Vainglory Heroes

Summer Update (1.20) Notes: Enter The Bots

by Dash on July 25, 2016
Since 1.19 released, we’ve seen a lot of changes brought on by new items, new gameplay mechanics and the meta-shifting new hero, Lyra. So in Update 1.20, we’re giving you a chance to catch your breath and digest the changes while focusing on a much-needed feature: smart bots. The next new hero, the spell-slinging dark mage Samuel, will hit in 1.21. In the meantime, now is a great time to chill out with easier ways to obtain Sunlight, faster play options and improved bots that will follow your shot-calls better than anyone on your Friends list. Grab a drink and a spot by the pool. Update 1.20 is going to be a welcome breeze …

Introducing The Second Exclusive: Summer Party SAW!

Look who’s joining the party: The Update 1.20 mystery skin is Summer Party SAW, who will make a splash on July 27 with his Gracie water gun and all-new effects and animations.

Skin Highlights (How SAW Likes To Party)

  • Gracie transformed into a freakin’ big water gun!
  • All-new idle animation
  • Floaties for maximum safety
  • Face-smashing water balloon dominance
  • ...
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Squid Ink: Visual Skill Tier vs Matchmaking Rating

by Dash on July 21, 2016

In this new regular column, Vainglory Senior Editor BicycleSquid highlights interesting, confusing, complex or obscure aspects of Vainglory. If you’d like to see a topic covered, let him know here.

weren’t on the same page during the match; I mean their Visual Skill Tier (VST) was waaaay below yours. Why would the Matchmaker place a “Pinnacle of Awesome” player, for example, in a match with someone “Just Beginning”?! Well, there’s actually a very specific reason why this might happen, in the context of the seasonal skill resets.

During a three-month season, you play Ranked matches. When you win, you’ll make Visual Skill Tier progress and climb from “Just Beginning” toward “Vainglorious.” When you lose, your progress bar or tier may decline, depending on the difficulty of your opponent. Throughout the season, you do the best you can, win as often as you can, and ultimately score a trophy at season’s end immortalizing your highest rank. Then, your visual skill tier resets all the way to “Unranked,” and you begin the climb again when the next season starts. This part, players understand pretty well.

But while playing Ranked, your wins and losses also impact your...
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