8/5 PBE Update: Arcade Riven & Battle Boss Blitzcrank splash and more tentative balance changes!

Posted on at 5:13 PM by Moobeat
[NOTE: Axes has posted that Dead Man's Plate will be coming to SR in the next update!]

The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 5.16 PBE cycle, today's update includes a splash art for Arcade Riven & Battle Boss Blitzcrank, and more balance changes.
Continue reading for more information!

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

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Arcade Riven & Battle Boss Blitzcrank Splash Art

The shared splash art for the upcoming Arcade Riven and Battle Boss Blitzcrank skins has been added in today's PBE!

Arcade Riven uses a version of the shared splash where she is on the right side.
Battle Boss Blitzcrank uses a flipped version where he is on the right side.
Here's the individual load screen slices:
Check out the 5.16 PBE megapost for in-game previews of Arcade Riven and Battle Boss Blitzcrank.

Skin Changes

Speaking of upcoming skins, the upcoming Academy Ekko skin's glasses were also changed to be clear in today's update.


  • Randuin's Omen has a new item icon. (only in item sets atm, not in-game)

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.

  • Headbutt (W)
  •  [NOTE: ricklessabandon has noted that Alistar's W speed is [1] "down from 1500 to 1200, which gives ~25% more reaction time on low latency environments if cast from max range" + [2]"and likewise gives players on higher latency environments a slightly longer window to attempt the headbutt-into-pulverize combo"]


  • Base attack damage lowered to 51 from 56

  • The Equalizer (R) cooldown increased to 120/110/100 from 105/90/75
  • [On Rumble's RRicklessabandon also added:
[1] "rumble ult has two changes:first, cooldown values are different
second, the zone starts 150 units closer to the starting location" 
[2] "so total area and initial cast ranges are the same. should make it harder to 'overshoot' targets under your mouse cursor on cast" 
[3] "but technically the max possible range is reduced. intended to be a usability buff for most cases."]


Tahm Kench
  • Thick Skin (E) :
    • Shield duration lowered to 5 seconds from 6 seconds
    • Shield no longer decays over duration. [Video preview]

  • Ambush (Q) mana cost reduced to 40 from 60
  • Rat-Ta-Tat-Tat (R) bonus attack damage increased to 20/30/40 from 20/28/36

  • Plasma Fission (Q) range after missile splits range increased to 1100 from 900
  • Plasma Fission (Q) reactivation time lowered to .25 from .3

  • Thunder Claws (R) [new effectnow strikes up to 4 near by enemies (~500 range?) for 75/115/115 (+.3 AP) on the initial cast. [video preview]
  • Elastic Slingshot (E) range increased to 1200/1350/1500/1650/1800 from 1150/1250/1350/1450/1550.

[New] Titanic Hydra
[Passive on Left, Unique Active on right]

[Soon] Dead Man's Plate
  • [This previously Black Market Brawlers only item will soon be purchable on Summoner's Rift as the last "new" item for the juggernaut itemization. See Riot Axes' post for more information and stay on the look out for Dead Man's Plate to hit SR soon!]

Viktor's Hex Core
  • Prototype Core
    • AP per level lowered to 1 from 3
    • Now grants 10 mana per level
  • The Hex Core Mk-1
    • AP per level lowered to 3 from 4
    • No longer gives 20 flat ability power
    • No longer gives 150 mana
    • Now gives +15 mana per level
  • The Hex Core mk-2
    • AP per level increased to 6 from 5
    • No longer gives 40 flat ability power
    • No longer gives 300 mana
    • Now gives +20 mana per level
  • Perfect Hex Core
    • AP per level increased to 10 from 6
    • No longer gives 60 flat ability power
    • No longer gives 500 mana
    • Now gives +25 mana per level

Check out THIS PAGE for a comprehensive list of the new content in this PBE cycle or catch up with the individual update links below !

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