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MasterZero
THE LEGACY VAULT OPENS FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Good news everyone - Between November 29th and December 31st, 47 retired Legacy skins will be creeping back in the shop for your purchasing pleasure! Every day will feature new skins on sale for 50% for ONE DAY ONLY but the skins will be available the entire event for full price. Between November 29th and December 2nd, you'll also have a chance to pick up a flex bundle featuring all 47 skins and their corresponding champions!

Legacy Skin - Normal Price - 50% off Sale Date & Price

  • Alien Invader Heimerdinger - 1820 - November 29, 2013 ( 910 RP )
  • Angler Jax - 975 - November 30, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Annie in Wonderland - 1820 - November 30, 2013( 910 RP )
  • Badger Teemo - 520 - December 1, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Blacksmith Poppy - 975 - December 1, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Butcher Urgot - 520 - December 2, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Caterpillar Kog'Maw - 520 - December 3, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Crimson Akali - 520 - December 4, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Desert Trooper Garen - 520 - December 4, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Dragon Knight Mordekaiser - 520 - December 5, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Emerald Taric - 520 - December 6, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Feral Warwick - 975 - December 7, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Firefighter Tristana - 1820 - December 7, 2013( 910 RP )
  • Frozen Shen - 520 - December 8, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Hextech Galio - 520 - December 8, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Hextech Sion - 520 - December 9, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Highland Tryndamere - 520 - December 10, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Kingpin Twitch - 520 - December 11, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Leopard Nidalee - 520 - December 11, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Masquerade Evelynn - 520 - December 12, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Matador Alistar - 975 - December 13, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Molten Rammus - 975 - December 14, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Mr. Mundoverse - 520 - December 14, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Muse Sona - 975 - December 15, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Nightmare Cho'Gath - 520 - December 15, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Nottingham Ezreal - 520 - December 16, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Noxus Poppy - 520 - December 17, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Phantom Karthus - 460 - December 18, 2013 ( 230 RP )
  • Pharaoh Amumu - 520 - December 18, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Professor Ryze - 975 - December 19, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Red Baron Corki - 1820 - December 20, 2013( 910 RP )
  • Red Riding Annie - 520 - December 21, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Safari Caitlyn - 975 - December 21, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Sailor Gangplank - 750 - December 22, 2013 ( 375 RP )
  • Sasquatch Nunu - 520 - December 22, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Scuba Gragas - 975 - December 23, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Shamrock Malphite - 520 - December 24, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Sonoran Kog'Maw - 520 - December 25, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Spectacular Sivir - 975 - December 25, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Swamp Master Kennen - 520 - December 26, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • The Magnificent Twisted Fate - 1820 - December 27, 2013( 910 RP )
  • Time Machine Zilean - 520 - December 28, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Toxic Dr. Mundo - 520 - December 28, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Unmasked Kayle - 975 - December 29, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Vizier Malzahar - 520 - December 29, 2013 ( 260 RP )
  • Workshop Shaco - 975 - December 30, 2013 ( 487 RP )
  • Yellow Jacket Shen - 520 - December 31, 2013 ( 260 RP )
MasterZero
Old Snowdown Skins unlocked

The old Snowdown skins have been unlocked in the shop and are now ready for "testing". Enjoy.

MasterZero
Snow Day Singed

Snow Day Singed is also up proper testing after his model was included in yesterday's patch! Here he is with all of his chilly new particles!

Snow Day Singed
975 RP

MasterZero
SNOWDOWN APPROACHES

It's that time of year - the Snowdown is right around the corner and Riot has put up a reminder on what content we can expect this year, including "Snow Day Singed, Snowstorm Sivir, and Winter Wonder Lulu", the return of 20 previously released holiday skins, a new "Showdown"featured game mode for the HA, a new ward skin, and more!

Snow Bunny Nidalee
Workshop Nunu
Happy Elf Teemo
Earnest Elf Tristana
Old Saint Zilean
Re-Gifted Amumu
Santa Gragas
Reindeer Kog’Maw
Candy Cane Miss Fortune
Ragdoll Poppy
Nutcracko
Silent Night Sona
Festive Maokai
Bad Santa Veigar
Mistletoe LeBlanc
Snow Day Ziggs
Dark Candy Fiddlesticks
Toy Soldier Gangplank
Snowmerdinger
Slay Belle Katarina

MasterZero
YASUO, THE UNFORGIVEN, REVEALED!

