The Sheriff of Piltover Arrives Early in LoL Patch 9.10

Wyatt Fossett,

May 17, 2019 9:17 PM

Three Keys to League of Legends Patch 9.10: Yuumi the Magical Cat is here, alongside buffs to Caitlyn and Soraka.

With all of the hectic action happening at the Mid-Season Invitational, it’s easy to forget that there is still a game you can play at home. While the tournament remains on an older patch for consistency in competition, the public was gifted with League of Legends patch 9.10 this week.

Battle Academia Skins are here!
Battle Academia Skins are here!

Plenty of changes in both buffs and nerfs come through on Patch 9.10 which launched on Wednesday. Part of the patch was the launch of the newest League of Legends champion Yuumi the Magical Cat

Before we get into the biggest changes, you can check out the entire list of Patch Notes from Version 9.10.

Here are your three keys to Patch 9.10

You Are on This Council...

...but we do not grant you rank of Master. 

In League of Legends patch 9.10 some pretty big changes come to Master Yi, as he has begun to tear through solo queues of every range once again. 

“We want to increase the satisfaction on key parts of Master Yi's kit while nerfing him in ways that'll help out those who don't know how to counter him. Those with more experience won't find Master Yi significantly better or worse, but he won't continue to dominate in average play,” writes Riot Aether in the Patch Notes.

The removal of cast times on Alpha Strike and Meditate might make Master Yi seem more positive overall, but it ultimately makes him easier to counter. Wuju Style no longer grants Master Yi a 10% damage buff while the ability is not on cooldown, which will make it more work in the item shop to do crazy damage. 

Most importantly, the Beta Strike version of Alpha Strike will keep Yi from doing a whole lot of damage against enemies that are alone. 

Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

Yet another patch with buffs to a relatively overpowered champion. Soraka has been terrorizing all games at most levels of rank, and with recent buffs in Patch 9.9, Riot is leaning Soraka more into support and further away from weirdly broken AP mage in solo lanes. 

“Following up on the 9.9 changes to Soraka, since we missed on the power level a bit back then. These changes should be significant enough that Starcall's haste should now be a relevant factor when Soraka and her allies make heat-of-the-moment choices,” writes Riot Aether. 

Soraka’s granted movement speed is raised across the board on successful Starcall hits, and it decays a lot less rapidly. Hopefully, in a world of tank supports, the continued tweaks will bring Soraka back into the mainstream. 

Early Bird Gets Headshots

For months now, the strength of Caitlyn as an ad-carry has always been mid to late game, and those that played the champion would have to maintain relative coolness as they progressed past the early game. 

With patch 9.10, the bonus damage done by Caitlyn to enemies who get stuck in her traps is increased a significant amount, and will make the early game that much easier for the Piltover sharpshooter.

It looks like this will be the last patch released during the Mid-Season Invitational, and we’re excited to see what everyone is going to do with these changes, especially on the pro stage. 

Have you tried playing with, as, or against Yuumi yet? What are your thoughts on League of Legends’ newest support?


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