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5 Biggest Winners (& Losers) of LoL Patch 14.7 – Buffs & Nerfs

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Champion WR Changes Patch 14.6 – 14.7

In League of Legends, some champions consistently have an amazing win rate without much win rate change. They remain strong in the meta for quite some time, and they don’t really change unless major changes exist to either their itemisation or direct buffs or nerfs.

On patch 14.7, many different champions were changed directly and indirectly. In this article, we will discuss five of the biggest win-rate changes from patch 14.6 to 14.7. There might be many other reasons why a champion’s win rate has changed, and the reason we suggest might not be the only reason.

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1. Skarner (43.7% Win Rate)

The biggest change this patch has been Skarner, and there doesn’t need to be much said about it. On this patch, Skarner was finally reworked, and people could finally play the new version of him. The old version was very bad, however, the new one is much better and as a lot more useful tools in his kit.

Skarner is usually played in the jungle role. However, he is decent in the top lane, too. He is so new that people don’t know how to play as or against him right now, so his win rates, popularity, and everything about him are quite skewed. Give it some time, and his win rate will even itself out.

Tips to help you get started:

  • Your Ultimate is a crucial ability. Make sure you play around its cooldown and try to maximize your ganks whenever your Ultimate is up to get kills.
  • In team fights, try to use your Ultimate on the enemy when they’re grouped together. Locking down as many champions and carrys as possible.
  • Look for unique ganking paths and avoid using your E in commonly warded locations. It will give the enemy less time to react.

2. Shyvana (49.2% Win Rate)

This champion received no direct buffs or nerfs in the previous patch, but their win rate has changed. Shyvana is one of the oldest junglers in the game, and unfortunately, she hasn’t been doing too well this season as she does get out-classed by a lot of the current junglers.

The reason that her win rate has changed this patch is that her build has changed. Instead of the previous build, she now goes Shojin as her first item instead of Nashor’s Tooth. Doing this has benefited her dramatically.

Tips to help you get started:

  • Power farm as much as you can early so you can hit your level 6 power spike fast and get your Ultimate.
  • Make sure you prioritize the Drakes so you can buff you and your team up. If the enemy Jungler shows on the top side of the map, try and take the Dragon.
  • Before committing to a team fight, try and use your E as much as possible (in Dragon form) to poke the enemy down. Delay a team fight for as long as possible.

3. Kayn (49.7% Win Rate)

Prestige Nightbringer Kayn Splash Crop

On patch 14.7, Kayn was buffed. These buffs were making his Q stronger. These buffs have positively impacted him in the jungle role, so he is on our list. Kayn has been a very strong jungler for quite some time, so this buff was a surprise in all honestly: I don’t really know why they buffed him.

Kayn is a really popular champion in League of Legends right now. His kit is really fun too, and the fact that we’ve already suggested that he is strong is ideal for characters who love him. If you’re looking to climb in Season 14, why not give Kayn a go?

Tips to help you get started:

  • Don’t be afraid to use alternative ganking routes with your E to dodge commonly warded bushes.
  • Try and get your transformation as quickly as possible by ganking and skirmishing with the enemy as often as you can.
  • You’ll want to transform into Blue Kayn if the enemy has lots of squishy champions. If they have lots of tanky champs, opt for Red Kayn.

4. Lillia (51.9% Win Rate)

Lillia Splash Art 1

The only champion without any direct changes this patch is Lillia. It is unclear why her win rate has changed so much compared to other champions, so if anybody knows, let us know! I’m assuming it is because different junglers are being played right now, which might favour her.

Another possibility is that it is all down to preference and natural fluctuation between patches. Unless Lilia is weak, she is always somewhat strong. Early in the season, she had a very good win rate before being nerfed. Do you like Lilia or think she’s good, let us know.

Tips to help you get started:

  • Don’t be afraid to shoot your shot. Bowl your E down through the mid lane as you walk back into the jungle to potentially set up a play in the mid lane.
  • Try and apply as many stacks from your Passive to as many enemy champions as possible in a team fight to put them all asleep with your Ultimate.
  • Post 6, initiate ganks with your Ultimate. First, land your Q so you get a stack on the enemy champion, and then cast your Ultimate soon afterwards so they’re CC’d.

5. Smolder (48.7% Win Rate)

The final champion on our list is Smolder. Smolder is the newest champion in League of Legends, and for a long time, he was very, very strong. This was up until he got nerfed a few patches ago. However, they have now buffed him up slightly to make him a bit stronger. This has resulted in his win rate increasing dramatically.

Smolder is a very popular champion. Due to his execution, he is great in the late game and in team fights. His Ultimate is also pretty good in team fights too. If you’re thinking of trying out a new ad carrier this patch, why not give him a go?

Tips to help you get started:

  • Beware of using your W, especially if the enemy hasn’t used their CC tool as you may get caught out while it’s on cooldown.
  • Ensure you get level 2 first so you can trade with the enemy. Take E at level 2 to potentially look for an early all-in.
  • To use of your Passive: try to attack the enemy as much as possible to upgrade your Q early on.

In Conclusion

That about sums up five champions who have had a big win rate increase this patch. Please remember that these numbers fluctuate from day to day and patch to patch, and they may not be the five biggest movers by the time you’re reading this article.

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