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League of Legends - Patch 12.20 All Item Changes Target Tanks

Published: 00:37, 19 October 2022
Riot Games
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Tanks are one of the weirdest roles in League of Legends to balance out. The issue in balancing them does not come from their design, but the items they are supposed to use.

In the League of Legends patch 12.20, Riot Games are taking their usual approach to item buffs and nerfs, by changing four items, three of which are getting optimized for tanks and drain tanks.

This patch may be one of the last few weeks we have, until the top lane becomes far too overpowered with the new item changes , so make good use of it!

  • Demonic Embrace
    •  Health: 450 ⇒ 350
    • Ability Power: 60 ⇒ 70
    • Ranged Burn Damage per Tick: 1% maximum health ⇒ 0.8% maximum health
  • Frozen Heart
    •  Total Cost: 2500 ⇒ 2700
    • Combine Cost: 600 ⇒ 800
    • Armor: 80 ⇒ 90
    • Rock Solid Damage Reduction: 7 (+ 3.5 per 1000 health) ⇒ 5 (+ 3.5 per 1000 health)
  • Mortal Reminder
    •  Total Cost: 2500 ⇒ 2600
    • Attack Damage: 25 ⇒ 35
    • Attack Speed: 25% ⇒ 20%
  • Sterak's Gage
    •  The Claws that Catch bonus AD: 45% base AD ⇒ 50% base AD
    • Lifeline Shield Amount: 75% Bonus Health decaying over 3.75 seconds ⇒ 80% Bonus Health decaying over 4.5 seconds

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Most of the items, however, are getting nerfed in due to finding themselves used by classes other than tanks. It's to be expected with the amount of stats the tank items give for their gold value.

Once again, tank items are overtaking the meta, and there doesn't seem to be a good way to change them so they aren't abused, without gutting the tank class entirely.

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