League of Legends Patch 9.13 Breakdown and analysis

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One of the biggest updates of the season will hit live servers tomorrow with the introduction of Qiyana, as well as a whole host of champion buffs and nerfs. Patch 9.13 also gives us our first look at new League of Legends game mode Teamfight Tactics!

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Patch 9.13 promises to be an extremely busy and exciting fortnight for League of Legends with so much new content heading our way. Although there may be a tonne of changes to breakdown, the main additions will be the new game mode Teamfight Tactics and new champion Qiyana, both of which we’ve covered over the last few weeks.

Otherwise, it’s just another patch rundown. All the changes from patch notes will be broken down and analysed below:



"Passive – Prophet of an Elder God [NEW] TENTACLE AP RATIO :: 0.4 ability power [REM] TMI :: Tentacles will no longer go into an idle state when Illaoi is not around to command them [NEW] TICK TOCK :: Illaoi can now ping Prophet of an Elder God’s cooldown to her team BYE :: Tentacles despawn after Illaoi has left the area for ||| 60 seconds >>> 30 seconds FOG OF WAR :: Enemies gain vision of Tentacles through Fog of War within ||| 1400 range >>> 1000 range W – Harsh Lesson [NEW] MINIMUM DAMAGE :: 20/30/40/50/60 [NEW] KICK IT INTO OVERDRIVE :: Minimum damage is dealt as bonus damage to turrets E – Test of Spirit  [REM] REDUCED SPIRIT DURATION :: Spirit duration is no longer reduced each time Illaoi is damaged by the target BASE SPIRIT DURATION :: 10 seconds >>> 7 seconds BASE VESSEL DURATION :: 12 seconds >>> 10 seconds TIME BETWEEN TENTACLE ATTACKS :: Once every 10 seconds at all levels >>> Once every 5/4/3 seconds (levels 1/7/13) R – Leap of Faith MAXIMUM SUMMONS :: 5 Tentacles >>> 6 Tentacles LENIENCY :: Leap of Faith Tentacles no longer despawn mid-attack if Illaoi commands them to slam with Harsh Lesson"

A complete overhaul for the Kraken Priestess with three abilities and her passive all seeing change on Patch 9.13. Since her release back in 2015, Illaoi has yet to find an identity or see consistent play in either solo queue or competitive, and currently sits at a measly 47.88% win rate, so it makes sense for a bit of rebalancing to take place.

Ultimately there are a bunch of changes here that will have a huge influence on Illaoi’s gameplay in the coming weeks. However, the changes to her W – Harsh Lesson damage and E – Test of Spirit tentacle attacks are very nice buffs that should push her in the right direction. Expect to see a number of top laners picking up this champion on Patch 9.13 and trying out this mini-rework.