1/10 PBE Update: Sona VFX Update, TFT Tacticians & More

Posted on at 6:56 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we start the 12.2 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a look at a Sona VFX update on the PBE, new TFT Tacticians, tentative balance changes, 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

Sona VFX Update

Here's Riot Zhanos with the details on a Sona VFX update that is now testing on the PBE:
"Hello everyone! 
Similar to the previous VFX updates we've made in the past, we're working on updates to the Visual Effects of champions whose spell effects are in need of some love. Our aim is to get their VFXs to current League standards and improve gameplay clarity. Just like all the previous ones, and since these are smaller updates geared toward sprucing up some of the oldest members of the roster, they aren't in the same prioritization conversation as to how we decide who gets a VGU: they do not affect any other timeline, and are simply dev passion projects. As usual, the more recent the skins are, the less changes they are getting. 
Video preview
Skins changes: 
* Base: Complete overhaul
* Muse: Minor details from new base
* Pentakill: New Base
* Silent Night: Recolored from new base
* Guqin: Minor details from new base
* Arcade: Complete overhaul
* DJ Sona: Complete overhaul (added an special passive celebration for each skin)
* Sweetheart: Mirror new base and cleanup
* Odyssey: Minimal tweaks
* Psyops: No changes
* Pentakill 3: Minimal tweaks
We're looking for feedback on her changes, which should be up on the PBE now. Please try her out there and leave some feedback! 
EDIT 1/10 : We've heard the feedback around Pentakill Sona not having any custom VFX, so we've added a some new VFX to the Basic Attacks, the R and the Passive!
In Addition:
  • Adjusted DJ Sona forms to be of similar intensity
  • Adjusted DJ Sona stun indicator to match scale of most champions
  • Adjusted values in the Odyssey Sona skin"

TFT Corner

New tactician variants and an arena are now on the PBE!
  • Most Festive Duckbill
  • Jade Dragon Duckbill
  • Lunar Scholar Duckbill
  • Firecracker Duckbill
  • Mischief Maker Duckbill
  • Golden Tiger Market Arena


  • Skin bios added:
    • Porcelain Lux Prestige Edition: "A leader bends, but never breaks. In the Protectors' pursuit of ancient evil, Lux has navigated her team over obstacles that even the archeologist-- in all his unbridled confidence-- thought insurmountable. Lux's power, once a dim light in a darkened world, now shines brightly. And her ragtag group of fragile personalities, the Protectors? With her support, deserving of their title."
    • Withered Rose Zeri: "Zeri's not one for the backstabbing schemes at the Festival of the Crystal Rose. She'd rather take action than formulate some complicated plan; and that's why partygoers will never suspect that this year, she's got one: Crash the party in the name of the rejects! No one-- not even a dashing, would-be rival-- will see her coming."
    • Brave Phoenix Xayah Prestige Edition: "Her heart unwavering, Xayah carries the fenghuang's blessing with her across the once peaceful lands. She makes quick work of those who would lay waste to the relics of the past, her magic mirroring their beauty in a harmonious dance. If they wield their power in order to honor their ancestors, Xayah is confident that the forces of good will prevail."
  • Porcelain Protector Ezreal's splash art and assets were updated with tweaks to his face:

  • Loot assets added to the PBE:
    • Firecracker 2022 Grab Bag
      • Contains 3 skin shards worth 1350RP or lower OR 4 random skin shards from past Lunar Revels (2013-2017) worth 975 RP or higher. Bonus chance at a mythic gemstone and a mythic permanent skin.
    • Firecracker 2022 Orb
      • Open to reveal a guaranteed random Skin Shard with a chance to obtain a Firecracker 2022 Grab Bag. Gemstone and Mythic Skin Permanent drop rates multiplied by 1.5.
    • Firecracker 2022 Exclusive Pack
      • Contains 3 skin shards worth 1350RP or lower OR 4 random skin shards from past Lunar Revels (2013-2017) worth 975RP or higher OR 4 skin permanents of any value. Bonus chance at a mythic gemstone and a mythic permanent skin.
    • Lunar Revel 2022 Token
      • Gained from purchasing event content or completing event missions. Craft into exclusive Lunar Revel 2022 event content. Tokens are earnable until February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Tokens are purchasable until March 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Tokens expire March 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

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.

  • Move speed increased from 315 to 330
  • AD increased from [46 + 1.5 per lvl] to [52 + 3 per lvl]
  • Attack range lowered from 550 to 500
  • Tailwind (Passive)
    • Effect changed from [8% move speed] to [8% movespeed while moving toward allies]
    • [Removed] bonus magic damage based on bonus movespeed
  • Howling Gale (Q)
    • Mana cost lowered from [60-140] to [60-100]
    • Min range increased from 1000 to 1100
    • Max range increased from 1750 to 1760
    • Travel time lowered from 1.5 to 1.25
  • Zephyr (W) 
    • Range changed from [550 edge to edge] to [650 center to center]
    • Slow duration increased from 2 to 3
    • Cooldown increased from [8-6] to [12]
    • Damage increased from [55-175] to [70-190]
    • Passive movespeed increased from [6-10%] to [8-12%]
  • Eye of the Storm (E)
    • Cooldown lowered from [16-12] to [15-9]
    • Time before shield decays increased from [.75] to [1.25]
    • Shield amount lowered from [80-220 (+70% AP)] to [80-200 (+65% AP)]
    • Effect changed from [cc'ing an evemy champion with a spell reduces e's cooldown by 20%] to [impairing an enemy champion's movement grants 20% heal and shield power for 5s]
  • Monsoon (R)
    • Healing tick rate lowered from [.5] to [.25]
      • Total healing remains the same

  • Piercing Darkness (Q)
    • [New] Slows enemies by 20%(+6%/100AP)(+10%/100BAD) for 2s

Lich Bane
  • Spellblade passive damage lowered from [150% base Attack Damage + 40% Ability Power] to [75% base Attack Damage + 40% Ability Power]

Context & Notes

1) Riot August provided changelists for changes now testing on the PBE:

New Janna list for 12.2 heading to PBE! 
-Empowering your shield with CC was missed, so we're retaining a version of it. 
-Janna players didn't seem to care about damage in Q, so we cut the damage buff to add power elsewhere 
-Added a couple QoL changes

"Senna has been a bit weak in the new season so we have a buff going to PBE soon: 
Now slows enemies by 20%(+6%/100AP)(+10%/100BAD) for 2s  
We felt that old glacial did a lot for Senna's pattern, especially as a support marksman, so we're trying adding a slow back onto her kit."
2) More feedback threads are up over on r/LeaguePBE! Make sure to leave any constructive feedback over there:

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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