League of Legends patch 11.17 notes – Amumu changes, Crime City Nightmare, Phoenix skins

League of Legends' 11.17 patch is all about some dazzling new Crime City and Phoenix skins

League of Legends champion Akali as a Crime City Nightmare skin, with purple hair and two pointed blades

Update – August 25, 2021: 11.17 has headed to live! Check out the League of Legends patch 11.18 notes for what’s next.

We’re getting through those 2021 patches, League of Legends fans. The three-week testing cycle for League of Legends patch 11.16 is now up so the Sona update, Karma balance changes, and new Coven skins are headed to the MOBA game’s live battlegrounds. Now, it’s time to check out what’s coming with 11.17 – so, let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?

First up, we’ve got some changes coming up for Amumu, it seems. Current lead game designer on the Summoner’s Rift team Jeevun Sidhu says that the team’s goals for the sad mummy in 11.17 are “to make Amumu better in higher MMRs, as his current performance disparity is very large”. Basically, he’ll have two Q changes, and the devs “pulled power out of other places”. You can check these balance tweaks out in the champion changes section below.

Elsewhere, Sidhu has revealed that Lucian’s also getting some key changes this patch, with the devs aiming to shift power from mid Lucian to bot. These haven’t hit the PBE just yet, but we’ve included the changes from Sidhu’s tweet below so you can see what’s coming.

This fortnight’s update also brings a pretty hefty new bunch of champion skins. Akali, Darius, Shaco, Twisted Fate, and Zyra are getting some Crime City Nightmare styles, while Anivia, Seraphine, and Xayah are getting their own looks from the Phoenix skin line.

Without further ado, here’s our rundown of the tentative League of Legends patch 11.17 notes (cheers, Surrenderat20!):

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 11.17 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

According to the League of Legends 2021 patch scheduleLeague of Legends patch 11.17 is due to go live on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Maintenance times haven’t yet been confirmed, but usually begin at 3am PT for NA servers, 5am UK time for EUW servers, and 3am CET for EUNE servers, and last for approximately three hours.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 11.17 BALANCE CHANGES

Champion Changes

Akshan – nerfed

Heroic Swing (E):
Damage dealt per shot has decreased to [30/50/70/90/110 (+17.5% bAD)(1 + 30% bonus attack speed)] from 30/55/80/105/130 (+10% bAD)(1 + 30% bonus attack speed)]

Amumu – changed

Bandage Toss (Q):
New! This ability has now got two charges with a recharge time of 14 seconds
Damage dealt has decreased to 70/100/130/160/190 from 80/130/180/230/280
Cooldown decreased to a flat 3 seconds from 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds
Ability ratio increased to 85% from 70%
Despair (W):
Damage dealt per tick has increased to [6/8/10/12/14 + 0.5/0.575/0.65/0.725/0.8% (+0.25% per 100 AP) of target’s maximum health] from [4/6/8/10/12 + 0.5/0.625/0.75/0.875/1% (+0.25% per 100 AP) of target’s maximum health]
Curse of the Sad Mummy (R):
Duration of stun effect decreased to a flat 1.5 seconds from 1.5/1.75/2 seconds

Ekko – buffed

Z-Drive Resonance ~(Passive):
Damage dealt to monsters increased to 200% from 150%

Evelynn – buffed

Last Caress (R):
Ability cooldown decreased to 120/100/80 seconds from 140/110/80 seconds

Gangplank – changed

Trial by Fire (Passive):
Move Speed granted changed to [15-30% going by level] from a flat 30%
Parrrley (Q):
New! This ability is now counted as a ranged basic attack
Powder Keg (E):
New! Kegs critically strike at 125% effectiveness
Maximum number of barrels changed to [3/3/4/4/5] from a flat 3 at all ranks

Graves – nerfed

End of the Line (Q):
Ability mana cost increased to 80 from 50

Irelia – nerfed

Bladesurge (Q):
Healing decreased to 8/10/12/14/16% attack damage from 12/14/16/18/20% attack damage

Kayn – nerfed

The Darkin Scythe (Passive):
Shadow assassin damage dealt decreased to 8-30% from 12-44%

Leona – nerfed

Eclipse (W):
Bonus armour and magic resist decreased to 15/20/25/30/35 from 20/25/30/35/40

Lissandra – buffed

Stats:
Base attack damage increased to 53 from 55
Ice Shard (Q):
Mana cost decreased to 55/60/65/70/75 from 60/65/70/75/80

Lucian – changed

Stats:
Base Attack Damage decreased to 62 from 64
Lightslinger (P):
New! Ally buffs now “empower Lucian’s next two (stacks to four) basic attacks to deal an additional 14 (+10% tAD) magic damage”
Ardent Blaze (W):
Mana Cost decreased to 60 from 70
“Allies proccing the mark also trigger Vigilance” [name of new passive effect]
The Culling (R):
Damage dealt per shot has decreased to 15/30/45 (+25% AD) from 20/40/60 (+25%AD)
Number of shots has changed to 22 (+25% Critical Strike Chance) from 22/28/34

Nami – buffed

Ebb and Flow (W):
Damage dealt to 75/115/155/195/235 from 70/110/150/190/230
Healing increased to 65/90/115/140/165 from 60/85/110/135/160

Rengar – changed

Unseen Predator (P):
Maximum stacks of Ferocity decreased to 3 from 4
Duration of Move Speed granted while Empowered increased to 3 seconds from 1.5 seconds
Forgiveness timer of Bonetooth Necklace increased to 3 seconds from 1.5 seconds
Battle Roar (W):
Ability has been updated – see image below (via Riot Phlox on Twitter):

Bola Strike (E):
New! There is now no cast time when Rengar is leaping
New! This ability now reveals enemies for 2 seconds

Here’s some context on Rengar’s changes from Riot Phlox:

Senna – buffed

Absolution (Passive):
AS ratio has increased to 0.45 from 0.4
Critical damage dealt has increased to 160% from 150%
Rate of soul drops for minion kills has increased to 8.33% from 4.166%

Tahm Kench – nerfed

Devour (R):
Ability recast time has increased to 2 seconds from 1 second

Teemo – buffed

Toxic Shot (E):
Damage dealt on hit has increased to 14/25/36/47/58 from 11/22/33/44/55

Viego – changed

Stats:
Auto-attack range has decreased to 200 from 225
Sovereign’s Domination (Passive):
Healing on taking a body changed to [3% (.03 bAD) (+.02 AP) (+5 AS)] from [8% (+.025 bAD)(+.015 AP)(+2.5 AS)]
Blade of the Ruined King (Q):
Crit multiplier has increased to 100% from 75%
Harrowed Path (E):
Camo reveal radius has increased to 450 from 400
Heartbreaker (R):
Slow effect duration has decreased to .25 from .5

You can check out the context on these Viego changes below:

Xayah – changed

Double Daggers (Q):
Cast time has changed to [0.25-0.1, scaling with attack speed] from a flat 0.25
Featherstorm (R):
Damage dealt increased to 200/300/400 from 125/250/375

Zed – changed

Razor Shurkien (Q):
bAD has increased to 110% from 100%
Shadow Slash (E):
bAD decreased too 65% from 80%
Death Mask (R):
Ability cooldown changed to 120/100/80 seconds from 120/90/60 seconds

Here’s the early patch preview from Riot:


Rune Changes

Divine Sunderer

Effects:
Attack damage decreased to 35 from 40

Fleet Footwork

Effects:
Effectiveness of ranged healing from minions has decreased to 10% from 20% New! Rune’s healing is now 30% effective for Melee champions Healing has increased to [10-100 (+50% bAD) (+35% AP)] from [30-60 (+30% bAD) (+20% AP)]

Hullbreaker

Effects:
Health increased to 400 from 300

Serpent’s Fang

Effects:
Lethality decreased to 12 from 18

Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Recipe:
Recipe changed! Now as follows: Serrated Dirk + Caulfield’s Warhammer + 700g
Cost:
Total cost decreased to 2900 from 3000
Effects:
New! Now gives +15 ability haste
Attack damage decreased to 55 from 60

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 11.17 – CHAMPION SKINS

Champion Skins

 Crime City Nightmare Akali – 1350 RP

“A loyal enforcer for the Graves family, Akali took the same deal everyone else did when the Mysterious Gentleman came calling. The power changed her, twisted her into something that hears a siren song echoing from beyond the veil of reality. Now she acts in ruthless, horrific violence, seeking an inscrutable ‘balance’ even she cannot name.”

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Here’s the Crime City Nightmare Akali splash art:

Crime City Nightmare Darius – 1350 RP

“All Darius wanted was to secure a place for himself at the top of the underworld. Becoming Miss Fortune’s personal bodyguard was the first step, but the second was embracing the power of the Mysterious Gentleman: welcoming forces from beyond space and time that have moulded him into something far more powerful than he could ever have imagined.”

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Here’s the Crime City Nightmare Darius splash art:

Here’s Riot’s PBE preview of the two skins:

Crime City Nightmare Shaco – 1350 RP

“Once a mere courier for the Twitch syndicate, Shaco is now barely human. The eldritch corruption has stripped him of reason and identity, turning him into a chittering horde of knife-wielding monsters that haunt the boroughs of Valoran City. None of them are sure which is the ‘real’ Shaco anymore. None of them care.”

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Here’s the Crime City Nightmare Shaco splash art:

CRIME CITY NIGHTMARE ZYRA – 1350 RP

“Zyra was once a longtime associate of Graves and a skilled con artist, but grew dissatisfied with the monotony of a low-end criminal lifestyle. Seeing a way out, Zyra merged with the 4th-dimensional horrors from Beyond. She now follows the edicts of an alien power, ripping veins of sentient sludge from the earth and rending her enemies asunder.”

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Here’s the Crime City Nightmare Zyra splash art:

Here’s Riot’s preview of the two skins:

Crime City Nightmare Twisted Fate – 1350 RP

“No one knows if the Mysterious Gentleman is human or something Else, but he has somehow injected himself into every crime family in Valoran City. With honeyed words and a conman’s grin, he convinced them all to embrace the horrors of the Beyond… Now the only thing to do is sit back and watch them tear each other apart.”

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Here’s the Crime City Nightmare Twisted Fate splash art:

Divine Phoenix Anivia

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Here’s the Divine Phoenix Anivia splash art:

Graceful Phoenix Seraphine

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Here’s the Graceful Phoenix Seraphine splash art:

Brave Phoenix Xayah

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Here’s the Brave Phoenix Xayah splash art:

Here’s Riot’s PBE preview of the three Phoenix skins:


MISCELLANEOUS

  • The League client has undergone some under-the-hood changes which should help improve performance! Riot’s asking players to feed back on any bugs or unexpected behaviour with the client on 11.17’s PBE:

Update to the League Client from LeaguePBE


That’s it for the League of Legends patch 11.17 notes for now, but make sure you keep checking back on this page over its fortnight-long testing cycle as there’ll be plenty more to get a look at in the way of other champion balance changes and potentially some other content as it comes to the PBE in the coming days.

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