Patch 5.1 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Here's the full patch notes, this time with an introduction by Pwyff:
Welcome to the first patch of the year, which also makes it the first official patch of the 2015 season! While the preseason is transforming into the regular season with this patch, this doesn't mean we're done with everything thus far. In reality, the point of the preseason is for us to monitor and quash any potential "Black Cleaver" situations where singular items, champions, or strategies come to dominate the scene in unique ways. In this way, we're pretty happy with the stability of our preseason changes, so we're rolling out a few last treats (BASE GATES! VOID GATES!) to kick off the new year.
So what can you expect in patch 5.1? Well, aside from the start of the 2015 ranked season, the theme of this patch is on Jungle diversity and following up on the preseason. In terms of jungle diversity, while we haven't put all of the junglers front and center on the champion change list (we thought about it, but have stuck with alphabetical order), you can see a number of small buffs for the ones struggling along. So for this patch, check out the small changes to Elise, Evelynn, Hecarim, Nautilus, along with some new changes to Smite (two charges baby!) and a few tiny gold upgrades.
On the other end of the patch narrative spectrum, we've got a lot of followup to the 2015 preseason, including some significant power shifts for Baron Nashor, the addition of Base Gates and the Zz'Rot Portal, and some small trinket rebalancing to help out defending team vision. We're hoping these few changes continue to deepen the Strategic Diversity (there it is) of League of Legends, and will keep a close eye out for potential opportunities to continue doing so in the future.
And that's it for the first patch of the 2015 season! Good luck this year on your climb to Challenger (aim high!), and we'll see you again soon with more balance changes for the new year."Chris "Pwyff" Tom
Points of interest in 5.1Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.1, including things mentioned above in the patch notes and things discovered during the last PBE cycle! Most of this coverage includes preview screen shots and video taken during the 5.1 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.
New Champion SkinsPatch 5.1 includes a total of two new skins, Challenger Ahri and El Tigre Braum! These will be out some point after 5.1 goes to live and we'll have a full preview posts when they are released!
975 RP - Will be a legacy skin
El Tigre Braum
Alistar Visual UpdatesAs mentioned above, Alistar is stampeding into 5.1 with visual updates, including a new splash, new ability icons, new ult vfx, and a herd of updated skin textures & models!
champion update post for a better look!
New Splash ArtIn addition to Alistar's new splash art for his visual updates, Ahri has also received a new base splash!
New Ward SkinsThe poro ward madness continues with three new variations, each featuring new sounds, animations, and more! The Battlecast Poro Ward, Underworld Poro Ward, and Dragonslayer Poro ward will be priced at 640 RP each. No other availability details yet.
More Texture RebalancesWe also have over texture rebalances for both Morgana and Volibear, as well as many of their skins!
[Old vs New]
- [Video Comparison] - Exiled Morgana, Sinful Succulence Morgana, Blade Mistress Morgana, Blackthorn Morgana, Blackthorn Morgana
Volibearcan be found here.
Terrain Changes - Summoner's Rift Gates
New & Updates Summoner IconsThe 5.1 patch also includes updates to four of the classic summoner icons
We also have a total of 19 new NA & EU LCS team summoner icons! (Gravity is still missing!)
New Item - Zz'Rot Portal
As mentioned about, the new Zz'Rot Portal is ready to hit the Rift! Here's a look at it in game, including the void portal and voidspawn!
Click here for a brief video preview from the PBE.