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The PBE patch isn’t out yet, I’m just compiling official notes here for an easier traversal once the changes start rolling on the test server.

Marvin says: DON’T PANIC!

[ Note ] Some awesome Redditors have found out the new items and Masteries.

 

You can find context for all the Preseason changes HERE:

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General Changes

Champion Changes

Item Changes

  • Starting Items
  • New AD Items
  • Changes to Existing Items

Jungle Changes

Mastery Changes

  • Tier I Offensive Masteries
  • Tier II Offensive Masteries
  • Offensive Keystone Masteries
  • Tier I Defensive Masteries
  • Tier II Defensive Masteries
  • Defensive Keystone Masteries
  • Tier I Utility Masteries
  • Tier II Utility Masteries
  • Utility Keystone Masteries

Vision Changes

Places to Share Feedback

 

[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

 

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  • Starting Gold has been increased from 475 to 500.

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Ashe Final Portrait

[ Change Goals ]

  • Allow Ashe to interact with chance-based crit events in a way that doesn’t compromise her recently-new passive’s steady damage output.
  • Follow up the changes made to Ranger’s Focus (Q) earlier this year to make the spell a more interesting, engaging part of her pattern.

 

Change BoxFrost Shot Final IconFrost Shot [ Passive ]

  • Base slow decreased from 5/11/17/23/29/35% to 5/9/13/17/21/25%
  • Dealing bonus damage via Frost Shot no longer counts as a Critical Strike (bonus damage unchanged)
  • Ashe can once again crit, but for half the damage of regular crits.  Her crits will instead apply Frost Show’s slow with double strength (10/18/26/34/42/50%), decaying to the base amount over the duration of the slow

 

Change BoxRangers Focus Final IconRanger’s Focus [ Q ]

  • Slow amplification and cooldown removed;
  • Can no longer be cast at less than 5 stacks, and passive Focus no longer stacks while the active component is running;
  • Passive no longer stacks with Volley [ W ] and Enchanted Crystal Arrow [ R ].

 

 

Caitlyn Final Portrait

General Box

  • Scales 10% less with bonus Attack Speed

 

Buff BoxHeadshot Final IconHeadshot [ Passive ]

  • Damage now additionally scales with Caitlyn’s Crit Chance at a 2:1 ratio (e.g at 50% Crit Chance, it deals +100% damage);
  • Caitlyn can fire a double-range (1300 range) Headshot at targets she has trapped or netted by auto-attacking them. This is independent from her normal Headshot and doesn’t use up her current stacks toward a passive.

 

Piltover Peacemaker [ Q ]Change BoxPiltover Peacemaker Final Icon

  • Skillshot missile is now more narrow, but expands to its width on live after the first target hit;
  • Damage on the first target has been increased by ~20%, but falls of harder on follow-up hits.

 

Buff BoxYordle Snap Trap Final IconYordle Snap Trap [ W ]

  • Now has a charge system instead of a static cooldown (think Heimer’s turrets);
  • Caitlyn’s first auto attack against a trapped Champion will be a guaranteed Headshot;
  • Traps no longer deal damage.

 

Buff Box90 Caliber Net Final Icon90-Caliber Net

  • Caitlyn’s first auto attack against a target hit by the net will be a guaranteed Headshot

 

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHextech Shrapnel Shells Final IconHextech Shrapnel Shells [ Passive ]

  • Bonus damage is now split between magic and physical, changed from purely true damage.

 

New Item BoxValkyrie Final IconValkyrie [ W ]

[ New Mechanic ] Special Delivery: Every ~5 minutes, Corki receives a special set of bombs on the spawn platform. When he picks up the package, he receives the Homeguard boots buff.

The bombs allow Corki to cast an improved Valkyrie. This mega W has three times the range of Corki’s regular W, knocks enemies aside when it hits them, deals increased damage and slows.

Corki’s normal Valkyrie is put on a 0 second cooldown after he casts the mega W.

Valkyrie’s normal range has been decreased.

 

Change BoxGatling Gun Final IconGatling Gun [ E ]

  • Now deals magic damage, changed from physical
  • Now shreds both Armor and Magic Resist, albeit by smaller values than the current Armor shred on live

 

 

Draven Final Portrait

General Box

  • Attack frame improved by 30% (more responsive auto-attack animation)
  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 2.7 to 1.5
  • Basic Attack missile speed decreased from 1700 to 1600

 

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 

Change BoxMystic Shot Final IconMystic Shot [ Q ]

  • Hitting skilshots now decreases Mystic Shot’s CD by 1.5 seconds, increased from 1
  • Cooldown increased from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds to 6.5/6/5.5/5/4.5

 

Nerf BoxArcane Shift Final IconArcane Shift [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 19/17/15/13/11 seconds to 19/17.5/16/14.5/13

 

 

 

Graves Final Portrait

General Box

  • Basic attacks now fire multiple buckshots in a cone, like Buckshot [ Q ]. They deal more damage the closer the distance to the target is.

 

Change BoxBuckshot Final IconBuckshot [ Q ]

  • Reworked to synergize better with the new basic attacks

 

 

 

Jinx Final Portrait


Buff BoxGet Excited! [ Passive ]
Get Excited Final Icon

  • Can now chain together and stack, increasing Total Attack Speed by 15% per stack (Movement Speed portion does not stack)
  • Duration increased from 4 seconds to 6

 

Nerf BoxSwitcheroo Final IconSwitcheroo! [ Q ]

  • While using her Rocket Launcher, Jinx’s Total Attack Speed is decreased by 15%

 

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

General Box

  • Base Attack Speed increased from 0.658 to 0.694
  • Attack Speed-per-level decreased from 3.% to 2.8%

 

Nerf BoxMartial Poise Final IconMartial Poise [ Passive ]

  • Jump speed now only scales with Attack Speed/Slows (is slower early game but scales up); no longer scales with boot tier.

 

 

Kogmaw Final Portrait

General Box

  • Base Attack Speed stats and Q’s passive Attack Speed have been adjusted so he is more dependent upon maxing both his Q and W to really approach his full damage potential.

[ Dev Note ] AP Kog’Maw will play a bit differently than before, but we believe it to be of about equal power to before.

 

Change BoxBio Arcane Barrage Final IconBio-Arcane Barrage [ W ]

  • While active, Kog’Maw Attack Speed is doubled and his Attack Speed cap is doubled to 5 attacks per second;
  • Basic attacks have a 0.6 Total AD ratio for the duration of W, but fully apply on-hit effects.

[ Dev Note ] During this time, Kog’Maw attacks so fast that attack-moving efficiently becomes incredibly difficult, so choose a time when you don’t need to move much, and go to

 

Change BoxLiving Artillery Final IconLiving Artillery [ R ]

  • Base damage and ratios have been adjusted
  • No longer deals increased base damage to Champions (200% base damage on live)
  • Living Artillery now deals double damage to enemies at 25%-50% current Health, and triple damage to enemies below 25% Health

 

 

Lucian Final Portrait

 

Change BoxThe Culling Final IconThe Culling [ R ]

  • Number of bullets no longer scale with Attack Speed, but with ranks in The Culling (20/25/30 bullets)

 

 

Miss Fortune Final Portrait

 

New Item BoxImpure Shots Final IconLove Tap [ New Passive ]

  • Grants Miss Fortune bonus damage when swapping targets (this stacks with Q bounces).

 

 

New Item BoxStrut Final IconStrut [ Replaces Current W ]

  • Impure Shot [ W ]’s passive has been removed & replaced with Miss Fortune’s current passive, Strut. The bonus MS now scales with ranks in W;
  • Impure Shot’s current active remains on Miss Fortune’s new Strut [ W ].

 

Buff BoxMake it Rain Final IconMake it Rain [ E ]

  • Range slightly increased

 

 

Buff BoxBullet Time Final IconBullet Time [ R ]

  • Each rank of the ult now shoots more/faster waves
    Each ult wave can now crit (based on MFs’ crit chance). [ Note ] The crit check happens at the start of each wave, not per bullet

 

 

Sivir Final Champion Portrait

General Box

  • Base Attack Speed decreased from 0.66 to 0.625

 

Change BoxRicochet Final IconRicochet [ W ]

  • Cooldown now begins on spell cast rather than when the attack buff expires
  • Cooldown increased from 9/8/7/6/5 seconds to 12/10.5/9/7.5/6
  • Attack buff duration decreased from 6 seconds 4

 

 

Quinn Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHarrier Final IconHarrier [ Passive ]

  • Empowered attacks now deal a percentage of Quinn’s total AD rather than a base and bonus AD ratio.

 

Change BoxBlinding Assault Final IconAerial Assault [ Q ] (Name changed from Blinding Assault)

  • No longer blinds;
  • Now marks its primary target as Vulnerable (passive mark);
  • Deals up to double damage based on targets’ missing Health;
  • Half of Aerial Assault’s cooldown is refunded if it kills at least one enemy.

 

Quality of Life Box FinalVault Final IconVault [ E ]

  • Dash speed has been increased;
  • Should now more reliably return you along the vector you dashed in on.

 

Change BoxTag Team Final IconTag Team [ R ] 

  • Now has a 2-second channel time, but has no cooldown.
  • Grants a significant Movement Speed bonus;
  • No longer allows Quinn to do basic attacks or cast spells for the duration of the ult;
  • Skystrike has been retained, but deals less damage and does not deal increased damage based on targets’ missing Health.

[ Note ] If you fire a basic attack while in Tag Team, Quinn will instead perform Skystrike and end Tag Team.

 

 

Tristana Final Portrait

 

Change BoxRapid Fire Final IconRapid Fire [ Q ]

  • No longer reduces Explosive Charge’s [ E ] cooldown on-hit while active
  • No longer reduces its own cooldown when attacking a target with Explosive Charge [ E ] on
  • Cooldown decreased from 20 seconds at all ranks to 20/19/18/17/16

 

Change BoxRocket Jump Final IconRocket Jump [ W ]

  • Base damage changed from 80/105/130/155/180 to 60/110/160/210/260;
  • No longer deals increased damage per Explosive Charge [ E ] stack;
  • Additionally, If Explosive Charge [ E ] explodes with maximum stacks, Rocket Jump’s cooldown is reset.

 

Buff BoxExplosive Charge Final IconExplosive Charge [ E ]

  • Now detonates instantly on 4th stack (max stacks). Bomb Animation shifted to represent this;
  • Tristana’s abilities also add Explosive Charge [ E ] stacks;
  • Missile Speed increased from 1800 to 2400

 

 

Twitch Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxAmbush Final IconAmbush [ Q ]

  • Ambush’s cooldown resets when an enemy champion affected by Deadly Venom dies;
  • Quality of Life Buff: Entering stealth now cancels Twitch’s current auto attack order.

 

Change BoxSpray and Pray Final IconRat-Ta-Tat-Tat [ R ]

  • Buff Duration decreased from 7 seconds to 5;
  • Quality of Life Buff: casting Rat-Ta-Tat-Tat during Q’s stealth no longer cancels stealth;
  • Mana cost decreased from 100/125/150 to 100 at all ranks.

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

Change BoxHyper Kinetic Position Reverser Final IconHyper-Kinetic Position Reverser [ R ]

  • No longer grants bonus 60/90/120 Armor/Magic Resistance
  • Now adds 30/40/50% Damage Reduction

 

 

Varus Final Portrait

 

Change BoxChain of Corruption Final IconChain of Corruption [ R ]

  • Now displays max Spread Range to Varus and Enemies if it is spreading to at least one enemy champion;
  • Rooted targets gain 3 stacks of Blight [ W ] over the duration of the root;
  • Base damage decreased from 150/250/350 to 100/175/250

 

 

Vayne Final Portrait

General Box

  • Attack Damage-per-level decreased from 2.66 to 1.66

 

Change BoxSilver Bolts Final IconSilver Bolts [ W ] 

  • Flat Damage removed (20/30/40/50/60 on live)
  • Percent Health Damage increased from 4/5/6/7/8% to 6/7.5/9/10.5/12% (minimum damage is 40/60/80/100/120)

 

 

Item Changes

The bulk of these changes affect ADC items. The current tooltips I took from this Reddit thread and I’ll update with in-game tooltips when the PBE patch is out.

 

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[ Note ] Starting Gold has been increased from 475 to 500.

 

Change BoxBoots of Speed Final IconBoots of Speed

  • Cost decreased from 325 Gold to 300

 

 

New Item BoxCull IconCull [ New Starting Item ]

  • Cost: 450 Gold;
  • Grants 5 Attack Damage and 3 life on-hit;
  • Passive: Grants 1 Bonus Gold per Creep Score until 100 CS. At 100 CS, you gain 300 Bonus Gold and that passive is disabled afterward.

 

Buff BoxDorans Blade Final IconDoran’s Blade

  • Attack Damage increased from 7 to 8
  • Health increased from 70 to 80
  • Cost increased from 440 Gold to 450

 

Nerf BoxDorans Shield Final IconDoran’s Shield

  • Cost increased from 440 Gold to 450

 


Nerf BoxHealth Potion Final Icon

Health Potion

  • Cost increased from 35 Gold to 50

 

 

Buff BoxLong Sword Final IconLong Sword

  • Cost decreased from 360 Gold to 350

 

 

Removed BoxMana Potion Final IconMana Potion

  • Removed from the game.

 

 

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New Item BoxCaulfields Warhamer Final IconCaulfield’s Warhammer

  • Recipe: 2 Long Sword Final Icon Long Swords (350 Gold x 2) + 400 Combine Cost = 1100 Gold Total

 

 

Caulfields Warhamer Tooltip

 

New Item BoxSerrated Dirk Final IconSerrated Dirk

  • Recipe: 2 Long Sword Final Icon Long Swords (350 Gold x 2) + 400 Combine Cost = 1100 Gold Total
  • Grants 20 Attack Damage;
  • UNIQUE Passive: Grants 10 Armor Penetration;
  • UNIQUE Passive: After killing any unit, your next basic attack or single target spell deals +15 damage.

 

Serrated Dirk Tooltip

 

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Change BoxBanshees Veil Final IconBanshee’s Veil

  • Health increased from 450 to 500
  • Magic Resistance increased from 60 to 70
  • Cost increased from 2700 Gold to 2900

 

Change BoxElixir of Wrath Final IconElixir of Wrath

  • Cost increased from 400 Gold to 500
  • Attack Damage increased from 25 to 30
  • BLOODLUST passive now heals for 15% of the physical damage dealt, increased from 10%

 

Change BoxIceborn Gauntlet Final IconIceborn Gauntlet

  • Armor increased from 60 to 65
  • Cooldown reduction increased from 10% to 20%
  • No longer grants 30 Ability Power
  • The size of the slow zone now increases with bonus Armor

 

Change BoxIonian Boots of Lucidity Final IconIonian Boots of Lucidity

  • Cooldown reduction decreased from 15% to 10%
  • Now additionally decrease the cooldown of Summoner Spells by 10%

 

Buff BoxKindlegem Final IconKindlegem

  • Cost decreased from 850 Gold to 800

 

Change BoxLast Whisper Final IconLast Whisper

  • New Recipe: Pickaxe_item Pick Axe (875 Gold) + 425 Combine Cost = 1300 Gold Total 
  • Is now a component item used for new items
  • Total cost decreased from 2300 Gold to 1300 Gold
  • Now ignores 30% of Bonus Armor, not Total Armor

 

Last Whisper Tooltip

 

Change BoxPhage Final IconPhage

  • Attack Damage decreased from 20 to 15
  • Cost decreased from 1325 to 1250

 

Change BoxRunaans Hurricane Final IconRunaan’s Hurricane

  • Attack Speed decreased from 70% to 35%
  • Now grants 30% Critical Chance and 5% Movement Speed
  • Passive bolts now deal 0.25 Total AD damage, decreased from 0.5
  • Bolts can now critically strike and apply on-hit effects
  • (Unique) Passive buff to basic attacks has been increased from 15 physical damage on-hit to 10
  • Recipe cost decreased from 500 Gold to 300 (Total cost is unchanged)

 

Change BoxStatikk_ShivStatikk Shiv

  • Attack Speed decreased from 40% to 35%
  • Movement Speed decreased from 6% to 5%
  • Critical Chance increased from 20% to 30%
  • Combine cost decreased from 600 Gold to 550 (Total cost unchanged)
  • Passive damage changed from 100 to 50-150 (scales with Champion levels)
  • Chain lightning can now hit 5 targets, increased from 4, deals 50% bonus damage to minions and can still critically strike (as on live)

 

Change BoxThe Black Cleaver Final IconThe Black Cleaver

  • Cost increased from 3000 Gold to 3500
  • Attack Damage increased from 40 to 55
  • Health decreased from 400 to 300

 

Change BoxTiamat Final IconTiamat 

  • Cost decreased from 1900 Gold to 1250
  • New Recipe: Pickaxe_item Pick Axe (875 Gold) + Rejuvenation_Bead_item Rejuvenation Bead (150 Gold) + 225 Combine Cost = 1250 Gold Total
  • Attack Damage decreased from 40 to 30
  • Bonus to Base Health Regen decreased from 100% to 50%

 

Change BoxTrinity Force Final IconTrinity Force

  • Now grants 10% Cooldown Reduction
  • Attack Damage decreased from 30to 25
  • Mana increased from 200 to 250
  • Movement Speed decreased from 8% to 5%
  • Critical Chance increased from 10% to 20%
  • No longer grants 30 Ability Power
  • Attack Speed decreased from 30% to 10%

[ Note ] Check the above changes to Phage and Sheen for context.

 

Buff BoxVampiric Scepter Final IconVampiric Scepter

  • Cost increased from 800 Gold to 900 (Combine cost up from 440 Gold to 550, Long Sword cost down 10 Gold)
  • Attack Damage increased from 10 to 15
  • Life Steal increased from 8% to 10%

 

 

Change BoxYoumuus Ghostblade Final IconYoumuu’s Ghostblade

  • Cost increased from 2700 Gold to 3200
  • New Recipe: Caulfields Warhamer Final Icon Caulfield’s Warhammer (1100 Gold) + Serrated Dirk Final Icon Serrated Dirk (1100 Gold) + 1000 Combine Cost = 3200 Gold Total
  • Attack Damage increased from 30 to 65
  • No longer grants 15% Critical Chance

 

Death’s Dance [ New Item ]

  • Grants Life Steal;
  • Delays damage?

 

Executioner’s Calling 

  • Can now be bought again;
  • Costs less and is a compoonent item used to build new items.

 

Giant Slayer [ New Item ]

  • Deals more damage to high-health targets.

 

Change BoxCrystalline Flask Final IconCrystalline Flask

  • Cost increased from 345 Gold to X Gold
  • Bonus Health and Mana per charge increased from 120 and 60 (respectively) to X and X
  • Now additionally grants a minor damage-over-time buff to basic attacks.

 

Mini Flask [ New Item ]

  • Cost: 150 Gold;
  • Holds 2 charges, each of which restores 100 Health (no mana restore);
  • Can be upgraded to a Hunter’s Potion for a 250 Gold combine cost.

 

Hunter’s Potion [ New Item ]

  • Holds 5 charges; each charge restores 60 health/35 mana;
  • Killing a large jungle monster restores a single charge.

 

Buff BoxEssence Reaver Final IconEssence Reaver

  • CDR granted now scales with your Crit Chance (item can give upwards of 30% CDR)

 

 

Eye of the Watchers [ New Item ]

  • Made from combining Frost Fang + Sightstone;
  • Has Sightstone’s ward active and Frost Fang’s Tribute Passive;
  • Grants Health, AP, Gold-per-10 and Mana Regen

 

 

Infinity Edge

  • AD decreased from 80 to X

 

Mercurial Scimitar

  • Now additionally grants Life Steal.

 

Buff BoxPhantom Dancer Final IconPhantom Dancer 

  • Grants X bonus Movement Speed while near enemy Champions
  • You take X less damage from the last enemy Champion you hit

 

Rapid Firecannon [ New Item ]

  • Gathers charges when moving and attacking like Statikk Shiv
  • At maximum charges, it increases your Auto Attack range by X and gives you a fiery hit at the end (?).

 

 

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  • Base damage of jungle camps has been decreased.

 

Buff BoxHunter's_Machete_itemHunter’s Machete 

  • Cost decreased from 400 Gold to 350.

 

 

Hunter’s Talisman [ New Item ]

  • Grants health and mana regen per second, rather than damage on-hit and lifesteal.

 

 

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The Rift Herald is a new jungle monster that spawns in the Baron pit before the 20th minute.

Killing the Rift Herald grants a single-target buff that helps with pushing down lanes and towers.

