Riot Games is changing the iconic League of Legends Summoner’s Rift map. EVERYBODY PANIC.
OK, as the teaser video shows, the changes are entirely of a cosmetic nature and don’t seem to have any effect on gameplay. There won’t be a new lane, brush isn’t moving anywhere, or anything like that. The changes seem to be limited to shinier special effects, more vibrant colors, and fancier animations. I particularly liked how neutral monsters “spawn in” as they now move into their camps instead of merely appearing out of thin air.
Really, it makes a certain amount of sense. League is nearly five years old, and a graphical tweak — not sure “overhaul” applies here — makes sense to help keep it looking fresh and new, especially with a bajillion other MOBAs out there vying for attention. Still, we expect there to be a few conspiracy theories out there about how a lane is 0.2 inches shorter or that changing the color of the nexus crystal from white to red completely changes the metagame.
What do you think? Are you down with the new and pretty colors in League’s #1 map?