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: VFX Updates for Annie and Nautilus
I just had the Wonderland Annie skin shard in my loot! 😭😭😭😭😭 I turned it in for orange essence specifically because it hasn't been at a legendary tier quality! 😭😭😭 #ragrets
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Jacksin (OCE)
: Jax's bio -- PERFECTION
Ryze.... Ezreal... They have DEFINITELY explored the world.
: Who Is The New Lore Champ? Wrong Answers Only.
: Ashe, Twitch, Vayne Arrow Art
: Where do black people like Lucian, Ekko, Pyke and Senna originate from on Runeterra?
Do your research and don't forget about Illaoi. She's definitely a woman of color and definitely not thin. {{champion:420}} I would love to see the make up of creatures to humans then the racial diversity numbers... Only 5-6 is way too little but hopefully Riot is working on it now.
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Riot Pls (NA)
: Hey! Morde's writer here. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts! A couple thoughts to share back. First, know that with any champion rework, we first seek to understand as deeply as possible what makes a champion great, what excites players about that champion, and what are the core essences that define who that champion is. From there, we set out to craft their place in wider Runeterra. Any change has the potential to be painful. Know that the folks on the team are all highly passionate players and story geeks to the Nth degree; no change was made lightly, and no expansion or shifted emphasis was done without heavy thought and robust discussion. One of the things I most appreciate about being at Riot is the space and time we give projects to do things as right as possible. Do we miss the mark sometimes? Well, to be human is to err. (Unless you're Mordekaiser. Then you just cease being human. :P) But I am grateful to have teams who are super passionate and knowledgeable all working to craft something to share that excites us and, we hope, the players that love this content. Onto some Morde specific thoughts: 1) Mordekaiser is an extremely accomplished necromancer - a soul of iron will and arcane power, and a warlord of deep intellect. Mordekaiser defied death by sheer force of will - a feat literally no other mortal on Runeterra had accomplished. The ghosts of the Shadow Isles are in the living realm because of a magical catastrophe; Mordekaiser _refused to accept the reality around him_. He gained necromantic powers in the death realm by listening to the maddening whispers of souls and *deciphering an unspoken language* over untold time, teaching himself Ochnun. (I barely learned some broken Spanish after 4 years of studying, so, uh, there's that.) Through those profane whispers, he also figured out how to speak across the veil of death and deceive mortals into thinking they could bring him back and bind him to their will - only to slaughter them all. Once returned, he didn't kill without a plan, despite what his enemies thought: > To his foes, it seemed he cared only for massacre and destruction. Entire generations perished under his relentless campaigns. > However, there was far more to Mordekaiser’s plan. He raised the Immortal Bastion at the center of his empire; while most assumed it was merely a seat of power, some came to know the secrets it held. Mordekaiser hungered for all the forbidden knowledge of spirits and death, and a true understanding of the realm… or realms… beyond. Mordekaiser sought out more arcane knowledge about the dead and about spirits, growing his necromantic powers while doing what he did best in his first life - conquering - all to serve his bigger purpose. He also built an impossible physical monument to his power that has secrets yet untold. And all of that empowered him to harvest souls, grow his necromantic power, and build an army of spirits bound to his will. It takes a necromancer of some power to exert such control. Also, Mordekaiser's rebuke of death was so thorough that he learned how to forge his own afterlife and realm. He is a necromancer not bound to physical totems or phylacteries, but has managed to reject the very cycle of life and death that seemed his destiny. 2) Mordekaiser is the warlord that inspired the entire Noxian empire. Take a look at his quote: "Destiny. Domination. Deceit." You might find it maps to the Noxian / Trifarix principles of strength: "Vision, Might, Guile." Consciously or not, Mordekaiser's legacy spawned an entire culture that emulated his conquests and his philosophies. Yet to him, Noxians are a watered down imitation of his previous glory. At the same time, to every day Noxians, his legacy as a conqueror is of mythic proportions - legends so big, they are hard to believe as history. (A real world comparison is the Romulus and Remus mythos around the founding of Rome.) 3) Mordekaiser is an unstoppable threat and a major force that looms over Runeterra. His first return, when his necromantic powers were new, resulted in a massive period of tyrannical rule that took both betrayal from within and united enemies from without to stop him. Now, he has amassed an army of souls, collected powerful arcane knowledge, and has plans and machinations in place... 