LoL Patch 12.8 All Buffs and Nerfs

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We're nearing the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, which means Riot is going to be making changes accordingly. So, in Patch 12.8 we're going to be getting multiple champion buffs, but also a few adjustments and nerfs. Riot doesn't have time for item changes this time around.

So, let's go over the extensive champion buffs list as well as the smaller nerfs and adjustments which are going to hit the Rift on April 27 and which we will see once MSI kicks off early in May.

Champion Buffs in Patch 12.8

There are multiple champions that we haven't seen much of in pro play, which is why they're on the receiving end of some buffs. Of course, other champions on this list have us scratching our heads a little since they're prominent in both solo queue and in pro play.

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
SeraphineRemoved from the Patch

Hopefully with these changes, we finally get to see Bard in pro play once more. This is such a fun support champion to watch and with a lot of these changes geared to the pro meta, we hope that picks like Bard make it through during MSI.

On the other hand, champions like Ezreal and Sylas always find a way into the meta of any pro tournament, which makes their buffs slightly confusing for some.

Champion Nerfs in Patch 12.8

This is a much smaller and shorter list than the buff list. Only four champions will be getting nerfed in the upcoming League of Legends patch.

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

Pyke is going to live another patch with Riot deciding to make changes at a later date. So for all of you who love to annoy your opponents by spamming Pyke in the mid lane, make sure you continue to abuse this champ, because Riot has decided not to make any changes... for now.

Champion Adjustments in Patch 12.8

Ever since Faker brought out his AP Kai'Sa mid, everyone has gone crazy over this unique pick. Be careful though, it's hard to master, but once you do, it's so much fun. That's why Riot has decided to make some adjustments to the AP build for her.

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 Below

Riot has been working on Swain for a while now. For a full run down of what they're planning, make sure to check out our Swain update article. We go over what is currently being tested on PBE for the epic champion.

Those are all the upcoming changes for the next Patch. Many champions are getting buffed, so hopefully we see some of them played in Busan, South Korea.