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Everything we know about LoL champion Seraphine: release date, abilities

Published: 12/Oct/2020 2:00 Updated: 12/Oct/2020 6:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next League of Legends champion, mysterious Twitter darling and newest K/DA popstar Seraphine, is rumored to have been handed a Worlds 2020 release date. Here’s everything we know about LoL champ 152 so far.

On August 19, the League of Legends community discovered a mysterious Twitter account by the name of @seradotwav. This profile, created months prior, was soon outed as a Riot run account, based around LoL champion 152.

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Now, weeks later, the character has joined K/DA, and had multiple abilities leaked. Dexerto believes we’ve pinpointed the new champion’s planned Worlds 2020 release date as well; here’s everything we know about Seraphine.

Seraphine joins K/DA for “The Baddest”

League of Legends’ massively successful pop group K/DA announced their return on August 27, revealing they would be featuring new artists on their first album.

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The first featuring artist turned out to be Seraphine, the mysterious Twitter star.

It was confirmed on Seraphine’s Twitter, on September 4, that she will be linking up with K/DA to help “produce their album and feature on an upcoming track.”

This reveal was also the final piece of the puzzle that confirmed the Seraphine character was related to League of Legends. It also locked in the fact that the “aspiring singer” was, in fact, part of the larger Riot Games family.

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Seraphine has been described in all her social media bios as an “aspiring songwriter [and] producer” who has “got big dreams”. That lines up with leaks champ 152’s “sensational” nature will come from her musical abilities.

More recently, the “aspiring songwriter” has been linking up with K/DA proper to write another track. The quartet and their newest member were even spotted at Shanghai airport, “arriving for the show,” which will be the Worlds 2020 finals.

Seraphine abilities

The singer has already had her abilities leaked, thanks to dataminer PixelButts, who originally found the mage’s passive and E in the Wild Rift game files. When Wild Rift went into beta, they then found the remaining three.

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Her passive seems to incorporate a new “Echo” mechanic that allows her to cast abilities twice. Using her abilities near allies also grants “notes,” which gives her extra attack range and damage on her next attack.

Her Q does magic damage in an area, increasing based on the enemy’s missing health. Her W will shield all nearby ally champions, granting them movement speed ⁠— similar to Karma’s Inspire/Defiance. However, if Seraphine is already shielded, close allies will be healed based on missing health instead.

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Seraphine’s E will deal magic damage to enemies and slow them.

If they are already slowed, they’ll be rooted instead. Finally, her ultimate does magic damage to enemies and charms them for four seconds, increasing in range after touching an ally or enemy champion.

Seraphine teasers have begun appearing on mysterious Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Twitter: seradotwav
Seraphine teasers have appeared on Twitter and Instagram.

These abilities, combined with the Echo passive, means Seraphine has a lot of utility. She can shield and heal her allies at the same time if she has her passive stacked, or double down with her Q damage, or even slow then root enemies.

This kit isn’t official as of yet, but if it’s in the Wild Rift game files, you can hazard a guess that they’ll be coming to League of Legends too.

Seraphine release date

Seraphine’s mysterious social media accounts certainly do seem to be the start of a teaser run for League champ 152. If that’s the case, the “sensational mage” should be set to arrive in-game sooner rather than later.

Riot has already handed us a rough Seraphine release date as well. Back in June, in a champ roadmap update, the devs admitted they were aiming to “release one new champion per role each year,” starting in Season 10.

Sett (top), Lillia (jungle), and Yone (mid) have already made their Summoner’s Rift debuts this year. New “jawdropping” marksman Samira has just been released as well. That fills the bot lane check-box for Riot’s 2020 plans.

All this would put ⁠Seraphine on a collision course with Worlds ⁠— Patch 10.22 ⁠— timing it perfectly for her to release a solo Worlds song.

Seraphine will likely be released around the start of Worlds in September.
Twitter: seradotwav
Seraphine will be released during Worlds in September.

Seraphine release skins

Seraphine is set to be released with at least one skin, the first League of Legends Ultimate variant since mid-2018. The ultimate skin will have three stages: “Indie,” “Rising Star,” and “Superstar,” all of which will be part of the upcoming K/DA skin line.

“Seraphine goes from singing in her room to jampacked arenas with K/DA!! Watch her evolution from indie sensation, to rising star, to superstar!” Riot wrote on Oct. 12.

Dexerto has also reached out to the ‘Seraphine’ account. At the time of publishing, however, we have received no reply from whoever is responsible for the profile.

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

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League of Legends patch 10.21 notes: Aphelios buffs, Halloween skins

Published: 13/Oct/2020 8:12

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends Patch 10.21 will be arriving on schedule, and we’ve got all the patch notes, balance changes, and more for LoL fans to dig through ahead of the new October 14 update.

This time around, it’s spooky season! The Halloween season brings with it new “Bewitching” skins, as well as a new set of “Odyssey” variants to join the space-faring collection.

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Ominous buffs have also been delivered to high-skill cap marksman Aphelios, while Graves and Nidalee are paying the price for their huge dominance at Worlds 2020. Here are all the early details on League of Legends patch 10.21.

When is League of Legends Patch 10.21 coming?

The next League of Legends update is expected to be rolled out on Wednesday, October 14. It will begin in Oceania at 8am AEST (3pm Tuesday PT), and will be rolled out in all regions at 8am from there.

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Players can expect a few hours of downtime.

Matchmaking and access to the LoL servers will be disabled around three hours before the patch is deployed. This will be around 5am PT on Oct. 14 for US players, and 5am GMT for European players.

League of Legends patch 10.21 has a hefty Halloween theme to celebrate the October holiday.
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League of Legends patch 10.21 has a hefty Halloween theme to celebrate the October holiday.

Graves, Nidalee pay price for Worlds dominance

Deadly jungle duo Graves and Nidalee are on the chopping block in patch 10.21, after the duo have run riot at Worlds 2020. 

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Nidalee, the Bestial Huntress, has had a 92% presence at the year-end tournament group stage so far. Nine of her fifteen games have been wins, and the jungle pick has averaged a huge 4.6 KDA. Graves comes close too with a 90% presence.

Their domination in Shanghai, which has warped the meta around the jungle role, won’t live for much longer in solo queue. All three will be nerfed in the next patch, Yetter revealed in his fortnightly LoL update.

Camille and Pantheon support are two more carry picks that have had a solid spin at Worlds so far. The pair have been played in nearly half the group stage games so far, with a ‘modest’ 75% win rate showing their potential.

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Finally, new Season 10 bot lane champion Samira will be nerfed again too.

Samira was dominating League of Legends solo queue after her patch 10.19 release.
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Samira has been dominating League of Legends solo queue since her patch 10.19 release.

Aphelios, back from the dead

It seems to fit ‘spooky season’ well that Aphelios, the bane of many ADC’s existences in the bot lane, could rise from the dead in League of Legends patch 10.21.

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The Weapon of the Faithful will be getting multiple buffs. His lethality passive, ultimate mark damage, and “Gravitum” root are all getting minor boosts this update.

He will be joined by fellow AD carry Corki, as well as Karma, Udyr, and Trundle.

High skill-cap jungler Lee Sin is also in line for boosts. He, alongside Udyr and Trundle, should spike back into LoL’s jungle meta with their Oct. 14 stat increases.

Aphelios League of Legends splashart.
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Aphelios is finally getting a buff, after multiple nerfs dropped him into the lower competitive tiers.

Patch 10.21 debuts new Halloween, Odyssey skins

League of Legends patch 10.21 is actually bringing two new sets of skins to the game. One is based around Halloween, and one is even more futuristic Odyssey cosmetics.

Fizz will be getting a “Little Devil” skin, similar to Teemo’s 2016 cosmetics. Amumu will be handed a “Pumpkin Prince” variant, and Elise will become the next League champ to get a “Bewitching” skin alongside Miss Fortune, Morgana, and more.

All three new Halloween skins will be available for 1350RP next patch.

Halloween is here, and that means more Bewitching skins, and even a Pumpkin Prince!
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Halloween is here, and that means more Bewitching skins, and even a Pumpkin Prince!

Five champions will also be getting new Odyssey skins in patch 10.21.

This includes Kha’zix, Aatrox, Sivir, Twisted Fate, and Karma. The five cosmetics will be added to LoL’s already popular futuristic skin line during the Oct. 15 update.

Karma is among five champions joining the Odyssey skin line this update.
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Karma is among five champions joining the Odyssey skin line this update.

The final new skin set to be added in patch 10.21 is a new ultra-rare Hextech skin. Kassadin will be given the new blue-steel cosmetic, which can be unlocked for rare Purple Gemstones in the League of Legends loot store at any time after release.

Kassadin is getting his very own Hextech skin in LoL patch 10.21.
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Kassadin is getting his very own Hextech skin in LoL patch 10.21.

Here’s the full League patch 10.21 notes.

The Oct. 14 patch notes will be updated with official changes when Riot Games releases them as OCE servers begin patching at 11am PT.

League of Legends Patch 10.21 early notes

Champions

Aphelios

  • Lethality stat passive 2-12 ⇒ 3-18.
  • Severum heal 200/300/400 ⇒ 250/375/500.
  • Calibrum R additional mark damage 20-70 ⇒ 40-100.
  • Crescendum Chakrams increased 3 ⇒ 4.
  • Gravitum R root 1 ⇒ 1.25s.
  • Inferum splash damage 75% ⇒ 85%.

Camille

  • E attack speed 40-80 ⇒ 40-60%.

Corki

  • Q base attack damage ratio 50% ⇒ 70%.

Graves

  • E armor per stack 8-20 ⇒ 6-18.

Hecarim

  • E base damage 45-165 ⇒ 354-155, base damage max 90-330 ⇒ 70-310.

Karma

  • P Mantra cooldown refund for spells 2/3/4 at level 1/7/13 ⇒ 2/4/6 at level 1/6/11, cooldown refund for attacks 1/1.5/2 ⇒ 1 at all levels.
  • R cooldown 45-36 ⇒ 40-34.

Lee Sin

  • Attack damage per level 3.2 ⇒ 3.7.

Nidalee

  • Attack damage 61 ⇒ 58.

Pantheon

  • Q damage 75-215 (+100% base attack damage) ⇒ 70-190 (+115% total attack damage), bonus damage scaling 100 ⇒ 115% base attack damage.

Samira

  • E cooldown 15-11 ⇒ 20-12, attack speed 30-50 ⇒ 20-40%.

Trundle

  • Passive healing 2/3/4/5/6% at level 1/5/9/12/15 ⇒ 2-7% smooth scaling by level.
  • W cooldown 15 ⇒ 15-11.

Udyr

  • R pulse total damage 40-240 ⇒ 50-300.

Runes

Nimbus Cloak (Sorcery)

  • Movement speed 10/20/30 ⇒ 5/20/35%.
  • Duration 2.5 seconds ⇒ 2 seconds.