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Upcoming Black Cleaver Changes Focus Juggernauts in League of Legends

The League of Legends Public Beta Environment (PBE) has been updated with Black Cleaver changes that have important significance for Juggernauts.

Being the most-purchased final item in the game, Black Cleaver offers benefits to many champions falling into different kinds of categories. According to Riot Games, this is proving to be counterproductive.

The developer wants every item to be situational. However, Black Cleaver is being picked up by champions across the board. One of the main reasons for this high adoption rate is the value to be found when combining Black Cleaver with Lethality builds.

Lethality received a major buff in the last patch, making it even more attractive for players to rush a Black Cleaver. This combination goes well for champions that deal damage, as well as for those who stand on the front lines as tanks.

As a result, the proposed Black Cleaver changes will focus more towards Juggernauts. Champions from other classes such as fighters and assassins will no longer find any need for the item.

Black Cleaver

  • Health: 300 ⇒ 400
  • Attack Damage: 50 ⇒ 40
  • Build Path Changed: Phage + Caulfield’s Warhammer ⇒ Phage + Kindlegem
  • Total Cost: 3100 ⇒ 3050

“This change therefore makes the item a bit more narrow, forces champions to care more about the defensive properties of the item, makes the build path easier for juggernauts who are highly reliant on it and harder for light fighters/assassins/marksmen,” explained game systems designer Riot Axes.

This also means that Lethality values are being dialed back in the upcoming League of Legends patch. The Lethality value gained from Youmuu’s Ghostblade is being lowered, and those found in the offensive mastery tree are also being brought back.

The idea is not to target a single champion, item, or mastery point. Rather, it is changing the entire system as a whole. Riot Games has assured that the Lethality and Black Cleaver changes will not nerf any of the popular champions. It will only bring more diversity to item choices.