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Patch 7.21

Welcome to patch 7.21, the last one before preseason starts in earnest. We’ve got a lot a big changes coming down the pipeline that will shake up the game, so this patch is a bit on the smaller side. That being said, we’re hitting a few outliers and looking to make playstyle changes to a few champions.

A few tanks - Galio, Sejuani, and Rammus - are sitting at far too much baseline effectiveness. We’re bringing that down, and in Galio’s case, giving him a bit more scaling to play with. We’re also taking a look at two juggernauts - Udyr and Urgot - and looking to give them a more reliable late game. Finally, we’re tweaking some items that have either dominated the landscape (hey there, Ardent Censer) or been underwhelming for awhile.

Next patch brings Runes Reforged, and with it will come a ton of change, but for now get out there and enjoy the last patch of Season 7!


AetherIcon.jpg Paul "Aether" Perscheid
Gentleman GustafIcon.jpg Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman
JinxSquare.png Lucas "Liquizilla" Moutinho

Patch Highlights[]

If you’re following our Facebook page, this video should look familiar. We figured we’d see what happens if we put it in the Patch Notes, too!



AzirSquare.png Azir  
Q damage reduced at later ranks. Soldier damage reduced at later levels.

We’re happy seeing Azir succeed across a wider skill range than “only the best,” but now that everyone’s had time to acclimate to the Emperor’s new moves, it’s apparent his damage is a bit high.

Conquering Sands.png Q - Conquering Sands
DAMAGE : [70/100/130/160/190]

Arise!.png W - Arise!
Soldier damage unchanged from levels 1-5, reduced by 5 thereafter.

SOLDIER DAMAGE : [60/62/64/66/68/75/80/85/95/105/115/125/135/145 /155/165/175/185]
60/62/64/66/68/70/75/80/90/100/110/120/130/140 /150/160/170/180

EkkoSquare.png Ekko  
Passive damage to monsters increased.

We’re okay with Ekko going jungle when he does so in a healthy way (read: as an assassin, not a tank). However, when we last changed his passive we made it a tad harder for AP Ekko to succeed in the jungle. This change comes to make Ekko a bit more viable in that role with as little risk as possible to his solo laning characteristics.

Z-Drive Resonance.png Passive - Z-Drive Resonance
DAMAGE TO MONSTERS : [100%] 200%

EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn  
E percent health minimum damage set.

Because Whiplash doesn’t kill a mini krug. We’re still tracking Evelynn’s performance post-update and may need to make more substantial changes, but this one felt pretty simple.

Whiplash.png E - Whiplash

GalioSquare.png Galio  
Q and E base damage decreased. Passive, Q, W, E ability power ratios increased. W physical damage reduction decreased.

We’d like to give more room for Galio to play aggressively and be rewarded for high impact plays. After all, we’re talking about a gargoyle who leaps across the map and justice punches his opponents. Upping the AP ratios on his abilities gives daring Galio players more room to show off their skills, but in exchange we’re trimming some of his baseline effectiveness. With less base damage and lower durability against physical damage, he might not be the priority pick we’ve seen in pro play, but he’ll have a clear niche in solo queue.

Colossal Smash.png Passive - Colossal Smash
RATIO : [0.4] 0.7 ability power

Winds of War.png Q - Winds of War

BASE DAMAGE : [60/95/130/165/200]
RATIO : [0.75] 0.9 ability power
 % MAXIMUM HEALTH DAMAGE OVER TIME : [2% target’s maximum health per half-second]
3% target’s maximum health per 100 ability power, per half-second

Shield of Durand.png W - Shield of Durand

MAGICAL DAMAGE REDUCTION AP Ratio +5% per 100 ability power
PHYSICAL DAMAGE REDUCTION : [same as] half of magical damage reduction

Justice Punch.png E - Justice Punch

BASE DAMAGE : [100/140/180/220/260]
RATIO : [0.7] 0.9 ability power

GangplankSquare.png Gangplank  
Q gold on kill increased.

The scaling pirate isn’t grabbing the gold he needs to get ahead, so we’re pushing a few more doubloons at him.

Parrrley.png Q - Parrrley
GOLD ON KILL : [2/3/4/5/6]

RammusSquare.png Rammus  
W % armor bonus increased at later ranks. W flat magic resist and % decreased.

Rammus was shaping up to be a tank of all trades, so we’re resharpening his identity to be more oriented against teams that rely heavily on physical damage—as originally intended.

Defensive Ball Curl.png W - Defensive Ball Curl
ARMOR BONUS : [50/55/60/65/70%]
MAGIC RESIST BONUS : [50/55/60/65/70%]

SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani  
Innate armor and magic resist reduced but passive grants more at later levels. Passive shield duration and cooldown better early, worse late. E base damage reduced.

Sejuani’s a bit too hard to kill, even when her frost armor’s down. She’s… a tank, so we’re not looking to make her squishy, but a few adjustments to Sej’s base stats and Fury of the North are in order. She’ll be roughly as durable as ever while armored up, but easier to take down after her passive’s fallen off. We’ve also standardized the duration and cooldown of her shield to make it easier for opponents to reliably play around Fury of the North’s protection.

Beyond durability, we’re also lowering the damage Permafrost deals. Most of Sejuani’s damage against frozen targets comes from attacking them after they’re iced, so the freeze damage itself doesn’t need to be quite as chunky.

Base stats
BASE ARMOR : [27] 22
BASE MAGIC RESIST : [32.1] 27.1

Fury of the North.png Passive - Fury of the North

2 at all ranks
COOLDOWN : [15/12/9]
12 at all ranks

Permafrost.png E - Permafrost

DID YOU KNOW : Tooltip now mentions Permafrost’s displacement effect
FREEZE DAMAGE : [40/60/80/100/120]
SHATTER DAMAGE : 10/15/20% target’s maximum health (Unchanged. Also technically part of Fury of the North.)

UdyrSquare.png Udyr  
Attack damage per level increased. Tiger strike scaling total attack damage ratio increased. Phoenix strike ability power ratio increased.

Udyr is pretty far away from where we’d like to see him, both as a champion and as a juggernaut. We don’t think this solves his problems completely, but we want to do something so that picking Udyr doesn’t always feel like the wrong decision. Dialing up his late game damage scaling should help Udyr feel worthwhile when he does manage to get on—and stick to—the right targets.

Base stats

Tiger Stance.png Q - Tiger Stance

TIGER STRIKE RATIO : [120/130/140/150/160%]
120/135/150/165/180% total attack damage

Phoenix Stance.png R - Phoenix Stance

PHOENIX STRIKE RATIO : [0.45] 0.6 ability power

UrgotSquare.png Urgot  
Passive damage decreased at early ranks but cooldown decreased at later ranks. Q detonates more quickly.

When Urgot succeeds, we feel like he’s in a pretty nice spot, but he’s not hitting that mark often enough. A lack of reliability on Corrosive Charge and Fear Beyond Death is putting too much burden on Urgot players and not enough on his opponents, so we’re sharpening those mechanics. We’re also giving his legs shorter cooldowns in the late game but less damage early on to shift some of his power out of lane and into teamfights.

Echoing Flames.png Passive - Echoing Flames
LEG COOLDOWN : [30/25/20/15/10 (at levels 1/6/9/11/13)]
30/20/10/5/2.5 (at levels 1/6/9/11/13). No longer scales off of cooldown reduction from items.
DAMAGE PER LEG : [4.5/5.25/6/7/8% target’s maximum health (at levels 1/6/9/13/15)]
2/3/4/6/8% target’s maximum health (at levels 1/6/9/11/13)

Corrosive Charge.png Q - Corrosive Charge

MANA CAST : [35/40/45/50/55]
50 at all ranks
TIME BEFORE DETONATION : [0.85] 0.5 seconds

Fear Beyond Death.png R - Fear Beyond Death

MISSILE SPEED : [2100] 3200


SORRY, URGOT : Sterak’s Gage is no longer listed in Urgot’s recommended items (since it’s now melee only)

Xin ZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao   

Xin Zhao’s been faring well since his recent ability update. We’re sprucing up his recommended items to better advise aspiring Seneschals.

HERE’S A TIP : Xin Zhao’s recommended items have been updated!


ItemSquareArdent Censer.pngArdent Censer  
Attack speed and on-hit damage reduced.

Ardent Censer has been making waves (and winds) in bot lane for some time. For enchanters’ purchasing decisions—and as a result, the support landscape—to remain robust, this item needs more clear points of weakness. These changes make Ardent Censer weaker early on, so rushing Ardent Censer won’t always be the best choice for enchanters.

ATTACK SPEED BUFF : [20-35%] 10-30%

ItemSquareFrozen Heart.pngFrozen Heart  
Armor increased.

