There is a growing fear from players that Assassin Mythics will be in the worst state in Patch 13.11.
In Patch 13.10, Riot went around and made a lot of changes to items in League of Legends. New additions, cycling around Mythic and Legendary items, balancing, and the whole lot was done. So far, there are some outliers in the current patch as Patch 13.11 is going to address some of those.
Among those are two Assassin Mythics, Youmuu’s Ghostblade and Duskblade of Draktharr. The former is one of the most overtuned items in the current patch, as Riot has also reached the same conclusion. Concept of the item is great, but it is not balanced at all, to say the least. Thus, Riot is making some solid nerfs to the item.
On the other hand, Duskblade of Draktharr looked promising with its rework. However, that didn’t turn out to be the case, as the item isn’t that good in the current patch. While Riot has identified it to be lacking, the buffs don’t seem like a lot.
With the Youmuu’s nerfs and the Duskblade buffs, players are worried we are heading into a patch where Assassin Mythics are going to tank hard. Let’s discuss why this is the current case and what Riot can do to solve the problem.
Why Will Assassin Mythics Struggle In Patch 13.11?
This is a long discussion about why Patch 13.11 will be at this stage. There is a big Reddit post about why this will turn out to be the case. In short, the nerfs to Youmuu’s Ghostblade are justified, but it hurts Assassins a lot. Meanwhile, the Duskblade buffs are not going to do much.
While there are three Mythic items with lethality attached to them, Eclipse is not an Assassin item. The item has been coined as a bruiser item for a long time, and the data backs that up. Thus, Assassin players are stuck between choosing Youmuu’s Ghostblade and Duskblade of Draktharr in Patch 13.10.
However, in Patch 13.11, both of these items are getting changes that will cause issues. The nerf of Youmuu’s makes that item significantly weaker than it should be, but that does not improve Assassin champions struggling to find success.
The Duskblade buffs don’t seem to be too strong to the point that it becomes viable. Many players claim that the item design does not suit Assassins. With all of that, players believe we are heading to a bad situation where the Assassins will be bad in Patch 13.11.
Thus with two options that are not great, this is a huge problem in terms of the Mythic item system. There is a reasonable justification for players to believe that Assassins will not be viable in the coming patch.
What Can Riot Do About This Issue?
Introducing one more Mythic would definitely alleviate the issues. Also, making some stronger changes to Duskblade to make it more appealing could be one approach. However, it’s not to say that the current design of Duskblade cannot work, but rather that players don’t feel it’s good.
If players do not like the options, they will not play them, and that is the name of the game in any meta. Strong items will always prevail, but in this case, Assassin players don’t have many options available. Thus, this will be worth talking about going forward, and Riot will have to come up with a solution in Patch 13.12, or we could see a problem in League of Legends.