In this breakdown, our three experts analyze the most impactful changes for the 9.22 League of Legends patch update. We’ll discuss the buffs, nerfs, and adjustments regarding champions, items, and Summoner’s Rift itself to understand the patch’s effect on the meta for all roles.
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League Patch 9.22’s impact on the roles
State of Top Lane: Hewitt – “prohibit”
- This patch didn’t have a lot of changes aimed at top lane but the ones they were are important to note.
- Kayle received a large nerf to her mana cost on W and damage output on Q. Although this doesn’t effect her late game potential at all, Kayle was proving to effective in the early game sometimes even killing her opponents. As a late game champion this was an extreme benefit.
- With these nerfs, she’ll be much easier to abuse and the need to ban her should decrease significantly.
State of Jungle: “Flaress”
- As Season 9 is coming to a close it is important for junglers to create early leads from ganks starting after level 3. From successful ganks you may soak XP and gold from laners and recollect your jungle camps during times of no action.
- Pressure the map early and transition map pressure into Dragons and Rift Heralds to snowball your other lanes.
- Try to snowball your bot lane for the best chance of winning your games. However, always remember to not neglect your mid and top lanes as they are potential ways to victory as well
State of Mid: Adam – “Moriarty”
- With the season coming to a close the mid meta is pretty stable and still maintaining its push and roam to win mentality. Some champions with overwhelmingly powerful lane control and utility like Cassiopeia rise to A tier as her Miasma can be game-changing in a highly mobile-centric meta.
- But aside from her things like Talon, Ryze, Twisted Fate, or Rumble, who all have easy access to wave clear, can easily roam to skirmishes or bot lane and find the most success.
State of Bot Carry: Hewitt – “prohibit”
- This is the end of the season patch before everything gets turned upside down with Rise of the Elements.
- For the last few weeks, you’ll see big nerfs levied at top tiers like Ashe, Kai’Sa, and Xayah. These are all champs that have a huge prevalence in high elo and competitive play.
- While they all received a nerf, it’s likely that only Ashe will remain high tier because of just how much good she was compared to other picks.
- With this patch, most marksmen are relatively well matched so as long as you’re not choosing the bottom of the barrel (Kalista, Varus, Sivir) then you’ll be able to climb as long as you’re consistent.
State of Support: “PicklePants”
- Supports that are able to get kills and roam are stronger compared to utility supports or enchanters as you can have a higher impact on the map. While enchanters are still good, you’re going to find more success on engagers as you can abuse poor positioning by the enemy. Mages are pretty good to if you’re able to constantly harass the enemy.
Buffs, nerfs, and adjustments
- Ashe Volley nerf will hurt her laning phase but mostly just her Comet Triforce build. The normal Lethal Tempo Ashe should still be strong so be sure to adapt accordingly.
- She’ll be remaining at S on both of our lists.
- This nerf won’t have much of an impact because Blitz doesn’t really rely on burst from his Q to secure his kills.
- He’ll remain at S for low ELO and A for our high ELO list.
- Kai’Sa’s nerfs will hurt her ability to win duels and assassinate people during the mid to late game, decreasing her overall ability to solo carry.
- Her downward trend continues. She’ll still be A for low ELO but will be falling from S to A for high ELO.
- These are great buffs but Kalista has been in such a bad state that they still won’t quite be enough.
- She’s remaining as only a B-tier ADC in high ELO.
- Kayle’s nerfs to her Q will definitely hurt her laning phase. For a champ that relies on safely scaling this can be potentially huge.
- She’ll be falling from S to A on our low ELO list and from A to B on our high ELO list.
- Malphite’s nerfs will deny him the ability to 1 rotation people, hurting his solo lane, jungle, and overall full AP viability.
- He’s falling off of our normal list from jungle and support but remaining as an A-tier top laner and a B-tier mid laner.
- Nautilus is losing a lot of base damage on, R hurting his all in during the early game.
- This will decrease his overall consistency since he’ll be able to snowball less often.
- These nerfs are enough to drop him from S to A on both of our lists as a support.
- Pantheon is getting overnerfed due to an overreaction to his strength at Worlds which is a shame as hes been nerfed quite a bit since then.
- The nerf to his W will give people a lot more room for counterplay as his targeted stun will now have a decent bit of extra time to react now.
- His descent continues as he falls on our high ELO list from A to B for top and will remain at B for mid. He’s still completely off of our low ELO list.
- Sejuani receives some very nice buffs but these are more likely to help her next season.
- Tank junglers just aren’t the best right now in solo queue, so they won’t be impactful enough for climbing.
- Sadly, Sej is still off both of our lists.
- We’re starting to sound repetitive but this is another buffed champion that isn’t really being buffed enough to matter this season.
- Sylas remains off of both of our lists.
- Xayah’s nerfs might not be too impactful but might force her to change her build path back to building Zeal second instead of going IE second.
- She’s remaining at A tier for our normal list but falling from S to A on our high ELO list like her friend Kai’Sa.
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