Red Post Collection: Ask Riot, New Snowdown Merch, and More!

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Tonight's red post collection includes a new Ask Riot, covering questions on Zoe, ping in the client, and how Ask Riot questions are picked, as well as new Snowdown merch decking the halls of the Riot Games Merch store, and more!
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12/7 Mid Patch Update

A mid-patch update was pushed for Morgana:
"12/7/2017 Balance Update 
Morgana's overall durability in teamfights is just too high, thanks to the massive heal she's getting from her ultimate. 
  • STILL DEFINITELY NOT SPELL VAMP Damage to heal conversion ratio adjusted from 15/20/25/30/35/40% (at levels 1/4/7/10/13/16) ⇒ 20% (at all levels)
  • LESS TORMENT W - Tormented Soil cooldown increased from 10 ⇒ 12"

Ask Riot: Ping and a Stolen Key 

This week's Ask Riot is here, answering questions on Zoe's key on her belt, ping in the client, and how Ask Riot questions are chosen:
"This weeks, it’s Zoe’s mysterious key, checking your ping in-client, and grammar. 
Zoe has a key on her belt, and I’m wondering what the key opens? Zoe can create and travel through portals… what does she use the key for?

When designing Zoe, we tried to communicate that she travels all over—not just within Runeterra but to whatever lies beyond. We also wanted to show that she’s so powerful that what might be considered an incredibly rare and wondrous item to your average Joe Valoran is a mere curio for her. This Moon Stone? Oh, it just sparkles nicely. One of Bard’s chimes? It makes a great sound! The key Zoe carries around was actually “borrowed” from another champion; you’ll notice it’s missing from his updated splash art. 
As to what it opens? Probably best we never find out… 

Concept Artist, Champions  
Do you have plans to add a way to see ping on the client itself? This would help a lot for those who suffer from lag/disconnects.

It’s clear players want to be able to see what their ping is going to be (at least roughly) before going into game. We can’t give a timeline or firm commitment on when it will happen, but we are looking at how we might bring this feature to the new client. In the meantime, we’ll share some context about why this isn’t as straight-forward as it may seem. 
We may have (to pick a rough number) 1000 game servers in a particular region, and you don’t know which server your game is on until the end of champ select. A ping needs a destination, so which server should your ping go to? Let’s say that we either picked a random game server or had some other host sitting alongside the game servers that we could send a packet to: There are a lot of routers (hopefully not too many) between you and the game servers that we don’t control. How they shape or affect game traffic can impact your in-game latency, and we’d want to make sure any number we showed you was close enough that you didn’t get a false sense of security. We also want to be sure that it’s not just a short sequence of ping packets, but something you can trust to get an overall idea of the current health of your connection to our servers. 
That being said, I don’t want to overstate the problem. All of the obstacles are solvable and you should expect to hear more from us on this in 2018. 

Engineering Leadership  
When you choose a question to answer, do you choose only among the correctly written or do u chooz teh mst intrestin and rewrite it with grammatical accuracy? 
here at rito games we hold a high standard of grammar and every single person here is amazing at grammer & speling 
But really, having perfect spelling and grammar doesn’t matter when we’re looking through Ask Riot questions—when someone asks “when delete yasuo,” we know what they’re saying. Plus, a lot of the questions are from different regions and are auto-translated into English, which can make the grammar and spelling really wonky. If a question is too confusing, we’ll clean it up a bit so it’s easier to understand, but we generally try to leave the questions as they were asked.
tl;dr: Grammar doesn’t matter. 
Edditorial Riter

Thanks for reading this week’s Ask Riot. Have a question?

Head over to Ask Riot and sign into your League account. Check out the Pro Tips, 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."

New Snowdown Merch

Just in time for Snowdown, the Riot Games Merch store has been updated with a variety of new items including a preorder for an XL BRAUM unlocked statue, new shirts and plush, a free holiday ornament with purchase, and more.
Check out the full list of new items:


To round out this red post collection, here are a few reminders on current promotions or limited time events!
  • The 2017 All-Star Event is here! The event runs from December 7-10, with All-Star players you voted for teaming up to battle for glory! Check out our coverage here!

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