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Coven Zyra Prestige skin splash art & in-game model for League revealed

Published: 1/Apr/2020 1:19 Updated: 2/Apr/2020 0:12

by Andrew Amos

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League of Legends’ next Prestige skin, Coven Zyra, is about to hit the Rift just a few days after Dark Star Malphite made its entrance on Patch 10.6. Here’s a first look at her model, splash art, and how you’ll be able to get the skin.

After over three years without a skin, Zyra has managed to graduate from the 1000-day club in style. The Rise of the Thorns will be receiving a Prestige skin in Patch 10.8, in the Coven cosmetic line.

Riot revealed a first look at both Coven Zyra’s default version, and its Prestige edition on March 31. It comes just days after Dark Star Malphite joined the line-up of champions blessed with the white-and-gold variants.

Coven Zyra Prestige Edition splash art for League of Legends
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Coven Zyra is the fourth Prestige skin of 2020.

The base Coven skin has a distinctly dark feel. Her saplings are ominous skulls, sprouting into terrifying plants. The dark-blue color scheme is a far cry from the natural greens and reds in her base skin.

Her Prestige skin is almost a polar opposite to the default Coven skin. The blues have been traded in for glistening white-and-gold tones, transforming her animations from ghastly to elegant.

Her ‘skull’ saplings now have a gold sheen, like every other animation in the Prestige kit. It’s a lot less intimidating to look at, but don’t get lulled into a false sense of security, because Zyra is still just as deadly.

If you want to get the Coven Zyra Prestige skin for yourself, you’ll have to grind. It’ll set you back 100 prestige tokens, which you can accrue across the season.

With the Galaxies 2020 event live, now is the perfect time to put hours in to get tokens. While you won’t be able to buy it from the shop outright like Dark Star Malphite Prestige, you can buy 100 prestige tokens for 2200 Galaxies tokens.

You don’t have to purchase it during the Galaxies event though. The skin won’t be time-restricted as it isn’t tied to any event, so you’ll have until early 2021 to buy it.

However, if Zyra’s skin isn’t for you, then don’t stress, there’s more Prestige skins arriving in the coming months. Zoe and Lucian are getting Prestige skins before July, although after that, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be getting one.

Morgana and LeBlanc are also receiving Coven skins alongside Zyra. The default Coven skins for Zyra and LeBlanc will set players back 1350 RP. Morgana’s legendary will cost a bit more, with the price set at 1820 RP.

There’s no set release date for Coven Zyra Prestige Edition, as well as the default skins for Morgana and LeBlanc. However, players should expect the skins to come out with League Patch 10.8 on April 15.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.