League of Legends

When does League Season 11 begin? Preseason, ranked rewards, more

Published: 24/Dec/2020 6:10 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 0:49

by Andrew Amos

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League of Legends Season 11 is just around the corner. The Season 10 ranked rewards have been doled out, and all eyes are on patch 11.1. Here’s everything we know about League’s next season, and when it’s coming.

Season 10 has flown by in League of Legends. The celebratory year for Riot Games has been marked by big events, a handful of new champions, and now Worlds 2020.

However, with the ranked season now over, all eyes are on Season 11. We’ve had big changes to the map and runes in the past, but this time, items are the big focus.

Victorious Lucian in League of Legends
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Victorious Lucian was the Season 10 ranked rewards skin in League of Legends, given out to players who reached at least Gold.

When does League of Legends Season 11 begin?

Season 11 doesn’t automatically begin when Season 10 ends. There’ll be a preseason period of around two months where Riot tests the changes with the wider population, and players can play without fear of losing their rank.

However, that preseason is just about to wrap up. Riot has locked in January 8, 2021 as the starting date for League of Legends Season 11. This comes just a couple of days after League patch 11.1 launches on January 6, kicking off the new year with a bang.

Battle Queen Rell in League of Legends
Riot Games
Rell will make her ranked debut in Season 11 after missing out on Season 10.

How to watch League Season 11 reveal stream

While we’ve already played through preseason, Riot has more plans beyond the item rework for 2021. They’ll tell all in the League of Legends Season 11 reveal livestream.

The broadcast is set for January 8 at 7am PT. Across the world, that’s 10am ET, 3pm GMT, and 2am AEDT on January 9. You can view the livestream below.

Major League Season 11 changes: item rework, more

The big talking point of changes in League of Legends Season 11 is the item rework. Over half of the items available in the game will be reworked in the update.

On top of that, stats like cooldown reduction and critical strikes are being completely overhauled. The former is now being labeled ability haste, and will be rejigged to remove the 40% cap. Critical strikes will also be more widely available, as Riot aims to remove the RNG element.

Item rework in Season 11 League of Legends
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Over half of League’s items were reworked in Season 11.

There’s also going to be changes to minions as Riot tries to shift power away from the mid lane and into other roles, as well as unannounced changes that’ll be revealed in the coming weeks.

League Season 10 ranked rewards

As with every season before now, the Victorious skin is on offer for players who reach Gold and above. In Season 10, the champion bestowed with that honor is Lucian.

However, more than just a skin, players who finish Platinum and above will receive additional chromas to correspond with their final rank.

If you didn’t make it to Gold, don’t worry. You’ll still get a ranked icon and a ranked profile banner trim to match your final rank. Plus, everyone will receive Lucian’s Series 1 Eternals set.

Victorious Lucian Chromas in League of Legends
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Players also received a Victorious Lucian chroma if they got a rank higher than Gold.

Ranked rewards list for League of Legends Season 10

  • Iron: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Bronze: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Silver: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Gold: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Platinum: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Victorious chroma (up to rank), Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Diamond: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Victorious chroma (up to rank), Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Master: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Victorious chroma (up to rank), Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Grandmaster: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Victorious chroma (up to rank), Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
  • Challenger: Ranked icon, Ranked profile banner trim, Ranked border, Victorious skin, Victorious chroma (up to rank), Eternal Lucian Series 1 permanent
Overwatch

Dafran rages after Overwatch teammate finds new way to grief as Wrecking Ball

Published: 8/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer and former Overwatch League pro-turned-farmer extraordinaire Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca lost his cool during a January 7 broadcast when his Wrecking Ball teammate unintentionally griefed him.

Dafran has been making waves on Twitch since returning amid starting his career as a farmer – and he hasn’t lost his touch, with the DPS star’s aim being the envy of anyone who has ever played an FPS game.

Just like many other streamers, Francesca has really taken to playing Rust, but found himself returning to Overwatch just in time to discover a new way for Wrecking Ball players to screw him over with what he would later call an “Amazon Prime Delivery.”

The Danish streamer was in a tightly-contested Overwatch battle on Watchpoint Gibraltar, having managed to hold the enemy team before the first checkpoint. While his team seemed prime to win on their attack, the opposition dug in their heels and seemed to be outdoing Dafran’s squad.

Twitch streamer Dafran is now a farmer
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The former OWL pro is a farmer and Twitch streamer.

Sensing that he had to make some crazy plays to secure the win, he started with picking off the enemy Baptiste before landing three quick direct shots on Mercy to eliminate the opposition’s supports.

Following this, he picked off the enemy Soldier with a Flashbang into a double headshot combo, and seemed to be on the verge of securing victory – when suddenly his own Wrecking Ball messed everything up by booping the Roadhog right towards him, where the tank was able to hook and kill Dafran.

“You booped him to me!” the farmer raged. “You f**king killed me, Ball! You literally griefed the whole game by playing Ball and then you f**king kill me! Oh my God. What the f**k?!”

Despite Francesca’s tilt, his team remained calm and collected, fragged out and managed to push the payload into the yellow box of victory to win in the end.

“Holy sh*t, my blood pressure, dude,” he joked. “This is why I want to play Rust. So I don’t deal with this sh*t. I don’t want to die from an aneurysm, dude.”

After the match ended, the streamer viewed the sequence in the replay viewer to show exactly how he was screwed over.

“I killed three people here, I’m about to get away and boom!” he cried. “Amazon Prime Delivery. What the f**k, dude? I swear to God if we didn’t win this.”

Luckily, Dafran managed to keep his rage in check for the most part. Otherwise, the streaming sensation could very well have been looking at another ban from the platform if he took things a step too far.