[ Updated ] 4/22 PBE Update: Braum, Dragonslayer Pantheon, Blade Queen Lissandra, Return of Night Hunter Rengar

Posted on at 4:03 PM by Moobeat
[ Update #2: Team Builder has just been enabled for PBE testing and it has a new feature to show solo players what roles captains are currently looking for! ]

[ Update: Atlantean Syndra's textures have also been adjusted to better match her splash art. I've also added a small video of the handsome poro mustaches that happen when Braum uses a poro-snax  ]

To kick off the 4.7 PBE cycle we have a MASSIVE PATCH that includes: everything about our upcoming champion Braum, his release skin Dragonslayer Braum, brand new Dragonslayer Pantheon and Blade Queen Lisssandra skins, the return of Night Hunter Rengar and his new hood toggle, new VFX for Sunfire Cloak, and tentative balance changes for "Mage Fortune", Malphite, Jarvan, and Gragas!
Continue reading to check out the latest PBE content!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and iterative - what you see may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers! Manage your expectations accordingly. )

New Champion: Braum, the Heart of the Freljord


Following his official reveal earlier today, Braum is now up on the PBE for testing!

[Until the PBE comes up and I can wrangle in some good shots, take a gander at the splash & in-game comic from his reveal!]

NOTE: Splash art is not on the PBE yet, this is taken from the champion reveal.


His Joke spawns a playful poro!
Joke #2 with another poro!

Abilities:


Concussive Blows ( Passive )
Braum and his allies work together to stun a target.
Braum's basic attacks apply Concussive Blows. Once the first stack is applied, ally basic attacks also stack Concussive Blows.
Upon reaching 4 stacks, the target is stunned for 1.25/1.5/1.75 ( at level 1/7/13 ) second(s ) and takes 70 - 240 magic damage. For the next 8 seconds, they cannot receive stacks but take 14 - 48 bonus magic damage from Braum's attacks.

Fills up the icon as you build up stacks

Winter's Bite ( Q )
Braum propels freezing ice from his shield dealing 80/125/170/215/260 (+ RATIO) [2.5% of Braum's Max Health] magic damage to the first target hit and slowing them by 70%, decaying over the next 2 seconds. 
Applies a stack of Concussive Blows 
Cooldown: 10/9/8/7/6
Mana Cost: 50/55/60/65/70

Stand Behind Me ( W )
Braum leaps to a target allied champion or minion. 
On arrival, Braum and the ally gain Y Armor and X Magic Resist (20/22.5/25/27.5/30 plus 14/15.5/17/18.5/20%  of Braum's bonus Armor/Magic Resist) for 3 seconds 
Cooldown: 14/13/12/11/10
Mana Cost: 30/40/50/60/70
Armor and MR buff

Unbreakable ( E )
Braum reduces incoming damage and blocks for allies behind him.
Braum raises his shield in a direction for 3/3.25/3.5/3.75/4 seconds negating the damage of the next attack from this direction. Subsequent attacks deal 30/32.5/35/37.5/40% reduced damage. Braum intercepts projectiles, causing them to hit him and be destroyed. 
Braum gains 10% Movement Speed for the duration. 
Cooldown:  18/16/14/12/10
Mana Cost: 30/35/40/45/50

Glacial Fissure ( R )
Braum slams the ground, knocking up enemies nearby and in a line in front of him. A fissure is left along the line that slows enemies. 
Enemies hit take 150/250/350 (+0.6 AP) magic damage. The first champion hit is knocked up for 1.5 seconds, subsequent enemies are knocked up briefly. 
For the next 4 seconds enemies that enter the area are slowed by 60% for 1.5 seconds. 
Cooldown: 140/120/100
Mana Cost: 100 at all ranks

and here's a video of all his abilities in action!

Voiceover




Special Interactions

As you may have heard in the VO video, Braum has oodles of special VO lines for buying various items, poros, and several champions!

