Jul 17, 2018

Official Patch 8.14 Notes Released!

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Introduction

As the latest patch hits, we're definitely seeing some tentative attempts by Riot to bring back some of the old bot-laners into mix with slight buffs on Jinx, Karma, Sivir, Twitch, and Vayne. Meanwhile, most of the tank champions are being hit with the nerf bat, allowing marksmen some breathing room.

Check out the full scope of changes below!


Summary

Buffs: Jinx, Karma, Sion, Twitch, Ahri, Cassiopeia, Corki, Elise, Nasus, Pantheon, Rek'Sai, Sivir, Vel'Koz, Vayne, Vi, Viktor
Nerfs: Dr. Mundo, Rakan, Sejuani, Shen, Swain, Talon, Wukong, Zoe
Tweaks: Aatrox, Fizz

Patch 8.14 notes

BY AETHER, GENTLEMAN GUSTAF

Welcome to patch 8.14. Over the last few patches, the game has seen some pretty hefty changes to the jungle, mid lane, marksmen, and Aatrox. For the next few patches, we'll be dialing it back and doing some smaller-scope changes, mostly balance tweaks.

First, you'll notice two new section as of last patch: simple buffs and simple nerfs. For the most part, that's for self-explanatory changes designed at making a champion stronger or weaker but not really altering their playstyle all that meaningfully.

We're also following up on the Aatrox rework, looking to reduce some of his overbearing lane presence and give him more to do in late-game teamfights. Finally, we're taking a small dive into two of our AP assassins (Fizz and Ahri) to make their gameplay a bit more intuitive and satisfying.

GLHF!
 Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman Paul "Aether" Perscheid

Patch Highlights



Champions



Aatrox

Base health decreased. Q base damage decreased. E recharge rate decreased early, increased later. R bonus attack damage increased. Q timer freezes while reviving.
Now that Aatrox players have gotten some games under their belt and mastered his pretty unique spells, it turns out he's pretty strong, especially in lane. We're pulling some of his early game power in exchange for some more late-game consistency.

General

NEWBANNER OF....In addition to switching Aatrox's sword stance, toggling CTRL+5 now unfurls banner-style wings

Base Stats

HEALTH610  580

Q - The Darkin Blade

BASE DAMAGE20/35/50/65/80  10/25/40/55/70
Q2 DAMAGE125% of Q1 damage (unchanged)
Q3 DAMAGE150% of Q1 damage (unchanged)
SWEET SPOT DAMAGE150% of Q1, Q2, or Q3 damage (unchanged)
DAMAGE TO MINIONS65-100% (at levels 1-18) of base damage  50-100% (at levels 1-18) of base damage

E - Umbral Dash

RECHARGE RATE20/18/16/14/12 seconds  24/20/16/12/8 seconds

R - World Ender

BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE20% total attack damage  20/22.5/25% total attack damage
NEWPAUSING THE APOCALYPSEQ's recast timer is now frozen while reviving

Mid-Patch 8.13 Updates

These changes went live partway through 8.13.
Q1 LENGTH625  650
Q1 WIDTH175  200
Q2 LENGTH500  525 (sweet spot size unchanged)

Fizz

W no longer deals bonus damage against primed targets. W base damage increased. W now grants on-hit damage if empowered attack does not kill its target.
The mark-priming mechanic on Fizz's W was unsatisfying, asking players to hold one of their damage tools until later. As an assassin, his role is to lay down damage quickly and get out, which made that wait feel particularly awkward. We're removing the priming mechanic, and bringing back an on-hit buff on the active, but keeping the cooldown reset on kills. The new W still does damage over a longer period of time, but more of that damage is front-loaded so Fizz players can more quickly make like a trident and stab.

UPDATEDW - Seastone Trident

Fizz's next basic attack deals bonus damage. If it kills a unit, W's cooldown and mana cost are partially refunded. If it doesn't, Fizz's subsequent basic attacks are empowered for 5 seconds.
EMPOWERED ATTACK DAMAGE20/30/40/50/60 (+0.4 ability power) 40/50/60/70/80 (+0.4 ability power)
ATTACK RESET?Yes (unchanged)
COOLDOWN10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds  7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds
COST30/40/50/60/70 mana (unchanged)
REFUND ON KILLW's cooldown resets to 1 second and Fizz is refunded20/28/36/42/50 mana  20/28/36/44/52 mana
DAMAGE BUFF ON NON-KILL10/15/20/25/30 (+0.3 ability power) on-hit damage for 5 seconds
PASSIVE BLEED20/30/40/50/60 (+0.4 ability power) over 3 seconds (unchanged)
LESS STABBYW's passive bleed no longer applies to targets Fizz passes through during Q's dash or to targets hit by R's fish or shark

Jinx

Base health increased. Health growth decreased.
Part of the reason marksmen (notably the immobile, late-scaling ones) are struggling is low lane durability against the new aggressive champions they face.

