A couple patches have surfaces on the PBE here recently, bringing a LOT of cool new skins, as well as a Katarina Rework and a new Champion!
I stop paying attention to League of Legends for just a day, and changes like this explode without me noticing! First of all, I’m sure many of you Katarina fans are extremely excited about the Rework and Model Rework. Hopefully the new skills will make her viable again, and the Rework will keep her on par with newer champions that are out right now! Well along with all that fun stuff in store for Kat, there has also been an incomplete skin file found for Cyber Katarina. So that’s yet another thing for Kat players to be pumped about!
That’s DEFINITELY not all for skins though. Brazillian players are going to be getting a sweet new launch skin for Gangplank. There is no released art of it yet, but there is a screen cap that someone took of the silhouette. This skin has been confirmed with another screen cap that mentions all of GPs skins, and it’s called Special Forces Gangplank.
The Nasus skin that is given out at Riot events looks like it’s being retired, since there’s a new Riot skin currently in the PBE. Meet Riot Graves! It doesn’t seem to have any cool new effects like some of the newer skins that Riot has been releasing, but it’s going to be hard to come by so that makes up for it a little bit. Anyways, the skin looks a little clunky right now in my opinion, but its a work in progress, so I’ll just wait until it’s actually out to start judging it.
Next up we have Hunter Rengar, the skin that is coming out with the new champion Rengar! ColbyCheeze has a first look on him for you if you want to know what Rengar is all about, but I can say for sure that he’s a champion that I’m excited to see come out. He has a lot of new gameplay mechanics that I’m pumped to play around with! His Hunter skin looks a lot like a homage to Predator from Alien vs Predator too, which is kind of cool, and a nice purchase for people who were really into that movie/series!
These next two skins are my personal favorites. If any of you frequent the forums or the LoL subreddit, you may have heard of a Summoner named MaTTcom. He’s created Fan Splash arts for some funny/awesome skin ideas, such as Runaway Bride Mundo, Pizza Girl Sivir, and Brorelia. One of his MOST popular skins is DragonMaster Swain. Well it looks like Riot has made his awesome dreams into an awesome reality. In the PBE we currently have Pool Party Ziggs, and Astronautilus. Those are the splashes that MaTTcom made himself, but I’m not sure what they’ll look like live.
Anyways, Pool Party Ziggs has some really cool effects! He throws water balloons instead of bombs, which splash on contact, his Satchel Charge is now a Ducky Floaty, his ult now leaves a large happy face on the ground to show you where its going to land, and all of his explosion particles have been replaced with splashes of water.
Astronautilus also has some cool new effects! His shield closes his space helmet and causes a large amount of meteorites to float around him, his Riptide now shoots rocks out of the ground instead of water, and his ult has a rock following a target that shoots a larger meteorite out of the ground to knock them up. He also moonwalks when he walks. Not Micheal Jackson moonwalks, zero gravity moonwalks.
Finally, we have a new Rammus skin called Full Metal Rammus. His Powerball sounds like a saw while he’s in it, his W projects a larger see through image of his shell around him, and his ult causes buzz saws to come out of the ground and slice into his enemies! Now this skin may not seem like a good skin to end on, but I did it for a reason! Promise! Anyways, there’s a little bit of speculation that the standing figure in the background of his splash art could in fact be the next Soraka skin (mostly because of the horn). Its a little bit of a stretch in my opinion, but a new Soraka skin and a model rework would be nice!
Along with all of these cool new skins, two new things have been found in the PBE. First off, they currently have a new addition that lets you add notes to the friends on your friends list! So if you ever have been looking through people to invite to a game, you’ll know why you invited them to be your friend in the first place by writing a quick note.
Also another rework is in store. This time not for a champion, but for the UI that we all know and might be getting tired of. I know I am after seeing this mockup made by a Riot team designer! It has nifty new text for all of the numbers that we’ve seen in our current UI, as well as cool little lights underneath spells that show how far you’ve ranked the spell. I think that this will be a cool new replacement to the UI we have now!
If you want to see these skins in action, head on over to Skin Spotlight’s Youtube Channel! Their videos have really helped me out when it comes to explaining what new skins will do, and I’ll try to keep doing that so people don’t just see a name and some splash art.
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