Hey everyone and welcome to Patch 8.4, the "It's Definitely Not Mid-Season but WOAH, lots of changes" Patch.
I’m Riot Novalas & I’m a QA Analyst on Riot’s Playtest Team, a group of high elo players who work on Core Gameplay playing new champions, reworks, balance tweaks, items, and map updates before they’re released. It’s our job to test the changes that our designers come up with and ensure that we’re introducing positive changes to League in terms of both balance and fun.
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Rolling into this patch, we've got a minor AP itemization overhaul with some new & old faces! Say hello to Spellbinder ... and our dear old friend, Twin Shadows. Lots of the items have been tweaked as well. If you're a mage, your itemization may have changed up. We'll be more than happy to push you onto the right path! On the other side, Rengar Q has been reverted. Squishy champions beware because The Hunt Is On. Volibear has also received some changes that add on another method of skill expression to his kit.
There are buffs and nerfs aplenty this patch. We've got buffs to Darius, Evelynn, Fiddlesticks, Renekton, and more. Tristana, Zoe, and a few others took some hits as well. Tracker's Knife is now dead and there's a new rune in Resolve (Bone Plating!). Baron & Elder Dragon have received some major buffs as well.
Ask us ANYTHING about 8.4. We're here to answer questions about your favorite champions, inquiries about runes, or maybe how often we execute to jungle camps! Let's talk mage items or maybe discuss shifts in the jungle! We're also down to just chat, though.
Disclaimer: We have no insight on upcoming/future skins.
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Nick “Riot Endstep” Frijia
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Rob “Riot King Cobra” Rosa
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Dan “Riot penguin” Hardison
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