Patch 6.15 notes

By Scarizard, Aether, Gentleman Gustaf, LaBoka

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Greetings, Summoners,

Welcome to patch 6.15, the one with our first mention of Worlds (man, where has the time gone?). With regional playoffs fast approaching, we're looking to get the meta as close to Worlds-ready as we can, so teams are qualifying under similar conditions to what Worlds itself will present.

This time around, our focus is on the early game, taking a deep look at the professional scene's laneswap-by-default meta. The gist of our changes is that we're reducing symmetry between structure defenses so top and bot aren't perfect mirrors of one another. Toss in a first blood mechanic for turrets, and trading outers is no longer an equivalent exchange. We'll tune these changes as warranted in the patches to come, but these'll be the last major changes you see until the season ends.

Early game aside, we're also taking stock of today's champion diversity, reining in a few of the outliers (Hecarim) and bringing up a few old friends who've been collecting dust (Kassadin?!). In case you were wondering, that does in fact include Corki buffs. Some memes never die.

That's it for us today! Go first-blood a turret, and we'll see you on the Rift.
Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough Paul "Aether" Perscheid Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman Boka "LaBoka" Agboje

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Patch Updates

8/3/2016

Varus

BUGFIX Targets hit by Q - Piercing Arrow at its maximum range now properly take damage

Teleport

SPACE LASERS Teleport's visual effects are once again globally visible through fog of war/brush, reverting a previous change which restricted fog of war/brush VFX visibility to within 500 units.
BUT WHY? This revert is in response to a bug where Teleport's visuals weren't always displaying through fog of war/brush in the new 500-unit range. We may reintroduce the range restriction in the future.

8/2/2016

Audio bugfixes

BUGFIX Sound effects no longer play from the beginning when you gain vision of a champion who's in the middle of a channeled ability (ex. Recall)
BUGFIX Ward placement audio no longer plays when you gain vision of a ward that's been on the map for a while

Champions

Braum

Passive damage down at early levels. Q damage down.

Getting tagged by Concussive Blows forces a tough choice on Braum’s opponents: risk the stun to keep up in minion kills, or fall behind in farm and live to fight another day. Braum’s early damage currently makes both options losing prospects, since enemies who aren’t instantly chunked by Concussive Blows are still eventually worn down by Winter’s Bite. We’re pulling the big man’s punches in lane to give opponents a chance for success.

Passive - Concussive Blows

DAMAGE 40-176 (at levels 1-18) 26-196 (at levels 1-18)

Q - Winter's Bite

DAMAGE 70/115/160/205/250 60/105/150/195/240

Corki

Passive cooldown lowered.

Compared to his consistent performances at the start of the year, Corki’s dragging behind the rest of the pack. More frequent Package deliveries will allow Corki extra opportunities to show off just how daring he can be.

Passive - Hextech Munitions

PACKAGE COOLDOWN 300 seconds 240 seconds

Hecarim

Attack damage and Q damage down.

For a sustain tank who scales hard into the late game, Hecarim is pretty strong from the get-go. Currently, he's farming up and scaling a bit too quickly, letting him burst targets without having to build much damage. Hecarim should have to trot before he can gallop - we're reining in his base damage to make him invest in damage if he wants to one-shot people.

General

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 61.37 58

Q - Rampage

DAMAGE 60/95/130/165/200 50/85/120/155/190

Illaoi

Tentacles are visible in brush to enemies within vision radius.

When Illaoi's tentacles are hidden by brush, enemies have no way to accurately track how much damage she can do to them. Knowing is just half the battle, though - without vision of a tentacle, there's no way to kill it. Together, these changes help Illaoi’s opponents properly assess how much threat they’re under, and deal with tentacles accordingly.

Passive - Prophet of an Elder God

newWHAT'S IN THE BRUSH Tentacles are now visible in brush to enemy champions within their normal vision range

Jarvan IV

E attack speed up.

Jarvan's having trouble finishing his first jungle clears with enough health to hit the ground running. This is rough for a champion built for early ganking: Jarvan’s E+Q “flag-n-drag” combo is a powerful initiation tool, but drops him squarely in range of enemy retaliation.

