Patch Notes 1.8: Call of the Mountain Expansion and Targon Region Arrive!

The Call of the Mountain expansion arrives with a new region – Targon – as well as 89 collectible cards, 7 champions, and a variety of new features & content across the game. Try out new champions and strategies in the Discover Targon Lab, or pioneer your own path upon the mountain.

The new patch will be playable at approximately 11 AM PT, August 26. Below are the official patch notes originally written by Legends of Runeterra Comms Lead Dillon Buckner and posted at PlayRuneterra.com.

New Expansion: Call of the Mountain

Call of the Mountain marks the start of LoR’s new bimonthly card release cadence, kicking off a three-expansion set exploring the new region of Targon. In addition to the new region, Call of the Mountain features 89 collectible cards, including 7 champions, as well as a variety of new features & content across the game.

New Region: Targon

On this towering mountain, cosmic beings lend their might to mortals. Astral dragons soar beyond the sky. Tribes of the faithful devote themselves to the sun and moon.

Playing Targon endows you with the ability to raise your units to new heights. You win by reaching the apex of your power and confronting enemies with awesome force. Align yourself with the celestial, and the stars themselves will ordain your victory.

New Cards

Call of the Mountain features 51 collectible cards from Targon, including the champions Leona, Diana, Aurelion Sol, and Taric. The remaining 38 cards are spread across the existing regions, with a focus on Freljord, Ionia, and Shadow Isles, and their new champions—Trundle, Lulu, and Nocturne.

The next two expansions will follow in October and December, each featuring 40 collectible cards, including 3 champions. 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.

Check out the full image gallery of new cards in Targon and Call of the Mountain!

Region Road Updates

Targon joins the regions of Runeterra with its own Region Road, and the roads for Freljord, Ionia, and Shadow Isles have been extended so you can pursue all the new Champions and cards in Call of the Mountain.

  • Targon Region Road added, featuring 20 levels.
    • Note: The Targon regional card back will arrive with the October expansion.
  • Freljord, Ionia, and Shadow Isles Region Roads extended from 25 to 29 levels.
    • New levels for existing regions will only drop Call of the Mountain cards (until you unlock them all).
  • From Patch 1.8, Levels 1-25 on all existing roads can now drop Call of the Mountain cards (and levels added in Rising Tides are no longer anchored to Rising Tides cards).
  • Bilgewater’s Region Road now benefits from the XP Boost Level system—earn extra XP towards completing early Region Road levels.
    • From Patch 1.8, the first 12 levels on the Bilgewater road will multiply XP applied toward them by 50% (same as other existing regions).
    • System will continue be adjusted over time—for example, to include Targon levels, or to advance further down Region Roads with future releases.

New Lab: Discover Targon

In this preconstructed Lab, choose one of 6 decks packed with new cards and strategies from Targon!

  • Friends Forever: Bring your Support units to the fore as you overcome your foes with the power of friendship!
  • Crystalline Strength: Combine Noxian forces with Targonian buffs to Overwhelm your enemies and secure victory.
  • Blaze Of Glory: Dazzle your opponent with an unrelenting assault from your Daybreak units.
  • Align The Stars: Unleash the power of Targon’s Dragons and Celestial units as you find your destiny in the stars.
  • Lurking Darkness: Evade and outmaneuver your opponents with the power of Nightfall.
  • Star Ramp: Harness the Freljord’s natural magic as you accelerate towards Targon’s game-ending threats!

Dev Notes: Balance in Call of the Mountain

Now that we’ll be releasing cards every two months, we also need to adjust the way we approach balance updates over time. Our goal remains monthly updates to keep the game healthy and balanced, but we also want new card content to be at the forefront when released. We want to focus the bulk of our live design attention on updates around the mid-way point between expansions, with more minor adjustments around when we release new cards.

In that spirit, we’re making a few smaller changes with this patch, in part to test out what those smaller updates may look like. After this one, the next patch won’t be landing for three weeks rather than the usual two (details under Miscellaneous below), so we’re spreading our upcoming balance efforts across both of the next two patches. This will help ensure more flexibility with adjustments after Call of the Mountain’s release and provide cleaner windows to make any follow-up tweaks.

Where possible, we’d also like to continue providing previews of what we’re working on for upcoming patches, and in the case of 1.10 and 1.11 (things may shift between them), a few of those things include:

  • A major update for Lee Sin, giving him more options for synergies and allowing him to come online and impact the game earlier in a match.
  • Adjustments to the difficulty of Ezreal’s level-up quest.
  • Adjustments to Yordle Grifter’s allegiance effect.

But all that’s in the future, so for now we hope you enjoy the updates below and the rest of Call of the Mountain!

