LoL players slam Riot for “disappointing” Victorious skin for Season 9 - Dexerto
League of Legends

LoL players slam Riot for “disappointing” Victorious skin for Season 9

Published: 25/Oct/2019 0:09 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 0:40

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has announced the ranked rewards for League of Legends Season 9, including the prestigious Victorious Aatrox skin, but players are disappointed by how similar it looks to his other cosmetics.

Getting to Gold to get the Victorious skin is a ritual for all League ranked players. Around 25% of the ranked community gets there, and Riot looks to reward their efforts by giving back at the end of every season. This is how the Victorious skin was born, giving players something to show off for their ranked efforts in seasons gone by.

While they’ve rotated through a cast of champions who had a major impact on that year’s meta, they’ve also looked to balance it out based on the amount of skins a certain champion got in a year, as well as how similar they are to their other skins. 

Riot GamesPlayers were given a first look at the Victorious Aatrox skin on October 24.

So when Victorious Aatrox was announced as the prestigious ranked reward for 2019, the community was disappointed. There’s no denying that Aatrox had a massive influence on the ranked meta in the last 12 months, with his rework making him one of the strongest top laners in the game.

However, the Darkin Blade was gutted halfway through the season because of how dominant he was, lingering in irrelevance for the last few months. Because of that, no one has been playing him recently, with his play rate on a steady decline since Patch 9.9, and an abysmal win rate of 47.24%.

Reddit user ‘WarwickIs4Noobs’ shared the sentiment most people were thinking – “so (it’s) Justicar basically.” The golden Victorious skin color scheme lines up with the gold and white skin Aatrox received on release, with the two looking incredibly similar in design. 

He also got a prestige skin earlier in the year with Blood Moon Aatrox, leading to more confusion about why a champion would have three gold skins in their repertoire. ”Yes of course. Three golden skins for one champ, why not,” said ‘Oeshikito’.

Riot GamesThe League community has complained about the Victorious Aatrox skin, saying it looks too close to Justicar Aatrox (pictured).

Aside from drawing similarities to other skins, players noted that the skin-tight leotard look doesn’t really fit Aatrox, who is usually armored up to the nines. “Tight clothes with bright colors just don’t work that well for Aatrox,” said ‘Ardenicifed’. “He needs armor.”

However, there was a redeeming factor for the skin. The visual effects are extraordinary, taking on the marbled look other Victorious skins have had in the past. 

There’s more ranked rewards than just the Victorious skin though. Players who finished gold or higher in Teamfight Tactics will receive a Victorious Pengu emote, as well as a special reward to be released at a later date.

Riot GamesThe Victorious Pengu emote will have armor based on your rank at the end of the season.

Honorable summoners will also be getting rewarded, with honor emotes being added to players who’ve reached honor 3, 4, or 5. There’ll also be rank-specific merch in the Riot Games merch store. While the Challenger backpacks and jumpers are no more, you might be able to pick yourself up a Platinum pin instead.

The ranked season ends on November 19 at midnight PST, so you’ve still got a few more weeks to grind for the Aatrox skin, and other ranked rewards, if you so desire.

League of Legends

League patch 10.24 to nerf Samira, Eclipse, buff Kraken Slayer, more

Published: 18/Nov/2020 5:23 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 5:24

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has confirmed the first update of Season 11, League of Legends preseason patch 10.24, is coming at the end of this PBE cycle, and will be headlined by a host of buffs & nerfs for the new Mythic items. Here’s all the early notes for the Nov. 25 update.

The next League of Legends update is expected to be “pretty big,” the LoL balance team has warned, as Riot Games looks to deal with the fallout of the massive Season 11 item overhaul.

A number of the new Mythic items, including Eclipse, Kraken Slayer, Liandry’s Anguish, and plenty more are in the firing line. There’s a few champions being tweaked too, including new release Samira, Tryndamere, and Kayle.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.24, coming next fortnight.

Riot rush out Mythic item changes

LoL patch 10.24’s headline change comes in the item section. Mythics have dominated the early stages of Season 11 ⁠— no surprise there, considering they’re extremely new.

What Riot didn’t plan on, however, is how strong some of the single-slot picks would be when released into Summoner’s Rift. This includes Eclipse, the lethality mythic, as well as Liandry’s Anguish, and a host of other top-class full build items.

These Mythic nerfs will also be paired with a handful of buffs to boost Season 11’s underperforming items. Tear of the Goddess and Kraken Slayer lead the buffs, while ADC items like Essence Reaver and Phantom Dancer are also included.

Samira is one of a handful of champions being nerfed in patch 10.24.
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Samira is one of a handful of champions being nerfed in patch 10.24.

“Statistically, Kraken [Slayer] has been underperforming compared to the other two [Galeforce and Shieldbow] so giving it a boost should help it a bit,” Riot dev Ray Williams said on Reddit soon after the patch 10.24 changes were revealed.

