In this breakdown, our three experts analyze the most impactful changes for the 10.2 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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We recommend following along with the official patch notes since we won’t be listing all the specific stat changes, but rather, focusing on the impact of the changes and the champions updated place in the current meta.
Buffs, nerfs, and adjustments
- Aphelios is receiving another round of nerfs, making it two consecutive patches where he receives downgrades.
- This round in combination with the previous will be quite substantial.
- He’s falling to A on both of our lists but there’s a small chance he could hang on around S minus because that’s just how strong he was.
- Draven’s been struggling in the meta in recent times due to his lack of an ideal keystone choice.
- The other ADCs around him have also improved during this time so it’s caused him to lose even more stock.
- This buff will help out his mid game, which is one of the places where he’s been particularly struggling but it may not be enough to help him return to S-tier. If it does happen, it will most likely only be for high ELO.
- Jinx was already incredibly strong so this minor buff isn’t really a big deal.
- It’ll come in handy at objective contests where she may have previously gotten caught since she’ll have additional movement speed.
- She’ll remain at S tier for low ELO and and A tier for high ELO.
- Karma has been struggling due to her inability to bully the laning phase in combination with her lack of scaling.
- Her counters are running rampant at S/A tier and there are other champions that does what she wants to do but even better.
- She’s trending in the right direction but will remain off of both of our lists.
- The rounding up of her base stats isn’t really a big deal, but receiving a 2 second decrease in her E is pretty significant.
- When you combine it with max CDR, this means Lulu will be able to spam her E every 4.4 seconds.
- Lulu will remain at B tier for now but we’ll be keeping a close eye on her to see if she manages to spike up to low A-tier.
- Nautilus has been a mainstay in the support meta for a long time so he’s deserving of some nerfs.
- This one targets his signature hook move, decreasing his all in potential.
- However, many Naut mains don’t really max his Q anymore so it’s not that impactful in the big scheme of things.
- He’ll remain at S-tier at low ELO but the nerf may be enough to knock him down to A tier in high ELO due to how strong the top tier supports are.
- With spring split already happening for LPL and the other leagues starting very soon, it’s about that time where Riot starts to nerf champs for competitive play.
- This particular nerf is directed at jungle Qiyana since she’s been a very contested pick. She may also slightly feel it at mid but it isn’t really a big deal.
- Qiyana hasn’t been the best solo queue champ outside of the highest ELO brackets so she’ll remain off of both of our lists.
- Sona has struggled in recent times due to how fast and early game oriented the meta has been.
- Laning phases can be brutal for squishy Sona so if she falls behind early she often never hits her power spike before the matches end.
- However, with the buffs to her movement speed, Sona will be able to survive and scale more consistently.
- This is definitely a win for Sona, she’ll be jumping to A-tier for low ELO and returning to high ELO at B-tier.
Thresh (quality of life)
- Not much to see here, just some sweet visual improvements for Mr. Thresh.
- Trundle has been creeping up in the meta as a counterpick since he does well against jungle mainstays like Nunu, Olaf, and Lee Sin.
- With these additional buffs, he’ll become more viable outside of counterpick situations as a solid pick since he’ll have more utility and improved manueverability which also helps out his dueling and pathing.
- This is definitely nice for Viktor mains but not quite enough to be considered an impactful buff so we’re classifying it as a quality of life change.
- Due to previous changes, Ziggs has had a hard time wave efficiently since he’d have to use two Q’s.
- With these nerfs, he’ll be able to clear waves with less resources, bringing him up to par with some of his control mage peers.
- He’ll be jumping up to A for low ELO at mid but may return as a bot lane carry, especially with Nami’s recent upgrades that allow her to synergize with mages.
Cloak of Agility (nerfed)
- Riot really doesn’t like when people stack multiple components and ADCs have been picking up multiple crit Cloaks to hit crucial breakpoints.
- This nerf will help steer ADC mains away from those sort of build paths.
Frozen Heart (buffed)
- Frozen Heart has been an underwhelming defensive option in comparison to its alternatives so Riot is showing some love.
- It still won’t be that attractive of an option, it still over indexes on mana as a benefit.
Rift Herald (buffed)
- Due to its amount of health, Rift Herald often wasn’t worth the time investment in comparison to the other options junglers had.
- It was often a consolation prize when everything else wasn’t a possibility, so this will make it slightly more attractive.
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