TFT Patch 12.2 Notes: Tahm Kench Nerf, Viktor Buff, Lunar Legend Festival Event, and More

Ali Ahmed Akib
By Ali Ahmed Akib
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Teamfight Tactics (TFT) patch 12.2 is going to nerf meta champion Tahm Kench, buff Jayce, Jinx, & Viktor, feature the Lunar Legend Festival event, and more.

Although the last few patches have been comparatively small, TFT patch 12.1 stopped the Chemtech – Urgot meta and somewhat ended Kai’sa’s reign. However, after patch 12.1, Yordles became relatively strong, and Syndicate & Arcanist are being contested almost every game.

Moreover, after the recent nerfs, one champion in particular, Tahm Kench, is still dominating the current meta.

However, Teamfight Tactics Lead Designer, Riot Mort, has previewed the upcoming patch 12.2. And it seems Tahm Kench meta is finally coming to an end.

Here’s everything you need to know about early TFT Patch 12.2 Notes:

Release Date

TFT Patch 12.2 will release one day later than usual for a holiday on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Lunar Legend Festival Event

TFT will have its first-ever event called the Lunar Legend Festival Event: Gifts of the Golden Lantern to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The event is going live patch 12.2, January 20 at 11 AM PT. And the event will last throughout the end of patch 12.3.

The event is going to feature Year of the Tiger Protector, Chibi Firecracker Jinx, multiple variants of Duckbill, Dango, and Dowsie.

To participate in the event, just accept the invitation by hopping into a game.

Event Rewards

  • 1 Festival Firecracker (Has a chance to contain Chibi Firecracker Jinx)
  • 1 Year of the Tiger Egg (Has a chance to contain Year of the Tiger Protector)
  • 1 Festival of Beasts 2021 Egg
  • 180 Star Shards
  • Like My Stripes? Emote

Balance Update

System Changes

  • Made some adjustments to the shop drop odds at Level 8 & 9
    • Level 8: 15/20/35/25/5% >>> 16/20/35/25/4%
    • Level 9: 10/15/30/30/15% >>> 9/20/35/25/16%

Traits

Bodyguards

  • Armor: 100/200/350/500 >>> 75/150/250/450
  • Shield: 100/300/600/1000 >>> 150/350/700/1200

Mercenary

  • Removed Neeko’s Help as a drop from 3 & 4 loss
  • 4 Loss: 6.9g >>> 6.4g avg
  • 5 Loss: 6.9g >>> 6.6g avg
  • 6 Loss: 7.6g >>> 7.4g avg
  • 7 Loss: 8.3g >>> 7.9g avg

Scrap

  • HP Shield per item: 20/35/60 >>> 20/40/60

Syndicate

  • Armor and MR: 60 >>> 55
  • Bonus for Syndicate 7: 50% >>>  60%

Champions

2 Cost

Katarina – Buffed

  • HP: 650 >>> 700

Zyra – Adjusted

  • Spell Damage: 350/450/650 >>> 325/450/675

3 Cost

Cho’Gath – Buffed

  • Armor and MR: 50 >>> 55
  • Spell Damage: 800/900/1000 >>> 900/975/1050

Gangplank – Buffed

  • Base Spell Damage: 110/135/170 >>> 110/150/200

Heimerdinger – Buffed

  • Attack Speed: 0.6 >>> 0.65
  • Spell Damage: 70/95/140 >>> 70/100/150

Miss Fortune – Buffed

  • Spell Damage: 275/375/550 >>> 275/400/600

Shaco – Nerfed

  • AD: 85 >>> 80

Vex – Nerfed

  • Spell Shield: 550/675/850 >>> 525/675/850

4 Cost

Braum – Nerfed

  • Mana: 100/180 >>> 120/200

Seraphine – Nerfed

  • Spell Healing: 275/450/1200 >>> 250/350/1000

Sion – Nerfed

  • Mana: 100/170 >>> 125/200

Urgot – Buffed

  • Spell AD Ratio: 25% >>> 30%
  • Spell Duration: 5/5/5 >>> 5/5/10

Lux – Buffed

  • Attack Speed: 0.7 >>> 0.75

Jhin – Nerfed

  • Spell Damage: 150/200/344% >>> 150/200/300%

Orianna – Nerfed

  • Spell Shield: 100/160/400 >>> 100/150/400

Yone – Nerfed

  • Spell Duration: 4/5/20 >>> 4/5/15

5 Cost

Tahm Kench – Nerfed

  • Spell Damage: 900/1450/30000 >>> 800/1350/30000
  • Stats gained from feeding lowered by 10%
  • Tahm Kench can no longer eat champions from the board, only bench champs

Jayce – Buffed

  • Melee Spell Shield: 350/500/3000 >>> 375/550/3000

Jinx – Buffed

  • Rocket Launcher AD%: 190/200/888% >>> 200/210/888%

Viktor – Buffed

  • Spell Damage: 325/425/1500 >>> 350/450/1500

Items

Locket of the Iron Solari – Buffed

  • Shield Duration: 8 >>> 15 seconds

Chalice (Revert)

  • Bonus AP: 35% >>> 30%

Hand of Justice – Buffed

  • Bonus Roll States: 30% >>> 33%

Augments

  • Made some adjustments to the following Heart/Creast Augments
    • Bodyguard Heart: Leona >>> Blitzcrank
    • Protector Heart: Now grants a Blitzcrank
    • Mercenary Heart: Now grants 1g
    • Academy Crest: Now grants a Garen
    • Bodyguard Crest: Leona >>> Darius
    • Clockwork Crest: Will now appear in games, grants a Zilean
    • Mercenary Crest: Now grants 3g
    • Mutant Crest: Now grants a Kassadin
    • Protector Crest: Now grants a Garen
    • Socialite Crest: Now grants 1g

Metabolic Accelerator (T2)

  • No longer heals HP after PVE rounds

Item Grab Bag II

  • Grants 1 Item Reforger also

Shrug It Off

  • Tier 2 >>> Tier 1

Wise Spending (T3)

  • Grants 4g also

High Roller (T3)

  • Grants 4g also

Portable Forge

  • Tier 3 >>> Tier 2

Anima Visage

  • Health Regen: 8% >>> 6%

Death’s Defiance

  • AD: 30 >>> 25
  • AS: 30 >>> 25%
  • Armor: 50 >>> 40

Eternal Winter

  • Attack Speed Slow: 35% >>> 25%

Gold Collector

  • 75% >>> 50% to drop gold

Thrill of the Hunt III (T3)

  • Removed from the game

Sniper’s Nest (T1)

  • Now has an indicator to show you how many stacks it has

Stand Behind Me (T1)

  • Now also increases Bodyguard Armor bonus by 25%

Bug Fixes

  • Caitlyn’s ability can no longer hit invulnerable and untargetable objects (Hexcore, Guardian Angle stasis, etc.)
  • Fiora’s ability no longer fizzles if her target dies as she begins her cast
  • 1-Star Illaoi’s ability magic damage is now the intended 200 rather than 175
  • Units sold with Sniper Emblem can no longer retain their bonus +1 Attack Range
  • Dragon’s Claw no longer triggest against some physical abilities
  • Runaan’s Hurricane no longer applies Viktor’s armor shred
  • Bug Fix: Imperian 5’s damage buff on all Imperial units is no longer removed during some combats in uncommon situations
  • Fixed an issue where Crown augments would still appear when players had previously taken the Built Different augment. Soul augments that benefit the entire team are still allowed to appear (e.g. Enforcer Soul, Arcanist Soul)
  • Zac will no longer sometimes target the same enemy twice with his ability
  • Fixed a rare issue where Zac would deal double damage

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