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Patch Notes v5.24
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Greetings, Summoners.

Welcome to patch 5.24, the last one of 2015. It’s been a wild ride with Cinderhulks, Juggernauts and Devourers in-between, but this is no time to get sentimental. It’s still preseason, there are still outliers to balance, systems to maintain and bad jokes to make.

Speaking of balance outliers, we’ve got a lot of balance changes below for champions you might not see often - let’s dive into that for a bit. Like preseasons past, we’ve traveled (via the diversity dirigible, naturally) to an entirely new ecosystem of champion balance, where many old “champion power” assumptions just don’t hold water. A moment of silence, please, for 4.20 Warwick and six-Cleaver everyone. New systems, masteries and items combine to make weak champions strong, strong champions weak, and Brand a god. So while it may shock you to see champions like Swain and Anivia nerfs, or Riven buffs (gasp!), keep in mind that we’re working off of as much objective data as we can.

Then there’s Soraka.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget.

With that out of the way, what else is there? Poppy’s looking cuter and more imposing than ever, Snowdown’s back and brought the Legend of the Poro King game mode with it, and we’ve put the finishing touches on our item and champion tuning before taking a balance break to January.

So, from all of us at Riot Games: good luck, have fun, and we’ll see you in 2016.

ScarizardIcon.jpg Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough

Snowdown 2015

It's time for some icy awesomeness as Snowdown kicks off this patch! Bundle up with a ton of new Snowdown stuff coming your way!:

  • The Legend of the Poro King game mode returns with a new PROJECT: Poro icon joining last year's lineup of icon-infused poro skins!
  • Snowdown minions on Howling Abyss and Summoner's Rift
  • A new Penguin Skier ward and a few new Snowdown icons, including IP icons that you can toss to your friends
  • Your Snowdown Shop, offering skin and champ discounts unique to you
  • Three new Snowdown skins:


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Head over to the Snowdown 2015 site for updates and more details on League's snowiest celebration!

Champions

PoppySquare.png   Poppy

Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer, will be updated with the launch of patch 5.24! To learn more, check the following links:

AniviaSquare.png   Anivia
R’s leash range is shorter and chills for less.

Anivia’s synergies with the new Keystone Masteries are pushing her to pretty absurd levels of power, especially in a metagame where teams primarily rely on sieging towers to succeed. These changes are all about forcing Anivia to commit herself to danger if she wants to command the same level of respect in controlling and defending objectives.

Glacial Storm.png R - Glacial Storm

CHILLED DURATION : [2 seconds] 1 second
MAXIMUM range : [1200] 1000

AzirSquare.png   Azir

Another patch, another set of bugfixes for Azir.

Arise!.png W - Arise!

EARLY TO RISE  : Fixed a bug where Azir would command attacks before soldiers could attack
THEY MEAN WELL : Soldiers no longer cheat attacks if they weren't able to attack when commanded

Shifting Sands.png E - Shifting Sands

WITH YOU ALL THE WAY : Azir now moves with soldiers to their endpoint even if he catches up to them while traveling

BardSquare.png   Bard
W ratio up. Meeps recharge faster.

Bard’s the caretaker to call when you need to protect a dimension (or listen to some sweet tunes), but his early game struggles keep him from realising his destiny. Pretty straightforward buffs to access that early game fantasy.

Traveler's Call.png Passive - Traveler's Call

BASE MEEP RECHARGE rate : [10 seconds] 8 seconds

Caretaker's Shrine.png W - Caretaker's Shrine

MINIMUM ratio : [0.2 ability power] 0.3 ability power
MAXIMUM ratio : [0.45 ability power] 0.6 ability power

BrandSquare.png   Brand
W cost up.

Brand’s flown under the radar for a long time, but preseason’s outed him as one of the highest damage champions in the game. Since Deathfire Touch (Brand’s go-to- Keystone) is also being nerfed, we’re going a little lighter here, choosing to instead tap his efficiency in harassment / waveclear.

Pillar of Flame.png W - Pillar of Flame

cost : [70/75/80/85/90 mana] 70/80/90/100/110 mana

CaitlynSquare.png   Caitlyn
Headshot stacks faster at early levels.

Better access to early health regen, combined with Caitlyn's update have taken the bite out of her poke-based laning style. We think Caitlyn plays best when she's able to bully her opposition a bit more, so we're bumping up that early game at the small cost of her late.

Headshot.png Passive - Headshot

ATTACKS PER HEADSHOT : [7/6/5] 6

DrMundoSquare.png   Dr. Mundo
Q deals less damage to monsters. E requires more ranks to scale, and no longer works on towers.

Seasons change, teams rise and fall... and Mundo goes where he pleases. The introduction of Rift Herald’s made it clear that Cleaver’s damage was never appropriately tuned for the jungle, letting Mundo free to gleefully slaughter large monsters without a care in the world. Combine this strength with the raw power loaded into Masochism’s on-hit from 5.20, and you’ve got an unstoppable force. We’re addressing both of these to bring Mundo back to brink of sanity and off the edge of ‘banned every game.’

Infected Cleaver.png Q - Infected Cleaver

CURRENT health damage : [15/18/21/23/25%] 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%
MAXIMUM damage TO MONSTERS : [300/400/500/600/700] 300/350/400/450/500

Masochism.png E - Masochism

I'M GONNA WRECK IT No longer works on structures
ratio : [5% maximum health] 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% maximum health

EkkoSquare.png   Ekko
WREKKO LIVES

A few savvy players (and one handsome patch-writer) found a slew of issues with Ekko’s passive not correctly applying on-hits. No more! Go forth and live your on-hit Ekko dreams, friends.

Z-Drive Resonance.png Passive - Z-Drive Resonance

SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH THE Z-DIFFUSER : Fixed a bug where Sated Devourer (and other on-hits) didn't apply correctly

HecarimSquare.png   Hecarim
Less health. Only ignores unit collision during E.

Hecarim’s engagement pattern is consistently oppressive, and preseason’s only amplified the terror he brings to any 1v1 encounter. We’re emphasising the value in striking back against him (especially when Spirit of Dread is down), and forcing him to play the same unit collision game as everyone else. No more free hits just because your opponent’s struggling through a blockade of enemy minions, buddy.

General

BASE health : [599] 580
health GROWTH stat : [95] 90

Warpath.png Passive - Warpath

GHOST HORSE No longer causes Hecarim to ignore Unit Collision

Devastating Charge.png E - Devastating Charge

GHOST HORSE'S REVENGE Hecarim now ignores Unit Collision while charging

JinxSquare.png   Jinx
Rockets root Jinx for less

Increasing Jinx’s attack frame when using Fishbones had the unintended side-effect of rooting her for longer than attacking in mini-gun, so we’re bringing it in line to make it feel like it did pre-preseason. Her attack speed is still slowed, mind you, but you’ll regain control of your movement much sooner.

Switcheroo!.png Q - Switcheroo!

FISHBONES CAST time : [.32] .28
PROC YOU LIKE A HURRICANE : Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane bolts couldn’t crit while using rockets
DEATH MACHINE FOR LIFE : Hurricane bolts are now mini-rockets while using Fishbones!

KarthusSquare.png   Karthus
Wall of Pain’s slow now decays.

Another huge beneficiary of preseason, Karthus’s reliability with Wall of Pain makes the follow-up onslaught of Lay Wastes less ‘dodging and weaving’ and more of an inevitability. Karthus still retains his immediate catch potential, but now has to rely on some slick predictions (or follow-up from teammates) before dragging his prey with him to the great beyond.

Wall of Pain.png W - Wall of Pain

WALL OF DISCOMFORT : Slow drops to half effectiveness after 1 second

KindredSquare.png   Kindred
W heal down. R cooldown up.

Kindred’s strengths have become pretty apparent as players continue mastering them, utilising their high damage and sustain to take even the slightest advantage and run rampant. These changes are about restricting access to their more powerful tools when they’re most likely to pull ahead while introducing more risk to their death-defying maneuvers.

Wolf's Frenzy.png W - Wolf's Frenzy

PASSIVE heal : [63-114 at levels 1-18] 43-94 at levels 1-18

Lamb's Respite.png R - Lamb's Respite

cooldown : [150/130/110] 160/130/100

Kog'MawSquare.png   Kog'Maw
W’s attack damage ratio is gone, but now has a base damage.