We’re speeding up Jarvan’s clear time so he can exit the jungle with more reasonable amounts of health - after all, dead monsters don’t hit back. This gives Jarvan better opportunities to gank for his team without having to catch his breath first.

E - Demacian Standard

PASSIVE ATTACK SPEED 10/13/16/19/22% 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%
ACTIVE ATTACK SPEED AURA 10/13/16/19/22% 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%

Karma

E shields less, and no longer shields minions. Mantra E's speed scales with E's rank.

Karma’s issue is simple - she’s doing the right things, but she’s just doing them a little too well. Namely, Inspire (and its Mantra’d form, Defiance) are providing too much safety and disengage from the get-go. Taking a swing at their potency should keep the Enlightened One’s supportive qualities from being too overbearing.

E - Inspire

removedINSPIRED MINIONS Can no longer target minions
SHIELD AMOUNT 80/110/140/170/200 70/100/130/160/190

Mantra E - Defiance

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED 60% at all ranks 40/45/50/55/60% (scaling with rank in E - Inspire)

Kassadin

Q damage up, E cost down.

Picking Kassadin requires massive team support to get rolling, but rewards you with high damage and unparalleled mobility for your trouble. At present, however, Kassadin finds himself unable to even show up to lane versus some of the mages he should be favored against. Kassadin’s scaling potential will still be locked behind an uncertain early game, but tossing his lane some love should see more teams reap a return-on-investment for supporting their local Void Walker.

Q - Null Sphere

DAMAGE 70/95/120/145/170 65/95/125/155/185

W - Nether Blade

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Nether Blade's passive magic damage wasn't applying to turrets after activation

E - Force Pulse

COST 80 mana at all ranks 60/65/70/75/80 mana

Malzahar

Passive cooldown up. Passive shield falls off faster.

Though Void Shift allows Malzahar to play aggressively without fearing every stray spell, opponents should be able to capitalize on his immobility after they poke his shield down. Right now his window of protection is simply too long, allowing him to retreat to a safer position in the time it takes for his passive to fall off.

Passive - Void Shift

COOLDOWN 30/18/10/6 seconds (at levels 1/6/11/16) 30/24/18/12 seconds (at levels 1/6/11/16)
SHIELD DURATION 1 second after taking damage 0.25 seconds after taking damage

Nidalee

Cougar and Human Q damage up. R no longer resets Nidalee's basic attack.

Functionality changes can be controversial, so we want to be clear on why Aspect of the Cougar no longer resets Nidalee’s basic attack. Straight up: the damage pattern of these resets is drowning out the unique aspects of Nidalee’s gameplay.

Right now, Nidalee’s R attack resets are literally free damage. Optimizing around them comes at the expense of other gameplay decisions - namely, form swapping for the abilities each form offers. Our attempt to balance around this optimization exacerbated the problem, since stripping power from Nidalee’s abilities made resets that much stronger by contrast. It also failed to get her to a balanced state.

At this point, we have a few options. Keep nerfing Nidalee’s kit, washing out the payoff of her risk-reward assassin gameplay. Attach significant costs/cooldowns to Aspect of the Cougar, limiting access to attack resets as well as everything else form swapping does. Rework her, tossing out a kit that might actually be healthy without R resets. Or remove the resets and put power back into Nidalee’s abilities. This is the option we’re moving forward with.

To be clear, we’re not denouncing mechanical skill checks or high mastery ceilings for Nidalee or League overall. This specific mechanic has created deep-running problems for this specific champion, so we’re removing it. With that obstacle out of the way, we’ll be in a better position to balance Nidalee going forward.

Q - Javelin Toss

MINIMUM DAMAGE 60/77.5/95/112.5/130 70/85/100/115/130
MAXIMUM DAMAGE 180/232.5/285/337.5/390 210/255/300/345/390

Cougar Q - Takedown

MINIMUM DAMAGE 4/20/50/90 5/30/55/80
MAXIMUM DAMAGE 8/45/125/248 10/67.5/137.5/220
RATIO 0.33 ability power 0.4 ability power
HUNTED DAMAGE INCREASE 33% bonus damage to hunted targets 40% bonus damage to hunted targets

Cougar W - Pounce

BUGFIX The minimap no longer intercepts the cursor when Nidalee casts Pounce. In other words, she won’t jump in a random direction if the cursor is hovering over the minimap.

R - Aspect of the Cougar

removedFAST SPEARS No longer resets Nidalee's basic attack

Cougar R - Aspect of the Cougar

removedFAST SWIPES No longer resets Nidalee's basic attack

Renekton

Damage per second up at early levels. Gives fury on cast.

Historically, Renekton has served as a bar for top lane; if you can't handle his strong early game, you probably don't belong on the unforgiving island. However, Dominus isn't providing the level 6 power spike he needs to generate kill pressure or an enduring minion lead. We're pushing more power into Dominus's early ranks to restore everybody’s healthy fear of the crocodile.

R - Dominus

DAMAGE 30/60/120 per second 40/80/120 per second
newYOU MAD BRO? Gains 20 Fury on cast

Shen

Health regen down.

Given how many defensive tools Shen has at his disposal, opponents that manage to crack his health bar should be rewarded with an actual chance of pushing him out of lane. Right now, that damage is too quickly erased as Shen’s health regen ticks in the background. Shen should be earning his stay in lane through careful rationing of his defensive cooldowns, rather than relying on base stats to bail him out of unfavorable situations.

General

BASE HEALTH REGEN 10 8.5

Shyvana

R passively generates more fury.

Dragon’s Descent gives Shyvana the ability to make great initiation plays for her team, even from behind. This acts as a release valve, allowing us to keep Shyvana out of ‘feast or famine’ balance territory. We’re giving Dragon’s Descent better uptime in the early game to ensure Shyvana’s consistently contributing to her team.

R - Dragon's Descent

PASSIVE FURY GAIN PER SECOND 0.66/1.33/2 1/1.5/2

Sona

W heals less. E's self movement-speed boost down. Changes were implemented part-way through last patch.

We shipped two balance changes to Sona in between patches, and are copying those notes here so you’re aware. Beyond that, we’re also fixing a bug with Aria of Perseverance that was contributing to her recent rise to power.

W - Aria of Perseverance

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Aria of Perseverance could be cast instantly after Song of Celerity, rather than being gated behind Sona’s brief “global cooldown” after casting a basic ability

Mid-patch 6.14 hotfix changes

Just as a reminder.

We knew going into 6.14 that speeding up Sona's gameplay would be a significant buff. Though we threw in a few power-downs to compensate, it's clear at this point those adjustments weren't enough to keep Sona in line. We're making a few changes to tone her back down.

W - Aria of Perseverance

HEAL 40/65/90/115/140 35/55/75/95/115

E - Song of Celerity

SELF MOVEMENT SPEED 16/17/18/19/20% 13/14/15/16/17%

Taliyah

R cooldown up.

Even though 6.14 saw Taliyah losing some damage here and there, experienced Stoneweavers are still crushing their competition. Given her consistent laning strength, we’re looking to reduce the frequency with which Taliyah's using that strength across the map. While roaming (and rocksurfing) is core to Taliyah’s success, bringing Weaver’s Wall in line with other global effects puts less stress on sidelanes when she starts to stack her advantages.

R - Weaver's Wall

COOLDOWN 160/140/120 seconds 180/150/120 seconds

Vayne

Q deals damage to turrets and inhibitors.

Vayne relies on attack speed for the brunt of her damage (via Silver Bolts and Blade of the Ruined King), making her remarkably good at killing champions but not so great at taking pot-shots against structures. Clear strengths and weaknesses are important to keep champions distinct, but in Vayne's case, her lack of structure damage makes her too unreliable. Given that markspeople are supposed to be turret-killers, we're giving the Night Hunter a bump to her combat prowess against inanimate objects.

While we were looking at Vayne, we also took the opportunity to make Tumble’s crits consistent with other empowered attacks - either both halves of the attack crit, or neither of them do. No more sad half-crits!

Q - Tumble

newROCK TUMBLER Now deals bonus damage to structures
CRITICAL CONSISTENCY Tumble's bonus damage and Vayne's basic attack no longer crit independently of one another. If one crits, so does the other.

Viktor

R only gains its return speed boost when Viktor targets himself.

