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Some gameplay work in progress general gameplay thoughts

Meddler Final PortraitHi all!

Wanted to share a few of our thoughts on where we’re up to on some currently topical gameplay stuff. Trying out a different approach here with just quick updates on a number of topics rather than a focus on a couple of things (feedback on that much appreciated!).


The Preseason:

  • We’ve been putting a lot of work into updates for the upcoming preseason patch over the last couple of months, with changes to champions, items, vision etc. We’re getting very close to putting that stuff on PBE (all going according to plan).

 

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  • Kindred have been out for about a week now and we’re starting to see players get to grips with their kit. So far we’ve been really happy with the state of their release balance, so 5.21 won’t contain any buffs or nerfs, just some bug fixes. Really interested to see where they end up over the next couple of patches, there’s some definite learning curve there and we’re also seeing people experiment with them in a range of positions with a mix of success and failure.

 

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  • Morde’s a pretty topical dude at the moment. Our belief is that he’s too strong in a duo lane, despite previous nerfs, so we’re going to be reducing the amount of bonus XP he gets from his W in 5.21. Our hope is that that will then give us some room to buff his base stats, bringing his solo laning closer to his duo lane performance. That’s something we’ll likely do as a follow up change though (potentially in 5.22), once we’ve got a read on what the impact of the XP reduction was.

  • Thematic side note for anyone that’s interested and hadn’t already heard – we’ll also be changing his title to ‘The Iron Revenant’ rather than the previous ‘Lord of Death’ (Iron Revenant being a player suggested title update that we felt did a great job of merging different thematic elements from Morde).

 

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  • Works heavily underway on Poppy. She’ll be the next really big champion update that goes out (Sion/GP sort of scale, so full overhaul of abilities, visuals, voice etc). Her E’s the only ability effectively ported over from her old kit, feel we’re going for’s still very much small, noble, determined warrior who smacks others around with a large hammer.

 

World Champs

  • Worlds has been getting a lot of attention for the Gameplay teams of course. We’ve been really enjoying the diversity of picks in some positions (mid lane especially), though are seeing that some others could do with more help (jungle for example). Some outlier champions that definitely seem too strong (Morde, GP, Darius etc), some of whom we’ve already nerfed post 5.18, some of which we’ve got stuff underway for. A number of champions too that we don’t yet have plans for, but are keeping a really close eye on and talking about quite a bit (Tahm Kench for example).

 

Upcoming Champs

  • We’ve had a couple of trends with new champions recently that have helped opened up new gameplay space (non damage utility ults) and thematic space (creatures of myth). We’ve been pretty happy with how those explorations have gone, we don’t have to overdo them though. Next set of champs we’ve got underway are going for a bit of contrast with that as a result, with a few more damage/combat focused ults and characters who are somewhat more a part of the regular world of Runeterra.

 

General Balance Changes

  • Since a lot’s going to change in the upcoming preseason patch we’re generally holding off on smaller balance changes for a little bit, given which characters are a bit too weak or a bit too strong could change significantly in the near future due to systemic changes.

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I think we should get a developer post like this every 3 or 4 patches

Meddler Final PortraitI’m also interested in finding something along those sort of lines. Still trying to figure out exact format, frequency, style etc, with this post as one test of what works for people versus what doesn’t.

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Meddler Final PortraitI’ll be trying to do these every so often. Buffs/nerfs/updates are one of the things I’ll be best able to cover, new champ ideas by contrast we generally prefer not to talk about until the champion’s ready. Game modes and skins by contrast are outside of my own area of expertise, so I’ll leave discussion on those to the folks who work on them who are much more able to talk about them usefully.

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Has Ao Shin been scrapped delayed due to animation issues with his body

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Meddler Final PortraitAo Shin got put on hold quite a while back, in large part due to technical issues with making a serpentine creature look like we wanted in game. Plan’s always been to look at Ao Shin again once we’ve got the tech to do those body animations properly.

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Will we get another champion this year

Meddler Final PortraitCurrent expectation is that Kindred will not be the last new champ of the year.

We will continue to look for opportunities to get classes into less common positions, that’s not going to be a good fit for some champion concepts though.

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Why are you scrapping Poppys Q in her rework

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Meddler Final PortraitPoppy’s Q is a very functional spell, but we felt there was opportunity to shift to something with more play and interest to it.

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Meddler Final PortraitShe’ll be more focused at controlling a fight and fighting people over longer periods over time than exploding a dude really quickly.

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Will there be any changes to Sightstone in the Preseason

Meddler Final PortraitSightstone upgrades will be part of the changes. Intent is to still keep those in a position where they’re generally more appealing on supports than other classes though.

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Do you think Cassiopeias in a good state

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Meddler Final PortraitSpeaking frankly about Cass:

  • We don’t believe Cass is in a good state post rework.
  • We also don’t believe pre-rework Cass was in a good state either.
  • We would like to do some work (scale unknown, though extremely unlikely to be a full scale rework) on Cass next year.

  • How that work will be prioritized hasn’t been determined yet. There are a number of other projects it’d have to be traded off against on either the Live Gameplay (balance) team or the Champion Update (reworks) team (projects like Ryze, Azir, Taric, Yorick etc).
  • Even if we do do work on Cass next year I can’t offer any promises as to when that might be. Could be some small stuff early in the year and some medium work later, just balance/QoL changes at some indeterminate point, a moderate sized piece of gameplay work late in the year etc.

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Why is Azir on your Gameplay update list

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Meddler Final PortraitAzir’s kit is sufficiently difficult to learn that it doesn’t seem to currently be possible to put him in a spot where he’s sufficiently balanced for experienced players without being extremely inaccessible to people unfamiliar with him. Learning curve and skill ceiling are great of course, in this case Azir’s skill floor’s too punishing though. Current intent is to look at ways to make him somewhat more accessible, with if needs be, some nerfs to his top end if those changes buff him there too.

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Do you have any plans now or in the future to rework or remove crit

Meddler Final PortraitCrit’s definitely got some issues (feeling screwed by RNG when you did everything right especially), so at some point we do want to do some work on it. It does add some variance and risk to otherwise extremely reliable, consistent actions (right clicking/getting right clicked) though, and LoL’s arguably a little too predictable at times at present. We don’t want to simply replace it with a guaranteed damage multiplier as a result and, whenever we do work on it, would want to bundle that with some other systemic changes.

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Do you think that mana conservationmanagement are good mechanics

Meddler Final PortraitI feel mana management’s a useful lever to have, both in terms of the control it offers over champion power at various points in the game and as an expression of player skill. Having said that I don’t feel that all characters should be mana gated equally. Some melee should arguably be gated in lane, but free to use spells generally on CD later in the game, given the challenges they have getting onto targets. Other long range characters, or healers, by contrast should generally have significant costs throughout the game.

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Whatre your thoughts on energybased resourceless Champions

Meddler Final PortraitResourceless characters and energy users are both types of champion I feel have a good place in the game in terms of the different playstyles, pacings (in lane and after) and abilities designs they allow. I do believe it’s healthy to have mana as the default resource however, with occasional exceptions and we’ll be going through a period of new champions who consistently use mana for a while (last non mana user was Rek’Sai, next 4 upcoming champions at least will probably all use mana).

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Do you think highmobility Champions are crowding out lowmobility ones

Meddler Final PortraitI believe it’s very possible for high and low mobility champions to coexist in lanes, I don’t think we’ve always given lower mobility champions sufficient compensation for the low mobility price they pay however. Being a low mobility champ should allow you to get access to some pretty powerful stuff that wouldn’t be appropriate on champs with dashes/blinks etc. Kog’Maw and Anivia are good examples to me of where that’s been done right, with both of them being options that more mobile marksmen/mages respectively don’t offer.

