As a monthly habit, Riot just shared information regarding changes coming the next months in a Dev Update, and while this June edition did not come as packed as previous ones, it did shed light on interesting topics.
Topics such as the Ranked Changes coming to the Second split, their Art & Sustainability (ASU) philosophy and process, and Clash Updates, but they also announced upcoming Prestige and Star Guardian Skins, besides the inclusion of an entirely new Division to the Ranked System.
Ranked Changes for the Second Split - A new tier division and no more promos
Riot is flattening its ranked population. What does this mean? They are going to spread the player base more evenly. As of right now, Silver and below make for 60% of the ranked population, something illogic compared to most popular games with ranked systems.
Current Rank Distribution
That's why they are changing in a way that skilled silver players are placed in a higher tier accordingly to their level. Doing this though, can create a situation where too many players are going to be in the highest tier of the game, Diamond+ and higher. That is why they are adding a new division tier, Emerald, placed between Platinum and Diamond.
Along with these changes, and that hopefully does not damage further the health of the ranked ladder, they are also removing promotion series completely from the game.
These changes are shipping towards the second split scheduled to start on July 19th.
Anivia is the Victorious Skin for the 1st Split of S13
To find out more, you can read their Devblog in Ranked Changes which goes way more in-depth.
Skin Updates - Star Guardian Skins from Wild Rift, new Ultimate Skin for Samira, and Prestige Skins
If you were excited about the Star Guardian skins being ported from League of Legends: Wild Rift, we are going to finally see them very soon in the live servers.
The first confirmed Star Guardians coming to the game are going to be Orianna and Seraphine, scheduled for LoL Patch 13.13. Senna is going after in LoL Patch 13.14.
Star Guardian Orianna joins the fray
Riot 100 pc nuggets also added that the Legendary ones: Star Guardian Xayah and Rakan, are going to take longer than usual because of how difficult these are to adapt. You will need to wait for the rest of the Star Guardian skins until later in the year.
A new Ultimate skin is planned for this Summers Event
For this Summer Event, we are getting a brand new ultimate skin. Although the theme is not yet disclosed, BigBadBear, a famous leaker, shared the possible theme and it has something to do with Soul Fighters and tournaments for the strongest, and well... Samira fits perfectly.
We do not have yet images for the upcoming skin, but as the new 2v2v2v2 game mode is planned to release in PBE at the end of June, we can look forward to getting newer information very soon.
Crystalis Motus and Prestige Skins
The Mythic Shop theme is changing to receive the new skin line: Crystalis Motus.
Crystalis Motus, a world where once-lost magic is slowly returning in a new form—you guessed it, crystals. But adventurers beware, attempting to harness these new crystals can lead to a dangerous outcome.
Instead of having the Ashen Knights, with the new Crystalis Motus, interesting to point out that this skin line will feature female champions.
Crystalis Motus Leona is on PBE.
Crystalis Motus Leona is already on the PBE. For upcoming champions receiving the mythic theme skin, Taliyah and Ashe were confirmed in the dev blog.
Talking about champions getting new skins, the Upcoming Prestige Skin list is making a return. Below is a list, so you can check below which champions are getting a Prestige skin soon.
- Pyke - Event Tokens
- Shaco - Event Tokens
- Sona - Mythic Essence
- Renata Glasc - Mythic Essence
- Akali - Event Tokens
- Yone - Event Tokens
- Camille - Event Tokens
On top of the prestige skin announcements, they're also expanding the rotation of Prestige skins in the Mythic Shop with also releasing the new rotation schedule for the upcoming patches.
Updates in Teemo and Lee Sin ASU
Talking about prestigious things, Riot shared more information regards Lee Sin and Teemo ASUS (Art & Sustainability Update).
While they did not share any new images of their progress, they did share the possible release. For Lee Sin, he's planned to release very soon at this half of the year, while Teemo is going to be moved to the second half of the year.
Concept Art from Teemo ASU.
They also pointed out that these dates are not final, as these champions both have extensive lists of skins and the team needs to make sure each champion ASU is up to par.
The Dev team released an in-depth article about the progress of making ASUs, with a lot of the goals for each champion ASU, along with the directions they are taking.
Changes to Clash - New Rewards System and ARAM Clashes
First off, Riot is changing the frequency of Clash, this is to the improve quality of each tournament, and to address better the technical issues.
The frequency of Clash will be from bi-weekly to monthly.
The other relevant change is to the Rewards System, according to Riot Brightmoon, most teams were dropping after losing in phase one, making the experience Clash worse for those who have to wait for matches to be played out due to forfeits.
To solve this, Riot is changing the Rewards System to give rewards based on total wins throughout the tournament, and not team placements. This possibly may encourage players to play the entire thing, as always, time will tell if it changes something.
List of Rewards
Basic Ticket Orb (OLD)
- 8th Place - 3 Win XP Boost, 1 Logo
- 7th Place - 1 Mystery Icon, 1 Logo
- 6th Place - 1 Mystery Icon, 1 Logo
- 5th Place - 640 Ward Skin, Mystery Icon, 1 Logo
- 4th Place - 640 Ward Skin, 1 Mystery Icon, 1 Mystery Emote, 1 Logo
- 3rd Place - 640 Ward Skin, 1 Mystery Icon, 1 Mystery Emote,1 Basic Ticket, 1 Logo
- 2nd Place -- 640 Ward Skin, 1 Mystery Icon, 1 Mystery Emote, 975 Skin Shard,1 Basic Ticket, 1 Logo
- 1st Place - 640 Ward Skin, 1 Mystery Emote, 975 Skin Shard, 1350 Skin Shard, 1 Chibi Icon, 1 Basic Ticket, 1 Logo
Basic Ticket Orb (NEW)
- 0 Wins, 3 Losses - 3 Win XP Boost, 1 Mastery Icon, 1 Clash Logo
- 1 Win, 2 Losses - 1 Mystery Emote, 640 Ward Skin, 1 Clash Logo
- 2 Wins, 1 Loss - 640 Ward Skin, 975 Skin Shard,1 Mystery Icon, 1 Mystery Emote, 1 Clash Logo, 1 Basic Ticket
- 3 Wins, 0 Losses - 640 Ward Skin, 975 Skin Shard, 1350 Skin Shard, 1 Mastery Icon, 1 Mystery Emote, 1 Chibi Icon, 1 Clash Logo, 1 Basic Ticket
To end this section, Clash Split 2 schedule is already out, and with it comes the announcement of ARAM Clash Returning (With improvements). After massive success in the one done last year, ARAM Clash is returning with full force 2x times.
To check the entirety of new Rewards for Clash, and the entire Split 2 schedule, you can read the Clash Dev Blog here
At the end of the video, Riot Brightmoon and Meddler disclosed that the next dev blog should be having much more information regards the new champion: Naafiri, and the new 2v2v2v2 mode. Expect both the new champion and game mode to be available on the PBE server in late June.