Not long ago Kai’Sa was one of the most dominant champions in the bot lane. After the introduction of bigger and better marksmen to League of Legends, and repeated nerfs to her kit, though, she’s fallen to the bottom of the standings. Riot aims to fix her in its latest patch and help her to thrive again in the metagame.
In Patch 10.4, Kai’Sa has dropped down to a 45.63 percent win rate in platinum and above—by far the lowest in her position. Games are faster than ever, and her lack of range, and the time it takes her to scale, means she never has the chance to get off the ground.
Riot is targetting the Daughter of the Void’s Icanthian Rain (Q) and Void Seeker (W) evolves in Patch 10.5, adding greater trade-offs between the two abilities. It’s being conservative with its approach to balancing, though, due to Kai’Sa’s historical power in pro play.
The AP ratio on Kai’Sa’s Q is being reduced from 0.4 to 0.3, while its quantity of evolved missiles is being increased from 10 to 12. When taking on an AP focused build, this might be a slight nerf, however, when considering AD ratios, and the damage increase from the two added missiles, Kai’Sa Q will almost certainly deal increased damage.
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