Patch 7.12 notes

By Aether, Costy, Gentleman Gustaf, Luqizilla

Howdy, friends.

7.12’s the first patch in a bit that hasn’t come with a new or updated champion, but that doesn’t mean it’s one to sleep on. Required reading for your 7.12 matches: check out the support item sweep. We’re looking to create better item build diversity between tankier supports and their Enchanter compatriots, and changes run the gamut from cost adjustments up to a full-on rework to Zeke’s Harbinger (now Zeke’s Convergence). Past that, we have a healthy assortment of balance work, both to those recent projects we mentioned earlier as well as a few faces we haven’t seen for a bit.

We’ve also got some wins outside the game! This is the first patch that’ll be played fully on the 10-ban system, and we’re excited to keep watching how the ban meta shapes up. The Crowd Control Score promised in midseason is here as well! Lastly, we’ve got a swaggy pair of legendary skins for Riven and Yasuo - solo lanes have never looked so fly.

That’s it for this set of notes! Go get ‘em, champs.

Paul "Aether" Perscheid Phillip "Costy" Costigan Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman Lucas "Luqizilla" Moutinho

Mid-Patch Updates

15/6/2017

Shaco

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Shaco's Jack in the Boxes were visible to all enemy players through Fog of War.

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Champions

Camille

Passive cooldown reduced. Q2 damage increased.

It’s been awhile since our work to cut excessive strengths out of Camille’s kit and give her real weaknesses. Now that the Steel Shadow’s in a better place from an ability fairness/frustration standpoint, we’re in a good position to power her up a bit. Reducing Adaptive Defenses' early cooldown gives Camille more opportunity to play aggressively in lane, while restoring the damage we previously chopped off Precision Protocol keeps her razor-sharp throughout the game.


Passive - Adaptive Defenses

COOLDOWN 20/15/10 seconds 16/13/10 seconds


Q - Precision Protocol

DELAYED SECOND HIT DAMAGE 180% 200%

Corki

Attack speed slightly up. Base AD slightly up. Autos do more magic damage rather than physical.

Last time we saw the Corkster bombing through the Rift he'd been doing so as a midlaner, packing obscene poke damage and wave-clear, a potent arsenal desirable for that role. We made some changes to curb that, but they left him feeling like a whiskey delta. We see an opportunity to help him out: we like him as a magic-damage option for the bottom lane marksman role. These changes are designed to reinforce that by making him a more palatable pick in bot lane, while further pushing his magic-damage niche.


Base stats

BASE ATTACK SPEED 0.625 0.638
BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 56 58


Passive - Hextech Munitions

BASIC ATTACK DAMAGE 50% physical, 50% magic 20% physical, 80% magic


W - Valkyrie

newPREPARATION Phosphorous Bomb and Missile Barrage can now be buffered during Valkyrie's travel time

Ivern

E damage decreased.

Ivern is already pretty strong, and with the incoming changes to Athene’s Unholy Grail (see below), we only foresee him getting stronger. As a result, we're pre-emptively taking some power out of Triggerseed’s damage.


E - Triggerseed

DAMAGE 60/90/120/150/180 50/70/90/110/130

Jax

W now grants bonus range.

Using Empowered Strike to reset his basic attack timer is Jax’s bread-and-butter, so we’re adding a little extra range to help that combat pattern feel a bit more fluid.


W - Empowered Strike

newBONUS RANGE If Jax uses Empowered Strike to empower a basic attack, it gains 50 extra range

Jhin

Q base damage down but scaling up. R base damage up.

Back when landing one shot of Jhin's ultimate pretty much guaranteed hitting the rest, his high base damage was downright excessive. Now that his ultimate is less reliable, we have room to add damage back into his rotation.


Q - Dancing Grenade

BASE DAMAGE 50/75/100/125/150 45/70/95/120/145
RATIO 0.3/0.35/0.4/0.45/0.5 total attack damage 0.4/0.45/0.5/0.55/0.6 total attack damage


R - Curtain Call

BASE DAMAGE PER SHOT 40/100/160 50/115/180

Karma

E shield decreased. Mantra’d E shield on secondary targets decreased.

