Super Evil Megacorp released the patch notes for Vainglory [Free] update 3.1, which will activate starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Thursday, March 15th. Update 3.1 contains the 5v5 Ranked and Draft modes, the new hero Tony, the return of Halcyon Days, and a bunch of balance changes as well.
Super Evil Megacorp is working on a video covering Ranked and Draft to explain more, but expect the modes to function similarly to how they did for 3v3. With 5v5 bringing massive changes to the way that palyers interacted wtih the game, giving folks a few weeks to just play 5v5 and get used to how things operate seems like a superior option in comparison to just opening up Ranked, and creating that casual/competitive split right away. Now, everyone’s gotten to mingle and learn, and can check out Ranked and use the Draft well based on experience. SEMC does say that season transitions will impact Ranked progression for both 3v3 and 5v5 modes.
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The new hero Tony is described as a dwarven brawler, using taunts and various abilties to deal massive damage in quick order. He’s a slow rumbler, but for those who like dealing the pain, he’s your guy. It will cost ICE to purchase Tony at first, though you can get a special bundle with his Rare Steam Knight skin for 1275 ICE, a 15% discount. One new skin is available: ‘Anubis’ Baptiste.
The Halcyon Days event runs from March 14th until March 20th. Each ‘day’ begins at 5:00 PM PDT. If you login to the app, you’ll get a reward for each day you login. Also, if you make any purchase during the event or the 30 days before Halcyon Days, you’ll get an extra reward. Players can now skip the tutorial. Also, those miscreants in the Low Priority Queue can’t play in Ranked until they fulfill the requirements to leave the LPQ.
You can check out the full patch notes, and see the bug fixes and improvements. The full list of balance changes will be available in the app when ready. Keep an eye on your app store of choice for Vainglory, as the 3.1 update should roll out soon, and activate starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Thursday.