Earlier today, Riot Games released several new updates, the highlights being the Battle for the Freljord, a new champion Lissandra, and an official RAM (random all mid) matchmaking mode for the Howling Abyss:
"Welcome to the frozen North - a windswept and war-torn region home to some of the most resilient people in all of Runeterra. Here, three great tribes vie for control of their icy homeland. The Avarosan, led by Ashe, strive to unite the Freljord under a banner of peace. The Winter's Claw, boldest and most warlike of the three, follow Sejuani on her campaign of conquest. And the Frostguard, secluded and mysterious, bide their time haunting ancient ruins alongside Lissandra, the Ice Witch. As they prepare for war, something ancient and sinister stirs deep beneath the earth, threatening to corrupt the land itself."
Choose your tribe
You can join the battle for the Freljord by declaring your allegiance to Ashe, Sejuani or Lissandra. At the start of the event, you'll be able to choose from the following three summoner icons:
Avarosan Winter's Claw Frostguard
Choose the tribe you want to support by selecting their banner as your summoner icon. Win 10 games without changing your icon, and you'll unlock it permanently. Win a game with a different tribal icon and you'll have to start over, so choose wisely!
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Choose your tribe FAQ
During the Freljord event you’ll have the opportunity to permanently unlock a summoner icon featuring the emblem of your favorite tribe. At the start of the event, all three tribes will have icons available. Winning games wearing the icon associated with your favorite will earn you points toward unlocking it permanently.
How do I unlock a tribe’s icon?
After accruing ten wins with a tribal icon, you'll permanently unlock an upgraded version. This upgraded icon is a badge of honor reserved only for loyal members of the tribe.
Which game types count toward my wins?
All matchmade games against human opponents count toward unlocking the banner of your chosen tribe. This includes all normal and ranked games on Summoner’s Rift, the Crystal Scar, the Twisted Treeline and the Howling Abyss.
Custom game or co-op vs. AI wins won’t help you join a tribe.
How long do I have to unlock my chosen icon?
The Freljord event will run until 5/14. Victories within this time period will count towards joining a tribe.
Temporary icons won’t be available once the event’s over, so be sure to join a tribe before time runs out.
What happens if I change my icon while accruing my 10 wins?
Playing a game with the icon of a new tribe will reset any progress you made toward unlocking any of the others. Non-Freljord icons have no effect on your progress toward joining a tribe.
How long after I complete my 10th win will I receive my icon?
It can take up to 48 hours for you to receive the icon of your chosen tribe. You’ll know you’ve successfully completed the process when you find an upgraded version of the tribe’s icon available in-client.
Can I unlock more than one icon?
No. You can only join one Freljord tribe, so choose your allegiance wisely.
You can switch tribes over the course of the event by winning 10 games with a new icon. At that point you’ll gain your new tribe’s icon, but lose your previous tribe’s icon.
I’m still confused. Can you give some examples?
Sure. Here are a few examples for the sake of clarity.
Morello wins seven games for the Winter’s Claw, then changes his mind and wins one game for the Avarosan.
Result – Morello currently holds one win toward unlocking the Avarosan icon. He needs nine more wins to join the tribe. If he switches back to the Winter’s Claw banner, he needs 10 wins to join them.
Phreak wins 10 games for the Frostguard, successful joining the tribe. He then wins nine games under the Avarosan banner.
Result – Phreak is still a member of the Frostguard, but he has nine wins toward unlocking the Avarosan icon. If he wins another game for the Avarosan, he’ll join that tribe and replace his Frostguard icon.
ByronicHero racks up 100 wins in a row, but changes his icon to a different tribe every time.
Result – ByronicHero doesn’t unlock any icons, because no tribe wants to be associated with a dirty, noncommittal flip-flopper like him. Don’t be like ByronicHero – join a tribe so you don’t get left out in the cold!