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The strongest champions after League patch 10.13

Published: 25/Jun/2020 12:08

by James Busby

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League of Legends patch 10.13 is finally live, bringing with it a host of exciting changes, much needed nerfs, meta-shaking buffs, and plenty of bug fixes. 

Just like every new League of Legends patch, the latest 10.13 update has shaken up the current champion meta. While there are a few familiar faces still roaming around the top tier positions, there have been a number of changes that have seen shifts in the current champion pool. 

The previous 10.12 update brought with it a host of jungle terrain changes which have helped create more opportunities for players to hunt down or escape from their foes. However, the latest refresh purely aims to reel in a few of LoL’s overachievers. So, let’s run through the champions you should be using to gain a competitive edge.

Top-lane: Darius

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Darius takes the top-lane crown once again.

The Hand of Noxus is still the top-laner to beat and he continues to swing his deadly axe around, cutting down anyone that dares to stand in his way.

Darius’ high damage plays and overall survivability make for a truly lethal combination, especially in late-game team fights where he can use his overall bulk to rush into the backline and instantly kill squishy carries with crushing blows from his ultimate, Noxian Guillotine. Items like Sterak’s Gage, Dead Man’s Plate, Spirit Visage, and Black Cleaver keep the tyrannical commander from faltering against even the toughest of lane opponents. 

To make matters even better, champion takedowns now extend Ghost’s movement speed duration by 4-7 seconds, giving Darius even more opportunities to rush into the thick of a fight.

There’s a reason why this top-lane terror has a 49.52% win rate and a dizzying 47.41% ban rate on the Korean server, so make sure you prioritize your picks/bans around this lethal champion if you wish to avoid succumbing to his bloodied blows.

Other strong picks: Garen, Wukong, Jax, Camille

Jungle: Shyvana

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Shyvana is a great pick for those that want to engulf their enemies in scorching flames.

With so many carry threats roaming around the Rift at the moment, it’s never been more important to stop a potential snowball situation dead in its tracks. While Shyvana may lack the individual kill potential of the ever-popular Elise and Fiddlesticks picks, she does still dish out a huge amount of damage.

If that wasn’t enough, Shyvana can opt for tankier item options and still deliver enough burst damage to be useful in 1v1 skirmishes and team fights.  

This Half-Dragon has been slowly clambering up the ranks ever since Fiddlesticks’ rework saw the terrifying scarecrow return to the top of the jungle rankings. Being able to initiate team fights with your ultimate and melt through multiple enemies with Flame Breath is absolutely huge, especially when you want to dictate the flow of a particular fight. Consider picking Shyvana when playing those all-important ranked games. 

Other strong picks: Elise, Fiddlesticks, Rek’Sai, Ekko 

Mid-lane: Twisted Fate

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Previous buffs have given Twisted Fate the tools he needs to gain a competitive edge.

Following his patch 10.10 buffs, players have finally started to realize just how powerful Twisted Fate currently is. Not only was his base attack damage and armor greatly increased, but his ultimate’s mana cost was also reduced to 100 at all ranks.

This is absolutely huge as the Card Master can now secure even more cross-map plays, killing any squishy carries that dare to overextend. Roaming down bot-lane and coming back with a well-earned double kill isn’t just incredibly satisfying, it also allows you to help snowball other lanes to victory. 

Twisted Fate has been steadily climbing his way up the rankings and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon – in fact, T.F. currently has a whopping 14.66% play rate on the Korean server, making him the most hotly contested mid-lane pick. We suggest prioritizing your pick/bans around this champion if you wish to minimize any frustrating losses. 

Other strong picks: Kassadin, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Zoe

Bot-lane: Ezreal

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Riot’s Prodigal Explorer is still making waves in bot-lane.

Ezreal remains the go-to AD carry in patch 10.13. While the 10.11 ADC buff and subsequent Cassiopeia nerfs have helped alleviate most marksman problems, there are still a few bot-lane champions that have continued to struggle.

As a result, safer ADC picks like Ezreal and Caitlyn have proven incredibly popular amongst marksman mains. Not only does the Prodigal Explorer have great poke with his Mystic Shot and Essence Flux, he also has great mobility thanks to the blink he receives from Arcane Shift.

Being able to safely barrage enemies from afar and disengage/engage fights with Arcane Shift is huge, particularly when you’re facing off against any pesky mid-lane champions. Ezreal’s increased popularity has led to him receiving a massive 38.08% pick rate on the Korean server, making him the most played ADC champion in the current meta.

Make sure you add the Prodigal Explorer to your champion pool before you go searching for that all-important victory.

Other strong picks: Ashe, Kalista, Caitlyn, Aphelios

Support: Bard

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Bard is great for those that want to be more proactive in their supportive plays.

Riot’s adorably cute feline has finally been knocked off her top-place perch following a wave of nerfs that increased her E’s mana cost. While Yuumi can still poke champions down with her Q, she can no longer constantly heal away her team’s problems during early-game fights. This has allowed other support champions to climb to the top tier ranks. One champion that is doing very well on the Korean server is that of Bard. 

The Wandering Caretaker is currently enjoying a 53.23% win rate and 9.26% pick rate, making him one the highest win supports in patch 10.13. Despite receiving nerfs to his W’s bonus movement speed and cooldown, Bard remains a staple pick for those looking to proactively look for game-winning engages.

