LOL update 11.16 will soon roll out on PC. According to the League of Legends patch notes, the latest update added some changes to Sona and various other gameplay optimizations. Apart from this, LOL patch 11.16 will also include stability fixes.
Previously, a big update was released with various quality of life improvements and changes.
Unfortunately, since the last patch, players are still experiencing several issues with online gameplay. Today’s LOL update 11.16 will fix a few of these issues.
According to game developers, Sona was briefly meta as a top laner who took the support item and just harassed and roamed, without really trying to even last hit.
Last year update made some changes to Sona which added a mana refund that tied her to sharing auras with allies, and increased her mana costs. Functional, but not very fun: Sona loves to cast lots of spells, and her auras are actually a small amount of the mindshare of each one. Preventing her from casting spells (by running her out of mana) unless she played around an effect she often didn’t think about made for a less fun version of Sona.
The upcoming Sona update will replace this mana refund mechanic with something that Sona players will be more excited about. In place of high mana costs and a mana refund, the new patch will replac the Sona’s Ultimate cooldown passive with a stacking mechanic that rewards her for using Q and W in a way that matches the mindshare of those spells. A positive incentive rather than a negative one that doesn’t punish her by preventing her from casting future spells will make for a generally more enjoyable experience.
Now, when Sona damages enemy champions with Q – Hymn of Valor or uses W – Aria of Perseverance to heal an injured ally or protect them from damage with the shield (the full base value; a tiny bit of ambient damage won’t count), she will permanently gain a stack of Accelerando, granting ability haste for her basic abilities (up to a cap). Striking two different champions with Q will grant two stacks, and W can grant up to 5 stacks if it heals an ally and blocks damage on all four allies. This new passive rewards Sona for using Q and W well in a duo lane, rather than penalizing her like the mana refund did.
After Sona reaches the cap for Accelerando, subsequent stacks will instead refund a bit of R – Crescendo‘s cooldown. The game devs chose ultimate cooldown refund as a reward here to encourage very exciting, aggressive Crescendo plays.
Note – This not the final patch notes. More details are coming soon.
Sona is currently planned for lol patch 11.16, which ships next month!