4/24 PBE Update: More Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 1:06 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 9.9 PBE cycle, today's patch includes tweaks to the MSI 2019 login theme, tentative balance changes for Aatrox, Tahm Kench, Volibear, 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

MSI 2019 Login Theme Tweak

The MSI 2019 login theme was tweaked to change the music to the MSI anthem - "Bring Home the Glory":

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.


[Changelist - These changes are relative to LIVE!]
  • HP5 lowered from 8 to 3
  • Deathbringer Stance (Passive)
    • [Removed] Reduces healing and shielding on champions
    • [New] Heals Aatrox for the bonus damage dealt
    • Bonus damage lowered from [8-16%] to [5-10%]
    • Cooldown lowered from 25 to 15
    • Cooldown reducing effect changed from [2 seconds per spellcast + 2 for hitting champions with sweetspots] to [2 seconds per damaging attack or spell on enemy champions and large monsters + 2 on sweetspot hit]
    • Maximum bonus damage against monsters lowered from 400 to 100
    • Attack frame adjusted to more closely match other basic attacks
  • The Darkin Blade (Q)
    • Cooldown start time changed from [on Q1 cast] to [on most recent Q cast]
    • Damage increased from 10/25/40/55/70 to 10/30/50/70/90
    • Cooldown lowered from 16/15/14/13/12 to 14/12/10/8/6
  • Infernal Chains (W)
    • Slow changed from 15/20/25/30/35% to 25%
    • Cooldown increased from 18/17/16/15/14 to 26/23/20/17/14
  • Umbral Dash (E)
    • [Removed] Grants attack damage for 1.5 seconds
    • Passive healing source changed from [physical champion damage] to [non-periodic champion damage of any type]
  • World Ender (R)
    • [Removed] Revive as a baseline World Ender effect
    • [Removed] Bonus movement speed on cast and while out of combat with champions
    • [Removed] Allied minion fear
    • [Removed] Triggering a Revive no longer clears short buffs on Aatrox (ex. Conqueror stacks)
    • [New] Aatrox gains 60/80/100% Movement Speed decaying over World Ender's duration
    • [New] Aatrox receives 40/55/70% increased healing during World Ender
    • [New] On takedown, extend World Ender by 5 seconds, refresh the Movement Speed, and Revive upon taking lethal damage
    • Cooldown start time changed from [After R ends] to [On Cast]
    • Cooldown lowered from 160/140/120 to 140/120/100
    • Cast time lowered from .5s to .25s
    • Revive self slow increased from 25% to 99%
    • Revive heal changed from [10-50% Max HP] to [30% max HP]

  • Base AD increased from 55 to 58
  • Phase Dive (E) mana cost lowered from 40/50/60/70/80 to 40/45/50/55/60

[Hecarim has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Rampage (Q) damage boost when Rampage damages a champion lowered from 10% to 5%

[Lissandra has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Ring of Frost (W) AP ratio lowered from 60% to 50%
    • Vs. Live: From 30% to 50%

[Rakan has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Grand Entrance (W) dash speed lowered from 2050 to 1850

[Rek'Sai has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Furious Bite (E) damage lowered from 55/65/75/85/95 to 50/60/70/80/90

Tahm Kench
  • Health increased from 540 to 600
  • Health growth lowered from 102 to 100
  • Movement speed increased from 335 to 345
  • An Acquired Taste (P) bonus damage changed from [1.25/1.5/1.75% of his max health at levels 1/7/13] to [1.5% of his max health at all levels]
  • Tongue Lash (Q)
    • Slow duration increased from 1.5s to 2s
    • Cooldown changed from [5] to [8/7/6/5/4]
    • Missile range increased from 800 to 850
    • Slow changed from 30/40/50/60/70% to 50/55/60/65/70%
  • Devour (W)
    • [New] TK is now slowed and grounded and slowed by 95% when devouring any champion
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 100
    • [New] Refunds 50% of its mana cost on devouring an enemy
    • Cooldown changed from [28/25/22/19/16] to 20
    • Minion damage lowered from 100/150/200/250/300 to 100/135/170/205/240
    • Champion damage changed from [20/24/28/32/36% enemy max HP] to [100/135/170/205/240 + (5/7/9/11/13% enemy max HP)]
  • Thick Skin (E)
    • [Removed] Mana cost
    • Percent of grey health converted into healing increased from 15/20/25/30/35% to 20/25/30/35/40%
    • Damage converted into grey health increased from 70/75/80/85/90% to 80/85/90/95/100%
  • Abyssal Voyage (R)
    • Range changed from [4500/5500/6500] to [2500/5500/8500]
    • Cooldown increased from 120/110/100 to 140/130/120

  • Frenzy (W) bonus attack speed per stack changed from 5/10/15/20/25% to 9/13/17/21/25%
    • Vs Live: from 4/8/12/16/20% to 9/13/17/21/25%

Taste of Blood (D2)
  • Reverted to live values

Context & Notes

1) Riot Repertoir provided a final changelist for Aatrox this cycle:
"Final 9.9 Aatrox list (see image). Reverted the 'Time between Q casts' change based on feedback and made its CD based on the last cast of Q rather than last cast of Q1. Then did some final tuning around these changes. 
We'll follow up quickly during 9.9 if/as needed."
He also provided an updated Tahm Kench changelist:
"Some last minute updates have been made to the Tahm Kench changes for 9.9 (see attached). Still has the pretty rough hit to allied devour, as planned, but a couple more buffs elsewhere on the kit and in base stats have been added."

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