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League of Legends patch 9.23 change list

It’s preseason time!

Victorious Aatrox poses holding the hilt of his sword Riot Games

Preseason has officially begun for League of Legends, which means this patch brings about sweeping changes that will shake up the game’s meta.

One of the big changes in this patch is the inclusion of additional effects from the Elemental Drakes. Depending on what dragon is on Summoner’s Rift, the map’s terrain will change with it. For example, the Ocean Drake will spawn more fruit and brushes around the map and the Cloud Drake will increase jungle movement speed.

More brushes to hide in have also been placed around the map and both bot and top lane have new alcoves for players to duke it out in.

Pulsefire Thresh will also get dropped this patch, and Victorious Aatrox should start getting added to accounts that reached Gold or higher in any ranked League of Legends (not Teamfight Tactics) queue soon.

You can also check out Riot Games’ patch notes for full context and our Teamfight Tactics patch notes, if that’s more your thing.


End of Season

The 2019 season has drawn to a close, and we hope you reached your ranked goals this season. If you achieved Gold or higher in Summoner’s Rift Ranked Solo or Flex, or Twisted Treeline Ranked, you’ve earned Victorious Aatrox. If you achieved Gold or higher in two of those queues, you’ve also earned a Victorious Aatrox chroma.

Elemental Rifts

This preseason, we’re adding more game-to-game variety and opportunities for mastery to Summoner’s Rift. After the second Elemental Drake of the game dies, the map will permanently transform to one of four Elemental Rifts, each with unique terrain changes that’ll alter the way you take on teamfights, rotations, vision, and objective control.

Elemental Rifts don’t favor a specific team, so games are still in players’ hands regardless of which one takes shape. We also wanted to ensure the Rifts feel intuitive even in your first game, so they don’t introduce any new mechanics and terrain changes always occur in the same areas no matter which element spawns.

Transformation mechanics

TRANSFORMATION TRIGGER :: After the second Elemental Drake dies and the third is announced

RIFT ELEMENT :: Same as the element of the third drake

TERRITORIAL :: Once the map transforms, all future Elemental Drake spawns will be of that element only

TERRAIN CHANGES :: Always occur in the four jungle quadrants, centered around the buff camps, as well as in dragon pit

Infernal Rift

New paths make opportunities for a quick flank or sidestep that your opponent isn’t expecting.

JUNGLE :: The brush nearest to Blue and Red buffs burn away, and new pathways open up through the Blue and Red buff pits

DRAGON PIT :: The entrance to Dragon pit widens

Mountain Rift

Extra tight spaces give opportunities for big AOE wombos and create some interesting new hiding spots with fog of war.

JUNGLE :: Two new bluffs of rock emerge in each jungle quadrant

DRAGON PIT :: A rock formation rises in front of the Dragon pit

Ocean Rift

Sneak around the jungle or look for a new ambush opportunity.

JUNGLE :: Most of the brush in the jungle grows larger and new Honeyfruit spawns near the buff camps. Water pools into puddles throughout the jungle, which is mostly aesthetic unless you’re the Empress of the Elements or running the Waterwalking rune.

DRAGON PIT :: New brush patches sprout up around the Dragon pit

Cloud Rift

Dodge skillshots or make a swift collapse on your enemies trying to sneak a far away objective.

JUNGLE :: Air currents flow throughout the area around Blue and Red buffs, granting speed boosts to everyone inside

DRAGON PIT :: Dragon Pit also becomes a speed boosting wind tunnel

Side Lane Alcoves

We’re adding two new lane alcoves to the Rift, one in each side lane. We don’t expect laning to fundamentally change as a result, but the extra terrain and its impact on line of sight should occasionally offer new playmaking opportunities through positioning, jukes, flanks, and ganks.

BREATHTAKING VISTA OF DEATH :: New alcoves have been carved into the outer corners of top and bot lanes

BOT LANE BRUSH :: Two long patches >>> Three patches, mirroring top lane

River Entrance Brush

New brush patches near the blue buff ramps into river add new strategic and tactical options as teams approach and contest objectives.

WHERE’S GAREN? :: New brush has been added by the river entrances in both Blue buff quadrants

Elemental Drakes

Dragon Souls

Dragon Souls are a new end-game payoff for the team who wins the Elemental Drake game, a powerful reward that’s similar to an Epic objective. Dragon Souls don’t offer the same moment-to-moment strength as Baron or Elder buff, but they’re permanent and an additional bonus on top of the drake stacks their bearers already earned.

I GOT SOUL :: The first team to slay four Elemental Drakes gains a Dragon Soul matching the Elemental Rift

EXCLUSIVITY :: Elder Dragon begins spawning after one team gains a Dragon Soul, meaning only one team can have it.

