Patch 9.7 isn’t bringing any particularly big or exciting events, but it is bringing a ton of balance changes for champions and runes.
Kayle is getting tweaked so she’ll be more reliant on items and Urgot is getting nerfed, since he was made a little too strong last patch. Vision-based runes like Ghost Poro, Zombie Ward, and Eyeball Collection are also getting revamps to how they work.
Butcher’s Bridge is returning this patch with new ARAM features being tested as well. You’ll be able to ban out champions you don’t want to play or play against, and some new items have made their way into the game mode. Keep in mind that these changes are just being tested and will not stick around, unless players like them.
Also coming this patch is Ivern’s first skin since he released, Dunkmaster Ivern. Alongside him, Jarvan IV is getting a Hextech crafting exclusive skin, so here’s to hoping that you get lucky with your loot box rolls or that you saved a lot of Gemstones.
As usual, you can check out Riot’s full patch notes here and our tl;dr here.
Armor growth, health regen decreased. Q cost increased. W movement speed decreased, cost increased. E damage reduced but now has a ratio.
HEALTH REGEN :: 6 >>> 5
ARMOR GROWTH :: 3.5 >>> 3
Q - Radiant Blast
COST :: 60/65/70/75/80 mana >>> 70/75/80/85/90 mana
W - Celestial Blessing
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED :: 26/32/38/44/50% >>> 24/28/32/36/40%
COST :: 70/75/80/85/90 mana >>> 60/70/80/90/100 mana
E - Starfire Spellblade
BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE :: 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% target’s missing health >>> 8/10/12/14/16% (+1% per 100 ability power) target’s missing health
Passive damage decreased late. E cooldown increased early; cost increased. R damage decreased.
Passive - Echoing Flames
DAMAGE :: 2/3/4/6/8% target’s max health >>> 2/3/4/5/6% target’s max health (still at levels 1/6/9/11/13)
E - Disdain
COOLDOWN :: 14 seconds >>> 16/15.5/15/14.5/14 seconds
COST :: 50/60/70/80/90 mana >>> 60/70/80/90/100 mana
R - Fear Beyond Death
DAMAGE :: 125/150/375 >>> 100/125/350
Health regen growth increased. Q damage increased.
HEALTH REGEN GROWTH :: 0.55 >>> 0.75
Q - Conquering Sands
DAMAGE :: 60/80/100/120/140 >>> 70/90/110/130/150
Q cooldown decreased.
Q - Rupture
COOLDOWN :: 9 seconds >>> 7 seconds
Q damage increased. E minimum attack damage increased.
Q - Infected Cleaver
DAMAGE :: 15/17.5/20/22.5/25% target’s current health >>> 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% target’s current health
E - Masochism
MINIMUM BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE :: 30/45/60/75/90 >>> 40/55/70/85/100
MAXIMUM BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE :: 60/90/120/150/180 >>> 80/110/140/170/200
W passive stats increased, cooldown decreased, duration decreased late.
W - Courage
PASSIVE RESISTANCES :: 0.25 per stack, up to 40 >>> 0.33 per stack, up to 50
COOLDOWN :: 24/23/22/21/20 seconds >>> 23/21/19/17/15 seconds
DURATION :: 2/3/4/5/6 seconds >>> 2/2.75/3.5/4.25/5 seconds
E cooldown decreased.
E - Zenith Blade
COOLDOWN :: 13/12/11/10/9 seconds >>> 12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds
Q cooldown increased.
Q - Ice Shard
COOLDOWN :: 6/5.25/4.5/3.75/3 seconds >>> 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds
Health regen growth decreased. W ratio decreased.
HEALTH REGEN GROWTH :: 0.6 >>> 0.4
W - Tormented Shadow
MINIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE RATIO :: 0.8 ability power >>> 0.7 ability power (still at 0% target missing health)
MAXIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE RATIO :: 2.16 ability power >>> 1.89 ability power (still at 100% target missing health)
Q cooldown decreased early. E stun duration increased.
Q - Bone Skewer
COOLDOWN :: 16/14/12/10/8 seconds >>> 14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds
E - Phantom Undertow
STUN DURATION :: 1.1 seconds >>> 1.25 seconds
W movement speed increased. R cooldown decreased.
W - Scrap Shield
MOVEMENT SPEED :: 10/15/20/25/30% >>> 20/25/30/35/40%
R - The Equalizer
COOLDOWN :: 110/100/90 seconds >>> 100/85/70 seconds
Health regen decreased. W damage decreased. E cooldown increased early.
HEALTH REGEN :: 9.5 >>> 7.5
W - Kingslayer
DAMAGE :: 60/90/120/150/180 >>> 50/75/100/125/150
EMPOWERED DAMAGE :: 90/135/180/225/270 >>> 75/112.5/150/187.5/225
E - Abscond / Abduct
COOLDOWN :: 12/11.5/11/10.5/10 seconds >>> 18/16/14/12/10 seconds
Minion and monster aura damage increased.
GRILLED RAZORBEAK :: Deals ||| 200% >>> 300% bonus magic damage to minions and monsters
The Dark Seal
Ability power, sell-back value decreased.
ABILITY POWER :: 15 >>> 10
SELLBACK VALUE :: 245 gold >>> 140 gold
[UPD] Wit’s End
Attack speed, magic resist, cost increased. Now grants movement speed. On-hit damage lower early, higher late. No longer steals magic resist but now heals on-hit.
TOTAL COST :: 2400 gold >>> 2900 gold
BUILD PATH :: Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak + Dagger + 380 gold >>> Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak + Dagger + 880 gold
ATTACK SPEED :: 40% >>> 50%
MAGIC RESIST :: 40 >>> 50
[NEW] MOVEMENT SPEED :: 5%
ON-HIT DAMAGE :: 42 >>> 15-80 (levels 1-18)
[NEW] HEALTH STEAL :: Heal for the amount of on-hit damage dealt by Wit’s End (33% effective for ranged)
[REM] MAGIC RESIST STEAL :: Basic attacks no longer steal 6 magic resist (3 for ranged), up to 30
Immolate Item Combat Text
People like big numbers.
DISCO INFERNO :: Combat text for Immolate effects on Cinderhulk, Bami’s Cinder, and Sunfire Cape now display running totals of how much damage each target has taken
[UPD] Eyeball Collection
Max stacks decreased, total stats unchanged. Kills and assists both grant one stack; no longer stacks off wards.
MAX STACKS :: 20 >>> 10
STACKS :: 2 per champion kill, 1 per champion assist, 1 per ward kill >>> 1 per champion takedown (kill or assist)
ADAPTIVE FORCE :: 1 per stack (20 total) >>> 2 per stack (20 total)
COMPLETION BONUS :: 10 adaptive force (unchanged)
[UPD] Ghost Poro
Your wards spawn a ghost poro and grant stacks of adaptive force when they expire. Gain extra adaptive force at full stacks.
[REM] HAUNTED TRINKET :: Standing in brush no longer converts your trinket into a Ghost Poro. Placing a Ghost Poro in enemy territory no longer grants adaptive force.
[NEW] SPOOKY :: Your wards now spawn a Ghost Poro when they expire, giving vision in the area until it’s scared away be enemy champions. Wards killed by enemies don’t spawn Ghost Poros.
[NEW] BOO :: Spawning a Ghost Poro grants 2 adaptive force up to 10 times (max 20). At 10 Ghost Poro spawns, gain an additional 10 adaptive force.
[UPD] Zombie Ward
No longer grants on-hit damage versus champions when clearing a ward. Ward clears now grant stacks of adaptive force. Gain extra adaptive force at full stacks.
[REM] TOUCH OF DEATH :: Damaging a champion after clearing a ward no longer deals bonus damage
[NEW] WARD GRAVEYARD :: Clearing a ward grants 2 adaptive force up to 10 times (max 20). At 10 ward clears, gain an additional 10 adaptive force.
Damage versus extremely high health targets increased.
DAMAGE :: 5-12% >>> 5-15% (still at 10-100% max health difference)
Max health ratio increased.
DAMAGE :: 100 (+30% max health) >>> 100 (+35% max health)
Completion bonus grants more max health.
COMPLETION BONUS :: 2.5% max health increase >>> 3.5% max health increase
Look, a small usability improvement!
ZOOM :: The monster burn effect of Hunter’s Talisman and its upgrades no longer interrupts Predator’s channel
Ult cooldown reduction increased.
ULT COOLDOWN REDUCTION :: 5 (+2% per stack), max 15% >>> 5 (+3% per stack), max 20%
Minor additions to the Cheat Menu for players’ convenience.
WIN THE GAME :: Can now destroy the enemy team nexus through the Cheat Menu
CRY IT OUT :: Can now stack your Tear of the Goddess item immediately through the Cheat Menu
ARAM - Back to Bilgewater
Sail back to Butcher’s Bridge to hunt for treasure and test our experimental ARAM changes.
FOLLOW THE COMPASS :: Butcher’s Bridge is back for a limited time
[NEW] BAN TO DAVY JONES’ LOCKER :: Ban your least favorite champions. After bans are set, random champions will be assigned and they won’t show up in rerolls
[NEW] FINISH HIM :: After 15 minutes, minion waves’ spawn rate will increase, minions will gain more movement speed, and champions will deal 10% more damage to structures
[NEW] OUCH :: Damage from champions further than 900 units away is reduced by 15%
[NEW] SUMMONER SPELL :: Barrier has been replaced by Backtrack. When activated, Backtrack gives players a small blue shield (less powerful than Barrier) and then 3 seconds later zooms them back towards their Fountain
[UPD] ITEM UPDATES :: Mariner’s Vengeance and Ghostwalkers have been added to the store for ARAM games and Warmog’s Armor has been adjusted
RUNES ADJUSTMENT :: Runes have been adjusted for ARAM similar to Nexus Blitz and ARURF+
CHAMPION BALANCE :: Champions have been adjusted to narrow the gap between the top and bottom champions in ARAM
MORE BITS :: The Mac client is becoming 64-bit this patch. No downloads or reinstalls needed—just patch up like normal!
KNOWN ISSUE :: End of Game Victory/Defeat screens have reverted to static images
Your Shop Returns
Personalized discounts are back from April 4th, 2019, at 01:00p.m. PT – April 25th, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT!
- Fixed a bug where Akali’s W - Twilight Shroud’s cooldown was incorrectly calculated with her cooldown reduction
- Jarvan IV’s R - Cataclysm cast VO lines no longer plays during its recast
- Buffs auras on Battlecast Alpha Skarner, Zombie Brand, AstroNautilus, Star Guardian Jinx, Pool Party Fiora, Underworld Wukong, Snow Day Malzahar, Pool Party Leona, PROJECT: Leona, and Guardian of the Sands Rammus now properly follow the models during certain animations
- Morgana’s R - Soul Shackles no longer hits targets if the effect ends prematurely by her death
- Vi’s E - Excessive Force no longer fizzles when Phantom Hit triggers on Guinsoo’s Rageblade
- Conqueror now properly procs from pets (except for Malzahar’s Voidlings and Yorick’s Maiden of the Mist are still bugged)
- Omni-vamp effects now properly grant reduced healing from pets
Upcoming Skins & Chromas
The following skins will be released this patch.
- Dunkmaster Ivern
- Hextech Jarvan IV
The following chromas will be released this patch:
- Dunkmaster Ivern