9/20 PBE Update: Spirit Blossom 2022, Janna VFX Update, Syndra Mid-Scope Update & more

Posted on at 11:53 AM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we start the 12.19 PBE cycle, today's patch includes new Spirit Blossom skins for Aphelios, Darius, Evelynn, Master Yi + Prestige, Sett, Soraka, Syndra, Tristana, and Yorick, as well as chromas, a Janna VFX update, Syndra mid-scope update, and more!
Continue reading for more information!


Champion Skins

Ten skins are now on the PBE for testing:

Spirit Blossom Aphelios

1350 RP
"Ionians share whispered stories of the twin spirits of the night, Aphelios and Alune. It is said the darkening of the sky comes from the brother's armaments, tearing the fabric of blues and whites apart to create an obsidian canvas painted with stars. The sister's motives are more... mysterious."

Spirit Blossom Darius

1350 RP
"Darius' body fell to the dirt, yet another soldier's sacrifice. But his soul would not rest. Picking up his axe just as soon as it was knocked from his mortal hand, the Spirit of War arose. A calamity motivated only towards bloodshed, Darius stalks the mortal world, searching for the thrill of battle."

Spirit Blossom Evelynn

1350 RP
"Come. Leave your flesh behind and pass into the Spirit World. Bring with you only your desires, your vices, your painful memories. Let the Spirit of Love feed on these unwanted temptations, for her hunger is ravenous. Evelynn will show you peace at last."

Here's Bagel Socks with a bugs & feedback thread for Spirit Blossom Evelynn:
"Hi all! 
"Someday they’ll love me for who I really am." 
Spirit Blossom Evelynn is heading onto the Rift with: 
  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall Animation!
Spirit Blossom Evelynn is set to be 1350 RP and is available to play on PBE. As players who get a first hand look at this upcoming content, we want to hear your thoughts. Drop your feedback in the thread below! 
-Bagel Socks"

 

Spirit Blossom Master Yi

1350 RP
"Legends speak of Master Yi, a swordsman who took but one student in his lifetime. After an unceremonious betrayal, Yi perished-- not from a blade, but from a broken heart. Now the Spirit of Legacy roams the spirit world, searching for a pupil. He is lost, anyone that joins him destined to face the same fate."

Prestige Spirit Blossom Master Yi

Event Tokens

Spirit Blossom Sett 

1820 RP / Legendary
"Some guide the dead down the path; others tempt them from it. Another still has no allegiances, as his spirit lies in conflict with itself. Born from Kanmei and Akana, Sett lived harmoniously until, abandoned by his father, he sought retribution. Now he can only catch whispers of salvation as he spends his days challenging slain warriors, testing their worth."

As a legendary skin, Spirit Blossom Sett has a new voiceover:

Here's Riot Sirhaian with a features thread for Spirit Blossom Sett:

Here's Bagel Socks with a bugs & feedback thread for Spirit Blossom Sett:
"Hi all!

"Technique… is for lightweights."

https://imgur.com/a/wuWYqWk

Legendary skin, Spirit Blossom Sett, is heading onto the Rift, featuring: 
  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New animations and recall!
  • New VO!
Spirit Blossom Sett is set to be 1820 RP and is available to play on PBE. As players who get a first hand look at this upcoming content, we want to hear your thoughts. Drop your feedback in the thread below!

-Bagel Socks"

Spirit Blossom Soraka

1350 RP
"In a secluded corner of the Akana forest, Soraka weeps for those she's lost. Each life cut short she longed to save, but for as many that welcome her as a savior, there are others who see her power as a merciless cruelty. To the Spirit of Pity, death is never a blessing."

Spirit Blossom Syndra

1350 RP
"Children hear stories of the savior of lost souls, the ever-reclusive Spirit of Freedom. One such speaks of a tree that wrapped its roots around a wandering wisp. The wisp struggled alone-- until Syndra ripped off the bindings that held it tight, as she would do for all creatures, lest they be lost forever."

Here's Riot Eneopa with a bugs & feedback thread for Spirit Blossom Syndra:
"Hello All!

"So much untapped power!"
 
Spirit Blossom Syndra is heading onto the Rift with: 
  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall Animation!
Spirit Blossom Syndra is set to be 1350 RP. 
Spirit Blossom Syndra is available on PBE! As players who get a first-hand look at this upcoming content, we want to hear your thoughts. Drop your feedback in the thread below!
Please provide any Midscope feedback in the designated Midscope Syndra Feedback thread. Thanks! 
- Riot Eneopa"

Spirit Blossom Tristana

1350 RP
"For those that seek glory on the battlefield, to those that look to the spirits for a bountiful harvest, Tristana greets all with a toothy grin. The Spirit of Chance has no favorites, no obligations or motives. She simply delights in the chaos, the fear in men's eyes at the roll of the dice."

Here's Bagel Socks with a bugs & feedback thread for Spirit Blossom Tristana:
"Hi all!

"Orders are more like guidelines, really." 
Spirit Blossom Tristana is heading onto the Rift with: 
  • New models and textures!
  • New VFX!
  • New SFX!
  • New recall Animation!
Spirit Blossom Tristana is set to be 1350 RP and is available to play on PBE. As players who get a first hand look at this upcoming content, we want to hear your thoughts. Drop your feedback in the thread below!

-Bagel Socks

Spirit Blossom Yorick

1350 RP
"The grove he called home burnt to ashes before his very eyes. While another retreated into solitude, Yorick allowed the rage to consume him. The flowers and trees that bloom in the Spirit of Ruin's wake are haunting, the gardeners that tend to them howling creatures of the night."

Chromas

New sets of chromas are now on the PBE:

Worlds 2022 Birdio Chroma
"This chroma was released as a Loot exclusive in the Worlds 2022 event."

Worlds 2022 Crystal Rose Swain Chroma
"This chroma was released as a Loot exclusive in the Worlds 2022 event."


Worlds 2022 Crystal Rose Zyra Chroma
"This chroma was released as a Loot exclusive in the Worlds 2022 event."

Worlds 2022 Crystal Rose Akshan Chroma
"This chroma was released as a Loot exclusive in the Worlds 2022 event."

Spirit Blossom Master Yi
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Soraka
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Tristana
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Evelynn
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Yorick
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Darius
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Syndra
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Aphelios
[9 Chromas]

Spirit Blossom Sett
[6 Chromas]

Summoner Icons

Tons of summoner icons are now on the PBE:

Worlds 2022 Event Icon, Spirit Blossom Mask Icon
A free milestone exclusive Worlds 2022 icon.

Spirit Blossom Lotus Icon
An Event Pass milestone exclusive Worlds 2022 icon.

Spirit Blossom Event Icon
A free mission exclusive Spirit Blossom icon.

Spirit Blossom Pass Icon
An event pass bundle exclusive Spirit Blossom icon.

Spirit Blossom Mythic Essence Icon
An icon crafted w/ the 125 Mythic Essence shop item.

Prestige Edition Spirit Blossom Master Yi Icon
Prestige Edition Icon for Spirit Blossom Master Yi.

Spirit Blossom Sett Legendary Border Icon
An icon that entitles the border for this champion.

Spirit Blossom X Border Icon
An icon that entitles the border for this champion.

Spirit Blossom Sett Legendary Chroma Icon
An icon that comes with the Event Shop-exclusive chroma.

Spirit Blossom X Chroma Icon
An icon that comes with the Event Shop-exclusive chroma

One & Only Pengu Icon, TFT Dragonmancer Ashe Icon
An icon that celebrates a 2022 Teamfight Tactics event.

Championship Choncc Icon
An icon that celebrates a 2022 Teamfight Tactics event.

Birdio Chroma Icon, Worlds Azir 2022 Chroma Icon
An icon that comes with the Event Shop-exclusive chroma

Worlds Azir 2022 Border Icon
An icon that entitles the border for this champion

Emotes

New emotes are now on the PBE:

HeH, Speechless


That's it?, What can I do?

Fandom, Let's Rock


Cool Blue, In My Grasp


Ward Skin

A new ward skin is now on the PBE:

[No name yet]
"This ward was earned during the Worlds 2022 event."


