Hey everyone and welcome to Patch 8.6, the second "It's Definitely Not Mid-Season, but here's a pretty big Patch!" patch. As a quick note, we'll be experimenting with a new type of patch chat for Patch 8.7 where we'll be hosting the chat on the PBE forums. But let's focus on 8.6!
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.
Patch Chat serves as an opportunity for us to talk about the patches that come out every two weeks.
You can find information on the most recent patch by following this link:
Prepare to conquer or be conquered. With this patch, two new runes have been introduced; Conqueror, a keystone that excels in elongated skirmishes. Bruisers will be quite fond of this one. We also have Chrysalis, a rune that gives you extra starting HP but turns into stats after you get 4 takedowns. Also, say goodbye to Iron Skin & Mirror Shell. They're deadzo.
Aside from runes, we have a reshaping to Duskblade. Duskblade now deals less damage; in exchange, you can now one-hit wards that you see with the Duskblade passive. Graves, Kayn, Kha'Zix, Miss Fortune, Nocturne and more have received compensation buffs since they were heavily reliant on Duskblade.
Additionally, we've got plenty of buffs and nerfs to various champions, buffs to summoner spells like Ignite, itemization reshapes and buffs/nerfs, and a new (old) item introduced into the game: Shurelya's Reverie!
Ask us ANYTHING about 8.6. 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 about the best users for the new runes, play pattern shifts for assassins, or our thoughts on meta shifts this patch!
Disclaimer: We have no insight on upcoming/future skins.
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