4/19 PBE Update: Mid-Season 2016 Updates, New Kayle, Nocturne, and Singed Skins, and much more!

Posted on at 11:39 AM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated! Tonight's MASSIVE update includes a ton of mid season changes including mage reworks, itemization changes, the new Elemental and Elder dragons, and a ton of additional system changes! We also have new skins for Kayle, Nocturne, and Singed!
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. )

Table of Contents

                            New Skins

                            Three new skins have been introduced in the 6.9 PBE cycle - Iron Inquisitor KayleCursed Revenant Nocturne, and Black Scourge Singed!

                            Iron Inquisitor Kayle

                            750 RP

                            Cursed Revenant Nocturne

                            750 RP

                            Black Scourge Singed

                            750 RP

                            Here's Nurse Flan with a Bugs & Feedback Thread on the new Singed, Kayle, and Nocturne skins:
                            "We present to you our "gothic horror"-inspired set of skins! We had a lot of fun imagining them as tough bosses in a dungeon during production!
                            Black Scourge Singed
                            Completely new model!
                            Set to be 750RP* (pricing always subject to change)
                            Iron Inquisitor Kayle
                            Completely new model! 
                            Set to be 750RP* (pricing always subject to change)
                            Cursed Revenant Nocturne
                            Completely new model! Updated tail-trail effects (it's less wonky!)
                            Set to be 750RP (pricing always subject to change) 
                            *We're in the middle of fixing his (W) spellshield VFX atm! 
                            As players who get the first look at this in-progress skin, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on the new skins! 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!"

                            Mid-Season 2016 Updates on PBE

                            As you'll see later in this post, a large set of MID-SEASON 2016 UPDATE changes are currently testing on the PBE - including numerous mage updates, the introduction of Elemental and Elder Dragon, Rift Herald and Turrets, itemization changes, and MUCH more!

                            Before diving into the nitty gritty, be sure to check out this overview:

                            Elemental Dragons & Elder Dragon

                            One of the larger objective changes is dragon has been replaced with Elemental Dragons and Elder Dragon! For an overview, check out the MID-SEASON MAGIC post!

                            [Additional context on Dragon Changes from Meddler available here.]

                            Elemental Dragons

                            Each Elemental Dragon has slightly different attacks and stats:
                            • Fire - AOE damage (just like current dragon). Impacts positioning when taking dragon primarily, some impact on pet users.
                            • Water - Auto attacks slow. Mainly relevant if it's a potentially contested dragon, since the slow will limit your ability to disengage quickly. Some optimizations around getting it to attack an enemy for the slow situationally.
                            • Earth -  Slow hard hitting auto attacks that also AOE. More health, armor and MR than other dragons. Slower to take, giving longer windows in which to contest it.
                            • Air - Fast moving and fast auto attacking. Highest single target damage, chases better than other dragons."

                            Each Elemental Dragon gives a different bonus to the team on death, which can stack up to three times.
                            • Fire -  This unit has 8/16/24% (based on stacks) increased Ability Power and Attack Damage, +50% if they have Mark of the Elder Dragon.
                            • Water - Every 18/12/6 seconds this unit restores 10% of their missing Health and Mana, 15% if they have Mark of the Elder Dragon
                            • Earth -  This unit deals 10%/20%/30% additional damage as True Damage to Epic Monsters and Towers, +50% if you have Mark of the Elder Dragon
                            • Air - >This unit has 15/30/45 (based on stacks) additional Out of Combat Movement Speed, +50% if they have Mark of the Elder Dragon.

                            These dragons spawn in a ~random order and can spawn the same dragon multiple times in a row.

                            A mark on the dragon pit wall will appear to denote which dragon is there or will be spawning next. This mark is always visible through fog of war and is up through the entire respawn time.

                            Elder Dragon

                            After 35 minutes, the elemental dragons will stop spawning and instead the Elder Dragon will spawn!
                            (NOTE: If there is an elemental dragon up at 35 minutes, it won't despawn - the next one will just be an elder dragon.)

                            Grants Mark of the Elder Dragon to team on death, granting a true damage dot and buffing elemental dragon marks:
                            • "On dealing damage to non-turrets, this unit deals True Damage over 3 seconds equal to 45 + 45 per stack of Elemental Dragon Buff. This also empowers their current Dragon Marks, increasing their power."

                            Elder Dragon also has a longer respawn time than normal dragonscurrently at 10 minutes.

                            MYMU Mage Gameplay Updates

                            As mentioned in the MID-SEASON MAGIC post, a wealth of mages have received gameplay updates this cycle!

                            Spot bugs? Report 'em over on the Mid Season Mages bug thread!

                            Let's start with a look at the six larger mage updates: Brand, Cassiopeia,  Malzahar, Vel'Koz, Vladimir, and Zyra:


                            [PBE boards discussion thread]
                            • Blaze (Passive) 
                              • Stacks up to three times, doing less damage per stack.
                                • 2% Max health over 4 seconds per stack from 8% over 4 seconds.
                              • [NEW EFFECT] When Blaze reaches max stacks on a Champion or large monster, the Blaze becomes unstable. It detonates in 2 seconds, dealing (~12 +.5 per level)% (+1.5% per ~100 AP - hard to confirm, may be inaccurate.) of each nearby enemy's maximum Health in magic damage. That champion cannot stack Blaze again within 4 seconds.
                                • Damage scales with Brand's level, maxing out at level 9 at 16%
                            • Sear (Q)
                              • Stun duration lowered to 1.5s from 2s
                              • Damage lowered to 80/110/140/170/200 from 80/120/160/200/240
                              • AP ratio lowered to .55 from .65
                            • Pillar Of Flame (W)
                              • Cooldown lowered to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 from 10 at all ranks
                              • Mana cost lowred to 60/70/80/90/100 from 70/80/90/100/110
                            • Conflagration (E)
                              • Cooldown lowered to 10/9/8/7/6 from 12/11/10/9/8
                              • Damage reduced to 70/90/110/130/150 from 70/105/140/175/210
                              • AP ratio decreased to .35 from .55
                            • Pyroclasm (R)
                              • Damage lowered to 100/200/300 from 150/250/350
                              • AP ratio decreased to .25 from .5
                              • [NEW EFFECT] Blaze bonus now slows target by 30/45/60%
                              • "Prioritizes stacking blaze on champions -- so always prioritizes champions, and specifically tries to make as many bombs as possible."

                            Here's a video preview of his abilities in action:


                            [PBE boards discussion thread]

                            • Stat Changes
                              • Movement Speed changed to 328 from 335
                              • Base health increased to 525 from 506
                              • Base mana increased to 375 from 370
                              • Base armor increased to 25 from 22.22
                              • Armor Growth lowered to 3.5 from 4
                              • Base Mana regen lowered to 1.6 from 1.672
                              • Mana regen growth increased to .16 from .15
                              • Base Health Regen increased to 1.2 from 1.08
                              • Base Attack damage increased to 53 from 52.3
                              • Attack damage growth lowered to 3 from 3.2
                            • Serpentine Grace (Passive) [REWORKED]
                              • NEW EFFECT: "Cassiopeia gains 4 Movement Speed (4 per level). Cassiopeia cannot purchase Boots items."
                            • Noxious Blast (Q)
                              • Mana cost increased to 60/65/70/75/80 from 40/50/60/70/80
                              • Cooldown lowered to 3.5 from 4
                              • Damage increased to 75/120/165/210/255 from 75/115/155/195/235
                                AP Ratio increased to .7 from .45
                              • Movement speed bonus increased to 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% from 20%
                              • Movement speed duration lowered to 2 seconds from 3 seconds.
                            • Miasma (W)
                              • Mana cost increased to 70 at all ranks from 40/50/60/70/80
                              • Cooldown increased to 22/20/18/16/14 from 14/13/12/11/10
                            "Cassiopeia spews venom in an arc in front of her, leaving toxic clouds for 4 seconds at max range or at terrain hit.  
                            Enemies in the clouds are continually afflicted with Debilitating Poison, slowing them by 35% and grounding them, prohibiting the use of Movement abilities. They also take 20/35/50/65/80 (+0.15) magic damage per second."
                              • Slow now 35% at all ranks from 25/30/35/40/45%.
                              • Now fires multiple clouds in a large arc that lands at max range (800) or first terrain hit.
                              • Now GROUNDS enemies in cloud, preventing them from using movement abilities while in it.
                            • Twin Fang (E)
                              • Mana cost changed to 60/65/70/75/80 from 50/60/70/80/90
                              • Cooldown lowered to .9 seconds from 5 seconds. 
                            "Deal X (dmg based on level) (+0.1 AP) magic damage to a target. If the target is killed by Twin Fang, or is killed during its flight, Cassiopeia gains 60/65/70/75/80 Mana.  
                            If the victim is Poisoned when Twin Fang hits, it takes 10/40/70/100/130 (+.35 AP) additional magic damage and Cassiopeia heals for 5/10/15/20/25 (+.1 AP)."
                              • Damage is based on level starting at 52 (and +4 per level and going up to [X] .
                                • 72 at level 6, 96 at 12, etc, [Need to get rest...]
                            • Petrifying Gaze (R)
                              • Slow reduced to 40% from 60%
                            Here's a video preview of her abilities in action:


