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The Review: Patch 9.04 Balance Change Analysis by the Numbers

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Hey all! Welcome back to The Review, where I use charts and numbers to talk about what Riot's most recent balance patch actually affected, and by how much.

Looks like things are finally starting to settle down, as Patch 9.04 focused much more on balancing numbers for individual champions/items than on systemic changes, with only one significant rework coming through (Conqueror). Gonna be a shorter post than usual today, but what the charts lack in quantity they more than make up for in sheer size.

Simple Champion Changes:

Champion Role Change WR 9.03 ⇒ WR 9.04 PR 9.03 ⇒ PR 9.04
Azir Middle Buff 44.99%   ⇗   47.37% 1.64%   ⇗   3.49%
Gnar Top Buff 47.16%   ⇒   47.68% 1.77%   ⇒   2.17%
Hecarim Jungle Buff 48.08%   ⇒   48.12% 2.65%   ⇗   4.70%
Karthus Jungle Nerf 51.05%   ⇘   49.00% 6.49%   ⇒   4.26%
Karthus Middle Nerf 51.24%   ⇘   49.28% 2.10%   ⇒   1.55%
Lucian Bottom Nerf 51.41%   ⇘   49.95% 23.23%   ⇒   21.05%
Rek'Sai Jungle Buff 50.51%   ⇗   52.07% 1.15%   ⇑   8.73%
Rengar Top Bugfix/Nerf 51.12%   ⇒   51.10% 2.20%   ⇒   2.39%
Rengar Jungle Bugfix/Nerf 49.73%   ⇒   49.77% 5.23%   ⇒   4.71%
Sivir Bottom Bugfix/Nerf 52.55%   ⇒   52.28% 14.41%   ⇒   14.60%
Sylas Top Buff/QoL 48.06%   ⇒   48.89% 5.93%   ⇒   6.41%
Sylas Jungle Buff/QoL 44.71%   ⇗   47.30% 2.87%   ⇒   2.67%
Sylas Middle Buff/QoL 47.30%   ⇗   49.48% 6.15%   ⇒   6.77%
Thresh Support Nerf 51.09%   ⇒   50.08% 28.80%   ⇒   27.18%
Trundle Top Buff 44.69%   ⇒   45.50% 0.55%   ⇒   0.92%
Trundle Jungle Buff 46.73%   ⇒   47.66% 0.59%   ⇒   1.01%
Urgot Top Nerf 49.27%   ⇓   43.41% 8.17%   ⇓   3.33%
Varus Bottom Bugfix/Buff 46.11%   ⇒   47.76% 2.04%   ⇒   2.53%
Yasuo Top Nerf 52.02%   ⇓   48.96% 4.83%   ⇒   4.52%
Yasuo Middle Nerf 51.55%   ⇘   48.93% 11.78%   ⇒   10.82%
Yasuo Bottom Nerf 55.22%   ⇓   51.41% 1.12%   ⇒   1.49%
Zed Middle Change/Buff 50.36%   ⇒   51.31% 10.95%   ⇗   13.91%

Notes:

  • Karthus: Much needed nerfs to Karthus knocks him down a peg in both jungle in mid lane.

  • Lucian: W changes bring Lucian to a sub-50% WR for the first time in recent memory, though he remains a staple ADC pick, sitting over 21% PR.

  • Rek'Sai: Honestly, as a jungle main, there were stretches where I completely forgot this champion existed. She's certainly now though, as the buffs coupled with improved ultimate reliability worked wonders.

  • Sylas: A seemingly small buff, but Sylas's metrics continue to trend upwards as time goes on.

  • Urgot: I think this is the nerf that does Urgot in, at least in solo queue. 43% WR. Oof.

  • Varus: Classified as a bug fix, but a large one that gave Varus a noticeable WR bump. Still a long ways away from meta though.

  • Yasuo: A well deserved nerf across the board, in my completely biased opinion. Yasuo was positively destructive in solo queue last patch, drawing a massive ban ran and performing well above 50% in three positions. Nerf looks like it knocked him back down to size.

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Conquerer:

The Change:

REMOVED:

THE OLD THING: After 4 seconds in combat, your first basic attack against an enemy champion grants 6-35 attack damage (levels 1-18) for 3 seconds and converts 20% of your damage against champions to true damage. Melee champions can refresh the duration by damaging an enemy champion.

NEW:

THE NEW THING: Damaging attacks and abilities grant 2-10 adaptive force (levels 1-18) for 2 seconds (8 seconds for melee), stacking up to 5 times to a max of 10-50. At 5 stacks, 10% of your damage against champions is converted to true damage and you heal for that amount.

ATTRITION: Damage-over-time effects and ongoing sources of damage (ex. Yorick's R – Maiden of the Mist) can grant one stack every 5 seconds

The Numbers:

Champions Taking Conqueror in >1/4 Games, Patch 9.04

*WROR = Win Rate Over Replacement: Compares WR to WR of the champion all games it is not running Conqueror

Champion Role Conq WR 9.03 ⇒ 9.04 Conq PR 9.03 ⇒ 9.04 WROR 9.03 ⇒ WROR 9.04
Irelia Top 48.68%   ⇒   49.60% 98.15%   ⇒   98.12% 5.16%   ⇒   5.85%
Irelia Middle 45.95%   ⇗   47.98% 97.96%   ⇒   97.38% 7.01%   ⇘   4.85%
Yasuo Top 52.26%   ⇘   49.19% 95.90%   ⇒   94.45% 5.68%   ⇘   4.01%
Yasuo Middle 51.77%   ⇘   49.22% 96.36%   ⇒   93.91% 5.90%   ⇘   4.69%
Yasuo Bottom 55.53%   ⇓   51.58% 94.96%   ⇒   93.71% 6.11%   ⇘   2.55%
Jax Top 50.42%   ⇗   52.43% 90.97%   ⇒   93.62% 4.39%   ⇘   6.90%
Olaf Top 50.30%   ⇗   51.90% 82.85%   ⇗   92.13% 4.15%   ⇒   4.87%
Riven Top 50.69%   ⇗   53.39% 88.66%   ⇒   91.81% 1.28%   ⇑   4.62%
Darius Top 50.34%   ⇒   50.51% 84.37%   ⇒   84.01% 2.85%   ⇒   3.06%
Tryndamere Top 49.38%   ⇒   47.83% 93.48%   ⇘   82.95% 4.53%   ⇘   0.40%
Draven Bottom 51.78%   ⇒   51.89% 91.69%   ⇘   82.83% 2.88%   ⇘   0.78%
Fiora Top 48.04%   ⇒   48.57% 75.68%   ⇒   81.85% 0.22%   ⇘   1.70%
Riven Middle 49.18%   ⇒   49.84% 75.71%   ⇒   81.65% 1.44%   ⇒   1.63%
Yorick Top 53.18%   ⇒   53.30% 78.01%   ⇒   81.54% 0.86%   ⇗   2.37%
Kled Top 51.78%   ⇗   54.12% 54.77%   ⇗   78.73% 0.65%   ⇑   4.97%
Rek'Sai Jungle 49.15%   ⇗   52.28% 0.79%   ⇑   75.45% -1.38%   ⇗   0.83%
Master Yi Jungle 50.64%   ⇗   53.44% 44.11%   ⇑  62.46% 1.68%   ⇑   5.65%
Renekton Top 48.20%   ⇗   51.05% 26.71%   ⇑   60.16% -0.20%   ⇑   3.56%
Jax Jungle 49.92%   ⇗   52.76% 24.50%   ⇑   50.60% -0.07%   ⇗   2.76%
Trundle Top 44.51%   ⇗   46.36% 25.41%   ⇑   46.94% -0.25%   ⇗   1.61%
Azir Middle —   ⇒   47.63% —   ⇑   46.34% —   ⇒   0.48%
Kayn Jungle 50.50%   ⇗   52.23% 29.61%   ⇗   44.31% 1.01%   ⇗   2.93%
Camille Top 50.75%   ⇗   52.38% 20.40%   ⇑   43.61% 0.39%   ⇗   3.08%
Akali Top 45.42%   ⇗   48.32% 8.92%   ⇑   35.75% 1.00%   ⇗   3.80%
Rengar Top 51.72%   ⇗   53.16% 6.63%   ⇑   35.72% 0.63%   ⇗   3.20%
Illaoi Top 51.28%   ⇒   51.64% 22.07%   ⇒   28.35% 0.90%   ⇗   2.17%
Mordekaiser Top 51.10%   ⇒   51.11% 1.52%   ⇑   26.51% 1.17%   ⇗   2.52%
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TL;DR: Everybody that took old conqueror still runs the new one, as well as a few new champions (Rek'Sai, Azir, Akali, Rengar, & Morde). Most champions like it more than they did last patch, while many heavy auto-attackers/combo casters (Jax/Yi/Renekton/Riven) really love it. Only notable drop in performance not coupled with changes elsewhere is Tryndamere.  


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