This is why Riot wants to buff Grievous Wounds in patch 1.11

By Christian Vejvad


Dec 16, 2020

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Riot Games is looking to make some significant changes to all Grievous Wounds items in the game for LoL patch 11.1. 

The first patch of 2021 won’t just include changes to champions, but also a lot of changes to items as well. For this patch, one of the biggest changes being made is to Grievous Wounds, which will get a great boost in duration to fight off the scarier healers in the game. 

According to gameplay design director Mark “Scuffy” Yetter, all Grievous Wounds items will get a debuff duration increase from two to three seconds. This might seem like a small change on paper, but getting the duration boosted by 33% can be very significant on Summoner’s Rift. 

So far in the preseason, champions with a lot of healing have been performing very well. Junglers like Fiddlesticks, Nunu & Willump, and Olaf are all topping the win-rate charts and that might be the reasoning behind the Grievous Wound changes. 

Swain in the bot lane has also been a popular pick in solo queue since most marksmen don’t have the damage required to deal with his healing. To counter this, marksmen are forced to build some sort of Grievous Wounds item and hope for the best. It’s not always enough to deal with a Swain, so upping the duration of the debuff will likely be a big indirect nerf to the Noxian Grand General.    

Patch 11.1 will be tested on the Public Beta Environment (PBE) before hitting the live servers at the start of 2021. 

Grievous Wounds items

What is Grievous Wounds?

Grievous Wounds is a debuff in League of Legends that reduces all healing received and other regeneration effects by 40-60%. It’s applied through attacks or spells and is found on specific items in the game. 

Which items have Grievous Wounds?

Grievous Wounds is a very specific debuff, which is why there are only a few select items that provide it. As of December 2020, there are eight items that applies the Grievous Wounds debuff. 

The eight Grievous Wounds items: 

  • Bramble Vest
  • Chempunk Chainsword
  • Chemtech Putrifier
  • Executioner’s Calling
  • Morellonomicon
  • Mortal Reminder
  • Oblivion Orb
  • Thornmail

The one other thing to apply Grievous Wounds is the Summoner Spell Ignite. 

How do you counter Grievous Wounds?

The good thing about Grievous Wounds is that there is no real way to remove the debuff when attacked by an opponent. Grievous Wounds is made as the single tool in League of Legends to counter healing, but there is no effective way of countering it back in response. The only way to remove Grievous Wounds would be to buy Quicksilver Sash and use its item effect, but that won’t be an efficient way to use the item. 

Does Grievous Wounds work on Vladimir?

Grievous Wounds does work against Vladimir. Vladimir is one of the biggest healers in the game, with a lot of self-sustain in his kit. Vladimir is all about dishing out damage while healing himself up and Grievous Wounds is the perfect counter for that. Just like Vladimir, champions such as Soraka, Nami, and other healers can be countered by Grievous Wounds items. 


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