Update on Borders and Ranked Team Rewards

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Riot Socrates

Systems Designer

09-03-2013
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Hey all,

A couple updates to Season 3 Rewards to share:

1. Ranked Borders

Many of you have raised some concerns over our announced plan to show your highest earned border across all queues types. I'll explain a little bit about our original reasoning, but first, some news: we'll be rolling back this change in a subsequent patch - so loading screen borders will reflect the highest tier you've achieved in the ranked queue you're currently playing.

This change was already implemented and is going to be in the patch for 3.11 (so you will see it applied to Season 2 rewards), but we'll be reversing the change in the following patch. In non-ranked queues, your rewards will be displayed based on the same rules as the start of season 3.

Why were we originally doing it? One of our goals is to improve the ranked team experience and drive more participation in ranked teams - after all, League is a competitive team game. We'll talk more about this in Season 4, but the idea to make loading screen borders valid across all queues was driven by this notion. In the case of cross-queue login screen borders, we viewed this as an incentive for players to form ranked teams. Players who participated in ranked teams would get to display their rewards everywhere.

The problem many of you have highlighted is that this change appears to incentivize players to sell ranked teams or otherwise abuse the system to illegitimately earn rewards. While our research indicates this actually hasn't become a common occurrence in the wake of our announcement, our priority is to make sure that the rewards you've worked so hard to earn over the course of Season 3 aren't tarnished by cheaters, even if it's rare.

We're being extra vigilant in tracking these cases and we're actively banning abusers for win trading and slot selling. Our tracking methods are also not limited to just high ranked teams. If we discover that someone has been selling ranked rewards (or is abusing the system), we will ban the account for two weeks, strip it of any previous season rewards (summoner icons, Victorious skins, etc) and we will make sure both the seller and the purchaser are completely ineligible for any reward associated with Season 3.

 

2. Ranked Team Rewards

Another great piece of feedback we've heard from you is that the 30% of total games requirement for players to earn Ranked Team rewards was a little confusing. We agree - it created too many scenarios where players might lose out on rewards they expected to earn, and it made the situation too complex.

Instead, you'll simply need to have 10 wins with your ranked team in order to earn rewards. A notification icon will appear above your 3s or 5s tier badge in your profile page in the next few weeks to inform you if you are below 10 wins on a ranked team.

We're going to be closely monitoring teams with big roster swaps and/or big drops in matchmaking rating, and we'll investigate any signs of abuse. In clear cases of abuse, we will (as above) ban the accounts for two weeks, strip it of any previous season rewards (summoner icons, Victorious skins, etc) and we'll make sure involved parties are ineligible for any reward associated with Season 3.

We're genuinely grateful for your feedback - we're listening closely as we work towards Season 4 and beyond.


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Koravel

Senior Member

09-03-2013

Alright. Feedback it is.

I realize this wasn't directed at Dominion players, but it definitely feels that way to us. Forcing us to now get 10 wins in a game mode we don't play just reinforces the Dominion is a sub-map mentality that a lot of people have.

We have no way to get ranked rewards outside of playing and getting ten wins on a map we don't play and that some of us aren't as good at. We would like some way to get end of season rewards- not the borders, could care less about that- but perhaps something Dominion-specific along with the Victorious Elise skin?

Edited because I was steamed and came off too harshly.

Edit #2: People think I am asking for this because I personally want rewards and can't get them. This isn't the case. I am Plat 2 in TT and will get end of season rewards. Its the principle here. I should have a way to get rewards via Dominion, I should not be forced to play SR/TT to get them. And before SR people tell me that's silly because Dom is unbalanced, (which again, is like a Bronze V telling a Diamond player he knows the map better- you don't play Dominion at a high level, you don't know whether or not its balanced), the existence of TT ranked destroys that entire argument as TT is less balanced than Dominion.


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Mechanikatt

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09-03-2013

Win, Riot DOES listen to massive concerns from players when it matters.

gg wp

Edit: just got confirmation from ebay that they give no refunds.


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I Surge I

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09-03-2013

hi


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Hawke Senpai

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09-03-2013

Nerf Vayne


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UnderworldH4des

Senior Member

09-03-2013

That seem's cool, especially the ranked team 10 wins instead of 30% games...that was...just a odd number imo.


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Lumiera

Senior Member

09-03-2013

Quote:
Originally Posted by Koravel View Post
Alright. Feedback it is.

This completely ****s over Dominion players who are trying to get rewards from playing TT and SR even more. You've given us no way to get rewards playing the game that we love, and now you're saying there will not any borders for Dominion at all come Season 4. Not to mention, we now have to play 10 games of a ranked mode we hate playing in order to get the skin.

Both changes hurt those of us who prefer to play Dom and is yet another middle finger from Riot.
..what? This only affects Ranked queues. Dominion has no Ranked mode and therefore will follow the same rules as they currently do.


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Iambetterthanken

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09-03-2013

Thanks for the update


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RasheedR

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09-03-2013

I want a major ziggs forum avatar. I have that skin


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Commander Yordle

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09-03-2013

/popcorn


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