LoL Patch 14.6 Preview Reveals Big Item Changes & Smolder Nerfs

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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LoL Patch 14.6 explained


LoL Patch 14.6 is slated to bring forth changes to several items, with general nerfs to many champions.
Last week this patch was datamined from the PBE, giving players an idea of what's to come.
Riot Games has now officially previewed the patch and has cleared all the doubts.

Last week, the League of Legends community datamined the changes slated for the upcoming patch of LoL Patch 14.6 from the Public Beta Environment (PBE) before it was even officially confirmed by Lead Designer: League Balance Team & Preseason Matt Leung-Harrison aka Riot Phroxzon.

However, on 12th March, Phroxzon shared the official list on his socials, confirming the system and champion nerfs, buffs and adjustments for LoL Patch 14.6. Here's all you need to know about it.

When does LoL Patch 14.6 Release?

LoL Patch 14.6 is expected to go live on 20th March, according to Riot Game’s official patch schedule.

  • Oceania: 10 am AEST

  • North America: 3 am PT

  • Europe West: 5 am GMT 

  • Europe Nordic and East: 3 am CET

  • South Korea: 8 am KR 

The game will also be down for a while for maintenance before the patching begins.

LoL Patch 14.6 Changes: Champions, Items & Systems

Most importantly, the bot lane is getting targeted in LoL Patch 14.6 with support and attack-damage carry (ADC) champions undergoing certain adjustments. Riot Games said, "We're still on the continuous pursuit of trying to improve the satisfaction of the role for (especially) regular play without sending the power level through the roof in the hands of coordinated teams."

Meanwhile, supports are getting nerfs via gold income decreases, sleigh nerfs and a nerf to dorans start. Additionally, there are certain changes directed at early-game snowball effect and also Void grubs are getting some specific adjustments.

Coming to the biggest nerf of the patch, Smolder's wings are getting clipped a bit. Riot said that it overshot on the Smolder changes last patch by underestimating how much the E damage did. It added, "Our hotfix nerfs pulled him back halfway, but we're looking to pull back a bit more, similar to his previous power level, but with the feels improvements from the changes."

Nerfs in LoL Patch 14.6

  • Briar

  • Gragas (Top)

  • Karma (Mid)

  • Senna (ADC)

  • Smolder

  • Volibear

  • Epic Items Stats Efficiency

  • Solstice Sleigh

  • Support Item Gold Income

Buffs in this Patch

  • Cho'Gath

  • Diana (Jungle)

  • Ornn

  • Shen

  • Sion

  • Tryndamere

  • Infinit Edge

  • Navori Quickblades

  • Lord Dominik's Regards

  • Mortal Reminder

While Galio is the only champion who is getting adjusted, the items and systems adjusted in LoL Patch 14.6 are as follows:

  • Voidgrub Shield on Death >>> Heal on Death

  • Doran's, Atlas, and Jungle Egg Items are all unique starting items and cannot be purchased together

You can read about the stats and the item changes on LoL Patch 14.6 Datamined: Many Items Take the Hit.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.