Kog’Maw’s the same vomit-happy hypercarry he’s always been, but the update went too far in removing base damages from his kit. What we end up with is a Kog that’s incredibly hard to stop once he gets going, but lacking in the tools to get there reliably. Removing the ratio and reinstating the base does trim Kog’s highs, but gives him an expected damage floor to tap into when he’s not consuming everything.

Bio-Arcane Barrage.png W - Bio-Arcane Barrage

ATTACK damage ratio No longer deals 1.25% per 100 attack damage of the target's maximum health as magic damage
FLAT damage Now deals 2% of the target's maximum health as magic damage

MalzaharSquare.png   Malzahar
W damage down.

Malzahar’s been sleeping just below the surface of too powerful for a long time, only just recently breaking through the top of Strong Mountain. Instead of taking away from his signature lane control and single-target lockdown, we’re opting to chip away at his unintended strengths, targeting incidental area damage instead.

Null Zone.png W - Null Zone

damage : [4/5/6/7/8% of target's maximum health] 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% of target's maximum health

Master YiSquare.png   Master Yi
Just a tooltip bug.

Making it abundantly clear that this is just a tooltip bug, and Yi's had this AP ratio since 2013. Tooltip.

Meditate.png W - Meditate

TOOLTIP ratio : [0.3 ability power] 0.15 ability power

MissFortuneSquare.png   Miss Fortune
Early ranks of W’s attack speed and E’s slow down.

Miss Fortune’s still ruling the laning phase with an iron fist, so we’re taking a crack at draining early power. Specifically targeted at the initial ranks, these changes reduce her raw effectiveness in trades (unless making good use of Love Tap) while adding a level of choice as to which you’d want to max second.

Strut.png W - Strut

ATTACK speed : [60/70/80/90/100%] 40/55/70/85/100%

Make It Rain.png E - Make It Rain

SLOW : [40/45/50/55/60%] 28/36/44/52/60%

NidaleeSquare.png   Nidalee
Q damage up.

Once queen of the jungle, Nidalee’s early game has been suffering when tossing spears at champions and monsters alike. So we’re making them hit harder. context.

Javelin Toss.png Q - Javelin Toss

damage : [50/70/90/110/130] 60/77.5/95/112.5/130
MAXIMUM damage : [150/210/270/330/390] 180/232.5/285/337.5/390

QuinnSquare.png   Quinn
Attack damage down. Q damage and ratio decreased, and cost increased.

If you’ve played against Quinn this patch, you already know that Blinding Assault does too much damage for the utility it provides. Hitting her damage across the board cements proper use of Harrier and Blinding Assault’s smokescreen effect to win duels, rather than just clicking on them really hard.

General

BASE ATTACK damage : [56.46] 54.46

Aerial Assault.png Q - Blinding Assault

BASE damage : [25/55/85/115/145] 20/45/70/95/120
ratio : [0.8/0.95/1.1/1.25/1.4 total attack damage] 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.1/1.2 total attack damage
cost : [50 mana] 50/55/60/65/70 mana

RammusSquare.png   Rammus
Q slow and champion-hit radius down.

When it comes to shutting down marksmen while stacking armor, Rammus runs rings around the competition. Rolling into lanes at the speed of sound, Rammus’ oppressive ganks layer a domineering amount of crowd control on top of anyone looking to have a normal laning phase. We’re tuning back some of the bite from his surprise attacks, but tossing a little quality-of-life his way for when he’s gotta go fast.

Powerball.png Q - Powerball

SLOW DURATION : [3 seconds] 2 seconds
CHAMPION HIT RADIUS : [325] 250
ESCAPE FROM THE MINIONS No longer freaks out when trying to path around minions when powerballing

RivenSquare.png   Riven
Health regen up.

You’re not dreaming - these are Riven buffs. Anyone playing attack-damage champions that don’t synergise with crit or attack speed is feeling a little sad these days. Just like last patch with Kha’Zix and Zed, this won’t improve heavily until we figure out some item-related solutions, but health regen should help her not lose her lane as often while we work it all out.

General

BASE health REGEN : [3.4] 5.4

SivirSquare.png   Sivir
W ratio up.

