The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational will be played on LoL Patch 12.8, so this patch will focus on solo queue once more. Which champions are going to be buffed and nerfed?
Next week is the start of the second biggest esports event of the year for League of Legends fans. The Mid-Season Invitational will kick off on May 10, 2022, but just a day later, we're also getting a new patch with some interesting changes.
So, what can we expect from League of Legends Patch 12.9? We've talked about the mid-scope updates to Taliyah and Olaf, but what other champions are getting updates? Well, spoiler alert: Mid Pyke won't be the same after Patch 12.9.
All Champion Buffs in Patch 12.9
While Patch 12.8 had a multitude of champion buffs, this patch is going to slow down the buffing for a bit. Some champions that have been nerfed pretty heavily are getting some love, though. Hecarim was completely destroyed ahead of the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, but now Riot has decided to buff him again. But who else joins him on the buff list?
|Hecarim||Q - Rampage|
W - Spirit of Dread
|Varus||P - Living Vengeance|
W - Blighted Quiver
|Braum||P - Concussive Blows|
E - Unbreakable
P - Damnation
W - Dark Passage
Will tank supports become meta once more after these buffs? Leona is always in a decent spot, but Braum and Thresh have lost quite a bit of popularity in both pro play and solo queue, so them getting buffs feels great for anyone who likes to play tanky support champions.
RiotPhroxon also mentioned in a tweet that Renekton will be getting some adjustments to his scaling over time. He didn't specify whether this is a buff or nerf, but we do think that the croc is in desperate need of a buff, so we're adding him to the buff list for LoL Patch 12.9.
All Champion Nerfs in Patch 12.9
A few champions have been a bit too strong, so they're in need of nerfs — duh. One of those names is Rengar who has been a menace in the jungle and top lane lately. His rework has done him some good, catapulting him out of the F-tier and into the top tiers, but maybe he's been doing a bit too good, eh?
|Rengar||W - Battle Roar|
|Master Yi||R - Highlander|
|Ahri||E - Charm|
R - Spirit Rush
|Renata Glasc||Base Stats|
P - Leverage
|Sion||P - Glory in Death|
The Sion nerfs are directed at the recent trend of 'inting Sion'. This way players can die and continue to take towers with ease and push the lane, but with these changes, this play style won't be feasible anymore. Are you sad to see inting Sion go?
Champion Adjustments in Patch 12.9
This is where things get interesting this patch. Taliyah and Olaf are set to get pretty big mid-scope updates and will be almost unrecognizable come Patch 12.9. The changes to their kits seem to differ from day-to-day on the PBE server, but players are giving feedback and really making these two champions shine.
|See Olaf Article
|Taliyah||See Taliyah Article
|Pyke (mid nerf)||Notable Changes:|
W - Ruthless Predator
R - Dominus
Unfortunately, Riot did not give clear information on the champion adjustments. These are constantly changing on PBE as the balance team is trying to figure out how to perfect these three champions for the live servers, so wrting down a set number would be obsolete in the long run.
System Nerfs in Patch 12.9
There is only one change to items this patch, which is going to be for Hullbreaker. This has been a key item on champions like Trundle and Yorick who love to split push, but it has been abused on ranged champions, which prompted Riot to nerf it a few patches ago, but it's still a great item to rush so more nerfs are coming.
Those are the main changes hitting the rift in Patch 12.9. Are you excited to play some Braum again in the bot lane? Hopefully Riot really does buff our boy Renekton, because this champion could be so much better. He's been suffering for a while, so him getting attention is truly necessary.
Now all we need is for Riot to officially announce Bel'Veth and give us that sweet Battle Boss skin, right? Then everything would be great, but we will likely have to wait for Patch 12.10 or even 12.11... patience is a virtue, eh?