League of Legends Wild Rift Patch Notes 2.1 breakdown

New champions, buffs and nerfs, replay and spectate feature, gameplay changes, Lunar event and a bunch of new skins! One of the more heavy patches so far.

Introduction

A lot of buffs,nerfs and gameplay changes along with new events. We finally have the replay and spectate feature to look forward to!

Contents

New Champions

Xayah and Rakan

Xayah and Rakan

A botlane duo with lots of cc dmg and utility.

Xayah is a marksman with a decent skill cap and an invincibility frame in her ult while Rakan is a support with lots of utility, high mobility, and great cc. This duo can cause a lot of havoc in team fights, and as Wild Rift is in a team fight heavy meta right now, I predict they will be in a good spot as long as their damage numbers are to scale.

Although the exact date of their release isn’t revealed yet, I predict it will be around Valentine’s Day. This is one of League’s most iconic couple after-all.

Other champions up for release by March

Leona

Leona Wild Rift Leona is a damage support with lots of utility. Being a support main I am very excited about her release!

Diana

Diana Wild Rift A very strong laner with a lot of damage output.

Pantheon

Pantheon Wild Rift An early game monstrosity with a great amount of team fight utility. Excited to see how his kit has been reworked for Wild Rift.

Katarina

Katarina Wild Rift Katarina is a high burst, high difficulty assassin. The ultimate has been changed for Wild Rift so that she can move while casting it.

Champions: Buffs and Nerfs

Corki

Corki

(1) Phosphorus Bomb

  • AD ratio: 0.5 bonus AD → 0.7 bonus AD

(3) Gatling Gun

  • Armor and Magic Resist reduction: 4/6/8/10 → 8/12/16/20

(Ult) Missile Barrage - Base damage: 80/95/110 → 80/115/150 - AD ratio: 0.25 at all ranks → 0.25/0.45/0.65

  • Big One base damage: 160/190/220 → 160/230/300

    • Big One AD ratio: 0.5 at all ranks → 0.5/0.9/1.3

These are some huge changes to his dmg numbers all across the board! I do believe his ult was hard to hit and when it did, it never seemed to do enough dmg. But the Gattling gun buff is just insane. He will shred tanks and warriors that dare to come close range with this.

If you are looking for a hype carry mage or marksman in solo queue(that’s another good thing about Corki; he can fill in multiple roles), Corki is the champion for you. He is a little hard to master and requires a lot of positional awareness, perfect timing, and rotations, but once you learn him it will be worth it.

Jarvan IV

Jarvan IV buff

Base Stats

  • AD per level: 3.6 → 4.55

(P) Martial Cadence

  • Now deals 20 minimum damage

Dragon Strike

  • Dragon Strike to Demacian Standard dash combo hitbox size: 2 → 2.5

(Ult) Cataclysm

  • Fixed dash speed: 0.4s → 0.25s

This is no surprise as Jarvan was one of the most underperforming champions ever since Wild Rift was launched. Almost no one picks him in high elos or in competitive and there are various reasons for that. His dash is clunky and takes time to execute, and he only seems to fall off after his early spike. His ult is a double edged sword in team fights. I do really enjoy playing Jarvan and would love to see him in the meta.

These changes make him a bit more viable. His jungle clear speed is increased with the minimum 20 damage. He will clear small camps faster. His dash will feel a bit smoother with that hitbox increase. I don’t think this will make him meta but we are at least going in the right direction.

Jax

Jax buff

(1) Leap Strike

  • Range: 6 → 6.5
  • Cooldown: 9/8/7/6s → 7.5/7/6.5/6s
  • Damage: 55/110/165/220 → 60/115/170/225

Again a champion I enjoy playing but saw no real place in the meta. Jax struggled a lot against ranged matchups in lane more than he should. With a stronger Leap strike, this is finally being addressed.

Kai’sa

Kaisa buff

(2) Void Seeker

  • Correctly applies Caustic Wounds’ damage to the target hit

The bug fix will make her very slightly stronger but this does not change anything about her kit or playstyle.

Kennen

Kennen buff

Base Stats

  • Base AD: 58 → 52
  • Movement speed: 335 → 330

(2) Electrical Surge

  • Cooldown: 12/10/8/6s → 15/12/9/6s

(3) Lightning Rush

  • Base damage: 85/140/195/250 → 70/125/180/235
  • AP ratio: 0.8 → 0.7

(Ult) Slicing Maelstrom

  • Base damage: 35/70/105 → 30/60/90
  • AP ratio: 0.2 → 0.15

Absolutely beautiful! This is what I was waiting for the ENTIRE month. One of the most broken champs Wild Rift has seen so far. You could play him any lane any role it wouldn’t matter, he would still ruin your day. All he had to do was run in a team fight, press ult, press stasis.. BOOM, match over.

He had one of the highest pick rates at ALL elos, and one of the highest ban rates even in competitive. Truly a nightmare to deal with.

Happy all his shenanigans will now be toned down a bit. The good Kennen players will survive, the meta spammers, not so much.

Lee Sin

Lee Sin buff

(Ult) Dragon’s Rage

  • Knockback range: 7.5 → 6.75

This makes it so he can reach the kicked target with his sonic wave. Although they say it’s a light nerf, I feel like it’s a small buff, especially for solo queue Lee Sins. But it does make it slightly easier to escape once hit by his ult.

This doesn’t change Lee Sin’s place in the meta, he is still an S tier jungler.

Tristana

Tristana buff

(1) Rapid Fire

  • Attack speed: 30/50/70/90% → 50/70/90/110%
  • Duration: 5s → 7s

(2) Rocket Jump

  • Base damage: 60/130/200/270 → 85/155/225/295

(2) Explosive Charge

  • Passive base damage: 40/70/100/130 → 55/85/115/145
  • Active base damage: 60/70/80/90 → 65/80/95/110
  • AD ratio: 50/70/90/110% Bonus AD → 55/90/125/160% Bonus AD

There was no controversy in the fact that Tristana was heavily underperforming. Even her late game strength was nowhere near what was expected of a scaling champ. I love Tristana’s champion design, but the lack of the damage made it so I couldn’t play her a lot. I am glad all that is fixed now. A lot of juicy damage buffs all across the board!

I am sure these changes will easily make her an S tier mm or atleast a high A tier.

Twisted Fate

Twisted FAte buff

(2) Pick a Card

  • Blue Card mana restoration: 50/65/80/95 → 60/90/120/150
  • Blue Card AP ratio: 0.5 → 0.8
  • Red Card AP ratio: 0.5 → 0.65
  • Gold Card stun duration: 1/1.25/1.5/1.75s → 1.25/1.5/1.75/2s

Twisted Fate doesn’t have a very high pick rate but many players and strategies do find success with him, especially with his ult. His pick a card ability surely does a lot for improving his place here. The stun duration is up to 2 seconds! Remember, this is a highly spammable ability in a team fight. He can spam this sure to hit 2 second stun very frequently especially in mid and late game. The blue card ensures his sustain in lane is increased, no longer needing to recall as frequently, hence significantly increasing his laning strength.

Twisted Fate is very much a meta pick after these changes. His burst and cc are insanely strong.

Yasuo

Yasuo_HighNoon buff

(Ult) Last Breath

  • Base damage: 200/300/400 → 200/350/500
  • Animation time: 1.5s → 1.25s
  • Knock-up duration: 1.5s → 1.25s

This change came as a bit of a surprise to me. I didn’t think he was underperforming at any elo. His ult dmg has increased now, but the knock-up duration reduced. A good rebalance, won’t change much about his playstyle or position in meta.

Items

YOUMUU’S GHOSTBLADE

YOUMUU’S GHOSTBLADE

Momentum [Removed] Attacks convert Momentum into bonus magic damage on-hit. Attacks will still remove all Momentum stacks. Spectral Haste Unchanged

Ghostblade was a staple item on lot of the assassins. More or less a direct nerf to many of them. We might see some changes in build here or there.

DEAD MAN’S PLATE

YOUMUU’S GHOSTBLADE

Momentum [Removed] Attacks convert Momentum into bonus magic damage on-hit. Attacks will still remove all Momentum stacks. Crushing Blow [New] Attacks deal magic damage equal to Momentum stacks removed. Melee attacks that expend max Momentum also slow by 50% for 1 second

They did not want to remove the damage from the Dead Man’s plate hence, they shifted the numbers to a new passive. This item and builds related to it will remain the same.

REDEEMING ENCHANT

YOUMUU’S GHOSTBLADE

(NEW) Redemption heal effect is reduced by 50% if the target has been affected by another Redemption in the last 20 seconds

It was possible to stack multiple redeems on heroes and use it all in a teamfight without seeing any reduced effects in healing. To make sure that only one redeem is used per fight, these changes were made

LOCKET ENCHANT

YOUMUU’S GHOSTBLADE

Locket shield effect is reduced by 50% if the target has been affected by another Locket in the last 20 seconds

Similar to stacking or redeeming enchant, the shield could also stack, and more than one champion could equip it. This makes sure only one champion builds this item per team.

Although you can still build redeeming enchant and locket enchant on two different heores, they stack together really well with no consequence.


Gameplay

New Features

Replays

This is amazing news for all content creators and players alike! For players, this allows them to see what went wrong, or what mistakes they did during a gameplay. For content creators, doesn’t matter if you forgot to turn on the record button during a match! Just go to your match history, tap the replay button and you can record your clips.

Replays

Things to note

  • Replays for 50 past matches will be available.
  • Follow any player in-game. Fog of War will apply according to that players perspective
  • You can increase, decrease the speed or pause but can’t go forward or backward.
  • No replay for practice mode games.
  • Replays will expire with each new patch.

Spectator Mode

This will greatly improve the tourney viewing experience! This feature was long-awaited by coaches, tourney organizers and players alike!

Spectator mode

If you are a beginner use this to spectate your high-rank friends. Or if you are waiting in lobby for your friends to finish their match, you can just choose to spectate them instead of getting bored.

Things to note

  • You must be friends with those you want to spectate.
  • You must be on the same game version to spectate a player.
  • Turn off “Allow spectators” in the Settings menu if the thought of others spectating you gives you the jitters.
  • No mirroring even if you spectate a player from the opposite team.

Ping Display

Ping Your exact ping is visible now.

Portrait Lock

Portrait lock wild rift Go to settings> Control and you will find this feature.

Portrait lock wild rift

In-Game chat

The in-game chat settings have been updated. All / Team / Off is now All / Team / Party. The new Party setting allows for premade party chat while hiding chat from other team members.

Summoner spell timers

talent A circle appears around spell inicating how much time is left before the effect wears off.

Added an indicator around summoner spell buttons showing exactly how long spell casts like Barrier and Ghost will be active.

Smite Indicator

Smite wild rift

Hunter’s Duty effect timer is visible, which let’s players know how they get reduced gold from min ionss. Riot’s way of telling the junglers to stay in the jungle and not leach lane farm.

Gameplay Changes

Hand of the Baron

When champions with Hand of Baron buff leave minion vicinity, buff linger duration reduced from 10 → 5 seconds

This is a nerf to the Baron in a way. So far if you were ahead, any high mobility could just buff all the minions throughout the map and then join team fight with zero consequence, as the buffed minions would keep pushing. Now the minions will only stay buffed if you are near them. As soon as you leave the lane the buff will disappear, strengthening the split push strategy more than before.

Rift Scuttler

Rift Scuttlers now spawn similarly to League PC. At the start of the game, two Rift Scuttlers spawn (one on each side of the map), then one Scuttler on either side is randomly spawned thereafter.

Smite wild rift As you can see here, only one scuttler spawned.

The rift scuttlers made it nearly impossible to make a comeback after the enemy jungler got a lead. All the scuttlers would be taken by them. Even when you didn’t have a lead, the jungle difference would be be felt all too real if the enemy jungler prioritized scuttler. They provide vision to the most important objectives on the map.


Other

  • Increased the amount of Blue Motes in Weekly Activity Chests, and slightly increased Activity Points required to earn the third chest in a week. XP and Poro Coin rewards are unchanged:

Chest wild rift Weekly Chest 1: 120 Activity Points - 150BM → 250BM Chest wild rift Weekly Chest 2: 240 Activity Points - 175BM → 275BM Chest wild rift Weekly Chest 3: 465 Activity Points (was 400) - 200BM → 425BM

  • You can now gift recalls, baubles and emotes.
  • Suggested Activities menu will stay after level 10.
  • Chests will give you unowned content first. If you own everything you could not use chests before, now you will get poro coins.
  • You won’t get free champions from chests(the champions you unlock from level ups).
  • Adjusted the login flow to ensure that important login popup messaging (like server status) will not be skipped when using automatic login.
  • Time before automatic logout when minimizing Wild Rift or locking screen increased for iOS.
  • Tutorials are more detailed now.
  • Permissions will be asked the first time a feature is used.

New Skins

Lunar Beast Alistar

Lunar Beast Alistar

Lunar Beast Annie

Lunar Beast Annie

Lunar Beast Darius

Lunar Beast Darius

Lunar Beast Fiora

Lunar Beast Fiora

Lunar Beast Jarvan IV

Lunar Beast Jarvan IV

Lunar Beast Miss Fortune

Lunar Beast Miss Fortune

Panda Teemo

Panda Teemo

Cosmic Dawn Rakan

Cosmic Dawn Rakan

Cosmic Dusk Xayah

Cosmic Dawn Xayah

Heartseeker Vayne

Heartseeker Vayne

Sweetheart Rakan

Sweetheart Rakan

Sweetheart Xayah

Sweetheart Xayah

Sweetheart Sona

Sweetheart Sona

Riot has also teased a Project skin line soon to come in the upcoming months, but no dates are yet confirmed.

Rundown Videos

Here are the Patch Notes from the Gaming Galaxy Thrower himself. Many thanks to Shurkou for letting us embed his video on here.


Final Thoughts

The Lunar event has me hyped! Really excited for the new champions as well. About the buffs and nerfs I am just glad that the reig of Kennen is finally over and that people can stop flaming Tristana picks.

Goodluck on the Rift, friend!

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