4) There was a lot of discussion that led to Morde no longer being associated with the Shadow Isles. It was not a decision we made lightly. In fact, I originally argued against it, but came to agree with our narrative lead and lead editor on why it is the stronger story choice. Ultimately, we made the call due to a number of factors: **Death magic and necromancers exist beyond the Shadow Isles.** Runeterra is a big place, with a long history. The Shadow Isles was just one (albeit enormous) cataclysmic event that caused a specific area of Runeterra to become frozen in time, and to have a very specific form of undeath permeate the land. Ultimately, Mordekaiser's old connection to Shadow Isles felt primarily driven by a feeling that we had to shoehorn him into our "ghost faction". In our current storytelling efforts, we're interested in expanding our factions out beyond some of those wide (and as a result flat) characterizations that were made in years past. Another great example of this is how Demacia is more than just "the good guys" faction, as seen in how they deal with their relationship to magic, brought to the forefront with Sylas and Lux's story (shameless comic plug here - go read it!). **Questions of geography / narrative complexity** In terms of our geography, Shadow Isles is far flung from where the Immortal Bastion is. (Yay, Runeterra Map!) While I loved the idea that it took taking Morde's remains across the world to prevent him from returning, ultimately it felt honoring Morde's connections to the Immortal Bastion yielded more rich storytelling space. It also simplified a narrative beat in his backstory, allowing me to zero in on his arc and agency, rather than a moment of denied choice where outside forces moved him, and then an outside cataclysm happened to bring him back. **I wanted Mordekaiser to shed all mortal weakness.** A big guiding star for me was the question, "what makes Morde metal and terrifying and unique?" How do we take "necromantic warlord" and push him to an 11? One answer that excited us - rather than having a physical weakness of his mortal remains, what if he shed just about everything that made him remotely human? To me, his title, "The Iron Revenant," served a lot of inspiration in this regard, and further cemented the pivot away from his remains being a major weakness or vulnerability. 5) For a character like Mordekaiser, who spans massive swaths of Runeterra's timeline and history, his story has large impacts on larger reaching histories and stories we are setting up to tell. Clarifying and focusing Mordekaiser's story in allows us to help make greater sense of many other characters and champs. Some stories are just subtle hints right now, breadcrumbs that I can't wait to explore more fully in other outlets than just Mordekaiser's bio. This leads to some more general thoughts in regards to writing for Riot and League: 6) A huge challenge of being a narrative writer on League of Legends is the space in which we get to tell the story of a champion. In game, the main narrative outlet is a champ's voiceover script - a very specific set of lines, with very tight gameplay constraints on length. It definitely has its strengths and weaknesses as a storytelling expression. Out of game, we have a champ's biography and color story. A bio is, by its nature, more summary than story, more exposition told as evocatively as possible than scene-driven in depth storytelling. Our color stories are also a very specific length, and are crafted to give a very specific snapshot of the champion in action. With a champ that's larger than life like Mordekaiser, this means that there's much that remains untold in full, many details that must be summarized, and TONS of story space that is ripe for deeper exploration in future storytelling endeavors. And honestly, that's part of the joy as well - leaving tantalizing questions for players to ask, to explore, to theorize, and to discover. For now, I have to leave Mordekaiser with his Bio, VO, and color story. But if players are excited to learn more about his history, I hope we'll have more opportunities to expand and explore as we continue to strive as a narrative team to help move Runeterra's events forward in time. Whew, this got quite long - apologies! I hope these thoughts were interesting, and helped to answer a bit of the question "why did his lore have to change?" as well as address some of your feelings that he isn't the epic, metal champ he was! Thanks for reading and caring about Mordekaiser, this game, and our world and story as much as you do, and sharing that with us. :)
My only question to this GREAT explanation would be: Morde's color story mentions the black mist... If Morde is not from the shadow isles any longer then is the black mist not either? What's the black mist exactly?? Also... I LOVE the direction y'all are going with Morde. Absolutely! But I was hoping for a Harrowing event :( Ever since y'all said it doesn't have to happen at Halloween, y'all haven't brought it back.... I miss it. Lol.
