12/4 PBE Update: Aphelios Tweaks & Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 2:00 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 9.24 PBE cycle, today's patch includes tweaks to Aphelios's model 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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Aphelios Tweaks

As noted by Stashu, Aphelios's model has received some adjustments to match his hair/face to the splash better:

Here's a closer shot of his face in a model viewer:

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.

  • Inspire (E) shield value increased from 70/95/120/145/170 to 80/110/140/170/200

  • Null Sphere (Q) cooldown increased from 9 at all ranks to 11/10.5/10/9.5/9
  • Nether Blade (W) mana restore lowered from 4/5/6/7/8% to 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% missing mana

  • HP per level increased from 86 to 95
  • Frenzying Taunt (E) cooldown changed from 12 to 12/11.5/11/10.5/10

[Changelist - these changes are versus live values]
  • HP per level lowered from 85 to 75
  • Absolution (Passive)
    • Soul drop rate on minions killed lowered from 5.55% to 1.67%
    • Clones no longer drop souls
    • Allied Bards can no longer kill souls with Q
  • Piercing Darkness (Q) damage lowered from (50/80/110/140/170 (+50% bAD)] to 40/70/100/130/160 (+40% bAD)
  • Last Embrace (W) root duration changed from [1.45/1.65/1.85/2.05/2.25s] to [1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25s]
  • Dawning Shadow (R) 
    • damage AP ratio increased from 40% to 50%
    • shield AP ratio increased from 40% to 50%

  • Base AD increased from 61 to 63


Conqueror (Precision Keystone)
  • Ranged healing lowered from 15% to 8%
  • Stack duration Lowered from 8s to 6s

TFT Changes
These changes are tentative and may not be complete! Always refer to official notes for the full picture!

  • Damage per arrow reverted from 30/40/50% to 25/30/35% 

  • Damage changed from 250/325/400 to 225/300/600

  • heal lowered from 150/250/350 to 150/225/300

  • damage changed from 200/400/2000 to 150/300/2000

  • Ricochet duration reverted from 7s to 5s

  • damage lowered from 250/500/750 to 225/450/675
    • Vs. Live: from 225/400/675 to 225/450/675

Context & Notes

1) Riot Scruffy provided changelists for 9.24 balance:
[1] Patch 9.24 Changes Preview: 
Bigger change lists in the thread. Almost final, but a few tweaks may still happen. This is the last patch of the year, but we expect to do a balance hotfix in late december (9.24b).
[2] Senna Nerfs - focused on nerfing adc senna more than support
2) Riot Stashu posted a closeup look at Aphelios's in game model:
"Updated in-game model:
Thanks for your feedback everyone! We were on a bit of a tight timeline, but the art team put in some serious work to get changes done. Sadly this means it won't be on the next PBE, but he will be released with his updated model on the liver servers next week. Lastly, I wanted to give a shoutout to the concept and character artists who made the moves to get this done when they heard everyone's reactions, thanks Kindlejack and Hunter! [ https://www.artstation.com/kindlejack and https://www.artstation.com/hunterwg33 ]"

3) Over in the Sugar Rush Zilean PBE feedback thread, Riot KiWiKiD noted:
"Hey thanks for all of the feedback everyone! Will try to get the chroma matching the skin colors as that seems to resonate the most with ya'll"

4) Riot Sirhaian posted some updates to the Lux VFX work he's been doing:
[1] Some work I've done for the Lux VFX Update, based off all the feedback I received:  
- Reduced some of the pinks overall
- Narrowed her auto attack missiles
- Reduced Base Q brightness slightly
- Added a trail to Base Q
- Added sparks on Q width indicator to make it a bit clearer 
[2] - Base W missile orbs are now pale orange like the rest of her kit
- Adjusted Base E explosion color
- Base R Red beam is now more red
- Added slightly more oomph to her Base R beam
- Did a value pass on all skins for her R
- Added a scorch mark on all her skins after R has fired 
[3] - R cleanup (too many lines)
- Changed the R indicators to match skin color where appropriate
- Adjusted her Quick Cast indicators to actually (and finally) match the range and width of her abilities

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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