Patch 7.20 notes
Welcome to another patch, team.
If you’ve got the sneaking feeling that someone’s behind you, you might not be crazy. Evelynn’s update is here, bringing the Widowmaker Agony’s Embrace back in a brand new way. Should you find yourself on the wrong side of a Hate Spike or three, we’ve got you covered: the Emotes system launches globally this patch, offering new ways to let friends and foes alike know how you really feel.
Balance-wise, 7.20’s on the lighter side of things, particularly compared to last patch. We’re hard at work preparing the way for Runes Reforged, and given how much of a shakeup League’s about to see, we’re primarily reserving patch work for long-term wins like the Sterak’s update below.
That’ll do it for this patch! Best of luck on the Rift, particularly if you’re sleep deprived from playing League and watching Worlds.
If you’re following our Facebook page, this video should look familiar. We figured we’d see what happens if we put it in the Patch Notes, too!
Emotes arrive this patch! Stay tuned for the launch article for information on unlocking, equipping, and using emotes, and our FAQ if you have additional questions or issues.
Everyone will receive a free Thumbs Up emote to celebrate launch!
Please emote responsibly.
Evelynn, Agony’s Embrace, will be updated with the launch of patch 7.20! For more details, check the following links:
- Agony’s Embrace (Champion Teaser)
- Evelynn Reveal
- Evelynn Color Story
- Evelynn Bio
- Evelynn Champion Spotlight
Head to the “Extras” section of Evelynn’s Champion Reveal article above for high-res images of her updated base and skin splash art!
Brand gets mana when he kills an Ablaze unit.
It’s been a hot second since we’ve seen Brand melting face in mid. Mana efficiency’s one of his more noteworthy problems: High costs keep his bot lane harass in check, but solo Brand can’t avoid paying those costs since he has to clear minion waves. Giving the Burning Vengeance his own form of the Doran’s Ring passive puts a bit more gas in Brand’s tank without causing bot lane to combust as a result. This won’t solve all Brand’s problems, but it’s an important step toward adding fuel back to his mid lane fire.
Passive – Blaze
Health regen increased. Q first shot scaling increased.
Graves isn’t getting ahead in the scenarios he should. The Outlaw is constantly being outpaced in the early game and is not able to get his ball rolling enough to dictate the game. With a little bit more health and damage in his rotation, Graves should to be able to clear the jungle without having to have perfect mechanics—and do so a little bit faster, enabling him to scale properly.
Q – End of the Line
Mantra cooldown refund on hitting enemies increased.
One of the keys to mastering Karma is optimising Mantra usage for every situation, and with these changes she’ll be able to do that more often. As long as she’s beating on enemy champions, Karma will have more access to Mantra in the late game.
Passive – Gathering Fire
W deals max health damage instead of current health. E more reliably hits terrain. R reactivation no longer has a cast time.
Ornn’s come a long way since his release a few patches back, and while we’re not looking to make massive power shifts today, we do want to address a few things that feel off about the guy. Shifting Bellows Breath from current to max health damage will make finishing off low-health opponents less of a Sisyphean challenge. Additionally, we’re addressing weird cases where Searing Charge narrowly missed terrain despite looking like a solid hit, as well as making Call of the Forge God significantly smoother when Ornn redirects his ram buddy with a good old-fashioned Freljordian kiss.
W – Bellows Breath
E – Searing Charge
R – Call of the Forge God
Passive damage increased and scales at earlier levels. Tahm can spit out Devoured targets earlier. Abyssal Voyage no longer briefly locks Tahm out of casting Devour.
Tahm’s been held back by a few lengthy lockouts on Devour and Abyssal Voyage, preventing him from making quick decisions. Lightening these restrictions will give the River King a much-needed power-up. For good measure, we’re also giving Tahm a more direct buff via the damage on An Acquired Taste, particularly when it comes to how early he can access its maximum damage.
Passive – An Acquired Taste
W – Devour
R – Abyssal Voyage
Azir’s update seems to have landed well. We’re continuing to keep an eye on how things settle in for the long term, but in the meantime we’ve got improved visuals for Arise!’s new attack speed buff.
W – Seismic Shove
Mid-Patch 7.19 Janna Updates
Resurfacing our Janna followup for those who might’ve missed it between patches. Though 7.20 itself isn’t bringing any additional balance changes, we’re still keeping a close eye on her.
If you’re curious as to what prompted the below changes, we put together a boards thread around the time Janna’s first hotfix went out.
Passive – Tailwind
W – Zephyr
E – Eye Of The Storm
Base percent base attack damage increased. Health increased. Lifeline no longer increases percent base attack damage, instead adds Tenacity.
Sterak’s Gage is supposed to function as one of the keystone items for juggernauts, alongside Dead Man’s Plate. While DMP helps juggernauts overcome their natural immobility and make it into a teamfight, Sterak’s Gage is the item that lets them stay in that fight. Right now, it’s not really hitting that goal.
