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Game-breaking Pyke exploit is fully healing LoL support with just one Q

Published: 5/May/2020 7:35

by Andrew Amos

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A game-breaking Pyke exploit has been found after the Patch 10.9 update that allows the League of Legends support champion to heal for thousands with just one Q.

Spaghetti code is something all League players are familiar with. Fixing one thing in the game can lead to thousands more bugs popping up. While most of these are harmless, some of them are very abusable exploits.

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Since Patch 10.9, a new glitch involving Pyke has popped up that allows him to heal for massive amounts. It doesn’t involve his passive like one might think, instead it procs his Q, and it might just be big enough to force Riot to disable him to fix it.

Pyke splash art for League of Legends
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A new Pyke exploit is being abused by League players.

The exploit only works under pretty specific conditions, but they can be easily replicated. First of all, you need to take the Aftershock keystone and Manaflow Band rune. Then, you need to buy a Catalyst of Aeons.

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It’s not the most meta Pyke build out there, but this combination allows Pyke to fully heal with his Q due to a weird interaction between Catalyst and Manaflow Band.

A fully-charged Q ⁠— not just a quick tap ⁠— will proc both Aftershock and Manaflow at the same time, and mess up how Catalyst’s passive restores health on-cast.

Instead of getting a bit of health back, Pyke will get well over 1000 health. Given Revitalize is a popular rune on Pyke, this can be downright broken in the right situation.

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As notorious League bug squasher ‘Vandiril’ demonstrated, it can get you out of a sticky situation quickly. There’s almost no counterplay, as an Ignite or other Grievous Wounds will only stem a portion of the massive heal.

However, in saying this, you can only proc it a few times a game. Given Manaflow Band stops activating after ten stacks, you’ll eventually lose access to this exploit.

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Not even Ignite can stop Pyke from healing back all his HP from this exploit.

Riot might be aware of the bug, but there’s no mention of it on the Patch 10.10 preview for now at least. We will have to wait until May 13 to see if it does eventually get fixed in the next update, or if Riot will pull the champ down earlier to patch him up.

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Also, as with any exploit, it’s not recommended you do this in matchmade queues. League of Legends players have been banned in the past for abusing exploits like this, including the global Ornn W. Use it at your own risk.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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