12/6 PBE Update: Vi, Snowdown Showdown Skins, and MUCH More!

Posted on at 10:56 PM by Moobeat
A massive update has been deployed to the PBE, containing loads of Snowdown Showdown content and Vi, our next champion to join the League!
Continue reading for a smorgasbord of new content, including the new champion Vi, new skins for Fiddlesticks, Katarina, Veigar, and Ziggs, new ward skins, a preview of the new gifting center, balance changes, and more!

( REMEMBER: Everything on the PBE is tentative and subject to change! Some of these features are works in progress )

Vi, The Piltover Enforcer.
Very shortly after our newest champion was revealed, Vi landed smack dab in the middle of the PBE! She, as well as her release skin Neon Strike Vi, are suited up and ready for testing!

Here is a preview of her animations and abilities, as well as her special taunts when she is around Caitlyn

She has another hidden interaction with Caitlyn when they are on the same team; they both gain the buff "On the case"
She also several special interactions involving her and Caitlyn when Caitlyn ults ( both ulting at her and around her if they are on the same team )  as well as when Vi ults Jayce. The sounds aren't hooked up at the moment, but they are in the sound banks.

( PASSIVE ) Blast Shield - Your activated abilities grant a shield equal to 10% of your max health for 5 seconds when they hit an enemy ( 16 second cool down )
( Q ) Vault Breaker -Charges a powerful punch that carries you forward.
First Cast: Slows your movement speed by 15% while increasing damage and rash range over 1.5 seconds

Second cast: Dashes forward dealing 50/80/110/140/170 ( +.7 AD ) to 100/160/220/280/340 ( +1.4 ) physical damage applying Denting Blows to all enemies hit ( deals 75% damage to minions and monsters ). Stops upon colliding with an enemy champion, knocking it back.
Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90

( W ) Denting Blows
: Every third attack on the same target deals an additional 6/7/8/9/10% (+1% per 35 bonus AD) of the target's max health as physical damage, reduces its armor by 25% and grants you 30/35/40/45/50% attack speed for 4 seconds ( max 300 damage vs minions and monsters )

( E ) Excessive Force
: Causes next basic attack to deal 5/20/35/50/65 ( +1.2 total AD)(+.7 AP) physical damage to target and enemies behind it.

Vi Charges a new punch every 14/12.5/11/9.5/7 seconds can can hold 2 charges at once.
Mana Cost: 60 all ranks 

(R ) Assault and Battery: Targets an enemy champion and chases it down, knocking it up and suppressing it for 1.25 seconds. Deals 200/375/550 ( +2.0 AD ) physical damage and applies denting blows.

While charging your are immune to crowd control and will knock aside enemies in the way, dealing 75% damage to them.

Mana cost: 100/125/150
Cooldown: 130/105/80

"To Vi, every problem is just another brick wall to punch through with her gigantic hextech gauntlets. Though she grew up on the wrong side of the law, Vi now uses her criminal know-how to serve Piltover's police force. Vi's brash attitude, abrasive humor, and blatant refusal to follow orders can often infuriate her by-the-books partner, Caitlyn. But even the sheriff of Piltover cannot deny that Vi is an invaluable asset in the fight against crime.

As a child growing up in the lawless outskirts of Piltover, Vi learned to rob and cheat to get by. Stealing and stripping hextech hardware gave her the skills of a master mechanic, while life on the streets taught her self-reliance. When she was six, a ragtag group of criminals took a shine to the young delinquent and brought her into their fold. By the time Vi was eleven, she had become a seasoned accomplice, and she relished the thrill of every heist.
Vi's attitude changed when a raid on a mining facility went bad. She was forced to decide between fleeing with her crew and trying to save the innocent mine workers from a collapsed tunnel. Vi chose to play the hero. While searching for a way to free the mine workers from the rubble, she discovered a damaged robotic mining rig. Improvising, she wrenched off its huge fists and modified them into makeshift hextech gauntlets. Fitting the heavy weapons to her tiny hands, the young girl flexed her arm and threw a powered punch at the rubble. The force of the blow blasted away the rock. With the workers free to escape, Vi fled the scene.

After that job gone wrong, Vi severed her connection to the crew. She returned to a life of solitary crime, but stole only from other criminals. As the years went by, Vi modified and improved her hextech fists, allowing her to bust up heists and snatch loot with ease. Eventually, word of her notoriety reached Caitlyn, the famed Sheriff of Piltover. Rather than seek Vi's arrest, Caitlyn offered the criminal a way to pay her debt to society: work for the law in Piltover. Vi laughed. To her, a job that let her beat up crooks without forcing her to run from the cops sounded perfect. She immediately accepted. Caitlyn now struggles to keep Vi in line, and Vi treats Caitlyn's orders as mere suggestions, but when they work together, they are feared by all lawbreakers in Piltover.

It's a shame. I've got two fists, but you've only got one face. "
Neon Strike Vi
You can see it in the video below, but her taunt actually moves her glasses up and down on her head. It's essentially a toggle

New Skins
Several new skins, including some that are a part of the annual Snowdown Showdown event, made their way into this patch. Several seem to be incomplete or unpolished as of this moment, but that isn't going to stop us! Check out new skins for Shaco, Katarina, Veigar, Ziggs, and Fiddlesticks! There is also mention of a " Steel Legion Lux" skin but she has no model or splash just yet.

