League patch 10.22 early notes: Seraphine, Annie rework, more - Dexerto
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League Patch 10.22 to feature Annie rework, Seraphine release

Published: 20/Oct/2020 7:47 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 7:36

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has revealed another big League of Legends patch coming at the end of this PBE cycle, with an Annie rework and Seraphine’s release headlining the LoL Patch 10.22 changes. Here’s all the early notes for the Oct. 28 update.

There’s a few big changes coming in the Oct. 28 update. The biggest is that champ 152, new sorceress Seraphine, will be arriving in all her glory on Summoner’s Rift during the patch.

Fiery youngster Annie will also be getting some big reworks to one of her abilities in an effort to “shift her to support” ahead of Season 11. Brand, Nasus, Jinx, and Ionian brothers Yone and Yasuo are also in line for changes in the next patch.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.22, coming next fortnight.

Seraphine arrives in LoL Patch 10.22

League champion 152, songstress support mage Seraphine is set to arrive in League Patch 10.22 ⁠— which Dexerto tipped back in August ⁠— after nearly two months of viral marketing on Twitter and through LoL K-pop group K/DA at Worlds.

Seraphine is already on the PBE ahead of her Oct. 29 release date.

Her ability kit is loaded with stuns, musical healing, and a “notes” passive that lets her stack power. Catch up on all things Seraphine in our dedicated release hub.

KDA All Out Seraphine Indie in League of Legends
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League of Legends champion 152, Seraphine, is arriving in Patch 10.22.

Annie gets mini-rework in Patch 10.22

Annie, one of the original characters in League of Legends, is the headlining champion for Patch 10.22, outside Seraphine of course. The Dark Child is finally getting a mini-rework that Riot hopes will boost her support playstyle slightly.

The main change comes for her E ability, Molten Shield. The mana cost is spiking slightly for her defensive spell (40, up from 20), but the trade-off is she can now give the shield to one of her allies, similar to Morgana’s iconic Black Shield.

The new Molten Shield reflects magic damage (20/30/40/50/60) and grants 30-60% movement speed over a 1.5 seconds decay following the cast.

Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.
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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.

Samira slapped with more nerfs

The biggest nerf coming in League patch 10.22 is for new-release ADC marksman Samira, who only recently arrived on Summoner’s Rift.

The Desert Rose was released in patch 10.19, and has been dominating solo queue ever since. According to League stats website Lolalytics, the Season 10 champion has a 51.98% win rate with a 12.93% play rate ⁠— a hefty coupling.

The kicker, though, is her whopping 74.95% ban rate across all ranks.

“She’s still climbing in power as players are mastering her,” Riot dev Mark “Scruffy” Yetter said of the notoriously-strong ADC. “Previous nerfs weren’t enough.”

The ADC already had a rushed hotfix to try and bring her in line, before her Wild Rush ability was hit by minor nerfs in patch 10.21. Riot appears to be going down a similar road with her to Aphelios, so expect more nerfs in her Season 11 future.

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.

Patch 10.22 drops second K/DA skin set

The latest K/DA skin line, “ALL OUT,” is set to arrive in LoL Patch 10.22. All five members of K/DA ⁠— Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, Kai’Sa, and newcomer Seraphine — will be getting skins. Seraphine will be getting an Ultimate version of her skin.

Kai’Sa is also lucky enough to get her own special variant. The ADC champion will have a “Prestige” edition alongside her normal ALL OUT skin option.

All of the new ALL OUT skins will be available for at least 1350 RP next patch. Seraphine’s Ultimate skin will cost 3250 RP, while Kai’Sa’s K/DA Prestige skin will cost 2000 event tokens. All six skins are already being tested on the PBE.

On top of these changes, Karthus, Lulu (top lane), and Zed are all expected to be nerfed in the next update. Xayah, LeBlanc, Sejuani, Nasus, and Brand will all get hefty little boosts on Oct. 28, however, when the next LoL patch hits live servers.