DURATION :: Like Elemental Drake buffs, Dragon Souls are permanent and persist through death

Infernal Soul

  • Every 3 seconds, your next damaging attack or ability on an enemy unit triggers a small explosion, dealing 90 (+0.25 bonus attack damage) (+0.15 ability power) (+0.03 bonus health) damage to the target and nearby enemies.

Mountain Soul

  • After not taking damage for 5 seconds, gain a shield for 225 (+0.2 bonus attack damage) (+0.15 ability power) (+0.15 bonus health)

Ocean Soul

  • Dealing damage to enemies heals you for 180 (+0.4 bonus attack damage) (+0.25 ability power) (+0.1 bonus health) and restores 90 (+0.04 maximum mana) mana over 3 seconds.
  • Damage to minions or monsters regenerates with 30% effectiveness.

Cloud Soul

  • Passively gain 10% increased movement speed.
  • After casting your ultimate, gain an additional 30% movement speed for 3 seconds (30 second cooldown).

Elemental Drake Buffs

We’re updating the buffs to be more equal in power and excitement. Stack for stack, elemental buffs are weaker than before to avoid excessively power creeping SR’s buff ecosystem. With Dragon Souls adding new late game payout to Elemental Drakes, we’re switching from the current frontloaded buff stacks back to a linear model. Last note: You can now get four stacks of an element if the enemy team gets the first two or three drakes (always different elements), then you get the next four (always the same element).

Infernal

Just a balance pass.

INFERNAL MIGHT :: +10/17/24% attack damage and ability power >>> +5/10/15/20% attack damage and ability power

Mountain

Extra damage to objectives was a subtle-yet-powerful snowballing effect that was often hard to appreciate outside of coordinated play. We’re switching Mountain to a more straightforward effect all players can play around.

MOUNTAINOUS VIGOR :: +16/23/30% bonus true damage to epic monsters and turrets >>> +8/16/24/32% armor and magic resist

Ocean

We’re removing Ocean’s mana regen to even its power out among users regardless of resource type. That gives us room to allow Ocean’s healing to continue in combat, which is a buff for any user.

OCEANIC WILL :: 6/9/12% missing health and mana regen per 5 seconds when you haven’t taken champion/turret damage within 8 seconds >>> 5/10/15/20% missing health regen per 5 seconds (mana regen removed)

Cloud

Cloud’s movement speed was powerful, but not all that exciting. We’re moving the speed boost to Cloud’s Elemental Rift (where we can support it with visuals) and adding a different kind of haste to Cloud’s buff.

CLOUDBRINGER’S GRACE :: +3/4.5/6% bonus movement speed (tripled while out of combat) >>> 10/20/30/40% ultimate CDR, ignoring the CDR cap

Elemental Drake Mechanics

With drake types going down to just one element after the Rift transforms, we’re ensuring the first few you see don’t double up on elements so you still experience a variety of drakes in each game.

DRAKE SPAWN ORDER :: Random >>> The first three drakes are now always three unique elements. All subsequent drakes will be the same element as the third drake.

DRAKE SPAWN WINDOW :: 5:00 initial, 5:00 respawn until 35:00 >>> 5:00 initial, 5:00 respawn until one team has slain four drakes (see Dragon Soul section above)

Since the Elemental Drake buffs are a bit weaker, we’re dropping the health of the first two drakes. The battle over the Dragon Soul begins heating up after that, so drakes after the first two have more health to widen the opportunity for teams to contest.

HEALTH :: 3500 (+240 per level, minimum level 6) >>> 2650 (+240 per level, minimum level 6) before the Rift transforms; 4350 (+240 per level, minimum level 6) for the third drake onward

Elder Dragon

Up until now, Elder Dragon massively favored the team that was already ahead due to scaling with drake stacks (and in super long games, itself). We’re removing that scaling to make room for power that’s equally rewarding whether you’re pressing a lead or making a comeback.

[REM] ELEMENTAL MULTIPLIER :: Elder Dragon’s buff no longer increases the effects of Elemental Drake buffs by 50%

BURN DAMAGE :: 45 (+45 per Elemental Drake stack) true damage over 3 seconds >>> 90-270 true damage over 3 seconds (at 25:00-45:00 game time)

[REM] BURNING BRIGHT :: Elder Dragon’s burn no longer reveals enemies

[REM] ELDER MULTIPLIER :: Taking Elder Dragon a second time no longer increases the Elemental buff multiplier to 100% or the burn damage to 135 (+90 per Elemental Drake stack)

Elder’s new mechanic is an execute, sharpening its identity as the end-game teamfighting buff and making its impact much more obvious than the DoT and drake scaling it used to grant. Note that the 20% threshold looks higher than it is in practice: You’ll rarely bring an enemy to exactly 19.9% before they go boom.

[NEW] EXECUTE :: Damaging an enemy at less than 20% health causes them to die in an Elder Immolation after 0.5 seconds (no cooldown).