Syndra Mid-Scope Update


Here's Riot Truexy with a look at the Syndra mid-scope update changelist:

New ability icons:

Here's the full changelist:

Janna VFX Update

Here's Riot Pehrek with a thread on Janna's VFX update that is now testing on the PBE:
" Gale winds unleashed." Hi, y'all! I'm Patrick (or Pehrek), a QA Engineer on League's Champs team, and I've come here in search of some feedback on Janna's VFX Update! 🌪🌧☂ 
Targeting Patch 12.19, the update focuses on optimization, readability, and better defining the character’s identity. The main focus is on her older skins by adding some new elements to them and mirroring changes from base. 
Similar to previous VFX updates we’ve made in the past (Fizz, Leona, Nami, etc.), we're working on making improvements to champions whose spell effects are in need of some love. Our aim is to get their visuals to League's current standards and improve gameplay clarity. These are smaller updates geared toward improving 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. 
This Dev Article can give you the context needed on how the team does VFX updates: https://www.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/news/dev/dev-behind-the-scenes-of-vfx-updates/
Video Preview:
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List of changes: 
  • Base Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Tempest Janna: Same as base
  • Hextech Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Frost Queen Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Victorious Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Forecast Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Fnatic Janna: Same as base, but with a custom W
  • Star Guardian Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Sacred Sword Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Bewitching Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Guardian of the Sands Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Battle Queen Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Crystal Rose Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Cyber Halo Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Prestige Cyber Halo Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R 
The update should hit PBE soon! We have about a week before we lock any of the proposed changes, so I'll be monitoring common suggestions in the comments to share back with the team for possible adjustment. 
Much appreciated! 
Patrick (Pehrek)"

Miscellaneous

  • New skin bios:
    • Safari Caitlyn
      • "When she isn't attending galas or teaching seminars, Dr. Caitlyn Kiramman can be found exploring ancient ruins in search of historical artifacts. Armed with her trusty rifle, a wealth of esoteric knowledge, and an accident-prone Ezreal, she braves the most mysterious places in the world to bring long-dead civilizations and their secrets into the light."
    • Officer Caitlyn
      • "Most people assume that Caitlyn is the "good cop" between her and Vi. What they don't know is that her sharp eyes, quick wit, and dedication make her one of the toughest officers on the force. She doesn't mind being underestimated, especially if it gives her the upper hand."
  • Skinline bios updated:
    • Arcade: Heroes
      • "Arcadia: home to the server's most competitive arcade gamers and justice-driven NPCs. Here, the heroes always play to win. And that means overriding the Battle Bosses' corrupted code, even with the odds stacked against them. Victory won't come easy, but seeing the surprise on the bosses' faces after an incredible outplay will totally make it worth it."
    • Arcade: Battle Bosses
      • "Deep within Arcadia's servers lies a sinister series of glitches known to all gamers as the Battle Bosses. Their corrupted code has brought them newfound freedom... but also new challengers. To complete their deletion of the Arcade World, many of the Bosses have agreed to put aside their differences (until it's... inconvenient)."
    • Snow Day
      • "It's beginning to look a lot like Snow Day, up and down the lanes...
        Though your tank may be rushing in, Top is backing again,
        They have gold to spend on a Lich Bane..."
    • Snowdown Showdown
      • "Better start building that snow fort..."
    • Crime City
      • "Just your average bottomless pit of scum and villainy. Bosses vie for power; pacts are made and broken; friendships meet their end on the edge of twisted, subtle knives. And yet, there's something more to this city. Something undiscovered, imperceptible. Something... infinite."
    • Trick-or-Treat
      • "You better hope you have the good stuff. You know, Piltover Pops, Strikebreaker Sours, Dark Star Chocolate Bars... 'Cause if you don't, the kids on this block have some tricks up their sleeves." 
    • Cats Vs. Dogs
      • "The oldest rivalry the world has ever known: man's best friend pitted against the internet's greatest heroes. Only one faction will emerge victorious from the gnawing maw of battle between cats and dogs. Hopefully they don't get their fur too dirty: the only thing worse than losing is bathtime."
    • Silver Age
      • "The rift's greatest superheroes and most dastardly villains, available at a comic store near you!"
    • Mecha Kingdoms
      • "The Great Kingdoms warred for generations until the arrival of a new enemy. To fight back, they are blessed with gifts from the heavens. Will they rise above their past to save their future?"
    • Bees!
      • "Bzzz. Bzzz bzzz bzzz. Bzzz! Bzzz, bzz, bzz bzz bzz. Bzzz..."
    • Ocean Song
      • "Nothing exudes the "beach vibes and cool tunes" lifestyle more than the Ocean Song Festival. From Seraphine's mellow songs to Yone's experimental DJ set, there's a vibe for everyone, so feel the sand between your toes, taste the salty air, and lose yourself to the best music of the summer."
    • Spirit Blossom
      • "The Spirit Blossom Festival is an ancient and celebrated time in Ionia, when the door to the spirit world is opened, the dead return to their loved ones, and spirits of all manner turn their eyes towards the living. From the benevolent Kanmei, to the obsessive Akana-- their stories play out again and again, like shadows on a paper lantern."
    • Skin Universe bios updated:
      • Culinary Masters
        • "Culinary Masters," the incredibly popular cooking competition reality series, is streaming now. Everywhere. On all the platforms. All 1000 episodes from each of the 50 seasons. Even "Culinary Masters Superstars." And "Celebrity Culinary Masters." Start binging today.
      • Tales From the Rift
        • "Parents tell their children stories of wicked witches and the like, those that lurk the streets one night each year. "Stay in your bed, little one, for darkness is their friend." These tales are only partly true; while the ghouls of this enchanted evening love a good scare, they'd never harm a hair on a child's head. Except for the very naughty ones."
      • Bees! (same as skinlines above)
      • Silver Age (same as skinlines above)
      • Cats Versus Dogs (same as skinlines above)
      • Neighborhood Nightmare
        • "In small close-knit towns across the globe, there's always that one house children decide is the stuff of nightmares. No matter how many times these monstrous inhabitants welcome them in for a good night of casting spells and howling at the moon, the normies never seem to take them up on their offer."

