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Mid-September Patch Notes

By Krasimir 'fmde' Kolev
Sep 13, 2012 22:20


ImageWeeks away from Season Two Grand Finals in LA, Riot has released their mid September patch - one of the last ones before the event. It's packed with goods like improvements to spectator mode, masteries, Co-Op vs AI and a brand new ELO system. A new champion is also joining the League. Read bellow for more information!

Earlier today, Riot released their latest patch, including a brand new champion, as well as improvements to spectator mode, masteries and more. Syndra is the newest champion to join the League. After releasing a sneak peek into the future at GamesCom, The Dark Sovereign has finally arrived. She's an AP Caster that revolves around creating dark spheres and manipulating them to do damage and crowd control enemies.

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Syndra, the Dark Sovereign

Transcendent (Passive) - Spells gain extra effects at max rank.
Dark Sphere: Deals bonus damage to champions
Force of Will: Increases slowing duration.
Scatter the Weak: Spell width increased.

Dark Sphere – Syndra conjures a Dark Sphere dealing magic damage. The sphere remains and can be manipulated by her other powers.

Force of Will – Syndra picks up and throws a minion or Dark Sphere dealing magic damage and slowing the movement speed of enemies.

Scatter the Weak – Syndra knocks enemies and Dark Spheres back dealing magic damage. Enemies hit by Dark Spheres become stunned.

Unleashed Power – Syndra bombards an enemy Champion with all of her Dark Spheres.


Champion Spotlight and Art Spotlight in Riot's YouTube Channel

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Lore:

Born with immense magical potential, Syndra loves nothing more than exercising the incredible power at her command. With each passing day, her mastery of magical force grows more potent and devastating. Refusing any notion of balance or restraint, Syndra wants only to retain control of her power, even if it means annihilating the authorities that seek to stop her.

Throughout her youth in Ionia, Syndra's reckless use of magic terrified the elders of her village. They took her to a remote temple, leaving her in the care of an old mage. To Syndra's delight, the mage explained that the temple was a school - a place where she could develop her talents under his guidance. Though she learned much during her time there, Syndra no longer felt her power growing as it had in her youth. Her frustration grew, and she finally confronted her mentor, demanding an explanation. He revealed that he had dampened Syndra's magic, hoping to help her learn control and restraint. Accusing him of betrayal, she advanced on the mage, commanding him to lift the spell that was holding her back. He backed away, telling her that if she couldn't control herself, he would be forced to nullify Syndra's magic completely. Furious, she summoned her power and dashed the old man against the walls. With her mentor dead, Syndra felt the rush of her unbounded potential for the first time in years. Though she had won her freedom, she refused to return to the society that had tried to steal her gift. Instead, Syndra decided to claim her former prison as a stronghold. Pushing the boundaries of her magic, she tore the structure from its foundations and raised it into the sky. Free to delve further into her art, Syndra now aims to grow powerful enough to destroy the weak, foolish leaders of Ionia - and anyone else who would dare to shackle her greatness.

"Power belongs to those who can wield it.''
-- Syndra


Patch Notes:

PvP.net 1.67

・Players may now create up to 20 mastery pages, up from 10

Graves

・Riot Graves is now properly flagged as having sunglasses.

Spectator Mode

・Spectators can now rearrange the display positions of any player on the scoreboard in the bottom-center of the screen by dragging that player’s bar.

・The scoreboard has been rearranged for easier team comparisons:
- Champion portraits have been moved to the center of the scoreboard, with mini on kills immediately adjacent.
-Items are now automatically sorted to display more expensive items toward the center of the scoreboard.

・While drag-scrolling (default: middle mouse click + drag), the camera will now wait to move until the player drags the mouse, rather than automatically moving in the direction of the initial click.
- E.g. if a player middle-clicks the right side of the screen, the camera will no longer automatically move to the right. Instead, it will move based on where the player drags the mouse.
- Max scroll speed remains the same and caps out at a drag length equal to the distance between the center and edge of the screen.
The mouse cursor will now disappear while drag-scrolling.

New ELO Tiers

・Season 2 rewards will be earned based on the highest rating achieved between now and the end of the season

・Ranked rating requirements have been adjusted for Season 2
All players and teams who have played enough games to be rated now qualify for at least Bronze tier

・Added a new Diamond tier above Platinum
・Each tier now has between four and seven ranks that are achieved at breakpoints of 50 Elo
For example, a player might achieve Silver VI, then work their way up to Silver I, and then achieve Gold VI

・Medals in the summoner profile have been upgraded with completely new art

・Earning a new rank will visually upgrade the profile medal

・Added new requirements for Diamond tier to the normal stat medals in the profile

Co-op vs AI

・Increased the variance in team composition makeups for Coop vs AI.

General

・The time window for multikills has been increased to 10 seconds from the previous kills as opposed to 8.



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