For those not in the know, Chaos Storm always moves at max speed when moving toward Viktor, the idea being he can recall the storm to focus a target that’s gap-closed onto him. Currently, the definition of ‘toward’ is overly generous to Viktor, granting Chaos Storm max speed in any situation where it’s not moving away from him. We’re tightening up the mechanic so it only fires when Viktor explicitly calls for it.

R - Chaos Storm

CONTROLLED CHAOS Chaos Storm now only counts as “returning” (moves at max speed regardless of distance) if Viktor targets himself

Vladimir

Movement speed down. W cooldown up.

Vladimir’s traditionally relied on Sanguine Pool to escape ganks, but Midseason added a bunch of extra escape tools for him to play with (Crimson Rush movement speed, Protobelt, Ghost buffs). It makes sense for Vlad to become insanely slippery once he’s invested in these options, but having great escapability from the get-go is making it feel like there’s never an opportunity to punish him when caught out of position.

General

MOVEMENT SPEED 335 330

W - Sanguine Pool

COOLDOWN 26/23/20/17/14 seconds 28/25/22/19/16 seconds

Zac

Elastic Slingshot doesn’t zoom off in weird directions.


E - Elastic Slingshot

BUGFIX The minimap no longer intercepts the cursor when Zac casts Elastic Slingshot. In other words, he won’t jump in a random direction if the cursor is hovering over the minimap.

Zyra

Q damage and AP ratio up.

Before the 6.13 tweaks to plant AI, Zyra was getting too much consistent harass from her plants without even having to land spells. Now that she's getting less free plant damage, it’s clear her spells aren’t carrying their weight. As a squishy mage, Zyra should be rewarded for taking risks to play aggressively when her abilities hit.

Q - Deadly Spines

DAMAGE 60/90/120/150/180 60/95/130/165/200
RATIO 0.55 ability power 0.6 ability power

Skin Splash Updates

Two more of our older skin splashes are being updated in 6.15!

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Items

Ardent Censer

Heal/shield bonus no longer stacks across multiple Ardent Censers.

We're glad Enchanter-types are experimenting with the heal/shield bonus on Forbidden Idol and friends, but hoarding Censers (or Crucibles) isn't what we had in mind. The three different sources of the effect still stack with each other, but we're ensuring Censer users aren't abandoning the rest of the shop.
ARDENT HEALING +15% heal and shield power is now a UNIQUE Passive

Mikael's Crucible

Heal/shield bonus no longer stacks across multiple Mikael's Crucibles.

Still stacks with Ardent Censer, but we’re not going to stack contexts. Go read Ardent Censer.
CRUCIAL HEALING +15% heal and shield power is now a UNIQUE Passive

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Summoner's Rift

Outer Turrets

The first turret killed now gives bonus gold. Outer turret local gold decreased.

Laneswapping (while difficult to pull off) has become the formulaic ‘default’ strategy for teams in the professional scene. Having a go-to strategy isn’t wrong by any means, but the prevalence of laneswaps has all but removed direct conflict from the early stages of the game. We believe games of League should be won by interacting with your opponents, and while laneswapping is certainly a kind of interaction, its prevalence has removed almost all early-aggression strats from viability.

That said, we’re not looking to outright remove the ability to pull off swaps. We think they’re fine as a situational strategy (e.g. avoiding bad matchups); they just don’t have enough of a real cost for the team that swaps. These changes push teams to carefully consider whether it’s worth sacrificing gold and tempo if they want to opt for the path of least resistance, rather than defaulting to laneswapping in every situation.

Outer turrets

SHARED LOCAL GOLD 300 gold 250 gold
HEALTH 3300 3500
FORTIFICATION DURATION 7 minutes 5 minutes
FORTIFICATION DAMAGE REDUCTION 35% 50%
removedMORTIFIED Fortification’s damage reduction no longer applies to bottom lane turrets

newTurret First Blood

BLOOD FROM A STONE In addition to normal rewards, the first turret killed yields 400 total bonus gold to its killer's team
SHARED LOCAL GOLD 275 gold split between nearby champions
GLOBAL GOLD 25 gold per champion

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Twisted Treeline

updated

Lord Van Damm's Pillager

We told you it'd be back.

As promised last patch, Lord Van Damm’s Pillager is back. We’ve repurposed it from a Treeline-sized Infinity Edge to a powerful end-game item for AD bruisers that taps into the unique gameplay Twisted Treeline offers.
COST 3300 gold
RECIPE Caulfield's Warhammer + Jaurim's Fist + 1000 gold
HEALTH 400
ATTACK DAMAGE 50
COOLDOWN REDUCTION 10%
ASHES TO ASHES UNIQUE Passive - Controlling the nearest Altar sets you aflame, dealing 26-43 (from levels 1-18) magic damage per second to nearby enemies (Deals 50% bonus damage to minions and monsters). Controlling the furthest Altar causes your basic attacks to burn targets for 6-114 (from levels 1-18) damage over 3 seconds.
TOO MUCH FIRE The first buff from Ashes to Ashes is an Immolate effect (doesn't stack with Bami's Cinder, Sunfire Cape, or Cinderhulk)

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Minimap Icon Cleanup

Various player-created objects and pets no longer generate minimap icons.

The minimap's looking pretty cluttered as of late. We took stock of every ability that generates an icon, and a bunch of them aren't actually adding useful information. For example, Thresh's lantern only really matters to champions close enough to click on it, and those are the exact champs who'll be watching Thresh on-screen, rather than through the minimap. (Sidenote: we checked, and you can't Teleport to the minimap icon.)

We aren't going to list all the removed icons here, since the premise is you aren't losing much with their removal. That said, we'll keep an eye out in case any of these icons are more sorely missed than we anticipated!

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Champion Select

We’re testing a feature in some regions that shows how much lower or higher queue times may be based on the positions selected.

We know queue times can vary dramatically depending on the roles a player picks, so we’ve added queue time impact estimates to position select as an experiment in test regions. Now you can decide if you prefer getting into game or getting your primary. We’ll evaluate rolling out the feature to other servers based on the results of the test, but wanted to keep you updated on our efforts either way.
TIMES TABLES Position select now displays when and to what degree particular position combinations impact estimated queue times
QUANTUM QUEUE QUANDARY Shipping a known bug where premade 5s in ranked will have an estimated wait time of 0:00

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Ranked Team Queues

The windows for full-team Ranked play (Ranked 5s and 3s where available) will be expanded during this patch.

With the enthusiastic response to the return of Ranked 5s, we’re confident we can make Ranked team play windows even more accessible without hiking up queue times or lowering match quality. This should give Ranked teams some more wiggle room in coordinating climbing sessions.
SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK Full-team ranked play windows have been extended (now Weekdays 4 PM PDT - 12:00 AM PDT / Weekend: 2 PM PDT - 12:00 AM PDT)

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Bugfixes

  • Battle Boosts have returned to Howling Abyss!
  • Fixed a bug where the stun on Rammus's Q - Powerball was lasting longer than intended
  • Annie's W - Incinerate and R - Summon: Tibbers now properly stun (but don’t damage) invulnerable targets when proccing Pyromania
  • Classic Mordekaiser now has the same leash range for his Dragon Ghost as all his skins
  • Cancelling Graves’s basic attack no longer fails to reset his basic attack timer
  • Damaging trap abilities now properly grant a stack of Fervor of Battle when procced by an enemy
  • Untargetable champions can no longer proc Caitlyn’s W - Yordle Snap Trap
  • Twisted Treeline bots no longer purchase removed items
  • PROJECT: First Strike loading screen borders are no longer covered up by ranked borders
  • Dunkmaster Darius's health bar no longer overlaps with his head
  • Pool Party Miss Fortune's level number no longer drifts out of the side of her health bar
  • Improved visibility of Lunar Wraith Caitlyn's W - Yordle Snap Trap
  • Koi Nami's chromas now properly use her ability particle effects, rather than Classic Nami's
  • Fixed various splotchy spots on Safecracker Evelynn's outfit
  • Pool Party Taric no longer briefly reappears after diving into the floor at the end his recall animation
  • Arclight Vel'Koz's spawning portal no longer sits on top of his tentacles during his respawn animation
  • Fixed a bug where some Nidalee skins could steal the Cougar form recall VFX from her Warring Kingdoms skin when in the same game together
  • His Royal Crabbiness no longer sticks out of the ward skin selector when picking him as your ward skin in Champion Select

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Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released during patch 6.15:

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