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LoL Patch 12.13 Highlights - Star Guardians Revealed

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Star Nemesis Fiddlesticks
Who would have thought that a Star Guardian Fiddlesticks skin would work so well? | © Riot Games

League of Legends Patch 12.13 has hit the rift and with it a lot of champion changes have also been made. A multitude of champions got reworked in this patch and will play completely differently from before. Oh, and the newest bot lane champion has also been released. 

With so much happening in one patch we're going to go over the key highlights. If you're interested in the full patch notes and all buffs and nerfs, make sure to check out our LoL Patch 12.13 buffs and nerfs article for a complete list of champion changes this patch. 

 

Champion Mini Reworks in LoL Patch 12.13

Gwen Changes in LoL Patch 12.13

Gwen hasn't been the best solo queue champion, while tearing up the pro leagues. She's been able to dominate thanks to her sustain and damage, as well as her ultimate which has made her one of the most picked champions in professional League of Legends, while suffering immensely in solo queue. 

Therefore, Riot has decided to make some changes to her kit which should benefit her in solo queue while making her easier to balance for pro play as well. Let's check out the changes to Gwen. 

AbilityChanges
Base Stats
  • Health Regen Growth: 0.55 ⇒ 0.9 per 5 seconds
Passive - Thousand Cuts
  • Max Damage Against Monsters: 10 (+15%) ⇒ 6 (+10%)
Q - Snip Snip!
  • Damage Per Snip: 9/12/15/16/21 (+5% AP) ⇒ 10/14/18/22/26 (+5% AP)
  • Final Snip Damage: 45/60/75/90/105 (+25% AP) ⇒ 60/80/100/120/140 (+35% AP)
  • Center Snip 100% true damage ⇒ 75% true damage
  • [NEW] Minion Played Rock: Now deals 75% damage against minions with more than 20% health
  • [NEW]Minion Played Paper: Minions below 20% health take 1000% bonus damage instead
W - Hallowed Mist
  • Bonus Armor and MR: 12/14/16/18/20 (+5% AP) ⇒ 17/19/21/23/25 (+7% AP)
  • Duration: 5 ⇒ 4 seconds
E - Skin'n Slash
  • Bonus Magic Damage On-Hit: 10 (+15% AP) ⇒ 15 (+20% AP)
  • Bonus Range: 50 ⇒ 75
  • Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9 ⇒ 13/12.5/12/11.5/11 seconds
  • Cooldown Refunded on First Basic Attack: 50% ⇒ 25/35/45/55/65%
R - Needlework
  • Damage Per Needle: 30/55/80 (+8% AP) ⇒ 35/65/95 (+10% AP)
  • [UPDATED] New Patterns: Recast resets after damaging an enemy champion ⇒ Recast resets after 1 second

 

Sivir Mid-Scope Update in LoL Patch 12.13

With Riot re-working a bunch of older champions, Sivir was next on the list. Taliyah and Olaf's mid-scope updates have landed fairly well, which is why Riot has taken a stab at Sivir who has fallen off as one of the best late game ADCs in League of Legends. 

That's why she's been updated to have stronger AoE DPS and upped her damage potential immensely. Will these changes have an effect on Sivir and is she going to be more popular once the update has truly settled in? Or will she continue to fall short to champions like Twitch and Kog'Maw who are currently some of the best late game champions? 

AbilityChanges
Base Stats
  • Base Health: 632 ⇒ 600
  • Base Mana: 325 ⇒ 340
  • Mana Growth: 0 ⇒ 40
  • Base Mana Regen: 1.6 ⇒ 1.2 per second
  • Mana Regen Growth: 0.18 ⇒ 0.16
  • Base Attack Damage: 63 ⇒ 58
  • Attack Damage Growth: 3 ⇒ 3.3
  • Attack Speed Growth: 1.6% ⇒ 2%
Passe - Fleet of Foot
  • Bonus Move Speed: 35/40/45/50/55 ⇒ 55/60/65/70/75 (levels 1/6/11/16/18)
  • Bonus Move Speed Duration: 2 seconds ⇒ Decays over 1.5 seconds
Q - Boomerang Blade
  • Base Damage: 35/50/65/80/95 (+70/85/100/115/130% total AD) (+50% AP) ⇒ 25/40/55/70/85 (+80/85/90/65/100% total AD) (+60% AP)
  • Cooldown: 7 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds
  • Cast Time: 0.25 seconds ⇒ 0.25-0 seconds (scales down with attack speed)
  • [NEW] Critical Chalicar: Now scales with critical strike chance, dealing up to 50% bonus damage at 100% crit chance
  • Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110 ⇒ 55/60/65/70/75
  • Missile Speed: 1350 ⇒ 1450 outwards and 1200 inwards
W - Ricochet
  • Damage: 30/45/60/75/90% total AD ⇒ 30/35/40/45/50% total AD
  • Mana Cost: 75 ⇒ 60
  • [UPDATED] Buff Duration: 3 attacks ⇒ 4 seconds
  • Cooldown: 12/10.5/9/7.5/6 ⇒ 10 seconds at all ranks
  • [NEW] Speed Boost: Activating Ricochet now grants Sivir 20/25/30/35/40% bonus attack speed
  • [NEW] Tough Crowd: Now deals 80% damage against minions
  • Max Bounces: Unlimited bounces ⇒ 8 bounces per Attack
  • Bounce Range: 450 ⇒ 500 (note: approximately 1 additional Teemo)
  • Bounce Missile Speed: 700 ⇒ 1000
  • [NEW] Bounce Boos: Ricochets can now bounce back to targets that have already been hit, but only one additional time. Ricochets will prioritize new targets first.
E - Spell Shield
  • Cooldown: 22/19/16/13/10 ⇒ 22/20/18/16/14 seconds
  • [NEW] Happy Heals: Blocking an enemy ability now heals Sivir for 60/65/70/75/80% of her total AD (+50% total AP)
  • [NEW] See Ya: Blocking an enemy ability now procs Sivir’s Passive - Fleet of Foot
  • [REMOVED] Not So Quick: Blocking an enemy ability with E no longer refunds mana
R - On the Hunt
  • Cooldown: 120/100/80 ⇒ 100/85/70 seconds
  • Duration: 8 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 8/10/12 seconds
  • [NEW] The Hunt Continues: If Sivir assists with a recent takedown while her R - On the Hunt buff is active, its aura will now refresh its duration
  • [NEW] Cool(down): Sivir’s basic attacks during R - On the Hunt now reduce her basic ability cooldowns by 0.5 seconds per attack
  • [REMOVED] Farewell, Good Hunters: Sivir no longer gains bonus attack speed from R - On the Hunt
  • [REMOVED] Slow Start: No longer gives Sivir and her allies an initial movement speed burst

