1/9 PBE Update: Six New Skins, New Chroma, Icons, Emotes, & More

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The PBE has been updated! As we start the 8.2 PBE cycle, today’s patch includes a total of 6 new skins: Arctic Ops Gragas, Sweetheart Xayah and Rakan, Lunar Guardian Warwick, Lunar Guardian Nasus, and Lunar Empress Lux. This patch also includes new chroma, icons, emotes, login themes, and much 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

New Skins

Six new skins are now on the PBE, including Arctic Ops Gragas, Sweetheart Xayah and Rakan, Lunar Guardian Warwick, Lunar Guardian Nasus, and Lunar Empress Lux! 

Arctic Ops Gragas

x RP

Sweetheart Rakan

1350 RP
Here’s KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Sweetheart Rakan!

[skins aren’t available yet] 

https://imgur.com/Tn5QK6E 

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Xayah, my love,
I’ll protect you. 

Fall in love with the love bird, Sweetheart Rakan! 

  • New model and textures: A charming new look for the Charmer himself!
  • New VFX: Pretty in pink!
  • New SFX: Magical harp sound effects!
  • New animations : A new recall in typical Rakan style and duo recall with his other half! 

A bit of context as to why Sweetheart Xayah/Rakan don’t have 1:1 making color schemes: As with their base skins, Rakan is meant to be the flashy one (lighter/brighter), and Xayah is a darker tone. With their similar silhouettes (capes), it’s important we differentiate w. color. 

Sweetheart Rakan is now available to play on PBE! As players who experience this content firsthand, your constructive feedback is appreciated. 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! ^-^ 

Sweetheart Rakan is set to be 1350 RP.
*Prices are subject to change”

Sweetheart Xayah

1350 RP
Here’s KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Sweetheart Xayah!

“[skins aren’t available yet] 

https://imgur.com/9HcNQ3M 

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Don’t be mad at me
‘Cause you’re 0/2. 

Fall in love with the love bird, Sweetheart Xayah! 

  • New model and textures – A new Valentine’s Day look for the Rift Rebel!
  • New VFX: Pink, purple, and glittery gold feathers, and a new, less aggressive taunt decal. <3
  • New SFX: Melodic harp sound effects!
  • New animations – A new recall with some forest friends and a duo recall with her other half! 

A bit of context as to why Sweetheart Xayah/Rakan don’t have 1:1 making color schemes: As with their base skins, Rakan is meant to be the flashy one (lighter/brighter), and Xayah is a darker tone. With their similar silhouettes (capes), it’s important we differentiate w. color. 

Sweetheart Xayah is now available to play on PBE! As players who experience this content firsthand, your constructive feedback is appreciated. 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! ^-^ 

Sweetheart Xayah is set to be 1350 RP.
*Prices are subject to change” 

Lunar Guardian Nasus

1350 RP
Here’s KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Lunar Guardian Nasus!

“[skins aren’t available yet] 

https://imgur.com/k355TC1 

Lunar Guardian Nasus Solemn and quietly powerful, he annihilates all who threaten the kingdom with: 

  • New model and textures: Adorned in golden armor, with an even more regal ultimate form.
  • New VFX: Beautiful jades and golds!
  • New SFX: Shimmery, metallic sound effects, perfect for a stoic guardian!
  • New animations: A new recall for the stalwart protector. 

Lunar Guardian Nasus is now available to play on PBE! As players who experience this content firsthand, your constructive feedback is appreciated. 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! ^-^ 

Lunar Guardian Nasus is set to be 1350 RP.
Prices are subject to change”

Lunar Guardian Warwick

1350 RP
Here’s KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Lunar Guardian Warwick!

“[skins aren’t available yet] 

https://imgur.com/lNqLsz9 

Lunar Guardian Warwick relentlessly pursues the darkness to the ends of the world. He brings: 

  • New model and textures: With armor as ferocious as it is ornate!
  • New VFX: A new kit full of wild jades and golds!
  • New SFX: Shimmery, metallic sound effects befitting a beastly demigod!
  • New animations: A new recall for a ferocious guardian. 

Lunar Guardian Warwick is now available to play on PBE! As players who experience this content firsthand, your constructive feedback is appreciated. 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! ^-^ 

Lunar Guardian Warwick is set to be 1350 RP.
* Prices are subject to change”

Lunar Empress Lux

1350 RP
Here’s KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread for Lunar Empress Lux!

“[skins aren’t available yet] 

https://imgur.com/oVaMIhO 

Don’t underestimate the power of Lunar Goddess Lux . She shines brighter than ever with:

  • New model and textures: Complete with a golden staff and stylish outfit~
  • New VFX: A new kit full of bright oranges and gold with hints of jade!
  • New SFX: Magic and metal mix to form a harmonious sound!
  • New animations: A new recall—Lux is protected by her pups! 

Lunar Goddess Lux is now available to play on PBE! As players who experience this content firsthand, your constructive feedback is appreciated. 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! ^-^ 

Lunar Goddess Lux is set to be 1350 RP.
*Prices are subject to change”

New Chroma

[TONS of new chroma! More soon]

Lunar Guardian Warwick

Guqin Sona

Dragonwing Corki

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn

Warring Kingdoms Katarina

Lunar Guardian Nasus

Warring Kingdoms Garen

Dragonblade Riven

Lunar Empress Lux

New Summoner Icons

[Many new summoner icons]

          

New Ward Skins

Three new ward skins are now on the PBE: Warwick Puppy Ward, Nasus Puppy Ward, and the Lovebirds Ward!

Warwick Puppy Ward

Nasus Puppy Ward

Lovebirds Ward

New Emotes

[handful of new emotes added]

2018 Season Login Themes

Two new login themes are now on the PBE, celebrating the 2018 season! The files names are noted as “season2018-pre” and “season2018-post“.

Miscellaneous 

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Balance Changes

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

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Items

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Runes

Context & Notes

WIP

1) Here’s Meddler with his quick gameplay thoughts for January 5th, covering upcoming balance changes for Patch 8.2, game pacing, Rengar, and more:

“Hi all, 

Usual Disclaimers 

These posts will often contain talk about future work we’re doing, or planning to do, that isn’t yet guaranteed to ship. The nature of the work could change or, depending on what we discover, projects mentioned may get put delayed or even stopped. If you’d like to see a Tweet whenever a new one of these posts goes up: https://twitter.com/RiotMeddler 

Patch 8.1 

Happy 2018! 

We’ve been back at work this week and have been looking at what should be in the upcoming patches. Our focus is particularly on what should now be a priority based off how the game played out over the break. 

Because of the way patch development works (patches need a lot of testing) patch 8.1 got locked last year just before we went on holiday. That means that, with a few possible exceptions as below, 8.1 will be the same as what was on PBE over the break. Adding stuff this late in the process has the same risk of serious bugs and balance issues as a micropatch/hotfix. We need to be really conservative with both how much we change and the type of things we change as a result. That means we’re mainly working on a bunch of stuff for 8.2. 

Things that might get added to 8.1 that aren’t on PBE:
A few high impact bug fixes (e.g. Galio W shield, a bug with Revitalize making people untargetable)
Possible Zoe nerfs
Possible Sona buff
Reducing the amount some of the Kleptomancy gained items sell for 

Patch 8.2 

Patch 8.2 by contrast has a full development cycle and there’s plenty to be worked on. Some of things we’re looking at below. This isn’t a complete or final list. Some things will get added and some will get removed as we work on the patch. 

Runes:

  • Further Klepto work, likely reducing the differences between best and worst case users (nerf the strongest/buff the weakest).
  • Manaflow Band nerf (still reducing need to manage mana too much)

Items

  • Runic Echoes Buff (help AP junglers overall)
  • Assessment of Relic Shield line on non supports (appropriate or abusive?)

Champion Nerfs:

  • Vayne
  • Ezreal (if Klepto changes don’t look like enough)
  • Ornn
  • Kha’Zix
  • Malz
  • Zoe (if not nerfing in 8.1 as above, follow up assessment if 8.1 nerfs happen)
  • Blitzcrank

Champion Buffs:

  • Nunu
  • Viktor

We’ve also got a range of champs we’d like to get to soon but who didn’t make the initial cut for our 8.2 planning. They’re probable candidates for 8.3 or 8.4, though it’s possible some slip into 8.2 still. Trynd and Yi buffs are in that category, as is a Fiddle buff unless the Runic Echoes change helps him enough. We talked about Syndra as well as a possible buff candidate for 8.2, she’s got a lot of bug fixes in 8.1 though, some of which are likely to add some power to her, so we’ll see where she’s at after those. 

Game Pacing, Snowball etc 

Additionally we’ll be taking a look at a range of aspects of game pacing during the 8.2 development cycle (game length, snowball, time to kill etc). Uncertain yet if we’ll ship changes during 8.2 aimed at that in particular at time of writing. Identifying balance targets is a quicker process, hence the list above, for a topic like this we need to spend more a bit more time however. More on this next week, well aware it’s a topic on a lot of people’s minds that’s not addressed in much detail here. The thing we’ll be looking at first is laning phase and whether that’s ending too quickly, with corresponding spread of snowballing across lanes. 

Rengar Q changes 

As we mentioned in December we’re planning on changing Rengar’s Q back to an empowered auto attack. Timing on that’s not certain yet, it’s not fully implemented or tested. There are also a few new assets that will need to be made for his Mecha skin, since that didn’t exist back before his Q got changed. Should be early this year, though won’t in 8.2 at least. Details on which patch it’ll be in and whether there are other accompanying changes to come as soon as we’ve got them. 

Edit: 

Couple of updates worth mentioning since time of writing. We’re going to move both the Sona buff and the Klepto item sell amount changes to 8.2, given both are intertwined with the state of Klepto overall. Sona buff currently in testing is a partial revert of the Q mana cost increase from 7.24 (50-70, versus live 60-80 and prior 45-65).”

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