LoL patch helps new players

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Do you know how you can tell someone has been playing League of Legends for ages? They have all the champions and tons of skins. I remember my proud day when I purchased Ms Fortune – how nice to not have to way for her to be Free to Play. It can be hard for new players to master any champions because they just don’t have enough access to them – now Riot is changing that.

Patch 4.1 sees a variety of changes to LoL including de-fogging champions and modernizing items. However, I found the systems and new player changes to be most interesting. Looking at the 2v1 lane swaps that many teams use to shut down enemy lanes while taking quick objectives, this patch aimed to change how that would work in Summoner’s Rift:

Initiating a 2v1 lane swap to shut down an opponent should have inherent risks, like leaving your bottom tower vulnerable to early pushes.


  • Outer turrets no longer gain bonus armor and magic resist for the first eight minutes of the game.
  • Top and middle lane outer turrets now have 20 damage reduction from champion basic attacks.

This falls in line with previous changes that were made to emphasize the laning phase of the game. I’m curious to see how it shifts gameplay and if teams are able to take advantage of the new risks and vulnerabilities.

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As for the new player experience, LoL is now introducing a stable roster of free champions for new players to play. These champions will be free to use during their first few levels, after which time they will switch over to the normal Free to Play rotation. The beginner champions were picked because of the ease with which they can be learned and how most new players find them enjoyable.

These changes will be turned on at a later date, and the patch notes did not specify which champions were selected for the beginner list. I really like this idea and I think it will help new players get started. Of course, it will further emphasize the fact that someone is a beginner.

Last Updated: January 16, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

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  • Warren Lombard

    The majority of the LoL community is still full of belligerent basement dwellers. Otherwise it’s a great game…

    • Estian Hough

      Dota 2’s community is the same or worse.

      • Charl van der Merwe

        Sad but true.

    • Jaded_Reprobate

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    Heh, Zoe is sucking up to Gav by using his fav pic…

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      am not! i saw it first because i follow nigri… on twitter ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas


        Either you are infatuated with Jessica (rightfully so) or you are sucking up.

        Time to choose ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • CaptainNemo42

          Does it matter?

      • Kensei Seraph

        So are you claiming that you found this pic before Gavin posted it on yesterdays ION?

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          in fact, i did ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kensei Seraph

    Sometimes I think I should give LoL a chance, but then I hear about the steep learning curve, or in this case, the limited hero availability.

    On a separate note, for the Crios Humble Bundle competition is it only commenting on or does any comment on any LG article count?

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      just on that article ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kensei Seraph

        It’d be more interesting (a LOT harder to manage though) if it was across all articles.

  • RockMossel2014

    I clicked on this for Jessica.

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