The full champion reveal of Yasuo, the Unforgiven

"Yasuo dashes to solemn victory, harnessing the raw power of the wind to elevate his unmatched elemental swordsmanship. A former member of an Ionian martial school and the only student to have mastered a legendary wind technique, Yasuo now lives a tempestuous life, drifting through Runeterra as he hunts the true killer of the Ionian elder he was sworn to protect.

Abilities

Passive: Way of the Wanderer

  • Intent: Yasuo's critical strike chance is doubled.
  • Resolve:Yasuo gains Flow as he moves – the faster he moves, the faster his Flow meter fills. When full, Yasuo activates a brief shield after taking damage from enemy champions or monsters.

Q: Steel Tempest Yasuo thrusts forward with his sword, damaging all enemies in a line. Successfully landing Steel Tempest grants Yasuo Gathering Storm stacks for a short period. The third stack of Gathering Storm causes Steel Tempest to send out a whirlwind that travels in a line and sends all enemies caught Airborne. If Yasuo casts Steel Tempest during Sweeping Blade, the ability strikes all enemies immediately around him.

W: Wind Wall

  • Passive: Dashing replenishes Yasuo's Flow faster.
  • Active: Yasuo creates a wall of wind that slowly drifts forward for a few seconds. The wall blocks all enemy projectiles.

E: Sweeping Blade

Yasuo dashes a fixed distance through an enemy, dealing damage and marking them briefly. If Yasuo uses Sweeping Blade multiple times in succession, the ability deals extra damage up to a cap. Yasuo cannot use Sweeping Blade on an enemy that's already been marked.

R: Last Breath Yasuo teleports to a nearby Airborne enemy champion, briefly suspending them and all surrounding Airborne enemies mid-air as he damages them. Once he lands, Yasuo gains significant armor penetration against his enemy's bonus armor for an extended period of time.

Gameplay

Yasuo's a sustained damage fighter with high mobility, strong utility and damage output that ramps up the longer he survives in combat. The tradeoff here comes in the form of low damage during Yasuo's early game.

Mid lane

Yasuo's early game fragility makes him a champion best suited for the shortest lane on Summoner's Rift: mid. He farms safest here, concentrating on building up his experience and gold as he itemizes his way to domination. But even though Yasuo is at his weakest in the early game, his strength and mobility still has the potential to surprise his enemies. Yasuo can use Steel Tempest to last-hit from a relatively safe distance, and if he needs to secure backline minion gold, quick consecutive casts of Sweeping Blade send him dashing to and from, with Way of the Wanderer's shield absorbing some of the inevitable incoming damage. Yasuo can use Sweeping Blade as a handy escape during gank attempts, too: if he's caught between the enemy melee and caster minions, using the ability to dash back towards his own turret should help dissuade all but the most stubborn of junglers from pursuing.

And when the winds change direction, careful timing turns Yasuo into a deadly accomplice in friendly gank attempts. Stacking Steel Tempest properly and using Gathering Storm to toss his enemy skywards means initiation from the jungle is a relatively simple matter, and once the enemy's caught, Yasuo uses Sweeping Blade to dash in and get to work. Way of the Wanderer's critical strike boost help Yasuo's attacks sting, while if he's unlocked Last Breath, the additional damage and crowd control makes kills all the more likely.

Teamfights

A melee monster with damage that increases the longer teamfights last, Yasuo's first priority is to stack Gathering Storm while weathering the enemy team's initial onslaught. This is where Wind Wall comes into its own. Carefully positioning the wall between the enemy front and back lines allows Yasuo to engage on the less threatening tanks and bruisers, generating Gathering Storm stacks with liberal use of Steel Tempest. Once the third cast is ready, Yasuo repeatedly uses Sweeping Blade to rush through the entire enemy line and position himself beside or behind the enemy squishies. A final Steel Tempest casts them skyward, opening up Last Breath, a lethal ability for anyone caught in the whirlwind. Enemies that manage to juke away from Yasuo's whirlwind aren't necessarily safe from Last Breath: any knock-up abilities can be chained with the Yasuo's ult, making him hugely synergistic with champions like Cho'Gath, Malphite and Zyra. Once he's landed, Yasuo's huge bonus armor penetration buff, combined with the critical strike bonus from Way of the Wanderer, makes short work of even the tankiest of tanks.

Story

The story of a sword is inked in blood.
Yasuo is a man of resolve, an agile swordsman who wields the wind itself to cut down his foes. But this once proud warrior has been disgraced by a false accusation and forced into a desperate fight for survival. With the world turned against him, he will do everything in his power to bring the guilty to justice and restore his honor.

