League of Legends’ patch 9.18 is a smaller one, as Worlds 2019 is just around the corner. Luckily, there seems to be enough content to tide us all over.
The (arguably) most important part of this patch is the batch of Star Guardian skins, along with the event that’s coming with them. Xayah and Rakan are getting Legendary Star Guardian skins, but they’re different from the bright skins we’ve seen before. They’ve been turned evil by another evil Star Guardian, Zoe. However, Star Guardian Neeko is safe from harm and still sporting her bright light and she’s returned to the fight. She’ll also have a Prestige version of her skin obtainable by grinding in this month’s event.
If you want full context, you can also check out Riot Games’ full patch notes. We have our Teamfight Tactics patch notes in a separate post.
Passive now heals for less against minions. Q damage to minions reduced and flattened.
Passive - Deathbringer Stance
HEAL :: Heals for bonus physical damage dealt to anything ⇒ Heals for 25% of the damage dealt when stabbing a minion (healing vs. other targets unchanged)
Q - The Darkin Blade
DAMAGE TO MINIONS :: 50-100% (levels 1-18) ⇒ 40% at all levels
R cooldown increased early. R1 stun removed. R2 base maximum damage decreased early.
R - Perfect Execution
REMOVED STUN :: Akali no longer stuns her enemies for 0.5 seconds
MAXIMUM DAMAGE:: 255/450/645 (+0.9 ability power) ⇒ 195/420/645 (+0.9 ability power)
COOLDOWN :: 120/110/100 seconds ⇒ 160/130/100 seconds
E now grants decaying movement speed; damage reduction decreased; cooldown increased.
E - Molten Shield
NEW MOVEMENT SPEED :: Annie gains 25% + 1.5% per level decaying bonus movement speed over a 1.5 second duration
DAMAGE REDUCTION :: 16/22/28/34/40% ⇒ 10/13/16/19/22%
COOLDOWN :: 10 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 15 seconds at all ranks
Base health increased.
HEALTH :: 510 ⇒ 575
Base attack damage increased.
ATTACK DAMAGE :: 60 ⇒ 62
W cost decreased; stun duration increased.
W - Parallel Convergence
COST :: 50/55/60/65/70 mana ⇒ 30/35/40/45/50 mana
STUN DURATION :: 1.75 seconds ⇒ 2.25 seconds
R empowered damage amplifier and max empowered damage increased.
R - Last Caress
EMPOWERED DAMAGE AMPLIFIER :: 100% against enemies below 30% of their maximum health ⇒ 140% against enemies below 30% of their maximum health
EMPOWERED DAMAGE :: 250/500/750 (+1.5 ability power) ⇒ 300/600/900 (+1.8 ability power)
Base attack damage increased.
ATTACK DAMAGE :: 57 ⇒ 59
E bonus attack speed decreased later.
E - Supercharge
BONUS ATTACK SPEED :: 40/50/60/70/80% ⇒ 40/45/50/55/60%
E base passive damage increased.
E - Sunfire Spellblade
BASE PASSIVE DAMAGE :: 10/15/20/25/30 ⇒ 15/20/25/30/35
Base health and attack damage increased. R damage increased.
HEALTH :: 570.8 ⇒ 575
ATTACK DAMAGE :: 69.2 ⇒ 70
R - Dragon’s Rage
DAMAGE :: 150/375/600 ⇒ 175/400/625
E slow increased early.
E - Make It Rain
SLOW :: 28/36/44/52/60% ⇒ 40/45/50/55/60%
Nunu & Willump
Base stats decreased. E slow now scales.
HEALTH GROWTH :: 90 ⇒ 82
ARMOR GROWTH :: 3.5 ⇒ 3
MANA :: 283.56 ⇒ 280
MANA REGEN :: 7.44 ⇒ 7
E - Snowball Barrage
SLOW :: 50% ⇒ 30/35/40/45/50%
Q and W quality-of-life changes. R mushroom adjustments with more charges and infinite bounce.
Q - Blinding Dart
THAT GREEN LIGHT, I WANT IT :: Blinded targets will now see a green light around their screen when they are affected by Teemo’s Q
W - Move Quick
DID YOU SCREENSHOT? :: Move Quick’s ability icon will now have a bar above it to show its active duration
R - Noxious Trap
EAT ME :: Mushrooms will now trigger more responsively, especially on enemies dashing through them quickly
SCUTTLE AWAY :: Rift Scuttler no longer triggers mushrooms when it’s not in combat
LEAP FROG :: Mushrooms can now bounce once off of each other ⇒ infinitely off of each
MAX CHARGE :: S3 mushrooms at once at all ranks ⇒ 3/4/5 mushrooms at once
W now properly grants bonus attack speed against Blood Hunted enemies.
W - Blood Hunt
BUGFIX :: Warwick now properly gains bonus attack speed against all Blood Hunted enemies
Base armor decreased. R cooldown increased.
ARMOR :: 28 ⇒ 25
R - Featherstorm
COOLDOWN :: 140/125/110 seconds ⇒ 160/145/130 seconds
Passive damage increased.
Passive - More Sparkles!
DAMAGE :: 10/12/16/20/24/28/34/40/46/52/60/68/76/84/94/104/114/124 ⇒ 16/20/24/28/32/36/42/48/54/60/66/74/82/90/100/110/120/130
Video Accessibility Options
A few new options are now available under Video in the in-game settings. For players who need them, these options can be vital in making their gaming experience more comfortable or even possible! Please let us know what you think and what else you’d like to have options for since we’re definitely interested in adding more accessibility features in the future.
ENABLE SCREEN SHAKE :: On by default, but turning it off will remove the screen shake caused by things like Pulsefire Ezreal’s recall or Ornn’s ultimate.
VISUAL SLIDERS :: Allows players to control the Color Level, Gamma, Brightness, and Contrast of games. These options will change the overall appearance of the game except for the UI, allowing you to either diminish or highlight visual differences in-game quickly
- Jayce’s E - Acceleration Gate now properly functions when cast on top of Jayce
- Pinging Pantheon’s R - Grand Starfall will tell Pantheon’s teammates which enemies are in range
- Wolf no longer grants additional, non-functional vision to Kindred when circling her
- Champions affected by Stasis no longer move during the effect
- Allies on their way to enter Tahm Kench’s R - Abyssal Voyage will no longer be stuck when Tahm Kench is hit by an enemy
- When Shaco fears a target with W - Jack in the Box, he’ll properly receive an assist if the target is killed shortly after
- Diana’s Passive - Moonsilver Blade’s tooltip now properly updates when she ranks up E - Moonfall
- Jinx’s E - Flame Chompers now properly prevent Akali from moving when she uses R - Perfect Execution through them
- Taliyah’s Q - Threaded Volley now properly consumes the full mana cost after she walks out of an area of Worked Ground
- Illaoi can no longer dash a short distance using W - Harsh Lesson when snared or rooted
- Bard’s Meep cone attacks now properly break spell shields
- When Karthus is under his Passive - Death Defied effect, his W - Wall of Pain now properly grants vision around the wall
Upcoming Skins & Chromas
The following skins will be released this patch.
- Star Guardian Neeko Prestige Edition
- Star Guardian Neeko
- Star Guardian Xayah & Rakan
- Star Guardian Zoe
The following chromas will be released this patch:
- Star Guardian Rakan
- Star Guardian Xayah
- Star Guardian Zoe