about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Hi! I'm Reina Sweet (aka Riot Reinboom), Lead Game Designer for Modes.

We're bringing back Ultimate Spellbook to the PBE soon. For this run, the mode will be active on PBE for only a couple days for patch 11.22 and then will be on for the full duration for patch 11.23 - the intended launch patch. This update will carry quite a few changes and many new ulternate summoner spells!

New Ulternate Summoners (with more to come with 11.23’s PBE cycle)

  • Akali
  • Blitzcrank
  • Camille
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Evelynn
  • Kindred
  • Orianna
  • Seraphine
  • Urgot
  • Vex
  • Viktor
  • Xin Zhao

No Longer Available Ulternate Summoners

  • Malphite

Ulternate Summoner Balance

All changes here are inherited from changes to the original spell, except the reduction of Bonus Ability Haste for Ashe R.

  • Ashe R:
    • 35 Bonus Ability Haste → 20 Bonus Ability Haste
    • 100s / 90s / 80s Cooldown → 100s / 80s / 60s Cooldown
  • Amumu R:
    • 1.5s / 1.75s / 2s Stun Duration → 1.5s Stun Duration
  • Jarvan IV R:
    • 150% Bonus AD Ratio → 180% Bonus AD Ratio
  • Jhin R:
    • 20% Minimum AD Ratio → 25% Minimum AD Ratio
    • 80% Maximum AD Ratio → 100% Maximum AD Ratio
  • Lucian R:
    • 20 / 40 / 60 Base Damage per Shot → 15 / 30 / 45 Base Damage per Shot
    • 10% AP Ratio per Shot → 15% AP Ratio per Shot
    • 22 / 28 / 34 Number of Shots → 22 Number of Shots
    • NEW EFFECT: Number of shots is now increased by 1 per 4% critical strike chance.

Other Changes

There are now champion bans.

Dragon and the Map

Ruined map elements, and the Ruined Dragon, are no more. Instead, Ultimate Spellbook will be much more similar to base Summoner's Rift except that the final elemental dragon will always be the Chemtech or Hextech Dragons. In addition, taking any epic monster will now grant your team a stack of the Ruined Dragon’s tower damage buff. Albeit, at a lower amount at 0.3% damage per second instead of 0.5% damage per second.

Points of Exploration

  • During these first two days you might notice the Chemtech and Hextech environments stop showing up in your games. If this occurs, it’s expected; we’re actively conducting tests and measurements around the environment changes. Further context below.
  • You will notice that Smite works as it did when Ultimate Spellbook was last released despite what was mentioned in the recent State of the Game. This is an area we’re still actively working on and the changes we have in the works are not yet ready for PBE. Look forward to these in the 11.23 PBE cycle.

Dragon Environment On/Off Context

Memory usage is an area that we try to be very careful with across League. A small increase in RAM usage can result in a significant number of players being unable to play. For Ultimate Spellbook this means we need to make sure there’s room for the 10 Ultimates each player gains and to do that we need to disable things elsewhere.

With the last release of Ultimate Spellbook, we used smoke (from the shadow isles) and mirrors to hide what we were doing here. By having a non-changing Ruined environment we could secretly remove a lot of overlapping elements on the map. And by having only a single dragon we could remove the textures of the others (and model for Elder dragon).

With this release of Ultimate Spellbook, however, we’re aiming to edge as close as we can get to base Summoner’s Rift gameplay for dragons while still fitting within our memory budget. We’ve done changes elsewhere to get memory back, from optimizing how emotes load across League to better chunking for Ultimate Spellbook’s audio banks, but it may not be enough. In the case that more memory is still needed… the dragon environment changes will be the next to go.

External link →
about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Hi! I'm Reina Sweet (aka Riot Reinboom), Lead Game Designer for Modes.

We're bringing back Ultimate Spellbook to the PBE soon. For this run, the mode will be active on PBE for only a couple days for patch 11.22 and then will be on for the full duration for patch 11.23 - the intended launch patch. This update will carry quite a few changes and many new ulternate summoner spells!

