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Patch Notes v6.2

Mastery Assassin.pngMastery Thunderlord's Decree.pngMastery Windspeaker's Blessing.png

Greetings, Summoners.

Scarizard is taking a break from the patch notes, so you get me.

Before we get to the meat of things, let's have a moment of silence for the passing of the old Mordekaiser vs. Master Yi art we stole from somewhere I can't remember.


And now check out that awesome new art we stole from the 2016 season update! You can grab it as a wallpaper here, which is nice.

Getting into the mix, 6.1 and 6.2 are our 'preseason followup' patches, and we've been pretty happy with how things are trending. We're seeing some cool diversity picks in competitive games (little suspicious of that Lissandra support), a lot of major outliers are calming down (although Graves and a few others may need to be checked), and the season's start is upon us.

In light of the above, 6.2's very straightforward. The most exciting things I'd want to highlight (aside from the release of Jhin, the Shen update, and the Nunu buffs) are very 'under-the-hood' with the ward debris and wall collision detection changes. The wall collision changes are pretty important but self-explanatory, so go read the note. On the point of ward debris: we still firmly believe that there needs to be some way to learn one of the most critical (and often game-winning) systems in League of Legends, so shiny little ghost-wards is where we're at. Clarity.

And that's 6.2 wrapped up! We wish you the best of luck in your placement matches. If you're struggling, try finding some like-minded friends to rank up with - just make sure they don't owe you money or anything because if you start fighting over who threw the game at the 55 minute mark, feelings get hurt and Tyler will never pay you that $20 he owes unless you call him out publicly in the patch notes. FOR SHAME.

But seriously, find some friends and have fun! Good luck out there!

Poro.jpg Chris "Pwyff" Tom


JhinSquare.png   Jhin

Jhin, the Virtuoso, will be released the week after patch 6.2's launch! To learn more, check the following links:

ShenSquare.png   Shen
Shen, the Eye of Twilight, will be updated with the release of patch 6.2! To learn more, check the following links:

Dr. MundoSquare.png   Dr. Mundo
Lowering Mundo's early power. E's damage is now lower until the last rank, and Mundo's R starts at a higher cooldown before scaling down.

What happens when a late game monster also gets to dominate early? Mundo. Our last round of nerfs in 5.24 don't appear to have bruised Mundo's pain train, so a firmer collar in 6.2 means he'll have to work harder for his end game... strength.

Masochism.png E - Masochism

MINIMUM BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE : [40/55/70/85/100] 20/40/60/80/100
MUNDO SAVANT : Bonus attack damage still scales by +1% per 1% of Mundo's missing health (so if a dead Mundo (100% missing health) could use Masochism, he'd still gain +100% of Masochism's bonus AD, now totalling 40/80/120/160/200). This ratio is unchanged, we're just letting you know because math is hard for Mundo. Particularly dead Mundo.

Sadism.png R - Sadism

COOLDOWN : [75 seconds at all ranks] 100/85/70 seconds

EliseSquare.png   Elise
Base movement speed down on both forms, lower base damage on W.

With Runic Echoes, Elise has just the tool she needs to climb the waterspout of power rankings, and there ain't no rain to wash her out. Nihilistic nursery rhymes aside, Elise is doing well and has a decent strategic identity (early power jungler with high utility and map presence), so we're just slowing her spider roll.



Volatile Spiderling.png W - Volatile Spiderling

BASE DAMAGE : [75/125/175/225/275 magic damage] 60/110/160/210/260 magic damage

FioraSquare.png   Fiora
Vitals will now spawn with a little more predictability.

On release, Duelist's Dance would alternate on spawn location between either the two 'front' vitals (facing blue side) or the two 'back' vitals (the ones facing red side). This was to get some elements of play and mastery in the mix, as well as preventing pure randomness from messing with either Fiora or her opponent. At some point, however, that logic exploded and went to randomness.

