Patch 6.3 Notes

Posted on at 11:00 AM by Moobeat
Patch 6.3 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Continue reading for the complete notes, including new Valentine's Day themed skins and content, several balance changes & bug fixes, a new AD assassin item, and more! 

Here's the full 6.3 patch notes with an introduction by Scarizard:
Heads up: This is a fat patch! If you're wondering why, we've made improvements to how we store art in the client (though you shouldn't notice a visual difference). Incidentally, that means we need to re-patch it all. So, if your patcher gets stuck on "applying patches", it's sorting through all the updated images. It'll take a while, so just let it do its thing!

Greetings, Summoners.

Welcome to patch 6.3, the one where we finally make changes to Dragon and give assassins a shiny new toy. Shout-outs to Pwyff for covering in my absence - now let's dive in and geteducational.

6.3, like the two patches before, can be thought of as the 'final chapter' in our preseason follow-up trilogy. While the rippling effects of the season's changes will be felt and dealt with throughout the year, we're getting everything nice and neat before we move on to tackle bigger and better things. This means putting out a warrant for Graves, remembering to feed the Kog'Maw, and recalling some of Corki's weapons to match balance regulations.

But despite the nerfs and buffs you're accustomed to, we've also got a big-ticket change coming below: the introduction of Duskblade of Draktharr. In addition to a seriously villainous name, this item seeks to be the answer to the age-old League question 'How will Riot ever balance assassins?' Over the years, we've seen assassins just opting in to whatever damage items they could get their hands on, even when they had inefficient stats (like when they used to stack Bloodthirsters and never use the lifesteal) - simply because itemization wasthat hard. By clearly calling out 'Hey, this one's for you!' we can start to set an expectation around how an assassin can act in fights, as well as the kinds of power-curves they should have long-term. Things may not be 100% balanced right at the start, but in most cases the advice remains the same: If an assassin has their sights on you, get out of the way. 

Easy, right?

Add in some changes to Dragon's stacking effects (more on that below) and an overhaul of some of our big-ticket armor items and you're looking at a patch aiming to deliver some big changes to the mid-late game of most matches. Do you contest a 2nd or 4th Dragon against a team with 3 split-pushing Sunfire Cape users? Or do you just hard-engage with your 5-Duskblade team? You don't have to answer now - I'm sure you'll have enough practice with both of these entirely realistic situations to become the expert in no time.

And that's it for us! Enjoy diving through the ocean of context and we'll see you on the other side. And by that I mean on the 'other side' of champion select. Probably building Duskblade.

See you at the grey screen.
 Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough

Champions

Akali

Q returns more energy. R's speed increased.
When we set out to make Duskblade (the shiny new assassin item you can read all about below), we evaluated a lot of our assassins together to see if anyone was significantly ahead or behind the pack. When looking at those left behind, it's no surprise we found Akali in much need of some love.

Most assassins are measured on two major axes: time needed to kill a squishy, and what movement / utility is available to get to the next target (this cycles back and forth). On our current assessment, Akali's pretty good on the former, so we're looking into the latter.

Q - Mark of the Assassin

ENERGY RESTORE20/25/30/35/40 energy  40 energy at all ranks

R - Shadow Dance

DASH SPEED1600  2000

Alistar

E cost and cooldown up. Q-W combo is finally consistent.
Alistar's got two very different things going on here, so let's tackle 'em separately.

First, Alistar's lane sustain is pretty out of line. For a champion who's supposed to be weak to poke and attrition, the strength of the Meditation mastery and the mana regeneration available to supports just means Alistar outlasts and then all-ins once you've exhausted your resources. Temporarily Ignoring towers and initiating are cool things we like the cow doing, given that he's not guaranteed to be at full health all the time.

Next, the combo. Alistar's Heabutt + Pulverize combo is one of the strongest interactions in the game, but also makes the champion incredibly tricky to balance. It's not the easiest thing to pull off 100% of the time (even in pro play), which means that whenever we have to buff or nerf Alistar, it disproportionately affects players that can hit the combo or not. Not anymore. After 6.3, It's now just a thing Alistar can do with regularity. Now your decisions should be around 'Do I want to use the combo in this situation?' instead of 'Can I do the combo?'

