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League of Legends - Patch 12.18 Nerfs Lulu Because of Pro Play

Published: 02:36, 23 September 2022
Riot Games
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Lulu is one of the classic enchanter support champions. She can do it all, shield her allies, slow her enemies, and make their lives a living hell, generally.

Lulu is one of the best picks in the bot lane support role, both in Solo Queue ranked, as well as in professional games. It's a League of Legends champion that Riot Games keep overturned so much, that she can both counter the engage supports and the mage supports.

It should come off as no surprise then that this champion is getting nerfed right before Worlds then. After all, games should be exciting , and a champion that breaks the rock-paper-scissors meta in the support role makes that impossible.

The nerfs to Lulu in patch 12.18 are tied to her W, and arguably the most overpowered ability in her kit:

  • W - WHIMSY
    • MOVEMENT SPEED 30% ⇒ 25%
    • DISABLE DURATION 1.25/1.5/1.75/2.0/2.25 ⇒ 1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8/2.0 seconds
    • COOLDOWN 17/16/15/14/13 ⇒ 17/16.5/16/15.5/15 seconds

Splash art of Battle Principal Yuumi The only thing worse than Lulu, is Yuumi The only thing worse than Lulu, is Yuumi

"Lulu has been the best enchanter on the Rift as of late. Not only is she great at keeping her carries alive, but she brings boatloads of utility to her team. We're tuning down one of her most powerful tools in Pro play to bring her in line with other enchanters," said Riot.

We think we speak for the entire support community of League of Legends when we say that the only worse thing than a Lulu is a Yuumi. Hopefully, the nerfs to Lulu stay strong, and are not reverted once her win rate drops slightly.

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