1/29 PBE Update: More Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 11:39 AM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated! Today's update includes another large patch of tentative balance changes as we continue on the 6.3 PBE cycle!
Continue reading for more information!

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

Skin Tweaks

The upcoming Sweetheart Sona skin has received a few tweaks in today's update, including a slight color change to her hair!


  • [Additional text references added for more bots. As a reminder, we saw dozens of files for champion bots in 6.2 cycle and so far we've seen 6 new bots available in the 6.3 cycle.]
  • For Hextech Crafting and Loot -  Looks like a few new assets added for various types of chests including "New Player" "Day One" and "Promotion".

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! These are not official notes. Check the cycle page for full set of balance changes.

[NOTE: Items marked with **  were originally documented in the 1/28 PBE update but are now in-game.]

  • Triumphant Roar (E) !
    • Mana cost increased to 50/60/70/80/90 from 40/50/60/70/80
    • Cooldown increased to 16 at all ranks from 12 at all ranks

  • Phosphorus Bomb (Q) damage lowered to 70/115/160/205/250 from 80/130/180/230/280
  • Missile Barrage (R) [recharge time increased to 12/11/10 from 12/10/8]

  • Barrel Roll (Q) cooldown reverted to 11/10/9/8/7 from 9/8.5/8/7.5/7
  • ** Drunken Rage (W) 
    • Next attack on basic hit now also deals magic damage to all nearby enemies.
    • Channel time reduced to .75 from 1.

  • End of the Line (Q)
    • Second hit base damage lowered to  80/125/170/215/260 from 85/145/205/265/325
    • Bonus AD ratio on second hit reverted to 40/60/80/100/120% from 40/55/70/85/100%
  • Quickdraw (E) True Grit Duration reverted to 4 seconds from 5 seconds.

  • Test of Spirit (E) 
    • Mana cost reduced to 35/40/45/50/55 from 35/45/55/65/75
    • Missing E no longer roots for .25*
    • For enemies that are vessels - "Teammate killing a tentacle within 5 seconds of you hitting it as a Vessel will still count (tentacle assists are now possible)"*

  • **Caustic Spittle (Q) [attack speed bonus moved to W]*
  • **Bio-Arcane Barrage (W)
    • Now grants 15/20/25/30/35% attack speed. *
    • 2% of target's maximum health portion now does 15 minimum damage.

  • Bola Strike (E) [cast time in the air reduced to .125 from .25]*
  • [Phroxz0n has been commenting on a few other bug fixes and adjustments he's working on for 6.3]

  • **Starcall (Q)
    • Mana cost lowered to 60 at all ranks from 70/75/80/85/90

      "Calls down a star from Soraka to a target location. Enemies standing in the explosion radius take 70/110/150/190/230 (+0.35 AP) magic damage and are slowed by 30% for 2 seconds.

      If Starcall damages a champion Soraka gains Alignment, restoring up to 30/45/60/75/90 (.1 AP ) health and 20/30/40/50/60 (+.1 AP) mana over 5 seconds."
      • Slow lowered to 30% at all ranks from 30/35/40/45/50%
      • All enemies hit are slowed rather than only those in center.
      • Enemies in center no longer take extra damage.
      • Missile speed increased to 1300 from 1100.
      • AoE size decreased to 235 from 265.
      • [New Mechanic] "If Starcall damages a champion Soraka gains Alignment, restoring up to 30/45/60/75/90 (.1 AP ) health and 20/30/40/50/60 (+.1 AP) mana over 5 seconds."
  • **Astral Infusion (W)

      "Restores 70/100/130/160/190 (+0.6 AP) health to another champion ally.

      If cast while affected by Alignment Soraka will transfer the effect to her target with a refreshed duration.

      Cannot be cast if Soraka is below 5% Health."
      • Heal value lowered to 70/100/130/160/190 from 120/150/180/210/240
      • [Removed] No longer heals Soraka on champion hit
      • [New Mechanic] "If cast while affected by Alignment Soraka will transfer the effect to her target with a refreshed duration."
  • [Here's a short video showing the Q & W changes.]

Xin Zhao
  • Battle Cry (W) third hit crit strike bonus damage lowered to 25/37.5/50/62.5/75% from 40/50/60/70/80%
    • [NOTE: This new effect was originally added in an earlier PBE patch this cycle!]

  • **Death Mark (R) "pop" damage lowered to 25/35/45% from 30/40/50%

Boots of Swiftness
  • Total price increased to 900g from 800g.

Boots of Mobility
  • Movement speed out of combat increased to 115 from 105.
  • Total price increased to 900g from 800g.

Ionian boots of Lucidity
  • Total price increased to 900g from 800g.

Kircheis Shard
  • Bonus on-hit magic damage increased to 50 from 30.

Phantom Dancer
  • Spectral Waltz range increased to 550 from 500.
  • Lament damage reduction increased to 16% from 12%

Rapid Firecannon
  • Movement speed reduced to 5% from 7%
  • Unique Passive - Firecannon bonus magic damage lowered to 50-150 (based on level) from 50-200

Statikk Shiv
  • Unique Passive - Shiv Lightning damage increased to 50-100 (based on level) from 30-100 (based on level)


Buff changes:
  • Dragon's WRATH (2 stacks) changed to "Grants your attacks on turrets an additional firey burn for (10 x level) over 2 seconds." from "+15% damage to towers and buildings."
  • Dragon's Dominance (4 stacks) changed to "You take 30% less damage from turrets" from "+15% damage to Minions and Monsters"
    • [NOTE: Meddler has already noted this value will likely drop to around 15%]

Bond of Stone (Resolve, Tier 6)
  • Now includes "Damage is not redirected if you are below 5% of your maximum health"

Check out [THIS PAGEfor a comprehensive list of the new content & changes currently on the PBE as a part of this cycle or catch up with the individual update links below !

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