League of Legends

League of Legends devs provide update on new champions, ranked, more

by Daniel Cleary
Riot Games

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Riot Games have released a brief video on April 24, updating League of Legends fans on their plans for future champions, in-game events, ranked play, and much more.

League of Legends developer Jessica ‘Safelocked’ Nam provided the League of Legends community with an update on what Riot had planned for the popular MOBA in the 2020 season.

Following the introduction of the Elemental Rift changes in Season 10 and their focus on balancing Jungle and Top roles, she revealed that the devs are happy with how fresh the current state of the game has been.

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Riot devs are happy with the current meta following the massive Elemental Rift changes.

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Ranked Play and Champions

Safelocked highlighted many of the changes the dev team has made so far, including recent adjustments to ranked play queues, balancing teams with a similar number of duos, and auto-filled players for each match.

They also explained that, while it was still a few months away, they are looking to address many of the long-standing issues in ranked such as “promotional series’, ranked vs MMR clarity, and reward satisfaction” with significant changes following Worlds 2020.

Safelocked also highlighted that the champion design team will be shifting their attention, following the Volibear VGU update in May, to work on the new Jungler and melee characters that were teased in January.

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Game modes and events

With the Galaxies 2020 in-game event wrapping up on April 28, League of Legends fans will be looking towards the next event where they can earn exclusive rewards and loot, such as exclusive champion skins and other items.

After the rumors around the Pulsefire 2020 event were confirmed, Safelocked revealed that Riot had initially scheduled it to align with the Mid-Season Invitational before it was canceled, which often spans across a few weeks in May, meaning fans likely won't have too long to wait for the chance to earn more tokens.

The Pulsefire event will feature the return of the popular Pick URF playlist, which allows players to pick any of their favorite champs in the Ultra Rapid Fire game mode. FPX's 2019 Worlds skins, which Riot has already revealed, are also expected to made available around this time.

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Riot Games previewed the Pulsefire 2020 event with an unreleased Pantheon skin.

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She also hinted towards the upcoming Summer Festival, which will see the return of the fan-favorite game mode, Nexus Blitz, as well as the expected release of the Jungler and Melee champs that were mentioned previously.

Safelocked also noted that there is still a chance that some of their plans might not make it onto the Rift as early as they would like, due to the recent production constraints, but Riot will update fans with any delays should they arise.