Riot Games is renowned for posting regular updates, often based aroud nerfs, buffs and hotfixes. However, gameplay lead designer Andre van Roon, aka Riot Meddler, has revealed that League of Legends will be slowing down on the gameplay updates for the game’s champions recently.
This means that Riot will not be reworking champions as often, so although it won’t impact some players, those holding out for a number of critical fixes to certain characters will be forced to miss out until at least the end of 2017. This is because of Riot’s decision to switch focus from gameplay updates to getting the game ready for pre-season. Standard gameplay updates will resume in the beginning of 2018.
What’s important is that players will need to differentiate between gameplay updates and visual gameplay updates. The former focuses on alterations made to champions’ abilities and their style of play, whilst visual gameplay updates are more focused on making sufficient changes to champions to prepare them for the meta, with the latter style of updates set to continue as per.
The most recent champions to have been the subject of a number of major reworks include Evelyn, Urgot and Warwick. The next champions that are scheduled for reworking are Swain, who will be getting a brand new kit, design and lore, and Aatrox, who’s update details are still yet to be fully revealed by Riot.
Hopefully Riot don’t leave champions short of changes that are required by using this method of approaching updates. Either way, it’s only a temporary measure.