Recent LoL buffs to Brand do little to ignite a change in his meta presence

League of Legends has a handful of champions that qualify as “one-trick ponies” thanks to their simple yet effective combos. But one champ in particular is continuing to struggle to leave the blaze of glory he desires.

Over the last several patches, Riot Games has aimed at making certain champions relevant once more in their intended roles—mostly those that have been relegated to the support position, where even there they have mixed results. In Patch 13.16, Brand received substantial buffs that Riot hoped would increase his viability in the mid lane. These buffs consisted of ample increases to his AP ratios, as well as subtle changes to his mana growth that hurt Brand less for missing a skill shot. But the changes do not appear to have done too much to help the Burning Vengeance in either role.