Once a brilliant pupil at a renowned Ionian sword school, Yasuo was the only student in a generation to master the legendary wind technique. Many believed he was destined to become a great hero. However, his fate was changed forever when Noxus invaded. Yasuo was charged with guarding an Ionian Elder, but, foolishly believing his blade alone could make the difference, left his post to join the fray. By the time he returned, the Elder had been slain.

Disgraced, Yasuo willingly turned himself in, prepared to pay for his failure with his life. He was shocked, however, to find himself accused not just of dereliction, but of the murder itself. Though confused and racked with guilt, he knew the assassin would go unpunished if he did not act. Yasuo raised his sword against the school and fought his way free, knowing his treason would turn all of Ionia against him. Now truly alone for the first time in his life, he set out to find the Elder's real killer.

Yasuo spent the next several years wandering the land, seeking any clue that might lead him to the murderer. All the while, he was relentlessly hunted by his former allies, continually forced to fight or die. His mission drove him ever forward, until he was tracked down by the one foe he dreaded most – his own brother, Yone.

Bound by a common code of honor, the two warriors bowed and drew their swords. Silently they circled one another under the moonlight. When they finally charged forward, Yone was no match for Yasuo; with a single flash of steel he cut his brother down. Yasuo dropped his weapon and rushed to Yone's side.

Overcome with emotion, he demanded to know how his own kin could think him guilty. Yone spoke: “The Elder was killed by a wind technique. Who else could it be?” Understanding swept over Yasuo as he suddenly realized why he had been accused. He professed his innocence once more and begged his brother's forgiveness. Tears streamed down Yasuo's face as his brother passed in his arms.

Yasuo buried Yone under the rising sun, but could take no time to mourn. Others would be after him before long. His brother's revelation had given Yasuo newfound purpose; he now had the clue that would lead to the true killer. Swearing an oath, he gathered his belongings and, with one last look at Yone's grave, set out with the wind at his back."

MasterZero
New Item Icons

New icons for Frost Queen's Claim, Spellthief's Edge Relic Shield, Emblem of Valor, and Face of the Mountain.

MasterZero
NEW CHAMPION AND SKIN SALE 11/19 - 11/22

Between November 19th and November 22nd, you'll be able to pick up.

SKINS Koi Nami for 487 RP
Augmented Singed for 487 RP
Lumberjack Sion for 260 RP

CHAMPS
Graves for 487 RP
Brand for 440 RP Singed for 292 RP

MasterZero
CHAMPION TEASER - A SWORD WITHOUT A SHEATH

"What is a sword without the man behind it? Teaching a swordsman to kill is simple. The true challenge lies in teaching him not to kill. When I watched my young brother Yasuo begin training, he breathed life into the blade at first touch. One heard whispers in the halls comparing him to the sword masters of old. But as he grew and his skills increased, so did his ego. He was impetuous and boastful; he ignored our master's lessons and knew nothing of patience. Fearing my brother had strayed too far from the way, I went not to warn him, but to make an appeal to his honor. I gave him a maple seed, our school's highest lesson in humility…one Yasuo seemed to have forgotten. A seed is just a seed, but given time one may come to know the beauty it holds within. Yasuo took my gift, and the following day he accepted a modest guard post. I had high hopes he would learn the patience and virtue required of a true swordsman. It was not to be. Today, Yasuo committed an act of treason by murdering the very person he was sworn to protect. He has betrayed his nation, his friends, and himself. Were it not for my actions, I wonder if he would have been swept down this dark path. But my task is not to question; I must bear the burden of my duty. At first light tomorrow, I set out to capture a sword without a sheath: my brother Yasuo."

MasterZero
New Player Landing Page Assets

There are a couple of new images tucked away in a new file from a PREVIOUS PATCH. You may have seen these pop up in yesterday's comment section and they are indeed there. They are aimed at helping new players and are likely a work in progress as it doesn't seem normally accessable.

MasterZero
New Icons

Nomad's Medallion and Frostfang have new icons.

MasterZero
NEW CHAMPION AND SKIN SALE 11/12 - 11/15

A new champion and skin sale starts tomorrow! Between November 12th and November 15th, you'll be able to pick up. Dragon Trainer Lulu for 675 RP
Blight Crystal Varus for 487 RP
Commando Xin Zhao for 260 RP
Volibear for 487 RP Renekton for 440 RP Olaf for 395 RP

MasterZero
FREE CHAMPION ROTATION S3 WEEK 41

Free to play champion rotation includes Ashe, Karthus, Soraka, Olaf, Nocturne, Ziggs, Riven, Varus, Jayce and Nami. These champions will be available for free play starting tomorrow!