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Are there any buffs planned for Syndra

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’d still like to make some improvements to Syndra’s passive, probably in a way that added a bit of power to her to. No short term plans for that though, that’ll be a sometime post preseason project (timing uncertain, since our current road map for balance type changes primarily reads ‘Get preseason ready and then follow up on preseason’).

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What happened to Rivens Edge resource on the PBE Why was it reverted

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Meddler Final PortraitThose are currently on hold while the Live Gameplay team’s focused on preseason work. We’ll probably look at Riven against once that stuff’s out, unclear whether those specific changes are what we’d want to go with yet or not though. In the meantime we’re shipping a small nerf to Riven’s ult CD to take a bit of power off her.

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If you were to nerf Tahm Kench could you just revert some of the buffs he got

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Meddler Final PortraitIf we were to nerf Tahm where we did so would depend on where he’s too strong. If that’s something we’ve recently buffed, then certainly, reverting a recent buff would make sense (e.g. if enemy Devour’s now too strong reducing the regurgitate range back down could be a good fit). On the other hand if the issue’s elsewhere reverting a recent buff might not hit the right issue (e.g. if his healing’s too strong nerfing devour range isn’t an appropriately targeted fix).

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Will the Marksman update be part of the Preseason changes

Meddler Final PortraitYes, Marksmen changes will be in the preseason. We haven’t decided yet which class we might tackle after that (enchanters also isn’t a name or clearly defined subclass we’ve got a consensus on, though it is a term some people have been using internally to describe caster supports like Janna or Nami).

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Wont Voice Chat solve ingame toxicity People dont say the things they type


Lyte Final PortraitIronically, I just answered a question about voice chat on Ask.fm, which is here:

QUESTION: Are you trying to make the game full PG? (Like even below PG-13) Couse it looks like you are trying to completely remove toxicity when there will always be people that act ughh… silly.Couse for example, voice chat would help immensly but your toxicity “excuse” ruins that idea…

League is a hardcore game, and it’s played by many adults so no, we’re not trying to make it a PG-13 game. In fact, we’re not against offensive language per se. For example, saying “Fuck I missed that skillshot” or “Fuck, that was a bad engage, sorry” is completely fine and is not punished. You’re only punished when you start focusing your language against someone else, for example, “Fuck you asshole, wtf was that play. Uninstll plz.” Of course, hate speech, death threats and more severe language is not OK in any context, and that stuff will be punished with pretty much zero tolerance.

With regards to voice chat, we’re not opposed to voice chat. A lot of research suggests that voice chat between friends is an awesome experience, but voice chat with strangers is more hit and miss. These are known problems with voice chat and these issues exist in every game. If we do voice chat, we’d like to try some new features to tackle these problems but right now, all our development teams are focused on other priorities.

To the OP though, there’s a huge difference between 3rd party voice chat and integrated voice chat. Players that already have a voice chat solution installed, and are willing to add a stranger to their personal voice chat friends list and voice chat in a game are a very different, self-selected population compared to the general playerbase. In many cases, you could say these players are more likely to want to voice chat with others and very few people would do this purposely to yell at someone or be toxic to someone. If we had integrated voice chat, it would be available for everyone in the game, which has very different player behaviors.

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The Risks of MMR Boosting

Rhojin New PortraitHey Everyone,

A couple months back I made a post regarding MMR Boosting punishments and the updated investigation and identification methods we created for the 2015 Season. Today I wanted to talk about something else in regard to MMR Boosting, the security of your account. By now I’m sure you are all aware of the announcement of the 2015 Ranked Season Rewards; and after seeing what waits for those who reached Gold or higher we have seen a large increase in the number of players receiving MMR Boosts. While it may be tempting to pay for a boost or getting your friend/family member to play a couple games to boost your rank up, there are some serious risks involved in receiving a MMR Boost.

First and foremost, you will receive a MMR Boosting punishment. Your account will be suspended for two weeks, any ranked rewards you may have earned in the past will be stripped from your account and you will be ineligible to receive the 2015 rewards. Now this isn’t an “IF” your account is caught this is a when your account is caught. No matter how elite a booster may claim their methods are, there is no hiding from us.

On top of the punishment looming over a boosted account, the security of the account could also be at risk. Far too many times have we seen players share their information with people offering to boost their account, only to have that person then run off with the account and either sell it to another party or use it for other nefarious means. There are boosters who will boost an account and then report it directly to us for whatever reason they may have. And then there are those who set up sting operations, offer to boost someone and report every player to us who says yes, and they aren’t even contracted through us to do something like this. This is something they do out of their own free will to ensure boosters are removed from the community they love.

But even after being boosted there is no guarantee that an account will remain in the ranking it was boosted to. Throughout the 2015 Season we have seen 35% of boosted accounts drop back down to the ranking they were at before being boosted or lower. So not only is there the MMR Boosting punishment being issued to an account, the numbers show you may drop back down in rank and expose your account information to unnecessary risk.

I will be checking this post throughout the day to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Will the system punish me if Ive played from different locations

Rhojin New PortraitYou shouldn’t have anything to worry about. We know players travel all the time and play from location other than home. When we investigate accounts we make sure to take this into consideration. The last thing we want to do is punish someone because they wanted to enjoy a couple League games while they were on vacation or visiting friends.

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Does this include friends carrying others through Ranked

Rhojin New PortraitNah, you’re cool. Duoing with a friend is something we allow, even if they were the one doing the carrying. As long as you played on your own account you have nothing to worry about.

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Rhojin New PortraitAs long as both players are on their own accounts it is not considered to be boosting. Though chances are a challenger player is not going to have a legitimate smurf account that can duo with a bronze player but by some chance they have a legitimate smurf able to duo with a bronze friend it is not punishable in regard to boosting.

Now if the challenger player intentionally lost games to have a lower ranked account in order to stomp lower ranked players or to duo with friends, then the account would be open to another form of punishment.

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Are you guys sure youre able to catch every booster

Rhojin New PortraitWe are working around the clock on MMR Boosting investigations and we still have a large list of people who are set to be punished for their boosting participation this season. While nothing anywhere is perfect there is a very slim chance someone may get lucky now to avoid detection, but sooner or later their time will come. Also if you feel you have information pertaining to someone who had their account boosted you are more than welcome to send a report to us through the support site. We appreciate these types or reports as it does help us ensure we can identify those who have received MMR Boosts.

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Can a player be punished as a result of a false report

Rhojin New PortraitWe never punish anyone based simply because a report was sent in. When any reports are sent in to us we begin an investigation into the reports player, gathering our own information and comparing it to what the reporting player may have sent to us. Only when we are 100% sure that the reported player is guilty will we ever issue a punishment. There are times when players have been reported to me for being boosted and it turned out that the account wasn’t boosted, rather they just had a bad losing streak in their Diamond ranking.

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You made it to the end! Here’s some fan-art to wrap up the red posts for Saturday:

 

Lux by Raikoart

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Haunted Zyra by dotswap

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Female Thresh by Gumae

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Thoughts on the juggernaut reworks Where were up to after 4 weeks

Meddler Final PortraitHey folks,

Wanted to provide an update on our thinking about the recently reworked juggernauts. Initial post from a week post launch here:

http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/gameplay-balance/GzunkiGw-initial-juggernaut-thoughts

Overall the juggernauts have definitely been too strong (our bad). Making comparatively immobile melee effective is something we’ve had trouble with in the past, which in retrospect’s lead to us putting too much power into this group. We have been seeing some distinctive play generated by each of the reworks though, which hits on one of our primary goals for this work of making different characters have distinctly different effects on the game. Fairly optimistic we’ll see that continue once we’ve got balance into the correct spot, though won’t count those chickens before they hatch of course. What we’re thinking for patch 5.18 below, with a few longer term thoughts mixed in.


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Garen did turn out to be too strong as initially suspected. The mobility nerfs in 5.17 have helped with that, we still feel he’s a bit strong at present though. Next major change we’ll be doing in 5.18 is making it so that people no longer generate Villainy stacks by killing Garen himself. Biggest impact there is that you won’t get punished for killing Garen in lane, which in some match ups makes it really hard to get a real advantage in lane against him (or even turns what should be a winning action into a losing action).


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Went from significantly weak to too strong with the hotfix and buff in 5.17. We’re nerfing him in 5.18 as a result, giving Q a scaling mana cost and reducing the amount he heals per target hit by Q (with an increase to the max possible healing). Goal there is to nerf his healing overall, in lane in particular, while allowing some big moments still if he can catch 3 enemy champions with the blade. Longer term we’ve also been talking about whether straight % missing health is the correct model or not for Darius’ heal, given how much a tanky Darius can heal for. It’s possible we’ll shift towards a flat + missing% model instead at some point, still discussing/waiting to see how the 5.18 nerfs impact him.


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We were pretty happy with how the hotfix hit Skarner, since it dropped his power substantially without going too far and leaving him too weak. He’s still too strong, so we’ll be following up on him as well in 5.18, with a nerf to his E slow, reducing the power of his ganks in particular.


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Now that the dust’s settled somewhat it’s pretty clear Morde’s significantly overpowered as a farming duo laner, and very weak as a solo laner. We’ll be nerfing Morde’s base Armor, W healing and W damage (no longer deals double damage when overlapping, base damage increased somewhat). For solo Morde W’s going to be self castable for the healing effect (though not the damage). Expectation is that we’ll need to do more to Morde in follow up patches as well, though as usual we’ll see what effect those changes have first.

Bonus items section: So far Deadman’s Plate, Titanic Hydra and Sterak’s Gage are looking pretty reasonable. They’re doing the right sort of things on the right sort of champions. No current changes planned for them as a result, though we’re still keeping a clear eye on them of course as builds continue to get tested and refined.

Finally it’s also worth noting that since 5.18 is the patch World’s will be played on we’ve been putting a lot of focus into how the juggernauts are performing in professional play (since balance tends to be somewhat different between normal games and organized 5s, high skill level 5s especially). The recent LPL games have been played on 5.16 with the hotfix, which has been a useful data point for us in assessing juggernaut power. We’ve seen Darius and Skarner picked there (Skarner much more than Darius), both looking strong, though not overwhelming so. No sign of Garen isn’t surprising (the nature of his kit’s a better match for solo queue). No Morde picks or bans is a harder one to interpret. It’s possible his weaknesses are such that an organized team can just shut him down, or that he’s new enough teams haven’t had enough time to drill into his changes yet, so aren’t interested in picking him for now even if he’s theoretically strong (I’m personally in this camp, though definitely not 100% certain about it).

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When can we expect Miss Fortunes balance changes to hit live After Worlds


CertainlyT New PortraitThe present plan is for MF’s changes to come out with the pre-season (so after Worlds), as they require particle updates to her base and skins.

Not to get everyone too excited, but we are also having to do a lot of performance testing to ensure that the number of bullets her ult fires at level 16 doesn’t destroy min spec computers.

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Can we get a visual indicator for Miss Fortunes Impure Shots W stacks

Repertoir New PortraitMF is getting some tweaks in the pretty near future, and I believe that part of this package is better visualization for Impure Shots.

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Do youve any plans for Poachers Knife Is there any use for the item

Meddler Final PortraitIt has, outside of the occasional really niche use. Odds are high we’ll remove it come preseason when we do an item pass (updating, adding, removing various items).

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Meddler Final PortraitWe wanted to try an item that really clearly telegraphed your intent to counter jungle a lot, with power loaded into the action of counter jungling specifically (as opposed to an item that’s good for counterjungling, but also has other uses, like boots). Conclusion at this point is that that’s too narrow a space for an item, given its tendency to lead to one jungler or the other failing really hard early. We want early actions to matter, but not to effectively decide games, and Poacher’s risks games snowballing too hard too fast for one team or the other.

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Can you say whats in store for next season as far as drastic changes go

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re focusing much less on the jungle specifically this time than past preseasons. There’ll be some tweaks to it, but nothing as large as the overhaul last year.

Details on what we are focusing on to follow closer to the time once they’re more certain (lot of early experimentation in progress at present).

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Are there other items thatll see drastic changes like this next season

Meddler Final PortraitNone as clear cut as Poacher’s. We’re experimenting with a lot of stuff at present, it’ll be a while though before most of that’s solid enough to talk about usefully though.

One thing I will mention, since I’ve seen it requested a lot, is that we’re looking at a reworked version of Executioner’s Calling (AD Grevious Wounds item). Way too early to make any promises it’ll necessarily be coming back, it is one of the things we’re looking into though.

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What are you thoughts on Grevious Wounds in general

Meddler Final PortraitCurrent thinking is that Grevious Wounds serves a useful function keeping healing/regen in check, but that we may not have been offering it in the right ways. For starters the % may not be right, – 50% is such a larger difference that characters with strong healing end up being really feast or famine depending on whether they’re facing GW or not. Shifting to a lower %, and reducing healing/regen amounts somewhat, might be more appropriate.

As far as GW on individual champions goes we’ve stripped it off a number of champions because of the amount if felt like some match ups were decided in champion select. We’re still talking though about whether there are some good spots for GW on champion kits (e.g. is the problem regular application of GW in lane, rather than GW on kits in general).

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Can we have some QoL buffs for Azir that would make him easier in Solo Queue

Meddler Final PortraitYeah, Azir’s learning curve’s extremely steep (hardest in the game last I checked). Having a long learning curve for a champion has a lot of value, it means there’s almost always something you can learn and improve at. In Azir’s case though his curve’s both very long and, during your initial games, really steep. That means there’s a really punishing period to get through before you can start playing him reasonably well, given we need to balance for players who know what they’re doing on him. Ways to make him a bit more accessible, without removing depth, would be really valuable as a result. We’ve been considering doing that at some point later this year already, thoughts extremely welcomed on things to look at.

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The health on Shacos boxes should scale with level spell ranks


Meddler Final PortraitWe’ll fix clones not getting the Villain marker in the next patch, it’s not intended that that gives Garen’s team a constant way to tell clones and champions apart.

The Devourer wolf does stealth when Shaco stealths. If there are certain circumstances that’s not happening in let us know and we’ll get them fixed.

Finally as far as Shaco boxes go I’d be really hesitant to mess with their health model without doing significant other work to Shaco, given that’s going to impact his jungle clearing in particular. Definitely a thought worth noting in case we do a Shaco rework at some point though (nothing currently planned, there is some stuff it would be good to improve however).

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Kalistas auto attack range should be nerfed from 550 to 525 or even 500

CertainlyT New PortraitKalista was 525 for a decent period during her development. Feedback was very negative to this at the time, though feedback tends to be negative toward mechanics that reduce the player’s margin for error during this phase, as most players are unfamiliar with the champion. Perhaps at some point we will revisit the issue. Certainly a few things about the champion would need to change to compensate for the range loss.

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Is Talon slated for a rework anytime soon

Meddler Final PortraitWe do think Talon could do with a bit of work at some point, aimed at making him more distinct from other assassins and improving counterplay available for some enemies. Overall though there are quite a lot of other characters that need the work more, so he’s not a rework priority.

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Whats the status of Yoricks rework

Meddler Final PortraitThe Yorick rework Xelnath was experimenting with did get ice boxed. We do plan to do a full rework (Sion/Poppy level) for Yorick still at some point, at the very least that won’t be happening this year though. Yorick’s got some major issues, Poppy, and likely Taric, are ahead of him in the full relaunch queue at a minimum though.

In terms of class we do think juggernaut would be a good fit. Given his minion summoning theme the direction we’re most likely to go is a juggernaut with strong pushing power (split push, counter push, tower sieger or some combination of the above).

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Is Leona crying in her PROJECT splash art

BIOLUMINESCENCE Final PortraitI don’t know for certain if she’s crying or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. PROJECT isn’t (despite Leona’s presence) all sunshine and smiles. It’d be nice to hear more about that world.

I think they’re still on for releasing them on 9/8, right? Not too long now.

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Why doesnt LoL have more in-game quests to promote its backstory

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I think there’s been a few things that sort of touch on this, referred to as hidden passives:

http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Easter_eggs/Hidden_Passive

In that list you’ll find little treats for Vi/Caitlyn vs. Jinx, Leona vs. sunglasses, pirates vs. ninjas, etc. These are super subtle things that might add 1g or -1hp or something of that scale – nothing particularly game-breaking for the most part. I don’t know what the development cost is for making (and more importantly – maintaining) these things are, so I can’t speak to if they are easy to add, or more trouble than they’ve been worth. I see that they removed the item for Rengar (in the Kha’Zix/Rengar quest) and turned it into a passive stacking buff instead.

I agree with TurquoiseYoshi and ChromaticEagle that 200g is a hefty chunk of change that could change the course of a game, if it came at the right moment. The number of times I’ve been short even 50g to get my next item I can hardly count!

I think the kind of effort that’s going into these things is usually channeled into the taunt quotes (which have been pretty extensive, recently, I thought).

What I wouldn’t want to see is more reasons for players to fight for results that don’t align with the rest of their team. You sometimes see this in events – if you’ve got half your team wanting to kill more turrets, and another team wants to win fast, then you get players who are misaligned in their goals, and that can lead to intra-team conflict. Maybe you argue that 200g isn’t enough to create that sort of conflict – but I’ve seen how even in normal games, an upset player can begrudge a jungler some CS, or a player in a vs. bots game might be disappointed that they didn’t practice a baron kill before ending the game. I could only imagine the anger some players would display if they were playing Lucian and the jungler killed the enemy Thresh. Or how annoyed the rest of the team might get if Lucian, determined to get that gold, took a risk that they maybe shouldn’t have done. 🙁

I could see something like these things turn up as hidden passives in the future (if it’s not a maintenance nightmare – I don’t know) or as something that could turn up in a future event, or more likely be something we see a lot of in taunts between champs.

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I enjoy gamemodes thatre tied to lore like Black Market Brawlers

BIOLUMINESCENCE Final PortraitI like them too – especially as they’re opt in, and everyone has an understanding of the expectation for the mode.

There have been times (like when different people were on different stages of the recent Bilgewater event) when it could get a little confusing, but again – as long as it’s opt in, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. (Though if I can suggest ways to improve them even more, I’m not going to hold back 😉

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Is IronStylus still at Riot

IronStylus Final PortraitI’m quite here 🙂

Lots been going on recently. Lot’s of pretty crazy life stuff, honestly. Perhaps when it’s all over I’ll tell the tale.

Aside from that though, I’ve been working quite hard on Taric recently. Been a long ride, but we’re getting close to a concept which I think will work. Here’s hoping!

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PROJECT COMBO RECALLS MINIONS

The upcoming PROJECT skins recall as a team. Here’s Leona & Lucian and Zed & Fiora recalling together:

 

Combo Recall 1 Combo Recall 2

 

Also, if two or more players are using PROJECT skins on the same team, all friendly minions get a PROJECT-themed overhaul:

Project Minions 1 Project Minions 2

 

 

PROJECT FIORA

PROJECT: Fiora will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Fiora Model 1 Project Fiora Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Fiora Recall

 

PASSIVE DUELISTS DANCE

PROJECT Fiora Passive 1

 

LUNGE Q

PROJECT Fiora Q 1

 

RIPOSTE W

PROJECT Fiora W 1

 

BLADEWORK E

PROJECT Fiora E 1

 

GRAND CHALLENGE R

PROJECT Fiora R 1 PROJECT Fiora R 2

PROJECT Fiora R 3

 

 

PROJECT LEONA

PROJECT: Leona will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Leona Model 1 Project Leona Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Leona Recall 1

 

SHIELD OF DAYBREAK Q

Project Leona Q 1

 

ECLIPSE W

Project Leona W 1

 

ZENITH BLADE E

Project Leona E 1

 

SOLAR FLARE R

Project Leona R 1 Project Leona R 2

Project Leona R 3

 

 

PROJECT LUCIAN

PROJECT: Lucian will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Lucian Model 1 Project Lucian Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Lucian Recall 1

 

LIGHTSLINGER PASSIVE

Project Lucian Passive 1

 

PIERCING LIGHT Q

Project Lucian Q 1

 

ARDENT BLAZE W

Project Lucian W 1

 

RELENTLESS PURSUIT E

Project Lucian E 1

 

THE CULLING R

Project Lucian R 1

 

 

PROJECT MASTER YI

Project Master Yi is a legendary skin and will be available for 1820 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Yi Model 1 Project Yi Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Yi Recall

 

DOUBLE STRIKE PASSIVE

Project Yi Passive 1

 

ALPHA STRIKE Q

Project Yi Q 1

 

MEDITATE W

Project Yi W 1

 

WUJU STYLE E

Project Yi E 1 Project Yi E 2

 

HIGHLANDER R

Project Yi R 1 Project Yi R 2

Project Yi R 3

 

 

PROJECT ZED

PROJECT: Zed will be available for 1350 RP.

 

MODEL Banner

Project Zed Model 1 Project Zed Model 2

 

Recall Banner

Project Zed Recall 1

 

CONTEMPT FOR THE WEAK PASSIVE

Project Zed Passive 1

 

RAZOR SHURIKEN Q

Project Zed Q 1

 

LIVING SHADOW W

Project Zed W 1

 

SHADOW SLASH E

Project Zed E 1

 

DEATH MARK R

Project Zed R 1 Project Zed R 2

Project Zed R 3

 

 

OPTICAL ENHANCER WARD SKIN

This ward skin will be available in store for 640 RP after Patch 5.17 hits live.

 

Optical Ward Skin 1

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait

General Box

  • Base Movement Speed decreased from 335 to 325

 

Nerf BoxConquering Sands Final Icon Conquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Enemies hit by multiple Sand Soldiers will have the duration of the spell’s slow refreshed, but won’t take any additional damage

 

 

Bard Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxCaretaker Shrine Final IconCaretaker’s Shrine [ W ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 100/105/110/115/120 to 90 at all ranks

 

 

Buff BoxMagical Journey Final IconMagical Journey [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 20/19/18/17/16 seconds to 18/17/16/15/14

 

 

 

Draven Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxLeague of Draven Final IconLeague of Draven [ Passive ]

  • If Draven kills 6 minions in a row without dropping an axe, he gains 2 extra Adoration stacks.

 

 

Fizz Final Portrait

 

Change BoxSeastone Trident Final IconSeastone Trident [ W ]

  • Active magic damage on-hit changed from 10/20/30/40/50 [+0.25 AP] to 10/15/20/25/30 [+0.3 AP]

 

Nerf BoxChum the Waters Final IconChum The Waters [ R ]

  • Debuff now only amplifies Fizz’s magic damage by 20%, not all his damage

 

 

 

Gangplank Final Champion Portrait

 

Nerf BoxPowder Keg Final IconPowder Keg [ E ]

  • Keg explosion now ignores 45% of enemy armor, decreased from 60%

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxDrunken_RageDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Now deals 8% of target’s maximum HP as bonus magic damage, decreased from 8/9/10/11/12%

 

 

Janna Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxHowling Gale Final IconHowling Gale [ Q ]

  • The tornade now travels 35% further for every second it’s charged, increased from 20%

 

Nerf BoxMonsoonMonsoon [ R ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.6 to 0.4

 

 

 

Jax Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxCounterstrike Final IconCounterstrike [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 70/75/80/85/90 to 50/60/70/80/90

 

 

 

Kalista Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxSentinel Final IconSentinel [ W ]

  • Bonus magic damage now deal 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% of the target’s Max HP as magic damage, decreased from 12/14/16/18/20%
  • Passive damage can now proc on the same target once every 10 seconds at all ranks, increased from 6

 

Nerf BoxFates Call Final IconFate’s Call [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 90/75/60 seconds to 120/90/60

 

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxFocused Resolve Final IconFocused Resolve [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 16/15/14/13/12 seconds to 12 at all ranks

 

 

 

Maokai Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxVengeful Maelstrom Final IconVengeful Maelstrom [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 40/30/20 seconds to 60/50/40

 

 

 

Miss Fortune Final Portrait

 

Quality of Life Box FinalDouble Up [ Q ]Double Up Final Icon

  • Tooltip now states that if the first target dies, the bouncing hit will crit the second target for 150% damage

 

 

Pantheon Final Portrait

General Box

  • Base Attack Speed increased from 0.625 0.644
  • Consecutive auto-attack animations are now slightly faster

 

 

Reksai Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxFury of the XerSai Final IconFury of the Xer’Sai [ Passive ]

  • Upon unburrowing, Rek’Sai’s next basic attack or spell no longer generates 15 bonus Fury

 

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxVorpal Blade Final IconVorpal Blade [ Q ]

  • Base heal on-hit decreased from 6/10/14/18/22 to 3/6/9/12/15

 

 

 

Syndra Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTranscendent Final IconTranscendent [ Passive ]

  • At rank 5, the 15% bonus magic damage on Dark Sphere is now true damage
  • At rank 5, Scatter the Weak’s width is increased to 100%, up from 50%

 

 

Zed Final Portrait

[ Note ] A Rioter noted that this change is a bug.

 

Removed BoxShadow Slash Final IconShadow Slash [ E ]

  • Base damage increased from 60/90/120/150/180 to 80/130/180/230/280

 

 


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PBE 15/07

 

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New Splash Arts

Butcher’s Bridge, the new ARAM map, has received its in-game splash.

 

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TWEAKS TO PIRATE SKINS

Corsair Quinn, Cutpurse Twisted Fate and Rogue Admiral Garen have all received new visual goodies.

 

CORSAIR QUINN Small Banner

The gold spots on Quinn’s model have been brushed up slightly.

 

Corsair Quinn Updated 1 Corsair Quinn Updated 2

 

 

CUTPURSE TWISTED FATE Small

Cutpurse Twisted Fate’s emotes have been slightly tweaked; the absence of a hat now makes him pull out a card instead.

 

Cutpurse TF Update 2 Cutpurse TF Update 1

 

 

ROGUE ADMIRAL GAREN Small

Rogue Garen’s shoulder now glows white for the duration of his Courage [ W ].

 

Rogue Garen W 

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxArise Final IconArise! [ W ]

  • Bonus Attack Speed increased from 10/20/30/40/50% to 20/30/40/50/60%

 

[ Note ] This is a buff compared to the change in this PBE update where Azir’s bonus Attack Speed was moved from his passive to his W.

 

 

Ekko Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTimewinder Final IconTimewinder [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 60/70/80/90/100 to 40/55/70/85/100

 

 

Buff BoxPhase Dive Final IconPhase Dive [ E ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 15/13/11/9/7 seconds to 13/11.5/10/8.5/7

 

 

 

Tahm Kench Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxTung Lash Final IconTongue Lash [ Q ]

  • Base damage increased from 80/115/150/185/220 to 80/125/170/215/260

 

 

Buff BoxAbyssal Voyage Final IconAbyssal Voyage [ R ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 160/130/100 seconds to 120/110/100
  • Damage on passive increased from 4/5/6% of Tahm’s bonus Health to 4/6/8%

 

 

Vladimir Final Portrait

 

Revert BoxSanguine Pool Final IconSanguine Pool [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 26/24/22/20/18 seconds to 26/23/20/17/14 [ reverted to live value ]

 

 

Revert BoxTides of Blood Final IconTides of Blood [ E ]

  • Health cost on ability decreased from 35/45/55/65/75 to 30/40/50/60/70 [ reverted to live value ]

 

 

ALL PBE UPDATES FOR PATCH 514 CYCLE

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Check out Captain Fortune’s splash art and the visual tweaks to the Spellblade passive HERE.

 


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PBE 10/07

 

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 Check out the pirate duo’s update, a set of 6 pirate-themed skins and a new featured game mode!

 

 

NEW VALOR MODEL FOR CORSAIR QUINN

Following yesterday’s update to Corsair Quinn, the new Valor model now properly triggers for her ultimate. Still doesn’t work for her recall or emotes, though.


Valor Model

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait

 

Revert BoxConquering Sands Final IconConquering Sands [ Q ]

 

Revert BoxShifting Sands Final IconShifting Sands [ E ]

  • Azir now gains a shield for 80/120/160/200/240 [+15% of Azir’s bonus Health] if the dash hits an enemy Champion. The shield lasts 4 seconds.

[ Note ] The shield is identical to the one on live, but the knock-up is still missing on the PBE.

 

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 

Revert BoxMystic Shot Final IconMystic Shot [ Q ]

 

 

Revert BoxTrueshot Barrage [ R ]Trueshot Barrage Final Icon

 

 

 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxOverload Final IconOverload [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/95/130/165/200 to 60/85/110/135/160

 

 

Nerf BoxSpell Flux Final IconSpell Flux [ E ]

  • Damage decreased from 50/66/82/98/114 [+0.3 AP] to 36/52/68/84/100 [+0.2 AP]

 

 

 

Vladimir Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxSanguine Pool Final IconSanguine Pool [ W ]

  • Cooldown increased from 26/23/20/17/14 seconds to 26/24/22/20/18

 

 

Nerf BoxTides of Blood Final IconTides of Blood [ E ]

  • Health cost on ability increased from 30/40/50/60/70 to 35/45/55/65/75

 

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxBattle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

  • AP Ratio increased from 0.5 to 0.7

 

 

 

Item Changes

  • Zeke’s Herald has been renamed to Zeke’s Harbinger.

 

Revert BoxWarrior Enchantment Final IconWarrior Enchantment

  • All changes have been reverted back to live status

 

 

 

ALL PBE UPDATES FOR PATCH 514 CYCLE

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Check out Captain Fortune’s splash art and the visual tweaks to the Spellblade passive HERE.

 


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PBE 09/07

 

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 Check out the pirate duo’s update, a set of 6 pirate-themed skins and a new featured game mode!

 

 

NEW VALOR MODEL FOR CORSAIR QUINN

Corsair Quinn’s Valor has been recolored to fit her theme. Note that the updated Valor only appears for her passive and Q for now (will make model screenshots when the bug is fixed).

 

Corsair Quinn Q 

 

 

UPDATED SEA HUNTER AATROX MODEL

Sea Hunter Aatrox is now decidedly more gray. You can check out the older version of his model HERE.

 

Aatrox Model 1 Aatrox Model 2

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait \

 

Nerf BoxConquering Sands Final IconConquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 65/85/105/125/145 to 55/75/95/115/135

 

[ Note ] Azir received heavy nerfs in yesterday’s PBE update.

 

 

Evelynn Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHate Spike Final IconHate Spike [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 40/55/70/85/100 to 40/50/60/70/80

 

 

Buff BoxAgonys Embrace Final IconAgony’s Embrace [ R ]

  • Slow strength increased from 30/50/70% to 50/65/80%

 

 

 

Elise Final Portrait

 

Revert BoxCocoon Final IconCocoon [ E ]

  • Cooldown increased from 14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds to 14/13/12/11/10
  • Stun duration increased from 1.5 seconds at all ranks to 1.6/1.7/1.8/1.9/2

[ Note ] This is a revert of the changes to Elise in this PBE update.

 

Buff BoxSpider Form Final IconSpider Form [ R ]

  • AP Ratio on spiderlings’ damage has been increased from 0.1 to 0.15
  • Spiderlings now deal magic damage (they deal physical damage on live)

 

 

Ezreal Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxMystic Shot Final IconMystic Shot [ Q ]

  • AP ratio increased from 0.4 to 0.5

 

 

Nerf BoxTrueshot Barrage Final IconTrueshot Barrage [ R ]

  • AP ratio decreased from 0.9 to 0.6

 

 

 

Item Changes

  • The gold-per-10 buffs to Frost Queen’s Claim, Frostfang and Spellthief’s Edge from this PBE update have all been reverted.

 

Nerf BoxMagus Enchantment Final IconRuneglaive Enchantment

  • Spellblade AoE passive now only triggers for jungle monsters
  • Passive no longer converts the user’s basic attack damage to magic damage

 

Nerf BoxWarrior Enchantment Final IconWarrior Enchantment [ Reworked ]

  • True damage on passive decreased from 10% to 6%

 

[ Note ] Warrior’s Enchantment was reworked in this PBE update.

 

 

NEW SUMMONERS RIFT BANNERS

Two new banners have been added for Summoner’s Rift, presumably for the upcoming pirate event.

 

SRU_ES_Banner_IKS SRU_ES_Banner_GANK

 

 

GANGPLANK BALANCE CHANGES

Not a part of this update, but I missed adding the balance changes to Gangplank, so here they are:

 

Gangplank Final Portrait

General Box

  • Health-per-level decreased from 81 to 79
  • Base Attack Damage decreased from 59 to 56
  • Attack Speed-per-level increased from 2.75% to 3.2%
  • Armor per level decreased from 3.3 to 3
  • Base Health-per-second increased from 1.1 to 1.2

 

New Item BoxTrial by Fire Final IconTrial by Fire [ New Passive ]

Every 15 seconds, Gangplank’s next melee attack ignites the target, dealing 20 [+10 * Champion level] [+1.2 bonus AD] true damage over the next 1.5 seconds and granting 30% bonus Movement Speed for the next 2 seconds. Destroying a Powder Keg instantly refreshes Trial by Fire and grants Gangplank the Movement Speed bonus. Parrrley cannot activate Trial by Fire.

 

Buff BoxParrrley Final IconParrrley [ Q ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 50/55/60/65/70 to 50 at all ranks
  • For each Gold plundered by Parrrley, Gangplank gains a Silver Serpent that he can use at the shop to upgrade Cannon Barrage.

 

Change BoxRemove Scurvy Final IconRemove Scurvy [ W ]

  • Heal value changed from 80/150/220/290/360 [+1.0 AP] to 50/75/100/125/150 (+1.0 AP) + 15% of Gangplank’s missing Health.
  • Cooldown decreased from 22/21/20/19/18 seconds to 22/20/18/16/14
  • Mana cost increased from 65 at all ranks to 60/70/80/90/100

 

New Item BoxPowder Keg Final IconPowder Keg [ New E ]

Cost: Free || Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds for a charge, maximum of 2 charges

Places a powder keg that can be attacked by Gangplank or his enemies. If Gangplank destroys a keg, it explodes in an AoE blast that slows enemies by 40/50/60/70/80% for 2 seconds and deals 80/110/140/170/200 bonus physical damage to Champions. This damage ignores 60% of armor. Other casks within the zone will chain explode, but will not deal additional damage.

If an enemy destroys the cask, it defuses the explosion and grants gold. The health of kegs decays every 2 seconds, and that rate is increased at levels 7 and 13.

Ranks in Cannon Barrage [ R ] increase the maximum amount of Powder Keg charges to 3/4/5.

 

Change BoxCannon Barrage Final Icon

Cannon Barrage [ R ]

  • Magic damage changed from 75/120/165 [+0.2 AP] per second for a total of 7 seconds to 50/70/90 [+0.15 AP] per wave for a total of 12 waves over 8 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 125/110/95 seconds to 140/130/120
  • Slow strength inside area increased from 25% to 30%

Additionally, Gangplank’s ultimate can now be upgraded at the store with Silver Serpents:

  • Death’s Daughter fires an initial mega-cannonball in the center of the area of effect, dealing 300% true damage and slowing targets by 60% for 1.5 seconds
  • Raise Morale gives allies within the area of effect 30% bonus Movement Speed.
  • Fire at Will increases the rate of fire over the duration of Cannon Barrage [additional 6 waves over the same duration]

 

 

ALL PBE UPDATES FOR PATCH 514 CYCLE

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Check out Captain Fortune’s splash art and the visual tweaks to the Spellblade passive HERE.

 


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PBE 09/07

 

[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

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 Check out the pirate duo’s update, a set of 6 pirate-themed skins and a new featured game mode!

 

 

New Splash Arts

Captain Fortune’s received her splash art. You can find a preview of the skin HERE.

 

MissFortune_Splash_8

 

 

Champion Changes

 

Azir Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxShurimas Legacy Final IconShurima’s Legacy [Passive]

  • No longer gives Azir bonus Attack Speed

 

Buff BoxArise Final IconArise! [ W ]

  • Now passively grants Azir 10/20/30/40/50% bonus Attack Speed

 

Nerf BoxShifting Sands Final IconShifting Sands [ E ]

  • No longer shields Azir
  • No longer knocks enemies up on impact

 

 

Item Changes

 

Buff BoxHunter's_Machete_itemHunter’s Machete

  • Now grants 4 mana-per-second while fighting monsters, increased from 3

 

 

 

TWEAKS TO SKIN MODELS

Corsair Fortune, Sea Hunter Aatrox and Cutthroat Graves have all received minor model tweaks. You can check out the older versions HERE.

 

CAPTAIN FORTUNE Small

Captain Fortune Updated 1 Captain Fortune Updated 2

 

CUTTHROAT GRAVES Small

Cutthroat Graves Updated 1 Cutthroat Graves Updated 2

 

SEA HUNTER AATROX Small

Sea Hunter Aatrox Updated 1 Sea Hunter Aatrox Updated 2

 

 

TWEAKS TO SPELLBLADE VFX

The Spellblade passive effect now has different color effects, depending on the item used.

 

ICEBORN GAUNTLET

Hecarim Passive 4

 

LICH BANE

Hecarim Passive 3

 

RUNEGLAIVE

Hecarim Passive 2

 

SHEEN TRINITY FORCE

Hecarim Passive 1

 

 

ALL PBE UPDATES FOR PATCH 514 CYCLE

 


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PBE 27/02

 

[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

All PBE updates from Patch 5.5 cycle:

 

 

Champion Changes

 

 

Azir Final Portrait

Arise Final IconArise! [W]

  • Sand Soldier range increased from 325 to 375

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

  • Base mana pool increased from 300 to 400

 

Drunken Rage Final IconDrunken Rage [ W ]

  • Maximum damage to monsters increased from 250 to 300

 

 

Lissandra Final Portrait

 

Ice Shard Final IconIce Shard [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 75/110/145/180/215 to 70/100/130/160/190

 

 

Nautilus Final Portrait

 

Titans Wrath Final Icon Titan’s Wrath [ W ]

  • On-hit damage decreased from 40/55/70/85/100 to 15/30/45/60/75

 

Riptide Final IconRiptide [ E ]

  • AP Ratio decreased from 0.5 to 0.3
  • Mana cost decreased from 60/70/80/90/100 to 40/50/60/70/80
  • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds at all ranks to 6/5.5/5/4.5/4
  • Slow duration reduced from 2 seconds to 1.25

 

 

Nidalee Final Portrait

 

Bushwhack Final IconBushwhack [ Human W ]

  • Damage changed from 20/40/60/80/100 + 10/12/14/16/18 (+ 0.02 AP) % of target’s current health to 40/80/120/160/200 ( +0.2 AP)

 

Pounce Final Icon Pounce [ Cougar W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 50/100/150/200 to 40/80/120/160

 

Swipe Final IconSwipe [ Cougar E ]

  • AP ratio increased from 0.45 to 0.55

 

 

Skarner Final Portrait

 

Crystal Slash Final IconCrystal Slash [ Q ]

  • Base physical damage and on-hit magic damage have both been increased from 18/28/38/48/58 to 20/30/40/50/60

 

Fracture Final IconFracture [ E ]

  • Base damage increased from 40/60/80/100/120 to 40/75/110/145/180

 

 

Tristana Final Portrait

 

Rapid Fire Final IconRapid Fire [ Q ] 

  • Rapid Fire’s cooldown is decreased by 1 second each time Tristana auto attacks a target which has Explosive Charge on

 

 

Urgot Final Portrait

 

Terror Capacitator Final IconTerror Capacitor [ W ]

  • Shield value now additionally increased by 5% of Urgot’s maximum mana

 

 

Vi Final Portrait

  • Movement speed decreased from 350 to 345

 

Assault and Battery Final Icon Assault and Battery [ R ]

  • Base damage decreased from 200/325/450 to 150/300/450
  • Ratio decreased from 1.5 of Bonus AD to 1.4 (on live the tooltip is wrong, actual live value is 1.5 currently)

 

 

Volibear Final Portrait

Frenzy Final IconFrenzy [ W ]

  • If Frenzy is cast on a jungle monster, its cooldown  is halved 

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

 

Battle Cry Final IconBattle Cry [ W ]

  • Heal on every third hit increased from 26/32/38/44/50 to 30/35/40/45/50

 

Audacious Charge Final IconAudacious Charge [ E ]

  • Base damage increased from 70/105/140/175/210 to 70/115/160/205/250

 

 

Zac Final Portrait

 

Elastic Slingshot Final IconElastic Slingshot [ E ] 

  • Knock-up duration increased from 0.5 seconds to 1 second

 

 

Item Changes

The Juggernaut enchantment has been removed and replaced with the following:

 

Bami’s Cinder (New Item)

  • Builds out of Ruby Crystal + 600 Gold (Total cost is 1000 Gold)
  • Grants 300 Health
  • UNIQUE Passive – Immolate: Deals 5 (+1 per champion level) magic damage per second to nearby enemies. Deals 50% bonus damage to minions and monsters.

Bamis Cinder

Bami Cinder Effect

Bami Cinder’s particles are identical to those of Sunfire Cape.

 

Speaking of which, Sunfire Cape now builds out of Bami’s Cinder rather than Giant’s Belt and its passive has been renamed to Immolation.

Sunfire Cape

 

Cinderhulk (New Enchantment)
  • Grants 350 Health and 25% Bonus Health
  • Total cost is 2200 Gold, Recipe cost – 350 Gold (if applied to Stalker’s Blade or Ranger’s Trailblazer the recipe cost is currently 150 Gold, but it’s not intended)
  • UNIQUE Passive – Immolate: While in combat, deals 15 (+1 per champion level) magic damage a second to nearby enemies. This increases up to 100% based on time in combat.

Cinderhulk Enchantment

 


Texture Rebalances

Cho’Gath’s default looks have received a fresh coat of paint. You can find the updates to his skins HERE. Also, Nightmare Cho’Gath was also updated here but I don’t have access to the skin.

 

Chogath Classic Model 2

Classic ChoGath Model 1

 


Miscellaneous

The Dragon pit now has a dragon-figure ornamentation on the floor.

 

Dragon Pit Update

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.


 

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Patch 5.3 will hit live on February 11th and the new PBE cycle will begin on February 10th.


[ Note ] You can read on upcoming events, skins and why DJ Sona isn’t in Patch 5.3 in the comments below.

 

Store Content

Balance

Miscellaneous

 

 

Heartseeker Varus

Heartseeker Varus will be available in store for 1350 RP. Sweetheart Annie will also be up on sale for 750 RP at the same for Valentine’s Day.

 

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Heartseeker Varus 1

Heartseeker Varus 2

 

HS Varus Recall 1

HS Varus Recall 2

For his recall, Heartseeker Varus flies in the air and fires an arrow with the strength of half a Teemo.

 

HS Varus Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

HS Varus Passive 1

HS Varus Passive 2

Living Vengeance [ Passive ]

 

HS Varus Q 1

HS Varus Q 2

HS Varus Q 3

Piercing Arrow [ Q ]

 

HS Varus W 1

Blighted Quiver [ W ]

 

HS Varus E 1

HS Varus E 2

HS Varus E 3

Hail of Arrows [ E ]

 

HS Varus R 1

HS Varus R 2

Chain of Corruption [ R ]

 

 

Marauder Ashe

 

Marauder Ashe will cost 750 RP and will be in store a few days after Patch 5.3 hits live.

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Marauder Ashe Updated 1

Marauder Ashe Updated 2

 

Marauder Ashe W

Volley [ W ]

 

 

Marauder Warwick

 

Marauder Warwick will also be sold for 750 RP.

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Marauder WW Updated 1

Marauder WW Updated 2

Hungering Strike Marauder WW

Hungering Strike [ Q ]

 

 

Warden Nautilus

Warden Nautilus will be available for 750 RP a few days after Patch 5.3 hits live.

 

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Inquisitor Nautilus Updated 2

Inq Nautilus Q

Dredge Line [ Q ]

Inquisitor Nautilus W Updated

Titan’s Wrath [ W ] 

 

 

Warden Sivir

Warden Sivir is priced at 750 RP and will be available shortly after Patch 5.3 hits live.

 

SivirLoadScreen_7

Inquisitor Sivir Updated 1

Inquisitor Sivir Updated 2

Inq Sivir Q 1

Inq Sivir Q 2

Boomerang Blade [ Q ]

 

 

A new ward skin to go with Heartseeker Varus and Sweetheart Annie will be released around Valentine’s Day.

 

 

The Heartseeker Ward, when placed, hovers above the air for a bit before being struck by an arrow and going invisible.

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

New icon for Valentine’s day! No info yet on whether it’ll be available for IP.

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I assume this icon will be a reward for playing Nemesis Draft (new featured game mode, you can find a preview here)

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You can purchase the face of Satan after Patch 5.3 in celebration of the Carnival of Brazil (Feb. 13th – 18th):

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Champion Changes

 

 

Ahri Final Portrait

 

Orb of Deception Final IconOrb of Deception [ Q ]

  • Mana cost increased from 55/60/65/70/75 to 65/70/75/80/85

 

Fox Fire Final IconFox Fire [ W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 50/80/110/140/170 to 40/65/90/115/140
  • Range decreased from 750 to 600

 

 

 

  • Base damage increased from 49 to 52


Conquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 75/105/135/165/195 to 65/85/105/125/145

 

Arise! [ W ]

  • Damage to towers decreased from 90 + 15-per-level (+0.6 AP) to 60 + 10-per-level (+0.4 AP)
  • Attack Range of Sand Soldiers decreased from 400 to 325

 

 

 

Diana Final Portrait

 

Pale Cascade Final IconPale Cascade [ W ]

  • Orbs now rotate around Diana at double speed (faster shield proc)

 

 

 

Gnar Final Portrait

 

Rage Gene Final IconRage Gene [ Passive ]

  • Now starts gaining rage 15 seconds after transforming back into Mini Gnar, increased from 13

 

 

 

Gragas Final Portrait

 

Barrel Roll Final IconBarrel Roll [ Q ]

  • Slow strength increased from 30/35/40/45/50% to 40/45/50/55/60%

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Null Sphere Final IconNull Sphere [ Q ]

  • Base Damage decreased from 80/105/130/155/180 to 70/95/120/145/170

 

 

 

Kennen Final Portrait

 

Electrical Surge Final IconElectrical Surge [ W ]

  • Active can now be cast if a target is inside Slicing Maelstorm, even if the target doesn’t have a Mark of the Storm

 

 

Sona Final Portrait

  • Base Health increased from 482.36 to 497.6
  • Health-per-level decreased from 77 to 70
  • Base Attack Damage increased from 50.04 to 52.04
  • Base Movement Speed increased from 325 to 330
  • Mana-per-second decreased from 1.8 to 1.6184
  • Mana-per-second per level increased from 0.08 to 0.13

 

 

Varus Final Portrait

 

Chain of Corruption Final IconChain of Corruption [ R ]

  • Missile width increased from 100 to 120

 

 

Item Changes

 

Fairsight Orb Final IconFairsight Orb [ Trinket ]

  • Now additionally places a visible ward at the target area that lasts 60 seconds

 

Greater Stealth Totem Final IconGreater Stealth Totem

  • Now stores up to two charges of wards. Regains a new charge every 60 seconds.

 

Oracles Lens Final IconOracle’s Lens

  • Price of upgrade decreased from 475 Gold to 250

 

Spectres Cowl Final IconSpectre’s Cowl

  • Passive healing when hit increased from 100% of base HP regen to 150%

 

 

Lunar Revel Animation

Lunar Revel is approaching; here’s a login screen to tease the upcoming event:

 

 

 

Range indicators on Zyras plants

Zyra’s plants now have indicators for range. Below are both versions of her plants.

 

Zyra Plants Indicator

 

 

Camera Move Speed Settings

 

The Camera Move Speed option has been split into two options for both mouse and keyboard.

Options Speed Update

 

 

New Options for Locked Camera

There are now two options for Locked Camera Mode: Fixed Offset and Per-side Offset. The former keeps the over-the-top perspective, while the Per-side offset aligns the camera “behind the shoulder” of the character, matching the camera angle for blue side and red side. Examples below:

 

Fixed Perside Offset

 

Fixed Offset for Blue Side

Blue Side Fixed

 

Per-side Offset for Blue Side

Blue Side Perside Offset

 

Fixed Offset for Red Side

Fixed Side Red Side

 

Per-side Offset for Red Side

Perside Offset Red Side


 
Texture Rebalances

 

Classic Kennen

Classic Kennen 1

Classic Kennen 2

 

Deadly Kennen

Deadly Kennen 1

 

Karate Kennen

Karate Kennen 1

 

Kennen M.D.

MD Kennen

 

Swamp Master Kennen has also been updated, but I don’t have access to the skin. :/

 

Arctic Ops Kennen

 

Classic Fiddlesticks


 

Spectral Fiddlesticks

 

Bandito Fiddlesticks

 

Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks

 

Fiddle Me Timbers

 

Surprise Party Fiddlesticks

 

Classic Veigar

Classic Veigar 2

 

White Mage Veigar

 

Veigar Greybeard

 

Leprechaun Veigar

 

Baron Von Veigar

 

Superb Villian Veigar

 

Lord Mordekaiser 

 

Infernal Mordekaiser

Infernal Morde

 

  • The audio bug with Firecracker Jinx’s minigun has been fixed.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

 

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PBE 21/01

 

[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

Here’s all the major content you’ll see in Patch 5.2 (updated every PBE Patch):

Arbiter Velkoz Cycle Banner

Firecracker Jinx Cycle Banner

Warring Nida Cycle Banner

Warring Kata Banner

Tristana Update Cycle banner

Sweetheart Annie Cycle Banner

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

Here’s Gravity’s icon for this season.

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Also, CLG’s icon has been updated from black to white.

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Champion Changes

[ Note ] The changes to Alistar’s W in yesterday’s PBE update have been reverted.

 

 

Akali Final Portrait

 

Crescent Slash Final IconCrescent Slash [ E ]

  • No longer procs Mark of the Assassin

 

 

Annie Final Portrait

 

Molten Shield Final IconMolten Shield [ E ]

  • Armor and Magic resistance granted by the shield reduced from 20/30/40/50/60 to 10/20/30/40/50

 

Summon Tibbers Final IconSummon: Tibbers [ R ]

  • If Annie casts Molten Shield while Tibbers is active he will receive the shield and a short decaying speed boost

 

 

Azir Final Portrait

 

Azir Q New IconConquering Sands [ Q ]

  • Range increased from 800 to 875

 

 

Fizz Final Portrait

 

Urchin Strike Final Icon Urchin Strike [ Q ]

  • Magic damage decreased from 10/40/70/100/130 ( +0.6 AP) to 10/25/40/55/70 ( +0.3 AP)

 

Seastone Trident Final IconSeastone Trident [ W ]

  • Base damage on passive decreased from 30/40/50/60/70 ( +0.35 AP) plus 4/5/6/7/8% of target’s Missing Health magic damage over 3 seconds to 20 ( +0.45 AP) magic damage over 3 seconds (to clarify, % damage is removed)
  • Damage on active changed from 10/15/20/25/30 ( +0.25 AP) to 10/20/30/40/50 (+ 4/5/6/7/8% of target’s missing HP)

To sum up, the % damage went from the passive to the active, couple of number tweaks as well.

 

Seastone Trident Updated

 

Chum the Waters Final IconChum the Waters [ R ]

  • Now amplifies Fizz’s damage against the target hit by Chum the Waters by 20% for 6 seconds

 

Chum the Waters Updated

 

Fizz now has a trident symbol to indicate he’ll deal amplified damage.

Fizz Amp Buff 1

Fizz Amp Buff 2

 

 

Nidalee Final Portrait

 

Prowl Final IconProwl [ Passive ]

Nidalee can now hunt monsters as well as champions

 

 

Reksai Final Portrait

 

Queens Wrath Prey Seeker Final IconQueen’s Wrath [ Unburrowed Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 15/30/45/60/75 to 15/25/35/45/55

 

Burrow Unburrow Final IconUn-Burrow [ Burrowed W ]

  • Base damage decreased from 60/110/160/210/260 to 40/80/120/160/200

 

 

Tristana Final Portrait

 

Explosive-Shot-Final-IconExplosive Charge [ E ]

  • AP scaling decreased from 0.7 to 0.5

 

Buster Shot Final IconBuster Shot [ R ]

  • AP Ratio decreased from 1.2 to 1.0

 

 

Item Changes


 

Aether Wisp Final IconAether  Wisp

  • Cost decreased from 950 Gold to 850 (note; cost of items that build out of Aether Wisp is unchanged)

 

Aether Wisp Updated

 

Hextech Gunblade Final IconHextech Gunblade

  • AD decreased from 45 to 40
  • AP increased from 65 to 80
  • Lifesteal decreased from 12% to 10%

 

Zzrot Portal Final IconZz’Rot Portal

  • Now grants the first and every fourth Voidspawn 100% of the user’s Armor and MR as bonus magic damage, changed from every third;
  • Voidspawns now have 50 base health, up from 40, 115 Armor, up from 60, and 20 Magic Resist, down from 40

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.