Legends of Runeterra Patch 1.14 is coming this week and its a huge balance patch including changes for 7 Champions, 8 Followers/Spells, and tweaks to Expeditions.
Read on below for a full list of the changes including context on why the changes were made (arguably the most important part!). In addition to balance, we've also got the following to look forward to:
- The new Hexperimentation 101 Lab.
- Change to Gauntlets for 2 weeks to move to a Best of Three format in preparation before the tournament.
- Friend Spectate v1 has arrived!
- This is limited to Friend Challenge, vs Player (Normal), vs AI, and Expeditions until they add a button to disable spectating.
- Vietnamese is now a supported language in-game.
- Updates to the Leaderboard, including most used deck code, player icons, and visual polish.
Before we jump into the full patch notes, Riot's Steve "RubinZoo" Rubin will be doing a Q&A and 1.14 Patch Review on Twitch this weekend. He is not sure which channel it will be on yet but we'll keep you posted.
I'll be doing Q&A + a @PlayRuneterra patch 1.14 review on twitch next Saturday at 2PM EST.
1.14 Runeterra Patch Notes
Patch 1.14 brings with it an all new experimental Lab, the debut of Friend Spectate, and a hefty set of balance changes headlined by updates to seven Champions. We’ve also got some metagame data to share!
As we mentioned last patch, Patch 1.14 is one of the larger mid-expansion balance updates you can expect to be the norm going forward, and these changes are the last ones we have planned before the first Seasonal Tournament in December. This patch focuses mostly on improvements to several Foundations set Champions, small buffs both direct and indirect to Call of the Mountain champions that need some help, and adjustments to high cost followers across regions.
- RubinZoo, Live Design Lead
- Can now trigger the same round as leveling up.
This change and the similar one to Jinx below are intended to better align their Level 2 effects with the way those of newer Champions like Sejuani and Soraka function. There is some challenge here due to their current state of balance, but we feel that Champion consistency in this area warrants a change. We're releasing these changes as buffs since the new functionality didn't feel significant enough in testing to warrant compensatory nerfs, but we'll be carefully monitoring their impact to understand whether further changes are needed.
- Power: 3 -> 4
Shyvana is designed around attacking, but her statline too often kept her from being able to profitably do just that.
Dragon Shyvana (Level 2)
- Power: 4 -> 5
- Old text: Attack: For each attacking ally other than Vladimir, deal 1 to it and deal 1 to the enemy Nexus.
- New text: Attack: For each attacking ally on my right, deal 1 to it and 1 to the enemy Nexus.
- Level up: You've had 6+ allies survive damage. → You've had 5+ allies survive damage
We’re giving Vladimir a small boost by making his level-up condition easier to achieve and giving players more agency in choosing which allies are hit by his effect.
- Old text: Attack: For each attacking ally other than Vladimir, deal 1 to it and drain 1 from the enemy Nexus.
- New text: Attack: For each attacking ally on my right, deal 1 to it and drain 1 from the enemy Nexus.
- Health: 6 -> 5
Trundle was too effective as a stat-stick, helping him act as a stall tool doubling as a win condition. We love that Trundle has opened up new kinds of ramp decks since Call of the Mountain, so we want to make adjustments that preserve his ability to do that while opening him up to a bit more counterplay and softening his prowess as a blocker.
In addition to a health nerf to Trundle himself, we’re also adjusting Ice Pillar, which had too much impact given its free cost—leveling up Trundle, giving enemies Vulnerable, and giving players a "free action" provided too much of an advantage. Similarly to Trundle, we want to reduce the overall amount of stalling it provides and give opponents more potential for counterplay to its round start effect.
- Health: 7 -> 6
- Health: 8 -> 6
- Level up: You've targeted 10+ enemies this game. → You've targeted 6+ enemies this game.
We want to take an alternative but hopefully healthier direction for Ezreal—an easier level-up condition in return for more conditional output for Ezreal (level 2). We also want to remove much of his current Burst-speed potential to open up more possibilities for counterplay. We're leaving some of that potential (along with an easier level-up) so that he can still serve current decks, while providing a new incentive to continue targeting opposing units—giving players the option to play a bit more of a control gameplan with a combo finish.
Ezreal (Level 2)
- Old text: Nexus Strike: Create a Fleeting Mystic Shot in hand. When you cast a spell, deal 2 to the enemy Nexus.
- New text: Nexus Strike: Create a Fleeting Mystic Shot in hand. When you cast a spell, deal 1 to the enemy Nexus. If it targeted an enemy, deal 2 to the enemy Nexus instead.
Jinx (Level 2)
- Can now trigger the same round as leveling up.
Check the Lucian context above for the full story, but one additional note for Jinx. If you play Jinx with an empty hand and she levels up, she still won’t create a Super Mega Death Rocket! right away—you’ll need to empty your hand again in some way (i.e., go from some cards in hand to no cards in hand).
- Power: 2 -> 3
Taric could use better combat stats to enable him to both attack more cleanly and contribute more on defensive rounds.
Taric (Level 2)
- Power: 3 -> 4
Followers and Spells
- Power: 7 -> 8
- Health: 7 -> 8
Tianna should be a bigger trump to endgame followers from other Regions. This change should give Demacia decks access to more finishing power and allow Tianna to more consistently set up devastating Rally attacks.
- Health: 4 -> 3
We want to open up more counterplay to mana ramp strategies given the additional powerful tools they’ve gained since Call of the Mountain, so we’re reverting an old buff to Wyrding Stones in order to give opposing decks more opportunities to delay powerful endgame cards.
- Cost: 4 -> 3
- Health: 3 -> 2
Support-based Ionia decks could use more effective options, and Fuzzy Caretaker was a bit too expensive to effectively fit the playstle of low-to-the-ground Support decks.
- Power: 6 -> 7
- Health: 5 -> 6
- Keywords: None -> Quick Attack
Minah's effectiveness hasn’t lined up with her cost—Quick Attack and additional stats should let her be a more effective game-ender after hitting the board..
- Cost: 5 -> 4
- Power: 2 -> 1
Funsmith has never been able to find a home given its cost and relative fragility, so we’re bringing it down the curve to make it a more enticing and flexible option.
Black Spear(and Kalista’s Black Spear)
- Old text: If an ally died this round, deal 3 to a unit.
- New text: If an ally died this round, deal 4 to a unit.
We’d like to strengthen removal options for synergy-based Shadow Isles decks, especially in light of the power of new Burst-speed protection spells from the last two expansions.
- Power: 7 -> 6
- Plunder: Fire 7 Cannon Barrages -> Fire 6 Cannon Barrages
The sheer volume of Cannon Barrages laid down by Riptide Rex have made him too consistent at wiping boards, finishing games with his high Power, and ultimately preventing counterplay (while also posing a long-term issue with our board’s nine-spell/ability limit). These changes aim to address all of those issues while leaving Rex’s core play pattern intact.
- Health: 5 -> 7
Eclipse Dragon’s stats were underwhelming given its lack of immediate game impact, and we’d like it to be a more generally effective option for both big Dragons and Daybreak decks.
New Lab: Hexperimentation 101
With the right combination of variables, anything can happen! Perform one of four experiments by crafting a deck with unique constraints, or choose one of Heimer's premade decks to take into battle. If your deck meets one of the following criteria, you'll gain the paired special ability:
- All Even - If all cards in your deck have an even mana cost, you gain:
- Start of Round: Grant allies +1|+0
- All Odd - If all cards in your deck have an odd mana cost, you gain:
- Start of Round: Grant allies +0|+1
- No Followers - If your deck contains no followers (it can contain Champions), you gain:
- When you cast your second spell each round, create a follower in hand that costs less than or equal to your max mana
- All Common - If your deck contains only common cards, you gain:
- From Round 7 onwards, Start of Round: Create a leveled up champion in hand
Gauntlets Update: Standard Best of Three
In preparation for the first Seasonal Tournament in December, we’re running the next two weeks of Gauntlets as ‘Standard Best of Three’ so players have a chance to experience the new game flow before the tournament. For now, this is a temporary change only for this patch, but let us know what you think!
Since each match requires more than one game to complete, we’ve reduced the number of wins needed per run down to 4 (and increased the XP rewards appropriately). Each match will play through the Pick and Ban lobby, with the additional restriction that a winning deck cannot be replayed in that match.
- For Patch 1.13 only, Gauntlets will use “Standard Best of Three” rules.
- Required wins reduced to 4 and XP rewards adjust appropriately.
- Winning decks cannot be played again during the same match.
This patch, we’re making our initial implementation of Friend Spectate, which will allow you to jump in and watch your friend’s games with all the usual in-game functionality like Oracle’s Eye, card details, and—most importantly of all—petting their Guardian!
Please note this feature is coming in pretty early, so we’re still squashing bugs and have further updates planned. For example, next patch we intend to add a ‘disable spectate’ option, which is why for now we’re restricting spectate to only be available for Friend Challenge, vs Player (Normal), vs AI, and Expeditions.
- Friend Spectate added to the social panel—click on your friends to spectate their matches in Friend Challenge, vs Player (Normal), vs AI, or Expeditions.
This patch brings some tweaks aimed at reining in the power of Dragon’s Descent, along with some buffs to Crimson Guard and Mending Touch. In particular, Mending Touch will now always have access to its alternate win condition, Star Spring, as otherwise it can sometimes struggle to win games the old-fashioned way.
- Offering rates for Monuments of Powers archetypes reduced to normal levels.
- Wild Pick Bonus Chance increased to High (from Medium)
- Star Spring will now always appear in Mending Touch packs seen during the initial Champion Picks of a draft
- Added: Hush
We’ve added additional language support to LoR. New players should be correctly auto-detected, while existing players can swap languages in their login screen settings.
- Vietnamese now supported.
Various updates to the Leaderboard, including most used deck code, player icons, and visual polish.
- Imported decks are now immediately nameable.
- Rewarded cards are now inspectable during reward ceremonies.
- In Collection and Store, the details panel for cosmetic items can now be closed by tapping outside of it.
- Fixed an issue where players occasionally couldn't collect rewards or XP would display incorrectly on region roads.
- Fixed issues with improper text formatting in Thai and Japanese.