Given marksmen have less attack damage in their builds, Sivir’s poor performance this preseason isn’t too surprising. She’s always scaled harder with pure attack damage than with any sort of crit synergies, so bumping her ratios a tad should help with her footing while we continue to monitor how she’s doing.

Ricochet.png W - Ricochet

ratio : [0.5/0.55/0.6/0.65/0.7 bonus attack damage] 0.6/0.65/0.7/0.75/0.8 bonus attack damage

SkarnerSquare.png   Skarner
E always works, R’s ratio down.

Another gank-and-tank jungler, Skarner’s late-game revolves around a powerful mix of crowd control and durability. That said, Skarner’s also murdering everyone while being tanky, so we’re tuning that down. In exchange, he gets a buff for when we roll out 10v10 combat. Or waveclear. Very minor waveclear.

Fracture.png E - Fracture

SHATTERED Fracture's missile is no longer destroyed after hitting 6+ targets

Impale.png R - Impale

ratio : [1.0 total attack damage] 0.6 total attack damage

SorakaSquare.png   Soraka
Q range down, W cost up. R no longer removes Grievous Wounds.

Preseason brought lots of indirect help to healers, and with the dust having settled it’s time to begin following up on the balance outliers.
Like Soraka.
Rather than touching the raw health output of League’s premier healer (™), we’re hitting Raka’s safety to increase her vulnerability and cap just how much healing she can actually do in a fight without a significant build adjustment or masterful positioning.

Starcall.png Q - Starcall

range : [950] 800

Astral Infusion.png W - Astral Infusion

cost : [20/25/30/35/40 mana] 40/45/50/55/60 mana

Wish.png R - Wish

SALT IN THE WOUND No longer removes Grievous Wounds

SwainSquare.png   Swain
W duration lowered at early ranks.

When Swain’s good, his dominance over the lane borders on abusive - and Swain’s pretty good right now, using Corrupting Potions and Deathfire Touches to terrorise the world. We’re making it so that Swain is priced into investing in Nevermove to get the same level of control on his prey.

Nevermove.png W - Nevermove

ROOT DURATION : [2 seconds] 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds

Tahm KenchSquare.png   Tahm Kench
W no longer gives movement speed running away.

Tahm Kench. River King. ‘Why didn’t you ban him?’ - whatever name you use, TK’s ability to save allies is the crux of his play-making potential and a cornerstone of his frustration when on the opposing team. We want to preserve Tahm’s clutch moments of supporting carries gone astray, but he should give up some of his personal safety to do so. Given his multiple health bars and massive size, making him slower while sheltering someone in his big ol’ gut makes sense as the first mechanic to send downriver.

Devour.png W - Devour

FULL STOMACH : No longer gains movement speed when moving away from enemies while devouring an allied champion

Twisted FateSquare.png   Twisted Fate
Q damage down.

Like slow creeping fungus, Twisted Fate’s been an under-the-table force for a while and it’s not hard to see why. Unparalleled map presence and point-click stuns reign supreme when it comes to securing leads, and there’s no better time like preseason to take advantage of the chaos. Lowering TF’s mid-game spike and waveclear should buy teams enough time to withstand his pressure game while mounting a response.

Wild Cards.png Q - Wild Cards

MAGIC damage : [60/110/160/210/260] 60/105/150/195/240

Xin ZhaoSquare.png   Xin Zhao
Three Talon Strike actually works.

5.23 saw X to the Z’s Three Talon Strike refactored under-the-hood, which caused all sorts of unintended problems. We’ve patched him up so Xin’s better suited for the rage of war. Sorry!

Three Talon Strike.png Q - Three Talon Strike

SORRY ABOUT THAT : Fixed a bug where Three Talon Strike was incredibly slow
SORRY ABOUT THAT PART TWO : Attacking with Three Talon Strike now properly refreshes the buff duration

ZiggsSquare.png   Ziggs
Passive damage to structures up.

Ziggs is a champion whose performance is tied intrinsically to the pace of the game, blooming when late-game sieges are common and wilting against speedy tower pressure. We’re going easy on the changes as we suss out the systems surrounding game flow, but wanted to send him off with an extra boom for when he’s trying to push an advantage.

Short Fuse.png Passive - Short Fuse

damage TO STRUCTURES : [50%] 100%

Jungle

 Jungle Monster Tuning
Monsters have less effective health against magic damage.

The below changes are a little mathy, so let’s break it down. At present, Jungle Monsters get tougher solely through health scaling, making it harder for champions relying on magic damage and ability cooldowns to interact with them as the game gets later and later. We’re refactoring how that scaling works so that the attack-damage and on-hit junglers in the crowd have about the same effectiveness, but the Cinderhulks and Runeglaives out there have an easier time cutting a path.

Non-Epic Monsters (excluding Rift Scuttler)

JUNGLE MONSTER HEALTH GROWTH BY LEVEL : [100-200%] 100-170%
JUNGLE MONSTER ARMOR GROWTH BY LEVEL : [100%] 100-300%

Greater Krug

BASE HEALTH : [1440] 1450
BASE ARMOR : [12] 10

Dire Murkwolf

BASE HEALTH : [1320] 1300
BASE ARMOR : [9] 10

 Rift Herald
It’s now easier to hand off Doom’s Eve.

We’re still seeing how Rift Herald fits into the grand scheme of things, so we’re making some improvements to make it easier to hand off the buff to the right person without risk of junglers ‘accidentally’ taking it, or dying to Herald in the process.

EXECUTIONER Eye no longer stays open in Execute Range
VOID LOOT Killing Rift Herald no longer automatically grants Doom's Eve. Instead, Rift Herald now drops an Eye Relic on the ground for the killing team, granting Doom's Eve to the player that picks it up.
DELICIOUS Rift Herald now grants Nunu a buff when Consumed

Items

 Wards

Just a bunch of fixes and refactoring for wards, as preseason introduced a fair bit of inconsistency between different types of wards (and which could see which at what ranges). Now wards should do what you expect them to, as long as you expect them to provide vision.

LINING IT UP : Fixed a bug where the amount of vision given by a ward wasn't accurately represented by the range indicator
WARD EQUALITY : Fixed an issue where the amount of vision given by different types of wards were different based on type
MORE REWARDING : The amount of time before a ward 'regains' vision after being disabled by a lens has been extended by 1 second
NO MORE SCARRA BUSH : Wards that are targeted within 25 units of the brush will now seek out and plant themselves into the brush instead
CLUMSY : Monsters no longer push away wards in their path outside of their stating position

Banner of Command.png   Banner of Command

Dolla dolla bills, y'all.

I GOT IT FROM MY BANNER : Tooltip now tells you how much gold your promoted minion has generated

Dead Man's Plate.png   Dead Man's Plate
Health down.

Overall usage and data has pointed to Dead Man’s being far-and-away the health and armor purchase for a while now, but we wanted to see how preseason potentially shook things up before pulling the trigger. About a month in and Dead Man’s Plate is more ubiquitous than ever, even when it’s less situationally powerful than, say, Randuin’s or Sunfire - so we’re knocking off some hit points to let the other items compete.

HEALTH : [600] 500

Guinsoo's Rageblade.png   Guinsoo's Rageblade
AoE range down.

Guinsoo’s is intended to have the same area-of-effect as Ravenous Hydra and Tiamat, but was significantly larger due to a bug. So now it’s not larger!

GUINSOO’S RAGE AREA-OF-EFFECT : [450] 350

Essence Reaver.png   Essence Reaver
Changed the critical strike to cooldown reduction conversation rate.

Essence Reaver’s providing a path for spell-casters as intended, but currently turning your next Zeal or Cloak of Agility into a cheap 20% cooldown reduction is a rate other items simply can’t compete with. The math below is a little wonky, but here’s the gist of it - at 20% crit (from say, Zeal), you’ll get 10% cooldown reduction. At 30% crit (from Zeal’s upgrades), you’ll get the same 20% cooldown reduction you’re used to. We’re digging the item’s path and what it does for carries mid-game, but we’re pushing back the ‘1.5 item power-spike’ to keep certain spell-slinging marksman in check.

CRITICAL MATH : The maximum 20% bonus cooldown reduction is now reached at [20] 30% critical strike chance from other sources
SCALING THAT SCALES : Bonus cooldown reduction per point of critical strike chance from other sources now increases as critical strike chance from other sources increases (ie. no longer a flat value)
FOR EXAMPLE : At 20% critical strike chance from other sources (two thirds of the max), Essence Reaver grants 10% bonus cooldown reduction (half of the max).

