The Howling Abyss is getting a “little bit of VFX love,” according to VFX artist Kevin “Sirhaian” Leroy.
Sirhaian outlined numerous tweaks to League of Legends‘ ARAM mode in a lengthy Twitter thread today, cleaning up older effects for clarity. While there are a few changes, the most notable include clearer Snowballs and Poro-snax.
The Snowball summoner spell will become more modern and readable, showing two separate effects to differentiate between a hit or miss. Those animations are currently the same, making it difficult to tell if your snowball hit true. When a target is tagged, there will also be a “reactivation effect” to let you know when you start dashing toward them.
Players will also visibly see their Poro-snax being thrown to the closest Poro, adding “cute SFX” and hearts that float around their head when fed. And there will be a more “ceremonial” Poro explosion after they’ve been fed 10 times.
In addition, Health Relics will have a new floating, pick-up, and heal VFX. And players who respawn will see a more modern blue streak.
The VFX changes will go live with Patch 11.8, which should deploy on April 14, according to the official patch schedule. But players can test them out on the PBE starting tomorrow.
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