4/10 PBE Update: Xayah and Takan Bio + Pick/Ban and More Tentative balance changes

[This is a WORK IPROGRESS POST.] [Status: The PBE just came back up. Working!.]

The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 7.8 PBE cycle, today’s post includes short form bios for Rakan and Xayah, additional tentative balances, 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.)

Table of Contents

Rakan and Xayah continued testing – Short Bio & Quotes

Our two new champions Rakan and Xayah continue to test on the PBE! While this new couple tests on the PBE, you can report to the below threads with comments, questions, and concerns of the heart:

Short form lore entires added – expect longer from versions to hit the universe page in future!


As mercurial as he is charming, Rakan is an infamous vastayan troublemaker and the greatest battle-dancer in Lhotlan tribal history. To the humans of the Ionian highlands, his name has long been synonymous with wild festivals, uncontrollable parties, and anarchic music. Few would suspect this energetic, traveling showman is also partner to the rebel Xayah, and is dedicated to her cause. 

“I got freedom. I got a lady. I got a cause I’d die for.”


Deadly and precise, Xayah is a vastayan revolutionary waging a personal war to save her people. She uses her speed, guile, and razor-sharp feather blades to cut down anyone who stands in her way. Xayah fights alongside her partner and lover, Rakan, to protect their dwindling tribe, and restore their race to her vision of its former glory 

“Ever been stabbed by a feather?”

While we already heard Rakan’s select quote in an earlier patch, Xayah’s champion select and ban quote + Rakan’s ban quote!

Xayah champ select quote:

“I can never resist an invitation to dance.”

Xayah Ban Quote:

“Fine, Ill just be over here… sharpening my feathers.”

Rakan Ban Quote:

“Seriously? Seriously? Lame.”


  • {lookin’}

Balance Changes

Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical or experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be lacking context or other changes that didn’t make it in or were implemented in an earlier patch this cycle! These are not official notes.



  • Cursed Touch (Passive) 
    • Effect lowered from 15% to 8%
    • Effect changed – no longer reduced by resistances.
      • TL;DR: “Amumu passive tuning for 7.8! The 15% true damage was reduced by resistances before, now it isn’t. Nerfed down to 8% to keep it fair..”

[context via twitter – 1/2/3/4]

  • Iceborn (Passive)
    • Cooldown changed from 18 at all ranks to 18/15/12/9
    • “Fixed a bug that caused Iceborn’s cooldown to not be reduced when Ring of Frost killed a unit”
  • Ice Shard (Q) AP ratio increased from 65% to 70%

[note: Nautilus currently has a E mana cost nerf also on pbe]

  • Mana regen growth lowered from 0.14 per sec from 0.10
  • Riptide (E) Damage reverted from 40/70/100/130/160 to  55/85/115/145/175. Back to live value.

  • Clean Cuts (Passive)  feather duration lowered from 8 to 6 seconds.
(An extensive set of midseason durability and item changes are currently testing on the PBE. Many of the below change are relative to that package of changes – which will not ship in 7.8)
Adaptive Helm (new) **
  • Total cost lowered from 2800 to 2650g.
  • Magic resist lowered from 70 to 55
  • Unique Passive effect increased from 15% to 20%
  • Unique Passive effect duration lowered from 5 seconds to 3 seconds

Banshee’s Veil (experimental) **
  • Magic resist lowered from 60 to 45
  • Ability power increased from 60 to 70
  • Total cost lowered from 2900 to 2700
  • Effect refresh changed from [44-8 seconds based on level] to 40 seconds. 

Cinderhulk **
  • [note: only one of the jungle variations changed to sunfire’s new 11 + 1 per level damage but other versions aren’t yet – I assume this is just an error for now]
Death’s Dance
  • Attack damage increased from 75 to 80
  • Unique Passive – changed from 15% to 30% of damage taken is dealt as a Bleed over 3 seconds instead. 

Executioner’s Calling

  • Price increased from 800g to 1000g

Kircheis Shard
  • Total price increased from 750g to 800g. 
  • Energized strike damage increased from 40 to 50 bonus magic damage.
Last Whisper
  • Armor Penetration changed from 45% to 35%

Lord Dominik’s Regards
  • Total cost lowered from 2700 to 2600. 
  • Giant Slayer – effect increased from up to 15% to up to  20%
  • Armor Penetration changed from 45% to 35%

Mortal Reminder
  • Total cost lowered from 2700g to 2600g. 
  • Armor Penetration changed from 45% to 35%

Randuin’s Omen**
  • Unique Passive – Cold Steel attack speed reduction increased from 15% to 20%

Rapid Firecannon
  • Damage on energized attack changed from [50-160] to [50-120]
  • [new effect] Attacks become Energized 25% faster. 

Ravenous Hydra

  • Attack damage increased to 80 from 75

Runaan’s Hurricane
  • Build path changed from [Recurve Bow + Zeal + 300g] to  [Dagger + Zeal + Dagger + 800g]
  • Bolt damage increased from 25% attack damage to 40% attack damage.
  • [removed] UNIQUE Passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 15 physical damage on hit.

Statikk Shiv

  • Total cost unchanged.
    • Recipe cost adjusted due to Zeal/Shard price changes.
  • Energized Attacks damage changed from 50-120 to 60-160
  • Bonus damage to minions lowered from 120% to 65%

Sunfire Cape**
  • AoE damage changed from [7 + 2 per level] to [11 + 1 per level]
  • Bonus damage to minions and monsters increased to 200% from 100%
The Black Cleaver
  • Unique Passive’s armor reduction per stack lowed from 5% to 4%
The Bloodthirster

  • AD increased to 80 from 75

  • Total cost lowered from 1300 to 1200. 

Context & Notes


1) ricklessabandon on Lissandra PBE changes in today’s update:

[1] “okay, quick lissandra update before i leave the office for the weekend!”

[2] “didn’t quite get to a new passive i felt was -great- and didn’t want to rush it, so going to fall back to a simpler changelist for 7.8”

[3] “not quite a ‘perfect is the enemy of good’ though it might feel that way — would rather leave the option available than rush a replacement” 

[4] anyway, on to the part lissandra players care most about, here’s what we’re currently looking to ship in 7.8 (will tune as needed next week)

2) Wav3break on Amumu changes in today’s PBE:

“Hey wanted to provide some detailed context for this change! 

The current live version of Amumu’s bonus true damage passive doesn’t actually penetrate through resistances. This patch we are making it behave like true damage is expected to, but found that 15% proved to be too powerful. We are tuning it down to 8% as a result.”

Additional information here .

On twitter he simplified as:

“Amumu passive tuning for 7.8! The 15% true damage was reduced by resistances before, now it isn’t. Nerfed down to 8% to keep it fair.”

3) Rakan and Xayah shared interactions:

Individual special interactions: Rakan and Xayah.


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