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Wild Rift Patch 2.5 Analysis

Wild Rift Patch 2.5 is a monster of an update. From a new guild system, changes to match making, and various gameplay balances, 2.5 provides far too much to go over. To facilitate the massive changes, here are all the gameplay relevant updates in patch 2.5. In essence, this will skip over the new guild system and new skins, and focus on the champion balances and in game updates. Hopefully, this analysis will provide some helpful insight.

Here is ProGuides Kerxx’s video breakdown of the patch:

NEW CHAMPIONS

VEIGAR, THE TINY MASTER OF EVIL


Superb Villain Veigar

The new yordle releases alongside the patch update. As a castor mage, the champion excels at scaling into the late game, bursting down practically anyone who comes in his path. Scaling infinity with ability power, Veigar plays as practically an AP Nasus. One of the strongest tools in his kit is his area of effect cage that stuns targets who walk into the border of it. His ultimate bursts down 

Watch this video for an abilities breakdown and quick guide.

Veigar will be released on October 15 at 00:01 UTC.

 

CHAMPION CHANGES

Riot provided description will be quoted. The player analysis of the changes will be at the end of each champion balance.

AHRI

“Ahri is overperforming across all skill levels, so we’re giving her a tune down across the board.” 

Base Stats

  • Base Health: 570 HP → 530 HP
  • Mana per level: 57 → 49

(1) Orb of Deception

  • Base Damage (Both Magic and True): 40/75/110/145 → 35/70/105/140

The mana per level hurts Ahri more than anything else from this buff. Since she’s incredibly reliant on spamming her key abilities, less mana means less plays. The base HP nerf is pretty minimal, but the Orb of Deception nerf massacres the pick. Ahri’s fisrt ability deals damage twice, the way forward and the way back. Essentially, the damage has been nerfed by 10 in total rather than the on paper 5.

AKSHAN

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“We now have the technology to make Akshan’s Heroic Swing feel better when used in obtuse (greater than 90°) angles. Also, here are some quality-of-life changes to help Akshan players make better decisions about his ultimate.”

(3) Heroic Swing

  • Akshan will now slide along the wall if he hits it at an obtuse (<90°) angle mid-swing

(Ult) Comeuppance

  • Now has an indicator that displays enemies within kill threshold
  • [BUGFIX] Tooltip now accurately states that shots execute minions

Honestly, Akshan is pretty powerful. The pick has mobility, utility, and damage all built into his kit. With the additional mechanical adjustments, Akshan should feel better than ever in Wild Rift.

ANNIE

“Annie’s ultimate is too generous in allowing her to stun targets from long distance, and it’s currently too easy to snag multiple enemies in a single cast. We’re bringing down the radius and damage of the initial Tibbers cast, but to compensate, we’re pulling power out of her (3) Molten Shield in order to buff up the bear himself, and make him into a larger threat.” 

(3) Molten Shield

  • Cooldown: 12/12/12/12s → 14/13/12/11s
  • Shield amount: 60/110/160/210 + 60% AP → 50/110/170/230 + 40% AP

(Ult) Summon: Tibbers

  • Effect radius: 275 → 225
  • Base damage: Reduced from 150/275/400 → 140/250/360
  • Tibbers flame aura effect radius: 200 → 300
  • Tibbers flame aura damage: 20/30/40 + 10% AP every 1 second → 24/40/56 + 12% AP every 1 second
    • Frequency: Increased from 1 tick per second → 4 ticks per second
  • Tibbers’ Enrage Attack Speed: Decays over 3 seconds → No longer decays

This is a rather interesting, well thought out balance adjustment. Before patch 2.5, Annie definitely played like an ultimate spamming machine. Her Tibbers reliability on hit was absolutely busted, destroying the entire enemy team with a single ability.

These changes focus on keeping her relevant in the meta, while adjusting her strengths. Tibbers activation was nerfed, but the passive damage was increased on all accounts. The change thereby increases her longevity in team fights, sacrificing her initial burst damage engage. Molten Shield nerfs target focusing Tibbers, but in actuality simply nerfs the overall utility of the skill.

