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Olaf Gets League of Legends Season 12 Overhaul: Abilities, Release Date

Olaf’s teased “mid-scope update” for League of Legends is finally shipping with League of Legends Patch 12.8. The Berserker lives up to its Juggernaut title with a variety of changes that improve its armor capabilities – at the expense of some damage.

Olaf has been in a weird place in the League of Legends meta for years. When it’s good, it’s oppressive – the Berserker simply carves its way through the frontline to obliterate muddy carries with no counterplay. When he’s feeling bad, he falls down without even whimpering.

He’s a feast or hunger champion, sure. However, Riot wants him to become even bulkier – an unstoppable juggernaut that needs a coordinated team to tame him.

So they are doing this in a massive series of changes that are going to happen League of Legends season 12 as part of Riot’s surge in “mid-scope updates” that have already benefited a number of champions.

Here’s what we know about Olaf’s upcoming League of Legends overhaul, including when it will hit live servers.

Dragon slayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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Olaf (left) has fallen out of favor in League of Legends, but a Season 12 overhaul could change his fortunes.

Olaf Overhaul Livens Up League’s Berserkers: Changes

Olaf’s rework in League of Legends isn’t just about champion performance in Summoner’s Rift. Instead, Riot wants to take a holistic approach to how players view Olaf’s place in the meta.

“He’s the least deep played champion in League – on average, anyway,” says developer Bryan ‘Axes’ Salvatore explained on Reddit. “If Olaf is a champion that you play, he probably makes up the lowest percentage of your games played and has consistently been among the lowest for many years.”

The developers aim to reduce some of his pro-play power ⁠ – stored in his ultimate and jungle clear speeds ⁠ – to open him up to more players and “add significant excitement to his kit”.

This puts him in top lane as a Juggernaut similar to Darius or Garen.

Three skills are under particular scrutiny. Olaf’s Wake is now easier to kite with a longer minimum range, but now shreds armor on hit.

Vicious Strikes, his W, has been completely reworked, granting a shield instead of lifesteal while increasing his attack speed.

Finally, his ultimate Ragnarok can now be active indefinitely ⁠ – as long as Olaf smashes into an enemy. Hitting an enemy extends its duration to 2.5 seconds, and it also maintains its passive resistances while in Ultimate. This makes him much more powerful at the front.

Frozen Olaf in League of Legends
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Olaf will be operational in Top and Jungle after the rework.

Olaf Overhaul in League of Legends: Release Date

Olaf’s rework will appear as part of on live servers League of Legends Patch 12.8which goes live on April 27, 2022.

Swain changes are also expected in the same update, while an update for Taliyah is coming in the following patch.

After a successful series of “mid-scope updates,” including the recent Ahri and Rengar changes, there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re one of the few Olaf leads that Riot mentioned ⁠ — and the revamp is likely to pique the interest of many more aspiring.

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