The latest Legends of Runeterra patch, 2.18.0, has been dropped and introduced gameplay changes, card nerfs, and buffs for the first time since the Beyond Bandlewood expansion.
The new season of Legends of Runeterra, Between Worlds, begins with the latest patch. While the last patch focused on Battle Academia skins and cosmetics, patch 2.18.0 only focuses on map balance and gameplay. Players will be happy to know that Riot Games has taken note of the comments regarding the meta and responded accordingly through this patch.
The biggest focus for the fix has been on the live balance updates. This feature will now be an integral part of the game to ensure that the meta does not become outdated for too long. This is also the final patch where players will enjoy fan-favorite Lab modes until November 10.
Legends of Runeterra: Live Balancing Philosophy, Lab Updates, and More in Patch 2.18.0
The immediate and dramatic change in Legends of Runeterra patch 2.18.0 must update the game’s live-balancing philosophy. Although Bandlewood’s season has seen a very diverse meta, many players have complained that it there were hardly any map updates.
The lack of map updates makes the meta very outdated and boring. Unfortunately, that was precisely the case with Bandlewood’s season, and to prevent such things from happening again, Riot Games have decided to make live balance a regularity from here on out.
Previously, players had to depend on significant expansions to cause a change in the meta. Since new additions take a long time to develop and release, the meta in Legends of Runeterra will remain the same for weeks. Changes in the philosophy of the live balance will ensure that metas change faster, regardless of card expansions.
How will the changes appear in the new online pay system?
In the new system, players can expect balance changes once a month. This will mostly be done via nerfs and buffs for any maps that require the change. It’s not entirely new, but Riot Games is changing the pace and consistency of these changes.
Starting in 2022, Legends of Runeterra will receive monthly card balance updates to make gameplay more flexible and diverse. This is due to items already scheduled and prepared for release in the next two months. These items include both PVE modes and map expansions.
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Patch 2.18.0 also sees other miscellaneous changes to improve gameplay and remove bugs. Previous issues with cycle start effects have been resolved that were present prior to this fix. Cleaner keyword descriptions and better overall card descriptions have been added. Specific bugs in Legends of Runeterra with spell card effects have also been fixed.