Items:
  • "These shoes... they are too tight!" (Boots of Speed)
  • "No sneaking up on Braum this time." (Sightstone)
  • "Sight is the key to victory... also stone." (Sightstone)
  • "Fire does the body good." (Sunfire Cape)
  • "I've always wanted an on-fire cloak." (Sunfire Cape)
  • "Ooh, now I need marshmallow." (Sunfire Cape)
  • "To friends I am snowfall, to enemies I am avalanche!" (Frozen Heart)
  • "Ha-ha! Perfect!" (Boots of Mobility)
  • "My shield will protect this shield." (Randuin's Omen)
  • "A shield for my shield? I like it!" (Randuin's Omen)
  • "This has the smell of a faraway land. Perhaps I shall see it one day." (Ancient Coin)
Poro Snax:
  • "Eat, eat and grow strong!"
  • "Train hard little poro and one day you will be strong like.. baby."
These trigger when you feed a poro-snax to a poro on the Howling Abyss map. Feeding them also triggers them to grow a handsome mustache, different colors based on the Braum skin you use.

Alistar:
  • "You remind me of Agatha. Best cow back home!"
  • "Alistar, I have cow you should meet."
Annie:
  • "Mother gave me bear as child too, Annie."
Gragas:
  • "After this we share a drink. You like goats milk?"
  • "What's your poison, Gragas? Mine's milk."
Tryndamere:
  • "Tryndamere! This is fun, right?"
  • "Are you having fun, my friend?"
Vi:
  • "Your hair... we do not see things like this in the Freljord."

It also looks like he has some special interactions when blocking certain abilities with his E. I couldn't get them to trigger in game but here are my best guesses based on the files:
  • "Look, your axes bounce right off" - Draven Ult
  • "Good Shot, you'll get them next time" - Ezreal Ult and Caitlyn Ult ( ? )
  • "I'm having cold flashes" - Ashe Ult
  • "Heh, it is windy today" - Riven Ult
  • "Ah! A refreshing sea breeze" - Nami Ult

Lore

"'Tell me a bedtime story, grandma.'

A bitter wind howls outside, whipping falling snow into devil whirls.

'What kind? A tale of the Ice Witch, perhaps?'

The girl crawls into her arms. 'Too scary. Tell me a story about Braum!'

'Ah, Braum!' The old woman smiles. 'There are so many. My grandmother used to tell me of the time Braum protected our village from the great dragon! Or once - this was long ago - he raced down a river of lava! Or -' She pauses; puts a finger to her lips. 'Have I told you how Braum got his shield?'

The girl grins and hops under the covers. The hearth fire snaps, holding off the wind.

�Well. In the mountains above our village lived a man named Braum -�

'I know that!'

'He mostly kept to his farm, tending his sheep and goats, but he was the kindest man anyone had ever met, and he always had a smile on his face and a laugh on his lips.

'Now, one day something terrible happened: a young troll boy � around your age - was climbing the mountain and happened on a vault, set into the mountainside, the entrance guarded by a huge stone door with a shard of True Ice at its center. When he opened the door, he couldn't believe his eyes: the vault was filled with gold, jewels - every kind of treasure you could imagine!

'What he didn't know was that the vault was a trap. The Ice Witch had cursed it - and as the troll boy entered, the magical door CLANGED shut behind him and locked him inside! Try as he might, he couldn't get out.

'A passing shepherd heard his cries. Everyone rushed to help, but even the strongest warriors couldn't open the door. The boy's parents were beside themselves; his mother's wails of grief echoed around the mountain. It seemed hopeless.

'And then, to everyone's surprise, they heard a distant laugh.'

'I bet it was Braum!'

'Aren't you clever! Braum had heard their cries and came striding down the mountainside. The villagers told him of the troll boy and the curse. Braum smiled, nodded, turned to the vault, and faced the door. He pushed it. Pulled it. Punched it; kicked it; tried to rip it from its hinges. But the door wouldn't budge.'

'But he's the strongest man ever!'

'It was perplexing,' her grandmother agrees. 'For four days and nights, Braum sat on a boulder, trying to think of a solution. After all, a child's life was at stake.

'Then, as the sun rose on the fifth day, his eyes widened and a broad grin lit up his face. 'If I can't go through the door,' he said, 'then I'll just have to go through -'

The girl thinks; her own eyes widen. '- the mountain!'

'The mountain. Braum headed to the summit and began punching his way straight down, pummeling into the stone, fist after fist, rocks flying in his wake, until he had vanished deep into the mountain.

'As the villagers held their breath, the rock around the door crumbled - and when the dust cleared, they saw Braum standing amidst the treasure, the weak but happy troll boy in his arms.

'I knew he could do it!'

'But before they could celebrate, everything began to rumble and shake: Braum's tunnel had weakened the mountaintop, and now it was caving in! Thinking quickly, Braum grabbed the enchanted door and held it above him like a shield, protecting them as the mountaintop collapsed. When it was over, Braum was amazed: there wasn't a single scratch on the door! Braum knew it was something very special.

'And from that moment on, that magical shield never left Braum's side.'

The girl is sitting upright, beaming with excitement. 'Grandma, tell me another.'

'Tomorrow.' Her grandmother smiles; kisses her forehead; blows out the candle. 'For you need to sleep, and there are many more stories to tell."

Release Skin:

Dragonslayer Braum

975 RP
One of his jokes makes him do push ups along side a faithful poro.
he sticks his head in to his shield's mouth for another one of his jokes.
Passive 2 stacks
Passive proc
Q
W
W buff
E
R
R 2

New Skins: Dragonslayer Pantheon & Blade Queen Lissandra


Dragonslayer Pantheon

1350 RP

Wings when you are channeling ult

Blade Queen Lissandra

1350 RP
Her recall creates an Iron Maiden around her

Enemy cast R
Self Cast R


Returning Skins : Night Hunter Rengar


After being pulled from an earlier build for improvements, it seems Night Hunter Rengar is back with a completed splash art and the ability to toggle his hood up and down.

Video preview of Toggle:


Ferocity Q
Ferocity W
Ferocity E
Starting Stealth
Stealthed


Atlantean Syndra Textures Updated

The unreleased Atlantean Syndra's has received a few color changes to bring her more in line with her splash art.


New Team Builder Feature : Role Demand

Team Builder has a new feature that shows solo players which roles Captains are currently looking for:

As you can see in this picture, the roles in demand have shifted and new icons for each role are visible.

Here are all the icons for each role:


 Assassin, Fighter, Mage, Marksman, Support, and Tank


New Sunfire Cape VFX

As mentioned previously, Sunfire Cape has received a new set of visual effects! It now pulses out flames around your feet instead of all over your body.

Here's Riot Rayven with more info:
"Hey folks, we are revisiting some of our item effects to increase quality and clarify gameplay. First up is the old cape of suns (Sunfire Cape). 
As you probably know, Sunfire Cape is an AoE damage aura item, but its current effect looks more like a DoT - similar to Ignite. This rework more clearly aligns 
Sunfire's visual with its gameplay through a pulsing aoe fire aura.
Try it for yourself in game!"


New Summoner Icon


A new icon, presumably for the upcoming All-Stars event, was also stuffed in this PBE update. No details on it's availability yet. 

Balance Changes


* Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical changes. The changes you see below may be lacking context or other accompanying changes that didn't make it in - don't freak out! These are not official notes.

Champions

Gragas
  • Drunken Rage ( W ) cooldown lowered to 6 at all ranks from 8/7.5/7/6.5/6 
  • Explosive Cask ( R ) [[ range appears to be up to 1150 from 1050 ]]


Jarvan IV
  • Martial Cadence ( Passive ) now starts at 10% ( up from 6/8/10% ) damage but cool down has been increased to 10/8/6 seconds ( from 6 seconds ). Cooldown decreases at level 7 and 13. 
  • Golden Aegis ( W )  mana cost lowered to 30 at all ranks from 45/50/55/60/65

Miss Fortune
  • Double Up ( Q )  now has a .35 AP ratio on the initial damage and a .5 AP ratio on the second hit. 

Malphite
  • Granite Shield ( Passive ) recharge rate lowered to 10/8/6 ( reducing at level 7 and 13 ) from 10 seconds at all levels
  • Brutal Strikes ( W ) mana cost lowered to 25 at all ranks from 50/55/60/65/70

Tryndamere
  • Spinning Slash ( E ) tooltip now properly lists it grants rage when dealing damage to enemies
  • [ Context: tool tip update, no change ]

Items
Sunfire Cape

Wriggle's Lantern
  • Bug fix: Wriggle's lantern's buff tooltip now properly notes you need 30 stacks to transform into Feral Flare
  • [ Context : This balance change went out in 4.6 but the tooltip wasn't updated ]


Trinkets

Soul Anchor
  • Active Consumes a charge to instantly revive at your Summoner Platform and grants 125% Movement Speed that decays over 12 seconds Additional charges are gained at levels 9 and 14.(Max: 2 charges)
  • [ Context : This item originally appeared in the 4.6 PBE cycle but was pulled. It has now returned for more testing ]

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