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: I really wish I could answer this in detail, but I can't. I think (or at least, hope) you'll be happy with our reasoning down the road.
Are there still skins out there that haven't been added to an existing skin universe? Has everything been slotted? Also!! Have you all thought about organizing in the skins tab by larger skin universe and then smaller sets?!?! Like group ALL star guardians together but then separating based on which team? Or have a larger "____blank_____ universe" and then "project" and "program" underneath?
Sukishoo (NA)
: I wasn't holding much on the leak as.that one was pretty much lolol Iloilo on arival. But something along the more serious side or darkside like that one could have been cool
So even if the leak wasn't true (which I didn't think it would be that much), but the advertisements for the Eclipse and Coven skins had an image of an "old god" that COMPLETELY looks like Ivern. I was just hoping for something generally dark. https://twitter.com/leagueoflegends/status/1066724774854807552
Sukishoo (NA)
: Dunk master Ivern...
And Jarvan??? Didn't he just get Dark Star not even a year ago???
Sukishoo (NA)
: Dunk master Ivern...
Iverns other skin is also whimsical... I was really hoping for Ivern the Cruel...
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: She is chasing her because if she wasn't, the change would be way to big.
Well, maybe there needs to be a phrase in there just to clarify. Like "Yvva left her empty nest and soared far over the ocean in search of Shyvana [to right a wrong] or [to end what she thought was an abomination]." I don't really have a problem with no more dragon dad... How is Shyvana half-dragon if she had 2 dragon parents? Idk... Make more sense for her human side if she was raised by a human. But I'm not about to fight over it, it's really not a hill to die on because it's not like her dragon or human dad are ever going to become a champion or even a more notable lore character.... he's dead; scales or not.
: > We've streamlined Galio’s bio to help better position him in the world of Runeterra as the protector of Demacia. With this, we’ve also worked to add more descriptive language which should help to give more life to the great winged, stone protector. Apparently there's no new stuff. Only structural and wording changes, probably to fit their new guidelines for bios.
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: Pentakill Karthus was the first of the older skins to get a significant update. He was the one who spearheaded the new Pentakill revival and bring forth the current image of the band and universe. It was after his visual update that Pentakill got its new splash art...well before it became hexakill with Kayle. He has unique voice lines added on top of his regular ones, as well as unique dance lines.
Yes to all of this. But that skin's visual effects are his base visuals. I'm talking about updating the ability visuals.
: I agree on the blackthorn and viridian skin. As for Judgement Kayle, next people will be asking for UFO Corki or King Rammus. Or Silver Kayle. Or Black Alistar and Human Ryze. Or hell, what about Victorious Jarvan and Janna because not a lot of people played ranked back then? And while we're at it we might as well make every ranked and prestige skin obtainable again because not everyone had the time necessary to grind ranked or farm tokens when they had the chance (exaggeration proves the point). My point is, I feel like it's a slippery slope. Limited is limited for a reason, and if we start bringing back limited skins, they stop feeling special and stop being limited. Nothing is special when everyone can just get it. I feel like we should let the early adopters have their rewards and bragging rights instead of buying trophies which we didn't earn. Maybe the people who own the skins might actually start using them now that they're starting to look great and stand out from the crowd. Some would call this opinion entitled coming from those owning those limited skins, but on the other hand it could be argued that it's even more entitled to believe that you're entitled to those limited skins regardless of whether you earned them or were playing at the time.
Champion Riven. Urf Warwick. Skins can be changed slightly to respect the ones who will complain and allow others to join in on the greatest that Riot has put so much work into. Most (or the majority of people) understand that ranked reward skins are for people who earned them. No question. Let's not pretend that "playing 10 games in season 1" was difficult or special in the same way that a victorious skin is. Entitled? We're all begging over here?! Lol. We're not asking for it for free. We're asking for the opportunity to spend hard earned CASH for it. Cash is something we all want riot to have so that they can keep making more great content in the future. Because let's be honest... The skins team exists for one primary purpose: to generate income. So I don't believe I'm entitled to it. I believe there havebbeen methods used in the past to give out rare skins and I'd like them to consider using those again. Let's not put a "Season 1 Only Players" sign on the clubhouse and not let anyone else in. Cause that club is getting smaller and we ALL love league. We do.!
