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Riot Games might nerf burst damage in League of Legends

Published: 21:56, 03 August 2018
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Riot Games' balance team is looking to shake things up again in League of Legends. Today's post containing Riot Meddler's thoughts talked about burst damage and how it needs to be addressed via changing items, rather than abilities.

Meddler's current opinion is that there is too much burst damage in the game and the team will likely be trying to reduce damage sources from items and runes. Apparently too much burst damage comes from them instead of champions' abilities.

The first targets for nerfing in this area are Duskblade of Draktharr and Stormrazor, two items that create problems in two ways. First, Duskblade seems to still have too much burst potential on its own so it might get nerfed in patch 8.16 or 8.17. One of these patches will also bring a change for these items' passives so they don't stack anymore.

Another point that Meddler raised is that most of these spells and items have frontloaded damage that takes place upon the first auto attack or spell. For example, Duskblade deals more damage on the first auto attack while the trigger is the same for Stormrazor's passive critical hit. There are also runes that are offenders in this department, such as Cheap Shot and Scorch.

These two runes seem to be next in line for Meddler's nerf hammer, along with the aforementioned items and Electrocute. This keystone rune is somewhat different than everything else on the list as it takes three attacks or spells before activating, so it's not a frontloaded headache.

Meddler still thinks it has a bit too much damage to be healthy though, so it's on the list. Now, if all these items and runes get nerfed at the same time, it will be a huge hit for attack damage burst champions, which may render them obsolete for a while.

Riot Games Splash art for Soulstealer Vayne in green and dark tones of blue. League of Legends

That said, Meddler did more nerfs might be added, but considering these changes have several PBE cycles ahead of them they shouldn't prove to be too harsh. On the other hand, this is great news for AD carries, who might make a proper comeback after they have been pushed out of their only viable role in bot lane.

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