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G2 Jankos explains why League of Legends’ Aphelios is “broken”

Published: 10/Feb/2020 11:43

by Kamil Malinowski

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G2 Esports star Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski explains why League of Legends’ newest Champion, Aphelios, is “broken” during his stream.

Aphelios hasn’t had the most welcome arrival to Summoner’s Rift, with players complaining about both the strength and design of the Champion, resulting in him being nerfed in every patch since his release.

Even the professional players seem displeased and Jankos explained what he feels makes him “broken” after reviewing the footage of G2 vs Fnatic in a LEC Spring Season match.

Nightbringer Aphelios skin for League of Legends
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Aphelios is League of Legends’ newest Champion.

The Polish player was streaming League when he got stuck in a long queue for a game, so he decided to watch some highlights of his latest pro match.

He was calmly analyzing the game and sharing some insight on how the team felt at the time when a certain moment with Aphelios came up that sent him into a rant.

“How broken is Aphelios right… he almost gets one-shot and then look at his life steal! Look at it, just look. Look! He’s full hp! How?!” He said, watching the Champion heal to full health in just a few seconds.

Jankos wasn’t impressed with his healing and went back to re-watch the clip, sharing that his team was stunned by Aphelios being back at full health.

“He’s on like 50 health and it took him just four seconds and he’s full. You know, our communication in-game was like, ok guys, Aphelios is very low we can fight… [then] we see Aphelios is full HP!”

The G2 jungler clearly sees the high amount of life steal as a huge problem with LoL’s newest character, and it was quite shocking to see him heal to full health so fast – something no other Champions can do, especially with no life steal items.

Aphelios is set to receive even more nerfs in League of Legends’ next patch, 10.4, perhaps that will bring him more in line with other AD-carries.

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Rell nerfs on League patch 11.3 makes Iron Maiden less tanky

Published: 24/Jan/2021 7:02

by Andrew Amos

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Rell is getting a hefty set of nerfs in League of Legends patch 11.3 to make the Iron Maiden less tanky. However, they could have a knock-on effect, where full AP Rell takes over the meta.

Rell has been a rather interesting addition to the League of Legends roster. The first champion in preseason 11 struggled to find her way into the meta at the start, but then has exploded as a power pick in recent patches.

Now, Riot are toning her back. Her utility is just a little bit too strong to justify some of her damage values ⁠— at least in her base kit.

Battle Queen Rell in League of Legends
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Rell is getting some nerfs in League patch 11.3.

The current changes on the League of Legends PBE include nerfs to her W shield, while buffing its damage ratio. Her E is getting nerfed all around ⁠— damage and resistances. Her R, on the other hand, is getting an AP ratio buff.

The changes have led to a mixed response from the community. While Rell mains feel like Riot are trying to streamline her into just maxing Q, Riot are trying to just nerf the rest of her kit to be more in line with her Q, rather than risk increasing her already high win-rate before.

“The goal of the change-list is to very slightly nerf her, and also skew her slightly back towards Q max being correct by weakening the durability gained with each W point. The AP ratios are mostly just extra and aren’t much power at all unless going Shurelya’s,” developer Ray Yonggi said.

“It’s not because we want them to specifically have more damage, it’s because we want all 4 abilities to feel like they are pulling their weight, and unfortunately Q doesn’t feel like it when it’s not maxed.”

However, the increase of AP ratios ⁠— including an extra 40% AP on her ultimate ⁠— have players weary of the potential of full AP Rell. With 110% AP on her ultimate, as well as 60% AP on her Q, she could nuke enemies with a full AP build.

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Riot are still tinkering with the buffs, but they’re trying to make sure Rell stays true to her tank identity ⁠— just with a little bit less power right off the bat.

“Basic idea around the Q thing was that Q feels really wimpy if not maxed, but W feels effective no matter what, so the character can feel more punchy if Q max was what people did more often, as it increases the damage and healing per point,” Yonggi added.

The Rell changes are expected to go through with League patch 11.3, penned in for February 3.