League of Legends Patch 10.2 breakdown: Aphelios NERFED again

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"Passive – Get Excited! Now triggers when Jinx contributes to an Epic Monster kill."

This feels like a QoL change for Jinx and her player base, but it could be pretty impactful in certain scenarios.

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Say Jinx and her team are posturing around an Elder Dragon or Baron Nashor, and they manage to secure it and follow it up with a fight. Jinx has already popped her Passive – Get Excited! and has increased Attack Speed for the upcoming skirmish

It’s still a situational buff, but the impact it will have in a few games is huge. It could also be used as a deterrent for enemy teams who want to challenge an Epic Monster, they’ll now have to be wary of Jinx’s Passive.


"Q – Inner Flame Damage: 80/125/170/215/260 -> 90/135/180/225/270 W – Focused Resolve Damage: 30/55/80/105/130 -> 40/65/90/115/140"

From the Patch 10.2 preview:

Inner Flame is Karma’s poke tool in lane which she throws out four or five times per minute to whittle down the enemy HP bar, this buff will see her Q damage increase by 20-30 per minute before resistances. Focused Resolve is reserved for all-ins, and is really only used once per skirmish, which means she gets +10 damage for a bot lane fight from the second buff.”

Karma needs help. She’s currently miles behind her enchanter counterparts at a 47.72% win rate as a result of the countless nerfs aimed at solo lane Karma.

Now her trading is increased in lane, which is pretty significant. Not significant enough to raise her towards the S/A tiers, nor is it significant enough to grab her a positive win rate. But playing Karma should no longer feel like running through quicksand as she’ll now be able to compete with other support champions.


"Base Stats Armor: 28.22 -> 29 Attack Damage: 46.368 -> 47 E – Help, Pix! Cooldown: 10 -> 8"

From the Patch 10.2 preview:

“You can ignore the base stats buffs as those numbers are simply being rounded up and will have a negligible, unnoticeable impact on the champion. The Help, Pix! buff, on the other hand, will help Lulu out and make her a tad more useful in skirmishes and team fights.”

Lulu also needs help. She is the lesser version of Janna and Nami at the moment, but this small cooldown buff could have a big impact on that fact. At a 48.72% win rate, a buff like this could be enough to bring Lulu up to a positive win rate and able to challenge the likes of Soraka and Sona on Patch 10.2.