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League Patch 10.13 mid lane changes pushed to future update

Published: 10/Jun/2020 2:08

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has scrapped the planned League of Legends Patch 10.13 mid lane changes ⁠— for now. While they will still be going ahead, you won’t see the changes deployed onto the Rift until after the Worlds patch in September.

Riot had spent the majority of Season 10 touching up not necessarily specific champions, but the roles they fill. Top lane received some buffs, alongside AD carries, while junglers have been getting tinkered with constantly.

The mid lane has been on Riot’s hit list for some time ⁠— but with changes moving in the opposite direction. Those nerfs were set to hit the Rift in just a matter of weeks, but Riot is delaying their release.

Talon splash art for League of Legends
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Roaming mid laners like Talon were the target of the role-specific nerfs.

League of Legends lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter highlighted the changes on their way for the June 24 update just before the launch of Patch 10.12. They didn’t target champions specifically, but how the lane works.

Riot’s plans were to reduce the number of cannon minion spawns for the first 15 minutes to every fourth wave instead of every third wave. This would bridge the gold gap between mid lane and other positions, with less siege minions spawning.

The minions would also move slightly slower to the mid lane. This will push mid laners onto similar wave timings to their sidelane counterparts, which Riot wanted to do to “reduce clear and roam potential.”

Riot was happy with the initial set of changes they created, but wanted to hang onto it for a bit longer for a number of reasons. One, they wanted to make sure it would be a long term solution. And two, they didn’t want to disrupt the “pro game” too much before Worlds.

“With the extra time we can strike the right balance with mid lane roaming and influence, and build in long term systems that let us adjust position power more easily,” said Yetter.

“Our reasoning for the pivot is to avoid disrupting the pro game too significantly late in the season. Draining resources from mid while not increasing roams was going to be hard to accomplish with simple fast changes. These goals push against each other.”

The Worlds Patch typically arrives on Patch 10.19. It’s the update the pros use when competing at the World Championship every year. In Season 10, Patch 10.19 is set to be deployed on September 16.

As always, we will keep you updated if there are any major changes to mid lane power between now and then.

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Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.