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Riot explain how they choose new League of Legends champion skins

Published: 21/Jun/2020 16:08 Updated: 21/Jun/2020 16:10

by Daniel Cleary

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League of Legends game director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon has revealed how Riot chooses to make new champion skins and why they “vault” certain skin lines.

Skins in League of Legends allow players to customize their favorite champions in a number of unique outfits and styles, that can be purchased or unlocked through event pass missions and chests.

While there are many unique skins in the game, with multiple styles for each of the 148 characters, there are also ‘skin line themes’ such as the PROJECT set, where champions have a similar look as seen with Jhin, Vayne, and Vi below.

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Each skin line theme features multiple champions from League of Legends.

These themes are often released as part of an in-game event and with fans demanding that their mains should be included in each collection, Riot Games opened up on their process of handling these skin lines in a ‘Quick LoL Thoughts’ blog post on June 19.

Riot dev Andrei van Roon explained that there is certain criteria that needed to be met when choosing between skin lines. He added that one of the key factors is how well one of these collections did, compared to expectations and the marketing support given, such as music videos or trailers for the cosmetics.

“We don’t expect a skin for a niche champion to be acquired by as many players as one for a really popular champion,” he explained, “so this is about acquisition relative to the base champion’s popularity.”

Another element that Riot’s design team focuses on when planning new additions is how many other champions could receive similar skins in the future, revealing that they will move on from a collection if no other characters could fit the theme.

“A skin line might be well-loved and perform well, but if we’ve used up all the good fits it makes more sense to focus on other themes instead,” Meddler added.

He also explained that even skin lines that consistently perform well, highlighting the Star Guardians set as an example, would not be oversaturated with new releases and that Riot would have to bring a “different spin” with every character.

Riot has also vaulted some of these themes before, as seen with the 2019 Sugar Rush skins, and shared that they would rather shift their efforts towards some of their more popular or new skin lines in future events.

As well as breaking down the skin selection process, Meddler also highlighted, in the blog post, that they would be removing Little Legends from the ARAM playlist, revealing a lack of interest in their addition to the game mode and their potential to cause issues around visual clarity.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards

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TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.