Patch 5.11 notes

By Pwyff and Scarizard

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Greetings, Summoners.

Welcome to patch 5.11 - the one where we buff Caitlyn and roll out some pretty significant changes to Twisted Treeline. That Caitlyn is being buffed isn't a milestone in itself, but when you consider how long it's been since we've given the Sheriff of Piltover any attention (hint: a long time), it's at least worth a novelty mention in the foreword. So here you go, Caitlyn. A foreword mention and a patch note.

Moving on.

As League continues to evolve through the regular season, we remain committed to our pursuit of champion diversity in as many different ways as possible. Today we looked at some of the highs and lows of the champion viability ladder and chose a few we could prod closer to the center. In some cases (like Katarina, LeBlanc, and Hecarim), we had champions putting out high amounts of oppressive (one might say frustrating) power, which ultimately translated to investigation tasks for us to deflate some strengths (or highlight weaknesses) without just kicking them to the curb. On the other end of the spectrum, we wanted to highlight certain unique strengths on undervalued champs with things like Caitlyn's Headshot upgrade, Aatrox's bloodier passive, or Kha'Zix's buffed isolation range (technically it's reduced, but in a good way).

We also have some pretty big updates heading to everyone's favorite (one might say only) Twisted Treeline. We were in the process of doing a large cross-map consistency pass for all alternative map modes in League of Legends (you might remember our work on the Howling Abyss), and felt we could also do some broad balance adjustments while we were here. Check out the Twisted Treeline section of the patch notes for more information, because there's a lot of it.

And that about encapsulates the contents of this patch. For those of you struggling to keep up in your games of League, we're always striving to ensure you won't be stuck up the river without a paddle. That said, if conventional means don't work, be careful who you call when seeking help; there's all sorts of things out there, preying on the wishes of desperate people. Mope, and you mope alone - laugh, and the world laughs with you. Or so they say.

Boy that was cryptic.
Chris "Pwyff" Tom & Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough

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Patch Updates

6/16/2015


Sound effects in Fog of War

Important note: Not every ability plays SFX if it hits something in Fog of War and this update won't change that. We're just restoring a couple of abilities that stopped working this patch.
BLIND NOT DEAF Fixed a few cases introduced this patch where landing an ability on a target in Fog of War wasn't playing the appropriate sound effect.

6/15/2015


Caitlyn

LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN Resolved a crash issue with R - Ace in the Hole

6/11/2015


Caitlyn

BUGFIX The temporary vision granted by R - Ace in the Hole no longer persists if Caitlyn's target spellshields the bullet

Jayce

BUGFIX Fixed a few bugs around damage dealt by W - Hyper Charge

Brand

As promised below!
new CAN'T STOP ME PART 2 If R - Pyroclasm tries to bounce to a target that becomes untargetable, it'll seek out a new target instead of fizzling out on the spot

Smite (Twisted Treeline)

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Smite's cooldown was sometimes too short after its first use

Combat Text Tuning

Look at this continued support. We're just throwing in some tweaks to address popular floating combat text concerns; specifically, recognizing critical strikes faster and better communicating individual sources of damage when damage-over-time abilities are running rampant.
CRITICALLY UNIQUE Critical Strikes have had their motion, color, and icon adjusted to contrast more with regular damage text
LOOK AT THIS ITERATION We've done some polish and bugfixes for floating combat text

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Champions

Aatrox

Blood Well's cooldown lowered at later levels.

Aatrox is a champion that seeks to constantly all-in and punish poor positioning by diving head-first into battle, but this has always been at odds with Blood Well's monstrous cooldown. No longer! You should expect Aatrox's early dives to stay as tame as they've ever been, but now his team doesn't have to wait an eternity for him to be ready to throw-down in a late-stage moshpit (what else are you picking an ancient blood-god for, anyway?).

Passive - Blood Well

COOLDOWN 225 seconds at all levels 225/200/175/150 (at levels 1/6/11/16)

Ashe

League's most senior Marksman recently got some pretty big changes, and while she's certainly more satisfying to play, her damage is a little out of hand for such a utility-based champion. We're hitting some of her lane-bullying and tower-shoving potential to preserve her unique role as a more 'support-carry' as we take a deeper look at how she's settling into the competitive landscape for future follow-up.

General

ROYAL ARMORY Recommended items updated

Q - Ranger's Focus

SAVE IT FOR SOMETHING THAT CAN FIGHT BACK The 5-stack flurry attack no longer triggers on attacks against turrets

W - Volley

DAMAGE 40/50/60/70/80 20/35/50/65/80

E - Hawkshot

VISION RADIUS WHILE TRAVELING 1500 1000
NEED EYES ON 'EM Hawks update their vision more frequently as they travel

Brand

Brand's R will spread to nearby targets, even if his target uses Zhonya's Hourglass.

When we were looking into Brand's unique niche as a chaos-sowing inferno-mage (that can be his official title if you'd like), we realized Pyroclasm was a pretty neat place to start. In reality, this change is half of what we wanted (and we'll be looking to get the second half out as soon as possible), but our end game is this: rather than thinking of Pyroclasm as a targeted nuke that chains off into everyone else, it's more of an area-effect inferno that starts at a "suggested" point (your targeted cast). After that, however, little Pyro (that's what we're calling him) just goes where he pleases, mindlessly seeking out nearby targets to set on fire.

You'll see this further iterated on soon, when we make it so that if Pyroclasm ever tries to hit an untargetable body (either it gets dead mid-flight or uses Zhonyas or gets Bard ulted) during his bounce time, he'll just fly right on by to another victim, rather than fizzling out on the spot.

R - Pyroclasm

newNO STOPPING ME If Pyroclasm's original target becomes untargetable during its travel time, it will seek out a different target rather than just fizzling out on the spot

Caitlyn

Headshot's better against tanky targets, and R gives vision on cast.

As mentioned in the foreword, it's been a while since Caitlyn was present in the patch notes. This doesn't inherently mean that every champion that hasn't been touched in forever is due, but when the meta has shifted to favoring Marksman that excel in dealing damage while kiting and the Sheriff was AWOL, we figured something was up. Not much behind some general improvements to what feel like bugs (especially in regards to R and Vision), but now Headshot's fancy bonus armor penetration (as in, only penetrates bonus armor like Yasuo's R) will help keep Caitlyn's shots relevant in a late-game of tanks and fighters as she loads them up with greater frequency.

Passive - Headshot

newPILTILE SNIPER Now ignores 50% of the target's bonus armor (champion only)

W - Yordle Snap Trap

ARM TIME 1.0 seconds - 1.25 seconds standardized to 1.1 seconds
BUGFIX Fixed a bug where certain dashes could pass over the traps without triggering the root

R - Ace in the Hole

TRAINED EYE Now gives vision at start of cast instead of at start of channel

Ekko

Movespeed down, clarity increased for opponents on W and R.

It doesn't take a time-traveler to see Ekko was a little Chrono-broken in 5.10. It's still early, so we're still gathering data and taking a good look at how players are adapting to his in-and-out skirmish style of play, but it's easy to see he needs a little off the top (have you seen his hair?). With that in mind, we're making some numbers adjustments and upping the clarity (without stomping on his damage output) for his opponents to smooth things out as we continue to evaluate Ekko's performance across each timeline.

General

MOVEMENT SPEED 345 340

W - Parallel Convergence

COST 30/40/50/60/70 mana 50/55/60/65/70 mana
VISION Granted on cast Granted 2 seconds after cast
CLARITY CONVERGENCE Detonation zone is now more readable for opponents

R - Chronobreak

EKKO LOCATION Increased visibility of Ekko's time-clone following Ekko for the enemy team

Hecarim

Cleaning up Passive and E to not be insane with Homeguard.

Both of these changes are targeted specifically at Hecarim's particularly insane synergy with Homeguard and Teleport. For someone that already provides great initiation and damage, Warpath and Devastating Charge were adding so much damage to his combo that this edge-case gets to be unbearable for anyone not sporting a Malphite's worth of armor to withstand. We're pretty good with how Hecarim's doing outside of this specific interaction, which is why we're being so surgical towards it here.

Passive - Warpath

UPDATE CYCLE 1 second 0.25 seconds

E - Devastating Charge

MOVEMENT SPEED BONUS Stacks multiplicatively with other movement speed bonuses Stacks additively with other movement speed bonuses

Jayce

Transform now has 1 rank, Jayce's spells now have 6.

For the average player, putting points in R feels like a trap and was rarely satisfying, so we're adding 6 ranks to his spells and giving Jayce his bonuses from Transform when he would have gotten them for free. Below this context are a lot of numbers, but the key things to take away are that Jayce now has very different power spikes relative to other champions, and his signature Shock Blast / Acceleration Gate combo is much stronger, pushing the incentive to take him over similar choices in a dedicated poke/siege strategy.

Q - To The Skies!

BASE DAMAGE 20/65/110/155/200 30/70/110/150/190/230
COOLDOWN 16/14/12/10/8 seconds 16/14/12/10/8/6 seconds
SLOW 30/35/40/45/50% 30/35/40/45/50/55%

Q - Shock Blast

DAMAGE 60/115/170/225/280 70/120/170/220/270/320

W - Lightning Field

DAMAGE 100/170/240/310/380 100/160/220/280/340/400

W - Hyper Charge

DAMAGE MULTIPLIER 70/80/90/100/110% 70/78/86/94/102/110%
COOLDOWN 13/11/9/7/5 seconds 13/11.4/9.8/8.2/6.6/5 seconds

E - Thundering Blow

DAMAGE 8/11/14/17/20% of target's maximum health 8/10.4/12.8/15.2/17.6/20% of target's maximum health
COOLDOWN 14/13/12/11/10 seconds 15/14/13/12/11/10 seconds

E - Acceleration Gate

MOVEMENT SPEED BONUS 30/35/40/45/50% movement speed 30/35/40/45/50/55% movement speed

R - Transform

newNATURAL TRANSFORMATION Old level-up benefits now given at levels 6/11/16

Katarina

E's early damage ratio lowered.

We'll keep this one short: Katarina's Shunpo is essential to help her get around and chain multi-kills once she's Death Lotus'd up a storm, but the base and ratio were contributing far more to her midgame burst than what's intended from a flexible mobility spell. Lowering it makes her work harder and be more cautious with when to enter a fight if she wants to make it out alive.

E - Shunpo

BASE DAMAGE 60/85/110/135/160 40/70/100/130/160
RATIO 0.4 ability power 0.25 ability power

Kha'Zix

HE'S OUT TO GET YOU

Just tossin' a little love over to Kha'Zix's isolation radius. Kay-Z doesn't have ways of naturally isolating his opponents, so we're looking for a middle-ground between 'killing you right next to your support' and 'opportunistically catching people out of position'.

Q - Taste Their Fear

ISOLATION RADIUS 500 425

LeBlanc

It's time.

One of the most notorious champions in League of Legends, Leblanc's reason for being in the patch notes this time around aren't unlike her colleagues in Riven and Zed; She's flashy and hard to master, but can be pretty frustrating to fight once the snowball gets rolling. Leblanc's changes this patch are all in the name of increasing her opponent's ability to react. Her nigh-unparalleled ability to delete a high priority target (or double-distort into the backlines for massive damage) are left intact, but making her combo easier to dodge can be the difference between a big play or a blunder that encapsulates LB's tricky brand of Risk vs. Reward.

W - Distortion

MISSILE SPEED 1600 1300

E - Ethereal Chains

MISSILE WIDTH 70 55
DISTANCE CHECK Checks to see if the target has broken the tether four times as fast
LET'S STAY CONNECTED Fixed a bug where Ethereal Chains would fizzle on Morgana's Black Shield, even if it broke through it

R - Mimic: Distortion

MISSILE SPEED 1600 1300

R - Mimic: Ethereal Chains

MISSILE WIDTH 70 55
DISTANCE CHECK Checks to see if the target has broken the tether four times as fast
LET'S STAY CONNECTED Fixed a bug where Ethereal Chains would fizzle on Morgana's Black Shield, even if it broke through it

Malphite

W reworked to give armor passively, activate to rock-slap people.

These changes for Malphite are all about 'Play Pattern', which is to say the style in which a champion executes their abilities in the game. Malphite's kind of a one-trick-pony - after using Unstoppable Force and getting in your grill, he quickly runs out of things to do and finds himself waiting for cooldowns (and hoping you can't escape or kill him as he does it). We're changing Brutal Strikes to be a more satisfying button press and help him have something to do to kill the time. We're aware that AP Malphite's been popping up somewhat recently, and while build diversity is sometimes neat, we're more interested in what this does for Malphite's flexibility in playstyle. We'll iron out the scaling as necessary, but the idea is giving the ol' rolling stone a rock solid game-plan when his basic spells don't get the job done.

W - Brutal Strikes

PASSIVE Basic attacks deal 30/38/46/54/62% attack damage to nearby enemies Malphite gains 10/15/20/25/30% additional armor
ACTIVE Malphite gains armor and attack damage Basic attacks deal an additional 25/40/55/70/85 (+0.15 ability power) physical damage to the target and nearby units
CLARITY SLAP Brutal Strikes now displays a visual effect that indicates the effective area
CLOBBERIN' TIME Basic attacks while Brutal Strikes is active now use Malphite's critical strike animation

Orianna

R's lock-out on snapping back to Orianna slightly increased.

Before y'all get into a fit about Orianna being nerfed, this one's actually pretty simple: this increased cooldown only affects Shockwave when the ball returns to Ori as a result of out-ranging it, meaning you're less likely to accidentally ult on top of yourself when you don't mean to. When casting Command: Protect on yourself (or simply walking over the ball to pick it up), there's no change. Huzzah! Context!

R - Command: Shockwave

COOLDOWN UPON OUT-RANGING THE BALL 0.5 seconds 0.75 seconds

Ryze

W and E no longer grant passive stacks / trigger cooldown effects if he casts them just as the target dies.

Sorry about that!

Passive - Arcane Mastery

WHOOPS Fixed a bug where Ryze could use W - Rune Prison and E - Spell Flux on a dying target to build passive stacks without completing the spellcast (or using mana)

Sejuani

We're repeating ourselves, but this change is finally implemented from 5.10. W's on-hit bonus damage now deals less of the target's max health.

We're repeating ourselves, but this change is finally implemented from 5.10. Might as well copy paste that context again: for a tanky, crowd-control focused armor lady, Sejuani's dealing a whole boar-load of damage (sorry) in addition to her super disruptive glacial powers. Reducing some of that damage lets us focus Sej on what she does best - being a tanky, crowd-control focused armor lady (we just said that).

W - Flail of the Northern Winds

BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE 4/5.5/7/8.5/10% of target's maximum health 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% of target's maximum health

Shen

Passive and E are better late-game. Also, Shen finally has magic resistance per level.

Ah, Shen. Once the poster-child of split-pushing, Shen finds himself in a rough spot - a world where his strategic niche (global pressure) is now shared by a vast majority of top laners due to Teleport's presence in the modern metagame. Teleport allowing such a wide group of champions to participate from such an isolated position is a pretty neat thing, so while we aren't necessarily solving that today, we're hooking Shen up with some late-game goodies to keep up the pressure where he falters most. While there's other changes that are self explanatory, Ki Strike's the biggest of the few here. Tanks in LoL require some amount of sustained threat (or they aren't worth being so hard to take down), and by significantly upping the output of Ki Strikes, Shen can return to being a map-wide nuisance and a tower-taking threat that demands an answer.

General

BASE MAGIC RESISTANCE 30 32.1
MAGIC RESISTANCE GROWTH STAT 0 1.25

Passive - Ki Strike

COOLDOWN 9 seconds 9/8/7 seconds (at champion levels 1/7/13)

E - Shadow Dash

COST 100 energy 100/95/90/85/80 energy

Shyvana

W gives Shyvana stronger basic attacks for its duration.

Despite a brief spark in competitive play via Cinderhulk/Skirmisher's Sabre, Shyvana remains a champion that feels left behind. We're loading her up with more basic-attack beatdowns when Burnout is active to reinforce her melee moshing and make you feel better when diving in for the kill.

W - Burnout

BURNING FINGER Now does 25% of Burnout's AoE damage per basic attack for the duration (still does AoE magic damage per second)
BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Burnout had twice its bonus attack damage ratio only while in Dragon Form

Sivir

R's burst of speed weaker at later ranks.

Before we get to Sivir, let's talk for just a sec about diversity. Just as Feral Flare, Cinderhulk, and nowadays Luden's Echo, it's not an uncommon thing in League for one option (though unique on its own) to become the 'best' and crowd out others from viability. Part of our hyper-meta-goal of Champion Diversity is not only making sure that each champion has a niche, but that there are multiple niches that co-exist to make a pretty cool strategic landscape.

So how does Sivir fit into this?

Sivir's niche has always been well-defined: make your team go faster than the other team (usually involving lots of murder upon arrival) at the expense of hyper-carry damage output. The larger issue is that in a game where tanks have found their footing once again and items like Righteous Glory help the initiator-on-the-go, Sivir's become much less of a champion you pick when you want to synergize with hard-engaging and instead turns every team she's on into a 'hard-engage' team, no matter what the composition looks like (If you're old enough to remember Nidalee before her rework, this was a similar issue - you didn't pick Nidalee into a 'poke comp', your team became a poke comp by virtue of having Nidalee on it).

That brings us to where we are today, where people are picking Sivir with long-ranged poke champions and managing to get the best-of-every-world and shutting out diversity in the types of compositions that see play. This change is a revert to the one we gave her in patch 4.13 (a time long before tanks and Righteous Glory existed) but we'll be keeping an eye on when and how teams pick Sivir now that she doesn't carry the burden of enabling heavy engage teams all by herself.

R - On The Hunt

INITIAL MOVEMENT SPEED DURATION 2/4/6 seconds 2/3/4 seconds

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Items

Luden's Echo

Luden's Echo builds less charges per spell cast and scales lower with ability power

This will be long because we feel like talking about item philosophies. Up front: Luden's Echo is pretty strong. That said, the direction of our changes are a lot more nuanced then "make it less strong!" so we'll explain. First, what makes an item like Luden's Echo 'strong,' and why is that problematic? Balance issues aside, we'd be much happier if Luden's Echo was situationally strong - where picking it up at the right time conferred a great deal of power, but not so much at other points in time. Unfortunately, Luden's Echo is just straight up powerful, so it becomes the default choice for all AP champions that can use it. If you want to take that situation one step further, a very strong item in the ecosystem starts to warp champion viability around "who can use that item the best," rather than the other way around (see also: old Challenging Smite top lane, or old Feral Flare).

So that's the problem space we're dealing with.

So our second point: when we want to tackle a powerful item like Luden's Echo, we want to make sure we're pushing it in a unique direction so that when a mage does pick it up, they're doing so for very specific reasons. Rabadon's Deathcap, for example, is an item you rush when you want to hit that late game AP spike that no other item can offer. Luden's Echo, then, gives a strong early-game benefit with its high base-damage proc. As such, we decided to reduce its ability power ratio so there was less overlap with Deathcap's end game fantasy (look, even items can have them). The charge stack decrease on spell cast also feeds into our philosophy of focusing Luden's identity - specifically as one that benefits kite-focused mages heavily, meaning it should always be rewarding continuous movement and spellcasting (but not purely one or the other). If we were to make future changes to Luden's Echo, you'd probably see us further tunneling in on those values, but this was a very long context post to explain some of our nuanced philosophy when it comes to items. Sorry.
I'M CHARGING MY LUDEN'S Luden's Echo charges stacks at a rate of 20 stacks per spell cast 10 stacks per spell cast
ABILITY POWER RATIO 0.15 0.1
CONSISTENCY, MAN This change includes Twisted Treeline and Dominion versions of Luden's Echo as well

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Twisted Treeline & Crystal Scar

Visual updates

Crystal Scar and Twisted Treeline were lagging a bit behind in terms of map-agnostic visual improvements like animated victory/defeat screens, loading screen art, and new minion models. We’ve brought these improvements to Dominion / TT matches everywhere, in addition to a comprehensive texture pass to bring these maps more in line with their big brother (sister?).
NOW LOADING The loading screen for Crystal Scar and Twisted Treeline matches now have background art
IT’S ALIVE End of game victory/defeat banners are now animated!
BRUSH PHYSICS Brush now sways ambiently and rustles when champions move through it

(CRYSTAL SCAR) MINION MIGRATION Minion models have been replaced with reskinned assets from the updated Summoner's Rift.
(CRYSTAL SCAR) SMOOTH AS CRYSTAL Textures across the map have been updated to remove visual noise and feel more like other maps
(CRYSTAL SCAR) COLOR CONSISTENCY All textures, particles and UI elements now use the Blue/Red color scheme

(TWISTED TREELINE) FAREWELL, SUMMONERS Minion, inhibitor and nexus models have been replaced with reskinned assets from the updated Summoner's Rift. We've kept the blue-purple color scheme since red doesn't fit Twisted Treeline's thematics.
(TWISTED TREELINE) BRUSH FIX-ICS Brush has been adjusted to ensure each brush gives the same vision into lane as its mirror on the other side of the map
(TWISTED TREELINE) HOT MOSS Golems have received a texture update
(TWISTED TREELINE) REINFORCED HEALTH BARS Structures now have custom health bars

Lord Van Damm's Pillager

Now applies a bleed on crit instead of amplifying crit damage.

We don’t have anything against bringing Infinity Edge’s crit damage multiplier to other maps, but it was kind of random to shoehorn it in at the expense of Wicked Hatchet’s unique identity. Pillager now inherits Wicked Hatchet’s bleed effect in an appropriately buffed state - this is, after all, a consistency pass.
newUNIQUE PASSIVE - CRITICAL VISION Critical strikes cause enemies to bleed for an additional 150% of bonus Attack Damage as magic damage over 3 seconds and reveal them for the duration
removedSORRY YASUO No longer causes critical strikes to deal 250% damage instead of 200%

Wicked Hatchet

A small buff. Move along.
WHAT ARMOR? UNIQUE Passive: Critical strikes cause enemies to bleed for an additional 60% of bonus Attack Damage as physical magic damage over 3 seconds.

Overlord's Bloodmail

Overlord's has traditionally been a bit of a boring item - a health boost with a conditional passive. The addition of Crystalline Bracer makes it a little more enticing while smoothing out its build path.
RECIPE Giant's Belt + Ruby Crystal + 1055 gold Giant's Belt + Crystalline Bracer + 900 gold
TOTAL COST 2455 gold 2500 gold
HEALTH 850 800
newHEALTH REGENERATION +100% base health regeneration
UNIQUE PASSIVE Upon champion kill or assist, restores 300 Health over 5 seconds (unchanged)

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Twisted Treeline

Some high-level context here: while we were doing our consistency pass-through on alternative maps, we identified some low-scope opportunities to react to player feedback for Twisted Treeline's larger balance / game pacing issues. You'll see this reflected in most of our changes, so read below for the full story, but we'll keep an eye as to how these impact game pacing on Twisted Treeline, and adjust accordingly if they push things a little too crazy.

Global game flow changes

Here be complicated math, so let’s just leave things simple: level-up requirements and death timers now scale more consistently from level to level.
EXPERIENCE CURVE Smoothed out
DEATH TIMERS Smoothed out

Jungle changes

Camps are easier and spawn slightly earlier

One of Twisted Treeline’s major draws is its flexible meta: when duo lane and jungler comps are both competitive, we see a wider variety of champions and strategies in play. At the moment, though, Treeline camps are so damn tough that dedicated junglers have fallen out of favor. We’re tweaking things across the board to help bring the role back up to par.

Note: since camps now start at level 2, we’re showing spawn values (old level 1 vs. new level 2) rather than base values.

General changes

CAMP SPAWN TIME 1:40 1:35
CAMP STARTING LEVEL Level 1 Level 2
EXPERIENCE REWARD Junglers now reach level 2 after clearing 1 camp and level 3 after a full clear

Big Golem

HEALTH ON SPAWN 1440 1240
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 73 70

Golem

HEALTH ON SPAWN 540 480
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 35 33

Wraith

HEALTH ON SPAWN 1200 1050
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 55 52

Lesser Wraith

HEALTH ON SPAWN 250 230
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 20 18

Giant Wolf

HEALTH ON SPAWN 1320 1120
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 42 40

Wolf

HEALTH ON SPAWN 420 390
DAMAGE ON SPAWN 16 15

Vilemaw

Vilemaw takes longer to kill, is harder to solo and now grants a minion-buffing aura instead of a stat boost.

For an undead spider god, Vilemaw has never really been a meaningful objective; instead, it tends to be taken as the last item on the checklist to snowball a game into victory. Contrast that to SR, where teams often act based on Baron/Dragon pressure, and it’s clear we have room for improvement.

We’ve decided to widen the window for interference during Vilemaw attempts and to give Crest of Crushing Wrath (kudos if you recognized the name) a solid identity as a sieging tool. Clear incentives should allow teams to make smart plays around Vilemaw not only through optimal buff use but also in prepping the map, trading other objectives, and even team comp selection.

General

REINFORCED HEALTH BARS Vilemaw now has a custom health bar. It's pretty.
RESPAWN TIME 5 minutes 6 minutes
JUNGLE TIMER Has one

Combat updates

HEALTH 3500 5500
ATTACK DAMAGE 113 100
AOE SLAM ATTACK Range slightly increased, area of effect slightly decreased
MELEE ATTACKS Delay on attack shortened
newSPIDERWEBS Vilemaw's attacks now reduce attack speed in addition to reducing armor and magic resistance
EIGHT EYES, AND YET... Removed a few 'blind spots' where champions could stand to avoid being attacked by Vilemaw during the encounter

Crest of Crushing Wrath

newTOO SPOOKY Upon killing Vilemaw, champions become ghosted, ignoring all unit collision for the duration of the buff. Additionally, nearby minions gain aura bonuses (noted below), and briefly terrorize nearby enemy minions on first contact (much spooky).
MELEE MINIONS +20 armor & magic resistance, +20% attack speed, +15 attack damage, +75 attack range
CASTER MINIONS +10 armor & magic resistance, +10% attack speed, +20 attack damage, +100 attack range
CANNON MINIONS +30 armor & magic resistance, +10% attack speed, +50 attack damage, +750 attack range
SUPER MINIONS +10 armor & magic resistance, +10% attack speed, +10 attack damage
removedSNOWBALLS ARE FOR ARAM No longer grants bonus health regen, mana regen, cooldown reduction or attack speed
DURATION 2 minutes 3 minutes

Altar changes

We've changed the altar buffs to be less snowbally and more interesting. Like Vilemaw. Consistent goals are good.

1-Altar buff

The problem with explicitly attaching income to a buff is that teams only tend to lose control of the buff when they’re behind. Once income discrepancy is established, the enemy team no longer has to work to extend a lead - the game passively does that for them. We're subbing in a large movement speed boost which is still impactful if stolen, but won’t snowball the game unless the enemy team takes advantage of its absence.
newSPOOKY SPEED Now grants +10% movement speed
removedSNOWBALLS ARE FOR ARAM No longer grants +3 gold on unit kill
newTHE GOLD MUST FLOW Default gold value of all minions/monsters increased by 3 to compensate

2-Altar buff

The flipside of one team losing their altar is the other team controlling both. Again, this situation tends to imply that one team has taken control of the game. Rewarding that control with a stat bomb makes it extremely hard to swing the game back toward equilibrium because the 2-altar-buffed team became stronger in every situation. We've shifted the 2-altar buff to instead enable objective sieging (like the new Vilemaw buff), adding a specific type of power that can be played toward and against.
newSPOOKY SIEGING Now restores 1% maximum health on minion or monster kill
removedSNOWBALLS ARE FOR ARAM No longer grants +10% bonus attack damage and ability power

Turret rebalancing

Turrets are sturdier and there’s one more in each lane.

Turrets are pretty flimsy on Treeline, as best exemplified by the Nexus turret’s susceptibility to a single unaccompanied super minion wave. We’re bolstering defenses across the board and upping the threat of Inhibitor and Nexus turrets to make sure teams have to actively strive for objective control.

Global backdooring changes

REINFORCED ARMOR All turrets gain 75 200 armor and magic resistance if no enemy minions are nearby

newOuter turrets

With the recessed positioning of inner turrets, getting any structures on the scoreboard required teams to extend really, really far into enemy territory. Given the lack of visibility tools on the map, most are unwilling to make this risk in the early game, meaning when the first turret falls, that's usually a sign of Bad Things to come. It’s worth noting that this is a big reason why squishy/immobile champions have had a historically poor showing on Twisted Treeline.

We’re adding a new set of outer turrets as an early-game objective to address these concerns. They’re intentionally weaker than the remaining turrets since our goal isn’t to extend match times.
newOUTER TURRETS Both teams now have a third turret in top and bottom lane
HEALTH 1850
ARMOR & MAGIC RESISTANCE 50
DAMAGE 152
GLOBAL GOLD 100

Inner turrets

HEALTH 2050 (unchanged)
DAMAGE 190 160
ARMOR 67 100
MAGIC RESISTANCE 100 (unchanged)
GLOBAL GOLD 150 125

Inhibitor turrets

HEALTH 2350 (unchanged)
DAMAGE 170 (unchanged)
ATTACK SPEED 0.83 1.25
ARMOR 60 100
MAGIC RESISTANCE 100 (unchanged)
GLOBAL GOLD 150 100

Nexus turret

HEALTH 2650 (unchanged)
DAMAGE 180 150
ATTACK SPEED 0.83 2.50
ARMOR 67 100
MAGIC RESISTANCE 100 (unchanged)
GLOBAL GOLD 150 100
removed

Vision-granting items

Not having wards on Twisted Treeline adds a level of fear you'd expect from the Shadow Isles, but also means squishy champions don't have great ways of moving safely around the map. It also leads to (get ready for it) snowballing: when you’re ahead, you have more control over the map, more strength in a jungle fight, and less to lose from hanging out in a brush. We saw an opportunity to address some of these concerns with the trinket slot to give players more compelling choices than "facecheck the jungle or AFK at turret".

The immediate change below might not make sense here (we talk about how snowbally vision is, and then we remove vision granting items), but if you go one changelist below that, you'll see we're introducing a trinket! So... please read below.

The following items have been removed from Twisted Treeline:

Grez's Spectral Lantern

The Lightbringer

Hextech Sweeper

new

Hextech Sweeper Trinket

That was a short-lived removal. This new Hextech Sweeper briefly grants vision and reveals stealthed units in the target area.

Rather than forcing teams to invest heavily in vision granting items (and further reinforce the snowbally nature of TT), we're switching the vision game over to a trinket system so that all can participate. That said, our intent isn’t to completely trivialize vision, so we’ll be keeping an eye on how the new trinket plays out and make followup changes as appropriate.
ACTIVE Hunter's Sight: A stealth-detecting mist grants vision in the target area for 5 seconds, revealing traps and enemy champions that enter for 3 seconds
COOLDOWN 60 seconds
removed

Madred's Razors

Collateral damage.

With the removal of Grez's Spectral Lantern, Madred's doesn't build into anything. That's depressing, so we're deleting it.
removedIS A THING Is no longer a thing

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Battle Training

WATCH OUT FOR THAT SENTINEL The loading screen for Battle Training has been updated

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Ranked Updates

Diamond 5 LP Gains

We rolled out this change partway through 5.10 but wanted to shed more light on it here. Many players have been hitting an LP wall as soon as they're promoted from Platinum into Diamond, with victories rewarding less and defeats removing more. We want to stress that this wasn't a bug, but a consequence of Diamond representing a much wider skill range than we had designed for.

Technical explanations aside, Diamond players should still be ready to put in a lot of hard work to progress into higher divisions, but climbing shouldn't feel as impossible as before.
DIAMOND 5 LP GAINS Smoothed out for most players. D5 players close to demotion will continue to see low gains until their MMR climbs back to Diamond levels.

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Champion Mastery

Update: Whoops! This update's still testing on PBE and won't ship this patch!
SWAG We're testing a change on PBE where the rank 5 Champion Mastery emote is now visible to the enemy team. Won't be going out in 5.11 - sorry!

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Bugfixes

  • Azir soldiers no longer spam their attack animation while idle
  • Heimerdinger's turret charge bars have been moved back down to their correct position
  • Fixed edge cases where Gromp buff, Cinderhulk aura and the jungle item damage-over-time proc were killing large monsters instead of leaving them at 1 health
  • Muramana no longer consumes mana when attacking wards
  • Ardent Censer's passive now grants assists even when applied by healing a full-health ally

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Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released during patch 5.11:

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