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Patch 11.11 in League of Legends. Nerfs for a character banned in 70% of matches and more

Details of changes and news for patch 11.11 in LoL.



We already know the final version of the patch description marked as 11.11. Many people were waiting for it for the sake of one of the characters, specifically Morgana. She has recently took her toll on the community, reaching even 70% banrate.

In this one, we’re looking back at changes we made earlier in the season and seeing how the dust settled. This includes curbing Jungle Morgana, whose buff from last patch worked too well and skewed her away from her primary roles. We also threw some love to Ryze, who’s been blue since the item shakeup (although he’s just blue overall).

Then, we adjusted two champions who are commonly found with two items, namely Senna with Frostfire Gauntlet, and Master Yi with Duskblade. We don’t want a champ to feel bound to a certain item or to incentivize gameplay that feels out of character, so these changes should shuffle up more Mythic options for them while also sharpening their identities and playstyles.

To top it all off, Nexus Blitz is back and better than ever, with its own slew of balance changes.

And that’s all, my friend! See ya in the next one.

Patch Highlights

Champions

Azir

Q cost decreased.

 Azir was soaring too high in Pro play, so we lowered his altitude with the 11.5 nerf. Now that he’s in calmer skies, we’re making his laning phase feel a bit more forgiving.



Q – Conquering Sands

COST 70 mana  55 mana

Elise

Spider Form on-hit damage ratio decreased.

 Elise has had no trouble catching prey across all levels of play for a while now. With patch 11.10’s jungle changes, she’s crawled up and over the line. We’re reinforcing her identity as an early game jungler by curbing her damage in later stages of the game.



Q – Passive – Spider Queen

SPIDER FORM ON-HIT DAMAGE RATIO 30% AP  20% AP

Ezreal

Base health regen growth and armor increased.

 Ezreal is struggling across all levels of play, so we’re giving him a small pick-me-up.


BASE STATS

HEALTH REGEN GROWTH 0.55  0.65
ARMOR 22  24

Graves

Base AD growth increased.

 Graves is having a tough time farming in the new jungle, so we’re bolstering up his holster.


BASE STATS

AD GROWTH 3  4

Hecarim

Q bonus AD damage ratio increased. E damage ratio increased.

 We’re not trying to beat a dead horse, but with our last round of nerfs in 11.9 and the jungle changes, we kind of did. Before, Hecarim was overwhelmingly beefy and speedy, allowing him to charge down enemies unscathed. Now that his beef and speed are in a more reasonable place, we’re upping Hecarim’s damage to keep him feeling happy and hefty when he chooses a fighter items.



Q – Rampage

DAMAGE RATIO 70% bonus AD  75% bonus AD


E – Devastating Charge

MINIMUM DAMAGE RATIO 50% bonus AD  55% bonus AD
MAXIMUM DAMAGE RATIO 100% bonus AD  110% bonus AD

Lee Sin

E cooldown increased.

 Lee’s buff in patch 11.8 shot him higher than anticipated in every role (jungle, top, and mid), so we’re partially pulling it back.



E – Tempest

COOLDOWN 8 seconds  9 seconds

Leona

W base damage decreased.

 Equipped with sword, shield, and sun, the Radiant Dawn has been burning too bright. We’re reeling in her damage to give her enemies some shade.



W – Eclipse

BASE DAMAGE 60/95/130/165/200  45/80/115/150/185

Master Yi

Q damage ratio decreased.

 Yi’s Mythic of choice is often Duskblade, which gears his playstyle to focus on Q damage and resets. Although Duskblade makes sense in certain situations, it can lead to low-counterplay gameplay that orients him away from what he does best—slicing down foes with basic attacks—so we’re shifting power around to buff those builds.



Q – Alpha Strike

DAMAGE RATIO 100% AD  90% AD


E – Wuju Style

BASE DAMAGE 20/30/40/50/60  30/40/50/60/70

Morgana

W damage against non-epic monsters decreased.

 Our buffs to jungle Morg in 11.8 were intended to shine a spotlight on her ability to jungle. Instead, it propelled Morgana to be more successful in the jungle than in her primary roles, so we’re adjusting accordingly.



W – Tormented Shadow

DAMAGE AGAINST NON-EPIC MONSTERS 185%  155%

Nautilus

E now deals increased damage against monsters.

 Many moons ago, Nautilus was a viable jungler. We’re hooking him back on deck with buffs that speed up his AoE camp clear.



