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PBE 13/07

 

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PROJECT: Ashe

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PROJECT: Ekko

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PROJECT: Katarina

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Champion Changes

 

Braum Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxWinters Bite Final IconWinter’s Bite [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 60/105/150/195/240.

 

 

 

Corki Final Portrait

 

Change BoxGatling Gun Final IconGatling Gun [ E ]

  • No longer reduces Armor/MR per hit, to a cap of 4/8/12/16/20 l instead, Gatling Gun now decreases Armor/MR by 10/15/20/25/30 after it hits an enemy 8 times;
  • Counter for Gatling Gun stacks now resets 4 seconds after the enemy stops getting hit by it, increased from 2.

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDemacian Standard Final IconDemacian Standard [ E ]

  • Attack Speed buff increased from 10/13/16/19/22% to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%.

 

 

 

Karma Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxInspire Final IconInspire [ E ]

  • Base shield strength decreased from 80/110/140/170/200 to 70/100/130/160/190.

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxNull_SphereNull Sphere [ Q ]

  • Base damage increased from 70/95/120/145/170 to 70/100/130/160/190.

 

 

Buff BoxForce_PulseForce Pulse [ E ]

  • Mana cost decreased from 80 at all ranks to 60/65/70/75/80.

 

 

 

Nidalee Final Champion Portrait

 

Change BoxPounce Final IconPounce [ Cougar W ]

  • Pouncing on a target afflicted by Hunt will no longer put Pounce on a 3-second-cooldown; instead, it will slow the target by 50% for 0.5 seconds.

 

 

Renekton Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDominusDominus [ R ]

  • Base magic damage-per-second increased from 30/60/120 to 40/80/120;
  • Fury-per-second increased from 5 to 6.

 

 

Shen Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health-per-second decreased from 2 to 1.7.

 

 

Shyvana Final Portrait

General

  • Base Health increased from 595 to 600;
  • Base Armor increased from 27.6 to 28.

 

Change BoxDragon's_DescentDragon’s Descent [ R ]

  • Fury generation changed from 1/2/3 per 1.5 seconds to 1/1.5/2 per second.

 

 

 

Taliyah Final Portrait

 

Change BoxThreaded_Volley (1)Threaded Volley [ Q ]

  • Base damage changed from 70/80/100/120/140 to 50/75/100/125/150;
  • Secondary hits now deal 55% of the original damage, increased from 50%;
  • Mana refund from casting [ Q ] while standing on Worked Ground decreased from 50% to 25%;

 

 

Zyra Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxDeadly_SpinesDeadly Spines [ Q ]

  • Damage increased from 60/90/120/150/180 [+0.55 AP] to 60/95/130/165/200 [+0.6 AP].

 

 

 

New Summoner Icons

No idea how you can get these yet; stay tuned!

 

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PBE Round-up: Patch 5.21

October 25th, 2015

 

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Patch 5.21 will hit live in the early hours of October 28th, assuming there are no delays. Here are its contents:

 

Store Content

Balance

Miscellaneous

 

Here are the most recent news in each category:

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Slayer Jinx will be available for 1350 RP after Patch 5.21 hits live:

 

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Slayer Pantheon will be available for 975 RP:

 

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Zombie Nunu will be available for 1350 RP:

 

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Zombie Nunu Model 2 Zombie Nunu Model 1

 

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New Summoner Icons

Six new Summoner icons will be available in store after Patch 5.22 hits live:

 

Four team icons will be available for players who want to support this year’s semifinalists at Worlds. As with all team icons, 20% of the proceeds to directlly to the teams.

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Two Harrowing-themed icons with Zombie Brand and Slayer Pantheon will also be available, likely for 250 RP each:

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Champion Changes

 

Chogath Final Portrait


Buff BoxFeastFeast [ R ]

  • If Feast kills an enemy Champion, Cho’Gath gains 2 stacks (1 stack on live)

 

 


Gangplank Final Champion Portrait

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  • Health changed from 631 [+79 per level] to 580 [+82 per level]

 

Nerf BoxParrrley Final IconParrrley [ Q ]

  • Killing a target with Parrley no longer refunds 25 mana

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxNether_BladeNether Blade [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 9 seconds to 7
  • AP ratio on active increased from 0.6 to 0.7

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxHarvester of Sorrow Final IconHarvester of Sorrow [ W ]

  • Now only receives 50% of the experience lost by sharing a lane, decreased from 100%

 

 


Riven Final Portrait

 

Nerf BoxBlade_of_the_ExileBlade of the Exile / Wind Slash [ R ]

  • Cooldown increased from 110/85/50 seconds to 130/95/60

 

 


Veigar Final Portrait


Nerf BoxBaleful_StrikeBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Base damage decreased from 80/125/170/215/260 to 70/110/150/190/230

 

 


Zilean Final Portrait

[ Note ] You can find context on why Zilean’s passive is being replaced HERE.

 

Change BoxHeightened_LearningTime in a Bottle [ New Passive ]

Zilean stores 2/3.5/5/6/12 experience every 5 seconds (values for levels 1/6/11/16/18).

When he has enough to finish an ally’s level, he can right-click them to give them that Experience (cooldown is 120 seconds). Zilean gains as much Experience as he gives. Cannot be used in combat.

 

 

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Hey everyone,

Last month, we debuted upgrades to the Instant Feedback system (reform cards, improved chat restrictions and intentional feeding bans). Now, we’re continuing the overhaul by pushing out some improvements to the report system. We made two major changes to how you report someone:

The old system had a lot of categories, some of which were redundant, not useful, or simply out-of-date. After analyzing old report data and listening to community feedback, we winnowed the list down to seven types of behavior:

Sometimes a player might display multiple offensive behaviors in game – in the old system, it wasn’t possible to report them for more than one reason. With these upgrades, we’re allowing up to 3 categories to be selected when reporting a player. Keep in mind, selecting multiple categories doesn’t increase the severity of a report, so only select the offenses that happened in the game. In the future, players who falsely report others may face penalties. The more accurate the report, the better we can help players reform their behavior.

This should be hitting the PBE shortly. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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There are two new loading screens – one for Worlds and the other for the upcoming Harrowing event. Here are the links on FrostyNinja’s channel:

 

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LORE FOR SHADOW ISLE CHAMPIONS

New in-client lore has been released for most Champions from the Shadow Isles:

 

Hecarim Final Portrait

“Break their ranks and ride them down without mercy. Crush the living and feast on their terror.”

Hecarim is an armored colossus who charges from the Shadow Isles at the head of a deathly host of spectral horsemen to hunt the living. A monstrous fusion of man and beast, cursed to ride for eternity, Hecarim revels in slaughter and crushing souls beneath his armored hooves.

 

Kalista Final Portrait

“When wronged, we seek justice. When hurt, we strike back. When betrayed, the Spear of Vengeance strikes!”

A specter of wrath and retribution, Kalista is the undying spirit of vengeance, an armored nightmare summoned from the Shadow Isles to hunt deceivers and traitors. The betrayed may cry out in blood to be avenged, but Kalista only answers those whose cause she deems worthy of her skills. Woe betide those who become the focus of Kalista’s wrath, for any pact sealed with this grim hunter can only end on the cold fire of her soul-spears.”

 

Karthus Final Portrait

“Death is not the end of the journey, it is just the beginning…”

The harbinger of oblivion, Karthus is an undying spirit whose haunting songs are a prelude to the horror of his nightmarish appearance. The living fear the eternity of undeath, but Karthus sees only beauty and purity in its embrace, a perfect union of life and death. When Karthus emerges from the Shadow Isles, it is to bring the joy of death to mortals as an apostle of the unliving.

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

“All things must die… and yet I live on.”

The baleful revenant Mordekaiser is among the most terrifying and hateful spirits haunting the Shadow Isles. He has existed for countless centuries, shielded from true death by necromantic sorcery and the force of his own dark will. Those who dare face Mordekaiser in battle risk a horrific curse: he enslaves his victims’ souls to become instruments of destruction.

 

Thresh Final Portrait

“The mind is a wondrous thing to tear apart.”

Sadistic and cunning, Thresh is a restless spirit who prides himself on tormenting mortals and breaking them with slow, excruciating inventiveness. His victims suffer far beyond the point of death, for Thresh wreaks agony upon their souls, imprisoning them in his lantern to torture for all eternity.

 

 


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Check out Slayer Jinx, Zombie Nunu, Slayer Pantheon and Zilean’s new passive!

 


Champion Changes

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Buff BoxNether_BladeNether Blade [ W ]

  • Cooldown decreased from 9 seconds to 7
  • AP ratio on active increased from 0.6 to 0.7

 

 

LORE FOR SHADOW ISLE CHAMPIONS

New in-client lore has been released for most Champions from the Shadow Isles:

 

Hecarim Final Portrait

“Break their ranks and ride them down without mercy. Crush the living and feast on their terror.”

Hecarim is an armored colossus who charges from the Shadow Isles at the head of a deathly host of spectral horsemen to hunt the living. A monstrous fusion of man and beast, cursed to ride for eternity, Hecarim revels in slaughter and crushing souls beneath his armored hooves.

 

Kalista Final Portrait

“When wronged, we seek justice. When hurt, we strike back. When betrayed, the Spear of Vengeance strikes!”

A specter of wrath and retribution, Kalista is the undying spirit of vengeance, an armored nightmare summoned from the Shadow Isles to hunt deceivers and traitors. The betrayed may cry out in blood to be avenged, but Kalista only answers those whose cause she deems worthy of her skills. Woe betide those who become the focus of Kalista’s wrath, for any pact sealed with this grim hunter can only end on the cold fire of her soul-spears.”

 

Karthus Final Portrait

“Death is not the end of the journey, it is just the beginning…”

The harbinger of oblivion, Karthus is an undying spirit whose haunting songs are a prelude to the horror of his nightmarish appearance. The living fear the eternity of undeath, but Karthus sees only beauty and purity in its embrace, a perfect union of life and death. When Karthus emerges from the Shadow Isles, it is to bring the joy of death to mortals as an apostle of the unliving.

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

“All things must die… and yet I live on.”

The baleful revenant Mordekaiser is among the most terrifying and hateful spirits haunting the Shadow Isles. He has existed for countless centuries, shielded from true death by necromantic sorcery and the force of his own dark will. Those who dare face Mordekaiser in battle risk a horrific curse: he enslaves his victims’ souls to become instruments of destruction.

 

Thresh Final Portrait

“The mind is a wondrous thing to tear apart.”

Sadistic and cunning, Thresh is a restless spirit who prides himself on tormenting mortals and breaking them with slow, excruciating inventiveness. His victims suffer far beyond the point of death, for Thresh wreaks agony upon their souls, imprisoning them in his lantern to torture for all eternity.

 

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Why wasnt Championship Riven brought back for sale

[ Note ] You can find the list of Worlds store content HERE.

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KateyKhaos Final PortraitChampionship Riven is a limited skin, as opposed to Kalista, Thresh and Shyvana which are legacy skins.

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Championship Riven was a Limited skin not Legacy

KateyKhaos Final PortraitThese are easily confused, as some of this content was actually ‘limited’ at one point. We did a switch in 2013, where this content was swapped over to a ‘legacy’ status.

You can check out which skins were originally part of this, and how we accomodated players who had already purchased the content here –http://oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/store/sales/plan-vintage-limited-edition-skins

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KateyKhaos Final PortraitShe’s also available if you correctly predict all of the Worlds Pick’ems this year.

Hippalus did mention the possibility of Championship Riven, however, we haven’t announced any additional information.

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Are you considering nerfing Vayne

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’re currently testing a small reduction to Vayne’s starting AD, our belief being that Vayne’s currently got too strong a lane for how powerful her late game is (with the strong late game a defining feature of hers and a strong lane not intended). That nerf’s deliberately being kept small given the changes to a number of marksmen and marksmen items in the coming preseason and the belief that we’re currently seeing a solo queue meta that’s very favorable to Vayne (lot of tanky dudes to fight). Post preseason disruption we’ll then assess both Vayne and marksmen in general, see where changes are or aren’t needed.

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Can Vayne and KogMaw both exist in the same meta as tank killers

Meddler Final PortraitOur belief is that there’s room in the tank killer space for both Vayne and Kog, since they offer pretty different takes on it. While both are really effective against high health targets, and have at least some capacity to shred or ignore mitigation, they’re pretty different otherwise. Kog’s got a decent amount of poke, even with an AD build, has much greater average attack range come late game and offers some team utility (shred, slow, vision). He needs to be protected pretty carefully though, getting a lot of value from speed boosts and peel in particular, so places demands on his team’s comp. Vayne by contrast’s got high sustained mobility and functions well independently (she’s got a number of duelist traits). She brings very little team utility however, and lacks both AOE and ability to affect enemies outside of her auto attack range.

