Frequently Asked Questions
Showdown is a Featured Game Mode where players battle in 1v1 and 2v2 fights on the Howling Abyss.
Games will be played in the Blind Draft game type. Each team has the opportunity to ban out three champions, after which the game proceeds to a Blind Pick phase. After both teams have locked in their picks, there will be an additional period of time in which the enemy picks are revealed to each team – this gives players a chance to adjust runes, masteries and summoner spells accordingly before the match starts.
You need to be Summoner level 10 or higher to participate in the Showdown.
Owners of 2012 and 2011 Snowdown skins will not receive compensation, as those skins were always communicated as Legacy skins that might return. Owners of 2010 and 2009 Snowdown Limited Edition skins will receive the following compensation within the first few days of this year’s event:
The loading screen treatment and the summoner icon design are based on the Roman numeral one to signify 1st edition.
Original owners of the Harrowing Limited Edition skins were compensated in October. Original owners of the Winter Games and World Cup Limited Edition skins will also receive the same compensation within the first few days of Snowdown, so they’ll have extra RP available for the holidays.
Mystery Gifting allows summoners to send their friends a surprise gift. There are two different kinds of Mystery Gifting during Snowdown this year. For 490 RP, you can send your friend a random Mystery Skin for one of the champions they own, OR you can send your friend a random Mystery Champion they don’t own. In either case, the gift will be worth at least 520 RP.
Any skin for any Champion that your friend owns is eligible as a Mystery Skin, as long as your friend doesn’t already own the skin and it’s currently worth 520 RP or higher and available in the store. This includes Legendary and even Ultimate skins! There are also some Legacy skins not for sale in the store that will be obtainable in the Snowdown Mystery Skin:
For a complete list of all the different skin types, check out our Guide to Champion Skin Types.
All champions that your friend doesn’t own valued at 520 RP or more are eligible.
*After you reach your limit, you're able to purchase a fourth mystery gift 24 hours after your first purchase, a fifth mystery gift 24 hours after your second purchase, and so on. The limit does not reset at midnight.
Nope, your friend can only receive skins for champions they already own. For example, your friend cannot receive Bad Santa Veigar if they don’t already own Veigar as a champion.
Your friend can only receive a skin that they don’t already own. No duplicate skins will be added to their account.
No, just like regular Gifting, anything received from the Mystery Gifting feature is non-reversible and non-refundable.
Mystery Gifting will be available throughout the duration of the Snowdown event.
Nope, sorry. :(
Yes! Rune pages can now be selected as gifts in addition to skins, champions or Mystery Gifts.
Snowdown ward skins will be free to use for the duration of the event, and can be purchased during the event for 640 RP. This means that after you’ve purchased the ward skins, you’ll keep them on your account permanently.
The Snowdown ward skins will be available to purchase during the event and for one week after the event ends.
There are five icons to earn during Snowdown:
Giftwrapped Poro: To earn the Giftwrapped Poro icon, you must win three matchmade games on Howling Abyss. Meaning, you must enter a queue (NOT a custom game), and win three games. For example, you can enter the Showdown queue or the ARAM queue, but you can’t create your own game on Howling Abyss and have it count towards your three wins.
Santa Gragas Cookie: You’ll earn this icon by sending any gift during Snowdown using the gifting (including Mystery Gifting) feature in the store.
Bad Gingerbread Veigar: To earn this icon, you must win a matchmade game as a premade team during the Snowdown event. For example, you’ll earn the icon if you and four friends queue up in Ranked 5s to do battle and emerge victorious, or if you queue up with a buddy and claim victory in a normal game. The key here is that the games must be matchmade against other players (so Co-op vs AI does not count).
Slay Belle Surprise: Wear a Snowdown skin during the event. Any former skin or any of the three new skins will work. Skins from other holidays, like Kitty Kat Katarina, however, would not. Here is the complete list of eligible skins:
Snow Teemo: When you unlock all four of the other icons, you’ll earn the Snow Teemo icon. Please be aware it may take up to three days after unlocking the fourth icon for Snow Teemo to show up.
The Snowdown summoner icons are added by script, so they may not be available on your account immediately after you unlock them. You should receive your icons no later than three days after the event ends.