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League of Legends patch 8.8: Big changes to Ahri and LeBlanc

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League of Legends' next big content patch is 8.8, with major updates to some of League's most popular mages. Have a look below for all the information we've got, straight from the PBE.

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LoL Patch 8.8 Release Date And Downtime

League of Legends patch 8.8 will arrive on April 11. Maintenance will begin at 03:00 PT for NA, 05:00 BST for EUW, and 03:00 CET for EUNE.

LoL Patch 8.8 Balance Changes

That out of the way, let’s start with the really important bit, shall we? What you need to remember is that stuff on the PBE like this is neither guaranteed to happen, nor to be in the next patch even if it does. This is what the folks over at Riot are thinking about doing. We’ve got the numbers on what’s changing, and a general guideline on which way each champion, item, mastery, summoner spell or rune is moving.

Patch 8.8 Champion Changes

Ahri - changed

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  • Vastayan Grace (P):
    • Changed effect: "If Ahri earns 2 spell hits against an enemy champion within a 1.5-second period, she gains 20% movement speed for 3 seconds (9 second cooldown).
  • Orb of Deception (Q):
    • No longer grants movement speed.
    • New effect: "If Ahri earns 9 spell hits (max 3 per cast) she gains Essence Theft, cauing her next Q cast that lands to restore health on hit."
  • Fox-Fire (W):
    • Cost decreased to 40 mana at all ranks from 50 mana.
    • Initial Delay for non-priority targeting increased to 0.4 seconds from 0.25 seconds.
    • New effect: "Fox-Fire has priority targeting for targets that meet at least on of the following sets of conditions:
      • The target is a champion affected by Charm's damage amp and is within 725 units of Ahri
      • The target is the most recent target Ahri has launched a basic attack against (within the past 3 seconds) and is within 725 units of Ahri."
  • Charm (E):
    • Damage changed to 60/90/120/150/180 (+40% AP) from 60/95/130/165/200 (+60% AP).
    • New effect: When Charm deals damage to a champion, Ahri's abilities deal 20% more damage to them for 5 seconds.
  • Spirit Rush (R):
    • Damage changed to 60/90/120 (+35% AP) from 70/110/150 (+25% AP).

Azir - nerfed

Azir changes

  • Arise! (W):
    • Damage to noprimary targets decreased to 25/50/75/100% (at levels 1/6/11/16) from 40/70/100% (at levels 1/6/11).

Braum - nerfed

Braum Balance Changes

  • Armour growth decreased to 4 from 4.5.
  • Stand Behind Me (W):
    • Bonus armor and MR decreased to 10/14/18/22/26 from 17.5/20/22.5/25/27.5.

Galio - nerfed

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  • Hero's Entrance (R):
    • Cooldown increased to 200/180/160 seconds from 180/150/120 seconds.

Graves - buffed

Graves balance changes

  • HP per level increased to 92 from 84.
  • Collateral Damage (R):
    • Cooldown decreased to 110/85/60 seconds from 120/100/80 seconds.

Irelia - changed
 Irelia

  • Base armore increased to 34 from 31.
  • Bladesurge (Q):
    • AD ratio decreased to 70% from 80%.
    • Damage to minions increased to 70% from 60%.
  • Flawless Duet (E):
    • Stun duration decreased to .75 seconds at all ranks from 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.1/1.2 seconds.
  • Vanguard's Edge (R):
    • Wall crowd control duration decreased to 1.5 seconds from 2 seconds.
    • Cooldown increased to 140/120/100 seconds from 120/105/90 seconds.
    • Missile damage changed to 125/225/325 from 150/275/400.
    • Wall damage decreased to 75/125/175 from 125/200/275.

Janna - nerfed

Janna balance changes

  • Base movespeed decreased to 315 from 320.
  • Zephyr (W): 
    • Damage decreased to 55/100/145/190/235 from 60/105/150/195/240.

Kai'Sa - nerfed

Kai'Sa

  • Base Health regen decreased to 5.2 from 6.2.
  • Health regen growth decreased to 0.55 from 0.75.
  • Icathian Rain (Q):
    • AD ratio decreased to 35% from 40%.

LeBlanc - changed

LeBlanc balance changes

  • Sigil of Malice (Q):
    • Renamed to Shatter Orb.
    • Applies a mark to the target. Damaging the marked target with an ability detonates the mark to deal additional damage.
    • Damage decreased to 55/80/105/130/155 (+0.4 AP) from 55/90/125/160/195 (+0.5 AP).
    • Mark damage: 55/80/105/130/155 (+0.4 AP)
    • Mana cost increased to 50/60/70/80/90 from 40/45/50/55/60.
  • Distortion (W):
    • Damage increased to 85/125/165/205/245 (+0.6 AP) from 40/55/70/85/100 (+0.2 AP).
    • Mana cost increased to 60/75/90/105/120 from 70/80/90/100/110.
    • Cooldown decreased to 14/13/12/11/10 seconds from 18/16/14/12/10 seconds.
    • Dash speed decreased to 1450 from 1600.
    • Snapback lockout changed to 0.2 seconds from finishing dash from 0.85 seconds after starting dash.
  • Ethereal Chains (E):
    • Initial Hit AP ratio decreased to 0.3 from 0.5.
    • Root damage increased to 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.7 AP) from 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.5 AP).
    • Mana cost increased to 70 from 40.
    • Tether range decreased to 865 from 885.
  • Mimic (R):
    • RQ damage decreased 70/140/210 (+0.4 AP) from 150/275/400 (+0.6 AP).
    • RQ Mark damage changed to 140/280/420 (+0.8 AP) from 150/275/400 (+0.6 AP).
    • RW Damage increased to 150/300/450 (+0.75 AP) from 60/120/180 (+0.3 AP).
    • RE Initial Damage decreased to 70/140/210 (+0.4 AP) from 100/160/220 (+0.4 AP).
    • RE Root Damage increased to 140/280/420 (+0.8 AP) from 100/160/220 (+0.4 AP).
    • Cooldown increased to 60/45/30 from 54/42/30.

