League of Legends champions Lucian and Ezreal aren't getting nerfed after all - Dexerto
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League of Legends champions Lucian and Ezreal aren’t getting nerfed after all

Published: 30/Jan/2019 15:47 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 15:57

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have announced that Lucian and Ezreal will no longer be getting nerfed in the next League of Legends update.

Lucian and Ezreal have both enjoyed positions at or near the top of the power ranking for AD Carries over the last few patches. In the various professional leagues around the world, both picks have been among the most common in the bot lane when available, and their popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed.

In order to put other AD Carry champions on a more even footing, in patch 9.3 Riot will be making changes to several items typically built by champions who rely more on increased critical hit chance, as many of the traditional marksmen do.

Those changes, while intended as an overall improvement for crit AD Carries, will actually act as a minor nerf at one item – precisely when Lucian is already strongest relative to most of his opponents – before gaining a larger boost at their second and third items.

In order to preemptively keep Lucian from becoming even more dominant in lane, Riot had intended to nerf him, along with Ezreal, at the same time. Now, though they’ll be keeping an eye on both, they’ve decided to hold off on those changes for the time being.

Riot has a history of making preemptive changes that prove heavy-handed in one direction or another once they’re actually put into practice on the live servers, so many players will undoubtedly be happy to see a slightly more measured approach this time around.

The state of the classic AD Carry champions has been a subject of contention recently, with many players feeling like they have less agency than ever before to impact the outcome of a game, but it looks at least that Riot is attempting to address these concerns with the upcoming changes.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.