The last few patches have been pretty small in terms of content due to the 2018 World Championship. However, things are picking back up again as Riot Games is starting to smooth out the grounds for preseason.
This is not the preseason patch, but there are changes to a whole ton of champions. Ezreal’s getting a tiny buff on his W, Kai’Sa is getting nerfed and — OK, I can list all of this stuff for ages. You should just ctrl + f your mains and make sure they’re all up to par.
The best part of this patch is the Tales from the Rift skins for Ekko, Gnar and Janna. Those and the K/DA skins for Evelynn, Ahri, Kai’Sa and Akali make up some of the most exciting content this patch, which are all definitely going to be paired up with some missions and events. (Likely as part of the already ongoing Worlds missions, though.)
For a full list of changes, you can check out Riot’s notes here and our tl;dr here.
HEALTH 613 >>> 573
Passive slow increased. E pings enemy champions is spots.
Passive - Frost Shot
SLOW 10% - 20% (lvl 1-18) >>> 15% - 30% (lvl 1-18)
SLOW CRIT MULTIPLIER Triple >>> Double (slow amount unchanged due to base slow buff)
E - Hawkshot
HEY Hawkshot now pings enemies it spots if your team didn’t already have vision of them
FEATHERY Hawkshot vision trail duration very slightly increased to address a bug where the trail sometimes wouldn’t show up on the minimap (vision duration at the destination unchanged)
FROSTY Fixed a bug that made Runaan’s Hurricane bolts fired by Q - Ranger’s Focus invisible
Health decreased. Health regen increased.
HEALTH 562 >>> 510
HEALTH REGEN 6.5 >>> 7
Q - Spinning Axe
BUGFIX :: Fixed a bug where Draven’s basic attack couldn’t crit if it switched from a normal basic attack to a Q-empowered attack during wind-up due to Draven catching an axe
BUGFIX :: Fixed a bug where Draven would lose his Spinning Axe if his basic attack switched to a Q-empowered attack during wind-up and was then cancelled due to Draven’s target dying the instant the attack would have fired. (This fix went out in 8.19. Did you notice?)
W damage increased late.
W - Essence Flux
BASE DAMAGE 75/120/165/210/255 >>> 75/125/175/225/275
KEEP MOVING Double-pressing Ezreal’s abilities no longer cancels movement commands
Movement speed reduced.
MOVEMENT SPEED 340 >>> 335
Movement speed increased. E shield increased. W on-hit damage increased early.
MOVEMENT SPEED 325 >>> 330
W - Brushmaker
ON-HIT DAMAGE 20/30/40/50/60 (+0.3 ability power) >>> 30/37.5/45/52.5/60 (+0.3 ability power)
E - Triggerseed
SHIELD 75/110/145/180/215 >>> 80/115/150/185/220
Passive proc scaling decreased. Ultimate shield duration decreased.
Passive - Second Skin
PROC DAMAGE 15% (+3.75% per 100 ability power) target’s missing health >>> 15% (+2.5% per 100 ability power) target’s missing health
R - Killer Instinct
SHIELD DURATION 3 seconds >>> 2 seconds
W root duration increased early.
W - Focused Resolve
ROOT DURATION 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds >>> 1.4/1.55/1.7/1.85/2 seconds
EMPOWERED DURATION BONUS +0.5/0.75/1/1.25 seconds at Mantra ranks 1-4 (unchanged)
W cooldown and cost decreased. R cost decreased.
W - Wall of Pain
COOLDOWN 18 seconds >>> 15 seconds
COST 100 mana >>> 70 mana
R - Requiem
COST 150/175/200 mana >>> 100 mana at all ranks
Nunu & Willump
Bugfixin’ and rescriptin’.
Passive - Call of the Freljord
FOLLOW THROUGH Nunu & Willump’s basic attack no longer cancels if Call of the Freljord expires during the attack’s wind-up
Q - Consume
BROKEN TOOTH Nunu no longer heals if Consume is blocked by a spell shield
W - Biggest Snowball Ever!
