League of Legends is about to get some standardized pricing schedules! The changes are meant to help people accumulate more IP over time, as well as having opportunities to buy older champions at discounted rates.
Throughout Season 3 and the remaining preseason, Riot will aim to release a new champion ever 3-4 weeks, with 14-17 champions being planned for throughout 2013. This (slightly) extended period of time will allow players to get more IP in between champion releases, as well as allowing Riot to polish up champions before putting them up for play.
Also, when a new champion is released, the price will be set at a premium for the first week of release. This new price will be set at 7800 IP, which increases the price in terms of IP, but maintains the normal 975 RP cost. After the first week, the champion’s IP price will be reduced to the standard 6300 IP fare.
Why the new pricing scheme? Well, when a new champion is introduced, the oldest 6300 IP level champion will be permanently dropped to the 4800 IP level, allowing players to collect more champions faster. Also, with ever three champion releases, an additional champion from the 4800 IP level down range will be dropped to the next corresponding level. So that would mean 4800 IP becomes 3150 IP, 3150 IP becomes 1350 IP, and 1350 IP becomes 450 IP. RP levels for each level will also change accordingly.
Speaking of sales, the currently oldest 7 champions at the 6300 IP level are getting an immediate price reduction, effective immediately. Ezreal, Vladimir, Renekton, Nocturne, Lee Sin, Brand and Vayne will now be priced at the 4800 IP/880 RP level. Those who purchased any/all of the champions within the past 2 weeks as of now will be refunded the difference.