Patch 6.8 Notes

Posted on at 11:00 AM by Moobeat

Patch 6.8 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Continue reading for the complete notes, including the Taric's champion update, a new Infernal Diana skin coming soon, new splash art, balance changes, and more!

Here's the full 6.8 patch notes with an introduction from Scarizard:
Greetings, summoners.

Welcome to patch 6.8, the one before mid-season (pre-mid-season?!). We’ll have more than enough time to talk about the specifics of that spicy update, but for the moment let’s ask this question - how do we balance in the face of an impending major update?

As you’d expect, the answer is ‘carefully.’ Knowing that all sorts of changes are coming for mages and their items limits what we can do in the short-term. Why buff a mage item or champion when we’ll be making sweeping changes to the entire class? Alternatively (I’m talking to you, Riven mains), buffing a champion that’s underperforming due to the current landscape is equally difficult, knowing that everything is about to change. Who gets stronger when the update hits? Who’s weaker? Does Zed still kill everyone (probably)? So, instead of talking about what we’re not changing in 6.8, let’s talk about what we are.

If our goal is to be careful, then that means focusing on outliers - either too dominant or too weak - that we don’t think mid-season will impact significantly. We’re toning down some early-game sustain, as well as the main offenders in the ‘Everyone Gets To Be A Tank’ party (Ekko, Iceborn Gauntlet). We’re also showing love to some fan favorites (MF, Rumble) that play particularly well with and against the wizardly warriors to be spruced up next patch.

Mix it all together with a fabulous new Taric and you’ve got yourself a medium-sized patch with just enough excitement to hold you over until a cadre of updated mages waltz up and optic blast you into the next dimension (look out for Malzahar). That’s all for us this patch - we’ll see you around the Rift, playing some new champion named ‘Galio’.

Good luck, have fun.
 Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough

Champions

Taric

Taric, the Shield of Valoran, will be updated with the launch of patch 6.8! To learn more, check the following links:

Ekko

W and E base damage down, but AP scaling increased.
Ekko’s rampage through toplane may be a problem of the present, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. To recap our feelings about Tank Ekko (from way back in 5.15) - it’s about tradeoffs. AP Ekko earns his game-ending skirmish potential by putting himself at constant risk: Chronobreak and Parallel Convergence are unwieldy when Ekko’s fragile enough to die before he can use them optimally. Tank Ekko’s survivability makes these tools much more reliable, but due to a combination of low cooldowns and high base damage, he still brings the beatdown as well. We’re fine with Tank Ekko shining in specific situations, but significantly lowering the build’s damage output (relative to AP-focused builds) ensures Ekko’s risk-reward paradigm is kept in check.

W - Parallel Convergence

PASSIVE ON-HIT DAMAGE5% of the target’s missing health  3% of the target’s missing health
PASSIVE ON-HIT RATIO1% per 50 ability power  1% per 33 ability power
NEWI LIKE HITTING YOUNow deals a minimum of 15 damage to minions and monsters

E - Phase Dive

BASE DAMAGE50/80/110/140/170  40/65/90/115/140
RATIO0.2 ability power  0.4 ability power

Galio

E costs less and gives more movement speed.
Galio presents a powerful option for those who like to make a big impact in close quarters, but often runs out of steam before teams start grouping up. We’re tossing him a stone to help smooth his laning interactions (especially when pushed into his tower), as well as enable sweet roaming plays if the situation arises.

E - Righteous Gust

COST70/75/80/85/90 mana  60/65/70/75/80 mana
MOVEMENT SPEED20/28/36/44/52%  30/35/40/45/50%

Graves

Basic attacks deal less damage, but crits are more valuable.
Graves doesn’t know the first thing about time-travel, but he and Ekko share a lot of similarities this patch - they deal tons of damage, and they’re practically unkillable. While Graves isn’t building pure defense, his unique interactions with lifesteal and basic-attack scaling let him get away with prioritizing efficient hybrid defensive items (Death’s Dance, Maw, Sterak’s) to wreck early and wreck late. We’re retuning New Destiny’s specs so Graves has to make a choice between being critting people’s heads off or being the gritty, sustained cleanup crew.

Passive - New Destiny

RATIO ON FIRST HIT0.75 - 1.1 total attack damage (from levels 1-18)  0.7 - 1.0 total attack damage (from levels 1-18)
BULLETS ON CRIT8  6
NEWCRITICAL THINKINGEach crit bullet deals 140% damage (Infinity Edge increases this to 160%)

Kog'Maw

Q shred up at early levels. W damage down.
When last we joined Kog’Maw on his adventures through patch notes, we spoke a lot about giving hypercarries a more even power curve than just ‘great late, awful early.’ These changes are furthering that philosophy, letting Kog feel like he gets to have a Q and reining in his insane power spike.

Q - Caustic Spittle

ARMOR/MR SHRED12/16/20/24/28%  20/22/24/26/28%

W - Bio-Arcane Barrage

BASE ON-HIT DAMAGE10/15/20/25/30  4/8/12/16/20

Master Yi

R cooldown up and duration down, but its reset duration increased.
While much of Master Yi’s strength comes from his synergy with two powerful items (Guinsoo’s Rageblade + Sated Devourer), his lack of downtime has always been a frustration. We’re tuning Yeezy’s all-in window to reward using Highlander at the right time, rather than ‘whenever.’

R - Highlander

COOLDOWN75 seconds  85 seconds
DURATION10 seconds  7 seconds
EXTENSION ON KILL OR ASSIST4 seconds  7 seconds

Miss Fortune

W duration and cooldown up. Love Tap no longer extends W’s duration, but now reduces its cooldown.
Ever since Miss Fortune’s dominating preseason performance, the Bounty Hunter’s business seems to be anything but booming. Her contributions to clustered fights are still worth a pretty silver serpent, but MF’s ability to compete alongside her marksman siblings outside of that best-case scenario is lacking. Retuning Strut for higher potential uptime should bring Miss Fortune’s baseline a little closer to the expectations of her class, without hindering the unique bullet-hell style of teamfighting she’s known for.

W - Strut

ATTACK SPEED DURATION3 seconds  4 seconds
COOLDOWN8 seconds  12 seconds
REMOVEDTAP DANCINGApplying Love Tap no longer extends the duration
NEWSTRUT YOUR STUFFCooldown now begins on-cast instead of when the buff expires
NEWGUNS BLAZINGWhile Strut is on cooldown, applying Love Tap reduces its remaining cooldown by 2 seconds (scales down with cooldown reduction)

Olaf

W lifesteal and R’s armor and magic resist increased.
Olaf’s a champion that has all the tools necessary to stick to targets and wreck faces in a big brawl, but there’s one problem: he’s dying too fast. Berserkers thrive in bloody combat, so we’re amping Olaf’s durability to tip the scales in his favor when he picks the right moment to go all-out (instead of falling flat).

W - Vicious Strikes

LIFESTEAL9/12/15/18/21%  14/16/18/20/22%

R - Ragnarok

PASSIVE ARMOR/MR10/20/30  20/30/40

Rumble

Q deals full damage to minions. R’s cooldown lowered.
Once a professional staple, Rumble’s struggled to succeed in 2016. This scrappy yordle’s game is one of attrition; nickel-and-diming opponents with persistent damage and forcing them out of lane (or Equalizing them for overstaying their welcome). This season’s premium sustain options - Corrupting Potion and Grasp of the Undying - has left Rumble lacking the ability to get damage to stick. Rather than commit ourselves to an arms-race of upping his damage to compete with early game sustain (which we’re taking a swing at further below), we’re opting to instead give Rumble greater flexibility in lane control.

General

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLENow has a recommended item page for Jungle

Q - Flamespitter

DAMAGE TO MINIONS50%  100%

R - The Equalizer

COOLDOWN120/110/100 seconds  110/100/90 seconds

Splash Updates

11 completely new splashes that’ll be around for a long time.
As mentioned last patch, the Global Splash Unification work is a short-term solution. So, what’s the long-term solution? Comprehensive updates like the eleven splashes here. Splash updates are now baked into our Champion Update process (see: Poppy, Shen, and of course Taric), and we’ll opportunistically release small batches like this one when we can.

