9.3 PBE Cycle

This mega post was last Updated on 1/30 with the 1/30 PBE Update
(With the release of patch 9.2 to live on January 24th, we started the new 9.3 PBE cycle.)

Previous PBE Cycles in 2019
[8.24] [9.1] [9.2]

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( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be outdated!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

Visual Effect Updates: Kennen, Olaf, Wukong and Riven 

Here's Riot Beardilocks with details on new VFX updates coming to the PBE soon:
"Hello everyone! 
Similar to the previous updates to Anivia, Dr. Mundo, Gragas, Jarvan, Lee Sin, Renekton, Veigar, and Vi, we're working on updates to the Visual Effects (VFX) and Sound Effects (SFX) of more champions whose spell effects are in need of some love. These are updates to the visuals and sounds only, and do not include any gameplay updates. Our aim is to get their FX to current League standards and improve gameplay clarity. In Patch 9.4, we'll be releasing VFX and SFX updates for and Wukong, and VFX-only updates Olaf, Riven and Kennen (he already received some SFX love a few patches ago). 
We're looking for early feedback now on these videos, but they will be added to the PBE soon. Please try them out there —especially if you're a main—when they're available and leave us your feedback! 
VFX update across the board to clean up unnecessary noise and improve gameplay clarity.
Kennen received SFX updates several patches ago
BA - Basic attacks are more easily distinguished from Q
- Q is more distinguished from BA, has increased satisfaction and a unique impact VFX
- Increased visual satisfaction
- Kennen has all new VFX for lightning rush. This has a key change to keep Kennen's silhouette during the animation for gameplay clarity, with an added range indicator. Blood moon Kennen has received a similar update, and Super Kennen has a superhero pose, though it still uses base VFX
- Increased visual satisfaction and reduced noise
P - When Kennen procs his passive on a champion or monster it now has a clear 3 mark VFX to show the source of the stun. Passive marks on minions are reduced in size and brightness to add clarity to gameplay 
Please note that all skins other than Blood Moon use Kennen's Base VFX (with the exception of their unique shaped shuriken)

VFX update across the board to clean up unnecessary noise and improve gameplay clarity. 
BA - Basic attacks now have swipes and a new hit effect
Q - Q missile now has a hitbox indicator. The pick-up range is now visible. Pick-up also has a new effect
W - Increased visual satisfaction and readability. Removed old noisy runes. Heal effect is now clearer, too
- New lightning effect and swipes!
R - Clearer and better visuals for R activation and buff. Olaf doesn't turn just red anymore. 
All of Olaf's skins have been updated to be closer to these VFX. Brolaf has some new unique VFX.

VFX update across the board to clean up unnecessary noise and improve gameplay clarity. 
BA - Cleaned up noise (removed the blood!)
Q - All three Q's have unique slashes, and now properly show the area of damage
W - Updated the ability to bring it more into League's current visual style, while providing more clarity to the hitbox
E - Riven's sword pieces now shield her when she dashes. Also brought the shield up to current VFX standards
R - Cleaned up the random visual effects that play around her body/hand, but added more emphasis/glow on her sword. All abilities should now properly reflect the larger ranges during ult, and the Wind Slash is now clearer and more unified.
- The hilt of her sword (and the first shard of it) should now glow when her passive is active. Cleaned up the noise. 
Please note that none of Riven's animations or actual gameplay have been changed at all.

VFX update across the board to clean up unnecessary visual noise 
BA - Basic attacks now have a swipe and new hit effect
Q - Q now has a cleaner more powerful swipe, unique hit effect, and removed noisy fx
W - Removed unnecessary amounts of clouds and pushed back visual priority
E - New clouds and wisps!
R - Clearer visuals
Some skins have received minor updates to reduce unnecessary noise and increase satisfaction of their VFX 
Sound effect updates are planned for Wukong for 9.4, but are not included in this preview video. Keep your eyes peeled on this post for SFX updates!

Please let us know if you have any feedback on these video previews, they will all be available on the PBE soon!"


