Riot Games seem to be focused on making this year's World Championship as boring as they can, seeing which champions they are choosing to buff. One of them is Graves.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that Riot Games play favorites when it comes to League of Legends champions. Some just get buffed more than others and are pushed to the forefront, as Riot like seeing them played during Worlds.
Graves is an example of a jungle champion, who is incredibly boring to watch when played by professional players, and when he is in the meta , nothing can stop him.
So, in patch 12.17, Riot Games are making him meta:
- Q - End of the Line Cooldown: 12/11/10/9/8 seconds ⇒ 13/11.5/10/8.5/7 seconds
- R - Collateral Damage Damage: 250/400/550 (+150% bonus AD) ⇒ 275/425/575 (+150% bonus AD)
"The current jungle meta favors engage-style fighters that bring a lot of CC and utility to help their teams and Graves hasn’t been able to compete with these picks. So we're giving Graves a bit more power and clear speed to help him find his niche in the jungle once again."
So we can expect to see Graves and Sejuani in the jungles of this year's League of Legends World Championship, as she has not been nerfed even with her win rate being sky high, and her presence in the jungle an oppressive one.
Just as they took care of Diana, a high-damage champion building tank items, now they leave out Sejuani a tank champion with high damage. All we needed was Graves added to the mix, a marksman who can't be killed when he stacks his Grit.
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