DENIED :: Elder Immolation can’t execute enemies through invulnerability effects like Zhonya’s Hourglass or undying effects like Kindred’s R - Lamb’s Respite

We’re standardizing the duration of Elder and Baron to three minutes. These buffs should last long enough for attacking teams to gain real advantages off coordinated power plays, but not so long that attackers come out ahead if they passively leave opponents stuck on defense for extended periods. If these duration changes make Elder too strong or Baron too weak, we’ll adjust their effects accordingly.

BUFF DURATION :: 150 seconds; lost on death >>> 180 seconds; still lost on death

Final note about how often Elder will actually show up in games. In a complete stomp, the earliest Elder can spawn is 26:00 plus time spent in combat with the drakes. But in a game that’s going even or isn’t seeing many objectives taken, it’s also possible for Elder to never spawn.

SPAWN RULES :: First dragon spawn after 35:00; 6:00 respawn >>> 6:00 after one team kills their fourth Elemental Drake; 6:00 respawn

Baron Buff

We’re standardizing the duration of Elder and Baron to three minutes. Though they have different strategic strengths, both buffs should last long enough for attacking teams to gain real advantages off coordinated power plays but not so long that defenders are paralyzed for excessive lengths of time. If these duration changes make Elder too strong or Baron too weak, we’ll adjust their effects accordingly.

DURATION :: 210 seconds >>> 180 seconds

Buff Visuals

Visuals for Blue Buff, Red Buff, Red Buff’s burn effect, Hand of Baron, and Aspect of the Dragon (Elder Dragon buff) have all been updated. All monster buffs are now visually cohesive, including the new Dragon Souls.

Top Lane Influence

Rift Herald

With the increased importance on drakes on bot side, we’re spawning Rift Herald a bit earlier and letting her respawn once so teams don’t completely abandon their top laners in favor of bot lane presence. (Y’know...more than they already do.)

Rift Herald Fight

INITIAL SPAWN :: 10:00 >>> 8:00

[NEW] RESPAWN :: 6:00

DESPAWN :: 19:30, delayed to 19:50 if in combat (unchanged)

HEALTH :: 10,000-16,000 (levels 6-12) >>> 8,250-16,500 (levels 6-12)

ATTACK SPEED :: 0.5 >>> 0.4 (it’s easier to poke Rift Herald’s eye before she spins around)

Summoned Rift Herald

EYE OF THE HERALD PICK-UP WINDOW :: 40 seconds >>> 20 seconds

EYE OF THE HERALD CHANNEL :: 4 seconds >>> 1 second

HERALD LEVEL :: Average level of all ten champions, determined on ||| using Eye of the Herald >>> picking up Eye of the Herald

HEALTH :: 4000-6400 (levels 6-12) >>> 3180-6360 (levels 6-12)

HEADBUTT TURRET DAMAGE :: 40% current heath (1600-2560), minimum 1500 >>> 1500-2550 (levels 6-12)

HEADBUTT SELF-DAMAGE :: 25% current health >>> 66% current health

Minion XP

We’re very lightly adjusting minion XP to slightly equalize the influence top and bot laners have on the game. Solo laners will level about 2% faster from minions, while duo laners (or solo laners getting non-stop jungler attention) will level about 2% slower. Put another way, every five waves adds up to an extra caster minion for solo laners and one fewer for bot.

Solo XP

MELEE :: 58.8 >>> 60.45

CASTER :: 29.44 >>> 29.76

CANNON :: 92 >>> 93

Shared XP

Divide evenly among the champions sharing XP.

MELEE :: 76.8 >>> 75.4

CASTER :: 38.4 >>> 37.12

CANNON :: 120 >>> 116

Turret Plating

Slightly buffing Turret Plating durability to prevent group-and-push blowouts in the early game, especially with the Rift Herald changes in mind.

BULWARK RESISTANCES :: 25 >>> 35 armor and magic resist per third, fourth, and fifth attacker when a plate is destroyed

Doran’s Shield

Melee regen increased, ranged regen decreased.

PASSIVE :: Up to 30 health over 10 seconds when damaged by an enemy champion >>> Up to 40 health over 8 seconds when damaged by an enemy champion, based on missing health. 66% effective for ranged users or when triggered by AoE, DoT, or proc effects

Jungle Pacing

We’re incentivizing junglers to prioritize farming rather than just fitting camps in between ganks. Higher camp uptime ensures junglers have consistent access to gold and XP on their side of the map, and the removal of catchup XP steepens the cost of failed ganks. Since junglers will be able to clear their camps more frequently, we’re reducing the gold and experience a full clear grants so they don’t take over games. We’re also ensuring both sides of the jungle get junglers to level 3 in their first clear.

Jungle Item XP

[REM] CATCH-UP XP :: Jungle items no longer grant additional XP on monster kill if you’re behind in levels (epic monsters still innately have catch-up XP though)

FIRST CAMP BONUS XP :: 120 >>> 165

Camp Timers

SMALL CAMP RESPAWN :: 150 seconds >>> 120 seconds

[NEW] SMALL CAMP RESPAWN ICONS :: If your team had vision of a small camp when it was killed, you’ll see a respawn icon on the minimap 15 seconds before respawn

BUFF CAMP RESPAWN ICONS :: Buff camp respawn icons change from gray to yellow ||| 20 seconds >>> 15 seconds before respawn

Krugs

BASE XP :: 247 (217 on first clear) >>> 160 (Ancient Krug’s first clear penalty removed)

BASE GOLD :: 125 >>> 120

Murkwolves

BASE XP :: 115 >>> 95

BASE GOLD :: 84 >>> 70

Gromp

BASE HEALTH :: 1800 >>> 2100

BASE XP :: 115 >>> 135

BASE GOLD :: 86 >>> 105

Raptors

BASE XP :: 115 >>> 95

BASE GOLD :: 112 >>> 85

Lethality Items

Though the item system currently has three Lethality options, AD assassins overwhelmingly favor Duskblade and Youmuu’s and typically skip Edge of Night. This leads to a lot of same-ness in terms of how one game feels relative to the next for them. We’re adding two new options and reworking Edge to give assassin players more ways to adapt their build to each game.

Duskblade of Draktharr

AD increased, Blackout removed.

TOTAL COST :: 2900 gold (unchanged)

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 55 >>> 60

LETHALITY :: 21 (unchanged)

COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: 10% (unchanged)

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: NIGHTSTALKER: After being unseen for 1 second, your next basic attack against an enemy champion within 5 seconds of being seen by an enemy champion deals 30-150 (lvl 1-18) bonus on-hit physical damage. Melee attacks slow the target by 99% for 0.5 seconds after a 0.25 second delay. (unchanged)

[REM] UNIQUE PASSIVE :: BLACKOUT: No longer disables nearby wards or reveals nearby traps upon being spotted.

Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Active ghosts users.

TOTAL COST :: 2900 gold (unchanged)

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 55

LETHALITY :: 18 (unique)

COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: 10%

MOVEMENT SPEED :: +40 out of combat (unique)

ACTIVE :: Gain +20% movement speed for 6 seconds (45 second cooldown) (unique)

[NEW] GHOST-BLADE :: Youmuu’s’ active now allows its user to ignore unit collision for the duration

[UPD] Edge of Night

Spell shield now works like Banshee’s Veil. Health increased, attack damage and lethality decreased. Cost decreased.

TOTAL COST :: 3000 gold >>> 2900 gold

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 55 >>> 50

LETHALITY :: 18 >>> 10

HEALTH :: 250 >>> 325

[REM] UNIQUE ACTIVE :: NIGHT’S VEIL: Channel for 1 second to gain a spell shield that blocks the next enemy ability within the next 7 seconds (40 second cooldown).

[NEW] UNIQUE PASSIVE :: SPELL SHIELD: Grants a spell shield that blocks the next enemy ability. This shield refreshes after no damage is taken from enemy champions for 40 seconds.

[NEW] Sanguine Blade

Gain attack speed and lethality when near one or fewer enemies.

TOTAL COST :: 3000 gold

BUILD PATH :: Serrated Dirk + Vampiric Scepter + 1000 gold

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 50

LETHALITY :: 10

LIFESTEAL :: 15%

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: BLOOD PURSUIT: While near one or fewer visible enemy champions gain 8 lethality and 40-100% attack speed (lvl 1-18), decaying over 3 seconds if other enemy champions get too close.

[NEW] Umbral Glaive

New Blackout item.

TOTAL COST :: 2400 gold

BUILD PATH :: Serrated Dirk + Long Sword + Long Sword + 600 gold

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 50

LETHALITY :: 12

COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: 10%

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: BLACKOUT :: When spotted by an enemy ward, reveal traps and disable wards around you for 8 seconds (45 second cooldown). During this time, basic attacks instantly kill disabled traps and deal triple damage to wards.

Serrated Dirk

Headhunter removed.

[REM] HEADHUNTER :: Your next damaging spell no longer deals 40 bonus physical damage after you kill an enemy

Support Items

Mechanics Updates

We’re refreshing support items to be less poachable by solo laners and have an expanded quest system that provides free, automatic upgrades, letting supports start the rest of their build earlier. (This should also lead to more build diversity between champs that use the same starter.) As a trade-off, Tribute no longer damages and Spoils of War no longer heals, so supports will have less impact in the early lane phase.

Tiers

HOW SATISFYING :: Support items still have three tiers, but now upgrade automatically for free as you complete their quests

TIER 1 :: 400 gold starting item. Earn gold with Tribute or Spoils of War to upgrade.

TIER 2 :: Increased stats and 3 ward charges. Earn gold with Tribute or Spoils of War to upgrade.

