The League of Legends loot system is a great way to get some free skins. The Hextech Chests and Masterwork Chests contain all kinds of cosmetics, everything from chromas to emotes and icons.

But the Masterwork Chests have a higher chance of dropping the Legacy skins such as Stinger Akali.

Purchasing Masterwork Chests helps you acquire a skin you can’t buy with RP anymore. But since they work on RNG only, you have no way of controlling what you’re going to get either.

Because of this, many players are wondering whether Masterwork Chests are simply worth the money or not? If you’re lucky, you may get tons of cool stuff that you actually need.

And if you’re unlucky, you may only get a ward skin or a pile of orange essence. 

So what should you do?

Well, let’s talk more in-depth about Masterwork Chests and what they can give you to determine whether they’re worth it!

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What Are Masterwork Chests?

Masterwork Chests in the loot system
Masterwork Chests in the loot system

Masterwork Chests are higher-quality chests that cost 165 RP or around $1.5., containing champion skins, ward skins, emotes, mythic essence, orange essence, and Masterwork sets.

And here’s how Riot Games describe Masterwork Chests in the game:

“The highest-quality crafting items available. Curated and approved by the master craftsman Ornn. Requires a Hextech Key to open.”

Alright, what does this mean?

Well, Riot states that Masterwork Chests are types of containers that only give you good rewards.

However, since they’re random, Masterwork Chests can also give you a skin or an emote that you already own. And it’s good to be aware of this before you make any purchase!

Now let’s check the exact numbers and percentages of all loot drops from both Masterwork Chests and Hextech Chests!

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Masterwork Chests vs. Hextech Chests – Drops & Differences

Masterwork Chest in League's store
Masterwork Chests official rewards

To understand the difference between Masterwork Chests and Hextech Chests in League of Legends, I’ve prepared two tables.

The information here has been confirmed by Riot Games themselves, so it’s accurate. Check out the drop chances!

  1. Masterwork Chest Drop Rate:
Type of DropDrop Chance
Skin Shard70%
525 Orange Essence10%
Emote Permanent10%
Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence10%
5 Mythic Essence3.5%
Mythic Skin Permanent0.04%
Masterwork Set10%
  1. Hextech Chest Drop Rate:
Type of DropDrop Chance
Skin Shard50%
Champion Shard25%
Ward Skin Shard + 150 Orange Essence11.5%
Summoner Icon Shard + 150 Orange Essence3.5%
Emote Permanent10%
10 Mythic Essence2.68%
Mythic Skin Permanent0.04%
Hextech Set (Chest + Key)10%

As you can see from these percentages, the two types of chests in LoL have different goals. 

First of all, the Hextech Chests has a decent chance to give you everything. And although skin shards are the most common drops, we often receive champion shards and ward skins from them.

But the Masterwork Chests aim to give you champion skins most of the time. Not only does it boost the drop chance of skins to 70%, but it also lowers the possibility for you to receive a champion shard.

And that is an important thing to consider when thinking about whether Masterwork Chests are worth it or not!

Can Masterwork Chests give prestige skins?

No. Masterwork and Hextech Chests DO NOT contain prestige skins in League of Legends. And Riot Games haven’t confirmed that they ever will!

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Are Masterwork Chests Worth the Money?

Different Prices and Bundles for the Masterwork Chest in LoL

Yes. Masterwork Chests are worth it if you’re trying to get multiple skins for a cheap price or you want some of the Legacy skins – the ones that you can’t buy anymore in LoL.

And although you won’t receive “good” rewards every time, their price of roughly $1.5 is justifiable.

And the only reason why Masterwork Chests may not be worth it is that they don’t give enough mythic essence.

Plus it’s all RNG and many of us really hate the idea of spending money on loot boxes and not getting anything valuable in return.

So if you already have a lot of skins on your account, or you’re not fishing for the Legacy skins, Masterwork Chests may not be worth it for you.

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I hope I helped you decide whether Masterwork Chests are worth it for you personally. 

And if you’ve decided to purchase some today, then you may be wondering “How many Masterwork Chests can you buy in a day?”. 

You can only buy up to 25 Masterwork Chests in a day. This rule is purposefully put by Riot Games to stop players from making irrational decisions and waste their money.

Buying and opening loot boxes can sometimes be as addicting as gambling, so this rule is really great.

And that’s all there is to know about Masterwork Chests in League of Legends!

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Last Update: April 27, 2024