6/1 PBE Update: Dark Star Thresh, Dark Star Varus, New Ward Skin & Summoner Icons, and more!

Posted on at 2:58 PM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated! As we kick off the 6.12 PBE cycle, today's update includes the legendary Dark Star Thresh skin, Dark Star Varus, new summoner icons & ward skin, balance changes & 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. )

Table of Contents

New Champion Skins

As teased, 6.12 includes new Dark Star Thresh (1820 RP) and Dark Star Varus (1350 RP) skins!

Dark Star Thresh

1820 RP

For his /laugh emote, Dark Star Thresh pokes his lantern and displays a picture of various space based champions and skins -  Astronaut Teemo and Nautilus, Bard, Aurelion Sol, Taric and Lucian.
For this /joke, Dark Star Thresh... erm... acquires a pet.
Above picture shows his lantern changing VFX after gathering 100 souls!
Dark Star Thresh changes colors to red when he lands a hook.
Here's Dark Star Thresh's voiceover, clocking it at just over 16 minutes of new lines and special interactions:
Here's Galetta with a bugs & feedback thread on Dark Star Thresh:
"There's something waiting for you beyond the stars..... 
Dark Star Thresh includes:
  • All new model and textures!
    • Textures change when you successfully hook a target!
  • All new particles! (Dark matter, Black holes, Cosmic energy!)
    • Lantern evolves after you gather 100 souls!
  • All new animations!
  • All new VO with new processing! (Suns? Moons? We have devoured both.)
  • All new SFX! 
This skin will be 1820RP! (PBE pricing subject to change) 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Dark Star Thresh 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!"

Dark Star Varus

1350 RP
[Varus R Hit screenshot  Soon]
Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread on Dark Star Varus:

"Dark Star Varus is a corrupted warrior pulled into Dark Star Thresh's twisted orbit, Dark Star Varus extinguishes worlds in the name of a greater cosmic horror. 
During production, we liked to imagine this version of Varus as what he would have turned into when corrupted by Dark Star Thresh
  • Completely new model! (inorganic space terror!)
  • Completely new VFX! (dark space and cosmos, and a fancy new cape!)
  • Completely new SFX! (sinister space sounds!)
  • New recall! (gravitational fields!)
Dark Star Varus is set to be 1350 RP*. 
As players who experience a first hand look at this content, we appreciate constructive feedback - feel free to leave it in the comments below! If you have any questions, you can also drop them below and I'll do my best to answer them! ^-^ 
*Prices subject to change."

New Ward Skin

We also have a new Dark Star Ward skin to go with new Dark Star champion skins!

Dark Star Ward

640 RP

New Summoner Icons

We also have three new summoner icons to go with the new Dark Star skins! 
KateyKhaos mentioned on twitter all of these will be 250 RP on launch and that the Oblivion Icon (the dark orb) will be 1500 IP for a short while!

[LCU PBE Alpha] June 1st Update

Here's CapnBranFlakes with info on the upcoming June 1st League Client Update PBE Alpha patch to add collections and reworked profiles up for testing!
"===UPDATE: 1 JUNE 2016=== 
Hi League client update PBE testers! 
We just shared some information about the new Collection section and reworked Profiles -- they will be accessible on the PBE alpha client for bug catching after maintenance later, and then on the live alpha client in the coming weeks for focused feedback. Make sure to check out the blog for details on what you can expect. 
Thanks in advance for testing it out and reporting any bugs you find, and we'll see you on the frontline!"
[NOTE: I'll add screenshots and coverage once the update is pushed to the LCU!]

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.


  • Gatling Gun (E) - reworded with slight changes.
    • Total damage increased to 80/140/200/260/320 from 80/128/176/224/312
    • Ticks per second increased to 4 from 2
      • Shred stack cap unchanged but Corki should be able to get there twice as fast.

  • The Culling (R) 
    • Shot damage lowered to 15/30/45 from 20/35/50
    • Each shot can now crit for 150% damage.

