League of Legends: Riot Games under heavy fire again after announcement of 'Prestige Points' - Dexerto
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League of Legends: Riot Games under heavy fire again after announcement of ‘Prestige Points’

Published: 10/Jan/2019 22:09 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 22:51

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are experiencing some heavy backlash from the League of Legends community for the January 10 announcement of the Prestige Points program. The company intends for the program to be a streamlined way for players to earn some of the exclusive Prestige skins.

The initial Prestige releases were incredibly well received as the variants for the K/DA Akali and Kai’sa skins were both sought out and coveted by many players. However decisions around new entries completely killed the hype while turning a portion of the community against the developers.

The newly announced Prestige Points have been immediately added to 9.1, giving players a new way to earn future releases for the desirable designs.

Riot GamesThe latest entry to the Prestige skin line, Blood Moon Aatrox Prestige Edition.

The announcement made clear that there will still be a distinction between event-specific skins and yearly Prestige edition skins which will be craft-able with 100 Prestige Points.

Riot Games are looking for more ways to let players to acquire Prestige Points, but they are currently only available by purchasing Masterclock Chests or Blood Moon Capsules.

However, the community saw salt applied to a wound inflicted by the apparent lack of creativity that these “yearly Prestige Edition” skins are taking thus far in the form of Blood Moon Aatrox and Firecracker Vayne.

“This has to be about the most tone deaf response/announcement in Riot history. I actually remember when the ethos of Riot was doing right by the players, and that player experience counted above all, listening to feedback,” longtime Riot Games community member Twinkie said.

Riot GamesPrestige Points seem to be another point of contempt from the community to the League of Legends developers.

The biggest crux for the community’s ire lies in the change of pace that acquiring Prestige Skins take, where as every skin before could be obtained by grinding League of Legends games while it might be impossible to do based on this program.

“There will be some opportunities to get Prestige Points without spending money over the course of the year, but not enough to get a full skin,” said Riot Games Senior Designer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer.

The new program is expected to expand through the year, but Riot would presumably want to address harsh community feedback with a follow-up in the near future.

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Riot dev reveals Ornn ability buffs for League 2021 preseason

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:58

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has revealed League of Legends 2021 preseason buffs for Ornn’s Masterwork passive ability after the latest set of changes were expected to nerf the champion during the massive item overhaul.

While there are 150 unique champions in League of Legends, Ornn could be one of the characters affected most by the upcoming item overhaul, as his Passive ability can upgrade items for himself and teammates.

Ornn is currently one of the most played top lane champions in League of Legends, particularly in pro play, after becoming the leading champion for picks and bans at Worlds 2020, appearing in 90.4% of champion select phases, but he may soon fall out of the meta.

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Ornn’s ‘Living Forge’ skills are set to receive some buffs in the preseason.

Concerns were raised for the future of the Forgelord after Riot devs initially revealed changes to his passive ability that would remove one of his masterwork items, resulting in a considerable nerf of around 400 HP.

However, Riot developer Phlox has now responded to the concerns, sharing some new changes that the LoL design team is testing on PBE, to buff the fan-favorite Freljordian’s passive once again.

The League of Legends dev explained that, while Ornn would not be able to upgrade two items at the level 13 mark, there would be other ways for him to gain resistances to opponents’ damage.

“Put an experimental change to Ornn for preseason on PBE,” he explained, “now every time he upgrades any mythic to a masterwork his passive Armor/MR amp increases by 5% (10% without upgrades, same as live).”

Unlike the current version of Ornn, the champion’s new passive ability would gain Magic Resist and Armor from simply upgrading Mythic items for himself or others.

While this was listed as an “experimental change,” Phlox also indicated on the Ornn Mains subreddit that this was the direction they wanted to take with Ornn and that there may be more changes with the statistics before live release.

As of now, the start date for the League of Legends 2021 preseason has yet to be announced by Riot but is expected to go live in November.