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League devs suggest PvE modes like Odyssey “likely” won’t return again

Published: 24/Jul/2020 8:42

by Andrew Amos

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When every new event rolls around in League of Legends, fans yearn for something like the Odyssey event from 2018. The Extraction game mode was something players could get excited for, however Riot has yet again quashed any hopes of it returning.

Odyssey is often talked about in the League community with rose-tinted glasses. The 2018 event was a hit with players, thanks to the unique Extraction gamemode pitting players against AI in a dungeon-esque map.

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While players have long requested for its return ⁠— or at least something similar ⁠— Riot has knocked back request after request. It’s no different after Spirit Blossom.

Odyssey Extraction in League of Legends
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The Odyssey: Extraction gamemode was a hit with players back in 2018, but it won’t be returning.

Answering questions about the new month-long event on Reddit, lead champion designer Ryan ‘Reav3’ Mirales told players that Odyssey was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Riot have no plans on bringing it back, or implementing something similar in future events.

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“[I] can’t say anything for certain but likely not,” he admitted on July 23.

“The reason we pivoted away from PvE modes is we saw really strong engagement for the first couple [of] days then a huge dropoff after people played it once. People just really want to play SR [Summoner’s Rift] mostly, and it’s really hard to create something that competes with SR.”

This is a sentiment Riot has echoed in the past. The League of Legends devs have stated that while there’s fun in the unique element of these new game modes, the novelty wore off fast.

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“Modes like this put a really unique twist on League’s core gameplay, but they didn’t hold [player] attention for long. In other words, players were excited to try the modes but would quickly return to Summoner’s Rift after the novelty wore off,” modes product lead ‘HBBONG’ told the community back in May.

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That’s not to say Riot aren’t trying to innovate events in League. From creating mini-factions and rivalries in Versus events, like the Galaxies event earlier in 2020, to the Japanese visual novel-style experience out of game in the Spirit Blossom event, Riot are trying to make every League event more exciting than the last.

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“This is why we tried something different with this event, we created a meta-system meant to be enjoyed in between SR games, and that could be completed by just playing SR (or whatever game mode people want to play) since that is what people just want to do anyway,” Reav3 added.

The Spirit Blossom event has been met with raucous applause from players. The storytelling experience out of game has connected players with their favorite champions, diving deep into their backstories and personalities.

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Ahri Spirit Bonds screen in League of Legends
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The Spirit Bonds system allows you to learn more about your favorite champions while playing the Spirit Blossom event.

If you haven’t started your Spirit Blossom journey, building your Spirit Bonds with the selected champions, now is as good a time as ever.

The Spirit Blossom event will run until late August, but if you want to get on your champion’s good side, you’ll have to start grinding early.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Origen LoL team
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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.