August 5, 2020
League of Legends

Patch 10.16 – Riot nerfs Volibear and Syndra

Patch 10.16 has arrived and with it nerfs to Volibear and Syndra among other changes to shake up the meta.

With one eye towards the upcoming worlds Riot is keeping quite a short leash on balance.

Overview over the major buffs and nerfs in 10.16.

A couple of popular champions were hit by the nerf bat while more aggressive champions like Yasuo, Akali, Fiora, Evelynn, Hecarim or Rakan received necessary buffs.

Slower Jungler and weaker Mid-Laner

Volibear and Syndra have been among the most commonly played champions in the LEC and had lots of success. So much that Volibear was made a lot slower for Patch 10.16. His Q is slower and his speed bonus was rescaled from 15-35% to 10-26%.

Syndra will deal lower damage.

Syndra was hit in the damage department to counter her popularity on the midlane. Her Q will now deal a lot less damage. While the base damage is unchanged, maximum damage was reduced from 230 to 210.

Besides those Volibear other junglers and AD carries were also slowed down. Nimbus has been nerfed as the speed bonus was reduced from 35 to 30.

Spirit Blossom – new skins for five champions

The new patch also introduces new skins for the current Spirit Blossom festival. Riven, Cassiopeia, Yone, Ahri and Kindred have gotten new skins.

Raven ist einer von fünf Champions mit einem neuen Spirit-Blossom-Skin
Riven gets a Spirit Blossom skin

You can find the full patch notes below:
LoL Patch 10.16

Champions

Yone (The Unforgotten)

“Yone wields his swords in 10.16!

“High-res versions of Yone’s splashes are available on League Displays!”

Akali

Q – Five Point Strike (Base Damage: 30/55/80/105/130  35/60/85/110/135)

E- Shuriken Flip (Damage Type: Physical  Magic)

Ashe

Q – Rangers Focus (Bonus Attack Speed: 20/30/40/50/60%  20/25/30/35/40%)

Bard

Base Stats (Health 575  560)

W – Caretaker’s Shrine (Maximum Heal: 70/110/150/190/230  55/95/135/175/215)

Evelynn

Q – Hate Spike (Cooldown: 8 seconds  4 seconds | Removed: Hitting a monster no longer refunds 50% of Hate Spike’s cooldown)

Fiora

Q – Lunge (Cooldown: 16/14/12/10/8 seconds  13/11.25/9.5/7.75/6 seconds | Enemy Hit Cooldown Reduction: 60% – enemy hits refund 6.4/5.6/4.8/4/3.2 seconds  50% – enemy hits refund 6.5/5.63/4.75/3.9/3 seconds)

Hecarim

E – Devastating Charge (Bonus Movement Speed: 25-75% – over the first 3 seconds, with fourth second at maximum value –   25-100% – over the first 3 seconds, with fourth second at maximum value)

Jax

E – Counterstrike (Cooldown:  16/14/12/10/8 seconds  14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds)

Jhin

Passive – Whisper (Final Shoot Damage To Structures:  1.2 total attack damage  1.5 total attack damage – now the same damage as a normal critical strike)

Jinx

R – Super Mega Death Rocket (Bonus Damage Cap Bug Fix:  375 for main target against champions  Now uncapped against all targets)

Karma

Q – Inner Flame (Cost: 50/55/60/65/70 mana  65 mana | Cooldown: 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds  9/8.5/8/7.5/7 seconds)

Karthus

Q – Lay Waste (Damage Ratio: 0.35 ability power  0.3 ability power)

Kha’Zix

Q – Taste Their Fear (Isolated Target Bonus Damage: 120%  110%)

Lucian

Q – Piercing Light (Damage: 85/120/155/190/225  95/130/16 /200/235)

R – The Culling (Total Shots Fired: 20/25/30  22/28/34)

Miss Fortune

Base Stats (Attack Damage: 50  52)

Morgana

Q – Dark Binding (Cooldown: 11 seconds  10 seconds)

Nautilus

W – Titan’s Wrath (Shield: 60/70/80/90/100  45/55/65/75/85)

Neeko

Q – Blooming Burst (Damage: 70/115/160/205/250  80/125/170/215/260 | Bloom Damage: 35/55/75/95/115  40/60/80/100/120)

Nocturne

Passive – Umbral Blades (Cooldown: 10 seconds  14 seconds | On-Hit Cooldown Refund: Basic attacks against enemy champions and monsters reduce Umbra Blades’ cooldown by 2 seconds  Basic attacks against enemy champions and monsters reduce Umbra Blades’ cooldown by 3 seconds)

Rakan

R – The Quickness (Bonus Movement Speed:  50%  75%)

Sett

W – Haymaker (Base Damage: 80/105/130/155/180  80/100/120/140/160)

E – Facebreaker (Base Damage: 50/80/110/140/170  50/70/90/110/130)

Skarner

Q – Crystal Slash (Cost: 15 mana  10 mana)

Syndra

Q – Dark Sphere (Base Damage: 70/110/150/190/230  70/105/140/175/210)

Tristana

E – Explosive Charge (New – Here Comes The Boom: Explosive Charge now deals 1% increased damage per 3% critical strike chance (up to 33.3% increased damage)

Veigar

Base Stats (Magic Resist: 30  32)

Volibear

Q – Thundering Smash (Bonus Movement Speed: 15/20/25/30/35%  10/14/18/22/26% – still doubles when moving towards visible enemy champions)

Yasuo

Base Stats (Magic Resist: 30  32)

R – Last Breath (Base Damage: 200/300/400  200/350/500)

Ziggs

Passive – Short Fuse (Bonus Damage Ratio: 0.3/0.4/0.5 ability power (levels 1/7/13)  0.5 ability power | Bonus Damage Multiplier To Structures: 2x ability power  2.5x ability power)

Runes

Nimbus Cloak

“Nimbus Cloak has become the go-to for both jungle and AD as a consistent offensive and defensive tool. We’re lowering some of its overall strength, specifically in consideration of Smite and Hexflash, so that it’s not as ubiquitous of a choice.”

Bonus Movement Speed: 15%/25%/35% (summoner spell cooldown 0/100/250 seconds)  10%/20%/30% (summoner spell cooldown 0/100/250 seconds)

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