ASHE

“Ashe’s utility is not quite hitting the mark in general, so we’re boosting the Frost Archer’s passive slow to give her more room to kite her opponents and set up her allies.”

(P) Frost Shot

  • Slow amount: 15 to 25% by level → 20 to 30% by level
  • Critical slow amount: 30 to 50% by level → 40 to 60% by level

This very well may make Ashe busted. Though more time and experimentation must be had, increasing Ashe’s slow utility is a very risky move. Since Frozen Mallet no longer exists, Ashe is the only adc that slows with every auto attack. A 10% increase from crit alongside base 5% slow increase is actually massive. Keep an eye on this marksman.

AURELION SOL

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“Aurelion Sol has quietly been a safe and powerful pick in the mid lane for some time. We’re reducing his base Armor and the mobility he gains from Celestial Expansion to open up more space (lol) for healthy counterplay.”

Base Stats

  • Base Armor: 35 → 30

(2) Celestial Expansion

  • Bonus movement speed: 40% → 30%

Celestial Expansion nerf guts the pick. His roams are the only thing that he excels in, and honestly Twisted Fate and Pantheon perform those functions far better. With a 10% decrease in movement speed, Aurelion Sol will not be able to effectively rotate the map.

This nerf is a clear example of poor balancing performed based purely on statistics. The champion is in a terrible place, and very much did not need these nerfs. Ever since the champion was gutted many patches ago, only Aurelion Sol one tricks really play the pick. Since only OTPs really play the celestial dragon, they will obviously have a slightly higher win rate than the typical player.

CAMILLE

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“Camille is dominant in multiple positions for highly skilled players, and we believe that she has too much flexibility in her position selection. We are removing her ability to clear the jungle quickly now the second cast of Hookshot no longer hits jungle monsters. This will also disable Camille’s ability to trigger Hookshot’s attack speed buff in order to make her jungle play a riskier bet that will rely more on ganks to succeed.” 

(3) Hookshot

  • Grants Attack Speed and stops on hitting an enemy champion or large monster → Grants Attack Speed and stops on hitting an enemy champion

Riot is finally addressing Camille jungle. After being oppressive in the meta for literal months, they are attempting to eliminate this pick and place her in her proper lane. But Camille jungle never had great jungle clears. The bladed champion relies on her insane mobility for versatile ganks, and that very mechanic has not changed. Her clears will definitely be impacted by the nerf, but it’s unclear if that will actually impact her viability.

DIANA

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“Diana is very close to being a viable jungler so we are giving her a light nudge to help her succeed a little more.”

(P) Moonsilver Blade

  • [NEW] Now deals 110% damage to monsters

Nobody plays Diana jungle in Wild Rift, but okay. 110% more damage on monsters sounds like she will simply have better wave clear in the mid lane. Since there are actually some jungle changes this patch, maybe Diana jungle will become a thing? Only time will tell.

FIZZ

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“Players have given us feedback about Fizz’s ultimate fish not matching its hitbox—we agree! We’re fixing it to better match its visual so it’s easier to position around.”

(Ult) Chum the Waters

  • Hitbox adjusted to better match visual

Good.

GALIO

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“Galio’s tanky support build is performing a little too well in all skill levels which makes him an overly flexible pick. We’re taking a light chip out of his (2) Shield of Durand to make playstyles that invest points in it early a little bit less effective.”

(2) Shield of Durand

  • Base Damage: 40/80/120/160 → 40/70/100/130

Shield of Durand’s damage in the late game was impacted significantly, but the early game was left untouched. Seeing as how Galio is easily poked during the very early stages of game, the nerf definitely targets his strengths and weaknesses very well. In essence, the pick is still viable, simply brought down a peg.