E – Riptide

NEW TITAN OF THE CAMPS Riptide now deals 150% increased damage against monsters.

Qiyana

W bonus movement speed decreased.

 Qiyana boasts a lot of things, and one of them is her early roaming potential. This has caused her to have an oppressive presence in Elite play for a while now, so we’re looking to take her down from her perch by tapping the brakes.



W – Terrashape

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED 5/7/9/11/13%  3/5/7/9/11%

Rumble

Passive on-hit damage cap against monsters decreased.

 There’s been a-rumbling and a-grumbling in the jungle that a yordle has been a-blazing through Gromps and Bramblebacks galore. To cool his jets, we’re toning down his single-target damage to monsters.



Passive – Junkyard Titan

ON-HIT DAMAGE CAP AGAINST MONSTERS 120  80

Ryze

Base health growth increased.

 With the preseason item changes (aka losing Rod of Ages and Seraph’s Embrace’s shield) and patch 11.10’s nerf to Phase Rush, Ryze lost movement speed and health, leaving him feeling blue. We’re padding up his defenses to put some color back in his cheeks.


BASE STATS

HEALTH GROWTH 98  110

Senna

Passive bonus attack range decreased. Q now scales with lethality. E now scales with AP when camouflaged. R damage ratio increased.

 Frostfire Gauntlet has become Senna’s dominant support build, boosting both her win and play rate. While tank Senna can be fun, it currently overshadows other item options and writes off her primary weakness as a squishy carry. To mitigate, we’re bringing more power back to support builds where she’s historically had success (lethality and AP), and tapping down Frostfire.

We’re also taking this opportunity to slow down some of her range growth, which has been scaling a lot faster with the buff to her Mist in 11.2. Altogether, these changes should empower Senna to build items that better fit her identity as a powerful glass cannon.



Passive – Absolution

BONUS ATTACK RANGE PER 20 MIST STACKS 25  20
NEW LETHAL HEALING Piercing Darkness’ healing now also scales with 160% lethality


E – Curse of the Black Mist

BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED 20%  20% (+1% per 20 AP)


R – Dawning Shadow

DAMAGE RATIO 50% AP  70% AP

Seraphine

W base self and ally shields increased.

 We’re buffing mid lane Seraphine’s performance by making her shielding per level more powerful, especially at higher levels. This should continue empowering Seraphine as a solo star.



W – Surround Sound

BASE SELF SHIELD 75-150 (level 1-18)  75-225 (level 1-18)
BASE ALLY SHIELD 50-100 (level 1-18)  50-150 (level 1-18)

Shaco

W damage ratio decreased. E AP damage ratio decreased.

 AD Shaco’s in a good spot, but his AP jungle and support builds are significantly stronger and need to be cranked back a bit.



W – Jack in the Box

DAMAGE RATIO 10% AP (20% AP against single targets)  9% AP (18% AP against single targets)


E – Two-shiv Poison

AP DAMAGE RATIO 55%  50%

Signed

E cooldown now scales.

 Even with the buff to Riftmaker in patch 11.10—Singed’s poison of choice—he’s still been underperforming across the board. We’re giving his Fling some cooldown scaling to give him more options in fights late game.



E – Fling

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

Teemo

W cooldown decreased.

 Teemo’s W is often overlooked. We’re reducing its cooldown so that he can more readily use the spell’s active and wield his power as a mobile mushroom monster.



W – Move Quick

COOLDOWN 17 seconds  14 seconds

Urgot

W modified damage ratio decreased later.

 Urgot’s been drilling through entire enemy teams in Average levels of play. We’re targeting his sustained damage after laning phase so he’s slightly less effective at purging his foes.



W – Purge

MODIFIED DAMAGE RATIO 20/24/28/32/36% AD  20/23.5/27/30.5/34% AD

Items

Top Lane Tank Items

 We want players to feel empowered to make meaningful item choices each game. Right now, there are two trends that are limiting early game decision-making for tanks in top lane: purchasing Thornmail as a second item, and purchasing Bramble Vest without completing Thornmail. This routine highlights the problem of Bramble Vest and Thornmail being used as generalist items, rather than their intended purpose of being picked up to face high-healing enemies. These changes are intended to give these items more clearly defined roles in the power they provide for top lane tanks.

One more thing: You may notice that we gave Frozen Heart a less generic stat line than other tank items. This is intentional, since it has other unique outputs. We’re also giving it a larger base value on Rock Solid than other items since it has less innate max health scaling. Altogether, it remains a source of high ability haste and mana, and is now clearly an anti-attacker item.



BRAMBLE VEST

ARMOR 35  30
REMOVED THORNS REFLECTED DAMAGE Bramble Vest’s reflected damage no longer scales with bonus armor.


WARMOG’S ARMOR

MINIMUM HEALTH REQUIREMENT 3000 maximum health  1100 bonus health


WARDEN’S MAIL

ROCK SOLID DAMAGE REDUCTION 0.5% of maximum health  5 + 0.35% of maximum health
NEW A SOLID TOOLTIP Tooltip now shows how much Rock Solid damage has been blocked


RANDUIN’S OMEN

ROCK SOLID DAMAGE REDUCTION 0.5% of maximum health  5 + 0.35% of maximum health


FROZEN HEART

ROCK SOLID DAMAGE REDUCTION 0.5% of maximum health  7 + 0.35% of maximum health
WINTER’S CARESS ENEMY ATTACK SPEED SLOW 15%  20%


MOONSTONE RENEWER

 The Moonstone buff in patch 11.9 was not enough. We’re increasing its healing and shielding power which should boost its strength for all Enchanters.

STARLIT GRACE HEAL AND SHIELD POWER PER SECOND 4%, up to 20%  6%, up to 30%


BLACK CLEAVER

 Even with our changes to Black Cleaver’s functionality in patch 11.5, it hasn’t been a popular pick this season. We’re sharpening one of its unique points to better compete with its alternatives.

CARVE ARMOR REDUCTION PER STACK 4%, up to 24% at 6 stacks  5%, up to 30% at 6 stacks


DIVINE SUNDERER

 Sunderer has been feeling more mediocre than divine. Fighters are finding more success with Trinity Force and tank Mythics, so we’re giving Sunderer a much needed bump up.

SPELLBLADE EMPOWERED ON-HIT DAMAGE 10% of target’s maximum health  12% of target’s maximum health
SPELLBLADE HEALING 50% for melee || 30% for ranged  65% for melee || 40% for ranged


FROSTFIRE GAUNTLET

 As mentioned above, we’re tapping down Senna’s favorite Mythic. Ranged users can more easily and repeatedly land Frostfire’s slow, so we’re bringing down its power for them slightly.

 

SNOWBIND SLOW FOR RANGED USERS 25% (+4% per 1000 maximum health)  12.5% (+2% per 1000 maximum health)
SNOWBIND COOLDOWN FOR RANGED USERS 4 seconds  6 seconds


RIMEFORGED GRASP (ORNN UPGRADE)

SNOWBIND SLOW FOR RANGED USERS 25% (+4% per 1000 maximum health)  12.5% (+2% per 1000 maximum health)
SNOWBIND COOLDOWN FOR RANGED USERS 4 seconds  6 seconds


STAFF OF FLOWING WATER

 Staff of Flowing Water’s 11.8 nerf left it in a weak state in comparison to its competitors, and it could use some oomph. We’re putting power into its shared AP buff to ensure that it’s succeeding in situations where it’s the right item for the job (you know, when you actually have a strong AP teammate to buff).

RAPIDS SELF AND ALLY EMPOWERMENT 20-40 AP (based on target’s level) for 4 seconds  25-45 AP (based on target’s level) for 4 seconds


SERPENT’S FANG

 While Serpent’s Fang’s primary users are physical assassins, its power for ranged users feels underwhelming. We’re reducing the gap between melee and ranged shield reduction to make it an option for countering high-shield enemies, even without assassins on your side.

SHIELD REAVER SHIELD REDUCTION FOR RANGED USERS 25%  35%

Wardstone Line

 We’re reshaping the Wardstone line to fit more as a capstone support item, similar to Rabadon’s Deathcap, Infinity Edge, and Gargoyle Stoneplate (all of which are stronger after you pick up a few other items). We’re also streamlining the purchase path to be a one-stop-shop like Manamune and Archangel’s Staff, instead of having to repeatedly upgrade it.



