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Patch 9.14 Summary

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Hello and welcome to the MOBAFire Patch Summary - 9.14!

This is one of the biggest balance patches this year, with sweeping changes to a number of champions, many of which could be considered minor reworks. There are no rune or item changes this patch, but a lot of champions have new mechanics or have had their abilities retuned to try and give them healthier play patterns.

Team Fight Tactics is receiving its own set of changes for this patch as well! Check out Riot's official TFT 9.14 Patch Notes for more details

This patch also includes the long-awaited Death Recap as well as an option to disable [Allied] Chat for those who prefer to play without text chat.

As always, be sure to check out the full patch notes for details on any changes that interest you.

Demacia Vice Garen and Demacia Vice Lucian will be available on July 18, 2019.

Balance Changes

Champion Change Highlights

Riot's goal this patch is to introduce new mechanics or retune existing ones in order increase the strength of certain champions against specific types of abilities. Here are the 5 categories outlined in the patch notes that are used to organized the changes:
  • Anti-shield
  • Anti-healing
  • Flat damage reduction
  • Improvements to true sight mechanics
  • Anti-mobility

There are too many champion changes to cover them all in this summary, but we'll be going over a few highlights since some champions received significant updates this patch.

Static Field now removes shields on enemies before its other effects.

Ruthless Predator now destroys existing shields on targets when empowered with 50 Fury before its existing effects.

Pulling in an enemy with Beartrap on a Rope now reduces all healing on them by 60% for 5 seconds.

Rooting/stunning an enemy with Focused Resolve, Renewal, Ethereal Chains, Mimic Ethereal Chains or Soul Shackles now grants true sight of affected targets for the duration.

Charm now cancels in-progress dashes.
Bonus damage duration reduced from 5 seconds to 3 seconds.

If Poppy uses Steadfast Presence to stop an enemy from dashing or casting a movement ability, she grounds and slows them by 25% for 2 seconds.

World Ender no longer allows Aatrox to revive after a successful takedown.
Amplified self-healing increased from 40/55/70% to 50/60/70%.
Cooldown reduced from 140/120/100 seconds to 120/100/80 seconds.

Twilight Shroud changed from granting Obscurity to Invisibility. This means Akali can be fully revealed by True Sight while in her shroud.
Twilight Shroud no longer gains extra duration if Akali breaks invisibility.
Cooldown changed from 25/22/19/16/13 seconds to 20 seconds at all ranks.
Energy restore changed from 40/50/60/70/80 to 80 at all ranks.

Shuriken Flip damage changed from base + bonus AD ratios to base + total AD + AP ratios. Overall damage for AP builds should be higher.

Perfect Execution cooldown increased from 100/85/70 seconds to 120/110/100 seconds.

Colossal Smash deals increased damage and the cooldown is lowered from 8 seconds to 5 seconds. The cooldown is no longer reduced every time Galio hits an enemy champion with an ability.

Shield of Durand can now be interrupted by all abilities that interrupt channels.
Galio can no longer Flash while channeling Shield of Durand.
Self-slow from Shield of Durand lowered from 30% to 15%.

Light Binding cooldown changed from 10 seconds at all ranks to 13/12/11/10/9 seconds.
Light Binding cost changed from 40/45/50/55/60 mana to 50 mana at all ranks.

Prismatic Barrier's shield no longer doubles on the return trip (still stacks with outgoing shield).
Prismatic Barrier's ratio changed from 20% AP to 30% AP.

Final Spark no longer has its cooldown reduced when it hits a champion who dies shortly after.
Final Spark's cooldown lowered from 80/65/50 seconds to 80/60/40 seconds.
Final Spark's damage ratio increased from 75% to 100% AP.

Malphite's size now increases with his armor, capping around 850 armor.
Granite Shield has no shield regeneration VFX.

Seismic Shard's slow increased from 14/17/20/23/26% to 15/20/25/30/35%.
The rock now spawns ~100 units in front of Malphite rather than at his center.
Slow duration decreased from 4 seconds to 3 seconds.

Brutal Strikes renamed to Thunderclap.
Malphite's next basic attack within 6 seconds gains 50 increased range and deals 20/35/50/65/80 (+0.2 ability power) (+0.15 armor) bonus physical damage.
For the next 5 seconds after casting, Malphite's basic attacks cleave enemies in a cone in front of him, dealing 10/20/30/40/50 (+0.2 ability power) (+0.1 armor) physical damage to enemies hit.
Cost increased from 25 mana at all ranks to 30/35/40/45/50 mana.

Phantom Undertow now stuns non-champions, but still deals no damage to them.

Death from Below deals 50% reduced damage to enemies that survive.
When Pyke gets a takedown on an enemy with Death from Below, he is now granted an additional "Your Cut" (300g) in addition to its previous bonuses.
Death from Below's icon now shows next to Pyke's health bar when it can be cast for free

Swain can no longer store up to 5 Soul Fragments in reserve, empowering Demonflare.
Swain permanently stores Soul Fragments, increasing his maximum health by 5 per Soul Fragment.
Collecting a Soul Fragment restores 4/5.5/7% of Swain's mana.

Killing a target with Death's Hand no longer restores 3% of Swain's maximum mana.
Bolts now always continues through minions, but stop on impact with enemy champions.
Cooldown increased from 7.5/6.25/5/3.75/2.5 seconds to 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds.
Range decreased from 725 to 625.
Angle between bolts changed from 8 to 10.

Demonic Ascension now costs 100 mana to cast.
Bonus health changed from 150/275/400 to 125/200/275 (+5 per Soul Fragment).
Reduced healing on minions and monsters changed from 80% to 90%.
Swain now drains all enemy units within range, including invisible units.

Swain no longer needs to restore 125/300/450 health to cast Demonflare and can cast it immediately.
Demonflare damage changed from 45/60/75 (+0.21 ability power) magic damage per Soul Fragment to all nearby enemies ⇒ 75% of the health Swain has drained during Demonic Ascension in magic damage, up to a cap.
Demonflare now has a minimum damage of 100/150/200 (+0.5 ability power) and a maximum damage of 200/300/400 (+1.0 ability power).

Petricite Burst damage reduction on minions changed from 70% to 50%.

Chain Lash detonation damage increased from 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.4 ability power) to 45/70/95/120/145 (+0.6 ability power).

Abscond now shields Sylas against all magic damage for 2 seconds on first cast.
Cooldown decreased from 18/17/16/15/14 seconds to 14 seconds at all ranks.
Stun duration decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.35 seconds.

Hijack cast range decreased from 1050 to 950.
Ultimate hold duration decreased from 120 seconds to 90 seconds.
Cooldown increased from 85/50/15 seconds to 100/80/60 seconds.
AP ratio conversion changed from 0.5 ability power to 1.0 bonus attack damage, 0.7 ability power to 1.0 total attack damage ⇒ 0.4 ability power to 1.0 bonus attack damage, 0.6 ability power to 1.0 total attack damage.

An Acquired Taste no longer deals bonus damage on Tahm Kench's abilities based on passive stacks.
Abilities no longer apply passive stacks.
On-hit damage increased from 1.5% of Tahm Kench's maximum health per stack to 2.5% of his max health at any number of stacks.

Tongue Lash cooldown increased from 8/7/6/5/4 seconds to 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 seconds.
No longer hits enemies in a wide arc in front of Tahm Kench on cast.
Stunning an enemy with Tongue Lash now consumes all stacks of An Acquired Taste.
Slow decreased from 50/55/60/65/70% to 30/35/40/45/50%.
Slow duration increased from 2 seconds to 3 seconds.
Stun duration increased from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds.

Enemies are no longer nearsighted while Devoured.
Enemies are no longer stunned for 0.25 seconds after they're Regurgitated.
Damage ratio changed from 9/10/11/12/13% of target's maximum health to 11% of target's maximum health at all ranks.
Maximum monster damage changed from 400/450/500/550/600 to 500 at all ranks.
Tahm Kench can now Devour and Regurgitate the Blue Sentinel and Red Brambleback.

Thick Skin Grey Health decreased from 80/85/90/95/100% of the damage Tahm Kench takes to 45/50/55/60/65% of the damage Tahm Kench takes.
Grey Health healing increased from 20/25/30/35/40% of Grey Health to 75% of Grey Health at all ranks.
Cooldown changed from 6 seconds starting on cast to 3 seconds starting when Thick Skin's shield expires or is broken.

Other Changes

  • ARAM Balance Changes

  • Death Recap

    • We've added a new option under Settings>Interface>Chat that will now allow you to mute your allies' chats. There is now a separate checkbox for "Show [Allied] Chat" next to the already existing "Show [All] Chat". Both settings will be checked by default, but players can now uncheck both to mute both enemies' and teammates' chats permanently, or until they're turned back on. However, unchecking both will not mute the pre- and post-game chat, but we've heard your requests and are considering including those in the future!

  • Show [Allied] Chat

    • The new Death Recap is now live! This new and improved version includes damage type breakdowns, fight duration, and CC duration. Clicking the Recap will allow you to expand and see additional details on damage sources. We still have some more improvements planned for the future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, get in the game and see it for yourself!

  • Bugfixes

Share Your Thoughts!

That's it on our end, time to hear from you guys! What are your thoughts on the balance changes this patch? Do you agree with the direction Riot is taking with some of these small reworks? Will you be looking to pick up any of the upcoming skins & chromas?

Let us know in the comments below!
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Woah, now THAT'S what I call nerf, many champions gone from broken to balanced!
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Woah, now THAT'S what I call nerf, many champions gone from broken to balanced!

Most of the ones that's buffed is actually balanced now, most of the ones that are adjusted are actually also technically buffs, like Ahri's Charm being able to remove in-progress dashes, but some are nerfs yes. x)
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haha warlord nerfed
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haha warlord nerfed

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