Ornn League of Legends received a foundational set of changes in the latest patch. League of Legends Patch 9.1, released Wednesday, set out expressly to retool Ornn, shrinking his gulf in viability between the ranked and pro levels of play. Here's everything you need to know about his changes.
THESE ORNN CHANGES ARE CRAZY WTF— Zena (@Brookxies) January 9, 2019
Ornn League of Legends: What You Need to Know About His Patch 9.1 Changes
Ornn's changes in League of Legends Patch 9.1 looked to minimize the difference in success rates with the champion at the amateur and pro levels. Riot Games' problems with Ornn were his lack of losing matchups and his ability to crowd control an entire opposing team without placing himself in harm's way or tanking.
As a result, one of the first targets for Riot's changes was Ornn's ultimate, Call of the Forge God (R). It now stuns for significantly less time, and slows less effectively. In general, his slows are less effective — Volcanic Rupture (Q) had its slow capped at its lowest.
On top of these changes to Ornn's crowd control abilities, Ornn gained a significant increase to his defensive base stats and a significant buff to his passive, Living Forge. Upgrades are now free, items give him more armor and magic resist, and weapons come automatically upgraded after level 13.
All in all, the changes make Ornn less effective at stun locking enemy teams and more effective at supporting teammates as a straightforward tank. His passive changes also make him more effective before fights to compensate for his lowered in-fight utility.
Where exactly Ornn stands in the Patch 9.1 meta remains to be discovered, but what is clear is he won't be the crowd control master he once was.
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