Not only is League of Legends Patch 12.8 most likely going to be the patch that the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational will be played on, but it's also going to have some bigger champion changes heading our way quite soon.
Swain was already supposed to be getting some changes all the way back in Patch 12.6, but Riot took those off the PBE server faster than we could blink and decided to put him in the same box as Olaf and Taliyah, giving him a mid-scope update... who knew it would release this soon, though?
Swain Mid-Scope Update
Now, this is just what is currently on the PBE Server and from what we've seen before, Riot can still take champions off PBE to work on them internally gain, which could push the mid-scope update back. But we're not going to be debby-downers on this Swain update, so let's go over what Riot will want to change.
|Ravenous Flock (P)|
|Death's Hand (Q)|
|Vision of Empire (W)|
|Demonic Ascension (R)|
That looks like a lot, right? Well, these changes should pull Swain out of the bot lane and into the mid lane once more. He'll have more burst damage, which is something he's needed.
Seriously, his ultimate looks scary and players have a chance to go for quite a long time, as long as he keeps draining opponents. Everyone is going to run away screaming from Swain with these changes, but they look wonderful for the champion. Swain mains, you've been fed good.
Updates on PBE for the Future
Olaf Mid-Scope Update Patch 12.9
Now, you thought we were done there, right? Well, Olaf is also getting a mid-scope update at some point in 2022, and it might hit the rift much sooner than anticipated.
When Riot made the announcement that our favorite viking was getting an update, I thought this would come out in winter, but the changes are already on the PBE 12.8 server with an expected ship date being Patch 12.9 – NOT Patch 12.8.
|Berserker Rage (P)|
|Vicious Strikes (W)|
Olaf's W has been completely reworked here and might even get a name change according to the Riot Axes on Reddit.
So, Olaf will have to be looked at in more detail. He's the type of champion that will take over the pro meta whenever he receives a single buff to one of his abilities to help him out in solo queue, which is why some changes had to be made.
Not to mention, the changes to fighter items seem to have hit Olaf harder than any other champion in the jungle and top lane, which is why Riot is going for these drastic changes in his kit. Do you think these changes are going to help the viking out?
Skins Coming in Patch 12.8
Since there isn't much on the PBE server right now in regard to Patch 12.8, we're going to take a look at the upcoming skins in Patch 12.8. There are a few, so let's see which skins we've got!
Eclipse Skins in Patch 12.8
The Eclipse and Coven universe is expanding, with five champions getting new Eclipse skins!
|Solar Eclipse||Sivir||Legendary||1820 RP|
|Solar Eclipse||Sejuani||Epic||1350 RP|
|Solar Eclipse||Kayle||Epic||1350 RP|
|Lunar Eclipse||Aatrox||Epic||1350 RP|
|Lunar Eclipse||Senna||Epic||1350 RP|
|Lunar Eclipse Prestige||Senna|
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story Skins Coming in Patch 12.8
At the end of November, Riot Forge and Airship Syndicate finally released the much-anticipated turn-based RPG set in the world of Runeterra around the same time of the Ruination event. To celebrate this, Riot prepared a brand-new skin for Yasuo as well, but due to the delay in the game, the skin was pushed back to 2022.
But, this gave them time to make another skin in this skin series as well for Gangplank, who is in need of a new skin anyway, his last skin coming in 2020 after FPX won the 2019 World Championship – and this is a Legacy skin only available at certain times of the year.
|The Betrayer||Gangplank||Epic||1350 RP|
So, while the Ruination event might not have hit the mark, these skins sure do. Not to mention that we're getting a book surrounding the cataclysm of the Blessed Isles as well soon, so we can find out even more about the events unfolding in Runeterra.