New Ulternate Summoners (with more to come with 11.23’s PBE cycle)

  • Akali
  • Blitzcrank
  • Camille
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Evelynn
  • Kindred
  • Orianna
  • Seraphine
  • Urgot
  • Vex
  • Viktor
  • Xin Zhao

No Longer Available Ulternate Summoners

  • Malphite

Ulternate Summoner Balance

All changes here are inherited from changes to the original spell, except the reduction of Bonus Ability Haste for Ashe R.

  • Ashe R:
    • 35 Bonus Ability Haste → 20 Bonus Ability Haste
    • 100s / 90s / 80s Cooldown → 100s / 80s / 60s Cooldown
  • Amumu R:
    • 1.5s / 1.75s / 2s Stun Duration → 1.5s Stun Duration
  • Jarvan IV R:
    • 150% Bonus AD Ratio → 180% Bonus AD Ratio
  • Jhin R:
    • 20% Minimum AD Ratio → 25% Minimum AD Ratio
    • 80% Maximum AD Ratio → 100% Maximum AD Ratio
  • Lucian R:
    • 20 / 40 / 60 Base Damage per Shot → 15 / 30 / 45 Base Damage per Shot
    • 10% AP Ratio per Shot → 15% AP Ratio per Shot
    • 22 / 28 / 34 Number of Shots → 22 Number of Shots
    • NEW EFFECT: Number of shots is now increased by 1 per 4% critical strike chance.

Other Changes

There are now champion bans.

Dragon and the Map

Ruined map elements, and the Ruined Dragon, are no more. Instead, Ultimate Spellbook will be much more similar to base Summoner's Rift except that the final elemental dragon will always be the Chemtech or Hextech Dragons. In addition, taking any epic monster will now grant your team a stack of the Ruined Dragon’s tower damage buff. Albeit, at a lower amount at 0.3% damage per second instead of 0.5% damage per second.

Points of Exploration

  • During these first two days you might notice the Chemtech and Hextech environments stop showing up in your games. If this occurs, it’s expected; we’re actively conducting tests and measurements around the environment changes. Further context below.
  • You will notice that Smite works as it did when Ultimate Spellbook was last released despite what was mentioned in the recent State of the Game. This is an area we’re still actively working on and the changes we have in the works are not yet ready for PBE. Look forward to these in the 11.23 PBE cycle.

Dragon Environment On/Off Context

Memory usage is an area that we try to be very careful with across League. A small increase in RAM usage can result in a significant number of players being unable to play. For Ultimate Spellbook this means we need to make sure there’s room for the 10 Ultimates each player gains and to do that we need to disable things elsewhere.

With the last release of Ultimate Spellbook, we used smoke (from the shadow isles) and mirrors to hide what we were doing here. By having a non-changing Ruined environment we could secretly remove a lot of overlapping elements on the map. And by having only a single dragon we could remove the textures of the others (and model for Elder dragon).

With this release of Ultimate Spellbook, however, we’re aiming to edge as close as we can get to base Summoner’s Rift gameplay for dragons while still fitting within our memory budget. We’ve done changes elsewhere to get memory back, from optimizing how emotes load across League to better chunking for Ultimate Spellbook’s audio banks, but it may not be enough. In the case that more memory is still needed… the dragon environment changes will be the next to go.

External link →
about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Originally posted by Rasmus0008

Was there a reason you removed Malphite ult from the pool?

Malphite R excels (or is even best in class) at number of things: Catching. AoE CC. Escapes. Damage output (high ratios). And so on.
This dampens the excitement and potential of other ultimates. Removing it effectively creates room for Vex, Akali, Xin Zhao, Orianna, and other ultimates to shine.

about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Originally posted by Guest_4710

Where are the changes for Jungle players?

They're still in development. They will be present in a later run on PBE as we gain more confidence in the final direction.

about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Hi again! I'm Reina Sweet (aka Riot Reinboom), Lead Game Designer for Modes.

Ultimate Spellbook will be reenabled on PBE soon. The mode will be active on PBE all through this patch cycle (and into being released!). Since 11.22 had a fairly short run, I will be including those changes and the 11.23 changes together in this post. For 11.23’s cycle in particular, there’s a few additions to the available ulternate summoners and a new system for handling Smite. There’s also been a fairly significant number of bug fixes throughout.