Lissandra - buffed

Lissandra balance changes

  • Ice Shard (Q):
    • Mana cost decreased to 75 at all ranks from 85 at all ranks.
  • Frozen Tomb (R):
    • Cooldown decreased to 120/100/80 seconds from 130/105/80 seconds.

Nautilus - buffed

Nautilus balance changes

  • Base AD increased to 61 from 57.54.
  • Base mana increased to 400 from 334.
  • Dredge Line (Q):
    • Cooldown decreased to 14/13/12/11/10 seconds from 18/16/14/12/10 seconds.

Ryze - nerfed

Ryze balance changes

  • Spell Flux (E):
    • Cost increased to 60/70/80/90/100 from 40/55/70/85/100.

Sion - nerfed

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  • Decimating Smash (Q):
    • Base damage increased to 30/47.5/65/82.5/100 from 20/40/60/80/100.
    • Damage ratio changed to 45/50/55/60/65% from 65% at all ranks.
    • Maximum damage AD ratio changed to 135/150/165/180/195% from 195% at all ranks.

Tahm Kench - nerfed

  • Devour (W):
    • No longer gains movement speed toward enemy champions when he has eaten an ally.
  • Thick Skin (E):
    • Passive's total health restored decreased to 15/20/25/30/35% from25/30/35/40/45%.

Taliyah - nerfed

  • Base HP decreased to 502 from 532.
  • Threaded Volley (Q):
    • Cooldown increased to 11/9/7/5/3 seconds from 9/7.5/6/4.5/3 seconds.

Varus - changed

Varus balance changes

  • Living Vengeance (P):
    • Bonus attack speed on champion kill decreased to 30% from 50%.
    • Bonus attack speed on minion kill decreased to 15% from 25%.
  • Blighted Quiver (W):
    • Passive damage decreased to 4/8/12/16/20 frin 10/14/18/22/26.
    • New active: "Varus' next piercing arrow deals bonus magic damage equal to 6/7/8/9/10% to 9/10.5/12/13.5/15% of the target's missing health (scales with Piercing Arrow charge)."

Vi - changed

Vi balance changes

  • Base attack speed increased to .644 from .625.
  • Base armor decreased to 30 from 35.
  • Base health regen increased to 10 from 9.
  • Health regen growth increased to 1 from 0.9.
  • Blast Shield (P):
    • Cooldown changed to 12-8 by level 9 from 16-8 by level 9.
  • Vault Breaker (Q):
    • Cooldown decreased to 12/11/10/9/8 seconds from 16/14/12/10/8 seconds.
  • Excessive Force (E):
    • Mana cost changed to 26/32/38/44/50 from 40/45/50/55/60.

Xayah - nerfed

Xayah balance changes

  • Base health regen decreased to 5 from 6.
  • Clean Cuts (P):
    • Secondary target damage decreased to 30% from 50%.

Patch 8.8 Item Changes

Archangel's staff - nerfed

  • Unique Passive - Awe: Max mana decreased to 1% from 3% (does not effect Seraph's Embrace).

Trinkets changed

  • Swapping between trinkets now sets your new trinket to the same % remaining cooldown as your old one rather than flat 120 second cooldown on swap.

Oracle Alteration and Oracle Lens - changed

  • Now available at level 1 instead of level 9.
  • Cooldown is 90-60 seconds based on level.

Patch 8.8 Rune Changes

Lethal Tempo - buffed

  • Attack speed increased to 40-110% from 30-80%.

LoL Patch 8.8 New Skins

Second most important: cosmetics. Lovely, gorgeous cosmetics. Bit more of a visual medium this, so we’ve grabbed the best videos of each skin, as well as a lovely pic or two. Some are relatively simple changes, while others are total reworks of every part of the champion outside the gameplay numbers - new VO, new animations, new particles and the rest. It’s generally defined by how much they cost, so we’ve detailed that as well.

Conqueror Varus

Conqueror Varus

975 RP. Details from Riot.

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Here's his splash:

Conqueror Varus

There's also a new Conqueror Baron model. Check it out below:

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LoL Patch 8.8 Login Screen

Patch 8.8's first login screen focuses on MSI 2018. You can check it out below:

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That's League of Legends patch 8.8. We'll update as and when we get more info, or we'll see you for League of Legends patch 8.9 in the very near future. Let us know below if there's any vital info we missed!

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Ananym Avatar
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1 Month ago

Varus' change is to his W, not is Q. The active just affects the next Q you cast, but with a 40 second cooldown, you have to be choosey.

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Ali Jones Avatar
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1 Month ago

You're right, I've made the change - thanks for pointing it out

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tenroy Avatar
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1 Month ago

LOL goodbye Spellbook fucking shit now. Just like riot as a company.

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SoraGasai Avatar
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1 Month ago

I thought lux was getting a buff this patch too

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Ali Jones Avatar
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1 Month ago

She was, but Riot seem to have reverted her changes - they might be back in a different form at some point later in this PBE cycle.

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Grompy Avatar
1 Month ago

Decimating Smash (Q):

Maximum damage AD ratio changed "from to" 135/150/165/180/195% "from" 195% at all ranks.

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