Continue reading for complete notes, including balance changes, a look at the new champions Rakan and Xayah, the new Conqueror Karma and Cosmic Blade Master Yi skins, and more!
Here’s the full 7.8 patch notes:
Midseason is coming up soon and balance will be a bit wobbly for a patch, so consider this patch more of a setup. That being said, we’re focusing on changes that either need to happen now, or will have evergreen results going forwards.
First, we’re taking this chance to look at the way latency interacts with gameplay. Obviously, nobody likes playing on high latency, but some champions suffer far more from the impact. We’re putting in some Quality of Life changes to make those champions less punishing when your inputs aren’t quite as responsive.
Then, there’s the pro scene. With MSI coming up, there are a few strong outliers we’d like to make sure aren’t completely dominating pick/ban phase, so we’re making appropriate changes as needed.
On the other end of the spectrum, now is the perfect time to show love to some underpowered champions who need playstyle love. Aatrox is getting some extra power in the aftermath of his update, while Udyr is getting a tiny update of his own.
Finally, we’re taking this chance to retune some of the game systems in Twisted Treeline and ARAM to give some of our quicker game modes a cleaner experience.
So get out there and toss some Poros,
Xayah & Rakan
Xayah, the Rebel, and Rakan, the Charmer, will be released later on during patch 7.8! In the meantime, learn more about the vastaya freedom fighters here:
Despite some love in patch 7.6, Aatrox is still struggling with consistency (especially in the jungle). His new passive is much more difficult to access in the jungle than the old one, so we’re tuning that. As well, we’re adding some power back into his self-healing to help him feel safer staying in fights.
Passive – Blood Well
W – Blood Thirst
The function of Amumu’s passive (post-mitigation true damage) didn’t match expectations (true damage), so we’re switching to the latter and adjusting the numbers accordingly.
Passive – Cursed Touch
W – Despair
Ivern’s brush is already brimming with utility (let’s not get too deep into the weeds listing every use case); controlling neutral objectives so easily doesn’t need to be one of them.
W – Brushmaker
Latency limits what you can do with a character, but for a low cooldown spellcaster like Karthus, it can feel like your internet plays more of a role than your opponent’s juking. We’re fixing that with some quality of life magic.
Q – Lay Waste
We want Lissandra to be rewarded for her good positioning by getting to land multiple Ice Shards. Currently that often just leads to her running OOM, so we’re giving her more access to the mana from her passive as the game goes on.
Passive – Iceborn
Q – Ice Shard
Malzahar’s voidlings are too damaging to ignore, but – for many bot laners – too difficult to dispatch quickly. Counters to their health pattern exist (on-hit abilities, recurve bow, or area of effect damage), but we’re reducing voidling health to make those counters somewhat more consistently effective when they are opted into.
W – Void Swarm
Nautilus creates a ton of free pressure if he constantly pushes with Riptide, but still gets to have mana to do whatever else he wants, whether that’s assist ganks, escape them, or fight duels. Pushing constantly with his abilities – specifically before he’s invested in Sunfire Cape or mana items – should make a bigger dent in his mana pool so that opponents have more opportunities to punish him.
E – Riptide
Much like Karthus, Ryze’s quick combos create a large gap between low and high ping players by decreasing accessibility to his combos. We’re making his resets a bit more fluid to bridge that gap.
Q – Overload
Shen is one of those champions who always performs considerably better in organized play, thanks to the top-tier roaming power Stand United affords him. At the moment, his built-in waveclear gives him consistent map-pressure (which significantly decreases any costs he might face for leaving lane). We’re trimming both his waveclear and his roaming pressure but adding baseline damage and more crowd control consistency to compensate.
Q – Twilight Assault
E – Shadow Dash
R – Stand United
Udyr players currently feel pretty pinned into playing Phoenix Udyr or Tiger Udyr, while skipping out entirely on the other one until the end of the game. We’d like to ensure that using all of Udyr’s abilities is at least an option. That means making Tiger and Turtle more compelling stances to remain in, while also making low-level abilities less of a drain on his mana pool.
Q – Tiger Stance
W – Turtle Stance
When playing ARAM people are usually looking for a shorter game, but sometimes what ends up happening is a tug-of-war of inhibitor pushes till someone really screws up. We want to reduce the scenarios where that happens reducing average time per game in the process.
Twisted Treeline has two consistent metas: one with two laners and a jungler, the other with two laners and a support. We think this interplay makes the map pretty cool, but at the moment the support style is dominant thanks to the ease of funneling experience into one champion. That one champion is typically one who gains shields, resistances, or sustain that are meant to allow them survivability in the 5v5s of Summoner’s Rift, and instead afford them insane tankiness in the 3v3s of Twisted Treeline. That – combined with their high stats from levels – allows them to carry a game a little too hard. To combat this, we’re changing the way experience works to make that snowballing a bit less prevalent. Basically, if you’re ahead in levels, you get less experience.
We also want to address the game mode’s potential to turn immediately off of one mid-game teamfight. We’re tuning death timers in the late game to be shorter, allowing a team with a huge lead some chance to recover from a single mistake. Finally, we’re making Vilemaw easier to take, scaling up minions, and lowering Nexus Turret’s overall damage so that when you do lean on a lead, you have better potential to close a game out. To top it all off, we’re having minions spawn earlier to get you out of the game slightly more quickly.