  • Location/timing:
    • Spawns at the Baron Pit
    • First appears at 4:00
    • Respawns every 5 minutes
    • Despawns at 19:45 unless in combat; hard despawns at 19:55 no matter what
  • Encounter details:
    • Melee-only attacker – but hits pretty hard. Need to be able to take a punch to tank RH.
    • The Eye will occasionally open, exposing RH to bonus damage on attacks from behind equal to 12% of RH’s Max HP as True Damage.
    • Takes 35% less damage from ranged Autoattacks.
  • Reward details:
    • 50 global gold to everyone on the killing team
    • Drops “Doom’s Eve” buff to the killer:
      • 10% increase to all Damage (except True Damage) and 40 bonus MS
      • Enhanced Baron Recall
      • Enhances nearby minions offensive power, same as Baron buff, with an additional attack speed increase. Does NOT increase their defensive power (don’t worry, you won’t have to deal with last-hitting Baron buffed minions in lane)

 

 

 

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Masteries have been completely revamped. The final slot can now be unlocked with 17 points and is reserved for Keystone Masteries. Think of these as super-masteries – you can only pick one and that will change your general playstyle:

 

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Nerf BoxFury Final IconFury [ 5 Points, increased from 4 ]

  • Grants +0.8/1.6/2.4/3.2/4% Attack Speed, decreased from 1.25/2.5/3.75/5%.

 

 

Unknown [ 5 Points ]

  • Grants +0.4/0.8/1.2/1.6/2.0% bonus Ability Power and Spell Damage.

 

Change BoxDouble Edged Sword Final IconDouble Edged Sword [ 1 Point ]

  • Melee – Deal 3% more damage and take 1.5% more (changed from deal 2% more and take 1% more);
  • Ranged – Deal and take an additional 2% damage, changed from 1.5%.

 

Change BoxFeast Final IconFeast [ 1 Point ]

  • Killing a unit now restores 20 Health on a 20 second cooldown, changed from 3 Health and 1 Mana without a cooldown.

 

Nerf BoxVampirism Final IconVampirism [ 5 Points, Moved from T3 Utility to T1 Offense ]

  • Grants 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0/2.5% Lifesteal and Spell Vamp, decreased from 1/2/3% (with 3 points).

 

Natural Talent [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Grants +2/4/6/8/10 Attack Damage and +3/6/9/12/15 Ability Power at Level 18.

 

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Bounty Hunter [ New, 1 Point ]

  • You deal 1% increased damage for each unique enemy champion you kill.

 

New Item BoxOppression Final IconOppressor [ New, 1 Point ]

  • You deal 2.5% increased damage to targets with impaired movement (slow, stun, snare, taunt, etc.).

 

Battering Blows [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Grants +1.4/2.8/4.2/5.6/7% Armor Penetration.

 

Piercing Thoughts [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Grants 1.4/2.8/4.2/5.6/7% Magic Penetration.

 

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[ Note ] You can only pick ONE Keystone mastery and you need to’ve spent 17 points in the respective tree to unlock it.

 

Deathfires Touch Final IconDeathfire Touch

  • Your damaging abilities cause enemy champions to take [ 6 + 0.5 Bonus AD + 0.2 AP ] Magic damage over 3 seconds (Area of effect and damage over time abilities apply half of this damage over 1.5 seconds instead).

 

Warlords Bloodlust Final IconWarlord’s Bloodlust

  • Critical strikes heal for 15% of the damage dealt and grant you 20% attack speed for 4 seconds (2 second cooldown).

 

Fervor of Battle Final IconFervor of Battle

  • Your basic attacks and spells grant you a stack of Fervor for 5 seconds (max 10 stacks). Each stack of Fervor adds 1-8 bonus physical damage to your basic attacks against champions, based on your level.

 

 

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Nerf BoxRecovery Final IconRecovery [ 5 Points, increased from 2 ]

  • Grants 0.4/0.8/1.2/1.6/2.0 Health Regen-per-5 seconds, decreased from 1/2 HP-per-5 (with 2 points).

 

Change BoxUnyielding Final IconUnyielding [ Now T1 with 5 points, replaces T5 Enchanted Armor ]

  • Grants 1.2%/2.4%/3.6%/4.8%/6% Bonus Armor and Magic Resist, changed from 2.5/5/7.5/10% with 4 points in T5.

 

Buff BoxTough Skin Final IconTough Skin [ 1 Point ]

  • You take 2 less damage from Champion and Monster basic attacks, increased from 1/2 less damage from Monsters with 2 points.

 

Explorer [ New, 1 Point ]

  • Grants 12 Flat Movement Speed while moving in brush or along the river.

 

New Item BoxRunic Armor Final IconRunic Armor [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Grants 1.6%/3.2%/4.8%/6.4%/8% bonus to all shields and healing on you (includes Life Steal and HP regen).

 

Change BoxVeterans Scars Final IconVeteran’s Scars [ 5 Points, replaces Juggernaut ]

  • Grants 1.2/2.4/3.6/4.8/6% Bonus Health

 

 

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Insight [ New, 1 Point ]

  • Your Summoner Spells have 15% reduced cooldown.

 

Change BoxPerseverance Final IconPerseverance [ New, 1 Point ]

  • Grants 50% Health Regen, increased to 200% when below 20% of Maximum Health, changed from regenning 0.35/0.675/1% of missing HP-per-5.

 

Change BoxSwiftness Final IconSwiftness [ New, 5 Points, merges Swiftness and Tenacious ]

  • Grants 3%/6%/9%/12%/15% Tenacity and Slow reduction, changed from 7.5%/15% Slow Resist with 2 points from Swiftness and 10% Tenacity with 1 point from Tenacious.

 

Nerf BoxLegendary Guardian Final IconLegendary Guardian

  • Grants 0.4/0.8/1.2/1.6/2.0 bonus flat Armor and Magic Resist for each nearby enemy Champion, decreased from 3 flat Armor/MR with 1 point

 

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[ Note ] You can only pick ONE Keystone mastery and you need to’ve spent 17 points in the respective tree to unlock it.

 

Bond of Stone Final IconBond of Stone

  • Grants 4% Damage Reduction. While near an ally this bonus is doubled and 8% of the damage they would take from Champions is dealt to you instead (cannot reduce you below 15% Health).

 

Grasp of the Undying Final IconGrasp of the Undying

  • While in combat, every 4 seconds your next attack against an enemy Champion is buffed to steal life equal to 3% of your max Health (halved for ranged champions).

 

Strength of the Ages Final IconStrength of the Ages

  • Siege minions and large monsters that you or nearby allies kill grant you 20/10 permanent Health respectively (300 max). After reaching the max bonus further nearby Siege minion kills restore 100 Health.

 

 

TIER I UTILITY MASTERIES

 

Change BoxWanderer Final IconWanderer [ 5 points, replaces Fleet Foot ]

  • Grants 0.6/1.2/1.8/2.4/3% Movement Speed out of Combat, changed from 0.5/1/1.5% bonus MS in combat and out.

 

Savagery [ New, 5 points ]

  • Basic attacks and single target spells deal 1/2/3/4/5 bonus damage to minions and monsters

 

Change BoxRunic Affinity Final IconRunic Affinity

  • Bonus to buff duration decreased from 20% to 15%, but now also extends the duration of 5-stack Dragon & Baron buffs

 

Buff BoxSecret Stash Final IconSecret Stash [ New, 1 Point, merges Alchemist with Cullinary Mastery ]

  • Your potions, flasks, and elixirs last 10% longer
  • Additionally, your potions are replaced with biscuits that restore 20 Health and 10 Mana instantly upon consumption.

 

New Item BoxMerciless Final IconMerciless [ New, 5 points ]

  • Deal 1/2/3/4/5% increased damage to champions below 40% health

 

 

Nerf BoxMeditation Final IconMeditation [ 5 points ]

  • Mana regen decreased 0.5/1/1.5% of missing mana every 5 seconds to 0.3%/0.6%/0.9%/1.2%/1.5%

 

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Buff BoxBandit Final IconBandit [ New, 1 point, merges Scavenger with Bandit ]

  • Gain 1 gold for each nearby minions killed by allied champions;
  • Gain an additional 3 Gold for Ranged/10 for Melee when hitting an enemy Champion with a basic attack (internal cooldown of 5 seconds).

 

Moved BoxDangerous Game Final IconDangerous Game [ Moved from T4 Offense to T2 Utility ]

  • Champion kills and assists restore 5% of your missing Health and Mana.

 

 

New Item BoxPrecision Final IconPrecision [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Grants 0.6/1.2/1.8/2.4/3 [ + 0.06/0.12/0.18/0.24/0.3 per level ] flat Armor & Magic Penetration.

 

New Item BoxIntelligence Final IconIntelligence [ New, 5 Points ]

  • Your Cooldown Reduction cap is increased by 1%/2%/3%/4%/5%;
  • Additionally grants 1%/2%/3%/4%/5% Cooldown Reduction.

 

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[ Note ] You can only pick ONE Keystone mastery and you need to’ve spent 17 points in the respective tree to unlock it.

 

Windspeakers Blessing Final IconWindspeaker’s Blessing

  • Your heals and shields are 10% stronger. Additionally, your shields and heals increase your target’s resistances by 15% for 3 seconds when used on an ally other than yourself.

 

Thunderlords Decree Final IconThunderlord’s Decree

  • Your third attack or spell on an enemy Champion shocks the area around them, dealing [ 0.2 Bonus AD + 0.1 AP + 10 per level ] magic damage to all enemies in the area. (30 second cooldown).

 

Stormraiders Surge Final IconStormraider’s Surge

  • Dealing 30% of a Champion’s maximum Health within 2 seconds grants you 35% Movement Speed for 3 seconds (10 second cooldown).

 

 

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Wards that expire now leave visible remains on the ground, allowing teams to know where the enemy had an active ward.

Trinket upgrades are now free (250 Gold on live).

 

Ruby Sightstone Final IconRuby Sightstone

  • Health increased from 400 to 500;
  • (New) UNIQUE Passive: Item Active cooldowns are reduced by 10%;

 

Removed BoxStealth Ward Final IconStealth Ward

  • Removed from the store; can still be cast via Sightstone.

 

Buff BoxVision Ward Final IconVision Ward

  • Cost decreased from 100 Gold to 75.

 

 

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You’re always more than welcome to share your thoughts in the comments below. If you want your feedback to reach specific Rioters, you can post it in the following threads:

 


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

 

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Table of Contents

 

All PBE updates from Patch 5.5 cycle:

 


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Ypherion New PortraitHi all,

Let’s talk about the 2015 season jungle. Up front: we knew the preseason changes were going to make things significantly tougher, but it’s clear we’ve misstepped along the way in both communication and design. Not only have we not done a great job of sharing our thoughts (present and future), but our subsequent changes to the jungle from patch 5.1 to 5.4 have been nerfs to jungle diversity rather than continuing to deliver on our preseason goals.

