League of Legends Patch 7.18 Buffs Top-Lane Meta for Worlds

The much-awaited Patch 7.18 is finally here and is what the 2017 League of Legends World Championship will run on when it commences later this month.

Riot Games wants stability above everything else and is the reason that the official patch notes do not contain anything particularly aggressive or deep. Perhaps that notion has more do with overly improving a specific set of champions because the top-lane has been buffed flat out. It might convince participating players to revisit their team compositions for the championship.

The bonus movement speed from Duelist’s Dance (Passive) has been increased for Fiora, which is now granted by Grand Challenge (R) as well. Nautilus now has a flat mana cost for Dredge Line (Q) across all ranks, half of which is refunded upon hitting terrain. Ryze, jumping between mid- and top-lane, has received increased Ability Power ratio for Rune Prison (W) in order to reach his terrifying late-game a bit earlier.

Then there are few minor adjustments. The base health of Gnar has been very slightly reduced and Rumble gets a new color indicator for Junkyard Titan (Passive) that turns orange when it is about to heat up.

Besides the top-lane, several mid-lane champions have also received adjustments to “stabilize” the meta in time for the championship. However, these are perhaps not

The 2017 League of Legends World Championship will begin on September 23 and run through to November 4. It will be hosted by China with a brand new tournament format, with the grand finals taking place in the famous Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest.

The prestigious event will feature over a dozen faces in the casting lineup. Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere and James “Dash” Patterson will once again be acting as hosts, with several popular and known faces joining the desk. This includes Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith from South Korea, Trevor “Quickshot” Henry from Europe, and David “Phreak” Turley from North America.