Because you should know when you activate your keystone mastery.
Mini Krugs get back in your cave.
Clarity around who killed Rift Scuttler
Gold sound KACHING
Legend of the Poro King returns from 4/21/17 12:00 PT – 4/25/17 04:00 PT and 4/28/17 12:00 PT – 5/2/17 04:00 PT. Pelt your enemies in a grand snowball fight on the Howling Abyss to summon the resplendent Poro King.
- Use Poro TossI to bowl your friendly poro across the map. If it hits a target, activate Poro Dash to dart toward your opponent.
- Once a team lands 10 Poro Tosses against enemy champions, the Poro King is summoned. Any ally can join His Royal Highness’s side by activating To The King!
- Until defeated, the Poro King heals you, boosts your mana regeneration, and helps siege enemy towers with his majestic poro-splosions.
- Thank the Poro King for his assistance (and boost his power) by feeding him Poro Snax.
- May you always bowl straight and true, and may you be fast-footed to avoid those fluffballs.
As we near the end of beta, we’re focused on fixing bugs and tuning performance.
A while back, we introduced our plan for replacing the legacy client. We’ve recently kicked off Phase 2 in Oceania and the results so far are encouraging. This patch, we’ll be extending it to more regions. Check out our latest beta update for details on the client rollout.
You can find solutions to most common issues in the Known Issues section of our support site.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the PLAY button to appear grayed out.
- The client will now automatically focus on the password field after launching.
- Your profile background will once again display the correct champion.
- Fixed an issue that was preventing the settings panel from opening.
- Fixed an issue with audio hitching during login.
- Fixed an issue that delayed ready check pop up while editing your Runes / Masteries.
- Fixed an issue that prevented the chat window from opening after completing a game.
- Fixed a rare issue that caused chat to become invisible.
- Reduced padding and altered layout of text in chats to specifically improve Club chat readability.
- Added new message notification visibility to collapsed folders
- Lucian’s Q – Piercing Light now costs the correct amount of mana
- Fixed a bug where disconnecting during the cast of R – Hero’s Entrance could cause Galio to be unable to target units and structures
- Galio’s W – Shield of Durand magic shield now properly recharges after he revives
- Fixed a bug where Gragas’ E – Body Slam would sometimes pass through targets close to walls
- Nunu no longer gets a second Passive – Visionary passive after recalling.
- Fixed a bug where Jax could not use Blast Cone Plant after casting Q – Leap Strike
- Kha’Zix no longer shows the incorrect visuals when evolving his R – Void Assault
- PROJECT: Yi now displays the correct particles during W – Meditate, not his base skin particles
- High Noon Yasuo’s chromas no longer use the base skin particles for Passive – Way of the Wanderer
- Made Dragonslayer Vayne’s Green chroma easier to see on Summoner’s Rift
- Fixed a bug where Dragonslayer Xin Zhao and his chromas were using the classic skin’s SFX
- Gatekeeper Galio’s recall particles no longer stretch back to the Spawning Pool
- Fixed a bug where Cosmic Reaver Kassadin’s particles would flicker when zooming in and out
- Fixed a bug where Club names could disappear from the in-game scoreboard hovercard
- Fixed a bug where Order’s minions incorrectly spawned behind the nexus turret
Points of Interest from the 7.8 PBE Cycle
Here’s a brief look at many of the new things included in patch 7.8, including things mentioned above in the patch notes and things discovered during the last PBE cycle! This coverage includes preview screen shots and video taken during the 7.8 PBE cycle and may vary slightly from what is pushed to live.
New Champions – Xayah and Rakan
Following testing on the PBE, our two newest Vastayan champions are headed to live! Expect them to be released later on in the patch.
Xayah, the Rebel
Learn more about Xayah’s gameplay with her champion spotlight:
Cosmic Dusk Xayah
Rakan, the Charmer
Release Skin – Cosmic Dawn Rakan
Cosmic Dawn Rakan
New Champion Skins
Two new champion skins have debuted this cycle, including Conqueror Karma for MSI 2017 and the new 1350 RP tier Cosmic Blade Master Yi!
Cosmic Blade Master Yi
New Ward Skin
Along with the new Karma skin, a new Conqueror Ward skin headed our way for MSI 2017:
New Summoner Icons
A handful of new summoner icons will be available this cycle, two themed around Rakan and Xayah and one for Conqueror Karma. A second set, themed around the Cosmic skin line, will also be available.
New MSI Content – Summoner Icons, Emotes, & more
In addition to Conqueror Karma, a slew of Mid-Season Invitational cosmetic content will be available assumedly around MSI time – including summoner icons and in-game emotes. There are also Summoner’s Rift Decals, and Team Base decorations (seen on stream!). .
Finally, a new MSI 2017 login screen theme will also be available during that time:
Look for more on MSI as it kicks off in May!
Rakan and Xayah Login Theme
A new login theme featuring Xayah and Rakan will also hit live in 7.8: