Patch 4.12 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Here's Pwyff with the full notes:
Welcome to patch 4.12! With only a few patches between now and the League of Legends World Championships, our focus is on the competitive scene and the things we can do to ensure the landscape is diverse and healthy. Part of how we're accomplishing this goal is to look at champions who are skewing champion select in one way or another while also looking to healthy "almost there" champions, like Alistar or Ahri. For either side (strong or weak champions), our main philosophy is to look for strengths to highlight while also emphasizing weaknesses. This ensures a champ can hold onto their strategic value while still having meaningful tradeoffs. You'll also hear me repeat this many times. Too bad.
For you Twisted Treeline fans, we've got two item overhauls with Grez's Spectral Lantern and The Lightbringer (they're now two separate item lines with different functionality), so be sure to read up before hopping into your 3s game.
Final thing: we'll also be shipping jungle timers with patch 4.12! Read just below for a rundown on those but, as part of our focus on gameplay clarity, we want to ensure that the right skills are being rewarded in League of Legends. In the case of jungle timers, we want to focus on the meaningful choices you make with the information you've earned, rather than the quick arithmetic you can do with the clock. Also be sure to read our dev blog on Clarityfor more philosophy!
And that's it for now! Read up on the changes below, and we'll see you next patch!
Chris "Pwyff" Tom
Additional Points of Interest in 4.12Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 4.12, including things mentioned above and things discovered during the PBE cycle!
( Warning: These images are taken off the last PBE build in the cycle but still may not reflect what makes it to live. Be aware these are NOT part of the official patch notes.
New Skins - Mecha Aatrox & Mecha MalphitePBE!
New Featured Gameplay Mode: Doom bots of DoomOur latest featured gameplay mode Doom Bots of Doom is also included in 4.12! Doom Bots of Doom pits players against a team of super powered bots with nightmarish new abilities! This mode will be available on live between July 17 and July 27th.
New Ward Skin - Mecha WardAlong with the new Mecha skins, we also have a new Mecha Ward skin!
New Summoner IconsSeveral new summoner icons are include in this patch, but we don't have many details about them!
First ups is the Mecha icon, which will likely be available alongside the new skins.
Then we have new "Candy Fest" icons - no details yet on what candy fest is.GPL teams of Ahq Fighter, Machi e-Sports, Wargods, and Insidious Gaming Rebirth. Again, no details on availability.