REMOVED – STIRRING WARDSTONE



UPDATED – WATCHFUL WARDSTONE

TOTAL COST 1100 gold
HEALTH 150
ABILITY HASTE 10
ARCANE CACHE This item can store up to 3 purchased Control Wards
REMOVED VISIONS OF IXTAL Increase your Stealth Ward, Totem Ward, and Control Ward caps by 1.
NEW UPGRADE Upon reaching level 13 and completing the Support Quest, automatically upgrades into Vigilant Wardstone


UPDATED – VIGILANT WARDSTONE

BUILD PATH Automatically upgrades from Watchful Wardstone
HEALTH 150
ABILITY HASTE 15
ARCANE CACHE This item can store up to 3 purchased Control Wards
VISIONS OF IXTAL Increase your Stealth Ward, Totem Ward, and Control Ward caps by 1.
NEW BLESSING OF IXTAL Vigilant Wardstone now increases ability power, ability haste, bonus attack damage, and bonus health by 12%.

Runes

HAIL OF BLADES

 Hail of Blades has risen in prominence among marksmen, providing quick trades with a high uptime compared to other runes. We’re sharpening its intended weakness as a front-loaded skirmish tool by increasing its cooldown.

COOLDOWN 8 seconds  12 seconds

BISCUIT DELIVERY

 Biscuit Delivery has become a staple in Pro play, both in lane and in the jungle. These tasty snacks were intended to aid lane sustain, rather than being sold back to the shop for a pretty penny. Putting those unused biscuits on discount.

SELLBACK COST 30 gold  5 gold

In-game shop updates

  • The build tree has been upgraded to put some respect on the final item (it’s larger) as well as accommodate taller trees (looking at you Ornn)
  • Chad Mythic items with an active now have their own special Mythic active border to differentiate them from the plebeian normal active items
  • Mythic item borders now show up in the scoreboard so you can easily identify why Jhin has a dash
  • The builds-into dropdown gained some smarts and can resize based on its content
  • Emberknife and Hailblade now appear in the Starting Items section of the support tab if you load in with Smite (sorry about that, Ivern!)

Nexus Blitz balance changes

 Nexus Blitz returns for the PROJECT event and will be available from May 27 to June 28.

  • LOOT TEEMO/VEIGAR FIRST EVENT CHANCE 13%  9%
  • Elder Dragon can no longer appear as a first reward
  • Rift Scuttler now uses the same shield mechanic as in Summoner’s Rift
  • RIFT SCUTTLER BASE HEALTH 3000  2800
  • RIFT SCUTTLER BASE ARMOR AND MR 60  20
  • Smite now matches Summoner’s Rift’s values (starts at 450 damage, upgrades to 900)
  • Adjusted the factors that weighed into event advantages to the losing team. Not only will it take into consideration the gold discrepancy, but the formula will also consider level differences between the two teams.
  • DPS CHECK DUMMY HEALTH 5000 (+90 health per level, +15 health per second until 6 minutes, then +30 health per second after)  1000 (+90 health per level, +2 health per second until 6 minutes, then +4 health per second after)
  • Damage that would kill the DPS Check dummy now puts it at 1 health
  • ON FIRE MOVEMENT SPEED TOWARDS ENEMIES FACING ANGLE 180°  130°

Bugfixes/QOL changes

  • Ahri’s E – Charm no longer causes jungle monsters’ health to regenerate if used out of combat
  • Updated Base Karma’s Q and E VFX to improve color range and reduce noise
  • Hitting Hextech Malzahar or Tyrant Swain will trigger more metallic sounds
  • Fixed an SFX bug where the initial portion of Worldbreaker Malzahar’s Q – Call of the Void couldn’t be heard if he casts the ability from Fog of War
  • Fixed an SFX bug for Crystal Rose Swain, where if Swain used R – Demonflare and started draining a target’s soul, the target would NOT hear the stereo whisper SFX or the soul drain start SFX
  • Open Shop voice lines are once again available for champions and skins that have them
  • Updated Taliyah’s Close Shop VO to her Open Shop VO
  • Lux’s R – Final Spark VO will once again play
  • Swapping regular Smite once with Unsealed Spellbook will no longer make it deal its upgraded 900 damage when it is swapped back
  • Fixed a bug where Xin Zhao’s E – Audacious Charge would go on cooldown and use mana despite it not being actually activated when trying to cast it on an enemy outside of its range and recasting it afterwards without a target
  • Rammus’ R – Soaring Slam no longer deals its damage instantly when cast at point zero
  • Alistar’s Q – Pulverize no longer grants a stack of Passive – Triumphant Roar when used on a spell-shielded target
  • Kassadin can no longer trigger Electrocute by only hitting a champion with two separate attacks

Upcoming skins & chromas

The following skins will be released in this patch: