The adjustment-heavy update, TFT Patch 12.18 includes Nunu nerfs, heavy Shimmerscale buffs, and changes to Vollibear, Aurelion Sol and more.
Game Designer on the Rift, Lead Champion Designer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer revealed the intended mage changes that failed to make it in the final patch due to a development glitch, resulting in a buff. The intended balance change was originally 75/110/145/180 percent ability power for the Mage trait comp. “Mage though ended up at 80/110/140/170, which isn't what we wanted.” stated Mortdog. The Game designer also revealed that the TFT team isgoing to be keeping a “very close eye” as the patch goes out. “If it turns out to be a large issue, we'll correct it ASAP.” assured Mortdog.
TFT Patch 12.18 Notes Champion Changes
Wukong Crushing Blow Attack Damage ratio: 165/180/195% changed to 185/200/230%
Aphelios Attack Speed: 0.75 changed to 0.7
Kai’Sa Tidal Burst Damage: 35/55/75 changed to 40/60/85
Lux Cosmic Spark animation is now slightly faster
Lux Cosmic Spark Damage: 350/425/575 changed to 325/400/500
Lux Cosmic Spark will now travel straight after hitting the initial target
Zac Unstable Current Heal: 200/220/270 changed to 220/250/300
Nunu Consume Damage Amplification as True Damage: 33% changed to 20%
Nunu’s amplified Consume damage no longer scales multiplicatively with Giant Slayer’s damage amplification
Volibear Relentless Storm 3rd attack damage: 110/155/215 changed to 125/175/240
Zeri Watershock Laser Damage: 160/240/420 changed to 200/300/475
Zippy Bugfix: Zippy should more reliably attack the target of Somersault Assault after cast
Zippy Attack Damage: 80 increased to 85
Daeja RE-REWORKED: Now deals physical damage with her passive Windblast barrages, and can now equip AD items like Deathblade and Runaan’s Hurricane
Daeja Attack Damage: 0 changed to 20
Daeja Windblast passive Barrage Damage: 40/60/180 changed to 25/40/150
Shi Oh Yu Jade Form Damage Reduction: 15/20/50% changed to 20/25/50%
Shi Oh Yu Jade Form Attack Damage ratio: 230/250/1000% changed to 250/275/1000%
Sohm Tideblossom 3rd cast vortex Damage: 275/375/1500 changed to 300/420/1500
Swain Dragon Master’s Decree missing Health heal: 11% changed to 12%
Karma Inner Flame Damage: 210/280/350 changed to 210/280/420
Nasus Fury of the Dawn Health Increase: 225/350/550 changed to 225/350/650
Nasus Fury of the Dawn Damage per second to adjacent enemies: 70/100/170 changed to 70/100/185
Sett Knuckle Down Attack Damage ratio: 150/155/160% changed to 150/155/170%
Aurelion Sol Black Hole Damage: 325/550/4000 changed to 350/575/4000
Aurelion Sol Black Hole Damage increase after 18 seconds of combat: 15% changed to 20%
Jax Armor & Magic Resist: 40 changed to 45
Lee sin gets a slight max mana nerf across the board while Jax gets his armor and magic resist upped from 40 to 45.
Lee Sin max Mana nerf: 30/80 buffed to 30/90
TFT Patch 12.18 Notes Item Changes
Last Whisper has been the backbone for many of our overperforming Attack Damage comps.
Last Whisper Armor Penetration: 60% changed to 50%
Eternal Whisper (Radiant) Armor Penetration: 60% changed to 50%
Sunlight Cape (Radiant) burn range: 4 changed to 3
Bulwark’s Oath (Radiant) Shield duration: 3 changed to 4 seconds
Bulwark’s Oath (Radiant) Ally Armor & Magic Resist: 30 changed to 35
TFT Patch 12.18 Notes Trait Changes
Astral orb quality now only counts star levels from unique units. Stacking duplicate 3-star 1-cost units won’t result in an increase in quality beyond the first one
Astral Orbs quality now increases at every single star level, rather than at specific cumulative star level “breakpoints.” This means average orb quality is up across the board. Item components and full items can drop earlier than before.
Cannoneer cannon shot Attack Damage ratio: 150/300/475% changed to 150/250/450%
Dragonmancer bonus Health: 250/600/900/1200 changed to 250/600/800/1000
Dragonmancer bonus Ability Power: 18/30/50/75 changed to 18/30/50/70
Mage Ability Power buff/debuff: 75/100/125/150% changed to 80/110/140/170%
Ragewing enraged Attack Speed: 50/100/175/250% changed to 50/100/150/250%
Shimmerscale item, Crown of Champions charge up time: 6 changed to 5 sec
Shimmerscale item, Determined Investor Gold granted: 10 changed to 15
Shimmerscale item, Needlessly Big Gem Units per Gold: 3 changed to 2
Shimmerscale item, Goldmancers Staff chance to proc: 33% changed to 40%
Shimmerscale item, Goldmancers Staff base Ability Power & Mana: 15 changed to 20
Shimmerscale item, Mogul’s Mail Base Health: 200 changed to 350
Scalescorn: Bonus Magic Damage: 15/50/115% changed to 15/50/100%
Dragon Imperialist max Health execution threshold: 15% changed to 18%
Pandora’s Bench Gold: 5 changed to 7
TFT Patch 12.18 Notes Augment Changes
Cutthroat (Assassin) Mana Reave: 50% changed to 65%
NEW Silver Augment: Dragonmancer Conference. Every 2 rounds, a random Dragonmancer appears on your bench. Gain a Kai'Sa.
Hero-In-Training (Dragonmancer) Buff percentage: 50% changed to 66%
Frontline Attack Damage-focused champions will now receive a more well-curated selection of items
LuNow always grants full items instead of components (even at earlier Stages)
Lucky Gloves: Removed some weaker options to improve the average strength of the Augment
Ricochet (Cannoneer) Bounce Damage Reduction: 33% changed to 40%
Verdant Veil Crowd Control immunity duration: 15 changed to 20 seconds
Weakspot Armor Penetration: 20% changed to 10%
TFT Patch 12.18 Hyper Roll Mode Changes
Shimmerscale item, Goldmancers Staff Base Ability Power: 15 changed to 0
NEW Dragonmancer Conference (Augment): Every round, a random Dragonmancer appears on your bench. Gain a Kai'Sa.
Secrets of the Shallows Event Delayed
Originally scheduled to launch along with Patch 12.18, the cosmetic driven in-game event is now postponed to a later date. Through a Twitter Post on the official TFT account, Riot Games announced their decision to delay the event due to undisclosed reasons. TFT’s Secret of the Shallows Event offered players the opportunity to complete 13 different missions, along with 150 Star Shards, 1 Silverwing Egg, and 1800 Pass XP!
The upcoming event gives TFT fans the opportunity to grab the super rare Chibi Dragonmancer Kai’Sa variant skin, which includes her own exclusive finisher. The rare variant can be grabbed by purchasing the Secret of the Shallows Egg available for 390 RP a piece. Chibi Dragonmancer Kai’Sa has a 2 percent drop rate, but the developers guarantee fans that the variant can be grabbed upon opening their 61st Secrets of Shallows egg.
TFT Patch 12.18 Notes Bug Fixes
The Skipping Stone Boom bugfix has been delayed tothe next patch cycle, 12.19.
Darkflight now sacrifices the champion when Darkflight is activated from a Darkflight unit being auto placed onto the board at the end of the shopping phase when you have an empty unit slot
Darkflight should now show the sacrifice hex and chain VFX for away players and ghosts properly
Cult expansion: Fixed a rare issue where ghost armies could have multiple sacrificed champions and thus gain multiple items.
Undeserved credit: Nilah no longer resets if her target dies from damage other than her spell.
Zippy will more reliably attack the target of Somersault Assault after cast
Nilah should now recast on the nearest unit rather than the farthest when she gets a reset.
Nilah now properly recasts upon killing a cornered target.
Nilah’s damage will now line up better with her animation.
Freebies: Mirage (Pirate’s Bounty) will no longer grant a chest after NPC rounds.
Pandora’s Bench and Recombobulator should now pull the correct number of units from the pool when transforming 2 star and 3 star units.
The listed Augments will no longer be offered to players who picked Built Different: Age of Dragons, Ancient Archives II (Ancient Archives I is already blacklisted), Dragon Imperialist, Dragon Soul.
Hyper Roll: Fixed a bug where player would gain extra experience during Treasure Dragon rounds.
Minor Tooltip Changes: Scalescorn tooltip updated to accurately represent how the trait functions.
When does TFT Patch 12.18 Release?
Teamfight Tactics: Uncharted Realms’ Patch 12.18 is scheduled to hit live servers across all regions on Wednesday, September 21. Players can access the full patch notes article by clicking here.
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