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With the League of Legends World Championships on the horizon, Riot Games has introduced the LoL patch 6.17 to enhance gaming experiences. So far, this patch promises to enable balanced matches through character boosting/nerfing. We also expect an increased variety with the addition of more skin options. Finally, there is going to be an increase in the accuracy of gameplay through turret modifications. We present to you the main changes resulting from the Patch 6.17:
Jungler champions, Rek’Sai and Gragas fell victim to nerfs in this patch. They were some of the most popular picks in premier regions, with ban rates ranging from 10 bans out of 31 games and 7 bans out of 28 games, respectively. Similarly, Riot nerfed ADCs, Jhin, Ashe, and Sivir due to their massive utility value in initiating team fights. This could lead to serious implications for the play strategies in the upcoming World Championships.
Jayce and Vi have been some of the lesser priority picks in professional tournaments. However, with the new character buffing, they appear to have a better chance at sustaining throughout the different levels in the game. With increased movement speeds and attack damage, they have the potential to peak during crucial early game periods.
Turrets are now harder to avoid as they will target champions more accurately. A player could be attacking the enemies while staying clear of the turrets, but if the minion wave perishes, the turret will auto-target the champion closest to it. This means that the players will have to pay close attention to the map, find stealthier paths, and better their movement speeds.
A collection of arcade skins will be available including splash art variants of Sion’s non-Mecha Zero skins. More variety and custom modifications are thus available for the players.
New Sion splash art variants.
Turrets are affected by the LoL Patch 6.17 as well.
Patch 6.17 focuses on containing the Junglers, primarily the de facto leaders; Gragas and Rek’Sai. Rek’Sai, in particular, was a contested pick throughout the NA LCS finals as both TSM and Cloud9 struggled to acquire the player. TSM’s Svenskeren mainly destroyed with Rek’Sai and bumped up to three levels in a matter of 20 minutes during the final match ups. Even Cloud9’s Meteos is known to lean towards a Rek’Sai pick. With the current increased cooldown rates on the Tunnel (E) and Void Rush (R) move, Rek’Sai may not be a favorable pick anymore, as it’s heavily relied upon for its mobility.
TSM is also quite comfortable with champions, Jhin and Sivir. With the current patch, their overall damage and attack speeds were considerably nerfed. This change could result in a shift from their comfort zones.
CLG professional, Xmithie’s usual pick,Vi, however, was buffed well enough to sustain through early game and has higher boosting potential than before. With decreased cooldowns on Blast Shield (passive), Vault Breaker (Q), and Excessive Force (E), Xmithie could dominate in upcoming tournaments.
The new patch equalizes the imbalances within the game while fixing bugs and adding more flavor to the character aesthetics. Be sure to try out the patch and see for yourself.
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