Patch 4.16 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Here's the full patch notes, this time with an introduction by Scarizard:
Welcome to patch 4.16! We've got a sizeable Gameplay Update to everyone's favorite snake lady Cassiopeia, but aside from that we're going pretty light on the balance side. Similar to 4.15, a lot of the changes you'll see below are focused on smoothing out some champion interactions, or just plain ol' bugfixin' goodness (Check out the context below for what's happening with Wall-Slams!)
For all things non-balance though, we've got a little more meat for you. First up, in addition to her Gameplay Update we mentioned earlier, Cassiopeia is joined by Renekton for updates to their visuals! Follow that up with new base splash arts for the desert-dwelling duo and Akali and Orianna, and this patch is set to delight all the art fans out there.
As we mentioned last patch, we've started patching some finished pieces of Summoner's Rift to the live environment in order to minimize the size (and download times) of the eventual Summoner's Rift launch patch. These pieces aren't usable and we don't have an official release date - for now these pieces will just be preemptively sitting on your hard drives.
That's it for me! Check out the full breakdown in the notes below, and be careful out on the Rift - there's been a lot of sandstorms recently...
Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough
Points of interest in 4.16Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 4.16, including things mentioned above in the patch notes and things discovered during the PBE cycle!
New Champion - AzirWhile he likely won't be available for purchase and play right away, Azir, The Emperor of the Sands is included in the 4.16 patch! As usual, we'll have a full write up available once he is enabled but until then check out our coverage of his stay on the PBE!
Azir, The Emperor of the Sands
Joining Azir is his release skin "Galactic Azir"
Model & Texture Updates - Cassiopeia and RenektonRenekton and Cassiopeia have also received texture updates and new splash arts in 4.16! We'll have a comprehensive look at all of their updated skins coming as soon as the patch hits live!
In addition to his base skin, Galactic Renekton, Outback Renekton, and Bloodfury Renekton have also been updated.
As mentioned above, Cassiopeia has also received a gameplay update and vfx updates in this patch!
New Skin - Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix
Patch 4.16 also features a new Shurima themed skin for Kha'Zix!
Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix
New Ward Skins
Continuing with the Shurima themed content, we also have THREE new ward skins - Armordillo, Sad Mummy, and Sun Disc. No details yet on availability but all three are priced at the standard ward skin price of 640 RP.
Sad Mummy Ward
New Featurd Gameplay Mode - Ascension
the PBE feedback thread and in our PBE coverage.
New Splash ArtAkali and Orianna have also received new base splash arts in 4.15!
Voiceover updatesTo go with their roles in the upcoming Shurima event, Cassiopeia, Sivir, Renekton, and Xerath have all had a ton of lines added to their VOs, including some with Ascension specific special dialogues and new taunts for each other!
New Summoner IconsSeveral new Shurima themed icons have been added, although we have no heard any details on availability or how to obtain them just yet. These are likely tied to Ascension.
MiscUrgot has a fancy new auto attack particle!
As mentioned above, Zilean's ultimate now triggers a screen indicator for those he cats it on.
[ Check out our PBE coverage for a better look! ]