League of Legends Patch 8.2: A Farewell to Sightstone

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League of Legends' next big content patch is 8.2, introducing Arctic Ops Gragas, skin descriptions, as well as a host of balance and bug fixes, including changes to Ornn, Jinx, and Support Items. Have a look below for all the information we've got, straight from the PBE.

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LoL Patch 8.2 Release Date And Downtime

We don't know the exact release date for patch 8.2 yet, but the schedule is bi-weekly so expect it on Wednesday January 30. We'll update when Riot do, but keep an eye on the server maintenance page for the latest updates.

LoL Patch 8.2 Balance Changes

That out of the way, let’s start with the really important bit, shall we? What you need to remember is that stuff on the PBE like this is neither guaranteed to happen, nor to be in the next patch even if it does. This is what the folks over at Riot are thinking about doing. We’ve got the numbers on what’s changing, and a general guideline on which way each champion, item, mastery, summoner spell or rune is moving.

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Patch 8.2 Champion Changes

Brand - changed

Brand Balance Changes

  • Blaze (P):
    • Passive changed to "When Blaze reaches max stacks on a Champion or large monster" from "When Blaze reaches max stacks on a Champion or monster."

Evelynn - nerfed

Evelynn

  • Whiplash (E):
    • Unempowered damage decreased to [3% max health (+1.5% per 100 AP)] from [4% max health (+2.5% per 100 AP)].
    • Empowered damage decreased to [4% max health (+2.5% per 100 AP)] from [6% max health (+3.5 per 100 AP)].

Ezreal - nerfed

Ezreal balance changes

  • Mystic Shot (Q):
    • Damage decreased to 15/40/65/90/115 from 35/55/75/97/115. 

Jinx - changed

Jinx balance changes

  • Base AD decreased to 61 from 63.
  • AD growth increased to 2.7 from 2.5.
  • Get Excited (P):
    • Attack speed no longer stacks
    • Attack speed uncaps when Jinx is excited.
  • Switcheroo! (Q):
    • Bonus attack speed increased to 30/55/80/105/130% from 30/40/50/60/70%.
    • Minigun attack speed no longer scales with Jinx's level.
    • Jinx's first attack after switching from rockets to minigun now comes out within 0.4 seconds of swapping, instead of waiting for her full attack timer.

Kha'Zix - changed

Kha'zix balance changes

  • Unseen Threat (P):
    • Bonus AD ratio decreased to 0.2 from 0.4.
  • Taste Their Fear (Q):
    • Bonus AD increased to 120% from 110%.
    • Evolved Reaper Claws cooldown refund increased to 60% from 45%.

Malzahar - nerfed

Malzahar patch changes

  • Call of the Void (Q):
    • AP ratio decreased to 65% from 80%.
  • Nether Grasp (R):
    • Cooldown increased to 140/110/80 seconds from 120/100/80 seconds.

Nunu - buffed

Nunu balance changes

  • Consume (Q):
    • New effect: Well Fed now additionally grants 3/5/7/9/11 (+5% AP) magic damage on basic attacks, stacking up to five times.
  • Blood Boil (W):
    • New effect: Now additionally increases AP by 40% for both targets (up to a maximum of 40/60/80/100/120 AP).

Ornn - nerfed

ornn

  • Bellows Breath (W):
    • Advance is no longer unstoppable.
  • Call of the Forge God (R):
    • Cooldown increased to 140/120/100 seconds from 130/100/70.

Sona - buffed 

  • Hymn of Valor (Q):
    • Mana cost decreased to 50/55/60/65/70 from 60/65/70/75/70.

Vayne - nerfed

Vayne balance changes

  • Final Hour (R):
    • Bonus AD decreased to 20/30/40 from 30/50/70.

Patch 8.2 Item Changes

Sightstone and Ruby Sightstone removed

Talisman of Ascension, Face of the Mountain and Fost Queen's Claim - removed

Ancient Coin, Relic Shield and Spellthief's Edge lines - changed

  • Quest gold value decreased to 500 from 750.
  • Quest reward changed to Gain Unique Active - Warding: Consumes a charge to place a Stealth Ward that reveals the surrounding area for 150s. Holds up to 3 charges which refill upon visiting the shop."

Relic Shield - changed

  • Now notes "50% healing if the owner is ranged."

Remnant of the Ascended new item

  • Formerly Eye of the Oasis
  • Recipe: Nomad's Medallion + Ruby Crystal +250g

Remnant of the Watchers new item

  • Formerly Eye of the Watchers
  • Recipe: Frostfang + Ruby Crystal +250g

Remnant of the Aspect new item

  • Formerly Eye of the Equinox
  • Recipe: Targon's Brace + Ruby Crystal +250g

Runic Echoesbuffed

  • Mana restored when an echo hits a large monster increased to 25% from 15%.

