League of Legends

Riot reveal major rework for League of Legends in-game shop and items

Published: 12/Jun/2020 18:44 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 18:45

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games’ lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter has announced that they will be making major changes to the League of Legends in-game shop and items during the 2021 preseason.

While new items have been introduced to League of Legends over the years, the in-game shop – a core aspect of the MOBA’s gameplay – has remained mostly untouched since the game’s earlier seasons.

Riot has previously claimed that the item shop, which is found at each team’s starting fountain, is full of “unnecessary clutter” and back in April 2019, shared that they had plans for a major update at some point in the future.

It now seems as if they have a clear idea of their plans for the shop and item system after Riot dev Mark Yetter released a new blog post on June 12, highlighting a huge list of the changes for an upcoming rework.

The massive update which is planned for the 2021 preseason, during a break in the competitive schedule, is focused on “building and refining one of League’s foundational gameplay systems,” it reads.

League of Legends Item Shop rework

Items from League’s in-game shop can provide players with the ability to turn their gold into the extra stats needed to best their opponents, although it has seemingly had its fair share of issues.

After feeling as if the current store and items system was too complex for newer players, Riot has revealed a few of their goals for the upcoming changes.

The LoL devs are planning on integrating in-game data to better their ‘Recommended Items’ tab depending on the situation, as supposed to manually updating the list themselves with each change in the meta.

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Riot has claimed that the new item shop will be much more intuitive and allow players to make quick, strategic decisions.

It will also be providing contextual analysis that will help players, new or old, to make a better decision with their gold, while, ultimately, still leaving much of the strategic decisions up to the player.

These changes will cut down on the time it takes players to find what they need, helping them to get back in the action that little bit quicker.

League of Legends Item changes

Along with the hopes of making item purchasing quick and intuitive, the design team is also introducing new “polished” items that will have a clear purpose, rewarding strategic and reactive decisions in-game.

They claim that these new items will have more of an effect when it comes to augmenting your champion’s playstyle, forcing you to adapt with certain builds to get the most of your character’s ability kit.

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Riot will be retaining some of the items that are currently available in League of Legends.

While some of the current items will seemingly be removed from the game, Yetter shared that the most iconic ones will be retained so players won’t have to learn everything from scratch. They estimated that a third of the items will be retained as they are, a third will be improved on and the last third will feature new items, following the preseason update.

The overall impact these changes will have on League of Legends’ gameplay is still unclear as of now, however, more information will likely be shared closer to the update, which is expected in November.

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 13:53

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life by beating Afreeca Freecs
  • An intense decider match has DRX finally defeat Nongshim Red Force
  • Gen.G still on top.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 vs Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia vs Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 2-0 4-0
2 DWG Kia 2-0 4-1
3 DRX 1-1 3-3
Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 3-3
T1 1-1 3-3
6 KT Rolster 1-1 2-2
7 Nongshim RedForce 1-1 2-3
8 Liiv SANDBOX 1-2 3-4
9 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
10 Fredit BRION 0-2 0-4

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria