LoL Season 14 is almost upon us. The 2024 season of League of Legends sees huge changes to the map which will revamp the game.
With myriad adjustments made to near all gameplay seasons, the 2024 season will be a major shake-up.
Consequently, players can expect a much fresher experience compared to the 2023 season, which was largely similar to 2022.
LoL Season 14 release date
The new season will start on Wednesday January 10, 2024, at 2 am Central Time.
This means that the first patch of the year starts in the second week of 2024, right after the new year break.
Afterwards, players can expect the standard biweekly update schedule, where for most of the year League of Legends will have a new patch every two weeks.
Further, updates will happen on Wednesdays.
New map changes
The Rift is getting a total terrain terraforming in 2024.
Every lane sees changes to the walls and bushes to address long-standing concerns and complaints on the map balance.
Top lane sees the red side walls altered to lengthen the distance from the jungle into the lane. In addition, the brush along the blue-side wall in top river has been moved. The brush is now in the center of that section of the river.
This means that it is harder to gank top lane in LoL season 14, making it easier to contest waves and lane against your opponent.
Meanwhile mid lane moves the bushes on either side further into the river. This means it’s now harder for ganking foes to attack the lane. Walls have also been altered for better symmetry, making mid lane generally safer.
In a complete inversion, bot lane has a new gank path added to red side, mirroring the existing tri-bush path on blue side.
Like top lane, the brush along the bottom red-side river wall is now in the center to make for easier vision contests.
LoL season 14 Baron changes
A new jungle camp now spawns in the Baron pit during the early game of LoL season 14. Three Void Grubs are now available as a neutral camp. Each one grants a permanent stacking buff to whichever team secures it. This buff grants an extra damage-over-time effect to attacks against towers.
Once the camp is cleared, after a few minutes three more Void Grubs will spawn. If a team manages to secure all six Grubs, then they will get an additional buff. This upgraded buff lets champions spawn Void Mites when they attack towers to aid in the siege.
At 14 minutes, the Rift Herald will spawn in the Baron pit area. Like before, whichever team slays it can pick up the Eye to spawn it later.
In addition to its normal tower siege, in LoL season 14 a player can now also ride inside the Rift Herald to directly steer it.
At 20 minutes, Baron Nashor will spawn. The redesigned Baron has three forms, which alters how it attacks and changes the design of the Baron Pit.
Finally, after Baron spawns, the Rift Scuttler, Red Buff and Blue Buff monsters will all change. In addition to becoming tankier, they get additional effects.
- Rift Scuttler now releases a large AoE vision cone like Scryer’s Bloom.
- Red Buff and Blue Buff will give their respective buff to all alive teammates
League of Legends 2024 gameplay updates
For LoL season 14, there is also numerous champion changes.
First of all, there will be the regular implementation of new champions, regular balance changes to existing champions, and the complete rework and overhaul of existing champions.
The next champion is the dragon Smolder and the next revamp is Skarner.
LoL season 14 will also feature an additional quest feature for certain champions. If two champions with associated lore oppose each other on the rift, they can get a small buff if they can take down their specific rival.
Like Ashe versus Sejuani or Kha’Zix versus Rengar, new pairs of champions will have quests. Two known new pairs are Shen versus Zed and Renekton versus Nasus.
LoL season 14 items: complete overhaul
Last of all, there will be a total change to items in LoL season 14.
First of all, Mythic items are no more. They are either gone entirely or have been reworked into Epic items. For example, Liandry’s Torment is now Liandry’s Anguish.
Accordingly, there are a whole host of new items as well as reworked Mythic items. These new items seek to empower the various archetypes.
Most notably, Support items are completely different. Now, Support items passively give gold, grant shared gold through minion executes, or grant gold through attacking enemy champions/towers. Effectively, the previous Support item archetypes have been combined.
However, Support items now no longer grant any stats.
Once upgraded, Support items now grant additional wards. Once fully upgraded, players can choose an upgrade path according to their playstyle.
Finally, some existing items have also been totally reworked. For example, Zhonya’s Hourglass no longer grants AP and instead is fully a Tank item, granting Armor and MR.