                            [PBE boards discussion thread]
                            • [NEWVoid Shift (Passive)
                            "When he hasn't recently taken damage or been crowd controlled in the last 24 (minus 1 sec per level, down to 6? ) seconds, Malzahar gains 90% damage reduction and crowd control immunity, lingering for 1 second after taking damage or blocking a crowd control effect.  
                            Damage from lane minions is not mitigated by this effect, but it does not trigger or reset its cooldown either."
                            • Call of the Void (Q)
                              • Mana cost reduced to 60 at all ranks from 80/85/90/95/100
                              • Cooldown lowered to 6 seconds from 9
                              • Damage reduced to 70/115/160/205/250 from 80/135/190/245/300
                              • AP Ratio reduced to .6 from .8
                              • Silence duration reduced to 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds from 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6/3 seconds.
                            • [NEW] Void Swarm (W) 
                            60 Mana
                            18 sec Cooldown  
                            "Summon a Voidling lasting 12 seconds to fight nearby enemies.
                            The first time a Voidling attacks a champion, large monster, or epic monster, or assists in killing a unit, Malzahar spawns a new Voidling with the same remaining duration. When 3 or more Voidlings are active, they all gain 100% Attack Speed.  
                            Voidling Details:
                            --Attacks deal [40% AD] physical damage plus 8/11/14/17/20 [+0.05 AP] magic damage 
                            --Deals triple damage to lane minions below 25% Health 
                            --Will not spawn from a Voidling with less than 4 seconds left 
                            --Prefers to attack targets with Nether Grasp or Malefic Visions and has 100% increased Movement Speed when seeking these targets 
                            --Otherwise attacks the enemy nearest it"
                                • [Note: Voidlings no longer react to Malzahar's auto attacks**.]
                                • [Note: Voidlings no longer have a leash/returnTP range.**]
                                • Voidlings gain health per champion level.
                            • Malefic Visions (E)
                              • Mana cost reduced to 60/70/80/90/100 from 60/75/90/105/120
                              • Damage lowered to 80/120/160/200/240 from 80/140/200/260/320 
                              • AP ratio lowered to .6 from .8
                              • Mana restore changed to 2% of max mana from 10/14/18/22/260 mana.
                              • [NEW] Duration now refreshes if Malzahar uses Q or R on target 
                            • Nether Grasp (R)
                              • Flat damage removed.
                              • [NEW] Now creates a zone around enemy ( like old W) that deals 6% (+ 1% per 100 AP) of enemies max health as magic damage per second for 5 seconds.

                            Here's a video preview of his abilities in action:


                            [PBE boards discussion thread]
                            • Organic Deconstruction (Passive)
                              • Now deals [25 + (10 per level) + (.4 AP)] bonus true damage.
                              • R no longer applies Deconstruction.
                            • Plasma Fission (Q)
                              • Now refunds 50% of the mana cost per unit killed.
                              • Target indicator now visible only for Vel'Koz
                            • Void Rift (W)
                              • AP ratio reduced to [.15 and .25] from [.25 and .37.5]
                            • Tectonic Disruption (E)
                              • AP ratio reduced to .3 from .5
                            • Life Form Disintegration Ray (R)
                              • Damage increased to 550/800/1050 + (1.0 AP) from 500/700/900 + (.6 AP)
                              • Cooldown lowred to 120/100/80 from 130/110/90
                              • No longer applies stacks of Organic Destruction.
                              • [NEW] Passive: Deconstructing (3 hits) enemy champions RESEARCHES them for 7 seconds.  Basic attacks and all abilities refresh RESEARCH. 
                              • Now dealts True damage vs researched targets instead of magic damagea.


                            [PBE boards discussion thread.]
                            • Stat Changes:
                              • Base health increased to 550 from 543
                              • Health Growth lowered to 84 from 85
                              • Attack damage increased to 52 from 48
                              • Base armor increased to 23 from 21.88
                              • Armor growth decreased to 3.3 from 3.5
                            • Crimson Pact (Passive):
                              • Bonus HP to AP factor increased to .04 from .025
                              • Bonus AP to HP factor decreased to 1.0 from 1.4
                            • Transfusion (Q):
                              • Cooldown lowered to 9/8/7/6/5 from 10/8.5/7/5.5/4
                              • Damage lowered to 80/100/120/140/160 (.45 AP) from 90/125/160/195/230 (.6 AP)
                              • Heal lowered to 20/25/30/35/40 (.15 AP) from 15/25/35/45/55 (.25 AP)
                              • [NEW] After casting Q twice, Vladimir gains Crimson Rush the next time it becomes available to cast. 
                                • Crimson Rush: Vladimir is briefly hasted and for the next 2.5 seconds Transfusion deals 100% increased damage and heals for an additional 40 + 15 per level plus 5% (+.025 AP)% of his missing health (healing halved against minions).
                                • Crimson Rush charges are displayed on Vlad's resource bar.
                            • Sanguine Pool (W) [No changes]
                            • [NEW] Tides of Blood (E):
                              • This ability has been reworked! Tooltip:
                            "Channeling Cost 10% of max Health  
                            Range: 600
                            9 sec Cooldown  
                            Vladimir charges up a reservoir of blood, paying up to 10% of his max Health over 1 second to increase Tides of Blood's damage by the same amount.  
                            On release or after 1.5 seconds, Vladimir unleashes a nova of blood, dealing between 30/40/50/60/70 (+0.025 HP) (+0.35 AP) and 60/80/100/150/140 (+.1 HP) (+.7) magic damage to enemies hit.  
                            At full charge, Tides of Blood slows Vladimir while he holds it, but will briefly slow targets by 40/45/50/55/60% when he releases it."

                            • Hemoplague (R):
                              • Duration reduced to 4 seconds from 5 seconds
                              • Damage amplification lowered to 10% from 12%
                              • [NEW]  At the end of the duration, Hemoplague heals Vladimir for 50% of it's damage [75/125/175 + (.35 AP)] for each enemy champion hit.

                            Here's a video preview of his abilities in action:


                            [PBE boards discussion thread]
                            • Stat Changes
                              • Movement Speed increased to 340 from 325
                              • Base health increased to 499 from 479
                            • [NEW] Garden of Thorns (Passive)
                            New Effect: Seeds spawn around Zyra periodically, becoming faster with level and lasting 45 seconds (Max: 8 seeds planted). If an enemy Champion steps on a seed, it dies.  
                            Cast Deadly Spines or Grasping roots near seeds to grow plants. Extra plants striking the same target deal 50% less damage.
                              • Plant life 5-7.5 seconds based on Zyra's level.
                              • "Periodically spawns two seeds at the same time, though it won't place them close "together".**
                              • Plant health down to 2 ticks but increases with W passive.
                              • Plant Damage lowered: to [24 + (5 per level) + (.15 AP) ] from [23 + (6.5 per level) + (.2 AP)]
                              •  [NOTE: Plant AI also improved.]
                            • Deadly Spines (Q)
                              • Mana cost reduced to 60 at all ranks from 75/80/85/90/95
                              • Damage reduced to 60/90/120/150/180 (.55 AP) from 70/105/140/175/210 (.65 AP)
                              • Now fires in a rectangular shape.
                            • Rampant Growth (W)
                              • [REMOVED] No longer gives 2-10% cooldown reduction.
                              • Seeds no longer grant limited vision or give enemies vision when squished.
                              • [NEW] Increases plant maximum health by 10/20/30/40/50%
                            • Grasping Roots (E) [no significant changes]
                            • Stranglethorns (R) now increases damage of plants within thicket by 150% rather than increasing their attack speed by 50%

                            Next up we have the smaller scope mage updates, including an ability change or two:


                            [Changelist on Reddit from ManWolfAxeBoss]
                            • Basic Attack
                              • Particle cleanup
                                • : (mostly just smaller, less noisy).]
                              • Missile speed:: increased to 1500 from 1400.
                              • Cast bone updated!
                                • [NOTE: (This only affects her second attack animation. Should come out of her wing now instead of center of body).]
                            • Flash Frost (Q):
                              • AP ratio reduced to .4 from .5
                              • Base damage reduced to 60/85/110/135/160 from 60/90/120/150/180
                              • -Stun duration now scales with rank. Increased to 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5 from 1
                              • Slow increased now scales up 20/30/40% with R rank from 20% base.
                              • Improved damage display type on Q2 to better differentiate it from the pass through damage. Impact damage display type.
                              • Q's stun particle is now visible to everyone 
                                • [NOTE: (power hidden behind low clarity is bad)]
                            • Frostbite (E):
                              • Missile speed increased to 1600 from 1200
                              • Particle has been improved
                                • [NOTE: (better "hitbox," slightly smaller, twirls so it's pretty)]
                              • Cast range changes - Range lowered to 600 to 650 but now edge to edge (matches AA - Roughly 35 range increase)
                            • Glacial Storm (R):
                              • Now has a cast animation
                                • : (NOT CAST TIME).]
                              • [NEW EFFECT] Now expands from 150 up to 400 radius over 3 seconds
                              • [NEW EFFECT] At max size, damages and slows by an additional 50% and Chills for an additional second (2 secs total)
                              • Movement Speed Slow increased to 20/30/40% from 20%
                              • Attack Speed slow removed
                              • Cast range increased to 685 from 625 ( now matches AA)


                            [PBE board discussion thread]
                            • Pyromania (Passive) now displays stack count using a secondary resource bar (think Jhin!)
                            • Incinerate (W) :
                              • Range increased to 600 from 560
                              • "No longer cheats - ie: if you flash out of it before the cast finishes, it won't hit you anymore"
                            • Molten Shield (E):
                              • Duration reduced to 3 seconds from 5 seconds
                              • No longer grants Armor/MR
                              • Now reduces damage by 16/22/28/34/40%
                              • No longer speeds up Tibbers (moved to R passive)
                            • Summon: Tibbers (R)
                              • Initial AoE damage lowered to 150/275/400 (.65 AP) from 175/300/425 (.8 AP)
                              • AoE aura damage lowered to 10/15/20 (.1 AP) from 20/30/40 (.4 AP)
                              • Tibbers AA damage changed to 50/75/100 (.15 AP) from 80/105/130
                              • Tibbers AA range increased to 150 from 125
                              • [NEW EFFECT] Tibbers now ENRAGES, gaining 275% attack speed and 100% movement speed decaying over 3 seconds, on 1) summon , 2) when Annie dies, and 3) when Annie stuns a champion with Pyromania.
                                • Ignores unit collision while Enraged.
                                • Attack speed decays as Tibbers attacks & move speed ecays over time.
                              • Tibbers now regens 10% max HP per second when out of combat for 5 seconds.
                              • Tibbers now gains back 50% missing health when Annie dies.
                              • Tibbers now has a larger healthbar.
                              • Tibbers AI (attack commands, attack-move commands, etc) improved - Re-acquire target after cc, Better target prioritization, longer leash range to Annie, can target at Annie when no other enemies to order him to follow her.
                              • Tibbers attacks Annie’s killer if hes within a reasonable distance (1200u). Otherwise he prioritizes low hp champs, then any enemy within 1200u of Annie's body.


                            [PBE board discussion thread]
                            • [NEWDread (Passive) 
                              • Standing still or channeling abilities for 1.5 seconds empowers Fiddlesticks wit Dread. Immobilizing Crowd control resets this timer.

                                Dread grants 25/30/35/40% movement speed (at 1/6/11/16), but only lasts for 1.5s after Fiddlesticks starts moving.
                            • Terrify (Q) range decreased to 525 from 575 
                            • Drain (W):
                              • Cooldown now starts at end of channel rather than on cast.
                              •  Cooldown changed to [4/3.75/3.5/3.25/3 seconds at end of channel] from [10/9/8/7/6 seconds at start of channel]
                            • Dark Wind (E):
                              • Amount of bounces increased to 7 from 5
                              • Now prioritiezes Drain Targets > New Targets > Any Target.
                            • Crowstorm (R):
                              • Now pings "on my way" on use.
                              • Casts at Max range if casted outside of range.


                            [No context thread =(]
                            • Carrion Renewal (Passive) mana restore on kill increased to [~12 + 1 per level] from [9 +1  per level]
                            • Decrepify (Q):
                              • Mana cost lowered to 60/65/70/75/80 from 60/70/80/90/100
                              • Cooldown increased to 14/13/12/11/10 from 8 at all ranks
                              • AP Ratio increased to .4 from .3
                              • Deals double damage against non champion targets.
                              • [NEW] Swain now places Beatrice down in a zone for 4 seconds rather than targeting a specific champion for 3 seconds. 
                                • Beatrice prioritizes targeting units with Torment and will choose a new target if the one she is attacking dies or moves away. 
                            • Torment (E) :
                              • Damage lowered to 50/80/110/140/170 from 75/115/155/195/235
                              • AP Ratio increased to 1.0 from .8
                              • Damage amplification now 20% at all ranks from 8/11/14/17/20%
                            • Ravenous Flock (R)
                              • Cooldown increased to 10 seconds from 8 seconds.
                              • Spawns 5 Ravens from 3
                              • Heal against minions reduced to 15% from 25%
                              • Tooltip now notes Ravens can not attack the same target again for 1 second.
                              • Mana cost increase per second reduced to 5 at all ranks from 5/6/7


                            [No context thread =(]
                            • Transcendent (Passive):
                            • Dark Sphere (Q) AP ratio increased to .7 from .6
                            • Scatter The Weak (E) cooldown lowered to 16/15/14/13/12 from  18/16.5/15/13.5/12


                            [PBE board discussion thread]
                            • [ReworkedPhenomenal Evil Power (Passive) 
                              • "Striking an enemy champion with a spell grants Veigar a stack of Phenomenal Evil, granting him +1 ability power. Takedowns grant an additional 3 stacks.
                                • [Takedowns include assists.]
                                • [Stacks now show on Veigar's buff bar.]
                            • Baleful Strike (Q)
                              • Mana cost lowered to 40/45/50/55/60 from 60/65/70/75/80.
                              • Passive AP gain on champion and minions removed (due to moved to new passive).
                              • Now Grants on Phenomenal Evil stack on unit kill, two for Large Minions and Monsters.
                            • Dark Matter (W) mana cost reduced to 60/65/70/75/80 from 70/75/80/85/90
                            • Event Horizon (E) mana cost lowered to 70/75/80/85/90 from 80/85/90/95/100
                            • Primordial Burst (R)
                              • Mana cost lowered to 100 from 125.
                              • Enemy AP ratio REMOVED.
                              • [NEW] Damage now increases based on target's missing health.
                              • Damage changed to [175/275/375 (.75 AP) to 350/550/750 (1.5 AP) based on target's missing health] from [250/375/500 (1.0 AP)]


                            [No context thread =(]
                            • Shocking Orb (E) stun duration changed to .5 to 2 seconds from .75 to 1.75 seconds.
                            • Rite of the Arcane (R)
                              • Number of shots increased to 3/4/5 from 3 at all ranks
                              • Damage changed to to 200/230/260 from 190/245/300
                              • [QOL: Camera now zooms out a bit when you use R]


                            [No context thread =(]
                            • Satchel Charge (W) [NEW EFFECT] will now destroy turrets if they are below 25/27.5/30/32.5/35% health.
                            • Mega Inferno Bomb (R) 
                              • Cooldown reduced to 120/105/90 from 120
                              • Minions no longer take double damage.

                            [NOTE: There are also a few more AP user adjustments, these are listed below on the balance changes section.]

                            New Splash Art

                            To go along with his MYMU gameplay update, Malzahar has a brand new splash art!

                            Texture Updates

                            Both Malzahar and Zyra has received small texture updates in addition to their MYMU changes:

                            Malzahar texture update comparison:
                            Zyra's texture update comparison:

                            New Champion Ability Icons

                            Several of the updated mages (as well as Kennen) now have new ability icons on the PBE!




                            [Party hat visible on Surprise Party Fiddlesticks R icon]




                            [Crimson Rush buff]


                            New Summoner Icons

                            Four new summoner icons to go along with the new skins this cycle!


                            • [VFX Clarity changes on 8 skins] - Ravenborn LeBlanc, Cosmic Reaver Kassadin, Headhunter Caitlyn, Bloodmoon Elise, Lunar Revel Caitlyn, Firecracker Jinx, Forecast Janna, Dark Valkyrie Diana.

                            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.

                            • [Death times "getting reduced some what, probably between 20-30 min mark]**
                            • [Boot Enchants removed]**
                            • [Baron buff duration up]**

                            Rift Herald
                            • Now Spawns at 6 minutes and NEVER respawns.
                            • Rift Herald has significantly higher stats and is much harder to solo.
                            • Doom's Eve buff REMOVED.
                            • Now Grants "Void Superbuff":
                              • Lasts 20 minute and persists through Death
                              • While alone, you gain damage reduction vs champions.
                              • While alone, attacks build corruption charges:
                                • At 100 stacks, your next attack discharges all Coruptions to deal bonus magic damage (works on minions and towers too, reduced damage for ranged attacks)
                                • Corruption stack rate and discharge damage scale with champion level.

                            • [Jungling XP is getting adjusted, Machete gives more XP and base experience down.] **

                            Blue Buff*
                            • [REMOVED] AP per level removed.
                            • [NEW EFFECT] Now grants 15% total ability power.
                            • Mana regen based on Max Mana doubled (flat regen remains unchanged)
                            • Buff duration - reduced to 90 seconds from 120 seconds. First buff clear still 120 seconds duration.

                            Red Buff*
                            • Burn now applies damage tick immediately on apply or reapply, damage-per-tick reduced to compensate.
                              • This means stronger attack speed scaling
                            • Health regen now scales "steeply" with champion level but shuts off when in combat with champions or epic monsters - triples effect at level 6 and again at level 11.
                            • Buff duration - reduced to 90 seconds from 120 seconds.  First buff clear still 120 seconds duration.

                            Camp Respawn Timers*
                            • When a camp that has a timer (Red, Blue, Dragon, Baron, Rift Herald) has less than 60 seconds to spawn, its timer is revealed to both teams (regardless of their vision of the camp), and an “about to spawn” icon appears in the minimap (will replace regular camp icon if you still haven’t seen the cleared camp)
                              • These icons start "dull" at 60 seconds and then become bright at 20 seconds.

                            Turret Damage Ramp
                            • Inner and Outer turrets more quickly ramp up their damage when attacking champions, and they maintain full damage when switching targets.
                            • Inner and Outer turrets only take 4 shots to ramp up to full damage (instead of 5).
                            Turret Takedown Rewards
                            • Outer turret total gold reward reduced and local gold reward increased
                              • Local gold increased to 300 from 220. 
                              • Global gold reduced to 100 from 125.
                            • Inner turret gold rewards reduced 
                              • Local gold lowered to 175 from 250. 
                              • Global gold lowered to 125 from 150. 
                            • Innter Turret XP reward removed
                            • Inhibitor turret local gold reward increased increased to 50 from 0.
                            AP Damage Conversion
                            • When your attacks trigger AP damage conversion (occurs when attacking a turret while your AP is more than double your bonus AD), the converted damage is now magic instead of physical
                            Turret Stats
                            • Base Armor/MR increased to 40 from 0
                            • Base Health decreased to 3300 from 4000
                            • Turrets are now subject to armor and MR penetration (generally tankier than Live unless you have about 20 penetration or have a true damage proc; overall a small nerf to marksmen damage, but a buff to some mages and assassins)
                            • Reinforced Armor changed 66.67% damage reduction from 200 Armor & MR.

                            • Mark of the Storm (Passive) diminishing return timer lowered to 6 seconds from 7 seconds.
                            • Thundering Shuriken (Q) energy cost lowered to 60/55/50/45/40 from 65/60/55/50/45
                            • Electrical Surge (W) energy cost lowered to 40 at all ranks from 45.
                            • Slicing Maelstrom (R):
                              • Duration now 3 seconds at all ranks from 3/4/5
                              • Now does damage to all nearby champions every .5 seconds from random nearby champion every 0.25 seconds.
                              • Additional hits deal 25% less damage (to a minimum of 50%)

                            • Desperate Power (R) [I believe cooldown is going to be changed. Currently 50/40/30 on live but PBE is now 50/120/90. Likely to be corrected in a future update.]

                            • Noxious Trap (R):
                              • Mana cost reduced to 75 at all ranks from 75/100/125
                              • Trap duration increased to 7 minutes from 5 minutes.
                              • Recharge time lowered to 30/25/20 from 34/28/22


                            Abyssal Scepter
                            • Price increased to 2750 from 2350
                            • New Recipe: Fiendish Codex + Negatron Cloak + Amplifying Tome + 695 Gold
                            • AP reduced to 60 from 70
                            • MR increased to 60 from 50
                            • Now gives 10% CDR
                            • UNIQUE Aura changed to reduce MR of nearby enemy champions by 10-25 based on level.

                            Archangel's Staff
                            • Base mana regen removed
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Insight renamed to UNIQUE Passive - Awe, now refunds 25% of Mana Spent.

