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Power trend: How patch 4.6 affected 'League of Legends' champions

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Each and every patch released by Riot Games affects various League of Legends champions. Whether there are buffs, nerfs, or simple item changes, following every one of these releases, players must adapt and change up their champion roster to make sure they are competing to the best of their ability.

In Power Trend we examine each and every patch, giving you insight as to what champions you should be on the lookout for. With the recent release of patch 4.6, there are a good amount of changes that you should be aware of before heading back out onto Summoner's Rift.

Aatrox
Aatrox Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Aatrox

Aatrox remains largely unchanged except for a slight bug fix but it is one that does in essence "nerf" him.

"Fixed a bug where the stance effect would sometimes trigger every 2 attacks instead of 3," reads the official patch notes.

Power-Trend: Down Slightly.

Gragas
Gragas Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Gragas

In this patch Riot got rid of Gragas' slow while channeling his Drunken Rage (W). Combined with a cooldown reduction to 12 seconds at all ranks (from 16/15/14/13/12) on his Body Slam (E), and our drunken friend is trending slightly up.

Power-Trend: Slightly Up.

Kassadin
Kassadin Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Kassadin

Kassadin was nerfed a little too hard in his rework and therefore Riot is compensating for that fact giving him some extra base movement speed (up 10 to 350) and more mana per level (up 25 to 70).

His Null Sphere (Q) and Nether Blade (W) were buffed to 40/80/120/160/200 (+0.8 ability power) and 40/75/110/145/180 (+0.7 ability power) from 40/70/100/130/160 (+0.3 ability power) and 40/65/90/115/140 (+0.6 ability power), respectively.

Power-Trend: Up.

Maokai
Maokai Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Maokai

For a long time Maokai's tooltip was incorrect and this time around Riot has finally corrected it to match those values, in essence giving him a buff. His Arcane Smash (Q) now slows by 20/27/34/41/48 and percent compared to the previous 20/25/30/35/40 percent.

While he's still far from a preferred pick, this does serve as a good omen for Maokai fans.

Power-Trend: Slightly Up.

Rengar
Rengar Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Rengar

After his rework Rengar was lacking some power so Riot Games is making him a little more fierce. His Savagery and Empowered Savagery now play 40% faster meaning you'll now have less time to mistakenly cancel an auto-attack.

The regular Savagery now does 30/60/90/120/150 bonus damage instead of the former 20/40/60/80/100 while the Empowered version deals 30-240 scaling based on Rengar's level from 20-235 by champion level.

Thrill of the Hunt (R) also received some slight changes when it comes to vision and overall our kitty is a little more formidable.

Power-Trend: Up.

Rumble
Rumble Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Rumble

Rumble fans are ecstatic with the 4.6 buffs to him as they finally reward riskier plays. His Scrap Shild (W) now gives him an extra 50 percent shield and movement speed bonus (both up from 25 percent) when in Danger Zone. Electro Harpoon (E) on a very similar note now does 50 percent extra damage and slows by the same amount, again while he is in Danger Zone.

Power-Trend: Up.

Twitch
Twitch Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Twitch

With the launch of the Twitch visual update Riot didn't really change much other than adding a range indicator to his Contaminate (E) which will help all Twitch players perform slightly better.

Power-Trend: Slightly Up.

Master Yi
Master Yi Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Master Yi

With the release of Feral Flare, Master Yi suddenly became one of the best junglers in the game. As is often the case with him, a single change can make him the best choice or one of those relegated to the shadows. With Wriggle's Lantern being slightly more expensive (1800 gold instead of 1650 gold) and taking five more minions to transform (30 large monster kills) Yi is not quite as easy to snowball with.

Power-Trend: Very Slightly Down.

Xin Zhao
Xin Zhao Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Xin Zhao

In a similar situation to Yi, Xin Zhao also rose to prominence due to Feral Flare. And with the slight nerfs to that item it's a bit harder to destroy the enemy team in the early game.

Power-Trend: Very Slightly Down.

Nocturne
Nocturne Photo courtesy of Riot Games, used with permission.

Nocturne

Nocturne is a little more powerful than Xin Zhao but not as over powered as Yi, however the huge warding range that comes with Feral Flare means Nocturne can more reliably gank on his own terms. With it taking longer for Wriggle's Lantern to upgrade, Nocturne takes a little longer to be that great.

Power-Trend: Very Slightly Down.

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