LoL Patch 12.9 Highlights | Pyke Mid Nerfs

Pyke Patch 12.9
Pyke is being nerfed at the mid lane. (c/ Riot Games | © Riot Games

Pyke is being nerfed in this patch. This means that this champion will not be seen in the middle lane for quite some while. Pyke mid has been nerfed repeatedly and it appears players will find a way for him to be mained in that position anyway. 

But was there anything else that happened in this region? We cannot forget! Taliyah and Olaf You won’t be able to get their enormous mid-scope udpates with this patch, either. Let’s summarize the major changes in League of Legends Patch 12.9. 


Pyke Nerfed in Mid Lane for Patch 12.9 

We already mentioned that this update was coming, but Pyke will be getting nerfed by League of Legends Patch 12.9. Riot called this an “adjustment”, however, let’s not pretend that it is. After these changes, mid-lane Pyke will be much more difficult to play. Our Riftfeed video editor He is literally crying into his cereal when he sees these changes. 

Ability Changes
Passive – Gift from the Drowned One
  • Damage Converted to Grey Health When Near Two or More Enemies: 40% (+0.5% per Lethality) ⇒ 45% (+0.5% per Lethality)
Q – Bone Skewer
  • [NEW] Bone App The Teeth – Bone Skewer now reimburses mana when an enemy champion is hit
  • Mana Cost: 50/55/60/65/70 ⇒ 74/78/82/86/90
  • Mana Refund: 50% ⇒ 75%
R – Death from Below
  • Cooldown: 120/100/80 seconds ⇒ 100/85/70 seconds
  • [REMOVE] Lighter Pockets: Pyke no longer receives “Your Cut” gold upon successfully executing enemy champions with his R (last assisting ally will still receive “Your Cut”)
  • [REMOVED] Bogo is a No Go: Pyke no longer receives additional “Your Cut” gold when allies kill enemies within Death From Below’s execution area

So, just take Pyke to the bot lane, because there at least his ADC will gain something from giving kills over to his support, right? 

Mid-Scope Updates for Taliyah and Olaf, Patch 12.9

You guys probably are sick and tired of hearing about it. Taliyah and Olaf This is it. We’ll force them down your throat once more to discuss their updates. While we have an overview article, there has been a lot of change since then. Let us now discuss the specific changes each champion will be making to their live servers. 

