Changes for Gargoyle Stoneplate just dropped in the PBE server.
With Preseason 2023 right around the corner, Riot is making some last-minute changes, and one of these changes is the rework of Gargoyle Stoneplate.
Gargoyle Stoneplate is one of the more unique tank items in League of Legends. The item offers armor & magic resist, ability haste, and a huge max HP shield with its active Monolith. But unlike most tank items, Gargoyle Stoneplate provides no HP.
Gargoyle Stoneplate was introduced back in Patch 7.9 as a cheap third item for most tanks. But as the item increased the users’ maximum health by 40%, champions that deal maximum health damage, like Cho’Gath, abused it.
So, in Patch 10.23, Riot reworked the item, replacing the maximum health increase with a maximum health shield. Although the rework fixed some of the Gargoyle Stoneplate’s issues, it remained a niche item only used occasionally.
It seems Riot is not happy with the state of Gargoyle Stoneplate. So they are planning on reworking Gargoyle Stoneplate again.
Spideraxe recently shared the Gargoyle Stoneplate rework on his Twitter page.
Read more: League of Legends Patch 12.21 Notes
Gargoyle Stoneplate Rework
- Total cost increased from 3200 gold to 3600 gold.
- The recipe changed from Cloth Armor + Aegis of the Legion + Null-Magic Mantle to Chain Vest + Aegis of the Legion + Negatron Cloak.
- Shield duration increased from 2.5 seconds to 3
- The shield will now decay after 1 second.
- Armor and Magic Resist increased from 60 to 80.
With Gargoyle Stoneplate rework, Riot seems to be pushing the item toward becoming a late-game powerhouse item, similar to Rabadon’s Deathcap.
The total cost increase of 400 gold concerns some players, but with the newly added stats Gargoyle Stoneplate is getting, it’s overall a considerable buff.
The recipe changes mainly accommodate its extra stats and will not alter its build path much.
The shield duration is an excellent quality of life change, but the shield decay is huge. The current shield starts decaying instantly, but with the rework, players will be able to use the active much more effectively.
The Armor and Magic Resist increase might seem trivial initially, but with Gargoyle Stoneplate’s passive Fortify increasing Armor and Magic Resist by 55, up to 25%, it will add a lot of value.
This overall is a good change for Gargoyle Stoneplate and will hopefully make it viable on most champions.
The changes are currently out on PBE for testing and will come out on League of Legends live servers on patch 12.22, released on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022.