Patch 5.17 Notes

Posted on at 11:34 AM by Moobeat
Continue reading for the complete notes, including a look at the upcoming PROJECT skins & content, updates to the Spectator HUD, and several balance changes as we get ready for WORLDS!

Here's the full 5.17 patch notes with an introduction by Scarizard:

"Greetings, summoners. 
Welcome to Patch 5.17, the one after the Juggernaut one. We considered titling it something else, but with the incredible impact of the last update we thought it made sense to bring it up again. 
While definitely strong (hey Skarner), the landscape of 5.16 is far less apocalyptic than its contents may have predicted. All of the new items have found homes among the rank-and-file fighters, people are playing Lucian, and Renekton’s entered a civil union with Titanic Hydra. Things seem pretty OK. As promised, we’ve stuck to the lighter side of things for 5.17 - there are definitely a good number of champion changes, but that’s about all there is. With Worlds just around the corner (5.18, don’t forget!) we’re putting the finishing touches on the game-state so everything’s polished and ready for the big stage. We even have Bard buffs. 
That’s about all for us here as we dig a little deeper for the last batch of tuning and tweaking of outliers before hibernating a bit until preseason. For those of you wishing for us to hit the Mark on the various outliers running wild this patch, you won’t have to wait long - They Are Coming. 
Check out the changes below and we’ll see you next patch!"



Passive gives less Movement and Attack Speed at early levels, but scale at end-game. Passive Mana Restore down.
Skarner's still over-performing after our hotfixes in 5.16, specifically in the early game. Our last set of changes drilled on the raw effectiveness when running at you, while these are more focused to give some agency back to players looking to push him off of his Crystal Spires without eating deadly scorpion claws to the face.

Passive - Crystal Spires

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED100 at all levels  70-120 (at levels 1 to 18)
BONUS ATTACK SPEED48-150% (at levels 1 to 18)  43-160% (at levels 1 to 18)
MAXIMUM MANA RESTORE3% per second  2% per second
DON'T GET IT TWISTEDMoved the position of the jungle spires on Twisted Treeline so that their zones no longer overlap


Movement speed down. Q no longer deals additional damage beyond the first soldier.
As you’ll see throughout this patch, we’re really buckling down on narrowing strengths and weaknesses for champions, leading to more fleshed-out identities and less extraneous power overall. Azir’s a good example of extraneous power, so let’s start with him (also because he’s alphabetically first. That too).

The emperor’s great at a few things, but chief among them are the persistent zones of threat he can manipulate from long range, often deciding fights on foreign fronts from behind the safety of his line of soldiers. Instead of trading off his safety for lack of mobility or sustained damage for a lack of burst, Azir’s having his cake and eating it too. In an effort to preserve his reach and damage output, we’re going harder on establishing weaknesses, making it easier to close on him or avoid his damage without proper command of his forces.



Q - Conquering Sands

REMOVEDEnemies no longer take additional damage for being hit by soldiers beyond the first


W cost and E cooldown lowered.
It’s in Bard’s nature to roam the cosmos, but for such a unique champion it feels like he’s wandered a little too far from viability for the depth of utility he brings to the table. We’re lifting his spirits and enabling his map-wide support abilities to better reward proactive playmaking with friends. ootay~~

W - Caretaker's Shrine

COST100/105/110/115/120 mana  90 mana at all ranks

E - Magical Journey

COOLDOWN20/19/18/17/16 seconds  18/17/16/15/14 seconds


W refunds cost and cooldown upon killing units.
D-Man’s already received a hotfix for his troubles during 5.16, so we’re adding some light support and watching to see if the dunk prophecies are true.

Passive - Hemorrhage

NEWMIGHT BE A BETTER NAMEBloodrage renamed to Noxian Might

Q - Decimate

USE YOUR FLASH ATTACKFixed a bug where Summoner Spells were disabled while winding up
THIS ALREADY CHANGEDTooltip updated based on 5.16’s mid-patch update

W - Crippling Strike

NEWEFFORTLESSRefunds 100% of Crippling Strike's mana cost and 50% of its cooldown upon killing the target


Draven now tells his team how great he is. Also gets bonus stacks for neat tricks.
As Draven himself would tell you, the only real objective in League of Legends is the bottom lane - especially when he’s in it. As a marksman with exceptional snowball potential, Draven wishes you’d focus on setting him up to dominate by helping him cash in Adoration stacks and rake in millions of gold in combat stats. Now Draven’s more communicative when he’s about to break the bank; maybe he’ll stop pinging for you to come gank (probably not).

Passive - League of Draven

NEWCOME SEE HOW GOOD I LOOKUpon reaching 150 stacks, notifies Draven's team every 100 stacks (150, 250, 350, etc)
NEWALL EYES ON MENotifies Draven's team every time he cashes in on a kill of at least 150 stacks
NEW100% OF THE TIME, EVERY TIMEDraven gets 2 bonus stacks of Adoration if he kills 6 minions in a row without dropping a spinning axe


Q and W AP ratios slightly up. W active on-hit damage down. R only amps magic damage.
We’ve covered this concept a number of times here in the Patch Notes, so let’s review: cool offbuilds are neat-o, provided that you aren’t completely covering your weaknesses while doing it. We actually talked about this extensively back in 5.15’s Ekko section, if you want to go read up on that. We’ll wait.

Like Ekko before him, Fizz having the luxury of building a heavy defense and focusing his damage output through basic attacks and cooldown reduction doesn’t really play well for a champion whose balance is derived from having downtime and tension between cooldowns. Cutting some of the free power ‘Bruiser Fizz’ was coasting on while nudging AP ratios means his assassin builds shouldn’t foot the bill for the changes made to keep his fighter side in line.

Q - Urchin Strike

RATIO0.3 ability power  0.35 ability power

W - Seastone Trident

ACTIVE ON-HIT DAMAGE10/20/30/40/50 on-hit  10/15/20/25/30 on-hit
ACTIVE ON-HIT RATIO0.25 ability power  0.3 ability power

R - Chum the Waters

REMOVEDLET’S GET PHYSICALNo longer amps physical damage on Fizz's target by 20% (still amplifies magic damage)


Barrels take slightly longer to place. E's armor penetration down.
Hell-bent on revenge for his humiliation in front of Bilgewater, Gangplank’s currently taking his frustrations out on anyone unlucky to be caught by his Powder Kegs. While they can be tricky to pull off, Gangplank (in true pirate fashion) can always ‘rig’ the game in duels, using the near-instant cast time to stack multiple kegs in a small area to ensure his opponent loses an enormous chunk of health no matter which keg they try to disarm. It’s still early to understand what effect GP has on the game at large, but shaving power from his Kegs is the first step to keeping his explosive potential in check.

E - Powder Keg

COMBO BREAKERDelay between casts increased by 0.25 seconds


Buncha bugfixes and cleanup.
Juggernauts are slow and deal a lot of damage. Garen does one of those real good, not so much the slow part. We’re still looking out for what’s in store for Demacia’s Loudest, but we tossed in a few other bugfixes and general cleanup as well.

Hey, one outta two ain’t bad.



Q - Decisive Strike

DEMACIAN DEMOLITIONFixed a bug where attempting to attack the Inhibitor or Nexus with Decisive Strike active wouldn't trigger the attack

W - Courage

GLOBAL DEFENSIVEPassive bonuses now stack twice as fast on alternate maps

E - Judgment

SPIN TO THINRight-clicking on a target while spinning should now put you in closer range to your target

R - Demacian Justice

DO LESS MATHTooltip re-formatted to read ‘deals 28/33/40% of the target's missing health' rather than ‘deals 1 damage for every 3.5/3.0/2.5 of the target's missing health'


W damage down.
Gragas has been a dominating jungle force in professional play with no real signs of slowing down. In a post 5.16 world where Cinderhulk’s mid-game spike is higher and health is more ever present as a defensive stat Gragas benefits doubly, bolstering his sustain while making his high damage from Drunken Rage even more effective against front-lines and fighters that might attempt to keep him off carries. While still potent for his gank pressure and (sometimes literal) fight-turning ultimate, hitting Gragas’ damage output makes sense for our goals of increasing diversity among picks in the jungle.


THIS HELPS MORE THAN YOU’D THINKRecommended Items updated

W - Drunken Rage

MAX HEALTH DAMAGE8/9/10/11/12%  8% at all ranks


R's AP ratio lowered. Q's range lowered on initial cast.
If Janna’s about one thing, it’s disengage. Fighting tooth and nail to keep her team away from yours - frustrating though it may be - is her thing. So naturally when she starts to see ubiquitous play, even in situations and compositions where disengage isn’t even called for, we start to raise our brow a bit. Removing some of her extraneous power such as CC-chaining with quick-cast tornadoes or ulting solely for a team-heal are all about narrowing that ‘forever kiting’ identity even further. Can’t be good at everything, Janna - that’s a job for Draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaven.

Passive - Tailwind

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWSFixed a bug where Tailwind was not immediately falling off of allies moving away from Janna

Q - Howling Gale

BONUS RANGE WHILE CHARGING20% increase per second  35% increase per second

R - Monsoon

RATIO1.8 ability power over 3 seconds  1.5 ability power over 3 seconds


E cost down.
With strong endgame scaling, it makes sense that Jax’s laning should be a weakness - since taking a whack at his base stats last season however, the champ’s been a little too vulnerable when all he wants is to hit minions with his lamppost and buy a Trinity Force. We’re pretty keen to keeping Jax’s defenses tied to Counter Strike and Grandmaster’s Might, so amping the former should help big J suffer less for fighting back.

E - Counter Strike

COST70/75/80/85/90 mana  50/60/70/80/90 mana


W's passive cooldown increased and damage lowered. R's cooldown increased.
Since her addition, Kalista’s had a split-identity; she’s both one of the more independent carries in the league (thanks to her passive’s mobility and Rend’s resets) as well as one of its more team-dependent (due to her Oathsworn damage procs and Fate’s Call’s flexible engage/disengage). We’ll spare you the song-and-dance; like Fizz’s changes this patch these identities are at constant odds, changing what might be an all-or-nothing risky marksman into one that has very few weaknesses to attack no matter the stage of the game.

The below changes reflect a commitment to her ‘solo-carry’ style, making most of her ally-empowered power excessive by contrast. Lowering the extraneous power in the frequency and impact of her Oathsworn interactions open windows for opponents looking to brute force their way through the sheer skirmish and kiting power Kalista presents.

W - Sentinel

PASSIVE COOLDOWN6 seconds  10 seconds
PASSIVE DAMAGE12/14/16/18/20% of the target's maximum health 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% of the target's maximum health

R - Fate's Call

COOLDOWN90/75/60  120/90/60


W cooldown flattened.
Focused Resolve is a really powerful ability in the late-game when she has enough points into it (as well as Mantra) to hyper-scale its effectiveness, but often isn’t up enough early on for players to really feel its impact as a potent defense tool. Giving it more availability raises Karma’s stock as a peeling support, and ever so slightly bumps up her strengths as a terror to melee champions everywhere.

W - Focused Resolve

COOLDOWN16/15/14/13/12 seconds  12 seconds at all ranks


Q cost down. Has 100% effectiveness on secondary targets.
As one of the more fair champions in League of Legends, Lux was feeling a little left out to the midlane party when all these longer-range mages started showin’ up and controlling fights. Light Binding’s really aligned with what Lux is looking to do (that is, catch opponents off guard and blast them into the next season), so we’re upping the rewards for being successful, as well as enabling her to ‘fish’ with it more as a way to keep opponents on their toes.

Q - Light Binding

COST50/60/70/80/90 mana  50/55/60/65/70 mana
NEWTHE LIGHT SHALL BURN YOULight Binding deals 100% of its damage and root to the secondary target as well


R cooldown up.
The metagame may shift, flavors may come and go, but no matter what the landscape Maokai’s remained the go-to professional toplaner for over a season. Able to peel or dive the backlines flexibly, much of Maokai’s dominance is owed to the consistency of Vengeful Maelstrom. A fight turner in its own right, the sheer uptime of the ultimate means Maokai’s always ready to scrap, leaving little room for opponents to make a move. Upping the cooldown means he’ll still have a high uptime relative to other ultimates, but teams that skirmish and disengage rapidly have more opportunity to catch him with his shields down.

R - Vengeful Maelstrom

COOLDOWN40/30/20 seconds  60/50/40 seconds

Master Yi

true bug fixin'


WUJU LIKE TO DANCE?Dance now scales with movespeed

Q - Alpha Strike

BUGFIXFixed a bug where Double Strike and Devourer's Phantom Hit wouldn't reduce Alpha Strike's cooldown


With worlds just around the corner and teams getting better at the ever-evolving vision game, we figured there’s no better time to introduce a little darkness into the mix. Nocturne’s pretty compelling for the average jungler looking to climb, but for the professional scene struggles to break through due to the predictability of his ganks. Reverting our restriction on how far he can rocket forth and murder-torpedo your backline should give teams at all levels of play more reason to embrace the darkness.

Shout-outs to those who say we never revert anything. This one’s for y’all.

R - Paranoia

RANGE2000/2750/3500  2500/3250/4000


Base attack speed up
Back in preseason (4.21, to be exact), we drastically lowered Pantheon’s attack speed as a reaction to his extreme effectiveness within the new jungle. A lot of the things that put him overboard (Warrior Enchant, Stalker’s Blade, Blocking Dragon’s basic attacks) have either been tuned down or removed entirely, so it made sense to dial back the numbers.




Passive no longer provides bonus Fury.
Ever the professional staple, Rek’Sai is a character who feels desynced in terms of strength. What she provides to a team (unparalleled scouting, vision control and global mobility) are far harder to feel than gnawing your face off, giving her the nod over other junglers time and time again. Another powerful-yet-invisible mechanic is her passive’s bonus fury, giving her an edge in combat for repeatedly going underground - something that already rewards her with a fair bit of speed and CC as-is. We’re interested in finding ways to shift power around to make Rek’Sai feel more visceral, but for the moment pulling this makes her less powerful when it comes to skirmishing again and again where she’s already way ahead of the pack.

Passive - Fury of the Xer'Sai

REMOVEDHATH NO FURYNo longer grants 15 bonus Fury on Rek'Sai's first strike within 5 seconds of burrowing


Q heals less.
We’ll shoot straight - we dig Shen’s strategic use as a global protector for your glass cannons or when teams utilize a ‘Shen-delivery system’ for reliable engage, but prefer to see him far less when he’s just ‘that immovable brick that happens to have a teleport’. He’ll scale just as well, but punching a hole into his basic sustain should give him less of a free pass in toplane.

Q - Vorpal Blade

BASE HEALTH PER SECOND2/3.3/4.7/6/7.3  1/2/3/4/5

Tahm Kench

Passive duration up. Range of spitting enemies is up.
Tahmas Kench has become a regular patron of the patch notes, and just like his previous visits we’re focusing more on appetizers than full-course meals. Tahm’s a weird one, we won’t lie - he sees niche use among a variety of roles at all levels of play (TK Jungle’s slowly becoming A Thing), but hasn’t hit a widely-adopted position or stable level of strength for us to deny him his cravings. We’re always watching Tahm to see how he continues to play out on the world stage, but for now we’re tossing him some cleanup to help him stay on his feet.

