Feb 16 2017 - 8:00 pm

Varus and Fizz changes coming in Patch 7.5

Fizz and Varus have some changes slated to be implemented in Patch 7.5.
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Even though Patch 7.3 just went live a little over a week ago, Riot is already planning ahead for some major changes in Patch 7.5, including adjustments to Fizz and Varus, according to Andrei "Meddler" van Roon, Riot's lead champion designer.

"We've been doing some balance planning for patch 7.5 in the last couple of days," Meddler said. "Particularly noteworthy targets include likely nerfs to Edge of Night and Varus and continuation of work on Fizz and Blade of the Ruined King that wasn't ready in time for 7.4."

In short, Varus is expected to be nerfed and Fizz will have some changes in the patch for fans to look forward too. Varus has become a top-tier ADC in competitive League of Legends, so some players will be happy to see the champion being nerfed. On the other hand, changes to Fizz could help increase the champion's popularity in the competitive scene.

More details will be added once additional information about these changes is released.


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Today - 8:18 pm

Festival Queen Anivia now available

Party parrot has hit the rift.
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Attention Henrik "Froggen" Hansen and all other Anivia mains; Festival Queen Anivia is now available for purchase in the League of Legends store.

The skin costs 975 Riot points (RP) and is fully available to dance onto the rift. This skin was teased just over two weeks ago, and several fans were fascinated by the "party parrot's" dance moves, making it an instant hit for League of Legends players everywhere.

A new Festival Queen icon has also been released to coincide with the launch and is now available in the store for 1500 IP, (until Feb. 27, 23:59 PT), or 250 RP.

While some players are excited about the release of the cryophoenix's seventh skin, others will be terrified as they watch Anivia dance her way down the mid lane.


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Feb 22 2017 - 7:00 pm

TLDR: League of Legends Patch 7.4 Notes

Patches are long at times. Sometimes, we just want to know what's going on.
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Patches are long at times. Sometimes, we just want to know what's going on. So down below, I'm going to quickly summarize all that was said in the recent 7.4 League of Legends patch in the least amount of words possible.

This patch is set to bring tons of stability to the client and practice mode, as well as a host of other changes. Some of these alterations are worth noting, but some, like all Yordle artwork being changed so they have four fingers, not so much.

For those interested in the full patch and every detail, click here.


Cho'Gath Update


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This is the biggest surprise of the patch, with Riot updating the champion in a small way to make him stronger.

Feast can stack infinitely against champions and epic monsters, and stacks no longer fall off on death. Feast’s ability power ratio went down, but a bonus health ratio was added.

They have updated Feast to boost the cool aspects of Cho’Gath’s colossal, slobbering Void monster fantasy, while removing the frustration of losing stacks when killed (it was a pretty terrible experience to reverse-snowball after a death). This makes Cho less of a gamble, while making tank builds feel like a good choice.

In short:

  • R - Changes to the rules around Feast stacks.
  • Cho’Gath no longer loses Feast stacks on death.
  • Feast can now stack infinitely (only five stacks can be gained from minions and non-epic monsters, though they don’t have to be the first five).
  • Feast no longer heals Cho’Gath when it kills a unit at max stacks (nomming a sixth minion or non-epic monster doesn’t do anything beyond damage).
  • Feast no longer grants two stacks on champion kill or half mana and cooldown refund on minion kill.

Champion Updates


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Bard

Bard’s been away from the rift for a while now (*sad chimes*). To help the golden boy out, Riot is boosting his wandering skills to help Bard do what Bard does best: roaming and playmaking.

  • Bonus movement speed when collecting Chimes increased (24% +14% after first).

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Corki

Riot is toning down Missile Barrage’s contributions to the first two, but leaving the Big One intact as an impactful moment for Corki and his opponents to play around. To that end, Riot is adding a tracker for Corki’s progress toward the Big One, so foes can react accordingly.

  • R - Normal missile damage down (75/100/125).
  • R - Ability Power Ratio Down (20%).
  • Missile count now tracked on secondary resource bar.

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Jhin

The slow on Curtain Call still works as a set-up for his team to dive in, but won’t allow him to single-handedly kill squishies by spoon-feeding him every ult shot.

  • R bullets’ slow duration decreased (0.5 Seconds).

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Katarina

Katarina had two more base MR than she was supposed to. Whoops.

  • Base magic resistance down to 32.

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Maokai

Maokai will still be a mighty oak in the late game, but unless he branches into some early mana items, he won’t have the resources to farm and fight if he’s on the losing side.

  • Q mana cost up (45/50/55/60/65).
  • E impact damage removed - No longer damage when lands.

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Ryze

We’re targeting Q’s bonus damage, ensuring power’s pulled more heavily from matches where Ryze players are far more diligent in priming their targets with Spell Flux before tossing out an Overload.

