Aphelios proved to be problematic for League of Legends community as soon as he was released thanks to the stacked damage numbers on his combo of Infernum and Moonlight Vigil. This is getting a heavy nerf in 10.1 as the new champion, Sett, takes the stage.
Aphelios' reign of terror and solo pentakills is at an end, as Riot decided to kick him in the shins and cripple the damage from his ultimate, Moonlight Vigil, while he's carrying Infernum, the Flamethrower.
The reason this ability was considered overpowered in some situations is that when the enemy team is clumped up, it took Aphelios only a single press of R button to wipe them out. The Infernum version of Moonlight Vigil initially hits targets in an area with an explosion and then sends AoE auto-attack, emanating from each target hit.
Therefore, upon hitting five people with the ult, he would get free five instant auto attacks on all of them which is more than enough to melt everyone in the late game.
Instantly deleting several squishies should not be possible anymore, as the damage from these attacks has been reduced by 25 per cent. In other words, upon hitting four people with the ulti, it's like Aphelios had an entire attack less, compared to the numbers before.
It will take a hefty lead and a fed Aphelios to pull the same thing again in the future, or actual teamwork with a hard engage that can deal a little bit of AoE so Aphelios can mop up. Think Malphite, Sejuani or even Zyra with a disengage.
Aphelios got hit in the laning phase as well since the change from 530 to 500 base health can prove to be a deciding factor in many early game skirmishes or poke trades. His movement speed has been reduced by 5 as well.
Meanwhile, Sett should be joining the roster soon. The new brawler might be Riot's next balancing challenge once people learn how to play him.
Patch 10.1 will be deployed on 8 January 2020 at different times, depending on your server:
- 3:00 AM PT for NA
- 5:00 AM GMT for EUW
- 3:00 CET for EUNE