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Apr 10, 2018 3:28 am
The PBE has been updated! As we kick off the 8.8 PBE cycle, today's update includes Conqueror Varus, upcoming chromas for Dragon Master Swain and Badlands Baron Rumble, new set of summoner icons, a new ward skin, and more!
Continue reading for more information!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and subject to change - what you see below may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers at the end of the cycle! Manage your expectations accordingly.)

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New Skin

With MSI 2018 right around the cornerConqueror Varus has debuted on the PBE!

Conqueror Varus

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

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

    New Chroma

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

    Dragon Master Swain


    Badlands Baron Rumble


    New Summoner Icons

    A slew of new summoner icons were added this cycle!

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

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

    New Ward Skin

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

    Game client security changes now live on PBE 

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

    Balance Changes

    NOTE*: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, & experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be relative to other changes earlier this cycle! These are not official notes.

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

    • Icathian Rain (Q) AD ratio lowered from 40% to 35%

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

    Tahm Kench
    • Devour (W) 
      • [Removed] No longer gains movement speed toward enemy champions when he has eaten an ally.
    • Thick Skin (E) 
      • Passive's total health restored lowered from 25/30/35/40/45% to 15/20/25/30/35%
      • Active's Damage converted into gray health increased from 70/75/80/85/90% to 80/85/90/95/100%

    [Context - new active component added, old effect moved to passive & damage adjusted.]
    • Blighted Quiver (W):
    • Passive damage lowered from 10/14/18/22/26 to 4/8/12/16/20
    • New Active - 
      • Cooldown: 40 seconds at all ranks
    • "Active: Varus' next Piercing Arrow deals bonus magic damage equal to 6/7/8/9/10% to 9/10.5/12/13.5/15% of the target's missing health (scales with Piercing Arrow charge). 

      Blighted Quiver is capped at 360 damage against monsters."

    • Armor changed from [35 + 3.5 per level] to [30 + 4 per level]
    • Health regen increased from [9 + .9 per level] to [10 + 1 per level]
    • Base attack speed increased from .625 to .644
    • Blast Shield (Passive)
      • cooldown changed from [16 - 8 by level 9] to [12 - 8 by level 9] 
    • Vault Breaker (Q)
      • Cooldown lowered from 16/14/12/10/8 to 12/11/10/9/8
      • Cost lowered from 50/60/70/80/90 to 30/45/60/75/90
    • Denting Blows (W) attack speed changed from 30/35/40/45/50% to 15/25/35/45/55%
    • Excessive Force (E)
      • Ammo recharge time lowered from 14/12.5/11/9.5/8 to 12/11/10/9/8
      • mana cost lowered from 40/45/50/55/60 to 30/35/40/45/50

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