He also confirmed Eclipse’s “proc frequency” would be the main target of the Mythic item’s patch 10.24 nerfs.

“It’s the highest win rate on most users, and it’s the most broad [pick] for Assassins, Fighters, and Marksmen,” he said, “so it’s gotta give power somewhere.”

Eclipse has turned AD carries -- assassins and marksman -- into deadly burst champions.
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Eclipse has turned AD carries  assassins and marksman  into deadly burst champions.

Season 11 item icons reworked

As well as the balance changes coming for a host of the League of Legends mythics, Riot is also shipping minor changes to some of the Season 11 item icons.

The LoL community has been quite vocal about how “poor” many of the icons have been since release. Some have dubbed them “impossible to understand,” while others have just demanded the League item icons be reverted entirely.

Riot Games won’t be going that far, but they are tweaking them slightly to “improve icon clarity, icon differentiation, [and] rendering polish” in Season 11 preseason.

New “Cosmic” skins coming in patch 10.24

The next League of Legends skin line, “Cosmic,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.24. Nine champions are in line for the new variant cosmetics, including oft-forgotten characters like Illaoi, Vladimir, and crystal jungler Skarner.

Here’s the full list of new ‘Cosmic’ skins:

  • Anivia (Flight)
  • Illaoi (Invoker)
  • Nami (Destiny)
  • Nidalee (Huntress)
  • Hecarim (Charger)
  • Varus (Hunter)
  • Vladimir (Devourer)
  • Skarner (Sting)
  • Dark Cosmic Lissandra

All nine Cosmic skins, including the ‘dark’ Lissandra version, will be available for 1350 RP in the next patch. They will be released alongside the new “Prestige Star Guardian Soraka” skin, which can only be unlocked with prestige points.

League of Legends Patch 10.24 will drop on Wednesday, November 25. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends patch 10.24 early notes

Champions

Amumu

  • W base damage 5-15 ⇒ 4-12; ability power ratio 0.5 ⇒ 0.25% max health per 100 ability power.

Galio

Hecarim

  • Passive attack damage from movement speed 15-30% ⇒ 12-24%.
  • E movement speed 25-85% ⇒ 25-75%.

Kayle

  • Passive attack speed per 100 ability power 10% ⇒ 5%.

Samira

  • Passive melee bonus 2-19 (+10% base attack damage) ⇒ 2-19 (+7.5% base attack damage); dash range for immobilized enemies 800-1000 ⇒ 650-900.

Tryndamere

  • Q passive attack damage 5-25 ⇒ 10-30; attack damage per 1% missing health 0.15-0.35 ⇒ 0.15-0.55. 

Varus

  • W has new passive: “Detonating Blight on champions and epic monsters reduces his basic abilities cooldowns by 12% of their maximum per stack.”
  • R missile speed lowered from 1950 to 1500.

Items

AP Jungle

  • Healing no longer reduced from area of effect abilities against monsters.
  • Healing 12% ⇒ 10%.

Blade of the Ruined King

  • Cost 3100 ⇒ 3200.
  • Attack speed 30% ⇒ 20%.

Cosmic Drive

  • Ability power 70 ⇒ 75.

Demonic Embrace

  • DoT damage 1.5% ⇒ 1.25% max health per second.

Eclipse

  • Cooldown 6 seconds ⇒ 8 seconds.

Essence Reaver

  • Attack damage 40 ⇒ 50.

Hextech Rocketbelt

  • Base rocket damage 200-300 ⇒ 175-250.
  • Movement speed boost 75% ⇒ 50%.

Kraken Slayer

  • Attack damage 60 ⇒ 65.
  • Proc damage 60 (+0.3 base attack damage) ⇒ 60 (+0.45 base attack damage).

Liandry’s Anguish

  • DoT damage 15 (+2.5% ability power) (+1% target health) ⇒ 15 (1.5 ability power) (+1% target health).

Lich Bane

  • Spellblade ability power ratio 50 ⇒ 40%.

Ludens Tempest

  • Damage 100 (+15% ability power) ⇒ 100 (+10% ability power).

Moonstone Renewer

  • Base healing 30-60 ⇒ 60-90.
  • Healing amplifier 0-150% ⇒ 0-100% over 4 seconds (max heal 75-150 ⇒ 120-180).

Nashors Tooth

  • On hit ratio 25% ⇒ 20% ability power.

Night Harvester

  • Damage proc base 175-250 ⇒ 125-200.

Phantom Dancer

  • Cost 2900 ⇒ 2700.
  • Buff duration 2 ⇒ 3 seconds.

Prowlers Claw

  • Attack damage 55 ⇒ 60.

Riftmaker

  • Damage amp 3% per second (max 15) ⇒ 2% per second (max 10).

Serpent’s Fang

  • Shield Reaver 50 (+40% base attack damage) ⇒ 70 (+40% base attack damage).

Tear of the Goddess

  • Base mana 150 ⇒ 240.
  • Max mana from stacks: 450 ⇒ 360.