LoL Patch 10.2: Champions And Items Affecting Pro Play
Posted 24th January 2020 By: Derpina    106 Views
Esports News – The new League of Legends competitive season is back—with China’s Tencent League of Legends Pro League (LPL) concluding its first week. North America and Europe’s leagues returns this weekend, while Korea’s LCK will begin the tournament on February 5. On that premise, all leagues will be affected by the upcoming Patch 10.2 which hits the servers later this week.
Here are the expected major changes in League of Legend’s professional play under the new patch:
Several champions will receive nerfs and buffs, but Riot confirmed some major adjustments for Aphelios, Qiyana, and Nautilus. Pro players who have been using the 4 champions for a while now will have to re-learn their abilities once again.
Since Aphelios has the highest presence in pro tournaments as an AD Carry last Patch 10.1 (97% from 35 games), Riot is keen on balancing the champion to avoid pro teams fighting over him in the champion select. Riot will reduce Aphelios’ AD ratio damage on his three weapons: Calibrum, Crescendum, and Severum.
Nautilus, one of the least popular support champions in the LPL (54% from all first week’s games), is still considered by Riot as a strong champion in pro play and solo queue. Nautilus’ early damage will be reduced from 80/130/180/230/280 to 70/115/160/205/250. This prevents him from dealing impactful damage to enemy AD carries in the early game.
Lastly, Riot will adjust Qiyana’s burst damage and roaming potential with Boots of Mobility and Terrashape. Qiyana, like Aphelios, is one of the highly prioritized champions in the champion select (97% on Patch 10.1). To balance the demand for Qiyana, Riot reduces her attack speed by -15% to slow her DPS and adjust her jungle clear.
Riot focused its attention on Cloak of Agility this time, but Frozen Heart and Stormrazor also received some changes in their total attack damage and armor. From 100 to 110, Frozen Heart can provide a stronger protection to its users. Stormrazor’s overperforming attack damage, meanwhile, was reduced from 55 to 50.
Due to the increased popularity of the Cloak of Agility, Riot realized that the item is too relevant for ADCs with 800 gold at their disposal. Some pro players even hoard and stack cloaks to get a 100% crit. To avoid this, Riot reduced the item’s critical strike from 25% to 20%.