Best ADCs in League of Legends for patch 13.10 (2023)
League of Legends patch 13.10 has brought some drastic shifts to the ADC role, with many items being changed and a fan-favorite getting added back to the game. The meta is still rapidly developing, but here are the best ADCs on patch 13.10 so far.
Half the battle of climbing in League of Legends is knowing which champions you should be picking to maximize your gameplay.
There are now over 160 champions in the game, all with an entirely different set of abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. With every role having its own unique niche, it can be difficult to know what to lock in in that all-important promo series.
In the ADC role, damage is the absolute priority. The glass cannons of the game, ADCs are designed to sit at the back of team fights and pump out damage, letting their teammates tank the bigger hits and staying out of harm’s way.
The best ADCs in League of Legends are those who can maximize that damage while minimizing risk. Many more modern additions to the role have some kind of escape mechanism built into their kit with a dash, blink, or invulnerability, but good players will still punish you for poor positioning even if you’ve got a few safety nets.
Patch 13.10 brought sweeping changes to the role, and it’s no surprise that the win charts have shifted to reflect that. While not many champions got buffed or nerfed, the item changes have created a full-scale upheaval of everything we knew about the bot lane meta.
Here are the best ADCs on patch 13.10.
- Who is the best ADC in League of Legends?
Who is the best ADC in League of Legends?
The highest win rate ADC on patch 13.10 is Veigar at 54.49%. Though his pick rate isn’t super high, he’s got the highest win rate by a high margin. The next highest win rate champion is Kog’Maw at 53.60% with almost 10 times the pick rate of Veigar, making Kog the most consistent ADC. The most popular ADC on Patch 13.10 is Jinx at a 28.1% pick rate, followed by Ezreal at 20% and Kai’Sa at 17.4%.
That being said, the best ADC in League of Legends is constantly changing. League’s regular updates and patches mean that champions are constantly gaining and losing power, and can be either the best or the worst character in the game depending on how they’ve been affected by the game’s most recent update. That, and people are still figuring out optimal builds on the new patch. Everything is subject to change.
Kog’Maw, the Mouth of the Abyss
After being out of the meta for years and only recently getting a slew of buffs that have put him in line with other ADC champions, he’s already skyrocketed on the win rate charts with the help of the 13.10 changes. The mix of recent buffs and item changes that favor him has put Kog’Maw right at the top of the charts on every metric.
Considering the current enchanter meta favors Kog’Maw’s hard carry playstyle so heavily, drafting around him is something that players are already used to. That combined with his high %HP shred and a damage output that’s a healthy mix of attack and magical damage makes him lethal. But he’s still got some major downsides.
Ultimately, Kog’Maw’s biggest weakness is his lack of self-sufficiency. He has virtually no self peel, very little crowd control, and no utility outside of damage. And, while his W gives him a massive range bonus, Kog’Maw has a hard time keeping enemies at range without some help from his teammates.
When should you pick Kog’Maw?
Ideally, you should pick Kog’Maw with an Enchanter. While he can function paired with hard engage support champions, his late game is so strong that funneling all your resources into him is ideal. Shields, heals, and buffs from his allies are incredibly important when it comes to being a late game carry.
Traditional enchanters like Lulu and Janna are strong, as well as support champions focused on repositioning and protecting the ADC like Taric and Thresh. Also, be wary of dive comps. If you’re against something like a fed Talon or Katarina and don’t have someone to help prevent you from getting obliterated, you’re going to die no matter how fed you are.
Kog’Maw best build and runes in League of Legends
Lethal Tempo should be your rune on Kog’Maw pretty much every game. His standard build far exceeds the attack speed cap, meaning that Lethal Tempo is a necessary part of hitting his maximum damage output. Triumph is pretty standard, but Last Stand may seem a bit odd on such a volatile ADC. However, that mixed with the fact that people are aiming to dive you and the explosion on his passive makes it the optimal choice. Legend: Alacrity and Legend: Bloodline are both good, so which one you go with is up to personal preference.
