Update on Borders and Ranked Team Rewards

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Riot Socrates

Game Systems Designer

03-09-2013

Hey all,

A couple updates to Season 3 Rewards to share:

1. Ranked Borders

Many of you have raised some concerns over our announced plan to show your highest earned border across all queues types. I'll explain a little bit about our original reasoning, but first, some news: we'll be rolling back this change in a subsequent patch so loading screen borders will reflect the highest tier you've achieved in the ranked queue you're currently playing.

This change was already implemented and is going to be in the patch for 3.11 (so you will see it applied to Season 2 rewards), but we'll be reversing the change in the following patch. In non-ranked queues, your rewards will be displayed based on the same rules as the start of season 3.

Why were we originally doing it? One of our goals is to improve the ranked team experience and drive more participation in ranked teams after all, League is a competitive team game. We'll talk more about this in Season 4, but the idea to make loading screen borders valid across all queues was driven by this notion. In the case of cross-queue login screen borders, we viewed this as an incentive for players to form ranked teams. Players who participated in ranked teams would get to display their rewards everywhere.

The problem many of you have highlighted is that this change appears to incentivize players to sell ranked teams or otherwise abuse the system to illegitimately earn rewards. While our research indicates this actually hasn't become a common occurrence in the wake of our announcement, our priority is to make sure that the rewards you've worked so hard to earn over the course of Season 3 aren't tarnished by cheaters, even if it's rare.

We're being extra vigilant in tracking these cases and we're actively banning abusers for win trading and slot selling. Our tracking methods are also not limited to just high ranked teams. If we discover that someone has been selling ranked rewards (or is abusing the system), we will ban the account for two weeks, strip it of any previous season rewards (summoner icons, Victorious skins, etc) and we will make sure both the seller and the purchaser are completely ineligible for any reward associated with Season 3.


2. Ranked Team Rewards

Another great piece of feedback we've heard from you is that the 30% of total games requirement for players to earn Ranked Team rewards was a little confusing. We agree it created too many scenarios where players might lose out on rewards they expected to earn, and it made the situation too complex.

Instead, you'll simply need to have 10 wins with your ranked team in order to earn rewards. A notification icon will appear above your 3s or 5s tier badge in your profile page in the next few weeks to inform you if you are below 10 wins on a ranked team.

We're going to be closely monitoring teams with big roster swaps and/or big drops in matchmaking rating, and we'll investigate any signs of abuse. In clear cases of abuse, we will (as above) ban the accounts for two weeks, strip it of any previous season rewards (summoner icons, Victorious skins, etc) and we'll make sure involved parties are ineligible for any reward associated with Season 3.

We're genuinely grateful for your feedback we're listening closely as we work towards Season 4 and beyond.


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zzNoRegretzz

Senior Member

04-09-2013

Wait, so we have to participate in those 10 wins to be fully eligible for the S3 rewards?
All of the other changes I don't agree with, the borders should be across all queues, League is a team game, and it's a shame players can't see people that play with teams in SoloQ, so they can see that they can co-operate with teammates.


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Pekky

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04-09-2013

thanks


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Pekky

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04-09-2013

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Originally Posted by zzNoRegretzz View Post
Wait, so we have to participate in those 10 wins to be fully eligible for the S3 rewards?
All of the other changes I don't agree with, the borders should be across all queues, League is a team game, and it's a shame players can't see people that play with teams in SoloQ, so they can see that they can co-operate with teammates.
downvotes inc


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Nyxanna

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04-09-2013

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Originally Posted by zzNoRegretzz View Post
Wait, so we have to participate in those 10 wins to be fully eligible for the S3 rewards?
All of the other changes I don't agree with, the borders should be across all queues, League is a team game, and it's a shame players can't see people that play with teams in SoloQ, so they can see that they can co-operate with teammates.
STFU dude. Nobody cares about the money you already paid to get boosted for border.


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Jellal

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04-09-2013

Very happy to hear about this news, thanks Riot.


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zzNoRegretzz

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04-09-2013

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Originally Posted by Nyxanna View Post
STFU dude. Nobody cares about the money you already paid to get boosted for border.
YoloQ players pissed about ranked team players getting borders in all queues,better complain to Riot so you can feel special that less players have the borders. That's literally the only reason. Yet people completely ignore ranked team players, who deserve way more respect.
I understand the concept of selling teams/slots, but that's just something Riot needs to sort out themselves, not abandon all of the real ranked team players from their earned rewards.


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Jerkling

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04-09-2013

As long as 3v3 borders stay away from 5v5 queues it's all ok imo. Because 3v3 doesn't really compare to 5v5 and next to 5v5 it is irrelevant. 5v5 team and solo queue borders could be on every 5v5 queue I wouldn't object to that, it's fair imo.


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oiml

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04-09-2013

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Originally Posted by zzNoRegretzz View Post
YoloQ players pissed about ranked team players getting borders in all queues,better complain to Riot so you can feel special that less players have the borders. That's literally the only reason. Yet people completely ignore ranked team players, who deserve way more respect.
But you DO get your borders. If you had diamond in 3v3 you get diamond border in 3v3. But 3v3, soloqueue 5v5 and team 5v5 are SO different, that you could be diamond in 3v3 and gold in soloqueue and bronze in team 5v5. The borders woulnd't reflect your skill AT ALL, you would have diamond everywhere!
No soloqueue player wants his borders from soloqueue in 3v3/team5v5. They simply don't care. Yet the team-ranked players cry and moan about the change all the time.
Why does it bother you SO much more ? Maybe because 3v3 team is so ridiculously easy compared so soloqueue ?


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oiml

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04-09-2013

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Originally Posted by Riot Socrates View Post
In non-ranked queues, your rewards will be displayed based on the same rules as the start of season 3.
Quick question - The rules for Custom Games changed in the middle of the season. At first it displayed soloqueue border, now it is highest border achieved. Which one is it going to be ?


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