League of Legends patch 12.8 notes – Swain update, Eclipse skins

After a couple of weeks on the PBE, the League of Legends patch 12.8 notes are here. While LoL patch 12.7 touched down on the live servers just earlier this month, Riot Games wasted no time getting more content ready for the MOBA game as MSI draws near.

Patch 12.7 introduces Arcana skins for champions Ahri, Xayah, Rakan, Ryze, and Hecarim. If some flashy new duds aren’t your thing, you’ll want to check out the champion changes. While Riot has tweaked a few familiar faces, the most significant change comes to Zeri, who has got a total rework.

Patch 12.8 is no slouch either. You’ve got Solar Eclipse skins for Kayle, Sejuani, and Sivir; Lunar Eclipse skins for Aatrox and Senna; and other unique skins for Gangplank and Yasuo. We’ve also got our first peep at mid-scope tweaks for Swain, with more for Olaf coming in a future update. It’s not all about Swain, though, as we have another 18 champion changes to eyeball, too.

Without further ado, here are the League of Legends patch 12.8 notes.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.8 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

According to the League of Legends 2022 patch schedule, the League of Legends patch 12.8 release date is set for Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Maintenance times haven’t yet been confirmed, but usually begin at 3am PT for NA servers, 5am UK time for EUW servers, and 3am CET for EUNE servers, and last for approximately three hours, so expect downtime to start sometime around then.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.8 CHAMPION CHANGES

Champion balance changes

Bard – buffed

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Traveller’s Call (Passive):
Damage increased to 35 (+14 per 5 chimes) from 30 (+12 per 5 chimes)
Caretaker’s Shrine (W):
Max heal increased to 60/105/150/195/240 from 55/95/135/175/215

Ezreal – changed

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Trueshot Barrage (R):
Cooldown changed to 120/105/90 from 120

Fiddlesticks – buffed

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Bountiful Harvest (W):
Healing against champions increased to 30/40/50/60/70 from 30/35/40/45/50

Jinx – nerfed

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Stats:
Base HP lowered to 560 from 610

Jhin – buffed

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Deadly Flourish (W):
Crowd control duration increased to 1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25s from 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds
Damage no longer reduced against monsters
Captive Audience (E):
Cooldown decreased to 24-15 from 28-16
Damage no longer reduced against monsters

Kai’Sa – changed

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Second Skin (Passive):
Missing health damage ratio increased to 5% per 100 attack power from 2.5% per 100 attack power
Void Seeker (W):
Attack power ratio decreased to 45% from 70%
Killer Instinct (R):
Attack power ratio increased to 100% from 75%

Kassadin – buffed

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Null Sphere (Q):
Shield increased to 60-180 (+40% attack power) from 40-160 (+30% attack power)

Mordekaiser – buffed

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Darkness Rise (Passive):
Bonus move speed increased to 3/6/9% at levels 1/6/11 from 3% at all levels

Poppy – buffed

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Steadfast Presence (W):
Cooldown decreased to 20/18/16/14/12 from 24/22/20/18/16
Keeper’s Verdict (R):
R1 knockup duration increased from .75s
R2 missile speed increased to 2500 from 2000
R2 Knockback distance increased to 3400 from 2400
R Channel refund decreased to 15s from 30s

Sejuani – changed

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Fury of the North (Passive):
Cooldown changed to 12-6 based on level from 12

Soraka – nerfed

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Astral Infusion (W):
Heal decreased to 100/130/160/190/220 (+65% attack power) from 100/135/170/205/240 (+70% attack power)

Sylas – buffed

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Hijack (R):
Cooldown decreased to 80/55/30 from 100/70/40

Tristana – buffed

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Stats:
Attack damage per level increased to 3.7 from 3.3

Vel’Koz – buffed

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Plasma Fission (Q):
Attack power ratio increased to 90% from 80%
Void Rift (W):
Initial damage attack power ratio increased to 20% from 15%

Vladimir – buffed

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Stats:
Base armour increased to 27 from 23

Xayah – changed

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Double Daggers (Q):
Cooldown increased to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 from 10/9/8/7/6
Damage decreased to 45/60/75/90/105 from 45/65/85/105/125

Xerath – buffed

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Shocking Orb (E):
Stun duration increased to 0.75-2.25s from 0.5-2s

Zoe – buffed

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Paddle Star (Q):
Mana cost decreased to 40/45/50/55/60 from 50/55/60/65/70
Portal Jump (R):
Mana cost decreased to 40 from 50

