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.
Patch 4.20 is the first patch of the preseason so Riot have included a lot of explanations for their changes. “In previous years,” they write, “we've lacked the proper systems and levers to balance different strategies against each other.
“This year, rather than trying to 'fix' tactical problems from the previous season, we're instead introducing a metric tonne of changes to map-wide objectives, a complete rehaul of the jungle and jungle itemization, and a number of strategic item additions / modifications. With these new paths in place, how you strive for victory will vary with each individual game and our hope is that all of this adds up to more far more strategic diversity and experimentation in League. “
Patch 4.20 includes a lot of changes and Riot admit it’s unbalanced: “we're expecting the game to be disrupted, imperfect, and requiring even more work over time.” They’re releasing the changes now so that players can paw over each alteration and find the balance problems in the system.
Watch this League of Legends 4.20 trailer for a handy overview of the patch:
For the full context of the changes read Riot’s preseasons patch notes what I’ve included on the next page is strictly the changes that come with patch 4.20.