Buffs, Nerfs to Jungle and Support Items underway in Patch 8.4
After League of Legends bade Sightstone and its corresponding items farewell on Patch 8.2 and Swain’s grand remake on Patch 8.3, developers are planning to tweak essential items along with Champion and Rune adjustments in Patch 8.4.
A lot of planned patch 8.4 changes
Looking at LeBlanc after Rengarhttps://t.co/rTxpbzGCz5
— Andrei van Roon (@RiotMeddler) February 2, 2018
According to a list from Riot Meddler in the League Forums, Patch 8.4 features changes to support and jungling items. Tracker’s Knife, for example, will tentatively receive a nerf on the vision it provides atop the Sightstone upgrade of Tier 2 and 3 support items. However, basic jungling items like Hunter’s Talisman will receive buffs to compensate for Champions who use it as a starter, along with the increased mana regen rate in the jungle. More of the buffs and nerfs to items are listed below.
- Tracker’s Knife – Investigating (might not change) whether this is just too dominant a choice at this point, which also leads to excessive vision especially in organized play.
- Hunter’s Talisman versus Hunter’s Machete – Tweaking stats a bit to make Talisman a better choice on champs it should be strong on.
- Jungle items generally – Potentially increasing mana regen to open up the jungle more (mana gating keeps quite a few champs from clearing effectively early relative to less mana hungry junglers)
- Ancient Coin – Looks too weak, even on champions it fits best on (Janna, Soraka, Rakan). Smallish, simple buffs likely as a result.
- Wit’s End – Buffing slightly in general and a bit more for melee champs (they’ll steal MR faster than ranged).
Along with changes to several items, some runes will be receiving buffs and/or nerfs. Starting from the Precision tree, Fleet Footwork and Press the Attack will be likely to be balanced – one goes up while the other goes down – but that does not mean Lethal Tempo will be left behind, as more work is needed for the keystone.
Some runes from other rune trees might just be moved for convenience, and Precision stat bonuses will function like Resolve – splitting bonuses with other stats (e.g. Precision + Domination = Bonus AP and AD.) Aside from item and rune adjustments, objectives such as the Dragon and Baron buffs will be taken to consideration to impact much to the late game.
Aside from the anticipated Rengar’s Q revert to being a hit modifier ability in Patch 8.4, there will also be balances to champions like Ornn, Gnar, Kalista, Evelynn, Volibear, Fiddlesticks and Talon. Though details are not yet disclosed, these Champions are to watch out for in the coming patch.
Like any League patch, Patch 8.4 will hit the Public Beta Environment (PBE) in the coming weeks before going live.