Vayne had several changes being tested on the PBE that would’ve further increased her power against health-stacking targets, but the buffs have since been reverted and will likely be delayed until a later patch.
If you don’t explore the buffs and nerfs being tested on the PBE, you might not have even been aware of the intense changes that were being explored for Vayne. Though she’s not picked quite as myuch as other ADCs and has a poor laning phase, Vayne’s snowballing potential is a constant threat, and the buffs actually changed several of her abilities to make her even stronger when it comes to shredding tanks.
Below are the changes that were being tested for Vayne as reported by Surrender@20:
- Tumble (Q):
- Bonus damage no longer crits.
- Silver Bolts (W):
- Bonus True Damage increased from 6/7.5/9/10.5/12% to 6/8/10/12/14%
- Minimum Damage changed from 40/60/80/100/120 to 50/65/80/95/110
- Final Hour (R):
- New Effect: "While under the effects of Final Hours, Vayne is revitalized when enemy champions she has damaged recently are killed, healing for 20% of their maximum health. Vayne must have damaged an enemy champion withing 3 seconds to earn healing."
All of the changes have since been reverted, and Riot’s Ricklessabandon commented yesterday about the changes being pulled back on Reddit.
“No, they're not completely gone but since we're cutting it close on our 'time budget' for this cycle they're considered something that we'd pick up when have time to finish them,” the Rioter replied when asked if the changes were all really reverted. “So, we still have Vayne changes in internal testing but they won't show up on PBE until we're sure we'll have time to wrap them up -- could be this patch or next, could be after worlds.”
More recently, Riot Meddler responded to questions about the Vayne buffs as well by saying that they most likely won’t be shipping in Patch 7.17.
“We've seen some promising bits in initial investigation (e.g. making Q unable to crit and shifting power elsewhere so she's less bursty, in particular against squishy targets),” Meddler said.
The Rioter also took acknowledged that yes, Vayne can be quite frustrating to play against, saying that she takes off in a big way when she starts doing well. He added that this wasn’t exclusive to Vayne though, saying that the trend of frustrating champions like the ADC has much to do with champs that excel at dishing out single-target damage.
Whatever changes are decided upon for the Night Hunter, players won’t be seeing them for a few more patches, but expect more of the classic 1v5 pop-offs when they’re ready.