‘League of Legends’ 8.9 Patch Notes: Mid Season Mage and Objective Changes

‘League of Legends’ 8.9 Patch Notes: Mid Season Mage and Objective Changes

League of Legends Patch 8.9 heralds in the start of the midseason. Major changes to Baron, Rift Herald and mid lane mages aim to make games less likely to snowball out of control early on. These changes to mana items should make wave clear champions, like Taliyah and Cassiopeia, less powerful picks. Doran’s Ring hasn’t changed much since I first started League in 2015, so I’m curious to see what the rework will do for mages who have terrible early games.

On the plus side, I’ll now actually be able to keep up in lane as Annie. Trying to CS against an Ahri or Zoe who’s constantly pushing the wave in your direction is not very fun to deal with.

The most important thing coming in patch 8.9 is Beemo, the bee Teemo skin every League fan didn’t know they needed

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Here are the full League of Legends 8.9 patch notes straight from Riot Games.

Mages Changes

Mages pretty much have two mana states: pre-mana purchase and post-mana purchase. During their first trip to lane, mages have to be very careful about when they cast spells or they risk going oom and being stuck in lane for a while with little or no mana. Once they've backed and acquired their laning item, many mages feel like they can spam spells almost mindlessly—especially with blue buff.

We're making a lot of changes to base mana, mana regeneration, and mana sustain mage items with the overall goal of letting mages be more spell happy at the start of the game, but more conscientious about when they use their spells in the early-mid game. With a bit more attention needing to be paid to mana, we're pumping a little more power (mostly ability power) into their core items so that when they do land a spell, it'll pack more punch.

Let's dive into the item changes first!

Doran's Ring

No longer gives base mana regen or mana regen on minion kill. Now gives flat mana regen and bonus damage vs minions.

We're pushing Doran's Ring away from "csing gives you mana". Basically, incentivizing "use spells on waves because you'll get the mana back" puts mages in a weird cycle where trading is generally a worse choice than simply waveclearing. The new Doran's Ring will help mages feel better about csing without

using spells, allowing them more opportunities to trade directly with their laning opponents.

  • REMOVEDBASE MANA REGEN No longer gives base mana regen

  • REMOVEDMANPIRE:: NO LONGER RETURNS MANA ON MINION KILL

  • NEWFLAT MANA REGEN Now gives 5 mana regen per 5 seconds

  • NEWMANA PUNCH Now gives +5 on-hit damage vs minions

Lost Chapter

  • Cost and ability power increased.

  • Pushing Lost Chapter somewhat later in the laning phase means that its users will get fewer procs of its level-up effect, decreasing overall access to mana.

  • BUILD PATH Amplifying Tome + Sapphire Crystal + 315 gold ⇒ Amplifying Tome + Sapphire Crystal + Amplifying Tome + 80 gold

  • COST 1100 gold ⇒ 1300 gold

  • ABILITY POWER 25 ⇒ 40

Tear of the Goddess

  • Total cost increased. Mana refund decreased. Max mana increase now increases current mana by current percentage of mana.

  • Tear of the Goddess too comprehensively solves mana problems for the champions who build it. It'll still be the late-scaling item that delivers mad ability power once you've stacked it and upgraded it to Archangel's Staff, but it won't replenish your mana quite as well.

    • COST 750 gold ⇒ 850

    • MANA COST REFUND 15 percent ⇒ 10 percent

  • UPDATED AQUA INTO WINE When you gain max mana from Tear of the Goddess's passive, it preserves your percent current mana, rather than granting you the full max mana increase as a current mana increase. This applies to Manamune and Archangel's Staff as well.

Hextech GLP-800

  • Combine cost decreased. Mana increased. Slow duration increased. Missile speed increased. Missile spread time decreased.

  • The old GLP-800 is still a bit on the weak side, and also feels less responsive than we'd like. Some feel-good buffs—as well as a bit more gold efficiency—should be just what the doctor ordered.

  • COMBINE COST 650 ⇒ 450

  • TOTAL COST (unchanged, offset by Lost Chapter cost increase)

  • MANA 500 ⇒ 600

  • SLOW DURATION 1 second ⇒ 2 seconds

  • MISSILE SPEED 1600 ⇒ 2000

  • MISSILE SPREAD TIME 0.3 seconds ⇒ 0.2 seconds

  • CAST TIME 0.25 seconds (unchanged)

Fiendish Codex

  • Ability power increased.

