After dominating the last couple of patches, Ezreal is finally getting a nerf, while Varus is receiving yet another nerf on patch 10.14.
For the last couple of patches, Riot Games has been focusing on ADC. First, they buffed most of the ADCs on patch 10.11 in order to make them relevant in the meta. Some champions are still struggling with the buff, but there are a few ADCs who were dominating even without the buffs on patch 10.11. Ezreal and Varus were one of them.
Ezreal Nerf Patch 10.14
- E Cooldown: 25-13 >>> 28-16
Ezreal has been the highest-picked ADC for the entire season 10 now. As he didn’t get any kind of nerfs on season 10, he had around a 40% pick rate while maintaining the highest win rate in League of Legends on patch 10.12. But as on patch 10.13, both the Conqueror and Death’s Dance got nerfed, Ezreal’s win rate dropped to 50%, although his pick rate remained the same.
League of Legends communities were questioning Riot Games as to why Ezreal was escaping from the nerf list for so long. And finally, on patch 10.14, Riot has decided to take away some of his strength back.
Varus Nerf Patch 10.14
- Q Max damage AD ratio: 150% >>> 125-145% (by rank)
- Q Min damage: 100% >>> 83-97%
- E Base damage: 70-210 >>> 50-210
Until his nerf on patch 10.12, Varus had around an 80% ban rate in Korean Master+ Elo and around a 50% ban rate in the rest of the world. This resulted in getting nerfs on patch 10.12, where they nerfed his AD per level and Q damage.
But it seems like Varus is still powerful in the Pro plays, even with that previous nerf. Although his win rate in Plat+ Elo is below 50% now on patch 10.13, his presence is higher elo is still strong. As a result, Riot is planning to nerf him once again on patch 10.14.