LoL patch 11.21 notes: release date, PBE leaks, buffs & nerfs, skins, balance changes - Dexerto
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League of Legends patch 11.21 notes: Viego buffs, Dragonmancer skins

Published: 19/Oct/2021 23:04 Updated: 19/Oct/2021 23:08

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends patch 11.21 is here. Here are all the LoL notes & changes coming in the October 20 update, including Viego buffs, Miss Fortune nerfs, Goredrinker changes, and new Dragonmancer skins.


  • Viego gets helping hand after win rate dip
  • Miss Fortune, Graves, and Goredrinker among nerfs
  • Nine-year wait for Syndra update ends this patch

League of Legends patch 11.21 marks the start of Riot’s end-of-season push.

With the Worlds patch now behind us — and pro action exploding in Iceland — the developers are turning their attention to Season 12, preparing LoL players for the final ranked grind, and balancing out any champions that went wild post-11.19. These include Viego buffs, Graves and Miss Fortune nerfs, and long-awaited changes to Goredrinker and the Conqueror rune.

“We’ve got some more solo queue champion tweaks as well as a few interesting system changes which should shake stuff up,” League balance designer Riot Phlox said after unveiling the changes.

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On top of those changes, new Dragonmancer skins are set to ship mid-update and will include a two releases for Yasuo and a new Volibear Prestige skin.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends patch 11.21, coming on October 20.

Tranquillity Dragon Karma League of Legends skin
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League’s popular Dragonmancer skins return at the same time as last year’s release.

What’s coming in LoL patch 11.21?

Riot buffs struggling Viego

The Ruined King has been locked down since the end of the Rise of the Sentinels event. Viego has fallen out of favor in both pro and casual play, posting win rates lower than 48.3% across his three main roles: jungle (48.21%), mid lane (47.84%), and top lane (44.77%).

Following on from his massive LoL patch 11.17 changes, which really kneecapped him, Riot has decided to give him back some extra power.

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Viego’s Q and R will do more damage with slight ratio increases, while his W won’t slow him as much during the charge up, meaning enemies can’t escape as easily.

Viego joins League of Legends Pentakill band in patch 11.18.
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Viego needs a helping hand after his LoL patch 11.17 changes.

Miss Fortune nerfs come after Worlds

Miss Fortune has been the dominant force of Worlds 2021. She’s risen from the ashes to be the best AD carry at the international event, boasting a 87.5% presence ⁠— third-highest behind Lee Sin and Lucian.

It’s not just pros finding great use out of Miss Fortune. She currently boasts a 52.83% win rate in solo queue with a whopping 30.46% pick rate, something that has only skyrocketed since her Worlds domination.

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The Bounty Hunter is getting some hefty mana nerfs — including a reduction to her base mana pool, as well as increased costs on her W.

The Miss Fortune nerfs might come too late for affecting the Worlds meta, but it’ll at least curb players on their end-of-season ranked grind.

Miss Fortune is one of the LoL champions that have fallen to Viego's Ruination.
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One might say Miss Fortune has ruined the Worlds 2021 meta with her dominance.

Goredrinker finally nerfed after months of pleas

It’s finally happened ⁠— Riot have stopped nerfing Goredrinker champions and targeted the item itself. It’s another nerf that has come too late to affect Worlds, but after terrorizing Summoner’s Rift for months, it should finally be put to bed.

The Mythic item is getting a total makeover, losing its health regen base stat as well as the Spite passive that increased damage while on low health. The Thirsting Slash active will also do less damage, with its scaling changing from total AD to just base AD.

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Goredrinker’s long-lost cousin Stridebreaker is also affected by the last change.

The changes should put a stop to assassins building Goredrinker, but still make it a viable item for the bruisers it was designed for.

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No more Goredrinker assassins, hopefully.

Syndra update comes as Riot gives old champs visual overhaul

Riot are continuing their barrage of old League of Legends champion updates in patch 11.21 with mid lane mage Syndra.

The Dark Sovereign has hardly been touched in the nine years since her release. In this update however, she will be getting a total visual overhaul to bring her in line with newer releases.

No gameplay changes to Syndra are expected.

After Syndra, Caitlyn is also expected to receive a visual upgrade, with more champions to follow in Season 12.

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Syndra’s visual update is the champion’s first major overhaul in nine years.

New Dragonmancer skins

The Dragonmancer skin line which launched in October 2020 is returning at the same time in 2021. These new skins include a Prestige release for Volibear, build on the storyline set in the last release, as the champions try to bring an end to Brand’s reign of terror as the Eternal Dragon.

Here’s all the Dragonmancer skins:

  • Kai’Sa
  • Karma
  • Thresh
  • Volibear
  • Volibear Prestige edition
  • Yasuo (Dream & Truth)

Dexerto can confirm each of the base Dragonmancer skins will receive nine chromas. Volibear’s new Prestige skin chromas, however, are yet to be confirmed.

Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige Edition League of Legends skin
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Volibear is receiving his first Prestige skin in the upcoming Dragonmancer drop.

League patch 11.21 will drop on October 20 and the full notes can be seen below, courtesy of Riot.

League of Legends patch 11.21 notes

Champions

Akshan

E – Heroic Swing

  • Base damage per shot: 30/50/70/90/110 ⇒ 30/45/60/75/90

Graves

E – Quickdraw

  • Bonus armor per stack: 6/9/12/15/18 ⇒ 4/7/10/13/16

Jinx

Passive – Get Excited!

  • Total attack speed: 15% ⇒ 25%

E – Flame Chompers!

  • Range: 900 ⇒ 925

R – Super Mega Death Rocket!

  • Cooldown: 90/75/60 seconds ⇒ 75/65/55 seconds

Karthus

E – Defile

  • Mana restored: 20/27/34/41/48 ⇒ 15/25/35/45/55

Lux

Base stats

  • Attack speed per level: 1% ⇒ 2%

Passive – Illumination

  • Updated – Let’s light it up: Illumination mark duration extended if Lux’s basic attack is already in flight to the target, or if R – Final Spark is being cast

E – Lucent Singularity

  • Damage: 60/110/160/210/260 (+65% AP) ⇒ 70/120/170/220/270 (+70% AP)

R – Final Spark

  • Cooldown: 80/60/40 seconds ⇒ 60/50/40 seconds

Miss Fortune

Base stats

  • Mana: 325.84 ⇒ 300

W – Strut

  • Mana cost: 30 ⇒ 45.

Quinn

W – Heightened Senses

  • Bonus attack speed: 20/35/50/65/80% ⇒ 20/30/40/50/60%

Sion

W – Soul Furnace

  • Shield: 60/85/110/135/160 (+40% AP) (+8/9/10/11/12% maximum health) ⇒ 60/85/110/135/160 (+40% AP) (+10/11/12/13/14% maximum health)

Teemo

Q – Blinding Dart

  • Cooldown: 8 seconds ⇒ 7 seconds
  • Blind duration: 1.5/1.75/2.0/2.25/2.5 seconds ⇒ 2.0/2.25/2.5/2.75/3 seconds
  • Missile Speed: 1500 ⇒ 2500

Viego

Q – Blade of the Ruined King

  • AD Ratio: 60% ⇒ 70%

W – Spectral Maw

  • Self-slow while charging: 15% ⇒ 10%

R – Heartbreaker

  • Critical strike chance ratio: 75% ⇒ 100%

Xayah

Base stats

  • Move speed: 325 ⇒ 330

Q – Double Daggers

  • Cooldown: 10/9/8/7/6 seconds ⇒ 10/8.5/7/5.5/4 seconds

Items

Goredrinker

  • Removed – Health regeneration: No longer grants 150% health regen
  • Removed – Spite: No longer grants 0-15% (based on missing health) of your AD as bonus AD
  • New – Omnivamp: now grants 8% Omnivamp
  • Thirsting Slash: 100% Total AD ⇒ 175% Base AD

Ceaseless Hunger (Goredrinker – Ornn Item)

  • Removed – Health regeneration: No longer grants 250% health regen
  • Removed – Spite: No longer grants 0-15% (based on missing health) of your AD as bonus AD
  • New – Omnivamp: now grants 13% Omnivamp
  • Thirsting Slash: 100% Total AD ⇒ 175% Base AD

Ironspike Whip

  • Crescent: 75% Total AD ⇒ 100% Base AD

Stridebreaker

  • Attack Damage: 45 ⇒ 50
  • Halting Slash: 100% Total AD ⇒ 175% Base AD

Dreamshatter (Stridebreaker – Ornn Item)

  • Attack Damage: 55 ⇒ 60
  • Halting Slash: 100% Total AD ⇒ 175% Base AD

Runes

Conqueror

  • Adaptive force per stack: 2-5 (based on level) ⇒ 2-4 (based on level)
  • Buff duration: 6 seconds ⇒ 4 seconds

Guardian

  • Shield: 70-150 (based on level) (+15% Guardian’s AP) (+9% Guardian’s bonus health) ⇒ 50-130 (based on level) (+15% Guardian’s AP) (+9% Guardian’s bonus health)

Health Shard

  • Bonus health: 15-90 (based on level) ⇒ 15-140 (based on level)

Ingenious Hunter

  • Base item haste: 10 ⇒ 20
  • Item haste per stack: 5 ⇒ 6
  • Max item haste at full stacks: 35 ⇒ 50

Ravenous Hunter

  • Omnivamp per stack: 1.5% ⇒ 1.2%
  • Max Omnivamp at full stacks: 7.5% ⇒ 6%

Bugfixes & QoL Changes

  • Syndra’s spell effects have gotten a major visual update for several of her skins, including base!
  • Singed’s base voice lines have been remastered to sound clearer and cleaner. Muhahahaha.
  • Kindred’s Wolf has been fixed to animate with Lamb while emoting~
  • Warwick will now properly sense low health enemies who took damage while he was dead
  • Fixed a bug where Aurelion Sol’s Q – Starsurge visual effects would go out of sync from its hitbox as it grew
  • Fixed a bug where Nasus’s Q – Siphoning Strike did not deal damage to traps (such as Teemo’s R – Noxious Trap and Nidalee’s W – Bushwack)
  • Fixed a bug where Gangplank’s Q – Parrrley still healed for 20% instead of 10% from Fleet Footwork
  • Fixed a bug where some abilities (such as Ezreal’s Q – Mystic Shot) did not count toward the stacking effect of Mortal Reminder’s passive
  • Akshan’s E – Heroic Swing will get interrupted properly when he goes into stasis (such as via Zhonya’s Hourglass or Guardian Angel)
  • Shard of True Ice will correctly reduce minion gold if its user has farmed more than 20 minions per 5 minutes
  • The following abilities will now trigger spell effects (such as Luden’s Tempest or Muramana) when dealing damage: Blitzcrank’s E – Power Fist, Camille’s Q – Precision Protocol, Darius’ W – Crippling Strike, Dr. Mundo’s E – Blunt Force Trauma, Garen’s Q – Decisive Strike, Hecarim’s E – Rampage, Illaoi’s W – Harsh Lesson, Jax’s W – Empower, Shyvana’s Q – Twin Bite, Trundle’s Q – Chomp, Vayne’s Q – Tumble, Wukong’s Q – Crushing Blow, and Yorick’s Q – Last Rites

LoL patch 11.21 skins

Lagoon Dragon Kai’Sa

Seeking the power to purify the land of Brand’s corruption, Kai’Sa plunged into the depths of the Lagoon Dragon’s waters, despite terrifying legends of the endless deep. However, the Dragon recognized her for her courage to face the unknown and blessed her with its gifts. Now, she adventures the world, cleansing the land and protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

Tranquility Dragon Karma

As Brand’s corruption spread, Karma sought the power to restore peace. When her desperate search throughout the land failed, Karma was left with nowhere left to look but within. After months of quiet contemplation, the fabled Tranquility Dragon greeted her in a vision. She awoke with the dragon’s gift, the power to bring tranquil peace to face Brand’s raging violence.

Steel Dragon Thresh

The Steel Dragon, happiest curled up in its cavernous archive amidst its treasures, needed someone with a talent for acquiring esoteric new treasures– and its eye fell on Thresh. Honored to assist, Thresh’s limitless appetite for acquisition warped into obsession. Now he stops at nothing to acquire what he wants, justifying his cruelty in the name of his benefactor.

Duality Dragon Volibear

Volibear was the greatest terror in the forest, until the nearby volcano erupted. In the frenzy of escape, Volibear came across a child who was similarly trapped, and heeded a strange instinct– he saved the child. The Duality Dragon saw and made the mighty predator an offer: the power to hone the duality of his nature, both fury and compassion.

Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige Edition

Volibear stands poised between the two drives of his core self– rage and mercy, impulse and restraint, neither overwhelming the other. Balance is an active struggle; each day the predator and protector clash, and each day Volibear’s will grows stronger by the grace of the dragon’s gift.

Dream Dragon Yasuo

The song of steel grew silent, and Yasuo was the last living soul on the battlefield– though he imagined he could hear the thankful murmurs of the villagers he’d protected. Wounded and dying, Yasuo produced his flute to play a last haunting elegy. The Dragon of Dreams descended from its mountaintop, moved by Yasuo’s song, and offered him its power…

Truth Dragon Yasuo

Alone against an army, Yasuo chose to stand and fight. He blocked a narrow pass between two mountains, allowing innocents to escape the bloodshed. Wielding the truth of steel as a dance, he felled countless foes– but even he could not hold out forever. The Dragon of Truth, moved by his swordsmanship, came down from its peak to bless him…