Upcoming Champion Leaked in LA Times article?

Posted on at 5:42 PM by Moobeat

It looks like a photo, featuring one of Riot Game's artists, for a recent Los Angeles Times article has accidentally leaked an upcoming champion.

The new champion is clearly visible on the second monitor to the left of the artist. This champ appears to be a cyber centaur, part human / part horse, of some sort, that wields a halberd / spear type weapon. 

Unfortunately the article doesn't say anything like "EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEAK AT HORSEMAN, THE NEXT CHAMPION!" and Riot hasn't announced anything as of yet, so I'll be sure to clue you in on any new details should they arise.

P.S: Personally, this guy totally looks like a sleeker, more attractive version of Pitlord to me... will we see a similar kit?

edit: For those confused, the picture above is obviously from WC3 and is not a shot of the new champion. I simple put up a picture to reenforce my thought of him looking similar to Pit lord, since not everyone may be away of what he looks like.

The Great Hunt Contines

Posted on at 1:43 AM by Moobeat
Part two of the Great Hunt Sale is now available!

Poppy, Amumu, and Veigar are all on sale for 50% off the normal price. Three wonderful skins also accompany these champions;  Greybeard Veigar, Little Knight Amumu, and Battle Regalia Poppy are on sale for 487 Riot Points each.

Don't have RP to spend? Don't worry! Riot has also prepared some delicious desktop wallpapers out of the graphics from the Great Hunt page.

Jurassic Kog’Maw Available Now!

Posted on at 12:16 AM by Moobeat

One of last weeks new skins is now available for purchase! You can pick up Jurassic Kog'Maw and all of his prehistoric glory for a mean 975 Riot Points.

If you’re a natural history buff, you’ll be pleased to hear that some of the most prestigious yordle scientists that Valoran has to offer have just unearthed a truly groundbreaking discovery. Straight from the annals of pre-history, we’re proud to display Jurassic Kog’Maw – a primordial new take on the Mouth of the Abyss. Featuring a crumbling new death animation befitting his skeletal stature, this is one skin that’s sure to please any aspiring paleontologist.

And with the addition of this antediluvian new skin, we’ll also be permanently reducing the price on Monarch Kog’Maw from 975 RP to 520 RP. Whether you’re looking for a newly unearth or newly metamorphic take on your favorite denizen of the void, we’ve got you covered!

Click on the Skins tab in the Store to purchase and unlock this new skin!
- NeeksNaman, Web Content Specialist, via the official forums.

Some Love for Swain?

Posted on at 12:47 AM by Moobeat

Big scary bird strategists need love too! It looks like the balance team is taking a bit of a look at Swain in the next patch... now if we could only convince the art team to get Swain a new skin...
We're looking at Swain's ultimate mana cost upkeep for the next patch. Additionally, his attack frame will be getting an update so he has an easier time last hitting early on in the game.
- Classick, Associate Game Designer, via the official forums.

The Great Hunt

Posted on at 12:42 AM by Moobeat

It seems that there is a new "holiday" in Runeterra. Bandle City, home to those adorable yordles, is celebrating the Great Hunt, an annual event where yordles prove their worth by hunting the most dangerous of beasts. For us summoners, the Great Hunt, for the moment at least, only translates into a few champion and skin sales. The event runs from March 20th through April 2th according to the official minisite, so who knows what could be in store?

The official page above describes the following events and dates:
  • Lulu is now available for play!
  • Between March 20-23, Teemo and his Recon skin are on sale for 50% off
  • Between March 27-30, Veigar and his Greybeard skin are 50% off.
  • Between April 2-6, Ziggs will be free to play. 

You can already check out the Teemo sale, which includes sale prices for Tristana and Kennen, that started today.

In celebration, the normal Red, Blue, and Green elixirs have been cosmetically changed to mushrooms for the duration of the event.

Honestly, he event seems a little strange at the moment. The most recent and comparable Lunar Revel event came with a slew of delicious skins, while this event seems to only be made up of a few sales of older skins that frequent the normal weekly sales. The event does progress through April Fools day and I assume given Urfrider Corki last year and Urf The Manatee Warwick skin, we can expect Riot to drop another goofy skin on us.

