League of Legends Patch 13.8 Buffs and Nerfs

Riot Games

League of Legends releases frequent patches on a two week schedule because of the numerous amount of champions within the game, which makes it imperative to constantly balance every character. Usually, Riot Games focuses on altering the champions who are performing at the highest and lowest points, which helps shake up the meta.

There have been many critics of Riot's balance team over the years, but changes are made to characters after a long enough time of community criticism towards them. Since the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is coming up next month, Riot has been making recent patch updates that will alter the competitive meta and nerf some champions that are always picked or banned.

Here is a list of the planned buffs and nerfs for Patch 13.8.

League of Legends Patch 13.8 Buffs and Nerfs

Riot Phroxzon always posts a preview of the planned changes for upcoming patches around one week prior to their release, so here are all the alterations transpiring in Patch 13.8:

Champion Buffs:

  • Alistar
  • Ezreal
  • Garen
  • Janna
  • Kha'Zix
  • Kog'Maw
  • Leona
  • Lillia
  • Nidalee
  • Poppy
  • Zoe (pulled from patch for larger work)

Champion Nerfs:

  • Aurelion Sol
  • Jarvan IV
  • Kayn (shadow form)
  • Malphite
  • Rakan

System Adjustments:

  • Cosmic Drive

Most of the buffs and nerfs are relatively small, but will hopefully shift some power away from the power picks that are frequently seen in competitive play currently.