges that there are issues “deeply baked" into the champion's kit.

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