League of Legends patch 11.18 notes – Rengar, Qiyana, Lillia changes, Pentakill skins

League of Legends' 11.18 patch brings Viego, the Ruined King, into Pentakill's line-up

League of Legends champions Karthus, Mordekaiser, and Sona in their Pentakill skins

Update – September 9, 2021: Update 11.18 is off to live servers! Check out the League of Legends patch 11.19 notes for what’s coming next.

League of Legends’ 2021 patch rollout keeps on, well, rollin’ out. We’ve got another new update to check out that’s just landed piping hot on the PBE. League of Legends patch 11.17 has flown off to live servers, and 11.18’s now landed on the MOBA game’s testing grounds – so, let’s see what’s coming up, shall we?

As you might have seen shared on Riot’s social media channels, the stars of this patch are the new skins for League’s metal band Pentakill – as well as its newest member. Following some clues earlier this week, Viego, the Ruined King, has been revealed with his own Pentakill skin that has him shredding his gnarly signature sword like an axe – the musical kind, of course. Elsewhere, Karthus, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Olaf, Sona, and Yorick have got their own Pentakill III: Lost Chapter skins, in honour of the band’s new album of the same name, which drops in a couple weeks. We’ve also got a Hextech skin for Tristana in the mix this patch.

Now that the update’s been on the PBE a fair few days, we’ve got a pretty hearty batch of balance changes to check out, too, with Rengar, Dr. Mundo, Fizz, Lillia, and a whole raft of others seeing adjustments for 11.18. You can check out all these in the champion changes section below – and do keep checking back as more tweaks might arrive before the big day.

Without further ado, here’s our rundown of the tentative League of Legends patch 11.18 notes (cheers, Surrenderat20!):

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 11.18 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

According to the League of Legends 2021 patch schedule, League of Legends patch 11.18 is due to go live on Thursday, September 9, 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 11.18 BALANCE CHANGES

Champion Changes

Aphelios – nerfed

Stats:
Base Attack Damage decreased to 55 from 57
Attack Speed per level decreased to 1.8 from 2.1

Ashe – nerfed

Volley (W):
Ability cooldown increased to 18/14.5/11/7.5/4 seconds from 14/11.5/9/6.5/4

Camille – nerfed

Adaptive Defenses (Passive):
Ability cooldown increased to 20-10 seconds from 16-10 seconds

Draven – changed

Whirling Death (R):
New! This ability now has the following effect: “If Whirling Death would leave an enemy champion with less health than 100% of Draven’s current League of Draven stacks, he will execute them”

Dr. Mundo – buffed

Infected Bonesaw (Q):
Monster damage cap increased to 350/425/500/575/650 from 300/350/400/450/500
Maximum Dosage (R):
Effect changed to the following: “Dr Mundo pumps himself with chemicals, temporarily gaining [15/20/25%] of his missing health as bonus health, then gaining [15/25/25%] move speed, [4/5.5/7%] bonus health attack damage, and regenerating [20/40/60%] max health over 10 seconds”

Fizz – changed

Nimble Fighter (Passive):
Damage reduction against champion basic attacks increased to [8 + 2% AP] from [4 + 1%AP]
Seastone Trident (W):
On-hit damage dealt (bonus) increased to 20/25/30/35/40 from 10/15/20/25/30
Chum the Waters (R):
Small Shark damage dealt decreased to [150/225/300 +70% AP] from [150/250/350 +80% AP]
Medium Shark damage dealt decreased to [200/275/35 +85% AP] from [225/325/425 +100% AP]
Big Shark damage dealt decreased to [250/325/400 +100% AP] from [300/400/500 +120% AP]

Gangplank – buffed

Stats:
Base HP increased to 570 from 540
HP per level increased to 90 from 82

Jayce – nerfed

Hextech Capacitator (Passive):
Duration of ghost decreased to 0.75 seconds from 1.25 seconds

