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What do League of Legends pros think of the Patch 12.10 durability update?

We caught up with pro players from the LEC and LCS to get their opinions on how the Patch 12.10 durability update has affected professional League.

  • Posted on 21st Jun, 2022 09:34 AM
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It’s been almost a month since the release of the durability patch in League of Legends – a huge update that aimed to reduce burst damage and increase survivability for every champion in the game. The durability update was well-received by the League community – but what do the pros think?

Re-learning your limits

What do League of Legends pros think of the Patch 12.10 durability update?Nisqy doesn’t think the durability meta is anywhere close to being solved.

A core tenet of pro play in League of Legends is the fact that you’re constantly forced to relearn your limits. 

Damage in LoL fluctuates wildly, at no time moreso than now, and that means you can never rely on what you think the damage of an ability is going to be. One patch could completely change the interaction between that ability and your health bar, and the only way to understand that properly is by limit testing. Whether that be through niche picks or risky trades in lane, you can only ever learn in League by getting things wrong once or twice to find the optimal pick or play. 

MAD Lions mid laner Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer doesn’t think the 12.10 meta is even close to being ‘solved’, even after a month on the patch (and its subsequent tweaks in 12.11). 

“There’s still some methods to be discovered, I believe. Right now I think everyone is kind of sticking to what they played last split – but I think in like a week or two or three, we’ll have a meta where I think we’re just going to see scaling mid laners and tanks everywhere.”

The mentality is a little different over in NA – or at least from Tatical’s perspective. He explained that “everyone is completely used to the new patch.”

“No one can even really imagine what it was like before the durability patch because we’ve played so many games. I have no memory. If I had to play on the old patch right now, I’d say it’s a completely different game. Hopefully, I can say that most players would be adjusted by now, given most of us play all day.”

In hindsight, was the durability update necessary?

What do League of Legends pros think of the Patch 12.10 durability update?Treatz is a vocal supporter of the durability update, and claims it’s made the game much more enjoyable from both a solo queue and a pro play perspective.

The pro consensus on this is generally, yes. For pro players, the durability update has brought a breath of life back to a game that, for many, was beginning to get more than a little stale. It’s resolidified the individual strengths and weaknesses of each role, and has brought back strength to the AD Carry role (which is a good thing, depending on who you ask.)

SK Gaming support Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessen sees very little wrong with the durability update after the month of practice.

“I really like it, personally. I’ve always said that damage was too high in this game, and it felt like all the roles in the game were merged into one where everyone just has a bunch of damage and tanks aren’t really tanks.”

The only issues he foresees are with how tanky turrets have become. Tower diving has become much, much more difficult now, and that can significantly slow down the pace of games – something we’ve already seen in the LCK and LCS. 

But it’s a potential problem with a fairly simple fix. “If the games are too slow and Riot wants to fix it,” explains Treatz, “then they might just nerf the towers again and make it easier to dive.”

Tactical agrees, saying the patch helped clarify and simplify the confusing damage numbers and role overlaps in League. “It’s all about damage recalculation and knowing your limits and being able to see different picks come out because they don’t get one shot by the enemy support. I think it was a very good patch because it feels like everything makes a bit more sense.”

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