To prepare for the meta change before Worlds 2022, Riot continues to bring a series of power changes to the champions in patch 12.17.
According to the latest announcement from League of Legends balance team leader, Riot Phroxzon, update 12.17 will be very noticeable when the number of champions buffed up and down will reach 20. In which, there are adjusted cases. Comprehensive skills like Maokai, Miss Fortune or Hecarim.
The duo of mid lane and jungle champions that were used very well by DWG KIA at Worlds 2020 are Graves and Twisted Fate will be buffed again. This is also a sign that the tournament meta may shift in the “upper wing” direction rather than leaning towards the bottom lane as it is now.
Nocturne, Camille respectively getting buffs is also an interesting sign for teams that are more prone to teamfights. Meanwhile, Sett’s return will open up a more interesting pick and ban phase when this champion can be used in all 4 positions (except ADC). At the same time, the fact that Ezreal is buffed also shows the gameplay that Riot wants to aim for in the upcoming tournament.
In the opposite direction, the champions that are extremely hot in the playoffs phase of the Summer 2022 tournaments have also been nerfed more or less in turn. Names like Renekton, Sivir, Wukong or especially the Mid lane trio including Ahri, Azir, and Sylas can be mentioned. In addition, Nami’s adjustment related to the Electric Shock gem could cause the reign of the Lucian Nami duo to officially end.
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With no tournament in the world going to use version 12.17, while Worlds 2022 is expected to be 12.18 or 12.19. Therefore, this can be considered an extremely important hinge for teams to prepare for a completely different meta. Version 12.17 is expected to land on official servers from September 8.