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League of Legends Patch 9.8 ARAM Changes: Howling Abyss Returns to ARAM as Bans Depart

Howling Abyss replaces Butcher’s Bridge as the active ARAM map Wednesday as part of League of Legends Patch 9.8.

With the swap comes several changes to the ARAM formula. Bans will no longer appear in ARAM. Mariner’s Vengeance, Ghostwalkers and Backtrack will all be removed. Riot Games also committed to continually balancing champions and runes specifically in ARAM every few months. The first of those changes arrives in this update. Check them out below.

League of Legends Patch 9.8 ARAM Nerfs

  • Alistar: plus 5% damage taken
  • Galio: plus 5% damage taken
  • Illaoi: minus 5% damage dealt
  • Kai’Sa: minus 3% damage dealt
  • Nautilus: plus 5% damage taken
  • Sion: mins 8% damage dealt
  • Yorick: minus 5% damage dealt

League of Legends Patch 9.8 ARAM Buffs

  • Elise: plus 5% damage dealt
  • Fiddlesticks: plus 1% damage dealt and minus 6% damage taken
  • Fizz: plus 5% damage dealt
  • Karthus: plus 2% damage dealt
  • Lucian: plus 5% damage dealt
  • Maokai: plus 2% damage dealt and minus 2% damage taken
  • Nun & Willump: minus 5% damage taken
  • Pantheon: plus 5% damage dealt
  • Riven: plus 5% damage dealt

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