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8/29 PBE UPDATE

Aug 31, 2017 12:45 am
[UPDATE: Added deeper look at "Clash" mode!]

The PBE has been updated! As we continue the 7.18 PBE cycle, this patch includes a huge batch of Esports summoner icons, a look at assets for a team based competitive mode that will be testing on the Vietnam server, and more tentative balance changes!
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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Team Based Competitive Mode - "Clash"

New files were added to the PBE referencing a new mode called "Clash". Nothing is enabled on the PBE, but there are many related image assets added in today's update.

While information is still limited, check out this post from Riot Draggles on the new mode:
"Hey all, 
You might see some new visual assets floating around the PBE (brackets, icons, some UI elements). 
We’re on PBE soon for an upcoming feature test in Vietnam for a new team-based competitive mode. Anything you see will be a work in progress and subject to change! We don’t have anything to share on this front yet outside of the VN server, but we’ll definitely let you know what’s going down when we’re closer to a global release."

Here are some example assets from the PBE:
  
These seem to be repeating assets in a multitude of colors. Here is an Imgur album of the full assets:

[ALBUM HERE]


8/30 Update: Reddit user molenzwiebel was able to force these assets into the client and provided some pictures of what the tournament mode may look like. Keep in mind, THIS MODE IS NOT ENABLED ON THE PBE, and things may look completely different when and if it is enabled. These pictures are VERY WIP!

Here are molenzweibel's notes on the pictures:
"Background: This is the implementation for https://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/general-pbe-feedback/ELwjNdvb-team-based-competitive-mode-vietnam-playtest-soon, which was deployed on the PBE yesterday (it's not enabled yet). 
Picture 1: First you choose which tournament to participate in. If there's only one, it immediately drops you into this screen, where you get some general information and the ability to create a roster. 
Picture 2: For reference, this is the FAQ hidden behind the question mark in the previous image. 
Picture 3: Create a new roster and you get dropped in your manage view, where you can presumably manage your roster. 
Picture 4: A whole range of cute icons, including chromas. All chromas seem to be unlocked whenever you have access to the icon. 
Picture 5: Looking through the code it seems that you can unlock icons like these from winning tournaments. 
Picture 6: This is how the roster looks with some members. The ticket icon seems to work like a kind of buy-in system, but I have absolutely no clue how it works. 
Picture 7: Another close-up at the buy-in system, along with the invite button to add members to your roster. 
Picture 8: You can also be invited to teams, which show up in the usual invite tray over in the right. The numbers below the invite seem to be the start and end date of the tournament.

Picture 9: There also seems to be a scouting-like system for finding interesting teams. They show both ranked KDAs/stats and champion mastery. I'm assuming history is for previous games with the roster.

GIF: A gif of the bracket scrolling. 
Usual Disclaimer: All of this is not yet enabled, and everything in this album was created from looking around the code and emulating the League server side. That means that although the UI will probably not change much, some things are obviously not included here. Notable things I've seen but couldn't figure out: 
- Unlockable themes.
- Details around rewards.
- Roster buyouts, bidding wars.
- Your tournament history.
- How stuff looks in the different stages of the tournaments."
     
Remember, THIS INFORMATION IS VERY TENTATIVE. This mode is not enabled on the PBE. Keep an eye out for further coverage when and if it is made available!

Esports Summoner Icons

A whopping 56 new esports summoner icons were added to the PBE, including one Summoner's Cup themed icon, and 55 team icons. These are World Championship summoner icons and, as we've seen in the past, typically only the qualified team icons are made available. Stay tuned for more information.

    
    
     
     
     
    
    
    
    
    
    

Miscellaneous 

  • Worlds 2017 Summoner's Rift Banner has been added.

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