4/8 PBE Update; Fiddlesticks, Kennen, WW, and BM Morgana splash updates, URF testing, Experimental Item Pass, and more!

Posted on at 4:27 PM by Moobeat
[UPDATE @ 10:35 PM PST: A second PBE patch went out, including a fix for URF mode and additional balance changes for Master YiEkko, and Grasp of the Undying. ]

The PBE has been updated! Today's update includes new splash art for Fiddlesticks, Kennen, Warwick, and Blade Mistress Morgana, the return of U.R.F for Rotating Game Mode testing,  a highly tentative and experimental item pass, and more!
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. )

Table of Contents

New Splash Art

Today's update includes FOUR brand new splash arts - base art updates for Fiddlesticks, Kennen, and Warwick as well as a new Blade Mistress Morgana splash update!

These are new assets, not to be confused with the splash art unification changes! Check out this post by Ququroon for additional context and clarification.




Blade Mistress Morgana

New vs Old comparisons for these four new splash arts can be found here.

Rotating Game Mode queue testing - ‘Ultra Rapid Fire’ mode 

As part of the rotating game mode queue testing, U.R.F mode is now up on the PBE for testing! Here's L4T3NCY with more information :
"Yo! ^_^/ 
Testing time for Ultra Rapid fire on the PBE before it goes into the Rotating Game Mode. We need your guys help focusing on the following things: 
Champ testing: (this means not banning them so you can test them :P)
  • Taric
  • Jhin
  • Aurelion sol
  • Illaoi
  • Tahm Kench
  • Kindred
  • Ekko
  • Poppy
Thanks PBE crew. <3 
-- L4T3NCY"
The zany URF mode buff has been updated with a few different bits:
  • "Source: No No No! Please Don't Shake the Poro!" instead of ""Source: #urf2015"" 
  • "Every third hit will deal 100% of the damage it was going to do." instead of "No Poros were harmed in the making of this game mode." 
[REMINDER: URF will be back on live in the rotating game mode queue on April 22nd!]

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.

NOTE: Balance changes marked with ** are changes included in the second patch of the night!

  • **Parallel Convergence (W)
    • Passive base damage lowered to 3% missing HP from 5% missing HP
    • Passive AP ratio increased to 1% per 33 AP from 1% per 50 AP
    • [NEW] Passive does minimum 15 damage to minions.*  
  • **Phase Drive (E) 
    • Base damage lowered to 40/65/90/115/140 from 50/80/110/140/170
    • AP ratio increased to .4 from .2
[CONTEXT: These are nerfs aimed at tanky Ekko builds, taking down his base damage but increasing his AP ratios.]

  • Holy Fervor (Passive) [previous changes to passive reverted . Back to  also shredding armor.]

Master Yi
  • Alpha Strike (Q) additional damage to minions and monsters reverted to 75/100/125/150/175 from 60/80/100/120/140
  • Highlander (R) 
    •  **Cooldown increased to 85 at all ranks from 75 at all ranks.
    • Active's duration lowered to 7 seconds from 10.
    • Kills and assists time extension increased 7 seconds from 4 seconds.

  • Vicious Strikes (W) life steal increased to 14/16/18/20/22% from 13/15/17/19/21% (live value 9/12/15/18/21%)

  • Flamespitter (Q) now does full damage to minions, up from 50%

[NOTE: These changes relative to Taric's champion update, not to live!]
  • Bastion (W) cooldown increased to 15 from 14
  • Dazzle (E) cooldown increased to 15 from 14.

Grasp of the Undying
  • **Previous functionality change (in combat vs enemy instead of in combat) reverted.
  • **Life stolen lowered to 2.5% of your max health from 3%
    • [Now Reads: "Every 4 seconds in combat, your next attack against an enemy champion steals life equal to 2.5% of your max Health (halved for ranged champions, deals magic damage)". Only difference vs live is steals life down to 2.5% from 3%! ]
    • [NOTE: Tooltip not updated yet in AIR client due to nature of second PBE deploy.]

[6.9] Mana, MP/5, AP, MR Item Pass

A large and extremely tentative set of changes for Mana, MP/5, AP, and MR items is now up on the PBE for testing, including experimental new items and changes to oodles of items, build paths, and more.  Xypherous has put up a lengthy context thread and change list over on the PBE boards. Please note this item pass is planned for ~6.9 and will not be going out to live in 6.8. The context thread mentions these changes will likely only stay up for testing over the weekend and be reverted Monday.

 !!!! "Note: None of the numbers are final here and functionality and specific details will change as we iterate and get closer to shipping the patch note. We're still in a change of heavy numbers iteration of most of these items." !!!!
While specifics are available in the context post, here's a gallery of screenshots of changes, new effects, and new items:
  • Will of the Ancients has been removed from the game.
While not mentioned in the context post, Frost Queen's Claim & Frostfang's mana regen has been lowered to 75%. Targon's Brace's heal has also been lowered to 40 from 50.

Here's a short video showing off the WIP on use effects of the three Hextech items:

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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