Quick Gameplay Thoughts: September 29

Morning all, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Usual Disclaimers** These posts will often contain talk about future work we're doing, or planning to do, that isn't yet guaranteed to ship. The nature of the work could change or, depending on what we discover, projects mentioned may get put delayed or even stopped. If you'd like to see a Tweet whenever a new one of these posts goes up: https://twitter.com/RiotMeddler ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Fewer champion gameplay updates coming for a little bit** For a little while (approximately the rest of the year) we'll be putting less time into gameplay updates like Xin Zhao's or Azirs and a lot more into getting pre-season ready and then balanced once it's out. We'll get back to gameplay updates at around the same speed sometime early next year, but expect to see fewer of those for a bit. VGUs (the large updates) by contrast will keep going at their usual speed, given the folks working on those aren't generally involved too much ith pre-season. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Runes Feedback** Now that all the runes are on the website and people are getting a bunch of play on them on PBE we're poring through feedback about them. There are some things it would be particularly helpful to get people's thoughts on in addition to general feedback, including: * Whether it feels like specific champions have no choice of primary and/or secondary tree * Runes that you'd always want to take, or never want to take * Runes where how they function isn't clear from the tooltip, or where there's information missing from the tooltip that's essential to making informed choices before the game starts ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Build a Rune page website** As some of you may have noticed the rune page website doesn't reflect some of the recent changes to runes that are on PBE. We will be updating that website, but not as frequently as the PBE itself changes. Should see an update to it next week, and more regular ones following that, there'll be times where it's a bit out of date though and we're more focused on getting stuff into game and tested quick. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Balancing in 7.20 and 7.21** Generally we'll be balancing champions and the game in general for the new Runes system much more than the old one. We'll hit anything that's massively out of line in the new system still, but we're focusing work on how things will be for the long term, rather than the 2-4 weeks any changes in those patch will have on Live before old runes/masteries are replaced and balance around them's no longer relevant. Evelynn's one of the champs most likely to be affected by that (might be temporarily stronger or weaker than she will be long term). http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/6.24.1/img/champion/Ziggs.png
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