Red Post Collection: Galio Micropatch, It's Time for October Bundles, Ask Riot: The Harrowing? & More

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Today's red post collection includes a look at upcoming Galio micro patch nerf, the 10/26 mid-patch update, new October bundles, featuring popular champions and skins used by pros during Worlds, a new Ask Riot, answering questions about the Harrowing, Kindred, skins, a few new reminders, and much more!
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Mid-Patch Updates 

Two  mid-patch updates were released for Galio and Raptors:
"10/26/2017 Galio Hotfix 
We intended to buff a more aggressive Galio and he's certainly stronger after the changes. However, while we had thought that the new Galio would build some ability power on top of building tanky, we've seen a lot of glass cannon builds. As a result, his damage is far higher than we foresaw, and it's warping his gameplay by not allowing opponents any time to react, let alone wait out Idol of Durand and kill him back.  
Q - Winds of War 
  • INITIAL DAMAGE RATIO .9 ability power ⇒ .8 ability power
  • TORNADO RATIO 3% Percent Max Health per 100 AP per tick ⇒ 1% Max Health per 100 AP per tick (3% total)
"10/26/2017 Bugfix 
Fixed a bug where the raptors had higher health than expected."

It's Time for October Bundles

The October Bundles are here! Check out the article below for a look at each of the bundles this month:
"We can’t stop these champs from getting banned after Worlds.  
...But we can put them in half-off bundles! Play like a pro with these S+ Tier bundles, available now through November 2, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Pro Top Laner Bundle - 50% off at 2511 RP (4518 RP if you need the champions) 
Skins included:
  • Jurassic Cho’Gath
  • Meowkai
  • Junkyard Trundle
  • Scorched Earth Renekton
  • Surgeon Shen
Champions included:
  • Cho’Gath
  • Maokai
  • Trundle
  • Renekton
  • Shen 
Pro Jungler Bundle - 50% off at 2057 RP (4259 RP if you need the champions) 
Skins included: 
  • Commando Jarvan IV
  • Sejuani Dawnchaser
  • Hillbilly Gragas
  • Eternum Rek’Sai
  • Death Blossom Elise
Champions included:   
  • Jarvan IV
  • Sejuani
  • Gragas
  • Rek’Sai
  • Elise 
Pro Mid Laner Bundle - 50% off at 2587 RP (4744 RP if you need the champions) 
Skins included:
  • Debonair Galio
  • PROJECT: Lucian
  • Queen of Diamonds Syndra
  • Jade Fang Cassiopeia
  • Elderwood LeBlanc
Champions included:
  • Galio
  • Lucian
  • Syndra
  • Cassiopeia
  • LeBlanc 
Pro ADC Bundle - 50% off at 2584 RP (4685 RP if you need the champions) 
Skins included:
  • Blood Moon Kalista
  • Cosmic Dusk Xayah
  • Buccaneer Tristana
  • Gangster Twitch
  • Dark Star Varus
Champions included:
  • Kalista
  • Xayah
  • Tristana
  • Twitch
  • Varus 
Pro Support Bundle - 50% off at 2999 RP (4802 RP if you need the champions) 
Skins included:
  • Star Guardian Janna
  • Wicked Lulu
  • Cosmic Dawn Rakanf
  • Pool Party Taric
  • Moo Cow Alistar
Champions included:
  • Janna
  • Lulu
  • Rakan
  • Taric
  • Alistar"

Ask Riot - The Harrowing?

This week's new Ask Riot is now available, covering the Harrowing, Skins, Kindred, and more:
What happened to the Harrowing?

Harrowing and all the horrors associated with it (Black Mist, Shadow Isles) are still lurking around, just not from a Halloween-only perspective. We wanted to separate seasonal events from canon lore, so we introduced Tales from the Rift. In other words, the Harrowing is a frightful phenomenon that occurs anytime of the year, directly affecting those within the world of Runeterra. Tales from the Rift is a seasonal event with new and Legacy skins returning from the vault during Halloween time, and every year the story is a little different. 2016 was our first venture with Tales from the Rift: The Teemoing. While The Teemoing was theatrically diabolical, a tale from the Rift can take on any form under the umbrella of horror. So, who knows what this year’s tale will be…

Writer, Skins 
How do skins play into the League universe? Are they just cosplays? Are they parallel universes? 
Skins exist for us as alternate universe interpretations, like karmic reincarnation. We try and bring the core of who the champion is to a new world and ask "what if?" Some things change, some things stay the same, but there is an aspect to the champion that is still recognizable.

Thermal Kitten 
Senior Narrative Writer 
Do you worry that reworks and gameplay updates are wasting cool new mechanics on old champions or making new champions harder to create? 
We don’t really worry about this at all to be honest. We value old champions just as highly as new champions, and we want all our champions to have awesome and unique mechanics.

Also, there are still a ton of new mechanics we haven’t implemented in the game. We haven’t run out of ideas yet, nor do I think we are in danger of running out of ideas anytime soon.

Lead Producer of Champions 
What are Riot’s thoughts on the state of Kindred?

Our last mini-update to Kindred has succeeded in positioning them as a scaling late game carry threat as opposed to a mid-game skirmisher. Though they aren’t necessarily performing poorly right now, their kit does feel like it could use some love to help them find their place in the meta.

The mini-update eroded some properties of their gameplay that veteran Kindred players really liked, particularly their ability to shred tankier champions. In recent development cycles, we’ve discussed buffing Kindred, but completing work on them fell in priority due to other systems requiring our resources. That said, exploring directions that bring back some familiar feelings or improving the play quality of Mark of the Kindred’s bounty system seem like proper next steps for us to look into.

It’s important to highlight that we expect Runes Reforged to change the meta-game a lot. This means we will have to re-evaluate Kindred’s state once things settle down (as with all other champions). As a result, Kindred will remain unchanged until after Runes Reforged launches.

Game Designer, Live Gameplay 
Have a question? Head over to Ask Riot and sign into your League account. Check out the Do’s and Don’ts, then ask away.

We promise to read every question, but we can’t guarantee they’ll all get answers. Some questions may already be answered elsewhere, and some won’t be right for Ask Riot. This isn’t the best place to announce new features, for example, and we might skip conversations on issues we’ve talked about in depth before (though we can clarify individual points). 
We are listening, though, so keep asking. We’ll make sure your questions are heard by the Rioters working on the stuff you’re curious about." 

Quick Hits

"Greetings Mortals!  
In patch 7.22, Xerath returns in all his Ascended glory to grant power to the most worthy warriors.  
This time around, we wanted to take a pass at addressing the 'Pacifist' strategy from our last visit to the Crystal Scar. To be clear, we are not in the business of dictating strategies on RGMs... that being said, we are not thrilled with gameplay that results in 5 players being held hostage for 50 minutes.  
Runes Reforged will also ship in 7.22 with Ascension, so we'll be looking for testing around how they interact with the game mode. We've made a few swaps already for Runes that just don't make sense in this mode (i.e. Minion Dematerializer). As a reference, here's a cool tool to explore the new Runes:  
  • Players now have access empowered recall throughout the game, so take a break from the action and head back to base to grab some fancy new items.
  • Empowered recall is disabled for Ascended characters.
  • If you somehow manage to get back to base while you are Ascended (here's looking at you Pantheon) you will be stripped of the Ascension buff and Xerath will respawn as normal as if you died while ascended.
  • Runes Swaps
    • Waterwalking -> Scorch
    • Zombie Ward -> Ghost Poro
    • Minion Dematerializer -> Future's Market
    • Kleptomancy -> Glacial Augment
    • Demolish -> Font of Life 
Ascension will be enabled Soon(TM), good luck out there!"
"Simultaneous draft picks (where if you would previously pick 2 champs one after the other) are now live in all regions! FAST CHAMP SELECT GO"
  • Here's Riot Stellari with a thread on Victorious Graves and some upcoming changes to the skin:
"Hi, thanks for your post. 
Regarding the purple: we made a conscious decision this year to evolve and solidify the direction on a number of skins that previously lacked cohesion and identity: Challenger (now Conqueror), Championship, and Victorious. Championship and Victorious have historically always been confusing to players, so these were the two we thought about the most. 
With Victorious, we identified the golden laurels and Tyrian purple as ceremonious, regal elements we wanted to focus on. Sivir had these elements (and Maokai to some extent), but we wanted to strengthen that. We added the lion motif (which we intend to use going forward, not just for Graves) as another nod to ceremonial attire (Roman inspired). The team vision was that they should feel like triumphant champions attending a medal ceremony in ceremonial/formal armor. 
Nonetheless, we're currently working to address the cohesion between Victorious Graves and Sivir so some of the changes we've been making (and are making) include: 
  • Toning down the brightness on the purple
  • Texture polish on armor and gun
  • Adding some more blue gem elements
  • Adjustments to VFX colors"
She added on Twitter:
We've done a cohesion pass on Victorious Graves with Victorious Sivir. You should see these in the next few days on PBE
The update for Skin Portraits is still ongoing. I'm pushing to get them in before end of the year, with ~50% being updated. A small preview!
  • College League of Legends is back for the 2018 season! Check out this landing site for more information:
"League of Legends is a hard game and you might suck at first, but it's rewarding when it finally clicks."
"Jay Chou is one of the top performing artists in Asia, a longtime League of Legends player, and the owner of the League of Legends Master Series' (LMS) J Team.
As Jay will be performing live at the Finals of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, the Riot music team partnered with him to create a ‘Worlds Remix' of his 2016 song "Hero.""
"This week on The Breakdown we’re taking a look at the series turning fight in Game 4 of the SK Telecom T1 and Misfits Quarterfinal matchup."


Last up, a few reminders on upcoming and ending soon promotions and sales!
  • The ranked season ends November 7th! Check out this post for all the end of season goodies you will be eligible for at the end of this season!
  • With Worlds 2017 in full swing, Summoner's Rift is celebrating with new emotes, map accents, and much more as Worlds hits the Rift through the end of Worlds! Championship Ashe and her Golden Championship chroma, ward, legacy esports skins and much more are now available! Check out the post for all the details.

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