League of Legends Patch 9.3 is set to drop Wednesday, bringing new skins, critical hit item adjustments and plenty more to the game. Here are the five biggest changes in League of Legends Patch 9.3
Patch 9.3 notes are live! | https://t.co/pBu9Xc7HK7— Paul Perscheid (@RiotAether) February 5, 2019
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League of Legends Patch 9.3: Akali Nerfs
League of Legends Patch 9.3 rolls out several major changes to champions players have been complaining about. Those nerfs start with Akali. Twilight Shroud (W) no longer hides Akali from turrets, making her a much weaker turret diver. Its cooldown also goes up. On top of that, Five Point Strike (Q) no longer heals Akali, drastically nerfing her lane phase sustain.
League of Legends Patch 9.3: Aatrox Nerfs
Aatrox has remained powerful since his rework, even as Riot Games has worked to bring his relative strength down. League of Legends Patch 9.3 sees his healing from Umbral Dash (E) no longer apply to minions, weakening his laning sustain. The move now also sports a single charge, making it harder for Aatrox to escape a fight once he's committed.
League of Legends Patch 9.3: Camille Nerfs
Camille's changes are fairly minimal, targeting only her Hookshot (E), but it gives a glimpse into Riot's design philosophy with the champion. By removing the minion and monster stun from the ability, Riot is prioritizing Camille in top lane over her jungling abilities.
League of Legends Patch 9.3: Irelia Changes Continue
Irelia's rework last patch continues in League of Legends Patch 9.3. Ionian Fervor (Passive) now gives attack speed per stack plus on-hit damage when fully stacked. Riot Games intends this as a reduction to her burst damage in initiation.
Defiant Dance (W) also received a change, dropping its protection against magic damage while raising its physical defense. This should allow magic users to counter her more easily even as it makes her a stronger AD counter.
League of Legends Patch 9.3: Crit Item Rework
Critical hit chance items received a massive number of changes, with new items joining the lineup and old ones seeing adjustments. Most of the changes center around Infinity Edge, which no longer gives true damage crits. Instead, it has a stronger boost to crit chance itself. As a result, carries who pick it up will fare better against squishies in the early game while losing effectiveness against late game tanks.
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