4.9 PBE Cycle

Last Updated on 5/28 with the 5/28 PBE Update

( With the release of patch 4.8 on  May 22nd, we started the new 4.9 PBE cycle )

Below you will find a comprehensive list of balance changes/game additions for the current PBE cycle.
These new changes and additions are relative to what things currently are on live servers and are


(They often do not represent the final changes that get pushed to live servers.)

Balance changes for this cycle (so far) can be found at the bottom of this page

New Content list for this PBE cycle:

5/21 PBE Update
  • Karthus VU
  • Woad Scout Quinn

5/22 PBE Update
  • Trinket Ward Skins
  • WS Quinn Available for Testing

5/23 PBE Update
  • Balance Changes for Braum, Kayle, LeBlanc, & More

5/27 PBE Update
  • Karthus VU Splash Art

5/28 PBE Update
  • Woad Scout Quinn Splash Art
  • Updates to Pentakill Mordekaiser/Sona
  • Karthus VU Champion Select Quote

( Note: Some images may be out dated! )

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and iterative - what you see may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers! Manage your expectations accordingly. )

Karthus Visual Update

Following it's announcement last night, the Karthus visual update is here and ready for testing!

Here's Ququroon with more info from the official bugs/feedback thread : 
"Greetings Summoners. Karthus, the Deathsinger, is now ready for PBE testing! (in a few minutes) 
In this ghastly VU, you'll see new models and textures, new animations, new visual effects, new sounds, new VO, and more! We've updated the skins as well, so the four skins of Karthus will be a treat for the eyes. 
One of the bigger changes that we've made to Karthus is on his Passive, Death Defied. There were a lot of times where people would lose the old Karthus in the thick of a fight, or where the person playing him wouldn't realize that he still had time to cast. We've tried to heavily beef this up by giving the Deathsinger unique animations upon his death. He also has this really menacing cackle of power that I'm rather fond of. 
As you approach your testing, please keep these questions in mind!
  • How do you feel about the clarity of the particles? Are there any times where this changes?
  • Do you find the particles to be too loud or too quiet?
  • How do you feel about the skins? Do they properly capture the fantasy that you already know them for? 
Please feel free to leave your feedback in this thread regarding Karthus or any related bugs you encounter. Your feedback here will influence the changes we make, as well as aiding us in our future champion Visual Updates! 
See this thread if you would like more insight into our goals with Karthus, or just to familiarize yourself with him!http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/champion-relaunch/karthus-deathsinger 
If you'd like to know more about what other things the Champion Update team is cooking up, you should check out this thread! http://community.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/champions-skins/txxQETbY-champion-u"

and now for a better look:

Karthus, the Deathsinger

Passive active.
Sort of a bad picture but Karthus has an alternate animation while dead - he no longer uses his book or staff to cast.

New Voiceover & Special Interactions

Note: The video starts with new lines for his PENTAKILL skin. The default VO starts ~2:10

Karthus also has oodles special item interactions and unique taunts for enemy champions!

