Akshan Receives Massive Buff on Patch 12.20

Soumyo Deb
By Soumyo Deb
3 Min Read

One of League of Legends’ most controversial champions, Akshan, receives a massive buff in patch 12.20.

League of Legends, released over a decade ago, has over 160 unique champions. One of the recent and controversial ones is Akshan.

Akshan was released in the middle of 2021 during the Ruination/Sentinels of Light event. And being a newer champion, he was highly controversial. The main reason was that his kit was extremely bloated with passives. For example, his W has a revive passive, where if an enemy kills an ally and then Akshan kills the enemy back, his dead ally killed by the said enemy is resurrected. Furthermore, his W has another passive where he can see the trail of the enemy who killed his ally.

Like his W, all his kits had at least one passive alongside its active. Because of this and partially because pros didn’t get enough time to learn him, Akshan was banned in Worlds 2021.

Even though his kit was strong in hindsight, in solo queue, Akshan was very clunky to play with. Primarily due to his E and R being very inconsistent.

Akshan E is called Heroic Swing. It is essentially a grappling hook. Upon casting his E, he fires a hook in the target direction that embeds in the first terrain hit. And then, Akshan can swing in the target direction. Unfortunately, this ability is very inconsistent. If Akshan moves or gets cc’ed in the process, the ability will end prematurely. Moreover, this ability often does not work because of League’s dated net code (League’s tick rate is only 30Hz). This net code is the reason why Akshan’s ultimate is also inconsistent.

Read more: Caitlyn Has Received New Ability Icons on League of Legends Patch 12.21.

Akshan Buff Patch 12.20

  • E – Heroic Swing:
    • Swing Duration: 3 seconds ⇒ infinite

Akshan E received a massive buff in this new patch, 12.20. In this buff, his’ E-swing duration went from 3 seconds to infinite.

Primarily it will create some memes, as Akshan can swing to a tower infinitely now. But it will help roamers swing at tight corners or angles.

This patch should incentivize Akshan mains to roam and help the other lanes even more.

Soumyo Deb is a League of Legends writer at GameRiv and a dedicated Jungle Main. When he is not writing about the latest League news, he is testing out various off-meta champions in the jungle.