Amumu has recently been improved League of Legends Patch 11.17, making him a much happier mom. And today, Riot explained why this decision was made.
Game designer AzuBK discussed the mummy tweaks in a development blog today, explaining Riot’s approach to helping champions be relevant at all ranks. And even though the goal was to make Amumu more powerful in the top lobbies, it was still a “tricky business”.
” Since a long time, [Amumu’s] barely scratched in a more skilled game while bordering on overkill for the average player, ”AzuBK said. “This is an unfortunate position for players of any champion, as it means that your favorite champion becomes less and less powerful as you get better in the game. It can give the impression League tells you that in order to climb you have to give up your champion, and it sucks.
To help champions that fall into this category, developers take three considerations into account. Riot wants to improve on what players love about the Champion, create more ambitious changes than a typical base stat boost, and they have to take a risk because they likely won’t see the Champion again for a while. And since Amumu’s presence in the high-ranking game was low, “small tweaks weren’t going to cut him off.”
Amumu’s buffs give the jungler two stacks of Bandage Toss (Q), giving him the flexibility he needs to have more impact in the higher ranks. With the extra Q charge, Amumu can farm faster, gank better, and threaten the backline in team combat. AzuBK says he’s no longer a “sitting duck” after throwing the first Q, dramatically improving his dominance in all facets of a game.
While it’s too early to say how far these changes will translate across the board, his win rate in the Platinum ranks and above has dropped from 48.25% to 51%, according to u.gg. If he dominates the queue solo, Riot might consider taking him down a notch in a future patch.
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