Andrei “Meddler” van Roon wrote that contrary to a previous post, League of Legends Patch 7.16 will be used for the worlds qualifier patch in some regions.
Although a previous post indicated Patch 7.15 will be the worlds qualifier patch, some of the esports members of the Riot Games team said that some regions might have theirs on 7.16, with China being the most likely.
In terms of the pro patch direction for 7.15, Meddler specifically mentioned a number of roles and champions inside of those roles. For the jungle, they’ll be nerfing power picks rather than buffing the weaker ones, which means Lee Sin, Gragas, Elise, Rek’sai and Zac are all on the chopping block as of right now to scale down the jungling role as a whole.
In the mid lane, Ekko, Twisted Fate, Ziggs, Xerath, and potentially two more champions will receive some buffs. The buffs are expected to be number tweaks and not large scale changes, but Meddler did say that it was more of a “hope than an expectation.”
The team will also keep an eye out for champions it nerfed for pro play, such as Galio and Caitlyn, who have both seen a lot performances on the stage. To be safe, the most recently buffed and picked up champion Gnar is also being scrutinized, as he has seen a huge increase of play in various regions professionally.
Meddler also touched on the topic of hot fixes — as Riot recently touched up Singed almost immediately after giving him buffs — and how the dev team is looking to do more of them.
Singed received some large scale buffs in the most recent patch, which went live Wednesday, as his passive was retooled and many of his abilities got better numbers. But two days later, Riot already decided to give the man a hot fix, pulling back some of his power, as Meddler said that the team noticed even less-experienced players were doing incredibly well.
The hot fix on Singed sparked a debate on Reddit, as it was rather strange to see Riot immediately scale back on a slew of buffs given to a champion only two days ago. Meddler kind of addressed the situation by saying that the team wants to do more of these hot fixes for changes that “had a much larger or smaller effect” than expected.
Still, there seems to be a number of disgruntled players, as Pantheon is an often mentioned name when it comes to champion balance. Pantheon has enjoyed more than a 53 percent win rate for the past four patches, causing many players to ask why he hasn’t been nerfed yet. Seeing as how the team was quick to address the Singed situation, who had a lesser play rate and win rate, players are questioning the qualifications for a hot fix.
Kayn is in a good place for now
Kayn is working as intended, and the failing examples are to be expected of a melee range assassin. As such, there are no immediate plans for balances or changes. The power gap between forms, on the other hand, will be looked into.
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