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Legends of Runeterra Patch 1.2 Notes: Balance Changes and Card Updates

Legends of Runeterra Patch 1.2 will bring the first balance changes since Rising Tides debuted, so Riot Games’ LoR team has been working on both tweaking cards and clarifying them. There will also be an exclusive Rainbow Poro Guardian and an emote for free in the store.

In this article, we will only show you the balance changes and all the essential details, but if you want to learn the reason behind all the tweaks, follow this link to read the in-depth patch notes from Riot.

Also, if you want to learn more about the next Legends of Runeterra (LoR) content, Executive Producer Jeff Jew and Design Director Andrew Yip will share a dev video on May 29 at 10 AM PT on the official LoR YouTube account.

Now let’s take a look at the official Legends of Runeterra Patch 1.2 notes.

Champions Balance Changes

Vladimir (level 2)

  • Attack: “For each other attacking ally, deal 1 to it and 1 to the enemy Nexus” changed to “For each other attacking ally, deal 1 to it and drain 1 from the enemy Nexus.”


  • Level 1 -> Cost: 5 increased to 6
  • Level 2 -> Cost: 5 increased to 6


  • Level 1 -> Power: 2 increased to 3
  • Level 2 -> Power: 3 increased to 4


  • Level 1 -> Health: 5 lowered to 4
  • Level 2 -> Health: 6 lowered to 5


  • Level 1 -> Power: 4 increased to 5
  • Level 2 -> Power: 5 increased to 6


Followers & Spells Balance Changes

Greathorn Companion

  • Power: 4 increased to 5

Grizzled Ranger

  • Power: 4 lowered to 3

Laurent Chevalier

  • Health: 1 increased to 2

Loyal Badgerbear

  • Power: 4 lowered to 3

Stand Alone

  • Cost: 3 increased to 4

Legion Rearguard

  • Health: 2 lowered to 1

Kindly Tavernkeeper

  • Power: 2 increased to 3

Deep Meditation

  • Cost: 4 increased to 5

Boomcrew Rookie

  • Health: 4 lowered to 3

Brood Awakening

  • Cost: 5 increased to 6


  • Health: 1 increased to 2

Monkey Idol

  • Health: 4 increased to 5


  • Power: 0 increased to 1
  • Health: 3 increased to 4


Card Updates

The following cards have received a new text for clarity so that players can see which card is targeting an enemy and which are drawing only “non-champion” cards:

Mageseeker Investigator, Absorb Soul, Shatter, Avarosan Marksman, Bullseye, Chempunk Shredder, Face-Melter, Shunpo, Withering Wail, Augmented Experimenter, Reckless Research, Captain Farron, Corina Veraza, Final Spark, Vile Feast, Ezreal, Yeti Yearling, Island Navigator, Fizz, Pool Shark, Imperial Demolitionist, Black Powder Grenade, Death’s Hand, Strong-arm, Double Up, Armored Tuskrider, Caught in the Cold, Noxian Fervor, Dragon’s Rage, Lee Sin’s Dragon’s Rage, Miss Fortune’s Make it Rain, Make it Rain, The Dreadway, Black Market Merchant, Pilfered Goods, Yordle Grifter, Chief Mechanist Zevi, Concerted Strike, Riptide Rex, Vladimir’s Transfusion, Terror of the Tides, Super Mega Death Rocket!, and Aurora Porealis.

Free Rainbow Poro Guardian + Emote

In terms of personalization, until July 7, the new Rainbow Poro guardian and its emote will be free in the store for all players.

There will be a new board – Arcane Board, and a new card back – Arcane Card Back, as well, along with four new emotes, which you can check out on the LoR patch notes at the link we wrote in the intro.

Expeditions Archetypes

All primary archetypes will have the same chance of showing up in initial Champion Picks:

  • Rising Tides archetypes no longer twice as likely to appear in initial Champion Picks.




  • Added: For Demacia!, Ranger’s Resolve, Reckless Trifarian
  • Removed: Greathorn Companion, Grizzled Ranger, Trifarian Hopeful, Vanguard Sergeant


  • Added: Chronicler of Ruin, En Garde, Hapless Aristocrat, Mobilize, Purify
  • Removed: Absorb Soul, Ancient Crocolith, Back to Back, Scribe of Sorrows

Scout it Out

  • Added: Chain Vest, For Demacia!, Mobilize, Ranger’s Resolve
  • Removed: Back to Back, Vanguard Sergeant, War Chefs, Ye Been Warned

Shield Wall

  • Added: Blinding Assault
  • Removed: Greenglade Lookout, Grizzled Ranger, Herald of Spring, Laurent Protege, Sonic Wave, War Chefs

Suit Up

  • Added: Detain, En Garde, Plucky Poro, Radiant Strike, Ranger’s Resolve, Scarthane Steffen
  • Removed: Alpha Wildclaw, Greathorn Companion, Loyal Badgerbear, Riposte, Single Combat


Other Adjustments

Cloning Program

  • Added: Vi
  • Removed: Ezreal

Death’s Door

  • Added: Black Spear, Hapless Aristocrat, Shady Character, The Rekindler
  • Removed: Brood Awakening, Funsmith, Deadbloom Wanderer, Trail of Evidence


  • Added: Darius, Navori Highwayman, Jeweled Protector, Shadow Assassin
  • Removed: Swain, Ghost, Retreat, Scaled Snapper


  • Added: Gotcha!, Hired Gun, Monkey Idol, Mystifying Magician, Patrol Wardens, Shellshocker, Thermogenic Beam
  • Removed: Boomcrew Rookie, Brash Gambler, Jury-Rig, Pocket Aces, Sump Dredger, Vault Breaker, Zaunite Urchin
  • Fishbones champion packs will now always include both Jagged Taskmaster and Professor von Yipp. This may force you into a tri-region deck, which is a known issue we’ll fix in a future patch.

Grand Moments (previously Spellbound)

  • Added: For Demacia!, Redoubled Valor
  • Removed: Riposte, Vanguard Sergeant

Shadows and Dust

  • Added: Yusari
  • Removed: Claws of the Dragon, Deep Meditation, Eye of the Dragon, Mark of the Isles, Rush, Sonic Wave

Smash and Grab

  • Added: Eager Apprentice, Hired Gun, Jaull Hunters, Lure of the Depths
  • Removed: Boomcrew Rookie, Brash Gambler, Pick a Card, Pilfered Goods, Rummage, Salvage, The Beast Below

Spell Slingers

  • Added: Deny, Ki Guardian, Pocket Aces, Spirit’s Refuge, Ye Been Warned, Yordle Grifter
  • Removed: Bubble Bear, Greenglade Duo, Razorscale Hunter, Shipwreck Hoarder


Smaller Adjustments

Ancient Evil

  • Added: Stalking Wolf
  • Removed: Ruthless Raider


  • Added: Shadow Assassin, Horns of the Dragon
  • Removed: Recall, Guile, Shadowshift, Brash Gambler, Funsmith, Insightful Investigator

Crimson Guard

  • Removed: Unyielding Spirit

Demacian Steel

  • Added: Vanguard Firstblade, En Garde


  • Added: Keeper of Masks
  • Removed: Recall, Shadowshift, Retreat

First to the Draw

  • Added: Jagged Butcher, Slotbot
  • Removed: Brash Gambler, Hunting Fleet, Pick a Card

Shroom and Boom

  • Added: Patrol Wardens
  • Removed: Amateur Aeronaut

Terrors from the Deep

  • Added: Golden Narwhal, Hunting Fleet
  • Removed: Hired Gun, Darkwater Scourge

Total Recall

  • Added: Amateur Aeronaut, Windfarer Hatchling
  • Removed: Used Cask Salesman, Fae Bladetwirler, Shadow Flare, The Empyrean


That’s it for the long Patch 1.2 in Legends of Runeterra. The patch notes also include some bugfixes and other fixes, which you can check out on the in-depth official patch notes linked at the beginning of the article. Read more about updates and news on our Legends of Runeterra page.

We will also have news and updates for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies on May 27 since patch 10.11 will go live on May 28.

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