2/24 PBE Update: Loading Asset Tweaks & Tentative Balance Changes

Posted on at 1:21 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 10.5 PBE cycle, today's patch includes loading asset tweaks and 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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Miscellaneous 

  • Blackfrost Rek'Sai's loading screen was updated:
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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.

Champions
Sona
[Context]
  • Base AD increased from 45 to 49
  • AD per level increased from 2 to 3
  • Song of Celerity (E) bonus movement speed increased from 10/11/12/13/14% to 20% at all ranks

Items
Death's Dance
[No changes, some sort of tooltip error]
  • [Removed] +30 Armor
  • [Removed] +30 MR

Frostfang
  • [Changed] Unique Passive: Tribute now notes "While nearby an ally champion, damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold."

Harrowing Crescent
  • [Changed] Unique Passive: Tribute now notes "While nearby an ally champion, damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold."

Ravenous Hydra
[This item has other changes in testing on the PBE!]
  • [Reverted] Unique Active - Crescent once again notes "closest enemies take the most damage"

Spectral Sickle
  • [Changed] Unique Passive: Tribute now notes "While nearby an ally champion, damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold."

Spellthief's Edge
  • [Changed] Unique Passive: Tribute now notes "While nearby an ally champion, damaging spells and attacks against champions or buildings grant 15 gold."

Tiamat
  • [Reverted] Unique Active - Crescent once again notes "closest enemies take the most damage"

Context & Notes

1) Riot Scruffy provided context on the Sona & Spellthief's changes in today's update:
"Current plans for 10.5 include - 
Adding the "must be near an ally" restriction to spelltheif's and reverting the Sona hotfix nerf. This should solve her top lane power and let her be as strong as she should be for support."
2) Riot Scruffy also provided a listing of tentative balance targets:
"First look at patch 10.5 targets: 
Some systems work to improve top lane impact and the usual pass on champion outliers. Nothing finalized yet, will have full changes tomorrow."
3) Riot August provided a preview of Kai'Sa and Wukong changes coming later this cycle:
[1] "Buffing Kai'sa's Q and W evolves while adding greater tradeoffs between the two.
Being conservative given her historical power in pro  
Q AP ratio: .4 >> .3
Evolved Missiles: 10 >> 12  
W Damage: 20-120 (+.6 AP)(+1.5 TAD) >> 30-130(+.7 AP)(+1.3 TAD)
Evolved CD refund:: 50% >> 70%"
[2] "These are the Wukong adjustments that will be shipping to PBE Tuesday (2/25). They are in relation to what was on PBE already (see picture #2). 
As always, THINGS ARE EXPERIMENTAL. Target patch is 10.6 
Highlights: Cooler passive w/optimizations
Damage adjustments
More mana"
4) Riot Captain Gameplay noted the Death's Dance changes in today's PBE were tooltip errors:
"It still has the 30 AR and MR. This is just a tooltip error because there are multiple loc files since DD is not shipping but is on PBE"
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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