On 8 November 2018, starting from 02:30 AM (GMT +8), ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 8.22. At 04:00 AM (GMT +8), the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds to be prepped and ready by 12:00 PM (GMT +8).
Welcome to the last patch before preseason! It's been a relatively quiet couple of months, but 8.22 revs the gameplay engine back up with a few bigger changes (Pyke and Time Warp Tonic). Worlds has come to an end and the foundations for the next year of League are dropping in a few weeks, so gather your strength and make the final push toward your 2018 goals!
Last-hit assistance removed. W cooldown increased early. R damage decreased early; increased late.
With Akali's initial (re)learning curve pretty far back in the rear-view mirror, we're reducing several margins for error. Less reliable income, access to Shroud's protection, and executes in lane will force the Rogue Assassin to work harder to secure an early advantage. A late-game damage lift, on the other hand, allows Akalis who pass these challenges to press their advantage harder.
Small improvement to Lunge targeting.
Someone said to us "Hey, it's weird that Lunge doesn't focus the target who gives Fiora a big heal circle when they die." We said "Yeah that's weird," and then made this change.
A thematically resonant number of fixes for Jhin.
W damage decreased.
If you think this looks like an oddly light nerf to LeBlanc... you're right. The Deceiver will remain on the strong side for patch 8.22. Next patch's preseason changes will indirectly nerf her by giving opposing squishies a way to load into game with significant amounts of magic resist. (Spoilers!)
E cooldown decreased; damage increased early.
While this change is useful all-around, it'll especially help Maokai clear the jungle.
AD increased. Q heal from champs increased.
Since their update, Nunu and Willump have been sitting in a somewhat lackluster spot. Last patch's usability/quality-of-life changes didn't bring them up, so we're taking a more direct approach to get the Boy and his Yeti onto more competitive footing.
Grey health no longer scales with max health but scales harder off AD. W movement speed decreased; scales with lethality instead of AD. E stun scales with lethality instead of rank. R scales with lethality.
We put abundant utility into Pyke's kit to support a high-risk, high-reward playstyle, but with his builds frequently leaning on tanky pickups, there's not much of a dangerous line to walk. The changes below tie his utility to offensive scaling rather than baseline values so safer builds won't get the same explosive payoffs that aggro Pyke delivers. A few mana cost reductions should ease that transition away from Ancient Coin and Frozen Heart back into riskier pickups.
Q damage increased.
Previous nerfs took too big a bite out of the Troll King's strength so we're returning some of the dueling prowess we removed earlier in the season. Chomp chomp.
Q discharge base damage decreased late; ratio increased. R damage decreased; ratio increased.
We're shifting some of Viktor's damage from base values into ratios so he pays a higher tradeoff for building into survivability and utility, rather than offense.
Potion and biscuit regen is front-loaded but no longer extended. No longer affects elixirs.
We like having a rune that alters the way you think about consumables, but Time Warp Tonic's added so much extra sustain to mid and top laners (via Corrupting Potion) that it's become near-mandatory for scaling champs. It also boosts the strength of Biscuit Delivery so much that the two runes are almost always picked together, effectively eliminating a choice in Inspiration rune setups. Front-loaded�rather than extended�regen moves Tonic out of lane attrition (keep yourself topped off for longer) into combat utility (pop a potion for a small heal).
PS: No one really caught onto this, but three minutes of +5% movement speed was kind of bonkers. We're removing Tonic's interaction with elixirs before it becomes a major abuse case.