3/18/2021 Xin Zhao Balance Changes and Liandry’s Anguish and Control Ward Bugfixes
Base health decreased and health growth increased. Passive energy restore removed. Q cost increased early and decreased later; bonus damage removed. W now increases Akali’s maximum energy. E total damage increased; first hit damage ratio decreased; second hit damage ratio increased. R first dash now deals magic damage and has increased later scaling with AP.
From the start of most games, Akali is able to wield her durability to help her coast through even the most difficult early lane phases. We’re reducing her early game tankiness so that her laning success isn’t always guaranteed, but in return, we’re giving her an overall net buff with later dueling payoff, so that when she strikes, it’s deadly. In addition, we’re also making her energy management more intuitive so that if you’re just now picking her up, it doesn’t take so much… energy?
PASSIVE – ASSASSIN’S MARK
Q – FIVE POINT STRIKE
W – TWILIGHT SHROUD
E – SHURIKEN FLIP
R – PERFECT EXECUTION
Q base damage decreased later.
Karthus is particularly temperamental to changes in the meta, so he’s become a familiar face in the patch notes. This time around, with players refining his optimal builds, he’s crept back into the spotlight in Elite play, so we’re bringing down his damage.
Q – LAY WASTE
R cooldown increased.
Since she entered the ring, Lillia has managed to prance her way out of any nerfs while still remaining a staple in professional play. With many of her competitors falling out of favor, it’s time for her to get Eep!ed. Her ultimate has AoE fight-changing capabilities, so we’re bumping up its cooldown to reflect its potency..
R – LILTING LULLABY
E cooldown now decreases.
Pyke has been in the deep end ever since we submerged mid Pyke in 11.5. Now that there isn’t a huge skew towards mid over support, it’s finally time to help him resurface by giving him a rankup that has some oomph.
E – PHANTOM UNDERTOW
R bonus health decreased later.
As a strong pick for late-game survivability in skirmishes and teamfights, this croc has been up and down the block in Pro play. We’re cutting down his late-game tankiness so that his enemies have a fighting chance to find his Achilles’ scale.
R – DOMINUS
Passive Unshackled bonus attack speed increased. W cooldown, cost, and heal ratio decreased.
Sylas has been feeling underwhelming and boxed in, and he’s at a point where we feel comfortable breaking him out. Giving him more opportunities to slip, slap, and slash, without breaking the (healing) bank.
PASSIVE – PETRICITE BURST
W – KINGSLAYER
W on-hit damage effectiveness decreased.
The change to Urgot in patch 11.4 was meant to make squishier Kraken Slayer off-builds more viable, but he’s veered off course, scuttling over to rush Titanic Hydra instead. We’re reverting his on-hit modification to steer him away from the off-build altogether and help him hone back in to his primary build.
W – PURGE
W healing from monsters is no longer halved. E capped damage now flat.
There have been reports of bears, horses, and deer running amok in the jungle, but after thorough investigation, Volibear has been deemed innocent of all jungle gap wrongdoing. If anything, he’s been the victim. We’re waking him out of his jungle hibernation to enjoy the new season.
W – FRENZIED MAUL
E – SKY SPLITTER
AD Fighter Adjustments
Passive heal decreased; stack consumption bugfix. Q bonus base damage decreased early. W cooldown reduced; cost increased; reduced damage against minions now scales down, hitbox adjusted. W1 cast time now flat. W2 damage now scales with crit strike chance; W2 range and missile speed increased; W2 now Challenges enemies.
We’re shipping two sets of changes to Xin at once: One focused on his core AD fighter build and one to open up an AP off-build. This is a long one, so to make it less of a Xin ow, we’ve broken his patch notes up accordingly.
First, the AD Xin we all know and love: a Demacian warrior with a strong spirit and an even stronger spear. As a brawler who uniquely excels at skirmishes, we’re sharpening his distinctive strengths by giving him tools to extend combos and initiate duels. With new, creative ways to get to his enemies, he’ll feel more empowered or, dare we say, audacious, to dive into teamfights and skirmishes.
PASSIVE – DETERMINATION
Q – THREE TALON STRIKE
W – WIND BECOMES LIGHTNING
E – AUDACIOUS CHARGE
Passive heal AP ratio increased. W2 damage ratio now scales with AP. R now scales with AP.