Mark Yetter described the Zed changes ⁠— which headline the nerfs bundle ⁠— as “small nerfs to bring him in line,” due to the fact he’s “the strongest mid.”

League of Legends Patch 10.22 will drop on Wednesday, October 28. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends Patch 10.22: all planned changes

Champions

Annie

  • E damage reduction ⇒ 40-240 (+40% ability power) shield for three seconds, mana cost 20 ⇒ 40. Shield can now be cast on self or ally within 800 range.

Ashe

  • W fires 9 ⇒ 7-11 arrows (by rank).

Brand

  • Passive explosion damage 12-16% (1.5% per 100 ability power) ⇒ 10-14% (2% per 100 ability power).
  • E [new] always spread to nearby enemies, spread range lowered from 375 ⇒ 300, blaze effect doubles spread range to 600.
  • R ultimate can now bounce to Brand.

Jinx

  • E traps deal full damage immediately instead of over 1.5 seconds.

Karthus

  • Q damage 50-130 ⇒ 45-125

LeBlanc

  • E mana cost 70 ⇒ 50
  • E base damage 40-120 ⇒ 50-130
  • E delayed damage 70-230 ⇒ 80-240

Lulu

  • Q damage 80-260 ⇒ 80-220

Nasus

  • R bonus resists 15-55 ⇒ 40-70, no longer gains 1-3 resistance per second.

Samira

  • Base AD 59 ⇒ 57
  • Base Armor 28 ⇒ 26

Xayah

  • Attack speed per level 3.3% ⇒ 3.9%

Zed

  • E damage 70-170 ⇒ 70-150
Apex Legends

Apex Legends dev confirms Rampart buffs coming in Halloween update

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:53

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Rampart has been a little underwhelming since joining the Apex Legends roster, but she’s in for a nice buff in the Halloween update and fans have been trying to guess what it might include.

Apex Legends introduced Rampart back in Season 6, and although she seemed enticing at first, she quickly fell out of favor.

Players voiced their concerns on social media, describing her as ‘weak’ and ‘broken.’ “Am I tripping or is she seriously weak?” said a player in a Reddit thread. “She is one of the worst in the game,” said another.

Of course, it’s not all whining and complaining. One player took it a step further and tried to pinpoint exactly what he thought the problem was. “Her accuracy on the turret is broken,” he said. The list goes on, and on, and on. 

Most of the criticism seems to revolve around her ultimate. The consensus is that while her minigun makes her powerful, it leaves her vulnerable.

Apex Legends Rampart Buff
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Rampart was added to the Apex Legends roster in Season 6.

Apex Legends players discuss potential buffs for Rampart

The discussion has even prompted players to bounce around ideas on how she can be improved.

Some players suggested she should be able to hold her minigun like a heavy weapon but with a small movement penalty. That way, she’d be less vulnerable and it would fix the issue.

Others thought that would be a bit much and potentially make her overpowered. Instead, they think she should be able to pick up and drop the minigun at will. 

Either way, Apex Legends players have made it pretty clear that Rampart needs a buff. Thankfully, their prayers have been answered.

Apex Legends Rampart Buff
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Rampart might be weak now, but she won’t be for much longer.

The news came about in a thread that included a trailer for Apex Legends’ Halloween Fight or Fright. One user wasn’t too interested in the trailer, and instead said he would “love to hear about Rampart’s buff.”

Normally, these kinds of comments happen all the time, and are largely ignored.

But surprisingly, a Respawn dev actually responded, saying, “Both of those are in! Keep an eye out for the patch notes; I don’t wanna spoil stuff before.”

It’s understandable that he couldn’t really say more. However, his words will be music to the ears of many Rampart players who were eagerly awaiting the buff.

Nobody knows exactly what the buff will entail, but it’s fair to say that players would be open to just about anything at this point. Some of the suggestions have also been great, so it’s always possible that one or more of them will come to fruition.

Apex Legends’ Halloween Fight or Fright event starts on Thursday, Oct. 22.