Zeal.png   Zeal
Zeal and all of its items cost more.

We don’t want to delay marksmen from participating in the game for too long, but their ‘1.5 item power spike’ is presently pushing them over the edge. Zeal’s newfound cost-efficiency is one of the culprits of this early-midgame bump, so we’re taking a little off the top to keep the pacing and power-growth of marksmen one that all can keep up with.

TOTAL COST : [1200] 1300
COMBINE COST : [500] 600
ALL THE WAY DOWN : Total costs of all items building out of Zeal are also increased by 100

Trinity Force.png   Trinity Force
Sike! Not all Zeal items are more expensive.

Used far less as a true marksman item, we didn’t want ol’ Tons of Damage to be negatively impacted when we were hitting Zeal. Carry on, Trinity Force.

COMBINE COST : [300] 200
TOTAL COST : Unchanged

 Energized Attack Procs
Damage from Kircheis Shard, Statikk Shiv and Rapid Firecannon no longer stack (effects still do).

As sweet as it is to chain-lightning from a million range, it’s clear that the damage from that combination is too high for the safety. We’re keeping the ability for you to stack the effects (because long-range lightning is awesome), but it’ll only take the highest damage of your combined effects to reduce their surprise burst potential.

CHOOSE IT OR LOSE IT : Now chooses the greatest damage of your Energized attacks for the first target hit, rather than all the damage.

Phantom Dancer.png   Phantom Dancer
More attack speed.

Compared to its Zeal brethren, Phantom Dancer’s danced its way out of inventories in favor of newer, shinier Zeal items ever since preseason. While PD could stand to get more power, this is just a love tap - we’ve got more in store for the once-great crit item, but we’re waiting to see the effect of the Energized items not stacking damage before we get too hasty.

ATTACK SPEED : [40%] 45%

Farsight Alteration.png   Farsight Alteration
Longer cooldown, less vision.

The rock-paper-scissors of the trinket system is starting to catch on, but the widespread use of Farsight is providing too much long-term vision for teams to keep up with, turning most games into a constant spotlight-search of clairvoyance on both sides. We’re making the trinket less spammable and lowering the vision radius to make it less sufficient in multiples, especially when compared long-term to a few Warding Totems.

COOLDOWN : [61 - 48 seconds (at levels 9-18)] 90 - 60 seconds (at levels 9-18)
WARD VISION RADIUS : [900] 500 (initial clairvoyance radius unchanged)
CLAIRVOYANT : Now displays a 'dual' indicator to show both the range of the clairvoyance and the vision range of the ward placed.

 Relic Shield line

Spoils of War always had wonky interactions with executing clones, but with Illaoi’s introduction to the League (alongside all her spirit pullin’), we thought now would be the time to make the call on whether you should or shouldn’t be able to proc things. Given that the item’s intent is toward helping allies last-hit, and not surprise-destroying the dreams of champions with clones, we went with the latter.

Passive - Spoils of War

SPOILED : Champion clones can no longer be executed

Stalker's Blade - Devourer.png   Enchantment - Devourer
where are my stacks, harold

Devourer users were pretty excited about a new Epic monster joining the Rift, ready to sink their teeth in and combine with their ghost dog for maximum wreckage - until they found out it was only giving 1 stack on assist. You may now Devour the Herald in peace.

DEVOURED : Now properly gives 5 stacks for assists on Rift Herald (kills gave 5 stacks, but assists were giving 1)

Masteries

 Ferocity Tree
Feast cooldown up. Fervor of Battle slightly reworked, and Deathfire Touch’s damage effectiveness is down.

Ferocity is definitely living up to the hype for fighters and mages looking to stay in combat, but provides certain champions too much power relative to the rest of the cast. Fervor of Battle is now about stacking damage against champions specifically, and Deathfire Touch is more focused about consistent applications of damage.

