Riot announces new League champion Samira, the Desert Rose: release date, abilities - Dexerto
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Everything we know about League champion Samira: abilities, release date

Published: 13/Sep/2020 17:43 Updated: 13/Sep/2020 17:45

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.
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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.

Still hungry for even more League of Legends leaks? Of course you are. Here’s everything we know about the 152nd champion Seraphine so far.

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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

Sneaky playing for Cloud9
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Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

Johnsun playing for Dignitas in LCS Spring 2020
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Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.