11/22 PBE Catchup: Splash Arts, Varus VFX Update, & More

Posted on at 9:57 PM by Aznbeat
Here's the latest from the PBE covering the last few days, while we were out of town attending the Undercity Nights event! As we continue the 11.23 PBE cycle, today's bulk update includes splashes, a VFX update for Varus, 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.)

Table of Contents

Splash Art

Although we've seen them on social media, the splash arts for skins this cycle are now on the PBE:

Varus VFX Update

Here's Riot Sirhaian with a feedback thread on a Varus VFX update that is now testing on the PBE:
"Hello everyone! 
Similar to the previous VFX updates we’ve made in the past (Syndra, Zilean, Malzahar, etc), we're working on updates to the Visual Effects (VFX) of champions whose spell effects are in need of some love. Our aim is to get their VFXs to current League standards and improve gameplay clarity. 
This time, it's Varus's turn, for 11.24's PBE Patch! 
Just like all the previous ones, and since these are smaller updates geared toward sprucing up some of the oldest members of the roster, they aren't in the same prioritization conversation as to how we decide who gets a VGU (where we take model, gameplay, and thematic into account too!): they do not affect any other timeline, and are simply dev passion projects. 
Here's a video preview of the changes. As usual, the more recent the skins are, the less changes they are getting. His most recent skins only received very minimal tweaks (or not at all). 
The main goal we had for this one VFX Update was to improve clarity, especially for his Q and R missile widths. 
All affected skins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJDSebKQuJA 
Thumbnail for those interested: https://imgur.com/AVZuVE6 

Per-skin details:
- Base: Complete overhaul
- Blight Crystal: Recolored from new base
- Arclight: Mirroring new base and cleaned up
- Arctic Ops: Mirroring new base and cleaned up
- Heartseeker: Cleanup
- Dark Star: Cleanup
- Conqueror: Cleanup
- Infernal: Cleanup
- PROJECT: Minimal tweaks
- Cosmic Hunter: Minimal tweaks 
We're looking for feedback on his changes, which should be up on the PBE right now. Please try him out there —especially if you're a main— and leave us your feedback!"


  • Debonair Malzahar summoner icons were tweaked:
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Balance Changes

NOTE*: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, & potentially experimental changes. Be aware that what you see below may be relative to other changes from earlier this cycle! These are not official notes and may be incomplete.


Context & Notes

1) Riot Phlox tweeted a reminder that this is a three week patch due to the upcoming US holiday:
"Patch preview's gonna be next week, since the next patch is 2 weeks from now. 11.23's a 3 week patch because of Thanksgiving  
We do have a micropatch today to fix some edgecases with objective bounties though."

2) Riot Reinboom tweeted 11.24 changes for Ultimate Spellbook:

"For Ultimate Spellbook in 11.24, we'll be adding 8 new ults and removing 2 of the lowest playrate ults:


* Cassiopeia
* Diana
* Ekko
* Fizz
* Nasus
* Poppy
* Ryze
* Singed


* Janna
* Rell"

 3) Here's the latest updated from the r/LeaguePBE feedback threads:


Hello all! Thank you everyone that left feedback. Had a look and decided not to make any changes at this time. Debonair Leona feels good at the moment. Thanks all!
"Post PBE Update: 
- Debonair Malzahar (Ruby), adjusted hue of it so it is less orangey now. https://imgur.com/kGftWA2
Ahri-versary chroma 
- Coven received adjustments to tail texture & skull in orb https://imgur.com/L3XHgFA
- Academy received some additional shading on tails & adjusted ear color to black https://imgur.com/CkNvN7U
- Spirit Blossom adjust hair to black, tails to blue. Youkai form texture adjustments. https://imgur.com/dkF7Deq https://imgur.com/CkdXBKD
- K/DA received changes to tail color https://imgur.com/efGzjrh
- K/DA ALL OUT received changes to tail colorhttps://imgur.com/mRdKfYk
Edit: Updated Ahri-versary Chroma screenshots! We are also aware of the issue with Star Guardian Ahri, this will be fixed for 11.24 :)
Hello All! Thank you everyone that left feedback! The team had a look and was able to make a few updates: 
  • Debonair Malzahar's hair color was been aligned with splash.
  • Debonair Malzahar's hand coloring has been adjusted to reducing the muddiness on the chromas.
  • Debonair Malzahar Malefic's Visions (E) VFX has been updated. Appears less like Base Malzahar's Malefic Visions (E) VFX.
"updated 11/19/2021 in response to PBE feedback: 
Q and W SFX: Tonal elements of the Q axe catching were called out as overwhelming and too hollow/spacey when spammed alongside W. We turned down those elements to alleviate the harshness and hollowness by letting it remain on the W predominantly!
Chromas: We passed feedback onto the appropriate team for chromas. In the future, please put chroma feedback in the appropriate thread to make sure the team that owns them sees it.
Color palette: We hear you on the green! Changing the entire color palette of a skin line is out of scope for PBE so we will not be acting on this, but rest assured we plan to increase our color variety for future skins!
Champ selection: We hear you on this as well! Unfortunately, due to roadmap shuffling we had to move certain skins to 2022. We promised this year and want to apologize for falling short.  We're working hard to make sure we can serve all our players skins more often for their favorite champions. 
Thank you players, we appreciate your thoughts and time taken to give feedback!"
Hello All! Thank you everyone that left feedback! The team had a look and was able to make a few updates: 
  • Debonair LeBlanc's hair color was been aligned with splash
  • Debonair LeBlanc's clone opacity a has been adjusted and more closely aligns with Base Leblanc. 

Hello all! Thank you everyone that left feedback. The team has had a look and decided not to make any changes at this time. We feel he is in a good place at the moment. Special thank you to everyone that commented on Brand's thematic fit. This was incredibly helpful and a learning we will apply going forward."

Hello All! Thank you everyone that left feedback! The team had a look and was able to make an update:

Debonair Master Yi's Highlander (R) VFX have been updated. Appears less Ghost-ish.
Check out [THIS PAGEfor a comprehensive list of the new content & changes currently on the PBE as a part of this cycle or catch up with the individual update links below !

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