League of Legends will have a new emote function in Patch 7.18 in the Oceanic region, and all players will get one emote for free to start.
Emotes will go live on the OCE servers with Patch 7.18, which goes live Wednesday, and allow players will be able to equip their emotes of choice on the emote wheel located on the Collections tab. The wheel has five slots, and two extra slots for emotes that will flash automatically at the start of the game and after a win. The wheel’s default bound key is “T,” and the global release of the feature is expected to come in Patch 7.20.
The emote wheel was announced last month. With its beginnings as a limited-time feature during specific events and summoner icons, the development team turned it into another way players can communicate outside of the ping system that serves a purely functional purpose.
To celebrate the release, all players will receive the “Thumbs Up” emote for free, and the store will now have a section so players can buy emotes they want. A total of 20 emotes come with the launch, with a promise of more to come.
Worried about those opposing players who will flash certain emotes to show off or taunt you? Players can simply mute all enemy emotes from the settings menu if they wish or mute emotes of individual players in the scoreboard. The muting function extends to the champion mastery emotes, so if as player muted all enemy emotes, they will no longer see the mastery emote flashes.
It’s also important to note that certain emotes will be rewarded to players in the coming preseason. Players will have no level caps next season, with rewards going to players who reach certain milestones. One of those rewards will be exclusive emotes, and another will be gem stones.
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