Double IP Weekend Clarification, Meddler on Gangplank Ultimate and Warwick Rework, 2015 Season: LCS Changes

Important: Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 8/28/2014 - Guardian of the Sands Kha'zix, Galactic Azir, Azir and Cassiopeia Changes


Double IP Weekend Clarification

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to clear up what's going on here. All regions are getting 3 days of double IP. NA is 8/30 - 9/1 while all other regions are 8/29 - 8/31. NA is pushed back a day so people can take advantage of the Monday off for Labor Day.

The post referenced is an error on our end, so we apologize for the confusion. It should be corrected shortly.


Meddler on Gangplank Ultimate and Warwick Rework

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Meddler mentioned yesterday that they were planning on making the ult more consistent.

Yeah, we're going to test out a more consistent version of the ult, hopefully for a patch soon (needs some visual adjustments since the timing's changing a bit, so can't commit to an exact timeline). It's a change that's part of his rework and has tested well that's probably a good fit for being pulled forwards by itself.

Soon(Tm) or Soon? Will he receive any buffs before his rework besides the ulti? By more consistent do you mean focusing champions? Removing Rng? More cannonballs? Are you able to answer any of these questions?

Might be within a couple of patches, that's very much a guess though.

Removal of RNG (which here generally provides a chance for failure without giving GP a way to play around it).


Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Why not skip the VU for Warwick and just implement the changes to his abilities?
Is it really necessary for the VU?

Combining reworks and VUs together is both more efficient and gives us a lot of more options in terms of how we can improve a champion's kit. A VU means we've got the freedom to create new spells, get different animations, get new sounds etc. Without that we're working within a much narrower space. Sometimes that's fine - some champions just need numbers adjustments (even if substantial). For a champion like Warwick though that's not the case, there are some solid changes we'd like to make but they require a combination of both art and game design changes.


2015 Season: 10 Teams, Expansion Tournament & Circuit Points

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)



Next season, we’re excited to officially announce that we will be expanding the NA LCS and EU LCS to 10 teams. We’re looking forward to this team expansion to bring more diversity of talent and new gameplay into the professional scene in North America and Europe.

Expansion Tournament

In order to fill these new team spots, we’re introducing a onetime event called the Expansion Tournament. The tournament will take place after Worlds and will pull teams from the ladder. Teams that lose in the Promotion Tournament will still have another chance to qualify for the LCS as they will automatically be entered into the Expansion Tournament. We’ll confirm official dates, tournament structure, and format soon, but we wanted to let everyone know it was happening before we all get swept up into the excitement of Worlds.

Possible Circuit Points

We also wanted to share that we’re seriously considering introducing some form of circuit points to the LCS tournament structure. Points would bring more weight to the Spring Split and help make every playoff match more significant due to the awarding of these valuable points. We do have some concerns about the intuitiveness of this point system, specifically as it pertains to new viewers.

We want to ensure the point system enforces that teams should always play their best as well as gives all teams from both splits a fighting chance at advancing on to the NA Regionals and Worlds. We’re currently running simulations to find the ideal solution, but we’d like to open it up to the community for point distribution suggestions and feedback. Tell us what you want to see around potential LCS circuit points.

Conclusion

Based on more teams entering the LCS, we will be updating the format and some policies for next season, and we’ll share the final details after Worlds. We’ll continue to provide insights into some of our thinking and considerations for 2015 along the way to Worlds.

Don’t forget to share your ideas for potential circuit point systems in the comments below. We’ll also be watching the forums and other community channels.

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