Galio is no stranger to balance changes, Because of its effect in pro play, That’s why it’s no surprise that it being nerfed again in Patch 8.5, according to the current PBE cycle—but it definitely isn’t good news for Galio fans.
Galio performing relatively well in NA solo queue as a middle-of-the-pack mid laner. His 51 percent winrate is the first relative success he’s seen in amateur games in about six months. It’s still a far cry from those at the top of the list with 54 and 53 percent winrates. His playrate is a little low at about three percent, but that’s not too bad.
Unfortunately for the big stone golem, this distinctly underwhelming pinnacle won’t last. His nerfs in patch 8.5, with a cooldown and mana cost increase on his Winds of War. That’s his primary damage source for trading harass in his lane, and it’s going to be a big hit—especially for those in lower elos that have a little more trouble managing mana and cooldown windows.
It probably won’t totally kill him for non-pro players. But he’ll probably still drop down closer to the bottom of the mid lane tier list—which seems to be where Galio is doomed to remain.
If these changes have too much of an adverse effect on amateur gameplay, Riot may revisit him in the future with changes geared more toward the pro stage where he is overpowered.
When arriving Patch 8.5 at next week, Galio will be considerably weaker.