Aphelios vs Jinx in 2022 Spring Split


League of Legends: Aphelios vs Jinx in Pro Play in 2022 Spring Split

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Aphelios and Jinx have been the most common ADCs picked in pro play in Spring Split 2022 across the top four regions.
Aphelios and Jinx are both hypercarries that perform really well in late-game phases and have strong ability kits.
Unfortunately, Riot Games is nerfing both Aphelios and Jinx in a micropatch that is set to go live on 9th March.

Riot Games announced that it was going to release a micropatch before going on a month-long break in March. LoL Patch 12.6 is scheduled to hit the servers on 30th March but Riot is still making significant changes in Patch 12.5 through hotfix nerfs and smaller mid-patch updates to tweak the current meta. Aphelios and Jinx are two attack damage carries (ADCs) that have been taking the rift by storm and more so in the realm of League of Legends esports. Every pro match that one spectates, it is guaranteed that you might see these two champions either get picked on priority or get banned.

According to Games of Legends, Jinx has a presence of 81.2% and Aphelios has a presence of 72.2% in the top regions of League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK), League of Legends Pro League (LPL), League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), in 2022 Spring Split.

Aphelios vs Jinx - Overview of Statistics in 2022 Spring Split

Aphelios is good in mid-game team fights thanks to the potential of his R - Moonlight Vigil and the mix of his weapons. As long as he does not fall behind in the early game, he can truly shine in the mid-game phase. On the other hand, Jinx is a very strong hyper-carry and scales really well into the late game. She has the potential to turn the game around on its axis and win the game solo. With three items, Jinx is a very scary champion to 1v1 in the game.

For the longest time, both Jinx and Aphelios have been fairly out of the picture in League of Legends esports. Suddenly, the meta has changed and it has paved the way for the season of hypercarries. The reason for this meta shift is thanks to the objective bounties, Teleport changes, overpowered enchanter support champions, and also Lethal Tempo being a dominant rune.

ADCs and supports go hand-in-hand. When enchanters are so dominant this season, it is a no-brainer to pick hypercarries like Jinx, Aphelios and Zeri.

On Reddit, a user pointed out that for Jinx, it is a combination of the teleport changes that helps her play aggressive in the early game without any worry of an enemy suddenly pouncing on her in the lane, and also due to the fact that Lethal Tempo as a rune helps her gain stats like additional attack speed. They added, “As to why a Vayne or Kog’maw doesn’t similarly take over with all this added safety and farming time, Jinx and Aphelios have access to better waveclear and have tools (Jinx’s passive, Aphelios’s plethora of BS) that better allow them to come back in to the game should they get absolutely camped for the first 15 minutes while being able to outrange both and having big teamfight impacting ults.

It also has to do with the fact that the meta right now does not encourage assassins in the jungle and chances are that players are going to pick champions like Hecarim or Trundle in the jungle.

Following are the statistics for Aphelios and Jinx in pro play in the top four leagues.

However, with these two champions ruling pro play for quite some time now in Season 12, Riot is dishing out some significant nerfs, which will be out on 9th March through LoL Patch 12.5b.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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