Riot PBE Patch Notes - [8/13/2013] Tentative PBE Changes & Discussion

Posted on at 12:18 PM by Moobeat
Note: Also Working on Today's PBE post as well, just went out while I was in a game.

Riot Pwyff has been kind enough to toss up a set of tentative PBE patch notes, explaining some of the changes we have already seen or can expect to see this PBE cycle.
Continue reading for the full set of tentative patch notes, including big changes being tested for Olaf!

Here's the full set of notes:

"NUMERICAL VALUES ARE EXCLUDED FROM PBE PATCH NOTES DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE PBE (IT CHANGES!).

We are always trying to improve clarity of the Patch Notes and would appreciate feedback on their format if you feel you can add anything. Except asking for numerical values. Quit it!

Hey Summoners,

As you know, we use the PBE servers as a testing ground for a lot of our experimental changes, but we’ve run into situations where sometimes a change requires a bit more nuance to understand. As a result, we’ll be driving these PBE context posts when we can offer some more context.

Also note that these changes are tentative, like anything else on the PBE, so they are all very subject to change.

Spectator Mode and Replays
  • On PBE, Spectator Mode and Replays will be disabled briefly for maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Champions

Leblanc
Summary: LeBlanc’s base health regeneration and attack damage per level have been slightly increased.

Context: LeBlanc has traditionally been a difficult champion to play well and the changes made to her in 3.9 made her even more difficult to play. These changes are aimed at slightly improving her base play experience.
General
  • Base Health Regen per 5 increased
  • Attack Damage Per Level minorly increased

Master Yi
Summary: Master Yi’s attack speed per level has been reduced. Meditate’s damage reduction at later levels has been increased. Wuju Style’s passive attack damage bonus is higher at earlier levels and lower at later levels.

Context: We definitely wanted to reduce Master Yi’s power, but we wanted to do it in an intelligent way that created windows of opportunity rather than just reducing his overall damage. We like Highlander’s reset mechanic, but the flat second reduction on it meant that Master Yi was becoming almost completely untargetable when he gets the first kill, as he could use Alpha Strike after Alpha Strike with no window of vulnerability. These changes mean Master Yi will need to land a few basic attacks whenever he gets a reset if he wants to Alpha Strike again, which should give his opponents the opportunity to counter. We also buffed Meditate as a secondary decision in order to allow him to bridge those cooldown gaps defensively if he wants to.
General
  • Attack Speed gained per Level moderately decreased
Double Strike
  • Fixed a bug where the second strike would damage targets while Master Yi was blinded
Meditate
  • Damage Reduction increased at later ranks
Wuju Style
  • Passive Attack Damage bonus changed to a flat percent across all ranks
Highlander
  • Now passively reduces the remaining cooldown for Master Yi's basic abilities by 70% on a kill or assist rather than 18 seconds on kill or 9 seconds on assist

Olaf
***Special Context: These changes are in a high state of flux, so providing a direct summary and/or context post won’t be enough here. Instead we’ll focus on our overarching goals and will provide more insight as we go. We’d also like to note that because these changes are highly contentious, we may also pull them completely from this patch for additional testing.

Our core problem with Olaf has been that, when played well, his kit allows him to circumvent a lot of healthy gameplay interactions within League of Legends. We’ll discuss the difficulties of balancing around this in the future, but for now our goals are to create more gameplay and counterplay within Olaf’s kit so that he remains true to his character design, but isn’t an overpowering presence within the competitive scene like before.
General
  • Base Mana reduced by a small amount
  • Mana per level reduced by a moderate amount
Undertow
  • Slow no longer decays
  • Minimum distance added
  • Axes now stick in walls and structures only if they would land in impassible terrain
  • Axes now make jungle monsters ignore unit collision to enable Olaf's Axe pickup play in the jungle better
Vicious Strikes
  • Mana cost changed to a lower flat amount per level
  • Now provides a small % of extra healing for every % of health Olaf is missing
  • Health ratio removed from AD component
  • Base Damage increased significantly
  • Lifesteal minorly reduced
  • Spellvamp removed
Reckless Swing
  • Cooldown increased moderately
  • Damage reduced moderately at later levels
  • Cost reduced by a small amount at later levels
  • Basic attacks lower the cooldown of Reckless Swing by a small amount
Ragnarok
  • Mana Cost removed
  • Now provides a moderate amount of Armor / Magic Resistance passively
  • Active Reworked: Now removes the passive portion of the ability while active, grants a moderate amount of AD, and causes Olaf's basic attacks to splash to nearby enemies for a lower % of damage
  • Olaf now turns Red when Ragnarok is active (base skin only)

Riven
Summary: Riven can now leap over walls with the third hit of Broken Wings, and the skill has been recoded to make this mechanic more functional.