Whether or not the two are are appropriately balanced, relative to each other and other marksmen, gets a lot of debate, we’re pretty confident there’s enough room within the space of ‘tank killing marksmen’ for both Kog and Vayne though.

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Why does Kassadins Force Pulse E require charges to be cast

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Meddler Final PortraitKassadin was created long before my time at Riot, some benefits I can see to the charge system though:

  • It allows Kassadin to use his E significantly more often in team fights than some 1v1s, giving a champion with strong duelist power a boost elsewhere
  • It modifies how favorable some match ups are for Kassadin, giving him an edge against certain opponents and therefore adding a bit of extra depth to the decision of when to pick him or not, without getting into hard counter territory.
  • It adds a small amount of extra decision making to both Kassadin’s play and his lane opponent’s (value of next spell cast changes slightly in some circumstances if it’s the one that allows an E cast).

Now, if Kassadin were to be buffed, we certainly could remove that gate on his E, that would add power to him. Initial reaction personally though is that it’s a mechanic that creates some optimization and adds a little bit of distinctiveness in some circumstances, so if we were to add power there would likely be more interesting ways to do so that created, rather than removed, gameplay.

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Are any changes planned for Zilean

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Meddler Final PortraitWe’ve got a few tweaks for him planned for somewhere around 5.21-5.22. Looking at some small responsiveness improvements to his Q (attach logic and feel improvements), plus we’re exploring some experiemental stuff with his passive (still giving XP to allies, but potentially in a way that generates at least a little more interaction on the Zilean player’s part).

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Lets talk about the Server Skin

CptStupendous: Hey everyone,

I want to give you all an update on where we are at with the regionally-inspired skin.

Back in 2013 when the server first opened there was a history of offering a regionally-inspired skin as part of a server launch. We had some discussions with the skins team to do this for Oceania, but it soon became clear this would take a long time and we didn’t want to hold up the launch, so we unlocked Pool Party Ziggs as a bonus for coming over to the new OCE server.

We messed up soon after that by saying that a server skin would also come out.

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We went through an exhaustive process of coming up with ideas internally and reading every single boards/Reddit/social media post we could find. These ideas were then workshopped and taken through the standard skins criteria.

What made this process so challenging was trying to come up with an idea that represents all of Oceania, while also making sure it resonates with players no matter where they live. Themes like Dropbears, Ned Kelly, Kangaroos, Kiwis, and hundreds of others were where we went initially (we even started concepting on some of these). But the issue is that it would really only represent one of the countries that make up OCE and we needed something that represented everything. This took way too long and that sux.

There was also an expectation that this skin would be available for free. We really should have clarified this earlier for everyone. Because we already offered a free Pool Party Ziggs for everyone who transferred before 13 July 2013, we’re not going to unlock another free skin.

What will be happening is the regionally inspired skin will be discounted to 50% off only in OCE with all funds raised in the first two weeks from OCE going to charity. The type of charity will be chosen by a vote and be between:

  • Environmental
  • Animal Rights
  • Humanitarian Relief Efforts
  • Medical Services/Research

There will be more information about this process in upcoming posts after the skin hits PBE, but we wanted to share this news with you now.

If you have any questions about any of this please ask them below.

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Reminder Third Party Applications

Riot Cluvie Final PortraitHey there, Riot Cluvie here for the Risk team. We’d like to provide some insight into how we work with the Dev Relations team to determine which apps are and aren’t allowed.

Quick preface: third party applications are sometimes difficult to classify, and we know that can make it hard at times to find consistency in what we do and don’t allow. We’ve tried to stay flexible in our decision making to keep up with the community’s innovation, but the lack of clear policy surrounding the use of unapproved apps just generates confusion. So with that in mind, we’d like to set fair expectations by calling out some features that definitely aren’t okay.

To reiterate our stance on 3rd party applications from about a year ago:

> No software should interfere directly with the in-game player experience between when you press “Play” and the end of game screen.

It’s been said before, but we absolutely don’t like applications that provide measurable player advantage. If there were ever any modification that were to become so standard as to be required for competitive play, the integrity of our environment just wouldn’t be viable. You shouldn’t ever have to go digging for add-ons just to stay competitive. Some examples of measurable player advantage include:

  • Exposing information that’s intentionally obfuscated (cooldowns or timers)
  • Taking actions on your behalf (botting or scripting)
  • Drawing conclusions for you (predicting enemy positions)
  • Otherwise altering your field of intelligence (zoomhacks or global ult alerts)

For now, custom models and artwork sit firmly in a “use-at-your-own-risk” category, but we’re keeping an eye on them. We can’t optimize for assets we don’t develop, and if they do become a concern in the future (ie. they provide measurable player advantage), we’ll take action based on the stance we just discussed.

Gray areas aside, there are definitely applications which are blatantly not okay, and while the number of players in this space are very low (think a fraction of a percentage), we remain vigilant and have been handing out punishments to those who show patterns of consistent abuse. Suspensions will ramp up in duration across multiple offenses and will be accompanied by ranked reward removal where applicable.

Hopefully this post hasn’t come across as too doom-and-gloom! The third party ecosystem is full of devs making awesome applications that don’t run afoul of any restrictions. Our goal today is just to ensure we’re being clear on our end to provide them with peace of mind as they continue to innovate.

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Does this mean you guys are starting to detect scripters

mirageofpenguins: Can’t be too explicit into when or how, but I’ll keep this as informative as I can:

Yes.

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What if 3rd party devs handed Riot their applications for approval

Sargonas New PortraitThis one is more up my alley than her’s, so I’ll chime in. (My team handles the 3rd party developer program)

It’s a good idea and something we have explored in the past. Ultimately however we’ve made the call (and least for now) to not dive into such a program. The problem is that the internet (links) and software (dev apps) are highly dynamic. What we review and approve on one day could the next be highly dangerous, either because the Devs pivoted in a new way, because their code was infiltrated (much like the recent security flaw that hit WeChat and many other common mobile apps due to malcious code snuck into 3rd party libraries they use), or multiple other concerns.

