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Patch 6.2 Notes

January 27th, 2016

 

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Patch 6.2 will be live in a few hours. Here are the official notes:

 

New Champion

Shen Rework

Balance

Store Content

Client

Miscellaneous

 

[ Note ] Radiant Wukong, Lunar Wraith Caitlyn & Morgana, the Rising Ward Dawn Skin and the four Lunar Revel Summoner Icons will be coming with this patch. You can find previews of them all HERE.

 

Don’t know when Patch 6.2 hits live? Here’s the maintenance schedule for all regions:

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Pwyff Final PortraitGreetings, Summoners.

Scarizard is taking a break from the patch notes, so you get me.

Before we get to the meat of things, let’s have a moment of silence for the passing of the old Mordekaiser vs. Master Yi art we stole from somewhere I can’t remember.

And now check out that awesome new art we stole from the 2016 season update! You cangrab it as a wallpaper here, which is nice.

Getting into the mix, 6.1 and 6.2 are our ‘preseason followup’ patches, and we’ve been pretty happy with how things are trending. We’re seeing some cool diversity picks in competitive games (little suspicious of that Lissandra support), a lot of major outliers are calming down (although Graves and a few others may need to be checked), and the season’s start is upon us.

In light of the above, 6.2’s very straightforward. The most exciting things I’d want to highlight (aside from the release of Jhin, the Shen update, and the Nunu buffs) are very ‘under-the-hood’ with the ward debris and wall collision detection changes. The wall collision changes are pretty important but self-explanatory, so go read the note. On the point of ward debris: we still firmly believe that there needs to be some way to learn one of the most critical (and often game-winning) systems in League of Legends, so shiny little ghost-wards is where we’re at. Clarity.

And that’s 6.2 wrapped up! We wish you the best of luck in your placement matches. If you’re struggling, try finding some like-minded friends to rank up with – just make sure they don’t owe you money or anything because if you start fighting over who threw the game at the 55 minute mark, feelings get hurt and Tyler will never pay you that $20 he owes unless you call him out publicly in the patch notes. FOR SHAME.

But seriously, find some friends and have fun! Good luck out there!

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JHIN THE VIRTUOSO

Jhin will be available for 7800 IP/975 RP on release. After a week his price will drop down to 6300 IP.  He’ll also be available for RP in a bundle with his release skin – High Noon Jhin.

 

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Jhin_Square_0 (1)

 

MODEL EMOTES

Jhin Model 1 Jhin Model 2

 

ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Jhin Recall 1 Jhin Recall 2

 

Jhin Final Portrait

General

  • Health: 540 [ +85 per level ]
  • Mana: 300 [ +35 per level ]
  • Auto-Attack Range: 550
  • Attack Damage: 53 [ +4 per level ]
  • Base Movement Speed: 325
  • Armor: 20 [ +3.5 per level ]
  • Magic Resist: 30 [+0 per level ]
  • HP-per-second: 1.1 [ +0.1 per level ]
  • Mana-per-second: 1.2 [ +0.16 per level ]

 

WHISPER PASSIVE

Whisper Final IconDeath in Four Acts: Jhin’s gun – Whisper – chambers four shots, which he fires at a fixed Attack Speed of 0.63 [+~3% per level]. The last bullet always crits and deals an additional 15-25% of the target’s missing Health as bonus physical damage. After firing the four shots, Jhin will pause to reload for ~2 seconds.

Every Moment Matters: Jhin’s crits deal 25% less damage, but grant him 10% [+0.4 of Bonus Attack Speed] Movement Speed which decays over 2 seconds. Also, Jhin’s Attack Damage is increased by ( 2-40 [scales with level] [+0.4 of Crit Chance] [+0.25 of Bonus Attack Speed] of Total AD ).

 

Jhin Passive 1 Jhin Passive 3

Jhin Passive 2 Jhin Passive 4

 

DANCING GRENADE Q

Cooldown: 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds || Mana Cost: 30/35/40/45/50 || Range: 600

Dancing Grenade Final IconJhin throws a cannister at a nearby targeted enemy, dealing 60/85/110/135/160 [+0.3/0.35/0.4/0.45/0.5 of Total AD] [+0.6 AP] physical damage. After landing, the cannister bounces up to four times on other nearby enemies. Killing an enemy with Dancing Grenade causes the following bounces to deal 35% extra damage, up to a maximum of 140% increased damage.

 

Jhin Q 1 Jhin Q 2

 

DEADLY FLOURISH W

Cooldown: 14 seconds at all ranks || Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 || Range: 2500

Deadly Flourish Final IconPassive: Enemy champions that have been struck by Jhin’s basic attacks, Captive Audience, or any allied damage are marked for 4 seconds.

Active: Jhin fires a massively long range shot that goes through minions and deals 50/85/120/155/190 [+0.7 of Total AD] to the first enemy Champion hit (deals 65% damage to minions and neutral monsters). If the enemy Champion has already been marked, Deadly Flourish will additionally root them for 0.75/1/1.25/1.50/1.75 seconds and Jhin will gain the bonus Movement Speed from his fourth-hit crit.

 

Jhin W 1 Jhin W 2

 

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE E

Cooldown: 2 seconds at all ranks || Cost: 40/45/50/55/60 Mana + 1 Charge

Range: 260 || Recharge Cooldown: 28/27/26/25/24 seconds || Maximum Charges: 2

Captive Audience Final IconBeauty in Death – Killing blows on Champions spawn a Lotus Trap which briefly provides vision of the area before exploding.

Jhin places a Lotus trap on the ground that turns invisible after arming. Enemy champions that walk over the trap trigger it, revealing them for 4 seconds and marking them with Deadly Flourish and creating a large slowing zone that slows for 35%. After 2 seconds, the trap detonates, dealing 20/80/140/200/260 [+1.2 of Total AD] [+1.0 of AP] to enemy Champions (minions and neutral monsters are dealt 65% damage).

 

Jhin E 1 Jhin E 2

 

CURTAIN CALL R

Cooldown: 120/105/90 seconds || Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 || Range: A lot

Curtain Call Final IconJhin fully assembles his weapon before taking aim in a target direction, revealing all marked targets in a huge area. He can then fire four rounds that stop at the first enemy champion struck, slowing them and dealing 50/125/200 [+0.25 of Total AD] physical damage, increased by 2% for every 1% of missing HP on the target hit. The fourth shot crits for double damage.

If Curtain Call is canceled, it has its cooldown lowered by 10% for every unfired shot, up to a 40% CDR if no shots have been fired.

 

Jhin R 1 Jhin R 2

 

Here’s Jhin’s Champion Select quote:

 

And his login animation by frostyNinja:

 

 

SHEN REWORK

Shen’s rework features a brand new passive, Q and W, tweaked values on E and R and a visual update, including new splash arts for all his skins:

 

Shen_Splash_0 Shen_0 (1)

Shen_Square_0

 

Shen Final Portrait

General

  • Health: 540 [ +73 per level ]
  • Energy: 400
  • Auto-Attack Range: 125
  • Attack Damage: 60 [ +3 per level ]
  • Base Movement Speed: 340
  • Armor: 25 [ +2.6 per level ]
  • Magic Resist: 32 [ +1.25 per level ]
  • HP-per-second: 2 [ +0.15 per level ]

 

MODEL Banner

Shen Model 1 Shen Model 2

 

AUTO ATTACKS Q AND W

 

KI BARRIER PASSIVE

Ki Barrier Final IconAfter casting a spell, Shen gains a shield that absorbs 52-120 [+14% of Bonus HP] damage for 2.5 seconds on a 10-second cooldown. Spells that successfully affect a Champion, be it ally or enemy, reduce that cooldown by 4-7.5 seconds [scales down with level].

Additionally, Shen gains a spirit sword that’s leashed to him. Shen can control the sword with his spells.

 

Shen Passive 1 Shen Passive 2

 

TWILIGHT ASSAULT Q

Energy Cost: 140/130/120/110/100 || Cooldown: 8/7.25/6.5/5.75/5 seconds

Twilight Assault Final Icon

Shen recalls and draws his spirit sword, slowing enemies hit by 35% if they move away from Shen in the next 2 seconds. Additionally, Shen’s next 3 basic attacks deal 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% [+0.015 AP] % of enemy’s Max HP as bonus magic damage.

Hitting an enemy Champion with the sword increases the damage to 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% [+0.02 AP] % of Max HP and also grants Shen 50% Attack Speed for those 3 attacks.

Minions and monters take 30/50/70/90/110 additional damage per empowered attack.

 

Shen Q 1

 

SPIRITS REFUGE W

Energy Cost: 40 at all ranks || Cooldown: 18/16.5/15/13.5/11 seconds

Spirits Refuge Final Icon

Shen’s spirit sword creates a field for 1.75 seconds, blocking all basic attacks that would hit Shen or allies inside of it. If there are no allied Champions inside the field, the spell will activate with a 2-second delay.

 

 

Shen W 1 Shen W 2

 

SHADOW DASH E

Energy Cost: 180 at all ranks || Cooldown: 18/16/14/12/10 seconds

Shadow Dash Final IconPassive: Shen recovers 30-40 energy whenever he deals damage with Twilight Assault [ Q ] or Shadow Dash [ E ].

Active: Shen dashes in a direction, dealing 50 [+12% of Bonus HP] physical damage to enemy Champions in his path and taunting them for 1.5 seconds.

 

STAND UNITED R

Energy Cost: 0 at all ranks || Cooldown: 180/150/120 seconds

Stand United Final IconShen channels for 3 seconds as he prepares to teleport to an allied champion anywhere on the map. As he channels, he grants his target a shield that absorbs 250/550/850 [+1.3 AP] damage for 5 seconds. Once Shen arrives, he brings his spirit sword with him.

 

 

BLOOD MOON SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_4 Shen_4

Blood Moon Shen Model 1 Blood Moon Shen Model 2

 

FROZEN SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_1 Shen_1

 

SURGEON SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_3 Shen_3

Surgeon Shen Model 1 Surgeon Shen Model 2

 

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TPA Shen Model 1 TPA Shen Model 2

 

WARLORD SHEN Banner

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Warlord Shen Model 1 Warlord Shen Model 2

 

YELLOW JACKET SHEN

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Yellow Jacket Shen Model 1 Yellow Jacket Shen Model 2

 

Shen’s also received updated in-client lore to complement his rework:

 

”The Eye is blind to fear, to hate, to love, to all things that would sway equilibrium.”