Base Stats

HEALTH531  581
HEALTH GROWTH88  84

Karma

Base mana regen increased; growth decreased. Base armor increased; Q splash radius increased. Empowered detonation damage decreased at early ranks.
Support Karma is struggling hard at most skill levels, but at this point a straight buff might push her too high up in organized play. We're upping her baseline spellcasting and durability, but pulling back some of her waveclear to keep her from becoming overbearing at the highest levels of play.

Base stats

MANA REGEN8.5 mana per 5 seconds  11.5 mana per 5 seconds
MANA REGEN GROWTH0.8 mana per 5 seconds  0.5 mana per 5 seconds
BASE ARMOR20.4  26

Q - Inner Flame

SPLASH RADIUS250  280
SOULFLARE DETONATION DAMAGE50/150/250/350 (at Mantra levels 1/2/3/4)  35/140/245/350 (at Mantra levels 1/2/3/4)

Sion

Q base damage and damage ratio increased at later ranks.
Sion's last round of nerfs was necessary while Banner of Command was the top pick for top laners. Now that the item has been removed from the game, he's landing on the weak side.

Q - Decimating Smash

BASE DAMAGE30/47.5/65/82.5/100  30/50/70/90/110
DAMAGE RATIO0.45/0.50/0.55/0.6/0.65 total attack damage 0.45/0.525/0.6/0.675/0.75 total attack damage

Twitch

Base health increased. Health growth decreased.
Part of the reason marksmen (notably the immobile, late-scaling ones) are struggling is low lane durability against the new aggressive champions they face.

Base Stats

HEALTH542  582
HEALTH GROWTH87  84

Mid-Patch 8.13 Updates

Because last patch was three weeks long (compared to our usual two weeks), we put out a larger balance update than usual in the interim. We're reposting those changes in this patch to make sure you've seen them.

Aatrox

SEE ABOVESee above

Caitlyn

HEADSHOT DAMAGE50% (+100% crit chance) total attack damage  50-100% (at levels 1/7/13) (+125% crit chance) total attack damage

Tristana

Q ATTACK SPEED30/50/70/90/110%  50/65/80/95/110%
E COST70/75/80/85/90 mana  50/55/60/65/70 mana

Varus

Q MINIMUM DAMAGE RATIO1.0 total attack damage  1.1 total attack damage
Q MAXIMUM DAMAGE RATIO1.5 total attack damage  1.65 total attack damage
W ON-HIT DAMAGE5/9/13/17/21  7/10.5/14/17.5/21
W STACK POP DAMAGE2/2.75/3.5/4.25/5% target's maximum health per stack 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% target's maximum health per stack

Nocturne

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE65  62
R DAMAGE RATIO1.5 bonus attack damage  1.2 bonus attack damage

Taliyah

PASSIVE MOVEMENT SPEED30-45%  20-45%
Q COOLDOWN9/7.5/6/4.5/3 seconds  11/9/7/5/3 seconds

SFX Updates

Updated the SFX for a few champions.
KENNENNew SFX on entire kit
LEE SINUpdated mixing and mastering for current SFX
KOG'MAWUpdated mixing and mastering for current SFX
JARVAN IVUpdated mixing and mastering for current SFX

Simple Buffs



Ahri

E mana cost decreased. E charm duration increased early.
Picking opponents off with her mobility and Charm is Ahri's core pattern, so we want to make sure that Charm feels appropriately impactful, even early on.

E - Charm

COST85 mana  70 mana
CHARM DURATION1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds  1.4/1.55/1.7/1.85/2 seconds

Cassiopeia

Q base damage increased late. Q damage ratio increased.

Q - Noxious Blast

BASE DAMAGE75/120/165/210/255  75/125/175/225/275
DAMAGE RATIO0.7 ability power  0.8 ability power

Corki

E base damage and resistance reduction per stack increased.

E - Gatling Gun

BASE DAMAGE80/140/200/260/320  120/170/220/270/320
RESISTANCE REDUCTION PER STACK0.5/1/1.5/2/2.5 1/1.375/1.75/2.125/2.5

Elise

Health growth increased.

Base Stats

HEALTH GROWTH85  93

Nasus

Passive lifesteal increased early.

Passive - Soul Eater

LIFESTEAL10/15/20% (at levels 1/7/13)  12/18/24% (at levels 1/7/13)

Pantheon

Bonus attack speed at level 1 added. W base damage increased.
Attack speed should help Pantheon's jungle without pushing his top lane up too much.

Base stats

BONUS ATTACK SPEED AT LEVEL 10%  8%

W - Aegis of Zeonia

BASE DAMAGE50/75/100/125/150  60/85/110/135/160

Rek'Sai

Q and R damage ratios increased.

Q - Queen's Wrath

DAMAGE RATIO0.4 bonus attack damage  0.5 bonus attack damage

Q - Prey Seeker

DAMAGE RATIO0.4 bonus attack damage  0.5 bonus attack damage

R - Void Rush

DAMAGE RATIO1.85 bonus attack damage  2.0 bonus attack damage

Sivir

Q cooldown decreased.

Q - Boomerang Blade

COOLDOWN9 seconds  7 seconds

Vel'Koz

Q damage ratio increased.

Q - Plasma Fission

DAMAGE RATIO0.6 ability power  0.8 ability power

Vayne

W damage increased late.

W - Silver Bolts

MAXIMUM HEALTH DAMAGE4/6/8/10/12% target's maximum health 4/6.5/9/11.5/14% target's maximum health

Vi

Base attack speed increased. R cooldown decreased.

Base stats

BASE ATTACK SPEED0.625  0.644

R - Assault and Battery

COOLDOWN130/100/70 seconds  110/85/60 seconds

Viktor

W cast range increased.

W - Gravity Field

CAST RANGE700  800

Simple Nerfs



Dr. Mundo

Q health refund decreased.

Q - Infected Cleaver

HEALTH COST REFUND ON HIT50%  40% (still doubled on kill)

Rakan

Q cooldown increased late. R cooldown increased.

Q - Gleaming Quill

COOLDOWN12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds  12/11/10/9/8 seconds

R - The Quickness

COOLDOWN120/100/80 seconds  130/110/90 seconds

Sejuani

R stun duration decreased.

R - Glacial Prison

MAX STUN DURATION2 seconds  1.5 seconds

Shen

Q slow decreased early.

Q - Twilight Assault

SLOW35%  15/20/25/30/35%

Swain

R explosion damage ratio decreased.

R - Demon Flare

MAX EXPLOSION DAMAGE RATIO1.35 ability power  1.05 ability power

Talon

W return damage decreased late.

W - Rake

INCOMING DAMAGE70/95/120/145/170  70/85/100/115/130

Wukong

E base damage decreased late.

E - Nimbus Strike

BASE DAMAGE65/110/155/200/245  65/100/135/170/205

Zoe

W base damage decreased late. W damage ratio decreased.

W - Spell Thief

BASE DAMAGE75/120/165/210/255  75/105/135/165/195
DAMAGE RATIO0.65 ability power  0.55 ability power

Items


Jungle Items

If you have the most individual total gold on your team, lane minions kills grant less gold.
Jungle funneling tends to be a very passive and unengaging strategy, largely rooted in avoiding conflict. This is subverting a lot of normal laning patterns, so we're looking to significantly nerf the strategy. We'll be pursuing cleaner system solutions to the problem in preseason, but for now we're just trying to decrease the viability of funneling.

Hunter's Machete/Hunter's Talisman

NEWMONSTER HUNTERIf you have the most individual total gold on your team, lane minions kills will grant 10 less gold. This penalty is removed upon completion of an Enchantment on a Skirmisher's Sabre or Stalker's Blade.

Mid-Patch 8.13 Updates

Because last patch was three weeks long (compared to our usual two weeks), we put out a larger micropatch in the interim than usual. We're reposting those changes in this patch to make sure you've seen them.

Stormrazor

BUILD PATHBF Sword + Pickaxe + Dagger + 725 gold  BF Sword + Pickaxe + Dagger + Dagger + 425 gold
TOTAL COST3200 gold (unchanged)
CRIT DAMAGE160-200% (at 0-60% crit chance)  160-200% (at 0-30% crit chance)

Brawler's Gloves

COST600 gold  400 gold

Zeal

COMBINE COST400 gold  600 gold
TOTAL COST1300 gold (unchanged)

Summoner Spells


Teleport

Cooldown increased.
Teleport has emerged as a dominant summoner spell in most lanes. This is particularly problematic bot lane, where it's often taken on champions who simply wish to avoid conflict in the laning phase and scale into the late game. For now, we're increasing the cooldown to give combat summoners a longer window in which to punish Teleport users.
BASE COOLDOWN300 seconds  360 seconds
CANCELED COOLDOWN200 seconds  240 seconds

Runes


Conqueror

Bonus attack damage decreased.
Conqueror has been crowding out other keystone options for fighters, as well as room for non-fighter champions in top lane. Reducing some of its laning strength should give other keystones (and champions) more ability to fight back.
BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE10-35 (at levels 1-18)  6-35 (at levels 1-18)

Ghost Poro

Ghost Poro now requires an active placement.
NEWDELIBERATE HAUNTINGAfter 1 second in brush, your current trinket becomes a ghost poro item, which may be used to place ghost poro
UPDATEDSPOOKY SPOOKYWhile either you or your ghost poro is anywhere in enemy territory (past the river), gain 5-20 (based on level) ability power or 3-12 bonus attack damage, adaptive.

Zombie Ward

Zombie Wards no longer spawn from friendly wards which time out. Damaging a champion after destroying a ward inflicts bonus damage.
NEWWARD'S REVENGEDamaging a champion after destroying a ward inflicts 30-90 (at levels 1-18) bonus magic damage
UPDATEDFRIENDLY BURIALZombie Wards now only spawn from enemy wards killed, not also friendly wards which time out.

Cursor Update


(Left to right, top row: Default Cursor, Ally Hover, Enemy Hover, Enemy Hover - Colorblind)
(Left to right, bottom row: Target, Ward Bush + Target Ally, Attack Move + Target Enemy)
After nine and a half years, we’re updating the in-game cursor! It’s got all the same functionality as the bronze gauntlet we've worn for years but with a bunch of improvements.
NEWAll cursor states have been updated (see above for some of the most common)
SHAPECleaner and simpler, so it's easier to track as it moves across your screen
COLORSAdjusted across all states prevent blending in with the map or with particles in chaotic team fights
SCALABLECan now be scaled up and down in the Options > Interface menu. Great for 4K resolutions!
NOSTALGIAYou can still switch back to the old cursor via a toggle in the Options > Interface menu

Champ Select


Failing to ban a champion no longer kicks you from champ select. This change went live during 8.13.
It’s a bit harsh to break up a champ select lobby on a missed ban selection, so instead, failing to ban a champion will default to “No Ban” and champ select will keep on truckin’. Failing to select a champion for yourself will still incur a dodge.

Bugfixes


  • Recurve Bow no longer incorrectly applies on-hit damage to towers if the champion has enough ability power to deal magic damage to towers
  • Charm effects now correctly cause Scuttle Crab to take increased damage
  • Wukong's W - Decoy now correctly takes true damage from champions with Conqueror
  • Fixed a bug where Bone Plating's cooldown was incorrectly reset when revive effects were triggered
  • Fixed a bug where Bone Plating would cause Zac to revive if all of his Passive - Cell Division blobs were killed at the same time
  • Shields on Star Guardian Ezreal are no longer misplaced during his dancing animation
  • PROJECT: Leona's E - Zenith Blade's VFX no longer pass through Yasuo's W - Windwall
  • Meowkai's Laugh SFX no longer stack when the emote is spammed
  • Skin-specific SFX have been restored for Santa Draven
  • Dark Waters Diana's R - Lunar Rush no longer causes frame drops when used on an enemy from Fog of War
  • Certain shield particles from items and champion abilities no longer render through terrain during the animation of God-King Darius' R - Noxian Guillotine
  • Updates have been made to Pulsefire Twisted Fate to increase gameplay clarity
  • Hextech / Star Guardian Poppy no longer display base Poppy's VFX when an enemy destroys the P - Iron Ambassador buckler
  • Twisted Fate's E - Stacked Deck empowered attacks now correctly deal their bonus damage if Twisted Fate dies while they are traveling
  • Twisted Fate's E - Stacked Deck counter no longer gets confused after he is affected by a revival effect (Guardian Angel, Zilean's R - Chronoshift)

Upcoming Skins & Chromas


The following skins will be released this patch. Grab the League Displays app for full-res splashes!

The following emotes will be released this patch:




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