Mastery Feast.png Feast

COOLDOWN : [20 seconds] 25 seconds

Mastery Fervor of Battle.png Fervor of Battle

MINION STACKING Now only stacks on champion hits
ABILITY STACKING Using abilities no longer grant stacks of Fervor
MELEE MATTERS Melee attacks now grant double stacks of Fervor
SPELLING IT OUT Hitting an enemy champion with an ability grants 2 stacks (2 second cooldown)
FISTS OF FERVOR : Added a particle upon reaching max stacks

Mastery Warlord's Bloodlust.png Warlord's Bloodlust

BUGFIX : Warlord's Bloodlust can no longer sometimes proc multiple times within its 2-second cooldown

Mastery Deathfire Touch.png Deathfire Touch

DURATION : [3 seconds] 4 seconds (damage stays the same)
AREA OF EFFECT DURATION : [1.5 seconds] 2 seconds
PERSISTENT DAMAGE DURATION : [1.5 seconds] 1 second

 Cunning Tree
Armor penetration and Thunderlord’s ratio increased. New assassin mastery for assassins. Windspeaker’s blessing changed to flat from percentage scaling.

Cunning, on the other hand, isn’t pulling its weight when it comes to assassins. To help address their woes (especially the attack-damage ones), we’ve added or boosted damage from the tree across the board to enable the flashy, risky dives and outplays their known for. On the other side of the tree, Windspeaker’s was doing too much lifting toward making end-game tanks unkillable, so we’ve changed it to a flat amount. This makes it more effective on targets with low defensive stats, but less effective on the dude (or dudette) with 400 armor and MR.

Mastery Assassin.png Assassin

LONE WOLF : You deal 1.5% increased damage when no allied champions are near you

Mastery Precision.png Precision

ARMOR PENETRATION : [3 + 0.3 per level] 5 + 0.5 per level

Mastery Thunderlord's Decree.png Thunderlord's Decree

RATIO : [0.2 bonus attack damage] 0.3 bonus attack damage

Mastery Stormraider's Surge.png Stormraider's Surge

STORMBRINGER : Added a particle on activation

Mastery Windspeaker's Blessing.png Windspeaker's Blessing

ARMOR AND MAGIC RESIST ON SHIELDS OR HEALS : [15%] 4-22 armor and 2-11 magic resist
HAVE IT YOUR WAY : Level is taken from the highest between the caster and the target

 Resolve Tree
Less armor and magic resist, less health, and less bonds of stone.

The most robust of the new trees, Resolve’s multiplicative scaling for tanks is simply too high across the board. We’re reducing the effectiveness of the class at the mastery level while adding flat-health options for squishies who actually want some defense, even if they’re not stacking it.

Mastery Unyielding.png Unyielding

BONUS ARMOR AND MAGIC RESIST : [6%] 5%

Mastery Explorer.png Explorer

MOVEMENT SPEED IN BRUSH AND RIVER : [12] 15

Mastery Tough Skin.png Tough Skin

TOUGH ENOUGH : Fixed a bug where Tough Skin was reducing all damage from champions, rather than basic attacks

Mastery Veteran's Scars.png Veteran's Scars

HEALTH BONUS : [+4% total health] +45 health

Mastery Stoneborn Pact.png Bond of Stone

DAMAGE REDUCTION WHILE ALONE : [2%] 3%
DAMAGE REDUCTION WITH AN ALLY : [8%] 6%
ALLY BLOCK TURNS OFF AT : [15% health] 5% health

Pathing

Reverting the minion pathing changes made so far in preseason.

We've made a few changes to minion blocking this preseason, targeted at making creep block more intuitive. When you get stuck in a minion clump you should be able to understand what's happening, and your champ's attempts to escape (or avoid) it should make sense as well. While these changes technically worked, they caused problems when interacting with other systems. We're turning them off until those interactions are fixed.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN : All minion pathing changes made in 5.22 and 5.23 have been reverted. We’re right back to pre-preseason while we work on a better implementation.

First Minion Wave Equality

It’s easier to get to lane without losing a minion

We made some behavioural changes to minions in the very first wave of the game when no enemy champions have interacted with them. Left to their own devices, the minions will spread damage evenly and avoid randomly focus-firing a single soldier. The goal here is that you should be able to more predictably realise whether or not you’ll lose a minion when you get to lane late. This actually went out in 5.23, but we figured you’d like to know!

FIRE EVERYTHING : Minions won’t gang up on a single enemy minion when no enemy champions are present.


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