Here's the full 5.23 patch notes with an introduction by Scarizard:
Welcome to patch 5.23, the one after preseason. Unlike some of our pre-preseason patches before this, we're being more bold when it comes to balance - surgical tuning works once we have a deep understanding of the game ecosystem, but since preseason has introduced so much change, we want to make broad, impactful changes to get a firm grasp on what’s going on. What this means is that you can expect the next few patches to have a higher density of changes overall, as much more tuning is required to get everything in line. Let's talk about some of those parts, shall we?
First is game pacing. Many folks out there are experiencing faster games on 5.22, and we're seeing that reflected in about a minute off the average game-time. We've got some changes to address that (namely turret health and %xp from kills), along with some revised minion pushing changes. That said, it's helpful to clarify our stance: this isn't about faster games. Some games will be faster and some will be slower, but the goal is to reward being decisive. If you have a massive lead over your opponents, capitalize! Waiting around or being indecisive will see that advantage slip, opening the window for comebacks. TL;DR: finish your plate, or your food'll bite back.
Next is what you might call our regular balance changes for champions, but we want to stress that even during the post-preseason apocalypse, we're looking out for both ends of the spectrum. Lowered monster magic resist and increased damage on Hunter's Talisman should ease some of the pains of mage junglers out there, while injecting power to some of our bursty attack damage champions (Kha'Zix + Zed, with more on the way!) should help a class feeling under the weather There's lots more below but, like we mentioned earlier, we're very much in 'broad strokes' mode rather than fine tuning, and you'll see much more of that philosophy i n 5.24.
And that's it for us! While we head back to the lab to work on our next round of changes (hint: soraka), you guys keep experimenting. Did you know you can build Rapid Firecannon on Hecarim? How about Stormraider's Surge on Gangplank? These are just a few of the things that we've lost to so far and, after we (somewhat) got over being salty about it, we realized this is what's most exciting about the preseason (experimentation, that is. Not being salty).
Shine on, you crazy Diamonds (Or Golds, or Silvers. We're not judging).
Points of Interest from the 5.23 PBEHere's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.23, including things mentioned above in the patch notes and things discovered during the last PBE cycle! This coverage includes preview screen shots and video taken during the 5.23 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.
New Champion - Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess"They will learn or they will die." As mentioned above, our new champion Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess will be released at some point during 5.23!
Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess
For a better look at Illaoi's kit, check out her champion spotlight:
For more on Illaoi, including ability numbers and ratios, check our PBE coverage!
Of course Illaoi's release also includes her release skin Void Bringer Illaoi!
Void Bringer Illaoi
1350 RP (Limited Time 975 RP sale on release + available in Illaoi release bundle)
Upcoming Champion SkinsPatch 5.23 is set to include SEVEN new champion skins - a legendary (1820 RP) Dragon Trainer Tristana skin, 1350 RP tier Gravelord Azir and Elderwood Hecarim skins, and 750 RP tier Braum Lionheart, Gragas Caskbreaker, Ryze Whitebeard, and Varus Swiftbolt skins.
As usual, no release dates yet but we'll have a full preview up once these new skin is released and available for purchase.
Dragon Trainer Tristana
1350 RP (Limited Time 975 RP sale on release)
Braum Lionheart, Gragas Caskbreaker, Ryze Whitebeard, and Varus Swiftbolt
750 RP each
For more screenshots of any of these seven upcoming skins, click here!
New Ward SkinsPatch 5.23 is adding a total of THREE new ward skins!
To go along with the new Dragon Trainer Tristana skin, we also have a new ward skin featuring her dragon Riggle!
Two new ward skins have also been added for the upcoming ALL-STAR 2015 event!. There is one for each of the two teams, Team Fire and Team Ice. We expect these to launch closer to the event date in early December!
New Summoner Icons
New Login ThemesThis cycle includes two new login themes - one for Illaoi and one for Dragon Trainer Tristana!
- As mentioned above, Quinn's Q has functionality changes in 5.23 and no reduces the first target hits vision radius!
- Here's a short preview of her new Q in action:
- The Spellblade items have received updated vfx in 5.23! Here's a brief video preview:
- Rift Herald has new spawn and death vfx where it jumps out of and falls into a void portal.
- Here's a quick video preview: