12/8 PBE Update: Challenger Nidalee, DT Lulu update, and more!

Posted on at 11:35 AM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated! As we start up content for the 6.1 PBE cycle, we have a new Challenger Nidalee skin, strings mentioning new Draven, Sejuani, and Tryndamere skins, 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. )

[NOTE: Based on previous patching schedules, this content should be for 6.1, which will not go to live until early January 2016!]

Table of Contents

New Skins

Today's patch includes the new legacy Challenger Nidalee skin, the second installment a skin line to celebrate the start of a new season!

Challenger Nidalee

975 / Legacy

Here's a bugs & feedback thread from RiotKateyKhaos on Challenger Nidalee:
"A new Challenger approaches! 
We're kicking off the 2016 season with Challenger Nidalee
Nidalee was selected to receive the 2016 Challenger skin due to her impact in the most recent competitive season. Her kit update as well as jungle buffs made her a solid contender for any team. She dominated the jungle and led several teams to victory! 
Challenger Nidalee will be 975 RP* and is legacy. This skin includes: 
  • A new model and texture - she's ready for battle!
  • New pink particle effects for both Human and Cougar forms!
  • New recall animations for both Human and Cougar forms!
Challenger Nidalee is now available to play on PBE! Please note that PBE content is still a work in progress! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, as well as constructive feedback, 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. 
*Prices on PBE subject to change."

We also have strings referencing three new BEAST HUNTER skins but no assets to preview yet!

Beast Hunter Draven

[No model / assets in today's update.]

Beast Hunter Sejuani

[No model / assets in today's update.]

Beast Hunter Tryndamere

[No model / assets in today's update.]

Skin Updates

Dragon Trainer Lulu has received changes in today's update, her colors have been brightened and her textures have been updated.

Dragon Trainer Lulu


Soul Reaver Draven and Gladiator Draven now have unique axe catch emblems rather than just re-using the base emblem!

Soul Reaver Draven
Gladiator Draven


  • The splash art for Braum Lionheart and Gragas Caskbreaker has been flipped to better accommodate it's positioning on the champion page.]
  • [As of 12/8 Build] The new Champion Select Experience is up for testing!

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.

  • Various tooltips updated to reflect the 5.22 Grievous wounds changes.
    • Ignite, Katarina R, Varus E

  • Crowstorm (R) cooldown reduced to 130/120/110 from 150/140/130

  • Powder Keg (E) 
    • Changed to only ignoring BONUS armor from TOTAL. [source]
    • Bonus Armor ignore % increased to 50% from 40%

  • Pillar of Ice (E) mana cost increased to 70/75/80/85/90 from 60 at all ranks
  • Subjugate (R) 
    • Cooldown increased to 110/90/80 from 80/70/60 [?]
    • Mana cost increased to 100 from 75

Enchantment: Runeglaive
  • [Replaced by Enchantment: Runic Echoes]

[New] Enchantment: Runic Echoes
  • New item introduced that replaces Enchantment: Runeglaive.
    • +60 Ability Power
    • +10% Movement speed
    • UNIQUE Passive - Echo: Gain charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 80 (+10% of Ability Power) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets on hit.

    • This effect deals 250% damage to Large Monsters. Hitting a Large Monster with this effect will restore 18% of your missing Mana.

Jungle Items - Stalker's Blade, Tracker's Knife, Skirmisher's Sabre
  • [Tooltip now explicitly mentions base mana regen increased while in River]

Sunfire Cape
  • Armor increased to 50 from 45.

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