With the January cyberattack now behind us, the League of Legends update cycle is getting back on track, with the upcoming release of League Patch 13.4. Riot Games is looking to make significant changes to the developing Season 13 meta in this update.
The Riot balance team has resumed work after a week-long hiatus, during which the entire patch system was accidentally broken. Their focus now is on balance plans, which include addressing the imbalance between ranged and melee supports in the bottom lane, determining the optimal jungle paths, and tweaking healing mechanics.
According to Matt “Phroxon” Leung-Harrison, the head of League development, the 13.4 patch will feature numerous changes to champion abilities in order to make up for the rough last few weeks. One of the primary areas of focus will be snowballing, as certain champions are currently too powerful when they win early, and Riot plans to address this in February.
In addition to the gameplay changes, the design team is working on creating more Astronaut cosmetics and chromas.
Here’s what you need to know about the release of League Patch 13.4:
Release Date: The update is scheduled for release on Thursday, February 23, 2023, as per Riot’s patch schedule. The patch will be rolled out worldwide throughout the day, beginning in Australia around 10 am (AEDT). Here are the primary patch rollout times for some of the major League servers:
- 3 am PT (NA)
- 5 am GMT (EU West)
- 3 am CET (EU North East)
- 8 am KR (Korea)
There will be several hours of downtime once the patch is deployed. Matchmaking and competitive queues will be disabled across all League servers three hours before the update is officially released and goes live.