11/13 PBE Update: Three new skin splash arts, Maokai base splash art update, New LeaverBuster testing, and more!

Posted on at 12:58 PM by Moobeat
[Update ~11:45 PM PST: Second small update went out but there wasn't much in there outside of bug fixes ]

The PBE has been updated! Today's update includes minor tweaks to Safecracker Evelynn, the Kalista login screen, a new base splash art for Maokai,  and new splash art for Blood Moon Kalista, Battlecast Alpha Skarner, and  Battlecast Kog'Maw!
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 Splash Art

Today's update includes splash arts for three of the seven upcoming skins from this PBE cycle and an update to Maokai's base splash art!

Blood Moon Kalista

Battlecast Kog'Maw

Battlecast Alpha Skarner

For a preview of Blood Moon Kalista, Battlecast Kog'Maw, or Battlecast Alpha Skarner in-game, check out our earlier PBE coverage!

To go along with his visual updates from earlier this cycle, Maokai also has a new splash art.


Kalista Login Theme

Following yesterday's debut, Kalista's login animation has now includes the music!

Skin Updates

Safecracker Evelynn has received minor texture updates to her armor, which is now lighter.

New LeaverBuster on PBE

Lyte has posted up information on the new LEAVERBUSTER system, which is now testing on the PBE.
"TL;DR We’re rolling out a new LeaverBuster system to help reduce the frequency of AFKS and leavers that is also significantly more severe in ranked games.

LeaverBuster is our system for detecting players who frequently leave games or AFK. In the past, we’ve generally erred on the side of caution, and for that reason, many of you have given us the feedback that LeaverBuster hasn’t always seemed effective and some players seemed to just switch to a smurf to dodge the leaving penalties.

With this new update, we’ve implemented a significantly more strict design while providing a clear feedback loop. Our goals are to better educate players that AFKing or leaving a game is not acceptable in League, and punish leavers faster and more severely.

The first time a player leaves a game, they’ll see a pop-up explaining that leaving is not okay and then have to manually agree to not leave future games. If they continue to ruin other players’ experiences, they’ll enter lower-priority matchmaking for a number of games. While in low priority queue, players will experience queue times that are 5, 10, even 20 minutes longer than a player who hasn't left games.

Players will know how many games they have in lower-priority, and if they join a premade group, that group will be notified they are playing with a chronic AFK/leaver and they’ll face the same lower-priority time penalty.

While we hope it doesn’t ever happen, but if a player fails to stop AFKing or leaving while in lower-priority matchmaking, continued offenses will result in permanent bans.

I'm happy to answer any questions about the system, as it is now live on the PBE."


The new Battlecast Ward skin now has a  store image. Check it out in-game here.

The new End of Game assets have received  a few changes and they are now slightly animated, although they do not seem to be complete.

Miss out on previous updates from this PBE cycle? Check out THIS PAGE for a comprehensive list of the new content in this PBE cycle or catch up with the links below !

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