Hot Take Was Kenin Ezreal Over Nerfed?

  • Nifty129's Avatar 390 642 Posts Joined 05/29/2020
    Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Keep in mind I never played Kenin Ezreal I am simple going imperically based on stats.

    The deck has gone from a commanding 55% winrate to a 45% winrate. Putting Lee back as the best Ionia deck seeing it go up 1% to 52.

    Honestly I don't know if it was actually worth it, like if you enjoy midrange decks absolutely they are doing better control is also doing better.

    But it hasn't shaken up the meta in the way people thought, while simultaneously killing an entire archetype just because people couldn't tech properly or play the matchup.

    So on the one hand you have a new champ being murdered one week into his release, just so the other decks can go up 2% on ladder like it seems like maybe the reaction was too strong here.

    But on the other hand if a deck like Azir Irelia could be considered meta altering maybe Kenin was just as bad, who's to say.

    What do you guys think?


  • TheTriferianGeneral's Avatar Soldier 555 873 Posts Joined 02/10/2020
    Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    That a deck like Ezreal Kennen even reached 55% with it's extreme playrate is VERY wrong. 

    If you watched some LoR gameplay in the lower ranks you saw how poorly the deck get's played by a good amount of players and that it lost 10% winrate should be because those "suboptimal" players no longer will win games with the deck.

    Once these players switch to easier decks I see the deck's winrate recover. Will it be over 50%?

    I can't say and hard decks like ez kennen tend to stay below 50% winrate because casuals don't succeed with it.

    But I think this is once again an overreaction caused by players not knowing about nerfs, not being familiar with the deck and the deck obviously being weaker than before.

    Still i have a strong believe that ionia will be back on the menue soon 

  • Nifty129's Avatar 390 642 Posts Joined 05/29/2020
    Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yep, that's a well rounded perspective general. 

    I haven't heard any community backlash to the nerfs yet, so that might be reason enough to be happy Ezreal Kenin is dead.

    Or at the very least needs to be hard rebuilt into something else entirely.

    But on the other hand auto queuing into gangplank senuani again like Bilegewater was just released after all this time does put a bad taste in my mouth.

    Not every deck needs to be auto play board presence value soup, and I'll probably pour one off for our lost soldier little Kenny boy 

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