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PBE Balance Update, Udyr Nerf, Freljord Website and Champion/Skin Sale!

May 3rd, 2013

blackfrost anivia banner


More PBE Balance changes introduced! Rioters discuss Lux and Diana’s shields changes, Udyr stealth nerf, preview of the legendary Blackfrost Anivia, a Freljord mini-website and the next Champion/Skin Sale announced!


I’ve organized the content in the following categories:

PBE: Balance Changes
Udyr’s Tiger Nerf!
Explore the beauty of the Freljord
Freljord Summoner Icons – here’s how!
Blackfrost Anivia
Champion/Skin Sale – May 3rd – 6th




PBE: Balance Changes





Pale_CascadePale Cascade ( W )

  • Damage readjusted from 20/35/50/65/80 to 22/34/46/58/70
  • Shield lowered from 55/80/105/130/155 + 0.45 AP to 40/55/70/85/100 + 0.3 AP
  • The second shield now stacks with the first, instead of replacing it


Read CertainlyT‘s comment on the matter below.





Spider_FormSpider form ( R )

  • No longer grants bonus armor or magic resist.





Resolute_SmiteResolute Smite ( Q )

  • Damage lowered from 80/135/190/245/300 + 0.6 AP to 80/125/170/215/260 + 0.5 AP
  • Mana cost lowered from 60/65/70/75/80 to 60 flat
  • Cooldown lowered from 7 flat to 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds
  • Movement speed reduction now only lasts for 2 seconds down from 2.5





Prismatic_BarrierPrismatic Barrier ( W )

  • Shield lowered from 80/105/130/155/180 + 0.35 AP to 50/65/80/95/110 + 0.25 AP
  • The second shield now stacks with the first, instead of replacing it


Read CertainlyT‘s comment on the matter below.




Miss Fortune

Impure_ShotsImpure Shots ( W )

  • Damage lowered from 6/8/10/12/14 to 4/6/8/12
  • Number of stacks increased from 4 to 5
  • Tooltip updated to state maximum damage from stacks as 20/30/40/50/60 + 0.25 AP




Aqua_PrisonAqua Prison ( Q )

  • Stun duration increased from 1.3 to 1.5 seconds




ConsumeConsume ( Q )

  • Now gains bonuses for 120/150/180/210/240 seconds based on the type of creep he has consumed.


  • Golem – 10% maximum health and 10% increased model size
  • Lizard – Your attack deal an additional 1% of your maximum health as magic damage.
  • Wolf / Wraith – 15% bonus movement speed on kill for 3 seconds.


  • Damage increased from 500/600/700/800/900 to 600/700/800/900/1000
  • Heal decreased from 125/180/235/290/345 + 1.0 AP to 90/130/170/210/250 + 0.75 AP
  • Cooldown increased from 16/14/12/10/8 to 17/15/13/11/9





Electro-HarpoonElectro Harpoon ( E )

  • Damage lowered from 55/85/115/145/175 + 0.5 AP to 45/70/95/120/145 + 0.4 AP
  • Bonus damage from Danger zone increased from 25% to 50%





Flame_Breath Flame Breath ( E )

  • Damage lowered from 80/125/170/215/260 to 80/110/140/170/200
  • Tooltip now applies a DoT called Cinders for 5 seconds.
  • 15% Armor Penetration buff removed
  • This effect is applied to all enemies if cast during Dragon Form


Dragon's_DescentDragon’s Descent ( R )

  • Now brings enemy champions along the path with her



Twisted Fate


Stacked_DeckStacked Deck ( E )

  • No longer grants Cooldown Reduction
  • Attack speed bonus increased from 3/6/9/12/15 to 10/15/20/25/30


DestinyDestiny ( R )

  • Teleport channel lowered from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 150/135/120 to 180/150/120





Piercing_Arrow Piercing Arrow ( Q )

  • Minimum damage increased from 10/43/77/110/143 to 10/47/83/120/157
  • Maximum damage increased from 15/65/115/165/215 to 15/70/125/180/235


Hail_of_ArrowsHail of Arrows ( E )

  • Damage lowered from 65/105/145/185/225 to 65/100/135/170/205





ElasticSlingshotElastic Slingshot ( E )

  • Damage lowered from 80/130/180/230/280 to 80/125/170/215/260


Let'sBounceLet’s Bounce! ( R )

  • Tenacity lowered from 75% to 50%
  • Damage per bounce decreased from 160/240/320 to 100/150/200
  • Tooltip no longer states that enemies hit more than once half damage.






