With Season 3 coming around (or the pre-season or the itemization changes or whatever) you're going to want to start investing in various champions. Don't worry though, with Hashinshin's Mad Money I'll help you to invest in the right classes for success. No not university classes, League of Legends classes! No, not not classes in the League of Legends, like, archtypes. Yeah, like... oh just forget it. We're going to see who the winners and losers this week are in the LEAAAGUE OF LEGENDS class warfare.
First off, I want to say that although a lot of the news is positive it is negative for some people. Everything is relative. If one class gets stronger all other get weaker in comparison. Likewise, if one class gets weaker all others get stronger in comparison. So with that in mind don't sit there going "hey they didn't specifically say they were buffing X therefore you are a bad person!"
JUNGLERS, the most foresty of them all! INVEST or not BUT PROBABLY EXCEPT IF YOU'RE A FARMER.
The changes to jungle are undeniably going to take some of the power away from lane campers and give power to people who actually need gold. The old double GP10 + sit in brush strategy is going to hopefully die out, but that does do some changes to the power in jungle. First up is Maokai. Maokai is #1 right now. However, Maokai scales like crap but has FANTASTIC base damage + base survivability and due to his ult + passive is not really that focusable in team fights. HOWEVER, take away his HoG, add more gold to other junglers, and other junglers are going to be more powerful with him less powerful.
In addition, because Maokai excells at the "doesn't scale but does fantastic with 1-2 tank items saved up for" game, he currently does amazing in our jungle. Well, if junglers are now getting more gold all of the sudden the junglers that scale better are going to do better, and the junglers that scale worse are going to do worse. Look at it this way, Maokai has a power of 10 with no items, but an item multiplier of 1. Mundo has a power of 7 without items, but an item multiplier of 2. Introduce junglers getting items worth more power quicker and Mundo will shoot up to be stronger than Maokai much faster now. THIS ISN'T TO SAY MOAKAI WILL BE BAD, or even that he won't be the best, I'm merely saying the gap between people like Mundo, Udyr, etc. and Moakai (scaling junglers vs. non-scaling junglers) will be much smaller now.
So I'm saying to you that non-scaling junglers will go down in power (in comparison) and scaling junglers will go up in power (again, in comparison.) Though please note that if a scaling jungler like Yi is just so bad this change won't suddenly put him on Maokai's tier. HOWEVER, when you put them against otther lanes the jungle, even non-scaling ones like Maokai, will go up in power.
Oh and some joke about Nintendo and Sega and the Xbox. I don't really know where I was gonna go with it just think it's funny. I guess the dreamcast came out too early and nobody really cared then the Xbox with its amazing graphics suddenly slammed on to the scene and everyone loved it. The Xbox are the bruisers/melee carries that will jungle now.
BRUISERS! This investment is for you dream investors!
Remember how they said they wanted to improve bruiser itemization? To let Garen build in a way that wasn't 3 sunfire capes? Well that was 2 years ago. Though it's really happening now! We just don't have any proof. While other changes we can see the real changes and for items actually see the real items, for bruisers we're left with "it's really happening this time, we promise!" So if you believe that this time will really be the time and bruisers will be more than tanks, and champions like Renekton might actually have some end game itemization then this patch is for you!
For those of you that have heard this at least 5 times over the last 3 years then I'd invest somewhere else. Remember that kickstarter that promised so much and gave so little? That company you invested in that just took all your money? That's you thinking Bruisers are ever going to build damage.
AP champions! You're like the computer companies of the world.
The world NEEDS computers, and therefore needs computer companies. Like AP champions there will always be a few companies really worth investing in. We just don't know which ones. We also don't know when the dominant ones are going to crash. Apple investors? You might feel a like like Kassadin investors! Basically, AP champions are a solid solid base in that they will ALWAYS be needed and their role on a team will never go away, and often enough 2 of them will be on a team. However, you just don't know which one will be the best. Orianna was like BAM I'm worth a trillion bucks! Out of nowhere.
Basically, AP champions already have the most diverse set of powerful items. They aren't really going to be touched much I think. They're like Apple. They're just sitting there going "release MORE OF THE SAME!"
AD champions! You're going to get nerfed.
Couldn't really think of a more clever way to say this. Haha. Hah. Hahaha. You suck AD champions. YOU SUCK. Anyway, PD is getting nerfed (that's phantom dancer) to lose a lot of movement and some attack speed, and new items are being added/changed. Your itemization will get more diverse, but less powerful any way you build. While some champion might find a build that's clearly amazing and excel with it, it'd be only 1-2 AD champions that find that build. The majority of the "right click wonders" will do worse.
However, seeing as how ADs are #1 right now going in to the "still #1 but less #1 than the previous #1" category is a safe bet. ADs are a stable horse and not going anywhere. Take Google. You pretty much can't do anything without Google. ADs are Google. You can talk about how powerful Apple or Microsoft are compared to each other, but at the end of the day Google controls the world.
Supports, continue your self loathing yet self loving circlejerk.
Since supports never really think anything other than "you're nerfing supports again WHY WHY" lets just say they're nerfing supports to make you happy. For the rest of us though, supports are going to go up in power. With the new item that allows free wards (mathed at somewhere like 8GP10 in wards, but in reality will be more like 6GP10) we will see supports do two important things: A. Always have wards on hand, and B. Get screwed less by spending everything on wards. However, you did lose HoG. BUT, the new ward item gives health. End result? Supports really didn't lose anything, they only gained.
Additionally and most important for support players is that this new ward item upgrades in to a new bigger item, yet RETAINS the warding benefit. You know how Shurelias takes away the GP10? The new bigger ward item will not take away your warding. This will allow supports to fulfill the duties of warding and still have more gold than previously. While the gold gained won't really be THAT much, we can expect to maybe see oooone more item out of supports per game. This might cause an issue with non-scaling supports like Sona getting weaker in comparison, but I think it'll be fine.
Also all that Riot talk about making support's AP scale their buffs to last longer or such? It's just talk. Riot talks a lot. Non-scaling supports will continue to not-scale. The addition of supports being able to buy more items might tip the scales of power a little more towards Fiddlesticks/Zyra/etc. and away from Sona/Taric/etc. but not by enough really. At best we might see one support in a tournament "carrying."
Supports UP. Jungle UP. Bruiser PROBABLY THE SAME MAYBE LESS BECAUSE OF OTHER CLASSES GOING UP. AP THE SAME. AD DOWN. The power shift will probably leave bruisers the worst hit as Junglers will challenge them for early game team fight impact because effectively they do the same thing (get beefy, take hits and do damage) as bruisers. And a lot of the time ARE bruisers. It's typically tank -> jungle, bruiser -> top, but with more gold in jungle we'll probably see stuff like Jax jungle.
So, to summarize non power changes. Bruisers will likely sometimes jungle. Scaling junglers like Mundo or Shyvana or Udyr will go way up in power. AD champions are going to itemize differently and might actually play differently (unlikely though.) AP champs are gonna stay exactly the same. Supports will stop cutting their wrists after they realize they're going to be better.
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