TFT patch 12.18 is coming, and yes Dragonmancer Nunu is being nerfed. That's not all though: check out the full patch notes here.
TFT patch 12.18 is on its way as Riot gives Uncharted Realms its first major balance change. First on the list is the obviously overpowered Dragonmancer Nunu build, but everything from reroll to Dragons is being touched: here’s the patch notes.
A mid-patch update — TFT patch 12.17b — cured some of the issues relating to Aphelios and Xayah, but new comps like Nunu have emerged since then.
The major balancing pass of TFT patch 12.18 will try to solve some of those woes. However Riot aren’t pulling out the nerf hammer too much. Instead the developers are buffing underrated comps and units into the meta to spice things up.
Check out the full TFT patch 12.18 notes below ahead of its September 21 release.
Riot GamesMore Aphelios nerfs are coming as part of TFT patch 12.18.
When is TFT patch 12.18?
TFT patch 12.18 is expected to roll out on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Servers usually shutdown at around 5am local time (depending on location), and open back up at 8am.
Oceania is the first region to get the patch, with notes typically dropping as the update starts in Australia. Then, the global rollout begins across the next 24 hours.
Every lobby has multiple players contesting the unit, and Riot is trying to curb its power with a two-fold nerf in TFT patch 12.18. A bug fix for Nunu’s damage amplification with Giant Slayer coupled with a damage nerf is coming, as well as a Dragonmancer trait change. Other Dragonmancer units, like Karma, will be buffed as compensation.
Riot GamesWith Nunu’s dominance forcing Dragonmancer trait nerfs, other units like Karma will get some help individually.
While Riot is happy with the state of Xayah post mid-patch update, Aphelios is getting another tune down.
Most Dragons buffed after rework
Outside of the Nunu and Aphelios changes, there’s buffs galore in TFT patch 12.18. Multiple Dragons are being buffed after they were hit a bit too hard in the Mid-Set update nerf-wise. This includes new ones like Zippy, as well as old faithfuls like Shi Oh Yu and Daeja.
Astral is also another composition facing big changes. The loot table is being buffed off the back of a nerf capping the Star Level counter based on duplicate champions. Lux’s ability is being slightly buffed with a faster cast time (but lower damage to compensate), and Aurelion Sol is also in those Dragon buffs.
Other changes to reroll comps such as Wukong and Sett are also in TFT patch 12.18, adding a bit more comp diversity.
You can find the full TFT patch 12.18 notes below, courtesy of Mortdog. The update goes live on September 21, 2022.
TFT patch 12.18 notes
Inner Flame damage: 210/280/350 ⇒ 210/280/420
Fury of the Sands health: 225/350/550 ⇒ 225/350/650
Fury of the Sands damage: 70/100/170 ⇒ 70/100/185
Knuckle Down AD scaling: 150/155/160% ⇒ 150/155/170%
Crushing Blow AD scaling: 165/180/195% ⇒ 185/200/230%
Attack speed: 0.75 ⇒ 0.7
Armor and magic resist: 40 ⇒ 45
Icathian Rain damage: 35/55/75 ⇒ 40/60/85
Light Binding damage: 350/425/575 ⇒ 325/400/525
Lux’s ability animation is now slightly faster
Unstable Current heal: 200/220/270 ⇒ 220/250/300
Mana: 30/80 ⇒ 30/90
Consume health threshold damage amplification: 33% ⇒ 20%
Bug fix: Nunu’s amplified bite no longer scales multiplicatively with Giant Slayer’s damage amplification.
Star Level count for orbs no longer includes duplicate Astral champions
There are no longer ‘breakpoints’, and the quality of Astral Orbs increases at every star level. This means average orb quality is up across the board. Item components and full items can drop earlier than before.
Cannonball AD scaling: 150/300/475% ⇒ 150/250/450%
Base health: 250/600/900/1200 ⇒ 250/600/800/1000
Base ability power: 18/30/50/75 ⇒ 18/30/50/70
AP scaling: 75/100/125/150% ⇒ 75/110/145/180%
Attack speed: 50/100/175/250% ⇒ 50/100/150/250%
Bonus magic damage: 15/50/115% ⇒ 15/50/100%
Crown of Champions damage cooldown: 6 seconds ⇒ 5 seconds
Determined Investor gold granted: 10 ⇒ 15
Goldmancer’s Staff chance to proc: 33% ⇒ 40%
Goldmancer’s Staff base AP and mana: 15 ⇒ 20
Needlessly Big Gem units per gold: 3 ⇒ 2
Mogul’s Mail base health: 200 ⇒ 350
Mana reave: 50% ⇒ 65%
New Augment in Silver tier
Every two rounds, a random Dragonmancer appears on your bench. Gain a Kai’Sa.
Buff percentage: 50% ⇒ 66%
Frontline AD champions will now receive a better selection of items.
Now always grants full items, even before Level 7
Removed some weaker options to improve average Augment strength
Bounce damage reduction: 33% ⇒ 50%
Crowd control immunity duration: 15 seconds ⇒ 20 seconds
Armor penetration: 20% ⇒ 10%
Final Whisper (Radiant Last Whisper)
Armor penetration: 60% ⇒ 50%
Armor penetration: 60% ⇒ 50%
Darkflight now sacrifices the champion in the hex when Darkflight is activated from a unit being auto placed onto the board at the end of the shopping phase when you are not playing a fully filled out army
Darkflight now shows the sacrifice hex and chain VFX for away players and ghosts properly
Fixed a rare issue where ghost armies could have multiple sacrificed champions and thus gain multiple items
Nillah no longer resets if her target dies from damage other than her spell
On kill, Nilah now recasts on the nearest unit rather than the farthest
Nilah now properly recasts when she kills a cornered target
Nilah’s damage should now line up better with her animation
Pirate Mirage no longer grants a chest after PvE rounds
Pandora’s Bench and Recombobulator will now pull the correct number of units from the pool when transforming two-star and three-star units
The following Augments will no longer be offered to players who picked Built Different: Age of Dragons, Ancient Archives, Dragon Imperialist, Dragon Soul
Hyper Roll: Fixed a bug where you would gain extra experience during Treasure Dragon