After many adjustments in the last patch, including a significant mechanical change to her E+Q combo, Riot Games still isn’t done with Qiyana.
In the second installation of Worlds 2021 patches, League of Legends patch 11.19 partially reverts the mechanical tweak, and buffs her even more in the jungle.
Jungle Qiyana buffs on League of Legends patch 11.19
Q – Edge of Ixtal
- (Updated) Catch me only if you can: If the target of Qiyana’s E+Q combo is still within Qiyana’s default attack range (150 units) of Qiyana at the end of her E, it will not be dodgeable
- Bonus damage versus monsters increased from 25% to 50%
While she’s not getting back the original undodgeable of E+Q buffer combo, it’s at least not functioning like patch 11.18’s near unplayable nerf.
According to the game developers, “that version of the combo generously treated every enemy dash as an attempt to dodge Qiyana’s combo“, including her own knock up from her Supreme Display of Talent ultimate, which clearly wasn’t always the case.
In League of Legends patch 11.19, her E+Q combo is guaranteed only at the end of Audacity (E), within 150 attack range.
The second biggest change is how hard Riot is pushing for her to be played in the jungle. In the last patch, Edge of Ixtal’s (Q) bonus damage to monsters was increased by 25%. This patch, it’s been upped even more to 50%, which definitely increases her clear speed, for Edge of Ixtal is an AoE spell.
Beifeng from China, a high ELO solo queue player on the Korean and Chinese sever, is regarded as the best Qiyana mains in the world, and has already exploited her in the jungle last patch.
Is this truly the end of Qiyana mid? All we can expect right now is to see jungle Qiyana played at Worlds 2021, especially since fast clear junglers like Graves and Xin Zhao have already been nerfed a few patches ago.
Read the full League of Legends patch 11.19 notes here.