6 strongest League champions in Patch 10.14: Wukong, Volibear, more - Dexerto
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6 strongest League champions in Patch 10.14: Wukong, Volibear, more

Published: 8/Jul/2020 13:37 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 1:11

by James Busby

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League of Legends patch 10.14 promises to reel in the reigns of certain champions, while also buffing those that have struggled to make their mark in the current meta. 

Just like every new League of Legends patch, the latest 10.14 update has brought with it host of exciting changes, much needed nerfs, meta-shaking buffs, and plenty of bug fixes. Despite nerfs to some all too familiar faces, there have been a number of champs that have managed to retain their top-tier placement. 

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Meanwhile, those you who are looking forward to playing League’s latest champion, Lillia will need to wait that little bit longer. While the Bashful Bloom has yet to make her Rift debut, there’s still plenty of game-changing content to sink your teeth into. So, let’s run through the champions you should be using to gain a competitive edge.

Top-lane: Wukong

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Wukong is still crushing the top-lane competition.

Despite receiving a nerf to his ultimate’s knock-up duration, Wukong still reigns supreme in the top-lane.

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The Monkey King’s ability to interrupt teamfights and dish out high amounts of damage is unparalleled, particularly when he builds sustain items like Blade of the Ruined King and tanky items like Black Cleaver. With a 51.87% on the Korean server and 8.97% pick rate, there really is no stopping this angry ape. 

Jungle: Volibear

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Riot recent Volibear rework might have proven a little too strong.

Volibear is another champion who continues to run rampant on the Rift and it seems Riot’s recent rework has proven a little too strong. His ferocious speed and overall sustain not only allow him to take camps quickly, it also gives him a great deal of survivability.

As a result, the Relentless Storm has snagged an impressive 53.22% win rate, making him the most dominant jungler in the current meta. 

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Mid-lane: Talon

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Talon’s high mobility allows him to unleash some truly game-changing plays.

Talon is no stranger to the mid-lane spotlight and he returns to claim the crown in patch 10.14. This slippery assassin only needs a few kills before he begins to snowball into an uncontrollable nightmare.

Being able to effortlessly hop over walls and claim kills with a deadly volley of daggers is as satisfying as it is effective. With the Zed buff this patch, there has never been a better time to add the Blade’s Shadow to your champ collection.

Bot-lane: Ashe

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Ashe is a great pick for any team looking to secure a dominant victory.

Patch 10.14 has finally given other bot-lane carries the chance to shine, but Ashe is our go-to pick for this update. With Ezreal receiving a significant nerf to his E (Arcane Shift), the bot-lane meta has started to see an influx of different champions.

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However, Ashe has continued to forge ahead thanks to her map-wide ultimate and slowing volleys.

Freljord’s finest archer is a great pick for those looking to make those game-winning plays. 

Support: Bard

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Bard is no stranger to the bot-lane spotlight.

Bard remains our top pick in the support role and he’s still absolutely dominating on the Korean server where he’s enjoying a 54.01% win rate. The Wandering Caretaker is incredibly potent in the early-game, particularly when you build him for damage.

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To make matters even better, his E (Magical Journey) and ultimate (Tempered Fate) give you a great deal of control when it comes to engaging/disengaging fights. This well-rounded support certainly brings plenty of kill potential to his team. 

Meta breaker: Riven

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Shake things up and surprise your enemies by adding Riven to your roster.

Riven has been missing from the Rift for a while now, but the recent buff to her passive has seen the Exile return. While she may still struggle in the early stages of the game, this champion really starts to pop off during the mid-to-late game.

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. 

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League Patch 10.22 to feature Annie rework, Seraphine release

Published: 16/Oct/2020 8:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has revealed another big League of Legends patch coming at the end of this PBE cycle, with an Annie rework and Seraphine’s release headlining the LoL Patch 10.22 changes. Here’s all the early notes for the Oct. 28 update.

There’s a few big changes coming in the Oct. 28 update. The biggest is that champ 152, new sorceress Seraphine, will be arriving in all her glory on Summoner’s Rift during the patch.

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Fiery youngster Annie will also be getting some big reworks to one of her abilities in an effort to “shift her to support” ahead of Season 11. Brand, Nasus, Jinx, and Ionian brothers Yone and Yasuo are also in line for changes in the next patch.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.22, coming next fortnight.

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Seraphine arrives in LoL Patch 10.22

League champion 152, songstress support mage Seraphine is set to arrive in League Patch 10.22 ⁠— which Dexerto tipped back in August ⁠— after nearly two months of viral marketing on Twitter and through LoL K-pop group K/DA at Worlds.

Seraphine is already on the PBE ahead of her Oct. 29 release date.

Her ability kit is loaded with stuns, musical healing, and a “notes” passive that lets her stack power. Catch up on all things Seraphine in our dedicated release hub.

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League of Legends champions 152, Seraphine, is arriving in Patch 10.22.

Annie gets mini-rework in Patch 10.22

Annie, one of the original characters in League of Legends, is the headlining champion for Patch 10.22, outside Seraphine of course. The Dark Child is finally getting a mini-rework that Riot hopes will boost her support playstyle slightly.

The main change comes for her E ability, Molten Shield. The mana cost is spiking slightly for her defensive spell (40, up from 20), but the trade-off is she can now give the shield to one of her allies, similar to Morgana’s iconic Black Shield.

The new Molten Shield reflects magic damage (20/30/40/50/60) and grants 30-60% movement speed over a 1.5 seconds decay following the cast.

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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.
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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.

Yone, Yasuo get critical strike buffs

League’s notorious Ionian brothers are both set for major critical strike changes to start with in Patch 10.22. The tweaks, which target the brothers’ passives, are mainly to prepare them for the item overhaul coming to League in Season 11.

Both champions will have any critical strike chance over 100% converted to bonus attack damage. This ratio will be 0.5 bonus AD for every 1% over the base 100%.

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Yasuo and his brother Yone will be undergoing crit chance changes ahead of Season 11.
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Yasuo and his brother Yone will be undergoing crit chance changes ahead of Season 11.

Patch 10.22 drops second K/DA skin set

The latest K/DA skin line, “ALL OUT,” is set to arrive in LoL Patch 10.22. All five members of K/DA ⁠— Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, Kai’Sa, and newcomer Seraphine — will be getting skins. Seraphine will be getting an Ultimate version of her skin.

Kai’Sa is also lucky enough to get her own special variant. The ADC champion will have a “Prestige” edition alongside her normal ALL OUT skin option.

All of the new ALL OUT skins will be available for at least 1350 RP next patch. Seraphine’s Ultimate skin will cost 3250 RP, while Kai’Sa’s K/DA Prestige skin will cost 2000 event tokens. All six skins are already being tested on the PBE.

League of Legends Patch 10.22 will drop on Wednesday, October 28. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends Patch 10.22: all planned changes

Champions

Annie

  • E damage reduction ⇒ 40-240 (+40% ability power) shield for three seconds, mana cost 20 ⇒ 40. Shield can now be cast on self or ally within 800 range.

Ashe

  • W fires 9 ⇒ 7-11 arrows (by rank).

Brand

  • Passive explosion damage 12-16% (1.5% per 100 ability power) ⇒ 10-14% (2% per 100 ability power).
  • E [new] always spread to nearby enemies, spread range lowered from 375 ⇒ 300, blaze effect doubles spread range to 600.
  • R ultimate can now bounce to Brand.

Jinx

  • E traps deal full damage immediately instead of over 1.5 seconds.

Nasus

  • R bonus resists 15-55 ⇒ 40-70, no longer gains 1-3 resistance per second.

Yasuo

  • Way of the Wanderer passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.

Yone

  • Way of the Hunter passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.