– RubinZoo, Live Design Lead

Card Updates

Fury of the North, Sejuani’s Fury of the North

OLD TEXT: Give an ally +4|+4 this round. NEW TEXT: Give an ally +3|+4 this round.

Fury sees play in a higher variety of archetypes than is typical for a buff spell due to its versatility and outright potency. This adjustment aligns the effect more towards Freljord’s defensive-oriented spells, reduces its finishing potency in all decks, and even ever-so-slightly nerfs Sejuani’s overall stat package.

Trifarian Assessor

COST: 4 → 5

Assessor is too effective in decks built to maximize it, giving them access to large amounts of card draw while also providing decent board development. We like the card’s statline where it’s at to preserve interesting potential with deck-buff effects, so we’re increasing the cost to slow it down and reduce its efficiency.

Sump Dredger

OLD TEXT: To play me, discard 1 and draw 1. NEW TEXT: Play: Discard 1 to draw 1.

Following up on our last changes to these two units, just a small quality-of-life tweak to allow them to be played while no other cards are in hand.

Zaunite Urchin

OLD TEXT: To play me, discard 1 and draw 1. NEW TEXT: Play: Discard 1 to draw 1.

See Sump Dredger.

Personalization

Boards

Celestial Summit

For legends who reach for a higher power.

Guardians

Cosmo

Who’s the best Celestial? You are! Yes, you are!

Personality: Loyal

Hobby: Chasing stars

Card Backs

  • 2 new card backs available for purchase in the store.
    • Sunrise
    • Moonfall

Emotes

  • 4 new emotes available for purchase in the store.

Bundles

  • Stars Above bundle now available for 1422 Coins. Bundle includes:
    • Celestial Summit Board
    • Cosmo Guardian
    • An exclusive Targon icon
  • Targon Emotes bundle now available for 570 Coins—grab all four new Targon emotes at a 25% discount.

Deck Bundles

Summon the power of the sun and stars with Celestial Radiance, a ready-to-play Targon deck available in the store for 2016 Coins (prorated for any excess copies based on your existing collection).

Your Daybreak units and healing spells hold the line while you invoke the aid of greater threats. If your opponent manages to last through the day, call on colossal Celestials to end the battle and reign supreme.

Champions: Leona, Aurelion Sol

Theme: Daybreak & Invoke keywords

Playstyle: Midrange beatdown

Ranked Rewards & New Season

Call of the Mountain 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 around 9 AM PT, August 25 to around 10 AM PT, August 26 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.
  • Masters LP updates:
    • Fixed an issue that was causing Masters players to lose fewer LP than intended when losing to lower ranked opponents.
    • Updated the initial seeding mechanism for new Masters players to anchor based on their MMR percentile relative to all other players in Masters.

Expeditions

We’ve got a ton of Expeditions updates for Call of the Mountain, headlined by seven new archetypes to draft. This includes a mono-Targon archetype, an archetype with Targon and each of Freljord, Ionia, and Shadow Isles, and three new bonus archetypes featuring Diana with Miss Fortune, Leona with Yasuo, and Nocturne with all the Mistwraiths you can imagine.

  • Seven new Call of the Mountain archetypes added to the Expeditions draft pool.
    • Call of the Mountain 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.
  • Card lists have been adjusted for almost all existing archetypes, primarily adding cards from Call of the Mountain and in some cases removing older cards to make room for them.
  • NOTE: Active Expeditions will not roll over into Call of the Mountain, and players will be forced to retire any active runs. Active trials (not those mid-draft!) will be compensated normally.

Challenges, Quests, & AI Decks

  • 5 new Call of the Mountain Challenges added.
  • New Call of the Mountain quests added, and several less popular quests removed.
  • Several new Call of the Mountain AI decks added.

Minimum Specifications (iOS)

As we mentioned last patch, we’re raising LoR’s required iOS version to iOS 13 with Patch 1.8. We’ve also updated the LoR support site, where you can always find info on supported devices. Please note that 1 GB iOS devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 1) are not supported by iOS 13.

  • Minimum required iOS version now iOS 13.

Miscellaneous

  • For those who saw Taric’s preview, we originally clarified in community discussion that his spell duplication ability would work with Playful Trickster, potentially creating an infinite attack chain. We’ve since updated Taric’s text and functionality to prevent this interaction (and other potential ones like it).
  • As we mentioned last patch, Patch 1.8 will last an extra week (so three weeks in total rather than the usual two) before we update again. Patch 1.10 (yes, we’re skipping 1.9) will land on September 16, last the usual two weeks, and resume our normal update cadence.
  • You can now select certain personalization items when queuing for Labs, starting with Emotes and Card Backs.
  • Added new deckbuilder support for Celestial cards.

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!

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