Masked Shaco

Dark Candy Fiddlesticks

Snow Day Ziggs

Bad Santa Veigar

"Xmas" Katarina

Edit: Here are the unfinished textures for Steel Legion Lux. We've seen textures that never actually made it to completion before so don't get TOO excited.

New Ward Skins
Two new ward skins have popped up! Behold the glorious Snowman and Gingerbread ward skins!

Gifting Center
Remember that gifting option we heard about earlier? Turns out it's nearly ready to go! The store now features a "Gifting Center" option where summoners can purchase ( NOT GIVE WHAT THEY HAVE ) skins, champions, and RP for fellow summoners!

Here is an example of how the process works:

1) Pick an option, either gift a champion, skin, or RP
 2) Pick out your specific piece of content ( notice you can only do this with RP )
 3) Write a little message and confirm the unlock ( again, you can only do it with items bought using RP )
4) Confirmation that tells you how many items you can send a day.

5) Your friend gets a sweet ass animation of a treasure chest opening and can see the message you send them.

6) Once your friend gets the item, you will get a confirmation

Nidalee Visual Update returns
It's back! I don't think anything was changed much but her visual update has been reapplied.

New Mini map Teleport, Ward, and Recall indicators
There are two new particles that show up on the minimap! A blue circle now appears around champion's portraits when they are recalling and a set of two orangish rings when they are teleporting. No more guessing who is going where  Wards now display small icons on the mini map as well.
Interestingly enough, this idea seems to be born on reddit!
Left = Sight Ward and Right = Vision ward.
Balance Changes
  • Crescent Strike's damage reduced to  60/95/130/165/200 from 70/110/150/190/230
Master Yi
  • Alpha Strike's change to damage minions changed to 50% chance at all ranks from 20/30/40/50/60% chance.
  • Alpha Strike's bonus magic damage to minions changed to 260/320/380/440/500 damage from 400 at all ranks.

  • Battle Roar's damage decreased to 50/80/110/140/170 from 60/100/140/180/220
  • Thrill of the Hunt now has a short delay before his stealth, 1.25 seconds and delayed up to 3 seconds if hit.
  • Toxic Shot's intial damage ratio reduced to .3 AP from .4.
  • Noxus Trap damage reduced to 200/325/480 from 200/400/600
Blackfire Torch
  • Cooldown Reduction decreased to 10% from 15%.


  1. Defitenely picking up the ziggs skin.

  2. Her model looks nice. Whg is there a cup at her feet?

    1. Thats her taunt for aroud caitlyn, she makes fun of er by acting like a snob

  3. wow i want the fist girl ,she looks like riven without sword :)

  4. Moo, there are a few new particle effects including two on the minimap, one for recalls (blue hovering circle over champion icon) and Teleports (shows where the champion teleporting is and where they're going as indicated by a orange hovering circle around them).

  5. Vi seems similar to Riven and a bit of Lee? Defo getting her xD

  6. So disappointed with the Christmas skins. I expected something more... epic. Or maybe just one for a champion I actually like. I was hoping so hard for Christmas Tree Ornamentianna :(

  7. Teacup is used with Caitlyn. She says "oh look at me I'm on the case" in a British accent mocking cait. Whilst making a cup a tea between her gloves.

  8. Xmas skin on all ap champs&r.i.p rengar

  9. Kat skin is here to calm down poor guy like me who missed the "limited" Kitty Kat.

    1. Garena users get that skin on 70% off ^^

    2. Yes! Its not kitty kat, but it's something... u.u


  11. TEEMO NERFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Coolest Fiddlesticks Skin! Can't wait to see the particles!


  14. Oooooh that Fiddle one looks nice.
    I can't wait to see the Lux one!


  16. Leave, now. Nobody appreciates you.


  18. ...WEll lets see.. I'm getting about $200 for christmas.. Nope not enough.

  19. I heard you will add a new champ Vi, the Piltover Enforcer in this patch
    so please tell me you at least gave some credit to this guy:


    Because honestly this picture is from october at least and this guy
    doesn't work at RIOT so unless he somehow knows someone who works at
    RIOT he really nailed it for you. Don't be d**ks and say its just a

    EDIT: Just found this thread here: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/...ighlight=misha

    EDIT 2: Another with an alternative look: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/...3#post29718523

  20. Nothing for soraka =(

  21. What this guy said ^

  22. Farahboom's Dev, Vi (Misha) Concept

  23. okay, she's a melee vayne (her W is a passive that, on the 3rd hit, does % dmg based on max health, but that shreds armor and gives AS)

  24. What i know Riot champions are being tested for long time , so releasing a champion now doesn't mean the idea was from 1 month only , it can be many months.

    1. Na they pretty much guaranteed vi before the end of the year

  25. ..still nothing about Dynasty Xin & Dynasty Jarvan & i-Blitzcrank

  26. And he still needs some more.

  27. I want a eve skiiiiin D: