Huge pricing changes coming to ‘League of Legends’

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You may have noticed that League of Legends skins these days aren’t what they used to be: low quality. With skins predominantly becoming more and more complicated, Riot Games has announced that some pricing changes are due. The entire list of changes and skins effected can be viewed below. It’s a little complicated though so make sure to read it over a couple of times.

390/520 RP skins

  • These are outdated tiers used for skins that only featured texture changes, a new splash image, and at times slight model changes.
  • 36 skins in the store at the 975 RP tier will have their prices lowered to 520 RP
  • No new skins will be created for these tiers, but existing skins in the store are eligible to be put on sale.
  • Example: Loch Ness Cho’Gath, Aviator Irelia

750 RP – New tier

  • Skins in the new 750 RP tier feature new texture and model work as well as a new splash image; and some skins in this tier will feature new animations.
  • 40 skins from the current 975 RP tier will have their prices lowered to 750 RP
  • We expect that 10-20% of skins in 2013 will be released at 750 RP, and they will be eligible to be put on sale.
  • Examples: Little Knight Amumu, Explorer Ezreal

975 RP

  • 975 RP skins feature a new model, textures and splash image; some skins in this tier will feature new animations, visual effects and sounds where appropriate for the theme of the skin.
  • We expect that 50-75% of skins released in 2013 will be 975 RP, and they are eligible to be put on sale.
  • Examples: Haunted Maokai, Jade Dragon Wukong

1350 RP

  • Skins in the 1350 RP tier will feature a new model, textures, splash image, visual effects and sounds. In some cases, these skins will also have processed voice overs.
  • This tier is intended for skins that go above and beyond the quality of 975 RP skins but don’t quite reach legendary status.
  • 3 skins from the current 1820 Legendary tier will have their prices lowered to 1350 RP
  • 18 skins from the current 975 RP tier will be moved to the 1350 RP tier
  • We expect that 7-15% of skins released in 2013 will be 1350 RP, and they are eligible to be put on sale
  • Examples: Blackthorn Morgana, Arcade Sona

1820 RP – Legendary skins

  • A legendary skin completely changes the look and feel of a champion.
  • These skins feature a new model, textures and splash image as well as completely new animations, visuals, voice over and sounds.
  • We expect that 6-10% of skins released in 2013 will be Legendaries, and they will not be put on sale.
  • Examples: Battlecast Prime Cho’Gath, Brolaf

3250 RP – Ultimate skins

  • An ultimate skin is a complete reimagining of a champion that includes an evolving model and additional features and bonuses, such as summoner icons.
  • 3250 RP skins feature a new model that evolves into different forms, textures, splash image, animations, visuals, voice over and sounds, as well as additional content.
  • We expect that 2-4% of skins released in 2013 will be Ultimates. They may have initial promotions or discounts, but will not be put on sale.
  • Examples: Pulsefire Ezreal

If you’re looking to grab one of the champions that is scheduled to increase in price, you have until April 25 at 9AM PST. Partial refunds will be automatically granted for all past purchases of the three legendary skins (Astronaut Teemo, Lion Dance Kog’Maw, and Piltover Customs Blitzcrank) that are decreasing in price, as that is a price-protected skin tier. No other refunds will be given due to these changes.

The League of Legends champion skins that are effected are as follows:

36 Skins moving from 975 to 520:

  • Emumu Amumu
  • Prom Queen Annie
  • Boom Boom Blitzcrank
  • Desperada Cassiopeia
  • Siren Cassiopeia
  • Loch Ness Cho’Gath
  • Executioner Dr. Mundo
  • Tango Evelynn
  • Bandito Fiddlesticks
  • Royal Guard Fiora
  • Atlantean Fizz
  • Commando Galio
  • Commando Garen
  • Aviator Irelia
  • Pre-Void Kassadin
  • Commando Lux
  • Djinn Malzahar
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Pharaoh Nidalee
  • Gothic Orianna
  • Battle Regalia Poppy
  • Outback Renekton
  • Crimson Elite Riven
  • Mad Hatter Shaco
  • Boneclaw Shyvana
  • Hextech Singed
  • Earthrune Skarner
  • Bilgewater Swain
  • King Tryndamere
  • Tango Twisted Fate
  • Vindicator Vayne
  • Prototype Viktor
  • Marquis Vladimir
  • Thunder Lord Volibear
  • Undertaker Yorick
  • Groovy Zilean

40 skins moving from 975 to 750:

  • Midnight Ahri
  • Little Knight Amumu
  • Hextech Anivia
  • Apocalyptic Brand
  • Arctic Warfare Caitlyn
  • Explorer Ezreal
  • Fiddle Me Timbers Fiddlesticks
  • Nightraven Fiora
  • Tundra Fizz
  • Dragon Slayer Jarvan
  • Temple Jax
  • Sailor Gangplank
  • Rugged Garen
  • Sun Goddess Karma
  • Pentakill Karthus
  • High Command Katarina
  • Wicked Leblanc
  • Acolyte Lee Sin
  • Defender Leona
  • Spellthief Lux
  • Coral Reef Malphite
  • Cowgirl Miss Fortune
  • Blade Mistress Morgana
  • Grungy Nunu
  • Perseus Pantheon
  • Chrome Rammus
  • Blood Moon Shen
  • Ironscale Shyvana
  • Mad Scientist Singed
  • Barbarian Sion
  • Bandit Sivir
  • Northern Front Swain
  • Crimson Elite Talon
  • Junkyard Trundle
  • Viking Tryndamere
  • Musketeer Twisted Fate
  • Greybeard Veigar
  • Northern Storm Volibear
  • General Wukong
  • Runeborn Xerath

 

3 Skins moving from 1820 to 1350:

  • Astronaut Teemo
  • Lion Dance Kog’Maw
  • Piltover Customs Blitzcrank

18 skins moving from 975 to 1350:

  • Sad Robot Amumu
  • iBlitzcrank
  • Soul Reaver Draven
  • Surprise Party Fiddlesticks
  • Steel Legion Garen
  • Frostblade Irelia
  • Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV
  • Full Metal Jayce
  • Glacial Malphite
  • Blackthorn Morgana
  • Astronaut Nautilus
  • Arcade Sona
  • Tyrant Swain
  • Battlecast Urgot
  • Scorched Earth Xerath
  • Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao
  • Pool Party Ziggs
  • Wildfire Zyra

What do you think of the changes? Do you plan on picking anyone up before or after the changes? It’s certainly an exciting time to be a player of League of Legends.

Dillon has been writing for almost half a decade now and has slowly worked himself up the ladder. At one point he single-handedly covered PAX East and E3. (Yeah, he's kind of awesome.) The staff might still consider him a baby, but you can find him and his witty sarcasm on Twitter @Kamikaze8.