Welcome to our Mobalytics 9.7 LoL Patch Notes Breakdown!
In this breakdown, our three experts analyze the most impactful changes for the 9.7 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.
Patch 9.7’s impact on the roles
State of Top Lane: Kellen – “Exil”
- The meta for Top is wide open, with tons of fun options. Riven, Jax, Irelia, Hecarim, Sion, Singed, Kled, Kayle, Urgot, Kennen, and Nasus are all great options for climbing and all provide unique reasons to pick them. The lane is still even more flexible than that because you still can go mages top such as Vladimir, Lissandra, Rumble, Malzahar, or Cassiopeia.
- The best advice is that you have to win lane and play well. While that sounds a bit silly at first, considering someone is just telling you to “do well” (which you always should) the point is that top lane is an island, and one gank, one solo death, or one tower dive can completely turn the game and keep you in a bad spot for 10 or 15 minutes.
- When you play bot lane, even if you are 0-3 on Vayne, it’s possible that your Jungler could come, and gank a very squishy Jinx/Sona lane, and you get a double kill and a couple of turret plates and right back into the game. For Top lane, if you are playing Irelia vs Singed, and you die solo or get ganked, and have to blow your flash and don’t have TP and lose several waves, you are GG.
State of Mid/Jungle: Adam – “Moriarty”
- It’s more of the same for the Mid/Jungle duo this patch, champions with solid lane priority that have good roaming are still key especially ones that can perform in early skirmishes like Zed Talon are still the best in Mid lane.
- Note that Sylas took a massive hit in terms of numbers despite having the ideal playstyle for Mid hence him falling so low in the rankings.
- On the rise in Mid lane are Ahri, Taliyah, and Morgana. All champions who are able to shove easily and rotate to early fights.
- For Jungle, early game champions who can gank consistently and skirmish are key, this is why champions like Hecarim and J4 are on the rise while maintains of Rek’Sai and Kha’Zix remain at the top.
State of Bot lane (Carry + Support): Hewitt – “prohibit”
- Bot lane is healthier than it has been in the past. There’s a mix of lane bullies and hyper carries in S and A tier but there is a skew towards enchanters and scaling marksmen.
- With game durations rarely lasting longer than 30 minutes, Gathering Storm from Sorcery doesn’t pay off as often as Inspiration. Marksmen have started switching over to Inspiration Secondary taking Magical Footwear & Biscuits for a better laning phase and mid game powerspike.
- Morgana’s nerf to her Tormented Soil will not affect her at all in bottom lane. The biggest changes to bot lane supports will mostly be from the Domination tree this patch. The 2nd row minor runes all received changes so it may be a more appealing option for aggressive supports.
Buffs, nerfs, and adjustments
- Kayle has been a powerhouse recently so it’s not surprising that she was due for another round of nerfs.
- That being said, although her players will feel some impact, our experts believe that she is going to still be S-tier for Top and A-tier for Mid.
- It’s sort of like she’s going from an S+ to an S or S- sort of champion.
- Similar to Kayle, Urgot has been quite strong for both Top and Jungle.
- These nerfs target his jungling and scaling but they may be more of a slap on the wrist than a substantial detriment.
- Our expert Kellen thinks he contends for the best champion in the game right now and you’ll see him as an S-tier Top laner for both lists.
Minor champion changes
- These are nice small buffs, nothing too crazy so we aren’t expecting that much of a win rate increase.
- Decreasing an ability like Rupture’s CD by 2 seconds is nothing to scoff at as Cho will be able to spam it for peel or picks more often.
- We’re keeping a close eye on Cho this patch but we don’t think he’ll be strong enough to break into our tier list just yet.
Dr. Mundo (buffed)
- Uh oh…Mundo buffs. He’s one of those champions who’s either in the meta or out of the meta and when he’s in, you know it.
- Now, his Q Cleavers will pack even more punch based on his target’s current health and his E is being buffed for minimum and maximum bonus attack damage.
- Prepare your Mortal Reminders, Morellonomicons, and Ignites because he’ll be an A-tier Top laner and a B-tier Jungler this patch.
Garen (adjusted leaning towards buffed)
- Garen is receiving some decent buffs to his W which will allow him to scale better into the late game.
