The world of League of Legends esports is continually changing and evolving. With the introduction of patch 13.21, Riot Games shifts its focus to various champions and runes that have become meta staples. In this article, we provide a detailed breakdown of the upcoming adjustments.
The balance in patch 13.20 generally left players and the development team with a positive impression. However, they recognize that certain elements still require tweaks to strike the right balance.
Riot Games’ transparency is evident. While some might question their balancing decisions, the truth is that the team is consistently aiming for the best experience for its community.
In the Spotlight: Champions and Runes
Riot representative, Riot Phroxzon, has been clear in his communications: the purpose of patch 13.21 is to refine what was introduced in 13.20. A prevailing tank role in the jungle has been identified, prompting specific changes.
Overall: Our early indications of how 13.20 has landed have been pretty positive! Players have been appreciating the slower paced games, better fight pacing and reduced snowball out of the early game. Game time is up about a minute and back to where it was in ~Season 7-8.… pic.twitter.com/6MGHdL2pNN
— Matt Leung-Harrison (@RiotPhroxzon) October 17, 2023
- Rammus: His dominant presence in the jungle will lead to a reduction in his abilities.
- Aurelion Sol: Despite his majesty, his scaling will be adjusted to prevent imbalances.
- Briar: Her learning curve is challenging. By reducing her power, Riot hopes to balance her position in the game.
- Caitlyn (lethality version) and Dr. Mundo: They will also experience tweaks in their capabilities.
- Jinx: A champion that has wreaked havoc in the past will be nerfed to prevent imbalances at the competitive level.
- K’Sante, Kha’Zix, Bel’Veth, Hecarim, and Master Yi: These champions will receive enhancements after recent changes affected AD champions.
- LeBlanc: Will receive a boost following the nerf to Statikk Shiv.
- Morgana (jungle), Tamh Kench (toplaner), and Varus: They join the list of champions getting improvements in this patch.
The versatility of Brand and Zyra in the jungle and Seraphine as a support will be fine-tuned to ensure balance.
- First Strike and Phase Rush: These runes, popular in the mid-lane, will undergo changes to diversify available options.
- Skullbreaker: The adjustments are expected to reduce its power without destroying its utility.
Patch 13.21 clearly demonstrates Riot Games’ commitment to its community and gameplay experience. The decisions taken aim to balance the meta, promote strategy diversity, and provide summoners with a refreshed experience.