4/7 PBE Update: Rakan and Xayah Login, Tentative Balance changes & more

Posted on at 1:30 PM by Moobeat
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The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 7.8 PBE cycle, tonight's update includes a login theme for our new champions Xayah and Rakan as well as more tentative balance changes!
Continue reading for more information!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and subject to change - what you see below may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers at the end of the cycle! Manage your expectations accordingly.)

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Rakan and Xayah Login Theme

New login theme featuring Xayah and Rakan now on the PBE!

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.
[Context - few other tentative changes still testing on PBE.]
  • Friend of the Forest (P) previous channel time nerf reverted - returned back 2.5 seconds from 3.

Context & Notes

Below you'll find context and discussion on several recent or upcoming changes:

1) Meddler with a new Gameplay Thoughts for April 7th including discussion on the midseason changes that are starting to hit the PBE early and  Karthus/Ryze spell buffering changes.
"Happy Friday all! 
Mid-season changes starting to appear on PBE 
We're at the point where we'll be putting some of the mid-season changes onto PBE a patch early and letting them soak there a bit longer. Many of the changes won't be there until the 7.9 PBE cycle starts though. 
Right now the durability item changes are there, details can be found at:
[link 1] [link 2] 
It's also fairly likely we'll have some changes to support starting items there early next week as well. Those are focused on stuff like laning patterns (especially on Coin) and recognition of success. More details on that soon. 
Renaming the support position? 
As some of you may have seen in game or from screenshots posted elsewhere we've been conducting a few surveys recently to get players's thoughts on other possible names for the support position. We don't have any immediate plans to try and rename it, long term though, once we've done more work on the gameplay possible from that position we'd like to try and find a more appealing name than 'support'. Something that still recognizes how important team interaction is, but that also doesn't imply a secondary, less empowered role. We'd then be interested in changing the icon from something so ward like at the same time. 
Haven't found anything yet we're happy enough with, or that has gotten a strong positive response from players surveyed though. Words we've been looking at so far include terms like multiplier, flex, catalyst and specialist. As above even if we found a good replacement name players liked we'd also want to address gameplay issues first - renaming without doing so otherwise feels pretty empty/pointless. 
Testing some spell buffering changes on PBE on Karthus and Ryze 
We've got a couple of changes to how Karthus and Ryze buffer their spells on PBE at present that are intended to make them a bit smoother to use, in particular on higher latency connections. Any feedback on those from folks with PBE access much appreciated. We're not mentioning specific details for now though on what's changed to see if there's anything good or bad that gets specifically noticed when you're not sure exactly what's changed."

2) A large set of midseason durability and itemization changes are currently testing on the PBE! Check out Riot Repertoir's PBE boards post for more information. These will not ship in 7.8.

On April 7th, he posted a lengthy FOLLOW UP THREAD on the changes, addressing lots of feedback, questions, and concerns regarding the tentative changes.

3) PBE Sign Ups are closed due to website issues.

4) ricklessabandon on Lissandra PBE changes coming next week:
[1] "okay, quick lissandra update before i leave the office for the weekend!"
[2] "didn't quite get to a new passive i felt was -great- and didn't want to rush it, so going to fall back to a simpler changelist for 7.8"
[3] anyway, on to the part lissandra players care most about, here's what we're currently looking to ship in 7.8 (will tune as needed next week)


Check out [THIS PAGEfor a comprehensive list of the new content & changes currently on the PBE as a part of this cycle or catch up with the individual update links below !

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