Resolve is the most consistent secondary option, with Conditioning and Overgrowth being your best bet in most games. Against hard engage bot lanes, Bone Plating may be worth taking to give yourself the ability to survive a bit more burst early on.
Now that Guinsoo’s Rageblade is a Mythic item, Kog’Maw has a much easier time itemizing into a Mythic early. While you’ll still want to rush Berserker’s Greaves due to how well he scales with attack speed, going right into Rageblade and Runaan’s is optimal. Kraken Slayer and Wit’s End give Kog even more on-hit magic damage, making him a hybrid menace and mitigating the need for him to buy more pen. You’ll want to grab Immortal Shieldbow as well for some survivability.
Jinx, the Loose Cannon
Jinx has had a recent reign when it comes to both pick rate and win rate following her buffs on patch 13.5, and that reign isn’t stopping any time soon. While her win rate has taken some slight hits after she received a small nerf, she’s still near the top of the charts on every metric.
Among all of the hyper-carry late game ADCs worth putting a ton of resources behind, Jinx isn’t the first one that comes to mind in most cases. Her lack of mobility and self peel are clear weaknesses, but her late game payoff is extremely satisfying if you get there.
What’s more, her late game payoff isn’t set to change with the patch 13.10 changes. Most of the new items should still be a good fit for her, and she shouldn’t be moving down the tierlist any time soon.
When should you pick Jinx?
Jinx has similar issues to a champion Zeri in that her early game isn’t great, but the bonus range on her Q and her strong poke with W gives her pretty strong presence in lane for a champion whose late game payoff is so big. However, she’s extremely vulnerable to backline divers and hook champions like Blitzcrank and Thresh. If she’s ever caught out of position, she dies pretty much instantly.
Ultimately, Jinx is the pick if you want to put yourself in a position to carry. Her extra range combined with the strong snowball potential behind her passive gives Jinx some of the hardest carry potential in the game if you’re ok with the fact that she’s an incredibly fragile glass cannon champion.
Jinx best ADC build and runes in League of Legends
Jinx has incredibly high natural attack speed scaling and a strong attack speed steroid built into her Q, so she benefits greatly from running Lethal Tempo. Her range with rocket autos is already absurd, but Tempo’s additional range combined with something like Rapid Firecannon makes Jinx borderline impossible to escape. From there, Presence of Mind is great for keeping your mana topped up after poking with rockets. Legend: Bloodline helps give Jinx the lifesteal she lacks in her standard build, and Cut Down gives her some nice tank shred.
She has a few options for secondary runes. Some players will run Resolve secondary against difficult lanes, while others will run Sorcery with Absolute Focus and Gathering Storm to capitalize on Jinx’s strong late-game potential. Inspiration, meanwhile, is focused on helping Jinx get to the late game faster and have a bit more kill potential. Having bonus movement speed toward enemies in the early/mid game makes it that much easier to get on top of the enemy and into the fight. All three options are viable.
Jinx’s build is still up in the air, and people are trying all sorts of new Mythic options on her. That said, rushing Stormrazor and going right into Infinity Edge seems to be the best option so far. Stormrazor’s buffs combined with Infinity Edge’s newfound Mythic status make this item combo one that gives Jinx incredibly high early damage. Paired with Rapid Firecannon, she can slow with her autos from an extremely long range and deal some big damage.
Going Bloodthirster with so much additional range is the way to go since you’ll be able to take full advantage of the bonus AD on its passive, and Lord Dominik’s Regards is a solid choice for some much-needed armor pen.
Nilah, the Joy Unbound
This champion didn’t exactly make waves upon her release. She didn’t dominate the win rate charts and become the best in her role immediately, nor did she have an abysmal win rate on release like Zeri or K’Sante. She was viewed as a niche champion with certain uses, one that wasn’t worth playing over other choices in the role.