One of the biggest weaknesses juggernauts face is their susceptibility to crowd control. Without gap-closers they often spend a whole fight getting kited before they die. We’re tasking the new Sterak’s Gage with solving that problem and shifting some of its power into Tenacity on Lifeline. On top of that, we think Sterak’s Gage could use some raw power, so we’re shoring up its base stats, especially its base attack damage amp.
However, with these changes, we’re going to have to make Sterak’s Gage melee only. With increased damage, it will once again be enticing to marksmen, but they already have enough anti-assassination tools. Adding Sterak’s into the mix would simply be one too many. The other non-juggernaut group worth mentioning is the cadre of Trinity Force fighters—your Camilles, your Jaxes. Trinity Force’s spellblade passive and the freshly-buffed base AD multiplier on Sterak’s make for an attractive combo, but between the lower base AD these champs have and the smaller Lifeline shields they’ll get (less bonus health in their builds), we’re alright letting them experiment for the moment.
Flat health increased. Stacks required to fill Jaurim’s Fist decreased.
Jaurim’s Fist takes a bit too long to stack up in power. Nothin’ more to see here.
Coins restore less mana.
Ancient Coin’s mana restore is meant to allow supports to use their abilities frequently, provided they’re willing to risk walking into the minion wave to pick up their coins. Odd as it sounds, Coin’s mana restore is so generous it’s disincentivizing supports from taking the intended risks. When blue coins are too potent, supports can afford to miss drops while still having enough mana to stay in lane. Why risk taking damage (let alone death) if you’re not even close to OOM?
In this regard, reducing Coin’s mana restore makes the cost of missing a drop higher, since Coin users will need to more consistently pick up their blue coins to stay in lane. That in turn makes it easier for opponents to force Coin users back to base, whether due to low health (they took damage while grabbing coins) or low mana (they didn’t grab their coins).
Ability power increased.
Giving Spellthief’s supports a bit more oomph for their early game aggression. Remember how we just said Coin users will have to walk up to the minion wave more frequently? Go punish them for it.
Note that this isn’t +5 AP to every Spellthief’s item—just Spellthief’s itself.
Followup to last patch’s switchover to our new spell shield code.
Charity Voting Hub
Vote for your preferred charity in the “Vote for charity” client tab.
We’re raising money for three global charities (and the Worlds prize pool) with sales of Championship Ashe and the the 2017 Championship ward skin. Hop in client and vote for your preferred cause. The winner gets 50% of the charity pool and the other two split the remainder. Your vote is weighted by your Honor level!
- Honor level 3 and below: 1x vote power multiplier
- Honor level 4: 1.5x vote power multiplier
- Honor level 5: 2x vote power multiplier
End of Game Screen
In regular, not-for-charity Honor voting, we wanted to make it more clear when teammates hadn’t voted yet at the end of game so you don’t wait for Honor that won’t ever come.
Item sets can now be imported and exported.
Basically what the header says. Honestly speaking, y’all will find more ways to use item set sharing than we could list here, so go crazy and let us know what works!
Dark Star: Singularity runs from 10/13/17 at 12:00 p.m. PT to 10/17/17 at 4:00 a.m. PT and 10/20/17 at 12:00 p.m. PT to 10/24/17 at 4:00 a.m. PT. Play as Dark Star Thresh in a 3v3 match on the Cosmic Ruins, which features a Dark Star Thresh announcer and chilling music.
- Hook or Flay opposing players and Abyss Scuttlers into the black hole in the center of the map to gain points.
- You’ll fly further the more damage you’ve taken, but you can’t die from health loss.
- The first team to 100 points wins the round, and the first team to win two rounds wins the game.
The Singularity calls. Will you answer?
Battle boosts will be temporarily unavailable while we work on some backend adjustments to ARAM. We’ll turn these back on a few patches from now.
- Fixed an issue where ability SFX would sometimes endlessly loop when a character comes out of fog of war. (Looking at you, Corki!)
- Riven’s Q – Broken Wings can no longer both pop a spell shield and deal damage in specific circumstances
- Fixed a bug causing Cho’Gath’s R – Feast meal tracker to count jungle monsters oddly
- The Tribute passive on Frost Queen’s Claim no longer interacts oddly with turrets
- Zyra’s R – Stranglethorns tooltip now displays the correct damage bonus for plants empowered by Stranglethorns
- Caitlyn’s Q – Piltover Peacemaker rank-up tooltip now properly lists the total attack damage ratio increase between ranks
- Fixed a few inaccurate or broken announcer text and VO lines that appeared while watching a replay
- Eternal Sword Yi’s Q – Alpha Strike SFX are no longer audible when he is hit during W – Meditate
- Primetime Draven’s idle SFX are no longer audible during his recall animation
- Creator Viktor is no longer missing SFX for his joke, taunt, and dance emotes
- Primetime Draven’s recall SFX no longer goes out of sync with the animation when moving the camera away and back
- Arcade Miss Fortune’s crit SFX for Passive – Love Tap no longer uses her base skin’s crit SFX
The following chromas will be released in patch 7.20: