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Wukong rework nerfed immediately in League Patch 10.6 hotfix

Published: 20/Mar/2020 0:32

by Isaac McIntyre

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Wukong’s long-awaited rework has finally landed on the live League of Legends servers, and less than 48 hours later Riot has been forced to send a series of small nerfs for the Monkey King in a Patch 10.6 hotfix to keep him in check.

After months in the oven, Wukong’s rework finally landed on the PBE in the last patch cycle. League’s iconic monkey warrior has been left afloat for years, and Riot wanted to bring him back with a “true trickster playstyle” to boot.

These changes included moves to hook the Monkey King out of the mid, and return him to his original top/jungle placement. While it seems that has worked, Riot may have poured in a little too much power as well.

Why is Wukong in line for rushed hotfix nerfs?

Nearly immediately, the Wukong rework took over solo queue. Ahead of the 10.6 hotfix, top lane Wukong boasted a huge 54.90% win rate with an 8.3% pick rate, according to analytics site U.GG. Jungle players clocked up a 50.29% win rate.

This new reign of terror had a few key elements, including his poke potential against melee opponents with Nimbus Strike (E), but his core power came from one place ⁠— his overtuned Warrior Trickster (W) ability.

This “tricky” upgrade to his decoy skill not only allows Wukong to pile on the hurt for his lane opponents, but he can easily proc Conqueror stacks. This, combined with his lethal Cyclone (R) at level six meant he was ruling the laning phase.

Wukong lands on the Rift too strong
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Wukong’s 10.6 rework has landed on the Rift chock full of power in his Warrior Trickster (W) skill.

Wukong’s Warrior Trickster cops double nerfs

Now it looks like the Monkey King’s reign is over before it’s even begun, after Mark “Scruffy” Yetter unveiled a number of small nerfs for the Wukong rework. These include two changes to his W, as well as some base tweaks.

In the 10.6 hotfix, which Yetter confirmed would be loaded into the game “this afternoon,” Warrior Trickster would have its cost change from 60 to 80-40. Its Clone damage has also been swapped to 40-60%, from 50-70%.

Here is the full list of hotfix nerfs:

  • Passive ⁠— 8 >> 10 stacks; 62.5% >> 50% per stack.
  • W Cost ⁠— 60 >> 80-40
  • W Clone damage ⁠— 50-70% >> 40-60%
  • Base HP/5 ⁠— 5 >> 4

Riot still likes how Wukong’s rework has landed

These rushed changes don’t mean Wukong’s new 10.6 look has been a failure by any means, however. Riot’s main objective with the changes was to switch the Monkey King from his mid lane kingdom to top/jungle, and that’s worked.

Yetter touched on this just ahead of the hotfix. He revealed Riot had already dubbed the lane swap “great.” All that’s left is making sure he doesn’t rule the Rift.

“A good first sign for the Wukong update in the early data is that his top and jungle power is up and mid-Wukong is actually slightly weaker than before,” Riot’s lead gameplay designer said. “It’ll be great to see him back in those roles.”

Will these Wukong nerfs make him a little less oppressive in Patch 10.6?
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Will these Wukong nerfs make him a little less oppressive in Patch 10.6?

While a lot of the recent focus has been on Wukong, the Monkey King isn’t the only League champ under the microscope for an overhaul ⁠— Riot revealed a first look at Fiddlesticks’ horrifying new rework too.

Fiddlesticks is sticking close to his original 2011 kit, with a few “horrifying” changes. These tweaks are geared at making the Harbinger of Doom the “iconic ambush champion,” and so far it looks like Riot has succeeded.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 17:39

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

He then followed up on Caps’ growth as a player in the new G2 lineup, claiming that he has also had a “shift in mindset” which has massively helped his ability to play at the highest level.

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.