Karma is already pretty strong, and with the incoming changes to Athene’s Unholy Grail (see below), we only foresee her getting stronger. As a result, we’re pre-emptively taking some power out of Inspire’s ability to nullify so much damage.


E - Inspire

SHIELD 70/100/130/160/190 70/95/120/145/170


Mantra'd E - Defiance

SHIELD ON SECONDARY TARGETS 50% primary target’s shield 30% primary target’s shield

Kindred

Base attack damage up. E mana cost down.

Last patch we made some major changes to Kindred, aimed at better delivering on the jungle marksman fantasy. While there’s always a period of adjustment when a champion sees large changes to their base kit, Kindred came out struggling more than expected. These changes are just straight power increases across the board, and as players get less sheepish about new builds and playstyle, we should see Kindred’s eternal hunt become far more fruitful.


Base stats

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 54 57


W - Wolf's Frenzy

WOLF DASH SPEED 1200 1400
GRACE PERIOD Zone duration now waits to begin counting down until Wolf reaches the cast location. Casting Dance of Arrows during Wolf’s travel time will still grant the reduced cooldown.


E - Mounting Dread

COST 70 mana 50 mana

Malzahar

Q and R damage reduced at later ranks.

Now that Malzahar’s back in mid and speccing into damage-oriented builds, we’re tailoring his late-game damage appropriately.


Q - Call of the Void

DAMAGE 70/110/150/190/230 70/105/140/175/210


R - Nether Grasp

BEAM DAMAGE 125/250/375 125/225/325
BEAM RATIO 1.15 ability power 1.10 ability power
BUGFIX Quicksilver Sash and Mercurial Scimitar now properly purge only the suppression portion of Nether Grasp. Beam damage will continue to tick as long as Malzahar’s target stays in range (1250 distance).

Rakan

Passive shield now properly interacts with shield amplifying effects.

Turns out Rakan’s passive hasn’t been scaling with shield-amplifying effects, which the Charmer (as an Enchanter) tends to have a bunch of. Sorry, bird boy.


Passive - Fey Feathers

BUFF-FIX Now properly benefits from effects that modify heal and shield values (ex. Forbidden Idol line, Windspeaker’s Blessing)


Minor bugfixes

QUICK CLARITY R - The Quickness’s cooldown availability now displays accurately for allies in the HUD

Rek'Sai

Base AD up. Armor per level up. W unburrow damage up. R more reliably hits targets.

Rek'Sai’s ability update has left her a bit on the weak side overall. We’re looking to push some base reliability back into her kit, so we’re upping the acquisition range on Void Rush and feeding her some base stats.


Base stats

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 55.628 57.5
ARMOR GROWTH STAT 3.4 3.75


Burrowed W - Un-burrow

RATIO 0.4 bonus attack damage 0.8 bonus attack damage


R - Void Rush

TARGET ACQUISITION Void Rush is now much harder to dodge. Rek’Sai’s target should no longer be able to walk out of damage range without exceptional amounts of movement speed (or a dash/flash).

Rumble

Heat drains more slowly. Q cooldown higher early, damage increased, now does decreased damage to minions. W shield amount up, duration down. E slow and damage up.

We want Rumble’s opponents to have a clearer window to pick fights against him during laning phase. Flamespitter’s short cooldown allowed Rumble to be a constant threat against champions while taking no minion damage from trades (fun fact: ability damage doesn’t draw minion aggro), and this left no window for opponents to capitalise on him. We’re also making the heat system more intuitive and easier to pick up for new Rumble players.


Passive - Junkyard Titan

HEAT DECAY START 3 seconds (4 if Flamespitter was used) 4 seconds
HEAT DECAY RATE 0.5 seconds 1 second
HEAT DECAY AMOUNT 5 per tick for 5 ticks, then 10 per tick 10 per tick


Q - Flamespitter

DAMAGE TO MINIONS 100% 75%
COOLDOWN 6 seconds at all ranks 10/9/8/7/6 seconds
BASE DAMAGE 75/135/195/255/315 135/180/225/270/315
RATIO 1.0 ability power 1.1 ability power


W - Scrap Shield

DURATION 2 seconds 1.5 seconds
BASE SHIELD 50/80/110/140/170 80/110/140/170/200


E - Electro Harpoon

BASE DAMAGE 45/70/95/120/145 60/85/110/135/160
SLOW 30/40/50/60/66% 30/40/50/60/70%

Xayah

Can’t attack while casting Q, W cooldown increased.

Xayah’s bringing a little bit too much damage during longer team fights later in the game, so we’re reducing how often she gets access to her steroid.


Q - Double Daggers

removed“TRIPLE” DAGGERS? Xayah can no longer basic attack while Double Daggers is firing


W - Deadly Plumage

COOLDOWN 16/15/14/13/12 seconds 20/19/18/17/16 seconds

Zac

W and E damage reduced.

Zac’s damage is on the high side for a tank, so we’re dialing that back. We’re sure he’ll bounce back from these changes.


W - Unstable Matter

DAMAGE 40/55/70/85/100 30/45/60/75/90


E - Elastic Slingshot

DAMAGE 80/130/180/230/280 60/110/160/210/260

Heimerdinger & Zyra Pet Targeting

Addressing a loophole that allowed Heimerdinger and Zyra to “attack” a target without actually attacking. This let them sidestep some of the intended risks of telling turrets/plants what to attack: standing still long enough to actually fire the attack, and drawing minion aggro as a result.

FOLLOW THROUGH Heimerdinger and Zyra must now actually fire a basic attack to command turrets or plants to focus a target. Issuing an attack command and immediately cancelling it no longer triggers the redirect.

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Support Items

At the moment, Locket of the Iron Solari and Redemption are such a dominant pair that most supports feel forced to build those two first. This effectively denies them access to the rest of the item pool in many games, especially given the other early investments supports have to make (boots, gold item, sightstone). The overall strength of Locket and Redemption is fine, but other items can’t compete with their uncanny synergy. Locket provides your team the durability to stay in the fight, while Redemption rewards your team for doing so.

We’re refactoring both items to have a less perfect combo with each other, and ramping up their synergy with other support items. Essentially, Redemption should feel like a keystone for enchanters, and Locket for tanks. Nothing stops one set of supports from reaching across the aisle to grab items from the other class, but overall builds should feel more distinct between the classes.

Locket of the Iron Solari

Base shield value down. Bonus health ratio added to shield.

Locket of the Iron Solari lets tanks give a burst of tankiness to their team - perfect alongside their initiation or counter-initiation. However, it’s currently best-in-class on all supports, not just tanks. We’re linking Locket’s shield strength to typical tank stats so that if you want its full strength, you have to invest in it.

SHIELD 70-665 (at levels 1-18) 65-434 (+2-36% of the caster’s bonus health) (at levels 1-18)
REMINDER Locket chooses the higher level between caster and recipient when determining shield scaling - this is unchanged. The new bonus health ratio is always based off the caster’s bonus health.

Redemption

Health and health regen down. Mana regen up. Heal decreased but scales better with heal amplifiers.

Redemption gives enchanters access to a heal - one of their class strengths - that excels in teamfights, but it’s currently best-in-class on all supports, not just enchanters. A spicy heal on healers is cool, but when it’s so easily accessible to tanks, the two classes lose some of their uniqueness. We’re linking Redemption’s heal strength to typical enchanter items and masteries so that if you want its full strength, you have to invest in it.

HEALTH 300 200
HEALTH REGEN +75% base health regen +50% base health regen
MANA REGEN +125% base mana regen +150% base mana regen
HEAL 65-490 (level 1-18) 30-370 (level 1-18)
newUBERHEAL Redemption’s heal amount is affected three times as much by heal and shield power amplifiers

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Zeke's Convergence

Now builds out of Aegis of the Legion instead of Amplifying Tomes. Passive now creates slowing storm when triggered, instead of granting ability power and critical strike chance.

When we looked at the support item landscape, we saw a lot of opportunity to amplify the Warden landscape by updating Zeke’s Convergence. Wardens excel at protecting a nearby champion, and we wanted to give them itemization that represents that fantasy. Knight’s Vow already does a good job at helping them keep their chosen target alive, but we felt there was room for an item which made them more worth the investment to keep them safe. As such, we shifted the stat palette of Zeke’s to be more tank appropriate.

We also had concerns that the item itself was too complicated to use, leading to a lot of frustrating misfires - despite its very strong high moments when used correctly. We’re making the active much more reliable to use so that Zeke’s doesn’t make you feel like you’ve spent 2400 on a gamble.

NAME Zeke's Harbinger Zeke's Convergence
TOTAL COST 2250 gold 2400 gold
BUILD PATH Glacial Shroud + Amplifying Tome + Amplifying Tome + 380 gold Aegis of the Legion + Glacial Shroud + 400 gold
removedABILITY POWER No longer grants 50 ability power
ARMOR 30 60
newMAGIC RESIST 30
COOLDOWN REDUCTION 10% (unchanged)
MANA 250 (unchanged)


Item effects

newUNIQUE PASSIVE Casting your ultimate near your ally surrounds you with a frost storm and ignites your ally’s basic attacks for 10 seconds (45 second cooldown). Enemies inside your frost storm are slowed by 20% and your ally’s attacks burn their target for 50% bonus magic damage over 2 seconds.
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Frostfire Covenant: Basic attacking a burning enemy ignites your frost storm to deal 40 magic damage per second and slow by 40% for 3 seconds.
removedCHARGES Zeke’s Harbinger Convergence no longer gains charges over time or triggers based on charge count, and no longer grants 20% bonus ability power or 50% critical strike chance when triggered
CONDUIT BINDING RESTRICTION 60 second cooldown Can’t be re-bound while Frostfire Covenant is on cooldown, and the binding active can’t be cast on the ally you’re currently bound to, or other allies that are bound by a different Zeke’s Convergence.

Athene's Unholy Grail

Now converts mana regen into ability power. Less cooldown reduction.

Athene’s is in a bit of a weird spot. Its 20% cooldown reduction and regeneration (health and mana) make it feel like a pretty good early item. However, it’s in competition with Locket and Redemption, both of which are unlikely to give up their first buy priority. Rather than overbuff Athene’s to make it more competitive early, we rejiggered it into a scaling item, like Rabadon’s Deathcap for enchanters.

ABILITY POWER 40 30
MANA REGEN +75% base mana regen +100% base mana regen
COOLDOWN REDUCTION 20% 10%
BLOOD EARN RATE 20% of premitigation damage dealt to champions 25% of premitigation damage dealt to champions
newDISSONANCE Grants 5 ability power for every +25% base mana regen
removedHARMONY No longer grants +25% base health regen for every +25% base mana regen

Banner of Command

Point Runner makes sense for a siege themed item.

BUILD PATH Aegis of the Legion + Glacial Shroud + 100 gold Aegis of the Legion + Raptor Cloak + 200 gold
TOTAL COST 2200 gold (unchanged)
newHEALTH REGEN +125% base health regen
removedMANA No longer grants 400 mana
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Point Runner: Builds up to 20% bonus movement speed over 2 seconds while near turrets, fallen turrets, and Void Gates.

Knight's Vow

Tanks like cooldown reduction, right?

BUILD PATH Crystalline Bracer + Chain Vest + 850 gold Kindlegem + Chain Vest + 700 gold
newCOOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
removedHEALTH REGEN No longer grants +100% base health regen

Righteous Glory

Now builds out of Glacial Shroud instead of Catalyst of Aeons. Slow nova now cannot be triggered manually, and automatically triggers once near an enemy champion.

Catalyst of the Aeons - thanks to its eternity passive - is a good item for champions who want long, extended fights where they can make the most of its mana/health restore capabilities. On the other hand, Righteous Glory is for champions who want to start a fight now. This mix of explosive and drawn out strengths is making Righteous Glory a bit too strong at everything, so we’re removing the Catalyst from its recipe and replacing it with Glacial Shroud. Separately, we’re also adding more counterplay to its active to help make it feel more fair to play against.

RECIPE Catalyst of Aeons + Crystalline Bracer + 750 gold Glacial Shroud + Crystalline Bracer + 950 gold
HEALTH 500 400
newARMOR 30
newCOOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
removedUNIQUE PASSIVE No longer grants Catalyst of Aeon’s Eternity passive
newUNIQUE ACTIVE Slow nova now automatically triggers if an enemy champion is within close proximity
removedUNIQUE ACTIVE Slow nova can no longer be manually triggered early

Glacial Shroud

Price point and armor down

COMBINE COST 350 gold 250 gold
TOTAL COST 1000 gold 900 gold
ARMOR 25 20


Iceborn Gauntlet

COMBINE COST 650 gold 750 gold
TOTAL COST 2700 gold (unchanged)


Frozen Heart

COMBINE COST 650 gold 750 gold
TOTAL COST 2700 gold (unchanged)

Raptor Cloak

Price point and armor down
BUILD PATH Rejuvenation Bead + Chain Vest + 250 gold Rejuvenation Bead + Cloth Armor + 450 gold
TOTAL COST 1200 gold 900 gold
ARMOR 40 30


Ohmwrecker

COMBINE COST 650 gold 950 gold
TOTAL COST 2650 gold (unchanged)


Zz'rot Portal

COMBINE COST 780 gold 1080 gold
TOTAL COST 2700 gold (unchanged)

Ancient Coin Line

Just a few usability improvements to the coin drop mechanic.

PENNY PINCHING Champions no longer pick up mana coins if they’re at full mana
LIMITED-TIME OFFER Coins now have visual indicators when they’re about to expire

Talisman of Ascension

Cost down.

TOTAL COST 2400 gold 2200 gold
COMBINE COST 350 gold 450 gold

Relic Shield Line

Quality of life improvements and a buff-fix to Relic Shield and its upgrades.


Bugfix

BUFF-FIX The Relic Shield line’s quest reward shield now properly benefits from effects that modify heal and shield values (ex. Forbidden Idol line, Windspeaker’s Blessing)


VFX updates

PRETTY Spoils of War charge indicator sphere VFX have been updated to be more runic and less distracting
PRETTY The Relic Shield line’s quest reward shield VFX have been updated to be more Targonian
PRETTY Face of the Mountain’s active shield VFX have also been updated to be more Targonian

Support Quest Progression VFX

These status updates were a little too frequent.

STAR PIECE Quest progression VFX displays every fifth of the way third of the way toward completion

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Starting Items

Doran's Ring

Passive is now unique.

Stacking Doran's Ring allowed champions to bypass their weakness during laning phase, mana regeneration, in this case, and endlessly push, and shove enemies under the tower, even when behind, without any trade-off. Not cool, Nautilus.

newMANA, PLS Mana return when killing minions is now UNIQUE.

Doran's Shield

Costs more.

Doran's Shield should be your starting item when facing a bunch of harassment at early levels, but at its current tuning it’s the best items regardless of situations. We're pulling a potion off of it both to decrease its raw effectiveness and to make it have a harder time dealing with ganks and all-ins.

COST 400 gold 450 gold

Refillable Potion

Changing the icon so it doesn’t look quite so similar to another 150 gold, green, health-restoring item.

PRETTY Icon has been updated!

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End of Game Stats

We're continuing to add more stats to make you feel as awesome in the end of game screen as you (probably) were in the game leading up to it.

WHIMS OF FATE Added Crowd Control Score: the combined duration of all CC effects you've applied over the game

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Rotating Game Mode

The Hunt of the Blood Moon looms into rotation from 16/6/17 21:00 CEST - 27/6/17 13:00 CEST and 20/6/17 21:00 CEST - 27/6/17 13:00 CEST. Sacrifice Spirits, Demon Heralds, and enemy champions to gain points and the Demon Brand buff, which turns you invisible to hunt down your enemies.

Only 21 of the most vicious champions are available for the Hunt (10 of which will be free to play while the blood moon still rises).

Happy hunting.

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Chat & Friends

Making it a bit easier to track who’s been talking to you, and when.

newHOW POPULAR A “More Unread” bar will appear if you’ve got unread messages higher up or further down your friends list. Click the bar to automatically scroll to the message notification. This setting can be toggled off via the “Chat & Friends” tab of the Settings menu.
DATE LINES Chat history once again generates date lines when spanning across multiple days. This setting can be toggled off via the Settings cog in the chat window. (Note: Toggling date lines off for one conversation will toggle ‘em off for all conversations!)

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Summoner Level Progression

We’ve made some minor adjustments to the 1-30 experience curve so players level at a smoother rate, rather than spiking at levels 5, 10, and 20. Total 1-30 experience requirements are very slightly lower.

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Bugfixes

  • Enemies affected by Ahri or Rakan’s charms no longer walk in the wrong direction if they cast a spell the instant before being hit by the charm
  • Blade of the Ruined King's on-hit effect no longer applies a stack of The Black Cleaver
  • Fixed a bug where Gargoyle Stoneplate's Metallicize self-damage reduction was applying twice to Corki's basic attacks
  • Lissandra's R - Frozen Tomb no longer fizzles if a spellshield affecting her (ex. Banshee’s Veil) is broken within 0.25 seconds of cast start
  • Shaco's W - Jack in the Box now correctly reveals itself from brush and Fog of War when triggered
  • Heimerdinger’s E - CH2 Electron Storm Grenade now properly charges nearby turret beam attacks even if it kills an enemy
  • Fixed a bug where, in some languages, Syndra’s R - Unleashed Power tooltip contained information about an in-testing mechanic that was never released
  • Tahm Kench can no longer W - Devour a summoned Rift Herald
  • Fixed a bug preventing the summoned Rift Herald from being Smited
  • Akali can now properly proc >Q - Mark of the Assassin’s bonus damage and energy restore against the summoned Rift Herald
  • Pinging Rift Herald no longer produces a debug string in chat
  • Fixed a bug where Ekko’s Q - Timewinder affected too large of an area on the return when Ekko is dead
  • Ekko’s Q - Timewinder now properly applies Passive - Z-Drive Resonance on the return when Ekko is dead
  • Abyssal Mask's aura range indicator now represents the actual range
  • Pulsefire Caitlyn's quote when killing Gnar is no longer heard by everyone on the map
  • Fixed a bug where Pulsefire Caitlyn could become covered in a blue overlay for the rest of the match if polymorphed by Lulu's W - Whimsy while in combat
  • Fixed a bug where Lulu could get the same blue overlay if casting W - Whimsy on any enemy affected by an allied Pulsefire Caitlyn's W - Yordle Snap Trap
  • Fixed a bug where Kha'Zix’s evolved body parts visually reverted back to base form after Lulu's W - Whimsy polymorph wore off
  • Fixed a bug where Forsaken Jayce's recall audio desynced from the animation when enemies lost and then regained vision of him during the channel
  • Jayce Brighthammer now correctly plays the electric buzz SFX for the spawning and despawning of his E - Acceleration Gate
  • The tail end of DJ Sona's recall SFX now play consistently
  • PROJECT: PROJECT: Yi’s death SFX now correctly play during his death animation
  • Syndra’s Classic and Queen of Diamond sphere-popping SFX now correctly play during her death animation
  • High Noon Yasuo now correctly shouts his VO when casting E - Sweeping Blade
  • Fixed a bug where Veigar's laugh wasn't playing correctly when landing a killing blow with R - Primordial Burst

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Upcoming Event

VS. begins during this patch. A world on the brink of ruin waits to be redeemed through Chaos or Order. Delve into a monumental legend and affect its conclusion by taking on event-exclusive missions. Completing missions grants tokens that help determine a victor, and you can also forge tokens into event-only loot.
None can escape destiny, but you can determine it.

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