1/23 PBE Update: Annie VFX Update Preview & Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 12:22 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 10.3 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a look at VFX updates for Annie and each of her skins, as well as tentative balance changes!
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


Miscellaneous 

  • Skin bios for skins this cycle were added:
    • Heartseeker Jinx: "Love is a battlefield, and Jinx comes prepared! Armed with her beloved companion Fishbones, she's ready to break hearts—and bones. But if she likes you enough, she's prepared to play nice. Maybe. Probably not."
    • Heartseeker Yuumi: "Yuumi's always looking for what cats love: a belly full of fish and a warm lap to curl up on. But with the romantic mood captivating even Book, Yuumi knows the only thing to set her heart purring will be a very precise number of pets."
    • True Damage Senna Prestige Edition: "Having topped the charts once more, Senna finds herself in the familiar space of fame and celebrity. Between cosmetics deals and fashion shows, she offers a clear message to fans and haters alike: Don't call it comeback. Senna's been here for years."
  • Check out comparison videos on the Annie VFX changes from SkinSpotlights:

  • Check out this dedicated video for Annie in Wonderland:


Balance Changes

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

Champions
Akali
[Changelist]
[Akali has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Five Point Strike (Q) energy cost increased from 100/95/90/85/80 to 140/130/120/110/100
  • Twilight Shroud (W) [Removed] Akali is no longer revealed when cc'd in shroud
  • Perfect Execution (R) 
    • R2 dash speed reverted from 1900 to 3000

Gnar
  • Base move speed reverted from 335 to 325
  • Hyper (Mini W) reverted to live functionality

Yuumi
[Yuumi has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Prowling Projectile (Q) mana cost changed from 90/88/86/84/82/80 to 90 at all ranks
    • Vs Live: from 85/90/95/100/105/110 to 90 at all ranks

Context & Notes

1) Riot Scruffy provided a changelist for Akali on the PBE this cycle:
"I'll have some more details in the Gameplay Thoughts tomorrow, but with it already on PBE - here's the updated Akali changes. W CC reveal and R2 speed removed in favor of some early Q cost increases."

2) RiotYoungPillow tweeted a Wukong PBE bugfix going out -
"Wukong Players on PBE: Wukong’s Q range was changed when the code was re scripted but was not intentional. Will be fixed before he goes to live."

3) Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Heartseeker chromas this cycle:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got new Chromas coming up for Heartseeker Jinx and Heartseeker Yuumi!
Heartseeker Jinx:
  • New textures:
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Pearl)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Aquamarine)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Ruby)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Amethyst)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Catseye)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Rose Quartz)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Rainbow)
Heartseeker Yuumi:
  • New textures:
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Ruby)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Citrine)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Catseye)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Aquamarine)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Tanzanite)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Pearl)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Granite) 
The Chroma sets are now available on PBE! We hope you all will enjoy the new sets; as usual, we’re 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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