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League of Legends fans disappointed with Season 9 ranked reward merch

Published: 7/Jan/2020 2:05

by Dustin Steiner

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League of Legends fans have been vocally disappointed with Riot’s ranked rewards merch program, specifically targeting the quality of the merchandise for the price. 

So, you managed to grind all the way to Diamond last season? Bet you wanted something to commemorate the occasion. It’s too bad, then, that Riot’s Ranked Rewards merchandise has been getting terrible reviews as of late on social media.

“For those of you who’s been considering getting the Ranked Reward Clothing, don’t,” Reddit user u/rankedgummy said. “Reading some of the posts by Redditors I already have a pretty low expectation but boy am I still disappointed.”

Riot’s ranked rewards merchandise is facing heavy criticism from fans as “low quality.”

The Reddit user noted that the items felt “overpriced” for what they were, retailing at $115 for the cotton jacket and the t-shirt. These items come emblazoned with your summoner name and rank, but the user noted that the name was “smudged” on the product they received.

“It’s really poorly made. The material feels very cheap, the printing is inconsistent,” they continued. “And it SMELLS. They were like soaked in vinegar or something, the acidic smell is so strong I can’t even try them on.”

Another user in the thread noted that this smell is common for items that have dark dyes, as they are used to help improve dye quality on dark-colored items, but that it should come out in the wash.

These items from Riot echo another popular publisher’s offerings in the Fanatics Overwatch League shop. That shop has long suffered from claims of poor quality in their items as well, and can also be quite pricy depending on the item. Many items in that shop suffer from even worse complaints, however, including uneven and crooked printing, screen printing that comes off in one wash, and more.

While the price of these items are affordable when compared with traditional sports, they do run a bit on the expensive side due to their custom nature in terms of gaming items, so it’s understandable that fans expect quality.

Fans that want to take their chances on the League of Legends ranked rewards for season 9 can do so as long as they finished their placement matches in season nine by visiting the Riot merch shop.

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Riot dev explains lack of Yasuo & Yone buffs after League win rates drop

Published: 29/Nov/2020 18:01

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has responded to League of Legends players calling for Yasuo and Yone to be buffed after the champions took a significant hit in win rate percentage following the Season 11 item overhaul.

After Riot announced that they would be introducing a massive item overhaul in the 2021 preseason, many players were concerned about the effects it would have on champion balancing in League of Legends.

The 2021 preseason has already seen many balance changes such as the rise of tanks like Amumu and Sejuani, but Riot has been quick to make even more characters viable with League patch 10.24.

However, two popular mid-lane champions, Yasuo and Yone, have seen a massive drop in win rate percentage after the new item update, and the lack of buffs has caused fans to reach out to Riot devs for an update.

Yasuo's Odyssey skin in League of Legends
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Yasuo and Yone were two champions that have been hard by the League Item overhaul.

One Redditor called out to League developer Riot Phlox, asking why there were no pre-emptive buffs for champions like Yone and if there would be any changes in the upcoming patch.

The League of Legends dev explained that, although Yasuo and Yone have been underwhelming so far, he believes that part of that is due to some of the current item builds that players are choosing, and not necessarily their strength in-game.

He revealed that buying Immortal Shieldbow into Infinity Edge was quite strong, compared to the traditional Phantom Dancer start that has been a go-to for players piloting the high-crit damage champions in past seasons.

But, with Yone still sitting at 43% win-rate and Yasuo at 45% in high-elo matches, according to u.gg, Riot Phlox admitted that they might be in need of some adjustments in the future.

“I think Critbros (Yasuo and Yone) still building terrible items on average,” he explained, claiming that he was unsure if buffs would be needed, “still might need buffs but not on fire.”

Despite being two of the most popular characters, the Ionian brothers are currently the worst performing champions in the mid lane.

However, as of now, it is unclear just what Riot has planned ahead of the competitive spring season.