League players have received the first bit of news about Wild Rift, the MOBA sensation’s mobile and console port, after first being announced in October 2019, with developers outlining how the ‘sequel’ will vary from the original.
Since then, not a peep has been heard out of the Wild Rift camp. However, a March 17 video gave fans an update almost six months on about how progress is tracking, and what players should expect from the mobile League game.
League of Legends is coming to console and mobile in Wild Rift.
Design Lead Brian ‘Feralpony’ Feeney spoke specifically about how Wild Rift will play differently to League of Legends from a champion perspective.
A lot of the more complex champions, and even some of the simpler ones, have undergone reworks to fit into the style of a mobile MOBA. However, while some champions might play out a bit differently to their PC counterparts, Riot are making sure they don’t feel different.
“During champion development, one thing became clear to us pretty quickly — we have to retain those memorable, galaxy-brain, heart-racing outplays from League,” said Feralpony.
“We want to keep the spirit and essence of the champs you know so they feel great for both veterans and newer players. With League coming to new platforms, we saw the opportunity to make a couple of small changes that we feel really shine on mobile and console.”
Vayne’s Silver Bolts will be an active ability in Wild Rift.
Champions with “purely passive abilities,” like Vayne’s Silver Bolts and Twisted Fate’s Stacked Deck, have been adapted into active abilities. While the passive ability will still remain, the active will give mobile players a bit more interaction with their champion in fights.
For example, with Silver Bolts, activating the ability will now give Vayne a burst of attack speed for three attacks, making it easy to get a quick proc of the passive off.
“[We wanted to] keep the feel of the champion intact, while also giving [players] more control and agency over how they play,” said Feralpony.
On top of that, champions with point-and-click abilities, like Annie’s Disintegrate and Miss Fortune’s Double Up, have been changed to be easier to cast with dual stick controllers.
They will now become skill shots that players can target freely without having to lock onto a champion or monster. While it’ll be a pretty big change from the PC versions of those abilities, it’ll be a lot less frustrating to deal with in a mobile or console setting.
Some abilities are being tuned up to “overdrive” as well. Lux’s ultimate will now have global range, while Ashe will be able to control the direction of her arrow and curve it to hit fleeing targets, instead of simply firing it in one direction and hoping for the best.
Ashe can control her arrow in Wild Rift.
If you were hoping to get your hands on Wild Rift soon, the short video ended with some bad news in regards to when the game will actually be available.
The game is still early in development, and while there’s gameplay footage already available, Riot aren’t expecting a beta or full release until late 2020 at the earliest.
Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends patch 10.25 — quite likely the last LoL update of 2020 — is locked and loaded for next week. Here’s all the early notes for the Dec. 9 patch, including the release of Rell, and more.
League is all set to goodbye 2020 and officially move into Season 11 with the release of patch 10.25 next week. The update, which will drop a day early on December 9, is set to be a big one too; there’s a new champion, and two mini-reworks to boot.
There’s also a handful of champions that will be getting tweaks next patch, including Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong, as well as more set to be announced over the next week.
Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.25, set to drop on Dec. 9.
League patch 10.25 debuts Rell, the Iron Maiden
Riot are releasing one final champion ahead of Season 11: Rell, the Iron Maiden.
Unveiled recently in a cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself while battling on Summoner’s Rift.
Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.
Riot are releasing one last League champion, Rell, in Season 10.
Pantheon shifts out of support
Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.
The aim of these new 10.25 nerfs, Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the pro scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.
All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.
Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.
Pantheon is running rampant in the bot lane, and has earned himself a “mini-rework.”
27 champions, 28 items set for changes
On top of the champion releases and mini-reworks, Yetter also revealed Riot are planning on delivering a bulk bucket of League of Legends nerfs and buffs ahead of their Christmas break.
As mentioned before, Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong are all on the target list. Kayle, Kayn, Fizz, Morgana, Annie, Samira, and Jhin (nerfs) will all be in LoL patch 10.25 as well, alongside Lulu, Taliyah, Twitch, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Karthus, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gragas, Ivern, Nasus, Seraphine, Yasuo, and Yone (buffs).
Galio was also originally set to be nerfed this patch, but that has been shifted to 11.01.
Champions aren’t the only headliners in League patch 10.25 either. Nearly 20 items are being tweaked for balance in the December update, including Sunfire Aegis and Infinity Edge.
Frostfire Gauntlet, Turbo Chemtank, Seekers Armguard, The Collector, Muramana, Imperial Mandate, Eclipse, Duskblade of Drakthaar, Rapid Firecannon, and more are also set to receive buffs and nerfs in the final League of Legends patch of 2020.
10.25 Patch Preview:
There's a lot in here and we're still working out many of the details so a few things may change by the time we have it all locked down. pic.twitter.com/qhDVKHfbj1
Battle Queen, Elderwood skins coming in LoL patch 10.25
The next League of Legends skin line, “Battle Queen,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.25. Five champs are in line for the new cosmetics, including new champ Rell, and a special Prestige Edition skin for mid lane mage Diana.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Battle Queen’ skins:
There’s actually two skin lines coming next patch too, as League’s balance team finishes on a high. This one is the new variants that have got everyone in a fever; a number of oft-forgotten champs are receiving new variants.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Elderwood’ skins:
PBE Preview: Elderwood Ornn! and friends
Gaze in wonder as the forest comes to life! Elderwood Ornn, Azir, Ivern, Xayah, and Rakan hit the PBE this cycle. pic.twitter.com/prJ1Aee5Fo
Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30; empowered Q no longer slows.
W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%; empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment; [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.