Bilgewater Cutlass
  • Price lowered to 1500 from 1650

Catalyst o Aeons

  • Unique Passive - Eternity -  "Spending mana restores..." lowered to 15%  from 20%

Essence Reaver
  • Price lowered to 3500 from 3600

Hextech Gunblade
  • Price lowered to 3250 from 3400

Infinity Edge
  • Price lowered to 3500 from 3600

Lord Dominik's Regards
  • Attack damage increased to 50 from 40

Maw of Malmortius 
  • Price increased to 3350 from 3250.

Mortal Reminder
  • Attack damage increased to 50 from 40

Phantom Dancer
  • Price increased to 2650 from 2550

Rapid Firecannon
  • Price increased to 2700 from 2600

Runaan's Hurricane
  • Price increased to 2700 from 2600
  • Attack speed lowered to 35% from 40%
  • Bolts now deal 30% of attack damage up from 25%

Statikk Shiv
  • Price increased to 2700 from 2600

Yomuu's Ghostblade
  • Price increased to 3300 from 3200

Catalyst of Aeons, Hextech GLP-800, Righteous Glory, Rod of Ages,
  • [now notes health restore is 50% for toggle spells]

Howling Abyss (ARAM)

  • Players now have a speed boost while leaving fountain. [tooltip currently not functional.]
  • Howling Abyss Aura Now includes 40% summoner spell cooldown reduction

ARAM - Removed items
  • Doran's Blade, Doran's Ring, Doran's Shield, Ancient Coin, Nomad's, Medallion, Talisman of Ascension, Spellthief's Edge, Frost Fang, Frost Queen's Claim, Relic Shield, Targon's Brace, Face of the Mountain, Wicked Hatchet, Arcane Sweeper, Lightbringer, Entrophy, Orb of Winter, Guardian's Horn *

ARAM - Items Added:
  • Refillable Potion, Corrupting Potion

ARAM - Changed Items
  • Oracle's Extract - [SmashGizmo noted it will no longer fall off on death.]

ARAM - New Items:
  • Three new items added to replace the Doran's items, you can only purchase one - Guardian's Horn, Guardian's Orb, Guardian's Hammer.

Summoner Spells
  • Two changes to go with the ARAM Aura change:
    • Self mana restore increased to 50% of maximum mana from 40%
    • Allies mana restore lowered to 25% from 40%

Double Edged Sword (Ferocity Tier 2)
  • No longer has a different effect for ranged champions - [Changed to Deal 3% additional damage, take 1.5% additional damage] from [Deal and take 2% additional damage.]

Fervor of Battle (Ferocity Tier 6)
  • Damaging champions with abilities now grants 1 stack down from 2
  • 2 second cooldown on ability stacking removed.*

Natural Talent (Ferocity Tier 3)
  • Values changed! End values (2 AD & 3 AP at levl 18) same but now has a higher base value and less per level increase. 
  • 1/5
    • NEW TOOLTIP: Gain 0.4 + 0.09 per level Attack Damage, and 0.6 + 0.13 per level Ability Power (+2 Attack Damage and 3 Ability Power at level 18)
    • OLD TOOLTIP: +2 Attack Damage and 3 Ability Power at level 18 (0.11 Attack Damage and 0.16 Ability Power per level)
  • 5/5
    • NEW TOOLTIP: Gain 2 + 0.44 per level Attack Damage, and 3 + 0.67 per level Ability Power (+10 Attack Damage and 15 Ability Power at level 18)
    • OLD TOOLTIP:  +10 Attack Damage and 15 Ability Power at level 18 (0.55 Attack Damage and 0.83 Ability Power per level)

Veteran's Scars (Resolve Tier 3)
  • Health increased to  10/20/30/40/50 from 9/18/27/36/45

Grasp of the Undying (Resolve Tier  6)
  • Now [deals 2.5% of your max health and heals you for 1.25% of your max health] from  [steals life equal to 2.5% of your max health]
    • NEW TOOLTIP: "Every 4 seconds in combat, your next attack against an enemy champion deals damage equal to 2.5% of your max Health and heals you for 1.25% of your max Health (halved for ranged champions, deals magic damage)"
    • OLD TOOLTIP: "Every 4 seconds in combat, your next attack against an enemy champion steals life equal to 2.5% of your max Health (halved for ranged champions, deals magic damage)"

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