: NO limited is limited for a reason. Many people have this skin. Quite enough actually. We fell in love with league in season 1 and we havent left :) tl;dr you are misjudging the sheer amount of people that own this skin
I'm glad you all "fell in love" with League in season 1. For those of us who didn't even own a computer from 2009 to 2012, we have also fallen in love in the last 7 years and would love to support Riot (financially) so we can continue loving Riot for years to come... Buying skins is one way we can all LOVE Riot and show them how much we appreciate their hard work. So I'm really happy you started playing League in Season 1, but there are millions of more players who LOVE League in 2019 and want to "join the club." As we take your arguments seriously, I hope you take ours seriously too.
: Karthus already had a major visual update, so don't expect him to get another one. Sona is most likely going to be the next one, unless Riot decides to add another member to the skin line.
It's not a major VU that I think is coming. I'm just thinking/asking that those 2 skins get updated to match the others. Kinda like they did for Olaf a few weeks ago. Karthus does not need visual update all! But just some love on Pentakill skin could make it so fun to play!
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Sukishoo (NA)
: They said that they are in a new Skin set not a new Universe as they haven't placed them in one yet. So they could still end up in the Eclipse Universe (as it is called) in the future.
I sure hope so! I would LOVE to be wrong in this situation.
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Riot Jag (NA)
: Teemo changes temporarily on PBE for early feedback
Although I like these changes to Teemo (they seem natural and like a modern 2019 kit), Twitch and Teemo seem to have fewer differences now. But arguably, this was true yesterday too. Sneaky. Rat. Poison. Stealth. Ranged. Which one am I talking about?
EdgeLady (NA)
: Viridian Kayle, Blackthorn Morgana, and Eclipse
I completely AGREE!!! Viridian and Blackthorn (along with Emerald Taric) go GREAT in Elderwood/Eclipse/Coven. Elderwood needs "good" guys like Kayle and Taric to counteract the Coven ladies. They seem so perfect for this great universe.
: They took away the witch inscriptions (forgive my lack of knowledge on what it’s actually called) on her W, too, which I’m equally sad about.
Just figured out they actually switched between the 2! LOL
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ZaFiReX (EUW)
: I know... When she ults she get 6 wings, but that's hard to see because it's an effect... And that's glowing purple, not actual wings.
So she actually ALWAYS had 6 wings! Top pair is her collar. Middle pair are the prominent ones. Bottom pair are trailing behind her. At first I thought it was just her dress but the wings are hanging down there and give her model and nice trailing effect! 😍💜🖤
SSmotzer (NA)
: With the financial crisis of Gamestop, video game centric funko are probably going to be things of the past.
Many other stores sell Funko products. Target, Walmart, 2nd & Charles, Hot Topic, Amazon, multiple online vendors, comic book shops, etc. As long as video games are being played, there will always be physical merchandise that people will buy.
: To be fair, Gamestop pretty much has to liquidate any Funko Pops it gets because the market is so oversaturated with them that they don't move, and the same goes for Barnes and Noble too. They really overdo it with those figures, and it's really not good for their business. I think Funko has much better success doing the Pint Sized Minis and the Vinyl Blind Boxes, since those will sell provided the IP in the specific set is current and in vogue.
I see your point, but I've noticed that some lines of Pops can't be kept on the shelves. Hot Topic has exclusives in different franchises (like Nightmare Before Christmas or Drag Race) that are always out of stock faster than others. I think focusing on a few different champs and not over-saturating the market is what makes a successful line. In the early days of Pop (and probably still a bit today), so many different lines had a TON of different individual products but they all looked similar or tried to capture an entire cast of characters. Keeping each one UNIQUE and exclusive is a way to make them fly off the shelves in my opinion. Many other stores like 2nd & Charles, Target, and Hot Topic still have BIG sections of their stores dedicated to Pops. I don't think this fad is dying out just yet. And products in mainstream stores are always free advertising if the logo is visible and attracts attention... Of course, this is all very biased because I just really want a Hecarim 6" Pop {{champion:120}} ... And a Jhin {{champion:202}}!
