Riot Games is focusing on the bottom lane in LoL Patch 13.6 alongside nerfing the early-game power of dragons in League of Legends.


LoL Patch 13.6 Previews Nerfs to Dragons, Yuumi While Ashe ADC Gets a Boost

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Riot Games is focusing on the bottom lane in LoL Patch 13.6 alongside nerfing the early-game power of dragons in League of Legends.
Here’s all you need to know about LoL Patch 13.6’s early notes.

It is time for yet another patch in League of Legends and Riot Games is focusing on the newly reworked Yuumi in LoL Patch 13.6. While the patch in itself is very short, it addresses key areas of gameplay including the early powers of dragons and a bunch of attack damage carry (ADC) items and runes. A total of eight champions are on the list, with four getting nerfed and four buffed. Lead designer Matt Leung-Harrison aka Riot Phroxzon shared the LoL Patch 13.6 preview on his Twitter.

Riot Phroxzon wrote, “Yuumi has released too strong and we're planning on nerfing Anti-Burst (testing only armor on R [ultimate] and less resists) and Q hittability. We're also nerfing the power of early dragons & some AD items to reduce some of the ‘can only play through bot’ and early snowball.

Notably, in the last patch of 13.5, Riot Games released the Yuumi rework, Aurelion Sol nerfs, alongside some other jungle adjustments. 

While League of Legends has been centered around teamfights and playing around the dragon souls for a few seasons now, Riot Games seems to be finally changing the direction of this.

Here’s all you need to know about what to expect from LoL Patch 13.6.

LoL Patch 13.6: Buffs and Nerfs

The champions getting buffed in LoL Patch 13.6 are as follows:

  • Vayne

  • Galio

  • Ashe (ADC)

  • Talon 

Meanwhile, those getting nerfed are:

  • Yuumi

  • Aurelion Sol

  • Zeri

  • Veigar

While Nashor’s Tooth is getting buffed, the system nerfs are directed at:

  • Dragons

  • Bloodthirster

  • Navori Quickblades

  • Lethal Tempo

  • Legend: Bloodline

Even from a quick glance, we can tell that Riot Games is hoping to bring in a meta change in the bottom lane as it is adjusting a total of four bottom-lane champions (both ADCs and support) extensively. Additionally, nerfing Bloodthirster, Navorii Quickblades, and the runes of Lethal Tempo and Legend: Bloodline can definitely shake up things in the bottom side of the map and force players to change their play style.

In Season 13, we have seen an overwhelming number of ADC and mage champions played in the bottom lane. For example, Ashe has been picked as support predominantly both in pro play and in Solo Queue games. While by definition Ashe is a marksman, thanks to her poke, damage output, and range combined with good crowd control (CC), players have been locking her in as a support.

Players can expect to see LoL Patch 13.6 hit the live servers on 22nd March (Wednesday), according to the official Riot Games patch schedule. Note that there will be server downtime and maintenance once the patching begins. All matchmade game queues and ranked queues will be disabled for around three hours before the patch hits the live servers.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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