Balance Pass Coming for Ivern In Future League of Legends Patch

by Matt Best

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(Photo: League of Legends)

Ivern is very strong as a League of Legends jungler to say the least. Earlier in the month, Meddler, League of Legends Lead Gameplay designer said Ivern was "too good at some things which makes it tough for enemies to interact with him/his team."

In the latest patch, Riot Games addressed his W (Brushmaker) and added:

Too Big to Hide: Dropping brush directly on top of an Epic Monster no longer hides it from enemy vision. (You can still deny enemy vision of an entire area by creating walls of brush, thereby denying vision of the monster.)

Riot previously tested three other things for Ivern including:

  • A longer passive channel duration
  • Shorter cast range on the created brush (1600 right now)
  • Higher cooldown on Triggerseed (E)

Your wait might be coming to an end to finally see these changes. According to Meddler, Ivern will be going under a balance pass. "Unless anything significantly changes we'll be doing a balance pass on Ivern in 7.10," said Meddler. "As mentioned previously 7.9 won't contain many individual champion balance changes, given both that the systemic changes will affect balance on most champs to some degree and that we're still very focused on finishing mid-season itself. We are starting to line up likely projects for the following patch, however."

As it stands, Ivern is one of the most feared champions in the game. He has not only the highest win rate among junglers, but also among all League of Legends champions with a mark of 57.6%. He's the eighth most played jungler as well as the third most banned champion. Ivern will never get you kills (he averages a League-worst mark of 2.60 per game among all junglers) but he certainly is tough to kill. His 3.84 deaths per game are the lowest among all roles across the game. What makes Ivern so tricky to deal with is his control of the jungle. Hopefully, with the balance pass, Ivern becomes a little easier to deal with.

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.