LoL Patch 12.5: All Buffs And Nerfs

Which champions have been a little too powerful this patch and are on the receiving end of nerfs? Let's go over all changes in Patch 12.5!
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Seraphine is on the list for this Patch. | © Riot Games

League of Legends has a pretty consistent patch schedule, though March is going to be more or less patch-less. We might get a b-patch at some point in Patch 12.5, which is set to last throughout all of the month of March.

But enough speculating of the future, let’s check out which buffs and nerfs await us in League of Legends Patch 12.5. Will Vayne finally get nerfed? We already know that Master Yi is on the update list, but who else joins him?


Which Champions Will Get Buffed in Patch 12.5?

This is a rather small patch in comparison to the ones before, probably due to the long wait between patches, which is why there are actually only three champions on the buff list this time around.


ChampionChanges

Samira

HP/LVL
  • 88 --> 94

Armor/LVL

  • 3 --> 3.5

R Cooldown

  • 8s --> 5s
KennenW 4th Attack Damage
  • 20-60 (+100%bAD)(25%AP) --> 35-75 (+120%bAD(+35%AP)
SeraphineW - Surround Sound
  • Mana Cost: 50-130 --> 50-90
  • Cooldown: 26-22 --> 28-20
  • Shield: 75-225 (based on lvl) (+45%AP) --> 60/80/100/120/140 (+40%AP)
  • Allies now granted same shield value instead of 2/3 of Seraphine's value
  • Heal: 5%(1.125% per 100AP) missing health per ally --> 5/5.5/6/6.5/7%(0.75% per 100AP) missing health per ally

E - Beat Drop

  • Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9 --> 11/10.5/10/9.5/9

Samira has been getting quite a few adjustments over the last few patches. Will these help her make it out of the D-tier, or will she continue to be a pocket pick for one-trick ponies?

Which Champions Will Get Nerfed in Patch 12.5?

Ahri has been tearing up her rift since her mini rework. She is impactful in pro play, as well as in solo queue. Her win rate has skyrocketed her into the S-Tier for mid laners. So of course, Riot has decided to put her on the nerf list this time around.

ChampionChanges
AhriW - Fox Fire
  • Mana Cost: 25 --> 30
  • Damage: 60-160(30%AP) --> 50/75/100/125/150(30%AD)

E - Charm

  • Mana Cost: 50 --> 60
Master YiQ - Alpha Strike
  • Damage: 25-165(+90%AD) --> 30/609/120/150(+60%AD)
  • Crits Deal: 60%(+Bonus Crit Damage%) extra damage --> 50%(+Bonus Crit Damage%) extra damage now applies on hit effects (On Hits from subsequent hits are also reduced)
  • Cooldown refund now scales relative to the max cooldown reduction from ability haste (no longer double dips CD)
E - Wuju Style
  • Damage: 30-70(+35%bAD) --> 30/38/46/54/62(+35%bAD)
  • Duration does not decrease during [W] Meditate --> Duration does not decrease during [Q] Alpha Strike or [W] Mediatate
  • Can now cast during Q

R - Highlander

  • Duration oes not decrease during [W] Mediatate --> Duration does not decrease during [Q] Alpha Strike or [W] Meditate
  • Can now cast during Q
GwenPassive Monster Max Damage
  • 10+0.25AP --> 10+0.15AP

E Bonus Attack Range

  • 100 --> 50

Xin Zhao

E Cooldown
  • 11s --> 12s

R Duration

  • 5s --> 4s

Vayne? Jinx? No? That’s fine… not like I wasn’t losing every single game thanks to these OP picks in the bot lane. The Xin Zhao nerfs are also pretty laughable if you think of how powerful this jungler has been in solo queue and in pro play.

H Igh Noon Urgot
Urgot isn't looking too hot with the Hullbreaker changes. | © Riot Games

What Systems Are Being Adjusted in Patch 12.5?

Urgot mains are crying right now. Hullbreaker being nerfed on ranged champions is a feelsbadman situation for any Urgot players. That this pick is still considered ranged is pretty laughable in my opinion.

System

Changes
Hullbreaker (Ranged)
  • Self Resists: 20-60 --> 20-60 (10-30 for Ranged)
  • Minions Resists: 60-180 --> 60-180 (30-90 for Ranged)

Riot Phlox did state that the balance team will continue to keep an eye on Urgot who will be hit hardest with this nerf. The champion has suffered quite heavily over the last 2 years with Deaths Dance getting gutted due to ADCs abusing it

Other items that felt good on Urgot like Divine Sunderer and Frostfire Gauntlet were nerfed for ranged champions due to Ezreal and Senna abusing them… so where does this leave Urgot who is considered ranged? In limbo between F-Tier and D-Tier with no decent items.

We do think that we will see a B-Patch in the coming weeks for Patch 12.5. Hopefully a few more issues get resolved. Renata Glasc has been pretty OP to start off, which is why she is getting an emergency nerf in Patch 12.4 already. But one more question we’ve got… Riot, Void event when?