Mid-Patch Updates

Champions

Developer's notes
Katarina at 3-stars with full damage items was a bit too powerful. A slight damage nerf and a nerf to her 3-star mana refund will keep this Academy student from cutting class again.
Recent optimizations of Spotlight Tyrant Sion have him dealing unbelievable amounts of damage, while being insanely tanky, and having devastating team-wide CC. We’re leaning harder into his tanky disruption identity by taking an axe to his damage.
Katarina Shunpo Damage: 190/240/320 ⇒ 180/225/300
Katarina Shunpo Mana Refund on kill: 20/20/40 ⇒ 20/20/20
Sion Health: 1500 ⇒ 1750
Sion Attack Damage: 130 ⇒ 100
Sion Armor & Magic Resist: 50 ⇒ 60
Sion Decimating Smash Damage: 300/360/750 ⇒ 150/200/500
Sion Decimating Smash Knock Up Duration: 1/1.5/4 ⇒ 2/2.5/5

Traits

Developer's notes
Metamorphosis is the best defensive version of mutants, but it’s also getting a lot of unnecessary offensive power, so we're effectively removing it so we can keep Metamorphosis’s identity as the tanky trait intact.
Colossus (2) Damage Reduction: 30% ⇒ 25%
Mutant Voracious Appetite Attack Damage & Ability Power Per Stack: 25/40 ⇒ 20/30
Mutant Metamorphosis Attack Damage & Ability Power Per Stack: 5/10 ⇒ 1/2

Bug Fix

Gets me every time: There should no longer be mystery gold orbs that you can’t interact with.

Double Up!

Developer's notes
Double down for Double Up! Here’s the TL;DR and a link to more info on the game mode (written by someone still accepting Double Up partner applicants).
We've made the decision to disable Tactician social scouting in Double Up for its launch due to a critical bug. It’s a bummer to be missing our fun social feature in our most social game mode, so we’ll be working on a fix to deliver by the next patch. Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy our latest Lab!
Step 1: Grab a partner (can be a friend or rando, or even me!)
Step 2: Release them. They’ll need their hands to play and you’ll need them at their best, since you share health!
Step 3: Don't’ Lose. When either partner runs out of health, your health gets reset to 1. Afterwards any loss eliminates BOTH of you!
Step 4: Use the Assist Armory to give your partner item components, gold, and other boosts at key points in the game.
Step 5: Use friendship in the form of the Rune of Allegiance to gift champions and any items they may be holding to your partner at different points throughout the game!
Step 6: Send in the reinforcements! If you beat your opponent’s army before your partner beats theirs, after a short delay your surviving champions will hop onto your partner’s board to help them out!
Step 7: Win (together)! You and your partner can start winning when this patch goes live!

System Changes

Augments

Developer's notes
We’ve gone from eight possible Augment arrangements, the order by which you are offered varying Augments throughout the game, to fourteen to create more unique experiences. As a reminder, the weakest Augments are Silver, and the most powerful are Prismatic. The six new arrangements are quite rare, ranging from a one percent chance (Prismatic, Silver, Prismatic), to a ten percent chance (Gold, Silver, Silver).
Silver, Prismatic, Silver
Prismatic, Gold, Gold
Gold, Silver, Silver
Silver, Gold, Prismatic
Gold, Gold, Gold
Prismatic, Silver, Prismatic

Carousel UI Buff

Developer's notes
Ever wanna inspect a champion on your board to remind yourself of its ability scaling or traits? Well, yeah, us too.
During carousel rounds, you can now inspect champions while scouting other boards.