Whether this is directly related to an upcoming part of the event or net, there was also a post on the official LoL facebook today that said "A strange villain has been threatening Bandle City, home of the yordles, but no one has yet gotten a good look at her, him, or it! Who or what hunts these half-pints, and who, if anyone, can put a stop to it?". Seems fishy!

At any rate, I'll be sure to keep you guys up today if any new information about this event is revealed.

Swain and Galio Reduced to 4800 IP!

Posted on at 11:52 PM by Moobeat

Riot is continuing to slash prices of champions, this time with a permanent reduction of 1500 to two champions, Swain and Galio!

In response to your feedback, we’re continuing to bring you even more value for your IP by reducing the IP prices on more of your favorite champions. This week, we’ll be slashing the IP prices of Galio and Swain. 

The new IP prices for these champions are:
  • Galio, the Sentinel’s Sorrow, (normally 6300 IP) will be only 4800 IP!
  • Swain, the Master Tactician, (normally 6300 IP) will be only 4800 IP!

Whether you’re a fan of gargoyles or an exotic bird enthusiast there’s never been a better time to pick up these fantastic champions! Head on over to the League of Legends Store to snag them at reduced cost!
= NeeksNaman, Web Content Specialist, via the official forums.

Lulu Champion Spotlight

Posted on at 1:14 AM by Moobeat
What an adorable suppordle! Lulu's official champion spotlight is now available! Enjoy!

Lulu Patch Notes

Posted on at 12:44 AM by Moobeat
The official Lulu patch notes are up! Be sure to check out all the differences between the unofficial notes posted a few days ago and these ones. If you payed attention to those notes, you likely also noticed the changed to Hexdrinker and the new Maw of Malmortius item. Riot has cooked up an official announcement and theory post about the changes for your reading pleasure.

New Skins in the Store
  • Bittersweet Lulu
  • Wicked Lulu

League of Legends v1.0.0.136
Lulu, the Fae Sorceress
  • Pix, Faerie Companion (Passive) - Pix fires magical bolts of energy whenever his owner attacks another enemy unit. These bolts are homing, but can be intercepted by other units.
  • Glitterlance - Pix and Lulu each fire a bolt of magical energy that heavily slows all enemies it hits. An enemy can only be damaged by one bolt.
  • Whimsy - If cast on an ally, grants them movement speed and ability power for a short time. If cast on an enemy, turns them into an adorable critter that can't attack or cast spells.
  • Help, Pix! - If cast on an ally, commands Pix to jump to an ally and shield them. He then follows them and aids their attacks. If cast on an enemy, commands Pix to jump to an enemy and damage them. He then follows them and grants you vision of that enemy.
  • Wild Growth (Ultimate) - Lulu enlarges an ally, knocking enemies away from them and granting them a large amount of bonus health. For the next few seconds, that ally gains an aura that slows nearby enemies.

  • Rocket Grab
    • Damage increased to 80/135/190/245/300 (+1.0 ability power) from 60/120/180/240/300 (+0.8 ability power)
    • Mana cost reduced to 110 from 140

  • Fixed a bug where Fiora could consume the second cast of Lunge on the original target while still moving toward the original target.

  • Fixed a bug where Demacian Justice would not finish casting if Garen lost vision of the target during the cast

  • Hiten Style
    • Passive health restore reduced to 5/7/9/11/13 from 10/14/18/22/26
    • While active, health restore doubles to 10/14/18/22/26
  • Transcendent Blades cooldown increased to 70/60/50 seconds from 60/50/40

  • Eye of the Storm Attack Damage bonus is now lost if the shield breaks

  • Health per level increased to 98 from 88
  • Counterstrike area of effect radius increased to 375 from 350
  • Grandmaster's Might (New Active): Jax gains 25/35/45 (+30% of his bonus attack damage) armor and 25/35/45 (+20% of his ability power) magic resist for 8 seconds. 100 mana, 80 second cooldown.