The amount of resources it would take for us to police this sort of ecosystem constantly to ensure that the “safe” list is 100% always safe is simply too large, especially when you factor in the damage possible by the ONE time that something snuck by. (For comparison, Apple has HUNDREDS of people who review apps for approval 24/7.) Instead, we prefer to create rules that say “if it fits within these policies it’s ok to use, in a policy sense, but the security and safety of your system and account are at your discretion.” This is also why we prefer to highlight and support web apps and tools that are cloud based, and not ones that require you to download software to your system. (It’s also why the most recent API dev challenge required all valid entries to not include downloaded components as well.) Truth be told, people SHOULD be scared about using these (downloaded) software, and we will always highlight that risk and concern. A lot of bad people out there want access to your info, and would love to use the popularity of league to further that agenda given the chance.

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Werent Curse Voice and Razor Comms approved by Riot for use

Sargonas New PortraitI know it may sound like I am mincing words, but i think it’s important to point out that the link you shared of my post does not have an actual “approval” of Curse Voice in it. They key phrase included is “Because of this, the latest revision of Curse Voice (version 6.1.X) and Razer Comms (version 2.1.X) no longer violate our current guidelines. “

In short, I clarified that it no longer violated the policies, I did not however give it a clear “approval”, and I even addressed this later in the thread elsewhere by stating that we did not keep an approved list nor intended to. As Applications can always change by their developer without warning, it’s better/safer for us to state what does/does not comply with the rules than it is to give something an “official seal of approval” which we might then awkwardly have to retract later due to unexpected changes.

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Riot Cluvie Final PortraitWe will not be maintaining a list of applications that might be approved or denied, because honestly, we’re just not ever going to be able to continually audit every service or function for player security, especially in this ecosystem where devs so frequently improve and expand their apps. And just to clarify, Curse is not “100% approved” specifically either, though it is okay to use. We only spoke about it specifically by name to clear up confusion around the fact we did initially prohibit its use, but we want to make sure it’s clear that it is not “100% approved” as we do not make that statement about any particular app.

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The fan art of Legends Rising


Hitstreak Prime: Hopefully you enjoyed Legends Rising! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here!

We featured some incredible fan art in Legends Rising Episode 1 – Faker & Bjergsen “History” and wanted to make sure to give credit where credit is due. Click on the links to go directly to the artist’s page where you can see more of their work.

“bjerg vs hai” by polkadotzombie
“Bjerg Zed” by Sasha-Cabbit
“Bjergsen [TSM]” by simoneferriero
“Bjergsen” by Roew
“Bjeeerg” by Polkadotzombie
“TSM-Bjergsen Leblanc FanArt” by Kanra-Tsuna
“TSM Bjergsen and Challenger Ahri” by SkyeExcalibur
“Bjergerking” by Annleigh
“TSM Bjergsen Speed Drawing – League of Legends” by sachos345
“Faker’s Zed” by OrekiGenya
“Faker-senpai” by Honolein
“SKT T1 Faker” by Pinoring
“SKT T1 Faker with plant” by Pinoring

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Positive play icon unlocked

Lyte Final PortraitWhen 5.18 dropped, we powered up the instant feedback system and shared that positive players would earn an exclusive Summoner Icon. If you met the requirements (no restrictions or bans 6/15–9/15), your icon should be unlocked right now.

Thanks for being a positive force!

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Here’s how the positive player icon looks like:

 


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Champion Update: Kassadin

March 12th, 2015

 

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Kassadin voidhops in with brand new looks:

 

Kassadin’s all gussied up and about ready to Riftwalk out of the champion update workshop!

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Similar to the updates we applied to Singed and Maokai at the tail end of last year, we’re giving Kassadin a visual-only brush up to his base model and skins. That means a new model and textures, plus a whole new set of animations, visual effects and spell effects. We’ve reworked his blade, too, so now it looks a little sharper while costing a bunch less in terms of resources. Even the Void loves toasters.



Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Kassadin’s also received buffs to his ultimate in Patch 5.5:

 

Riftwalk Final IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • Range increased from 450 to 500
  • Cooldown decreased from 7/5/3 seconds to 6/4/2
  • Initial mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 50

 

You can find a full preview of Kassadin’s update below:

 

Classic Kassadin

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Base Kassadin Updated 1

 

Festival Kassadin

Festival Kassadin VU

 

Deep One Kassadin

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Pre-Void Kassadin

Prevoid Kassadin VU

 

Harbinger Kassadin

Harbinger Kassadin VU

 

Kassadin’s also received new spell icons. From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

    

 

 

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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[ 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:

 

 

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An actual duck is coming to a Summoner’s Rift near you:

 

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New Splash Arts

 

Elderwood Bard

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You can find a preview of Elderwood Bard HERE.

 

Secret Agent Xin Zhao

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Get some early intel on Secret Agent Xin HERE.

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

Three new Summoner Icons have been added. No news yet on how to get these (URF ICON HYPE):

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Champion Changes

 

 

Bard Final Portrait

 

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  • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds at all ranks to 11/10/9/8/7

 

 

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Riftwalk Final IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • Range decreased from 550 to 500 [ this is a decrease from the PBE value. On live the range is 450 ]
  • Cooldown decreased from 7/5/3 seconds to 6/4/2
  • Initial mana cost decreased from 60 at all ranks to 50

 

 

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  • Shield scalilng increased from 7/9.5/12/14.5/17% of maximum health to 9/11/13/15/17%
  • On-hit damage while shielded increased from 15/30/45/60/75 to 30/40/50/60/70 [ an increase compared to the value in this PBE update. Live value is still 40/55/70/85/100 ]


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  • Cooldown increased from 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 seconds to 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 [ live value is 10 seconds at all ranks ]

 

 

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  • On-hit magic damage increased from 2% of maximum health to 2.5%

 

 

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  • Mana cost decreased from 40/45/50/55/60 to 45 at all ranks [ live value is 45/50/55/60/65 ]

 

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  • Mana cost increased from 60/65/70/75/80 to 65/70/75/80/85 [ reverted to live value ]

 

 

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  • Delay now starts at the moment the spell is cast, not after Veigar finishes his cast animation

 

 

Ludens Echo

Luden’s Echo, the new 120 AP Item, has received its in-game icon.

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  • Cost: 3100 Gold
  • Builds out of a Needlessly Large Rod (1600 Gold) and Aether Wisp (850 Gold)
  • Grants 120 AP and 7% Movement Speed
  • UNIQUE Passive: Gain charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 100 (+0.15 AP) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets hit.

 

Luden’s Echo has a tooltip icon similar to the one of Statikk Shiv. At 100 charges, purple bolts come out of the spell’s first (or only) target and seek nearby enemies to hit.

