Originally Posted by Hippalus
Hi, Hippalus here. For those looking to rage about ward skins being available for rental only, let's do it on this thread.
The long term plan if the experiment is successful is to have ward skins available for permanent purchase at a reasonable price (similar to regular skins). But, the problem with selling a new type of permanent content without testing it first is that it doesn't work for some reason (lack of interest, interferes with gameplay), there is no good way to remove it because it has been permanently sold to players.
My idea was to test ward skins as part of an event, in a way that would make it easier to end the experiment if it doesn't work, hence ward skins at a reasonable price for a week or two during the Harrowing/Shadow Isles. Is it a perfect experiment? No. Does it hurt players? I don't think so. Players who are against the concept of rentals should feel free not to participate, but I hope to still gather enough data and feedback to help us decide if ward skins should become a permanent or temporary part of the game going forward.
With all due respect I was excited as HELL to get ward skins for IP. I was thinking "Yay! I can buy something, with IP for an event, so my wards will look special forevermore!" When I found out they were just temporary I was immediately disappointed and shocked at what I considered a blatant waste of IP. Why would I ever spend IP on something temporary? Hell I consider IP and Experience boosts colossal wastes of money as it is and would only ever buy Skins and MAYBE some champions I desperately wanted with RP.
Long story short I expect you'll get very skewed results on the interest levels of ward skins the factors you're presenting are VERY different from what the intended reality will be.
Factors to keep in mind:
IP vs RP costs
Permanent vs Temporary
Event Exclusivity vs Commonplace
As someone who spends very little on RP, I was excited to get something special with my IP. The prospect of it being temporary and now an RP purchase ruined the idea for me.