Snowdown 2018 - New Skins & Chroma, Crafting & Loot, Your Shop, Nexus Blitz, & More

Posted on at 9:25 AM by Aznbeat
Snowdown is back for 2018! Running from now until January 7th, you can snag new skins, chromas, craft new loot and rewards with Snowdown tokens, or play Nexus Blitz and earn Nexus tokens, and more!
Continue reading for more information!

Table of Contents


In Client Snowdown Hub



A Snowdown hub has been added to the client, giving all the details on the event! Head over to the client or check out some screenshots below!

Overview:
   

Skins
     

K/DA Akali

Look & Rewards
      

Game Mode


Your Shop

Your Shop is now back up in the client with personalized offers just for you! What discounts will you get?
Here's Bilby with more:
"Discountbot and Your Shop are opening for the holidays! Between December 6, 2018, at 8:00 AM PT and January 7, 2019, at 11:59 PM PT, head to the Your Shop icon to check out your personalized discounts. If you’re not familiar with Your Shop: 
  • The festive Discountbot selects up to six skins that he thinks you’ll like and offers them at varying discounts
  • These discounts may include Legacy skins not currently available in the store
  • If you receive a skin discount on a champion you don’t own, the same discount will also be applied to the champ
  • Ultimate, Legendary, Limited, Gemstone, and relatively new skins (released in the last three months) will not be featured in Your Shop. 
(Psst. Just between you and me: Discountbot is the first of his kind, so this is all he’s got planned for the holidays. Please visit him in Your Shop so he doesn’t get lonely.) 
Have fun and happy Snowdown!"

Nexus Blitz Primer - Snowdown Edition

Here's SpaceNorth with a primer on Nexus Blitz during this Snowdown:
"The Map
Nexus Blitz is played on a compact map with two lanes and a jungle. Teams are comprised of three laners and two junglers. 
Duo jungling 
Monster gold and experience are shared and increased when taken by multiple allies, and buff camps grant their boons to two players rather than one. This spirit of cooperation unlocks jungling for the entire roster as long as they've got a trustworthy partner. Jinx jungle? Try it with Braum! 
Upper jungle
  • Invulnerable turrets (you can see 'em between Gromp and Murkwolves above)
  • Red buff
  • Wolves, Raptors, and Gromp
  • Rift Herald (Taking Rift Herald also grants your team the minion-boosting effects of Baron Buff!)
Lower jungle
  • Blue buff
  • Rift Scuttler patrols around Blue buff
  • A second Gromp
Top & bot lanes
  • Lanes! With turrets! Bot and top lane converge toward the base and share an inhibitor. 
Events

Nexus Blitz's claim to fame is its event roulette. Every few minutes, one of several map-wide events kicks off with all ten players participating! You'll get to see the first event in champ select, and once you're in game, there'll be a 30-second warning before each event letting you know what mayhem is about to ensue. 
The event lineup:
  • Bardle Royale: Both teams battle it out in an ever-shrinking circle of death until only one is left standing. Word of advice: don't recall once the event starts or you'll instantly burn to a crisp.
  • Bardle Royale (Juggernaut): It's Bardle Royale but one member of each team gets increased health and the On-Fire buff!
  • Bardle Royale (Paranoia): It's Bardle Royale but really, really dark. You won’t be able to see either enemies or allies until they’re right next to you! Everyone also gets flat penetration stats to make it the other kind of dark too (murder).
  • URF Deathmatch: Urf the Manatee blesses everyone with insane buffs, including massive cooldown reduction and removed mana and energy costs. Everyone gets three lives. Last team standing wins!
  • Loot Teemo: Chase a giant Teemo around the map and hit him to take his gold!
  • Loot Veigar: A more dangerous Loot Teemo. Dodge the Dark Matter and Event Horizons that Veigar casts around him!
  • Push the Cart: Stand near the cart to push it toward the enemy team's base and blow up the first building it touches. If the event goes too long, the cart gets impatient and decides the next person to touch it wins.
  • Push the Cart (Attack/Defend): A time-capped variant of Push the Cart. Only the attackers can push the cart and their objective is still to shove it into an enemy building. When time runs out, defenders claim the win by shoving all attackers off the cart.
  • Arena: Teams face off in a gauntlet of 1v1s and 2v2s. Strongest vs strongest, down to... less-strongest vs less-strongest. The team that wins the most prize fights takes the event!
  • King of the Hill: Stand on top of the hill until your team claims it. If you push the enemy off, you'll drain their progress before adding your own.
  • Scuttle Racing: An innocent race between two Rift Scuttlers turns nasty as both teams interfere. Use speed boosts and shields on your crab; CC and damage on the other team’s crab. If a crab dies faints, it recovers after a few seconds.
  • Sudden Death (Nexus Blitz): At 18 minutes, the Nexuses get impatient and walk toward the center of the map to fight it out. Win the game by destroying the enemy Nexus, but watch out—someone taught them how to cast abilities. Death timers are reduced during Nexus Blitz!
For Nexus Blitz vets, we've done some tuning to make events feel more fair. Most notably, events won't spawn right on top of turrets anymore! We've also made a bunch of UI improvements to better track who's winning on an event-by-event basis. Finally, the Snowball event has been removed, which is a little ironic since it's now Snowdown. 
Rewards 
Winning an event grants one of several wild rewards. Here's the prize wall:
  • Catapult of Champions: Click the giant cannon next to your fountain to launch yourself across the map!
  • Blessing of Blitzcrank: Gives your turrets and cannon minions Blitzcrank’s Rocket Grab.
  • Poro King: The Poro King arrives to aid your team, pushing through top lane! Fluffy helps you siege enemy turrets, breathes fire on baddies, and periodically heals nearby allies. Long live the King!
  • Battle Sled: The whole team can pile into this vehicle, with the first player to click acting as driver. Take a leisurely cruise around the map until you hit something and the sled explodes, damaging and knocking up nearby enemies.
  • Guardian Angel: Your team gets a temporary, one-time Guardian Angel.
  • Statikk Shock: Your team gains Statikk Shiv. Zap!
  • BF Shield: Your team gets big, friendly shields.
  • Mega Cloud Drake: Your team gets mega out-of-combat movement speed.
  • Mega Ocean Drake: Your team gets mega regen. 
Those of you who played Nexus Blitz the first time around may notice some omissions. Cursed Minions, Blessing of Caitlyn, and Wrath of the Hunter (brush stealth) have been removed. 
On-Fire 
Racking up a killstreak lights you on fire, granting mana and energy regen, tons of damage, and shorter cooldowns, but increasing the damage you take and reducing shields and heals received. Being on fire also puts a sizable bounty on your head which the entire enemy team shares. 
Items 
Nexus Blitz features an armory of items from seasons past. If any of these icons stir up waves of nostalgia within you, hop into queue and relive the olden days.
Starting items have been retuned for the mode, including a new Doran's item for enchanter supports (the blue stick). Support items don't upgrade, there's no Spellthief's item, and there's only one jungle item (which upgrades Smite to Chilling Smite when you enchant it).
Finally, there's one item we developed specifically for Nexus Blitz:
Bans 
New to our second test, champ select kicks off with a ban phase. Everyone gets one ban and bans champs at the same time! 
Mode-Specific Balancing