  • Q bonus damage on E’d targets reduced (40/50/60/70/80%).

Item Changes


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Now that Lethality’s found its place in the stats system, we’re bringing Ghostblade in line with Dirk’s other upgrades.

  • Lethality down (20 to 15).

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Black Cleaver

Swapping Caulfield’s Warhammer for a Kindlegem works out well for champs who need to live long enough to cycle through several rounds of spellcasts, versus champs who want to down their target in one go.

  • Builds out of Kindlegem instead of Caulfield’s Warhammer.
  • Health up (400)
  • Attack damage down (40).

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Last Whisper

We’re letting Last Whisper serve as that reactive purchase all on its own, at the expense of effectiveness against targets without armor to pierce.

  • Armor penetration up (45%).
  • Attack damage down (10).

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Lord Dominik's Regards

We’re making Lord Dominik’s far less tolerant of Cleaver’s bonus health. Fortunately, this shouldn’t impact champs who are happy to buy Lord Dominik’s on its own.

  • Damage bonus requires enemies to have more health than before.

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Giant Slayer

  • Carry-over changes keep Giant Slayer and Lord Dominik’s consistent.

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Knight's Vow

A support’s inventory quickly fills up with multiple items like Sightstone, gold items, boots, and wards, leaving little room for components. Riot wants supports to feel comfortable building towards Knight’s Vow, so Riot is simplifying its build path.

  • Build path simplified.

Crystalline Bracer + Crystalline Bracer + Cloth Armor + 700 gold (2300 total) >>> Crystalline Bracer + Chain Vest + 850g (2300 total)


Masteries Changes


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Fervor of Battle

  • Stacks last longer (eight seconds).

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Warlord's Bloodlust

  • Less lifesteal (15%).

General Game Changes


Ward Reveal Rewards

Wards now grant full gold to both the player who revealed them and the player who killed them (bonuses don’t stack if the revealer also kills the ward).

  • Revealing wards is more rewarding.

Catch-Up Experience

Riot wants champions to be fairly rewarded for setting up the plays that lead their teams to victory at the expense of their own leveling.

  • Under-leveled champions can better catch up to their teammates.

Turret First Blood

There’s a fine line between “working towards first turret is a valuable goal” and “let’s just always five-man gank bot.”

  • Gold reward down.

Bugfixes


  • Blackout passive no longer triggers individually on clones. We’re looking at you, Wukong.
  • Fixed a bug where abilities with circle range indicators were not displaying them correctly across elevation change.
  • Elise now correctly is not hit by turret missile projectiles during her E - Rappel invulnerability phase.
  • Jhin’s fourth shot now correctly crits after he takes Thresh’s W - Dark Passage.
  • Fixed a bug where Camille’s second cast of E - Hookshot wasn’t granting attack speed on hitting an enemy champion if she buffered her R - The Hextech Ultimatum.
  • Kled now can correctly dash through player-created terrain with his second cast of E - Joust.
  • Fixed a bug where Edge of Night’s active showed a radius when hovered over.
  • Kha’Zix now no longer is prevented from using his R - Void Assault passive by being “in combat” when stepping on Honeyfruit or attacking plants.
  • Fixed a bug where Gangplank got a massive Movement Speed boost upon killing multiple units with E - Powder Keg while being hit by Nautilus’ E - Riptide.
  • Nasus no longer plays the SFX for R - Fury of the Sands for the whole duration if he is dead.
  • Fixed a bug where clones killing the Rift Scuttler caused erratic behavior.
  • Fixed a bug where game scoreboard icons would overlap.
  • The larger sphere from the Hexdrinker/Maw of Malmortius buff now appears in the appropriate location.
  • Classic Anivia no longer uses Blackfrost Anivia’s falling particles for R - Glacial Storm.
  • Buffs on Anivia now correctly align on her body even when she flies around for herQ - Flash Frost and R - Glacial Storm.
  • Blackfrost Anivia no longer has two bones jut out of her neck when using her Joke emote. You could say we got rid of her funnybones.
  • Heartseeker Varus now correctly gets audio when hitting an enemy in Fog of War with Q - Piercing Arrow.
  • Blood Lord Vladimir now correctly gets audio quotes when he attacks.
  • Fixed a bug where Lunar Wraith Caitlyn’s Q - Piltover Peacemaker SFX were distorting when hitting multiple minions.
  • Primetime Draven’s Q - Spinning Axe no longer incorrectly uses Pool Party Draven’s SFX.
  • Fixed a bug where Urf the Nami-tee’s side fins bent outwards during her recall animation.
  • Fixed a bug on Arcade Corki where his model didn’t immediately reappear after his recall animation.

Upcoming Skins


Festival Queen Anivia

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Adam Newell is a journalist for @GAMURScom and can be contacted in ways displayed below. If you have any tips or want anything covered, be sure to let us know:

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