Patch 11.13 is here in the 2021 LCS Summer Split and the changes that were made in this patch have a chance to shake up the meta that was previously in place. With changes to movement items as well as adding two new items, Hullbreaker and Anathema’s Chains, the champions that we see may change this weekend in the LCS. The complete list of 11.13 changes can be found here. If you’re interested in how patch 11.12 changed the meta, you can read about that here.
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In the top lane, a combination of Lee Sin getting nerfed, mobility changes and Viego adjustments will likely lead to a slight change in the meta at least. With Stridebreaker losing its dash, champions like Sett that doesn’t already have a dash to get on target will likely fall out of the meta.
The introduction of the newest item Hullbreaker may introduce split pushers, such as Jax and Fiora, into the meta. In addition, Viego and Lee Sin were nerfed this patch, with Lee Sin losing damage on his E, and Viego losing healing from minions on his Q as well as his E gaining more movement speed, and the initial missile speed and leingth also being buffed. This likely won’t have massive changes on their play rate in the top lane, but we will not know for sure, like the rest of the changes, until the games are actually played.
In the Jungle, there was only one change that is really of note for pro play. That change is to Rumble’s W. The cooldown went from six seconds to now reducing one-half second per level, starting at seven seconds, and the movement speed lost 5%, going from 10% to 30%. These nerfs will hit his early clear speed and slow down the rate at which he is able to gank. With the rise of another ability power jungler in Diana, we may see Rumble slip in priority a little bit in the LCS, but will still be picked a fair amount if Diana is banned.
The big change in the mid lane was not a champion change but instead, it was the mage items that got attention. Liandry’s Anguish, Luden’s Tempest and Everfrost all had their combined cost reduced by two hundred gold. This reduction in cost means that mages, such as Orianna and Azir, can hit their mythic faster and for less gold so they can get their other key items and scale at a faster rate. If mages weren’t already prevalent in the mid lane, only seven of the twenty-one champions played on patch 11.12 were not mages, then there will be more playtime for them and they will likely do more damage.
Starting with the ADC role, there are two buffs and two nerfs that is really of note. Buff wise, both Aphelios and Xayah were the lucky two on the receiving end. Nerf wise, Divine Sunderer received a nerf for ranged champions only, such as Senna and Ezreal who were abusing the item, and Prowler’s Claw not allowing its active to be used on minions, a tactic that lethality Varus used to get off more long-range ultimates.
For the buffed champions, I don’t think that we’ll see Aphelios at all and Xayah in situational circumstances, but I also would expect Ezreal play rate to go down, but he will still be played just because of his safety. I expect Senna to go for Kraken Slayer for her mythic instead of Divine Sunderer, in addition, the lethality build for Varus is almost dead just due to the Prowlers Claw change.
For supports, the major change is the Tahm Kench rework, he likely is out of the support role. The devour change to his ultimate, putting it on a longer cooldown. That change in itself is almost a death blow itself because of how he was used in the support role. Devouring allies to get them out of danger when being dove on was a hallmark of the champion, but his old ultimate Abyssal Voyage, now known as Abyssal Dive, will be good for finding flanks without having to use teleport, and with the crowd control built into his kit is good for locking down key targets.
I would not be surprised to see him played once this weekend but not much more than that. I would also watch out for champions using the new Anathema’s Chains, such as Morgana or other crown control supports.
Of course, this is all a prediction, but with all the changes in this patch, the meta should be very different come the first game of 11.13. You can catch the first game on Friday where 100 Thieves will face off against Team Liquid at 3 PM PST/ 6 PM EST/ 11 PM BST.