League of Legends

Riot reveal more preseason changes to League of Legends item shop

Published: 19/Sep/2020 11:42

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games has revealed more details on the new League of Legends item shop, after it was announced that they would be reworking the entire item system for the 2021 preseason.

Following complaints around different items and clutter in the item shop, Riot announced that they would be setting their sights on a massive item system overhaul, which includes changes to the shop, ahead of Season 11.

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The League of Legends devs have already hinted at some of the major changes coming in the preseason, such as the new Mythic Items, but have now shared a full look at what the new item shop and item icons will look like.

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The old League of Legends item shop will be reworked ahead of Season 11.

Item shop changes for 2021 preseason

Riot released a blog post on September 18, revealing more plans such as the major changes to player’s recommended page, which will soon be based on “high level player data” to take the guesswork out of item building for inexperienced players.

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It was also explained that the new Mythic-tier items, that have been teased in recent updates, will be the first full item that players should be purchasing and that they will need to decide what to choose early, based on the playstyle needed for that match.

“The shop loads up all the items your champion could build based on what you currently own,” the Riot dev team shared, “It displays this info to you but you decide the best strategy in this particular game.”

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Players will be able to sort the League of Legends shop by popular items and item rarity.

There will also be some new features coming to the ‘All Items’ page, such as filters for the most popular items bought in your champion’s class and the ability to separate them by rarity as well.

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However, for those who like to do things their own way, Riot will also be bringing back custom Item Set Pages for you to customize your layout and quickly find your favorite items.

Item Icon changes in League of Legends

In their latest preseason changes post, the Riot devs also shared a better look at the icons we can expect to see changed in Season 11.

As some of the item icons have been in the game for over 10 years, it was announced that they would be making visual changes to give LoL players more clarity, while still keeping the items recognizable.

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Some of the item icons will be replaced in the 2021 preseason.

They claimed that the majority of the icons would not look too different in-game, however, they later admitted that some items that will probably require a “complete retheme.”

As of writing, many of these changes are expected to arrive in early November but Riot has revealed they hope to test them first on the PBE servers in “less than two weeks.”

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Among Us

Among Us hackers targeted as InnerSloth rush out emergency hotfix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:26

by Georgina Smith

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InnerSloth, the developers of Among Us, have announced that they will be pushing an emergency server update after floods of reports from users that hackers have begun plaguing the game.

While indie social deduction game Among Us was first released in 2018, it experienced an unexpected lease of life in 2020, on a colossal scale.

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In September the game surpassed 100 million downloads, and has spread to every corner of the internet, with many huge personalities streaming the game most recently including AOC a.k.a Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a popular American politician.

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Among Us has experienced a new lease of life in 2020, leading to its devs scrapping a proposed sequel.

The extreme flip from quiet indie game to global hit has naturally come with its challenges, and the dev team has been trying their utmost to deal with the vulnerabilities that come alongside such unexpected demand.

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One such vulnerability is the presence of hackers in the game. People have encountered varying levels of hacking including having their skins removed and spawning outside of the map, which seems to be as a result of hackers using mods in public lobbies.

Most recently, players have been experiencing a bout of hacking seemingly from one individual named Eric Loris, who takes control of the chat and forces every member to repeat the same message to “subscribe to Eric Loris on YouTube (or I hack your device.)”

InnerSloth take action against hackers

As reports increased, InnerSloth were forced to take action to prevent the problem from getting worse. On Twitter they said “we’re are super duper aware of the current hacking issue and we’re looking into it.”

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They announced that they “will be pushing out an emergency server update so people who are in game will get kicked from games,” but for the time being encouraged players to “please play private games or with people that you trust!”

Developer Forest stated in his own tweets that the reason it’s taken until now to roll the update out now is because he “was afraid of false positives.”

He explained that “you totally might see the game think you’re hacking when you’re not. I’ve done my best to find this kind of bug, but my hand is forced this time.”

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It is hoped that this emergency update will put an end to, or at least dramatically decrease the number of hackers in the game. Not only that, but allow the game to continue to prosper as it has done so far this year.

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