Patch 8.4 notes

By Aether, Gentleman Gustaf

Greetings, Summoners,

Welcome to patch 8.4, the one that's pretty huge. No, really. We've changed our patch cycle to alternate between larger game updates and shorter balance tweaks. This is probably our first true "big patch," so it's structured differently than normal.

First, we're looking into mage itemization, and there's been a minor overhaul on those items. Mages often have fixed build paths, so we wanted to give them new items—and revamp the old ones—to create more choice overall.

After that, let's go top lane. We've seen a few top laners make the laning phase too consistent with sustain or base damage: Most champions can't fight them, and they can just avoid the ones who can. We want to make a more variant top lane, so we're addressing those outliers and working to make a more satisfying experience overall.

Finally, we're pushing some big changes to a few champions we think require the gameplay changes. There's Zoe, Rengar, and Volibear, plus some smaller changes mixed in.

Dig into the patch notes now so you're prepared to hop onto the Rift when the patch hits live!

GLHF,
Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman Paul "Aether" Perscheid (sdds, Luqizilla)

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Mid-Patch Updates

22/2/2018 Rengar Fixes

Rengar

Bugfixin’
CALM DOWN, DUDE Rengar will no longer repeatedly use a VO line when reaching max ferocity stacks
FUMBLE Fixed a bug where Rengar's Q - Savagery empowered attack fizzled if Savagery's buff expired during the attack animation
BLUE JUICE Rengar can no longer gain mana potions from the Kleptomancy Rune

Patch Highlights

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Ability Power Items

Mage itemization follows a pretty simple decision tree. If you need mana, get the only mana/cdr item (Morellonomicon). After that, buy the best general damage items (Void Staff and Liandry's). We want to give mages more options, so we're creating new mage items (and reshaping old ones) to provide more unique and focused outputs and let mages adapt their itemization to game states, matchups, and personal style.

Lost Chapter

Lost Chapter, with its mana restore, is a nice item for mages who want to sustain in lane, which makes it a good starting point for most mid laners. As such, one of the first choices we want mages to be able to make is what item to build out of Lost Chapter. Lost Chapter builds into three items now: Luden's Echo, Hextech GLP-800, and Archangel's Staff. More on each of those below.

(Catalyst of Aeons and its upgrades remain good items for the laner who wants to sustain in lane, trading cooldown reduction for health).
TOTAL COST 900 gold 1100 gold
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Haste: 10% cooldown reduction

Luden's Echo

This one's for poking.
BUILD PATH Needlessly Large Rod + Aether Wisp + 1100 gold Lost Chapter + Amplifying Tome + Blasting Wand + 915 gold
TOTAL COST 3200 gold 3300 gold
ABILITY POWER 100 90
removedMOVEMENT SPEED +10%
newMANA 500
newCOOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Haste: 10% cooldown reduction

Hextech GLP-800

This one's for catching.
BUILD PATH Catalyst of Aeons + Hextech Revolver + 850 gold Lost Chapter + Hextech Revolver + 850 gold
MANA 400 500
removedHEALTH No longer grants 300 health
removedETERNITY Restore mana equal to 15% of damage taken from champions. Restore health equal to 20% of mana spent, up to 15 health per cast, while toggle abilities can heal for up to 15 per second.
newCOOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Haste: This item gains an additional 10% cooldown reduction
updatedLESS FROSTY Frost Bolt now only damages and slows first unit hit (per missile)
updatedLONGER WINTER Frost Bolt slow decays over 0.5 seconds 1 second
updatedSTRAIGHT AND NARROW Frost Bolt cone narrowed by 10 degrees. Frost Bolt cone range increased by 200
FROST BOLT SLOW PERCENT 65% 40%
FROST BOLT MISSILE SPEED 2000 1600

Archangel's Staff

Mo' mana, mo' spellcasts.
BUILD PATH Tear of the Goddess + Needlessly Large Rod + 1100 gold Tear of the Goddess + Amplifying Tome + Lost Chapter + 915 gold
TOTAL COST 3100 gold 3200 gold
ABILITY POWER 80 50
MANA 250 650 (Mana Charge passive still grants up to 750 additional mana)
newCOOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Haste: 10% cooldown reduction

