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League of Legends patch 13.2 update sees “double nerfing” of Maokai

The Twisted Treant is among a plethora of champions, items, and game systems being tweaked in the League of Legends patch 13.2 update.

League of Legends patch 13.2 update preview: Maokai

The League of Legends patch 13.2 update cycle is upon us, and by the looks of things developer Riot Games has a lot in store for the hit MOBA soon after pros return to the Rift for a new competitive season.

On top of the changes to ADCs, Fighter itemisation, Grievous Wounds, Tenacity stacking, and champions Annie and Orianna already confirmed, Summoner’s Rift team lead Matt ‘Phroxzon’ Leung-Harrison has taken to Twitter to share a bunch of further tweaks.

Included in the changes are buffs to Lillia and Zoe, as well as a meaty nerf list. The main offenders targeted by the patch are the “sleeper OP” Demonic Embrace, and Maokai who is set to receive a double nerf. Phroxzon says this is because he’s “one of the strongest pro junglers on the patch”, and the nerf to Demonic Embrace won’t bring his numbers down enough, necessitating further tweaks.

Additionally, Phroxzon notes that “pre-emptive nerfs to champs that will become OP” from the changes to crit itemisation, such as Kindred and Gangplank, are also being shipped this time around.

League of Legends patch 13.2 update preview: change list

Standout performers like Lucian, Kassadin, Nami, and Yuumi are also set to take a hit, so hopefully we’ll see a little bit more variety across the Rift, especially in the bot lane where Lucian/Nami continues to be a monstrous combo.

Before signing off, Phroxzon reveals the things which didn’t quite make the cut for this patch. This includes a potential power shift for Radiant Virtue, a nerf to Sylas, and changes to bring Mages into a better position.

On the latter front, the dev says that the studio is “still thinking about how to address them”, and that “small-moderate” changes won’t do enough. As Mages remain prominent in pro play, it’s hard to buff them for general play, though Phroxzon expects the Fighter nerfs to have a positive impact short term, though there’s “nothing larger to share yet” for Mages specifically.