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Riot confirm no Ryze buffs on League Patch 10.18 despite low winrate

Published: 24/Aug/2020 8:58

by Andrew Amos

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It almost feels like it wouldn’t be Worlds for League of Legends without Ryze. However, Riot are refraining from making the troublesome mage meta, confirming they aren’t buffing him in Patch 10.18 despite being underpowered.

Ryze is inevitable ⁠— or at least it feels that way. Every year, League’s hyper-scaling hallmark mage has always weaseled his way back into the meta right around Worlds.

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No matter how many reworks or nerfs he goes through, right around the end of the year, everyone at pro level is playing Ryze. While he’s always sat at a low win rate in lower levels of play, he’s been prone to dominating higher levels in the right hands.

Triumphant Ryze in League of Legends
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Ryze has always been meta at Worlds. However in Season 10, things will be different.

In Season 10, things will be a bit different. Riot have already buffed Ryze three times this year, but he’s still struggling at all levels of play. In solo queue, his win rate sits at 48.72% in the mid lane according to op.gg. This drops to 46.83% in the top lane ⁠— the lowest in role.

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Despite Ryze trending dangerously near Riot’s guidelines for buffs, they aren’t ready to pull the trigger just yet citing one big thing ⁠— Worlds.

“Ryze is currently trending slightly above thresholds, though he is definitely weak,” developer Phlox admitted on Reddit. “I expect we would have buffed him again (see three small buffs this year) if it wasn’t so close to Worlds.”

While they have pushed changes to other champions like Caitlyn in previous patches to deliberately shift the meta ahead of Worlds, Riot aren’t willing to pull the trigger on Ryze this time around. If they wanted Ryze to be meta for Worlds, they would have buffed him earlier.

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“Multiple buffs on a pro-facing champion when they’re still not getting picked up generally means the meta is really poor for them or pros are slow to adopt, but both of those things can change fast, and if the champ isn’t an emergency then it can be best to be safe around Worlds and look into changes after.”

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Riot aren’t leaving Ryze completely off the table for more buffs in Season 10 though. Once the Worlds patch goes out ⁠— likely to be September 16’s Patch 10.19 ⁠— Riot will look into buffing the mage again. They want to give Ryze players more power to enjoy the game, and not force players into picking him just because he’s strong again.

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“Ryze is also still considered, sitting just below pro-presence thresholds but not out of the game entirely in the last few patches. The champion is bound to professional play and when he isn’t seeing it, we like to give him some more power so that Ryze players can actually, like enjoy the game and stuff.”

League Patch 10.18 is set to release on September 2. Riot have already revealed mini-reworks are on the way for Kayle and Ahri to make them more viable in high elo, with more changes to come out later this week.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70