Some of the champion balance changes to the latest patch have not been seen before, although Riot may have discussed them openly. With the meta now being more important than ever, here are some of new changes to the patch that is set to be implemented on Wednesday.
Azir got some power into his kit as his sand soldiers do more damage in the late game. Azir has been a “nightmare to balance” by all accounts, as he rose to prominence to where he is now, which is pretty much nowhere. He’s set to get at least once mechanical change pertaining to his high mobility, although in what form is still kind of up in the air.
Gragas, the drunken man in the jungle got some well-deserved nerfs that hit him where it hurts in the jungle. His attack speed — which is crucial to junglers when it comes to clearing monster camps — and his ultimate has a higher cool down timer at earlier levels. With his clear and gank ability taken down a notch with the latest patch, it’ll be interesting to see who will fill the huge void that Gragas once occupied.
Akali got some buffs as well. Her W buff was tinkered with and featured in a previous PBE, but her passive has a higher AP ratio, which is rather new. Akali made a splash earlier in the summer split but no longer. Perhaps this will make her a bit more viable than before.
The popular tank item Knight’s Vow got a nerf in the form of giving 50 less health to the item holder. Duskblade of Draktarr, after a buff, a hot fix nerf, is getting another change which gives it more damage for its passive in the early game but less in the late game. Ranged champions also deal less damage overall, and doesn’t slow targets like melee champions can.