Wukong Update – The Monkey King gets reworked for LoL PBE
Riot Lutzburg has recently released a detailed post regarding some massive changes to hit Wukong in the PBE. While these changes still keep the essence of Wukong, they have nevertheless tweaked all his abilities, shifting his power to the early to mid game.
Overall, these changes have made Wukong a much more viable and stronger pick.
Passive – No longer gains magic resistance near enemy champions. Instead, Wukong will gain a massive 12% of his max HP shield while exiting bushes or invisibility (W). The passive only has a short 10 second cooldown, allowing Wukong to easily trade in lane.
Q – Mana cost reduced by 15 from 40 > 25. Cooldown also down by 1s at all ranks. Q is now bonus damage applied over Wukong’s basic auto. This bonus damage is now calculated by a flat 20/40/60/80/100 and 0.5 AD scaling.
W – Instead of blinking, Wukong dashes 350 range at 1200 movement speed. While no longer instant, it makes the ability more smooth. Cooldown lowered from 24/21/18/15/12s to 18/16/14/12/10s. While the clone cannot crit, basic attacks deals between 0.6 to 1.0 of AD based on the skill’s rank. Stealth duration nerfed from 1.5s to 1s.
E – Now deals magic damaged instead of physical damage. While still scaling off AD, this change ensure enemies building full armor in the early landing phase do not completely oppress Wukong.
R – Ultimate damage frequency increased by 2x, while damage per tick reduced by half to compensate. Each tick now applies conqueror. AD scaling buffed from 1.1 to 1.25. Movement speed bonus now a flat 30/40/50%, and no longer increases with time. Overall, these changes significantly increases Wukong’s R strength.