5 biggest nerfs from patch 6.18, the World Championship patch


The Season 6 World Championship will be played on patch 6.18.

There’s still plenty of time before the Season 6 World Championship, but the patch it will be played on comes out tomorrow — patch 6.18.

Since this is the World Championship patch, Riot’s main focus was on professional play. This will give every team more than enough time to become comfortable with all the buffs, nerfs and changes that come with it.

Speaking of nerfs, here are the five most notable ones:

Ashe W nerf

Everyone knows by now that Ashe was in an insanely good spot for way too long, and after nerfing her in patch 6.17, Riot decided to hit her yet again.

Ashe’s W is one of the main reasons why she is so strong (AoE slow that can be spammed in team fights), and that’s what got nerfed. Instead of its cooldown being 12/10/8/6/4 seconds, it has now been increased to 15/12.5/10/7.5/5 seconds.

It will still be a strong ability late-game in team fights, but it will make her less oppressive to lane against.

Gnar damage nerf

One thing was made apparent from the LCS playoffs: Gnar is the best top laner in the game right now. For someone who is such a game-changing tank, he’s been able to pull off incredible amounts of damage lately — and that’s not cool.

Gnar was hit with two nerfs, the first being to his base damage as it has been decreased from 15/25/35/45/55 to 10/20/30/40/50.

The second nerf was increasing his W’s cooldown from 18/16.5/15/13.5/12 seconds to 22/19.5/17/14.5/12 seconds.

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However, his damage also took another hit due to Frozen Mallet being changed. Frozen Mallet has become the go-to item for Gnar players, but Riot is taking some of its offensive power away. Its attack damage has been decreased from 40 to 30, but the health from it is up from 650 to 700. Pickaxe has been removed from the item’s recipe in favor of Giant’s belt, and that alone removes a big power spike.

Tank Yasuo nerf

Gnar wasn’t the only top laner that got nerfed this patch, Yasuo did too. However, while it is a nerf, it’s more of a great change that hits one poor style of play.

It was discovered that Yasuo could be pretty ridiculous as a tank, but Riot isn’t having any of that. Instead of gaining bonus armor penetration on all attacks after using his ultimate, Yasuo will now only get that buff on his critical strikes. This should put an end to people abusing him as a tank, and it really doesn’t change anything for the players that have been using him as designed.

Shen damage nerf

Alright, there’s one final top laner who got nerfed in 6.18 — Shen.

He’s similar to Gnar in the fact that he’s been in a great spot as of late, and he’s a tank who can dish out a lot of damage in fights thanks to the percent health damage his kit has. Ultimately, that’s exactly what Riot decided to target.

Both forms of damage from Shen’s Q — normal and enhanced — have been nerfed. His normal Q damage has been changed from 3/3.5/4/4.5/5 percent of the target’s maximum health to 2/2.5/3/3.5/4 percent of the target’s maximum health.

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Shen’s enhanced Q damage is being lowered from 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 percent of the target’s maximum health to 4/4.5/5/5.5/6 percent of the target’s maximum health.

This isn’t going to stop Shen from being a great top lane option, but it definitely takes away a lot of his dueling power.

Taliyah wave-clear nerf

As one of the newest champions to the game, Taliyah has been getting a lot of work recently after everyone discovered how strong she is.

It’s always about wave-clear with her, and this should be her last set of nerfs for a very long time.

Her Q currently does 50 percent bonus damage to minions, but that has been completely removed. Also, the damage from her E has been lowered from 80/105/130/155/180 to 70/90/110/130/150.

Taliyah’s combo should still get rid of lanes rather quickly, but it’s not going to be as crazy as it is now.

It’s hard to argue against any of these changes. They will all make League a healthier game.

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