Last week, Riot revealed that it would be modifying the Summoner Spells in League of Legends, swapping out some of the lesser-used Spells for better ones and cutting others entirely. Not content with simply modifying part of the formula, Riot has also decided to revamp the mastery trees as well, further shuffling the game's mechanics in preparation for the multiplayer online battle arena's second season.
Like Summoner Spells, mastery trees are completely separate from the game's champions and can be customized between games. It looks like the changes help spread out the more popular abilities while still giving players plenty of options. Riot is calling the change a "re-invention" and after looking at the changes we really can't disagree.
The main differences are as follow:
- In the Offense tree, the new options are equally viable for champions that specialize in either physical or magical damage.
- Defense has new options for initiators who want to increase their movement speed, or gain increased gold from kill assists.
- The Utility tree provides new options for players playing support champions. For instance, they can use the new masteries to increase their passive gold gain and starting gold, so they can get the items they need faster.
Riot has posted the full skill trees here, in case you want to check out the full details. They really have been completely reworked, and we're excited to see how they change the game.
But even more exciting is the game's upcoming Champion, Fizz, who looks like Stitch from Lilo & Stitch (and he has a pet shark that looks like Bruce from Finding Nemo). In other words: he's absolutely adorable. We've posted a full gallery of the new guy below, and you can find out more about him on Riot's website. Here's a teaser: he looks really freaking cool.