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6 strongest League champions in Patch 10.16: Darius, Elise, more

Published: 10/Aug/2020 16:09

by James Busby

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League of Legends patch 10.16 is finally live, bringing with it a host of balance changes that aim to rein in any overachievers before we head to Worlds. Just like every new League of Legends patch, the latest 10.16 update has shaken up the current champion meta. While there are a few familiar faces still roaming around the top tier positions, there have been a number of shifts in the current champion pool. 

The previous 10.15 update brought with it the Spirit Blossom Festival and introduced LoL’s latest jungler, Lillia. However, Riot’s 10.16 update has also released another new champion the Rift. While players have been busy slicing and dicing their enemies with Yone’s deadly blades, patch 10.16 mainly focuses on balance changes. With Worlds just around the corner, we dive into yet another champion tier list to give you the breakdown on which champs you should be using to increase your ranked win rate. 

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Top-lane: Darius

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The Hand of Noxus reclaims his crown in patch 10.16.

The Hand of Noxus returns in patch 10.16 and this deadly top-laner continues to swing his deadly axe around, cutting down anyone that dares to stand in his way. Darius’ high damage plays and overall survivability make for a truly lethal combination, especially in late-game team fights where he can use his overall bulk to rush into the backline and instantly kill squishy carries with crushing blows from his ultimate, Noxian Guillotine. 

There’s a reason why this top-lane terror currently has a 50.81% win rate and a 40.85% ban rate on the Korean server.

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Jungle: Elise

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Elise is certainly no stranger to the jungle spotlight.

This terrifying arachnid is no stranger to the dark depths of the jungle, so it’s won’t come as a surprise that Elise has once again cast her web and claimed the top spot. With the recent buffs to Evelyn and the increase of carry threats popping up in every position across the rift, it’s arguably never been a better time for the Spider Queen to begin her reign. 

While Elise may lack hard cc needed to lock down grouped enemies, her 1v1 potential is unrivaled, particularly now that her Spiderlings’ basic attacks benefit from the adaptive force Elise gains. 

Mid-lane: Zed

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This shadowy assassin has great snowball potential.

Zed is never far from the mid-lane spotlight and he returns to claim the crown in patch 10.16. This slippery assassin only needs a few kills before he begins to snowball into an uncontrollable nightmare. Being able to effortlessly duke opponents with shadowy clones and claim kills with deadly shurikens is as satisfying as it is effective. 

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With the buff to Living Shadow’s missile speed and cooldown reduction, you’ll be claiming more victories than ever before. 

Bot-lane: Caitlyn

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Poking enemies down from afar is this champion’s forte.

Patch 10.16 sees the return of Caitlyn and the Sherif of Piltover has locked her sights firmly on the top-place spot. This deadly AD carry current has a staggering 52.64% win rate and 30.85% pick rate over on the Korean server, making her one of the most contested picks in the current meta. 

Not only does Caitlyn’s incredible range allow her to effortlessly poke her enemies down from afar, they also have great kill potential throughout all stages of the game, especially when you build for crit damage. The patch 10.15 buff to Caitlyn attack damage and movement speed has only cemented her place at the top. 

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Support: Blitzcrank

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A well-timed Blitzcrank grab is all it takes to swing a fight in your favor.

Blitzcrank is our top pick in the support role and he’s still absolutely dominating on the Korean server where he’s enjoying a 50.73% win rate. The Great Steam Golem is incredibly potent in the early-game, particularly when you manage to land those all-important grabs. 

To make matters even better, his E (Power Fist) and ultimate (Static Field) give you a great deal of kill potential when it comes to forcing fights. Blitzcrank may not be able to heal his allies nor can he engage fights with CC, but one well-timed grab is all it takes to win late-game skirmishes. 

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Meta breaker: Hecarim

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Hecarim is a great jungler for those looking to support their team with speedy ganks and game-changing ults.

This spectral horse is absolutely terrifying when played in the right hands and while it can be tempting to simply pick the current meta champs, it sometimes best to shake it up completely. Hecarim is a great pick for those that wish to support their team with lightning-fast ganks and speedy kills which send his enemies reeling back to base. 

We expect to see a lot more damage builds popping up as players transition from the usual tank items. If you want to shake things up and ignore the current meta, then Riven is the perfect pick for you. 

Cosplay

League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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