There are only a few days until 2023, and while the League of Legends (lol) Preseason changes have been implemented, many more to come in the coming year.
What are some of the other things we expect to see in 2023?
And yes, we are talking about other things besides over 100 skins.
New Riot servers for Southeast Asia
For Southeast Asian players, Riot Games taking over the publication of LoL and Teamfight Tactics from Garena will be the best news welcoming them in 2023. T
this means that the entire SEA will now be integrated with the global Lol community, so players can participate in cross-game events, global campaigns, and more
The new servers launch on January 6, so be sure to migrate your Garena account to a Riot Games account to ensure a smooth transition.
Riot devs said they wouldn’t stop releasing new champions just yet, so we look forward to more next year.
According to Ryan “Reav3” Mireles in a development blog on Champions and Preseason 2023, we will be introduced to a support champion that has been in very early development since August. The new champion will be a male Ixtali Enchanter.
The artwork shared so far are three small fireballs that would likely be part of the support kit. It has also been suggested that this specimen may be a child, with references to being “cute”.
In a Reddit conversation, with screenshots shared by the Twitter user Jumarlo HexReave3 confirmed that this champion won’t be a high skill champion because they didn’t “want to release two very high skill champions that are so close together” because the audience is “a little more niche.”
Another champion we can expect is a Darkin Assassin, which players have been requesting for quite some time. According to the developer blog, the Darkin will be trapped in a dagger. Who wields the dagger, though, has yet to be revealed.
We still need to know if Riot will unveil any more new champions in its next year roster when the season kicks off in 2023.
More rework and champion updates
Another integral part of maintenance Lol updated is the endless cycle of rework. In 2022, players have been gifted (or cursed) with 9 meta-shaking reworks. Three of them stood out for us and we think the ones arriving in 2023 will be a game changer as well.
Ahri’s kit has also been reworked, but her Art and Sustainability Update (ASU) will also arrive next year, with the developers improving her animations, visual effects, audio, and lore.
It has also been revealed that one of the most frustrating champions in Lol, Yuumi, is going to be reworked. However, this is still in the early stages, so we assume it could come later in the year, but details on the Magical Cat will be revealed in early 2023.
Additionally, champions like Neeko, Rell, and Jax will be getting some mid-range updates, with the first coming in 13.1.
Jax, one of the game’s original champions, will also be receiving a mini-rework of sorts, as confirmed by lead champion designer August “August” Browning on Twitter. The changes, according to him, were “mainly focused on making his ultimate more exciting/interesting to cast.”
After Jax, there is Neeko, whose rework has been delayed from the 2022 season and will now be revealed in the 2023 season because according to a tweets from Riot champion designer Ezra ‘Phlox’ Lynn, “stronger tomatoes take longer to ripen.”
Details have not yet been disclosed, with Phlox only hinting at reply to her tweet that the goal was “Make Neeko as Neeko as possible and even more fun for Neeko fans.”
Then, Champs team Design Manager Steven “Raptorr” Auker shared Chirping that Rell’s reworking will address frustration points and “lean into whipped up/unwrapped fantasy”. Expect more solid updates in early 2023 as the developers have hinted that the rework of him is already “in flight”.
Finally, among the lesser chosen champions, Aurelion Sol is receiving a complete gameplay update. Star Forger’s kit is pretty outdated and it’s hard to manipulate his abilities on the map, so he’s rarely picked.
Based on the developer blog, the dragon’s skin rework will allow it to breathe fire, fly over Summoner’s Rift walls, and more. Hopefully this would make it more relevant in the meta after years of near-hibernation among the stars.
Healing Mods: Severe Wounds
Healing has been one of the more recent issues raised by players.
In particular, it was confirmed by the designer of Lead Champion Axes, that the current Grievous Injuries system has many problems, but total rework alternatives would also have flaws. The screenshot of the Reddit answer was shared by the Twitter user Spider ax.
The developers currently intend to grant 40% critical wounds to the anti-healing components (Executioner’s Call, Bramble Vest, and Oblivion Orb) from the start. These items currently provide a GW of 25%. Riot is expecting players to use meters as needed with this change.
Riot will also change the completed Grievous Wounds item to include more bonuses. Riot confirmed, for example, that armor penetration would revert to Mortal Reminder.
While these changes won’t completely fix all of the healing issues, they said they are working on recovery changes for the future.
Finally, a few changes to ranked in 2023 were announced earlier this month. The season will have two ranked resets, which will equal two splits, with the first starting in January and the second starting mid-year (there’s not yet a specific time frame). And with two Divisions in one season, there will also be two skin rewards for Ranked.
Promotion Series will also change from best of five to best of three, with visible influence on leaderboard removed from matches.
In general, the Riot developers always want players to have a goal to pursue, with more rewards, so they can be more involved in the game and in the community.
What changes are you excited about and what themes do you fear?
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