1/17 PBE Update 2 [Air Only Patch ]: More Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 8:57 PM by Moobeat
A second AIR CLIENT ONLY PATCH ( meaning the changes aren't available for testing in-game yet ) has hit the PBE - including more tentative balance changes for Gragas, Kassadin, and Riven. Additionally two new PBE starter kit bundles have been enabled, allowing PBE testers quick access to runes and champions to start testing.

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. )

PBE Starter Kits

There are a few, new quick start PBE bundles up in the PBE store - these are cheap, ( obviously ) PBE exclusive bundles to get summoners up and ready to test PBE content.

Here's Riot Blackrook with more info:
"I've also been working on setting up some new features in the PBE Store to allow new Beta Players to get everything they need to start playing as quickly as possible. Personally, as a PBE player before I joined Riot, I didn't appreciate having to click through and buy all of the champions and runes I needed to actually play a game and not get owned. So I'm working on a few things to eliminate a lot of repetition and clicking. 
Specifically, there are two new "PBE Starter Kits" in the store, one that gives you all the champions in bulk and another that gives you a set of common runes that most players use. (We're not doing all the runes because having too many actually makes it pretty hard to set up your rune book. If you want some sweet Hybrid Penetration runes that aren't in the Starter Kit, you can still buy those in the store as normal.) 
Both of these Starter Kits are in the PBE store for 10 IP to make sure that everyone can get set up and ready to play as soon as they join the PBE. 
Some of the stuff that is actually new on the PBE will also show up in the Featured section of the store to let you know what is different on PBE compared to NA and EU."

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
( WARNING: These are all mined from AIR client data - which is has been known to contain outdated or missing data. )

Gragas
  • Barrel Roll ( Q ) AP ratio increased to .9 from .8
  • [ Context: This is a revert from the Gragas Q change in the 1/17 PBE update. It has returned to it's live value ]
  • Explosive Cask ( R ) damage lowered to 150/200/250 ( .6 AP ) from 150/300/450 ( +.9 AP)
  • Explosive Cask ( R ) mana cost reduced to 100 at all ranks from 100/125/150.
  • Explosive Cask ( R ) cooldown reduced to 100/75/50 from 100/90/80 .


Kassadin
    [ Reminder: Be aware that Kassadin's W was reworked and he received heavy balance changes in earlier PBE patches. ]
  • Nether Blade ( W ) no longer lists "deals double damage to minions and monsters"
  • Nether Blade ( W ) activate damage lowered to 60/90/120/150/180 from 60/95/130/165/200
  • Force Pulse ( E ) damage lowered to 80/105/130/155/180 from 80/115/150/185/220
  • Riftwalk ( R ) no longer reads "If Kassadin hits an enemy champion with Riftwalk, it refunds 50% of the cost"

Riven
  • Base health regen increased to 2.5 health per 5 seconds from 1 health per 5 seconds
  • [Context: Riven's base health regen was mistakenly lowered to 1 hp5 in the 1/17 PBE patch and was originally intended to be 2.5. This is a nerf from the live value of 5.5 hp5 ]


Items
Spirit of the Ancient Golem
  • Unique Passive Butcher bonus damage lowered to 20% from 30%

Spirit of the Elder Lizard
  • Unique Passive Butcher bonus damage lowered to 20% from 30%

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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