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The new League of Legends patch (1.42.34) added in a "Kill Stream" (as well as a lot of other neat UI cleanups. It looks very pretty now, but I digress...) in addition to the announcements of "So and so has slain such and such" etc.

There appear to be at least three separate kill icons - A blue fireball, a yellow sword, pointing downwards, and a red sword, pointed right.

What do each of these kill icons represent?

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All I can tell is that Riot fails at symbols. Nobody seems to know; not here, or here, and even the Community Rep that replies doesn't even bother to clear it up. – Nick T Aug 25 '11 at 4:35
I had the same question playing last night. I also saw a series of blue swords, as if it was swinging. You can see that one here. – StrixVaria Aug 25 '11 at 11:15
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[W]e went with kill, streak, streak ended.

LoL UI Designer

And from their published screenshots here and here:

  • Single Yellow Sword: Kill
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  • Multiple Blue Swords: Kill Streak
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  • Downward Sword: Breaking someone's kill streak
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The background is if it was a kill for your team (green) or theirs (red)

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Weird. I mean, I think this is probably correct, but in the one game I've played post-patch, the downward sword showed up on the 2nd kill (after our fiddles dived the tower for firstblood) so I think it might have more to do with bounty (i.e., the kill is 300g+) than a kill streak per se. Will try to verify that. – Raven Dreamer Aug 25 '11 at 19:22

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