Riot published what is essentially a novel today, detailing all the changes that are coming to League of Legends in 2016.
Some of the highlights are below.
The Champion Select System Is Changing
“Most players feel strongest in two positions,” Riot says. “So you now select two positions out of top, jungle, mid, bottom, support, and fill. You’re guaranteed to land in one of the positions you select.”
After position selection, Champions will be chosen one at a time. Riot is also considering incentivizing less popular positions to make sure that they get filled out.
Dynamic Group Ranking
In the group queue, you can rank up with any number of players, from solo to a full team. Full teams will most likely end up matched against full teams (Riot says there’s a 95% chance). Riot is also improving the time it takes to match up in high-ranked games, doing away with incredibly long queue times.
Mastery Chests and Keys are being introduced which, when combined, will give you a reward. Keys can be found whole, or in Key Fragments, which can be crafted into full Keys. You can also use the crafting table to modify loot.
Clubs, A New App, and Friendship
“Clubs are player-named (names must be unique), player-organized, and player-controlled social groups,” says Riot. Each Club will have its own Club chat which is persistent across sessions. Clubs are intended to help players find friends to play with and improve the League social atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Parties introduce a persistent chat but for a small group of friends across games. And if you absolutely can’t stand to be away from your League friends even for a second, there will be a new phone app launching, which syncs conversations across devices and lets you keep in touch with teammates. Riots says that app will be free and launch in early 2016.
A New Client Too
League of Legends community members are being invited to participate in a new client alpha test in 2016.
“We’re abandoning the legacy client’s tech framework and building the updated client from the ground up, so players will finally have the more reliable, responsive client they deserve,” says Riot.
Marksment characters are getting updated, and all players are getting a new loadout of starting items. There’s also going to be a new monster introduced, called the Rift Herald, to spice up top lane gameplay. You can read the full Preseason announcement here.