Death Timers are getting some massive changes in Patch 13.20.
The last couple of patches in League of Legends have been comparatively smaller. They comprised of tiny to insignificant adjustments with little to no impact on the meta. The reasoning behind these smaller patches was Worlds 2023. Because Riot didn’t want to drastically shift the meta before Worlds 2023, they opted to make small changes.
But now that the Worlds 2023 patch, Patch 13.19, has been released, Riot has started pulling out all the stops. Besides the balance changes, Jungle is getting some massive changes again. Starting & Support items are getting buffs all across the board. And finally, Death Timer is getting reduced in the early game.
In this article, we will go through the Death Timer changes and speculate how they would affect the game moving forward.
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Death Timer Changes
Here are the death timer changes coming to Patch 13.20,
|Level||Pre Changes||Post Changes||Difference|
|1||6 Seconds||6 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|2||8 Seconds||6 Seconds||-2 Seconds|
|3||10 Seconds||8 Seconds||-2 Seconds|
|4||12 Seconds||8 Seconds||-4 Seconds|
|5||14 Seconds||10 Seconds||-4 Seconds|
|6||16 Seconds||12 Seconds||-4 Seconds|
|7||21 Seconds||16 Seconds||-5 Seconds|
|8||27 Seconds||21 Seconds||-6.5 Seconds|
|9||30 Seconds||26 Seconds||4 Seconds|
|10||32.5 Seconds||32.5 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|11||35 Seconds||35 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|12||37.5 Seconds||37.5 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|13||40 Seconds||40 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|14||42.5 Seconds||40.2 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|15||45 Seconds||45Seconds||0 Seconds|
|16||47.5 Seconds||47.5 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|17||50 Seconds||50 Seconds||0 Seconds|
|18||52.5 Seconds||52.5 Seconds||0 Seconds|
The level 1 Death Timer will remain as it is, but from level 2 to 9, Death Timer is going down significantly. From level 10 onwards, the Death Timer will remain as it was before the changes.
Early game Death Timer is going down significantly, meaning mistakes in the early game deaths will not be severely punished. This will result in less snowballing in the game. Although the change might indirectly nerf early-game champions, who rely on early kills to snowball.
Overall, these are some welcome changes, especially for early-game champions.
The Death Timer Changes will hit live servers on Patch 13.20, which will be released on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.