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Riot Games have revealed their plans on nerfing the mid lane position

Published: 20:10, 29 May 2020
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League of Legends champion LeBlanc splash art
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After the recent AD carry adjustments, an article on the official League of Legends website has revealed some interesting changes regarding the mid-lane position, as well as some other in-game features.

League of Legends lead gameplay designer, Mark Yetter, also know as Riot Scruffy has released a new "Quick Gameplay Thoughts" piece where he mentioned a couple of new things the balance team will be focused on in the future.

The first part of the article gave us some insight on Riot's approach when it comes to balancing champions, revealing that there are four important checkpoints:

  • Three days after the patch
  • In the next patch
  • After Professional play
  • After players have mastered it

Further on, they gave us a brief preview of some more exciting adjustments for the foreseeable future, including map and rune changes, as well as the long-awaited mid lane nerfs.

For the next patch, the balance team will be focused on following up on the recent AD carry buffs which means that we'll have to wait a little longer on the mid lane nerfs. However, we've been given some information about the two strategies Riot might choose while approaching this matter.

The first one is a slight gold and experience nerf, which could be the answer to the problem of midlaners being a couple of levels above the bot lane duos.

Riot Games League of Legends champion Katarina splash art These changes could improve the overall flow of the game

The other one would include increasing wave presence which could reduce the number of roams a mid lane champion might go for. A failed gank would feel much more punishable compared to the current low-risk, high-reward situation.

Talon, LeBlanc, Katarina and many other roaming champions could see a small decrease in their win rate percentages since they are semi-dependent on affecting other lanes during the laning phase, especially in certain match-ups.

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