Riot Games' Greg Street Answers League of Legends Questions from Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED

hi I'm Greg street from league of legends at Riot Games and I am doing wired League of Legends support I bout the red asked hey riot have been playing the game since season three and never really understood how you picked the free champ rotation is it algorithm or something else I mean this is the kind of things a little bit of art and a little bit of science we try to make sure that there are enough champions available that you can make a team comp of all free to play champions there also some that we'd like to have in the rotation because they're particularly good for particularly for new players and we have others that we don't really want in rotation because they're really hard to learn or they're about to be you know massively remade or things like that candy cane asks when will Teemo get deleted you know we've tried to delete Teemo several times there's a quirk or something in the code he just keeps coming back can't keep a good diamond down NaCl samurais that salt samurai they'll be funny I see there's some quality life changes come to a ram but why is the Oracle extract still a thing it ruins any trap invisible stealth champs I think what he's getting at is it really runs Teemo which I think was partially honestly the origin of the item you know a ram wasn't designed to have champ to the ton of invisibility around all the time I think aside from Shaco and Teemo it shouldn't affect that many champions that much the SKA asks hey riot Arian was released four years ago after you started why is it taking so long to release another permanent game that's a great question overall we've used summoners rift as kind of the core League of Legends experience we're not against offering other maps but we want to make sure that that they're good ones and they really add something to the game the howling abyss the Aran map is really popular among players I think that one's a keeper it obviously has a large audience and the real answer is we could come up with a really good mode that we felt good about and players enjoyed then we're fine having another permanent game-mode but it's not a goal of ours to go ahead and add a ton of different maps to League if that makes sense magic turtle says I'm new to League of Legends and I need a good beginner champion comment please there's a lot of good beginner champions I think the best thing to do is just pick a champion that you're excited about even though League has 140 septic champions when you're just learning the game you probably want to pick one or two and play a lot of games in that character until you really kind of understand the basics their popular good champions I would say are like Miss Fortune Zed Master Yi Garen is a common one I would stay away from say Calista Azir a really so they play really differently from kind of the the standard League champion it's never too late to pick it up many different phenomena that's a great name says why did you all decide it was good idea to make the death timer so long and one for all over time the kind of classic summoners rift experience has gotten longer and longer and when the average game time gets to be in the 40 minutes or so that feels a little long to a lot of players we don't want to arbitrarily just say look League of Legends should be a 20-minute game and that's it but we do want to make sure that the game doesn't drag on and on or it's kind of hard to fit in your lifestyle it's not that one for all is necessarily always tied to long death timers but that was an experiment we're trying to see if we could make the games end a little faster I tried to pronounce this thing by half Nero iTunes wise the entire team punished in rank for someone ragequitting we see all these unneeded gameplay changes each week that the rank system set stagnant for so long we deserve updates this season we are changing rank we were changing it for next season because touching ranked is kind of one of the scarier things we could do for League of Legends it's an easy way for us to screw up the game if we're not careful these changes like any change to rank tend to be a little controversial so we're giving players plenty of time to kind of react to what we want to do and make sure that when we finally do launch the new version of rank that it's something that you guys are excited about as far as why everyone is punished for someone ragequitting we don't ever want to set the team up in a situation where you guys are kind of voting and saying hey we're gonna make one player the sacrifice and you quit so that we can all don't get punished as much but we can like end the game sooner or something like that and as a tip it's probably not going really badly at first blood you don't need to give up that quickly milk's ki asks can you guys please please please put trading in all random earth we're talking about it you know we had trading in a ram which is all random and we just kind of wanted to try to see if we could improve the earth experience by having the champion selection be random as well if that seems like a popular change and the whole kind of history of riot turning earth on and off is pretty complex and probably would take longer to explain that I should go to right now but short term is if it seems like a good change and it's something players really like that we could certainly consider it they did to that Richie says please bring back old or all random earth is so boring because you'll only play with popular champions you can't try new champions and that's why I'll random earth with a little bit we have a weird history with earth earth tends to make league players quit playing league of legends which sounds really weird but we see this huge hangover effect whenever we turn on earth players play it a lot and then they stop playing league and suppose they'll even come back to league so we're faced with this really weird situation of this is nothing players really love that makes them actually quit the game so we have to decide as a player focused company do we want to be so player focused that we kind of put ourselves out of business you know supporting earth or not Romo says I downloaded league of legends and I am so confused the game won't see the battle with another player but I still do not know how to control it Romo we have just updated the tutorial experience for League of Legends the one we had has been in the game forever and it was not doing a great job at teaching new players how to play the game the best way to learn League of Legends is to find a friend who plays League of Legends and have them teach you the game that's still the best way to day but we realized that we were kind of shirking our responsibility by not offering a way that you could try to pick it up yourself I think we tried it again the game will do a little bit of a better job of kind of explaining here's why you are here's where you want to be as a league player and kind of help you take the steps to get there and mcintyre says hey guys I don't know where to ask this formally but is there a chance you could introduce a help Ward Earp a it's actually a really cool idea I'm not sure if we've talked about that before if it's somewhere on the backlog but it seems like a useful thing they've been trying to make our ping system a little more powerful so that it people can use that to kind of communicate with your teammates because it's faster and having to type something out guhong asked my boyfriend has been crying because he found a new patch to be reached today with pike in it i said that's not the case he insisted that usually Riot releases champions a week after his first on the TV I mean generally that's how it works out we put a public beta test up and if it you know all goes well we don't need to make major changes then we'll release the champion but that's not a hard and fast rule it's more about how we want to release the champion overall and with pike as you probably realize by now there's a huge event that goes along with him you know it's very Bilgewater themed there's the a ram map turned back on and some new skins and that sort of thing so we wanted to make sure we could drop all of that at the same time Aaron says so how long until League of Legends battle royale game mode is announced we had a really hard time even getting hexakill to work or we have six champions at each side I'm not sure we could get a hundred or more champions into the game on the other hand there are some really cool things that Battle Royale does that I'd love to be able to capture for example the expectation that you probably won't win you'll probably lose so you're just kind of in there to have fun that's a really nice element whereas in league statistically if our matchmaking is working well you're gonna lose about half of your games I'd love if there is a game mode in league like that where you felt like you were kind of in there to do crazy things and see how far you could get versus like crush the enemy team but whatever form that takes probably can't be a battle royale Mike Wow how'd you get that name hello is the support man is it possible to get an in-game stat for damage dealt by ZZ rot and banner of command that's a great question and we actually have some plans to improve the stats we offer though the ones we do now have been you know that system hasn't been touched in ages and something you know it's not you're not gonna see in the next few patches but long term we would love to offer a lot more stats particularly so players who aren't so focused on you know dealing damage of getting kills will also have some stats they can be excited about or or try to improve over time then so they'll ask hey guys one quick question do you lose more LP when you surrender instead of letting the enemy destroy your Nexus I think the what he's trying to get at is if I'm gonna lose should I quickly surrender to lose fewer LP and the answer is the game doesn't really care how you lose it just gives you you know you lose LP when you lose so you shouldn't worry about trying to game it if you're gonna lose elegantly because you surrender or if you got to go down fighting to the end it's it's kind of all the same to the game Jubal says Lowell to when honestly probably never liked League of Legends is an ongoing game it's something that we support it's something that evolves over time I think the only reason to launch a League of Legends two would be some kind of cynical marketing campaign or you're like trying to get players you know excited about the game again but it shouldn't require that we should be able to get players excited about the game because League of Legends is a good game not because we need to kind of rebrand it and relaunch it and I would hesitate to ever like take away players accomplishments and say hey just start over again and this probably sounds like I am scrubbing on a bunch of other games out there which not all my intention I'm just saying for League of Legends it's about League of Legends not about the you know the sequels that we make every year yes I think that wraps it up we've got a lot of great stuff planned this year for League of Legends hopefully some cool surprises coming up at the end of the season too so thanks a lot