8.8 PBE Cycle

This mega post was last Updated on 4/12 with the 4/12 PBE Update
( With the release of patch 8.7 to live on April 4th, we started the new 8.8 PBE cycle. )

Previous PBE Cycles in 2018
[7.24] [8.1] [8.2] [8.3] [8.4] [8.5] [8.6] [8.7]

Below you will find a comprehensive list of new content, balance changes, and whatever else  is included in the current PBE cycle! Be aware that these changes are extremely tentative, there is a possibility that things you see below will be changed or even reverted prior to the live patch.
( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be outdated! )

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and iterative - what you see may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers! Manage your expectations accordingly. )

Table of Contents

New Skin

With MSI 2018 right around the corner, Conqueror Varus has debuted on the PBE!

Conqueror Varus

975 RP / Legacy
[Will have a limited edition loading screen border included in bundle available 4/26-5/21]

Here's Riot KiWiKiD with a bugs & feedback thread for Conqueror Varus:
Hello gamers, KiWiKiD here bringing you Conqueror Varus for PBE Bugs and Feedback! 
This bad boy has conquered countless battlefields and now has MSI 2018 in his sights! 
Go forth and dominate with his:
  • New model and textures - Reigning with a new, ruby-and-gold bow.
  • New spell VFX- Inspired by the gritty crimson of a warring battlefield.
  • New recall animation - Where he takes what belongs to him.
  • Special loadscreen border - If you buy the Conqueror Varus bundle (Available 4/26-5/21*), you'll have a special border as you load into game!
Conqueror Varus is now available on PBE! Give him the battles he desires and report back here with any bugs that occured or feedback that you have. Any questions are of course welcome as well, and I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can. 
Conqueror Varus is currently set at 975 RP. (subject to change)"

New Chroma

New chroma were added for the recently released Dragon Master Swain (4) and forthcoming Badlands Baron Rumble (8)!

Dragon Master Swain

[Removed from PBE, will be back in a later cycle for more testing!]

Badlands Baron Rumble


Here's Riot Orphyre with a bugs & feedback thread for the Dragon Master Swain and Badlands Baron Rumble chroma:
"Hey everyone! 
We’ve got the baddest of the bad coming at you. Make way for Dragon Master Swain and Badlands Baron Rumble Chromas!
Dragon Master Swain Chromas:
  • New textures: “They falter before my dragons.”
    • Pearl
    • Tanzanite
    • Ruby
    • Emerald
Badlands Baron Rumble Chromas:
  • New textures: Another day, another ride!
    • Ruby
    • Meteorite
    • Turquoise
    • Pearl
    • Rose Quartz
    • Obsidian
    • Catseye
    • Emerald 
The chroma sets are now available on PBE! We hope you all will enjoy the new sets, but we’re also looking forward to hearing your constructive feedback. I’ll do my best to answer and reply to your questions and feedback! 
Riot Orphyre
EDIT: Based on your feedback across many channels and our own reviews, we've decided to ship Dragon Master Swain Chromas at a later date--we plan to spend a bit more time on him to improve, and to make sure they meet yours and our expectations for really great Chromas

Badlands Baron Rumble Chromas will still go out this patch!"

New Summoner Icons

A slew of new summoner icons were added this cycle!

We have eight new cute champion that are similar to the Blue Essence Emporium's Mystery Minis icons champion icons seen during preseason. No release or availability details yet!

A summoner icon featuring the new Conqueror Varus is also on the PBE:

MSI 2018 Summoner Icons

Several new MSI esports icons were added in today's PBE update! [Note: Only the teams who qualify for MSI will have their icons/emotes available for purchase.]


MSI 2018 & Team Emotes

MSI 2018  general emote added:

In addition to the team icons, team specific MSI 2018 emotes were also added this cycle!

(note: while we have a lot here, remember that qualified teams are typically the only emotes to reach live servers for release!)


New Ward Skin

Assets for an upcoming ward skin were added this cycle, no name yet. Look for in-game pictures once the new ward skin is enabled for testing.

2018 Conqueror Ward

MSI 2018 Login Theme

With MSI right around the corner, a new MSI themed login is now on the PBE:

Game client security changes now live on PBE 

Here's Riot Perma with more on new security changes now in place on the PBE:
"Hello Summoners, 
We’ve begun rolling out security changes to the League of Legends game client today on the Public Beta Environment. Our goal with these changes is to make it harder to develop or use cheating applications in League. We wanted to proactively communicate these changes in case you run into any abnormal failures while running the game in this environment. If you are experiencing new game crashes it may indicate an incompatibility between software on your computer and our new changes. 
If you encounter a critical error message during the game, we would greatly appreciate your help in troubleshooting the issue by attempting to temporarily uninstall or disable any of the following software:
  • Security software (anti-virus and anti-malware products)
  • In-game overlay software (Steam, Discord, TeamSpeak, Overwolf, ASUS Sonic Radar, etc)
  • Streaming software (XSplit, OBS, Raptr, etc)
  • Video capture software (Fraps, ShadowPlay, etc) 
Once you have disabled third party software that may be interacting with the game, it would be helpful if you shared with us which software you needed to disable and whether or not disabling that software fixed the issue. While we try our best to maintain compatibility with as much legitimate third party software as possible, we are not in control of these products, and an update can break compatibility with our solution at any time. We want to be aware of these incompatibilities so that we can work with software vendors to resolve them. 
If you continue to encounter problems, we are happy to work with you on identifying the possible causes. We really appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work to keep League of Legends a safe and competitive playing experience."


