Hey y'all. I love reading new patch notes. Preseason notes just got released today. Patch will go live tomorrow (11/20)
You can read the patch notes here: https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-823-notes
Let's talk about some of the changes and theorize how it will change the game.
Here's some thoughts I had about some of the changes. Just the first things I had reactions to. But first, I wanted to laugh at Riot's notion that these changes are smaller in scope than previous pre-seasons. I think they're massive. Huge changes to the game meta incoming:
New passive. Mana regen growth increased. Q, W costs decreased. W damage decreased. Short E dashes are faster. R ratio decreased.
She's going to be insane in late game teamfights. At level 18 every one of her frozen explosions does 520 + .3 ability power and slows for 25%. It's like a brand passive. Huge damage and a slow is going to be absolutely amazing for closing out fights. They nerfed her upfront damage a little bit but they upped her mobility with the 'e' changes. She'll be able to avoid ganks better and escape unfavorable skirmishes more reliably. I'm expecting her to be a strong pick until she gets nerfs.
I think her passive should be triggered when she kills an enemy, not when they die near her.
Plating and other changes
This is such a huge change and I think it's going to be a little unpredictable but here's how I think it will shake out:
Usually, especially in botlane, "winning the lane" hard usually nets you first turret and then you go and roam. With this change, you stay in your lane, but your enemy laners are forced to stay with you. I think the result is that someone who is rewarded for a strong laning phase will come out of it WAY stronger and the capacity for individual carry will skyrocket. Imagine the difference between a 3-0 draven at 11 minutes and a 8-0 draven at 16. Imagine a Nasus or a Veigar that gets to be way stronger by the time team fighting and roaming are more important. Especially because if you win your lane hard enough, you are rewarded with the plating gold, with kill/assist gold, and by punishing your enemies and furthering the gap simply by making their life hard. It's going to suck be stuck in lanes like this when you are losing.
And another much needed change: they are making turrets stronger to punish divers. Thank fucking god. Gonna have to see how effective this actually is but hopefully it means you can't get flanked by someone who just walks directly through your turret, taking 3 shots and still having 80% hp at level 8.
Scaling xp lower, dragon spawns later, objectives respawn more frequently
In short I think this is going to make early game gankers the most important thing to play again, especially in combination with the above turret changes. Pushing the first dragon spawn from 2:30 to 5 leaves a huge gap where junglers can do something without even having to think about dragon. This sucks for junglers who are great at taking objectives and dragon control. The scaling xp change is also just a straight up nerf to those types of junglers, who are often good at farming and tend to look to get really strong just by being present and active. It's going to be incredibly beneficial for junglers to look to gank, take a turret plate with their laners, and then go back to farming.
Essentially, they are stronger
Riot wants to cut down on turtling, relying on waveclear to keep enemy at bay until they get Baron. I think their minion changes are too much. They wanted teams that were CLEARLY going to win be able to close games quicker but I think this is just going to make teams that have any edge at all win quicker. It's going to feel shitty. Also, I wonder if the minion hp increases is going to make it harder for laners to cs early game, as they will have to re-learn how much of the hp bar being left indicates they can last hit a minion.
Stats from runes decoupled from tree selection
Awesome quality of life improvement. Definitely should have happened before. It's going to expose some niche OP edge cases before being changed.
Updated rune: Celerity
Nerfed, only amplifies MS bonuses, does not give adaptive force
I'm sad to see this change but their reasoning is totally sound. This was way too good. Now it is niche. It works well for some champs but isn't a must pick. More in line with what runes were supposed to be. Hecarim will always take this. Janna will always take this. Rammus might take this. I think in many cases it's going to be unnecessary but it has certain windows of usefulness now. still wondering exactly what qualifies as a movement speed bonus. Is it only active items or spell effects? Or is the base MS increase from buying t2 boots affected as well?
Updated rune: Dark Harvest
This is going to be fucking broken. As a support main I can't see any reason I wouldn't take this every single game. The hp% proc needs to be way lower and it shouldn't proc off of any damage. Combined with a longer laning phase, this is going to be out of control as it gets to late with the reset timer going to 1.5.
I do like the direction they're moving this towards, where it feels less mini-gamey by removing the soul pickups. But it's also going back to a kind of farming of invisible power style they keep trying to get away from. Botlane is going to be able to abuse this heavily because of constant poking and two different champs to get procs off of.
Updated Summoner Spell: Teleport
Pretty significant change. I think at higher ELOs this is going to be a net positive for teleport users. They tend to be smarter about when and where they choose to teleport. At the same time, it means that if you see an enemy teleport coming, you never have to guess what they'll do. You can always react knowing they WILL show up (unless they get CC'd or die). I'm definitely curious to see how this goes. Combined with longer laning phases and the turret changes, I think this is going to result in more solo laners taking combat summoners instead.
That's all for now. I might be back later to talk about some of the things I glossed over or didn't have much to say about during this first pass. Let me know what you think about the patch!