Read below to discover the reasoning behind the Diana/Lux changes, as well as insight on Udyr’s live stealth nerf!


On the changes to Lux and Diana


Darius_Default_AvatarRiotlink Button CertainlyT: These data mined “patch notes” often completely miss the boat, since they are just grabbing numbers without context into associated mechanics changes. We should probably develop a better system for communicating PBE changes to players as we put them on that environment. We just need a way of doing so without making speculative efforts seem like certainties.


The change to Diana/Lux that is on PBE for testing is that their shields have lower values, but if the second trigger is met (3 orbs broken and boomerang double hitting respectively), the shields will stack instead of renew. Volty feels this opens up new opportunities for premeditated gameplay (like stacking a monster Lux shield on your team as you engage), while making aggressive counterplay more rewarding since hitting a Lux shield with the projectile still airborne can feel like an exercise in futility.




Udyr’s Tiger Nerf!




Tiger Stance ( Q )

  • The damage on-hit can only be procced within the first 5 seconds of activation
  • Damage on-hit is lost when swapping stances



Why does Udyr’s proc on-hit disappear when I switch stances?


JarvanRiotlink Button Pabro: This is intended. The temporary attack speed from Tiger Stance lasts 5 seconds, swap stance or not, but the first attack bonus can only be applied if you are still in Tiger Stance. Upcoming changes to the tooltips and buffs will make this more clear.


Is this change game-breaking? To an extent yes, you lose a 1.5 AD Scaling Spell if your target slips away and you have to switch back to Bear Stance. It basically ruins Udyr’s already limited combo.


But wait, there’s more! Statikk is here to present a far more detailed explanation on the matter:


harbringerkasRiotlink Button Statikk: Sorry guys, I’d like to start by apologizing because we definitely screwed up here both in terms of what we put into the game and what we failed to communicate out to you guys, but let me clarify what is and what is not intended with Udyr’s Tiger Stance.


What Is Intended:
– Udyr can “prime” Tiger Stance’s damage-over-time proc indefinitely as long as he remains in Tiger Stance
– Tiger Stance’s Attack Speed bonus carries over into other Stances

What Is Not Intended:
– Udyr should not be able to use Tiger Stance’s damage-over-time proc while in other Stances

With the new patch, we removed his ability to get the Tiger first hit proc unless he used it within the first 5 seconds of being in Tiger Stance. This is not intended. Udyr’s first hit after switching into Tiger Stance should proc the DoT regardless of how long he has been in Tiger Stance, but the instant he switches out of it he will not be able to proc it.

I know removing the ability to proc the Tiger DoT while in other stances is a nerf, but it is intended. Frankly, it doesn’t make sense for him to apply his Tiger hit in other Stances from several perspectives (gameplay, visuals, or thematics). Tiger’s proc, Bear’s stun, and Phoenix’s Flame Breath are all intended to be local to those stances. At the end of the day, if the only reason to use Tiger is to switch into it and then immediately switch out of it…that seems to point to a core problem that Tiger Stance is simply not attractive enough on its own. So we’ll deal with that if that’s an issue.

We will be giving Udyr back the ability to prime his DoT indefinitely as long as he remains in Tiger Stance. Removing the ability to proc the Tiger DoT while in a different Stance is an intended change.




Explore the beauty of the Freljord


Freljord Website


A spectacular mini-website has been released to honor Freljord’s champions!

Scroll sideways to see all the artwork and click on the blue crystals to reveal hidden lore pieces!


howling abyss website

Freljord Site Banner




Freljord Summoner Icons – here’s how!


Remember these three?


frost icons


Here’s how to get them!


Choose your tribe


Rammus_Default_AvatarRiotlink Button Pabro: Welcome to the frozen North – a windswept and war-torn region home to some of the most resilient people in all of Runeterra. Here, three great tribes vie for control of their icy homeland. The Avarosan, led by Ashe, strive to unite the Freljord under a banner of peace. The Winter’s Claw, boldest and most warlike of the three, follow Sejuani on her campaign of conquest. And the Frostguard, secluded and mysterious, bide their time haunting ancient ruins alongside Lissandra, the Ice Witch. As they prepare for war, something ancient and sinister stirs deep beneath the earth, threatening to corrupt the land itself.


Click here to explore the Freljord


Choose your tribe


You can join the battle for the Freljord by declaring your allegiance to Ashe, Sejuani or Lissandra. At the start of the event, you’ll be able to choose from the following three summoner icons:






Winter’s Claw





Choose the tribe you want to support by selecting their banner as your summoner icon. Win 10 games without changing your icon, and you’ll unlock it permanently. Win a game with a different tribal icon and you’ll have to start over, so choose wisely!


