The final patch in preparation for Worlds 2021 has dropped with loads of small balance changes and a gloomy surprise for Yordle fans. Riot Games is almost finished gearing up in preparation for the LoL World Championships to begin on October 5th.
A new melancholy mage hits the rift in the form of Vex in Patch 11.19, but unfortunately won’t see an appearance at Worlds 2021 along with Akshan. Regardless, there are some potentially huge balance updates in store for us all. So without further ado, let’s hop into the highlights of what could be the defining patch of 2021.
- For a more thorough list of changes in LoL Patch 11.19, check out our buffs and nerfs article!
Vex Released in LoL Patch 11.19
At long last, Vex is out! After months of champion hints and teasers, Riot’s newest creation is here to join the cast of playable characters. Her somber disposition has quickly gained her a fanbase, with over 5000 players having declared themselves ‘Vex Mains’ via joining the aptly named subreddit. Surely these fans are thrilled that she’s playable now in LoL Patch 11.19!
- Check out our LoL Preview for Patch 11.20 coming soon!
This champion should appeal to those who dislike the increasing mobility creep that continues to affect Riot’s champion releases. A key function of her kit’s intended purpose is to punish hyper-mobile champions like Yasuo and Vayne. She even has several in-game voice lines taunting enemies who choose to dash around, but we’ll ignore the fact that she has a long-range dash as her ultimate ability.
Here is a quick rundown of Vex's abilities:
- Passive - Doom ‘n Gloom: Doom - Periodically, Vex becomes empowered by Doom, causing her next basic ability to interrupt dashes and Fear enemies. / Gloom - Whenever a nearby enemy dashes or blinks, they become marked with Gloom. Vex’s next basic attack against a marked enemy detonates the mark, dealing bonus damage and refunding part of Doom's cooldown!
- Q - Mistral Bolt: Vex launches a wave forward, dealing magic damage to enemies it passes through. After a short delay, the wave accelerates but has reduced width. Mistral Bolt detonates Gloom on any marked enemies it hits.
- W - Personal Space: Vex gains a shield and emits a shockwave, dealing magic damage to enemies around her. Personal Space detonates Gloom on any marked enemies it hits.
- E - Looming Darkness: Shadow flies to a location, increasing in size as it travels. On arriving, Shadow deals magic damage, slows, and marks enemies hit with Gloom.
- R - Shadow Surge: Shadow flies forward, marking and dealing magic damage to the first enemy champion hit. Vex can then recast this ability to have Shadow pull her to the marked target, dealing additional magic damage.
Fizz Changes Reverted in Patch 11.19
Fizz was the target of some classic Riot experimentation last patch, but it didn’t pan out for his win rate. Instead of trying to fix a balancing mess, they opted to revert all of the changes and give him a more straightforward buff to compensate.
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Riot appears to want to see our fishy friend as a viable pick at Worlds 2021, but it’s still looking unlikely he’ll make an appearance. His kit and play style seem to work much better in the chaos of solo queue.
Qiyana - OP in Patch 11.19?
Have Riot gone too far? After receiving a substantial buff just last patch to her jungle clear, the LoL balance team has pushed yet another buff to Qiyana’s jungle prowess.
- Are you a fan of League's newest Yordle? Check out our Vex champion spotlight!
It seems as though Riot would really like to see Qiyana in pro play again. They state in the patch notes that they’re worried about buffing her mid lane any more, due to her pick rate in high elo. Rather than push mid lane Qiyana towards unbalance, they’re giving her a second chance in the Jungle. Worlds 2021 viewers can likely expect to see some Qiyana gameplay throughout the tournament.
Sona takes a hit in Patch 11.19
It seems that Riot isn’t quite done tweaking Sona. After receiving a slew of changes throughout several patches, the Maven of the Strings will take some much needed nerfs in Patch 11.19. The largest ones being a reduction of her base armor and Q no longer hitting enemies that Sona can't see. These should quickly bring her win rate under control, sorry Sona mains.
Which Skins got Released in Patch 11.19?
Eight skins got released in LoL Patch 11.19. Seven of which are new Dawnbringer and Nightbringer skins – with one being a Prestige skin – and the final skin belonging to Jarvan IV.
Here are the champions that received Dawnbringer and Nightbringer skins:
Kayn, who is finally getting a skin after 3 years, will also be receiving a prestige skin.
Jarvan IV was chosen as the champion to receive a Championship skin this year. Some fans scratched their heads and were a bit put off by this decision, but thanks to the buffs he got throughout the year, we might actually see him at this year's World Championship.
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