League of Legends 11.18 Patch Preview: “Pro-focused” Patch Adds Tons of Adjustments

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League of Legends Patch 11.18 is now available on the PBE and it is only a matter of time before it launches to the live servers. That said, the patch has done quite a lot of adjustments. Read further to find out what you can expect in the upcoming update.

According to Jeevun Sidhu, Lead Game Designer on Summoner's Rift Team for League of Legends, the patch is focused heavily on Champions commonly used in the pro scene. The adjustments are likely in anticipation of the World Championship later this year.

Champion Buffs

Dr. Mundo is one of the Champions that got buffed quite considerably in this patch. His Infected Bonesaw ability has its damage cap increased up to 650 at the max level.

In addition, Karma got a little bit tougher as her base Armor is slightly increased, and her Inspire ability’s shield will absorb more damage than before.

Taliyah also got some buffs. Her Threaded Volley ability’s Worked Ground effect duration has decreased to 25 seconds. A whopping 20-second difference from the previous. Meanwhile, the coverage of the Worked Ground effect is decreased to 300 units; a stark change from the 450 units before this patch.

Highlights of some buffed Champions:

Dr. Mundo
  • Infected Bonesaw (Q)
    • Monster damage cap increased to 350/425/500/575/650
  • Maximum Dosage (R)
    • Effect changed: Dr. Mundo pumps himself with chemicals, temporarily gaining [15/20/25%] of his missing health as bonus health, then gaining [15/25/25%] move speed, [4/5.5/7%] bonus health attack damage, and regenerating [20/40/60%] max health over 10 seconds
Gangplank
  • Stats
    • Base HP increased to 570
    • HP per level increased to 90
Jinx
  • Switcheroo! (Q)
    • Attack mana cost of Fishbones decreased to 16/17/18/19/20
Kai’Sa
  • Supercharge (E)
    • Ability cooldown decreased to 16/14.5/13/11.5/10
Kalista
  • Fate’s Call (R)
    • Duration of knock-up decreased to 1/1.5/2
Karma
  • Stats
    • Base Armor increased to 28
  • Inspire (E)
    • Shield increased to 90/135/180/225/270

Taliyah

  • Threaded Volley (Q)

    • Duration of Worked Ground effect decreased to 25 seconds 

    • Worked Ground effect’s coverage decreased to 300 units 

Champion Nerfs

Among the Champion nerfs, Ashe seems to take quite a hit. For Ashe, her Volley ability cooldown increased to 18 seconds on the first level, though it will still end up having a four-second cooldown at max. This change might make her less effective in the early game.

Here are some of the nerfed Champions:

Aphelios
  • Stats
    • Base Attack Damage decreased to 55
    • Attack Speed per level decreased to 1.8 
Ashe
  • Volley (W)
    • Ability cooldown increased to 18/14.5/11/7.5/4 seconds
Camille
  • Adaptive Defenses (Passive)
    • Ability cooldown increased to 20-10 seconds
Lee Sin
  • Base Attack Damage decreased to 68
Renekton
  • Ruthless Predator (W)
    • Duration of enhanced stun decreased to 1 second

For the complete list of changes, you can read the full patch preview below:

League of Legends Patch 11.18 is expected to launch on Thursday, September 9 at 6 a.m. EST.

What can you say about the massive changes to be implemented by the upcoming update?

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