7/20 PBE Update: Steel Valkyries Text Teaser & More

Posted on at 1:39 PM by Aznbeat
The PBE has been updated! As we start the 12.14 PBE cycle, today's patch includes a Steel Valkyries teaser found in Camille's PBE files, 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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Steel Valkyries Text Teaser

  • A few suspicious text documents were uncovered in Camille's PBE files...
"// ARCHIVED LISTING - 0268.249.25 \\
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>> ENCRYPTED ACCESS REQUIRED - AUTHORIZATION CODE ---------------->>]
00:00:29 - AUTHORIZATION CODE: [**********-**-******]
00:00:35 - ENTERED >>
00:00:35 - VALIDATING >>
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00:00:36 - CONFIRMED >>
// AUTHORIZED ACCESS GRANTED //

[BOUNTY NETWORK]
00:00:37 -- [SPECIAL OPS] RSM Bounty Network: 2 NEW LISTINGS
00:00:38 -- INTELLIGENCE BOUNTIES - HIGH PRIORITY: 2 NEW LISTINGS 
...
Accessing [SPECIAL OPS] RSM BOUNTY NETWORK…
00:00:38 -- [SPECIAL OPS] RSM BOUNTY NETWORK: 2 NEW LISTINGS
00:00:38 -- INTELLIGENCE BOUNTIES - HIGH PRIORITY: 2 NEW LISTINGS
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NAME: KAI'SA [DEFECTOR - APPROACH WITH EXTREME CAUTION !!!]
AGE: 20-25
SEX: FEMALE
HEIGHT: APPROX. 5’5"-5'8"
EYE COLOR: PURPLE
HAIR COLOR: PURPLE
WEAPON: X01-BUTTERFLY
LAST SEEN: 𝞪 = 14h 32m.1,  ☌ = -11°59’ (1737.8)
WANTED FOR: GRAND LARCENY OF RMS PROPERTY, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, CRIMINAL VANDALISM, EVASION OF JUSTICE... [TRUNCATED]
REWARD: CU$5,831,445,648
▓(WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE)
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NAME: MORGANA [DEFECTOR - APPROACH WITH EXTREME CAUTION !!!]
AGE: UNKNOWN
SEX: FEMALE
HEIGHT: APPROX. 5’3"-5'5"
EYE COLOR: PINK
HAIR COLOR: PURPLE
WEAPON: X09-XIBALBA
LAST SEEN: UNKNOWN
WANTED FOR: GRAND LARCENY OF RMS PROPERTY, CORPORATE ESPIONAGE, EVASION OF JUSTICE... [TRUNCATED]
! ~> NOTE: ALL INTEL SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO RSM JUSTICAR #551-K VIA ENCRYPTED MESSAGE - ADDRESS Q23_X12256_RSM_551_K
REWARD: CU$6,516,544,974 
▓(WANTED ALIVE)
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NAME: SARAH FORTUNE
AGE: APPROX. 24-26
SEX: FEMALE
HEIGHT: APPROX. 5’5”-5’8”
EYE COLOR: UNKNOWN
HAIR COLOR: RED
WEAPON: EXOSUIT (CUSTOM MODEL)
WANTED FOR: ASSASINATION OF RMS GENERALS, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TREASON,  DESTRUCTION OF NUMEROUS SPACE STATIONS... [TRUNCATED]
REWARD: CU$106,680,959,387 
▓(WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE)
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// ---> INTELLIGENCE BOUNTIES - HIGH PRIORITY <--- \\
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00:00:39 -- INTELLIGENCE BOUNTIES - HIGH PRIORITY: 2 NEW LISTINGS 
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>> KNOWN ALIASES (UNCONFIRMED): LEGION, CROWNGUARD
PERSONS OF INTEREST: 2

POI 1: FEMALE, BLONDE, PHOTON ABILITIES
! ~> NOTE: APPROACH WITH CAUTION
LAST SEEN: UNKNOWN

POI 2: MALE, BRUNETTE, ENHANCED PHYSICAL ABILITY
! ~> NOTE: APPROACH WITH CAUTION
LAST SEEN: UNKNOWN
REWARD: CU$112,265,231 

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>> CONNECTION ENDED BY USER <<"

"!! PRIORITY ALERT !! 
>>> INTERCEPTED DREADNOVA CORPS CHATLOG - //>>

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[RMS DECRYPTION ACTIVE -- ]
[RSM DECRYPTION ERROR !!! ]
---> 50% DECRYPTION COMPLETE 


DATE: [UNKNOWN]
TRANSMISSION ORIGIN: [UNKNOWN]
CHATROOM TOTAL SESSION LENGTH: 00:00:05:02
USERS: 2
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===>> ENCRYPTED CHANNEL SESSION START - - - - – - - - ###
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// > PRIORITY TRANSMISSION INCOMING -- SUBJECT: ACTION REQUIRED < \\

>> DECRYPTION KEY REQUIRED  ---------------->>
00:00:00 - DECRYPTION KEY: [******-****-**-****-****]
00:00:10 - ENTERED >>
00:00:10 - VALIDATING >>
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00:00:11 - CONFIRMED >>

