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League of Legends - Patch 12.17 is Nerfing Azir into the Ground

Published: 01:17, 01 September 2022
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League of Legends champion Azir Gravelord skin
League of Legends - Might as well have stayed buried beneath the sands Azir

Riot have revealed a more in-depth look at what changes we may expect in patch 12.17, the second of the LoL Worlds preparation patches. And it does not bode well for Azir.

League of Legends patch changes must first be tested on the Public Beta Environment servers, before going live. So, due to that, we have the option of knowing which champs Riot Games are buffing and nerfing, before the patch goes live.

After the preview we had, Riot have now revealed some details on what the planned changes for the champions are in the next patch, and Azir is the main thing that popped out.

while we all knew that Azir was supposed to get nerfed in the next patch, the nerfs seem too severe. And once again boil down to the difference between pro games, and those in SoloQ.

  • W AP Ratio 60% --> 50%
  • E CD 19-15 --> 22-16s

These changes will make Azir's late game damage output weaker, by nerfing his AP scaling, as well as make him easier to gank, by increasing the cooldown on his E.

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In patch 12.16, Azir has a 48.03% win rate, in Solo Queue and is rated as a C-tier pick. Even so, Riot are nerfing him severely due to the safety he gives in pro play, and the damage he can deal during the late game.

So, we have another Ryze issue on our hands, where a champion will have an abysmal win rate in SoloQ, just so they don't dominate professional games.

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