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Upcoming Changes to Leveling, IP, & Rewards

Creator: PsiGuard September 1, 2017 6:15pm
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Hey everyone, Riot just dropped a ton of new information about upcoming changes to runes, leveling, IP and rewards. Be sure to check out the official source linked above, as well as this video rundown of the changes by Joe (not me, the Riot one :P).

Here's a quick overview of the changes:

  • Leveling

    • The level 30 cap will be removed.

    • Players will receive an unlocked chest after every level up.

    • Players leveling from 1 to 30 will receive mostly new champions and blue essence in their chests.

    • Higher level players will receive more exclusive rewards like new Emotes.

  • IP Changes

    • IP is being merged with blue essence.

    • Everything that used to cost IP will cost an equal amount of blue essence.

    • Disenchanting rewards will be tuned along with these changes. The numbers should be higher, but the overall benefit of disenchanting be a lower.

    • The ability to reroll champion chards into permanent champions will be removed, so you should go ahead and reroll or disenchant any shards you don’t want to upgrade before preseason hits so you can get the most essence possible out of them.

    • At lower levels, players will unlock champions faster.

    • At the start of preseason, there will be a limited time Blue Essence Store with items like ward skins, icons and chromas for blue essence, as well as a few super rare, high-priced items like the Urfwick skin.

    • IP boosts will be removed from the store and XP boosts will be adjusted to match the current IP boost pricing.

    • The current amount of blue essence in your inventory will be scaled up by about 6.5 times when calculating your new Blue Essence balance.

  • Loot Changes

    • Loot boxes will have a chance to contain two drops instead of one.

    • "Bad luck protection" will ensure players don't go on long streaks without getting a skin shard or a gemstone.

  • Runes Rewards

    • For each tier 3 rune bought before the 2017 season, players will receive 100 blue essence for regular runes and 300 blue essence for quintessences.

    • For any runes bought since the start of the 2017 season, players will be refunded the full cost.

    • Starting today, all tier 3 runes are reduced in price to 10 IP each. Anything you spend on runes or rune pages will not be refunded after the price drop.

    • For every rune page bought with IP, players will receive 1500 essence.

    • For every 4 rune pages bought with RP, players will receive one Epic mystery skin. Rounded up, so a player who bought 11 pages with RP will receive 3 Epic skins.

    • Rune pages will still be usable in the new system, though they can be edited in champion select.

  • Quality of Life Changes

    • Client performance is still being improved over time.

    • Before the end of the year, a Skins tab will be added to your Collection page in the League client.

What do you think of these changes? Are you satisfied with the compensation for your past runes and rune page purchases? Do you approve of the switch from IP to blue essence? What are you excited for this preseason?

Let us know in the comments below!
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I think it's pretty amazing how much they're giving back to people. I'm happy with the refunds and I'm stoked that IP is being changed to Blue Essence - makes so much sense to have a streamlined system! Keen to also see that progression bar for new levels; I know it's just a number, but it feels like something you can work towards.

Overall, great ideas and super excited for the preseason :D
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Yeah, I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of compensation but I think I'm pretty satisfied. Seems like the rewards scale pretty well according to how much the player invested in their account, which is what I wanted.

I'm pretty excited to test out the new runes, though they're still a couple months off. D:
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I'm just glad my smurf will get 100% back for the runes I've been grinding this season. It has barely over the required champion count to play ranked because I needed runes. Also really hoping they'll resume lowering champion costs (like they said they would), as the costs are still really, really prohibitive.
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Riot is really supporting her community and doing everything she can + more there are a lot of changes coming and all of them are really good we should appreciate riot!

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