It's a scary world, I know - but we'll be there to hold your hand. Under the tower. While Alistar's diving us. (help)

W - Headbutt

TRUE COMBOAlistar now can buffer his Q - Pulverize and will automatically cast it upon reaching his target

E - Triumphant Roar

COST40/50/60/70/80 mana  50/60/70/80/90 mana
COOLDOWN12 seconds  16 seconds

Corki

Q damage down. R recharge time up.
Let's be clear - Corki's doing a lot of damage. Too much, in fact. Preseason's magic damage conversion has done wonders for Corki's burst damage, especially on targets without the cash to invest toward significant defensive items. These two changes are slightly related in tuning down Corki's power, but they have two differing goals. On the topic of Phosphorous Bomb: when a spell has high base damage and a lot of additional damage per level, it means that a Corki who gets ahead in levels stays ahead (even without items). For Missile Barrage: its uptime was tuned around a previous season (and itemization), and with Essence Reaver being a core item, we're tapping down those oppressive missiles just a bit.

Q - Phosphorus Bomb

BASE DAMAGE80/130/180/230/280  70/115/160/205/250

R - Missile Barrage

AMMO RECHARGE RATE12/10/8 seconds  12/11/10 seconds

Ekko

Q cooldown lowered at early levels.
As a midlaner, Ekko's potential is a little too limited by high cooldowns and melee range. Upping his ability to scrap with opponents (or even last-hit) early game levels the playing field against the long-range, crowd-controlling mages Ekko's often asked to tango with.

Q - Timewinder

COOLDOWN11/10/9/8/7 seconds  9/8.5/8/7.5/7 seconds

Gragas

Q's snap-cast slows for the full duration. W channels faster and deals AoE damage.
It hasn't been too long since Gragas was top dog of jungle, but these days he's sitting at the bottom of the barrel. Graggy's strategic niche as a disengage jungler is still there, so we're boosting his early reliability and clear speed to help compete against the rest of the lineup.

Q - Barrel Roll

SLOW DURATION1.3 - 2 seconds over the duration  2 seconds

W - Drunken Rage

CHANNEL TIME1 second  0.75 seconds
NEWDRINKING PROBLEMSDrunken Rage's on-hit now deals damage in a 250 unit radius around the primary target

Graves

Q damage down, and now has a brief delay upon colliding with terrain. Q/R no longer cancel his recoil animation.
Now that the dust has settled and builds are optimized, the results are in: Graves bursts you real fast, and he's not a fan of taking damage. We're cool with the G-man doin' his thing (as long as he's not smoking), but we're addressing his dominance in two ways.

First, we want to force Graves' to make a bigger tradeoff for his damage vs defenses, seeing as his baseline output is so high that he transitions into tank stats early while still managing to make heads roll. Next, we're targeting just how quickly he pumps lead into his targets - often obliterating challenges in a series of animation-cancelled spellcasts.

Graves being the slow-moving, burly guy makes sense for a shotgun-toting gritty outlaw, but introducing more counterplay to his patterns should help you settle the score.

Passive - New Destiny

REMOVEDDEAD CRAB SCUTTLIN'Basic attacks no longer stun the Rift Scuttler
TAKE YOUR TIMEGraves can no longer interrupt the 0.25 second recoil after his basic attacks with Q - End of the Line or R - Collateral Damage.

Q - End of the Line

SECOND HIT BASE DAMAGE85/145/205/265/325 80/125/170/215/260
WARNING SHOTNow plays a brief animation before detonating after colliding with terrain

E - Quickdraw

TOO QUICKFixed a bug where casting Quickdraw would interrupt Graves' reload animation
NEVER FORGETGraves will remember his last attack/movement command after using Quickdraw

Illaoi

Delay on missing E removed. E mana cost down. Vessels can now get 'assists' from allies.
Illaoi's a champion that suffers a few problems - not only is she pretty difficult to play for a melee champion, but being on the receiving end of a fight for your own soul can feel incredibly frustrating to play against. This patch, we're addressing both. A little bit of QoL for the Illaoi's that are just learning how to shatter their opponents souls, and a little bit of leeway for opponents hoping to break free of becoming a vessel. Now your team is actually helping when taking out Illaoi's tentacles. It's the thought that counts, right?

E - Test of Spirit

DELAY UPON MISSING0.25 seconds  0 seconds
COST35/45/55/65/75 mana  35/40/45/50/55 mana
TEST OF TEAMWORKTentacles that die within 5 seconds of a Vessel attacking them count towards removing the Vessel debuff
WORTHY SOULSFixed a bug where Fiora could Riposte the application of the Vessel debuff as it flew towards her

Kog'Maw

Q's attack speed passive shifted to W. W now has a minimum damage.
Now the definition of 'Glass Cannon' in League, Kog'Maw finds himself a little too brittle to get out of lane and into a state where he can aim for a high-scaling fantasy. The primary goal is to clean up Kog's rank-ups to feel less like a trap and help him smooth out that transition from 'free kill botlane' to 'hyper-vomit omnicarry' without just handing him a free pass. (Trivia: did You Know that previously ranking W gave you noincrease in damage? Sorry about that.)

Q - Caustic Spittle

REMOVEDRAPID SPITTLENo longer passively grants Kog'Maw bonus attack speed

W - Bio-Arcane Barrage

NEWSPITSTORMNow passively grants Kog'Maw 15/20/25/30/35% bonus attack speed
NEWMINIMUM DAMAGENow deals at least 15 bonus magic damage at all ranks

Jax

Passive gives less attack speed per stack, but requires more stacks to reach the cap.
Surprise, he's back (we've made that joke before. Maybe even twice). Whether in the top lane or the jungle, Jax is a champion that's all about taking the time to ramp up before brutally smashing your face in with a lamppost. Traditionally that's been the case, but with powerful items like Rageblade and Devourer thrown into the mix, Jax's ramping threat has become more of a formality than a rule. We're installing speedbumps into Jax's powercurve to force him to commit a little longer in fights.

Passive - Relentless Assault

MAXIMUM STACKS6  8
ATTACK SPEED PER STACK4-14% (from levels 1-18)  3.5-11% (from levels 1-18)
ATTACK SPEED AT MAX STACKS24-84% per level  28-88% per level

Poppy

Q damage down, but ratio and minion damage increased. E cooldown increased.
Poppy's popularity has skyrocketed since her rework, and it's not hard to see why. Though it's taken a bit of getting used to, Poppy's proven to be one tough yordle, with massive damage and even bigger utility, no matter the position. Stopping dashes and ejecting threats out of a teamfight is all well and strategic, but Poppy's potential to chain-CC her opponents for 5+ seconds all while murdering them is a pretty big no-no from a counterplay perspective.

On a secondary front, Poppy's got a lot of high base damage abilities, letting her put out serious numbers without actually buying the items. We're adjusting there.

Q - Hammer Shock

BASE DAMAGE PER HIT40/70/100/130/160  40/65/90/115/140
RATIO0.7 bonus attack damage  0.8 bonus attack damage
REMOVEDGO EASY ON 'EMNo longer deals reduced damage to minions

E - Heroic Charge

COOLDOWN12/11/10/9/8 seconds  14/13/12/11/10 seconds

R - Keeper's Verdict

SNAP-CAST KNOCKUP DURATION1.5 seconds  1 second

Rengar

E cast time lowered. E now starts behind Rengar if cast midleap.
After analyzing Rengar's performance and listening to feedback on 6.2, we're pulling back a bit on exactly how easy it is to outplay his ganks. For instance, Rengar's delay on casting Bola Strike is high enough that running toward his leap causes the Bola to whizz right right over. We're in search of… not quite happy kitty time, but content kitty time for this change.

General

REMOVEDKITTY CONSISTENCYNo longer lands just short of the target

E - Bola Strike

CAST TIME0.25 seconds  0.125 seconds
HUNTING PREPBola Strike now begins slightly behind Rengar when cast while leaping
EASY PREYFixed a bug where Bola Strike wouldn't fire if Rengar was disabled during the cast time.

Ryze

Passive capped at 5 spellcasts. Ult cooldown lowered.
To put it lightly, the discrepancy between a new Ryze player and a Ryze veteran is staggering. Not unlike Alistar's changes above, Ryze is often balanced around what he's capable of doing rather than what he does realistically with those 5 seconds of Supercharge. With the long-term goal of finding a sustainable balance state for Ryze long-term, we're starting off by giving him a clearly defined and achievable 'best case' for Arcane Mastery. With a hard cap in place, we can follow-up by making the rest of Ryze's kit work within that band - like focusing Ryze's mastery around how many times you can enter (and optimize) Supercharge, instead of just cramming spell combos into one rotation. There's lots to adjust going forward, but this is a necessary first step if Ryze is ever to get off the wild balance rollercoaster he's been on for a while.

Passive - Arcane Mastery

DURATIONNow lasts for 5 spell casts or 2.5-5 seconds (based on rank of Q - Overload).

R - Desperate Power

COOLDOWN80/60/40 seconds  50/40/30 seconds

Xin Zhao

W scales with attack damage and crits on every third attack. E cooldown flattened.
Xin Zhao's been left in the dust as far as stabbin' folks goes, underperforming in every role across the board. One of our old-school 'melee carries', Xin's always had a lot of flexibility in builds - able to swap between 'max cooldown lockdown machine' or 'crit-fueled basic-attacking monster' based on his team's needs. That said, itemization changes in 2016 have impacted that flexibility pretty heavily. These changes are aimed at bringing back Xin's ability to opt-in to an early snowball rather than feeling pressured to always aim for the lategame (via Sated Devourer and Guinsoo's on-hit synergies).

A point of clarification: To those of you worried about Xin's new crit mechanic's getting out of control with the already-popular Sated Devourer builds, it's important to note that the crit occurs every thirdattack, not every third hit. This means Sated's Phantom Hit passive won't let him double down into more crits, so you're better off with regular ol' attack damage and attack speed to make the most of his new Battle Cry.

W - Battle Cry

NEWHEAL RATIONow additionally scales with 0.2 bonus attack damage
NEWRAGING FIRENow passively causes every third attack to critically strike for 25/37.5/50/62.5/75% bonus Crit Damage for that attack

E - Audacious Charge

COOLDOWN14/13/12/11/10 seconds  12 seconds at all ranks

Zed

R damage lowered.
Back in 5.23 we added a bit more Death into Zed's Death Mark, citing a lack of itemization and scaling for AD-assassins as a whole. Now that Duskblade's entering an item shop near you, we're partially reverting that change so that Zed doesn't spike and snowball too heavily off just a single item purchase.

R - Death Mark

DAMAGE AMPLIFICATION30/40/50% of damage taken  25/35/45% of damage taken
QUALITY OF DEATHNow more accurately represents when a target will take fatal damage from Death Mark's detonation

Ziggs

R sweetspot damage increased.
Folks aren't contesting objectives like they used to, meaning Ziggs' poking and sieging strengths have gone largely unnoticed in 2016. We don't want thing to go back to the '1v1 Mid Ziggs Only 50 Minutes' stall-fests of the past, so we're ratcheting up his hexplosive power to punish teams out of position.

R - Mega Inferno Bomb

BASE DAMAGE250/375/500  300/450/600
RATIO0.9 ability power  1.1 ability power
OUTER-RADIUS DAMAGE FALLOFF25% less damage  33% less damage
NEWLOOK OUT BELOWWarning indicator updated to clearly show the sweet-spot radius

Ability Icon Updates

New icons!
Ability icons for the following champions have been updated:

Gragas

Lux

Shaco

Items

NEW

Duskblade of Draktharr

New item for assassins. Basic attacks give a mini-death mark on your target.
It's well known that many AD assassins who relied on attack damage items took a hit with the transition to 2016, especially with the changes to Last Whisper. These days the 'core' item build that feels good often only goes to 'build Ghostblade and Maw and hope that's enough to finish them off.'

Balancing around core items is something we do for every class, but assassins have been left in the dust - forced to scrape by on whatever the best damage items happen to be, making our balancing points for them somewhat… very inconsistent. Duskblade means we can give those folks a core item that not only helps multiply damage in a full build, but also offers a clear expression of power for those with a gold lead. marksmen have Infinity Edge, mages have Deathcap - and now, assassins have Duskblade.

Duskblade's passive, Nightfall, provides a different angle for assassins to contribute meaningfully in a teamfight. Missing health damage is unique in that it can be considered a damage amplification for your team - capitalizing on all the work your allies have done so far - allowing assassins to feel more capable on clean-up duty and less pressured to throw their lives away in pursuit of bopping a marksman.
BUILD PATHSerrated Dirk + B.F. Sword + 850 gold
TOTAL COST3250 gold
ATTACK DAMAGE75
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED5%
UNIQUE PASSIVE+10 Armor Penetration
UNIQUE PASSIVEBasic attacks on an enemy champion apply Nightfall (120 second cooldown)
NIGHTFALLAfter 2 seconds, Nightfall deals physical damage equal to 90 + 25% of the target's missing health. If you get a kill or assist on the target before Nightfall detonates, the cooldown is refunded.

Seeker's Armguard

Armor up. Build path includes an extra Cloth Armor.
For those looking for buffs to Zhonya's Hourglass, it should be clear we're not doing that. Given how game-warping Zhonya's active can be - and how powerful a deterrent it is against dudes who want to blow you up - we're pretty firm on gating this active with a fair combine cost.

That said, Seeker's. Even when it's the right situation to buy Seeker's, itfeels wrong, so that's where we're making changes. Mixing in an extra armor item makes it more effective when you're looking to counter physical damage (read: Zed) in lane.
BUILD PATHCloth Armor + Amplifying Tome + 465 gold  Cloth Armor + Cloth Armor + Amplifying Tome + 165 gold
ARMOR25  30

Warden's Mail

Cost down.
Similar to Seeker's, Warden's is a specialized item that feels bad to purchase when compared to more broad defensive components, like Chain Vest or Giant's Belt. Now it's cheaper.
TOTAL COST1100 gold  1000 gold

Dead Man's Plate

Cost increased. Slow decreased.
If you've played League in the last month, chances are very high you've bought this item. That's not a crime in itself, but Dead Man's Plate brings so many strengths between its stat efficiency, bonus damage, and catch potential that even when you do want a Randuin's Omen (say, vs. a crit-heavy composition), it's hard to give up the value. We're tuning back the general power of DMP to make the decision a little more complex than 'buy this always no matter what'.
TOTAL COST2800 gold  2900 gold
CRUSHING BLOW SLOW75%  50%

Sunfire Cape

Passive aura deals more damage to non-champions.
Continuing from the Dead Man's Plate discussion above, Sunfire is an armor item that feels a little lost from an identity perspective. Increasing the potency of its waveclear potential should transform tanky folks without access to waveclear into split-pushing threats faster than you can type 'Shenpai.'

(In case that wasn't clear, buy this on Shen. You're welcome.)
NEWFUNFIRENow deals 50% bonus damage to minions and monsters

Randuin's Omen

Cost down. Health increased.
Rounding out our talks on armor items, we're removing some of the tricky math comparisons between this, Dead Man's Plate, and Sunfire Cape, so you don't have the second guess yourself when buying this against the mythical all-marksmen, all-Infinity Edge team.

So, in summary - Sunfire to push. Dead Man's to chase and engage. Randuin's to punish basic attacks and crits. But don't just take our word for it. Build what you like. Follow your dreams.
TOTAL COST3000 gold  2900 gold
HEALTH450  500

Kircheis Shard

Damage increased.
We'd like you to feel better about getting that early burst for lane.
ENERGIZED DAMAGE30  40

Rapid Firecannon

Movement speed and damage down.
Welcome to Zeal items part 3. The re-rebalancing.

Similar to Dead Man's Plate, Rapid Firecannon is the go-to Zeal upgrade. It's safe, it bursts, it picks, it slices, it dices - you get the idea. While these read like general nerfs, we're just trying to prioritize Firecannon as the 'safe' ranged option over its other counterparts.
MOVEMENT SPEED7%  5%
ENERGIZED DAMAGE50-200  50-160

Statikk Shiv

Damage up.
With Rapid Firecannon's damage decreasing, Statikk Shiv's damage is going up to really push it as the one you get when you're looking to burst. Important reminder: Shiv's damage can crit (while RFC's cannot), meaning that in a heavy crit build, Shiv's ability to lay the smackdown on a close-knit group of units is nothing to sneeze at.
DAMAGE30 - 100  50 - 120