We're fixing it for the reasons we just mentioned.

Duelist's Dance.png Passive - Duelist's Dance

DIRECTION SELECTION : [Random] Alternates between top-right and bottom-left sides

GangplankSquare.png   Gangplank
R's cooldown is up across the board.

We're very aware that Gangplank has a recurring guest slot on the patch notes, but he continues to be one of our highest performing champions across quite a few power metrics. To be fair, however, with each change we've gone medium to light, as we know how fickle champion viability can be in both perception and objective power. Today we're chipping down Cannon Barrage's global presence to keep it in line with other global ultimates, which should also force Gangplank to value his ult timing more carefully.

Cannon Barrage.png R - Cannon Barrage

COOLDOWN : [140/130/120 seconds] 160/150/140 seconds

KarmaSquare.png   Karma
W costs less mana at all ranks.

Just keeping an eye on the champions who were affected by the mana regen nerf to Frost Queen's Claim in 6.1.

Like Karma.

Focused Resolve.png W - Focused Resolve

COST : [70/75/80/85/90 mana] 50/55/60/65/70 mana

Kha'ZixSquare.png   Kha'Zix
The patch note is pretty much a summary, so go read that.

We're finding a happy medium here for Kha'Zix (and Rengar) in their ability to frontload damage as they come hurtling through the air to cuddle with the backline. This probably won't be the end of our Kha'Zix conversation, but we're currently being very, very careful with assassin tuning.

Void Spike.png W - Void Spike

BUFFERING BUGS Can now be 'buffered' mid-jump so that Kha'Zix can cast it slightly before landing
DATA QUEUE : If Kha'Zix attempts to cast both Void Spikes and Void Assault while mid-air, he'll buffer only the last one he attempted to cast (not both, that would be too much)

Void Assault.png R - Void Assault

BUFFERING BUGS Can now be 'buffered' mid-jump so that Kha'Zix can cast it slightly before landing
DATA QUEUE : If Kha'Zix attempts to cast both Void Spikes and Void Assault while mid-air, he'll buffer only the last one he attempted to cast (not both, that would be too much)

KindredSquare.png   Kindred
Q mana cost up, E base damage down.

We don't want to hit Kindred's late game scaling (or they don't really function as jungle marksmanimals), so we're instead tapping down their early dueling jungle strength.

Dance of Arrows.png Q - Dance of Arrows

COST : [30 mana at all ranks] 35 mana at all ranks

Mounting Dread.png E - Mounting Dread

WOLF POUNCE DAMAGE : [80/110/140/170/200 physical damage] 60/90/120/150/180 physical damage (scaling and % health damage remain unchanged)

Nunu & WillumpSquare.png   Nunu
E is now more spammable in late game team fights, with a lower cooldown and lower mana costs (at the tradeoff of less damage).

Giving the world's most annoying little boy (and his yeti, Willump (we sincerely hope you knew that)) something more to do in late game team fights. There's potential this makes lane Nunu come back with a vengeance, and while we're not certain what that means for the median happiness score of a game of League of Legends, we can at least apologize now.

... Sorry for the yeti.

That said, we're looking forward to more gameplay montages with great music.

Ice Blast.png E - Ice Blast

COOLDOWN : [6 seconds at all ranks] 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds
COST : [75/85/95/105/115 mana] 70/75/80/85/90 mana
SLOW DURATION : [3 seconds] 2 seconds
SLOW STRENGTH : [20/30/40/50/60%] 40/45/50/55/60%
BASE DAMAGE : [85/130/175/225/275 magic damage] 80/120/160/200/240 magic damage
RATIO : [1.0 ability power] 0.9 ability power

PoppySquare.png   Poppy
Small bugfixes to clear up Poppy's interactions with her passive, as well as a quality-of-life tweak for Q.

Some small bugfixes for Poppy to keep on truckin'. We wanted to stay roughly power neutral here.

Iron Ambassador.png Passive - Iron Ambassador

IT'S NOT A BOOMERANG : If target dies before the shield reaches it, the shield will not return.
RUBBER ZOMBIES : The shield will now return to Poppy when it kills a champion with a zombie passive (Kog'Maw, Karthus, etc.)
BYE-BYE BULWARK : When the shield is on the ground, it will start its outro animation earlier so Poppy knows when it's time to say goodbye (actual game time duration unchanged)

Hammer Shock.png Q - Hammer Shock

COMBO BREAKER : We've improved the E-Q combo from 6.1. Hammer Shock will now only auto-aim toward your target if your mouse cursor has not moved significantly after casting Heroic Charge.

RengarSquare.png   Rengar
Q's burst damage is down, but the damage buff is higher. Bola Strike now has a cast time even if Rengar is casting it mid-air. R's Exclamation Point of Death now gives a longer range warning. You'll probably still die.

Every patch has one of those changelists where you crack your neck and take a deep breath (maybe stretch a bit) before diving into... context land.

What we have is a hunter-predator with seriously awesome hair who self-identifies with some seriously painful (strategic) one-shotting power. So what that means is while we're setting the narrative for these Rengar changes, we will probably have future ones to come. And more context.

The story here: we're looking to do two things lightly - mainly because they directly overlap with Rengar's current strategic niche. 1.) We want to give players a slightly larger window of opportunity to react (see: R change). 2.) We want to at least slow Rengar's ability to one-shot someone with his uncounterable burst combo (see: E + Q changes). As to how these work in siphoning out kitty frustration remains to be seen, but it's where we're going to start.

Also, buy pink wards. This tip has little to do with Rengar, it's just good habits.

KITTY CONSISTENCY : When Rengar jumps from stealth or the brush, he now lands very slightly short of the target. Like 1/16th of a Teemo short. This will prevent overzealous Rengars who occasionally jump right on top of their target, only to throw their Bola past them.

Empowered Savagery.png Q - Empowered Savagery

DAMAGE SCALING : [50% total attack damage] 30% total attack damage
ATTACK DAMAGE BUFF : [+10% bonus attack damage] +20% bonus attack damage

Bola Strike.png E - Bola Strike

0.25 SECONDS TO LIVE : Bola Strike now has a cast time (0.25 seconds) when Rengar casts it while mid-air
HAIL MARY : Rengar will now properly throw his Bola Strike if he tried to do it mid-air but the targeting cursor was out of range

Thrill of the Hunt.png R - Thrill of the Hunt


Tahm KenchSquare.png   Tahm Kench
Passive stack duration down, and fixed a bug with Devour refunding cooldown and mana cost even if an opponent shields it.

Not trying to bench the Kench, but at least reduce some frustration when he's rolling around the court, styling on the opposition. That stack duration change is to force Tahm to be more active in his aggression if he wants to be chain-chomping.

An Acquired Taste.png Passive - An Acquired Taste

STACK DURATION : [7 seconds] 5 seconds

Tongue Lash.png Q - Tongue Lash

CLARITY! : The tongue hitbox indicator now lasts longer (until the tongue finishes lashing out)

Devour.png R - Devour

COUNTERPLAY! : Fixed a bug where Devour would refund its cooldown and mana cost if cast on a target that was spell-immune (Morgana's E - Black Shield, Fiora's W - Riposte, etc)

Abyssal Dive.png R - Abyssal Voyage

RATIO : [4/6/8% bonus health] 2/4/6% bonus health


ItemSquareFrost Queen's Claim.png   Frost Queen's Claim
Who you gonna call?

Making the Rift a less spooky place, one patch at a time. The short context here is we initially dumped all of our investigation eggs into the Frost Queen's Claim basket, but have since expanded to the two item cost reductions below. Raising the cooldown, however, encourages more careful use of the active rather than "yes."

ACTIVE COOLDOWN : [60 seconds] 90 seconds
SPOOKY SPRINTING : Ghosts no longer move slightly faster when they can see their target.

ItemSquareMorellonomicon.png   Morellonomicon

Collateral buffs from our Frost Queen's Claim investigations. Specifically, it seems like we were overvaluing what those unique passives were doing for the item. Having cheaper alternatives should help with build diversity.

COMBINE COST : [765 gold] 615 gold
TOTAL COST : [2550 gold] 2400 gold

ItemSquareAthene's Unholy Grail.png   Athene's Unholy Grail

See above. Or we could paste the above. Which we will now do.

Collateral buffs from our Frost Queen's Claim investigations. Specifically, it seems like we were overvaluing what those unique passives were doing for the item. Having cheaper alternatives should help with build diversity.

COMBINE COST : [565 gold] 465 gold
TOTAL COST : [2800 gold] 2700 gold

ItemSquareDark Seal.png   The Dark Seal
Cheaper cost so you can start with a refillable potion or three health potions.

The Dark Seal was designed to be a 'limited window of power' fantasy, so we're going a little harder on that. Now the dream start is a Dark Seal + Refillable Potion, where you get first blood for some stacks and an early Corrupting Potion (and that feel-good item synergy), play arrogantly, lose all of your stacks on a failed gank, stubbornly refuse to sell your Dark Seal (even though it's like selling a Doran's Ring), double down on Mejai's, and never get past 5 stacks.

I'm not projecting, I swear.

COST : [400 gold] 350 gold
SOULS AIN'T CHEAP : The total price of Mejai's Soulstealer is unchanged

ItemSquareCull.png   Cull
More base AD, more gold when hitting 100 CS.

We still like the 'greedy' premise of Cull, so we're dialing it up a bit

FINAL PAYOUT : [300 gold] 350 gold

ItemSquareRapid Firecannon.png   Rapid Firecannon
Just a small bugfix where attack-moving with champions wouldn't take Rapid Firecannon's range extension into account, so they'd run up to normal range and waste it on an empowered attack.

AUTO AUTO SPACING : Fixed a bug where champions would run into 'normal' attack range, even when they had an empowered attack range from Rapid Firecannon


 Wall Collision Detection
Flashing over walls or placing wards over walls is now more logical and understandable. If you're reading this far, you might as well read the context because this thing's confusing, man.

This is a change that has some implications (most good) in terms of how you flash over walls or place wards over walls, so we're going to be transparent about what happened. Before this change: when someone tries to flash over or place a ward over a wall, the game tries to place you at the spot you want to go. If it can't, it starts spiraling out (don't ask why it was a spiral) before arriving at a concrete location. It then plops you at that location. Technically this is consistent, because the spiral is always the same so if you know the right spots you'll always end up where you want - it's just a matter of memorizing where. After this change: same thing, except if you can't find a home in the wall, the system checks for the closest available spot and puts you there. Period.

What this means: flashing over and placing wards over walls should be far more intuitive as to what will 'work' or not work. If something used to work and it no longer works, that's because it wasn't supposed to in the first place (insufficient range) but the system was cheating it. For those situations, you'll need to re-learn certain 'ways' of warding over walls to get consistency, but it should make a lot more sense.

YOU'RE WELCOME SCARRA : Placing wards over walls or flashing over walls is now more logical and precisely calculated. Read the context, this patch note isn't going to make sense.


Mastery Assassin.png   Assassin
More assassin, less "super good for junglers."

Going a little harder on that 'champion isolation' mechanic that Assassin was meant to promise, rather than it being a very strong mastery pick for junglers. Oh dear.

ALONE IN THE JUNGLE Increased damage is exclusive against champions
DAMAGE BONUS : [+1.5%] +2%

Mastery Thunderlord's Decree.png   Thunderlord's Decree
Cooldown up at lower levels, and down at later levels. The grace period between hits has gone down, so you'll need to get three hits off faster to proc it.

