Andrei “Meddler” van-Roon talked about the lack of a direct replacement for the Deathfire Touch mastery in the updated rune system with a dev corner post on Tuesday, and wrote that some alternatives are in the works for those players that benefited from the mastery.
“There’s not a direct replacement for DFT in the new Runes system and that might mean some champs have a bit of a hard time as a result,” he wrote. “We looked at various options for something that filled the same niche, but didn’t find something we felt was both helpful when it comes to balancing champs and had at least some gameplay to it. What we’ll be doing as a result is looking at current DFT users and seeing how they perform once the system goes out. A lot of them should have good options already in the new system, with Phase Rush being particularly appealing on some. If some champs don’t find good fits though we’ll then look at a combination of individual champ buffs (if only a couple meaningfully affected), at prioritizing a new keystone that meets the needs of the champs not having their needs met, or a combination of the two.”
As players have been able to play around with the new rune system and making their own rune pages, many players have delivered feedback to Riot about a lack of a Deathfire Touch replacement, and it looks like Riot won’t be making a complete 1-to-1 reflection in the new rune system for that Keystone Mastery.
Janna changes in the future not likely
Janna was hotfixed recently, and so far she’s in a good spot. While some nerfs are being tested in the Public Beta Environment, they likely won’t be shipped. Another change isn’t out of the question though.
Reflections on updates to Xin Zhao, Azir, and Caitlyn
All three of them are in a pretty solid position as of right now. Azir might be on the radar for being slightly more powerful than anticipated, but it’s still just a suspicion for now.