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Patch 9.17

Hey buff herders!

We're still holding off on going too crazy with balance changes until after 9.19 (the patch that Worlds will be played on), but we do have some bigger adjustments to Aurelion Sol and Kayle this patch. Mainly, we're helping them in the respective spaces they're weak in and that make them difficult to be seen as viable or reliable picks. Overall, Aurelion Sol should now be more comprehensible with more satisfying signs of successful play and Kayle should have more of a laning phase without feeling like a complete wet noodle.

That's all folks!

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

Patch Highlights[]

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Elderwood Ahri, Elderwood Veigar, Elderwood Nocturne, Infernal Shen, Infernal Galio, and Infernal Varus will be available on August 29, 2019


Aurelion SolSquare.png Aurelion Sol  
Passive damage decreased; AP ratio now flat; stars are no longer disabled by CC. Q cooldown now scales; movement speed increased; star will keep up with Aurelion Sol. W now expands stars and rotates at a decaying speed; cooldown increased; cost no longer increases over time. E passive movement speed removed; range and cooldown altered; speed now scales.

We're making Aurelion Sol more vulnerable to counterplay in the early game so that we have room to buff his scaling and presence in the late game. His adjusted W should also help make him a more approachable champion to those new to him, with clearer indicators of success and more satisfying in-game payoff.

Center of the Universe.png Passive - Center of the Universe
DAMAGE : [20/23/26/29/32/35/40/45/50/55/60/70/80/90/100/110/120/130]
RATIO : [0.18-0.35 (levels 1-18)] 0.25 ability power
NULLIFYING CC Ability-inhibiting crowd control no longer nullifies Center of the Universe

Starsurge.png Q - Starsurge

COOLDOWN : [10] 11/10/9/8/7 seconds
MOVEMENT SPEED : [10%] 20%
CATCH ME CATCH YOU If Aurelion Sol is faster than his star, the star will speed up to keep up with him

Celestial Expansion.png W - Celestial Expansion

LET IT RIP When Aurelion Sol pushes his stars out to the Outer Limit, they gain increased damage and rotate at a high, but decaying speed. After 3 seconds or if Aurelion Sol reactivates it early, the stars will retract and grant Aurelion Sol 40% movement speed, decaying over 1.5 seconds
COOLDOWN : [6/5.5/5/4.5/4]
MANA : [40 + 22/24/26/28/30 per second]
70/80/90/100/110 on cast

Comet of Legend.png E - Comet of Legend

PASSIVE Aurelion Sol no longer gains bonus movement speed when moving in the same direction for a period of time
RANGE : [3000/4000/5000/6000/7000]
COOLDOWN : [60/55/50/45/40]
SPEED : [600] 600/650/700/750/800

GalioSquare.png Galio  
Q cooldown decreased. W min and max damage increased.

Galio's been underperforming for the last few patches so we're helping him out to keep him competitive against other choices.

Base Stats

Rounding out an unnecessarily gross number

MANA REGEN : [9.335] 9.5

Winds of War.png Q - Winds of War

COOLDOWN : [14/13/12/11/10]

Shield of Durand.png W - Shield of Durand

MINIMUM DAMAGE : [10/20/30/40/50]
MAXIMUM DAMAGE : [30/60/90/120/150]

KalistaSquare.png Kalista  
Base attack damage, mana, and mana growth increased.

Buffing Kalista in this specific way so she can succeed more in the hands of an average player and generally in a wider range of games.

Base Stats
MANA : [231.8] 250
MANA GROWTH : [35] 45

KayleSquare.png Kayle  
Passive bonuses adjusted for all four forms. Q now refunds mana; cast delay, missile speed, and range decreased; cast time updated; enemy shred decreased, but duration increased. E bonus damage decreased later, ratio increased; on-hit ratio updated. R cost now scales; radius increased.

We're shifting power into Kayle's early game at the cost of some of her late-game carry potential. Kayle should still be a weaker champion early who ascends into a god, but she (and her opponents) should now have more influence on whether or not she gets there.

Divine Ascent.png Passive - Divine Ascent
FORM LEVEL ORDER : Kayle ascends to her [Aflame form at level 6 and Arisen form at level 11]
Arisen form at level 6 and Aflame form at level 11
ZEALOUS BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED : [15% when Exalted and moving toward enemies]
8% when Exalted in all directions
ZEALOUS STACK SOURCES : [Basic attacks against non-structures]
All basic attacks
ARISEN ATTACK SPEED PER STACK Kayle's bonus attack speed from her Zealous form no longer increases to 10% bonus attack speed per stack when Kayle is in her Arisen form
TRANSCENDENT FIRE WAVE TRUE DAMAGE Fire waves no longer deal true damage
TRANSCENDENT ATTACK RANGE When Kayle is in her Transcendent form, she gains an additional 50 range for a total of 575 attack range on basic attacks

Radiant Blast.png Q - Radiant Blast

MANA REFUND Now refunds 50% of the ability's mana for each champion hit with it
CAST DELAY : [0.5] 0.25 seconds
CAST TIME : [Attack speed timer] 0.25 seconds
MISSILE SPEED : [2000] 1600
RANGE : [950] 900
RESISTANCES REDUCTION : [20% of the target's armor and magic resistance for 3 seconds]
15% of the target's armor and magic resistance for 4 seconds
BUGFIX : Fixed a bug where Radiant Blast wouldn't pierce as far if it hit its target at point-blank range

Starfire Spellblade.png E - Starfire Spellblade

BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE : [8/10/12/14/16% (+1% per 100 AP) of the target's missing HP]
8/9/10/11/12% (+1% per 50 AP) of the target's missing HP
ON-HIT RATIO : [0.1 total AD and 0.2 AP]
0.1 bonus AD and 0.25 AP

Divine Judgment.png R - Divine Judgment

COST : [100] 100/50/0 mana
AOE RADIUS : [475] 500

LeonaSquare.png Leona  
Q cooldown decreased.

We're letting Leona really lock into the engaging supports that she fares well against to keep her a good counter against those specific match-ups.

Shield of Daybreak.png Q - Shield of Daybreak
COOLDOWN : [6] 5 seconds

LucianSquare.png Lucian  
Base AD increased.

Giving Lucian a bit more power in the early laning phase to punish champs who have been able to run around freely without fear.

Base Stats

NeekoSquare.png Neeko  
Neeko can now deactivate her passive without taking damage or casting another ability.

Giving Neeko a QoL change so she can return to her own form without having to expend a resource or take damage.

Inherent Glamour.png Passive - Inherent Glamour
I'M BEAUTIFUL When disguised, Neeko can select herself to deactivate her disguise, putting it on a 2 second cooldown

PantheonSquare.png Pantheon  
Q Thrusts now grant execute damage. E monster damage reduction removed.

Even after the removal and decrease of the monster damage reduction on his Q and E, respectively, jungle Pantheon is just not as strong as his other roles. We're following up by entirely removing the monster damage penalty on his E, since it appears we were being too cautious regarding his jungle prowess. This and the change to his Q Thrust shouldn't swing his balance too much, and only help those who are struggling with relearning him.

Comet Spear.png Q - Comet Spear
THRUST DAMAGE Thrusting Pantheon's spear (releasing the ability within 0.35 seconds) now also increases the physical damage on targets below 25% of their maximum health (matching a fully hurled spear's bonus damage)

Aegis Assault.png E - Aegis Assault

MONSTER DAMAGE REDUCTION No longer reduces damage against non-epic monsters

QiyanaSquare.png Qiyana  
E base damage decreased. R cooldown flattened.

Qiyana's early trade damage makes her stronger than she should be in lane. That coupled with her near constant ults later is a bit too overbearing throughout the whole game.

Audacity.png E - Audacity
BASE DAMAGE : [70/105/140/175/210]

Supreme Display of Talent.png R - Supreme Display of Talent

COOLDOWN : [120/100/80] 120 seconds

RyzeSquare.png Ryze  
Base magic resist increased.

Now that Ryze has proven he can be useful without Overloading his enemies in competitive play, we think it's safe to give him a smidge more survivability.

Base Stats
MAGIC RESIST : [30] 34

ZyraSquare.png Zyra  
R cost flattened; cooldown decreased.

We're giving Zyra more opportunities to burst down her enemies.

Stranglethorns.png R - Stranglethorns
COST : [100/120/140] 100 mana
COOLDOWN : [130/120/110]

Free-to-Play Champion Rotation[]

In 2017, players asked us to expand the weekly free champion rotation beyond just 10 champions. As a result, we updated our model to include 10% of the total number of available champions to the rotation and increased the number to 14. With Qiyana, we're officially at 145 champions! As promised, we're officially increasing the number of champions to 15 in the next free-to-play rotation on the first week of September 2019.


  • Soraka now properly heals herself with Wish for more when she is under 40% of her maximum health.
  • Certain champions' movement abilities are now properly disabled when they're Grounded (Zac's Elastic Slingshot, Malphite's Unstoppable Force, Camille's Hookshot, Graves' Collateral Damage, Thresh's Dark Passage, and Fiddlestick's Crowstorm)
  • Rek'Sai no longer gains a short "Can't Be Displaced" buff if her target dies as she starts Void Rush
  • Cleanse now properly clears the stun from Viktor's AUGMENT:IMPLOSION Gravity Field
  • Lee Sin's Resonating Strike's dash speed is now at its proper speed (not as slow as it was in 9.16)
  • If Sylas dies immediately after casting Pantheon's Grand Starfall via Hijack, he will no longer be locked out of using items and basic abilities
  • Sivir's Ricochet now properly bounces when recast when she reaches 45% CDR by holding Spear of Shojin or Cosmic Insight
  • Statikk Shiv will no longer hit nearby targets outside of Mordekaiser's Realm of Death when the holder attacks him within it
  • When Tahm Kench dies while using Devour on another unit, that unit's HP can now properly go below 1 HP

Upcoming Skins & Chromas[]

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

Skin Splash Elderwood Ahri.jpg
Elderwood Ahri
Skin Splash Elderwood Veigar.jpg
Elderwood Veigar
Skin Splash Elderwood Nocturne.jpg
Elderwood Nocturne
Skin Splash Infernal Varus.jpg
Infernal Varus
Skin Splash Infernal Shen.jpg
Infernal Shen
Skin Splash Infernal Galio.jpg
Infernal Galio

The following chromas will be released this patch:

Ahri Screens 7.jpg
Elderwood Ahri
Veigar Screens 4.jpg
Elderwood Veigar
Nocturne Screens 2.jpg
Elderwood Nocturne
Varus Screens 6.jpg
Infernal Varus
Shen Screens 6.jpg
Infernal Shen
Galio Screens 4.jpg
Infernal Galio