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League of Legends fans outraged with “recycled” Championship Ryze skin

Published: 24/Sep/2019 5:33 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 5:40

by Andrew Amos

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Excited fans ready for the League of Legends Worlds 2019 Championship Ryze skin have been left disappointed after the skin appears to be a carbon copy of SKT Ryze.

Ever since the release of Championship Riven in season two, the Championship skin line has been a major part of League of Legends. It’s a celebration of the game’s best players heading into Worlds, and often highlights champions that have had a major impact on the competitive scene in the year gone past.

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Great skins like Championship Kalista, Zed, and Thresh have been sought after by cosmetic collectors, but many players have been left disappointed by 2019’s entry to the line in Championship Ryze. 

The League community has complained that the skin looks too similar to SKT Ryze in terms of base animations, and isn’t up to Riot’s own standards for a 1350 RP skin.

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Riot GamesChampionship Riven was the first skin in the line, released back in 2012.

Reddit user ‘Boneyking_’ broke down the different elements of the two Ryze skins and found that the upcoming cosmetic seems to be near to a direct rip-off of an older skin.

“Auto attacks are barely touched, Q trail, E inner orb, R trail, impact effects for everything” are some of the things he noted as similarities between the two skins.

He had a wider critique of Riot’s approach to new skin releases though.

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“I hope players start realizing that the ‘only 1350+ RP skins from now own’ bullshit we got was another crash grab move from Riot. Say what you want, but this skin would 100% be 975 RP tier before that announcement, at least based on its quality. They simply decided to start charging us more for the same kind of product.”

People seemed to agree with the sentiment, especially after players were left hanging with the latest set of Star Guardian skins, recent announcements about Prestige skins, and Valiant Sword Riven.

MonstrousYi’ said that “Championship Riven, Thresh, Shyvana, Kalista and Zed all cost 975, yet they’re amazing skins,” making note of the increased prices of recent Championship skins.

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Riot even scrapped the team chromas concept from the 2018 Championship Kha’Zix skin, which allowed fans to represent their favorite pro teams on the Rift in a new way.

The skin hasn’t been amazing to play on the PBE compared to other skins in the line either. ‘Icehero0003’ said that the skin “was crazy underwhelming,” while ‘oV3’ said that “there is no point in buying it especially since I already own SKT Ryze.”

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Riot GamesChampionship Kha’Zix had a chroma for every team in attendance at Worlds 2018.

Players have been complaining about a decline in skin quality from Riot over the last 18 months. The in-game cosmetics cost as much as $30 in the case of a Ultimate skin, with chromas, icons, and borders only adding to the price. 

What was once lumped in the price of a 1350 or 1820 RP skin is now priced as extra, and players aren’t receiving updated animations or special effects for the high price. 

Riot’s own skin guideline says that a 1350 RP skin should give “drastic changes to the champion and bring the fantasy to life,” but players aren’t satisfied with the changes made to the infamous mage.

Riot GamesLeague players have complained that Championship Ryze looks too similar to SKT Ryze.

Championship Ryze will be released with a golden chroma, which can be obtained through completing in-game missions throughout the Worlds 2019 campaign

The skin will come out during Patch 9.19, the upcoming game update expected to drop September 25.

League of Legends

TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70