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Patch 9.7

Hey all! Some familiar faces this patch as we continue tuning on bullies like Kayle, Sylas, and Urgot. We also got some QoL changes to things like Predator, Immolate items, and the Practice Tool, as well as some updates to the vision row of Domination runes.

If you're looking to relax on the open seas, Butcher's Bridge is back for your ARAM-ing leisure so get ready to set sail, ban Ziggs, and put on your Ghostwalkers.

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

Patch Highlights[]


KayleSquare.png Kayle  
Armor growth, health regen decreased. Q cost increased. W movement speed decreased, cost increased. E damage reduced but now has a ratio

We're following up with more adjustments to Kayle to make her late-game spikes more reliant on doing well and getting items rather than coasting off raw power from levels.

Base Stats
ARMOR GROWTH : [3.5] 3

Radiant Blast.png Q - Radiant Blast

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

Celestial Blessing.png W - Celestial Blessing

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED : [26/32/38/44/50%]
COST : [70/75/80/85/90]
60/70/80/90/100 mana

Starfire Spellblade.png E - Starfire Spellblade

BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE : [10/12.5/15/17.5/20%]
8/10/12/14/16% (+1% per 100 AP) target's missing health

UrgotSquare.png Urgot  
Passive damage decreased late. E cooldown increased early; cost increased. R damage decreased.

Was told we can't use the Urgod joke again. We're pulling back on some of the buffs he received last patch.

Echoing Flames.png Passive - Echoing Flames
DAMAGE : [2/3/4/6/8%]
2/3/4/5/6% target's max health (still at levels 1/6/9/11/13)

Disdain.png E - Disdain

COOLDOWN : [14] 16/15.5/15/14.5/14 seconds
COST : [50/60/70/80/90]
60/70/80/90/100 mana

Fear Beyond Death.png R - Fear Beyond Death

DAMAGE : [125/250/375]

Simple Changes[]

AzirSquare.png Azir  
Health regen growth increased. Q damage increased.

Even with 9.4's attack speed buff, Azir still has room to grow without becoming a pro play nightmare. Probably.

Base Stats

Conquering Sands.png Q - Conquering Sands

DAMAGE : [60/80/100/120/140]

Cho'GathSquare.png Cho'Gath  
Q cooldown decreased.

We're helping out Cho'Gath with some power to his primary crowd control and zoning.

Rupture.png Q - Rupture
COOLDOWN : [9] 7 seconds

Dr. MundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo  
Q damage increased. E attack damage increased.

We're following up on the Doctor's 9.5 buffs. More damage!

Infected Cleaver.png Q - Infected Cleaver
DAMAGE : [15/17.5/20/22.5/25%]
20/22.5/25/27.5/30% target's current health

Masochism.png E - Masochism

MAXIMUM BONUS ATTACK DAMAGE : [60/90/120/150/180]

GarenSquare.png Garen  
W passive stats increased, cooldown decreased, duration decreased late.

First line: Increasing Garen's scaling with last-hits.

Second line: Giving Garen more opportunities to use Courage's initial window of tenacity and increased damage reduction.

Third line: Making sure he doesn't go nuts by keeping the uptime roughly similar.

Courage.png W - Courage
PASSIVE RESISTANCES : [0.25 per stack, up to 40]
0.33 per stack, up to 50
COOLDOWN : [24/23/22/21/20]
23/21/19/17/15 seconds
DURATION : [2/3/4/5/6]
2/2.75/3.5/4.25/5 seconds

LeonaSquare.png Leona  
E cooldown decreased.

We're increasing Leona's late-game crowd control so she can start fights more often when players invest more points into her E.

Zenith Blade.png E - Zenith Blade
COOLDOWN : [13/12/11/10/9]
12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds

LissandraSquare.png Lissandra  
Q cooldown increased.

We're hitting Lissandra's waveclear so she can't consistently out-shove her opponents.

Ice Shard.png Q - Ice Shard
COOLDOWN : [6/5.25/4.5/3.75/3]
10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds

MorganaSquare.png Morgana  
Health regen growth decreased. W ratio decreased.

Lookin' good and feelin' fine. But maybe a little too fine, especially in mid. Trimming off some excess power from her update in 9.5. While we're aiming mainly at mid-lane Morg, support will also be affected.

Base Stats

Tormented Shadow.png W - Tormented Shadow

MINIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE RATIO : [0.8] 0.7 ability power (still at 0% target missing health)
MAXIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE RATIO : [2.16] 1.89 ability power (still at 100% target missing health)

PykeSquare.png Pyke  
Q cooldown decreased early. E stun duration increased.

We're giving Pyke's all-in more power.

Bone Skewer.png Q - Bone Skewer
COOLDOWN : [16/14/12/10/8]
14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds

Phantom Undertow.png E - Phantom Undertow

STUN DURATION : [1.1] 1.25 seconds

RumbleSquare.png Rumble  
W movement speed increased. R cooldown decreased.

We're giving Rumble some love so he can compete better against other top laners.

Scrap Shield.png W - Scrap Shield
MOVEMENT SPEED : [10/15/20/25/30%]

The Equalizer.png R - The Equalizer

COOLDOWN : [110/100/90]
100/85/70 seconds

SylasSquare.png Sylas  
Health regen decreased. W damage decreased. E cooldown increased early.

We're continuing with the adjustments to Sylas since he’s become frustrating to deal with in all levels of play. These nerfs are aimed around creating weaknesses in his laning phase so that he can't be both mobile and have higher all-in damage and healing than his opponent

Base Stats
HEALTH REGEN : [9.5] 7.5

Kingslayer.png W - Kingslayer

DAMAGE : [60/90/120/150/180]
EMPOWERED DAMAGE : [90/135/180/225/270]

Abscond.png E - Abscond / Abduct

COOLDOWN : [12/11.5/11/10.5/10]
18/16/14/12/10 seconds


Stalker's Blade - Cinderhulk.pngEnchantment: Cinderhulk
Minion and monster aura damage increased.

We're helping tank junglers feel a more meaningful power spike upon completing Cinderhulk and bringing it closer to the other jungle enchants in clear speed.

GRILLED RAZORBEAK : Deals [200%] 300% bonus magic damage to minions and monsters

ItemSquareThe Dark Seal.pngThe Dark Seal  
Ability power, sell-back value decreased.

Dark Seal is meant to be a greedy purchase to eventually upgrade into an even greedier Soulstealer, but its stat efficiency is so high and its sell-back value so good it’s become the correct choice to buy (sometimes in multiples) in too many situations.

SELLBACK VALUE : [245] 140 gold

ItemSquareWit's End.pngWit's End  UPDATED
Attack speed, magic resist, cost increased. Now grants movement speed. On-hit damage lower early, higher late. No longer steals magic resist but now heals on-hit.

Making Wit's End more slot-efficient for attack speed bruisers. It can now fill the gap where one would consider Maw of Malmortius, but can't due to the overlap in passives with Sterak's Gage (Lifeline). It'll also be less of an early-rush item now that its new UNIQUE effect scales better throughout the game.

TOTAL COST : [2400] 2900 gold
BUILD PATH : Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak + Dagger + [380]
880 gold
ATTACK SPEED : [40%] 50%
MAGIC RESIST : [40] 50
ON-HIT DAMAGE : [42] 15-80 (levels 1-18)
HEALTH STEAL Heal for the amount of on-hit damage dealt by Wit's End (33% effective for ranged) when the item holder is below half health
MAGIC RESIST STEAL Basic attacks no longer steal 6 magic resist (3 for ranged), up to 30

Immolate Item Combat Text 

People like big numbers.

DISCO INFERNO : Combat text for Immolate effects on Cinderhulk, Bami's Cinder, and Sunfire Cape now display running totals of how much damage each target has taken


Rune Eyeball Collection.pngEyeball Collection  UPDATED
Max stacks decreased, total stats unchanged. Kills and assists both grant one stack; no longer stacks off wards.

Eyeball Collection's 30 adaptive force has been crowding out Ghost Poro and Zombie Ward. All three runes now grant the same adaptive force bonuses, so your choice is now how you want to stack those bonuses up rather than what kind of bonus you want. Eyeball Collection is about killing people.

MAX STACKS : [20] 10
STACKS : [2 per champion kill, 1 per champion assist, 1 per ward kill]
1 per champion takedown (kill or assist)
ADAPTIVE FORCE : [1] 2 per stack (20 total)
COMPLETION BONUS : 10 adaptive force (unchanged)

Rune Ghost Poro.pngGhost Poro  UPDATED
Your wards spawn a ghost poro and grant stacks of adaptive force when they expire. Gain extra adaptive force at full stacks.

Eyeball Collection's 30 adaptive force has been crowding out Ghost Poro and Zombie Ward. All three runes now grant the same adaptive force bonuses, so your choice is now how you want to stack those bonuses up rather than what kind of bonus you want. Ghost Poro is about warding cleverly.

HAUNTED TRINKET Standing in brush no longer converts your trinket into a Ghost Poro. Placing a Ghost Poro in enemy territory no longer grants adaptive force.
SPOOKY Your wards now spawn a Ghost Poro when they expire, giving vision in the area until it's scared away be enemy champions. Wards killed by enemies don't spawn Ghost Poros.
BOO Spawning a Ghost Poro grants 2 adaptive force up to 10 times (max 20). At 10 Ghost Poro spawns, gain an additional 10 adaptive force.

Rune Zombie Ward.pngZombie Ward  UPDATED
No longer grants on-hit damage versus champions when clearing a ward. Ward clears now grant stacks of adaptive force. Gain extra adaptive force at full stacks.

Eyeball Collection's 30 adaptive force has been crowding out Ghost Poro and Zombie Ward. All three runes now grant the same adaptive force bonuses, so your choice is now how you want to stack those bonuses up rather than what kind of bonus you want. Zombie Ward is about clearing wards.

TOUCH OF DEATH Damaging a champion after clearing a ward no longer deals bonus damage
WARD GRAVEYARD Clearing a ward grants 2 adaptive force up to 10 times (max 20). At 10 ward clears, gain an additional 10 adaptive force.

Rune Cut Down.pngCut Down  
Damage versus extremely high health targets increased.

It was still bad even after 9.5's buff.

DAMAGE : [5-12%] 5-15% (still at 10-100% max health difference)

Rune Demolish.pngDemolish  
Max health ratio increased.

It was bad compared to almost all other minor runes.

DAMAGE : 100 [(+30% max health)] (+35% max health)

Rune Overgrowth.pngOvergrowth  
Completion bonus grants more max health.

Making it better, especially for people who actually build health items.

COMPLETION BONUS : [2.5%] 3.5% max health increase

Rune Predator.pngPredator   

Look, a small usability improvement!

ZOOM : The monster burn effect of Hunter's Talisman and its upgrades no longer interrupts Predator's channel

Rune Ultimate Hunter.pngUltimate Hunter  
Ult cooldown reduction increased.

It was bad.

ULT COOLDOWN REDUCTION : [5 (+2% per stack), max 15%] 5 (+3% per stack), max 20%

Practice Tool[]

Minor additions to the Cheat Menu for players' convenience.
WIN THE GAME : Can now destroy the enemy team nexus through the Cheat Menu
CRY IT OUT : Can now stack your Tear of the Goddess item immediately through the Cheat Menu

ARAM - Back to Bilgewater[]

Sail back to Butcher's Bridge to hunt for treasure and test our experimental ARAM changes. Check out the Back to Bilgewater /dev post on Nexus for more details on the gameplay changes, item additions, and balance updates.
FOLLOW THE COMPASS : Butcher's Bridge is back for a limited time
BAN TO DAVY JONES' LOCKER Ban your least favorite champions. After bans are set, random champions will be assigned and they won't show up in rerolls
FINISH HIM After 15 minutes, minion waves' spawn rate will increase, minions will gain more movement speed, and champions will deal 10% more damage to structures
OUCH Damage from champions further than 900 units away is reduced by 15%
SUMMONER SPELL Barrier has been replaced by Backtrack. When activated, Backtrack gives players a small blue shield (less powerful than Barrier) and then 3 seconds later zooms them back towards their Fountain
ITEM UPDATES Mariner's Vengeance and Ghostwalkers have been added to the store for ARAM games and Warmog's Armor has been adjusted
RUNES ADJUSTMENT : Runes have been adjusted for ARAM similar to Nexus Blitz and ARURF+
CHAMPION BALANCE : Champions have been adjusted to narrow the gap between the top and bottom champions in ARAM

Mac Client[]

MORE BITS : The Mac client is becoming 64-bit this patch. No downloads or reinstalls needed—just patch up like normal!
KNOWN ISSUE : End of Game Victory/Defeat screens have reverted to static images

Your Shop Returns[]

Personalized discounts are back from April 4th, 2019, at 01:00p.m. PT – April 25th, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT!


  • Fixed a bug where Akali's Twilight Shroud's cooldown was incorrectly calculated with her cooldown reduction
  • Jarvan IV's Cataclysm cast VO lines no longer plays during its recast
  • Buffs auras on Battlecast Alpha Skarner, Zombie Brand, AstroNautilus, Star Guardian Jinx, Pool Party Fiora, Underworld Wukong, Snow Day Malzahar, Pool Party Leona, PROJECT: Leona, and Guardian of the Sands Rammus now properly follow the models during certain animations
  • Morgana's Soul Shackles no longer hits targets if the effect ends prematurely by her death
  • Vi's Excessive Force no longer fizzles when Phantom Hit triggers on Guinsoo's Rageblade
  • Fixed a bug where Taliyah's Unraveled Earth was scaling incorrectly
  • Conqueror now properly procs from pets (except for Malzahar's Voidlings and Yorick's Maiden of the Mist are still bugged)
  • Omni-vamp effects now properly grant reduced healing from pets

Upcoming Skins & Chromas[]

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

Ivern Splash 2.jpg
Dunkmaster Ivern
JarvanIV Splash 10.jpg
Hextech Jarvan IV

The following chromas will be released this patch:

Ivern Screens 2.jpg
Dunkmaster Ivern
Ivern Screens 3.jpg
Dunkmaster Daisy