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Patch 9.13

Hey tacticians! Who's ready for some Teamfight Tactics?

Patch 9.13 marks the official launch of the long-awaited game mode and we will begin rolling-out to regions all over the world starting today. We'll be continuously updating and building it with you, so please let us know if you have any feedback and report bugs as you see them!

We're welcoming Qiyana to the Rift as well. The Empress of the Elements is sure to tickle the bones of those who love playing quick and high-damage assassins.

We also want to give a shout out to those who've been following the Life of a Patch campaign with the balance team! It was great pulling back the curtain on the champion balancing process and giving a more in depth runthrough of how and why we make the buffs and nerfs we do. Those who kept an eye on the Nexus hub with the live champion iterations won't be surprised at the changes to Illaoi, Pyke, and Udyr, and Sona nerfs (sob) listed below.

P.S. Grumps is the best Little Legend. You know which one we mean.

SonaSquare.png Hanna “shio shoujo” Woo
AetherIcon.jpg Paul "RiotAether" Perscheid

Patch Highlights[]

Youtube link

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Qiyana, Arcade Caitlyn, Arcade Kai'Sa, Battle Boss Qiyana, Battle Boss Yasuo, and Arcade Caitlyn Prestige Edition will be available on June 28, 2019.

Teamfight Tactics[]

Teamfight Tactics will be coming in 9.13 to players all over the world! Play against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf and be the last one standing.

As a reminder, the mode is still in beta! Players may experience bugs during their time in Teamfight Tactics, but we'd appreciate reports as well as general feedback on it. We're here to build this new mode with you.

We'll also be monitoring server health throughout its run in 9.13 and make note of potential balance changes based on what we see and hear from you. For more information, please check out the official Teamfight Tactics website!


QiyanaSquare.png Qiyana  
Empress of the Elements
Qiyana arrives to conquer the Rift on June 28! High-res versions of Qiyana's splash arts are available on League Displays!
CorkiSquare.png Corki  
R ammo bar now reads left-to-right. The Package ARAM timers adjusted.

For ARAM enthusiasts, we've adjusted Corki's Package timers on the Howling Abyss to give him more chances to hit his opponents with a Special Delivery. For Corki fans of all stripes, we've adjusted how his ammo bar tracks missiles: The leftmost missile is now the next to fire. Since Corki's ammo is still attached to the left of his health bar, this means the next missile no longer moves when Corki gets another charge, making it easier to know at a glance if the next missile is a Big One.

Hextech Munitions.png Passive - Hextech Munitions
ARAM PACKAGE COOLDOWN : [240] 150 seconds

Missile Barrage.png R - Missile Barrage

AMMO BAR : Left missile is now always the next to fire, with new charges loading in from the right

DianaSquare.png Diana  
Q QoL changes.

We've recoded Diana’s Q so it feels better when casting. Most of the improvements are pretty subtle, so we've listed a couple of the more explicit upgrades here to make sure you know about 'em.

Crescent Strike.png Q - Crescent Strike
TIP OF THE MOONBERG : Tip of the Diana's Crescent Strike arc now reveals Fog of War for a short duration
MOONLIGHT SONATA : Crescent Strike casts more consistently aim toward the cursor
CRASH LANDING : Crescent Strike travels slightly faster

IllaoiSquare.png Illaoi  
W minimum damage added; also applies to turrets. Tentacles disappear faster when Illaoi leaves. E Spirit and Vessel duration decreased; time between Tentacle attacks decreased. R Tentacle cap increased.

We're hitting two octopi with one tentacle and buffing Illaoi while also modernizing the way her abilities work. She should feel a lot better to play and stronger in general when you add up all the smaller QoL changes and buffs.

Prophet of an Elder God.png Passive - Prophet of an Elder God
TENTACLE AP RATIO 0.4 ability power
TMI Tentacles will no longer go into an idle state when Illaoi is not around to command them
TICK TOCK Illaoi can now ping Prophet of an Elder God's cooldown to her team
BYE : Tentacles despawn after Illaoi has left the area for [60] 30 seconds
FOG OF WAR : Enemies gain vision of Tentacles through Fog of War within [1400] 1000 range
BUGFIX : Enemy champions no longer globally get vision of attacking Tentacles
BUGFIX : Fixed a bug where Tentacle slams that were mid-flight when Illaoi died dealt no damage

Harsh Lesson.png W - Harsh Lesson

MINIMUM DAMAGE 20/30/40/50/60
KICK IT INTO OVERDRIVE Minimum damage is dealt as bonus damage to turrets

Test of Spirit.png E - Test of Spirit

REDUCED SPIRIT DURATION Spirit duration is no longer reduced each time Illaoi is damaged by the target
BASE SPIRIT DURATION : [10] 7 seconds
BASE VESSEL DURATION : [12] 10 seconds
TIME BETWEEN TENTACLE ATTACKS : Once every [10 seconds at all levels]
5/4/3 seconds (levels 1/7/13)

Leap of Faith.png R - Leap of Faith

MAXIMUM SUMMONS : [5] 6 Tentacles
LENIENCY : Leap of Faith Tentacles no longer despawn mid-attack if Illaoi commands them to slam with Harsh Lesson

KarmaSquare.png Karma  
Base E movement speed duration decreased.

Karma definitely had room for some power heading into 9.12, but we went too hard. We're pulling her buffs back a touch.

Inspire.png E - Inspire
MOVEMENT SPEED DURATION : [2.5] 1.5 seconds (empowered E duration still 2.5 seconds)

OrnnSquare.png Ornn  
Q damage ratio increased.

Helping Ornn battle more in lane.

Volcanic Rupture.png Q - Volcanic Rupture
RATIO : [1.0] 1.1 attack damage

PykeSquare.png Pyke  
Q cooldown decreased early; stab damage bonus removed. W movement speed now scales. E no longer damages non-champions.

We're targeting solo lane Pyke because his strong anti-harass tools make him an impossible-to-avoid death trap if he gets too far ahead. To help curb that, we're specifically hitting his wave clear.

Bone Skewer.png Q - Bone Skewer
STAB TARGETING : [AoE (30% reduced damage on non-champions)]
Single target (hits nearest unit, preferring nearest champion)
BONUS STAB DAMAGE Bone Skewer's stab cast no longer deals 15% bonus damage
COOLDOWN : [14/12.5/11/9.5/8]

Ghostwater Dive.png W - Ghostwater Dive

MOVEMENT SPEED : [40% (decaying over 5 seconds)]
40/45/50/55/60% (decaying over 5 seconds)

Phantom Undertow.png E - Phantom Undertow

MINION & MONSTER DAMAGE Phantom Undertow no longer damages non-champions

SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani  
Health growth decreased. W second cast damage ratio decreased.

The last time Sejuani was buffed was right before MSI in patch 9.8. Since then, she has climbed from a fringe pro pick to being in nearly 100% of pro games. While the buff was intended to let Sejuani scale better with items, we went too far, so we’re pulling back a bit.

Base Stats
HEALTH GROWTH : [105] 95

Winter's Wrath.png W - Winter's Wrath

SECOND CAST DAMAGE RATIO : [6%] 5.25% Sejuani's maximum health

SivirSquare.png Sivir  
Attack damage growth, mana regen decreased. W cost increased.

We went a little lighter on Sivir because (spoiler alert) the Essence Reaver nerfs going live this patch will undoubtedly affect her. We’re mainly targeting her early game pressure through W's mana change and applying #cleannumbers to some base stats (less for the minimal balance impact, more because weird decimals are unsightly).

Base Stats
MANA REGEN : [8.012] 8

Ricochet.png W - Ricochet

COST : [60] 75 mana

SonaSquare.png Sona  
Q aura damage ratio decreased. E bonus movement speed ratio decreased.

(A note from Shio Shoujo: Y'all knew it was coming. We're nerfing my baby girl.)

While it may seem like we're doing this just because of the in-vogue bot lane Sona, she's been extremely close to our thresholds for acceptable win rates (outlined in our Balance Framework that you should go read if you haven't already) in solo queue for awhile and is the most commonly banned bot lane champion in pro play right now.

We're also seeing more than just Sona with Taric, mind you. We're seeing Sona and Tahm Kench, Sona and Pyke, etc. which points toward specifically nerfing her rather than Taric. To be clear, we're not explicitly trying to kill Sona + XX bot lanes: Even if she were a standard bot carry, she'd still be deserving of a nerf on multiple fronts.

Hymn of Valor.png Q - Hymn of Valor
AURA DAMAGE RATIO : [0.3] 0.2 ability power

Song of Celerity.png E - Song of Celerity

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED RATIO : [6%] 3% movement speed per 100 ability power

SylasSquare.png Sylas  
Base attack damage, health growth increased. W base damage increased.

We're giving Sylas longer-term attention as we assess his status in higher levels of play. In the meantime, we're giving him some power back.

Base Stats

Kingslayer.png W - Kingslayer

BASE DAMAGE : [60/90/120/150/180]

Abscond.png E - Abscond

BUGFIX : Tooltip now properly mentions all mana scaling per rank information

SyndraSquare.png Syndra  
Mana growth increased.

Syndra's currently not a must-pick in higher levels of play like she has been in the past, so we want to take this opportunity to boost her a little in an attempt to make her more viable across all skill brackets where players are more likely to run into mana issues.

Base Stats
MANA GROWTH : [30] 40

TristanaSquare.png Tristana  
Attack damage growth, mana increased; mana regen decreased. W damage increased.

Cleaning up her base stats and giving her a minor buff for when she opts into a more aggressive playstyle.

Base Stats
MANA : [246.76] 250
MANA REGEN : [7.206] 7.2

Rocket Jump.png W - Rocket Jump

MAGIC DAMAGE : [85/135/185/235/285]

UdyrSquare.png Udyr  
All abilities can now be leveled to rank 6.

We're looking to bring some balance to Udyr's stances and playstyles so he's not overwhelmingly choosing one over the others. Plus he'll now have some useful points to spend at later levels.

Monkey's Agility.png Passive - Monkey's Agility
ABILITY RANKS All abilities can now be leveled up 6 times, starting at level 16

Tiger Stance.png Q - Tiger Stance

DAMAGE : [30/60/90/120/150 (+1.2/1.35/1.5/1.65/1.8 AD)]
30/60/90/120/150/180 (+1.1/1.25/1.4/1.55/1.7/1.85 AD)

Turtle Stance.png W - Turtle Stance

SHIELD : [60/95/130/165/200]

Bear Stance.png E - Bear Stance

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED : [15/20/25/30/35%]

Phoenix Stance.png R - Phoenix Stance

CONE DAMAGE : [40/80/120/160/200]
DAMAGE PER TICK : [10/20/30/40/50]

Responsiveness Pass[]

Similar to some of the work on Diana's Q, the following abilities more quickly and reliably apply their effects to enemies they hit:
  • Jarvan IV's Demacian Standard > Dragon Strike
  • Kennen's Lightning Rush
  • Tryndamere's Spinning Slash


ItemSquareEssence Reaver.pngEssence Reaver  
Upgrade cost decreased; total cost increased. Build path adjusted.

We made it stronger and think it merits B.F. Sword's inclusion in its recipe again. However, now that it is stronger, it shouldn't be easier to build than Infinity Edge, which it is similar to in strength and tier.

COST : [3200] 3300 gold
BUILD PATH : Caulfield's Warhammer + Cloak of Agility + [Pickaxe + 425 gold]
B.F. Sword + 100 gold

ItemSquareRanduin's Omen.pngRanduin's Omen  
Armor increased.

Giving more options in armor choices for those who want to build more tanky.

Armor : [60] 70

ItemSquareRod of Ages.pngRod of Ages  
Upgrade and total cost decreased.

Rod of Ages takes too long to provide its benefits in a relatively fast paced meta. A price reduction makes it a slightly more realistic option for users that might consider it.

COST : [2700 (750 combine)] 2600 (650 combine)

Your Shop Returns[]

Personalized discounts are back from June 28th, 2019 – July 22nd, 2019!

Damage Text Updates[]

We've updated damage text colors for consistency and readability, as well as to set us up for future work like the Death Recap update (did you watch Riot Pls yet?)
COLORING : Physical damage text is now always orange, magic damage text is now always cyan, and true damage will still remain white.
SPIKEY : Crit damage text icon now matches the stat panel icon
PUNCHY : Crit damage text animation should feel more impactful and satisfying
WIP : Colorblind support will be added for these updates next patch.


  • Taliyah, Morgana, and Ezreal's ability VO lines will play less frequently
  • /mute all, /fullmute all, and /ignore all no longer also mutes your own pings
  • Lucian's The Culling now properly activates the movement speed bonus from hitting targets with Ardent Blaze

Upcoming Skins & Chromas[]

The following skins will be released this patch. Grab the League Displays app for their full-res splash!

Skin Splash Arcade Caitlyn Prestige Edition.jpg
Arcade Caitlyn Prestige Edition
Skin Splash Arcade Caitlyn.jpg
Arcade Caitlyn
Skin Splash Arcade Kai'Sa.jpg
Arcade Kai'Sa
Skin Splash Battle Boss Qiyana.jpg
Battle Boss Qiyana
Skin Splash Battle Boss Yasuo.jpg
Battle Boss Yasuo

The following chromas will be released this patch:

Kaisa Screens 3.jpg
Arcade Kai'Sa
MissFortune Screens 5.jpg
Arcade Miss Fortune
Riven Screens 7.jpg
Arcade Riven
Sona Screens 5.jpg
Arcade Sona
Qiyana Screens 2.jpg
Battle Boss Qiyana
Yasuo Screens 6.jpg
Battle Boss Yasuo