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LoL Patch 13.16: Assassins' Favorite Item Will Be Nerfed

News 09-08-2023 16:30
Duskblade Nerfs
LoL Assassins will not be happy about this item change |©Riot Games

In League of Legends, there have always been items designed for a specific group of champions or for a specific role. When they get used by other champions, it's pretty easy to realize tht they're overpowered. Exactly this happened with the Duskblade of Draktharr, which was originally designed for Assassins. 

In a case like this, some nerfs or other changes are needed to balance the item. The best thing to do in a situation like this is to update the item to bring back it's original purpose. In Duskblade's case it means making changes to git the item back onto assassin's and away from other champs. 

LoL Patch 13.16: Duskblade Of Draktharr Changes Announced

Well, I guess every experienced or long-standing League of Legends player knows this item. The item has been in the game for years having been added back in Season 6 in Patch 6.3. The item has always been set for assassins. 

Throughout the last couple of years the item has seen quite a few changes and gained new passives and stats. And now it will be changed again. The reason behind Riot's decision is pretty easy to understand. The Duskblade is simply too good and currently gets used by all sort of champions. And let's be honest here, nobody wants to face a Darius with this item.

So, for Patch 13.16 some nerfs are coming in. Riot's goal is clearly to weaken the item, focusing on the damage and the cooldown on the Nightstalker effect, which renders the champion untargetable and invulnerable after scoring a takedown.

Regarding the cooldown nerf, the cooldown time will be increased from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. This is of course a massive change to the item's ability and will make tower dives and teamfights more challenging.

Also, the maximum damage will get reduced from 20% to 18%, this regards the increased damage you will deal, based on the target's missing health. So it will be harder to fight against tanks and bruisers.

Conclusion – Duskblade Changes Are In Dire Need

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Is the time of Bruisers with Duskblade finally over? |©Riot Games

Well, changes like this were much needed, especially for an item that will make you untargetable and invulnerable after killing an enemy. It was just too common for AD bruisers like Darius or Jarvan IV to buy Duskblade, gank a lane or tower dive, score a kill and get away without being able to get touched by the tower or anyone else.

It was already annoying enough with Assassins, but these guys can be oneshotted at least, after coming out of the item's ability. So it will be interesting to see the impact that these changes might have on the meta. Maybe the Duskblade will be still too strong and might need some more nerfs in the future patches.

With the other buffs for Lethality-Items in Patch 13.16, the return of the classic Assassins might be upon us. So a nerf for the Duskblade might not even be bad for them. But only the future will show, if squishy champions are in a much safer or worse position now.

Of course, we will keep you up-to-date, if more nerfs for items are getting announced. For more LoL related content, read:

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Henning Paul

Henning studied Journalism, having worked for multiple media outlets before finding his way to Riftfeed and EarlyGame where he let his passion for League of Legends esports take hold. He's been playing League of Legends, as well as other games...