League of Legends Patch 10.10 notes have officially been released. As previously reported in the patch preview, the game will receive balance changes that aim to benefit support champions. Champions that were struggling in the past, like Nidalee, Sivir, Lux, and Udyr have received a generous buff, making them more viable picks.
Along with balancing and cosmetic updates, Riot Games proved to be committed to address game-ruining behavior. The high amount of inting/afking in the game has been a growing concern to the community, and the lack of punishment on those players aggravated the situation. In attempts to curb this behavior, developers are working on introducing Champion Select report features, as well as improving report feedback overall.
“Last week, we told players about our short and long term plans to address deliberate game-ruining behavior. Our proposed plans aren't meant to target those who are genuinely having a bad game, but those who decide that the game is over on their own and then spend their time trolling others instead of trying to play their best. The first of our short term plans is to adjust our Reporting and Punishment system. In 10.10, you should start to see more frequent "Instant Feedback" reports for disruptive behavior as we work on tweaking our behavioral systems.”
The list of buffs includes champions like Annie, with a damage reduction increase in Molten Shield (E), as well as an increase in Tibbers Aura (R), adding 0.12 ability power. Irelia had been kept modest due to her viability in pro play, but since the recent meta changes, her popularity has declined in picks, meaning Flawless Duet (E) was due for a base damage increase.
Queen of the jungle Nidalee is back to hunting with a Javelin Toss (Q) damage increase. In order to get players to learn how to better use Sivir’s shield, Spell Shield (E) had a mana restore increase. Talking about absolute queens, Soraka reigns with a Starcall (Q) damage increase in combination with Astral Infusion (W) receiving a cost reduction increase. Twisted Fate had his attack damage and armor increased, with a mana cost decreased in Destiny (R ). Udyr had fallen behind the curve, and in an attempt to bring him back, his base movement speed, health, mana and mana regeneration have been increased altogether.
If you like assassin champions, bad news for you. Kayn’s The Darkin Scythe passive ability had a significant nerf. The Sinister Blade, Katarina, had Voracity, her passive ability, had a decrease in AP. Diana had her base health and attack damage dwindled. Kled’s Beartrap on a Rope (Q) had a cooldown decrease, followed by Miss Fortune receiving a nerf on her Strut (W) bonus movement speed. Still a viable pick for the top lane, Maokai had a base mana decrease in addition to Bramble Smash (Q) cost increase. Taric’s health growth has seen a decrease, with Bastion (W) receiving a bonus armor ratio decrease.
ULTRA RAPID FIRE
On May 14, Ultra Rapid Fire mode will be back. Last year, Riot Games had positive results experimenting with pick-URF. With URF’s success attributed to the continuous balance changes the mode received, Riot released a full list of adjustments to champions that can be found here.
Pulsefire is part of this year’s next big League of Legends event. Four new skins have been announced, including Ekko, Lucian, Fiora, and Pantheon. Each skin will be available for 1350 Riot Points, with a new Prestige skin tailored for Lucian. A new set of Astronaut skins has been teased, including Gnar, Bard, and Poppy.
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