Frozen Heart has been outshined by other tank items, with Thornmail, Randuin’s Omen, and Iceborn Gauntlet all occupying nearby niches and crowding it out. We’re honing in on its strength as the pure armor item to give tanks more reasons to opt into it.

ARMOR : [90] 100

ItemSquareTear of the Goddess.pngTear of the Goddess  
Stacking effect can now occur up to three times every 12 seconds.

Stacking Tear often incentivizes odd behaviors, such as using abilities while simply walking down the lane or standing still at the base. We want to make it easier for Tear to be stacked when you’d already be casting abilities, such as lane trades, teamfights, farming, and so on.

Editor’s Note: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Mystic Shots fired at the shoulders of Ornn. I watched Overloads glitter in the dark near the Base Gates. All those abilities were lost in time, like Tears in rain. Time to stack.

LESS QQ : [Can gain up to two stacks every 8 seconds]
Can gain up to three stacks every 12 seconds
THE OTHERS : This change also impacts Seraph’s Embrace and Manamune

Mana per stack increased.

Read Tear of the Goddess context!

MORE PEW PEW : [+4] +5 mana per stack

Item Pings 

We’re adding some useful information to a few item pings!

Tear of the Goddess, Manamune, Archangel's Staff

TEAR (NOT) FULLY STACKED : Pinging Tear of the Goddess, Manamune, or Archangel’s Staff will now display how many charges you have

Duskblade of Draktharr

SEE THAT I AM UNSEEN : Pinging Duskblade of Draktharr now tells your team whether you’re currently unseen or not

Rotating Game Mode[]

Doom Bots of Doom 
Doom Bots of Doom (Rotating Game Mode).jpg

Team up to overcome the cursed Doom Bots of Doom and their evil overlord before everything you love and cherish is doomed. Doom Bots is available from 10/26/17 at 12:00 p.m. PT - 11/7/17 at 04:00 a.m. PT.


  • Overcome the Doom Bots’ EVIIIIIIIIL curses—stasis, warping, windwalls (and more), oh my!
  • Survive and defeat the devilish little horror behind it all. Hut, two, three, four...

Client Settings[]

We’ve turned off the ability to turn off the client while in-game. The gains from that setting have been made redundant elsewhere (LCU), and the increased time in client booting up after a game is resulting in players missing honor voting and the end of game chat.

Upcoming Event[]

Death Sworn Skins 

Death will not let them rest. Death Sworn Viktor, Katarina, and Zed join Tales from the Rift 2017. They’ll be available in store until 11/26/17 and then go into the Legacy vault.

Skin Splash Death Sworn Katarina.jpg
Death Sworn Katarina
Skin Splash Death Sworn Viktor.jpg
Death Sworn Viktor
Skin Splash Death Sworn Zed.jpg
Death Sworn Zed'

Legacy Bundles 
Seven Legacy bundles return from the vault, and the new Death Sworn Set is also available from 10/26/17 to 11/1/17. You can also buy these skins and chromas individually.
New Missions, Rewards, and Emotes 
Play through two new missions during the event and earn the Death Sworn Icon and Ward Skin Shard. Don’t forget to also check out the three limited-time emotes haunting the store until 11/1/17: Vamporo, Minionstein, and Spook O’ Lantern.


  • Nami and all her skins properly play the correct SFX for auto-attacks empowered by Tidecaller’s Blessing (the audio has actually been tweaked and made more apparent as well)
  • Battlecast Alpha Skarner no longer incorrectly plays classic VO lines in addition to the correct ones
  • Primetime Draven no longer incorrectly plays classic VO lines
  • Star Guardian Miss Fortune is no longer missing a light beam particle during her recall
  • Headhunter Rengar no longer incorrectly plays classic “Predator” SFX when he activates Thrill of the Hunt
  • Pulsefire Caitlyn and all Lulu skins no longer get stuck with a blue overlay when Whimsy is used on them while they are in combat or affected by Yordle Snap Trap
  • Championship Thresh now properly plays the lantern-landing SFX when using Dark Passage
  • Cho’Gath’s Feast stacks now correctly count spawned Rift Heralds as epic monsters

Upcoming Chromas[]

The following chromas will be released in patch 7.21:
Urgot Screens 3.jpg
Battle Cast Urgot (Ruby)
Battle Cast Urgot (Sapphire)
Battle Cast Urgot (Pearl)
Battle Cast Urgot (Obsidian)
Battle Cast Urgot (Tanzanite)
Battle Cast Urgot (Obsidan)