7/19 PBE Update: New Spellthief Lux and Prestigious LeBlanc splash art, New Hextech Crafting Components, & more!

Posted on at 4:22 PM by Moobeat
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The PBE has been updated! Today's update includes new splash art for Prestigious LeBlanc and Spellthief Lux, the introduction of several new Hextech Crafting components, and more!
Continue reading for more information!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and subject to change - what you see below may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers at the end of the cycle! Manage your expectations accordingly.)

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New Splash Art

Today's update includes new splash art for Prestigious LeBlanc and Spellthief Lux, as well as some small changes to the Frost Ezreal splash.

 Prestigious Leblanc

Spellthief Lux

Also slight edits for the Frosted Ezreal splash, moving around and removing the animals in the background.

New Hextech Crafting Components

[NOTE: After digging out the assets in the 7/18 update, everything is now up in the shop for testing!]

The new Hectech crafting components are now on the PBE for testing - including several new kinds of caches, PROJECT cores, blueprints, and more! 
As you've likely seen in this announcement, these new components will be used to craft FIRST STRIKE icons that unlock special FIRST STRIKE loading screen borders for the new PROJECT: Ashe, Ekko, and Katarina skins!

[**NOTE: All prices are currently just set to test pricing! Stay on the look out for RP and IP costs as this content moves to live in 6.15!]


  • AUGMENT CACHES are available for RP or by forging one with 3  AC fragments. Includes 2 cores, 1 skin shard, 1 random shard, and could contain AC fragments.
    • Bundles will also be available, some even including gem stones.
  • Four new summoner icons  are available for IP or RP and include a unique one time only cache.
    • PROJECT Caches = 1 core, 1 specific FIRST STRIKE icon blueprint, 1 AC fragment.
      • Choose between PROJECT: Ashe, Ekko, and Katarina caches based on color. 
    • DISRUPTION cache = 7 cores, 1 random PROJECT skin blue print, and 2 AC fragments.
  • How to get stuff:
    • First strike icon & loading screen = combine 7 cores. + FIRST STRIKE ICON blue print
    • PROJECT skin shard = combine 11 cores + PROJECT skin blueprint

The large new cache is the AUGMENT cache, which will also be available in bundles that contain a gem.
  • Augment Cache - RP only - includes 2 cores, 1 skin shard, and 1 other champion or skin shard. Can also contain an Augment cache fragment, three of which can be combined to make an Augment cache. 

The four summoner icons below come bundled with a unique one time cache that includes various components. Each of these icons will be available for both IP and RP.
  • EM Caster Icon --> PROJECT: Ashe Cache - contains one PROJECT core, blueprints for PROJECT: Ashe first strike icon, and a Augment cache fragment.
  • Decrypter Icon --> PROJECT: Ekko Cache - contains one PROJECT core, blueprints for PROJECT: Ekko first strike icon, and a Augment cache fragment.
  • Hyper Edge Icon --> PROJECT: Katarina Cache - contains  one PROJECT core, blueprints for PROJECT: Katarina first strike icon, and a Augment cache fragment.
  • DISRUPTION Icon --> Disruption Cache - contains seven PROJECT cores, one random PROJECT skin blueprint (from pool of PROJECT: Yasuo, Yi, Zed, Fiora, Leona, Lucian) which can be combined with cores for a skin shard, and 2 Augment cache fragments. 

As mentioned above, the three PROJECT caches all contain an Augment Cache Fragment, meaning if  you purchase all three you'll have 3 fragments and enough to craft an Augment cache for free.  Augment Caches can also contain fragments of Augment caches.

Once you have enough PROJECT cores, you can combine them with the various blueprints to unlock items!
  • FIRST STRIKE ICONS AND BORDERS: It takes 7 PROJECT cores and a blueprint to make the FIRST STRIKE icons, which unlock the exclusive FIRST STRIKE loading screen borders for the selected skin! 
    • [NOTE: You do not need to equip the FIRST STRIKE icon to get the FIRST STRIKE border, you only need to unlock it and the loading screen border will be applied.] 
  • PROJECT SKIN SHARDS: It takes 11 PROJECT cores and a blueprint to make the PROJECT skin shards.

With all that in mind, here's a short video showing off the various crafting animations for these new caches:

Remember, the new PROJECT skins will be in the shop as normal-  PROJECT: Ashe is priced at 1820 RP while PROJECT: Ekko and Katarina are 1350 RP.

Skin Tweaks

PROJECT: Ashe no longer has the drone in her recall, which was originally added in the 7/18 update.

Here's a short video of her recall as of the 7/19 PBE update:


  • Summoner's Rift base banners added for the NA LCS Summer Finals 2016

Balance Changes

Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical or experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be lacking context or other changes that didn't make it in or were implemented in an earlier patch this cycle! These are not official notes.


  • Human
    • Javelin Toss (Q) 
      • Minimum damage changed to 70/85/100/115/130 from 60/77.5/95/112.5/130
      • Maximum damage changed to 210/255/300/345/390 from 180/232.5/285/337.5/390
    • Aspect of the Cougar (R)
      • No longer resets Nidalee's basic attack
  • Cougar
    • Takedown (Q) 
      • Minimum damage changed to 5/30/55/80 from 4/20/50/90
      • Maximum damage changed to 10/67.5/137.5/220 from 8/45/125/248
      • Ap ratio increased to 40% from 36%
      • Damage versus Hunted targets increased to 40% from 33%
    • Aspect of the Cougar (R)
      • No longer resets Nidalee's basic attack


Hexakill: Twisted Treeline
Altar bonus
  • Reverted back to live functionality - no longer grants Empowered Recall.

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