League of Legends has come a very long way from its humble origins as what was essentially a well-made clone of Dota. Riot has somehow managed to craft one of the most popular games ever developed, taking the MOBA community by storm and transforming career gaming into a legitimate sports franchise in the process. In that time, League of Legends has changed considerably; we?ve seen new maps, new champions, and new items, all of which have had a profound impact on the way League?s played (though none more than the recent changes to support and warding).
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near?
I?m going to preface this by saying that although I feel League?s matchmaking system is more than a little broken, I have no idea how they might fix it. While the tweaks they?re implementing with the team builder are a good start, it doesn?t really address the core problem with MMR: it?s based entirely on wins, and completely ignores the contributions a player makes to their team. It?s literally all about whether or not you win ? something which I?d argue actively encourages poor behavior and a negative outlook.
Under the current system, if your team loses, it doesn?t matter how well you did. A loss is still a loss. This is something that Riot desperately needs to address going into the new season. As I've said, I?m not certain how they can do so ? I leave that to the more analytic minds than my own.
Release Magma Chamber
Who here remembers Magma Chamber, the map concept that?s been buzzing around for nearly three years? Though it originally started out as a new 5v5 map (and an alternative to the tried-and-true Summoner?s Rift), Riot originally decided that they?d instead re-design the map around 1v1 and 2v2 skirmishes?at which point they effectively dropped the idea. Though it?s presumably still in development, we've heard neither heads nor tails of it for months. This needs to change.
The release of Magma Chamber would, in my mind, be a rather fitting New Year's gift from Riot to the community that?s helped support them for so very long.
Tweak The Tribunal
To my knowledge, the Tribunal doesn't actually track what?s said in the pre-game lobby or in post-game chat. Given how much abuse actually takes place in pre- and post-game, this is a huge problem, and represents an entire swathe of toxic behaviors that Riot is doing very little to deal with. Including lobby chat in tribunal cases would allow for more accurate judgments while finally punishing the smarter-than-average trolls.
Bring Back League Judgments
Am I the only one who misses the League Judgments Riot used to do? You know, where they?d write a short story for every new champion detailing how they found their way to the Fields of Justice ? and the test they had to undergo in order to gain entry? I loved the extra flavor it added to the game, and the extra depth it added to each new champion.
While we?re at it, why not bring back the Journal of Justice, as well?
Slow Down With The New Champions
Some of you might also remember that champions used to ship with at least two skins in addition to their default. Lately, this trend has gone right out the windows: we've been seeing new champions release with only one extra skin, yet the bundles still cost the same. The reason, perhaps, may be connected to the rather ridiculous release schedule Riot had set for new champions, something which effectively over-saturated the game with new characters, many of which came hand-in-hand with a host of severe balance issues.
Although they've slowed things down a bit, I?d still argue that it isn't enough; that we should go back to the days when Riot released champions infrequently, but always released them with several skins, a League Judgement, and a bunch of balance work.
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