                            Athene's Unholy Grail
                            • Price lowered to 2100 from 2700.
                            • New Recipe: Fiendish Codex + Chalice of Harmony + 300 gold
                            • AP reduced to 40 from 60
                            • Base Mana Regen lowered to +75% from +100%
                            • Removed UNIQUE Passive - Mana Font
                            • Removed UNIQUE Passive - Restores 30% of maximum Mana on kill or assist."
                            • New UNIQUE Passive to "Gain 20% of the premitigation damage dealt to champions ad Blood Charges, up to 100 - 250 max. Healing or shielding another ally consumes charges to heal them, up to the original effect amount"
                            • New UNIQUE Passive: Increases Base Health regeneration by 100% if current Health % is lower than current Mana %. Increases Base Mana Regeneration by 100% if current Mana % is lower than current Health %.

                              (Maximum amount of Blood Charges stored is based on level. Healing amplification is applied to the total heal value.)
                            Bami's Cinder
                            • Health reduced to 280 from 300.

                            Banshee's Veil

                            • Price reduced to 2450 from 2900
                            • New Reccipe: Spectre's Cowl + Negatron Cloak + 530 Gold
                            • Health lowered to 300 from 500

                            Catalyst of Aeons
                            • Name changed to "Catalyst of Aeons" from "Catalyst the Protector"
                            • Removed  UNIQUE Passive - Valor's Reward.
                            • New  UNIQUE Passive - Eternity: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as mana.

                              Spending mana Restores 20% of the cost as Health, up to 15 per spell cast.

                              (Toggled Spells heal for a maximum of 15 per second.)

                            Chalice of Harmony
                            • Price Reduced to 900 from 1000
                            • Removed UNIQUE Passive - Mana Font
                            • New  UNIQUE Passive: Increases Base Health Regeneration by 100% if current Health % is lower than current Mana %.

                              Increases Base Mana Regeneration by 100% if current Mana % is lower than current Health %.

                            [NEW] Enchantment: Bloodrazor
                            • [Replaces Enchantment: Devourer]
                            • [Context thread on changes available here.]
                            • Total Cost: 2625 Gold
                            • Recipe: [Jungle Item + Recurve Bow + 625 Gold]
                            • Stats:
                              • +40% attack speed
                              • Unique Passive: Basic attacks deal 3% of the target's maximum health in bonus physical damage (max 75 vs monsters and minions) on hit.

                            [REMOVED]  Enchantment: Devourer
                            • [Removed! Replaced by Enchantment: Bloodrazor.]

                            Enchantment: Cinderhulk
                            • Unique Passive - Immolate damage changed to [7 + 2 per level] from [15 + 0.6 per level]

                            Fiendish Codex
                            • Price increased to 900 from 800
                            • AP increased to 30 from 25
                            • Base mana regen lowered to 75% from 100%

                            Frost Queen's Claim
                            • Base mana regen lowered to 75% from 100%

                            Guinsoo's Rageblade
                            • [Significantly changed!]
                            • [Context thread on changes available here.]
                            • Total cost: 3600g
                            • Recipe: Blasting Wand + Recurve Bow + Pickaxe + 875 gold
                            • Stats:
                              • +35 AD
                              • +50 AP
                              • Passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 15 magic damage on hit.
                              • Unique Passive: Basic attacks grant +8% attack speed, +3 attack damage, and +4 ability power for 5 seconds (stacks up to 6 times). While you have 6 stacks, gain Guinsoo's Rage.
                                • Guinsoo's Rage: Every other basic attack will trigger on hit effects an additional time.

                            [NEWHextech GLP-800
                            • Total Cost: 3000 Gold
                            • Recipe: Catalyst of Aeons + Hextech Revolver + 750 Gold
                            • Stats:
                              • +300 Health
                              • +400 Mana
                              • +80 AP
                              • UNIQUE Passive - Eternity: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending Mana restores 25% of the cost as Health, up to 25 per spell cast. 
                              • UNIQUE Active - Frost Bolt: Fires a spray of icy bolts that explode, dealing 100-200 (+20% of your Ability Power) magic damage to all enemies hit. (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items).
                                Enemies hit are slowed by 60% decaying over 0.5 seconds.
                                (Frost Bolt has a cast time, in contrast to most actives.)"

                            Hextech Gunblade
                            • UNIQUE Active has several changes:
                              • Renamed to "Lightning Bolt"
                              • Magic damage increased to 300 (+30% of AP) from 150 (+40% of AP)
                              • Slow cooldown increased to 40 seconds and is shared with other Hextech items.

                            [NEWHextech Protobelt -01
                            • Total Cost: 2550 Gold
                            • Recipe: Hextech Revolver + Kindlegem + 700 gold
                            • Stats:
                              • +300 Health
                              • +60 AP
                              • +10% CDR
                              • UNIQUE Active - Fire Bolt: Dash forward and unleash a nova of fire bolts that deal 75 - 150 (+35% of your Ability Power) as magic damage (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items).
                                Champions and Monster hut by multiple fire bolts take 20% damage per additional bolt.
                                (This dash cannot pass through terrain.)"

                            Hextech Revolver
                            • Price reduced to 1050 from 1200
                            • 12% spell vamp removed.
                            • New UNIQUE Passive Magic Bolt - Damaging an enemy champion with a basic attack shocks them for 75 - 150 bonus magic damage (40 second cooldown, shared with other hextech items. (Damage now scales based on level. Hextech effects can trigger other item spell effects.)"