  • Angels too, are the messengers of death. [Archangel's Staff]
  • Host of angels or murder of crows? [Archangel's Staff]
  • It's power grows with time; as does mine. [Rod of Ages]
  • A companion for all time. [Rod of Ages]
  • A tear of loss, a tear of joy. [Tear of the Goddess]
  • A crown for the king of death. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • It's old master served my patron well. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • Ah, the song grows. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • I hear the echo of Rabadon. It is exquisite. [Rabadon's Deathcap]
  • None can outrun death. [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • When death's grip finds you, it clings tightly. [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • This crystal will sing with me.  [Rylai's Crystal Scepter]
  • No one can hide from the end. [Void Staff]
  • It will turn their mantles to shrouds. [Void Staff]
  • What can protect you from the inevitable? [Void Staff]
  • The grave has all the time in the world. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • The sands slip away like lives. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • Freeze that moment, on the threshold of oblivion. [Zhonya's Hourglass]
  • Come, drink of the grail. [Athene's Unholy Grail]
  • "You decieve your followers, I will enlighten them"
  • "Death's Horse needs no bridle."
  • "You are but the herald, Hecarim. Remember who you truly serve."
  • "Your light is but a candle in the infinite dark."
  • "Lucian! Join her."
  • "Abandon your mortality, and find your precious Senna."
  • "You can always join her, Lucian; it will be bliss."
  • "You give the dead purpose, Mordekaiser; I give them meaning."
  • "A shell of flesh or a shell of metal; both ring hollow."
  • "Sion, we must free your soul from the prison of flesh."
  • "You are only the echo of greatness, but I can give you voice again."
  • "Death has more meaning than torment alone, Warden."
  • "You may shackle the living, but the dead must walk free."
  • "Abomination, you have cheated death too long."
  • "Urgot.. mmm.. I highly recommend death at this point" [ This one is a joke, not a taunt ]
  • "You are on the eve of liberation, Varus."

New Ability Icons

To go along with his new vfx, Karthus also has new icons for each of his abilities.
( Passive, Q, W, E, R ) 

Updated skins:

Perhaps the most terrfying(ly good) part of the VU is all of the updated Karthus skins!

Phantom Karthus

Pentakill Karthus

( Has new VO lines! )

Statue of Karthus 

Grim Reaper Karthus

New Skins

Woad Scout Quinn

975 RP
For her recall, Quinn throws an arrow to valor while icy winds blow. Makes for a bad picture >.> 

Woad Scout Quinn Bug & Feedback Thread

RiotBaconhawk has posted up a bug & feedback thread for the upcoming Woad Scout Quinn skin that hit the PBE for testing yesterday.
"Howdy! Woad Scout Quinn has arrived with the chilly northern winds and we would love to hear your feedback on her!
  • She's now a fur-and-leather-laden, blue-Woad-painted Scout!
  • Valor has transformed into a dangerously adorable snowy owl!
  • All particles are icy and a bit sparkly~
  • Her recall animation has been changed to showcase new owl Valor's acrobatics and an epic pose~
  • Her Harrier particle has changed to feel more Freljordian~
We'd love to hear your thoughts and any bug reports you have. We want to make sure this Woad Scout flies into Live as strong, beautiful and bug-free as possible! Thanks!! 
flies off with Valor, cawwing and sizzling"

Pentakill Mordekaiser and Sona Updates

To head bang alongside the recently unveiled PENTAKILL album, both Pentakill Mordekaiser andPentakill Sona have received updates! Both skins have new textures and slight model tweaks.

Pentakill Mordekaiser

Old ( left ) vs New ( right )

Pentakill Sona

Old ( Left ) vs New ( Right )  
As you may have been able to tell, Pentakill Sona's new model is now "regular" size instead of being super small.

Warding Totems ( Trinkets ) with ward skins

Here's RiotBrokenSword with info on warding totems ( yellow trinket ) now using ward skins!
"Hey PBE Community, 
We added new functionality into this PBE patch that allows you to use a ward skin on your trinket wards, with the intent of allowing you to proudly display your ward skins in game, even if you're not in a position to ward heavily and frequently. 
You don't need to do anything differently than before: Just choose what ward skin you'd like to use in the out-of-game Store, and it will appear on the trinket when you place it on Summoner's Rift. 
We've added some iconography above the wards to help distinguish which type of ward they are. Pictured below are examples. 
Warding Totem Trinket: Yellow 
Stealth Ward: Green 
Vision Ward: Pink 
So not much change, but enough alteration to warrant a note. 
Let us know what you think. We want to make sure the iconography is readable, and makes sense. 
Thanks, all."

Here's a few more example images ( seems the trinket wards are turned sideways in-game ):

and, of course, with no ward skins for comparison:

New Match History Asssets

A few new match history  files were added in today's update, the most interesting of which reveals there is an upcoming web based match history that includes a lot of additional information.
No red posts or other details available yet. I'll keep an eye out.

Loading Screen Font Change

Once again the loading screen font has been changed.

Update to League Pages / Team Rewards

While first seen in an earlier PBE cycle, the new Leagues Page has continued to received updates.

You can now see examples of what each ward tier may look like.

Jungle Monster Tooltip Updates

Jungle monsters now list their respawn times in their tooltips! 

     Golem, Wight, Wolf, Wraith camps.
    • Tooltips now lists: "Respawns 50 seconds after all monsters in this camp are killed."
    • Tooltip now lists: "Respawns 6 minutes after this monster is killed."
    • Tooltip now lists: "Respawns 7 minutes after this monster is killed."
    Lizard Elder and Ancient Golem
    • Tooltips now lists: "Respawns 5 minutes after all monsters in this camp are killed."

    Vilemaw ( TTL )
    • Tooltip now lists: "Respawns 5 minutes after this monster is killed."


    These little Teemo icons were added to the misc AIR client assets in today's update.

    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.

      • Base attack damage lowered to 50 from 53
      • Winter's Bite ( Q ) damage lowered to 60/105/150/195/240 from 60/110/160/210/260
        • [Context] : Live Value is currently 80/125/170/215/260
      • Stand Behind Me ( W ) bonus armor and magic resist increased to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25 from 10/15/20/25/30
        • [Context]: The live value is 20/22.5/25/27.5/30
      • Stand Behind Me ( W ) bonus % of Braum's bonus armor/MR granted lowered to 10/11.5/13/14.5/16% from 12/14/16/18/20%
        • [Context]: The live value is 14/15.5/17/18.5/20%

      • Nether Blade (W) activate damage lowered to 40/65/90/115/140 (.6 AP) from 40/75/110/145/180 (.7 AP)

      • Righteous Fury (E) increased attack range lowered to 350 from 400 REVERTED
      Range reverted back to live values in 5/27 Update

      • Taste Their Fear ( Q ) damage lowered to 55/80/105/130/155 ( 1.2 bonus AD ) from 70/100/130/160/190 ( 1.5 bonus AD ) 
        • Taste Their Fear ( Q ) "If Target is isolated" damage increase lowered to 30% from 45%
        • Evolved Enlarged Claws ( Evolved Q ) no longer deals 6% of target's missing health.
        • Evolved Enlarged Claws ( Evolved Q ) if target is isolated, now deals 71.5/104/136.5/169/201.5  [ this value is base x 1.3 ] + ( Level x 10 ) + (  2.6 * bonus AD )
          • Void Spike ( W ) now deals 20% bonus damage to monsters 
          • Evolved Spike Racks ( Evolved W ) slow increased to 50% from 30% 
          • Evolved Spike Racks ( Evolved W ) Now also grants sight of champions hit for 2 seconds

          • Evolved Active Camouflage ( Evolved R ) no longer grants 50% damage reduction while stealthed.

          • Distortion (W) mana cost lowered to 80/85/90/95/100 from 80/90/100/110/120  REVERTED
          • Mimic (R) damage from Mimicked Sigil of Silence  lowered to 60/110/160 ( .5 AP ) from 100/200/300 ( .65 AP ) REVERTED
          • Mimic (R) damage from Mimicked Ethereal Chains  lowered to 60/110/160 ( .5 AP ) from 100/200/300 ( .65 AP ) REVERTED
          • Mimic (R) damage from Mimicked Distortion  lowered to 90/165/240 (.75 AP) from 150/300/450 (.975 AP) REVERTED
          All changes reverted back to live values in 5/27 Update

          • Starcall's ( Q ) Astral Blessing cooldown reduction if hits an enemy champion changed to 10/11.25/12.5/13.75/15% from 5/7.5/10/12.5/15%

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