Global Splash Unification

Updating old splash arts to be the same in all regions. Part several of several.
Context here’s the same as with last patch. These splash swaps are short term changes to ensure players in all regions see the same splashes. They aren’t taking the place of proper upgrades (like the ones in the section above)!

The following splash arts have been modified or replaced with the Tencent version (apologies for the wall of text):

Modified updates from 6.7

  • Crimson Akali, Stinger Akali, Gentleman Cho’Gath

Annie-Ryze

  • Frostfire Annie, Goth Annie, Commando Garen, Dragon Fist Lee Sin, Crimson Elite Riven, Rumble in the Jungle, Bilgerat Rumble, Tribal Ryze, Triumphant Ryze, Zombie Ryze

Shaco-Swain

  • Mad Hatter Shaco, Royal Shaco, Nutcracko, Workshop Shaco, Asylum Shaco, Boneclaw Shyvana, Hextech Sion, Warmonger Sion, Warrior Princess Sivir, Spectacular Sivir, Huntress Sivir, Bandit Sivir, PAX Sivir, Muse Sona, Divine Soraka, Bilgewater Swain

Talon-Urgot

  • Renegade Talon, Recon Teemo, Cottontail Teemo, Highland Tryndamere, King Tryndamere, Musketeer Twisted Fate, Kingpin Twitch, Whistler Village Twitch, Gangster Twitch, Primal Udyr, Giant Enemy Crabgot, Butcher Urgot

Vayne-Zilean

  • Vindicator Vayne, Veigar Greybeard, Nosferatu Vladimir, Vandal Vladimir, Thunder Lord Volibear, Big Bad Warwick, Feral Warwick, Base Xin Zhao, Commando Xin Zhao, Winged Hussar Xin Zhao, Major Ziggs, Groovy Zilean

Items

Iceborn Gauntlet

Proc damage decreased.
Sheen’s always offered champions with low cooldowns and high base damage a cost-efficient damage option (without having to go too far into full-damage builds). From there, the branching paths tell the story of what you want your Sheen to do. Do I want an extra AP Ratio? Lichbane. Do I want to deal tons of damage? Trinity Force. In-fight utility? Iceborn Gauntlet. The latter has done a fantastic job of holding up its utility promise - but the extra damage it provides is allowing beefier builds to squeeze too much effectiveness out of their kits. Given how much cheaper it is to build than the other Sheen upgrades, we’re taking a stab at sharpening those identities and making Iceborn markedly weaker than its alternatives at winning duels.
SPELLBLADE125% base attack damage  100% base attack damage

Mercurial Scimitar

Cost and attack damage lowered.
Mercurial Scimitar is really gold efficient. Reaaaaally gold efficient. That’s not a problem by itself, but when tied to an incredibly powerful active in the form of Quicksilver Sash’s omni-cleanse, over-efficiency pushes Scimitar over the edge. Mercurial’s often purchased for its amazing statline alone, and its active is conveniently countering a lot of champions in the process. Scimitar’s still a great choice for a carry under pressure, but shrinking its efficiency means it makes less sense without a clear use for the active.
TOTAL COST3700 gold  3600 gold
COMBINE COST625 gold  525 gold
ATTACK DAMAGE75  65

Corrupting Potion

Gives less health but more mana.
Corrupting Potion was our attempt at allowing champions to declare their intent to fight via its burn effect: compared to the Doran’s items, Corrupting Potion only gets its full value if you take advantage of its burn by trading aggressively with other champions.

