League of Legends Patch 3.01 Notes, Video, and Opinion

Riot Games has recently announced tomorrows 3.01 patch for League of Legends. As usual, some changes I like and some changes I do not like. It seems that patch’s help in some areas but, really really don’t help in other areas. But first, here are the patch notes.


League System

  • The League System has arrived for ranked play!
    • Players and teams will now be placed into a League upon finishing their placement matches
    • Leagues are assigned to a skill tier and are split into divisions, e.g. Gold IV
    • Winning and losing matches will now cause you to gain and lose League Points (LP)
    • Advancing to 100 LP will now start a Division or Promotion Series
    • Top players and teams can now advance to the Challenger tier, which is visible to all in the client
    • Champion losses and win ratios will no longer be displayed to other players
    • Elo ratings have been replaced by matchmaking ratings (MMR) which are no longer displayed
    • The time penalties for queue dodging have been shortened and an LP penalty has been added

Annie

Blitzcrank

  • Base mana reduced to 240 from 300
  • Rocket Grab
    • Mana cost increased to 120 from 110

Cho’Gath

  • Feral Scream
    • Silence duration reduced to 1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5 seconds from 2/2.25/2.5/2.75/3

Diana

  • Pale Cascade
    • Adjusted orbs to better account for enemy model size

Elise

  • Neurotoxin
    • Mana cost increased to 80/85/90/95/100 from 60
  • Cocoon
    • Mana cost reduced to 50 from 65

Ezreal

These changes are a continuation of our earlier effort to carefully scale back some of Ezreal’s excess power. Although these nerfs affect AP Ezreal, right now we’re focused on stabilizing AD Ezreal. After that we’ll assess the state of AP Ezreal.

  • Base movement speed reduced to 325 from 330
  • Rising Spell Force
    • Duration reduced to 5 seconds from 6
  • Trueshot Barrage
    • Damage falloff per target hit increased to 10% from 8%

Heimerdinger

Though these aren’t all the Heimerdinger changes we’d eventually like to do, these are some quality of life adjustments that should help smooth out Heimer’s current gameplay.

  • H-28G Evolution Turrets
    • Now displays timer of when Heimerdinger will get his next ammo charge
    • Turrets will now attempt to prioritize enemies hit by Heimerdinger’s basic attacks or his CH-1 Concussion Grenade
  • UPGRADE!!!
    • Cast time removed

Katarina

These changes are focused on once again increasing the risk of Katarina’s gameplay by forcing her to build more offensive stats and focus on pulling off well-timed Death Lotuses.

  • Bouncing Blades
    • Initial damage reduced to 60/85/110/135/160 from 60/90/120/150/180
  • Shunpo
    • Damage reduction duration reduced to 1.5 seconds from 3
  • Death Lotus
    • Total ability power ratio increased to 2.0 from 1.75

Kennen

  • Slicing Maelstrom
    • No longer has an energy cost

Lulu

  • Pix, Faerie Companion
    • Damage adjusted to 9-105 from 15-87

Master Yi

  • Meditate
    • Total heal amount increased to 200/350/500/650/800 from 140/280/420/560/700
    • Total ability power ratio reduced to 2.0 from 4.0
    • Mana cost reduced to 50/65/80/95/110 from 70/80/90/100/110

Miss Fortune

  • Bullet Time
    • Bonus attack damage ratio reduced to 0.35 from 0.45
    • Targeting cone is now attached to Miss Fortune

Nasus

Nasus now gains double the bonus from Siphoning Strike when it’s used to kill more significant (“large”) targets such as enemy champions, cannon minions, the giant wolf or even Baron Nashor. This change reinforces the game’s general reward structure, wherein more important units provide additional rewards.

  • Siphoning Strike
    • Permanent damage bonus is now doubled to 6 when killing a champion, large minion or large monster

Nunu

These changes are focused on forcing Nunu to play more actively in his support role by reducing the power he passively contributes to his allies.

  • Base movement speed increased to 350 from 340
  • Blood Boil
    • Duration reduced to 12 seconds from 15
    • Attack speed bonus reduced to 25/30/35/40/45% from 25/35/45/55/65%
    • Movement speed bonus reduced to 8/9/10/11/12% from 11/12/13/14/15%

Olaf

  • Undertow
    • Slow now fades over the duration
  • Vicious Strikes
    • Cooldown increased to 16 seconds from 12
  • Ragnarok
    • No longer passively grants bonus armor penetration
    • Now only grants bonus armor penetration while active

Shaco

  • Deceive
    • Range reduced to 400 from 500
  • Two-Shiv Poison
    • Slow reduced at earlier ranks to 10/15/20/25/30% from 20/22.5/25/27.5/30%

Shen

  • Ki Strike
    • Cooldown reduction per attack reduced to 1 second from 1.5
    • Cooldown reduction per attack while Feint is active reduced to 2 seconds from 3

Sion

Sion now receives twice the bonus stats from Enrage when he uses it to kill more significant (“large”) targets such as enemy champions, cannon minions, the giant wolf or even Baron Nashor. This change reinforces the game’s general reward structure, wherein more important units provide additional rewards.

  • Enrage
    • Permanent max health bonus is now doubled to 2/3/4/5/6 upon killing a champion, large minion or large monster

Tristana

  • Rapid Fire
    • Mana cost reduced to 50 from 80
  • Explosive Shot
    • Damage increased to 110/150/190/230/270 from 110/140/170/200/230

Tryndamere

  • Base Attack Speed increased to 0.670 from 0.644
  • Fury decay now begins after 8 seconds of being out of combat from 5 seconds

Veigar

Veigar now receives twice the bonus stats from Baleful Strike when he uses it to kill more significant (“large”) targets such as enemy champions, cannon minions, the giant wolf or even Baron Nashor. This change reinforces the game’s general reward structure, wherein more important units provide additional rewards.

  • Baleful Strike
    • Permanent ability power gain is now doubled to 2 when killing a champion, large minion, or large monster

Vi

  • Updated Recommended Items
  • Vault Breaker
    • Fixed a bug where Vault Breaker’s area of effect was inconsistent at the end area of the dash
    • Fixed a bug where Improved Recall was refunding Vault Breaker’s cooldown and mana cost
  • Excessive Force
    • Fixed a bug where Excessive Force could fire multiple times if used on an invulnerable target or while blinded

Volibear

Volibear’s base attack speed was below average for an attack-based melee champion. This change helps address this deficiency and helps him clear the jungle.

  • Base attack speed increased to 0.658 from 0.625

Items

  • Seeker’s Armguard (New Item)
    • Recipe: Cloth Armor + Cloth Armor + Amplifying Tome + 125 gold = 1160 gold
    • +30 armor
    • +25 ability power
    • Unique passive: Kills grant 0.5 bonus armor and ability power. This bonus stacks up to 30 times.
  • Zhonya’s Hourglass
    • Recipe changed: Seeker’s Armguard + Needlessly Large Rod + 650 gold = 3410 gold (from 3100)
    • Ability Power increased to 120 from 100
  • Sightstone
    These changes are to reduce the excessive amount of early vision teams can acquire with little cost. This should create more opportunities to gank and reward counter play, especially for junglers.

    • Recipe changed: Ruby Crystal + 475 gold = 950 gold (from 700)
    • Health increased to 180 from 100
    • Gold reward for Sightstone wards increased to 25 from 10
  • Ruby Sightstone
    These changes are to reduce the excessive amount of early vision teams can acquire with little cost. This should create more opportunities to gank and reward counter play, especially for junglers.

    • Total cost increased to 1550 gold from 1300
    • Health increased to 360 from 300
    • Gold reward for Ruby Sightstone wards increased to 25 from 10
  • Giant’s Belt
    • Health reduced to 380 from 400
  • Warmog’s Armor
    • Recipe changed: Giant’s Belt + Ruby Crystal + Rejuvenation Bead + Rejuvenation Bead = 2830 gold (from 2650)
  • Sunfire Cape
    • Combine cost increased to 930 gold from 780 (total cost increased to 2650 gold from 2500)
  • Fiendish Codex
    This change allows Fiendish Codex and its various build paths to be more versatile and universally attractive for ability power champions.

    • Faerie Charm removed from recipe
    • Total cost is now 820 gold from 1000
    • No longer grants any mana regen
  • Nashor’s Tooth
    • Combine cost reduced to 200 gold from 250 (total cost reduced to 2270 gold from 2500)
    • No longer grants any mana regen
  • Banner of Command
    • Recipe changed: Fiendish Codex + Emblem of Valor + 890 gold = 2360 gold (from 2400)
  • Deathfire Grasp
    • Recipe changed: Fiendish Codex + Needlessly Large Rod + 880 gold = 3300 gold (from 3000)
    • Ability power increased to 120 from 100
  • Morellonomicon
    • Recipe changed: Faerie Charm + Fiendish Codex + Kage’s Lucky Pick + 435 gold = 2200 gold
  • Athene’s Unholy Grail
    • Combine cost reduced to 900 from 920 (total cost reduced to 2600 gold from 2800)
  • The Bloodthirster
    • Combine cost increased to 850 gold from 650 (total cost increased to 3200 gold from 3000)
  • The Black Cleaver
    We are now fairly comfortable with Black Cleaver’s strategic niche, but we want to scale back some excess power.

    • Health reduced to 200 from 300
    • Maximum stacks increased to 5 from 4
    • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 5% from 6%
    • Fixed a bug where spells were applying more reduction than intended
  • Trinity Force
    • Combine cost reduced to 3 gold from 300 (total cost reduced to 3903 gold from 4200)
  • Spirit Stone
    • Combine cost reduced to 40 gold from 140 (total cost reduced to 700 gold from 800)
  • Spirit of the Spectral Wraith
    • Combine cost reduced to 100 gold from 400 (total cost reduced to 2000 gold from 2400)
  • Frozen Heart
    • Combine cost reduced to 400 gold from 500 (total cost reduced to 3000 gold from 3100)
  • Doran’s Shield
    • Health regen per 5 seconds increased to 8 from 5

Matchmaking

  • The matchmaking system will now take into account matchmaking rating and number of wins in the player’s current queue when creating matches

General

  • We’ve made database upgrades which have cleared displayed match history in player profiles. All stats are still stored, but your previous 10 games will not show up.
  • Tenacity now appears on the character sheet as a stat.
    • All champions with abilities that reduce the duration of disabling effects now gain tenacity instead.
      • e.g. Singed, Trundle, Irelia, Garen, etc.
    • Champion tenacity stacks with item tenacity, mastery tenacity and cleanse.
  • Fixed a bug where Rengar and Kha’zix “On The Hunt” quest might fail to activate when Kha’zix was dead.
  • Fixed a bug where chat messages from Anivia would display the incorrect champion name while she was in egg form.
  • Inhibitors and turrets now have kill callouts.

Co-op vs. AI:

  • Bots will occasionally chat at the beginning and end of games
  • Added Jarvan IV bot to all maps
  • Improved retreat logic for bots with dashes.

To kick off my thoughts I would like to say I am very happy that the new ranked is coming out even though I do not play ranked because I do not have a good team formed at this point. But, I plan to in the future and because of that, I am excited for the new ranked. A ton of the patch’s really do not effect me because most of these champions I do not play. Shaco is a good early game champion but, I feel like in his late game, he sucks and is under powered, yet this patch nerfs him?

I like that they upped Volibear’s attack damage slightly. He’s really fun to play but, his basic attack just sucked. Don’t worry about him being OP though because its a very very small change. I also really like that they nerfed Catarina. I enjoy playing as Katarina but, I know its hell to play against her. She is extremely OP more times then not and I am glad they nerfed her a big. On the other hand, the Yi buff to meditate is ABSOLUTELY unnecessary. A new item has been added and bots can now chat early game. Yay! But, I’d love to know why Riot has yet to patch the actual OP champions like Darius.

Source: Riot Games

Alec

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