Phantom Dancer

Cost down.
Phantom Dancer was supposed to be more expensive relative to the other Zeal upgrades because of its extreme dueling/damage potential. As it turns out, having to do the extra work to access that damage potential (unlike Statikk or RFC) on top of being harder to build ended being a pretty big miss. In light of this, we're pulling back on the cost so would-be duelists of all shapes and sizes can buy their item and use it too.
COMBINE COST900 gold  650 gold
TOTAL COST2800 gold  2550 gold
NEWNOT TODAYNow tracks how many times Spectral Waltz's damage reduction saves your life in a fight in the tooltip

Boots of Swiftness

Cost up.
Simply put: the gap between the 'utility tier' of boots (Swiftness, Lucidity and Mobility) and 'combat boots' (Mercury Treads, Berserker Graves, Ninja Tabi and Sorceror's Shoes) is too big. We're digging all of the interest in utility-tier kicks, but they're so cheap that it makes everyone else feel left in the dust.
TOTAL COST800 gold  900 gold

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

Cost up.
Same as the above section, bringing these in line with the alternatives.
TOTAL COST800 gold  900 gold

Boots of Mobility

Cost up.
While the cost is increasing for Mobi's, we're off-setting that upgrade with a power boost to keep them worth the tradeoffs you make to take them. Unlike the others, Mobility's risk/reward paradigm stays constant throughout the whole game - so get out there and make the best of your zoom-zoom.
TOTAL COST800 gold  900 gold
OUT OF COMBAT MOVESPEED105  115

Summoner's Rift

Dragon

2nd Dragon now gives a tower burn. 4th Dragon now gives defense vs turrets.
Buckle up, dear readers. It's context time.

First up, let's talk about the state of Dragon as-is. We've been happy with how the build-up to Aspect provides some unique strategic value that doesn't really exist elsewhere, allowing teams an alternate path to success that isn't just 'be the best at fighting champions' or 'be the best at fighting turrets.' From that perspective Dragon's been a big success, even if many games end far before Aspect is ever achieved.

That said, getting there isn't as rewarding as we'd like it to be. While there's always been inherent value in the 2nd and 4th stacks of dragon because they unlock Dragon's most desired buffs (team-wide movement speed and the threat of dragon 5), many just sort of lose interest. Mix in the higher value of split-pushing and turret-taking in 2016, and you have a whole lot of Dragons going un-hunted.

We spun on potential solutions for a while, but here's what we landed on: It's not necessary for every stack of Dragon to be so powerful that contesting it is necessary. Doing so creates a snowballing vortex where each Dragon buff ensures you get the next one, focusing the game too heavily on an early-game arm's race, rather than a match-long consideration. That said, each individual Dragon should provide an advantage that feels consequential - as an opponent, the decision to give up a stack of Dragon should be based around 'we will oppose with something equally valuable' rather than 'the power of that buff is so low I can't be bothered.'

That leads us to today. These changes attempt to find a happy medium, with the intermediary stacks of Dragon being desirable but not mandatory. By adding more viscerality and strategic power into the buffs themselves (and let's be real, 'everyone is mini-Alistar' is much cooler than 'oh boy minion damage'), we're looking to add some more relevance and urgency for teams that imagine dragons to be their ticket to victory.
DRAGON'S WRATH (2ND STACK)+15% damage to turrets and buildings  Basic attacks burn turrets for 10-180 over 2 seconds.
DRAGON'S DOMINANCE (4TH STACK)+15% damage to monsters and minions  You take 20% less damage from turrets

Charging Spells

Recall no longer interrupts certain charge abilities.
This is a really awkward, hidden mechanic that only interacts with a few abilities, so don't be surprised if you'd never heard of it. We want the skill expression of these abilities (and by extension, these champions) to be around landing your charge abilities - not gaming the system by recall-faking them out.

The following abilities can no longer be interrupted by Recall or Teleport:

Varus

  • Q - Piercing Arrow

Vi

  • Q - Vault Breaker

Xerath

  • Q - Arcanopulse

New Champ Select

Expect us to be a regular presence on the patch notes as we polish up new champ select. Hopefully, you'll see some changes y'all suggested as we keep waxing on (and off).

Shipping with 6.3

F2P, JUST NOT IN RANKEDFree to play champions are no longer available to play in ranked. This is a return to how things worked before the 2016 season kicked off.

Shipping during the 6.3 cycle

SECRET STRATSPick intent is no longer revealed to the enemy team when it's your turn to pick.
NOT AS SECRET STRATSBans now appear in Match History for games played in NCS queues.
GET BUFF(ERED)New champ select should feel more forgiving when locking in picks and bans with less than a second to spare.
Now that everyone’s played a few games in new champ select, shortened timers should move you into games a little more quickly while still leaving ample time for strategery.
PICK INTENT35 seconds  20 seconds
BANS40 seconds  30 seconds (x6)
PICKS40 seconds  30 seconds (x10)
RESOLUTION40 seconds  30 seconds
MAX DURATION715 seconds  530 seconds

In-Client Esports Notifications

LCS regions see notifications for both NA and EU matches.
Since we had NA LCS and EU LCS notifications we figured we'd just give both regions both sets.
LCS...ESStarting the week 6.3 ships, players in LCS regions will now see in-client esports notifications for both the NA and EU LCS, rather than only for their home region
IF YOU'RE ALREADY WATCHINGAs a reminder, Esports notifications can be disabled via the Options menu

Bugfixes

  • Champion clones now display elixir particle effects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Shen's E - Shadow Dash to do its final collision check slightly before the dash was finished
  • Brand's R - Pyroclasm no longer forgets to bounce to minions if cast on an Ablaze enemy champion with no other nearby enemy champions
  • Rek'Sai no longer occasionally fails to go through a tunnel when trying to use a second tunnel as she exits a first one
  • The Raptor smite buff can no longer be triggered while dead
  • Fixed a bug where the 6% max health heal effect of the Strength of the Ages mastery was calculated based on the health of the siege minion or large monster that was killed, rather than the health of the user
  • A number of missing audio issues have been fixed:
    • Ward Skin sound effects for Warding Totem and Farsight Alteration
    • Karthus's voiceover
    • Elise's Spider form voiceover
    • High Noon Yasuo's Q - Steel Tempest gunshot sound effect
  • Mac players no longer see a false error message upon login
  • Mac players can once again select ward skins in champion select
  • Windowed Mode behaves properly again for the Mac client
  • The 'Per-side offset' and 'Semi-locked' camera toggles have been fixed
  • Fixed a bug where killing enemies in the fog of war sometimes caused your CS counter to decrease
  • Similar to last patch's bugfix for Malphite, the following abilities no longer trigger their effects at the start position when interacting with displacement spells like Trundle's E - Pillar of Ice. Apologies in advance for the super-dense formatting here:
    • Ahri's R - Spirit Rush, Corki's W - Valkyrie, Fiora's Q - Lunge, Gragas's E - Body Slam, Hecarim's R - Onslaught of Shadows fear, Irelia's Q - Bladesurge, Jarvan IV'sE - Demacian Standard/Q - Dragon Strike combo, Jax's Q - Leap Strike, Jayce's Hammer Form Q - To the Skies!, LeBlanc's W - Distortion, Maokai's W - Twisted Advance, Pantheon's W - Aegis of Zeonia, Poppy's E - Heroic Charge wall stun, Quinn's E - Vault, Renekton's E - Slice and Dice, Sejuani's Q - Arctic Assault, Shen's E - Shadow Dash, Shyvana's R - Dragon's Descent, Tryndamere's E - Spinning Slash, Zac's E - Elastic Slingshot

Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released during patch 6.3:

Points of Interest from the 6.3 PBE

Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 6.3 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 6.2 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.

Upcoming Champion Skins

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, 6.3 includes new Heartseeker Orianna and Sweetheart Sona skins! As usual, no release specifics but we'll have a full post up when they are available!

Heartseeker Orianna

1350 RP
  


Sweetheart Sona

975 RP
  


New Ward Skin

In addition to the new champion skins we also have the new Harpseeker ward skin!

Harpseeker Ward

640 RP

New Summoner Icons

Champion and ward skins not enough? Three new Valentine's themed summoner icons are headed our way in 6.3! 

Heart Key IconSweetheart IconLove Song Icon




New  Champion Ability Icons

The ability icons for GragasLux, and Shaco have been updated in the 6.3 patch!

Gragas

Lux

Shaco
[This icon is used when Shaco's R is active!]

Miscellaneous 

  • Here's a brief look at the VFX for the new Duskblade of Draktharr item in this patch!


  • Here's a short video showing off the .25 second delay on Grave's Q terrain hits:



  • Woad King Darius' Passive indicator fixed and back to being blue.

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