Riot has finally got the update cycle back on track.
With the January cyber attack well in the rear-view mirror, the League of Legends update cycle is finally back on track, and next up is League Patch 13.4. This time, Riot is looking to really take a bite out of the developing Season 13 meta.
Now that the Riot balance team is back on schedulefollowing accidentally breaking the entire patch system last weekthe developers’ eyes are turning to balance plans, including ranged vs. melee supports in the bottom lane, locking in optimal jungle paths, and healing.
According to League dev boss Matt Phroxon Leung-Harrison, who unveiled his 13.4 plans on Twitter on Feb. 13, the Riot team wanted to get lots of changes for champions into this patch to make up for the rocky last few weeks. One focus there is snowballingseveral champions are enjoying a little too much power if they win early, and Riot wants to curb that in February.
On top of the League gameplay changes, the design teams have been hard at work brewing up more Astronaut cosmetics and chromas.
Heres everything you need to know about League Patch 13.4.
The next update of 2023 will roll out on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to Riots patch schedule. As per usual, the patch will roll out worldwide across the day, starting in Australia at around 10am (AEDT). Heres the key patch rollout times for some of the major League servers:
There will be several hours of downtime once the patch begins. Matchmaking and competitive queues will be disabled across all League servers three hours before the update is officially deployed and set live.Image via Riot Games
The last few weeks may have been a bit all over the shop as the League team dealt with the fallout from the cyber attack, but no one can accuse them of keeping it slow once the problems were all resolved.
This time, in Patch 13.4, the Riot balance squad is hitting nearly two dozen champions, ranging from Veigar, ChoGath, and Viego (all getting buffed) to Riven, Samira, Jax, and Amumu. Theres a healthy split too, with nine nerfs and eleven buffs planned for the February change list.
Thresh stands out for special treatment this cycle too, with Riot wanting to shuffle around how Chain Warden players pick his abilities each game.
Read: League devs targeting ranged support meta with 13.4 changesImage via Riot Games
The long Riot gaze has descended on bot lane this week, though after several rounds of balancing changes for AD carries, it’s actually the other half of the duo that is getting tweaked in late February.
Per Leung-Harrison, the League team wants to figure out a healthier way to have both ranged and melee characters coexisting in the supporting role.
To try and bring parity in the southern lane, essential support items like Relic Shield, Steel Shoulderguards, Spellthiefs Edge, Spectral Sickle, and Targons Buckler are all getting several changes. These are mostly themed around mana, tribute charge times, and how powerful the item stats are in the early game.
Read: Melee supports get helping hand as Riot looks to balance roleImage via Riot Games
Here are all the early patch notes for the upcoming Feb. 23 update. Remember, until Riot releases the official notes, any of these buffs, nerfs, and changes are still tentative and could be pulled for a later League update at any time.
Shard of True Ice
Slightly Magical Boots
Update Feb. 14, 12.17am CT: Added several League PBE leaks.