  • Fiendish Codex is being tuned up in overall ability power to match Lost Chapter.

    • ABILITY POWER 30 ⇒ 35

    • UPGRADED Zhonya's Hourglass and Banshee's Veil also have 5 more total ability power.

Twin Shadows

  • Ability power increased.

  • We're always a little bit concerned about combat items which give slows. If an item lets you start a fight, it's a bit concerning when they can also make sure you win that fight. That being said, it looks like we released Twin Shadows weak even by that standard, so we're giving it a bit more ability power.

    • ABILITY POWER 60 ⇒ 70

Seeker's Armguard

  • Total cost decreased.

  • Seeker's Armguard is a reactive purchase for mages who need extra armor in rough matchups. With the cost of Lost Chapter going up, we don't want Seeker's Armguard to take that much longer to purchase in those rough matchups.

    • TOTAL COST 1200 ⇒ 1100

    • UPGRADED Zhonya's Hourglass' total gold cost is unchanged.

Spellbinder

  • Base ability power increased. Ability power from activation decreased. Combine cost and total cost increased.

  • This item is doing alright on champions who can spam spells and get its active charged, but that number of champions is pretty small. Shifting some of its active's ability power into its base statline should make the item slightly more accessible.

    • TOTAL COST 2800 gold ⇒ 2900 gold

    • COMBINE COST 700 gold ⇒ 800 gold

    • ABILITY POWER 100 ⇒ 120

    • ABILITY POWER MAX ON ACTIVATION 100 ⇒ 80

    • MOVEMENT SPEED MAX ON ACTIVATION 30 percent ⇒ 50 percent

Rylai's Crystal Scepter

  • Ability power increased.

  • ABILITY POWER 85 ⇒ 90

Mejai's Soulstealer

  • Glory stacks required for bonus movement speed decreased.

  • Upgrading Dark Seal to Mejai's Soulstealer feels pretty awkward. First, you have to invest gold, but then, even if you're already at 10 stacks, you have to get a few more to get the bonus effect. This feels even worse when you would have had more than 10 stacks, but had been capped by Dark Seal.

    • STACKS FOR MOVEMENT SPEED 15 ⇒ 10

Luden's Echo

  • Total cost decreased. Mana increased.

  • Luden's was already on the weak side, and with a number of ability power items getting buffs this patch, it would no longer have been cost-competitive.

    • TOTAL COST 3300 gold ⇒ 3200 gold

    • BUILD PATH Lost Chapter + Amplifying Tome + Blasting Wand + 915 gold ⇒ Lost Chapter + Blasting Wand + 1050 gold

    • MANA 500 ⇒ 600

Turrets

  • Damage to turrets on basic attacks from ability power increased and converted to magic damage.

  • Taking turrets is an important mechanic in the game, and mages often get left out of that game. Currently, champions who build more ability power than attack damage get some percentage of their ability power as additional magic damage whenever they attack a tower. We're upping that ratio, and also converting their whole attack to magic damage, not just the bonus damage.

    • AP TO DAMAGE CONVERSION 50 percent ⇒ 60 percent

    • NEW THE WHOLE THING If a basic attack uses ability power bonus to turrets, the whole attack will convert to magic damage, rather than only the ability power scaling portion.

Champions

25 mages have more mana regen and base mana, but less mana growth. 5 other mages have more mana regen.We’re increasing mana regen on the champions most affected by the changes to Doran's Ring and Last Chapter. Mages are also getting some changes to their mana pools and their mana growth. Overall, they’ll be up a bit of starting mana and mana regen, but be substantially down on mana per level.

Ahri

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 418

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Anivia

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 396 ⇒ 495

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Annie

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 418

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Azir

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 350 ⇒ 438

  • MANA GROWTH 42 ⇒ 21

Brand

  • MANA REGEN 8 per 5 seconds ⇒ 10.65 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 375 ⇒ 496

  • MANA GROWTH 42 ⇒ 21

Cassiopeia

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 418

  • MANA GROWTH 63 ⇒ 31.5

Fiddlesticks

Heimerdinger

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 308 ⇒ 385

  • MANA GROWTH 40 ⇒ 20

Karthus

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 373 ⇒ 467

  • MANA GROWTH 61 ⇒ 30.5

Lissandra

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 380 ⇒ 475

  • MANA GROWTH 60 ⇒ 30

Lux

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 384 ⇒ 480

  • MANA GROWTH 47 ⇒ 23.5

Malzahar

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 300 ⇒ 375

  • MANA GROWTH 55 ⇒ 27.5

Orianna

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 418

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Swain

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 374 ⇒ 468

  • MANA GROWTH 57 ⇒ 28.5

Syndra

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 384 ⇒ 480

  • MANA GROWTH 60 ⇒ 30

Taliyah

  • MANA REGEN 7 per 5 seconds ⇒ 9.335 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 340 ⇒ 425

  • MANA GROWTH 60 ⇒ 30

Twisted Fate

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 266 ⇒ 333

  • MANA GROWTH 38 ⇒ 19

Veigar

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 392 ⇒ 490

  • MANA GROWTH 52 ⇒ 26

Vel'Koz

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 375 ⇒ 469

  • MANA GROWTH 42 ⇒ 21

Viktor

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 324 ⇒ 405

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Xerath

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 367 ⇒ 459

  • MANA GROWTH 44 ⇒ 22

Ziggs

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 384 ⇒ 480

  • MANA GROWTH 47 ⇒ 23.5

Zilean

  • MANA REGEN 8.5 per 5 seconds ⇒ 11.335 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 361 ⇒ 452

  • MANA GROWTH 60 ⇒ 30

Zoe

  • MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 340 ⇒ 425

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

Zyra

  • MANA REGEN 10.5 per 5 seconds ⇒ 15.335 per 5 seconds

  • BASE MANA 334 ⇒ 418

  • MANA GROWTH 50 ⇒ 25

These champions, while also affected by the Doran's Ring, don't tend to build any of the mana items we're touching this patch. So, we're only adjusting their mana regen, but leaving their base mana and mana growth untouched.

  • Diana -MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • Galio -MANA REGEN 7 per 5 seconds ⇒ 9.335 per 5 seconds

  • Kayle - MANA REGEN 6 per 5 seconds ⇒ 8 per 5 seconds

  • Morgana -MANA REGEN 11.5 per 5 seconds ⇒ 15 per 5 seconds

  • Teemo - MANA REGEN 7.2 per 5 seconds ⇒ 9.6 per 5 seconds

Champions

Amumu

Q mana cost decreased.

Amumu already has a pretty weak early game, but he's extra-penalized for failed ganks because they leave his mana pool too low to effectively return to clearing. This is especially bad for Amumu players who max Q, and prevents Amumu players from feeling comfortable opting into a utility-based build.

Q - Bandage Toss

COST 80/90/100/110/120 mana ⇒ 50/55/60/65/70 mana

Caitlyn

Passive can no longer crit and now simply has a percentage increase over damage dealt to champions.

Caitlyn's headshot against non-champions is a bit much, giving her neutral monster damage (and sustain from lifesteal) that is well above what feels appropriate. We're aligning the formula closer to Headshot's damage to champions to decrease her ability to quickly heal up off of monsters and minions.

Passive - Headshot

DAMAGE TO CHAMPIONS +50 percent (modified by critical strike) total attack damage (unchanged)

UPDATED DAMAGE TO NON-CHAMPIONS +100 percent (modified by critical strike) total attack damage

Dr. Mundo

R healing increased.

Dr Mundo needs a bit more overall durability if he is to successfully go where he pleases.

R - Sadism

HEALING 40/50/60 percent maximum health ⇒ 50/75/100 percent maximum health

Garen

Q base damage increased at later ranks. W resistances increased.

Compared to similar juggernauts (looking at you, Darius), Garen is underwhelming. We're adding a bit more damage and durability so he can better scale as the game goes on.

Q - Decisive Strike

BASE DAMAGE 30/55/80/105/130 ⇒ 30/65/100/135/170

W - Courage

MAXIMUM RESISTANCES 30 ⇒ 40

Irelia

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Passive now refreshes its duration when attacking large monsters.

Now that Irelia is no longer a new—and thus potentially volatile—champion, we feel comfortable taking risks we didn't on her release. One of those risks was her potential to end up a stronger jungler than toplaner, and so we'd put an intentional limit on her clear speed. Now that she's in a more stable spot, we feel comfortable turning the parking brake off and letting her push down on that gas pedal.

Passive - Ionian Fervor

UPDATED MONSTER STACKS Now also refreshes its duration when attacking large monsters

Ivern

Passive health cost decreased. Passive maturation time decreased at later ranks. Q missile width increased.

Ivern's passive makes him a unique jungler, and we're looking to keep that. However, his early game is a bit too punishing. We're also making his mid-game farming less costly and his Q a bit easier to land to smooth out the learning curve just a bit.

Passive - Friend of the Forest

COST 25 percent of maximum health ⇒ 22.5 percent of maximum health

MATURATION TIME 40-6 (at levels 1-18) ⇒ 40-30 (at levels 1-6), 27-15 (at levels 7-11), 11-3 (at levels 12-14), 1 (level 15+)

Q - Rootcaller

MISSILE WIDTH 65 ⇒ 80

Kai'sa

Evolved Q missile count decreased. Missile damage is now flagged as area of effect. E duration decreased.

Dialing back Kai'Sa's late game scaling a bit so she doesn't carry quite so hard. Specifically, the interaction of her abilities with certain items—primarily healing from spell damage—ramps her into territory which can get excessive.

Q - Icathian Rain

EVOLVED Q 12 missiles ⇒ 10 missiles

BOMBARDMENT Missile damage is now flagged as AoE in all cases.

E - Supercharge

DURATION 5 seconds ⇒ 4 seconds

TOO MUCH Runaan's Hurricane bolts no longer grant Supercharge's cooldown reduction

Kassadin

Q magic damage shield strength increased.

Kassadin currently needs a bit more help to get through his laning phase.

Q - Null Sphere

SHIELD 40/70/100/130/160 ⇒ 60/85/110/135/160

Kennen

W 5th hit base damage and bonus attack damage ratio increased at later ranks; ability power ratio decreased. W active base damage decreased; ability power ratio increased. Kennen now loses E defenses but gains attack speed upon exiting lightning form.

Kennen is one of those champions who has seen success with both attack damage and ability power builds. At the moment, both of them are struggling. We're looking to add strength to both playstyles, and also move some of Kennen's power around to ensure that those two playstyles are somewhat different from one another.

W - Electrical Surge

5TH ATTACK BASE DAMAGE 15/20/25/30/35 ⇒ 10/20/30/40/50

5TH ATTACK DAMAGE RATIO (AD) 60 percent bonus attack damage ⇒ 60/70/80/90/100 percent bonus attack damage

5TH ATTACK DAMAGE RATIO (AP) 0.3 ability power ⇒ 0.2 ability power

ACTIVE BASE DAMAGE 65/95/125/155/185 ⇒ 60/85/110/135/160

ACTIVE DAMAGE RATIO 0.55 ability power >> 0.8 ability power

E - Lightning Rush

NEWSTRIKE MORE THAN TWICE Kennen gains 30-70 percent attack speed for 4 seconds upon exiting Lightning Rush

NEWIMPATIENT Lightning Rush's defensive bonuses are lost upon exiting Lightning Rush

Leona

W base damage increased.

Now that Aftershock is in a less dominant state, we feel comfortable returning some of Leona's damage to make sure she's not Eclipsed by the competition.

W - Eclipse

BASE DAMAGE 40/80/120/160/200 ⇒ 60/100/140/180/220

Lux

Q base damage increased and cooldown decreased. W shield now doubles on return even if it hadn't hit an ally on the way out. E missile speed, radius, and mana cost decreased. E cooldown at later ranks decreased.

Lux's high ranged poke—thanks to Lucent Singularity's consistency—limits how much power she can have elsewhere. By making E harder to land, we can put more power into her abilities and let her cast them more often, whether it's to waveclear, initiate trades, or go for picks.

Base Stats

BONUS ATTACK SPEED AT LEVEL 1 0 percent ⇒ 7 percent

ATTACK SPEED GROWTH 1.36 percent ⇒ 1 percent

HEALTH GROWTH 91 ⇒ 85

Q - Light Binding

BASE DAMAGE 50/100/150/200/250 ⇒ 70/115/160/205/250

COOLDOWN 13/12.5/12/11.5/11 seconds ⇒ 10 seconds

COST 50/55/60/65/70 mana ⇒ 40/45/50/55/60 mana

W - Prismatic Barrier

RETURN SHIELD 200 percent if Lux shields an ally on the way out ⇒ 200 percent always

SPEED OF LIGHT Lux now shields herself and fires the missile at the start of cast (instead of after the 0.25 second cast time). She is still rooted for the cast time.

E - Lucent Singularity

MISSILE SPEED 1300 ⇒ 1200

RADIUS 350 ⇒ 310

COST 70/85/100/115/130 mana ⇒ 70/80/90/100/110 mana

COOLDOWN 10 seconds ⇒ 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds

Rammus

W armor bonus decreased.

Rammus could use a bit more durability to help him feel ok again.

W - Defensive Ball Curl

FLAT ARMOR ON ACTIVATION 20 ⇒ 30

Poppy

Base movement speed decreased. W movement speed and resistances decreased. Passive and E range increased. Snapcast R now knocks up for a lower duration and no longer makes enemies untargetable. Charged R missile speed increased.

Steadfast Presence's passive gives Poppy a ton of resistances and its active gives her a ton of movement speed, and she relies on those to get in—and stay alive in—a teamfight. We're dialing back on some of those stats to make Poppy less overall consistent at closing the gap and staying alive, and in return strengthening the things she gets to do once while in the thick of things.

Base stats

BASE MOVEMENT SPEED 345 ⇒ 340

Passive - Iron Ambassador

RANGE BONUS 300 ⇒ 350

W - Steadfast Presence

MOVEMENT SPEED BONUS 32/34/36/38/40 percent ⇒ 30 percent

BASE RESISTANCES BONUS 15 percent ⇒ 10 percent

RESISTANCES BONUS BELOW 40 percent HEALTH 30 percent ⇒ 20 percent

E - Heroic Charge

RANGE 425 ⇒ 475

R - Keeper's Verdict

NEWHASAGI Snapcast no longer makes enemies untargetable during knock-up

SNAPCAST KNOCKUP DURATION 1 second ⇒ 0.75 seconds

BASE DAMAGE 210/310/410 ⇒ 200/300/400

CHARGED MISSILE SPEED 1600 ⇒ 2000

Shyvana

E and R ability power damage ratio increased. W ability power damage ratio removed.

A relatively unexplored part of Shyvana's fantasy is the whole flying-around-breathing-fire thing. We're moving around some of her ability power ratios to enable more people to try out this play pattern. That way, when players opt into that playstyle, she feels like a different dragon entirely: bombarding enemies with fireballs before descending on the enemy team, not just the same old dragon wearing a magical hat.

W - Burnout

REMOVEDABILITY POWER DAMAGE RATIO 10 percent ⇒ 0 percent

E - Flame Breath

FIREBALL DAMAGE RATIO (AP) 0.3 ability power ⇒ 0.7 ability power

R - Dragon's Descent

DAMAGE RATIO 0.7 ability power ⇒ 1.0 ability power

Sona

Base attack damage increased. Power Chord damage increased.

Inb4 "5 damage lul," let's talk about what changes like this mean. Sona gets a lot of Power Chords over the course of the laning phase and—combined with the base attack damage changes—she'll be lay down more chip damage and go for the kill.

Base stats

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE 46 ⇒ 49

Passive - Power Chord

BASE DAMAGE 15-235 (at levels 1-18) ⇒ 20-240 (at levels 1-18)

Syndra

Q's Transcendent bonus is now bonus damage to champions, not longer Sphere duration.

Getting a maximum sphere ultimate off on should feel like the Syndra player has managed her Spheres well and was rewarded with a big play. Her passive's current Dark Sphere upgrade makes getting those big ultimates far too easy to pull off. We're shifting that bonus to increase the value of landing those Dark Spheres instead, so that Syndra players will feel more rewarded by landing a few Spheres before they go for the kill.

Passive - Transcendent

DARK SPHERE UPGRADE Dark Sphere's last 2 additional seconds ⇒ Dark Sphere deals +15 percent damage to champions

Talon

Bugfixin'

Q - Noxian Diplomacy

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Talon's Q range was lower than expected

RANGE 500 ⇒ 575

Warwick

Base attack damage decreased. Q damage decreased at later ranks.

Warwick's early dueling and clearspeed allows opponents few opportunities to fight him in the early-mid game, and also secures him a gold/experience advantage against most junglers. Dialing that back should help him feel more fair to play against, but he'll still be strong early.

Base stats

ATTACK DAMAGE 66 ⇒ 63

Q - Jaws of the Beast

TARGET'S MAXIMUM HEALTH DAMAGE 6/7/8/9/10 percent ⇒ 6/6.5/7/7.5/8 percent

Ziggs

E base damage increased at later ranks.

Ziggs could use a bit more oomph as the game goes on. We're not looking to up his poke damage, but when he does commit to a fight, we think he needs a bit more boom. Ziggs also got mana changes as part of our mage mana refactor, so check out that section below.

E - Hexplosive Minefield

BASE DAMAGE 40/65/90/115/140 ⇒ 40/75/110/145/180

Items

Guinsoo's Rageblade

Bugfixin'

Guinsoo's? Jhinsoo's. This'll make sense, we promise.

Jhin's Passive - Whisper looks at how much bonus attack damage he has, then gives you a percent of that as additional bonus AD. This is also how Rageblade's stacks work! (Infernal Drake too, but we'll ignore that for the moment.)

So, Whisper gives Jhin some bonus AD. Then, Rageblade gives him another chunk, taking Whisper's bonus into consideration. "But wait," says Whisper, "Guinsoo's just gave you more bonus AD. I gotta correct for that extra bit." So, Jhin gets a little bit extra. Then Rageblade decides it needs to take that little bit into consideration. Repeat forever—this doesn't give infinite attack damage since the amount gets smaller each time, but it's still considerably more than Rageblade should be granting.

The fix to this is for multipliers to all look at the same baseline instead of talking to each other. We'll need to do this for every multiplier in the game, but each one has to be rebuilt individually. The Jhinsoo's interaction is a big enough problem, though, that it's worth getting Guinsoo's recoded before the rest (fixing Jhin's passive only affects Jhin, while Rageblade gives us consistency across its users).

So, on 8.9, Rageblade now says "I don't care what Whisper's doing, here's your stats." Whisper is still going to panic and redo its math a second time until we fix it (and all the other multipliers like Yi and Infernal Drake!) in a later patch.

BUGFIX Fixed a bug where Rageblade interacted with other bonus attack damage-granting effects to grant more attack damage than intended (lookin' at you, Jhin, Master Yi, Infernal Drake, etc.).

Epic Monsters

Baron Nashor

Base damage decreased. Base health increased. Corruption damage increased.

Some team compositions—those without tanks—find Baron way too threatening. We're shifting Baron's damage to distribute more over the whole party (and not just one target). To make sure Baron is still contestable, we're upping its health, so it takes longer to bring down. With Baron requiring more time to kill and spreading its damage around the whole team, opposing teams should have more time to contest, and a bigger teamfight advantage if they do.

BASE DAMAGE 400-550 (at minutes 20-40) ⇒ 285-435 (at minutes 20-40)

BASE HEALTH 6400 ⇒ 9000

BARON CORRUPTION 30 (+5 percent total attack damage) every 0.5 seconds to the target with the lowest corruption stacks ⇒ 120 + (30 percent total attack damage) every basic attack and spike attack, (these occur every 0.75 seconds). Baron corruption attack is also represented with different visual particles now to make the difference more clear. (Champions gain corruption by being hit by his attacks/spells).

Summoned Rift Herald

Takes less damage from charging. Does more damage to towers with charge. Takes more damage from eye pokes.

Rift Herald is the Baron of pre-20 minutes: a strong option for teams who are ahead and want to widen their lead. We want players who use Rift Herald well to be more rewarded, potentially with multiple towers, while players who drop Rift Herald at the wrong time will be more easily punished. For teams that are even, getting an eye proc should successfully shut her down, but without it, expect her to continue her rampage.

DAMAGE TO SELF ON TURRET CHARGE 150 + 25 percent current health ⇒ 25 percent current health

DAMAGE TO TURRET ON TURRET CHARGE 150 + 25 percent current health ⇒ 40 percent of current HP or 1500, whichever is greater.

EYE DAMAGE 20 percent maximum health ⇒ 40 percent maximum health

Runes

UPDATED Unsealed Spellbook

Unsealed Spellbook is now a completely different keystone.

Unsealed Spellbook was intended to offer a keystone option for players who wanted to be able to reactively opt into a different summoner spell to match the current game state. Problem is, the old Unsealed Spellbook required far too much advance planning, and then locked the player into that choice for far too long. In reality, many players took Unsealed Spellbook just for a lower Flash cooldown, not caring a ton about the swapping gameplay except to get Teleport every once in awhile.

The new Unsealed Spellbook can be swapped anywhere—as long as you're out of combat. Once you use the new summoner spell, it's back to your old one. This solves both of the previous problems: requiring too much preparation, and locking you in for too long.

NEW TAKE THIS! Swap one of your equipped summoner spells to a new, single-use summoner spell. After using the single-use summoner spell, your original summoner spell will swap back in.

FIRST SWAP AVAILABLE 6 minutes

SWAP COOLDOWN 4 minutes, permanently reduced by 15 seconds each time you swap to a summoner spell you haven't yet swapped to

STILL TICKING Your original summoner spells continue cooling down in the background while swapped out

STORE COMES TO YOU You can now swap your summoner spells anywhere on the map as long as you're out of combat

BUGFIX 3.9 Closing the Unsealed Spellbook tab while dead no longer prevents you from re-opening it until respawn

Chrysalis

Bugfixin'

BUGFIX 3.1 Chrysalis's adaptive damage bonuses no longer revert to health when in combat with enemy champions

BUGFIX 2.10 Chrysalis's tooltip now indicates the proper amount of adaptive stats granted once transformed

Bugfixes

Fixed a bug where Katarina's R - Death Lotus could not be cast if enemies in range could not be seen

Katarina can now correctly ping her R - Death Lotus if no valid targets are nearby

Azir is no longer missing VO lines for R - Emperor's Divide

Manaflow Band can no longer be triggered by certain items

Casting summoner spell Exhaust now correctly puts the caster in combat

Fixed a bug where the bonus attack damage did not count towards Zed's bonus attack damage scaling on Q - Razor Shuriken

Fixed a bug where certain zombie states prevented future stacking of Manaflow Band

Fixed a bug where W - Blighted Quiver's basic attack played the base skin's sound effects instead of those for whatever skin was in use

Muramana and Seraph's Embrace now correctly grant gold when sold

Shockblade Zed Ruby Chroma no longer steals particles from Championship Zed if both skins are present in the same game

Forecast Janna's umbrella no longer gets burnt before the lightning strikes her during her joke animation

Dragonblade Riven's E - Valor trail is no longer invisible on lower graphics settings

Death Blossom Kha'Zix's wings from E - Evolved Leap no longer lose textures and transparency when recalling

El Macho Mundo's W - Burning Agony particles are no longer base and have been restored to orange fists

Pool Party Rek'Sai's tunnels now properly use the correct textures and base tunnels can no longer be seen through the deflated tunnels

VFX have been restored for Zilean's Q - Time Bomb's expiration

Unique SFX for W - Blighted Quiver have been restored for Varus and all skins.

Birdio is no longer incorrectly listed as a Mythic skin

VO lines have been added to Azir's R - Emperor's Divide that are now consistent on all skins and base

Championship Thresh's R - The Box VFX are no longer misplaced if the ability is cast while moving

Captain Fortune's shoulders no longer clip through her coat during her recall animation

Glaive Warrior Pantheon's cape now moves more naturally during all of his animations

Malzahar's Q - Call of the Void VFX no longer flicker

Shyvana Bot no longer becomes dormant while in Dragon form

Rammus Bot no longer becomes dormant while in Q - Power Ball

Fixed a bug where Teemo's R - Noxious Trap mushrooms and Jhin's E - Captive Audience would trigger repeatedly against intro bots

Upcoming Skins & Chromas

The following skins will be released this patch:

Blood Moon Evelynn

Beemo

The following chromas will be released in patch 8.6:

Beemo (Ruby)

Beemo (Peridot)

Beemo (Aquamarine)

Beemo (Amethyst)

Beemo (Rose Quartz)

Beemo (Obsidian)

Mecha Zero Sion (Ruby)

Mecha Zero Sion (Pearl)

Mecha Zero Sion (Sapphire)

Mecha Zero Sion (Rose Quartz)

Mecha Zero Sion (Catseye)

Mecha Zero Sion (Tanzanite)

Mecha Zero Sion (Obsidian)

Mecha Zero Sion (Meteorite)

This article was first written by Newsweek

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