8/28 PBE Update: Summoner Icon Tweaks and More tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 1:21 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 7.18 PBE cycle, this patch includes a summoner icon tweak and 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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Balance Changes

NOTE*: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, & experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be relative to other changes earlier this cycle! These are not official notes.

  • Rappel (Spider Form E) cooldown increased from 26/23/20/17/14 to 26/24/22/20/18

  • Base HP lowered from 540 to 510

  • Primal Surge (Human Form E) AP ratio on heal increased from 27.5% to 32.5%


[NOTE: These changes below were hotfixed to live on 8/25]
  • Health growth increased from 85 to 90
  • Health regen growth increased from .6 to .8
  • Attack speed growth increased from 1.3 to 2
  • Base Health Regen increased from 7.18 to 9
  • Call of the Forge God (R) cooldown lowered from 150/115/80 to 130/100/70

  • Health lowered from 325 to 300

Context & Notes

1) Two mid-patch updates went out on 8/25, covering some buffs to Ornn, as well as a revert for 7.17 Stoneplate changes. The Ornn changes are reflected in today's PBE update:
"8/25/2017 Balance Update 
Ornn's been having a tough time pulling out wins since launch a few days ago. We've got some buffs to the buff blacksmith below, but want to strongly emphasize something to Ornn's teammates as well: don't rush Ornn's Masterwork upgrades! These items are meant to give you a stat advantage in the late game, not to replace or offset your first major item purchases. 
  • BASE HEALTH REGEN 7.18 ⇒ 9
  • R-CALL OF THE FORGE GOD COOLDOWN 150/115/80 seconds ⇒ 130/100/70 seconds 
8/25/2017 Bugfix 
Gargoyle Stoneplate revert 
The multi-patch work to Stoneplate we kicked off in 7.17 caused problems with Kled. We're working to fix their interaction as part of our next suite of changes, but can't leave Kled disabled until then. We're reverting Stoneplate to its 7.16 state so Kled can be re-enabled.
  • REVERT Gargoyle Stoneplate's 7.17 changes have been reverted"
2) Make sure to check out Meddler's quick gameplay thoughts for 8/25, covering 7.18 Worlds balance, Gold/xp as preseason projects, quicker games, and more.

3) Here's Riot Novalas with context on the Nidalee change in the PBE today:
"My understanding of the Nidalee buff is that this change is geared more towards pro play since 7.18 is the Worlds patch. Currently, it's not uncommon for Nidalee players to build Athene's Unholy Grail and/or Ardent Censer and play a supportive role from the jungle for the team. With an increased AP ratio on her E, she may see play with the aforementioned play pattern. 
You shouldn't take that as this buff not having an impact on Nidalee players in solo queue, however. This buff enhances Nidalee's play pattern of weaving in and out, increasing her healing output and allowing her and her team better sustain in teamfights."

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