[League client update] Briefly visiting the PBE for a pre-alpha tech test *Ended Mar 22*

**====UPDATE: 22 March 2016====** The temporary League client update PBE pre-alpha tech test has ended. On behalf of everyone on the League client update team, thank you again to all who jumped into the client to test it out and report bugs. As Riot Hark mentioned yesterday, we'll be back with more info about the upcoming alpha test within the next few months. Cheers! **====UPDATE: 21 March 2016====** Heads up! The temporary client tech test will be ENDING tomorrow morning, Tuesday March 22nd. If there are any bugs you have not yet submitted, please do so ASAP! Thank you to everyone who helped out with the test and reported bugs! We got plenty of useful data that will help us as we get closer to the client update alpha. We're not ready to start the alpha yet, but we'll be back with more info on that within the next few months. **====UPDATE: 16 March 2016====** We're aware that ARAM queue times are very long at the moment. We're exploring additional ways to address this, but in the meantime: 1) Test during peak hours: **6pm - 9pm (PST)**. Queue times should be shortest during these hours. 2) We'll be sending out additional tech test invites to get more players in the queue, so check your email! Thanks for your patience, and we appreciate everyone who's been testing and submitting bugs so far! **====UPDATE: 14 March 2016====** The client update tech test is now back ONLINE on PBE! If you've received an email invite, you should be able to log in again. Thanks for your patience. **REMINDER:** When posting in [this PBE board](http://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/client-new-features-feedback) about the tech-test client, please put _[League client update]_ at the start of your thread title. We were just able to go through and add these to existing threads on the topic, but please put that at the start of your title :). **====UPDATE: 8 March 2016====** Hi folks, We're going to start sending out the email invites we mentioned below a little later today. Please check out the context below before jumping into the tech test, as well as the list of known issues. Reminder that this is a tech test, and you're going to encounter other issues. If you do and they are not in the list below, please use the bug report button icon that's located at the bottom of your friends list to let us know about it—if you need to share a screenshot of a bug, please leave it in [this PBE board](http://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/client-new-features-feedback) and put this tag at the start of your new thread’s title: [League client update]. **How you can help if you get an email:** * Download, install, and patch * Log in (you can log in after client patches and before gameplay patch is complete) * Use the PLAY button to queue up for ARAM * Invite your friends on PBE when in the ARAM lobby (non-tech test participants with PBE accounts can still join you) * Play ARAM games * Use your friend's list to chat with friends, add new friends, etc. * If you crash, please completely fill out all requested information in the bugsplat window **_IMPORTANT:_** While the client is being updated, the rules are not: scripts, hacks, or modifications are still never cool. We can accurately detect players logging in with a hacked client versus a legitimate one that's been approved for the tech test. This test doesn’t represent the full product, and maintaining a consistent, healthy testing environment is critical to testing efforts. > **Major known issues:** > >General > > * Downloading the client installer using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge browsers will produce an error message. Please use a different browser (Chrome & Firefox work) to download. > * If you lose internet connection on the in-client alpha landing page, you'll receive a notification with an unclickable hyperlink to our support page > * On extremely rare occasions, you will notice assets missing everywhere on the client -- please restart to fix > * The settings window will briefly flash in the upper-left hand corner of your screen when you open it > * The client doesn't scale well with high dpi settings > * The client will close if you advance your computer's date/time > * If you attempt to repair an installation, the repair button animation gets stuck > * You are not notified if you disconnect from the Internet while patching > * You can't navigate away from the main landing page if you are disconnected from the internet and will see a white 404 error page > * When the client has been open for an extended period of time with no activity (9+ hours), all functionality is lost > * Disconnecting from the internet during an initial install may corrupt the install > * The uninstaller reports success even when unable to delete all files, which causes subsequent installs to fail until the League Client project is deleted > * You may experience a crash when self-updates finish and close > * [OSX Specific] The client disables screen sleep > * [OSX Specific] Pinning the client to the Dock, then launching from the pinned icon will cause a crash > * [OSX Specific] Progress bar not appearing when updating the game client > >Pre- and post-game > > * Occasionally, Lobby Tooltips don’t go away > * You don't receive a warning message if you decline 3 times on the ready check screen, but you may still incur a penalty if they dodge queue too many times > * Black screen may occur when transitioning into and out of ready check > * Invites and suggest panels load slowly > * Some players may experience performance issues with masteries and ARAM trades > * Skin selection carousel and chroma button don't appear disabled when champ select timer hits "0" > * Client window flashes briefly when your game is marked as victory/defeat before you click the button to leave the game > >Friend's list > > * 'Disable Notifications' currently doesn't function > * Game status' appears truncated in the friend's list > * Friend's list hovercards linger when you unfriend your last remaining friend /amumu > >More > > * *NOTE: You will encounter other issues, so please use the bug report button icon that's located at the bottom of the friend's list to let us know about it > >OSX > > * The upcoming initial PBE deploy for patch 6.6 _may_ have an issue that _potentially_ prevents players on OSX from being able to get into a game -- teams are actively working on this, so please watch [this link](http://status.pbe.leagueoflegends.com/#pbe) for updates. We'll remove this note if the issue is resolved. - - - - - - - - - **====ORIGINAL POST: 7 March 2016====** The [League client update alpha](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/site/2016-season-update/client-update.html) isn't yet ready for primetime, but a few of our PBE players will soon get a chance to help us run the client through its paces in **a temporary tech test**. Our engineers need to make sure the stuff we're building deploys to servers properly and can survive load tests. Basically, we need a few of you to come stomp around in our bouncy house while we check it for leaks. This is a very early look at the updated client, so expect bugs. After a couple of weeks of testing, we'll turn the test off. http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/1-Game-Lobby-PBE.jpg _[[Click for full-sized version](http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/1-Game-Lobby-PBE.jpg)]_ In the next week or two, some of you will receive email invites with a download link for the client update on PBE. Be aware that we're only letting in **a few folks** for this tech test; testers who have their PBE account linked to their verified, live account have a better chance of getting in. We're also prioritizing players with mid-to-higher spec machines because this is an unoptimized, pre-alpha build. If you receive an invite, it'll only work for your account (sharing the download link with your buds won't get them in). http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/2-Ready-check-PBE.jpg _[[Click for full-sized version](http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/2-Ready-check-PBE.jpg)]_ For the purposes of this test, the special tech test edition of the League client update only includes the ARAM queue—it's got fewer moving parts than SR, so it lets us focus our test on the tech stuff that matters. Those who participate in the tech test will get an early look at the updated lobby, champ select, and end-of-game experiences from the updated client. If some of that stuff feels unfinished, that's because it is. We're still tweaking things while we get ready for the upcoming alpha. http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/3-ARAM-champ-select-PBE.jpg _[[Click for full-sized version](http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/3-ARAM-champ-select-PBE.jpg)]_ We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the updated client, but be aware that our focus during this temporary test is on ensuring that our technical foundation is solid—we're just kicking the tires as part of preparations for the road trip we're all about to take together. Once the live alpha begins, we'll begin really digging into player feedback and communicating about the ways it's helping us. If you find a bug to report, please use the icon that’s at the bottom of the friends list in the client to send along your report—if you need to share a screenshot of a bug, please leave it in [this PBE forum](http://boards.pbe.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/client-new-features-feedback) and put this tag at the start of your new thread’s title: [League client update]. http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/4-Scoreboard-PBE.jpg _[[Click for full-sized version](http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/misc/forums/2016/4-Scoreboard-PBE.jpg)]_ We'll begin sending out the invite emails in the next week or two, so keep an eye on your inbox! If you have any questions or run into any issues, please comment in this thread—we’ll be monitoring it often.
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