Red Post Collection: Join us for a Patch Cycle, Midseason Essence Emporium, & More

Posted on at 6:24 PM by Aznbeat
Today's red post collection includes details Riot's documentation of a patch cycle and where live updates can be found, the return of the Midseason Essence Emporium, the Rainbow Homeguard animation staying available through Pride Month, and more!
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Join us for a Patch Cycle!

Riot is shedding light on their balance process - "We're pulling back the curtain on what goes into a patch cycle in real-time!"
"Through the years, we’ve seen plenty of players praise, scorn, love, hate, and feel every other emotion in between about League of Legends’ affectionately-named “balance team.” While not a real entity at Riot, the “balance team” is a pod within the larger Summoner’s Rift team that works to make changes to the champions, items, and systems in the game—for all types of players, in all skill brackets. 
Through the use of data, instinct, and experience, the team makes nerfs, buffs, or bigger adjustments to champions to provide a fun, fair, and exciting Summoner’s Rift. However, the process has never been completely transparent. But that’s about to change! 
Starting this week, we’ll be documenting a life of a patch cycle and giving you a look into why the hardworking designers, engineers, QA analysts, and data analysts nerf your favorite champion to the ground (we promise there are reasons). 
You may have already seen the Balance Framework about what goes into buffing or nerfing a champion, but now’s the time to see it in practice. Starting tomorrow, June 4, you’ll be able to check out the developers’ thoughts in real-time as they discuss, iterate, and make decisions. We’ll be aggregating all the Tweets from people like RiotRepertoir, Riot Jatt, Riot Captain Gameplay, and others until June 19 here. But feel free to follow these Rioters on Twitter directly if you like! 
As a quick reminder, here are the criteria we use when deciding which champions to buff or nerf. We’re still open to iteration and the exact values may change over time; the current Average Ban Rate (ABR) across all champions is ~7%. 
We also want to hear from you! Like, retweet, and engage on the developers’ Twitter pages, and come back here for weekly summary posts, recapping all the different decisions and iterations that were covered throughout the week. 
Here are all the people who’ll be tweeting throughout the patch cycle:
Game Design Manager
David Capurro 
The Design Lead and interim Product Owner for the Summoner's Rift team, which basically means he makes the final calls.

Lead Gameplay Designer
Mark Yetter 
A key leader for the Summoner’s Rift “balance” team who infamously dies chasing kills in playtests.

Game Designer
John Frank 
His boss won’t let him buff Teemo’s shroom duration.

Game Designer
Josh Leesman 
Jatt was a pro player in 2012 and a caster until 2018.

QA Analyst
Rob Rosa 
King Cobra works on the Summoner’s Rift Team, and his balance contributions usually consist of him constantly asking for Cassio and Aurelion Sol buffs.

Associate Game Designer
Kevin Huang 
Hits champions and players with gameplay. Not actually a Captain.

Senior QA Analyst
Dave Park 
Playtests for Riot and is currently Challenger.

Development Manager
Olivier Ged 
Riot Kazdoo recently shipped Yuumi. Now on the Summoner’s Rift Team, he’s definitely the lowest Elo player, representing the Silver Community.

Communications Strategist
Hanna Woo 
Simply writes the Patch Notes. Don’t yell at her about changes."

For live updates on the patch, check out the hashtag "#lifeofapatch" on Twitter, or check out this handy page that updates with tweets in real time on how the patch is going!

Midseason Essence Emporium now live

Here's Antonelle Escano with details on the Midseason Essence Emporium now up in the client:
"Welcome (back) to the Essence Emporium! We’re open for business until June 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. PT. Until then, you can snag chromas, gemstones, icons, wards, emotes, and other exclusives for Blue Essence. 
Here’s what’s new:
  • 2,000 BE – Midseason chromas (Includes any non-limited, non-legacy chromas released between July and December of any year, with the addition of chromas released between July and December of 2018. See below for the list of chromas.)
  • 2,500 BE – Mystery Mini icons - Demacia, Noxus, Ionia, Bilgewater, Runeterra (with 15 new icons available) 
From the League Partner Program:
  • 10,000 BE – Infernal Amumu Emerald Chroma
  • 10,000 BE – Program LeBlanc Emerald Chroma
  • 10,000 BE – Winter Wonder Neeko Emerald Chroma
  • 25,000 BE – But why? Odyssey Sona Emote 
In case you missed the last Essence Emporium, here’s what’s coming back:
  • 1,500 BE – Mystery icons (Does not include esports icons, may contain Mystery Mini Icons)
  • 2,500 BE – Mystery Mini icons from last Preseason Essence Emporium (available in new boxes)
  • 4,900 BE – Mystery wards
  • 6,000 BE – Essence Collector Ward
  • 50,000 BE – Make It Rain Emote
  • 50,000 BE – Gemstone + Gemstone Knight Icon
  • 75,000 BE – Moneybags Emote
  • 75,000 BE – Gemstone + Gemstone Prince Icon
  • 100,000 BE – Gemstone + Gemstone King Icon
  • 150,000 BE – URFWick skin
Blue Essence gifting for wards and icons (both Mystery Mini and regular mystery icons) are also available for the duration of the Essence Emporium (daily limit of 10 gifts). 
As a midseason bonus, the following are also on sale:
  • Summoner Name Change (50% off RP – 650 RP)
  • Rune Pages (50% off both RP and BE – 295 RP | 3150 BE each)
  • XP boosts (all 50% off RP)
Chromas available for purchase for the following skins:
  • Pool Party Graves
  • Praetorian Graves
  • Omega Squad Fizz
  • Mecha Rengar
  • Eternal Sword Yi
  • Pool Party Fiora
  • Pool Party Lulu
  • Cosmic Enchantress Lulu
  • Dragon Trainer Lulu
  • Primetime Draven
  • Mecha Kha'Zix
  • Dunkmaster Darius
  • Coven Lissandra
  • Lunar Goddess Diana
  • Mecha Aurelion Sol
  • Pool Party Zoe
  • High Noon Yasuo
  • Odyssey Yasuo
  • Coven Camille
  • Cottontail Teemo
  • Omega Squad Teemo
  • Rocket Girl Tristana
  • Omega Squad Tristana
  • Dragon Trainer Tristana
  • Dragonslayer Braum
  • Mafia Braum
  • Arcade Miss Fortune
  • Cosmic Queen Ashe
  • Odyssey Jinx
  • Shockblade Zed
  • Count Kledula
  • Mecha Aatrox
  • Koi Nami
  • Program Nami
  • Omega Squad Twitch
  • Grim Reaper Karthus
  • Infernal Amumu
  • Odyssey Sona
  • Divine Sword Irelia
  • Sacred Sword Janna
  • Dreadnova Gangplank
  • Pool Party Gangplank
  • High Noon Thresh
  • Arcade Corki
  • Pool Party Rek'Sai
  • Bard
  • Pool Party Taric
  • Omega Squad Veigar
  • Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao
  • Cosmic Defender Xin Zhao
  • Pool Party Caitlyn
  • Battle Boss Blitzcrank
  • Mecha Malphite
  • Odyssey Malphite
  • Battlecast Urgot
  • High Noon Urgot
  • Dragon Fist Lee Sin
  • Dragonslayer Vayne
  • Cassiopeia
  • Program LeBlanc
  • Dreadknight Nasus
  • Battle Regalia Poppy
  • Debonair Ezreal
  • Headhunter Akali
  • Praetorian Fiddlesticks
  • Dragonblade Talon
  • Enduring Sword Talon
  • Battle Bunny Riven
  • Winter Wonder Neeko"

Rep Pride Through Patch 9.13 

Hold on to your poros, the rainbow homeguard is staying for the duration of June for Pride Month! Here's Riot Cashmiir with more:
"Earlier this month we announced the return of the Rainbow Fluft Icon in celebration of IDAHOTB. After receiving your feedback, we’re extending the Rainbow Fluft Icon’s special homeguard animation and profile background! The rainbow homeguard animation will last until June 30, and the background will last until the end of patch 9.13. 
Show your support for Pride Month by equipping the icon and creating a dazzling display whenever you leave the fountain. 
You can also head over to the League Displays app to download the Rainbow Fluft background for a little extra adorable poro action."


  • A new Twisted Fate figure is now available in the Riot Games Merch store, including a limited time special offer:
"Lets raise the stakes." The Card Master teleports into the Series 3 figure line to test your luck of the draw. For a limited time any order with the Twisted Fate figure will come with a "Pick a Card Mystery Gift" which includes a random figure or plush, including a very lucky few receiving a Twisted Fate Statue by Steve Wang. Offer available until June 11th, 2019."


To round out this red post collection, here are a few reminders on current promotions or limited time events!
  • Make sure to check out the LoL Twitch Prime rewards! - "Get up to 3 Legendary Shards, a full Legendary Skin, 7 Skin Shards, and 4 Exclusive Emotes as long as you stay a Twitch Prime member."

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