Swain – changed

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Ravenous Flock (P):
Removed! Swain can no longer pull crowd-controlled enemies
Removed! Swain’s pull no longer deals damage
Healing increased to 4/5.5/7%/9% (levels 1/6/11/16) maximum health from 4/5.5/7% (levels 1/6/11) maximum health
Health per soul fragment increased to 12 from 5
Death’s Hand (Q):
Mana cost decreased to 45/50/55/60/65 from 65/70/75/80/85
Cooldown decreased to 7/6/5/4/3 seconds from 9/7.5/6/4.5/3 seconds
Damage increased to 60/80/100/120/140 (+40% AP) from 55/75/95/115/135 (+40% AP)
Additional bolt damage increased to 12/22/32/42/52 (+10% AP) from 15/20/25/30/35%
Maximum damage increased to 108/168/228/288/348 (+80% AP) from 88/135/190/253/324 (+64/72/80/88/96% AP)
Vision Of Empire (W):
Mana cost decreased to 60/65/70/75/80 from 70/80/90/100/110
New! Pings now display enemies in range similar to Twisted Fate (R) and Nocturne (R)
Nevermore (E):
New! Can now be reactivated to pull all champions rooted by Nevermove
New! Cooldown is reduced by 20% during Demonic Ascension (R)
Demonic Ascension (R):
Cooldown decreased to 100/80/60 seconds from 120 seconds
Drain damage per second changed to 20/45/70 (+10% AP) from 35/50/65 (+14% AP)
Removed! No longer grants 125/200/275 health
Changed! “Upon casting Demonic Ascension Swain gains 50 Demon Power. Demonic Ascension lasts as long as swain has Demon Power, which drains at a rate of 10 per second. While draining an enemy champion, Swain gains 20 Demon Power per second. After 3 seconds, Swain can cast Demonflare (R2)”
Demonflare (R2):
Damage increased to 150/225/300 (+60% AP) from 100/150/200 (+50% AP)
New! Demonflare now slows enemies by 60%, decaying over 1.5 seconds
Changed! On casting Demonic Ascension, Swain can cast Demonflare 1 time – this does not end Demonic Ascension
Removed! Demonflare no longer charges up based on health drained, up to double damage

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.8 CHAMPION SKINS

Champion skins

 Gangplank the Betrayer – 1350 RP

“Energised by a mysterious amulet containing Viego of Camavor and wielding the Blade of the Ruined King, Gangplank’s personality erupted as he raged in search of the long-lost Isolde. Though ultimately freed of the King’s influence by a group of heroes, he carries the experience with him… a reminder, perhaps, of true power.”

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Here’s the Gangplank the Betrayer splash art:

Gangplank the Betrayer splash art: a LoL champ points his gun at the screen as the tides race across the screen

Sea Dog Yasuo – 1350 RP

“Empowered by the Buhru during his fight against Viego of Camavor, Yasuo made an unlikely champion for the children of Nagakabouros – his obsession with past events flew in the face of everything they believed in. Yet even the mangiest sea dog has his day, and Yasuo stood against the forces of darkness, emerging triumphant.”

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Here’s the Sea Dog Yasuo splash art:

League of Legends' Yuso slices through water while wearing his Sea Dog skin

Solar Eclipse Kayle – 1350 RP

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Here’s the Solar Eclipse Kayle and Lunar Eclipse Aatrox splash art:

Solar Eclipse Kayle floats through the sky as the ground below gives way

Solar Eclipse Sejuani – 1350 RP

“A Knight of the Eclipse who patrols the border of the Elderwood on a great beast. Grim and wild at heart, Sejuani lives for battle with the forces of the Old Gods, caring naught for the reason why.”

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Here’s the Solar Eclipse Sejuani splash art:

Solar Eclipse Sivir – 1820 RP 

“A mercenary Eclipse Knight known for her skill in battle and lack of chivalry, Sivir sells her services eliminating witches and monsters who menace the countryside, ignoring threats that do not prove lucrative. Though many knights find nobility in their stated purpose, Sivir cares naught but for coin, pledging to aid her order only in their final, dire hour.”

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Here’s the Solar Eclipse Sivir splash art:

League of Legends Solar Eclipse skin flies through the battlefield

Lunar Eclipse Aatrox – 1350 RP

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Lunar Eclipse Senna – 1350 RP

“An ancient knight long thought dead, freed from the Eclipse Cathedral’s catacombs as Kayle began to stir from her ancient slumber. Senna now aids her knighthood against the new threat of the Coven, saving whoever she can from the resurrected Old Gods… though she remains ever vigilant, as the sun-eater’s return is now inevitable.”

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Here’s the Lunar Eclipse Senna splash art:

League of Legends' Lunar Eclipse Senna draws power to her blade

Lunar Eclipse Senna Prestige Edition – 125 ME

“Burning up the runway in a look inspired by an ancient order of magical knights, Senna brings a cold, but determined energy to the Gala proceedings. Evil beware– these looks can kill… and kill again.”

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Here’s the Lunar Eclipse Senna prestige edition splash art:

League of Legends Eclipse Senna stands with her blade in a white city while wearing her prestige skin


Miscellaneous

 We now have an idea of what the full 12.8 patch will look like! Here’s a preview from Riot Phlox:

Those are all the notes for LoL patch 12.8 for now, but keep heading back to check them out as there’s sure to be lots more to eyeball and delve into ahead of the patch’s arrival very soon.

Also be sure to go catch up on the LoL patch 12.7 notes – it’s a big update, and there’s plenty on the way, so you’ll want to make sure you’re in the know on what’s about to drop now the patch is live. Plus, we have a LoL tier list which has all you need to know about the best League of Legends champions to play in each role as of the latest patch.

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