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League of Legends Patch 8.8 change list

Balance changes as well as kit improvements for Ahri and LeBlanc!

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Patch 8.8 is here and as part of Riot’s rotating big patch/small patch schedule, it’s a big one. We’re seeing tons of balance changes as usual, but we’re also getting kit updates for two mages: LeBlanc and Ahri.

This patch doesn’t have as many huge changes as we might be used to seeing in preparation for the big midseason update. Regardless, lots of champions got tuned up, so make sure to skim through to make sure your favorites didn’t get hit with the nerf bat.

You should also note that Sweeping Lens no longer exists and Oracle’s Alteration is your new permanent friend for getting rid of pesky wards. Don’t be shocked when you see that in the shop!

We’re only getting one full skin this patch, but that’s OK because it’s Conqueror Varus! There hasn’t been a formal announcement from Riot yet, but based on last year’s Conqueror Karma, we can guess that Varus’ proceeds will go towards the Mid-Season Invitational prize pool for 2018. Exciting!

If chromas are more of your thing, Badlands Baron Rumble is going to be available in a plethora of sweet colors.

You can check out Riot Games’ full notes here and our very good tl;dr version here.


Champions

LeBlanc

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Updated.

UPDATED Passive - Mirror Image

WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN When LeBlanc drops below 40% health, she becomes invisible for 1 second and creates a Mirror Image that deals no damage and lasts for up to 8 seconds

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where an attack launched by the clone from Passive - Mirror Image could deal damage if the clone died before that basic attack landed. Funny story, we had this bugfix ready to go when we initially reworked LeBlanc, but there was no need to ship it because that ability no longer existed. So now we’re finally shipping it!

Q - Sigil of Malice

NAME Shatter Orb ⇒ Sigil of Malice

[NEW] SIGIL OF MALICE Applies a mark to the target. Damaging the marked target with an ability detonates the mark to deal additional damage.

ORB BASE DAMAGE 55/90/125/160/195 (unchanged)

ORB DAMAGE RATIO 0.5 ability power ⇒ 0.4 ability power

MARK BASE DAMAGE 55/80/105/130/155

MARK DAMAGE RATIO 0.4 ability power

COST 40/45/50/55/60 mana ⇒ 50/60/70/80/90 mana

W - Distortion

BASE DAMAGE 40/55/70/85/100 ⇒ 85/125/165/205/245

DAMAGE RATIO 0.2 ability power ⇒ 0.6 ability power

COOLDOWN 18/16/14/12/10 seconds ⇒ 14/13/12/11/10 seconds

SPEED 1600 ⇒ 1450

REACTIVATION DELAY 0.85 seconds from initial cast ⇒ 0.2 seconds from finishing dash

E - Ethereal Chains

LATCH-ON BASE DAMAGE 40/60/80/100/120 (unchanged)

LATCH-ON DAMAGE RATIO 0.5 ability power ⇒ 0.3 ability power

ROOT BASE DAMAGE 40/60/80/100/120 ⇒ 60/90/120/150/180

ROOT DAMAGE RATIO 0.5 ability power ⇒ 0.7 ability power

COST 40 mana ⇒ 70 mana

TETHER RANGE 885 ⇒ 865

UPDATED R - Mimic

MIMIC Casts LeBlanc’s most recently cast spell upon pressing R

RQ ORB BASE DAMAGE 70/140/210

RQ ORB DAMAGE RATIO 0.4 ability power

RQ MARK BASE DAMAGE 140/280/420

RQ MARK DAMAGE RATIO 0.8 ability power

RW BASE DAMAGE 150/300/450

RW DAMAGE RATIO 0.75 ability power

RE LATCH-ON BASE DAMAGE 70/140/210

RE LATCH-ON DAMAGE RATIO 0.4 ability power

RE ROOT BASE DAMAGE 140/280/420

RE ROOT DAMAGE RATIO 0.8 ability power

Ahri

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E now amplifies Ahri’s subsequent damage on the target it strikes. R and E base damage decreased. R damage ratio increased. Q no longer grants movement speed. W prioritizes targets Ahri has recently charmed or basic attacked.

