Pre-season’s nearly upon us, so this patch’s focus is keeping things stable for another few weeks until features like the Assassin update make their way to your QWER keys.
It’s a pretty small patch overall, though there are a few things we’re continuing to follow up on. Some of these are relatively fresh faces (such as Koggy and Nunu) while others are names we haven’t seen for a hot minute (Nidalee, Graves). We won’t drag this intro out just for the sake of word count, so get to reading the notes below!
As a reminder, the top of the Champions list is reserved for the featured change of the patch. Incidentally, this is the first time that champion’s name hasn’t started with ‘A’ so now you know it’s for real.
Good luck, have fun, and see you in pre-season!
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Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman
Cougar cooldowns up. Primal Surge heal now heals less at higher health.
Nidalee is no stranger to patch notes, but we’re revisiting her this patch to look at the frustration enemies face when they try to punish Nidalee’s mistakes. In the jungle, punishment is less about trades, and more about tradeoffs. Camp clearing takes time away from map pressure, map pressure takes time away from clearing, and getting chunked to low health makes it unsafe for you to do either.
Nidalee is too good at avoiding that punishment right now. Her high mobility and clear speed minimize the map pressure sacrifices she makes to farm, while her constant sustain keeps her topped off the whole time. Even if you catch her while her abilities on cooldown, those cooldowns are so low that she’s got a good chance of winning the fight anyway.
Basically, Nidalee just doesn’t leave a lot of openings for enemy champions to fight. Normal opportunities—abilities on cooldown or missing some health—don’t apply consistently enough to her. We want Nidalee’s opponents to feel like there are correct times to pick fights with her, rather than letting her fully dictate the tempo of engagement.
Q - Takedown
W - Pounce
E - Swipe
E - Primal Surge
Q mana cost bugfix.
This one’s for the button-spammers of the world.
Q - Ranger's Focus
Quickdraw now gives fewer resists when not dashing in.
Graves is the marksman for players who want to get right up in the enemy’s face. True Grit gives Graves enough durability to take a few hits when going toe-to-toe with opponents, but it’s also making him too tanky when he’s kiting away from a fight. Graves’s defenses are meant to enable aggressive Quick Draws, so we’re weakening the reward when he isn’t dashing in.
E - Quickdraw
Resurfacing 6.20’s mid-patch updates.
These changes went out last patch. Just making sure you’ve seen ‘em.
Mana cost per R cast down, damage up.
Back during the Marksman Update, we shifted Living Artillery to be more about executing enemies as they back off, rather than a primary damage tool in its own right. Now that Kog’Maw’s back to his old kiting/spellweaving ways, he’s frequently casting his ult (and stacking its mana cost) while foes are well above the execution thresholds. This leaves Living Artillery feeling pretty lackluster. So, we’re re-tuning it to fit better into Kog’s new (old?) playstyle while holding on to some of the spicy execution feeling we gained from the Marksman Update.
R - Living Artillery
Back in 6.19 we fixed a bug causing Lee Sin to dash directly on top of his targets, rather than next to them. The fix ended up creating worse issues - namely, Lee’s been getting dropped on the wrong side of walls. So, we’re reverting the 6.19 change.
Bugfixes on Passive, Q and E.
Like Zed, Azir, and others before him, we dug into Master Yi’s code to fix a bunch of bugs and came out the other end with a new plan: rewrite the busted stuff. This patch, we’ve got a ground-up recoding of Alpha Strike to help ensure that you only die in Alpha when you deserve it.
Passive - Double Strike
Q - Alpha Strike
E - Wuju Style
R now grants armor and magic resist, rather than giving Nasus AD when it damages enemies.
Nasus is a quintessential juggernaut: a force of inevitability, a raid boss for the enemy team. There’s no question that he brings enough late-game damage to the table with super-stacked Siphoning Strikes, but damage doesn’t mean anything if Nasus dies before he can reach his opponents. So, rather than yet another source of damage, we’re retooling Fury of the Sands to give Nasus the ability to survive long enough to get into the thick of the fight.
Q - Siphoning Strike
R - Fury of the Sands
It was pretty hard to see Shroud of Darkness on a few of Nocturne’s skins. We’re switching them to use his base skin's VFX to keep things clear.
W - Shroud of Darkness
Consume health buff reduced.
We gave Nunu’s Consume some updates in 6.20, and it looks like we overshot. The new amount of bonus health Q stacks grant, when combined with a properly-functioning Cinderhulk multiplier (hooray bugfixes), has simply made Nunu too tanky, too easily. We’re toning down his health stacking so that opponents feel like they can kill Nunu every once in awhile.
Q - Consume
E now displays a warning indicator 0.75 seconds before Zac lands.
Zac’s shown back up on our radar thanks to Elastic Slingshot’s unique gank opportunities. But when the counterplay to an ability is “dodge it”, it’s important that players have access to consistent information about where it’s headed. Elastic Slingshot isn’t hitting that clarity bar right now, so we’re making it more clear where you should (and shouldn’t) stand if you don’t want to get slime-smushed.
E - Elastic Slingshot
The Maiden now moves down the lane she was summoned in, even if no enemy minions are nearby.
Yorick has the tools to split-push, but sometimes the Maiden of the Mist didn’t seem to understand that. Right now, if no minions are around when she's summoned, she’ll continue to follow Yorick around. Yorick should be able to send the Maiden split-pushing without having to walk all the way down to the minion wave, so we’re helping her find her a way more easily.
R - Eulogy of the Isles
E mines check for collision more frequently.
If you dashed through Ziggs Minefield, sometimes you wouldn't get hit. This wasn’t a super-common occurrence, but it felt weird when it happened. So, we’re making Hexplosive Minefield do what you’d expect.
E - Hexplosive Minefield
Skin Splash Updates
Vladimir’s two oldest splashes are getting updates this patch!
Doom Bots of Doom
Team up to overcome the cursed Doom Bots of Doom and their evil overlord before everything you love and cherish is DOOMED! The Doom Bots will wreak their diabolical havoc with not one, but two playable modes in the RGM queue this patch. Battle the bots in standard mode, or test your limits with a near-infinite gauntlet of increasingly difficult levels. Keep an eye out for more revelations about the Doom Bots and their schemes, but beware, if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
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We have the technology.
For added drama during Baron/Dragon plays.
- Audio for the empowered attack proc of Kircheis Shard, Statikk Shiv, and Rapid Firecannon no longer plays through fog of war
- Thresh's Q - Death Sentence no longer sometimes sends Thresh to weird places if he tries to fly through a base gate
- Braum's R - Glacial Fissure slow no longer applies inconsistently to enemies in fog of war
- Riven is no longer prevented from dashing over walls with the third cast of Q - Broken Wings if she's under the effects of E - Valor
- Pulsefire Ezreal's recall VO lines no longer stop playing after he dies
- Primetime Draven's Q - Spinning Axe sound effects have been updated to be more noticeable
- Soul Reaver Draven's R - Whirling Death now properly plays sound effects when it hits enemies
- Fixed a bug causing Forecast Janna's Q - Howling Gale to not play audio if released after reaching max charge
- When Pool Party Fiora kills an enemy with a basic attack, the universal blue swirly death VFX now properly display
- When Star Guardian Poppy's Passive - Iron Ambassador grants her a shield, sound effects no longer play slightly before visual effects
- Pool Party Leona now properly faces the camera during her recall animation when she has the Hand of Baron buff
- Fixed pixelation on the max range indicator of PROJECT: Yasuo's third Q - Steel Tempest cast
- Fixed an issue causing Spirit Guard Udyr's ability animations (not VFX) to play more than once when form-swapping while running
- Fixed a weird texture on the back of Daisy's delicious head with the Candy King Ivern skin
The following skins will be released during patch 6.21: .
The following Chromas will be released this patch! .