First, let’s see how we got here. From the beginning we knew that “strategic diversity” would basically become a meme for the 2015 season, but it’s still something we strongly believe in. A lot of players might associate champion diversity with strategic diversity, but it’s more about one feeding into the other. The former is only about what champions get played – even if they’re doing the same thing – while the latter emphasizes champions who can enable a variety of other strategies on a team (objective control, wombo, lane pressure, etc). With Jarvan IV, Vi, and Lee Sin all fulfilling identical roles (with priority given to whoever’s strongest), we know we’re not there.

In line with the above thought, our goal with 2015 was to support a rock-paper-scissors game of jungle styles: ganking, farming, and counter jungling. What we ended up discovering, however, was that counter jungling wasn’t actually a proper response on par with ganking and farming, so jungling went back to who could gank or farm the best (or both).

It’s clear that we’ll need to reconfigure what available playstyles there are for junglers out there, but for now our big focus is getting jungler diversity up before attempting to tackle the larger problem of strategic jungler playstyles (versus champion playstyles like playing Amumu vs. Vi).

So what do we want to do, and how can we get there? High-level we’re still pursuing strategic diversity in the jungle (and, well, all of League of Legends), but we also realize we need to get champion diversity up to support it. Finally, while we intentionally made clearing camps harder and riskier to better differentiate jungler strengths, this has also made the jungle position less satisfying and fun for junglers, so we’re investigating other ways to improve this.

Short-term, here are some tactics:

First, we’re going to be pushing our experimental jungler tank item to the PBE with this patch. We’ve actually been working on it for a little while behind the scenes, but – as we mentioned earlier – haven’t done a great job of communicating that. TL;DR: Juggernaut is being reworked into Cinderhulk, a new Sunfire-esque item build that gives both tankiness and extra clear speeds to the junglers in need.

In terms of auxiliary changes to help get tank junglers get their satisfaction back, we’re going to be looking at a bunch of tank junglers this patch to see if we can give any small buffs in the early game, along with buffs to Gromp’s Poison Armor Smite reward and some early monster damage nerfs. This does mean we’ll need to look at specific dominant champions who are standing (or pouncing) well above the pack, but we’ll have to tread a fine line of balance here. The goal is to get junglers feeling satisfied and empowered to play the position, but we need to be wary of a world where they’re doing so at the cost of everyone else.

Finally, what’s in store for the future? We still believe in creating a compelling set of unique jungle actions beyond just ganking and farming, but haven’t firmly locked down additional paths to support. We have a few ideas we’re really excited about, but we’re definitely looking at making Poacher’s Knife and Skirmisher’s Sabre more robust and exciting items for the future. We’re also going to be examining the feeling of the jungler “potion tax” where junglers always need to be chugging away to stay healthy.

On the communications front, we failed to recognize the stacking pain we’ve been causing junglers through the patches, and that’s something we want to improve. We need to get better at engaging in a healthy dialogue with players while also highlighting our short and long-term goals for the future, and we will.

Wrapping it all up: if it wasn’t clear from our multiple revisions throughout the years, the jungle is a tough position to get right. The jungle needs to test multiple capabilities while also providing the space for a jungler to have impact on the game through different actions, even though right now it’s more focused on high-damage and ganking prowess (which sounds familiar, we know). That said, we’ve never been more confident in our long-term goals – as ambitious as they are – but we know it’s not fair for junglers to languish while we work toward that vision.

We’re definitely committed to opening up the jungle without just giving out power haphazardly, but we’re also hoping that by keeping these communication channels open you’ll help us guide the jungle to a more compelling, diverse, and healthy position in League. We really appreciate your feedback, and we’re excited to continue sharing more of our plans in the future.

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Any planned changes to Poachers Knife

Riot Axes New PortraitI agree that one of the reasons Poacher’s Knife fails because it doesn’t do anything if your opponents take appropriate steps to stop your counterjungling. We’re working on an update to that item (no details yet). One of the goals is definitely ensuring that it’s a valuable item even if you don’t get a chance to steal camps, and ideally there’ll be some fringe cases where it’s the ideal jungle item for you even if you don’t plan to invade.

I would like it to include at least a soft push towards counterjungling on that item, but certainly not the current version where you get nothing if you don’t counterjungle.

As far as trying to make junglers into just one role, that is absolutely contrary to our goals. I realize that that’s how the current jungle feels, but that’s one of the big reasons we feel compelled to act – it’s a problem to be fixed.

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Players just dont find counterjungling to be viable

Riot Axes New PortraitYou’re right. If we want counterjungling to be a thing, we have to make it a thing.

The design of Poacher’s Knife assumed that we had made counterjungling broadly desirable. The move speed and such were intended as a useful tool for someone who already planned to do that. The bonus gold was intended to help players understand what to do with the item, NOT to be the primary benefit for counterjungling.

Clearly, that’s not what happened.

We do see counterjungling on live, but it is sporadic and opportunistic – junglers whose plan is mostly to gank lanes happen to see the enemy jungler ganking bot, so they take a camp and get out.

In the short term, we’re going to be embracing that kind of counterjungling and supporting it with an item that might help you do it a little more but isn’t aimed at hardcore, dedicated counterjungle; it might cause you to reprioritize actions a bit, but you’re still doing basically what junglers do. You called out vision, so I’ll just say – vision is a GREAT tool here in some form.

In the longer term, we’d like to land in a place where dedicated counterjungling is a valuable action to take regardless of what item you choose, and then make sure Poacher’s Knife is a strong tool to help you achieve it. You already want to steal that camp if you can get away with it; Poacher’s Knife helps you do that.

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Would you guys consider making the jungle easier to clear

Ypherion New PortraitWe need to be careful here, but you’ll see some, relatively light, changes in this direction in the next patch or two.

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The recent nerfs harmed your long term goals with the jungle

Fearless New PortraitSo, I personally didn’t communicate the reasoning for a lot of the jungle changes recently in a way that made them look like anything but some pretty harsh nerfs. I understand how painful some of these changes are, and more importantly, how they created a feeling that we weren’t responding to the pain with anything more than further nerfs.

Many of those changes were foundational for the changes we’re going for in 5.5. As an example, giving tanks this sort of power increase and the ability to freely swap between Rangers and Stalkers meant that they quickly power cleared their way to their often mega powered level 6, and then doubled down with lock down power without a trade-off. That change also creates a lot more space for each of the jungle items to have more definition, knowing that each item represents a real choice, not a swap option each time we base.

We really wanted to talk about the changes we were setting up, but there’s a tremendous danger if Cinderhulk hadn’t been successful, for example, and the main reason that we’re sharing our plans for the future now. There is still a risk that things change very quickly for us, but better to deal with that as we have to.

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The jungle might become bette but right now its not fun

Pwyff Final PortraitWe get where you’re coming from on this, hence why we’re going with these changes sooner than later. There’s certainly a world of ideological design versus player pain and immediate value, and we’re always trying to find the balance between the two.

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New Jungle Enchantment Cinderhulk and changes to Gromps Smite Buff

A new enchantment was added to the PBE recently for testing. It’s aimed squarely at low-damage tank junglers who need it to clear camps faster.

 

Cinderhulk (New Enchantment)
  • Grants 350 Health and 25% Bonus Health
  • Total cost is 2200 Gold, Recipe cost – 350 Gold (if applied to Stalker’s Blade or Ranger’s Trailblazer the recipe cost is currently 150 Gold, but it’s not intended)
  • UNIQUE Passive – Immolate: While in combat, deals 15 (+1 per champion level) magic damage a second to nearby enemies. This increases up to 100% based on time in combat.

Cinderhulk Enchantment

 

Fearless New PortraitHey all,

We have some big changes for jungle tanks on the PBE today. As you might have seen from our highlight post on the jungle, we’re looking to solve some of gaps between tanks and the rest of the pack with a new tanky enchant as well as making Gromp explicitly reward tanks over other junglers.

First, what was wrong with Juggernaut? First, it wasn’t explicitly improving clear speeds for tanks in comparison to other junglers. Others get to build incremental increases in damage with their components, but tanks just got… tankier without much else. Juggernaut also failed to feel like the foundation of a tanky build, as much as it was simply a decent chunk of stats that could make anyone more durable.

Enter Cinderhulk.

This new enchant builds out of a new component, Bami’s Cinder, which grants +300 HP and a mini Sunfire aura (now the Immolate aura). This gives tanks a boost both in their durability and their ability to get through camps. Once upgraded to Cinderhulk, the enchant gives champions a version of Immolate that ramps up with time-in-combat, rewarding those who are happy to get into the middle of a fight and stay there. The base health on Cinder Hulk is lower than Juggernaut (350 down from 500), but in the place of base stats, Cinderhulk now grants +25% bonus health. This means jungle tanks get more for their gold as they build tanky.

Along a similar line, we wanted Gromp’s Smite buff to do more for tanks that can need the bump in clear power, while not making it a universally powerful clear tool. Gromp’s poison armor now scales up with the bonus health of the owner, allowing tanks to opt into extra clear speed when they need it.

These items are aimed at 5.5, so we’re looking to get lots of coverage for bug fixes and polish to make sure we can see these hit live as smoothly as possible. We can’t wait to test these out with you all!

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So youre buffing tanks in the early game because they cant get to buying the new item

Pwyff Final PortraitThis is our challenge as well – what conclusion we did come to was that Cinderhulk leads to a stronger “endgame fantasy” (aw yiss season 2014), but you have to want to get to that world to start feeling satisfied. Rengar might not have the greatest lv1 clear but you know he’ll “turn on” at some point, so you know the tradeoffs. Right now tanks just don’t feel as satisfying in the early levels so they can’t see the future.

Some psychological thing about not being able to synthesize the proper mental frame of mind to appreciate something in the future because you assume you’ll be in the same state as now. That was a confusing sentence, sorry.

Anyway tldr would be we’re looking to make early clears a little more satisfying so players on these tanky junglers can feel like they want to get to the Cinderhulk and beyond. It’s partially perception design and partially power design. But we’re definitely trying not to ‘double down’ on these buffs.

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Have you considered adding an item that helps support focused junglers with vision

Riot Axes New PortraitIt’s something we’re considering. Not sure if we’ll end up shipping something like that or not, but the idea definitely has merit.

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Cinderhulks bonus health increase might benefit bruisers more than tanks

Fearless New PortraitTotally reasonable feedback, but there are some elements getting over looked here. The first would be build order. It’s pretty rare that a fighter goes jungle item into Randuins. Fighter’s generally are going to opt into damage items, and eventually grab some health. This means that Cinderhulk is less effective for most of the game for them.

