League of Legends Patch 11.11: Tank items and Wardstone changes
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League of Legends’ Patch 11.11 is just over a week away (releasing on May 26), and Marl “Riot Scruffy” Yetter gave players a glimpse into the upcoming changes. The main highlights of the changes include tweaks to tank items and an adjustment to the oft-forgotten Wardstone item.

Buffs to Hecarim and Singed, and nerfs to ability power junglers are also on the docket. These are the tentative changes in League of Legends Patch 11.11.

“Patch Preview 11.11 with tentative changes. Nearly done, but there may still be adjustments.

-Added tank legendary changes

-Added Singed

Removed a few that didn’t hold up on closer investigation,” Riot Scruffy said in a tweet.

Tank items and Wardstone changes

In a previous announcement, Riot Scruffy said that the goal for future tank item changes are to make it so Thornmail is no longer a must-build item in every game. To this end, the balance team will nerf Bramble Vest and tweak some numbers on other armor items. Warden’s Mail, Frozen Heart and Randuin’s Omen will have their passive, Rock Solid, tweaked to a flat number and a percentage of attack damage instead of its previous percentage. The passive will still scale off of maximum health, but presumably become more powerful after Patch 11.11.

Warmog’s Armor will also receive some changes. Its passive regeneration will now work for champions with 1,100 bonus health instead of 3,000 total. Frostfire Gauntlet will also receive a massive buff across all of its statistics. These changes combined should incentivize players to build out of the Warden’s Mail item tree and pickup Warmog’s Armor earlier instead of rushing Bramble Vest in the early game.

As for the Wardstone changes, Riot is giving support players more of a reason to pick up the item, instead of just having more ward spots. The item’s first tier, Stirring Wardstone, will be removed. Players will only be able to purchase its tier-two version, Watchful Wardstone. Its third-tier form, Vigilant Wardstone, will now be available through a quest upgrade. To complete the quest, players need to reach level 13. The base item, and its upgraded version, still allow players to hold three control wards. Vigilant Wardstone will also have a new passive giving players a 12% increase in ability power, ability haste, bonus attack damage and health.

Patch 11.11 Champion nerfs and buffs

The list of champion changes is small and involves slight number changes here and there. The main changes involve nerfs to Rumble, Morgana and Elise. Less Sin, Urgot, Shaco, Leona and Qiyana are all on the nerf page as well. For champion buffs, the major changes include Hecarim, Seraphine and Nautilus. Riot are reverting some of their nerfs to the ghost horse and may be pushing Nautilus back into the jungle.

Other champions that Riot will take mercy on include Azir, Graves, Ryze, Ezreal, Teemo and Singed. These changes are not final as of yet and will be live with the Patch 11.11 on May 26.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.