TIER 3 :: Significantly increased stats and 4 total ward charges. Tribute or Spoils of War go away.

CUMULATIVE COST :: 1800 gold >>> 400 gold

Anti-Poaching

EAT THE RICH :: Farming more than 20 CS per 5 minutes (3 out of 10 waves) reduces gold from minions by 50%. The penalty increases with further CS to a max of 80% reduction at 50 minions.

MATH :: Once the penalty kicks in, your CS gold is reduced to (70 - CS within 5 minutes)%

Spellthief’s Edge Line

Ability power, health, and Tribute.

Tribute Changes

[REM] OLD TRIBUTE :: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings deal 13 (upgraded: 18) bonus magic damage and, if an ally is nearby, grant 11 (upgraded: 22) gold. Gain a charge every 10 seconds, up to 3 charges. Before quest completion, Tribute generation pauses for 12 seconds per minion or non-epic monster slain.

[NEW] NEW TRIBUTE :: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold. Gain a charge every 10 seconds, up to 3 charges.

Spellthief’s Edge

COST :: 400 gold

ABILITY POWER :: 10 >>> 8

[NEW] HEALTH :: 10

[REM] MANA REGEN :: No longer grants +25% mana regen

GOLD PER 10 :: 2 (unchanged)

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: TRIBUTE: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold. This can occur up to 3 times every 30 seconds.

QUEST :: Earning 500 total gold through Tribute upgrades this item to Frostfang.

Frostfang

ABILITY POWER :: 20 >>> 15

[NEW] HEALTH :: 70

[REM] MANA REGEN :: No longer grants +50% mana regen

[REM] COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: No longer grants 10% cooldown reduction

GOLD PER 10 :: 2 >>> 3

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: TRIBUTE: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold. This can occur up to 3 times every 30 seconds.

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 3 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

QUEST :: Earning 1000 total gold through Tribute upgrades this item to Shard of True Ice.

Shard of True Ice

NAME :: Remnant of the Watchers >>> Shard of True Ice

ABILITY POWER :: 35 >>> 60

HEALTH :: 200 >>> 150

[REM] MANA REGEN :: No longer grants +50% mana regen

[REM] COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: No longer grants 10% cooldown reduction

GOLD PER 10 :: 2 >>> 3

[REM] UNIQUE PASSIVE :: TRIBUTE: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings no longer deal 18 bonus magic damage and, if an ally is nearby, grant 22 gold up to 3 times every 30 seconds.

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 4 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

Spectral Sickle Line

Attack damage, health, and Tribute.

Spectral Sickle

COST :: 400 gold

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 5

HEALTH :: 10

GOLD PER 10 :: 2

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: TRIBUTE: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold. This can occur up to 3 times every 30 seconds.

QUEST :: Earning 500 total gold through Tribute upgrades this item to Harrowing Crescent.

Harrowing Crescent

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 10

HEALTH :: 70

GOLD PER 10 :: 3

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: TRIBUTE: Damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold. This can occur up to 3 times every 30 seconds.

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 3 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

QUEST :: Earning 1000 total gold through Tribute upgrades this item to Black Mist Scythe.

Black Mist Scythe

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 35

HEALTH :: 150

GOLD PER 10 :: 3

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 4 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

Relic Shield Line

Health, ability power, and Spoils of War.

Spoils of War

[REM] OLD SPOILS OF WAR :: While nearby an ally, melee basic attacks execute minions below 200-285 / 215-470 / 350−860 (lvl 1-18) (+ 100% AD) health, healing you and the nearest allied champion for 5-30 / 10-60 / 15-90 (based on missing health) health and granting them kill gold. Ranged basic attacks don’t get the execute and heal for half the amount. Gain a charge every 40 / 30 / 20 seconds, up to 2 / 3 / 4 charges.

[NEW] NEW SPOILS OF WAR :: While nearby an ally, basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their max Health (30% for ranged) and grant your ally kill gold. (These effects recharge every 45 seconds. Max 3 charges.)

Relic Shield

COST :: 400 gold

HEALTH :: 50 >>> 30

[NEW] ABILITY POWER :: 5

GOLD PER 10 :: 1 >>> 2

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: SPOILS OF WAR: While nearby an ally, basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their max Health (30% for ranged) and grant your ally kill gold. (These effects recharge every 45 seconds. Max 3 charges.)

QUEST :: Earning 500 total gold through Spoils of War upgrades this item to Targon’s Buckler.

Targon’s Buckler

NAME :: Targon’s Brace >>> Targon’s Buckler

HEALTH :: 125 >>> 100

[NEW] ABILITY POWER :: 10

[REM] HEALTH REGEN :: No longer grants 50% health regen

GOLD PER 10 :: 1 >>> 3

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: SPOILS OF WAR: While nearby an ally, basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their max Health (no penalty for ranged!) and grant your ally kill gold. (These effects recharge every 45 seconds. Max 3 charges.)

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 3 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

QUEST :: Earning 1000 total gold through Spoils of War upgrades this item to Bulwark of the Mountain

Bulwark of the Mountain

NAME :: Remnant of the Aspect >>> Bulwark of the Mountain

HEALTH :: 350 >>> 300

[NEW] ABILITY POWER :: 40

[REM] COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: No longer grants 10% cooldown reduction

[REM] HEALTH REGEN :: No longer grants +200% health regen

GOLD PER 10 :: 1 >>> 3

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 4 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

Steel Shoulderguards Line

Health, attack damage, and Spoils of War.

Steel Shoulderguards

COST :: 400 gold

HEALTH :: 30

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 3

GOLD PER 10 :: 2

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: SPOILS OF WAR: While nearby an ally, basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their max Health (30% for ranged) and grant your ally kill gold. (These effects recharge every 45 seconds. Max 3 charges.)

QUEST :: Earning 500 total gold through Spoils of War upgrades this item to Runesteel Spaulders

Runesteel Spaulders

HEALTH :: 100

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 6

GOLD PER 10 :: 3

UNIQUE PASSIVE :: SPOILS OF WAR: While nearby an ally, basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their max Health (no penalty for ranged!) and grant your ally kill gold. (These effects recharge every 45 seconds. Max 3 charges.)

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 3 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

QUEST :: Earning 1000 total gold through Tribute upgrades this item to Pauldrons of Whiterock

Pauldrons of Whiterock

HEALTH :: 300

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 24

GOLD PER 10 :: 3

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: WARDING: Place a Stealth Ward. Holds up to 4 charges which refill upon visiting the shop.

[REM] Ancient Coin Line

Where Spellthief’s established itself as the aggressive support item line, Ancient Coin and Relic Shield overlapped in rewarding more defensive, attrition-based playstyles. With the switch toward allowing ranged champions to use Relic Shield, we’re retiring the Ancient Coin line.

Shurelya’s Reverie

Grants health/health regen/heal and shield power instead of ability power/movement speed. Range increased. Build path updated, cost decreased.

TOTAL COST :: 2250 gold >>> 2050 gold

BUILD PATH :: Kindlegem + Aether Wisp + Faerie Charm + 475 gold >>> Forbidden Idol + Crystalline Bracer + 600 gold

HEALTH :: 200 >>> 300

COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: 10% (unchanged)

MANA REGEN :: +100% (unchanged)

[NEW] HEAL AND SHIELD POWER :: 10%

[NEW] HEALTH REGEN :: +100%

[REM] ABILITY POWER :: No longer grants 40 ability power

[REM] MOVEMENT SPEED :: No longer grants +5% movement speed

UNIQUE ACTIVE :: Grants you and allies within ||| 700 >>> 1000 range 40% bonus movement speed for 3 seconds (90 second cooldown)

ACTIVE RANGE :: 700 >>> 1000

Energized & Crit Items

We’ve struggled in the past to differentiate Energized builds from traditional crit, given that Statikk Shiv and Rapid Firecannon occupy both spaces and the only other Energized item is Stormrazor. This time, we’re embracing the overlap and the goal of our changes is to make Energized a slightly more mid-game-oriented flavor of crit, rather than its own thing entirely. Energized is about the occasional massive hit rather than a non-stop barrage of consistently strong attacks. To that end, we’re lowering the gap between how many procs users get from moving versus attacking—attack speed was giving drastically more procs, making hit-and-run playstyles too ineffective by comparison.

Energized

ZAP :: Damage from Energized effects now stacks, rather than choosing the highest-damage source

KEEP MOVING :: Energized charges from moving increased by 20%; charges from attacking reduced by 50%

DEMOLITIONIST :: Energized effects now always work on turrets

[UPD] Stormrazor

[S] Energized damage increased. Slow is stronger but shorter. Now grants crit chance. Attack damage, attack speed decreased. Build path updated, cost increased.

[C] The absence of crit chance on Stormrazor was the biggest impediment toward Energized working as a crit variant. Adding it in means players can go for Energized builds without having to trade away their crit progression. Per the simplification note above, we’ve removed Stormrazor’s amp on other Energized sources and sharpened its slow to a stronger, shorter effect that offers more play-around opportunities.

TOTAL COST :: 3100 gold >>> 3200 gold

BUILD PATH :: B.F. Sword + Long Sword + Kircheis Shard + 850 gold >>> B.F. Sword + Cloak of Agility + Kircheis Shard + 400 gold

ATTACK DAMAGE :: 60 >>> 55

[NEW] CRITICAL STRIKE CHANCE :: 25%

ATTACK SPEED :: 30% >>> 15%

ENERGIZED DAMAGE :: 50 >>> 120

ENERGIZED SLOW :: 40% decaying over 1.5 seconds >>> 75% for 0.5 seconds, non-decaying

[REM] ENERGETIC :: No longer amplifies other Energized effects by 35%

Rapid Firecannon

Energized damage higher early, lower late. No longer increases Energized charge rates.

ENERGIZED DAMAGE :: 60-140 (lvl 1-18) >>> 120

[REM] DEMOLITIONIST :: No longer causes Energized effects to work on turrets. Because that’s baseline Energized functionality now.

[REM] EXTRA ENERGIZED :: No longer increases Energized charge rates

Statikk Shiv

Energized damage higher early, lower late. Lightning bounces increased. Lightning no longer crits.

ENERGIZED DAMAGE :: 60-140 (lvl 1-18) >>> 120

SHIV LIGHTNING BOUNCES :: 5 >>> 7

[REM] EXTRA SHOCKING :: Shiv Lightning can no longer critically strike

Kircheis Shard

Energized damage increased, cost increased.

TOTAL COST :: 600 gold >>> 700 gold

ENERGIZED DAMAGE :: 50 >>> 80

[REM] Brawler’s Gloves

We’re streamlining crit items down to one component. This is a slight nerf to build flexibility, particularly early-game, since Cloak requires more time spent farming before it can be picked up.

Cloak of Agility

Crit chance increased.

CRITICAL STRIKE CHANCE :: 20% >>> 25%

Zeal

Crit increased, attack speed decreased. Build path updated, cost increased.

TOTAL COST :: 1200 gold >>> 1400 gold

BUILD PATH :: Brawlers’ Gloves + Dagger + 500 gold >>> Cloak of Agility + Dagger + 300 gold

CRITICAL STRIKE CHANCE :: 15% >>> 25%

ATTACK SPEED :: 15% >>> 12%

MOVEMENT SPEED :: 5% (unchanged)

Removed Items

[REM] Spear of Shojin

FOUND IT IN THE BACK OF THE FREEZER :: Spear of Shojin is still available in ARAM

[REM] Zz’Rot Portal

WHAT’S IN A NAME :: Malzahar’s W stacks have been renamed from Gathering Swarm to Zz’Rot Swarm. Next patch, his W will also be renamed to Zz’Rot Swarm.

[REM] Ohmwrecker

WHAT’S IN A NAME :: The Penetrating Bullets passive on turrets has been renamed to Ohmwrecker

[REM] Raptor Cloak

With the removal of Zz’Rot and Ohmwrecker, Raptor Cloak doesn’t build into anything. Sorry, Darius.

Item Set Editor Cleanup

DOESN’T SPARK JOY :: Items from Nexus Siege, Odyssey: Extraction, Nexus Blitz, Poro King, and Dominion have been removed from the item set editor

Runes

[REM] Kleptomancy

Kleptomancy was designed as a rune that (a) allowed users to build a gold advantage over opponents at the cost of the immediate power other keystones provide, and (b) created moment-to-moment changes in laning dynamics depending on what you got from procs. The experience Klepto created for opponents, however—be farmed for gold by constant harass damage—has been rough, especially for ranged vs melee matchups. Removing gold as an incentive only left the moment-to-moment dynamic changes as Klepto’s design core, and League’s consumable item system isn’t deep enough to carry an entire keystone on its back. Sorry, Klepto—even for an Inspiration rune, you were too weird.

[NEW] Prototype: Omnistone

Periodically gain a single use of another random keystone.

ROULETTE :: Periodically gain a single use of another random keystone. Once a keystone is rolled, it can’t be rolled again until only three options are left, at which point the table resets (you won’t get the keystone you just used, though).

COOLDOWN :: Gain a new keystone 8-4 seconds (melee, lv 1-18) or 12-8 seconds (ranged, lv 1-18) after using the last. Scaling is weighted toward later levels.

AUTO-REROLL :: Gain a new keystone while out of combat after 40 seconds of not using a keystone

VISIBILITY :: Your current keystone shows up to the right of your health bar. All ten players can see it.

ADDITIONALS :: Dark Harvest souls persist after you get a different keystone and affect all your other keystones. Grasp of the Undying’s health persists after you get a different keystone, too.

Available Keystones

  • Press the Attack
  • Lethal Tempo
  • Fleet Footwork
  • Conqueror
  • Summon Aery
  • Arcane Comet
  • Phase Rush
  • Electrocute
  • Predator (only if you have boots)
  • Dark Harvest (souls amplify the effects of all keystones)
  • Hail of Blades
  • Grasp of the Undying
  • Aftershock (only if you can trigger it on a basic ability)
  • Glacial Augment

Conqueror

True damage conversion removed. Healing is now post-mitigation. Max stacks increased; melee champions now gain double stacks. Ranged stacks no longer expire faster.