Tanks, on the other hand, will often opt into builds that are very defensively oriented. The nature of defensive stats also mean that the effective health growth on tanks means that even with early frozen hearts, Cinderhulk is going to make tanks noticeably more tanky, while also giving them better access to their gold income.

This is still a bit simplistic, but there’s a reasonable case for Cinderhulk favoring Tanks, and if we find that the current tuning doesn’t make this true, we have the space to change that quickly as needed.

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Are Warrior based junglers or bruisers going to end up building this too

Fearless New PortraitWe are considering changes similar to this for other Enchants. Right now, Warrior and Magus are both pretty extreme power spikes, but don’t do much to amp up the rest of your build. There’s very likely some very cool opportunity space to make these items feel better and more like the item that makes all your other items better.

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Is anything similar to this planned for Magus or Devourer junglers

Fearless New PortraitIt’s possible, but they’ll get less effective health out of their builds, as they spend more gold on offensive stats. Having some space for them to opt into that trade off is ok. If it ends up being dominant, we’d likely reduce the base health the item gives, and look to increase the long term scaling.

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Wont the burn aura attract Baron Dragon aggro

Fearless New PortraitThe damage on Cinderhulk only turns on during combat, meaning that if you haven’t taken damage or attacked, the fire aura isn’t on. This is built specifically for the situations you list.

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So when can a jungler pick this item up to help them

Fearless New PortraitGromp can fill in some of the gaps, but Bami’s Cinder is the first item to build after the machete upgrade.

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More updates and tweaks coming to Gragas on the PBE

[ Note ] Gragas received buffs to his base mana pool and the maximum damage on his W to monsters. You can check out the buffs HERE.

Vesh Final PortraitWill probably add a couple more small ones like more ult CD reduction per rank and potentially a bit better scaling base stats. stay tuneddd

edit: to be clear by the way this is just a band-aid, not anything in place of actual gameplay/rework changes. those are still coming _^

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Why did you buff Nidalees Bushwhack damage on the PBE

[ Note ] On the PBE, Nidalee’s trap no longer deals a % current HP damage, but the base damage has been buffed and a 0.2 AP ratio has been added. You can view all her changes HERE.

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re testing a nerf to Nid’s traps specifically to target her jungle clear speed. She’s currently an extremely fast clearer which, given all the other tools she has, is a strength we don’t think she needs.

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Follow Up

So youre changing Bushwhack to slow her jungle clear speed

Meddler Final PortraitThat’s correct – we’re not trying to push her out of the jungle entirely with these changes, but we are looking to noticeably reduce her clear speed. Her W’s damage against monsters would be significantly lower under this version, given how much health they have, , even with the buffed base damage.

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Why are you buffing the AP Ratio on her Swipe Cougar E

Meddler Final PortraitNot sure about the buff to E, the designer working on these changes is out this afternoon so I don’t have full context.

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Why does Sonas ult have a scaling mana cost

Meddler Final PortraitCan’t think of a good reason off the top of the head, inclination is to standardize that to 100 like most other mana using champs with regular ults. I’ll bounce the idea off the balance team, see whether we want to throw that change into the next possible patch.

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FAQ on the updated player tooltips

[ Note ] You can now view the ‘recent playstyles’ of players on your friend list.

NinjaTabby Final PortraitHey guys! I am one of the devs that worked on this feature and want to answer some of your questions.

Where’s my updated tooltip?

We’re still in the process of rolling it out. We’ve enabled it in NA and LATAM regions so far. We are rolling out slowly so that we can keep an eye on any issues that may come up and isolate them without affecting other regions.

What do these icons mean?

As many of you noticed, these icons are consistent with Team Builder. The first icon represents the position you typically play the displayed champion in. The second icon represents the role you most commonly fill with that champion.

What even is “Recent Playstyle”?

Our goal with this is to help people looking at you get a quick idea of what you like to play. We look at your recent games, find the champion you play most often, and then the role and position you most often play with that champion. We have special handling for game types where you don’t have agency over you champion choices. This includes the random display for people who play a lot of ARAM, and exclusion of data from other game modes (such as Nemesis Draft).

We think there might still be improvements on what is shown here, so please keep the feedback coming!

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Clarity on Veigars E delay and possible buffs in future patches

[ Note ] Veigar received extensive changes in Patch 5.4. You can check them all HERE.

Meddler Final PortraitOur conclusion was that an instant stun, at that range, at that cooldown was blocking Veigar from being a healthy (and therefore able to be made powerful) champion. Adding a delay was the best way to preserve what we felt was the core of the skill (lock down an area, at a range that doesn’t require Veigar to be completely in the middle of the fight).

As a general update our initial take is that Veigar’s looking too weak after these changes. Options we’re looking at include having E stop dashes once the walls are up (people attempting to dash out get stopped and stunned), starting the delay at the start of Veigar’s cast time rather than at the end and reducing the delay on W. None of those are guaranteed changes yet of course, but that’s the sort of direction we’re thinking.

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Follow Up

When can we expect these buffs to be up on the PBE for testing

Meddler Final PortraitIt’s likely we’ll have at least some follow up changes in the next patch (5.5). It will take a little while for people to adapt to the changes to his kit though and for us to assess how that goes. Design changes for patch 5.5 are tentatively scheduled to lock mid next week and that means if bigger changes are appropriate they’ll be in 5.6 (or potentially later).

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Upcoming buff to Varus in Patch 5 5

Meddler Final PortraitThe niche we’ve got in mind for Varus is a combination of poke and moderate ranged initiation/counter initiation, primarily via his Q and R respectively. We’ve been feeling he’s a bit weak at those for a while and have been gradually buffing him as a result. That’s involved increased mana regen late last year to support poke and increased R width recently to improve his ult’s reliability. Additionally in the upcoming patch (5.5), we’ll be changing his Q cooldown to begin at start of channel, not when he fires the arrow off. That should give him access to more Q casts late game in particular, and make charged shots (as opposed to saving the Q to proc Blight) a bit more attractive.

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Kassadin will receive compensation buffs

Meddler Final PortraitWe’ll be buffing Kassadin. Not sure if any details have been worked out yet.

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DJ Sona Fan Art Collection

DJ Sona’s debut album has inspired a wave of awesome community creations. Check out this creative collection of Kinetic, Concussive, and Ethereal fan art to celebrate your favorite track! Don’t forget to click the artists’ names to see more of their work.

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AimedZ


cubehero


beanbean1988


cyang18


Fch3ck


Finaz


Lunathyst


MICE-KING


NAM


NightLink777


NoamyFrerius


noxidarts


PeachMaiden


ptcrow


RinTheYordle


Riyavi


spark


tarnmeta


大 貓


阿尼

 

 

 

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


 

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Patch 5.3 will hit live on February 11th and the new PBE cycle will begin on February 10th.


[ Note ] You can read on upcoming events, skins and why DJ Sona isn’t in Patch 5.3 in the comments below.

 

Store Content

Balance

Miscellaneous

 

 

Heartseeker Varus

Heartseeker Varus will be available in store for 1350 RP. Sweetheart Annie will also be up on sale for 750 RP at the same for Valentine’s Day.

 

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Heartseeker Varus 1

Heartseeker Varus 2

 

HS Varus Recall 1

HS Varus Recall 2

For his recall, Heartseeker Varus flies in the air and fires an arrow with the strength of half a Teemo.

 

HS Varus Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

HS Varus Passive 1

HS Varus Passive 2

Living Vengeance [ Passive ]

 

HS Varus Q 1

HS Varus Q 2

HS Varus Q 3

Piercing Arrow [ Q ]

 

HS Varus W 1

Blighted Quiver [ W ]

 

HS Varus E 1

HS Varus E 2

HS Varus E 3

Hail of Arrows [ E ]

 

HS Varus R 1

HS Varus R 2

Chain of Corruption [ R ]

 

 

Marauder Ashe

 

Marauder Ashe will cost 750 RP and will be in store a few days after Patch 5.3 hits live.

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Marauder Ashe Updated 1

Marauder Ashe Updated 2

 

Marauder Ashe W

Volley [ W ]

 

 

Marauder Warwick

 

Marauder Warwick will also be sold for 750 RP.

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Marauder WW Updated 1

Marauder WW Updated 2

Hungering Strike Marauder WW

Hungering Strike [ Q ]

 

 

Warden Nautilus

Warden Nautilus will be available for 750 RP a few days after Patch 5.3 hits live.

 

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Inquisitor Nautilus Updated 2

Inq Nautilus Q

Dredge Line [ Q ]

Inquisitor Nautilus W Updated

Titan’s Wrath [ W ] 

 

 

Warden Sivir

Warden Sivir is priced at 750 RP and will be available shortly after Patch 5.3 hits live.

 

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Inquisitor Sivir Updated 1

Inquisitor Sivir Updated 2

Inq Sivir Q 1

Inq Sivir Q 2

Boomerang Blade [ Q ]

 

 

A new ward skin to go with Heartseeker Varus and Sweetheart Annie will be released around Valentine’s Day.

 

 

The Heartseeker Ward, when placed, hovers above the air for a bit before being struck by an arrow and going invisible.

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

New icon for Valentine’s day! No info yet on whether it’ll be available for IP.

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I assume this icon will be a reward for playing Nemesis Draft (new featured game mode, you can find a preview here)

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You can purchase the face of Satan after Patch 5.3 in celebration of the Carnival of Brazil (Feb. 13th – 18th):

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Champion Changes

 

 

Ahri Final Portrait

 

Orb of Deception Final IconOrb of Deception [ Q ]

  • Mana cost increased from 55/60/65/70/75 to 65/70/75/80/85

 

Fox Fire Final IconFox Fire [ W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 50/80/110/140/170 to 40/65/90/115/140
  • Range decreased from 750 to 600

 

 

 

  • Base damage increased from 49 to 52


Conquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 75/105/135/165/195 to 65/85/105/125/145

 

Arise! [ W ]

  • Damage to towers decreased from 90 + 15-per-level (+0.6 AP) to 60 + 10-per-level (+0.4 AP)
  • Attack Range of Sand Soldiers decreased from 400 to 325

 

 

 

Diana Final Portrait

 

Pale Cascade Final IconPale Cascade [ W ]

  • Orbs now rotate around Diana at double speed (faster shield proc)

 

 

 

Gnar Final Portrait

 

Rage Gene Final IconRage Gene [ Passive ]

  • Now starts gaining rage 15 seconds after transforming back into Mini Gnar, increased from 13

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Barrel Roll Final IconBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Slow strength increased from 30/35/40/45/50% to 40/45/50/55/60%

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Null Sphere Final IconNull Sphere [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 80/105/130/155/180 to 70/95/120/145/170

 

 

 

Kennen Final Portrait

 

Electrical Surge Final IconElectrical Surge [ W ]

  • Active can now be cast if a target is inside Slicing Maelstorm, even if the target doesn’t have a Mark of the Storm

 

 

Sona Final Portrait

  • Base Health increased from 482.36 to 497.6
  • Health-per-level decreased from 77 to 70
  • Base Attack Damage increased from 50.04 to 52.04
  • Base Movement Speed increased from 325 to 330
  • Mana-per-second decreased from 1.8 to 1.6184
  • Mana-per-second per level increased from 0.08 to 0.13

 

 

Varus Final Portrait

 

Chain of Corruption Final IconChain of Corruption [ R ]

  • Missile width increased from 100 to 120

 

 

Item Changes

 

Fairsight Orb Final IconFairsight Orb [ Trinket ]

  • Now additionally places a visible ward at the target area that lasts 60 seconds

 

Greater Stealth Totem Final IconGreater Stealth Totem

  • Now stores up to two charges of wards. Regains a new charge every 60 seconds.

 

Oracles Lens Final IconOracle’s Lens

  • Price of upgrade decreased from 475 Gold to 250

 

Spectres Cowl Final IconSpectre’s Cowl

  • Passive healing when hit increased from 100% of base HP regen to 150%

 

 

Lunar Revel Animation

Lunar Revel is approaching; here’s a login screen to tease the upcoming event:

 

 

 

Range indicators on Zyras plants

Zyra’s plants now have indicators for range. Below are both versions of her plants.

 

Zyra Plants Indicator

 

 

Camera Move Speed Settings

 

The Camera Move Speed option has been split into two options for both mouse and keyboard.

Options Speed Update

 

 

New Options for Locked Camera

There are now two options for Locked Camera Mode: Fixed Offset and Per-side Offset. The former keeps the over-the-top perspective, while the Per-side offset aligns the camera “behind the shoulder” of the character, matching the camera angle for blue side and red side. Examples below:

 

Fixed Perside Offset

 

Fixed Offset for Blue Side

Blue Side Fixed

 

Per-side Offset for Blue Side

Blue Side Perside Offset

 

Fixed Offset for Red Side

Fixed Side Red Side

 

Per-side Offset for Red Side

Perside Offset Red Side


 
Texture Rebalances

 

Classic Kennen

Classic Kennen 1

Classic Kennen 2

 

Deadly Kennen

Deadly Kennen 1

 

Karate Kennen

Karate Kennen 1

 

Kennen M.D.

MD Kennen

 

Swamp Master Kennen has also been updated, but I don’t have access to the skin. :/

 

Arctic Ops Kennen

 

Classic Fiddlesticks


 

Spectral Fiddlesticks

 

Bandito Fiddlesticks

 

Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks

 

Fiddle Me Timbers

 

Surprise Party Fiddlesticks

 

Classic Veigar

Classic Veigar 2

 

White Mage Veigar

 

Veigar Greybeard

 

Leprechaun Veigar

 

Baron Von Veigar

 

Superb Villian Veigar

 

Lord Mordekaiser 

 

Infernal Mordekaiser

Infernal Morde

 

  • The audio bug with Firecracker Jinx’s minigun has been fixed.

 

 

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

 

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Darius Final Portrait

Draven Final Portrait

Fiora Final Portrait

Fizz Final Portrait

Janna Final Portrait

LeBlanc Final Portrait

Lux Final Portrait

Reksai Final Portrait

Varus Final Portrait

 

 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until December 29th:

 


Champions


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Varus Final Portrait

Vayne Final Portrait

 

Defender Leona – 375 RP




Groovy Zilean – 260 RP




Popstar Ahri – 487 RP

 

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Summary

On the forums, Phreak addressed the viability of immobile carries like Ashe, Miss Fortune and Varus. A currently popular exploit involving Blade of the Ruined King’s active is being investigated by Riot; note that exploiters are being perma-banned. Lastly, rumors of Middle-eastern servers, a thread to post performance issues with the new map, and an explanation from Morello on the delay of Cassiopeia’s PBE changes.

 

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All PBE Updates from Patch 4.20 Cycle:

[ 12/11 ] Changes to Fiora and Kalista

[ 12/11 ] Ward Skin Gifting, Preseason Icons, Nerfs to Amumu, Kha’Zix, Lee Sin and Warwick, Stat Buffs to Ryze and Jayce

[ 07/11 ] Maokai Visual Update (Unavailable), Updated Graves Splash Art, New Maokai Spell Icons, Mana Regen Nerfs for Supports

[ 07/11 ] Nerfs to Gnar, Katarina and Rammus, Buffs to Sona, Texture Rebalances for Riven and Jax, Preseason Tweaks, New Summoner Icons

[ 05/11 ] Kalista, Battlecast Alpha Skarner (Legendary), Battlecast Kog’Maw, Pickpocket Twitch, Captain Volibear, Safecracker Evelynn, Constable Trundle, Balance Changes, Texture Rebalances and More

 

 

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Miss Fortune Varus and Ashe need buffs

Phreak New PortraitJust wanting to chime in as a player:

I think it’s very easy to say, “Look at these weaknesses. This champion is horrible.” IMO every champion should have easily-identified weaknesses. Otherwise, why wouldn’t you pick the champion? It’d be a no-brainer. For example, I can take any of the top played champions from the recent World Championship and make a case for them being terrible.

Zilean: This is a mid-lane mage with no lategame. Only has one damage skill. And if we’re in “league of late-game AD Carries” why would I want to pick this champion? If I revive an ADC with Chronoshift, he just dies right again anyway. IDK what the point of this champion is. I’d much rather play something like Jayce who does more damage, scales harder, gives an AoE speed boost instead of single target, and actually has self-peel, unlike Zilean.

Alistar top: Wow, a “tank” champion whose only tank stats come from my ultimate? What if our opponents try to fight us more than every 2 minutes? This champion’s useless. I have to go into melee range to CC, but then I just die right after. And I have to build damage as a top laner. How else can I threaten the back line? Such a useless champion design. I’d rather just be Maokai who has a really short ultimate cooldown, more damaging abilities, and way better healing during a fight and in lane.

Lee Sin: Wow, absolutely no late game. With how much champions like Thresh and Janna are being played, there’s just no way I can land Q-Q-Ward-W-R without my opponent Flashing, simply dashing away (Lucian, Tristana, etc.), or the support just peeling me off. Add the fact that I have to go Lizard Elder, yet still don’t actually deal that much damage, means I can’t be a tank either. How is this champion supposed to team fight?

And the list goes on. Janna has a weak laning phase and no sustain. Twitch has no escapes. Tristana has no mid-game. Lucian’s ultimate is easily blocked by tanks.

What it comes down to is that every champion has STRENGTHS, too. There were two different periods in League competitive history where Miss Fortune was a top 3 AD Carry. One was right after her release where here base stats and laning power were so strong, you just wanted to crush lane. She had all the same weaknesses: No self-peel, no in-combat mobility… And yet she had this other strength of lane dominance that made her not only worth playing, but the premiere pick. The second was in early Season Three I believe when Miss Fortune+Amumu was the comp to beat. Area of Effect team fighting. That’s another strength of hers. And we saw at the World Championship people went back to champions like Rumble. We know teamfighting is still really important. But no one decided to try MF/Amumu for whatever reason, so she’s “weak.”

Also keep in mind that every champion has synergies and anti-synergies. We live in one of two worlds:
1. Champion select, item builds, counter-picks, etc. are entirely irrelevant.
2. Teammate and opponent champions are important and have a direct impact on champions’ success.

I think it’s pretty likely we live in World #2. This means that Miss Fortune’s (for example) power is in fact tied to the types of teammates and enemies she goes up against. There have been multiple times in the past where her environment made her sought-after (early laning was important, people really wanted team fight power). And it’s really easy to bring that back: Just choose to play for team fights, dragons, etc. And with League of Legends being a team game, it’s not too hard to say, “Hey, let’s play Miss Fortune+Amumu.” That’s a world where she thrives.

The final thought I want to share in on the metagame. By definition the metagame is what everyone ELSE is playing. You don’t have to pick Lee Sin, Lucian, and Kha’Zix just because everyone else is. The weird thing is, while competitive players pick their own small champion pools and play within their defined metagame, there are twice as many champions out there that are actually MORE successful in the game that WE are all playing. And other players don’t have to define what we play.

 Even within the current metagame (omg how could you be immobile? Kha’Zix will kill you!) Ashe is one of the top 3 most successful AD Carries right now in high MMR. No, she doesn’t deal as much damage as Tristana. No she’s not as safe as Tristana. But she stuns someone from 1500 range away. You can literally never be out of position against her or you give up a free kill and a turret. Tristana can’t do that. And again, I’m talking about Diamond-level players here. Ashe excels (more than Lucian, more than Tristana, more than Twitch, more than Kog’Maw) with and against elite players.

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So Ashe shouldnt be picked by nonDiamond players

Phreak New PortraitNot what I’m saying at all. I’m just pointing to a specific stat that exemplifies how powerful she is. I feel like it’s easy to strawman and be like “Well yeah newbs will get caught, but that won’t fly in top tier.” However, I’m pointing out that even in the top 1% or something, a CC-oriented AD Carry with no escapes is still exceptionally powerful. Ashe is very strong in all skill tiers last I checked.

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Rewards for positive play

Lyte Final PortraitAs the 2014 season comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate players who have demonstrated positive behavior. As a first step, players who haven’t been chat restricted or had their account suspended in the 2014 season will receive a 5-win IP boost this Friday, November 14th. Due to the number of players receiving this reward, we’ll be granting the bonuses over the next week. Keep an eye out for a shiny new boost icon next to your IP balance.

We’ve recently been focused on addressing extreme cases of verbal toxicity, and will soon be testing additional systems that address gameplay toxicity like leavers, AFKs, and intentional feeders. However, it’s important to keep in mind that players engaging in these behaviors really are not welcome in our community. Fewer than 1% of players have been escalated to a 14-day ban or permanent ban or even received a chat restriction.

As we mentioned previously, we’ve been testing some new chat ban systems and wanted to give you guys an update on our progress:

As of 11/13/2014, 95% of active players in 2014 have never received a punishment of any kind. The vast majority of you have not received chat restrictions, ranked restrictions, game bans or permanent bans this year!

So let’s spend some time highlighting the awesome behaviors in our community. If you’re a positive player in League, and are OK sharing some of your recent chat logs with the rest of the community, please post a reply here!

If you do, make sure you’ve verified your email account, because you may see another bonus head your way in the near future.