Luden Echo Tooltip

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The recently-announced Mandrake Ward is now available for testing. Note, it may not be available for Patch 5.5.

 

Mandrake Ward

  • Costs 35 Gold
  • Click to Consume: Summons a sentry to run and burrow in target brush (within 1200 range) for 2 minutes. While burrowed, it becomes blind and invisible but will ping the map if a visible or invisible enemy is within 1000 range.
  • (Counts as a Stealth Ward)
    (May only carry 3 Stealth Wards at a time.)

 

The Mandrake Ward needs to target a brush. When cast, a small sapling walks towards the brush and plants itself, pinging once when an enemy walks into that brush, be it visible or invisible, and then disappears. If you don’t target a brush, you’ll receive an error message.

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Mandrake Ward 3

Mandrake Ward 4

 

 

Bard inclient lore,

Bard’s lore for ants is now available:

 

“Bard travels through realms beyond the imagination of mortal beings. Some of Valoran’s greatest scholars have spent their lives trying to understand the mysteries he embodies. This enigmatic spirit has been given many names throughout the history of Valoran, but titles such as Cosmic Vagabond and Great Caretaker only capture a fleeting aspect of his true purpose. When the unknowable structure of the universe is threatened, Bard steers all existence away from utter annihilation.”

 

 

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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[ 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:

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Bard’s received his Champion Select quote! You can find a complete preview of Bard HERE.

 

Bami’s Cinder has a slightly updated in-game icon (you can find more on the item HERE):

 

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Champion Changes

 

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  • Missile Speed decreased from 2000 to 1800

 

 

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Riftwalk Final IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • Range increased from 450 to 550

 

 

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Range increased from 1000 to 1400

 

 

Xin Zhao Final Portrait

 

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  • Base damage decreased from 70/115/160/205/250 to 70/110/150/190/230 [ a change to the buff from this PBE update, live value is still lower - 70/105/140/175/210 ]

 

 

Veigar Final Portrait

 

Baleful Strike Final IconBaleful Strike [ Q ]

  • Missile speed increased from 1750 to 2200

 

Event Horizon Final IconEvent Horizon [ E ]

  • Dashing through a wall will now stun you immediately as opposed to you going through the walls and then being stunned (blinks and Flash still pass through the walls as normal)

 

 

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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All PBE updates from Patch 5.5 cycle:

 


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Ypherion New PortraitHi all,

Let’s talk about the 2015 season jungle. Up front: we knew the preseason changes were going to make things significantly tougher, but it’s clear we’ve misstepped along the way in both communication and design. Not only have we not done a great job of sharing our thoughts (present and future), but our subsequent changes to the jungle from patch 5.1 to 5.4 have been nerfs to jungle diversity rather than continuing to deliver on our preseason goals.

First, let’s see how we got here. From the beginning we knew that “strategic diversity” would basically become a meme for the 2015 season, but it’s still something we strongly believe in. A lot of players might associate champion diversity with strategic diversity, but it’s more about one feeding into the other. The former is only about what champions get played – even if they’re doing the same thing – while the latter emphasizes champions who can enable a variety of other strategies on a team (objective control, wombo, lane pressure, etc). With Jarvan IV, Vi, and Lee Sin all fulfilling identical roles (with priority given to whoever’s strongest), we know we’re not there.

In line with the above thought, our goal with 2015 was to support a rock-paper-scissors game of jungle styles: ganking, farming, and counter jungling. What we ended up discovering, however, was that counter jungling wasn’t actually a proper response on par with ganking and farming, so jungling went back to who could gank or farm the best (or both).

It’s clear that we’ll need to reconfigure what available playstyles there are for junglers out there, but for now our big focus is getting jungler diversity up before attempting to tackle the larger problem of strategic jungler playstyles (versus champion playstyles like playing Amumu vs. Vi).

So what do we want to do, and how can we get there? High-level we’re still pursuing strategic diversity in the jungle (and, well, all of League of Legends), but we also realize we need to get champion diversity up to support it. Finally, while we intentionally made clearing camps harder and riskier to better differentiate jungler strengths, this has also made the jungle position less satisfying and fun for junglers, so we’re investigating other ways to improve this.

Short-term, here are some tactics:

First, we’re going to be pushing our experimental jungler tank item to the PBE with this patch. We’ve actually been working on it for a little while behind the scenes, but – as we mentioned earlier – haven’t done a great job of communicating that. TL;DR: Juggernaut is being reworked into Cinderhulk, a new Sunfire-esque item build that gives both tankiness and extra clear speeds to the junglers in need.

In terms of auxiliary changes to help get tank junglers get their satisfaction back, we’re going to be looking at a bunch of tank junglers this patch to see if we can give any small buffs in the early game, along with buffs to Gromp’s Poison Armor Smite reward and some early monster damage nerfs. This does mean we’ll need to look at specific dominant champions who are standing (or pouncing) well above the pack, but we’ll have to tread a fine line of balance here. The goal is to get junglers feeling satisfied and empowered to play the position, but we need to be wary of a world where they’re doing so at the cost of everyone else.

Finally, what’s in store for the future? We still believe in creating a compelling set of unique jungle actions beyond just ganking and farming, but haven’t firmly locked down additional paths to support. We have a few ideas we’re really excited about, but we’re definitely looking at making Poacher’s Knife and Skirmisher’s Sabre more robust and exciting items for the future. We’re also going to be examining the feeling of the jungler “potion tax” where junglers always need to be chugging away to stay healthy.

On the communications front, we failed to recognize the stacking pain we’ve been causing junglers through the patches, and that’s something we want to improve. We need to get better at engaging in a healthy dialogue with players while also highlighting our short and long-term goals for the future, and we will.

Wrapping it all up: if it wasn’t clear from our multiple revisions throughout the years, the jungle is a tough position to get right. The jungle needs to test multiple capabilities while also providing the space for a jungler to have impact on the game through different actions, even though right now it’s more focused on high-damage and ganking prowess (which sounds familiar, we know). That said, we’ve never been more confident in our long-term goals – as ambitious as they are – but we know it’s not fair for junglers to languish while we work toward that vision.

We’re definitely committed to opening up the jungle without just giving out power haphazardly, but we’re also hoping that by keeping these communication channels open you’ll help us guide the jungle to a more compelling, diverse, and healthy position in League. We really appreciate your feedback, and we’re excited to continue sharing more of our plans in the future.

