Patch 5.9 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Here's the full 5.9 patch notes with an introduction by Scarizard & Pwyff:
Welcome to patch 5.9 - the one where we ship some new behind-the-scenes changes (check out that new attack move functionality and changes to combat text), deliver a sparkling new Ashe champion update, trade Cinderhulk's champion-chewing power for jungle-clearing fire, and dole out some balance tweaks in the name of champion diversity. There it is.
First, some new attack move functionality and changes to combat text. You might have noticed us taking more of an interest in refining League's background code, UI, and general usability. This might come with some additional pain (hello Quick Cast with Range Indicators), but sometimes you gotta make a mess before you can actually see what needs to be cleaned. Something like that. We have a lot of context for both, so please be sure to read up!
Second: Ashe's champion update. Check her out! We could say that's about it, but one thing we can add is we really wanted to solidify Ashe as the utility markswoman of League of Legends, so interpret our changes in that direction (there's also the addition of a little more depth and counterplay, but that should always be the case).
Third, and we'll go for a combination plate here: Cinderhulk and champion diversity. It's not to say that this entire patch is about Cinderhulk as it relates to champion diversity; rather, one (Cinderhulk) feeds into the other (Champion Diversity). We also have a slew of other changes that are just for the latter. Check out the individual contexts for Akali, Olaf, Trundle, Xin Zhao, et al, for more information, but the short story is that we want all champions to have strategic viability in the League of Legends ecosystem, and we're working hard to ensure this is a reality.
Final note, we're having a lot of fun saying diversity dirigible, so that may be where we stay in terms of design transportation. Just saying.
Points of Interest from the 5.9 PBEHere's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.9, 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 5.9 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.
Upcoming Champion SkinsPatch 5.9 is set to include a total of TEN new champion skins - Star Guardian Lux, SSW skins for Rengar, Singed, Talon, Thresh, and Twitch, and Playing Card themed skins for Ezreal, Mordekaiser, Shaco, and Syndra. As usual, no release dates for any of these but we'll have complete preview posts ready when they launch!
Star Guardian Lux
1350 RP (discounted to 975 RP at launch)
Playing Card Skins750 RP Each
- Ace of Spades Ezreal [Video - Turnaround]
- King of Clubs Mordekaiser [Video - Turnaround]
- Wild Card Shaco [Video - Turnaround]
- Queen of Diamonds Syndra [Video - Turnaround]
Samsung White skin setRengar, Talon, Singed - 750 RP
Twitch and Thresh - 975 RP
- SSW Rengar [Video - Turnaround]
- SSW Singed [Video - Turnaround]
- SSW Talon [Video - Turnaround]
- SSW Thresh [Video - Turnaround]
- SSW Twitch [Video - Turnaround]
New Summoner IconA new summoner icon featuring Gromp has been added to the game. No release details yet but Gromptastic!
Ashe Gameplay UpdateAs mentioned above, Ashe has received a champion update in this patch includes a new passive and Q!
Upon reaching max Q stacks, her quiver lights up:
Check out the videos below for a look at the new VFX on each of her skins:
- Classic Ashe [Video]
- Sherwood Forest Ashe [Video]
- Queen Ashe [Video]
- Marauder Ashe [Video]
- Heartseeker Ashe [Video]
- Freljord Ashe [Video]
- Amethyst Ashe [Video]
- Woad Ashe [Video]
Ashe also has a new Q icons, a flipped W icon, and her old Q icon moved to her passive.
More information available here, including details on a limited time bundle!
- As mentioned above, the Combat Text has been adjusted. Here's a brief video preview and an example of how Miss Fortune's R looks after a couple of shots
- Chromas should now be able to be selected in Team Builder
- Another mysterious duck has been added to the files - can you find him? What the duck does it mean?
- Video preview of a few gameplay changes mentioned above:
- Jack of Hearts Twisted Fate will now use the Playing Cards splash art above and this new loading screen slice: