Monday, 27 May 2024

5 Best Top Champions to Climb Ranks in League of Legends Patch 13.21

Riot and K’Sante have been causing quite the stir in the League of Legends community. While K’Sante has always been a terror in pro play, the balance team has struggled to make him more accessible to the rest of the player base. However, the recent rework has changed that, and now players from all tiers are flocking to play him. Before we dive into the list of the top champions in Patch 13.21, let’s take a look at the changes that have been made to the top lane.

Top lane changes in Patch 13.21

There have been three notable changes to top lane champions in this patch, with the most significant one being a buff to the Pride of Nazumah.

KSante buffs

K’Sante has received a ton of bug fixes, but he still needs more. Let’s take a look at the changes:

Passive – Dauntless Instinct

  • All Out Bonus Damage: 35% ⇒ 45/60/75% (levels 6/11/16)

Q – Ntofo Strikes

  • Required Bonus Health for Minimum Cast Time: 1800 ⇒ 1600 (Hotfixed from 1200)
  • Tooltip Update: Tooltip now always shows Resists/Health needed for cooldown and cast time reductions. All Out tooltip has been simplified and updated.

W – Path Maker

  • Disruptive Dashes: W – Path Maker will no longer interrupt K’Sante’s E dash when the channeling starts
  • Maximum Channel Time: 1.0 seconds ⇒ 1.5 seconds (Note: this will affect both the base and All Out version of W – Path Maker.)
  • Tooltip Update: All Out tooltip has been simplified and updated.

R – All Out

  • Healing: Calculated based on Physical and True Damage dealt to champions ⇒ Calculated based on all damage dealt to champions
  • Q + E Attack Resets: 0.1 seconds ⇒ Instantaneous

These changes have caused K’Sante’s pick rate to skyrocket, but he’s still stronger than ever. Now, let’s move on to the top champions in the top lane.

5. Fiora

Fiora 5th

Fiora has been a dominant force in the top lane throughout Season 13, and the recent changes to Anti-Snowball have only made her stronger. Her ability to counter most champions in lane makes her an excellent pick for climbing the ranks. She has incredible sustain with her Passive, Duelist’s Dance, and deals absurd true damage with her Vitals, making her a nightmare for tanks. Additionally, her short trades with Q and the extra DPS with slows from E make her fearsome in chase-down scenarios. While she does have some weaknesses, such as struggling against ranged champions and being less impactful in team fights, Fiora is the perfect champion for players who enjoy skill-checking their opponents.

4. Darius

Darius 4th

If you’re looking for a champion who excels at bullying opponents in lane, Darius is the perfect pick. With his bleed damage and powerful abilities, Darius can dominate the top lane from level 1. His sustain, slow, and pull make it difficult for opponents to escape his grasp. He also has the potential to become a raid boss with his ultimate. However, Darius does have some weaknesses, including his lack of mobility, falling off in the late game, and vulnerability to kiting. Despite these flaws, Darius has unique mechanics that provide skill expression and can make him a nightmare for opponents.

3. Poppy

Poppy 3rd

Poppy is a top lane champion specialized in taking down dashing duelists. Her ability to shut down champions with dashes makes her an excellent pick against many popular top laners. She also excels at protecting carries, making her a valuable asset in team fights. While she may not have the highest damage output, her laning phase is strong, thanks to her passive and sustain from Grasp of the Undying. Her engage with E and versatility with her ultimate make her a force to be reckoned with. However, Poppy does struggle against stat-check champions like Garen and can be bullied by control mages like Orianna.

2. Jax

Jax 2nd

Jax has been a popular pick in the League of Legends World Championship, and for good reason. He excels in the side lane and is incredibly strong when fed or well-farmed. With items like Divine Sunderer and Spear of Shojin, his damage reaches new heights. Jax’s Counter Strike ability allows him to dodge all incoming basic attacks and deal damage to nearby enemies, making him a formidable duelist. However, Jax does have some weaknesses, including his short auto-attack range, lack of tankiness, and reliance on smart positioning and catch plays in team fights. Despite these weaknesses, Jax is one of the strongest split pushers in the game and can dominate the top lane.

1. K’Sante


The number one pick in the top lane right now is K’Sante. With his recent rework, he has become an unstoppable force. He can switch between being a tank and an assassin with insane mobility, making him one of the most versatile champions in the game. K’Sante’s kit allows him to absorb damage, shield his allies, and deal significant damage. His ultimate, All-Out, turns him into a high mobility assassin, making him incredibly difficult to deal with. However, K’Sante does have a high learning curve and struggles against tank melters and champions with range. Despite these weaknesses, K’Sante is the top pick for climbing the ranks in Patch 13.20.

Honorable Mentions

  • Aatrox: A strong pick in high elo, but struggles against most champions on this list.
  • Camille: With the slower meta, Camille has a chance to scale into the mid-game and become a monster. However, she does struggle against champions like Darius and Jax.
  • Garen: Recent changes to Hullbreaker have impacted his performance, but Garen remains a go-to pick for climbing the ranks in low elo.

In the end, the best pick is the one that you have the most fun with. While these champions are strong in the meta, it’s important to choose a champion that you enjoy playing and are comfortable with. If you want to take your champion to the next level, there are guides available for all champions on MOBAFire. Remember, skill and game knowledge can often outweigh the strength of a champion. So, find your favorite champion and climb those ranks!