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Will the honor system ever come in use

Lyte Final PortraitYes. The current Honor was always a foundation, and we have plans to build on top of it. But, right now we’re focused on finishing the new Tribunal, LeaverBuster, and Team Builder.

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Is the 4win IP boost all well get

Lyte Final PortraitRead the post carefully, this is just the first gesture. 2 months left in the year :p

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[ Explanation ] A recent exploit was reported on Reddit; players would spam BotRK’s active without cooldown, instantly killing champions.

 

 

Exploit discovered announcement for NA players

Wulalowe: We are aware of an item exploit that some summoners are using. We are actively detecting and banning players abusing the exploit as well as working on a long term solution to this issue. Thank you for your patience while we work on this.

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About the current exploit reported

Dromaius New PortraitHi everyone,

We are aware of the exploit that some players have been using to instantly eliminate champions. We are actively working on the matter to have it resolved as soon as possible. In addition, all players found guilty of using this method will receive an appropriate sanction for using it.

There has been a fair amount of threads opened for that issue, and we will not be able to reply to each of them; we hope this post will help you see that we are working on it.

Note that as always, naming and shaming on the forums is not allowed. 

Edit: No need to contact Player Support anymore as we have enough information about this and will not require individual reports. Thanks everyone!

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Why is it witchhunting  to post proof on the forums

Pendragon New PortraitWe’re aware of the issue and actively working on a solution. Anyone who uses the exploit will certainly be punished appropriately.

Generally in that situation – additional reports do nothing to increase our awareness or improve our ability or desire to address it as quickly as possible, so at this point more than anything you’re just raising awareness to more folks who might want to try it.

The other thing to note that “proof” in the sense of calling out an individual is certainly witch-hunting. We have technological means to identify and verify people who are doing this.

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Performance Issues on the updated Summoners Rift

AEON New PortraitHey all,

We’re hearing some reports about players hitting performance-related issues on the updated Summoner’s Rift, and we’re actively investigating all possible causes.

While we look under the hood for potential optimizations on our end, there’s also a possibility that the updated Rift just doesn’t play nice with certain setups. For those with performance issues, we’d appreciate if you could:

  • Update your drivers
  • Adjust your environmental settings (try turning some down, as the scales got recalibrated! Your ‘medium’ settings on the old SR might actually be closer to a ‘low’ on the updated Summoner’s Rift - even with the same performance)
  • Disable HUD animations
  • Disable VSync

If none of the above work, you can help us out by posting a description of the issue in this thread along with a DxDiag:

  • Click the START button on the bottom left corner (default) or press the Windows Key.
  • Type dxdiag in the search box and press ENTER.
  • Click “Save All Information…” on the bottom right of the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  • Attach the file here.

We’re seeing a lot of machines run the same or better on the new Summoner’s Rift, but that’s exactly what these staged rollouts are for – tracking down the unforeseen performance considerations and figuring them out.

We’ll continue to provide updates via this thread on our efforts and thanks for your patience.

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Follow Up

ManWolf New PortraitThanks for all the dxdiags guys. That’s going to help us solve the problem much faster.

In the meantime, we think it may be an audio issue. I know it sucks, but if you guys disable sound you might see better performance. This isn’t permanent and we’re looking into a fix as I type this, but give it a shot in the interim. Thanks again. We’re on it!

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Delay with Cassiopeia changes on PBE

Morello Final PortraitYo guys,

Sorry, but we’ve had some nasty snafu’s with our PBE push. This is some process and technical stuff that’s preventing us from getting the latest Casseopia changes into the PBE – it’s pretty normal development, but it’ll take a bit to get that out (like about a week or so) due to how PBE and live branching works.

Stash is still iterating based on this and has new things on the kit, but we’re going to have to sorta shotgun them out on his next available PBE push. And since this is a new process to him, he didn’t know this when he talked to you guys.

When we can, we’ll show you the stuff you’ve talked about on PBE. Until then, sit tight, and thanks for being cool about it!

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Possible Middle-eastern servers

Riot_nicolo: We will re-boot our analysis for Middle East guys.

I don’t want to be dismissive because we will indeed do another territory analysis for this region, but I also need to manage your exceptions: we may not go with local servers there

To be transparent, the biggest challenge for the Middle East region is to find a server spot that improve latency for the whole region and to make sure there are enough CCU (concurrent players) at a given time to ensure reasonable matchmaking.

For example, if we put servers in Egypt, players in Saudi Arabia may have a worse ping because of Internet infrastructure: most connections from Saudi would through europe first before going back to Egypt. And vice versa. There are potential solutions for this so don’t lose hope but what we are saying this is not just a simple geographical equation. The Internet infrastructure is not that simple.

And if ping is only improved to a subset of the player base, it might take forever to find a match in matchmaking and then start a vicious cycle: players try the server, see it takes forever to find a match, which is then not super balanced, and thus go to the more populated server.

Then of course there are other challenges. We are still working on a few other data centers that we need to finish (NA east coast players, we haven’t forgotten you) and should we solve Middle East server location, we’d still need to work on a lot of other stuff (localization, transfer, etc…)

Hope that offers some perspective. I understand the frustration, I now live in a place where I also don’t have great ping. I promise we will look at it again. But can’t promise a solution yet.

Cheers and thanks for your continued support guys!

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until November 18th:


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Janna Final Portrait

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Quinn Final Portrait

Shyvana Final Portrait

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The following Champions will be free-to-play until October 22nd:

 

 

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Karma Final Portrait

Lee Sin Final Portrait

Morgana Final Portrait

Rumble Final Portrait

Singed Final Portrait

Syndra Final Portrait

Varus Final Portrait

Vi Final Portrait

Xerath Final Portrait

 

 

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The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until September 19th:


Champions


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Battlecast Xerath – 375 RP


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Nemesis Jax – 487 RP


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Pool Party Graves – 675 RP


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Patch 4.13 Notes



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Pwyff New Portrait Hi Summoners,

Welcome to patch 4.13! With the World Championships on the very near horizon, we’re ramping up our efforts to promote more diversity in competitive play (boy are you going to hear this a lot). While this patch might seem really big – and it is! – it’s more about the breadth of changes than any deep shakeups. What that really means is we’ve got about 40+ patch entries, but each change alone isn’t going to be very significant in isolation.

So with strategic diversity as our target in 4.13 (and this will be the same for upcoming patches leading to worlds), we’ve gone ahead and divided up our sections based on specific groups or themes. Under each category you can see our overarching goals and philosophies as well as deeper context on each individual champion, item, or summoner spell. Remember you can navigate through it all via our table of contents on the top right of the screen!

Included in patch 4.13 is also a gameplay update for Sona! While Sona hasn’t been on the very strong or very weak ends of the support spectrum, we saw a cool opportunity to give her more meaningful (and recognizable) gameplay without heavily changing her aura-focused playstyle. We’ll have more context below in her gameplay update, or you can check out theSona gameplay update page! Regardless, on with the patch notes!

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Champions

 

 

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64px-Concussive_BlowsConcussive Blows [ Passive ]

  • Stun damage decreased from 38 ( +12 per level ) to 32 ( +8 per level )

 

64px-Stand_Behind_MeStand Behind Me [ W ]

  • Mana cost increased from 30/40/50/60/70 to 50/55/60/65/70

 

64px-Glacial_FissureGlacial Fissure [ R ]

  • Knock-up time reduced from 1.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.3/1.5
  • Slow field strength reduced from 60% at all ranks to 40/50/60%
  • Slow duration of ice field decreased from 1.5 seconds to 0.3

 

 

Elise New Portrait

 

CocoonCocoon [ E ]

  • Hitbox width decreased from 70 to 55

 

RappelRappel [ Spider E ]

  • Range decreased from 925 to 700

 

 

 

Evelynn New Portrait

 

Hate SpikeHate Spike [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 40/60/80/100/120 to 30/45/60/75/90
  • Mana cost decreased from 16/22/28/34/40 to 12/18/24/30/36

 

 

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Barrel_RollBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Now deals 70% damage to minions

 

Drunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Now costs 30 mana at all levels (previously 0)
  • Damage reduction duration decreased from 3 seconds to 2.5
  • Cooldown decreased from 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 to 8/7/6/5/4

 

 

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BuckshotBuckshot [ Q ]

  • Bonus damage per additional shot increased from 35% to 40%
  • Maximum damage increased from 102/161.5/221/280.5/340 ( +1.36 bonus AD) to 108/171/234/297/360 ( +1.44 bonus AD)

 

Collateral_DamageCollateral Damage [ R ]

  • Initial base damage increased from 250/350/450 to 250/400/550
  • Secondary base damage increased from 200/280/360 to 200/320/440

 

 

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WarpathWarpath [ Passive ]

Now gains bonus attack damage equal to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25/27.5/30% of bonus MS, increased from 10/12.5/15/17.5/20/22.5/25% of bonus MS

 

RampageRampage [ Q ]

  • Mana cost reduced from 24/28/32/36/40 to 24/26/28/30/32

 

 

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Tailwind [ Passive ]

Range increased from 800 to 1000

 

Howling_GaleHowling Gale [ Q ]

  • Maximum knock-up duration increased from 1 second to 1.25
  • Cooldown now starts when Howling Gale is cast, not when the channel is over

 

 

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Kayle_ERighteous Fury [ E ] 

  • AP ratio on both the on-hit single target damage and splash damage increased from 0.2 to 0.25

 

Kayle_RIntervention [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 110/95/80 to 100/90/80

 

 


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  • Health-per-level decreased from 88 to 87 [ live value is 84 ]
  • Base HP decreased from 440 to 400

 

Caustic_SpittleCaustic Spittle [ Q ]

  • Armor / Magic Resist shred reduced from 20/22/24/26/28% to 12/16/20/24/28%

 

 


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DistortionDistortion [ W ]

  •  Mana cost reduced from 80/90/100/110/120 to 80/85/90/95/100

 

 

Lee Sin New Portrait

  • HP-per-second increased from 1.25 to 1.65 [ base HP-per-5 up from 6.25 to 8.25 ]

 

SafeguardSafeguard [ W ]

  • Shield duration decreased from 4 seconds to 2

 

CrippleCripple [ Second Cast E ]

  • No longer reduces Attack Speed

 

 

Lissandra New Portrait

 

Ice_ShardIce Shard [ Q ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds to 6/5.25/4.5/3.75/3

 

Ring_of_FrostRing of Frost [ W ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

 

Frozen_TombFrozen Tomb [ R ]

  •  Slow strength increased from 20/30/40% to 30/45/75%

 

 

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Relentless_PursuitRelentless Pursuit [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds to 18/17/16/15/14
  • No longer reduces slow effects

 

 


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GlitterlanceGlitterlance [ Q ] 

  • Glitterlance’s slow decay no longer scales with ability power

 

WhimsyWhimsy [ W ]

  • Movement speed duration reduced from 5 seconds at all ranks to 3/3.5/4/4.5/5
  • Mana cost decreased from 65/70/75/80/85 to 65 at all ranks

 

 

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IlluminationIllumination [ Passive ]

  • Damage changed from 10 + ( 10*Level ) to 10 + ( 8 *Level ) + ( 0.2 AP )

 

 


Nami New Portrait

  • Base movement speed decreased from 340 to 335

 

Ebb_and_FlowEbb and Flow [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 9 seconds to 10

 

 

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Undertow Undertow [ Q ]

  • Cooldown reduced from 8 seconds to 7

 

Vicious_StrikesVicious Strikes [ W ]

  • Heal strength is now increased by 1% for every 2% HP missing, increased from every 2.5%

 

RagnarokRagnarok [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 120/100/80 seconds to 100/90/80

 

 

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TremorsTremors [ R ]

  • Now has a range indicator for how far the shockwaves expand

 

 

Sivir New Portrait

 

On_The_Hunt2On The hunt [ R ]

  • Movement Speed now wears off after 2/4/6 seconds, increased from 2/3/4

 

 

Sona New Portrait

 

Power Chord [ Passive ]

 

Sona_Passive No changes.

 

 

 

Hymn of Valor [ Q ]

 

Range: 700 || Cost: 45/50/55/60/65 mana || Cooldown: 8 seconds at all ranks

Sona_QActive: Sona sends out bolts of sound that deal 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to the two nearest enemies within 700 range, prioritizing champions.

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Hymn of Valor‘s aura deal 40/50/60/70/80 (+10/20/30 per Crescendo rank) (+0.25 AP) bonus magic damage on their next basic attack within 5 seconds. The damage increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Staccato: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord deals 50% bonus damage.

 

 

Aria of Perseverance [ W ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 65/70/75/80/85 mana || Cooldown: 10 seconds at all ranks

Sona_WActive: Sona heals herself and a nearby allied champion with the lowest health percentage for  20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 (+ 0.2 AP) . The healing is increased by 1% for every 1% of the target’s missing health, up to a maximum of 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 0.4 AP) .

Aura: Sona and allied champions tagged with Aria of Perseverance‘s aura are shielded for 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+10 / 20 / 30) (+ 0.2 AP) up to 1.5 seconds. The shield’s strength increases by 10 for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Diminuendo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also reduce the target’s damage output by 20% (+ 2% per 100 AP) for 3 seconds.

 

 

Song of Celerity [ E ]

 

Cost: 65 mana || Cooldown: 12 seconds at all seconds

Sona_EActive: Sona gains 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 % (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) (+ 7.5% per 100 AP) bonus movement speed that decays down to 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) over 3 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Aura: Allied champions tagged with Song of Celerity’s aura gain 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 2 / 4 / 6%) movement speed for 1.5 seconds. The movement speed bonus is increased by an additional 2% for each rank in Crescendo [ R ] .

Sona_Passive Tempo: If this spell was last cast when Power Chord [ Passive ] is ready, Power Chord will also slow the target by 40% (+ 4% per 100 AP) for 2 seconds.

 

 

Crescendo [ R ]

 

Range: 1000 || Cost: 100 / 150 / 200 mana || Cooldown: 140 / 120 / 100 seconds

Sona_RPassive: Each rank of Crescendo improves Sona’s aura bonuses and Song of Celerity’s self buff.

Active: Sona plays an irresistible chord in a line, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 0.5 AP) magic damage to enemy champions and stunning them for 1.5 seconds, forcing them to dance.

 

 

Thresh New Portrait

 

DarkPassageDark Passage [ W ]

  • Shield value increased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 60/100/140/180/220
  • No longer shields all allies in range of the lantern, but just Thresh and the first ally to go near the lantern

 

TheBoxThe Box [ R ]

  •  If a wall is broken, the remaining walls deal no damage and apply the slow for half its duration

 

 


Tristana New Portrait

 

Rocket_JumpRocket Jump [ W ]

  • Slow duration reduced from 2.5 seconds at all ranks to 1/1.5/2/2.5/3.0

 

Explosive_ShotExplosive Shot [ E ]

  • Damage-over-time decreased from 110/150/190/230/270 to 80/125/170/215/260

 

 

Varus New Portrait

 

Chain_of_CorruptionChain of Corruption [ R ]

  •  Cooldown decreased from 120/105/90 seconds  to 110/90/70

 

 


Vayne New Portrait

  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 3.1% to 4%

 

Final_HourFinal Hour [ R ]

  • Bonus AD increased from 25/40/55 to 30/50/70

 

 

Yasuo New Portrait

 

Way_of_the_Wanderer Way of the Wanderer [ Passive ]

Shield duration reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1

 

Wind_WallWind Wall [ W ]

  • No longer builds additional Flow when dashing (aka passive removed)

 

 

Ziggs New Portrait

 

Mega_Inferno_BombMega Inferno Bomb [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 120/105/90 seconds to 120 at all ranks

 

 

Items



Banshee's_VeilBanshee’s Veil

  • Spell shield now refreshes after 40 seconds, increased from 25

 


Chalice_of_HarmonyChalice of Harmony

  • Magic resist decreased  from 25 to 20

 

deathfire graspDeathfire Grasp

  • Cooldown on active increased from 60 seconds to 90

 

3361 Greater Stealth Totem

  • Cooldown decreased from 120 seconds to 90

 

Frostfang_itemFrostfang

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to 2

 

Frost Queen's ClaimFrost Queen’s Claim

  • Gold-per-10 decreased from 4 to

 


Nomad's_Medallion_itemNomad’s Medallion

  • Mana-per-5 decreased from 7 to 5
  • Now grants 10 flat Movement Speed

 


Rylai's_Crystal_ScepterRylai’s Crystal Scepter

  • Health decreased from 500 to 400
  • AP increased from 80 to 100

 


Talisman_of_Ascension_itemTalisman of Ascension

  • Health-per-5 increased from 10 to 15
  • Cooldown reduction decreased from 20% to 10%
  • Now grants 20 flat Movement Speed

 

 

 

Summoner Spells


 


ExhaustExhaust

  • Damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%
  • Now reduces target’s Armor and Magic Resist by 10 for the duration of Exhaust

 



HealHeal

  • Now heals for 90-345 (+15 per level), decreased from 95-475 (+15/20/25/30 per level)

 

 

Upcoming Skins

 

 

Debonair Ezreal Skin Spotlight

 

 

Debonair Vi Skin Spotlight

 

 

Ezreal_Splash_7

Vi_Splash_3

 

 

Team Builder

We’ve made a number of improvements to Team Builder in the months since its initial release. This patch, we’re adding improved matchmaking to the list of updates!

  • Team Builder is receiving a few updates in the days following the initial 4.13 deploy:
    • Team Builder matchmaking now takes into account your experience with the specific champion, position and role you’ve selected.
    • Players can now unlock new role-themed summoner icons by playing 5 games in Team Builder as a specific role

Team Builder Matchmaking Adjustment

 

Match History Beta


Based on your feedback, we’ve been adding new tools and visualizations to theMatch History over the past few patches. Here are some of our recent changes!

  • Color blind mode has been added
  • Vilemaw is now tracked as an objective for Twisted Treeline matches
  • A Match Breakdown section has been added, providing:
    • Graphs for Champion Kills, Gold, Damage, and Wards
    • Champion portrait indicators for First Blood, First Tower Destroyed, Largest Multi Kill and Largest Killing Spree
  • Selecting a champion in the minimap’s Champion Kills view now also indicates their death locations

While we were at it, we squashed a few bugs and inconsistencies with Match History’s data tracking and reporting.

  • Purple team objectives are now tracked correctly for Co-op vs. AI matches
  • Item tooltips for matches played on previous patches now display item details specific to that patch
  • Fixed a few rendering bugs for matches longer than 60 minutes
  • Fixed a bug where item undo wasn’t reversing gold spent, causing players to appear to have spent more than they earned
  • Clicking a match in another player’s in-client match history now correctly highlights them on the web

Lastly, while our focus is on making the Match History web experience as awesome as possible, we’ve added a bit more information to the client’s “at a glance” match history view for players who want the bare essentials.

  • Item build, gold earned and summoner spells have been added to the in-client “at a glance” match history

 

Match history now displays your item build in every match.

 

Match History Screen

 

Bugfixes

  • Tooltips for Sheen, Trinity Force, Lich Bane and Iceborn Gauntlet now correctly list the Spellblade passive as having a 1.5 second cooldown (actual value unchanged)
  • Fixed a bug causing players to get stuck in Spectator mode at the end of a match
  • Fixed a few tooltip bugs with Spirit of the Ancient Golem
  • Fixed a bug where the game clock would occasionally become desynchronized, causing buffs to appear to spawn too early
  • Fixed an Undo feature bug with activatable items

Since launching our new audio engine last patch, we’ve been working to fix a lot of small differences that crept in.

  • Howling Abyss death music is now properly controlled via the Music slider in Sound Options
  • Fixed a few issues where players were hearing sounds from distant areas of the map
  • Removed various VO lines that snuck in with the new engine
  • Rebalanced a number of sound effects to more closely match their old levels
  • Fixed a few instances where some effects were playing for too long, getting cut off, or improperly playing on top of each other

 

 

 

Skin Splash Updates

The following skins have all had their splash arts changed with splash arts from the Chinese client:

  • Noxus Hunter Anivia
  • Red Riding Annie
  • Rusty Blitzcrank
  • Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
  • Desperada Cassiopeia
  • Siren Cassiopeia
  • Mr. Mundoverse
  • Tango Evelynn
  • Minuteman Gangplank
  • Dreadknight Garen
  • Alien Invader Heimerdinger
  • Blast Zone Heimerdinger
  • Nightblade Irelia
  • Aviator Irelia
  • Commando Jarvan IV
  • Silver Kayle
  • Viridian Kayle
  • Sorceress Lux
  • Chosen Master Yi
  • Candy Cane Miss Fortune
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Snow Bunny Nidalee
  • Leopard Nidalee
  • Ravager Nocturne
  • Forsaken Olaf
  • Glacial Olaf
  • Ruthless Pantheon
  • Noxus Poppy
  • Chrome Rammus
  • Frozen Shen
  • Hextech Singed
  • Black Belt Udyr
  • Curling Veigar

 



New Summoner Icons


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