Riot is planning to nerf Aphelios already

He's a little too strong, apparently.

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Less than two weeks after being released, Aphelios is set to receive minor nerfs in time for League of Legends Patch 9.24b.

The five-weapon wielding AD carry has come out of the gates swinging. His win rate might not be anything to write home about just yet, but his damage potential and his ability to swing a game into his favor can’t be ignored.

It’s early days for Aphelios and his innate complexity means players have had a hard time finding their groove with the champion. But it’s clear that some aspects of his kit are still a little too strong, according to Riot. He isn’t dominating the ladders just yet, but that could change in the weeks and months to come, similar to other previously underestimated champions. 

To hold Aphelios back before he gets out of control, Riot is targeting his Infernum-empowered ultimate and his Calibrum-empowered marks. They aren’t the biggest changes and they shouldn’t affect his standing too much, but they’ll set him back a peg or two. 

The bonus attack damage on his Infernum-empowered ultimate is being reduced from 0.4 to 0.3 attack damage, and its explosive radius is being decreased from 500 to 400 range. The bonus attack damage on Calibrum marks is also being reduced from 0.4 to 0.3 attack damage. 

These aren’t major nerfs, but they do path a way for the future of the champion. No one can determine Aphelios’ power level in this early stage of his release. If the nerfs don’t go according to plan, Riot may have to reevaluate its course of action.

Patch 9.24b is expected to release next week.