  • Updated Ragnarok's buff tooltip to reflect it now grants Armor and Magic Resist instead of flat damage reduction

  • Now has improved targeting displays for her spells

  • Right clicking on an enemy while using Powerball will now move you close enough to hit the target
  • Base armor reduced to 20.8 from 24.8
  • Base attack damage reduced to 53.5 from 58.8

  • Fixed a bug where Riven could get locked out of moving during her third cast of Broken Wings

  • Updated Rumble's recommended items

  • Fixed a bug that caused Deceive to sometimes deal more damage than intended
  • Two-Shiv Poison damage adjusted to 50/90/130/170/210 (+1.0 bonus attack damage) from 40/80/120/160/200 (+0.5 total attack damage)

  • Vorpal Blade
    • Damage reduced to 60/100/140/180/220 from 60/105/150/195/240
    • Cooldown increased to 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 from 5/4.5/4/3.5/3
    • Fixed a bug where last hitting with Vorpal Blade healed for less than intended

  • Updated Fury of the Dragonborn tooltip to more accurately reflect actual values in game
  • Fixed a bug that caused Burnout to last longer than intended
  • Dragon's Descent passive Armor and Magic Resist bonus reduced to 10/15/20 from 15/20/25

  • Power Chord damage increased to 18-188 from 10-180

  • Re-timed Starcall's animation to sync better with Soraka's actions

  • Fixed a bug where Event Horizon stopped stunning units if Veigar died

  • Power Transfer
    • Augmented Power Transfer now grants Movement Speed when the missile is launched rather than when the cast animation begins
    • Fixed a bug where Viktor could gain the Movement Speed from Power Transfer without actually casting the spell
    • Fixed a bug where Augmented Power Transfer's Movement Speed lasted only 2 seconds instead of the intended 3
  • Fixed a bug where Graviton Field disappeared when Viktor died
  • Fixed a bug where Chaos Storm disappeared when Viktor died (though it will not respond to commands while Viktor is dead)

  • Vampiric Scepter Life Steal reduced to 10% from 12%
  • Wriggle's Lantern Life Steal reduced to 12% from 15%
  • Bloodthirster
    • Life Steal reduced to 12% from 15%
    • Life Steal per stack reduced to 0.2% from 0.25%
    • Now only loses half stacks on death rather than all of them
  • Hexdrinker
    • Recipe changed to Long Sword + Null Magic Mantle from 2 Long Swords + Null Magic Mantle
    • Total gold cost reduced to 1400 from 1800
    • Attack damage reduced to 25 from 35
    • Shield strength reduced to 250 from 300
    • Shield duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4
  • New Item: Maw of Malmortius
    • Recipe: Hexdrinker + Pickaxe
    • Total gold cost: 3300 (combine cost: 925)
    • +55 Attack Damage
    • +36 Magic Resist
    • Unique Passive: +1 Attack Damage for every 2.5% health missing.
    • Unique Passive: If you would take magic damage which would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum health, you gain a shield which absorbs 400 magic damage for 5 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

Summoner Spells
  • Fixed a bug where Clairvoyance would disappear if the caster died
  • Heal
    • Base heal amount reduced to 120 from 140
    • Recently Healed debuff duration increased to 35 seconds from 25

  • Champions will now attempt to run home when they disconnect, instead of Recalling
  • Fixed a bug where the Dominion center buff could cause double kills against Kog'maw, Karthus, etc.
  • Crest of the Ancient Golem scaling Mana Regeneration reduced to 0.5% of maximum Mana/Energy from 1%
  • Cleaned up champion passive tooltips
  • A champion chasing a fleeing opponent will now attack more consistently than before
  • Fixed a bug where Ally disconnect messages were not displaying correctly
  • Fixed a bug where using control+F didn't display a Ping/FPS overlay
  • Fixed a bug where players could unintentionally disconnect and reconnect as a spectator
  • Made a few server side adjustments to prevent specific cases of lag

Co-op vs. AI
  • Improved cast logic on ultimates for Caitlyn and Lux bots
  • Fixed a bug where bots in Dominion would sometimes idle under enemy capture points
- Phreak, Web Content Specialist, via the official forums.

New Skins and Tentative Patch Notes for the Lulu Patch!

Posted on at 12:53 AM by Moobeat

The Public Beta Environment has been updated to include the upcoming Lulu patch in its entirety! In addition to the new loading screen and music from above, we have access to all of the fabulous new skins, tentative patch notes, and a new item! Lets get on with the show...