Jinx – buffed

Switcheroo! (Q):
Attack mana cost of Fishbones decreased to 16/17/18/19/20 from a flat 20

Kai’Sa – buffed

Supercharge (E):
Ability cooldown decreased to 16/14.5/13/11.5/10 from 16/15/14/13/12

Kalista – buffed

Fate’s Call (R):
Duration of knock-up decreased to 1/1.5/2 from 1.5/1.75/2

Karma – buffed

Stats:
Base armour increased to 28 from 26
Inspire (E):
Shield increased to 90/135/180/225/270 from 80/125/170/215/260

Kog’Maw – buffed

Void Ooze (E):
Ability Power ratio increased to 70% from 50%

Lee Sin – nerfed

Stats:
Base Attack Damage decreased to 68 from 70

Lillia – buffed

Stats:
HP5 decreased to 2.5 from 7.5
HP regeneration per level decreased to 0.11 from 0.15
Dream-Laden Bough (Passive):
Health restored against large jungle monsters increased to 27-104 from 18-94
Blooming Blows (Q):
Duration of move speed increased to 6.5 seconds from 5.5 seconds
Swirlseed (E):
Ability cooldown decreased to 16 from 18

Miss Fortune – buffed

Bullet Time (R):
Total number of waves fired increased to 14/16/18 from 12/14/16

Morgana – buffed

Black Shield (E):
Ability cooldown decreased to 24/22/20/18/16 from 26/24/22/20/18

Qiyana – changed

Stats:
Health regeneration / HP5 decreased to 7.5 from 9 Attack speed increased to .688 from .625
Edge of Ixtal (Q):
Damage dealt to jungle monsters increased to 125% from 100%
Audacity (E):
Base damage dealt decreased to 50/80/110/140/170 from 60/90/120/150/180

Renekton – nerfed

Ruthless Predator (W):
Duration of enhanced stun decreased to 1 second from 1.5 seconds

Rumble – changed

Junkyard Titan (Passive):
Removed! Rumble’s attack speed when overheated has been removed
Scrap Shield (W):
Ability cooldown decreased to a flat 6 seconds from 7/6.75/6.5/6.25/6 seconds

Singed – changed

Insanity Potion (R):
New! This ability now includes the following effect: “During this effect, Singed’s Poison Trail also applies 40% Grievous Wounds for 1s”

Soraka – changed*

Wish (R):
New! This ability now clears grievous wounds before healing

* Note that Soraka’s full changelist hasn’t yet hit the PBE

Taliyah – nerfed

Threaded Volley (Q):
Duration of Worked Ground effect decreased to 25 seconds from 45 seconds
Worked Ground effect’s coverage decreased to 300 units from 450 units

Talon – nerfed

Noxian Diplomacy (Q):
Damage dealt decreased to 65/85/105/125/145 from 65/90/115/140/165
Rake (W):
New! This ability now deals 150% to jungle monsters

Thresh – changed

Stats:
Base move speed decreased to 330 from 335
Flay (E):
Minimum damage dealt per soul increased to 150% from 100%
Maximum damage dealt changed to [150% per soul + 80/110/140/170/200% AD] from [100% per soul + 100/125/150/175/200% AD]

Trundle – nerfed

Pillar of Ice (E):
Slow effect decreased to 30/34/38/42/46% from 32/39/46/53/60%

Twitch – buffed

Spray and Pray (R):
Bonus Attack Damage increased to 40/55/70 from 30/45/60

Urgot – buffed

Corrosive Charge (Q):
Ability cooldown decreased to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 from 12/11/10/9/8
Ability’s mana cost decreased to 70 from 80

Varus – nerfed

Stats:
Base Attack Damage decreased to 59 from 61

Yone – buffed

Spirit Cleave (W):
Shield increase for each subsequent champions struck increased to 50% from 25%

Yuumi – buffed

Bop ‘n Block (Passive):
Ability cooldown decreased to 14-6 seconds from 18-6 seconds

Zed – changed

Contempt for the Weak (Passive):
New! “This ability [now] deals 200% damage to jungle monsters”

Zoe – buffed

Sleepy Trouble Bubble (E):
Ability cooldown decreased to 16/15/14/13/12 seconds from 20/18.5/17/15.5/14 seconds

Here’s Riot’s full patch preview:

And here’s some context from lead game designer Jeevun Sidhu on a few of the changes coming:


Rengar Changes

Riot Phlox has posted details and context around some key changes coming to Rengar soon, but since these don’t have an exact shipping date yet, we’ve popped them here in their own section – so, bear in mind these are in testing on the PBE but might not drop with patch 11.18! Here’s the info:


Item Changes

Ravenous Hydra

Effects:
New! Note the following change: “Cleave does not trigger on structures”

Tiamat

Effects:
New! Note the following change: “Cleave does not trigger on structures”

Umbral Glaive

Effects:
Item lethality decreased to 10 from 12
Cost:
Cost decreased to 2400 from 2600
Combine cost decreased to 600 from 800

Rune Changes

Predator

Effects:
Move speed increased to [ramping up to 60% over 1 second] from [ramping up to 45% over 1.5 seconds]

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 11.18 – NEW CHAMPION SKINS

New Champion Skins

 PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER KARTHUS

1350 RP

“All hail, Karthus, the Voice of Doom, and Chosen of Perpetuum! His songs are bleak murder ballads, a bitter reminder that all things must die. Though, perhaps, not him?”

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PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER SONA

1350 RP

“All hail, Sona, the Silent Virtuoso! An artist’s soul can change the world, and with the harmonious power of creation at her fingertips, she will prove that what is made can yet be unmade.”

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PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER MORDEKAISER

1350 RP

“All hail, Mordekaiser, the Master of Metal, and Chosen of Kakophoni! The brazen giant boasts of his legendary skill with the axe, for none who face its edge live to tell of it…”

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Here’s the PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER KARTHUS, SONA, and MORDEKAISER splash art:

PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER KAYLE

1350 RP

“All hail, Kayle, the Bringer of Woe! With the strength of a self-righteous angel, she claims justice and judgment soar on her wings of wrath. Surely, if any can rally the warrior host of metal, it will be her.”

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PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER OLAF

1350 RP

“All hail, Olaf, the Blastbeat Barbarian, and Chosen of Stentorus! As wild as a tempest, as brutal as an earthquake, he laughs in the faces of his enemies, his pounding drumbeats shaking the very foundations of the world.”

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PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER YORICK

1350 RP

“All hail, Yorick, the Four-String Fanatic! He bestrides the realms of the living and the dead, and knows the fate that comes to all mortal things. It pays to beware the honourable man…”

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Here’s the PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER KAYLE, OLAF, and YORICK splash art:

PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER VIEGO

1350 RP

“Only the broken-hearted can know the true sound of grief, that yearning for perfection that goes unheard by all others. Viego exists in a world of ashes and shadow, when it ought to be filled with light, and now looks beyond these grey horizons for new sounds and visions to make it so…”

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Here’s the PENTAKILL III: LOST CHAPTER VIEGO splash art:

League of Legends champion Viego in his Pentakill skin

HEXTECH TRISTANA

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Here’s the HEXTECH TRISTANA splash art:


MISCELLANEOUS

Miscellaneous

League of Legends’ newest champion, Vex – a very moody little yordle, indeed – has just been fully unveiled by Riot on social media. We’ve only got some splash art and a preview video to go by so far, which you can check out in full at the above link. It’s also not clear when she’ll come to the PBE, and she’s most likely not going to be dropping with 11.18, though presumably not long after. For now, here’s her champion spotlight video:
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That’s all there is for the the League of Legends patch 11.18 notes right now, but keep heading back to this page over its two-week-long testing cycle as there’ll be lots more to see in the way of champion balance changes and potentially some other content as it comes to the PBE in the coming days.

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