League of Legends Gameplay Design Director Mark Yetter gave a detailed preview into Patch 11.5, the next set of buffs, nerfs, and updates to the game.
11.5 Patch preview with the full changes. Not 100% final but we're getting close.
Samira (a bit overnerfed) and Qiyana added to the buff list as well. pic.twitter.com/RJjQsNTW1e
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) February 23, 2021
League of Legends Patch 11.5
This new patch takes a look at champions who saw too much play and those who needed some help to succeed. In particular, notable nerfs come to Seraphine, Udyr, and Rell who have dominated the game. On the other side, bot lane returns to its older power with bigger buffs to Kog’maw, Samira, and Pyke.
Regarding items, Riot Games wants to buff a few that became too niche and underused. As such, Black Cleaver, Maw of Malmortius, and Serpent’s Fang are seeing substantial buffs to increase usage. Cleaver and Fang will get more passive effects to empower their uses while Maw’s item cost is lowered by 300 gold. League of Legends Patch 11.5 also changes Stridebreaker, decreasing its slow and damage in exchange for more range, and Muramana, which gives more damage to ability users.
Buffs, Nerfs, and Updates
Although the item changes are big, League of Legends Patch 11.5 brings even more buffs, nerfs, and updates to champions.
Fans will be excited to see Seraphine and Udyr receiving big nerfs. Seraphine loses out on damage from her passive along with increased cooldowns to it and her ultimate. Udyr receives simpler nerfs with lowered damage on his Phoenix stance and less health gained per level. Rell will lose some of her base armor and get higher cooldowns on both of her Ws. Other nerfed champions include Rammus, Shaco support, Azir, Gragas, and Senna.
Buffs come to Pyke in the form of reworking his grey health recovery so that he recovers more based on his stats and if he’s near two or more enemies. Shining light on underplayed champions, League of Legends Patch 11.5 also buffs Karma and Trundle by lowering their Q cooldowns. Sejuani and Kog’Maw will both deal slightly more max HP percentage damage on their Ws. Qiyana receives bigger buffs on the damage from her W and ultimate, along with more W movement speed. Finally, Samira grows with her attack damage per level increasing from 2.3 to 3 and Q damage ratio going up by 10% at max rank.
These changes look to offset the dominance from certain champions and raise up those who underperformed. Riot Games continues to listen to community feedback and take into account who and what is too strong. League of Legends Patch 11.5 will go live in the coming weeks for players to test out.
Written by Justin Amin
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