League of Legends patch 12.14 preview has big dragon changes in store

League of Legends patch 12.14 preview notes: Wukong

League of Legends patch 12.14 is creeping ever closer, and developer Riot Games still has plenty of changes in the works to help tune the popular MOBA game’s champion pool in the aftermath of the Durability Update. Now, developer Matt ‘Phroxzon’ Leung-Harrison has shared the preview for the upcoming patch.

First up are the buffs. Currently on the PBE, Pantheon’s Q damage against monsters has been increased from 70% to 120%, meaning we could see the Artisan of War return to the jungle in the future. Alistar, Jarvan IV, LeBlanc, Teemo, and Varus are also due to get some extra oomph. On the flipside, Gnar, Renata Glasc, Seraphine bot lane, Sivir, Yuumi, and Zeri are all getting hit by nerfs.

Several champions are also getting adjusted in 12.14. On the PBE Gangplank’s passive damage now scales with critical chance, giving an extra 25 damage per 1% crit chance (maximum 250 bonus damage). Meanwhile, Wukong’s base health regen has been increased to 3.5 from 2.5 on PBE, while his ultimate’s AD ratio per second is being dropped from 125% AD to 120%. Aatrox, Janna, and Kayn (Rhaast) will also be receiving tweaks.

On the systems front, Enchanter Mythics are being hit by nerfs, alongside Challenging Smite, Sunfire Cape, and Champunk Chainsword. There are also a host of chops and changes (mostly nerfs) coming to early sustain runes and items, as well as major objectives which you can check out below.

According to Phroxzon, this will be “the last set of major changes sans Worlds balance”, with everything else now being moved to Preseason 2023. With some pretty impactful changes – particularly on the dragon front – coming in, the back end of the 2022 season could be a very different game indeed.