Patch 6.9 Notes

Posted on at 10:59 AM by Moobeat

Patch 6.9 is on the way and the official patch notes have been posted!
Continue reading for the complete notes, including a massive set of mage changes, info on the new elemental and elder dragons, itemization changes, and much more!

Here's the full 6.9 patch notes with an introduction from Scarizard:
Greetings, summoners.

Welcome to patch 6.9, the one where it's Midseason. You may notice the sweet new layout (if you're reading this in the patcher, we recommend heading to the web) - that's because this ain't your ordinary run-of-the-mill patch!

Midseason is a time for us to reflect on what parts of Preseason worked and what didn't, and take large strides to keep League fresh. We identified two areas of improvement for Midseason: adding cohesion to the mage class, and shaking up the strategy surrounding objectives. Let's dive in.

While thematically strong (who doesn't like casting spells?), mages have historically lacked a cohesive identity beyond 'damage that's magic.' Some are long-ranged, some are short-ranged, some are Fiddlesticks, you get the idea. A lack of clear expectations combined with the sheer size of the class means there's a lot of redundancy across the mage roster. In the end, this puts mages in a spot where the answer to 'who should I play?' is always 'whoever's numerically strongest'.

That's a lot of rhetoric in one paragraph, but you get the idea. Like marksmen and juggernauts before them, mages are getting a class-wide update, drawing out their individual strengths and cranking them up to 11. If your favorite spellslinger didn't get directly changed, never fear - mage items have also been recalibrated to enable more diverse playstyles. Time will tell how impactful the changes are, but one thing's for sure: it's a good patch for folks that love ability power.

Circling back, let's talk objectives. Current balance between mapwide objectives is pretty off-kilter, with turrets taking the lion's share of strategic value. Our goal with Midseason isn't just to spiffy up the jungle bosses and buffs, but to make contesting them a viable option when weighed against sieging or defending an turret. By diversifying the rewards on the map, we create an environment where teams constantly re-evaluate the importance of objectives as the game progresses. Between controlling, contesting, and trading, there's a lot to take (and a lot to take in), but adaptation is key to coming out on top.

And that's all we have for today! Be sure to to check out the whole thing (it's a doozy) and we'll see you on the other side, Proto-Belting forward recklessly and drinking in the chaos. It's times like these where experimentation is best rewarded - just remember to credit us if Jungle Syndra really takes off.

Good luck, have fun.
 Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough Paul "Aether" Perscheid Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman

Major Mage Updates


Kicking off the Mage update, Vladimir’s changes are all about embracing his love of sustain and pushing it to the extreme. While Vlad’s high-stakes health management is compelling, his lack of windows for interaction (don’t be in range of Q) leaves opponents far less enthused. This is where many of Vlad’s balancing issues stem from. If Vlad’s too strong, he stat-checks you out of the lane, nullifying your aggression and healing it all right back. Following the same vein, a weak Vlad does most of the opponent’s job for them - damaging himself constantly while desperately trying to scale into the lategame.

Enter Midseason. To support Vladimir’s eccentric tastes, we’re looking to inject more interaction into the Crimson Reaper’s rotation. Vladimir’s swings are much more dramatic - larger health costs yield greater damage and healing, but also greater risk. Timing’s more important for Vlad as well: Crimson Rush’s cadence means Transfusion’s persistent threat goes down, while Tides of Blood’s new positional requirement can make or break a close-quarters encounter. We’re all for enabling Vlad’s indulgent, drain-tanking fantasy - provided he can survive long enough for his second wind to start the sustain train all over again.


ICONSVladimir has all-new ability icons

Passive - Crimson Pact

BONUS HEALTH TO ABILITY POWERGain 1 ability power per 40 bonus health 25 bonus health
ABILITY POWER TO BONUS HEALTHGain 1.4 bonus health  1 bonus health per 1 ability power

Q - Transfusion

COOLDOWN10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds  9/8/7/6/5 seconds
DAMAGE90/125/160/195/230  80/100/120/140/160
DAMAGE RATIO0.6 ability power  0.45 ability power
HEALING15/25/35/45/55 (unchanged)
HEALING RATIO0.25 ability power  0.15 ability power
NEWCRIMSON RUSHAfter casting Transfusion twice, Vladimir gainsCrimson Rush once Transfusion comes off cooldown. While under the effects of Crimson Rush, Vladimir gains a short burst of speed and his next Transfusion within a short period of time deals double damage and heals for a portion of his missing health.
CRIMSON RUSH HEALING BONUS40-240 (at levels 1-18) plus 1% missing health per 40 ability power

W - Sanguine Pool

DAMAGE RATIO0.15 bonus health  0.10 bonus health

UPDATEDE - Tides of Blood

Vladimir charges up a reservoir of blood, paying a portion of his maximum health over 1 second to increase Tides of Blood’s damage. On release (or after 1.5 seconds), Vladimir unleashes a nova of blood missiles, dealing damage to the first enemy hit in a large area around him.
COST2.5% - 10% maximum health (based on charge duration)
COOLDOWN9/8/7/6/5 seconds
DAMAGE30/40/50/60/70 - 60/80/100/120/140 (based on charge duration)
RATIO(1 per 40 maximum health)+(0.35 ability power) - (1 per 10 maximum health)+(0.7 ability power) based on charge duration
HEAVYAt full charge, Vladimir is slowed while holding Tides of Blood. Fully charged Tides of Blood slows enemies hit by 40% for 0.5 seconds.

R - Hemoplague

DURATION5 seconds  4 seconds
DAMAGE AMPLIFICATION12% increased damage from all sources  10% increased damage from all sources
NEWHEALOPLAGUEUpon detonation, Hemoplague heals Vladimir for each enemy hit.
NEWBASE HEAL75/125/175 per target
NEWHEAL RATIO0.35 ability power per target


Malzahar faces a constant dilemma: never use his abilities in lane or push constantly. This playstyle causes Malzahar to be very binary and non interactive; either he has enough AP to drop his spells on a wave and leave lane or he slowly pushes out, leaving him exposed to constant ganks. As well, the nature of his ultimate - cancelable by any CC - makes Malzahar’s power curve binary by necessity: you either stop his channel or somebody dies.

In both cases, what Malzahar needs is leeway; a brief window of protection. Adding that window allows us to dial back on Malzahar’s burst and wave clear while giving him more sustained threat in a larger fight. Malz’s actions shouldn’t feel inevitable, but at least he’ll feel less bad about trying to make plays.

He’ll still be the consistently damaging voidling master, but he should feel better about brawling near the frontlines when he brings more sustained cooldowns and a little bit of protection.


SPLASHMalzahar’s splash art has been updated
TEXTURESMalzahar’s base textures have been updated
ICONSMalzahar has all-new ability icons

UPDATEDPassive - Void Shift

Malzahar skirts the line between dimensions, activating Void Shift after avoiding direct damage for a period of time. During Void Shift, Malzahar takes heavily reduced damage and is immune to crowd control. Malzahar loses Void Shift 1 second after taking damage from a non-minion source or blocking a crowd control effect.
VOID SHIFT COOLDOWN23-6 seconds after taking direct damage (at levels 1-18)

Q - Call of the Void

COST80/85/90/95/100 mana  60 mana
COOLDOWN9 seconds  6 seconds
DAMAGE80/135/190/245/300  70/110/150/190/230
RATIO0.8 ability power  0.7 ability power
CAST TIME0.25 seconds  0.5 seconds

UPDATEDW - Void Swarm

Summons a Voidling. The first time a Voidling attacks a champion, large monster, or epic monster, or assists in killing a unit, Malzahar spawns a new Voidling with the same remaining duration. When 3 or more Voidlings are active, they each gain 50% attack speed.
COST60 mana
COOLDOWN20/19/18/17/16 seconds
VOIDLING DAMAGE RATIO0.3/0.325/0.35/0.375/0.4 total attack damage + 0.1 ability power
MINION HATEVoidlings deal triple damage to lane minions below 25% health
MONSTER SYMPATHYVoidlings deal 75% damage to monsters
LOCKED OUTAdditional Voidlings won’t spawn if the current Voidling has less than 4 seconds of duration left.
TARGETINGVoidlings prefer to attack targets afflicted by Malefic Visions or Nether Grasp, gaining 100% movement speed when moving toward them
REMOVEDTHINK FOR YOURSELVES!Voidlings no longer prefer to attack champions that Malzahar has basic attacked

E - Malefic Visions

COST60/75/90/105/120 mana  60/70/80/90/100 mana
DAMAGE80/140/200/260/320  80/115/150/185/220
RATIO0.8 ability power  0.7 ability power
MANA REFUND ON AFFLICTED KILL10/14/18/22/26 mana  2% maximum mana
KEEP WATCHINGIf an afflicted enemy is hit by Call of the Void or Nether Grasp, Malefic Visions’ duration is refreshed.

R - Nether Grasp

Malzahar suppresses a target champion for 2.5 seconds and creates a zone of negative energy around them that deals damage to all enemies inside for the duration.
DAMAGE250/360/440  6/8/10% maximum health per second to all targets in the Null Zone
RATIO1.3 ability power  1.5% of the target’s maximum health per 100 ability power, per second
REMOVEDCAST TIME0.25 seconds  Removed


True to her half-snake nature, Cassiopeia bears twin identities of “poison mage” and “lightning-fast viper strikes.” However, the high-input gameplay of Twin Fang has left Cassiopeia wanting for greater impact in her poisons, instead viewing them as a gating condition for her combo damage.

Rather than giving her more damaging poisons (Singed has that market cornered), we’ve sharpened Cassiopeia’s poison fantasy by linking Miasma to another snake fantasy: immobilization. The new Miasma lets Cassiopeia weaponize her own immobility by bringing opponents to her level. By limiting the ability of champions to leave her kill zone, Cassiopeia dictates the ranges of an engagement, keeping foes at a distance where she can wail on them safely. Should her opponents play around Miasma, however, Cassiopeia loses that control and faces swift punishment from the champions she sought to keep at bay.


SMALL SCALE ADJUSTMENTSSeveral of Cassiopeia’s other base stats have been slightly adjusted
ICONSCassiopeia has all-new ability icons

UPDATEDPassive - Serpentine Grace

SNAKES DON’T NEED BOOTSCassiopeia gains 4 movement speed per level. Cassiopeia cannot purchase Boots items.

Q - Noxious Blast

COST40/50/60/70/80 mana  60/65/70/75/80 mana
COOLDOWN4 seconds  3.5 seconds
DAMAGE75/115/155/195/235  75/120/165/210/255
RATIO0.45 ability power  0.7 ability power
CAST RANGE850  750
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED ON HIT20%  30/35/40/45/50%, decaying over the duration


Cassiopeia spews venom in an arc in front of her, leaving toxic clouds for a few seconds. Enemies in the cloud are continually poisoned, slowing and Groundingthem, prohibiting the use of movement abilities.
COST70 mana
COOLDOWN22/20/18/16/14 seconds
DURATION5 seconds
DAMAGE20/35/50/65/80 per second
RATIO0.15 ability power per second
SLOW40/50/60/70/80%, decaying over the duration

E - Twin Fang

COST50/60/70/80/90 mana  60/65/70/75/80 mana
COOLDOWN5 seconds  0.9 seconds
DAMAGE55/80/105/130/155  52-120 (at levels 1-18)
RATIO0.55 ability power  0.1 ability power
REMOVEDCOOLDOWN RESETNo longer reduces the cooldown to 0.5 seconds upon hitting a poisoned target
REMOVEDMANA POSITIVENo longer refunds an additional 1.5% of Cassiopeia’s maximum mana on kill (still refunds 100% of the cost)
NEWSNAKE BITEIf the target is Poisoned, Twin Fang deals an additional 10/40/70/100/130 (+0.35 ability power) damage
NEWHEALIf the target is Poisoned, Twin Fang also heals Cassiopeia for 5/10/15/20/25
HEAL RATIO0.1 ability power

R - Petrifying Gaze

COOLDOWN120/110/100 seconds  120/100/80 seconds
SLOW60% on targets facing away  40% on targets facing away


Zyra’s function as a zone-controlling plant mage has always been clear, but Midseason presented an opportunity to really let her playstyle bloom. Zyra’s plants are key to this zone-controlling strategy, but Rampant Growth’s seed-dispensing limitations have always left her wanting more. Zyra’s fantasy promises a sprawling landscape of minions to grow and do her bidding, but ends up as ‘grow two plants on a moderate cooldown that die pretty easily’.

Now, Zyra doesn’t just plant a garden - she is the garden. Cultivating the ‘Rise of the Thorns’ into more than just a title, Zyra’s becoming a walking zone of threat, deploying seeds that grow into explosive teamfight potential the longer she’s in an area. Combining Stranglethorns’ plant-enhancing frenzy with more plants than ever before, Zyra’s reclaiming her strategic identity as the disengage pick, making would-be divers heed the warning to keep off the grass.


TEXTURESZyra’s base textures have been updated
ICONSZyra has all-new ability icons

UPDATEDPassive - Garden of Thorns

Seeds spawn around Zyra periodically, becoming faster with level. If an enemy champion steps on a seed, it dies. If Zyra is hiding in brush, seeds will not spawn until she reveals herself. Casting Deadly Spines or Grasping Roots near seeds causes them to grow into PlantsPlants of the same type deal 50% less damage against the same target.
PLANT DAMAGE23-140 (at levels 1-18)  19-127 (at levels 1-18)
PLANT RATIO0.2 ability power  0.15 ability power
SIGHTLESS SEEDSUnlike seeds spawned by Rampant Growth, seeds spawned by Garden of Thorns grant no vision passively or when stepped on

Q - Deadly Spines

NAMEDeadly Bloom  Deadly Spines
COST75 mana  60 mana
DAMAGE70/105/140/175/210  60/90/120/150/180
RATIO0.65 ability power  0.55 ability power
NEWPLANTER BOXSize increased; now grows in a rectangle instead of a circle
NEWOVERGROWTHGrows plants slightly outside of the damage area (like Grasping Roots)

W - Rampant Growth

W SEED LIFETIME30 seconds  60 seconds
REMOVEDCOOLDOWN REDUCTIONNo longer grants cooldown reduction

R - Stranglethorns

REMOVEDPLANT FRENZYNo longer grants 50% attack speed to Plants
NEWPLANT IMPACTPlants enraged by Stranglethorns deal 50% bonus damage


Brand's always been the guy who sets the world on fire with area damage and percent-health burns. Unfortunately for him, the proliferation of the percent-health mechanic in other spaces has robbed him of half of that identity. Even among mages, the Rylai's/Liandry's combo allows other champions to fill the same niche. This leaves Brand as a pretty generic source of damage, meaning he’s only picked when overtuned, rather than for any strategic purpose.

We're updating Blaze to cement Brand's status as the go-to battle mage for AoE damage. No one punishes a team for clumping together like Brand: the new Blaze creates a volatile chain reaction as detonations stack Blaze onto all enemies caught in the blast, hastening their own detonations for even more explosive damage. Toss in a markedly more sadistic targeting system for Pyroclasm, and Brand becomes a true living inferno.


ICONSBrand has all-new ability icons

UPDATEDPassive - Blaze

NEWYOU DROP THE BOMB ON MEBlaze stacks up to three times. Upon reaching maximum stacks, Blaze detonates in a large area around the target.
BLAZE DAMAGE8% of the target’s maximum health over 4 seconds  2% of the target’s maximum health over 4 seconds per stack
DETONATION DAMAGE12-16% of the target’s maximum health (at levels 1-9)
DETONATION RATIO+1.5% of the target’s maximum health per 100 ability power
WET FUSEBrand can’t stack Blaze on targets who have exploded in the past 4 seconds

Q - Sear

DAMAGE80/120/160/200/240  80/110/140/170/200
RATIO0.65  0.55
STUN DURATION2 seconds  1.5 seconds

W - Pillar of Flame

COOLDOWN10 seconds  10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds
COST70/80/90/100/110 mana  60/70/80/90/100 mana

E - Conflagration

DAMAGE70/105/140/175/210  70/90/110/130/150
RATIO0.55 ability power  0.35 ability power
COOLDOWN12/11/10/9/8 seconds  10/9/8/7/6 seconds

R - Pyroclasm

DAMAGE150/250/350  100/200/300
RATIO0.5 ability power  0.25 ability power
NEWHEATING UPNow prioritizes detonating Blaze on champions. This means that Pyroclasm now prioritizes champions by default and prefers targets with 2, 1, and 0 stacks (rather than 3) in an attempt to trigger a detonation.
BLAZE BONUSBriefly slows enemies for 30/45/60%


Vel'Koz has some cool things going for him - his research-and-destroy thematic, the combo playstyle of his passive, and his giant face laser to name a few. Problem is, there's no direction to these aspects. It makes little difference how or in what order Vel'Koz uses his abilities, so long as he hits them all to maximize his passive procs. Repeated bursts of true damage are good in any situation, so where does Vel’Koz shine?

While some of our other mage updates overhaul the tools that define them, we're surgically adjusting Vel’Koz’s existing kit to accentuate his identity. Namely, Life Form Disintegration Ray's interaction with Organic Deconstruction has changed. Instead of quickly stacking his passive against anything in its path, Vel'Koz's laser now requires him to do his research first, paying off the investment with massive amounts of true damage. Where Organic Deconstruction stings, Disintegration Ray burns, making Vel'Koz is the artillery mage to pick when you need to melt through beefy tanks and fighters.

Passive - Organic Deconstruction

DAMAGE35 - 205 (at levels 1-18)  33 - 169 (at levels 1-18)
NEWRATIONow additionally scales with 0.4 ability power

Q - Plasma Fission

NEWMANA POSITIVERefunds 50% of its mana cost for each unit killed by Plasma Fission (up to a max of 150%)

W - Void Rift

FIRST HIT RATIO0.25 ability power  0.15 ability power
SECOND HIT RATIO0.375 ability power  0.25 ability power

E - Tectonic Disruption

RATIO0.5 ability power  0.3 ability power

R - Life Form Disintegration Ray

NEWRESEARCH AND DESTROYDeconstructed champions becomeResearched for the next 7 seconds (refreshed by basic attacks and abilities). Life Form Disintegration Ray deals true damage to Researched targets instead of magic damage.
REMOVEDSTACKBOTNo longer applies stacks of Organic Deconstruction
DAMAGE500/700/900  500/725/950
RATIO0.6 ability power  1.0 ability power
COOLDOWN130/110/90 seconds  120/110/80 seconds

Minor Mage Updates


One of our oldest champions, Anivia’s always been a power-pick for those willing to weather the storm of her steep mastery curve. While her strategic identity as a counter to heavy sieging is already strong, we saw an opportunity with Midseason to sharpen her traits as a disruptor even further. By focusing power into her already-potent CC, Anivia cements herself as a centerpiece for teams looking to seize control of the battlefield’s neutral ground.



Q - Flash Frost

DAMAGE60/90/120/150/180  60/85/110/135/160
RATIO0.5 ability power  0.4 ability power
STUN DURATION1 second  1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5 seconds
SLOW20%  20/30/40% (scaling with rank of R - Glacial Storm)

E - Frostbite

CAST RANGE650, measured from Anivia’s hitbox center to her opponent’s 600, measured from Anivia’s hitbox edge to her opponent’s (overall range buff of ~35)

R - Glacial Storm

CAST RANGE625  685
RADIUS400  150
SLOW20% at all ranks  20/30/40%
REMOVEDATTACK SPEED SLOWNo longer slows attack speed
NEWGLACIAL EXPANSIONNow expands to a radius of 400 over 3 seconds
NEWFINAL FORMAt maximum size, Glacial Storm’s damage, chill duration and slow are increased by 50%


Annie's simplicity as one of League’s original 40 belies a surprising amount of depth, but there are a few areas where her gameplay simply needs to be brought up to modern standards. The first is the lack of clarity around her stun. A skilled Annie learns to bypass Pyromania's indicator by sitting on three stacks, then burning Molten Shield to proc Pyromania as she throws out a near-instant stun. While this lends some degree of mastery to Annie's kit, it means a significant chunk of her power has been tied to outplaying the UI. Pyromania is now tracked on a resource bar and we’re moving that power elsewhere -- more on that later.

The other half of Pyromania’s problem is actually Molten Shield, whose outdated design doesn’t offer enough for Annie to value it as anything other than a cheap Pyromania stack. Molten Shield is being modernized to a shorter, situationally powerful tool with clearer anti-burst uses against the likes of Zed ult, giving Annie a reason to feel good about it.

Returning to the question of how we’re compensating Annie for losing her invisible stun, that power is being reallocated to Tibbers, the most unrealized aspect of Annie's fantasy as pyro girl with giant bear guardian. For being such an integral part of Annie’s character, Tibbers serves little purpose outside of a safer AoE spell than Incinerate for a flash-stun combo. We're putting some fury into Tibbers’ bear swipes and smartening up his AI to make him a persistent threat until killed, befitting his status as the infernal familiar Annie's always deserved.

Passive - Pyromania

LET’S COUNT TO FIVEPyromania stacks are now displayed under Annie’s health bar (similar to Jhin’s bullets)

W - Incinerate

RANGE560  625
HEAT WAVEFixed a bug where units would be hit if they had escaped the area after the cast

E - Molten Shield

DURATION5 seconds  2.5 seconds
DAMAGE ON BEING BASIC ATTACKED20/30/40/50/60  30/45/60/75/90
DAMAGE RETURN RATIO0.2 ability power  0.3 ability power
REMOVEDRESISTANCESNo longer gives 10/20/30/40/50 armor and magic resist
NEWDAMAGE REDUCTIONNow gives 16/22/28/34/40% damage reduction for the duration
REMOVEDSPEED BEARNo longer speeds up Tibbers

R - Summon: Tibbers

DAMAGE175/300/425  150/275/400
RATIO0.8 ability power  0.65 ability power
AURA DAMAGE20/30/40  10/15/20
AURA RATIO0.2 ability power  0.1 ability power
TIBBERS ATTACK DAMAGE80/105/130  50/75/100
PRESENCE OF MINDTibbers’ AI has been improved to better follow Annie’s commands and reduce cases where he suddenly stops doing anything
NEWFOLLOW MEAnnie can command Tibbers to follow her by selecting herself as Tibbers’ target
NEWKEEP UPWhile out of combat for at least 5 seconds, Tibbers gains movement speed when moving toward Annie and regenerates 6.0% of his maximum health every second
BEARROIDSTibbers enrages on summon, ignoring unit collision and gaining 275% bonus attack speed and 100% bonus movement speed (decaying over 3 seconds)
BURNING RAGEUsing Pyromania on an enemy champion also causes Tibbers to enrage
BEAR VENGEANCEIf Annie dies while Tibbers is summoned, Tibbers instantly regenerates 50% of his missing health, enrages, and targets Annie’s killer. If Annie’s killer is too far away, Tibbers will focus the lowest health champion instead.


Fiddlesticks is a special type of immobile: he actually has to stand still to use some of his abilities, leaving him slow to respond when team fights move away from him. By giving him the tools to go with the flow as the fight moves around, we’re sharpening his role as an explosive fight-starter, surprise party enthusiast, and spooky scary... scarecrow. This also gives us room to dial back on some of the more binary parts of Fiddle’s kit, like his long-ranged fear or his permadrain. The result is a more interactive Fiddlesticks who’s better able to position himself to make plays.

UPDATEDPassive - Dread

SCARECROWFiddlesticks gains Dread after not moving for 1.5 seconds. Immobilizing crowd control resets this timer. If Fiddlesticks has Dread, moving causes him to gain bonus movement speed.
DURATION1.5 seconds
MOVEMENT SPEED25/30/35/40% (at levels 1/6/11/16)

Q - Terrify

RANGE575  525

W - Drain

COOLDOWN10/9/8/7/6 seconds  4/3.75/3.5/3.25/3 seconds
DRAINEDCooldown now begins at the end of Drain’s channel

E - Dark Wind

TARGETINGNow prioritizes Drain targets

R - Crowstorm

CLOSE ENOUGHWill cast at maximum range if cast out of range
STAND HERE FOR DEATHNow uses the ‘On My Way!’ Ping


Kennen's niche of "dive the enemy team and stun kids" is well-defined, but the randomness of who his ult zaps means his teamfighting impact is often left up to chance. Sometimes Slicing Maelstrom focus-fires a priority target on the far edge of its range, other times it ignores the squishy that Kennen’s right beside as they saunter off to safety. This can be just as frustrating for Kennen’s opponents; it all depends on who draws the short straw. We’re removing Slicing Maelstrom’s randomness to make it more consistent for both sides: Kennen will always stun enemies he’s allowed to stay close to, so it’s never a waste of resources to peel him off your backline.

On a separate note, we cleaned up a few weird numbers in Kennen’s other abilities. Notably, Electrical Surge’s range was overly generous, so we’re trimming it to keep Kennen in harm’s way if he wants to jolt his enemies.


ICONSKennen’s icons have been updated!

Passive - Mark of the Storm

MARK DURATION6.25 seconds  6 seconds
FIRST STUN DURATION1.25 seconds (unchanged)
REDUCED EFFECT WINDOW7 seconds after last stun  6 seconds after last stun
ADDITIONAL STUNS0.6 seconds  0.5 seconds

Q - Thundering Shuriken

COST65/60/55/50/45 energy  60/55/50/45/40 energy

W - Electrical Surge

COST45 energy  40 energy
RANGE800  750

R - Slicing Maelstrom

LIGHTNING RODSlicing Maelstrom is no longer limited to striking the same target three times per cast, but only the first three strikes on a target will apply Mark of the Storm
DAMAGE80/145/210 (+0.4 ability power) per bolt (unchanged)
NEWDAMAGE FALLOFF25% per bolt (50% minimum damage)
DURATION3/4/5 seconds  3 seconds at all ranks
TICK RATE0.25 seconds  0.5 seconds
MAX DAMAGE PER TARGET240/435/630 (+1.2 ability power) 300/544/788 (+1.5 ability power)
EMPEach tick now strikes every target in the area, including minions and monsters


Despite his title, Swain’s largely failed to live up to his promise of a master tactician. Instead, Swain mains have come to embrace him as an unkillable teamfight-tanking monstrosity. Sometimes a champion having split identities can lead to balancing awkwardness (like Kalista, the solo outplay carry with insane teammate synergies), but Swain is more odd than problematic. Sure, ‘Commander Bird Monster’ is weird, but so is Shen being a tanky ninja. We’re not here to judge.

Rather than force one identity over the other, we’re looking at ways to enhance Swain overall. Regardless of why you play the Master Tactician, he’s a tanky mage with DoT’s and that’s not changing. Instead, Swain’s updates are about using his abilities in the right situations to overcome the odds. Careful optimization and placement of his bread-and-butter spells gives Swain the room to tactically outpace the opposition before morphing into an even-more-Ravenous-Flock for the teamfight checkmate.



Passive - Carrion Renewal

VISUALSClassic, Northern Front and Bilgewater Swain have received new mana regen particles
FLAT MANA REGEN ON KILL9-27 (at levels 1-18)  12-30 (at levels 1-18)

UPDATEDQ - Decrepify

Swain orders Beatrice to fly towards the center of target area for a short duration. While deployed, Beatrice will target the closest enemy, dealing damage per second and slowing it. Beatrice switches targets if the current target leaves or is killed.
COOLDOWN14/13/12/11/10 seconds
COST60/65/70/75/80 mana
DURATION4 seconds
DAMAGE25/40/55/70/85 per second
RATIO0.3 ability power per second
MINION HATEDeals 100% bonus damage to minions

W - Nevermove

COST80/90/100/110/120  80/85/90/95/100

E - Torment

DAMAGE75/115/155/195/235  50/80/110/140/170
RATIO0.8 ability power  1.0 ability power
DAMAGE AMPLIFICATION8/11/14/17/20% of Swain’s damage  20% of Swain’s damage at all ranks
TARGETINGIf Swain afflicts someone with Torment, Decrepify will prioritize that target

R - Ravenous Flock

Swain spawns lesser ravens every 0.2 seconds, dealing damage to targets around him. Lesser ravens heal Swain upon returning to him. Prioritizes champions.
COOLDOWN8 seconds  10 seconds
COST25 mana + 5/6/7 additional mana per second  25 mana + 5 additional mana per second at all ranks
PECKING IMMUNITYLesser ravens can’t attack the same target for 1 second


The Dark Sovereign’s promise of transcendence into an ultimate being of power currently feels more like a slight upgrade than an unlocking of untapped power. Syndra’s changes are light, but sharp: shifting power into the potential of Dark Spheres. By giving Syndra more influence through Spheres, we can reward her mastery of manipulation with masterful mid-fight CC combos. Syndra still has all the power necessary to crush a single target, we’re just adding an extra layer of expression to the mix.

Passive - Transcendent

DARK SPHERE BONUSDark Spheres deal 15% extra damage to champions Spheres last an additional 2 seconds
FORCE OF WILL BONUSForce of Will’s slow duration increased to 2 seconds  Force of Will now grabs up to 2 additional spheres within 400 range of the primary target, increasing the size of the slow/damage zone on reactivation

Q - Dark Sphere

RATIO0.6 ability power  0.75 ability power

W - Force of Will

THIS MUCH WILLNow displays a maximum throw radius while bending units to your will

E - Scatter the Weak

COOLDOWN18/16.5/15/13.5/12 seconds  16/15/14/13/12 seconds


Veigar's potential to go infinite with Baleful Strike’s AP gain on kill is a good fit for his theme of “little ball of evil with an overcompensation problem,” but means Veigar should care more about farming pitiful minions than blasting down enemy champions. We're retooling the mechanic as Veigar's new passive and opening it up to reward the Tiny Master of Evil for constantly asserting dominance over his opponents. While examining how Veigar antagonizes his enemies, we also changed Primordial Burst to give him the pick of the litter when obliterating low health enemies. He’ll have to press more than one button to erase an enemy mage, but even the most durable tank should carefully consider their health bar before re-engaging.

UPDATEDPassive - Phenomenal Evil Power

KIND OF LIKE A BIG DEALStriking an enemy champion with an ability grants Veigar stacks of Phenomenal EvilPhenomenal Evil gives Veigar 1 ability power per stack.

Q - Baleful Strike

REWARD ON KILLGrants a stack of Phenomenal Evil on kill. Grants 2 for large minions and large monsters
REMOVEDREWARD ON TAKEDOWNNo longer grants 1/2/3/4/5 ability power on champion takedowns
COST60/65/70/75/80 mana  40/45/50/55/60 mana

W - Dark Matter

COST70/75/80/85/90 mana  60/65/70/75/80 mana

E - Event Horizon

COST80/85/90/95/100 mana  70/75/80/85/90 mana

R - Primordial Burst

DAMAGE250/375/500  175-350/250-500/325-650 (based on target’s missing health)
RATIO1.0 ability power  0.75 - 1.5 ability power (based on target’s missing health)


Despite sporting a kit full of unique teamfighting tools, most of Viktor’s gadgets have been historically kept on a tight leash due to the efficiency of Death Ray’s infamous Augment: Shockwave. Viktor should feel rewarded for setting his schemes into motion (like trapping multiple enemies in a Gravity Field), but the ability to follow up with instant target deletion puts the ball too far in his court. By shifting Viktor’s damage to be higher over-time, we can hit two birds with one stone. Opponents aren’t evaporated for making a single mistake, and Viktor gets to carry a fight through intelligent play like the diabolical mastermind he is.

Q - Siphon Power

COOLDOWN10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds  8/7/6/5/4 seconds
MISSILE DAMAGE40/60/80/100/120  60/80/100/120/140
MISSILE RATIO0.2 ability power  0.4 ability power
EMPOWERED ATTACK DAMAGE20-210 (at levels 1-18)  20/40/70/80/100
BASE SHIELD30/50/70/90/110  8% of Viktor’s total mana
SHIELD RATIO0.2 ability power  0.15 ability power

E - Death Ray

DAMAGE70/110/150/190/230 (unchanged)
RATIO0.7 ability power  0.5 ability power
AUGMENTED DAMAGE100% of Death Ray’s damage 20/60/100/140/180
AUGMENTED RATIO0.7 ability power
REMOVEDDETONATION REDUCTIONNo longer reduces detonation damage by 60% against targets already hit by Death Ray
RAY+AFTERSHOCK DAMAGE98/154/210/266/322 (+0.98 ability power) 90/170/250/330/410 (+1.2 ability power)
LASER SPEED780  1050
AUGMENTED EXPLOSION DELAY0.6 seconds  1 second

R - Chaos Storm

DURATION7 seconds  6 seconds
INITIAL DAMAGE150/250/350  100/175/250
INITIAL DAMAGE RATIO0.55 ability power  0.5 ability power
TICK RATE0.5 seconds  2 seconds
STORM DAMAGE15/30/45  150/250/350
STORM RATIO0.1 ability power  0.6 ratio
MAX DAMAGE360/670/980 (+1.95 ability power)  550/925/1300 (+2.3 ability power)


Rite of the Arcane sets up Xerath’s unique high point: a long-ranged barrage that forces opponents to dance. However, it was often Arcanopulse with its consistent poke that gave him his siege monster reputation. While Xerath should be able to effectively siege with his basic abilities, we also want his signature ability to be more impactful, giving players a reason to access its power more often and for longer. By dialing back a little on the inevitability of Arcanopulse and upping the impact of Rite of the Arcane, we’re giving Xerath more chances to succeed with his ultimate, ensuring higher highs for experienced ascendants.

Q - Arcanopulse

WIDTH150  145
INDICATORWarning indicator now better matches the damage zone

E - Shocking Orb

STUN DURATION0.75 - 1.75 seconds (based on distance)  0.5 - 2 seconds (based on distance)

R - Rite of the Arcane

DAMAGE190/245/300  200/230/260
NUMBER OF BARRAGES3 at all ranks  3/4/5
RANGERange increased by 10%
DELAY BETWEEN SHOTS0.6 seconds  0.8 seconds
ASCENDED VISIONNow zooms out to give Xerath a better view of the battlefield
VISUALSRite of the Arcane particles have been updated


What would Ziggs do? The answer should almost always be “blow everything up,” but for an impulsive demolitionist, Ziggs spends a lot of time protecting turrets with his waveclear rather than knocking them down. Dialing back on his multi-lane wave clear lessens his ability to stall out games and drives more interactive gameplay with his opponents. In exchange, we’re giving the Hexplosives Expert the power to bring the boom to his enemies’ turrets, chunking them down with Short Fuse procs before hexploding them with Satchel Charge when they’re vulnerable. Let no turret be left standing!

Passive - Short Fuse

RATIO0.25/0.3/0.35 ability power (at levels 1/7/13)  0.3/0.4/0.5 ability power (at levels 1/7/13)
COOLDOWN REDUCTION ON ABILITY USE4 seconds at all levels  4/5/6 (at levels 1/7/13)

W - Satchel Charge

BOOMCan now be used on turrets below 25/27.5/30/32.5/35% of their maximum health to instantly destroy them

R - Mega Inferno Bomb

COOLDOWN120 seconds  120/105/90 seconds
REMOVEDMINION HATENo longer deals double damage to minions

Mage Itemization

League’s current mana and mana regen itemization is largely focused around stat efficiency: which item gives me the best ability to ignore my mana costs? This doesn’t lead to much in the way of playstyle differentiation, meaning mages have little flexibility to buy into different team strategies or respond to the conditions of a match as it progresses. We’re strengthening the identities of the mana items to give mages better tools to alter the way they play.

Tear of the Goddess

Refunds a portion of mana spent.
Tear of the Goddess creates an odd conflict: it’s the mage item which gives the most raw mana (attractive to champions with high mana costs), but it has to be stacked up by constantly casting spells (something champions with high mana costs can’t afford to do). As such, it tends to be picked up by champions who can spam spells, making them effectively manaless as it stacks.We’re changing Tear’s pure regen to a mana refund, opening it up to high-mana cost champions, not just a select few spammers.
NEWMANA REFUNDRefunds 15% of mana spent

Catalyst of Aeons

Damage taken is converted to mana. Mana spent is converted to health.
For some mages, the world is their 1v1. The current mana items don’t feel great for them, given how many options are aimed at passively surviving the laning phase. We’re making Catalyst the item for constant mage brawlers who want to shoot first, shoot later, and then shoot some more, allowing them to make full use of their skirmishing tendencies.
NAMECatalyst the Protector  Catalyst of Aeons
COST1200  1100
ETERNITYUNIQUE Passive - 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as mana. Spending mana restores 20% of mana spent as health, up to 15 per cast (toggle spells heal for up to 15 per second).

Chalice of Harmony

Restores health or mana, whichever is at a lower percent.
Chalice is the go-to pick for champions who can easily clear waves, leading to a non-interactive lane phase as they spam their skills to keep the minions fighting at a safe distance. The new Chalice is still oriented at lane sustain, but in a way that encourages taking the occasional risk. If your health dips, Chalice will switch to healing you back up, ensuring you’ve got access to whichever regen effect you need most to dig your heels in for the long haul.

As a quick point of differentiation: while the new Catalyst rewards champions while they fight, Chalice lets them stay in lane after trades, making it ideal for champions who fall on the more ‘opportunistic’ side of the spectrum.
COST1000 gold  900 gold
REMOVEDMANA FONTNo longer restores 2% of missing mana every 5 seconds.
NEWHARMONYGrants 100% base health regen per 5 seconds if your current health percentage is lower than your current mana percentage. Grants 100% base mana regen per 5 seconds if your current mana percentage is lower than your current health percentage.

Lost Chapter

Restores mana on level up.
With Morellonomicon emerging as the go-to kill pressure item (spoilers!), Forbidden Idol’s safe regen no longer belongs its build path. We’re pulling Lost Chapter out of the Black Market as a component item for champions like LeBlanc who are in lane to net early kills, offering timed bursts of massive sustain to set up a full spell rotation or two.
TOTAL COST900 gold
BUILD PATHAmplifying Tome + Sapphire Crystal + 115 gold
MANA INFUSIONUNIQUE Passive - Restores 20% of your maximum mana over 3 seconds upon leveling up

Fiendish Codex

Cost and ability power increased.
When we looked at Fiendish Codex’s upgrades, we noticed one pattern: ridiculous combine costs. With more power in Fiendish Codex, players won’t have to sit on mid-tier components for so long.
TOTAL COST800 gold  900 gold
COMBINE COST365 gold  465 gold

Will of the Ancients

With the removal of Spell Vamp from items, Will of the Ancients is sailing into the sunset.
REMOVEDANCIENTRemoved from the shop

Rod of Ages

Less expensive. Ability power and mana reduced.
Rod of Ages has always offered the promise of a delayed but significant stat payout. These days, however, the identity of ‘big stat stick’ has lost meaning as items have evolved to serve more unique strategic purposes. The new Rod of Ages takes cues from Catalyst of Aeons: ride the efficiency of an early stat payoff (and a head start on your second item) to secure dominance over your enemies before they’ve built into more specialized item choices.
TOTAL COST3000 gold  2600 gold
BUILD PATHCatalyst of Aeons + Blasting Wand + 450 gold
MANA400  300
ETERNITYUNIQUE Passive - 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as mana. Spending mana restores 25% of mana spent as health, up to 25 per cast (toggle spells heal for up to 25 per second).


Gives mana instead of mana regeneration. Now restores mana on kill or assist.
For the duration of their existences, Morellonomicon and Athene’s Unholy Grail have had significant overlap, sharing three stats, two component items, and the same distinction of offensive mage items with best-in-slot mana regen. While they go about defining ‘offense’ in different ways - Morellonomicon makes it easier to secure kills while Athene’s gives you the mana to go for more kills - these two items just aren’t meaningfully different from one another.

Since we’re creating a split between mana and mana regen items, we’re taking the opportunity to split Morellonomicon and Athene’s as well. Morellonomicon is fully embracing its identity as an aggressive mage item, going so far as to absorb the old ‘mana resets’ passive of its former sibling Athene’s on top of its hallmark Grievous Wounds.
TOTAL COST2400 gold  2900 gold
BUILD PATHLost Chapter + Fiendish Codex + Amplifying Tome + 665 gold
NEWGOT THE RESETKills and assists restore 20% of your maximum mana
CAN’T STACK ME20% cooldown reduction is now Unique
GRIEVOUS WOUNDS THRESHOLDInflicted on enemies below 40% health 35% health
GRIEVOUS WOUNDS DURATION5 seconds  8 seconds

Athene's Unholy Grail

Heals allies based on damage recently dealt. No longer restores mana on kill or assist.
Athene’s Unholy Grail has taken on a new role as a team sustain item for aggressive supports (and off-supports) like Lulu, Morgana, and Karma. These enchantresses naturally alternate between directly engaging in combat and protecting their team; Athene’s rewards them for striking an optimal balance by granting them a bit of persistent sustain that most lack.
TOTAL COST2700 gold  2250 gold
BUILD PATHChalice of Harmony + Fiendish Codex + 450 gold
REMOVEDNO MORE RESETSNo longer restores 20% of your maximum mana on kill or assist
NEWACHING BLOODUNIQUE Passive - 20% of pre-mitigation damage you deal to champions is gained as Blood Charges, up to a cap of 100-250 (at levels 1-18). Healing or shielding an ally consumes your current Blood Charges to heal that ally.
NEWHARMONYGrants 100% base health regen per 5 seconds if your current health percentage is lower than your current mana percentage. Grants 100% base mana regen per 5 seconds if your current mana percentage is lower than your current health percentage.

Tear of the Goddess upgrades

Carryover from the changes to Tear.

Archangel's Staff

Also affects Seraph’s Embrace.
REMOVEDMANA REGENERATIONNo longer grants mana regeneration
NEWMANA REFUNDRefunds 25% of mana spent


Also affects Muramana.
REMOVEDMANA REGENERATIONNo longer grants mana regeneration
NEWMANA REFUNDRefunds 15% of mana spent

Abyssal Scepter

Aura now scales with level and no longer affects minions. Now grants cooldown reduction.
In a mage-vs-mage matchup, the winner often comes down to who finishes Abyssal Scepter first. Its 30 ability power bump on completion synergizes with its magic resist reduction aura to create a huge combat advantage upon completion. If that weren’t enough, the aura also makes it much easier to push minion waves into the enemy turret, denying opponents the gold necessary to finish their own Scepter. We’re repositioning Abyssal Scepter to play up its defensive aspects, while tuning its aura to be less oppressive in lane but more relevant in the late game.
TOTAL COST2350 gold  2750 gold
BUILD PATHFiendish Codex + Negatron Cloak + Amplifying Tome + 695 gold
MAGIC RESIST REDUCTION AURA20  10-25 (at levels 1-18)
REMOVEDMINION HATEAura no longer applies to minions

Zhonya's Hourglass

Less expensive, build path smoothed out. Ability power reduced and cooldown increased. Now grants cooldown reduction.
Zhonya’s Hourglass struggles to maintain two very expensive characteristics: it’s a top-tier ability power item that also boasts one of the strongest actives in the game. Historically, this duality has forced us to lock Zhonya’s behind a steep price tag or awkward build path - usually both. There are other items which offer tons of ability power, but no other item shares Zhonya’s’ active, so we’re going all-in on its identity as a defensive utility item. That decision has allowed us to drop the price of Zhonya’s to the lowest it’s ever been in League history, making it more readily available in times its stasis effect is truly needed.
TOTAL COST3500 gold  2900 gold
BUILD PATHSeeker’s Armguard + Fiendish Codex + 800 gold
STASIS COOLDOWN90 seconds  120 seconds

Hextech Items

Hextech Revolver

No longer gives spell vamp. Now adds bonus damage to basic attacks.
Heading into our upgraded Hextech weaponry prompts an important question: why is all the spell vamp gone?

Let’s start by comparing it to lifesteal. Thematically, lifesteal gives the feeling that you’re fighting back against death, creating tense 1 on 1 duels with uncertain outcomes. Mechanically, lifesteal says ‘I may have a small health bar but you’ve got to focus me down or I’ll regenerate to full.’ Spell vamp, while sounding similar, doesn’t quite hit the same bar. Unlike basic attacks, no two abilities are the same, which makes the stat wildly variable in value.

This means that it’s functionally impossible to make spell vamp work the way you’d expect, and it instead operates on myriad edge-cases to avoid feeling abusive and unintuitive. Cut to today’s world where it’s only used on Vladimir (whose balance is kept lock-step with the stat), it’s easy to see why it had to go.

So why buy into Hextech? Revolver (and its upgrades) are all about benefitting the mid-range mages that have to scrap to survive. Like Catalyst for sustain or Tear for becoming a late-game monster, Revolver represents a commitment to securing advantages through combat. While everyone’s waiting to power-up, Hextech provides the power spike you need to get the snowball rolling.
TOTAL COST1200 gold  1050 gold
REMOVEDSPELL VAMPNo longer grants Spell Vamp
NEWMAGIC BOLTUNIQUE Passive - Damaging an enemy champion with a basic attack shocks them for 75-150 (at levels 1-18) bonus magic damage. (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items.)

Hextech GLP-800

Activate to spray enemies with icy bolts and slow them.
While back-line artillery or shield-heavy utility mages can load up on ability power in whatever combination to get by (thanks to range or mitigation), mages that get up close and personal are forced to buy whatever will give them the stats to survive combat. Following in Revolver’s footsteps, Hextech remedies this situation by saying ‘If you have to be in the middle of a fight, you should have the extra firepower to customize how your encounters play out’.

Enter the GLP-800. Targeted at CC-heavy mages that like to skirmish, GLP provides an extra spell cooldown and source of damage that allows you more in-fight flexibility. Need to peel an ally from a pesky diver? GLP’s got that. Worried you can’t land your combo? GLP can let you hit-confirm your CC and lock opponents down for good. You can even waveclear with it in a pinch! Whatever your particular in-fight need is, the GLP-800’s got your back to enable the beefier mages out there with the tools to get the job done.
TOTAL COST3000 gold
BUILD PATHHextech Revolver + Catalyst of Aeons + 850 gold
ETERNITYUNIQUE Passive - 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending mana restores 25% of mana spent as Health, up to 25 health per cast (Toggle spells heal for up to 25 per second).
FROST BOLTUNIQUE Active - Fires a spray of icy bolts that explode, dealing 100-200 magic damage (at levels 1-18). Enemies hit are slowed by 65%, decaying over 0.5 seconds. (40 second cooldown, shared with otherHextech items.)
FROST BOLT RATIO0.35 ability power

Hextech Protobelt-01

Activate to dash forward and let loose a volley of fiery bolts.
Where the GLP-800 is all about controlling distance via CC, the Hextech Protobelt’s all about picking the right moment for a daring maneuver. Whether you’re extending the effective range of a Flash Tibbers stun or dodging a crucial skillshot, Protobelt improves playmaking potential for those quick-witted enough to use its active. It’s not all sunshine and dash-extensions however; Hextech’s actives all share a cooldown, and Protobelt’s the least efficient in a six-item build. This means you’ll need to make every Fire Bolt count, and hopefully close out the game before it becomes obsolete.
TOTAL COST2500 gold
BUILD PATHHextech Revolver + Kindlegem + 650 gold
FIRE BOLTUNIQUE Active - Dash forward and unleash a nova of fire bolts that deal 75-150 magic damage (at levels 1-18). Enemies hit by multiple fire bolts take 20% damage from additional bolts. (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items.)
FIRE BOLT RATIO0.35 ability power

Hextech Gunblade

Deals more damage and slows instantly.
We’ll square with you - Gunblade hasn’t changed much. Its ‘Omni-Vamp’ passive sidesteps a lot of spell-vamp’s issues, proving effective on a wide range of mixed-damage champions. Instead of rocking the boat, we tied it to a lightning mechanic (and made the active match) so it plays nice with the other Hextech upgrades. If you’re looking for pure, hybrid offense - look no further.
TOTAL COST3400 (unchanged)
NEWLIGHTNING BOLTUNIQUE Active - Instantly deals 250 magic damage to target champion and slows them for 40% for 2 seconds. (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items.)
LIGHTNING BOLT RATIO0.3 ability power

Jungle Bosses

Elemental Dragons

Dragon has now been replaced by four Elemental Drakes. Slaying each provides your team with a powerful permanent bonus that stacks on multiple kills of the same type.
Ever since launch, Dragon’s been an iconic objective to control in League. Whether it gives buffs or gold (or that time it spawned before minions did), Dragon’s purpose is to give people something to take risks and make decisions around. Fast forward to today, and while Dragon’s certainly very cool, it has its share of problems.

First, the static value of Dragon’s stacks allows you to answer the question of ‘Which stacks do I want and when?’ long before you ever have to make the decision to fight for them. This devalues individual Dragon spawns - why rush the 1st stack now when you can just get it later? Furthermore, denying at least one stack virtually removes the threat of Aspect of the Dragon's game-ending power, making it more of a pipe dream than a path to victory.

Our goal is to raise the cap on strategic mastery when it comes to playing around Dragon. With the advent of the Elementals, your ability to adapt on the fly becomes much more important. Questions change from a pre-solved ‘How much do we care about 1st stack, 2nd stack, etc?' to a situational ‘How much do we care about each element right now?’ Trading and denying become much more important (and realistic) possibilities as well - making sure the split-push team from hell doesn’t get access to the Mountain Drake’s turret-taking buff, while the Cloud Drake’s movement speed buff could be what you need to out-rotate them. Navigating these situations will take time to get used to, but pushes the dragon conversation to one of constantly shifting values instead of how much a certain stack is worth.
DESCENT OF THE DRAGONSFor the first 35 minutes of the game, one of four elemental dragons will spawn every six minutes
FOUR’S A CROWDOnly three elements will appear per match!
A CHALLENGER APPROACHESThe minimap will indicate the elemental type of the next dragon spawn
DRAGON RUNESGlowing runes inside the Dragon Pit will also indicate which dragon is spawning next (these runes are visible through Fog of War)

Click a drake to learn more about its buff!

Mountain Drake

Increases turret and epic monster damage. Augments your ability to take objectives.
EARTHEN ARMSSlaying the Mountain Drake permanently grants 10/20/30% bonus true damage to Epic Monsters and Turrets.

Infernal Drake

Increases champion killing power. Augments your dueling and team fighting abilities.
INFERNAL TRIBUTESlaying the Infernal Drake permanently grants 8/16/24% increased Attack Damage and Ability Power.

Cloud Drake

Increases out of combat movement speed. Augments your ability to outmaneuver opponents on the map.
STRATUS WALKSlaying the Cloud Drake permanently grants 15/30/45 bonus movement speed while out of combat.

Ocean Drake

Restores missing health and mana. Augments your ability to siege and poke.
HEART OF OCEANSSlaying the Ocean Drake permanently provides a regeneration effect that restores 10% of your missing health and mana every 18/12/6 seconds.

Elder Dragon

Grants a powerful burn-over-time on spells and attacks. Increases the strength of your Elemental Drake buffs.
Previously, Aspect of the Dragon was a powerful closing tool - assuming the game ever hit a point where you could get it. Part of the promise of Elemental Dragons is that no matter which spawn in what order, controlling them is always valuable for you in the long run. Elder Dragon lets us kill two birds with one buff - cashing in on your hard-earned stacks and ensuring that both teams can leverage its strength (or steal it) to close out a game in style.
DRAGON TYRANTAfter 35 minutes, Elemental Dragons will no longer spawn. In their place, the Elder Dragon will spawn every 10 minutes.
CRUEL ULTIMATUMFor the next 120 seconds, basic attacks and spells burn the target for 45 (+45 per stack of Elemental Drake buff) damage over 3 seconds
ELDER MASTERYFor the next 120 secconds, increases the strength of Elemental Dragon buffs by 50%

Rift Herald

Now only spawns once. Rift Herald’s buff lasts an incredibly long time, persists through death, and provides amazing dueling power.
Now that Rift Herald’s been out for nearly half a year, it’s time to reevaluate our goals. Originally added to introduce a new dynamic between both halves of the Rift, Herald hasn’t quite made the splash we hoped for. Instead of driving action to the top side of the map, the Doom's Eve buff comes with too many conditions to be universally appreciated. Do I take this before or after taking a turret? Do I take itinstead of a turret? When you trade lane pressure to take something that gives lane pressure, things get pretty muddy.

That brings us to today. When optimized, junglers solo Rift Herald with very little help or notice from their team and power farm camps until it’s time to group. This wouldn’t matter much, except that no one seems to care about taking it. ‘Are they bot? Eh, we’ll take a Herald I guess.’ Even after RH falls, there's no clear game impact - someone’s just ambiguously stronger for a short period of time. With Midseason incoming and an objective falling short of strategic significance, we went back to the drawing board.

With 6.9, we’re eliminating the confusion and refocusing Rift Herald to be an objective you really don’t want to give away for free. Enabling snowballing and split-pushers alike, Herald is a one-time event that puts the team it falls to firmly in the driver’s seat for the early stages of the game.

Rift Herald

SPAWN TIME4:00  6:00
BASE HEALTH5000  8000
BACKSTAB DAMAGE15% maximum health  12% maximum health

UPDATEDGlimpse of the Void

NAMEDoom’s Eve  Glimpse of the Void
DURATION2:00  20:00
NEWCORRUPTED BLOODGlimpse of the Void is not lost on death or obtaining Hand of Baron
CORRUPTIONWhile no allied champions are near you, you gain 5% damage reduction against champions and continuously build charges of Corruption. At 100 charges, your next basic attack discharges all stacks of Corruption, dealing 15-270 magic damage (at levels 1-18, damage halved for ranged champions).

Baron Nashor

Duration up.
Nothing too fancy, just amping Baron’s buff duration to ensure it’s worth consideration when trading end-game objectives (like maybe an all-powerful Elder Dragon).

Hand of Baron

DURATION3:00  3:30

Red & Blue Buffs

Red and blue buffs scale better, but expire faster.
Similar to our goals for the epic monster changes, we want red and blue buffs to be worth contesting. Ol’ Sentinel and Brambleback already had clear reasons to be taken, so we’re compressing their buff durations to accentuate the strengths they offer and scale them better into the late game.

Buff durations

DIMINISHING RETURNSRed and blue buffs last 120 seconds the first time a buff camp is cleared, and 90 seconds on subsequent clears

Red buff

DAMAGE OVER TIME4 x level at 1.5 and 3 seconds  2 + (2 x level) at 1.5 and 3 seconds
NEWBURN ON HITNow applies a free tick of damage on application or reapplication in addition to applying or extending the damage over time effect.
SLOW10/15/20% at levels 1/6/11  10/15/25% at levels 1/6/11
HEALTH REGENERATION1% maximum health per 5 seconds at all times  1/3/9% maximum health per 5 seconds at levels 1/6/11 when not in combat with champions, turrets, or epic monsters

Blue buff

ABILITY POWER2-36 ability power (at levels 1-18)  +15% bonus ability power
MANA REGENERATION5 + 0.5% maximum mana per second  5 + 1% maximum mana per second

Jungle Timers

Camps with timers indicate to both teams when they're close to respawning, via timers and the minimap.
We want to facilitate more engaging objective play. A big part of accomplishing that is making them more worth contesting, but we also want them to be more contestable, especially in games that are at a standstill. Clearly communicating respawn timers will facilitate more buff steal plays and objective fights, particularly in mid-late game.
HEADS UPJungle timers for all buff camp and epic monster respawns are now automatically granted to both teams at 60 seconds before spawn (vision of the takedown still grants the full timer)
NEWINCOMINGA respawn icon appears at the camp’s location on the minimap at 60 seconds before spawn, brightening at 20 seconds


Turret Stats

Turrets are more durable, outer & inner turrets are more threatening, mages and assassins are better able to damage turrets.
As players have gotten better at diving turrets, the structures have ceased to be defensible locations where teams can make a stand. We want to tone back on the perception of turrets as eventual sources of gold and instead let players feel good about defending the outermost reaches of their base (especially early game). Aggressive dives to punish laner mistakes should still be a part of the game, but we're balancing out the risk/reward distribution.

On the other hand, we want more champions than just marksmen to interact with the turret killing game. We’re rebudgeting turret defenses so that other champions will feel better about their ability to play demolitionist.

Outer & inner turret damage

HEATING UPTurret damage increases by 37.5% for the second and third shots against champions, then 25% for the following two against a single champion (resets on target change)  40% for the first three shots
STAY HOT“Heating up” damage no longer partially resets when turrets switch targets
MAX DAMAGE225% over four shots  220% over three shots

Defensive stats

BASE HEALTH4000  3300
NEWTURRET PENETRATIONTurrets are now subject to armor and magic penetration effects


Outer turret early-game defensive buff now applies to non-champion sources as well.
FORTIFIEDBlocks 30 damage from champion basic attacks  35% damage reduction from all sources

Reinforced armor

Turret backdoor bonus now grants damage reduction instead of resistances.
REMOVEDBONUS ARMOR AND MAGIC RESISTANCENo longer grants 200 armor and magic resistance
NEWDAMAGE REDUCTIONPhysical and magic damage is now reduced by 66.66%

Ability power damage vs. turrets

REMINDERWhen your ability power is more than double your bonus attack damage, your basic attacks against turrets scale with 50% ability power instead of 100% bonus attack damage
NEWHYBRID DAMAGEBasic attack scaling off of ability power now deals magic damage to turrets (base damage still physical)

Turret Rewards

Team gold rewards reduced.
The previous section covered our general thoughts on turrets, so we'll keep this short. Team gold rewards for outer and inner turret kills are too high compared to the payoff for anything else teams can invest in during the early game. While we've got changes to make the "anything else" more attractive (see: everything in the Jungle Bosses category), we want to make it clear that turrets are just one piece of the overall objective puzzle.

Outer turret rewards

LOCAL GOLD220  300
GLOBAL GOLD125 per teammate  100 per teammate

Inner turret rewards

LOCAL GOLD250  175
GLOBAL GOLD150 per teammate  125 per teammate
REMOVEDGLOBAL EXPERIENCENo longer grants 50 global experience

Inhibitor turret rewards

GLOBAL GOLD150 per teammate (unchanged)

Game Pacing

Jungle Experience

Monsters grant more experience to junglers but less to non-junglers.
The tactic of a solo player abandoning lane to farm monster camps with their jungler (we call it 'buddy jungling') evolved in response to the 2v1 lane swap. Rather than sit under tower, zoned out of experience, top laners ditch their lanes for safer prospects. Buddy jungling is enabled by the 'comeback' mechanic, which increases monster experience for lower-level champions. Though the jungler and top laner are both constantly underleveled due to splitting camps, comeback experience softens the punishment by adding net experience versus a solo clear.

The casualty of this technique is the early game itself: buddy jungling puts eight of the ten players on the Rift into a pure PvE situation. That leads to an incredibly stale opening phase of the match and eliminates the lane dynamics many of League’s early-game champs (Renekton!) rely on to make their impact.

We're putting a damper on buddy jungling by removing the experience efficiency granted to the buddy. That’s not to say it isn’t still situationally viable - having two people in the jungle can offer strategic value - we’re just ensuring it’s a careful decision rather than default behavior.
ONLY FOR THE WORTHYNon-epic jungle monsters now only grant experience to their killers
REMOVEDCATCH-UPJungle monster experience rewards no longer increase when you’re lower level than the slain monster
NEWFARM RAZORBEAKSAll Jungle items now grant 30 bonus experience on monster kill for each level higher the monster is than you
TIER 1 JUNGLE ITEMSHunter’s Machete and Hunter’s Talisman grant 15  50 bonus experience on large monster kill
TIER 2 JUNGLE ITEMSStalker’s Blade, Skirmisher’s Sabre, and Tracker’s Knife grant 30 50 bonus experience on large monster kill
HUNTING GROUNDBased on the above changes, total jungle experience rewards have been adjusted. Overall, junglers now get slightly more experience per clear while non-junglers get slightly less.

Death Timers

Death timers reduced between 20-35 minutes.
We last checked in on death timers back in 6.7, shortening them in the 30-55 minute time frame. Results look positive, so we’re making another small nudge.
CAN I LIVE?Death timers slightly reduced around the 20-35 minute window


Homeguard duration and speed reduced, particularly early on.
Back in preseason we baked Homeguard into the standard Summoner’s Rift experience for two purposes: to create better boot enchantment diversity and to counter-balance increases to death timers. More on boot enchantments ater in these patch notes, but let’s talk about Homeguard’s coexistence with death timers.

Time spent dead creates a window of safety for teams to act, knowing that dead enemies are gray-screened in the fountain. On revival, Homeguard catapults champions out of base and into position to counter enemy sieges or rotations. Aside from just getting somewhere faster, the haste adds flexibility: if the enemy team appears bot as you’re heading top, Homeguard allows you to adjust before too much damage is done.

That flexibility creates a stalling effect as death timers tick down: “Can we take this turret before the enemy zooms in and dives our backline?” That unease shortens the window of safety to act, magnifying the effect of actual death timer reductions: 2 seconds off a 30 second death timer is actually 2 seconds off a ~25 second window. This is particularly true at earlier stages of the game, thanks to Homeguard’s static effects.

So, after leaving things untouched back in 6.7, we’re now toning Homeguard’s haste down to account for both rounds of death timer reductions and scaling it with game time to ensure its impact doesn’t choke out early aggression.
HASTE DURATION8 seconds  7 seconds
HASTE AMOUNT175%  75% at 20 minutes, scaling up to 150% at 40 minutes



R no longer pins targets to walls
The flashy playmaking nature of Azir's ult befits his status as ruler of an empire, but Emperor's Divide becomes oppressive when it pins enemies against terrain for 5+ seconds. We're removing the abuse case to keep Azir honest.

R - Emperor's Divide

LET ME OUTEmperor's Divide is less likely to pin enemies to terrain, instead pushing them over narrow walls or dropping them behind the phalanx if the wall is too thick


Vessel debuff greatly shortened, but spawns tentacles faster.
Despite being Illaoi’s most interesting ability, Test of Spirit mostly ends up testing the patience of those involved. Being tested forces a tough choice onto Illaoi’s opponents, telling them fight or suffer the consequences. This choice is usually a trap - fighting Illaoi in close quarters is a death sentence given her massive area damage. Escaping the zone means slogging through waves of tentacles, which isn’t much better most of the time.

On Illaoi’s side, turning someone into a vessel is really only a consideration for the laning phase. Once you’re testing spirits in teamfights, the minute-long debuff rarely matters. We want allparticipants of the Test to feel like they’re getting a fair shake, so we’re shifting around some mechanics to compress what it means to be a vessel. Illaoi gets to pressure opponents in a way that’s meaningful in teamfights (her forte), but her victims don’t have to deal with her lectures for an eternity.

Passive - Prophet of an Elder God

SEEK THE TRUTHTentacles no longer appear in Fog of War (Tentacles stay revealed once you’ve seen them for the first time)

E - Test of Spirit

REMOVEDTENTAKILLSVessels can no longer clear their debuff by killing Tentacles
REMOVEDTENTACLE ETIQUETTETentacles are no longer prevented from spawning if the Vessel is recalling
VESSEL DEBUFF DURATION60 seconds  12 seconds
VESSEL TENTACLE COOLDOWNTentacles spawn near Vessels once every 10 seconds  once every 5/4/3 seconds (at levels 1/7/13)
VESSEL TENTACLE DENSITYTentacles spawned by a Vessel spawn 1000 units apart  700 units apart


Q cooldown up while in Wolf’s Frenzy. W lasts longer and deals bonus damage to monsters.
Let’s call a wolf a wolf - Kindred’s early game is out of line. We want Kindred to be able to pressure the map (especially through expert control of their Marks), but invading top-tier duelists with impunity is pushing it. We’re adjusting their clearing ability to stay roughly the same, but Kindred will need to pick their battles a little more carefully if they want to start scaling out of control.

Q - Dance of Arrows

COOLDOWN WHILE IN WOLF’S FRENZY2 seconds at all ranks 4/3.5/3/2.5/2 seconds

W - Wolf's Frenzy

DURATION8 seconds  8.5 seconds
LESS VIGORHunter’s Vigor gains less charge from movement
NEWMORE HUNTINGHunter’s Vigor charges when Lamb basic attacks
NEWWOLF BONUSWolf deals 50% bonus damage to monsters


Takedown’s execute now scales with ult rank.
While we’re on the subject, you can’t mention powerful early game junglers without mentioning the Bestial Huntress herself. Another outlier, we’re taking a crack at Nidalee’s early kill pressure while ensuring she has the bite she needs for her risky late-game assassination plays.

Q - Takedown

EXECUTE BONUS DAMAGE1.5% per 1% of the target’s missing health 1/1.25/1.5/1.75% per 1% of the target’s missing health (based on rank ofR - Aspect of the Cougar)


E no longer flies in random directions.
These are mostly bugfixes, with the exception of Bola Strike. Previously, Bola Strike would always try to fire at the location Rengar targeted once its cast delay completed. When targeting distant points, Rengar's movement (ex. a jump strike out of ult) during Bola Strike's short cast time wouldn't change much. When targeting a nearby spot, however, Rengar could suddenly end up in front of the target location he had previously been behind. Bola Strike would then fire in the complete opposite direction it was cast. We're changing Bola Strike's targeting system to fix that unreliability.

Passive - Unseen Predator

THUNDER CATRengar's jump strikes now proc Energized effects (Statikk Shiv, etc.)

Q - Savagery

SHARP CLAWSFixed a bug where Savagery consumed Spellblade or Dead Man's Plate effects without dealing damage

E - Bola Strike

TARGETINGBola Strike fires toward the spot Rengar targeted  in the direction Rengar cast it
CAST TIMEMostly 0.25 seconds but sometimes 0.125 seconds  0.25 seconds
TANGLED UPFixed a bug where reaching max Ferocity at the same time as casting Bola Strike (ex. during Thrill of the Hunt) could put Empowered Bola on cooldown or immediately consume Rengar's Ferocity stacks

R - Thrill of the Hunt

NOT THRILLEDFixed a bug where Rengar sometimes only gained 4 Ferocity after exiting Thrill of the Hunt


Q slow and movement speed down. No longer refreshes Windspeaker’s.
Soraka’s changes are all about injecting more risk when she wades into the fray to provide assistance. For a champion that already pumps out amazing heals, the strength of Soraka’s kiting doubles up on denying any sort of aggression that comes her way. By cutting down on Starcall’s over-the-top protective tools, Soraka becomes less of a one-stop-shop for protection without losing the healing potential she’s picked for.

Lastly, a quick note on Rejuvenation’s on interaction with Windspeaker’s Blessing. Windspeaker’s was made in a world without any healing over time effects - and as such, wasn’t really balanced around high uptimes. Enter Soraka’s Rejuvenation mechanic back in 6.5 and now she’s tossing around 6-8 second armor and magic resist buffs off of a single spellcast. It’s possible that we revisit this mechanic and work on clearly defined rules about how HoT’s (and other heals) should interact with Windspeakers, but for now we’re not comfortable with the amount of strength it’s adding to a single champion.

Q - Starcall

SLOW AMOUNT30/35/40/45/50%  30% at all ranks
REMOVEDSTARCALLER’S BLESSINGRejuvenation no longer refreshes Windspeaker’s Blessing


Base mana up, mana growth down. W range down. E is shorter and narrower.
An old champion with a new coat of gems, Taric’s tearing up the battlefield while keeping his teammates spotless. A protector in the truest sense, the issue of Taric’s current power level isn’t how well he saves his allies - but rather the considerable range at which he’s able to influence the fight. This doesn’t come up much in lane (as Taric’s usually next to his bastion-buddy), but once ganks and teamfights start entering the picture things get messy. We’re trimming Taric’s excess power and focusing him around being the dependable shield you carrywith youto a fight, committing him to stick close to his team if he wants to have the same impact.


BASE MANA250  300

W - Bastion


E - Dazzle

LENGTH650  575
WIDTH150  140


More traps.
Alright. We know people are going to come into this section thinking ‘Why buff Teemo?’, but let’s be honest with ourselves. While Teemo’s always been a serviceable laner, the Swift Scout has been on the weaker side of the spectrum for a long while. The root causes are many, but we’re targeting two: Teemo’s awkward mana usage, and his inability to set up the mushroom fields he’s known for.

Getting into specifics, Teemo players find themselves opting into sometimes ranking up W - Move Quick not because it’s particularly good, but so the costs of his other spells don’t go through the roof. Similarly, a Teemo that’s behind is pressured against laying traps due to their high cost and cooldown, making them lackluster when the enemy team’s already gaining control of the map. Releasing the mana pressures across Teemo’s kit allows him to spend more time thinking critically about when and where to use his abilities.

Passive - Camouflage

SHHEntering stealth won’t interrupt autoattacks in wind-up

Q - Blinding Dart

COST70/80/90/100/110 mana  70/75/80/85/90 mana

R - Noxious Trap

COST75/100/125 mana  75 mana at all ranks
AMMO RECHARGE TIME34/28/22 seconds  30/25/20 seconds


Revives faster at higher levels.
Most tanks have been excited to jump into the fray in 2016, but Zac’s been unexpectedly absent. Zac’s already best-in-class when it comes to getting into sticky situations, but Cell Divison shifts dramatically from an early-game boon to a limp extended late-game death. Considering long-range initiation is kind of Zac’s thing, the fact that he tends to land in risky situations shouldn’t feel as punishing as it does later on. We’re tweaking the Secret Weapon’s specs to help him maneuver the backlines and to give him a fighting chance of bouncing back into action (should his team provide the necessary assistance).


NEVER SKIP BREAKFASTUpdated recommended items

Passive - Cell Division

REVIVE TIMERBlobs reform after 8 seconds  8/7/6/5/4 seconds (at levels 1/5/9/13/17)

Splash Updates

A few more longterm splash replacements!



Boot Enchantments

With Homeguard no longer being tied to the enchantment system, almost all of the remaining options are very broad bonuses to movement. As seen earlier this season, bonus movement speed is a dangerous thing to stack, with boot enchants being a major contributor. When considering how warping Alacrity’s been toward introducing movement speed into the item system (and how potentially warping Captain or Fervor can be), we’re pulling the system to put a tighter leash on the ways champions can gain extra speed.

It’s possible that we’ll revisit the concept of boot enchants in the future, but only after we find ways for it help dodge mobility creep - not enforce it.
REMOVEDDISENCHANTEDBoot enchantments have been removed from the shop

Enchantment: Devourer

Goodbye, Ghost Dog.
For years we’ve tried to provide junglers an item that helps them burn through the jungle, but despite multiple seasons of iteration we’ve failed to find an incarnation of ‘stacking jungle rewards’ that wasn’t problematic. While Devourer is an incremental improvement over past incarnations (shout-outs to those who remember Feral Flare’s insane healing and vision control), the primary problem with ‘farming junglers’ is that you don’t see them for half the game. Junglers are an integral part of how teams in League operate, and incentivizing them to AFK for the 15 minutes is too high a cost to be healthy long-term. We still want to support junglers that like high attack speed and on-hit builds, but this isn’t the way to do it.
REMOVEDFINALLY SATEDEnchantment: Devourer has been removed from the shop

Enchantment: Bloodrazor

Everything old is new again.
Bloodrazor’s back from its years of traveling the world to be the jungle item we deserve. Attack speed junglers break down into different audiences, and Bloodrazor caters to both. Tankier on-hit champions (like Shyvana and Warwick) will find it an appropriate centerpiece to their natural synergies, while Kindred and Master Yi can pair it with Blade of the Ruined King and armor penetration for scaling builds.

The removal of Devourer and the inclusion of Bloodrazor means that junglers will feel better about jumping directly into battle after finishing their item rather than waiting for it to power up. There will always be junglers who prioritize farming, and there will always be junglers that will rarely gank your lane - the key is that these decisions will be up to the player and their champion’s kits, not forced by the items they buy into.
TOTAL COST2625 gold
BUILD PATHTier 2 Jungle Item + Recurve Bow + 625 gold
BLOODRAZORUNIQUE Passive - Basic attacks deal 3% of the target’s maximum health as bonus physical damage (maximum 75 damage vs minions and monsters)

Guinsoo's Rageblade

Upgraded to an end-game item. Now has Sated Devourer’s Phantom Hit passive.
We couldn’t have a section with Devourer without addressing Guinsoo’s Rageblade as well. Rageblade’s a controversial item on live, but we’re convinced it feels far more overbearing than it actually is. Its power blooms specifically in the hands of basic-attack focused champions looking to snowball a lead, versus being generically too powerful. Even when it’s played on other champions (shout-outs to Tristana), it’s to fill a specific early-game niche.

That said, a large part of Guinsoo’s balance depends on it being kept behind a few really unsatisfying barriers. For instance, it has the worst build path in the game - creating a low point of power as you struggle to accumulate its exorbitant combine cost. On the flip side, finishing Rageblade spikes you far harder than most items at that price point, creating a race to keep Rageblade users down before they can become relevant. When the correct play against Rageblade is ‘snowball incredibly hard or lose,’ we can do better.

Our solution is to upgrade Guinsoo’s into a top-tier endgame item for the champions who value hybrid stats and on-hit builds. This allows for a more steady progression of power, as well as allowing us to put the much-coveted ‘Phantom Hit’ passive within arm’s reach of non-junglers. We’ll let you think of some of the more powerful combos (Aatrox?), but rewarding champions with access to top-shelf on-hit insanity once they’ve committed to combat feels like an appropriate gate for skirmishers and divers alike.
NEWSTILL RAGINGIcon has been updated!
TOTAL COST2800 gold  3600 gold
BUILD PATHBlasting Wand + Pickaxe + Recurve Bow + 875 gold
NEWON-HITDeals 15 magic damage on-hit
GET MADBasic attacks grant +8% attack speed, +3 attack damage, and +4 ability power for 5 second (this effect stacks, granting Guinsoo’s Rage at max stacks)
REMOVEDMELEE PRIVILEGENo longer gives two stacks for melee champions
REMOVEDKEEP IT TOGETHERNo longer deals AoE damage on-hit duringGuinsoo’s Rage
[NEW?] PHANTOM HITDuring Guinsoo’s Rage, every other basic attack will trigger on-hit effects an additional time

The Black Cleaver

Cost reduced. -5 AD.
For those keeping up with recent top lane trends, builds have skewed toward the tankier end for the majority of 2016. Black Cleaver is a natural ‘release valve’ to help counter these champions, providing necessary shred and sticking power to run down even the beefiest defenders. When we noticed that its primary users (Renekton, Gnar, Riven to name a few) weren’t in the best spot performance wise, it made sense to bring the item that binds them together down to the price-points of other important powerspikes.
TOTAL COST3500 gold  3100 gold
COMBINE COST1150 gold  750 gold

Spectre's Cowl

Costs more. More health, less magic resist.
After reshaping and reinforcing the equipment mages have at their disposal, it stands to reason that we’d bolster the options to defend against them as well. Maw and Abyssal Scepter are solid purchases for the damage-minded, but the marquee tank options of the magic resist family need some work.

All of that begins with Spectre’s Cowl. Funnily enough, Cowl actually has the opposite problem of its upgrades - it’s too efficient for its cost, to the point that tanks are often happy leaving it un-upgraded far into the game. We want them to feel good about sitting on Cowl in lane, but tinkering with its efficiency should pressure tanks into spending more gold to get their desired magical defenses.
TOTAL COST1100 gold  1200 gold
HEALTH200  250

Banshee's Veil

Health and cost down. Recipe changed.
Banshee’s Veil offers an entirely unique effect in the item lineup, but its similar price-point and statline to Spirit Visage do more harm than good for BV’s chances of actually being purchased. Normally too expensive compared to its cousin, we’re shrinking Veil to be the earlier buy that guards against a burst mage gone wild, with an accordingly slimmer stat line. This makes it less effective in a full item build if you’re aiming for pure defense, but more accessible for those in need of a spell shield on a budget.
TOTAL COST2900 gold  2450 gold
BUILD PATHSpectre’s Cowl + Negatron Cloak + 530 gold
HEALTH500  300

Spirit Visage

Combine cost and magic resist down. Regen and healing up.
On the other side of the Spectre’s Cowl, Spirit Visage is a popular pick-up that’s purchased for its pure protective stats. To differentiate it from Veil’s more immediate benefits, we’re pushing Spirit Visage to more comfortably fit within final builds by emphasizing its synergies with other tank items (like Warmog’s).
TOTAL COST2800 gold (unchanged)
COMBINE COST900 gold  800 gold
HEALTH REGEN150%  200%

Guardian Angel

Cost and magic resist reduced.
Despite our changes in 6.5, Guardian Angel’s still not pulling its weight as a reactionary defensive buy. Putting it on sale at the cost of a bit of mitigation helps cement GA as the go-to item when looking for life insurance against physical divers and assassins.
TOTAL COST2700 gold  2400 gold
COMBINE COST1180 gold  880 gold

