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League of Legends patch 10.16 notes – Yone! More Spirit Blossom skins! Samira?

League of Legends patch 10.16 ushers in a bunch more of those dazzling Spirit Blossom skins and an all-new Champ

As we hurtle headlong into summer, League of Legends patch 10.16 beckons. LoL patch 10.15 has gone live on the MOBA game’s servers, and now it’s time for more. LoL patch 10.16 has landed on the PBE testing grounds, so let’s go take a peek at what’s going on, shall we?

First up, all those LoL Yone rumours were correct – Riot has unveiled Yasuo’s seemingly deceased half-brother as the next Champion on the way to League’s roster. You can find all you need to know in the way of his abilities, stats, and skins in the ‘New Champion – Yone’ section below.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the LoL scene of late, the new batch of cosmetic goodies on the PBE won’t be a huge surprise to you. Seen those new Spirit Blossom skin splash art posts on the LoL Twitter channel? They’re on the way with patch 10.16, and we’ve got in-game previews to share with you. Take a look to your heart’s content below.

As for Champion balance changes, there’s an enormous batch to check out for this patch. Remember, what you see below likely isn’t final (they’re up for testing, after all), but should give a good idea of which Champs are in for buffs, nerfs, and changes this cycle.

Plus, something intriguing has appeared in some ‘easter egg’ files on the PBE – a reference to someone or something called ‘Samira’. Take a look in the Miscellaneous section at the bottom of the notes.

Without further ado, to the LoL patch 10.16 notes!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 10.16 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

As reflected in the 2020 League of Legends patch schedule, LoL patch 10.16 is due to go live on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Maintenance times haven’t yet been confirmed, but they usually begin at 03:00 AM PT for NA servers, 05:00 UK for EUW servers, and 03:00 CET for EUNE servers, and last for approximately three hours.

We’ll post the exact downtimes right here when they’re confirmed, which is usually the day before the patch goes live.

Yone, The Unforgotten

Yone’s stats:

  • Base HP – 550
  • HP5 – 7.5
  • HP per level – 85
  • HP regeneration per level – 0.15
  • Base armour – 28
  • Armour per level – 3
  • Base magic resistance – 32
  • Magic resistance per level – 1.25
  • Base attack damage – 60
  • Attack damage per level – 2.5
  • Attack speed per level – 2.5
  • Base movespeed – 345
  • Attack range – 175

Yone’s abilities:

Note – Yone’s distinct playstyle means he doesn’t use mana, as such. Instead, in place of a mana bar, the Champ has an E countdown timer.
Way of the Hunter (Passive)
  • “Yone uses two blades, causing every second Attack to deal 50% magic damage.
  • “Yone’s Critical Strike Chance is doubled but his critical strikes deal 10% reduced damage.”
Mortal Steel (Q)
  • Cost is 0 (no cost)
  • Cooldown is 4 seconds
  • “Yone thrusts forward, dealing 20/45/70/95/120 (+100% Total AD) physical damage.
  • “On hit, grants a stack of [buff name is broken] for 6 seconds. At 2 stacks, this skill causes Yone to dash forward with a wave of wind that Knocks Up for 0.75s and deals 20/45/70/95/120 (+100% Total AD) physical damage.
  • This skill can critically strike, applies on-hit effects, is interruptible by crowd control and its cooldown and cast time are reduced by Attack Speed.

Spirit Cleave (W)

  • Cost is 0 (no cost)
  • Cooldown is 16 seconds
  • Base shield value is
    40/41.176/42.353/43.529/44.706/45.882/47.059/48.235/49.412/50.588/51.765/52.941/54.118/55.294/56.471/57.647/58.824/60
  • Base Damage: 10/20/30/40/50
  • Total Max Health Damage: 11/12/13/14/15%
  • “Yone cleaves forward dealing 5/10/15/20/25 + 6/6.5/7/7.5/8% max Health physical damage and 5/10/15/20/25 + 6/6.5/7/7.5/8% max Health magic damage.
  • “If Yone hits, he gains [40-75] (60% Total AD) Shield for 1.5 seconds. The amount of Shield increases for each Champion struck.
  • “Shield increased by 100% for the first Champion hit, and 25% for all subsequent Champions.
  • “Minimum [40-410] total damage against minions and monsters.”

Soul Unbound (E)

  • Cost is 0 (no cost)
  • Cooldown is 22/19/16/13/10 seconds
  • “Yone enters a spirit form for 5 seconds, leaving your body behind for the duration and gaining 10% ramping Move Speed.
  • “When the spirit for ends, Yone snaps back to his body and repeats 25/27.5/30/32.5/35% of all damage he dealt to Champions during this time. You may Recast this skill during spirit form.
  • “Recast: End spirit form early.
  • Move Speed ramps from 10% to 30% over the duration.”

Fate Sealed (R)

  • Cost is 0 (no cost)
  • Cooldown is 120/100/80 seconds
  • “Ultimate  – Yone strikes all enemies along a path for 100/200/300 (+40% Total AD) physical damage and 100/200/300 (+40% Total AD) magic damage, teleporting behind the last Champion hit and Knocking Up victims towards Yone.
  • If no enemy Champion is struck, Yone will instead blink to maximum range.”

Yone’s in-client bio

“In life, he was Yone – half-brother of Yasuo, and renowned student of his village’s sword school. But upon his death at the hands of his brother, he found himself hunted by a malevolent entity of the spirit realm, and was forced to slay it with its own sword. Now, cursed to wear its demonic mask upon his face, Yone tirelessly hunts all such creatures in order to understand what he has become.”

You can also find more out about new Champion Yone’s abilities here and his lore/bio page is here.

Yone’s voiceover

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You can find Yone’s non-English VO via this link, too.

Yone’s special interactions

Yone’s skins

As you might expect, Yone’s release skin is Spirit Blossom Yone, which you can see below, as well as his classic splash art, included at the top of this section.

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Here’s his classic skin in-game:

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LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 10.16 ChampION CHANGES

Champion Changes

Akali – changed

Shuriken Flip (E):
The damage dealt by this ability has changed type to magic damage from physical damage
Five Point Strike (Q):
Damage dealt increased to 35/60/85/110/135 from 30/55/80/105/130

Ashe – nerfed

Ranger’s Focus (Q):
Attack speed decreased to 20/25/30/35/40% from 20/30/40/50/60%

Bard – nerfed

Stats:
Base HP decreased to 560 from 575
Caretaker’s Shrine (W):
Value of fully power healing decreased to 55/95/135/175/215 from 70/110/150/190/230

Evelynn – changed

Hate Spike (Q):
Cooldown decreased to 4 from 8
Removed! This ability now doesn’t decrease cooldown on monster hits

Fiora – changed

Lunge (Q):
Ability’s cooldown decreased to 13/11.25/9.5/7.75/6 seconds from 16/14/12/10/8 seconds
Cooldown refund on enemy hit decreased to 50% from 60%

Hecarim – buffed

Devastating Charge (E):
Movement speed increased to 25-100% over 3 seconds from 25-75%

Jax – buffed

Counter Strike (E):
Cooldown decreased to 14/12.5/11/9.5/8 from 16/14/12/10/8

Karma – changed

Inner Flame (Q):
Mana cost changed to a flat 65 from 50/55/60/65/70
Cooldown increased to 9/8.5/8/7.5/7 from 7/6.5/6/5.5/5

Karthus – nerfed

Lay Waste (Q):
AP ratio decreased to 30% from 35%

Kha’Zix – nerfed

Taste Their Fear (Q):
Bonus damage from Isolated target decreased to 110% total AD from 120%

Lucian – buffed

Piercing Light (Q):
Damage dealt increased to 95/130/165/200/235 from 85/120/155/190/225
The Culling (R):
Shots increased to 22/28/34 from 20/25/30

Miss Fortune – buffed

Stats:
Base AD increased to 52 from 50

Morgana – buffed

Dark Binding (Q):
Cooldown decreased to 10 seconds from 11 seconds

Nautilus – nerfed

Titan’s Wrath (W):
Shield base decreased to 45/55/65/75/85 from 60/70/80/90/100

Neeko – buffed

Blooming Burst (Q):
First damage dealt increased to 80/125/170/215/260 from 70/115/160/205/250
Bloom damage increased to 40/60/80/100/120 from 35/55/75/95/115

Nocturne – changed

Umbra Blades (Passive):
Cooldown increased to 14 seconds from 10 seconds
Cooldown reduction on basic hits against Chap and monsters increased to 3 seconds from 2 seconds

Rakan – buffed

The Quickness (R):
Movement speed increased to 75% from 50%

Sett – nerfed

Haymaker (W):
Damage dealt decreased to 80/100/120/140/160 from 80/105/130/155/180
Facebreaker (E):
Damage dealt decreased to 50/70/90/110/130 from 50/80/110/140/170

Skarner – buffed

Crystal Slash (Q):
Mana cost decreased to 10 from 15
AD increased to 20% TAD from 15% TAD

Syndra – nerfed

Dark Sphere (Q):
Damage dealt decreased to 70/105/140/175/210 from 70/110/150/190/230

Tristana – buffed

Explosive Charge (E):
New! Damage dealt now gets increased by 1% per 2% chance of crit

Veigar – buffed

Stats:
Base MR increased to 32 from 30

Volibear – nerfed

Thundering Smash (Q):
Movement speed decreased to 10/14/18/22/26% from 15/20/25/30/35%

Yasuo – buffed

Stats:
Base MR increased to 32 from 30
Last Breath (R):
Damage increased to 200/350/500 from 200/300/400

Ziggs – changed

Short Fuse (Passive):
AP ratio changed to a flat 50% from 30/40/50% according to level
Damage to structures increased to 250% from 200%

Here’s an early patch preview, giving us an idea of which Champs are in for some changes this cycle:


Rune Changes

Nimbus Cloak (S2)

Effects:
Movemnet speed decreased to 10-30% according to summoner CD from 15-35%

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 10.16 NEW SKINS

Champion Skins

Spirit Blossom Ahri – Legendary – 1820 RP

“The famed Spirit of Salvation, and the fox all mortals are beckoned towards when their souls arrive to the spirit realm. A capricious, whimsical spirit who sees the fate of the living as a game of chase, she offers the chance for souls to find their final rest… but will not intervene if they stray from the path.”

Here’s the SPIRIT BLOSSOM AHRI splash art:

Given SPIRIT BLOSSOM AHRI is a legendary skin, she’s got some shiny new VO! Take a look:

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Riot says on Reddit: “‘Ahri leads the spirits of the dead through the afterlife to their final rest. While her role is to shepherd the departed, it is the soul’s own decision to follow her… or wander from the path.’ Spirit Blossom Ahri is leading lost souls through the Rift, featuring:

  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New animations and recall!
  • New VO!

Spirit Blossom Ahri is set to be 1820 RP.”

SPIRIT BLOSSOM CASSIOPEIA – 1350 RP

“Rumoured to have once been a beautiful princess, legend says Cassiopeia vanished into the mountains when her sister staged a coup, never to return. So great was her beauty, and so renowned her cunning, that a shrine was built to honour this ‘spirit of temptation’, until her story was accepted into popular folklore.”

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Here’s the SPIRIT BLOSSOM CASSIOPEIA splash art:

Riot says on Reddit: “‘Careful, now. I bite.’ Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia is hitting the Rift with:

  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall animation!

Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia is set to be 1350 RP.”

Spirit Blossom Kindred – 1350 RP

“In the Ionian tradition, the Kindred are interpreted as a child and her beastly companion, endlessly playing games with one another until they are called to perform their duties. The two do not know where they came from, but it is said they feel a sense of loss for someone they knew long ago…”

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Here’s the SPIRIT BLOSSOM KINDRED splash art:

Riot says on Reddit: “‘They are not a dream. They are the waking. A new Kindred skin has arrived on PBE!’ Spirit Blossom Kindred is hitting the Rift with:

  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall animation!

Spirit Blossom Kindred is set to be 1350 RP.”

Spirit Blossom Riven – 1350 RP

“A brave warrior from an ancient land, Riven was ignobly cut down in the heat of battle thousands of years ago, her sword shattering in the process. Unable to find peace, she obsessively scours an otherworldly battlefield for pieces of her broken blade, possessed by a horrific darkness that guides her into oblivion.”

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Here’s the SPIRIT BLOSSOM RIVEN splash art:

Riot says on Reddit: “‘If you are wondering ‘How should I proceed?”’ the answer is: proceed to PBE and check out this new Riven skin!’ Spirit Blossom Riven is hitting the Rift with:

  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall animation!

Spirit Blossom Riven is set to be 1350 RP.”

Here are the skin previews via Riot on Twitter:


Samira?

Something intriguing has appeared on the PBE – a new emote that looks like it has an artistic rose background and a pointy, silver ‘S’ in the foreground. It’s not at all clear what it’s for, but it seems to be linked to another mysterious name that’s popped up in ‘easter egg’ files: ‘Samira’. Hmm.https://twitter.com/moobeat/status/1287827880123269123

These files not only have Samira LoL references, but also ‘energy ray’, ‘flames’, ‘petals’, and ‘rose’. It’s not at all clear who or what this might be referencing, but it’s possible it’s a hint at yet another new LoL Champ on the way, given Riot teased in its most recent roadmap there are some more characters joining the fray on the way, such as a “a sensational mage”, “ultra-heavy tank support”, and “new marksman, dressed to slay”.

That’s far from confirmed right now, but it’s possible we might see one of these named Samira based on what’s popped up on the PBE.


Those are all the notes for LoL patch 10.16 for now, but keep heading back to check them out as there’s sure to be lots more to eyeball and delve into ahead of the patch’s arrival very soon.

Also be sure to go catch up on the LoL patch 10.15 notes – it’s a big update, and there’s plenty on the way, so you’ll want to make sure you’re in the know on what’s about to drop now the patch is live. Plus, we have a LoL tier list which has all you need to know about the best League of Legends Champions to play in each role as of the latest patch.

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