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Those Blitzcrank buffs though!

LoL PBE Patch 12.19 | All Buffs and Nerfs

Patch Notes
Halloween Blitzcrank
Oh yes, we're right ahead of the spooky season! | © Riot Games

It's time to check out the next PBE cycle and see what PBE Patch 12.19 has in store for us this time. We know we're going to be getting some visual updates, gameplay updates and as usual a lot of fun buffs and nerfs, but what else has Riot planned for us? 

With the patch signalling the start of the main event of the League of Legends World Championship, we're going to have quite a lot to celebrate with this patch, but one of the biggest updates is definitely going to be Blitzcrank changes which could make him viable in more positions than just support. Let's just jump into it all! 


LoL PBE Patch 12.19: These are the Buffs and Nerfs

All Buffs on PBE Patch 12.19

First of all we're going to go over the key buffs that will take over the next patch. I know that my colleague is going to cry at the sight of Twitch buffs, but honestly, I'm kind of hyped for those because the sneaky rat is pretty fun, right? Not to mention the late game damage... okay enough of that, it's time to check out every champion buff currently on the PBE server. 

ChampionBuffs on PBE Server Patch 12.19

Playful/Trickster (E)

  • AP ratio increased from 75% to 90%
  • Mana cost reduced from 90 - 110 to 85 - 95
GarenJudgment (E)
  • Crit damage increased from 58% to 75%
Kai'SaSecond Skin (P)
  • Detonation AP ratio increased from 5% missing HP per 100 AP to 6% per 100 AP
KennenLightning Rush (E)
  • Now allows him exceed the attack speed cap while bonus attack speed is active
MalphiteThunder Clap (W)
  • Cone AP ratio increased from 20% to 30%

Unstoppable Force (R)

  • AP ratio increased from 80% to 90%
Nunu & WillumpAbsolute Zero (R)
  • Damage max AP ratio increased from 250% to 300%
RakanFey Feathers (P)
  • AP ratio increased from 85% to 95%

Gleaming Quill (Q)

  • Damage AP ratio increased from 60% to 70%
ShyvanaBurnout (W)
  • Bonus AD ratio per second increased from 20% to 30%, on-hit is still 25% of this value
Tahm Kench

Tongue Lash (Q)

  • AP ratio increased from 70% to 90%

Abyssal Dive (W)

  • AP ratio increased from 100% to 125%
TwitchDeadly Venom (P)
  • AP ratio per stack per second increased from 2.5% to 3%

Contaminate (E)

  • AP ratio per stack increased from 33% to 35%

Those are quite a lot of buffs, right? Well thus far Riot hasn't revealed any nerfs so is this just a patch to make under powered champions stronger? 

Syndra Mid-Scope Update on PBE Patch 12.19

Now, the next champion we need to talk about is none other than Syndra who is getting quite a big update in the upcoming patch. She will be on the receiving end of a mid-scope update and we've seen on champions like Sivir and Swain just how impactful these changes can be, with both quite popular in solo queue and even being played by the pros. 

Syndra Splash
This splash is amazing. | © Riot Games

Now, what exactly has Riot changed and what were they going for with these Sydnra changes that are currently being explored on the PBE server? According to Riot TheTruexy, they wanted to give her more meaningful power ups through her passive, as well as make some of her spells better in specific game situations, like her E more powerful early, while her W better in the later stages of the game. 

Theses are the changes currently outlined on the PBE server. Oh, and she's getting new icons for her powered up abilities as well! 

AbilityChanges on PBE Patch 12.19
Transcendent (P)
  • Syndra collects up to 120 Spliners via damaging enemy champions and gaining levels. Splinters of Wrath enhance Syndra and her abilities
  • Syndra Restores 20-215 (based on level 1-18) mana whenever she collects a Splinter from an enemy. She can gain Splinters via:
    • Damaging an enemy champion with 2 Abilities within 4 seconds grants (1/2/3 at levels 1, 11 and 18) Splinters (8s CD per target)
    • Leveling up grants Syndra 5 SPlinters of Wrath
    • Killing a Cannon minion grants 1 Splinters of Wrath
  • At 120 Splinters Syndra gains 15% total AP
  • Ability icons also change with upgrade
Base Stats
  • Base Health: 593 --> 563
Dark Sphere (Q)
  • Cooldown: 4s --> 7s
  • Mana CostL 40/50/60/70/80 --> 40/45/50/55/60
  • Sphere Duration: 6s --> 6.5s
  • 40 Splinters of Wrath: Dark Sphere can store 2 charges (1s CD between casts)
Force of Will (W)
  • Sphere Pickup Detection Radius: 400 --> 450
  • Now prevents non-Sphere units from dying for a brief period when picked up
  • 60 Splinters of Wrath: Force of Will does an additional 15%(1.5% per 100 AP) true damage
Scatter the Weak (E)
  • Magic Damage: 85-265(+60%AP) --> 75-235(+55%AP)
  • Scatter Angle: 34 degrees --> 56 degrees
  • Cooldown: 18-14s --> 15s
  • Stun Duration: 1.5s --> 1.25s
  • Reduced failure chances of close range E>Q combo
  • 80 Splinters of Wrath: Scatter the Weak's cone is increased (56 deg --> 84 deg) and also slows enemies by 70% for 1.25s (applied after initial CC)
Unleashed Power (R)
  • Grant Dark Sphere (Q) an additional 10/20/30 Ability Haste
  • Damage per Sphere: 90/140/190(+20%AP) --> 90/130/170(+17%AP)
  • 100 Splinters of Wrath: Executes champions below 15% max health

Blitzcrank Updates on PBE Right Now

Blitzcrank is also going to be getting some pretty big updates. Will these make them better in other positions than just a support? Right now the annoying support is being player more or less exclusively in the bot lane, but these updates could change that, right? 

  • Base Stats
    • Base Attack Speed: Increased from 0.625 to 0.65
    • Attack Speed Ratio: Increased from 0.625 to 0.7
  • Overdrive (W)
    • Attack Speed: Increased from 30% - 62% to 40% - 92%
    • Mana Cost: Increased from 75 to 85
    • Now deals 1% max HP magic damage on-hit while active, increased by 60 - 180 against non champs
  • Power Fist (E)
    • Mana Cost: Increased from 25 to 40
    • Now scales with 25% AP and increased by 150% AD + 125% AP against non-champions
  • Static Field (R)
    • Passive AP ratio increased from 30% flat to 30% to 50%
    • No longer capped at 3 Stacks

This could make Blitzcrank a viable option in the jungle or even the top lane. Maybe give this champ a try with these changes currently on the PBE is worth a shot? Hell, the Moakai changes to make him more viable in other positions have worked out, so why not Blitzcrank, right? 

Janna VFX Update

Janna is also going to be getting a visual update which is currently on the PBE server for everyone to test out. This is a smaller scale visual update than the ones we got for the VGU or the ASU. Here, Riot is focusing on adding more clarity to older champions abilities. Fizz, Twisted Fate and Nami were a few champions that already received these types of updates in 2022. 

Her skins will also be receiving updates accordingly: 

  • Base Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Tempest Janna: Same as base
  • Hextech Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Frost Queen Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Victorious Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Forecast Janna: Complete Overhaul
  • Fnatic Janna: Same as base, but with a custom W
  • Star Guardian Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Sacred Sword Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Bewitching Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Guardian of the Sands Janna: Adding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
  • Battle Queen Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Crystal Rose Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Cyber Halo Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
  • Prestige Cyber Halo Janna: Adding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R

Even never skins like Cyber Halo Janna are getting some form of visual overhaul by Riot. 

URF Is Back on the PBE Server 12.19

Now, with the League of Legends World Championship we're obviously going to have a unique new game mode and which mode did Riot go for this time around? Not Nexus Blitz, that's for sure Instead we're getting URF... again. Fans were not happy to hear of this, especially since Riot is also releasing more Spirit Blossom skins and well the new Nexus Blitz map is actually based off the original Spirit Blossom skins. 

Instead, we're going to be playing URF once more. It seems like we are never going to get another PvE mode... it's been 4-years and Riot is dead set on repeating the same four game modes over and over. 

Spirit Blossom Soraka
Soraka looks great with this skin, even her in-game model looks good. | © Riot Games

Spirit Blossom Skins Return in LoL Patch 12.19

It's been over two years since we've got Spirit Blossom skins in League of Legends. The first batch were, and still are, iconic. Now, in LoL Patch 12.19 we're receiving a total of ten new Spirit Blossom skins to add to the Ionian folklore and are we mad? Not at all. 

  • Sett, The Spirit of Challenge
  • Aphelios, the Twin Spirits of Night
  • Syndra, the Spirit of Freedom
  • Evelynn, the Spirit of Love
  • Tristana, the Spirit of Chance
  • Soraka, the Spirit of Pity
  • Darius, the Spirit of War
  • Yorick, the Spirit of Ruin
  • Master Yi, the Spirit of Legacy
    • Spirit Blossom Master Yi Prestige Edition

A total of ten new skins will be added to the game. These are going to add even more mystery to Ionia since these skins are apparently somewhat canon with each champion representing a spirit of the Ionian folklore. I wonder how their stories will tie into the original Spirit Blossom skins. 

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