4/4 PBE Update: Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 1:53 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 8.8 PBE cycle, today's patch includes an MSI 2018 Summoner's Rift banner, tentative balance changes for Lux and Vi, 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.)

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PBE Chat with the Playtest Team - 8.8 

Here's Riot Novalas with a new type of chat with the playtest team - PBE Chat!
"Hey everyone! 
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 champions, reworks, balance tweaks, items, and map updates before they’re released. It’s our job to test the changes that our designers come up with and ensure that we’re introducing positive changes to League in terms of both balance and fun. 
Normally, we conduct a Patch Chat when a Patch hits live but we're taking a different route with the next few Patch cycles. We'd like you, the players, to ask us questions about changes that are currently being tested on PBE. Take a look at the content that's coming out and let's work together to make sure that Patch 8.8 launches as smoothly as possible! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post on this thread. If you see content that you may worried about, feel free to request us to test it. (Or we'll let you know that it's been tested already.) This PBE Chat will last a full week so feel free to continue commenting even after today. 
Here's a link to the content currently on PBE:
Disclaimer: We have no insight about upcoming/future skins but can forward any skin-related issues to the right people. 
  • Brandon "RiotRoku" Davis
  • Louis "nubblez" Carpetto
  • 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 pengun” Hardison
  • Robert “ROBERTxLEE” Lee"


  • Summoner's Rift banners for MSI 2018 were added in today's PBE update:
  • The ward skin we saw in the 4/3 PBE update had it's name updated to "MSI 2018 Ward".
  • Dragon Master Swain chroma spotlight from SkinSpotlights:

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.

  • Prismatic Barrier (W)
    • Shield on first ally hit increased from 50/65/80/95/110 (+20%AP) to 100/130/160/190/220 (+40% AP)
    • [New Effect] The first ally hit's next attack deals 60/80/100/120/140 (+40% AP) bonus magic damage and applies Illumination.
    • "Lux now shields herself and fires the missile at start of cast (instead of after the .25 seconds cast time)"

[Vi has other experimental changes in testing on the PBE! - Context/Changelist]
  • Mana per level increased from 40 to 45
  • Vault Breaker (Q)
    • Cooldown lowered from 12/11/10/9/8 to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8
      • Vs Live: 16/14/12/10/8 to 10/9.5/9/8.5/8
    • Cost increased from 30/45/60/75/90 to 40/50/60/70/80
      • Vs Live: 50/60/70/80/90 to 40/50/60/70/80
  • Excessive Force (E)
    • Ammo recharge time reverted from 12/11/10/9/8 to 14/12.5/11/9.5/8
    • mana cost increased from 30/35/40/45/50 to 30/40/50/60/70
      • Vs Live: 40/45/50/55/60 to 30/40/50/60/70

Context & Notes

1) Riot August provided a changelist for Lux changes in today's PBE update:
"Highly Experimental Lux changes: 
Seeing if we can make adjustments to W that both mid and support Lux players can enjoy. 
Gut feel is that firing the spell at start of cast is a good change, regardless of what other changes (if any) accompany it. 
Changelist is attached"

Riot August also provided context and a changelist for Vi changes this cycle:
"Experimental Vi changes - 
Goals -
1. Make Vi more versatile in the early game
2. Make top lane Vi stronger
3. Jungle Vi's strength stays the same (a nerf to her jungle would be bad) 
Changelist is attached"

2) Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Dragon Master Swain and Badlands Baron Rumble chroma:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got the baddest of the bad coming at you. Make way for Dragon Master Swain and Badlands Baron Rumble Chromas!
Dragon Master Swain Chromas:
  • New textures: “They falter before my dragons.”
    • Pearl
    • Tanzanite
    • Ruby
    • Emerald
Badlands Baron Rumble Chromas:
  • New textures: Another day, another ride!
    • Ruby
    • Meteorite
    • Turquoise
    • Pearl
    • Rose Quartz
    • Obsidian
    • Catseye
    • Emerald 
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! 
Riot Orphyre"
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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