so, the title pretty much covered this but we've got a new ap item hitting the pbe soon! as we mentioned in the 5.2 patch notes, we've been spending some time exploring a few different options to add another "late-game mage item" into the game. we're now at the point where we want to share one of those directions with our pbe testers and see how the item is received with a wider audience. one of the goals of these explorations was to discover something that is especially exciting to a particular mage play style, and as you'll quickly notice, this item takes the basic actions of **moving around the battlefield and repeatedly slinging spells** and rewards them by casting its own spell into the fray! we have some initial thoughts on which play styles are in want of something like this, but more importantly we're interested in seeing what the community does with the new item.
alright, let's talk about our current timeline! this item should be on the pbe soon (tomorrow if everything checks out okay) but will *not* be shipping in the 5.4 patch—we've still got a bit of testing and number crunching to do on top of getting non-placeholder art and sound. if you're wondering exactly when this would be shipping, the honest answer is that right now we're focused more on getting the item into the hands of testers and confirming that we're happy with this direction than we are about shipping anything by a certain date. the classic "when it's ready" shipping date, if you will.
with all that out of the way, here are the item stats of the first pbe iteration!
> **Item 3285** (3100g)
> * Needlessly Large Rod + Aether Wisp + 650g
> * +120 Ability Power
> * +7% Movement Speed
> * UNIQUE Passive: Gain charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 100 (+15% AP) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets on hit.
>*Please note that this is a work in progress and that its name, as well as any art or sound assets, is to be considered placeholder.*
that should do it for the item's introduction (i'll update this post if i forgot something). looking forward to the discussion about the item!