1/23 PBE Update: Annie VFX Update Preview & Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 12:22 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 10.3 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a look at VFX updates for Annie and each of her skins, as well as 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.)

Table of Contents


  • Skin bios for skins this cycle were added:
    • Heartseeker Jinx: "Love is a battlefield, and Jinx comes prepared! Armed with her beloved companion Fishbones, she's ready to break hearts—and bones. But if she likes you enough, she's prepared to play nice. Maybe. Probably not."
    • Heartseeker Yuumi: "Yuumi's always looking for what cats love: a belly full of fish and a warm lap to curl up on. But with the romantic mood captivating even Book, Yuumi knows the only thing to set her heart purring will be a very precise number of pets."
    • True Damage Senna Prestige Edition: "Having topped the charts once more, Senna finds herself in the familiar space of fame and celebrity. Between cosmetics deals and fashion shows, she offers a clear message to fans and haters alike: Don't call it comeback. Senna's been here for years."
  • Check out comparison videos on the Annie VFX changes from SkinSpotlights:

  • Check out this dedicated video for Annie in Wonderland:

Balance Changes

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

[Akali has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Five Point Strike (Q) energy cost increased from 100/95/90/85/80 to 140/130/120/110/100
  • Twilight Shroud (W) [Removed] Akali is no longer revealed when cc'd in shroud
  • Perfect Execution (R) 
    • R2 dash speed reverted from 1900 to 3000

  • Base move speed reverted from 335 to 325
  • Hyper (Mini W) reverted to live functionality

[Yuumi has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • Prowling Projectile (Q) mana cost changed from 90/88/86/84/82/80 to 90 at all ranks
    • Vs Live: from 85/90/95/100/105/110 to 90 at all ranks

Context & Notes

1) Riot Scruffy provided a changelist for Akali on the PBE this cycle:
"I'll have some more details in the Gameplay Thoughts tomorrow, but with it already on PBE - here's the updated Akali changes. W CC reveal and R2 speed removed in favor of some early Q cost increases."

2) RiotYoungPillow tweeted a Wukong PBE bugfix going out -
"Wukong Players on PBE: Wukong’s Q range was changed when the code was re scripted but was not intentional. Will be fixed before he goes to live."

3) Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Heartseeker chromas this cycle:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got new Chromas coming up for Heartseeker Jinx and Heartseeker Yuumi!
Heartseeker Jinx:
  • New textures:
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Pearl)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Aquamarine)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Ruby)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Amethyst)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Catseye)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Rose Quartz)
    • Heartseeker Jinx (Rainbow)
Heartseeker Yuumi:
  • New textures:
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Ruby)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Citrine)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Catseye)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Aquamarine)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Tanzanite)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Pearl)
    • Heartseeker Yuumi (Granite) 
The Chroma sets are now available on PBE! We hope you all will enjoy the new sets; as usual, we’re 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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