Arc XI: Kin-Fire
The eleventh Factions arc, Kin-Fire, began on 11 October, 27 CLE. The Freljord and the Shadow Isles are battling for control of an artifact that guides Freljordian spirits back from the afterlife’s journey.
Wait, What’s Factions?
Factions is a game mode and community lore initiative in which Summoners declare for a faction (such as Ionia or Bilgewater) and fight matches using faction-specific Champion lists. All levels are welcome, and anyone can start or join a scored match on behalf of their faction whenever they like. The story plays out according to match outcomes and player decisions in interactive lore events. Each “chapter” (also “arc” or “storyline”) lasts about three months, and features a different dispute before the League involving a different set of playable factions.
Read on for information on how to sign up and join the fight.
Remember: no matter which factions you fought for in previous arcs, you can freely decide on any faction you like this time around. Similarly, your allegiance in this dispute will not bind you in future arcs.
Getting into a Match
I have two main suggestions:
- Join our Discord server, and visit the #match-creation channel.
- Friend some people from the Summoner list.
Also, be on the lookout for “random” friend invites and custom game invites.
Do I have to stick with the same faction forever?
Declarations only stand for the course of the storyline. (Storylines typically run for 2-3 months.) While you can’t swap factions mid-storyline, you can (and indeed must) send in a new declaration for each storyline. For example, I started off with Demacia in Mirrorwater, then decided to fight for Demacia again in Ceruleana, then switched to Bandle City for Discord, then fought for Noxus in Shon-Xan, and then Zaun in Hextech Revolution.
My favorite faction isn’t in this storyline. What should I do?
Play your favorite faction in a Melee match.
What if I change my mind?
No backsies, Summoner. Once you declare, you are bound to fight for that Faction for the remainder of the storyline.
I’m not even ranked. Can I join?
Absolutely! We welcome all skill levels, and Factions is a great way for lower-Tier Summoners to play with and learn from those at higher Tiers. We adjust match point values to reflect skill differences, which keeps it fair. Besides, when it comes down to it, Factions is more about fun than hardcore tryhard competition. Let the all-chat jokes fly.