Hot off the Nexus Blitz presses!
LET ME GET THAT FOR YOU : If you're assigned Jungle in draft queues, you'll load into Champion Select with Smite already selected! You're still free to swap Smite out (or swap to Smite if you aren't assigned Jungle) in cases where you're running an offbeat comp or want to switch roles with a teammate.
v6.24 (Mid-Patch Updates)
Pre-season’s changes have given junglers too much early-game power. We’ll continue investigating early clears as we move into the new year, but for the moment, Smite’s sustain is going down so junglers can’t convert their early advantage into lane pressure so efficiently.
HEALTH RESTORE : [100 + 10% maximum health] ⇒ 70 + 10% maximum health
Smite bonuses (the benefits you get from Smiting a camp) are a feature we actually think functions pretty well at giving junglers tools to contest objectives and control the map. However, we think we can do better, so we’re removing Smite bonuses to give us room to make improvements elsewhere. However, there is one important function of Smite bonuses that we haven’t reliably replicated elsewhere: sustain. Smite will continue to carry that burden whenever used on any camp.
NO MORE WOLF SPIRIT Large monsters no longer grant bonuses when Smited. (Red and blue buffs still exist!)
MORE HEALTH THOUGH Smite now heals you for 100 + 10% of your maximum health when used against monsters
AMMO RECHARGE TIME : [75 seconds] ⇒ 90 seconds
AMMO CHARGE START TIME : [1:25] ⇒ 1:40
No longer triggers spell effects.
Smite's been through an interesting transformation. Once one of League's more 'vanilla' spells, it's turned into a multi-charge, multi-augmented ability that provides tons of utility. While Smite's slowly crept up in strength, it was the introduction of Runic Echoes interaction with Smite where we finally needed to draw the line. Having an instant high-damage nuke is probably not in anyone's best interests.
smitten No longer triggers spell effects (such as Spell Vamp or Rylai's Crystal Scepter)
Smite charges 5 seconds faster. Pretty massive.
CHARGE TIMER : Smite now begins charging at 1:25 rather than 1:30
Smite's range is shorter when used against champions, but isn't THAT much shorter against jungle monsters (and in a few cases, unchanged), due to the way hitboxes are designed.
- Time to be honest: the power of Chilling Smite is just too high. We love that it adds a new tool to the game, but it's shoring up champion weaknesses so well (that is, every champion who uses Chilling Smite extends their engagement range to ~675) that we know we'll need to do this range reduction sooner or later. Otherwise, Chilling Smite just becomes a necessary purchase in order for everyone to compete.
- RANGE :
750 (center of champion's hitbox to center of opponent's hitbox) ⇒ 500 (edge of champion's hitbox to edge of opponent's hitbox)
- BUT WAIT, THERE'S CONTEXT : The above change should roughly be a ~175 range loss against champions, with many monsters being unaffected (due to them being fat), although some might require you to be a little closer
Smite now stores charges up to a maximum of 2, but has an internal cooldown of 15 seconds so you can't do silly things like double Smite things.
- Right now, Smite's a pretty important ability for a lot of reasons (securing buffs, smiting other folks, farming the jungle), so we're seeing most junglers start to 'hoard' their smites as the game progresses. When you think about it, that's a pretty significant chunk of cool things a jungler misses out on (as long as Dragon or Baron are up), so we looked for potential solutions.
- Like Smite charges."
- [NEW] CHARGES : Has 'em. Smite now gains charges at a rate of
1 per 60 seconds with a maximum of 1 charge at any time ⇒ 1 per 75 seconds, with a maximum of two Smite charges at any time.
- [NEW] A COMPLICATED START : Smite starts with 1 charge and only begins to gain additional charges at 1:40
- [NEW] NO DOUBLE TAPPING : Smite now has a cooldown of 15 seconds
- Cooldown lowered to 40 seconds (from 60)
- Damage reduced to 390-1000 based on champion level (from 460 + (lvl x30))
- Smite damage increased to 490-1,000 from 445-870
- Now improved in the Defense tree instead of Offense
- Improved Smite no longer reduces cooldown but the gold gained on cast is increased to 10 from 5
- Cooldown reduced to 70 seconds from 75 seconds
- Now deals true damage instead of magic damage
- Now removes stealth when used
- Damage per level reduced to 25 from 35
- Damage reduced from 575 +25 x level to 420 +35 x level (1,060 total down to 1,050)
June 12, 2009 Patch
- Fixed a bug with Consume, Smite, and other spells that would make them not castable for periods of time where they looked like they were castable
April 25, 2009 Patch
- Changed damage from 600 to 575 + 25 x your level
Alpha Week 6
- Cooldown increased to 90 seconds from 75 seconds, and damage is now reduced by the target's magic resistance
Alpha Week 4
- Plentiful Bounty talent bonus gold from Smite decreased to 5 from 10