League of Legends: Patch 10.16b Review and Breakdown

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We break down League of Legends Patch 10.16b!

The newest League of Legends patch, Patch 10.16b (not Patch 10.17, but the next patch is Patch 10.18…makes no sense) is going live tomorrow. As one of the “B-side patches” Patch 10.16b is going to be much smaller than most of the other patches we still gotta go through and break down the changes.


"R – World EnderBONUS DAMAGE RATIO: 0.2/0.25/0.3 attack damage >>> 0.2/0.3/0.4 attack damage"

Aatrox has been a B-tier pick in solo queue for basically all of Season 10 and he’s barely picked in pro play. Now that the Worlds patch has passed, it looks like Riot are willing to give him back some power to his ultimate.


"Base StatsMOVEMENT SPEED: 330 >>> 325"

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People might be laughing at “5 Ms NeRf OmEgAlUl” but five movement speed can greatly hinder a champion’s ability to dodge skillshots in lane and reposition in teamfights. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Cait drop out of the S tier.


"Q – Hate SpikeDART BASE DAMAGE: 30/35/40/45/50 >>> 25/30/35/40/45SPIKE BASE DAMAGE: 30/35/40/45/50 >>> 25/30/35/40/45"

After the changes to her Hate Spike in the last patch, Riot is electing to pull some power off the damage, rather than the cooldown where she got buffs. I’d expect to see her drop down to the low-A or high-B tier where she was before the last patch.


"Base StatsARMOR: 35 >>> 38"

On the plus side, this reduces the likelihood that we’ll have to snooze through a Gragas-dominated meta at Worlds. On the minus side, yeah he’s probably going to be a bit better than his B tier status now.


"E – Devastating ChargeBONUS MOVEMENT SPEED: 25-100% (over the first 3 seconds, with fourth second at maximum value) >>> 25-85% (over the first 3 seconds, with fourth second at maximum value)"

Hecarim went from “decently strong” to “straight busted” after the buffs he got last patch, which is why Riot is walking the speed (and therefore the damage) on his Devastating Charge.


"Base StatsATTACK DAMAGE GROWTH: 1.7 >>> 2.0E – SuperchargeBONUS ATTACK SPEED: 40/45/50/55/60% >>> 40/50/60/70/80%"

Some extra love to the Daughter of the Void to make her a bit stronger in the AD version (where you’d max Supercharge second). Probably a significant buff to her in the ADC role, but we’ll see if it moves her to the A tier.


"W – Prismatic BarrierSHIELD: 50/75/100/125/150 (+0.3 ability power) >>> 45/65/85/105/125 (+0.35 ability power)COST: 60 mana >>> 60/65/70/75/80 manaTRIPLE SHIELD BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that caused Prismatic Barrier’s effect to apply three times at the edge of its cast"

This nerf is aimed primarily at support Lux, which has been stronger (though hardly OP) in solo queue. It also likely impacts mid Lux, albeit less.


"W – TerrashapeBONUS DAMAGE RATIO: 0.2 attack damage >>> 0.1 attack damageE – AudacityBASE DAMAGE: 60/95/130/165/200 >>> 60/90/120/140/180"

Really don’t get this nerf as Qiyana hasn’t been above low-A tier in any of the three roles that she can be placed into. Sorry Qiyana mains, but she’s probably in the trash heap now.


"Base StatsHEALTH: 482.36 >>> 480MANA: 340.6 >>> 340Q – Hymn of ValorDAMAGE RATIO: 0.5 ability power >>> 0.4 ability powerW – Aria of PerseveranceHEAL RATIO: 0.25 ability power >>> 0.2 ability powerE – Song of CeleritySELF BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED: 20% (+0.03 per 100 ability power) >>> 20% (+0.02 per 100 ability power)AURA BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED: 10/11/12/13/14% (+0.03 per 100 ability power) >>> 10/11/12/13/14% (+0.02 per 100 ability power)"

This is a damn-near gutting of Sona, as she’s losing just about everything that made her scary as a support or bot laner. Yes, she’s only really losing power from her AP ratios and supports shouldn’t be building too much magic damage. But she still got a fair amount of AP from her core build and so she loses a lot of strength.


"Base StatsATTACK SPEED GROWTH: 3% >>> 4%"

Varus has dropped completely out of the meta in pro play, but in solo queue he’s actually worse. He’s in the D tier of our most-recent tier list so some buffs even if they’re tiny are warranted.


"Base StatsATTACK DAMAGE GROWTH: 2.9 >>> 3.5"

Xayah, on the other hand, has existed in the pro meta (usually when paired alongside Rakan), but buffs were still needed for her solo queue standing. He’s been in the C and D tier for several patches in a row.

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"Q – Mortal SteelBASE DAMAGE: 20/45/70/95/120 >>> 20/40/60/80/100R – Fate Sealed[REMOVED] LIFE STEAL: No longer applies life steal at 100% effectiveness"

Yone has been a monster ever since his release, particularly in the mid lane. Some additional nerfs here in Patch 10.16b are warranted as players learn to take him on in lane.