League of Legends is headed for its biggest update of the year, as Riot Games gear up for the preseason patch.
While League of Legends receives regular updates and balance changes over the course of the year, Riot typically like to keep fundamental mechanics the same throughout a competitive season.
Over the years, however, there have been a variety of major changes that introduce entirely new mechanics or features, and these are typically reserved for the preseason update. Preseason gives players a chance to get hands-on time with the new state of the game before they’re thrown in at the deep end with a new season of ranked play.
Riot Games recently confirmed that patch 9.22, which is due to go live on November 6, will be the final update prior to the release of preseason, which means that patch 9.23, which is due to arrive on November 20, will introduce the preseason update.
Preseason is bringing an overhaul to the drake system.
What changes will preseason make?
This year’s preseason is set to make some major changes to Summoner’s Rift, most notably with the overhaul of the dragon system.
As well as changing the effect of each element drake’s buff, Summoner’s Rift itself will now change mid-way through the game, with four possible states it could transform into depending on which elemental drake spawns third.
The Infernal Rift, for instance, sees sections of terrain destroyed, while on the flip side the Ocean Rift will result in brushes growing to extend coverage around the map.
Meanwhile, the Elder Dragon buff has also been adjusted. The Elder Dragon will no longer spawn based on time, but rather the amount of elemental drakes taken – one team must have four drakes in order for the Elder to appear. The buff itself has also been changed, introducing a new execute mechanic for the team holding it.
The preseason is also set to introduce some entirely new terrain in the form of alcoves that will sit at the corners of the top and bot lanes. These new alcoves may not be huge, but will likely have a significant effect on the dynamic of the lanes, giving players new areas to hide in and play around in skirmishes.
Naturally, the preseason will also introduce a host of balance changes, as Riot take a more fundamental look at how they want various champions, items, and more broadly the roles themselves to be balanced.
A full list of these changes has yet to be confirmed, and likely won’t be locked in until much closer to the preseason release, although Riot have stated that they’re looking to widen the range of viable jungle champions by adjusting the spawn, experience and gold rates of various jungle camps.
Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends patch 10.25 — quite likely the last LoL update of 2020 — is locked and loaded for next week. Here’s all the early notes for the Dec. 9 patch, including the release of Rell, and more.
League is all set to goodbye 2020 and officially move into Season 11 with the release of patch 10.25 next week. The update, which will drop a day early on December 9, is set to be a big one too; there’s a new champion, and two mini-reworks to boot.
There’s also a handful of champions that will be getting tweaks next patch, including Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong, as well as more set to be announced over the next week.
Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.25, set to drop on Dec. 9.
League patch 10.25 debuts Rell, the Iron Maiden
Riot are releasing one final champion ahead of Season 11: Rell, the Iron Maiden.
Unveiled recently in a cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself while battling on Summoner’s Rift.
Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.
Riot are releasing one last League champion, Rell, in Season 10.
Pantheon shifts out of support
Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.
The aim of these new 10.25 nerfs, Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the pro scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.
All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.
Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.
Pantheon is running rampant in the bot lane, and has earned himself a “mini-rework.”
27 champions, 28 items set for changes
On top of the champion releases and mini-reworks, Yetter also revealed Riot are planning on delivering a bulk bucket of League of Legends nerfs and buffs ahead of their Christmas break.
As mentioned before, Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong are all on the target list. Kayle, Kayn, Fizz, Morgana, Annie, Samira, and Jhin (nerfs) will all be in LoL patch 10.25 as well, alongside Lulu, Taliyah, Twitch, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Karthus, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gragas, Ivern, Nasus, Seraphine, Yasuo, and Yone (buffs).
Galio was also originally set to be nerfed this patch, but that has been shifted to 11.01.
Champions aren’t the only headliners in League patch 10.25 either. Nearly 20 items are being tweaked for balance in the December update, including Sunfire Aegis and Infinity Edge.
Frostfire Gauntlet, Turbo Chemtank, Seekers Armguard, The Collector, Muramana, Imperial Mandate, Eclipse, Duskblade of Drakthaar, Rapid Firecannon, and more are also set to receive buffs and nerfs in the final League of Legends patch of 2020.
10.25 Patch Preview:
There's a lot in here and we're still working out many of the details so a few things may change by the time we have it all locked down. pic.twitter.com/qhDVKHfbj1
Battle Queen, Elderwood skins coming in LoL patch 10.25
The next League of Legends skin line, “Battle Queen,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.25. Five champs are in line for the new cosmetics, including new champ Rell, and a special Prestige Edition skin for mid lane mage Diana.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Battle Queen’ skins:
There’s actually two skin lines coming next patch too, as League’s balance team finishes on a high. This one is the new variants that have got everyone in a fever; a number of oft-forgotten champs are receiving new variants.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Elderwood’ skins:
PBE Preview: Elderwood Ornn! and friends
Gaze in wonder as the forest comes to life! Elderwood Ornn, Azir, Ivern, Xayah, and Rakan hit the PBE this cycle. pic.twitter.com/prJ1Aee5Fo
Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30; empowered Q no longer slows.
W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%; empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment; [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.