GRAGAS

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“Gragas is a dominant pick in professional play and a multi-position flex. While it’s great when skilled Gragas players set up their team with a powerful knockback, (Ult) Explosive Cask currently holds too much damage and is available a little too frequently in the earlygame.” 

(Ult) Explosive Cask

  • Cooldown: 80/70/60s → 90/75/60s
  • Base damage: 200/300/400 → 150/275/400

Much deserved nerfs. Gragas received nerfs a little while ago too, but the attention to the champion once again is very well warranted. The champion so often bursts anyone he likes by just throwing out his ultimate, so increasing the cooldown alongside decreasing the early game damage definitely creates more healthy playstyles. But the nerfs mitigate towards the end game, so the champion should still destroy during team fights.

JARVAN IV

Wild Rift Patch 2.5

“Jarvan’s flag-n-drag combo feels a little clunky so it’s getting smoothed out.”

(3) Demacian Standard

  • [NEW] Sped up dash startup time when using (1) Dragon Strike to dash to (3) Demacian Standard

This is great. Jarvan IV is not weak by any means, but players seem to struggle with hitting the iconic combo. The buff increases his engage reliance, a very key portion to the champion’s kit.

JHIN

ArtStation - Dark Cosmic Jhin splash, Bo Chen

“Jhin is sitting at an acceptable power level in most respects, but the strength of his utility is a bit under where we’d like it to be.”

(2) Deadly Flourish

  • Root duration: 1/1.25/1.5/1.75s → 1.25/1.5/1.75/2s

Bad Jhin players will not see the impact of this buff, but skilled Jhin players will love this. An increased root duration increases his skill-to-reward ratios, allowing him to create more follow up opportunities for his team. Great buff as a whole, should increase his viability in the meta.

KENNEN

“We believe that Kennen is close to having a healthy presence in the metagame, but he has yet to make an impact in high-level play. We’re amping up his laning phase by increasing his base AD and increasing the bonus movement speed gained from Lightning Rush.”

Base Stats

  • Base Attack Damage: 52 → 58

(3) Lightning Rush

  • Bonus movement speed: 100% → 110%

Base attack damage buff is huge. This allows Kennen to trade more effectively in lane. The Lightning Rush bonus movement speed is really scary, since that movement speed allows the yordle to position his ultimate. Keep an eye on Kennen, this buff is huge.

LEE SIN

“Lee Sin is a popular and powerful jungler that has been particularly dominant in high level play. In order to reduce how quickly he can burst down targets, we are softly reworking Iron Will so that it persists across two attacks but deals less damage with each hit.”

(2) Safeguard / Iron Will

  • Iron Will: Empowers next attack to deal an additional 50/75/100/125 + 80% AP magic damage and gain 35/50/65/80% physical and magic vamp → Empowers next two attacks to deal an additional 26/39/52/65 + 40% AP magic damage and gain 16/24/32/40% physical and magic vamp

Good, much deserved nerf. Lee Sin is broken in the high elo, and stood as a highly contested pick and ban. Nerfing Safeguard’s bonus decreases his dueling potential significantly, a key trait for the early game jungler. The nerf diminishes his sustainability and damage during key early stage trades.

LUX

“Lux is very close to being in a healthy spot in mid. We are giving her some love to her ultimate’s scaling to reward high AP builds.”

(Ult) Final Spark

  • AP ratio: 0.75 → 0.85

Ultimate buff for bigger lasers.

NUNU & WILLUMP

“Nunu & Willump’s power levels have snowballed out of control after their release. As players have grown to understand the boy and his yeti, they’ve grown to be a menace for players of all skill levels, so we’re lowering their survivability and clear speed.” 

Base Stats

  • Armor per level: 3.9 → 3.5

(1) Consume

  • True damage to monsters and minions: 350/560/770/980 → 350/500/650/800
  • Base healing: 60/100/140/180 → 60/95/130/165
  • Heal Bonus HP ratio: 9% → 8%

Consume faces a much deserved nerf. The sustainability and jungle priority on the skill during the late game were incredibly broken. But still, 800 true damage to monsters is still massive, and should not impact him too significantly.