>> Encrypted channel #LOC_□□□□□□□ established <<


(00:00:00:15)UserID_ADM_G□□□□□□□□: □□□□□□ DO YOU MEAN IT’S GONE? REPORT.
(00:00:00:20)UserID_GEN_D□□□□□□□□:□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ ENGAGED MID-OPERATION □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ SHE WAS WAITING FOR US. □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ NO SURVIVORS.
(00:00:01:39)UserID_ADM_G□□□□□□□□: □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ LEAKED IT? I WANT THEM □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ HER ALLIES SHREDDED □□□□□□□□□□□.
(00:00:02:58)UserID_ADM_G□□□□□□□□:I WANT ALL FORCES DEPLOYED TO □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□. 
(00:00:04:47)UserID_ADM_G□□□□□□□□:BRING ME KAI’SA OR □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ SECURE YOUR COMMS □□□□□□□□□□.
(00:00:05:02)UserID_GEN_D□□□□□□□□:□□□□□□□□□□□□ ON SITE WITHIN THE HOUR. 
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>> ENCRYPTED CHANNEL TERMINATED 00:00:06:23 #### <<"

">> RECEIVED --> SUBJECT: CLASSIFIED - COMMANDER CAMILLE - EYES ONLY
// TRANSMISSION ORIGIN: [REDACTED]
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### FROM THE OFFICE OF ADMIRAL RENATA GLASC ###

>> ENCRYPTED ACCESS REQUIRED - AUTHORIZATION CODE ---------------->>]
00:00:00 - AUTHORIZATION CODE: [**********-**-******]
00:00:05 - ENTERED >>
00:00:05 - VALIDATING >>
00:00:05 - CONFIRMED >>

// DECRYPTION IN PROGRESS... STANDBY... >>

... STANDBY

... STANDBY

[***DECRYPTION COMPLETE***]

## MESSAGE START ## -->

COMMANDER -

YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE GO FOR MISSION START. ALL REQUISITIONS HAVE BEEN APPROVED — FOR NOW. BUT FAIL, AND I’LL PERSONALLY ENSURE HIGH COMMAND HEARS ABOUT IT.

FROM - ADMIRAL RENATA GLASC 
/// ATTACHED FILE: "RE: EQUIPMENT" \\\

The following serves as your receipt of hardware issuance: 

APPROVED REQUISITIONS:
--> (x1) Y03-PRINCIPALITY
--> (x1) Z01-ORION
--> (x1) S02-ANUBIS
--> (x1) X09-ZEPHYR W/ AI OPERATOR (EXPERIMENTAL)

### <-- MESSAGE END ###"
    • We'll keep an eye out for anything more soon!

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.

None!

Context & Notes

1) Here's a look at 12.14 balance from Riot Phroxzon:

2) Here's the latest updates from the r/LeaguePBE feedback threads:

UPDATE
After evaluating the feedback, we've made the following updates to Star Guardian Akali per your feedback:
  • Fixed a bug where the 'disable eye candy' option was not disabling the HUD as intended. Now players can opt out of it if desired.
  • Loading screen splash slice has been flipped upside down.
  • We upped the resolution on Akali's model textures.
  • Added some sparkles on Akali's Q and E spells.
  • Added some additional spooky star noise and increased laugh volume in SFX. 
For the feedback we didn't take, some of it was out of scope (for example, extending the timing of the wings for R2 means we'd have to add wing anims to every other spell) and a lot of it was subjective feedback. The decision not to add Umi to every spell was made early. Since Umi is large and Akali is a tiny melee ninja we ran into some clarity issues (unlike Rakan who is also melee, but has a much smaller familiar.) So we added Umi where we could, like the E, her emotes, etc! We also really pushed the memory budget for this skin and any additions would have tipped us too far over - meaning, we would put players on lower-spec machines at risk of crashes. 
While we value subjective/taste feedback and still want to hear it, changing something incurs risk that folks who liked it as-is will be disappointed, so we need to be confident it's a majority opinion before we change it. Additionally, some feedback conflicts with internal craft expertise - adding 'more' VFX or SFX can end up being confusing and overwhelming in teamfights, even if it might seem more 'fun' in isolation - this is a game first and foremost! But, as noted above, we did add a bit more texture to some areas where we felt we could afford to. 
For additional context on the toggle, see here: https://twitter.com/RiotTinyBun/status/1546888859824185349?s=20&t=27JxoKh1PM8Hjw7ilGd3wQ 

For additional context on PBE scope generally, please see the pinned comment in this thread. 
Hope the added context is helpful. We want you to know you're heard!"

Star Guardian Rell

"UPDATE 
After evaluating the feedback, we've made the following updates to Star Guardian Rell per your feedback:
  • Fixed some missing VFX from her W ability.
  • Increased sparkle volume on R and E abilities.
  • Adjusted loading screen splash art for better visibility with her lance. 
We have received a lot of great feedback and appreciate your trying to write feedback in a way that's most helpful for us. Some suggestions either conflicted with other player feedback or with internal craft expertise, others (additional changes to her model, etc.) are out of scope for a PBE change. Thank you for taking the time to test Star Guardian Rell and sharing your feedback with us!"

Star Nemesis Morgana

"UPDATE 
After evaluating the feedback, we've made the following updates to Star Nemesis Morgana per your feedback:
  • Adjusted SFX for W and R abilities.
We have received a lot of great feedback and appreciate your trying to write feedback in a way that's most helpful for us. Some suggestions either conflicted with other player feedback or with internal craft expertise, others (icon changes, additional changes to her model, more familiar face time, etc.) are out of scope for a PBE change. Often, icon changes CAN be in scope for PBE, but events like this have many more assets - in Another Sky, trailers, etc. And chess references in the VFX for Zoe and Fiddlesticks have a lore-specific reason that does not apply to Morgana! Thank you for taking the time to test Star Nemesis Morgana and sharing your feedback with us!"

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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