10/26 PBE Update - Urfwick Recall + Border, Ranked Reward Icons, Honor Wards, URFwick border, and more!

Posted on at 7:43 PM by Aznbeat
[UPDATED: Urfwick also has a spectacular new recall!]

The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 7.22 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a new special loading screen and recall for Urfwick, ranked reward icons, health bar update, honor reward ward skins, and more.
Continue reading for more information!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and subject to change - what you see below may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers at the end of the cycle! Manage your expectations accordingly.)

Table of Contents


Urfwick 2017

An in-game crown, splash art tweak to include that crown, and special loading screen border for Urfwick was added for those who owned the skin originally & prior to his upcoming return in the limited blue essence store.!
A golden crown has also been added to the model for original Urfwick owners.
A spectacular new recall has been added to both versions of URFWICK.


Over on reddit, RiotMEMEMEMEME confirmed:
"OG owners get the in game crown, loading screen boarder, and splash adjustments with the crown. 
Each version of Urfwick has the recall."

For more on the upcoming IP conversion and Blue Essence shop, see [this post].

New Summoner Icons

Also included in the 7.22 PBE cycle are the 2017 ranked reward summoner icons for this season. There is one icon for each queue - Summoner's Rift Solo/Duo, TTL Flex, Summoner's Rift Flex!
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

New Honor Ward Skins

Three new ward skins rewarded based your honor level  at end of season are now on the PBE:

Honor 3 Ward, Honor 4 Ward, Honor 5 Ward



Skin Tweaks

Victorious Graves and his chroma received some small tweaks in today's PBE. Riot Stellari noted some of the chages would be coming in a future update!






Health Bar Update

[should be enabled on PBE today!]
Read up more on the Preseason Healthbar Update with in these links:

Ascension returns for PBE testing! 

[note: not enabled just yet it seems!]
Here's Riot Bazaam with more on Ascension returning to the PBE for testing:
"Greetings Mortals! 
In patch 7.22, Xerath returns in all his Ascended glory to grant power to the most worthy warriors. 
This time around, we wanted to take a pass at addressing the 'Pacifist' strategy from our last visit to the Crystal Scar. To be clear, we are not in the business of dictating strategies on RGMs... that being said, we are not thrilled with gameplay that results in 5 players being held hostage for 50 minutes. 
Runes Reforged will also ship in 7.22 with Ascension, so we'll be looking for testing around how they interact with the game mode. We've made a few swaps already for Runes that just don't make sense in this mode (i.e. Minion Dematerializer). As a reference, here's a cool tool to explore the new Runes: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/featured/preseason-update/8000-8008 
Changes:  
  • Players now have access empowered recall throughout the game, so take a break from the action and head back to base to grab some fancy new items. 
  • Empowered recall is disabled for Ascended characters. 
  • If you somehow manage to get back to base while you are Ascended (here's looking at you Pantheon) you will be stripped of the Ascension buff and Xerath will respawn as normal as if you died while ascended. 
  • Runes Swaps 
    • Waterwalking -> Scorch
    • Zombie Ward -> Ghost Poro
    • Minion Dematerializer -> Future's Market
    • Kleptomancy -> Glacial Augment
    • Demolish -> Font of Life 
Ascension will be enabled Soon(TM), good luck out there!"

Continued Runes Reforged Testing & Changes

Rune Reforged, the new combination of runes and masteries into one new system, continues testing on the PBE this cycle - including runes themselves, the runes panel, the client run inventory and editing UI, base stat and jungle tuning, & more.

10/26 Changelist

Sorcery

Celerity
  • Movespeed increased from 3% to 4%

Scorch
  • Damage changed from [20-60] to [30-60]

Gathering Storm
  • AD values changed:
    • 20m: from from 15AD to 14AD
    • 30m: from 30AD to 29AD
    • 40m: from 50AD to 48AD
    • 50m: from 75AD to 72AD
    • 60m: from 105AD to 101AD

Resolve

Unflinching
  • Perseverance renamed Unflinching

Iron Skin
  • Armor increased from 4 to 5
  • Shields armor increase changed from 5% to 8%

Mirror Shell
  • MR increased from 4 to 7
  • Shields MR increase changed from 5% to 8%

Conditioning
  • Armor increased from 6 to 8
  • MR increased from 6 to 8

Second Wind
  • heal increased from 4% to [10 + 4%]

For a complete listing of the new Runes effects and values, have a look at our Runes Effects and Values document (including a helpful changelist to note changes from a certain date):

[Check out the Runes Effect and Value Listing here!]