Nunu is broken moreso because of his fast snowball and high defensive stats. The armor per level definitely hurts him, but not nearly enough to phase him out of the meta. He will definitely still see play.

PANTHEON

“Pantheon has been struggling to find his place amongst other Baron laners in high-level play, so we’re reducing the cooldown of (Ult) Grand Starfall to give skilled players more opportunities to make impactful plays.” 

(Ult) Grand Starfall

  • Cooldown: 120/105/90s → 110/95/80s

Expect to see Pantheon ulting around the map even more now. This is his greatest strength, therefore the buff definitely helps his key playstyle.

RIVEN

“Riven is overperforming in multiple roles, so we’re taking this opportunity to cut down on two big points of frustration for playing against Riven: her early game damage output and the uptime on her defensive abilities.” 

(1) Broken Wings

  • Base damage: 20/45/70/95 → 15/40/65/90

(3) Valor

  • Cooldown: 9/8/7/6s → 10/9/8/7s

Riven should have been nerfed way before, close to her release. The champion’s stats on broken wings were so broken, so it is good that Riot nerfed the first ability. 5 damage shaved off does not seem like much, but in the early game it definitely hurts her trading potential. Since the broken bladed warrior utilizes the skill thrice in a row, that is a total of 15 damage nerf, assuming Riven hits every skill.

Valor cooldown nerf is needed as well, slightly decreasing the amount of survivability and mobility Riven has. She should be a bit more killable. These nerfs as a whole should dissuade meta abusers, but for one trick Rivens, they will still be able to see great success on the champion.

SERAPHINE

“Seraphine’s getting the same quality-of-life feature from her PC version. Starting with max Echo stacks means she has a few more options at level 1.”

(P) Stage Presence

  • [NEW] Seraphine starts the game with max Echo stacks

Why does Seraphine get such an advantage, but not Sona? There are plenty of champions that utilize similar stacking abilities, so why does Seraphine get this special treatment? Does not make much sense, but good for Serpahine users.

SHYVANA

“Shyvana is struggling a little bit in organized play and high-skill ranked, so we’re amping up her strategic power as a power farmer and a dragon killer.”

(P) Fury of the Dragonborn

  • Bonus damage against Elemental Drakes and Elder Dragons: 20% → 25%

(2) Burnout

  • Base Magic Damage: 25/40/55/70 per second → 30/45/60/75 per second

This barely does anything for the champion. Since there are two rift heralds this patch, putting more damage on Elemental Drakes does not impact her presence in the meta. Shelly and her companion will be the jungle priority. More damage on Burnout helps her slightly, but not much at all. This is very much a placebo buff.

SORAKA

“Soraka is falling off a bit too much in higher levels of play after our last round of changes. We want her to have a higher payoff when she is successful at popping her only hard crowd control.”

(3) Equinox

  • Root duration: 1/1.25/1.5/1.75s → 1.25/1.5/1.75/2s

Very minimal buff for very unlikely mechanics. Hitting the root on Equinox is so unreliable on Soraka, and buffing the root by a mere 0.25 seconds per level hardly changes Soraka at all. Once again, another placebo buff.

TRISTANA

“Tristana is underperforming at all ranks against compositions that she should be strong against, so we’re reducing her offensive downtime to make her slightly less punishable throughout the game.”

(1) Rapid Fire

  • Cooldown: 19/18/17/16s → 18/17/16/15s

(3) Explosive Charge

  • Cooldown: 16/15/14/13s → 15/14/13/12s

Cooldown reductions are not the fix to making Tristana meta. What she is lacking is damage scaling on her explosive charge. Without fixing this, there is no way Tristana will become meta. A simple cooldown reduction does almost nothing for tristana, especially since the cooldowns are still pretty long.

Change her damage numbers and scaling, rather than cooldowns, and maybe players will start picking the yordle up.

