Current PBE Changes


This mega post was last Updated on 2/27 with the 2/27 PBE Update
( With the release of patch 7.4 to live on February 23rd, we started the new 7.5 PBE cycle. )

Previous PBE Cycles in 2017
[7.1] [7.2] [7.3] [7.4]

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:

2/22 PBE Update
  • New Champion Skins
  • New Chroma
  • New Ward Skin - "Eye of the Dragon Ward"
    • New Summoner Icons
    • Adding Simple Recalls to Older Champs

    • New Summoner Icon
    • Legend of the Poro King: Portal Party Coming Soon to PBE!

    • New Skin Splash Art
    • Skin Tweaks
    • Dragonslayer Xin Zhao login theme

    • Balance Changes

    ( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be outdated!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


    New Champion Skins

    Two new champion skins debuted in today's patch - Dragon Sorceress Zyra and Dragonslayer Xin Zhao.

    Dragon Sorceress Zyra

    1350 RP
    [Wings pop out on idle, E, R taunt, and recall!]
    Here's KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Dragon Sorceress Zyra:

    [More pictures 1 / 2 ]
    "Rise, my darlings. 
    Perched in a mountain cave, far beyond the reach of most, lurks Dragon Sorceress Zyra. 
    Dragon Sorceress Zyra will be 1350 RP (pricing subject to change) and includes: 
    • All new models and textures for herself, her dragons, and their eggs! Where are your friends? Hers are all around her. 
    • New particles for all abilities! Take careful steps—dragons lurk around every corner. 
    • New wing animations on an idle, Grasping Roots (E), Stranglethorns (R), taunt, as well as her new recall animation! She also has a new recall winddown, and turn tech added for her tail! No place is safe while she’s free. 
    • New audio for recall animation and all abilities! Just a harmless dragon, until you hear their screams. 
    Dragon Sorceress Zyra is now available to play on the PBE! As players who experience a firsthand look at this content, we appreciate constructive feedback - feel free to leave it in the comments below! If you have any questions, you can also drop them below and I'll do my best to answer them! ^-^ 
    GLHF!"

    Dragonslayer Xin Zhao

    1350 RP

    Here's Riot LoveStrut with a bugs and feedback thread for Dragonslayer Xin Zhao:
    [More pictures from KateyKhaos 1 / 2 ]
    "I may be outnumbered, but not even the odds can stand against me!" 
    Dragonslayer Xin Zhao climbs up the mountains to the cave of the mysterious woman rumored to be behind the sudden dragon resurgence terrorizing the kingdom. His fierce determination to protect his people drives him onward, no matter the cost. 
    Slaying in Style 
    • All-new model and textures (Dragonslayer Set: +50 vs. Dragons)
    • All-new VFX (His spear burns with his desire to protect his people.)
    • All-new SFX (Ahh, the sweet sounds of dragon slayage.)
    • All-new animations (Dragons always seem to attack when you're just trying to head home.)
    • Set to be 1350 RP (prices are subject to change) 
    We always love hearing your feedback and feelings! All bug reports and thoughts help us make these skins even more awesome, so please keep 'em coming! 
    Thanks, cuties! <3"

    New Chroma

    Chroma on the PBE for both the new Dragonslayer Xin Zhao skin and for Dragonslayer Pantheon:

    Dragonslayer Xin Zhao

    290 RP each (discounted in bundles)
         


    Dragonslayer Pantheon 

    290 RP each (discounted in bundles)
          
    [AmethystObsidianPearlSandstoneCatseyeEmeraldRuby ]

    New Ward Skin

    Keep watch on those dragons (or hunters!) with the Eye of the Dragon Ward!

    Eye of the Dragon Ward

    640 RP

    New Summoner Icons

    Three new summoner icons to go with the new skins were also added this cycle:

    A new Demacia emblem summoner icon was also added this cycle.

    Dragonslayer Xin Zhao Login Theme

    We also have a new login theme featuring Dragonslayer Xin Zhao!


    Adding simple recalls to older champs 

    Simple recalls are being added to 74 older champions and 351 skins! These simple recalls are reused animations from idles  and emotes!

    Here's context from Ququroon.
    "Hello, everyone! It's time for every champion to have recalls, and it's time for it to hit PBE! 
    In case you haven't heard, we're repurposing existing animations to give every champion in the game a recall! You can read more about it here
    As you may suspect, this change affects a -lot- of different champions, so the testing here will be a bit broad. The bugs on this should be rather limited, probably just a skin missing an animation at worst. Feedback is what is really useful, so here are some questions to think about. 
    Were you excited to see your champion now has a recall?
    Does the recall match your expectation?
    Does it meet these rules for the project?

    Ruuuuruuus:
    • Only use existing animations. No new animations will be created.
    • Absolutely no gameplay animations (spells, attacks, anything).
    • Absolutely no stealing animations from other skins.
    • Avoid breaking the recall ring (don't have the champion move too far away).
    • Look for Champion Personality moments (ie. Amumu crying).
    • The animation does not need to be 8s long (opt to return to Idle1 for shorter animations).
    • Trend towards Idle variants (they're seen far less in the game, as you're often not standing still).
    • Trend away from dances - dancing is already something you do for the animation, so we don't want to double up unless it really fits the champion, or there are no other options.
    I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts, and I hope you have a nice day. :D"

    [FULL LIST OF 70 + champions and 300+ skins here]


    Here are a few examples:
      
      
      
    You can check them all out in video form here:

    [video accurate as of 2/22 update but Ququroon mentions a few will be tweaked!]

    Legend of the Poro King: Portal Party Coming Soon to PBE!

    [NOTE: Enabled as of the 2/24 PBE Update!]

    Riot Aeon hit the boards to inform us about a new variant of Legend of the Poro King mode called"Portal Party"!
    "Hi there! 
    Coming soon we're going to be enabling a new variation of the Legend of the Poro King game mode called "Portal Party" on PBE for testing. 
    We're taking an existing game mode and adding a new mechanic to turn it on its head.
    This time around a storm of teleportation portals have started spawning all over Howling Abyss. 
    Join the party. Toss snowballs, Summon the Poro King. Ryze to the occasion. Teleport. Teleport. Ahhh!!! Another portal! Teleport. 
    We'll be keeping an eye on this thread, so please report any bugs you find here. 
    Thanks! 
    Riot Aeon"

    Miscellaneous

    • Several 7.5 Visual changes  for ability tool tips, including color scheme changes, layout tweaks, mention when ability is an ultimate, and have horizontal rules!
    "Riot JxE from the Render Strike Team here. We're the team that's been refactoring our rendering code in order to clean up the code for our other engineers!
    We've put a test on the PBE this patch that's running Kha'Zix and Gromp through our new rendering code. There should be NO visual differences between the two, so let us know if you see any weird visuals or rendering bugs on Kha'Zix and/or Gromp. Please post screenshots in this thread if you find any."
    • KateyKhaos has informed us that Zyra has a new death animation on the PBE! As seen on the recent Dragon Sorceress Zyra skin, on death she now falls and is entangled by vines.




    Balance Changes

    Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical or experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be lacking context or other changes that didn't make it in or were implemented in an earlier patch this cycle! These are not official notes.

    Summoner Spells
    Exhaust
    • "Exhausts target enemy champion, reducing their Movement Speed by 30%, and their damage dealt by 40% for 2.5 seconds."
      • No longer reduced attack speed by 30%
      • No longer reduced armor and MR by 10

    Warlord's Bloodlust
    "Moving or attacking makes an attack Energized. Energized attacks have 1/1/2/3/5/7/9/12/15/18/21/25/28/32/37/41/46/50% Lifesteal and grant 30% Movement Speed for 0.75 seconds."
        • "Lifesteal for energized attack: 1-50% and 30% movespeed for 0.75 seconds." -src
        • Charge rate the same as SS, RFC, and KS - roughly 6-7 autos while moving for ADC to fully charge - src.

    Masteries
    Bond of Stone
    "Gain 5% total health. 
    Your crowd control effects brand enemy champions with an earthen rune for 4 seconds. Other ally champions who attack branded enemies heal for 5 + 2.5% of your maximum health over 2 seconds (halved if you are ranged)."
        • Works on all CC effects, including slows, blinds, grounded, etc. **
        • There is no cooldown or limit.**

    Deathfire Touch
    • Bonus AD scaling lowered from 60% to 45%

    Champions
    Aatrox
    [Context & Changelist from ricklessabandon]
    • Blood Well (Passive) - [reworked]
    "Aatrox fills the Blood Well through his abilities, and it empties while out of combat. When the Blood Well is filled, Aatrox gains Blood Rush for 4 seconds as the Blood Well drains. During Blood Rush, dealing or taking damage versus enemy champions will completely fill the Blood Well and refresh Blood Rush's duration. 
    [Blood Rush] Aatrox gains [25%] base attack damage and [20% - 50%] attack speed. Upon taking fatal damage Aatrox will revive over 3 seconds, recovering 30% of his health over the duration. Aatrox cannot revive more than once every [180 - 120] seconds. " 
        • Base Blood Well Capacity decreased from 105 to 100
        • Blood Well capacity growth per level decreased from 45 to 0
    • Dark Flight (Q)
      • Cost lowered from [10% current health] to [no cost]
      • Damage changed from [70/115/160/205/250 (+60% bonus AD)] to [10/35/60/95/120 (+110% total AD)]
      • [new effect] Now fills 20% of the Blood Well upon cast
    • Blood Thirst / Blood Price (W)
      • Blood Thirst
        • Heal changed from [20/25/30/35/40 (+25% bonus AD] to [30/45/60/75/90 (+5% missing health)]
        • [removed effect] No longer triples the healing while below 50% health
      • Blood Price
        • Cost lowered from [15/23.75/32.5/41.25/50 (+25% bonus AD)] to [no cost]
        • Damage changed from [60/95/130/165/200 (+100% bonus AD)] to [30/60/90/120/150 (+75% bonus AD)]
        • [new effect] Now fills 20% of the Blood Well when hit effect occurs
    • Blades of Torment (E)
      • Cost changed from 5% current health to 30 health
      • Damage changed from [75/110/145/180/215 (+60% AP)(+60% Bonus AD)] to [70/115/160/205/250 (+70% bonus AD)]
      • Damage type changed from magic to physical
      • Slow potency changed from 40% at all ranks to 30/35/40/45/50%
      • Slow duration changed from 1.75/2/2.25/2.5/2.75 to 2 seconds at all ranks
      • [new effect] Now fills 20% of the Blood Well upon cast

    Fizz
    [Changelist from phroxz0n]
    • Urchin Strike (Q)
      • AP ratio increased from 35% to 55%
    • Seastone Trident (W)
      • Bleed duration lowered from 4 seconds to 3 seconds
      • Mark duration increased from 4 seconds to 6 seconds
    • Chum The Waters (R)
      • Auto pick up on miss is less generous. -src.
      • "Ground attach removed (fix now flops on ground and plays death animation when it misses)"

    Jayce
    • Shock Blast (Q) -
      • Damage changed from 70/120/170/220/270/320 to 75/120/165/210/255/300
      • Mana cost increased from 55/60/65/70/75/80 to 65/70/75/80/85/90

    Kindred
    [Changelist from ricklessabandon]
    • Changes to Wolf's mark system:
      • Mark time out down from 5 minutes to 3 minutes
      • Mark respawn time down from 70 seconds to 50 seconds
      • Mark tier system changed:
        • OLD
          • Tier 1 (0 - 2 marks) Crab, Raptors
          • Tier 2 (3 - 4 marks) Raptors, Krugs, Gromp, Wolf
          • Tier 3 (5 - 6 marks) Blue, Red, Herald, Drake
          • Tier 4 (7+ marks) Baron, Elder
        • NEW
          • Tier 1 (0 marks) Crab
          • Tier 2 (1 - 3 marks) Crab, Raptors, Gromp
          • Tier 3 (4 - 7 marks) Wolf, Krugs, Blue, Red
          • Tier 4 (8+ marks) Herald/Baron, Drake/Elder

    LeBlanc
    [Changelist from ricklessabandon] [NOTE: These are "extreme" and WIP.]
    • Shatter Orb (Q) damage to minions increased from 40% to 80%
      • Damage changed from [22/36/50/64/78 (+20% AP)] to [44/72/100/128/156/ (+40% AP)]
    • Distortion (W) damage lowered from [85/120/155/190/225 (+60% AP)] to [40/55/70/85/100 (+20% AP)]
    • Mimic'd Distortion (R+W) damage lowered from [125/225/325 (+50% AP)] to [60/120/180 (+30% AP)]

    Lucian
    • Piercing Light (Q) new effect to tool tip - "Piercing Light's cast time decreases slightly as Lucian gains levels."

    Miss Fortune
    • Double Up (Q) 
      • [removed - "If the first shot kills its target, the second deals 50% increased damage."
      • Second shot damage lowered to match 1st shot damage 
        • [NEW] 20/35/50/85/80 (+85% total AD) (+35% AP)
        • [OLD] 40/70/100/130/160 (+100% total AD)(+50% AP)
      • [new effect] "The second shot can critically strike for [crit multiplier - 200% base], and it always critically strikes if the first show kills its target. "

    Quinn
    [Context]
    • Vault (E): [ALL CHANGES REVERTED]
      • Cooldown increased from 12/11/10/9/8 to 15/13.5/12/10.5/9
      • Mana cost increased from 50 to 70 at all ranks.

    Rengar
    • Base armor lowered from 25.88 to 22.
    • Battle Roar (W)  increased % dmg healed from monster attacks lowered from 100% to 50%

    Ryze
    • Rune Prison (W) root duration lowered from 1 second to 0.75 seconds.
    • Spell Flux (E) cooldown increased from 2.25 to 3.25/3/2.75/2.5/2.25

    Talon
    • [Reverted] Noxian Diplomacy (Q) damage lowered from 80/100/120/140/160 to 60/85/110/135/160
    • [Reverted] Rake (W) cooldown increased from 9 seconds at all ranks to 11/10.5/10/9.5/9 seconds.

    Varus
    [Context]
    • Piercing Arrow (Q) 
      • Cooldown increased from 16/14/12/10/8 to 20/18/16/14/12
      • Total AD ratio on Maximum Damage lowered from 165% to 150%
      • [new effect] "Piercing Arrow's cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds (affected by Varus' cooldown reduction) if the arrow detonates Blight stacks from at least one enemy champion"
    • Blighted Quiver (W) tooltip now shows max damage vs monster as per stack instead of total.

    Items
    Blade of the Ruined King
    [Changelist from ricklessabandon] [more changes/iterations coming.]
    • Attack damage increased from 25 to 45
    • Attack speed lowered from 40% to 25%
    • Life Steal increased from 10% to 15%
    • On-hit minimum damage increased from 10 to 15
    • Active's Damage changed from [10% of target's max health as phys damage] to 100 magic damage.
    • Active's Self-Heal removed.
    • Active's movement speed steal % increased from 20% to 25%
    • Active's movement speed steal duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
    • [removed]  "Basic attacks extend the duration of the theft by 1 second, up to a maximum duration of 4 seconds."

        Doran's Shield - [Experimental changes reverted. They may return next cycle or in future patch.]
        • Total cost lowered from 450 to 400
        • Health regen changed from [6 health per 5 seconds] to [50% base health regen]
        • [new] UNIQUE Passive: Gain an additional 200% Base Health Regen Health for 10 seconds after taking damage from an enemy champion.
        • [new] Passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 5 physical damage to minions on hit.
        • [removed] UNIQUE Passive: Blocks 8 damage from single target attacks and spells from champions.

        Edge of Night
        • AD lowered from 60 to 55
        • Unique Active Cooldown increased from 30 to 45
        • Unique Active Duration lowered from 10 seconds to 5 seconds

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