League of Legends Patch 10.7 is just over a week away. Mark Yetter, the Lead Gameplay Designer for League of Legends, just announced the League of Legends Patch 10.7 preview that includes a list of champions being buffed and nerfed, along with any other changes we should expect in the newest patch.
League of Legends Patch 10.7 Preview: Champion Buffs
Quite a few champions will be receiving buffs in Patch 10.7, including Nasus, Galio, Riven, Ivern, Akali, Kai'Sa, Corki, and Xin Zhao.
From what we know so far, the Galio and Nasus changes are pretty straightforward. On Patch 10.7, Nasus will have his Wither (W) and Fury of the Sands (R) scale alongside his Siphoning Strike (Q). Each set of stacks will increase his Wither cast range up to 800, well past even long range AD carries auto attack range range and increase his size when he casts Fury of the Sands with no limit on his size. The buffs to Galio will only change his Hero's Entrance (R) to give his magic damage shield gained passively by Shield of Durand (W) to his allies for five seconds once he lands.
All other buffs have no specific details yet, although more will come in the next week in the lead up to League of Legends Patch 10.7's release on April 1.
League of Legends Patch 10.7 Preview: Champion Nerfs
Only three champions will be targeted with nerfs on Patch 10.7: newly reworked Wukong, Nocturne, and Garen. The Wukong nerf is not a surprise considering his win rate has trumped that of any other champion on Patch 10.6 at around 55 percent. Given that he'll be receiving a hotfix nerf on Patch 10.6, there's a reason to expect that the changes we'll see on Patch 10.7 won't be nearly as severe and only slight tuning adjustments to make his numbers more balanced in proportion to the rest of the champion pool.
The other two champions receiving nerfs, Garen and Nocturne, are surprising. This is the second patch in a row where Garen will be receiving nerfs, after receiving buff after buff near the start of Season 10 in order to push him back into solo queue and into the jungle on Patches 10.3 and 10.4.
The Nocturne nerf is going to be targeted at his power in mid lane, which is surprising considering that the only time a lane Nocturne was tried in professional play in the past two years, it failed miserably, falling behind more than 50 CS by 15 minutes and falling behind by over 2,000 gold early in the game.
League of Legends Patch 10.7 Preview: Rune Changes
The changes to Phase Rush and Conditioning are pretty simple on Patch 10.7. Phase Rush will be getting another buff for melee champions, which will now receive 40-60 percent extra movement speed when activating the rune as compared to a 30-50 percent movement speed buff on Patch 10.6.
Conditioning will be receiving a nerf that will see the rune activate at 12 minutes instead of at 10 minutes on Patch 10.6. Conditioning is a great rune for tanks that stack armor and magic resist and can survive most early game matchups. But, even in professional play, players will still often opt into Bone Plating over Conditioning, especially in poke heavy matchups, to survive the early game. The change won't appear to have a significant impact, at least as currently established.