Passive - An Acquired Taste

DURATION ON BASIC ATTACKS5 seconds  7 seconds (Now matches duration of stacks applied from Tongue Lash)

W - Devour



Passive cooldown lowered at earlier ranks
Straight up - we’re playing it safe with Vi this round (due to how volatile the champion can be to balance), but we’re normalizing Blast Shield to be less dependent on specific break-points and more about level advantages. Basically, Vi should be rewarded more for having a good early-game with better ability to scrap folks (and mitigate jungle damage) so she can worry less about asking questions and more about throat-punching midlaners. Follow your dreams, Vi.

Passive - Blast Shield

COOLDOWN18/13/8 seconds (at levels 1/7/12) 18/17/16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/8/8/8/8/8/8 seconds

Script Refactors


Just like last patch, we’ve got the second round of Azir re-scripting and bugfixing. If you want more context on what that’s all about, you can read up on it in his section from 5.16 here.

W - Arise!

SANDLUSTAzir's Sand Soldiers now work with Sated Devourer
BACK IN FORMATIONFixed a bug where multiple desynced soldiers could deal full damage

R - Emperor's Divide

I DIDN’T MEAN TO PUSH YOU AWAYFixed a bug where units would be knocked back too far


The unseen spaghetti code is the deadliest.
Just like Azir and Syndra before him, Zed’s script complexity was high enough we took him on as a refactoring project to clean up some of the issues with his code.

Q - Razor Shuriken

UNSEEN BUT NOT DEADLYFixed a bug where Razor Shuriken sometimes failed to launch if cast shortly after Living Shadow

W - Living Shadow

SHADOW MAGICFixed a bug where casting Razor Shuriken before Living Shadow would allow the shuriken to be cast from the shadow

R - Death Mark

HE SAW THE LIGHTFixed a bug where Zed couldn't swap to his shadow after reviving from Guardian Angel
IMAGINARY NINJAFixed a bug where Death Mark would sometimes spawn a shadow for the rest of the game

HUD updates

New features! Bugfixes! Spectator is pretty!

Spectator HUD

  • The spectator HUD has been reskinned to match the new in-game HUD!

New features & updates

  • Ability costs can now be displayed in the upper righthand corner of ability icons (via "Show Spell Costs" under the Interface tab of the options menu)
  • Added health and resource bar animations when "Show HUD Animations" is enabled (under Interface)
  • Restored the custom level-up icons for Viktor's Augment and Kha'Zix's Evolve mechanics
  • The surrender vote box is now much smaller and slightly transparent
  • Ability icons now briefly flash when their cooldown is reduced by another effect


  • The chatbox's position no longer resets between games
  • The "?" scoreboard MIA indicator no longer covers respawn timers
  • Fixed a spectator bug which prevented the "C" menu from displaying
  • Champion passive icons now properly 'gray out' when on cooldown

Landing Page Articles

For real this time.
We mentioned a while back that we were going to make a change to the landing page to allow you to read news articles in-client instead of being linked out to your web browser. A few unexpected rounds of guerrilla bug warfare later and we're almost ready to flip the switch! Expect this quality-of-life improvement the week after 5.17's launch. That's technically also still in the days following our initial announcement, right?


  • Fixed a bug where Zeke’s Harbinger was granting +250 health
  • Skarner’s tooltips updated based on 5.16’s mid-patch update
  • Skarner no longer gains Crystal Charge if his target blocks R - Impale or the mark proc ofE - Fracture with a spell shield
  • Champion ghosts created by Mordekaiser's R - Children of the Grave now properly inherit Morde's champion level for the purposes of per-level scaling
  • Olaf now properly ignores the knockback from Syndra's E - Scatter the Weak while under the effects of R - Ragnarok
  • Sion's Q - Decimating Smash knockup animation has been extended to match the actual duration of the effect
  • Nocturne's E - Unspeakable Horror tether no longer persists through the revive animation of Guardian Angel or Zilean's R - Chronoshift
  • Fixed a bug where the item shop Smite requirement for Jungle items was erased after disconnecting, allowing invalid purchases which resulted in a loss of gold but no item
  • Fixed a few animation issues that sometimes occurred when Dragon lost or switched targets
  • Bioforge Darius's shoulder tubes once again light up when casting Q - Decimate
  • Woad King Darius now always plays an autoattack animation for W - Crippling Strike
  • Readded a missing layer of water VFX for Atlantean Syndra's E - Scatter the Weak

Upcoming Skins

The PROJECT skins will be released during patch 5.17!

