Taliyah update hits its mark: Reworked Stoneweaver surges back into League meta

The mid-scope update has been a victory for Riot's balance devs.

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Riot Games has hit the perfect note with Taliyah’s recent ‘mid-scope update,’ with the Stoneweaver surging back into the League of Legends metagame in Season 13 in a big way⁠—and, just like the developers planned, the rock mage has found her way back to the mid lane too.

Since her rework, which shipped on May 11, the Stoneweaver has lifted to a strong 51 percent win rate across all League ranked queues and is enjoying a 7.74 percent play rate.

In a victory for Riot, the Taliyah update has also seen her return to the mid lane following an extended run in the jungle. Now, 52.7 percent of Taliyah games see her in the central Summoner’s Rift role, with a further 35.2 percent in the jungle.

Related: Everything you need to know about Taliyah’s mid-scope update

Lead designer August Browning, who helmed the changes, said before Patch 12.9 hit the live servers that Riot was looking to “nerf [her] burst damage and early roaming” and hand Taliyah “significant usability improvements” instead. The biggest of these changes is the return of the area of effect damage on her Threaded Volley. This wave clear means she can successfully lane again.

Her ability to now remove Worked Ground also helps her laning.

The update hasn’t just lured new players onto the Stoneweaver either. Taliyah mains are celebrating the changes and⁠—unlike some League champion communities following other reworks⁠—are returning to the mage in droves.

The one place that Taliyah hasn’t found any success in (yet) is the game’s highest levels of pro play. The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational is only in its early stages, with the star-studded rumble stage kicking off on Friday, but the Stoneweaver hasn’t been picked a single time yet. That’s no major shock, however, considering the premier event is being played on Patch 12.8.

Taliyah’s rework will hit pro play when Summer begins in early June.

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Expect more Taliyah changes after Patch 12.10 too.

According to Riot August, internal League numbers are suggesting Taliyah is “likely overpowered” in the mid lane and is “balanced to slightly weak” in her roaming jungle role right now. Those stats have landed the Stoneweaver right onto the nerfs pile for a future update, pending 12.10 changes.

“[Taliyah] will probably need nerfs in the future,” August revealed on the Stoneweaver’s main Reddit page on Wednesday, “assuming 12.10 doesn’t change much.”