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Syndra really got a mid lane revival in LCS for apparently no reason. No changes to the champion (since mid season mage update), no changes to her items.

Is there a determinable reason for that phenomenon or is it just that someone re-discovered her strength?

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Just because that champion didn't receive changes doesn't mean other champions didn't. A number of mid laners that have been popular throughout the split were nerfed.

The LCS is currently being played on Patch 6.15 which saw a ton of small balance changes to a number of champions. Nerfed mid laners include:

  • Karma (possible flex pick mid)
  • Malzahar
  • Taliyah
  • Viktor
  • Vladimir

Syndra has been seen as slightly under the top tier of mid laners. Bringing down a number of these top tier mids evens out the playing field a bit which was the intention of the 6.15 patch.

Also good to know is that since she hasn't seen much (if any) play since the mid-season update it's likely that many people aren't used to playing against her. Though this can also work against the player using Syndra since they won't be as practiced either.

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  • That sounds actually pretty plausible. So it's in part the classic "previously another champion filled that role slightly better".
    – Loilo
    Aug 22, 2016 at 11:39
  • That's part of it. If you look at what Syndra's kit does it has long range pick and ability to decimate a single target with her ultimate. Sort of similar to Malzahar and/or Viktor in those ways. Aug 22, 2016 at 17:32

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