Patch Notes 1.10: Lee Sin Rework, Ezreal and Yordle Grifter Nerfs

The first major patch of Call of the Mountain brings the latest balance changes as well as Gauntlet updates, a new Lab, and the long-awaited debut of cross-shard friend challenge!

The first major patch of Call of the Mountain brings the latest balance changes as well as Gauntlet updates, a new Lab, and the long-awaited debut of cross-shard friend challenge!

The new patch will be playable at approximately 11 AM PT, September 16. Below are the official patch notes originally written by Legends of Runeterra Comms Lead Dillon Buckner and posted at

Dev Notes: Balance in 1.10 & 1.11

Patch 1.10 lands three weeks after the Call of the Mountain patch rather than the usual two, which has given us room to lock in more balance changes than usual for the first post-release patch. It’s also not quite enough room to gather data on all the new stuff, so we’ll be following up with more balance changes in just two weeks as part of Patch 1.11. For that patch, we’ll have a greater focus on Targon-specific tuning after using the additional time to observe and test.

Here’s a preview of a few things to expect in 1.11:

  • Adjustments to the difficulty of Aurelion Sol’s level up requirement
  • Adding escalation to Hush’s repeatable cost
  • Grandfather Rumul giving more hugs

– RubinZoo, Live Design Lead

Card Updates


LEVEL UP: You’ve targeted enemies 8+ times. → You’ve targeted enemies 10+ times.

Ezreal’s an exciting build-around and a unique combo/control finisher (all things we want to preserve), but his design also presents some “is this fun to play against?” challenges that we’ve discussed previously. Increasing the difficulty of Ezreal’s quest will ask for additional investment to reach his extremely potent level 2 form, and create more tension in the choice between leveling up his quest and saving damage for the opponent’s Nexus.

Lee Sin

COST: 6 → 4; HEALTH: 6 → 4; LEVEL UP: You’ve cast 7+ spells. → You’ve cast 8+ spells.

Lee Sin has been the least played Rising Tides champion since his release. We’re reworking him to be significantly cheaper and able to make an impact earlier in the game, while making more sense alongside the double-casting archetype.

We’ve also changed Lee Sin’s champion spell to Sonic Wave. While this is a more unusual change, Lee Sin’s Dragon’s Rage was often a poor fit for Lee Sin decks due to being expensive and Slow speed, resulting in rarer use than we’d like to see in a champion spell. His new spell should help his early game and allow Lee Sin to contribute more synergy to followers.

War Chefs

POWER: 2 → 1

War Chefs has been a consistent fixture of mid-range Demacia decks, always earning its keep through the potential to create huge early advantages. We’d like to see more variety, so we’re making this change to allow more counterplay via blocking and rein in how consistently the card can create snowball wins.

Flash of Brilliance

COST: 4 → 3

What would patch notes be without a change to Flash of Brilliance? We’re reverting a previous change made simultaneously with an update to Heimerdinger—overall, Flash’s satisfaction and usability took too much of a collateral hit from those changes. Heimerdinger and Flash of Brilliance are ultimately a natural pairing, and we’d like to restore the appeal of such a core interaction while also making Flash more appealing to a wider variety of decks.

Overgrown Snapvine

POWER: 4 → 5

Overgrown Snapvine has been a frequent request for updates among the Epic card roster. Snapvine can sometimes lock you out of playing meaningful units, and while we want to be careful given the potential of its effect, a simple boost to its power should provide a significant usability and payoff upgrade.

Crackshot Corsair

HEALTH: 1 → 2

Bilgewater’s cheap & aggressive Plunder-based units haven’t been seeing much usage outside of Jagged Butcher. This adjustment should help Corsair be a more viable option in Bilgewater-based aggro.

Jagged Taskmaster

COST: 3 → 2; POWER: 4 → 3; HEALTH: 3 → 2

We’re adjusting the Taskmaster to make it easier to utilize in its core decks, while also making it more accessible to a wider array of Bilgewater decks.

Yordle Grifter

OLD TEXT: Create a [Warning Shot] in hand. Allegiance: Nab 1; NEW TEXT: Allegiance: Nab 1 and create a [Warning Shot] in hand.

Allegiance cards are intended and balanced to be quite powerful given the expected cost of their deckbuilding constraints. Yordle Grifter has proven too easy to rely on in decks that stretch those constraints too far, so we’re extending the Allegiance requirement to both of its effects.

Cygnus the Moonstalker

POWER: 4 → 5; HEALTH: → 3

Cygnus was simply too low on raw stats to be a powerful curve topper for Nightfall decks.

Standard Gauntlet update: Multi-deck Pick & Ban

Last month, we updated the Singleton Gauntlet to allow tri-region decks, and now the Standard Gauntlet gets its own update with the introduction of a pre-match multi-deck pick & ban lobby.

You’ll now start off the Standard Gauntlet by picking three different decks you’d potentially like to field. Different how? Well, there are a few rules in place:

  • No champions duplicated between decks
  • Different region combinations for each deck
  • Maximum one champion-less deck

After locking in your decks (and before each new match), you’ll queue like normal until you’re matched with an opponent and enter the pick & ban lobby. Here you’ll get to view regions and champions for your opponents decks and ban one of them from being played (while they return the favor), then pick which of your remaining two decks you’d like to pilot into the following single-game match. Each opponent brings a new pick & ban phase.

New Lab: Welcome to the Jungle

This patch also brings us our first-ever constructed Lab! Instead of receiving random cards or choosing from a set of preconstructed options, you’ll be challenged to brew the perfect deck… or, if you’d rather get right into the action, you can choose quickplay and queue up with one of Heimerdinger’s own concoctions!

Welcome to the Jungle is Inspired by the jungling gameplay of League of Legends—take the time to clear your opponent’s jungle camps and you’ll be handsomely rewarded.

  • Both players have Vulnerable, Immobile jungle monsters on their board.
  • Killing your opponent’s jungle monster grants you a powerful buff spell with your choice of potent effects.
  • Killing a jungle monster also spawns another in its place next round. Watch out—the new ones may be even stronger as the game goes on!

Expeditions Archetypes

Tightening things up after the debut of Call of the Mountain, we’ve diluted the Invoke-heavy Targon archetypes, which have been a bit too consistent, made the usual buffs to struggling archetypes, and adjusted Cohesiveness Rating increase for some archetypes that were showing up too far into drafts when you weren’t focusing on them. We’re also heavily reducing the offering bonus for Call of the Mountain archetypes:

  • Call of the Mountain archetypes will now be offered during the initial champion picks half as often as previously, or 50% more than normal for the duration of Patch 1.10. The offering bonus will be removed completely with Patch 1.11.


  • Added: Ravenous Butcher, Vile Feast
  • Removed: Mark of the Isles, Mist’s Call

Cloning Program

  • Wild Pick Bonus Chance increased to Medium from None

Collective Support

  • Cohesiveness Rating increased to Medium from Low
  • Wild Pick Bonus Chance increased to High from Medium
  • Added: Mountain Sojourners
  • Removed: Broadbacked Protector, Fledgling Stellacorn, Silent Shadowseer

Death’s Door

  • Added: Black Spear, Deadbloom Wanderer, Sump Dredger, Tri-beam Improbulator
  • Removed: Trueshot Barrage, Vile Feast


  • Added: Solari Soldier, Spacey Sketcher

Luminous Dusk

  • Wild Pick Bonus Chance increased to Medium from None
  • Added: Atrocity
  • Removed: Black Spear, Mountain Sojourners, Shroud of Darkness

Moonlit Heist

  • Cohesiveness Rating increased to Medium from Low
  • Added: Chum the Waters, Prowling Cutthroat
  • Removed: Jailbreak, Shellshocker, Star Shepherd

Otherworldly Creatures

  • Cohesiveness Rating increased to Medium from Low
  • Added: Ember Maiden, Startled Stomper, Take Heart, Yeti Yearling

Radiant Dawn

  • Added: Broadback Protector, Sunblessed Vigor
  • Removed: Moondreamer, Mountain Sojourners

Shadows and Dust

  • Removed: Barkbeast, Encroaching Shadows, Fading Memories

Suit Up

  • Added: The Tuskraider

Terrors from the Deep

  • Cohesiveness Rating increased to High from Medium

The Black Mist

  • Wild Pick Bonus Chance increased to High from Medium
  • Added: Atrocity
  • Removed: Duskrider

Cross-shard Friend Challenge

  • Friend challenge now available with all friends, regardless of which regional shard they play on.


  • The Empyrean and Dragonling (created by Eye of the Dragon) now correctly have the Dragon type.
  • Fixed an issue where Nightfall card VFX would take excessively long to complete when triggering Nightfall.
  • Fixed an issue where Taric would incorrectly gain level-up progress from targeting your Nexus or allies in hand.
  • Fixed an issue where Hush would delay stun effects to the following turn.
  • Fixed an issue where Supernova would represent inaccurate results when using Oracle’s Eye.
  • Fixed an issue where Zenith Blade wouldn’t be revealed when drawn off its Daybreak effect.
  • Fixed an issue where Dragon’s Rage, spells copied by Karma’s (Level 2) effect, and Riptide Rex weren’t correctly counting towards Ezreal’s level-up progress.
  • Fixed an issue where Flame Chompers wasn’t being correctly buffed by Vision when both were simultaneously discarded.
  • Fixed an issue where Aurelion Sol (Level 2) would reduce the cost of opponent’s Celestial cards.
  • Various minor bugfixes for deckbuilder and the rewards panel.
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