Riven was set to receive a massive overhaul to her kit in Patch 9.19 in the initial notes drafted by League’s Lead Gameplay Designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter. The initial changes were meant to give her ultimate, Blade of the Exile, a significant buff.
The changes were not well received in the community, and have been reverted just days later. However, Riven will still be getting some showtime on the patch notes just before Worlds, albeit with a toned down set of changes.
Riven will be receiving a new skin and a set of changes in Patch 9.19, just in time for Worlds.
Scruffy tweeted out the full patch preview on September 16, saying that there were “a few changes” to his initial list earlier in the week.
Instead of the increased base damage to her ultimate, and more AD scaling on her W, Ki Burst, Riven will be receiving cooldown changes to her Q and E.
This makes maxing Riven’s E second, or even first, a lot more viable than it was before, given the significant buff at rank five.
The changes have not touched any of Riven’s damage numbers or base stats, which should make the community calm down a little bit in regards to the playmaking champion getting buffed right before the biggest event of the year.
A Reddit thread made by user ‘NeroWhitePanda’ regarding the initial buffs made the front page of /r/leagueoflegends on September 12, garnering over 1300 upvotes and thousands of comments.
‘PickCollins0330’ joked about “the mental gymnastics (Riot) do to try and make this buff not sound stupid,” while others mentioned the fact that Riven is getting a skin soon, so she has to be buffed. “Skin took six months to make, we must sell it at all costs,” ‘SuperSkills10‘ wrote, mimicking a robot.
Patch 9.19 isn’t exclusively Riven changes though. 27 champions are listed on Scruffy’s change list, including huge nerfs to Karma and Yuumi, and significant buffs to Annie and Ornn. Aatrox will also be receiving some love after being gutted in Patch 9.18.
While the meta has focused around some of the game’s newer champions, Riot seems to be looking to tone down their impact before Worlds. A huge patch like this should make for interesting viewing come October, when the pros get to show off their experiments on stage in Europe.
Patch 9.19 is expected to drop on September 24, just a couple of weeks out from the League of Legends World Championship. All games at the prestigious tournament will be played on this patch, so it’s one update you won’t want to miss.
Riot has confirmed League of Legends patch 11.2 is arriving on schedule — just one day later than usual — and we’ve got all the early LoL patch notes, balance changes, and more for players to dig through ahead of the Jan. 20 update.
There’s plenty of buffs, changes, and nerfs coming in patch 11.2, but there’s one thing League of Legends players are excited for over all the rest: Viego, the Ruined King, the game’s 154th champion.
The mysterious, edgy warrior has been a part of LoL’s lore for quite some time, mainly through his fabled “Blade of the Ruined King,” a buildable item, but 2021 marks the first time he’s been a playable character in Riot’s flagship title.
Viego is now set to arrive in patch 11.2, after quite the wait.
Thursday’s update will also, as mentioned, deliver a host of changes for champions, items, and even runes that have been a tad over or under-power in Season 11 so far.
Here’s all the details on LoL patch 11.2, coming (just a little late) this week.
Viego the Ruined King, champion 154, arrives in League of Legends this patch.
When is League patch 11.2 coming?
The first League of Legends of the new year is expected to roll out on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It will begin in Oceania at 10am AEST (4pm Tuesday PT), and will be rolled out in all regions at 8am from there.
Players can expect a few hours of downtime. Matchmaking and access to the LoL servers will be disabled around three hours before the patch is deployed. This will be around 6am PT on Jan. 6 for NA players, and 6am GMT for EU players.
LoL patch 11.2 early notes
Viego release locked for LoL patch 11.2
There’s a big new release on the way this week: Viego, the Ruined King, finally arrives in LoL patch 11.2. He’s been available for testing on the PBE for a week or so now, and the jungler is already taking players by surprise.
With a pseudo-assassin kit, he’s going to be a huge threat. Lurking in the shadows and controlling the magic that saps the Shadow Isles, you can expect Viego to absolutely ruin enemy teams. You can find more details on his release here.
These “healing edge cases,” like Aatrox and Olaf, are only part of League’s healing problem. Riot are also looking at generic healing reduction across the board, especially Domination rune Ravenous Hunter.
The rune is getting a scaling nerf with reduced healing per stack.
Riot aims to “widen” tank build paths
Tanks are also getting a Mythic change. With Sunfire Aegis still dominating the meta, Yetter wants to open up the choice for tanks. Frostfire Gauntlet and Turbo Chemtank are both getting buffs, acting as cheaper options to Sunfire.
Senna gets love after item rework
A number of champions got just the perfect item for their kit in the Mythic item overhaul in preseason 11. However, a number of champions lost their identity — especially users who relied on Glacial Augment.