LoL Patch 6.18 – World Championship 2016

With the 2016 League of Legends World Championship knocking at the door it is now time to take a look at the patch 6.18 of the tournament. While patch 6.19 has already arrived at the live servers providing an overhaul to the changes of Kog'maw and patch 6.20 promises a new champion anytime soon, Riot Games decided – to the delight of all participating teams – to play the most important tournament of the year on patch 6.18. Alongside the total rework of Yorick patch 6.18 surprised us with a great number of balance changes for top tier champions and items which were used to frequently in competitive play. Recent world championships showed that there will develop a separate meta game during the tournament regarding picks and bans of different heroes and patch 6.18 will significantly shape the landscape of professional League of Legends. The world championship will start on September 29th and we will keep a close eye on the employed patch.

LoL 6.18 – The League of Legends Worlds 2016 Patch

Overhaul of Yorick

The rather boring and underused champion Yorick got an eagerly awaited repaint on patch 6.18. Besides a visual rework his skills and style of playing got totally changed and enhanced. At the same time Riot Games accomplished to maintain his identity as strong laner and lane bully. You will find all informations and changes about the new Yorick right here in this champion spotlight video.

Balance changes of Champions

Many of the most popular champions in professional League of Legends play had to feel Riot Games' nerf bat with patch 6.18. You will find a brief summary of all important changes right here.

lol worlds patch 6 18 patchnotes

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowAshe: Ashe’s Volley cooldown was originally tailored for a world where marksmen didn’t have much access to cooldown reduction. With Essence Reaver as item Ash could spam her Volley way to often.

Volley (W) cooldown 12/10/8/6/4 seconds  15/12.5/10/7.5/5 seconds

Aurelion Sol: Fixed a bug where his passive stars could briefly appear at his last known location. This bug was the reason behind the lockout of Aurelion Sol in the Summer Split playoffs.

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowEkko: Tank Ekko ranked as outstanding duelist in the toplane regarding his stickiness to a target. His base damage got lowered to compensate for his strenghts.

Base attack damage 59 55

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowGnar: With professional play’s return to standard lanes Gnar’s a little too effective at shutting down almost all forms of aggression on toplane. He got nerfed in various ways.

Hyper (W) base damage 15/25/35/45/55 10/20/30/40/50

Hop/Crunch (E) cooldown 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 22/19.5/17/14.5/12

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 buff arrowLee Sin: Lee Sin has become a rare sight in the professional scene as of late. Teams are optimizing around early-game pressure harder than ever – some numbers were tweaked to put him on rail again.

Iron Will (W) lifesteal 5/10/15/20/25% 10/15/20/25/30%

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowLissandra: Lissandra's innate tankiness is outclassing other burst mages and her ultimate skill is perhaps the strongest defensive ability among other midlaners. The health growth stat got adjusted.

Health growth stat 84 75

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 buff arrowLulu: In Patch 6.18 there was a change to Lulu increasing Glitterlance’s slow at lower levels to get her ready for competitive play.

Glitterlance (Q) slow duration 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds ⇒ 2 seconds

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 buff arrowLux: Compared to her game-ending burst combos, Lux is weakest while in the early game. To compensate her slow got buffed.

Lucent Singularity (E) slow 20/24/28/32/36% 25/30/35/40/45%

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 buff arrowMiss Fortune: Miss Fortune is doing great at bullying opponents in lane but unfortunately she isn’t passing muster on doing damage to turrets. This downside got addressed in patch 6.18.

Love Tap (Passive) damage to turrets 50% 100%

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 buff arrowNocturne: Nocturne was seeing less success in comeptitive play, particularly in the early-to-mid-game skirmishes he is meant to thrive in. Therefore his fear got buffed.

Unspeakable Horror (E) terrify duration 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds  1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25 seconds

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowRek'Sai: Rek’Sai’s competitive dominance put her on the balance radar, the queen of the jungle shined on defense, mobility, health regeneration and crowd control.

Base armor 28.3 24

 Armor growth stat 3.75 3.4

Ryze: Realm Warp's (R) tooltip and range indicator have been updated to match last patch’s cast range increase.

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowShen: At present it isalmost impossible to put Shen on the back foot due to how much dueling strength is baked into his kit. Shen will still be able to out-trade his opponents but will no longer be as successful without offensive items.

Ki Barrier (Passive) base shield 52-120  50-101

Twilight Assault (Q) damage 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% of target's maximum health ⇒ 2/2.5/3/3.5/4% of target's maximum health

Twilight Assault (Q) bonus damage 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% of target's maximum health ⇒ 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% of target's maximum health

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowTaliyah: Taliyah is able to push waves without much thought, letting her roam to the side lanes easily. Now Taliyah’s roaming requires more setup so opponents have a fair chance of forcing her to stay in lane.

Threaded Volley (Q) bonus damage to minions 50%  Removed

Unraveled Earth (E) damage 80/105/130/155/180 70/90/110/130/150

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowVladimir: Even when Vladimir suffers a bad trade, he gets to waveclear as a fallback while he sustains back up. With these changes he will have a harder time trying to survive.

Base Health 550 525

Transfusion (Q) healing bonus 40-240  30-200 

Tides of Blood (E) cooldown 9/8/7/6/5 seconds  13/11/9/7/5 seconds

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowYasuo: While lacking the explosive offense of a crit build, Tank Yasuo's damage and mobility remain above average due to his kit, while his items grant him the durability he normally lacks. Some numbers got tweaked to compensate for that.

Base attack speed .658 .670

Attack speed growth stat 3.2% 2.5%

Last Breath (R) Bonus Armor Penetration now only applies to Yasuo’s critical strikes

Other changes

Besides the comprehensive balancing changes for champions Riot Games also changed two items on Summoner's Rift which were too strong and coveted. Furthermore they modified the invulnerability HUD for champions with this buff.

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrowFrozen Mallet: The Frozen Mallet should be a strong pickup for when you want to opt-in to more of a disruptive role, rather than when you want to kill your opponents faster.

Attack damage 40 30

Health 650 700

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 nerf arrow

Relic Shield: Relic Shield’s heal proc was covering up a bit too much of the intended vulnerability to poke in the early game.

Healing 20 15


Invulnerability HUD: Absolute immunity to enemy damage is the kind of thing you should make decisions around, and given that health bars already track status effects (slows, silences, etc), invulnerability deserves to be represented as well.

lol patch 6 18 worlds 2016 invulnerability hud

More about LoL Worlds 2016:

LoL Worlds 2016 – Tournament overview

Group Stage #1 – LoL Worlds 2016

Schedule and Results – LoL Worlds 2016

Betting, odds and betting sites – LoL Worlds 2016

Outright / Tournament Winner Odds – LoL Worlds 2016

Teams Overview – LoL Worlds 2016

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