LoL Patch 11.23: Patch Notes Rundown

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Let's go over the biggest changes this pre-season! New Dragons, new items, new runes and much more going live in LoL Patch 11.23
Patch 11.23 Notes
New Vladimir skin incoming! | © Riot Games

LoL Patch 11.23 has gone live. No more ranked this season, so we hope you managed to finish Season 11 where you wanted and met all your goals and that you can now take your time to try and understand the billion changes coming to League of Legends ahead of Season 12.

LoL Patch 11.23 marks the beginning of pre-season with all the changes that have plagued PBE going live for everyone to enjoy – or hate on. Pick your poison. There are new items, new dragons, new runes and new bounty systems coming your way, so let’s go over the nitty-gritty of Patch 11.23

New Items in LoL Patch 11.23

The balance team has decided that mages, tanks, bruisers and assassins need new items. According to the official patch notes, these champions haven’t had meaningful options since the system update last season, when mythic items were introduced to League of Legends.

Crown of the Shattered Queen

This item is for mages who have felt extremely underwhelming throughout Season 11. They merely stand back, hope not to get burst down, so they can do some damage. Crown of the Shattered Queen will try to change that and keep mages safe while dealing damage.

  • Cost: 2800 gold
  • Build Patch: Lost Chapter + Kindlegem + Amplifying Tome + 265 gold
  • Ability Power: 70
  • Health: 250
  • Mana: 600
  • Ability Haste: 20
  • Safeguard (Passive): You are Safeguarded, reducing incoming champion damage by 75%. Safeguard persists for 1.5 seconds after taking champion damage (40 second cooldown, restarts upon taking damage from an enemy champion)
  • Poise (Passive): While Safeguarded and for 3 seconds after it’s broken, gain 10-40 (based on your champion's level) ability power
  • Mythic Passive: Grants all other Legendary items 1% Move Speed and 8 ability power

Evenshroud

This is an item for tanky supports who have had to rely on a single item throughout Season 11 – Locket of the Iron Solari. Evenshroud will give more options for those of you who want to play more aggressively and be the engage tool for your bot lane.

  • Cost: 2500 gold
  • Build Path: Kindlegem + Aegis of the Legion + 300 gold
  • Health: 200
  • Ability Haste: 20
  • Armor: 30
  • Magic Resist: 30
  • Coruscation: After immobilizing champions or being immobilized, cause that target and all nearby enemies to Repent, increasing the damage they take by 12% for 5 seconds
  • Mythic Passive: Grants all other Legendary items 5 armor and 5 magic resist

Axiom Arc

This item is designed for any assassin who wants to build some ability haste. So if you’re not looking to build Ghostblade, then this is the perfect item for any ability-focused assassins to snowball their lead.

  • Cost: 3000 gold
  • Build Path: Serrated Dirk + Caulfield’s Warhammer + 800 gold
  • Attack Damage: 55
  • Ability Haste: 25
  • Lethality: 10
  • Flux (Passive): Whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds after you've damaged them, refund 25% of your ultimate’s total cooldown

Shadowflame

If you’re looking to deal more magic damage, then Shadowflame is the perfect item for you. It’s also insanely strong against any shields thanks to the item’s passive. Seriously, this is going to have some insane magic penetration numbers.

  • Cost: 3000 gold
  • Build Path: Hextech Alternator + Needlessly Large Rod + 700 gold
  • Ability Power: 100
  • Health: 200
  • Cinderbloom (Passive) Damage to champions benefits from 10-20 magic penetration based on the target’s current health. (Maximum value at 1000 or less health, minimum value at 2500 or more health.) Gains the maximum magic penetration if the target was recently affected by shields

Winter’s Approach

Winter is coming. At least with this item, tanks are going to be having a better time thanks to the added mana. This item is designed for tanks who might run low on mana every once in a while.

  • Cost: 2600 gold
  • Build Path: Tear of the Goddess + Kindlegem + Ruby Crystal + 1000 gold
  • Health: 400
  • Mana: 500
  • Ability Haste: 15
  • Awe (Passive) Gain bonus health equal to 8% mana
  • Mana Charge (Passive): Strike a target with an ability or auto attack to consume a charge and gain 3 bonus mana, doubled if the target is a champion. Grants a maximum of 360 mana at which point this item transforms into Fimbulwinter

Fimbulwinter

  • Build Path: This item upgrades from Winter's Approach upon reaching Mana Charge's maximum bonus 360 mana.
  • Health: 400
  • Mana: 860
  • Ability Haste: 15
  • Awe (Passive): Gain bonus health equal to 8% mana
  • Everlasting (Passive): Slowing (melee only) or immobilizing an enemy champion consumes 3% of current mana and grants a shield for 3 seconds, absorbing 100-200 (+5% current mana) damage (8 second cooldown). The shield is increased by 80% if more than one enemy is nearby

Caitlyn ASU in LoL Patch 11.23

Caitlyn ASU
Caitlyn got an ASU! | © Riot Games

Caitlyn got a bit of an update in LoL Patch 11.23. Her Headshots were re-coded as empowered attacks rather than abilities. This means that the Headshot timer now coincides with her auto-attacks, but this will be monitored to see whether this will nerf her too hard in higher elos.

These are all changes that apply to her after the ASU:

  • Voiceover: Base Caitlyn has new VO
  • Basic Attack: Added ejected bullet when reloading her rifle
  • Passive - Headshot: "Passive Ready" SFX adjusted for more of a Hextech feel. Added SFX that plays when Caitlyn's Headshot is ready for use.
  • Q- Piltover Peacemaker: New meshes and particles made to look more Hextech. Initial on-hit SFX are now more impactful than subsequent hits.
  • W Yordle Snap Trap: Added indicator on traps and their activation VFXs. Trap SFXs adjusted to match new animation timing.
  • E - 90 Caliber Net: New range indicator. On-hit SFX are now more impactful
  • R - Ace in the Hole: New laser and Hextech imagery. On-cast SFX are now more impactful and have additional Hextech elements.

Pre-Season Updates in LoL Patch 11.23

As mentioned before, there are multiple pre-season changes that have hit the rift. We’ve gone over the items in this article, but if you’re interested to know more about the other bigger changes, make sure to check out our designated articles.

Cafe Cutie Annie
Annie is getting a new skin in LoL Patch 11.23! | © Riot Games

Ultimate Spellbook is Back in LoL Patch 11.23

Ultimate Spellbook was a new game mode Riot introduced earlier this year during the Sentinels and Ruination event. In this game mode, players could choose the ultimate ability of another champion in place of a summoner spell.

Ultimate Spellbook will be the final ‘fun’ game mode of 2021. During its first run, the game mode had created some pretty insane plays and funny instances in the game. So now, with more data from the summer, we hope to see some more crazy ultimates!

Cafe Cutie Skins Released in LoL Patch 11.23

Of course, no patch is complete without some new skins. LoL Patch 11.23 doesn’t disappoint either with the upcoming Cafe Cuties skins. These should be in the League of Legends store on November 18, 2021 or November 19, 2021.

Of course, the Arcane event is also continuing, so keep an eye out for the Arcane Caitlyn and Jinx skin. You’ll be able to get them for free during the event – and who doesn’t love free stuff, right?

So enjoy all the changes in LoL Patch 11.23 and prepare for Season 12, which should begin in January 2022!