Riot Games revealed that they will give a small kit adjustments to two champions - Kayle and Ahri. Besides the small overall buffs, the main goal will be to give more gameplay options for both champions' laning phases.
League of Legends lead gameplay designer, Mark Yetter, better known as Riot Scruffy, took to Twitter to reveal the new upcoming changes to Ahri and Kayle which will hit the live servers in patch 10.18.
Even though Ahri holds a fairly healthy 51.64 per cent win rate, most professional players consider her one of, if not the weakest champion in the game at the moment.
Riot's balance team didn't ignore these claims and that's why we'll see some sizable changes to this nine-tailed fox:
- Her current passive will get changed from Vastayan Grace to Essence Theft. Whenever Ahri strikes an enemy with one of her ability, she will gain a charge of Essence Theft (maximum three charges per one ability cast). Once she reaches nine charges, her next ability will heal her based on the level for 30/180 (+27 per cent AP)
- Orb of Deception (Q) will get its passive removed
- Fox-Fire (W) will get its cooldown changed from 9-5 to 10-6 seconds; it will now grant a burst of 40 per cent of decaying movement speed over 1.5 seconds; damage to minions below 20 per cent will be doubled
These changes will give more diversity to Ahri's play-style which she currently lacks. Her mid lane power at the moment relies too much on hitting her Charm (E) which is followed up by other abilities.
Compared to these Ahri adjustments, the changes to Kayle won't be as big:
- Radiant Blast (Q) - no longer refunds mana on champion hit
- Celestial Blessing (W) - mana cost increased from 70-110 to 90-130
- Starfire Spellblade (E) - cooldown reduced from 8 to 8-6; mana cost removed; missile speed up increased from 2000 to 5000