League of Legends players are already dreading the incoming 9.19 PBE patch since it’s going to make lane carry Riven even stronger.
Riot Games has kept their decade-old MOBA extremely popular over the years by routinely tinkering with the strengths and weaknesses to keep the game as balanced as can be.
Before introducing balances into official patches for League of Legends, Riot Games first sends them to the Public Beta Environment (PBE) for the community to try out potential changes, and one of them us already sticking with players.
The 9.18 live version of Riven’s ultimate minimum damage is 100/150/200 (+60% bonus AD) with a maximum damage of ( at 75% missing health) 300/450/600 (+180% bonus AD).
Meanwhile, the PBE version of the Exile is bumping up the numbers to her R’s minimum damage to 150/225/300 (90% bonus AD) but will keep the max damage (at 75% missing health): 300/450/600 (180% bonus AD) the same, according to developer RiotKingCobra.
Furthermore, her Ki Burst will change with the ability’s “AD increased from 100% bAD (base attack damage) to 130% bAD.”
Even though Riven has been the target of various buffs and nerfs in patches preceding the 9.18 update, it looks like the changes are confounding League of Legends players. The buffs to Riven's ultimate will allow her to do more damage regardless of the enemy's health, while the extra damage on her Ki Burst will be a nice extra on top of the great utility it already provides.
“I honestly wanna see the mental gymnastics they do to try and make this buff not sound stupid,” one user wrote.
It looks like someone well-versed in Riven’s gameplay had other suggestions signaling that “the only thing Riven needs is 2 seconds back on her E, and 1 second off her Q to make it 11 seconds flat at all ranks.”
“This would give power back into good Rivens who know how to chain Q, know when to shield and how to position correctly in fights,” one Redditor said. “Reducing her CDs indirectly increases her damage without actually buffing her base damage. SHE. DOES. NOT. NEED. DAMAGE.”
There is still uncertainty of what will come in the official 9.19 patch, but players are expressing early concerns for Riven’s upcoming PBE changes.