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Patch Notes v5.17

Greetings, summoners.

Welcome to Patch 5.17, the one after the Juggernaut one. We considered titling it something else, but with the incredible impact of the last update we thought it made sense to bring it up again.

While definitely strong (hey Skarner), the landscape of 5.16 is far less apocalyptic than its contents may have predicted. All of the new items have found homes among the rank-and-file fighters, people are playing Lucian, and Renekton’s entered a civil union with Titanic Hydra. Things seem pretty OK. As promised, we’ve stuck to the lighter side of things for 5.17 - there are definitely a good number of champion changes, but that’s about all there is. With Worlds just around the corner (5.18, don’t forget!) we’re putting the finishing touches on the game-state so everything’s polished and ready for the big stage. We even have Bard buffs.

That’s about all for us here as we dig a little deeper for the last batch of tuning and tweaking of outliers before hibernating a bit until preseason. For those of you wishing for us to hit the Mark on the various outliers running wild this patch, you won’t have to wait long - They Are Coming.

Check out the changes below and we’ll see you next patch!

ScarizardIcon.jpg Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough


SkarnerSquare.png   Skarner
Passive gives less Movement and Attack Speed at early levels, but scale at end-game. Passive Mana Restore down.

Skarner's still over-performing after our hotfixes in 5.16, specifically in the early game. Our last set of changes drilled on the raw effectiveness when running at you, while these are more focused to give some agency back to players looking to push him off of his Crystal Spires without eating deadly scorpion claws to the face.

Crystal Spires.png Passive - Crystal Spires

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED : [100 at all levels] 70-120 (at levels 1 to 18)
BONUS ATTACK SPEED : [48-150% (at levels 1 to 18)] 43-160% (at levels 1 to 18)
MAXIMUM MANA RESTORE : [3% per second] 2% per second
EMPEROR : Moved the position of the jungle spires on Twisted Treeline so that their zones no longer overlap

AzirSquare.png   Azir
Movement speed down. Q no longer deals additional damage beyond the first soldier.

As you’ll see throughout this patch, we’re really buckling down on narrowing strengths and weaknesses for champions, leading to more fleshed-out identities and less extraneous power overall. Azir’s a good example of extraneous power, so let’s start with him (also because he’s alphabetically first. That too).

The emperor’s great at a few things, but chief among them are the persistent zones of threat he can manipulate from long range, often deciding fights on foreign fronts from behind the safety of his line of soldiers. Instead of trading off his safety for lack of mobility or sustained damage for a lack of burst, Azir’s having his cake and eating it too. In an effort to preserve his reach and damage output, we’re going harder on establishing weaknesses, making it easier to close on him or avoid his damage without proper command of his forces.



Conquering Sands.png Q - Conquering Sands

Enemies no longer take additional damage for being hit by soldiers beyond the first

BardSquare.png   Bard
W cost and E cooldown lowered.

It’s in Bard’s nature to roam the cosmos, but for such a unique champion it feels like he’s wandered a little too far from viability for the depth of utility he brings to the table. We’re lifting his spirits and enabling his map-wide support abilities to better reward proactive playmaking with friends. ootay~~

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

COST : [100/105/110/115/120 mana] 90 mana at all ranks

Magical Journey.png E - Magical Journey

COOLDOWN : [20/19/18/17/16 seconds] 18/17/16/15/14 seconds

DariusSquare.png   Darius
W refunds cost and cooldown upon killing units.

D-Man’s already received a hotfix for his troubles during 5.16, so we’re adding some light support and watching to see if the dunk prophecies are true.

Hemorrhage.png Passive - Hemorrhage

MIGHT BE A BETTER NAME Bloodrage renamed to Noxian Might

Decimate.png Q - Decimate

USE YOUR FLASH ATTACK : Fixed a bug where Summoner Spells were disabled while winding up
THIS ALREADY CHANGED : Tooltip updated based on 5.16’s mid-patch update

Crippling Strike.png W - Crippling Strike

EFFORTLESS [Reduction] Refunds 100% of Crippling Strike's mana cost and 50% of its cooldown upon killing the target

DravenSquare.png   Draven
Draven now tells his team how great he is. Also gets bonus stacks for neat tricks.

As Draven himself would tell you, the only real objective in League of Legends is the bottom lane - especially when he’s in it. As a marksman with exceptional snowball potential, Draven wishes you’d focus on setting him up to dominate by helping him cash in Adoration stacks and rake in millions of gold in combat stats. Now Draven’s more communicative when he’s about to break the bank; maybe he’ll stop pinging for you to come gank (probably not).

League of Draven.png Passive - League of Draven

COME SEE HOW GOOD I LOOK Upon reaching 150 stacks, notifies Draven's team every 100 stacks (150, 250, 350, etc)
ALL EYES ON ME Notifies Draven's team every time he cashes in on a kill of at least 150 stacks
100% OF THE TIME, EVERY TIME Draven gets 2 bonus stacks of Adoration if he kills 6 minions in a row without dropping a spinning axe

FizzSquare.png   Fizz
Q and W AP ratios slightly up. W active on-hit damage down. R only amps magic damage.

We’ve covered this concept a number of times here in the Patch Notes, so let’s review: cool offbuilds are neat-o, provided that you aren’t completely covering your weaknesses while doing it. We actually talked about this extensively back in 5.15’s Ekko section, if you want to go read up on that. We’ll wait.

Like Ekko before him, Fizz having the luxury of building a heavy defense and focusing his damage output through basic attacks and cooldown reduction doesn’t really play well for a champion whose balance is derived from having downtime and tension between cooldowns. Cutting some of the free power ‘Bruiser Fizz’ was coasting on while nudging AP ratios means his assassin builds shouldn’t foot the bill for the changes made to keep his fighter side in line.

Urchin Strike.png Q - Urchin Strike

RATIO : [0.3 ability power] 0.35 ability power

Seastone Trident.png W - Seastone Trident

ACTIVE ON-HIT DAMAGE : [10/20/30/40/50 on-hit] 10/15/20/25/30 on-hit
ACTIVE ON-HIT RATIO : [0.25 ability power] 0.3 ability power

Chum the Waters.png R - Chum the Waters

LET’S GET PHYSICAL No longer amps physical damage on Fizz's target by 20% (still amplifies magic damage)

GangplankSquare.png   Gangplank
Barrels take slightly longer to place. E's armor penetration down.

Hell-bent on revenge for his humiliation in front of Bilgewater, Gangplank’s currently taking his frustrations out on anyone unlucky to be caught by his Powder Kegs. While they can be tricky to pull off, Gangplank (in true pirate fashion) can always ‘rig’ the game in duels, using the near-instant cast time to stack multiple kegs in a small area to ensure his opponent loses an enormous chunk of health no matter which keg they try to disarm. It’s still early to understand what effect GP has on the game at large, but shaving power from his Kegs is the first step to keeping his explosive potential in check.

Powder Keg.png E - Powder Keg

COMBO BREAKER : Delay between casts increased by 0.25 seconds

GarenSquare.png   Garen
Buncha bugfixes and cleanup.

Juggernauts are slow and deal a lot of damage. Garen does one of those real good, not so much the slow part. We’re still looking out for what’s in store for Demacia’s Loudest, but we tossed in a few other bugfixes and general cleanup as well.

Hey, one outta two ain’t bad.



Decisive Strike.png Q - Decisive Strike

DEMACIAN DEMOLITION : Fixed a bug where attempting to attack the Inhibitor or Nexus with Decisive Strike active wouldn't trigger the attack

Courage.png W - Courage

GLOBAL DEFENSIVE : Passive bonuses now stack twice as fast on alternate maps

Judgment.png E - Judgment

SPIN TO THIN : Right-clicking on a target while spinning should now put you in closer range to your target

Demacian Justice.png R - Demacian Justice

DO LESS MATH : Tooltip re-formatted to read ‘deals 28/33/40% of the target's missing health' rather than ‘deals 1 damage for every 3.5/3.0/2.5 of the target's missing health'

GragasSquare.png   Gragas
W damage down.

Gragas has been a dominating jungle force in professional play with no real signs of slowing down. In a post 5.16 world where Cinderhulk’s mid-game spike is higher and health is more ever present as a defensive stat Gragas benefits doubly, bolstering his sustain while making his high damage from Drunken Rage even more effective against front-lines and fighters that might attempt to keep him off carries. While still potent for his gank pressure and (sometimes literal) fight-turning ultimate, hitting Gragas’ damage output makes sense for our goals of increasing diversity among picks in the jungle.


THIS HELPS MORE THAN YOU’D THINK : Recommended Items updated

Drunken Rage.png W - Drunken Rage

MAX HEALTH DAMAGE : [8/9/10/11/12%] 8% at all ranks

JannaSquare.png   Janna
R's AP ratio lowered. Q's range lowered on initial cast.

If Janna’s about one thing, it’s disengage. Fighting tooth and nail to keep her team away from yours - frustrating though it may be - is her thing. So naturally when she starts to see ubiquitous play, even in situations and compositions where disengage isn’t even called for, we start to raise our brow a bit. Removing some of her extraneous power such as CC-chaining with quick-cast tornadoes or ulting solely for a team-heal are all about narrowing that ‘forever kiting’ identity even further. Can’t be good at everything, Janna - that’s a job for Draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaven.

Tailwind.png Passive - Tailwind

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS : Fixed a bug where Tailwind was not immediately falling off of allies moving away from Janna

Howling Gale.png Q - Howling Gale

MINIMUM RANGE : [1100] 850
BONUS RANGE WHILE CHARGING : [20% increase per second] 35% increase per second

Monsoon.png R - Monsoon

RATIO : [1.8 ability power over 3 seconds] 1.5 ability power over 3 seconds

JaxSquare.png   Jax
E cost down.

With strong endgame scaling, it makes sense that Jax’s laning should be a weakness - since taking a whack at his base stats last season however, the champ’s been a little too vulnerable when all he wants is to hit minions with his lamppost and buy a Trinity Force. We’re pretty keen to keeping Jax’s defenses tied to Counter Strike and Grandmaster’s Might, so amping the former should help big J suffer less for fighting back.

Counter Strike.png E - Counter Strike

COST : [70/75/80/85/90 mana] 50/60/70/80/90 mana

KalistaSquare.png   Kalista
W's passive cooldown increased and damage lowered. R's cooldown increased.

Since her addition, Kalista’s had a split-identity; she’s both one of the more independent carries in the league (thanks to her passive’s mobility and Rend’s resets) as well as one of its more team-dependent (due to her Oathsworn damage procs and Fate’s Call’s flexible engage/disengage). We’ll spare you the song-and-dance; like Fizz’s changes this patch these identities are at constant odds, changing what might be an all-or-nothing risky marksman into one that has very few weaknesses to attack no matter the stage of the game.

The below changes reflect a commitment to her ‘solo-carry’ style, making most of her ally-empowered power excessive by contrast. Lowering the extraneous power in the frequency and impact of her Oathsworn interactions open windows for opponents looking to brute force their way through the sheer skirmish and kiting power Kalista presents.

Sentinel.png W - Sentinel

PASSIVE COOLDOWN : [6 seconds] 10 seconds
PASSIVE DAMAGE : [12/14/16/18/20% of the target's maximum health] 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% of the target's maximum health

Fate's Call.png R - Fate's Call

COOLDOWN : [90/75/60] 120/90/60

KarmaSquare.png   Karma
W cooldown flattened.

Focused Resolve is a really powerful ability in the late-game when she has enough points into it (as well as Mantra) to hyper-scale its effectiveness, but often isn’t up enough early on for players to really feel its impact as a potent defense tool. Giving it more availability raises Karma’s stock as a peeling support, and ever so slightly bumps up her strengths as a terror to melee champions everywhere.

Focused Resolve.png W - Focused Resolve

COOLDOWN : [16/15/14/13/12 seconds] 12 seconds at all ranks

LuxSquare.png   Lux
Q cost down. Has 100% effectiveness on secondary targets.

As one of the more fair champions in League of Legends, Lux was feeling a little left out to the midlane party when all these longer-range mages started showin’ up and controlling fights. Light Binding’s really aligned with what Lux is looking to do (that is, catch opponents off guard and blast them into the next season), so we’re upping the rewards for being successful, as well as enabling her to ‘fish’ with it more as a way to keep opponents on their toes.

Light Binding.png Q - Light Binding

COST : [50/60/70/80/90 mana] 50/55/60/65/70 mana
THE LIGHT SHALL BURN YOU Light Binding deals 100% of its damage and root to the secondary target as well

MaokaiSquare.png   Maokai
R cooldown up.

The metagame may shift, flavors may come and go, but no matter what the landscape Maokai’s remained the go-to professional toplaner for over a season. Able to peel or dive the backlines flexibly, much of Maokai’s dominance is owed to the consistency of Vengeful Maelstrom. A fight turner in its own right, the sheer uptime of the ultimate means Maokai’s always ready to scrap, leaving little room for opponents to make a move. Upping the cooldown means he’ll still have a high uptime relative to other ultimates, but teams that skirmish and disengage rapidly have more opportunity to catch him with his shields down.

Vengeful Maelstrom.png R - Vengeful Maelstrom

COOLDOWN : [40/30/20 seconds] 60/50/40 seconds

Master YiSquare.png   'Master Yi
true bug fixin


WUJU LIKE TO DANCE? : Dance now scales with movespeed

Alpha Strike.png Q - Alpha Strike

BUGFIX : Fixed a bug where Double Strike and Devourer's Phantom Hit wouldn't reduce Alpha Strike's cooldown

NocturneSquare.png   Nocturne

With worlds just around the corner and teams getting better at the ever-evolving vision game, we figured there’s no better time to introduce a little darkness into the mix. Nocturne’s pretty compelling for the average jungler looking to climb, but for the professional scene struggles to break through due to the predictability of his ganks. Reverting our restriction on how far he can rocket forth and murder-torpedo your backline should give teams at all levels of play more reason to embrace the darkness.

Shout-outs to those who say we never revert anything. This one’s for y’all.

Paranoia.png R - Paranoia

RANGE : [2000/2750/3500] 2500/3250/4000

PantheonSquare.png   Pantheon
Base attack speed up

Back in preseason (4.21, to be exact), we drastically lowered Pantheon’s attack speed as a reaction to his extreme effectiveness within the new jungle. A lot of the things that put him overboard (Warrior Enchant, Stalker’s Blade, Blocking Dragon’s basic attacks) have either been tuned down or removed entirely, so it made sense to dial back the numbers.


BASE ATTACK SPEED : [.625] .644

Rek'SaiSquare.png   Rek'Sai
Passive no longer provides bonus Fury.

Ever the professional staple, Rek’Sai is a character who feels desynced in terms of strength. What she provides to a team (unparalleled scouting, vision control and global mobility) are far harder to feel than gnawing your face off, giving her the nod over other junglers time and time again. Another powerful-yet-invisible mechanic is her passive’s bonus fury, giving her an edge in combat for repeatedly going underground - something that already rewards her with a fair bit of speed and CC as-is. We’re interested in finding ways to shift power around to make Rek’Sai feel more visceral, but for the moment pulling this makes her less powerful when it comes to skirmishing again and again where she’s already way ahead of the pack.

Fury of the Xer'Sai.png Passive - Fury of the Xer'Sai

HATH NO FURY No longer grants 15 bonus Fury on Rek'Sai's first strike within 5 seconds of burrowing

ShenSquare.png   Shen
Q heals less.

We’ll shoot straight - we dig Shen’s strategic use as a global protector for your glass cannons or when teams utilize a ‘Shen-delivery system’ for reliable engage, but prefer to see him far less when he’s just ‘that immovable brick that happens to have a teleport’. He’ll scale just as well, but punching a hole into his basic sustain should give him less of a free pass in toplane.

Vorpal Blade.png Q - Vorpal Blade

BASE HEALTH PER SECOND : [2/3.3/4.7/6/7.3] 1/2/3/4/5

Tahm KenchSquare.png   Tahm Kench
Passive duration up. Range of spitting enemies is up.

Tahmas Kench has become a regular patron of the patch notes, and just like his previous visits we’re focusing more on appetizers than full-course meals. Tahm’s a weird one, we won’t lie - he sees niche use among a variety of roles at all levels of play (TK Jungle’s slowly becoming A Thing), but hasn’t hit a widely-adopted position or stable level of strength for us to deny him his cravings. We’re always watching Tahm to see how he continues to play out on the world stage, but for now we’re tossing him some cleanup to help him stay on his feet.

An Acquired Taste.png Passive - An Acquired Taste

DURATION ON BASIC ATTACKS : [5 seconds] 7 seconds (Now matches duration of stacks applied from Tongue Lash)

Devour.png R - Devour


ViSquare.png   Vi
Passive cooldown lowered at earlier ranks

Straight up - we’re playing it safe with Vi this round (due to how volatile the champion can be to balance), but we’re normalizing Blast Shield to be less dependent on specific break-points and more about level advantages. Basically, Vi should be rewarded more for having a good early-game with better ability to scrap folks (and mitigate jungle damage) so she can worry less about asking questions and more about throat-punching midlaners. Follow your dreams, Vi.

Blast Shield.png Passive - Blast Shield

COOLDOWN : [18/13/8 seconds (at levels 1/7/12)] 18/17/16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/8/8/8/8/8/8 seconds

Script Refactors

AzirSquare.png   Azir

Just like last patch, we’ve got the second round of Azir re-scripting and bugfixing. If you want more context on what that’s all about, you can read up on it in his section from 5.16 here.

Arise!.png W - Arise!

SANDLUST : Azir's Sand Soldiers now work with Sated Devourer
BACK IN FORMATION : Fixed a bug where multiple desynced soldiers could deal full damage

Emperor's Divide.png R - Emperor's Divide

I DIDN’T MEAN TO PUSH YOU AWAY : Fixed a bug where units would be knocked back too far

ZedSquare.png   Zed
The unseen spaghetti code is the deadliest.

Just like Azir and Syndra before him, Zed’s script complexity was high enough we took him on as a refactoring project to clean up some of the issues with his code.

Razor Shuriken.png Q - Razor Shuriken

UNSEEN BUT NOT DEADLY : Fixed a bug where Razor Shuriken sometimes failed to launch if cast shortly after Living Shadow

Living Shadow.png W - Living Shadow

SHADOW MAGIC : Fixed a bug where casting Razor Shuriken before Living Shadow would allow the shuriken to be cast from the shadow

Death Mark.png R - Death Mark

HE SAW THE LIGHT : Fixed a bug where Zed couldn't swap to his shadow after reviving from Guardian Angel
IMAGINARY NINJA : Fixed a bug where Death Mark would sometimes spawn a shadow for the rest of the game

HUD Updates

New features! Bugfixes! Spectator is pretty!

Spectator HUD

  • The spectator HUD has been reskinned to match the new in-game HUD!

New features & updates
  • Ability costs can now be displayed in the upper righthand corner of ability icons (via "Show Spell Costs" under the Interface tab of the options menu)
  • Added health and resource bar animations when "Show HUD Animations" is enabled (under Interface)
  • Restored the custom level-up icons for Viktor's Augment and Kha'Zix's Evolve mechanics
  • The surrender vote box is now much smaller and slightly transparent
  • Ability icons now briefly flash when their cooldown is reduced by another effect

  • The chatbox's position no longer resets between games
  • The "?" scoreboard MIA indicator no longer covers respawn timers
  • Fixed a spectator bug which prevented the "C" menu from displaying
  • Champion passive icons now properly 'gray out' when on cooldown

Landing Page Articles

For real this time.

We mentioned a while back that we were going to make a change to the landing page to allow you to read news articles in-client instead of being linked out to your web browser. A few unexpected rounds of guerrilla bug warfare later and we're almost ready to flip the switch! Expect this quality-of-life improvement the week after 5.17's launch. That's technically also still in the days following our initial announcement, right?


  • Fixed a bug where Zeke’s Harbinger was granting +250 health
  • Skarner’s tooltips updated based on 5.16’s mid-patch update
  • Skarner no longer gains Crystal Charge if his target blocks R - Impale or the mark proc of E - Fracture with a spell shield
  • Champion ghosts created by Mordekaiser's R - Children of the Grave now properly inherit Morde's champion level for the purposes of per-level scaling
  • Olaf now properly ignores the knockback from Syndra's E - Scatter the Weak while under the effects of R - Ragnarok
  • Sion's Q - Decimating Smash knockup animation has been extended to match the actual duration of the effect
  • Nocturne's E - Unspeakable Horror tether no longer persists through the revive animation of Guardian Angel or Zilean's R - Chronoshift
  • Fixed a bug where the item shop Smite requirement for Jungle items was erased after disconnecting, allowing invalid purchases which resulted in a loss of gold but no item
  • Fixed a few animation issues that sometimes occurred when Dragon lost or switched targets
  • Bioforge Darius's shoulder tubes once again light up when casting Q - Decimate
  • Woad King Darius now always plays an autoattack animation for W - Crippling Strike
  • Readded a missing layer of water VFX for Atlantean Syndra's E - Scatter the Weak

Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released at various times during patch 5.17:

Skin Splash PROJECT Yi.jpg Skin Splash PROJECT Lucian.jpg Skin Splash PROJECT Leona.jpg Skin Splash PROJECT Fiora.jpg Skin Splash PROJECT Zed.jpg

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