  • Conqueror Baron skin added, look for this skin during MSI 2018!
  • Summoner's Rift banners for MSI 2018 were added this cycle:
  • 2018 MSI loot capsule asset and description added:
    • "Get four 750+ RP skin shards, one of which is guaranteed to be an esports shard. Gemstone and Gemstone Skin drop rate multiplied by 1.5. No key required."

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.

  • Vastayan Grace (Passive):
    • [Changed Effect] "If Ahri earns 2 spell hits against an enemy champion within a 1.5-second period, she gains 20% movement speed for 3 seconds (9 second cooldown)."
  • Orb of Deception (Q): 
    • [Removed] no longer grants movement speed 
    • [New Effect] "If Ahri earns 9 spell hits (max 3 per cast) she gains Essence Theft, causing her next Q cast that lands to restore health on hit."
  • Fox-Fire (W): 
    • Cost lowered from 50 at all ranks to 40 at all ranks
    • Initial Delay for Non-Priority Targeting increased from 0.25 to 0.4
    • [New] "Fox-Fire has priority targeting for targets that meet at least one of the following sets of conditions:
      • The target is a champion affected by Charm's damage amp and is within 725 units of Ahri
      • The target is the most recent target Ahri has launched a basic attack against (within the past 3 seconds) and is within 725 units of Ahri"
  • Charm (E):
    • Damage changed from 60/95/130/165/200 (+60% AP) to 60/90/120/150/180 (+40% AP)
    • [New Effect] When Charm deals damage to a champion, Ahri's abilities deal 20% more damage to them for 5 seconds 
  • Spirit Rush (R) Damage changed from 70/110/150 (+25% AP) to 60/90/120 (35% AP) 

  • Armor growth lowered from 4.5 to 4
  • Stand Behind Me (W) bonus armor and MR lowered from 17.5/20/22.5/25/27.5 to 10/14/18/22/26

  • Hero's Entrance (R) cooldown increased from 180/150/120 to 200/180/160

    • HP per level increased from 84 to 92
    • Collateral Damage (R) cooldown lowered from 120/100/80 to 110/85/60

    • Base armor increased from 31 to 34
    • Bladesurge (Q) damage to minions increased from 60% to 70%
    • Flawless Duet (E) bugfix - no longer credits Irelia for several minion kills.
    • Vanguard's Edge (R)
      • Cooldown increased 120/105/90 to 140/120/100
      • Missile damage changed from 150/275/400 to 150/250/350
      • Wall damage lowered from 125/200/275 to 75/125/175

    • Base movespeed lowered from 320 to 315
    • Zephyr (W) damage lowered from 60/105/150/195/240 to 55/100/145/190/235

    • Base HP Regen lowered from 1.24 to 1.1
    • HP Regen growth lowered from .15 to .11
    • Icathian Rain (Q) AD ratio lowered from 40% to 35%

    [Changelist 1 / Changelist 2 - tentative 8.8 release]
    • Ability icons for Passive and R updated:
    • Mirror Image (Passive):
      • "Mirror Image is back, currently no changes from pre-rework state."
    • Sigil of Malice (Q):
      • Damage lowered from 55/90/125/160/195 (+0.5 AP) to 55/80/105/130/155 (+0.4 AP)
      • Mark Damage: 55/80/105/130/155 (+0.4 AP)
      • Mana Cost increased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 50/60/70/80/90 
    • Distortion (W):
      • Damage increased from 40/55/70/85/100 (+0.2 AP) to 85/125/165/205/245 (+0.6 AP)
      • Mana Cost increased from 70/80/90/100/110 to 60/75/90/105/120
      • cooldown lowered from 18/16/14/12/10 to 14/13/12/11/10
      • Dash Speed lowered from 1600 to 1450
      • Snapback Lockout changed from 0.85 seconds from starting dash to 0.2 seconds from finishing dash
    • Ethereal Chains (E):
      • Initial Hit AP Ratio lowered from 0.5 to 0.3 
      • Root Damage increased from 40/60/80/100/120 (+0.5 AP) to 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.7 AP)
      • Mana Cost increased from 40 to 70
      • Tether Range lowered from 885 to 865 
    • Mimic (R):
      • RQ Damage lowered from 150/275/400 (+0.6 AP) to 70/140/210 (+0.4 AP)
      • RQ Mark Damage changed from 150/275/400 (+0.6 AP) to 140/280/420 (+0.8 AP)
      • RW Damage increased from 60/120/180 (+0.3 AP) to 150/300/450 (+0.75 AP)
      • RE Initial Damage lowered from 100/160/220 (+0.4 AP) to 70/140/210 (+0.4 AP) 
      • RE Root Damage increased from 100/160/220 (+0.4 AP) to 140/280/420 (+0.8 AP) 
      • Cooldown increased from 54/42/30 to 60/45/30