Master Yi Has 2 Reworked Abilities

Master Yi is a menace in low elo and with the changes coming in LoL Patch 12.13 he might be even more obnoxious. Low elo players should beware that he is going to be doing a lot more quick healing throughout elongated fights. 

AbilityChanges

Base Stats

  • Attack Range: 125 ⇒ 175

Q - Alpha Strike

  • [NEW] Pick and Choose: When Alpha Strike ends, Yi is placed 75 units in front of his primary target ⇒ By default, Master Yi will be placed 75 units in front of his primary target. During Alpha Strike, Master Yi may right click to instead be placed 75 units in the direction clicked
W - Meditate
  • Cooldown: 28 ⇒ 9 seconds
  • Mana Cost: 50 ⇒ 40 + 6% maximum mana per second
  • Damage Reduction During Meditate: 60/62.5/65/67.5/70% ⇒ 90% for the first 0.5 seconds, reduced to 60/62.5/65/67.5/70% for the remainder of the channel
  • Lingering Damage Reduction: For 0.5 seconds after Meditate ends, but not exceeding a total of 4 seconds ⇒ For 0.5 seconds after Meditate ends

The added attack range is also huge for Master Yi since he will be able to truly dish out the damage. He's an auto-attack heavy champion that will be able to shred through anyone thanks to these changes to his kit. 


Nilah Released in LoL Patch 12.13

Of course, we cannot forget about Nilah, the newest champion in League of Legends. She is a quick melee bot laner who will destroy anyone in the late game. Seriously, we've played her on PBE and she is so fun and insanely strong in the late game.

 

Her W has a pretty long cooldown so you'll have to use the untargetability wisely before you can cast it again and her ultimate isn't truly there to deal damage, instead you'll be using it to heal up after an extended trade. Just check out her abilities and once she's available on the rift. 

Ability
Passive - Joy UnendingNilah amplifies the healing and shielding abilities of nearby allies. Allies that heal or shield Nilah gain a bonus heal or shield for themselves. And when an allied champion heals or shields themselves near Nilah, she gives herself a bonus heal or shield.

If Nilah last hits an enemy minion, she and her nearest allied champion will gain the normal amount of shared experience, plus half of the experience that would have been lost due to sharing.
Q - Formless BladeActive: Nilah’s Formless Blade strikes in a line, damaging all enemies hit. Hitting an enemy will briefly increase Nilah’s attack range and attack speed and empower her basic attacks, causing them to splash in a cone and deal additional damage.

Passive: Attacks and ability damage against champions ignore some of their armor and heal Nilah for part of the damage dealt. This effect scales with crit chance and converts any excess healing into a shield.
W - Jubilant VeilNilah shrouds herself in a Jubilant Veil and briefly gains bonus move speed, takes reduced magic damage, and dodges all incoming basic attacks.

Touching an ally champion hides them in the veil as well, but they’ll be protected for a shorter period.
E - SlipstreamSlipstream lets Nilah dash through a target unit, traveling a fixed distance every time and damaging all enemies she passes through. She can store up to 2 charges at once.

Cast Formless Blade during Slipstream to pull a wave in your path, dealing damage after a quick delay and granting Formless Blade's enhanced basic attack effect.
R - ApotheosisNilah unleashes a surge of power, lashes her whip in an area around her and, with a final burst, pulls enemies in toward the center.

Apotheosis heals Nilah for part of the damage dealt, converting any excess healing into a shield. This effect scales with crit chance and is granted to nearby allies.
Star Guardian Ekko Prestige
Ekko's got a pretty nice prestige skin. | © Riot Games

New Star Guardian Skins Released in LoL Patch 12.13

The Star Guardian event is kicking off in LoL Patch 12.13 and we are going to be getting a whole lot of skins. Not only is League of Legends getting new Star Guardian skins, but in Wild Rift and Legends of Runeterra as well! The whole Riot universe is joining the magical girl genre it seems. 

Which Champions Are Getting Star Guardian Skins in Patch 12.13? 

A total of five champions are going to be getting skins in Patch 12.13. 

  • Star Guardian Ekko
  • Star Guardian Ekko Prestige
  • Star Guardian Kai'Sa
  • Star Guardian Sona
  • Star Guardian Nilah
  • Star Nemesis Fiddlesticks

This is the lineup of the first batch of Star Guardian skins coming. But don't worry there are more champions on the list for League of Legends Patch 12.14. Get ready for Akali, Rell and company to take your breath away in the Star Guardian event!