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League of Legends patch 14.9 preview: another Skarner nerf, Karma, Seraphine, Amumu buffs, hitbox fixes

League of Legends developers shared the changes of patch 14.9. Over 20 champions will be rebalanced, including Nilah, Akshan, Evelynn, Malhazar, and others. Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison dove into details on X, focusing on Skarner and Draven.

Draven: We know Draven is one of these champions that typically belongs in category 1.

We don't believe he's overpowered, but he's certainly pretty frustrating, especially as he comes back into meta. We'll be monitoring his frustration closely and expect it to go down over time.

Skarner: A combination of fixing Skarner's rec items, players learning his optimizations (e.g. Q before E) and shifting him into Jungle led him to be pretty powerful in this patch. We're hitting him with another nerf. He's turned out to be pretty Elite skewed (hard spiking on level 9, as well as optimization heavy). We're thinking about ways to even out his skew between roles (ideally Jungle and Top are both viable, but with Top having a healthy lane pattern and Jungle being a primary role)

Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison
Source: Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison on X
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Matt also revealed the game will get a hitbox update, which will make them fit the expectations of players.

Champion hitboxes have been pretty inconsistent for a long time and consistency lover Phreak found an opportunity to do a pass. This will mean things like champions will be more consistent to click on (both click to attack and select), champions will more consistently have hitboxes that feel in line with their size (eg. Warwick and Briar will not be Yordle-sized and Viktor will not be much larger to click on than Leona)

Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison

Patch 14.9 will come out on May 1, 2024. Mid-Season Invitational kicks off on the same day, but the tournament will use the previous update, 14.8.

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