It seems that after a series of nerfs, Zeri is still too unbalanced.
Debuting at the beginning of the 2022 season as a new AD carry, Zeri quickly proved his fault when he suffered from constant nerfs. According to statistics from Riot’s own updates, Zeri has been nerfed 12 times in just 9 versions, an unprecedented frequency of nerfs. Many people even joked that Zeri is becoming Riot’s second Akali.
Zeri has been nerfed 12 times in just 9 versions
And the above statement is not wrong at all when even the top players in the world of League of Legends have complained about Zeri. The latest, the Ruler of the Gen.G team said that Zeri, after many nerfs, still proved too strong thanks to his extremely absurd poke ability. He also admitted that it was an important factor for Gen.G to defeat DK in the LCK Summer 2022.
Q: You had a very good match using Zeri, how do you rate this character?
Gen.G Ruler: Actually, DK gave us a lot of trouble in all 3 games. In game 3, we realized that if we make good use of Zeri’s long range poke, we’ll have a big advantage. In fact, Zeri’s W skill is still too strong at long-range bleeding and it needs to be nerfed in the near future.
Ruler considers Zeri still too strong and needs to be nerfed in the future
If you do not know, the skill W – High Voltage Pulse has a rate of interaction with AD up to 130% and will definitely crit when attacking champions and monsters. This makes Zeri, even on equipment that deals physical damage, can still poke powerful long-range pokes, even outperforming mages.
In the last match against DK, Ruler had many important pokes to make the opponent’s fighting intentions go bankrupt. Even this skill has defeated 2 important members of DK and brought Gen.G victory in a spectacular way. Obviously, it’s hard to accept that a Gunner champion, on all physical items, can deal such strong magic damage.
The W phase decided Ruler’s match
So in the upcoming versions, it won’t be too surprising if Zeri continues to be nerfed or has some effects removed. Hopefully, Riot will edit Zeri in time so that this character is no longer so powerful at the time of Worlds 2022.