Top Changes of Patch 7.23

Say hello to the first patch of the preseason! And while the changes seem scarce, they will be quite impactful.

by Daniil Volkov

Zoe is out!

The newest addition to the League of Legends champion lineup—Zoe, the Aspect of Twilight—is finally out. We’ve already done an in-depth breakdown of her abilities here, but the gist of it is that Zoe is an insanely mobile mid laner capable of stealing your summoner spells. Yeap, you heard it right, so prepare your Ranked bans. You’re going to need them. 

Taliyah base stat buffs

Taliyah gets slight bumps to her health growth (from 87 to 90) and armor growth (from 3 to 3.5) stats. And while these tweaks might sound inconsequential, numbers tend to add up. With this, Taliyah will have an easier time surviving against assassins and positioning aggressively in teamfights, which is exactly what she needs to keep up with other mid laners.

Summon Aery nerfs

When every role in the game is running the same keystone, you know things are getting out of hand. Riot addresses this problem by bringing down Summon Aery’s base damage from 20-60 to 15-40. This is a 33% damage reduction, which should give most champions enough room to incorporate other keystones into their builds. Of course, don’t see Aery leaving the arsenal of supports like Janna, Nami, or Sona, but at least that’s who the keystone was originally intended for. 

Predator gets CDR

Predator’s effect is certainly powerful, but the long cooldown placed it into the same category as summoner spells. Well, the keystone is about to get much more spammable because its cooldown was reduced from 180-120 seconds to 150-100 seconds. Mix in a bit of CDR, and you’ll see a lot of Hecarims zooming in and out of teamfights.

Turret and minion changes

All turrets on Summoner’s Rift receive 300 more health! To make up for the change, minions now deal 10% more damage to turrets. Plus, creep waves gain 25 more movement speed after the 20-minute mark. So what does this mean in practice? It will be much harder to take down turrets in the early game, however, things will even out later on. We’ll likely see longer laning phases in Solo Queue, and competitive teams will have to adapt to the new turret health value.

Spectate Challenger is back!

If you’re one of the people that missed High Elo Spectate, you can rejoice! Now, all League of Legends players can observe Challenger games as they’re happening in (almost) real time. And while most players won’t even notice the change, it’s always great to have an opportunity to learn from the best. 

That’s it for our top changes of patch 7.23! As always, you can check the complete patch notes here, and we’ll see you on Summoner’s Rift.

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Daniil Volkov

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