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Season Eight (2018) is the eighth ranked season in League of Legends. Preseason started on November 8, 2017 with patches V7.22, V7.23, V7.24, V7.24b. The first patch of this season's patch cycle was released on January 10, 2018 (V8.1). The competitive season started on January 16, 2018 and ended on November 12, 2018 (V8.1V8.22).

Game Changes

Game Mode
Health bars
  • New in-game states on health bars.
The Store
  • New Hextech Crafting Masterwork Chest.png Masterwork Chest
Gameplay System
  • Honor reset and new Honor rewards.
  • Starting semiannual Essence Emporiums
  • Hextech Crafting:
    • Reveal reward dropping chances.
    • Additional special rules.
    • Ultimate Skin.png Ultimate and Hextech Skin.png Mythic skins now dropped as permanent.
    • 1 Gemstone Rare Gems Gemstone can be exchanged to a Hextech Crafting Masterwork Chest.png Masterwork Chest instead of Hextech Crafting Chest.png Hextech Chest

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Forge Your Path


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Starting with Season 2018, Runes and Masteries are being combined into a single, streamlined system, which combines elements of both. Summoners may choose two from a selection of 5 Paths, which are thematically similar to the three Mastery Trees from previous seasons.

  • Precision icon.png Precision (Improved attacks and sustained damage)
  • Domination icon.png Domination (Burst damage and target access)
  • Sorcery icon.png Sorcery (Empowered abilities and resource manipulation)
  • Resolve icon.png Resolve (Durability and crowd control)
  • Inspiration icon.png Inspiration (Creative tools and rule bending)

Each Path is structured like a Mastery Tree, with each branch (now Slot) providing a unique selection of runes.

The new system is available to summoners of all levels at no cost and can be customized in champion select, similar to Masteries. However, players may only have a limited number of saved pages but may purchase additional pages for convenience. IP Influence Point and RP RP purchased made prior to September 2017 will be partially compensated.

1 Rune Page.pngRune Pages
  • Epic Capsule

    Epic Skin.png Mystery Epic Skin for every 4 Rune Pages purchased with Riot Points RP Riot Points (rounded up).
  • 1500 BE 1500 for Rune Pages purchased with Influence Points IP Influence Points.

You still keep your Rune Pages in the new system.

Marks, Seals and Glyphs.pngTier 3 Marks, Seals and Glyphs
  • 100 BE 100 for purchases before Season 2017.
  • Full Refund for purchases during Season 2017, up to August 31st.
Quints.pngTier 3 Quints
  • 300 BE 300 for purchases before Season 2017.
  • Full Refund for purchases during Season 2017, up to August 31st.
Harrowing Quint.pngSnowdown Glyph.pngSnowdown Mark.pngSnowdown Quint.pngSnowdown Seal.pngMore.png

Limited Edition Runes


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The leveling and rewards system is being overhauled to better facilitate unlocking champions, which are now the only item within the store that can be purchased with Influence Points IP Influence Points. Firstly, Influence Points IP Influence Points and Blue Essence BE Blue Essence are being combined into a single currency, Blue Essence BE Blue Essence.

  • Removed Summoner Level limit.
  • Removed End-of-game currency.
  • New Levelling Capsule each time you level-up.
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Leveling capsules contain champion shards and Blue Essence BE Blue Essence. At special milestones, such as 25, 50, 75 and 100, you will earn additional rewards like Rare Gems Rare Gems Rare Gems and Emotes. The champion shards earned scale with champion level, with newer players more likely to receive beginner-suitable champions.

To accommodate this:

  • A player's current BE Blue Essence is multiplied by 6.5.
  • A player's current IP Influence Point is converted 1:1 into Blue Essence BE Blue Essence.
  • Disenchanting Champion Shards now gives slightly less BE Blue Essence.
  • Removed Rerolling champion shards into champion permanents.
  • Store costs are unchanged - e.g. items that previous cost 6300 IP 6300 now cost 6300 BE 6300.
  • Enchantment costs multiplied by 6.5 - e.g. unlocking a 975 RP 975 Champion shard now costs 4,385 BE 4,385 (up from 675 BE 675).
  • First Win of the Day is now a Mission that grants 575 Experience.

End of Season Event

To give players something on which to spend all that compensation BE compensation, Riot hosted the first Essence Emporium, which included the extremely rare Urfwick Urfwick skin for 150,000 BE 150,000. This sale lasted until from November 8th to November 27th.[1] For more information, see the main article.

Participation Rewards
Rune Enthusiast Ward.pngExclusive Rune Enthusiast Ward Awarded to:

Defender of the League Emote.pngChampion of the League Emote.pngConqueror of the League Emote.png

Exclusive Veteran Emotes

  • Awarded by accumulating 500, 1500 or 2500 hours of Game Time prior to Season 2018.

The awarded Emote does not evolve based on future game time.