League of Legends Patch 7.18 Stabilizes Mid-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.
Due to its nature, the official patch notes do not contain anything particularly aggressive or deep that should worry participating teams and players. That being said, several mid-lane champions have received slight adjustments to “stabilize” the meta for the annual championship.
“Because the stability of this patch is so important, we’re holding back on deeper changes that we’re still investigating, but we’ll be revisiting those champions and items in future patches,” the developer stated.
The base damage of Emperor’s Divide (R) has been increased for Azir ahead of a full rework that is scheduled to arrive in the future. Cassiopeia now does less damage with Twin Fang (E) early on but with increased Ability Power scaling. Lucian, as a recently popular mid-lane bully, has received increased cooldowns on Relentless Pursuit (E) to think hard before going all in. The abundantly reworked Ryze may find it easier to reach his late-game potential a bit earlier with an increased Ability Power ratio on Rune Prison (W).
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.