Runes 2018
Starting from Pre-Season 2018, Runes and Masteries are being combined into a single system, which combines elements of both. [1][2][3][4]

Summoners may choose two from a selection of 5 Paths, which are thematically similar to the three Mastery Trees from previous seasons. Each Path is structured like a Mastery Tree, with a number of slots that each have a selection of unique and mutually exclusive Rune options, with the player's Primary Path choice having additional slots, including a Keystone slot.

The new system is available to summoners of all levels at no cost and can be customized in champion select, similar to Masteries. However, players may only have a limited number of saved pages but may purchase additional pages for convenience.

Lore

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Season 2018

The World Rune of Inspiration.

In his youth, thousands of years ago, Ryze Ryze witnessed the discovery of the first World Rune, as well as many more in the decades that followed. Believed to be a font of The Makers's might, conflict soon erupted over their control. This conflict escalated into the great Rune Wars, which erased Ryze's boyhood village of Khom, Shurima, from reality.

Sobered by the threat of annihilation, Ryze and his mentor manage to convince many of the World Rune's holders into sealing their World Runes beyond the reach of man. But many refused. After the death of his mentor, it fell to Ryze to continue the quest with only an ancient scroll for guidance.

Forward to the present day, the World Runes have begun to emerge once more, and the world has forgotten the price of wielding them.

Overview

Summoners may choose two Paths: one Primary and one Secondary. You may not pick the same path twice. There are five paths to choose from:

  • Precision icon Precision (Improved attacks and sustained damage)
  • Domination icon Domination (Burst damage and target access)
  • Sorcery icon Sorcery (Empowered abilities and resource manipulation)
  • Resolve icon Resolve (Durability and crowd control)
  • Inspiration icon Inspiration (Creative tools and rule bending)

The Primary Path has one Keystone slot and 3 Lesser slots, while the the Secondary Path has a choice of 2 of the 3 Lesser slots. Each individual slot provides a unique selection of runes, similar to the branches of the former Mastery trees. Your Primary Path also provides a Trait that grants bonus stats, whose Title is based the combination of your paths.

Paths

Paths Keystone Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Precision icon
Precision
Become a Legend
Press the Attack rune
Press the Attack e
Overheal rune
Overheal e
Legend- Alacrity rune
Legend: Alacrity e
Coup de Grace rune
Coup de Grace e
Lethal Tempo rune
Lethal Tempo e
Triumph rune
Triumph e
Legend- Tenacity rune
Legend: Tenacity e
Cut Down rune
Cut Down e
Fleet Footwork rune
Fleet Footwork e
Presence of Mind rune
Presence of Mind e
Legend- Bloodline rune
Legend: Bloodline e
Last Stand rune
Last Stand e
Trait: Precision icon Precision e
Domination icon
Domination
Hunt and Eliminate Prey
Electrocute rune
Electrocute e
Zombie Ward rune
Zombie Ward e
Cheap Shot rune
Cheap Shot e
Ravenous Hunter rune
Ravenous Hunter e
Predator rune
Predator e
Ghost Poro rune
Ghost Poro e
Taste of Blood rune
Taste of Blood e
Ingenious Hunter rune
Ingenious Hunter e
Dark Harvest rune
Dark Harvest e
Eyeball Collection rune
Eyeball Collection e
Sudden Impact rune
Sudden Impact e
Relentless Hunter rune
Relentless Hunter e
Trait: Domination icon Domination e
Sorcery icon
Sorcery
Unleash Destruction
Summon Aerie rune
Summon Aerie e
Nullifying Orb rune
Nullifying Orb e
Transcendence rune
Transcendence e
Scorch rune
Scorch e
Arcane Comet rune
Arcane Comet e
Manaflow Band rune
Manaflow Band e
Celerity rune
Celerity e
Waterwalking rune
Waterwalking e
Phase Rush rune
Phase Rush e
The Ultimate Hat rune
The Ultimate Hat e
Absolute Focus rune
Absolute Focus e
Gathering Storm rune
Gathering Storm e
Trait: Sorcery icon Sorcery e
Resolve icon
Resolve
Live Forever
Grasp of the Undying rune
Grasp of the Undying e
Perseverance rune
Perseverance e
Iron Skin rune
Iron Skin e
Overgrowth rune
Overgrowth e
Guardian rune
Guardian e
Demolish rune
Demolish e
Mirror Shell rune
Mirror Shell e
Revitalize rune
Revitalize e
Aftershock rune
Aftershock e
Font of Life rune
Font of Life e
Conditioning rune
Conditioning e
Second Wind rune
Second Wind e
Trait: Resolve icon Resolve e
Inspiration icon
Inspiration
Outwit Mere Mortals
Glacial Augment rune
Glacial Augment e
Hextech Flashtraption rune
Hextech Flashtraption e
Magical Footwear rune
Magical Footwear e
Cosmic Insight rune
Cosmic Insight e
Unsealed Spellbook rune
Unsealed Spellbook e
Biscuit Delivery rune
Biscuit Delivery e
Future's Market rune
Future's Market e
Approach Velocity rune
Approach Velocity e
Kleptomancy rune
Kleptomancy e
Perfect Timing rune
Perfect Timing e
Minion Dematerializer rune
Minion Dematerializer e
Celestial Body rune
Celestial Body e
Trait: Inspiration icon Inspiration e

Set Title

In-Game Runes
The set Title is currently only used within the game client as the name for the player's Trait, although the lack of visibility within the out-of-game Rune Inventory may be a bug. As Traits are currently not distinct beyond the player's Primary Path selection: these titles are purely cosmetic.
Secondary ► Precision Domination Sorcery Resolve Inspiration
Primary ▼
Precision The Merciless Elite The Brazen Prefect The Eternal Champion The Savant
Domination The Glorious Executioner The Aether Blade The Immortal Butcher The Ingenious Hunter
Sorcery The Incontestable Spellslinger The Calamity The Ancient One The Cryptic
Resolve The Leviathan The Imperious Behemoth The Arcane Colossus The Enlightened Titan
Inspiration The Virtuoso The Ruthless Visionary The Stargazer The Timeless

Rune Pages

Rune pages inventory

Rune page inventory

As with the previous system, accounts begin with 2 editable rune pages and may purchase the convenience of additional pages in the store, up to a total of 20. Unlike the previous system, Rune Pages will only be available to purchase with RP Riot Points. Any Rune Pages the player currently owns will be transferred across to the new system, in addition to the compensation received.

In addition to those 20, there are also 5 Preset Pages that cannot be edited. Note that on the PBE, there is currently a bug where the Presets are being included in the limit.

Presets and Example

Compensation For Past Purchases

Note that IP IP and Blue Essence Blue Essence are being merged into a single currency in Season 2018.
1 Rune Page

Rune Pages

  • Epic Capsule

    Epic Capsule

    Epic Skin Mystery Epic Skin for every 4 Rune Pages purchased with RP Riot Points (rounded up).
  • Blue Essence 1500 for Rune Pages purchased with IP Influence Points.

You still keep your Rune Pages in the new system.

Marks, Seals and Glyphs

Tier-3 Marks, Seals and Glyphs

  • Blue Essence 100 for purchases before Season 2017.
  • Full Refund for purchases during Season 2017, up to August 31st.
Quints

Tier-3 Quints

  • Blue Essence 300 for purchases before Season 2017.
  • Full Refund for purchases during Season 2017, up to August 31st.
Harrowing QuintSnowdown GlyphSnowdown MarkSnowdown QuintSnowdown SealMore

Limited Edition Runes

There is a substanial Blue Essence Blue Essence Sale to spend all that compensation on as part of the End of Season Event.

Trivia

  • During development, Precision and Sorcery were originally going to be Primary-only.
  • Runes and their surrounding areas have distinct visual appearances similar to Runeterran factions, which may be intentional and reflect the real-world location of the World Runes:
    • Precision icon Precision - Golden cityscape of Demacia Crest icon Demacia or Shurima Crest icon Shurima
    • Domination icon Domination - Noxus Crest icon Noxian fortification
    • Sorcery icon Sorcery - Mountains of Freljord Crest icon The Freljord, Mount Targon Crest icon Mount Targon or Void Crest icon Icathia
    • Resolve icon Resolve - Riverlands of Demacia Crest icon Demacia, Ionia Crest icon Ionia or Freljord Crest icon southern Freljord
    • Inspiration icon Inspiration - Beneath the heavens atop Mount Targon Crest icon Mount Targon
  • The following statements generalize the changes made to compensate the loss of AD from Marks and Health/Armor from Seals, which were almost unanimously used due to the lack of options (and thus the game has been balanced, for example, around most champions having +9 Armor from Seals). The exact values may vary for specific cases, as Riot also took this opportunity to better distinguish classes (e.g. tanks from non-tanks; ranged from melee), as well as buff/nerf specific champions.
    • AD champions had the base damage on their abilities increased by 5.
      • Ranged AD champions also had their Attack damage icon base attack damage increased by 8.
    • Most champions had their Armor icon base armor increased by 9.
      • Most mages had their Health icon base health increased by 12 (+12), instead. Primarily excepting junglers.
      • Melee supports had their Armor icon base armor increased by 20, instead.
  • Riot has stated that they already have a number of additional runes in the works that will not be finished before the initial release.
    • Players may also see additional paths in the future, although none are currently in development and they would not be added outside of the mid- or pre-season patch.

Media

  • Announcement image
  • Domination crest Concept
  • Resolve crest Concept
  • Domination, Precision and Resolve crests Concept
  • Domination, Precision, Resolve and Inspiration Concept
  • Sorcery splash art
  • Resolve splash art
  • Precision splash art
  • Domination splash art
  • Inspiration splash art

Patch History

Please note that bug fixes will not be reported here. Exceptions will be made for bug-fixes where the bugged functionality was believed to be intentional behavior or where the bug received a lot of video coverage.

PBE Patch - October 18th
  • Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet
    • Cooldown reduction increased to 20% from 15%.
    • Cooldown reduction is now reduced to 10% for area of effect abilities.
  • Biscuit Delivery rune Biscuit Delivery
    • New Effect: You now also gain increased maximum mana if you sell the biscuit.
  • Gathering Storm rune Gathering Storm
    • AD per stack reduced to 5 from 6.
  • Grasp of the Undying rune Grasp of the Undying
    • Bonus damage increased to 4% from 3%.
    • Heal increased to 2% from 1.5%.
  • Inspiration icon Trait: Inspiration
    • Resolve health increased to 216 from 84.
  • Resolve icon Trait: Resolve
    • Health increased to 180 from 70.
  • Unsealed Spellbook rune Unsealed Spellbook
    • Revert: You can once again only swap spells at the store.
    • Revert: Newly acquired spells are no longer put on an initial cooldown.
PBE Patch - October 16th
  • Aftershock rune Aftershock
    • Base resistances increased to 20 from 10.
  • Legend- Bloodline rune Legend: Bloodline
    • Lifesteal per stack increased to 0.8% from 0.6%.
  • Predator rune Predator
    • AD ratio increased to 40% from 20%.
    • AP ratio reduced to 25% from 30%.
  • Unsealed Spellbook rune Summoner Specialist
    • Renamed Unsealed Spellbook.
    • New Effect: You can now swap your spells anywhere, not just at the store.
    • New Effect: If replacing a Summoner Spell that is on cooldown, the newly acquired Summoner Spell is unavailable to cast for a time equal to 50% of the remaining cooldown of spell that is being replaced.
PBE Patch - October 13th
  • Approach Velocity rune Approach Velocity
    • Removed: Gaining bonus movement speed toward immobilized minions and monsters. Champions only.
  • Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet
    • Triggering the cooldown refund now has a 0.5 second cooldown.
    • Cooldown refund reduced to 15% from 20%.
    • Cooldown refund for DOTs reduced to 5% from 10%.
  • Celestial Body rune Celestial Body
    • Damage reduction increased to 10% from 8%.
  • Eyeball Collection rune Eyeball Collection
    • New Effect: Now tracks Ward assists.
  • Hextech Flashtraption rune Hextech Flashtraption
    • Removed: Moving while channelling. Editor Note: Not sure when this changed.
  • Future's Market rune Future's Market
    • Editor Note: The first loan appears to be free. This could be a bug.
  • Kleptomancy rune Kleptomancy
    • On-hit gold reduced to 5 from 25. Editor Note: Not sure when this changed.
    • New Consumable: Item.png Pilfered Potion of Rouge: Grants 10 (+1/level) attack damage or ability power (Adaptive). Lasts 45 seconds.
    • Editor Note: Updated the list of possible consumables.
  • Legend- Alacrity rune Legend: Alacrity
    • Attack speed per stack reduced to 1.5% from 3%.
    • Maximum stacks increased to 10.
    • Legend Points per stack reduced to 20 from 30.
    • Legend Points per large monster increased to 5 from 4.
  • Legend- Bloodline rune Legend: Bloodline
    • Life steal per stack reduced to 0.6% from 1.2%.
    • Maximum stacks increased to 10.
    • Legend Points per stack reduced to 20 from 30.
    • Legend Points per large monster increased to 5 from 4.
  • Legend- Tenacity rune Legend: Tenacity
    • Tenacity per stack reduced to 1.5% from 3%.
    • Maximum stacks increased to 10.
    • Legend Points per stack reduced to 20 from 30.
    • Legend Points per large monster increased to 5 from 4.
  • Resolve icon Trait: Resolve
    • Set title for Resolve + Precision changed to "The Leviathan" from "The Imperious".
  • Zombie Ward rune Zombie Ward
    • Assist window increased to 10 seconds from 2.
PBE Patch - October 12th
  • Dark Harvest rune Dark Harvest
    • New Effect: After collecting 100 Soul Essence, the timer to trigger the empowered attack increases to 300 seconds.
    • Editor Note: Apologies. The tooltip previously listed that the AD or AP ratio was Adaptive, but this was incorrect. Rather, it scales with both and it's actually the Damage Type that is adaptive.
  • Electrocute rune Electrocute
    • Damage increased to 50-220 from 40-220.
  • Predator rune Predator
    • Damage increased to 60-180 from 60-140.
    • Channeling is no longer interrupted by minion damage.
    • Activating no longer breaks stealth.
    • Cooldown reduced to 180-120 (based on level) from 180.
  • Presence of Mind rune Presence of Mind
    • Editor Note: Apologies. The tooltip previously listed that it reduced mana costs, but this was incorrect. Rather, it refunds mana spent. This is a subtle difference, but prevents abilities from being activated if you do not have sufficient mana to start with.
  • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack
    • Damage reduced to 30-120 from 30-180.
PBE Patch - October 11th
  • Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet
    • New Effect: Damaging an enemy champion with ability damage reduces Arcane Comet's remaining cooldown by 20%, or 10% for damage over time effects.
  • Summon Aerie rune Summon Aerie
    • Damage increased to 20-60 from 10-40.
    • Shield reduced to 30-80 from 40-100.
  • Domination icon Trait: Domination
    • Ability power increased to 18 from 10.
    • Attack damage increased to 10.8 from 7.
  • Inspiration icon Trait: Inspiration
    • Domination ability power increased to 21.6 from 18.
    • Domination attack damage reduced to 13 from 16.8.
    • Precision attack speed increased to 21.6% from 16.8%.
    • Sorcery ability power increased to 30 from 18.
    • Sorcery attack damage increased to 18 from 12.6.
  • Precision icon Trait: Precision
    • Attack speed increased to 18% from 14%.
  • Sorcery icon Trait: Sorcery
    • Ability power increased to 25 from 15.
    • Attack damage increased to 15 from 10.5.
PBE Patch - October 10th
  • Coup de Grace rune Coup de Grace
    • Takedown bonus no longer stacks.
    • Takedown bonus increased to 15 from 10.
  • Demolish rune Demolish
    • Base damage reduced to 125 from 375.
    • Health ratio increased to 30% from 20%.
    • Cooldown reduced to 45 seconds from 60.
  • Fleet Footwork rune Fleet Footwork
    • New Effect: Healing is only 60% effective versus minions.
  • Iron Skin rune Iron Skin
    • Armor increased to 4 from 3.
  • Last Stand rune Last Stand
    • Initial threshold changed to 60% maximum health from 80%.
    • Initial bonus damage increased to 5% from 2%.
  • Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo
    • Cooldown increased to 10 seconds from 6.
  • Manaflow Band rune Manaflow Band
    • Mana/energy restoration reduced to 8% from 10%.
  • Mirror Shell rune Mirror Shell
    • Armor increased to 4 from 3.
  • Nullifying Orb rune Nullifying Orb
    • Cooldown now begins when the shield triggers instead of when the shield expires.
    • AD ratio changed to 15% bonus from 15% total.
    • Base shield increased to 40-120 from 30-120.
  • Phase Rush rune Phase Rush
    • Movement speed increased to 20-50% from 15-40%.
  • Presence of Mind rune Presence of Mind
    • Removed: While below 60% mana, your basic attacks versus champions generate stacks that are converted into 13 / 21 / 29 / 37 / 45 mana on champion takedown or exiting combat.
    • New Effect: Gain 100% reduced mana costs for 5 seconds whenever you score a champion takedown or level up.
  • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack
    • Removed: Attacks versus champions grant stacking attack damage. While over 3 stacks, deal increased damage.
    • New Effect: Attacks apply stacks. At 3 stacks, the target takes X true damage and takes Y% increased damage from all sources for 6 seconds.
  • Overheal rune Overheal
    • Conversion rate from allies increased to 300% at all times from 100%-300% based on game time.
  • Scorch rune Scorch
    • Damage increased to 20-60 from 10-40.
  • Inspiration icon Trait: Inspiration
    • Domination ability power increased to 18 from 15.
    • Domination attack damage increased to 16.7 from 10.5.
    • Precision attack speed reduced to 16.8% from 18%.
    • Resolve health reduced to 84 from 105.
    • Sorcery ability power reduced to 18 from 22.5.
    • Sorcery attack damage reduced to 12.6 from 15.
  • Precision icon Trait: Precision
    • Attack speed increased to 14% from 12%.
PBE Patch - October 4th
  • Eyeball Collection rune Eyeball Collection
    • Removed: Bonus Lethality and Magic Penetration.
    • New Effect: Completing the collection now grants 10 Ability Power or 7 Attack Damage.
  • Minion Dematerializer rune Minion Dematerializer
    • Cooldown reduced to 10 seconds from 20.
  • Overheal rune Overheal
    • "Decay is now reset" on dealing damage, in addition to receiving damage or healing. PENDING FOR TEST Rate of decay? Or it only decays when "out of combat"?
  • Phase Rush rune Phase Rush
    • Movement speed reduced to 15-40% from 30-60%.
  • Sudden Impact rune Sudden Impact
    • Bonus duration increased to 5 seconds from 3.
    • Triggering the bonus now has a 4 second cooldown on expiration.
    • Lethality reduced to 10 from 12.
    • Triggering the bonus now requires dealing damage within X seconds of dashing, blinking, teleporting or breaking stealth.
PBE Patch - October 3rd
  • Coup de Grace rune Coup de Grace
    • Damage amplifier increased to 5% from 3%.
    • Takedown bonus duration increased to 10 seconds from 5.
  • Electrocute rune Electrocute
    • Stack time-out period increased to 3 seconds from 2.
  • Gathering Storm rune Gathering Storm
    • AD per stack reduced to 5.6 from 6.
  • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack
    • Stack reduction for changing target reduced to 2 from 4.
    • Stacks to gain the ranged damage amplifier reduced to 3 from 5.
    • Ranged damage amplifier increased to 8% from 6%.
PBE Patch - October 2nd
  • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack
    • The damage amplifier now affects your damage versus all targets, while active, not just the last champion you attacked.
PBE Patch - September 29th
  • Coup de Grace rune Coup de Grace
    • Bonus damage reduced to 3% from 10%.
    • New Effect: Takedowns grant 10 Attack Damage or 10 Ability Power (Adaptive) for 5 seconds. This bonus stacks.
  • Eyeball Collection rune Eyeball Collection
    • Cap implemented at 20.
    • New Effect: Upon completing your collection, gain 10 Lethality and 8 Magic Penetration.
  • Zombie Ward rune Zombie Ward
    • Fixed a bug where it didn't die upon timing out.
PBE Patch - September 28th
  • Celestial Body rune Celestial Body
    • Temporary damage reduction increased to 8% from 5%.
    • Temporary damage reduction now applies to monsters.
  • Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo
    • Fixed a bug that caused Lethal Tempo to remove the attack speed cap, rather than its own bonus being able to exceed the cap.
  • Overheal rune Overheal
    • Damage from allies is now 100% - 300% (based on Minutes) instead of Ranged role 100% / Melee role 300%.
  • Sudden Impact rune Sudden Impact
    • Now additionally triggers on exiting stealth and camouflage.

References

  1. Announcement
  2. Riot Pls: Leveling, IP, and Rewards
  3. Upcoming changes to leveling, IP, & rewards
  4. Preseason Update