Karma players will be getting a new skin that will directly help support the League of Legends esports scene. When Conqueror Karma hits the client for all to purchase, a portion of the skin's proceeds will contribute to the MSI 2017 prize pool.
League of Legends has seen success by pooling money through skins in the past. Most recently, Championship Zed helped contribute a little over $2 million towards the World's 2016 prize pool.
Riot really had the chance to sit down and hash out some of the problems they've encountered with previous skins directly tied to esports. Riot Katana, a product manager focusing on esports in-game content had the following to say about the changes.
- The theme was a bit unclear - Many players didn’t realize these skins were connected to esports because they didn’t line up with a major event visually or in timing
- A start of season launch didn’t make as much sense as MSI 2017 - When we created the Challenger skin line we had never even held an MSI, so the start of the esports global season seemed like a natural fit. As MSI’s identity developed over the last few years, it made more and more sense for the spirit of our second largest event to shape the skin. We don’t want to significantly overhaul two skins that a lot of players enjoy as-is, so we decided to make the change going forward, but not alter Ahri and Nidalee.
They went with the term "Conqueror" as a reflection of all the regions clashing against one another. There can only be one Conqueror at MSI 2017.
So why Karma? According to Riot Katana, it has a lot to do with who's being played a lot and how popular they are. She also crushed the hopes of many toxic players out there and said, "Sorry guys, probably no Championship Teemo anytime soon."
Conqueror Karma is available on the PBE alongside Cosmic Dusk Xayah, Cosmic Dawn Rakan, and Cosmic Blade Master Yi.
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