    • Ice Shard (Q) mana cost lowered from 85 at all ranks to 75 at all ranks
    • Frozen Tomb (R) cooldown lowered from 130/105/80 to 120/100/80

    [Context / Reverted on 4/10]
    • Light Binding (Q)
      • damage increased from 50/100/150/200/250 to 70/120/170/220/270
      • mana cost lowered from 50/55/60/65/70 to 40/45/50/55/60
    • Prismatic Barrier (W)
      • mana cost lowered from 60 at all ranks to 50 at all ranks
      • [Effect Changed] Return shield now always does 2x the base shield amount
        • [no longer needs to hit an ally on the way out]
      • "Lux now shields herself and fires the missile at start of cast (instead of after the .25 seconds cast time)"

    • Base mana increased from 334 to 400
    • Base AD increased from 57.54 to 61
    • Dredge Line (Q) cooldown lowered from 18/16/14/12/10 to 14/13/12/11/10

    • Spell Flux (E) cost increased from 40/55/70/85/100 to 60/70/80/90/100

    • Decimating Smash (Q) 
      • minimum damage increased from 20/40/60/80/100 to 30/48/65/83/100
      • minimum damage AD ratio changed from 65% at all ranks to 40/45/50/55/60%
      • maximum damage increased from 60/120/180/240/300 to 90/143/195/248/300
      • maximum damage AD ratio changed from 195% at all ranks to 135/150/165/180/195%

    Tahm Kench
    • Devour (W) 
      • [Removed] No longer gains movement speed toward enemy champions when he has eaten an ally.
    • Thick Skin (E) 
      • Passive's total health restored lowered from 25/30/35/40/45% to 15/20/25/30/35%

    • Base HP lowered from 532 to 502
    • Threaded Volley (Q) cooldown increased from 9/7.5/6/4.5/3 to 11/9/7/5/3

    [Context - new active component added, old effect moved to passive & damage adjusted.]
    • Blighted Quiver (W):
      • Passive damage lowered from 10/14/18/22/26 to 5/9/13/17/21
      • New Active - 
        • Cooldown: 40 seconds at all ranks
        • "Active: Varus' next Piercing Arrow deals bonus magic damage equal to 6/7/8/9/10% to 9/10.5/12/13.5/15% of the target's missing health (scales with Piercing Arrow charge).

          Blighted Quiver is capped at 360 damage against monsters."

    • Base attack speed increased from .625 to .644
    • Mana per level increased from 40 to 45
    • Blast Shield (Passive)
      • cooldown changed from [16 - 8 by level 9] to [12 - 8 by level 9] 
    • Vault Breaker (Q)
      • Cooldown lowered from 16/14/12/10/8 to 12/11/10/9/8
    • Excessive Force (E)
      • mana cost lowered from 40/45/50/55/60 to 26/32/38/44/50

    • Clean Cuts (Passive) secondary target damage lowered from 50% to 30%

    • Swapping between trinkets now sets your new trinket to the same % remaining cooldown as your old one rather than flat 120 second cooldown on swap.

    Archangel's Staff
    • Unique Passive - Awe max mana lowered from 3% to 1%

    Oracle Lens
    • Now available at level 1 instead of level 9+
      •  (note: no longer need to be level 9+ to purchase although tooltip currently still says "lvl 9").
      • [Cooldown is 90-60 seconds based on level - same as Sweeping/Oracle Lens on live]
      • [Range appears to always be 750 rather than 660/690/720/750 based on level]

    Sweeping Lens


    [Reworked Keystone] Open Spellbook (I1)
    [Back to live functionality on 4/12]
    • Unsealed Spellbook is now "Open Spellbook"
    • [Changed Effect] "While out of combat, swap one of your equipped Summoner Spells to a new, single use Summoner Spell. Each unique Summoner Spell will decrease your swap cooldown by 15s.
    Your first swap becomes available at 5 mins, with an initial 3.5 min cooldown. You must swap to 3 different Summoner Spells before returning to one you've already used."

    Lethal Tempo (P1)
    • attack speed increased from [30% - 80%] to [40 - 110%]

    Patch History for this cycle:

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