Riot will remove the ability to use loot shards to rent skins, champions, etc. in patch 12.6
The League of Legends loot system is a great way to reward the players, but it indeed has some flaws. Players who want to use their leftover event token to get some blue essence have to click so many times because there is no mass crafting system. On top of that, the buggy animations can make this even more painful.
But the most unnecessary ‘feature’ is the renting system. Players can activate a shard to rent a champion, skin, or ward skin for seven days. However, this feature is hardly used as it consumes the shard. Some new players unknowingly use this feature and lose their skin or champion shard.
Removing Hextech Renting System
In their 12.6 patch note, Riot officially announced that they are removing the renting system.
“Unrelated to the above, we’re removing the ability to activate loot shards to rent champions, skins, and ward skins for 7 days. Virtually no one used the rental system; many players didn’t even know it existed (heh). Any rentals that are currently active will still stay active for their remaining duration.
The ability to upgrade shards into permanents, reroll them into permanents, or disenchant them into essence is not affected by any of these changes.”
The idea to rent something was not wrong, but the execution was utterly useless. Instead of renting something for 7 days and consuming the shard, the option should have been to rent it for one match and not remove the shard.
So when players get a skin shard or champion shard, they should be able to try out that skin or champion for one game to see if they like it or not instead of looking at videos of it on youtube. Then they could decide to make it permanent or disenchant it.
Hopefully, Riot will bring back a better renting system in the future.