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LoL Patch 14.9: Huge Arena Adjustments Planned After Player Feedback

Patch Notes 24-04-2024 16:20

Riot is listening to the player base and making some major changes to Arena ahead of the release. So, what is getting adjusted ahead of LoL Patch 14.9?

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LoL Patch 14.9: What changes is Riot making to Arena? | © Riot Games

League of Legends is reintroducing Arena in LoL Patch 14.9. This iteration will see substantial changes, which Riot Phroxzon reveals in a long post on Twitter/X, especially regarding the revamped design and upcoming adjustments from previous runs. 

Originally intended as a casual mode, Arena had attracted a competitive crowd similar to ranked play. By injecting randomness and elements of luck, Riot aims to make it more accessible and enjoyable for casual gamers as well.

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Malzahar's ultimate is a great tool in Arena. | © Riot Games

With its return to the League of Legends client for an entire ranked split, Riot aims to reinvent Arena as an engaging and dynamic mode. They plan to introduce a variety of unpredictable elements to ensure each session is distinct and memorable, even if players choose to pick the same champions each time.

Riot Phroxzon took to Twitter/X to share some recent design choices for Arena 2.0, noting adjustments already made in response to feedback on the Public Beta Environment (PBE).

Adjustments To Early Game and Augment Timing

Addressing concerns about early eliminations, developers have delayed the first possible player drop to Round 6 instead of Round 5, moving the second Augment round earlier to maintain gameplay pace.

With player count increased to 16, Riot’s goal is to maintain matches around 30 minutes, making Arena an ideal quick-play option.

Enhancing Game Unpredictability

Previous iterations of Arena saw players exploiting successful strategies repetitively, with a competitive player base akin to ranked matches. Riot's new direction aims to diversify gameplay and player experiences significantly.

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I hate Brand, in normals and in Arena. | © Riot Games

Riot Phroxzon emphasized that while Arena will introduce randomness, the mode will still reward skilled play similar to poker; even with unpredictable elements, skilled players can consistently perform well over time.

[Poker players] make the best out of the circumstances that [they're] presented rather than being fully in control of them. Even the best Poker player in the world cannot guarantee they're going to win in a session against even beginners, but in the long run, they will win out

New prismatic items and an additional 500G in each Stat Shard round will make the item system more dynamic and engaging. Prismatic Anvils will also see a price increase, adding to the strategic depth of the game.

With its upcoming launch in LoL Patch 14.9, expect to see ongoing tweaks and enhancements to Arena based on player interactions and feedback. 

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