No amounts of words can describe how overpowered Imani sounds in those patch notes.
This is why I never trust patch notes. Talk about overhyping things.
I was so excited that Ice Stance will finally have some use in terms of being a great AoE weapon. Unfortunately one thing devs convienently forgot to mention is that Splitting Ice was nerfed to 255 damage, meaning this change only adds whooping extra 7.5 DPS on initial hit and 73 DPS on the bounce...
Now, I wouldnt complain about it if it was straight upgrade, unfortunately for Imani, it isn't.
In addition to reduced projectile speed, which is a bigger deal than I initially thought, the reduced damage per shot means that her bursty instacast moved from 1300 damage to laughable 820 damage burst, and it seems like it takes her longer to generate clearcast in the first place. Also, I Hope it's a bug but Splitting Ice no longer seems to bounce from deployables anymore, which is where it used to be at its best.
Maybe its current powerlevel is a main factor, but I must admit I don't like the new firerate. Landing old ice bolts felt way more satisfying, and the animation seemed a little bit better when it was slower.
Speaking of better animations when slower, what in the world is going on with new stanceswitch. I honestly expected them to give her a completely new animation, instead they just speeded up her old one 4x. It looks completely terrible, desynched with sound and vfx, entirely defeating any good feelings about a change I was so positively expecting to feel great.
Pyromania is an utter joke. In case you were wondering, it does, infact, reduce initial damage as well, meaning Pyromania Imani became the lowest DPS damage champion, sitting at comfortable 470 DPS, lower than literally all supports and most tanks. It also gets rid of best thing Imani has, that is her 2k burst. Expecting Imani to deal 400 damage just to keep up with her talentless burst form when she has so much delay between shots is a mistake.
They also made her mana bar horizontal for some reason, which is just annoying for old players.
The best thing out of this patch is that her old ult animation is back, her Mana Rift finally has an icon when pressing tab, and that her new firerate can consistently upkeep 30% slow on the enemy.
I am very disappointed with the changes. They all seem hit exactly where Imani needed to be changed: Ice stance, stance switching, Pyromania, but it all seem to cause more harm than good...