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: > [{quoted}](name=PTZekrom69,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=I5ql1gvx,comment-id=00000000,timestamp=2019-01-28T23:40:51.464+0000) > > No they haven't. She hasn't married yet because she's too busy cleaning the mess out of the Laurent name that her father did. Not only that, Fiora and Vi live in almost different continents. If anything, Vi would be with Cait, not Fiora. Just to clear up a few things: - This is an alternate universe where they probably do not live very far apart. - Check out Swain's soul fragment line for Fiora.
Amen!! Ever since Swain's VO, I've been curious... Since Riot doesn't usually veer the champions to far from their main characteristics in different skins, I think this is as close to a confirmation as we're going to get for now.
: They’ve been hinting at Fiora being gay for awhile. Which makes sense as I think one of the people that inspired the character was famously bisexual.
Interesting! I can't wait to see how this evolves!
: I don't know if that qualifies as BEEEEG news Being that A: It's not really substantiated by any real proof and B: It's not main universe so even if Fiora and Vi are together in the Heartseekers universe it's kinda like... who cares?
To quote KestrelGirl above: "Check out Swain's soul fragment line for Fiora." And also, how much more proof do you need if they are fighting for each other's attention, "love," and "romance." On the "Story, Art, & Sound" boards, two champion's potential relationship DOES count as BIG news... Because it's apart of the STORY.
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: TheBravoRay had to attend to other infernal tasks, but entrusted me to complete the resurrection of our one true lord \m/ https://youtu.be/2kKNT3PdDkE
My only question: will Morde remain a Noxus/Shadow Isles champ?????? Please!
: Some guesses are floating around that it is actually {{champion:8}} . It's possible but we are also due for another Noxian champion and a bit more of a lore shakeup for the region (looking at you, du Couteaus).
Ooooooooooh right!!!!!! I completely forgot about {{champion:8}} because, you know, he doesn't seem to need claws in-game. But hmmmmmmmmm 🤔, that'd still be interesting to find out why his property is hanging up there.
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: Separate writers, separate resources. Skin lore will never impede or “slow down” development of main-canon lore. And yeah, Eclipse/Coven is uh... requested a lot. A whole lot.
ECLIPSE DIANA!!!! {{champion:131}} {{champion:131}} :P
: Skin Universe Lore in 2019: Alt Fantasy, Multiverse Theory, and You
I absolutely love what y'all have done for the alt universe! I would just want to see more of the same. Also, if y'all could keep placing outliners into existing or new alt universes. If every skin had a story or at least some connection to one other skin, that would be cool! Maybe having tiered alt universe ways of organizing everything like: "Roboterra" (just a cheesy example) then it would divide into "Project" and "Program." Just so we know what different skin lines exist in the same universe. :D
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Hotarµ (NA)
: >But Varus' story had been done countless of times, Yeah, but the whole sacrificial-tool of vengeance was an interesting take on it that made him a unique prospect, similar in a way to Kalista, but ultimately unique nonetheless. Riot easily could have just modernized his story and fleshed it out more, but they changed a fundamental aspect of it and I'm still indecisive about how I feel about it. For the most part, there isn't an elephant in the room. I think the majority of players just geniunely _don't care_ about the sexuality of characters as long as it isn't shoehorned in or alters an already existing character in any way. That's my take on it, at least. I think Xayah & Rakan's relationship is interesting although somewhat dull on the surface, Neeko's addition of being lesbian just doesn't really add any weight to her story (not that it's a particularly bad thing, per say), and interestingly enough I couldn't find official confirmation of Taric being gay. That's odd, I always assumed Riot confirmed he was homosexual but I guess not. Either way, I _think_ he's gay, but again, doesn't really add much to the story. I'd personally like to see more fleshed out backstories instead of sexualities being tacked on, you know?
So to my knowledge they did end up editing Varus' new lore around the time Aatrox was reworked. The "old Varus lore" is now the lore of the Darkin.... He did sacrifice himself, etc. etc. and was out for vengeance... They slipped it back in while leaving Kai and Val's story.
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