Champion Mastery in League of Legends

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Champion Mastery in League of Legends

What is Champion Mastery?

Champion Mastery is a new feature in League of Legends that has been live on the PBE (Public Beta Environment) since March 11th. It is due to be released to all live servers soon – although it is unclear exactly when. Champion Mastery was created by Riot to allow players to earn rewards for their most played champions and to show which champions are their mains. It adds a different element to the game, taking in to account both your own and your teams performance when calculating your Champion Mastery points and rewards.

Champion Mastery is an exciting development for League of Legends, as it is the first truly new feature added to the game for some time (although the recent URF Mode re-release was pretty cool!). Community reaction to the new feature has been overwhelmingly positive, although some players do think other features perhaps deserve more attention (such as replays or a sandbox mode).

Below we’ll take a look at what the new Champion Mastery system contains, how it works and what rewards you can unlock with it. After you master your champion, why not check out how to get to Diamond in Lo?

How does Champion Mastery work?

With its release on the PBE, Riot have given us all the details of how Champion Mastery works and what we can expect when it goes live. In essence, there are three main parts to the Champion Mastery feature:

  • Grades
  • Levelling Up
  • Rewards

Unlike League Points (LP), Champion Mastery will never decay – once you achieve a given rank you will never fall below it.

Grades

Grades in Champion Mastery are ranked from D through to A (with S unlock-able as the highest rank) as shown in the image below:

Champion Mastery Grades in LoL
As shown above, you gain experience after each match which helps to boost your grade. The amount of experience and thus your grade that you gain are based on a number of factors around your overall in-game performance, including champion played and the position in which you played the champion (with more experience gained for playing champions in their proper positions).

Levelling Up

As you gain experience you will level up your Champion Mastery scores. Your overall Champion Mastery score will be visible in your profile for anyone to see, and is the total off all your Champion Mastery grades combined. You can see an example of this in the image below:

Champion Mastery in LoL

Rewards

Rewards are the main feature of Champion Mastery and have 5 unlock-able tiers. Tiers 1 to 3 will provide you with the Champion Mastery crests below, whereas tiers 4 and 5 will contain unique rewards. The image below details the Champion Mastery tiers.

Champion Mastery Tiers

Tiers 4 and 5 unlock the following unique rewards:

  • Loading Screen Badges
  • Custom Emotes (one for each champion)
  • Custom announcements (one for each champion)
  • Profile banner

As of May 2016 Riot added Mastery level 6 and 7 to the game. This enhances the players mastery icon emote to look more complete. You can see the images below.

 League of Legends Mastery Icons

Riot have stated that they plan to introduce more Champion Mastery rewards in the future. What these rewards will be remains to be seen, but community suggestions have included ideas such as custom skins or unique profile icons.

Champion Mastery Video

The video below is an example of in-game Champion Mastery rewards (custom emotes and announcements).

Is Champion Mastery a good addition?

Although it seems like a great new feature, some users have been complaining about the introduction of Champion Mastery. The reasoning behind this is that Riot should be focusing more on features actually requested by the community, such as:

  • Replay systems
  • Sandbox mode
  • Bug fixes
  • Fixing the divisions/league system

Whether or not Champion Mastery will be well received by the community as a whole remains to be seen, but we certainly think it is a positive addition to the game and look forward to its release on the live servers. Now that you can be rewarded for mastering your favourite champions, why not check out how to get to Diamond in LoL and make use of your new mastery!

What you do think about Champion Mastery? Should Riot be focusing on more requested features? Let us know in the comments below!

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