Current PBE Balance Changes

Last Updated on 9/12 with the 9/12 PBE Update

( With the release of patch 4.16 on  September 10th, we started the new 4.17 PBE cycle )

Previous PBE Cycles

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Below you will find a comprehensive list of balance changes/game additions for the current PBE cycle.
These new changes and additions are relative to what things currently are on live servers and are

EXTREMELY TENTATIVE!

(They often do not represent the final changes that get pushed to live servers.)

Balance changes for this cycle (so far) can be found at the bottom of this page

New Content list for this PBE cycle:



  • Order of the Lotus Karma
  • Soraka Rework
  • Viktor TU and Splash Art

  • Viktor Gameplay Update

  • FNATIC Skins

9/12 PBE Update

  • Texture Rebalancing
  • Garen Passive
  • Worlds 2014 Icons


( Note: Some images may be out dated! )

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



New Skins

"Ionia speaks through me" - At long last Karma has a new skin up for testing!

Order of the Lotus Karma

975 RP
Before we get too far, here's RiotBaconhawk with a bugs & feedback thread for Order of the Lotus Karma:
"Sa elesia, tera vi... Karma players, rejoice! 
Our Ionian lady has arrived to the fight in a new pink, green and gold outfit representing the Order of the Lotus. Here's what's changed for this skin from her base:
  • New model with pink skirt, green pants and details, & gold armor
  • New effects that are bright pink and gold, showcasing the glory of the Lotus
  • New recall where she does an elegant fan-dance, complete with thematic sounds
As players who get the first look at this in-progress skin, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on her! The feedback and bugs you leave here will help us get a better idea of things we may still have to take a look at. (totally copypasta'd this line I admit it) 
Note: we are aware there will be a bit of clipping (pieces of her model moving unnaturally through other pieces during animations) and will be fixing it soon. :)
GG WP Time to play more Karma~"
[ A flower swirls around Karma when her passive coolsdown her R ]
[ Q ]
[ Q explosion ]
[ W ]
[ W Root ]
[ R activated ]
[ R + Q ]

[ R + W ]
[ R + E ]



To celebrate them as our Season One champions from back in 2011, we have a set of FIVE new FNATICthemed skins. Like the TPA and SKT T1 team skins, these will all  be priced at 750 RP and share a splash art but that art is not on the PBE yet.

Fnatic Gragas

750 RP

Fnatic Janna

750 RP


Fnatic Corki

750 RP

Fnatic Jarvan IV

750 RP

Fnatic Karthus

750 RP
[His little book has the Fnatic logo on it!]

and here's Nurse Flan with a bugs and feedback thread for the Season 1 Fnatic Skin set!
"Fnatic was the first to rise to the top in the first competitive season of League of Legends. xPeke, Shushei, CyanideFI, LamiaZealot and Mellisan, this is for you guys! :D 
LET'S HEAR IT FOR FNATIC! Champions they have used in their climb to the top are representing the team in their new digs! Check them out! 
NOTE: We're aware their animations seem a little jittery, we'll be sure to clean that up :D 
  • Fnatic Karthus - He's got an awesome new Fnatic robe and a mini Champ's Cup on his staff!
  • Fnatic Jarvan IV - Along with a new Fnatic outfit, he's got a new lance and a nice Fnatic fan flag on his (E) Demacian Standard!
  • Fnatic Gragas - This dude gets to carry around the Champ's Cup! Does he remind you of anyone? :D He also get the cup "thunk!" sound after autoattacking with his (W) Drunken Rage! Note: We're working on getting the "thunk!" sound to play on tower hits, along with adding some tech to make that Champ Cup shiny! Hang tight!
  • Fnatic Corki - He's got state if the art gaming gear on his aircraft, ready and able to win any game!
  • Fnatic Janna - This lady has the most team spirit by having the Fnatic logo right on top of her staff!
As players who get the first look at these in-progress skins, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on the Fnatic Set! The feedback and bugs you leave here will help us get a better idea of things we may still have to take a look at. :) 
See you on the Rift!"



New Splash Art


Viktor




Viktor Gameplay Update

After spending yesterday disabled due to evolution hating bugs, the Viktor gameplay update is up and ready for PBE testing!

Let's take a look at his updated kit:

(Passive) Glorious Evolution
Viktor stars with the Prototype Hex Core that can be upgraded three times in the store to augment his abilities.
[ AP varies based on level. gives + 3 AP per level at first tier ]
[ The Perfect core grants  +75 base AP and +6 AP per level as well as +500 Mana ]

Hex Core icons


After each upgrade you are prompted with a Kha'Zix style Augment point which you can use to upgrade whichever ability you prefer.

Additional notes on PASSIVE from Solcrushed's thread:
  • Viktor starts with a Prototype Hex Core that he can upgrade 3 times for 1000 gold each. Each upgrade grants +25 AP, +150 Mana and +1 AP per level, cumulating in +75AP, +6 AP per level, +500 Mana for the Perfect Hex Core.
  • Each upgrade will allow Viktor to augment one of his basic abilities and when Viktor has upgraded all 3, the Chaos Storm will be augmented also.


(Q) Siphon Power
Mana Cost: 45/50/55/60/65
Cooldown: 10/8.5/7/5.5/4
Viktor blasts an enemy unit for 40/60/80/100/120 (+.2 AP) magic damage, granting him a 30/50/70/90/110 (+.2 AP) damage shield for 2.5 seconds. Viktor's next basic attack deals 15~250  + (+ .5 AP) bonus magic damage (The bonus damage scales with Viktor's level). 
Augment - Turbochage: Viktor gains 30% Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds
Additional notes on from Solcrushed's thread:
  • Range changed to use bounding boxes (Effectively 100 range increase)
  • Cooldown changed to 10/8.5/7/5.5/4
  • Damage reduced to 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.2AP)
  • Empowered autoattack that deals 15~250 (depending on Viktor's level) (+0.5AP) bonus magic damage on next basic attack.
  • NOTE: The entirety of the damage of the next basic attack is converted to magic (ex: Poppy Q)
  • Shield amount changed to 30/50/70/90/110 (+0.2AP)
  • Shield and speed boost (Augment) duration reduced to 2.5
  • Shield, speed boost and empower all granted immediately upon cast

(W) Gravity Field
Mana Cost: 65 Mana
Cooldown: 17/16/15/14/13 
Viktor deploys a gravitational imprisonment device for 4 seconds, slowing enemy units by 28/32/36/40/44% and adding a stack every .5 seconds. At 3 stacks the target is stunned for 1.5 seconds. 
Augment - Implosion: Enemies stunned by Gravity Field are dragged to the center.
[ Augmented W has a pulsing blue ring in center ]

Additional notes on from Solcrushed's thread:
  • Range increased to 700
  • Particle starts playing as soon as Viktor starts cast, time between start of cast and enemy being slowed is unchanged
  • Stunned enemies are no longer affected by the slow

(E) Death Ray
Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110
Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9 
Viktor uses his robotic arm to fire a chaos beam that cuts across the field in a line, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+ .7 AP) magic damage to every enemy in its path. 
Augment - Aftershock: An explosion follows the Death Ray's wake, dealing 70/115/160/205/250(+ .7 AP) magic damage. Enemies already hit by Death Ray will take 40% damage
[ Augmented E follow up explosions]

Additional notes on from Solcrushed's thread:
  • Augment Explosion missile speed significantly faster than the original laser

(R)  Chaos Storm
Mana Cost: 100
Cooldown: 120/110/100 
Viktor conjures a singularity at the target location, dealing 150/250/350 (+ .55 AP ) magic damage and interrupting enemy channels. 
Viktor can redirect the singularity for 7 seconds, causting 30/60/90 (+ .2 AP ) magic damage every second to nearby enemies. The singularity will move slower as it attempts to move farther away from Viktor. 
Augment - Velocity: Chaos Storm Moves 20% faster.
Additional notes on from Solcrushed's thread:
  • Cast time reduced to 0.25 (from 0.33)
  • Cooldown reduced to 120/110/100
  • Radius of initial impact increased to 325 (from 250)
  • Radius of DOT zone reduced to 325 (from 350)
  • Storm always moves at maximum speed when moving towards Viktor
  • DOT damage changed to 30/60/90 (+0.2AP)
  • DOT damage interval now 0.5 seconds (from 0.25)
  • No longer silences on impact, interrupts channels instead

Now here's a look at his gameplay update and his texture updates in action!



New Ability Icons

GLORIOUS ICONLUTION - Viktor has a new set of ability icons to go along with his gameplay update!
[Passive, Q, W, E ,R]

[Augmented Q, W, E, R]



Viktor Texture Update

and to go along with his rework and new splash, ViktorPrototype Viktor, and Full Machine Viktor all have updated textures on the PBE!

Viktor

[ Old on Left and New PBE version  Right ]

Prototype Viktor

[ Old on Left and New PBE version  Right ]



Full Machine Viktor

[ Old on Left and New PBE version  Right ]



Creator Viktor

[Q auto attack enhance]
[Augmented E]

Have thoughts you want to share on the Viktor update? Check out Solcrushed's feedback thread!
"Are you excited for the Glorious Evolution? We will be collecting your feedback here to make it easy for everyone. 
Below are some central points of feedback that we are most interested in but feel free to offer others! 
When you give feedback, please state the extent of your familiarity with Viktor 
(Plays often, has played once or twice, never played) as I am very interested in what effects the changes have on players of differing familiarity level.
  • How do you feel about his abilities working with each other, do they have a natural flow to them?
  • How enticing are the augments in various points in the game? When / what do you think is the best time / order to upgrade them?
  • Do you notice an improvement in the usability of Chaos Storm? / How does Chaos Storm feel to use for you as a player new to Viktor?
  • Is the empowered attack's damage on Siphon Power adequate during throughout the game? If not, when does it feel out of line?
  • Do you feel a noticeable power spike at a certain point in the game? If so, when do you feel it?"




Soraka Gameplay Update

"By the power of the stars." - Soraka's gameplay update is here and up for testing on the PBE! Her reworked kit features totally a totally new Passive, Q, and E, as well as significant changes for her W and her R is pretty much the same!

Base stat changes
  • HP decreased to 400 from 405
  • HP per level increased to 80 from 76
  • Mana increased to 250 from 240
  • Movement speed decreased to 325 from 340
  • Magic Resist increased to 32 from 30
  • Armor increased to 18 from 17
  • HP regen per second lowered to .7 from .9
  • HP regen per second per level increased to .16 from .11
  • Mana regen per second increased to 1.56 from 1.36

(Passive) Salvation
Salvation: Soraka gains 70% bonus movement speed when running towards allies who are below 40% heath.
[ Indicator pointing you to allies under 40%. Remember that this is also helpful for knowing when to use your ult to make it stronger. ]
[ The Indicator seems global but the bonus movement speed range is at about this distance. ]

(Q) Starcall
Mana Cost: 70/80/90/100/110
Cooldown: 7/6.5/6/5.5/5
Calls down a star at Target location. Enemies standing in the explosion radius take 70/110/150/190/230 (+.35 AP) magic damage
 Enemies standing in the center take 150% damage and are slowed by 30/35/40/45/50% for 2 seconds.
Note: The star falls quickly if casted at low range and slowly at high range ] 

(W) Astral Infusion
Cost: 10% Max Health and 20/25/30/35/40 Mana
Cooldown: 4/3.5/3/2.5/2  seconds 
Active: Restores 120/150/180/210/240 ( +.6 AP ) health to target ally. Cannot be cast if Soraka is below 5% health. 
Passive: Each Enemy champion hit by Starcall heals Soraka for 25/35/45/55/65 to 50/70/90/110/130 ( +.4 AP ) ( Based on % Missing HP )

(E) Equinox
Mana Cost: 80
Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds 
Creates a zone at target location for 1.5 seconds. Enemies standing in the zone are silenced until they leave. When the zone disappears, all enemies still standing in the zone are rooted for 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2   second(s). Deals damage both at the start and end of the ability.
  • EACH instance of damage, at start and at end, is now 80/100/120/140/180 (+.4 AP)

(R) Wish
Mana Cost: 100
Cooldown: 160/145/130 seconds 
Calls upon Divine powers to restore 150/250/350 ( + .55 AP ) Health to all allied champions. Wish's power is increased by 50% on each champion below 40% health. Notes it removes all instances of Grievous Wounds before healing



While their particles are the same as the base skin, we also have video previews of Dryad Soraka and Divine Soraka.

Celestine Soraka does have her own, slightly different versions of Soraka's new VFX


Following her gameplay update's debut in the 9/9 PBE updateVesh has also whipped up a feedback thread for Soraka's rework!
"Sorry this took so long to get up. 
Please leave all feedback about the Soraka changes here! We're especially interested in how different costs feel (mana especially) and how safe vs useful you feel at various points in the game."



Context on Nidalee Changes

Here's Riot Repertoir with context on the Nidalee changes in today's update!
"Hey all, 
Now that Nidalee has been out and about on the Live environment for awhile, we wanted to make some changes to her to address a few issues. There are all sorts of ideas floating around out there as to what to do about her, ranging from 'leave her alone' to 'please just delete her.' Not too surprisingly, I'm sure, we haven't opted for either of those, but here's what we have decided to do.

One of the paramount problems with Nidalee in from a playing against perspective is that she doesn't offer opponents meaningful windows during which they can put their guard down or feel like they have the upper hand, especially during the laning phase. Nidalee is intended to have short periods of time between Javelin Toss cooldowns where she is somewhat less dangerous, but when she builds primarily AD duelist items, that weakness seems like it's hardly there anymore. To that end, the approach we are taking is one that will hopefully help to emphasize her windows of strength and weakness, and we feel that moving her more toward the direction of AP or AP bruiser will help with that. AP builds almost always have lower power from basic attacks, so we think that if she can move a bit in that direction, she won't pose a such a high constant level of threat to opponents, particularly in the lane phase.

One final thing to note is that Nidalee is not exactly known for her incredible teamfighting capabilities, and a large contributor to that is that she actually offers opponents so many ways to play against her in a teamfight environment. As such, we've made a small change to the way the Pounce reset on Hunt works to give Nidalee players more consistent results on the mobility end when Hunting.

Here's the changelist you'll see playable on PBE today (9/11):
Base Stats
  • Base Attack Damage reduced to 44 from 49
  • Base Attack Speed reduced to 0.638 from 0.670
Takedown
  • Attack Damage ratio reduced to 0.8/2.0/2.67 from 1.0/2.5/3.33 (min/max/maxHunt)
  • Ability Power ratio increased to 0.3/0.75/1.0 from 0.24/0.6/0.8 (min/max/maxHunt)
Pounce
  • Pounce cooldown reduction mechanic added to Hunted Pounce (removed from Hunted Swipe)
  • Pounce cooldown reduction mechanics baseline effect increased to 1.5 seconds from 1.0
  • Cooldown reduction mechanics on Pounce now affected by Nidalee's Cooldown Reduction stat
Swipe
  • No longer affects the cooldown of Pounce when used on a Hunted target

Feel free to check out the changes and let us know what you guys think.
Thanks,

Repertoir"



New Summoner Icons

Two new summoner icons in this patch, one for the World Championship 2014 and one for the Fantasy LCS Beta.


Summoner's Rift Update is back

The Summoner's Rift update is back up and ready for more testing!


Texture Rebalancing

The mass texture rebalancing has begun! While full details can be found in [[THIS THREAD]], Riot is aiming to tweak and improve the textures and nearly every champion and skin released before 2013 so that they better fit in with the current art style of the game and the upcoming Summoner's Rift update! Please note that while these will be upgrades to current textures, these Texutre rebalances will not all be as extravagant as what we normally refer to as TUs Texture Updates.

The first batch is in today's update and includes TWELVE champions and  most of their respective skins. Keep in mind that some will be more significant than others! The OLD PICTURES ON LEFT and the NEW TEXTURE REBALANCED ARE ON RIGHT.

Ahri

 [ very minor ]


Dynasty Ahri

Midnight Ahri

*Nothing for Popstar or Foxfire


Akali


Stinger Akali

Crimson Akali


All-Star Akali

Nurse Akali


Blood Moon Akali



Ashe

 [ minor ]

Freljord Ashe

Sherwood Forest Ashe

Woad Ashe

Queen Ashe

Amethyst Ashe
 

*Nothing for Heartseeker Ashe

Corki


UFO Corki
Hot Rod Corki
Urf Rider Corki




* Nothing for TobDragonwing Corki, or Red Baron Corki.


Fiora


Royal Guard Fiora

[Sword seems a little WIPy]

Nightraven Fiora
[Sword seems a little WIPy]

*Nothing for Headmistress

Galio


Enchanted Galio

Hextech Galio

Commando Galio

Gatekeeper Galio


Graves


*Nothing for his other skins yet.

LeBlanc


Wicked LeBlanc

Prestigious LeBlanc

Mistletoe LeBlanc

Leona


Valkyrie Leona

Defender Leona

Iron Solari Leona

*Nothing for Pool Party Leona


Nautilus




Abyssal Nautilus
Subterranean Nautilus
*Nothing for AstroNautilus


Orianna



Gothic Orianna

Sewn Chaos Orianna

Bladecraft Orianna

*Nothing for TPA Orianna


Xerath


Runeborn Xerath

Battlecast Xerath
*Nothing for Scorched Earth Xerath




Worlds 2014 Summoner Icons

An icon for each of the World Championship 2014 teams (except Samsung White and Blue who share an icon) has been added to the PBE! No details yet on availability.



Champion Icon Updates

Cassiopeia, Akali, and Orianna have all received slight changes to their new icons that first hit the PBE last cycle. Each has slight position or color changes!

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.

Champions

Garen
  • Perseverance (Passive) now also includes
  •  "At level 11 damage from non-epic monsters will no longer stop Perseverance."
  • At level 16 the power of Perseverance is increased". 

  • At 11, cooldown decreased to 6 seconds and health per second increased to .8%
  • At 16, cooldown decreases to 4 seconds and health per second increases to 2%

LeBlanc
  • Mirror Image (Passive) tooltip now reads she becomes invisible for 1 second instead of .5 seconds.
  • Distortion (W) reactivate time increased to 4 seconds from 3 seconds

Maokai
  • Vengeful Maelstrom (R) maximum bonus damage lowered to 150/200/250 from 200/250/300

Nidalee

[Context: Be sure to read Riot Repertoir's thread for more info!]

  • Base AD lowered to 44 from 49
  • Base Attack Speed lowered to 0.638 from 0.670
  • Takedown (Cougar Q) attack damage ratio lowered to .8/2.0/2.67 from 1/2.5/3.33 (min/max/maxHunt)
  • Takedown (Cougar Q) ability power ratio increased to .3/.75/1 from .24/.6/.8 (min/max/maxHunt)
  • Pounce (Cougar W) cooldown reduction mechanic added to Hunted Pounce ( removed from Hunted Swipe)
  • Pounce (Cougar W) cooldown reduction mechanic baseline effect inreased to 1.5 seconds from 1 second.
  • Pounce (Cougar W) cooldown reduction mechanics on Pounce now affected by Nidalee's CDR.
  • Swipe (Cougar E) no longer affects the cooldown of Pounce when used on a hunted target.

Rammus
  • Power Ball (Q) now specifies "Activating Defensive Ball Curl will remove this effect after 1 second."
  • Defensive Ball Curl (W) now specifies "Activating Powerball will remove this effect after 1 second."

Soraka
  • Soraka has received a gameplay update! Check out the coverage above for more info!

Tristana
  • Buster Shot (R)  cooldown increased to 100/85/70 from 60 at all ranks

Viktor


Items
Infinity Edge
  • Total price increased to 3975g from 3800g

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