The damage from Bard’s Q is particularly potent in the early-game, especially if you build him for damage. Meanwhile, Magical Journey and Tempered Fate allow you to either disengage or engage fights, effectively turning the tide on even the most brutal of battles. 

Other strong picks: Blitzcrank, Thresh, Senna, Leona

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League patch 10.25 to feature Rell release, Pantheon & Anivia reworks

Published: 1/Dec/2020 6:52

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends patch 10.25 ⁠— quite likely the last LoL update of 2020 ⁠— is locked and loaded for next week. Here’s all the early notes for the Dec. 9 patch, including the release of Rell, and more.

League is all set to goodbye 2020 and officially move into Season 11 with the release of patch 10.25 next week. The update, which will drop a day early on December 9, is set to be a big one too; there’s a new champion, and two mini-reworks to boot.

There’s also a handful of champions that will be getting tweaks next patch, including Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong, as well as more set to be announced over the next week.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.25, set to drop on Dec. 9.

League patch 10.25 debuts Rell, the Iron Maiden

Riot are releasing one final champion ahead of Season 11: Rell, the Iron Maiden.

Unveiled recently in a cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself while battling on Summoner’s Rift.

Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.

Here’s all the details on the Iron Maiden, League’s 152nd champion.

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Riot are releasing one last League champion, Rell, in Season 10.

Pantheon shifts out of support

Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.

The aim of these new 10.25 nerfs, Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the pro scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.

All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.

Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.

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Pantheon is running rampant in the bot lane, and has earned himself a “mini-rework.”

28 champions, 19 items set for changes

On top of the champion releases and mini-reworks, Yetter also revealed Riot are planning on delivering a bulk bucket of League of Legends nerfs and buffs ahead of their Christmas break.

As mentioned before, Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong are all on the target list. Kayle, Kayn, Fizz, Morgana, Annie, Galio, Samira, and Jhin (nerfs) will all be in LoL patch 10.25 as well, alongside Lulu, Taliyah, Twitch, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Karthus, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gragas, Ivern, Nasus, Seraphine, Yasuo, and Yone (buffs).

Champions aren’t the only headliners in League patch 10.25 either. Nearly 20 items are being tweaked for balance in the December update, including Sunfire Aegis and Infinity Edge.

Frostfire Gauntlet, Turbo Chemtank, Seekers Armguard, The Collector, Muramana, Immortal Shieldbow, Galeforce, Kraken Slayer, Rapidfire Cannon, and more are also set to receive buffs and nerfs in the final League of Legends patch of 2020.

Battle Queen, Elderwood skins coming in LoL patch 10.25

The next League of Legends skin line, “Battle Queen,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.25. Five champs are in line for the new cosmetics, including new champ Rell, and a special Prestige Edition skin for mid lane mage Diana.

Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Battle Queen’ skins:

  • Rell
  • Janna
  • Katarina
  • Qiyana
  • Diana (Prestige)

There’s actually two skin lines coming next patch too, as League’s balance team finishes on a high. This one is the new variants that have got everyone in a fever; a number of oft-forgotten champs are receiving new variants.

Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Elderwood’ skins:

  • Azir
  • Ivern
  • Ornn
  • Rakan
  • Xayah

League of Legends Patch 10.25 will drop on Wednesday, December 9. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends patch 10.25 early notes

Champions

Lulu

  • Q damage 80-220 (+50% ability power) ⇒ 70-210 (+40% ability power); [removed] damage no longer reduced on enemies after first; [new] striking an enemy with both missiles will deal 25% bonus damage.

Rengar

  • W damage healed from monster attacks increased from 50% bonus ⇒ 100%, [new] deals 50-100 (per level) extra damage to monsters.

Seraphine

  • Health points per level 80 ⇒ 90.
  • W [new] now grants herself 90-180 (+45% ability power) shield.

Taliyah

  • Base armor 20 ⇒ 24.
  • Armor per level 3.5 ⇒ 3.25.
  • Q worked ground size 450 ⇒ 375.

Talon

  • W mana cost lowered from 55-75 ⇒ 45-65, return damage increased from 45-125 ⇒ 45-145, slow duration increased from 1s ⇒ 1.25s.

Warwick

  • Passive damage on-hit increased from 10-44 (based on level) ⇒ 12-46.

Wukong

  • W [new] deals 120-300 + 120% ability power damage to monsters.

Reworks

Anivia

  • Attack delay cast offset increased from -0.008 ⇒ -0.1.
  • Basic attack missile speed increased from 1500 ⇒ 1600.
  • Q [new] now chills enemies it passes over; passthrough damage 60 ⇒ 160 (+45% ability power) ⇒ 50-130 (+25% ability power); explosion damage 60-160 (+45% ability power) ⇒ 70-210 (+50% ability power); cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 11-7; mana cost lowered 80-120 ⇒ 80-100; missile speed 800 ⇒ 950.
  • W length 400-800 ⇒ 500-800; cooldown changed from 17 ⇒ 20-16.
  • E mana cost 50-90 ⇒ 40; damage increased 50-150 (+50% ability power) ⇒ 60-180 (+60% ability power).
  • R cooldown 6 ⇒ 4/2.5/1s; damage 40-80 (+12.5% ability power) ⇒ 30-60 (12.5%).
  • Read full details here.

Pantheon

  • Movement speed 355 ⇒ 345.
  • Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30; empowered Q no longer slows.
  • W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
  • E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%; empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment; [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
  • R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.
  • Real full details here.