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The Review: Patch 9.9 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.

Kind of an interesting patch, featuring a number of mini-reworks focused on reducing the gap in effectiveness between pro play and solo queue (Aatrox, Rakan, Tahm Kench), adding more dynamic things to do during downtime between core skills (Blitzcrank), or refining the champion's playstyle (Soraka). A few neat rune changes too, but unfortunately this was a bit of a busy week on my end, so I'll have to dig into those on-request.

Simple Champion Changes:

Champ Role Change WR 9.08 ⇒ WR 9.09 PR 9.08 ⇒ PR 9.09
Aatrox Top Mini-Rework 46.48%   ⇑   49.9% 3.06%  ⇑   8.83%
Aatrox Jungle Mini-Rework 41.76%  ⇑   46.39% 0.13%  ⇑   1.69%
Aatrox Middle Mini-Rework 47.3%  ⇑   50.49% 0.53%  ⇑   1.46%
Akali Top Nerf 47.37%  ⇒   46.76% 5.84%  ⇒   4.91%
Akali Middle Nerf 45.97%  ⇒   45.27% 7.28%  ⇒   6.31%
Blitzcrank Support Change 50.39%  ⇘   49.07% 6.31%  ⇒   6.99%
Darius Top Buff 49.54%  ⇗   51.09% 7.64%  ⇗   10.72%
Ekko Middle Buff 49.9%  ⇒   50.44% 3.52%  ⇒   4.32%
Hecarim Top Nerf 52.65%  ⇘   50.2% 4.21%  ⇘   2.44%
Hecarim Jungle Nerf 52.71%  ⇘   50.93% 12.77%  ⇘   10.61%
Jarvan IV Jungle Nerf 51.43%  ⇘   49.20% 20.00%  ⇘   15.15%
Kennen Top Nerf 51.12%  ⇒   50.63% 5.08%  ⇒   4.46%
Kindred Jungle Nerf 50.43%  ⇘   49.44% 5.73%  ⇒   5.55%
Lissandra Middle Buff 46.99%  ⇗   48.12% 2.91%  ⇒   2.72%
Maokai Top Buff 48.98%  ⇗   51.19% 0.92%  ⇒   1.67%
Morgana Middle Nerf 53.02%  ⇘   51.76% 2.96%  ⇒   2.51%
Morgana Support Nerf 50.05%  ⇒   49.52% 12.45%  ⇒   11.33%
Rakan Support Buff 47.77%  ⇗   49.33% 4.04%  ⇒   4.49%
Rek'Sai Jungle Nerf 50.79%  ⇘   48.51% 7.93%  ⇘   4.89%
Shaco Jungle Buff 51.01%  ⇒   50.79% 3.31%  ⇒   3.52%
Shen Top Buff 49.51%  ⇒   50.34% 2.55%  ⇒   3.15%
Soraka Support Change 51.67%  ⇘   50.07% 9.56%  ⇒   9.27%
Sylas Top Buff 46.01%  ⇒   46.34% 2.69%  ⇒   3.14%
Sylas Middle Buff 47.5%  ⇒   47.87% 5.54%  ⇗   7.3%
Tahm Kench Support Change 42.89%  ⇑   46.99% 1.49%  ⇒   1.32%
Volibear Jungle Buff 51.45%  ⇒   51.27% 0.85%  ⇗   1.49%

Notes:

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  • Aatrox: Looks like the changes really hit their mark, at least as far as solo-queue goes. Aatrox returns to being a beast on the top side of the map, seeing massive WR and PR spikes in all three roles with his new power allocation.

  • Blitzcrank: The early-patch bug skews the data on this one a bit, but it's not looking like Blitzcrank is decidedly better off after his changes just yet. Over time I'm sure people will get better at utilizing the new R passive, but we'll see if that makes enough of the difference to cover the gap.

  • Hecarim: As a jungler who had fun abusing this, it was probably necessary. Hecarim was an absolute beast in the jungle, sporting a huge WR and PR for a little while there. Looks like Riot did a good job bringing him back in line without pushing him back to a weak state.

  • Maokai: Looks like Maokai is on his way back.A nice set of simple base damage buffs push Maokai up a full ~2% WR, though his PR has yet to follow.

  • Tahm Kench: While these changes probably don't feel great, they added a ton of solo-queue power back into Tahm's kit, with room to grow. Now that he's working off a healthier design, it'll be interesting to see if Riot continues to buff him towards 50% WR, or if pro play will still be the limited factor.

 


Sources:

LoLTheory - The Review: Patch 9.9 Balance Change Analysis by the Numbers
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