                            Hunter's Machete & Other Jungle Items
                              • Killing a large monster now gives special bonus experience instead of 15 (machete & talisman), 30 (jungle items).
                                • Special Bonus experience = 50 bonus experience + killing any monster higher level than you are gives 25 experience per level difference. 
                                • [NOTE: Base jungle experience also adjusted to go along with this change.]

                            [NEWLost Chapter
                            • Total Cost: 900 Gold
                            • Recipe: Aplifying Tome + Sapphire Crystal + 115 Gold
                            • Stats:
                              • +25 AP
                              • +250 Mana
                              • UNIQUE Passive: Upon leveling up, restores 20% of your maximum Mana over 3 seconds. 

                            Mercurial Scimitar

                            • Removed +25% Base Mana Regen
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Awe now refunds 15% of Mana Spent
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Mana Charge no longer Grants 1 maximum Mana every 8 seconds.

                            Mikael's Crucible

                            • Base mana regen increased to 150% from 100%
                            • Removed UNIQUE Passive - Mana Font
                            • New UNIQUE Passive: Increases Base Health regeneration by 100% if current Health % is lower than current Mana %. Increases Base Mana Regeneration by 100% if current Mana % is lower than current Health %.

                            • Price increased to 2750 from 2400
                            • New recipe: Fiendish Codex + Amplifying Tome + Lost Chapter + 515 gold
                            • AP increased to 100 from 80
                            • 20% cooldown reduction now a unique passive.
                            • Removed +100% Base Mana Regen
                            • Now gives +400 Mana
                            • UNIQUE Passive changed to "Dealing magic damage to champions below 35% health inflicts Grievous Wounds for 8 seconds." from "below 40% for 4 seconds."
                            • New UNIQUE Passive: Kills and Assists restore 20% of your maximum Mana.

                            • Removed +25% Base Mana Regen
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Awe now refunds 15% of Mana spent. 

                            Quicksilver Sash
                            Relic Shield
                            • Unique Passive - Spoils of War :
                              • Heal on minion kill reduced to 20 from 40
                              • Recharge rate lowered to 40 from 60

                            Righteous Glory
                            • New UNIQUE Passive - Eternity: 15% of Damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending Mana restores 25% of the cost as Health, up to 25 per spell cast.
                            • UNIQUE Active :
                              • Movement Speed when moving towards enemies or enemy turrets increased to +75% for 4 seconds from +60% for 3 seconds
                              • Enemy champion Movement Speed slow reduced to 75% for 2 seconds from 80% for 1 second.

                            Rod of Ages
                            • Price lowered to 2500 from 3000
                            • Mana lowered to 300 from 400
                            • AP Lowered to 60 from 80
                            • Mana gained per stack lowered to 10 from 40
                              • Mana at max stacks lowered to 100 from 400.
                            • Removed UNIQUE Passive - Valor's Reward
                            • New UNIQUE Passive - Eternity: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending Mana restores 25% of the cost as Health, up to 25 per spell cast. 

                            Seraph's Embrace
                            • Removed +50% base Mana Regen
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Insight renamed to "UNIQUE Passive - Awe" and now refunds 25% of Mana spent.

                            Spectre's Cowl

                            • Price increased to 1200 from 1100
                            • Health increased to 250 from 200
                            • MR lowered to 30 from 35

                            Spirit Visage

                            • MR reduced to 55 from 70
                            • Base health regen increased to 200% from 150%
                            • UNIQUE Passive healing increased to 25% from 20%

                            Sterak's Gage
                            • Unique Passive now named LIFELINE.
                              • [Now shares unique passive name with Hexdrinker and Maw of Mal.]
                            • [Tooltip wording switched around a bit to accommodate new passive name, functionality is the same.]

                            Sunfire Cloak
                            • Total cost increased to 2900 from 2700

                            Targon's Brace
                            • Unique Passive - Spoils of War: Heal on minion kill reduced to 40 from 50

                            Tear of the Goddess
                            • Removed +25% Base Mana Regen
                            • New UNIQUE Passive - Awe: Refunds 15% of Mana spent.
                            • UNIQUE Passive - Mana Charge no longer Grants 1 maximum Mana every 8 seconds.
                            Warmog's Armor
                            • Recipe changed to Giant's Belt + Kindle Gem + Crystalline Bracer + 400g
                            • Health reduced to 800 from 850
                            • Now grants 10% cooldown reduction.

                            [REMOVED] Will of the Ancients
                            • Removed from the game.

                            Zhonya's Hourglass
                            • Price reduced to 3000 from 3500
                            • New Recipe: Seeker's Armguard + Fiendish Codex + 900 gold
                            • AP reduced to 70 from 100
                            • Added +10% Cooldown Reduction
                            • UNIQUE Active - Stasis cooldown increased to 120 seconds from 90 seconds

                            Vision Ward
                            • Health lowered to 4 from 5.
                            • Now Regen health out of combat.

                            Farsight Alteration
                            • Cooldown modifier increased to +10% from 33% reduction

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