Hello children of the earth.
In this patch, we welcome the arrival of the new, trickier Wukong, and an update to the matchmaking system so that less games have an unbalanced amount of Autofilled players. The details are a lot more interesting than the broad explanation I can give up here, so head below for all the info!
We're also following up our last patch with a third round of jungle changes to non-jungle champions and a couple of additional system changes to continue helping top laners be more of a threat throughout the whole game.
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The Solo/Duo queue matchmaking system will now be less likely to create games where teams do not have the same number of autofilled players.
It's no secret that having an autofilled player (or two) on your team while your opponents are all on their primary position feels rough. With this change, we're letting matches wait a little longer to try and put an autofilled player on both sides of the match (or, when possible, not autofill anyone). While we can't just get rid of autofill without making queue times skyrocket, this change should help make games with an autofilled player feel as fair as possible.
We're also looking at a similar change that aims to make the number of premades on each team equal. In our first tests, the change worked pretty well in isolation. However, it ended up combining with the Autofill Parity changes in a really bad way that led to matches being made with more uneven MMR than we wanted. So we're tuning the Premade Balance system and hope to get it out to you in the near future.
For right now, we're only making this change to Solo/Duo matchmaking because it can affect different queues in different ways. But if things continue going well, we'll look to expand the change to other queues soon.
R Iced duration increased.
Making a small consistency change to Anivia's Iced debuff (the one that doubles the damage of her E) duration on her ultimate so that all forms of it in her kit apply it consistently.
Severum's innate heal and Infernum's innate damage to minions decreased. Crescendum's empowered damage decreased.
Aphelios continues to dominate pro play. We’re pulling more power out of the mechanics pro players tend to value higher than players at other tiers.
W bonus damage decreased; cost increased. E cost increased but now scales down with rank.
Darius is crossing the line after all the top lane and fighter item work. We're giving him a light nerf, with an emphasis on making Apprehend an even more important strategic decision.
W decaying movement speed increased.
We're buffing some of Draven's power in a way that experienced Draven players can capitalize on so he can muscle into higher-skilled levels of play.
Base magic resist growth decreased. E crit strike ratio decreased.
Garen's build diversity is up, but not quite where we want it to be, so we're nerfing some of the stats that continue to trend him more towards damage builds. He's also just really strong right now.
R fear duration increased.
We're encouraging Hecarim to take more risks with max-range engages.
Passive orb gain speed increased later.
Last patch we smoothed out Kayn's orb gain, but his transformation times shifted back to later in the game. We're moving his average transformation times closer to where they used to be.
Base attack damage growth and mana regen increased. W health restore increased. R heal increased.
Kindred is starving for some buffs. Since Lamb and Wolf have been a little weak as of late, we're giving them some sweet nutrition in the form of healing and scaling.
Base movement speed increased. E shield increased early.
Buffs primarily targeting support Morgana since her mid-lane is in a good place.
Base mana regen growth increased. W damage increased later.
We want to manage Ryze's presence in pro play and ensure he doesn't completely dominate players' pick line-ups, but his late game isn't as strong as it could be. Cementing him as the one of the kings of level 18 for the opportunities where games go that far.
Passive AD per soul decreased; Mist cooldown now scales.
Support Senna is currently too strong, especially when she's paired with defensive tank champions. We're decreasing the value of Souls as well as their cadence so she can't just constantly harass her lane opponents—something she gets to do much more frequently when she has a tank to protect her.
R clone basic attack damage decreased.
AD Shaco is just a bit too strong right now, so we’re aiming for a soft nerf.
Q Rejuvenation heal increased; movement speed bonus increased.
Putting some power back into Starcall now that the scourge of Soraka top is no longer threatening time and space we know it.
W blue and red cards’ AP ratios increased.
Now there's a little more reason to stack your deck differently come late-game.
Q slow duration increased. E stun duration increased.
With Purge being Urgot's go-to ability to max first, his other abilities can feel crummy to use. The small buffs to Urgot's CC potential will increase his combo reliability even through Tenacity and keep Urgot feeling like an Ur-God.
Base AD, AD growth, and armor increased. Q base damage increased.
Smol buffs for the smol boy.
Passive increases stats for fighting champions instead of based on proximity. W now has a dash and a decoy that mimics basic attacks and abilities. R can now be cast twice.
One of our primary goals of this update is to give Wukong more of that true trickster playstyle that it felt like he was missing. As a result, we're giving his combat pattern more versatility and ways to outplay his opponents. This monkey may finally be able to trick people instead of just one-shot whacking people with his staff. In addition, we want to power up his bruiser, top, and jungle builds, since his mid and assassin builds (while strong) did not feel as satisfying to play or play against. Also, something, something, 200+ years.
W center damage amp increased. R damage per shot increased later.
We want to buff Xerath's more precise-sniper-oriented abilities to reward skilled Xerath players for mastering their aim.
Continuing with a third round of changes to diversify and widen the jungle champion pool. You'll notice that Morgana is getting a specific change to have her be viable in the jungle along buffs to her main roles. We're monitoring the effect of these changes to assure that they're not overwhelmingly affecting anything at the higher rungs of the skill ladder while also confirming that they are in fact fostering more diverse picks.
Funneling continues to be present in solo queue at all parts of the ladder. We're going harder on the restrictions so that laners are more motivated to keep their gold and XP. Those who are playing the lane as is and not funneling an ally will essentially never run into this condition.
We're following up with our top lane changes from 10.5 with an additional set of changes for Death's Dance and Teleport. This combination should continue reinforcing our initial goals of helping top laners that are coming out of laning phase build carry items to be a threat throughout the game. The Teleport change should also shift some of its power as an excellent lane sustain tool to a more late-game splitting-and-flanking tool.
As League of Legends evolves, players discover new metas and strategies, champions are changed, or items are reworked, added, or removed. During all the changing and adjusting, sometimes the Recommended Items get left behind and never updated to reflect all the other changes being made in the game. We did a pass to correct some simple mistakes or completely redo what is displayed in the shop, so that players have an accurate build that is easily accessible by everyone of all skill levels. (Note: this does not mean these are always the best build, but what a new player is most likely to succeed with)
List of champions with major Recommended Items updates: Alistar, Ashe, Blitzcrank, Garen, Gragas, Ivern, Kai'sa, Kassadin, Kayn, Kindred, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Leona, Lucian, Master Yi, Miss Fortune, Mordekaiser, Morgana, Olaf, Qiyana, Rakan, Renekton, Rengar, Riven, Rumble, Shaco, Sona, Swain, Syndra, Talon, Taric, Thresh, Varus, Vayne, Vel'koz, Warwick, Xerath, Xin Zhao, Zilean, Zoe, Zyra
Our main navigation in the League Client has gotten pretty full with Teamfight Tactics and Clash finally live. We want to give it a little breathing room and at the same time make some usability improvements to the main navigation. As a result, we’re changing the Profile and Collection tabs to icons, similar to Loot and Store today. Through user testing, we’ve also found that players occasionally confuse the existing Loot and Store icons, so along with this change, in the 10.5 patch we changed the Loot icon to resemble crafting, and in this patch we’ve given the store icon a special visual treatment to help it stand out.