Just yesterday we heard about the changes that are to come today with patch 10.17. They were shared on Twitter by Mark “Scruffy” Yetter, Lead Gameplay Designer for League of Legends. As you might expect, this patch is not one of the biggest, which is due to, among other things, a week-long break that Riot Games organized a few days ago. Few, however, expected that before today’s update we will get the first information about the next one.
Yetter sat down again on the esports community’s favorite medium and shared two big changes that should be coming to the servers in two weeks. They apply to two salt pumps — Kayle and Ahri. Fox’s supporters should be pleased, after all, her gameplay will be slightly changed, but mainly for good. Righteous fans will have less reason to be happy.
Starting with the good news for Kayle fans, activating the Star Spellblade won’t cost you an ounce of mana, the cooldown of the skill will be reduced to 6 seconds, and the projectile itself will be faster. Its speed will be increased from 2000 to 5000. Unfortunately, the positive news ends there. Righteous will no longer recover mana when Radiant Blast hits a champion and the mana cost of Astral Blessing is increased from 70-110 to 90-130.
A little rework awaits Ahri, whose skills will either get a few new bonuses or be completely changed. Her new passive ability will be called Essence Theft. Whenever Ahri hits an enemy with one of his abilities, she gains a stack of Essence Steal and can collect three of those per cast. After collecting nine stacks, her next skill that hits an enemy will heal her for 30/60/90/180 (level dependent) and 27% of her previous ability power.
Until now, this was one of the characteristics of her Deceptive Orb, but now it’s passive and will be applied to all magic damage. At the same time, the old passive is removed. Additionally, using Wisps will provide a 40% increase in movement speed for 1.5 seconds, and the ability itself will deal 200% damage to creatures below 20% health.
According to Scruffy, the updates introduced are to make the way both heroines play more attractive. In the case of Ahri, this is quite possible, as the W nerfs are small, while the new passive ability should significantly strengthen her, allow her new combinations and increase her survivability on the lane. The same is hard to say about Kayle, however. A gentle boost of E at the expense of specific weaknesses of W and Q? The fair will definitely be played a bit differently, but whether it is better is a highly disputed question.
We remind you that these are only preliminary announcements of Riot. Until the official patch is released, a lot may change, although usually the information from Mark Yetter’s Twitter corresponds to reality.