Unveiling the future of League of Legends

Posted on at 10:20 AM by Moobeat
[Update: Oh no! Something went terribly wrong!!!! NURF IS DEAD, LONG LIVE URF]

With March coming to a close, Riot has unveiled surprising details on the future of LoL as we know it!
"What we’re calling New Ultra Rapid Fire raises the stakes by delivering a slow, sophisticated, and stoic strategic showcase that tests teams’ abilities in new and dynamic ways while not restricting the highest tier of play to those with sub-millisecond response times."
Continue reading for more on the most intense gamemode yet: N.U.R.F!

Here's the full announcement:
"Almost one year ago, we debuted a new way to play League of Legends in a silly, fun game mode that turned competitive balance on its head in celebration of the yearly troll-fest known as April Fools. While we were ultimately kidding, many of our designers saw the opportunity to work on a true evolution of League gameplay inspired by URF. After reviewing player feedback and hammering out brass tacks, we felt confident we created the most refined gameplay experience League has inspired yet, all in time to iterate in preparation of the next competitive season. 
What we’re calling New Ultra Rapid Fire raises the stakes by delivering a slow, sophisticated, and stoic strategic showcase that tests teams’ abilities in new and dynamic ways while not restricting the highest tier of play to those with sub-millisecond response times. 
Normally, a League match is a fast-paced slugfest that ranges from top to bottom lane and across Summoner’s Rift. We want to broaden the pool of high-level talent to include expert tacticians previously excluded by something so trivial as the necessity of hyper-twitch reflexes. 
There’s a lot to talk about, but with the entirely accidental leaks of some New Ultra Rapid Fire assets, we thought it’d be better to just show you. Tomorrow, we’ll release the proverbial kraken known as New Ultra Rapid Fire to live servers. 
Here’s a preview of some of the gameplay refinements coming tomorrow night (10 PM PDT on March 31st) when New Ultra Rapid Fire debuts: 
  • +100% mana and energy cost on all abilities
  • +200% cooldown inflation on abilities, items and summoner spells
  • +225 movement speed reduction
  • +200% delay between basic attacks
  • Critical strikes deal 50% of base AD
  • Units critically strike on 150% of attacks 
Will the upper limit of the potential for human competition skyrocket with the introduction of New Ultra Rapid Fire? Can you rise to the resulting challenge? Can a mere man defeat a manatee? When it comes to League of Legends, that last answer is indubitably yes, but no matter. The gauntlet is thrown. Hoist it at thine own risk."

Don't forget, there is also a fun party planned for March 32nd.

Over on reddit, L4T3NCY added:
"Heya guys,

I want to jump in an give a little more design context as to why we moved in the direction we did for New Ultra Rapid Fire this year. 
We've always mentioned that we want to "improve and innovate" on each mode before it comes back, not just release the same thing. There will always be things that could have been done better, and this way we can tweak and improve them to provide a better experience than the 1st time around. 
We heard you guys loud and clear that you didn't want Ultra Rapid Fire on Howling Abyss, so we've kept New Ultra Rapid Fire on Summoner's Rift. SR has more strategic choice designed into it anyway, which is given even more importance in NURF mode. 
Positioning in team fights, choosing when to go for objectives (if at all) and minion wave management is crucial. NURF mode punishes mistakes pretty hard (which conveniently ends games quickly and prevents them from dragging on too long). Your League play is going to level up."

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