Good news everyone - THE SNOWDOWN IS UPON US! This holiday event features tons of festive new content to obtain and enjoy between now and ( Jan 2nd ) - including three new champion skins, twenty returning champion skins, a new ward skin, two returning ward skins, new summoner icons, the return of Mystery Gifting, AND a new Showdown featured game mode!
Snowdown Mini SiteAs with other events, Riot has crafted up a marvelous mini site to introduce you to this year's Snowdown content! Check it out for all sorts of goodies, including some awesome Snowdown papercrafts!
New Snowdown '13 SkinsThis Snowdown brings us THREE new champion skins, each with a complete set of winter-y particles! This skins are LEGACY skins and will be available for purchase until the end of the Snowdown event.
Winter Wonder Lulu
1350 RP but on Sale for 975 RP through December 23rd
|W - Self / Ally|
|W - Polymorph|
|E - Self / Ally|
|E - Enemy|
Snow Day Singed
Returning Legacy Snowdown '11 and '12 Skins
Eight previously released, legacy Snowdown skins from 2011 and 2012 are also returning for a limited time!
Returning Limited Snowdown '09 and '10 SkinsTwelve previously limited Snowdown skins from 2009 and 2010 are also returning! Since these skins are transitioning from limited to legacy skins, summoners who OWNED THESE SKINS ( and only these 12! ) PRIOR TO THE START OF THIS YEAR'S SNOWDOWN will be receiving an RP refund, a special summoner icon, and vintage treatment loading screens. See this announcement for more info.
Here's what the Snowdown FAQ has to say about these skins:
"Owners of 2012 and 2011 Snowdown skins will not receive compensation, as those skins were always communicated as Legacy skins that might return. Owners of 2010 and 2009
Snowdown Limited Edition skins will receive the following compensation within the first few days of this year’s event:
The loading screen treatment and the summoner icon design are based on the Roman numeral one to signify 1st edition."
- Full RP refund (while keeping the skin)
- 1st edition treatment of the skin in the game loading screen
- A summoner icon for original owners of at least one Limited Edition skin
Snow Bunny Nidalee
New and Returning Snowdown Ward SkinsThis year's Snowdown includes the return of last year's Snowman and Gingerbread ward skins and a new ward skin - The Candycane Ward! All three of these ward skins will be available for free use and for permanent purchase until the end of Snowdown!
..and here they are in action! Check the video for a better look at their spawn, idle, and death animations!
New Summoner IconsWe have FIVE new icons for this year's Snowdown!
Here's how to obtain each of them, straight from the Snowdown FAQ:
Giftwrapped Poro: To earn the Giftwrapped Poro icon, you must win three matchmade games on Howling Abyss. Meaning, you must enter a queue (NOT a custom game), and win three games. For example, you can enter the Showdown queue or the ARAM queue, but you can’t create your own game on Howling Abyss and have it count towards your three wins.
Santa Gragas Cookie: You’ll earn this icon by sending any gift during Snowdown using the gifting (including Mystery Gifting) feature in the store.
Bad Gingerbread Veigar: To earn this icon, you must win a matchmade game as a premade team during the Snowdown event. For example, you’ll earn the icon if you and four friends queue up in Ranked 5s to do battle and emerge victorious, or if you queue up with a buddy and claim victory in a normal game. The key here is that the games must be matchmade against other players (so Co-op vs AI does not count).
Snow Teemo: When you unlock all four of the other icons, you’ll earn the Snow Teemo icon. Please be aware it may take up to three days after unlocking the fourth icon for Snow Teemo to show up.
Mystery Gifting ReturnsMystery Gifting is back!
Here's the FAQ from Riot's Snowdown 2013 FAQ:
What is Mystery Gifting?
Mystery Gifting allows summoners to send their friends a surprise gift. There are two different kinds of Mystery Gifting during Snowdown this year. For 490 RP, you can send your friend a random Mystery Skin for one of the champions they own, OR you can send your friend a random Mystery Champion they don’t own. In either case, the gift will be worth at least 520 RP.What skins are eligible for Mystery Gifting?
Any skin for any Champion that your friend owns is eligible as a Mystery Skin, as long as your friend doesn’t already own the skin and it’s currently worth 520 RP or higher and available in the store. This includes Legendary and even Ultimate skins! There are also some Legacy skins not for sale in the store that will be obtainable in the Snowdown Mystery Skin:
For a complete list of all the different skin types, check out our Guide to Champion Skin Types.
- TPA Nunu
- TPA Mundo
- TPA Ezreal
- TPA Orianna
- TPA Shen
- Riot Graves
- Riot K-9 Nasus
- Riot Blitzcrank
- The Mighty Jax
- Vancouver Amumu
- Team Spirit Anivia
- Festival Kassadin
- Curling Veigar
- Ice Toboggan Corki
- Union Jack Fiddlesticks
- Whistler Village Twitch
- Traditional Karma
- Traditional Sejuani
- Traditional Trundle
What champs are eligible for Mystery Champion gift?
All champions that your friend doesn’t own valued at 520 RP or more are eligible.What are the requirements for gifting to friends?
*After you reach your limit, you're able to purchase a fourth mystery gift 24 hours after your first purchase, a fifth mystery gift 24 hours after your second purchase, and so on. The limit does not reset at midnight.
Is it possible for my friend to receive a Mystery Skin for a champ they don't own yet?
Nope, your friend can only receive skins for champions they already own. For example, your friend cannot receive Bad Santa Veigar if they don’t already own Veigar as a champion.
What about skins my friend already owns?
Your friend can only receive a skin that they don’t already own. No duplicate skins will be added to their account.
Are skins and champions received from Mystery Gifting refundable?
No, just like regular Gifting, anything received from the Mystery Gifting feature is non-reversible and non-refundable.
How long is Mystery Gifting available?
Mystery Gifting will be available throughout the duration of the Snowdown event.
Can I give myself a Mystery Gift?
Nope, Sorry :(
Are there any other new Gifting options for Snowdown?
Yes! Rune pages can now be selected as gifts in addition to skins, champions or Mystery Gifts.
Snowdown also comes with our latest featured game mode - SHOWDOWN! Showdown is a 1v1 and 2v2 game mode played on the Howling Abyss map.
Here's Brackhar with more info:
"Showdown is live! Queue up for 1v1 and 2v2 duels on Howling Abyss. With three ways to claim victory, it's up to you to decide how you'll defeat your opponents. You can score first blood (or two kills in 2v2 mode), waveclear your way to 100 CS, or demolish the enemy turret before they take down yours.
Showdown's available from December 19 through January 2, so head to the Howling Abyss to show off your dueling skills and duo-ing prowess now!"
Here's more on Showdown from Riot's Snowdown FAQ:
What the heck is Showdown?
Showdown is a Featured Game Mode where players battle in 1v1 and 2v2 fights on the Howling Abyss.
How does the Showdown work?
Games will be played in the Blind Draft game type. Each team has the opportunity to ban out three champions, after which the game proceeds to a Blind Pick phase. After both teams have locked in their picks, there will be an additional period of time in which the enemy picks are revealed to each team – this gives players a chance to adjust runes, masteries and summoner spells accordingly before the match starts.
How do I win Showdown?
What are the requirements to play Showdown?
- First blood (or first 2 kills in a 2v2 game)
- Enemy tower destroyed
- 100 Creep Score achieved (in a 2v2 game the Creep Score of both players is added together)
You need to be Summoner level 10 or higher to participate in the Showdown.