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Will Tribunal Return?

Let’s talk about the Tribunal, plus poros, Runeterra, and Face of the Mountain.

By Draggles, Fearless, Bioluminescence & Scathlocke

Welcome to Ask Riot! Have a question?

This week, let’s talk about the Tribunal, plus poros, Runeterra, and Face of the Mountain.


Is tribunal ever coming back?


The tl;dr is Tribunal isn’t coming back any time soon.

We learned a lot from Tribunal when it was around, and it actually became one of the bases of our current models for abusive chats. A player-voted service like Tribunal comes with two huge drawbacks that are really tough to get around, though:

  1. It’s slow and inefficient. Manual reviews require pulling those chat logs out to the website, waiting for responses from enough players, and deciding on a penalty from there, while the current automated systems can send out penalties in less than 15 minutes.
  2. It’s sometimes wildly inaccurate (especially when there was an IP reward per “successful” penalty, leading to a super innate bias in the system).

There’s a couple of things Tribunal brought that we know we haven’t tackled in a big way, like more focus on trolling and intentional feeding detection (though we are continuing to iterate on how we detect these) and more agency to make it feel like you’re really having an impact on unsportsmanlike behaviors.

We’re making a lot of progress with dodgy chat content and the new name filtering service with our automated models, but we do still need you to hit the report button when you see bad shit to help us gather information on what you don’t want to see in League. It really does make a difference.

Comms Strategist, Metagame Systems

Will you return face of the mountain in the future? We have twin shadows and shurelya’s, but no face of the mountain


Face of the Mountain’s biggest sticking point was that it frequently felt like a less-strong version of other defensive items, most noticeably Locket. At the same time, FotM allowed for some really egregious shield stacking when used with Locket. Twin Shadows and Shurelya’s have less direct overlap with other items, so there was more space to bring them back. That doesn’t mean that we’ll always be happy with those two items, or that we’ll never find a version of Face of the Mountain that we could bring back, but that’s the reasoning we’ve had so far.

Senior Designer, Game Systems

Is Runeterra flat?


No. It’s an oblate spheroid.

If you were to sail off the western side of the map, you might eventually arrive at Bilgewater in the east, but there’s a lot more of Runeterra than just what we’ve seen so far…

Senior Level Designer

What do you call a large group of poro? Pack? Herd? Or rather swarm?


A group of poros is known as a fluft, which is possibly the most adorable collective noun in all the languages of Runeterra.

For many weary inhabitants of the Freljord, retiring to greener pastures and becoming a poro herder would be a dream come true…

Lead Narrative Editor

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