[REM] TRUE DAMAGE :: Conqueror no longer converts 8% of damage against champions to true damage at full stacks

HEALING :: At full stacks, Conqueror heals for ||| 8% of pre-mitigation damage against champions >>> 15% of post-mitigation damage against champions

MAXIMUM STACKS :: 5 >>> 10

STACKS :: 1 per ability hit or basic attack >>> 2 per ability hit or melee basic attack, 1 per ranged basic attack

STACK DURATION :: 8 seconds for melee, 3 seconds for ranged >>> 8 seconds

ADAPTIVE FORCE PER STACK :: 2-6 (lvl 1-18) >>> 2-5 (lvl 1-18)

MAX ADAPTIVE FORCE :: 10-30 (lvl 1-18) >>> 20-50 (lvl 1-18)

Aftershock

Flat resistances decreased, percent bonus resistances increased. Flat damage decreased early. Damage now scales with bonus health rather than max health. Cooldown decreased.

RESISTANCES :: 70 (+50% bonus resists) >>> 35 (+80% bonus resists)

DAMAGE :: 10-120 (+4% maximum health) >>> 25-120 (+8% bonus health)

COOLDOWN :: 35 seconds >>> 20 seconds

BUGFIX :: Aftershock’s resistances no longer last for slightly longer than intended

[UPD] Presence of Mind

Increases mana or energy pool on takedown instead of refunding ult cooldown. Now restores energy in addition to mana.

TAKEDOWN BONUS :: Restore 20% of your maximum mana and refund 10% of your ultimate’s cooldown >>> Restore 20% of maximum mana or energy and increase your maximum mana by 100 (up to 500) or your maximum energy by 10 (up to 50)

[UPD] Nimbus Cloak

Procs off summoner spells instead of ults.

PROC :: On ult cast >>> On Summoner Spell cast

SPEED BOOST :: 100 bonus movement speed for 2.5 seconds, decaying over the last second >>> 15-35% movement speed for 2.5 seconds depending on Summoner Spell cooldown

LONG COOLDOWN :: 35% movement speed (Flash, Teleport)

MEDIUM COOLDOWN :: 25% movement speed (Heal, Ignite, Cleanse, Exhaust, Ghost, Barrier)

SHORT COOLDOWN :: 15% movement speed (Hexflash, Smite, Zoe’s W - Spell Thief, ARAM’s Mark)

Champions

Senna

Senna’s base splash art Riot Games

No longer gains double stacks on ARAM.

Passive - Absolution

[REM] SPELLTHIEF’S CONVERSION :: Senna no longer converts ability power from Spellthief’s Edge into adaptive force since she can just buy Spectral Sickle

[REM] ALT MODE BONUS :: Senna no longer gains double Mist stacks on ARAM, URF, or their variants

Twisted Treeline Sunset

Twisted Treeline is officially retiring with 9.23. Thank you to every player who’s made the Treeline their home over the years! Your rewards will be distributed during the patch. As a refresher:

  • Players who played more than 10 games will get an exclusive icon
  • Players who played more than 50 games will also get an exclusive emote
  • Players who played more than 100 games will also get a second exclusive icon

Essence Emporium

The Essence Emporium returns for preseason from November 25 to December 10! Spend your blue essence on icons, chromas, and more, including Emporium exclusives like the URFwick skin!

Bugfixes

  • The camera no longer becomes locked if, while dead, you use the minimap to move the camera around, then after respawning press the spacebar to center it on yourself
  • The mute icon has been fixed
  • If Poppy stuns an enemy with E - Heroic Charge and that enemy is then stunned by another effect during Heroic Charge’s stun, the second stun is no longer removed when Heroic Charge’s stun expires
  • Darius’ W - Crippling Strike attack no longer hits through Teemo’s Q - Blinding Dart when it critically strikes
  • If Garen’s Q - Decisive Strike attack is canceled due to losing vision of his target, he’s no longer locked out of casting E - Judgment until Q’s empowered attack window ends
  • Spoils of War can now properly be proc’d even if the only nearby ally is untargetable or in stasis
  • Malphite’s W - Thunderclap empowered attack window no longer lasts indefinitely if the first basic attack that would proc it is canceled
  • Diana now properly gains a stack of Conqueror from the basic attack issued automatically after dashing to a target with R - Lunar Rush
  • Shyvana’s Dragon Form Q - Twin Bite now properly grants multiple stacks of Conqueror
  • Evelynn’s Passive - Demon Shade tooltip no longer displays zeros for every number

Skins & Chromas

True Damage Skin Updates

We’ve made some updates to the True Damage skins based on feedback. Check them out in-game!

  • Loading screen borders are now uniquely colored per skin
  • The shaved part of True Damage Ekko’s hair has been extended to cover more of his forehead

The following skins will be released this patch:

  • Pulsefire Thresh
  • Pulsefire Thresh Prestige Edition
  • Victorious Aatrox
Puslefire Thresh holds the chain for his lantern Riot Games

The following chromas will be released this patch:

  • Victorious Aatrox