League of Legends Pros React to Akshan’s Unintentional Nerf Thanks to a Bug
An unintentional, game-changing bug seems to have crept its way into the Rift after the release of Patch 12.1, making Akshan unplayable, according to League of Legends pros and players. Pros like Vitality’s Luka "Perkz" Perković and Rogue’s Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu noticed the bug and reacted to it on social media, but it wasn’t just the professionals who were unhappy. Calling it a significant “nerf” by Riot Games, the community took to social media to voice its concerns about the champion’s passive - Dirty Fighting which caused stutter and lag.
On a about the bug, Rioter Kevin “Beluga Whale” Huang, associate game designer, assured the community that Riot was looking into it, adding that the developers, “Probably broke something when working on fixing a separate bug.” But in a reply to a tweet Riot Support that it received reports and that it was not confirmed as a bug, yet.
Akshan’s passive and auto attack bug
Akshan’s passive plays a major role in his kit. Every third auto attack and ability deals bonus damage and if the target is a champion, it also grants him a shield. After every auto attack Akshan fires an additional attack for reduced damage. Canceling the additional auto attack allows him to move faster.
According to several players, Akshan felt laggy while casting the second auto attack and that it dealt no damage. Apart from this, the second auto attack’s damage only worked on the third attack with including the increased move speed working as intended.
In the higher skill tiers of Master and Challenger, with a pick rate of 14% and a win rate of 53.2%, Akshan is deemed a strong mid-laner. Those who main the champion know the timing and feel of his passive and put it to efficient use. But with the new patch update, players have been complaining of reduced damage from auto attacks and in some where they don’t even register, thanks to the unintentional nerf.
League of Legends pros and personalities react to Akshan bug
Team Vitality mid-laner Perkz expressed his unhappiness about the bug plaguing the champion’s gameplay and pleaded for it to be fixed. League of Legends European Championship (LEC) freelance caster Medic was swift to comment on the Tweet, responding by posting an image, suggesting to just ban Akshan.
Top-laner and pro player for Rogue, Odoamne, also wondered how Akshan, a champion that was left untouched in Patch 12.1, was hit so hard by a “spaghetti code” that sneaked in.
Mythic Item border bug
One of the other major concerns that surfaced was the appearance of item borders - a small orange square - in different places on the screen. Some pointed out that it was caused by Mythic items and items with unique actives and could be by moving around the items to different slots on the bottom right side of the screen.
One Twitter user has been all over his screen “in random places in the last few days.”
Apart from this, the community also pointed out a slew of minor bugs after the release of Patch 12.1 in a , of which some of them were reportedly .
With the very first patch of Season 2022 having so many in-game bugs, some even affecting gameplay, the community has questioned the need for visual updates to the client and Ranked Crests, which could have been done at any time.
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