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Riot introduces new champion pricing

By Daniel 'd1dx' Yordanov
Dec 20, 2012 19:17


ImageContinuing to provide the community with great in-game experience, the company now aims to make the store more accessible.

There have been numerous complaints about the pricing of champions in the store. Despite the overwhelming amount, Riot have taken a level-headed approach towards solving the issue. A few points are the essence of this change and we will give you a brief summary of them below. It is interesting to note that changes will affect both Influence Points(IP) and Riot Points(RP).

Champion releases:

Evidently, the champion releases have decreased in both number and intensity compared to the summer of 2012. Riot state that their plan is to reveal new additions to the pool every three to four weeks. In other words, this would total around 14-17 new characters for 2013. This change in particular was enforced as the designers want to give more time to the player to accumulate enough IP points before the next release.

RP and IP Price Tiers:

A few tweaks here and there have been made to equalize the RP and IP value of champions. The new pricing will be as follows:

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Immediate Price Reductions:

Rejoice, Summoners! Seven of the oldest 6300 IP champions(Ezreal, Vladimir, Renekton, Nocturne, Lee Sin, Brand and Vayne) will be lowered to 4800IP/880RP. Players who have purchased these champions up to two weeks from the day of the change will be refunded the difference.

Price Reduction Schedule:

Many players believed that certain champions have an unreasonably high price, despite being released a long time ago. Riot are introducing a price reduction schedule to tackle the issue. Every time a new champion is released, the oldest 6300 IP/975 RP champion will be reduced to 4800 IP/880 RP.

It is important to note that with every third champion release, an additional champion currently priced at 4800 IP or lower will be reduced to the next lowest tier, based on age and ease of play. That way sooner or later that beloved 6300IP top laner or AD Carry will be yours!

New Champion First-Week IP Price

With all the goodies Riot had in store for us, it was inevitable that there would be a "catch" somewhere. However, it is simply for a week as newly released champions will cost 7800 IP/975 RP for the first seven days only. After that period they will simply drop down to the good old 6400.

You can find a good summary below, courtesy of Riot:

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Everything taken into consideration, we can really feel the Christmas spirit around League of Legends. These changes are definitely for the better and will make the in-game store more flexible and accessible for the casual gamer.

Source: Riot Games


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