a couple days ago we were on a 10 game win streak in normals because we banned jarvan every game https://imgur.com/a/dtGOSQuote from Vayatir »Jarvan is fun but man I'm tired of him being everywhere in the meta, his base damage is too high and his ult is so oppressive to immobile champions. I think it's time for him to exit stage left, he's had his time this year.
I came up with a discussion topic after talking about Ekko with Mark yesterday! My question is: for your main champions, how do you feel preseason has affected them with the addition of runes reforged? do you like them better now or think they're more healthy?
Ekko: I have a lot more to say about Ekko than anyone else. I think he's healthier for the game now. If you were unfamiliar with Ekko in the past, the strategy with him was to take AP in quints, glyphs, and 2 AP marks or seals. If you started Dorans Ring/Dark Seal and also had Double Edged Sword in runes, this made you hit a benchmark where your rank 1 timewinder could kill the caster creeps with two casts, provided you hit the throw and return of it. Ekko is not a good early laner, however this let him bypass his weaker early game and get all ins early since he always had wave priority and level 2 first, I think the only champion that could outshove him was Aurelion Sol. Now if you do this you miss all your farm. So now, you have to play like Fizz and Diana and other melee assassins level 1, you have to play like a ***** until level 3 when you get rank 2 in Timewinder where you can shove again. This isn't a straight nerf however, because aside from missing the ap setup and attack speed reds, new runes were very kind to Ekko in most other ways, which help offset the loss of those huge components. Electrocute does so much freaking damage now, and he loves being able to go Domination + Sorcery and get sick Ultimate Hat or Manaflow Band and Transcendence to round out my usual 30% CDR build. Overall, he's probably at the same spot power wise with a playstyle that is much healthier for the game imo. My only complaint is after the initial change at the end of last season to assist jungling, it's really hard to do that now. But if you manage his **** early game, Dark Harvest is great on him!
Aurelion Sol: I haven't played him too much. He was really struggling at the start, so they buffed both him individually and Phase Rush. His best keystone is Phase Rush since he loved Stormraider's Surge, but even after buffs Phase Rush is still really lackluster. That being said he LOVES runes like Celerity and Waterwalking, so I don't think it's all bad even if he got nerfed a bit.
Kayn: Kayn loves Electrocute so much. Both forms of Kayn. I find Blue might be better than Red now; I find it's way easier to get fed on this champion now, and with the state of lethality being pretty good at this moment blue Kayn can just nuke anyone at will. Red Kayn still good though, though I think he liked Fervor more than he likes Electrocute.
Jhin: Jhin misses the OP Deathfire Touch a lot still, but he was doing alright with Warlord's Bloodlust. The replacement for Warlord's Bloodlust, Fleet Footwork, isn't that bad post buff. But he works a lot better with Arcane Comet. He works much better with the Sorcery tree as a whole, actually. Getting the path bonus of attack speed from precision when he doesn't even like any of the runes in there isn't great. Meanwhile in Sorcery he loves Comet, Manaflow Band, Celerity, and Scorch, not to mention an AD path bonus. He's trailed back to a Lethality build, which I don't love but I never minded the two lethality into 50% crit build. He's pretty good right now.
I'm interested in hearing how you all feel about the state of your champions after a good month to sit on it.