Context: Riven's Broken Wings has been crossing walls on live since the addition of a few engine fixes. We looked at this and, rather than leaving it as a questionably intended mechanic, we want to fully support the emergent gameplay while cleaning up the interactions. Ultimately we feel this change promotes Riven’s high mobility playstyle and skirmish play pattern, so we will balance around it rather than simply removing it.
General
  • Fixed an issue where several of Riven's particle effects were missing
Broken Wings
  • Riven's Broken Wings hitbox has been retuned to more closely match the particles
  • Third hit now knocks up targets affected rather than knocking them back
  • Only the third hit can now leap over walls and the skill has been recoded to clean up this mechanic significantly

Udyr

Phoenix Stance
  • Phoenix Stance's buff now displays the count toward Udyr's next Phoenix Breath attack.

Items

Bilgewater Cutlass
  • Range reduced by a moderate amount
  • Active now takes into account the bounding boxes for each champion

Blade of the Ruined King
  • Range reduced by a moderate amount
  • Active cooldown increased significantly

Phage & Trinity Force
Summary: Phage and Trinity Force no longer have the “Icy” slow passive. Instead of a percentage chance to slow an enemy champion on hit, these items now grant movement speed for a short duration of time, along with even more movement speed on minion, monster, and champion kills. Frozen Mallet’s function remains unchanged, but its recipe has changed.

Context: With the nerfs to Blade of the Ruined King, we wanted to create more tools for bruisers to remain “sticky” to their targets. We focused on in-skirmish mobility as a valuable and healthy stat for all champions, where Phage’s percentage chance slow was something we ultimately wanted to phase out.
Phage (NEW)If a change is not mentioned, it is still on the item
  • Recipe: Cloth Armor + Long Sword + Gold
  • - Health
  • + Armor
  • Icy passive removed
  • NEW UNIQUE Passive - Rage: Basic Attacks grant movement speed for a short duration on hit. Minion, monster, and champion kills grant movement speed for a short duration.

Phage (OLD)
  • Recipe: Cloth Armor + Long Sword + Gold
  • +200 Health
  • +20 Attack Damage
  • UNIQUE Passive – Icy: Basic attacks have a 25% chance to slow your target's Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds (20% slow for ranged attacks).

Trinity Force (NEW) If a change is not mentioned, it is still on the item
  • Recipe: Total Cost has gone down a minor amount (remains unchanged)
  • - Health
  • + Armor
  • Icy passive removed
  • NEW UNIQUE Passive - Rage: Basic Attacks grant movement speed for a short duration on hit. Minion, monster, and champion kills grant movement speed for a short duration.

Trinity Force (OLD)
  • Recipe: Zeal + Sheen + Phage + 3g = 3843g
  • +30 Ability Power
  • +30 Attack Damage
  • +30% Attack Speed
  • +10% Critical Strike Chance
  • +250 Health
  • +200 Mana
  • UNIQUE Passive – Icy: Basic attacks have a 25% chance to slow your target's Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds (20% slow for ranged attacks).
  • UNIQUE Passive - Spellblade: After using an ability, your next basic attack deals bonus damage equal to 150% of your base attack damage as physical damage. (2 second cooldown).

Twisted Treeline and Crystal Scar
Entropy (NEW) If a change is not mentioned, it is still on the item
  • - Health
  • + Armor
  • Icy passive removed
  • NEW UNIQUE Passive - Rage: Basic Attacks grant movement speed for a short duration on hit. Minion, monster, and champion kills grant movement speed for a short duration.

Entropy (OLD)
  • +70 Attack Damage
  • +275 Health
  • UNIQUE Passive - Icy: Basic attacks have a 25% chance to slow your target's Movement Speed by 30% for 2.5 seconds.
  • UNIQUE Active - For 5 seconds, your attacks reduce your target's movement speed by 30% and deal 80 true damage over 2.5 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

Sanguine Blade
Summary: Similar to the changes made in 3.10 with the removal of Needlessly Large Rod, the recipe change on Sanguine Blade is to alleviate frustrations surrounding having to save for a B.F. Sword.

Sanguine Blade (OLD)If a change is not mentioned, it is still on the item
  • Recipe Changed: Pickaxe + Vampiric Sceptre + Gold

Sanguine Blade (NEW)
  • +65 Attack Damage
  • +15% Life Steal
  • UNIQUE Passive - Your basic attacks grant +6 attack damage and +1% life steal for 4 seconds (maximum 5 stacks).

Crystal Scar

Yorick
Context: Yorick in a solo lane has some strong counters but, if you do not specifically counter him, he tends to crush his opponent. These changes are meant to slow down some of his harass and sustain.
Omen of Famine
  • Cast Range reduced by a small amount
  • Cooldown changed to a flat number

Lulu
Context: Wild Growth has amazing team utility and it being up for nearly every fight was giving Lulu a little too much power.
Wild Growth
  • Cooldown increased by a small amount

Wukong
Context: Wukong was getting a lot of free tank stats, allowing him to build damage without worrying about being too squishy. For similar reasons to Lulu, we've increased the cooldown on Cyclone.
Stone Skin
  • Bonus Armor and Magic Resistance reduced
Cyclone
  • Cooldown increased by a small amount at later levels"

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