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League Nexus Blitz guide: release date, events, rewards, more

Published: 26/Jun/2020 2:34

by Andrew Amos

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Fan-favorite game mode Nexus Blitz is returning to League of Legends as part of the upcoming summer event. The game mode has changed drastically since its last appearance though, so here’s a refresh of what you can expect when you jump in.

Nexus Blitz is back. The wacky game mode full of mini-games and crazy buffs has made its return ahead of the upcoming summer event.

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However, the game mode has changed significantly since its last appearance. So, to get you primed ahead of its return, we’ve got everything you need to know about Nexus Blitz ⁠— from the new events and rewards, to when it should hit live servers.

What is Nexus Blitz?

Nexus Blitz has been coined as League’s “experimental mode” by Riot. The game mode adds a bunch of party mini-games into your regular game of 5v5 League, with 1v1 duels, boss fights, and more.

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While it was originally touted to join the game as a permanent mode, it now only makes its return for certain events. That’s what makes its appearance now so special, because it means something big is just around the corner.

If you want a break from grinding Summoner’s Rift or Howling Abyss, Nexus Blitz is a great game mode to just have fun, with no two games ever really being the same. They also only take around 15-20 minutes, so you can smash them out quickly.

League Nexus Blitz events

Nexus Blitz doesn’t play out linearly like regular League or ARAM. While you still have to destroy objectives on your way to victory, you’ll face a series of events you’ll need to overcome to win ⁠— or turn the tides of battle in your favor.

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After winning each event, your team will be given a boost to help you steamroll through the enemy team. You can find the full list of events below:

  • Bardle Royale (Classic): Fight for survival in the flaming circle of death while it closes in on a part of the map. The last surviving team wins.
  • Bardle Royale (Paranoia): Fight for survival in the flaming circle BUT everyone is nearsighted, like you’re all being Nocturne ulted. The last surviving team wins.
  • Bardle Royale (Juggernaut): Fight for survival in the flaming circle AND one random champion on each team gains a high amount of health and the On Fire! buff at the start of the event. (As a reminder, the On Fire! buff gives you bonus attack speed, adaptive power, and mana/energy regen, but makes you more vulnerable to damage). The last surviving team wins.
  • URF Deathmatch: Every player goes into URF mode surrounded by a bunch of cheering minions! Defeat the enemy team in a best-of-three to win.
  • Loot Teemo: A wandering Loot Teemo spawns randomly on the map. Hitting the Loot Teemo grants players gold. The team that last-hits Teemo wins the event.
  • Loot Veigar: A wandering Loot Veigar spawns randomly on the map, using Dark Matter and Event Horizon while running away. Hitting the Loot Veigar grants players gold. The team that last-hits Veigar wins the event.
  • Push the Cart (Classic): Escort the cart by standing near it to move it toward the nearest enemy structure to destroy it.
  • Push the Cart (Attack / Defend): Race your opponents for who can blow up an enemy structure the fastest, except now both teams have a cart they can navigate!
  • Protect the Soraka: Two Soraka bots enter lane, but only one can leave (… cause one team is gonna destroy the other one). Beware of all the healing and bananas!
  • DPS Check: It’s like practice mode, but you need to out practice your opponent’s practice on the same Teemo dummy.
New Nexus Blitz map art in League of Legends
Riot Games
The new Nexus Blitz map is Ionian-themed.

League Nexus Blitz rewards

If you win an event in Nexus Blitz, your team will be graced by either a temporary or permanent reward for the rest of the game. These power-ups can swing the tides of battle in your favor, or help you stomp even harder.

From giving everyone an almost-unbreakable shield, to turrets that can Blitzcrank hook enemies in, the rewards you earn in Nexus Blitz are weird, wonderful, and wacky. You can find the full list below:

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  • Catapult of Champions: A cannon that launches your champion anywhere on the map appears in your base for the rest of the game. Upon landing, deal damage and push away nearby enemies.
  • Blessing of Blitzcrank: Allied turrets, siege minions, and super minions have the ability to Rocket Grab nearby enemies for the rest of the game.
  • Poro King: The Poro King spawns to aid your team in pushing forward and sieging enemy turrets, breathing fire on enemies and healing nearby allies periodically.
  • Battle Sled: Players can jump aboard a sled from their base to nearly anywhere on the map. First person in the sled is in charge of where you go.
  • Guardian Angels: Each member of the team gains a one-time Guardian Angel effect, lasting 90 seconds.
  • Statikk Shock: Each player gains chain lightning zaps on their basic attacks for three minutes to help mow down waves and champions.
  • B.F. Shields: Each member of the team gains a hefty shield until it is broken.
  • Mega Cloud Drake: Team gets mega out-of-combat movement speed and CDR on their ultimate for three minutes.
  • Mega Ocean Drake: Restores health and mana/energy when dealing damage for three minutes.
  • Elder Dragon: You can now execute enemies under a specific health threshold for a few minutes by the force of a BIG DRAGON.
Elder Dragon buff execute in League of Legends
Riot Games
The Elder Dragon execute has been added to Nexus Blitz.

When is Nexus Blitz heading to live League servers?

Nexus Blitz is now live on the PBE for “extended testing” ahead of the upcoming summer event. Given the Ionian theme of the new Nexus Blitz map, and a few icons that have popped up on the Patch 10.14 cycle, it’s likely the upcoming event will be based around the Runeterra region.

There’s no set date for the return of Nexus Blitz on live servers. However, it’s fair to assume that it could come out when League Patch 10.14 drops on July 8. We will keep you updated as more information arises.

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Cosplay

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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