The world’s most popular MOBA game, League of Legends’ 2021 season has started, and Riot Games organized a live stream in which the developers talked about their future plans for the game. From new skin concepts to reworks, the team mentioned so many changes that will be live in 2021.
Ranked queue is the most played game mode in League of Legends, and it needs to be improved every single season. Within that, the promotion series between divisions has been removed to make the climbing faster, but the promotions between tiers will remain.
In previous years, the game used to place the players in lower leagues than where they finished the last season; this season, the difference has decreased. With this change, Master tier and above will be available immediately after the season starts.
AFKs and feeders are among the important problems which affect the ranked experience. According to Riot, it improved its ability to detect the feeders by 40% this year. Besides, if you have an AFK on your team, you’re going to lose less LP after a loss.
Clash is another feature that is designed for amateur players to feel the competition at the highest level, and it looks like the players loved Clash, as more than 28 million players attended it last year.
If you are a player who can’t wait for Clash to come back, good news for you: The first Clash of 2021 will be available next week. You don’t need to be placed in ranked to participate in the first Clash since there is quite a short time.
Last year, Clash was held only on weekends. Riot decided to hold it during the week as well to give the players who aren’t available on weekends an opportunity to compete in Clash.
The live stream began with an action-packed cinematic in which the new champion of League of Legends has been revealed. The Ruined, Viego, will be coming to League of Legends as a playable character. Even though there isn’t a full gameplay video, Riot gave a quick peek and said he is a jungler. Viego will be playable in PBE very soon and available in live server later this month.
The next three champions that will be released after Viego, and will be related to Viego as Riot said. According to the developers, the first one of them is going to be an AP-based fighter who is a top laner. The second one will increase the ranked mage rotation while the third one will be a marksman who is developed for different roles.
Attention to all Mundo lovers: The Mundo rework is planned to be released this spring. A large dev blog, which will give further details about the rework, will be published this week.
Also, Riot will release another “player-choice VGU poll” which will contain five different champions: Shyvana, Nocturne, Skarner, Udyr and Quinn. Players can choose the next champion who will be reworked thanks to the pool.
There are currently a lot of skins in League of Legends, and more of them will keep coming. However, Riot Games aims to increase the number of new skins for 2021. According to the developers, the first champions that will receive fresh skins are:
- Tahm Kench
“If your favorite champion isn’t on the list, don’t worry,” said Jonathan Belliss. “There are lots more to come as we plan to ship over 140 skins this year.”
Riot Games is also planning to create new skin themes for 2021 while visiting the old themes like Battle Academia and PROJECT sometimes. Celebrating Lunar New Year in February, League of Legends will have a brand new theme called “Lunar Beast.” Fiora, Alistar and Jarvan are in the roster of Lunar Beast.
The second fresh skin theme is Space Groove, which features psychedelic and retro-futurism in space. Riot Games will hold another pool this week to determine the third skin theme. Players will use their votes between “code-named Monster Tamers,” Crime City Nightmare and Debonair 2.0. The company is going to ship whichever thematic gets the most votes this year.
Although most of the players prefer to play ranked mode, the side line or limited game modes — like URF, one for all — bring so much fun into the game. Riot Games announced that they will explore new game modes as well as bringing back its existing roster of game modes to the game.
These are the changes and adjustments that Riot Games revealed in League of Legends today’s live stream. You can watch the whole stream from here.