Riot Games updated League of Legends' PBE with another cycle of new skins as well as some changes to Pyke that should make him less resilient but able to engage more often.
Pyke has been tricky for Riot to balance out and they are now working on making the support more focused on his primary goals - being aggressive and setting up kills as opposed to being an unkillable entity due to inherent tankiness.
His armour per level has been dropped from 5 to 3.5, meaning that he will have 15 armour less at level 10. It is equivalent to having one Cloth Armor worth of the stat less or in gold terms - being 300g down. Magic resistance per level has also been lowered, going from 1.5 down to 1.25 which did not hit him as hard but it's a nerf nonetheless.
To compensate for the loss of his resilience, Pyke will now have more opportunities to hook enemies and have more impact when he successfully lands the skill shot.
Bone Skewer (Q) now deals 10 additional base damage at all ranks but it's the early game that the impact will be felt the most. However, the change to its mana cost which is no longer a static 70 should give the support more playmaking opportunities. It will now start off with 50 mana cost but will ramp up across the ranks until it reaches 70 when maxed out.
A total of eight new skins will be making it to Fields of Justice:
- Arcanist Kog'Maw
- Arcanist Shaco
- Arcanist Zoe
- Arcanist Zoe Prestige Edition
- Conqueror Nautilus
- Infernal Kennen
- Infernal Karthus
- Infernal Vel'Koz