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5.3 - Hero of the Trojan War | February 27, 2018

T Achilles Default Icon New Greek God: Achilles - Hero of the Trojan War

Achilles Promo

Icons Achilles Passive Gift of the Gods (Passive)

Achilles adapts to the tide of Battle. Achilles can choose to wear armor, granting him bonus Health and Protections, or forgo it, granting him bonus Movement Speed and Physical Power Armored Bonus: Achilles gains an addition 35 +10 Health per lvl and 5 +1 Protection per lvl. Unarmored Bonus: Achilles gains an addition Movement Speed 3% +.25% per level and 10 +2 Physical Power per level.

Icons Achilles A01 Shield Of Achilles

Achilles punches forward with the edge of his Shield, inflicting massive damage and stunning enemy targets hit by the impact. The force of his punch continues to radiate past his initial target area, dealing 80% damage to targets farther away.
  • Damage: 100/160/220/280/340 + 90% of your Physical Power
  • Stun Duration: 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5s
  • Cooldown: 15s
  • Cost: 60/65/70/75/80

Icons Achilles A02 Radiant Glory

Achilles is blessed by the gods, giving him bonus Physical Power, Protections, and Crowd Control Reduction for 6 seconds. While this blessing is active, Achilles will heal himself upon successfully damaging enemies with abilities.
  • Heal: 23/26/29/32/35 + 10% of your Physical Power
  • Max Heals per Ability: 2/2/3/3/4
  • Bonus Physical Power: 15%
  • Bonus Protections: 15%
  • Bonus Crowd Control Reduction: 20%
  • Cooldown: 10s
  • Cost: 40/45/50/55/60

Icons Achilles A03 Combat Dodge

Achilles dodges his enemies' attacks before striking them in swift response. If Achilles successfully hits an enemy god with this strike, Achilles can use this ability once more before it goes on Cooldown.
  • Damage: 65/105/145/185/225 + 50% of your Physical Power
  • Cooldown: 10s
  • Cost: 24/28/32/36/40

Icons Achilles A04 Fatal Strike

Achilles winds up a large attack and dashes forward. While dashing, Achilles will pass through minions, stop and hit the first enemy god he encounters, dealing damage to all he hits. If the god is below 30% Health they are Executed. If Achilles successfully Executes a god with this ability, he can use it again, up to 5 times.
As Achilles successfully Executes his enemies, he becomes more reckless in combat and leaves his heel exposed. Achilles will become more susceptible to damage, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Damage: 180/270/360/450/540 + 100% of your Physical Power
  • Execute Threshold: 30%
  • Damage Taken increase: 10%
  • Cooldown: 90s
  • Cost: 80/85/90/95/100

New God Skins

New Voice Packs

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where god selection icons would take a long time to load when first entering a match lobby.
  • Fixed an issue where Ah Muzen Cab's Passive Ability was described as a “Pet” Ability.
  • Fixed an issue where Poseidon's Whirlpool had an incorrect “Tide” number.
  • Fixed an issue where The Morrigan's icon would be revealed on the minimap even when stealthed.
  • Fixed an issue where Discordia's Passive Ability Buff FX could become invisible.
  • Fixed an issue where Cu Chulainn would be healed for an incorrect amount from Meditation Cloak.
  • Fixed an issue in Da Ji's Adventure where a Summoner could spawn out of reach of most player attacks.


  • Adjusted the DJ Skins (Ba5s Drop Janus, DJ Ohm Ganesha, Heaven's Rave Zeus) so that they all can move with their VXG emotes active.
  • Ranked Draft Time Adjustments (Conquest & Joust)
  • Reduced the Planning Phase from 30s to 15s.
  • Reduced the amount of Banked time from 60s to 40s.
  • Boosters
  • Boosters have had their cost adjusted. The 15 day booster has been removed.
  • 1 Day Booster
  • Changed from 150 Gems to 100 Gems.
  • 3 Day Booster
  • Changed from 300 Gems to 250 Gems.
  • 30 Day Booster
  • Changed from 1300 gems to 500 gems.
  • While active, Boosters will provide +30 Fantasy Points each time a player claims their Daily Login Bonus.
  • Added Rainbow Recall Skin.
  • Added Rainbow LevelUp FX.


  • Console players now have access to all VGS commands.


  • Non-Conquest Game Modes
  • Conquest
  • Oracles Health adjusted.
  • Base health decreased from 760 to 680.
  • Scaling health per level increased from 100 to 110.
  • Decreased Base Power of Big Centaur, Big Manticore, Big Chimera, and Big Satyr from 24 to 18.

Item Balance

SoulGem T3 SoulGem T3 Soul Gem

Soul Gem's Passive has been redesigned to make its' interactions with god abilities more consistent. Gods can successfully hit a target with an ability (including non-damaging abilities) to gain stacks. However, stacks will only be consumed and trigger the bonus effects on damaging abilities.

  • NEW PASSIVE – On successful hit of an Ability you gain 1 stack. At 4 Stacks your next Ability that damages an enemy God will deal bonus damage equal to 40% of your Magical power, and will heal yourself and allies within 20 units for 40% of your Magical Power and will consume the 4 stacks.

DoomOrb T3 DoomOrb T3 Doom Orb

  • Updated Self Buff FX for when Doom Orb’s Passive buff is active.

TyphonsFang T3 TyphonsFang T3 Typhon's Fang

Typhon's Fang allows Mages to build into heavily lifesteal strategies. This option can be powerful, but we want to make sure it comes with the cost of other utility stats. At 15% base lifesteal and 50% bonus healing, Mages could build a single lifesteal item (Bancroft's most often) and gain large benefits. By reducing the lifesteal and bonus healing on this item, players will need to invest more into lifesteal to get similar amounts of sustain.

  • Decreased Magical Lifesteal from 15% to 10%.
  • Decreased Passive Healing bonus from lifesteal from 50% to 40%.

WarlocksStaff T3 WarlocksStaff T3 Warlock's Staff

Warlock's Staff has become a dominant choice for Mages that provides early game power, mid game survivability, and solid power scaling into the late game. We are reducing the early power and scaling power it gains, focusing its identity as a solid survivability foundation for Mages.

  • Decrease Power from 75 to 65.
  • Decrease Power per stack from .6 to .5.
  • Warlock's Staff now provides 115 Magical Power when fully evolved, down from 135.

BookoftheDead T3 Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead provides a powerful effect. Mages can heavily increase their chances to survive with this single item. We want to preserve the item's identity, but we have seen this effect provide too much shielding in most gameplay scenarios.

  • Decrease 25% to 15% Mana used to form shield.

Malice T3 Malice

Malice and Deathbringer have often been a complicated math problem to determine which item was superior. We are redesigning Malice to focus more on ability damage characters who like to build Critical Strike Chance. As players accumulate Critical Strikes they begin to empower their next ability with a large boost in Physical Power.

  • Decreased Physical Power from 50 to 40.
  • Increased Critical Strike Chance from 20% to 25%.
  • NEW PASSIVE – Every Critical Strike against an enemy God gives one stack. At 3 stacks, your next ability that damages an enemy God will consume the stacks and deal bonus damage over time to the first God hit for 120% of your physical power. Damage is dealt in 3 ticks over 2s.

Rage T3 Rage T3 Rage

Deathbringer increased Critical Strike damage, Malice provides additional burst for Critting enemy gods, and Rage is now the definitive Critical Strike chance item. Players looking for consistent crits should be building and stacking Rage.

  • Increased cost from 2400 to 2500.
  • Decreased Physical Power from 30 to 20.
  • Increased Critical Strike Chance per stack from 1% to 2%.
  • Rage now provide 40% total Critical Strike chance when fully evolved, up from 35%.

SoulEater T3 SoulEater T3 Soul Eater

Soul Eater struggles to get online quick enough and lacks a punch when fully upgraded. We are reducing the stacks needed to evolve Soul Eater while increasing the Physical Power it gains from being evolved.

  • Decreased Stacks needed from 100 to 75
  • Increased Bonus Physical Power on Evolved from 10 to 20.
  • Soul Eater now provides 60 Physical power when fully evolved, up from 50.

WarriorsBlessing T1 Warrior's Blessing

We have seen a lot of experimentation in the Solo lane and Warrior's Blessing is slightly underperformed compared to different starts. That is, unless a kill occured in lane. We are bringing up the reward for evolving it while reducing its potential to suddenly spike in stacks with a single kill.

  • Increased Evolved Bonus Protections from 10/10 to 15/15.
  • Decreased the stacks gained from gods from 5 to 3.

HuntersBlessing T1 Hunter's Blessing

  • Adjusted how the item provides Basic Attack Damage.
  • This fixes a few issues where this item interacted with various abilities and systems in the game. This item now better interacts with hit chain progression, abilities that scale with Basic Attack damage, and a few edge case scenarios. In some case this is a buff for characters (anyone with a slower hit chain) and in others this is a nerf for characters (The Morrigan's Passive).

PurificationBeads Relic PurificationBeads Relic S9 Purification Beads

  • This item's icon has been adjusted.

PurificationBeads UpgradedRelic Purification Beads Upgrade

  • This item's icon has been adjusted.

God Balance

T Arachne Default Icon Arachne

In previous Seasons, Arachne excelled at controlling the jungle by killing tougher camps that spawned less often. With the quicker respawns of Season 5 this strength has been diminished. We are reducing the cooldown so they can help her clear camps more often are also increasing the amount of Webs she can have active to give her more opportunities to use them in clever ways.

  • Icons Arachne A03 Web
  • Reduced Cooldown from 18s to 16s.
  • Can now have 3 webs at once, up from 2.

T Cerberus Default Icon Cerberus

Cerberus has struggled since his release to really make an impact for his team. We are increasing his ability to deal damage, engage, and giving him the ability to attack his enemies that are caught in Stygian Torment immediately. Additionally, Stygian Torment will activate all of his heads, allowing him to combo more directly with Paralyzing Spit.

  • Icons Cerberus A02 Ghastly Breath
  • Increase Damage per Tick from 15/25/35/45/55 to 20/30/40/50/60.
  • Icons Cerberus A03 Soul Expulsion
  • Increases range from 40 to 50.
  • Icons Cerberus A04 Stygian Torment
  • Decrease Post-Fire from 1.4 to 0.1.
  • Cerberus is now Crippled for 1.2s after firing this ability. He also is Knockback and Knockup Immune for 1.2s.
  • This ability now Auto-Activates all three heads.

T Freya Default Icon Freya

Freya has taken off with the changes in Season 5, specifically around her itemization and the overall pacing changes in the Conquest map. While her early game is weaker than most, it isn't weak enough to offset her powerful late game. We are reducing the amount of Sustain she can provide herself in the early and mid stages of the game while reducing the top end damage of Irradiate. Players should have more opportunity to punish her in the early game and the late game respectively.

  • Icons Freya Passive Brisingamen's Blessing
  • Changed Magical Lifesteal from 15% to 5% + .5% per level (ending at 15%).
  • Icons Freya A01 Irradiate
  • Decreased Damage from 40/55/70/85/100 to 35/50/65/80/95.
  • Decreased Magical Power Scaling from 25% to 20% per shot.

T Khepri Default Icon Khepri

We are taking a closer look at Guardians now that Season 5 has settled down some. Khepri is the first Guardian we will be adjusting and surely won't be the last. Khepri has been nerfed many times since his release but in Season 5 he has hit a new low for performance. We are giving him slightly more mobility by reducing Abduct's Cooldown. We are also buffing his clearly least impressive ability, Solar Flare, that had a strangely high cooldown.

  • Icons Khepri A01 Abduct
  • Decreased Cooldown from 15s to 14s.
  • Icons Khepri A03 Solar Flare
  • Decreased Cooldown from 18s to 16s.

T Scylla Default Icon Scylla

Similar to Vulcan from last patch, Scylla is a late game mage who suffered from the removal of Rod of Tahuti and continues to suffer with the new itemization. We are bringing up her Passive's Magical Power to help her scale into the late game while also boosting Sic Em's scaling by a small amount. These changes combined should help Scylla feel even more impactful in the later stages of the game, offsetting her rough early game.

  • Icons Scylla Passive Quick Learner
  • Increased Power per Stack from 20 to 25.
  • Icons Scylla A01 Sic 'Em
  • Increased Magical Power Scaling from 75% to 80%.

T Serqet Default Icon Serqet

Serqet has been a powerhouse in the new Season. Her high clear speed and low cooldown mobility made her difficult to outpace in both levels and in raw power. We are increasing the cooldown of Deathbane while reducing the Physical Protection shred she provides. Using Deathbane for damage vs. mobility is now a tougher choice and enemies will now have a larger opportunity to counter her while it is down.

  • Icons Serqet A01 Deathbane
  • Increased Cooldown from 10s from 13s.
  • Decreased Physical Protection Reduction from 15% to 10%.

T Ullr Default Icon Ullr

When Ullr was initially buffed in Season 4 we brought a god who had been mostly unplayed to a much better position. We removed his clunkiness and allowed more players to perform with the God. There was a lot of discussion about the God at the end of Season 4 but his metrics never really reached a “must nerf” scenario. With many more changes upcoming, we wanted to wait and see how successful he would be in the new Season before making any changes. We anticipated that he would drop naturally. When Season 5 launched we did see his performance clearly drop, but this was likely a result of the rise of Crit Hunters in the meta. Many other factors could have played a role in this so to confirm his power level we waited to see the results after the last round of changes that specifically adjusted Deathbringer. Ullr did indeed rise back up in his stats, suggesting that Season 5 did not nerf him naturally as much as we expected and solidifying the fact that he was in need of a nerf.

Ullr is still a difficult god to execute well, and sees much stronger numbers at high skill levels than in the general population. He just seemed to do too much damage which covered up this aspect in most cases. Bladed Arrow and Hail of Arrows are both seeing a 10% reduction in Physical Power Scaling. The burst provided from these two abilities was giving him so much pressure in lane. With these adjustments we expect him to fall more in line with other Hunters.

  • Icons Ullr A01 Bladed Arrow
  • Decreased Physical Power Scaling from 80% to 70%.
  • Icons Ullr A03 Hail of Arrows
  • Decreased Physical Power Scaling from 120% to 110%.

T Vamana Default Icon Vamana

Vamana's performance in Season 5 has been lackluster largely due to enemies being able to shut down his main source of survivability in Teamfights. While the healing potential on Colossal Fury exists, the amount of Anti-heal options limit how useful he can be. We are increasing the base protections provided by Colossal Fury to better help him engage a team even if they have build heavy Anti-heal. In addition, Colossal Fury now has a targeter allowing players to see at what range Vamana is able to connect his basic attacks.

  • Icons Vamana BigBaby Colossal Fury
  • Increased Protections Gained from 5/10/15/20/25 to 15/20/25/30/35.
  • Added a targeter to indicate the hit area for Vamana's Basic Attacks while Colossal Fury is active.

T Zeus Default Icon Zeus

  • Icons Zeus AegisShield Aegis Assault
  • Changed scaling from basic attack power to +30% magical damage.
  • Increased static damage from 10/15/20/25/30 to 50/60/70/80/90.
  • This means the static damage went from roughly 47/55/61/70/77 (+20% of your magical power) to 50/60/70/80/90 (+30% of your magical power).