Season Two is the second competitive time period for League of Legends. Season Two began on November 29, 2011, a week after the release of patch V188.8.131.52. The patch introduced the champion , a new set of masteries, the removal of the summoner spells and , and the addition of and for Classic Mode. The season was scheduled to conclude on 6 November 2012, but was extended and officially concluded on 12 November 2012.
Season Two features
Riot released new features during Season Two:
- New champions.
- New issues of the Journal of Justice.
- Weekly livestreams of tournaments,
- A total prize pool of five million US dollars. (*)
- New and modified summoner spells.
- New masteries.
- A new game mode: Dominion.
- Improved A.I. bots.
- Spectator mode.
- Honor System
(*) The $5 million will be provided by Riot and is not tied to any award provided by the individual tournaments. This amount will increase significantly due to sponsors, etc.
Notable game changes
On top of the announced game changes there were noteworthy events that took place during Season Two:
- The removal of the Dodge mechanic. This change had a couple of consequences to the game and entailed a few changes, such as:
- An overhaul of the jungle in Summoner's Rift. which featured:
- Easier difficulty of the camps.
- The rewards starting lower but scaling into late game.
- The smaller camps respawning faster.
- All the camps yielding a buff.
- Systemic changes to the lane phase, which included:
- A nerf on the health gain from , , and
- A nerf to the damage minions dealt to champions.
- A nerf on the slow from the lizard buff for melee champions.
- A reduction for the cost of .
- Several nerfs aimed at the sustain of support champions , and
- A new map for custom games Proving Grounds
- A new summoner spell specific to Proving Grounds.
- New items added:
, , .
- remade into .
- Classic Mode. made available for
- A remake for , , and
- The removal of regular long duration stealth.
- A remake for and .
- A new form of stealth, , created for .
- League of Legends' 100th champion released - .
- First champion to have recall animation - .
- First champion to have knockback and knockup animation -
- First champions to have lore interactions - and
- First champion to have two running animations -
- New type of skin - themes, first one being
- Themes cost 3250.
- Purchase of the theme granted summoners an exclusive summoner icon and profile banner.
- , which changed its appearance depending on the champion's level.
- Addition of colorblind mode, which improved visualization of health bars and various graphical effects and animations for colorblind players.
- Many in-game UI and PVP.net improvements.
Season Two Championship: October 13, Los Angeles!
Announced by RedBeard:
We are pleased to announce the biggest League of Legends tournament to date: the Season Two World Championship!
On October 13, 2012, Riot Games will host the thrilling conclusion of our $5 million season in Los Angeles, California. With half of Season Two already in the books and numerous viewership records broken, the best players from North America, Europe, China, Korea and the Rest of Asia are all preparing for their respective Regional Finals. Over the course of this epic tournament series, top teams from each region will clash for the right to advance to the World Championship in Los Angeles, where the winner will bring home the lion’s share of a $3 million combined prize pool – the biggest payday in eSports history!
Since Season Two began, Riot and the entire League of Legends community have been closely watching the top contenders compete around the globe. While Team Solo Mid has already clinched a berth in the North American Regional Finals, other teams are still in the hunt as they battle it out in the remaining stops on the Challenger Circuit. The action all culminates this October, at the Season Two World Championship! Tickets go on sale this summer, so stay tuned for more information about how you can attend this unprecedented eSports event.
You can find a complete list of the locations and dates of the Regional Finals below.
- Mainland China: July 26 - Shanghai, China at China Joy
- Europe: August 16 - Cologne, Germany at Gamescom
- North America: August 31 - Seattle, United States at PAX Prime
- Korea: September 21 - Seoul, Korea at the OGN eSports Stadium
- Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau: September 22 - Taipei, Taiwan at G1
- Southeast Asia: September - Singapore at Garena Carnival
Season 2 World Championship Login
For more information, please visit the Season Two Championship page.
IPL4 Hits Vegas
Announced by Average Gatsby: Summoners!
The IPL Pro League crowns another champion this weekend at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in fabulous Las Vegas. The IPL4 Championship runs from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8th: featuring eight of the best teams in the world, facing off in 5v5, double-elimination, best-of-three format until a single victor remains!
There’s no better place to catch all the action than our official event site, which covers everything on the ground in Las Vegas.
- ↑ Victorious Janna Heralds Season Two Rewards posted by Yegg on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- ↑ End of Season 2 Patch Notes Posted by Udyr on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013
- ↑ League of Legends Season Two to Feature a $5 million Prize Pool
- ↑ Inside Design: Summoner Spells and Season Two!
- ↑ Inside Design: Dodge
- ↑ Dodge Runes Refund in the Coming Weeks
- ↑ Dodge Rune Refunds have begun!
- ↑ Volibear Patch Preview: Gameplay Changes
- ↑ Season Two Championship: October 13, Los Angeles!
- ↑ Season Two Championship: October 13, Los Angeles!
- ↑ IPL4 Hits Vegas