Riot Games' ever-growing MOBA League Of Legends begins Season 2023 today, which will bring new rewards, new champions – along with some new looks at some old faces – and much more. At a recent preview event, we sat in as members of Riot's LoL team ran down everything coming to the game this year.
The biggest change to Ranked play will be the Ranked Reset, which will occur sometime between the two Ranked Splits. This reset will not be as substantial as the annual reset that occurs in January, but it will include more rewards than usual, specifically with players being able to earn full Ranked rewards in each Ranked split, including a pair of Ranked skins.
Ranked skins will also not require a Gold rank in order to be earned, as players who do not reach that rank will be able to earn the skins based on a certain number of Ranked games played dependent on the rank they do achieve.
Two new champions were confirmed for Season 2023: Milio, a male enchanter hailing from Ixtal; and the other Naafiri, a midlane Darkin assassin. No specific information about the champions was released – including what they look like – but Riot has said the two further the team's goal to make a "more diverse champion pool that's inclusive of all cultures, genders, and in-game skill levels."
Riot also confirmed that multiple existing Champions will receive mid-scope updates, in an effort to "modernize the roster overall." Two that were specifically named were Ahri, who will be receiving a full "art and sustainability update" (also known as an ASU), and Aurelion Sol, who will be undergoing a "comprehensive gameplay update" or CGU.
Multiple Champion skins will be coming to League for Season 2023, including new skins for Kalista, Aurelion Sol, Ivern, and Kled. Themed events will also return this year, with two announced themes being the brand-new Faerie Court skin set and the returning Dogs vs Cats skinline.
The first event of Season 2023 will be Lunar Gods and Mythmakers, which will add the following skins to the game in patches 13.1 and 13.2:
- Lunar Empress Ashe
- Lunar Guardian Kha'Zix
- Lunar Empress Qiyana
- Lunar Guardian Malphite
- Lunar Emperor Thresh
- Mythmaker Galio
- Mythmaker Garen
- Mythmaker Irelia (Legendary)
- Mythmaker Sivir
- Mythmaker Zyra
- Prestige Mythmaker Sivir
- Prestige Porcelain Lissandra
Season 2023 Kickoff Event
To commemorate the start of Season 2023, Riot Games will host a special two-day LoL Esports event featuring teams from multiple worldwide leagues, including the North American LCS, Europe's LEC, Korea's LCK, and China's LPL. The event has been confirmed to replace the annual League of Legends All-Star event.