Large Changes

Augments

Developer's notes
With over 140 Hextech Augments, it’s no surprise that we have to adjust a few of them. Some need easy adjustments, while others like Underdogs and Titanic Force need finer tuning to lessen their power in certain use cases. Various Ornn items from the Portable Forge Armory are also getting buffed to increase the value of our favorite Artifacts!
Ardent Censer (Enchanter) Tier: Gold ⇒ Silver
Lifelong Learning (Scholar) Tier: Gold ⇒ Silver
Lifelong Learning (Scholar) can no longer be offered on the 3rd Augment choice
Runic Shield (Arcanist) Shield Duration: Infinite ⇒ 8 seconds
Runic Shield (Arcanist) Shield scaling (Silver/Gold/Prismatic): 250/375/500% ⇒ 300/450/600% AP
Share the Spotlight (Socialite)Shared Bonus: 75% ⇒ 100%
Titanic Force Health Threshold: 1300 ⇒ 1400
Titanic Force max percent Health as bonus AD: 4% ⇒ 3%
Woodland Charm Tier: Gold ⇒ Prismatic
Woodland Charm Copy Health: 1200 ⇒ 1500
Underdogs Health regen per second: 10% ⇒ 12% missing Health
Underdogs Health regen per second cap: Uncapped ⇒ 200 Health per second
Portable Forge Armory option, Death’s Dance Armor: 25 ⇒ 50
Portable Forge Armory option, Muramana Mana over 4 seconds: 100 ⇒ 200
Portable Forge Armory option, Obsidian Cleaver Armor/MR Pen: 40% ⇒ 70%
Portable Forge Armory option, Randuin’s Omen Shared Armor & MR: 40 ⇒ 50
Portable Forge Armory option, Rocket Propelled Fist Health: 200 ⇒ 750
Portable Forge Armory option, Rocket Propelled Fist Mana: 15 ⇒ 30
Training Dummy Health: 600 ⇒ 500

Traits

Developer's notes
Knowledge is power… too much power. With continued education (even into adulthood @Garen) granting more and more stats to Academy champs, this trait needs to be taken from a Doctoral level, down to a Master’s.
Bodyguard has struggled as a trait, so we're adding more selfish power to help them perform. Now after they taunt adjacent enemies they’ll shield themselves against some incoming damage.
Traits with summons tend to be powerful early, when the extra health bar can swing close fights in your favor. We’re tuning Innovator’s power to lessen its strength early, but ensure your summons can take flight and maul your foes later on.
We’re reducing some of the value you get from the Mercenary trait to keep these treasure chests, for the treasured, best (that’s still you btw). Expect slightly less gold and less Krakens (powerful rolls). Even Mercenary 7 will receive a bit less gold, but will give you the same level of other loot (items, Neeko’s Help, etc.).
Lastly, we’ve adjusted Sniper to passively grant an extra hex of attack range. This is to allow for more creative and interesting uses of the Sniper Emblem. To avoid buffing every Sniper unit, we are reducing their attack range by one hex—a zero sum change with the new trait bonus. Fun fact, Jhin now has a 4 hex attack range with the exclusion of the 1 extra range he gets from being a Sniper.
Academy Starting Attack Damage and Ability Power: 20/40/60/80 ⇒ 18/35/50/70
Academy Ability Power and Attack Damage Per Cast: 3/5/10/15 ⇒ 3/5/8/12
Bodyguard NEW: Bodyguards now gain a shield shortly after combat begins when they trigger their taunt
Bodyguard Shield Amount: 100/300/600/1000
Colossus (2) Damage Reduction: 25% ⇒ 30%
Enforcers will no longer detain units who are immune to crowd control effects. When selecting which units to detain, Enforcers will skip over units who are immune to crowd control
Enforcer: Zephyr now takes priority over Enforcer. When selecting which units to detain, Enforcers will skip over units who are cycloned by Zephyr
Imperial team Bonus Damage: 0/40% ⇒ 0/50%
Innovator, Innovation Base Health: 650/1100/1900 ⇒ 475/750/1250
Innovator, Innovation Base Attack Damage: 50/75/100 ⇒ 40/50/65
Innovator, Innovation Star Level Modifier: 15% ⇒ 25%
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon is now immune to crowd control
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon Attack Range: 4 ⇒ 2 Hexes
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon Electrifying Roar Fear Range: 3 ⇒ 5 Hexes
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon Electrifying Roar Fear Duration: 4 ⇒ 3
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon 3rd attack Magic Damage: 750 ⇒ 500
Innovator, Innovation, Hextech Dragon Electrifying Roar now increases ally size for the buffs duration
Mercenary: Lowered the total power of the trait by slightly reducing the value of various dice rolls across the board.
Mutant Hyper-Adrenal Glands renamed to Adrenaline Rush
Mutant Cybernetic Enhancement bonus Health: 400/800 ⇒ 450/900
Mutant Voracious Appetite AD and AP: 30/50 ⇒ 25/40
Mutant Metamorphosis AD and AP Per Stack: 10/20 ⇒ 5/10
Sniper NEW: Snipers gain +1 Attack Range. Units equipped with the Sniper Emblem will also benefit from this bonus
Sniper units (Jhin, Caitlyn, Tristana, Miss Fortune, Kog’Maw) have had their range reduced by one to compensate for the one extra range the trait now grants.

