We've got a balance patch coming to Legends of Runeterra and we've got all the details on the upcoming changes. Riot has also provided some context behind changes, so read on further for those details.

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New Cards in Patch 3.13.0

  • Zilean’s Careful Preparation - To play, place a card from your hand into your deck. Predict, then create an exact copy of the chosen card in hand. Create a Zilean in your deck.
    • Riot: "Long time coming, but finally Zilean's spell makes sense in Zilean's decks!"

Patch 3.13.0 Card Nerfs

Patch 3.13.0 Card Buffs

Full Patch Notes - Runeterra 3.13.0 Update

Note: We have removed the changes and organized them up above. Below you will find the context behind the changed and other notes.

Quote From Riot


Our goal here is to enable greater interaction by putting Illaoi more in range of removal

Tentacle Smash

Tentacle Smash proved to be too strong a universal removal tool for Bilgewater, especially against opponent's smaller champions.


We hope that the jump from 3 Health to 4 (especially on a 5 drop) shifts how easy Karma is to remove and increases her currently low playrate.


Small QoL buff to Gnar, who soundly believes that Poking should be free

The Wandering Caretaker

We want to reduce the frustration of early turn Chime high sides and point Bard a bit more firmly towards a midrange archetype

Cosmic Binding

Some compensation to Bard for the nerf, enabling more dedicated Chime decks to do their thing, eventually.


The goal here is to increase the opponent's ability to interact with Kai'sa decks, as well as taking Kai'sa's power down a peg.

Hate Spike

Small buff to Evelyn with likely some broader utility in Shadow Island decks in general.

Harsh Winds

Although this is technically a champion buff, the main goal here is to give player's some better tools for interacting with huge units.

Blighted Ravine

Small nerf to Ravine, retaining its board sweep but losing the superfluous Nexus damage.

Frozen Thrall

Preemptive nerf to Thralls since we are nerfing some of its main predators and not looking to catapult it back to dominance. Should mitigate some of the early turn high sides that players found frustrating.

Boom Baboon / Station Archivist

Both Baboon and Archivist add cards to hand without a suitable tax on their stats, and are over-represented in the meta as a result. The Archivist's ability to stack the top of the deck was also contributing to some frustrating non-interactive combos.

Ravenbloom Conservatory

Increasing Conservatory's Countdown should mitigate early high sides. It was just too easy to consistently level it in hand.

Kadregrin the Ruined

Kadregrin was too narrow to see much play, and the effect was slightly weak for a 6 drop. Hoping this bump should make him an interesting candidate for inclusion in Dragon and other decks.

Mark of the Storm

This and a number of subsequent changes are aimed at revitalizing Bandle City's attractiveness as a recall region.


Removing the narrowness from this card in order to make a build around for Celestial decks.

Bloody Business

You should get more for jumping through Reputation's hoop, and hopefully this coupled with some of our more recent changes will make this deck genuinely exciting to play.


Another revert, hopefully enabling some slower decks than the current meta has allowed.

Thunderfist / Masa, Crashing Thunder / Rissu, the Silent Storm / Stormcloud

All of these changes are aimed at amping the Bandle City recall package. This and some of the buffs that follow are aimed at giving players more options for brewing with Bandle and encourage some new decks.

Duskpetal Dust

QoL buff for Nightfall, removing a long-standing frustration for players

The Stagehand

In this patch we are moving a lot of cards in and out of different tiers of interactability. Ephemeral makes The Stagehand enough of a poor target for interaction that it has no need for 4 Health.

Defiant Dance

Small hit to Azirelia aimed at keeping it from dominating the meta after the dust clears on this patch.

The Traveler

Upping the Power here should make this a more attractive Invoke choice.


Rumors that Squeaker has a blackmail portfolio for every designer are completely and totally unfounded.

Bandle City Mayor

Testing this initially brought a lot of apprehension to the team, but afterwards we felt that the meta is in a position to handle an enhanced Mayor.

Ancient Hourglass

Shurima was not intended to be the premier unit protection region. It was, uh, time for a change.

Neverglade Collector

Potentially some indirect help for Husks, and a much needed bump for Collector in general.

Winding Light

We want to put more emphasis on Winding Light as a go-wide finisher and less on its own stats and evasion.

Papercraft Dragon

We want to tap the brakes on Papercraft one-turn kills with this one.

Battle Bonds

Reworked in order to provide a more potent tool for wider Targon strategies.


Trying to open up some more playable options for Bandle City.

Scarmaiden Reaver

Bump to bring her more in line with current unit stat lines

Twisted Catalyzer

Reverting Catalyser to give Darkness-stans a better chance in what has proven to be a very difficult meta for them.


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Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing players to be unable to reconnect..
  • Fixed an issue causing United Front matchmaking to fail.
  • Fixed an issue preventing PC players from opening the Options Menu with the ‘Esc’ key.
  • Players will no longer get stuck after the first turn of Tutorial 4 - Light and Shadow.
  • Mark of the Storm’s impact text will now display the correct amount of damage.
  • Using Choice cards with Targeting no longer causes both options to freeze on screen.
  • Evelynn and Kai’Sa AI decks now contain copies of Evelynn.
  • Fixed an issue causing Relic of Power to draw an incorrect number of cards.
  • Fixed an issue causing an incorrect number of Gifts From Beyond to appear while Taric is supporting a unit.
  • Uncommitted blockers will now properly return to the backrow.
  • Fixed an issue causing targets to be removed.
  • Fixed an issue causing Mind Meld’s ‘spells played’ tracker to be incorrect.
  • Shen, Kinkou Student, and Void Abomination will now interact with allies as intended.
  • Fixed several VO issues that were playing incorrectly.
  • Fixed several VFX issues that were playing incorrectly.
  • Updated localization for some cards that were missing translations.
  • Updated several cards that were missing card text.
  • In general, updated several text descriptions to better align with game mechanics