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Any planned changes to Poachers Knife

Riot Axes New PortraitI agree that one of the reasons Poacher’s Knife fails because it doesn’t do anything if your opponents take appropriate steps to stop your counterjungling. We’re working on an update to that item (no details yet). One of the goals is definitely ensuring that it’s a valuable item even if you don’t get a chance to steal camps, and ideally there’ll be some fringe cases where it’s the ideal jungle item for you even if you don’t plan to invade.

I would like it to include at least a soft push towards counterjungling on that item, but certainly not the current version where you get nothing if you don’t counterjungle.

As far as trying to make junglers into just one role, that is absolutely contrary to our goals. I realize that that’s how the current jungle feels, but that’s one of the big reasons we feel compelled to act – it’s a problem to be fixed.

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Players just dont find counterjungling to be viable

Riot Axes New PortraitYou’re right. If we want counterjungling to be a thing, we have to make it a thing.

The design of Poacher’s Knife assumed that we had made counterjungling broadly desirable. The move speed and such were intended as a useful tool for someone who already planned to do that. The bonus gold was intended to help players understand what to do with the item, NOT to be the primary benefit for counterjungling.

Clearly, that’s not what happened.

We do see counterjungling on live, but it is sporadic and opportunistic – junglers whose plan is mostly to gank lanes happen to see the enemy jungler ganking bot, so they take a camp and get out.

In the short term, we’re going to be embracing that kind of counterjungling and supporting it with an item that might help you do it a little more but isn’t aimed at hardcore, dedicated counterjungle; it might cause you to reprioritize actions a bit, but you’re still doing basically what junglers do. You called out vision, so I’ll just say – vision is a GREAT tool here in some form.

In the longer term, we’d like to land in a place where dedicated counterjungling is a valuable action to take regardless of what item you choose, and then make sure Poacher’s Knife is a strong tool to help you achieve it. You already want to steal that camp if you can get away with it; Poacher’s Knife helps you do that.

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Would you guys consider making the jungle easier to clear

Ypherion New PortraitWe need to be careful here, but you’ll see some, relatively light, changes in this direction in the next patch or two.

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The recent nerfs harmed your long term goals with the jungle

Fearless New PortraitSo, I personally didn’t communicate the reasoning for a lot of the jungle changes recently in a way that made them look like anything but some pretty harsh nerfs. I understand how painful some of these changes are, and more importantly, how they created a feeling that we weren’t responding to the pain with anything more than further nerfs.

Many of those changes were foundational for the changes we’re going for in 5.5. As an example, giving tanks this sort of power increase and the ability to freely swap between Rangers and Stalkers meant that they quickly power cleared their way to their often mega powered level 6, and then doubled down with lock down power without a trade-off. That change also creates a lot more space for each of the jungle items to have more definition, knowing that each item represents a real choice, not a swap option each time we base.

We really wanted to talk about the changes we were setting up, but there’s a tremendous danger if Cinderhulk hadn’t been successful, for example, and the main reason that we’re sharing our plans for the future now. There is still a risk that things change very quickly for us, but better to deal with that as we have to.

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The jungle might become bette but right now its not fun

Pwyff Final PortraitWe get where you’re coming from on this, hence why we’re going with these changes sooner than later. There’s certainly a world of ideological design versus player pain and immediate value, and we’re always trying to find the balance between the two.

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New Jungle Enchantment Cinderhulk and changes to Gromps Smite Buff

A new enchantment was added to the PBE recently for testing. It’s aimed squarely at low-damage tank junglers who need it to clear camps faster.

 

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

 

Fearless New PortraitHey all,

We have some big changes for jungle tanks on the PBE today. As you might have seen from our highlight post on the jungle, we’re looking to solve some of gaps between tanks and the rest of the pack with a new tanky enchant as well as making Gromp explicitly reward tanks over other junglers.

First, what was wrong with Juggernaut? First, it wasn’t explicitly improving clear speeds for tanks in comparison to other junglers. Others get to build incremental increases in damage with their components, but tanks just got… tankier without much else. Juggernaut also failed to feel like the foundation of a tanky build, as much as it was simply a decent chunk of stats that could make anyone more durable.

Enter Cinderhulk.

This new enchant builds out of a new component, Bami’s Cinder, which grants +300 HP and a mini Sunfire aura (now the Immolate aura). This gives tanks a boost both in their durability and their ability to get through camps. Once upgraded to Cinderhulk, the enchant gives champions a version of Immolate that ramps up with time-in-combat, rewarding those who are happy to get into the middle of a fight and stay there. The base health on Cinder Hulk is lower than Juggernaut (350 down from 500), but in the place of base stats, Cinderhulk now grants +25% bonus health. This means jungle tanks get more for their gold as they build tanky.

Along a similar line, we wanted Gromp’s Smite buff to do more for tanks that can need the bump in clear power, while not making it a universally powerful clear tool. Gromp’s poison armor now scales up with the bonus health of the owner, allowing tanks to opt into extra clear speed when they need it.

These items are aimed at 5.5, so we’re looking to get lots of coverage for bug fixes and polish to make sure we can see these hit live as smoothly as possible. We can’t wait to test these out with you all!

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So youre buffing tanks in the early game because they cant get to buying the new item

Pwyff Final PortraitThis is our challenge as well – what conclusion we did come to was that Cinderhulk leads to a stronger “endgame fantasy” (aw yiss season 2014), but you have to want to get to that world to start feeling satisfied. Rengar might not have the greatest lv1 clear but you know he’ll “turn on” at some point, so you know the tradeoffs. Right now tanks just don’t feel as satisfying in the early levels so they can’t see the future.

Some psychological thing about not being able to synthesize the proper mental frame of mind to appreciate something in the future because you assume you’ll be in the same state as now. That was a confusing sentence, sorry.

Anyway tldr would be we’re looking to make early clears a little more satisfying so players on these tanky junglers can feel like they want to get to the Cinderhulk and beyond. It’s partially perception design and partially power design. But we’re definitely trying not to ‘double down’ on these buffs.

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Have you considered adding an item that helps support focused junglers with vision

Riot Axes New PortraitIt’s something we’re considering. Not sure if we’ll end up shipping something like that or not, but the idea definitely has merit.

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Cinderhulks bonus health increase might benefit bruisers more than tanks

Fearless New PortraitTotally reasonable feedback, but there are some elements getting over looked here. The first would be build order. It’s pretty rare that a fighter goes jungle item into Randuins. Fighter’s generally are going to opt into damage items, and eventually grab some health. This means that Cinderhulk is less effective for most of the game for them.

Tanks, on the other hand, will often opt into builds that are very defensively oriented. The nature of defensive stats also mean that the effective health growth on tanks means that even with early frozen hearts, Cinderhulk is going to make tanks noticeably more tanky, while also giving them better access to their gold income.

This is still a bit simplistic, but there’s a reasonable case for Cinderhulk favoring Tanks, and if we find that the current tuning doesn’t make this true, we have the space to change that quickly as needed.

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Are Warrior based junglers or bruisers going to end up building this too

Fearless New PortraitWe are considering changes similar to this for other Enchants. Right now, Warrior and Magus are both pretty extreme power spikes, but don’t do much to amp up the rest of your build. There’s very likely some very cool opportunity space to make these items feel better and more like the item that makes all your other items better.

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Is anything similar to this planned for Magus or Devourer junglers

Fearless New PortraitIt’s possible, but they’ll get less effective health out of their builds, as they spend more gold on offensive stats. Having some space for them to opt into that trade off is ok. If it ends up being dominant, we’d likely reduce the base health the item gives, and look to increase the long term scaling.

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Wont the burn aura attract Baron Dragon aggro

Fearless New PortraitThe damage on Cinderhulk only turns on during combat, meaning that if you haven’t taken damage or attacked, the fire aura isn’t on. This is built specifically for the situations you list.

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So when can a jungler pick this item up to help them

Fearless New PortraitGromp can fill in some of the gaps, but Bami’s Cinder is the first item to build after the machete upgrade.

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More updates and tweaks coming to Gragas on the PBE

[ Note ] Gragas received buffs to his base mana pool and the maximum damage on his W to monsters. You can check out the buffs HERE.

Vesh Final PortraitWill probably add a couple more small ones like more ult CD reduction per rank and potentially a bit better scaling base stats. stay tuneddd

edit: to be clear by the way this is just a band-aid, not anything in place of actual gameplay/rework changes. those are still coming _^

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Why did you buff Nidalees Bushwhack damage on the PBE

[ Note ] On the PBE, Nidalee’s trap no longer deals a % current HP damage, but the base damage has been buffed and a 0.2 AP ratio has been added. You can view all her changes HERE.

Meddler Final PortraitWe’re testing a nerf to Nid’s traps specifically to target her jungle clear speed. She’s currently an extremely fast clearer which, given all the other tools she has, is a strength we don’t think she needs.

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Follow Up

So youre changing Bushwhack to slow her jungle clear speed

Meddler Final PortraitThat’s correct – we’re not trying to push her out of the jungle entirely with these changes, but we are looking to noticeably reduce her clear speed. Her W’s damage against monsters would be significantly lower under this version, given how much health they have, , even with the buffed base damage.

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Why are you buffing the AP Ratio on her Swipe Cougar E

Meddler Final PortraitNot sure about the buff to E, the designer working on these changes is out this afternoon so I don’t have full context.

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Why does Sonas ult have a scaling mana cost

Meddler Final PortraitCan’t think of a good reason off the top of the head, inclination is to standardize that to 100 like most other mana using champs with regular ults. I’ll bounce the idea off the balance team, see whether we want to throw that change into the next possible patch.

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FAQ on the updated player tooltips

[ Note ] You can now view the ‘recent playstyles’ of players on your friend list.

NinjaTabby Final PortraitHey guys! I am one of the devs that worked on this feature and want to answer some of your questions.

Where’s my updated tooltip?

We’re still in the process of rolling it out. We’ve enabled it in NA and LATAM regions so far. We are rolling out slowly so that we can keep an eye on any issues that may come up and isolate them without affecting other regions.

What do these icons mean?

As many of you noticed, these icons are consistent with Team Builder. The first icon represents the position you typically play the displayed champion in. The second icon represents the role you most commonly fill with that champion.

What even is “Recent Playstyle”?

Our goal with this is to help people looking at you get a quick idea of what you like to play. We look at your recent games, find the champion you play most often, and then the role and position you most often play with that champion. We have special handling for game types where you don’t have agency over you champion choices. This includes the random display for people who play a lot of ARAM, and exclusion of data from other game modes (such as Nemesis Draft).

We think there might still be improvements on what is shown here, so please keep the feedback coming!

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Clarity on Veigars E delay and possible buffs in future patches

[ Note ] Veigar received extensive changes in Patch 5.4. You can check them all HERE.

Meddler Final PortraitOur conclusion was that an instant stun, at that range, at that cooldown was blocking Veigar from being a healthy (and therefore able to be made powerful) champion. Adding a delay was the best way to preserve what we felt was the core of the skill (lock down an area, at a range that doesn’t require Veigar to be completely in the middle of the fight).

As a general update our initial take is that Veigar’s looking too weak after these changes. Options we’re looking at include having E stop dashes once the walls are up (people attempting to dash out get stopped and stunned), starting the delay at the start of Veigar’s cast time rather than at the end and reducing the delay on W. None of those are guaranteed changes yet of course, but that’s the sort of direction we’re thinking.

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Follow Up

When can we expect these buffs to be up on the PBE for testing

Meddler Final PortraitIt’s likely we’ll have at least some follow up changes in the next patch (5.5). It will take a little while for people to adapt to the changes to his kit though and for us to assess how that goes. Design changes for patch 5.5 are tentatively scheduled to lock mid next week and that means if bigger changes are appropriate they’ll be in 5.6 (or potentially later).

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Upcoming buff to Varus in Patch 5 5

Meddler Final PortraitThe niche we’ve got in mind for Varus is a combination of poke and moderate ranged initiation/counter initiation, primarily via his Q and R respectively. We’ve been feeling he’s a bit weak at those for a while and have been gradually buffing him as a result. That’s involved increased mana regen late last year to support poke and increased R width recently to improve his ult’s reliability. Additionally in the upcoming patch (5.5), we’ll be changing his Q cooldown to begin at start of channel, not when he fires the arrow off. That should give him access to more Q casts late game in particular, and make charged shots (as opposed to saving the Q to proc Blight) a bit more attractive.

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Kassadin will receive compensation buffs

Meddler Final PortraitWe’ll be buffing Kassadin. Not sure if any details have been worked out yet.

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DJ Sona Fan Art Collection

DJ Sona’s debut album has inspired a wave of awesome community creations. Check out this creative collection of Kinetic, Concussive, and Ethereal fan art to celebrate your favorite track! Don’t forget to click the artists’ names to see more of their work.

