Patch 5.5 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:
"Saludos, Invocadores (Greetings, Summoners)
Toot toot! That's the sound of the patch 5.5 buff barge, sailing the ocean of champion diversity. There were a few we had to slap on the wrist for overstaying their welcome but, for the most part, we've got a lot of +1s on the way. As a caveat, while it might feel great for every patch to be held aboard the S.S. Buff Barge, we're being very conscientious about making the directionally right change for each champion. It's still very, very important for champs to remain strategically unique from one another, so we're always hoping to accentuate strengths (or weaknesses) through each update.
So what's our current narrative? For today it's the jungle. We're going to say this up front: we haven't been as communicative on the topic of the jungle as we should have been. Additionally, when we have made changes, we haven't been empathetic to player pain surrounding each patch.
With that said, our focus is to increase champion diversity in the jungle. Some of you might be worried about "double dipping" buffs with the new Cinderhulk enchantment combining with tanky jungler buffs, but these are aimed at two separate things. Bami's Cinder (and Cinderhulk) creates a clear mid to end game item for tanky junglers to pursue, while a lot of our champion-specific buffs are aimed at improving the feel of early clears. We're a little concerned some tank junglers (looking at you, Sejuani & Amumu) might just start rampaging from the forest, but are taking a more "wait and see" approach for now. You've been warned.
But wait there's more! Beyond the jungle, we've also got a new +120 ability power item coming to the game to fill the void left by Deathfire Grasp's departure. There isn't much else we can contextualize in the foreword versus the actual item context, so go read down there.
P.S. We're also at the end of the updated Summoner's Rift Beta! While it's hard to define an 'end point' for these things - since we're always going to be iterating - it's nice to put a "finished for now" sticker while we can. We're shipping some final map-wide iterations for Summoner's Rift (and animated end of game victory / defeat graphics!), so you should expect a hefty download compared to our normal patches. We appreciate all the feedback you've given over this course of time!
And that's all for us! We've got a lot of changes packed into this patch, but we hope you'll make it through it.
Points of Interest in 5.5Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.5, 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 5.5 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.
New Champion: BardMost notably, patch 5.5 includes our newest champion Bard, the Wandering Caretaker!
Get acquainted with Bard in his champion spotlight:
Upcoming Champion SkinsPatch 5.4 includes two new champion skins - Headhunter Akali and Secret Agent Xin Zhao. These will be out some point after 5.5 goes to live and we'll have a full preview posts when they are released!
Secret Agent Xin Zhao
Kassadin Visual Updates
As mentioned above, Kassadin has received a slew of visual updates in 5.5!
Also included are updates to his visual effects, anomations, and a new set of ability icons!
[Passive, Q, W, E, R]
Kassadin's four skins have also been updated:
- Festival Kassadin - Front, Turnaround, Comparison, Preview Video
- Deep One Kassadin - Front, Turnaround, Comparison, Preview Video
- Pre-Void Kassadin - Front, Turnaround, Comparison, Preview Video
- Harbinger Kassadin - Front, Turnaround, Comparison, Preview Video
More Texture RebalancesThis patch includes texture rebalances for Taric, Warwick, Janna, and Cho'Gath! These texture adjustments are meant to align older champions with the current art style. They are not meant to replace full visual updates.
- [Video Comparison] - Base, Grey Warwick, Urf Warwick, Big Bad Warwick, Tundra Hunter Warwick, Feral Warwick, Firefang Warwick, Hyena Warwick
- [Video Comparison Part 1, Part 2] - Base, Tempest Janna, Frost Queen Janna, Hextech Janna, Victorious Janna
- [Video Comparison Part 1, Part 2] - Base, Nightmare Cho'Gath, Loch Ness Cho'Gath, Gentleman Cho'Gath, Jurassic Cho'Gath
New Summoner IconsWe also have several new Summoner icons in this patch, although no release or availability details yet!
- Luden's Echo has been added to the game! Click here for a VFX preview video.
- Katarina has a new set of ability icons :