TFT Corner

  • New TFT emotes:
Hosting Time, Bet On Me
Roll Down

  • New Chibi Champions
    • Chibi Ashe (no images yet)
    • Chibi Dragonmancer Ashe (no images yet)


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
Blitzcrank
  • Base attack speed increased from 0.625 to 0.65
  • Attack speed ratio increased from 0.625 to 0.7
  • Overdrive (W)
    • attack speed increased from  30% - 62% to 40% - 92%
    • mana cost increased from 75 to 85
    • [New] now deals 1% max HP magic damage on-hit while active, increased by 60 - 180 against non champs
  • Power Fist (E)
    • mana cost increased from 25 to 40
    • [New] now scales with 25% AP and increased by 150% AD + 125% AP against non-champions
  • Static Field (R)
    • passive AP ratio increased from 30% flat to 30% to 50%
    • [Rem] no longer capped at 3 stacks

Fizz
  • Playful / Trickster (E)
    • AP ratio increased from 75% to 90%
    • mana cost lowered from 90/95/100/105/11 to 75/80/85/90/95

Garen
  • Judgment (E)
    • Crit damage increased from 58% to 75%

Kai'Sa
  • Second Skin (Passive)
    • detonation AP ratio increased from 5% missing HP per 100 AP to 6%  missing HP per 100 AP

Kennen
  • Lightning Rush (E)
    • [New] now able to exceed the attack speed cap while bonus attack speed is active

Malphite
  • Thunderclap (W)
    • cone AP ratio increased from 20% to 30%
  • Unstoppable Force (R)
    • AP ratio increased from 80% to 90%

Nunu
  • Absolute Zero (R)
    • damage max AP ratio increased from 250% to 300%

Rakan
  • Fey Feathers (Passive)
    • AP ratio increased from 85% to 95%
  • Gleaming Quill (Q)
    • damage AP ratio increased from 60% to 70%

Shyvana
  • Burnout (W)
    • bonus AD ratio per second increased from 20% to 30%
      • on-hit unchanged

Tahm Kench
  • Tongue Lash (Q)
    •  AP ratio increased from 70% to 90%
  • Abyssal Dive (W)
    • AP ratio increased from 100% to 125%

Twitch
  • Deadly Venom (Passive)
    • AP ratio per stack per second increased from 2.5% to 3%
  • Contaminate (E)
    • AP ratio per stack increased from 33% to 35%


Context & Notes

1) None!


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