(SNOW)DRIFT Snowball hitbox and steering controls updated to make using W smoother and fix various bugs around the snowball colliding (or not) with stuff
SQUISH Rolling into small pets (ex. Shaco boxes, Yorick Mistwalkers) no longer causes the snowball to explode
R - Absolute Zero
CONSISTENCY Fixed a bug causing Absolute Zero’s damage and slow to sometimes be slightly off at full channel
Q damage increased.
Q - Stretching Strikes
BASE DAMAGE 30/40/50/60/70 >>> 40/55/70/85/100
Q damage increased late. E cooldown decreased late.
Q - Paddle Star
BASE DAMAGE 50/75/100/125/150 >>> 50/80/110/140/170
E - Sleepy Trouble Bubble
COOLDOWN 16/15.5/15/14.5/14 seconds >>> 16/15/14/13/12 seconds
Champion SFX Updates
Gragas Audio Clarity Updates
BASIC ATTACKS Audio now changes based on whether Gragas hits stone, wood, metal, or people
Q - BARREL ROLL New audio on barrel roll and when max charge state is reached
W - DRUNKEN RAGE Activation audio is clearer
E - BODY SLAM Collision audio updated
R - EXPLOSIVE CASK On-cast audio clarity improved
CAN’T HIDE Turrets no longer block line of sight for camouflage abilities, meaning if a camo’d enemy champ is on the other side of a turret from you, you’ll now be able to see them if they’re in range.
AFFECTED ABILITIES Evelynn’s Passive - Demon Shade, Rengar’s R - Thrill of the Hunt, Pyke’s W - Ghostwater Dive, and Twitch’s Q - Ambush
Edge of Night
Costs less. Veil channel time decreased.
COST 3100 gold (725 gold combine cost) >>> 3000 gold (625 gold combine cost)
VEIL CHANNEL TIME 1.5 seconds >>> 1 second
COST 3200 gold (450 gold combine cost) >>> 3000 gold (250 gold combine cost)
On My Way Ping Audio
WHERE ARE YOU On My Way ping audio processing now indicates the distance between the ping and the player who pinged. The further away the player is from their ping, the more muffled and slightly delayed the audio will be.
WHERE AM I On My Way ping volume indicates now the distance between the ping and you, the listener
HUD Font Sizes
HUD FONT SIZE Increased!
- Fixed a bug where, while changing your secondary runes one after another, you could end up changing the same selection twice rather than changing both rune selections
- Ziggs’ R - Mega Inferno Bomb tooltip now indicates the amount of damage done in the outer ring
- Boots of Swiftness now properly reduce the self-slow on Pyke’s Q - Bone Skewer
- Zyra’s plants no longer attempt to target stuff without health bars (ex. Jarvan’s flag, Thresh’s lantern)
- The Surrender countdown bar has been visually restored. Not that you noticed this bug anyway because you’d never surrender, right?
- A bunch of other bugfixes sprinkled throughout the rest of the patch notes above!
Upcoming Skins, Chromas & Icons
Tales from the Rift
- Bewitching Janna
- Count Kledula
- Trick or Treat Ekko
- K/DA Ahri
- K/DA Akali
- K/DA Kai’Sa
- K/DA Evelynn
- K/DA Kai’Sa Prestige Edition
- Bewitching Janna (Ruby)
- Bewitching Janna (Citrine)
- Bewitching Janna (Emerald)
- Bewitching Janna (Rainbow)
- Bewitching Janna (Rose Quartz)
- Bewitching Janna (Golden)
- Count Kledula (Ruby)
- Count Kledula (Rose Quartz)
- Count Kledula (Emerald)
- Count Kledula (Obsidian)
- Count Kledula (Pearl)
- Count Kledula (Golden)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Ruby)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Rose Quartz)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Emerald)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Amethyst)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Obsidian)
- Trick or Treat Ekko (Golden)