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Riot Games will address major League of Legends ranked exploit

Published: 1/Feb/2019 11:43 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 11:49

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games are set to fix a major ranked play exploit recently identified by League of Legends players.

For Season 9, Riot have introduced a new system for ranked play which separates out players’ ability in different roles. The idea is that a player who is a high-Diamond Support main, for instance, may only be able to keep up at a Gold rank in the mid-lane, or vice-versa.

By making ranking positional, Riot’s goal is to ensure that players can try to work on an off-role without hurting the ranking of their main position, while also not feeling punished when forced to fill.

Unfortunately, players have identified a means of exploiting this system to gain undeserved rank boosts in their main roles.

Players queueing with a partner can select each other’s position, thus being placed into a game of a lower average rank as both are in an off-role, before swapping in the game itself. With the two players then playing their main positions against lower-ranked opponents, the chances of winning should increase significantly.

Riot GamesRiot also updated the ranked logos for 2019 as well as adding new divisions.

Because the game can identify which role you actually played in a game, the points gained at the end of a match will still be applied primarily to your main role.

Riot did actually anticipate this issue and created several systems to help combat it. Playing a role in which you have a significantly higher MMR than the average of the game should result in your rank gains at the end being adjusted accordingly, so that using this trick should result in minimal gains.

In addition, players who frequently switch roles will have the links between their positional MMRs tightened so that even if they continue to be assigned “off roles” the games should get closer in difficulty to their main role.

According to Riot game designer Ed ‘SapMagic’ Altorfer, the main problem is that rewards aren’t always being adjusted correctly, allowing players to climb the ladder quickly in this manner. In addition, Riot have identified that the MMR links aren’t tightening as they should for high-ranked players.

Riot are hoping to roll out a fix for these issues “before the weekend”, so the issues should be addressed fairly soon.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.