Champions: Tier 3

Developer's notes
Mercenary not Mercen-carry. Econ trait champions should not be as strong as they currently are.
Samira’s too good. She stabilizes too quickly midgame and stays dominant even into the late game. If you manage to three-star her she’ll be able to bring her foes into negative Armor, creating weird and less readable damage amplification. With a handful of nerfs, we’re giving her some compensation strength to her cast animation to make her feel better with Blue Buff, which you should try out, especially if you want to use Samira as a mobile Last Whisper in your physical damage comp.
Gangplank Health: 800 ⇒ 750
Gangplank Armor and Magic Resist: 45 ⇒ 40
Gangplank Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 75
Gangplank Parrrley Base Damage: 125/150/200 ⇒ 110/135/170
Miss Fortune Attack Speed: 0.75 ⇒ 0.7
Miss Fortune Make It Rain Damage: 300/400/600 ⇒ 275/375/550
Samira Attack Damage: 85 ⇒ 80
Samira Flair ranged cast time slightly reduced ranged
Samira Flair Attack Damage scaling: 175/180/190% ⇒ 165/170/180%
Samira Flair Amor shred: 10/20/40 ⇒ 10/15/20

Champions: Tier 4

Developer's notes
With guns for kneecaps we’re in kneed to keep this guy’s power capped, but with how strong he is with just about any Attack Damage item, he’s in need of a nerf.
Urgot Attack Damage: 75 ⇒ 70
Urgot Purge Attack Damage scaling: 30% ⇒ 25%

Champions: Tier 5

Developer's notes
The 5-costs of Gizmos & Gadgets have generally been overperforming (see small changes). But our favorite party-going gargoyle has struggled to nail his entrance.
Galio starting Mana buff: 180/300 ⇒ 200/300
Galio Colossal Entrance damage: 125/250/2000 ⇒ 150/250/2000

Small Changes

Augments

Developer's notes
Most of our smaller changes to Augments are making ‘feels bad’ moments feel less bad by offering you Augments that make more sense in each game.
All for One (Tyrant) Health percentage of ally granted to the Tyrant upon their death 40% ⇒ 33%
Built Different: Most Heart and Soul Augments, as well as all Emblem Augments, are no longer offered after choosing Built Different
Built Different can no longer be offered on the 3rd Augment choice
Built Different Health (Silver/Gold/Prismatic): 300/450/600 ⇒ 300/400/500
Built Different Attack Speed (Silver/Gold/Prismatic): 50/65/80 ⇒ 50/60/70
Binary Airdrop: Silver ⇒ Gold
Binary Airdrop: Item randomization now tries to avoid granting champions items that have poor synergy (ie: Ziggs can no longer roll Zz’Rot Portal, Blitzcrank can no longer roll Deathblade)
Calculated Loss can no longer be offered on the 3rd Augment choice
Dominance can no longer be offered on the 3rd Augment choice
Junkyard (Scrap) can no longer be offered on the 3rd Augment choice
Sharpshooter (Twinshot) Damage Falloff: 40% ⇒ 45%
Windfall Now grants the correct amount of gold per Augment (20/25/30g instead of 25/30/30g)

Traits

Developer's notes
Scrap champions have gotten pickier in their selection of items from the Junkyard. Tanks will stop picking up AD carry items and carries will stop grabbing tank items just because they’re shiny.
Bruiser Bonus Health: 125/250/400/700 ⇒ 125/225/350/700
Clockwork base Attack Speed: 10/25/50 ⇒ 10/30/55%
Scrap item randomization now tries to avoid granting champions items that have poor synergy (ie: Ziggs can no longer roll Zz’Rot Portal, Blitzcrank can no longer roll Deathblade)

Champions: Tier 1

Developer's notes
The strong early game trait also has strong early game champs, so we’re flinging a nerf their way.
Ezreal Mystic Shot Damage: 30/60/90 ⇒ 25/50/100
Garen max Mana nerf: 40/80 ⇒ 50/90
Singed Flinged Main Target Stun: 1.5/2/2.5 ⇒ 1.5/2/3
Ziggs Attack Damage: 45 ⇒ 50
Twisted Fate starting Mana nerf: 30/40 ⇒ 0/40

Champions: Tier 2

Developer's notes
Since when does Death’s hand heal?
Katarina Shunpo damage: 180/225/300 ⇒ 190/240/320
Kog’Maw Attack Damage: 30 ⇒ 35
Swain Death’s Hand Healing: 200/250/325 ⇒ 200/230/300
Trundle Chomp Attack Damage scaling: 150% ⇒ 140%

Champions: Tier 3

Developer's notes
Helping those content creators with their Cho’Graph highlight VODs.
Cho’Gath max Mana buff: 100/160 ⇒ 100/150
Shaco Deceive Attack Damage scaling: 175% ⇒185%

Champions: Tier 4

Developer's notes
Call the doctor, but not for me… Dr. Mundo is getting a few nerfs to his damage output and burst healing, but a compensation buff in his healing over time.
Dr. Mundo Zap Dose Magic Damage Ticks: 100/150/300 ⇒ 80/125/300
Dr. Mundo Zap Dose current Health Explosion scaling: 20/25/50% ⇒ 15/20/50%
Dr. Mundo Zap Dose instant heal max Health scaling: 40% ⇒ 35%
Dr. Mundo Zap Dose heal over time max Health scaling: 20/30/100% ⇒ 25/35/100%
Fiora Blade Waltz startup delay has been slightly reduced
Yone Attack Speed: 0.85 ⇒ 0.8

Champions: Tier 5

Developer's notes
As alluded to earlier, 5-costs in G&G have been too impactful as a whole. It’s time to bench the Kench, confine the feline, disgrace the Jayce, and brutally remind Jinx of her past (sorry, couldn’t find a rhyme).
Jayce Melee Bonus Armor and Magic Resist: 50 ⇒ 40
Jinx Attack Speed: 1.1 ⇒ 1.05
Tahm Kench Devour Damage: 1000/1600/30000 ⇒ 900/1450/30000
Yuumi Health: 850 ⇒ 800

Items

Ionic Spark
Ionic Spark zap Damage: 250% ⇒ 225%

Hyper Roll

Developer's notes
They see me rollin, they hating. Patrolling, and tryna’ catch me ridin Yordles.
Yordles: Now gives one Yordle after each player combat.
Yordles: Has a chance to give a second Yordle after each player combat. This chance increases each stage.

Bug Fixes

Nice shot: Sharpshooter (Twinshot) Augment no longer works with Sniper attacks
Time waits for no one: Broken Stopwatch Augment (Clockwork) now properly freezes CC immune units (ie: Colossus, Quicksilver)
It still works: Items created from the Binary Airdrop Augment will now properly trigger their start of combat phase effects (ex: Zephyr, Zeke’s Herald, etc.)
No longer off-the-hook: Blitzcrank’s allies always properly retarget to his Rocket Grab target if they’re within range
Bench bubbles: The Runic Shield Augment (Arcanist) will no longer grant shields to units on the bench
TrainingDummiesRpeople2: Training Dummies should no longer show up in End of Game/Match History screens
Orb hunter: Mercenary Orbs have been moved to the right so they should no longer be hidden by the Hextech core.
Yordle together strong: Fixed an issue where Yordles could fail to combine and star-up when coming out of the Yordle Portal. This would most commonly happen when getting 2 Yordles in Hyper Roll. We believe there’s still a second, much rarer way this bug can happen that may not be fixed. We’ll be keeping an eye out for Yordles that want to stay independent.
Even the Minion rounds: Gold Collector no longer grants gold on PVE rounds
Ride together, die together: Taric no longer fails to heal himself if his primary heal target dies while he’s casting