As promised, League of Legends is receiving a mid-patch update to address the relatively poor state of Aatrox and make his stay in the Rift worthwhile.
“We concluded he was definitely in too poor a state to leave until the next regular patch and wasn’t likely to recover enough just based off relearning,” noted lead gameplay designer Riot Meddler.
As such, the base health of the champion is being increased to give him more opportunities to play around his new passive (Blood Well). Previously, Riot Games chose to keep his health numbers as low as possible to take into account his definite revival. However, that is no longer a cause for concern with the recent mini-update.
In addition, the cooldown on Q (Dark Flight) is being reduced and damage of W (Blood Price) increased. Players should find it a bit easier to gain dominance in-lane, while trying to adapt to his new play-style.
- Health: 537.8 ⇒ 580
Q – Dark Flight
- Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12 seconds ⇒ 13/12.5/12/11.5/11 seconds
W – Blood Price
- Base Damage: 30/60/90/120/150 ⇒ 45/80/115/150/185
According to the developer, it is likely that there will be further improvements released with the next League of Legends Patch 7.6, scheduled to arrive later this month.
Yesterday, Riot Games admitted that the recent changes to Aatrox “almost certainly” made the champion a lot weaker than before. While players were expected to struggle as they adapt to his new play-style, the noticeable weaker kit convinced the developer to look into his numbers for possible improvements.
Elsewhere, the Rek’Sai mini-update has been delayed. Supposedly penned down a release before the mid-season, it will now arrive afterwards.
Furthermore, Riot Games also shared that the highly anticipated mid-season will likely commence with the release of Patch 7.9. It will feature the Tank Class Update, adjusting and reworking champions that come under Vanguards for more personality and purpose in the game.