Nexus Blitz features a bunch of mode-specific balance changes for champions and runes to accommodate the faster pace, smaller map, and frequent fighting. We'll have at least one follow-up balance update after the mode goes live.


Champion Skins

Five new skins will be available during this year's Snowdown celebration:

Frozen Prince Mundo

1350 RP or Bundled (Legacy)
Once a handsome prince from an outlying region of the Winterlands, Mundo was touched by the curse of Ice King Twitch—corrupting him into a brutish thrall. He's still convinced he's the same statuesque royal as before, and as such… goes where he pleases. 


Winter Wonder Soraka

1350 RP or Bundled (Legacy)
A kindly duchess within the court of the Poro King, Soraka's lands are filled with beautiful animals made of pristine, enchanted ice. These menageries stretch for miles, tended by her retainers. 


Ice King Twitch

1350 RP or Bundled (Legacy)
Twitch is a bitter, hateful creature who has jealously watched the Winterlands from his frozen burrow since time immemorial. Finally driven to the surface by twisted delusions of grandeur, he now seeks to usurp the Poro King, corrupting his subjects with an ancient, icy curse. 


Snow Man Yi

1350 RP or Bundled (Legacy)
A humble snowman brought to life by the magic of the Poro King, Yi strives to become the most gallant knight in all the land… and with the imminent invasion of Ice King Twitch, he might just get his chance. 

K/DA Akali Prestige Edition

[Available now - 1/21 for 1800 Snowdown Tokens]
K/DA Akali is on fire right now, spitting rap solos at the Pop Music Awards—and her prestigious costume is exactly what you'd expect from the new golden child of pop."



Chroma

Tons of new chroma are now available for 290 RP each or bundled with the Ruby chroma:


Frozen Prince Mundo
290 RP each or Bundled with Ruby Chroma
    


Winter Wonder Soraka
290 RP each or Bundled with Ruby Chroma

    

Ice King Twitch
290 RP each or Bundled with Ruby Chroma
    

Snow Man Yi
290 RP each or Bundled with Ruby Chroma
    

Golden Chroma

Golden chroma for some Legacy Snowdown skins are available to craft for 250 Snowdown Tokens each!

Frostblade Irelia & Golden Icon


Snow Day Malzahar & Golden Icon

Snow Day Graves & Golden Icon

Snow Day Bard & Golden Icon

Snowstorm Sivir & Golden Icon


Summoner Icons

We also have a blizzard of new craftable summoner icons plus icons & border sets!

Snow Man Yi Icon & Border
200 Snowdown Tokens

Ice King Twitch Icon & Border
200 Snowdown Tokens
 

Winter Wonder Soraka Icon & Border
200 Snowdown Tokens

 Frozen Prince Mundo Icon & Border
200 Snowdown Tokens
 

Crystal Deer Icon
25 Snowdown Tokens

Hungwy Icon
[Available with purchase of Winter Wonder Pack]
 

Snowflake Icon
[Available with purchase of Snowdown Pass]
  

Poro on Fire Icon
[Access to Poro on Fire Pet, 70 Nexus Tokens]

Finisher Icon
30 Nexus Tokens
 

Recall Icon
15 Nexus Tokens
 

Ward Skins

Two chilly new ward skins are now available!

Unassuming Snowman Ward
640 RP



Golden Snowman Ward
100 Snowdown Tokens

Emotes

A new emote is now available for crafting!

Poro Ride
75 Snowdown Tokens

Returning Legacy Skins

Tons of Legacy Snowdown skins are also now back in the Shop!

Snowdown 2018 Login Theme

A new Snowdown login theme will be featured on the client!


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