League of Legends Patch: 11.17 Preview Takeaways and Reactions

League of Legends patch 11.17 preview is finally here.

After the recent release of League of Legends patch 11.16 on Aug 11, Riot’s coming in hot with the patch preview for 11.17. With it, we’ll be seeing a lot of item and champion changes. This will be the last regular game patch for some time, according to Riot Jag the next two patches will be “more pro-focused” as we approach Worlds which is slated to begin on Nov 16. But even with that being the case, with only a glance this new patch will have some pretty heavy implications on the game as it currently stands.

Patch 11.17 Preview

System Nerfs

Divine Sunderer

Serpent’s Fang

Wit’s End

System Buffs

Hullbreaker

Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Champion Nerfs

Graves

Irelia

Kayn (Blue)

Leona

Viego

Zed

Champion Buffs

Ekko

Evelynn

Lissandra

Nami

Senna

Teemo

Xayah

Champion Adjustments

Akshan

Amumu

Gangplank

Lucian

 

Reaction

It’s about time that Riot did something with Divine Sunderer. Since the buff that it received in 11.11 it’s an absolute must-have for every top-laner in the game. It’s been a big part of why bruiser tops have been so powerful the past few patches. Champions like Wukong and Camillie were frequent picks in the god tier of most lists. Ironically, we got to see just how overwhelmingly strong this item could be in the LEC playoffs when MAD Lions top-laner,  Irfan “Armut” Tukek abused G2 in their head-to-head matchup. Not saying that it’s his fault the nerf happened but talk about steamrolling your opponent.

In regards to champion changes, nobody stands out as much as Viego. Since the beginning of Season 11 Viego has been arguably the most sought-after pick on the rift. He has yet to fall out of the pool of viable champions and this coming patch likely won’t change that. On Aug 16. Riot August gave us a look into some of the tweaks they’ve been working on with him. Of all the changes him shifting towards a crit-build might be the most interesting.

Patch 11.17 is sure to be an interesting change of pace from what we’ve grown accustomed to previously. It’ll be a few weeks until the update releases on Aug 25, so until then be on the lookout for the next post when Riot Jag gives us the full description.

 

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