Taliyah Update

Taliyah’s Abilities Keep checking for updates

Base Stats

  • Base Health 531 ⇒ 500
  • Base Health Regen 7 ⇒ 6.5
  • Health Regen Growth 0.7 ⇒ 0.65
  • Base Mana 425 ⇒ 470
  • Base Mana Regen 9.34 ⇒ 8
  • Mana Regen Growth 0.85 ⇒ 0.8
  • Base Armor 20 ⇒ 18
  • Move Speed 335 ⇒ 330
Passive – Rock Surfing
  • Out of Combar Bonus Move Speed: 20-45% (levels 1-18) ⇒ 10/20/35/55% (levels 1/9/12/15)
  • Passive Fall off Time when not near Terrain: 1 second ⇒ 2.5 seconds
Q – Threaded volley
  • Mana Cost 50/60/70/80/90 ⇒ 60/65/70/75/80
  • Cooldown 7/6/5/4/3 seconds ⇒ 6.5/5.5/4.5/3.5/2.5 seconds
  • 1-Rock Damage 70/95/120/145/170 (+45% AP) ⇒ 38/61/84/107/130 (+50% AP)
  • Damage Reduction From Subsequent Stone Shards: 50% ⇒ 60%
  • 5-Rock Damage: 210/285/360/435/510 (+135% AP) ⇒ 98.8/158.6/218.4/278.2/338 (+130% AP)
  • Damage Reduction From Subsequent Steone Shards Against Monsters: 25% ⇒ 60%
  • [NEW] Super Effective: Every Stone Shard now deals 30 (+0% AP) damage to monsters
  • [NEW] SCattered Stones – Stone Shards now cause damage within a 175-radius area (approximately 1.5 Teemos).
  • [NEW] Rock Solid: Q- Threaded Volley will continue casting while Taliyah’s in Stasis
  • [NEW] Casting Q on Worked Ground – Threaded Volley now consumes Worked Ground to fire one Boulder, dealing double damage [76/122/168/214/260 (+100% AP)] All targets within a 225 AoE radius are slowed by 30/35/40/45/50% every 2 seconds
  • Mana Cost on Worked Ground: 1 ⇒ 20
  • Min Cooldown on Worked Ground: 1 second ⇒ 0.75 seconds
  • Worked Ground Duration: 25 seconds ⇒ 30 seconds
  • Worked Ground Radius: 300 ⇒ 400
  • Updated Level Grounds: The size of Worked Ground on Howling Abyss now matches Summoner’s Rift
  • [NEW] Skipping Stones: Q- Threaded Volley casts on Worked Ground and now has new animations, VFX, and icons!
W – Seismic Shove
  • Mana Cost: T 70/80/90/100/110 ⇒ 40/30/20/10/0
  • Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12 seconds ⇒ 14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds
  • Knock Up Radius: S 200 ⇒ 225
  • Time Delay Before Knock Up: 0.8 seconds ⇒ 0.75 seconds
  • [REMOVED] Soft Like San: W – Seismic Shove no longer deals damage
E – Unraveled Meat
  • Cooldown: 16/14/12/10/8 seconds ⇒ 16/15/14/13/12 seconds
  • Damage on Initial Cast: 50/75/100/125/150 (+40% AP) ⇒ 60/105/150/195/240 (+60% AP)
  • Slow Strength: 20% (+4% AP) ⇒ 20/22/24/26/28% (AP ratio removed)
  • Boulder Detonation Damage: 50/60/70/80/90 (+30% AP) ⇒ 25/45/65/85/105 (+30% AP)
  • Damage Reduction Per Subsequent Boulder Hit: 15% ⇒ 25%
  • Max Boulder Detonation Damage: 155/186/217/248/279 (+93% AP) ⇒ 62.5/112.5/162.5/212.5/262.5 (+75% AP)
  • Delay between Casting adn Spawning First Row of Boulders: 0.1 seconds ⇒ 0 seconds
  • Delay between Spawning Rows of Boulders After the First Row: 0.1 seconds ⇒ 0.17 seconds
  • [UPDATED] Textonis Shifts E – Unraveled earth now spawns 6 rows with 4 boulders each row. Previously, there were 4 rows with 6 boulders each row.
  • [NEW] The Rock and the Hard Place: Boulders can now stun enemies by causing them to run through them for 0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9/1 sec. (Note: Monsters are stunned for the maximum duration of the stun.
  • [REMOVED] It’s Just A Boulder: E – Unraveled Earth is no longer capable of causing additional damage for 4 seconds.
R – Weaver’s Wall
  • Range: 3000/4500/6000 ⇒ 2500/4500/6500
  • Dash Range When Jumping Off Wall: 400 ⇒ 700
  • Dash Speed When Jumping Off Wall: 1000 ⇒ 1200
  • [UPDATED] Skipping Rocks: Moving Taliyah while she is riding the Weaver’s Wall now causes Taliyah to dash to the location clicked, up to the maximum dash range instead of dropping her perpendicular to the wall.
  • [UPDATED] Surfs Up: When jumping off a wall, it is easier to dashing through terrain.
  • [NEW] Not So Fast Little Sparrow: Damage from enemy champions or structures now prevents Taliyah from casting R – Weaver’s Wall for 3 seconds
  • [REMOVED] These were the Pioneers’ Rides for Miles: Taliyah is no longer afraid to take damage.

You think tables are great fun? You don’t have to worry about tables, because we’re bringing you more tables. Just keep reading about Olaf, and the changes Riot made to his kit. 

