League players have always joked about the free-to-play MOBA actually being pay-to-win. Once upon a time, that was true to a certain extent. However, this DJ Sona exploit takes it to a whole new level, making the virtuoso immune to certain types of crowd-control.
League is a free game, however that doesn’t stop people from calling it pay-to-win sometimes. If you load into a game against a full stack of players with skins, the easiest joke out there is to say “skins equals wins.”
Some skins do actually have an advantage though. Cosmetics like Marquis Vladimir were once smaller than the base champion model, even though the hitbox was the same. Others, like iBlitzcrank, make it hard to see some animations, giving your opponents less time to dodge.
Some skins like iBlitzcrank are banned from competitive play.
However, there’s been nothing that’s actually altered gameplay significantly. That’s until this weird interaction uncovered on League Patch 10.15 involving DJ Sona, giving her the ability to cleanse crowd control.
The exploit was shared by Vandiril on August 2, showing just how DJ Sona can dodge certain types of CC. If the player controlling DJ Sona spams her song toggle “Drop The Beat,” she will not be affected by the CC.
The debuffs Sona can dodge includes charms, fears, and taunts. She can’t, however, dodge stuns, snares, silences, slows, or any other kind of CC. All this glitch stops is Sona walking towards an enemy involuntarily by forcibly keeping her in the same spot.
This exploit could have a drastic impact on how you play Sona. Got a Galio running at you with taunt? Just spam your toggle. Evelynn charm on your head? Hit toggle. While you won’t negate the damage, it could just save your life by not putting you out of position.
In a teamfight setting, this could be pretty hard to pull off properly. With abilities flying everywhere, it can be tricky to figure out what needs dodging with the toggle. However, it’s completely doable.
Given Sona’s seeing a rise in play thanks to a new bot lane duo with Lux, you might come across this more regularly in solo queue. If you do, you can just pray that the Sona you are up against doesn’t know about the exploit yet. Else, maybe find another target to lock down until Riot fixes the glitch.
Riot has confirmed League of Legends patch 11.2 is arriving on schedule — just one day later than usual — and we’ve got all the early LoL patch notes, balance changes, and more for players to dig through ahead of the Jan. 20 update.
There’s plenty of buffs, changes, and nerfs coming in patch 11.2, but there’s one thing League of Legends players are excited for over all the rest: Viego, the Ruined King, the game’s 154th champion.
The mysterious, edgy warrior has been a part of LoL’s lore for quite some time, mainly through his fabled “Blade of the Ruined King,” a buildable item, but 2021 marks the first time he’s been a playable character in Riot’s flagship title.
Viego is now set to arrive in patch 11.2, after quite the wait.
Thursday’s update will also, as mentioned, deliver a host of changes for champions, items, and even runes that have been a tad over or under-power in Season 11 so far.
Here’s all the details on LoL patch 11.2, coming (just a little late) this week.
Viego the Ruined King, champion 154, arrives in League of Legends this patch.
When is League patch 11.2 coming?
The first League of Legends of the new year is expected to roll out on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It will begin in Oceania at 10am AEST (4pm Tuesday PT), and will be rolled out in all regions at 8am from there.
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 6am PT on Jan. 6 for NA players, and 6am GMT for EU players.
LoL patch 11.2 early notes
Viego release locked for LoL patch 11.2
There’s a big new release on the way this week: Viego, the Ruined King, finally arrives in LoL patch 11.2. He’s been available for testing on the PBE for a week or so now, and the jungler is already taking players by surprise.
With a pseudo-assassin kit, he’s going to be a huge threat. Lurking in the shadows and controlling the magic that saps the Shadow Isles, you can expect Viego to absolutely ruin enemy teams. You can find more details on his release here.
These “healing edge cases,” like Aatrox and Olaf, are only part of League’s healing problem. Riot are also looking at generic healing reduction across the board, especially Domination rune Ravenous Hunter.
The rune is getting a scaling nerf with reduced healing per stack.
Riot aims to “widen” tank build paths
Tanks are also getting a Mythic change. With Sunfire Aegis still dominating the meta, Yetter wants to open up the choice for tanks. Frostfire Gauntlet and Turbo Chemtank are both getting buffs, acting as cheaper options to Sunfire.
Senna gets love after item rework
A number of champions got just the perfect item for their kit in the Mythic item overhaul in preseason 11. However, a number of champions lost their identity — especially users who relied on Glacial Augment.