Unfortunately, the high sustain on Corrupting Potion also makes it the go-to item for champions who want to passively sit in lane. While the mana enables champions to trade more often, the health is just delaying recalls to base. We’re sharpening the trading aspects of Corrupting Potion while dialing back on the sustain.
HEALTH REGENERATION150 health per charge  125 health per charge
MANA REGENERATION50 mana per charge  75 mana per charge

Masteries

Feast

Cooldown increased.
Feast has become the poster child for conservative gameplay. Access to this sustain has crowded out the riskier mastery options at that level (namely Double-Edged Sword), making it hard for lane bullies to succeed at forcing weaker laners back to the fountain. Limiting Feast to one proc per wave tones down the impact it has on lane while keeping its heal amount satisfying.
COOLDOWN25 seconds  30 seconds

Secret Stash

Gives less health but more mana.
You can probably write this patch note on your own. Using abilities more in lane: good. Sustaining effortlessly through lane: bad. Biscuit is another place to drive that home. Corrupting Biscuit.
INSTANT BISCUIT HEALTH20  15
INSTANT BISCUIT MANA10  15

Grasp of the Undying

Less health and damage.
If you’ve spent some time in top lane during Season 6, you’ve seen Grasp of the Undying again, and again, and again (there’s an Ekko joke somewhere in here). We have nothing against a tank mastery being strong on tanks, but not only is the level of sustain making tanks immovable in lane, the damage turns them from CC bots to killing machines. Who are still CC bots.

This change probably won’t solve Grasp’s problems on its own, but we want to at least tone it down while we continue exploring our options.
HEALTH STEAL3% maximum health  2.5% maximum health

Spell Shields

It’s well-known that spell shields can block multiple abilities that hit at the exact same time - basically, spell shields protect you for a tiny window of time, regardless of what hits you in that moment. This window is very slightly inconsistent depending on server refresh rates. Combined with the fact that certain spells in our game (like Corki’s R - Missile Barrage) are broken into multiple sections code-side, this means that on rare occasions, some part of these ‘multi-hit’ abilities falls on the wrong side of the refresh and ‘goes through’ spell shields. We’ve refactored the window to be consistent so this shouldn’t happen anymore.
SPELL IT OUTFixed a bug where certain abilities could pop a spell shield and still take effect.

Store Visual Refresh

We’re updating the League store later this patch with a visual refresh, which should help it look more like the rest of the client. The most noticeable change is the navigation bar moving from its old spot on the left side of the store to the top.
NEW LOOKThe League store has been updated to look more like the rest of the client
STREAMLINEDThe navigation bar has fewer categories
GAMEPLAYAccess this menu for runes and boosts
ACCESSORIESWard skins, summoner icons, and Hextech chests and keys live here.
BUTTONSRP purchase, gifting, and account (name changes, server transfers) buttons can be found on the right side of the navigation bar

New Champ Select

This patch, we've got changes in to address a few straggling concerns, including the return of the See More Stats panel! (Rest in peace, See More Stats graphs.)
MISPLACED MASTERIESFixed a bug where viewing another player's masteries when a New Champion Select queue popped caused you to lose access to your own masteries
CLICK METhe ranked stats panel view in the "See More Stats" menu has returned!
EFFECTIVE ADVERTISINGThe game creation lobby now indicates which types of points can be earned through matches arranged via New Champ Select

In-Game Settings

Spellcasting defaults to Quick Cast with Range Indicators. Saved settings are unaffected.
As a reminder, Quick Cast with Range Indicators makes it so that on key press, an ability’s range indicator appears, and on key release, it fires. This setup’s proven to be the most intuitive for new players, but required multiple changes in the options menu to get to (which can be overwhelming when you’re trying to learn everything). We removed that roadblock last patch by adjusting settings defaults, anticipating new players would get the desired win while existing players wouldn’t notice since the change doesn’t modify existing account settings.

