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Forum outage : March 7th Rincewind
07-03-2014 06:39 PM
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07-03-2014
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Hello Summoners,

It really sucks that we had a blank page show up with a single word for few hours. We had a web deploy. A node that we thought was out of the load balancer was actually not. It had broken config that caused the issue for many players. Taking a node out of the LB is a fairly routine task and we fumbled. Sigh!

We are extremely sorry about it and we are stepping on Teemo's mushrooms as punishment. We are also reviewing our processes to make sure it wont happen again.

GL HF


My last Day in Riot :( Farewell AwesomeOpossum
07-03-2014 06:22 PM
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Today is my last day in Riot. Me and Riot Vathar are leaving Riot for family reasons. I would like to thank you for all the time we had together. Riot is the best experience I ever had and a part of my heart will always remain there. However if you need a support on your bot lane, feel free to message me.
You can find me in Game as AwesomeOpossum or StayHumble.
See you in the Fields of Justice mates!


"Nope". Riot Draggles
07-03-2014 03:15 PM
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Thanks for your reports, guys, we're working on getting this fixed as soon as possible.

inb4 "nope" when I try to post this message


Question to Riot about refering Riot Moonleaf
06-03-2014 10:34 PM
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06-03-2014
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The referral program is there to help you show the game to new friends. You used it correctly, don't worry

Just don't refer yourself with smurfs you make.


Prepaid cards Riot Moonleaf
06-03-2014 08:57 PM
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We rolled out the Prepaid initiative in some countries first and more will follow.

We're looking into bringing these cards in Bulgaria as well, but Rome wasn't built in one day


Share your TIL Riot Moonleaf
06-03-2014 08:24 PM
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TIL: Tormented Soil and other aoe dmg don't pop Banshee's Veil's shield

and

TIL: Build Banshee's Veil against Morgana, she almost gets neutralized


Share your TIL Riot Moonleaf
06-03-2014 06:24 PM
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TIL: Start Spellthief's Edge in Morgana support and upgrade it to Frostfang ASAP. Tormented Soil gives you gold every tick of damage.


Share your TIL Riot Moonleaf
06-03-2014 06:23 PM
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TIL = Today I learned.

Some time ago, a player reached Diamond by writing down his mistakes and improving on them, as well as tips he found out while playing.

Let's share one together, making this a post full of useful information.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
06-03-2014 01:46 AM
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Thanks guys, Team Builder will be moving on over to EUW later tonight for testing there.

We'll make sure you get more info about when it returns to EUNE! Thanks a lot for all the awesome feedback, I'm going to jump in a game myself now. I might see you there.

GL & HF


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Mijak PL View Post
Well, in my idea it wouldn't be like capitan can force you to play champion you don't want to play. More like if you are not sure what you want to play, you can choose more champions.
Of course if player wants to play definite champion 100%, he could still go with just one chosen champion.
Couldn't it be said though that the choice is there before you join the queue? I want to play Taric Top and just go for it.

If it takes a while I might change it up, but there's still no conflict created by the option of having a few champs for a Captain to pick from. Team Builder is really good at allowing people to build a team, If the opportunity is there for doubt though it could have some issues. For example I take my Taric top but the option was there for me to play Darius, it then becomes a point of contention if it doesn't go well.

We all bought into me going top as Taric but the option for a more standard pick is there and could cause less strategic discussion and more pressures.


Team Builder Matchmaking Bugs Thread Riot Blackrook
05-03-2014 09:04 PM
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Thanks for the reports.

We believe we've identified an issue in which Team Building phase does not take into account Summoner Level when matching Solos into groups.

This will be addressed before the official release of Team Builder.


What if someone picks Lux Tank on Teambuilder? :O Ymir
05-03-2014 08:57 PM
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I dont get it. Does the teambuilder recognize a troll combo (e.g. seju supp) and make u wait ages....................or what?
The system makes no distinction at all really. It's all on the Captains, if they say yes that works they'll accept and take you on. A really out there pick may take a while to get accepted but when it does you know that team wants you there and you'll play better because it's all agreed on.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:45 PM
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I liked the fact that I could play what I wanted
We love the fact you could do this, what was it you were playing?


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Galatrox View Post

on a more serious note what I found annoying is people making duo top games. There are still trolls but I met only one and he started trolling when all was lost. I suggest you make MMR work with this. I do like the fact that I can dodge with no concequences if there are terms I am not ok with (duo top, kogmaw mid)... I know some may work but I.prefer current meta. I like the fact I can kick out one that queues as support Brand/VelKoz/Malzahar just so he can go mid. Gj overall.
I mentioned earlier there's a few kinks in Matchmaking right now, the kind that make a beta fun

Remember to report at the end of the game if someone acts in a way you don't feel is sporting. I personally love Duo Top from time to time (Darius/Garen tooooo fun), but that's a choice we all make. Glad you enjoyed it and as for

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Back on first sentence *waves underwear*
Remember to put them back on, it's cold out there.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:37 PM
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Is it sure it will become permanent mode in the future? :>
Right now we're testing it for Live, but it isn't a Featured Game Mode (like Hexakill etc) and would be a permanent queue.

It would stand on its own too and Normals would still be available.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:33 PM
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I know it was just beta and you probably have some ideas to upgrade it in the future, but I here are upgrades I would add:

1 - sometimes it's difficult to define one role, it would been better if I could pick, for example, fighter/tank, support/tank, fighter/assassin.

2 - it would been better if players could adjust to team they went in. My idea is - let players pick a lane and more than one champion/role, so capitan can choose one of them. For example - I want to play jungle, but I am not sure do I want to go with Volibear, Sejuani or Master Yi, because that depends on my team composition.
Of course if I don't land in good team I can always look for another one, but that takes too long.
We actually considered this, the major challenge there is that when you start to offer more Champions for a Captain to choose from you tend to remove the part of Team Builder that is about personal choice and playing what you want to play,

For example joining with a Champion that is more desirable than your initial choice will lead to pressure on you to play that Champion. Captains have the power to build and synergize teams and that is something that is pretty powerful when you discuss and plan how you want to play. You can do that in a cooperative way without the system putting up a Champion choice and the system should be stronger for it.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by xXxOMGFxXx View Post
Well I have to say I am happy that ur asking the community what they think of it.
I also have to say that my last 3 games were all with support lux for some reason and they were all NOT lvl 30 while their bot lane was Gold 5 , Silver 4 ;/
We've actually picked up on some funky matchmaking, make sure you swing by here and give us whatever info you can.

Quite a few of you guys have raised it so we want to get as much info as we can.


Team Builder Beta Live Discussion Ymir
05-03-2014 08:12 PM
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Hey all!

For the past couple of days you've all had a chance to play with Team Builder and give us your feedback. Thank you so much for all the reports and detailed breakdowns of how you found the experience, it's been super valuable and we hope you've enjoyed putting the system through its paces!

We'll be taking a long look at all that feedback and those bug reports,

For the next few hours we'll be answering any questions you might have about the design of Team Builder, taking bug reports and talking about your experiences here in this thread.

If you've encountered any strange matchmaking, such as very disparate levels (10's with 30's) then be sure to check out this thread and give us the details.. Also if you haven't had a chance yet be sure to check out some of the most common questionshere!


Team Builder Ymir
05-03-2014 06:04 PM
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Thx man.I just started playing on this account two days ago.My main is on na.There i have no problem i mostly get matched with silve/low gold players,here its so weird one time my team is full of diamond next time i am the highest lvl in my team
We have a thread setuphere for when you run into this. Any detail you can give would be helpful.


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
05-03-2014 05:58 PM
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Really great Feedback so far guys!

We've got a bug thread open here for reports of matchmaking oddities: http://forums.eune.leagueoflegends.c...d.php?t=683170

Be sure to swing by there if you're encountering anything you feel is weird like lower levels in a game with 30's.


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
05-03-2014 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Klaustofobik View Post
It's something that i've discussed with friends long ago and it's the best thing in this game everyone can play whichever lane they want but just fix that matchups 3/3 i've played got all 30 with high ranks and im 22 lvl i just dont fit there with experience its ok if you do premade with friend that is ranked but in solo q its a bit hard... best regards
Just mentioned this in another thread, the level disparity isn't intended and we're looking into it. Glad you enjoyed it!


Team Builder Ymir
05-03-2014 02:31 PM
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You guys turned mmr off while teambuilder is on?The last few days ive been matched so weird.My last game none of us was lvl 30 and they had one in gold and one silver and yesterday a lvl 5 fiora had to lane against a diamond trynd
MMR isn't really setup right now, it takes time to settle and find a groove. Though you running into lower levels appears to be a bug and we're looking into it.


Gib team builder Ymir
05-03-2014 02:29 PM
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Dude, team captain can kick xin adc if he wants.
People becoming used to being Captain is really the main point here, they have control and final say on what rolls into the game. If a kill lane bottom sounds good they can rock it, if it doesn't fit with the strategy they have in mind they can move on to someone else.

We have more educational tools ready for launch that should help people find their feet faster.


Team Builder Ymir
05-03-2014 02:23 PM
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Isn't the main teambuilder topic good for this?
I don't mind feedback breaking away from the main topic, it's getting pretty intimidating for people to jump in with ease.

Of course it's neat to keep it all in one place, but it's not a major issue.


"PlayWithRiot" Ravenworld
05-03-2014 12:35 PM
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05-03-2014
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As kitty mentioned we are around pretty often actually. Try to join evenings when we are all more free to play.


Team Builder Matchmaking Bugs Thread Riot Blackrook
05-03-2014 04:32 AM
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05-03-2014
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Hey guys, I'm investigating some of the reports of unbalanced matchmaking in Team Builder.

We're already aware of a major bug in our solo matchmaking that allows non-30s to be put in a group with level 30s.

If you play a game with a bad mix of 30s and non-30s, please copy/paste the following report and fill it out:

Quote:
MY LEVEL 30 BUG REPORT:

Team Member 1:
Team Member 2:
Team Member 3:
Team Member 4:
Team Member 5:

Were you a Captain/Buddy/Solo?

How many minutes did it take you to get into game?

Were any of the non-30s premades with a level 30 Captain/Buddy?

If you were a Solo, how many times did you click "Find Another Group" or get kicked from a group before you found the group you played with?

If you were a Captain, how many times did you reject or kick a Solo before you found the non-30 you played with?


@Riot About teambuilder. Ymir
04-03-2014 05:05 PM
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How do i say this... i want to be able to copy from chat and open links like in non team builder queue
I've seen a few chat questions and suggestions popup. I'll pop it on the list!


@Riot About teambuilder. Ymir
04-03-2014 03:32 PM
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No dates just yet, but if everything goes well we'd like to get it back to you guys fairly soon after we finish testing worldwide. We'll know more as the beta goes on.

Keep the feedback coming, guys!


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
04-03-2014 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Daubmannus View Post
Someone else already said it by i think it's an important observation so i'll touch on it again.

I actually didn't think team builder would include selecting your champion in advance and it feels really weird to me personally since i think champion select depends a lot on the rest of the team comp and the opposing team's comp.

So teambuilder with only position select would do the trick for ranked games, otherwise noone will ever opt it.

Obviously it's a great tool for less stress in normal games, but i really think your time and thinking should be put in first into ranked games since the more professional experience is what keeps people playing longer.

Update: for now it's a big problem because of extended queues. I think you really should let it live longer than a couple of days.
We found that having different champion choices was potentially counter productive really. The goal is to allow you to play what you want to play in a team that gets it.

By allowing a Champion change or a choice you end up really diluting that sense of control and cooperation as people may pressure for one option.


Leaving and team builder? Ymir
04-03-2014 11:38 AM
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I noticed that when I joined a group and quit (just wanted to see what it looks like), I still heard chat noises in the background. So maybe they also could still see me although I left them? I don't know.
Could you join another game?


Leaving and team builder? Ymir
04-03-2014 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by SH Bobby View Post
I was starting to play team builder with a friend and it took like 10 min to set up the team. Okey no worries I was kinda try hard at selecting roles and what not, then came the que and me and my friend waited for 20 mins and we decided to leave the game so I did and my friend dint even see that I left and the que didnt go away for him and I was still there on hes screen. dunno if it suppose to do that (I would think not) but still pretty enoying :P


Sorry for my bad english
Much Love
Bobby
I've had this happen in normal games as well, it is very annoying.

Thanks for your contribution to the war on bugs!


Gib team builder Ymir
04-03-2014 11:30 AM
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༼ つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ Give Team builder.
Done!

Now gib feedback ༼ つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ


just played team builder Ymir
04-03-2014 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Dark Shadow View Post
It will be removed temporarily but added permanently again in the near future.

Stop doing my job so *Shakes fist*

(Good answer)


Thanks for the feedback, be sure to let us know your thoughts after a couple of days with Team Builder too, be intersting to see your opinion after a little while with the system.


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
04-03-2014 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by TsuiKagura View Post
Why don't Team Builder wins get recorded?
They even show up exactly like the rest on the Match History...

I mean I understand why workshop game modes don't get their own stats, but this is 'Normal' and 'Classic'.
That sounds like a bug, I'll put it on the pile to get looked at, thankfully these seem to be small issues right now but let us know if anything gamebreaking happens.

Also because I saw this come up a couple of times, Team Builder isn't a featured game mode! We're currently in a two day beta and when we've looked over all the feedback Team Builder will be back permanently

Thanks a lot for all the discussion so far guys, really interesting to read.


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
04-03-2014 11:12 AM
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First of all forgive me if im wrong for posting this here, but I figured this was the right place for it. I found a little problem with the pregame chat for testbuilder: whenever someone joins, whatever you were in the process of typing gets deleted. This can be a little nuisance in communication. Other than that its a great feature overall, keep up the great work ^_^
Just to clarify on this, it's what you were writing not the whole chat?

Thanks for the feedback!


Let's talk about the Design of Team Builder Ymir
04-03-2014 11:10 AM
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I also agree that this mode should be added to RANKED GAMES, but also 3vs3. Why not? It would help a lot also.
Ranked is really something else, we wanted to give the best experience possible and get the fundamentals right initially. Ranked would need a whole lot of changes and is a huge project in itself.

There's potential for sure, but for now we're really focused on feedback for Team Builder as it is rather than what it could be.


Sooo, where is the team builder? Riot Moonleaf
04-03-2014 12:35 AM
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While your need for being vague can be understood, this ends up with the question of how this will effect the 48 hour time limit?
It will be 48 hours since the hour of release. We need 2 full days of data for this beta.


Didn't learn attack move untill platinum 1 season 3, ama. Riot Moonleaf
04-03-2014 12:15 AM
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Do you feel that learning this gave you a critical advantage, or the advantage was actually minor and people should focus more on training other mechanics?


Sooo, where is the team builder? Riot Moonleaf
04-03-2014 12:12 AM
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I don't want to be specific because something might go wrong during patching and I will let you down... again... Hope you understand.

One thing is certain: it will be ready when it's ready, we won't rush a problematic system just to meet a deadline and cause a server meltdown or end up with a buggy system. When you play TB it will be working (barring unexpected surprises).


Cant bay hero Riot Moonleaf
04-03-2014 12:07 AM
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Try this, it has various tips for store problems.


A week in Bronze Riot Moonleaf
04-03-2014 12:06 AM
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Very interesting read. Thank you for going through all this trouble to keep this diary, it must have been a pain keeping track of everything.


Need help i got perma bann WTF? Riot Moonleaf
03-03-2014 11:55 PM
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There are different kinds of permabans. Tribunal, fraud, Terms of Use, temporary permabans for account protection... Guys, try not to judge someone just from the word 'perma', it might have been something other than the Tribunal.

I can't go in details over the forum over the particular ban as it is a personal issue. You'll need to contact Support and they can provide you with more information and possible courses of action.


Sooo, where is the team builder? Riot Moonleaf
03-03-2014 11:51 PM
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It was tricky to set it up just right for hundreds of thousands of players. It's now in the oven roasting and should be ready before breakfast.

Sorry we got you excited with the announcement.


Why people think support is soo bad role? Riot Moonleaf
03-03-2014 11:41 PM
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In my opinion the somewhat lesser appeal of the support role is linked to previous game categories that existed before MOBAs (FPS, MMORPGs, strategy and sport games) where the goal is the highest score of kills/flags/goals in order to win.

Eg in Deathmatch games each player is more or less the same, has a gun and priority is to kill the opposing team. The mechanic of a player who has different priorities than the others in his team went mainstream at around mid 2000s, and it seems that we still have some remains of the earlier days.


Team builder Ymir
03-03-2014 01:56 PM
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It should start today if I understood well, but knowing RIOT 3rd means 4th :O
Harsh

We're still on track, no times just yet but if anything changes we'll be letting you know.


Team Builder. Ymir
03-03-2014 01:55 PM
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Word, soon.

We'll definitely be posting to let you know when it rolls out. We never give hard dates or times as everything can change fast.


