2/24 PBE Update: Kassadin Champion Update, Debonair Galio, Secret Agent Xin Zhao, Bard Splash, and more!

Posted on at 1:39 PM by Moobeat
[A second update including Bard and Headhunter Akali is out! Check this post for more info!]

The PBE has been updated! To kick off the 5.5 PBE cycle we have new Debonair Galio and Secret Agent Xin Zhao skins, visual updates for Kassadin and all of his skins, Bard's splash art, 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. )

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New Skins

To start off the 5,5 PBE cycle, we have new Debonair Galio and Secret Agent Xin Zhao skins up for testing. We also have files that mention "Headhunter Akali" but nothing to preview just yet.

Debonair Galio

750 RP

Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Debonair Galio:
"Flying into the Debonair line is Debonair Galio! He'll be perching himself on the Rift, ready to take on any opponent in style! 
Debonair Galio will be 750 RP and includes:
  • New model and texture! 
Debonair Galio 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 best to answer them!"

Secret Agent Xin Zhao

975 RP

Here's Galetta with a bugs and feedback thread for Secret Agent Xin Zhao:
"Time to investigate... 
Secret Agent Xin Zhao has taken on a special assignment 
Location: The PBE. 
Assignment Details: Listed Below.
  • New model and texture!
  • New Recall animation!
  • New briefcase particles on his (R) Shield.
This skin will be 975rp. 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Secret Agent Xin Zhao 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!"

"Headhunter Akali"

[Just a name, no other files on the PBE yet. Soon!]

Kassadin Champion Update

Kassadin has received a set of visual updates in today's patch, including updated model, textures, animations, ability icons, and slight updates to his vfx.
Here's Ququroon with a PBE feedback thread for Kassadin's visual updates!
"Check your (force) pulse, because the Kassadin update is on PBE! [when it's up] 
The man who simply walked into the void is receiving an update to his visuals! Kassadin is a rather old champion, so it's without question that he'd be needing some polish. Though dated, Kassadin's personality and theme had some strong notes that we looked to maintain with this release, rather than recreate. As such, our goal with this update was to strengthen what was currently in game. 
In this update, we wanted to bring his model, texture, animations and icons into the modern era. He had received updated particles not too long ago, but they did receive a slight update as well. His skins have also received like love, including the long requested flip on Harbinger's blade. 
Some questions to keep in mind as you take a look at Kassadin!
  • Does this still read as Kassadin to you?
  • Do you feel that anything you find core to Kassadin is missing?
  • How do you feel about Kassadin's skins? 
We'd really appreciate it if you'd take a look at Kassadin, and let us know of any bugs and/or feedback that come your way. Your feedback helps to guide changes we can make, as well as helps us grow as a team. 
Interested in a little more context on this update? Check out this ChampUp post!"

Now for a better look:


and here's a look at each of Kassadin's updated skins:

Festival Kassadin

Deep One Kassadin

Pre-Void Kassadin

Harbinger Kassadin

As Ququroon mentioned,  Kassadin also has a new set of ability icons:
  [Passive, Q, W, E, R]

[Not Available Yet] New Champion: Bard

Bard, our next champion, was announced earlier today but is not yet available for PBE testing as the vast majority of his files did not make it in!

That being said, his splash art and portrait have made there way on to the PBE:

Be sure to check out Bard's champion reveal for more information! 

New Katarina Ability Icons

Katarina has new set of ability icons on the PBE!
 [Passive, Q, W, E, R]

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.

  • Decimating Smash (Q) mana cost reduced to 40/45/50/55/60 from 45/50/55/60/65
  • Soul Furance (W) mana cost lowered to 60/65/70/75/80 from 65/70/75/80/85
  • Roar of the Slayer (E) mana cost increased to 35/40/45/50/55 from 35 at all ranks


[Experimental New Item]  "Item 3285

[Experimental New Item] Mandrake Ward [Disabled]
  • Unique Passive now notes it works with Fallen Turrets

Raptor Cloak
  • Armor increased to 40 from 30
  • Unique Passive now notes it works with Fallen Turrets

Righteous Glory
  • Health increased to 650 from 500
Zz'Rot Portal
  • Armor increased to 60 from 50
  • Magic Resist increased to 60 from 50
  • Unique Passive now notes it works with Fallen Turrets

  • Middle Lane Inner Turret no longer has the Vanguard shield. Top and Bottom lane's Inner  turret still have it.
  • Inhibitor Turret now grant 50 gold (from 175 gold) and 0 XP (from 100 XP) on death.
  • Nexus Turret now grant 50 gold (from 150 gold) and 0 XP (from 120 XP) on death.

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