UPDATED Passive - Vastayan Grace

VASTAYAN GRACE If Ahri earns 2 spell hits against an enemy champion within a 1.5 second period, she gains 20% movement speed for 3 seconds (9 second cooldown)

Q - Orb of Deception

[REMOVED] NOT SO FAST No longer grants movement speed

[NEW] THREE THREE HIT COMBO If Ahri earns 9 spell hits (max 3 per cast), she gains Essence Theft, causing her next Q cast that lands to restore 3/5/9/18 (at levels 1/6/11/16) health for each enemy hit.

W - Fox-Fire

COST 50 mana ⇒ 40 mana

[NEW] FOX’S CUNNING Fox-Fire prioritizes any enemy champion affected by Charm’s damage amp and the target Ahri most recently basic-attacked within the past 3 seconds

RANGE VS PRIORITY TARGETS 725 (range vs non-priority targets unchanged at 700)

DELAY FOR NON-PRIORITY TARGETING 0.25 seconds ⇒ 0.4 seconds (delay vs priority targets unchanged at 0.25 seconds)

E - Charm

BASE DAMAGE 60/95/130/165/200 ⇒ 60/90/120/150/180

DAMAGE RATIO 0.60 ability power ⇒ 0.40 ability power

[NEW] HERE IT COMES When Charm damages a champion, Ahri’s abilities deal 20% more damage to them for 5 seconds

R - Spirit Rush

BASE DAMAGE 70/110/150 ⇒ 60/90/120

DAMAGE RATIO 0.25 ability power ⇒ 0.35 ability power

Irelia

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Base armor increased. Q damage to minions increased. R cooldown increased. R damage (missile and wall) decreased, especially at later ranks.

Base Stats

BASE ARMOR 31 ⇒ 34

Q - Bladesurge

DAMAGE TO MINIONS 60% ⇒ 70%

E - Flawless Duet

BUGFIX No longer credits Irelia for several minion kills with each cast

R - Vanguard’s Edge

COOLDOWN 120/105/90 seconds ⇒ 140/120/100 seconds

MISSILE DAMAGE 150/275/400 ⇒ 125/225/325

WALL DAMAGE 125/200/275 ⇒ 75/125/175

Azir

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Soldier damage to non-primary targets decreased at earlier levels.

W - Arise!

DAMAGE TO NONPRIMARY TARGETS 40/70/100% (at levels 1/6/11) ⇒ 25/50/75/100% at (at levels 1/6/11/16)

Braum

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Armor growth decreased. W bonus resistances decreased.

Base Stats

ARMOR GROWTH 4.5 ⇒ 4

W - Stand Behind Me

RESISTANCES GRANTED 17.5/20/22.5/25/27.5 ⇒ 10/14/18/22/26

STAND AT ATTENTION Bonus resistances are now applied more responsively

Galio

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R cooldown increased.

R - Hero’s Entrance

COOLDOWN 180/150/120 seconds ⇒ 200/180/160 seconds

Graves

Health growth increased. R cooldown decreased.

Base Stats

HEALTH GROWTH 84 ⇒ 92

R - Collateral Damage

COOLDOWN 120/100/80 ⇒ 110/85/60

Janna

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Movement speed decreased. W damage decreased.

Base Stats

MOVEMENT SPEED 320 ⇒ 315

W - Zephyr

BASE DAMAGE 60/105/150/195/240 ⇒ 55/100/145/190/235

Kai’sa

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Health regen and health regen growth decreased. Q damage ratio decreased.

Base stats

BASE HEALTH REGEN 6.2 ⇒ 5.2

HEALTH REGEN GROWTH 0.75 ⇒ 0.55

Q - Icathian Rain

DAMAGE RATIO 0.4 bonus attack damage ⇒ 0.35 bonus attack damage

6 MISSILE DAMAGE RATIO 1.0 bonus attack damage ⇒ 0.875 bonus attack damage

12 MISSILE DAMAGE RATIO 1.72 bonus attack damage ⇒ 1.505 bonus attack damage

Lissandra

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Q mana cost decreased. R cooldown decreased at earlier ranks.

Q - Ice Shard

COST 85 mana ⇒ 75 mana

R - Frozen Tomb

COOLDOWN 130/105/80 seconds ⇒ 120/100/80 seconds

Nautilus

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Mana increased. Attack damage increased. Q cooldown decreased at earlier ranks.

Base Stats

BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 400

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 57.54 ⇒ 61

Q - Dredge Line

COOLDOWN 18/16/14/12/10 seconds ⇒ 14/13/12/11/10 seconds

Ryze

E mana cost increased at early ranks.

E - Spell Flux

COST 40/55/70/85/100 mana ⇒ 60/70/80/90/100 mana

Sion

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Q damage ratio decreased at earlier ranks.

Q - Decimating Smash

BASE DAMAGE 20/40/60/80/100 ⇒ 30/47.5/65/82.5/100

DAMAGE RATIO 0.65 total attack damage ⇒ 0.45/0.5/0.55/0.6/0.65 total attack damage

FULL CHARGE DAMAGE 1.95 total attack damage ⇒ 1.35/1.5/1.65/1.8/1.95 total attack damage

Tahm Kench

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E health restore decreased. W no longer grants Tahm Kench movement speed while moving towards enemy champions with a friend in his belly.

W - Devour

[REMOVED] NO MORE FAST FOOD Tahm Kench no longer gains movement speed while moving towards enemy champions with a friend in his belly

E - Thick Skin

% GREY HEALTH RESTORED OVER TIME 25/30/35/40/45% ⇒ 15/20/25/30/35%

Taliyah

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Base health decreased. Q Cooldown increased at earlier ranks.

Base Stats

HEALTH 532 ⇒ 502

Q - Threaded Volley

COOLDOWN 9/7.5/6/5.5/3 seconds ⇒ 11/9/7/5/3 seconds

Varus

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W on-hit damage decreased. W now has an active which empowers Varus’ next Q to deal bonus damage.

Passive - Living Vengeance

BONUS ATTACK SPEED ON CHAMPION KILL 50% ⇒ 30%

BONUS ATTACK SPEED ON MINION KILL 25% ⇒ 15%

W - Blighted Quiver

ON-HIT DAMAGE 10/14/18/22/26 ⇒ 5/9/13/17/21

[NEW] ACTIVE Varus’ next Q - Piercing Arrow deals additional damage equal to 6/7/8/9/10% of the target’s missing HP. Damage is increased by up to 50% (to 9/10.5/12/13.5/15%) based on charge time.

Vi

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Base armor decreased. Armor growth increased. Health regen and health regen growth increased. Passive and Q cooldowns decreased at early levels. E mana cost decreased.

Base Stats

BASE ARMOR 35 ⇒ 30

ARMOR GROWTH 3.5 ⇒ 4

BASE HEALTH REGEN 9 ⇒ 10

HEALTH REGEN GROWTH 0.9 ⇒ 1

Passive - Blast Shield

COOLDOWN 16-8 seconds (at levels 1-9) ⇒ 12-8 seconds (at levels 1-9)

Q - Vault Breaker

COOLDOWN 16/14/12/10/8 seconds ⇒ 12/11/10/9/8 seconds

E - Excessive Force

COST 40/45/50/55/60 mana ⇒ 26/32/38/44/50 mana

Xayah

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Base health regen decreased. Base attack damage decreased.

Base Stats

BASE HEALTH REGEN 6 ⇒ 5

Passive - Clean Cuts

PASS THROUGH DAMAGE 50% ⇒ 30/40/50% (at levels 1/7/13)

Rek’Sai

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Bugfixin’

Passive - Fury of the Xer’Sai

[UPDATED] HANGRY Rek’Sai’s fury no longer decays from being out of combat while she is consuming it for burrowed regeneration

[UPDATED] TIMELY Rek’Sai’s out of combat fury decay now begins precisely at 8 seconds (as opposed to 8-9 seconds)

Swain

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Bugfixin’

E - Nevermove

[UPDATED] NO RUSH Now only gives one stack for Phase Rush purposes

Items

Archangel’s Staff

Mana-to-ability-power conversion decreased.

MANA TO ABILITY POWER CONVERSION 3% ⇒ 1% (unchanged on Seraph’s Embrace)

Runes

Lethal Tempo

Attack speed bonus increased.

ATTACK SPEED 30-80% (at levels 1-18) ⇒ 40-110% (at levels 1-18)

Dark Harvest

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where a VFX box appeared when a soul was dropped on the ground

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where, if multiple players took Dark Harvest, only one of them could see the soul glow on units that will drop Dark Harvest Souls

BUGFIX On ARAM, tooltip now properly indicates that champion souls are worth less soul essence

Trinkets

Sweeping Lens removed. Oracle Alteration now available at level 1. Swapping trinkets now retains the same percentage cooldown as the previous one.