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Finaz


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[ 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:

 

 

New Splash Arts

Headhunter Akali’s splash art is here! You can find a full preview of the skin HERE.

 

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Victory Defeat Screens Animated

The long-ago promised victory/defeat screens are now here in full glory! Videos by FrostyNinja:

 

 


New animations for default Wards

Default wards (no skins) now have their pillar placed on the ground, followed by the gem falling on top of it. No particles or effects.

 


Texture Rebalances

Second batch of texture updates! You can check the first one, which includes retextures for Janna and Taric HERE.

Kassadin’s base model has received a slight recolor. You can find previews of all his updated skins HERE.

 

Old

Kassadin VU 2

 

New

Base Kassadin Updated 1

 

Hextech Janna

 

Victorious Janna

 

Gentleman Cho’Gath

 

Loch Ness Cho’Gath

 

Jurassic Cho’Gath

 

Bloodstone Taric

 

 

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PBE 17/02

 

[ 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 for Patch 5.4 Cycle:

 

 

Champion Changes

 

 

Janna Final Portrait

 

Tailwind Final IconTailwind [ Passive ]

  • Movement speed buff to nearby allies increased from 5% to 8%
  • Janna no longer gains the movement speed buff from Tailwind
  • Range increased from 1000 to 1250

 

Zephyr Final IconZepyhr [ W ]

  • Passive movement speed buff increased from 4/6/8/10/12% to 9/11/13/15/17%

 

 

 

Jarvan IV Final Portrait

  • Base armor increased from 24 to 27

 

Demacian Standard Final IconDemacian Standard [ E ]

  • No longer grants Armor

 

 

 

Kassadin Final Portrait

 

Riftwalk Final IconRiftwalk [ R ]

  • Initial mana cost decreased from 75 at all ranks to 60 (stacking mana cost decreased from 75/150/300/600 to 60/120/240/480)
  • Range decreased from 700 to 450

 

 

 

Katarina Final Portrait

 

Voracity Final IconVoracity [ Passive ]

  • Now reduces Katarina’s cooldowns only if a champion she has damaged in the last 3 seconds dies

 

 

Mordekaiser Final Portrait

[ ! ] Mordekaiser’s shield and damage changes from the recent PBE update have all been reverted. The health costs on his abilities have been increased, but are still lower than on live. The new mechanic on Creeping Death [ W ] is still there.

 

Children of the Grave Final IconIron Man [ Passive ]

  • Reverted. Morde still gains shield based on damage dealt, not maximum health

 

Mace of Spades Final IconMace of Spades [ Q ]

  • Health cost increased from 12/16/20/24/28 to 20/25/30/35/40 (live value is 25/32/39/46/53)

 

Creeping Death Final IconCreeping Death [ W ]

  • New mechanic that grants Morde and the ally he’s cast Creeping Death on bonus MS is still there
  • Health cost increased from 18/22/26/30/34 to 20/25/30/35/40 (live value is 26/32/38/44/50)

 

Siphon of Destruction Final IconCreeping Death [ E ]

  • Health cost reverted to 24/36/48/60/72

 

 

Viktor Final Portrait

 

Hexcore Final IconGlorious Evolution [ Passive ]

  • Hexcore now grants Cooldown Reduction when upgraded

 

 

Item Changes

No numbers on these yet! Items are still being implemented on the PBE.

 

2055_MandrakeMandrake Ward [Placeholder icon]

  • Click to Consume: Places an invisible blind sentry in a brush for 5 minutes. The plant will ping the map if a visible or invisible enemy is within 900 range.

 

3285_Statikk_ShivLuden’s Echo [Placeholder icon]

  • Grants Ability Power and Movement Speed
  • UNIQUE Passive: Gains charges upon moving or casting. At X charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal bonus magic damage to up to X targets on the next auto attack.

 

3052_Mana_GemMana Gem

  • Grants Mana and Cooldown Reduction (builds into the Mana Item)

 

3053_Mana_ItemMana Item [Placeholder name & icon]

  • Grants Ability Power, Mana and Cooldown Reduction
  • Passively increases your maximum Mana by X and generates stacks of Insight when spending mana, up to X stacks (X of maximum Mana).
  • UNIQUE Active – Mana Burst: Releases a shockwave, consuming all stacks of Insight. Enemies hit by the shockwave are dealt X (+ AP) magic damage. Allies hit by the shockwave restore X mana.

 

Warrior Enchantment Final IconEnchantment: Warrior

  • Attack Damage decreased from 45 to 40

 

 

Jungle Data Gathering for Early Game

Reinboom Final PortraitHey guys, we have a change coming soon to a PBE near you meant to help us improve our understanding of how people jungle (especially early game).

When we tried to poke into some of the responses we got it became very apparent that people address the jungle in very different manners. Lots of small changes add up to huge swings in what champions look like coming out of their first clear.

What this means for us is that it’s hard to balance early jungle without some more insight, so we’re calling on you guys to help.

We’re putting a change that is PBE ONLY to help build this shared understanding of how junglers jungle individually: A set of buffs that track your jungle progress in the first portion of the jungle.

By giving us a direct peak at how you interact with the jungle you give us a chance to improve it. Maybe by making a mechanic more clear, rebalancing a camp, or many other systems. But first this type of information would help us know which systems.

Here’s what the buffs look like:

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(The primary buff)

 

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(After taking 1 camp. In this case, Krugs)

 

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(After taking 2 camps. Krugs and then Razorbeaks)

 

It would be super useful to get these value from you guys from champions you expect to play in the jungle. I’m especially interested in the contrast of:
The results of these after you tried it how you normally play the jungle.

And

The results of these after you tried to optimize beyond what you normally do (possibly with the help of these buffs).

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Could this be moved to Custom games or even Normal games in the future

Reinboom Final PortraitI would want to make it toggleable if we were to do that. It’s not out of the question if there’s value in it beyond this gathering of data, just not right now since such a toggle would take a bit of work (so we would have to judge it versus other things as always).

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What data are you guys at Riot specifically interested in

Reinboom Final PortraitOnly the first 4 camps are shown in the buffs. That’s beyond the barrier of the check for “can jungle” versus “can’t jungle”

Note: these don’t try to figure out if a champion can “Jungle well” – there’s a lot more data than this required for that.

[ Link to Post ]

 

 

Are you gathering data on specific champions or jungling in general

Reinboom Final PortraitSpecific champions. Specifically: “champions you expect to play in the jungle”.

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