In an attempt to ‘hon in’ the proposed patch 12.14 changes posted yesterday, League of Legends lead designer Matt Leung-Harrison tweeted today which champions are getting buffs/nerfs. They say the design team will “pull the teleport changes”, instead focusing on stability for the rest of the season.
Riot’s proposed teleport nerfs received an overwhelmingly negative response, with some esports team analysts even saying that the change would reduce the importance of the top lane to the point of being almost obsolete.
Much of the information provided by Matt Leung-Harrison concerns Gangplank; His early laning phase was very strong, and Riot wants to tone it down while taking some of the focus away from hitting his explosive barrels. The changes shift some of the more consistent damage of Gangplanx’s Q ability, but still bias him towards a critical-chance build for maximum damage with his full kit.
Another post shows a list of champion changes, most of which are currently a mystery. One change noted is a buff for Patheon in the jungle location, his PBE build recently increased his monster damage – 70% > League120% to his Comet Spear (Q) ability. That might be enough to shift Pantheon from its seemingly default support position, much to the delight of every ADC I’m sure.
On the changelist for patch 12.14.
We’re pulling the teleport changes and focusing on stability for the rest of the season. We expect smaller patches as we move towards the end of the year (beyond the world patch).
Cure and pro play lists are in previous posts. pic.twitter.com/1tBG0rX3v8
— Matt Leung-Harrison (@RiotFroxzon) July 19, 2022
Given the champion nerfs, Jerry seems to be in the firing line once again. He regularly struggles to find a place in Summoner’s Rift, with many of his changes dictated by pro play. Seraphine (specifically the bot) also received a nerf; Matt doesn’t mention what it is exactly but he seems particularly oppressive at the moment, able to output an exorbitant amount of AOE damage in addition to his heals and shields.
This may be the last time we see major changes implemented before Worlds, with the lead designer saying to ‘expect small patches’ until the end of the year. We can usually expect to see Riot’s full patch notes 24 hours after one of these previews, so there’s not long to wait to see exactly what their plan is.