  • New set of skin bios added:
Heartbreaker Vi
Vi plays fast and loose with the rules of love, leaving a long trail of broken hearts (and, sometimes, bodies) in her wake. After many years, she's finally encountered a new rival worthy of her strength-- almost too worthy. 
Heartpiercer Fiora
Fiora fancies herself the ultimate rival in all things romantic-- a duelist unsurpassed in swordsmanship and love. How ironic that she finally seems to have met her match... 
Arcanist Ziggs
Ziggs dwells at the crossroads of science and magic, striking an eccentric figure whose collection of enchanted artifacts and forbidden tomes rivals the greatest in the known world. He uses this arcane knowledge to make bombs. Magic bombs. Big ones. 
Spellthief Lux
She doesn't pull in coin like the Spellthief's Edge, and can't actually steal spells like Sylas, but technically Lux is learning and reproducing illegal magic. Sadly, “Illegal Spell Learner Lux” doesn't have quite the same ring to it. 
Eternum Rek'Sai
Somewhere, beneath the soil, you hear the scraping of metal. Suddenly, there comes a screech… A cry of hunger… Then, nothing. 
Eternum Nocturne
Your worst nightmare, embodied in the form of organic metal—it lingers, watching and waiting for the right moment to shroud all of existence in eternal darkness. 
Eternum Cassiopeia
In a world overrun by alien machines, this one seems especially intrigued by your presence. Its lithe, metal form slides toward you, begging for your attention. You take one look, and—

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.

[Changelist / Context]
  • HP regen growth increased from .05 to .15
  • Base HP5 increased from 5 to 8
  • Umbral Dash (E)
    • Now only heals on damage to champions
    • No longer has charges
    • Cooldown lowered from 26/22/18/14/10 to 9/8/7/6/5

  • Base HP5 increased from 3.5 to 6
  • Five Point Strike (Q)
    • [Removed] No longer heals Akali.
  • Twilight Shroud (W)
    • Cooldown increased from 21/18.5/16/13.5/11 to 21/19/17/15/13
    • [Removed] Akali is no longer hidden from towers when shrouded.

  • Noxious Blast (Q)
    • total damage lowered from 75/120/165/210/255 to 75/110/145/180/215
    • AP ratio increased from 80% to 90%
  • Miasma (W) 
    • mana cost increased from 70 at all ranks to 70/80/90/100/110
    • damage per second lowered from 20/30/40/50/60 to 20/25/30/35/40

  • Hookshot (E) 
    • [Removed] Now only stuns champions.

  • Base Armor increased from 4 to 5
  • HP per level increased from 85 to 95
  • Ionian Fervor (Passive)
    • [Effect changed]
      • stacks now grant stacking attack speed, and at max stacks grants bonus damage on hit
      • max stacks increased from 4 to 5
      • can get stacks from minions
    • Tooltip:
"When Irelia hits enemies with her abilities, she gains a stack of Ionian Fervor for 6 seconds. She gains [8/10/12% at 1/7/13] Attack Speed per stack. 
At max (5) stacks, Ionian Fervor also grants an additional [15/18/21/24/27/30/33/36/39/42/45/48/51/54/57/60/63/66] (+25% bonus AD) bonus magic damage on hit. 
Ionian Fervor's Duration is refreshed when Irelia attacks a champion or large monster. An ability will grant multiple stacks if it hits multiple champions."
  • Bladesurge (Q) minion bonus damage increased from 45/60/75/90/105 to 55/75/95/115/135
  • Defiant Dance (W)
    • Damage reduction increased from 40% to 50%
    • [Changed Effect] damage reduction now specifies Physical damage

  • Ice Shard (Q) mana cost increased from 60/63/66/69/72 to 60/65/70/75/80
  • Glacial Path (E) damage lowered from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/105/140/175/210

[Changelist - Reverted at this time, expect changes to come back for more testing in a later cycle!]
  • Blast Shield (Passive)
    • Cooldown changed from [12 - 8] to [12]
    • Shield size changed from [10% max health] to [15% max health]
    • [New] "Shield CD is reduced by 3 seconds whenever you proc Denting Blows."
  • Vault Breaker (Q)
    • Damage changed from [110/160/210/260/310 (+160% Bonus AD)] to [20/60/100/140/180 (+140% Total AD)]
    • [Removed] No longer deals reduced damage to minions and monsters
  • Denting Blows (W) attack speed changed from 30/35/40/45/50% to 20/30/40/50/60%
  • Excessive Force (E)
    • "Buffed the follow up attack after hitting with E to better scale with attack speed."
    • AD ratio lowered from [115% Total AD] to [110% Total AD]
    • AP ratio increased from 70% to 90%
    • [New] AOE can now crit
  • Assault and Battery (R)
    • Damage increased from [150/300/450 (+140% Bonus AD)] to [150/325/500 (+110% bonus AD)]
    • [Removed] No longer deals reduced damage to additional targets
    • CC duration on secondary targets increased from .25s to .75s
    • Knockback distance on secondary targets increased from 250 to 400

  • Decimating Smash (Q) 
    • Minimum damage lowered from 30/50/70/90/110 to 20/40/60/80/100
    • Max damage lowered from 90/150/210/270/330 to 60/120/180/240/300
  • Soul Furnace (W) cooldown increased from 11 at all ranks to 15/14/13/12/11

  • Plant damage lowered from [24 - 109 based on Zyra's level] to [20 - 100 based on Zyra's level]


Cloak of Agility
  • Returning item
  • Critical strike chance increased from 15% to 20%
  • Cost increased from 600 to 800

Essence Reaver
  • New Recipe: [Pickaxe + Caufield's Warhammer + Cloak of Agility + 425]
  • Total cost increased from 3000 to 3200
  • AD lowered from 75 to 60
  • [Removed] No longer gives mana
  • [New] Now gives +25% Critical strike chance
  • Unique Passive - Basic attacks now refund 1.5% of your mana
    • up from 1%
  • [Removed] No longer grants Essence Flare

Infinity Edge
  • New Recipe: [BF Sword + Pickaxe + Cloak of Agility + 425g]
  • AD increased from 70 to 80
  • Now gives +25% Critical Strike chance
  • Unique passive effect changed - "Critical strikes deal 225% damage instead of 200%."

Kircheis Shard
  • Cost lowered from 800 to 600
  • Combine cost lowered from 500 to 300

Last Whisper
  • New Recipe: [Long Sword + Long Sword + 750]
  • Cost increased from 1300 to 1450
  • AD increased from 10 to 20
  • Unique Passive - Last Whisper armor penetration increased from 10% to 20%

Lord Dominik's Regards
  • AD increased from 40 to 45
  • Combine cost lowered from 625 to 475
    • [due to change in Last Whisper price]

Molten Edge [Ornn Masterwork Item]
[Item changed to match updated Infinity Edge!]
  • +110 AD
  • +25% Critical Strike Chance
  • UNIQUE Passive:Critical strikes deal 225% damage instead of 200%.

Mortal Reminder
  • AD increased from 40 to 45
  • Combine cost lowered from 700 to 550
    • [due to change in Last Whisper price]

Phantom Dancer
  • New Recipe: [Dagger + Zeal + Brawler's Gloves + 700]
  • Cost lowered from 2700 to 2600
    • [Due to change in cost of Zeal]
  • Attack Speed lowered from 45% to 30%
  • Critical strike lowered from 30% to 25%
  • Unique Passives changed:
    • [New] Unique Passive - Spectral Waltz: Basic attacking a champion grants ghosting and 7% Movement Speed for 2 seconds.
    • [New] Unique Passive - Lifeline: If you would take damage that would reduce your Health below 30%, gain a shield that absorbs up to 240 - 600 damage for 2 seconds. (90 second cooldown)

Rapid Firecannon
  • Critical Strike Chance lowered from 30% to 25%
  • Cost lowered from 2800 to 2600
  • Combine cost increased from 700 to 800
    • [Due to change in cost of Zeal and Kircheis Shard]

Runaan's Hurricane
  • Critical strike chance lowered from 30% to 25%
  • Cost lowered from 2800 to 2600
    • Combine cost lowered from 900 to 800
      • [Due to change in cost of Zeal]

Spear of Shojin
  • Now available on SR
  • Recipe: [BF Sword + Kindlegem + Long Sword + 950]
  • Total Cost: 3400
    • +60 AD
    • +250 Health
    • +20% Cooldown Reduction
    • UNIQUE Passive: After you cast your ultimate, your next basic attack within 10 seconds grants Awakened Dragon for 6 seconds (30 second cooldown).
    • Awakened Dragon: Gain 50% attack speed, and basic attacks refund 20% of your remaining non-ultimate cooldowns.

Statikk Shiv
  • Attack speed increased from 35% to 40%
  • Critical strike chance lowered from 30% to 25%
  • Cost lowered from 2800 to 2600
  • Combine cost increased from 700 to 800
    • [Due to change in cost of Zeal and Kircheis Shard]

  • New Recipe: [BF Sword + Long Sword + Kircheis Shard + 850g]
  • Total cost increased from 2800 to 31
  • AD lowered from 60 to 55
  • Attack speed lowered from 35% to 25%
  • Passives changed:
    • Passive: Moving and attacking will make an attack Energized.
    • UNIQUE Passive - Storm: Your Energized attacks deal 50 bonus magic damage on hit.
    • Your Energized effects have all of their respective effects increased by +30% and also slow for 40% movement speed decaying over 1 seconds.

  • Cost lowered from 1300 to 1200
  • Combine cost lowered from 600 to 500

Patch History for this cycle:

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