League of Legends: Patch 9.6 breakdown

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Berzerker’s Gloves

"STACK AWAY: Critical strike is no longer unique"

Tryndamere and Yasuo approve, but I can’t think of anyone else who wants multiple gloves even after these Patch 9.6 changes.

Tear of the Goddess

"[NEW] WE ARE FAMILY: If you own Manamune(/Muramana) or Archangel’s Staff(/Seraph’s Embrace), you’re unable to purchase the other (or another Tear of the Goddess)"

This is targeted at one champion in League of Legends: Ezreal. Now, he’ll probably want to go something like BotRK or maybe a lethality item third after his Trinity Force and Tear item.


Minion dematerializer

"CHARGES: 6 ⇒ 3 BASE DAMAGE BONUS: 4% ⇒ 6% ADDITIONAL DAMAGE BONUS: 1% ⇒ 3% STARTING COOLDOWN: 240 seconds ⇒ 180 seconds"

While the extra damage to minions provided by Minion Dematerializer was nice, this rune was mainly utilized in pro play and high elo as a wave manipulation tool. It allowed mid laners and supports to clear out cannon minions in the early stages of the game to push out the enemy’s waves faster when they needed lane priority or better recall timing.

Reducing the number of charges from 6 to 3 will incentivize players to look towards alternatives such as Magical Footwear, Perfect Timing or Biscuit Delivery. Nonetheless, increasing the minion damage and reducing the starting cooldown means it will remain an option in certain situations.


"PASSIVE: Converts 40-100% (levels 1-18) of excess healing into shielding ⇒Converts 20-100% (levels 1-18) of excess healing into shielding"

Overheal provides AD Carries with a boost to sustain in lane while the alternatives (Triumph and Presence of Mind) are rather lackluster and can only be utilized situationally. Reducing the heal to shield conversion from Overheal makes laning a little less safe for ADs who are looking to scale and come out of lane unscathed.

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Got any big complaints or issues with the League of Legends Patch 9.6 notes? Let us know in the comments and check back tomorrow when we discuss the bounty changes!