The annual world championship crest for League of Legends has finally arrived, aiming to balance out a handful of champions who have either dominated the meta for a while or struggled to stay relevant.
Riot Phroxzon, lead designer of LeagueThe Balance Team, detailed the changes expected in the upcoming 12.18 patch that were teased yesterday.
He noted that while there hasn’t been any pro play on the 12.16 or 12.17 patches, the team is “relatively confident that we’ll be in a good position to release these changes.” [in Patch 12.18].” This hotfix is expected to be released to live servers on September 21.
Among the few champions buffed in this patch is Ashe, a champion who has been relegated to the support role for the past few months as she continues to be overshadowed by other AD port options. To bring her back to this intended position, without removing her support viability, her Q attack speed is greatly increased at all ranks.
Thresh accompanies him in the bot lane buff list. The Chain Warden has fallen out of the meta in favor of enchanters and hard-commitment supports, so it’s getting a little help from Riot just in time for the biggest event of the year. Thresh will slightly increase his HP growth per level and his E damage will be buffed at all ranks, but more so at later ranks.
Lee Sin is another popular champion who has been enhanced. Although it still exists in the professional game, the Blind Monk has become a niche choice. To bring him back into the spotlight, he’ll get a similar HP growth increase per level as Thresh, as well as a bigger spell vamp on his W at later ranks.
The final champion on the 12.18 patch buff list is Nasus who, unlike his brother Renekton, hasn’t appeared on the Rift in pro play for some time. He will get a slower attack speed on his W and the removal of a static cooldown on his ultimate at all ranks, now from 110 to 90 seconds.
League players can now test these changes internally on the game’s PBE server. As they are still in the testing phase, these changes are likely to differ from what they look like on the live servers.
Patch 12.18, which will be the patch used at Worlds, will go live on September 21.