Riot is planning to buff Darius damage with upcoming patch 8.19 to fix his some issues, but that’s so far away from his issues in reality, according to the latest PBE update.
Darius is one of the highest-damage off-tanks in League of Legends. He has a very distinct place in both the pro and casual Meta, That’s why we were a little surprised to see Darius’ buffs.
One buff raises the total armor penetration passive on his Apprehend by five percent at all levels, and the other raises the bonus damage on his Crippling Strike by 10 percent at all levels. More damage and more effectiveness against tanks aren’t what Darius needs, though, and they might make him even stronger than necessary.
Darius isn’t lacking in damage at all, he’s only remotely weak because he lacks the same tools that other juggernauts have to stick to his targets. Garen’s speed boost and Urgot’s dash and slows are great tools to make up for their limited range, but Darius only has a high-cooldown Apprehend. He can’t even slow his targets until they’re already within melee range. When he actually gets ahold of people, though, he blows them up pretty easily still. That’s why, rather than raise his damage, we feel the cooldown or reach of his Apprehend should be buffed even if only a little.
These changes set to be arrive with upcoming patch 8.19 this week if aren’t reverted or changes.