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Season One Q&A Session

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Pendragon

Director of Player Experience

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07-09-2010

What queues will be available for Ranked Games in Season One?

Once ranked play begins, all player's ratings will begin at the same rating, and players will be able to select one of the following queues for competition: Solo/Two player Summoner's Rift, Full Premade Summoner's Rift, and Full Premade Twisted Treeline. Once in queue you will only be matched against other players who have selected this specific queue type.

What will Season One mean for me if I don’t want to play Ranked Games?

While the primary objective of Season One is to launch competitive League of Legends, there will be plenty of features available for those who aren't interested in an intense, highly structured competitive experience. Even if you aren't interested in playing Ranked Games, you will still have access to the upgraded look and feel of League of Legends and to Draft Mode when hosting a practice game.

How will Draft Mode work, exactly?

Once you have been matched into a Draft Mode game, the draft process will be separated into two phases: the banning phase, and the actual drafting process.

During the banning phase, each team will select two champions that will be disallowed from play in the current match. Banned champions cannot be selected for play by either team, so choose wisely! The team that has been assigned second pick during the draft phase will be given the opportunity to ban first. Bans will follow a 1-2-1 pattern.

Once the banning phase has been completed, the teams will begin drafting champions. Drafts will be exclusive; meaning that champions cannot be drafted onto both teams. The team that received the second pick during the banning phase will be given the opportunity to draft first. On Summoner's Rift, the draft will follow a 1-2-2-2-2-1 pattern, and on Twisted Treeline they will follow a 1-2-2-1 pattern

At any point during the entire draft process, players will be able to make changes to their summoner spells and masteries, and may select any of their previously set up rune pages. These options will not be visible to your opponents during the draft, but remember that your opponents will be able to see your summoner spells once you're in game.

How can I play Ranked Games?

Ranked Games will become available to all players once they have reached summoner level 20. Additionally, to join any 5v5 queue you will need to have at least 14 available champions. This includes the 10 champions that are free-to-play in a given week. This has to do with the exclusive draft and ban format that requires a total of fourteen champions to complete. Players who do not meet this minimum number of champions will still be able to play on the Twisted Treeline.

What’s the “Choose your Experience” “Beginner, Intermediate, …” dialog?

Once Season One begins, new players will have the opportunity to rate their own familiarity with the genre. Players will be asked to assess their own skill level by selecting one of the following options: Beginner, RTS Player, Advanced, or Expert. Players' initial matches will then be picked according to the skill level they have selected.
Who controls the bans and picks?

In team play, bans will be distributed by the player on each time who hosted the premade lobby. In the solo/2-player queue, the player with the highest Elo rating on each team will receive the right to ban. Each player will be responsible for drafting his or her own champion.

What will happen to my old stats?

Your Normal Game stats will not be affected by the launch of Season One. These stats will also remain private, and will not be reset. Your Ranked Game stats will have their own Elo rating, and will track a large number of public stats. There will also be tools provided for you to easily track, compare, and contrast your stats against other players.

Will we get more than 2 rune pages?

We are currently working on allowing players to obtain more than two rune pages. This functionality will be available either at the launch of Season One, or shortly thereafter.

What about clan and team support? Observer mode and replays?

These features will not be available with the launch of Season One, but remember that we here at Riot are constantly updating League of Legends and we have plans on rolling out these features in the future.

What kind of tournaments will be taking place during Season One?

Season One will include several official tournament events over the course of the season. Additionally, Riot Games will continue our support of community tournaments by offering to supply prizes of Riot Points.

What kind of tournament will be taking place at the end of Season One?

The end date of Season One has not yet been determined, but it will be punctuated by a major Season One finals event. We’re not ready to give out details just yet, but we will be hosting a huge tournament at the end of Season One.

What champions will be available in Ranked Games?

All those champions that are currently available in League of Legends will be allowed for play in Season One. Additionally, we will be continuing to release champions at our usual pace of one champion every 2-3 weeks over the course of the season.

How will patches be handled in Ranked Games?

Patches will affect ranked games in the same manner that they affect normal games.

How will queue dodging be addressed in Ranked Games?

At the release of Season One, if you leave a game during the draft, you will receive a “Leave” as well as a “Loss” and a reduction of Elo equal to you losing that game. In a subsequent patch, we will be adding a “Reconnect” feature to the Draft process on some of our Ranked Games queues. After that patch, players will be allowed the option to reconnect to the draft, but not to start another game.

Will we see our opponents during champion select?

While you will be able to view those champions drafted by your opponents during Champion Select, their summoner names will be anonymous during this time.


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sOaPeY

Senior Member

07-09-2010

Thanks! Looks good.


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Trollgasm

Recruiter

07-09-2010

Thank god i thought my level was gonna be reseted.


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Viral

Recruiter

07-09-2010

Clans?


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Steele96

Junior Member

07-09-2010

when is mac client coming out?


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Cirayne

Member

07-09-2010

Quote:
Pendragon:


What’s the “Choose your Experience” “Beginner, Intermediate, …” dialog?

Once Season One begins, new players will have the opportunity to rate their own familiarity with the genre. Players will be asked to assess their own skill level by selecting one of the following options: Beginner, RTS Player, Advanced, or Expert. Players' initial matches will then be picked according to the skill level they have selected.



Whats to stop everyone from just picking Beginner and face rolling at the start?


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Grake

Senior Member

07-09-2010

I don't know if I'm excited or not.

Edit: The answer is definitely "Excited."

Quote:
Grake:
tl;dr- Please leave casual gameplay around for people who enjoy certain champions, and don't want to take advantage of all the competitive features. I'd be forever grateful. If I'm wrong and you don't intend to undo any current features, feel free to nail me to a cross or something, however, I see no real evidence alluding to it.


Quote:
RiotChris:
This was probably answered in the thread - but I think that Ranked Games are going to be good for casual players. Everyone who is very competitive will probably play more ranked games, leaving normal games to those who are more casual.

Also normal games are remaining the same - PvP.net is getting a visual face-lift which is going to be cool, but you'll be able to play "Normal" games just as you do now. Hop in a queue with however many people you want, get matched with teammates (as needed) and opponents of similar skill, and pick your Champions all at once.

We're adding to League of Legends - not removing

- RiotChris


I'm glad to see that they're both providing the services they offered before, but still remain on the ball when it comes to customer concern.

My last edit for this page, as I feel the comment made by riotchris deserves the first-page treatment, and that my concerns no longer need to be expressed as they've been proven, as i had hoped, to be false.

Thank you, riot.


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GIassJaw

Junior Member

07-09-2010

will we still have all the champs we bought??


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Smigleesmits

Senior Member

07-09-2010

EDIT: Miss reading stuff is fun.


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Kharazi

Member

07-09-2010

lol