Mobalytics Coaches Corner: Patch 7.15 and the Balancing of Kayn



Fri 28th Jul 2017 - 10:48am

This article is written by Freddy Chen from Mobalytics

In this latest episode of Mobalytics Coaches Corner, Challenger coach Adam “Morïarty” Isles and analyst Hewitt “prohibit” Benson take an extensive look at Patch 7.15 and narrow down the smorgasbord of champion changes to focus on Kayn and Nasus.

While Kayn’s appearance on the Rift was greeted with much hype, his Shadow Assassin form has not been nearly as well-received as its Darkin counterpart. This was partly due to the bugs associated with his Shadow Assassin form, but with the bug fixes and revised changes to the Duskblade of Draktharr, Shadow Assassin Kayn becomes something to be genuinely feared.

An often overlooked utility of the Shadow Assassin form is that he uses a shadow to cast his W - Blade’s Reach - meaning that Kayn can move immediately after casting (compared to the Darkin form that has to wind-up and remain still for the duration of the W). Being able to cast his W while moving gives Shadow Assassin Kayn a W >> Q >> Auto >> R >> Auto >> Q (as needed) combo that will now one-shot most ADCs.

This combo is so powerful now due to a few reasons:

- Now procs the Duskblade passive twice (after the 1st auto and then the second after R
- The Shadow Assassin passive bug fix adds an additional 80 - 100 damage
- Duskblade fix adds an additional 600+ damage in the late game

With 7.15, we should expect to see Kayn’s overall consistency increase as both forms are now more than viable. Shadow Assassin believers will find themselves with awesome poke abilities (W >> Q away >> E as necessary >> W >> Q away again) and absolute squishy annihilation, while Darkin converters remain solid against heavy tank compositions. You can check out both of Kayn’s suggested build paths and itemization below:

Nasus Smash!

The other standout in Patch 7.15 is Nasus, who received a massive, tank-sized buff to his E - Spirit Fire, which now applies a 35% armor reduction instead of a 35 flat armor reduction. This is a HUGE change that, combined with the 50% CDR on Q during Fury of the Sands, will help Nasus exponentially maximize his damage output and really make him a headache for tanks in the top lane - if they even survive long enough to have a headache. Shut Nasus down early, hard, and fast if you want your tanks and towers to live to see the light of 20 minutes.

That’s all for this episode of Coaches Corner. Check out our Patch 7.15 Predictive Tier List to see where your favorite champion ranks with the latest changes and let us know what you think about the changes in the comments below. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Discord to talk to our coaches and team and what you’d like to see from Coaches Corner next!

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