Facepalming jokes - PUNick attack! Ravenworld
03-03-2014 01:29 PM
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What was Fizz' favorite subject at school? Fizzics

How do we call the eco-friendly Karthus? Bikethus


Riot just delete fiddle, i undarstand that u hate him Riot Moonleaf
01-03-2014 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Coaja94 View Post
Let's be real here..Fear has 575 range and Flash has what..400 range?There's no way someone is so stupid as to overextend in such a manner that would allow you flash behind and make your target run into your team...for that to happen , the enemy has to be in your face.

And in case of a teamfight , your Ult + flash is used 90% of the time so that you can barely fear the enemy ADC , zhonya and hope for the best.There's no time to ult - flash - fear - move behind the enemy ADC . You'll just melt if you try that

I'm not one to hate or point my finger but guys...do you even play the game?
I have two pentas with Fiddle, I know how he works (in ARAM, but still)

Fiddle is not exactly an assassin, in my opinion he shouldn't be able to 100-0 the enemy ADC consistently like Ahri or Fizz. If the enemy facechecks a bush or the Fiddle player makes a great play or his team helps with CC then it makes perfect sense for multiple kills and we want to reward plays like that. Noone wants a 'press button to win' champion in the game, and Fiddle was dangerously close to that point a couple years ago.

Keyword here is 'consistently'. There should be a potential for super plays from Fiddle but that should come from skillful plays and clever positioning, instead of 'I see you you die'.

Don't forget that fear is one of the strongest CC and at 2.25 seconds it's one of the longest hard CC durations in the game. Very hard to balance.


Riot just delete fiddle, i undarstand that u hate him Riot Moonleaf
28-02-2014 11:50 PM
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There seems to be a mistake in my 10 attack calculations, it doesn't add up to 100. Can any math expert help?


Riot just delete fiddle, i undarstand that u hate him Riot Moonleaf
28-02-2014 11:29 PM
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@Riot Moonleaf
What about crit? Crit is random, isn't it? How can it be manipulated?
Or Zac's globes? They are VERY random.
Very interesting question

First of all, Zac's globes involve choice. You can choose if you use a skill when an opponent is close (making the globe contested), if you want to go for it or not, you give your opponent the option to contest it or not, you can bait your opponent, you can even predict where your opponent will be for the use of a skill.

There's a design concept that says 'Randomness first, choice afterwards'. The opposite can be disappointing even if you can calculate your percentages. Think Risk, you can invade a territory with 10 armies when opponent has 1 and lose them all. Think Poker and how worse of a game it would be if you had to bet before you looked at your cards (of course poker has randomness then choice then randomness then choice etc so it's a hybrid).

Back to Zac. You see the randomness and then you can make a choice for it, causing play and counterplay. In contrast, the previous fear had limited choice once you feared, got feared or another player got feared.

For critical, let's look at an example.

Lets assume Lucian is level 7, has 60 AD, has a Zeal that gives him 10% critical strike chance and no further runes or masteries that affect critical.

If he makes 2 attacks, the possibility for his damage output is:
120 - 81% (0,9^2)
180 - 18%
240 - 1% (0,1^2)

If he makes 10 attacks, the possibility scales like this:
600 - 34.9% (0,9^10)
660 - 38.7% (0,9 ^ 9 * 0,1 * 10)
720 - 4,3% (0,9 ^ 8 * 0,1 ^ 2 * 10)
780 - 0,47% (0,9 ^ 7 * 0,1 ^ 3 * 10)
...
1200 - 0,00000001%

What effect does this have in gameplay? Your consistent damage in 10 attacks is going to be 600 or 660. Anything above it is a gift but not something you should expect. Also, there are soooo many attacks made during the game that the effect of one specific critical is usually immaterial.

Now, can there be a moment in a tournament final where two champions have very little HP, fight each other and the first who gets a critical will win the fight and the match? Potentially, but highly unlikely, and it involves the choice of committing in the fight instead of running. Truth be told, I can live with that little randomness.



Final note: I'm not saying that randomness is necessarily bad. There are many great games that include randomness then choice. Heck, all card games involve random card drawing and can be a fun game to watch, and randomness sometimes brings excitement, crazy situations and funny plays. It's just that when you win/lose due to luck, you didn't win/lose due to your skill, and we want League of Legends to be a skill-based game.