League of Legends Patch 8.1: Welcome to the new season!

LoL Patch 8.1

League of Legends' next big content patch is 8.1, introducing the 2018 season, as well as a host of balance and bug fixes. So far, they include changes to Graves and Cassiopeia, as well as several changes around the Forbidden Idol item lines. Have a look below for all the information we've got, straight from the PBE.

Keep up to date with the latest live changes with the League of Legends patch 7.24 notes.

LoL Patch 8.1 Release Date And Downtime

We don't know the exact release date for patch 8.1 yet. Some of the changes below will go live before patch 8.1 in patch 7.24b, which is likely to be around December 14. The rest of the changes will go live around January 9/10. We'll update when Riot do, but keep an eye on the server maintenance page for the latest updates.

LoL Patch 8.1 Balance Changes

That out of the way, let’s start with the really important bit, shall we? What you need to remember is that stuff on the PBE like this is neither guaranteed to happen, nor to be in the next patch even if it does. This is what the folks over at Riot are thinking about doing. We’ve got the numbers on what’s changing, and a general guideline on which way each champion, item, mastery, summoner spell or rune is moving.

Aatrox - buffed

Aatrox balance changes

  • Base AD increased to 70 from 68.
  • Dark Flight (Q):
    • Damage increased to 20/50/80/110/140 from 10/35/60/95/120.
  • Blades of Torment (E):
    • Damage increased to 80/120/160/200/240 from 75/115/155/195/235.

Brand - buffed

Brand Balance Changes

  • Blaze (Passive):
    • Damage increased to 4% of maximum health from 2% of maximum health.

Cassiopeia - buffed

Cassiopeia balance changes

  • Noxious Blast (Q):
    • Mana cost decreased to 50/55/60/65/70 from 60/65/70/75/80.
  • Twin Fang (E):
    • AP increased to 60% from 50%.

Corki - nerfed

Corki changes

  • Base AD decreased to 60 from 63.
  • AD per level decreased to 3 from 3.5.

Fiora - buffed

Fiora balance changes

  • AD growth increased to 4 from 3.3.

Graves - buffed

Graves balance changes

  • End of the Line (Q):
    • Cooldown decreased to 13/12/11/10/9 seconds from 14/13/12/11/10 seconds.
    • Mana cost decreased to 60/65/70/75/80 from 60/70/80/90/100.
  • Smoke Screen (W):
    • Slow increased to 50% at all ranks from 15/20/25/30/35%.
    • Slow duration decreased to 0.5 seconds from 1.5 seconds.

Heimerdinger - nerfed


  • H-28G Evolution Turret (Q):
    • Upgrade!!! empowered turret beam damage decreased to 100/140/180 from 200/270/340.

Jayce - nerfed

Jayce balance changes

  • Thundering Blow (Hammer E):
    • Cooldown increased to 20/18/16/14/12 seconds from 15/14/13/12/11/10.

Katarina - nerfed

Katarina balance changes

  • Shunpo (E):
    • Damage decreased to 15/30/45/60/75 from 30/45/60/75/90.

Kayn - buffed

Kayn balance changes

  • AD increased to 3.3 from 2.8.
  • The Darkin Scythe (Darkin Passive):
    • Heal increased to 34.5-43% from 26-43%.

Kled - buffed

Kled balance changes

  • Base AD increased to 65 from 63.
  • AD grwoth increased to 3.5 from 3.
  • Jousting (E):
    • Damage increased to 35/60/85/110/135 from 25/50/75/100/125.

Morgana - hotfixed

Morgana balance changes

These changes were hotfixed to live on December 7.

  • Health growth decreased to 90 from 98.
  • Damage to heal conversion ratio decreased to 20% at all ranks from 15/20/25/30/35/40%.
  • Tormented Soil (W):
    • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds from 10 seconds.

Renekton - buffed

Renekton balance changes

  • Base AD increased to 69 from 66.
  • AD growth increased to 3.75 from 3.1.

