2/26 PBE Update: Headhunter Akali splash, End of Game Victory/Defeat Update, base ward animations, and more

Posted on at 1:30 PM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated! Today's update includes the splash art for Headhunter Akali, texture rebalances for more Janna and Cho'Gath skins, new end of game Victory and Defeat animations, death and spawn animations for Stealth and Vision wards, Kassadin visual tweaks, 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 Splash Art

The splash art for Headhunter Akali, an upcoming 1350 RP skin, has been added in today's update.

Headhunter Akali

Check out our earlier PBE coverage for a better look at this upcoming skin!

More Texture Rebalances

Following yesterday's batch, today's patch includes texture rebalances for Hextech Janna, Victorious Janna, and Jurassic Cho'Gath. Remember that texture rebalances are aimed at updating older champion & skin textures to match the current art style and are not meant to replace future visual updates.

Hextech Janna

Victorious Janna

Here's a video comparison of the texture rebalances for Victorious and Hextech Janna:
Jurassic Cho'Gath

Taric, Warwick, Janna, Tempest Janna, Frost Queen Janna, Gentleman Cho'Gath, and Loch Ness Cho'Gath also have texture rebalances on the PBE. Check out our earlier PBE coverage for a better look.

End of Game Victory/Defeat 

The End of Game Victory and Defeat ceremonies have been updated with new animations!

While the video above shows a blue side victory, the other animations can be found here:

Stealth and Vision Ward Animations

The base Stealth and Vision  wards now have unique spawn and death animations.

Kassadin Update - Brighter Blade & Ability Tweaks

Following his visual updates from earlier in the cycle, Kassadin's blade has been made significantly brighter in today's update.

All of his updated skins have also had their blades brightened.
Kassadin's VFX have also been tweaked, particularly his autoattack and Q shield. Here's a brief preview video:

Check out our comprehensive PBE post for more on Kassadin's updates this cycle.

Debonair Galio will not be released in 5.5

Debonair Galio, a new skin debuted in an earlier patch this cycle, will not be coming out to live in the next patch. His PBE bugs & feedback thread has been updated with the following:
"Hey guys, we saw that a lot of players weren't super excited about the Debonair Galio skin on PBE, so we've decided to take some time and do what we can to make this skin as awesome possible. That said, he won't be in Patch 5.5."


[Bug Fix] Elderwood Bard has been fixed up and no longer has the broken texture stretching from arm to arm.

They also added a new Urf model to the files. No idea what it is for yet but it is lacking a texture and has a few animations. It is labelled as a "particle".

Check out THIS PAGE for a comprehensive list of the new content in this PBE cycle or catch up with the individual update links below !

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