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League of Legends Patch 14.9 Introduces More RNG to Revitalize Arena Mode

League of Legends Patch 14.9 Introduces More RNG to Revitalize Arena Mode
Written by: ASH

Riot Games is set to revamp the Arena mode in League of Legends with patch 14.9, responding to player feedback about overly competitive, or "sweaty," matches. The forthcoming changes aim to attract a broader player base, especially casual gamers who prefer less intense gameplay.


Key updates include adjustments in match dynamics and early elimination timings. Players will now face their first elimination a round later than before, providing a longer gameplay experience. Additionally, teams will receive their second augment sooner, giving them a stronger position before facing elimination risks.



Riot is also tweaking the game's economy by boosting the gold available in Stat Shard rounds. This change encourages players to engage more with the item system later in the game. A notable increase in the cost of the Prismatic Anvil is also part of the update, aligning with the aim to balance the gameplay for casual players.


These changes are inspired by game formats like Teamfight Tactics and poker, emphasizing adaptability and strategy over mechanical prowess. According to Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison, the gameplay boss, this approach will ensure that while the best players can still excel, the game will offer more unpredictable and enjoyable experiences for all types of players.


These updates are initially for testing and are scheduled to go live with the rest of the updates in patch 14.9 on May 1st. Riot will monitor player feedback to refine the mode further.

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