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Everything we know about League champion Samira: abilities, release date

by Isaac McIntyre

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Noxian marksman Samira, the Desert Rose, has been announced as the 151st League of Legends champion. Here's everything we know about the heroine that's "dressed to kill," including her release date, "jaw-dropping" abilities, and more.

Following the Spirit Blossom event, whispers of a new champ began to take the community by storm. First, an easter egg was found on Patch 10.16, and mentions of a mysterious character, “Samira,” were discovered on the PBE.

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These leaks and rumors, coupled with Riot’s June update that teased a new AD carry coming in Season 10, seem to point to one thing; League’s 151st champion will be joining the roster a little sooner than anyone expected.

Riot announce Samira as 151st LoL champ

After her secret Rank S emote and mission was teased in-game, Samira has finally been announced as the latest Marksman to join the roster, with Riot releasing a trailer for the champion on August 30.

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Riot revealed a cinematic teaser, followed by a full look at the new champ and her in-game abilities. Some fans are describing her as a mix between Riven, Katarina, and Gangplank.

"Samira is a gifted, ruthless marksman who charges up her style meter as she hunts for the flashiest kill. Because it’s not about the win — it’s about the thrill," Riot said in the video's official description.

You can watch the full Champion trailer for Samira below:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNabRnlnY1I

Samira abilities

Leaks previously claimed that Samira has abilities would be quite similar to four other champions already in LoL. With her “jaw-dropping” kit taking inspiration from Katarina’s ultimate, Irelia’s W, Urgot’s W, and Nunu & Willump’s ult.

Now that the character has been added to PBE, it was revealed that Samira's Ultimate lets her “spin and shoot bullets from her machine gun, as well as throw multiple daggers”. Her ult ability will be capped by her Style Rating, which is affected by how many champions she is hitting at any one time.

Samira is expected to work in a similar way to Aphelios. There won’t be multiple gun changes required, but she will “alternate between her pistol and dagger” for her moves, while wielding a machine gun for ultimate ability. You can find a full breakdown of all of Samira's abilities in League of Legends here.

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Samira will allegedly have an ability similar to Katarina's
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Samira's R will be ability similar to Katarina's "Death Lotus" ultimate.

Samira release date

League fans will, of course, be wondering when they can get their hands on the new Season 10 champion. The good news is, following her addition to the PBE Servers in Patch 10.18, it could be pretty soon.

Leaker Streamie suggested Samira was slotted in for a “two-week” release date. That means the AD carry should be on the PBE by League Patch 10.18. This would be right before the Worlds update, so she’d likely be disabled in pro play.

After her first PBE cycle is finished, League fans can expect to see her full release around Wednesday, September 16 for League Patch 10.19.

Samira could be released in League as soon as LoL Patch 10.18 next month.
Riot Games
Samira is expected to be released in League for Patch 10.19 next week.

So, there you have it ⁠— everything you need to know about Samira, the new 151st League of Legends’ champion. There may be a bit of a wait until we finally get to see her in action but there’s still plenty more to learn!

Want to get involved in the discussion about the new champion before then. Already decided (for whatever reason) to make her your new main? There’s a new Reddit community already live at /r/SamiraMains, just for you.

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