Welcome to the next installment of Weekly League, where we take a look at some of the most major changes being tested currently in the League of Legends Public Beta Environment (PBE)! Though we won’t be able to fully detail all of the changes, we’ll make sure to fill you in on some of the more important changes incoming to the public version of League of Legends!
With the most recent patch a week ago, the PBE has been relatively quiet, however, there’s a few new things being tested.
Nidalee, Draven, and Renekton are all getting new skins, though they are a bit buggy at the moment. The new skin for Nidalee is Headhunter Nidalee, which seems to continue the line of “headhunter” skins first started by Master Yi. Draven’s new skin was named as Gladiator Draven, which features Draven in all of his narcissistic glory within the gladiatorial arena, and Renekton’s new skin is Scorched Earth Renekton, which seems like an indication of a “Scored Earth” theme first started by Xerath. Players have largely reported some minor problems with the new skins, but nothing too major as of yet (mostly animation glitches and such).
Leblanc’s ultimate is getting nerfed a bit, changing its damage values from 10/25/40 % increased damage, to a flat 125/200/275(+0.6% AP). The change was so that Leblanc’s ultimate would deal its own damage, rather than adding damage to the spell being mimicked. It should be noted that this is just an experimental change, so there’s a possibility that this won’t be implemented in the live public servers, however, worth noting nonetheless.
Singed is also getting a slight nerf, with his ratio for Fling being reduced from 1.0 AP to 0.75 AP.
Also to note, Karma is getting a brand new splash art, which looks significantly better than her old splash art. Why the new splash art? Riot has been working hard to imagine a new way to conceptualize Karma, and with the new splash art will come a new skill rework as well. In order to reflect Karma’s lore and playstyle, her new skin will be integrated to allow for a better imagining of her capabilities. You can read the full text on her changes and check out her new art style by Morello, Grumpy Monkey, and RiotRunaan here.
Also, just as Quinn and Valor were revealed through a series of picture notes, the new champion, tentatively known as Z.A.C. (short for Zaun Amorphous Combatant), has been teased. Judging by name alone, the new champion will be an experiment from the region of Zaun who looks to have some water-based abilities. Judging by the teaser images, the new champion seems to be yordle-sized, which could indicate that the upcoming champion will be the jungle yordle that Riot had teased a while back.
Of course, judging by the notes, Z.A.C. probably isn’t a yordle, as it seems like it’s… a blob of some sort. You can read the full text below:
1) In infinite stages of development, growth rate exceeds parameters of experiment. He outgrew the chamber; need a new one ASAP.
2) Project leads report that the specimen is capable of basic vocalizations. Amazing… and cute!
3) Specimen spontaneously alters biological structure in tests. Duotality and flexibility are well beyond previous subjects. Suitable for combat deployment.
Just as a bit of analysis: point number 1 indicates that Z.A.C. will have the capacity to grow, which may probably work just like Cho’Gath’s growth ability. Point number 2 just indicates that the champion is… well, cute. And deadly. In point number 3, Z.A.C. is said to be able to alter its biological structure, so perhaps we’ll see another transforming champion a la Nidalee, Jayce, and Elise.
The full League of Legends forum thread can be read here, which include two teaser images revealed by the Zaun Lab Bot.
To keep up with the latest PBE stuff, you can check out the official League of Legends PBE forum here!