Caitlyn, a very popular ADC in League of Legends, has been changed too much by Riot Games, leading to “degeneration”.
Caitlyn, a very popular ADC in League of Legends, has been changed too much by Riot Games, leading to “degeneration”
Caitlyn, a very familiar ADC to most League of Legends players, has been changed so much that many people now say it’s impossible to categorize her or understand how to properly use the Piltover Sheriff.
Usually when a champion is buffed, nerfed, or refreshed, it’s to help improve their skill set or refresh their moves to make them fit the meta or nerf them. Unfortunately, the 2023 season was truly cruel to Caitlyn as she continuously received buffs and nerfs to the point that it affected the champion’s typical playstyle.
With the original design, Sheriff Piltover is a Gunner general with high hand damage from his attacks and a long arm span. But through Riot’s changes, Caitlyn gradually became a damage-dealing champion by taking advantage of the damage from the Q skill, then placing W to cause attacks with the Marksmanship effect and ending with the Ultimate – Bach Phat Bach Truong.
But our game of League of Legends is always changing rapidly, with the main purpose of making the meta more chaotic and more competitive. A good ADC in the current meta needs to have high damage, a long arm span, and good control to compensate for the lack of mobility. But with Caitlyn, her playing style is constantly changing, sometimes it fits the meta, sometimes it goes completely against it, making players confused. Especially when finding a Support who coordinates well with Caitlyn is also very difficult, otherwise it will be difficult for you to win early in the Laning phase.
Currently, Piltover Sheriff also has a poor win rate when she has over 49% win rate and is ranked in tier D even though she has been strengthened. She is currently still loyal to traditional Crit items.
No one knows for sure what Riot Games will do with Caitlyn in the near future, will it turn her into a Gunner specializing in setting traps with huge amounts of damage? Worlds 2023 is approaching and does Riot want to bring her back to the meta? All questions will be answered over time in upcoming updates of League of Legends.