With 4.18 headed to live, we are kicking off a new PBE cycle! Today's update includes a new Reaper Soraka skin, Victorious Morgana, updated base splash arts for Jarvan IV and Rengar, short form lore entries for several Shadow Isles champions, an updated tour of the SRU, and much more!
Continue reading for more information!
(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 Skins for Soraka and MorganaToday's update features two new skins, Reaper Soraka and Victorious Morgana!
Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a bugs and feedback thread for Reaper Soraka:
"She will not save you, but she might reap your soul! Watch out for this dark starchild!
Reaper Soraka will be 1350 RP and includes:
You can check her out in game now on the PBE! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful so feel free to comment in the thread below!
- A new reaper-style model and texture!
- All new (spooky) particles!
- A new recall where she reaps souls!
- Spectral voice processing!
Reward skin for placing Gold or Higher during the 2014 Ranked Season
NOTE: This skin is a heavy work in progress and is not yet enabled in the store for testing!
From Riot Baconhawk on Twitter:
"It is also WIP WIP WIP
she is getting some model/texture/particle work still!"
Again, be aware that Victorious Morgana is currently a heavily WIP skin with more changes and polish coming in the next updates!
New Splash ArtWe also have two new base splash art updates for both Jarvan IV and Rengar!
Lore ChangesSeveral Shadow Isles champions have received new, short-form lore entries for the client. These are not meant to replace the longer bios on the website.
Elise's entrancing beauty and grace conceal the pitiless, black heart of a deadly predator. With ruthless cunning, she lures the unsuspecting with promises of favor from the spider god. Having exchanged her humanity to become something far more sinister, Elise sacrifices the innocent to maintain her power and seemingly eternal youth. No one can fathom how many have been caught in her web, slain to feed her insatiable hunger.
Swift and lethal, Evelynn is one of the most deadly - and expensive - assassins in all of Runeterra. Able to merge with the shadows at will, she patiently stalks her prey, waiting for the right moment to strike. While Evelynn is clearly not entirely human, and her heritage remains unclear, it is believed that she hails from the Shadow Isles - though her link with that tortured realm remains shrouded in mystery.
Hecarim is a towering, armored specter whose name is whispered fearfully across the length and breadth of Runeterra. He patrols the Shadow Isles, running down anyone foolish enough to set foot upon its cursed soil. As the vanguard of undeath, Hecarim rides forth from the Black Mist, laughing mockingly as he tramples the living beneath his iron-shod hooves.
Karthus is a harbinger of oblivion, zealously devoted to the beauty and clarity of death. Even in his youth, he was utterly obsessed with mortality, growing ever more relentless in the pursuit of his dark desires. Yearning to be one with death itself, Karthus journeyed to the Shadow Isles and willingly offered himself to undeath. Karthus transformed into the Deathsinger, a dread lich existing solely to deliver the blessed gift of annihilation.
Maokai was bound to a gnarled tree by the dark magic that transformed the Shadow Isles. The once-peaceful nature spirit is now a corruption of his former self. Infused with power that he never asked for, he has become a destructive force, sundering his enemies with wild magic and crushing limbs. Maokai continues to wander Valoran, seeking the means to bring life back to his forest home.
The vicious wraith Mordekaiser is among the most terrifying and hateful of spirits that haunt the Shadow Isles. Entombed in ancient armor, the Master of Metal is said to be the first of the unliving, a revenant who existed even before the Shadow Isles were wrought. His twisted soul thrives on his own suffering, as well as the anguish he inflicts upon others. Those who dare face Mordekaiser in battle risk a horrific curse: he enslaves his victims' souls to become instruments of destruction.
Thresh is a sadistic, spectral reaper who relishes tormenting the living and the dead. Once a jailer who mercilessly brutalized all under his charge, Thresh was hanged from his own chains by the prisoners he had tortured. With his vicious essence unbound, the Chain Warden roams Runeterra in search of prey. He derives twisted joy from slowly breaking the minds of his most defiant victims, before trapping their souls within the sickly green light of his lantern.
A terrifying and tragic figure, Yorick is a ghoulish being that exists on the edge of mortality. Some say he was the last of his family line, dying without an heir to continue its legacy, and that he is cursed to continue to his family's duty even after death. Wielding the twisted shovel he bore in life, he continues his macabre work, endlessly digging and filling graves upon the haunted Shadow Isles.
No Texture Rebalances in 4.19For those on the look out, Ququroon has confirmed there will be no texture rebalances in this PBE cycle.
"As a heads up, there will be no Texture Rebalances in the 4.19 patch due to logistic reasons. Expect many of them in 4.20. #LeagueOfLegends"
Summoner's Rift Update returnsThe Summoner's Rift update is back on the PBE for testing!
EDIT: Here's a few up to date tour videos, as of the 10/8 update!
Spectator Pan Tour:
Jungle Camp Spawns
and here's an example of the Red Nexus Explosion, something they've been iterating on heavily.
There is also now a Philosopher's Stone ( a previously removed item) hanging on one of the stones.
Miscellaneous - Harowing Login, King Poro, and more!Lastly we have a few odds and ends worth mentioning!
The Harrowing Login theme is now on the PBE after being discovered in the live files for 4.18.
We have another vague mention of "KingPoro" in the form of mutators for Map 12 (Howling Abyss). No confirmation or details on what exactly "KingPoro" is for but it seems pretty familiar to when the Ascension files were floating about the PBE...
There are new healing swirls while regenerating health in the base.
We also have new shop icons for name changes and for single rune pages.
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.
- Unique Passive - Cold Steel attack speed slow increased to 15% from 10%