LoL patch 11.21 notes: release date, PBE leaks, buffs & nerfs, skins, balance changes - Dexerto
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League of Legends patch 11.21 early notes: Viego buffs, Dragonmancer skins

Published: 14/Oct/2021 7:00 Updated: 14/Oct/2021 6:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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The update cycle for League of Legends patch 11.21 has begun ⁠— here’s all the LoL notes & changes coming in the October 20 update, including Viego buffs, Miss Fortune nerfs, Goredrinker changes, and new Dragonmancer skins.


  • Viego gets helping hand after win rate dip
  • Miss Fortune, Graves, and Goredrinker among nerfs
  • Nine-year wait for Syndra update ends this patch

League of Legends patch 11.21 marks the start of Riot’s end-of-season push.

With the Worlds patch now behind us — and pro action exploding in Iceland — the developers are turning their attention to Season 12, preparing LoL players for the final ranked grind, and balancing out any champions that went wild post-11.19. These include Viego buffs, Graves and Miss Fortune nerfs, and long-awaited changes to Goredrinker and the Conqueror rune.

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“We’ve got some more solo queue champion tweaks as well as a few interesting system changes which should shake stuff up,” League balance designer Riot Phlox said after unveiling the changes.

On top of those changes, new Dragonmancer skins are set to ship mid-update and will include a two releases for Yasuo and a new Volibear Prestige skin.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends patch 11.21, coming in two weeks.

Tranquillity Dragon Karma League of Legends skin
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League’s popular Dragonmancer skins return at the same time as last year’s release.

When is League of Legends patch 11.21?

The next Season 11 update, LoL patch 11.21, will roll out on time on Wednesday, October 20. The download will begin roll out at around 10am AEDT on Oceanic servers, before a worldwide rollout across the rest of the day.

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Here’s all the key LoL patch rollout times:

  • 3am PT (NA)
  • 5am GMT (EUW)
  • 3am CET (EUNE)
  • 8am KR (Korea)

Players can expect a few hours of downtime once patching begins.

Matchmaking and competitive queues across all League of Legends servers will be disabled three hours before the upcoming Season 11 patch is officially deployed.

Dragonmancer Thresh in League of Legends
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Riot Games are preparing for the end of Season 11 with this update.

What’s coming in LoL patch 11.21?

Riot buffs struggling Viego

The Ruined King has been locked down since the end of the Rise of the Sentinels event. Viego has fallen out of favor in both pro and casual play, posting win rates lower than 48.2% across his three main roles: jungle (48.14%), mid lane (47.82%), and top lane (44.66%).

Following on from his massive LoL patch 11.17 changes, which really kneecapped him, Riot has decided to give him back some extra power.

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Viego joins League of Legends Pentakill band in patch 11.18.
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Viego needs a helping hand after his LoL patch 11.17 changes.

Miss Fortune nerfs come after Worlds

Miss Fortune has been the dominant force of Worlds 2021. She’s risen from the ashes to be the best AD carry at the international event, boasting a 95.7% presence ⁠— the highest of all champions tied with Lee Sin.

It’s not just pros finding great use out of Miss Fortune. She currently boasts a 52.82% win rate in solo queue with a whopping 29.25% pick rate, something that has only skyrocketed since her Worlds domination.

The Miss Fortune nerfs might come too late for affecting the Worlds meta, but it’ll at least curb players on their end-of-season ranked grind.

Miss Fortune is one of the LoL champions that have fallen to Viego's Ruination.
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One might say Miss Fortune has ruined the Worlds 2021 meta with her dominance.

New Dragonmancer skins

The Dragonmancer skin line which launched in October 2020 is returning at the same time in 2021. These new skins include a Prestige release for Volibear, build on the storyline set in the last release, as the champions try to bring an end to Brand’s reign of terror as the Eternal Dragon.

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Here’s all the Dragonmancer skins:

  • Kai’Sa
  • Karma
  • Thresh
  • Volibear
  • Volibear Prestige edition
  • Yasuo (Dream & Truth)

Dexerto can confirm each of the base Dragonmancer skins will receive nine chromas. Volibear’s new Prestige skin chromas, however, are yet to be confirmed.

Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige Edition League of Legends skin
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Volibear is receiving his first Prestige skin in the upcoming Dragonmancer drop.

League patch 11.21 will drop on October 6.

Dexerto will continue to add all planned changes as Riot reveals numbers, and as they’re leaked early on PBE servers (h/t [email protected]). Read the full notes below.

League of Legends patch 11.21 notes

Champions

Akshan

  • E damage per shot 30-110 ⇒ 30-90.

Graves

  • E armor 6-18 ⇒ 4-16.

Jinx

  • Passive total attack speed 15% ⇒ 25%.
  • E cast range 900-925.
  • R cooldown 90-60s ⇒ 75-55s.

Karthus

  • E mana refund 10-48 ⇒ 15-55.

Lux

  • Attack speed per level 1% ⇒ 2%.
  • Passive mark duration extends if a basic attack is in flight or R is being cast.
  • E damage 60-260 (+65% ability power) ⇒ 70-270 (+70% ability power).
  • R cooldown 80-40s ⇒ 60-40s.

Miss Fortune

  • Base mana 325.84 ⇒ 300.
  • W mana cost 30 ⇒ 45.

Quinn

  • W bonus attack speed 20-80% ⇒ 20-60%.

Sion

  • W shield ratio 8-12% max health ⇒ 11-15% max health.

Teemo

  • Q cooldown 8s ⇒ 7s, blind duration 1.5-2.5s ⇒ 2-3s, missile speed 1500 ⇒ 2500.

Viego

  • Q total attack damage ratio 60% ⇒ 70%.
  • W self-slow 15% ⇒ 10%.
  • R crit ratio 75% ⇒ 100%.

Xayah

  • Move speed 325 ⇒ 330.
  • Q cooldown 10-6 ⇒ 10-4.

Items

Goredrinker

  • Removed: 150% base health regen
  • Removed: Spite passive
  • New: 8% Omnivamp
  • Thirsting Slash active damage 100% attack damage ⇒ 175% base attack damage.

Stridebreaker

  • Attack damage 45 ⇒ 50.
  • Halting Slash active damage 100% attack damage ⇒ 175% base attack damage.

Runes

Conqueror

  • Adapative per stack 2-5 ⇒ 2-4.
  • Buff duration 6s ⇒ 4s.

Guardian

  • Shield 70-150 ⇒ 50-130.

Ingenious Hunter

  • Base item haste 10 ⇒ 20.
  • Item haste per stack 5 ⇒ 6.

Health Stat Shard

  • Health 15-90 ⇒ 15-140.

Ravenous Hunter

  • Omnivamp per stack 1.5% ⇒ 1.2%.

LoL patch 11.21 skins

Lagoon Dragon Kai’Sa

Seeking the power to purify the land of Brand’s corruption, Kai’Sa plunged into the depths of the Lagoon Dragon’s waters, despite terrifying legends of the endless deep. However, the Dragon recognized her for her courage to face the unknown and blessed her with its gifts. Now, she adventures the world, cleansing the land and protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

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Tranquility Dragon Karma

As Brand’s corruption spread, Karma sought the power to restore peace. When her desperate search throughout the land failed, Karma was left with nowhere left to look but within. After months of quiet contemplation, the fabled Tranquility Dragon greeted her in a vision. She awoke with the dragon’s gift, the power to bring tranquil peace to face Brand’s raging violence.

Steel Dragon Thresh

The Steel Dragon, happiest curled up in its cavernous archive amidst its treasures, needed someone with a talent for acquiring esoteric new treasures– and its eye fell on Thresh. Honored to assist, Thresh’s limitless appetite for acquisition warped into obsession. Now he stops at nothing to acquire what he wants, justifying his cruelty in the name of his benefactor.

Duality Dragon Volibear

Volibear was the greatest terror in the forest, until the nearby volcano erupted. In the frenzy of escape, Volibear came across a child who was similarly trapped, and heeded a strange instinct– he saved the child. The Duality Dragon saw and made the mighty predator an offer: the power to hone the duality of his nature, both fury and compassion.

Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige Edition

Volibear stands poised between the two drives of his core self– rage and mercy, impulse and restraint, neither overwhelming the other. Balance is an active struggle; each day the predator and protector clash, and each day Volibear’s will grows stronger by the grace of the dragon’s gift.

Dream Dragon Yasuo

The song of steel grew silent, and Yasuo was the last living soul on the battlefield– though he imagined he could hear the thankful murmurs of the villagers he’d protected. Wounded and dying, Yasuo produced his flute to play a last haunting elegy. The Dragon of Dreams descended from its mountaintop, moved by Yasuo’s song, and offered him its power…

Truth Dragon Yasuo

Alone against an army, Yasuo chose to stand and fight. He blocked a narrow pass between two mountains, allowing innocents to escape the bloodshed. Wielding the truth of steel as a dance, he felled countless foes– but even he could not hold out forever. The Dragon of Truth, moved by his swordsmanship, came down from its peak to bless him…