Snowdown is upon us!

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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!
What are you waiting for!? Continue reading to learn more about how you can deck the halls with all these holiday themed goodies!

Snowdown Mini Site

As 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 Skins

This 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


v

Snowstorm Sivir

975 RP




Snow Day Singed

975 RP





Returning Legacy Snowdown '11 and '12 Skins

Eight previously released, legacy Snowdown skins from 2011 and 2012 are also returning for a limited time!

2011

Festive Maokai

975 RP

Mistletoe LeBlanc

975 RP

Toy Soldier Gangplank

975 RP

Snowmerdinger

975 RP

2012

Snow Day Ziggs

975 RP

Dark Candy Fiddlesticks

975 RP

Bad Santa Veigar

975 RP


Slay Belle Katarina

975 RP

Returning Limited Snowdown '09 and '10 Skins

Twelve 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:
  • 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
The loading screen treatment and the summoner icon design are based on the Roman numeral one to signify 1st edition."

2009

Snow Bunny Nidalee

520 RP

Workshop Nunu

520 RP

Happy Elf Teemo

520 RP

Earnest Elf Tristana

520 RP

Old Saint Zilean

520 RP


2010

Re-Gifted Amumu

520 RP

Santa Gragas

975 RP

Reindeer Kog’Maw

975 RP

Candy Cane Miss Fortune

975 RP

Ragdoll Poppy

975 RP


Nutcracko

975 RP

Silent Night Sona

520 RP

New and Returning Snowdown Ward Skins

This 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!

Candycane Ward

640 RP

Snowman Ward

640 RP

Gingerbread Ward

640 RP

..and here they are in action! Check the video for a better look at their spawn, idle, and death animations!


New Summoner Icons

We 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 Returns

Mystery 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.

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?
  • The player receiving the gift needs to have been on your buddy list for at least two weeks.
  • If a player uses the /mute or /ignore chat command on someone, they will have to re-add the friend, and wait two weeks until a gift can be sent to that player.
  • The player receiving the gift needs to be at least level 10.
  • The player receiving the gift cannot be banned or suspended (this includes LeaverBuster, Tribunal, etc).
  • The player receiving the gift must have at least 10 unowned skins OR champions that they are eligible to receive, depending on which gift is being given.
  • The player sending the gift must be at least level 20.
  • You can only send up to three gifts every 24 hours*.
  • You can only receive up to three gifts every 24 hours*.
*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.

Showdown Mode

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?
  • 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)
What are the requirements to play Showdown?
You need to be Summoner level 10 or higher to participate in the Showdown.

Snowdown Login Screen & Music

Last but not least we have a particularly cool login screen to celebrate the season!



Snowdown Bundles

Two new, limited time bundles are available in the shop : Snowdown 2011 Bundle and the Snowdown 2012 Bundle! Both bundles scale in price based on what you already own and include that year's set of skins and corresponding champions

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