Thunderlord's Decree being our current benchmark of satisfaction and power for keystone masteries remains the same, but that doesn't mean we can't touch it! Think of it more as keeping Thunderlord's tête-à-tête with other masteries, and so we're adjusting both sides accordingly. Right now, we're siphoning a little of Thunderlord's early dominance because it's just straight crowding out other choices. What this does mean, however, is we can buff it's late game presence with a little more excitement.

Also, that stack decay change is probably more important for lane aggression, as it means you'll need to really commit if you want your purple lightning.

COOLDOWN : [20 seconds] 25 - 15 seconds (based on level)
STACK DECAY PERIOD : [5 seconds] 3 seconds

Mastery Windspeaker's Blessing.png   Windspeaker's Blessing
Tooltip correction. Windspeaker's does boost self-heals and shields, just not the bonus AR/MR.

Just a tooltip correction. For those of you wondering why we don't just make Windspeaker's provide the same AR/MR bonuses for self-heals and ally heals (or shields), the answer is Mundo. And Warwick. And Singed. And Garen. And so on. Ward Debris

ALSO ALISTAR : Tooltip has been updated to reflect that, for self-heals and self-shields, Windspeaker's Blessing increases their potential but does not provide bonus magic resistance and armor

Trinkets & Vision

 Ward Debris
Ward Debris now visually changes based on how long it's been debris.

One major point of feedback we've gotten on ward debris is just how useless the information is. Basically, because these things stick around for so long, you end up with a lot of 'junk' data that doesn't do much for learning habits.

This change is to streamline things. By showing clear, readable 'phases' in ward debris life, you should understand more about your enemy's vision strategy and how it evolves over the course of time. This might not sound like a very exciting feature, but it totally is. We're excited. Please be excited.

DEBRIS DURATION! : [300] 240 seconds
DEBRIS VISUALS! Ward Debris now:
  • Brightly glows in the first 10% of its lifespan!
  • Stops emitting flames after 30% of its lifespan has passed!
  • Particle visibly changes and debris shrinks after 60% of its lifespan has passed!

ItemSquareSweeping Lens.png   Sweeping Lens
Find hidden Cho'Gaths easier.

This will have very little impact when it comes to sweeping wards, but it should be more fun to 'tag' fatty champions hiding in the brush.

SCAN DETECTION : [Center to center] Center to edge
SCAN EQUALITY : Also affects Oracle's Alteration

ItemSquareFarsight Alteration.png   Farsight Alteration
Blue wards now have their own unique minimap icon.

For those times when your team peppers the map with blue wards and you're trying to figure out your regular ward count at a glance but get really confused because there's 20 of them sitting in your jungle.

We got your back.

MINIMAP WARD ICON Is now smaller and more lightly tinted than a regular ward icon
DYNAMIC CURSOR COLOR Farsight Totem now shares similar behavior with other warding actives. Your targeting cursor will now turn green when over brush and red when in terrain.

 Trinkets Castable During Channels
That's certainly a functional change header.

Read what's on the box. We were actually inspired by Jhin when he was trying to self-spot for his Curtain Call (R) in playtests, but then just stopped shooting and got sad. Unfortunately in actual execution we flipped this on its head, so it was fixed for all champions except Jhin (and Xerath). We'll be getting to those two as soon as we can.

BEAUTIFUL VISION : Activating a trinket will no longer break channels - except in the case of Jhin and Xerath, which we will fix as soon as we can.

Alternative Maps

 Howling Abyss

We wanted to introduce #cleannumbers to the health relic spawns on The Howling Abyss and ended up in neutral positivity because of Twisted Treeline. Long story short, one's a bug, the other's intended.

HEALTH RELIC SPAWN : [3:10] 3:00 (this is intended)

 Twisted Treeline

Spillover. We'll fix this as soon as possible.

HEALTH RELIC SPAWN : [3:00] 2:50 (this is a bug and will be fixed as soon as possible)

New Champ Select

As promised when we launched New Champ Select, we've been working to improve the system based on our initial live data. Before we proceed, it's worth noting that our downtime wasn't caused by bugs in New Champ Select itself (hence the relatively low number of fixes listed here). Rather, the huge influx of traffic from both New Champ Select's launch and the start of the 2016 ranked season caused New Champ Select's underlying systems to fall over.

Now that we've reinforced these systems and New Champ Select is back online, here's what's new:

Interface Improvements
Adding a few tools back into New Champ Select which weren't quite ready to go when we launched.

POOL PARTY COMP : Skins are now purchasable in New Champ Select
LITERALLY BLUCIAN : Chromas can now be selected in New Champ Select
YOU GOTTA WARD, THOUGH : Ward skins can now be selected in New Champ Select

Matchmaking Improvements
These changes were made pretty quickly following the initial release of New Champ Select. We're just making sure you know about them.

MATCHMAKING BALANCE : Improved at all skill levels
QUEUE TIMES : Reduced at the top end of the MMR spectrum
PREMADE EQUALITY : 5-man premades are now matched up against other 5-man premades 98% of the time

Lunar Revel 2016

Lunar Revel has begun! Three new Lunar Revel skins are already available in advance of patch 6.2:

Skin Splash Radiant Wukong.jpg Skin Splash Lunar Wraith Caitlyn.jpg

Continue the celebration with more new Lunar Revel content coming out after patch 6.2 releases:

  • A new Rising Dawn ward skin and four new summoner icons
  • Your Lunar Revel Shop will be open from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8
Learn more and join in the revelry at the Lunar Revel 2016 site!


  • HUD font size now properly scales with HUD settings, rather than system DPI settings. Sorry, 4k users!
  • Fixed a bug where Sweeping Lens's animation would play when walking into brush the enemy team swept earlier in the match
  • Fixed a bug where Warlord's Bloodlust's attack speed buff was lasting one second less than intended
  • Fixed a bug where Hecarim's E - Devastating Charge, R - Onslaught of Shadows combo wasn't working properly. Hecarim can now cast E before R and will not lose the E buff
  • Similar to Ryze, Cassiopeia now retains her previous movement or attack command after E - Twin Fang's cast finishes
  • Vel'Koz's R - Lifeform Disintegration Ray no longer does a variety of strange things if cast as Vel'Koz last-hits a target
  • Fixed a bug where Malphite's R - Unstoppable Force would sometimes knock up and damage units at the start position instead of end position when interacting with displacement spells like Trundle's E - Pillar of Ice
  • Fixed a bug where displacement effects would not displace Zac during E - Elastic Slingshot's travel time
  • Fixed a bug where leveling up caused Graves's E - Quick Draw's armor and magic resistance bonus to become inconsistent until refreshed
  • Fixed the vision-granting aspects of Malzahar's Q - Call of the Void. Vision is now properly granted along the entire path and enemies hit on the edge of their hitboxes are now properly revealed.
  • Yasuo's W - Wind Wall now properly continues to blocking projectiles if Yasuo dies
  • Fixed a bug where Yasuo's third Q - Steel Tempest (and E > Q combo) could deal damage through spell shields in certain situations
  • Fixed a bug where Leona's E - Zenith Blade still rooted a target mid-dash even if they spell shielded the ability
  • Pantheon's Passive - Aegis Protection now blocks - and gets consumed by! - attacks by Annie's Tibbers and Heimerdinger's ultimate turret
  • Fixed many cases of on-hit effects applying even when blocked by Pantheon's Passive - Aegis Protection
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zyra's plant attacks to ignore a target's dodge status
  • Rift Herald now drops a soul for Thresh

Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released during patch 6.2:

Skin Splash High Noon Jhin.jpg Skin Splash Beast Hunter Draven.jpg

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