Patch Notes 1.12: Monuments of Power Expansion Launch

The Call of the Mountain set continues with a new expansion: Monuments of Power! This expansion brings with it new Champions and cards, but also a new card type — Landmarks — as well as region road extensions, new personalization content, and much more. Try out Landmarks in a new Lab (A Landmark Occasion), or discover for yourself what lies within Monuments of Power.

The new patch will be playable at approximately 10 AM PT, October 14. Below are the official patch notes originally written by Legends of Runeterra Comms Lead Dillon Buckner and posted at PlayRuneterra.com.

New Expansion: Monuments of Power

Monuments of Power features 40 collectible cards, including 3 champions—Shyvana, Soraka, and Tahm Kench—as well as a variety of new features and content across the game. The expansion also features a brand new card type—Landmarks—that represent powerful locations in Runeterra and boast unique, game-changing abilities.

Monuments of Power is part of the Call of the Mountain set, with one more expansion to follow in December. By the time the third expansion is released and the Call of the Mountain set is complete, all regions (including Targon) will have an equal share of champions and near-equal share of other cards.

We’ve revealed the cards of Monuments of Power on LoR’s social channels over the last few weeks, but starting today we’ve made the card data available through the Riot Games API, so look for them to show up soon on your favorite community sites!

Seasonal Tournaments

As lead developers Jeff Jew and Andrew Yip previewed at the start of spoiler season for Monuments of Power, this expansion also marks the debut of Seasonal Tournaments — look for a dedicated video and FAQ at 9 AM PT on October 15th.

Region Road Updates

The Region Roads for Targon, Bilgewater, and Demacia have been extended so you can pursue all the new Champions and cards in Monuments of Power.

  • Targon road extended from 20 to 25 levels.
    • Players can now obtain the free Targon regional card back by reaching the end of the Targon road.
  • Bilgewater and Demacia roads extended from 25 to 29 levels.
    • The new levels for these regions will only drop Call of the Mountain cards (both expansions), until you unlock them all.
  • The road levels added to Freljord and Shadow Isles last expansion (25-29) are no longer anchored to Call of the Mountain cards (i.e., they can now drop anything).

Card Updates

With the upcoming debut of Seasonal Tournaments, we’re expecting to slightly evolve our existing approach to Live Design. Generally, we aim to promote metagame diversity with a greater emphasis on buffs than nerfs; while this philosophy will remain intact, we plan to be a bit more careful about maintaining stability in the metagame, especially as we approach the end of each season.

In terms of cadence, we plan to continue making the most (and most impactful) balance changes midway between expansions, with more limited (usually numbers-based) adjustments made at the same time we release expansions. That said, we’ll still occasionally make changes outside of our usual monthly cadence —for example, in Patch 1.13 we’re planning to make some adjustments to Lee Sin. Our changes for Patch 1.14 (one month from now) are still coming together, but I can say we’re planning to focus heavily on Champions to make sure they’re in a good spot leading up to the end of the Monuments of Power season.

– RubinZoo, Live Design Lead

Genevieve Elmheart

HEALTH: 5 → 4

Genevieve’s stat profile let her too consistently kill multiple units and significantly narrowed options for effective counterplay. This adjustment should make her slightly less effective, especially outside of dedicated Scout decks.

Bastion

COST: 3 → 4

Overall we’re happy with last patch’s adjustment to Bastion’s functionality, but it’s currently just too efficient—a cost increase should limit its most punishing use cases and generally make the card more fair to face.

Hush

COST: 3 → 2. OLD TEXT: Silence a unit this round. Create a Fleeting {Hush} in hand that costs 1 more. NEW TEXT: Silence a unit this round.

As we previewed in the last edition of the patch notes, we’ve continued to evaluate Hush over time and listen to your feedback on the card. We want Targon to retain its unique strength of being able to silence champions, and for Hush to remain a powerful tool for Targon decks. At the same time, Hush’s repeatable aspect too often prevented effective counterplay while also giving it significant flexibility as a wide defensive tool (a capability that isn’t intended as a regional strength for Targon).

To resolve these issues, we’re removing Hush’s repeatable aspect while reducing its cost, which should better focus the card on its core intended function.

Living Legends

OLD TEXT: Fill your hand with random [Fleeting] Celestial cards. Refill your mana. NEW TEXT: Fill your hand with random [Fleeting] Celestial cards. Refill your mana gems to full. Note: This no longer refills your spell mana.

The ability to refill your spell mana (even if you had none) in addition to your mana gems gave Living Legends overly swingy top-end potential. Together with the lack of a Behold requirement, this too often made Living Legends almost strictly superior to other expensive Celestials. With this change, we want to preserve the card’s potential alongside Aurelion Sol while reducing its general power and flexibility.

Labs

We’re experimenting with a quicker rotation for Labs in Patch 1.12. During the first week after the expansion drops, you’ll get to try out decks built around the new Landmarks from Monuments of Power. The following week, an old favourite returns with a few tweaks!

A Landmark Occasion (Week 1)

Choose from a selection of six decks, each showcasing one of the brand new Landmark cards from Monuments of Power and filled with new cards to support it.

  • Howling Abyss: Venture to the hallowed Howling Abyss, and fight alongside its legendary champions.
  • Noxkraya Arena: Combine the cold of the Freljord and the strength of Noxus to tackle your frostbitten foes.
  • Slaughter Docks: Toss your deck and reap the rewards.
  • Star Spring: Devour your enemies and heal up your wounded allies.
  • University of Piltover: Heimerdinger’s preferred deck, now with lots of variables. For science!
  • Vaults of Helia: Sacrifice units to grow in power.

ARAM (Week 2)

Our first Lab is back with a few changes! Rather than building a deck, choose from a mulligan full of champion cards to compose your opening hand and your deck. Champions from the newest expansions have joined the fray, and some especially dead draws have been removed from the card pool.

Personalization

New Board: Haunted Grounds

Enter…if you dare.

New Guardian: Infernal Drake

If Magma could fly. And had an attitude.

Personality: Firey

Favorite food: Barbecue

Card Backs

  • 2 new card backs available for purchase in the store.
    • Boo!
    • Dragonborn

Emotes

  • 4 new emotes available for purchase in the store.

Bundles

  • The Harrowing bundle now available for 1332 Coins. Bundle includes:
    • Haunted Grounds Board
    • Boo! Card Back.
  • Emotes of Power bundle now available for 570 Coins—grab all four Monuments of Power emotes at a 25% discount.

Deck Bundles

  • The Dragonborn Bundle now available for 3339 Coins (prorated for any excess card copies based on your existing collection). Bundle includes:
    • Draconic Fury Deck
    • Infernal Drake Guardian
    • Dragonborn Card Back
    • Exclusive Shyvana emote: Fired Up

Unleash draconic fury with the ready-to-play Draconic Fury deck! Start the assault with human heralds that keep a close eye on the skies. Once the dragons descend, use Demacian strikes and Targonian protection to ensure their Fury leaves nothing but scorched earth.

Champions: Shyvana, Aurelion Sol

Theme: Dragons, Fury

Playstyle: Midrange beatdown

Expeditions

For Monuments of Power we’re adding four new archetypes to the Expeditions pool, featuring the new champions, Landmarks and strategies highlighting this expansion.

  • Four new Monuments of Power archetypes added to the Expeditions draft pool.
    • Dragon’s Descent: Dragon-based archetype led by Shyvana and Aurelion Sol.
    • Mending Touch: healing-focused archetype with Soraka and Tahm Kench.
    • Fists of the Dragon: Lee Sin + Shyvana bonus archetype with a Dragon thematic.
    • Blood on the Ice: Darius + Ashe bonus archetype featuring Noxkraya Arena.
  • Monuments of Power archetypes will temporarily be three times as likely as they would otherwise be to appear in the initial Champion Picks. We’ll even out these chances in a later patch.
  • Cards from Monuments of Power have been added to various appropriate archetypes.
  • NOTE: Active Expeditions will not roll over into Monuments of Power, and players will be forced to retire any active runs. Active trials (not those mid-draft!) will be compensated normally.

Ranked Rewards & New Season

Monuments of Power brings with it a new ranked season, as well as ranked reward icons for last season based on the highest tier you reached.

  • Ranked will be disabled from 9 AM PT to 11 AM PT on October 14 to prepare for the new season.
  • Ranked reward icons for the last season will be distributed with the patch.
  • Ranks will be partially reset for the new season:
    • Master accounts will drop 8 divisions.
    • Diamond and Platinum accounts will drop 750LP (7 divisions + 50LP).
    • Gold and Silver accounts will drop 675LP (6 divisions + 75LP).
    • Bronze and Iron accounts will reset to Iron IV.

Challenges, Quests, & AI Decks

  • New Monuments of Power Challenge added—Bring Forth the Land.
  • New Monuments of Power quests added.
  • New Monuments of Power AI deck added (featuring Dragons!).

Miscellaneous

  • Lulu and Lulu (level 2) art updated to improve visual consistency between them.
  • Deckbuilder updated to support Landmarks.
  • Gauntlets updated to track 7-win first attempts.
  • Starting October 15 PT, we’re adding support for new login methods—sign in with Google (Android only), Apple (iOS only), or Facebook.
    • New iOS options will not be immediately available in Taiwan, but should arrive next patch.
    • Apple and Google login support is currently locked by OS, but cross-support will be added in the future.

Rainmaker

Rainmaker’s love for Legends of Runeterra was born from his passion for Magic: The Gathering and League of Legends. His aspiration is to enjoy and improve in all the aspects of LoR - be it brewing, tuning, piloting, or drafting - and report all of his experiences along the way!