League looks to life after the MSI balance cycle.
With the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational update in the rearview mirror, Riot Games is now turning its focus to League of Legends ranked play balance and the champions and items that have seen spiking win rates in season 13’s early months.
The League pro scene may be taking a deep breath before MSI 2023, but battles across Summoner’s Rift certainly don’t stop for anyone or anything. The next update cycle, 13.9, began properly on Monday, April 23. While the development boss Matt “Phroxzon” Leung-Harrison is normally the one unveiling all the planned buffs, nerfs, and changes coming in the first May patch, the preview was released by the League of Legends Dev Team account.
The headlining gameplay change comes in the form of a rework: Neeko, the Curious Chameleon is getting a new lease on life after a week of heavy testing on the League PBEand the results are already looking very fun.
And, on the skin front, players will finally be able to get their hands on new releases in the Dawnbringer and Nightbringer skin lines.
Here’s everything you need to know about League Patch 13.9.
The next update of 2023 will roll out on Wednesday, May 3, according to Riot’s patch schedule. As per usual, the patch will roll out worldwide across the day, starting in Australia at around 10am (AEDT). Here are 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
Neeko is set to become one of the trickiest champions in League with her mid-scope update, with her passive now allowing her to become characters, plants, minions, and more.
The Curious Chameleon was released in 2018 and has struggled to find a strong spot in the metagame ever sincethough these solid changes to her Q, W, E, and ultimate, as well as the new tricky upgrades in her passive, should turn her into a fighting force on the Rift toward the backend of the 2023 League season.
Related: Neeko’s huge mid-scope League update gives her more tools to foolImage via Riot Games
The changes set to roll out in Patch 13.9 are pretty small compared to previous updates since the League dev team is preparing for Patch 13.10. The devs said 13.10 will be the most significant patch since the start of the season.
The focus for this patch has mainly been to make certain champions, like Neeko, feel relevant, useful, and viable in the meta. With these changes, Neeko, among other champions, may find a spot in the meta.
The Riot devs are also working on several Kayle changes that they loaded onto the League PBE early, including Divine Ascent (passive) and Starfire Spellblade (E) tweaks and a variety of changes for her Divine Judgment ultimate.Image via Riot Games
Here are all the early patch notes for the May 3 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.