5/21 PBE Update: Karthus VU & Woad Scout Quinn

Posted on at 6:34 PM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated and the Karthus VU is here, including his new base model, massively expanded VU, and updates for all of his skins. This update also features a new Woad Scout Quinn skin, assets for a new match history, and 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. )

Karthus Visual Update

Following it's announcement last night, the Karthus visual update is here and ready for testing!

Here's Ququroon with more info from the official bugs/feedback thread :
"Greetings Summoners. Karthus, the Deathsinger, is now ready for PBE testing! (in a few minutes) 
In this ghastly VU, you'll see new models and textures, new animations, new visual effects, new sounds, new VO, and more! We've updated the skins as well, so the four skins of Karthus will be a treat for the eyes. 
One of the bigger changes that we've made to Karthus is on his Passive, Death Defied. There were a lot of times where people would lose the old Karthus in the thick of a fight, or where the person playing him wouldn't realize that he still had time to cast. We've tried to heavily beef this up by giving the Deathsinger unique animations upon his death. He also has this really menacing cackle of power that I'm rather fond of. 
As you approach your testing, please keep these questions in mind!
  • How do you feel about the clarity of the particles? Are there any times where this changes?
  • Do you find the particles to be too loud or too quiet?
  • How do you feel about the skins? Do they properly capture the fantasy that you already know them for? 
Please feel free to leave your feedback in this thread regarding Karthus or any related bugs you encounter. Your feedback here will influence the changes we make, as well as aiding us in our future champion Visual Updates! 
See this thread if you would like more insight into our goals with Karthus, or just to familiarize yourself with him!http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/champion-relaunch/karthus-deathsinger 
If you'd like to know more about what other things the Champion Update team is cooking up, you should check out this thread! http://community.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/champions-skins/txxQETbY-champion-u"

and now for a better look:

Karthus, the Deathsinger

While we don't have the full splash yet, we do have his square!
Passive active.
Sort of a bad picture but Karthus has an alternate animation while dead - he no longer uses his book or staff to cast.

New Voiceover & Special Interactions

( Note: The video starts with new lines for his PENTAKILL skin. The default VO starts ~2:10

Karthus also has oodles special item interactions and unique taunts for enemy champions!

  • Angels too, are the messengers of death. [Archangel's Staff]
  • Host of angels or murder of crows? [Archangel's Staff]
  • It's power grows with time; as does mine. [Rod of Ages]
  • A companion for all time. [Rod of Ages]
  • A tear of loss, a tear of joy. [Tear of the Goddess]
  • A crown for the king of death. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • It's old master served my patron well. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • Ah, the song grows. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • I hear the echo of Rabadon. It is exquisite. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • None can outrun death. [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • When death's grip finds you, it clings tightly. [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • This crystal will sing with me.  [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • No one can hide from the end. [Void Staff]
  • It will turn their mantles to shrouds. [Void Staff]
  • What can protect you from the inevitable? [Void Staff]
  • The grave has all the time in the world. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • The sands slip away like lives. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • Freeze that moment, on the threshold of oblivion. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • Come, drink of the grail. [Athene's Unholy Grail]
  • "You decieve your followers, I will enlighten them"
  • "Death's Horse needs no bridle."
  • "You are but the herald, Hecarim. Remember who you truly serve."
  • "Your light is but a candle in the infinite dark."
  • "Lucian! Join her."
  • "Abandon your mortality, and find your precious Senna."
  • "You can always join her, Lucian; it will be bliss."
  • "You give the dead purpose, Mordekaiser; I give them meaning."
  • "A shell of flesh or a shell of metal; both ring hollow."
  • "Sion, we must free your soul from the prison of flesh."
  • "You are only the echo of greatness, but I can give you voice again."
  • "Death has more meaning than torment alone, Warden."
  • "You may shackle the living, but the dead must walk free."
  • "Abomination, you have cheated death too long."
  • "Urgot.. mmm.. I highly recommend death at this point" [ This one is a joke, not a taunt ]
  • "You are on the eve of liberation, Varus."

New Ability Icons

To go along with his new vfx, Karthus also has new icons for each of his abilities.
( Passive, Q, W, E, R ) 

Updated skins:

Perhaps the most terrfying(ly good) part of the VU is all of the updated Karthus skins!

Phantom Karthus

Pentakill Karthus

( Has new VO lines! )

Statue of Karthus 

Grim Reaper Karthus

New Skins

Woad Scout Quinn

For her recall, Quinn throws an arrow to valor while icy winds blow. Makes for a bad picture >.> 

New Match History Asssets

A few new match history  files were added in today's update, the most interesting of which reveals there is an upcoming web based match history that includes a lot of additional information.
"Welcome to the
New Match History! 
Match History is now on the web! Use the
new online match history to view, study
and share your League of Legends match
  • Expanded matches, including more than just your last ten games!
  • Additional end-of-game statistics such as dragon kills, gold-per-minute and death locations
  • Turn your previous matches into sharable stories with enhanced graphs, heat maps and more"

No red posts or other details available yet. I'll keep an eye out.

Loading Screen Font Change

Once again the loading screen font has been changed.

Update to League Pages / Team Rewards

[ Note: These assets aren't new to this patch specially, just went by unnoticed . Sorry! ]

While first seen in an earlier PBE cycle, the new Leagues Page has continued to received updates.

You can now see examples of what each ward tier may look like.

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