League of Legends Patch 7.16 will go live Wednesday with a slew of balance changes in anticipation of the qualification stage of the League of Legends World Championship. All of the changes come directly from previous renditions of the Public Beta Environment, so none of the below should come as a surprise.
Caitlyn’s W and Q were nerfed. Empowered attacks to enemy champions caught in her trap are now weaker at early levels and get a smaller amount of bonus damage. Her Q does less damage to enemy units it hits after hitting the first target.
Fiora received a buff to her passive to give some more movement speed after she hits the vital points of her enemies. It’s important to note that her movement speed buff associated with her ultimate ability is still out.
Maokai’s saplings do a lot less damage. They do less maximum percent-based health damage on the enemy at earlier levels, and that includes after they were standing in the brush.
Sion received a bump in the increase of permanent max health after he kills a small enemy unit, and his ultimate does a lot more damage the longer he runs.
VI’s ultimate cooldown timer was reduced for more frequent dunks.
Cassiopeia received a slew of nerfs. Her base mana and mana growth rate are both down, and her E damage on targets that are poisoned does less damage in the early game, taking out her laning dominance.
Corki received a slight nerf to his basic attack damage, which went from 58 to 55.
Fizz’s E was buffed. He can now cast it to be temporarily un-targetable more frequently in the early game.
Galio’s ultimate received a meaningful nerf. The steady scaling of damage reduction on the target allied champion he decides to dives onto has been reduced at early levels.
Leblanc’s Q now does less damage to minions, hitting her laning phase in the early game.
Orianna received nerfs to her W and E. Her W now does less damage at all ranks and can’t be queued while the Ball is in transit with her Q, which means there’s a longer waiting time until it can do damage. Her E’s shield value also took a hit.
Syndra’s Q was nerfed and her E buffed. As one of the popular burst mages, her Q balls now do less damage, but her E does more damage than it did before.
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