Black Cleaver Meta
Judging from the increase in win% for champions like Pantheon, Talon, and well all AD Casters. Odds are likely you have encountered a game were one of the before mentioned simply stacked the item and carried the game. While this is inherently broken we have to take a look at the reasons why this item came to be.
The point of Black Cleaver’s rework was to make an AD Caster item, which was sorely needed. One that didn’t just proc from auto-attacks. This was to increase the viability of the AD Caster. How many games in the past did a team lose because a fed Pantheon was unable to carry due to itemization issues? Too many.
Remember that we are currently in Pre-Season and Riot released many items all out at to balance them out before Season 3 starts. Just the fact its taken this long to recognize how new Black Cleaver is broken is a testament to how stagnant the meta was, and how under-used the AD Caster was.
Though Black Cleaver should never have been stackable, it is. Just the stats of the item made many players assume it was Unique. (One of the reasons it took so long to figure out how broken it was.) While currently the item has no real counters to itemize against it we can take another hard look at Locket and maybe Crucible.
*Locket = Shields
*Crucible = Cleanse (minus Suppression) and Heal.
While these items are certainly not a counter to Black Cleaver stacking; These items until Black Cleaver is nerfed might be the go-to item to try and keep your teammates alive.
Armor reduction > %Armorpen > Flat Armorpen
With 1 Black Cleaver, and 1 Last Whisper, and 1 in Armor Pen% Mastery that’s roughly 60% Armor Pen, and then all the Flat Armor Pen is applied. Which is anywhere between 15 and 114 depending on runes and how much Armor Penetration is stacked. That’s 100% Armor Pen against most champions.
Now the Armor Shred on Black Cleaver has max stacks of 4, however more Black Cleavers increase how fast the stacks accumulate, while giving damage, non-unique flat Armor Pen, Health, and Cool-down Reduction.
Their is hope.
- Armor Penetration changed to Unique
- Armor Penetration reduced to 10 from 15
- Passive effect now reduces armor by 6.25% per stack down from 7.5%We just have to hope this isn’t overly nerfed.
This item gives near 100% Armor Pen. It’s broken and every single AD Caster ability resembles Darius’ ult. These nerfs may completely kill this item completely undoing the purpose of its recent changes. Riot we get it, you let one slip through, but please don’t nerf this into the ground either. Just nerf it.
Pre-Patch Max Flat Armor Pen =114
35% from Last Whisper 30% from Black Cleaver, 8% from Mastery = 58.14% Multiplicatively
Post-Patch Max Flat Armor Pen=54
35% from Last Whisper, 25% from Black Cleaver, 8% from Mastery = 55.15% Multiplicatively