Points of Interest from the 5.17 PBE

Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 5.17 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 5.17 PBE cycle and may vary from what is pushed to live.

Upcoming Champion Skins

Patch 5.17 is set to include FIVE new champion skins - PROJECT: Yi ,  PROJECT: Fiora,  PROJECT: Leona,  PROJECT: Lucian,  and  PROJECT: Zed!  Based on the FIRST STRIKE PBE post, these skins will be released on September 8th.


1820 RP


1350 RP


1350 RP


1350 RP


1350 RP

Additional screenshots of each of these PROJECT skins can be found in the 5.17  PBE roundup! 

New Ward Skin

To go with the new PROJECT skins we have a new Optic Enhancer Ward skin!

Optic Enhancer Ward

640 RP

New Summoner Icons

We also have several new summoner icons included in 5.17, including a PROJECT icon and an icon for each of the five new PROJECT skins. As far as we know, these will be available for RP in the shop.

HUD Updates

Next up we have the several HUD Updates mentioned above - including a new "Show Spell Costs" option, updates to Evolution/Augment on the UI, and a Spectator Mode HUD update!

New option to "Show Spell Costs" has been added to the options menu! As the name implies, enabling this option puts the individual ability resource costs on the HUD.

Kha'Zix's Evolution and Viktor's Augment UI elements have also been updated to include the spell icons instead of just looking like the arrow of a normal spell rank up.

The HUD health / mana bar animations are also back.

Last up, the Spectator Mode HUD has been updated to match the recent in-game HUD update!

"They Are Coming" teaser.

As seen on the PBE, a new "They Are Coming" teaser has been added to the game. While we still don't know exactly what this is for, the assumption is it is a teaser for the next champion(s?) in the same vein as the mysterious teases Tahm Kench and Bard prior to their releases.

Here's a few screen shots and a video preview of "They Are Coming" in action, which makes a dual colored swirl appear momentarily above a champions head.
 While we haven't figured out exactly how to trigger it, here's a few observations from the PBE.
  • It seems to be random and It will NOT happen for you every game.
  • The symbol seems to show up around 15-25 seconds in.
  • Seems to work with every champion 


With the release of the five PROJECT skins, there will be a special FIRST STRIKE promotion and, for the next two patches, PROJECT Sync features!

FIRST STRIKE promotion details:

  • Week 2 (September  17th - 24th)
    • The four 1350 skins go on sale for 975 RP but no longer include the loading screen decoration. PROJECT : Yi, as a legendary skin, does not go on sale.

After that the skins will all be priced normally and no special load screen cards will be handed out.

PROJECT Sync details:

During patch 5.17 & 5.18, we'll also have a PROJECT: Sync special feature that triggers custom spawn effects and PROJECT themed minions based on the number of PROJECT skins on a team!
"Here's how it works:
  • Optic Enhancer ward skin = 1 Sync Point 
  • Each PROJECT skin = 2 Sync Points 
If you start a game with 2 Sync Points, your team unlocks custom PROJECT spawn effects. 
With 4 Sync Points, your team unlocks melee PROJECT minions as well as caster PROJECT minions. 
With 6 Sync Points, you’ll unlock cannon PROJECT minions and super PROJECT minions."
More details on these two promotions can be found here.


  • To go along with the upcoming PROJECT skins, we have a PROJECT: Yi login theme!

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