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What is Ability Haste in League of Legends? Stats, items, more

Published: 30/Sep/2020 0:30 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 10:33

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has shared the first details of League of Legends pre-season 11 item rework. While there’s a number of changes going through, none are bigger than the CDR rework. The new stat will be called Ability Haste and work differently to how cooldown reduction does nowadays.

Want to recreate URF in your regular Summoner’s Rift games? It could be possible, thanks to the CDR rework coming soon to League of Legends.

Cooldown reduction is out, and Ability Haste is in, offering players a new way to increase the amount of spells they can cast. It’s uncapped, unlike CDR, meaning you can get as much of it as you want and not be negatively affected. However, it works differently to its predecessor.

Karthus in League of Legends
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CDR is being replaced in League of Legends Season 11.

How does Ability Haste work?

Ability Haste is coming into League of Legends to replace cooldown reduction (CDR). It’s not going to co-exist alongside it, but rather completely overhaul how it affects champions’ abilities.

It will work on a linear scale, like armor and magic resist do nowadays. The stat will be a flat value that directly affects how often you can cast spells. For every 1 Ability Haste, you’ll be able to cast spells 1% more often.

It will be uncapped, meaning you can build as much of it as you want. You’ll never be able to reach zero-second cooldowns on your abilities, but you’ll have the chance to get upwards of 50% cooldown reduction unlike the hard 40% cap now.

How is it different from CDR?

There’s a few key differences between cooldown reduction and Ability Haste. The biggest difference is that the two stats scale differently.

Ability Haste works linearly, meaning at all values it’ll have the same impact. CDR works exponentially, meaning that as you get more CDR it becomes more valuable. This key distinction means that it’ll be easier to calculate the power of the new stat versus CDR.

As we mentioned earlier, Ability Haste will be uncapped. While you won’t be able to hit 100% CDR ⁠— it’s mathematically impossible ⁠— you can definitely get some crazy values going. At 66, you’ll break through the current CDR cap. 100 will be the equivalent of 50% CDR. If you really want to focus on casting fast, you’ll be able to.

The less “oppressive” nature of Ability Haste also means we might see it on more items than we did CDR too. CDR is a finicky stat that’s hard to keep balanced due to its raw power. However, with Ability Haste, it should be a bit easier to keep its power in check.

Corki in League of Legends
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Almost every champion in League builds CDR in some capacity, and it’ll be no different with Ability Haste.

What items give Ability Haste in League of Legends?

It’s unclear what items exactly will have Ability Haste on them come Season 11. We can assume that every item with CDR ⁠— or CDR components ⁠— will make the switch. However, with Riot looking to remove or drastically rework over half of the items, the shop could look very different.

Here’s a list of all items that currently give Ability Haste in League of Legends:

  • Sunfire Aegis
  • Frostfire Gauntlets
  • Berserker Suit
  • Duskblade of Draktharr
  • Prowler’s Claw
  • Liandry’s Anguish
  • Everfrost
  • Hextech Rocketbelt
  • Axamuk’s Folly
  • Night Harvester
  • Trinity Force
  • Goredrinker
  • Stridebreaker
  • Divine Devourer
  • Shurelya’s Battlesong
  • Locket of the Iron Solari
  • Moonstone Renewer
  • Navori Quickblade
  • Cosmic Drive
  • Serylda’s Grudge
  • Chempunk Chainsword
  • Chemtech Fumigator
  • Ixtali Wardstone
  • Ixtali Wardstone Upgrade
  • Essence Reaver
  • Gargoyle Stoneplate
  • Spirit Visage
  • Frozen Heart
  • Randuin’s Omen
  • Ravenous Hydra
  • Black Cleaver
  • Death’s Dance
  • Zeke’s Convergence
  • Knight’s Vow
  • Mikael’s Blessing
  • Muramana

Ability Haste will be launched in pre-season 11 as part of the new League of Legends item rework. Riot are also eyeing off major changes to Grievous Wounds and Tenacity. You can read about the overhaul here.

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League patch 10.24 to nerf Samira, Eclipse, buff Kraken Slayer, more

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has confirmed the first update of Season 11, League of Legends preseason patch 10.24, is coming at the end of this PBE cycle, and will be headlined by a host of buffs & nerfs for the new Mythic items. Here’s all the early notes for the Nov. 25 update.

The next League of Legends update is expected to be “pretty big,” the LoL balance team has warned, as Riot Games looks to deal with the fallout of the massive Season 11 item overhaul.

A number of the new Mythic items, including Eclipse, Kraken Slayer, Liandry’s Anguish, and plenty more are in the firing line. There’s a few champions being tweaked too, including new release Samira, Tryndamere, and Kayle.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.24, coming next fortnight.

Riot rush out Mythic item changes

LoL patch 10.24’s headline change comes in the item section. Mythics have dominated the early stages of Season 11 ⁠— no surprise there, considering they’re extremely new.

What Riot didn’t plan on, however, is how strong some of the single-slot picks would be when released into Summoner’s Rift. This includes Eclipse, the lethality mythic, as well as Liandry’s Anguish, and a host of other top-class full build items.

These Mythic nerfs will also be paired with a handful of buffs to boost Season 11’s underperforming items. Tear of the Goddess and Kraken Slayer lead the buffs, while ADC items like Essence Reaver and Phantom Dancer are also included.

Samira is one of a handful of champions being nerfed in patch 10.24.
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Samira is one of a handful of champions being nerfed in patch 10.24.

“Statistically, Kraken [Slayer] has been underperforming compared to the other two [Galeforce and Shieldbow] so giving it a boost should help it a bit,” Riot dev Ray Williams said on Reddit soon after the patch 10.24 changes were revealed.

He also confirmed Eclipse’s “proc frequency” would be the main target of the Mythic item’s patch 10.24 nerfs.

“It’s the highest win rate on most users, and it’s the most broad [pick] for Assassins, Fighters, and Marksmen,” he said, “so it’s gotta give power somewhere.”

Eclipse has turned AD carries -- assassins and marksman -- into deadly burst champions.
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Eclipse has turned AD carries  assassins and marksman  into deadly burst champions.

New “Cosmic” skins coming in patch 10.24

The next League of Legends skin line, “Cosmic,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.24. Nine champions are in line for the new variant cosmetics, including oft-forgotten characters like Illaoi, Vladimir, and crystal jungler Skarner.

Here’s the full list of new ‘Cosmic’ skins:

  • Anivia (Flight)
  • Illaoi (Invoker)
  • Nami (Destiny)
  • Nidalee (Huntress)
  • Hecarim (Charger)
  • Varus (Hunter)
  • Vladimir (Devourer)
  • Skarner (Sting)
  • Dark Cosmic Lissandra

All nine Cosmic skins, including the ‘dark’ Lissandra version, will be available for 1350 RP in the next patch. They will be released alongside the new “Prestige Star Guardian Soraka” skin, which can only be unlocked with prestige points.

League of Legends Patch 10.24 will drop on Wednesday, November 25. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends patch 10.24 early notes

Champions

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  • W has a new passive: “Detonating Blight on champions and epic monsters reduces his basic abilities cooldowns by 12% of their maximum per stack.”
  • R missile speed lowered from 1950 to 1500.

There will also be changes for:

  • Hecarim
  • Kayle
  • Samira
  • Tryndamere

Items

Expected buffs:

  • Tear of the Goddess
  • Kraken Slayer
  • Essence Reaver
  • Phantom Dancer
  • Moonstone Renewer
  • Prowlers Claw
  • Serpent’s Fang

Expected nerfs:

  • Luden’s Tempest
  • Liandy’s Anguish
  • Night Harvester
  • Riftmaker
  • Hextech Rocketbelt
  • Lichbane
  • Demonic Embrace
  • Nashors Tooth
  • Eclipse
  • Blade of the Ruined King