Leader of a secret clan of mystic warriors, Shen serves as the Eye of Twilight, entrusted to enforce equilibrium in the world. Longing to remain free from the confusion of emotion, prejudice, or ego, Shen continually struggles, spirit blade in hand, to walk the unseen path of dispassionate judgment.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalTwin Fang Final IconTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Casting the spell will no longer cancel Move or Attack orders.

 

 

 

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Nerf BoxMasochism Final IconMasochism [ E ]

  • Bonus AD decreased from 40/55/70/85/100 [+0.4/0.55/0.7/0.85/1 per 1% Missing HP] to 20/40/60/80/100 [+0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8/1 per 1% Missing HP]

 

Nerf BoxSadism Final IconSadism [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 75 seconds at all ranks to 100/85/70.

 

 

 

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General

  • Base Movement Speed in Human Form decreased from 330 to 325;
  • Base Movement Speed in Spider Form decreased from 355 to 350 (same change for spiderlings).

 

Nerf BoxVolatile Spiderling Final IconVolatile Spiderling [ W ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 75/125/175/225/275 to 60/110/160/210/260.

 

 

 

Fiora Final Champion Portrait

 

Change BoxDuelists Dance Final IconDuelist’s Dance [ Passive ]

  • Vital spawning now alternates between top-right and bottom-left sides, changed from spawning randomly.

 

 

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Nerf BoxCannon Barrage Final IconCannon Barrage [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 140/130/120 seconds to 160/150/140.

 

 

 

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Buff BoxFocused Resolve Final IconFocused Resolve [ W ]

  • Mana Cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

 

Khazix Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalVoid Spike Final Icon Void Spike [ W ]

  • Can now be ‘buffered’ mid-jump so that Kha’Zix can cast it slightly before landing;
  • If Kha’Zix attempts to cast both Void Spikes and Void Assault while mid-air, he’ll buffer only the last one he attempted to cast (not both, that would be too much).

 

Quality of Life Box FinalVoid_AssaultVoid Assault [ R ]

  • Same changes as with [ W ].

 

 

 

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Nerf BoxDance of Arrows Final IconDance of Arrows [ Q ]

  • Mana Cost increased from 30 at all ranks to 35.

 

 

Nerf BoxMounting Dread Final IconMounting Dread [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 80/110/140/170/200 to 60/90/120/150/180.

 

 

 

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Change BoxIce Blast Final IconIce Blast [ E ]

  • Damage decreased from 85/130/175/225/275 [+1.0 AP] to 80/120/160/200/240 [+0.9 AP];
  • Slow strength increased from 20/30/40/50/60% to 40/45/50/55/60%;
  • Attack Speed and Slow debuff duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2;
  • Mana cost decreased from 75/85/95/105/115 to 70/75/80/85/90;
  • Cooldown decreased from 6 seconds at all ranks to 6/5.5/5/4.5/4.

 

 

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Unseen_PredatorUnseen Predator [ Passive ]

  • When Rengar dashes, he will now land a small distance away from his target.

 

[ Context ] This is to prevent the mid-air Bola cast when on top of an enemy Champion.

 

Change BoxEmpowered_SavageryEmpowered Savagery [ 5-Ferocity Q ]

  • Total AD ratio decreased from 1.5 to 1.3;
  • Bonus Attack Speed and Attack Damage increased from 10% to 20%.

 

Nerf BoxBola_StrikeBola Strike [ E ]

While Rengar is dashing, Bola Strike will have a small cast delay.

 

 

Change BoxThrill_of_the_HuntThrill of the Hunt [ R ]

  • Range for exclamation mark to appear increased from 1250 to 1450;
  • When stealthed, Rengar will gain the Movement Speed buff, regardless of whether he’s moving toward an enemy Champion.

 

 

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Nerf BoxAn Acquired Taste Final IconAn Acquired Taste [ Passive ]

  • Stacks now remain on the target for 5 seconds, decreased from 7.

 

 

Nerf BoxAbyssal Voyage Final IconAbyssal Voyage [ R ]

  • Ratio on passive decreased from 4/6/8% of Bonus HP to 2/4/6%.

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Buff BoxAthenes Unholy Grail Final IconAthene’s Unholy Grail

  • Recipe Cost decreased from 565 Gold to 465 (Total Cost down from 2800 Gold to 2700).

 

 

Buff BoxCull Final IconCull

  • Attack Damage increased from 5 to 7;
  • Gold received for reaching 100 stacks increased from 300 to 350.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalCinderhulk Final IconEnchantment: Cinderhulk

  • Tooltip fix: now mentions the burn aura will only trigger while in combat.

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalFarsight Alteration Final IconFarsight Alteration

  • Mouse cursor now changes color depending on where you want to drop the trinket:

 

Red – impassable terrain, don’t put trinket there over penalty of playing Teemo;

Blue – regular terrain, trinket can be placed;

Green – trinket will be placed in brush.

 

Blue Trinket 1 Blue Trinket 2 Blue Trinket 3

 

Nerf BoxFrost Queens Claim Final IconFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90.

 

 

Buff BoxMorellonomicon Final IconMorellonomicon

  • Recipe cost decreased from 765 Gold to 615 (Total cost decreased from 2550 Gold to 2400).

 

 

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Change BoxAssassin FInal IconAssassin [ Tier 2 Cunning ]

  • Bonus damage when alone increased from 1.5% to 2%;
  • Bonus damage now only applies to enemy Champions, not minions and monsters.

 

Nerf BoxThunderlords Decree Final IconThunderlord’s Decree

  • Cooldown between procs changed from 20 seconds to 25-15 seconds (scales down with Champion level);
  • Window to stack 3 attacks/spells to proc the damage decreased from 5 seconds to 3.

 

 

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High Noon Jhin will be available for 1350 RP as soon as Jhin is released.

 

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ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

High Noon Jhin Model 1 High Noon Jhin Model 2

 

Recall Banner

High Noon Jhin Recall 1 High Noon Jhin Recall 2

 

WHISPER PASSIVE

High Noon Jhin Passive 1 High Noon Jhin Passive 2

High Noon Jhin Passive 3 High Noon Jhin Passive 4

 

DANCING GRENADE Q

High Noon Jhin Q 1 High Noon Jhin Q 2

 

DEADLY FLOURISH W

High Noon Jhin W 2 High Noon Jhin W 1

 

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE E

High Noon Jhin E 1 High Noon Jhin E 2

 

CURTAIN CALL R

High Noon Jhin R 1 High Noon Jhin R 2

High Noon Jhin R 3 High Noon Jhin R 4

 

 

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Beast Hunter Draven will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

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Beast Hunter Draven Model 1 Beast Hunter Draven Model 2

 

 

BEAST HUNTER SEJUANI Banner

Beast Hunter Sejuani will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

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MODEL Banner

Beast Hunter Sejuani Model 1 Beast Hunter Sejuani Model 2

 

 

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Beast Hunter Tryndamere will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

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MODEL Banner

Beast Hunter Tryndamere Model 1 Beast Hunter Tryndamere Model 2

 

 

New Summoner Icons

A few eSports summoner icons have been updated for Patch 6.2:

 

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We also have a new anchor icon, presumably for OCE’s Ocean week:

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LUNAR REVEL LOGIN ANIMATION

[ Note ] You can find the official Lunar Revel teaser and all the new themed content HERE.

 

The Lunar Revel login animation will be coming with Patch 6.2, as well as a Snowdown-type store. Here’s the video by frostyNinja:

 

Here’s the still from the animation:

Lunar Revel Still

 

And the music from the login theme:

 

Also, a Lunar Revel store is now in place of the Snowdown shop in the client. It functions the same way. Try your luck when 6.2 hits live!

Lunar Revel Store 1

 

 

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Keystone Masteries are now visible during the Loading Screen:

Champion Mastery Load Screen

 

 

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As promised when we launched New Champ Select, we’ve been working to improve the system based on our initial live data. Before we proceed, it’s worth noting that our downtime wasn’t caused by bugs in New Champ Select itself (hence the relatively low number of fixes listed here). Rather, the huge influx of traffic from both New Champ Select’s launch and the start of the 2016 ranked season caused New Champ Select’s underlying systems to fall over.

Now that we’ve reinforced these systems and New Champ Select is back online, here’s what’s new:

Interface Improvements

Adding a few tools back into New Champ Select which weren’t quite ready to go when we launched.

[ POOL PARTY COMP ] Skins are now purchasable in New Champ Select
[ LITERALLY B LUCIAN ] Chromas can now be selected in New Champ Select
[ YOU GOTTA WARD, THOUGH ] Ward skins can now be selected in New Champ Select

Matchmaking Improvements

These changes were made pretty quickly following the initial release of New Champ Select. We’re just making sure you know about them.

[ MATCHMAKING BALANCE ] Improved at all skill levels
[ QUEUE TIMES ] Reduced at the top end of the MMR spectrum
[ PREMADE EQUALITY ] 5-man premades are now matched up against other 5-man premades 98% of the time

 

 

WALL COLLISION DETECTION Banner

This is a change that has some implications (most good) in terms of how you flash over walls or place wards over walls, so we’re going to be transparent about what happened. Before this change: when someone tries to flash over or place a ward over a wall, the game tries to place you at the spot you want to go. If it can’t, it starts spiraling out (don’t ask why it was a spiral) before arriving at a concrete location. It then plops you at that location. Technically this is consistent, because the spiral is always the same so if you know the right spots you’ll always end up where you want – it’s just a matter of memorizing where. After this change: same thing, except if you can’t find a home in the wall, the system checks for the closest available spot and puts you there. Period.

What this means: flashing over and placing wards over walls should be far more intuitive as to what will ‘work’ or not work. If something used to work and it no longer works, that’s because it wasn’t supposed to in the first place (insufficient range) but the system was cheating it. For those situations, you’ll need to re-learn certain ‘ways’ of warding over walls to get consistency, but it should make a lot more sense.

[ YOU’RE WELCOME SCARRA ] Placing wards over walls or flashing over walls is now more logical and precisely calculated. Read the context, this patch note isn’t going to make sense.

 

WARD DEBRIS Banner

One major point of feedback we’ve gotten on ward debris is just how useless the information is. Basically, because these things stick around for so long, you end up with a lot of ‘junk’ data that doesn’t do much for learning habits.

This change is to streamline things. By showing clear, readable ‘phases’ in ward debris life, you should understand more about your enemy’s vision strategy and how it evolves over the course of time. This might not sound like a very exciting feature, but it totally is. We’re excited. Please be excited.

[ DEBRIS DURATION! ] 300 ⇒ 240 seconds
[ NEW DEBRIS VISUALS! ] Ward Debris now:
  • Brightly glows in the first 10% of its lifespan!
  • Stops emitting flames after 30% of its lifespan has passed!
  • Particle visibly changes and debris shrinks after 60% of its lifespan has passed!

 

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  • HUD font size now properly scales with HUD settings, rather than system DPI settings. Sorry, 4k users!
  • Fixed a bug where Sweeping Lens’s animation would play when walking into brush the enemy team swept earlier in the match
  • Fixed a bug where Warlord’s Bloodlust’s attack speed buff was lasting one second less than intended
  • Fixed a bug where Hecarim’s E – Devastating Charge R – Onslaught of Shadows combo wasn’t working properly. Hecarim can now cast E before R and will not lose the E buff
  • Similar to Ryze, Cassiopeia now retains her previous movement or attack command after E – Twin Fang‘s cast finishes
  • Vel’Koz’s R – Lifeform Disintegration Ray no longer does a variety of strange things if cast as Vel’Koz last-hits a target
  • Fixed a bug where Malphite’s R – Unstoppable Force would sometimes knock up and damage units at the start position instead of end position when interacting with displacement spells like Trundle’s E – Pillar of Ice
  • Fixed a bug where displacement effects would not displace Zac during E – Elastic Slingshot‘s travel time
  • Fixed a bug where leveling up caused Graves’s E – Quick Draw’s armor and magic resistance bonus to become inconsistent until refreshed
  • Fixed the vision-granting aspects of Malzahar’s Q – Call of the Void. Vision is now properly granted along the entire path and enemies hit on the edge of their hitboxes are now properly revealed.
  • Yasuo’s W – Wind Wall now properly continues to blocking projectiles if Yasuo dies
  • Fixed a bug where Yasuo’s third Q – Steel Tempest (and E > Q combo) could deal damage through spell shields in certain situations
  • Fixed a bug where Leona’s E – Zenith Blade still rooted a target mid-dash even if they spell shielded the ability
  • Pantheon’s Passive – Aegis Protection now blocks – and gets consumed by! – attacks by Annie’s Tibbers and Heimerdinger’s ultimate turret
  • Fixed many cases of on-hit effects applying even when blocked by Pantheon’s Passive – Aegis Protection
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zyra’s plant attacks to ignore a target’s dodge status
  • Rift Herald now drops a soul for Thresh

 


If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

PBE Round-up: Patch 6.2

January 22nd, 2016

 

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Patch 6.2 will hit live in the early hours of January 27th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

New Champion

Shen Rework

Balance

Store Content

Client

Miscellaneous

 

[ Note ] Radiant Wukong, Lunar Wraith Caitlyn & Morgana, the Rising Ward Dawn Skin and the four Lunar Revel Summoner Icons will be coming with this patch. You can find previews of them all HERE.

 

 

JHIN THE VIRTUOSO

Jhin will be available for 7800 IP/975 RP on release. After a week his price will drop down to 6300 IP.  He’ll also be available for RP in a bundle with his release skin – High Noon Jhin.

 

jhin-reveal-redirect-banner Jhin_0 (2)

Jhin_Square_0 (1)

 

MODEL EMOTES

Jhin Model 1 Jhin Model 2


ALL SPELLS

 

Recall Banner

Jhin Recall 1 Jhin Recall 2

 

Jhin Final Portrait

General

  • Health: 540 [ +85 per level ]
  • Mana: 300 [ +35 per level ]
  • Auto-Attack Range: 550
  • Attack Damage: 53 [ +4 per level ]
  • Base Movement Speed: 325
  • Armor: 20 [ +3.5 per level ]
  • Magic Resist: 30 [+0 per level ]
  • HP-per-second: 1.1 [ +0.1 per level ]
  • Mana-per-second: 1.2 [ +0.16 per level ]

 

WHISPER PASSIVE

Whisper Final IconDeath in Four Acts: Jhin’s gun – Whisper – chambers four shots, which he fires at a fixed Attack Speed of 0.63 [+~3% per level]. The last bullet always crits and deals an additional 15-25% of the target’s missing Health as bonus physical damage. After firing the four shots, Jhin will pause to reload for ~2 seconds.

Every Moment Matters: Jhin’s crits deal 25% less damage, but grant him 10% [+0.4 of Bonus Attack Speed] Movement Speed which decays over 2 seconds. Also, Jhin’s Attack Damage is increased by ( 2-40 [scales with level] [+0.4 of Crit Chance] [+0.25 of Bonus Attack Speed] of Total AD ).

 

Jhin Passive 1 Jhin Passive 3

Jhin Passive 2 Jhin Passive 4

 

DANCING GRENADE Q

Cooldown: 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds || Mana Cost: 30/35/40/45/50 || Range: 600

Dancing Grenade Final IconJhin throws a cannister at a nearby targeted enemy, dealing 60/85/110/135/160 [+0.3/0.35/0.4/0.45/0.5 of Total AD] [+0.6 AP] physical damage. After landing, the cannister bounces up to four times on other nearby enemies. Killing an enemy with Dancing Grenade causes the following bounces to deal 35% extra damage, up to a maximum of 140% increased damage.

 

Jhin Q 1 Jhin Q 2

 

DEADLY FLOURISH W

Cooldown: 14 seconds at all ranks || Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 || Range: 2500

Deadly Flourish Final IconPassive: Enemy champions that have been struck by Jhin’s basic attacks, Captive Audience, or any allied damage are marked for 4 seconds.

Active: Jhin fires a massively long range shot that goes through minions and deals 50/85/120/155/190 [+0.7 of Total AD] to the first enemy Champion hit (deals 65% damage to minions and neutral monsters). If the enemy Champion has already been marked, Deadly Flourish will additionally root them for 0.75/1/1.25/1.50/1.75 seconds and Jhin will gain the bonus Movement Speed from his fourth-hit crit.

 

Jhin W 1 Jhin W 2

 

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE E

Cooldown: 2 seconds at all ranks || Cost: 40/45/50/55/60 Mana + 1 Charge

Range: 260 || Recharge Cooldown: 28/27/26/25/24 seconds || Maximum Charges: 2

Captive Audience Final IconBeauty in Death – Killing blows on Champions spawn a Lotus Trap which briefly provides vision of the area before exploding.

Jhin places a Lotus trap on the ground that turns invisible after arming. Enemy champions that walk over the trap trigger it, revealing them for 4 seconds and marking them with Deadly Flourish and creating a large slowing zone that slows for 35%. After 2 seconds, the trap detonates, dealing 20/80/140/200/260 [+1.2 of Total AD] [+1.0 of AP] to enemy Champions (minions and neutral monsters are dealt 65% damage).

 

Jhin E 1 Jhin E 2

 

CURTAIN CALL R

Cooldown: 120/105/90 seconds || Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 || Range: A lot

Curtain Call Final IconJhin fully assembles his weapon before taking aim in a target direction, revealing all marked targets in a huge area. He can then fire four rounds that stop at the first enemy champion struck, slowing them and dealing 50/125/200 [+0.25 of Total AD] physical damage, increased by 2% for every 1% of missing HP on the target hit. The fourth shot crits for double damage.

If Curtain Call is canceled, it has its cooldown lowered by 10% for every unfired shot, up to a 40% CDR if no shots have been fired.

 

Jhin R 1 Jhin R 2

 

Here’s Jhin’s Champion Select quote:

 

And his login animation by frostyNinja:

 

 

SHEN REWORK

Shen’s rework features a brand new passive, Q and W, tweaked values on E and R and a visual update, including new splash arts for all his skins:

 

Shen_Splash_0 Shen_0 (1)

Shen_Square_0

 

Shen Final Portrait

General

  • Health: 540 [ +73 per level ]
  • Energy: 400
  • Auto-Attack Range: 125
  • Attack Damage: 60 [ +3 per level ]
  • Base Movement Speed: 340
  • Armor: 25 [ +2.6 per level ]
  • Magic Resist: 32 [ +1.25 per level ]
  • HP-per-second: 2 [ +0.15 per level ]

 

MODEL Banner

Shen Model 1 Shen Model 2

 

AUTO ATTACKS Q AND W

 

KI BARRIER PASSIVE

Ki Barrier Final IconAfter casting a spell, Shen gains a shield that absorbs 52-120 [+14% of Bonus HP] damage for 2.5 seconds on a 10-second cooldown. Spells that successfully affect a Champion, be it ally or enemy, reduce that cooldown by 4-7.5 seconds [scales down with level].

Additionally, Shen gains a spirit sword that’s leashed to him. Shen can control the sword with his spells.

 

Shen Passive 1 Shen Passive 2

 

TWILIGHT ASSAULT Q

Energy Cost: 140/130/120/110/100 || Cooldown: 8/7.25/6.5/5.75/5 seconds

Twilight Assault Final Icon

Shen recalls and draws his spirit sword, slowing enemies hit by 35% if they move away from Shen in the next 2 seconds. Additionally, Shen’s next 3 basic attacks deal 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% [+0.015 AP] % of enemy’s Max HP as bonus magic damage.

Hitting an enemy Champion with the sword increases the damage to 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% [+0.02 AP] % of Max HP and also grants Shen 50% Attack Speed for those 3 attacks.

Minions and monters take 30/50/70/90/110 additional damage per empowered attack.

 

Shen Q 1

 

SPIRITS REFUGE W

Energy Cost: 40 at all ranks || Cooldown: 18/16.5/15/13.5/11 seconds

Spirits Refuge Final Icon

Shen’s spirit sword creates a field for 1.75 seconds, blocking all basic attacks that would hit Shen or allies inside of it. If there are no allied Champions inside the field, the spell will activate with a 2-second delay.

 

 

Shen W 1 Shen W 2

 

SHADOW DASH E

Energy Cost: 180 at all ranks || Cooldown: 18/16/14/12/10 seconds

Shadow Dash Final IconPassive: Shen recovers 30-40 energy whenever he deals damage with Twilight Assault [ Q ] or Shadow Dash [ E ].

Active: Shen dashes in a direction, dealing 50 [+12% of Bonus HP] physical damage to enemy Champions in his path and taunting them for 1.5 seconds.

 

STAND UNITED R

Energy Cost: 0 at all ranks || Cooldown: 180/150/120 seconds

Stand United Final IconShen channels for 3 seconds as he prepares to teleport to an allied champion anywhere on the map. As he channels, he grants his target a shield that absorbs 250/550/850 [+1.3 AP] damage for 5 seconds. Once Shen arrives, he brings his spirit sword with him.

 

 

BLOOD MOON SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_4 Shen_4

Blood Moon Shen Model 1 Blood Moon Shen Model 2

 

FROZEN SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_1 Shen_1

 

SURGEON SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_3 Shen_3

Surgeon Shen Model 1 Surgeon Shen Model 2

 

TPA SHEN Banner

TPA Shen Model 1 TPA Shen Model 2

 

WARLORD SHEN Banner

Shen_Splash_5 Shen_5

Warlord Shen Model 1 Warlord Shen Model 2

 

YELLOW JACKET SHEN

Shen_Splash_2 Shen_2

Yellow Jacket Shen Model 1 Yellow Jacket Shen Model 2

 

Shen’s also received updated in-client lore to complement his rework:

 

”The Eye is blind to fear, to hate, to love, to all things that would sway equilibrium.”

Leader of a secret clan of mystic warriors, Shen serves as the Eye of Twilight, entrusted to enforce equilibrium in the world. Longing to remain free from the confusion of emotion, prejudice, or ego, Shen continually struggles, spirit blade in hand, to walk the unseen path of dispassionate judgment.

 

 

Champion Changes

Cassiopeia Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalTwin Fang Final IconTwin Fang [ E ]

  • Casting the spell will no longer cancel Move or Attack orders.

 

 

 

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Nerf BoxMasochism Final IconMasochism [ E ]

  • Bonus AD decreased from 40/55/70/85/100 [+0.4/0.55/0.7/0.85/1 per 1% Missing HP] to 20/40/60/80/100 [+0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8/1 per 1% Missing HP]

 

Nerf BoxSadism Final IconSadism [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 75 seconds at all ranks to 100/85/70.

 

 

 

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General

  • Base Movement Speed in Human Form decreased from 330 to 325;
  • Base Movement Speed in Spider Form decreased from 355 to 350 (same change for spiderlings).

 

Nerf BoxVolatile Spiderling Final IconVolatile Spiderling [ W ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 75/125/175/225/275 to 60/110/160/210/260.

 

 

 

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Nerf BoxCannon Barrage Final IconCannon Barrage [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 140/130/120 seconds to 160/150/140.

 

 

 

Karma-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Buff BoxFocused Resolve Final IconFocused Resolve [ W ]

  • Mana Cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 50/55/60/65/70.

 

 

 

Kindred-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Nerf BoxDance of Arrows Final IconDance of Arrows [ Q ]

  • Mana Cost increased from 30 at all ranks to 35.

 

 

Nerf BoxMounting Dread Final IconMounting Dread [ E ]

  • Base damage decreased from 80/110/140/170/200 to 60/90/120/150/180.

 

 

 

Nunu-Final-Portrait1 (1)

 

Change BoxIce Blast Final IconIce Blast [ E ]

  • Damage decreased from 85/130/175/225/275 [+1.0 AP] to 80/120/160/200/240 [+0.9 AP];
  • Slow strength increased from 20/30/40/50/60% to 40/45/50/55/60%;
  • Attack Speed and Slow debuff duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2;
  • Mana cost decreased from 75/85/95/105/115 to 70/75/80/85/90;
  • Cooldown decreased from 6 seconds at all ranks to 6/5.5/5/4.5/4.

 

 

Rengar-Final-Portrait (1)

 

Unseen_PredatorUnseen Predator [ Passive ]

  • When Rengar dashes, he will now land a small distance away from his target.

 

[ Context ] This is to prevent the mid-air Bola cast when on top of an enemy Champion.

 

Change BoxEmpowered_SavageryEmpowered Savagery [ 5-Ferocity Q ]

  • Total AD ratio decreased from 1.5 to 1.3;
  • Bonus Attack Speed and Attack Damage increased from 10% to 20%.

 

Nerf BoxBola_StrikeBola Strike [ E ]

While Rengar is dashing, Bola Strike will have a small cast delay.

 

 

Change BoxThrill_of_the_HuntThrill of the Hunt [ R ]

  • Range for exclamation mark to appear increased from 1250 to 1450;
  • When stealthed, Rengar will gain the Movement Speed buff, regardless of whether he’s moving toward an enemy Champion.

 

 

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Nerf BoxAn Acquired Taste Final IconAn Acquired Taste [ Passive ]

  • Stacks now remain on the target for 5 seconds, decreased from 7.

 

 

Nerf BoxAbyssal Voyage Final IconAbyssal Voyage [ R ]

  • Ratio on passive decreased from 4/6/8% of Bonus HP to 2/4/6%.

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Buff BoxAthenes Unholy Grail Final IconAthene’s Unholy Grail

  • Recipe Cost decreased from 565 Gold to 465 (Total Cost down from 2800 Gold to 2700).

 

 

Buff BoxCull Final IconCull

  • Attack Damage increased from 5 to 7;
  • Gold received for reaching 100 stacks increased from 300 to 350.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalCinderhulk Final IconEnchantment: Cinderhulk

  • Tooltip fix: now mentions the burn aura will only trigger while in combat.

 

 

Quality of Life Box FinalFarsight Alteration Final IconFarsight Alteration

  • Mouse cursor now changes color depending on where you want to drop the trinket:

 

Red – impassable terrain, don’t put trinket there over penalty of playing Teemo;

Blue – regular terrain, trinket can be placed;

Green – trinket will be placed in brush.

 

Blue Trinket 1 Blue Trinket 2 Blue Trinket 3

 

Nerf BoxFrost Queens Claim Final IconFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90.

 

 

Buff BoxMorellonomicon Final IconMorellonomicon

  • Recipe cost decreased from 765 Gold to 615 (Total cost decreased from 2550 Gold to 2400).

 

 

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Change BoxAssassin FInal IconAssassin [ Tier 2 Cunning ]

  • Bonus damage when alone increased from 1.5% to 2%;
  • Bonus damage now only applies to enemy Champions, not minions and monsters.

 

Nerf BoxThunderlords Decree Final IconThunderlord’s Decree

  • Cooldown between procs changed from 20 seconds to 25-15 seconds (scales down with Champion level);
  • Window to stack 3 attacks/spells to proc the damage decreased from 5 seconds to 3.

 

 

HIGH NOON JHIN Banner

High Noon Jhin will be available for 1350 RP as soon as Jhin is released.

 

Jhin_Splash_1 (1) Jhin_1

 

ALL SPELLS

 

MODEL Banner

High Noon Jhin Model 1 High Noon Jhin Model 2

 

Recall Banner

High Noon Jhin Recall 1 High Noon Jhin Recall 2

 

WHISPER PASSIVE

High Noon Jhin Passive 1 High Noon Jhin Passive 2

High Noon Jhin Passive 3 High Noon Jhin Passive 4

 

DANCING GRENADE Q

High Noon Jhin Q 1 High Noon Jhin Q 2

 

DEADLY FLOURISH W

High Noon Jhin W 2 High Noon Jhin W 1

 

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE E

High Noon Jhin E 1 High Noon Jhin E 2

 

CURTAIN CALL R

High Noon Jhin R 1 High Noon Jhin R 2

High Noon Jhin R 3 High Noon Jhin R 4

 

 

BEAST HUNTER DRAVEN Banner

Beast Hunter Draven will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

Tryndamere_Splash_8 (1) Draven_5

 

MODEL Banner

Beast Hunter Draven Model 1 Beast Hunter Draven Model 2

 

 

BEAST HUNTER SEJUANI Banner

Beast Hunter Sejuani will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

Tryndamere_Splash_8 (1) Sejuani_6

 

MODEL Banner

Beast Hunter Sejuani Model 1 Beast Hunter Sejuani Model 2

 

 

BEAST HUNTER TRYNDAMERE Banner

Beast Hunter Tryndamere will be available in store for 750 RP:

 

Tryndamere_Splash_8 (1) Tryndamere_8

 

MODEL Banner

Beast Hunter Tryndamere Model 1 Beast Hunter Tryndamere Model 2

 

 

New Summoner Icons

A few eSports summoner icons have been updated for Patch 6.2:

 

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profileIcon1096 profileIcon1097 profileIcon1098 profileIcon1099 profileIcon1100

 

We also have a new anchor icon, presumably for OCE’s Ocean week:

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HEXTECH CRAFTING Banner

This is a new in-client system that nets you rewards like skins and Champions. Below I’ve written down all the ways you can earn content and craft:

 

You’ll need Hextech Keys and Hextech Chests. You’ll earn Hextech Keys for winning matchmade games (meaning any game type except Custom games).

Chests are trickier; they’re rewards for performing well on a particular Champion. You earn chests through the Mastery system, but keep in mind that you can only earn one chest per season with a given Champion. Every time you get an S rank, you’ll get a chest, up to a maximum of four chests per month.

Alternatively, you can buy both keys and chests for 125 RP each in the store.

Crafting 1 Crafting 2

 

Once you have a pair, you can open chests using keys through the interface found by clicking on the shard icon below your username. After the animation, you’ll receive either a Champion Shard, a Skin Shard, a Ward Skin Shard, Cosmic Essence, Champion Essence or a combination of all those. Note that a chest will never contain essence only.

 

Think of Champion and Skin Shards as tickets for temporary access to Champions. You can do four things with those.

Crafting 4

 

First, you can re-roll both types of Shards into permanent Champions or Skins, respectively. To do so, you’ll need three Shards. The catch? Your reward is random.

 

You can disenchant both Champion Shards and Skin Shards for Champion Essence and Skins Essence, respectively.

Crafting 11 Crafting 12

 

You’ll need this essence to upgrade Champion Shards and Skin Shards into specific permanent Champions and Skins:

 

Lastly, you can rent Champions and Skins for 7 days. This will use up their respective Shards.

Crafting 13

 

The rent period will be displayed on your Summoner Profile. It’s also the place where you can check how many chests you can unlock until the end of the month and what Champions you’ve already unlocked a chest with.

Crafting 15

Crafting 14

 

Sometimes you’ll find Rare Gems in your chests. These contain one chest and one key.

Crafting 9 Crafting 10

 

You can earn Ward Skin Shards through these chests. These work the same way as regular Skin Shards.

Crafting 7 Crafting 8

 

You can also earn Summoner Icons. These will instantly be added to your account.

Crafting 5 Crafting 6

 

 

LUNAR REVEL LOGIN ANIMATION

[ Note ] You can find the official Lunar Revel teaser and all the new themed content HERE.

 

The Lunar Revel login animation will be coming with Patch 6.2, as well as a Snowdown-type store. Here’s the video by frostyNinja:

 

Here’s the still from the animation:

Lunar Revel Still

 

And the music from the login theme:

 

Also, a Lunar Revel store is now in place of the Snowdown shop in the client. It functions the same way. Try your luck when 6.2 hits live!

Lunar Revel Store 1

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS Banner

 

Keystone Masteries are now visible during the Loading Screen:

Champion Mastery Load Screen

 

Content that didn’t make it to 6.2 but will return for testing:

Lunar Revel content that will be released after 6.2:

 


If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

PBE Roundup Patch 5 13 Banner

Patch 5.13 will hit live in the early hours of July 8th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

Store Content

Visual

Balance

 

Updates that were reverted from the PBE cycle and will NOT ship with Patch 5.13:

  • Butcher’s Bridge – New ARAM Map, will likely be enabled together with Gangplank’s rework. You can find a preview of it HERE.
  • Zeke’s Herald rework, check HERE for preview & context
  • Chroma Pack for Shockblade Zed – reverted, will be available with Patch 5.14
  • HUD Update – preview HERE
  • Abyssal Scepter rework – currently not being worked on
  • Mandrake Ward – preview HERE, also in development hiatus

 

 

Tahm Kench the River King

Tahm Kench is a new champion. He’ll be available for 7800 IP/975 RP after Patch 5.13 hits live. You can check out his official reveal HERE.

 

TahmKench_Splash_0 TahmKench_0

TahmKenchPortrait0

 

Tahm Kench Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health: 610 + 95 per level
  • Base Mana: 325 + 40 per level
  • Base Damage: 56 + 3.2 per level
  • Base Attack Speed per level: 2.5%
  • Armor: 30 + 3 per level
  • Magic Resist: 32 + 1.25 per level
  • Auto Attack Range: 200
  • Movement Speed: 335
  • Base Health-per-second: 1.3 + 0.11 per level
  • Base Mana-per-second: 1.1 + 0.2 per level

 

MODEL EMOTES

Tahm Model 1 Tahm Model 2

Tahm Model 3

 

Recall Banner

For his recall, Tahm Kench takes his hat off and bows.

Tahm Recall

 

BASIC ATTACK DEATH ANIMATIONS

Tahm Basic Attack Tahm Death Animation

 

AN ACQUIRED TASTE PASSIVE

 

An Acquired Taste Final IconAn Acquired Taste [ Passive ]

  • Tahm Kench’s basic attacks and abilities on enemy champions build stacks. At three stacks, his abilities have additional effects.

 

Tahm Passive 1 Tahm Passive 2

 

TONGUE LASH Q

 

Tung Lash Final IconTongue Lash [ Q ]

Cost: 50 mana at all ranks || Range: 800 || Cooldown: 6 seconds

Tahm Kench lashes out his tongue, dealing 80/115/150/185/220 [+0.7 AP] magic damage to the first enemy hit and slowing them by 50/55/60/65/70% for 2 seconds. If the target has 3 stacks of Tahm Kench’s passive, it will instead be stunned for 1.5 seconds.

If Devour [ W ] is cast while the tongue is still travelling, the spell will devour the first minion or monster hit.

 

Tahm Q 1 Tahm Q 2

 

DEVOUR W

 

Devour Final IconDevour [ W ]

Cost: 90 Mana || Range: 250 || Cooldown: 14/13/12/11/10 seconds

Devours a target enemy for 4/4.5/5/5.5/6 seconds (halved duration for enemy Champions), dealing 20/23/26/29/32% [+2% per 100 AP] of their maximum Health as magic damage. Maximum damage to monsters is capped at 400/450/500/550/600.

If cast on an allied champion, Tahm Kench gains 30/35/40/45/50% bonus Movement Speed while holding that champion and moving towards an enemy champion. Tahm gains half the movespeed value if he’s not moving toward an enemy champion, or 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%.

If cast on a minion or monster, Tahm Kench can reactive the spell to spit them out, dealing 100/150/200/250/300 [+ 0.6 AP] magic damage to all target hit.

Enemy champions can only be devoured when Tahm Kench has 3 stacks of his passive on them and he is slowed by 95% for the duration of the spell.

 

Tahm W 1 Tahm W 2

Tahm W 3 Tahm W 4

 

Thick Skin Banner

 

Thick Skin Final IconThick Skin [ E ]

Cost: 50 Mana || Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12 seconds

Passive: If Thick Skin is not on cooldown, any damage Tahm Kench takes fills up a gray health bar. If the bar starts decaying, it will start healing him.

Active: Converts Tahm Kench’s gray health bar to a shield that lasts 6 seconds. The shield loses value over the duration.

 

Tahm E 1 Tahm E 2

 

Abyssal Voyage Banner

 

Abyssal Voyage Final IconAbyssal Voyage [ R ]

Cost: 100 Mana || Range: 4000 || Cooldown: 160/130/100 seconds

Passive: Tahm Kench’s basic attacks and damage spells deal an additional 20 + 4/5/6% of Tahm Kench’s bonus Health as magic damage.

Active: Tahm Kench channels for up to 15 seconds. Throughout the duration, any allied Champion can click on Tahm Kench and be absorbed by him. Tahm Kench and his ally will then travel to target area on the map. If an enemy Champion deals damage to Tahm Kench during the channel, the spell will be interrupted. Tahm Kench can re-cast the spell during the channel to travel alone.

 

Tahm R 1 Tahm R 2

Tahm R 3

 

INCLIENT LORE

“The whole world’s a river, and I’m its king.”

Tahm Kench travels Runeterra’s waterways, feeding his insatiable appetite with the misery of the unsuspecting. The singularly charming gourmand savors every moment of his victims’ suffering.  A deal with Two-Coats may carry you to wherever you wish, but your journey will most assuredly end in the depths of despair.

 

Lastly, here’s Tahm’s Champion Select quote:

 

 

Master Chef Tahm Kench

Master Chef Tahm Kench will be available for 975 RP or together in a bundle with Tahm Kench for 1462 RP.

 

TahmKench_Splash_1 TahmKench_1

 

MODEL EMOTES

Chef Tahm Model 1 Chef Tahm Model 2

 

Recall Banner

For his recall, Chef Tahm stirs his stew and then swallows it whole, utencils included.

Chef Tahm Recall

 

AN ACQUIRED TASTE PASSIVE

Chef Tahm Passive 1 Chef Tahm Passive 2

 

Thick Skin Banner

Chef Tahm E 1 Chef Tahm E 2

 

Abyssal Voyage Banner

Chef Tahm R 1 Chef Tahm R 2

Chef Tahm R 3

 

 

GENTLEMAN GNAR Banner

Gentleman Gnar will be available for 975 RP.

 

Gnar_Splash_2 GnarLoadScreen_2

 

MODEL

Gentleman Gnar Model 1 Gentleman Gnar Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Gentleman Gnar has different recall animations depending on his form. While small, he chews on his clock; in mega form, he rests on his cane.

Gentleman Gnar Recall 1 Gentleman Gnar Recall 2

 

BOOMERANG THROW MINI Q

Gentleman Gnar Q

 

BOULDER TOSS MEGA Q

Boulder Toss Q 2

 

Gnar R

Gentleman Gnar R

 

 

New Chroma Packs

New chroma packs for Grim Reaper Karthus, Dreadknight Nasus and Bard will be available after Patch 5.13 is live:

 

BLOOM CHROMA PACK BARD

Bard Skin 1

Bard Skin 2

Bard Skin 3

 

PLAGUE CHROMA PACK DREADKNIGHT NASUS

Nasus Skin 1

Nasus Skin 2

Nasus Skin 3

 

PLAGUE CHROMA PACK GRIM REAPER KARTHUS

Karthus Chroma 1

Karthus Chroma 2

Karthus Chroma 3

 

 

New Summoner Icons

Team Icons for the LCK, Master Series & GPL will be available in store after Patch 5.13 hits live:

 

LCK ICONS

From left to right and top to bottom: CJ Entus , SKT T1, Sonic Boom Sbenu, Samsung Galaxy, NaJin EmFire, KT Rolster, KOO Tigers, Jin Air Green Wings, Longzhu Incredible Miracle and Rebels Anarchy.

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MASTERS SERIES

From left to right and top to bottom: AHQ eSports Club, Assassin Sniper, Flash Wolves, Logitech Snipers, Machi eSports, Midnight Sun eSports, Taipei Assassins and Hong Kong eSports.

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GPL Icons

From left to right and top to bottom: Imperium Pro Team, Boba Marines, ZOTAC United, Team Proioxis, Impunity Legends, Thirsty Chinchillas, Go To Sleep and Wargods.

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NEW VFX FOR BRANDS W

Brand’s W now has a swirly animation and is slightly more explosive:

 

Brand New W 1   Brand New W 2

   

 

 

New Nunu VFX

Nunu’s snowball has been rounded to look like a snowball and not an ice block. Also, his ultimate now has streamlined particles on the channel and a giant snowflake effect for the explosion:

 

Ice Blast

Nunu Q Updated   

 

Absolute Zero

Nunu R 1   Nunu R 2

   

 

 

New Rumble VFX

Rumble has new thundering particles on his W and E, and the Equalizer has entirely reworked visuals across skins:

 

   

   

   

 

 

New Shyvana VFX

Shyvana’s received new fiery particles for her Q, W, E and Dragon form spells:

 

New Shyvana W   New Shyvana E

New Shyvana R W   New Shyvana R E

   

   

 

Darkflame Shyvana Banner

Darkflame Shyvana W 1   Darkflame Shyvana New E 1

   

   

 

Champioship Shyvana Banner

Championship Shyvana W   Championship Shyvana W 2

Championship Shyvana E   Championship Shyvana E 2

   

   

 

Ice Drake Shyvana

Ice Drake Shyvana W   

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Kalista Final Portrait

General Box

  • Base Damage increased from 56.7 to 61
  • Damage-per-level increased from 3.25 to 3.5

 

Nerf BoxMartial Poise Final IconMartial Poise [ Passive ]

  • Basic attacks now deal 90% of Kalista’s total AD

 

 

Nerf BoxPierce Final IconPierce [ Q ]

  • Can no longer be cast while Kalista is dashing

 

 

Change BoxRend Final IconRend [ E ]

  • Each additional spear increases Rend’s damage by 50% of Rend’s base damage, or 10/15/20/25/30 + 0.3 of Total AD, changed from a 0.2/0.225/0.25/0.275/0.3 total AD ratio

 

 

Kayle Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxRighteous Fury Final IconRighteous Fury [ E ]

  • Kayle’s basic attacks now passively deal an additional 10/15/20/25/30 [ +0.15 AP] magic damage
  • Righteous Fury’s tooltip active now lists that it increases the on-hit magic damage by 10/15/20/25/30 [+0.15 AP] magic damage on hit (Note, the damage on the active compared to live is the same)

 

 

Kennen Final Portrait


Quality of Life BoxMark of the Storm Final IconMark of the Storm [ Passive ]

  • Tooltip now notes that the stun duration is 1.25 seconds, not 1

 

 

 

Nautilus Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxRiptide Final IconRiptide [ E ] 

  • Base damage decreased from 60/100/140/180/220 to 60/95/130/165/200

 

 

 

Reksai Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxUnburrow Final IconUnburrow [ W ]

  • The knock-up area’s range has been decreased from 200 to 160

 

 

 

Shyvana Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxBurnout Final IconBurnout [ W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 20/35/50/65/80 to 20/32/45/57/70

 

 

 

Singed Final Portrait

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  • Magic Resist increased from 31.25 [+0 per level] to 33.35 [+1.25 per level]

 

Buff BoxMega Adhesive Final IconMega Adhesive [ W ]

  • Root duration increased from 1 second to 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2

 

 

 

Item Changes

 

Change BoxArchangels Staff Final IconArchangel’s Staff [ Dominion-only change ]

  • Item cost increased from 2690 Gold to 3000
  • Ability Power increased from 60 to 80

[ Note ] Same changes apply to Seraph’s Embrace on Dominion.

 

Nerf BoxRighteous Glory Final IconRighteous Glory 

  • Health decreased from 600 to 500
  • Cooldown on active movespeed buff increased from 60 seconds to 90

 

Change BoxMagus Enchantment Final IconRuneglaive Enchantment

  • Ability Power increased from 40 to 50
  • The damage on Spellblade’s passive has been increased from 0.75 of base AD + 0.3 AP to 1.0 of base AD + 0.3 AP
  • Spellblade proc no longer triggers spell effects like Luden’s Echo

 

Buff BoxSeraphs Embrace Final IconSeraph’s Embrace

  • Ability Power increased from 60 to 80

 

 

Buff BoxSpirit Visage Final IconSpirit Visage

  • UNIQUE Passive now increases all healing by 20%, including outside heals from other Champions (Soraka heal, for example)

 


Buff BoxWooglet Witchcap Final IconWooglet’s Witchcap [ 3v3 only ]

  • Item cost decreased from 3490 Gold to 3460

 

 

DEVOURER ENCHANTMENT REWORKED

 

Change BoxDevourer Final IconDevourer Enchantment

  • Base magic damage-on-hit has been increased from 25 to 30
  • Passive no longer grants 2 stacks for Champion kills/assists and 1 for monsters; instead, it grants 1 stack for large monsters and Champion kills/assists, 2 for killing the Scuttlecrab and 5 for killing epic monsters (Dragon, Baron)
  • At 30 stacks, the Devourer enchantment becomes “Sated”:

 

Upon purchasing a Devourer enchantment, you get a purple ghost dog that follows you around and reminds you you’re not alone in this world:

Purple Dog Devourer


New Item BoxSated Devourer Final IconSated Devourer
[Upgrades automatically at 30 stacks]

  • Grants 50% Attack Speed and 60 magic damage-on-hit
  • No longer stacks bonus damage
  • UNIQUE Passive – Phantom Hit: Basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and every other basic attack will proc on-hit effects twice

 

Here are the in-game icons for the Sated Devourer jungle upgrades:

3714_Skirmishers_Sabre5 3713_Rangers_Trailblazer5 3711_Poachers_Knife5 3706_Stalkers_Blade5

 

 

CHANGES TO CORE AP ITEMS

 

Buff BoxBlasting Wand Final IconBlasting Wand

  • Cost decreased from 860 Gold to 850

 

 

Change BoxNeedlessly Large Rod Final IconNeedlessly Large Rod

  • Cost decreased from 1600 Gold to 1250
  • Ability Power decreased from 80 to 60

 

Change BoxRabadon Deathcap Final IconRabadon’s Deathcap

  • Recipe Change: Needlessly Large Rod + Blasting Wand + Amplifying Tome
  • Total Cost increased from 3300 Gold to 3500
  • Ability Power UNCHANGED: 120 AP
  • UNIQUE Passive now grants 35% Ability Power Amp, increased from 30%

 

Change BoxZhonyas Hourglass Final IconZhonya’s Hourglass

  • Total Cost decreased from 3300 Gold to 3000
  • Now grants 100 Ability Power, decreased from 120

 

Change BoxLudens Echo Final IconLuden’s Echo (Summoner’s Rift)

  • Total Cost decreased from 3100 Gold to 3000
  • Now grants 100 Ability Power, decreased from 120
  • Now grants 10% bonus Movement Speed, increased from 7%

 

Change BoxArchangels Staff Final IconArchangel’s Staff (Summoner’s Rift)

  • Recipe Change: Needlessly Large Rod + Tear of the Goddess + 1030 Gold
  • Total Cost increased from 2700 Gold to 3000
  • Now grants 80 Base Ability Power, increased from 60

 

Buff BoxSeraphs Embrace Final IconSeraph’s Embrace (Summoner’s Rift)

  • Now grants 80 Base AP, increased from 60

 

Change BoxRod of Ages Final IconRod of Ages (Summoner’s Rift)

  • Total Cost decreased from 2800 Gold to 2700
  • Now grants 300 Base Health, decreased from 450
  • Grants 400 Base Mana, decreased from 450
  • The passive growth now gives 40 Mana per minute, increased from 20, up to a maximum of 400, increased from 200
  • Passive now grants 4 AP per minute, increased from 2 AP, up to a maximum of 40 AP, increased from 20

 

Change BoxNashors Tooth Final IconNashor’s Tooth

  • Total cost increased from 2920 Gold to 3000
  • Now grants 40% Attack Speed, decreased from 50%
  • Now grants 80 AP, increased from 60

 

Buff BoxRylais Crystal Scepter Final IconRylai’s Crystal Scepter

  • Recipe Change: Needlessly Large Rod + Amplifying Tome + Giant’s Belt
  • Total Cost increased from 2900 Gold to 3000
  • On single targets, the slow strengh has been increased from 35% for 1.5 seconds to 40% for 1.5 seconds
  • The AoE slow strength has been increased from 15% for 1.5 seconds to 40% for 1 second
  • For Passive DotS and “zone spells”, the slow strength has been increased from 15% for 1.5 seconds to 20% for 1 second

 

Nerf BoxHaunting Guise Final IconHaunting Guise

  • Total Cost has been increased from 1480 Gold to 1500

 

 

Buff BoxLiandrys Torment Final IconLiandry’s Torment

  • Recipe Change: Haunting Guise + Blasting Wand
  • Total Cost has been increased from 2900 Gold to 3000
  • Now grants 80 Base AP, increased from 50

 

Buff BoxWill of the Ancients Final IconWill of the Ancients

  • No longer grants 20% Spell Vamp
  • New Passive: Your spells and abilities heal you for 15% of the damage dealt, calculated BEFORE your opponent’s resistances. 33% effect for AoE Spells.

 

Change BoxMorellonomicon Final IconOmNomNomicon

  • Recipe Change: Fiendish Codex + Forbidden Idol + Amplifying Tome
    Total Cost unchanged

 

Change BoxAthenes Unholy Grail Final IconAthene’s Unholy Grail

  • Recipe Change: Fiendish Codex + Chalice of Harmony + Amplifying Tome
    Total Cost unchanged

 

Nerf BoxVoid Staff Final IconVoid Staff

  • Total Cost has been increased from 2295 Gold to 2500
  • Now grants 80 Ability Power, increased from 70

 

 


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Summary

Meddler has confirmed that tank junglers like Zac, Nautilus and Nunu will be receiving buffs in the next few patches; no news yet on whether Rammus and Amumu will receive tweaks. DJ Sona will be discounted to 2450 RP on release, Veigar‘s PBE changes are locked for Patch 5.4, Azir will be receiving compensation for his recent nerfs, IronStylus talks Irelia’s future redesign, new champion has been confirmed to have no knock-up abilities and an opportunity to share a school story about  making friendships through games!

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All PBE Updates for Patch 5.4 Cycle:

 


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 Can we have an update on tank junglers

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re aiming to buff a number of tanks in the jungle in patch 5.5 and/or patch 5.6 (5.3’s the current live patch, design work on 5.4’s just finished for context). To start with that’ll involve looking at tanks that are struggling a bit (definitely Zac, potentially Nautilus, Nunu etc).

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Wont buffing Rangers Trailblazer help tanks jungle easier

Riot Axes New PortraitSo, just for some context here, the item sustain has been tuned around jungle goals and not the other way around. That is, taking camps is supposed to cost some of your resources and the items aren’t supposed to be able to shortcut that too much.

We are definitely looking at the jungle items, with Skirmisher’s Sabre and Poacher’s Knife up for fairly significant changes, though maybe not on the same cadence that Meddler mentioned (those changes are targeted more at making sure the whole set ends up in a good place, not specifically at making particular junglers feel good).

We’re also looking at the enchantments – no details right now, but Juggernaut is on our hit list both in final item and build path, with the goal of making it actually work for jungle tanks. There are a few other things in progress right now, and we’ll see where they land.

Tl;dr: Trailblazer itself is unlikely to receive buffs, but we hear you on jungle tanks and we are working on it. We want those champs to feel good to play.

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What about Rammus and Amumu

Meddler Final PortraitRammus and Amumu will both be looked at to see what they need, though potentially as part of a second set (whether in the same patch cycle or a later one) depending on how long work on the first set takes.

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Single Posts

 


25 discount on DJ Sona for release



Veigars changes are locked for Patch 5 4

[ Note ] You can check all of Veigar’s changes for Patch 5.4 here.

Meddler Final PortraitThe Veigar changes for 5.4 are locked. Directionally we believe a delay on Veigar’s E is essential to making Veigar healthy (so that we can be happy if he’s strong and popular, rather than definitely having to nerf him if that happens). If that delay does prove to be too long we’ll reduce it, given it’s much harder to shut Veigar’s laning down given the extra range and shorter CD on his Q however that delay’s our best estimate on appropriate for the upcoming patch.

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Azir is currently at 38 winrate Will he be buffed soon

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re working on some Azir buffs at the moment, the recent nerfs hit him harder than intended. It’s very likely, though not guaranteed yet, that those changes will include adding at least some range back onto his W.

Odds are high those buffs will be in the 5.5 patch (5.4’s already locked so we can’t do the next patch, we would like to get these out as soon as feasible though).

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Lunar Revel festivities wind down

The sky lights up as one last round of fireworks explodes, celebrating the end of this year’s Lunar Revel. Legacy content (listed below) heads back into the vault when the festivities end so grab all your favorites by February 23!

  • Dragonblade Riven
  • Warring Kingdowms Tryndamere
  • Firecracker Ward
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  • Year of the Goat Icon

 


Next champion will not have a knock up

Meddler Final PortraitI would like to take you up on that bet for enormous amounts of money.

Or, to be even blunter about it – no, no knock up on the next champ. Probably none on the next couple of champs either, though that’s not completely certain yet.

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Whatre your ideas for Irelias upcoming redesign

IronStylus Final PortraitA lot of what she’ll be depends a whole hell of a lot on a gameplay overhaul. She’s currently viewed as a larger scope project, but if gameplay is able to ship something first, we might scale back the scope. I don’t think that they have a kit currently however. She’s technically in the “high-opportunity” bucket, but chances are she’d need a whole lot of support from all three disciplines.

Personally, I like to design around story and gameplay. I can work with her being an Ionian general wielding unobtainium soul-blades. That’s cool to build off of. However if we overhaul her narrative aspects, some things might change, but I don’t see her main reads as changing. She’s not going to turn into a magic wand user or anything.

The version I have currently sort of looks like a blend of some internal Ionian exploration we’ve worked on as well as some hints of Yasuo’s armor plates and Karma’s clothing style. I riffed off of Yasuo to give her a fuller set of armor that sort of follows the plating of his armored arm. Sort of like.. what would the military version of that look like, and how does it’s general sensibilities work as a whole costume?

Aside from that, that’s all I really have. It’ll be a good jumping off point for us when the discussion comes around though.

I’m really excited for her whenever we do decide to start pre-production on her!

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How have video games influenced your friendships in school

Riot Sherman505: Over the last couple weeks, I have been working on this NACC recap article. It got me thinking a lot about the friendships I developed playing League in college.

College is a strange time in everyones life. It’s essentially a social reset where you’re left to build a whole new group of friends. During the weeks leading up to my first day of school, I started playing League with a friend’s friend. Since it was the summer, we played a few times a day and really got to know each other. It was about a week before school started that we realized we were going to be attending the same college and would live in the same dormitory.

I missed the official move in date and showed up a few days late after all the freshman orientation activities, so everyone sort of had a leg up on me. Once I met up with him I was introduced to everyone he had already been hanging out with. We all had a common interest in video games, and it wasn’t long until we all played League together for the first time (had to play in the communal laundry room for the best connection).

The people I met in that first week went on to be my roommates for the next four years. We played in some of the first college tournaments and eventually started a League of Legends club at our school. Even now that we have graduated, we still play League together as much as possible.

How has League (or other video games) influenced your friendships in school?

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Free Champion Rotation February 10 Banner

The following Champions will be free-to-play until February 10th:

 

Anivia Final Portrait

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Karma Final Portrait

Lee Sin Final Portrait

Lucian Final Portrait

Nunu Final Portrait

Orianna Final Portrait

Rumble Final Portrait

Sion Final Portrait

Vel'Koz Final Portrait

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

Free Champion Rotation December 2 Banner

The following Champions will be free-to-play until December 2nd:

 

Ahri Final Portrait

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Kog'Maw Final Portrait

Nocturne Final Portrait

Nunu Final Portrait

Shen Final Portrait

Taric Final Portrait

Twitch Final Portrait

Vel'Koz Final Portrait

 

 

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Champion Rotation Week 30 Season 4 Banner

 

The following Champions will be free-to-play until August 19th:

 

  • Akali - 3150 IP or 790 RP
  • Annie - 450 IP or 260 RP
  • Darius - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Graves - 4800 IP or 880 RP
  • Leona - 4800 IP or 880 RP
  • Nautilus - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Nunu - 450 IP or 260 RP 
  • Quinn - 6300 IP or 975 RP
  • Taric - 1350 IP or 585 RP
  • Vladimir – 4800 IP or 880 RP

 


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Rotation Week 17 Season 4

 The following Champions will be free-to-play until May 13th:


Fiddlesticks – 1350 IP / 585 RP
Twitch – 3150 IP / 790 RP

Janna – 1350 IP / 585 RP
Urgot – 3150 IP / 790 RP

Nunu – 450 IP / 260 RP
Vladimir – 4800 IP / 880 RP

Renekton – 4800 IP / 880 RP
Zac – 6300 IP / 975 RP

Shyvana – 4800 IP / 880 RP
Zyra – 6300 IP / 975 RP

Selecting Your Support

February 9th, 2013

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Last week I talked about what Junglers you should be playing if you want to learn the role and prepare yourself for ranked play in Season 3. Today I’m going to continue along that theme with Support Champions. As was the case last week, if you’re already playing ranked games as a Support player then chances are you will know everything I’m about to tell you; but if you’re new to level thirty play and want to climb the ranked ladders with your team as someone who mainly plays Support, then this is the guide for you. I will run down what I think are the three best Support champions to really get to grips with the position, many of which will become champions you’re playing as you’re reaching the top ranked tier. This is not a guide to each champion but a friendly nudge to three supports that you must learn if you want to play that role. For those of you who know the role of Support and want to read a little more, check out my guide on Synergising your Support.

 

So which Support champions should I play?

 

Taric

TaricSquareTaric is simply fabulous, he truly is outrageous. Taric is my go-to Support champion for Soloqueue because of how versatile he is in the laning phase. If you’re playing with someone like Vayne and you need to be defensive early because Vayne just needs to farm, the passive armour aura on his Shatter (W) is fantastic in the early game, coupled with his Imbue (Q – Heal) means you should be able to keep your Carry alive. If the enemy ADC gets a little too aggressive you can always stun them with Dazzle (E). These exact same abilities can be used if you’re playing aggressively! A favourite combination of mine is Ashe + Taric for sheer burst. Once you hit level 6, the Dazzle from Taric followed by a Shatter, Radiance (R) means the enemy is stunned, has lower armour and and you and your allies have bonus magic and physical damage. You throw in Ashe’s Enchanted Crystal Arrow (R) and a few auto-attacks with Frost Shot (Q) enabled and there’s no chance the enemy is ever getting away. Both the armour reduction and the increased damage that Taric gives are both AoE spells which means he scales fantastically in to the late game and for team fights, and his Dazzle with a 1.5 second stun is invaluable in the late game, allowing for almost anyone you catch to be burst down. Taric is a brilliant support and is one that anyone learning the role has to learn.

 

Sona

Despite the fact that Sona has less health that a Melee Minion at level one, she is still an incredibly powerful support, with great mobility, poke, burst damage, crowd control and sustain in lane. She is without a doubt one of the most versatile support champions in the game and is one you must master if you wish to play support effectively. Sona has a great selection of abilities which makes her suited to a multitude of different situations. Her passive,SonaSquare which modifies her auto-attack depending on which aura is active, can be used to devastating effect. Stacked with her Hymn of Valor (Q) she can do large amount of burst damage. A simple auto-attack followed by a quick Q will have the enemy ADC or Support thinking twice before coming close to you again. Sona’s Aria of Perseverance (W – Heal) isn’t the most effective heal in the game due to her rather poor AP ratios (25% AP on her W) but that doesn’t mean it can’t be effective. Stacked with her Passive, an auto-attack with her (W) aura up will reduce the targeted enemies damage output by 20% for 4 seconds. You add in the fact that this aura gives off Armour and Magic Resist to allies nearby and you have an extremely effective initiation composition. Her Song of Celerity (E) while giving off a passive movement speed boost as well as burst movement speed when activated will slow the enemy by 40% for 2 seconds, while 0.5 seconds shorter than Exhaust in terms of active time on the enemy, the amount slowed is greater. Crescendo, Sona’s (R) ability is one of the best stuns in the game. It’s a long, wide AoE stun that is fantastic for either engaging the enemy or resetting a fight in your teams favour. If done correctly it can turn fights around or even help you chase down enemies and secure the kill. There’s little doubt surrounding Sona’s effectiveness as a Support champion, and although she does have her downsides, such as been extremely squishy at the start and being very mana heavy before you get some mana regen (I recommend Chalice of Harmony), she has the potential to be a game changing support.

Nunu

NunuSquareDespite the fact that Riot recently hit Nunu on the head with the nerf bat, and the fact that his recommended items are for his Jungle build, he is still a great utility Support. Consume, Nunu’s (Q) ability isn’t amazing in lane, as although it gives some great health regeneration it will kill all but the Siege Minions and you don’t want to be stealing CS from your ADC. Nunu’s main utility comes from his Blood Boil (W) and Ice Blast (E). Blood Boil is one of the best steroids in the entire game, giving both you and the target 25/30/35/40/45% Attack Speed and 8/9/10/11/12% movement speed increases. Considering that an ADCs primary damage output is their auto-attack, free attack speed increases are extremely effective, allowing for faster farm, coupled with increased movement speed means your ADC can get in, auto-attack a few times and get out before they’re had chance to react. Once you throw in an Ice Blast (E) which deals considerable AP damage (85/130/175/225/275 +100% AP) as well as slowing the enemies movement speed by 20/30/40/50/60% AND decreasing their attack speed by 25% for 3 seconds, there’s little the enemy can do to escape you. This combination can be used either aggressively to pounce on to an enemy or defensively if you are engaged upon and need to slow the enemy and escape. Absolute Zero (R) on Nunu is by no means the easiest ability to time properly. The 3 second channel time which can be cancelled early if needs be (although that reduces the effect) is fantastic in team fights, slowing the enemy movement and attack speed and dealing large amounts of AP Damage. The main downside is for the full cast you are open to attacks for 3 seconds and any stun, such as a Dazzle from Taric will cancel the cast early. Nunu is tanky, self-sustaining and has fantastic support utility, and once mastered can be used in the Jungle as well as Support, so is a support that I highly recommend anyone learning this role learn to play.

 

Surely there are more supports?

Yes! But these three are just the three that I feel anyone wanting to learn the role must master. Once each of these are perfected you will have 3 solid champions are your disposal that work with a variety of ADCs. There are supports out there that I haven’t mentioned that I think one should learn, such as Lulu, Leona, Lux or Thresh, but each of those has a higher skill cap and shouldn’t be tackled until you are confident playing Support. Sona is by far the hardest of the three champions but is one I felt was worth mentioning due to how satisfying she is to play, and how easy she is to learn the basics of. I hope that those of you who read this will take something away from it and become the better supports this game desperately needs.

Join me in a few days when I’ll be taking on the task of outlining the must-learn Mid Lane Champions that you should know.

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Junglers for Beginners

February 3rd, 2013

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The Jungler has the most potential to turn a game around, yet it is the position that most people find the most daunting. They have the ability to focus on any lane they desire, to slow down the enemy jungler and to help out failing lanes. They can act as an initiator or tank in team fights, or even a bruiser carry depending on who you play. All this makes the Jungler  certainly the most versatile role in the game. In a return to my series on guiding the beginner to ranked play in the right direction, I want to point out a few of the changes that were made to the Jungle and then show a selection of Junglers that are highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn the role. For the seasoned Junglers among us, you will already know everything I’m going to say. For those of you wanting to tackle the behemoth that is the Jungle, read on! I am not going to talk about the best champions to play in the jungle for those experienced in the position. This isn’t going to be a meta-breaking discussion on how, if you play it just right, you can run Leona in the jungle- this is a simple point in the right direction for those wanting to pick up their first Jungle champion.

So what were the main changes to the Jungle?

Season 3 brought around a lot of changes to the jungle, most notably a change to how jungle creeps behave. The main change here was a massive increase in the amount of health large jungle creeps have, with a reduction in the health of smaller jungle creeps. This meant that sustain junglers like Warwick or Fiddlesticks were suddenly viable, and also that the jungle was no longer the sole realm of the AoE clear. Additionally, Hunters Machete was added to the game. It gives a small amount of true damage when attack monsters as well as 10% increased damage to monsters and the Spirit Stone upgrade is even stronger. Suddenly, AP junglers were far more viable, and with Madreds/Wriggles and Spirit Stone available, the field was wide open for junglers no one thought viable before the pre-season 3 patch.

hunter's machete

 

So which Junglers should I be trying out?

Nunu

NunuSquareNunu is a beast in the jungle. He’s primarily used because the combination of his Blood Boil (W) and Ice Blast (E) make him impossible to catch in the Jungle, which means he’s a fantastic counter jungler- but he also works great for those just starting to jungle. He has Consume, a mini-Smite, as his Q and his counter-jungling abilities mean if anyone tries to counter-jungle you, there’s no chance they’re getting away unless they burn flash, which is still a success. Nunu has a relatively quick clear time due to Consume and Blood Boil and if you manage his passive correctly, he isn’t as dependant on getting Blue buff as some other junglers. For full Nunu builds and guides check out this and this build on the Solomid guides page. He doesn’t have the strongest ganks due to not having a hard gap closer, so landing his Ice Blast is crucial to making ganks work. This can take some time to get used to, but once you’ve mastered his ganks and his counter-jungling, there’ll be no stopping you.

 

Amumu

Amumu is my favourite jungler, and for good reason. His Bandage Toss (Q) is a fantastic gap closer if you’re good with skill shots. The AoE damage output from his Despair (W) and Tantrum (E) aren’t bad, but his main ability AmumuSquareand the primary reason you might struggle to play him because he’s often banned in every game: Curse of the Sad Mummy. His (R) ability still remains as one of the best ganks in the games. Freezing the enemy in place for 2 seconds allows your own AoE damage and whoever you’re helping out with a gank to burst an enemy champion down. There are also better hard resets to team fights in the game. While Amumu is an incredibly strong ganker once he hits level 6, he does have downsides, primarily that he’s so Blue buff dependant. Despite various changes to Amumu over the last few years and various item changes- if the enemy team manages to successfully invade at the start of the game meaning Amumu doesn’t get Blue buff, he will be on the back foot until the next one comes up. Despite all this, we’ve seen time and time again through tournaments that Amumu is still incredibly viable with the right team composition, and is a champion that any budding jungler should know. For a full in depth guide on Jungle Amumu, check out this guide from TSM substitute Dan Dinh.

Maokai

MaokaiSquareLike many of the recommended champions for the beginner’s Jungle, Maokai is tanky. With the right build, outlined in this guide by TSM jungler TheOddOne, Maokai can be a powerhouse of ganks and CC. His Arcane Smash (Q) works as a knock-back that slows and damages enemies hit. Add in Twisted Advance (W), makes for a 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 second root and 20/27/34/41/48% slow throughout the game. Throw in a Flash or Exhaust depending on your preference and there’s no way the enemy is escaping your ganks. Perhaps the biggest downside to Maokai is the fact you must fully commit to fights. There’s no skirting around the edges, his Q, W and R all require you to be in the middle of the action. This isn’t too much of an issue and generally you build him tanky, but it can be a little daunting for someone new to the jungle. Once Maokai is perfected he is a champion that will stay in your repertoire for a long time, as he is still viable at high ranked bracket play and makes regular appearances at professional tournaments.

 

Warwick

Warwick is a pretty underrated Jungler and not one we see a lot of at high Elo (or should I say brackets?), but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective first Jungler. Although he doesn’t have the fastest clear times, Warwick’s WarwickSquarestrengths lie in the fact he has ridiculous levels of sustain. Both Warwick’s passive, Eternal Thirst and his (Q), Hungering Strike, give him good sustain in the jungle. This is even more important now that large Jungle creeps are much stronger. Sustain is never a bad thing and Warwick has plenty of it. Warwick’s ultimate, Infinite Duress, is also incredibly powerful if used correctly. At level six, if the lane you’re ganking is paying attention, you are almost guaranteed to get a kill. It is the combination of these two features that makes Warwick a great jungler. Yes he’s not the fastest clearer and yes he is incredibly dependent on his Infinite Duress to effectively gank, but his sustain makes him a great choice for someone wanting to learn jungle routes and ganking without having to constantly worry about health.

 

Dr. Mundo

DrMundoSquareNo discussion on Jungling is complete without talking about Dr. Mundo, which is why he’s earned the 5th and final spot in my most important beginner jungle champions guide. The first thing we notice about Dr. Mundo is the fact he doesn’t use mana, so this means we’re starting at Red Buff (or Wraiths if you so choose), but not Blue Buff. Mana is perhaps the biggest factor in holding many junglers back in the early game, but Dr. Mundo doesn’t have to worry about this. All he needs to worry about is his health, but once you have either a Warmog’s Armour or Spirit Visage, this isn’t an issue. Mundo can be played like a bruiser or a tank, and coupled with the fact he has very fast clear times due to the AoE of Burning Agony (W) and the steroid from Masochism (E) means you can gank lanes incredibly early. The lack of CC on Dr. Mundo is detrimental, so having some CC in lanes is important to making him successful. He can use his sheer tankiness as well as high damage output and frankly ridiculous sustain from his Sadism (R ) to make sustained ganks or repeat ganks on the same lane very rapidly. Mundo offers a different yet equally effective situation in the jungle compared to his blue buff dependent counterparts.

This is by no means a definitive guide to Jungling, nor is it an in depth discussion on every jungler, or even each of the champions I’ve listed. What I hope to have achieved is to help those of you who wish to play the role of Jungler throughout Season 3 to decide on a champion to play. For those of you with little to no experience in the jungle, you can’t go wrong with the champions I’ve listed and briefly described above. I hope that I’ve at least pointed a few of you in the right direction and I wish you the best of luck in your jungling career. Go gank some Teemos!

You can read my previous guide on AD carries here