New Ulternate Summoners

  • Akali
  • Blitzcrank
  • Caitlyn
  • Camille
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Evelynn
  • Jinx
  • Kindred
  • Orianna
  • Seraphine
  • Urgot
  • Vex
  • Vi
  • Viktor
  • Xin Zhao

No Longer Available Ulternate Summoners

  • Malphite

Ulternate Summoner Balance

All changes here are inherited from changes to the original spell, except the reduction of Bonus Ability Haste for Ashe R.

  • Ashe R:
    • 35 Bonus Ability Haste → 20 Bonus Ability Haste
    • 100s / 90s / 80s Cooldown → 100s / 80s / 60s Cooldown
  • Amumu R:
    • 1.5s / 1.75s / 2s Stun Duration → 1.5s Stun Duration
  • Jarvan IV R:
    • 150% Bonus AD Ratio → 180% Bonus AD Ratio
  • Jhin R:
    • 20% Minimum AD Ratio → 25% Minimum AD Ratio
    • 80% Maximum AD Ratio → 100% Maximum AD Ratio
  • Lucian R:
    • 20 / 40 / 60 Base Damage per Shot → 15 / 30 / 45 Base Damage per Shot
    • 10% AP Ratio per Shot → 15% AP Ratio per Shot
    • 22 / 28 / 34 Number of Shots → 22 Number of Shots
    • NEW EFFECT: Number of shots is now increased by 1 per 4% critical strike chance.

Smite → Auto-Smite

Junglers will see a new summoner spell, “Auto-Smite”. Whereas non-Junglers must take the Placeholder summoner spell on Ultimate Spellbook, Junglers must take Auto-Smite instead. Auto-Smite will get replaced by your selected champion Ultimate and, upon doing so, you will gain a buff that, when you attack an epic monster, scuttles, or allied buff monster in which Smite could destroy it, Smites that monster. Similar to regular Smite, Auto-Smite is upgraded by a new Jungle item “Obsidian Edge”.

Dragon and the Map

Ruined map elements, and the Ruined Dragon, are no more. Instead, Ultimate Spellbook will be much more similar to base Summoner's Rift except that the final elemental dragon will always be the Chemtech or Hextech Dragons. In addition, taking any epic monster will now grant your team a stack of the Ruined Dragon’s tower damage buff. Albeit, at a lower amount at 0.3% damage per second instead of 0.5% damage per second.

Dragon Environment On/Off Context

Memory usage is an area that we try to be very careful with across League. A small increase in RAM usage can result in a significant number of players being unable to play. For Ultimate Spellbook this means we need to make sure there’s room for the 10 Ultimates each player gains and to do that we need to disable things elsewhere.

With the last release of Ultimate Spellbook, we used smoke (from the shadow isles) and mirrors to hide what we were doing here. By having a non-changing Ruined environment we could secretly remove a lot of overlapping elements on the map. And by having only a single dragon we could remove the textures of the others (and model for Elder dragon).

With this release of Ultimate Spellbook, however, we’re aiming to edge as close as we can get to base Summoner’s Rift gameplay for dragons while still fitting within our memory budget. We’ve done changes elsewhere to get memory back, from optimizing how emotes load across League to better chunking for Ultimate Spellbook’s audio banks, but it may not be enough. In the case that more memory is still needed… the dragon environment changes will be the next to go.

External link →
about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Originally posted by mattcapons

When the smite is used 5 times and the jungle item disappears the burn on monsters doesn't work anymore

This should be addressed with today's PBE release. :)

about 1 month ago - /u/Reinboom - Direct link

Originally posted by ChroodlesG

List the steps that occurred before the bug happened:

​1. Pick Seraphine ult on Teemo in the Ultimate Spellbook mode

  1. Flash, use Seraphine ultimate

  2. Attempt to auto attack during the Seraphine ult

Expected Result: Auto attack goes off, being able to auto attack for the rest of the game

Actual Result: Unable to auto attack for the rest of the game, even after dying, disconnecting/reconnecting from the game, and dying with guardian angel.

There were a few ults that could break Teemo's auto. All of which should be addressed with today's PBE release.