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The Taiwanese Flash Wolves have done well for themselves by becoming the first team this season to qualify for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship. FW has achieved this feat way before the conclusion of their local LMS Summer Playoffs. We are still a hefty 2 months away from the next Worlds but Riot Games already have their sites on their biggest hurrah of the year. The latest comprehensive patch for League of Legends features several changes geared towards achieving a more balanced game for the competitors at Worlds.
Road to Shanghai
Take a trip down the patch notes with fingers crossed as you peruse each champion hoping your favorite mains aren't slapped with nerfs, and your most hated champions gifted with seemingly unfair buffs. Caitlyn takes a rough nerf-hammer hit with the significant damage reduction in her Q beyond the first enemy hit. Fiora and Sion both receive fair buffs to their kit that might breathe a little more life into the top lane meta. Vi may make a return to solo Q jungles with the hefty cooldown reduction on her ultimate.
One of the bigger changes to this patch concerns the wards that most bronze players choose to ignore. Champion on-hit effects will no longer proc while you take time out of your busy laning and enemy-killing schedule to de-ward several places on the map. Now that players preserve their precious on-hit effects for more important Summoner's Rift targets, team fights have the potential to be more gruesome.
Mid-laners are in for a surprise with several mid-lane champions receiving nerfs across the board. Cassiopeia, Corki, LeBlanc, Orianna, and Taliyah receive either decreased damage output on their skills, or increased cooldown time. The patch also comes with the release of three brand new video games, and the new Pentakill Kayle. The notes mention that 7.18 will be the final active patch before Worlds 2017. We have two more patches to go before things get locked in for the biggest League of Legends tournament of the year. Check out the patch notes through the link below to see all of the impending changes this patch.