Lissandra casting a spell in TFT Set 11
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TFT Patch 14.9 patch notes: All balance changes

Be prepared for all the changes coming to TFT in Patch 14.9.

The Teamfight Tactics Set 11 meta still needs work and the devs are ready, testing Patch 14.9 balance changes on the PBE servers.

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Patch 14.9 is an important TFT Set 11 Inkborn Fables update, falling between the first two Tactician’s Cup tournaments. A B-patch for 14.8 improved some balance issues for the first Tactician’s Trials and Cup but there’s still room for improvement, like a Lissandra nerf. The 14.9 update will also include 20 new Artifacts and five Support items

Buffs were applied to four-cost Set 11 champions through Patch 14.8, which led to a B-patch and Patch 14.9 rolling odds changes. All balance changes are subject to change before the update hits the live servers on May 1 and all early patch notes are through the 14.9 Patch Rundown courtesy of game design director Stephen “Mortdog” Mortimer.

Here are the official balance changes for TFT Patch 14.9.

Patch 14.9 TFT Set 11 system changes

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Getting to Level Nine just got harder. Image via Riot Games

Patch 14.9 will once again adjust player damage, shop odds, and XP cost to restrict fast nine boards and three-star four-cost TFT Set 11 champions, according to Mortdog.

  • Player damage: Base damage changed from 0/2/5/7/9/11/17/150 to 0/2/5/8/10/12/17/150
  • Level Eight shop odds: Changed from 18/25/32/22/3 to 18/27/32/20/3 percent
  • Level Nine shop odds: Changed from 10/20/25/35/10 to 15/20/25/30/10 percent
  • Level Eight XP: Increased from 72 to 80 gold
  • Level Nine XP: Reduced from 84 to 80 gold

Patch 14.9 TFT Encounters balance changes

Multiple Encounters are also getting removed in Patch 14.9. Encounters getting bumped are Kha’Zix, Cho’Gath. Neeko, and Syndra.

  • Kha’Zix: Lower cost XP for three turns
  • Cho’Gath: Duplicators
  • Neeko: Duplicator Carousel
  • Syndra: Two-star four-cost Carousel

In addition to four Encounters getting removed from TFT Set 11 through Patch 14.9, six will appear less often. The six Encounters getting reduced appearances are Cho’Gath (shop slots), Diana (Salvage Bin), Irelia (Free Move Carousel), Neeko (Lesser Duplicator), Teemo (Spatula Carousel), and Wukong (Radiant item). Wukong Radiant item will no longer show up at Stage Two.

Two Set 11 Encounters were increased to appear in Patch 14.9. This includes the dreaded Kayn Stage 5-4 Death Game and Ornn, choose an Artifact.

Double Up Patch 14.9 system changes

  • Minimum time for reinforcements to begin increased from seven to 12 seconds
  • Player damage will get rounded up to the nearest whole number
  • Base player damage changed to 0/3/6/8/10/12/17/150

Patch 14.9 TFT Set 11 trait balance changes

Wukong skn in TFT Set 11
Heavenly and Ghostly are getting hit with nerfs in Patch 14.9. Image via Riot Games

New balance changes on PBE include Heavenly and Ghostly trait changes. Heavenly no longer has bonus stats based on star level and haunted enemies will no longer take damage from each spectre on them.

Set 11 traitPatch 14.9 balance change
ArcanistAbility power gained by Arcanist units buffed from 20/50/85/125 to 20/50/90/135
ArcanistAbility power granted to allies increased at breakpoints six and eight too, from 40/125 to 50/135
DryadAbility power and health at the breakpoint of six nerfed from 65/11 to 55/10
DuelistAttack speed increased at four and six from 5/9/13/18 to 5/10/14/18 percent
FatedSett Onmivamp bonus increased from 12 to 15 percent with his Onmivamp bonus getting applied after resistances and only applied to attacks and abilities.
FortuneSeven piece bonus stacks reduced from 25 to 12
FortuneSeven-piece orb average value was reduced from 16 to eight
FortuneSeven-piece bonus stacks reduced from 25 to 12
HeavenlyBonus stats are no longer based on star level but for each Heavenly unit in play. Bonus stats applied to Heavenly units are 70 percent more.
HeavenlyHeavenly bonus adjusted from 100/115/135/165/200/225 to 100/110/125/145/175/200 percent.
HeavenlyOmnivamp bonus reduced from six to five percent
StoryweaverKayle Scroll of Haste attack speed increased from five to six percent
UmbralHealth execute threshold adjusted from 10/18/20/45 to 10/18/25/60 percent

Patch 14.9 TFT Set 11 champion balance changes

Set 11 champions getting hit with nerfs and buffs dropped into PBE on April 25. Strong openers like Darius were hit with an on-hit damage nerf while sleeper re-roll two-cost units like Riven were buffed.

One-cost Set 11 champions

Set 11 championPatch 14.9 balance change
DariusBonus magic damage nerfed from 90/135/200 to 80/120/200
Kog/MawSpell ability damage buffed to 160/240/335 percent

Two-cost Set 11 champions

Set 11 championPatch 14.9 balance change
RivenAbility attack damage buffed from 150/150/155 to 190/190/200 percent

Three-cost Set 11 champions

Set 11 championPatch 14.9 balance change
AluneAttack speed increased to 0.75
BardAttack damage increased to 55
TristanaAttack speed nerfed from 50/50/60 to 40/40/50 percent
TristanaAttack damage increased to 60
Tristana Ability attack damage from spell buffed from 265/265/270 to 300/300/305 percent
VolibearAbility healing increased from 140/170/210 to 150/180/240 percent
ZoeActive spell buffed from 275/415/640 to 290/435/695 percent
ZoeRicochet missile damage increased from 90/135/215 to 95/140/225 percent

Four-cost Set 11 champions

Set 11 championPatch 14.9 balance change
KaynArmor and magic resistance reduced from 70 to 60
LilliaLilia
MorganaBlizzard damage increased at three-star from 1,600 to 2,000
MorganaMore likely to cast ability at clumps of enemies
OrnnThree-star Ornn forges Radiant items
OrnnItems forged changed from 1/1/8 to 1/1/6
SyndraButterflies at start of combat buffed from 7/7/10 to 8/8/10
SylasAbility damage at three-star increased to 1,200 percent
SylasAbility Swipe damage increased at three-star to 550 percent
SylasAbility heal at three-star increased to 600 percent

Five-cost Set 11 champions

Set 11 championPatch 14.9 balance change
LissandraLoot orb chances reduced from 50 to 40 percent
LissandraBase health nerfed to 1100/1980/3564
SettFated Bonus Omnivamp buffed from 12 to 15 percent

Patch 14.9 TFT Set 11 Augment balance changes

Portable Forge is changing with the addition of the 20 new Artifacts. Some champions and items were also swapped through Crowns and Crest Augments.

Set 11 Silver AugmentPatch 14.9 balance change
Over EncumberedBench slots reduced from two to one
Pumping Up OneAttack speed reduced from eight to six percent
Tri Force OneHealth increased from 100 to 150
Set 11 Gold AugmentPatch 14.9 balance change
Behemoth Crest Shen added as gained champion in addition to Thresh
Dragonlord CrestJanna added as gained champion in addition to Diana
Sage CrestZyra added as gained champion in addition to Diana
Storyweaver CrestGaren added as gained champion
Warden CrestJax added as gained champion in addition to Amumu
Big GainsBonus health increased from 80 to 100
Built DifferentHealth on units with no active traits changed to220/280/340/400
Built DifferentAttack speed reduced to 35/40/45/50 percent
Call to Adventure Kayle ability power gained increased to three and health increased to 18
Dragon’s SpiritHealth threshold reduced from 8,000 to 7,000
Dynamic DuoGold increased to 20
Grim HarvestKha’Zix added as gained champion in addition to Kindred
Learning to Spell Bonus power increased from 10 to 18
Mind over MatterReenabled
Pandora’s Items TwoRandom completed items gained changed to two random components
Portable ForgeChoice of Artifacts increased from two to four
Portable Forge Plus and Forge++Removed
Raining GoldGold reduced from nine to eight
Slammin PlusXP gained reduced from 12 to 10
Set 11 Prismatic AugmentPatch 14.9 balance change
AccompliceGold reduced from four to two
Behemoth CrownWarmogs changed to Sunfire Cape and Thresh added as gained champion in addition to Yorick
Build a BudGold increased from six to eight
Call to ChaosGold was reduced from 66 to 58 and XP reduced from 70 to 64
Call to ChaosThree-star three-cost gold increased from 10 to 20
Going LongGold increased from eight to 10
Infernal ContractDisabled
Sage CrownWarmogs changed to Sunfire Cape and Thresh was added as gained champion in addition to Yorick

Patch 14.9 TFT Set 11 item balance changes

Set 11 itemPatch 14.9 balance change
Blacksmith GlovesNow grants 300 HP and a 30 percent Crit baseline
Godmancer’s StaffRemoved
Mogul’s MailRemoved
Virtue of the MartyrHealing for your team increased from six to 7.5 percent of maximum health.
Virtue of the MartyrHealing from unit perishing increased from 13 to 14 percent maximum health for two additional heals instead of for 10 seconds.
Virtue of the MartyrAfter dying, get two Empowered hals as opposed to Empowered heals for 10 seconds

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