REMOVED Sweeping Lens

SOLD OUT Sweeping Lens is no longer available in the store

Oracle Alteration

LEVEL REQUIREMENT 9 ⇒ 1

Trinket Swap Rules

SAME COOLDOWN Swapping from one trinket to another now retains the same percentage cooldown as the previous one, rather than resetting to a 120 second cooldown

Homestart

Homestart buff is granted by fountain until slightly later in the game. Homestart now begins to fall off at outer turrets, not the river.

FOUNTAIN GRANTS HOMESTART BUFF UNTIL 35 seconds into the game ⇒ 55 seconds into the game

REMOVEDCOLD FEET Homestart buff no longer falls off instantly after crossing the river line

NO PLACE LIKE HOME : Homestart buff rapidly decays over 0.75 seconds after crossing the outer turret line

Bugfixes

  • Fixed another way where Warwick’s Q could double-cast. We’re pretty sure it’s the last one.
  • Cannon minion gold value now correctly scales past 87 gold
  • Clones can now correctly be feared by Volibear’s Majestic Roar
  • Fixed a bug where Tiamat counted towards procs for Electrocute or Phase Rush.
  • Snow Fawn Poppy’s recall and spell SFX have been restored and no longer use base SFX
  • Seams have been minimized on Pool Party Graves and all of his chromas when on lower graphics settings
  • Seams have been minimized on Renektoy chromas when on lower graphics settings
  • Seams have been minimized on Arcade Miss Fortune chromas when on lower graphics settings
  • Texture compression is now more consistent across Darius’ chroma pack
  • Sandstorm Ekko’s hourglass and Chrono Blade are now better attached to his model during all of his animations
  • The orb during Reaper Soraka’s Recall has been restored
  • Santa Draven’s Q - Spinning Axe landing location’s particles are no longer overlapped by on-ground area of effect abilities’ particles
  • Pool Party Lulu’s Pix attack projectiles are no longer missing their trail particles
  • Nightbringer Yasuo’s and PROJECT: Yasuo’s Q - Steel Tempest ground particle no longer clips into the ground on elevation change
  • Iron Solari Leona’s R - Solar Flare decal will no longer be improperly rotated on lower graphics settings
  • Q - Light Binding for Elementalist Lux no longer fade out prematurely when compared to other Lux skins
  • Dreadnova Darius’ idle VFX have been restored
  • Particles during Woad King Darius and Dunkmaster Darius’ critical attacks are no longer misplaced
  • Unique particles have been restored for Cosmic Reaver Kassadin’s Auto Attack on-hits and W - Nether Blade
  • Unique particles have been restored for all of Conqueror Karma’s spells
  • Blood Moon Twisted Fate’s Recall animation no longer has missing pixels
  • The catling that Meowkai holds in his hand has been found and safely returned to him!
  • Snow Day Graves’ eyes now properly follow his head’s movement during all animations
  • Nami’s laugh VFX once again play properly when emote is used
  • Leprechaun Veigar’s W - Dark Matter VFX once again have rainbows!
  • Star Guardian Soraka’s homeguard VFX once again properly overlay the champion’s model
  • Freljord Taliyah once again has basic attack on-hit VFX when hitting structures and jungle monsters
  • SKT T1 Ryze’s crowd cheers have been restored in his Recall animation
  • Shiny VFX are no longer missing on Ashen Lord Aurelion Sol’s sunglasses during his joke animation
  • Secret Agent Xin Zhao’s recall SFX have been restored
  • SKT T1 Ekko is no longer missing VFX during his joke, taunt, dance, and death
  • Steel Legion Garen’s Villain Mark is now at the same height when comparing it to enemy and ally perspectives
  • Battle Bozz Malzahar’s recall VFX have been restored
  • Lancer Paragon Blitzcrank / Lancer Rogue Blitzcrank’s Recall is no longer missing lightning effects VFX
  • Astronautilus’ helmet VFX no longer linger after W - Titan’s Wrath has expired

Upcoming Skins & Chromas

The following skins will be released in patch 8.8:

  • Conqueror Varus
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The following chromas will be released in patch 8.8:

  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Ruby)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Meteorite)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Turquoise)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Pearl)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Rose Quartz)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Obsidian)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Catseye)
  • Badlands Baron Rumble (Emerald)

Hextech Crafting

Fixed a bug that was causing gemstones to drop 5% more often than intended.