Mathu’s Musings #2: Is this really the second golden age or another L of a patch in a long list for Riot and League of Legends? Join Mathu for MM #2!
After the fiasco that was Season 7 Worlds’ Ardent Censer meta, Riot made it its main agent to nerf the existence of ADCs. You know how Riot is – creating an absurd problem… then creating an absurd solution which they claim is the ONLY WAY said problem could be solved…
Step into the Season 8 meta of murderers and “light bruisers” dominating the space. With ADCs having too low a health and resistance pool to: a) survive the early game to hit their later power spikes or b) survive the incredible sustained flurry of freshly reworked champions like Irelia, Akali, and Aatrox, the old sniper archetype were quickly reduced to the laughingstock of the community. I suspect many players left the role – or left the game – given that snipers have the highest playrate of all champion archetypes.
It ushered in an era of fast-paced gameplay that saw the evolution of all-new early and mid-game strategies. Chinese pro teams usurped the Koreans as the de facto best region on the planet, winning the next three out of four Worlds where they were rewarded for their aptitude for an aggressive, snowballing style. As fun as it was to watch, League of Legends just didn’t feel like it used to, with ADCs unable to leave their impact on the game. Over time, with Runes Reforged and now Item Reworked, even more damage was infused into the game, resulting in the ranged DPS shooter class. (and their AP variants) feel outdated and redundant.
Archetypes that specialize in dealing consistent DPS and naturally have low survivability to compensate for are the natural benefactors of this patch, and they’re sure to have a lot more agency moving forward in the season.
This patch, while not perfect, is definitely a step in the right direction. Although every champion is given a giant’s belt, cloth armor, and a late-game void magic cloak, this will obviously affect squishies more than Tanks and Bruisers. Archetypes that specialize in dealing consistent DPS and naturally have low survivability to compensate for, are the natural benefactors of this patch, and they’ll certainly have a lot more agency moving forward in the season.
When it comes to the professional side of the League, it also means Korea will be on top again. With more impetus on teams to feed their late-game DPS instead of a run-and-gun style, Korean teams will have home-court advantage, given that’s how they have traditionally won titles. While the undefeated T1 looks like the undisputed favorite for MSI and beyond, it’s important to remember that Nuguri joins Damwon this summer to recreate the legendary core of the only Korean team that managed to smother the Chinese during their last four years of dominance. . GenG’s super-team will also have a share of synergy under its belt heading into the summer – GenG’s bot laner is Ruler, the man who won the World Finals MVP in the Ardent Censer meta who first had nerfed ADCs.
I usually look forward to this patch; I’m expecting this to be one of the biggest fixes yet and it’s sure to shake up the meta a lot for a while.
PS – Play Vayne. She’s technically buffed more than other champions because a lot of her damage ignores the armor and health that all other champions have!