Everyone's favorite treant has been temporarily disabled from champion selection due to a rather nasty bug. The bug occurs when a Maokai equipped with a Guardian Angel dies within his ultimate. Instead of a dead Maokai, the game will crash and cease to exist.
Riot Games is currently pushing a hot fix to resolve the issue. Until it goes live, Maokai is disabled in champion selection.
"4:54pm: We are currently investigating a crash related to Maokai. During this time we will be disabling the champion. I will update with more details when I have them.- RyanLaughlin, Assistant Producer, via the official forums.
5:03pm: A game engineer is currently looking at this issue.
5:25pm: We've successfully reproduced this internally and are debugging. We are investigating a fix for this now. This may take a little time to figure out exactly why it's crashing the game. I'll update within the half hour, but we don't have a set eta for the fix. It will depend on the complexity and whether it is a server-side or client-side patch.
5:57pm: No new updates at the moment. I'll update as soon as I have more information.
6:31pm: We are still working on the fix. The intention is to hotfix this once it is resolved. ETA is still unknown.
6:57pm: We believe we've found a fix. We are currently testing the implementation.
7:48pm: We are still testing. Unsure of eta on hotfix once it passes testing.
9:38pm: Still testing. The fix touches a number of different areas in the game code, so we want to make sure it does not cause any other bugs.
11:27pm: We are prepping a hotfix. In order to avoid downtime, we will be deploying in stages, so it may take some time before we re-enable Maokai. Thanks for your patience and we hope to have the fix out and ready over the next few hours."