Today, Mark Yetter, Lead Gameplay Designer for League of Legends, revealed the latest information about League of Legends Patch 10.19, also known as the Worlds patch. With the peak of League of Legends esports in just a few weeks, the updates here will greatly impact Worlds 2020.
League of Legends Patch 10.19
This patch updates many damage champs with small buffs and nerfs others who see too much play. Arguably the largest buffs are to ability power playstyles with Ahri and Udyr’s Phoenix Stance. After her mini-rework in League of Legends Patch 10.18, the nine-tailed fox sees a follow-up buff to her W. Fox-Fire will receive a shorter cooldown from 10–6 seconds to 9–5 seconds and a lower mana cost from 55 to 40.
Riot Games will also put some power into Irelia. Though she is consistently a strong pick in the competitive scene, there is less focus on her ultimate’s initial damage than Riot wants. The Worlds patch forces players to respect her ultimate ability, especially the wall left behind. Irelia’s R, Vanguard’s Edge, sees its base damage increased to 125–375 from its previous 125–325. The leftover blade wall now deals a base damage of 125–375 instead of the previous 125–275. These are major buffs to her late-game power so teams will want to watch her new scaling power levels.
Other champs who received buffs include Sivir, Vayne, Aphelios, Sylas, and Ivern. Nerfs will go to Azir, Twisted Fate, Caitlyn, and ADC Senna. Nearly all of these champions are popular pro picks.
These buffs and nerfs make big changes to how League of Legends esports teams will play. The new League patch targets many champions seen particularly in the esports meta since this update is what will be used for Worlds 2020.
Mark specifically mentions Lucian and Akali as targets Riot Games wanted to improve. The two champions have seen lots of play in the professional scene, so they saw slight nerfs. Lucian’s attack damage per level is decreased to 2.3 from 2.75 to stop a bit of his scaling. Akali’s Q, Five-Point Strike, is seeing a nerf to reduce the base damage from 30–130 to 25–125. Both changes are very minor, implying that Riot still wants Lucian and Akali playable, but not pick or ban champs.
Fans eagerly awaited the reveal of the League of Legends Worlds patch since this dictates who is stronger. Players now need to test out the newly buffed and nerfed champions to see who is still viable. League of Legends 2020 World Championship begins September 25 and ends October 31. In less than three weeks, the competition begins to see who is the best League of Legends team at Worlds 2020.
Written by Justin Amin