Heading into the next big League of Legends patch, the development team plans to properly scale down Yasuo, the Unforgiven, in early 2017.
It’s no secret that Yasuo, the Unforgiven, is one of a more dominating Fighters in League of Legends. Summoners that use him in the Fields of Justice know that his ability to be a main Top laner thanks to his strong melee abilities has been great as of late. But is a nerf coming soon to Yasuo in League’s next big patch coming in the new year?
In their latest edition of “Ask Riot!”, developers recently chimed in their thoughts when they were asked what plans they had with Yasuo. Here is what they had to say:
Yasuo’s on our radar as a champ who’s probably too strong at present. Now that we’ve got most of the pre-season follow up work done, we’ll be putting more focus back onto general champion balance. That means for patch 7.1 (the next patch we’re currently working, which will likely go out in early January) or 7.2 we’ll be looking at champs like Yasuo, Hecarim, Syndra, etc.
For Yasuo specifically the first job’s going to be an assessment of whether he’s performing better than he should for his intended strengths and weaknesses. That’s both in terms of time in game (e.g. laning/early strength versus late strength) and circumstance (e.g. when snowballed, or when paired with specific allies or against specific enemies). We haven’t started diving this yet, so there’s not much specifically to share. But Yasuo will probably show up in a patch note sooner rather than later.
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It’s no secret that Yasuo can be a difference-maker in longer matches and it actually makes sense for him to get nerfed. Despite the moans and groans of Summoners who use him as their main, there is confidence that League will balance him correctly to still make him viable.
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Either way, Yasuo is on League’s radar to scale his overall damage output down a bit. What do you think about his upcoming nerf? Please leave your comments below!