Legends Of Runeterra Patch 4.1 Balance Changes: All Buffs & Nerfs

Patch 4.1 has been released in Legends of Runeterra. Here are all the buffs and nerfs that were introduced in this game update.

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Patch 4.1 has brought new balance changes to Legends of Runeterra. | © Riot Games

As promised in its 2023 roadmap for Legends of Runeterra, Riot has unveiled the first live balance patch of the year. For those unfamiliar with how this novel system works, live balance patches are the devs' new way of implementing significant, focused card changes. These are released every three months.

It's meant to ensure optimal gameplay without drastically upsetting the meta, as was the case in the previous system, where patches were released every two weeks.

But that being said, patch 4.1 is unsurprisingly a massive game update that introduced various new card buffs and nerfs. Let's go over all of them in detail.

Legends Of Runeterra Patch 4.1 - Buffs

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Kayle was massively buffed in patch 4.1. | © Riot Games

A variety of cards received a healthy buff to either their stats, cost, and card text. Champions were also great beneficiaries of these changes. These included Illaoi, Jax, Kayle, Ornn, Shyvana, Tristana, and others.

Here are all the card buffs in patch 4.1:

Albus Ferros
  • Damage dealt to Nexus increased from 1 → 3
  • Cost reduced from 6 → 2
Favored Artisan
  • Base stats reworked from 1|4 → 2|3
Fish Fight
  • 'Weaponmaster' keyword added

Hate Spike

  • Damage increased from 2 → 3
Hearthblood Mender
  • Base stats reduced from 5|5 → 4|5
  • Now Forges twice
  • Base stats increased from 1|6 → 2|6
  • 'Overwhelm' keyword added
  • Cost reduced from 6 → 5
  • Base stats reduced from 2|6 → 1|5
  • Summon buff now hits Kayle
  • Card text changed to 'When I'm summoned, summon a Frozen Thrall and advance it by 2'
  • Cost reduced from 2 → 1
  • Base stats reduced from 3|2 → 2|1
  • Base stats increased from 1|4 → 2|4
Master Yi
  • Level-up text changed to 'Allied Master Yi's have dealt 12+ damage'
  • Card text changed to 'Summon & Round Start'
  • Base stats increased from 4|4 → 5|5
Roar of Icathia
  • 'Weaponmaster' keyword added


  • Cost reduced from 3 → 2
Shard of Reverence
  • Now refills all Spell Mana
  • Level-up text changed to 'Dragon allies deal 16+ damage this game'
  • Strafing Strike cost reduced from 3 → 2
Tentacle Smash
  • Cost reduced from 4 → 3
  • Gains self-impact
Weight of Judgement
  • Cost reduced from 4 → 3
  • Follower damage reduced from 7 → 4

Legends Of Runeterra Patch 4.1 - Nerfs

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Kayn was slightly nerfed in the new balance changes. | © Riot Games

Patch 4.1 was heavy on the card buffs, so nerfs in this update were minimal.

Most are minor changes; however, champions such as Kayn and Aatrox saw their Origin thresholds increase. It'll be slightly harder for players who rely on these cards to meet their conditions.

Here are all the card nerfs in patch 4.1:



  • Now needs to summon 3 different Darkins to draw Aatrox
  • Base stats increased from 1|1 → 1|2
Eye of Nagakabouros
  • Changed from Burst → Focus
  • Base stats reduced from 3|2 → 2|2
  • Now needs to summon 4 Cultists to draw Kayn
  • Can now kill units with combined power and health of 4 or less, or destroy equipment
Super Mega Death Rocket!
  • Damage dealt to enemy Nexu reduced from 4 → 3

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