Riot Games has promised to make huge changes to the League of Legends Prestige Point system in 2021 as the divisive model will be getting a new look.
Riot Games is overhauling the League of Legends Prestige Point system ahead of 2021's updated roadmap. Prestige Points were a relatively short-lived idea that were first introduced at the start of last year as part of the 9.1 Patch. With it, players could spend real-world money to buy Prestige skins - which were effectively gold variations of classic Champion skins. It came off the back of K/DA Kai'Sa and K/DA Akali grabbing attention with their 2018 Worlds Pass and 2018 Snowdown skins.
Instead of Prestige Skins being a flashy addition to your wardrobe that made you stand out from the crowd, the larger LoL fanbase hated the idea of this pay-to-skin model. Riot was quick on the uptake and tweaked it so tokens from event passes could also be used to buy Prestige Skins. Still, Riot has been unable to escape that initial drama and has decided to completely change the way the Prestige Skin point system works.
Posting on Twitter, Riot Product Manager Ken Adams explained what will be different. Although Riot is pulling the Prestige Points system, anything you've earned in 2020 will roll over into next year until the system is axed. Adams said, "With less than half the year to obtain points and less than half as many options to choose from compared to 2019 and 2020, we thought it’d be unfair to create a 2021 edition of Prestige Points". He continued, "Extending 2020’s points and giving you additional options to choose from felt like the right course of action.”
Added to this, Adams confirmed the next set of Champions to receive a Prestige Skin are Fiora, Leona, and Lulu. Finally, there's a new Conqueror skin available to buy with Prestige Points next year. He said the team hasn't decided who will be getting the upgrade "considering champions that had an impact on pro play in 2020.”
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to give any insight into what the new Prestige system would be, or how you will acquire those golden skins in 2021. At least the 2020 Event Prestige skins will still be available to buy until mid-2021.
If you want to splash your Prestige Points, you'll be able to from December 9 when the end of year Prestige Shop will officially open its doors. You'll have to be quick though as it will shut them again on January 28. On offer this year, there's Orange Essence, Hextech Keys, icons, an animated K/DA ALL OUT Kai’Sa Prestige emote, and a whole host of grab bags.
The final Prestige Shop will open next Spring, so it will be interesting to see what Riot has been saving for the final countdown. In the meantime, fans can at least look forward to the upcoming release of Star Guardian Soraka’s Prestige Edition skin in patch 10.24. Diana is also getting an event Prestige skin with 10.25, however, the theme is pending. Either way, the Prestige Point system of old is gone.
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