'League of Legends' 9.16 Patch Notes: Pantheon Rework Strikes from the Heavens

The latest patch for League of Legends is dropping on Wednesday, giving players plenty of new changes to mess around with. Buffs to Mundo, Kassadin and nearly a dozen others are sure to shake up the meta in ways we've never seen. Add a new Pantheon that can go invulnerable, and expect the top lane to be a danger zone. Here are the patch notes straight from Riot Games.

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Pantheon is coming in patch 9.16 Riot Games

League of Legends 9.16 Patch Notes

Champions

Pantheon

The Unbreakable Spear
Pantheon crashes through the enemy frontline and causes havoc in their ranks starting in 9.16.

Azir

Q cooldown increased late.
We're opening up late game windows of opportunity for Azir's enemies so he and his soldiers can't just chase them relentlessly.

Q - Conquering Sands
COOLDOWN :: 15/12.5/10/7.5/5 seconds >>> 15/13/11/9/7 seconds

Corki

Base attack damage and attack damage growth decreased.
Corki's been too present in pro play due to his all-too-reliable damage, so we're nerfing him.

Base Stats
ATTACK DAMAGE :: 60 >>> 55
ATTACK DAMAGE GROWTH :: 3 >>> 2.5

Dr. Mundo

W Tenacity flattened. E cooldown now scales.
With four patches worth of smaller changes already under his belt, the mad lad's been asking for something more substantial.

W - Burning Agony
TENACITY :: 10/15/20/25/30 percent >>> 30 percent at all ranks

E - Masochism
COOLDOWN :: 6 seconds >>> 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds

Ekko

E bonus damage increased. R cooldown decreased late.
Ekko has room for more power in all areas of play.

E - Phase Dive
BONUS DAMAGE :: 40/65/90/115/140 >>> 50/75/100/125/150

R - Chronobreak
COOLDOWN :: 110/90/70 seconds >>> 110/80/50 seconds

Ezreal

Q AP ratio decreased. E cooldown increased.
AP Ezreal's burst has made him a bit of a terror, so we're taking some power out of the build and hitting his early game safety.

Q - Mystic Shot
RATIO :: 0.3 ability power >>> 0.15 ability power

E - Arcane Shift
COOLDOWN :: 19/17.5/16/14.5/13 seconds >>> 25/22/19/16/13 seconds

Fiora

E cooldown decreased early; bonus attack speed now scales.
Giving Fiora more strength to capitalize on momentum she gets from a lead in lane.

E - Bladework
COOLDOWN :: 13/11/9/7/5 seconds >>> 11/9.5/8/6.5/5 seconds
BONUS ATTACK SPEED :: 50 percent at all ranks >>> 50/60/70/80/90 percent

Jax

Q cooldown decreased.
As a melee champion, Jax will benefit from having more opportunities to jump on the ranged enemies who otherwise steadily chip him down in lane.

Q - Leap Strike
COOLDOWN :: 10/9/8/7/6 seconds >>> 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 seconds

Kassadin

W basic attack damage modifier increased.
Strengthening the aspects of Kassadin that can keep some of the shorter ranged mid laners in check, especially if they're champions he should naturally be good against anyways (AP assassins).

W - Nether Blade
EMPOWERED BASIC ATTACK DAMAGE :: 40/65/90/115/140 (+0.8 ability power) >>> 70/95/120/145/170 (+0.8 ability power)

LeBlanc

Q AP ratio increased.
We're reverting the nerf LeBlanc received earlier this year since she can use more power in a way that average players can utilize.

Q - Sigil of Malice
RATIO :: 0.3 ability power >>> 0.4 ability power

Lux

W shield increased late.
When we hit Lux's shield with nerfs in 9.14, we were mainly quelling the builds that took advantage of its safety. However, as a result we ended up hitting support Lux a lot harder than anticipated. We're giving back some of that damage mitigation so she can still keep her partner meaningfully safe in the bot lane.

W - Prismatic Barrier
SHIELD :: 50/65/80/95/110 >>> 50/75/100/125/150
MAX SHIELD :: 100/130/160/190/220 >>> 100/150/200/250/300

Nocturne

Base armor increased. W bonus attack speed increased.
Nocturne has been overshadowed by other junglers as a competitively viable option, so we're buffing him.

Base Stats
Rounded out some stats!
ARMOR :: 36 >>> 38
HEALTH :: 582.8 >>> 585
MANA :: 273.8 >>> 275
MANA REGEN :: 6.756 >>> 7

W - Shroud of Darkness
BONUS ATTACK SPEED :: 20/25/30/35/40 percent >>> 30/35/40/45/50 percent

Riven

Q cooldown flattened.
We're reverting the scaling cooldown change to Riven's Q from 9.10. The cooldown increase on her E from that patch didn't offset the strength of the Q buff in higher levels of solo queue games, and our intent wasn't to buff her in that patch.

Q - Broken Wings
COOLDOWN :: 13/12.5/12/11.5/11 seconds >>> 12 seconds at all ranks

Sejuani

Frost Armor base armor and magic resistance increased, ratio decreased. Q cooldown increased.
Sejuani has been a dominant force in pro play for awhile, despite receiving some recent nerfs. Taking a more substantial swing at her power.

Passive - Fury of the North
FROST ARMOR :: 20 (+0.25 bonus armor) bonus armor and 20 (+0.25 bonus magic resistance) bonus magic resistance >>> 10 (+0.35 bonus armor) bonus armor and 10 (+0.35 bonus magic resistance) bonus magic resistance

Q - Arctic Assault
COOLDOWN :: 17/15.5/14/12.5/11 seconds >>> 20/18/16/14/12 seconds

Shen
Q empowered damage ratio increased. E base damage increased.
Shen could use a little more power when split-pushing in the mid-to-late game.

Q - Twilight Assault
EMPOWERED CHAMPION DAMAGE RATIO :: 4/4.5/5/5.5/6 percent of target's maximum health >>> 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 percent of target's maximum health

E - Shadow Dash
BASE PHYSICAL DAMAGE :: 50/75/100/125/150 >>> 60/85/110/135/160

Singed

Base mana increased. R bonus stats increased late.
Giving Singed a little extra oomph so his Insanity can lead him to some more wins if he makes it to the late game.

Base Stats
Rounded out some stats!
MANA :: 290.6 >>> 330
ATTACK DAMAGE :: 62.32 >>> 63
MANA REGEN :: 7.524 >>> 7.5
ATTACK SPEED GROWTH :: 1.81 percent >>> 1.9 percent

R - Insanity Potion
BONUS STATS :: 30/55/80 >>> 30/60/90

Sion

Base mana increased. Q base min and max damage increased; removed damage reduction on monsters.

Smoothing out some of Sion's rougher edges, like rounding out his base stats and removing a mechanic that no longer seems needed. Overall, he'll have more chances to brawl with his opponents in the top lane, especially with other fighters.

Base Stats
Rounded out some stats!
MANA :: 325.6 >>> 330
HEALTH :: 542.64 >>> 545
MANA REGEN :: 8.0008 >>> 8

Q - Decimating Smash
BASE MINIMUM DAMAGE :: 20/40/60/80/100 >>> 30/50/70/90/110
BASE MAXIMUM DAMAGE :: 60/120/180/240/300 >>> 70/135/200/265/330
[REM] REDUCED DAMAGE ON MONSTERS :: Decimating Smash no longer deals 80 percent damage against monsters

Sivir

W AD ratio decreased early.
Sivir is strong. When coupled with Yuumi, she's ESPECIALLY strong. The cat is getting nerfed (spoiler alert if you haven't gotten to her section yet), but we think Sivir could use nerfs too to quell her early game wave clear and give opponents a chance to put her on the back foot.

W - Ricochet
RATIO :: 50/55/60/65/70 percent attack damage >>> 30/40/50/60/70 percent attack damage

Sylas

Q2 damage reduction now applies to minions and monsters.
Sylas has been thriving in the jungle after his latest set of changes. Following up on those by toning down his clear speed a bit.

Q - Chain Lash
DETONATION DAMAGE :: 45 percent reduced damage || against minions >>> against minions and monsters

R - Hijack
BUGFIX :: Sylas now properly heals himself when casting a Hijacked R - Mantra empowered W - Renewal from Karma

Syndra

Q bonus damage against champions increased. E base damage increased.

Syndra's weak in all levels of play at the moment so we're giving her some general power.

Q - Dark Sphere
TRANSCENDENT :: 15 percent bonus damage against champions >>> 25 percent bonus damage against champions

E - Scatter the Weak
BASE DAMAGE :: 70/115/160/205/250 >>> 85/130/175/220/265

Tahm Kench

Base movement speed decreased. E shield duration decreased.
We're making Tahm Kench more vulnerable to ganks as a countermeasure to the safety he brings his already-safe bot lane buddies (like Ezreal).

Base Stats
MOVEMENT SPEED :: 345 >>> 335

E - Thick Skin
SHIELD DURATION :: 3 seconds >>> 2 seconds

Yuumi

Q empowered damage decreased late; slow decreased; slow duration flattened; cooldown increased early.
Yuumi's damage is too high for how reliable it is, especially when coupled with other high-damage bot lane partners.

Q - Prowling Projectile
EMPOWERED DAMAGE :: 50/95/140/185/230/275 >>> 50/85/120/155/190/225
SLOW :: 40/48/56/64/72/80 percent >>> 20/32/44/56/68/80 percent
SLOW DURATION :: 1.25/1.35/1.45/1.55/1.65/1.75 seconds >>> 1.5 seconds
COOLDOWN :: 11/10/9/8/7/6 seconds >>> 13.5/12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds

Ziggs

W AP ratio increased; cooldown decreased early. R cooldown decreased late.
Ziggs isn't doing so hot right now, so we're buffing up one of his less potent abilities and letting him access his ultimate more frequently.

W - Satchel Charge
RATIO :: 0.35 ability power >>> 0.5 ability power
COOLDOWN :: 24/21/18/15/12 seconds >>> 20/18/16/14/12 seconds

R - Mega Inferno Bomb
COOLDOWN :: 120/105/90 seconds >>> 120/95/70 seconds

Runes

Biscuit Delivery

Biscuits delivered decreased; delivery intervals adjusted. Health and mana per biscuit decreased. Healing duration decreased. Permanent mana per biscuit increased.

These biscuits are too fresh, giving too much sustain to its holders during laning phase. Many of these changes are to the rune itself, but the ones that affect the Biscuits directly will also apply to the Biscuits occasionally acquired through Kleptomancy.

BISCUITS DELIVERED :: 4 >>> 3

DELIVERY INTERVAL :: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00, 12:00 >>> 2:00, 4:00, 6:00

HEALTH PER BISCUIT :: 15 percent of missing health >>> 10 percent of missing health

HEALTH PER BISCUIT (MANALESS CHAMPIONS) :: 20 percent of missing health >>> 12 percent of missing health

MANA PER BISCUIT :: 15 percent of missing mana >>> 10 percent of missing mana

HEALING DURATION :: 15 seconds >>> 5 seconds

PERMANENT MAXIMUM MANA INCREASE :: 40 mana per biscuit consumption >>> 50 mana per biscuit consumption

ARAM Balance Changes

9.16 Nerfs

Swain :: -5 percent damage dealt >>> -6 percent damage dealt & +6 percent damage taken

9.16 Buffs

Morgana :: -6 percent damage dealt & +6 percent damage taken >>> -6 percent damage dealt

Volibear :: +5 percent damage taken >>> Unchanged

Yorick :: -5 percent damage dealt & +5 percent damage taken >>> -5 percent damage dealt

Honor 5 Rewards

New Honor 5 chroma rewards debut in 9.16!

YOU DID IT :: Your Honor 5 capsule will contain a random emote or ward skin, as well as an Honor 5 token you can redeem for Medieval Twitch, Grey Warwick, or one of the two new chromas shown above if you already own the base skin. You don't need to own both skins before being able to pick a chroma for a skin you own.

BUT ACTUALLY :: This season only , your Honor 5 capsule will contain two Honor 5 tokens because we promised you two chromas this season, not one.

BELATED ELATED :: If you hit Honor 5 before 9.16 and already owned both Medieval Twitch and Grey Warwick prior to getting your capsule, we'll add your two Honor 5 tokens directly to your account during patch 9.16. (It'll take a little bit to get to everyone. Stop being so honorable. Actually, don't.)

Ranked

We're unifying Challenger and Grandmaster's 0 LP demotion rules with Master's existing rules. This is mainly an edge-case change since losing LP over a few days or weeks naturally demotes players into Master before they reach 0 LP, though in smaller servers it'll also address situations where it was near-impossible to demote out of Challenger.

LADDER DOWN :: Losing a game at 0 LP in Grandmaster or Challenger demotes you to ||| Master, 0 LP >>> Diamond 1 with 75, 50, or 0 LP based on whether your MMR is higher than the Master cutoff, between the Master and Diamond 1 cutoffs, or lower than the Diamond 1 cutoff

Bugfixes

Gnar can no longer change the direction of E - Hop after transforming through R - GNAR! before bouncing on a minion

Allies with Orianna's E - Command: Protect on them will now see an indicator centered on her
Malzahar's R - Nether Grasp now adds a Revealed marker to the target (including stealthed targets)

Xayah's Passive - Clean Cuts basic attacks now properly spawn feathers behind her target and not around her

Master Yi's basic attack immediately following his Q - Alpha Strike now properly grants an additional stack of Conqueror or Electrocute

Darius' Passive - Hemorrhage no longer incorrectly displays a ranged indicator

If Katarina drops a dagger near a wall and then casts E - Shunpo so that she can blink to the other side of the wall, she now properly gets a reset on the ability

Nautilus' W - Titan's Wrath will now properly proc Electrocute instead of granting only one stack while active

Lee Sin's hitbox will no longer warp across the map when casting Q - Resonating Strike

Twitch is no longer able to cast Q - Ambush without consuming any mana 3 seconds after its cooldown resets when an enemy champion dies from his Passive - Deadly Venom

Selling any stacking consumable item will no longer sell two of them at a time if there are more than one

Karma's W - Focused Resolve now properly lowers R - Mantra 's cooldown while damaging enemy champions

Patch 9.16 has tons of tiny changes for League's most desirable and undesirable champions. Ezreal and Azir have been problems for most of Season 9, and Riot Games toned down their power levels to bring them in line. Ziggs and Syndra both received damage buffs to make them strong enough to last in this horrifying meta. Other champions like Dr. Mundo, Singed, Nocturne and Lux weren't cutting it either and needed some serious love just to maintain relevance.

This patch is definitely substantial and will require some real digging to truly figure out eveything Riot Games has potentially broken. Each champion on this list is still fundamentally the same but has received enough attention to make them feel different. Champion mains are going to have to learn to adapt quickly.

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