Kennen has not been a staple champion of the top lane for quite some time now, and with the durability update, his place in the meta became even worse. So, Riot are looking to change that.
The meta of League of Legends has been geared toward tank and fighter top lane champions for the last few patches, when Riot Games released the durability update. And, even before that, ranged top laners, and off-meta picks such as Janna top have been dominating the lane.
In patch 12.15, Riot Games are changing all energy champions , except for Kennen. In his case, Riot are giving him significant buffs, to bring this diminutive ninja back into the spotlight.
The changes for Kennen in patch 12.15 are as follows:
- W -Electrical Surge
- Cooldown - 14/12/10/8/6 ⇒ 13/11.25/9.5/7.75/6
- Magic damage - 60/85/110/135/160 ⇒ 70/95/120/145/170
- R - Slicing Maelstrom
- Magic damage pet bolt - 40/75/110 (+20% AP) ⇒ 40/75/110 (+22.5% AP)
The reasoning Riot games gave for buffing Kennen in this manner, instead of what they did with the other four energy-using champions, is that the electric yordle doesn’t have the same energy issues as other champions being adjusted this patch, but has been struggling for entirely different reasons.
With more durable targets Kennen has found it difficult to establish himself as either a lane bully or a team fight winner. So, Riot Games are putting some more power into his team fighting identity by increasing his ability to win fights with a slight boost to his W and R damage.
And, while we frown on all ranged top lane champions, Kennen is the one we can make an exception for. After all, he is no Vayne top.
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