Pyke Mains are concerned after Riot made some “very, very experimental” changes to Bloodharbor. League of Legends developers are trying to infinitely scale his ultimate damage, but at the cost of significant nerfs elsewhere.
Pyke has always been a snowball champion, relying on getting big ultimate executions with a huge gold blast to keep up with the pace of the game.
With League of Legends patch 12.9, Riot aims to double down on that playstyle by emphasizing the power of its ultimate and allowing it to scale infinitely.
However, developer Captain has warned players that the changes are “very, very experimental” and come with no delivery guarantees.
“Pyke gains an infinite run scaling on his [ultimate] every time he executes anything from any source.” said.
Very VERY experimental, but tomorrow on PBE Pykers will get infinite run threshold scaling on his R every time he runs anything from any source🤽
— Riot Captain Gameplay (@riot_captain) April 27, 2022
The change to his ultimate, which permanently increases his damage cap, however, are offset by nerfs to the rest of his kit. His Q now costs more mana, although it refunds 75% of that if hit on an enemy champion.
Additionally, his ultimate no longer gives him bonus gold when he kills a target with it. It also deals less base damage to account for scaling. It severely hampers his snowball power at level 6, and the changes overall hurt the niche Pyke mid-pick that was succeeding.
That being said, execution scaling doesn’t just apply to getting champion kills with his ultimate. Executions on minions with Steel Shoulderguards or Relic Shield also count toward ultimate scaling, albeit at a low value. Collector kills also count.
However, the changes are viewed as a net negative by many Pyke mains. Some have claimed “Pyke will be officially dead‘ if the changes are passed while others said Riot has ‘stole the last fun [in] this game“.
While players are hoping Pyke can still be a viable choice in solo lanes, nerfs since Season 9 have meant that Riot’s suggestion of pushing Bloodport back to support is only very clear.
The experimental changes are not guaranteed to go live, but if they do, keep an eye out for the League of Legends Patch 12.9 Notes on May 11th.
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