The Statikk Shiv saga continues! After running circles around the opposition, LeBlanc players will now have to revert to their traditional AP builds. Riot are not happy with the current split pusher build and will tone it down.
Will LeBlanc mains ever stop building Statikk Shiv? Our favorite Black Rose mage has once again adopted a new item build, and this is not appreciated by Riot Games. This means that LeBlanc will go under the nerf hammer in LoL Patch 13.19.
Ever since Statikk Shiv was introduced, LeBlanc was one of the main culprits for using it in an unintended use case. With a long list of nerfs to the chain lightning of Statikk Shiv and some stat buffs as compensation, the item is now in a fine state for its AD users.
With LeBlanc mains not particularly happy about the loss of Statikk Shiv, they simply decided to adapt their builds – and made LeBlanc an AD bruiser in the process!
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LoL Patch 13.19: Pro Player Demonstrates True Power Of AD LeBlanc
During a streamer event, former Fnatic mid laner Tim 'Nemesis' Lipovšek demonstrated the true potential of AD LeBlanc. With a build consisting of Statikk Shiv, Trinity Force and Hullbreaker, Nemesis was not just dishing out solid damage but also way too tanky to knock down.
Granted, Nemesis was very fed and his team was extremely far ahead. However, any normal marksman or bruiser would never be able to combine these amounts of durability, damage and mobility!
The worst part is that AD LeBlanc is being played as a top laner in scrims between professional teams these days. This would definitely make for a weird meta at the 2023 World Championship!
Fortunately, Riot Games are not too keen on seeing this strategy at Worlds either. Riot designer David 'Phreak' Turley has been casting Worlds before, so he definitely knows how to make for an exciting Worlds meta.
It appears that he is not a big fan of AD LeBlanc top, and he has now announced that Riot are looking at LeBlanc nerfs. The current iteration seems to work too, so keep your eyes open for the final changes in the next patch notes!
What do you think Riot should do about AD LeBlanc top lane? Let us know in the comments!