Quicksilver Sash & Mercurial Scimitar

Active now only removes crowd control debuffs.
The QSS and Mercurial Scimitar active has two uses: cleansing crowd control (Amumu ult) and purging combat debuffs (Zed ult). These cases differ in that crowd control is setup, while combat debuffs are the payoffs to such setup. When you cleanse CC, the enemy needs to lock you down again to aggress on you, but that tends to be a pretty reasonable ask. By contrast, cleansing a combat debuff wipes the applicator's primary means of fighting you. So, those champs are pressured to snowball before their effects become meaningless, while their opponents are forced into buying QSS even if it's incredibly inefficient to do so. This leads to destructive effects on game balance which we've left unanswered for too long. With the understanding that there may be outliers we need to address, we're unshackling combat debuff champs from their quicksilver collars.
ACTIVE EFFECTThe actives of Quicksilver Sash and Mercurial Scimitar now only remove crowd control debuffs

Hexdrinker, Maw of Malmortius & Sterak’s Gage

Sterak’s Gage and Maw of Malmortius shields no longer stack. Sterak’s Fury and Lifegrip now both proc when Lifeline is triggered.
Maw and Sterak’s have complementary defensive triggers: Maw cares about how low you are while Sterak’s cares about how fast you’re dropping. This presents an interesting choice in lane: which item is best for the situation you’re in? Unfortunately, that choice becomes meaningless as the game progresses and beefy champs stack both items to cover all their bases. We’re tying the shields of Maw and Sterak’s together to ensure that picking one is a choice, not just the earlier of two purchases.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILYSterak’s Gage’s shield is now classified as a Lifeline effect along with the shields from Hexdrinker and Maw of Malmortius
ONE LIFE ONE LINEWhen a Lifeline effect triggers, all Lifeline items are put on the cooldown of the triggered item. Only the triggered effect’s shield is granted.
DOUBLE DUTYSterak’s Fury and Maw’s Lifegrip are now both granted on either Lifelinetrigger

Bami's Cinder

Health down.
Compared to Giant’s Belt, Bami’s Cinder provides everything you want and more out of a defensive component. Given that it’s already got the offensive edge, we’re pulling back on Cinder’s efficiency so it’s not always a no-brainer.
HEALTH300  280

Sunfire Cape

Cost up.
Similar to Bami’s Cinder, Sunfire’s efficient stats and hybrid offense/defense means it’s just the best early buy in most cases. Nudging it back to the price point of the other big Health/Armor makes it easier to pick the one for the right situation, not just whichever’s the cheapest.
TOTAL COST2700 gold  2900 gold
COMBINE COST800 gold  1000 gold

Enchantment: Cinderhulk

Aura scales better with levels.
For an item meant to help tanks scale into the lategame, Cinderhulk’s been all but forgotten next to the shiny base damage of Runic Echoes. With Cinderhulk’s intended role as an investment toward a tank’s endgame statline, it didn’t make much sense for it to end up weaker than Sunfire Cape’s aura (considering they don’t stack). We’re fixing things to break even with old Cinderhulk at level 6, around when most junglers are completing it anyways.
IMMOLATE DAMAGE15 + 0.6 per level  7 + 2 per level

Vision Ward

Less health, but regenerates health while out of combat.
Yes, this is technically a Jhin buff.

With their rise in popularity (ever since Stealth Wards sold out), the prevalence of Vision Wards has highlighted how cumbersome it is to clear them out. In keeping with the themes of Midseason, we’re easing the burden of cutting down successive pinks while making them more valuable to defend. Vision Wards have always been a mini-objective, so now we’re formalizing it.
NEWREWARDINGNow regenerates 1 health every 3 seconds after 5 seconds out of combat.

Farsight Alteration

Cooldown up.
When it comes to diversity of Trinkets, Farsight’s been on top of the vision-throne for long while. Come mid-game, stacking Farsight trinkets changes the vision game drastically - rendering certain strategies revolving around making picks or ambushing virtually obsolete. We’re happy that Farsight’s more flexible in a wider number of vision-control strategies, we’re just adjusting so it’s not also crowding out the space entirely.
COOLDOWN90-60 seconds (at levels 9-18)  148-99 seconds (at levels 9-18)

Righteous Glory

No longer speeds up allies. Active speed amount and duration increased.
In its current incarnation, Righteous Glory presents us with a few balancing troubles. When it’s too strong, it replaces traditional initiation and warps the environment to be ‘who are the best carriers of Righteous Glory and why aren’t you playing them?’ We’re removing that consideration altogether and really pushing its synergies with individual champions. It’ll be easier than ever for Righteous Glory users to run down fleeing targets, but they'll need more clever coordination than just ‘run as 5 in a straight line’ to start off a chaotic brawl.
NEWETERNITYUNIQUE Passive - 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending mana restores 25% of mana spent as Health, up to 25 health per cast (Toggle spells heal for up to 25 per second).
REMOVEDASSEMBLEActive no longer speeds up allies
ACTIVE HASTE DURATION3 seconds  4 seconds
ACTIVE SLOW DURATION1 second  2 seconds

Warmog's Armor

Health slightly reduced, now grants cooldown reduction.
Despite its game-changing out-of-combat regeneration, Warmog’s Armor struggles to find a spot in builds for tanks and juggernauts alike. It’s not that the item’s subpar, but it simply doesn’t fit what most champions in these classes really need out of a gold investment. Tossing in a Kindlegem should help Warmog’s feel comparable to say, Spirit Visage when planning out your needs in a 6-item build.
TOTAL COST2850 gold (unchanged)
BUILD PATHGiant's Belt + Kindlegem + Crystalline Bracer + 400 gold
HEALTH850  800

Relic Shield Line

Less healing.
While not specifically tied to any of our other systems changes, botlane’s feeling a little high on resources these days. The botlane meta’s always lived between the extremes of being an all-in lane with low tolerance for mistakes and a sustaining paradise where poke and attrition mean very little. The pendulum’s a little too far on the ‘poke matters less’ part of that spectrum, so we’re toning back sustain from some of the more common purchases.

Relic Shield

CHARGE COOLDOWN60 seconds  40 seconds
HEALING PER CHARGE40 health  20 health

Targon's Brace

HEALING PER CHARGE50 health  40 health

Spellthief's Edge Line

Less mana regeneration.
Regeneration overall is a bit too free, so we’re taking some of botlane’s mana as well.



Frost Queen's Claim


Arcane Sweeper

It’s a creepy eyeball. Was this ever really hextech to begin with?
NAMEHextech Sweeper  Arcane Sweeper

Grievous Wounds

Reverted to affect all healing, not just self-healing.
Sometimes, changes don’t really work out. This is one of those times. Grievous wounds working off of self-healing created a sense of hopelessness when facing stronger healers and general confusion about what applying it would functionally do. We’re reverting it to make sense with the expectation of what a healing debuff should do.
GENERALLY GRIEVOUSReduces self healing by 40%  all healing received by 40%

Skin Clarity Updates

Like our recent work on Underworld Twisted Fate, we're revisiting eight skins whose VFX were pretty far below clarity standards. (Fun fact: all eight skins were disabled in competitive play.) Skins should be fun, alternative fantasies, not competitive advantages, so we're bringing their visual effects up to par.
  • Ravenborn LeBlanc’s launch pads for W - Distortion are brighter and slightly larger
  • Cosmic Reaver Kassadin’s Q - Null Sphere projectile is larger. Added a ring element forE- Force Pulse’s ready state.
  • Headhunter Caitlyn’s Passive - Headshot now has glow particles on her hands when ready (in addition to the ones on her gun)
  • Lunar Revel Caitlyn’s basic attack is now less noisy and aligns more with her base
  • Blood Moon Elise’s E - Cocoon looks more like a cocoon, as opposed to Ahri's Charm.W - Skittering Frenzy has been cleaned up and now leaves the screen faster and is less noisy.
  • Firecracker Jinx’s Q- Fishbones explosions have been cleaned up and have less smoke effects
  • Forecast Janna’s Q - Howling Gale has been lightened for better visibility
  • Dark Valkyrie Diana’s Q - Crescent Strike particle has been modified to make the brights brighter and darks darker


  • Fixed a bug where Karthus's abilities sometimes failed to apply the slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter during Passive - Death Defied. (We jumped the gun on listing this last patch - sorry!)
  • While in Passive - Death Defied, Karthus no longer creates extraneous visual effects when casting Q - Lay Waste out of range
  • Quinn no longer fails to proc Passive - Harrier when attacking a marked target immediately after canceling an attack
  • Oracle Alteration now indicates its sweep range when hovered
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from joining premade lobbies while waiting out queue dodge penalties
  • Fixed a Clubs tag display issue with tags that started with a "-"
  • Fixed a bug where some players couldn't see their own Clubs tag in New Champ Select lobbies
  • Ward placement VO lines no longer play globally for allies on some champions and skins
  • Snow Day Singed's recall audio is no longer global
  • Battlecast Alpha Skarner no longer occasionally plays base Skarner's VO
  • Gravelord Azir no longer sometimes plays base Azir's VO on top of his own lines
  • Blackfrost Anivia's Passive - Rebirth channeling audio has been restored

Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released during patch 6.9:

Points of Interest from the 6.9 PBE

Here's a brief look at a few of the new things included in patch 6.9 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 6.9 PBE cycle and may vary slightly from what is pushed to live.

Upcoming Champion Skins

6.9 includes a total of three new champion skins  Iron Inquisitor KayleCursed Revenant Nocturne, and Black Scourge Singed! These skins will be priced at 750 RP each and we'll have a full preview post up when they are released!

Iron Inquisitor Kayle

Cursed Revenant Nocturne

750 RP

Black Scourge Singed

New Splash Art

This cycle includes SEVEN brand new splash arts - base art update for Malazhar as well as new PAX Sivir, UFO Corki, Glacial Olaf. Traditional Trundle, Junkyard Trundle, and Lil' Slugger Trundle splash arts!


Updated splash arts for UFO Corki, PAX Sivir and Glacial Olaf were also added to the PBE!

UFO Corki

PAX Sivir

Glacial Olaf

Finally, new splashes for Lil Slugger TrundleJunkyard Trundle, and Traditional Trundle were added this cycle.

Lil Slugger Trundle

Junkyard Trundle

Traditional Trundle

Malzahar and Zyra Texture Updates

Both Malzahar and Zyra has received small texture updates in addition to their MYMU changes:

Malzahar texture update comparison:
Zyra's texture update comparison:

New Champion Ability Icons

Several of the updated mages now have also received new ability icons in 6.9!





[Party hat visible on Surprise Party Fiddlesticks R icon]




[Crimson Rush buff]


New Summoner Icons

Four new summoner icons are also included in 6.9, presumably to be released along side the new Kayle, Nocturne, and Singed skins mentioned above!

Updated Mage Skin Spotlights


  • [VFX Clarity changes on 8 skins] - Ravenborn LeBlanc, Cosmic Reaver Kassadin, Headhunter Caitlyn, Bloodmoon Elise, Lunar Revel Caitlyn, Firecracker Jinx, Forecast Janna, Dark Valkyrie Diana.

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