Prior to working on League of Legends' 11.17 patch cycle, Riot's game developer Phlox allowed players on Twitter to decide if they wanted a rework on Gangplank or not. Since the feedback was all positive, Riot decided to work on it right away.
As expected, Gangplank received a mini-rework on League of Legends' latest patch. Riot reduced his ability, from being a lane bully early in the game to a full critical-damage dealer.
With tweaks and adjustments, Gangplank's Q ability containing "Powerspike" and "Grasp of the Undying" has become much worse than before. Unfortunately, there are no better keystones for him as well.
The traditional build path of Gangplank has also been difficult for players to cope up with. The reworked Gangplank deals heavy burst damage with crit items but is much squishier than before as most of the players used Divine Sunderer for the Saltwater Scourge.
Gangplank’s mini-rework made his winrate figures disastrous
In both Top and Mid lane, Gangplank has one of the lowest win rates with 42.78% and 42.55% respectively.
Thus, League of Legends players are still struggling to decide how to use Gangplank to the fullest and the mini-rework has apparently made the champion worse.
Gangplank mains might take a good time to cope-up with the reworked champion. They have to rely mostly on Gangplank's barrels to deal with the majority of their opponents. It got buffed for taking crit strikes as an advantage at 125% effectiveness.
Fans are guessing there will be some buffs to Gangplank from Riot in the coming days before the champion goes into a full collapse.