...Turns out we underestimated how frequently “Restore Defaults” is still used, especially in PC cafes, and a lot of you chalked the change up to a settings bug. So, we’re here now to explain our reasoning and confirm that this is indeed intentional.
QUICK!Quick cast is now the default setting for all ability and item hotkeys
INDICATE!Range Indicators are now enabled by default

Bugfixes

  • The burn auras for Enchantment - Cinderhulk and Sunfire Cape no longer stack
  • Zed no longer gains 20 extra attack damage when activating W - Living Shadow
  • Karthus's W - Wall of Pain properly grants vision again
  • Fixed a bug where Karthus's abilities sometimes failed to apply the slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter during Passive - Death Defied
  • Ekko's Q - Timewinder on-hit sound effects when returning have been restored
  • Chilling Smite properly dismounts Quinn during R - Behind Enemy Lines
  • Fixed a bug where Renekton's W - Ruthless Predator sometimes wasn't applying the proper number of Black Cleaver stacks
  • Rammus's Q - Powerball self-knockup no longer overrides other knockup/knockback effects (ex. Poppy ult, Alistar Headbutt)
  • The Bandit mastery no longer grants gold when enemy pets (ex. Tibbers, Elise spiderlings) die
  • Urgot's R - Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser no longer completes its swap if Urgot dies mid-channel
  • Oracle's Extract can now properly be purchased while dead on Howling Abyss
  • Unmuting the Master Volume slider no longer causes individually muted sounds to play
  • Custom R - Feast sound effects for both Battlecast and Gentleman Cho'Gath have been restored
  • Increased the volume of Meowkai's E - Sapling Catling Toss sound effects
  • Increased the volume on a few of PROJECT: Yi's movement voiceover lines
  • Restored icy wind audio for Blackfrost Anivia's Passive - Rebirth revive channel
  • Gravelord Azir no longer sometimes plays Azir's base voiceover lines
  • Jhin's Q - Dancing Grenade bounces no longer play Karma's Q - Inner Flame audio when both are in the game. Thief.
  • Arcade Hecarim's E - Devastating Charge rainbow trail and arrow effects have been restored
  • Pool Party Lulu's W - Polymorph victims now properly identify themselves as Seals in chat, rather than Cupcakes

Upcoming Skins

Infernal Diana will be released in patch 6.8 to commemorate Team Fire’s victory in the 2015 All-Star event!

Points of Interest from the 6.8 PBE

Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 6.8 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 6.8 PBE cycle and may vary slightly from what is pushed to live.

Taric Champion Update

Perhaps the most outrageous addition in 6.8 is Taric's champion update, incluiding new visuals, game play, updated skins, and more!

Taric, The Shield of Valoran

1350 IP / 585 RP

To get a feel for Taric's updated kit, here's his new champion spotlight:

Of course, here's a preview of Taric's three updated skins!

Emerald Taric

520 RP (Legacy)

Armor of the Fifth Age Taric

750 RP


Bloodstone Taric

975 RP

See our 6.8 PBE coverage for more information, including stats, ability numbers, and more!

Upcoming Champion Skins

6.8 includes a total of one new champion skin, the fiery Infernal Diana to celebrate TEAM FIRE's victory during the 2015 ALL-STAR event! As usual, no specific release dates, but we will have a full post when they become available.

Infernal Diana

1350 RP

[NOTE: For those who may have seen them during the 6.8 PBE cycle, the SKT skin set is going back into the shop for more work and the addition of SKT Azir!]

New Splash Art

This cycle includes ELEVEN brand new splash arts - base art updates for FiddlesticksKennenWarwick, Darius, EvelynnRammus and Swain, as well as new Blade Mistress Morgana, Galactic RenektonTundra Hunter Warwick, and Viscero Xin Zhao splash arts!

These are new assets, not to be confused with the splash art unification changes! Check out this post by Ququroon for additional context and clarification.

Fiddlesticks

Kennen


Warwick

Blade Mistress Morgana

[Loading Screen Slice / Old Splash]

Galactic Renekton

Viscero Xin Zhao


Global Splash Updates

Following the initial batch in 6.7 , 6.8 patches includes another batch of global splash art unification changes! In this, several older skin and champion splash arts are going to be receiving small tweaks or be replaced with versions of splash art from different regions in an effort to unify assets across all regionsSee this post for more information and continued discussion.

Here is a gallery of all the splashes changed this cycle:
                                                 
For your convenience, here is an IMGUR mirror:

Miscellaneous 

  • Both URF and Hexakill: Twisted Treeline game modes tested on the PBE this cycle as a part of the Rotating Game Mode Queue - look for them to hit live soon!

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