League of Legends

League Patch 10.14 to feature Zed buffs, Varus & Ezreal nerfs, more

by Isaac McIntyre
Riot Games

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League of Legends Patch 10.14 is on its way, and there’s a host of champions set for buffs and nerfs in the upcoming July 7 update. Headlining the changes are bot lane powerhouses Varus and Ezreal; here’s everything you need to know.

Perhaps the biggest changes coming in League Patch 10.14 are power reductions for two of the strongest picks recently: Varus and Ezreal. The former has become ‘must-pick’ in the pro scene and solo queue, while the latter has become a top-tier roleplayer.

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Varus in particular has become synonymous with pick-ban status in Season 10 pro play. The Arrow of Retribution boasts a 100% presence in LCS and LCK, and appears 97.1% of the time in the LEC. Similarly, Ezreal has the same reign of terror in solo queue. The treasure hunter has a 17.09% pick rate, with a 50.47% win rate.

The marksman duo will be joined in the nerf column by Wukong ⁠— who has found new life as a support alongside Senna recently ⁠— Trundle, and the newly-reworked Volibear. Pyke is also in line for some nerfs, to balance out his mid lane strength.

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League Patch 10.14 will put mid lane Pyke under the microscope in a big way.
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League Patch 10.14 will put mid lane Pyke under the microscope in a big way.

Karthus is one of the main headliners for balance changes heading in the other direction in League Patch 10.14. His buffs, which was accidentally leaked last week, are aiming to move him back into the mid lane, Riot Phlox explained. The buffs will reduce his damage to monsters to stop jungle Karthus, while making him less squishy in lane.

The Deathsinger isn’t the only mid lane champion getting a bit of love in the impending July 7 update either. Zed is also in line for some buffs, targeting his mobility through his Living Shadow (W).

Jungle assassin Kha’zix will also be getting buffed in LoL Patch 10.14, as will Riven, Alistair, and Sejuani (sorry Jankos). Finally, Pyke will be getting some support-focused buffs to help the deep-sea warrior shift back south on Summoner’s Rift.

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On top of the balancing changes, League Patch 10.14 already has a number of new-release champion skins that will be going on sale through the July 7 update cycle. Here’s the full list of cosmetics already confirmed:

  • Kog'Maw (Arcanist)
  • Shaco (Arcanist)
  • Zoe (Arcanist)
  • Zoe (Arcanist Prestige Edition)
  • Nautilus (Conqueror)
  • Karthus (Infernal)
  • Kennen (Infernal)
  • Vel'Koz (Infernal)

Finally, Riot has confirmed the super-popular Nexus Blitz limited-time mode will be making a triumphant return in Patch 10.14. There are a few changes for the “experimental mode” though, focused around changing objectives and rewards.

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Riot's "experimental mode" Nexus Blitz is officially returning in League Patch 10.14.

League of Legends Patch 10.14 will be released alongside the usual Teamfight Tactics update on Wednesday, July 7. You can find the full preview below.

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League Patch 10.14 preview notes

Champions

Alistar

  • Q cooldown: 17-13 seconds > 15-11 seconds

Ezreal

  • E cooldown: 25-13 seconds > 28-16 seconds

Karthus

  • Health: 528 > 550
  • Movement speed: 325 > 335
  • Q damage: 45-125 (+30% AP) > 50-130 (+30% AP)
  • Q damage to monsters: 100% > 80%
  • E mana restore: only when toggled off > always
  • E tick rate: 1 per second > 4 per second (damage unchanged)

Kha'Zix

  • Health: 572.8 > 575
  • Q isolation multiplier: 2 > 2.2

Pyke

  • MR per level: 1.5 > 1.25
  • Armor per level: 5 > 3.5
  • Q mana cost: 70 > 55-75
  • Q cooldown: 12-8 seconds > 10-8 seconds
  • Q damage: 75-275 > 85-285

Riven

  • Passive damage: 25-50% AD > 30-60% AD

Sejuani

  • E damage: 40-240 > 55-255
  • E cooldown on target: 10-8 seconds > 8 seconds
  • E ally buff range: 1100 > 1300

Trundle

  • W attack speed: 30-100% > 20-100%

Varus

  • Q max damage AD ratio: 150% > 125-145%
  • Q min damage: 100% > 83-97%
  • E base damage: 70-210 > 50-210

Volibear

  • Base attack speed: 0.66 > 0.625
  • W healing on monsters: 100% > 50%

Wukong

  • R knockup duration: 0.75 > 0.6

Zed

  • W missile speed: 1750 > 2500
  • W cooldown: 22-14 seconds > 20-14 seconds

Summoner Spells

Ghost

  • Movement speed: 20-40% > 24-48%

Runes

Predator (Domination)

  • Damage: 30-90 > 40-120
  • Cooldown: 100-70 seconds > 90-60 seconds