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League’s “overpowered” mid lane is finally getting nerfed in Patch 10.11

Published: 8/May/2020 2:06 Updated: 8/May/2020 7:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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“Overpowered” League of Legends mid lane champions like Katarina, Diana, and more are finally coming under Riot’s magnifying glass in Patch 10.11, as the devs look to lessen the impact of the central role in Season 10.

Mid lane has long been considered Summoner’s Rift’s most influential position. Professional stars like Faker, Perkz, and Bjergsen have forged their legacies in the central role, while solo queue heroes play mid to blaze up the ladder.

The versatile role has shone brightest in League for a few patches too long though. Starting from LoL Patch 10.11 ⁠— set to go live on May 28 ⁠— mid champions will be undergoing a raft of nerfs and changes.

According to Riot’s lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter, the League devs had finally tweaked top lane enough over the past two seasons to see it land in “a good spot.” Now, he explained, the balance team could focus on mid, and bot.

“Our next focus is on mid and bot carry positions, which aren’t far off, but could see some slight adjustments,” the LoL dev said in Riot’s latest gameplay blog.

“We think mid should be among the strongest positions in the game,” Yetter admitted,” but currently it is carrying a bit too much power. Slight nerfs should bring it in line, and we still intend for mid to be a highly influential role.”

Yetter added these nerfs would mainly be targeting the top-tier champions’ mechanics, as well as tuning their numbers. The devs would also be aiming to find a way to “effectively nerf mid, without indirectly hitting top” in the process.

Mid lane could look quite different once Riot has tweaked the role's best champions in League Patch 10.10 and beyond.
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League’s mid lane could look quite different once Riot has tweaked the role’s best champions in Patch 10.11 and beyond.

Which mid champs are on Riot’s chopping block?

Yetter didn’t specifically sentence any of the meta’s current top leaders to nerfs in his update, but there’s a few mid powerhouses that are likely to be targeted in the impending changes.

Burst mage Diana has thrived in Season 10. Her pick rate has been catapulted to 8.5% so far in 2020. This, coupled with her 53% win rate ⁠— despite nerfs to both damage and mana back in Patch 10.3 ⁠— puts her right in Riot’s firing line.

Katarina (53% win rate with a 7.7% pick rate), Ekko (52%, 5.5%), and Katarina (53%, 7.8%) are other candidates for changes. According to stats on Lolalytics, Zoe, Talon, and Syndra could also be in danger in League Patch 10.10 and beyond.

Katarina is just one of many mid lane champions that could be nerfed in League Patch 10.10 and beyond.
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Katarina is just one of many mid lane champions that could be nerfed in League Patch 10.11 and beyond.

While mid is set to drop in power, bot lane will finally be getting some much-needed boosts in the form of “small tweaks.” Riot is “exploring a few options,” Yetter added, but said the buffs probably wouldn’t target experience specifically.

Patch 10.11 is expected to arrive on Wednesday, May 28. So far, no balance changes for mid have landed on League’s testing realm, but we will make sure to update you on all upcoming buffs and nerfs as soon as they become available.

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Amumu nerfed again in League patch 10.24 after jungler’s win rate soars

Published: 26/Nov/2020 1:17 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos

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Amumu has risen up as the dominant jungler after the League of Legends Season 11 item rework. He was targeted in League patch 10.24, but the changes didn’t go far enough, with Riot shipping out a big hotfix on November 26.

Amumu was the big winner of the League of Legends Season 11 changes. While his winrate shot up on the Patch 10.22 thanks to a change to his ultimate, the new items on Patch 10.23 only cemented his place at the top of the jungler power rankings.

In the space of a month, he jumped from 48.88% win rate to 57.08%, according to stats site op.gg. His pick rate also went up tenfold, from 1.12% to 17.98%.

Sad Robot Amumu splash art for League of Legends
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Amumu has run away as the top jungler in League Season 11, but Riot are reining him in.

Given his outdated kit, it’s a small miracle the Sad Mummy has found his way back into the meta after years of being obsolete. Between Sunfire Aegis, Demonic Embrace, and Abyssal Mask though, it’s given Amumu a new lease on life.

However, Riot believes they’ve given him a bit too much of a leash to work with. After a small set of nerfs to begin with on League patch 10.24, they’ve gone one step further with an even bigger set of changes in a November 26 hotfix.

The hotfix includes a nerf to Amumu’s mana per level, the base damage on his E, as well as his ultimate stun duration. The three changes in tandem are designed to make Amumu less of a kill threat, having to conserve his resources for when the time is right.

“Amumu is still looking like a big outlier after the patch, overperforming other tanks and everyone else,” lead gameplay designer Mark Yetter said on Twitter.

Riot are hoping the changes bring Amumu in line with other tanks, who were nerfed hard via Sunfire Aegis, Frostfire Gauntlet, and Turbo Chemtank.

They’ll be keeping their eyes on the Sad Mummy until the next update, League patch 10.25, which is expected to drop on December 9.

The final update of the Season 10 cycle is currently set to include a bunch of new cosmetics, overhauls to Pantheon and Anivia, and more.