- That being said, he has a lot of bad matchups right now and these buffs aren’t enough to get him back to being S-tier, but A-tier is still a great place.
- This is a pretty hype buff for Leona as she’s becoming much stickier in the late game.
- With CDR, she’ll be able to cast her E multiple times in a single teamfight.
- Since enchanters are continuing to make their rise, Leona may be a good answer to counter them. We’ll be keeping an eye on her but for this patch, we’re placing her at B-tier.
- Ouch, this one is going to hurt. Lissandra has been a popular choice in recent times for both solo queue and pro-play.
- With this nerf to her Q, she’s likely to be much rarer and less viable.
- The main reason is that her level 1 CD for her Q is increasing by 4 seconds from 6 to 10. This is huge in a meta where it’s necessary to be able to shove your lane for priority and look for roaming opportunities.
- Not only will she not have as much priority, but she will be able to trade and harass less and her opponents will have a bigger window to punish her.
- You guessed it, she’ll be off our tier list this patch. RIP.
- These nerfs are directed towards Morgana in the Mid lane, Support Morg shouldn’t really feel these changes.
- Similar to Kayle, her sister, this is another change that will take Morg from an S+ to Mid laner to an S or S-.
- When it comes to CC, every second and millisecond matters. These buffs will allow Pyke to throw his Q hook more often in the early game and allow his E stun to last an additional 0.15 seconds.
- Along with Leona, he’ll be another good option into enchanters as one good all-in will turn the lane into your favor.
- He’ll be an A-tier Support for our normal list and B-tier on our high-ELO list.
- Rumble is seeing interesting buffs in the form of increased movement speed for his W and a shorter CD across the board for his ultimate.
- Riot mentions these changes in relation to Top lane but don’t be surprised if we start to see Rumble Mid rise since the additional movement speed will make him a better roamer.
- We don’t want to be too hasty in our judgments yet so Rumble will be a B-tier Top laner for the general list and an A-tier Top for high-ELO.
- No king rules forever but Sylas’s reign seems to be especially short.
- He’s getting shafted with decreased base health regen, a weaker W, and a higher CD for his E in the early game.
- He’ll be in the same club as Lissandra this patch, do not play him, repeat, do not play him if you’re looking to climb.
2nd line Domination: Eyeball Collection, Ghost Poro, Zombie Ward (adjusted)
- Eyeball Collection had been the most popular choice among its competing row runes for some time so it seems that Riot is standardizing its adaptive force bonus across all of them.
- TLDR, Eyeball Collection stacks with kills, Ghost Poro stacks by your wards expiring, and Zombie Ward stacks by clearing wards.
- This allows Supports to consider Domination more often since they all play into what Supports are doing anyway.
Cut Down (buffed)
- Cut Down has been used in pro-play but just hasn’t caught on in solo queue.
- Players could be using it incorrectly but for the most part, the meta just isn’t ideal right now for it.
- If games get longer with more tanks around, it may be able to shine.
- It’s interesting that Riot thought Demolish was in a weak spot as it seemed to have been a popular choice in recent times.
- If you were using it before this patch, keep doing what you’re doing.
- This is pretty nice for health-stacking tanks and insane for Sion.
Ultimate Hunter (buffed)
- This slight buff won’t be enough to make a splash just yet it’ll still be pretty bad for most champions.
- This is just a simple buff to help tanky junglers quicken their clear speed a bit so they can keep up better with other archetypes.
Dark Seal (nerfed)
- With its previously amazing sell back rate, Dark Seal was a braindead buy due to its efficiency.
- Now you may have to be a bit more creative with builds and some champions may find better options.
- Overall though it’ll still be pretty decent and it shouldn’t lose a ton of viability.
Wits End (adjusted, leaning towards buffed)
- One of our experts, Prohibit, has a gut feeling that this item may be busted.
- It’s losing its magic resist steal but will be gaining an interesting ability to burst heal for the amount of on-hit damage dealt (when its wielder falls below 50% hp).
- While it is getting a gold increase, the more expensive version will be worth it for attack speed champions as a clear better choice over Maw of Malmortius.
- We’ll be experimenting with this and you should too! Let us know in the below how you feel about the new Wits End.
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