Patch 11.16 for League of Legends will have nerfs and buffs spread across all lanes for a few champions. Though the adjustments aren't necessarily meta-defining, these are the picks to play in the mid lane ahead of the next patch.
5 Best Mid Laners for League of Legends Patch 11.16
There are few changes to a majority of the cast in the mid lane. Though there have been nerfs to Ziggs and Lulu, it's likely they were not going to see any time back to the mid lane role, rather they will stay in the bottom lane as an AD carry and support respectively. The top three mid laners haven't strayed from this patch as well, with some continuing their dominance from patches prior - especially Sylas.
Perhaps it's due to his strengths for being a solid mid-lane pick. However, Kassadin has risen through the ranks as a champion with mediocre damage to a versatile and solid pick that can choose to split push or assassinate.
Assassins are slowly becoming vital to the mid lane as the roam and gank playstyle is the meta. He does have an expensive build path ahead of him, though he makes up for it in damage in nearly all stages of the match.
As a familiar face for the best mid laners for some time, Katarina has time and time again shown that her strength in the early game propels her as one of the best. She does have a skill ceiling that is high, and although professionals have yet to make Katarina a vital part of matches, her strength in solo queue is great for those who can play her well.
LeBlanc is yet again the second-best mid lane champion in the game right now, and with no adjustments for her as of yet, she'll reprise the role in the next patch as well.
It comes with grave news that Sylas is unfortunately still too good for mid lane. There was a nerf to his kit, particularly his Kingslayer (W) ability, but the balance team compensated the nerf with a buff to his Chain Lash (Q), the strongest ability in his kit. Whether Riot Games will address this anytime soon is up in the air as the reign of terror continues with Sylas.