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I have been playing LoL for way less than a year, and have no 'seasonal' items like the Snowdown or Harrowing versions of runes or limited skins. In anticipation of limited-time rune purchases around Halloween (or Harrowing in Runeterra), I'd like to estimate how much IP to stockpile until then.

Of course, I realize that asking for a future prediction is speculative; so I want to find out how much IP was needed to complete a set of seasonal runes for previous releases (esp. Harrowing, but I'd also like to have the Snowdown info as well)

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(820*9) * 3 + 2050*3 = 28290 IP = Max cost of a rune set ;-) –  Hystic Sep 13 '12 at 13:44
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Save up as much as the regular IP price for each rune you want to purchase. I would estimate based on the maximum costs for each kind of Tier 3 rune: Seals, Marks, and Glyphs cost at most 820 IP, while Quintessences cost at most 2050 IP.

Seasonal runes fall in at Tier 2.5, which are at best as good as Tier 3. Because of this, seasonal runes cost at most as much as their Tier 3 equivalents, although historically they have cost less.

For example, the Quintessence of Frosty Fortitude available during Christmas cost 1550 IP compared to the regular 2050 IP - a notable 500 IP less for the same stats.

For some historical value, you can check out the list of runes to see what Riot has done so far, and in particular the list of Quintessences has the IP prices recorded.

Riot will likely never create a completely unique seasonal rune in terms of stats; players generally frown upon any game-changing mechanic that is only available to purchase for a limited time, and Riot has been very conscious of that.

Also, make sure you are at least level 20 in time for the event so that you have access to the highest tier runes. Lower-level characters are not able to purchase higher tier runes in advance, although Riot has more recently released Tier 1.5 runes to cater to lower-level players.

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You are correct; You cannot purchase Tier 3 runes until level 20. –  Jeff Gohlke Sep 11 '12 at 23:15
    
I'm level 21 now, but that's a good point about not getting to purchase them otherwise :). Do you know how much IP was needed for a complete set of the Harrowing '11 runes? –  Alok Sep 12 '12 at 0:07
    
I can't remember I only bought a skin during Harrowing. I would guess if you wanted one of every Quint, that's about 8k IP. A full set of each quint is about 24k IP. –  Sadly Not Sep 12 '12 at 0:49
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