Choose your tribe FAQ


Rammus_Default_AvatarRiotlink Button Pabro: During the Freljord event you’ll have the opportunity to permanently unlock a summoner icon featuring the emblem of your favorite tribe. At the start of the event, all three tribes will have icons available. Winning games wearing the icon associated with your favorite will earn you points toward unlocking it permanently.


How do I unlock a tribe’s icon?


After accruing ten wins with a tribal icon, you’ll permanently unlock an upgraded version. This upgraded icon is a badge of honor reserved only for loyal members of the tribe.


Which game types count toward my wins?


All matchmade games against human opponents count toward unlocking the banner of your chosen tribe. This includes all normal and ranked games on Summoner’s Rift, the Crystal Scar, the Twisted Treeline and the Howling Abyss.

Custom game or co-op vs. AI wins won’t help you join a tribe.


How long do I have to unlock my chosen icon?


The Freljord event will run until 5/14. Victories within this time period will count towards joining a tribe.

Temporary icons won’t be available once the event’s over, so be sure to join a tribe before time runs out.


What happens if I change my icon while accruing my 10 wins?


Playing a game with the icon of a new tribe will reset any progress you made toward unlocking any of the others. Non-Freljord icons have no effect on your progress toward joining a tribe.


How long after I complete my 10th win will I receive my icon?


It can take up to 48 hours for you to receive the icon of your chosen tribe. You’ll know you’ve successfully completed the process when you find an upgraded version of the tribe’s icon available in-client.


Can I unlock more than one icon?


No. You can only join one Freljord tribe, so choose your allegiance wisely.

You can switch tribes over the course of the event by winning 10 games with a new icon. At that point you’ll gain your new tribe’s icon, but lose your previous tribe’s icon.


I’m still confused. Can you give some examples?


Sure. Here are a few examples for the sake of clarity.

Example 1:

  • Morello wins seven games for the Winter’s Claw, then changes his mind and wins one game for the Avarosan.
  • Result – Morello currently holds one win toward unlocking the Avarosan icon. He needs nine more wins to join the tribe. If he switches back to the Winter’s Claw banner, he needs 10 wins to join them.

Example 2:

  • Phreak wins 10 games for the Frostguard, successful joining the tribe. He then wins nine games under the Avarosan banner.
  • Result – Phreak is still a member of the Frostguard, but he has nine wins toward unlocking the Avarosan icon. If he wins another game for the Avarosan, he’ll join that tribe and replace his Frostguard icon.

Example 3:

  • ByronicHero racks up 100 wins in a row, but changes his icon to a different tribe every time.
  • Result – ByronicHero doesn’t unlock any icons, because no tribe wants to be associated with a dirty, noncommittal flip-flopper like him. Don’t be like ByronicHero – join a tribe so you don’t get left out in the cold!


What do these icons represent?


Shaco_MaskedRiotlink Button RiotVox: Crown + arrow = The Avarosan (Ashe’s tribe), axes = The Winter’s Claw (Sejuani’s Tribe), and the dark sinister looking eye = The Frostguard (Lissandra’s Tribe). We’re working on getting this reflected in the post better, stand by!



Do I have to play that champ or just use the icon?


Shaco_MaskedRiotlink Button RiotVox: Just use the icon . Once you pick it in the client, just play 10 normal or ranked games with that icon selected to unlock the icon. Co-op VS. AI games do not count toward your 10 played games.



Does dominion count?


Shaco_MaskedRiotlink Button RiotVox: Yes, every map counts.





Blackfrost Anivia


Join the Dark Side with Anivia. Her Blackfrost remake is available for 1820 RP at the store (Legendary skin)



Splash Art


model final




Flash Frost (Q)


Q Explosion

Flash Frost (Q) Explosion



Crystallize (W)



Frostbite (E)



Glacial Storm (R)


recall part 1

Recall Animation – Part 1


recall part 2

Recall Animation – Part 2


egg final

Rebirth (Passive)




 Champion/Skin Sale – May 3rd – 6th


sale 3 to 6 may

For the next three days, you can pick up the following champions and skins at half price:



  • Fiddlesticks – 292 RP
  • Morgana – 292 RP
  • Xerath – 487 RP




Infernal Alistar – 487 RP

infernal alistar

Galactic Renekton – 260 RP

galactic renekton

Shadow Prince Malzahar – 260 RP

Shadow Prince Malzahar


Go forth and win ‘dem Summoner Icons!