Riot has unveiled that Nidalee, Lillia, Poppy, Leona, Alistar, Ezreal, Jenna, Garen, Kha’Zix, Zoe & Kog’Maw will receive massive buffs in the upcoming patch 13.8.
Since MSI or Mid Season Invitational is on the horizon, Riot is adjusting the meta that will impact the pro play. The previous two League of Legends patches, 13.6 & 13.7, were stepping stones for the big MSI patch, 13.8.
Patch 13.6 was more of a solo queue-centric patch than a pro one. But they did buff some champions with horrible win rates, like Talon, Galio, Vayne, and Ashe. And in patch 13.7, Riot buffed staple pro pick champions like Azir, Kalista, Graves, etc.
Though the current meta is healthier than before, some champions are still too strong, like Jarvan IV, Rakan, Aurelion Sol, etc. Furthermore, some champions, like Garen, Lillia, Zoe, etc., are not picked as they are comparatively weaker. This patch aims to fix this issue.
Lead Designer at the Summoner’s Rift team, Riot Phroxzon, recently revealed on Twitter all the upcoming changes of patch 13.8. He announced that Nidalee, Lillia, Poppy, Leona, Alistar, Ezreal, Jenna, Garen, Kha’Zix, Zoe, and Kog’Maw would receive significant buffs in the upcoming patch 13.8.
Read more: League of Legends Patch 13.8 Notes: New Changes, Release Date, and More.
Patch 13.8 Buffs
- Base arnir: 28>>>32
- Armor Growth: 4.7 >>> 5
Nidalee is one of the champions who hasn’t been updated much since last year. The last time she was adjusted was during the durability patch. Afterward, the only gameplay updates she received were bug fixes. Moreover, her win rate relies more on AP items than her own kit.
Currently, Nidalee has an average pick rate of 4.6%, with a low win rate of 49.54%. Additionally, Cosmic Drive will also receive a buff in the upcoming patch. With Cosmic Drive alongside her buffs, Nidalee might be a strong champion in the next patch.
- Monster Damage Cap: 50-150 >>> 70-150
- Monster Healing: 24-75 + 5.4% AP >>> 39-54 +15% AP
- Champion Healing: 6-120 + 18% AP >>> 6-90 +30% AP
When Jak’Sho was added during the preseason 2023, many champions became stronger than they were before. One of these champions was Lillia. Afterward, Riot nerfed both Jak’Sho and Lillia. Then both her pick rate and win rate started to dwindle. So Riot buffed her in patch 13.1B. But it doesn’t seem it was enough, as her pick rate is still lower than usual.
Lillia has a bad win rate of 49.44% and an obnoxious 1.8% pick rate. Lillia might also be one of the champions who benefit from the Cosmic Drive changes.
- Q Target HP Damage: 8% >>> 9%
- W Bonus Resistances: 10% >>> 12% (24% under 40% HP)
Like Lillia, Poppy also benefited from the introduction of tank items. But since those items are comparatively balanced now, her pick rate has also taken a nose dive. She isn’t bad in the meta by any means. But she still needs slight buffs to stand out.
- W Bonus Armor and Magic Resist: 45/80/115/150/185 >>> 55/90/125/160/195
- Magic Damage: 45/80/115/150/185 >>> 55/90/125/160/195
Leona is one of the champions popularly picked in both pro play and solo queue. But, like Nidalee, she also hasn’t received any adjustments since the durability patch. Moreover, engage supports are comparatively less popular than mage, AD, and enchanter supports in the recent meta. Because of it, she will be receiving some buffs in patch 13.8.
- R Duration: 7s >>> 8.5s
Alistar might be the champion who received the most buffs in season 13. He received buffs in patches 13.3, 13.4, and 13.7. Now he will receive a buff in patch 13.8 as well. But he is overall very healthy in the current meta. In the recent patch, he has over 50% win rate with an average 4.0% pick rate.
- Base AD: 60 >>> 62
Ezreal is one of the most popular champions in League of Legends. But still, he does not get changed often. He is a reliable flex pick who can build almost whatever item the player wants. But his win rate has become atrocious over the patches.
In the current patch, he has a high pick rate of over 16% with a low 48% win rate. And since MSI is coming up, it is the best time to give Ezreal some spotlight.
- W Damage: 70/100/130/160/190 >>> 8 0/110/140/170/200
- AP Ratio: 0.5 >>> 0.6
- E Decay Delay: 1.25s >>> 2.5s
Though the current support meta heavily favors enchanters, Janna is the only enchanter with the fewest picks. While her win rate is average, her pick rate is lower than other enchanters. Because of it, she will receive minor buffs in the upcoming major update.
- Base AD: 66 >>> 69
- Base Armor: 36 >>> 38
The top lane meta has become very different from before. Currently, it’s all about counter-picking or picking a champion who can roam easily. With all emerging metas, Garen is one of the champions receiving the short end of the stick.
In the current patch, Garen has an obnoxious win rate of 48.45%, with an average 3.6% pick rate. As Mageseeker is releasing in a few weeks, now is the best time to give Garen some deserved buffs.
- Q Base Damage: 60/85/110/135/160 >>> 70/95/120/145/170
In patch 13.7, Riot adjusted Kha’Zix. More specifically, they slightly nerfed his W and made his Q and ultimate far stronger than before. And this update made Kha’Zix very popular again. But he could be adjusted somewhat more. So he will receive a slight buff in the upcoming patch 13.8.
Similar to champions before, Zoe also hasn’t received any changes recently. The last adjustments she received were during the durability patch. And afterward, she only received bug fixes. However, she is potent in the meta, primarily due to strong AP items. But her pick rate is still low compared to other mages. Zoe has a 51.38% win rate, but her pick rate is around 2%.
- Passive Damage: 125-550 >>> 140-650
- Q Cooldown: 8s >>> 7s
- E Mana: 60-110 >>> 40-100
- E Slow: 20-52% >>> 30-50%
Kog’Maw is one of the least-picked ADC in the game. Since he is primarily an artillery marksman, it is comparatively hard to balance him. Moreover, most meta-supports can counter him easily. Because of it, Riot will give him a buff in patch 13.8.
Patch 13.8 Buffs Release Date
All these buffs will be added to the game in patch 13.8, scheduled to release on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.