Midseason is coming up soon and balance will be a bit wobbly for a patch, so consider this patch more of a setup. That being said, we’re focusing on changes that either need to happen now, or will have evergreen results going forwards.
First, we’re taking this chance to look at the way latency interacts with gameplay. Obviously, nobody likes playing on high latency, but some champions suffer far more from the impact. We’re putting in some Quality of Life changes to make those champions less punishing when your inputs aren’t quite as responsive.
Then, there’s the pro scene. With MSI coming up, there are a few strong outliers we’d like to make sure aren’t completely dominating pick/ban phase, so we’re making appropriate changes as needed.
On the other end of the spectrum, now is the perfect time to show love to some underpowered champions who need playstyle love. Aatrox is getting some extra power in the aftermath of his update, while Udyr is getting a tiny update of his own.
Finally, we’re taking this chance to retune some of the game systems in Twisted Treeline and ARAM to give some of our quicker game modes a cleaner experience.
So get out there and toss some Poros,
Xayah, the Rebel, and Rakan, the Charmer, will be released later on during patch 7.8! In the meantime, learn more about the vastaya freedom fighters here:
Hellbent attack speed up and now refreshes on monsters. W missing health heal up.
Despite some love in patch 7.6, Aatrox is still struggling with consistency (especially in the jungle). His new passive is much more difficult to access in the jungle than the old one, so we’re tuning that. As well, we’re adding some power back into his self-healing to help him feel safer staying in fights.
Passive now true damage. Passive numbers down.
The function of Amumu’s passive (post-mitigation true damage) didn’t match expectations (true damage), so we’re switching to the latter and adjusting the numbers accordingly.
A single brush no longer blocks vision of epic monsters.
Ivern’s brush is already brimming with utility (let’s not get too deep into the weeds listing every use case); controlling neutral objectives so easily doesn’t need to be one of them.
Q casting made more fluid.
Latency limits what you can do with a character, but for a low cooldown spellcaster like Karthus, it can feel like your internet plays more of a role than your opponent’s juking. We’re fixing that with some quality of life magic.
Q damage scaling up. Passive cooldown down at later levels.
We want Lissandra to be rewarded for her good positioning by getting to land multiple Ice Shards. Currently that often just leads to her running OOM, so we’re giving her more access to the mana from her passive as the game goes on.
Armour down. Voidling health down.
Malzahar’s voidlings are too damaging to ignore, but - for many bot laners - too difficult to dispatch quickly. Counters to their health pattern exist (on-hit abilities, recurve bow, or area of effect damage), but we’re reducing voidling health to make those counters somewhat more consistently effective when they are opted into.
Mana regen per level decreased. E mana cost increased.
Nautilus creates a ton of free pressure if he constantly pushes with Riptide, but still gets to have mana to do whatever else he wants, whether that’s assist ganks, escape them, or fight duels. Pushing constantly with his abilities - specifically before he’s invested in Sunfire Cape or mana items - should make a bigger dent in his mana pool so that opponents have more opportunities to punish him.
Q cooldown resets on W/E cast, not hit.
Much like Karthus, Ryze’s quick combos create a large gap between low and high ping players by decreasing accessibility to his combos. We’re making his resets a bit more fluid to bridge that gap.
Q does less damage to minions but more to champions. R shield scales with missing health.
Shen is one of those champions who always performs considerably better in organised play, thanks to the top-tier roaming power Stand United affords him. At the moment, his built-in waveclear gives him consistent map-pressure (which significantly decreases any costs he might face for leaving lane). We’re trimming both his waveclear and his roaming pressure but adding baseline damage and more crowd control consistency to compensate.
Q and W now have effects every 3 hits. Ability mana costs adjusted.
Udyr players currently feel pretty pinned into playing Phoenix Udyr or Tiger Udyr, while skipping out entirely on the other one until the end of the game. We’d like to ensure that using all of Udyr’s abilities is at least an option. That means making Tiger and Turtle more compelling stances to remain in, while also making low-level abilities less of a drain on his mana pool.
Several changes to make ARAMs faster. More poros.
When playing ARAM people are usually looking for a shorter game, but sometimes what ends up happening is a tug-of-war of inhibitor pushes till someone really screws up. We want to reduce the scenarios where that happens reducing average time per game in the process.
Death timers changed, minions and super minions are stronger, attack speed on Nexus turrets reduced, Vilemaw HP reduced. Health Relics now heal more health if you’re lower on it.
Twisted Treeline has two consistent metas: one with two laners and a jungler, the other with two laners and a support. We think this interplay makes the map pretty cool, but at the moment the support style is dominant thanks to the ease of funnelling experience into one champion. That one champion is typically one who gains shields, resistances, or sustain that are meant to allow them survivability in the 5v5s of Summoner’s Rift, and instead afford them insane tankiness in the 3v3s of Twisted Treeline. That - combined with their high stats from levels - allows them to carry a game a little too hard. To combat this, we’re changing the way experience works to make that snowballing a bit less prevalent. Basically, if you’re ahead in levels, you get less experience.
We also want to address the game mode’s potential to turn immediately off of one mid-game teamfight. We’re tuning death timers in the late game to be shorter, allowing a team with a huge lead some chance to recover from a single mistake. Finally, we’re making Vilemaw easier to take, scaling up minions, and lowering Nexus Turret’s overall damage so that when you do lean on a lead, you have better potential to close a game out. To top it all off, we’re having minions spawn earlier to get you out of the game slightly more quickly.
Because you should know when you activate your keystone mastery.
Mini Krugs get back in your cave.
Clarity around who killed Rift Scuttler
Gold sound KACHING
Legend of the Poro King returns between 11AM – 3AM AEST from 21/4/17 to 24/4/17 and 28/4/2017 to 1/5/2017. Pelt your enemies in a grand snowball fight on the Howling Abyss to summon the resplendent Poro King.
As we near the end of beta, we’re focused on fixing bugs and tuning performance.
A while back, we introduced our plan for replacing the legacy client. We’ve recently kicked off Phase 2 in Oceania and the results so far are encouraging. This patch, we’ll be extending it to more regions. Check out our latest beta update for details on the client rollout.
You can find solutions to most common issues in the Known Issues section of our support site.