Akali Buffs were just added to the PBE, so let’s take a look at how it will be affected by the buffs.
Akali getting a reduction in cooldown with one important ability. Her Twilight Shroud cooldown is being dropped by two seconds at all ranks, which means more invisibility. More invisibility means being able to drop in and out of combat to deal with damage cooldowns more often, which means she’ll be slightly more difficult to deal with. Akali might need more than just a small cooldown buff if she’s going to be viable, though.
She has yet to be picked in the NA LCS Summer Split, and it would take more than a two second cooldown buff to bring her up from a zero percent pick rate. In regular games, she has an impressive win rate of almost 53 percent and a not-too-shabby three percent pick rate, according to League stats site OP.gg. Any buff to her might tip her into the OP range for regular games—but likely won’t affect her at all on a pro level, which is where she needs the most help. That’s a tough situation to be in for a champion.
These changes aren’t likely going to be the only ones on the PBE before Patch 7.15 hits. A round of nerfs to some of the game’s best junglers are already up there—and we’re only expecting more in the days leading up to patch day.