Sentinel Olaf
Olaf Update hitting the Rift! | © Riot Games

Olaf Update

Abilities Changes
Base Stats
  • AD Growth: 3.5 –> 4.7
  • AD at level 18: 127.5 –> 148
  • Health Growth: 100 –> 105
  • Mana Growth: 42 –> 50
Passive – Berserker Rage
  • Mac Attack Speed Granted 99% ⇒ 40-100% (levels 1-18)
  • [NEW] Fight On: Berserker’s Rage now provides 10-30% life steal (levels 1-18), based on Olaf’s missing health
  • [UPDATED] Mad Math: Bonuses max out at 0% Health ⇒ 30% Health
Q – Undertow
  • Cooldown: 7 seconds ⇒ 9 seconds
  • Damage: 80/125/170/215/260 ⇒ 60/110/160/210/260
  • Min Range: 300 ⇒ 425 units
  • Mana Cost: 60 at all ranks ⇒ 40/45/50/55/60
  • [NEW] Beatdown City, Population : You: Q Undertow now shatters 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% armor every 4 seconds after hitting an enemy champion. (Note – Subsequent blades will refresh the duration of the debuff.
  • [UPDATED] Pro Axe Juggler now fully refunds Q-Undertow’s cooldown when you pick up an axe. However, you can only throw axes once every 3 second. (Note – Ability Haste is a 3 second limit.
  • [UPDATED] Coming Through: Included a quality of life buff to Olaf’s Q – Undertow so that it now grants ghosting more consistently to jungle monsters who he hits or are near him when Q is cast
W – We can tough it out
  • [UPDATED]Name Change: Vicious Strikes ⇒ Tough It Out
  • Cooldown: 16 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 16/14.5/13/11.5/10 seconds
  • Attack Speed: 50/60/70/80/90% ⇒ 40/50/60/70/80%
  • Ability Duration 6 seconds ⇒ 4 seconds
  • [NEW] Just: W now resets Olaf’s basic attack timer
  • [NEW] Tough: Olaf now has a 10/45/80/115/150 shield (with 25% of his HP remaining) for 2.5 seconds upon activation
  • [REMOVED] It’s no longer a Life Steal
  • [REMOVED] Out: No longer amplifies Olaf’s healing based on missing health
R – Ragnarok
  • Bonus Attack Damage: 15/20/25 (+30% AD) ⇒ 10/20/30 (+25% AD)
  • Duration: 6 seconds ⇒ 3 seconds
  • Paassive Resists: 20/30/40 ⇒ 10/25/40
  • [REMOVED] I am Untethered – R – Ragnarok’s passive bonuses resistances are not lost for the duration the ability
  • [NEW] My Rage knows no Bounds: Ragnarok’s duration can be extended by hitting a champion using a basic attack or E-Reckless Swing. Olaf can renew Ragnarok indefinitely.

These are some big changes. Will they make Olaf and Taliyah more popular? We hope so. Ahri’s Mid-Scope Update has been a huge success. Swain After a few tweaks, he was back to his best in the middle lane and the bot lane. 

Patch 12.9: Introduction of Challenges

Riot also launched challenges in League of Legends patch 12.9. So, even if you aren’t into playing ranked, you will be able to get a rank just by playing ARAM. The challenges allow you to personalize your banner and profile. 

EDG Worlds
These skins are amazing. (c/ Riot Games | © Riot Games

Patch 12.9: Skins

We’re getting two sets new skins in this patch. The 2021 World Champions EDG Their skins will be released in this patch. This patch also includes the first half of League of Legends’ High Noon Skins. If you are looking to spend some cash, this patch is for you. The live server will have a total 10 skins as well as a prestige. 

EDG Worlds Skins

  • EDG Graves
  • EDG Viego
  • EDG Zoe
  • EDG Aphelios
  • EDG Yuumi

Many thought Lulu would get a skin before the skins were released. But it was Yuumi who received Meiko’s skin. We’re not mad. This skin is cute. 

High Noon Skins

  • High Noon Leona
  • High Noon Katarina
  • Varus High Noon
  • High Noon Mordekaiser
  • High Noon Talon
  • High Noon Talon Prestige Edition

Leona is getting married Second legendary skin Riot is loving her and we are not mad. Her skin is beautiful. …? Perhaps Rell will finally get a skin. Please? 

Enjoy this patch and the champion updates. The next patch will see everything change on the rift with the durability update. When exactly will Riot be released? Bel’Veth be released This is likely to be the most mysterious thing about 2022. 

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