Originally Posted by Morello
Annie gets zoned by most AP mids at this point, due to better ranges, zoning or ability to apply it - that coupled with larger windows of vulnerability while farming with Q meant that as players have improved, Annie has fallen behind.
These changes are mostly to help her in lane, where she had a hard time.
No, she did not have a hard time.
Her Q refunds mana, if it's a good player behind Annie, he'll build a lot of gold and spend very little mana.
I use Annie only when I want fast/easy matches, and always works, she's OP as hell... Her stun needed 5 spells, now it needs 4, what means if she has a stun ready and cast all her spells in a team fight, she'll probably have AoE'd stunned, and will have ANOTHER stun ready for her 3-4 seconds cooldown Q (3-4 seconds because it depends on factors such as CDR).
She didn't need any buffs, seriously.