Patch 5.6 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 and Scarizard:
Welcome to patch 5.6.
What's that? That's the sound of the second 2015 buff barge, departing from... buff island? Look, we don't know where the buff barge actually stays in its off season. All we do know is that Sometimes this thing docks somewhere, takes on a bunch of friends, and then sails off for the high seas.
Anyway. What this actually means is that we've got a lot of changes aimed at champions who have received less attention in the past few months (or dozen months). Mind you, we're not going to be making a habit of this (power creep is a deep rabbit hole, but the summary is that constantly buffing weak champions means we're just throwing out a lot of power without a functional direction) and we're not in the business of just buffing for the sake of buffing, but felt we could at least give these girls (and guys and Bards) something directionally correct.
Speaking of power creep, there are a few champs we know overstayed their welcome on the buff barge, and we're taking steps to bring them back in line. Nothing should really come as a surprise (hello Sejuani) and we'll go into more detail on each individual context.
Speaking of using the same transition to advance the conversation, we're currently happy with the new addition of jungler diversity in a post-patch 5.5 world. While very strong tank junglers are obviously top of mind, we're excited to see a shift in a positive direction. Remember that we're committed to constantly evolving the League experience, so expect us to continue iterating whenever possible.
Go read the notes.
Points of Interest from the 5.6 PBEHere's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.6, 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 5.6 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.
Upcoming (?) Champion SkinsPatch 5.6 includes assets for FIVE new champion skins - Surprise Party Amumu, Urf the Nami-tee, Archduke Nasus, Definitely Not Udyr, and Order of the Banana Soraka!
Be aware that these were tested thoroughly on the PBE but, suspiciously, are absent from the patch notes.
Surprise Party Amumu
Definitely Not Udyr
Urf the Nami-tee
Order of the Banana Soraka
New Ability IconsRammus and Twisted Fate have both received updated ability icons in 5.6!
[Passive, Q, W, E, R]
[Passive, Q, W, E, R + Reactivate R]
[Blue, Yellow, Red card]
New Summoner Icons
Two new summoner icons are being added in 5.6. At the moment, we have no details on availability... wonder what they could be fore....
New Urf Triumphant Ward SkinIn addition to the summoner icons, new "Urf Triumphant" ward skin has been added. Again... what would it be for....
Urf Triumphant Ward
More Texture RebalancesThis patch includes texture rebalances for Kayle, Lee Sin, Pantheon, Rumble, and Ryze! These texture adjustments are meant to align older champions with the current art style. They are not meant to replace full visual updates.
- Base, Human Ryze, Tribal Ryze, Uncle Ryze, Triumphant Ryze, Professor Ryze, Zombie Ryze, Dark Crystal Ryze, Pirate Ryze
- More texture updates to Summoner's Rift, including a new Mural on the top!
- Twisted Fate has a new easter egg/hidden passive when he uses R while vision is impaired by Graves' W or Nocturne R. A small buff pops up using his old MS Paint R icon.