Patch 8.2 Rune Changes

Aftershock changed

  • Armor and MR changed to [70-120] from [20 + 30%].
  • Explosion damage changed to [10 - 120 (3% of your max health)(+15% of your bonus attack damage)(+10% of your ability power)] from [40 - 140 (+3.5% of your max health)].

Glacial Augment - buffed

  • Ranged atttack slow increased to [30-40%] from [20-40%].
  • Melee attack slow increased to [45-55%] from [40-50%]
  • Freeze Ray slow increased to 60% from 50%.

Coup de Grace - nerfed

  • Damage decreased to 7% from 9%.

Grasp of the Undying - changed

  • Ranged champion rules changed to "Damage, healing, and permanent health gained reduced by 40%" from "Damage and healing are halved and gain 2 permanent health instead."

Guardian changed

  • Cooldown increased to 70-40 seconds from 45.
  • Shield value changed to 70-150 from 60-150.
  • AP increased to 0.25% from 0.2%.
  • Bonus health increased to 12% from 10%.

Last Stand - nerfed

  • Damage decreased to [5%-11%] from [5%-12%].

Triumph - nerfed

  • Gold on takedown decreased to 20 from 25.

Zombie Ward - nerfed

  • Ward duration changed to 60-180 seconds from 180 seconds.

LoL Patch 8.2 New Skins

Second most important: cosmetics. Lovely, gorgeous cosmetics. Bit more of a visual medium this, so we’ve grabbed the best videos of each skin, as well as a lovely pic or two. Some are relatively simple changes, while others are total reworks of every part of the champion outside the gameplay numbers - new VO, new animations, new particles and the rest. It’s generally defined by how much they cost, so we’ve detailed that as well.

Arctic Ops Gragas

Arctic Ops Gragas

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Arctic Ops Gragas

These five skins are being released in patch 8.3 to coincide with Chinese New Year and Valentines Day, but they're on the PBE now, so we'll cover them until they get taken down.

Sweetheart Xayah

Sweetheart Xayah

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Sweetheart Rakan

Sweetheart Rakan

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Suitably adorably, Sweetheart Xayah and Rakan share a splash art - here it is:

Sweetheart Xayah Rakan

Lunar Empress Lux

Lunar Empress Lux

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Lunar Empress Lux

Lunar Guardian Nasus

Lunar Guardian Nasus

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Lunar Guardian Nasus

Lunar Guardian Warwick

Lunar Guardian Warwick

1350 RP. Details from Riot.

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Lunar Guardian Warwick

Patch 8.2 will also introduce skin descriptions. These small snippets of lore will be gradually worked into the game over time through the new Skins Collection tab. You can find out more here. You'll also now be able to see which skins your allies have selected in the pre-game lobby - more info here.

For even more skin goodness, patch 8.2 will also be rolling out updated splash arts for Miss Fortune. Six skins have been updated, so check them out below:

Cowgirl Miss Fortune

Cowgirl Miss Fortune

Waterloo Miss Fortune

Waterloo Miss Fortune

Secret Agent Miss Fortune

Secret Agent Miss Fortune

Candy Cane Miss Fortune

Candy Cane Miss Fortune

Road Warrior Miss Fortune

Road Warrior Miss Fortune

Mafia Miss Fortune

Mafia Miss Fortune

LoL Patch 8.2 Login Screen

Each patch has its own login screen with unique music. 8.2 is currently showing off two different login screens for the start of the new season. Visually they're pretty much the same, but each has a different set of music in behind it. You can check both of them out below.

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LoL Patch 8.2 Context and Notes

The biggest change in 8.2 is the removal of Sightstone from the game, so here's an explanation of the hows and whys of that decision from ItsLowbo.

Here's Meddler with the first gameplay thoughts of 2018, discussing game pacing, upcoming changes to Rengar, and the ups and downs of patches 8.1 and 8.2. They were followed up with gameplay thoughts from January 10, discussing minion aggro and changes to Unseasled Spellbook. Gameplay thoughts from January 12 discuss changes to Sightstone, and the addition of vision score to the scoreboard. Gameplay thoughts from January 16 discuss upcoming changes to Lucian (coming in 8.3 or 8.4, and visual updates to Cho'gath's spells coming in patch 8.3.

Here's context on the changes to Guardian and Aftershock, and the Jinx changes, as well as the release timings for the skins currently on PBE.

Minions now have an 'inventory', explaining some of their mechanics, such as taking reduced tower damage and giving buffs to surrounding minions.

Some further changes to turrets will be coming in sometime this cycle.

That's League of Legends patch 8.2. We'll update as and when we get more info, or we'll see you for patch 8.3 in the very near future. Let us know below if there's any vital info we missed!

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please no more lux skins...

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