Seraph's Embrace

SAME The changes to Archangel's Staff carry over to Seraph's Embrace as well

Liandry's Torment

Liandry's Torment was a bit of a contradiction: The percent health damage made it decent against tanks, while the flat magic penetration made it decent against squishy targets. As a result, it either didn't do either job exceptionally, or it ended up overtuned, and doing both jobs too well. We're shifting Liandry's Torment into being the tank bleeding item, and rewarding champions who want to stay in combat for a while, casting spell after spell on the beefy boys.
removedUNIQUE PASSIVE No longer grants Eyes of Pain: +15 flat magic penetration
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Madness: Damaging champions increases the damage you deal by 2% per second until exiting combat (up to 10%)
updatedUNIQUE PASSIVE Torment: 2% target's current health per second 1% of the target’s maximum health per second

Haunting Guise

It's haunting, guys!
ABILITY POWER 25 35
removedUNIQUE PASSIVE No longer grants Eyes of Pain: +15 flat magic penetration
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Madness: Damaging champions increases the damage you deal by 2% per second until exiting combat (up to 10%)

Morellonomicon

Mana refund passive removed. Flat magic penetration added. Grievous Wounds now applies to targets at all health. Ability power decreased. Mana removed.

Morellonomicon was supposed to be the anti-healing item, but when it was also the best mana and AP item and present in every game, it forced us to make the item more about the stats and less about the unique output it provided.
BUILD PATH Lost Chapter + Fiendish Codex + Amplifying Tome + 665 gold Oblivion Orb + Blasting Wand + 650 gold
TOTAL COST 2900 gold 3000 gold
ABILITY POWER 100 80
newHEALTH : 300
removedMANA No longer grants 400 mana
removedUNIQUE COOLDOWN REDUCTION No longer grants 20% unique cooldown reduction
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Touch of Death: +15 flat magic penetration
newUNIQUE PASSIVE Cursed Strike: Magic damage dealt to champions inflicts them with Grievous Wounds for 3 seconds
removedUNIQUE PASSIVE Magic damage dealt to champions below 35% health no longer inflicts them with Grievous Wounds for 8 seconds—this was replaced by Cursed Strike above
removedUNIQUE PASSIVE Enemy champion takedowns no longer restore 20% of your maximum mana
new

Oblivion Orb

Because flat magic penetration is cool, just not for the Liandry's Torment line.
BUILD PATH Ruby Crystal + Amplifying Tome + 665 gold
TOTAL COST 1500 gold
ABILITY POWER 25
HEALTH 200
UNIQUE PASSIVE Touch of Death: +15 flat magic penetration
new

Spellbinder

The more fighting, the better.
BUILD PATH Aether Wisp + Needlessly Large Rod + 700 gold
TOTAL COST 2800 gold
ABILITY POWER 100
MOVEMENT SPEED 10%
UNIQUE PASSIVE Nearby allied and enemy spellcasts charge Spellbinder up to a cap (100 maximum)
UNIQUE ACTIVE Gain a maximum of 30% decaying movement speed and 100 ability power for 4 seconds, based on charges spent (60 second cooldown)
new?

Twin Shadows

When you're feeling clingy.
BUILD PATH Fiendish Codex + Aether Wisp + 650 gold
TOTAL COST 2400 gold
ABILITY POWER 60
MOVEMENT SPEED 7%
COOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
UNIQUE ACTIVE Spectral Pursuit: Summons 2 Spooky Ghosts that hunt down nearby champions, revealing them and Haunting them on contact. Haunted enemies are slowed by 40% for up to 5 seconds based on the distance the ghosts travel. (90 second cooldown)
These last few changes are efficiency adjustments to items that were a bit too strong or weak for their cost.

Void Staff

ABILITY POWER 80 70

Rabadon's Deathcap

TOTAL COST 3800 gold 3600 gold
BUILD PATH Needlessly Large Rod + Blasting Wand + Amplifying Tome + 1265 gold Needlessly Large Rod + Needlessly Large Rod + 1100 gold
updatedUNIQUE PASSIVE Increases ability power by 35% Increases ability power by 40%

Rylai's Crystal Scepter

ABILITY POWER 75 85

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Top Lane

At the moment, too many champions (Gangplank and Ornn are definitely core offenders), are coasting their way through laning phase without needing to interact with their opposing laner. We're toning down the health and mana sustain of some of those picks, as well as weakening their ability to live in top lane from a safe range. We're also giving some love to the champions who tend to beat them so they'll be less safe of picks overall.

There are also changes to Press The Attack, and be sure to check out the Jungle section for a change to Blast Cones which will impact top lane.

Darius

W cooldown decreased at early ranks. W damage increased at later ranks. E armor penetration increased.

Darius, as a juggernaut, has damage as his main output. Currently, he could use some more.

W - Crippling Strike

COOLDOWN 9/8/7/6/5 seconds 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds
RATIO 140% total attack damage at all ranks 140/145/150/155/160% total attack damage
BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Crippling Strike sometimes failed to damage certain units (ex. Yorick's W - Dark Procession)

E - Apprehend

ARMOR PENETRATION 5/10/15/20/25% armor penetration 10/15/20/25/30% armor penetration

Gangplank

Q mana cost increased at early ranks. E barrel duration decreased. Barrels no longer reveal nearby units.

Both Kleptomancy and Grasp of the Undying have given Gangplank powerful sustain options that let him brute-force his way through lane, reaching his late-game scaling without much challenge.

Q - Parrrley

COST 40 mana at all ranks 60/55/50/45/40 mana

E - Powder Keg

updatedBARRELY VISIBLE Barrels no longer grant vision of other units
DURATION 60 seconds 25 seconds

Gnar

Q cooldown refund decreased (more at higher ranks). E base damage increased.

Gnars who stay back and play safe should be less impactful, while those who get up close with the enemy should have more power, especially early on.

Q - Boomerang Throw

COOLDOWN REFUND 45/50/55/60% (based on rank of R - GNAR!) 40% at all levels

E - Hop

BASE DAMAGE 20/60/100/140/180 50/85/120/155/190

Ornn

W shield duration increased, cooldown decreased at early ranks, damage increased early and decreased late. Brittle duration decreased. E now deals more damage on average but cannot double-hit.

Ornn has best-in-class dueling, so much so that he's not just one of the top tanks, but that he intrudes on what should be the strength of top lane fighters. Tanks aren't typically bad at dueling, but their cooldown gating and burstier damage outputs tend to give fighters clear chances to fight them and win. Ornn's windows of weakness are too short, whether that's the cooldown on W or the duration of the Brittle debuff. Even when he is fought outside of those windows, the damage from Searing Charge is too much for many champions to handle.

W - Bellows Breath

COOLDOWN 13/12/11/10/9 seconds 17/15/13/11/9 seconds
DAMAGE 10/12/14/16/18% target's maximum health 12/13/14/15/16% target's maximum health
SHIELD DURATION 2.5 seconds 3.5 seconds
BRITTLE DURATION 6 seconds 3 seconds

E - Searing Charge

BASE DAMAGE 30/50/70/90/110 80/125/170/215/260
DAMAGE RATIO 30% bonus armor + 30% bonus magic resist 40% bonus armor + 40% bonus magic resist
removedSHOCKWAVE DAMAGE No longer deals an additional 50/90/130/170/210 (+30% bonus armor) (+30% bonus magic resist) when colliding with terrain
OVERALL DAMAGE 80/140/200/260/320 80/125/170/215/260
OVERALL DAMAGE RATIO 60% bonus armor + 60% bonus magic resist 40% bonus armor + 40% bonus magic resist

Poppy

Passive damage increased at early levels. E damage increased.


Passive - Iron Ambassador

DAMAGE 10-180 (at levels 1-18) 20-180 (at levels 1-18)

E - Heroic Charge

DAMAGE 55/75/95/115/135 60/80/100/120/140 (doubled on slam)

Renekton

Q damage increased at later ranks. Empowered Q damage increased.


Q - Cull the Meek

DAMAGE 65/95/125/155/185 65/100/135/170/205
EMPOWERED DAMAGE 95/140/185/230/275 100/150/200/250/300

Jax

Counter Strike no longer sometimes delays briefly before blocking attacks.


E - Counter Strike

RIGHT THROUGH THE COUNTERSTRIKE Fixed a bug where Counterstrike's buff could take up to 0.25 seconds to take effect.

Frozen Mallet

Ranged basic attacks slow for less.

Only a few ranged champions can afford to sacrifice damage to pick up Frozen Mallet, but those champions who can end up being both hard to reach (because of the slow) and hard to kill (because of the health). To make this less of a (can't) Catch-22, we're reducing the ranged slow.
SLOW (RANGED) 30% 20%

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Champions

Evelynn

E damage increased.

Last patch's nerfs on Evelynn went too hard.

E - Whiplash

BASE DAMAGE 40/55/70/85/100 55/70/87/100/115
EMPOWERED DAMAGE 70/90/110/130/150 95/115/135/155/175

Fiddlesticks

E cooldown decreased at early ranks. E bonus damage to monsters increased; bonus damage to minions removed. R cooldown decreased.

League's original mage jungler isn't doing so well, and could use some love.

E - Dark Wind

COOLDOWN 12/11.5/11/10.5/10 10 at all ranks
BONUS DAMAGE TO MONSTERS 50% 100%
removedBONUS DAMAGE TO MINIONS Dark Wind no longer deals bonus damage to minions

R - Crowstorm

COOLDOWN 150/140/130 140/110/80

Kalista

Base attack damage and range decreased. Base attack speed and attack speed per level increased. W now grants attack damage instead of attack speed when Kalista is near her Oathsworn.

Kalista has been bullying other marksmen too hard in lane, so we're bringing her mana sustain and attack range down somewhat.

We're also changing the way Sentinel's Oathsworn bonuses work, and this one's a little bit of a deep dive. Gaining or losing attack speed (such as when her Oathsworn enters or leaves range) can make a champion feel choppy, leading to flubbed last-hitting and stutter-stepping. On Kalista, whose attack speed also controls movement, losing or gaining attack speed is even more disruptive. As such, we're changing the bonus she gets from being near her Oathsworn away from attack speed and into attack damage, and changing her base stat profile accordingly.

TL;DR her power will still get a boost when her Oathsworn is nearby, but the feel of her basic attacks will feel more consistent throughout the course of a game.

Base Stats

ATTACK RANGE 550 525
BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 71 66
BASE ATTACK SPEED 0.644 0.694
BASE ATTACK SPEED GROWTH 2.5% 3.5%

W - Sentinel

removedSOUL-MARKED Kalista no longer gains bonus attack speed when near her Oathsworn
newSOUL-MARKED Kalista gains 5/10/15/20/25 bonus attack damage when near her Oathsworn

E - Rend

MANA REFUND 30 at all ranks 10/15/20/25/30

Kog'Maw

W maximum health damage increased at later ranks.

We went too hard on W last patch, so we're giving some of its strength back.

W - Bio-Arcane Barrage

MAX HEALTH DAMAGE 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% target's max health 3/3.75/4.5/5.25/6% target's max health

Rengar

Q reverted to pre-rework paradigm. Base attack damage scaling increased. R detection range decreased.

We like much of the Rengar update, but the old Q paradigm is one Rengar players enjoyed more (and opponents don't really notice that much). We want to keep—and amplify—the gains of the new ultimate while we're at it, and we're taking a pass at Rengar's stat profile to help Trinity Force be a more reasonable purchase.

Base Stats

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 68 65
ATTACK DAMAGE GROWTH 1.5 3
BASE ATTACK SPEED 0.625 0.666
ATTACK SPEED GROWTH 3.5% 3%

Passive - Unseen Predator

removedFLAT ATTACK DAMAGE 1/3/7/13/20
PERCENT BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE 1/3/7/13/20% bonus attack damage 1/4/9/16/25% bonus attack damage
newEXTRA TWISTED Once Rengar's gained Bonetooth Necklace stacks from all three enemy champions on Twisted Treeline, the per-target lockout now resets so he can get his fourth and fifth stacks. (He can't get a sixth, though!)
LEAP OFFSET FROM TARGET 100 50
LEAP SPEED 1600 1450
newMEOW Rengar has a voice response to gaining a Bonetooth Necklace stack and generating Ferocity

updatedQ - Savagery

This is pretty much a revert to Rengar's old Q functionality. Q is now an attack reset plus an attack speed buff for the next two attacks.
BASE DAMAGE 20/50/80/110/140
RATIO 1.1 total attack damage
BONUS ATTACK SPEED 40%
EMPOWERED BASE DAMAGE 30-240 (at levels 1-18)
RATIO 1.3 total attack damage
ATTACK SPEED 50-101% (at levels 1-18)

W - Battle Roar

COOLDOWN 20/18/16/14/12 seconds 16/14.5/13/11.5/10 seconds

R - Thrill of the Hunt

ENEMY VISION RANGE 2000/3000/4000 1600
RENGAR VISION RANGE 2000/3000/4000 2500/3000/3500
MOVEMENT SPEED 40% 40/50/60%
removedCRITCAT Rengar's leap out of his ultimate no longer automatically critically strikes
newSURPRISE CLAWS Rengar's leap out of his ultimate now deals 30% total attack damage as bonus damage and shreds 12/18/24 of the target's armor for 4 seconds
newREVERSE PACK The closest enemy to Rengar alerts all allies within 1200 range about his presence
newI'LL SCOUT AHEAD Enemies revealed by Thrill of the Hunt stay revealed for the spell's duration

Shyvana

Attack damage per level decreased. Q base damage decreased.

Shyvana is one of the strongest users of Press the Attack. With the power increase PtA is getting (see below), and the half-dragon needs to lose some base power as a result.

Base Stats

ATTACK DAMAGE GROWTH 3.4 2.8

Q - Twin Bite

SECOND HIT BASE DAMAGE 40/55/70/85/100% total attack damage 20/35/50/65/80% total attack damage

Swain

W cost decreased at early ranks. R base heal increased. Health threshold to reactivate R decreased.

With one patch under the belts of Swain players, we're mostly pleased with how players are learning. That being said, we have room for some feel-good changes which should help new players with the flow of his kit.

W - Vision of Empire

COST 90/100/110/120/130 mana 70/85/100/115/130 mana

R - Demonic Ascension

BASE HEAL PER TARGET PER SECOND 15/30/45 20/35/50
newSOULIDIFIED Cooldown and Soul fragments are fully refunded if Swain dies during the channel time of Demonic Ascension
BUGFIX Ultimate Hat now properly reduces Demonic Ascension's cooldown
HEALTH THRESHOLD TO REACTIVATE 150/300/450 125/300/450
updatedAIM AHEAD Area of Effect starts slightly more in the direction of Swain's movement at high movement speeds

Talon

Base armor decreased. Base magic resistance increased.

As a melee champion who takes a lot spell damage in the laning phase, Talon suffered disproportionately from the loss of magic resist runes in the preseason.

Base Stats

ARMOR 32 30
MAGIC RESIST 32.1 39

Tristana

R cooldown increased.

Tristana's ability to peel for herself is too consistently available.

R - Buster Shot

COOLDOWN 100/85/70 seconds 120/110/100 seconds

Twitch

E base damage decreased.

Twitch is one of the strongest users of Press the Attack, despite it not actually being the rune most players take on him. With the power increase PtA is getting (see below), League's dirtiest rat needs to lose some base power.

E - Contaminate

BASE DAMAGE 20/35/50/65/80 20/25/30/35/40
BONUS DAMAGE PER STACK 15/20/25/30/35 (+0.25 bonus attack damage) (+0.2 ability power) (unchanged)

Volibear

Q movement speed increased. W now halves its cooldown when used on minions. E now knocks back enemies struck, and deals extra damage to dashing or airborne targets.

Volibear has a binary kit that will eventually need some form of rework. In the meantime, we wanted to try our hand at giving him more complex decisions to make in game.

Q - Rolling Thunder

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED 15% 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED TOWARDS CHAMPIONS 30/35/40/45/50% 30/37.5/45/52.5/60%
newMASTER DRIFTER When Volibear changes direction (from "towards champions" to any other direction), his bonus movement speed now decays over 1 second rather than falling off immediately. In other words, dodging and weaving won't slow you down as much.

W - Frenzy

newHUNGRY BEAR Frenzy's cooldown is halved if it is used on a minion (in addition to monsters, as previously)

E - Majestic Roar

newROAR Slightly knocks back enemies
newSWAT Enemies who are dashing or airborne (before Roar is cast) are dealt 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.3 ability power) additional magic damage
BUGFIX SCARY BEARY Summoned Rift Herald will now be terrified properly

Xin Zhao

Passive damage decreased. W base cast time decreased.

Xin Zhao is one of the strongest users of Press the Attack. With the power increase PtA is getting (see below), and everybody's favorite Seneschal needs to lose some base power as a result. Also cleaning up some weirdness on short-ranged casts of E - Audacious Charge and making W - Wind Becomes Lightning more fluid.

Also, he got a shiny new splash!

Passive - Determination

PASSIVE DAMAGE 20/40/60/80% total attack damage 15/25/35/45 % total attack damage

W - Wind Becomes Lightning

BASE CAST TIME 0.6 seconds 0.5 seconds
REALISTIC SPEAR Spear Thrust now originates from Xin Zhao's position at the end of the cast

E - Audacious Charge

BUNNY HOP Short-ranged dashes will now correctly move Xin Zhao forward to the target

Zed

R cooldown decreased at later ranks.

Over time, supports and marksman have picked up much better tools to prevent burst deaths (Redemption, Knight's Vow, et al). This makes Zed players feel worse about trying to make plays, knowing that if they fail, they'll be without a key cooldown for so long.

R - Death Mark

COOLDOWN 120/100/80 seconds 120/90/60 seconds

Zoe

A lot of changes. Most notably: Q damage down, minions no longer drop Teleport, E no longer refunds cooldown if it sleeps a champion, cleansing Drowsy now prevents Sleep.

Ok, this one's a pretty big changelist. If you just want a TL;DR, we're nerfing the most frustrating parts of Zoe.

First, Zoe's wave clear is good enough to frequently shove her lane in and roam—punishing the enemy mid laner with heavy poke damage if they try to follow. We're making wave clear one of Zoe's most notable weaknesses, meaning she'll have fewer opportunities to make use of her anti-champion strengths.

Zoe's also getting to Sleep far too many targets, especially in teamfights where she's almost guaranteed to get her E cooldown reduction. Taking that refund away—and giving opponents better ways to remove Sleep—makes Sleep feel less unavoidable and brings her overall damage output down.

Finally... Q - Paddle Star. Landing sleep into a long-ranged Q is Zoe's signature combo (and her largest source of damage), but even unsleeped targets are losing most of their health to one hit once Zoe has a few items. We're moving some damage into More Sparkles! and cutting a bunch more—the net result is about 20% less damage to the primary target at most points in the game.

That's a lot of nerfs, and while Zoe is frustrating to play against, her win rate numbers aren't reassuring. We're bumping up her base health and passive scaling so she still has power, just less of the the "one-shot you with naked Q" levels she was sometimes reaching. This isn't an even swap: we expect Zoe to land on the weak side when 8.4 hits. But we'd rather hit as many frustration points as we can in one go and address power later, rather than continuing to draw the process out.

Base Stats

HEALTH 526 560
BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 56 58

Passive - More Sparkles!

BASE DAMAGE 12/15/18/22/26/31/37/43/49/56/64/73/82/91/101/112/123/135 12/15/20/25/30/35/48/53/67/73/79/86/93/100/109/117/126/135
RATIO 0.25 ability power 0.325 ability power

Q - Paddle Star

BASE DAMAGE 45/75/105/135/165 45/60/75/90/105
RATIO 0.40 ability power 0.20 ability power
newPADDLE STAR NOT PADDLES STAR Paddle Star no longer applies More Sparkles' damage to enemies past the first hit

W - Spell Thief

updatedSIGNAL BEFORE SWAPPING LANES Minions can no longer drop Teleport
MOVEMENT SPEED BONUS 10/25/40/55/70% 30/40/50/60/70%
RATIO 0.40 ability power 0.60 ability power

E - Sleepy Trouble Bubble

removedLESS CONTAGIOUS YAWNS Sleepy Trouble Bubble's cooldown is no longer reduced by 10/15/20/25/30% when an enemy champion falls asleep
updatedSYNTHETIC ADRENALINE Removing Drowsy now prevents the affected target from falling asleep

Extra Damage to Minions

We were worried that the removal of old runes and masteries would make last-hitting too hard, so we gave all champion attacks a bonus 5 damage against lane minions. Over time, it's become clear this wasn't necessary, so we're reverting that change.
removedIT HURTS Basic attacks no longer deal 5 bonus damage to lane minions

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Items

Ancient Coin Line

Now with extra movement speed!

Ancient Coin and its upgrades aren't doing as well as the other gold income items. In particular, they just don't offer much during the laning phase. Before, their quest reward was pulling some of that weight, but with that gone it needs something to make it worthwhile early on.

By the way, there's currently a bug where the gold gained from Ancient Coin's pickups is not being reflected in the tooltip which tracks how much gold the item has accrued, but you still have the gold.

Ancient Coin

MOVEMENT SPEED 0 5

Nomad's Medallion

MOVEMENT SPEED 0 10

Remnant of the Ascended

MOVEMENT SPEED 0 10

Relic Shield line

Health decreased.

Tank supports crowding out other options in pro play, and Relic Shield is a big part of that —and even a few solo laners are picking it up. As a result, we're pulling back somewhat on the base tankiness it grants.

Relic Shield

HEALTH 75 50

Targon's Brace

HEALTH 175 125

Remnant of the Aspect

COMBINE COST 650 gold 550 gold
TOTAL COST 1900 gold 1800 gold
HEALTH 500 350
removed

Tracker's Knife

Tracker's Knife is almost mandatory in professional play, giving professional teams enough vision to avoid most early-game danger. Bringing it in line would kill it in most games, so for now we're simply removing it.

Wit's End

Cost decreased. On-hit damage increased. Max magic resist drain increased, but magic resist per stack halved on ranged champions.

Wit's End is consistently stronger on ranged champions than melee, and that strength prevents us from making it a viable item on the basic-attacking bruisers who may otherwise pick it up. Splitting those two up should help with balancing this item.
GOLD COST 2500 2400
ON-HIT DAMAGE 40 42
MAGIC RESIST STOLEN PER ATTACK 5 6
MAXIMUM STOLEN MAGIC RESIST 30
newACTION AT A DISTANCE Ranged champions steal half the MR, but up to the same max (30)

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Runes

Precision

Stat bonuses are now split between attack speed and the stat provided by a secondary damage-oriented rune path (Sorcery or Domination).

newSHARE Speccing Precision alongside Sorcery or Domination grants you some stats from your primary tree and some from your secondary tree
PRECISION-DOMINATION 18% attack speed 9% attack speed, 9 ability power or 5 attack damage
DOMINATION-PRECISION 18 ability power or 10.8 attack damage 5.5% attack speed, 13 ability power or 7.8 attack damage
PRECISION-SORCERY 18% attack speed 9% attack speed, 10 ability power or 6 attack damage
SORCERY-PRECISION 20 ability power or 12 attack damage 5.5% attack speed, 14 ability power or 8.4 attack damage

Keystone

Damage increased. Damage amp decreased at early levels.

Press The Attack isn't pulling its weight on melee bruisers. We've been pretty hesitant to buff it, thanks to its laning strength in duo lanes (where the damage amp has two champions worth of damage to apply to). We're pulling back on the amp at early levels so that we can put more raw damage into the keystone.

Press The Attack

DAMAGE 30-120 (at levels 1-18) 40-180 (at levels 1-18)
DAMAGE AMP 12% 4-12% by champion level

Resolve

The new rune Bone Plating has been added to Resolve. Several runes moved to different rows.

The Resistance row is currently pretty unsatisfying, so we've been looking into creating more dynamic ways to provide its users with durability. This process is not complete, but this is our first stab at it.

Strength

removedUnflinching

updatedREORDERING Unflinching has been moved to the Vitality row

newBone Plating

TOO TANKY After taking damage from an enemy champion, their next three spells or attacks against you deal 20-50 less damage (at levels 1-18)
DURATION 5 seconds
COOLDOWN 45 seconds

Demolish

Unchanged.

Font of Life

Unchanged.


Resistance

There are 4 runes in this row for now.

Iron Skin

Unchanged.

Mirror Shell

Unchanged.

Conditioning

Unchanged.

newSecond Wind

Second Wind has been moved here from the Vitality Row.


Vitality

Overgrowth

Unchanged.

Revitalize

Unchanged.

newUnflinching

updatedREORDERING Unflinching has been moved here from the Strength Row

removedSecond Wind

updatedREORDERING Second Wind has been moved to the Resistance Row

Inspiration

Commencing Stopwatch transforms into Stopwatch later in the game. New rune: Time Warp Tonic.

Perfect Timing is warping aggression (especially "first-cast-of-ultimate" aggression), so we're pushing it later in the game. Also the extended duration of potions is just another piece of hidden power in Inspiration. We think it's cool, but we're moving it to a rune instead of the tree bonus.
removedLUSH The Inspiration Tree no longer grants increased potion duration

Contraptions

Perfect Timing

WIND UP Commencing Stopwatch transforms into Stopwatch at 6 minutes 10 minutes

Beyond

removedCelestial Body

newTime Warp Tonic

THIRSTY Your potions, elixirs, and biscuits last 20% longer
POWERTHIRST While under the effect of potions, elixirs, or biscuits, gain 5% increased movement speed

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Jungle

Blast Cone

Outer 4 blast cones spawn later in the game.

The river-accessing blast cones (especially in top lane) put too much pressure on laners to not only win lane, but also control the early blast cone to avoid ganks. That gameplay is cool, but having it show up that early in the game is a bit much.

The red dots are the affected spawns!

FIRST SPAWN TIME Between 125 and 140 seconds Between 300 and 330 seconds

Ancient Krugs

This is a legacy from anti-poaching efforts of the past. Not really relevant anymore.
removedLONG DISTANCE Ancient Krugs no longer take reduced damage from ranged basic attacks

Hand of Baron

Baron buff bonus ability power increased. Baron buff stats increase more later in the game. Baron buff now buffs caster minions' durability.

Late game Baron buffs should be hugely impactful, allowing a team which takes them to successfully siege those tough inhibitor turrets. It doesn't look like it's doing its job well enough, so we're bumping up the damage it provides as the game goes later (especially ability power), and boosting its minion buffs.

Bonus stats

INITIAL STATS 25 attack damage and ability power 24 attack damage and 40 ability power
FINAL STATS 40 attack damage and ability power at 27:30 48 attack damage and 80 ability power at 40:00

Minion buffs

A LARGE BUFF-FIX Fixed a bug where bonus attack damage (ex. Hand of Baron's +50 and Banner of Command's +100) wasn't affecting empowered siege minion attacks against structures at all. This is twice as impactful as it sounds, since empowered siege minions deal double damage to turrets.
newCASTER MINION DURABILITY Empowered caster minions now take 50% less damage from champions
BUGFIX Hand of Baron's area-of-effect damage reduction buff on minions now properly reduces damage from Runaan's Hurricane bolts

Elder Dragon Buff

Elder Dragon respawn time decreased. Elder dragon buff duration increased for buffs beyond the first your team gets. Burn damage increased for elder dragon buffs beyond the first your team gets.

Late game Elder Dragon buffs should be hugely impactful, allowing a team which takes them to successfully siege those tough inhibitor turrets. It doesn't look like it's doing its job well enough, so we're buffing all Elder Dragon buffs your team gets beyond the first, and dialing down the respawn timer. (Edit: To be clear, your team has to take multiple Elder Dragons to get the stronger buff. The second Elder Dragon of the game only gives the basic buff if the team that kills it wasn't also the team who killed the first Elder Dragon!)
RESPAWN 10 minutes 8 minutes
newELDER-ER Elder Dragon buffs your team gets beyond the first grant even stronger effects. The first buff your team gets is unchanged; we're listing the values below for comparison.
BUFF DURATION 150 seconds for the first buff your team gets; 300 seconds for subsequent buffs your team gets
BURN DAMAGE 45 (+45 per drake or dragon killed) for the first buff your team gets; 135 (+90 per drake or dragon killed) for subsequent buffs your team gets
ELEMENTAL BUFF +50% effectiveness of Elemental Drake stacks for the first buff your team gets; +100% for subsequent buffs your team gets

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Honor

HONOR STATS You now see unique stats about your recent honors any time you earn an Honor reward like a key fragment, orb, or capsule

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Scoreboard

We've reverted the scoreboard layout changes from last patch.

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Bugfixes

  • Zoe can now correctly use R - Portal Jump to get out of Swain's R - Demonic Ascension's drain circle
  • Fixed a bug where Renekton's abilities failed to grant Renekton the correct amount of Fury when initiating combat
  • Remnant of the Ascended now is correctly filtered under health, not armor
  • Fixed a bug where Swain could remain in R - Demonic Ascension when affected by Lulu's Whimsy
  • Amumu's W - Despair now correctly deactivates when he runs out of mana
  • Ryze's E - Spell Flux now correctly spreads to nearby units when it kills units who have any form of life after death
  • Fixed a bug where Dragon takedowns would give a 30 second discount on the Magical Footwear timer
  • Fixed a bug where a champion's primary ability resource bar remains under the champion portrait after their first death (and only their first death)
  • Trading champions now correctly selects the correct skin (last one used)
  • Udyr's W - Turtle Stance and Akali's Passive - Twin Disciplines now correctly trigger Overheal
  • Activating Gragas' W - Drunken Rage while attacking an inhibitor will no longer cause him to path towards the blue side fountain
  • Kalista will no longer path towards the blue side fountain if given a movement command to dash while attacking an enemy inhibitor
  • Zoe no longer ignores unit collision for the rest of the game after using R - Portal Jump
  • Skarner will now correctly stun targets afflicted by E - Fracture's Crystal Venom if they received the debuff in between when he began and initiated the attack
  • Fixed a bug where Corrupting Potion could not be used if a Mana Potion was currently in use
  • Thornmail now correctly applies the Cripple debuff to minions and monsters attacking its owner
  • Fixed a bug where jungle monster patience meters would not change color as the player lost aggro
  • Sweetheart Rakan’s health bar has been adjusted so it no longer obscures several animations
  • Mecha Kha’Zix chromas’ Void Assault (R) VFX are now always visible to the enemy when used

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Upcoming Skins & Chromas

The following skins will be released in patch 8.4:

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