TRYNDAMERE

“Consistently across all skill levels, but particularly in higher skill games, Tryndamere has struggled as a laner but performed quite well as a jungler. This patch, we’re taking a larger swing at balancing out his positions by giving him a new mechanic he can take advantage of in lane more so than in the jungle. As a result, we also needed to rebalance some of his stats and abilities to make sure jungle Trynd was not overly buffed. This is a pretty large change, so we’ll be keeping an eye on how he performs. RAAAARGH!”

Base Stats

  • Base Attack Damage: 64 → 52
  • AD per level: 4.55 → 5.5
  • Starting bonus attack speed: 20% → 10%

(P) Battle Fury

  • Crit Rate gained from Fury: 1.6% to 3% (based on level) and doubled at 100 Fury → 3.2% to 5% per point of Fury (based on level—caps out at Level 10) 
  • Fury gained from unit kills with attacks: 10 → 15
  • [NEW] Attacking a champion grants 50/55/65/75% (scaling with ultimate rank) attack speed for 5 seconds (6 second cooldown after attack speed runs out)

(1) Bloodlust 

  • Heal amount per point of Fury: Increased from 0.5/1.1/1.7/2.3 HP → 0.7/1.3/1.9/2.5 HP

(2) Mocking Shout 

  • Slow amount: 30/40/50/60% → 20/30/40/50%

(Ult) Undying Rage

  • [NEW] Passive: Increases Battle Fury’s bonus Attack Speed to 55/65/75% based on Ability Rank

Seems Riot is attempting to allow Tryndamere to scale better with consistent auto attacks. But the issue is, the base attack damage nerf is massive. Even if Tryndamere does gain more fury and scaling from it, his initial trade potential falls off too high from the base stat nerfs.

The changes may help him scale better with the newer itemization options laid out for him in patch 2.4, but some of the changes here are a little questionable. Play testing and experience is necessary to see the impact of these adjustments.

WUKONG

“Wukong is clearing the jungle too quickly, so we are removing his ability to amplify his damage against large monsters for his clear. Note: The tooltip incorrectly stated that this passive could stack against any unit, while it only stacked on champions and large monsters.”

(P) Crushing Blows

  • Stacks on enemy champions or large monsters → Stacks on enemy champions or epic monsters

Wukong should still function perfectly fine in the jungle and in the baron lane.

ZIGGS

“Ziggs is too powerful in the midgame where he can harass opponents and rotate around the map to demolish turrets more freely. We’ve retuned his passive base damage curve so it’s weaker in the midgame, but starts at the same value and scales to the same value at level 15.” 

(P) Short Fuse

  • Base damage: 20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/110/120/130/140/150/160 → 20/25/30/35/43/51/59/67/79/91/103/115/130/145/160

Good nerf, but needs even bigger nerfs as a whole. The champion is overpowered.

ARAM CHANGES

SCRYER’S BLOOMS

Scryer’s Blooms now appear on the Howling Abyss to scout enemies and units in the lane bushes!

CANNON MINIONS

Because of the above change, cannon minions no longer grant true sight of invisible units and traps. For Wild Rift, we felt cannon minion vision was a suboptimal overall, so the new vision system means you can use the Scryer’s Blooms to scout out traps, instead of escorting a cannon minion all the way up the lane.

GAMEPLAY CHANGES

SYSTEMS

ALLY BUFFS

To prevent miscasts, abilities that buff allies can no longer target clones. These include:

  • Annie: (3) Molten Shield
  • Soraka: (2) Astral Infusion
  • Janna: (3) Eye of the Storm
  • Lulu: (3) Help, Pix!

GRACEFUL CHARITY

After reviewing the effects of our changes to gold acquisition over the last year, we feel we’ve drained too much gold from supports as a role. We’re buffing the Graceful Charity passive gold mechanic from Patch 2.4 that should allow us to isolate buffs to the support position.

  • Bonus passive gold starting time: 5:00 4:00
  • Bonus gold per second: 1G 2G

Riot cannot seem to reach a consensus of how they like their passive gold income for support champions. The issue with this change is that they state that “isolate buffs to the support position.” But… Everyone acquires passive gold. That literally does not isolate the support position, and just accelerates everyone’s gold acquisition.

The best way to provide supports a way of passive income would be to provide a gold item or something of the like. All these adjustments made various times to bonus gold per second do NOT target supports. They are literal generalized buffs for every role.

SUMMONER SPELL: FLASH

“We’re making Flash interact more consistently with non-ultimate ‘skillshot’ dash abilities (dashes that don’t home in on a target). In Patch 2.5, Flash will cancel many dash abilities but still activate or bring their effects to the flashed location (e.g. Flashing during Riven’s third cast of Broken Wings will apply the knockup at the new location). 

Some dash abilities do not allow Flash to be cast in the middle of their animation and these will remain unchanged. This change will likely give more options to skilled players on champions like Riven, Renekton, Fiora, etc.”

  • Flashing during a ‘skillshot’ dash completely cancels the ability and its effects Flashing during a ‘skillshot’ dash applies the dash’s damage or effects at the flashed location

ITEMS

TIER 3 ITEMS

“We’re removing the ability for players to purchase multiple copies of the same Tier 3 item. To be clear, this is not a common way for most players to play the game, but it can be a trap that new players can fall into since item passives with the same name do not stack. Additionally, if an optimal build involves buying multiple copies of one item, it’s probably not super healthy overall—so we’re adding a restriction to keep things unique per build.”

  • Players can purchase multiple copies of the same Tier 3 item They cannot do that

Cannot stack the same item anymore, but nobody really did this anyway. As Riot stated, this helps new players not make some silly mistakes.

ENERGIZED ITEMS

“We’re updating the Energized items to better reward players for investing in it by allowing Energized damage to stack.”

  • Kircheis Shard, Rapid Firecannon, Stormrazor
      • Energized Attack’s bonus magic damage now stacks with other Energized item passives
  • Statikk Shiv
    • Energized Attack’s bonus magic damage now stacks with other Energized item passives
    • Clarified that Statikk Shiv’s individual portion of an Energized attack’s bonus magic damage can critically strike

Not much application for this mechanic, but maybe Caitlyn will like them? Rapidfire Cannon is the more viable item option, with Statikk Shiv and Stormrazor definitely not holding nearly as much precedent.

PROTOBELT ENCHANT

Generally when players use the Protobelt active effect in the middle of a dash ability, the objective is to extend their engage or disengage range. In previous patches, Protobelt’s active interrupts the current dash, so we’re adjusting it to buffer until the end of the dash animation. This change will make it easier to combine Protobelt’s active with other abilities for combos without requiring pixel-perfect timing on each button press.”

  • Using Protobelt Enchant during a dash will now queue the effect to occur after the dash finishes

JUNGLE

“After observing the jungle position over the last year we are making a decent amount of changes aimed at making jungle a bit less hectic to play and reduce the likelihood of unhealthy strategies like gold funneling. Overall, we expect the changes to be a small net nerf to jungle, as it’s currently the highest impact position in Wild Rift.”

SMITE

“We’ve seen gold funneling creep up in terms of prevalence, and it’s not a super healthy strategy overall. We’re making Smite a bit more powerful in the jungle and weaker in lane.”

  • [NEW] Having Smite equipped grants 20% extra gold from monsters
  • Minion Gold/XP penalty: -20% -25%

They are attempting to create more priority on jungle camps. This is generally a good direction to bring the jungle into.

JUNGLE MONSTERS

“In conjunction with Smite’s changes, we’re tuning jungle monster gold to make sure junglers remain roughly equal in power to other positions. Respawn rates are also being tuned as we felt that the camps themselves were respawning too quickly, leading to too many conflicted situations where a jungler had to choose between power farming or ganking.”

SPAWN TIME

  • Small/Large monster respawn time: 90s → 105s

BOUNTIES

  • Greater Murk Wolf bounty: 100G → 90G
  • Ancient Krug bounty: 80G → 60G
  • Large Raptor bounty: 70G → 60G
  • Small Raptor bounty: 30G → 25G
  • Gromp bounty: 140G → 130G
  • Rift Herald bounty: 300G → 250G
  • Rift Scuttler bounty: 120G → 100G
  • Red Brambleback bounty: 140G → 130G
  • Evolved Red Brambleback bounty: 220G → 180G
  • Blue Sentinel bounty: 140G → 130G
  • Evolved Blue Sentinel bounty: 220G → 180G

Interesting changes. The bounty decrease, but increased amount of gold for smite holders, should balance out regardless. These changes as a whole are good, and hopefully will create the intended balance of more jungle camp focus in Wild Rift.

BARON NASHOR

“Baron Buff has felt strong in its ability to completely choke out a game. At the same time, it was also spawning quite early into the game and often avoided since teams are often unwilling to take the risk. We see an opportunity here to match up its spawn time closer with average game flow by pushing back the spawn and reducing its power to increase comeback potential.”

  • Initial spawn time: 10 mins 13 mins
  • Baron-empowered minions bonus damage: 40% 20%

Baron has bene overpowered for quite some time, and the nerfs are very much warranted. The biggest nerf is to the empowered minion damage. The issue with this change is that developers have effectively increased the average length of games, which is great for more comeback mechanics, but creates an issue for players who played Wild Rift for the shorter matches.

RIFT HERALD

“As Baron’s initial spawn time is increasing, we also saw a good opportunity to introduce more strategic interest in Rift Herald by allowing her to respawn if she’s taken early enough in the game—taking all suggestions for Shelly’s friend’s name.”

  • [NEW] Rift Herald can now respawn once after 4 minutes
  • Rift Herald default despawn time: 9:00 12:00
  • Rift Herald charge damage to structures: 200% AD + 20% HP 1500 + summoning champion’s level × 50
  • Rift Herald self damage on charge: 100% AD + 10% HP 70% current HP

Second Rift Herald essentially makes the Baron side of the map the biggest priority in the game. Rift herald is almost always the better objective over elemental drakes, so having two on the baron side of the map drastically shifts the focus of the game.

COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL

  • Ping, chat, and emotes now all share the same spamming cooldown
  • Increased the activation area for the emote wheel
  • Revival effects and Zhonya’s Enchant now have a countdown bar only visible to allies
  • The in-game text chat has been slightly widened
  • Added the ability for players to share a unique URL to invite friends to join Wild Rift and add them as a friend in game

CONTROLS

  • For melee champions, tapping the attack button has increased sensitivity to choosing enemy champions outside of your melee attack’s range. This change will mean that melee champions will need to rely on the minion button more often to farm in lane. We’ll be keeping an eye on your feedback around this change and will offer a setting if enough players feel like it is hard to adapt, but we expect this tuning to resolve more issues that it creates as it will make it way less likely for a melee champion to randomly attack a passerby minion while chasing down an enemy.
  • While the ‘Dash in Move Direction’ setting is on, tap casting a dashing ability without a move stick input now dashes at targets instead of the direction that the player’s champion is facing.
  • We’ve done some general tuning to make accidental drags when furiously tapping the attack button less likely to occur.
  • We’ve increased the maximum size of an ability button to help players drag-aim on longer range abilities and have a wider range of tuning for drag sensitivity.
  • Added touch feedback for store and other areas for Android and iOS.

Conclusion

As a whole, patch 2.5 provided great balancing to the game. From champion nerfs, buffs, and even drastic changes to the jungle role, there is a lot to look forward to. A lot of players were disappointed by patch 2.5 preview. Be patient, the game is improving slowly, but surely. This balance balance update is testament to Riot’s efforts.


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