Arena of Valor (AoV) - Two Items Removed, Eleven Added in New Taiwan Patch! (Plus Hero Balance)

More huge changes to Arena of Valor are coming, if and when the world's servers receive the same patch that hit Taiwan on August 9th. Among them is the biggest item shakeup to date and a slew of hero balance changes.

Update: Garena MSP released their patch notes (included in theirs are the changes made in the July Taiwan patch).

Update 2: Tencent has released their patch notes

Massive New Changes in Latest Taiwan Patch

In a post made just a day before the patch went live in Taiwan, Garena laid out the final details of the changes that arrived to the server on the morning of August 9th. In addition to the debut of Emily, Taiwan received a whopping eleven new items while losing two soon-to-be-irrelevant items in the process. Further, a number of heretofore unmentioned (outside of the test server) hero balance changes found their way into the patch. These changes are in addition to those that we’ve already reported on regarding quality of life improvements and the new map.

Changes made to the Taiwanese server eventually make their way to the rest of the servers around the world (with the very curious exception of their July update, which is still needed considering the lingering Rourke bug), so watch out for a big patch in the weeks or months to come.

Item Changes

Eleven items were added, two were removed, and four were altered in the patch. Our thoughts are sporadically provided below items or groups of items. Reminder: the names of new items and passives are translations; we’re not sure what the official English names will be.

Ancestral Glory

Arena of Valor Ancestral Glory

Removed, replaced by new item.

Blade of Nirvana

Arena of Valor Blade of Nirvana
Price: 2400
Components: Light Armor + Cleaving Claymore
+120 Armor
Unique Passive: Warfare: Increase damage by 10%
Unique Passive: Nirvana: Revives wearer 2 seconds after death with 2000 + (hero level * 100) HP. This effect has a 150 second cooldown (can only occur twice in a single game).

120 armor surpasses 1000 HP in terms of Effective HP at 5000 HP, so Blade of Nirvana certainly surpasses Ancestral Glory before getting to the details in the passives. Limiting the number of times that a hero revives will help prevent the 30+ minute games you see every once in while. In addition, the amount of HP a hero revives with is drastically nerfed for warriors and tanks. After testing, we’ve discovered that “Warfare” actually does increase ALL damage by 10%, including magic damage and auras from items.

Berith’s Agony

Removed “Torture” Passive
Added Unique Passive: Painful Burning: Deals magic damage equal to 3% of the target’s current HP every second for 3 seconds (up to 80 against monsters).

Torture barely did any damage previously, especially because it was reduced by magic defense. Now, there’s reason for mages to get Berith’s Agony outside of the armor, AP, and CDR it provides.

Hunter’s Crossbow

Hunter: Experience gained from killing monsters: 15% → 20%
All level 2 and 3 equipment: Hunter: Experience gained from killing monsters: 30% → 35%

This simply reverts the numbers from a previous patch

Flashy Boots


Price: 690 → 710
Cooldown Reduction: +10% → +15%

The other boots were too good to pass up for just 10% CDR, so it was upped to 15% in exchange for a tiny price increase. A good change in our opinion.

Asterion’s Buckler

Removed, replaced by new items.

Wind Gem


Price: 300
+5% Movement Speed
+8 Mana per Second
Unique Passive: Military: Gain 5 gold and experience every 3 seconds if your gold or experience is the lowest on the team.

Wind Crest


Price: 850
Components: Wind Gem + Light Armor
+175 Armor
+40 HP per second
+15 Mana per Second
+5% Movement Speed
Unique Passive: Military: Gain 5 gold and experience every 3 seconds if your gold or experience is the lowest on the team.
Unique Passive: War Honor: Gain 30% more gold and experience after a kill or assist

Wind Soul Emblem


Price: 1850
Components: Wind Crest + Light Armor + Ring of Vitality
+250 Armor
+600 Health
+5% Movement Speed
+40 HP per Second
+15 Mana per Second
Unique Passive: Military: Gain 5 gold and experience every 3 seconds if your gold or experience is the lowest on the team.
Unique Passive: War Honor: Gain 30% more gold and experience after a kill or assist
Unique Active: Shield of the Wind Soul: Provide nearby hero with the lowest HP a (800 + Hero Level x 80) point shield and 30% movement speed boost for 3 seconds. 45 second cooldown

Blast Ring


Price: 850
Components: Wind Gem + Spell Tome
+60 Ability Power
+5% Movement Speed
+20 Mana per Second
Unique Passive: Military: Gain 5 gold and experience every 3 seconds if your gold or experience is the lowest on the team.
Unique Passive: War Honor: Gain 30% more gold and experience after a kill or assist

Ring of the Kamaitachi


Price: 850
Components: Blast Ring + Spell Tome + Magic Ring
+90 Ability Power
+15% Cooldown Speed
+5% Movement Speed
+30 Mana per Second
Unique Passive: Military: Gain 5 gold and experience every 3 seconds if your gold or experience is the lowest on the team.
Unique Passive: War Honor: Gain 30% more gold and experience after a kill or assist
Unique Active: Eye of the Kamaitachi: Gain vision of the nearest enemy for 4 seconds. Cooldown: 30 seconds.

The new wind items really double down on special abilities. The first two tiers of both branches grant extra gold and experience to the supports who are actually doing their job – scouting and roaming the map. At tier 3, the emblem’s unique active is great for supports like Chaugnar who have no shielding or healing abilities in their base kit, plus it provides an extra panic button for those who do. Meanwhile, Ring of the Kamaitachi provides all-important vision on a fairly low cooldown.

The overall stats of these items aren’t great, but they’re certainly full of utility and will likely be equipped relatively often.

Water Gem


Price: 300
+20 HP per Second
+10 Mana per Second
Unique Passive: Dedication: Gain a stack of Dedication Buff every 30 seconds. Stacks up to 2 times. If a unit dies within 800 units, consume a stack of Dedication Buff to grant the nearest ally 15 extra gold and 40 experience.

Crystal Crest


Price: 850
Components: Water Gem + Light Armor
+120 Armor
Unique Passive: Dedication: Gain a stack of Dedication Buff every 30 seconds. Stacks up to 2 times. If a unit dies within 800 units, consume a stack of Dedication Buff to grant the nearest ally 15 extra gold and 40 experience.
Unique Passive: Tidal: You and nearby friendly heroes (within 600 units) receive 20 (+1 per level) HP and 10 (+1 per 2 levels) mana per second.

Emblem of Poseidon


Price: 1850
Components: Crystal Crest + Light Armor + Ring of Vitality
+200 Armor

+600 Health
Unique Passive: Dedication: Gain a stack of Dedication Buff every 30 seconds. Stacks up to 2 times. If a unit dies within 800 units, consume a stack of Dedication Buff to grant the nearest ally 15 extra gold and 40 experience.
Unique Passive: Tidal: You and nearby friendly heroes (within 600 units) receive 20 (+1 per level) HP and 10 (+1 per 2 levels) mana per second.

Unique Passive: Poseidon: Increase damage of nearby allies by 5% and damage reduction by 10%.

Spring Water Bracers


Price: 850
Components: Water Gem + Magic Ring
+10% Cooldown Speed
Unique Passive: Dedication: Gain a stack of Dedication Buff every 30 seconds. Stacks up to 2 times. If a unit dies within 800 units, consume a stack of Dedication Buff to grant the nearest ally 15 extra gold and 40 experience.
Unique Passive: Tidal: You and nearby friendly heroes (within 600 units) receive 20 (+1 per level) HP and 10 (+1 per 2 levels) mana per second.

Purifying Bracers


Price: 1850
Components: Spring Water Bracers + Ring of Vitality + Ring of Vitality
+500 HP

+15% Cooldown Speed
Unique Passive: Dedication: Gain a stack of Dedication Buff every 30 seconds. Stacks up to 2 times. If a unit dies within 800 units, consume a stack of Dedication Buff to grant the nearest ally 15 extra gold and 40 experience.
Unique Passive: Tidal: You and nearby friendly heroes (within 600 units) receive 20 (+1 per level) HP and 10 (+1 per 2 levels) mana per second.

Unique Active: Purification Curse: Immediately remove any control effects from a nearby allied hero, and restore 160 + (level x 30) HP and increase their movement speed by 20% for 1 second. The affected hero is immune to slows for the next 2 seconds. 90 second cooldown.

The water items have the opposite goal of the wind items, increasing the gold and experience of your allies and thereby allowing you to stick to your damage dealers without denying them the resources they need. The first branch provides much more survivability while weaving in Asterion’s Buckler’s passive, while the second branch provides a hefty amount of cooldown speed while granting a Chaugnar effect for one hero. Given the presence of The Aegis, we feel it’s much more likely that support players will build into Poseidon rather than go for the bracers.

Important Note: Once you purchase a wind or water item (or Support item, as they have their own category now), you cannot buy any support items that aren’t in the item tree of the item you purchased. That means that once you buy a Tier 3 support item, you cannot buy any other support items.

The Aegis


Fixed a bug in the passive, Spirit Bond.

Hero Balance

Ilumia

Divine Light
  • Magic damage: 300/360/420/480/540/600 (+0.55 AP) → 350/410/470/530/590/650 (+0.45 AP)
Banish
  • Enemies hit slowed by (30/34/38/42/48/50)% for 1 second → Enemies hit slowed by 30% for 1 second, and hitting an enemy increases Ilumia’s speed by 30% for 1 second

These changes shift more power to Ilumia’s early game, but likely won’t move the needle too much.

Lu Bu

Conqueror
  • Resistance increased from 20% → (30/40/50)%

Holy mackerel, Lu Bu is going to be absolutely unstoppable when using his ultimate. He might as well have Kil’groth’s ultimate, given the insane resistance he’ll be getting. With Gilded Greaves, Lu Bu flies over the resistance cap of 60%, so it’s probably best to not equip those on him anymore.

Zuka

  • Base Armor: 86 → 91
The Chi
  • Attack damage duration increased from 4 seconds → 5 seconds
  • Attack damage increase changed from: (25/30/35/40)% (grows at level 5/9/13) → (30/35/40/45)% (grows at level 5/9/13). Attack bonuses decay over time, down to 50% of the initial attack bonus.

Given the decay, this is overall a slight nerf to Zuka’s passive. That said, he’ll still do truckloads of damage, especially when The Chi first activates. Extremely skilled players will use this opportunity to chunk an opponent the moment it triggers.

Omen

Death’s Beckon
  • Range decreased: 550 units → 500 units
Death’s Embrace
  • Cooldown increased: 40/35/30 → 50/45/40

Garena specifically mentioned in their patch notes that Omen was a bit too dominant in the Dark Slayer lane, so they toned him down a bit.

The Flash

  • Base Armor: 85 → 91
  • Base HP: 3292 → 3370
Super Speed
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mach Punch to deal damage from further away than intended
  • After the fix, the distance goes from 5.5m → 5m .

We’re not quite sure why Super Speed was listed but the fix was on Mach Punch. We’re guessing it’s just a typo, considering there were other signs that the article was rushed out.

Krixi

Mischief
  • Magic damage: 450/550/650/750/850/950 (+0.8 AP) → 450/530/610/690/770/850 (+0.85 AP)

After Krixi’s dominance at the AWC, she’s been tuned down. Her damage in the early game remains in tact, though. Part of the reason for her performance in competitive play and on ladder had to do with players simply discovering her viability, so we don’t think she’ll fall too far from grace.

Cresht

Tidal Wave
  • Rage per attack increased: 1 → 2
Aquatic Shield
  • Now grants 2 rage

It was often difficult for Cresht to re-charge his ult after the laning phase, as supports typically don’t get to sit around and auto-attack stuff. This is a nice quality-of-life improvement and could lead to more Cresht play in tournaments.

Violet

Tactical Fire
  • Damage decreased from 275/315/355/395/435/475 (+1.15 AD) → 275/315/355/395/435/475 (+1.0 AD)
  • Proximity to enemies to activate increased movement speed decreased from 800 units → 400 units
Fire in the Hole
  • Damage increased from 125/140/155/170/185/200 (+0.5 AD) → 250/280/310/340/370/400 (+1.0 AD)
  • Mana cost decreased from 80/85/90/95/100/105 → 50/55/60/65/70/75
  • Casting animation shortened
Concussive Rounds
  • Damage increased from 400/500/600 (+1.5 AD) → 400/550/700 (+1.5 AD) + 10% of target’s HP dealt as physical damage
  • Mana cost decreased from 140/150/160 → 100/120/140
  • Casting animation shortened

Violet somehow got a massive damage increase, as Fire in the Hole and Concussive rounds not only spiked in damage, but will be easier to use because of the shortened cast time. The decrease of .15 AD on her tactical fire doesn’t make a huge difference, especially since it wasn’t included in critical damage calculations in the first place (only damage up to 1.0 AD is multiplied in these cases). The biggest hit that Violet took in this slight re-work is the nerf to her movement speed when using Tactical Fire. Previously, she could be relatively far away and still benefit from the increased movement speed, whereas now she’ll have to be in dire straights in order to run faster. This will make it much easier for her pursuers to catch her, should she get too close.

Jinnar

Sutra of Pain
  • Jinnar can now move while casting Sutra of Pain

Wow. Jinnar has received buffs in every patch for as long as we can remember (and was a reasonable hero to start with before all those buffs), and yet is still not a very popular hero. This change will surely push him over the top, and we’re already committed to slotting him into Tier S if and when this buff goes global, whether people want to play him or not.

Ryoma

Spectral Ire
  • Heal now triggers when used on minions and monsters as well as heroes (heal amount is halved when used on non-heroes)

Ryoma gets a bit of extra healing while laning and between fights.

Zephys

Base armor: 84 → 90

Death from Above
  • Additional magic damage: 30/45/60 (+0.13 AD) → 40/60/80 (+0.16 AD)

The additional magic damage on Death from Above was previously pitiful, so that part makes sense. We’re not quite sure Zephys needed a buff, though, especially to his armor.

TeeMee

Pooty Poots
  • Maximum stun duration: 1.5 seconds → 1.2 seconds

TeeMee already had their stun duration on Pooty Poots nerfed in a previous patch, and it looks like the developers feel like it wasn’t enough. There’s just so much in TeeMee’s base kit that despite receiving nerfs practically every patch, they still dominate competitive play.

Kriknak

Bite
  • Physical damage: 100 (+0.8 additional AD) → 100 (+1.0 additional AD)
Terrifying Plague
  • Physical damage: 410/465/520/575/630/685 (+1.35 additional AD) → 410/465/520/575/630/685 (+1.6 additional AD)
  • Magic damage: 10 (+0.01 additional AD)% maximum HP → 10 (+0.02 additional AD)% maximum HP
Horn Rush
  • Physical damage: 390/445/500/555/610/665 (+1.25 additional AD) → 390/445/500/555/610/665 (+1.5 additional AD)
Drone Drop
  • Physical damage: 690/920/1050 (+2.4 additional AD) → 690/920/1050 (+2.65 additional AD)

They really want to push this whole “scaling with additional AD” thing, huh. Kriknak has always benefited from building fairly tanky, even after the May patch rework made it more enticing to build AD. That said, AD-focused items like Soulreaver and Fenrir’s Tooth will now really make our favorite bug hit like a truck.

Superman

Base armor: 101→92

Flight
  • Collision range: 400 units → 300 units
Kryptonian Strength
  • Collision range in flight mode: 400 units → 300 units
  • Cooldown: 8/7.2/6.4/5.6/4.8/4 seconds → 9/8.2/7.4/6.6/5.8/5 seconds
Speeding Bullet
  • Fixed a bug where it would occasionally deal extra damage
  • Duration: 10 seconds → 8/9/10 seconds
  • Collision range in flight mode: 400 units → 300 units

Finally, a step in the right direction. The amount of displacement Superman had was frankly unfair, and the patch notes in the article even mentioned that the collision range was larger than what was shown visually. Combined with the nerf in the June patch, Superman may finally fall from his perch atop Arena of Valor (though not too far, obviously).

Kahlii

Spiritual Blessing
  • Shield size: 200 (+30/level) (+0.4 AP) → 250 (+50/level) (+0.3 AP)

A straight buff unless you build her with absurd amounts of ability power. Kahlii is heavily reliant on her shield for ability power and movement speed, so this should feel pretty good for Kahlii players.

Baldum

Arena of Valor's Baldum

Wild Prison
  • Enemies not caught by the prison who stand in the prison area will be slowed by 30%.

A little bit of extra utility thrown Baldum’s way.

Skud

Furious Charge
  • Fixed a bug that made his knock up last 0.75 seconds. It is now properly 0.5 seconds.
Wild Beast Fury
  • Stun duration shortened: 1 second → 0.75 seconds.

In many cases, this nerf/bug fix won’t be noticed. However, when Skud gets his full 1-3-1 combo off, especially on a hero without Gilded Greaves, the lack of a reliable stun lock could dampen Skud’s fun a bit. Skud will still likely be a top-tier hero though.

Peura

Nature’s Rally
  • Peura can now move while channeling Nature’s Rally
  • Magic damage: 250 (+60/level) (+0.45 AP) → 150 (+35/level) (+0.27 AP)
  • Radius: 7000 → 5500

Despite the range and damage nerf, this is overall a buff due to the massive increase in utility for Peura’s ultimate. Though overeager Peura players might find themselves caught out trying to use it aggressively, the amount of possibilities opened up by this change – including a very nice escape tool – are something to look forward to.

Alice

Sunshine
  • Magic damage: 375/423/471/519/567/615 (+0.86 AP) → 375/425/475/525/575/625 (+0.86 AP)
  • Mana cost: 80/90/100/110/120/130 → 80/85/90/95/100/105
Friendship
  • Cooldown: 14/12.8/11.6/10.4/9.2/8 seconds → 13/12/11/10/9/8 seconds
  • Mana cost: 60/65/70/75/80/85 → 60

Alice gets a bit of a buff. The Sunshine change seems to have been made because round numbers are just easier to deal with. Lowering the interminable cooldown on Friendship will feel nice.

Max

Liftoff
  • Distance at which Max begins his attack: 450 units → 400 units
  • Sound bug fixed

We’re not sure this changes anything, other than extremely short-range Liftoff use, and even then it’s just 50 units. Best to just ignore this one.

Wukong

  • Fixed a bug that let everyone hear when he was visible
  • Made attacks enhanced by his passive more audibly distinct

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lol absolutely pathetic patch buff lu bu and zuka even more and nerf superman and omen better nerf rourke ult love how they think rouke is balanced lol

where is the marja buff?

ANYTHING BUT ASTERIONS BUCKLE!!!

Understandable since it supposed to be a support item but most fighters can build it ,not to mention it cheap price for 10% resistance and 5% damage increase. Omen, Zephys, Superman are the prime example.

When will you update all item builds factoring in all new items? Especially telannas max damage build? ????

Another pass will be made after the patch goes live and we have had some time with the new items.

Any expected date? Looking forward