Current PBE Changes

This mega post was last Updated on 7/20 with the 7/20 PBE Update
(With the release of patch 8.14 to live on July 18th, we started the new 8.15 PBE cycle.)

Previous PBE Cycles in 2018
[7.24] [8.1] [8.2] [8.3] [8.4] [8.5] [8.6] [8.7] [8.8] [8.9] [8.10] [8.11] [8.12] [8.13] [8.14]

Below you will find a comprehensive list of new content, balance changes, and whatever else  is included in the current PBE cycle! Be aware that these changes are extremely tentative, there is a possibility that things you see below will be changed or even reverted prior to the live patch.

Patch History for this cycle:
( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be outdated! )

(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


Champion Update - Akali

Following her gameplay trailer and reveal, Akali's champion update is now on the PBE including a new look, new kit, and updated skins.

Before we get into the sneaky details, here's Riot Ranger XIV with an Akali bug thread:
"Hey there! 
Today is the day that Akali is hitting PBE. We're still working on a bit of the polish and some of the final assets but we are very close! You might experience a bug or two when playing her or against her. I'd love to hear about them to ensure we have as close to a perfect product as possible. So if you could put down as much information about the bug in this thread that will really help me. Thank you very much! 
Infernal Akali will be disabled today because her E was optimized and it made it a giant pizza box. It is fixed and will be playable tomorrow! Thank you very much for understanding. 
Please keep this thread related to bugs. I will try to poke my head into other threads to answer questions from players and provide clarity. Thank you very much! 
-Ranger"

Akali Gameplay Feedback Mega-Thread by CertainlyT also up on PBE boards:
"gameplay testing. The worst issues (for example, her Q sometimes reverted to rank 1 for the entire game) should be fixed as of now. 
So let's talk about how we intend Akali to function in game. 
-- She remains an assassin -- burst damage and target access are her strengths.
-- In lane, she moves between a calculated, attritional laning phase and a brutal rushdown when her R is available.
- Be aware that her R cooldown is long, so if you don't make those ults count, you'll probably end up behind.
-- Many of her lane matchups are even to challenging pre-6 (a nod to Live Akali), but her skirmishing in 2v2s with the jungler is excellent. Indeed, Akali excels in small group PvP throughout the game.
- We think she is an effective midlaner into most matchups and a situational pick top/bot, depending on lane matchup.
- We have not had success jungling her (at least not building AP) due to her low sustained damage output and are happy with this, as Twilight Shroud requires enemies be able to predict when Akali might dive them.
- As a snowball dependent champ, she is a poor support.
-- As the game progresses, we tend to play her flexibly.
- Against teams without top-tier duelists, she is an excellent split pusher, threatening to kill a lone defender even under the safety of their own tower.
- Where that isn't possible, she can control team fights with Twilight Shroud and capitalize quickly on even brief ally CC to secure kills for her team.
- She's uniquely capable of creating a deep, sustained zone of threat against the enemy backline in group fights, keeping them from rushing past into her own back line.

As a starting point for feedback, I'd love to hear from those who play her today and onward whether you feel these statements are accurate and desirable. Beyond that, I'm happy to answer and questions you have about the gameplay of her update and will be reading your thoughts on it closely over the coming two weeks.
Thanks for your playtesting time. I know it can be time consuming to provide feedback, but it makes a big difference in the quality of the final product. So get out there, play some Akali and let me know how she feels." 

Akali, the Rogue Assassin


Stats & Abilities


Stats:
  • Base HP: 550
  • HP Per Level: 85
  • Energy: 200
  • HP Regen: 0.7
  • HP Regen Growth: 0.1
  • Base MR: 32
  • MR Per Level: 1.25
  • Base AD: 64.4
  • AD per level: 3.3
  • Base Armor:  23
  • Armor Growth: ~
  • Attack Speed: 0.625
  • Attack Speed Growth:   3.2
  • Base Move Speed: 345
  • Attack Range: 125

Assassin's Mark (Passive)
Dealing spell damage to a champion reveals an energy ring around them. 
When Akali crosses the ring, she extends her kama and empowers it. Her next attack has doubled range, deals [39-180 based on level] (+90% bAD)(+70% AP) bonus magic damage, and restores [10 - 30 based on level] energy.

Five Point Strike (Q)
Cooldown: 1.5s
Cost: 100/95/90/85/80 energy
Slings kunai in an arc, dealing 25/50/75/100/125 (+ 130% tAD)(+50% AP) magic damage. Enemies at the tip are briefly slowed. 
If cast near full energy, Akali also heals for [5-20 based on level] (+ 80% tAD) (+ 20% AP). 
At rank 5, deals an extra (+ 65% tAD)(+25% AP) damage to minions and monsters.

Twilight Shroud (W)
Cooldown: 17/15.5/14/12.5/11
Cost: RESTORES 40/50/60/70/80 energy
Drops a smoke bomb, unleashing a spreading cover of smoke that obscures Akali from enemy vision and grants her 20/25/30/35/40% movement speed. 
Twilight Shroud lasts 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 seconds. Entering or exiting obscured extends Shroud's duration by 0.5 second, up to 8 seconds. 
While obscured, Akali is stealthed and cannot be selected by hostile spells or attacks, including by towers, even if revealed.
    • Twilight Shroud's cooldown starts once the cloud disappears. 
    • The cloud's remaining duration is shown around the icon on the ability bar. 


Shuriken Flip (E)
Cooldown: 16/14.5/13/11.5/10s
Cost: 30 energy
Flip backward and fire a shuriken forward, dealing 60/90/120/150/180 (+50% bAD) physical damage and marking the first enemy or smoke cloud hit. 
Re-cast: Dash to the marked target, dealing the same damage.

Perfect Execution (R)
Cooldown: 120s/100/80
Cost: None
Two dashes: The first vaults over enemies, stunning for 0.5 seconds and dealing 120/180/240 (+50% bAD) physical damage.

The second is a piercing thrust that executes, dealing 120/180/240 (+30% AP) to 300/450/600 (90% AP) magic damage based on missing health.

Voiceover

Here's Akali's full voiceover, clocking in at under 5 minutes:


She also has a set of special interactions:


Akali's new choose and ban quotes are also on the PBE:
Choose: "Fear the assassin with no master." 
Ban: "You're scared. Good to know."

Lore

Akali has new in-client lore:
"Abandoning the Kinkou Order and her title of the Fist of Shadow, Akali now strikes alone, ready to be the deadly weapon her people need. Though she holds onto all she learned from her master Shen, she has pledged to defend Ionia from its enemies, one kill at a time. Akali may strike in silence, but her message will be heard loud and clear: fear the assassin with no master."
 Akali's full updated bio can be found on Universe.

Updated Skins

With Akali's update comes updates to her eight skins!

Stinger Akali

Infernal Akali

(formerly Crimson) [Currently Disabled]


All-Star Akali

Nurse Akali


Blood Moon Akali


Silverfang Akali

Headhunter Akali

Sashimi Akali


Check out this video from SkinSpotlights for a look at each of Akali's updated skins:

Timestamps:
  • 00:00 - Infernal Akali (Used to be Crimson Akali)  
  • 02:17 - Headhunter Akali 
  • 04:47 - Blood Moon Akali 
  • 07:04 - Sashimi Akali 
  • 09:05 - Silverfang Akali 
  • 11:05 - Nurse Akali 
  • 13:11 - All-Star Akali 
  • 15:11 - Stinger Akali 
  • 17:26 - Classic Akali

New Skins

Three new Pool Party skins are splashing into the PBE for Caitlyn, Gangplank, and Zoe.

Pool Party Caitlyn

1350  RP
[Loading Screen]

Here's Riot KiWiKiD with a feedback thread for Pool Party Caitlyn:
"Hey summ--players, I’m back with the Caitlyn ready to party at the pool. Get some supersoaker action right now on PBE! 
  • New model and textures - Featuring a high-powered water rifle
  • New Spell VFX - Sea what sea creatures we put in.
  • New SFX - Watery action never felt so critical.
  • New recall animation - Keeping the party crabs busy. 
Pool Party Caitlyn is now soaking in the sun on PBE! Report back here with any bugs that occured or feedback that you have. If you’ve got any questions, I’ll be the support you need to carry your bugs and feedback to the team. 
Pool Party Caitlyn is currently set at 1350 RP (subject to change)."

Pool Party Gangplank

1350 RP


Here's Riot KiWiKiD with a feedback thread for Pool Party Gangplank:
"Hello gamers, it’s KiWiKiD again with POOOOOL Party Gangplank! Stroll along the beach with hot bod Gangplank and blow some watermelons up on your foes. 
  • New model and textures - Ready to swim, dance, and party all in one.
  • New Spell VFX - Explosive watermelons, fiery spatulas, and more!
  • New SFX - That oh-so-satisfying water pump Q.
  • New recall animation - Steaks. Steaks for all. 
Pool Party Gangplank is now available on PBE! Go forth and show some players how strong watermelons can really be. Report back here with any bugs that occured or feedback that you have. If you’ve got any questions, you know who to call. Me! 
Pool Party Gangplank is currently set at 1350 RP (subject to change)."

Pool Party Zoe

1350  RP

Here's Riot KiWiKiD with a feedback thread for Pool Party Zoe:
"KiWiKiD here taking you out to the ocean to meet Pool Party Zoe! Skip a long with her along the sands of the Runeterra. 
  • New model and textures - Featuring breezy turquoise-blue hair that couldn’t look better in the sun.
  • New Spell VFX - Incite some beach memories with every spell!
  • New SFX - SFX on all spells!! Paddleboarding is as fun as ever.
  • New recall animation - Don’t dive into their fountain, dive back into your fountain. 
Pool Party Zoe is now available on PBE! Go one-watershot some people. Remember to report back here with any bugs that occured or feedback that you have. And of course: If you’ve got any questions, I’m here for them, and you. 
Pool Party Zoe is currently set at 1350 RP (subject to change)."


New Chroma

Several new chroma sets are also now on the PBE!

Pool Party Gangplank (6)
  
  

Pool Party Gangplank's Ruby chroma also includes different barrels.


Pool Party Taric (4)

Pool Party Caitlyn (5)

Pool Party Zoe (6)

Pool Party Rek'Sai (6)

Headhunter Akali (3)

Her's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Pool Party and Headhunter Akali chroma:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got some new Chromas coming up for our biggest pool party ever--Pool Party Zoe, Pool Party Caitlyn, Pool Party Rek’Sai, Pool Party Taric and Pool Party Gangplank! In addition to that, we’ve also got some new Headhunter Akali Chromas coming too with the Akali update! 
Pool Party Zoe:
  • New textures: “I’ve got a magic present for you! Here it comes!”
    • Pool Party Zoe (Ruby)
    • Pool Party Zoe (Emerald)
    • Pool Party Zoe (Sapphire)
    • Pool Party Zoe (Amethyst)
    • Pool Party Zoe (Rainbow)
    • Pool Party Zoe (Rose Quartz)

Pool Party Caitlyn:
  • New textures: “Got them in my sights.”
    • Pool Party Caitlyn (Ruby)
    • Pool Party Caitlyn (Rose Quartz)
    • Pool Party Caitlyn (Catseye)
    • Pool Party Caitlyn (Obsidian)
    • Pool Party Caitlyn (Aquamarine)
Pool Party Rek’Sai:
  • New textures:
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Ruby)
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Obsidian)
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Emerald)
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Rose Quartz)
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Tanzanite)
    • Pool Party Rek’Sai (Turquoise)
Pool Party Taric:
  • New textures: “Gems are truly, truly, truly outrageous.”
    • Pool Party Taric (Rose Quartz)
    • Pool Party Taric (Catseye)
    • Pool Party Taric (Obsidian)
    • Pool Party Taric (Pearl)
Pool Party Gangplank:
  • New textures: I’ll come back stronger.”
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Obsidian)
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Amethyst)
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Ruby)
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Citrine)
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Rose Quartz)
    • Pool Party Gangplank (Pearl)
Headhunter Akali:
  • New textures: “Mark acquired.”
    • Headhunter Akali (Ruby)
    • Headhunter Akali (Tanzanite)
    • Headhunter Akali (Pearl)
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"

New Emotes

Four new summoner emotes were added this cycle - "Shell Shocked", "Snoozy Poro", "Pool Party Pengu", and "Pool Party 2018":

   

New Summoner Icons

In addition to the new skins, we also have a total of six pool party themed icons!'

 Pool Party Gangplank icon, Pool Party Caitlyn icon, Pool Party Zoe icon,  Tastey Beverage icon, Pengu (Ruby) icon, Iced Pengu Icon
   
 
Fifteen other summoner icons were also added. Each appear to be for Youtubers or Creators (and several appear from BR server). More information on these can be found here - they are part of a new program to bring new players to league .
           

New Ward Skins

Three new ward skins featuring a Pengu surfing on a killer wave.


Surfin' Pengu Ward

Wipeout Pengu Ward

Hang Loose Pengu Ward
[video previews soon!]


Akali Login Theme

A new login theme featuring Akali is now on the PBE:


PBE Bugs and Feedback Thread: Stats on PBE! 

[INTRODUCED IN 8.14 CYCLE - CONTINUES TESTING IN 8.14]

A new Stats tab is now available on the PBE - check it on the Profile page!

Here's Lexical with a thread on a new Stats feature testing on the PBE this cycle, including additional screenshots:
Hihi PBE! Stats is now available on PBE! 
Compare your performance this season by champion or position to other players of equal, higher, or lower skill levels. Designed as performance indicators, Stats lets you dive into your strengths and weaknesses relative to other players.Just head over to the profile tab in the client to get started. 
Under the Stats tab, you will see the overview page. From there you can filter your games queue types, games played etc. You will need at least 5 games played per champion, queue type and role in order to see detailed data. Your scores are broken down into three main categories: Team Play, Income, and Combat. 
To see detailed stats, just click on the champion or lane you wish to see.
You can compare with different ranks or chose a friend, an expert or another one of your champions in the same role to compare. Clicking a point on the graph will show you a specific game.
Because we’re on PBE most folks will have fewer games, and fewer stats. So you might need to play a few games to get the full experience or just use your imagination until we hit live. 
Please let us know what you think. We would love to hear your feedback, questions and bug reports! :)"


Miscellaneous 

  • Pool Party Minions and Map accents are enabled on the PBE, including the return of the Pool Party Minions and new Pool Party themed red buff and blue buff camps!
  •  Pool Party Loadscreen added:
  • A new Chroma collection has been added on the PBE. Just like the skin, ward, or icon collections, the chroma collection totals the number of chroma you own and of what tier - sortable in a variety of ways. *
  • Akali's face in the background Surgeon Shen's splash art has been updated to go along with champion update.

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.

Fizz
[Changelist]
  • Seastone Trident (W)
    • active bonus magic damage increased from 40/50/60/70/80 to 50/60/70/80/90
  • Chum the Waters (R)
    • Guppy AP ratio increase from 60% to 80%
    • Guppy damage increased from 150/250/350 to 200/300/400
    • Chomper AP ratio increased from 90% to 110%
    • Chomper damage increased from 225/325/425 to 275/375/475
    • Gigalodon AP ratio increased from 120% to 140%
    • Gigoladon damage increased from 300/400/500 to 350/450/550

Irelia
  • Base AD increased from 60 to 66
  • Health increased from 550 to 580
  • Ionian Fervor (Passive) 
    • per stack damage changed from [1-12] to [4-17] 
  • Bladesurge (Q) 
    • Damage lowered from 10/30/50/70/90 to 5/25/45/65/85
    • tAD ratio lowered from 70% to 60%
    • Range lowered from 625 to 600
  • Defiant Dance (W) damage reduction changed from 45/50/55/60/65% to 50% at all ranks
  • Flawless Duet (E) 
    • Now deals full damage to monsters (from 50%)
    • Damage lowered from 80/120/160/200/240 to 70/110/150/190/230
    • Range lowered from 900 to 850
  • Vanguard (R) range lowered from 1050 to 1000

Items
Ancient Coin
  • Cost increased from 350 to 400

Bloodthirster
  • AD lowered from 80 to 65
  • Total cost lowered from 3500 to 3300
    • Combine cost lowered from 950 to 750

Essence Reaver
  • AD increased from 70 to 75

Frostfang
  • Combine cost lowered from 375 to 325

Infinity Edge
  • New Recipe: [B. F. Sword + Pickaxe + Longsword + 875g]
  • Total cost lowered from 3600 to 3400
  • Crit as true damage lowered from 15% to 10%

Mercurial Scimitar
  • AD lowered from 65 to 50
  • Total cost lowered from 3600 to 3400
    • Combine cost lowered from 525 to 325

Molten Edge (Ornn Masterwork Upgrade Item)
  • Total cost lowered from 4600 to 4400
  • Crit as true damage lowered from 15% to 10%

Nomad's Medallion
  • Combine cost lowered from 350 to 300

Phantom Dancer
  • Total cost lowered from 2800 to 2700
    • Combine cost lowered from 900 to 800
  • Critical strike lowered from 30% to 25%

Rapid Firecannon
  • Total cost lowered from 2900 to 2800
    • Combine cost lowered from 800 to 700
  • Critical strike lowered from 30% to 25%

Relic Shield
  • Cost increased from 350 to 400

Runaan's Hurricane
  • Total cost lowered from 2900 to 2800
    • Combine cost lowered from 1000 to 900
  • Critical strike lowered from 30% to 25%

Spellthief's Edge
  • Cost increased from 350 to 400

Statikk Shiv
  • Total cost lowered from 2900 to 2800
    • Combine cost lowered from 800 to 700
  • Critical strike lowered from 30% to 25%

Stormrazor
  • New Recipe: [B. F. Sword + Long Sword + Long Sword + Dagger + 300g]
  • Total cost lowered from 3200 to 2700
    • Combine cost increased from 300 to 400
  • AD lowered from 75 to 60
  • Attack speed lowered from 30% to 25%
  • Now gains 1% damage per .625% critical strike chance
    • Lowered from [1% damage per .75% critical strike chance]

Targon's Brace
  • Combine cost lowered from 350 to 300


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