Will the 13.3 patch end the era of long-range supporters in the LCK?

The 2023 League of Legends Champions Korea Spring, which is getting more and more heated, will begin its fifth week from the 15th. The LCK will proceed with patch 13.3 from the 5th week. The line to pay attention to with the 13.3 patch is, of course, the bottom. This is because there is a high possibility that the composition of the LCK bottom line will also change as the number of close-range supporters is significantly increased.

In the LCK, which finished up to the 4th week, the bottom line made headlines every week. Leading by Ryu “Keria” Min-seok, many players made impressive plays using AD champions Ashe, Caitlyn, Kalista, and Twitch as supports. That’s how the players tried to take the lead in the laning match with long-distance DPS support.

Even with the 13.1B patch used over the past week, this trend has not changed. Champions such as Yumi and Heimerdinger were nerfed, but far supporters such as Ashe, Karma, and Lulu were still loved in the tournament.

However, in the 13.3 patch, which will be applied in the 5th week, changes are expected in the composition of the bottom line as close range supporters such as Braum, Nautilus, Alistar, and Thresh have been significantly upgraded. Recently, short-distance supporters had no choice but to solve difficult laning battles in match-ups with long-distance supporters due to their short range. As a result, it was not easy to appear in competitions where line leadership is important, but it is expected that we will be able to see it again in the competition with the 13.3 patch.

First of all, close-range supporters appeared in the LCK Challengers League, which started the 5th week prior to the LCK. In the first day of Week 5 held on the 13th, Rell, Leona, Braum, Nautilus, Set, and Rakan were used. In particular, as Nautilus was used 4 times, it was the most selected among support champions on the day, leaving a record of 2 wins and 2 losses.

The reason why this day was even more meaningful for the close supporter was that he won both matchups with the long distance supporter. In the first set between Nongshim eSports Academy and Hanwha Life Esports Challengers in the first match, a Lulu versus Lulu composition came out, and Nongshim, who used Lel, laughed. In the second set of 2 matches between T1 Challengers and Brion Challengers, Nautilus vs. Nami, T1 Challengers using Nautilus won. Of course, it can’t be said that the factors behind the win or loss were split only in the composition of the bottom line, but it is clear that it contributed to the victory by demonstrating the advantages of a short-range supporter.

At the end of the first round, the LCK, which is turning around the league halfway point, is increasingly competing for rankings. The competition for the playoffs is expected to intensify in the future as the teams in the lower ranks are also showing formidable performance against the top teams. Indeed, at this critical juncture, attention is paid to what effect the 13.3 patch will have on the league. 먹튀검증

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