Ahead of the Season 11 preseason, Riot has shared their plans for the mid lane agency changes.
Early season 10 was all about Jungle and Top lane changes, however, with all the complaints from the ADC mains Riot later shifted on fixing the AD carry role. And the only role that was escaping from the Riot’s balance team was Mid lane, which eventually caused roaming and assassins champions to dominate the soloq.
At that time when champions like Katarina, Talon, Pyke, and others were causing havoc in the Summoner’s Rift, Riot did nerf most of them and later shared their plans to nerf the mid role in general. However, after getting feedback from the League players Riot decided to push that nerf to after the Worlds patch.
And now, as the Worlds patch is already live, League of Legends’ lead gameplay designer Mark “Scruffy” Yetter has revealed their updated plans to nerf the Mid lane agency.
2021 Preseason Mid Lane Changes:
- Mid lane cannons are worth 10 less gold for the first 14 minutes.
- Mid lane cannons gain 30% additional attack speed when attacking towers.
In order to nerf the mid lane agency, Riot will be nerfing the Mid lane’s cannons gold by 10 for the first 14 minutes. Additionally, Mid lane cannons will also gain 30% extra attack speed while attacking the towers.
“We’re testing a very simplified version of a midlane agency reduction,” Riot Scruffy on Mid lane changes. “Small resource reduction and stronger push threat to punish roaming excessively.”
Despite all the nerfs, most of the roaming mid laners still have around a 52% win rate in the current meta. As the main objective of those champions is to roam as much as possible in the early game to get the team ahead, missing a cannon minion wave while roaming will be much more punishing now.
However, a lot of players are complaining that although the mid lane agency reduction will be great for assassins and roaming champions, it will be more devastating for the mages.
All the preseason changes are expected to hit the PBE very soon and will go live in early November.