What to Expect in League of Legends Patch 7.7

by Matt Best

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Nobody can really be satisfied after a patch. Either the buffs are too strong or the nerfs were too hard or maybe your champion was just not looked at. That doesn't stop Riot from planning though. 

According to Meddler, League of Legends Lead Gameplay Designer, this is what's on deck for Patch 7.7

"We've just started our work on 7.7. We're still planning out what exactly we'll be focusing on, some likely candidates though include buffs to Lissandra (since we didn't find something we were happy with in 7.6) and Bard plus a nerf to Graves. Less certain are possible Lux and Kassadin buffs plus another look at Udyr and consideration of some other junglers. Aatrox followup's very possible, though what depends on how he performs over the next week or so of course. More details to follow."

Many people have been complaining that LeBlanc is now far too weak after her latest nerfs. According to Meddler, it's because LeBlanc players are playing her wrong and not maxing out the right ability.

"We're still watching LB's performance - big thing we want to get a clear picture of is how well she'll do once players are skill ranking appropriately. Lot of people are still maxing W in games where that's no longer optimal, leading to a lot of avoidable failures. Need that mislead to settle down a bit to give us better confidence on whether she does or doesn't need follow up changes."

As for everyones favorite friendly jungler, Ivern, Riot seems confused as to what to do with him saying that, "he's a possible nerf candidate but not one we're confident we need to hit at present."

Somebody on the forums pointed out Ivern's high win rate which Meddler immediately shut down. "Ivern also looks like he's potentially just too strong in general. Need to be careful using winrate as too much of an argument for that though given it doesn't reflect objective power but instead muddles success with a lot of player preference, playstyle and meta stuff. Win rate does tend to be better for measuring changes to a champion's power by contrast for a patch by patch comparison, though even then you need to filter out things like the need to relearn how to play as/against a champ if it's more than just a simple numbers change."

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.