Since this is the patch the 2014 All-Star tournament will be played on, we’re taking it a little easy on the changes. After 4.5’s laundry list, here’s what we’re tackling next.
Reworks: We've released a number of reworks over the past few patches and we're committed to following up to get these champs to a better place. We saw quick opportunities to polish up Kassadin, Gragas and Rengar. We also have plans for Skarner, but we're going to keep him in the lab a little longer. You can read about our specific design intentions below, but the general theme (for all of the above) is to make these reworked champions more unique within their role while still preserving game health.
Top lane: We're particularly aware of low champion diversity - especially in competitive play. The current state of top lane is a couple of champs go to fight on an island and that makes the balancing act tricky. We know that nerfs won’t work because taking down today’s bullies (hi Renekton!) means that others would rise to the spot. Instead, we're going to be buffing(!) champions over time that have teamfight-oriented, healthy gameplay. In this vein we have changes in store for Jarvan IV, Malphite, Rumble and more, but Rumble is the only one shipping because he’s the only one done. Stay tuned, as this will be an ongoing project.
SEASON 4 - PATCH 4.5SOLO QUEUE TIER LIST SEASON 4 UPDATE
So Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls pulled me away for a little while, but I've finally managed to wrench myself from the rifts back to well...Summoner's Rift. Anyway, the new 4.5 patch introduced some new items, most importantly Feral Flare. Check out the list below!
With the last patch introduction of new items, the meta seems to be shifting away from mid lane having the most impact more towards top and jungle. This last patch definitely had a lot of movements, so I'll be doing a few between patch updates just to keep it up to date.