But wait, what if Xin wants to change things up a bit? Put down the spear and don a wizard hat instead? Before his rework, AP Xin Zhao occasionally made the rounds as a fun off-build with a distinctly different playstyle from his AD counterpart. These changes are geared towards bringing AP Xin back into play, but we still expect his AD-focused builds to come out on top.
PASSIVE – DETERMINATION
W – WIND BECOMES LIGHTNING
R – CRESCENT GUARD
The amount of systemic healing—or healing from runes and items—is still trending high, so we’re shifting some of the power from burst healing into other areas.
Blade of the Ruined King
We’re aiming to open up more potential AP Mythics by making Liandry and Luden’s more usable across mages. These changes should entice burst mages to pick it up when facing tanky team comps.
Like Liandry’s above, we’re adding another AP Mythic to the mix. This should be a better option for mages who deal damage over time.
Seeker’s Armguard and Verdant Barrier have been doing their job a bit too well, keeping AP scaling champs too safe as the laning phase progresses, which masks their intended weaknesses and contributes to a particularly dull meta. We’re adjusting the strength of these mid-tier items, while retaining the power level of the Legendary items they build into (Zhonya’s Hourglass and Banshee’s Veil).
Now that players are starting to realize other tank Mythics are reasonable options, we feel comfortable giving back some of Sunfire’s oomph, considering it has been the worst performing item among its peers for a while.
The last set of jungle changes took a sufficient amount of experience out of the jungle, so we’re refunding some of it with a buff to Smite (below) and good ol’ Gromp. This should now fix a certain route to help junglers get to level 3 after 3 camps, and keep them alive.
Addressing unintuitive and frustrating scenarios around Teleport, such as Teleporting and zooming right back into lane after an early death. In compensation, we’re giving it a buff to maintain its power as a playmaking tool.
The shop is pretty certain it can hit Gold this year if it puts the hours in. In the meantime, here are some updates.
- Components of items with deep build trees will no longer overlap. Noonquiver’s children can now breathe easy.
- Pinging the omnivamp stat will now show the correct values instead of the incorrect ones. That’s probably how it should’ve started right?
- NEWHOTKEY BLING When the shop is open, you can quickly select items in your inventory by pressing their number keys. Unleash your inner speed shopper!
- More bug fixes and performance improvements.
- LEAGUE CLIENT: Rewrote the code that was responsible for constantly alerting players with multiple Key Fragment notifications (we’ll also be keeping a close eye on it)
- LEAGUE CLIENT: Fixed a player presence data issue where people in your lobby would not appear as Online and/or would not update when a player changed their Summoner Icon
- LEAGUE CLIENT: Fixed Honor rewards image sizes
- LEAGUE CLIENT: Fixed the missing images for some Missions tooltips
- LEAGUE CLIENT: Players can now turn off Collection tab notifications for newly acquired content via Settings
- Fixed the formatting and vocabulary in Teleport’s tooltip
- Kassadin’s W – Netherblade now properly grants mana stacks from Tear of the Goddess
- Serpent’s Fang’s Shield Reaver no longer applies to minions and turrets
- Fixed a bug where Samira’s W – Blade Whirl‘s second attack would sometimes not inflict damage
- Fixed a bug where Banshee’s Veil’s Annul passive cooldown would not display in the player’s inventory
- Fixed two bugs where attacks from Urgot’s W – Purge and Lucian’s P – Lightslinger did not count as unique attack instances for Manamune stacking, Muramana on-hit, Runaan’s Hurricane, and Ravenous Hydra
- Fixed a bug where Ornn’s Syzygy’s Ever Rising Moon passive would not go on cooldown as long as he was basic attacking with Black Cleaver in his inventory
- Fixed a bug where Muramana’s on-hit effects would not be applied every third attack when the player has Guinsoo’s Rageblade
- Shyana now properly gains additional Fury generation from Cloud Dragons and Cloud Souls
- Fixed a bug where right-clicking a Long Sword in Noonquiver’s build path within Immortal Shieldbow, Galeforce, or Kraken Slayer’s build paths would make you unintentionally purchase the Dagger next to it instead
- Anivia’s R – Glacial Storm no longer toggles off when using Hextech Rocketbelt
- Fixed a bug where Daisy’s 3rd AoE attack was accidentally using Ivern’s AD instead of Daisy’s AD