While she is still a bit niche and works much better with some team compositions than others, her ability to block auto attacks and outscale the opposition has allowed players who have mastered her kit to excel.
That said, Nilah doesn’t play like a typical ADC champion. Knowing how to stay alive at short range and use her mobility isn’t easy, and her power curve is unlike any other champion in the role. There are a lot of pros and cons attached to Nilah, and learning how to mitigate those downsides while best utilizing her strengths will take some time.
There’s also the added layer of trying to determine how the 13.10 ADC itemization changes will affect her. They could end up creating an incredibly strong item combo on this champion, or they could end up making her awful. At this point, it’s truly hard to say.
When should you pick Nilah?
Nilah has been at the top of the win rate charts for a while now despite having a generally low play rate, and she’s only been getting better from patch to patch as players figure out the absolute best build path for the champion.
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She’s also very strong with a number of enchanters, and, considering how meta enchanters are, this puts her in a great spot in your typical ranked game. However, putting her with a carry support champion like Pyke can also allow Nilah to play a more “supportive” role where she focuses on wave clearing, starting fights with her ult, and trying to keep other carries alive by spreading her W shield.
She may not have the range of most other ADCs in League of Legends, but she makes up for it with gap close and utility. Learning Nilah will take some time considering that her playstyle differentiates her from other champions in the role, but she’s well worth the time investment.
Nilah best ADC build and runes in League of Legends
Nilah wants to sustain and keep fights going for as long as possible, so having a rune page that enhance her strengths is a strong choice.
Conqueror is the go-to for Nilah, especially considering that she’s “melee”. She does have some range with her Q autos, but she’s coded as a melee champion and gets some additional benefits with certain runes and items. Conqueror being one of them. Triumph, Legend: Bloodline, and Last Stand reward Nilah for staying in the fight.
Meanwhile, Domination provides some more damage and snowball potential with Sudden Impact and Treasure Hunter. Against heavy poke lanes, running Resolve with Revitalize and Second Wind is also a great option. If you’re having a hard time with Nilah through the laning phase, Resolve gives you a bit more room to make mistakes.
Build-wise, things are up in the air for Nilah. Her best Mythic item is yet unclear, but Navori Quickblades seems to be her best bet for how valuable the bonus cooldown reduction is on her. Rushing Ravenous Hydra into Immortal Shieldbow tends to be your best bet on this champion due to how much sustain these items offer her, with Phantom Dancer being a great follow-up and Lord Dom’s being a strong pen option.
Nilah’s builds before 13.10 were diverse, so it’d be no surprise to see this evolve as the Nilah mains cook up a new build.
Jhin, the Virtuoso
Jhin’s generally high play rate and win rate consistently keep him right on the edge of making it onto this list. With how strong and unique his kit is on paper, one small change can push him over the edge into being one of the best champions in the role.
On patch 13.10, we got several changes. And, while the meta is still developing, the new and improved Stormrazor is carrying Jhin’s win rate to new heights. For those who want to pick apart the enemy team from range and one-shot the competition, Jhin should be your go-to.
When should you pick Jhin?
Fortunately, Jhin is fairly first-pick friendly for an ADC. He doesn’t have too many bad matchups outside of hard-engage champions like Jarvan that can put him in a bad spot that he can’t escape from. While Jhin may not have mobility like a few other ADCs, he does have a ton of movement speed at his disposal.
Just be aware that Jhin’s moment to moment gameplay differs heavily from other champions in his role. That, and that his objective damage is extremely lackluster outside of securing low objectives with his fourth shot % health damage. If you’re looking to shred through towers or early drakes, Jhin isn’t the best choice.
Jhin best ADC build and runes in League of Legends
For Jhin’s runes, you’ll want to play around his long range and grab runes that give him the ability to pick off targets from afar. Fleet Footwork allows him to create and maintain distance while trading with the opponent, Presence of Mind gives him more mana to poke with, Legend: Bloodline is the best Legend option for him, and Coup de Grace is great for taking down enemies on low health.
Meanwhile, Sorcery is the definitive best-in-slot secondary with Gathering Storm and Absolute Focus providing great value on the champion at all points of the game.
Jhin’s build looks about the same as Jinx’s, and this has emerged as the best build path for ADCs that are focused on auto attacks and want to keep their enemies at a distance. Stormrazor’s slow is especially useful on Jhin when it comes to trying to land his W after an auto attack, and Infinity Edge grants him the one-shot potential he’s really looking for. If you’re in need of some extra mobility, Galeforce is still a strong option.
Rapid Firecannon is set to be a must-build item on conventional ADCs, and Jhin makes especially good use of it as a poke-heavy champion. Bloodthirster is strong not for the lifesteal, but for the bonus AD on its passive, and Lord Dom’s is the go-to pen item on Jhin.
Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil
Even after a series of nerfs following his rise to the top of the meta, Veigar has emerged as one of the strongest carries in League of Legends both as a mid laner and an ADC. Or, well, APC. He doesn’t play remotely like a normal AD carry champion, and he requires a bit of a different skillset in comparison to other champions in the role.
That said, good Veigar players are really hard to shut down. As long as you don’t get caught out of position, Veigar is fantastic at creating space and harassing the enemy. What’s more, his infinite AP scaling makes him a ticking time bomb. Even if you don’t have the best early game, this champion will always be effective.
When should you pick Veigar?
Veigar is one of the best champions on the patch, so there aren’t too many places you wouldn’t want to pick him. If your team is AP heavy and lacks tower damage, then Veigar probably isn’t the best pick. Otherwise, he’s pretty strong. Veigar can definitely struggle against heavy poke champions like Caitlyn and Varus, but the low cooldown on his Q makes it pretty easy to farm under tower in the event that he gets pressured out of the lane. It’s a bit more difficult to farm under tower and clear waves after his early game nerfs on patch 13.7, but it’s much easier for him to deal with these problems in bot lane than it is in mid.
If you manage to pair Veigar with Senna in bot lane, you’ll have yourself one of the hardest scaling lanes in the game. Don’t pick him expecting to kill the enemy bot lane early, but, if you’re able to weather the storm of the early game and get some AP stacked up, Veigar is incredibly lethal. In fact, his ability to stack AP gives Veigar a ton of build flexibility. You’ll see what that means soon.
Veigar best ADC build and runes in League of Legends
Veigar is a champion that can easily 1-shot most champions late game, so grabbing First Strike to aid that 1-shot potential while making some bank isn’t a bad choice. Footwear, Biscuits, and Cosmic Insight are pretty standard Inspiration runes. Taking Sorcery for Manaflow Band and Transcendence is also great. Veigar’s runes aren’t anything special, and they’re pretty bogstandard runes when it comes to burst mages.
His build is where things get interesting.
You’ll always want either Rod of Ages or Everfrost into Archangel’s Staff and Rabadon’s Deathcap, but Veigar’s build is incredibly flexible beyond that. Dead Man’s is a popular item for that reason. The only thing worse than a small man with a stick that can one shot people is a small man with a stick that can run incredibly fast and one shot you. Even items like Silvermere Dawn can be great. If you need the cleanse, why not? Veigar stacks AP anyways, so there’s no reason not to experiment.
Void Staff is a must buy against tanky team comps that are building a ton of magic resistance, but he doesn’t always need it. Think more about what you’re getting out of your items beyond the stats when playing Veigar. Building items that you typically wouldn’t build on mages can win you games. Hell, selling boots and holding onto Dead Man’s Plate without using auto attacks can be a viable way to nab a sixth item, something very few champions can do.
Get creative! Try something different. If there’s an item with an active or passive that seems like it’d keep you alive, grab it.
So, there you have it — the best ADCs in League of Legends as of patch 13.10.
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