Once again, the League of Legends SoloQ is getting its meta turned over on its head, due to the professional eSports scene. Riot can't allow favorite champions to be outside the meta at this time, after all.
League of Legends patch 12.15 is slowly getting champions ready for the League of Legends 2022 World Championship, which is starting on September 29. They've already said that healing is on the chopping block, and enchanters have been gutted .
Thus, patch 12.15 seems to be the patch in which they are starting off the preparation for Worlds.
In patch 12.15, after Leona and Threash have been non-existent in SoloQ, with their win rates being far below 50% for the whole season, they are getting buffs at the same time their counterparts are getting nerfed, with Thresh's Q getting a CD reduction, as well as a damage buff, and Leona's Q getting a cost reduction and R getting a CC duration buff.
It seems that Riot Games see their player base as test bunnies for the various game updates, while the Worlds meta must stay centered around the same champion, so as not to upset the pro players and fans.
After all, the durability update has been negated to half its usefulness by now, enchanters and crit ADCs are in the process of losing all their strength, and favorite engage supports, such as Leona and Thresh, are on the rise.
Add to that the fact that the teleport changes, which were supposed to take place in patch 12.14 are nowhere to be found, and the aggressive nature of Riot's meta manipulation to adjust for Worlds, and the same old general meta, becomes obvious.
Of course, the changes themselves are not the issue. Rather, it's how and when Riot implement them, disregarding the millions of players who play the game and suffer through awful meta states, such as these last two months, only to remedy it all quickly and forcefully when Worlds draws near.
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