Riot Games has revealed the patch preview for League of Legends Patch 12.18, which is the patch that this year’s League World Championship will be played on. In the patch, 12 champions are set to receive balance updates, with four receiving direct buffs.
Perhaps the most notable champion to receive a targeted buff in Patch 12.18 is Ashe, who will have her capabilities as an ADC buffed before Worlds. In recent weeks, Ashe has been seeing play at the support position more so than she has as a marksman. In major regions, 57 percent of her total picks this Summer Split have come as a support, according to League stats site Games of Legends.
Two “old reliable” champions in Lee Sin and Thresh are also being buffed ahead of Worlds. Although there have been stronger alternative picks in pro play at their respective positions of jungle and support this split, Lee Sin and Thresh remain stalwart picks for pro players at those positions, considering their historic popularity.
Should they receive substantial buffs ahead of Worlds, Thresh and Lee Sin should be relatively viable picks in the hands of pro players who have, no doubt, used them to some degree.
The only other champion to receive a direct buff will be Nasus, who has been a non-factor in professional play for several years.
Two champions will receive adjustments in the patch: Maokai and Udyr.
Maokai’s adjustments will focus on the champion’s ability to perform well as a jungler, while Udry’s will look to reshape his build path. It’s unclear at this time whether these adjustments will ultimately hurt or help these two champions and the potential impact they could have on the Worlds meta.