PBE testers can head on over to Riot Sparkle's Runes Reforged bugs & feedback thread for more. Make sure to also check out Riot Fearless on some testing they will be doing on rune pages, in Runes Reforged and Rune Page Limits Testing!


Balance Changes

NOTE*: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, & experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be relative to other changes earlier this cycle! These are not official notes.

Champions
Evelynn
  • Demon Shade (Passive)
    • [Tooltip reworded]
    • Passive reset after taking damage lowered from 4 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
  • Whiplash (E)
    • damage changed from 30/45/60/75/90 flat damage to 50/60/70/80/90% tAD 
    • empowered damage changed from 60/80/100/120/140 flat damage to 90/105/120/135/150% tAD
  • Last Caress (R) 
    • [New Effect] "If Last Caress kills a Champion or Epic Monster, 25% of it's cooldown is refunded and Evelynn regains Demon Shade."

Galio
[Note: These changes were hotfixed to live on 10/26]
  • Winds of War (Q) 
    • initial damage ap ratio lowered from .9 to .8
    • tornado AP ratio lowered from [3% Percent Max Health per 100 AP Per Tick] to [1% Max Health per 100 AP Per Tick (3% total)]

Lee Sin
  • Resonating Strike (Q2) damage increased from 50/80/110/140/170 to 55/85/115/145/175
  • Tempest (E1) damage increased from 65/100/135/170/205 to 70/105/140/175/210

Leona
  • [Meddler noted +20 base armor to Leona but not seeing this in game. Waiting for further context.]

Urgot
  • Corrosive Charge (Q) slow lowered from 45/50/55/60/65% to 20/25/30/35/40%

Context & Notes

1) Here's Meddler with his quick gameplay thoughts for 10/25, including thoughts on runes coming back to the PBE, Jungle XP, and more:
"Morning folks, 
Usual Disclaimers 
These posts will often contain talk about future work we're doing, or planning to do, that isn't yet guaranteed to ship. The nature of the work could change or, depending on what we discover, projects mentioned may get put delayed or even stopped. 
If you'd like to see a Tweet whenever a new one of these posts goes up: https://twitter.com/RiotMeddler 
Runes back on the PBE 
We're in the home stretch before runes go live and they're back on the PBE again now we're past the 7.21 testing period. We've made significant changes to a number of runes since the system was originally revealed, some of which haven't got as much visibility (and therefore testing) as others. Feedback, particularly from people who've played them in game, highly appreciated on: 
Guardian - Now triggers on spell casts on allies/priority, compared to version initially shown which was right click on ally. 
Sudden Impact - Now also works after exiting stealth, not just on dash/teleport. 
Press the Attack - Now deals damage after 3 auto attacks on the target, followed by amping all damage against them for 6 seconds (was stacking AD/AP). 
Presence of Mind - Now gives you free spell casts for 5 seconds after level up or takedown (used to restore mana by auto attacking when lowish on mana). 
Arcane Comet - Cooldown now reduces whenever you damage an enemy champion with an ability (should be much more appealing on champs with frequent spell casts or DoTs) 
Adjusting Jungle XP and Catch up XP in pre-season 
We'll be adjusting how jungle XP's earned somewhat in pre-season as is probably already on PBE at this point. TLDR is only catch up xp on large/epic monsters instead of all, some changes to individual camp xp, less ambient catch up XP. More details and our thinking about why these changes in a separate dev corner post to come shortly. 
Edit: Looks like that post's out already and had plenty of discussion already. Link for anyone that's missed it though: 
https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/developer-corner/24K8ORZQ-catch-up-experience-and-jungle-changes-in-722 
Minions/Monsters spawning 10s earlier in pre-season 
Another change we'll be making in pre-season is having minions and monsters spawn 10s earlier than they normally would (e..g red/blue buff spawning at 1.30, not 1.40). Goal there's to remove a bit of time that's usually just spent by people afk/alt tabbed. At the same time we don't want to make jungle invades too hard to pull off, so to preserve similar timings on those we'll be increasing the speed bonus from the game start Homeguard effect as well. 
Couple of pre-season changes moving to 7.23 instead of 7.22 
Almost all of the pre-season stuff will be in 7.22, we'll have a few things though that will be a patch later however. Those are a slight increase to minion movement speed after 20 minutes and minion damage to towers (helps with split pushing for champs who don't themselves do as much tower damage in particular), plus a small increase to overall tower health (leaving towers as tough, or slightly tougher, overall, even accounting for the extra minion damage)." 
 2) Here's SapMagic with a look at some PBE-Only draft changes coming soon - We're launching an experimental, PBE-only, modified version of Draft Pick!
"Hey friends! 
We've been watching your feedback about Blind Pick being the default queue on PBE and totally understand the frustration you're expressing. In response to the feedback, we're going to test out an experimental configuration of Draft Pick on PBE only that we think will be a good balance between our goals (making sure that we can test all our champion changes and content) and a good-feeling player experience (position assignment and the ability to adjust your runes to the competition). 
The Deets 
  1. We'll be enabling "Draft Pick" in the client
  2. You'll specify your position preferences like you normally would for Draft Pick
  3. When you get into Champion Select, you'll notice two changes:
    1. There is no pick intent phase
    2. There are no bans
  4. You'll complete draft picks as normal (using our new simultaneous draft pick configuration)
We'll be monitoring after we deploy this change (probably around 1:30 PM Pacific Time on 10/26/2017) and we'd also love your feedback. Does this feel like a good compromise to you guys? Are there any weird things we didn't anticipate? 
If needed, we may revert back to the standard Blind or Draft Pick configuration, but we'll update this post if we decide to do that. 
-Sap" 

3) Here's Riot Stellari with a thread on Victorious Graves and some upcoming changes to the skin:
"Hi, thanks for your post. 
Regarding the purple: we made a conscious decision this year to evolve and solidify the direction on a number of skins that previously lacked cohesion and identity: Challenger (now Conqueror), Championship, and Victorious. Championship and Victorious have historically always been confusing to players, so these were the two we thought about the most. 
With Victorious, we identified the golden laurels and Tyrian purple as ceremonious, regal elements we wanted to focus on. Sivir had these elements (and Maokai to some extent), but we wanted to strengthen that. We added the lion motif (which we intend to use going forward, not just for Graves) as another nod to ceremonial attire (Roman inspired). The team vision was that they should feel like triumphant champions attending a medal ceremony in ceremonial/formal armor. 
Nonetheless, we're currently working to address the cohesion between Victorious Graves and Sivir so some of the changes we've been making (and are making) include: 
  • Toning down the brightness on the purple
  • Texture polish on armor and gun
  • Adding some more blue gem elements
  • Adjustments to VFX colors"
She added on Twitter:
We've done a cohesion pass on Victorious Graves with Victorious Sivir. You should see these in the next few days on PBE
4) Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Mecha Chroma:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got a huge lineup this time around with some new chromas coming up for Mecha Aatrox, Mecha Kha’Zix, and Mecha Rengar. Check ‘em out! 
Mecha Aatrox Chromas - 290 RP each, or 2910 RP for the bundle (585 RP if you already own the champion and skin)
  • New textures - The skies are his!
    • Obsidian - Perfect for nighttime reconnaissance
    • Pearl - Is he man, machine, or deity!?!
    • Tanzanite - The Darkin inside cometh
Mecha Kha’Zix Chromas - 290 RP each, or 3340 RP for the bundle (1110 RP if you already own the champion and skin) 
  • New textures - “Consume and adapt”
    • Pearl - Try not to scratch the metal
    • Catseye - “Ah...delicious”
    • Sapphire - There’s quarry in the ocean
    • Emerald - “I sense worthy prey”
    • Tanzanite - “Fear the Void”
    • Rose Quartz - “They’ll never see me”
Note: Some of these assets are not up to date, check in-game for their most up to date textures! 
Mecha Rengar Chromas - 290 RP each, or 3340 RP for the bundle (1110 RP if you already own the champion and skin)
  • New textures - “Tonight, we hunt roll out!”
    • Ruby - Bleed some more, he won’t mind
    • Obsidian - Easy prey...They’ll never see him coming
    • Pearl - Ready to race?
    • Tanzanite - Kha’Zix will never expect this
    • Aquamarine - Not even the highest mountain creatures can hide from me
    • Citrine - Time for a drive back home to Shurima 
The chroma sets are now available on PBE! We hope you all will enjoy the new sets, but we’re also looking forward to hearing your constructive feedback. I’ll do my best to answer and reply to your questions and feedback! 
Thanks! 
Riot Orphyre"

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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