Why do I start at Honor level 2?
The Honor update's a fresh start for everyone. Unless you have an active penalty you still need to ride out, it's the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and earn free loot just for playing to win.
Do I need to do anything special to progress?
Honor levels are all about consistency. Just show up, don't be an asshole, and you'll rise over the coming weeks and months. We have different rewards and celebrations prepared for players who are highly honored in specific games or over the course of a season.
If I get no Honors, do I still level up?
You will, just a little more slowly than those who rack them up like crazy.
If I vote for my teammates does that contribute to my Honor levels?
Yes, but you’ll need a little help. A whole team gets a slight bonus to their honor level if every teammate votes. Just like the game, you win or lose as a team.
Do I get better rewards at higher Honor levels?
At level 2, you get all the key fragments you normally would. At level 3, you unlock Honor Capsule drops and loading screen flairs. At levels 4 and 5, your loading screen flair and honor emblem grows in prominence. We plan to refresh and add to Honor rewards as time goes by.
Can I game the system and boost to level 5 by constantly playing with a premade and honoring each other every game?
That’s a great idea. Luckily, we’ve broken a few systems in our day, too. So we specifically built Honor so potential exploits like this give you (and your friend) literally no benefit.
When will I level up?
As you consistently play games and are awesome to your teammates, your Honor level will incrementally rise (even without getting honors). Being honored by your teammates slightly boosts the progression.
I'm spooked about key fragments. Can you give me all the changes?
Sure can. First, they drop through Honor now. The idea here is to give them a proper home, rather than just having them drop through arcane calculations at the end of your games.
Get all your key fragments by doing two simple things: Playing games, and avoiding Instant Feedback penalties like chat restrictions and bans. That's it. It's an intentionally low bar, because we want you to get your stuff. You don’t need to be honored by teammates to get keys. Individual honors are connected to other rewards like loading screen flairs. Keys can drop whether you win or drop the game. Key fragments no longer drop at end of game screen. They'll hit while browsing the client or on login.
Do I get more or less key fragments with this change?
The overall number of key fragments you unlock isn't changing, but the drops should feel more evenly spread across the month. Key gluts and droughts should be smoothed out.
So, should I just relog to get my key frags?
No. It won't work like that, and it'll be a profoundly boring way to spend your time with League.
Will I just get keys by idling with the client on?
Not just by idling. You need to play games to get key fragments. So for instance, If you spend your Saturday playing games and leave the client on overnight, you might wake up to a nice surprise. If you just boot up your client and don’t play games, you won’t get any key fragments.
So, they'll just show up sometimes?
Yep. Just like a fed Twitch coming out of stealth.
Are there any changes to chests with Honor?
Not a single change! Just like before, they’ll be locked away for a bit if you’ve been penalized.
Loading screen flairs
How do I get a loading screen flair?
First, hit level 3. Then earn honor from two premade teammates or one stranger in one game. The flair will unlock for your next matchmade game.
My flair disappeared after one game, why?
They’re meant to show off that you’re coming off a great game, so they only last one game. Once you're level 3 or better, get an Honor from two premade teammates or one stranger to unlock flair in your next game.
Is there a cooldown on loading screen flairs?
Nope. If you keep earning honors, you'll keep your flair across each game you rock the Rift and earn honors.
Will I get a different loading screen flair per category?
Not today, but that's a damn good idea.
Do they get bigger like Champ Mastery?
They do! At level 4 and 5 the flairs grow.
What kinds of rewards are in the Honor capsules?
The minimum loot in an Honor Capsule is two key fragments. There's a chance to get more key fragments, and there's a high rate of champ shards, too. At the top end, there's a rare shot at the Honor-exclusive skins, Medieval Twitch and Grey Warwick. If you nab the skins, they unlock for free, and you'll get the champ if you don't already own them.
How do I get Honor Capsules?
Once you earn level 3, they'll drop randomly. Once you get the notification, pop on over to the Loot tab to crack it open.
Do Honor Capsules need keys to open?
Nope. They're basically key-free chests.
I already have Medieval Twitch and Grey Warwick skins! What do I get instead?
If you already have those skins, you’ll still get a chance to pick up some new champions through champion shards in Honor Capsules, with more rewards coming through them over time. Also, Honor-exclusive loading screen flairs let others know when you’ve received honors from teammates and you’ll unlock even more rewards at the end of the season.
Penalties and locks
How do I drop a level in Honor?
Penalties. Drawing a chat restriction or outright ban will drop your level, and lock your Honor level and rewards. If you’re level 3 or higher, you’ll drop back to level 2. If you are level 2 or below, a penalty knocks you down one level.
What do you mean by lock my Honor level and rewards?
You'll see a lock on your Honor level in your profile. This means you aren't making any progress to the next level, and you won't receive any rewards. Unlock your Honor level by putting clean games in. You’ll get a notification when you’ve unlocked your Honor level.
What's the deal with level 1 and 0?
If you fall below level 2, you were hit with a penalty or two, and the first step is to put in clean games to unlock your Honor level. Once you do, your games help you climb back to better rewards, just like how it’s worked since Loot launched.
Are rewards cut for these levels?
At level 1, you earn many less key fragments than normal. At level 0, also known as Dishonorable, you earn nothing at all. It’s a bummer, but you can bounce back just by getting clean games in.
How does Honor work if I transfer my account across servers?
Unfortunately, Honor won’t transfer. You’ll start on your new server at level 2.
What happens to my old honor ribbons?
They're going away because this is a total system overhaul. Think of this like a Galio-level champ rework, just for a system instead.
What about my old Honor points?
What do I get for my old honors?
We're prepping a small parting gift for those who participated in Honor 1.0. We’ll share more details once Honor is live around the world.