Will Patch 9.8 Affect The Mid-Season Invitational’s New Meta?
Posted 3rd May 2019 By: Derpina    213 Views
Esports News – Riot Games releases patch 9.8 just in the for Mid-Season Invitational. The League of Legends tournament is set to happen this week, so the teams competing will definitely put the new patch notes to test. Let’s see how the new changes and updates affect the tournament.
Patch 9.8 contains the last set of changes before the Mid-Season Invitational starts. The most important updates made by Riot involves 16 different champions in the game, including their new skins and items. The strongest of the champions were slightly tuned and buffed. There’s also a special set of cosmetic items designed for Invictus Gaming to highlight their victory at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
Major items for the game were finely tuned in this patch. To level the playing field, Blade of the Ruined King and Bilgewater Cutlass are now more expensive to build. These items are mostly used by players who control Marksmen champions like Ezreal, Vayne, and Varus. These changes will ultimately matter in pro teamfights where item breakpoints exist.
Bramble Vest, Thornmail, and Cinderhulk also received buffs. It’s possible to see more tank junglers in the tournament once again. The updates now allow players who use these items to increase their speed, reduce healing on attackers, and receive more efficiency in the carry-heavy meta.
Nerfs and buffs
Ammu is probably the strongest champion who received a set of bigger buffs, but it’s hard to tell if he proves to be useful in professional play as other champions might overpower him due to his dependence on blue buffs. With this, many believed that players will use Rek’Sai, the king of the jungle, up front. In other news, tank champions such as Renekton, Gnar, Sejuani, and Ornn received raw damage number buffs. As upgraded versions, these champions can rival Vladimir and Gangplank now.
The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is the effect of Patch 9.8 to the new meta. Although there are big changes on some items and champions, the new update may affect but not completely change the meta. The Mid-Season Invitational will most likely use a similar stage as the Spring Playoffs to help players learn the ropes around the new and current meta.