12/18 PBE Update: Several new icons, New Flash VFX, and more!

Posted on at 11:50 AM by Moobeat
[ Update ] Added in a post about the 2014 Season Start PBE Test - Non Ranked queues down until ~Monday.

The PBE has been updated! New changes include an update to Lunar Goddess Diana, new visual effects for the summoner spell Flash, oodles of new and updated icons, and mention of a new "Gong" ward skin! You'll also find several tentative balance changes for champions, including Rengar's, Annie's, Nasus, and others.
Continue reading to check out the latest PBE content!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and iterative - what you see may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers! Manage your expectations accordingly. )

Lunar Goddess Diana Update

Lunar Goddess Diana has had her head piece updated, her bracers altered, and a few other minor adjustments. 

New Flash VFX

Flash got new particles in this PBE update!



Updated and New Icons


Updated Summoner Spell Icons

A few of the new summoner icons have had minor adjustments:

Barrier, Clairvoyance, Smite, Teleport


New Recall Icon


 New Summoner Spell Icons
Cleanse, Garrison


New items Icons

Entropy, Mana Potion, Health Potion


New Ward Skin - Gong

A new "Gong" ward skin was added in this patch but is not currently available in the store. Very likely another Lunar Revel ward skin.

While it's not done yet, here's the model without any textures on it.


2014 Season Start PBE Test - Non ranked Queues disabled until ~12/13

Here's Riot Socrates with more info on the upcoming "2014 Season Start" PBE test!
"Hey everybody, we’re going to be performing the test run for the 2014 season start in the near future on PBE. In order to ensure that everything is working properly we’re turning off all non-ranked queues so we have a healthy number of users playing ranked. If you could give us a hand by playing a few games to get seeded for the current season it will help us to ensure everything is working correctly once we perform the switch. We expect that we will reopen all queues Monday 12-23. 
Thanks, Riot Socrates"
Riot Feithen added:
"When we make the switch to the new season, a ton of things happen under the hood to player data. We are going to make that switch on PBE in the near future but some players here don't actually play ranked. We want as much data as possible to ensure things will go smoothly when we switch on the new season on Live. 
For now, you shouldn't see any changes. Play a few games for us, get placed, and we'll post again when we've actually started the new season."

Balance Changes

* Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical changes. The changes you see below may be lacking context or other accompanying changes that didn't make it in - don't freak out!

Champions
Annie*
  • Pyromania ( Passive ) is now 1.25/1.5/1.75s (increasing at levels 1/6/11) instead of 1.75 sec stun duration.
  • Summon Tibbers ( R ) cool down lowered to 120/100/80 from 120 at all ranks
Evelynn
  • Ravage ( E ) damage increased to 70/110/150/190/230 total from 50/95/140/185/230 total. [ this is a change to the changes from two pbe patches ago ]
Nasus
  • Wither ( W ) range returned to 600 from 500 [ this is a buff from the nerf last pbe patch ]
Rengar
  • Battle Roar ( W ) Ferocity bonus healing numbers look a bit different - Seems to now be [ 20 + 10 per level  base heal  ]but up to 2x base heal based on health missing.
Riven
  • Base damage decreased to 51 from 54
  • Damage per level increased to 3 from 2.75

Items

Lord Vann Damm's Pillager
  • Crit chance increased to 30 from 25
Wicked Hatched
  • Attack damage increased to 20 from 15.

Other

The OUTER TURRETS now have a new item that reduces damage taken from champion attacks by 20 but they have also had their armor reduced by 60 ( ~5% mitigation )

Context on Annie changes in Today's Update

As seen above, Annie's passive's stun duration was changed to 1.25/1.5/1.75 sec from 1.75 sec and Annie's R cooldown was lowered to  120/100/80 from 120 at all ranks in today's update.

Here's Meddler with a few comments on these tentative Annie Changes,
"We're currently testing 1.25/1.5/1.75s (increasing at levels 1/6/11). That's a nerf to Annie's early game and one that affects duo lane Annie a bit more than solo lane Annie, since she'll be leveling slower. The ult CD reduction is intended to add power to the later part of her power curve, in recognition that the early part's getting reduced." 

Verified Bug Reports Updated 12/18

The verified bug reports listed has been updated as of today's update. More info available here.


Miss out on previous updates from this PBE cycle? Catch up with the links below or check out THIS PAGE for a comprehensive list of the balance changes currently in this PBE cycle!

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