It’s time for League of Legends patch 10.5!
Patch 10.5 is now live and it brings key changes for the top laners. Riot Games said that it was committed to making the top lane experience better so the players feel like they have an impact on the game. The changes keep coming and Riot additionally addresses those pesky enchanting supports that keep flexing to the top lane.
Patch 10.5 marks the release of Eternals, the starter pack is available for blue essence.
So far, Season 10 has been largely defined by Soraka and Sona in the top lane. Previous updates targeted these champions directly but seems like it’s not enough to stop them. Patch 10.5 makes two key changes that hopefully will discourage players from taking certain champions to the top lane.
The first change targets the support items. Spellthief’s Edge and Spectral Sickle now require an ally, dead or alive, within 2,000 range. Taking this item to the solo lanes is no longer viable.
The second change affects the turrets and turret plates. Turret plates now grant 160 gold instead of 120. Turrets take 17% less damage from ranged champions and are more resilient against group pushes. Solo laners, in particular top laners, will benefit more from pushing for a solo turret in lane than from grouping as four to take bot lane control.
Patch 10.5 targets a handful of champions, but these changes are not significant enough to impact the current state of the meta. The highlights of patch 10.5 are Kai’Sa, Graves, and surprisingly enough, Sona.
Kai’Sa is a constant in the meta patch after patch. She’s not high in the priority list but is a pocket pick that can work in different situations. The small buffs improve the late game for Kai’Sa, one of her weak points against champions like Aphelios or Senna that get better over time.
Graves fell off the radar for most players a long time ago. It’s not that Graves is a bad champion, but there are way better options available. Patch 10.5 gives Graves back some of his powers.
It’s hard to keep up with Sona these days, the champion is getting nerfed one patch and buffed the next one. In patch 10.5, Sona gets better AD damage and the movement speed on her E improves. Remember, Riot does not want Sona to be a solo laner.
In patch 10.4, Riot added new mechanics to make certain champions viable in the jungle. In patch 10.5, Mordekaiser, Poppy, and Darius are getting additional stats.
The full patch notes are available on Riot Games’ website.