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Patch Notes v5.23

Greetings, Summoners.

Welcome to patch 5.23, the one after preseason. Unlike some of our pre-preseason patches before this, we're being more bold when it comes to balance - surgical tuning works once we have a deep understanding of the game ecosystem, but since preseason has introduced so much change, we want to make broad, impactful changes to get a firm grasp on what’s going on. What this means is that you can expect the next few patches to have a higher density of changes overall, as much more tuning is required to get everything in line. Let's talk about some of those parts, shall we?

First is game pacing. Many folks out there are experiencing faster games on 5.22, and we're seeing that reflected in about a minute off the average game-time. We've got some changes to address that (namely turret health and %xp from kills), along with some revised minion pushing changes. That said, it's helpful to clarify our stance: this isn't about faster games. Some games will be faster and some will be slower, but the goal is to reward being decisive. If you have a massive lead over your opponents, capitalize! Waiting around or being indecisive will see that advantage slip, opening the window for comebacks. TL;DR: finish your plate, or your food'll bite back.

Next is what you might call our regular balance changes for champions, but we want to stress that even during the post-preseason apocalypse, we're looking out for both ends of the spectrum. Lowered monster magic resist and increased damage on Hunter's Talisman should ease some of the pains of mage junglers out there, while injecting power to some of our bursty attack damage champions (Kha'Zix + Zed, with more on the way!) should help a class feeling under the weather There's lots more below but, like we mentioned earlier, we're very much in 'broad strokes' mode rather than fine tuning, and you'll see much more of that philosophy i n 5.24.

And that's it for us! While we head back to the lab to work on our next round of changes (hint: soraka), you guys keep experimenting. Did you know you can build Rapid Firecannon on Hecarim? How about Stormraider's Surge on Gangplank? These are just a few of the things that we've lost to so far and, after we (somewhat) got over being salty about it, we realized this is what's most exciting about the preseason (experimentation, that is. Not being salty).

Shine on, you crazy Diamonds (Or Golds, or Silvers. We're not judging).

ScarizardIcon.jpg Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough

Champions

AsheSquare.png   Ashe
Q crits on individual arrows and works with Hurricane.

Just doing a little cleanup. A big part of the marksman itemization changes were to help reinforce critical strike as a key stat for the class, and Ashe's main spell wasn't playing nice with it. Now it does!

Ranger's Focus.png Q - Ranger's Focus

CRITICAL FLURRY : Fixed a bug where all five arrows in a flurry shared the same critical strike status. Critical strikes are now properly determined per individual arrow.
RUNAAN'S SNOWSTORM : Now correctly functions with Runaan's Hurricane
ENCHANTED : Runaan's Hurricane now fires frost-colored bolts while Ranger's Focus is active

AzirSquare.png   Azir
Attack-Move now works with Azir's soldiers and cleaned up some of his spell-buffer combos.

Not in the shop for bugfixes this time, our year-long war against Azir's code continues with some new tech to smooth his ability buffering. What this means is Azir should be able to Shurima Shuffle (or whatever the preferred combo name is) much easier, as well as playing better with attack-move inputs.

General

SAVE THE FRAMES : Smoothed out Azir's spellcasting when rapidly chaining abilities together

Arise!.png W - Arise!

NO SLACKING OFF : Attack moving to a position near an active soldier will check for the closest valid target by the soldier

BardSquare.png   Bard
bwahhhhhhhhhhhhh

As the cosmic binding force known as 'The Game' now starts 15 seconds earlier, so does Bard.

Traveler's Call.png Passive - Traveler's Call

CHIME SPAWN : Chimes now begin spawning at the [50 second mark] 35 second mark

CaitlynSquare.png   Caitlyn
Q falls off less.

Piltover Peacemaker's intended to be a mixture of strong harass tool with moderate waveclear but currently underperforms at both. We're not changing how strong it is when you land a direct hit, but this helps Caitlyn's efficiency in her never-ending quest to mercilessly kill all of your turrets.

NOTE: This change is currently bugged and hasn't yet been implemented. If possible, we'll look to get it out in a patch update. At the latest, expect to see it in patch 5.24!

Headshot.png Passive - Headshot

IT WAS FUNNY THE FIRST TIME : Reduced the frequency of the 'Boom Headshot' VO line

Piltover Peacemaker.png Q - Piltover Peacemaker

DAMAGE FALLOFF : [40% after first target hit] 33% after first target hit

Kha'ZixSquare.png   Kha'Zix
Armor up. Q cost down.

One of the lessons the new season's taught us: attack-damage assassin's ain't so hot right now. This is mostly due to much of their itemization being skewed to synergize with the crit-based damage output of marksmen, meaning that old standbys (like Last Whisper) are less effective as a core-item for murderbugs and ninjas alike. That's a long-term problem that will require a long-term solution. While we noodle on that, we're shipping Kay-Z a much-needed care package targeted at pushing his jungle-sustain up to 'passable' from 'constantly in fear of death'. Ironic.

General

BASE ARMOR : [24] 27

Taste Their Fear.png Q - Taste Their Fear

COST : [25 mana] 20 mana

LucianSquare.png   Lucian
Attack damage down. R's scaling shifted to be less early, more late.

Up to a patch or two ago, Lucian was a mid-tier marksman whose identity heavily overlapped with bursty, dash-y dudes like Graves. In this new preseason, Lucian's no longer got that problem but now that he's got a shiny new Essence Reaver to play with, he's back in the challenge space of being a high-skill marksman with a lot of broad strengths. The extra attack damage and rank 1 Culling damage proved to be a little too potent at shutting down the early game, so we're pulling back just a tad (but keeping The Culling relevant throughout the game). Ultimately, Lucian's a cool champion to have around, just as long as he's not the only champion you pick.

General

BASE ATTACK DAMAGE : [59.42] 57.42

The Culling.png R - The Culling

PHYSICAL DAMAGE : [40/50/60 + 0.25 bonus attack damage] 20/35/50 + 0.2 total attack damage

MissFortuneSquare.png   Miss Fortune
Health down. W's attack speed lowered.

Just a light tuning for Miss Fortune. We feel like her profile of strengths and weaknesses are playing out nicely (great in trades and aoe fights, poor sustained single target damage), but her ability to brute-force trades without much thought was too overbearing for most to compete with.

General

BASE HEALTH : [578] 530

Strut.png W - Strut

ATTACK SPEED : [60/75/90/105/120%] 60/70/80/90/100%

MordekaiserSquare.png   Mordekaiser
Q damage's paradigm changed. W damage up. E grants more shield regen. R's Dragon now scales with rank.

Oh Mordekaiser. Perhaps one of the more contentious champions in League, we're taking another pass at him to make his combat pattern more aligned with a Juggernaut and a less spiky, snowbally experience overall.

We've talked about it before, but here's the recap: as a Juggernaut, you trade mobility for high sustained damage, becoming a walking battering ram. If you (or your team) figure out how to get you into position, you'll wreck faces. Fail to do that and you'll flail around without accomplishing much. For the most part, Mordekaiser actually holds up - it's the 'sustained damage' bit that isn't as smooth as we'd like it to be, leading to those flash Q one-shots that don't leave much to the imagination.

Another part of these changes is making Mordekaiser someone we can support long-term, which is where the dragon and E changes come in. He doesn't seem to be running rampant in preseason, but doing these changes now can help push Morde to a healthier spot, where he becomes a strategic pick for specific purposes, rather than a 100% pick/ban at some world tournament (sorry about that).

General

ATTACK RANGE : [200] 175

Mace of Spades.png Q - Mace of Spades
First hit increase, second hit the same, third reduced. Essentially x3/x3/x6 instead of x1/x3/x9

REMOVED EXPONENTIAL SCALING : Successive hits no longer deal exponentially higher damage (1-3-9). Instead, the first and second hit deal equal damage (slightly less than the old second hit) with the third hit dealing double damage.
FIRST HIT MAGIC DAMAGE : [4/8/12/16/20 (+0.25/0.2625/0.275/0.2875/0.3 total attack damage) (+0.2 ability power)] 10/20/30/40/50 (+0.5/0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9 total attack damage) (+0.6 ability power)
SECOND HIT MAGIC DAMAGE : [3x first hit damage] 10/20/30/40/50 (+0.5/0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9 total attack damage) (+0.6 ability power)
THIRD HIT MAGIC DAMAGE : [9x first hit damage] 20/40/60/80/100 (+1.0/1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8 total attack damage) (+1.2 ability power)

Harvesters of Sorrow.png W - Harvesters of Sorrow

ACTIVATION DAMAGE : [70/95/120/145/170] 50/85/120/155/190

Siphon of Destruction.png E - Siphon of Destruction

SHIELD GAIN ON CHAMPION HIT : [15% of maximum health] 15/17.5/20/22.5/25% of maximum health

Children of the Grave.png R - Children of the Grave

IT JUST KEEPS GOING : Fixed a bug where shield decay wouldn't kick in while Children of the Grave' is damaging an opponent
HOW TO BUGFIX YOUR DRAGON : Fixed a bug where Rylai's Crystal Scepter applied the full 40% slow instead of 20% for the Dragon's basic attack
DRAGON ATTACK RANGE : Now scales 500/575/650 with rank
DRAGON MOVEMENT SPEED : Now scales -50/0/50 with rank

QuinnSquare.png   Quinn
Once we were blind, but now we can see.

After her update, Quinn's in a powerful yet binary state. Her two main outputs are: one, executing people with high bursts of damage, and two, insane map mobility. These two strengths work fabulously if Quinn's ahead, but when behind, she has access to neither.

In 5.23, we're smoothing out Quinn's damage curve to be less punishing when she gets ahead. We're also also adding a 'pseudo-blind' back to Aerial Blinding Assault, infusing some tactical utility when she can't scrap it out. Fighting a melee combatant? 'Blind' them and vault away to juke, or toss Valor into a teamfight to disrupt their attempts to save their allies. We want dueling as Quinn to have more moments than just, 'vault on them and hope they die before I do.

Harrier.png Passive - Harrier

NEW BASE DAMAGE : 15-105 (at levels 1-18)
RATIO : [1.5 total attack damage] 1.16 - 1.5 total attack damage (at levels 1-18)

Aerial Assault.png Q - Blinding Assault

NAME : [Aerial Assault] Blinding Assault
REMOVED THAT WAS QUICK : No longer deals increased damage based on your enemy's missing health
REMOVED GOING HUNGRY : No longer refunds half the cooldown when it kills an enemy
NEW I DON'T SEE IT : Now applies Nearsight to the first target hit for 2 seconds, removing allied vision and reducing its vision radius to 300
NEW FULLY PARALYZED : When cast on non-champions, renders them unable to attack or cast spells
BASE DAMAGE : [20/45/70/95/120] 25/55/85/115/145
RATIO : [0.7/0.75/0.8/0.85/0.9 total attack damage + 0.35 ability power] 0.80/0.95/1.10/1.25/1.40 total attack damage + 0.5 ability power

Behind Enemy Lines.png R - Behind Enemy Lines

RENAMED : [Tag Team] Behind Enemy Lines

SkarnerSquare.png   Skarner
Crystals spawn earlier.

Crystal Spires.png Passive - Crystal Spires

NEUTRAL CRYSTAL UNLOCK TIMER : [1:55] 1:30

ZedSquare.png   Zed
W cast range and missile speed increased. R's early damage increased.

Similar to Kha'Zix, Zed's gotten the short end of the stick from a variety of preseason changes. We're still committed to solving these problems on a systems-level, but passing out some more early playmaking power for Zed never hurt anybody (except his victims. It'll hurt them a lot).

Living Shadow.png W - Living Shadow

MAXIMUM CAST RANGE : [600] 700
MINIMUM CAST RANGE : [400] 350
MISSILE SPEED : [1500] 1750

Death Mark.png R - Death Mark

FINISHER DAMAGE : [20/35/50% of damage dealt while marked] 30/40/50% of damage dealt while marked

ZileanSquare.png   Zilean
Passive can no longer give a sarcastically small amount of experience.

To keep it simple, Zilean's new time bottle only ever finishing levels was nice - but more often than not, the necessary experience needed to complete someone's level was so small you only felt useful for using it a handful of times. Now Zil's a little less stingy with his wisdom and hands out a bit of overflow so you can reap more benefit from his time-traveling antics.

General

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ZILVENTURE : Once again has recommended item pages for both Mage and Support

Time in a Bottle.png Passive - Time in a Bottle

EXPERIENCE TRANSFER : Now gives at least 15% of Zilean's banked experience. Excess experience goes into the target's next level

 Attack Range Changes
A few champions are getting increased range. Except Nunu and Tahm Kench. You know what you did.

With preseason being the time to dig deep and reevaluate assumptions, we finally started looking at attack ranges as a stat for tuning rather than just something we did simply because characters have polearms. This is only a first pass as we start to think of melee attack ranges as in 'tiers', first of 125 and 175, but possibly even up to 225! This means a few bonuses to range for some champions that have trouble movin' around in combat or just needed the love. We'll be back relatively soon for a follow-up, but at least now Trundle won't look so goofy as he punches you with his enormous iceclub.

MEGA GNAR ATTACK RANGE : [150] 175
CONSUME SIZE BUFF ATTACK RANGE : [137.5] 125
DRAGON FORM ATTACK RANGE : [125] 175
ATTACK RANGE : [150] 175
ATTACK RANGE : [200] 175
ATTACK RANGE : [125] 175
ATTACK RANGE : [125] 175

 Ability Toggling

For the times where you thought you switched to Fishbones but Leona was still smacking you in the face with a shield.

WHERE ARE MY ROCKETS : Togglable abilities with no on-use effect can now be switched while under the effects of crowd control:
  • Aatrox's W - Blood Thirst/Blood Price
  • Cho'Gath's E - Vorpal Spikes
  • Jinx's Q - Switcheroo!

 Champion Resizing

As many have noticed, champion sizes are pretty inconsistent. Hulking rock-monster Malphite is small, certain yordles are human-sized, the list goes on. While we're not going to make these characters the size they are in-universe (You almost couldn't click on yordles and Malphite would be the size of the map), nudging them up or down helps add to their feel. While not everything follows these rules, there are a few patterns you can see - are you a tank? you should feel big and sturdy. Assassins and marksmen should feel lean and agile, not boisterous.

That's not all of our criteria though - in some cases, certain skins were just larger than the normal champion (savvy players caught on that Final Boss Veigar was massive, for instance), so there have been resizes as well. As a final note, none of these affect champion hitbox - if anything, these should alleviate concerns around hitboxes not being reliable (why did my small body get hit by something / how did I miss that huge thing?) but nothing too drastic.

So there it is. A large amount of words for small changes to things getting larger or smaller.

The following champions are approximately 10% larger:

  • Amumu
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Malphite
  • Olaf
  • Rammus
  • Shen
  • Warwick
The following champions and skins are approximately 5% larger:
  • Darius
  • Gragas
  • Leblanc
  • Leona
  • Mordekaiser
  • Morgana
  • Nunu
  • Renekton
  • Teemo
  • Veigar
  • Xin Zhao
  • The Mighty Jax
  • Aetherwing Kayle
  • Marquis Vladimir
  • Nosferatu Vladimir
  • Vandal Vladimir
The following champions and skins are approximately 5% smaller:
  • Bard
  • Elise (Spider Form)
  • Ekko
  • Fizz
  • Gangplank
  • Jayce
  • Kalista
  • Kassadin
  • Kha'Zix
  • Master Yi
  • Rek'Sai
  • Rengar
  • Rumble
  • Sion
  • Soraka
  • Tahm Kench
  • Tristana
  • Twisted Fate
  • Vel'Koz
  • Infernal Alistar
  • Dragonwing Corki
  • Battlecast Kog'Maw
The following champions and skins are approximately 10% smaller:
  • Heimerdinger
  • Karthus
  • Lucian
  • Zed
  • Cottontail Fizz
  • Final Boss Veigar

Item

Hunter's Talisman.png   Hunter's Talisman
Damage increased.

Primarily for ranged champions that like to kite (or spellcasters of any variety), Talisman just wasn't cutting it against larger monsters, so we're giving it a bump.

BURN DAMAGE : [20] 25

Refillable Potion.png   Refillable Potion
Healing increased.

Continued from Talisman, we're improving the healing to address early-jungle sustain. Refillable Potion is so far behind 3 health potions that it's a huge risk to take, punishing you for investing in more buys down the line.

HEALING PER CHARGE : [100] 125
DURATION : [10 seconds] 12 seconds

Guinsoo's Rageblade.png   Guinsoo's Rageblade
Combine cost increased.

Rageblade is currently the go-to for champions wanting to crank their damage up to the absurd. That said, before we just start really reducing power, we want to make sure we understand what Rageblade's doing for the game (well, and to it as well) before taking decisive action. So this might not be the end of the Rageblade changes, but this one will give us a cleaner picture over the next patch - particularly if it's not being picked up quite so early.

COMBINE COST : [775] 1075

Statikk Shiv.png   Statikk Shiv
Damage vs champions decreased.

One half of the potent Shiv + Firecannon powercouple, we're toning down Shiv's overall damage against champions to keep it strong when pushing, but less of a power-spike when compared to Zeal's other upgrades.

MAGIC DAMAGE : [50-150 at levels 1-18] 30-100 at levels 1-18
DAMAGE AGAINST MINIONS : [+50%] +75%

REMOVED

Stalker's Blade - Homeguard.png   Enchantment - Homeguard
Not in my house.

You can't buy the enchantment anymore, but Homeguard still exists! See below.

Summoner's Rift

 Rift Herald
R. Harold deals less damage.

Herald's doing cool things to the top lane dynamic, but hits too hard for teams to consider an option in any game but the one where you're massively ahead. Lowering damage should mean less deaths to Rift Herald, as well as more ability to use the buff once you get it (instead of recalling immediately).

NEW WHERE DID YOU COME FROM : Has a new, void-y spawn animation
NEW WHERE DID YOU GO : Also has a new, void-y death animation
BASE DAMAGE : [120] 105
CURRENT HEALTH ON HIT : [6%] 4%

 Death Timers
Death timers are longer in the early phases, but shorter late-game.

Changes to death timers might look odd with all the talk of snowballing, but let's break it down: after 10 minutes your death timers are higher on average, and then after 43 minutes or so they're less, up until you reach the maximum. Combined with other pacing changes we're making this patch, this is intended to make games with excessive fighting/snowballing feel like they take a 'normal' amount of time to resolve compared to post-preseason.

DEATH TIMER SCALING : [2% every 30 seconds after 35 minutes] 0.5% every 30 seconds after 10 minutes (equalizes at 43 minutes)

 Global Homeguard
Now everyone can guard the home!

Homeguard is a fun mechanic, but crowded out the decision space on boot enchantments pretty heavily. That said, we didn't want to say goodbye to Homeguard forever. The defender’s advantage that Homeguard provided teams stuck in their base has become an integral part of the game’s flow, providing a healthy way to ease the pain of being forced to recall late-game and tightening the window oppressors have to push their advantage diligently. Rather than shake-up how defenders have played the game for years, we've integrated it as a specific event in Summoner's Rift. It loses some of its stalling power now that it’s free, but now you can enchant your boots for the situation and defend the home.

NEW YOU NEVER CALL ANYMORE : Starting at 20 minutes, all champions receive the Homeguard buff when they return to the fountain
INITIAL HASTE : [200%] 175%
HEALING & MANA PER TICK : [35% missing health/mana] 12% missing health/mana
COMBAT LOCKOUT DURATION : [6 seconds] 8 seconds
NEW THIS IS A KARTHUS BUFF : Damaging enemies over 5000 range away (outside your base, roughly speaking) no longer triggers Homeguard's combat lockout

 Turrets
Outer/Inner health increased.

It should take more than one mistake in lane to cost you your turret early on, but at their current strength, turrets often fall before the defending champions even have ultimates.

OUTER TURRET HEALTH : [3500] 4000
INNER TURRET HEALTH : [3500] 4000

 Jungle Tuning
Magic resist lowered across the board.

Another bump to mage junglers who were hit pretty hard with Preseason, the bigger monsters in the jungle now take more damage if you're trying to spellcast 'em down.

  • Large Krug
MAGIC RESIST : [-10] -15
  • Gromp
MAGIC RESIST : [-10] -15
  • Blue Sentinel
MAGIC RESIST : [-10] -15
MOVEMENT SPEED : [180] 150
  • Red Brambleback
MAGIC RESIST : [0] -5
MOVEMENT SPEED : [330] 250

 Smite.png   Smite

Smite charges 5 seconds faster. Pretty massive.

CHARGE TIMER : Smite now begins charging at 1:25 rather than 1:30

 Ambient Gold
Ambient gold begins later.

This change actually went out in 5.22, but we're documenting it here. With the increase in both the cost of health potions (and the starting gold you get!) we want to disincentivize waiting around for an extra potion and get folks into lanes faster.

GOLD GENERATION : Begins at 2 minutes rather than 1:55

 Champion Kills
Killing an even-leveled champion provides less experience.

Another accidentally undocumented change from 5.22's patch notes, the total experience you get from a kill was 60% of your level rather than 50%. This was done to ensure that people are properly rewarded for aggressive actions and making kills 'worth it' alongside bounties, but together with all of the other preseason changes just put snowballing on kills way out of control. So, we're switching it back to before 5.22. This won't singlehandedly reverse the tide of a losing game, but should mean you see less 'I'm level 13 and they're level 18' situations on average.

EXPERIENCE FOR KILLS : [60% of a full level for killing an equal leveled champion] 50% of a full level for killing an equal leveled champion

 Unit Collision
Running through walls of minions is now possible.

To break this down, units in our game clump together (sort of like LEGOs) when they get too close. Last patch, we made a bunch of changes to how minion pathing works in an attempt to make it more predictable when you would and wouldn't get creep blocked. As a result, many of our melee champions found themselves on spiritual journeys just to traverse a small wave of minions, let alone a blockade. With the changes below, minions will create smaller gaps when they band together, and champions can now slip through those gaps more easily.

MINION COLLISION BUFFER : [+15% model size] +20% model size
CHAMPION COLLISION BUFFER : [+15% model size] None

 Minion Pushing
it's here for real

We covered this in 5.22's notes (even though the change didn't actually go in), so let's reiterate what we said in the foreword: this change is about decisiveness. Use your advantage and push in for the win, or give your opponents the means to come back. It's a fairly simple concept, but it does fundamentally change how lane dynamics work. Especially at higher tiers, wave manipulation (and what form it takes in league) is changing entirely. We're not doing this lightly, and we ask that you give it a shot and let us know what you think. We've got our eyes on it - if this isn't accomplishing our goal of getting the winning team to press their advantage (and instead, destroys the fabric of League of Legends as we know it), we'll quickly iterate and respond rather than letting it languish.

IMPORTANT NOTE: these changes won't be turned on immediately as 5.23 ships live. We're looking to get data from how games play before and after, so we'll be messaging out when it's turned on so you know.

Also, sorry this looks like math homework.

TEAM LEVEL ADVANTAGE : The average level of your team minus the average level of the enemy team. Not total levels and not necessarily #cleannumbers.
MAX TEAM LEVEL ADVANTAGE : 3.0
MINION DAMAGE BONUS : While your team has a level advantage, your minions deal bonus damage to enemy minions equal to 5% + 5% per turret advantage in their lane, all multiplied by your team's level advantage.
NERD ALERT : Bonus damage - (5% + (5% x Turret advantage)) x Team level advantage
  • If you're ahead by 1 level and are up by 2 turrets in a lane, the minions in that lane get (5% + (5% x 2 turrets)) x 1 level = 15% bonus damage
  • If you're ahead by 2.5 levels and are up by 1 turrets in a lane, minions in that lane get (5% + (5% x 1 turrets)) x 2.5 levels = 25% bonus damage
MINION DEFENSE BONUS : While your team has a level advantage, your minions take reduced damage from enemy minions equal to 1 + 1 per turret advantage in that lane, with the turret advantage bonus multiplied by the team's level advantage.
NERD ALERT : Damage reduction - 1 + (Level advantage * Turret advantage)
  • If you're ahead by 1 level and are up by 2 turrets in a lane, the minions in that lane get (1 + (2 turrets x 1 level)) = 3 reduced damage
  • If you're ahead by 2.5 levels and are up by 1 turrets in a lane, minions in that lane get (1 + (1 turrets x 2.5 levels)) = 3.5 reduced damage)

Masteries

Bond of Stone gives less damage reduction. Thunderlord's cooldown lowered.

Bond of Stone's purpose is to reward defenders for sticking with their buddies, but was giving too much damage reduction solo to just make it the default choice for people who wanted to take less damage in all situations. As for Thunderlords, it was on too high of a cooldown to really facilitate the 'in-and-out' burst pattern it's meant for, especially when compared to Deathfire Touch's efficiency as a damage multiplier.

  • Mastery Stoneborn Pact.png Bond of Stone
DAMAGE REDUCTION WHILE ALONE : [4%] 2%
  • Mastery Thunderlord's Decree.png Thunderlord's Decree
COOLDOWN : [30 seconds] 20 seconds
  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
BUGFIX : Fixed a bug where the tooltip said the 200% regeneration kicked in at 20% health when it was 25%

Promo Helper

Promo series play an important role in the Leagues system as the thresholds between divisions and tiers. In some cases, they can feel more like revolving doors when players toeing the skill border between ranks fall into a cycle of entering, failing, and reentering the same promo series. This is, to some extent, part and parcel with participation in a highly competitive system, but last season's learnings from ranked decay show that the balance between competitiveness and frustration isn't equal across the entire ladder.

Enter Promo Helper. From Bronze through Gold 2, failing a series will get you a win credit that'll apply toward your next attempt at that series, provided you can get back in. If you're ever demoted, Promo Helper will automatically grant you max credits until you've passed as many series as necessary to get back to your season-high division.

Promo Helper is rolling out now during the off-season for testing so we can ensure everything's tuned accordingly before the 2016 ranked season starts early next year.

DIG TO THE SURFACE : Promo Helper only applies when you're in a division below Gold 1 (the same point where ranked decay begins)
CONTINUE? : If you lose a promotional series, your next attempt at that series will start with a win credit (can stack twice for Tier series)
WHY DO WE FALL? : Demotion wipes Promo Helper's win credits
SO WE CAN LEARN TO PICK OURSELVES UP : Promo Helper always grants max win credits for any series you've previously passed
USE 'EM OR LOSE 'EM All : Promo Helper bonuses will be reset at the beginning of the 2016 ranked season

Chat History

what were we talking about?

As announced in the 2016 Season Update, new ways for players to connect with friends are coming next year. As a precursor to this season's plans, we're activating chat history about a week after the patch so you can maintain conversations across play sessions.

At launch, chat history will support one-on-one conversations. Over time, we'll expand it to support chat rooms and the upcoming suite of 2016 social features as well.

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE : Conversations between individual friends are now saved server-side (up to 100 messages per conversation, expiring after 10 days)

Server-Side Item Sets

Like server-side game settings. But for item sets.

Logistics on this one are a tad confusing, so let's explain. When you log in to 5.23 for the first time, the servers will copy your account's list of custom item sets on your computer. Every time you log in after that, the computer you're on will download that list from the server. It's worth mentioning that 'No item sets' counts as a list! Make sure your first login to 5.23 is from your primary computer so your item sets don't get erased (maybe write them down or back them up now, just to be safe).

Saving item sets works exactly the same as it does now: play around in the client and hit 'save'. The servers will automatically grab your changes. So, if you lose any sets in this transition, redoing them once should get you back on your feet.

COMING SOON : On your first login after patching up to 5.23, your item sets will be saved to the servers. From then on, your item sets will follow you around on any other computer you log in from!

HUD Icon Bug

Heads up: We're aware of a visual bug with the HUD in 5.23 where the Options, Camera Settings, Mute and DJ Sona's music toggle icons will show up as black squares. This doesn't impact their functionality and all except DJ Sona’s toggle will still tell you what they are when hovered over . We'll get this fixed by 5.24 at the latest. Sorry!

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a number of broken interactions between the Summoner Spell cooldown reduction effects from Boots of Lucidity, Enchantment: Distortion and the Insight mastery
  • Sivir's W - Ricochet now continues bouncing to new targets after Sivir dies
  • Restored on-hit particles for Zac's W - Unstable Matter
  • Flashing forward immediately after casting Syndra's E - Scatter the Weak no longer changes the cone's area of effect
  • Fiora's W - Riposte now properly blocks vision-granting effects of abilities she successfully parries
  • Thresh can once again purchase Runaan's Hurricane
  • Valor can no longer purchase Tiamat or its upgrades. Sorry, Quinn.

Upcoming Skins

The following skins will be released at various times during patch 5.23:

Tristana Splash 10.jpg Azir Splash 2.jpg Hecarim Splash 5.jpg Braum Splash 3.jpg

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