Updates to League of Legends have been in a bit of disarray in the last few days due to a "social engineering strike" targeting the Riot Games.
Patch 13.2 has been postponed due to this incident. The developers will however, implement some changes to the game with a micropatch, which is scheduled to be released on Thursday, January 26. The other planned changes will be released at a later date with Patch 13.2.
Patch 13.1B is a micropatch, and it will tweak some of the game's most powerful and most popular champions. A few new weapons and nerfs will be added to the game as well. Some systems will also be affected by the update.
These changes should have an influence on the meta, particularly since the nerf hammer is aimed at a number of the game's best players, and there are some expectations that can be established prior to Patch 13.1B's release.
Here are all of the winners and losers from League of Legends Patch 13.1B.
Patch 13.1B: Losers
A total of ten champions will be targeted with the nerf hammer, and honestly speaking, most of them can be considered losers of Patch 13.1B—except perhaps Kassadin and Kindred, whose changes will be minor. The other eight, though, may completely fall out of favor following Patch 13.1B.
Champions such as Heimerdinger, Lucian, Maokai, Nami, Ryze, Udyr, and Yuumi are some of the most popular choices in their respective roles. This will not make them unplayable, but it should nevertheless prevent them from being instantly picked or banned.
The Magical Cat is probably the biggest loser, as she damaged three of her abilities, including her passive, W, and E. However, they should mostly impact pro play since that's where she's utilized at her full potential.
Other champions that might be considered losers of Patch 13.1B are those who rely on healing. With changes to Grevious Wounds items, the healing potential of champs across the Rift should be much less impactful, however, some items that apply Grevious Wounds will have their other stats updated, making it difficult to predict how the meta will evolve from now on.
Patch 13.1B winners
Since the upcoming marksmen changes will be superb for AD carry mains, it's easy to identify the clear winners of League Patch 13.1B. The developers enhanced the basic statistics of a handful of AD carry champions, which should make their laning phases and scaling easier.
Navori Quickblades, Bloodthirster, and Infinity Edge have been upgraded by the balance team, which should make them even better for marksmen early in the game.
Patch 13.1B is scheduled to arrive on live servers on Thursday, January 26.