4/18 PBE Update: New Phreak & Kobe announcer VO & Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 12:32 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 8.9 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a new Phreak & Kobe themed announcer voiceover, tentative balance changes for Kennen, Lux, and more!
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.)

Table of Contents


New Announcer Voice

A new announcer voice has been spotted on the PBE. This announcer pack features Phreak and Kobe!

 As with other announcer packs, this can be disabled by checking the Disable Custom Announcer option in the in-game menu.

Miscellaneous 

  • The skin bio for Blood Moon Evelynn was added:
"A seductive demon summoned on the night of the Blood Moon, Evelynn moves between isolated villages, wooing the residents until they fall deeply in love with her. One by one these poor souls will surely perish, their hearts torn from their still-living bodies."

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.

Champions
Kennen
[Changelist]
  • Electrical Surge (W):
    • Damage (every 5th hit) changed from [15/20/25/30/35(+60% bonus AD)(+30%AP)] to [10/20/30/40/50 (+60/70/80/90/100% bonus AD)(+30% AP)]
  • Lightning Rush (E):
    • [New Effect] If Lightning Rush damages an enemy champion, Kennen gains 30/40/50/60/70% attack speed for 4 seconds upon exiting Lightning Rush.
    • [Changed Effect] Lightning Rush's defensive bonuses are lost whenever Kennen returns to his normal form.

Lux
[Changelist]
  • Bonus Attack Speed at level 1 increased from 0% to 10%
  • Attack Speed per level lowered from 1.36% to 1%
  • Light Binding (Q)
    • damage increased from 50/100/150/200/250 to 80/125/170/215/260
    • cooldown lowered from 13/12.5/12/11.5/11 to 10 at all ranks
  • Prismatic Barrier (W) 
    • return shield amount changed from [2x if missile hits ally on the way out] to [2x always]
    • Lux now shields herself and fires the missile at the start of cast (instead of after the .25 second cast time)
  • Lucent Singularity (E)
    • Missile speed lowered from 1300 to 1200
    • AOE radius lowered from 350 to 315
    • Cost lowered from 70/85/100/115/130 to 60/70/80/90/100
    • cooldown changed from 10 at all ranks to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8

Poppy
[Poppy has extensive changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Iron Ambassador (Passive)  range on buckler  throw increased from 300 to 350.
  • Steadfast Presence (W) Armor and MR increased from 8% to 10%
    • Vs. Live: from 15% to 10%
  • Heroic Charge (E)
    • Initial damage reverted from 50/70/90/110/130 to 60/80/100/120/140
    • terrain hit damage reverted from 50/70/90/110/130 to 60/80/100/120/140

Warwick
  • Jaws of the Beast (Q) 
    • target's max health % changed from 6/7/8/9/10% to 4/6/8/10/12%
    • heal changed from 30/40/50/60/70% to 15/30/45/60/75%
  • Blood Hunt (W) 
    • cooldown lowered from 120/105/90/75/60 to 120/100/80/60/40
    • bonus movement speed changed from 35/40/45/50/55% to 25/35/45/55/65%

Items
Lost Chapter
[Context - This item is part of a wide range of changes!]
  • Total cost increased from 1100 to 1300
    • Combine cost increased from 315 to 515
  • Unique passive mana restore on level up increased from 10% to 20%

Context & Notes

1) ricklessabandon with some changes for Kennen in today's PBE Update:
should be some small kennen changes on the pbe in the next update. exploring something on the lighter side that will help out some of his attack-centric patterns.
2) Riot August with some changes coming for Lux in today's PBE Update:
"Another HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL Lux changelist going to PBE tomorrow. May revert if they feel bad. 
Hypothesis: if E was easier to dodge, we might be able to buff her in ways that make her more versatile, including spell CDs, mana costs, and her ability to proc passive with autos."
3) Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs and feedback thread for the Mecha Zero Sion chromas:
"Hey everyone! 
Our final Mecha is here and ready to fight. All aboard the hype train!
Mecha Zero Sion Chromas:
  • New textures:I am the prototype and the pinnacle - the first generation and the last.
    • Ruby
    • Pearl
    • Sapphire
    • Rose Quartz
    • Catseye
    • Tanzanite
    • Obsidian
    • Meteorite 
The chroma sets are now available on PBE! We hope you all will enjoy the new sets, but we’re also looking forward to hearing your constructive feedback. I’ll do my best to answer and reply to your questions and feedback! 
Thanks! 
Riot Orphyre"

PBE Chat with the Playtest Team - 8.9 

Here's Riot Novalas with the patch 8.9 PBE Chat:
"Hey guys! 
I’m Riot Novalas & I’m a QA Analyst on Riot’s Playtest Team, a group of high elo players who work on Core Gameplay playing new and in dev content before they’re released. It’s our job to test the changes that our designers come up with to ensure that we’re introducing positive changes to League in terms of both balance and fun. 
Rather than a Patch Chat, we’re opting for a new approach these next few patch cycles. Lots of changes are planned in the upcoming patches and a lot of content is or has been on PBE for awhile. We’d like you guys to talk to us about your questions or concerns with upcoming content - We’ve tested a lot of it and would be more than happy to give you guys insight on how the changes are panning out. If you’d like us to test something in particular out - let us know and we can try to get it into a playtest. 
The biggest changes on PBE right now are the Ryze Reshape, Mana changes to Mages, and Unsealed Spellbook's changed effect. 
We’d love for players to get in on this & help the Playtest team make Patch 8.9 launch as smoothly as possible! 
Here’s a link to the content currently on the PBE.
https://www.surrenderat20.net/p/current-pbe-balance-changes.html 
  • Brandon "Roku" Davis
  • Chris “Auberaun” Roberts
  • Christy “Riot Ender L” Frierson
  • Nick “Riot Endstep” Frijia
  • Sigmundur “GangIeri” Helgason
  • Arnor “Riot Hjarta” Halldorsson
  • Rob “Riot King Cobra” Rosa
  • Miktat “Riot Koyuncu” Koyuncu
  • Brian “Riot Madness Heroo” Pressoir
  • Nabi “Riot Novalas” Barak
  • Dan “Riot penguin” Hardison
  • Robert “ROBERTxLEE” Lee
  • Louis "nubblez" Carpetto"

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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