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LoL Patch 12.8 All Buffs and Nerfs | Updated

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Swain is finally getting his mid-scope update. | © Riot Games

We are a few weeks out from the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, which means the balance team is shifting their focus away from solo queue and onto the pro-meta. Therefore, you might be beaten down by Yasuo game-in and game-out, but Riot won't focus on that, instead they'll check out which picks have dominated the pro scene. 

So, you'll have to deal with that awful and annoying Yasuo for a bit longer, becasue, spoiler alert, he isn't on the nerf list for Patch 12.8. Which champions are, though? Let's take a look! 

Which Champions Are Getting Nerfed in Patch 12.8? 

A total of four champions are on the nerf list for this patch. These are picks that could make anyone cry out in fear, especially Pyke who has become a pocket pick in the mid lane thanks to the amount of gold he can generate. 

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ChampionsNerfs
PykeRemoved from the Patch to look into changes in the future
Soraka
  • Astral Infusion (W)
    • Heal changed from 100-240(+70%AP) to 100-210(+65%AP)
Jinx
  • Base Stats
    • Health changed from 610 to 560
Xayah
  • Double Daggers
    • Damage changed from 45-125 to 45-105
    • Cooldown increased from 10-6s to 10-8s

Jinx has been one of the best ADC champions since the release of Arcane. If one champion benefitted from the Arcane buff it was Jinx. Therefore she is receiving some nerfs ahead of the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, so we can see other champions played in the bot lane, right? 

Which Champions Are Getting Adjusted in Patch 12.8? 

Two champions are receiving adjustments. The first being Swain who was supposed to get a mini rework in Patch 12.6, but Riot pulled the changes off the PBE server to give the champion some more love. Will he be a drain mage in the mid lane again or continue to strike fear into bot lane supports? 

ChampionsAdjustments
AP Kai'Sa
  • Second Skin (P)
    • Missing health damage ratio changed from 2.5% per 100 AP to 5% per 100 AP
  • Void Seeker (W)
    • AP Ratio changed from 70% to 45%
  • Killer Instinct (R)
    • AP Ratio changed from 75% to 100%
SwainCheck the Swain Article for all details

If you're interested in AP Kai'Sa Mid, then check out our intensive AP Kai'Sa guide. This way you'll be able to abuse the champion in the mid lane before Riot makes the adjustments in Patch 12.8. 

Which Champions Are Getting Buffed in Patch 12.8? 

This is the longest list of the bunch, with a total of sixteen champions on the buff list for the patch. But do champions like Jhin and Ezreal really need buffs? These are ADCs that always sneak their way into any meta, so seeing them here is a bit odd. 

ChampionsBuffs
Mordekaiser
  • Darkness Rise (P)
    • Movement Speed changed from 3% to 3/6/9% at levels 1/6/11
AatroxRemoved from the Patch
Vladimir
  • Base Stats
    • Armor changed from 23 to 27
Poppy
  • Steadfast Presence (W)
    • Cooldown reduced from24-16 to 20-12
  • Keepers Verdict (R1)
    • Knockup changed from 0.75s to 1s

Sejuani

  • Fury of the North (P)
    • Cooldown changed form 12s to 12-6s (based on level)
Fiddlesticks
  • Bountiful Harvest (W)
    • Healing against champions changed from 30-50% to 30-70% damage dealt against champions
Zoe
  • Paddle Star (Q)
    • Mana cost lowered from 50/55/60/65/70 to 40/45/50/55/60
  • Portal Jump (R)
    • Mana cost lowered from 50 to 40
Kassadin
  • Null Sphere (Q)
    • Shield increased from 40-160 (+30% AP) to 60-180 (+40% AP)
Vel'Koz
  • Plasma Fission (Q)
    • AP ratio increased from 80% to 90%
  • Void Rift (W)
    • initial damage AP ratio increased from 15% to 20%
Xerath
  • Shocking Orb (E)
    • Stun duration increased from 0.5-2s to 0.75-2.25s
Sylas
  • Hijack (R)
    • Cooldown lowered from 100/70/40 to 80/55/30
Ezreal
  • Trueshot Barrage (R)
    • Cooldown changed from 120s to 120-90
Tristana
  • Base Stats
    • AD per level changed from 3.3 to 3.7
Jhin
  • Deadly Flourish (W)
    • CC duration increased from 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2s to 1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25s
    • Damage no longer reduced against monsters
  • Captive Audience (E)
    • Cooldown lowered from 28-16 to 24-15
    • Damage no longer reduced against monsters
Bard
  • Traveler's Call (Passive)
    • Damage increased from 30 (+12 per 5 chimes) to 35 (+14 per 5 chimes)
  • Caretaker's Shrine (W)
    • Max heal increased from 55/95/135/175/215 to 60/105/150/195/240
SeraphineNo Changes This Patch

Vladimir is a great pick, even in the mid lane. If you're curious about this champion, then make sure to read up on it in our Vladimir Champion Guide! Maybe he'll be the go-to mid lane pick after these buffs, eh? 

Those are all the changes which will be heading our way on the Rift. Who else is hyped to see T1 and G2 at this year's Mid-Season Invitational again? Who else is going to make their opponents quiver in their boots? 100 Thieves maybe?