Legendary skins catch an update

Alien Invader Heimerdiner.

Alien Invader Heimerdinger was by far the most disappointing “legendary” skin to date. It was just Heimer with a different shirt and a slightly reshaped head (like the standard skin doesn’t look like a brain, anyway). I can think of plenty of things I would rather waste $20 on.

Luckily, Riot heard the community outcry around the underwhelming skin and decided it was time for an update. Now the Invader skin casts some very otherworldly turrets, which is a big step in the right direction. It makes the skin stand out as a truly unique purchase, which is what I think most people were hoping for. Firefighter Tristana also got an update. She now sprays water from the fire hose instead of bullets. Again, a nice touch.

If there’s one thing to be said for the Riot development team, it’s that they listen to the community. Sometimes we have to harass and cajole, but this change and changes like the level 30 requirement for ranked games restore some of my faith in the developer’s ability to successfully run this game.

Riot responds under skin pricing heat

French Maid Nidalee.

Riot caught a lot of criticism around the release of the legendary Alien Invader Heimerdinger skin, though it wasn’t just about the legendary skin. Most players think skins are in general too expensive, and I have to agree.

I’ll include Riot’s full official response here, if only because it’s so weird:

Summoners,

We have a couple pieces of good news for you. For the next release of skins, we are going to be shipping out 6 skins, all for 520 RP, including the much-anticipated French Maid Nidalee skin.

We have heard the community requests for more low-priced skin options and a more clear definition of Legendary skins. In response, we are doing a one-time release of skins at 520. Players have anticipated the release of French Maid Nidalee at prices up to 10,000 RP, but we are releasing her with the other 520 skins to start to balance the skin pricing. We are also releasing the other following skins at 520 RP:
• Caterpillar Kog’Maw
• Sonoran Kog’Maw
• Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
• Striker Ezreal
• Blast Zone Heimerdinger

Please note, we will be releasing skins at other price points in the future.

Going forward, per suggestions from the community, Legendary skins will have:
• Texture changes
• Model changes

And at least one of the following additional features:
• Some New Animations
• Some New VO
• Some New Effects

Finally, we wanted to share our plans for skins going forward. We are getting very close to meeting our goal of having a skin for each Champion. Once we reach that goal, we will move forward with creating downright awesome skins, and more player options in skin prices. To reach that second goal, we will be adding inexpensive skins for Champions that only have high-priced options, and we will be adding cooler skins for Champions that already have an inexpensive option. However, it will likely take a few months before we have multiple skins for every Champion.

We will keep listening to (rational) feedback, and we appreciate everyone who has contributed ideas and suggestions for how to improve our skin offerings (a lot of them are in this post). Please let us know if this is a step in the right direction.

- RiotChris

For starters, why does it take a huge community response to not take a lashing on skin prices? And why does the post make it sound like this is some kind of favor? It’s also a little disconcerting to see that the primary goal so far has been churning out skins and that Riot will focus on quality later. If these are just the slush pile, how much will the “downright awesome” skins cost?

All of this could be my own obsession with the wording, but this post really rubbed me the wrong way.

LoL: New Nasus, Heimerdinger, and Rammus skins now available

Galactic Nasus skin.

As an original post said of the Heimerdinger skin, you can now pick up three otherworldly skins in the League of Legends Store. Riot has officially released the legendary Alien Invader Heimerdinger, Galactic Nasus, and Molten Rammus skins.

I’m personally excited about the Galactic Nasus skin, and it seems like it will be priced right once it goes on sale. Nasus has been long overdue for a skin and even at 520RP I’d call him reasonable. The Heimerdinger skin is grossly overpriced, especially for the lack of imagination that went into it. His hair already looked like a brain. Actually making it a brain is not worth $20. Molten Rammus is pretty unimpressive as well – just a cracked glowing like you get on Malphite when his shield is down. That one will run you 975RP (which, if you really want a Rammus skin, get the Chrome Rammus – it’s much cooler).

LoL: Alien Invader Heimer is on his way

Alien Invader Heimerdinger.

As you probably guessed, Alien Invader Heimerdinger is indeed on his way. The legendary Heimerdinger skin will be available in the store next week.

I’m a little disappointed that this will be going for legendary prices. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought Heimer’s hair looks like a brain anyway. This skin feels a little less imaginative than the other legendary skins out there (though honestly, I thought toboggan Corki was really lame). Really all of the skins are overpriced in my mind, except maybe those that fall in the 200-400 RP range. Three bucks seems about right for a skin, and then more for the truly awesome skins. I was miffed that the Shaco was $10, but it’s so awesome I bought it anyway.

Still no word on Galactic Nasus.

LoL: Riot teases Galactic Nasus and Alien Invader Heimerdinger

Heimerdinger in a crop circle.

The latest post in the announcement forums is a little teaser for some very cool up and coming skins. Though the picture only shows Heimer, I’d imagine it’s also a little preview for Galactic Nasus.

From the official post:

Since the appearance of a strange craft now piloted by the famed and Daring Bombardier Corki, there has been an increase in the sightings of strange lights in the skies above Valoran. The scientists and scholars of Piltover are equally baffled by the appearance of strange crop patterns that have been dotting the countryside. This, combined with reports from the local sheriff regarding an increase in missing persons, has led to some speculation regarding the possible involvement of extra-Runeterrestrial life.

Take care, summoners! And when you’re out there on the Field of Justice, keep an eye on the skies!

I’m guessing we’ll get a new skin announcement mid week, as we have with past several patches.

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