LoL Update 12.2 COUNTDOWN: All the latest news as we approach release time

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League of Legends is hitting 2022 hard with the year’s second patch bringing plenty of buffs and nerfs while adding over a dozen new skins and even a new champion!

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Here's everything you need to know about the League of Legends 12.2 update.

UPDATE: LoL 12.2 is LIVE

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League of Legends' second patch of the year is now live.

Players will be able to enjoy the plethora of champion tuning, Janna's rework, the release of Zeri, and more!

LoL 12.2 Release Time & Date

League of Legends 12.2 will arrive on Thursday, January 20.

Players can expect maintenance to begin at around 6 am EST with the servers coming back online at roughly 9 am EST.

LoL 12.2 Patch Notes Highlights

League’s newest patch is shocked full of buffs and nerfs to champions, items, and much more. Here are some highlights of the new update. For the full patch notes read more here.

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Champion Buffs and Nerfs

These buffs and nerfs will have an important impact on Season 12 right from launch.

Nocturne

  • Health per level 85 ⇒ 95
  • Duskbringer (Q) Attack damage ratio 75% ⇒ 85%

Volibear

  • Attack damage per level 3 ⇒ 3.5
  • Sky Splitter (E) Cooldown 15s ⇒ 13s
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Veigar

  • Baleful Strike (Q) Cooldown 7-5 ⇒ 6-4
  • Stacks from large minions 2 ⇒ 3

Qiyana

  • Grass zone duration 3.5 ⇒ 3s
  • Health regen 7.5 ⇒ 6
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Lulu

  • Whimsy (W) Cooldown 16-12s ⇒ 17-13s

Zed

  • Death Mark (R) Base damage 100% attack damage ⇒ 65% attack damage
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Janna Rework

To go alongside the numerous champion buffs and nerfs, one of the game’s longstanding champions, Janna, is receiving a massive rework giving a new meaning to "Storm’s Fury".

Alongside her rework, Janna is receiving a new skin in this patch.
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Alongside her rework, Janna is receiving a new skin in this patch.

She’s receiving changes all across the board, most notably to all of her spells: Howling Gale (Q), Zephyr (W), Eye of the Storm (E), and Monsoon (R).

For the full breakdown of the upcoming Janna rework in LoL 12.2, visit here.

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New Skins

To go alongside the plethora of champion tunings, there are a total of 15 new skins coming in the LoL 12.2 update.

These skins span three themes. The Firecracker and Porcelain skins celebrate the Lunar Year. While the Crystal Rose and Withered Rose skins celebrate an annual festival in Runeterra.

Firecracker Skins

These five new Firecracker skins will douse Sett, Teemo, Xin Zhao, Tristana, and Diana in traditional Red and Gold outfits. The red symbolizes happiness and good fortune, while the gold represents wealth.

These skins are all Epic Skins and will be purchasable in the shop at 1350 RP each.

To see the rest of the Firecracker skin animations, visit here.

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Porcelain Skins

Belonging to an alternate universe that is set in a world where the Protectors guard the Zodiac relics, five champions, namely Ezreal, Amumu, Lissandra, Kindred and Lux, will all be sporting their porcelain-clad clothes in new skins. There is also one Prestige skin in the mix as well.

This year’s Porcelain skin line is purchasable in the shop at 1350 RP each, while the Prestige skin goes for 100 Prestige Points.

For the rest of the Porcelain skin animations, visit here.

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Crystal Rose & Withered Rose Skins

Based on an alternate future/universe in League of Legends, Crystal Rose is set in a world where champions attend the annual Crystal Rose Festival to form alliances and negotiate truces.

This year’s Crystal Rose event has champions such as Janna, Akshan, and Elise join the fray. They are all purchasable in the shop at 1350 RP each.

For the rest of the Crystal Rose skin animations, visit here.

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New Champion - Zeri, The Spark of Zaun

To top off one of the year’s first League of Legends patches, Riot is adding a new champion by the name of Zeri, The Spark of Zaun.

As a vigilante who protects those in need, Zeri is looking to bring that same energy to Summoner’s Rift.

In-game, Zeri is classified as an ADC with a very unique Auto Attack that takes advantage of her powerful abilities that dorn electricity.

Check out her abilities and passive in full below:

Passive - Living Battery

Zeri gains Move Speed whenever she receives a shield. When she damages an enemy shield she absorbs its energy, shielding herself.

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Q - Burst Fire

Passive: Zeri's basic attack deals magic damage, scales with AP, and is treated as an ability. Moving and casting Burst Fire stores up energy in Zeri's Sparkpack. When fully charged, her next basic attack will slow and deal bonus damage.

Active: Burst Fire shoots a burst of 7 rounds that deal physical damage to the first enemy hit. Burst Fire scales with AD and is treated like an attack, with the first round applying on-hit effects. Its cooldown matches Zeri’s basic attack timer.

W - Ultrashock Laser

Zeri fires an electric pulse that slows and damages the first enemy hit. If the pulse hits a wall it fires a long range laser from the point of impact.

E - Spark Surge

Zeri dashes a short distance and energizes her next 3 casts of Burst Fire, causing them to pierce through enemies. She will vault over or grind along any terrain she dashes into, depending on the angle. Hitting a champion with an attack or ability reduces Spark Surge’s cooldown.

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R - Lightning Crash

Zeri discharges a nova of electricity, damaging nearby enemies, and overcharges herself for a moderate duration. While overcharged, Zeri gains increased damage, Attack Speed, and Move Speed. Attacking enemy champions refreshes the overcharge duration and adds another stack of Move Speed. While overcharged, Burst Fire's damage concentrates into a faster triple shot that chains lightning between enemies.

For more official information on Zeri as a champion and her lore, you can visit the official League of Legends website.