Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, has observed an increase in the popularity of enchanter and marksman supports in the game.
This shift was particularly noticed after Heimerdinger rose to prominence in the bottom lane. In response, the company has taken steps to balance the game by giving more power to melee supports and also making changes to Umbral Glaive and increasing the availability of early wards.
The aim is to help players better protect themselves and reduce the strength of junglers. In a recent post, the lead designer Brian Salvatore stated that the company is closely monitoring the current meta and is working on solutions to correct it.
Riot intends to address the overbearing presence of the jungle role in the game through ganking by implementing direct nerfs. To make early dives and roams less effective if not executed perfectly, adjustments will be made to yellow trinkets, Umbral Glaive, and tower buffs.
The developers are weighing options to enhance power farming, though it must not result in an overall increase in the jungle’s power.
In the near future, changes to enchanter and general support items will be made to enhance gameplay satisfaction, as the current limited options leave much to be desired. Additionally, work is underway to enhance the mid lane mages’ performance and to offer greater protection options for immobile mages, in line with the importance of roaming in the present meta. These changes, however, will not be implemented until after MSI 2023 at the earliest.