Below are the splashes and video previews for the two launch Lulu skins as well as stunningly awesome new skins for both Kog'Maw and Graves.

Mafia Graves

 Jurassic Kog'Maw
 ( Loving that new death animation! )

Bittersweet Lulu

Wicked Lulu

We are also privy to all the Champion page videos of Lulu and her abilities! Think of it as a mini champion spotlight. You can check out the actual embedded videos over here, or just watch this preview video below to see the abilities in action.

Next up we have tenative patch notes from the PBE! While I couldn't find an official set of PBE notes, I do have an unofficial list of changes pulled from Lolpro.com :
  • Rocket Grab now deals 80/135/190/245/300 damage, up from 60/120/180/240/300damage.
  • Rocket Grab now scales from 100% of Ability Power, up from 80%.
  • Rocket Grab now costs 110 Mana, down from 140 Mana.
  • Now only restores 5/7/9/11/13 health on basic attacks when passive. Amount of healthrestored doubles when the skill is activated.
  • Empower now also increases the damage of his next Leap Strike.
  • Grandmaster's Might no longer increases Attack Power and Attack Damage. Now gives anArmor bonus equal to 25/35/45 + 30% of AD and a Magic Resist bonus equal to 25/35/45 + 20% of AP when active.
  • Deceive now increases the damage of his next attack within 6 seconds by 140/160/180/200/220%, down from 140/160/180/220/240%.
  • Two-Shiv Poison now deals an additional 50/90/130/170/210 magic damage when active, up from 40/80/120/160/200.
  • Vorpal Blade now deals 60/100/140/180/220 base damage, down from 60/105/150/195/240.
  • Dragon's Descent passive effect now increases Armor and Magic Resist by 10/15/20, down from 15/20/25.
New Items
  • Fury Fungus - Item Cost: 250 - Click to Consume: Grants 12-22% Attack Speed, based on champion level, and 8% Critical Strike Chance for 4 minutes.
  • Mightshroom - Item Cost: 250 - Click to Consume: Grants 140-235 Health, based on champion level, and 10 Attack Damage for 4 minutes.
  • Sagely Spores - Item Cost: 250 - Click to Consume: Grants 20-40 Ability Power, based on champion level, and 10% Cooldown Reduction for 4 minutes.
  • Maw of Malmortius - Item Cost 3300 - Recipe Cost 925 - Requires Hexdrinker + Pickaxe - +55 Attack Damage +36 Magic Resist UNIQUE Passive: If you would take magic damagethat would leave you at less than 30% Health, you first gain a shield that absorbs 400 magic damage for 5 seconds (60 second cooldown). UNIQUE Passive: +1 Attack Damage for every 2.5% of your Maximum Health that is missing.
Changed Items
  • The Bloodthirster now gives +12% Life Steal, down from 15%. Now gives +0.2% life stealper kill up to 8%, instead of 0.25% per kill up to 10%. Now only half of the stacks are lost upon death instead of all of them.
  • Vampiric Scepter now gives 10% Life Steal, down from 12%.
  • Wriggle's Lantern now gives 12% Life Steal, down from 15%.

As you probably noticed above, there has been a new item added to the game! The new AD caster item is named Maw of Malmortius and is intended for AD Casters ( champions focusing more on AD ratios on abilities rather than auto attacks ) or Bruisers. Building out of a Hex Drinker and a pickaxe, MoM  will give you the following stats:

+55 Attack Damage
+36 Magic Resist
Unique Passive: If you would take magic damage that would leave you at less than 30% health, you first gain a shield that absorbs 400 magic damage for 5 seconds ( 60 second cool down )
Unique Passive: +1 Attack Damage for every 2.5% your maximum health that is missing.

In addition to this, Hexdrinker has also been altered. It now costs 1400 total gold and consists of the following stats:
+25 AD
+30 MR
Unique Passive: If magic damage that would bring you <30% health, you first gain a shield that absorbs 250 magic damage for 3 seconds ( 60 second cooldown )

PHEW! That was a lot of information! Thanks to the multiple, awesome posts on reddit that helped me cover my bases.

EDIT: Here is a fun video featuring some Lulu gameplay.