Why did Nocturne drop the single lane in LoL patch 11.14? – LoL news


Patch 11.14 made its debut in League of Legends and brought some big buffs, especially for Nocturne.

After dominating the solo queue ladder in patch 11.13, Nocturne is now making a big splash following the recent changes to the Demolition passive and item. These changes were made by Riot to get Nocturne out of solo lane and back into the jungle. This has been a hit so far as Nocturne is currently at his best in the jungle while his win rate in top lane has plummeted.

One of the ways Riot takes Nocturne out of solo lanes is to target his Umbra Blades passive. So far, Nocturne has been playing really well in the laning phase as he can push out waves with his AOE damage. Most of that AOE damage comes from his passive, which causes minions to take 50% less damage and heal. This is the first change that forces Nocturne players to look towards the jungle again.

Stridebreaker’s efforts in patch 11.14 affected Nocturne

Another big reason for Nocturne’s nerf change is the big changes Riot has rolled out to the Stridebreaker item. Along with many other top laners, Nocturne is a frequent user of Stridebreaker because of his stable stats and active AOE.

Riot has nerfed this item several times, including a big one in patch 11.13 where the Stridebreaker dash was completely removed. While this affects a lot of enemies, it’s not enough to banish Nocturne completely. In patch 11.14, Riot has returned with more changes by adjusting the stats of items. The biggest change is the Halting Slash slow, now 40% slow. Before that, this slow was a lot stronger from the start, which is great for a champion like Nocturne.

With the passive and Stridebreaker nerfed over the past few patches, it looks like Riot has finally found a way to force Nocturne back into the jungle. Currently, Nocturne is performing very well in the jungle with a 51.33% win rate and is clearly still a solid champion. As for solo lanes, Nocturne is no longer being tracked as a mid laner at Platinum or higher and has dropped to a monstrous 47.78% win rate in top lane.

For now, it seems Riot has succeeded in its quest to rebalance Nocturne. If more changes come to Nocturne, it could potentially be targeted at the jungle.


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