Teemo - nerfed

Teemo balance changes

  • HP growth decreased to 90 from 94.
  • Base AD decreased to 54 from 58.

Yasuo - buffed

Yasuo balance changes

  • MR growth increased to 1.25 from 0.5.
  • Steel Tempest (Q):
    • Damage increased to 20/45/70/95/120 from 20/40/60/80/100.
  • Last Breath (R):
    • Range increased to 1400 from 1200.

Patch 8.0 Item Changes

Ardent Censer - nerfed

  • Unique Passive heal and shield power decreased to 8% from 10%.

The Black Cleaver buffed

  • Unique Passive changed to [5% for 6 seconds (stacks up to 6 times, up to 30%)] from [4% for 6 seconds (stacks up to 6 times, up to 24%)].

Duskblade of Draktharr - nerfed

  • Lethality decreased to 18 from 20.

Edge of Night - nerfed

  • Lethality decreased to 18 from 20.

Forbidden Idol nerfed

  • Unique Passive heal and shield power decreased to 5% from 8%.

Giant Slayer changed

  • Unique Passive:
    • Changed to [1% per 200 health difference] from [1% per 100 health difference].
    • Max health difference increased to 2000 from 1000.

Lord Dominik's Regards changed

  • Unique Passive:
    • Changed to [2.5% per 200 health difference] from [2% per 100 health difference].
    • Max health difference increased to 2000 from 1000.

Mikael's Crucible nerfed

  • Unique Passive heal and shield power decreased to 15% from 20%.

Redemption nerfed

  • Unique Passive heal and shield power decreased to 8% from 10%.
  • (Change also applies to Salvation - Ornn Masterwork Upgrade).

Serrated Dirk - nerfed

  • Lethality decreased to 10 from 12.

Tiamat buffed

  • AD increased to 25 from 20.

Titanic Hydra buffed

  • AD increased to 40 from 35.

Youmoo's Ghostblade - nerfed

  • Lethality decreased to 18 from 20.

Patch 8.1 Runes Changes

Grasp of the Undying changed

  • No longer deals bonus damage.
  • Heal increased to 4% from 2%.
  • Changed to [grants you bonus AD/AP for 12 seconds stacking] from [permanently increased your health by 5].
    • Adaptive AD or AP is equal to 1% or 1.6% of your max health, respectively.
  • Ranged champions no longer gain 2 permanent health.

Manaflow Band - nerfed

  • Cooldown increased to 75 seconds from 60 seconds.

LoL Patch 8.1 New Skins

Second most important: cosmetics. Lovely, gorgeous cosmetics. Bit more of a visual medium this, so we’ve grabbed the best videos of each skin, as well as a lovely pic or two. Some are relatively simple changes, while others are total reworks of every part of the champion outside the gameplay numbers - new VO, new animations, new particles and the rest. It’s generally defined by how much they cost, so we’ve detailed that as well.

God Staff Jax

God Staff Jax

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LoL Patch 8.1 Login Screen

Each patch has its own login screen with unique music. They're always fairly excellent, though 8.1's hasn't appeared yet - expect it in the next week or so. It will likely be based around God Staff Jax or the start of the 2018 season.

LoL Patch 8.1 Context and Notes

Patch schedules will be a little different around the holidays, so Maple Nectar has an update - 7.24 should be live now, it's mini balance patch should be up around December 14 (to avoid a month-long gap between 7.24 and 8.1), and 8.1 should launch on January 9 or 10.

The latest update sees context for the Aatrox changes, as well as changes coming to Miss Fortune in the 7.24b micropatch.

Meddler's gameplay thoughts from December 8 document changes to Forbidden Idol, Grasp of the Undying, and the rest of the Resolve tree.

That's League of Legends patch 8.1. We'll update as and when we get more info, or we'll see you for patch 8.2 in the very near future. Let us know below if there's any vital info we missed!

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