Current PBE Changes

Last Updated on 1/29 with the 1/29 PBE Update

( With the release of patch 5.1 to live on January 15th, we started the new 5.2 PBE cycle )

Previous PBE Cycles in 2015

[4.21][5.1] [5.2]

Below you will find a comprehensive list of balance changes/game additions for the current PBE cycle.

These new changes and additions are relative to what things currently are on live servers and are


(They often do not represent the final changes that get pushed to live servers.)

Balance changes for this cycle (so far) can be found at the bottom of this page

New Content list for this PBE cycle:

1/27 PBE Update
  • New Skins
    • Heartseeker Varus
    • Marauder Ashe
    • Marauder Warwick
    • Inquisitor Nautilus
    • Inquisitor Sivir
  • Return of Tristana Splash
  • Miscellaneous
  • Balance Changes

1/28 PBE Update
  • New Summoner Icon
  • Skin Tweaks
    • Marauder Ashe
    • Marauder Warwick
    • Inquisitor Nautilus
  • Symbols Added to Summoner's Rift
  • Texture Rebalances
    • Kennen
    • Mordekaiser
  • Miscellaneous
    • HUD Additions
  • Balance Changes

  • New Ward Skin
  • Skin Updates
    • Heartseeker Varus
    • Inquisitor Nautilus
    • Maurader Warwick
    • Marauder Ashe
  • Texture Rebalances
    • Veigar
    • Fiddlesticks
    • Mordekaiser
  • Miscellaneous

( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be out dated! )

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

Table of Contents

New Skins

To kick off the 5.3 PBE cycle we have total of five new skins, including the lovely Heartseeker Varus, Marauder skins for Ashe Warwick,  and Inquisitor skins for Nautilus and Sivir.

Heartseeker Varus

1350 RP

Here's Galetta with a bugs and feedback thread for Heartseeker Varus!
"Love wounds and inflames the heart! 
Love is in the air as Heartseeker Varus flutters onto the PBE! Surrender to love or feel the sting of his arrow! This skin includes: 
  • New model and texture! With the addition of white angelic wings!
  • New particles! Hearts! Glitter! Pink ribbons! Rose petals!
  • New recall animation!
  • New SFX on his spells and his recall! 
This skin will be 1350rp!
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Heartseeker Varus and let us know what you think! Feel free to drop any bugs you find in this thread as well! 
See you on the Rift! 
Note: The SFX are still a work in progress so some spells may not have the updated sounds!"
Note: Heartseeker Varus also now uses the same voiceover as Arclight Varus, which takes away the extra filter effects of his base voiceover.

Marauder Ashe

750 RP
[Video outdated as of 1/28]

Marauder Warwick

750 RP
[Video outdated as of 1/28]

Here's KateyKhaos with a bugs and feedback thread for Marauder Ashe and Marauder Warwick!
"NOTE: 1/27: We're aware of an issue where Marauder Warwick's VO isn't playing. We're working on a fix! 
Victory by destruction! Decimate any enemy who gets in your way on the Rift with Marauder Ashe and Marauder Warwick
Marauder Ashe and will be Marauder Warwick 750 RP each and include:
  • All new model and texture (complete with shiny new armor)! 
Marauder Ashe and Marauder Warwick are now available to play on PBE! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you've got any questions, post 'em here, and we'll do our best to answer them!"

Inquisitor Nautilus

750 RP
[Video outdated as of 1/28]

Inquisitor Sivir

750 RP

Here's Galetta with a bugs & feedback thread for Inquisitor Sivir and Inquisitor Nautilus
"There is no salvation here.... 
The inquisitors seek victory through righteous means only. There are others who have similar ambitions, but their path is dark and blasphemous. These heretics cannot be allowed to continue on in this manner..... These skins include: 
  • New models and textures!
  • Both Sivir and Nautilus have new weapon models to match their new looks! 
These skins will be 750rp each. 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Inquisitor Sivir and Inquisitor Nautilus and let us know what you think! Feel free to drop any bugs you find in this thread as well! 
See you on the Rift!"

New Summoner Icon

Today's update includes a new summoner icon to go along with our other upcoming Valentine's Day themed content, Heartseeker Varus and Sweetheart Annie,

New Ward Skin

Riot has also added a new Heartseeker Ward skin!

Heartseeker Ward

640 RP

Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a bugs and feedback thread for the Heartseeker Ward!
"See your enemy's love (or gank) coming from a mile away with the Heartseeker Ward! 
The Heartseeker Ward is 640 RP each and includes: 
  • All new model and texture!
  • New particles! (Oooh, pink sparkles!)
  • New animations!
  • New sounds
The Heartseeker Ward is now available to play on PBE! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you've got any questions, post 'em here, and we'll do our test to answer them!"

Return of Tristana Splash Art

After being removed late in the 5.2 PBE cycle, the new Tristana splash to go with her champion update is back on the PBE but has not been changed yet. Ququroon noted earlier that they are still iterating and polishing this splash art.


Symbols added to Summoner's Rift

A set of strange symbols have been added various places on Summoner's Rift.
There are a total of five of them placed around the map - one near mid, two at top and bottom.
They also light up! When mousing over them, they emit a little swirl of light, grows bright, then fades away.
  Going away then back will make it just sort of simmer, leaving it less bright then the first time.
After that it just fades back to no glow until you come back around it.

Here's a video of the symbols lighting up in spectator mode.

Uncertain what they are for. I can not get them to trigger in-game organically, only in spectator mode. If you walk beside one in game and switch your environment settings around, they will trigger and stay on (although this is probably not intended).

The files are named "MM_". There is also a reference to "Bard_Symbol",

Texture Rebalances


Deadly Kennen

Swamp Master Kennen

Karate Kennen

Kennen M. D.

Here's a preview video for the Kennen texture rebalances:

Infernal Mordekaiser

Lord Mordekaiser


White Mage Veigar

Curling Veigar

Veigar Greybeard

Leprechaun Veigar

Baron Von Veigar

Superb Villian Veigar

Here's a video compare for the Veigar texture update and his skins:

No texture rebalances for Bad Santa or Final Boss Veigar.


Spectral Fiddlesticks

Union Jack Fiddlesticks

Bandito Fiddlesticks

Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks

Fiddle Me Timbers

Surprise Party Fiddlesticks

Here's a video compare for the Fiddlesticks texture update and his skins:

No texture rebalances for Dark Candy Fiddlesticks.

Friends List Improvements

When you hover over a friend on your friend list or in a chat room, there is now a pop up window that tells you their current status, their last played champion, and "playstyle".


Another file mentioning "SonaDJ" slipped into today's update. Still nothing tangible to share, only text.

The "Camera Move Speed" option has been split into mouse and keyboard options.

The HUD files were updated to include a music note and a crossed out music note. They don't appear to be enabled anywhere in-game yet.

Firecracker Jinx's Q sound effects, which are bugged on live/5.2, have been fixed.

The default ward skin now has a spawn animation - it "wiggles" when you put it down!

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.

  • Electrical Surge (  W ) tool tip now includes it can be used on targets "caught in Slicing Maelstrom or afflicted by Mark of the Storm" rather than just afflicted by MotS

  • Base HP  increased to 497.6 from 482.36
  • HP Per Level decreased to 70 from 77
  • Base attack damage increased to 52.04 from 50.04
  • Movement Speed increased to 330 from 325
  • Base mana regen reduced to 1.6184 from 1.8
  • Mana regen per second per level increased .13 from .08

Greater Stealth totem
  • Now has charges and  stores a charge of every 60 seconds, up to a total of two.

  • [Rengar's Bonetooth Necklace variant has also been updated to include this effect. Upgrades at 20 trophies.]

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